Archive for November 2013

In Christ 43 Men of Promise

         When we become members of the Body of Christ, we become brothers and sisters of Christ, co-heirs with Him. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once [...]

In Christ 42 All for One

         Everyone in the Body of Christ needs to realize that even though we are individuals, we are still one in Christ. We often don’t think this way, and we often don’t act this way, but we need to. We are not a local congregation, we are in fact a global Body. [...]

In Christ 41 Rest in Christ

         In Genesis, we are told that God did His creative activities and then “rested.” And God blessed (spoke good of) the seventh day, set it apart as His own, and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all His work which He had created and done (Gen. 2:3). To us, [...]

In Christ 40 Jesus Will 8 Sent

         For whichever of many reasons, Christians sometimes view themselves of members of an exclusive club that meets on Sunday mornings, and which specifically has the blessings and the ear of God. There’s almost a smugness in the attitudes of some Christians who purport to have an “in” with God–as if that [...]

In Christ 39 Jesus Will 7 Joy

         In His Last Will and Testament, Jesus makes a series of rather astounding statements. This is what He says about joy: And now I am coming to You; I say these things while I am still in the world, so that My joy may be made full and complete and perfect [...]

In Christ 38 Jesus Will 6 Really

         Yup, really. It’s not just an imaginary circumstance or figurative narrative about all Christians forming the Body of Christ. It is quite literal, indeed. There is a reality to it that should be very sobering to every child of the Living God. Here’s the way Jesus wrote it into His Last [...]

In Christ 37 Sanctified

         To sanctify means to make holy and set apart for God’s use. Jesus very pointedly placed our sanctification in His Last Will and Testament: Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth. Just as You sent Me into the world, I [...]

In Christ 36 Hated Aliens

         Christians often have a distorted view of the world. Because we have been told to show God’s love to the world, we expect that they will reciprocate. But such is not the case. We are called to extend God’s love regardless of others’ reactions and actions toward us (Rom 13:8). The [...]

In Christ 35 Jesus Will 3

Jacob’s Well Bible Study Wesley UMC Lesson 339, In Christ 35, Jesus’ Will 3     In the last lesson we began a look at the honor and glory that we receive by being in Christ. He specifically asked our Father to return Him to His rightful place of Honor and Glory that He had [...]

In Christ 34 Jesus Will 2

Jacob’s Well Bible Study Wesley UMC Lesson 338,     In His Last Will & Testimony Jesus asks God to return Him to His rightful place of Glory and Honor with the Father, and then further on makes an incredibly remarkable statement about all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling [...]