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1 Corinthians 13: Love and Prophecy

Posted by adventbiblestudy on September 20, 2012


Why does Paul compare love to prophecy? He points out prophecy will become useless, but love will last forever!

1 Corinthians 13:7-10 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (8) Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! (9) Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! (10) But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless.

When I listen to modern day prophets I can hardly believe a word they say. They use techniques to try and establish themselves as experts in prophecy, which in fact takes glory away from God. I am not surprised to see most of what they claim cannot be proved by the Bible.

 

What Paul says makes perfect sense. “Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!” This is something we have to learn to accept. We will only know what God decides we need to know. Paul adds one more interesting statement. “But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless.” When I look at this statement I can see Jesus standing on one side of the temple court teaching His followers. On the other side of the court all the religious leaders gather to plot His death. For generations these religious factions remained divided, but joined forces to plot Jesus death. Priests, Pharisees, Sadducees, and those who supported Herod stood together against Jesus. Each had their own interpretations of the prophecies and they were all wrong. When Paul says, “when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless.” Is he telling us all the prophecies today are wrong? Or is Paul telling us, when we finally understand God’s love, prophecy will be little or no concern? What does God say about this?

 

Deuteronomy 5:10 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.

 

Interesting. God places His promise of love in His ten commandments. What is even more interesting is the commandment which follows.

 

Deuteronomy 5:11 “You must not misuse the name of the LORD your God. The LORD will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.

 

Would misusing God’s name include falsely claiming the gift of prophecy? What did some of God’s prophets say about loving God?

 

Psalms 17:6-8 I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. (7) Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By your mighty power you rescue those who seek refuge from their enemies. (8) Guard me as you would guard your own eyes. Hide me in the shadow of your wings.

Proverbs 8:17 “I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me.

Daniel 9:2-4 During the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the LORD, as revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years. (3) So I turned to the LORD God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I also wore rough burlap and sprinkled myself with ashes. (4) I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: “O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands.

 

David knew God would always look over and protect him. He knew his safety depended on God. His son Solomon knew everyone searching for God would find what they needed. When Daniel was shown the meaning of Jeremiah’s seventy year prophecy, He prayed to God, thanking Him for His unfailing love. These prophets saw the connection between searching for and finding God’s love and prophecy.

 

It makes sense. Why would God reveal His most guarded secrets to self made prophets who have decided to skip the step of searching and finding God’s love? If they had, they would not be so obsessed with prophecy. There would be no doubt they were safe in God’s hands. They would also know that safety is available to everyone who comes to Jesus. They would know a personal relationship with Jesus is the answer to all prophecy, leading to eternal life.

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1 Corinthians 13: God’s Love

Posted by adventbiblestudy on September 20, 2012


How do we understand what Paul is writing here?  We can look at Paul’s personality revealed through his style of writing to see if it gives any clues.  Paul has a tendency of building up to a conclusion.  Like a defense attorney pleading for the life of his innocent client, Paul adds detail after detail in a successive chain of evidence, building up until he reaches the climax of his defense, the one piece of evidence which is undeniable and perfectly credible.  In this case, love.

1 Corinthians 13:1-5  If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  (2)  If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.  (3)  If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.  (4)  Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud  (5)  or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.

This sends us right back to chapter 1, Paul’s introduction. In it Paul assures the early believers they have; “every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  If Jesus’ followers have every special gift, wouldn’t love be among them?

1 Corinthians 1:4-8  I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus.  (5)  Through him, God has enriched your church in every way–with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge.  (6)  This confirms that what I told you about Christ is true.  (7)  Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (8)  He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.

Paul also tells us that if we, “understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.”   Look at how the scriptures already explain this:

1 Corinthians 1:20-21  So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.  (21)  Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.
1 Corinthians 1:27-31  Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.  (28)  God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.  (29)  As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.  (30)  God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.  (31)  Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.”
1 Corinthians 2:8-10  But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.  (9)  That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”  (10)  But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.

