Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Dead or Alive?

Yesterday, I wrote about God's children being joint heirs with Christ. 

I also wrote about how some people are so blinded to the truth that they are sometimes misled by false teachers/preachers who teach/preach a gospel message, but only of the love part.

As I mentioned yesterday, God is not a genie in a bottle.  He is there for us.  However, He is not there to grant every one of our hearts desires.

He has a plan for each of His children.

We don't know the plan He has for our lives.  None of us can see the future.  Nor can any of us understand why we sometimes suffer in life.

And, we do suffer.  At least, if we belong to Christ, we suffer.  If you haven't yet read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I suggest you do, for then you'll understand what I am referring to.

Just as Christ suffered, we are called to suffer.  And, those who belong to Him, do suffer, generally speaking.  However, we are not left alone by God to suffer.  He is with us and has guaranteed us that we will overcome.

Jesus told us that because He overcame the world, so can we. There are several verses that support this statement, but the one that comes to mind is 1 John 4:4, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

This is one reason baptism is so important.  Firstly, it's important because God commanded us to repent and be baptised (Acts 2:38).  Of equal importance is the fact that when we come to Christ and gain salvation by trusting/believing on Jesus Christ, we not only gain salvation, but we develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.

When we elect to be baptized, we are making a public declaration that we not only belong to Christ, but that we are dying to self (going under the water) and living for Him (being raised again, as a new creature in Christ).  In Romans 6:11 we read, "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord."

It is clearly evident that because God loved us, He made a way for us to be saved from an eternity in hell.  All you have to do is believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts 16:31). 

Hopefully, you are trusting/believing on the Lord, Jesus Christ.  If you're not and want more information, please e-mail me or speak with a Bible-believing Christian friend.

However, even though we discussed the fact that God loves us, there is more to be said about this idea of love.  Stay tuned!

Until next time...

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