Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Law - Romans 8:1-2

Romans 8:1-2 ESV

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

There is no question for those in Christ, there is no condemnation. A question remains, are you in Christ?

A law applies to everyone. The law of the Spirit of life applies those in Christ. The law of sin and death applies everyone else. Both require obedience. It is impossible to obey the law of sin and death. That's how it got its name. The law of the Spirit world be impossible without God, but it includes the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus in an ongoing relationship of dependence and transformation. 

The decision before us is whether we seek to remain in the body of Christ, to stay attached to the vine. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Opened The Window - Genesis 8:6-7

Genesis 8:6-7
At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth.

Noah releases the raven first, just as God sends forth Satan before Jesus. The waters continue to recede until a dove is able to find rest outside the ark. Both are in the world today. Satan still goes to and fro, and is the prince of the air. The Holy Spirit rests on each believer, in the earth of our bodies. 

The Lord has opened the window into heaven and the door to the kingdom. We only need walk in the way through.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Human Being

A complete and true human being is the manifestation of life in the image of God, of being His children and becoming the light in the world. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

For A Thousand Years - Revelation 20:4

Revelation 20:4 ESV 

Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

The marriage supper takes place before the thousand year reign of Christ on earth. We are with Him as He comes to sit on the throne of David. Those who have gone through the great tribulation and have proved faithful to God now experience the peace and justice of the rule of Christ, even ruling with Him. Satan is bound and no longer deceives the nations. Even so, he is able to amass a vast army for the final assault and battle against God as he is able to once again deceive the nations. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

See? - Matthew 24:24-25

Matthew 24:24-25 ESV 

For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.

Jesus allows us to see the world in a different way and provides insight to the future. He declares the end from the beginning because He is God. 

"See, I have told you from beforehand."

See?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It Was Night - John 13:30

John 13:30 ESV 

So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

Judas received a bite of bread from the bread of life. Jesus offers the bread of heaven to all, but Judas did not want more and immediately left. Many do not have a taste for the divine or an interest in God. 

The last words are the most somber and sad part of this verse. Judas left the light of the world to return to the darkness from which he came. 

I'm sure he had his reasons and had an answer for why he rejected the Lord. He and many others will have the opportunity to stand before Christ and give their account of why they loved the darkness more than the light.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Children Of Light

God speaks into creation "Let there be light."

The light becomes the word of creation. 

The word becomes Jesus Christ. 

We become the body of Christ. 

We put on Christ in mind and spirit, and eventually in body. 

We will be like Him. 

We are the children of light and sons of God. 

It is finished.