Meditation

Meditation for 06/24/2019

“Conseq1uently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for al men. So, that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans5:18, 21)

The contrast here is between Adam and Christ. Through Adam we are all condemned, but through Christ and His sacrificial death all believers are made right with God and receive eternal life.

Eternal life is available to all people, but people retain the freedom to reject God’s gift. Thus, Jesus’ victory over sin gives us victory over death. This includes the immediate victory over spiritual death and the ultimate victory over physical death. Eternal life is granted immediately and resurrection in the future, but all dependent upon accepting God through His Son, our Savior, Christ Jesus.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, You offer of eternal life with You in the kingdom is beyond our wildest dreams. You honor us for making this gift available to us and we honor You in return by accepting. Thus, upon acceptance, we are committed to Your will through our obedience, but Your grace, mercy, and forgiveness are immediate. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Sunny spirits make even the darkest skies shine.

KNOWING GOD:

“Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: ‘We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we not turn to the Gentiles. When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.” (Acts 13:46, 48)

At the risk of losing favor with fellow Christians, Paul and Barnabas still followed the higher plane of taking the gospel to all people. Paul remembered that when John baptized people, Jew and Gentile, he did so with water, but he said they would receive the Holy Spirit. Therefore, if Jew or Gentile can be baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit, then they may hear the Word of the Lord and receive the gift of eternal life as well. Faith leads to eternal life. Rejecting Christ forfeits hope for eternal life.

I AM:

Salvation, Eternal Life: (Jude21)

Amid persecution and ridicule, evangelism is still the order of the day. We have cogent reasons not only to persevere in faith but also to call others to the gospel: (1) obedience keeps us in the love of God; (2) we are sharing the message of eternal life people need to hear; (3) we display mercy for the lost; and (4) people are saved from the eternal flame. We are to do this great work in reverent fear and holy living, hating all things spotted by the sinful flesh. To be obedient to our Lord, we must share our faith. Eternal life is future oriented in this text. The mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ brings it to us. In the meantime, God’s loving vigilance should be matched by our own.

Second Thought of the Day:

“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life/” “What is written in the Law?” he replied, “How do you read it?” He answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and , ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “You have have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”” (Luke 10:25-28)

God’s requirement for eternal life is to love Him supremely and to love your neighbor as much as yourself. No one can love in these ways without the help which God gives through faith in Christ.

The lawyer clearly understood what the Law required for eternal life, but he did not understand the full significance of such love. To be valid, such love must be expressed in action. The lawyer sought to limit his neighborliness. He wanted to determine whom he should help. Jesus said he must give unselfish and unlimited assistance to anyone in need, even someone who might hurt his reputation. Clear?

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