Monday, August 20, 2018

Christian Action, 9of39


~ Have Genuine Love ~

Series Note  ~  In just the single chapter of Romans 12 the Apostle Paul gave believers a list of 39 things which are part of the Christian life which pleases God.  This chapter is crying out saying, “If you name Jesus Christ as your Savior then please act like a Christian!  It is Paul’s “To Do List” for us.  The key principle is that while you and I cannot change God’s character (who He really is) we have the clear potential to damage His reputation (what others think He is). 

Scripture to Meditate On  ~  Let love be without hypocrisy” (Romans 12:9a).  

Comment  ~  The Scripture indicates that those around us should be able to tell we are Christians by our love for one another and our fellow mankind. 

Related Passages  ~  Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you [a very tall order], that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).  “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal” (1 Corinthians 13:1).

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Jesus Is…, 41


~ Jesus Christ Is The Lord of Lords ~

Passages  ~  “I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power.  Amen” (1 Timothy 6:13-16).

“These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:14).

“Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations.  And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.  He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:15-16).

Significance  ~  At its basic level the term Lord denotes One who has dominion.  God is in fact the Supreme Being who controls all things.  “Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.  All things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:15-18).

Comment  ~  While a king is a fact regardless of whether honored as such a lord in normal sense has to be given that authority.  However, in the Scripture we learn that Jesus Christ is the Lord regardless of whether we acknowledge Him as such. 

Throughout Scripture we find different uses of the term lord.  With respect to God examples include:  Jehovah (Hebrew), the proper name for God, is often translated as Lord.  Singular ‘adon and plural ‘adonai (Hebrew) has the meaning of absolute control (sovereign).  Kurios (Greek) means supreme master. 

the key question:  “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15).  This is the most important question you will ever answer.  If you do not answer it, or answer it incorrectly, you have made the biggest mistake anyone can make!

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Fact Check, 69


~ A Son ~

People Think  ~  Jesus was “a son of God.”

The Bible Says  ~  Jesus Christ was not “a” son of God.  He is the only divine Son of God!  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).

All other children of God are adopted into the family!  “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world.  But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:1-5).

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:3-6).

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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