Thursday, September 12, 2013

God's Grace through Christ Jesus

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1: 4-8)
  1. Paul always thanked God for His work in the Corinthian believers' live.
    - He did it continually and deliberately.
    - He thanked God for His grace through Christ Jesus.
  2.  The Corinthian believers were enriched in everything by Christ Jesus.
    - They were enriched with a great capacity to know the things of God.
    - They were enriched with a great ability to share the things of God.
  3. The gospel of Christ was confirmed and established among them.
  4. They were blessed with spiritual gifts.
  5. They would eagerly persevere to the end.
  6. They would be assured of their safety in Christ.
  7. They would be blameless to the end.
  • We must take time and effort to affirm and encourage fellow Christian believers.
  •  We must also thank God for what He is doing through them.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Light of Life

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (John 8:12)

  • Light is God's first gift to His creation. The earth depends on light for its survival. Plants, animals, humans all need light and sunshine. Light gives us life, warmth, and a whole spectrum of colors to appreciate.

  • The light of life was taken away when Adam sinned. When man fell into sin, darkness of eternal death loomed over us. We were banished From God's Presence and separated from all that is good.

  • Jesus is the light that entered the world. The Gospel light has penetrated and dispelled the darkness of sin and evil. The night of unbelief has vanished before the light of the Word and the Spirit of grace. Life has triumph over death. The heart of Jesus lives in the hearts of all!

  • Jesus’ followers have the light of life. They trust God in the brightness of the light, and they overcome darkness of sin and evil through God's grace. Jesus Christ is the Light that will lead His people to eternal life!