Press On In The WORD [Faith Race 10.9.2020]
In our previous post message (Make Your Call And Election Sure) we shared truth concerning God’s call, to encourage us in these challenging and trying times to not lose heart and to continue being perfected in faith, as we run the race set before us.
We were reminded and assured by the Word that our lives are destined by the wisdom and will of God, for us to be saved by His Son, Jesus Christ. We base our destiny on the truth that we did not choose Him, but He chose us! He chose us to be transformed from death in darkness to life in the light, through faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Like the heroes of faith of old who obtained a good testimony through faith, that they should not be made perfect apart from us (Hebrews 11:39-40), we have been called to run with endurance the race set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2), with the word of God being a lamp to our feet, and light to our path (Psalm 119:105).
Let us continue to press on in the Word with our focus on the upward call of God, as we remain focused on and in our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
God’s call beckoned us to respond to His word of truth by faith, to cross over from darkness to light, and thus, from condemnation to glory, in the Son of His love, the Lord Jesus Christ.
As it is written:
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the life and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they may have been done in God.” John 3:17-21.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it… That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. John 1:4-5,9.
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12.
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:5-7.
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9. For it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14.
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on the face of the earth, and has determined his preappointed times and boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Acts 17:26-28.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as receive Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:10-13.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done way with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives; He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:1-11.
If you have been raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14.
Press on in the Word as you run the race set before you, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, and keep pressing toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God.
Praise, bless, and please the Lord Jesus Christ!