We are all sons of God

“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:26-29 NET).

What a great privilege we have to be sons of God! The idea of being a “son” of God is no mere accident nor is it discriminatory. In fact, this was a very liberating concept! In most societies, up until fairly recently, it was the sons – the male descendants – who inherited. Yet in Christ, we all inherit, no matter who we are, through faith. We are all sons! Continue reading “We are all sons of God”

Our imperishable inheritance

“The people of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, received their inheritance” (Joshua 16:4 ESV).

After conquering much of the land of Canaan, the land was divided between the tribes of Israel. This was to be their inheritance. Reuben, Gad and half of the tribe of Manasseh had already received their inheritance, their land, on the east of the Jordan in the lands they conquered before entering Canaan. In return for receiving their inheritance early, they had to lead the army as they conquered the Promised Land. Continue reading “Our imperishable inheritance”

Reservations

“To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you… Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith – the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:4, 8-9 NKJV).

Even after more than 25 years of traveling to preach in distant countries, I find that the planning and anticipation of each trip adds immensely to my enjoyment. When I first began going to the areas I now travel regularly I would pore over maps, read travel guides, seek information from acquaintances who had been there, and learn as much as I could about my destination. Part of my reasons for doing this was to prepare adequately for the journey, but part was just to prolong and enhance the experience. Continue reading “Reservations”