Category: Bible Study
As a grace to humanity, God provided us His word through the Bible. It contains His wisdom to man, so that we may know how to live according to His will. Unfortunately, it can be easy to interpret the Scripture using faulty approaches such as eisegesis. Utilizing proper hermeneutics, study His Word with exegetical approaches that do not take the verses out of context so the true meaning is left intact.
There are many that profess to be Christian, but their lives do not reflect such faith. It is greatly concerning that it is likely that many “Christians” are false converts—those that want salvation, but their lack of genuine faith has left them unchanged.It is through true faith by which the person gives up their sinful desires to live as Jesus Christ showed us. While still imperfect, the person conforms to the image of Christ, day by day, compelled by their love for God. As all are destined to die, each person will also be judged. If each person’s judgment were based on their merit alone, then we all should live in great fear and trembling. Because of God’s great love, mercy, and grace, we do not have to face judgment on our own merit, but we may be judged by the merit of Jesus Christ. His death is the atoning sacrifice so that we do not receive the death we earned. His resurrection is the foreshadowing that we will also be raised on the last day, to spend eternity in Heaven. But if the person is not a Christian, they will be justly judged on their own merit, destined for the wrath of God.
We are living in a time that is certainly not the norm that we are used to, but is this unprecedented? If it is unprecedented, then is it totally unique or should our actions and emotions be similar to any other catastrophic event? The new Coronavirus that has spread globally, Covid-19, has caused over 13,000 deaths and over 300,000 illnesses. This is something that is affecting nearly every person in some manner, but is fear appropriate? Perhaps more importantly, is fear ever appropriate?
While Peter wanted to build tents for Elijah, Moses, and Jesus on top of the mountain, he was frozen in fear as the Spirit of God laid upon them. It is not always necessary for action to take place, but instead, observation and worship can be what is necessary. There is no reason for the faithful to fear circumstances, for God approaches them with His love, mercy, and grace. Bask in His presence, and His ordained will becomes clear. Sometimes, He wants us to learn from Him so that we may grow in our spiritual lives and our faith.