Not Just a New Addition

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.

How God Reveals Himself

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.

He will speak peace


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.

The image of the invisible

Col 1;15

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.