Jesus: The rock of our salvation

His teachings provide the solid rock-foundation that we’re called to build our lives upon (Matthew 7:24-25).

His sonship of God is the very foundation that the church is built upon (Matthew 16:16-18; Romans 1:1-4).

He was the rock that provided life-giving water to those in need in the wilderness, and he still provides this water to this day (1 Corinthians 10:1-4; John 4:1-15, 6:35, 7:37).

He is the cornerstone of great value to God’s priesthood and the rock of offense to those who lack faith (1 Peter 2:5-8).

This person is none other than Jesus, the Christ, of Nazareth.

So when it comes to everything dependable about salvation, this dependability comes from the one to whom our salvation depends upon – the savior, Jesus!

As our rock, our fortress, our deliverer, our God, our strength, our shield, our might and our high-tower, Jesus is trustworthy and worthy of exaltation (Psalm 18:2, 46); for there is no other rock than Jesus that can save our soul from Hell. EA

let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11)

As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?” (Psalm 18:30-31)

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.Psalm 95:1).

Abraham’s Faith Was Not Alone

Faith alone saves? Not according to Abraham, the father of the faithful.

When the Bible says Abraham believed God, it means he trusted God’s word to the extent that he acted upon what God had said:

Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”” (Romans 4:16-22)

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.” (Hebrews 11:17-19)

But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.” (James 2:18-24)

If faith alone didn’t work for the father of the faithful, it won’t work for the children of faith either. EA

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 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. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29)

What can you say about…Lydia?

Only five verses contain everything there is to say about Lydia, and they tell us so much about her:

and from there to Philippi, which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days. And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us. … So they went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia; and when they had seen the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.” (Acts 16:12-15, 40)

She was:

  • from Thyatira (a Greek city)
  • a hardworking and industrious merchant (her name happens to literally mean, “travail”) in Philippi (a major polytheistic Greek city)
  • a religious worshiper of the one true God (although not yet a Christian)
  • desirous of the truth and tender-hearted to God’s word
  • influential to her family
  • a baptized believer
  • devoted, hospitable and brave

Lydia stood out amongst those in her culture in the past as any woman of God stands out from her culture today. She was in the world, but not of the world, and it only takes five verses to see that Heaven was in her heart.

What about us? EA

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

What can you say about…Matthias?

Everything that can biblically be said about Matthias is basically found in Acts 1:20-26, that being:

  • Matthias had a great interest in spiritual matters, since, although not mentioned by name, he was present all throughout the various situations we read about in the gospels, and if not anything else, that alone shows great dedication.
  • Along with the other apostles, Matthias was also a man of great faith in God and in Jesus as the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the world.
  • Additionally, Matthias’ life was greatly affected by prophesy when he filled the vacancy created by Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.
  • And finally, Matthias (as “God’s gift” – the literal meaning of his name), as an apostle, had a sincere interest in the spiritual lives of others.

These few words don’t add up to a lot of space on a page, but they say a lot! EA

He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,” (Ephesians 4:10-12)

What can you say about…Jochebed?

What can you say about Jochebed?

Well, the woman mentioned twice by name in the scriptures (Exodus 6:20, Numbers 26:59) was born in Egypt and bore three children, who grew up to become some spiritually heavy-hitters as well. She made tough choices, she knew the providence of God and her faith must have been a topic mentioned at her funeral (Exodus 2:1-9, Hebrews 11:23).

This is why Jochebed stands as an example to every woman who knows the value of fearing God despite the feelings of the culture that surrounds her. EA

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)

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What can you say about…Jabez?

What can you say about, Jabez? Well, there’s the place (1 Chronicles 2:55), and then there’s the person (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)…the person is a lot more interesting despite the fact we’re told very little about him biblically speaking.

But in light of what we’re told, here are a couple of things you could say about him: One, something about him reminded his mother of great sorrow. Maybe his birth was costly, physically speaking. Maybe it was a family situation. Regardless of the cause, the name of sorrow (the literal meaning of Jabez) was given at his birth, but it would be a name that he would outgrow because the second thing we can say about Jabez is that he became a faithful, a praying, a blessed and a protected man of a God.

We can’t honestly say much else, but what we can say is worth being listened to. EA

Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.” (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)

“Get a PH.D. in knowing Me”

It’s hard to believe, but there was a time other than today when higher education abounded yet so many remained ignorant of the simple principles of life – to be brutally honest, many such times have existed throughout history. Such a time even existed during the days of Jeremiah the prophet.

Jeremiah preached to an educated people. But, in a huge twist of irony, for all the learning that Jeremiah’s audience was capable of doing, one major class that the people flunked out of was Theology 101. So the Lord’s message (in my own “word on the street translation”) to his people was this – “Get a PH.D. in knowing me and then you’ll have a diploma worth bragging about.” EA

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.” Jeremiah 9:23-24