If any man be in Christ, is as much as, if any man be implanted or ingrafted into Christ, by faith united to him,
he is a new creature; ( the Greek is, a new creation); a phrase which argueth the greatest change imaginable, and such a one as can be wrought in the soul by no other power than the power of God. We have the same expression, Galatians 6:15. The ellipsis of the verb makes some translate it: Let him be a new creature, supplying estw for esti. But the next words show us, that the apostle is speaking of what is past:
Old things are passed away, old affections, passions, notions, &c. He hath the same soul, but new qualities, new apprehensions in his understanding, new inclinations in his will and affections, new thoughts, counsels, and designs. The predicate showeth, that the term, be in Christ, cannot be understood of those that are only in the church, and turned from paganism to the Christian faith; for there are many such in the world, in whom there is no new creation, and who have in them nothing of this new creature.
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"Oh how jealous Jesus was, therefore, that people not waste their lives. Most of you are students here, and your lives are very much in front of you. At least you feel that they are. They may not be. You may have already lived most of your life. But if God wills, many of you have several decades to live on the earth before you die and give an account of what you did with your life. And how jealous Jesus is that you not waste it.⠀
If he were here, he might make this point with these words: A person’s 'life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions' (Luke 12:15). Accumulating things is not what life is for. And then he might tell this parable:⠀
The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God. (Luke 12:16–21)⠀
Oh how jealous Jesus is that none of you here tonight be called a fool by God because of the way you used the gift of life! Life is not for the accumulation of things. This night your life will be required of you, and then whose will these possessions be? No sane person on his deathbed ever was comforted by his possessions."⠀
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Let me ask you this: which you is more needed in this world?
The you that God planned from the beginning of time, handmade for a special purpose, and saved for a glorious destiny...
... or the you that you think others want? "The Lord has made everything for its purpose" -Proverbs 16:4
“But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.” ~ 2 Timothy 4:17
— The longer I walk with the Lord, and sit and reflect at how much He has done for me, the more I fall in Love with Jesus! I wasn’t the woman I am today last year, and I know I will be more mature in my faith in a year from today. God is constantly working in the believers heart. If you have the Holy Spirit, you must produce fruits. And year after year you will produce more and more as you abide in Jesus! There were many times, even as a believer where I complained, doubted, questioned, even felt depressed for no apparent reason! And I would wonder, where is my God? I feel weak and alone. Looking back now, and spending more alone time with my Sweet Saviour, everyday in the Word, I could see Him being with me even then! He was always with me, He has never and will never forsake me! God stands with you if you are in Christ, and gives you His peace, His joy, His love and His strength, always! Even when you don’t feel it at that very moment. Persevere in your faith and walk with the Lord and He will complete the work He started in you the day He saved you!
Blessings to you in Jesus’ name! #happywednesday#wednesday#scripture#bible#dailyverse#nevergiveup#trustGod#Jesus#love#peace#joy#fruitsoftheSpirit#newinChrist#Heisfaithful#God#King#Savior#Lord#salvation#savedbygrace#alwaysgivethanks#haveagratefulheart#havehope#trust#neverstopbelieving#bepatient#Godiswithyou#coffee#prayer#coffeeandprayer
Teddy Roosevelt was right when he said, "Comparison is the thief of joy." We are all made to walk different paths, and that's going to look different for everyone. Don't compare yourself to others. "Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding." - 2 Corinthians 10:12
What an amazing weekend full of lives made new in Christ! We can't wait to see what this weekend holds! Be sure to return for the next Jesus Question. Sunday morning, 9:15 and 11am at The EpiCenter at Edgewood, 1918 Pulaski Hwy., Edgewood MD. #BaptismSplash#NewInChrist#NewFreeForgiven
Freely receive the "Gift of Grace"; given by JESUS Finished work at the Cross. He bore our Iniquities (Sins); He rose in Victory, that we may too be Victorious through Christ who saved us! He suffered, a Brutal Death, taking on the Sins of the World. That we can be seen through the eyes of Grace from our Heavinly Father. No longer subject to the Law, we are made NEW in CHRIST, for those who Believe and are Saved. “For it is by GRACE you have been saved, through FAITH—and this not from yourselves, it is the GIFT of God—NOT BY WORKS, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9)
We cannot earn our way into Heaven,
We may fill our lives with good works, but even one sin makes us a sinner in practice, and we are already sinners by nature.
Salvation is obtained by FAITH in God’s SON, JESUS CHRIST, in WHAT HE HAS DONE
16 “For God so loved ithe world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever BELIEVES in HIM (JESUS) should not perish but have ETERNAL LIFE. How can we NOT Acknowledge what JESUS did for us?? He died for YOU, will you give your life for HIM? Do you know WHERE you are spending ETERNITY?? All He ask, is that we BELIEVE...Inviting JESUS into your heart to be your Personal Lord and Savior. Repenting (turning away) of our Sins, ask for forgiveness, let Him take on your worries, sin, sickness, and anything holding you back from the VICTORY that is ours, through JESUS Finished work at the Cross!! the Enemy (Saten) is a DEFEATED FOE!! #grace#salvation#jesuscalling#faith#forgiveness#victory#repentance#princeofpeace#lord#Kingdom#king#sin#believer#newinchrist
The very first sin was based on a lie, and every sin since then has been as well. If we believed God and took Him at His Word in everything, we would be free from sin. But, alas, we are fallen human beings, and even our perceptions of the Truth are twisted by lies.
All of the Christian walk revolves around realizing the lies you believe: lies about yourself, lies about others, lies about God, and replacing them with the Truth by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word.
All of us believe lies, and this is a BIG part of why we need each other. The "just me and my Bible" mentality fails to take into consideration one's own sin and misconceptions. We are called by God to remain in communion with like-minded believers so that we can be held accountable and grow in grace. "Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed." -Proverbs 15:22