Monday, September 2, 2019

Quoting Accurately

That doesn’t look like the Bible I’m using now, since I carry a digital one with me at all times. I do have one like this, complete with references, concordance, and lots of highlights and notes from when I wrote in it for decades.

Both my digital and my hard copy include this scenario:

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:15-17 KJV)

One commandment: do not eat of the one tree, the one of knowledge of good and evil. Such a simple command, isn’t it. Adam has the remainder of the world to dress and keep. One fruit is off limits.
We know what happens next. It’s one of the favorite plots of books, plays, movies, television, and children left home alone. Temptation. We’ve all been asked a similar question – “You mean your parents won’t let you (fill in the blank of anything someone else is doing that you aren’t supposed to, just because your parents said “No”.)

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (Genesis 3:1 KJV)

Eve had God’s commandment, but she added to it just a tiny bit:

And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. (Genesis 3:2-3 KJV)

God did not say – Do not touch the tree. God did not say – lest ye die. But neither one of those small additions were really bad, were they? If you didn’t touch it, you couldn’t eat of it. The fear of death still existed, but there’s a difference between “thou shalt surely die” and “lest ye die”, isn’t there. If you don’t touch it, neither happens – but in one statement death was inevitable, in the other it was probable.

We know what happened. The same thing is happening today.

“We all worship the same God.” No, we don’t. Ask any Muslim, Allah begats not, neither is he begotten. God, on the other hand:

. . .  so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)

Allah is not God, simply because the different holy books define different supreme beings. Buddhism has a variety of answers as to whether a supreme being exists, but nothing similar to Judaism, Islam, nor Christianity. Thus, humans do not all worship the same God. Nor do we believe in the same life after earthly death. There is a wide variety there, too.

Therefore, we need to accurately quote the source of our doctrine and not accept another’s definition of what our God is, other than what His word defines. Quote the source of our doctrine, not the traditions of man, who would tell us that all religions are the same. They are not.

According to the words of Jesus, recorded by His disciples, He was the fulfilment of the Law given to Moses by JHWH, and promised to Israel by prophets:

And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. (Luke 4:21 KJV)

That’s my favorite fulfillment verse, but the gospels mention “fulfilled” in relation to prophecy another 38 times, plus another ten in the book of Acts. There is no Christianity without Judaism. There is no Messiah without Judaic prophecy. There is no resurrection without the death of the Messiah, yet more than 2000 years have passed and no one has been able to disprove the resurrection of Jesus and His appearance to hundreds of people under varied circumstances and places.

I am always moved by Paul’s conversion. A leader among the Pharisees, with a passion to defend his Judaism against heresy and blasphemy – except for a few moments on the road to Damascus.

We won’t have that, but we have Paul’s words – some written in his own hand, some written by others as his physical limitations grew. All dedicated to that one moment when he discovered that Jesus was real.

Most of us will never have that moment – but through God’s inspired words we have exactly the same accurately quoted story, and the strong desire that Paul included in his witnessing to Jesus’ life – even after Agrippa told Paul he had almost persuaded him to become a Christian:

And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds. (Acts 26:29 KJV)

Are we willing to speak to anyone – even one of great secular authority – that we would pray to God that they, and all who heard, would become as we are – Christians based on the accurately quoted authority of the Bible, as God’s word?

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Going To The Authority


I have some ephemera of my own (see yesterday’s post.) This book is one I ran across while simply thinking about downsizing (haven’t done much of that at all.)

The first date I saw on the publishers page was 1971. When I read that, I thought it would have been a book my Mom would buy for me – to encourage growing my faith. But, that referred to a Bible copyright. This book was published in 2001 and is still available. I do not know how it came to me, no inscription inside. Most likely source was a gift from my Secret Prayer Pal at church. Those are wonderful ladies who have impacted my life for close to twenty years.

There’s nothing quite like being involved in a church that is active, growing, diverse, and doctrinally sound. How do you know a church has sound doctrine, try learning from Jesus and Greek words.

