Wouldn’t it be nice if at our conversion to Christ we ceased to sin? If our heavenly Father would just turn off the sin switch and throw away the knob? It doesn’t work that way though. For sure, a day is coming when we will sin no more, but for now in this body and in this life we are given to the hard work of sanctification. It’s like taking care of Continue reading
God’s wonderful grace toward us in Christ Jesus saves us from the penalty of our sins, but that same wonderful grace does not leave us as we are. It sanctifies us. In other words, it is God by His grace conforming us more and more into the image of His Son Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). That same grace of God trains us day after day (Titus 2:11-12) to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions. And that’s not all! It trains us to live self-controlled lives, upright lives, and godly lives because we are on the pathway to the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21) where ungodliness and worldly passions have been done away with forever.
In Colossians 2:18 the apostle Paul warns of false teachers who insist upon the worship of angels. Most of the commentators agree that this was just another way for these people to show their false humility. The thinking goes like this: “We are too unworthy to go directly to God and so we will worship the angels who are in his presence. And they will hopefully mediate on our behalf.” Does that sound familiar? Maybe like people in our own day who worship and pray to dead saints with the hope that a particular dead saint can get them closer to God? This too is false worship because Christ alone is the way to the Father. 1 Tim 2:5 says, For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Praise the Lord that there is only one way to the Father. There is no other mediator between God and man, none but Jesus.