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The darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining

April 22nd, 2014
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1 John 1 :1-5

 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.

 5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

 God actually became flesh and blood so that we through his wounds and shed blood on a cross we are able to be purified of our sins.

 1 John1: 6 -10

 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him

 We are included together in the fellowship between the Father and Son. That in itself is an overwhelming privilege. But this has responsibilities.

and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,

 It is a contradiction to live a sinful life and claim to be included in God’ fellowship. We also cannot have true fellowship with one another unless we walk in the light where Jesus is.

 This admits that true light is from above, not from us.

 It is not trying to find who we are within us. Out true self comes from above.

 Our Christian life will be an -ongoing learning about God, revealed in Jesus Christ.

 and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin..

 The Lord’s Supper witnesses to this amazing gift of God.

 You will notice that there is no way we can be careless about sin. We really are without excuse because the blood of Jesus is continually effective. We cannot say we are trapped by our past or present. The future is always open to us in Christ.

 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

 It is one of the great truths of the good news: we are cleansed from our guilty conscience because God receives us as if we have never sinned. And this confidence is centred on God being faithful and just. There is no changeability in him –he is who he is – a complete and perfect character that we can trust.

 Therefore we can be completely honest about who we really are. To admit that we sin does not condone sin, or turn a blind eye to sin. It means we feel secure in the God’s love for us. It is a confession about our own inability by ourselves to solve our sin problem. If we could, the whole purpose of the Bible would be unnecessary and thus a lie.

 We are looking to God to make us righteous which means standing in a right relationship with him. It is a very humbling teaching: it strips us of the lie that we can build the right character by will power and not sin. We are not into will worship or personal moral rearmament. Righteousness comes from our union with Jesus Christ.

 John continues this theme in the 2nd chapter.

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5 Ds of Hebrews Departing (31)

December 30th, 2012
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Scripture of the Day: Hebrews 13:8, 20-21

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (NIV)

All of what we have spoken about is summed up in this great statement A fact he has proved and pledged by his resurrection. Everything we are today is in him and everything we will be in the future is in him.

There is nothing in all creation that can alter that.

20 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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5 Ds of Hebrews Departing (30)

December 29th, 2012
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Scripture of the Day: Hebrews 12:28-29

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”(NIV)

He burns up everything that is not real. That means that is not under his Lordship.

So let’s now look at  7 Certainties of our faith which cannot be changed or be shaken:

1.    The fact of God’s Being and Character

That means that notwithstanding every human circumstance his presence and character are always the same.

His purpose for us changes not. He has always been for us and will always be for us.

John summarized this by saying God is love.

So what we can be absolutely assured of:

God is always patient, kind. He does not envy, boast. He is not proud. God is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

And God never fails. God always remains.

And how do we know this?

2. The Revelation of God in the Person of Jesus Christ.

There is no higher or more complete knowledge of God than what we see in the person of Jesus Christ. If you have seen him you have seen the Father.

In him all the fullness of God lives in bodily form.

There is no other source to go to. He is the head of our life.

And where do we find this knowledge?

3. The reality of Christ’s personal experiences during his earthly life as recorded in the Gospels

This means our High Priest was fully human. He entered completely the human condition to be permanently in union with us.

There is no separation. Nothing in creation can break that union.

This means we have:

4. The redemption effected in Christ’s work: not just a Teacher but a Saviour.

We are not just hearing a moral teacher of his time. We are not just seeking to follow this Teacher.

Jesus saves us. That means we died in him and we have been made alive in him. It means that our life is now hidden with him in God.

5. The provision of spiritual blessings in Christ.

By his death, Resurrection and Ascension, Christ is shown to be the source of grace. this grace is sufficient for every need.

When we are weak, we are made strong. The outward man may perish, but inwardly we are renewed.

6.  The freedom we have through the Spirit of the Lord.

Freedom from fear, freedom from power of sin and death, freedom from condemnation, freedom to be everything God intended us to be: his children who cry Abba and bear his image to the whole creation.

No wonder totalitarian despots hate Christians. They have a divine power over their thoughts to bring down all pretensions and arguments against the knowledge of God.

7. The certainty of the ultimate triumph of Christian hope in the revelation of the Lord from heaven to usher in and establish his Kingdom.

Amid all earth’s upheavals this blessed hope is the promise of complete victory.

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