More than five thousand spent a day feeding on the words, wonders, and person of Jesus. Then, as nightfall approached and even though they were hungry and had no shelter for the night, they didn’t want to leave. They hungered more for being near Jesus! That’s the magnetism that Jesus had then and still has today.
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. Whether than forming a doctrine over what isn’t in the Bible, shouldn’t we whether form our foundational beliefs on what IS in the Bible?
At the point of salvation, we are fully in Christ. But, we are to continually, intentionally seek to grow in Christlikeness. We are instructed to, “take hold of the eternal life to which you were called” (1 Tim. 6:12). We are called to live as servants of Christ, following and yielding to Him obediently as productive workers for His calling.
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.
We aren’t called to argue for the gospel as an attorney. Instead, Jesus said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). Witnesses tell of what they have seen or heard firsthand. Our role is to lovingly testify to the gospel and to be witnesses to the reality of how God has worked in our lives.
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.