And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29 KJV)

The word translated as “doctrine” in this first New Testament use is the Greek (Strong’s G1322) διδαχή didachē – instruction. It’s from the root (Strong’s G1321) διδάσκω - didaskō – to teach. Thus, “doctrine” to me means teaching. What the Bible teaches us is a full set of instructions. We need to do learn these teachings, sharing them in full as Paul:

For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. (Acts 20:27 KJV)

For this reason I expect my readers to pick up a Bible and see if I’ve misused any of the scriptures I’ve quoted. They are to be read in context to receive God’s counsel, and that covers thousands of years. Over those years, men have created traditions that have replaced some of God’s counsel.
Jesus gives us examples of this in Matthew’s fifteenth chapter. He answered a question with a question:

But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? (Matthew 15:3 KJV)

Christ ends His teaching – His doctrine – with:

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Matthew 15:9 KJV)

Thus we need to read His words to follow the full counsel of God to follow biblical doctrine. We need to read the Bible to understand what and why Christians do while following biblical doctrine. While there are many examples for each of the activities, here are examples:

We meet together regularly:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25 KJV)
We sing during worship: 
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16 KJV)
Offerings are taken:
Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. (1 Corinthians 16:2 KJV)
We invite and listen to missionary speakers:
Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. (Acts 17:1-3 KJV)
We have traditions of men, but they certainly aren’t commandments: the times of our meetings; more than one service on Sunday; a mid-week service, special music, musical instruments. We offer bus service, nursery, ladies meetings, scheduled prayer meetings, and more.

What we should not do - and hopefully have not done, or will not do - is add or subtract from the teachings, the instructions, the doctrine given by Jesus, our savior.

Jesus gave only two commandments, confirming all the laws and prophets fit within those two:

Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:36-40 KJV)

All of the above were thoughts generated by one book filled with stories of women and their faith, their tragedies and their encouragement, their estrangements and their reunions – all the things we experience in life, and survive with God. We’d like for you to share the doctrine – the instruction, the teachings – given by our Lord.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Submission


I cropped this graphic from a photo taken before their wedding. Recently, looking through some of their family ephemera, they ran across the photo and shared it. Four children and a couple of jobs later, they looked back and so did we. I’ve known them since before they met. I enjoyed watching him grow in faith through high school.

He lived his faith. He led Bible studies for other students. He attended and graduated from Bible college. He dedicated his life to service our Lord, and has done so as student, Youth Pastor, and now serving as Pastor of a Baptist church.

I knew another young man, in the same group of young men at our church whose common goal was to serve the Lord. He, too, attended and graduated from Bible college, served as an evangelist, Youth Minister, pastored a church, married and had two children – but walked away from his church to become what Paul described:

which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: (1 Timothy 1:19b KJV)

What was put away was:

Holding faith, and a good conscience;  (1 Timothy 1:19 KJV)

Both wives trust scripture as to how to live with their husbands. We share respect for these verses:

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. (Ephesians 5:22-24 KJV)

In the first example, the husband and wife continue to serve the Lord together. In the second example, the marriage did not survive substance abuse, physical abuse, and lack of a job to provide for their children. Too long she followed the verse her husband drilled into her that she was to submit to him, his desires, and his life, although her husband had overlooked the verse before Ephesians 5:22:

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. (Ephesians 5:21 KJV)

And the one following verse 24:

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. (Ephesians 5:26-28 KJV)

There is a serious problem in picking and choosing verses to be used to accomplish our own desires. The Bible has very few stand-on-their-own verses, and even those raise questions and require additional definition. All scripture is to be studied in relation to God, not to each other.

No woman is required by any Bible verses to submit to a man who cannot submit himself to God. There is nothing biblical about a man who will strike his wife in front of their children. There is, in fact, verses that speak to anyone who damages a child’s faith:

Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. (Luke 17:1-2 KJV)

There is a verse, too, about a man who will not provide for his family:

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. (2 Thessalonians 3:10 KJV)

Yes – I have quoted verses here without their surrounding context, and I encourage you to read them in the Bible to verify they have not been used to change their meaning. That’s the true purpose here, to encourage Bible reading.

Me? Obey Him?’ is an excellent question that is answered in the Bible. It depends on the “Him.” For a wife following Christ married to a husband following Christ, my answer is an unabashed affirmative.

For a wife following Christ married to a husband who has abandoned his faith and conscience, my answer is an unabashed “NO!”

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 3:5 KJV)

Please read the verses preceding 3:5. There are several descriptions, but they all are to be shunned. Just as those listed here:

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. (1 Timothy 6:3-5 KJV)

Do not submit to those whose actions and words are anti-Christ.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

If You Received This Letter . . .


Don’t try to translate the graphic. Yes, the letters are Greek, but the words aren’t. Originally written in the Greek language, we have them today in English. Here they are with the verses that precede them, opening John’s first letter:

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. (1 John 1:1-4 KJV)

John wrote more books in the Bible than any other of Jesus’ disciples, though Paul the Apostle wrote even more. Both of them met Jesus face to face, John for three years, Paul for just a few moments.

Have you ever received a letter that opened with more information? When I was working, writing a business letter was formal. Still is in a lot of situations, but e-mails are quicker, shorter and seldom explain why they were written. Never read one that wanted my joy to be full.

