What does it mean to be an Heir to Christ through the Promise of Abraham? This will be the focus of this week’s blog post as we continue our in-depth study of the Book of Galatians. Throughout the New Testament, we see Jesus and later the Apostles speak to us as newborn Christians that we are not only children of God but also joint-heirs with Christ, but how did we become joint-heirs with Christ?
As I discussed in last week’s blog post, it’s through the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that we have been reconciled back to God and have thus become heirs to Christ but through the promise of Abraham.The Apostle Paul even wrote about us as Christians being children of God and heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ in Romans 8:15-17; where he speaks to the Christians in Rome about how they no longer have a “spirit of bondage”, but received the “Spirit of adoption”.
Romans 8:15-17 (NKJV)
“15. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father” 16.The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,17. and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”Read More »
During these next few weeks, I’ll be doing an in-depth study on the Book of Galatians and how from the letter to the people of Galatia; we as Christians today can apply what was said into our everyday lives.
In the Book of Galatians chapter 1, we see Paul as an apostle of Christ; who describes the grace of God to the Galatians and how; even when he was Saul, hunting down Christians; God’s grace still found him. Within chapter 1, we as Christians can see what it means to be an apostle and disciple of Christ; but also, how, even when we have fallen short of God; His grace still finds us in our darkest moments.
In Romans 3:23-24, Paul writes on how; we as human beings, ALL have fallen short of God’s glory and how; through His grace, we’ve been declared righteous by Jesus through His death and resurrection.
“23. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24. being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…”Read More »
What does it mean to be faithful and obedient to the Lord?
This question came to me while I was doing a study on the Book of Joshua this month and throughout the study; I’ve noticed these two themes stick out to me while reading Joshua: Faithfulness and Obedience.
In reading Joshua, I saw how God continually showed His faithfulness to His rebellious people; the Israelites and how He continued to fulfill the promises He made to Abraham. For me, this idea of God’s faithfulness started making me think about God’s faithfulness towards us as Christians today and asking the question: Are we remaining faithful and obedient to the Lord?
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines faithfulness as: A steadfast adherent or supporter of a faith or cause.
In Joshua 1:3, God is speaking to Joshua about the Promised Land and how He will fulfill the promise that He made to Abraham to the people of Israel. God speaks on how He will guide them through the land; even when it seems like it is impossible.
“Every place that the sole of your feet will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.”
Today, I will be talking about one of the misunderstood people in the Bible: Barabbas. In the Bible, we are virtually given no information about him except that he was part of a rebellion against the Romans and that he was a murderer, but doesn’t that describe humanity in general?
In this blog post, I want you all to ask yourself these questions: Am I going to be like Barabbas and choose to continue to rebel against God? or Am I going to choose Christ?
So, what does it mean to rebel against God? Well, the word rebellion comes from the Hebrew word carah, which means “rebellion”, “revolt”, and “turn away”. So, if rebellion is to turn away from something, why are we continuing to turn away from God and choosing to embrace sin? I feel that the reason we continue to embrace sin is because, we, as human beings born into sin, are naturally rebellious and will turn away from the person or people rebuking us.
In Mark 15:7-11, the Apostle Mark describes the scene of Pilate presenting Jesus and Barabbas to the people for one of them to be released; however, in this scene, it shows the true character of humanity’s defiance towards God and His Word.
“7. And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion. 8. Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them. 9. But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 10. For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.11. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.”Read More »