Posts Tagged ‘Grace

05
Dec
17

The Living Word Of God

God’s Word has the power to change lives. It is through the message of the Word of God that we hear and believe and are born again. Peter wrote:

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
24 For,
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”And this is the word that was preached to you. – 1 Peter 1:23-25 (NIV)

Though we may only live temporarily here on earth, God’s Word endures. It reaches generation after generation with the good news of Jesus Christ. Though we may never fully grasp the entire scope of its meaning, we can understand its basic message. There is a God who created us and loves us and wants to spend forever with us. He went to extreme lengths to make salvation possible by sacrificing His only Son on a Roman cross and raising Him from the dead. This salvation is a gift of His grace and is for every man, woman and child on this planet. He has entrusted His people with this message and we must preach it to the ends of the earth until everyone hears about Jesus and His love.
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30
Nov
17

Redeemed By The Blood

Our salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus did not cost material things. We cannot buy it. In those days, people were redeemed by monetary payment. Prisoners of war were ransomed with silver and gold. Freedom for slaves was purchased with money. Our freedom did not cost Jesus money. It cost Him his life.

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. – 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV)

Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, never sinned in any way. This is why He was a perfect, pleasing sacrifice to God the Father. He paid the price that we could never pay. Now we are redeemed and we are free.
27
Nov
17

Where Is Our Hope?

One of the themes of Peter’s first letter is the theme of hope. Our hope is not in anything in this world. Rather, we should be alert and ready for the return of Jesus Christ. Peter wrote:

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. – 1 Peter 1:13 (NIV)

By God’s grace, Jesus will return one day to take us to be with Him and live in His presence forever. Instead of getting caught up in the things of this world, we should be alert and ready for Christ’s return. That means that we renounce the sins of this world that pull our focus away from Jesus. It means that we turn away from the cares of this life that make us forget about the greater purpose to our lives. It means that we do not hope for the things of this world. Our hope is found in Jesus. Our hope is the hope of Heaven. Instead of being distracted by what’s down here, let’s be focused on the things of Heaven because that’s where we’re headed.
24
Nov
17

The Angels’ Longing

The Holy Spirit of God revealed the sufferings and glorification of Jesus the Messiah to the Old Testament prophets. They wrote about them, not for their own benefit, but for ours. Peter says:

It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. – 1 Peter 1:12 (NIV)

Did you hear that? The angels of God longed to know what was going to happen on earth. Angels are not all-knowing creatures or beings. They anxiously awaited God’s plan to be revealed, just as humanity did. Oh what a plan it is! To forgive and save humanity from our sin and wickedness by His grace through Jesus Christ, our Savior. The angels of Heaven could not have conceived of this amazing plan. But God knew all along how He was going to rescue us from death. That’s what He did. He chose to save humanity by sending His Son. Now, we who receive salvation through Him rejoice because of God’s amazing grace and love.
16
Nov
17

The Inheritance

By God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, we are promised an inheritance in Heaven. This is what Peter wrote:

This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:4b-5 (NIV)

Our faith does two amazing things. First, it makes us children of God. After all, who gets an inheritance? Those who are children! If our promised inheritance comes from God, it must mean that we are His children. Second, our faith protects us. No matter what comes our way, our inheritance is protected by God’s power until Christ’s return. Nothing and no one can take your inheritance away because through faith you are a child of God. God won’t change the rules of the game on you. You are saved by grace and made a child of God by grace. So persevere through the trials and tests of life and know that your inheritance awaits you in Heaven.
07
Nov
17

Eternal Life

In today’s verse from 1 John, John reveals one of the purposes to his writing this letter. He says:

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. – 1 John 5:13 (NIV)

If someone were to ask you if you were going to Heaven, what would be your response? Could you confidently say, “Yes!” or would you cautiously say, “I hope so.”? My friends, because of God’s grace through faith in Jesus, the answer is a confident, “Yes!” John sums up his writings about God’s love and faithfulness with this encouraging thought. He wanted his audience, which now includes us, to KNOW that we have eternal life through Jesus. This confidence is not in our efforts to be good. It is a confidence in God’s goodness and grace. If you’re trusting in your efforts to save you or keep you saved, you’re trusting in the wrong thing. Trust in God and in His Son, Jesus. May you KNOW today that you are saved and going to spend eternity with Christ. Live in that joy today and let your light shine so that others will want to know Him, too.
07
Sep
17

Jesus Is The Christ

When it comes to truth and lies, John says that the lie of the antichrist is to deny that Jesus is the Christ. To say that Jesus is not the Messiah, the Anointed One of God, is to lie. He wrote:

Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. – 1 John 2:22-23 (NIV)

When we come to saving faith in Christ by God’s grace, we are filled with the Holy Spirit of God. We believe in Jesus, repent from our sinful ways, confess and acknowledge our faith in Christ as the Messiah and are baptized for the forgiveness of our sins. It is at that moment when we call on the name of the Lord that we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Our sins are washed away by God’s grace and we begin a new life of faithful devotion to Jesus. We get all of the spiritual blessings of new life in Christ when we acknowledge the truth that Jesus is the Christ.



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