Archive for the ‘Salvation’ category

Who is Jesus?

December 8, 2013

This may not be a question you need answered. But if you do–or if you know someone who you think should know–check out “Moments for You” for the fourth quarter of 2013. Several excellent short articles answer “Who is Jesus?” Find it here.

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Grounded

February 24, 2013

The other day, after reading in the Scriptures, I began reading a magazine article on inventors and scientists. It was steeped in evolutionary thought. How disgusting, I thought. What a let down.

It’s to be expected, of course. But where’s their grounding in reality?

Turn on the radio and listen to the idiotic music and its shallow, self-centered subject matter. How grounded in reality is that?

What about TV? Video gaming? Or just listen to the everyday conversation around you. Is any of it grounded in reality?

When I read God’s Word, I know I’m going to be faced with what’s real. And I’m faced with Who is real.

Hebrews 4:12-13 says…

12. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

One on One

April 15, 2012

Do you believe Christ rose from the dead to save you from your sins? How many others to you know who believe on Him for salvation?

How many millions don’t believe?

Bibles are easily had in America. We’re awash in Christian radio and music. Ministries put forth their content all over the Internet, Twitter, etc. It’s there for anybody who wants it.

But what’s still the best way to reach others with the Gospel? One on one.

And, by the way, actions still speak louder than words. That should make you and me do our best to live righteously.

Don’t give up reaching out to neighbors, family, friends, etc.

Pulling Out the Props

February 19, 2012

Many people say they live by the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17) or the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). They’re supposedly the props a decent person leans on. I’ve even heard it said that those passages are all the Bible you need.

But who can keep the Ten Commandments? And who really lives by the Sermon on the Mount?

Really? All of it?

It’s in the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus takes two of those Ten Commandments–murder and adultery–and shows how seriously God takes both our thought life and the words we speak.

To keep the Ten Commandments or the Sermon on the Mount would require you and me to be perfectly sinless. Who of us is that way? Don’t kid yourself about it.

Both the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount show us where God puts the bar. The Commandments were given to Old Testament Israel. The Sermon on the Mount is the set of rules for the coming kingdom when Christ rules on the earth during the Millennium. These are standards no one can reach without His help.

Did you know that two elements for living the Christian life are missing from both of these key Scripture passages? Do you know what they are? The clue is in my statement above regarding our inability to live up to these high standards without God’s help.

I’m sure somebody will quote the tired old saying that God helps those who help themselves. The idea is that, if you set out to live righteously, He’ll help you.

If that’s the case, then why did Jesus tell Nicodemus in John 3 that he needed to be born again? It’s because that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit (John 3:6)>

To be born again, a person must believe the Gospel, which is described in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. You must believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ as the only means of salvation.

Look at the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount in the passages cited above. Can you find the Gospel in either one?

What about the empowerment for living the Christian life? It’s found in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who alone enables us to live righteously.

Paul commands believers in Ephesians 5:18 to be filled with the Spirit, rather than wine or alcohol, which takes over a person’s mind and influences actions. The Holy Spirit is what should be guiding our mind and actions instead.

Now look again at the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. Where is the empowerment of the Holy Spirit mentioned?

The point is, neither the Gospel nor the Holy Spirit are mentioned in these passages–the same ones some say are all the Bible you need. It’s impossible to have even the remotest chance of meeting God’s standards without being born again and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

If you’re depending on getting through life and getting to heaven by keeping the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount, the props have been pulled out from under you. They were never good props in the first place.

Does that mean believers in Christ shouldn’t live by these two key Scripture passages? The answer is simply this. We seek to follow what’s taught from those passages which is repeated in the letters by Paul and others to believers.

We’re in the Church Age now. Whatever was written to the churches early on should be our guide for today. In those Scriptures you’ll find both the Gospel and teachings about the life-giving empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Those are our real props.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

December 18, 2011

Allow me today to draw your attention to a post on the blog of The Last Robin. It’s entitled Mary Had a Little Lamb. Its poignant message may not be what you’d expect.

Do You Only Believe?

November 27, 2011

Acts 16:31
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Psalm 37:4-5
Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

I’ve been reading Desiring God, by John Piper and want to share a point I wholheartedly agree with. He says lots of people say they believe in Jesus Christ. But do they delight in the Lord? Do they treasure Him?

How many people sitting in the pews in mainline denominational churches say they believe in Jesus?

One of the things that really gets under my skin is that so many people have been inoculated with Christianity. They’ve been to church and Sunday school for years and don’t know the Bible or who Christ is. He’s something to believe factually, but He’s not truly their savior.

So for you and me to say we believe in Jesus isn’t enough. Is He your savior? Has He saved you from your sins? Has He saved you from the penalty of eternal death? Will you enjoy eternal life with God one day? Are you confident you’re born again?

Even more than that, can you delight in the Lord as mentioned in Psalm 37:4? This isn’t some super spiritual state you have to work hard to attain.

Ask yourself a few simple questions. Are you thankful the Lord is with you always? Are you glad He’s there when no one else is? Can you rejoice in talking to Him in a way you can talk to no one else?

Of course, you have to believe in Jesus Christ before you can delight in the Lord. But do you only believe in facts about Him? Or do you truly believe on Him as in Acts 16:31?

Is Jesus Christ truly your savior? If so, then you have every reason to delight in the Lord. Treasure Him this day.

Thoughts on the Lamb of God

October 23, 2011

The Lamb of God is the theme of the fourth quarter 2011 issue of “Moments for You.” I encourage you to take time to read the articles in this issue by clicking on the link below.

http://www.mwtb.org/site/moments-for-you/back-issues/4q2011-moments-for-you.html