John was inspired by God to give the background, explain why this letter carries the truth behind what he had heard, seen for himself, even touched with his own hands, that has to do with the Word. He used that word in the opening of his gospel:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:1-5 KJV)

How would you describe Jesus? Can you imagine walking with Him for three years? Hearing the teachings while watching people vilify and eventually kill Him? If what you had spent three years doing simply vanished, would you continue telling His story and writing others about His life – and what they should do about it?

That became John’s life, telling everyone he met – and writing to people he would not meet – what he had seen while walking with Jesus, what he was inspired by God to write, and finally the vision – the Revelation – he was given to pass on to the rest of us.

Five books – John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Revelation. They covered a great portion of the first century after Jesus’ birth, and focus on what John believed with all his heart. He wrote one of the most quoted verses in all the Bible, Jesus’ response to Nicodemus’ questions:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)

Because of the manner in which God loved His creation, He offered another creation to see that none should perish. By simply believing, eternal life is available.

The author of Hebrews understood that importance and wrote:

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? (Hebrews 2:3-4 KJV)

If we ignore that great plan of salvation, spoken by Jesus, heard by those around Him, confirmed by signs, wonders, miracles, and by the Holy spirit in God’s will – how shall we escape? What is the alternative to believing?

John has that answer in the verses following the 16th. Here’s what Nicodemus heard, and that has not been refuted by prophecy since then:

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:17-18 KJV)

God sends no one to hell, a place He created for those who rebelled against Him. Being in hell is simply the natural consequence of not believing God exists. No one forced my acceptance, nor my rejection, of the existence of a being capable of creating the universe – and having the ability to change or even end it.

What caused you to make your decision? Did it have to do with other religions, science, fear, love? With the irrefutable knowledge that death is in the future of everyone born into this world, are you comfortable with your decision?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

For The Next Generation


I received these two cards a week apart at our church. They are funeral cards, giving the birth and death dates of two ladies I’ve known for twenty years. They each died on a Sunday, a week apart. For both of them, friends and families met a week apart to celebrate their life and their legacy of loving and service our Lord.

When I think of their lives – and so many other people whose cards I’ve read – I think of:

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (James 2:17-18 KJV)

These ladies did not go around waving flags about their works, but their faith was shown in the works they did at church, regular attendance, active in youth activities, physical labor, and most of all – teaching people younger than they were. For decades. They shared their faith through their words and their works.

Paul did the same with Timothy. I’m grateful that his letters to Timothy were included in our Bible, and I do feel they are just as inspired by God as the other books of scripture. It is to Timothy that Paul gives the source and the reason for scripture:

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 perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV)

God inspired the scriptures for our profitable examples so that we could perfectly do good works.

That is not impossible, no matter what you think. We don’t achieve that perfection – God through scripture and our response to it furnishes good works.

One of the best works is sharing His message with others. II Timothy is chronologically Paul’s last letter. Here we see how a man whose life was so changed by his belief in Christ that he was able to face his death by teaching a man to carry on the work that Christ gave him.

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (2 Timothy 4:1-2 KJV)

Paul requires, before God, that Timothy continues to do what Paul has done since meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus. In the previous chapter, I like:

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (2 Timothy 3:14 KJV)

“Continue” indicates to me that Paul knew what Timothy had been doing, and wanted him to continue. In the verses before that, Paul tells Timothy why:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 3:1-5 KJV)

Are you aware of any who would meet these descriptions? More than a few? Paul tells Timothy to turn away from them – and that’s good advice for us. I’ve also heard from people who fit into the next chapter – the ones who will not continue in the scriptures:

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:3-4 KJV)

Many times in the recent past I’ve heard Christianity referred to as a myth about a white-aired old man who lives in the sky. I do pray for those who spread that word. For me, I’d rather take Paul’s advice for Timothy:

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. (2 Timothy 4:5 KJV)

What does an evangelist do? Shares the scriptures. Shares his personal witness. Shares what God inspired people to write. In addition, I would charge the readers to read the Bible with an open mind, and I would  hope with a prayerful heart. Start with II Timothy – and as you find questions, read further.

