September 12, 2010
Ecclesiastes 3:1 God has recorded in His eternal word that throughout His creation of man, creatures, earth and time, there are changes that will take place in every aspect of life. He calls these changes seasons. The word season means - ( a specified period of time for a specific thing to happen). Many of these seasons are noted in Solomon's often quoted verses in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
II Corinthians 5:17 Once we receive Christ there are changes that immediately take place within the believer. We are changed by the operation of God (Colossians 2:12), we are immediately cleansed from sin and become a different, changed person.
Romans 12:1-2 Part of our life change that happens is that we are transformed (to change the condition, nature, and personality) into a person that desires to follow the will of God.
II Corinthians 3:15-18 Paul describes the believer as one that looks into the word of God and like James 1:22-25, they compare the word of God to a mirror that reflect who we were and how the Holy Spirit can change us into people that are like Christ.
II Corinthians 3:1-3 Because of the regeneration (renewed, remade, restored) received from God, we should not need someone to tell those around us that we are Christians. Our life style and change of character from the heart should be manifesting the changes that have taken place since salvation.
Philippians 3:13-14 Paul tells us that because of our status in Christ, we are to have a new calling (a change of vocation, occupation) in our life that takes us away from the old things we cared about before salvation and onto a newer life.
I Corinthians 9:24-27 We are called to take part in the greatest race that has ever been run. We must be disciplined, we must strive for the mastery and use self-control, and we must not ever give up.
Romans 6:4 We are called to have a spiritual walk with Christ that will be a testimony to those around us that we belong to Jesus. We are called to walk in love, to walk in the light, to walk circumspectly ( cautious and careful), we are also called to walk by faith and not by sight.
Matthew 16:28; 17:1-2 Certainly one of the most memorable events in the lives of Peter, James and John came on the day that Jesus allowed these three close friends to see Him in His glorified body.
Romans 8:22-23 The scriptures are clear that there is coming a time when Jesus will give all believers a changed, new body that will be incorruptible ( I Corinthians 15:52) and that will be free from all pain and sorrow ( Revelation 21:4).
I John 3:1-2 The Apostle John gives us the great hope of someday seeing Jesus come back for us and then having a physical change that will give us the same heavenly, spiritual body that Jesus has.
Revelation 1:10-16 The Jesus that we will see when He takes us with Him to the New Jerusalem is the same Jesus John saw in heaven when he was taken up to receive the Revelations of Christ.