So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and to them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin to salvation.
– Hebrews 9:28
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
We can know from this verse, in the Age of Grace, the incarnate Lord Jesus was nailed to the cross in a holy and sinless flesh. He took on the sins of all mankind and served as a sin offering, so that man could break away from the danger of being convicted and cursed by laws. Though we have been redeemed by the Lord Jesus and forgiven of our sins, our sinful nature still exists. We are still bound and restrained by sins, living in the circle of committing and confessing sins, and could not feel released. The same holds true for each of us. God is faithfulness. For the sake of saving man completely, the Lord Jesus has returned to the flesh as the Son of man in the last days, that is, Christ of the last days appeared to work among us in order to resolve our sinful nature, thoroughly save us from the bondage of sin, so that our corrupt disposition can be purified, and we can achieve salvation and be gained by God. Just as God says, “The first incarnation was to redeem man from sin, to redeem him by means of the fleshly body of Jesus, that is, He saved man from the cross, but the corrupt satanic disposition still remained within man. The second incarnation is no longer to serve as a sin offering but rather to save fully those who were redeemed from sin. This is done so that those who have been forgiven may be delivered from their sins and made fully clean, and by attaining a changed disposition, break free of Satan’s influence of darkness and return before the throne of God. …
By Xiao Fei
After I began to believe in the Lord, the brothers and sisters liked to sing a hymn called “Our Beloved Is Knocking at the Door” which goes: “Our beloved is knocking at the door, His hair wet with dew; let us quickly rise and open the door, and not let our beloved turn around and leave. …” Every time we started to sing this hymn, our hearts were deeply moved and stirred. We all wanted to ask our beloved to stay the night, and when He comes and knocks at the door, we wanted to be the first to hear His voice and welcome the Lord. You could say that all of us who believe in the Lord retain such a hope. But when the Lord comes, how will He knock at the door? When the Lord knocks, what should we do to welcome Him? …
You stay with me through spring and fall,
walk with me through heat and cold.
Seeing Your lonely countenance,
my heart wells up with much woe.
I’ve never known Your solitude,
never comforted Your hurt.
Facing Your heartfelt exhortations,
many times I am stubborn.
I always cause You hurt, always disappoint You.
I’m unknowing until Your chastening ensues.
I stick close by Your side, Your burden I can’t ease.
How can one with no sense know of Your suffering?
With dear love and true feeling, Your heart is most sincere.
Who could be fairer than You, who could be more revered!
Always in Your company, from You I’ll never part. …
By Xinxin, Thailand
I was born into an ordinary family in Burma. After finishing the fourth grade in primary school, I joined the Xuguang Christian School through the recommendation of one of my relations. In school, apart from regular courses, we also took a Bible course and attended the worship service on the Lord’s Day. Through the study of the Bible course, I acquired some knowledge of the Bible, and I believed that the words in the Bible were all true and that when man sinned, they could be forgiven through the Lord Jesus. …
I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
Through these words, the Lord Jesus told us that if we want to gain salvation and receive the supply of life, we must accept the incarnate Christ, for only Christ is the gate of the kingdom of heaven and none can enter God’s kingdom except through Christ. For example, when the Lord Jesus came to do the work of redemption in the Age of Grace, the Jewish Pharisees stubbornly held onto their own notions and imaginations — believing that anyone who was not called the Messiah was not Christ. Even though they heard the Lord Jesus’ words have authority and power, they had no reverence toward God and didn’t seek or investigate. Instead, they tried to find all kinds of accusations against the Lord Jesus, slandered and condemned His work, and even blasphemed the Lord Jesus and then crucified Him on the cross. Finally, they were cursed and punished by God. However, the Lord’s disciples, like Peter, Jacob, and John, recognized from His words and His working of signs and wonders that the Lord Jesus had come from God. Thus they all followed the Lord Jesus and gained His salvation. We all know that the Lord Jesus prophesied that He would come again in the last days and bring the salvation of the last days. So, how can we recognize and follow Christ in the last days? This is what we should focus on seeking because it is related to the great matter of whether we can enter Christ’s kingdom. God says, “Those who wish to gain life without relying on the truth spoken by Christ are the most ridiculous people on earth, and those who do not accept the way of life brought by Christ are lost in fantasy. And so I say that the people who do not accept Christ of the last days shall forever be despised by God. Christ is man’s gateway to the kingdom during the last days, which none may bypass. None may be perfected by God except through Christ. You believe in God, and so you must accept His words and obey His way. You must not just think of gaining blessings without receiving the truth, or accepting the provision of life. Christ comes during the last days so that all those who truly believe in Him may be provided with life. His work is for the sake of concluding the old age and entering the new one, and is the path that must be taken by all those who would enter the new age. …
