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Holiness and joy fulfilled!

Scripture reading for November 7th: John 17, Psalm 72, Proverbs 5

John 17:13-19 “But now I am coming to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your Word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the Truth; Your Word is Truth. As You sent Me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate Myself, that they also may be sanctified in Truth.”

Jesus closed His time with His disciples in the upper room with His longest recorded prayer. He had shared with them the truths of the coming Holy Spirit and of the coming sorrow of His own death and the joy of His resurrection. He had given them instructions concerning their mission to reach a lost world with the Good News and warned them of the world’s hatred of Him and them and now prayed for their protection. He asked His Father to set them apart and make them holy through His Word. He proclaimed His Word as Truth! It was absolute Truth that would not change or be altered by time, culture or the whims of fallen man. In His Name and through His Word, they would be blessed forever and they would bless all nations with the Gospel! In holiness, Christ’s joy of seeing all saved would be fulfilled!

Psalm 72:16-17 “May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field! May His Name endure forever, His fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in Him, all nations call Him blessed!”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for Jesus’ prayer for His disciples and for us who through their message now believe the Good News and are being sanctified in the Truth, God’s Word. We say ‘Amen!” to His prayer and that of the psalmist! May Your Name endure forever and Your joy be fulfilled through us! May all people receive the blessing that comes through faith in Jesus Christ and bless Him forever!

Proverbs 5:18-19 “Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.”

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Redeemed from the curse of the law!

Scripture reading for September 17th: Galatians 3:8-22

“The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the Gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”  So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.” (Galatians 3:8-9)   The Gospel of salvation by faith is nothing new and unheard of.  God announced this Gospel to Abraham in the form of a promise to the nations:  “All nations will be blessed through you.” Paul was chosen to lead the outreach to the Gentiles as an apostle.

The false teachers were trying to get these Galatians to keep the Old Testament Law.  Paul told them that all who rely on keeping the law come under a curse because no one is able to keep the law!  The law is not based on faith, but on human effort and works.  Jesus Christ came to redeem men from the curse of the law and failed human effort.  He became a curse for all mankind by taking our sins and dying on a cross.  (Galatians 3:13-14)  By faith in Jesus Christ, all the blessings promised to the Gentiles through Abraham now come to us as a gift of grace.  We only believe and receive the promises!  This is the Gospel of salvation by grace though faith in Christ Jesus, our Lord!

Paul next considered two questions about the law.  “What then is the purpose of the law?”  “Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God?” (Galatians 3: 19,21)  Paul explained that the law was added because of transgressions until the promised “Seed” of Abraham came, Jesus Christ.  The law could only reveal transgressions, not bring righteousness.  It brought a knowledge of sin to all men.  The whole world was then accountable to God for breaking His laws.  It did not oppose the promises of God which were received by faith.  The law demands works, the promises encourage faith.

Thank God for His redemption!  We are no longer under the curse of trying to keep the law!  We have been given grace by simply believing in Jesus Christ, Abraham’s Seed.  He took the penalty for our law-breaking by becoming a curse for us, dying on a cruel cross!  We are free from the condemnation of breaking that law again and again.  Now in the Spirit, we want to do what the law requires and have the power to!

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