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Bible Verse of The Day – First Things First

In Bible Study on April 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm

He is Risen

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
This is the basis of the Christian faith. We can spend countless hours (and many do, myself included) debating the timing of the rapture, proofs in nature and science about fossils and flood levels or whether our universe is finite or infinite (for the record — it’s finite). But those debates are utterly pointless without salvation in Christ. “First of all” Christ died for our sins! In God’s love for us, a love we cannot either fully fathom or comprehend, He sent His Son to die for the myriad sins we have committed. In order for us to avoid the wrath of a Perfectly Just and Holy God, Jesus paid our debt to Him for us. But that is not all in this beautiful love story. Just as important in the Good News is that Jesus Christ is risen! Without the resurrection our faith is in vain. But with the resurrection we have the blessed hope and assurance that we too will be resurrected in the same manner as Jesus, by the same Holy Spirit to live eternal life with him forever.

So as we can often fall into numerous theological debates, let’s always remember this: before you get too deep in a discussion with a friend, family member, colleague or internet debate opponent, deliver the thing of first importance. That Jesus Christ died for our sins, rose again and now sits at the right hand of The Father, holding out the gift of eternal live to all those who will believe in Him. Do the people you speak with on religious issue know this? Is the person who challenges you to prove God exists aware of what the Gospel is? Does your family member who asks questions about a televangelist and your take on them understand what it means to be saved? Make sure whoever it is you are engaging in theological discussion is perfectly clear on the Gospel. Even if they state they are a Christian, it never hurts to make sure. Present Jesus Christ, the Risen Savior before presenting your position on other issues. There could be an eternal life at stake.

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Bible Verse of The Day — God Wants Us All in Heaven

In Bible Study, Inspirational, Love on March 9, 2010 at 8:02 pm

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

What a wonderful promise that we have in this epistle of Peter. At times we wonder why the wickedness and sin in the world continues to flourish and thrive. We see those who promote sinful living doing well. And we wonder when is God going to come and judge the world! Well hold that thought and consider how loving, kind and merciful our God is. The more time it takes for God to bring in the end-times and judgment, the longer everyone has to find salvation in Jesus Christ. God is suffering a sinful world with the hope that more sinners will acknowledge their sin and look to Christ Jesus as their Savior before it’s too late. He is giving more time out of love for us. For a non-believer, consider this a blessing. God is letting you know that He does not want you or any of the worst criminals, despots or tyrants in the world to die in their sins and suffer eternal punishment. His Will is that “ALL should come to repentance” (emphasis added).

There is no set “VIP List.” No matter what your past is. No matter how vile your sins, they can all be cleansed by the blood of Christ shed on the cross. The Apostle Paul was hunting down Christians and approving of them being murdered for their faith. Yet he became one of the greatest missionary and preachers of all time. Despite his horrible past as open enemy of Jesus, he was forgiven. In Isaiah’s first chapter The Lord tells us: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;..” The Hebrew word for “reason” implies that we can be corrected or made right. It’s the justification that God wants to give us that can make the sinner who is filthy with her wrongs, clean again. But most importantly, The Lord shows us that He wants this. He invites us to eternal life. He does not want us to suffer and is not sitting back waiting with baited breath for the day He can smite the Earth and destroy every last heathen. His Will is that all should believe and be saved. For a believer, this is encouragement! Knowing this beloved, instead of counting down the days until Judgment, count yourself blessed to have more time to share the Gospel with your loved ones, friends and strangers alike. For those close to you who seem like they’ll never listen or ever believe, just remember, God has invited them. Plant the seeds of the Gospel and let the power of God to salvation in Christ do the rest. And maybe, you will see someone who was branded a “lifetime sinner” become an eternal child of the King. After all, that’s exactly what your Father in Heaven is waiting for.