God's Love

Our Advocate and Forgiveness

It is a blessed thing for one to know Christ as his Savior but more blessed to know the Savior. Paul could say, “I know whom I have believed” (2 Tim. 1:12), but also desired to “know Him and the power of His resurrection” (Phil. 3:10). The Lord Jesus Christ not only became man to die for our sins but is now a risen, glorified man in heaven, the High Priest and Advocate of His people. As High Priest, He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities and lives to strengthe...

From Gaza to Glory (Acts 8)

 “From Gaza to Glory”

 

Acts 8:26-40

 

Here is an exciting account of the salvation of a man who while traveling on the road to Gaza became a traveler on the road to Glory.

1.  The Worth of A Soul (v.26)

God sent His servant Philip into the desert for the sake of one individual whose heart had been prepared by the Lord.

 

2. The Witness of A Servant  (vv. 27-30)

Philip unlike Jonah “arose and went” in prompt obedience to the Lord. Leaving the success of a fruitful ministry in the north, Philip ventured into the isolated wilderness and quickly drew near the eunuch, unconcerned about this man’s great authority and aware of the brief window of opportunity to reach this man with the Gospel. Unashamedly, he engaged the eunuch in spiritual conversation asking him a question that exposed his ignorance and opened the door of opportunity to witness. Not silent, Philip preached Jesus to him as he done to the crowds in Samaria. (v. 5) Philip — good in personal and mass evangelism alike.

 

The God of...

“The God of…”

He is the God who meets all our needs in every aspect of life:

 

He is the God of the Living and actively involved in the details of every day life – “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. Ye therefore greatly err.”       (Mark 12:27)

 

He is the God of patience and consolation who patiently helps and heals us in our emotional distress – “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus”   (Romans 15:5)

 

He is the God of hope who lifts our hearts above hopeless situations – “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:15)

The Cities of Refuge (Numbers 35)

The lessons that come to us from the cities of refuge are instructive and help to broaden our understanding and deepen our appreciation for the sinner’s provision made available through the finished work of Christ. In the Old Testament God made provision for the person who committed manslaughter—the unintentional killing of another individual. In five separate passages (Ex. 21:12-14; Num. 35:6-34; Deut. 4:41-43; 19:1-13; and Josh. 20:1-9) God gives thorough instruction for the establishment and use of cities of refuge—places designated as a safe haven for the manslayer. Needing protection from the vengeful relative, the manslayer could be lawfully sheltered from harm, but only if he fled immediately to one of the appointed cities.

 

 

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