Today’s Meditation is dedicated to my son, on the occasion of his birthday. Happy Birthday, James.
“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Ephesians3:10-12)
God’s purpose is that all people may know Him, and He has given the church (this includes all believes) the task of proclaiming he good news of Jesus to all the world. All the people o God must involve themselves in this great work. Beloved, God’s long history with Israel was not a failure. He accomplished His eternal purpose of reuniting creation under His rule.
Jesus’ ministry, death on the cross, and resurrection assured that even the evil spiritual powers that appear to dominate the world would recognize His right to rule the universe. In so doing Christ gives every person freedom to approach God.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we have so many people that question Your existence and relevance, much as it was two thousand years ago. Those who claim Christianity are coming under attack, just like the first Christians, and yet, we do know You exist and that You are relevant in our lives each and every day. We continue to pray to You; we continue to believe in You; we seek Your presence in our daily lives and also continue to proclaim Your existence to others. We received Your love and love You in return. Today, we pray for our country, for all who do not know You yet, and for those around the world who have not heard about You yet. We seek Your continued Presence to guide and sustain us in our daily lives and all this pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The only tact necessary for evangelism is contact.”
“We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—-yet, was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16)
If Christ had never become human, an approach to His throne would be either intimidating or insolent. Our High Priest understands the human situation totally. He has taken part in our nature and, therefore, understands every aspect of that nature from within.
He wants to help each of us be the kind of human being He was, and He knows how to help. Beloved, when we come close to Him, we approach a nature like His. Therefore, we dare to approach with boldness and confidence, our Great High Priest.
“Therefore brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and have our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)
These verses are the Christian’s guarantee of access to God. He High Priest is Himself a living way into God’s presence. His sacrifice has cleansed us from sin that would prohibit our entering God’s holy presence.
We are required only to have sincerity and faith. Then we can say whatever we desire to God, knowing Christ is on our side. We do have the responsibility, as Christians, to minister to others by encouraging them in a life of neighborly love, to give them the “Good News” of salvation, sealed in Christ’s death on the cross.
Second Thought of the Day:
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1st John2:1-2)
Jesus died for our sins to lift us above sin. Still believers do sin. The ascended Christ prays for us to the Father so our sins can be forgiven. We do have earthly priests/pastors/ministers, etc. that have been given authority by the church to hear confession and give you absolution for your sins, and because of they were given this authority it is appropriate to use them, as directed in you your churches belief.
Written revelation accomplishes several purposes. It has helped readers over the centuries to avoid sin and follow the old commandment of love given new expression in Christ’s life and fellowship of the church. It spoke to all age groups with assurance of forgiveness and relationship with God, through His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.