Prejudices and biases are common among men. These evils can creep into individuals or even congregations. But followers of Jesus should seek a pure heart with a genuine burden for the lost. For that, we need the Holy Spirit to work in us, revealing to us our ungodly attitudes and rooting out impure motions and motives.
Jesus was (is) the Son of God who lived a holy, perfect life. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth” (1 Peter 2:22). So, why was Jesus baptized, since water baptism is foremost meant as an act signifying a person is repenting from his sins and turning back to follow God’s will and ways.
Christ, our provision: Jesus feeds 5,000 by miraculously multiplying five loaves and two fish (part 2)
When God calls us to a task, we tend to first look around at what we lack, rather than look up to Him for provision. In this two-part Bible Study, Jesus feeds the five thousand by miraculously multiplying five loaves and two fish. Likewise, for Christians today, our God still provides through seemingly impossible ways.
The Bible, God’s Holy Word, makes it absolutely clear that Jesus is One persona of the One triune God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Regrettably, however, because the word “Trinity” isn’t in the Bible, there are those resist and reject God’s revelation of His One triune being. Rather than forming a doctrine over what isn’t in the Bible, shouldn’t we rather form our foundational beliefs on what IS in the Bible?
Jesus said the greatest commandment is: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you mind and with all your strength” So, what does it mean to love God? God has given us observable indicators that show demonstrated evidence of our love for Him or lack of love for Him.
There is considerable Scripture dedicated to imploring believers to strive for living in purity and righteousness in their daily walk with Christ. Regrettably, this teaching is often overlooked in many church gatherings today. Yet, for a believer’s joy and spiritual growth, it is vital to stress the importance in striving to live holy, upright, godly lives.
There’s a familiar saying that to be justified in Christ is to be “just if I’d” never sinned. But, justification is much deeper than that and believers need to remember that our justification came at a great expense. In Christ, we are justified, or declared guiltless—not because it is as if we had never sinned, but because our guilt was inferred upon Christ, who died for us.
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.