Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Freedom - what is it


Freedom

To millions of people, this is the one word they would love to enjoy! So many governments and religions refuse to give the people true freedom.

In many peoples’ minds, ‘freedom’ is the idea of liberty to choose a good education, freedom to travel, freedom to associate with others, freedom of religion, freedom in marriage, freedom of speech, freedom to choose employment  etc

Others call for freedom to please oneself and let loose the passions and purposes of the natural human nature. Some young people strive for the opportunity to try the pleasures of the world. They want to go fast, try drugs , eat and drink anything, to be free of parental restraints – to do as they please.
Freedom without moral restraint is the recipe for disaster. Freedom without the power to choose right is sure to fail.

I plan to write some articles on this subject, so I invite all my readers to subscribe to the blogsite.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Genuine?


The most important test of reality


In 2 Corinthians, the command is given –
“examine  yourselves to see if your faith is genuine”

Looking for what ?   - to know if Jesus Christ is in you.

Many practise religion, but that is not ‘Christ in you’

In another Bible place it is written “we pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him”
It sounds just like the words of the Lord just before He died: “When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I am in you!” (John 14)

John the Apostle wrote; “By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us His Spirit.”  

On our part it is faith in Jesus Christ the LORD.
On God’s part it is the gift of the Holy Spirit that regenerates our spirit to know and love the LORD.
This is the true relationship God intends for everyone.

Do you pass the test  -  if not, repent now of sin and believe the Good news of Jesus Christ coming from heaven, dying for our sins, and risen from the dead, is alive at God’s right hand. According to His promises you can now become a child of God, with a very close relationship with Him through Jesus Christ our Lord.

johnmckee@internode.on.net

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