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