It is not too late to be forgiven. The thief on the cross asked Jesus for forgiveness hours before his death and He granted it. He realized his sin, confessed it before God, and repented. He knew there was nothing he could do to earn it. Only by trusting in Jesus. And that is what he did. Jesus offers everyone a chance. We are all like these thieves. We are all guilty. The question is which thief do you want to be?
Ever notice that Christians have these fancy terms that few if any other people use? And some of the words may have a different meaning in scripture than how the average Joe would use it (like faith). Some of these terms are critical to the gospel message. I tried to make sense of it all and I hope I can explain in a way that is easy for all of us to understand. As I studied these, it was quite interesting to see how these words are used in the Greek and throughout the scriptures. I don’t know Greek, but googling the Strong’s definitions of the Greek/Hebrew terms and looking at the context in the Bible has helped quite a bit. We will discuss some of these terms in the next few posts. Let’s begin with the scripture that is the heart of the gospel message and incorporates most of these terms. I hope you read on and that God blesses you and gives you and me more insight. Continue reading “What’s that mean?”
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”
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 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?”