Do you trust God to guide you during these uncertain times? It is easy to fall into a pattern of thinking fearfully. With everything going on in the world right now, many are afraid. But as Christians, it is important to foster a mindset of faith, not fear.
Are you familiar with the full meaning behind Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross? Jesus died for our sins so that we may have eternal life through Him. To receive salvation, we must not only believe that Jesus died on the cross, but understand its significance and receive His gift of salvation.
Have you ever gotten weary in the space between God’s promise and its fulfillment? God’s people felt the same way in the Old Testament. In Numbers 21, we see the Israelites complain in the middle of the desert when they weren’t getting to the Promised Land as quickly as they would have liked.
In 1 Peter 2:24, Peter makes an interesting statement about Christ: “He himself bore our sins on his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”
Notice the tense of that last sentence: Jesus already has healed us. It’s done. We have been healed. We’re not going to be healed. That’s because the work of the cross was finished as soon as Christ said it was. Real faith, biblical faith, believes that Jesus has already provided everything that we need.
For centuries, the Israelite people had enjoyed a special status—a unique relationship with God. They were the chosen people, the ones able to enjoy the presence and direction of God like no one else. For generations, they received promises of redemption, salvation, an eternity with Him…
Have you ever wondered what the Bible means by the verse that says, “By His stripes, we are healed?” Many people disagree on what this verse means in terms of healing—spiritual, physical, and otherwise. However, if we take a look at the Bible as a whole, we’ll see a pattern pointing both forward to and back to Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross—a sacrifice that bought our healing.