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Proclaim the Risen Savior!


 

Acts 4:10-12

 

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole,” Acts 4:10.

 

 

 

Dead man walking,” is the chilling phrase said in the movie The Green Mile whenever a death row inmate was making his last walk down the corridor to the chamber of death. This meant he was alive but dead. Presently, there are dead people walking around everyday. They are dead in their trespasses and sins. They, in truth, can be raised to new life—Jesus is their only hope.

 

The account of a crippled man healed in the name of Jesus begins in Acts chapter 3. The people should be happy with this outcome but some were not. They were jealous. They did not know the healer and what He could do for their own lives. There is no disputing that Jesus makes a difference in the lives of people He touches. Believers must be busy proclaiming His life giving, life changing salvation to men, women and children.

 

Troubled, broken sinners need the Savior to set them free and give them meaning and purpose to life. We must tell them about Jesus because He is the remedy for sin and death. We must point them to Him by our actions and words in our everyday life. We must show and tell them about Jesus—He is risen that all might have new life!

 

 

 

Reflection

 

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

 

Beverly Barnett

 

 

 

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By William Andrew Dillard HEBREW HONEYCOMB PASSING YOUR ISAAC TEST


 

“And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” Genesis 22:1-2.
One of the best loved bible stories is that of the offering of Isaac by his father Abraham. It is recorded in Genesis 22. It is a story of profound faith on display for the benefit of all succeeding generations. Truly, there is still much to be said about that monumental event, but comments are here confined to the test of Abraham’s faith in God, and its extrapolation to modern day saints.
Let it be noted that the arena of fellowship with God prepared the patriarch for it, and he was not totally blindsided by the divine command. In fact, that preparation underscores the nature and the value of daily awareness of, and personal implementation of, the Holy Word, which is the essence of faith: belief in the promises of God.
God had promised the lineage of Abraham’s seed would run through Isaac. Thus, Abraham did not just acquiesce to that, but believed it with all his heart. If Isaac were offered up to God, then God had already obligated Himself to raise him from the dead, restore him to his father, and give him children. Had the patriarch been lackadaisical in his relationship with God, and his awareness of His Word, he could not have been enabled to pass this profound test.
It is sad that in these last days when God’s people have access to the completed Word of God, a great many know less of it than Abraham did, who never owned a copy. Is it any wonder then that when adversity or some hard thing comes that so many are stopped in their tracks?
Every true Christian has an Isaac test. It is not like that of Abraham, but it is a test of faith just the same. Those who are familiar with the Word and in daily communication with the Lord pass their Isaac test as did the ancient patriarch. Those who do not read the Bible and even though profess to be born-again church members, but miss church meetings more than they attend, find themselves perplexed, amazed, and unable to cope with those tests that come…. and …..they will come! Please know that there is great reward and tremendous joy to those who pass their Isaac test, just as there was to our father, Abraham.
Happy indeed are those who welcome their Isaac test, because they know God’s promises, and are unshakable in “thus saith the Lord.” Can you identify at least one Isaac test in your life that you passed because you were without options, and you had to depended on God and the promises of His Word?

 

 

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Predestination


Predestination – This is a subject that can be very confusing when one deals with a person that believes that God has died for some and not for others. They have a convoluted explanation that easily confuses me. Being simple minded, I use a simple explanation.

Let me begin with an undeniable truth. Christ died for all men. I Timothy 2:3-6 says “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

We find the desire of the Father and the Son that all men would be saved and toward the accomplishment of that purpose, the Son gave himself a ransom for all, not just some. We also must consider the verse found in Hebrews; Hebrews 2:9 which says “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Seeing that Christ gave himself a ransom for all and tasted death for every man then this predestination that is referenced is not a person that has been predestinated but must be the plan.

May we consider the passages written to the Church in Ephessus, Ephesians 1:4,5 which says “According as He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself according the good pleasure of his will,…” Before the foundation of the world a plan was established to save man that would sin. It was predestinated that those that would be saved would be saved through Christ precious blood.

Paul reasoned with King Agrippa and told of his conversion and then Paul said to Agrippa, Acts 26:27,28 “King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. Verse 29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am except these bonds. Paul is expecting people to be saved by choice upon hearing the Words of God.

Ephesians 3:11 “According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:” Christ was predestined to come to earth and present Himself as the perfect sacrifice for man. That was His purpose in wrapping Himself in flesh and hanging on the cross and shedding His blood. Now Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” God predestined that those that would be saved would not be by good works but through Jesus Christ and would be unto good works. II Thessalonians 2:13 further clarifies “…God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” The predestinated plan of salvation is through the Spirit and belief in the resurrected Christ.

In Christ is the term we need to see.

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