THEME: FAITH AND WORKS
“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”
-Apostle Paul writes that we need to understand repentance from dead works, faith towards God, baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection from the dead and eternal judgement leading to perfection in Christ. It all starts from repentance, the repentance that John the baptist preached saying “Repent and believe in the gospel”. Repentance means change of mind and death to sin. One who can change his/her mind can change his destiny and consequently his life. Through repentance, we are made perfect by the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, and cleanses our consciences from acts that lead to death so that we may serve our living God (Heb 9:14). Believing in the gospel means to have faith in Jesus Christ. We should realize that each one of us has been given a measure of faith through grace (Romans 12:3). As we know that the just shall live by faith, then we are justified through faith in Christ. Faith in the victory of Christ that delivers us from condemnation and we are called to draw near to Him. John then baptized with water which is an outward sign of the death and resurrection with Jesus Christ. Jesus baptized us by one Spirit into one body and has made us to drink into one Spirit leading to perfection in Him. The Spirit then leads us into all truth that we may be made perfect just as He is.
Heavenly Father we humbly come at You feet asking for mercy. Your blood Jesus has power to save, heal, deliver and restore, cover us, our families, nation and the whole world with Your precious blood Lord. You are our sure Foundation, our strong Tower in Whom we lean on, the Justifier of our faith, our Shield and hope of salvation, we put all our trust in You. Jesus You have called us to be perfect saying, be perfect therefore, as Your Heavenly Father is perfect. Thank You for saving us by Your grace Lord through faith, it is not by our power but it is a gift from You Lord. Increase our faith in You and help us Holy Spirit to rejoice in You always. Fill us with Your fruit and gifts and perfect our works in You. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forevermore. Amen
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