Our Riches In Christ – From A to Z

In Christ we have been blessed with “every spiritual blessing”. (Ephesians 1:3) Here’s a list of some of those blessings from A to Z.

Accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6)

Born of God (1 John 5:1)

Crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)

Delivered from the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13)

Enriched in everything in Him (1 Corinthians 1:5)

Forgiven for Christ’s sake (Ephesians 4:32)

Grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17)

Hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)

Instructed in the way of the Lord (Acts 18:25)

Justified by his grace (Titus 3:7)

Kept by the power of God (1 Peter 1:5)

Led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14)

Made near to God by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13)

Nourished in the words of faith and good doctrine (1 Timothy 4:6)

Ordained to eternal life (Acts 13:48)

Perfected forever (Hebrews 10:14)

Quickened together with Christ (Ephesians 2:5)

Redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13)

Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13)

Translated into the kingdom of his Son (Colossians 1:13)

Unblameable in His sight (Colossians 1:22)

Victorious through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Washed from our sins in His own blood (Revelation 7:15)

Yearned over by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26)

Zealous of good works (Titus 2:14)

The Death and Life of Jesus

“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
– Isaiah 53:5

Pay attention, all families of the nations, and observe! An extraordinary murder has taken place in the center of Jerusalem, in the city devoted to God’s law, in the city of the Hebrews, in the city of the prophets, in the city thought of as just. And who has been murdered? And who is the murderer? I am ashamed to give the answer, but give it I must. For if this murder had taken place at night, or if he had been slain in a desert place, it would be well to keep silent; but it was in the middle of the main street, even in the center of the city, while all were looking on, that the unjust murder of this just person took place.

And thus he was lifted up upon the tree, and an inscription was affixed identifying the one who had been murdered. Who was he? It is painful to tell, but it is more dreadful not to tell. Therefore, hear and tremble because of him for whom the earth trembled.

The one who hung the earth in space, is himself hanged; the one who fixed the heavens in place, is himself impaled; the one who firmly fixed all things, is himself firmly fixed to the tree. The Lord is insulted, God has been murdered, the King of Israel has been destroyed by the right hand of Israel.

O frightful murder! O unheard of injustice! The Lord is disfigured and he is not deemed worthy of a cloak for his naked body, so that he might not be seen exposed. For this reason the stars turned and fled, and the day grew quite dark, in order to hide the naked person hanging on the tree, darkening not the body of the Lord, but the eyes of men.

Yes, even though the people did not tremble, the earth trembled instead; although the people were not afraid, the heavens grew frightened; although the people did not tear their garments, the angels tore theirs; although the people did not lament, the Lord thundered from heaven, and the most high uttered his voice.

But the Lord arose from the dead and mounted up to the heights of heaven. When the Lord had clothed himself with humanity, and had suffered for the sake of the sufferer, and had been bound for the sake of the imprisoned, and had been judged for the sake of the condemned, and buried for the sake of the one who was buried,

He rose up from the dead, and cried aloud with this voice, “Who is he who contends with me? Let him stand in opposition to me. I set the condemned man free; I gave the dead man life; I raised up the one who had been entombed.”

“Who is my opponent? I,” he says, “am the Christ. I am the one who destroyed death, and triumphed over the enemy, and trampled Hades under foot, and bound the strong one, and carried off man to the heights of heaven, I,” he says, “am the Christ.”

“Therefore, come, all families of men, you who have been befouled with sins, and receive forgiveness for your sins. I am your forgiveness, I am the passover of your salvation, I am the lamb which was sacrificed for you, I am your ransom, I am your light, I am your saviour, I am your resurrection, I am your king, I am leading you up to the heights of heaven, I will show you the eternal Father, I will raise you up by my right hand.”

This is the one who made the heavens and the earth, and who in the beginning created man, who was proclaimed through the law and prophets, who became human via the virgin, who was hanged upon a tree, who was buried in the earth, who was resurrected from the dead, and who ascended to the heights of heaven, who sits at the right hand of the Father, who has authority to judge and to save everything, through whom the Father created everything from the beginning of the world to the end of the age.

This is the alpha and the omega. This is the beginning and the end–an indescribable beginning and an incomprehensible end. This is the Christ. This is the king. This is Jesus. This is the general. This is the Lord. This is the one who rose up from the dead. This is the one who sits at the right hand of the Father. He bears the Father and is borne by the Father, to whom be the glory and the power forever. Amen.

