There are several firstborns for God namely, Israel, Ephraim, David and finally Jesus Christ. Israel being God’s firstborn passes on his birthright to Ephraim. But God rejected Ephraim to chose David from the tribe of Judah and made him His firstborn. The birthright from David was passed on to Jesus Christ, who came in the line of David to reign over the house of Jacob forever. Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, who is the true firstborn over all who are born of God.
We live in a corrupted world where children are left on their own without disciplining them from a very young age. But God expects us to correct them from committing iniquity not just when they are kids but also after they had grown up.
The Flesh of Jesus is the Word of God as the Word became Flesh. This is why, we must feed on His Word so that we can abide in Him and He in us, and we can live. The blood of Jesus which is the true drink is synonymous to living waters which He will give us to drink, that is the Holy Spirit. As Jesus said, if anyone thirsts, let him come to Him and drink of this living water. If we desire to come after Him, we need to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him. Only then we can drink of this living water which is receiving the Holy Spirit.
In the book of Genesis, we read about about Abraham making a covenant with Abimelech in Beersheba. The more you look into the covenant, we can see how Abraham tricks Abimelech because, his focus was on the promise of God. If Abraham was focused on God’s promise of a piece of real-estate, how much are we supposed to focus on God’s promise of eternal life? As Jesus said, we must be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
Born again Christian is a term so commonly used by many Christians to denote their faith in Jesus Christ. It means, not merely trusting in His name, but obeying Him in everything He said. I am saddened by websites like gotquestions.org/born-again.html who never mention the truth that only those who practice righteousness and those who are free from sins are born of God. You can look into their answer to see the hypocrisy in it who neither mentions practicing righteousness nor being sinless to be born again. Follow Jesus and His disciples on what He taught, not some answers from any website including this.
Jesus Christ in His famous sermon on the mount taught us not to swear or take oaths, even added anything more than “Yes” or “No” is of evil. Making a vow or swearing an oath on someone greater or something which we cannot change or control is by itself swearing falsely. In this post, we will explore why Jesus taught us not to swear and how it is of evil.
It is very important for us to reevaluate with whom do we dwell among. If we are surrounded by sinners and the wicked, we must flee from that place. If we don’t, God warns about us having part in their sins and also in their judgments. If we linger like Lot, we will be left with nothing and had to flee for our lives on the day God judges the sinners on the land.
Are you born of God to be a brother or sister of the Son of God? Or, are you a friend of Jesus, the same relationship with which Jesus called Judas? Or, have you just decided to serve Jesus to be His servant? Or, are you a stranger to Jesus by working iniquity? Only a relative can redeem a relative. Neither a friend can redeem his friend, nor can a master can redeem his servant. Who are you to Christ?
How can we be cleansed by the blood of Jesus by obeying Him when only God can forgive? How does being cleansed and forgiveness from God fit? It is important that our heart must be clean before God for Him to even forgive us. It is also important to be always clean and maintain our garments to be undefiled not only to inherit eternal life but also for us to dwell in His house.
Many Christians believe that all sins lead to death. They are unaware of the sins that does not lead to death. Not all sins lead to death. Unintentional sins when confessed, being silent for witnesses and sins being unaware when confessed, false swearing when confessed and restoring stolen money along with the fifth of the value will not lead to death. While Christ forgives any true repentant sinner, if they continue to commit any sin that lead to death, God have mercy on that soul.