The love of Christ controls me

The love of Christ controls me 1) To treat people with dignity and respect, 2) To be a living sacrifice by humbling myself, and 3) To overcome the ambition of selfish desires. … [L]earn how the love of Christ controls the life of the Christian to act in a respectful, humble, and selfless way.

via The Love of Christ Controls Me – New Boston Church of Christ

#love #2-Corinthians #sacrifice

Water of purification: Numbers 19.9 VOTD

“Then a man who is ceremonially clean must gather up the ashes of the red heifer and put them in a ceremonially clean place outside the camp. They must be kept for the community of the Israelites for use in the water of purification—it is a purification for sin.”

Numbers 19.9

The Israelites were accustomed to think of water, with ashes of a sacrifice of a red heifer, associated with purification for sin. The sacrifice had a means of application to the impure person through the water.

Baptism brings these three together in the new covenant. In the water is applied the blood of Christ’s sacrifice, so that we might be cleansed from sin.

#sacrifice #purification #VOTD

Go and learn: Matthew 9.13 VOTD

“Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Matthew 9.13

Jesus called people who were aware of their need for forgiveness. Those who considered themselves righteous would not listen.

Some use the ritual of religion to prove their worthiness before God. Jesus rejected justification on this basis. Selective obedience (sacrifice but not mercy) is no obedience at all.

#VOTD #mercy #sacrifice

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4-12-2017 Are All Saved?

“We trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:10 NKJV).  God is the “Savior of all men” but not all are saved, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 NKJV).  God has made His offering for any who will accept it. “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12 NKJV).  Scripture is given “for obedience to the faith” (Romans 16:26 NKJV).  Jesus said: “if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24 NKJV).  “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#sacrifice, #saviour, #sins

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3-29-2017 Christ’s Cost

Paul wrote: “walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma” (Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV). His love for us caused Jesus to give Himself as our “offering,” to express thanksgiving; our “sacrifice,” or blood-offering to atone for our sins; “a sweet-smelling aroma” shows how acceptable to God our atonement is! Jesus said He came “to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28 NKJV). “Ransom” is the price for a slave who is then set free. His part, as He said on His cross, “is finished” (John 19:30 NKJV).  We must renounce our slavery to sin by repentance, and be baptized “in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV). His sacrifice saves, not all, but the “many” who obey.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#aroma, #offering, #ransom, #sacrifice

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5-19-2016 Worship By Faith

Jesus asked His disciples, “saying, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ So they answered and said, ‘John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again’” (Luke 9:18-20 NKJV).  God never has allowed the varying opinions of men to determine how to worship God!  The first time anyone worshiped God, it was: “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks” (Hebrews 11:4 NKJV).  God had made it clear what He wanted, and Cain did not offer that.  It didn’t matter that Cain’s “talent” was with crops, or that Cain may have been sincere.  Opinions of worshipers does not establish spiritual truth!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#cain, #opinions, #sacrifice, #worshiped

Dalton Georgia 21 yr old Corporal J R…

Dalton, Georgia 21-yr-old Corporal J. R. Martinez was trapped in an ammunition transport in Iraq that exploded and burned. The burns he suffered disfigured his face, head, arms and legs. He endured 27 surgeries over 18 months. Now he devotes his time at Brooke Army Medical Center cheering up other burn victims at the hospital, many with injuries less severe than his own. “I’m going to live my life like this never happened,” said Martinez, “I’m happy every day I’m able to survive.” J. R. Martinez is a hero! He paid a high price for America and we all should acknowledge his sacrifice. This is Just A Minute.

#burns, #j-r-martinez, #just-a-minute, #sacrifice