There has always been a massive deal of confusion, deception, animosity, and hostility against the person of Jesus Christ since He was revealed to humanity, especially when it comes down to His true identity. This in fact shouldn’t take anyone by surprise since Satan has no problem at all with people’s whole conception about Christ as well as false religions, but his main problem stems from people embracing the truth, which Jesus is the very embodiment of.
The bedrock of the Christian life is the death of Christ on the cross. Without Christ, there would have been no hope and future for humanity as a whole. Our Lord and Savior willingly gave Himself for us without reservation; therefore, He’s expecting us to give ourselves to Him without reservation as well. Excruciating pain, shame, humanity’s unworthiness to God, and their constant rebellion toward God didn’t keep Him from doing so. This clearly shows us that Christ’s love goes way beyond and is greater than our sins committed against God.
Throughout the Word of God, holiness is a standard of living that’s quite common. Besides, we’re under an obligation by God to be holy according to (1 Peter 1:16). Holiness is so significant to the extent that it is the very factor that will determine whether we’ll be able to see the Lord or not (Hebrews 12:14). The good news is that holiness is one of the greatest things that Christ’s death has made it possible for us to walk in (Hebrews 13:12). Obviously, we should be mindful that holiness is completely independent from our own worthiness. It’s based entirely on what Jesus Christ has accomplished on behalf of humanity by His shedding blood along with what He wants to do through us. So, let’s try to examine this scripture verse below.
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28).
There are many Christian hymns that are about the precious blood of Jesus. As a follow of Christ, you may have already heard many of them, such as the classics like ‘What can wash my sins away, Nothing but the blood of Jesus’, ‘Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb’, ‘Would you be free from the burden of sin?’, ‘There is power in the blood’. In reality, without the blood of Jesus there is no salvation.
It’s very critical that we learn how to properly fight from the greatest and the best general that we’ve ever heard of when getting into spiritual warfare. The good news is that Jesus can ensure us victory upon victory in that field if we’re willing to do what He did in the desert when tempted by the devil. In fact, He’s given us such a powerful battle plan within the Word of God that we can use in order to defeat Satan.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
This well-known verse that states that God will make Himself available for those, who come before Him, is quoted frequently in both Bible studies along with sermons. Amazingly, this scripture even tells us to approach before His thrown in a bold manner because we’ve been granted a special right to do so by Christ. Although, this is true, but some other deep truths within this verse are often ignored by many. Consequently, this results the overall picture of this passage not being seen just like missing the forest and seeing only the trees.
In the event that you’ve been earnestly seeking and serving God for any length of time you should be quite familiar regarding the vital role that faith plays in the life of a believer. The type of faith that we’re exercising in God is representative of us reaching back to God on the basis of what He’s done on behalf of us through His only Son Jesus Christ. Truthfully, trusting God isn’t something that’s easy, especially when troubles hit. Nevertheless, faith is truly an element that is very powerful and life-changing. Faith when applied the right manner has the potential to transform people’s lives in a marvelous way. Additionally, there is a connection between the peace and strength that we experience in time of great distresses and the kind of faith we have in God.
Temptation is a very serious issue that we have to confront persistently in our walk with the Lord. Truthfully, nobody is above temptation. It’s the very means through which the enemy tries to make inroad into our lives in order to pull us away from God. The way that Satan operates is that he isn’t going to come forcefully in order to drag us into something contrary to what God wants us to do. However, we can be quite sure that in all his guile, he’ll use a much more subtle approach in order to entice us into sin. Therefore, we have to be very mindful of his schemes. The fundamental of temptation is laid upon Satan influencing us to consider doing or indulging into something that’s completely detestable and unacceptable in the sight of God as something that’s okay.
With respect to the excruciatingly painful sacrifice that Jesus has made for us on the cross, He didn’t do so in order for us to keep on doing the same wicked and evil things that we used to do prior to being saved. The foundation of our salvation is rested wholly on God going to the extreme in order to pull us out of the detrimental condition we used to live in, which penalty was spiritual death by granting us eternal life through Christ. The big problem was with our sinfulness to God that had both alienated and separated us from God by creating such a loathsome environment in our lives where our only desires were to practice the things that God hates to the core.