18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Trinity is a mystery beyond mysteries. God is three and yet God is one. A doctrine such as this is complex and beyond us in many ways.
Nevertheless, the Bible does teach that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are the same in essence, power, and glory. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are declared as God, given worship, and given glory in the Holy Scriptures. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are shown to us a Creator and Sustainer in Holy Writ. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are co-eternal, co-equal, and co-powerful. These few points are sureties we can hold to in all of life.
Hallelujah! The Lord God Almighty reigns. He is able and worthy!
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
Dear Christian, instead of worrying, we should trust God to meet our needs. He meets needs in nature and provides for the animals. In the same way, He will provide for us.
Worrying is of no value to us as Christians. It really doesn’t change anything. All it does is make us miserable.
This is not to say that worry won’t come upon us from time to time. We all know that it does. But the Father knows what we need. Let’s not live in fear and worry. Let’s overcome it by faith.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.
What do Christians have in Christ Jesus? What has been credited to the account of the Believer as a result of their salvation? Let’s seek to find a brief answer in this post.
Christians are justified through the blood of Christ. The justified are forgiven and their guilt is removed forever. No matter what may come, the saved are clean before the Lord.
Those who have received justification are also righteous in the righteousness of Christ. The righteousness of Jesus is applied to the Christian’s account while the sin of the Believer is transferred to Jesus account. This is a powerful, divine exchange born of God’s love.
Saved people are reconciled to God. All of this takes place through the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9) and is secure forevermore. The Lord will in no way cast out His children.
This is just a small sampling of all that we have in Christ. But, it is more than enough to bring Jesus glory and honor forever. What a Savior!
“He has risen!”(Luke 24:6) That simple, powerful phrase changed the course of history and eternity at once. Jesus death, burial, and resurrection had been predicted throughout His ministry. And now it was fulfilled just as He had said. He was no longer dead, but alive forevermore.
The resurrection is the heart of the Christian faith. Without it, Paul tells us our “faith is vain and we are yet (still) in our sins.” (1st Corinthians 15:17) The resurrection, though an audacious claim, proved the veracity and truthfulness of the Messiah. It serves as verifiable evidence that everything He said was truth and that He was indeed the very Son of God.
What a difference the resurrection of Christ makes in our lives. Without it, we are lost and hopeless. Through the finished work of Christ, we are brought near to God through the wonder of reconciliation. (2nd Corinthians 5:18-19) The resurrection gives us “the hope that our sins are paid for (Romans 4:25), death has been defeated (Hebrews 2:14), and the hope of eternal life when we repent and turn to Christ, accepting what He has done for us.”
How should we as believers respond to this hope? I would imagine that there would be many responses, but praise and sharing are two that come to mind. Our worship and praise should be centered on all that Christ has accomplished for us and in us through His completed work of sacrifice and resurrection.
Given that we have received so much, how can we not share it? Those early disciples centered their witness on Christ’s death and resurrection. We should do no less today.
As the Easter Season draws near, don’t forget the cross. Let us not forget that Christ took upon Himself our sin and shame while he dwelt upon the cross. He didn’t deserve to be there, yet, He willingly gave His life for the redemption of our sin.
This Easter Season, look deeply at the cross. Jesus endured the shame and disgrace that was rightly ours. Let us never forget the remarkable love that Christ revealed to sinners as He died for the sins of all.
When I survey the wondrous cross, on which the Prince of glory died;
My richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.
See from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.
“And sitting down, they kept watch over Him there.” (Matthew 27:36) This verse is tucked in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ crucifixion. It is a verse we are tempted to miss if we are read the Scriptures carelessly. Yet, this verse relates something about the nature of humanity to all who pay attention.
Jesus is dying and they are watching. They seem to be wondering what is going to happen. Jesus always had a way of surprising people. Perhaps they were watching for the unexpected or maybe the religious leaders at the cross simply wanted to be sure that Jesus would die. For whatever reason, they watched Him.
Folks had watched Christ throughout the entirety of His ministry. They watched with wonder at times and they watched with disdain at times. Some believed and some would reject Jesus, but, they couldn’t ignore Him.
The same thought is true today. People are still watching Jesus. But how do they “watch Jesus” today? They watch Him by observing the lives of His followers. Jesus is no longer here and you and I have been given the command to be His witness (Acts 1:8) and His ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20). They watch Jesus by watching us.
How do we represent Jesus best? We exalt Jesus best by being people of grace and truth (John 1:14). Loving people and sharing the good news of the Gospel are good ways to start. Seeing folks the way Jesus saw them is also an important thought to keep in mind.
When people look to us as Christians, what are they seeing? What are our lives revealing about our Lord whom we follow? Are we giving an accurate representation of Jesus to those who observe our daily lives? These are sober and haunting questions. These are questions we should consider carefully during this Holy Week and every week of the year.
“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
In this passage of Scripture, it seems to best to understand v. 22-23 from a spiritual perspective. Jesus words are best understood by thinking of the “spiritual eyes” of our hearts rather than the physical eyes in our heads. Therefore, we learn here that the condition of our spiritual eyes is very important.
When our spiritual eyes are clouded by greed and the love of money, it affects the totality of our relationship with God. The love of money will lead to eyes which are unable to see from a spiritual or heavenly perspective. This can lead to a disastrous downward spiral. We have often observed people who commit crimes or abandon their families as a result of greed and vice. The Christian is not invulnerable to sin of greed and must avoid it at all costs.
No wonder Paul said that “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” (1 Timothy 6:10) Jesus implores us here to serve God and not money. He simply states that we cannot serve both. So, who are you serving, God or money?
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The Savior contrasts earthly riches and heavenly riches in this passage. And the contrast is very stark indeed.
Earthly riches are temporary. They only last for a season. Earthly riches are susceptible to decay and can be stolen. Earthly treasures may have a place in our lives but they are terrible foundations on which to build one’s life.
Heavenly riches, by contrast, are eternal and lasting. They cannot be touched by earthly sin, greed, or power. We lay up riches in heaven by serving God, trusting Him, giving to His church, loving others, and through many other acts of worship and service.
Where is your treasure? It is it in heaven or on earth? Remember Jesus Words—“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”