Paul always begins his letters with a greeting that includes a blessing similar to the one above. I usually pass right over the words when I read them, but maybe there is something we can learn from Paul. What was his reason for including the blessing in his letters, and how can it be an example for us?
Then Esau ran to him and embraced him, threw his arms
around his neck and kissed him. And they both wept.
When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah. It didn't take them long to realize that Rebekah couldn't have children. So Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, and God answered. Rebekah soon became pregnant with twins: Jacob and Esau.
If you're like me, you don't know as much about Esau as you...
I started my journal every morning for the past week with "Good morning, Lord! I am a servant of Christ." I then proceeded to dig into what being His servant means. I had questions such as, "How can I be Christ's servant if I am free in Christ?" "Isn't being a servant the same as being a slave?" "What do I do as Christ's servant?" This post will seek to answer those ques...
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:8
Most of my life I've been told I am a saint. Not because I was such a wonderful person or living a great life of service, but because I asked Jesus to be my Savior at an early age. I learned early on that every believer is a saint a...
... because He submitted Himself to death, and was counted among the rebels; yet He bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels.
When Jesus died on the cross, He counted Himself among the rebels...the sinners or as many versions put it, the transgressors. He became guilty while on the cross when He bore our sins. Jesus was not a sinner, but He became sin for us.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we
have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Adam's sin brought condemnation to everyone, but Christ's obedience, His death on the cross, brought reconciliation for those who believe Jesus is the Savior (Rom 5:19). Not everyone will believe, and only those who do will be justified and receive new life. Justification means to be declared righteous by God,...