In Matthew 25, Jesus tells the Parable of the ten Virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the Bridegroom as part of His wedding party. Did they all go out to meet the Bridegroom as followers of the Bridegroom, or were they only pretending for their own reasons, like Judas who met Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane with the kiss of friendship and with lamps (John 18:3)?
As I've gone through the Sermon on the Mount lately in Matthew 5, digging deeper into each "Blessed are they" phrase that Jesus spoke, I'm aware that Jesus is getting to the heart of the people listening. He is addressing the Jewish nation who thought themselves saved and favored by God just because they were Jewish.
The main theme of this hymn is the assurance we have as believers in Christ’s Salvation. Daniel and James knew that Salvation does not come from man’s efforts but from Christ’s death and resurrection. How sweet it is to know we can trust fully in Christ’s work for us and not on our own efforts!
Some of you may have heard the idea that "you have your truth and I have mine,” which implies that one worldview is just as valid as another and that we should therefore respect whatever "truth" each person claims to have. Many people claiming to be Christians hold this view. Some simple questions that I have wanted to ask those who hold this idea are: What about God's truth?
We should always seek the truth. Truth has been very important in my life, in the lives of my children, and the lives of my grandchildren. Remaining truthful has been proven to be the right thing all my life. May we all see more truth, that it may set us free.
With everything that has transpired the last ten years or so, a thought has slowly been growing in my heart. Perhaps we never fully understood what the Apostles’ lives were like when we read the New Testament in years past.
In the Book of Judges, we are told, “Another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel” (2:10b). Furthermore, it was described as a time when “everyone did as he saw fit” (21:25) or, as the King James Version puts it, “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” It would appear that we too find ourselves living in such a time.