Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Fruit Test

“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit...Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:17-20).

The above statements told by Jesus are very simple to comprehend on a physical level. However, He was presenting the “fruit test” as an analogy to convey spiritual truth. Just as a tree can be positively identified by the product that it yields, so is one’s true nature and character revealed by his attitude and conduct.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Call to Holiness

1 Peter 1:15-16 NIV “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy.”

God’s Word calls followers of Christ to a life of holiness. This is a repetitive theme throughout Scripture. The Bible does not nearly recommend or encourage a holy life, but it expects and demands such. Hebrews 12:14 states, “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” (NIV). Here we see the extent to which the Bible upholds the essentiality of a holy life. Just as we must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God (John 3:3-5), we must also pursue holiness in order to see the Lord.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Blessed are the Peacemakers

The Word of God informs us of three different types of peace. The most obvious is the inner tranquility of mind and heart that gives us confidence and assurance in God. The second is having “peace with God”. The peace offerings of the Old Testament allowed for temporary restoration in the relationship between God and man. The work of Calvary provided for a permanent reconciliation and peace with God for those who obey the gospel.

But there is another type of peace that is often overlooked. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus proclaimed the famous words: “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9). This refers to a situational or relational peace between individuals. It deals with making peace where there is none or bringing peace to a troubled person or situation.