Sunday, August 23, 2020

The words of the Lord Jesus Christ - so important

 

“My words”  from the teaching of Jesus Christ.

John 8:31   -   “If you abide in My word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

 

John 8:47   -    Whoever is of God hears God’s words. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

 

John 12:48   -   “ the one who rejects Me and does not receive the words has a judge: the words that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”

 

John 14:23  -  “If anyone loves Me, he will keep my  word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our home with him.”

 

John 17:14     -    I have given them your word, and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world.”

John 20:29   -  “ blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

 

The apostle Paul emphasized the importance of HIS words:

Philippians 3:16   “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

 

The apostle Peter likewise 

1 Peter 2:2   “As newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.”


Being a Christian without reading the words of the Lord Jesus is like sailing a ship without a compass.


John McKee

Saturday, August 15, 2020

The tough question - who is this?

 

John chapter 6

The significant verse in this chapter is verse 29 – “This is the work of God , that you believe in Him (Jesus)whom He (God) has sent.”

Doing things for God is much easier and appealing than believing in Jesus the Lord from heaven. Someone recently said to me ‘Just tell me what to do, to be Christian’

I observe in Toowoomba many people doing church. Others are busy doing good things. Others are busy helping the poor. But how many spend time alone with God (just like Jesus did) in worship and meditation, discovering who Jesus really is and adoring, honouring Him.

Many people sing self-orientated songs. Some pray for what they want. Bible studies usually teach how a Christian should live. The Lord Jesus had a different perspective. He said “ Work for the bread which brings eternal life which the Son of Man (Jesus) will give.”

The Apostle Paul understood this  - “that I might know Him” ( Philippians 3)

The response of John was – “ we love Him because He first loved us” ( 1 John )

 

In John chapter 6 the teaching of Jesus is linked to the bread which came down to the Israelites via Moses. Jesus then insisted that He was the true bread which came down from heaven. The Jews did not like the claim that He had existed in heaven before He was born of Mary. To be a true Christian, this is what we must believe.

In John chapter 7, His teaching includes a new claim – that he was soon going to return to heaven. This mystified his hearers, but He repeated it several times. Even one of His followers was perplexed so asked – “ we know not where you are going, and how can we know the way?”

Jesus explained that He was going up to the Fathers house (heaven) and said

“I am the way, the truth and the life, no one come to the Father except by Me”  (John 14,6)

We do well to take time to ponder -  where did Jesus come from, and where is Jesus now?

Believing the Bible about this  is so important and also liberating – to be truly free.


Take time to be alone with God today! and write down (Journal) what you learn from Him!


johnmckee@internode.on.net

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Judgement day

Bible  - John Chapter 5

God is holy and in keeping with His character He must and will judge all people.

Under the law given to Moses (10 commandments etc), the judgement was to be carried out by the leaders in the nation. – the king, the elders, the judges.  However this system failed because the leading ones were not qualified. This is the situation recorded in John chapter 8 when Jesus said to the accusers “ He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone” – so they all left.

In John chapter 5, Jesus makes some happy, yet astounding statements.

1         God will judge the world in righteousness. (fair)

2         God will judge the world by Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ will be the judge on judgement day because he has experienced being a human as well as being the Son.

3         All the dead will be raised by the command of Christ.

4         Some will be raised to eternal life. The others will be raised to eternal damnation.

5         A wonderful promise is given by the Lord in verse 24:  Everyone who hears (accepts) the words of Jesus, and believes in God the Father who sent Him, will not be judged, but has passed from death (present condition) into life (born into the family of God).

Please take the time to read this section through. In particular read carefully John chapter 5 verse 24.

 

What a wonderful experience it is to be forgiven by God through the death of the Lord Jesus and no longer live in the fear of the Judgement day.


johnmckee@internode.on.net