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"If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I ask a question, you will not answer." - Jesus

The religious leaders of the day were constantly trying to snare Jesus, confront Him, and have him murdered. They could not stand with His genuineness, so they fell headlong accusing Him of everything they themselves were guilty of.

Friends, wicked wolves among us will chose to cause chaos in like-manner. They will continue to masquerade as "angels of light." And will deceptively persuade manipulated loyalists to follow their swine, off the cliff. It doesn't matter what you tell them, what evidence you present, or questions you ask. And though we love and pray for them, we must withhold, withdraw, and remain on the straight and narrow. Time is too precious to squander upon the prideful preeminence of corrupt delinquents. Whether kin and/or kind, we need not remain under their fear and control one minute longer.

Let us not dwell on Judas (Lk. 22:3), but rather receive strength from heaven (Lk. 22:43) and remain focused on Christ (Lk. 24:38-39).

Our Day of Justice is coming (2 Thess. 1:6) and we must always be ready for our departure (1 Thess. 4:17-18). Till then we remain productive as legal citizens of His kingdom (Mt. 16:18), that He find us working when He returns (1 Thess. 5:2). He will bless the faithful, for "we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Rom. 8:28).

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"Water Baptism, Saves?"

In 1 Peter 3:21, we see the explicit inspired words of Peter the Apostle of Jesus the Christ. Was he teaching the Christians of the 1st Century that they were saved by "water?" What exactly did Peter mean within the context? This and more we explore in this exclusive LOCALS podcast session.

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Rescued - Transferred - Redeemed
The Kingdom of His beloved Son

You've fallen asleep comfy in your bed, and a fire started in your house. You wake to panic as you become aware of your surroundings, trapped by a wall of lavalike heat. You find yourself in danger, where smoke and flames threaten your life. Your neighbors were capable of seeing the threat and had since called for help. The firefighters arrive on the scene and immediately find you in your bedroom--time for a rescue. Are you yet seen in a location of satety? No, not yet. There still needs to be a transfer from the site of dakness, smoke, and fire to an area of light, fresh air, and safety. And so the firefighters guide you out of certain death into a secure location. You have now been saved, not without damage, trauma, and loss. But you've gained your life and get to learn fowared another day.

You've become idle in your sinful behavior and practices. You wake to panic as you become aware of your eternal punishment. A neighbor cares for you enough to share Jesus with you. Will you obey the gospel?

The reception of forgivness was the desired result of all who willfully gave their lives to Christ, submissive to His spiritual operation (Col. 2:11-12). Paul, the apostle, speaking to his brethren in Colossae, was accurate in reminding them of their reconciliation. And how the Word of God they had chosen to hear produced fruit for the Kingdom. The Kingdom was God's preplanned location where all found within would have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

A domain needs a King, Christ Jesus. A Kingdom has boundaries, borders, law and order, and justice. This Kingdom is of a peculiar kind, and we should all seek first legal citizenry (Mt. 6:33). His Kingdom is the body, the church (Col. 2:1,18,24). The body for it has organic members all united for the purposed function--the church fo its assembly, it's family. The way in? Being a repentant believer confessing Christ, immersed into water calling on His name, in order to receive the forgiveness of your sins, being added to His Kingdom, local assembly (i.e. "rescued, transferred, redeemed"). 

This good news of Jesus Christ "was proclaimed in all creation" to give humankind a way out of the flames and sinful consequences. And we are wise to hear its call.

Is your house on fire?

Ref. Colossians 2:13-24

Your servant,

SM

 

 

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