Tag: righteousness

Have You Been Born Again?

Jesus tells us we cannot enter the kingdom of God unless we are born again.  Our natural birth is how we entered this world and our spiritual birth is that which propels us into the kingdom of God.  Entrance into the kingdom of God…

Knowing Jesus

  All of history came to a climax when Jesus arrived to provide us with salvation and eternal life.  The first half of the book of Ephesians is an exploration of this gospel truth.   We begin by learning that if we know Jesus, it…

The Teachings of Jesus

The Bible is the most important document known to mankind.  Within the pages of the Bible, we learn about our Creator, we learn about the battle between good and evil, and we learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Every page of the Bible is…

Mercy

You do not deserve God’s favor.  No one does.  It is not until we have fully accepted that understanding that we can even approach God.  There is absolutely nothing we can do to achieve God’s standard of righteousness.  Our only hope is that God…

Sin

In chapter seven of the book of Romans, the apostle Paul takes us on a journey through our transition from unbeliever to believer, saved by the blood of Jesus.  Before trusting Jesus we were slaves to sin.  Sin is the act of going against…

Baptism

As a Christian, you have left your old life as a slave to sin, and transitioned into your new life as a slave to righteousness.  Baptism symbolizes that death and resurrection. “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that,…

Grace = Unmerited Favor

The first man, Adam, made a mistake and went against the will of God resulting in banishment from the Garden of Eden and a loss of his eternal existence; Adam and all of his descendants to follow would now be assigned a time to…

Justification

In order to be admitted into the kingdom of heaven, we must possess righteousness equal to God.  This is God’s design; however, he also designed us to be helpless sinners incapable of attaining that righteousness. Exactly why God designed things this way is not…

Autopilot

When we are learning a new skill, there are a bunch of rules and precise steps that need to be followed to achieve success.  In the beginning, we tend to stress over each and every rule to the point that our efforts are weakened. …

A Pure Heart

When the apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Christian church in Rome, there was a division between the Jews who had become followers of Jesus and the non-Jewish Gentiles who were followers of Jesus.  The Jewish Christians believed the Gentile Christians should also…