Monday, June 8, 2015

For This Cause

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We like to share, once a month, from our devotional booklet for the month.  The Kindle devotional book for June is Emerald's Life: June - A Season of Growth and Life.

June is the beginning of Summer in many areas of the world. The heat of Summer is beginning, yet there are still thoughts of growth and life. Biblically, the color green represents exactly that, growth and life. Many crops actually continue their growth in Summer, despite the heat and dryness. And there’s hope in the growth process.


Colossians 1:9-15 (KJV)  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:


We see two important things in verse 14.  The redemption refers back to the “dear Son” in the preceding verse.  We’re told whose Blood redeemed us.  And what did it do?  It covered the things that are displeasing to God.  God now sees the Blood sacrifice of His Son instead of our sins that the sacrifice was made for.  That change is permanent and complete.  Jesus didn’t die for just some sins.  And there isn’t a time limit on that redemption — it’s eternal, both in existence and in scope.

Verse 15 is even better.  The Son, Jesus, is the eikon of the invisible God.  He is the exact representation.  There’s John 10:30 (KJV): “I and my Father are one.”. Or, perhaps even more to the point: 1 John 5:7 (KJV) “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”.  The Persons of the Trinity are alike and in unity.  All were a part of the plan for redemption, but Jesus was the sacrifice.

The other part of the verse brings out “the rest of the story”, as Paul Harvey used to say.  If every part of the Trinity is one with the rest, then each person existed before anything else.  Before Adam and people existed in time.  In fact, all of the Trinity existed before time came into being.  Which means that the Father who planned our redemption was there before we required Him to plan our salvation.  Jesus existed before He needed to fulfill that plan.  And the Holy Spirit already existed to implement the plan.  There aren’t enough exclamation points and positive adjectives to fully describe how special that is!


Prayer thoughts for day 12:  This is one of those times when we’re not even going to make suggestions.  The Truths in these two verses are sufficient to lead our prayers.  And, perhaps, this is one of those moments where meditation trumps prayer.  We not only need to speak to God, we also need, even more, to hear from Him.  It’s His thoughts, not ours, that are important.

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As we've mentioned, we're not yet part of any official church list of missionaries to support.  So, this is just a reminder  that I have a funding page: Send Bill to Costa Rica.  Since the team and I are friends, I'm not too concerned that we'll mesh.  But we still need to find out if my breathing issues will be effected by the altitude.  And that trip doesn't happen without your help. If you'd like to contribute to our first international mission trip, again, you can go to Send Bill to Costa Rica and donate.  Thanks.

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