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Is God Fake News? Day 42

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Scripture: Acts 4:10-12   It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.  Jesus is “the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.”  Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

Devotional: The writer of Hebrews is quoting Psalm 118:22 in this passage. But look at the passage more fully, verses 20-24:   This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter.  I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.  The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;  the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.  The Lord has done it this very day;  let us rejoice today and be glad.

This prophecy occurred centuries before Christ’s birth, death and resurrection, giving insight into the singular nature of salvation found through Him.  He is the gate through which the righteous may enter. 

Indeed, there is no other name by which we are saved! And the powerful name of Jesus sustains us as well.  He rescues, heals, delivers and gives life.

Reflect:

  • What has the name of Jesus meant in your own life? How have you seen His power at work?
  • Be reminded that salvation is found in no other but Jesus, and share that truth with others as God gives you opportunity.

 

Is God Fake News? Day 41

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Scripture: Hebrews 5:7-14  During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand.  In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

Devotional: In this passage, the writer of Hebrews is affirming and encouraging Jewish Christians in both their faith and their maturity as followers of Jesus Christ. Reiterating Christ as the sole source of eternal salvation, the writer appealed to something they knew well, the high priest system.  Jesus is the great High Priest, the one who offered the ultimate sacrifice once and for all.  And no further sacrifices are needed beyond Him. 

But the writer also speaks to their maturity. He admonishes them for their lack of spiritual growth, comparing them to infants who still need milk, though they should be able to teach others concerning the righteousness of God.  It’s a great reminder for each of us to train ourselves toward maturity, that we might distinguish between good and evil and help others to do the same.

Reflect:

  • How would you describe your own spiritual maturity? Are you a milk drinker who is easily deceived and needs others to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word? Or are you one who partakes of solid food and is able to teach others?
  • No matter where you are in your maturity, how will you commit to grow toward greater maturity?

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