My Thoughts. . .

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Members of God’s kingdom are human.  They are riddled with faults.  It contains the disobedient.  It contains those who look for faults.  It contains the imperfect.  It contains the arrogant.  It contains the pseudo faultless.  It contains those burdened with fault.  It contains those who think you have faults.  It contains those who pray.  It contains they who may.  It contains those who feel worthless.  It contains those who are.  It contains the gossip.  It contains those with secrets.  It contains those who confess.  It contains those who are wealthy and those who aren’t.  It contains those with University degrees and those who finished high school.  It contains those who are serious.  It contains those who believe Jesus laughed.  It contains former prostitutes.  It contains The divorced.  It contains the remarried.  It contains the argumentative.  It contains the educated know-it-all.  It contains the mundane.  It contains those who are full of faith.  It contains those who are just full of it.  It contains those who are helpers.  It contains those who need help.  It contains those who can teach.  It contains those who think they can.  It contains the happy.  It contains those who are not.  It contains those who can sing.  It contains those who sing also.  It contains the former drug addict.  It contains the former alcoholic.  It contains people who are leaders.  It contains people who can follow.  It contains those with big hearts.  It contains those who have some heart.  It contains those who can speak much but say little.  It contains those who use a few words with much meaning.  It contains those who are discrete.  It contains those who aren’t.  It contains folks with a perpetual smile.  It contains folks that sometimes do.  It contains those who give.  It contains those who take.  It contains the high and mighty.  It contains those of low estate.  It contains the boaster.  It contains the introvert.  It contains the friendly.  It contains those who work at it.  It contains the spiritual.  It contains those who try.  It contains those who love cats.  It contains those who prefer dogs.  It contains conscientious workers.  It contains those who enjoy supervising.  It contains nitpickers.  It contains those who wish they would pick on someone else.  It contains those who believe they are more faithful.  It contains those who recognize their shortcomings.  It contains those who believe God needs their help.  It contains those who wish they had done more.  It contains those who are excellent Bible students.  It contains those who are fair.  It contains folks who magnify the sin of others.  It contains those who magnify their own sins.  And then there are the others which it contains!  If I have left your characteristic out, please do a little mental addition.

All members of God’s kingdom are sinners (1 John 1:7).  Yet, all are wash in the blood of Jesus to remove their sins (1 John 1:7; 1 Peter 1:2).  God does not count our sins against us (Romans 4:8).  Our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Hebrews 10:17; 2 Corinthians 5:21).  We are dead to sin (Romans 6:2).  We are God’s new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).  God dwells in us (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19-20).  We are covered by His grace (Romans 3:24; 5:20; 6:14; Ephesians 2:5).  We are not of them that “draw back unto destruction” (Hebrews 10:39).  We are those “who believe and are saved” (NIV).

The word “gospel” means Good News.  It is.