“You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.” (Acts3:15)
“Author” (Greek archegos) means the one who begins something the ruler, leader, founder. As the first person resurrected from death, Jesus is the Pioneer or Founder of eternal life who leads His followers to know life.
Life is more than physical functioning of the body. Life involves personal relationship and meaning. Full life includes relationship with God. In this sense Jesus is the source of life. He lived the fullest human life ever lived. He is the link to the Creator of life. By His death, He enabled sinners to inherit eternal life.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You are the One called Jesus, and You knew God before you ever knew us, the Created ones. You walked among us, and taught among us, and came to understand us as no one else. You are our mediator with Almighty God, and we both love and worship You and God our Father. Each day, we come closer to You, for we have a measured time on this earth, and we seek to do what it is that we are called to do as servants of yours and God’s. Please continue to guide us each day, to maintain our walk with You, that whatever we do, it is pleasing to you at all times. It is in your precious name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Being a believer takes more than merely believing.”
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts4:12)
The ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus made salvation possible. Evangelists must lead people to Christ for salvation because salvation is not available in any other place or through any other person. Therefore, you must clearly understand that Jesus is the only Savior. His salvation is available to all people. So if you are waiting for someone else, you have mistaken scripture, for there is no one else. When He returns, it will not be the precious child that came the first time, He will return in all His glory, and will be accompanied with the heavenly hosts by His side. Don’t wait, beloved, there will be no time to decide then, decide now and avoid the crush of people decided to wait, too late.
“I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong. As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you. Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes, and given them to me. Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? Those people are zealous o win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that yo may be zealous for them. It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you. My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, How I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I perplexed about you!” (Galatians 4:12-20)
The purity of the gospel rests on Christ’s work and not on any human achievement. Deeds done for self-satisfaction are not part of the gospel. Personal zeal does not prove one’s preaching is correct. Paul had arrived in Galatia with an illness. Illness is not enjoyable for the suffer or those who waiting on the sick. It may change our plans into God’s opportunity. The Galatians treated Paul as a messenger from God.
Enthusiasm adds spice to life. Taken to an extreme, however, or done as an end in itself, it can become counterproductive to the purposes o the Gospel. Enthusiasm must be a real, ongoing part of character, not a temporary act to impress other people. We should be like a woman giving birth to a child in wanting to see Christ formed in our converts. To be saved is to have Christ in us, as well as for us to be in Him.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans5:8)
The love of God is the root from which comes all of the redemptive grace of God, both in giving His Son to die for sinners and in giving His Holy Spirit to dwell within in believers, thus creating hope in us. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all included in this redemptive love God. All three are a part of the process of bringing lost persons into the new life of salvation.
It is the action of the trinitarian God which saves us, not the work of any one member of he Trinity in Distinction from the other two. Christ’s death demonstrated God’s absolute love for us. God made the ultimate sacrifice so you and I could have salvation and in abundance.