Malachi: God’s Plan

In the previous post, we discussed God’s criticism to the people of Israel and how it relates to our attitude and obedience to God today. Malachi also talks about the hope that is to come. God has a plan. The New Testament is about God’s salvation plan, not only for the Jews but also for Gentiles. His love for us is so deep that He wants all people to be saved. His plan was to send Jesus, His one and only son, God in the flesh, to come to this earth as a sinless man and take all of our sins to the cross and die for us, to be the sacrifice for each of us, for all of our sins, once for all.

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The Mystery of God

There are so many things in life we do not understand.  There is so much about God we do not understand.  But, He has taught us many things and He has revealed much to us.  The Bible speaks of the mystery of God that has been revealed to us.  What is it?  Let’s find out. Continue reading “The Mystery of God”

It is Finished

 

The work is done.  All is accomplished.  The sacrifice was made.  The penalty was paid.  We have been reconciled and redeemed.  All is forgiven.  The purpose of Jesus’ ministry and the cross comes down to this moment.  It is finished.  No longer are we separated from God.  No longer is there a need for sacrifice.  Our sins are wiped away.  Nothing we can do can earn that.  Jesus Christ did it all for you and me.  He gave us grace and mercy.  He gave us the faith.  We just need to believe and trust in Him. Continue reading “It is Finished”

I AM’s…The Way, the Truth, the Life

There was a sermon a couple weeks ago about how Christianity is exclusive…yet very inclusive.  Jesus Christ offers salvation to ALL who believe.  If you trust in Jesus Christ, you will be saved.  No exceptions.  But it is ONLY through Jesus Christ.  There is no other way to heaven.  No other way to the Father.  Jesus is the only way.  Through Him we have eternal life.  That is the truth. Continue reading “I AM’s…The Way, the Truth, the Life”

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”