Sunday, November 1, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : For both he that santifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren. Hebrews 2:11
Thought of The Day : We’re all members of God’s family through Christ’s redemptive work which brings our salvation and sanctification.
LISTEN : Through Christ Jesus we’re all members of God’s family, whether male or female, young or old, great or small, rich or poor, Jew or Greek, educated or uneducated, free or captive, etc., Christ is all and in all. The Bible says, “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Savages, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” (Colossians 3:10-11). My dear, we’re purchased by the precious blood of Jesus Christ and fashioned after Christ’s image as true ambassadors of His kingdom. The Bible declares that, we’re purged from our sins by His death and purified to serve His good purposes on earth. (See Titus 2:14). Christ sanctified us to God. That is, He made us holy unto God. He sets us apart from the corruption of the world. Not just that, He engrafted us into the divine family and God is not ashamed of us. What a privilege! We’re now members of God’s family through Christ’s redemptive work which brings our salvation and sanctification. The Bible says, “For both he that santifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.” (Hebrews 2:11). Christ Jesus is he that santifies, and we who are cleansed and saved through his death are the ones sanctified. And both Christ our sanctifier and we the sanctified are from one source – God! The Bible says, “And you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.” (1 Corinthians 3:23). Beloved, isn’t that interesting! Because you have God you have everything. You belong to the divine family – God’s own family. Therefore, your life is not at the mercy of anything or anyone. David affirms in the Psalms thus: “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.” (Psalms 27:10). You know how it turned out for David! A despised shepherd boy who was abandoned in the bush turned out to be the esteemed and immortalised king of Israel; that Jesus Christ should be called the son of David. Beloved, you’re in God’s family. You’re sanctified to glorify God in your life. Therefore, live in newness of life – be pure, be loving, be peaceable and wait expectantly for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Always remember that, we’re all members of God’s family through Christ.
2. Love every member of the family as you would love your own family.
3. Stop division, malice, hate, etc., and begin to act in love.
4. Encourage unity and harmony in the church as a true child of God.
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that I’m sanctified by the death of Christ Jesus. Therefore, I belong to God’s family now and always, amen.
Prayer : Dear Lord, I thank You because You sanctified me by the death of Christ and called me up to Your family. Therefore, I will live the rest of my life for You, in Jesus’ name, amen!
A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. May you obey God and enjoy the priviledges of being a member of His family, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Christ makes us members of God’s family through His death, that we might make families of the earth God’s family through His word.
Quote : “Christ who sanctifies and we who are sanctified are God’s, that through our sanctification families of the earth should come to know God.”
Biblical Fact : Did you know Abraham was buried in the Cave of Machpelah? (Genesis 25:9)
Today In History : November 1, 1948 – Six thousand people die when a Chinese merchant ship explodes and sinks off southern Manchuria.
Stunning Fact : Did you know Bats can eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes an hour?
Bible Quiz : Why did God ask Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac?
God bless you!