Had God not chosen to reveal himself

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. He did this when he revealed to us the secret of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, Ephesians 1.7-9

Without the Bible, what could we know about God? Very little could be known about God had he not chosen to reveal himself. That revelation came in the form of his son, Jesus, who often said that he and the Father were one.

Through Jesus we are able to know what God wants and expects of us. He passed to us what God told him to say. The New Testament is this message in written form. It is through Jesus that we have redemption or forgiveness of our sins. His life was given in place of my own. His blood was shed though it should have been mine.

I do not now nor will I ever deserve God’s grace. But he gives it freely to any who would agree to the terms that he set forth. Have you received his grace? Are you forgiven?

#risingjoy #Ephesians #forgiveness

No worry about sins

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

“This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws on their hearts and I will inscribe them on their minds,” then he says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no longer.” Hebrews 10. 16-17

The author of the book of Hebrews writes to Jews converted to Christ who are thinking of returning to the practice of the old law. The purpose of his writing is to demonstrate how Christ is superior to the old law in every way. That being the case, they needed to continue to serve Christ and follow him. Our verses today are a quote from Jeremiah 31.33-34 referring to the future and what was to come. Under the old law sacrifices for sin had to be made each year. It was a reminder that the sacrifice of bulls and goats could not take away sin, Hebrews 10.4-5. Then God sent Jesus to earth in the body of a human. Jesus came to do the will of God and be the sacrifice that would bring forgiveness for our sins. If we obey God, that forgiveness is ours to have. We can have direct contact with God through Jesus and we do not have to go through another person. God’s law is no longer written on stone tablets. It is written in the Bible where we can read it and make it a part of our lives. With Jesus’ death on the cross, we can have forgiveness and not just a reminder. If I am forgiven, then I do not have to worry about those sins any more. God does not remember them. I stand clean in his presence not because of what I have done. Jesus paid the price for me!

#risingjoy #Hebrews #forgiveness

Sin, faith, duty

Some think that Luke has collected three separate sayings of Jesus in Lk 17.1-10, with little connection between them. That assumes much.

Jesus might well have said these three things in this order. Even if he did not, it also assumes that Luke is clumsy.

No such assumptions are needed. There can be seen a clear connection among the three points.

  1. The business of the kingdom is forgiveness of sin, 1-4. Don’t be a cause of sin, 1-2. Be a cause of forgiveness, 3-4.
  2. For that forgiving spirit, the apostles felt the need for a greater faith, 5-6. In one sense, Jesus anticipates Nike: Just do it. Faith is to be exercised. For it to grow it must be put into action.
  3. Duty in the kingdom deserves no special praise, 7-10, but it must be done. What is this duty? Again, seeking forgiveness for all.

#Luke #faith #forgiveness #duty

Forgive my sin: Exodus 10.17

“Please forgive my sin once more and make an appeal to the Lord your God, so that he will just take this death away from me.”

Exodus 10.17

The second time forgiveness of sin is mentioned in the Bible is on the lips of Pharaoh, after the eight plague. Even pagans had an understanding of sin and its consequences.

Our repentance should desire more than avoiding the death brought by sin. It should look toward the holy nature of God and be motived by desire to enter his presence.

#votd #Exodus #forgiveness

June 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Sin and Salvation: Part 2)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Dead to Sin, Alive to God (Tom Wacaster)
  • Jesus: The Sinless Sacrifice (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Joy of Forgiveness (Logan Summers)
  • Soberly, Righteously, Godly (Tim Ayers)
  • Heaven, the Home of the Saved (Mike Bonner)
  • Responding to Heaven’s Invitation (Russell M. Kline)
  • To Seek and Save the Lost (John Grubb)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

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#christian-living, #christian-worker, #forgiveness, #heaven, #jesus, #obedience-to-god, #salvation, #sin

Christopher Underwood’s Encouragement Note April 2018

Psalm 130:3-4: “If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.”

God has always wanted faithful followers of his commandments even when God knows no man is without sin. The writer of Ecclesiastes 7:20 said “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins”.

The writer of Psalm 139 reminds us that wherever we go, wherever we rest, whatever word is on the tip of our tongue the Lord knows it all. Knowing our secrets are never secrets should humble us when considering the all-knowing God.

We must treasure the blessing of forgiveness daily and let the forgiveness be reflected to everyone you meet. It gives us that immediate self-correction so we do not think more highly of ourselves when looking at others.

Be happy that God does not want us to perish because of Satan’s worldly temptations and tricks.

It is important to know that God chooses to offer forgiveness to all that are willing to accept God’s forgiveness. God has made forgiveness available freely and daily in the safety of his love.

