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Day 18: The Gift of Strength in Service

28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” II Timothy 1:7 NASB

Paul imprisoned, knowing he would soon lose his life for his faith and service to Jesus wrote these words of encouragement to Timothy. Paul knew that Timothy, the pastor of Ephesus, would face some of the same trials and persecutions that he faced. Paul wanted Timothy to know that despite what he faced God would be with him and strengthen him to face it.

We can rest assured the more we strive to serve God the more persecution will come our way. Paul also told Timothy, “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” (II Timothy 3:12). Satan will stop at nothing to prevent God’s children from serving Him. But remember, “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” (I John 4:4). We have no reason to fear Satan or his persecution. Our fear should be of God and God alone.

Paul told Timothy, “God has not given us a spirit of timidity.” If God hasn’t given us a spirit of timidity, or fear, then where does it come from? Satan. Satan is a bully trying to scare us away from serving God. Satan knows once we start serving God through the power of the Holy Spirit we are a major threat to his kingdom. We are God’s; therefore, we have no reason to fear Satan, nor anything, or anyone else.

Despite trials, tribulation, or tragedy God has given us through His Spirit the power to serve Him. Let me ask you a silly question. What is more powerful than God? Nothing! If we are working in His power then who do we have to fear. Jesus told the disciples just before He ascended to be with the Father in Acts 1:8, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses.” The world has never, nor ever will see a greater power than God’s, and He has given to us a spirit of power, His power.

Not only has God given to us a spirit of power, He has given to us a spirit of love. Love is a defining characteristics of a Christian. I John 4:8 says, “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” It was love that motivated the Father to send His Son and love that motivated the Son to surrender. It is love, love of God first and of man second, that motivates our heart to serve. Paul asked Timothy in II Timothy 1:8 to, “join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God” What would motivate someone to serve God knowing that there is a great possibility they would suffer? Love! And, God has given us a spirit of love.

God has also given to us a spirit of discipline. This spirit of discipline is what motivates us to stay focused in our service and seek God for our strength. In essence, God has given to us through His Spirit an internal motivator to keep on keeping on. Through His Spirit we clearly see that God has given us everything we need to faithful serve Him. Truly, we have received the greatest gift the world has ever seen.

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Posted by on December 14, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Day 17: The Gift of Completion

28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NASB

Much to my wife’s frustration, I am notorious for not finishing projects. I will get involved in a project, get distracted, and start another leaving the original project unfinished. After a while, I will look around realizing I have a whole host of partially finished projects that need attention.

God is very much different. We are assured in this wonderful verse, once God starts His project, He will finish. Not only will He finish it, He will perfect it. We are God’s projects. When most people turn their lives over to Jesus their lives are a mess. The good news is, the moment we turn our lives over to the Lord, regardless of how much of a mess we made out of our lives, He will perfect us.

The bible is clear, God doesn’t expect us to straighten our lives out and then turn to Him. The fact is, we can’t. For this reason, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). Once were saved, God, through the blood of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit changes us from our mess to His glory. By faith, we turn to God and repent of our sins, and by faith we trust that God will keep us from our sin and keep us in Him.

Salvation is a onetime act of faith. We believe and therefore we are saved. At the same time, the saved trust in God daily to shape them and mold them into His image. Isaiah 68:4 says, “But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.” We must submit ourselves as the clay to the potter. When we do, we trust that the Master will make a masterpiece.

What God makes out of your life is to His choosing. Paul said in Romans 9:21, “Does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?” Whether God uses you as a vessel to bring revival to the nations, or a vessel where no one knows your name, you are His vessel, in His hands. Let your life be a vessel that brings glory to God by placing it in the potter’s hands.

Your life today may not look like a masterpiece. To you it may still look like an un-worked lump of clay. Know that you are a work in progress. You are no longer your own; you are God’s. By faith know that God will perfect you. Paul said, “I am confident of this very thing.” Be confident, for God isn’t finished with you yet. Truly, we have the greatest gift the world has ever seen.

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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Day 16: The Gift of Security

28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” Romans 8:31 NASB

Now that we know we are free from condemnation, protected from Satan, and have victory in Jesus, we begin to understand all the more, in Christ, we are in the greatest position we can imagine. Regardless of what’s taking place in the world we are in the best of hands-God’s. By faith we are God’s, we belong to Him, we are His children. Now that we are living for Him, He is for us. He is on our side since we have chosen, through Christ, His side. Be warned though, if you are not living for Him, you are living against Him.

With this thought in mind I can’t think of a more assuring promise in scripture, “If God is for us, who is against us?” This scripture doesn’t mean that Satan and those who stand opposed to God won’t try to stand against us; it simply means that they won’t be successful in their efforts. On our own, we are powerless against Satan and his allies, but through the power of God, “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper.”

