Iron and Stone

knife and steel

Have you ever seen a chef or a butcher with a knife in one hand and a steel rod in the other, working the knife against the rod… schwing, schwing, schwing? Do you know what he’s doing? It brings to mind for many Proverbs 27:16, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” Is this true? Does iron really sharpen iron?

Well first let me explain that today we make knives out of steel, not iron. But steel is simply an iron alloy with a little bit of carbon added to its make-up to make it more malleable and ductile. Today we use steel in order to give knives the ability to hold a sharper edge longer. In biblical times, steel alloy was still unknown to man and therefore when the writer writes about iron, we can easily interchange steel as the metal of choice, but the simile would remain the same.

But, does iron really sharpen iron, or steel sharpen steel? The answer is, kind of…. Anything extremely thin will cut, the thinner the material, the less force it takes to slice through an object. Even a thin, round piano wire will cut given enough force. But the thicker, or more folded-over the blade, the more force is required. This often results in a smashing or tearing of the surface rather than a clean cut. Any chef will tell you, the most dangerous thing in the kitchen is a dull knife.

When we take a knife blade and cut with it’s razor thin edge, the malleability of the steel causes the thin edge to fold over. Because the blade is so thin, this folded-over edge is small enough that it is often invisible to the naked eye. This folding of the edge in-effect makes the blade dull. To fix this, a good chef, butcher, or other knife ninja will begin each use of a knife with a steel. As the blade works against the steel, the edge is gently unfolded until it points in its original direction. The steel unfolds the blade and points it back in the direction of maximum effectiveness. But what do you do when you loose the edge completely? What do you do when a blade becomes chipped or severely dull, such that a steel cannot fix the edge? You take the knife to the sharpening stone.

stoneA sharpening stone is a special flat stone upon which steel can be worked to create a sharp edge. When an edge is damaged and dulled by its work it must return to the stone to receive a new edge. When a knife is new, it receives its edge from the stone. Then before every use, the edge is unfolded with a steel to make it ready for its work. After much use, the blade must return to the stone to be receive a new edge.

Does this process sound familiar?

In our lives we have a stone. Isaiah 28:16 says, “Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’” And speaking of Jesus 1 Peter 2:4 says, “…come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious.” God is our rock, our refuge, and our strong fortress according to Psalm 31:2. God is the stone upon which we are shaped. He is the stone that gives us our edge for the work that we are purposed to do. Between trips to the sharpening stone, community fellowship is the steel that keeps us pointed in the right direction.

As one man gently reaches out to another in Christian community and fellowship he can help to straighten what is out of sorts and unfold the edges that are bent. One man can, through fellowship, turn another man’s focus back to God and point him in His direction- the direction of maximum effectiveness.

From the very beginning, God planned for man to live in community. In Gen 2:18, we read, “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Acts 2:42 shows a great example of the kind of koinōnia (fellowship) God desires for his children, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” It is only through the interactions of Christian fellowship that we can maintain a sharp edge and be properly prepared for the purposeful work for which we were created.

God, our sharpening stone, forms in us an edge for the work He has created us to complete. He designed us to live in fellowship and community in order to keep ourselves sharp and focused. Iron does sharpen iron, or at least iron keeps iron sharp. But only the Father can provide a clean new edge. Go daily to the sharpening stone and receive a new edge. Keep it sharp and ready for the work by maintaining relationships and living in community with other believers.


Where is your faith?


Faith is always about WHO, not when, where, why, or how.

Have you ever prayed for something that seemed to take a long time for God to answer? Have you ever prayed and received and answer, but then it took so long for the thing God told you would take place that you began to wonder if you misheard?

These are moments that test our faith. But what is faith really?

I like how the NLT says it in Heb. 11:1, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” It is more of a declaration than a definition.

 I really like the definition: faith is obeying God in spite of the feelings within us, in spite of the circumstances around us, in spite of the consequences in front of us and despite the cost.

 Faith is a noun and a verb, it’s an action and a thing….the object of our faith is God, the basis of our faith is the Bible, and the sphere of our faith is daily life.

 It is by faith that believers are: justified (Rom 5:1), reconciled (2 Cor 5:18), redeemed (Eph 1:7), made alive (Eph 2:5), adopted into the family of God (Rom 8:15, 16), re-created (2 Cor 5:17), transported into a new kingdom (Col 1:13), and set free (Gal 5:1).

