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The Devil abused us, diminished our confidence, barraged us with malicious words, took advantage of us, and pretended to be our friend while doing so; he told us we could no longer proclaim the Word of God nor minister to people we love. We had to obey the Devil or face the consequences. We decided to continue to follow Jesus, love people, and meet those kinds of implications instead. We continued to follow Jesus and love people because our life meant nothing without Him; there was no other purpose for us on this earth. Of course, this greatly angered the Devil, who accused us, slandered us, tried to condemn us along with him, recruited against us, and bore false witness. But the Devil cannot win over what belongs to Christ because "the one in you is greater than the one in the world." The wise can discern insight, the wisdom that comes through the hands of sorrow; fools, however, remain led by the blind.

Dear friends. We must not permit the divisive and quarrelsome Devil to devour our souls; he will stop at nothing to conquer preeminence over our life. We must continue to follow Jesus; He will guide us through the storms ahead. The key to our survival is independent faith through humble reading, believing, and obedience to the Word; for grace flourishes in such ways. Peace and hope be with us all through our Lord and Master Jesus Christ.

Your servant,
SM

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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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