Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lord of All


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Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. 36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— 37 that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. 40 Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. 42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. 43 To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”
Acts 10:34-43, New King James Version

Lord of All

Peter, the disciple who once denied Christ, speaks with new-found boldness in Acts 10. God opened his eyes of understanding just as God does for Christians today. What may seem common knowledge to us was an amazing revelation to the disciples. Salvation was not just for the Jews! This brought much contention in the early church, until Christians came to realize that this was of God. Gentiles were being grafted into God's church.

“In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him."

Jesus Christ is Lord of All!

What must the new believers understand about Christ?

"God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. . . . Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”

Let us reflect on Peter's message this day; as Christians, this is our foundation. This man, Jesus Christ, was the Messiah who had been spoken of by the prophets in ages past. What an amazing God we have--this Jesus Christ is Lord of All to all who believe, no matter what their race or station in life.

Here is the question I challenge you to meditate upon. Do you live as though Christ is Lord of All?

God Bless You,
Linda

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