When the Lord Jesus came to work back then, many people engaged with the Lord, and many more people heard the Lord Jesus’ sermons. But in fact, very few people could recognize the Lord Jesus as the Messiah. The Samaritan woman recognized the Lord Jesus as the coming Messiah and followed Him after she heard Him revealing her secrets, resolving the confusion in her heart, and showing her the way to worship God. Now the prophecies of the Lord Jesus’ return have been basically fulfilled, and the Lord has returned. How can we recognize and welcome the Lord? The most important thing is to listen for the voice of God like the Samaritan woman, just as the Lord Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). Almighty God says, “Since we are searching for the footprints of God, it behooves us to search for God’s will, for the words of God, for His utterances — because wherever there are new words spoken by God, the voice of God is there, and wherever there are the footsteps of God, God’s deeds are there. Wherever there is the expression of God, there God appears, and wherever God appears, there the truth, the way, and the life exist. In seeking God’s footprints, you have ignored the words ‘God is the truth, the way, and the life.’ And so, many people, even when they receive the truth, do not believe that they have found God’s footprints, and still less do they acknowledge the appearance of God. What a grave mistake!” We can see from God’s words that God will express His words and appear to us in the last days. If we want to welcome the Lord, the key is to seek out God’s work and words and listen to God’s voice. Now the Lord has returned and He is the incarnate Almighty God who has expressed the Holy Spirit’s words to the churches. Only by focusing on seeking and listening to the words of Almighty God can we see God’s appearance and have the opportunity to welcome the Lord. If we do not pay any mind to heeding the voice of God, we will miss out on the opportunity to welcome the Lord and to be raptured before God. Friends, do you want to read the utterances of Almighty God — Christ of the last days? …
By Gan Wei
My co-worker Wang Shaojun has just moved into his new home. After settling in, he called a few of us co-workers there to have a gathering. On the appointed day, we got his home one after another. Wang Shaojun’s cousin Zhang Xiangming, who is also a Christian and has believed in the Lord for many years, was also present. We were all glad to meet together. However, the moment we took out our Bibles and were about to fellowship, we heard police sirens outside. Everyone was a bit shaken.
Wang Shaojun looked out of the window through a crack in the curtains, and then turned around, saying to us: “Don’t worry. It’s a police car passing by the gate. Just take it easy. This is a new housing development. Many of the apartments in this building are vacant, only a few monitors have been installed, and the security guards haven’t started work yet. …
By Tong Tong
Jesus Christ said: “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut” (Matthew 25:1–10). Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ once told us a very vivid parable about who can enter the kingdom of heaven. He said that only the wise virgins can welcome the bridegroom, and the foolish virgins who haven’t taken oil with them cannot. …
Hello brothers and sisters of Grow in Christ,
Good day! Not long ago my elder sister preached the gospel of the Lord Jesus to me. After joining the church, I was told by my elder sister that every day, we need to pray to the Lord. At that time I was confused: Why do we need to pray to God every day? Does God listen to my prayers? Could you please fellowship those questions with me?
June 10, 2018
Sister Lin Li:
Hello! Thanks to the Lord’s grace and mercy, we have been chosen from the world to return to His house. It is normal that as new believers in the Lord, we don’t understand why we need to pray and whether God will listen to our prayers. At first, I had the same confusion as you do. Later through communication and help from brothers and sisters, I understood the significance of prayer and knew how to pray so that I would be fit for God’s intentions. After that, my perplexities were dispelled. Here I will talk a little bit about my own understanding. …
He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
– Psalm 23:3
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
This verse is from David’s poem. It tells Jehovah God’s salvation for him. Each of us follower of God can sense David’s feeling. Before turning back to God, I hurriedly spent each day. Sometimes I thought: For what do we live on earth? Like people of times past getting through life and experiencing birth, death, illness and old age? Every day I rushed about and brought home the bacon. Though my material life is satisfied, I felt hollow and not assured within. Previously, I saw from the news that an actor committed suicide because he reached the summit of his career.Many famous people feel hollow within. Thus, they pursue extreme-sports or take drugs. Some of them lose their life for that. Some are discredited. …