The Weekend Word

You may also like...

6 Responses

  1. Jean says:

    “•The promise of eternal life & heaven is sure and secure. But do we really hold on to it?”

    Jesus puts it like this:

    “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”

    What is “abide”? Abide = to remain (not to depart); to continue to be present; to be held, kept, continually; to wait for.

    And here:

    “As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.”

    Jesus says to us to hear, but also to hold fast to his Word in our hearts. Then with patience we will bear fruit. The flipside is leaving his Word. Luke 8:16-18 warns the apostate that “even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”

  2. The word faith gets tossed around this passage quite a bit. What does it mean? We know as Christians that faith has never saved anyone – so what is being said here?

  3. Em says:

    the two illustrations – abiding and planting deal with different aspects – in my humble theology

    the grafted branch deals with bearing fruit that comes from abiding in the Word

    the good soil deals with germination … and so, once again, there is the problem of eternal security… once the seed roots and takes hold in good soil – which to me is the heart of the one hearing the word – can one tear that out and kill what God has begun?

    so i pray that Faith just grows in all who love God and are called, no matter how the devil seeks to destroy it

    just interjecting some Fundy thots here… now i’m gone

  4. The point of faith … many have faith and it doesn’t save them. A Muslim can say he has faith – so what’s the big deal?

    This goes back to what I said a couple of weeks ago about substituting the word Jesus where you see faith and see if it not only doesn’t clear things up but actually makes sense of those statements.

  5. Jean says:

    “28 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.”

    This verse is so profound as an early sign of how God deals with his people, then and today. The question for us is: Why the blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintels of the Israelite houses? Could not the Lord distinguish the Israelites from the Egyptians without the blood? Was God testing the Israelites’ faith? Was this a work that the Israelites needed to do to merit mercy from the Destroyer?

    Moses tells what the blood was for: “The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are.” The blood was four the peoples’ benefit (i.e., it was grace). When the Lord was striking down all the Egyptian firstborns and “there was a great cry in Egypt”, how could the Israelites be sure they were safe? Could they rely on their address? Their piety? Their faith and trust? Were they Jewish enough? How could they be sure?

    God gave them a sign. God attached his promise to a sign. Look at your lintel and your doorposts. I have attached my promise to pass over you to that sign. Look at that sign and trust my promise to you. Get out of the speculations of your mind. Stop wondering if you are Jewish enough, pious enough, obedient enough. God saved them because He is the faithful one; faithful to His promise. The Israelites could say that evening to their children who were frightened almost to death from the screams of the Egyptians all around them: Look at the Lintel and doorposts and know that the Lord is for you. You are safe.

  6. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I am saved – How do I know? I am baptized.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.