 And according to James 2, faith is evident in our actions. Faith that does not work is dead. In Hebrews 11:8-19 we see that faith often means waiting with hopeful expectation. Warren Wiersbe once said, “Waiting is for me, one of the most difficult things in life. Yet true faith is able to wait for the fulfillment of God’s purpose in God’s time.”

 God’s time isn’t always our time; But He is always on time!

 With all of that in mind, we come to Hebrews 11:8-19,

8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. 13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.

V8: “By faith Abraham obeyed…” Abraham received a call from the Lord and he obeyed in spite of the feelings within him, in spite of the circumstances around him, in spite of the consequences in front of him, and despite the cost. The story of Abraham was well known to the Hebrew audience…notice that:

-In V8 Abraham didn’t know where,

-In V12 he didn’t know how,

-In V13 he didn’t know when,

-In V17 didn’t know why.

Q: Have you ever been there? Have you ever wondered in the midst of the storm…where is God taking me? What is God trying to teach me? When will this storm or season pass?

Abraham obediently stepped out in faith even though he didn’t know any of these things! And we can too! Because…in V10–He knew who. And that made all of the difference. It doesn’t matter why or how, because WHO is always bigger than those things when we believe in faith.

WHO is bigger than our feelings, bigger than our circumstances, Bigger than the cost.

Faith is always based on WHO, not how, or when, or where, or why.

Everything is wrapped up in faith:

-We are saved by faith,

-We walk by faith,

-We grow by faith,

-We live by faith,

-We please God by faith,

-We serve by faith,

-We worship by faith!

V9: “By faith he went to live in the land…”

In Gen. 12 we see the story begin,

“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’”

Abraham stepped out in faith even though he only had one piece of the puzzle. For some of us we just have to get past the old life. That is so often the problem; we must choose to step out, getting away and staying away, from the old life.

Q: Today, are you more focused on the why, the how, or the where than you are the WHO?

We are called to strive forward in God’s promise! Abraham could have doubted the Lord. I am sure that in his mind the promise should have been waiting there upon his arrival. See Lord, I have gone as you commanded me…now where is it? Where is my promise? Did you deceive me Lord? It certainly must not have been what he expected, not what he had in his mind. But, the text shows that he didn’t doubt; he continued to look on the Lord and patiently wait. Abraham became a pioneer and a traveler—a sojourner…not a settler.

The new land became his inheritance, but it never became his home. He never looked to the possession but always looked to the provider.

V9: “… with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise…” It’s not that Isaac and Jacob lived in the same tents or at the same time, but rather that they were heirs of the same promise and sojourned in the same way.

V10: “ For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. Abraham was following God but always looking forward to his real home, his final dwelling with the Lord in Heaven. Abraham viewed this world and things like his circumstances, his possessions, and his blessings as temporary, as temporal.

Q: Do you view your life and the things that seem so important right now as temporary?

Q: Are you looking forward to heaven, or looking around with worry? Because looking around will kill your faith, while looking up will strengthen it!

Now the writer jumps for a minute to Sarah.

V11-12: “By faith Sarah…conceived.” Lest we think Abraham and Sarah are hall-of-faith rock-stars whom we could never be like…let me remind you that in:

-Gen15: Abraham is promised an heir

-Gen 16: Sarah tries to do it her way-in her timing

-Gen 18: Sarah laughs at the promise of God, now so does Abraham, but Sarah lies about it! However, when God reproves her, she responds in faith and obedience

-Gen 20: Abraham lies about Sarah, claiming she is his sister for fear that the Philistines and the Egyptians would kill him to get to her

So I want you to know, and it can be seen here in Hebrews 11, that when God forgives you, He does it completely and without holding it over you. As it is with those who are forgiven in Christ, Abraham and Sarah are remembered for their triumphs and not their failures.

V13: “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised,” Not fully realized, they had a dim view of their promised inheritance, a faint picture of God and his salvation. We however, have a more full picture of Christ and God’s promise of redemption and our eternal inheritance.

V14-15: “If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.” They could have turned back when the land God gave them didn’t match what was in their mind, but they chose to remain and continue to trust God in faith. When it got tough, they could have given up and gone back to what they knew. But because of their faith in WHO was leading them, they persevered.

Q: As God leads you are you following in faith? Are you focused on the WHO or are you more focused on finding an answer to the when, the why, or the where?

Q: Are you focused on the provision or the provider?

V16: “God is proud to be there God…” I don’t truly know if God is ever ashamed of us, but I know sometimes I’m ashamed of how I have represented His name.

