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What we Should have Heard

Today my sister and I are going to show you the Gospel from the general idea of the pastor’s message. The pastor preached from Acts 9:1-9; which talks about how Paul was knocked to the ground and blinded by God while he was nearing Damascus.

The pastor told us that we should submit to God and accept him into our hearts. However the pastor failed to tell us how to have God come into our hearts. Now we’ll show you what the pastor should have shown to us.

The Pastor should have told us that we cannot fully submit to God and be saved; we can’t fully submit to God. But Jesus submitted for us; He was perfect. Yet to save us, Jesus died on a cross and gave us His righteousness.

So the true message is not “Submit to God and be saved”, it’s “Jesus submitted for you so that you could be saved.”

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland, and
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

Not Perseverance

Today the pastor didn’t really preach the Gospel, save a few sentences. The passage was Acts 14:19-21, this passage talks about how the Pharisees had won people over. The only way that the Pharisees would win people over would be by the law, they were preaching about the law and winning people over. Paul was preaching the Gospel that Jesus died for us on the cross, the Pharisees were angry about Paul preaching the Gospel so they stoned him (to the point where they thought he was dead) and dragged him out of the city.

That’s not the end though, the disciples came to him and he got up! Then he actually walked into the city where he had just been stoned. Now the pastor said that Paul got up because he was “determined”, but think about it. Paul was stoned so bad that they thought he was dead, it’s highly unlikely that he would be so determined that he could get up and walk into the very city where he had a very high chance of being stoned… again.

So what was it that got him up and into the city again? I couldn’t be determination or will-power, so what could it be? It was 2 things: the 1st is that Paul had the Gospel and that motivated him. The 2nd was that Paul loved the people of Antioch and he wanted to share the good news of the Gospel! Paul had zeal to share the Gospel with as many people as he could, believers and unbelievers alike.

What is it about the Gospel that motivated Paul? Well first we’ll look at what  the Gospel is. The Gospel is not that you should come to the altar, or pray the prayer (like my family and I have heard in the past). It is that Jesus (God’s own son and God Himself) came down from His kingdom in heaven and died for us on a cross! He took our sins on Him and died for us so that we could live, isn’t that amazing? So no wonder why Paul was motivated to preach the Gospel! Why wouldn’t he want to preach that God loved us so much that He died for us to save us from our sins?

Jesus died for us, that and love for the people of Antioch, made him get up and go back into that city. Paul wanted so much to share the Gospel with them that he went to the very city where he’d been beaten to a pulp. We should want to share the Gospel with others too! It is amazing that Jesus would die for us, and we should share that news!

There is another thing that this passage teaches us. When the disciples came Paul got up, if a brother (or a sister :)) has fallen then we should help them and strengthen them. How? Well if you continue reading Acts 14 then it says that the Gospel also strengthen’s believers! We can strengthen and encourage each other by sharing the Gospel with each other. No matter if you are preaching to Christians or unbelievers you should preach the Gospel!

Thank You Jesus!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

The Mystery of the Gospel

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Romans 16:25-27 which says:

“25 Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from[a] faith — 27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.”

 

Paul is ending his letter to the Romans and he says “to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my Gospel (the Gospel of Jesus)”  God is the only one who is able to establish us in accordance with the Gospel. Paul also calls the Gospel a mystery hidden for long ages past that has been revealed by the prophetic messages.

The Gospel was a mystery to us! But now it has been revealed through the “prophetic messages” or the Old Testament. We can look in the old Testament and see the Gospel in the old Testament. We were sinners who were going to die because of our sins but Jesus came down from heaven and He died for us on the cross so that we could live! If we trust in Jesus then we will be saved from our sins.

If you are an unbeliever then why don’t you trust in Him and be saved from your sins. The Gospel was a mystery to us, but now we know what the Gospel is because we have heard that Jesus died for us. Now if you trust in Jesus then you will be saved. Jesus died for us on the cross, it was a mystery to the Jews before Jesus died but now He died for us and we live!

