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.
The Holy Spirit is a permanently indwelling, continually active, Helper in the life of believers. He protects us, comforts us, leads us, equips us, teaches us, and grows us more in Christlikeness. How does He do that? This study looks at some of the ways the Holy Spirit works in us, for us, and through us.
If you are a believer, at the very instant you repented and received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within you. And He took up permanent residence, to teach and equip you to walk in Christlikeness. This study touches on some of the helping ways the Holy Spirit works in lives of believers.
Bible accounts do open up the possibility that James and John might have been first cousins of Jesus, but we don’t know definitively. This possibility is raised by comparing the four gospels and looking at the women who were nearby when Jesus was crucified.
You might understand that you are a child of God, yet think of yourself as a child that the heavenly Father is disappointed in. But that type of perception about yourself isn’t reality. What God says about you is truth. So, allow the Word of Truth, the Bible, to give answer and assurance for: “Who am I in Christ?”
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?
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father” (James 1:17). Were a man who is in Christ to speak of God’s goodness, generosity, and grace with his every breath for the remainder of his life, he couldn’t skim the surface of all the glorious wonders the Lord plentifully bestows on him.
Jesus said: “Take my yoke upon you . . . for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” But being “yoked” usually implies a heavy burden. Yet, Jesus gives us the image of being yoked alongside Him while He is the One pulling the load. It’s as if we are along for a scroll next to Him and watching as He moves mountains.