Christ is our life!

Sadly enough many of our contemporary and most well-known theologians do not preach and teach the light and life of Christ; but rather a system based on principles surrounding the Ten Commandments. They will say things like, ‘The commandments are God’s moral design for the Christian life. And a true Christian walks habitually in the light of God’s moral standards.’ Basically stating, ‘Now that we have escaped the tyranny of the law, we should set our focus back upon it as a guide for life’; tragically implying in all irony that this whole approach is somehow pleasing to God. However, nothing could be further from the truth, or from the gospel itself, (see II Cor. chapter 3).

The following are scriptures taken from both the Old and New Testament surrounding the origin of life for the Christian.

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that anyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.’ So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. ~ Numbers 21:8-9

‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:14-15

I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain. ~ Galatians 2:21

Is the law then against the promise of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. ~ Galatians 3:21

Authors note:

Listen my beloved, long before our precious Savior was lifted up; Moses lifted a serpent on a pole in the wilderness. His instruction to the people simply stating, ‘If you want to live, look directly at the serpent.’ My friends, the only thing that has changed between Moses’ prophecy and now, is the glorious fact that we have the person of Christ in us to look upon for life. If the commandments were meant to be a guiding light, and a moral compass for life; I truly believe Moses would have lifted up the commandments instead of pointing toward the cross! May you all experience the loving person of Christ in you daily! Your friend and brother – George

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

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Reformed or replicated?

As my wife and I were going through the gospel of John this morning, we stumbled on to Jesus washing the disciple’s feet. My wife said, “You know honey, I believe the main thrust of what Jesus is communicating to His disciples here is primarily a matter of lordship.” In other words, Jesus was by example saying, “Yes I am the King of kings and the Lord of lords; and yes I am washing your feet. This is how I want you to love one another! No one is special here; we are all brothers, and as such, stand on equal ground.” I said, “Amen honey; good stuff!” And then I looked down and began to read the commentators opinion in an old Thomas Nelson study bible. Talk about lordship! I have one word for it: proto-catholicism; which simply means the blending of the protestant faith with that of Catholicism; which by implication points to the ministry of death. A ministry bound by sin consciousness and controlled by fear, guilt, and shame.

(Thomas Nelson, NKJV Copyright 1982)

To wash his feet: This is symbolic. A believer has already been cleansed. He or she only needs the cleansing of daily sins that come through confession, (of course they list 1 John 1:9). Thus Jesus washing the disciple’s feet not only is a model of service, but it represents the ultimate in service/ forgiveness of sins.

(Word focus – Thomas Nelson) – In speaking to Peter, Jesus used two different Greek words to indicate two different kinds of washing. The Greek word nipto (13:5, 6, 8, 10), is used to indicate the washing of the extremities, the hands and the feet. The Greek word louo specifically means “bathing.” According to the social customs of those times, once a person had bathed his entire body, he needed only to wash his feet before partaking of a meal. In his response to Peter, Jesus used both words in order to advance a precious truth: Just as those who have bathed need only to wash their feet so believers who have been bathed by the Lord through His word and the Spirit (see 15:3, Eph. 5:26, and Titus 3:5) need only to wash themselves daily from the filth and defilement they accumulate by their contact with the world.

Authors note:

I believe these comments would make Luther roll over in his grave; but please read John 13:1-17 that you may by the spirit discern for yourself what is true and what is false. Personally I do not see anything about confession or the filth and the defilement we accumulate through our daily contact with the world. What I do see however, is a perversion of the scriptures via the comments made by whoever put these publications out. God bless you all, and may you always find your rest in the eternal finished work of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Commentary  by:

George L. Miller

P.S. – My intention is not to bash Thomas Nelson, the protestant or catholic faith; or anyone for that matter; it is simply to put forth liberating truth!