Tuesday

COME!

“Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.  And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following Him, He said to them, ‘What do you seek?’  They said to Him, ‘Rabbi’ (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), ‘where are You staying?’ Jesus said to them, “COME AND SEE!” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day…”   John chapter One
 
Jesus noticing that others are following and seeking Him affirms them to COME!
And they went!
 
Isaiah the Old Testament prophet often proclaimed many many prophecies of Christ and His coming. The first and second advent of Christ was Isaiah’s plea and cry.
Encouraging and affirming those who are looking and seeking, that their hope is in His coming and pleading again and again for the people and readers to COME!
 
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?   
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love.  For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” verses in Isaiah 55:1-13
 
Eyewitness Account
The angel spoke to Mary Magdalene, who had come with other women to adorn the dead body of Jesus with spices, and fragrant herbs.  After the great earthquake,  after the angel descended from heaven and after the angel rolled away the stone from the grave…the angel comforted the women in their sorrow and fear then immediately tells them to COME, to SEE as verification of the promises of Christ’s resurrection.  Don’t just take my word for it.  But COME! Not only were they to come and see, they were to go and tell others to come and see “But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.  Matthew 28:1-8
 
Future Hope
In Revelation, the last book of the Bible, the author John who walked with Christ, wrote his account in the gospels and was the last disciple to live, then die on earth, being resurrected and joining Christ in heaven…He concludes in Revelation, this glorious hope for each believer by encouraging them and anyone else within hearing and reading range to COME!
In chapter 22
 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.”
 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
 
Jesus declares with much assurance that He is coming and is wanting others to come to Him!  Sunday Nov. 30 marks the first day of Advent season.  Advent means the coming of Christ   The first advent is when he came as a baby in a manager, grew up on this earth for the purpose of saving people from their sins. The second coming of Christ is at the incarnation as judge on the last day
 
Sounding the Calls to Come
Will you come and see? Jesus has personally invited you to investigate, know,
and learn of Him.  Lingering by remaining near Him.  He has not just called those mentioned in the gospel of John.  He has called YOU!  COME!
 
Will you believe in all the prophesies of Isaiah, following his voice of coming, partaking, drinking and feeding yourself on His word.  It is FREE, no payment required just a willingness to COME!
 
Will you listen to the voice of the angel who also spoke to Mary Magdalene, to COME, to SEE as verification of the promises of Christ’s resurrection. Then to go and tell others to come and see.
 
The simple word of “come” is so powerful.  The personal invitation is so honorable.
During this Advent season that we are approaching would you consider the words of these eye witnesses
Will you Come?  
Will you See?
Will you Go?
Will you Tell?
 
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Monday

The Grand Finale of Sola’s

It is no coincidence that we enter the month known for giving thanks, with our final Sola. A grand celebration... Solo Christo.  This sola is the holy truth teaching of Christ and Him being the ONLY mediator between God and man, and that there is salvation through no other but through Jesus Christ alone.

Thanksgiving and Praise is the ONLY response to a holy God for sending His Son, Jesus on the cross to die for the sins of mankind.  Thanksgiving and praise again when Jesus rose from the dead. His resurrection conquered the grave but set an example of how those who believe, Solo Christo, will follow and be raised up from the dead like Christ.  Thanksgiving and Praise for His ascension, not only did he conquer the grave and rose from the dead, He ascended to the throne of God the Father sitting on His right side.  And Thanksgiving and high praise to the Savior of the world whose current job task is to intercede and pray for us, sitting on the throne. He is Alive! The redemption has been completed.  It is finished!  Thank You Jesus!  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!!! Glory to God in the Highest!!!

Validation of Scripture:

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14
 

“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32 
 
"Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.  If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”  John 14: 6-7
 
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty. John 6:35
 
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever
follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
 
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and
find pasture. John 10:9  
 
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 
 
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even
though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26 
 
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through me.” John 14:6
 
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

The Holy Scriptures alongside the truth of Christ sitting on the right hand side of God confirms how important it is to not only believe in Solo Christo but to cling to it with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength.  Not only cling to it, but follow and live out the truths found in the Bible as evidence of your belief of a risen Savior. As one knowing that there is no other name than Jesus in which a man can be saved.

 
WRAP UP

Sola Scriptura is Latin for Scripture alone, birthed out of the hearts of God’s people for the purpose of drawing them to the holy scriptures of God and nothing else. Crucial after heresy and false teachings begin to sneak into the church, turning others from God’s holy truth.
 

Soli Deo Gloria which means “For the Glory of God Alone”  This IS the reasonable service for those who are the sinners turned servants and saints of the most high God. These do all things for His glory and for kingdom of God.

 

Sola Fide interpreted by faith alone…central doctrinal issue for Christians  Excluding the false teaching that good works is necessary for salvation, Sola Fide confirms that justification is received by faith ONLY without any need, deeds or acts of good works.  This is also known as the “doctrine by which the church stands or falls.”  May the church of this 20th century present age stand in the faith of Christ and Christ alone!
 

Sola Gratia.  This Latin word means grace alone.  This describes us as sinners and clearly identifies God as the source of salvation of sinners by His grace and His grace alone.  A sinner is not accepted by God on account of the change that the believer has done by his own works instead, it is by God's grace, confirming that anyone is accepted into God’s loving arms without any regard for the merit of his works.  Of course this person must believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved…


Solo Christo

This sola is the holy truth teaching of Christ and Him being the ONLY mediator between God and man, and that there is salvation through no other but through Jesus Christ alone.
Our response? Thanksgiving and praise the ONLY response to a holy God for sending His Son, Jesus on the cross to die for the sins of mankind.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!!! Glory to God in the Highest!!!

