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The Two Halves of the Gospel in Romans 5:10

17 Apr 2017

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When we read through the Bible, Romans 1:15 may not stand out too much to us. In it Paul says, “For my part, I am ready to announce the gospel to you also who are in Rome.” On the surface, this sentence seems quite ordinary and unsurprising; after all, Paul preached the gospel to many people.

But in verses 6-7, Paul clearly states who he was writing to: “the called ones of Jesus Christ,” “the called saints.” He was writing to the believers in Rome. If we stop and think about verse 15 in this context, a question arises: Why would Paul need to announce the gospel to believers in Christ who have already been called and saved? The answer lies in the two parts of the gospel of God presented in Romans 5.

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It Is Finished!

12 Apr 2017

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.”

Note 2 on finished says: “In His crucifixion the Lord was still working, and through His crucifixion He finished the work of His all-inclusive death, by which He accomplished redemption, terminated the old creation, and released His resurrection life to bring forth the new creation to fulfill God’s purpose. In the process of death He proved to His opposers and His believers, by the way He behaved, that He was life. The dreadful environment of death did not frighten Him in the least; rather, it provided a contrast that proved strongly that He, as life, was versus death and could not be affected by death in any way. Therefore, the work that the Lord finished here included the accomplishing of redemption, the termination of the old creation, the release of His resurrection life, and the displaying of Himself as the life that cannot be affected by death.”

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The Secret of Satisfaction

05 Apr 2017

“The secret of satisfaction is to be one with Christ. When we are one with the Lord, we can be satisfied with our circumstances, and we can be forbearing with everyone, every thing, and every matter. Only when we are one with Christ can we be forbearing to the uttermost and be satisfied in all situations.”

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7 Wonderful Aspects of the Church in Ephesians

03 Apr 2017

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The church is a profound and deeply significant matter in the Bible. In our post “What Is the Church according to the Bible,” we began to look into the church as it’s revealed in the Scriptures.

In this post, we’ll continue to discuss the matter of the church by getting into some verses in Ephesians, a book unique in its rich revelation of what the church is in God’s eyes. We’ll look at seven aspects of the church revealed in Ephesians and how they relate to us as believers.

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The Experience of Life

29 Mar 2017

“To experience life is to experience God, to experience Christ, and to experience the Holy Spirit. This is not something of our own doing or attempt at improvement; rather it is the issue of God moving in us, Christ living out through us, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit in us.”

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Our Savior God

22 Mar 2017

Titus 2:10—“Not pilfering, but showing all good faithfulness that they may adorn the teaching of our Savior God in all things.”

Note 3 on Savior God says: “Our Savior is not only Christ but the Triune God embodied in Christ, as indicated in v. 13. Our Savior God desires not only to save us but also to teach us the full knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4). Hence, it mentions here the teachings of our Savior God, which can be beautified, adorned, by the transformed character of the most vile persons saved by His grace.”

Cross-reference “a” on Savior God directs us to two related verses:

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New Video: Is Jesus in Your “Boat”?

20 Mar 2017

Bibles for America has just released a new gospel video, “Is Jesus in Your ‘Boat’?” The video presents the gospel based on the biblical account of Jesus walking on the water to meet His disciples in the midst of a stormy sea in John 6:16-21. It points to our common human experience of troubles, anxieties, and fears, and our great need to invite Jesus into our life.

We hope this video would provide a way to share the Lord Jesus with your friends, relatives, and others the Lord has put on your heart. We encourage you to take some time to watch it and consider sharing it by email or social media so others can hear the good news of Jesus Christ and be saved!

 

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Making Decisions According to Life

15 Mar 2017

“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.”

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The Author and Perfecter of Our Faith

08 Mar 2017

“We believe in Jesus Christ by His faith, for we have no faith of our own. Jesus is the Author and Perfecter of our faith.”

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Why Believers Need Christian Companions

06 Mar 2017

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We human beings need each other for support and companionship, and we believers also need the support and companionship of other Christians. The Lord doesn’t expect us to live a Christian life all by ourselves.

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