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“Love endures all things” – 1 Corinthian 13:7

St-Takla-org--Jesus-Crown-of-Thorns-07How many people would be willing to go through what Jesus did for a world that did not accept Him?  The apostle Paul declared that it is unlikely that a person would die for another unless the person was really good.  But Jesus died not for the righteous but for sinners.  we are all sinners and He died for us.

He was led as a Lamb to be slaughtered.  he was rejected, lied about, disrespected, spat on, slapped, badly beaten, mocked and treated like a common criminal.  He was beaten so that we could have peace and whipped so we could be healed.  He was treated harshly.  He was arrested and led away in secret and did not receive a fair trial.  He had never done anything wrong but He was buried like a criminal (Isaiah 53:5, 7, 9, NLT).  He wore a crown of thorns so that we could one day wear crowns of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8, KJV).

Many of those He died for despised and rejected Him.  They turned their backs on Him.  They wanted no part of Him.  They chose Barabbas, a hardened criminal over Him.  When He was on the cross, the soldiers gambled for His robe.  When Jesus was thirsty, they gave Him vinegar instead of water.  The people jeered at Him, saying, “If You are the Son of God, save Yourself adn come down from the cross” (Matthew 27:40, NLT).

Who among the people realized that He was dying fo their sins–that He was suffering for their punishment (Isaiah 53:8, NLT).  Would it have made a difference if they had?  Does it make a difference to you?

Love bears all things – 1 Corinthians 13:7

jesus15-jesus-bore-our-sinsJesus bore the sins of this world.  He carried our weaknesses, our sorrows which weighed Him down.  Our troubles became His.  He took up our cross and took it to Calvary where He paid our sin debt in full.  He bore the sins of many and interceded for sinners.  He did this all in the name of love.  He wanted to make it possible for many to be counted righteous once they placed their faith in Him, their sin Bearer.

He took on the wrath of God on our behalf.  He bore our guilt and was punished.  He was nailed on the cross between two criminals (Isaiah 53:4, 11).  Jesus carried our sins because He loved us.  Although we were guilty, He took the blame.  Our salvation meant so much to Him that He willingly gave His life for us.  Love bears all and gives all.  Jesus suffered a cruel death so that we could have eternal life.  He bore the indignity of the cross so that we could one day share the kingdom which the Father has prepared for us.  What a wonderful Savior is Jesus our Lord!

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

DiscipleshipHomepageThis is illustrated in the story of Philip and the Ethiopian .  Jesus taught His disciples the Scriptures.  He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.  When He was here on earth, taught the Scriptures, rebuked those who were unbelieving and even those close to Him (Thomas, Peter and Philip), He corrected people like the adulteress, Nicodemus and the disciples.  The apostles did the same.  They taught.  Peter rebuked Simon, the Sanhedrin, Ananias and Sapphira.  Paul rebuked the churches that were allowing themselves to be led astray by false teachers.  Stephen rebuked the Sanhedrin.  There are many examples of the apostles rebuking people and even each other.  They corrected unrighteous behavior and they trained others.  Paul instructed Timothy who was young (1 Timothy 4:1:15).

Paul knows the Scriptures.  He said Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe (Galatians 3:22).  It was Paul who said that all Scripture comes from God as it is useful for teaching people, rebuking doubt, disbelief, false teachings, unrighteousness, etc., correcting attitudes, beliefs, behavior that goes against the Word of God and training those who believe so that those preaching the Word of God are able to do so.  This is how the Gospel will spread.  Those who receive the Word like the Samaritan woman, the apostles will go and tell others.  It is in the teaching, receiving of the Scriptures, the rebuking and the correcting that make people repent and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  They receive salvation and are baptised.  It was the reading of the Scriptures and the teaching of them that led the Ethiopian to accept Jesus and receive salvation.  Then he was baptised by Philip.  God knew that the Ethiopian was ready to receive Jesus in his life and that’s why He sent Philip.

Make sure that you not only use God’s Word to rebuke and to correct but to encourage (exhort), instruct.  Do not get into a debate.  Be patient and loving.



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