6:12-13 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its
evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an
instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have
been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an
instrument of righteousness.
though we still live on earth in an age of sin – we – believers – are called to
live a life worthy of the kingdom to which He has called us. This living out
the kingdom life is done primarily in the church. The church is where God’s kingdom
is made visible in this age.
Ephesians 3:10-11 His intent was that
now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the
rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose
that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The church is the area God has chosen to showcase His wisdom
and the glory of the gospel. The church is where we see people who are formerly
alienated; reconciled and reunited because of Jesus. When the Holy Spirit is at
work remaking and rebuilding human lives it’s where God’s people have to love
one another, to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows. To weep together, to
rejoice together and to hold one another accountable.
Of course the world is against us. In the early days
Christians who said “Jesus is Lord” were killed for it. Today saying that is
considered intolerant and bigoted by the outside world. We weren’t promised
easy. In fact Jesus told us we would be persecuted, reviled, mocked and even
We press on because we believe God about our inheritance
waiting for us in Heaven. Our present sufferings are small. They are not worth
comparing to the glory that will be revealed when our king returns!
Some churches today are misrepresenting the Gospel. There
are some who preach only that Jesus is Lord. While that’s true:
Romans 10:9 If you declare with
your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from
the dead, you will be saved.
1 Corinthians 12:3 3 Therefore
I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says,
“Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy
In Acts 2 in Peter’s sermon, he explains what Jesus’
Lordship means. That this Lord had been crucified, buried and resurrected. And
that His death and resurrection, above all, had accomplished the “forgiveness
of sins’ for those who would repent and believe in Him. He is not just Lord, but Savior! If Jesus is just
Lord, this could be terrifying news to an unbeliever because it means Jesus, as
Lord, has the right to judge you, which He does, but it would just be judgment.
As Savior too He has given us a way out. So if you repent and believe that He
is Lord and Savior that’s Good News!
Some churches preach good works more then the cross. They
want people to believe and to join the church, but the cross is …. messy. But we
have to remember that the Bible tells us the cross will be foolishness to some
and get over it! We still have to tell it because it’s the truth. Good works
will not save anyone!
1 Corinthians 1:23 but we preach Christ
crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
1 Corinthians 2:2 For I resolved to know
nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 15:3 For what I received I
passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to
Preach it anyway, because:
1 Corinthians 1:25 For the foolishness
of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than
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