#DailyDevotion Are You As Confident Of The Lord’s Promise As This Widow?


#DailyDevotion Are You As Confident Of The Lord’s Promise As This Widow?

Mark 12:41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them,  “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

 

As Jesus commends this poor widow to us who gives everything she has, two small coins, you might wonder if she is one of those widows whose homes the scribes had devoured. Why wouldn’t they, the scribes get a greater condemnation? They knew the law. The law commands that Israelites take care of the widow, the orphan and the foreigner in their distress. The law command a third year tithe be gathered so that the priest, the widow, the orphan and foreigner in their midst could be taken care of. The law commanded the farmers not to glean their fields and trees so that widows and the like would be taken care of. Yet if this poor widow only has two mites to her name it seems as if someone has dropped the ball. Instead of devouring widows homes the scribes should have been everything they could to see that they kept their homes.

 

But back to the widow. Jesus commends the widow for giving everything she had to live on to God.  How could the widow do such a thing? Israelites were commanded to give tithes, firstfruits and given the opportunity to more out of thankfulness all the Lord had done for them. No doubt those who contributed much to the treasury had plenty to spare and were thankful for all the Lord had given them. How do you tithe two mites? What first fruits is there is two mites? If you only have two mites to live on are you giving them to the Lord in thankfulness because at least you had two mites? Her giving wasn’t ten percent or first fruit giving but 100% giving.

 

How could she do that? Hope. She had hope in the promises of God. The Lord God had given commands, laws, and the like that commanded his people to take care of people just like this widow. She was casting herself on the mercy of God that the Lord would provide for her as he has promised in the Torah. She was trusting the Lord to move his holy people to do what the law required and pay their tithes, firstfruits, thank offerings and the like and to distribute them equitably. She apparently in this hope and trust was not anxious for tomorrow. She knew who her Lord and God was.

 

Are you anxious about money? Do you fear tomorrow? This widow also had another promise that you have too. It is written, Heb 13:5  Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  A promise from Deut. 31:6, 8, Josh. 1:5, 1 Sam. 12:22, and Ps. 37:25, 28 it applies to you who trust in your Lord Jesus Christ and will sustain when the days seem dark.

 

Heavenly Father, you promise us you will never leave us or forsake us. Grant us the faith of the poor widow that we too may act in boldness and confidence of your promises in Christ Jesus. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Not Our Culture’s Jesus


#DailyDevotion Not Our Culture’s Jesus

Mark 12:38 In his teaching [Jesus] said,  “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40 who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

 

Today’s generation would be quick to tell Jesus, “Way to generalize Jesus. Haven’t you heard? Don’t judge.” Seriously, this isn’t the Jesus of our age. People wouldn’t even recognize Jesus including a whole swath of people who call themselves Christians because they never actually open up a Bible to read it and their pastors skip over parts like this.

 

The scribes were the arbiters of what the bible meant. They judged cases between people in conflict and applied the law as given in the Torah but also, much like English common law, the precedents or traditions handed down from their fathers. Often these traditions were in direct conflict with what God’s Word was actually teaching.

 

Apparently, as a class of people, Jesus didn’t have a whole lot to commend them to others. They must have resisted the Word of God which they themselves taught. For instead of being humbled by the Law, recognizing their own weaknesses, and having mercy on those around them they were proud people who wanted recognition. What they wore said, “Look at me! I’m important.” They carried themselves proudly. The scribes sought to be greeted by those around them. They wanted the best seats in the synagogue (I wonder if today they would be fighting for the rear pews?). I’m really not sure how they devoured widows’ houses. I would guess they would use the law and the traditions to steal it from them. We don’t know if they enriched their own bank accounts or were doing it on behalf the synagogues but we can tell from Jesus’ words here that it just wasn’t kosher. To make up for their wrongdoing they covered it up with long prayers.

 

No doubt, there are people and pastors in the Christian church who would receive the greater condemnation today as well. They have no mercy on those who are broken, those who broke themselves and those broken by others. They are puffed up and want others to recognize them. They even seek the wealth of others at the expense of what their flocks and those who contribute to them really need for everyday life. They only want to fatten their own bank accounts or just to be proud of having a congregation with large reserves.

 

But the teaching of Jesus is to honor others more than oneself. We are called to treat others as we ourselves want to be treated. Jesus teaches us to humble ourselves before others that at the proper time he might exalt us. He calls us to have mercy on those who are broken. For Jesus humbled himself to become man and as man die on the cross. Jesus came to have mercy on the broken. He came to make us rich in the kingdom of God. He did this not only as example but because you yourself needed it. He calls those who believe this to do it themselves for others.

