Devotional Song: Go to this link … Please go this video link to hear Kristyn Getty with the music of her brother Keith singing the poignant song By Faith, reminding all believers it is by faith we stand a children of God’s promise.
Click on Photo to enlargeHighlight Passage – NKJV: Genesis 15: 17 [NKJV] …
17 And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces.
Highlight Passage [Context] #1 – NKJV: Genesis, Chapter 15 [NKJV] … Go to this link …
Highlight Passage #2 – NKJV: Romans 4: 23-25 [NKJV] … 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.
Highlight Passage [Context] #2 – NKJV: Romans 4: 9-25 [NKJV] … Go to this link … http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+4%3A+9-25&version=NKJV
Reference Passages #1: Jeremiah 31: 31-34 [NKJV] … Go to this link …
Reference Passages #2: John 10: 27-30 [NKJV] …
27 “… My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.”
Reference Passages #3: Galatians 3: 26-29 [NKJV] …
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
My Journal for Today: Well, today my study and mediation in the Our Daily Bread devotional got a bit heavy into Old and New Testament covenant theology [you can take in the ODB devotional for May 9 yourself by going to this link .
In the Old Testament, of course, God established his forever binding covenant with Abraham; and old Abe’s faith in that suzerain covenant made by God (see Genesis 15 linked above) allowed Abraham and his faithful progeny to be accounted unto righteousness.
Then, enter Jesus unto God’s people; and He became the messianic embodiment of the NEW COVENANT, which, like the old, was cut in blood by His death on the cross and sealed when Christ, the Messiah, rose from the dead. And in that New Covenant any/all who have come to believe, by faith, in Christ’s finished work on the cross are, like Abraham, accounted unto righteousness and will be given life eternal in heaven.
Yes, it’s very complicated theology; but it’s a very simple and easy to understand promise from God. So, if you – TODAY – believe that Christ’s blood on the cross was shed in atonement for your sins, and you have declared – by faith - that He is your Lord and Savior, you will be with Him in Heaven as He has promised (see Romans 10: 9-13 and John 3: 16).
It’s God’s promise through Jesus, Who was and is the New Covenant fulfillment.
Do you believe it?
My Prayer for Today … I do, Lord!!! … Amen
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