Friday, February 22, 2013

Worship In Spirit And In Truth

Those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth - John 4:15-30

The woman misunderstood the Lord Jesus.

She thought He had some kind of water that once taken would quench her thirst forever and do away with the need to draw and carry water.

People often misunderstand our message, but we must persevere!

The Lord Jesus told the woman to fetch her husband.

When she denied having a husband, the Lord Jesus amazed her by revealing that He knew all about her immoral life style.

This embarrassed the woman and she started to talk about religion in general. Was He a prophet? Where should we worship God? On this mountain or in Jerusalem?

The Lord Jesus told the woman, “You worship what you do not know”.

The Samaritans did not know God and were ignorant in their worship of Him.

There are many worshipers in the world who do not worship the only true God who is revealed in the Bible.

Though salvation is of the Jews, God the Father seeks true worshipers.

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

Spiritual worship does not require special places of pilgrimage or magnificent temples. It comes from a heart which loves and adores God, and is obedient to His Word.

Spiritual worship is in truth as it is set forth in Scripture. We can only come to God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. There are no other mediators. We are not at liberty to worship with those who claim that there are other ways to come to God apart from the Lord Jesus, our great Mediator.

The astonished woman confessed that she knew that the coming Messiah would tell them all things.

The Lord Jesus replied that He was that very Person.

The woman forgot about water. On the arrival of the disciples, she hurried back to Sychar, saying to the men, “Come, see a man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” The woman discovered the surpassing greatness of our Lord and Saviour. Have we?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

You Must Be Born Again

John 3:1-8

The work of the Trinity is displayed in the salvation of sinners.

In John chapter 3, we see the love of God the Father, the sacrifice of God the Son, and the work of the Holy Spirit in bringing us to new birth.

Nicodemus, a respected Jewish teacher, came to see the Lord Jesus at night to find out more about Him.

He discovered some very important truths that night. He learned that being religious does not guarantee a place in heaven. The Lord Jesus told him that to enter the kingdom of God, a person had to be born again.

Why must we be born again?
  • Because of our sinful human nature.
    We are born of the flesh and we are all sinners by nature. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 
  • Because of our spiritual blindness.
    Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 
  • Because our eternal destiny depends upon it.
    Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
    To be in the kingdom of God means to have eternal life and inexpressible joy.
    To be out of the kingdom means to perish, having the wrath of God upon us.
    On the Day of Judgment, those who are not born again will wish that they had never been born at all!

There is good reason to believe that Nicodemus became a follower of Christ. His attitude to the Lord Jesus in the face of hostile Jewish leaders and the fact that he assisted Joseph of Arimathea in the burial of Jesus indicate that he became a Christian.

The new spiritual birth is vital for salvation.

Have we been born again?

We must be born again.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Right to Become Children of God

- John 1:6-13 -

The Lord Jesus came to His own people, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.

Those who do not receive Christ also reject the greatest privilege of being taken into God's family.

Every Christian is a child of God. We are precious to Him and can come to Him in prayer as our heavenly Father.

When God saves us, He brings us into His family.

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

We are children of God because of His great love which He has lavished so freely upon us.

To know God is a priceless privilege. We have fellowship with Him. He is with us wherever we go. He hears and answers our prayers. He has given us eternal life.

Are you feeling discouraged or fearful?

Let us take heart! We are precious to God.

He is working all things together for good on behalf of His children.

We cannot become children of God unless we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

True Christians gladly acknowledge Jesus as their Lord and they obey His commandments.

They also believe in His name, trusting in Him alone to save them from their sins.

Let us rejoice in God for the great privileges that He have given us!

Man's will and nationality have no bearing on our new birth into the family of God.

It has nothing to do with human procreation.

It is a supernatural, sovereign work of God Himself.