There is only one thing that is eternal and that is the love of God. God is eternal and He has promised eternity to those whom He loves and who love Him in return. This is the promise of the Gospel of Salvation in Jesus Christ.
But what exactly IS the love of God? It is not an emotional, mushy love as depicted in books and movies. It is something more and something greater than that.
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What does it mean to work out your own salvation? There are a couple of aspects that are immediately obvious from these scriptures today and those that precede these ones.
First, we are told to work out our own salvation, which means we need to do it for ourselves. No one else can do it for us. We must find the path to salvation and follow it ourselves. And we need to work at it to walk the right path.
Secondly, there will be fear and trembling because we are dealing with God. We must learn to respect, honour and worship Him if we are to receive salvation from Him. We cannot save ourselves but must rely on The Lord and God to save us. But there are ways we can do this as I will cover in this post.
One of the most important things we can do as Christians is to study the Bible. It contains the words of the Lord and the lessons on life that we need to know and understand if we are to grow into the children of God and receive salvation.
How anyone can claim to be a Christian and not study God’s word is beyond me. However, there are many people who call themselves Christians but who rarely or never open the Bible.
This podcast looks at the importance of Bible study for ALL Christians and shows what the Lord said and the Bible says about the need for studying and learning His word.
What was it about Jesus that caused Him to be so loved by God and man? What were the things that led to Him receiving the highest praise and glory from men and angels?
And more importantly, we know that in Jesus we have an example to follow so that we too can enter God’s kingdom. So knowing this, what are the things we are to learn and do to receive the glory of Jesus?
Jesus came to teach mankind the path to the Father and to His eternal kingdom. In these few scriptures today we get an inkling of the great glory He received and an idea of what we too must do to receive those words all Christians want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
As Christians, we are walking with Christ, and our destination in this walk is to be perfect as God is perfect. To be perfect we must become mature in Jesus Christ.
We are not meant to remain as babes and children in Christ. He has provided all of the teachings in the Bible to help us to become mature Christians, able to stand against the wiles of the devil and the passions of the flesh.
He has also provided the ministry gifts to the church for the express purpose of helping us to grow into mature Christians.
This podcast looks at the process of becoming perfect and mature as a Christian.
In the last post, I looked at the fact that we need to be humble if we are to follow Christ. It is by humility that we come into the presence of God. The arrogant, proud and conceited will be excluded for those were the attitudes of Satan before he was kicked out of heaven.
In these verses today we see just how humble Jesus was when He first came to the earth. It was in His humility that we received the opportunity to be reconciled to God and to be able to stand in His presence.
There is also an interesting insight into the concept of the trinity found in these scriptures that we will examine today too.
Our Heavenly Father wants us to communicate with Him. He wants us to come to Him with ALL parts of our lives and to speak with HIm about our problems, concerns, and issues, as well as the things that make us happy, loved and blessed.
We do this in prayer. It is important that we take the time to pray to God, thanking Him for what He does for us, as well as giving over all aspects of our lives to Him.
Whatever we do we should do it with prayer. All our hopes, dreams and plans should be brought to God in prayer. And when we are waging war in the Spirit, prayer is a powerful tool in the arsenal of weapons we have been given to fight the devil and to be victorious.
This podcast looks at prayer and what will help us to understand why we pray and how we should do it correctly.