We gain perfect understanding of God’s Word through His word.  We gain perfect love through His love.  The world looks at God’s love as foolish, just as they look at His Word.  They cannot see, perfect understanding comes only from God, just like perfect love can come only from God.

As we follow through Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians we see him trying to get them to understand a message, how to reach others.  Paul knows there is a great temptation for them to act like the Jews, to want to be like them.  To set themselves apart from the world once they convince themselves they have some sort of special truth only revealed to them.  Paul tells them, “I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”  What is anything, everything, without an understanding, yet more, a desire to plead for God’s love?

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.

Jesus came to teach God’s Love.  Nothing changed Jesus.  He lived and died without sin.  Just as nothing in this world can ever change God’s love.  Without God’s love, a mother will separate from her children, a wife from her husband, Jesus’ followers from one another.  Paul wrote this letter to bring unity back to the Corinthians.  Now he tells them, the only way is through God’s eternal unchanging love.

May God’s grace be eternally upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
(Ephesians 6:24, 2 Timothy 1:7, James 2:5, 1 John 2:5, 1 John 4:8)

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Genesis 2:15-17: Eden

Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 12, 2012


Genesis 2:15-17 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. (16) And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: (17) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

 

After speaking everything into existence, God, Ruler of the universe worked the dust of the earth with His own hands to personally form man in His own image. When every detail was perfect, God breathed His breath of life into the nostrils He had formed. And man became a living soul.

 

Adam opened His eyes to a perfect world. God was not done giving. He planted a garden with the choicest plants, using the most beautiful colors and fragrances as a reminder of His love, a special gift for man. God took man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. God trusted man with every detail of His creation. It was a gift of love, with only one condition. The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

 

Adam must have questioned what it was to die. All he had known was the total peace and joy of being with his Creator in the paradise made especially for him. Did Adam question what evil was, or was the warning enough to convince him it was something that would surely separate him from everything God provided?

 

When God put Adam in the garden and asked him to tend it, God confirmed the fact, He trusted Adam with everything He created. Man’s work was a bond of trust and reliance between the created being and the Creator for all eternity. When God spoke everything into existence, it showed God trusted him with His Word. The warning was given to Adam, along with the responsibility to follow God’s command. A trust and responsibility which was never meant to change.

 

As Adam gazed at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he did not think anything could ever come between him and God. Everything he needed was provided by God. All but one detail was prepared before God breathed His breath of life into him.

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Genesis 2:7-8: God formed man of the dust

Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 11, 2012


Genesis 2:7-8 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (8) And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

 

We have seen how God created this world in perfect peace and harmony, an example of how man was to rule, and love his wife. Man and woman were created in God’s image, which carries with it a responsibility difficult to understand, unless we take the time to study His entire Word.

 

After God explains man’s responsibilities as ruler of this world, He reminds man of His origin, dust combined with God’s breath of life. Every other living creature was formed by God’s spoken word.And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. (Genesis 1:24)

 

God spoke everything into existence, light, the sun, moon, stars, grass, trees, fish, birds, and every living creature. Then He paused and said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” God still spoke words, but that was not enough. He got on His knees in the dust of His new creation, gathered it together with His own hands, shaping it into His own image, and brought life to the mass of dust by breathing into its nostrils. This showed the tender loving care God had for man, and the close personal relationship God wanted as life began its course in the newly formed, meticulously shaped image of dust.

 

As Adam opened his eyes, the first image he saw was His Creator kneeling over him. Behind God was the limitless blue sky. Adam could feel the warmth of the sun on his body, as well as the warmth from the hands of God, helping him to his feet for the first time. He looked around at the new world. There were so many creatures gathered around, watching God give life to the image He shaped with His own hands. Adam looked at the sun in the sky, then the green grass, and flowers of every size, shape, and color. Birds were seen flying through the air, landing in branches filled with an almost countless variety of fruit and nuts. Other birds landed near by on the ground for a closer look.

