God is gracious and loves His children. Jesus came to save the world and fulfill the law. He gave us a new covenant, that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ. The Lord has come to save us, Jew and Gentile alike. The law was brought to us to show us that we could never be righteous enough to obtain salvation on our own. We should not ignore God’s commandments, though. God’s commands are good and His ways are best for our lives. As one who is born again, a person follows the commandments of God and live by the Spirit because we love Him. We obey God not to gain salvation, but because of it.
Jesus taught us that it is not about the act of obedience, but the heart and desire to obey our Lord. The teachers of the law asked Jesus about God’s commandments. They were always focusing on the doing, but Jesus taught people to take it a step further and to do things out of love. Continue reading “Love and the Commandments”
What does it look like to ‘pick up our cross?’ I think Matthew 25:31-46 may be a partial answer – Continue reading “How do We Pick up Our Cross?”
Today’s scripture goes along with the previous couple blog posts. They describe what Jesus did for us so that we can be saved and how to be saved. 1 John describes how we know we are saved. We are not saved by these things, it is evidence that we are saved. Continue reading “Knowing We are Saved”
Added to the scripture from the previous post (“God Save Us”), we are blessed to be reconciled to Christ, both by Jesus’ life and death. What unconditional love God has for us! Continue reading “Saved by Jesus’ Life and Death”
Today I want to share with you how much God loves you. He changed my life so much and filled my heart with joy. He never gave up on me and He won’t give up on you. His desire is that all will be saved. God the Father sent His one and only Son, Jesus who is God, came to this earth to save us by taking the sins of the world on His shoulders and gave His life by dying on the cross, to be raised from the dead on the third day to sit on the right hand of God the Father.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall 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. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the Light and does not come to the Light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done by God.”
We are saved by grace (a gift of God through His Son) through faith in Jesus Christ. Thank you Jesus.