Questions:

Who do you say that Christ is?  
 
Is He God in the flesh, Savior of the world offering salvation by grace alone by all who believes?

OR do you believe that Jesus is NOT God and instead you believe that you must do works for acceptance?
 
My pray is that you select the first.  There is no other name in which you can be saved and that name is Jesus.  Select Him because He selected you first as evident of a blood stained hill…upon a cross…where He died for your sins.  Choose life, Eternal life with Christ Jesus our Lord!
 
 
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About the author:
Simone Lake is a Christ follower, bride of Pastor Dr. John Lake, Bible teacher and a passionate pray-er. Visit her: www.deeprootsin christ.com, www.simonelake.com, facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and audio: http://deeprootsinchrist.sermon.net/.
 

Wednesday

Our Journey of the Sola’s

The past couple of months, I invited you to join me in a series of “Solo’s”. In July was our introductory welcome to the Sola’s by investigating together what Sola Scriptura means.  It is Latin for Scripture alone.  I shared how this term arose out of Christian history during the great reformation of the sixteenth century and birthed out of the hearts of God’s people for the purpose of drawing them to the holy scriptures of God and nothing but.  This term was defined and created by the Westminster Divines, during the Protestant Reformation after heresy and false teachings begin to sneak into the church and believer’s hearts began corrupting the sacred teachings of the Bible and the holiness of Christ, turning others from God’s holy truth.
 
In August, we focused on Soli Deo Gloria which means “For the Glory of God Alone” but also translated as “Glory to God Alone”. The application of this term has been used by great composers such as George Frideric Handel who wrote the wonderful Handel’s Messiah to which people around the world join in praise to God every year, since its inauguration, during the Christmas season.  Handel made sure the purpose, clarification and understanding of his musical work was produced solely for the purpose of praising God and NOTHING else.  This IS the reasonable service for those who are the sinners turned servants and saints of the most high God. These do all things for His glory and for kingdom of God.
 
September was the month we studied deeper with the phrase Sola Fide…by faith alone…sometimes called “the material cause or principle”, became the central doctrinal issue for many Christian reformers throughout the history in 16th century.  Excluding the false teaching that good works is necessary for salvation, Sola Fide confirms that justification is received by faith ONLY without any need, deeds or acts of good works.  Martin Luther, the great reformers, often called Sola Fide the “doctrine by which the church stands or falls.”  May the church of this 20th century present age stand in the faith of Christ and Christ alone!
 
October brings us to the fourth out of five “sola’s!  Sola Gratia.  This Latin word means grace alone.  This describes us as sinners and clearly identifies God as the salvation of sinners by His grace and His grace alone.  A sinner is not accepted by God on account of the change that the believer has done by his own works instead, it is by God's grace, confirming that anyone  is accepted into God’s loving arms without any regard for the merit of his works.  Of course this person must believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved…
 
I know what it means but what does it mean?
Most of us have heard of the word grace and use it in a everyday format such as
saying a prayer before eating a meal, training children to have patience with
their siblings or even when we counsel a loved one in a situation when they are treated unfairly, yet through calming the emotions of our loved one, we encourage them to let the offender  “off the hook”  by giving them grace, overlooking the problem and remembering that we most often have acted in the same way sometime in our life.
 
The Merriam-Webster’s  dictionary describes grace as unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification. A virtue coming from God and a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace.
 
The Greek transliteration for the word grace is charis, used 156 times in the New Testament.  It comes from the root word of  χαρω which is used 74 times in the NT
These translations include definitions such as:
Grace= which means that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech.  Good will, loving-kindness, favor =which means of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.  Thanks= (for benefits, services, favors), recompense, reward. What is due to grace=  1) the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace 2)  the token or proof of grace, benefit, bounty, a gift of grace.
 
G. W. Wright says it right
G.W Wright in writings pens this phrase…
“When a person works an eight-hour day and receives a fair day’s pay for his time, that is a wage. When a person competes with an opponent and receives a trophy for his performance that is a prize. When a person receives appropriate recognition for his long service or high achievements that is an award. But when a person is not capable of earning a wage, can win no prize, and deserves no award—yet receives such a gift anyway—that is a good picture of God’s unmerited favor. This is what we mean when we talk about the grace of God.”
 
Moving from Salvation to Sanctification
Once a person accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior they are saved from their sins and eternal damnation and instead welcomed into the kingdom of God.  Which by the way all of heaven rejoices when one sinner becomes a saint and has a great big party!  (Read Like chapter 15 ) This is salvation in Christ and him alone.  Now that a person has repented from their sins, saved by the blood of Christ and welcomed into the kingdom of God, now what do they do now?  We workout our own salvation through following the example of Christ, not via our own efforts, but only through the grace of God.  Sola Gratia clarifies the difference between salvation in Christ, and the sanctification of Christ. Through the grace of God He spiritual grows us through the Holy Spirit, not through our own works preparing us for glorification, but through God and Him alone, so no one gets the glory but Him.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you each one!
 
 
Resource:  Clip-Art Features for Church Newsletters, G.W. Knight, p. 53
 
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About the author:
Simone Lake is a Christ follower, bride of Pastor Dr. John Lake, Bible teacher and a passionate pray-er. Visit her: www.deeprootsin christ.com, www.simonelake.com, facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.