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