Since we now belong to God, we are now under His authority. Jesus clearly stated that He has all authority. (Matthew 28:18). Since His authority outranks all and we are under His authority we are protected, and empowered by His authority. Think about it this way. What makes a 4000lb car stop for a 175lb police officer directing traffic? The individual wearing the uniform has no power to stop such a massive object on his own. Many times they are unarmed. So why do we stop? We see their badge and recognize the authority their uniform represents. Satan is much stronger than us. However, Satan has no choice but to respect God’s authority.

Paul continued to give us great assurances of our security and protection through the authority of God in the final verses of Romans 8. In verse 33 he asked, “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect?” The obvious answer is no one. The next verse he asked, “Who is the one who condemns?” Paul already answered that question in the first verse of chapter 8. Again, no one. Then he asks in verse 35, “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” In verse 37 he gives us the final answer to all of these questions, “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”

Paul concludes this text with a great promise that nothing physical, or spiritual, temporal, or eternal can come against. He said, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39). Truly, we have the greatest gift the world has ever seen.

This is part 16 of 28 devotions that will go through Christmas Eve. If you would like to subscribe to my daily devotions please PM me your email. Also, please share.

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Posted by on December 12, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Day 15: The Gift of God’s Continued Work

28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

There was a time in my life when I could work from daylight to dark hop out of bed the next morning and do it all over again with no ease. Unfortunately, those days are long gone. Now that I am older and my physical condition has deteriorated I get tired quicker and my body requires a longer amount of time for recovery. Regardless of our physical conditions, we are all human and face this same reality.

            God, however, never tires. Psalm 121:4 says, “He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” God is perpetually at work. His work is often unseen or unnoticed but rest assured, He is at work. Often times we don’t see the hand of God at work until the work is completed. We then realize that God has intervened for us, comforted us, or supplied for us. Most people have perfect vision when it comes to hindsight.

As Christians, we have been given wonderful assurance of the hand of God at work in our lives. Not only in the work of salvation, although that is more than enough, but a continual work for those who are saved. As we look at the lives of individuals in the bible we see that they often faced very difficult situations. Paul continually faced trials in his life. With this in mind he said in Philippians 4:12, “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” Paul was stating that he has experienced both the best and the worst life has to offer. He concluded this statement by saying in the next verse, a verse that is often taken out of context, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” In other words, Paul is saying that he can face anything life throws his way, good or bad, because Jesus gives him the strength to face it.

Just as God worked through Paul’s life He has promised that He will work through ours. The promise of Romans 8:28 is exclusively for those who love God and are called according to His purpose-His children. The promise is that God will work all things together for good. Not all things are good. Many things or horrible. God certainly doesn’t cause those horrible things, but He does cause good to come out of them. The promise is that whatever we face, “all things”, God will turn it into good. Truly, we have received the greatest gift the world has ever seen.

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Posted by on December 11, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Day 14: The Gift of No Condemnation

28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Romans 8:1-2

In the first 3 chapters of the book of Romans Paul made it abundantly clear that all humanity is guilty of breaking the law of God. He summed up this argument in Romans 3:23 stating, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We are all guilty. Since we are all guilty, we all stand condemned before God.

But, praise be to God that, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). Jesus stated God’s intent for the world in the next verse when He said, “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

The word “judge” found in the NASB, can also be translated, “condemn” as it is in the HCSB and the KJV. Since we are guilty lawbreakers, to be judged by God is to be condemned by God. Being judged or condemned by God isn’t something to be taken lightly. Hebrews 10:31 says, “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Fortunately for us God gives us the choice of grace or condemnation. Next, Jesus said in John 3:18, “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” By placing your faith in Jesus you are making a choice to receive the grace of God and are freed from you guilt. The result is, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Their sins are forgiven. Those who make the choice to reject God’s grace by rejecting His Son stand condemned already. For they are still in their sin. If they die in their sin, they will be eternally condemned.

Those who accept the grace of God are given the privilege to walk, talk, live, breath, and exist in this life, and eternity to come in the unmerited favor of God. They are free from the condemnation of the law of sin and death and free to walk in the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Because of the gift of God’s Son, “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Truly, we have received the greatest gift the world has ever seen.

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Posted by on December 10, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Day 13: The Gift of Victory

28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ

 “We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.” I John 5:18

Whether by race, culture, economics, education, or politics the world loves to divide people into groups. In God’s realm, there are only two divisions; those who are born of God, and those who aren’t. I have already made it clear that God has given everyone a choice as to whether or not they will accept Him. Regardless of your race, education, economics, culture, or political views, if you are born of God you are a child of God. The, those who are born of God’s side, is inclusive for all who will call on the name of Jesus.

