7 Things We Miss Out If We Reject the Gospel (Part 2)

I heard a preacher once said that the word “free gift” in Ephesians 2: 8-9 lost its meaning in our time. We are incline to pay or work to get what we want. That’s how the real world works. Receiving something free is beyond how we are wired. Also when pride sets in our heart it wouldn’t allow us to accept the gospel. Unless God makes the initiative, salvation won’t be possible. Will you accept the gospel today? Now let’s go on with #3 and #4 of our list of things we miss out if we don’t turn to the gospel:
3. Truth

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

“even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14: 17

Everyone doesn’t want to dwell in falsehood. We want to be in the good or right side. Even if culture suppresses having the concept of truth, there is truth. We don’t want to deceive or be deceived. We want to know if what we believe is the truth. Truth being subjective is a farce. There is objective truth. Jesus invites us to come to Him if we want to know the truth. Rejecting the gospel is rejecting the truth. What is left when we reject the truth is, by default, we accept falsehood.

4. Adoption

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
Romans 8:15-17

“to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4: 5-7

“he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,” Ephesians 1:5

There is a song that became the theme of Pope Francis visit here in the Philippines. The message of it is that “we are God’s children”. But biblically that is not true. Not all are God’s children. We are all made in the image of God but according to John 1: 12” But to all who did receive him (Jesus), who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,”. There’s a difference between an image bearer to a legitimate son. Our physical birth enables us to be bearers of His image, being born again grants us to be God’s children. Believing in Jesus is our ticket to become sons of God. That is the very core of the gospel. Immediately, when we receive the gospel, we became God’s children. Rejecting this truth will keep us on bondage with sin and Satan. Salvation is not just rescuing us from our sin but giving us a new identity. Salvation will not just take us to heaven but most importantly it gives us rights on why we are to be there with God. Are you a child of God?

(to be continued next week…)

7 Things We Miss Out If We Reject the Gospel (Part 1)

The gospel is God’s precious message to the fallen humanity. It is “good news” for us who are in bondage of sin. It doesn’t just guarantee us heaven but that the wrath of God and guilt of sin were relinquished by the power of the cross. No other news in the world or history compares to the gospel that saves. Having that reality applied to us, the elect is truly the privileged ones on earth. But what if we reject this gospel? What are the consequences for neglecting such precious news? Here are 7 things we will surely miss if we don’t receive this love from God:
1. Peace
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7

 

Peace is a scarce commodity in this world. Wars, violence, heartaches are some of the things that will bog us down. Yet ignoring the call of the gospel, we deprive ourselves with this rare commodity. This peace is not just something that will give us a good night sleep. Nor it will erase every conflict that we know of. Its peace that is promised by God through Jesus Christ that we can hold on to here and in eternity. Conflict will still be there but God will give us strength to endure such situations. Do you want peace? Receive the gospel today!

2. Love

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5: 6-8

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” John 15: 9

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,”
Ephesians 2: 4

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” John 4: 10

“Love” is a four letter word that has be marred with twisted definitions by this world. Love according to God’s Word is not just loving the unlovable but dying for the unlovable. The unlovable humanity hasn’t, can’t and will not prove anything to gain a good standing before a holy God. Yet out of the mercy of God, He took the initiative to love the unlovable. This love is an everlasting love written with God’s blood. Rejecting the gospel is rejecting true love. This world is hungry for true and deep love. God’s love can be yours if you accept His gospel. Neglecting the love of God will cost you a loveless eternity.

(to be continued next week…)

Book Review: The Wiersbe Bible Commentary by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe

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Finally a Bible commentary you will actually read! Wait what?! We “read” commentaries? Of course for us “reading” a commentary might mean checking a Bible verse in a Matthew Henry and see that it (especially if we are preparing a Bible study or sermon) agrees with what we think the verse means. But to actually “read” it as in get the book, find your reading spot and spend an hour absorbing the commentary is another thing. Rarely do we do that. But with the “The Wiersbe Bible Commentary” you can enjoy it as if it’s a regular Christian book.
This commentary collects his popular “Be” series that are less technical, easily accessible and easy to understand. Well when we say Weirsbe dropped the theological jargons and can be appreciated by anyone it doesn’t mean its has no depth in content. In the contrary it covers a lot of grounds including biblical principles and apologetics. “The Wiersbe Bible Commentary” is relevant and up to the challenges of this current generation.

This is the zenith of Wiersbe’s work all bound in two volumes, now locally published with a gorgeous cover and a very affordable price. If you’re a newbie in using commentaries, this commentary is a great start. If you’re a pastor who wants a sharable resource to the congregation, this one is the best. If you’re a fan of his “Be” series which you collect by going to Booksale or receiving it as a Kindle freebie over David C. Cook now it’s the time to own a physical copy. Guarantee it won’t collect dust in your bookshelf.