 

Heavenly Father, grant us faith and your Holy Spirit, that we may humble ourselves and look to the need of others before ourselves like your Son Jesus Christ did for us and forgive us our lack of humility and mercy when we forget what Christ Jesus has done for us. In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

#DailyDevotion Are You Eagerly Awaiting Jesus’ Return?


#DailyDevotion Are You Eagerly Awaiting Jesus’ Return?

Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

 

Well that solves a lot of mysteries doesn’t it. We just die once, well as least physically. We don’t get reincarnated. We die and we await the judgment. There is a coming judgment. As Peter says, Act 10:42 “And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he [Jesus of Nazareth] is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.” And Peter says again, 1Pe 4:5 “but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” There is a coming Judgment Day. So how will you be judged?

 

Well we see Christ has been offered once to bear the sins of many, that is all. He has dealt with our sin, your sin, once for all by his death and burial. Your sin has been dealt with. By Jesus’ death on the cross we have this promise, 2Co 5:19  “that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” We have this promise, Rom 5:6-10 “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  (7) For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—  (8) but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  (9) Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.  (10) For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.”

 

Jesus ascended after forty days to the right hand of the Father. Jesus is coming back, as it is written, Zec 12:10  “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.” And again, Rev 1:7 “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.” And again, Dan 7:13-14 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. (14) And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”

 

We as Christians, await the Lord with uplifted heads. We are eagerly waiting for him. He comes with salvation in his wings. Jesus is coming with his reward for those who trusted in his promises and trusted in him, even his name. Jesus comes to give us a kingdom prepared for us before the foundation of the world, the kingdom of God.

Heavenly Father, grant us faith to trust in the work of your Son Jesus Christ, so that at reappearing we may receive the promised reward for our faith, live everlasting and beholding your face. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion YHWH Will Provide The Sacrifice


#DailyDevotion YHWH Will Provide The Sacrifice

Hebrews 9:24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

 

The Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting and the Temple were just models of what the Lord had shown Moses on the mountain. They were a copy of the true things that were in heaven above. What was been down below was to represent what has happened above. Now Christ has entered into the Holy of Holies in heaven above. He has come to the mercy seat of God between the two seraphim, between the cherubim and the four living creatures.

 

Unlike the high priest who himself is a type, a model for Christ, who has to bring the blood of bulls and goats every year into the Holy of Holies in the temple, Jesus enters in just once. For the blood of bulls and goats could never take away our sins or make atonement for them. It was only the promise of God attached to those sacrifices and faith in that promise of God that the Lord had taken any note of and credited us for righteousness.

 

But now Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, has entered the Holy Place. He has entered at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Now we might ask why does his blood do this and for all people? True, if Jesus were perfect man, perhaps he could offer himself up for someone else. Jesus however offers himself up for us all. How is that? It is because Jesus is not only man. Jesus and the Father are One, one Yahweh. He is the Lord who promised to join himself with the seed of the woman in Genesis 3:15. He is the Lord who has joined himself with David’s seed and become David’s Lord. Jesus is the Lord to whom the Father said, “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.”

 

So the Jesus, the Author of Life and the Lord of Glory, adds the weight of the eternal one to the blood that was sacrificed on the cross. His blood is the blood of the Son of God. Sacrificed since the foundation of the world, Jesus has appeared once now at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. He has taken his blood into the Holy of Holies, the Mercy Seat of the Father and poured it out upon the atonement cover and put away our sins and not only ours but the sins of the whole world. He has made us a promise that his sacrifice had indeed made atonement for us. It has expiated our sins from us for it has propitiated God’s wrath and he is no longer angry with us.

Heavenly Father, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to join himself to our flesh and blood that he would be the propitiation for our sins and the expiator of them as well. Grant us faith that we might receive his sacrifice as our own so we may appear before you with boldness and confidence as your children. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion You Have A Promise From The Lord


#DailyDevotion You Have A Promise From The Lord

1 Kings 17:12 And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” 15 And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.

 

What is most amazing is the widow did not start throwing stones at Elijah. He was after all the mouth of the One who called down the famine in the land. Well she wasn’t an Israelite so perhaps she didn’t know. So maybe it was not quite amazing. Yet her response to Elijah’s first request is met with hospitality. He asks for some water. Ok, sure. But then he asks for something to eat. To this she objects, she only has enough food to make a couple of small cakes for her and her son before she dies.

 

Now Elijah responds to this with do not fear. He speaks with the mouth of the Lord. Now this is where what the Lord said comes into play, “Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” You see the Lord our God is in command of things. He can move people to accomplish what he wants, though it seems he is often letting people do whatever they want. But he has prepared this widow’s heart t receive the Word of the Lord. Having been prepared by the Lord, this widow, who wasn’t even an Israelites, has faith in God’s Word spoken by Elijah.

