“For the love of Christ controls us,” Paul wrote, “because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”
Daily Family Bible Studies
Because Jesus Christ shed His blood for us, we do not have to fear the wrath of God’s justice; we may rest our hearts in the confidence of His mercy. By the blood of Christ, we may “receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
The Son of God took upon Himself mortal flesh and blood that “through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (Hebrews 2:14,15).
In dying for our sins, Jesus showed what true obedience to the Father is all about. If we only obey God when it is easy, we are living far below the level of obedience that Jesus demonstrated — and in these days of ease and convenience, we need Jesus’ example.
The person who actually trusts God will do things differently than the person who doesn’t. Faith will make a difference in our obedience to God. And if our faith doesn’t show up in action, then we really don’t have the thing that the Bible calls “faith.”
Let’s identify some things in the Lord’s work that we either can’t do or can’t do as well as we’d like. And then let’s lay out a plan of preparation, so we can be vessels “for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.”
When it comes to truth, most people have definite ideas about what they “want” to hear. But wherever God is concerned, we need to be careful. What matters most is not what we want to hear, but what is, in fact, the truth. It is the truth that will makes us free.
We should be thankful for what we can know about our God and Father. Through Christ, we can know Him and live in fellowship with Him, living in the light of the truth about our Creator and ourselves. And based on this truth, we can live in the hope of eternal life.
Sometimes those who correct us may err in the way they do it. Nevertheless, we should profit from the feedback we get. The source shouldn’t matter very much. In fact, our enemies will often tell us more of the truth than our friends will.
Let’s think about our relationship to the local church. A proper relationship to Christ involves properly relating ourselves to others who have the same relationship to Him that we do, especially those near enough to us locally that we can work and worship with them.