In my dream I went gambling with my friends. In our gambling accounts, our balances are written our winnings or losses in sealed envelopes. For some reason I volunteered to take care of all of our gambling accounts whether losses or winnings. While walking to the cashier, I wondered what if my friends are heavily in debts, i may end up paying those.Before I can find out I woke up.
What is the lesson here? In real life because of our sins we are heavily in debt, bankrupt in a way but Jesus came to pay our debts. On the cross before Jesus died He shouted " It is finished" which also mean " Paid in full ".
Friend, are your debts or sins paid for ? Good news , Jesus already paid for them.Let's come or go to Jesus and receive our salvation.
The Old Testament mentioned the Law 313 times and grace 41 times. While the New Testament mentioned the Law 202 times and grace 122 times.Looks like the emphasis in the New Testament is more on Grace, why ? According to Apostle Paul the Law is holy but we the people are carnal, we are fallen, we can not follow the Law perfectly.So the problem is not the Law but us. Let us see what happened in the New Testament.
In the New Testament , Jesus Christ came and lived with men. Jesus Christ is God , also called the Son of God and Son of man.He took a human form, lived a perfect and sinless life, a life in obedience to God His Father.
In the beginning of Jesus ministry people were following Him, that means we can follow Jesus. But after 3 1/2 years before Jesus was crucified , His followers abandoned Him for fear of their life .
After Jesus was crucified and when they verified that He is dead. They took Him down from the cross and laid His body in a tomb. But after three days He arose again. He resurrected just as He predicted or revealed.
After Jesus resurrected He gave the Holy Spirit to His disciples and they became bold and endowed with power. They were no longer afraid and learned to love one another and to obey God. The disciples are said to receive grace or unmerited favor.
Jesus did not abolish the Law but fulfilled it. By following Jesus we received His righteousness. His Spirit also give us capacity and power to obey. Since we are still in human body, sin still try to pull us down but as we walk with Jesus and with the Spirit, we become strong and overcome the pull of the flesh.
I will pause here and let these truth settle in our hearts and minds and souls. Meanwhile have you accepted Jesus in your life ? Have you received the Holy Spirit ?
We will discuss that in future blogs, while we confess our sins to God or repent of our sins and receive Jesus into our soul .
Review of where we are. With openness and clear conscience I try to invite you and hopefully the world to a loving relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. I understand i am still a fallible human being. What I mean is my blog or blogs could still have some inaccuracy/s. Please compare what i write with the Bible because the Bible is our standard.
If you notice some mistake or error or unclear statement/s in my blogs please let me know right away. And I will prayerfully do what is needed.The Lord has a name for it " purity" and we can maybe call it "quality control".
We still need pastors, priests, teachers, mentors, personal study, prayers,brothers and sisters in the Lord in church settings,etc.
May we continue to grow in our Christian walk till we meet our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (with our face to His feet).
I would like to share with you an illustration that I believe God showed me and others.The illustration works like the manufacturer's warranty.But first what is warranty ? A warranty is a written guarantee of the integrity of a product and of the maker's responsibility for the repair or replacement of the defective parts.In today's world man has learned to manufacture products and the products came with instruction and warranty. The warranty will be honored provided we follow procedure and for a certain time, is it not ?. The same principle is shown in God's creation.
We are God's creation and we came with a warranty. But we have to follow God's order or instructions. If we do that we will last forever. But we disobeyed or sinned and that voided the warranty. So what do we do now ?
God is so loving and merciful that He sent His Son to die for our sins, His name is Jesus. Jesus took the penalty that is supposed to be ours. In a way Jesus restores the warranty .
By our sins, we violate the warranty but through Jesus , God provided a way to renew the warranty. Do you see it ?
Repent of our sins and come to Jesus for our restoration.
Fellow believers in Jesus Christ, i am humbly suggesting to draw closer to our Lord through prayers and watching as supported by Matthew 26:41,Mk. 13:33;14:38; Lk. 21:36; Eph.6:18;Col. 4:2; 1 Peter 4:7.
Around 1985 when I was being trained to be a power plant operator, my supervisor told us of a true story of an airplane accident. I believe the story goes like this. One of the pilot noticed that the landing gear indication light was not on. By the way , during that time our power plant controls uses a lot of indicating lights. Back to our story, so the other pilot noticed that the indicating light was not on, so the two of them got focused on it and started working on the problem.
Meanwhile the pilots did not notice that the airplane has shifted to descending direction. To make a long story short, the airplane crashed,because the pilots' lost focus on important matter.
In power plant operation we were trained to focus on what is important, for example when we are changing fuel from oil to gas, or vice versa, we avoid answering phone calls because neglect of what we are doing could cause boiler explosion.
So what is the lesson here, in this world there are so many attractions that we could easily lose sight of what is important. Our soul is the most important for us that Jesus said what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and loses his soul.
My lifelong pursuit reveals that Jesus is the best guardian of our soul and more and so I committed myself to Him for about 35 years now and for eternity. I hope you found Him too and take Him as your Lord and Savior.