In the early Church, the believers’ love for one another, and for others, was so authentic and so obvious that even those outside the Church took notice and were amazed by the loving-kindness of first and second-century Christians.
Author: James Callen
The Bible says, “Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him (John 6:64). As Jesus knew from the beginning that Judas Iscariot would betray Him; how does the phrase, “in whom I trusted,” from Psalm 41:9 apply to Jesus’ trust towards Judas?
Were a man to speak of God’s goodness, generosity, and grace with every breath for the remainder of his life, he couldn’t skim the surface of the Lord’s blessings. For, the Lord’s blessings to us are boundless and “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).
Jesus promises to give us rest for our souls, but that doesn’t mean we are to become stationary or sidelined. On the contrary, we are called to serve the Lord diligently and with a sense of urgency. In that, as we surrender and depend on God’s abilities, we are can find replenishing rest in His continual strength and unlimited resources.
Fathers are called to teach and train their family in obedience to God’s Word. Yet, when Moses set out to take on a spiritual leadership role over God’s people, he remained negligent in his foremost responsibility as spiritual leader of his own household. That was a grave offense to the Lord. The accountability of a spiritual leader over God’s people must begin at home, as a husband and father.
Believers are sent into the world to testify of what Christ has done for us, how He proved himself to us, why and when we came to believe in Him, and who He is to us now. The world needs our testimony. For, people are hurting and need to hear about our merciful, loving, compassionate Savoir who is ready to forgive and accept them to himself.
There are so many religions with different doctrines about how a person can become right with God. Which is right? Can we be sure that any of them are right? Jesus emphatically stated, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). His words are definitive and absolute. He said that He is the only way to the Father and that no one can have a relationship with God except through Him.
In the book of James, believers are reminded that good works ought to accompany genuine faith. We can rest in absolute assurance, that our salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone and not by works. But, too, genuine faith in Christ will absolutely not let us rest from serving others for their betterment and Jesus’ glory.