Jesus Asks Questions: Part 1

Introduction Jesus often asked questions. Good questions cause people to think. As recorded in the Gospels, in interactions with people, Jesus asked at least one question about 75% of the time. Examining the questions He asked and the circumstances under which He asked them reveals an innovative use of questions to accomplish His purpose. JesusContinue reading “Jesus Asks Questions: Part 1”

Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 9

Building up the Body of Christ All Christians, past, present, and future together make up the mystic body of Christ, the church universal. God is Creator, Savior, and Lord. All that we are and all that we have is from Him. He gives us life in His image and likeness. At our natural birth weContinue reading “Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 9”

Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 8

Aristotle: “Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.” Moral means concerned with the principles of right and wrong. God’s moral character as revealed in Scripture is the ultimate basis for Christian character.  Character is determined by ethics. Ethics is determined by values. Good character andContinue reading “Temperament, Character, and Spiritual Gifts: Part 8”

Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 13

“Communion With” and “Abiding in” Christ   Communion with Christ: Union with Christ is the foundation enabling communion with and abiding in Christ. Union occurs when the Holy Spirit works faith in those being redeemed, thereby uniting them to Christ. Union with Christ is entirely a work of God in which believers are recipients ofContinue reading “Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 13”

Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 12

Two great quotes you have seen before are repeated because of their importance. Each quote emphasizes the essential nature of Union with Christ.  “Nothing is more central or basic than union and communion with Christ.  …  Union with Christ is in itself a very broad and embracive subject … Union with Christ is really theContinue reading “Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 12”

Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 11

Benefits of Union with Christ “Nothing is more central or basic than union and communion with Christ.  …  Union with Christ is in itself a very broad and embracive subject … Union with Christ is really the central truth of the whole doctrine of salvation not only in its application but also in its once-for-allContinue reading “Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 11”

Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 10

God’s Preparation for Our Union with Christ In eternity past, God blessed believers “in Christ,” choosing them in Him before the foundation of the world. Paul describes it in this way: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlyContinue reading “Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 10”

Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 9

The Metaphor of the True Vine Part 3 The Vine and the Branches The primary purpose of a grapevine is to produce fruit. The Vine produces branches, and the branches bear the fruit. Through Union with the Vine, the life of the Vine flows to the branches. The branches use that life to bear fruit.Continue reading “Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 9”

Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 8

Metaphor of the True Vine Part 2 The full meaning of the True Vine metaphor is made somewhat easier to see by slightly realigning of the sequence of verses, putting them into the usual pattern followed by a vinedresser as he tends the vine and its fruit. Studying the verses in the order 1, 3,Continue reading “Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 8”

Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 7

“I AM THE TRUE VINE” Part 1 Jesus taught the True Vine metaphor on the night of the last supper. The metaphor applies not only to the disciples but to all who are “in Christ.” Jesus spoke to the 11 disciples who remained at the supper after Judas left to betray Him. Jesus’ purpose inContinue reading “Union with Christ: Necessity and Benefits Part 7”