V17-19: “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son.” Wait…his only son? God did not count Ishmael as a part of the promise because he was conceived through the vain, human attempt to help God with His timing. By this time in the story (Gen 22), Hagar and Ishmael had already been sent away, leaving Abraham and Sarah with only one child conceived through the promise given by the Angel of the Lord.

V19: “He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.” Because to Abraham, Isaac was as good as dead for those 3 days as he walked to Mt. Moriah for the sacrifice… the story of Isaac and his near sacrifice is one that closely parallels the story of Jesus. Many details of Isaac’s story foreshadow Jesus’ coming sacrifice for sin and the redemption of the world. F.F. Bruce wonders if this is not the very incident to which Jesus is referring in John 8:56: “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day; and he saw it, and was glad.”

What did He see? He saw his only son raised from the dead and a sacrifice for sins offered in his place.

So having looked at this picture of faith here is my question to you: Are you willing to step out in faith? To obey God in spite of the feelings within you, in spite of the circumstances around you, in spite of the consequences in front of you and despite the cost?

James says that faith without action is dead. It won’t save you. So what is God calling you to today? Are you being called to step out….to an unknown future? Being called to give up something you possess to move forward in Christ? Are you waiting on the Lord? Are you finding that the promise doesn’t match the picture you had in your mind?

I encourage you today, stop focusing on the why, or the how, or the where…and start focusing on the WHO!

It’s All About How You See Yourself

I love to teach God’s word and exposit the Bible. Occasionally the study of the Bible is aided immensely by a little knowledge and education. It’s not that we cannot all read the scriptures and have them come alive, but sometimes there is s truth that once we find, completely changes our paradigm.

Do you know what a backstory is? A past set of experiences that form the presuppositions that shape the way we receive and process information. So I am hoping today, to lay a foundation with you to help us exposit the scriptures over the coming year. I want to give you a bit of a backstory to help you understand what genuine Christianity looks like and what this genuine Christianity expects of each of us.

Sometimes, I think we just don’t get it. Our brand of American or Western Christianity says, “We believe there is a God and He is here to save us and make our lives better.” Our essential problem is that we live as if God is here for US! And not the other way around. He is some sort of cosmic vending machine where we get exactly what we choose. He is a genie in a magic lamp.

We act as if we are the head of our body, and we are in charge of our lives. God is simply an ingredient that we add to make life better, like a spice to make life a bit more palatable. We put God in a compartment, a block of time that we assign to His maintenance. We give Him an hour and a half on Sunday and a few minutes sporadically during the week and then we sort of think that because of grace, God now owes us something in return. We have added a bit of God, sprinkled Him throughout our week and that should make everything blossom and grow and prosper.

Are you a history person? Do you recall a period of time from the early 1500’s lasting into the mid-1600s called the Protestant Reformation? The Reformation was a bloody and tumultuous period, a revolt against the current position and direction of the church of that day. A split from the Roman Catholic position and a return to the biblical foundations of this thing we call “the Church”.

The Reformation was fought and hundreds of lives were given to the cause of many issues, but foremost was the issue, who is the head of the church? Rome said it was the Pope. In fact, Rome said the church itself was made up of Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, and no one else! A mere person could only commune with the church thru the bread. They wouldn’t even give them the cup for fear that they would spill the blood of Christ!

Rome said the Pope is the head and he guides, directs, and rules the church. John Calvin, Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli and the rest, they rebelled against the idea that anyone but Jesus was the head of the church!

100 years before this fractious time was a pre-reformation reformer by the name of John Huss. He was born in 1369 in Bohemia, in the town of Husseneck, an area in the northern regions of the modern day Czech Republic. In those days you were named after the town in which you were born and at the age of 20 John Husseneck shortened his name to Huss, which means the “Goose”. He was born into poverty, and to escape his circumstances, he decided to enter the priesthood.

He was a smart man, he received his bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and eventually a doctorate. In 1401 he was ordained to the priesthood and installed to preach at Bethlehem Chapel, a 3,000-seat sanctuary in Prague. He immediately broke with tradition and preached not in Latin, as was the custom of the day, but in the people’s language. He leaned heavily on the scriptures, which he proclaimed, “Were the final authority on the church!” He sought to make the scriptures known to the people, “desiring to hold, believe, and assert whatever is contained in them as long as I have breath in me.”

This proved the beginning of his undoing. After his first excommunication from the church, Huss wrote a series of treaties. The most important was The Church, which he sent to Prague to be read publicly. In it he argued that the church is made up of all believers and that all believers—not just cardinals and bishops and clergy—make up the church. He further argued that the Bible was the final authority on the church.

