Monday, July 1, 2019
"And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" Acts 16:30. Have you asked this question? The answer is contained within the Bible, the word of God. The religious world offers different answers to this question. We must ask, "What does God say?" His answer is the only answer that matters. This man was told to "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ." Many want to stop at that point and proceed no further. However, the Bible has more to say on this subject. Notice that "they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and then took him the same hour of the night and baptized him." When we study the word of the Lord, we come to understand that one must not only believe, but also repent. Repentance means that we turn away from sin so that we can follow the Holy God. We must also confess that Jesus is the Son of God. And, then as with this man, we must be baptized into the name of Jesus Christ. These actions place one into a saved relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the Savior of the world. This is a serious question, and requires a serious answer. It requires a Bible answer.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
"For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities, but fear thou God." Ecclesiastes 5:7. Much of life is mere emptiness. Multitudes spent their time and their pursuit of life in various vain ways. While many endeavors of life are useless, the main objective for all of us is to "fear God." Rather than seeking after the vain and empty, we must pursue God. God should be feared because we are His creation. We are all here because of His divine power. Nothing is outside the possibility of God to perform. God is without equal. There is no other in power, love, and wisdom. God has the might to build and to destroy. God can cause things to rise and also to fall. God controls the whole of nature. Rivers flow at His command. Stars shine because of His will. Should not indeed such a God be feared? Only God can save the soul. Only God can purge the iniquity of the heart. God knows the events of yesterday and that which shall come to pass on the morrow. God sees all and knows all. Such knowledge of Him should indeed cause us to revere, respect, and fear Him.
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.