A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
Well Valentine’s Day has come and gone. I use to be very depressed on Valentine’s Day, being single and all. But this year it was almost just another day (well I am older). I didn’t even have chocolate, a first and no regrets. I’m finally trusting that the Lord knows what’s best for me in every aspect of my life. To be in a relationship that is going nowhere is not what Christ wants for me or for any of us, I think. I’m still hoping for a great Valentine’s Day but until then I will Rest in the Lord and have Peace in my heart and mind. And I pray the same for you. Amen.
“Something About the Name of Jesus”, Rance Allen.
“Be Holy” cont’d, 1Peter 2:1) Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2) As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby: 3) If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. Hebrews 6:5.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-3, Evil-speaking is a sign of malice (the will to do harm to another) and guile (deceiving trickery) in the heart; and hinders our profiting from the Word of God. A new life needs suitable food. Infants desire milk, and make the best endeavours for it; such must be a Christian’s desires after the Word of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ is very merciful to us miserable sinners; and He has a fullness of Grace. But even the best of God’s servants, in this life, have only a taste of the consolations of God.
“The Living Stone and a Chosen People”, 1Peter 2:4) To whom coming, as unto a Living Stone, Disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and Precious. 5) Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a Spiritual house, an Holy Priesthood, to offer up Spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:18. 6) Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a Chief Corner Stone, Elect, Precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded. 7) Unto you therefore which believe He is Precious (an honour): but unto them which be disobedient, the Stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the Head of the corner, 8) And a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the Word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9) Buy ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthhood, an Holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His Marvellous Light: Exodus 19:5, 6; Revelation 5:10. 10) Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Hosea 2:23. 11) Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12) Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Luke 19:44.
Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary – v4-10, Christ is called a Stone, to teach His servants that He is their protection and security, the foundation on which they are built. He is precious in the excellence of His Nature, the dignity of His Office, and the Glory of His Services. All true Believers are a Holy Priesthood; sacred to God, serviceable to others, endowed with Heavenly gifts and graces. But the most spiritual sacrifices of the best in prayer and praise are not acceptable, except through Jesus Christ. Christ is the Chief Corner-stone, that unites the whole number of Believers into one everlasting Temple, and Bears the weight of the whole fabric. Precious beyond compare, by all that can give worth. To be built on Christ means, to believe in Him; but in this many deceive themselves, they consider not what it is, nor the necessity of it, to partake of the Salvation He has wrought. To be without His Mercy is a woeful state, though a man have all worldly enjoyments. And there is nothing that so kindly works repentance, as right thoughts of the Mercy and Love of God. Let all who would be found among those who obtain mercy, walk as His People. Amen.