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And God said "Let there be light"

The earth was totally full of darkness and it was shapeless. It was a dark and chaotic wasteland before God made it a beautiful place.

And God said "Let there be light, and there we light" -Genesis 1:3

The first thing God made was light. But here comes the alarming part of it. Fast-forward to day 4 of creation

And God said "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven...and God made two great lights...He made the stars also. -Genesis 14-16

He had already made light on day 1, now on day 4 He made lights, talking about the sun, moon and stars. Simply put, God made light before He made the sun, moon and stars.
The Hebrew words for light in these two verses have an important difference. When God said "let there be light" on day 1, the word light is a Hebrew word that means "brightness", in other words, He was creating light itself, He was creating brightness. [Note: 1John 1:5 says God is light, so there has always been light, because there has alw…

All things are yours

God who spoke at several times and in divers manners in the past to the fathers by the prophets has in these last days spoken to us by His Son whom He has appointed heir of all things... [Hebrews 1:1-2]

Jesus was appointed or made the heir, the inheritor of all things. All things are His. There is nothing within this universe that is not His.

We (as believers) are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ [Romans 8:16-17]. We are God's heirs. He is our Father in every good sense of the word. He is not just a father to us by title. He is a father to us in every sense of being a father. We are heirs of God, so we have an inheritance from Him. We have something that is ours from Him because of our sonship. We are also joint-heirs with Christ. This means that what we inherit is known by looking at what Christ inherits. What He has in God and from God is ours too.

Christ was appointed heir of all things by God, and since we are joint-heirs with Christ, we know that all things are ours …

Zeal with Knowledge: Don't waste your passion

Have you met someone who was so sincere and so wrong? It's what Paul called having a zeal that is not according to knowledge. Jesus had resurrected and gone up to heaven, His apostles were preaching the gospel, the good news of God's salvation by faith. This was radically different from the law of Moses which had been the only acceptable way to worship God and be God's people, for several generations. Understandably, many zealous Jews rejected this 'new' message. I must add that not all who rejected it were sincere, but many were. Speaking about them in Romans chapter 10 verse 2, Paul says "I bear them a record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge"

This was a zealous group of people. They had a strong desire and passion to please God and fulfil God's law but there was something missing: Knowledge. Knowledge of how to effectively use their zeal. Knowledge of what God had done. Knowledge of what God really wants. The third verse…

Law versus Grace: An eye opener

What is the practical implication of being under grace as opposed to being under the law?
This can really be taken from a host of different angles. This post will be focused on Chapters 7 and 8 of Romans.

In the 7th chapter of the book of Romans, Apostle Paul talks about our freedom from the law. He also talks about the limitations of the law. Beginning from verses 7 and 8, he describes how sin became stronger because of the law. He gives personal example of bondage to sin as he had experienced it under the law. This description and illustration goes on to the end of the chapter, but something happens in verse 14. He starts speaking in the present tense. Please remember, he was still explaining the weakness of the law, yet he was not under the law at the time of writing that letter. He was speaking illustratively about the struggles of the man who is under the law (the use of 'I' and 'me' is illustrative). Those verses were not an expression of Paul's current stat…

How to be transformed: A helpful guide for spiritual growth

How do you change your life? Is it God that does it all? What does it take to really be the person you desire to be and the person God wants you to be?

Most people have an image of who they should be or who they want to be but most do not know howto get there. The good news is that God's word teaches us how.
Romans 12:2 says "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

Most believers know the first part of that verse very well. They know that we are not to be conformed to the world. The problem is that many do not pay enough attention to the next statement which is very important. It says we should be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The Bible doesn't just tell the New Testament believer what not to do, it tells him what to do while avoiding the don'ts. "Do not be conformed to this world butbe transformed..." so while you refu…