MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Christ Has a Plan For the Future

April 20th, 2018 Viewed 27 times, 6 so far today

His Work Will Not End with Today

He is coming again! In the last post we talked about the fact that he left because it going to prepare a place for us so that we can go to be with Him. Therefore, He has to return to get us. This is the blessed hope of His return. This is the city that even Abraham looked for whose builder and maker is God. This is the fulfillment of the promise of eternal salvation with God and a home together with Him!

Because God is just, we also know that He is going to judge the world. Not only is He returning to receive us unto Himself, but He is going to judge the unrighteous. Those that refuse to accept as their Savior will face the consequences of their decision. He will also judge those that are His according to the works done in the flesh. The Bible talks about rewards that will be handed out for faithfully following God. There’s also the idea that some will hear from Him, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Some items done in the flesh will be considered wood, hay and stubble to be burnt, and some gold, silver and precious stones when done for Him. Lots to do!

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Christ is Working Today

April 19th, 2018 Viewed 36 times, 5 so far today

In the last segment we discussed how Jesus was working at Creation and then through the Old Testament. In the New Testament we are introduced to the incarnation. Jesus, born of a virgin and under the law, came to live a sinless life and die on the cross– our punishment– so that we might live. Then He arose, appeared to the disciples, and then ascended on high.

The rest of the New Testament chronicles His disciples’ work at carrying out the mission He gave them– go into all the world and make disciples. He appears a couple of more times in visions, and then the Bible ends.

However, His work did not finish there, or even finish on the cross. Jesus is still active and working today!

photo by: iansthree

Christ Has Always Been At Work

April 18th, 2018 Viewed 42 times, 2 so far today

Christ was there At the World’s Foundation

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:1-5

And with that declaration, the Apostle John begins his Gospel account of Jesus life an ministry. And what better way to introduce the Savior than starting from the beginning. In the beginning was the Word– the Word that was used to create everything (as Genesis stated, God spoke and it was so) is this same Word.

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Grace for Me, But not for You

April 17th, 2018 Viewed 58 times, 4 so far today

Bring Her Out and Let Her Be Burned is a recent post by Tim Challies that discusses the story of Judah and Tamar. This part I found very interesting:

We see other people’s sin so clearly and our own so opaquely. From a great distance and with the scantest information we can judge another person’s least transgression. Yet we can rack our own hearts and minds and often barely come up with a single way we are anything less than perfect. What we see so well in others we simply do not see in ourselves.

We see other people’s sin as so serious and our own as so insignificant. We judge other people’s actions with the harshest of measures but treat our own with the softest. After all, we tend to grow fond of our sins, and especially those besetting sins. But all the while we hate the sins of others, and especially sins that annoy, harm, or inconvenience us.

We want others to act toward our sin with patience and understanding even while we act ruthlessly toward theirs. We can make any number of excuses for the fact that indwelling sin remains. We can describe a long and happy progress in which we’ve slowly but progressively put a sin to death. Yet with others we demand they put their sin to death today. Right now. The slow progress that encourages us in our own battle against sin exasperates us in someone else’s.

Today, let’s remember to extend to others the grace and mercy that we wish extended to us.

Old Testament Husbands – Isaac, Jacob, Hosea

April 16th, 2018 Viewed 68 times, 3 so far today

What was the main problem with Jacob and Esau? (Gen 27:1ff)

Other than the fact that God had chosen one?  Each of the parents had chosen favorites, and there was no secret that the father preferred the older.  This is a problem that would manifest itself in the next generation, as Jacob would also consider Joseph his favorite.

What should a young man be willing to do for the woman that he loves? (Gen 29)

Jacob was willing to work for Laban for seven years, and then another seven years for Rachel.  While I’m not advocating working for fourteen years to earn the right to marry a woman, the commitment needs to be secure before entering marriage.  This follows through with the bride price, etc.  A woman is valuable—she completes a man, she is his helper, and therefore entering into a marriage covenant should not be taken lightly or simply because of feelings.

Was it wrong for Jacob to give Joseph a special coat? (Gen 37)

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.