Is All Sin Equal in God’s Eyes? (And God’s Amazing Grace.)

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Wow, it’s been about a month and a half since I’ve done one of these posts. Time really does fly by. I can’t believe that it has actually been so long. Just wow.

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God, our Friend

god-our-friendFriendship. We were made for friendship. “Why would you think that?” you may be thinking. Well, when Adam was lonely, God made Eve. That wasn’t because Adam was imperfect. At that time, the world was perfect. Nothing was imperfect. So God made Eve for a different reason, and that was friendship. Adam was made for friendship. He needed it. And so are we. We are made for friendship.Read More »

We Are Set Free

MEXICOChange. I almost shiver at hearing that word sometimes. There are good changes and there are bad changes. But, for the most part, we don’t like any type of change. Change may bring sadness or difficulties or happiness or something new different. And we don’t always like something new.

The Jews didn’t like change. They loved their traditions and laws and sacrifices. So when Jesus, the Son of God, came down to earth and told them to change, they hated him. He offered them something new and different, and most of the people rejected him. They crucified him. Jesus gave them freedom from the law and forgiveness of sins without sacrifices. He offered them new life. Eternal life. But for this they had him beaten and hanged on a cross.

Matthew 24:9

Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.
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This is why Christians are persecuted more so than most. We’re different. Our “religion” isn’t a religion. It doesn’t tell you to work harder and be good so that you can earn your way to Heaven. All religions ask something of you. They give you laws to follow in hopes that you might earn your way to Heaven or Paradise or something like that. But you can never do that. None of us can. We’re too sinful and fallen. We can’t do anything on our own.

The Jews were in the same predicament as everyone else who followed a religion, except for the important fact that they followed the one and only true God. If you look throughout the Old Testament you’ll see that they couldn’t live up to God’s standards. Again and again they fell short.

Jesus changed things. We can now have a one on one relationship with God. We don’t have to be good enough for Him; we just have to believe in Him. There is no more need for sacrifices. All we have to do is ask for forgiveness and He will never fail to forgive us of all our transgressions. We were in slavery under the law, but now we are set free.

This is why someone will always be persecuting us (at least until Jesus returns). Our sinful human nature wants to work for salvation. It gives us a feeling of self, of identity (though our identity can be found in Christ). We like to believe that we did something on our own. Like God isn’t actually in control of our lives. But that’s not true. For everything we’ve done or ever will do has been because of God. All the glory belongs to Him.

Let’s rejoice over the freedoms we have today in Christ.

We are set free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:3

The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

This doesn’t mean to live however an ungodly lifestyle you want.  Because of this precious gift God has given us we should want to live by the example Jesus set before us. We shouldn’t ever waste such freedom that way.

Jesus changed the world. Now it’s our chance to live out that change to the fullest.

-G. Paige

God and the New Testament (Part 2)

ahrHere is the second and last part about God, His love, and His relationship with us. If you missed the last part, you can check it out here. This part will focus more on God in the New Testament and in this present time.

God is three in one. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. For the most part, we only see the Father in the Old Testament (but all of them are there). In the New Testament we see all three, though Jesus is the most prominent. They each add something as a whole. The Father is the one who created the world, Jesus is the one who saves the world (at least, those who accept him), and the Holy Spirit who comes into our hearts and fills us. The Holy Spirit is like our conscience, always urging us to do what’s right and letting us feel guilty when we fall short. The Holy Spirit is the one who gave the twelve apostles the ability to speak in tongues and allow people (even in today’s time) to preform miracles.

In the New Testament the Father shows His love by sending His only Son into the world, fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin in the little town of Bethlehem. Throughout his life on earth Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies about him in the Old Testament. He had twelve disciples, one of whom betrayed him. He preformed many many miracles, including raising someone from the dead, and he taught those who would listen (usually in parables). He never sinned.

After he was betrayed, Jesus was tortured then crucified and died. God let it happen, even though His son asked for the suffering to be taken away from Him. It was the only way to save us.

