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Follow Christ’s example!

Scripture reading for November 24th: 1st Peter 2:13-3:7

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.  “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.”  When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats.  Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.  He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness, by His wounds you have been healed.”  (1st Peter 2:21-24)

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called by God to follow Christ’s example of faithful suffering.  Christ did not sin against, complain about, lie about, or threaten those who insulted Him.  Christ simply put His trust in God the Father to repay them at the final judgment. Likewise, we are to patiently endure sufferings and pray for those that would abuse or persecute us.

A second aspect of Christ’s example is found in the purpose of His suffering.  Christ suffered for the welfare of others.  He bore our sins in His body on that cross in order that we might through His sacrifice die to sins.   He suffered wounds to bring about our healing and deliverance from both sin and sickness.  We who know Christ and have placed our faith in Him, can receive forgiveness and healing.

Christ’s example was one of submission to authority on all levels.  We are instructed to model that same submission ourselves as we live our lives in the world.  We are to submit to the king and all governmental authorities.  (1st Peter 2:13-15)  When we do this we honor God.  Slaves were to submit to their masters as unto Christ with all respect.  It did not matter if they were treated well or not.  (1st Peter 2:18-20)

Wives were to submit to their husbands as Christ submitted to His Father.  Jesus example also was applicable in the home authority structure established by God.  Wives were to live such godly lives that they could win over their husbands without word.  (1st Peter 3:1-2)  Husbands were to live with their wives in the same way Christ modeled loving care.  (1st Peter 3:7)  In these ways, Christ’s example would practically help the believers to live and lead others to know Christ!  How are you doing in following Christ’s example?

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The Church: Bride of Christ!

Scripture reading for December 2nd: Ephesians 1-6

Ephesians is one of the most encouraging epistles of Paul.  Written from prison, Paul shares the mystery of the church as the bride of Christ with all who read this letter.  The letter is written , “To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 1:1)   All who believe in Jesus Christ are considered “saints”, those set apart for the master’s use.  Each saint was chosen by Jesus and blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms through relationship with Him.  (Ephesians 1:3-14)  Believers have been lavished with God’s grace through forgiveness of sins and adoption as sons.  They have had the mystery of His will revealed to them.  They have a down payment of future blessedness, the promised Holy Spirit!

Paul prays two beautiful prayers for the saints recorded in Ephesians 1:15-19 and 3:14-21.  These prayers are models for our praying for spiritual insight into who we are in Christ and what He has given us.  Christ’s love for those He has chosen is so high and long and wide and deep that only by personal revelation can it be fathomed!  Paul bowed his knees before the Father in prayer and worship, praying from the depth of his heart.  What encouragement for us to know that we have been prayed for in this manner!  To consider that God can do “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to the power at work in us,” (Ephesians 3:20) is exciting and opens up a new world for us.

Paul deals with practical matters of human relationships, including husbands and wives.  Mutual submission to each other out of respect for Christ is a great foundation for marriage.  (Ephesians 5:21)  Wives should submit to their husbands as to Christ.  Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church and laid His life down for her.  Paul states that these thoughts are a profound mystery!  (Ephesians 5:32)  Christ is the husband of His bride, the church and loves her as His own body!  He is one with the church as a husband is one with his wife.  Christ must be submitted to and reverenced by the church as the wife is to submit to and reverence her husband.

May we ponder this mystery today and apply the truths to our daily lives.  Marriages are to be visual aides to understand Christ and the Church.

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