In reading throughout the Bible we find many references to divine miracles. Yet again and again we find that these miracles didn't seem to have impact enough to cause many of those who experienced them to believe more strongly in the LORD. Especially right now as I read Exodus I see how again and again God acted for the people and in the next hard place their constant refrain is "why didn't you leave us to die in Egypt where we had all the comforts of life. They wanted to go back to slavery .
I found myself thinking "why are they so stupid not to see what God has done miraculously for them" Then it occurred to me to consider my own life. How often do I overlook the divine interactions and gifts in my own life. I tend to think "oh, that is nice how it all worked out." Or even "Nothing ever goes the way I want it to for me". Not looking beyond my greed and selfishness to see that this was s splendid answer from the LORD or revealed something of His great love and care for my good, because I WANTED MY WAY. I am still working through this but that is what I am pondering today.
Friday, August 11, 2017
4 Descriptions Of Jesus:
Hebrews 6: 17-22. 8:6. I Timothy 2:5-6
1 Forerunner (6:17)
a My anchor (6:19)
2 Our Guarantor / bondsman
a Our salvation is Jesus, staking His name on Us
b Jesus acts on my behalf / our surety
3 Our Mediator ( I Timothy 2:5-6)
a Better priesthood
b Better Ministry
c Better Covenant
4 Author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2)
a Founder and Perfecter
b Integrity and obedience.
Because of His obedience he is our absolute surety
Our Originator and Completer
John Weldon 7.23.17
The Preeminence of Christ
Colossians 1:12-23 (ESV)
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church.
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Why Jesus Christ is preeminent is based on the fact that in Him we find:
the meaning of all scripture.
the focus of all scripture.
Jesus Christ is:
1 First born of all creation.
a Slain before the foundation of the earth (creation)
2 Before all things.
3 First born from the dead
4 Image of the invisible God.
5 By Him everything/ all things are made, in heaven and on earth
a Invisible thing are made visible. Hebrews.
6 All things came into existence by His Word John 1
7 Redemption in Christ was by the blood of His cross. I Peter 1
Message by: John Weldon 7.16.17