All Christians should have faith, because we trust in Jesus’ death. We should also share our faith with others so that they can trust in Jesus and live! We have faith and we should share our faith with unbelievers so that the Gospel is not a mystery to them and so that they can live!

Praise the Lord that we are saved from our sins because Jesus died for us! Thank God that we can trust in Jesus and live. Thank You Jesus for dying for us on the cross so that we could live!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

The Gentiles, Acceptable?

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Romans 15:15-16 which says:

15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,

16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.”

Paul is talking about how he is the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles. God had given grace to Paul so that He could be a minister to the Gentiles and Paul has told the Gospel to the Gentiles so that they can be an acceptable sacrifice to God! Without Jesus’ sacrifice no one would be acceptable to God, especially the Gentiles because they were not God’s people.

Because Jesus died for us we can trust in Jesus and become acceptable to God because Jesus, who was and is perfect, died for us on the cross! Jesus is the son of God and He came down from heaven to die for us on the cross because He loved us! Now if we trust in Him then we will be acceptable to God. Jesus gave us His perfection on the cross and He took our sins on Him!

If you have not trusted in Jesus then why don’t you trust in Him now and become acceptable to God. If you have not trusted in Jesus then you are not acceptable to God, even if you think you are a good person. You will die with your sins on you if you do not trust in Jesus! Jesus died for you on the cross so that you would be saved from your sins, why don’t you trust in Him and live?

Paul gave the Gospel to the Gentiles because that is what God called Him to do. As Christians we should share the Gospel with others too, we should share the Gospel with unbelievers so that they can live. If they have not heard the Gospel then unbelievers cannot trust in Jesus, we should share the Gospel with them so that they can be saved from their sins. Jesus died for us and we should share that good news with others so that they can be acceptable in God’s sight because of Jesus’ sacrifice. We should share the Gospel with others!

Jesus died for us and now if we trust in Him then we are acceptable in God’s sight, thank You Jesus for dying for us on the cross! Praise God that we are saved from our sins!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

The Root of Jesse

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Romans 15:12-13 which says:

12 And again, Isaiah says,

“The Root of Jesse will spring up,
    one who will arise to rule over the nations;
    in him the Gentiles will hope.”[a]

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Paul quotes a passage in Isaiah where it talks about the “Root of Jesse” who would come and rule over the nations and also be the hope of the Gentiles. This “Root of Jesse” would be the ruler of the nations and the hope of the Gentiles.

Who is this Root of Jesse? Jesus! Jesus is the descendant of Jesse and the passage in Isaiah that Paul quotes is pointing forward to Jesus! Jesus is the one who is the ruler of the nations and He is the hope of the Gentiles! At first only the Jews were God’s people and they were the only ones that God accepted if they obeyed His commands. But the Jews rejected Jesus and so now every person, Jew or Gentile, can trust in Jesus and live. Jesus died for us so that we could live and now we are saved because of Jesus’ sacrifice.

Jesus is the Root of Jesse who died for us, He is the hope of the Gentiles. If you are an unbeliever then why don’t you trust in Jesus and live? Jesus died on the cross so that we could live, why don’t you trust in the hope of the Gentiles and live? Jesus is our living hope because He rose from the grave, why don’t you trust in Him and be saved? Jesus died for us on the cross!

As Christians we are filled to overflowing with hope and we have joy and peace! The Holy Spirit fills us with joy and peace and we overflow with hope! We should share the Gospel with unbelievers so that they too can be filled with joy and peace and have overflowing hope. We should give the Gospel to unbelievers so that they can be saved from their sins and so that they can live! Jesus died for us and we should share that good news with unbelievers!

Thank You Jesus for dying for us on the cross. We should praise God for sending His son to die for us on the cross. Jesus is our hope, thank the Lord that we are saved from our sins because of our hope!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

Accepted by God

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Romans 14:3 which says:

The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.”

Here Paul is saying that someone who eats everything (meaning a person who is fine with eating things like meat) should not treat the one who doesn’t, with contempt. The one who does not eat everything should not judge the one who does. Paul then gives the reason: because God has accepted them. God has accepted all those people who have accepted His sacrifice.

