Jesus and the Old Testament…..continued
In the last post we considered that Jesus did not come to set aside the moral commands of the OT, rather He came to fulfill them.
Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:17-19 NAS).
It is important to instruct children with the Scripture as we discipline them. Read more
There are many ways a father can provoke his children to anger. However, no matter what form this sin takes the essence of it is when he fails to reflect God the Father in the way he deal with his children. In the last message I address two more ways a father can provoke his children to anger. Read more
Our church will be observing a day of prayer and fasting this coming Saturday, 1/26/13. Have you ever wondered why we would should fast as New Testament believers? This message does not deal with all of the issues associated with fasting, but it does point us in the right direction. Read more
Should we forget past sin once it is forgiven? It might seem it, especially in light of a verse like Hebrews 8:12, “For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more” (NAS). That is one of the chief blessings of the New Covenant. When a sinner is brought to repentance and faith in Christ God forgives and forgets his sin. However, a verse like that is sometimes misunderstood. That New Covenant promise simply means that God does not remember our sins against us and treats us accordingly. It does not mean that He suffers from self-inflicted amnesia and is no longer conscious of our past sins. It is important that we recognize that because if we think that the former is the case, then it can lead to wrong applications to Christian experience. Perhaps you have heard it said, “God has forgotten my past, and therefore, so should I. From this moment on, I will never again reflect upon my past life of sin.” Now that is commendable because it is an effort to express just how completely God has forgiven us, but it is not an accurate application. Ironically, it robs the Christian of blessing and motivation. Should we remember our past? Absolutely. Read more
The thought of having amnesia is not pleasant. There are times, however, when we might count it a blessing. There are things in our pasts that many of us would just as soon forget. I am thinking specifically of sinful choices and patterns of life that make up our personal history. Some cannot relate as much, but I am sure that others can identify more than they like. How do we deal with that in a biblical way? Read more
One of the most sobering moments in the Upper Room is when the Lord Jesus said to the Twelve, “Truly I say to you one of you will betray Me” (Matt 26:21 NAS). As soon as he made this solemn announcement, the disciples began to ask Jesus the question that perhaps is one of the most familiar phrases recorded in the gospel records, “Surely it is not I, Lord?” (Matt 26:22 NAS) Read more