Matthew 3:16, And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him.  It seems that if Jesus was given the Spirit of God in his humanity to help and/or encourage him as he carried out the plan of redemption… how much more do we need the Spirit of God in our lives?  Now, I realize that none of us are called upon to complete the work of redemption like Jesus was.  But, we do still have our particular callings in life.  And so, what we must realize Continue reading

No Ear Ticklin’

2 Timothy 4:3-4 says, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”  John the Baptist tickled no one’s ears during his ministry as “The voice of one crying in the wilderness; ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.'”  John, loudly and boldly, said “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.  Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”  Preachers must Continue reading

Resurrection and Judgment

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”  (John 11:25-26) He said this to a lady whose brother had recently died.  Jesus was assuring her of the future bodily resurrection of her brother.  Yes, “there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.(Acts 24:15b) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.(2 Cor 5:10) But, what exactly did Jesus mean by stating that those who believe in Him shall never die?  He is referring to the fact that believers have been made spiritually alive.  We were born dead in our trespasses and sins, but now have been made alive in Christ by the grace of God.  And this new life that we now have through our Lord will never be snuffed out even when these physical bodies must pass through the agonies of death.  It should remind us of the apostle Paul’s struggle to remain in the flesh.  He made no excuses for wanting to “be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” (2 Cor 5:8b)  He knew that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21) Jesus then asked the lady, “Do you believe this?” Ask yourself this very question:  Do I believe this?  Let me ask you; Do you believe in Jesus Christ as he is offered in the Scriptures? He is your only hope in this life and in the life to come.  He is your only hope when you stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  Repent of your sins and believe in Him today.