having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, – 1 Pet. 1:23
We have been REBORN from our past sins through the living word of God – and His word will never perish.
This REBIRTH is always the mark of a true believer.
The price tag was the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
I love it when Rhoda shows up in Acts. She always make me smile.
“And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer. When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate. But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!” Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, “It is his angel.” Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.” – Acts 12:13-16
Rhoda answers a late night knock at the gate. She is so excited to see Peter that she runs off to tell everyone… without letting Peter in first!
Then we get this hilarious line, “now Peter continued knocking.” Like, “Umm, hello? Anyone there? Remember me?”
I love Rhoda.
This is a perfect little eyewitness scene that proves the veracity of scripture. You can’t make something like this up!
Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. – Acts 13:38-39
Through Jesus is forgiveness of sins
Through Jesus is justification.
Where the Law could not save us, but only reveal our need for a Savior.
Through this Man!
“Left to himself — man is half beast and half devil.” – George Whitefield
That’s why I love my Savior and Redeemer; The Lord Jesus Christ
This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. – Peter (Acts 2:32)
Here is the pinnacle of Peter’s first sermon in Acts: Jesus arose and they saw Him.
They were all witnesses.
Today, we are all witnesses to the risen Christ!
Ponder the path of your feet – Prov. 4:26
Ponder here is the same as “weigh.”
Weigh every step.
Is this step getting me closer to God or further from Him?
“The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.” – John 3:35
He loves His Son.
God owns all things.
God has given His Son all things.
All things are in our Lord’s hand.
This brings me great comfort.