 

Everything looked perfect to Adam, but God was not yet satisfied. He once again began work with His own hands to plant a garden for His new creation, man.

 

It seems so strange for God to put so much time, effort and love into a collection of dust, but that was God’s plan. This was God’s will, to form man from the simplest, most abundant resource on the planet, dust.

 

What made man so special? Was it the time? The effort? The breath God breathed into him? In a way, everything was brought into creation through God’s breath as He spoke it into existence. Was it just God’s limitless love that made man, and all His creation so special?

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Genesis 1:26-27: Let us make man in our image

Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 10, 2012


Genesis 1:26-27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

God created Adam and gave him dominion over every living creature of the newly created world. This showed both the trust and wisdom God placed in Adam. It is a testimony revealing some of the details of what it means be created in God’s image. Notice both Adam and Eve were created in God’s image. What does it mean to be created in God’s image? Only a small portion of that question is answered in the first few chapters of Genesis. The complete answer God wanted to provided is scattered throughout His entire book, written over generations by His servants the prophets.

 

God created the earth in a six days. During these six days God provided everything the world needed. Before He created man, every need was met. God provided sunlight, warmth, food, and finally companionship. The earth was in perfect balance and harmony. Beauty surrounded every scene to captivate the eyes. The air was filled with fragrances and song. Water was clean and refreshing. Every detail of God’s creation was designed to attract attention, teach lessons, and provide a soothing reminder of God’s love.

 

The same is true for the relationship God created. Every entity of God’s wonderful creation was founded upon a relationship. Man and woman were special. They were the only creatures created in God’s image, physically, mentally, and spiritually. The most precious gift from God was reserved for Adam and his wife, the love God has for His creation from the greatest mammoth, to the smallest creature.

 

The words, “created man in his own image,” clearly indicate a leadership role based on the preceding verse in which God give Adam dominion over the fish, birds, cattle, and every creeping thing. Adam’s leadership role is based upon God’s image, and only God’s image. This is how and why man was created, to rule this world in God’s image. We are shown examples man’s original role in the gospels. He that is greatest among you shall be your servant. (Matthew 23:11)

 

It was not by mistake God summed up man’s role as leader by reminding us we owe everything to Him. In two small verses God placed a reminder of His creation, the responsibilities man has to the world, and his wife. Everything was do be done in the image of God.

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1 Timothy 2: God, Jesus, and us

Posted by adventbiblestudy on September 13, 2011


(1 Timothy 2:5 GNB) For there is one God, and there is one who brings God and human beings together, the man Christ Jesus,

Jesus Coming

Jesus Coming

 

There is one God, Creator of all we see, eat, and breath. Jesus came to this world to become a man, just like us. Jesus, the Son of God, the son of man became a link between us and God, by living and showing us God’s character.

Jesus helped us to understand God better by coming and dying on the cross. We need to keep that special conection with God and remember to go to him with all our problems.

(1 Timothy 2:6 GNB) who gave himself to redeem the whole human race. That was the proof at the right time that God wants everyone to be saved,

Jesus gave His life to save the entire human race. There is not a single person He does not love, He does not want to save. God gave His only Son for us. God’s plan to save this planet was perfectly planned, timed, performed and executed.

Jesus died for us so we could be with our Heavenly Father forever. God gave his son for all of us and that shows how much he loves us.

(1 Timothy 2:7 GNB) and that is why I was sent as an apostle and teacher of the Gentiles, to proclaim the message of faith and truth. I am not lying; I am telling the truth!

Part of God’s plan of salvation was to use us to tell the story of how, and why Jesus died for our sins. To teach about Jesus, I need to be very close to Him. I have to pray, read, and understand His message. I have to give my life to Him so He can make me complete in Him. Only Jesus can equip me to tell the truth, the whole story of His life and example.

Jesus is our teacher, the Bible is our text book and like any other school, we need to study so when the trails of the last days come, we can stand strong and know that He is with us.

