Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 27th September 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 27th September 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 27th September 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 27 September 2022 Written BY BY DR. JOHN KOESSLER (Moody Bible Institute)

TOPIC: REAL HOLINESS

SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 12:14–28

KEY VERSE: Without holiness no one will see the Lord. HEBREWS 12:14

MESSAGE

Have you ever been confused about the relationship between God’s grace and our effort in the Christian life? Here is the key: Grace is incompatible with earning, not with effort. Hebrews 12:14 speaks about effort: “make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy.” Being holy is not automatic, but it also does not just mean trying hard. We need the presence of God’s grace.

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Today’s reading contrasts those who come to God through Jesus Christ with those who draw near under the Law of Moses. In verse 20, we learn that those who heard the Law on Mount Sinai “could not bear what was commanded.” However, verses 22–24 say that those who responded to the gospel have come to the heavenly Jerusalem (not Sinai). There they find the assembly of angels and the church of the firstborn “whose names are written in heaven” (v. 23). They also come to God Himself and to Jesus, their mediator.

By these images, the writer is showing that the Law could only take us so far (to Sinai), but grace which comes to us through Jesus Christ can take us where the Law could not (to God). The Law points us to God, but grace brings us into His presence. Also, the gospel speaks a “better word” that must not be ignored (v. 24).

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 27th September 2022

Therefore, the holiness that the writer urges Christians to practice is energized by grace. It begins with grace and is carried out through grace. Second Peter 3:14 echoes this theme when it tells us to “make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” The only way we can be blameless before God is to be found in Christ. Christ is our righteousness.

>> Verse 25 says: “See to that you don’t refuse him who speaks.” Come to Jesus, and He will make you holy. When you say yes to Jesus, you are saying yes to God. Refuse Him, and you will regret it forever.

Pray with Us

We accept Jesus our Messiah as Lord. In Him we receive forgiveness. We stand before You, God, as brothers and sisters of Your Son Jesus. We adore You for granting us holiness through the blood of Christ.

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Dr. John Koessler, who retired as professor emeritus from Moody Bible Institute, formerly served in the division of applied theology and church ministry. John and his wife Jane enjoy living in a lakeside town in Michigan. A prolific writer, John’s books include Dangerous Virtues: How to Follow Jesus When Evil Masquerades as Good (Moody Publishers), The Radical Pursuit of Rest (InterVarsity), The Surprising Grace of Disappointment (Moody), and True Discipleship (Moody). John is a contributing editor and columnist for Today in the Word.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 27th September 2022

JESUS IS COMING SOON!!!

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO, ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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