Jesus: Our Life and Message Part 2
Jesus: Our Life and Message Part 2
14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. 16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:14-16 ESV)
- Christians are in the household of God.
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV)
According to the Bible, outside God’s saving grace:
- All people are dead in trespasses and sins
- All follow the way of this world
- All follow the prince of the power of the air, the devil
- All are sons (and daughters) of disobedience, living in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and mind
- All are children of wrath
All people are dead in our trespasses and greatly need God’s mercy and love.
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7 ESV)
- The household of God is the church of the living God.
- The church is a pillar and buttress of the truth.
Demonstrate true Gospel living.
Gospel living is the result of being transformed by the Holy Spirit and his word.
The church is powerful in our testimony of Christ when we demonstrate true gospel living.
God sources our gospel living in the resurrection of Jesus and empowers it from the Holy Spirit whose nature and presence live with us. Gospel living is knowing God’s love and grace freely given to us in Jesus and choosing to walk by faith in the new life, mind, and identity Christ shares with us.
Declare the Gospel truth.
Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world, taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16 ESV)
To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13 ESV)
As Jesus was taken up in glory, he will return in glory.
You and I and every person must be ready for that day as if it is today.
“God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.” (Baptist Faith & Message, 2000)