– Melito of Sardis

What Did Jesus Do As A Child?

What does the Bible say about how Jesus spent his childhood?

Increased in wisdom and stature and favor.

Some later, non-biblical sources tell stories about Jesus performing miracles as a child, but the Bible doesn’t support this. John 2:11 tells us that Jesus performed His first miraculous sign as an adult in Cana of Galilee.

Luke 2:52 tells us that “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men,” while Luke 2:40 says Jesus, “grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.”

So the Bible tells us that Jesus spent His childhood increasing in “wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men.” Isaiah 50:4 gives us some insight into how He did this:

“The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.”

From 1 Corinthians 2 we know that the Holy Spirit helps us understand spiritual truths. In the case of Jesus it seems He received unique, personal training.

Truly God and truly man.

Now it’s very important to understand that verses like these are referring to Jesus’ human nature. Jesus is fully God and fully Man. As God He’s unlimited in His power and knowledge, but Philippians 2:7 teaches that Christ “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant” when He became a Man. Jesus willingly laid aside His heavenly position.

The Chalcedonian Creed describes the two natures of Jesus this way:

“Our Lord Jesus Christ, at once complete in Godhead and complete in manhood, truly God and truly man, consisting also of a reasonable soul and body.

Of one substance with the Father as regards his Godhead, and at the same time of one substance with us as regards his manhood; like us in all respects, apart from sin.”

As a child, Jesus needed to grow physically, mentally and spiritually. Jesus, as Hebrews 4:15 tells us, was “tempted in every way, just as we are — but was without sin.”

Jesus never stopped being God, but when He took on a human nature, willingly limited Himself to save us.

Finding Rest In Jesus

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Those of us who are saved find rest in Jesus. Those who are not saved will receive rest if they come to Him, for He promises to give it. Let us gladly accept what He gladly gives.

You’re not to buy it, nor borrow it, but to receive it as a gift. You labor under the weight of ambition, covetousness, lust, or anxiety – Jesus will set you free from this iron bondage and give you rest.

You’re burdened with sin, fear, worry, remorse, fear of death – but if you come to Him He will unload you. He carried the crushing mass of our sin so that we no longer have to carry it.

Jesus gives rest. Will you believe it? Will you put it to the test? Will you do so at once? Come to Jesus by quitting every other hope, by thinking of Him, believing God’s testimony about Him, and trusting everything with Him.

If you come to Him the rest He gives you will be deep, safe, holy, and everlasting. He gives a rest which develops into heaven, and He gives it this day to all who come to Him.

– Charles Spurgeon

5 Names of Christ (And What They Mean)

The five most important names of Christ are the following:

1) Jesus

“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matt 1:20-21)

This is the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua (Jos. 1:1; Zech. 3:1) or Jeshua (Ezra 2:2). Derived from the Hebrew word “to save”. It designates Christ as the Saviour (Matt. 1:21).

Two types of Christ bore the same name in the Old Testament – Joshua, the son of Nun and Joshua, the son of Jehozadak.

2) Christ

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matt 16:16)

This is the New Testament form for the Old Testament “Messiah”, which means “the anointed one”. According to the Old Testament, prophets (1 Kings 19:16, priests, Ex. 29:7) and kings, (1 Sam 10:1) were anointed with oil. By this anointing they were set aside for their respective offices, and were qualified for them.

Christ was anointed with the Holy Spirit for the threefold office of prophet, priest, and king. Historically, this anointing took place when He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and when He was baptized. (Matt 3:13-16)

3) Son of Man

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45)

This name, as applied to Christ, was derived from Dan. 7:13. It is the name which Jesus generally applies to Himself, while others seldom use it.

While it does contain an indication of the humanity of Jesus, in the light of its historical origin in points far more to His superhuman character and to His future coming with the clouds of heaven in majesty and glory (Dan. 7:13; Matt. 16:27, 28; 26:64; Luke 21:27).

4) Son of God

We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. (1 Jhn 4:14)

Christ is called “the Son of God” in more than one sense. He is so called, because He is the second Person of the Trinity, and therefore Himself God (Matt. 11:27), but also because He is the appointed Messiah (Matt. 24:36), and because His birth to the supernatural activity of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:3).

5) Lord

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. (2 Pet 3:18)

Jesus’ contemporaries sometimes applied this name to Jesus as a form of polite address, just as we use the word “sir”. It is especially after the resurrection of Christ that the name acquires a deeper meaning.

In some passages it designates Christ as the Owner and Ruler of the Church (Rom. 1:7; Eph. 1:17), and in others it really stands for the name of God (1 Cor. 7:34; Phil. 4:4, 5).

– Louis Berkhof

3 Things The Good Shepherd Does

Jesus told this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?

And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. – Luke 15:3-7

Jesus, as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11), does three things for His sheep:

1) The Good Shepherd Searches

– Notice that the shepherd is anxious to recover the lost sheep — He leaves the ninety-nine immediately to go after the one who is lost.

– Notice the shepherd doesn’t give up until the sheep is found — He goes after the sheep “until he finds it”.

– Notice the shepherd isn’t angry at the sheep — He is joyful when he finds his sheep.

In the same way, Jesus came to “save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) He “came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10)

2) The Good Shepherd Finds

– Notice the shepherd carries the all the weight — The sheep is carried “on his shoulders”.

– Notice the shepherd holds the sheep safe — The sheep are safe, held firmly in his grip.

In the same way, Jesus carries the weight of sin for us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) He also holds our salvation safe and sure, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:28)

3) The Good Shepherd Brings Home

– Notice the shepherd shares his joy of finding the sheep with friends — “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep!”

– Notice the shepherd brings the sheep all the way home — “…and goes home.”

In the same way, when a person comes to Christ “there is rejoicing in heaven” And Jesus leads us to heaven, “I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2-3)

The Jesus You’re Missing Out On

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Eph 1:3)

If your faith ends at the cross it misses the full blessings of Jesus Christ. Our faith in Jesus should effect every part of our lives!

You’re missing a Savior who, not only went to the cross two thousand years ago to redeem you, but one who also is alive to walk by your side in loving companionship.

You’re missing a Savior who can hear your prayers, who you can repent to when you’ve sinned, and who you can call to for help when the battle is going against you.

You need a Savior who is interested in all the affairs of your common life, and who can assist you in every time of need.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Ps 34:18, Ps 147:3)

A dying Jesus alone will not satisfy our heart. We must have the living Jesus and that is the Jesus the gospel brings to us: one who was dead and is now alive for ever and ever!

You’re missing a Savior who can be a real friend — loving you, keeping close beside you, able to sympathize with your weaknesses.

We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Heb 4:15-16)

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God!” cried the psalmist, and cries every redeemed soul. It’s only as we realize the truth of a living Christ that our hearts are satisfied.

We crave love, a hand to touch ours, a heart whose beatings we can feel, a personal friendship that will come into our life with its sympathy, its inspiration, its companionship, its shelter, its life, its comfort. All this, the living Jesus is to us.

– J. R. Miller

Jesus: From Genesis to Revelation

The Bible, from cover to cover, answers the question,
“Who is this Jesus?”

In the Old Testament:

– In Genesis, He is the Creator God.

– In Exodus, He is the Redeemer.

– In Leviticus, He is your sanctification.

– In Numbers, He is your guide.

– In Deuteronomy, He is your teacher.

– In Joshua, He is the mighty conqueror.

– In Judges, He gives victory over enemies.

– In Ruth, He is your kinsman, your lover, your redeemer.

– In I Samuel, He is the root of Jesse.

– In 2 Samuel, He is the Son of David.

– In 1 Kings and 2 Kings, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

– In 1st and 2nd Chronicles, He is your intercessor and High Priest.

– In Ezra, He is your temple, your house of worship.

– In Nehemiah, He is your mighty wall, protecting you from your enemies.

– In Esther, He stands in the gap to deliver you from your enemies.

– In Job, He is the arbitrator who not only understands your struggles, but has the power to do something about them.

– In Psalms, He is your song–and your reason to sing.

– In Proverbs, He is your wisdom, helping you make sense of life and live it successfully.

– In Ecclesiastes, He is your purpose, delivering you from vanity..

– In the Song of Solomon, He is your lover, your Rose of Sharon.

– In Isaiah, He is the mighty counselor, the prince of peace, the everlasting father, and more. He’s everything you need.

– In Jeremiah, He is your balm of Gilead, the soothing salve for your sin-sick soul.

– In Lamentations, He is the ever-faithful one upon whom you can depend.

– In Ezekiel, He is your wheel in the middle of a wheel–the one who assures that dry, dead bones will come alive again.

– In Daniel, He is the ancient of days, the ever- lasting God who never runs out of time.

– In Hosea, He is your faithful lover, always beckoning you to come back–even when you have abandoned Him.

– In Joel, He is your refuge, keeping you safe in times of trouble.

– In Amos, He is the husbandman, the one you can depend on to stay by your side.

– In Obadiah, He is Lord of the Kingdom.

– In Jonah, He is your salvation, bringing you back within His will.

– In Micah, He is judge of the nation.

– In Nahum, He is the jealous God.

– In Habakkuk, He is the Holy One.

– In Zephaniah, He is the witness.

– In Haggai, He overthrows the enemies.

– In Zechariah, He is Lord of Hosts.

– In Malachi, He is the messenger of the covenant.

In the New Testament:

– In Matthew, He is king of the Jews.

– In Mark, He is the servant.

– In Luke, He is the Son of Man, feeling what you feel.

– In John, He is the Son of God.

– In Acts, He is Savior of the world.

– In Romans, He is the righteousness of God.

– In I Corinthians, He is the rock that followed Israel.

– In II Corinthians, He the triumphant one, giving victory.

– In Galatians, He is your liberty; He sets you free.

– In Ephesians, He is head of the Church.

– In Philippians, He is your joy.

– In Colossians, He is your completeness.

– In I Thessalonians, He is your hope.

– In II Thessalonians, He is your glory.

– In I Timothy, He is your faith.

– In II Timothy, He is your stability.

– In Titus He is your reason for serving.

– In Philemon, He is your benefactor.

– In Hebrews, He is your perfection.

– In James, He is the power behind your faith.

– In I Peter, He is your example.

– In II Peter, He is your purity.

– In I John, He is your life.

– In II John, He is your pattern.

– In III John, He is your motivation.

– In Jude, He is the foundation of your faith.

– In Revelation, He is your coming King.

100 Things You May Not Know About Jesus

Claims Jesus Made

1) Jesus claimed to be God – John 8:24,8:56-59 (Compare with Exodus 3:14); John 10:30-33

2) Jesus said, “I AM the Bread of Life” – John 6:35,41,48,51

3) Jesus said, “I AM the Door” – John 10:7,9

4) Jesus said, “I AM the Good Shepherd” – John 10:11,14

5) Jesus said, “I AM the Way the Truth and The Life” – John 14:6

6) Jesus said, “I AM the Light of the world” – John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46; Luke 2:32

7) Jesus said, “I AM the True Vine” – John 15:1,5

8) Jesus said, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life” – John 11:25

9) Jesus said, “I AM the First and the Last” – Revelation 1:17; 2:8; 22:13

Titles Jesus Holds

10) Jesus is the Rock – 1 Cor. 10:4

11) Jesus is the Savior – John 4:42; 1 John 4:14

12) Jesus is King – Matt. 2:1-6; Luke 23:3

13) Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith – Heb. 12:2

14) Jesus is the High Priest of our confession – Heb. 1:3

15) Jesus is the light anf the glory – Luke 2:32

Actions Jesus Took

16) Jesus created all things – John 1:3; Col. 1:15-17

17) Jesus indwells us – Col. 1:27

18) Jesus sanctifies – Heb. 2:11

19) Jesus loves – Eph. 5:25

20) Jesus offered up Himself – Heb. 7:27; 9:14

21) Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins for all time – Heb. 10:12

22) Jesus draws all men to Himself – John 12:32

23) Jesus forgives sins – Matt. 9:1-7; Luke 5:20; 7:48

24) Jesus always lives to make intercession for us – Heb. 7:25

25) Jesus cleanses from sin – 1 John 1:9

26) Jesus manifests Himself to us – John 14:21

27) Jesus gives eternal life – John 10:28; 5:40

28) Jesus gives joy – John 15:11

29) Jesus gives peace – John 14:27

30) Jesus died for us – 1 Thess. 5:10

31) Jesus tasted death for everyone – Heb. 2:9

32) Jesus rendered the devil powerless – Heb. 2:14

33) Jesus makes many righteous – Rom. 5:19

34) Jesus died and rose again – 1 Thess. 4:14

35) Jesus resurrects – John 5:39; 6:40,44,54; 11:25-26

36) We sin against Jesus – 1 Cor. 8:12

37) Jesus cleanses us from our sins by His blood – Rev. 1:5; Rom. 5:9

38) We come to Jesus – John 5:50; 6:35,37,45,65; 7:37;

39) We receive Jesus – John 1:12; Col. 2:6

40) Jesus sends the Holy Spirit – John 15:26

41) Jesus has given us understanding – 1 John 5:20

42) In Jesus we have been made complete – Col. 2:10

43) Jesus received honor and glory from the Father – 2 Pet. 1:17

Attributes Jesus Holds

44) Jesus is omnipresent – Matt. 28:20

45) Jesus is eternal – John 1:1,14; Rev 22:13

46) Jesus has authority – Matt. 28:18; John 5:26-27; 17:2; 3:35

47) Jesus is before all things – Col. 1:17

48) Jesus is honored the same as the Father – John 5:23

49) Jesus is prayed to – Acts 7:55-60

50) Jesus is worshipped – Matt. 2:2,11; 14:33; John 9:35-38; Heb. 1:6

51) Jesus is called God – John 1:1,14; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Titus 2:13

52) Jesus judges – John 5:22,27

53) Jesus knows all things – John 16:30

54) Truth is in Jesus – Eph. 4:21

55) In Jesus are the treasures of wisdom and knowledge – Col. 2:2-3

56) Jesus is the image of the invisible God – Heb. 1:3

The Mission Jesus Undertook

57) Jesus was a ransom for many and to serve – Matt. 20:28

58) Jesus came to be a high priest – Heb. 2:17

59) Jesus came to save – John 3:17; Luke 19:10

60) Jesus came to preach the kingdom of God – Luke 4:43

61) Jesus came to bring division – Luke 12:51

62) Jesus came to do the will of the Father – John 6:38

63) Jesus came to give the Father’s words – John 17:8

64) Jesus came to testify to the truth – John 18:37

65) Jesus came to die and destroy Satan’s power – Heb. 2:14

66) Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets – Matt. 5:17

67) Jesus came to give life – John 10:10,28

68) Jesus came to taste death for everyone – Heb. 2:9

69) Jesus came to proclaim freedom for believers – Luke 4:18

70) Jesus reveals grace and truth – John 1:17 see John 6:45

71) Jesus reveals the Father – Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22

72) Jesus has explained the Father – John 1:18

73) Jesus was crucified because of weakness – 2 Cor. 13:4

74) Jesus has overcome the world – John 16:33

75) Jesus is our only mediator between God and ourselves – 1 Tim. 2:5

76) The fruit of righteousness comes through Jesus Christ – Phil. 1:11
 

Promises Jesus Made

77) Jesus is with us always – Matt. 28:20

78) Jesus is the guarantee of a better covenant – Heb. 7:22; 8:6

79) Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven – John 14:1-4

80) Jesus abides forever – Heb. 7:24

81) Everyone who’s heard & learned from the Father comes to Jesus – John 6:45

82) Jesus saves forever – Matt. 18:11; John 10:28; Heb. 7:25

83) The Christian dead have fallen asleep in Jesus – 1 Thess. 4:15

84) Jesus delivers us from the wrath to come – 1 Thess. 1:10

85) Jesus is able to save completely – Heb. 7:25

86) Jesus opens the mind to understand scripture – Luke 24:45
 

Witnesses Of Jesus

87) Jesus bears witness of Himself – John 8:18; 14:6

88) Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself – John 5:36; 10:25

89) The Father bears witness of Jesus – John 5:37; 8:18; 1 John 5:9

90) The Holy Spirit bears witness of Jesus – John 15:26

91) The multitudes bear witness of Jesus – John 12:17

92) The Prophets bear witness of Jesus – Acts 10:43

93) The Scriptures bear witness of Jesus – John 5:39

94) The Father will honor us if we serve Jesus – John 12:26 see Col. 3:24

95) The Father wants us to fellowship with Jesus – 1 Cor. 1:9

96) The Father tells us to listen to Jesus – Luke 9:35; Matt. 17:5

97) The Father tells us to come to Jesus – John 6:45

98) The Father draws us to Jesus – John 6:44

99) Disciples bear witness of Jesus Christ – John 15:27

100) The Law leads us to Christ – Gal. 3:24