#Bible #Reading #Christian #Jesus #Christ #Abraham #God #thoughts

Hey Guys,

Some thoughts…

So as many of you know I’m a Christian and one of the ways I practice my faith is by reading the Bible. I’ve read the whole Bible more than once but it’s the kind of thing you read and re-read for your whole life, there’s so much information and meaning to glean from the Bible you can’t possibly understand it all in one go.

So why do Christians read the Bible? Well in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 [NLT] it says

[4] “Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. [5] And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. [6] And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. [7] Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. [8] Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. [9] Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

In the Bible, God gave instructions directly to Israel (descendants of Abraham), as well as to the Gentile’s (non-Jews). Christians often pay attention to the instructions given to the Israelites and follow them believing that many of these instructions apply to us because we believe that we too are children of Abraham. This is because Paul said in Galatians 3:26-29 [NLT]

[26] For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. [27] And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. [28] There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. [29] And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.

So when we are Christians our sex and ethnicity don’t matter when it comes to our inheritance and values that we believe. We all share the same values those set out by Jesus and no one is better than anyone else. Paul also goes on to say in Romans 9:7-8 [NLT]

[7] Being descendants of Abraham doesn’t make them truly Abraham’s children. For the Scriptures say, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted,” though Abraham had other children, too. [8] This means that Abraham’s physical descendants are not necessarily children of God. Only the children of the promise are considered to be Abraham’s children.

That means that being a Jew doesn’t automatically make you eligible to the blessings promised to Abraham as he has other children, yet they were not chosen. However, having faith in Jesus does. As Paul went on to say in Galatians 3:7-9 [NLT]

[7] The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God. [8] What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would make the Gentiles right in his sight because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” [9] So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.

So believing in Jesus and following him is how we make ourselves children of Abraham and beneficiaries of the promise. Those are just a few scriptures that are examples of where we get the president for believing that some of the instructions given to the Israelites apply to us.

Now I say “some” because Jesus’ death and resurrection and subsequent fulfillment of the law means that certain parts of the law don’t apply to us anymore. For example, as Jesus was the last sacrifice for our sins, we no longer need to sacrifice a sheep every time we sin. This scripture puts it quite eloquently. Hebrews 9:11-15 [NLT]

[11] So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. [12] With his own blood-not the blood of goats and calves-he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. [13] Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. [14] Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. [15] That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.

These are just a few thoughts I’m going to return to this topic again!
Catherine x


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