What Does This Mean? | August 2015
There was no sickness, pain or death in the Garden of Eden. Yet that is certainly not the case for us now! In Paul’s words, ‘creation has been subjected to futility’. Rom 8:20. This situation was triggered when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and took the whole human race into sin and independence. Every day, the world experiences ‘futility’ in the form of suffering, sickness, fear and death. God subjected mankind to futility in hope, so we could ‘be set free from its slavery into the freedom of the glory of the children of God’. Rom 8:21. His plan is not just for suffering to cease. He wants to deliver us into the kind of sonship that will never again fall. In fact, He has provided everything we need to grow to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Wednesday | 01 June 2016
Once we have been appropriately clothed for priesthood, we also need to be consecrated for service. In the Old Covenant, the Levitical priesthood was ordained for service in the temple by being washed with water, and having their garments sprinkled with blood and anointing oil. In the New Covenant, we are joined to Christ’s Melchizedek priesthood. Our sanctification for service is initiated through baptism, and maintained as we receive the washing of the water by the word, as we are sprinkled with the blood of Christ through our daily participation in the fellowship of His offering and sufferings; and as we are anointed and strengthened for service with the oil of the Spirit of God, by the Holy Spirit. The blood of Christ, in particular, cleanses our conscience from dead works so that we can serve God. Dead works are simply the works that are motivated by ...
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What Does This Mean?
By David W Hall
We need a complete renewal of our mind in order to know the name that God has allocated to us. The apostle Paul exhorts us to put off the ‘old man’ and be renewed in the spirit of our mind.
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By Josh Mackay
Although we have different experiences, some problems are common to us all. Most people will face a bully at some stage of their life. It may be a daily problem or an irregular occurrence.
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