But what did him in was this; he said that the Pope is not the head of the church. Christ alone is head of the church, and that a pope “’through ignorance and love of money’ is corrupt,” and that “to rebel against an erring pope is to obey Christ. The truth of Christ’s headship over the church cost him his life, and laid the foundation for the reformation.

100 years later referring to the martyrdom of John Huss, Martin Luther said, “The goose was cooked!” From whence comes the phrase. The day for the cooking of the goose was July 6, 1415. It was at the council of Constance, presided over by the bishop of Constance that he was taken to the cathedral steps dressed in all his priestly garments, and stripped of them one-by-one. This was to be his public defrocking. Down to only his under-garments the bishop of Constance ordered him doused in oil, tied to a stake, and burned. He prayed this, “Lord Jesus, it is for thee that I patiently endure this cruel death. I pray thee to have mercy on my enemies.” Even as he faced an unjust and untimely death, Huss echoed the words of his Lord. As the flames consumed his body he could be heard singing the Psalms.

So undeterred in the belief that Christ is the head of the church, His followers went home and formed the United Fraternity, which later became the Moravian Brotherhood. An organization known for sending out many missionaries; from it came people like John and Charles Wesley, the former a man who preached in America and was responsible for the Great English revival. We owe our faith in some measure all the way back to John Huss.

At his trial, one of Huss’ last statements was, “You may kill this goose, but one day a swan will come.” And so it did. His name was Martin Luther. Standing in his library 100 years later leafing thru a stack of hand written documents, Luther came across the handwritten sermons of John Huss. He began to read and read, fascinated with Huss. Luther later wrote of his hero, “I was overwhelmed with astonishment, I could not understand for what cause they had burnt so great a man, who explained the Scriptures with so much gravity and skill.” Luther’s great battle; who is the head of the church?

Luther wrote in the book Table Talks, “I am persuaded that if at this time the Apostle Peter in person should preach all the Holly Scripture and only deny the Pope’s headship, they would hang him.” He continued “If Christ himself were here on earth and should claim headship, without a doubt the Pope would crucify him again.”

Luther said I owe no more allegiance to the Pope than I owe the Anti-Christ. Now this is not a treatise against the Pope per say, but I look at you today and I say that Christ is the head of the church and you say, “SURE”! But that Doctrine has not been protected except at immense cost. This doctrine has come to us thru the immense blood and tears of the Martyrs. It took this kind of persecution over this doctrine to force a crystallization of exactly what the doctrine meant.

So the question, the great question of the last 400 years is this; is Christ really the head of the church? You see, the head gives direction to the whole body. Nothing else can give direction to the body except the head. William Blakey writing in 1888 said, “By the force of reaction the church was thrown on the more full assertion of Christ’s claims as head of the church and the glorious privilege of the church to follow her head” (emphasis added).


So what does it mean to say that Christ is head of the church? We live in America! We’ve never had a monarchy; we’ve never had a king. In fact, we don’t like one-man rule. We go all around the world trying to prevent that and stamp that out! We have a culture of trying to free the world from one-man rule! We have no concept of what it means to be under total, universal, unilateral sovereign control. Neither do we truly understand the master and slave relationship, which is also total, unilateral, sovereign control

I know there are some negative connotations with slavery and it comes from a sorted past. But the idea is that a master directs his slaves, he rewards his slaves, he punishes his slaves, and he provides everything for his slaves. The slave has no say or bargaining part in the relationship. The slave is owned and fully controlled by and cared for by the master. A servant is an employee. A servant is hired and free to do as he wishes. He can say to his overseer, “I will do this, if…”; “I will, when…”; “If I, then you…” But not a slave…



Eph 1:4, “…He chose us before the foundation of the world…”

John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit…”


1Peter 1:18 says, ‘…We were purchased not with silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Jesus Christ.”

Acts 20:28, “Take heed unto yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit hath made you bishops, to feed the church of the Lord which he purchased with his own blood.”


1 Cor 6:19-20, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

John 13:13, Jesus said, “you call me Lord and you are right that I am!”

John 15:14 –A shocker! “You’re my friends if you do what I command you!”

This then is no ordinary friendship. So why is our picture of the relationship between the head, Jesus Christ, and the body- his church so distorted? I believe it is this: Two little Greek words and a desire to avoid a negative connotation.

The first issue is that no matter what translation you use, unless it’s the Holman Standard Christian Bible, it will not faithfully translate the word doulos in every instance. In fact, most never translate the word as anything but servant. Everywhere you see the word servant or bond-servant and it is referring to a believer, it will be a translation of the Greek word doulos.

