Month: January 2018

January 18 Proclaiming God’s Preeminence

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We were predestined “to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ should be to the praise of His glory” (Eph. 1:12).

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In salvation, as in everything else, God is preeminent. He deserves all the credit.

The word preeminence implies supreme standing, picturing one who excels over all others in a particular quality or achievement. Only God is truly preeminent, worthily so.

Ephesians 1:12 underscores that truth. You were redeemed and were granted an eternal inheritance so that God might be glorified. Certainly you benefit greatly from salvation, but God’s glory is the primary issue.

Our man-centered culture doesn’t share that perspective. Sadly, its self-seeking and self-glorifying mentality has crept into the church, and even the gospel itself has been subjected to its influence. For example, sin is often defined by how it affects man, not by how it dishonors God. Salvation is often presented…

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January 26 Maintaining a Clear Perspective

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“I pray that … you may know … what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Eph. 1:18).

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How you perceive your spiritual resources dictates how you live.

Throughout Ephesians 1 Paul is clearly struck with the magnificence of our inheritance in Christ. Here he prays that we will know the riches of its glory.

Some commentators see “His inheritance” as a reference to believers, who are God’s inheritance or special possession (v. 14). That view stresses the value God places on us as believers, as demonstrated in Christ’s death, the forgiveness of our sins, and the abundant grace that He lavishes on us (vv. 7–8).

Others see it as referring to the believer’s inheritance, which Paul calls “His inheritance” because God is its source. Just as “His calling” (v. 18) issued from Him and was received by believers, so His inheritance issues from…

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Jesus Christ as Saviour

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Luke 2:11

11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

 

John 1:29

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

 

John 4:42

42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

 

Acts 5:31

31 Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

 

1 Timothy 2:5-6

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due…

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Forgiveness of Sins

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To all who believe and submit to its demands, the promises of the gospel include forgiveness of sins, new life in Jesus Christ and adoption into the family of God.

The sin of God’s people is imputed to God’s Son

John 1:29

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Isaiah 53:4-6

4Surely He has borne our griefs

And carried our sorrows;

Yet we esteemed Him stricken,

Smitten by God, and afflicted.

5But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.

6All we like sheep have gone astray;

We have turned, every one, to his own way;

And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Luke 24:46-47

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The first priority

Originally posted on -Word- pictures by DLink:
The Scriptures contain many cautionary examples of men and women who had misplaced priorities.  Often, these are the otherwise godly people who had a momentary lapse.  This should give every believer pause to consider the importance of taking…