“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” –Romans 6:23
LIGHT FOR NOW: Until Christ is explained in the scriptures, the life of God cannot be communicated to you.
We receive eternal or everlasting life, or salvation through the kind of gospel that is preached, which we hear and believe. By love, Jesus Christ came to give eternal life freely to all men, who would receive it by faith. The Bible in Ephesians chapter 2 verses 8 and 9 confirm this. They read, “for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of your selves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”. But even as eternal life is freely given for all men, some will surely reject the gift by not accepting the gospel of Christ. And there is no life outside the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is the eternal life Himself. To have the Son, or to receive the gift of eternal life, you must first of all hear the gospel of Christ and believe in it. The gospel is the good news about what Christ did for us in his death, burial, resurrection and ascension. It is that good news that produces the faith of Christ in the hearer, which makes him accept the life of God and confess Christ as Lord and Saviour.
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17). This means that it is the word about Christ that you hear that brings faith to you, which also makes you receive the life of God. This shows that you can only receive the life of God through the preaching or the explanation of the scriptures in the light of Christ. Jesus said to the Jews in John 5 verses 39 and 40 (NIV), “You study the scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life, yet you refuse to come to me to have life”. Until Christ is explained from the scriptures, the life of God cannot be communicated to you. Therefore, our search of the scriptures must be to find Christ, because it is in the knowledge of Him from the scriptures that you can come to Him to receive the life of God.
INSTRUCTION: Accept the gift of eternal life
PRAYER: I receive grace to search and preach the gospel of Christ, for therein is the life of God communicated to me, In Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Our search and preaching of the scriptures must be to find and explain Christ.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 22; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 10