If you are then born of God you have died to all of the ways of the world. Your identity is now found in God. You have died to your former identity of sin and now that you are born of God, “We know that no one who is born of God sins.” The bible doesn’t teach that a Christian cannot sin, however, it is abundantly clear that a Christian will not live in sin. If one calls himself a Christian and lives in unrepentant sin, He, “lies and does not practice the truth.” (I John 1:6). His identity isn’t found in sin, or anything else of this world, it is found in God, and God alone.

If our identity is found in God we are belong to God. We are after all His redeemed children. John tells us how we have overcome sin and the world in I John 4:4 when he said, “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” Through Jesus we have, past tense, overcome the world. It is already done; we simply by faith need to walk in it.

Satan is the one who is “in the world.” John said in I John 5:19, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” Fortunately for us, those who are born of God are not of the world, they are of God. Yet, so many Christians walk in constant fear that Satan is going to distract them or deceive them. Yet, the bible is clear, “the evil one does not touch them.” He can’t. The bible teaches us that those who are in Christ have His victory. We see this in I Corinthians 15:57, “but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” and again in Romans 8:37, “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” Satan, the evil one, is already defeated.

We have also clearly established that God is the Father of all who have accepted His Son. With this in mind Jesus said in Like 11:11-13,  Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” If we are truly seeking God He will not allow the evil one to slip through the back door and still the victory. God has us. He protects us. He provides for His. He has already given us the victory. Truly, we have the greatest gift the world has ever seen.

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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Day 11: The Gift of being a Member of Jesus Body

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“Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.” I Corinthians 12:27

            As we have already seen, we are friends with Jesus, family with Jesus, and one with Jesus. We, however, are not alone in our relationship with Christ, there are millions of Christians in the world today. Each Christian is a unique and individual member of the body of Christ with individual callings and gifting that help enhance the purpose and function of the body.

The body of Christ is the church. It is a spiritual house with spiritual purposes. (I Peter 2:4-10.) Yet, at the same time it is a physical house. Not a physical house built with brick and mortar, but a physical house built with the assembly of men, women, and children who have accepted Christ as their Savior and Lord. A physical house with spiritual purposes grafted together by their faith in Christ.

As there are many members with many purposes and functions there is but one head. The pastor, deacons, elders, nor anyone else is the head of the body of Christ. Christ alone is the head. Colossians 1:18 says, “He is also head of the body, the church.” Since Jesus is the head, we follow His direction and leadership.

Not only is Jesus the head, the body is His as well. For we belong to Him and are united with Him. The church was purchased with the blood of Christ. Acts 20:28 says, “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” Any church that Jesus is not the head of has no purchased body and is therefore not a true church.

Unfortunately, so few people today take the church seriously. The church was placed on this earth to be a blessing to the whole world. It is the churches responsibility to share the gospel and minister to the hurting. We see both biblically and historically when the church is strong, families are strong, and when the church is strong, society itself is morally upright and therefore strong. You want to change the world? Get plugged into a church and make sure it is functioning properly. If it refuses to function properly, find one that will. After all, this is God’s design.

We often hear the phrase quoted from Hebrews 10:25 to, “not forsake the assembling of one another.” To assemble is to be the church. The command is clear in the Word of God to not forsake the assembling or not forsake church. However, when we hold this verse into its context we see why. The verse prior tells us, “let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.” In other words, we are there to strengthen and encourage one another. Then we see that the whole verse says. “not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” This verse is telling us as we see the day drawing near, or getting more difficult, we need to assemble, for the purpose of strength and encouragement, all the more. Truly, we have received the greatest gift this world has ever seen.

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Posted by on December 7, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Day 9: The Gift of Being a Child of God

28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12 NASB

Since God is the creator of all, everyone is technically a child of God. However, this text of scripture specifically tells us, “But as many as received Him.” To be a child of God we must receive the gift God has for us. If we receive the gift, we become His children. Most men can biologically father a child. Unfortunately, not all men father their children. I Timothy 5:8 says of those “men”, “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” God, however, will take care of all His creation. Jesus said in Matthew 5:45, “He (God) causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” For God to truly be our Heavenly Father we must accept Him. Most of God’s created children have rejected Him. Only those who by faith receive Jesus are His adopted Children.

Through Jesus, we are legally adopted by God and therefore become His children. Paul starting with a short narrative of the Christmas story explains this in Galatians 4:4-7 saying, “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.”

