“For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on him.”
Paul argues that Christ brings righteousness to everyone who believes, v. 4. His rich blessings refer to salvation and all that accompanies it. To call upon him is to appeal to God for salvation rather than one’s own righteousness.
Christ is Lord of all, so that means there is one way to be saved, by calling on him. What does this calling entail, according to the Bible?
#Christ as Lord #salvation #calling #VOTD
“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”
Psalm 62.5 NLT
The Hebrew word for “soul” denotes the whole person. NLT reflects this in the translation above. “In times of stress it may be necessary to command ourselves to do what we know to be true” (J.A. Motyer, 21NBC, 524).
Is there some part of your soul that has not yet learned to wait quietly in God?
#soul #patience #VOTD
“And even though you were dead in your transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he nevertheless made you alive with him, having forgiven all your transgressions.”
God brings those who are spiritually dead to life. Those who are separated from him are reconciled. This happens at baptism, which is done through faith in God’s power, v. 12, which works at the cross, v. 13.
Sin results in death, obedience in life. God reverses the effects of sin. What other good results does God produce in us?
#regeneration #forgiveness #VOTD
“Israel cries out to me,
‘My God, we acknowledge you!’
But Israel has rejected what is morally good;
so an enemy will pursue him.”
Israel claimed one thing but did another. They professed to recognize God as the Lord, but rejected his law. For this, they became subject to punishment.
Jesus does not accept those who call him Lord, but fail to do what he commands, Mt 7.21. What justifications do people give for such failure?
#disobedience #good #VOTD
“So he went down and dipped in the Jordan seven times, as the prophet had instructed. His skin became as smooth as a young child’s and he was healed.”
2 Kings 5.14
Naaman, the Syrian army commander, first balked at the prophet Elias’s command. Only when he decided to obey was he healed of his disease.
Just as there is power in prayer for the Christian because God answers, there is power in obedience for the sinner because God forgives. When at some moment of obedience in your life did you see God’s power?
#obedience #power #VOTD
“Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man. Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man.”
1 Corinthians 15.48-49 NLT
The physical human body and the spiritual human body are different, just as Adam and Christ were different in their origins. God will transform our bodies at the resurrection.
To be like Christ is always a good thing, both now and eternally. In what ways will we be like him in heaven?
#resurrection #kingdom-of-God #VOTD
“For this reason the Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies, will make his healthy ones emaciated. His majestic glory will go up in smoke.”
The prophet foretold the judgment against Assyria. The power of man would be destroyed. In a single night, God decimated the Assyrian army, Isa 37.36.
What we prize on earth can be lost in a moment. What in this world do you derive pride or pleasure from?
#glory #man #VOTD