Friday, February 15, 2019
"And you that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled." Colossians 1:21. Wicked works will make us the enemy of God. The very character of God is such that is opposed to evil. When one chooses to walk in the way of wickedness, that one becomes alienated from God. To be alienated from God means to be cut off from God. All such are the enemies of God because evil opposes God and fights against God. God commissioned Jesus Christ to reconcile that condition. In Christ, we become the friends of God. Jesus through His power enables us to overcome evil. When one is reconciled unto God, that one chooses to walk in the way of God and always do that which is pleasing to God. Reconciliation means that we are redeemed of God, and all wickedness committed by us in the past has been forgiven. Reconciliation means that we seek after God, and to possess His character in our lives. The reconciled walk in the way of God, and oppose evil even as God does. No longer alienated, but reconciled. No longer an enemy, but a friend.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
"And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation." Acts 2:40. The gospel has been preached by the apostle Peter. He has spoken of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is now decision time. Many people want to blame others for their relationship with Jesus Christ. But, each person is responsible for their own destiny in life. The gospel is a message that must be heard and obeyed by each one. If one is going to be saved, he must save himself. Christ has made the sacrifice so that all can be saved. God's salvation comes to us in a word. Each one must hear and obey for themselves. The generation was an evil one. Each generation is an evil generation. The devil walks to and fro upon the earth. But, the gospel will save those who choose to be saved. The word which is preached by God's faithful messengers must be received into the heart and lived in outward life. The believer will be baptized as the word is gladly received. Hear the exhortation of truth, Save Yourselves.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
"Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:" Colossians 1:12. We give thanks unto the Father for every blessing both spiritual and material. The church of God has a promise of an inheritance. This inheritance is not physical, but rather it is spiritual. Our inheritance is a heavenly home in the eternal world. God will one day close out earthly history. We have no information as to when this event will take place, but rather, as a thief comes, so will Christ come. When Jesus comes again, He will reward His servants with this inheritance that will not diminish in glory nor fade in radiance. God through His grace and love has made us meet to be a partaker of this inheritance. As many as have obeyed the gospel and lived a life of faithful service will be rewarded with an inheritance that God has prepared. We should be thankful for such a wonderful promise. We should live a righteous life all of our days so that we might be fit to enter into this heavenly rest.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold." Proverbs 22:1. We are individuals who make choices. Consideration must be given in the making of choices. Choices always have consequences. The wise writer of this proverb makes us aware of the importance of our name. God has always placed great importance upon the name. We are very familiar with the names of Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus. These are the names of those who were used by God to promote His eternal cause. We are also mindful of the names of Jezebel, Herod, and Judas Iscariot. These were the names of people who opposed God. Judas Iscariot chose silver rather than faithful discipleship to Christ. Silver, gold, and great riches are temporal things. These items are here and then gone. But, our name will be long remembered. Our name will be passed to future generations. Will our children and grandchildren want to wear our name? Will God remember our name? A good name is a blessing both in time and eternity.
Friday, October 12, 2018
"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." I Corinthians 11:1. Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, could be followed because he followed Christ. The life of this apostle was consumed by Christ. We all follow the example of someone. Jesus Christ taught that we are to live in a manner that others might follow us. All of us are to be an influence for good. If we follow the example of Jesus, we will make a difference in the lives of others. Our culture needs a good influence. Those who follow Christ will have an influence that will change lives and influence the world for good. Jesus sought to change the world in which He lived, and also, for ages to come. Jesus lived a life that was pleasing to God. Godliness has an impact. Godliness will bless a society for good. Ungodliness will curse a society. Not all choose to follow what is good and right. The devil has an influence over the hearts of many souls. But, goodness will help preserve. If our lives are blessed and we find true joy, we must follow Jesus.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
"Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from my ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return." Malachi 3:7. When we err against God, we remove ourselves from God. We must return unto God so that our relationship with Him can be mended. These people of God had departed from Him because they refused to keep His ordinances. God has given commandments that we are to keep. The obedience to these commandments keeps us in union with Him. But, our disobedience to His ordinances will result in our departure from Him. We can depart from God. When such a condition occurs, we must return. God will not make us remain faithful unto Him. But, God will always allow us to return. If we err from God, we must return in faith and repentance. We must turn from the evil way which we have chosen, and embrace once again His ordinances. When we return to God, God will return to us.
Monday, October 8, 2018
"Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart." Psalm 119:1-2. In our world, some are happy and some are unhappy. God seeks the happiness of every soul. To insure our happiness, God gives us directions. When we choose to follow His way, we will indeed find blessings. God counsels us to walk in His law, keep His testimonies, and seek Him. His law and testimonies will keep us from being defiled by sin. The law of God directs us toward God. We seek God who is holy Himself and without any uncleanness. To seek Him, we must be holy. Our heart must be pure. As we are in the way, we must abstain from that which defiles and corrupts. His law guards us from the evil that lurks in the way. His testimonies are a hedge about us. To be without defilement is to be blessed. A clean heart leads to a clean life, and God blesses those who so walk.