Become Partakers of the Divine Nature

2 Peter 1:1-2 ESV “Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, “To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: “May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” What does … Continue reading Become Partakers of the Divine Nature

Do Not Walk in the Way with Them

Proverbs 1:7 ESV “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The Beginning of Knowledge To fear the Lord is to believe him, to believe his words, to take them seriously, to take them to heart and to walk in obedience to his instructions to us, his body. … Continue reading Do Not Walk in the Way with Them

Filled with the Fruit of Righteousness

Philippians 1:9-11 ESV “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and … Continue reading Filled with the Fruit of Righteousness

Being Perfected by the Flesh?

Galatians 3:1-6 ESV “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you … Continue reading Being Perfected by the Flesh?

The Righteous Who Keep Faith

Isaiah 26:1-4 ESV “In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks. Open the gates, that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in. You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because … Continue reading The Righteous Who Keep Faith

Living by the Flesh or by the Spirit

Romans 8:5-8 ESV “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit … Continue reading Living by the Flesh or by the Spirit

To Know the Love of Christ that Surpasses Knowledge

Paul (once called Saul) was a Pharisee who once persecuted Christians for their faith in Jesus Christ and who tried to stop the gospel of Jesus Christ from spreading. But God had mercy on him, and he called him to open the eyes of the blind and to turn them from darkness to light and … Continue reading To Know the Love of Christ that Surpasses Knowledge

Receiving God’s Grace in Vain

2 Corinthians 6:1-2 ESV “Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, ‘In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of … Continue reading Receiving God’s Grace in Vain

Salvation is a Free Gift

Luke 9:23-26 ESV “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if … Continue reading Salvation is a Free Gift

Bringing Forth the Good News

Isaiah 61:1-3 ESV “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year … Continue reading Bringing Forth the Good News