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Heaven: Revelation 7

Posted by adventbiblestudy on September 12, 2011


(Revelation 7:15 MKJV) Therefore they are before the throne of God, and they serve Him day and night in His temple. And He sitting

Throne of God

Throne of God

on the throne will dwell among them.

I pray I am among those redeemed, paid for by the blood of Jesus. Given His rode of righteousness, a crown, and a new name, spoken first by Jesus, like a new creation. Imagine the joy of praising God before His throne, seeing His face for the first time. Will I be able to hold the joy in, or will I shout for the victory finally seen and felt?

I stand before my loving God and worship him. It will be a wonderful day when we go to Heaven to worship and serve Him freely for all eternity.

(Revelation 7:16 MKJV)  They will not hunger any more, nor thirst any more, nor will the sun light on them, nor any heat.

I will feast on every word that comes from the mouth of God.  Will He have time to answer all the questions I have?  Of course He will.  We will have all eternity together.  Imagine a God, who only requires a bit of our time, quality time to spend with Him.  Will I ever be able to spend enough time with him? This is praising God.  His light will be my life for all eternity.

I will never be hungry or thirsty again.  Everything will be perfect in Heaven.

(Revelation 7:17 MKJV)  For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will feed them and will lead them to the fountains of living waters. And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Jesus will be there, close to His Father.  He will govern His Kingdom through love.  He will serve us in Heaven like He served His disciples on earth.  I want to learn by His example.  I want to be like Jesus.  To touch the lives of others in the simplest ways which leave lasting impressions.  Jesus will feed me with His knowledge and refresh me with His life giving love.  There will be no more sorrow or pain, only love and understanding.  Will there be tears of joy in Heaven?

Jesus will take care of me when I am in Heaven with Him.  When I finally get to Heaven there will  never be a reason to cry again.

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Colossians 2: The great conflict I have for you.

Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 22, 2011


(Colossians 2:1) For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

The Lord has prepared this conflict for me. My past actions have taken me to a point in my life, I had turned so far away from God, trials and conflicts are the only way I can see the errors of my way. To learn the difference between right and wrong. To see and understand the ways of the world I have let into my life to distort my relationship with God. Dear Lord, let me see and understand the lessons you have for me. Let me pray to you from the heart that you change every aspect of my life that separate me from you. Take all my earthly desires away, and make me the disciple you need me to be.

 

(Colossians 2:2) That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

Lord, knit my heart with yours. Let me see and understand your ways. Open my heart to you. Give me your comfort, and let me experience it every moment of every day. Give me your love oh Lord. Let your love flow through me.

 

(Colossians 2:3) In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

I have seen the treasures of your wisdom and knowledge. Every time I opened your word I have seen your glory, I have felt your Spirit. Through your word you have proved to me, you exist, you are real, you are in my life, and your knowledge surpasses all understanding.

 

(Colossians 2:4) And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

Lord keep every enticing word of man out if my life. Cast the influence of every negative thought far from me. Lord cast the devil and his spirits far away. Do not let them, or their agents near me. Protect me with your love. Let only your grace, and your Spirit lead me every moment of every day.

 

(Colossians 2:5) For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

Bring this joy into my life. The joy that only you can give. Lord let me know you are near. Bless my day with your presence. Let me know you are so near. Let me feel your love, and know your understanding, joy, and love.

 

(Colossians 2:6) As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

Let me walk with you Jesus, and be the example I need to be. Let your love flow through me. Not my way Lord but yours.

 

(Colossians 2:7) Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Thank you Lord for saving me. Thank you for your sacrifice for me. Thank you for eternal life, and thank you for always watching over me. Establish my life in your faith. Mine will never be enough. I want your faith, the faith of Jesus in my life.

 

(Colossians 2:8) Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Lord, don’t let me fall. Keep my eyes on you and you only. Let no evil influence over take me for one moment. Never let me be deceived by the thoughts, desires, promises, and philosophy of the world. Not for one moment. I know how slowly I can fall. Let me learn from those mistakes. Thank you Jesus for showing me the way.

