I didn’t plan to write this morning. But I woke up with a message in my heart for someone with whom I had been sharing about the profound change that takes place at Holy Baptism.
Which is the proper Christian understanding, vis a vis another view, that sees Baptism as only an outside sign to the world, that one has accepted Christ as Savior. With the implication that Baptism itself is not that important. So having shared with her :
THE WORD OF GOD
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or donʼt you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Romans 6:1-4 NIV
I awoke this morning with ‘ further and better particulars’, and shared this Word with her :
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 KJV
And this ‘ personal ‘ understanding gained from my reading the views of many theologians:
And every time you face difficult circumstances and ” let go and let God’, you deny self ….crucify your will….and allow the Holy Spirit to enter into your heart more and more each day, then you are ‘ working out your salvation with fear and trembling’ as Peter encourages us.
So it’s a journey and each day if you believe and cry out to God, ‘ I believe help thou my unbelief ‘, He will come into your heart more and more. And you will begin to reflect the love and mercy and Glory, yes glory of God to people around you. In small ways and in sometimes big ways….but not too often less you begin to ‘ boast ‘….which is always a snare, a trap set by Satan for all Christians….PRIDE.
Then as I continued to read the book of Galatians, a Word ‘ in season ‘…..as the great debate in today’s world is whether or not The Bible is the actual Word of God, since it was written by ordinary mortals and ….filled with inaccuracies….led to this post of Facebook.
On a morning when tears are flowing freely in Berwick St. Catherine, and indeed in #ChristmascrashinBerlin. And the world has no idea how to deal with this kind of evil. But, God knows. And that’s why He sent His Son to die on a Cross, so that among other things, evil may be conquered, and three sisters will no longer have to subjected to #18hoursofsavagery.
For in as much as it is the Gospel Truth that Christ was born. So too, it is the Gospel Truth that He died. And beginning with Baptism, when we repent and turn to Him, and then die with and raised with Him to a new life, all mankind can be restored to a right relationship with the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And help to rescue our nation and ‘ whole human race’ from Evil.
An early morning Word for those who continue to question the authenticity of The Bible and claim that ‘ it was written by men’.
I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
Galatians 1:11-12 NIV
Peace as we get ready not just for the ‘ celebrations’ of Christmas but to ‘ lift up the Name of Jesus ‘ ( the reason for the season) in a special way, and ‘ He will draw all men until himself’. Even those who perpetuate #ViolenceAgainstWomen and cause the kind of pain carried in the Jamaica Observer this morning
And as we ponder on this kind of wickedness I recall that last night I posted this message on Facebook….the word in season
This is what the angel told Mary……Nothing is impossible with God. One of the Transcendental messages of the Christmas story