Bible Studies for Life
The Basis for Confidence
Genesis 12:1Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country,
From your family and from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
The lesson guide explains Abram’s birth, his father’s age at certain events, and about where and how long and for what reason Abram lived; but these things are not the deciding factor. Abram obeyed God and the Bible does not say he failed God, so we must believe God was satisfied with what Abram did. God made Abram promises if he obeyed God. Do we follow God when He calls us? He has promised us the best home He ever had Himself if we trust and obey Him!
Genesis 12: 4 So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the [a]people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan. 6 Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as [b]the terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanites were then in the land.
I must include two statements from the guide: God’s forgiveness of sin is based on faith, not righteous living. And yet true faith results in righteous living, though we still stumble. Abram naturally took his wife and all his possessions with him. Lot also went with Abram. They traveled through the city of Sichem to the plain of Moreh. The location of Moreh is not known today, but would have been well known in Israel’s history. What matters is it was near Sickem and in the Promised Land.
Genesis 12: 7 Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your [c]descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. 8 And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.
Did you know Abram’s Faith was unmatched in the Old Testament? Abram’s response to God’s last promise was to build an altar to God and God appeared unto him. Abram built many altars to God to cry out unto Him and remind him of God’s blessings, and to help keep God in the center of his life. Did you know that when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior besides receiving all the other gifts from Jesus and His Father that you became a spiritual descendant of Abraham? That is how important Abram’s faith was to mankind.
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The Gospel’s Power
Colossians 1: 9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and [c]conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption [d]through His blood, the forgiveness of sin
We need to understand the Word of God is for all people. Christians need to read and study God’s Word, while praying for understanding through the Holy Spirit, then use that knowledge to serve God and bear good fruit. As Christians we have been freed from the power of darkness (our sins are forgiven). Jesus has reconciled us to God.
Colossians 1: 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or [e]principalities or [f]powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
Jesus Christ is, always was, and will always be God. He was born of a virgin so that He did not inherit sin from man. He was fully God and fully man. He came to earth to represent His Father who no one has ever seen. He lived His life without sin but endured everything we could ever face then died on the cross for our sins. All was created by Him for Him, and He controls everything. Jesus is our Creator, Savior, and our eternal life. To be a Christian, we must believe in Jesus’ deity.
Colossians 1: 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Jesus died so that all sinners could be reconciled to God and have a personal relationship with Him. Because Jesus loved and saved us, we love and serve Him to praise and glorify God and grow closer to Him.
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