Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Imaginations, thoughts,............


2 Corinthians 5:10

“Every thought brought into captivity to Christ”


Paul saw himself as a soldier warring against the proud reasoning’s of man, arguments that oppose the truth. The true character of these arguments is described in the expression ‘against God’. It could be applied today to the reasoning of scientists, evolutionists, philosophers and religionists who have no room for God in their scheme of things. The Apostle was in no mood to sign a truce with these. Rather he felt committed to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. All men’s teachings and speculations must be judged in the light of the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul would not condemn human reasoning as such, but would warn that we must not allow our intellects to be exercised in defiance of the Lord and in disobedience to HIM

W MacDonald (Believers Bible Commentary)

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Cross of Jesus Christ the Lord


The cross of Christ is an embarrassment to religion – Jewish religion and others. Who would want to follow a Messiah who was defeated and disgraced by crucifixion! It seems illogical to  honour one who was condemned by Jewish and Roman courts. The shame of crucifixion was extreme.

But when we see the situation from God’s perspective, everything changes. Listening to the words of Jesus before He died , and the teaching of His messengers after He rose from death, they all point to God doing something special by the cross.
For example, Jesus is presented as the ‘Lamb of God’ to take away the sins of the world. He spoke of Himself as fulfilling the purpose of the Passover lamb – to protect people from judgement. Paul clearly states that “Christ died for our sins”. This means that the cross of shame really became an alter of sacrifice.  By this means, God chooses to forgive.

More than forgiveness, God sees Jesus Christ dying the death that we should have died. Now God can welcome us back as children in His family. More than that, through the purging of sin, believers are clothed with the righteousness of God and will be presented in heaven without fault, all because “the Son of God loved me and gave Himself for me”   (Galatians 2)

By this work of God, true Christianity is based on what God has done through Christ, not on what we might do for God.

johnmckee@internode.on.net


Sunday, September 29, 2019

So different


A distinctive of Christ

When one surveys the religions of the world, the politics of the world and the business of the world, one thing is common – the promotion of oneself.
Jesus Christ was so different.

·        He never promoted Himself

·        He did not seek His own glory or power

·        He did not deny His claim to being the Son of God, the Messiah but He did tell those He healed, not to tell others

·        He told the followers who discovered who He really was, not to tell anyone

·        When they would make Him a king, He left them

·        His was a life of service, not power and glory by human reckoning

·        It appeared that He was crucified in weakness

·        When He was insulted , He did not retaliate

·        During His final suffering, He did not threaten to get even

·        When risen from the dead, He did not use His power to take revenge

·        At the right hand of the Majesty in the heavens, He is long suffering, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (have the opportunity to be saved)

Soon He will return to earth.
The day of His glory will soon come, and holy vengeance will be executed. But the brilliant hope of the Christian is this – He will appear in glory, to be admired in all those that believe!

I do pray that all who read this page are true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

John Mckee

Monday, September 23, 2019

Christianity


Christian Distinctives.

Christianity begins with three fundamentals to existence.

1.      Life.  Most assume life, but no. Human life , chemical life, natural life, is but a minor part of life . Jesus Christ Himself is presented as the source of all life (creator and sustainer), and to a broken world of humans, He is the source of spiritual life. Often this is called eternal life, being participation in the life of God. Being born again, born of the Holy Spirit is a connection with God as children to a Father.

2.    Light.  Everyone claims to know a thing or two – sometimes what they have discovered, sometimes what they have been taught. Moses shed much light on the situation when he brought to the people the law of God. This light exposed the wrong and pointed the people away to a cure outside of themselves. When Jesus came, the light of ‘grace and truth’ pushed back the darkness. The revealing of God in mercy and grace enabled many unworthy people to press into the kingdom of God. The truth lived and taught by Jesus Christ enabled His followers to live on a much higher plane. To follow Him was and is to walk in the light.

3.     Love.  Humanity has always wanted love. Various forms of love have been tried – lustful, family, natural.  Only in God’s love can people know true love. ‘Agape’ love stands unique. It is of divine origin and able to penetrate beyond beauty, beyond worth and beyond offence. It seeks the ultimate good of the one loved.  As a Christian accepts and absorbs this unique love of God, the mind, the attitude, the heart are changed. One is then able to live life rejoicing in God’s love and to live like God.

This then becomes the spring and motive of action. This is true life being lived in the light of God, by the love of God.


JRM

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Bible reading


The response of humans.

I sense the frustration in the life of the Lord Jesus. On one count the people were enthusiastic to hear Him teach – He spoke as one with authority.  But when He did speak truth, the same people began to dissent and disagree.  They enjoyed seeing His miracles, yet when He suggested they were the evidence of His deity, they were willing to stone Him.

I am blessed to meet many people , young and old, who are enthusiastic about having a Bible, but commitment to reading it is another thing. I am aware that it is a large , daunting book with many things hard to be understood, but oh the joy of hearing God speak through its pages when we wait upon Him to make it living to us.

The written Word unveils the Living Word.

Have you read it today?

Maybe some of you would like to share with me, something of what you have recently enjoyed in the holy scriptures.

johnmckee@internode.on.net

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Word

"in the beginning was the WORD"

Jesus Christ is the full and final expression of God. His words were God's words. His life was the truth of God revealed.
"All who are of the truth hear His voice"

Is His voice special to you?
Do you read those words regularly?.
Are you affected in daily living by those words?
Do you quickly obey His voice?

Maybe you don't have a Bible to read those words - send me an email and I will endeavour to give you one in your own language. 


johnmckee@internode.on.net