Acts 15:30-31.. 30 So when they were sent away, they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter. 31 When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. 32 Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message.
The message and letter that Judas and Silas brought back to Antioch brought great rejoicing and encouragement. Most of these new believers [probably all] had never seen Jesus personally, but “love Him even though you have never seen Him. Though you do not see Him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.” A
The letter developed with guidance from the OT prophets and Holy Spirit brought great encouragement and joy. The Bible and Holy Spirit are the guide for us in our choice of words and actions for people of all races-nations and circumstances.
Let’s reflect on God’s attributes of strength and His unmatched power:
Self-Sufficient- Infinite- Omnipresent- Omniscient- Omnipotent- Omnisapient- Omniattendant- Creator and Sustainer of the universe- and God’s attributes of care: Holiness–Faithfulness- Goodness- Love- Mercy and grace- Wrath toward wickedness-
These attributes give me a reason to rejoice with a glorious inexpressible joy because He knows me personally and has given His disciples “everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” B
Let’s focus on one of these attributes– faithfulness: God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God.
If we are faithless, He remains faithful.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. C
I can desire to love, trust, obey Him and encourage others because of the faithfulness of God and His other attributes.
Notes: A- 1 Peter 1:8; B- 2 Peter 1:3; C- 1 Corinthians 1:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Romans 3:3, 2 Timothy 2:13, 1 John 1:9, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Psalms 119:90 & For description of artributes of God click here
Henry Luke 12/31/2017
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