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Scripture Minute – Romans 8:1-2

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death.” (Romans 8:1-2, ASVBT)

In this passage, the Apostle Paul is explaining that for those who are in a relationship with Jesus Christ and live according to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, there is no condemnation. “Condemnation” refers to the judgment and punishment for sin that humanity deserves according to God’s law. Therefore, repentant sinners would not be condemned. Those who remain “in Christ Jesus” and who follow the leading of the Holy Ghost are free from this condemnation. This means that through their faith in Jesus and their submission to the Spirit’s guidance, they are no longer held guilty for their sins and do not face eternal punishment.
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Scripture Minute – John 16:7

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” (John 16:7)

In this verse, Jesus is preparing His disciples for His departure, indicating that He will be leaving them. He tells them that although His physical presence will no longer be with them, it is advantageous or beneficial for them that He goes away. He explains that if He does not go away, the Comforter, also known as the Holy Spirit, will not come to them. However, if He departs, He promises to send the Comforter to them.

In this verse, Jesus is referring to His approaching death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. He is assuring His disciples that His departure will bring about the coming of the Holy Spirit, who will provide guidance, comfort, and support to them in His absence.

Scripture Minute – Isaiah 26:8

“Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.” (Isaiah 26:8)

This verse expresses a deep longing and anticipation for God’s judgments and divine guidance. The verse speaks of patience in waiting for the Lord’s judgment, emphasizing a strong desire for God’s name and remembrance. It is clear that this is a plea for God’s presence and intervention – seeking His wisdom and righteousness to guide their actions and decisions.

We can apply this verse in our lives by cultivating a patient and trusting attitude towards God’s judgments and timing. Instead of rushing into decisions or seeking instant gratification, patiently wait for God’s guidance and direction in our life. We can develop a sincere desire for God’s presence and remember His name in all aspects of our life, seeking to honour and live according to His principles. We should allow this verse to remind us to prioritize our connection with the Lord above all else, valuing His wisdom and seeking His will in our choices and actions. By aligning our desires and aspirations with God’s purpose for our life, we can find fulfilment, guidance, and peace in our journey of faith.

Scripture Minute – 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The Apostle Paul was inspired to write a thorough message about the life-changing power of being in a relationship with Jesus Christ. This verse is only one example of Paul’s testimony about having a new life in Christ. When someone becomes a genuine follower of Christ, that person undergoes a fundamental change in their identity and nature. A believer is referred to as a “new creature” or a “new creation.” This transformation exhibits itself as a departure from one’s previous way of life. The past sins, burdens, and patterns of ungodly behaviour no longer define the “new creature”. Instead, they are given a fresh start, and their life takes on a new direction and purpose, encapsulated by the statement “all things are become new.”

Being in Christ brings about a radical transformation in a person’s life. The believer experiences a departure from their old self and a complete renewal of their identity and purpose. By accepting Christ, the believer is freed from the weight of their past and given a fresh start, embarking on a new journey guided by faith and a closer connection to God through the Holy Spirit.

Scripture Minute – Titus 2:14

He “gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:14, KJV)

In his epistle to Titus, here Paul is writing about Christ’s sacrificial act for humanity. The Holman Christian Standard Bible reads: “He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.” This verse speaks about the fact that Jesus willingly offered Himself on behalf of humanity in order to redeem us from sin and condemnation. Through His sacrifice, Jesus Christ seeks to cleanse and purify us, creating a distinct community of believers who are faithful in the Word and zealous for righteousness. This particular verse focuses on the life-changing power of Christ’s selflessness and its impact on shaping a righteous and sanctified body of believers.

Scripture Minute – Psalm 40:11

“Lord, you do not withhold your compassion from me. Your constant love and truth will always guard me.” (Psalm 40:11, CSB)

In this verse, we see that the psalmist David makes a plea to God asking for His mercy and loving-kindness to be bestowed upon him. David expresses his desire for God’s compassion and faithfulness to always protect and sustain him.

In broader terms, this verse helps us to see the importance of relying on God’s mercy and loving-kindness in times of need. It acknowledges our loving Father’s role as a source of support, preservation, and truth in our life. The verse reflects a deep longing for the continuous presence and care of God.

Scripture Minute – James 3:2

“For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.” (James 3:2, KJV)

In this particular verse, James is writing about the power and challenges of controlling one’s speech and the significance of doing so. We all make mistakes and stumble in many things. Humans are prone to making errors and offending others in various ways. However, if we are able to avoid causing offence through our words, we are considered a “perfect” or mature person. In this context, “perfect” refers to a level of spiritual and emotional maturity rather than absolute flawlessness or being without sin.

James also highlights the importance of controlling our tongue and the impact it has on a person’s character. If we can effectively control our speech, then we have the ability to control our whole body. In other words, the ability to govern our words is a significant indicator of self-discipline and mastery over our actions.

Scripture Minute – 1 John 1:6

“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.” (1 John 1:6)

If someone claims to have fellowship or a close relationship with God, but continues to live in darkness or sin, they are not being truthful. “Walking in darkness” refers to living a life characterized by sinful behaviour, ignorance of God’s truth, or a lack of moral integrity. In this verse, John is focusing on the importance of living in accordance with the truth and the teachings of God. If someone claims to have a relationship with God but their actions contradict this claim, they are not genuinely following the truth.

This verse is a reminder that we are to live a life that aligns with God’s will and to avoid hypocrisy. As members of the Body of Christ, it is our duty to pursue a genuine relationship with God, characterized by righteousness, holiness, sanctification and truthfulness in both words and deeds.