I Can See Clearly Now
“For their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament; which veil is done away in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 3:14
If we are having a difficult time understanding the Scriptures it is because our focus is off base. If the Believer will look at the Word of God through his union with Christ, all things will be understood. Notice, this Scripture tells us the veil has been removed “In Christ.” If we will discover our location and deal with the Word of God based on our being “in Christ”, we would discover just how much light the Father has placed us in. All of the New Testament Scriptures that have these words in them should be sought out and given priority by everyone who is born again: with Christ, with Him, in Him, in Whom, in Christ, through Him, through Christ, by Him, by Christ, by Whom, from Whom, of Christ and of Whom. I emphasize the fact they must be given priority and must become the most important things for you EVERY DAY! The light will be so bright in you that you will wonder where you have been all your Christian life.
Scripture reading: Ephesians 1:1-23
Be Aware of Those Tenses
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
Many of you may remember being taught early on in English grammar about tenses; such as past, present and future. They caused us to see what period of time some action occurred. In the New Testament, when we look at the redemptive work of Christ and our partaking of the blessings of our redemption, the tenses become very important. Notice the “hath” in Ephesians 1:3. That lets us know it is something that has already been done. When something has already been done, it means it is an established fact. It also means whatever relationship we have to that established fact has to be dealt with in the same light. When we see things like this in the Scriptures, the Father is meaning for us to receive these things and adjust our entire lives; our thoughts, our speech, our actions and our expectations; so they are aligned with what has already been done. As you read the New Testament, and in particular the writings of the Apostle Paul, keep this in mind; then adjust your life accordingly.
Scripture reading: Ephesians 2:1-6
Jesus IS Coming!
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” 1 John 3:1-3
Jesus is coming! One of the major reasons for us to keep this in mind, as a hope set before us, is because of its purifying effect upon our lives. When our minds are focused on His coming, it keeps us alert to holy living, it is a “sin deterrent”, and it helps us to purify our lives. Why is that? One reason is because in our minds, we see ourselves being like Him when He comes; therefore we want to be like Him now so that we won’t be ashamed at His coming. To make it plain, it puts the fear of God in us! It causes reverence for Him to rise in our thinking and it keeps us at the business of the kingdom. We will find that we have no time for sin, sulking or aimless living which are major issues for people in the church right now. Let’s make sure that our focus is right so that we can help others do the same.
Scripture reading:1 Peter 1:13-25; 1 John 4:16-18