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It’s about the heart!

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” 1 John 4:15

This doctrine continues to divide the world, both theistic and atheistic, to this very day for good reason.

John’s point isn’t that the sole indicator of one’s salvation is simply calling Jesus “the son of God” (just read Mark 5:7-9).

John’s point (contextually) is that a failure to confess Jesus’ sonship stands as a key indicator of the spirit leading an individual.

Confessing Jesus as the Son of God is a test of the tongue that reveals the heart’s teacher. EA

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.” (John 9:35-38)

You can’t be in Jesus without being a Member of His body

I make no apologies for saying when someone forsakes the church, they forsake Jesus. But I do make a plea with people so that no one fools you on this fundamental matter – not even yourself!

The idea of being in Jesus, which is where salvation is found, entails that we are actually a member within His body:

Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” (2 Timothy 2:10)

and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15)

For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.” (1 Corinthians 12:12-14)

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”    (1 Corinthians 12:27)

As can plainly be seen from the scriptures delivered to the church by God’s Spirit, if we leave the body, which is the church, out of our life, we leave behind the Head that gives life (i.e. salvation) to the body as a whole and to our soul individually.

So if someone has convinced you that you can enjoy a proper relationship with Jesus without being involved with His church, then I encourage you to reconsider your convictions, for a body part removed from the body becomes a body part removed from the head by default. EA

And [Jesus] is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:18)

For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.” (Ephesians 5:25)

Add it up and see what you get

Taking Luke 3:23 into account and then adding 3 ½ years to that (due to the number of Passover’s celebrated afterward), Jesus lived approximately 1,278 days – or 30,672 hours – for the Father during his time of public ministry.

Think about that, then add up the hours you spend serving God and see what you get. EA

So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”” Luke 2:48-49

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He Was Deprived So We Could Indulge

Jesus experienced poverty so we could receive his riches.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Jesus carried burdens so we could be released from ours.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Jesus experienced loneliness so we could have comfort.

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”” (Matthew 27:46)

Jesus went without sleep so we could rest peacefully.

And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words. And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him. Then He came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.” (Mark 14:36-41)

Jesus went hungry so we could be filled.
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What are you looking for Jesus with?

Jesus was born into this world with people looking for him (Matthew 2:1-2).

Throughout his ministry, politicians wanted a private venue (Luke 23:8), preachers desired public debates (Mark 12:13-14), and commoners were willing to turn over the stones in the wilderness to find him (John 6:1-8).

The trend even continued after his burial (John 20:11-17)!

Yet he was found by few because few went looking for him with the same thing that he came looking for us – the heart! EA 

One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).” (John 1:40-31)

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).

What Are The Ingredients That Make Up Gilead’s Balm?

After throwing Joseph into a pit, ten brothers saw some traders heading to Egypt with it (Genesis 37:25). In a sad twist of irony, multiplied centuries down the line, the brother’s descendants, along with the nation of Egypt, would metaphorically be at a loss without it (Jeremiah 8:22, 46:11). And millennia later, numerous songs have mentioned it, and even a modern-day pharmaceutical company bears its name. What is it? It’s the much sought after balm of Gilead.

Although originating as a literal and highly sought-after medicinal salve produced in the mountainous regions of north-eastern Israel, the reputation of, and reference to, Gilead’s balm became a symbolic medium and antidote to the sickening effects of sin due to the fact that no worldly medicine could help a dead or dying soul – the spiritual problem demanded a spiritual solution! Thus, Gilead’s balm was the name of the soul-saving prescription that could only be written and administered by God.

So what were the spiritual ingredients that made up the medicine of God? The same ingredients that it contains today:

Read the list of scriptures for yourself. They don’t take long to read, and their theme is easily recognizable because the ingredients of Gilead’s balm are clear and understandable which is the way God designed it to be.

And one last thing, keep in mind that the Great Physician from Galilee is the only one today who still offers and is able to write the prescription for the same balm that contains salvation’s salve for a sinful and dead soul. EA

For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:21-24)