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"Having a Part with Jesus" PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 19:04

 

Joh 13:8  "Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me." Jesus was teaching much more than foot washing or humility -He is teaching about having a part with Him (sharing something with Him).   Peter had been washed (saved) but he needed daily washing ( pictured by washing the feet). "He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean..." Jesus is giving an illustration that sin in the life of a Christian will keep you from having a part with Christ.  Sin breaks the fellowship  - separates you from the power of Christ - renders you useless in completing your assignment for Him. Two types of washing:   1.  "He that is washed.." Occurred when you believed on Christ for eternal life.  2.  "...needeth not save to wash his feet..." Represents cleansing from sin after salvation and takes place when you confess your sin to Christ.  Have you been washed( Saved)? Joh 6:47  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. Are you keeping your feet clean (your daily life)?  1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

 

 
If One did not die for all then all are not dead PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2017 18:16

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then

were all dead: 2 Cor. 5:14

When Paul saw that "One died for all then all are dead", he understood there was no goodness in him that demanded such love. It was the great character of our LORD and Saviour that gave such love.  Paul understood that Christ was his Saviour and that He died for him and in Christ's death is salvation.

"If One(Christ)did not die for all (mankind) then all are not dead ." In the death of Christ God, the Father included all of mankind in the work of Christ, 1 Cor. 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

In Christ dying on the cross, He died for all the world and thus His death counted as your death which death is demanded as payment for your sin. 1Pe_2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

 

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In Everything Give Thanks..... PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 November 2016 14:24

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1Th. 5:18

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To be able to obey this verse, you must believe in the wisdom of God.  There is a reason the LORD  said, "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." In order to jog our memory about the" in every thing", I want to mention a few:

Give thanks when you cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel.  "Have faith in God" when everything looks hopeless. "And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God." Mar. 11:22.

Give thanks in the time of great trials.  Keep on praying  when it seems as if God does not hear you.  When you wonder if God has forgotten you, keep on praying.   It has been said, " That the Teacher is always quite during the test".  He answers by His wisdom and in His time.  Your ship will never sink with Christ .

Give thanks in the time of your need, 1Ki 17:14  For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. Your barrel may not be full but it will never be empty.  When things get hopeless just tie a knot and hang on.  The LORD is always on time.

The fire may be hot but it will never scorch you, "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, ...." When you are giving Him thanks you are saying," LORD I trust you".  May we always be grateful enough to give Him thanks!

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 November 2016 14:26
 
A Jailer's Question PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 13 November 2016 04:55

 

There is no better question to ask than asked by the keeper of the prison  in Acts 16:30  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And the only answer is that given by Paul and Silas , And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31. This is God's answer to man's need.  Jesus said to Nicodemus , Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3

You note that the answer was not to go do something but rather to believe on Christ.  Mankind is not in a position to do anything because we are the ones who have sinned and sinned against God. Isa 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. There is no goodness in us that would commend us to God.  Romans 3:10-23 is quite an indictment against one's argument for their own righteousness.  "....none righteous..", "...none that seeketh after God."   "...there is none that doeth good.." With our throats, our tongue, and our lips we have sinned.  All the world is guilty before God. "...all have sinned". There is no reason as to why God should save us outside of the fact the Bible says, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life, John 3:16.

The truth of the Gospel is that God did something for us.  He gave us His Son as the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world, The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29. That means He took away your sin and my sin, all sin.

Christ as the Lamb of God paid our ransom, our debt, it was a redemption price.  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.  1 Tim 2:6.  A slave to our own sin nature and our own sin.  No ransom could we pay, for no act of ours could satisfy for the least of our sin. Every mouth is stopped and our every futile effort ends in despair: "I have sinned".

"Who gave himself" He substituted Himself as our ransom. Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1 Peter 1:18-19. He paid our ransom with His own body, 1Pe_2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

As our substitute, Christ became our mercy seat.  Because of Christ we now have mercy before God and not judgment.  He is that, for all people and not just  part of the human race, And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2. It is because of Christ that you can say, "...God be merciful to me a sinner.", Luke 18:13. He suffered the wrath God, the judgment of God, for our sin that we could have mercy.  It is we, the sinner, who is forgiven because of Christ, the just One, suffered for us, the unjust. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17. God is not angry with you!  In Christ, He has given you His mercy, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  Titus 3:5-6.

Reconciliation is God's Word to mankind.  It is a word of Grace.  In Luke 18:13 when the publican said, "God be merciful to me a sinner." He was saying, reconcile me to you.  He did not want to be far off, separated from God.  He was saying, I have no way to be saved unless an atonement  is made for me - I have no way to be saved unless you save me.  God in His grace says to mankind:  "You have been reconciled".

God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself,  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,........ To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.2 Cor. 5:18a-19

God did not impute your sin to you, because He placed your sin on Christ and judge Him in your place, For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Cor. 5:21. Christ had no sin - He was made sin by taking our sin.

As an ambassador for Christ, I urge you today to be reconciled to God!  You may ask "What must I do to be saved or what must I do to be reconciled to God?  The answer is this: there is nothing you can do - everything has already been done for you by Christ. Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life." John 6:47

God is not asking you to do anything but rather rest/believe in what He has already done for you, "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." 1 John 5:11.

 

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 November 2016 05:02
 
Great is our God PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 10:46

The greatness of God  is often measured by the things He can do, Luk_18:27  "And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." What a glorious truth to know He is greater than our limits!  Doctors and all the medical field are great but He is The Great Physician.  Only Christ can give life or grant healing! The healing of a broken heart, a broken body as well as a life broken by sin.

If you think, you must admit!  All that is  ever accomplished for good is by the Grace and Mercy of God.  Jas_1:17  "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." So often the Lord is swept from our mind by thinking the government or our employer provides for us. But "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights,..."

God's greatness is also defined by what He cannot do!  Mankind lies! They will tell you things that tickle your ears, things they want you to hear.  But it is impossible for God to lie, Heb_6:18  "That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: "Immutable things are things that cannot change 1.  God cannot change, Mal_3:6  "For I am the LORD, I change not;.." 2.  His word cannot change.  It is forever settled in Heaven, Psa_119:89. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. 3.  The Cross and the finished work of Christ will not change.  It will never pass away.  It is a day in history, more than two thousand years ago. Let me say to you " that God was in Christ, reconciling the world (you) unto himself, not imputing their (your) trespasses unto them (you); and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." 2Co 5:19. Christ will always bear in His body the wounds of Calvary.  The day of Christ's death on the cross is a real day; it did happen!  You can make today real in your life!  A day when the record is made in heaven of your believing on Christ for eternal life.

Eternal life is believing that Jesus is the Christ, The Son of God that should come into the World;  who died on the cross bearing your sins as the scriptures hath said. John 11:25-27

 

Last Updated on Friday, 29 July 2016 11:32
 
Our Sufficient Saviour PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 07:55

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When Christ was on the cross, God put the sin of all on HIM, 2Co 5:19 "To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them..." God did not charge our sin to us He (God )put them on His Son, "... and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all". Isaiah 53:6. That is how God made His Son sin for us "...for he hath made him to be sin for us". 2 Cor. 5:21. By this work, Christ has obtained eternal salvation for us, Heb 9:12 "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."
Do you believe that Christ has obtained eternal salvation for you according to His Word?
By the authority of the Word of God you should know you are saved, 1Jn 5:11 "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son".

 
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