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Confession is Good for the Soul. Matthew 10:32-33

Confession is Good for the Soul!

Text Matthew 10:32-33 with Matthew 26
Jesus talks about CONFESSION. He says, in v32-33  “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. It’s obvious that we must CONFESS CHRIST – acknowledge publicly that he he is our saviour and Lord, and we must do it now. So, what does in mean, to make such a confession? Let’s see:-

1. We Are to Confess Christ.
We are to acknowledge him, for who he is. We claim to be a ‘confessional church.’ Confessional statements are simply to help us to understand who Jesus is, and what he did for us, and the implications of that. This is important. And it’s also Biblical. There are many biblical confessions of Christ…

Peter. Matthew 16:16.
Nathaniel. John 1:49.
The Samaritan Woman. John 4:29
Martha. John 11:27
Thomas. John 20:28
The Ethiopian Eunuch. Acts 8:34-37

All of these biblical believers made a confession of Christ. They declared the truth about who he is. Now, what about us? If someone was to ask us who Jesus is, would we be able to make a confession like that? Do we have a clear Christological understanding? Read more…

At the Crossroads of Life. 1 Peter 4:7-11

At The Crossroads of Life

Text 1 Peter 4:7-11
A diagnoses of a terminal condition changes one’s life. Peter gives us all such a diagnosis here ‘The end of all things is at hand…’ We really are living with a poor prognosis. We are in the last days. Hebrews 1:1 1 Peter 1:20  We don’t know the minute that these last days will come to an end. So in the light of eternity (which may come very quickly in their case) 7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore… What way will WE live? 2 Peter 3:11 Right here in this passage Peter gives us some indication of what the proper response of the Christian should be:- Read more…

Dying to Sin 1 Peter 4:1-5

Dying to Sin

Text. 1 Peter 4:1-5
Why do Christians suffer? Surely Christians should expect some earthly reward for their commitment? Peter begins this chapter with another reference to the suffering and death of Christ as being the paradigm for our suffering. We see…

1. The Death of Christ – Encouragement in Suffering. 4 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
Just as Christ suffered, willingly for sinners, – he chose to suffer for us – so we should recognise that to suffer for him is part of our earthly calling. Let us remind ourselves of the extent of his suffering. Peter again specifically emphasises the fact that Jesus suffered ‘in the flesh.’ Peter emphasises the bodily suffering of Jesus, because ultimately the Christians of Peter’s letter would be suffering in the flesh. Read more…

The Law of Consequence – Galatians 6:7

The Law of Consequence

Text: Galatians 6:7 
The context is quite interesting. Paul is making a series of closing remarks, exhortations, and one of these closing remarked is about the maintenance of the ministry. He seems to be saying that if someone is teaching the Word, he should be supported and helped by those who are being taught. This is the context in which he says, “You reap what you sow.” Now, let’s see:-

1. The Science of Sowing and Reaping. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
This is an established natural scientific principle, and one that is indisputable, that whatever you plant in the ground will sprout and grow up to be the same thing as what was planted. You reap what you sow, potatoes, grain, flowers, etc etc. It works every time. It’s a basic fact of life that is often used in biblical illustrations too. Used to illustrate the severity of a master, reaping what he did not sow, used as a warning to Israel that what the sow they will not be able to reap because of their unfaithfulness, used as an exhortation to cheerful giving, 2 Corinthians 9:6, Psalm 126, Genesis 8:21 -22 Now, in the context of this basic, natural law, notice some points that Paul draws from it:- Read more…

FEARLESS! Matthew 10:26-30

Fearless!

Text. Matthew 10:26-30
The disciples are being sent into a world that contains great dangers for them. They will be hated by everyone in the world. Yet despite all of that, they are being tasked to preach the Gospel despite the fact that doing so will inflame and antagonise the world even more! Surely a better approach would be for the disciples to keep their heads down, preach behind closed doors, don’t offend anyone. Just keep a low profile, for that’s the way to survive in such a dangerous world, is it not? Jesus certainly didn’t envisage that His disciples would do anything of the sort. Here he tells them to stand up and shout! Read more…

Disciples in Danger! Matthew 10:16-22

Disciples in Danger!

Text. Matthew 10:16-22

I’m not a great fan of ‘rap music’ but I came across a ‘rap’ called ‘Exile Dial Tone.’ Here’s just some of the words:-

We’re part of a culture, that really loves to hate us, Every chance they get, they attempt to isolate and debate us. It’s not that they don’t like us. It’s just they don’t like God in us, It’s common knowledge and oddly enough, it makes a lot of sense to a lot of us. We completely understand because we use to occupy the same space. And lived in a similar type state until we tasted of God’s grace. So we continue loving this world that so easily rejects us … What always makes for a better presentation than bark and bite Is a proper understanding of living life filled with salt and light. So we walk this fine line of walking in light of God’s kindness And live with a sense of worldliness without the fear of compromising Loving God and neighbour until Christ comes to split the sky. Or die in this society hailing Jesus as Messiah. Yup! (https://humblebeast.com/artists/beautiful-eulogy/)

How true is all of that? It’s NEVER been any different, and it never will, until Jesus returns. Let’s see how Jesus prepares his disciples for the hostile environment that they will be living and working in… Read more…

Peter’s Perplexing Passage – Part 2

Peter’s Perplexing Passage.  Part Two.

Baptism, Cleansing and the Resurrection of Christ.

Text: 1 Peter 3:18-21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

Peter makes a definitive statement – he says, ‘Baptism… saves us!’ Now, let’s ask a perfectly legitimate question. HOW does baptism save us? Peter’s next phrases give us a clue… Read more…