 

(Colossians 2:9) For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Only through you Jesus can I learn to be complete. Only through you can I be the type of man you want me to be. Let me be an example, so others can see you through me.

 

(Colossians 2:10) And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.

Lord, let me be complete in you. Let all my life be an example of you. Not my way Lord, but yours. Lord I dedicate 100% of my life to you. Take my life, and change me. All of me.

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Ephesians 2: The story of a fall and grace.

Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 22, 2011


(Ephesians 2:1) And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

I was dead to God, lost in my own world of work, striving for success, trying as hard as I could to provide for my family. Dead to God, lost in the darkness of pain, sorrow, and worries, while God still looked at me as His.

 

(Ephesians 2:2) Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

I suffered from the sin of neglect. I neglected the more important aspects of life. God, my wife, sons, and daughters. I walked a path Satan had prepared for me. One so shrouded in zeal, I could not tell where I was. I knew I was lost, but I could not find my way back. Satan had convinced me, one more day. Success was just around the corner. One more prayer for success was all you need. Pray harder, pray more for success, then you can go back to praying for others. But for now, all your attention must be focused on success. That is what your family needs. That will make them happy. That will make them love you. When you are successful, you will have something to share with them. Until you are successful, you are nothing.

 

(Ephesians 2:3) Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

We all go through this trial. Some fall, others do not. Satan presents the world to us, and we forget where we really need to be. Humble, and in love with Jesus. Satan puts these desires in our hearts which blind us. I was blinded by the lure of the world. Satan tricks us by getting us to think we are in control. Satan teaches us to think, our lives, and success depend upon our ability to always be right. I expressed this to God, my wife, sons, daughter, and everyone I came in contact with. I looked, acted, talked, listened (or lack thereof), and ministered like the world. Always right. My success in the world depended on it.

 

(Ephesians 2:4) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

The further I drifted away, the more God reached out to me. He caught me and showed me His love at the moment I fell, and lost everything dear to me in my life. Broken relationships, no money, no hope, no more desire to live. Nothing to look forward to. God pulled me out of the deepest, darkest hole in my life.

 

(Ephesians 2:5) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

I was dead and buried. I could never get out myself. There was no hope left for me any more. I had tried as hard as I could to succeed, to provide, to win the love of my wife and family through the works of the world. At the moment of my deepest depression, Jesus and I became one again.

 

(Ephesians 2:6) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Jesus pulled me from the grave. I was lost and broken, no hope, no love in my life, no money, no security, nothing left in this world. When I could sink no lower, Jesus lifted me up. After a dozen studies about Heaven, I still could not see the glory and majesty of Heaven until I prayed and asked Jesus to come into my heart. Not only my heart, but to give 100% of my life to Jesus. What an exchange. When nothing was left, I offer it to Jesus. I gave Jesus what I had, nothing. In exchange, He gave me Heaven, and the mansion He had prepared for us.

 

(Ephesians 2:7) That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

God took my worthless life, and gave to me the riches of His grace. He clothed me in His robe. He gave me His kindness, His love to share with others. Success is not receiving, it is giving what you have received from God. These are the riches of Heaven.

 

(Ephesians 2:8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Only God’s grace could save me. I had nothing in my life to save myself. No money, no love to give or receive, no life of my own. All my works had failed. I had nothing left, but a spark of faith, which still struggled for life in my heart. God’s gift fanned it into a flame.

 

(Ephesians 2:9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.

I could never boast. All my works had failed. My business had failed. The love I had for my wife and family had failed. Can a man boast in utter failure?

 

(Ephesians 2:10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The only thing that saved me was God’s plan for me. God took the hardened, broken, worthless piece of clay I had become, and through His power and grace molded me into a new person. God recreated me, like He had created Adam in the beginning, and now He walks with me every moment of everyday.

