God ordained priests during the Old Testament to serve as an intermediary between the Lord and His people. However, Christ, as the great High Priest sacrificed himself and is seated on the right hand of God. We no longer need priests, but can communicate directly to God. Those who are saved are the priesthood of believers and should make spiritual sacrifices, do good works, live as a sacrifice and be obedient to Him.
Justified by His Grace Titus 3:7 Salvation comes to a sinner when he trusts Christ, when the Spirit of God uses the Word of God to bring about the new birth. Not only have we who are Christians been washed and made new in Christ, but we have also been justified.Justification is the gracious act of God whereby He declares a believing sinner righteous because of the finished work of Christ on the cross. God puts to our account the righteousness of His Son, so that we can be condemned no more. Not only does He forget our sins, but He forgets that we were even sinners!What is the result of this kindness, love, mercy, and grace? Hope! We are heirs of God! This means that today we can draw on His riches; and when He comes, we will share His wealth and His kingdom forever.
If man is to ever be saved, he will not be saved by self-righteousness nor by anything else that concerns self. Self and all that concerns self only die. Man can only be saved by some Force much greater than himself, some Force that is living and personal and kind and loving enough to save him. That Force, of course, is God Himself.
Greetings and welcome! this is our daily devotional for November 2, 2023. Today we continue our series on the Book of Acts in chapter 16 with the demon-possessed slave girl and teachings on the reality of spiritual warfare, including demonic possession, demonic oppression, and the authority given to all of God's children in Jesus Christ. Thanks for joining us!
A Surprising Introduction (vv 28-32)
R.C. Sproul - "One thing I could say for demons is that they have a sound theology."
A Surprising Reaction (vv 33-34)
R.C. Sproul - "Nothing terrifies a human being more than the presence of the holy."
New Heart, New Spirit_32Ezekiel 36:1-38 Ever since the LORD promised the land of Canaan to Abraham and his descendants, invaders have trampled upon the land.All the people who have abused the land of Israel down through history have overlooked one crucial fact: the Holy Land belongs to God Himself.He has designated the land to be the seat of His government when the Messiah returns to set up God's kingdom on earth.Since the land belongs to the LORD, anything that defiles it also profanes His name.Another fact often overlooked by the abusers of God's land is this: the LORD loves the people He chose to live in His holy land. The Jews are His chosen people, and His honor is wrapped up with them, both when they sin and when they suffer.In Ezekiel's day, God's holy land and His people were both suffering. God had promised the land to them in the covenant with Abraham.Therefore, He gave Ezekiel a very special message for His people, a message that promised a bright future for both the land and the people. A day was coming when God was going to renew the land and restore His transformed people to it.
Through His encounter with the demoniac of Gadara, Jesus demonstrated His supremacy over Satan. We should therefore not fear satanic attacks, just as we need not fear a storm. Those who believe in Jesus can find refuge and protection in Him from all forms of satanic attacks. For those seeking salvation, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer. Send us a message at www.cornerstoneibc.com.