Posts Tagged ‘Salvation

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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01
Dec
17

Hope And Faith In God

God the Father chose His Son, Jesus, to be the One who would save humanity from our sins. In His infinite knowledge, He knew that Jesus would save us when the time was right. Peter wrote:

He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. – 1 Peter 1:20-21 (NIV)

God the Father raised the Son from the dead and through Jesus has made faith in God possible. Our faith is based on this incredible event – the Resurrection of Jesus. Our hope is based on the Resurrection. Without it, our faith is futile and our hope is dead. But we have a living hope because we have a risen Savior! He’s alive and we who put our trust in Him for forgiveness will be raised from the dead as well. This is our hope…
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.
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.
21
Nov
17

Because Of Faith

Why do we believe in God’s existence in and in His love? Why do we worship Him? Why do we trust Jesus for salvation? There is a goal to our faith. The Apostle Peter wrote:

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV)

Though we have never seen God, we have felt the effects of faith in Him. When we come to faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit of God fills us with joy. Joy comes from knowing and serving Jesus. Faith leads to joy and faith leads to Heaven. That’s the goal of our faith – eternal life. Let’s face it, life is hard. Faith is hard, too. We believe in a God we cannot see and in His Son, whom we have never met. Yet, when we gather with like-minded believers, the joy is real. When God’s Spirit does what He does, the joy is glorious. I’ve seen lives transformed and tears of joy streaming down faces of the most unlikely of people. It’s because of faith.
09
Nov
17

Praying For One Another

One of the more difficult to understand passages of Scripture is in 1 John 5. John writes:

If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin,and there is sin that does not lead to death.

​ – 1 John 5:16-17 (NIV)​
So for whom and for what are we supposed to pray? We need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ and that they will not persist in sin. We need to pray that we will all confess our sins and repent from them. Sin is serious as it says in verse 17. For the believer in Jesus, our sins are forgiven by God’s grace through faith expressed in Jesus. Though we all continue to sin, God is faithful to forgive. For those outside of Christ, their sins are not forgiven until they come to Jesus for forgiveness. They are on the path to destruction. Pray for them to come to Christ and pray for each other that we may continually walk in the light.
02
Nov
17

Water And Blood

The Apostle John says that Jesus, the Son of God, came by water and blood.

This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify:8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. – 1 John 5:6-8 (NIV)

So what does John mean that Jesus came by water and blood. It could be a reference to His death when the soldier pierced his side and blood and water flowed together indicating that Jesus was, in fact, dead. By God’s grace through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven and the Spirit of God dwells in our hearts. The physical water and blood of Jesus and the Spirit of God all testify that Jesus is the Savior of the world. Trust in Him alone for salvation and you will be saved and forgiven.



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