My faith is simple. I work in an interesting environment, I get to meet a lot of different people. I work in a hospital. The question always comes up: What do you believe in? What is your faith? Or even, Why am I a Christian? At work, we see death every day, we see people take their last breath… and what do they reach for on their death bed? It’s always something of faith, something spiritual, something beyond…
By abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross... (Ephesians 2:15) Did God succeed in creating this "new man?" I don't think any christian will dare to say: "no"! And the word "succeed" is inappropriate to the Almighty God. If the Almighty God created a…
Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 tells his brethren to continue to stand in the gospel that was preached to them and that they received, by which they were saved. He specifically says, “If ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” How can my faith be in vain? Or how can my preaching or someone’s preaching be in vain?
Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. This is the truth. If I am not holy, I will not see the Lord! The Lord our God has chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world for one goal and that is to be holy and unblemished in love – to be His people! “…Were not a people, but are now the people of God…. but ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people” (1 Peter 2:10,9).
"Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." (Proverbs 30:5-6) It is a great revelation from God, to whom it became clear, and who understood, that God revealed Himself in this world as a Word. God revealed Himself by the Word, which was from the beginning with God, and which…
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. Mark 10:15
The other day, I asked my children if they recall how God created us, how God created a man. My oldest daughter immediately answered that God created a man from the earth (ground) and breathed into him the breath of life. (Genesis 2:7) Although we have spoken of this before with the children, it was as if the younger children heard it for the first time! They were both so astonished and amazed! They pointed to their arms and with astonishment said, “This is dirt!” It wasn’t even a question – it was simply an expression of their astonishment!
In order to set your minds on things from above, it is necessary to resurrect with Christ. Otherwise, it is not possible to think about something, where you do not exist! You must first get there. And we get (transfer) there, through this action: “For ye died… (ye are dead)”
That is, first is the death for this world and the consequence – the resurrection with Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Further, verse five:
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” (Colossians 3:5)
Romans Chapter 7 is a very serious and deep chapter. Unfortunately, many christian denominations do not understand this chapter. Apostle Paul clearly describes in this chapter the man in whom the law of sin and death reigns. Unfortunately, many christians today, living under the law of sin in death, not understanding it and not being freed from it, reassure themselves that Apostle Paul speaks of himself here, which means that everything must be okay and good with them.
But if we carefully study Scriptures, then we will see what Apostle Paul is really talking about here.
What was behind the boldness that David had against Goliath? What gave David this boldness? Also, what was behind the “lack of” boldness behind the trained soldiers? David wasn’t a trained soldier, yet he had boldness. David had faith in God. He had faith with experience! It is very important that the right faith is behind your boldness, because you can also become bold in a lie!