In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1Continue reading
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The fate of unrighteous mankind is to suffer forever in the fire of hell. But, we who submit our lives to Jesus Christ are saved from the coming wrath of God to eternal life in the joy of heaven. Our only hope is faith in Jesus.
“There is therefore there no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”
We who are in Christ will not be condemned for our sins and will enjoy everlasting life and peace. This is thanks to the righteousness of Jesus being imputed to us by his work on the cross. Those without Christ are at enmity with God. Carnally minded souls cannot please him; for them is condemnation and death.
1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God – Because of the mercy that God has shown us; the apostle Paul is begging fellow Christians to live as he says here.
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. – We are to give all we are to him (a living sacrifice.) The body is where our humanness resides, so be disciplined to resist sin and control the desires of the flesh (present your body). Strive to be holy and behave to please God because this is a reasonable thing to do in light of the mercy and grace that we enjoy.
And be not conformed to this world: – Do not seek the temporal pleasures or profane objectives of the secular world, that is Satan’s domain. Choose righteousness and do not be conformed to the spirit of the world.
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, – The mind is where we struggle with sin. Live in God’s word that refreshes, renews, and keeps us following his will.
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – We are to submit to God’s will, not our own. This is the foundation of being a witness to others of God’s wisdom, goodness, and sovereign perfection.
You Are What You Think.
You are not what you think you are; instead, you are what you think. The spiritual struggle is for your mind as it is your mind that feeds the soul, with good or with the filth and debauchery of the world. Protect your mind because what it holds determines your desires and wants. The content you put into your mind affects how you react to life.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7Continue reading
The Sinning Christian
The soul saved by faith in Christ is deemed righteous in the sight of God. Read Romans 4:5-8 The righteousness of Jesus is attributed to us, an underserved gift to those who believe. Read Ephesians 2:8-9 We are told that our old self has been destroyed Read Romans 6:6-7 and we are now free from the bonds of sin, Read Romans 6:18 and no longer slaves to sin; Read Romans 6:22 yet we all continue to sin until the day we die.Continue reading
7 Great Truths from the Word of God
The word of God is an inexhaustible treasure of truth. Selected here are seven that speak to the circumstance and reason for humanity’s existence. These truths directly address how we should live and the consequence of a misspent life.Continue reading
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation (gentle spirit) be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.6 Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
A grand verse of comfort:
Rejoice in the Lord! – be grateful and joyfully acknowledge the blessings that you have in Christ.
Let your gentle spirit be known – you should demonstrate gentleness, yielding, patience, self-control, tolerance, leniency, and generosity. This is the opposite of being contentious and self-seeking. Not spineless, but selfless.
The Lord is at hand – the return of Christ is imminent! I also believe this speaks to our closeness with God and that he is with us always.
Be anxious for nothing – anxiety is a natural, fruitless feeling. We worry about what might happen, and Satan uses it to take the joy out of our lives. God gives us the power to deal with anything, and the knowledge that all things are in his hands gives us comfort, and anxiety evaporates if we trust in him.
Let your requests be made known to God – Gratefully ask God for what you need. Take everything to the Lord. Pray about everything, worry about nothing.
The peace of God – This is peace from God, the removal of anxiety, and the tranquility that comes from being a beloved child of God. This is one of the most impactful benefits we experience as Christians! Salvation and a relationship with God are not only beneficial after this life but provide for a joyful and abundant life now.
Shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus – Guarding our affections and thoughts to stay in step with Christ. To avoid the snares of Satan and the entanglements of sin. We are to focus on the good things that are:
- True – valid and reliable
- Honorable – worthy of respect
- Just – things that are correct, moral, and righteous
- Pure – clean and moral purity
- Lovely – amiable, agreeable, pleasing
- Good report – praiseworthy, measuring up to the highest standards
- Virtue – the character of moral excellence, righteousness
- Praise – worthy of worship and glorification. Praiseworthy
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus is the way to God; he is the truth of God’s revelation of salvation and the promise of eternal life. There is no other way to God, arriving deemed righteous and uncondemned, than by faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the only hope for mankind.
These 18 words have an astounding depth of meaning, weight, and consequences. It would be beneficial for you to consider carefully what this verse means.
13Enter ye in at the strait (narrow) gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The narrow gate is faith in Jesus Christ, and the way is narrow because the word of God constricts it. To believe in Jesus, to establish him as the Lord of your life, and live in submissive obedience to the word of God is the narrow gate and the narrow path to heaven. To enter the wide gate and take the wide path is to come to God however you like or not at all. Wide and easy is the path that caters to desires in this life, tempting with temporal pleasure or conjuring up a savior or religion of imagination that pleases. There is only one way to the Father and eternal life: the narrow way of Jesus Christ. All other paths lead to an eternity in hell. Tragically, most will travel the wide path, and few will find the narrow way.