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    Names of Jesus Introduction
    Wednesday, December 16th, 2015FeaturedHolidaysJesus
    A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

    There are many names and titles of Jesus throughout both the Old and New Testament. This study will not be an exhaustive list, but instead a sampling of some of my favorites. My goal is to give us an opportunity daily to stop and behold the wonder of our Savior as we prepare to celebrate His birth. That we will know Him more each day, (John 17:3) and that we’ll grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior. (2 Peter 3:18) Even though He wasn’t born in December and I’ve written before about giving back Christmas, it’s still true that the majority are still preparing to celebrate it now. Let’s use the opportunity to give the Lord the awe and worship He is due all year long.

    Note: Jack was writing these devotions when he passed away in October, and they were all in various stages of completion. Knowing that some would need to be finished, instead of leaving them out, I’ve done my best to complete/edit them. I’ve asked the Lord to give me the words and intent Jack would have used… that He would give me a double portion of Jack’s gift of teaching in the spirit of 2 Kings 2:9. I pray that I did so successfully and seamlessly. And I hope that as we read them together each morning until Christmas, we will fulfill Jack’s goal stated above to know our Savior more each day and give Him the awe and worship He deserves. May God bless you abundantly this Christmas season, Samantha

    Before we begin, I want to make sure we’re all talking about the same Jesus. Here’s where our knowledge of Scripture becomes really important, because in order to be all the Bible claims, Jesus has to be both 100% man and 100% God.

    If He isn’t a man He couldn’t have been made like us in every way and suffered our temptations as Hebrews 2:17-18 claims. He couldn’t be our High Priest as Hebrews 4:14-15 asserts, and he can’t be our Redeemer because he wouldn’t be our next of kin as required by Leviticus 25:47-48 and explained in Romans 5:18-19.

    If He isn’t God He couldn’t be King David’s Lord (Matthew 22:41-45) He couldn’t be sinless (Romans 3:20) and He couldn’t be our Savior (Mark 2:6-12 and 1 Peter 1: 18-21).

    He is not a created being like mankind and the angels. He is our Creator:

    By him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. (Colossians 1:16)

    Jesus said He was God in human form (John 10:30 and 14:9). Men who knew Him agreed. Paul taught the deity of Jesus in Colossians 1:15-16. John did as well (John 1:1-3). The writer of the Book of Hebrews also agreed (Hebrews 1:3) and included a quote from Psalm 45:6-7 that shows God Himself addressing Jesus as God (Hebrews 1:8). This is not just a New Testament idea. In his prophecy of the Messiah’s birthplace, Micah said He was an eternal being whose goings forth were from days of eternity. Literally from before time and perpetual. (Micah 5:2) He is the eternal God.

    Many deny His deity. They portray Him as a great man and role model, a great teacher, a prophet, even a social revolutionary, but certainly not God.

    In truth Jesus was all of that, but He is also so much more. He was God in the form of man, the Father dwelling in the Son (Colossians 1:19). Our minds cannot comprehend the magnitude of His greatness. To think of Jesus as anyone other than God is to reject the truth concerning Him revealed throughout His Word.

    In my decades as a Bible teacher, I have seen proof of the adage I first heard from Chuck Smith, that we become like the God we worship. If we see God as one waiting for us to mess up so that he can dole out punishment, we will view others with the same eye of judgment. Instead of being known for our love, (John 13:35) we’ll be known by what we’re against. Instead of drawing others to our Savior who is infinite love and infinitely kind (Romans 2:4) we will push them away, trying to make them live up to standards we could never achieve ourselves. When we were still His enemies, He died for us. (Romans 5:10) When we view God for who He truly is, we will become more like Him.

    God himself is love, (1 John 4:8) and we all know what 1 Corinthians 13 says about love. The same word is used in both: agape. Let’s read the following verses together now, remembering that it is God who is love:

    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

    When we think we are beyond His love, we must remember that God is patient and kind toward us, that He is not easily angered and He keeps no record of the wrongs we’ve done. We can do nothing to earn this love, and nothing we do can cause it to cease. We can do nothing to surprise or disappoint Him, because He knew every sin we would ever commit before going to the cross and giving His life to cleanse us completely. (Hebrews 10:14)

    I cannot imagine a more awesome, more generous God than the One we are privileged to call our Savior. As we begin this series, and throughout this whole season, let’s keep Him as our focus. Selah

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    I am convinced of this, that the One who began a good action among you will bring it to completion by the Day of the Messiah Jesus. Philippians 1:6



    #96380
    TxThom
    TxThom
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    Names of Jesus: The Redeemer
    Thursday, December 17th, 2015FeaturedHolidaysJesus
    A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

    Jesus had to be God to forgive our sins, but He had to be human to redeem us.

