Three Marks of a Christian
According to Paul, in these verses in Philippians, the Christian has three attributes that witness to a broken world. These three are joy, kindness/reasonableness, and the lack of anxiety in their life. It is in living joyously in all circumstances, being reasonable/kind to all, and trusting God by demonstrating a lack of anxiety in life that demonstrates to the lost world God’s glory.
Php 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Php 4:5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; Php 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Everyone knows the next verse Philippians 4.7 that tells of the peace that surpasses all understanding. Yet many Christians do not have this type of peace and wonder why. Why, because they failed to live out verses 4.4-6.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Published on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 4:14 AM CDT
Save and Savior
The terms (“save”) and (“savior,” “benefactor”) were quite familiar to the Ephesians, and the latter appeared on an important statue honoring Julius Caesar that was possibly still standing at the time when Ephesians was written. The inscription reads:
The cities of Asia, along with the [citizen-bodies] and the nations, (honor) Gaius Julius Caesar, son of Gaius, the High Priest, Imperator, and twice Consul, the manifest god (sprung) from Ares and Aphrodite, and universal savior of human life.
The Ephesians at the time of Paul understood that a god acted as a savior on a person’s behalf. Paul came to tell them of the real God and His saving work.
Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, Eph 2:9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Published on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 4:40 AM CDT
Forgiveness Kindness and Love
Do you want God to forgive you? Do you want God to be kind to you? Do you want God to love you? God has requirements for these three things.
First, God wants you to repent and seek salvation in the name of Jesus Christ.
Second, God wants you to demonstrate your salvation by being forgiving, kind, and loving to others.
1 Th 5:9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ…
Ac 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Eph 2:7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, Eph 2:5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
Now we are to be forgiving, kind, and loving to others, because God was forgiving, kind, and loving to us, in Christ.
Eph 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Published on Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 4:31 AM CDT
Best Christian on Earth
Who is the number one Christian on earth today? I do not know and I am sure no other human being knows. But, God does. I wonder how I rank? You say all that are saved by faith are equal. Faith has been the requirement for all ages, and yet Job ranked number one.
Job 1:8 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”
Published on Sunday, August 13, 2017 @ 4:58 AM CDT
Follow the Money
Times never change. This quote helps explain why the silversmith guild was so upset with Paul while in Ephesus.
Pausanias, book 10. Temples in Graeco-Roman antiquity typically acted as banks and depositories for precious objects, and the Artemesium of Ephesus was well known as the largest and wealthiest deposit bank in all Asia, serviced by a large guild of bankers; cf. Dio Chrysostom, Or. 31; Aristides, Or. 23; IvE 454, 3065.
Read the story below in Acts and you will see that their agenda was not faith in any god. It was wealth. These men were foremost bankers, not silversmiths, or faithful followers of any god. This was about the money.
Ac 19:21 Now after these events Paul resolved in the Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” Ac 19:22 And having sent into Macedonia two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia for a while. Ac 19:23 About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way. Ac 19:24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the craftsmen. Ac 19:25 These he gathered together, with the workmen in similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that from this business we have our wealth. Ac 19:26 And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are not gods. Ac 19:27 And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into disrepute but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be counted as nothing, and that she may even be deposed from her magnificence, she whom all Asia and the world worship.” Ac 19:28 When they heard this they were enraged and were crying out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” Ac 19:29 So the city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed together into the theater, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians who were Paul’s companions in travel.
Published on Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 4:52 AM CDT