Are We All Ready?

1 Peter 1:13-25 ESV In the first half of 1 Peter 1, we learned that we who are in Christ Jesus, by faith in him, are called of God to the sanctification (purification, holiness) of the Holy Spirit and to obedience to Jesus Christ. And, we learned, as well, that being followers of Jesus Christ … Continue reading Are We All Ready?

Cause for Much Praise!

To those of us who are strangers on this earth, whose citizenship is in heaven through faith in Jesus Christ, who were chosen by God before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless before him, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit in our hearts, to obedience to Jesus Christ: May grace … Continue reading Cause for Much Praise!

Fully Surrendered

A Pharisee named Nicodemus came to visit Jesus at night. He began his conversation with Jesus with a statement seemingly intended to flatter Jesus, i.e. “to praise someone in order to get something that you want, especially in a way that is not sincere” (Macmillandictionary.com). Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say … Continue reading Fully Surrendered

New or Used?

Once we have trusted in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of our lives, does it matter to God what we do from that point on? Is obedience truly optional? Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his … Continue reading New or Used?