    “…our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:13b-14)

    The Messianic title Kinsman Redeemer originated from the Law specifying that only a close kinsman could redeem a person or his property (Lev. 25). Only with God as His father and Mary as His mother (Luke 1:31-32) could He accomplish this.

    Right from the beginning, God promised to provided a remedy for us. (Genesis 3:15) A redeemer would pay the penalty for our violations of His laws (1 Peter 1:18-20). At a time of God’s choosing He would send His Son to die, and His death would be a once-for-all-time sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10:12-14).

    Those who lived before the appointed time could have their sins set aside by sacrificing an innocent lamb when they sinned as long as they believed the Redeemer would eventually come and die for them. We who live after the appointed time have only to believe that the Redeemer did come and has died for us.

    The law of redemption is detailed primarily in Leviticus 25 and covers both the loss of property and the loss of freedom. Adam suffered both these losses when he sinned and from that time forward all of his progeny were held captive to sin by the one who had stolen their kingdom, awaiting the Kinsman Redeemer.

    A Kinsman Redeemer had to meet several requirements. First, he had to be qualified. That means he had to be a next of kin or close relative. Next he had to be able, in other words have the means to pay the price. And third he had to be willing. Although it would be a public disgrace to do so, he could refuse.

    In Jesus, God became a man in order to qualify Himself to redeem us. He lived a sinless life because the coin of redemption was the blood of a sinless man. And he was willing to give His life for us because He loves us.

    The idea that God could become a man and live a sinless life shouldn’t surprise us. He is God after all. But the fact that He would choose to sacrifice that perfect life just so we could escape the punishment due us when there’s nothing we can give in return should drive us to our knees in wonder.

    Therefore man is not condemned for his failure to obey the law, which no one can do, but for his failure to accept God’s remedy, which any one can do. (Romans 3:21-24)

    In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. (Ephesians 1:7-8)

    Our prayer: Thank you Lord, for the gift of your Son, our Redeemer. We are in awe of your love and sacrifice for us and the riches of your grace that you lavish on us. Let us never take this for granted and let us spend the rest of our time we have left choosing each day to live in gratitude to you. Amen.

    The importance of knowing our Redeemer cannot be overstated. You can download a free copy of my book, The Redeemer here: https://gracethrufaith.com/free/ebooks/the-redeemer/

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    I am convinced of this, that the One who began a good action among you will bring it to completion by the Day of the Messiah Jesus. Philippians 1:6



    #96425
    TxThom
    TxThom
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    Names of Jesus: The Vine
    Friday, December 18th, 2015FeaturedHolidaysJesus
    This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Names of Jesus
    A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

    “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

    It’s important to understand that salvation is not a fruit bearing event, so in this statement Jesus was talking about our life after we’re saved. Even after we are saved, believers are not automatically fruitful. But if we yield our lives to Him, (Romans 12:1-2) and respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit He sent to guide us (John 14:26) we can bear much fruit.

    If we don’t yield to Him, our lives will be unfruitful, because without Him we can do nothing of spiritual value. We’ll still be saved, but we’ll be of no more use to the work of the Kingdom than the unfruitful branches the gardener discards at pruning time. Paul confirmed this in 1 Corinthians 3:12-15. The unfruitful believer will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

    Fruitfulness is not a matter of success or failure from a worldly stand point. It’s a matter of motive. Many of us will see some of our greatest accomplishments burn in the fires of judgment because we achieved them with wrong motives, like self satisfaction, or recognition from others, or even a desire to “make points” with God. Only those things that are prompted by the Holy Spirit and where our only motive is gratitude for all we’ve been given will survive.

