Posts Tagged ‘Forgiveness

27
Jul
18

What Are Your Qualifications?

The apostle Paul told the Philippians that they should watch out for those who were trying to add to the work of Christ on the cross. There were false teachers who were attempting to convince Gentile believers to be circumcised before they could be considered full-fledged Christians. They trusted in something other than Jesus alone for salvation. Paul wrote about the reasons that he could give for trusting in his pedigree if he chose to do so. He wrote:

If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. – Philippians 3:4-6 (NIV)

Who or what are YOU trusting for salvation? If it is anyone or anything other than Jesus, you’re doing it wrong. Jesus is the only way to be saved and any attempt to add to His completed work on the cross is futile. You can’t add anything to what Jesus did because Jesus paid it all.
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26
Jul
18

The Good News Of Grace

One of the major issues of the early church concerned the Gentiles and circumcision. There were false teachers who taught that they had to become Jews through being circumcised before they could become Christians. This problem was found in the Philippian church and Paul wrote:

Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. – Philippians 3:2-4a (NIV)

The good news of grace is that our forgiveness comes through Jesus Christ alone. It’s not Jesus plus anything. For the first-century Gentiles, it wasn’t Jesus plus circumcision. For 21st century people, it’s not Jesus plus legalistic rules regarding dress codes or avoiding certain types of music or movies. It’s simply saying, “Yes” to the wonderful grace of Jesus by believing in Him, turning away from sin in repentance, acknowledging your faith in Him and being baptized. It’s not about what you do. It’s about what Jesus did for you.
06
Jul
18

The Mind Of Christ

Paul told the Philippians that they should not look to their own interests, but to the interests of others. They needed to be humble in their dealings with one another. He then holds up Jesus as the model for how to have a relationship with someone. He wrote:

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus… – Philippians 2:5 (NIV)

In the next several verses after this, Paul elaborates on what he means by having the mind of Christ. We need to be more like Jesus in our relationships inside and outside of the church. In our homes, we need to have the mind of Christ as we deal with our spouses, our children and our parents. In our workplaces, we need to have the mind of Christ as we deal with our bosses, employees and co-workers. In our churches, we need to have the mind of Christ as we deal with people who may be much different than us. In every relationship we have, we need to consider how Jesus would love, serve and forgive the other person.
04
Jun
18

God Is On Team You

Paul says in Romans 8 that God is working for the good of those who love Him. These are the ones who have responded to His call to salvation and following Christ. He promises forgiveness and eternal life to those who will answer the call in the affirmative. All of this demonstrates one thing – God is on our side. Paul wrote:

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us,who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? – Romans 8:31-32 (NIV)

God is on your side! He is on team YOU! He proved it by sending His Son to die for our sins. This is the evidence that God loves you and not only that, He likes you, too. He, along with Jesus, will provide everything you need. He knows what you need and is willing and able to provide it. So trust Him because He is on your side. With God on your side, nothing and no one can come against you. So as you move about your day today, remember that God is on team you and that means that you will win in the end.
01
Jun
18

To Look Like Jesus

God, in His perfect foreknowledge, had a plan all along. He would predestine anyone who loves Him and puts their faith and trust in Jesus to have forgiveness and eternal life with Him. This is how God works everything out for the ultimate good as it says in Romans 8:28. Paul wrote:

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. – Romans 8:29-30 (NIV)

God wants His people to look like Jesus. How do we do that? Does it mean sinless perfection? That’s not possible because if it were, Jesus wouldn’t have had to die. Rather than being sinless, we need to look like Jesus in the way that we love, serve and forgive. Who can you love today? Who can you serve today? Who can you forgive today? That’s what it means to look like Jesus.
30
Mar
18

Forgive Who?

On what we know as Good Friday, Jesus was crucified for the sin of the world. Luke records the scene in this way. He wrote:

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:33-34 (NIV)

While we don’t know their names or their crimes, we know that it should have been us. We could have been either the criminal on His right or His left. We should have felt the nails. We should have been left there to die for our own sins and transgressions. Yet, there is the perfect Son of God with thorns on His head and nails in His hands and feet praying to His Father, “Forgive them…” Forgive who? Forgive those who were killing Him? What love! Forgive those who were insulting Him and spitting on Him? What mercy! Forgive us who were the true source of His suffering? What grace! Jesus took our punishment when He took our place and that is what Good Friday is all about.
07
Mar
18

Our Motivation For Virtue

Peter wrote about a list of virtues that Christians should strive for in chapter 1, verses 5-7. He wrote about goodness and godliness, self-control and love, among others. He said that if we possess these qualities, we will be productive and effective. What if we don’t strive for them? He says:

But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. – 2 Peter 1:9 (NIV)

Motivation is key for a follower of Christ. Jesus did all of the work necessary on the cross to save us from our sins. We cannot add a thing to what He did. We must simply obey the Gospel (belief, repentance, confession and baptism) and our sins are washed away. Since Jesus washes away our sins by God’s grace, we should work toward faithfulness, service and love all the days of our lives and not forget what He has done for us. As the old hymn says: Jesus paid it all, all to Him we owe. Sin had left a crimson stain but He washed us white as snow.



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