the apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, chapter 5 and verse 21 (KJV),
we read that: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we
might be made the righteousness of God in him”. Jesus took our sins upon himself and paid the
price for them that we could be made his
righteousness; we are no longer sinners. We were spiritually dead in our sins,
we were sinners (Rom 6:23) but Christ won righteousness for us through his
sacrifice. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior we come in to
righteousness or right standing with God, by grace (Eph 2:8; Rom 3:22; Rom 5:1)
and our sins are forgiven (Col 2:13).
what if as Christians we do sin? We know that we all sin but if we confess our sins
God will be quick to forgive us (1 John 1:7-2:2). This does not make us
unregenerate sinners again, we are new creations in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:17);
the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
first epistle and chapter 3, the apostle John seems to indicate that we should
never sin but study of the Greek structure here shows us that what he really means
is that we should not habitually sin as a life style (v 6-9). In chapter 1,
John makes it clear that as Christians we will slip and sin but if we ask
forgiveness God will forgive us.
born-again believers we need to allow his word to renew us and allow his Spirit
to change us to walk in his ways so that sin becomes more and more foreign to us
(Rom 12:2; Ezekiel 36:26-27). Praise God for his love, grace and forgiveness.
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shall God not avenge his own elect which cry out day and night unto him, though
he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless,
when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth” (Luke 18:7-8; KJV)?
verse is talking about persistent faith in prayer. A lot of people are
persistent in faith for the first week or month or so but if they have to wait
too long for their answer they give up. So, what is faith filled, persistent
prayer? “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall
find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Luke 11:9). This verse implies persistent
prayer but that must be done in faith. In other words, we don’t just ask the
same thing day after day but we ask once in faith and then stand upon God’s
promises, praising and thanking him for the answer until it appears in the
tangible, natural realm.
how long do you have to stay in faith for something you are believing for? The
answer is to stay in faith and keep waiting on God until you receive, no matter
whether it is a week, a month or a year; or more. “Cast not away therefore your
confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience,
that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise" (Heb
10:35-36). We always need to remember that: “faith and patience inherit the
promises” (Heb 6:12). Promises, prayer, persistence, praise and patience, the P
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“That I may know him, and the power of his
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto
his death” (Phil 3:10). The apostle Paul in this verse indicated that his goal
in life was to know Christ and the power of his resurrection.
Think what power (the Greek word dunamis) was needed
to raise Jesus from the dead (Eph 1: 19-20). We get our English word dynamite
from the Greek word dunamis. That same power dwells in us: “But if the Spirit
of him that raised up Jesus form the dead dwell in you, he that raised up
Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that
dwelleth in you” (Rom 8:11). That power brings life to our mortal bodies,
empowers us to be witnesses for him (Acts 1:8) and in fact, makes us like Jesus
(2 Cor 3:17-18). Wow and double Wow.
The apostle Paul also mentioned (Eph 1:19) another
form of God’s power (Greek Kratos), the power of dominion or authority, which
he exercised in raising Christ from the dead. As born-again believers in Jesus
we walk in the authority of Jesus over the devil; Jesus took back authority
from satan through his (Jesus) death and resurrection (Eph 1:19-22). What a
victory we have in Jesus.
But Paul does go on to say, in our theme verse above (Phil
3:10), that we must also be willing to fellowship in Christ’s sufferings and
death. With the power and authority Jesus brought us, we must also die to self
and live for Christ, no matter how much persecution or difficulty this may
bring; are we willing?
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I studied the subject of love, I noticed in several scripture verses a strong
connection between love and keeping the commandments. “By this we know that we
love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For THIS
IS THE LOVE OF GOD, that we keep his commandments” (1 John 5:2; KJV). It’s
interesting that the first commandment is to LOVE God and the second
commandment is to LOVE others. In the disciple Mark’s gospel, we read that
“there is none other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:31).
in the apostle John in his gospel quotes Jesus as saying: “a new commandment I
give unto you, That ye love one another” (John 13:34. If you are wondering, like I was, why it is new,
the answer is found in the second half of that verse; we are to love others
with the same love that Jesus loved us. In the Old Testament they did not have
the practical example of the earthly life of Jesus to follow, but we do. It
gives us a whole new kind of love. The word used here for love is agape, God’s
unconditional love for us and the love we are to use for others.
that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he
that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will
manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). Wow, what promises!
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hear much about the importance of the word, faith, prayer, praise, the fear of
God, obedience, humility, repentance and the need for change in our Christian
walk and so we should. But God’s cardinal commands are to love him with all our
heart, soul and mind and our neighbor as ourselves (Matt 22:37-39). Jesus gave
us a new command that we love each other as he loves us, by this he said the
world would know we are Christians (John 13:34-35). In the great love chapter
of the Bible (1 Cor 13:1-13) the apostle Paul taught that without love we are
nothing and he emphasized that of faith, hope and love the greatest is love (1 Cor
Greek word for love that is used dominantly in the New Testament is agape (noun);
God’s unconditional love and the love that we are called to love with. In 1
Corinthians chapter 13, this love is defined for us, take time to meditate on
it. The apostle Paul wrote for us that God’s love is in us, poured in by the
Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5) God demonstrated the extent of this love by allowing
Christ to die for us (Rom 5:8.
are called to love with our words (Eph 4:15); words that come from our hearts
and are spoken in love. But love has to go beyond our words to actions, our
deeds (1 John 3:18); love must be demonstrated, just as faith is not faith
without corresponding actions (James 2:17). Think how you can share God’s love
today; a gentle encouraging word, a kind spontaneous action.
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