He sold everything: Matthew 13.46

“When he found a pearl of great value, he went out and sold everything he had and bought it.”

Matthew 13.46

Jesus’ parable of the pearl shows the value of the gospel and the willingness people should have to get it. One must give up all to have Christ, for he is everything.

What sacrifice did you make in order to enter God’s kingdom?

#parables #sacrifice #VOTD

To bring salvation: Hebrews 9.28 VOTD

“so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”

Hebrews 9.28

Christ is a once-for-all Savior. His sacrifice was sufficient for all, for all time. Now he will come again, but not to suffer again. The next time he will bring eternal salvation to those who are awaiting him.

Christ’s two comings are related. Those who receive his sacrifice made in his first coming will eagerly receive him in his second. Have you received him through faith and obedience?

#Christ #sacrifice #second-coming #VOTD

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

The new Hebrides are a group of islands…

The new Hebrides are a group of islands in the South Pacific. The natives of those islands long practiced an idolatry unique to their culture for centuries. In their worship they took a pig and they cooked it just right. Then they had a feast. All of the family and friends came and “pigged out”, literally. They ate the whole pig except for the tail. The tail they gave to their god. That is pig-tail religion! They took the best and gave their god the left-overs – a pig’s tail! But before you wag your head and cluck your tongue, ask yourself, Are we any better? Am I giving God my best or am I just barely getting by? God deserves the very best of all that I have – my time – my talents, my treasures. After all, it is all His anyhow and I have these things only on loan. “The earth is His and the fulness thereof.” This is Just-a-Minute.

#giving, #just-a-minute, #sacrifice

There is a touching story that comes across…

There is a touching story that comes across the seas of a Hindu mother who had 2 children–one of them blind. The mother said her god was angry and must be appeased, or something worse would happen. One day, the missionary returned, and the bed had only one child in it. The mother had thrown the other into the Ganges River. The missionary was stunned and asked, “You threw away the baby with good eyes?” The mother said, “Oh, yes, my god must have the best.” Surely this tragic story emphasizes the moral bankruptcy of false religions but there is another lesson. This poor deceived mother had wrong doctrine but a right heart. Our God, who loves us with tender mercies, deserves the best. Do we give Him only the leftovers? This is Just-a-Minute

#just-a-minute, #sacrifice

Giving to lift up Christ

In the beautiful temple for Buddha in Kyoto, Japan, there are coils of shiny black rope two inches in diameter. When the temple was being built no rope could be found that was strong enough to lift the bronze statue of Buddha into its place, so the women gave their hair, their own glory, to make ropes with which to lift up their idol-god. How much more should we be willing to give our glory, our dearest possessions and richest treasures to lift Christ up before the world to obey and worship!

—Mac Layton, This Grace Also, quoted in Prestonsburg KY church bulletin, ed. Rick Kelley

#giving, #offering, #sacrifice

It’s Not Just PETA Who Doesn’t Understand

Have you ever wondered why God would ask his people for an animal sacrifice even though he knew it wouldn’t remove sin? You’re probably not the only one. I would suspect that there are plenty of people who do not understand why, or maybe the thought had never occurred before now. Either way, it’s a question worth asking because the answer is worth knowing!

If you would like to read an article that revolves around answering that question, then click here: “Why Did God Require Animals to be Sacrificed?

The article revolves around blood, the human heart, sin, sacrifice and the grace of God. For you fellas who preach, it’s basically a written sermon; take what you find useful. For any one else who would just enjoy the question leading to a deeper study on a personal level or the gathering of notes on the topic, there are plenty of places to do both.

#blood, #god, #grace, #heart, #old-testament, #sacrifice, #sermon, #sin

Sin – Separation – Salvation

Some years ago I set out to answer a question that interested me. That question was: “Why did Jesus have to shed His blood in order for me to enjoy what He offers all?” Having given some thought to this, in systematic form, I offer it for your consideration. What I have offered may not be necessary to know because the Lord stated it succinctly in Romans 5:6-8.

  1. Life is in the blood. Leviticus 17:10-11
  2. Man is a rational creature, one who can exercise volition.
  3. Man’s choice is to serve self. Jeremiah 10:23
  4. Life (blood) in man is tainted with sin. Romans 3:23
  5. Sin separates man from God. Isaiah 59:1-2
  6. God wants all men to be saved. 1 Timothy 2:4
  7. God’s remedy. John 3:16
  8. Man’s response. Ephesians 2:8-10

ANALYSIS

1. Life is in the blood.

2. Man, however, can’t atone for (or reconcile) himself to God with his own blood because of his own sin.

  • The Lord has used the material product of blood (the Lord’s creation) to address the spiritual failings of man (that which he chose to create in his own life).
  • If the Lord chose to use man’s own blood to atone for his sin, this would result in his spiritual death because only blood can atone for sin, but in this case man’s blood is “tainted” with sin – thus, no atonement.
  • Moreover, man cannot do anything good enough on his own to eradicate the sin “tainted” blood flowing through his veins.
  • In God’s mercy He chose not to give to man that which was his just due: physical death which followed his spiritual death (Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27).

3. God gave some men (Israel) a substitute to address his sin (failings).

  • This is the nature of animal sacrifices.
  • This substitute was adequate to only a certain degree, and not in the ultimate degree. Acts 13:39
  • Life was sacrificed, but the life sacrificed was not freely given by the victim.
  • With animals there is no volition, but with the worshiper there is. Since he can’t offer his own blood to atone for his guilt and since the blood of animals is not adequate (Hebrews 10:1-4)…..

4. Jesus (John 3:16, cf. Romans 7:24 – 8:4)

#blood, #jesus, #life, #sacrifice

Man drowns for girlfriend who’d already escaped sinking car

EvangelismNear Bridgeport AL on the Tennessee River, a man jumped into the water when he arrived and saw his girlfriend’s vehicle sinking. Except that she’d already escaped and been helped from the water 20 yards downstream by fishermen at a boat ramp.

Was his sacrifice needless? Did he give his life for nothing?

That sad news story prompts three thoughts.

One, for the great multitudes of millions on earth, Jesus’ sacrifice will be for nothing, as far as their salvation is concerned. They will perish, most of them, without ever hearing the true gospel of Christ. They will not experience the redemptive effect of his death. They will die in their sins, in that real place called hell, as if Jesus had never been crucified for them.

Two, for the remnant, so small, it would appear, in comparison to the world’s billions, Jesus did not die in vain. Somehow, it is God’s design to save a few, and these to him are precious.

Three, the man gave little thought for his life, because his sight was set on (the assumption of) saving one he loved. He presumed she was in danger, when she was actually safe. He could not see her drowning, but the mere thought of it caused him to dive into the swift water. How many of us are willing to evangelize in order to save people whom we know for a fact are perishing and who will perish unless we act, as long as it doesn’t inconvenience our lifestyle?

#evangelism, #sacrifice, #salvation