Tolga Community Church

Tolga Community Church
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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Holy Spirit changing our hearts

 Ultimately, we know that the final son of Abraham and Sarah is who blesses all nations and that is Jesus.

And Jesus gives us a sign better than the circumcision given to Abraham. Ours is a circumcision of the heart made inwardly by the Holy Spirit (Romans 2:28). The reason for an inward circumcision is that the true children of Abraham are not the ones who come straight from Abraham’s line, but those who believe in Jesus (Romans 2:29) and are grafted into his line.

And just as Abraham’s circumcision was a sign put on his body guaranteeing the fulfillment of the promise that was to come, the New Testament says that the Holy Spirit’s sign in us is our guarantee that all of Jesus’ promises will be fulfilled as well (2 Corinthians 1:22). “and put his Spirit in our hearts to show that we belong only to him.”

Christians receive a new name as well. In fact, we are renamed twice. The first name is given to you when you put your faith in Jesus. You are made a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). At that moment, you are given so many new names: Bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2), Adopted Son or Daughter (Ephesians 1:5) (2 Corinthians 8:16), loved of God: His Saints; (Romans 1:7). The list goes on and on.

There is a second name every Christian will receive as well. The last book in the Bible, Revelation, says that Jesus will give new names to everyone who perseveres to the end (Revelation 2:17). No one knows what this name is or will be. It may be that Jesus gives each of us a private name only he calls us. That’s a name worth looking forward to.                         

Col 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one. The Bible contains numerous references to salt. In various contexts, it is used to signify the state or quality of lasting or remaining unchanged indefinitely, loyalty, the ability to withstand wear, pressure, or damage, faithfulness to God, demonstrated by continuing loyalty, usefulness, value, and to free from guilt or evil.

 Salt was most used as a preservative; this use was important enough that salt was sometimes even used as currency, from which the word salary originates. The most common interpretation of this verse is a reference to salt as a preservative, and to see the duty of a disciple is in preserving purity in the world. This is part of our calling in Christ.

 God called Abraham to be the father of Israel and in this way the world was presented with Jesus – the saviour of our souls. This way Abraham has blessed the nations of the world – we are called to be salt in the world and present the gospel to the world.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Lesson from Abraham, God’s Friend!

            2 Chronicles 20:7: Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?

Isaiah 41:8: But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

Can any heathen god raise up anyone to righteousness and make him victorious over the nations? The Lord did so with Abraham. Sinners encourage one another in the ways of sin; shall not the servants of the living God stir up one another in his service? God's people are the seed of Abraham his friend. This is certainly the highest title ever given to a mortal. It means that Abraham, by Divine grace, was made like to God, and that he was admitted to communion with Him. Happy are the servants of the Lord, whom he has called to be his friends, and to walk with him in faith and holy obedience.

James 2:23: And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Referred to by Jesus in John 8:58 and Stephen in Acts 7:2-8

Given as an example of faith in the NT

Romans 4:1: What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. The faith that made him righteous

Romans 4: 9-25; faith that rested in God

Galatians 3:6: Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.-9 he is the spiritual father of all believers

Galatians 3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulled, or added thereto. 16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 19 Wherefore then served the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. -20 he was blessed because of the promise

Hebrews 11:8-21 Example of faith, obedience and faithfulness. God was not ashamed to be called their God.

James 2:20: You fool! Do you want to be shown that faith without actions is useless? 21 How was our ancestor Abraham put right with God? It was through his actions, when he offered his son Isaac on the altar. 22 Can't you see? His faith and his actions worked together; his faith was made perfect through his actions. 23 And the scripture came true that said, "Abraham believed God, and because of his faith God accepted him as righteous." And so Abraham was called God's friend. 24 You see, then, that it is by our actions that we are put right with God, and not by our faith alone.  

·         Faith that works in actions.

Monday, February 15, 2021

John 17:21

“That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

The Holy Spirit changing our hearts

  Ultimately, we know that the final son of Abraham and Sarah is who blesses all nations and that is Jesus. And Jesus gives us a sign bett...