Posts Tagged ‘Salvation

25
Sep
18

Jesus And The Law

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made it clear that He was not doing away with the Law of Moses. Rather, He was going to do what no one else had ever done nor could ever do again. He was going to keep it perfectly. Jesus said:

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. – Matthew 5:17-18 (NIV)

We could never keep the Law perfectly, but that doesn’t give us a license to sin against God or others. Instead, Jesus calls us to a higher standard. He calls us into a loving relationship with God by grace through faith in Him. When we enter into this relationship with God, we are filled with God’s Spirit who transforms us from the inside out. Instead of striving to earn grace, we rest in it. Instead of trying to earn salvation, we accept it as a gift. This gift is so amazing that we want to obey God because we love Him and we love people.
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18
Sep
18

Pointing People To Peace

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins with several beatitudes. These are little statements that point us in the right direction. It begins with a recognition of one’s own spiritual poverty. As Jesus goes along, He describes the path to a right relationship with God as your Heavenly Father. As we grow and discover how to have peace with God, we are to point others to peace with God. Jesus said:

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

Our Heavenly Father desires peace between Himself and people. Because of sin, humanity is at war with God. He sent Jesus to bring about peace between us. We did all of the sinning and Jesus does all of the saving. He makes peace possible through His death and resurrection. Those who have received His peace are now called to be peacemakers. Pray for someone you know who needs Jesus. May you have an opportunity to be a peacemaker today.
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.
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.
25
Jul
18

Rejoice In The Lord

One of the themes of Paul’s letter to the Philippians is joy and rejoicing. Over and over again, Paul talks about having joy or rejoicing as followers of Jesus. At the beginning of chapter 3, Paul tells the Philippian believers to rejoice in the Lord. He wrote:

Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. – Philippians 3:1 (NIV)

What does it mean to have joy? How does joy differ from happiness? I believe that happiness is based on our circumstances or situations while joy is based on our salvation. Happiness comes and goes while joy endures. Our circumstances will change from day to day, but our Savior never changes and He never fails. Why settle for happiness when we can choose to be joyful when we choose to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross? If we will focus on the cross and the empty tomb, we will discover that though happiness comes and goes, our joy in the Lord will remain. Choose joy today by choosing to remember Jesus and how, by the grace of God, you’ll be spending forever with Him.
12
Jul
18

Learning To Obey

Jesus was fully obedient to the will of God the Father. He went to the cross and suffered and died for the sins of humanity. God raised Him from the dead and exalted Him to the highest place. Jesus is our example of humility, service and obedience. The apostle Paul then wrote:

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. – Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)

As followers of Jesus, it is with fear and trembling that we humbly learn to look like Jesus in the way that we love, serve and forgive people. We tremble before the exalted King of kings because He is Jesus and He is Lord. God is working in us and through us to accomplish His will. He is able to use flawed human beings to do mighty things for His Kingdom. Let us learn to obey like Jesus so that God’s will is done on earth as it is in Heaven.
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.



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