Monthly Archives: January 2019

Council of Jerusalem

nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified. Galatians 2:16

One of the great debates that continue in Christianity is the Law vs Grace. There are actually Christians today who still are arguing over this topic. However this issue was resolved by the First Century Church at the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15)

Jewish Christians were still trying to keep the Law while being saved under Grace. Paul brought together all the Apostles to discuss this issue. Even as today, things got heated between the Apostles. Paul called out Peter for still living like he was Under the Law when Peter was Under Grace.  Peter separated himself from Gentile Christians because they were not circumcised.

“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” Galatians 2:21

 Paul makes a bold statement here, if the Law justifies us then Christ died for no reason. The Law doesn’t justify anyone, only Jesus Christ can justify us before God. If you still living Under The Law then your are rejecting the Blood of Jesus Christ. The Law is a mirror to see our sin but not a means of atoning for our sins.

“Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? Acts 15:10

The Pharisees declared that Christians should practice the Mosaic Law (Acts 15:5) However Peter then stood up and said “Why are you expecting Christians to be bound to The Law when the Jews couldn’t keep the Law”?

“But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.” Acts 15:11

Peter states we are saved by Grace through Jesus Christ not The Law. While many even today like to bound Christians to the Mosaic Law, its only Jesus Christ that can save you, not the Law

Put your Trust in the works of Christ, as he said on the cross “IT IS FINISHED” the debt has been paid Amen!

By Their Fruits

One basket had very good figs, like first-ripe figs, and the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten due to rottenness. Jeremiah 24:2

Here God is using symbolism to show Jeremiah that people are going to be separated into two groups. This is a common theme throughout the Bible (The Sheep and the Goats). So what determines who will be good or bad fruit? Obviously, it’s our works that indicate our fruit.

“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? Matthew 7:16

Jesus taught us that we would know false prophets by the fruits they produce. People can claim to be “Born Again” or even claim to be a “prophet” However if their lifestyle contradicts the Word of God, they are a fraud.

For example, its one thing to say your are married to someone but its another thing if you cheat or disrespect them. Are you truly devoted to that person if you continually betray them? No you’re a fraud, bad fruit.

So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Matthew 7:17-18.

Jesus goes on to day a good tree cant reproduce bad fruit. If your truly a Christian you can’t continue to sin, otherwise you’re not truly saved. A good tree (Christian) cannot produce bad fruit (continual sin)

Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Matthew 7:19

So what happens to the bad fruit? Its thrown into the fire (Hell) People need to understand the Kingdom of God will not have Sin. Sin and death is abolished. All Sin equals death. You cant have either one in an eternal Kingdom.

So then, you will know them by their fruits. Matthew 7:20

So how do you know who is truly saved or not? Jesus said you will know them by their fruits (works) If you continually live in sin, you need to repent. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse you and set you free from the fire!

Buy Salvation?

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Last night talking to my 5 year old, he was saying to me “You can get anything from Amazon” then he started listed off all the things you can buy from Amazon. And he’s right , you can buy a lot of stuff from Amazon, however this got me thinking…

The important things we cant buy from Amazon, for example salvation. We can’t buy our own Salvation from Amazon or Walmart, this is not something we are even capable of purchasing. Some might say, “Your thinking to far into this” but think about it, where can you obtain your salvation?

Some might say, why do we need salvation? What is salvation? The definition of salvation is deliverance or preservation. The fact is, whether your religious or not, your going to die someday. Where are you going to go when you die? You don’t know? Shouldn’t you find out? Shouldn’t you ponder the purpose of your life and your destination?

Regardless of what your “worldview” is, you have to deal with the questions about mortality, because it’s a reality for everyone. Death is not exclusive, it doesn’t just swallow up the Christians or the Jews, it swallows up everyone including Atheists and Agnostics.

For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20

Guess what , those who believe in Christ, have been bought with a price. What is that price? The price was the debt Jesus paid on the cross. The suffering , the anguish, the humiliation that he suffered was to buy you Salvation.

So if your looking to buy Salvation, look to the only one who can pay the price, Jesus Christ. Come to the Cross, Come to Jesus Christ Amen!

Another Gospel?

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! Galatians 1:8

Is your Church teaching you the correct Gospel? How important is it to know the correct Gospel? Well Paul says if your preaching the wrong Gospel you will be cursed! These are strong words, none of us want to be cursed by God, we want the grace of God. So better know we are following the correct Jesus

What doctrine does your Church believe? Does it really matter as long as you go to Church? Yes, following false preachers and false doctrines could have you be cursed by God! If you truly love Jesus, wouldn’t you study his teachings to know the truth?

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

Paul goes on to say Are you trying to get approval from God or Man? Many “good Christians” are compromising their beliefs so they can remain in “good standing” with their Church. If your Church is teaching Heresy , its time to move on. Problem is most Christians don’t care about doctrine enough to even know what the doctrine of their Church is.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 1 Corinthians 15:3-5

So what is the Gospel? Here it is summed up by Paul, Jesus died for our sins and then was resurrected on the 3rd day so we may have eternal life. Anyone who is preaching another gospel is cursed! Don’t worry about obtaining favor from men, obtain grace from God through Jesus Christ Amen!

Birthright

But Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” Genesis 25:31

Jacob and Esau were the sons of Isaac. They were twins, however they didn’t look anything alike. Esau was born first, therefor he would inherit a “double” portion from his Father. The first born son was always held in highest regards in the Jewish culture.

During this moment, Esau was very hungry and was willing to give up anything to feed his fleshly desires. Jacob used this moment to entice Esau to give away his eternal birthright for one temporary meal. Is a temporary moment worth your eternal inheritance?

Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?” Genesis 25:32

However Esau didn’t really value his birthright. He valued the temporary of the moment more than he valued the eternity of his birthright. Esau was looking at the world from the temporary perspective and not an eternal perspective.

Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright. Genesis 25:34

After the moment of hunger passed, Esau regretted what he did. He was probably thinking to himself

“ How could I have sold my birthright for a bowl of stew”?  A temporary pleasure that had eternal consequences. This is exactly what happens when we live in Sin. Giving in to temporary pleasures has eternal consequences.

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Galatians 4:4

Through Christ we have been given an eternal birthright into the Kingdom of God. Will you sell your birthright for your Sin? Don’t be a fool like Esau, keep an eternal perspective on life and not a temporary outlook Amen!