God has accepted those who have accepted His sacrifice. But what sacrifice? All humans need a sacrifice because we are sinners, but we could never find a perfect sacrifice. But God loved us so much that He sent His son to come and die for us on the cross. Jesus loved us so much that He died for us so that we could live! Then He ascended into heaven on the third day. Jesus died for us so that we could live! We should accept His sacrifice and be saved from our sins.

If you have not accepted Jesus’ sacrifice then why don’t you trust in Him? If you accept Jesus’ sacrifice then you will be freed from your sins and you will be accepted by God as a child of God. Jesus died for us, and if you accept His sacrifice then you will be accepted by God. If you are an unbeliever than why don’t you ask God to forgive you of your sins? He will forgive you, He will change you and He will accept you as a child of God. Jesus died for us, why don’t you accept His sacrifice.

Paul tells those who eat anything not to treat those who will not eat anything with contempt. Paul also tells those who will not eat anything not to judge those who will. As Christians we should to that too, if we are those who will eat anything then we should not treat our weaker brothers (as Paul calls them) with contempt. If you are one who will not eat anything then you should not judge those who will eat anything. That way we will not start an argument that could be avoided and we will have peace with one another.

Praise God that we are saved from our sins. Thank the Lord that we have been rescued from our sins and that we are accepted by God because Jesus died for us!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

Submit

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Romans 13:1 which says:

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

Paul is telling the Romans to obey the governing authorities because there is no authority except for that which God has established. Every authority, no matter if they seem bad or good, has been established by God. We should obey them unless they tell us to stop preaching the Gospel or to renounce our faith. Every authority is established by God, no matter what.

Jesus, who establishes all authorities, came down and He put Himself under the rule of the authorities even though He could have stopped them. He put Himself under Pilate’s rule and He was crucified, even though He didn’t have to. Why did He do that? So that we could live! Jesus came down from heaven and He took our sins on Him, then He died on the cross. He subjected Himself to Pilate’s rule and He was crucified even though He didn’t have to. He died for us even though He had complete control over what would happen to Him.

“Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” (NIV John 19:11)

God gave Pilate the authority and God could take it away from Pilate at any time, but He didn’t, Jesus died for us and now we live because of that!

If you have not trusted in Jesus then why don’t you come to Him and live? Jesus put Himself under Pilate’s authority and He died for us on the cross, why don’t you trust in Him and be saved from your sins? Jesus died for us! Why don’t you trust in His sacrifice and live?

As Christians we should obey the authority as long as they do not tell us to stop trusting in Jesus! Paul tells the Romans that they should obey the authorities and we should too.

We should also praise the Lord that we are saved from our sins! Thank You Jesus for dying for our sins on the cross and for rising again on the third day! Praise God that we have been saved from our sins because Jesus subjected Himself to Pilate’s authority and died for us on the cross!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

Bless Those Who Persecute You

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Romans 12:14-16 which says:

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[a] Do not be conceited.”

Paul is telling the Romans to bless those who persecute you. Paul says to bless them and not to curse them. Then he goes on to exhort them. First we are going to focus on verse 14 and how we see the Gospel in it. Then we will look at the exhortation that Paul gives the Romans.

We see the Gospel in verse 14 in that Jesus blessed those who persecuted Him. Jesus was persecuted at the cross when He died. Why would the son of God not call legions of angels to save Him though? Because He loved us so much to come and take our sins on Him and die for us on the cross! Jesus died for us and now we can live in Him. Because Jesus did not curse those who persecuted Him we were blessed! We were saved from our sins because Jesus died for us!

Now we will look at the exhortation that Paul gives in verse 14 and the other verses. Paul tells the Romans to bless those who persecute them, we should bless those who persecute us. People will verbally persecute us and sometimes they will physically persecute us too, we should bless them and tell them about Jesus so that they can receive the blessing of eternal life! Also Paul says to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. We should do that too. We should also keep harmony with each other, we should not have an argumentative house, we should keep harmony and the way to do that is to focus on Jesus and the Gospel in everything we do! Of course we still sin but we should not continuously sin in an habitual manner.

