Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In Christ Alone

And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. (Galatians 3:17)

God made a covenant with man.
No one is to invalidate or add anything to it.

God made the covenant with Abraham.
The promise was confirmed in his Seed, who is Christ.

The law was introduced 430 years later.
It could not abolish the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ.

The law can never make the promise of no effect.
God bless His people through His Son alone.

The promise of salvation still stands.
It is always by the grace of God the Father through His Son.
It is never through the works of the law.

God had made a covenant with Abraham.
Abraham would become a father of many nations.
God had promised to bless him and his Seed.

It is through Christ alone that all God's people will be blessed.

It is in Christ alone.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Defending the Truth

Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. (Galatians 2:3)

It was after 14 years that Paul went up again to Jerusalem..
This time he went together with Barnabas and Titus.
He went up by revelation of God to communicate to the Jewish Christians the Gospel he preached among the Gentiles.
He spoke privately to their leaders to accomplish his mission.

It is good to communicate our faith with fellow Christians everywhere.
But we must plan and pray earnestly about it.
And we must seek the right people to speak to.
Our aim is to propagate our Christian fellowship, strengthen our common faith, and build up the Church.

Paul's meeting with the Jewish Christians was a complete success. 
Not even Titus was compelled to be circumcised, though Titus was a Greek.
This occurred because false Jewish brethren infiltrated the Church.
They compelled the Gentile Christians to be circumcised.

The truth of the gospel is that we are free men in Christ.
We are free from the bondage of sin. Sin and guilt can no longer hold us. We are free from its dos and don'ts.
But we are not free from the laws of Christ. We submit to His teachings and we are committed to do His biddings. We do it all by the guidance and teaching of God the Holy Spirit.

Paul and the Gentile Christians did not surrender to the false teaching.
Salvation is by the grace of God through faith.
It needs no man-made customs and traditions, such as the Jewish circumcision!

We defend the gospel of grace.
We do not submit to man-made rules and practices.
We submit to the teaching of the Scriptures.
And we pray for the guidance of God the Holy Spirit.

It is necessary that we stand up for our faith. 
Then the truth of the gospel can and will continue to be upheld by Christian people everywhere through the ages.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Glory in the Lord

But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends. (2 Corinthians 10:17-18)

Often, we desire to be left alone and have our own way.

We want to do our own things and make our own choices.

We don't want to be disturbed. We don't want to be controlled. 

But more often than not, when we are left alone, we make the wrong choices, go the wrong directions, and do the wrong things.

Eventually we realize that we are not that wise or smart after all.

We discover that we do need help and support.

As Christians, we have spiritual warfare to deal with.

We need spiritual weapons against evil spiritual forces.

We depend on the Word of God and the Spirit of God, if we were to win our spiritual battles.

We pray to the Lord, we hope in our God, and we glory in the Almighty.

It is God Who employ us for His glory.

Let us be His good and faith servants, and do all His biddings.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Christians are new Creations

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:1-2)

The apostle Paul had the ministry of preaching to the Gentiles.

He admitted that he was not sufficient of himself for the task. His sufficiency came from God through His Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:4-5)

The Christian life is from faith to faith. We all received mercy and grace from God from time to time. 

Christians are fallible. But true Christians will always come back to the faith. They will be filled with the Holy Spirit and walk in step with the Holy Spirit.

They will denounce their sins and turn to God in repentance and faith.

They will pursue purity, honesty, justice, righteousness, and truth.

They will lead others by good examples, and guide them by the truths of the Word of God.

They will live and love by the Spirit of God.

Christians are new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

They will live in newness of life in the Spirit of God.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The LORD is my Refuge

The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe. 
—Proverbs 18:10

As Christians, we can take refuge in the presence of the living God. 

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

“The name of the Lord” refers to God’s character, abounding with faithfulness, power, and mercy. 

The term "safe" means “set on high out of danger.”

We all face threats at times that make us want to run for cover. 

Some seek security in material wealth or relationships. 

But Christians has a more secure refuge. 

Because of who God is and what He can do for us, our best protection ultimately rests in Him. 

If we are facing a threat today, we go to the Lord, who is a strong tower. 

We will find refuge in His care.