    And what have we been given? Here is a list of just some of the things He has given to each and every one of His children:

    We are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)

    We have been made perfect forever (Hebrews 10:14)

    We are anointed, sealed, and have His Spirit in our hearts (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

    We are children of God and co heirs with Christ (Romans 8:16-17)

    We are seated in the heavenly realms with Christ, above all rule, authority, power and dominion (Ephesians 2:4-7)

    We are set free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2)

    We are kings and priests (Revelation 5:10)

    We have the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21)

    We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:27)

    And there is nothing (not even ourselves) that can separate us from His love. (Romans 8:38)

    Spend some time today thanking the Lord for His blessings, great and small. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17) and He longs to give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) Out of gratitude, let Him prompt you to do good works. Remember that these works won’t necessarily be big deeds in our minds. The smallest of gestures, the kindness we show (Proverbs 19:17), and even a cup of cold water (Matthew 10:42) when prompted by the Holy Spirit and done out of gratitude bring eternal rewards and are fruit that survives.

    Our prayer: We thank you, Lord for the abundant blessings you’ve given to each of us, your children. We are grateful to be called your sons and daughters. You have given us everything, and we are overcome with gratitude. Help us bear fruit in you and help us remember that apart from you we can do nothing. Prompt us to do good works, not in fear or out of obligation, but in gratitude for all you’ve done for us and for your glory. Amen.

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    I am convinced of this, that the One who began a good action among you will bring it to completion by the Day of the Messiah Jesus. Philippians 1:6



    #96465
    TxThom
    TxThom
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    Names of Jesus: The Light of the World
    Saturday, December 19th, 2015FeaturedHolidaysJesus
    This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Names of Jesus
    A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

    When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

    Literally this means that those who join Jesus as one of His followers will not be ignorant of spiritual matters but will have the power of understanding especially of the spiritual truth that brings eternal life. When we take the time to learn and apply these truths in faith we discover that the old adage is true. Whatever the spiritual question, Jesus is the answer.

    Are you feeling down trodden or discouraged? Overcome by the worries of life?

    Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:4-7, 19).

    Do you carry a burden of guilt because of your sins?

    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9).

    Do you have money problems?

    Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38).

    “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Cor. 9:11)

    Or health problems?

    Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:14-16).

    I’ll say it again. Whatever the spiritual question, Jesus is the answer.

    Our prayer: We praise you that you are our Light in this dark world. Lord we bring our cares and lay them at your feet. We give you our fears, and let your light shine in the darkness we see. We ask you to shine your light of revelation on our hearts that we may hear your still small voice guiding us. You are the answer to all our questions and the supplier of all our needs. Amen.

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    I am convinced of this, that the One who began a good action among you will bring it to completion by the Day of the Messiah Jesus. Philippians 1:6



    #96505
    TxThom
    TxThom
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    Names of Jesus: Light of the World Part 2
    Sunday, December 20th, 2015FeaturedHolidaysJesus
    This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Names of Jesus
    A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

    We read last time that Jesus is the Light of the World:

    When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

    Jesus is the Light of the World, and by the grace of God, so are we:

    “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

    What does this mean?

    Just as the moon has no light of its own, but reflects the light of the sun, we too have no light of our own… we are meant to reflect the light of the Son. To shine His light so brightly that God is glorified when others see our good works.

    We know that we are saved by what we believe not how we behave, and the good works we do afterward should be out of our extreme gratitude for the gift we could never hope to earn.

    In gratitude for this unmerited favor, we seek the Lord and join in with what He is doing here. Our good deeds that glorify our Father in Heaven include giving to those in need. With His abundance (2 Corinthians 9:11) we can give food, water, clothing or shelter to those without. We can share His good news. We can give our time and love to the lonely and the hurting, our strength to the weak ,and our encouragement to those feeling lost or grieving. We have freely received, so we can freely give. (Matthew 10:8)

    Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. It was this verse that convinced us to start sharing some of our local ministry work on this site. It is our heart’s desire that the Lord be glorified in what we do here. For years we gave only in secret following Matthew 6:2-4:

    “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

    Are we to share our good works so the Lord may be glorified? Or do we not let our left hand know what our right is doing and give in secret? We should be doing both as He leads. There is blessing in giving and having only you and the Lord in the know. And it blesses others to see our good works, and glorify our Father, and maybe even have a chance to join in. This is one way to spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24)

    We seek the Lord and let him guide us, every day and in every decision. The Lord desires a real relationship with us. He doesn’t give us a checklist of things to do. He invites us to spend time with Him and know Him. We abide in Him and hear His voice (John 10-:27) and let Him guide our decisions.

    Our Prayer: Lord, we quiet ourselves before You and find joy in your Presence. Let us show your love, and bring your light to a world in darkness. Help us also to spur one another along in love and good deeds to glorify you, not ourselves. Amen.

