Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Word of Eternal Life

2 Peter 1:12-13
"Therefore, I will always remind you about these things-even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live." NLT.
Nearing the end of his life, the apostle Peter continued to sound the alarm for believers. In the book of 2 Peter, he spends a lot of time warning against false teachers while also reminding believers to not forget the life-changing power of the Gospel. In fact, in the verses above, Peter mentions his desire to remind the church three different times. Why would Peter be so passionate about reminding believers about the Truth? We forget.
As Christians, our lives have been changed by our faith in Jesus. In God's sight, we are perfect. While here on earth, we are growing more and more like Jesus every day, yet we are still human. We still allow doubts to creep in. We battle with forgetting about God's goodness, His love and His power. This is why we need a constant reminder. This is why reading the Bible and being in church regularly are vital to the believer. We need to constantly be reminded of God and His precious promises.
Life Lesson: Meditate on the Gospel and God's Word DAILY.
Dear God,
Thank You for Your goodness and grace. This morning, I ask afresh for Your Holy Spirit to fill me up and give me the power to live for You. Father, use Your Word, Your Spirit and other believers as reminders of Your goodness and Your love for me. Also, help me to be a reminder to others of Who You are. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee of Cross the Bridge Ministries
My Comments: From the Old Testament throughout the New Testament the Word of God is recommended to us as our food, life, salvation. We are told in John 6:68 by Peter that the Lord Jesus has the Words of Eternal Life. In Psalm 119:105 the Word is a lamp, and Jesus says, in Matthew 7:24, "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25. and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." ESV
What we must know and remember is Jesus the Christ is the Messiah and He is the Word (John 1:1) of God (the Word of God Revelations, 19:13, ... living, Hebrews 4:12) the Father sent (John 1:14) to save us from our sin.
Peter and all the Apostles made it their life work to make sure Jew and Gentile alike knew of the saving grace Jesus offered to them by going to the cross to take their sin upon Himself so all could live eternally with Him in Heaven. All one has to do is accept the gift of salvation. It doesn't matter what we have done in our lives in the past, as long as we accept His saving grace and give our lives over to Him. Then He will be faithful to cleanse us and justify us before His Father. And His Father becomes our Abba once we accept the gift of the Cross and believe on Jesus the Christ and accept His sacrificed body and blood to feed and cleanse and quench our thirst.
Abba we thank You for sending Your Son Jesus the Messiah who willingly went to the Cross in our place and took upon Himself all our sin so we may be Your children. We praise You and glorify Your Holy name and freely give ourselves to You through Your Son and we reject all other gods to follow You. Protect us under Your wings and strengthen us with Your Holy Spirit. Quench our thirst through the Word Your Son Jesus who is Your Word. In Jesus name, Amen.

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