Salvation to the Jews

I am so thankful that God has allowed gentiles to be part of His kingdom.  Salvation is offered to all.  Although Israel has rejected Jesus Christ, there are still some who believe and God has promised a blessing to His Chosen People, Israel.  Some tink the Christian church has replaced Israel, but that is not what the Bible says.  God will always love them.  He made a covenant with them.  Jesus said that salvation is of the Jews.  Let us do what we can to support Israel and pray for them.  Pray that they will see the truth, that Jesus is Messiah.  Salvation is offered to all. Continue reading “Salvation to the Jews”

Jesus and the Gentiles

In our previous discussion, we talked about what the apostles said about salvation to the Gentiles.  God offers salvation to each one of us, if we accept His gift of grace and believe in Jesus Christ, that He took all of our sins to the cross and paid the full penalty.  He died and rose again that we may be saved, the Jew and gentile alike.  Jesus came to this world for that very purpose. Continue reading “Jesus and the Gentiles”

Mt. Sinai or Mt. Zion?

Mt. Sinai and Mt. Zion both are real places, but they are also symbolic.  Mt. Sinai is the place Moses received the ten commandments and represents the Law.  It represents legalism and works.  It represents fear.  Mt. Zion is where Christ was crucified.  It represents grace.  It represents Jesus’ blood that paid for our sins so that we may be forgiven and saved.  It represents heaven.  Many choose one or the other.  Which would you choose?  Of course, those who are believers and have accepted the grace that God has given us to be saved, it does not mean we ignore the ten commandments.  The difference is we want to honor God and be obedient to Him because of His grace and because we love Him, not so that we can earn favor with Him.  We cannot.  There is one way to salvation and that is through the cross.  It is through Jesus Christ and Jesus alone. Continue reading “Mt. Sinai or Mt. Zion?”

Guilt and Forgiveness

In some ways guilt and forgiveness go hand in hand, but in other ways they are completely opposite.  Without guilt there is no need for forgiveness.  Forgiveness is more about the forgiver showing mercy.  We can all receive forgiveness if we just believe and trust in Jesus Christ…and we all need it.  In my last post, we talked about how we should forgive, knowing that we have been forgiven too.  Jesus not only took our sins away, but He also took away our guilt.  Knowing this, we should e able to not only forgive others, but also forgive ourselves. Continue reading “Guilt and Forgiveness”

Grace and Legalism

These two words are talked about a lot these days:  grace and legalism.  Many churches are one extreme of the other.  Many people are.  Where do we draw the line between the two?  The Bible is clear we are saved by grace and not by works.  It is also clear that we are to obey God’s commands.  We show that we love God by how we live.  Our lives reflect our salvation and that Christ is in us.  To me, that is the difference.  Some people treat grace as a “get out of jail free” card.  But if you really are saved and Christ is in you, would you not want to live for Him?  On the other hand, salvation is not about rules and regulations, it is about the heart. Continue reading “Grace and Legalism”