 

She has a promise, “The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.” With the faith created in her by the Word of the Lord, she goes and makes the cakes asked for by Elijah. The Lord then provided for her what he had promised.

 

Now we may be anxious about many, many things. You call yourself a Christian? That is good. You say you have faith? Know that this faith is a gift of God. Jesus has given you a promise so you need not be anxious, Heb 13:5 “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He spoke these words to Israel so they may be bold and courageous before their enemies. He speaks them now to you so you may be bold and courageous before whatever life throws at you. Let his promise change your heart that you may trust in Him for all good things and not look to created things which perish and only makes things worse in the end.

 

Heavenly Father, grant that our hearts may receive your Word with faith, that we may trust in Christ as our Redeemer and the guarantee you are with us always and will never leave us or forsake us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion There Is No Love In False Doctrine


#DailyDevotion There Is No Love In False Doctrine

Read Jer 23:21–40
Jer 23:29-32 Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? (30) Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who steal my words from one another. (31) Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who use their tongues and declare, ‘declares the LORD.’ (32) Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the LORD, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the LORD…37 Thus you shall say to the prophet, ‘What has the LORD answered you?’ or ‘What has the LORD spoken?’ (38) But if you say, ‘The burden of the LORD,’ thus says the LORD, ‘Because you have said these words, “The burden of the LORD,” when I sent to you, saying, “You shall not say, ‘The burden of the LORD,'” (39) therefore, behold, I will surely lift you up and cast you away from my presence, you and the city that I gave to you and your fathers. (40) And I will bring upon you everlasting reproach and perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.'”

Satan has a nice little trick up his sleeve lately, well maybe not so lately as Jeremiah is 500 years before Christ. It’s not enough that he tries to deceive people into worshipping false gods. No, he has to pervert God’s Word. That is what is going on in today’s lesson. While the people of Judah were worshipping false gods, they also worshipped YHWH (the LORD). There were priest and prophets of the Lord but they were false prophets. They did not speak the truth of the Lord’s Word. They preached what the people wanted to hear and what sounded “reasonable” to them.
Today there are all sort of pansies in the Christian Church who faint if anyone doesn’t get along particularly when one Christian is calling out another one for false doctrine. Love, Love, Love is their mantra. But there is no love in false doctrine. Satan infuses himself into the Church, confuses people and tries to make it look like those who are teaching the truth are unloving, schismatic and are lying. Well his children will believe that. Those who get all upset about pointing out those who teach false doctrine forget what St. Paul says. Rom 16:17-18 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. (18) For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. Jesus says, Mat 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Even Peter speaks about it, 2Pe 2:1-3 “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. (2) And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. (3) And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”
So what should we do? 1Jn 4:1 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” The spiritual life isn’t McDonald’s or Burger King. You have to work at keeping your faith pure. You are responsible for what your ears hear and eyes read. You, yes you, are responsible to test everyone’s teaching and make sure that not only is what they say “in” God’s Word, but they are using that Word as God spoke it. We have this promise, Mat 16:18 “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Lord Jesus Christ, you have promised your Church will prevail. Give us discerning hearts that we may always be able to discern your voice and turn away from false teachers. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Jesus Is David’s Lord Because He Is David’s YHWH


#DailyDevotion Jesus Is David’s Lord Because He Is David’s YHWH

Mark 12: 35 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.’ 37 David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.

 

There is something different about David’s promised son. Solomon never quite fit the bill. Much of what the Lord had promised David was fulfilled in Solomon, but not quite. This is because there is a future seed of David in whom all God’s promises are fulfilled. David’s promised seed is greater than David, because David himself calls him Lord.

 

Jesus quotes from Psalm 110.  Who and what does David see? He sees Jesus sitting at the right hand of God. Now it was only after the resurrection does Jesus take his seat at the right hand of God as the Son of David or David’s greater son. During his earthly ministry Jesus did not exhibit the prophecies of Psalm 110. This was the time of him being the suffering servant of Isaiah. This was the time of Genesis 3:15.

But now is the time of Psalm 110. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God until all of Jesus’ enemies are made his footstool. Now is the time of proclamation to sort out of net the good fish and the bad fish, to find the wise virgins, and those clothed with the wedding garment, i.e. all those who would believe the apostles’ proclamation of the reign and rule of Jesus. Now the time of peace in Jesus’ name is proclaimed.

 

On the day of Judgment, the day of Christ Jesus’ return, we shall see the rest of Psalm 110 fulfilled. On that day, those who offered themselves to Jesus wearing his holy garments will be exulted on high with Jesus. Those who heard the message of Jesus and believed in him will received the promised kingdom of God and will reign with God.

