“For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernable alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” (2 Corinthians 2:15)
2 Corinthians 2:15 tells us that all believers in Christ Jesus are like a sweet perfume, a sweet smell of Christ, whose fragrance others, both saved and unsaved, cannot help noticing. This fragrance, however, affects people differently. It is perceived differently by those being saved and those perishing. Continue reading →
Central Truth: God has provided the way whereby everyone can have faith.
We read in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” We see from this that “without faith it is impossible to please him …” Therefore, if God demands that we have faith when it is impossible for us to have faith, then we have a right to challenge His justice. But if He places within our hands the means whereby faith can be produced, then the responsibility rests with us whether we have faith. God has told us that without faith it is impossible to please Him. But He has also told us how to get faith. If we don’t have faith, it is not God’s fault. To blame God for our lack of faith is nothing but ignorance. God has provided the way whereby everyone can have faith. Continue reading →
In His letters to the Corinthians, Paul describes three classes of men in the church. They are the Natural Man, the Spiritual Man, and the Carnal man. We have these same classes of men in our churches today. Every professing believer falls into one of these classes, according to their attitude to the things of God.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”(2 Corinthians 2:4-5)
The Word of God is the Sword of The Spirit, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). It is our sword, one of our spiritual weapons, God has given us to use for taking back what the enemy (Satan) has stolen from us. If he (Satan) has stolen your health from you, then it’s time to take up your spiritual sword or weapon and do battle. Spoken out of our mouths the Word of God becomes a powerful weapon against the “wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).
So often we, as believers, forget the awesome work Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. In Christ is the newness of life. We are “a new creation…all things have become new”(2 Corinthians 5:17), and so we were instructed to walk in the newness of life. Our old man was crucified with Christ and the life which we now live in the flesh, we live by faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave Himself for us (Galatians 2:20).
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new “(2 Corinthians 5:17)
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we experience a rebirth in which our old spiritually dead nature was replaced by a new nature of spiritual life. We become sons and daughters of the Most High God and is in a position to receive our inheritance from Father God just as Jesus received from Him. We become an heir to everything God says we are, everything God says we have, and everything God says we can do because we are now in Christ Jesus. Continue reading →