Many deceivers: 2 John 7

“I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist.”

2 John 7 NLT

A doctrine that we call today incipient gnosticism inserted itself into the first-century church. It was resisted with great force by the apostles and inspired teachers.

Many if not most false doctrines today trace back to wrong ideas about God, Christ, or the Holy Spirit. They ought to be identified and rejected soundly.

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His powerful word: Hebrews 1.3 VOTD

“The Son … sustains all things by his powerful word …”

Hebrews 1.3

The beginning of this book holds a beautiful summary of the gospel. “All things” is inclusive. It includes his followers as well as the universe. His word, spoken and written, contains all power.

The Christian’s power is in the Bible, in great measure. We deprive ourselves of God’s help when we fail to read and follow it. Describe your practice of finding power in Christ’s word.

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Lord of all: Romans 10.12 VOTD

“For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on him.”

Romans 10.12

Paul argues that Christ brings righteousness to everyone who believes, v. 4. His rich blessings refer to salvation and all that accompanies it. To call upon him is to appeal to God for salvation rather than one’s own righteousness.

Christ is Lord of all, so that means there is one way to be saved, by calling on him. What does this calling entail, according to the Bible?

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To bring salvation: Hebrews 9.28 VOTD

“so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”

Hebrews 9.28

Christ is a once-for-all Savior. His sacrifice was sufficient for all, for all time. Now he will come again, but not to suffer again. The next time he will bring eternal salvation to those who are awaiting him.

Christ’s two comings are related. Those who receive his sacrifice made in his first coming will eagerly receive him in his second. Have you received him through faith and obedience?

#Christ #sacrifice #second-coming #VOTD

VOTD: Matthew 16.15 ‘You say’

“He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?'”

Matthew 16.15

This question of the Lord brought out Peter’s greater confession of Christ.

Why is it important for us to answer this question today?

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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?

#Christ #VOTD #here

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.

#wisdom #Christ #Bible

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

#christ, #god, #holocaust, #jesus, #salvation, #spirituality

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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.

#christ, #son-of-god, #the-life, #the-resurrection

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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.

#christ, #messiah, #savior

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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.

#christ, #mesiah, #son-of-god

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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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3-3-2015   Today’s Jews Are Not God’s Chosen People

In Antioch of Pisidia, Paul preached Jesus Christ: “through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39 NKJV). “The law of Moses” was given only to the Israelites (Deuteronomy 5:2-3) and only until Jesus Christ came: “[the Law] was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made” (Galatians 3:19 NKJV). That promised “Seed” is Christ (Galatians 3:16). Concerning Moses’ Law, Jesus “has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14). Since Jesus’ death, none of the Jews can claim to be God’s Chosen People. God said, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Luke 9:35 NKJV).

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

#christ, #cross, #israelites, #jews, #moses-law, #seed

Don’t Move Away from the Truth (Charles Box)

Just before giving in to the pressure of the crowd to crucify our Lord Jesus Christ, Pilate asked one of the most tragic questions of the Bible. In a very cynical way he asked, “What is truth?” In John 18:37-38 we read,

“Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.”

How tragic and disturbing that Pilate spoke of truth but he had no interest in the truth. How could Pilate judge with truth when he did not know the truth?

“These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates.” (Zechariah 8:16)

It would have been great if Pilate had been interested in truth and when he learned it to act accordingly. The same is true of us! “Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” (Proverbs 23:23)

Don’t move away from the truth that the Bible is the word of God. Continue reading

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Christ is in you

Scripture is filled with passages teaching that the Lord dwells with His followers. This bond is sacred.

Salvation is described in the New Testament is existing in Christ and only there can we find spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3). We are baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27) and added to the Church, his body (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23).

Burton Coffman sums it up succinctly in his commentary on Galatians.

God is in Christians.
Christians are in God.
Christ is in Christians.
Christians are in Christ.
The Holy Spirit is in Christians.
Christians are in the Holy Spirit.
The mind of Christ is in Christians.
The word of Christ is in Christians.

From this, we can clearly see why transformation is so important (Romans 12:1-2). We have a very high calling as God’s people and that brings a lot of responsibility (Ephesians 4:1). Yet, it will all be worth it in the end! Praise be the Lord!

#christ, #christians, #church, #salvation