The Quotable Round-Up #18

 

Happy New Year to all!!!! Its a brand new year for all of us Christians as we look forward for God’s wonderful blessings in store for us. I have been caught by the busy holiday but I’m back to deliver some quote goodies. Now lets dive away to these awesome quotes.

“Our problem is not that we don’t know that God exists. Our problem is that we refuse to acknowledge the God whom we know to be true.”
–R. C. Sproul

“Only the Spirit can raise spiritually dead hearts to believe the gospel.”
–Steven J. Lawson

“Without the divine light of the Spirit, the Bible remains a closed book.”
— Steven J. Lawson

“Leadership in a gospel framework humbly serves those under its guard.”
–Matthew B. Sims

“The quest for God doesn’t begin until conversion. Prior to our conversions, we run as fast and as relentlessly as we can away from God.”
–R. C. Sproul

“Everywhere else we’d go would be a disaster for us.Any answer but Jesus is no answer at all.And yet, even when we run,His,grace reaches us.”
–Matt Chandler

“The Spirit of God is the sole, santifying agent in our life, but He regularly uses ordinary means to do so. He uses reading the Word,praying,preaching,fasting and meditation.”
–Matthew B. Sims

 

Living the Extraordinary Christian Life Part 5

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.
We are all curious about our future. That’s why we consult fortune tellers, read horoscope and buy good luck charms. We save money and invest for a brighter future. However, there is a much greater thing to look forward to. A life that God has set before us that is more secure.
Life Near to God: Past, Present and Future
Future: Romans 8: 18-19, Eph. 2:7 and 1 Cor. 15: 55-57
Romans 8:18-19 ESV For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
There are things that are in store for us that will eclipse the pain we experience here on earth. Whatever we are going through, persecution or injustice, let this promise of God sooth our wounded soul .
Ephesians 2:7 ESV so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
If we have lived by the sufficiency of God’s grace through hardships, pain and lost considering its enough for us, then there is more in store for us of this grace in the future. If however the overflowing of blessing we achieve in our joyous moments feels like God flooded us and sank us so deep, that verse in Ephesians lets us there is more. The “immeasurable riches of his grace” is waiting for us. That’s how good God is to us.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 ESV “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
In our very last breath we are victorious. We may have brought victory for ourselves, our school, family and workplace that we can be proud of. We can fill this world with our trophies of success. But that doesn’t compare to the victory beyond here on earth. We didn’t break a sweat in achieving this but rather Christ gave His blood. In death we will leave all of what we have on earth. But praise God as we go to eternity we are victorious. Truly the future is bright for us Christians.
(To be concluded next week…)

Book Review: Get A Life…Online by Mighty Rasing

Fresh from #SuperEpic” Mighty Rasing delivers another book about a subject he really really knows. Social media is going leaps and bounds. Then it got out of control (sort of). And what better way to sort it all out by reading “Get A Life…Online”.
This book packs lots of meat to enhance you digital life. It has everything for the novice to the hardcore netizen. Mighty not only wrote a book that is readable because its Taglish but grasp the Pinoy context of being online. He knows the Pinoy culture, ethics and behavior that affect how we use social media. He tackled topics like useful apps, how share your talent online, how to use social media for a good cause. The serious issue of privacy and cyber bullying were discussed. All of these topics and much more for a 75 pesos book!
I enjoyed reading because knows well the online culture of Pinoys or making much of social media but also he shared his personal experiences of being a netizen. For someone who’s been there as one of the popular new media practitioner, stories of failures and success is inspiring to people who wants their voice be heard.
This great book helps us understand and engage the online (and also offline) life for every Filipino. If you love “#SuperEpic” then you’ll love this one too. Embrace the digital explosion Pinoy style with “Get A Life…Online”.

