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9 Ways Jesus Is Our Shepherd

When we think of a shepherd and his sheep, a lovely pastoral scene may come to mind, and we see sheep feeding safely in a green pasture as their shepherd watches over them nearby. We may feel envious of the sheep, peacefully grazing without any worries. But we believers actually do have the most wonderful Shepherd—our Lord Jesus. We’ll see in this post nine ways Jesus has been and continues to be...

Knowing Jesus versus Knowing about Him

Knowing about something objectively and knowing it subjectively are two very different things. This applies to our knowing Jesus. Knowing about Jesus objectively means we possess some knowledge about Him. But knowing Jesus subjectively means we have firsthand experience of Him. We have personal knowledge of Him. This is the kind of knowing Christ wants us to have. In this post, we’ll use two...

3 Wonderful Things That Happened in Christ Jesus’ Resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is foundational to the Christian faith. All other Christian truths rest upon it. Without it, the Christian faith would merely be a moral code of conduct, just one of the many philosophies and religions of the world. But the resurrection is real; the Lord Jesus did rise from the dead. And to be a Christian, a person must believe in His resurrection. When we believe...

6 Ways to Drink Christ as the Living Water

Throughout the Bible, numerous verses show us God’s desire for us to take Him in, to drink of Him as the living water. For example, in John 7:37-38 we see that God’s desire for us to drink of Him is so great, Jesus actually stood up and cried out during a feast, issuing a call for people to come to Him and drink: “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying...

3 Aspects of Christ’s Death That You Can Apply Right Now

When we received Christ, what He accomplished on the cross became ours by faith in Him. But did you know Christ’s death is not something only in the past? We can actually apply Christ’s death right now in our daily living. In this post we’ll consider three aspects of Christ in His death for us as revealed in the Gospel of John—the aspects of the Lamb of God, the bronze serpent, and the grain of...

Do You Know the Two Spirits—God’s Spirit Mingled with Your Human Spirit?

When we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, some marvelous things happened to us. We were justified by God, forgiven of our sins, and saved from perdition. How we praise God for these wonderful gifts! But as wonderful as each of these is, something more happened when we received Christ: a union and mingling of God’s divine Spirit with our human spirit. This is a profound fact that we can enjoy...

The Difference Between “Believing In” and “Believing Into” Jesus in John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that every one who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.” Have you ever wondered why John 3:16 in the New Testament Recovery Version says “believes into Him” instead of “believes in Him?” The New Testament was written in Greek, the common language in the land at the time. In the original Greek, in and into...

What Is the Human Spirit According to the Bible?

As one who has believed in Christ, have you ever wondered, “How can I get to know the Lord Jesus more? How can I know Him in my daily life?” The Lord has provided a wonderful answer. The answer is our human spirit. Our human spirit is the key to experiencing Christ and to living a normal Christian life. When we believed in Christ, we received forgiveness of our sins, and we were delivered from...

Our Regenerated Spirit Is the Key to Experiencing Christ

This is companion post (2) to Chapter 5, “The Key to Experiencing Christ—Our Human Spirit,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1. “He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit”—1 Cor. 6:17 When we believed in the Lord Jesus, we were regenerated, born in our spirit of the Spirit (John 3:6). From that day on, Christ as the life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45b) dwells in our spirit, and we are...

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