A commentary on the things I see while studying the New Testament.
I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and has provided all of mankind with a path to peace, happiness and eternal life. These teachings are contained in the Bible, the words of which can lead anyone to find the pathway to life through Jesus Christ if they care to look and study God's word.
I am writing this blog to continue my own study and journey with Christ, using it as an opportunity to capture what I have learned as I work methodically through the New Testament.
Any comments would be much appreciated as I do not profess to know it all and remain open to things others have seen and been taught by the Lord. Sharing with each other is the best way we can all learn the truth of the New Covenant, so please feel free to comment on any of the posts.
There are a number of reasons for why Jesus was sacrificed for us and
His death had many effects and purposes. But the primary purpose was to
reconcile man to God.
Jesus came so that man could be brought back to God and to the place
of perfection as God originally made man when He created Adam & Eve.
In Jesus Christ, God made reconciliation possible and provided man the
way by which he could come back to God and be perfected once more.
When God created Adam & Eve they started out perfect. But now God has allowed man to exercise his own free will and choose to seek God’s perfection through the process of reconciliation in Jesus Christ. It is now our choice, and it is the hope of God that we will choose His path.
Part of the call to Jesus Christ is to learn to respect others. It is part of the process of change going on in all those who are truly seeking the ways of God to learn respect.
As we grow in maturity in Jesus Christ we grow into the image of Christ, which is the image of God the Father. And as we know God is love. If we are to learn to love as Christ first loved us, then we need to also learn respect. Respect for God, respect for Christ and respect for those around us.
These few verses in Ephesians 6 teach us the ways of respect. Although it speaks about slaves, it is equally applicable to working relationships and all situations where we come into contact with others.
One of the things it is important to understand is that Jesus came
for the express purpose of dying so that we may be saved. His sacrifice
for us was complete & total and in accord with the will of God. It
was no accident but the definite plan & foreknowledge of God the
Father that Jesus would be sacrificed so that we could have the chance
Here we will look at what Jesus sacrificed to do this for us, why He made this sacrifice and how this sacrifice works for us so that we can take advantage of His great sacrifice.
These first four verses of Ephesians chapter 6 are a teaching to those of us who are children, and since we have all been children, it’s a message to all of us.
There is both a physical teaching in these words and a spiritual teaching. The same message applies to us as physical children of parents or as parents of children, and as the children of God in Jesus Christ.
Examination of these words is beneficial to help us better understand what God wants for us as His children, and what we as children need to do.
Trust is inextricably linked into faith. One does not exist without the
Trust is based upon knowing that another is trustworthy and this is learned
by evidence, either personally or from others who we know can be trusted.
Jesus Christ is trustworthy and has proven He can be trusted. The word of God is trustworthy and we can learn trust from His words. Listen now to learn more about the need to trust in the Lord at all times.
One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is how some Christians seem to have taken this section of scripture completely out of context. They ascribe roles to the husband and wife in a marriage that are completely out of sync with what these verses are saying.
These scriptures need to be taken into context with many of the other verses about marriage, and especially the relationship between Christ and the church.
Part of the issue with these verses is that there is one scripture that is completely missed out that gives the best explanation of how the roles of a husband and wife in a marriage should work.
It never ceases to amaze me how some scriptures have been taken out of context or have been abused to uphold some position that they are not really supporting or even suggesting. This scripture today is one of those.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. (Ephesians 5:18-20)
Let’s have a quick look at this and then see what is the really important point in this section of scripture.
God is a God of mercy. He has shown great mercy to all who come to
Him, and in the same way we are expected to be merciful to other.
Mercy is a powerful thing. We see in the scriptures that mercy triumphs over judgement and mercy overlooks many of the faults and failings in ourselves and others. We cannot be children of God without mercy being part of who we are. We receive mercy and we must be merciful for this is the nature of God.