Reconciliation with God only comes through faith in Jesus Christ. The believer is a new creation and is part of the new creation that Christ issues. We already are and live in a new creation by faith (already), and one day we will live in the new creation -- New Jerusalem -- by sight (not yet)! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has
"Blessed [O the happiness of the man whose] . . . delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night," (Psalm 1:1-2, portions). "I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words out of His mouth more than my necessary food," (Job 23:12). "Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day,"
What can we learn from how Jesus quotes the Old Testament? In John 13, Jesus quotes a Psalm that we may read apart from this passage and immediately think it’s all about King David. That would be a wrong interpretation. “I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against
The Bible says, "Without the shedding of blood there is no remission," (Hebrews 9:22)). The formal definition of the word, "remission," is, "forgiveness of sins." God's requirement is that blood be shed to atone for the sin of every human being. When God set up what we call the Law of Moses, He told Moses, "The life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to
I was looking at the lyrics for, "Away in a Manger" a few days ago, and one word came rushing to my mind as I did so: humility. And one passage of Scripture popped immediately into my mind as well: Philippians 2:5-8 . . . "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to
Often truly admiring the finished work of someone else means reflecting on all the behind-the-scenes effort it took to accomplish what we behold. Conversations at an art gallery: “That is a great work of art!” Conversations at an impressive architectural feat: “Imagine all the work it took to get that done!” Think for a moment on the work it took for Jesus to be your mediator so that you could