Luke’s narrative of Jesus’ birth includes angels and shepherds and humble circumstances. But the angels’ message is paramount, and if believed results in abounding joy and constant thanksgiving.
This is a dialogue between a mighty angel and a lowly teenager. But the good news brought by the messenger demands that we wonder at the enormity of the first Christmas, and worship the Great King who took on the likeness of man.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
What happens to the believers who die before the Lord returns? Will they receive a resurrected body? Will they miss out in any way on the rapture of the church, or the gathering together with the Lord, or the collective experience of the saints in the eternal kingdom of God? Here are four truths about the dead in Christ, concerning the second coming of our Lord, meant to encourage those grieving the loss of beloved believers with solid hope.
The deity of Jesus Christ is a non-negotiable major doctrine of the Scriptures. In the Colossian letter the Apostle Paul defends the Supremacy of Jesus against Gnostic false teachers by affirming His deity. This serves as affirmation of the sufficiency of Jesus Christ for salvation.
Paul urges believers to avoid dead religion and to treasure Christ instead – for our joy and God’s glory.