“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.”
1 John 2.1 NLT
John writes that God’s marvelous plan has us covered in all circumstances. False teachers claimed sin was a non-issue. God considers it serious, so much so that Jesus serves as advocate.
The Lord doesn’t expect sinless people. He expects people not to live for sin. What are some wrong ideas about sin that people have?
#sin #Jesus #Advocate #VOTD
Eddie Parrish helps us in Hebrews 1:
Because Jesus: (1) is the one through whom God has spoken in these last days, (2) is the heir of God, (3) is the creator of the world, (4) is the radiance of God’s glory, (5) is the exact representation of God’s nature, (6) is the one who cleansed our sins, (7) is seated at God’s right hand, (8) is superior to angels, (9) is God’s Son, (10) is worshiped even by angels, (11) righteously rules an eternal kingdom, (12) will outlast the universe, (13) and sends out angels to do his bidding as they serve on behalf of Christians, then there is NO ONE who deserves our allegiance more than He.
#Jesus #Hebrews #Bible-class
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all.”
2 Thessalonians 3.16
The Lord is the source of peace. For the readers undergoing persecution, they must know that peace does not depend upon circumstances. Christ will give it all the time, anywhere, regardless of the situation.
What events or situations tend to rob you of peace? How can we retain the Lord’s peace independent of circumstances?
#peace #Jesus #VOTD
“And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do those things that please him.”
Jesus was certain of his Father’s presence with him. He did not feel alone, because he saw demonstrations of his approval. He was certain of pleasing the Father, because his will is clear and simple.
How may we have certainty of God’s presence? What to do when we feel alone?
#Jesus #will-of-God #VOTD
It’s amazing how non-believers can believe in the Bible (or at least like to quote it) when it’s advantageous to their cause but still not know what they’re talking about.
Take for example this story. A story that chides and corrects and criticizes Donald Trump for “not believing in the virgin birth” (due to a “tweet” in which he “erroneously” referred to Joseph as Jesus’ father) all the while it uses the names God and Jesus in a very flippant and unholy manner.
What exactly did the President say … or tweet rather? Continue reading
Most people are interested in their lineage. Even in this digital age companies exist to help people find their ancestral roots.
Despite the fact that he or she had nothing (and again for emphasis sake let me say – nothing!) to do with making themselves a part of their lineage, many individuals like to proudly and arrogantly boast about their fearsome forefathers, their existing matriarchal might or maybe even their connection to a few drops of “royal” blood. And yes, their skin-color, their national origin, their clan, their crest and even their religion comes along for the ride.
In Christ this fleshly foolishness stops (Galatians 4:30; 1 Timothy 1:4; Matthew 3:9-10).
If one’s lineage cannot be drawn in a straight-line from you to Jesus to Abraham to God, then your lineage, my lineage and our lineage is of no value.
Am I saying it’s wrong to know about or even celebrate our ancestral roots and the things (the good things) that were accomplished on our behalf? Absolutely not! I’m only saying when our branch comes to an end, the importance of our spiritual roots and fruit will far outweigh the physical. Because outside of Jesus the tree will surely die!
“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. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29 NKJV)
“Then he said to her, ‘Because you said this, you may go. The demon has left your daughter.’ She went home and found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.”
The same faith that caused the Syrophoenician woman to go to Jesus caused her to leave him when he said her daughter was well. She believed Jesus had healed her child.
What Jesus says, he will do. If he says it, we may and must trust him. When he says he will provide for our needs, we ought to be believe him. When he send us and promises us his empowering presence, we should go.
#Jesus #faith #VOTD
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning” John 1:1-2.
Most of us cannot but jot down a few appointments on a calendar and strive to meet them, but looking back on a day, we can see just how nearsighted we are. As we try to understand God’s plan to redeem sinful man, it’s easy to believe Jesus as just another figure in a line of greats: Adam, Noah, Moses, David …. But, Jesus is different.
He is from the beginning, being both God and with God, through whom all things were made. His Only Son’s part in His plan of salvation is integral, but what was the Second Person of the Godhead doing before “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us”?
