Promoting godliness to those striving to be godly
Kelvin A. Pugh
Volume 1 Issue 19
When Paul arrived in Athens, he noticed the city was wholly given to idolatry. As Paul began to preach, he had disputes with Jews, the devout persons, and with those in the marketplace. He even conversed with philosophers of the day and they wanted to hear more about this person called Jesus. Luke records, For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing (Acts 17:21).
When it comes to the word of God, we as His people should not be like the Athenian people. We should be listening to the old time gospel of Christ. The theme of the Bible is simple. The pages of Holy Writ tells us about the generation, degeneration, and regeneration of mankind. This theme runs throughout the pages of the Bible. Today our preaching and teaching will always be focused on that theme because that is the overall theme of the Bible. Man is born (generated), he becomes exposed to sin and he sins (degenerated), he can be exposed to the gospel to be saved (regenerated).
The preaching of the gospel has a simple and consistent message. We all must be willing to submit to that message and conform our lives after it. We will hear no new thing when it comes to the gospel. We may hear something that we have never heard before or we may hear something explained in a different manner than which he heard it before, but the message will never be new. Let's never clamor for a new gospel, but let's endeavor to learn all we can about the gospel that has been revealed to us by God.
Volume 1 Issue 18
Everyone is trying to find blessedness and happiness in this life. True blessedness can only be found by adhering to the word of God. The Psalms has much written about blessedness and how to obtain. Here are five ways in which we can find blessedness:
1. By living an upright life. The psalmist wrote, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful" (Psalm 1:1). There is never any delight engaging in sinful activities. If we want to find blessedness, live faithfully in Christ.
2. By trusting in the Lord. "O taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man that trusteth in him" (Psalm 34:8). God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and will not change His character for no man or no circumstance. He can always be trusted to be God.
3. By being able to enter into the house of the Lord. "Blessed is the man whom thou choosest and causeth to approach unto thee that he may dwell in his courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple" (Psalm 65:4). What a blessing it is to be able to come into the house of God and worship Him. The more we come to HIs house, the more blessed we ought to be.
4. By having our sins forgiven. "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered" (Psalm 32:1). Knowing that our sins are forgiven and we can stand before God justified, righteous, and pure, should give every Christian a sense of blessedness because we do not have to carry the burden of those sins nor the guilt of them. They have been washed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus.
5. By being chastened. "Blessed is the man whom thou chasteneth O Lord, and teacheth him out of thy law (Psalm 94:12). When chastening is done properly, it should make the individual who was chastened better. This is the way it is with God's chastening. His discipline causes us to be better people and He chastens because He loves us.
We can find blessedness in this life by following God's word and implementing the above passages in our lives.