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Foreigners And Exiles

Good Friday morning to you! Do you ever get the feeling like you just don’t belong here? Do you ever look around and say, “There’s got to be a better place than this?” There’s a good reason for that. As a follower of Jesus, this world is not your home. Heaven is where you really belong. Peter wrote:

Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. – 1 Peter 2:11 (NIV)

We are stuck here on earth for 70, 80 or 90 years, but we are only passing through. I’ve heard it said that the seven or eight decades we get on this planet are nothing compared to the trillions of decades we will spend in the presence of Jesus. We need to make sure that we don’t get too comfortable here. Otherwise the sinful desires we have will take hold and draw us away from following Jesus all the way home. These desires, Peter says, are waging war against our souls. We’re in a battle against sin. Who will win the battle today? You or temptation? Keep fighting for you are not home yet, but one day you will be.

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.

God’s Children Do What Is Right

Whose image are you reflecting in your life? Are you reflecting God or the evil one? John wrote:

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. – 1 John 3:7-8 (NIV)

When we do the right things, our lives are characterized by righteousness and we reflect Jesus for He is righteous. Those whose lives are characterized by sin reflect the devil for the devil does what is sinful. We who follow Jesus have had our many sins forgiven. The Holy Spirit of God helps us to do what is right. If you haven’t trusted Jesus for forgiveness yet, your sins are not forgiven and are not a child of God. What are you waiting for? Trust Jesus for salvation and forgiveness and become a child of God.

Continuing To Sin

To know Jesus is to love Him. To love Him is to obey Him. If we live lives that are characterized by sin and disobedience, do we really know and love Him? John wrote:

No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. – 1 John 3:6 (NIV)

These sound like scary words, right? I don’t know about you, but I still sin and fall short. So do I not know Him? Am I not living in Him? I believe that the idea that John has in mind here is a life characterized by sin. Is your life more characterized by sin or by repentance and righteousness? Every single one of us has sin in our lives. We’re not perfect and we know it. God does, too. That’s why He sent Jesus. He is the One who can deal with our sin by forgiving it. When we realize what He’s done for us, we will desire to sin less and love Him more.

He Came To Take Away Our Sin

Jesus never sinned in any way. It may seem hard to believe, but it’s true! John wrote:

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. – 1 John 3:4-5 (NIV)

Since Jesus never sinned, He was able to be the perfect, unblemished sacrifice for the sin of the world. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians:

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

Jesus came to take away our sin and to make us right with God. Since Jesus died for our sins, we are free from the consequences of our sin and lawlessness. We no longer stand condemned because of our sin, but instead, Jesus has set us free and we are free indeed. Live in that freedom today knowing that you have been forgiven.

Kissing The Feet Of Jesus

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Luke 7:36-50.


Our Advocate, Jesus

One of the primary goals of being a follower of Jesus is to look more like Him. We do this by loving, serving and forgiving other people. We also do this by living holy lives that are set apart and different from those in the world around us. We need to sin less and love God and people more. We often come up short, though. John says that we have an advocate when we do. He wrote:
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. – 1 John 2:1 (NIV)
It is unrealistic to think that we will never sin. The phrase “not sin” here means to not keep on sinning. Our lives should be characterized less and less by sin the longer we walk with Jesus. But when we do inevitably fall short and sin, Jesus is our defense attorney before the Judge of us all. Jesus is pleading your case when you sin and because of God’s grace, we’re always declared innocent and not guilty.

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