Many people prefer the slavery of sin to the voluntary labor of liberty, even though that slavery leads to their death—the death of their name eternally. It is fascinating that the Founders of the United States understood this. And this is the practical value of Christianity – namely, that the western world’s tradition of liberty and personal responsibility owes its existence to the legacy of Christianity.
Praise God that we have the mind of Christ dwelling in us today, through the Holy Spirit. May we be grateful to God for that beautiful gift of life and light through Jesus Christ our Lord! May we act out our faith to our neighbors—be they black or white, man or woman, near or far, friend or foe.
Did Adam and Eve understand that God was promising a Messiah—even God in the flesh? Yes, they did.
“The afflicted testify to the reality of a fallen world, which is not intended for our happiness or fulfilment but to drive us to the only one who can fulfill us – Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the coming King, Who will restore our natures to righteousness and the nature of this world to perfection.”
Of course, the origin of clothing was in the Fall of Man into rebellion against God. Before the Fall, Adam and Eve were clothed by fellowship with God. The thoughts of their hearts and minds were completely open to God and they felt no spiritual shame because there was no reason to hide their thoughts from Him. They were not open to judgment in the light of His presence, for they had no sin. They were justified to be with Him.
Because we aren’t omnipresent and all-knowing creatures, we rely on news to help us decide what to do with our lives and the lives of those we know. We wait on news to make the best decisions for our present and future. And so, we see investors eagerly waiting on news about how their financial investments are performing – are they richer this morning or poorer? The news should directly affect their behavior. Medical patients pray for good news from their doctors.
How do we KNOW what we know? Have you ever stopped to consider this? We say we “know” something when we see, hear, or experience it for ourselves, OR someone tells us that they have seen, heard, or experienced something, and we believe them.
What does it mean to be “born of the Spirit”? Quite simply, it is synonymous with being “born again,” justified, “adopted” by the Heavenly Father as His child, and “betrothed” to Christ as His Bride. Why so many terms for the same thing?
What is prophecy? What does it mean to prophesy? Is it insight into the future, revelation from Heaven, hearing directly from God?