Archive for February, 2014

Thoughts On Galatians 1:3-5

Check out Galatians 1:3-5

Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (KJV)

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.
All glory to God forever and ever! Amen. (NLT)

Often, when I think about salvation, I think in terms of “sin and forgiveness”.  I can understand, in a legal sense, the “transaction” of the cross – the righteous for the unrighteous.

Paul, here, is pointing out something else (something bigger?).

Jesus was on a rescue mission.

His purpose was the rescue of my soul, my life, my future – of me.  And you.

Jesus and my sin met, on a cross, two thousand years ago.  With unflinching determination and fixed purpose, in those three dark hours and during those three dark days, He dealt with my sin, in its totality.

He finished the work of redemption. Period.  Then He arose.

Jesus is interested – in me.  So He did the thing that I could not do – and by His own sacrifice – by His own power – and because of His great love – He rescued me.

This was the Father’s will – my rescue and His Son’s glory – forever.

Amen.

Thoughts on Colossians 2:9-10

You have to love the KJV wording of these two awesome verses.  Check it –

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power

I’m no Bible-translator, nor do I play one on the internet – but I do love to think about awesome truths when I see them.

Jesus Christ is fully-God.  All that God is, Jesus is.  He is THE revelation of God, about God, to us – in a body.  The character, nature, heart, purpose, mind, and glory of God – the “whole fulness of deity” – lives in Jesus.

Wow.

Now, check this next part.  We are “complete” in Him.  We “have been filled” in Him.  This Jesus, who is above all other powers and more perfect than any other authority – He has declared us, caused us to be, and made us by His death-conquering love, “complete”.  He has released us from our sin, saved us from our death, and blessed us with His life.  He is ours.  We are His.

At a minimum, this verse is stating that we are, at present, in this moment, at this time, right now – complete in Jesus.  There is nothing wanting, lacking, or missing.

That’s grace upon grace.

We can now stop searching for acceptance, based on our own performance, and simply live out of the acceptance, in Christ, that we already have.  Jesus isn’t worried that He might, someday, become “less” like God – and we shouldn’t worry that we might, someday, become “less” accepted by God.

We should trust God, take Him at His word, and live out of the grace-life He has given us.

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Thoughts On Ephesians 3:8

I have always been fascinated with Ephesians 3:8

Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ (KJV)

Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. (NLT)
Here’s Paul – PAUL – and He uses the phrase “less than the least of all saints” to describe… himself!
Let that sink in.
Paul wrote half of the New Testament.  Paul carried the message of Jesus throughout the Roman empire.  Paul was beaten, stoned, and left for dead.  Paul went to prison.  Paul was THE man.
Yet, Paul maintained a spirit of real humility.
How is this possible?  When comparing himself to others, no doubt, Paul could have pulled the “do you know who I am?” card.
Instead, he imitated Christ, becoming of “no reputation” and chose to serve, rather than to be served.
Paul’s motivation – I think it was his sole (soul?) motivation?
It was grace.
He spent his life – preaching it, living it, giving it, sharing it – because He had received it!
No matter the situation, or the time in his life, or the reason for any particular letter, Paul always focused on the grace of God.
Sure, he had to write about other topics, settle a few disputes, correct a few errors – but he always circled around to the “main thing” – grace.
I love this verse.  It’s so cool.
Paul, once a Pharisee, enamored with the law, steeped in tradition, and filled with hate – is saved by grace.  Then God allows Paul the great privilege – to share that same grace – with the world!
Wow!
Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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