Thursday, August 3, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

                                              Fall as the violation of the purpose creation.                                       
Matt 7:15-23
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Jesus is speaking here near the end of His Sermon on the Mount. Beginning in verse 13, Jesus discourses at length on the subject of true faith vs. false Jesus presents the two types of people who will come to Him on “that day,” meaning the last day, the Day of Judgment, the great day fixed by God which will be terrible to some and joyful to others. All will be seeking to enter the kingdom of heaven., but some will be turned away and will react in utter confusion and disappointment.  They might have preached, performed miracles, driven out demons etc. But their works were done for their own glory, not His, and were nothing more than “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). In contrast, those who will enter heaven will not do so based on their miraculous achievements and accomplishments or works of any sort, but solely on the basis of obedience to the will of God.

Jesus goes on to describe those who will be able to call upon His name on the Day of Judgment. It will be those who hear His words and put them into practice, those who bear good fruits, who obediently do the will of the Father in heaven. True believers are the good trees that produce good fruit (Galatians 5:22-23), the true sheep who look to Christ, depend on Him, commit themselves to Him, trust in Him, and believe on Him for righteousness, salvation, and eternal life. They are the ones who will enter into the kingdom of heaven.  “Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1
Lord, I thank you for being above me and knowing what is best for me.  Give me a spirit of acceptance and a heart open to discern your will in my life - AMEN
Thought for the day
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11