Many people don’t understand that the biblical Christian faith is not a religion. Christianity is the only faith in which God has to call us to Himself through His only begotten Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Every other type of worship is a ‘religion’ where the followers have to call upon their god(s) or idol(s). Christianity is the only faith where the believer’s past, present, and future sin-debt is ‘paid-in-full’ by our Savior. Christianity is the only faith that offers us the free gift of eternal life. Jesus Christ is the only name ABOVE all other names. Jesus Christ is the only way to life eternal!
The purpose of this ‘dress rehearsal’ of life is to restore our relationship and fellowship with Holy God. God created us for fellowship with Himself. Our relationship with God was broken when mankind sinned in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve chose, by their God-given ‘free will’, to obey Satan (who had been thrown out of heaven and down to earth) and ignore God’s one command to not eat from the ‘Tree of Knowledge’. Scripture tells us that prior to His creation, God had devised a perfect plan of redemption to restore us to Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Planet Earth is the temporary Spiritual training ground where the restoration is taking place. Believers in Jesus Christ are ‘born again’ when they accept Him as their Lord and Savior, die to this world, and live to Him. Jesus becomes first and foremost in each Christian life. His Holy Spirit comes to dwell inside of each believer’s mind and heart. The Holy Spirit teaches us how to live our new lives. He is our moral compass, lifetime Spiritual guide, teacher, and interpreter of the Scriptures. He will convict us of any sins. Upon asking the Lord for forgiveness and repenting, we restore our, daily, fellowship with Holy God. We, publicly, testify to our ‘new lives in Christ’ through Baptism. We submerge in water (die to this world) and emerge from water (become alive to Christ). We are washed by His Word and each baptismal conscience has been cleansed.
As we live our lives in this demonic and fallen world, our goal is to grow into the Spiritual image of Jesus. The Christian walk of faith is all about having a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. The world’s value system is materialistic in nature and not of God. Scripture tells us that we cannot serve God and the world. The choice is ours to make. Christians view life through the eyes of God and separate themselves from the world’s pattern of thinking. The NIV book of Colossians, penned by the Apostle Paul, gives us great insight into what it is like to live in the fullness of Jesus Christ.
PLEASE MAKE JESUS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. HE IS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR TO FILL EACH AND EVERY VOID IN YOUR LIFE. HE IS ENOUGH!
Below are some verses of Scripture from Colossians that capture the true essence of Jesus and demonstrate the highest type of love that He introduced to us during His earthly ministry. (Agape love – selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love)
Thanksgiving and Prayer … Col 1:9-14
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The Supremacy of the Son of God … Col 1:15-23
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Spiritual Fullness in Christ … Col 2:6-15
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Living as Those Made Alive in Christ … Col 3:1-14
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Blessings in His unlimited grace,
Debby Mac Manes, a disciple of Jesus Christ <><