Jesus said, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24). Since Jesus referred to “true worshipers” then there must exist false worshipers who offer a false worship. Consider the manner in which you worship, is it true or false?
Jesus used the word “worship” ten times in His encounter with the Samaritan woman. He summed up the matter by saying, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24).
Herod’s killing of the innocents is insignificant in comparison to the number of abortions that have been performed in this country (Matthew 2:16-18). The Pharaoh who ordered male Hebrew children slain to prevent a population acceleration would be praised by some today (Exodus 1:15-22).
Jesus rose from the dead to provide those who obey Him with the greatest single hope. And that hope is the reality of a resurrection from the dead to life eternal. “Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25). In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul explained why Jesus’ resurrection is so important.
Paul wrote extensively about the body that will be given at the resurrection when Jesus returns. There are some things about that body we cannot presently know, but we can know enough about it to ignite our interest, hope or fear. Here are a few resurrection facts.
What will you be doing? You will be doing what you are doing at this moment, like reading the newspaper and having breakfast. Or, you will be doing what you did last night. Was that something you would have done in the presence of Jesus? Will your actions this weekend meet with God’s approval? Why do we ask? Because what you are doing, at any given moment, is what you will be doing when Jesus returns. (Read three parables in Matthew 24:45-51; 25:1-13; 14-30).
Jesus is the Savior of the church. “For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body” (Eph 5:23).
Jesus purchased the church with His blood to save it from God’s wrath. Elders are to “Shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28). “Having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Rom 5:9; 1:18).
The word “and” ties together words or phrases granting them equal force. For example, your car must have gasoline “and” oil to operate. If you lose a black “and” white pet, you should include both colors in your description. Inserting “and” into a sentence will affect how that sentence is understood.
In regard to the Lord’s Supper, Paul wrote, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Cor 11:26). To observe the Lord’s death requires both eating the unleavened bread “and” drinking the fruit of the vine. A Christian has not observed the Supper by only partaking of one element.
Next to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the virgin birth is the most contested event in His life. Near the turn of the twentieth century, theologians began to view the virgin birth as a sort of “litmus” test of a person’s belief in the supernatural. They reasoned that if a person could believe that event, then they would probably accept the other miracles recorded in the Bible. The virgin birth, then, became a springboard to controversy over God’s relationship to the world. Liberal theologians upheld the idea that God only works in the world through natural, ordinary means; while their more conservative counterparts stated that God has intervened, in the natural world, in a supernatural way to accomplish His will.
God’s silence is prohibitive, especially when He has clearly stated His will. Just as we should have respected our parent’s instructions – to obey their wishes rather than our own – even more so must we respect God’s Will and His silence (Heb 7:14; Acts 15:24; see also Jer 19:5; Prov 30:6). A Christian is free to serve God within the limits of Jesus’ teaching (John 12:48; 16:13; Gal 1:6-12; 2 Pet 1:3; Jas 1:25). To know these limits requires our continuous and diligent study and mediation (2 Tim 2:15; 1 Tim 4:15; Psa 1:1-2). Below are a few examples of how the principle of God’s silence applies.