In terms of human experience, Peter had the big one!!! Only two other men on planet earth experienced it – the Transfiguration of Christ – where He was seen in His glory and where the audible voice of God the Father was heard speaking from heaven. And yet, Peter writes that Scripture is a more reliable guide than even this…
This morning I had the privilege of preaching at a local Church here in Phoenix (while their Pastor was away). My theme was “What Every Christian Should Know” and the base text was 2 Timothy 3:10-17. The service was live-streamed and can be viewed here (I am introduced around the 26 minute, 20 second mark). I hope you find it to be a blessing:
An overview of each piece of the armor God provides for His people. Knowing that it is vital to have each in place so that you may stand against the devil’s schemes, the question is, ‘Christian, do you have the whole armor on?’
In understanding what the Bible says about marriage two realities must be held together; one drawn from Genesis chapter 1, the other from Genesis chapter 2. Failure to grasp these twin truths results in severe consequences. Learning them, can be a strong foundation for a working, God honoring, harmonious relationship.
Ephesians 5:3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
God never allows for innovative or creative ways to approach Him. The Bible is filled with incidents where He actually killed people who sought to come to Him on their terms rather than His. Yet God’s kindness is seen in His sending His Son to forever remove His just, divine wrath from those who trust in Christ. Here’s how…
Text: Ephesians 4:30 “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
The Holy Spirit is not a force but a Divine Person whom we can grieve. Yet even when this happens, He never threatens His people with abandonment, having sealed us for the day of redemption. There is much concerning the Person and work of the Holy Spirit in this vital message.
Once someone is schooled in gospel truth, there is a Christian lifestyle that needs to be embraced – things that must be put off as well as things to put on. While human works play no part in justification, they are definite evidence of a genuine work of God in the human soul.