The promised crown

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12)

Endure temptation, reveal your faith, continue in your love for the Lord and get a crown.

Is this a maybe? Is this a probably? No, it’s an open guarantee!

The crown of victory is a crown of promise. And in case you haven’t noticed, God has a tendency to keep his word. Keeping the faith is our answer.

Keeping ourself from temptation is wise. Overcoming temptation is vital. Temptation is a trial that requires strength, perseverance and a willingness to undergo something unpleasant to the soul. Concerning the unpleasantness, the body may contradict the desire of the soul, but that is what makes it a challenge. This is why the humanity – and priesthood – of Jesus is so encouraging (Hebrews 4:15-16). Wisdom looks for God’s help.

A victory crown for a victorious people from a Lord who gained our victory (1 Corinthians 15:57). That’s a promising thought … and so is the eternal crown that will be experienced in Heaven by overcoming the short-lived temptation on Earth.

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV)

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‘Above his head’ Matthew 27.37 VOTD

“Above his head they put the charge against him, which read: ‘This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.'”

Matthew 27.37

The crimes of crucified criminals were posted on their crosses. Jesus’ charge was intended as an insult to the Jews.

Jesus is King, Lord, and Savior, of Jews and Gentiles. The charge written above his cross was too modest.

#VOTD #crucifixion #Jesus

‘The Lamb standing’ Revelation 14.1 VOTD

“Then I looked, and here was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were one hundred and forty-four thousand, who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.”

Revelation 14.1

Among the great figures of Revelation is Jesus as the Lamb, not only as sacrifice, but as Leader of his people and the heavenly armies.

With him are the chosen people who bear his name and character. What are they like?

#VOTD #Jesus #victory

‘For judgment’ John 9.39 VOTD

“For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, and the ones who see may become blind.”

John 9.39

Jesus’ statement is his last word to the formerly blind man whom he healed.

In what ways are people blind to Jesus?

#VOTD #understanding #Jesus

Motivations for Hating God

In the excellent book, “Why? Explaining the Holocaust,” Peter Hayes examines the motivations behind the German brutality directed against innocent Jews.

How could they have been so barbarous? Were they just soulless monsters?

After a lengthy discussion of the history of antisemitism among the German people, Hayes considers other motivations. Continue reading

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An aspect of the Christian faith that is as essential as the cross

The cross of Christ is essential to the Christian faith. No question about it (1 Corinthians 1:18). But there’s another aspect of the Christian faith that is as essential as the cross. So essential in fact, the work of Jesus upon the cross depends upon it as much as it depends upon the work of Jesus on the cross. What is it? Continue reading

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What would you say if you were asked this by your child?

Last night, on our way to Bible study, we ended up driving part of the way behind a random driver (after pulling onto the road behind him). For some reason, one that only a young child could understand, my daughter asked, Continue reading

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