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Romans 5:6

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

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Categories: Christ, Romans, time

Church, Body of Christ II

Follow the lead of one another because of your respect for Christ.

Wives, follow the lead of your husbands as you follow the Lord. The husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the church. The church is Christ’s body. He is its Savior. The church follows the lead of Christ. In the same way, wives should follow the lead of their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives. Love them just as Christ loved the church. He gave himself up for her. He did it to make her holy. He made her clean by washing her with water and the word. He did it to bring her to himself as a brightly shining church. He wants a church that has no stain or wrinkle or any other flaw. He wants a church that is holy and without blame.

In the same way, husbands should love their wives. They should love them as they love their own bodies. Any man who loves his wife loves himself. After all, people have never hated their own bodies. Instead, they feed and care for their bodies. And that is what Christ does for the church. We are parts of his body.

Scripture says, “That’s why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. The two will become one.” (Genesis 2:24) That is a deep mystery. But I’m talking about Christ and the church.

A husband also must love his wife. He must love her just as he loves himself. And a wife must respect her husband (Ephesians 5:21-33, NIrV)
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Categories: Christ, Church, Ephesians

Church, Body of Christ

God placed all things under Christ’s rule. He appointed him to be ruler over everything for the church. The church is Christ’s body. It is filled by Christ. He fills everything in every way (Ephesians 1:22-23, NIrV).

Categories: Christ, Church, Ephesians

Hell, Hesitantly

When I first started a two-week study of hell and judgment right before Christmas, it felt awkward and out-of-place.

After yesterday’s tragic shooting, this topic has become timely.

It is not my place to feel anger for others’ losses. This is my first reaction.

But even as I type these words, I’m not convinced.

Maybe it IS my place to be angry.

Maybe anger is an important step toward action.

What got Jesus really angry?

Crooks in the Temple courts. Hypocritical religious leaders.

Jesus reacted much more strongly to others’ suffering than to his own.

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!”(Jesus, quoted in Matthew 18:6-7, NIV)

Woe to the Webster shooter. Woe to the Sandy Hook shooter. Woe to the mall shooters.

Woe to the thug, the bully, the abuser.

Woe to the selfish, the self-centered, the self-righteous.

When it comes right down to it, woe to me when I do the wrong thing.

The more deeply I reflect upon what made Jesus angry, the more carefully I consider my own faults.

Thank God for the forgiveness present in the Incarnation of Christ.

Merry Christmas.

Woe to the killers.

Peace and humility to those of us who remain. Teach us to live lives of love, not of woe.

Categories: Christ, Christmas, hell, matthew

Secondary

In verses 1-3, the author says it is time to move beyond elementary teachings about Christ. The next few paragraphs will go deeper.

Categories: Christ, Hebrews

Confidence

“Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ” (v. 1).

What a bold claim.

But if I followed Jesus’ example consistently, I could get away with making this suggestion, too.

Categories: 1 corinthians, Christ, paul

Bad Sign

As we read in verses 1-3, when the focus of Christians becomes their leaders and not Christ, there’s a serious problem.

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