The message

Carrying on from the previous post, what is the message of the cross that it is so powerful? Even more powerful than people’s power? Here are my thoughts: Jesus hanging on the cross looks like defeat, but there’s a hidden power behind the cross. The power of the cross is like a whirlwind, a storm of supernatural origin that one can’t see, but is something that operates in the spiritual realm. This power is power over sin and death that can help a human being overcome sin and receive eternal life rather than eternal death. God’s power suffices instead of human power, to overcome the problems of sin and death in individual lives. All one has to do is believe in the One God sent to die on the cross, who is Jesus, and one can be set free from sin and death.

Power of God

Who is more powerful? Men or God? Jesus said about himself, “The Son of Man is going to be handed over to the power of men.” (Luke 9:44, Good News Bible). But only for a while would man seem to win…God was going to use the handing over of Jesus to the power to men. God let Jesus die crucified on a cross to show the world a greater glory. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18, NIV). God is more powerful. It’s food for thought.

Judging or giving

I find it interesting that a verse in the Bible on giving is juxtaposed with a verse on not judging others. I don’t know why this would be, but a Bible scholar may have more insight into why this is the way it is, as the two verses seem contradictory. Why these seemingly two unrelated verses together? There must be an explanation, so I put both verses together in context, to arrive at a meaning, which may or may not be the original meaning, but sounds nice all the same.And it makes sense to me, despite the two verses being out of joint on the surface of things.

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Fallen

One of things I’ve learnt from reading the Bible is that everyone is equal because they are made in God’s image, everyone. Another thing I’ve learnt is that human beings also fall short of the glory of God. Not in terms of being under God, as being under God is where we all stand, irrespective of being fallen or not, but in terms of having an inclination to be off-side God through the Fall. So, how do we even out the void between us and God, as we all fall short of the glory of God? How can we make ourselves right with God? We can’t. On our own, we can’t rely on our God-given goodness to level it out. But we can rely on Jesus to even out the void between us and God and make us whole. That’s what I found, that in confessing to God my short-comings (my ‘sins’) that make me broken and fragile before God, I have well-being and wholeness, because Jesus heals me from my sins and sows up the void between me and God.

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Why do Christians still sin?

I’m no biblical scholar or bachelor of divinity, but I am open to God and the Bible, and I try to read the Bible as it is. (Some have called me a theologian and scholar though, but unofficial.) I have read in the Bible that Jesus existed to save people from their sins. But why do Christians still sin? As has been said many a time, one needs to define sin so that one’s hearers understand what is meant by sin and why Jesus came to save people from it. So, for the purposes for this post, I think it is helpful to define sin simply. Sin is an action that displeases God to the extent that God finds it repugnant and can’t be tolerated. Sin’s worse than you and I think. But Jesus Christ came to save people from their sins. But why do people who believe in Jesus still sin? When someone believes in Jesus that should put an end to sin in their lives, shouldn’t it?

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