May 25 2010

Wearing the righteousness of Christ

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.

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Oct 29 2009

Lighten up and love

Public debate in this country has so disintegrated that one can no longer call it debate at all. The communication of ideas through normal conversation has degenerated into a name-calling, shouting match that makes the sharing of differing points of view impossible. Throw pride and control issues into the mix, which are being manipulated by demonic forces, and we all suffer from the results.

This relationship breakdown should not be a total surprise in regard to the secular world but it should not happen in the Body of Christ.

We are the Body of Christ. We who name the Name of Jesus, who trust in Him as our only Lord and Savior are the Body of Christ. As the Body of Christ we are to live on a higher plane than the unbelieving world. We must not see ourselves as better than unbelievers, but we are to love better than they love.

Paul described what we, the Church, the Body of Christ, are supposed to be about in this life …

Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying [building up] of itself in love.        Ephesians 4.13-16

The Word of God is truth. The Word of God is unchangeable truth, therefore, everything, all of life, is subordinate to God’s Word. All actions, speech and even thoughts are under the authority of this Word of Truth.

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