Acts 10:47 ” Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.’ “

Peter and the other Believers with him couldn’t dispute what they witnessed in the house of Cornelius.  The Holy Spirit was super-naturally  poured out on the Gentiles while Peter was still mid-sentence, telling them about Jesus.  Now Peter could have questioned this…”But Lord, these people are very different from us!  We don’t have anything in common with them.  They’re a different race and culture from us!  Are You sure You know what You’re doing?”  Sometimes, as fellow-Believers, we can find ourselves asking the same questions of those we find different from us.  Yes, we may not share a lot…but we do have a common denominator…faith in Jesus Christ.  Together we are one Body…one Church…united in our trust of our Savior…joined together eternally by our faith.

In Christ Jesus…You are complete in Jesus Christ.

Many of us walk around with gaping holes in our heart…holes caused from personal loss, trauma, or at the hands of someone else.  We frantically  search for things to fill these holes, but find nothing that lasts or gives us peace of mind.  Jesus Christ is the only person or thing that can make your heart whole again. For in Him,  you are made perfectly complete…lacking nothing… able to fully realize who you are in Christ.

In Christ Jesus…You are a loved Child of God.

When you receive Jesus into your heart and believe that He died for your sins, you are adopted into the family of God.  As Romans 8:16-17 states, “You have received the Spirit of sonship.”   Regardless of whether you had both parents, only one parent, or no parents at all when you were growing up…you have been adopted into God’s family…and in doing so,  have been chosen and legally named as a joint heir with Jesus.

Colossians 3:18 ” Wives, submit to your husbands, as it is fitting in the Lord.”

To place in proper order…   Paul wasn’t teaching that women were inferior to men, quite the opposite.  In an age when women were downgraded and looked upon as mere property – Paul declared that in Christ there was no distinction in status between men and women (Gal. 3:28).  He had even called the married couple, Priscilla and Aquila,  by the same word…synergous – which meant “fellow workers.”  God is a God of order,  and by freely placing ourselves in submission in an orderly fashion under our husbands, we allow the blessings of the Lord to flow.

Philippians 3:12 ” Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

You are still running your race.  You are still fighting the good fight of faith.  So forget about the mistakes you made yesterday and instead reach for the goal before you…and you will find it.

II Peter 3:18 ” But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

But grow in grace and knowledge…what does that exactly mean to you?  Is your life a shining example of Christ’s love within?  Do you exhibit the same virtues and excellence you have on Sunday at Church as in the Board Room on Monday?  Does the holiness you strive for follow you everywhere, or just to certain places?  Growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord is a process…hopefully, an ongoing, ever-growing process…so that when people look at you…they just see Jesus.

Galatians 3: 26-28 ” You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

“…for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” No one may boast that they are somehow better, closer, or higher to Jesus…for if the Holy Spirit resides inside us, we are all one in Him. God doesn’t show favoritism, He is fair and just to all…and we can do nothing less.

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