    P.S. This verse also has prophetic fulfillment in the Millennium, when the light from our home in the New Jerusalem will be sufficient to provide light for the whole earth as well.

    The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. (Rev. 21:23-24)

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    I am convinced of this, that the One who began a good action among you will bring it to completion by the Day of the Messiah Jesus. Philippians 1:6



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    Donna
    Donna
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    The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. (Rev. 21:23-24)

    Our God is our King ~~ and forever His reign shall be the glory for His own blessed by His keeping ~~


    #96545
    TxThom
    TxThom
    Keymaster

    Names of Jesus: The Good Shepherd
    Monday, December 21st, 2015FeaturedHolidaysJesus
    This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Names of Jesus
    A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

    “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

    “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:11-15)

    No one expects sheep to be responsible for themselves. Owners hire shepherds for that purpose. A shepherd’s job is to accept responsibility for the safety and well being of his flock.

    Our Lord is the Good Shepherd who defends his flock from the ravenous wolves lurking in the shadows. Given any opportunity they’ll strike, but He fends them off with sling and arrow. Have you ever heard of a sheep attacking an enemy or even defending itself from attack? Neither have I. I don’t think they can, and their enemies are just too powerful for them. Did you know that sheep are prone to wandering? That’s why they need shepherds, and believe me, it’s a full time job. But in spite of the shepherd’s best efforts, the sheep do wander off from time to time, get themselves in trouble and have to be rescued.

    We’d think it ludicrous for the sheep to blame the shepherd, but that’s the way we, who are sheep, treat the Lord our Shepherd. We wander off, get into trouble and have to be rescued. “Why did You let me do this Lord?” we complain, blaming Him. Unlike sheep who have no freedom of choice and no ability to learn from their mistakes, we are supposed to get smarter through our experience. We’re supposed to know how powerful our enemy is and how helpless we are without Him, and depend on our Lord for protection. That includes listening to Him when he alerts us of impending danger, or warns us not to wander.

    But with the patience of a shepherd, He rounds us up, dusts us off, binds up our wounds, and gently sets us down among the flock again, knowing that soon we’ll forget the folly of wandering and off we’ll go, and He’ll have to do it all over again. His mercies are new every morning, His patience never ending, His love never failing.

    “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” (Isaiah 40:11)

    Our Good Shepherd will never leave us, never abandon us. (Hebrews 13:5) Once we are His, (John 10:29-29) there is nothing we can do to separate ourselves from Him. (Romans 8:38-39)

    Our prayer: Our Father in Heaven, we thank you for giving us our Good Shepherd. We desire to stay close to You. Forgive us for wandering away and thank you for rescuing us when we do. We praise you that your mercies are new every morning, and your love never fails. Fill us Lord, with your patience and love today. That out of the abundant overflow we may give this same love and patience to those around us. Let the world know we are yours by our love.

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    I am convinced of this, that the One who began a good action among you will bring it to completion by the Day of the Messiah Jesus. Philippians 1:6



    #96546
    TxThom
    TxThom
    Keymaster

    Names of Jesus: The Gate
    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015FeaturedHolidaysJesus
    This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Names of Jesus
    A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

    Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. (John 10:7-9)

    There is no way around it, through Jesus only can we be saved.

    “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

    The Good Shepherd who laid down his life for His sheep is also the Gate through which we enter His Kingdom. A doctrine of salvation that’s built upon anything other than the personal relationship with Jesus that comes from being born again rests precariously on sinking sand. (John 3:3) He alone is the foundation of our faith, and unless our salvation is built exclusively upon this Rock, (1 Corinthians 10:4) it will be of no avail to us when we stand before Him.

    This passage is a reference to the Kingdom and recalls the words of Psalm 23:2, “He makes me lie down in green pasture.” Salvation is found through Jesus, He is the gate to the Kingdom, and no one can enter except through Him (John 3:3, John 14:6). Having entered through Him we will have the freedom to come and go as we please, dwelling in a state of peace in the midst of plenty. Surely goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our life, and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6).

    Our prayer: We look to you only, Lord, as the author and finisher of our faith. We have called on the name of Jesus and our faith is in Him! You bring us goodness and mercy all the days of our lives. You have set us free. Help us to know and experience you as the good and merciful God that you are. Help us walk in your freedom for we have been set free in You.

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    I am convinced of this, that the One who began a good action among you will bring it to completion by the Day of the Messiah Jesus. Philippians 1:6



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