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Christianity is about God reaching out his hand in friendship to mankind. Christians believe that the whole world and everything in it was created by God. God is a personal being, a living God who is three, yet one: Father, Son and Spirit, just as we human beings have body, mind and soul! (see the Trinity).

The Bible says God created people in his image, to love him. Yet every person has rebelled against God and sinned. Yet instead of turning his back on us, God became a man, Jesus, who most scholars believe was born about the year 4 BC and lived among us. He taught a message of love throughout Palestine but public opinion turned against him and he was executed as a young man.

He died because of us - the death that we should have died. He was crucified on a cross, but he rose from the dead, and now calls us to trust him, to love him and to repent of our rebellion. If we do this, then we our relationship with God becomes restored and we will live forever with God.

Many non-Christians may think that being a Christian is about belonging to a particular church or following a certain set of rule. Most Christians however would agree that at its root, being a Christian means to be in a living relationship with Jesus.

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December, 18 - Daily Devotions

December Scripture Portion for Bible Commentary : I Corinthians 11 - Revelation 22

This includes the books of 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude

Philemon was evidently a wealthy Christian of Colosse who had been won to Christ through Paul's ministry, possibly at Ephesus. Onesimus was one of Philemon's slaves who had apparently stolen from his master and fled to Rome. Under the providential leading of the Lord, this runaway slave was brought into contact with Paul, who led him to Christ. Legally, Philemon could have had his slave killed for disobeying, but Paul stepped in to intercede for the new Christian and saved his life. This brief letter speaks to our hearts since it pictures, in a vivid way, the heart of the great Apostle Paul. His purposes in writing were to inform Philemon that his slave was safe and saved, to ask Philemon to forgive Onesimus, and to request Philemon to prepare a room for Paul.

Of course, the main lesson of the letter is its picture of Christ. Just as Paul was willing to pay the price for disobedient Onesimus, so Christ paid the price for your sins and mine on the cross. Paul wrote, "receive him as myself." This is a reminder to us that we are "accepted in the beloved" (Ephesians 1:6). No one will ever enter heaven on his own merits--only on the merits of Jesus Christ. When the believer stands before the Father, Christ will have to say, "receive him as Myself." Thanks be to God that our sins have been covered by His precious righteousness.

The Christian today needs to keep in mind the distinction between "accepted in Christ" and "accepted to Christ." The one who has trusted Christ for salvation is forever accepted in Christ, and can never be rejected by the Father. Whenever the believer sins, he is accepted, but not acceptable! It is necessary to confess that sin and receive Christ's cleansing. Because we are accepted in Him, we have sonship; as we live a life acceptable to Him, we have fellowship with Him.


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