2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Have a great day

#Encouragement-Note #forgiveness

Very real and eternal things

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:17 ESV)

И мир проходит, и похоть его, а исполняющий волю Божию пребывает вовек. (1-e Иоанна 2:17 Russian)

O LORD God Almighty ~ thank you dear Father in heaven for the loving kindness you demonstrate to all people in the world on this new day. Help me to focus with intensity upon the very real and eternal things you are preparing for all those who love and obey your Son. Forgive me for the minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years that were wasted on visualizing mundane things that will soon disappear from sight. Reveal your eternal blessings as I concentrate more specifically upon your inspired Scriptures. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley #forgiveness

Hide your face: Psalm 51.9

“Hide your face from my sins! Wipe away all my guilt!”

Psalm 51.9

King David repented of his sin. That repentance — and not sinlessness — earned him the title of being a man after God’s own heart. Sin against God can only be forgiven by God. Confession lays one’s sins before the Lord in hope of forgiveness.

Through Christ, what are the two processes to find forgiveness for the one outside of Christ and the disciple who follows the Lord?

#forgiveness #repentance #confession #VOTD

Made alive: Colossians 2.13 VOTD

“And even though you were dead in your transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he nevertheless made you alive with him, having forgiven all your transgressions.”

Colossians 2.13

God brings those who are spiritually dead to life. Those who are separated from him are reconciled. This happens at baptism, which is done through faith in God’s power, v. 12, which works at the cross, v. 13.

Sin results in death, obedience in life. God reverses the effects of sin. What other good results does God produce in us?

#regeneration #forgiveness #VOTD

‘Tell Jesus That’

By Johnny O. Trail — Just recently a sound gospel preacher wrote an article that taught a person’s sins are not forgiven until the point of baptism. That is, one cannot be saved prior to being immersed into Christ. This article was posted on Facebook, and a well-known “progressive” in churches of Christ responded by saying, “Tell Jesus that.” The implication of the statement is that Jesus would tell a person that they could be saved prior to baptism or without being baptized.

Personally, I find such a statement to be rather childish and ridiculous in nature. It is sad to think about having to defend baptism for forgiveness of sins (Acts 22.16) to one who calls himself a member of the Lord’s body. It is not up to me to tell Jesus anything. It is my duty to humbly and obediently follow His will. In light of this fact, the Master Himself tells humankind to be baptized for the purpose of salvation (Mark 16.15-16; c.f. Matthew 28.19). If Jesus commanded it, I need to do it. No further debate should be required.

It is presumptuous and sinful to contradict the will of God regarding any matter. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the author of eternal salvation. Hebrew 5.8-9 says, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” This passage teaches many things about the mission, nature, and importance of Christ as it pertains to salvation. Continue reading

#baptism, #forgiveness

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8-7-2017 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.

#forgiveness, #jews, #moses-law

Third time: John 21.17 VOTD

“Jesus said a third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was distressed that Jesus asked him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and said, ‘Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.’ Jesus replied, ‘Feed my sheep.'”

John 21.17

Peter denied his Lord three times as Jesus was being tried. Now, the Lord allows him to affirm his love three times and points him to his future service in the kingdom.

What message is there for us in this restoration of Peter?

#restoration #forgiveness #VOTD

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5-12-2017 Suicide Or Salvation? (4)

“Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.’ And they said, ‘What is that to us? You see to it!’ Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:3-5 NKJV).

Suicide is only an option to someone who gives up on God. Forgiveness is with God. “If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared” (Psalm 130:3-4 NKJV). Christians must, “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32 NKJV). Whatever you have done, if you repent, God can forgive it, and Christians must forgive you.

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

#forgiveness, #suicide

Only true state of brotherhood

On this day in 1888 Princess Isabel freed all slaves in Brazil. The process occurred in relative peace—at least, there was no war over it. In 1961 Catholics began commemoration of it as the Day of Brazilian Fraternity (or Brotherhood).

Whenever the world speaks of #brotherhood, we cannot but remember that the only true state of equality and fraternal treatment is in Christ. In the family of God there is #love and acceptance and #forgiveness.

Brotherly affection and unselfish love are a part of the Christian’s faith, 2 Pet 1.5-8.

Let us make our congregations into true families of faith, where God rules as Father, where Christ provides the proper example as older brother, and where every saint is a precious spiritual sibling whose soul is valued and whose presence brings joy in our midst.

‘Forgetting enough to be effective’: Chris Underwood

Below is Chris Underwood’s “Encouragement Note” for April. Chris is a Christian from Chicago IL.

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” ―Johnny Cash

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Some businesses have entire departments responsible to deliver “Lessons Learned” training in an effort to bring awareness and compliance to their workforce. We may call it learning from your mistakes, whether the work is hospital surgery, drugstore prescriptions, or packing a parachute for one hundred people where it is not acceptable to have 99% success rate (think about that next time you have surgery, pick up a prescription or jump out of a plane).

Mistakes can be fatal, even when people do their work in good conscience. The memory of acting in good conscience and committing sin may lead to a lifetime of regrets, anguish and worry that can cause us to be “stuck” in the mud, and fail to move forward. Continue reading

#forgiveness, #memory, #mistakes