Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love. Ephesians 1.3-4
God is generous and loving. He gives certain things like rain and sunshine both to those who worship him as well as those who do not. However, to those who are in Christ through faith and obedience, he has a special relationship. He blesses us with every spiritual blessing. There is nothing lacking.
Before the world was created, God determined how he would save mankind. He made his plans and then put them into action. The Creator determined how man who has fallen from grace can return to him. He set the rules into play. We must be in Christ. In Christ, we may be holy or set apart from the world. Best of all, we are forgiven for we are unblemished in his sight. Do you have joy knowing that you are in Christ? We are blessed!
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“He is the one who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on his own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began,”
2 Timothy 1.9
God’s eternal purpose was formed “before time began.” It was granted to us in Christ, based upon his merit, not our own. Through him we received our calling to be his people.
What a marvelous thought that God’s purpose reaches beyond time and includes us in his salvation! Let every day become timeless grace!
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“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. The one who has the Son has this eternal life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have this eternal life.”
1 John 5.11-12
Eternal life is the life that God possess in all its beautiful qualities. It can be found and possessed by man. Only in his Son can we have it, for the Son is God. Outside of him there is no life.
To enter into the Son, we must be immersed in water for the forgiveness of sins. Have I done that? To remain in him is to continue hearing and obey the teaching of Christ, 1 Jn 2.24. Am I doing that?
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Hello, friends, I’m looking for some quotes on the meaning of Paul’s use of the phrase “in Christ” and its equivalents (“in him,” etc.). Yes, whole books have been written on it, but the need at the moment is a paragraph or less.
Also, if someone has a ready-made list of items about the phrase, please send it on or link to it as well. Charts like this one are fairly common among us.
Brother John H. has this short list based on Eph 1. (Ephesians uses the phrase some 27 times.)
BTW, Barry Newton has a great article today called “Churchscape,” about how people choose churches.
“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40 NKJV). After His resurrection, Jesus added His baptism to belief: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Paul wrote to the Galatians: “But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man” (Galatians 1:11 NKJV), and added: “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27 NKJV). According to Jesus, none are saved before baptism, and according to Paul, none are children of God before being “baptized into Christ.” Are you “in Christ?”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
There may be a lot of people this coming Thanksgiving day who aren’t Christians that will be sitting down to a “bigger turkey” than what’s on any of our tables, but there are some blessings in life that only a Christian can be thankful for, and there’s one verse that proves it: Continue reading
Some things we think we know, when we actually don’t. Our emotions, for example, tell us things that appear to be as right as rain, but have no basis in reality. Scripture offers us a true vision. Continue reading
In our Bible reading group Wednesday night, we had one non-Christian who has been attending sporadically for a year. He married a fairly new Christian. During the reading, I asked each person how long they had been baptized. He, of course, had no reply.
Afterwards, he asked to meet with me privately. He came to the house Friday night to ask for a study in preparation for baptism. Continue reading
Question for our Fellows and guests: How do you show the truth from Scripture that outside the body of Christ there is no life? I’m always interested in learning more and apply Scripture in a better way.
We thank Cougan Collins for the permission to reproduce this graphic from his webpage, “How Do You Get Saved?”
We can offer spiritual fellowship to anyone we choose. But, we must not presume that Christ will always go with us. Spiritual blessings are only found in Christ (Ephesians 1)and His will was settled before time began (Psalm 119:89). His mind is already made up as to who will be in Him. Scripture makes this clear (Romans 5). He is not subject to our whims or changing seasons.