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Sunday, March 5, 2017

‎Jim Vining‎ to Understanding the Times SS Class 2 hrs · John 13:13 "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.


John 13:13 "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.
The ultimate Lordship of Jesus Christ in our lives is more about motive and character than service or knowledge – if Christ controls our heart He controls our thoughts and behavior. The Lordship of Christ is not imposed upon man – it must be accepted by man’s free will. Christ does not defend His right to rule – He simply declares it as God’s sovereign will. His rule over my life is not to simply control my behavior – it is to dominate my spiritual and moral integrity. Greatness in God comes from our humble admission of our need and weakness. Christ Lordship is not imposed to make us behave – it is declared to secure our faith and obedience; not because we fear His discipline, but we are passionate regarding His presence. Obedience does not make us children of God – obedience is the resulting life of gratitude for being made a child of God. My willing service does gain His pleasure because it shows Him I love the grace and mercy given me through faith in His Son. Jesus Christ purchased my redemption and reconciliation – I must give Him my will and devotion. Jesus Christ was Lord before creation and has nothing to do with my acknowledgement – and everything to do with my humble acceptance. 
Read through the Bible in one year – Mar. 5/Mk 9:30-50; Num.34-36