Showing posts with label faithful. Show all posts
Showing posts with label faithful. Show all posts

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Being Partakers of Christ - Hebrews Chapter 3

BE A PARTAKER OF CHRIST JESUS
My beloved in Christ! It is my ultimate pleasure to bring unto you the next article on our Hebrews series  .....to help you assimilate the wonderful mysteries hidden in the word of God. Chew the cud and be blessed!!!

CHRIST  - FAITHFUL OVER HIS OWN HOUSE:

1. Being the partakers of the heavenly calling Paul urge us to consider the life of Christ Jesus as an apostle         and high priest. (3:1)
2. Christ was faithful to God who appointed him just as Moses was faithful in all his house. (3:2)
3. The one who has built the house has more honor than the house itself. In a similar way, Christ being God        is worthy of more glory than Moses. (3:3).
4. Every house is built by some man, but it is God who built all things. (3:4).
5. Moses was faithful as a servant in all his house, pertaining to the testimony of those things that were yet to     come. (3:5)
6. Christ is faithful as a son over his own house. (3:6).
7. If we hold fast to the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm till the end, then we are the house of        Christ. (3:6).

GRIEVING THE HEART OF GOD:

8.  This is why the Holy Spirit tells us that, today if we will hear God`s voice (3:7), we should not harden our       hearts and provoke God, as it happened in the day of temptation in the wilderness in Moses` times.               (3:8).
9.   Our fore-fathers tempted God, they proved him and saw his works for forty years. (3:9).
10. Hence, God was so grieved with that generation and said in his wrath that they always err in their hearts         and have not known God`s ways. (3:10) and that they shall not enter into God`s rest. (3: 11).
11.With whom was God grieved for forty years? Whose carcases fell in the wilderness? To whom God              sware that they should not enter his rest? (3:15 - 3:17).
12. He did so for those who had sinned and them that believed not. ( 3:18).
13. Hence, we see that they could not enter into the promised land because of their unbelief. (3:19).

HOLDING ON TO CONFIDENCE:

14. This is why brethren, we need to take heed not to have an evil heart of unbelief, thereby departing from         the living God. (3:12).
15. We need to exhort one another everyday, that we will not be hardened by the deceit of sin. (3:13).
16. For, if we hold on to the confidence we had in the beginning, steadfast till the end, we are made to be           partakers of Christ. (3:14)

PRAYER:
Dear Lord Jesus! thank you for edifying us through your word in Hebrews Chapter 3. Lord! give us the grace not to have an evil heart of unbelief, thereby departing from the living God. Help us Lord! not to harden our hearts by the deceit of sin, thereby provoking you as it happened in the day of temptation in the wilderness. Enable us Lord, to exhort one another and hold on to the confidence we had in the beginning, till the end that we may be partakers of Christ Jesus...... In Jesus mighty name we pray,
Amen.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

An Insight into the book of Hebrews - Chapter 2

           This chapter clearly explains, the plan of salvation of how Christ suffered for our sins and redeemed us by his blood. This blog is intended to make the understanding of the word of God a little easier. Hence, I urge you to meditate this Hebrews Chapter-2, straight from the Holy Bible, and use this post only as an aid for better understanding of the scriptures. Also, take a glance of An insight into the book of Hebrews - Chapter 1, for better continuity. Be blessed.



Be Serious about your Salvation:
  • We should give heed to the things that we have heard. (refer Hebrews Chapter 1) or else, at any time we might let them  slip. (Heb 2:1)
  • In the past, even the words spoken by angels were considered so important that every transgression and disobedience to that word was judged and punished. (Heb 2:2)
  • But, in later times, the message of salvation was spoken by the Lord himself; (Heb 1:2). It was also confirmed to us, by them that heard Christ speak. (Heb 2:3)
  • God himself bore witness and proved the words of Christ, with signs, wonders, miracles and by the gifts of the Holy Spirit according to his own will. (Heb 2:4)
  • Then how much more we need to be serious of the salvation through God`s only son, Jesus Christ Of Nazareth? How will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? (Heb 2:3)
Man made to be a little lower than angels:
  • God did not subject the world unto angels. (Heb 2:6)
  • But God has put all things in subjection under man`s feet, though  all things are not yet under him. (Heb 2:8)
  • God has made man a little inferior to angels. Yet he has crowned him with glory and honor, setting him above all of God`s creation. (Heb 2:6,7)
  • This is what is written in one place about man, revealing the position of man and angels; "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:" (Heb 2: 6,7)
Jesus Christ took the form of man so that he can taste death for us:
  • Jesus Christ took the human form, a form that is a little lower than the angels yet crowned with glory and honor, so that he can take the Suffering of death. ( Heb 2:9)
  • He took the human form, so that he can taste death for every men, by the grace of God. (Heb 2:9)
  • All things are made for Christ and by Christ. Yet, being the captain of salvation, God chose to perfect him through sufferings, so that he can bring many sons (people), into glory. (Heb 2:10)
  • He took a human form so that, he who sanctifies (Christ himself) and the one being sanctified (us) are all one. Hence, he is not ashamed to call us his brethren. (Heb 2:11)
  • This is what is written in verse 12 and 13 as, "I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. 13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me". 
  • He did not take the form of angels, but took on him the form of a man, the seed of Abraham. (Heb 2:16)
  • In all things he took the form of his brethren, so that he can be a faithful and merciful high priest in all things pertaining to God and to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. (Heb 2:17)
Jesus` victory over death:

