Note: This topic was something I always planned on talking about this year and now I can. This blog post was inspired by Genesis 2:18-24; where God created Eve out of Adam’s rib after seeing that Adam was lonely and by himself.
Disclaimer:I will be discussing some mature content (i.e. sex), so if you are a young reader please ask your parents first before reading.
What does it mean to be joined with Christ?
Well, in my opinion, I believe that being joined with Christ doesn’t just mean a Father/Son/Daughter relationship but also a relationship built around trust, commitment, and love for one another.
God loved us so much that He sent Christ into the world to redeem us; likewise, we as Christians and as human beings should do the same. Like Gomer in the Book of Hosea; who was an adulterer, we as Christians today can “flirt” with the desires of our flesh and through it; can become “lost” in this fallen world.
“19. I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me. In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy; 20. I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the Lord.”Read More »
Well, it’s almost the end of our in-depth study on the Book of Galatians but it’s still amazing to see how God uses the Book of Galatians to speak to us as Christians today. As we talked about in being heirs to Christ through the promise of Abraham, we spoke about how; we are no longer bound by our past sins and are now adopted into the kingdom of God as joint heirs with Christ.
This is where we begin our discussion on how we as Christians are to live for Christ while walking with the Holy Spirit. So, what does it mean to live for Christ while walking in the Holy Spirit?
Well, according to the Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 1:13-16, living for Christ means that we as Christians are to gird or protect the loins or the sides and back of our minds and be sober or vigilant and to rest our hope fully upon the grace brought to us by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13-16 (NKJV)
“13. Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.14. as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15. but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16. because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (see Leviticus 11:44-45 NKJV).Read More »
Welcome back to the Galatians Bible Study Series! In last week’s post, we discussed how even though we as human beings have sinned repeatedly; it’s through God’s grace that we are called sons and daughters of the King through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This week, we will be talking about how we as Christians are to defend the gospel by reading through Paul’s interaction with the Galatians and Peter. In 1 Peter 3:15-16, the Apostle Peter talks about how we as Christians should always be ready to give a defense for our faith in Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 3:15-16 (NKJV)
“15. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16. having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.”Read More »
In this blog post, we will be discussing two more aspects of why as Christians, it is important that we read the Bible, particularly how reading the Bible can help us discern Satan’s tactics against us and how reading the Bible allows us as Christians to come together as a church and a community of believers.
In last week’s post on The Importance of Reading the Bible; we talked about how we as Christians should read the Bible to understand and study God’s Word and how we can then apply that to our everyday lives. In 1 Peter 5:8, the Apostle Peter is calling for us as Christians to be vigilant and aware of the Devil and his desire to see our destruction.
1 Peter 5:8
“8. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
Well, it’s been a while since I did a parable blog post. InThe Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price, I talked abouthow we as Christians should beobtaining the true treasure of the Kingdom of God; which is having an eternal life with Christ and being renewed by Him every day when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior over our lives. In this parable, I just want us to think of ourselves as the dragnet or net that comes to catch fish of every kind and draw them into a relationship with Christ.
If you want to read the other parable blog posts, you can check here.
What does it mean to be the Dragnet in the Kingdom of Heaven?
Well, what is a dragnet? A dragnet is a net designed to encircle a large area and gather fish near the bottom of a lake. So, if a dragnet is designed to catch fish, then what does that make us as disciples of Christ? In my opinion, I think this means that as disciples of Christ, we are tasked with gathering the “fish” or people of every kind and make disciples of every nation; just as Jesus commanded we do before He ascended into Heaven.
However, as the “dragnet” that will be used to bring people to Christ, we as Christians and as people should also remember that we are still human. In Matthew 13:47-48, Jesus gives us a depiction of not only what happens to disciples of Christ but also to those that reject Him and turn away from His gift of eternal life.
“47. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, 48. which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.”Read More »
Today, I would like to ask that as you read this blog post, you reflect on this question Jesus asked His disciples: “Who Do You Say That I Am?” As we go into the Christmas season, it’s easy to forget the true meaning of the holiday and that it’s about the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. But, it’s also about how we as human beings perceive God and His Son Jesus Christ.
What did Christ really mean when He asked the question: “Who Do You Say That I Am?”
Well, to me, I feel that Jesus was asking a very simple question but it’s a question that I feel, we as Christians just skim over and never really dig into. I feel that Jesus is asking us this question out of a sense of curiosity because He wants to know; how we as human beings perceive Him. In the Bible, God refers to Himself as “I AM” to Moses and as the God of the Israelites and even Jesus Himself said that phrase “I AM”. In Mark 8:29, Jesus asks this very question to His disciples, but it’s Peter’s response that should show us who Christ really is and not who we perceive Him to be.
“29. He said to them, “But who do you say that I Am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ”.Read More »
How do we listen to the Voice of Truth? Well, when people hear the word Truth, some might mistake truth for a “little white lie”; while some might say that Truth is what we make of it. But both answers are incorrect, in the Bible; there is Truth. Jesus himself describes the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth and the source of truth; the one who will guide us towards the truth. In John 16:13; it gives us a clear indication as to what Truth is.
John 16:13 “… when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth…”
Well, in my last post I talked about how faith is the belief in something that natural senses can’t see, but you believe that you will receive the reward when the spiritual meets the physical. Now that we’ve got that out of the way; let’s talk about what it means to walk by faith. In 2 Corinthians 5:7, it gives us an indication as to what walking by faith means.
“For we walk by faith and not be sight”