“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one can take away your crown.”
The Lord Jesus urged the Philadelphian church to remain faithful, not losing their reward soon to be awarded them.
How does Jesus’ coming serve as motivation? What is involved in holding on? To what does Jesus refer that we have?
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“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that forsakes the living God. But exhort one another each day, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ that none of you may become hardened by sin’s deception. For we have become partners with Christ, if in fact we hold our initial confidence firm until the end.”
Partnership with Christ serves as a powerful motivation to faithfulness.
In what ways may be be considered to be partners with Christ?
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“But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you.”
2 Thessalonians 3.3-4 NTL
The faithfulness of God helps us to recognize and have confidence in the faithfulness of the saints.
Why write a letter to a church like the one in Thessalonica who is faithful?
The Missus and I travel this afternoon to speak at a regional event upstate, about 3-4 hours from us. I’ll speak tomorrow to men of the region. The Missus will speak to the women of the congregation hosting the event.
The theme of the event is about how to prevent people from falling away. Since our Lord is the shepherd who leaves the 99 sheep to go after the single stray, this is a good topic. And needed. Not a few leave the truth. Continue reading
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Cor. 1:9).
No less than 10 times in the New Testament is God referred to as faithful. The word translated faithful means to be trustworthy, sure, true.
Our God is trustworthy. He will do exactly what He says He will do. God has always been faithful. He cannot be any other way.
In order for us to fully live for God we need to believe He will do for us what He said He would do. Sarah, the wife of Abraham, gave us a great example by receiving “strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11).
God promises eternal life to all who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9). Do you believe it? You should because our God is faithful.
In Christ, Steve Preston
I have been working on a new series of articles based on the book of Ephesians– I have 12 “Thoughts” done so far. These will take the reader through Eph. 2:10
Thought # 1: The Writer and the Recipients
Text: Eph. 1:1
When people wrote letters back in Biblical times they put their name at the beginning of the letter. We do just the opposite. This is called the “salutation.” The Apostle Paul, at the beginning of this epistle, lets his readers know who he is, what his credentials are for writing the letter and to whom he is writing the letter.
All of this is included in Eph. 1:1. Verse 2 is his greeting. Paul was not one of the original 12 Apostles. His Apostleship is by special appointment from the Lord Jesus. He received this assignment to be an apostle to the Gentiles. Thank the Lord that he took this privilege and honor seriously. If he and others whom he reached with the Gospel had not, then we would not be here today enjoying the blessings of salvation.
“…By the will of God.” It was and is God’s will that all mankind be saved and He has provided a way through His Son that all may be saved. But we all know that the majority of mankind, both past, present and future will not accept that way of salvation. Paul was faithful in his ministry (2 Tim. 4:6-8).
Those whom Paul is writing to are named in the latter part of Eph. 1:1. The primary audience of the writers of the Word of God was locally those in the first century, but we can share in these titles that Paul used for the Ephesian Christians on the basis of our faith and obedience to the Gospel.
The recipients of Paul’s letter were the Christians in Ephesus. Ephesus was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. Paul gives at least 2 names, perhaps 3, for Christians in verse 1. He calls them (1) “Saints; (2) faithful, and (3) in Christ Jesus.”
A “saint” in the New Testament, is not a sinless person, but a saved sinner. Faithfulness to the Lord is required if one wants to enjoy all that God has for him or her. Paul stresses that Christians are “in Christ.” As I said earlier in this devotion: Christians are saved by grace, through faith, in baptism, for good works. Let all of us strive to dedicate our lives to the Lord and His Church and help others find their way out of darkness into the marvelous light of the Gospel.
My Lady and I were in a mall on Tuesday, April 1st. As we walked along there was a man with a little boy who seemed about three years of age.
The father said to him, “Do you want to go home and stay with Mommy and Daddy?” The little boy said, “Yes!” The father then told his son, “You must stay close to Mommy and Daddy because there might be someone else who would want to take you home with them.” Continue reading