I pray this generation will share with the next, just as the two ladies I mentioned, whose memory I hold dear and believe with all my heart I will see again. Ask me about that if you wish.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Turning the World Upside Down


I hope you are on a mobile device so you don't have to turn your monitor upside down, but when I saw this, I couldn't help to think of one specific scripture:

These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; (Acts 17:6b KJV)

Let's back up a few verses.  In Acts 17, we find Paul and Silas (if you don't know who they are, you need to read all the book of Acts up to this point, please) have arrived in Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews. It was their habit to visit Jews to discuss how their Messiah had been born, taught, died, and was resurrected. Often they were not well received.  That still happens today when people with to share the life of Christ as Paul did:

And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few. But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. (Acts 17:2-5 KJV)

For three weeks - or at least two weeks to cover three sabbath days - Paul preached to them that Jesus is Christ - simply the Greek word for the Jewish Messiah. Paul was very open about what he had seen and heard. For those Jews who knew of Jesus' ministry, certainly they also knew of Paul's battle against Jesus' followers. Yet, Paul had seen this risen Christ and opted to follow him instead of battling him.

Jesus had changed him from Saul to Paul - and in doing so had turned his life upside down. His was not the only person to have that same response. Thus, the Thessalonicans headed to Jason's house, complaining to authorities:

And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus. And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things. (Acts 17:6-8 KJV)

Now, have you heard Paul's testimony? Acts chapters 24-26 give the story of how he gave his testimony as to why he now followed Christ, instead of persecuting His followers. Yes, I could copy a few verses, but it would be better if you read those three chapters in context to better understand. And, my reason for writing this is to get you to read scriptures, but I will add this one additional piece of chapter 17.

After the confrontation at Jason's home, and the complaints of the crowd that these Christians had turned the world upside down, Paul and Silas went to Berea. There the people did exactly what I wish you would right now:

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:11 KJV)

Can you be more noble that those who complain that their world was turned upside down? Can you allow yourself to search the scriptures daily to see if what Paul said were so? Does the Bible leave you with questions, but you continue your life as usual - or does the Bible speak to you, and you find your life changing enough that you feel upside down?

The half has not yet been told. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Leaving The Track



By Tennen-Gas - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Our Sunday morning bulletin listed the morning message as “Courageous Leadership,” with scripture from Joshua 23. I had my Bible open to the passage when Pastor changed tracks. That’s why I chose the rail yard for this blog’s graphic. There are many ways to switch tracks.

We have lots of thoughts, lots of plans, lots of work done in a specific direction – when something comes along and changes the track we are on. For Pastor, it was the theme from the previous week’s Youth Camp in Pensacola, Florida. Kenny Baldwin, Senior Pastor at Crossroads Baptist Church in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia, was the speaker during the week and the them was “Driven.” Pastor Baldwin has preached revival at our church in the past and I’ve found him to be a compelling witness.

Of course, our Pastor could not condense a week’s worth of messages into one Sunday message, but from Philippians 3:4-16, Pastor did give a compelling call to consider our own lives.

First, from verse 10: “That I might know him.” Hearing of Jesus, the messages from others who know Him, or at least say they know Him, can be confusing. Was He a great prophet called by God to change people? Is He a myth, no historical records to back up stories made by a group of men? Was He a man, or was He a God? Why do people pray in His name? No one can begin to answer these questions until they get to know Him and his story.

Paul – who was named Saul – knew of Jesus and those who were called Christian because of a title. He knew them so well that he was determined to destroy them and the testimony they gave of Jesus’ birth, life, death and – of all things – resurrection. Put a stop to them and the stories would die a natural death. However, Paul became the widest-traveled witness to his own knowledge of Jesus. He was the most outspoken Apostle. He wrote to the church at Corinth:

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2 KJV)

Paul went from apprehending Christians to determined to know Him.

Second, from verse 12: “I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” That is “I am taken into custody by Christ Jesus.” Ironic, isn’t it? Paul set out to apprehended followers of Christ and ended up “apprehended of Christ.” That’s what we are supposed be, too. As His followers, we are to be caught up in learning about Christ as much as we share what we learn with others.

If you are a Christian, who knows it? How do they know it? Do you know when and why Jesus said:

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Matthew 15:9 KJV)

The third point came from verse 14: “I press toward the mark.” This hold the connotation of a race, and race cars, foot race, or even last week’s “Driven,” uses such examples. Paul uses it as his  goal daily in life, consistent in his message to all the cities he visited. I especially love his message on Mars Hill in Athens in Acts 17, before people who had no idea who he was or why he was there? However, his testimony before Agrippa and Festus in Acts 26 is one of the best sermons anyone can give – a first person view of why Paul believed Jesus’ message. What is your own testimony – why do you accept Jesus – or why do you reject Him?

Three simple points – “That I might know him” is how we learn of Christ. “I am apprehended of Christ Jesus” is when we are captured by Him. “I press toward the mark” is how we live with Christ as the motivation in our life.

After considering these three points, where are you in relation to Christ? Why?