Archive for November 30, 2011
Before he fell, Satan was known as Lucifer. Lucifer means “light bearer” or “morning star”. He is not God’s equal but, like all beings, he is simply a creation of God and must submit to His sovereignty. (Ps 148:1-5; Col 1:16)
Lucifer held an exalted position in heaven. He may have been a cherub. (Ezk 28:14) Cherubs are high-ranking angels whose ministry involves, in some way, guarding the Lord’s holiness.
But Lucifer wasn’t satisfied with simply being in the presence of God’s throne. He became filled with pride (1 Tim 3:6) and desired a throne of his More >
In Matthew 26:2, Jesus says to the disciples once again, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.”
It has been a while since Jesus reminded us of His fate. That is one thing God never wants us to forget or look past. The cross is the turning point of history. It is when we moved from death into life. As the days are getting closer to the betrayal, trial, crucifixion, and death of Jesus Christ, He is preparing His disciples for what will happen. A lot of people refer to Jesus as More >
In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12
In the verse above, Jesus gives us a general rule on how to treat people. We’re not to treat people the way they treat us, we’re to treat people the way we would like them to treat us. This is how the Christian is to live.
This is a golden rule indeed! It doesn’t simply forbid petty malice, revenge, cheating and deceit. It does much more. It prevents the need to lay down endless little rules for our conduct in specific cases.
It sweeps away the whole More >
A very important question this seemed to be to the king of Judah, and possibly it is of even more weight with the tried and tempted O Christian. To lose money is at no times pleasant, and when principle involves it, the flesh is not always ready to make the sacrifice. “Why lose that which may be so usefully employed? May not the truth itself be bought too dear? What shall we do without it? Remember the children, and our small income!” All these things and a thousand more would tempt the Christian to put forth his hand to unrighteous More >