Sunday, March 17, 2013

Living Truths

He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living:
ye therefore do greatly err.
~ Mark 12:27 ~

Sin and death are grim realities in the world,
but these are only temporary intruders, as it were.
The God of creation is the living God;
and "Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16)
is our living Savior, alive forevermore.
It is appropriate, therefore, that the term "living"
is applied over and over again to great truths of the Christian faith.
For example, the Holy Scriptures are called "the lively oracles" (Acts 7:38).
"Lively and "living" represent the same Greek word zao;
thus the Bible is God's 'living word."
Jesus Christ called Himself "the living bread which came down from heaven,"
sent down by "the living Father" (John 6:51, 57).
He also promised that all who believe on Him would find "living water"
flowing through their lives (John 7:38).
He has opened for us through His substitutionary death and justifying resurrection
"a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil,
that is to say, his flesh" (Hebrews 10:20).
Furthermore, He has thereby "begotten us again unto a lively hope
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3).
The Lord Jesus is the foundation of the great house of the Lord
into which we come through Him.
"To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God,
and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house,
an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices,
acceptable to God by Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 2:4 - 5).
In this holy temple we are therefore urged to "present [our] bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable unto God, which is [our] reasonable service" (Romans 12:1).

Our God is, indeed, the God of the living!
From Days of Praise
by
Henry M Morris

Have a blessed Lord's Day
and Happy St. Patrick's Day :)


13 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Amen, Stephanie- I hope you have a wonderful Sunday- xo Diana

Niki O'Reilly said...

Good Sunday morning Stephanie. What a cheerful surprise to see a field full of poppies at sunrise and your beautiful message. Have a wonderful day.

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

What a lovely post to read on this rainy Sunday afternoon. Bless you.

Anne Payne said...

Always such encouraging words my heart beholds when I visit you here :)

Blessings to you, this beautiful Lord's Day, Stephanie!

Kat White said...

Good Morning Stephanie good message, Happy Saint Patrick's Day. Those are lovely red poppies. Wow that is a wonderful testament to your grandma. I had never read that before. I am so happy she took the time to teach you these things. She must have been a wonderful woman. Hugs

Debbie said...

Amen. Happy St. Patrick's Day Stephanie and have a Blessed Sunday!

sandy said...

Beautiful thoughts and beautiful picture! Have a lovely day!

Natalie said...

Praise the Lord, because He lives, I can live also! What a wonderful truth to share with those who are so desperate to hang onto this worlds ways.

LV said...

What a lovely and inspiring post. Truly a blessings for all of us.

Jazzmin said...

Thank you for your encouragements!! It seems you always share a spiritual thought or verse that I need to hear :)

You are such a blessing!!

God Bless and have a wonderful Sunday evening ♥

Merlesworld said...

I do like the poppy picture.
Merle....

Ashley~ said...

Our Pastor preached on Romans 12:1-2 today. Presenting your body a Living sacrifice. He gave His life for us and makes us Joint heirs to the Kingdom with Jesus Christ. What reason could we possibly give to NOT give our bodies to Him?

Hope said...

How good it is to know the living LORD!

Do you celebrate ST. Patrick's Day in your home? We always did growing up. My husband's family did also. Our children love the holiday. When I was young, I thought everyone celebrated it and was surprised to learn that was not so.

I hope you have a lovely Monday.

:)Hope

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