We are not slaves we are sons. Sons and daughters of God that are joint heirs of God. Sons and daughters of God who can call God “Abba Father” which is the most intimate and loving expression a child can offer to their father. Sons and daughters of God that will one day inherit the Kingdom of God as joint heirs in Christ Jesus. Jesus will eternally be the Master of the Kingdom but we will eternally enjoy the blessings of the kingdom with Him.

God has made it clear in His word that Fathers of this world are to take care of their children, tend to their needs, teach them, and provide for them. Our God is a righteous God. This means God will always do what is right. Even if our father of this earth was worthless and left us, we know that our Heavenly Father will always be there for us. God has assured His children numerous times throughout scripture in many ways, “I will not leave you nor forsake you.” For, He is a righteous Father.

Lastly, as we think about God desiring to be our Father enough to send His only Son to die for us we see the ultimate expression of love. God loves everyone, and wants everyone to be His child. We love Him because He first loved us. (I John 4:19). You may have never know the love of your earthly father. He may have been the most unloving man on earth. On the other hand, you may have had a wonderful, loving father. Regardless of your life’s experiences, nothing can compare to the love that our Heavenly Father freely offers to those who will receive Him. Truly, we have the greatest gift the world has ever seen.

This is part 9 of 28 devotions that will go through Christmas Eve. If you would like to subscribe to my daily devotions please PM me your email. Also, please share.

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Posted by on December 5, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Day 6: The Gift of Peace

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“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1 NASB

Those who reside in the domain of darkness have set themselves up to be at enmity against God. James 4:4 says, “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” They are enemies of God because they have chosen to live for the world rather than repent of their sins and live for the Lord.

Fortunately for us, God has chosen to provide a way for those in the world to be reconciled with Him. II Corinthians 5:19 says, “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” To be reconciled is to be restored into a right relationship. God’s means of reconciliation is the blood of Jesus. The blood of Jesus purchased for the world redemption. The world then receives redemption by faith and are then reconciled unto God.

When one has by faith been reconciled with God by being redeemed by the blood of Jesus he is then justified before God. To be justified is to be made right. His sins are now forgiven, blotted out, removed as far as the east is from the west, and remembered no more. (I John 1:9, Acts 3:19, Psalm 103:12, Hebrews 8:12). By his faith in Jesus he is now in a right relationship with God.

When one has been justified by God, made right, he now has peace with God. Paul is not talking about an emotion or a feeling of peace, nor is he referring to a sense of security that brings peace. Paul is talking about a practical peace; the type of peace between two warring parties that have called a truce. We were enemies of God yet we are now reconciled. We agreed to the truce God called by placing our faith in His provision of the truce-Jesus.

Being a nice person cannot bring peace between you and God. Being a generous person cannot bring peace between you and God. Being a religious person cannot bring peace between you and God. Being a good person cannot bring peace between you and God. Jesus said, “No one is good but God.” We were the aggressors in our hostility toward God. We are the guilty party. For this reason, we deserve God’s condemnation. Instead, God provided justification through the blood of His Son. By faith in Jesus we are justified. By faith in Jesus we are at peace with God. Peace is not a gift we deserve but a gift we are given by grace. Truly, Jesus is the greatest gift.

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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Day 5: The Gift of Redemption

28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ

“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13, 14 NASB

Prior to accepting God’s greatest gift, the gift of His Son, the bible tells us that we all, “formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:2). We were citizens of the domain of darkness destined to eternal hell and separation from God. We were bound in our sins with no hope of escape and no hope of freedom from condemnation-until God sent His Son. Colossians 1:13 tells us He, Jesus, rescued us. The word “rescued” is used in past tense indicating that the rescue has already taken place. Jesus has rescued us out of the domain of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of God.

How did we become citizens of the darkness in the first place? Sin. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. We bought our residency into the domain of darkness and our ticket to hell with our own sins. The bible tells us that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). Therefore, everyone who has ever lived has resided in or is residing in the domain of darkness. They have either been saved from the domain of darkness, by Jesus, or stand in need of salvation.

Just as our sins purchased our residency in the domain of darkness, the blood of Jesus redeems us and purchased for us freedom and forgiveness of sin enabling us to reside in our new residency, the Kingdom of God, with Jesus for all eternity. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” As already stated, Romans 6:23 tells us “The wages of sin is death.” The good news is that the same verse tells us, “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The gift we have received from God is the gift of redemption. Redemption that came at a great price to Jesus but is a free gift to those who believe. The gift of redemption that was paid for by the blood of Jesus but freely offered to whoever will repent of their sins and make Jesus Lord of their lives. In faith, we ask Jesus to forgive us of our sin knowing that they have already been paid for. Truly Jesus is the greatest gift, “Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession.” (Titus 2:14).

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Posted by on December 1, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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