Hello, My name is Ariel, and I’d like to share something I enjoyed from our recent Bible study. Matthew 1:23 says, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son and they shall call His name Emmanuel which is translated God with us.”
Now, I like sports and there are certain teams that I root for and I often say that I’m with them. However, I have no effect on how that team performs. If I’m here watching on TV and they’re performing probably somewhere far away. No matter how passionate I am about rooting for them, they won’t get any better. But the way God is with us is much greater than this. He is actually in us and He is one with us. So if we believe in Him and call on Him, He can help us through our days and help us solve any problem we face. – Ariel
Hi, I’m Shennen and I would like to share what I enjoyed in our last Bible Study. In this last Bible study I enjoyed the meaning of the name Jesus. Jesus means Jehovah our Savior or Jehovah our salvation. But what does Jehovah mean? In Exodus 3:14, God says to Moses, I am who I am…Thus you shall say to the children of Israel that I AM has sent me to you. In this verse we see that Jesus is the I AM. He is whatever we need. As Jehovah our Savior not only does He wash away our sins He also imparts His life into us so that we may be empowered to live for God. – Shennen
The topic of the whole New Testament is the wonderful person of Jesus Christ. The first book of the New Testament is the Gospel According to Matthew. In this first book, the Lord Jesus is presented as the King.
To begin this series, we have to know that we are made with three parts, our body, our soul, and our spirit. The Lord Jesus as the King comes into this deepest part, our human spirit, to live and to reign there.
A typical Bible study in this series presents something about Jesus Christ, then something about what He wants or what He is doing, and finally, what we can do about it. Our goal is never to just learn something for our mere knowledge. Rather, we want to contact the living God in Christ Jesus that He might gain what He’s after in us and through us.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Matthew 1:21 And she will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, / So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
When we sin, there is a separation between us and God; we just can’t look Him in the eye so easily because there is a real guilt of sin with us. By confessing we can be free from this guilt and this separation. This is something we should deal with as soon as we can. When we come to the Lord in the morning and are conscious of any sin we’ve committed, we should confess to the Lord right away and receive His forgiveness.
Notice how 1 John 1:9 says, “that if we confess our sins, HE IS FAITHFUL and RIGHTEOUS to forgive us…” In other words, His forgiveness is based on who He is and what He’s done. All we have to do on our side to receive His forgiveness is to confess. This is the best news of the day! For anyone who confesses, Jesus Christ is there to forgive. Hallelujah!
God actually has to forgive us – not only because He said that He would and He would surely not go against His own word, but because He is even righteously obligated to forgive us. To see this, we must understand God’s righteousness. God required the shedding of blood for our sins. God is righteous, altogether just. He cannot simply turn a blind eye to injustices. He judges sinners righteously, and, because He cannot tolerate any sin, the Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
In His great mercy and wisdom, God made a plan to save us from the wages of sin. He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, this One who is God, Jehovah, the Great I Am (John 8:24, 58), to die in our stead and to pay the price for our sins. Isaiah 53:5 says: “But He was wounded because of our transgressions; / He was crushed because of our iniquities; / The chastening for our peace was upon Him, / And by His stripes we have been healed.” and verse 8 of the same chapter says that, “He was cut off out of the land of the living / For the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due”.
Jesus Christ was the sinless one. He did not have to die for Himself because He had no sin. Yet he paid the price for all the sins of mankind. The debt that we owed was fully paid. By His death on the cross, all of God’s righteousness could be fulfilled. God required the blood, and Jesus’ blood satisfied God’s requirement. Matthew 1:21 says: “And she will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.” Had you realized that Jesus was born to come and die for us? How we praise and thank Him! We were supposed to die for our sins, but God gave us Jesus as the provision to satisfy God’s righteous requirement. (UUCOC.org, Forgiven because God is Faithful and Righteous , Dec 23, 2020)
A story from the Fall 2018 College conference held in Wanship, Utah
The last message of the conference was about the Jubilee. God had delivered the Israelites, His people, from Egypt and from oppression.. At the end of Leviticus God gave them the instruction to observe the year of Jubilee – that was supposed to be every 50th year. The children of Israel each had received a portion of the good land from God. Over time, if some mismanaged their possessions, they might have sold everything they had, even their portion of the land, and possibly even themselves (into slavery). However, on the year of Jubilee, they got to go back to their possessions!
Today Jesus is the real Jubilee–and we are those who have been set free from all slavery that is in the world! When we got saved, Jesus restored us to Himself as our allotted portion and to our family–all the brothers and sisters in the church! We used to live oppressed but now have Jesus and our new family! – Debbie
Do not let your heart be troubled; believe into God, believe also into Me. In My Father’s house are many abodes; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will receive you to Myself, so that where I am you also may be. And where I am going you know the way. Thomas said to Him, Lord, we do not know where You are going; how can we know the way? Jesus said to him, I am the way and the reality and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me. – (John 14:1-6)
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak from Myself, but the Father who abides in Me does His works. – (John 14:10)
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may be with you forever, Even the Spirit of reality, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him; but you know Him, because He abides with you and shall be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you. Yet a little while and the world beholds Me no longer, but you behold Me; because I live, you also shall live. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. – (John 14:16-20)
Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him. – (John 14:23)
In John 1, God takes a major step to become flesh.
In John 14, Jesus tells His disciples that He is going. What does He say He is going to do?
In His next major step, Christ becomes the life-giving Spirit. How does He do it?
Now the tree of life, Christ as the life-giving Spirit is in you; but where are you?
Briefly describe “the Father’s house”.
Further reading: The Tree of Life, chapter 7, published by Living Stream Ministry