“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:9-10 NKJV). With these words, Jesus Christ has placed Himself squarely between humanity and Heaven. Any movie-maker in Harlotwood who thinks theirs is “the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life” is “mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29 NKJV). Only God’s love seen in Jesus’ death for our sins, burial, and resurrection can lead a sinner to die to sin, bury sins in baptism for remission, and be raised to walk a new, and renewed, life. All movies have never done this!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
At the heart of the Christian message is God’s love. That sounds like a commonplace, doesn’t it? That love, however, is multi-faceted and not so slick or easy as many would make it. Discipline is a subset of his love, for example, not a popular subject today. (See Hebrews 12.)
• In his first epistle, John coupled God’s love with his light, or holiness, which he mentions before the former. Two twin-star affirmations about God: God is light; God is love. One without the other is, may we say?, useless. Let us not whittle the God Who Is down to a God Who Fits.
• On the phrase, “God is light,” in 1 John 1.5, the NLT Study Bible says, “In John, ‘light’ represents God’s holiness and revelation. It is the opposite of false teaching and undisciplined living, which is ‘darkness’ (1:6).” Well said. God is light, God is right.
• So did Jesus have a wife or not? I didn’t even bother to read the news reports on the idiot Harvard prof, just saw the headlines. (Does “idiot” equal “Raca”? Hope not—oops, NLT translates it that way.) One this morning says that whatever document he touted as proof has been revealed as a forgery. Will they never learn? Continue reading