 

On the other hand, all those who rejected the message of Jesus in this life, those who refused his kingship, those who looked for another messiah, those who spurned his gift of grace and mercy shall receive what their works demand. Those still alive will be killed by the sword of his mouth. The angels will gather them and those who are raised to everlasting perdition and cast into the fiery pit where the worm does not die and the fire does not go out. The rulers of this world who did not submit themselves in this life to his rule shall receive in themselves his just wrath for all the wickedness they perpetuated upon the earth.

Jesus is now our high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. He has offered up his body and blood for the redemption of the world. He intercedes for his saints, those who trust in him, at the Father’s right hand that they persevere unto the end. There he puts forth himself as our propitiation of our sins and on the day of Judgment present us before the Father blameless, holy, without blemish to rule with him in his kingdom without end.

 

Heavenly Father, may Jesus at your right hand ever preserve us in the faith and may the nations come to faith in Jesus that they may not receive the his wrath on the day of his revelation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Jesus Gives Us Two Commandments. That’s Enough.


#DailyDevotion Jesus Gives Us Two Commandments. That’s Enough.

Mark 12:28 One of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that [Jesus] answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered,  “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him,  “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

 

So as usual, the scribes and Pharisees were arguing with Jesus. Jesus as usual were answering them all well, in other words shooting them down pretty decently and putting them in their place. Well another of the scribes saw this and decided to chime in. He asks Jesus which is the most important commandment. Now if you or I would answer that perhaps we may run to the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods.”

 

But no, Jesus goes to the Shema, the “Hear O Israel” for the most important commandment. YHWY is our God, YHWH is one. Loving the Lord, YHWH with our your heart, soul, mind and strength. Indeed the Lord demands our all. Jesus said as much many other time in reference to himself, Luk 14:26  “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” This will be important in verse 35 of Mark 12. So there is no other God and God is one. As the Lord is wholly devoted to his people, his people are to be wholly devoted to him. He is to be the greatest object of our devotion.

 

And then Jesus answers and the second one is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Now how is this command like the first one. You cannot see God, the Lord. But he made man in his own image and likeness. To love your neighbor is to love God. To hate your neighbor is to hate God. As John writes 1Jn 4:12 “No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” And again, 1Jn 4:20 “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” So we have been called to worship (serve) God by worshipping (serving) our neighbor in love. If you love the Lord your God will all your hearts, soul, mind and strength, you will expressing that in service to the person God has placed in your path. So John in his epistle then summarizes this exchange with the scribe with this then, 1Jn 3:23 “And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.” For in Christ there are no more sacrifice, just faith in him and love for one another.

 

Heavenly Father, grant us your Holy Spirit that we may keep the two commandments you have given us in Jesus to trust in Jesus and to love one another as he has loved us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

#DailyDevotion Jesus Is The Mediator Of A New Covenant


#DailyDevotion Jesus Is The Mediator Of A New Covenant

Hebrews 9:15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. 16 For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. 17 For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. 19 For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” 21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. 22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

 

There is a new covenant. The old covenant has been superseded. Jesus is the mediator of this new covenant. The terms of this new covenant are Jesus will be your God and you will be his people. He will forgive you your sins and remember them no more. He will put the law (Spirit) in your hearts and you will know the Lord.

 

He is the mediator so you may receive the promised eternal inheritance. But you may only receive the benefits of an inheritance if the will writer has died. Jesus did die on the cross. With his death the terms of the covenant come into play. At his death, everything he had became yours and everything that was yours, sin and death became his. You received eternal life, the kingdom of God, the glory of God and the righteousness of God.

 

Just as the abrogated Mosaic covenant was inaugurated with blood so too the new covenant was inaugurated with the blood of Jesus. We are made participants and receive the benefits of the new covenant every time we partake of the Lord’s Supper for he says,  Mat 26:27-28… “Drink of it, all of you, (28)  for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” And we become participants in this covenant firstly as we are baptized for in baptism we are sprinkled with the blood of Jesus. In baptism we are purified with the blood of Christ and given the Holy Spirit as Paul writes in Titus 3:5ff.

 

With the shedding of Jesus’ blood we have been purified from our sins and made holy. It is written, Eph 5:27 “so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” And again, Col 1:22 “he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,” and again, Jud 1:24 “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,” and finally, 1Th 5:23 “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” With such great and wonderful promises concerning the salvation given to you with in the new covenant with Jesus, let us walk boldly before the world scorning its sin and it ways and walk in the path of Christ.

 

Heavenly Father, grant that the blood of the new covenant may rest upon us in faith and that we may receive the benefits of this great inheritance in your Son Jesus Christ, now and in the world to come. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.