The problem with the translation of doulos into servant or even bond-servant is that it is not faithful to the original Greek text. There are many Greek words for servant, but those are not what the original authors chose! They chose the word doulos. The term bond-servant doesn’t even exist in Greek. It’s an English term that refers to a concept of the slave being connected to the house or the land.

It started during the Reformation. In 1560 the Geneva Bible was the first to translate the word doulos as servant, to avoid the stigma and demeaning connotations of the word slave. But a servant is an employee; a slave is owned. A servant can bargain and debate; a slave cannot.

The Greek word for slave is doulos. In the comprehensive and most complete Greek and Koine Greek dictionary Kittel, the entry on doulos reads in part, “There is no need to trace the history of this word, there is no need to discuss the meaning of this word, it would be superfluous to give examples as it has never meant anything in any usage but slave.” The word doulos is used 130 times in the New Testament, 150 times if you count its variants. Notice,

Romans 1:1 “Paul a slave of Christ Jesus”

Philip 1:1, “Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus.”

Titus 1:1, “Paul a slave of God”

Paul, Timothy, James, Peter, Jude, John all identify themselves as slaves Gal 1:10, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a slave of Christ.”

The book of Revelation is a great example of this concept. It begins Rev 1:1, “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his slaves the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his slave John.

Revelation 19:5, “And from the throne came a voice saying, ‘Praise our God, all you his slaves, you who fear him, small and great.’”

The whole Bible ends with this exchange between John and the Angel, Rev 22:6,

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his slaves what must soon take place.” “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow slave with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.

The word Doulos means slave, it has never meant anything but slave. That’s all it means and it has never meant anything else! Even the Angel considered himself a slave of God. Lest you be offended by the thought that you are a slave, even Jesus considered himself a doulos of God. Writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, speaking of Jesus, Paul writes in Philippians 2:5-7, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men.”

According to John MacArthur, “(slave) is the universal meaning of the word doulos and it is the word which most uniquely describes the believer’s relationship to Christ. In fact, to press the issue a little further, it has a companion word, a necessary companion word without which doulos doesn’t make sense and the companion word is kurios. Kurios means Lord.” And there is no such thing as a Lord or Master without a doulos. Neither can you be a doulos without a kurios. So this is the dominant paradigm in which we are to understand our relationship to Jesus Christ. He is Lord, and we are His slaves. There is no other way to be faithful to the text.

The Greek word for Lord is Kurios. It means Lord, King, Master, Owner and it is used 746 times in the New Testament

Luke 6:46, Jesus asks the Pharisees, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

 Luke 22:33, Peter thought he got it, “Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.”

In John 13: 13 Jesus said, “You call me Teacher and (Kurios) Lord, and you are right, for so I am.”

Synonymous with this, Jude 4 refers to our ONLY master (Despotēs) and Lord (Kyrios) Jesus Christ. The word Lord is Kyrios, the word Master is Despotēs from which we get our English word Despot (Despot). In the English vernacular a despot is someone who rules with absolute power and authority.

So we have an absolute ruler, a master and owner. The good news, this master will never sell you, he will never forsake you or mistreat you. He bought you because He loves you. And He desires to bring you into the master’s house and tell you what He is doing. All He asks of you is your loyalty and allegiance. …To do the work He has purchased you for.


Yes, John 15:15 says, “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

-He has called us friends, but that is only one aspect of our relationship. We are in the position of slave, but by His grace he treats us as friends.


Yes, but in the book of Acts which chronicles the explosion of the New Testament Church, the word LORD is used 92x and only 2x is He referred to as our SAVIOR. The message is that He is our savior but far more he is our Lord, our Kurios.


Eph 1:3, “…He chose us before the foundation of the world…”

John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit…”


1Peter 1:18 says, ‘…We were purchased not with silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Jesus Christ.”

Acts 20:28, “Take heed unto yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit hath made you bishops, to feed the church of the Lord which he purchased with his own blood.”


1 Cor 6:19-20, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

You were chosen from among the many, you were purchased with the precious blood of Jesus, all for the purpose of doing His will. In Matt 16:24 Christ said, “If a man desires to come after me, let him take up his cross and follow me.” The Christian life is all about His cross and following Him. The Bible claims that Christ is head of the church. If you believe that to be true, then you must put away your agenda, your desires, and your will and seek the mind of your master. That is real Christianity. We have to change our paradigm. We must seek no longer to be equals with God, but to be His humble and willing slaves, ready to do the work He has purchased us for. Ready to do what He commands us.