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Christ Making His Home in Our Hearts

Ephesians 3:17a—“That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith.”

Note 1 hearts says: “Our heart is composed of all the parts of our soul—mind, emotion, and will—plus our conscience, the main part of our spirit. These parts are the inward parts of our being. Through regeneration Christ came into our spirit (2 Timothy 4:22). After this, we should allow Him to spread into every part of our heart. Since our heart is the totality of all our inward parts and the center of our inward being, when Christ makes His home in our heart, He controls our entire inward being and supplies and strengthens every inward part with Himself.”

Cross-reference “a” on home in your hearts directs us to this verse:

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What Does the Blood and Water That Came out of Jesus’ Pierced Side Mean?

 

John 19:32-34 includes details about Jesus’ crucifixion not recorded in the other three Gospels:

“The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man and of the other man who had been crucified with Him. But coming to Jesus, when they saw that He had already died, they did not break His legs; but one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.”

Hours after the Lord Jesus was crucified, the soldiers broke the legs of the two criminals who were crucified with Him. The Romans routinely broke the legs of crucified prisoners to hasten their deaths, but since Jesus had already died, they left His legs unbroken. One of them, though, pierced His side with a spear, and out came blood and water.

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Turning Our Heart to the Lord

“When our heart is turned to the Lord, the veil is gone. So many people say, ‘Oh, why don’t I have guidance? Why don’t I know the Lord’s will?’ But the problem is, where is their heart and in what direction is their heart? Their heart must be turned and tuned to the Lord. When I was young, I used to pray over 2 Corinthians 3:16 nearly every day, ‘Lord, cause me to turn my heart to Thee.’ Oh, it works! Just try it. Before you read the Word in the morning, first of all, turn your heart to the Lord. The veil will be gone and there will be light. The veil which is between you and the Lord will be taken away by turning your heart to Him, and you will see the light.”

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Memorial Day and the Price of Freedom

 
A graceful sweep of white pillars gives shape to the World War II memorial in Washington, DC. At its center stands Freedom Wall, holding a field of 4,048 sculpted gold stars. Each star represents 100 Americans who died in the war; together they commemorate the more than 400,000 Americans who lost their lives. In front of the wall, engraved in granite, are the words, “HERE WE MARK THE PRICE OF FREEDOM.”

These symbolic stars are reminiscent of the gold stars displayed by families of fallen service men and women during the Second World War. The gold stars on Freedom Wall vividly bear witness to the fact that the ultimate price for freedom is paid both by those who serve and by their families.

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The Savior Ministering as a Physician

Matthew 9:11-12—“And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, Why does your Teacher eat with the tax collectors and sinners? Now when He heard this, He said, Those who are strong have no need of a physician, but those who are ill.”

Note 1 on physician says: “In calling people to follow Him for the kingdom, the King of the heavenly kingdom ministered as a Physician, not as a Judge. A Judge’s judgment is according to righteousness, whereas a physician’s healing is according to mercy and grace.

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The First Step in Understanding the Bible

 

The Bible is an incredible book, filled with wisdom, poetry, history, and exhortation. It contains mysterious signs, types, figures, and prophecies, along with lengthy genealogies and detailed ordinances. And it reveals who Christ is and God’s eternal purpose for man.

As Christians, we may know we should read the Bible but feel apprehensive about it. Perhaps previous attempts at trying to understand the Bible discourage us, or maybe we can’t fathom how we could understand such an important, complex book. But the Bible is God’s Word for us and to us. It’s one of His greatest gifts to us; surely He wants us to read and understand His Word. So in this post let’s take a look at the simple, first, most important step in understanding the Bible.

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The Main Function of the Word of God

“All Christians know that the function of the Word of God is to reveal God to us. Although this is true, this is not its main function. The main function of the Bible is to impart God into us as life and as the nourishment of life. It is not only to give us knowledge about God and His love, but to impart God Himself into us.”

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Believers in Christ

1 Peter 5:14—“Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ.”

Note 2 on in Christ says: “Peter stressed the fact that the believers are in Christ (3:16; 5:10). It is of God and through our faith and baptism that we are in Christ ( 1 Cor. 1:30; John 3:5; Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). This results in an organic union with the Triune God (Matt. 28:19) and makes us one spirit with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17).”

Cross-reference “c” on in Christ directs us to these related verses:

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