  • We, being children are in flesh and blood, Christ himself took the same form, so that through his death he can destroy the devil who had the power of death. (Heb 2:14)
  • Thus he is able to deliver anyone subjected to a lifetime bondage to the fear of death. (Heb 2:15)
  • Because he himself suffered being tempted and took victory over it he can help everyone of us who are being tempted too. (Heb 2:18)
Life application:

  1. We need to be serious of our salvation, as it is brought unto us by Christ himself.
  2. Through the sufferings of Christ, we have been made children of the most high God.
  3. Christ took all sufferings on the cross, that he can sanctify us by his blood.
  4. He took the form of a man, so that he can be a faithful and merciful high priest to reconcile for our sins.
  5. As children of the most high God, we need not be under a lifetime bondage to the fear of death. The power of death, the devil himself was DEFEATED, by the death of Christ.
  6. Last but not the least, Because Christ went through various temptations and overcame them, he is more than able and more than ready to help us out in our temptations too.
Dear Child of God, if you are under a lifetime bondage to the fear of death, or caught up with various temptations rest assure, we have a merciful and faithful high priest, who can deliver us from the pangs of the evil one. If you are a victim, please, repeat this prayer with me.

" Dear Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the son of the most high God. I believe that you came in flesh and blood, so that you can sanctify me and give me victory over sin and death. Lord! I acknowledge that I am under the bondage of ------------------- (Ex: Sin, fear of death, drugs, self mutilation, shame, rejection, etc).  and I want to be set free from it. I strongly believe that you tasted death, that I can be free form the power of death, in its every form. I believe that you were tempted yet you took victory in all and  I believe you can help out in my temptations and weaknesses too. Wash me one more time by your blood. Cleanse me and make me whole. Thank you Jesus! for being the captain of my salvation and setting me free. In Jesus mighty name I pray.
Amen.
   If you are new in Christ and want to more about the greatest gift of salvation, Kindly read my blog on the prize of salvation in http://christlovelovelin.blogspot.ae/2015/01/the-prize-of-salvation.html 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

OUR GOD IS A FAITHFUL GOD
24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
1 Thessalonians 5:24

 I heard about the life of a man named John Clarke, who went as a missionary to the remote parts of the African jungle to do the Lord`s ministry. There was not one white man within hundreds of miles and not even a government outpost to run for help, near that place. It was at this time, his wife Mina ,was burning with a tropical fever, with nobody to help them around.
She put a strange request to him , that she needed three ripe tomatoes, and that it will give the necessary nourishment to sustain her, till help comes.

But to their dismay,  as far as he knew , there were`nt ripe tomatoes in the whole of Belgian Congo. There might be some canned tomatoes in a distant outpost, but never ripe ones. They just did not grow tomatoes in that part of Africa.John Clarke was so troubled with all sought of questions in his mind. Why did the Lord allow his Wife to suffer so, to approach death with no hope of a doctor`s help for another week? Perhaps, they should not have come to this lonesome jungle. Why in the world , had they ever come to Africa? But no! that was doubting God. He had sent them there, blessed their work, souls were saved and a native church was built.Surely, God wanted them to be there.Then why?

Steadily the tropical fever was sapping out her life from Mina Clarke.By nightfall she was too weak to talk and all that she could do is to moan and whisper. In agony of spirit, John Clarke  heard that dying request -three ripe tomatoes.He would go to any extreme to get those three ripe tomatoes,if it is humanly possible.

It was at this time, he was visited by a bush - woman in a familiar tribal dress , who wanted to see him.Questioning her, he found that she was a bush- woman from the tribe he visited last month and she had been sent to him for advice, if they can eat this queer fruit, that she had grown from the seeds left to them by a white man, as food was scarce in their place that summer.As John Clarke peered into the basket he almost cried out of joy. for their in that basket was - Three ripe tomatoes, and the woman also said that she had more of them.These tomatoes came as an answer for Mina`s prayer and as a rebuke to his doubts, from the seeds that was sown months before, as a providence from God.

Mina Clarke ate those tomatoes and lived till the doctor came with the healing medicine,lived for a successful ministry through the appearance of the three ripe tomatoes , planted, raised and ripened at the right time by the hand of the all-wise God.This story is retrieved from miracles and melodies.

Our God is a faithful God and he will never let us go......
Though the storms may come and the winds may blow,
he will never let go our hands.