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Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which he also went and preached to the spirits in prison… (1 Peter 3.18-19 WEB)
Here is a fascinating look at a mural of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The video is narrated by the painter, Ron DiCianni. If you can, watch the video in full screen and high definition.
As Christians we are to be God lovers and fruit bearers.
In John 15 Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” John 15.1-2
We know that the purpose of a fruit vine is to produce fruit. But think of this: the fruit that is produced, points back to the vine and declares what the vine is. For example, grapes declare to the world that it’s bearer is a grape vine. This fact is elementary in the field of horticulture, but it carries a far deeper meaning when applied to the spirit realm in which we live.
Jesus used the analogy of vine and fruit to describe Himself. He said, “I am the true vine.” Jesus is the One who supplies the fruit. The fruit borne by Jesus certainly includes Paul’s list in Galatians: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5.22-23).
The fruit of the Spirit, produced by Jesus, the “true vine,” actually describes who Jesus is.
It gets better. Jesus involves you and me in His self-describing fruit production!
“Itʼs A Wrap” is an interesting little used clothing store on West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, CA. Filled to the brim and even spilling out onto the sidewalk are clothing and props actually used in movies and on TV sets. The public is invited to browse and buy to their hearts content.
On several occasions I have visited the store but Iʼve never found anything I would care to buy. Many others, however, leave the store with bags of cheaper clothes, bragging rights, and the ability to put on the fame of a star … well, sort of. Fame is not really transferable – but itʼs fun to think about.
The Bible teaches us that many of the characteristics of God are transferable to those who have trusted in Jesus Christ. For example, “… put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4.24 ESV).
Actually, the Bible says quite a lot about wearing the righteousness of God.
The national security adviser during the administration of President Jimmy Carter says the United States should shoot down Israeli jets if that nation chooses to take military action against a nuclear project in Iran. September 21, 2009, WorldNetDaily
In a recent interview with the Daily Beast (interesting name), Zbigniew Brzezinski, also said, “We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?”
I understand the need to respect our national sovereignty. I understand that our country’s military must not yield to the whim of any leader of any government. But to suggest or even think that we may need to take military action against our very best friend in the Middle East is utter foolishness. Would we seriously consider blasting British jets out of the sky if Britain should take an offensive approach toward Iran? What about French jets or those from Canada or Saudi Arabia or Russia?
Yes, I am aware that attacking Iran would probably result in a great conflagration in the Middle East, lives would be lost but consider …
(1) the danger of a nuclear Iran whose president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has called for the destruction of Israel – it’s a bit difficult to negotiate on good terms with someone who wants you dead.
(2) that the tiny country of Israel is fighting for its very survival.
(3) our country – if we were confronted by a larger, similarly aggressive foe bent on our destruction and being armed with nuclear arms, would we react differently?
For thus says the LORD of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.” Zechariah 2.8
The geopolitical implications of shooting down Israeli jets would be enormous but the theological consequences would be terrible.