Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lift Up Your Eyes - Genesis 13:14-16

Genesis 13:14-16 ESV 

The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted.

Genesis 15:5-6

And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

One might interpret these passages as two types of descendants. One that will be of the dust of the earth and the other in heaven as stars in the night sky. 

This would align with the distinction between the inheritance by Israel of the promised land and the inheritance of the body of Christ which will be the Lord. Our hope is kept in heaven. 

1 Peter 1:3-5

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Way - Acts 24:20-22

Acts 24:20-22 ESV 

Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the council, other than this one thing that I cried out while standing among them: ‘It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day.’”

Paul Kept in Custody

But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case.”

God has revealed the way to eternal life. It is the resurrection of the dead made possible by the resurrection of Jesus. All flesh will wither and die, but Christ provides the way beyond death and to eternal life. Those who choose this way will put on a new flesh untainted by death and destruction. We who are in the body of Christ will receive a new body like His. 

Being familiar or having knowledge of the way will provide no benefit, unless one takes the way for their own. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Has Given Us - 1 John 4:13

1 John 4:13 ESV 

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

To be a child of God means that we live in a life that is beyond that which we had. The finite life of man is infused with the infinite life of God through the Holy Spirit. We are a unique person who has become one with God. We do not give up what we are, but become who we are. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

My Lord And My God - John 20:28-29

John 20:28-29 ESV 

Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

There is a difference expressed by Thomas when he calls Jesus Lord and God. “Lord” implies a more personal relationship and interaction than the term “God.”

Israel worshiped the one and true God. We now worship our Lord and Father. Israel would be the people of God. We are the family of God. 

Thomas exclaims they are one and the same. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Life - John 1:4-5

John 1:4-5 ESV 

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

If you believe in life, then you believe in God, though you may not realize it. 

He is life. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Boundary - Job 26:10

Job 26:10 ESV 

He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters

at the boundary between light and darkness.

The light of God is shining on the face of the waters of mankind. It has entered the darkness and is drawing a people into that light. It has done so through the man named Jesus who is the Son of God. 

The light has crossed the great expanse between heaven and earth, drawing near to each man and woman. It is the word of God. The finger of God has written in the dust of man and the light of Christ is only a word away. We take but a step to complete the journey into His presence.  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Be Holy - 1 Peter 1:16

1 Peter 1:16 ESV 

since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

We have become the the temple of the Living God. We are made holy in His Holy Presence which makes it possible for us to become the Holy ground out of the dust of the earth. Because of Him, this is so. 

He is with us.