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Gary Wilkerson 9.14.14

Several times in his letter to the Corinthian church, Paul asks, "Do you not know...?" What you know about God and who you are in Christ will greatly affect your life and how you treat others. It goes beyond head knowledge and must be heart revelation. You are a saint with weapons of righteousness in your left and right hands. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. You are God's beloved child with whom he is well pleased.

The Cry of The Shipmaster Carter Conlon 9.14.14
Neil Rhodes 8.24.14

The last spoken words of Jesus on the cross were, "Into thy hands I commit my spirit." Jesus never stopped obeying the Father even on the cross—he lived in perfect submission to his last breath. In total faith he gave his life into the hands of God. Through the cross Jesus brought man back into full fellowship with the Father, so we can return to the place of faith and confidence in God. We can go anywhere in the world for God, knowing he will keep us, provide for us, and supply all we will ever need to accomplish his will in the earth.

Neil Rhodes 8.17.14

"It is finished!" Jesus cried triumphantly from the cross. He was proclaiming to his father that everything that was required to complete the new covenant was accomplished. Jesus, through his unblemished life and total obedience to the father, completed all the requirements given to him, and so declared his part finished. The father would demonstrate that he accepted Christ's sacrifice for all sin by raising him from the dead. God fully accepted his son's sacrifice and established the covenant for all eternity.

Gary Wilkerson 8.10.14

Eve got it exactly right when she said she was deceived and then she sinned. So many for so long have focused on the sin, or the fruit, rather than the root, which is a deception that comes from Satan. We have been misled to believe that God has separated himself from us, is angry and distant. God loves you and desires fellowship with you. He sent his Son to die so that he could spend eternity with you. God is nicer than you think.

Neil Rhodes 8.3.14

In great pain and agony hanging on the cross, Jesus cried out his fifth statement, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Many have interpreted this statement as Jesus receiving the sin of mankind on himself, and therefore God could not look upon his son. However, did God really forsake his son, or was Jesus pointing us to Psalm 22 as being the fulfillment of this psalm? At this time the psalms did not have numbers, so Jesus was quoting the first verse of this particular psalm in order to point out that his death was not a haphazard decision but a fulfillment of the Word of God.

Neil Rhodes 7.27.14

Jesus, after being brutally beaten and finally nailed to the cross, cries out, "I thirst!" In his state of dehydration the Roman soldier responded by giving him a sponge of vinegar and gall. If all the statements Jesus made on the cross are covenantal, then Jesus must also be pointing us to something deeper.

Neil Rhodes 7.20.14

Looking down at his mother, Jesus says, "Woman, behold thy son! Behold thy mother!" Naturally, we know that John took Mary in to his household and took care of her the rest of her life. However, if we are looking at all the statements as covenantal then is there something deeper Jesus wanted to communicate to us. We have to look back at the first promise God made regarding the Messiah. God told Eve that Satan's defeat would come from her seed, referring to Jesus. Mary was the end of a long line of woman that God used to bring forth this seed.

Neil Rhodes 7.13.14

Once the original sin had been forgiven, there was nothing to stand in the way of man being reconciled back to God. Only the sacrifice of Jesus could accomplish this. As he hung between two thieves on the cross, one reviles him and the other asks that Jesus remember him in paradise. Jesus, then turns to the thief and makes his second statement, "Verily, I say unto thee, Today, thou shalt be with me in paradise." Once the law of God was satisfied by the righteous Christ, the mercy of God could then be given, and we are seated with Christ in heavenly places.

Gary Wilkerson 6.29.14

Many of us probably have a room in our house where we keep all our junk—an office, the garage, etc. Since we already see that room as dirty, we let it continue being dirty and even add more junk to it. A lot of us, if we are are honest, think we are dirty. It's easier to believe we are unclean, than it is to believe we are righteous. We aren't partially righteous in Jesus and then we complete it through our own righteousness. We are fully righteous through our faith in Christ's finished work on the cross.


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