 

(Ephesians 2:11) Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

I was in the flesh, of the flesh, and for the flesh, because my heart had not been open to Jesus. I was alone, beaten and defeated by my own hands.

 

(Ephesians 2:12) That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

I was without Christ in my life. I prayed, but little if any for others. Satan had convinced me that could wait. I forgot God’s promises. Even though I read pages and pages of the Bible, searching for meaning, and knowing God existed, I was missing His love, because I loved the world. I loved the world more than God, and I didn’t even know it.

 

(Ephesians 2:13) But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

I was so far gone I had no hope of making it back on my own, although I tried, I really tried. I could not make it back because I had no idea I was lost. Jesus died for me. Not only to forgive my sins, but so He could rise from the grave, and seek after me. I love you Jesus.

 

(Ephesians 2:14) For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Jesus has made me one with Him. He pulled me out of the world and gave me the peace I had been trying to work for. He gave me the peace I could never find through my works, hopes and dreams. I pray Jesus can one day break down the walls I have built between my wife, family, and myself, and we can become one with Christ.

 

(Ephesians 2:15) Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Total peace can only be found by putting aside the world, including the laws of the world contrary to the commandments of God. Do not trust in the world and its ways for a change in your life. Put away all of the world, trust only in Jesus, who has defeated the world.

 

(Ephesians 2:16-17) And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

Chris died on the cross to show me what the world can do, if given the chance. My trials are nothing compared to what Jesus endured. Jesus’ example on the cross shows me the path of sacrifice, which draws me closer to God.

 

(Ephesians 2:18) For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Before Jesus died, He prayed to the Father to send the Spirit to this planet. To guide and direct. Through Jesus, by praying in His name, I have access to the very Spirit of God.

 

(Ephesians 2:19) Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Through God’s Spirit, and the love of Jesus, I no longer wonder in darkness alone. God has out in my path fellow saints to minister to, and those to minister to me. I have a new family in God.

 

(Ephesians 2:20) And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

This new family is a wall protecting me from the lure of the world. One spiritual stone supporting another. Each supported by Jesus.

 

(Ephesians 2:21) In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

Knowing the details of the Tabernacle is one thing, experiencing the closeness of Jesus’ spiritual stone, His followers, is an experience. A personal, lasting relationship based on Christ and His example.

 

(Ephesians 2:22) In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Now that I am a part of this holy temple of Christ, fit together by Jesus’ own hands, I live with God, and He lives in me through His Spirit.

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When I give my life to the Lord

Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 20, 2011


When I give my life to the Lord every morning, His Spirit gives me lives to touch everyday, with a message only God provides. If I give only half my life to God, do I only receive half the message?  What half do I receive? What happens to the rest of the message?  If I only give half my life to God, do I only receive half of His blessings He has prepared for me? Which half would I choose if I knew all the blessings He has prepared for me for the day?  If I only give half my life to God, do I only receive half His power to fight temptation?  What half will over come me? If I only give half my life to God, do I only receive half the love to give to my wife, my family, my friends? Is only half the love enough?

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A portion of God’s Love

Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 18, 2011


I have been praying for the Lord to show me an illustration of His love I have never seen before. Here is His answer.

Matthew 12:39-41 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: (40) For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (41) The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

The answer is found in verse 41. Nineveh repented. This brings us to the very end of the book of Jonah.

Jonah 4:11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

This is the illustration of God’s love I had never seen before. There are two signs Jesus gave the priests. The first was His death, something they wanted, and understood. Jesus also included His resurrection, something they could not deny, but would not accept.

Jesus went on to explain, Nineveh repented. This was the second sign, which takes us from the middle of Jonah’s journey to the end of the lesson, which is God’s love. This is the same love Jesus lived. They asked for a sign while it was standing right in front of them, Jesus, His life, and love. The sign from God they should have understood.

This also teaches a second lesson very important to me. To find the answer I had to listen, and read the entire book, rather than jumping to conclusions, based on the beginning.

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