Friday, December 02, 2011


"Ave Christus, morituri te salutamus!"

   S o who or what are you a slave to?
"Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God." (Galatians 4:7/NASB)

"For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace." (Romans 6:14/NASB)

   O nce a month I re-post this so anyone reading will understand the purposes for creating this blog.  So, before I do anything else please allow me to explain the main purpose of this blog and particularly these posts, i.e. the gospel of Jesus Christ.
"For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (1 Corinthians 2:2/NKJV)

The Bad News First -  (In the Shackles of Sin)
   A gain I ask; who or what are you a slave to?
"Jesus answered them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.  And a slave does not abide in the house forever',..." (John 8:34, 35a/NKJV)

   Y ou are not alone, the truth is we all have sinned and consequently will not get to be with God,
"...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,..." (Romans 3:23/NASB)

   W e are all weighed down by those things which seperate us from God, continually bring spiritual death in our lives, and inevitably destine us to hell;
"For the wages of sin is death,..." (Romans 6:23/NASB)

Now the Good News - (Get Out of the Shackles It's Time to G.O.)
   G od freely provided a way for us to be with Him;
"...but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23/NASB)

   G od loves us so much He sent His son Jesus to pay the price;
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8/NASB)

   G od provided Someone who can and will set you free. All you have to do is turn to Him, acknowledge your need and ask Him to forgive you;
"...if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;..." (Romans 10:9/NASB)

   O nce we have turned to Christ, confessed our sins, and need for forgiveness to Him we have peace with God;
"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,..." (Romans 5:1/NASB)

   O nce we have done so we have the ability (through Christ) to overcome sin in our lives
"For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace." (Romans 6:14/NASB)

   O nce we make the choice to follow Christ we are heirs with Him;
"Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God." (Galatians 4:7/NASB)

   S o, again I ask; who or what are you a slave to?   I (and millions of others) know Someone who can set you free.  If you truly want to be set free then all you have to do is turn to Him (Jesus).

Royal Gifts
"For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:21/NKJV)

   I n my previous post we began discussing practical ways to help us live for Christ;
  1. weekly church attendance
  2. daily prayer
  3. daily Bible reading
  A t this point I would like to pause and discuss the reason why we do these, I will be brief, we have been given some phenomenal gifts;
  1. God willing gave His one and only begotten son (Jesus) so we could have eternal life.
  2. Jesus willing gave His life on the cross (suffering all the things we should have) to pay the debt we owe.
  3. The Holy Spirit is freely given and willingly comes to dwell within us so once we are saved we can live for Christ.
   N ote - while my salvation is not contingent upon my works, i.e. I am saved solely by what Christ did for me, no good works of mine can get me to heaven.  That does not negate the fact of what Christ said;
"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them..." (Matthew 7:24/NKJV)
"But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them..." (Luke 6: 46,47/NKJV)
"If you love Me, keep My commandments." (John 14:15/NKJV)

   O ther parts of the New Testament plainly state the importance of living for Christ;
"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,..." (Hebrews 10:24/NKJV)
"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." (James 1:22/NKJV)
"But someone will say, 'You have faith, and I have works.' Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works." (James 2:18/NKJV)

   F urthemore, Romans shows the end results if we are not thankful and do not glorify God in/with our lives;
"...because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened." (Romans 1:21/NKJV)

   T he fact is if we are truly Christians then we will want to give back to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit because of all that has been given to us,  This is called gratitude, or as scripture puts it, thankfulness.  The only thing that even comes close to what has been given to us is our very lives.  So as Christians we want to live for Him.  Out of gratitude we daily offer our lives (and everything in them) to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
"Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name." (Hebrews 13: 15/NKJV)

"Simul iustus et peccator"*
*Martin Luther

scripture sources;
Bible Gateway
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Get Out of the Shackles - wallpaper

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