Luke 22:42

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.

God is so holy and sovereign that He can’t even look at sin. We can’t even begin to comprehend God’s majesty. That is why Jesus said this at his crucifixion.

Mark 15:34

Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

God turned away from His own son because Jesus had taken on the sins of the whole world (past, present, and future) so that God couldn’t stand to look at him. But Jesus rose again on the third day after his death and once appearing to many people he arose to Heaven to sit on the throne at the right hand of God forever.

Just think for a moment. God gave up His only Son. Of course, I’m not a parent, but I am sure some of you who read this are. Would you give up your child to save the world? He wouldn’t even save the whole world, only those who accepted him as their lord and savior. I can’t even begin to imagine that. But God did it for us. Now that is just plain amazing. It shows us His love, but also His hate of sin. His own Son was the only sufficient sacrifice that could wipe away our sin.

Before Jesus went to heaven, he gave us a “mission”.

Matthew 28:19

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

This command is for all Christians. Considering what God did, Jesus did, to save us, we should be glad to do this. The rest of the New Testament gives us great examples of this task being carried out.

I’m not perfect, no one is. This point of this discussion is to know that God doesn’t change. He is the same forever. He has always loved us and He will always hate sin. So lets remember that. Okay?

-G. Paige

Was Jesus Fully Man, Fully God, or Both?

The idea for this blog post came up as I was reading the gospel of John. I was thinking about what to post about and it just popped into my head. I know it doesn’t really connect (or make sense, for that matter), but it is how I came up with this.

So… “Why this???”  some of you might be asking. Well, I don’t really have an answer for you. I just came up with it and I’m going with it. Here is some history on this question: in the early Christian church the answer to this question was the difference between Christianity and heresy (it still is), and there was much controversy over it. I’m thinking it’s worth taking a little of time to delve into it and find out what we truly believe, why, and how important it is to us. Don’t you agree?

First, lets see what the Bible says about Jesus.

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭1:20

As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.”

Okay, so we know that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit. He is at least part God, if not all.

Mark‬ ‭1:11‬

And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”

‭‭John‬ ‭10:36

‭‭”why do you call it blasphemy when I say, ‘I am the Son of God’? After all, the Father set me apart and sent me into the world.”

From these two verses we see that God identifies Jesus as his Son, while Jesus identifies God as his Father.

‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭

And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him.

If what the Bible says is true, than Jesus must be fully God. If he was only part God, he would still sin. So he must be fully God. Just look at the miracles and wonders he performed. He did more than anyone ever before him. He even raised up people from the dead!

John‬ ‭19:1-2‬

Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him.

‭John‬ ‭19:17-18

Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha ). There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them.

Jesus also was made of flesh. He could be hurt (he was flogged actually). He was beaten, bruised until no one could recognize him. Nails pierced his hands and feet. A sword pierced his side. So this must also mean that he was fully man.

‭‭John‬ ‭20:26-27

Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

Jesus must be both fully man and fully God. He couldn’t even have been a god in human form. Our finite minds can’t even begin to comprehend it, but look at it this way. To save us (everyone) from our sins Jesus had to be the perfect sacrifice, the unblemished lamb. He had to be perfect, if he had sinned, he death would not have done anything. Only God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) does not sin, that means that he was fully and undeniably God. But if Jesus had just been God, how would his death have saved all of mankind? So you see, he had to be a man to save mankind.

Here is the short version: Jesus had to be God to be the perfect sacrifice to wipe out all our sins; he also had to be a man (a human) to save to human race from eternal condemnation. Isn’t it beautiful how God works?

I’d just like to end with one more verse.

Romans‬ ‭1:3-4‬ ‭

“The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.”‭

This is major important subject for our belief system. We can’t just believe Jesus was a man or God, because that would mean we didn’t believe something in Bible and we are to take the whole of Scripture as true. Then (as I said before) his death and resurrection wouldn’t mean anything to us. In reality, his death and resurrection mean everything to us.

-G. Paige

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