“He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness.”
Paul’s concept of faith takes in one’s works toward God. Eternal life is for those who persevere in good works, not of merit, but of faith.
Works that are good are defined by God, not by man. Those who do good works are in contrast to those who do not obey the truth. What is it we should seek that Paul describes as “glory and honor and immortality”?
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Let’s face it – feet aren’t always the most attractive part of the human body. Reality is, most of us can only dream about being a foot model.
Pedicures don’t cure all!
Corns, bunions, callouses, ingrown toenails, fungal infections and sometimes an inordinate amount of hair all contribute to the “real reason” humanity quit wearing sandals and started wearing shoes.
And yet, when God looks at our feet it’s still possible for him to use a scarcely heard adjective for the base of our basely body-parts.
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15 NKJV)
“If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, since he cannot deny himself.”
2 Timothy 2.13
God and his people work for the salvation of all, v. 10. Their work is based on trustworthy truths, v. 11. Regardless of our decisions, God does not change his will.
When people fail, it hurts others. Our own failures may keep others from faith. But God is dependable, always. We may reach for him. We ought to make him our foundation. How can we make God our solid rock on whom we can depend?
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“For people everywhere report how you welcomed us and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus our deliverer from the coming wrath.”
1 Thessalonians 1.9-10
Paul’s description of conversion included the hope of eternal salvation at Jesus’ coming. Serving and waiting are two important aspects of the Way. Serving is charged and motivated by the second coming. The waiting is defined by the living God who gave life to his Son and who will also give it to us.
A more important fact than present suffering at the hands of enemies is the coming wrath in the final judgment. What must we do to avoid the latter?
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“‘For,’ I say, ‘just as shorts cling tightly to a person’s body, so I bound the whole nation of Israel and the whole nation of Judah tightly to me.’ I intended for them to be my special people and to bring me fame, honor, and praise. But they would not obey me.”
The prophet called God’s people to repentance. He condemned their pride, vv. 8-9, 15-16. God wanted them to be near him, but their disobedience prevented it.
What do we do to keep ourselves from drawing near to God? What can we do to grow closer to him?
#God #nearness #VOTD
It’s impossible to have a “Thanksgiving” unless there is someone to thank! The Apostle Paul wrote: “I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day” (2 Timothy 1:3 NKJV). (1) God is the only source of blessings to thank, so: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7 NKJV). (2) Having a “pure conscience,” then: “Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies” (Psalm 40:4 NKJV). (3) Being constantly remembered in prayers, so that: “Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked” (Proverbs 10:6 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
“We love because he loved us first.”
1 John 4.19
God is love, John wrote, 1 Jn 4.8, 16. It is his nature. All he does is an expression of love. He created man in order to show love. Love is not self-contained. God takes the initiative in love. Our love is a response to his.
“… when you feel in your bones the meaning of God’s grace, you will want to lead a more godly life than ever. But the difference is this: you do it in response to God’s love, rather than to earn that love.” —A.L. McGinnis, Confidence.
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