Paul uses the illustration of vessels in a house, some being used for honorable purposes, others for dishonorable. This illustration points to a truth in the church, that there are some bringing honor to God, but others who are bringing shame and reproach upon his name. Which one are we going to be? Paul describes how we must become vessels of honor in order to bring glory of God.
As children we would often sing, “Father Abraham, had many sons. I am one of them and so are you.” Romans 4 explains to us how all who have faith in Jesus are children of Abraham, following his example of faith. Despite some failures in his life, Abraham is an outstanding example of faithfulness that parents, and all Christians can follow today.
Sometimes, it is good to be reminded of things, even if we haven’t really forgotten them. We may not forget that Christ is risen, but it should cause us to rejoice when it is brought to our attention. We may not forget the Lord’s promises, but it is no less meaningful to hear them repeated. In our text for tonight, we are reminded of some things that we probably haven’t forgotten about, but we are blessed through the reminder all the same.
Peter tells us that we are a living stones being built into a spiritual house for the Lord. Built on the foundation of Christ, our cornerstone, we are built up to offer spiritual sacrifices to our Lord.
Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart, a door which only you can open, Will you let the Savior in, and receive his gift of grace through confession, repentance, and baptism?
God’s grace is a wonderful gift. It’s important that we properly understand that grace, and not go to the extremes of cheapening the grace or constraining it. Join us as we study God’s grace together.
Jesus was and is a healer. Just as he healed a woman with great faith of her physical affliction, he can heal us of our sin affliction if we will put our faith, our trust, in him.
The sisters of Lazarus were heartbroken with the passing of their brother. They believed that Jesus would have been able to save their brother. What they didn’t know is that Jesus had much bigger plans, and that he, as the resurrection and the life, would give life to many more.
Jesus is everything that Israel was supposed to be. Israel was supposed to be God’s vine, His vineyard, but they had become a field of wild grapes. Jesus came as the True Vine, and all the branches that abide in Him will bear fruit and be preserved.
Jesus occasionally used illustrations that he later had to explain to those who had trouble understanding. In John 10, he does that, and explains how He is both the door into the sheepfold and the shepherd who guards and guides the sheep.