“so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10 NASB)
What is knowledge that “puffs up?” How does one increase in the “knowledge of God” apart from studying His written Word? If someone says that this knowledge of God is found outside the written Word there is a term used for such a person, it’s called a heretic. We really need to stop mystifying Christianity. Knowledge is knowledge. You either know Christ or you don’t. You either understand His Word or you don’t.
God has made the wisdom of this world foolish. This simply means that this world knows it now stands condemned and those who belong to Christ can easily see through its foolish attempts to suppress this truth which they cannot escape.
Be bold believers. Be full of the Spirit to proclaim the good news to the captives. Concern ourselves not of our reputation. We need to teach our children who Christ is and use every opportunity to show them their sin as well as ours. We are sinners saved by grace, not that we should continue in sin but rather develop a holy hatred of it. Let us give all for Christ. Let us walk in His righteousness. Let us love others with a sincere love. God help us.
“But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.” (Acts 2:24 NASB)
Many struggle with believing that Christ was raised from the dead because such a notion is absurd to men. We all die, we don’t see people now rising from the dead so why should we believe that Christ did?
The bible teaches that the wages of sin is death. We die because we sin. Christ though, was no sinner, he was a man, but without sin. This death could not hold him and had to obey Him, to free Him. His crucifixion was a death he choose, not to pay for His own sins, but for the others whom He saves.
Christ is the only sinless man because He is God’s only Son in man’s flesh. His sacrifice is eternally priceless and with more than enough merrit to forgive us our sins completely and eternally, to save sinners to the uttermost, to those who call upon His name in repentant faith. He is also our hope for He has given magnificent promises of future glory awaiting His redeemed.
There is no other way but by Christ alone. Repent and believe upon Him. Come alive and leave the bonds of sin. Walk in the power of His righteousness and be bold in His uprightness.
What was God’s intention in giving the law? What is Christ’s intention in calling all to repentance? Both are intended to display the Godhead’s eternal characteristics and qualities in nature. We ought to see primarily God’s holiness displayed in these two realities, given by God’s graciousness to all creation.
The problem with us sinners is that in our fallen condition we are offended by these displays. Until our hearts are changed, we cannot please God, nor would we truly want to because by nature we hate him…hence our sending Him to the cross. To those who hate their sin, there is One who is able to save, who is worthy to take your place for your cosmic treason, and has done so already at the cross! Jesus Christ alone is able to save sinners, He is risen for our justification. Repent and believe in Him and your salvation will be secure!
Justification is a gift of God’s grace to sinners. This gift isn’t like a Christmas time gift that one opens in order to receive; it is the forgiveness of sins and new life which only God can unwrap inside the stony hearts of men. The gift is His granting apart from any and all works. Do not confuse salvation with sanctification here, God’s will to SAVE sinners trumps man’s refusal; all of mens’ will in the 1st Adam are by nature in bondage to sin and cannot please God, these enslaved wills are transformed by the new birth which is completely wrought by Gods own doing. Even repentance is only granted by God’s kindness to the sinner.
In Romans 3 is seen an inditement on all mankind, that no one seeks God, and that He alone is righteous. So if all are judged and all will be, none have an excuse. But God being rich in mercy, under no obligation to do so, determined to grant pardons and makes them known to both Jew and Gentile as He chooses. If the objection is raised “why doesn’t he save all” the scriptural response is, “why does He save any?”
If you haven’t tasted and seen the The Lord is good, pray for mercy, the He might enable you to taste, to see His glory, and there bend your knee to His Lordship and great love.
To the person who has faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins, give credit where credit is due. It isn’t because you said yes, it is because He drew you, He called you, He took out your heart of stone and caused you to hear and believe. He began this good work in you and He will finish it. Some might object and say, “doesn’t this make us mere robots”…a regenerated man is an object of the grace of God who still eats, drinks, sleeps, loves, hates (sin), plays, etc; only now he worships rightly…this is anything but robotic, it is organic and it is glorious. Salvation belongs to The Lord.
“For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.” (Romans 3:28 NASB)
The sanctification path that the Lord takes each of His new creations on has been staged with sign after sign that direct His remnant to remember His servitude. Our Lord walked in ultimate service to the Father all the way to His unjust death upon a cross securing our eternal redemption. If for some reason a good brother sees me closing my eyes to these signs I pray that he will rebuke and correct me.
Never forget that the Lord of Creation did not come to be served but to serve and for good cause, to save His chosen people. He calls us to do the same, being a witness might just require us to lay aside our desires to be served and become interested in our neighbor’s eternal state. Love keeps no record of wrongs and grace is given to the humble.
Christ commands that we go into all the world and preach the forgiveness of sins, making disciples. God grant us mercy for our idleness, boldness for Your truth and love for each other and our neighbor!
Grace and Peace in Christ