Eternal life is a gift occurring in five phases. God also used 20 different words for salvation that we call facets. These also can be divided by the five phases. This study looks at facets sanctification and adoption.
II Corinthians 9:15 declares God's gift of eternal life by His Son to be an unspeakable gift. Paul ended two chapters exhorting Corinth to greater giving by this statement. How is salvation unspeakable? What should we do because of it?
A follow-up to a salvation study of ransom two weeks earlier. The Holy Spirit chose special words for our salvation, which we call facets. Redeem is an economic term used often in the Bible. We want to fully grasp it to appreciate salvation.
God made Eve for Adam, but He gave rules for men to care for and love wives. Concubines deserved essentials, but how much more Christian wives. Your wife deserves these things because God said so and for many other wise reasons.
The Holy Spirit chose special words for our salvation, which we call facets. Ransom is an economic term for the price paid to get something or someone back from another's control. We want to fully grasp it to appreciate our salvation.
Life and the universe are filled with pain, trouble, death. But Jesus died to lift the sin curse, so the creation will be changed back to its original perfection. It will occur when Jesus returns and God formally declares us His children to the universe!
Paul's goal for this new church was their full sanctification in holiness. He began with Jesus' secret return to motivate them before listing various godly duties. Christians should greatly differ from pagans and be wholly holy to meet Christ.
The living and true God, Jehovah of the Bible, is our God and Father. He responds gloriously to our prayers. The 14 attributes of God for prayer build confidence and excitement to pray more. He does far more than hear and answer. You will shout!
God loved His Son's noble conduct to become a man and die the cruel death of crucifixion. For His death on the cross, God gave Him great honors and rewards, which spoils of victory He has shared with His church, especially the Holy Spirit.
A very short devotional before the Lord's Supper in which a very few notable features of Jesus' death are identified in the Bible. Lovers of Christ want to remember more than that Jesus died but how well He died, just as His Father above.
God counted this Italian the first Gentile convert. His conversion is given in detail and defended twice. Jesus provided much help for this glorious conversion of a Gentile family, but he was regenerated long before he ever met Peter.
The Holy Spirit, an angel, and Peter declared Cornelius's saved conduct before Peter preached to him. This inspired event proves regeneration before faith and good works. Traditionalists today as then miss or resist God's sovereign grace.
Paul was taught by Jesus Christ, and knew about Him better than any man, but he sought to know Him better in personal ways. In contrast, he warned about enemies of Christ that worshipped their bellies by minding earthly things.
What should we do to change our habits and increase our love of Christ? We must repent for past lack of love and commit our full devotion to Him. There are some practical things that can be done daily to keep our hearts with Him.
We shall soon be at the judgment seat of Christ to account for our lives. Have we loved Jesus Christ and served Him passionately, or have we measured ourselves by worldly standards? Earthly honors will not mean a thing in that day.
Character or conduct valued by men is not enough, even if Biblical. We must love Jesus the Son of God or we can expect His judgment like Israel received in 70 A.D. What can you do with your family to know and love Jesus most of all?
Isaiah foretold Jews rejecting Jesus for not having any beauty. To those with spiritual and foresightful eyes, He is very beautiful. Do you think Jesus Christ beautiful? How do you show it and tell it to others. Renew your first love of Him today.