During my season as caregiver to my late husband, from the time Alzheimer’s disease attacked him until he went to be with The Lord, I was unable to attend church services. I listened online to my own church and many other Bible preachers. I’ve been a Bible enthusiast for many years.
I gained new understanding of some scripture verses during those months. For instance, I had been taught that some verses in the New Testament were no longer efficacious to us. I have since learned that these instructions are as meaningful and effective today as ever. Such verses say that Christians should be going about telling the gospel, teaching the Word, healing people, casting out demons, and raising the dead. That’s a tall order, but it was issued because people needed to be encouraged to believe in Jesus. God still wants people to believe. He is still willing to help people believe today just as in the beginning days of His church. Signs and wonders were and are meant to encourage people to believe in Jesus.
I learned from preacher Joseph Prince about law and grace and how the tenets of law and grace should not be mixed. While the Old Testament scripture is of great value, the Covenant of Law is obsolete. That doesn’t mean that the commandments are wrong. They are pure and right. But they can no longer bring condemnation to a believer whose sin has been eternally forgiven through trusting in the finished work of Christ on the cross. New Covenant believers are eternally forgiven. The burden of keeping the law, which we all fall short of doing, is not a requirement for salvation under grace. We need only trust in Jesus. He fulfilled the law for us. He is our Lord and our salvation.
I do my best to write the truth about God’s love, telling that God doesn’t punish us for sins His son already suffered and paid for. I write that God doesn’t bring sickness or poverty into our lives, that He is willing for all people to be saved, to be healed, and to prosper, and that God loves all people and wants all people to believe in Jesus, our Savior and Lord.
Sometimes I say so much about God’s goodness that people may think I believe God is not against sin. Of course, God is against sin, because He loves us, and sin destroys the ones He loves. Sin is evil and dangerous. Sin, and sin will hurt you. Sin will destroy what matters to you most and will bring you misery.
If sin has messed up your life, don’t give up. God will help you. There is hope for anyone whose life has been damaged by the evil one. Those who have trusted Jesus to save them from their mess know the pure and patient love of Christ. We can testify that victory is available. Believe and be encouraged. You may have lost a battle or two, or many, but you can win the war, through Jesus, the captain of our salvation.
P.S. Believers cannot lose their salvation. This we may rely upon for good reason. God saves, seals, keeps, and delivers all that trust in the name of Jesus. The Father holds us securely in His hand.
Matthew 10:7-8 – The Bible (KJV) – And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
John 10:27-30 – The Bible (KJV) – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.