Sunday, March 26, 2017

To Live - Philippians 1:21

Philippians 1:21 ESV 

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

There is one name by whom salvation comes. 

It is Yeshua, or Jesus, which means "Jehovah is Salvation".

We baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which means the one name by which man is saved. 

We raised into life by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

This is the name by whom man is saved, by whom we live. 

There is one God and to live is Christ. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

All That You Can Be

Don't settle for being all you can be. That is setting the goal way short of what you can be. 

Instead, seek to be what God made you to be. 

You can't do what He can. 

To be complete as a human being means being completely with God. 

Resembling - Hebrews 7:1-3

Hebrews 7:1-3 ESV 

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.

Melchizedek resembled the Son of God, but in type only. He had no genealogy recorded, before or after his life, which is what is meant by having "neither beginning of days nor end of life. 

On the other hand, Jesus proclaims He is the beginning and end. Oddly, Melchizedek who had a beginning and end, for he was a man, is described otherwise. Jesus, who is eternal and has no beginning or end, tells us He is the beginning and end. 

Jesus came from God the Father. There is no earthly genealogy in the usual sense. He is the first fruits of the children of light and it is in His light that the children are perfected with eternal life. This is the end God saw and willed from the beginning of man. This began when God said, "Let there be light" at the beginning of creation. This will end when we transform from our mortal existence into the union of an eternal body and spirit, similar to Christ. 

This is the beginning and end of the light coming into the world. This is what Scripture is about, of God and man. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Not In Darkness - 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5

1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 ESV 

But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.

The separation of light and darkness in mankind began the first day of creation. We can see here what was meant in those first verses of Genesis. The light and darkness of the first day refer to the spiritual state of man. At the end of creation, on the sixth day, man is created in the image of God. 

This is happening now as we begin to put on Christ. We are clothed in His body of righteousness and made holy before God as we follow Him in the wilderness of the world. Our sanctification takes place during this journey as He molds and shapes us with the refining fire of the Holy Spirit. He leads by day and by night. 

We might look at the wilderness journey of the Israelites as ancient history and it is, but it is something more. It is as fresh as today as that journey is repeated with the body of Christ. We have been called out of the world (Egypt) and are following Christ to the promised land. Our promised land is not on the earth as it is for the Israelites because God is our portion and inheritance. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Will Of God - 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 ESV

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;

What is the will of God for your life? There are many ideas and opinions on the matter, but when we look to Scripture we might find what really matters. 

God's main concern and will for man is our sanctification, to come out of the world and to enter the holiness of God. 

The Greek word translated as "lust" means a longing for something, especially if forbidden. This was the reason for the fall in the Garden of Eden, the desire for the forbidden fruit. 

There is one who overcame the world, which is the world of our flesh. Jesus wrapped Himself in our flesh and brought it into heaven. We who enter the body of Christ follow after Him with the goal of overcoming our flesh and crossing the finish line as more than conquerors. 

This is the will of God. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Abundance Of The Heart - Matthew 12:33-34

Matthew 12:33-34 ESV 

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

This passage may remind us of the two trees in the midst of the garden. Now the garden is shown to be in the heart. The fruit we pick is chosen within and reveals the nature of the resulting tree, which is you and me. 

Evil has its origin in us. Our fruit is something that grows on the inside and we are given the freedom to choose which fruit we will bear. Our fruit will become evident and by it we will be judged. 

Jesus calls the Jewish leaders a brood of vipers because they look and act like their father who deceived Eve in the garden. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Surely - Genesis 2:16-17

Genesis 2:16-17 ESV 

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Adam did eat the forbidden fruit and he did surely die. 

When God put Himself on the tree of the cross, he was putting that fruit back on the tree it came from. Now we have the same choice that was given to Adam. 

We can eat the bread of life and surely live or continue with the forbidden fruit and surely die.