13 Feb

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, (2 Timothy 1:7-10)

Paul says a lot in these couple of verses: to start with, he tells us that we’re given a spirit of power and love… Then he continues, and says two rather important things, namely, that works can save us, and that we have immortality through the Gospel. Now, pretty much every Christian could tell of that we have immorality because of Jesus, but I’m not sure if we realize the true meaning of that. — We’ve already talked plenty about legalism, and our having a Spirit of power and love is fairly self-explanatory, so we’ll focus on the Christians immortality.

Why is it that people typically want to commit suicide? Usually it’s either because they’ve been given drugs which cause suicidal thinking, or because they realize the pointlessness of life that comes without Jesus. The pointlessness that says that there is no life out of death, that you just “disperse”, that you just are gone forever. The pointlessness that tells you that when your gone, no one will miss you, nothing will matter, you’ll just be, “no more”. The reality, however, is that there is a life after death. This is what gives Christians hope! We don’t just disappear, we go to Heaven. More specifically, we go to Jesus… Now that we’ve made that presupposed assumption (the way that states that there is life after death), it’s reasonable to ask, “How it is we know this?”

Well, as no one has ever actually managed to purposefully die, and after a couple of days come back to life to tell us all about it, we can’t “prove” it one way or the other. .. Well, alright, that’s not completely true. The reason we can’t prove it one way or the other isn’t because no one’s died on purpose and Resurrected after, say, three days, someone actually has. The actual reason is because Jesus settled the matter for us when He died, with all of our sins on Him, and after three days rose again (something which is proven by a couple of thousand eye witnesses):

1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”8 Then they remembered his words. (Luke 24:1-7)

The following verses are when two of the disciples are walking on the road to Emmaus. The man speaking is Jesus:

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” (Luke 24:25-26)

Jesus has risen from the dead, through this, we get both immortality itself, and the proof of immorality.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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