Friday, June 30, 2017

The Gospel of the Cross

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 
1Co 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1Co 1:19  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
1Co 1:20  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
1Co 1:21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
I have had this verse, Romans 1:16 printed on a card for many years, where I can see it often. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. It is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.  It is not a gospel of good works, for our efforts will not save us. It is not a gospel of love, for love and feelings alone will not save us. It is not a gospel of God or many gods leading to salvation, for there is only one way for our sins to be removed. The way is by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came from spiritual heaven to become a human to die on the cross to pay the price for our sins. You cannot share the gospel without the cross where Jesus shed his blood to pay for all sins of those who will believe. By believing this we are adopted into the family of God. Remember this: Jesus is God who came in a flesh human body in order to legally justify the forgiveness of sins. The one God is Spirit; God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus came in a human body in order to shed his pure sinless blood in our place.
Peter who denied Christ three times, was converted and filled with the Holy Spirit who gave him boldness to witness for Jesus. The Holy Spirit testifies of Jesus.
Act 4:10  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
Act 4:11  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Act 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Salvation comes to us by faith in Jesus who died on the cross for our sins and by his own power, the power of God, he was raised from the grave. Because he lives we who trust in him live.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Who do you identify with?

Who do you identify with? Are you meek and humble and do you love the word of God?  Or are you like so many who live in a delusion and have no place for God? A world apart from God is in confusion and delusions. They welcome evil but are against that which is good. They embrace what God hates.

Isa 66:1  Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
Isa 66:2  For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. 
 Isa 66:3  He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. 
Isa 66:4  I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
Isa 66:5  Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
Isa 66:6  A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Forgive your Brother

There are lots of verses about forgiveness, but this one adds repentance to forgiveness. Is this a way out of forgiving a brother if he will not repent?

Luk 17:3  Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
Luk 17:4  And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
I assume that a brother is one who is of like faith. If a brother sins against you and repents, then we are to forgive him. What if he will not repent? Repentance is required for true forgiveness. If he will not repent, then we give him to the Lord. A brother in the Lord should know right from wrong so we cannot say that he doesn't know what he has done. Pray that God will convict him and leave it with God. We are not to harbor ill feelings towards a brother. Just do not give him opportunity to sin again against you. Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil Lord. If the brother is a family member who does not know the Lord, then we forgive him and like Jesus we may pray, forgive him, for he knows not what he has done. If he sins willingly, give him to the Lord and do not harbor ill will, for it will interfere with your worship. Make sure that you are not the cause of the offence. Love your brother and give him mercy. He may be unaware of any wrong doing.
Mat 5:21  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Mat 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Mat 5:23  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
Mat 5:24  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

In truth, we all have sinned for no one is perfect. Do not be casting stones. Forgiveness is a gift that we may give, for we have received it from God. His love we have received, so we are to give love as well.