Scripture is clear about how we are to be saved: When we trust in the Savior’s atoning sacrifice on our behalf, we don’t simply add Jesus to our life – a new nature replaces the old sinful one, and we become a brand-new creation. Jesus completely exchanges His life for our deadness.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 21, 2021.
Because the Lord loves mankind, He has revealed Himself in several ways.
His creation. By observing the celestial bodies, the earth with its plants and creatures, and the laws of the universe, we must conclude that there is a Creator – such intricate design doesn’t happen accidentally. The order, balance, and beauty speak loudly of a wise God who is powerful and generous.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, April 1, 2021.
For those willing to hear, God’s “voice” can be discerned through a variety of sources. The most obvious is the Bible, but He can also call to us through the spoken or written words of other Christians. And at times He speaks through circumstances and the wonders of creation (Romans 1:20). We would be amazed if we knew all the ways our loving Father tries to get our attention.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 3, 2020.
Obviously this in no way advocates a sinful kind of idleness (Proverbs 19:15). Birds are not idle either. But it is God who provides them with food to eat.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Matthew 6:26.
Jesus Christ is the perfect image – the exact likeness – of God and is in the very form of God (Phil. 2:6), and has been so from all eternity. By describing Jesus in this manner, Paul emphasizes that He is both the representation and manifestation of God. Thus, He is fully God in every way (John 8:58; 10:30-33; Heb 1:8). Firstborn in this context means highest in rank, not first created.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:15.
When you can, take in the sights and sounds around you that God has provided.
Wishing you a peaceful week,
Enjoy the beauty God has given to us.
Commentary in photo from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Mark 10:7,8.