He was the instrument of Creation and spoken to by the Father in Genesis 1:26 as He and the Father are one (John 10:30). Some believe it is Jesus to show up in various theophanies (appearances of God) throughout Scripture … perhaps even Melchizedek himself, in whose order Jesus has become our High Priest forever. He even made His own mother who would give birth to Him.
Do you believe that as God, Jesus is the ‘I Am’?
#Jesus #Word #devotional #dougkashorek
“Then a voice came from the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him!'”
At Jesus’ physical transformation, showing his divine glory, Moses and Elijah are overshadowed. The Father points to Christ as the final revelation. The old law and prophecy are being fulfilled. The new has arrived.
How has the new covenant taken the place of the old? What elements have passed away? Where does the New Testament indicate that Jesus now occupies central place?
#Jesus #new-covenant #VOTD
One question in this week’s lesson (Preaching and Ministry, Jesus the Good Shepherd, Lesson 7, p. 83) in the Gospel Advocate Foundations book asked, “How is Jesus like the door of the sheepfold?”
The verses under question say, “Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 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 10:7-10 NKJV)
Looking at the verses under question a few answers stand-out:
- Jesus is the legal way. He fulfills the prophecy of the Law, psalms and prophets. People who reject Jesus become law-breakers who work against the will of the God and harm the sheep.
- Jesus is the passage way. Unless an individual enters through the door named Jesus, there will be no salvation, freedom or spiritual nourishment provided.
- Jesus is the rejected way. Abundant life offered, abundant life rejected was the choice of the false teachers (thieves and robbers). Jesus’ desire was the former.
In light of Ezekiel 34, Jesus’ lesson about the sheepfold, the door, the thieves and robbers, and the shepherd of the sheep was meant to grab attentions, interest and decisions. It did and it still does by causing people to see Jesus as the legal way, the passage way and the rejected way.
“Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings. And many of them said, “He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?” Others said, “These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”” (John 10:19-21 NKJV)
“They begged him if they could only touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.”
Multitudes came to Jesus to heal their diseases. He made himself accessible to all who came.
Jesus is not limited to a physical presence today. Our access to his powerful presence is even easier now!
#Jesus #access #VOTD
Many people enjoy a dislike of “religion.” Hence the popularity of the spiritual but not religious identity … which is often the slogan (of sorts) for the pro-Jesus, anti-church mentality.
Religion is equal to rules. Rules are equal to standards. Standards are equal to responsibilities. Responsibilities are equal to religion. Hence the exodus of many “churches” and their relationship to any perceived hint of hardline religion.
Somehow people have managed to convince themselves that a relationship with Jesus is not based on any sort of hard-line – because Jesus was anti-religion, right?
Granted, Jesus took extreme issue with the religious leaders of his earthly day (a religion, mind you, that ultimately revolved around and pointed to Jesus – Luke 24:22, Galatians 3:24), but Jesus’ issue wasn’t with religion in general – his problem was with the way they practiced their religion by blurring hard-lines created by God! (Matthew 15:1-9, Matthew 23, Mark 3:1-5, Luke 14:6, John 5:10-16) And such an issue was nothing new (Amos 8, Jeremiah 23).
So before you think being against hardline religion makes you pro-Jesus (or vice-versa), keep these teachings in mind: Continue reading
Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.
Here are the topics you will find:
- Fulfill Ye My Joy! (John W. Moore)
- The Example of Jesus (Cody Westbrook)
- The Example of Paul (Carl McCann)
- The Example of Timothy (Ross Hafner)
- The Example of Epaphroditus (Troy Spradlin)
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.
Copyright © 2017 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.
“For he did not put the world to come, about which we are speaking, under the control of angels.”
The Way of Christ is superior to the Mosaic system because his Kingdom, which has now come into the world, is not under angelic control, but under the Lord’s authority.
The Lord Jesus involves himself in our lives. We are grateful for his proximity.
#angels #Jesus #VOTD
I have a thought-provoking question.
I say thought-provoking because I believe it’s worth thinking about for several reasons – although I’m not necessarily looking for an answer.
I don’t know if the question can even be correctly answered on this side of life. That’s because there may not be a book, chapter and verse for it. And if there is, I must honestly say it’s not an obvious section of scripture to me. I have my ideas, but they’re only my ideas.
So what’s the question? Continue reading