When Paul wrote this letter, he remembered how lost he was – that he lived in darkness. Paul wanted His readers to remember how lost they were without Christ. And in this passage, he wanted his readers to know how Christ came through for us in our most desperate moment to do for us what we could never do for ourselves and what we will never deserve to have done for us.
We have all inherited a futile way of life from our ancestors. People live for money, or sex, or fame, or power and find it to be empty. But Paul says, “In Christ we have redemption through His blood.” He purchased us from this life of futility.
In the ancient world, life was controlled by capricious gods. You never knew what they were going to do. But Paul has something very different to say about the God revealed in the Bible that is a comfort and joy to our hearts.
When we see the glory of God our first response is to fall on our faces, but God never leaves us there for he wants to see our face and wants us to see his.
Sin knocks on the door of our hearts and wants to come in masquerading as our friend and servant, but once we let it in, it becomes our master and never wants to leave.
I have some good news for you today. Even though we all have times where we stumble. These are the times to remember that our relationship with God is based upon him and his perfect record, not us and our imperfect record. Let’s learn how this can set us free.
The disciples are filled with great concern and fear. To help them get through this time of trial Jesus tells them an unforgettable story about a widow who did not have a chance against an unjust judge.
Martha has welcomed Jesus into her home and is hoping to make it a grand occasion. But calamities in the kitchen soon make a mess and Martha loses control and complains. Jesus' response to her is a lesson she will not soon forget!
Everything that any man could ever want is found in the presence of our holy God. Every longing is met, every aspiration fulfilled, every thirst quenched, and every hunger satisfied.