VOTD: Colossians 3.11 ‘Here’

“Here there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and in all.”

Colossians 3.11

Where is ‘here’ that Paul refers to?

How does a person get to this place where Christ is all and in all?

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Renowned for wisdom

In his online devotional today David Deffenbaugh wrote:

People were drawn to, desired, and appreciated wisdom.  Who today is renown for their wisdom?  The fact is, we’re just not that interested in it.

There’s no way to research if the percentage of fools today is greater than in the days of Solomon. But mankind today is drawn to entertainment, desires thrills for the moment, and appreciates a cheap laugh more than deep truth. People today are renowned for their studies in science, their attempts to break silly world records, or the lack of self-control of the rich and famous. We’re interested in comfort and gadgets and virtual gossip.

Let the family of God desire his wisdom and live in the discernment of his will, as did the eternal Son. Let their televisions be conspicuously silent, and their screens frequently dark. Let their hands be busy in the service of Christ and their resources given to the gospel. Let their thoughts turn often to heaven, and their words to the inspired Scriptures. Let their lives be undiluted beacons of light in a world drowning in the darkness of trivial pursuits.

Let Jesus Christ truly become for them the wisdom of God, 1 Cor 1.30.

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Motivations for Hating God

In the excellent book, “Why? Explaining the Holocaust,” Peter Hayes examines the motivations behind the German brutality directed against innocent Jews.

How could they have been so barbarous? Were they just soulless monsters?

After a lengthy discussion of the history of antisemitism among the German people, Hayes considers other motivations. Continue reading

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10-11-2016 Jesus Is Hope In Resurrection

Jesus said to Martha, “’I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world’” (John 11:25-27 NKJV).  1) Jesus gives hope for life after this life.  2) To prepare for this, one must be “buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (Colossians 2:12-13 NKJV)3)    No other religion can promise so much for so many!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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10-12-2016 Jesus Is The Messiah

A Samaritan “woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When He comes, He will tell us all things.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He(John 4:25-26 NKJV).  She went into her city “and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:28-29 NKJV).  After they went out and heard Jesus, “they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world’” (John 4:42 NKJV).  Even Samaritans saw that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah of the Old Testament.   Only the blind still look for Messiah to come! They should say, “we wish to see Jesus” (John 12:21 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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10-5-2016 Looking For Messiah

Daniel the Prophet prophesied Jerusalem would be re-built and last “Until Messiah the Prince” (Daniel 9:25 NKJV).  Andrew told Peter, his brother, “’We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus” (John 1:41-42 NKJV).   From prison, John the Baptist asked “’Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Go and tell John the things which you hear and see’” (Matthew 11:3-4 NKJV).  Proof that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31 NKJV) is found in fulfilled prophecy and the Gospel records of Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John.  Everyone who continues to look for “The Messiah” must deny: 1) the Gospel is true; 2) the Apostles knew; and 3) that Jesus has saved anyone!  Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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3-4-2015    Can Moses’ Law Save Today?

God’s Word plainly shows no law before Jesus Christ’s Law was intended to save. “For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe” (Galatians 3:21-22 NKJV). The Law of Moses can save no one today, for “if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV). To keep the Law of Moses today, severs one from obedience to Christ. “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4 NKJV). It is either Moses or Christ, but not both! The Gospel saves, not 10 commandments!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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