Paul says to not be proud, to associate with those of a “low position” if they are not as in a lower position than us (for the Jews that would be the Gentiles or those who are not a pharisee) and that we should not be conceited. Being proud and not associating with people of a lower position usually go together, we should not be proud and we should associate with people of a lower position.

If you are an unbeliever then why don’t you trust in Jesus in Jesus and be blessed by Him? Jesus died for us, why don’t you trust in Him and be saved from your sins because Jesus did not curse those who persecuted Him? Jesus died for us so that we can be saved from our sins, why don’t you believe in Him and live? If you trust in Him then you will be blessed and you will become a child of God!

Praise the Lord that we are saved from our sins because Jesus died for us. Thank You Jesus for not cursing those who persecuted You so that we could live! Praise the Lord that we can trust in Jesus and live because He died on the cross for us. Thank You Jesus for dying for us and rising again on the third day. Jesus died for us and now if we trust in Him then we will be saved and we will live. We should trust in Him and be saved from all of our sins. Thank You Jesus!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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By Grace

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Romans 11:5-6 which says:

So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”

Paul is saying that, yes, Jews can be saved too. Paul said in verse 1 that God did not reject His people, some of His people rejected Him. But those Jews that accept Jesus’ sacrifice will be saved by grace. All people, Jews and Gentiles, can trust in Jesus’ sacrifice and become saved from their sins because of the grace of God.

God was gracious enough to send His only son to die for our sins because He loved us,

“For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV John 3:16)

Jesus died for us on the cross, and if we trust in Him as our savior then we will live. We are saved by the grace of God that Jesus died for us,

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (NIV Ephesians 2:8)

As Christians we should spread the news that we are saved by grace. We should tell others that Jesus came down from heaven and died for us so that we could live. Jesus came and He had grace enough to die for our sins on the cross so that we could be saved. We are saved by the grace of God. All people can be saved from their sins by God’s grace, we should share that good news with unbelievers so that they can accept the grace of God and be saved!

 

By God’s grace we are saved from our sins!

If you are an unbeliever, why don’t you trust in Jesus and be saved from your sins? Jesus died for you on the cross and no matter who you are, you can trust in Jesus and be saved from your sins. Jesus gave us grace and died for us. We don’t have to work for our salvation, we can accept the grace of God. Jesus died for us so that we could live, why don’t you trust in Jesus and be saved from your sins? God is gracious, why don’t you accept Jesus’ sacrifice?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

Call On the Name Of the Lord

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Romans 10:12-14 which says:

12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile —the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[a] 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”

In verse 12 Paul talks about how there is no difference between Jew and Gentile. Of course we are all different people but on the inside all of us are sinners, and we all need Jesus as our savior! Jesus died for us and we are saved if we trust in Him! Everyone, Jew and Gentile, can trust in Jesus and be saved from their sins! All of us can trust in Jesus and repent of our sins and when you do then you are saved from your sins because Jesus came and took all of our sins on Him and died for us on the cross! Now we can trust in Him as our savior and live!

All people can call out to God and He will bless us by forgiving us of our sins because Jesus died for us. If you have not trusted in Jesus, whether you are a Jew or Gentile, why don’t you call out to God and He will richly bless you with freedom from your sins! Jesus died for you and if you trust in Him you will be blessed richly by being forgiven of your sins! If you call on the name of the Lord then you will be saved from your sins! Paul said that in verse 13, if you call on the name of the Lord then you will be saved!

How can unbelievers trust in Jesus if they don’t hear the Gospel? Paul asks that question in verse 14, unbelievers need someone to tell them about the Gospel. Pastors, preach the Gospel! Look for the Gospel in every passage of the Bible, the Gospel is the main point of the Bible. Pastors should preach the Gospel so that unbelievers can trust in Jesus and live. For women we should share the Gospel with others by talking to them and telling them that Jesus died for their sins so that they could live!

Jesus died for our sins, we can call onto Him and be richly blessed, not only are we blessed with forgiven of our sins but because the Lord Himself loves us! The Lord will provide for us no matter what, He loves us, He died for us!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.