“Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.” (Romans 13:11)
This text reveals the dynamic nature of salvation. The Roman Christians wee asleep, not living the dynamic Christian life. They needed to live life in daily expectation and joy of Christ’s return.
We as Christians are not yet what we will become in the end times but need to be all we can be in Christ in the present. Furthermore, this should be our daily commitment upon waking up, to first thank God for another day to serve Him, and also that we live as best we can, to live and walk as Jesus did.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You try a multitude of ways to teach us how to live and yet this did not have the impact it should have made. You sent Jesus to both teach us how we are to live, to love one another, to seek the good in all, to reach out to others with the message of eternal salvation, and He took our sins away from us on the cross, giving us freedom from sin, and we still did not seem to understand. The current state of pandemic in our world, has given us a moment in time, to appreciate our worship with fellow Christians, to move around when we want to; thus, giving us more time as family to be together in many years, we have felt You more than ever, and we pray this lesson is not forgotten now or forevermore. This we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“They will know we are Christians by what? By our love. Now, more than ever!”
“Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when yo come into your kingdom.’ Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.’” (Luke 23:42-43)
The anointed Child of Bethlehem has the power to declare a man forgiven and safe immediately. Dying on a cross, He revealed God’s love at its highest measure: to offer love and compassion when He hurts the most. Jesus’ reference to paradise, is the place of glorification. It is another ford for heaven. God in salvation gives us more than we ask, hope, or even imagine. The repentant thief went at death to where Jesus went. Jesus called the place paradise. The term often described a place of beauty and enjoyment. Heaven in the final sense will be established at the end time. At death, we go immediately to be with our Lord, beloved.
“And we with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness and with ever-increasing glory, which comes for the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2nd Corinthians 3:18)
Saved persons are being transformed into the likeness of Christ. Our transformation will become complete as the resurrection. “To turn to Christ and the way of faith is to have the Spirit. To know Christ is to know the Spirit. To have Christ is to have the Spirit.” Salvation/glorification and the gift of the Spirit are inseparable expressions of grace. By His gifts of lie and freedom, the Spirit transforms Christians into the kind of person Jesus was on this earth. We share the glorious life if Jesus, who never was enslaved by the law but served God freely and in love.
Second Thought of the Day:
“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28)
Our salvation is not yet complete. Glorification is he word we use to denote its final completion. That will take place in connection with the second coming of Christ.
In salvation, the transformation process to Jesus’ likeness and the way He thought, spoke and loved others will not be completed until the time of His return.