A father decided to have a talk with a religious young man that was dating his daughter. He asked him how he was going to provide a place to live. The young man said, “God would provide.” He asked him how he would provide transportation for his new family. The young man said, “God would provide.” He asked him how he would provide for the children he would have. The young man said, “God would provide.” When the daughter asked her father how the meeting went, he said, “I have bad news and good news. The bad news is that he really has no plans at all, but the good news is that he thinks I’m God!”
The Bible tells us that all spiritual blessings are provided in Christ (Ephesians 1:3) and this includes, of course, our redemption and forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 1:7). Since sin enters every life (Romans 3:23) then we all need a new life - a new beginning - and this is exactly what Paul is talking about in II Corinthians 5:17 when he says, “if any man is in Christ he is a new creature”.
In Christ, we are provided with a new relationship to our heavenly Father, being adopted as sons of God (Eph. 1:5). In God’s promise to Abraham, it was said that through Abraham all nations would be blessed. The fulfillment of this precious promise is found in Christ (Galations 3:16, 29). The true children of Abraham today is the spiritual Israel -those who have obeyed the gospel of Christ- and thus been added by the Lord to His church (Romans 2:28-29; Acts 2:47). Men of every nationality can come into the one body (the church) and be united under the name Christian (Ephesians 4:4; 1:22-23; Acts 11:26). Other religious names are unscriptural and divisive. Everything that is needed for our spiritual needs is provided in Christ (II Peter 1:3).
Many today feel a sense of unrest in their own lives, and are even more confused by the religious division they see. In Christ, everything is provided. We need not look anywhere else for the answer to our problems.
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