Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 18, 2019

Only One Substitute

Filed under: Christ,Holy Spirit,Jesus,repent,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Ezekiel 18:2 2 “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:
“‘The parents eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? (NIV)

To fully understand this verse, we must read the entire chapter of Ezekiel 18.  What it says to us is no one can pay the penalty of the sins of another.  The only One Who can pay the penalty of the sins of another is the only One without sin, the Word of God, Jesus Christ.  Each one of us is accountable for our own sin, not for anyone else’s.  Each one of us must come to the cross of Jesus, confess our sins, ask Jesus to be the ruler of our life and receive His resurrected body through the Holy Spirit in order to have the penalty of our sins transferred from our self to Him.  A parent can’t believe for their child nor can a spouse believe for the other spouse.  What we can do for another is to pray, share our testimony and encourage repentance.  Let us do our part to see no one is left without the saving and loving knowledge of Jesus Christ

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April 16, 2019

As Judas

Filed under: God,Jesus,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Matthew 26:50 50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. (NIV)

Jesus called Judas friend.  Judas knowingly betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.  Judas was in the habit of taking money that wasn’t his to take.  He served as the treasurer for the group of disciples and took whatever he wanted.  Judas’ motives weren’t good.  Judas was greedy.  Judas didn’t really believe Jesus as the Son of God.  As the steps to the crucifixion continued Judas began to question his own actions.  We don’t know what went through his mind.  Maybe the word “friend” said by Jesus echoed within him.  Whatever it was that was stirring within him drove him to suicide rather than to his knees.  I believe Jesus calling Judas friend was a hand reaching out to encourage him to repent.  We today betray Jesus through our own thoughts, words and actions or inactions.  We have a choice.  We can wallow in our sin or we cn get on or knee and repent.  Jesus calls us more than friends.  He calls us brothers and sisters when we ask Him to abide in us and we seek to abide in Him.  Let us not be as Judas.  Let us repent daily of anything we think, say, do or don’t do that would betray the love of Jesus abiding in us.

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