Thursday, August 10, 2017

45. Be Who You Are in Christ's Body and Let Others Be Who They Are

"The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ." (1 Cor 12:12 NIV)

The worldwide body of Christ is one unit - one body - although just like a human body it is made up of many different and diverse parts that all have different and diverse functions.  The Spirit of God has placed each member exactly where He has seen fit to place them.  In the church today, some people feel pressure from other people to function in ways that are contrary to how God has made them to be.  This leads to much confusion and frustration, and to a body that doesn't function very well.

There is one Spirit and one Head to this one body, but again, the one body is made up of many different parts.  Be who you are in Christ's body and allow others to be who they are.  This is how the body is meant to function, and it functions well this way!


Friday, August 4, 2017

44. Saved by Grace Through Faith Apart from Works

We are saved by grace, through faith, apart from works.  If our works have anything to do with it, then it's no longer grace.  When we were saved, we were saved despite having had bad works.  Now, we still have bad works sometimes, but those bad works don't "unsave" us.  Otherwise, it would no longer be grace by which we're saved.  We're saved either by grace or works, but it can't be both.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

43. Jesus Is the Guarantee That We're Saved to the Uttermost

A few podcasts ago I talked about how our promises are no guarantee, but God's promise is. The oath that God made to Himself, written about in Hebrews 6, is where our hope lies. It's a hope we can cling to with certainty! Hebrews 7 brings up the oath again, after showing how the Law was "weak" and "unprofitable," and it could make nothing perfect, so therefore it was "annulled." Something better came along, based upon God's oath rather than being based upon the repeated sacrifices of the law or our works. This oath makes "Jesus guarantor of a better covenant." (Heb 7:22). There had formerly been a ministry of mortal priests, offering sacrifices day after day, which could never make anyone perfect. But through the one offering of Jesus, who lives forever, all our sins have been taken away and we have been perfected forever.


Monday, July 31, 2017

42. The Power of an Endless Life: Jesus Perfects Us Forever

Under the Old Covenant, there was priest after priest after priest who continually offered sacrifice after sacrifice after sacrifice - all of which could never do a thing to make anyone perfect! The reason many priests were needed is because they were prevented by death from continuing on. So no perfection could come from the Levitical Priesthood.

One reason the New Covenant is different - and better - and in fact does away with the Old Covenant, is because the Priesthood is "according to the power of an endless life," referring of course to the life of Jesus.  While no one could be made perfect or right through the many sacrifices performed under the Old Covenant Levitical priesthood, through the one perfect sacrifice of Jesus we have been perfected forever.


Friday, July 28, 2017

41. How Jesus Supersedes and Does Away With the Old Covenant

In the book of Hebrews, we're reminded that Jesus is "High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek." Just who is this Melchizedek? Very little is said about him in the Bible, and yet He is very significant when it comes to Jesus and His priesthood, which is far superior to that of the Levite priesthood. In this podcast I talk about what all this means, and why and how Jesus is not only superior to the Old Covenant, but does away with it.