What’s that mean?

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?”

Be Sanctified

What does it mean to be sanctified?  Sanctification is one of those big words mostly used in Christian circles.  What exactly does it mean?  Is it something we are given? Something we have to do? Do we obtain it when we receive salvation or is it a process?  This is a discussion that I have heard recently with conflicting answers so I thought I would look into it.  In the old testament, it is used to mean “to make holy or set apart.”  It usually was something God decided to do for His people, an individual or His temple.  It was something He declared.  So what does it mean for believers?

I looked up the Greek term using e-sword (www.e-sword.net) to learn what the Greek terms are and what they mean.  From what I gathered, there are a couple different words and different uses (I found a few in particular:  hagaismos,  hagios, and hagiazo).  I am no scholar or anything near to that, but they seem to be derivatives of the same word.  They basically mean “sanctification, consecration, purification.”  To purify, make holy, set apart (for God’s glory  or to do His work).  It is the process of making or becoming holy.  Clear as mud, right?  Let’s look at the New Testament scriptures to see how the word is used. Continue reading “Be Sanctified”

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”

I AM’s…The Light of the World

Jesus is the Light.  He came to this earth as a light in a world of darkness.  Our world is getting darker and Satan is at work trying to subdue the light while he still has time.  But, the good news is Jesus is coming and his light cannot be subdued!  Until then, we must be the light, reflecting the light of Jesus in the world around us. Continue reading “I AM’s…The Light of the World”

I AM’s…The Bread of Life

I thought it would be fun and interesting to go through the “I AM’s” in John that Jesus proclaims.  Saying “I AM” was kind of taboo in the Jewish society  because they did not want to utter God’s name Yahweh that he proclaims to Moses for the people, which means “I AM.”  When Jesus said to the people, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM,” they were angry and offended because they did not believe that He was God (John 8:58).  But He is and has shown through the miracles and His death and resurrection.  He lives today in each of us that believe and trust in Jesus Christ.  Today we will start with the first “I AM,” The Bread of Life. Continue reading “I AM’s…The Bread of Life”