Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘New Testament’ Category

Read Ephesians 1:3-14

1. Copy Ephesians 1:5 here.

2. What does it mean that God has predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ?

3. What do the following verses teach?
▸ Romans 8:14-17

▸ Galatians 4:4-7

4. As you consider this study, what does your heart long to tell the Father? For what are you grateful? Pour out your thanks to God for all that He has done, is doing and will do for you and on your behalf.

 

Read Full Post »

Read Ephesians 1:3-14

1. Copy Ephesians 1:7b here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

2. What does it mean that we have forgiveness of sins?

3. Who has the power to forgive sins?

4. What do the following verses teach?

▸ Romans 3:23-26
▸ 1 John 4:10
▸ Revelation 1:5

IMG_4635

Read Full Post »

Read Ephesians 1:3-14

1. List all the things God had done for believers according to this passage.

2. Copy Ephesians 1:7a here.

3. What does it mean to have redemption (be redeemed)?

4. From what are we redeemed?

5. What do the following verses teach?
▸ Psalm 49:7-8

▸ Matthew 20:28

▸ Galatians 3:13

▸ Galatians 4:5

▸ Titus 2:14

▸ Hebrews 9:12

▸ 1 Peter 1:18-19

p1010056.jpg

 

Read Full Post »

Some days everything’s coming up roses, but often it’s hard to move forward, maybe even to get out of bed. For times when what faces us seems to be dominating us, God has provided in anchors for the soul to hold us and keep us from slipping. Colossians 1:13 is such an anchors.

For He [Adonai] has rescued us and has drawn us to Himself from the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son [Jesus] (Amplified version)

He has rescued us. This speaks of a completed work. It requires nothing further to be complete. It can’t be undone. It won’t unravel.

We were rescued from imminent danger-the danger of death and the unavoidable wrath of God because it is the fate of man to die once and then face God’s judgment. What an amazing rescue! Without anything else that would be mind-blowing. But Paul goes on.

He has drawn us to Himself. This is the very heart of God–closeness with us, intimate relationship with us. He knows that we are surrounded by darkness–the dominion of darkness. That which has dominion over us rules us, governs us, dominates us. Our necks were under the heel of the boot of the enemy of our souls. God saved us from that. And not leaving us there, He gave us a new destination–a new Sovereign. He transferred us to the kingdom of His Son–a kingdom in which all sin has been paid for and its power eliminated. In the Kingdom of His Son, I am an adopted child, I’m grafted into a rich history with God and the people of God.

Hallelujah! What a Savior! That’s good news (gospel).

IMG_4635

Read Full Post »

One of the prayers I came across for Rosh HaShanah goes like this:  “Remember us for life, O King Who desires life, and inscribe us in the Book of Life for Your sake, O Living G-d”

I find this intriguing in light of the New Testament teaching on the Book of Life and those whose names will be found therein.  For example, in Revelation 3:5, we read “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”  This is Jesus who is speaking here.  He is making it clear that He, Jesus, is the one who determines whose name is in the Book of Life.

In Revelation 20:12, John tells us “I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”  

Revelation 20:15 confirms the importance of the Book of Life stating that “anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

In speaking of the new Jerusalem, in Revelation 21:27, John tells us “there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

The interesting thing about the Book of Life in the New Testament is that it is linked to Jesus.  Jesus is the judge and only those whose names are listed in the Book of Life with be with Jesus in the new Jerusalem.

Father God, maker of heaven and earth.  Hear the prayers of our Jewish brethren this Rosh HaShanah and cause their names to be  forever written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  May they come to know Jesus, the Christ and enter into the atonement provided by His shed blood on the cross of Calvary.

Read Full Post »

If Jesus truly had the words of eternal life as Peter said  in John 6:68, why wouldn’t everyone who heard His words accept the message of the gospel?

The answer is found in John 3, right after the well-known proclamation of God’s love for man in John 3:16, we read this:

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. John 3:19-20

Is your love for your sin keeping you from accepting the free gift of salvation?  Are you clinging to the darkness, hiding from the light, so you can continue to engage in your sin?

Don’t be deceived, Light is coming.  He will expose you for who you are and your evil deeds will be known by all.  Repent and turn from your sin and allow the Light of the World to flood the darkness of your soul.  Today is the day of Salvation!

Read Full Post »

On the subject of prayer and in the context of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:  “Rejoice Always, pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

John Wesley said, “One who always prays is ever giving praise, whether in ease or pain, both for prosperity and for the greatest adversity.  He blesses God for all things, looks on them as coming from Him, and receives them only for His sake — not choosing nor refusing, liking nor disliking, anything, but only as it is agreeable or disagreeable to His perfect will.”

In essence, the heart of thanksgiving springs out of an understanding of God, His character, that He is the source of all things and that His will is to be sought above all else.  Having that focus, I can continue in a perpetual attitude of thanksgiving to God for all that He has done for me, is doing for me and will do for me.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »