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Did You Thank God For These?

by Brad Fry

Did you remember to thank God for His Son? God gave His Son to show us the Father (John 14:1-10). When we read the accounts of Jesus' life in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John we see what God is like. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews says that Jesus is, "the radiance of His [God's] glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:3). God gave His Son so that you and I would not have to pay the penalty of an eternal hell. Every person that has ever lived or ever will live that reaches a point of accountability before God has sinned (Romans 3:23). Jesus died on the cross as a full payment for our sin debt (Isaiah 53).

Did you remember to thank God for His gospel? The word "gospel" simply means "good news". The apostle Paul wrote, "I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek" (Romans 1:16). The gospel is the good news of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). But not only did God give us the gospel, He also told us what our response to that gospel must be. Jesus said it first and said it best to His apostles, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned," (Mark 16:15-16). Today you'll hear people say that you're saved by "asking Jesus to come into your heart" or that you're "saved by faith only". But that's not what the Bible says. Galatians 3:26-27 says, "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."

Did you remember to thank God for His church? God in His wisdom gave the church so that you and I could encourage each other and be in fellowship with each other as we walk this road to heaven. He gave His blood for the church (Acts 20:28) so you know it has to be important. The church is not perfect because it is made up of imperfect people. But you are one of those imperfect people too, aren't you? I think you'd fit right in.

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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