It Is Finished!
John 19:30—“Then when Jesus had taken the vinegar, He said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and delivered up His spirit.”
The Power of the Blood of Jesus Christ
As Christians, we know from verses like Hebrews 9:12 that by the shedding of His own blood, Jesus Christ accomplished redemption for us. By believing in His redemption, we are saved. All our sins are forgiven because Jesus shed His blood for us.
But what about after we’re saved? How is the blood of Jesus applicable to us in our Christian life?
These questions are tremendously important for our Christian life. We need to know what Christ’s blood means for us every day after our initial salvation. We need to see we’re not only cleansed by the blood of Jesus at our salvation, but also cleansed from sins even after that, so that we can maintain and enjoy our fellowship with Christ every day.
The Inner Feeling of the Lord
“Life does not make decisions according to outward standards of right and wrong. Matters should be decided according to the sense of God’s life or the sense of death. Decisions should be made according to God’s life as it rises up or recedes within us. No Christian should say that he can do something because it is good or right. We must ask the Lord within us. What is the inner feeling that the Lord gives? Do we feel joyful inwardly about this matter? Do we have spiritual happiness and peace? These are the matters that decide our spiritual path.”
The Deep Significance of the Birth of Jesus Christ
Have you ever stopped to think about the deeper meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ? Although many people, even unbelievers, have heard the story of Jesus’ birth, its real significance may be missed because of that familiarity with the “story” aspect.
The birth of Jesus Christ—a momentous event
The birth of Christ was not the ordinary birth of an ordinary man. It was the birth of the most unique Person in history. The birth of Jesus Christ was the incarnation of God Himself. In other words, the very God became a man. The significance of this is profound and will take all eternity for us to appreciate. The conception and birth of Jesus Christ was the mingling of God with humanity. Such a thing had never occurred before.
John 1:14 says that the Word, the eternal God Himself, became flesh, meaning the man Jesus. When this happened, the eternal God stepped out of eternity into time to become a man of flesh and blood. Jesus Christ was indeed a genuine man, but at the same time, He was God. He is both fully God and fully man.
Our Savior God
Titus 2:10—“Not pilfering, but showing all good faithfulness that they may adorn the teaching of our Savior God in all things.”
Cross-reference “a” on Savior God directs us to two related verses:
Loving Jesus with Our Best
Matthew 26:6-13 gives us a moving account of an event that took place just before Jesus was crucified:
“Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him, having an alabaster flask of ointment of great value, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table. But when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, Why this waste? For this could have been sold for much and given to the poor. But Jesus, knowing it, said to them, Why do you trouble the woman? She has done a noble deed to Me. For the poor you have with you always, but you do not always have Me. For in pouring out this ointment on My body, she has done it for My burial. Truly I say to you, Wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done shall also be told as a memorial of her.”
What was the ointment of great value?
In those days, ointment, a substance compounded with oil, aromatic resins, and spices, was used in cosmetics, as medicine, and to anoint the body of...
An All-inclusive Christian Virtue
“Forbearance is Christ as our living. The Christ whom we live becomes the forbearance we exercise and make known. If we see this, we shall realize that forbearance is a matter of great significance. It is by no means an isolated virtue in the Christian life. On the contrary, forbearance is actually a synonym for Christ in our Christian living. On the one hand, we may say that our Christian life is Christ. On the other hand, we may say that the Christian life is a life of forbearance. To make our forbearance know, therefore, means to make our Christ known.”
In Everything Give Thanks
The giving of thanks seems like such a simple matter. We teach our children to say, “Thank you,” when someone gives them something or does something for them. Yet giving thanks can be difficult for us at times in our lives. In this post, we’ll see the secret of giving thanks in all things and how giving thanks is a crucial part of our experience of Christ.
Paul exhorts us to give thanks
The Bible has a lot to say about giving thanks; the word “thank” appears in some form many times in the Bible. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul wrote about giving thanks at least 46 times. Surely Paul was touching something particular in this matter of giving thanks.
A Nobler Love
2 Peter 1:7—“And in godliness, brotherly love; and in brotherly love, love.”
Cross-references “b” on love directs us to one related verse:
How to Experience Christ Living in You
In a previous post we saw that when the apostle Paul said, “Jesus Christ is in you,” he was not speaking metaphorically. He was speaking of the wonderful fact that Christ as the life-giving Spirit actually comes into those who believe in Him. We looked at eight verses that confirm and enrich our understanding of this wonderful reality.
Of course, our knowing Christ is in us isn’t for a mere doctrinal understanding. Christ lives in us to be our life. So in this post, we’ll discuss how we can experience Christ living in us in a practical way.