Living the Extraordinary Christian Life Part 4

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.
After we considered the past set by God for us, we shall now look at what He gave us for our present. This plan of God is now a life that we have it all. It’s a How do we now conduct our “now” moment that is an extraordinary life is what we will aim for this week.
Life Near to God: Past, Present and Future
Present: Eph. 2: 12-13 and Romans 5: 8-9
Ephesians 2:12-13 ESV remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
It’s hard to adjust to a new neighborhood. The places, streets and people are unfamiliar to you. People will consider you stranger. It’s an awkward moment. How much more is our standing before God. We according to the verse, “alienated” and “strangers” from anything of God. But praise God, because of the blood of Christ we are brought near to God.
Romans 5:8-9 ESV but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
This present reality is something we can hold on to considering that our past or old self doesn’t bring us any good that will benefit us from here to eternity. This truth is as real as you reading this post this very moment. It is as real, authentic and trustworthy truth. We are now being saved by Christ. This very moment and millions of moments that will come that will be our “now” you are secure with Christ. You can now rest assured that no matter what, God is there.
Which brings us to the question: Are you saved? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and personal Savior? Have you heard about the gospel? It won’t matter all of what we are discussing if we don’t secure our salvation. If you want to learn about the gospel click “The Bad News” page on this blog or click this link. I hope and pray you will make a decision to come to Christ.
(To be continued next week…)

Living the Extraordinary Christian Life Part 3

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.
Now we come to Part 3 of our study and now we shall at the positive. We have seen the “gloom and doom” of a life apart from our Creator. This week we will now look at the God’s laid out plan for an extraordinary life. By that I mean the Christian life.
Let’s be honest, some of us may not be living in this kind of plan. We may be spending our lives on what we have studied last time. But it’s not too late. God is the God of second chances. Let us repent and desire to walk on what God has set.
Now let us dive in God’s Word to see the extraordinary plan He gave to us believers.
Life Near to God: Past, Present and Future
Past: 2 Corinthians 5: 17-18
Corinthians 5:17-18 ESV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
This is a familiar verse that shed light on what happens to a person who became a Christian. In verse 17 we are “a new creation” and “the old has passed away.” Meaning our old self is connected with our past is now gone because we are “in Christ”. God in His goodness, cancels our past and gave us the now which is new. He gave us a fresh start. Looking at verse 18 we read that “All of this is from God…” Our past though colorful it maybe, we are apart from God. In that we should be grateful. We should be filled with thankfulness for what He has done. We are now to set an extraordinary life that is provided solely by God.

(To be continued next week…)

Living the Extraordinary Christian Life Part 1

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.
Introduction
What kind of life are you living now?
This is the question that we will tackle in this series “Living the Extraordinary Christian Life”. Why extraordinary? Because living the life that God has set out to us is extraordinary. In this study we will compare the life lived apart from God and the life near to God.
As we read our passage on Ecclesiastes, we can see the dim life well painted by the observation of Solomon. A life without God. An earthly perspective on living. Words like redundant, boring, meaningless and hopeless can best describe these writings. All over the book, we can read “under the sun” and “vanity” over and over again. Solomon lays down what is life that is fleeting. Further observation we can see that it doesn’t made mentioned life beyond here on earth. A dead end street and nothing more.
Is this the kind of life we have now? Do we want to have this kind life that most people on this planet have? We are not talking about a life that is free of pain and problems. We will discuss a life that endures all of these and goes way beyond what Solomon has set in Ecclesiastes. Nor we are venturing in a fatalistic life that we shuts reality. We are here to look at the extraordinary life that will count God and men. An extraordinary life that is eternity bound. And this extraordinary life is the Christian life. I hope and pray that through this study we will be encouraged to fix our eyes on Jesus and hold on to the precious promises of God.
To end part one of this series, let us turn to the Scriptures and read Colossians 3: 1-4. These passages are connected in this study and may this penetrate in our hearts to pursue God:
Colossians 3:1-4 ESV If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
(To be continued next week…)

The Quotable Round Up #8

Some of you might ask where I get these quotes. I’ll let you in a secret. I subscribe to David C Cook free books which dishes out some books from great authors like Warren Weirsbe, John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul etc. Others are from random blogs or websites who gives away e-books. So there you have it. I encourage you to subscribe to these freebies and enjoy reading. Reading should not be expensive. Before you head on to subscribe to those amazing website, here are our quotes of the week:
“True spiritual unity is never at the expense of truth.”
–Warren W. Wiersbe
“Jesus is Lord over everything, not some things.”
–J. A. Medders
“Truth and assurance are not ends in themselves; they are the means to the end of taking the gospel to the whole world.”
–Warren W. Wiersbe
“From what does the blood of Christ cleanse us? It cleanses us from sin.”
–Anthony Carter
“It is not enough to win people to Christ. We must also lead them into assurance, for only as they have assurance can they effectively live for God and overcome the world.”
–Warren W. Weirsbe
“Knowing that we have been given to the Son by the Father ought to motivate us to loving obedience. We are the Father’s love gift to Jesus.”
–Warren W. Weirsbe
“On the legal basis of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, believers can be united to Christ, confident that everything that belongs properly to Him is given freely to us. In this marvelous exchange, all our debts become His and all His riches become ours.”
–Michael Horton