Monday, November 28, 2016

Christ is Our Wisdom

"But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:" (1 Corinthians 1:30)

Do you need wisdom for a situation you are facing?

I notice that many times when I need direction or guidance, or when other people suggest a certain course of action, they would uote Scriptures from the Bible, specifically the Proverbs.

And yet I would find that the peace of Christ ruling in my heart (Colossians 3:15) did not lead me to follow the suggestions posed by others, even when they were  quoting scripture.

Then I return to what the Bible is all about.

We are called to a Person, not to a set of principles.

We are invited to rest in a Person, not a set of ideas:

"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son." (2 John 9)

The Bible is not "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth."

The Bible is book of life, and that life is Jesus (John 14:6)

"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." (John 5:39)

The Bible is not a snippet or a large selection of aphorisms that we apply like a code book to every situation in our lives.

Jesus is our life, and the Bible speaks of Himself!

If we need wisdom for any situation, the solution is not a set of ideas or a prescription or a response.

We need to see more of Him!

Wisdom is a Person, and that Person is Jesus!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Because of the Blood of Jesus, We Can Speak Grace into our Lives

"And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." (Hebrews 12:24)

The blood of Jesus is powerful, and we need to see that because Jesus died for us, we are no longer condemned, but now free to receive the grace of God fully into our lives.

The blood of Jesus speaks, and we can learn more about God's grace operating in our lives by considering the word "mouth" in Hebrew.

The word "mouth" is made of two letters:

פֶּ -- Peh which means "mouth, expression,"
ה -- Heh, which means "grace"

When we see the word "mouth" we need to see how it's all about speaking forth God's grace.

Where is the first mention of "mouth" in the Bible?

"And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;" (Genesis 4:11)

Notice the connection with blood.

Notice that the earth is taking in the blood. In this passage, the blood of Abel condemns man, specifically Abel's brother Cain.

What is the last mention of "mouth" in the Old Testament?

"For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts." (Malachi 2:7)

The previous verse gives greater revelation about this law which the prophet Malachi speaks of:

"The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity." (Malachi 2:6)

"The law of truth." What is that new law?

Grace, for grace and truth is one!

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." (John 1:17)

We are no longer under line, facing chastisement and punishment for our sins.

Because Jesus died for us, because His blood cleanses us from all sin, we live under His grace.

Let us speak forth the great things that He has done and does for us today!