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First in Everything

Christ is also the head of the church, which is His body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So He is first in everything.

~ Colossians 1:18 — NLT ~

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In order to give Jesus His rightful place in our lives, we must understand His position. For how can you truly give Christ His rightful place in your life if you don’t understand that He is first in everything? Let’s spend awhile together examining how Christ is first in everything…

  • Christ, the Word, existed before anything was created and He is God. Therefore, He is first before all of creation…
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1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him.

~ John 1:1-3 — NLT ~

Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the One who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:

~ Revelation 3:14 — NLT ~

  • Jesus was God’s only begotten Son, therefore, He is the first of all of God’s children.
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For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

~ John 3:16 — NLT ~

For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son, so that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

~ Romans 8:29 — NLT ~

  • Jesus is both Lord and Savior of all creation…
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He came into the very world He created, but the world didn’t recognize Him.

~ John 1:10 — NLT ~

2 And now in these final days, He has spoken to us through His Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son He created the universe. 3 The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and He sustains everything by the mighty power of His command. When He had cleansed us from our sins, He sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. 4 This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave Him is greater than their names.

~ Hebrews 1:2-4 — NLT ~

Christ is first in everything. Just think about the power of that statement. First in everything… in all things… He is first in all… He is first…

Scriptures say that Christ is the firstborn from the dead…

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… and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth…

~ Revelation 1:5 — NLT ~

For a long, long time, I didn’t understand how the scriptures could say that Jesus was the firstborn from the dead, when there had been others raised from the dead. In fact, some had been raised from the dead in the Old Testament, while Jesus Himself, raised others from the dead in the New Testament. Therefore, how could Jesus be the firstborn from the dead?

But praise God, for His Holy Spirit, who teaches us and gives us understanding. You see, Jesus is indeed the firstborn from the dead, because all of the others who were raised from the dead, died again, and are still dead. However, Jesus died, was buried for three days, descended into hell and preached the gospel, and then was raised from the dead on the third day. His body did not decay, as all other bodies do. Not only was He raised from the dead, but He was given an incorruptible body, and after being seen by more than five hundred witnesses, He ascended into heaven, where He is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, until the day when He returns for His bride, the church.

I pray as you read this that you will come to an understanding of how Christ is first in everything. I’ve shown you that He is God, and that He created the heavens and the earth… I’ve shown you that He is God’s firstborn Son… I’ve shown you that He is Lord and Savior of all creation, and that He is the firstborn from the dead… So, because Christ is first in everything, He also deserves to be first in your life and in mine.

Therefore, my beloved readers, I ask each and every person who reads this post, including me, Is Jesus first in everything in your life?

© 2013 Cheryl A. Showers

Truth or Lie?

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For a long time, the Lord has been speaking to my heart about the importance of His Word. Did you know that God created the heavens and the earth by speaking them into existence? In fact, in Genesis 1, there are 16 references to God speaking creation into existence. (Genesis 1:3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29)

The book of John refers to Jesus as the Word:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
(John 1:1-4 NKJV)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
(John 1:14 NKJV)

The bible is unlike any other book that has ever been written, because while other books contain the words of mere mortal men, the bible is God breathed.

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16 NIV)

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While other books, letters, blogs and posts written by men and women like you and me, may entertain us or even inspire us, there is no real power in those words. However, the bible has the power to judge us. While we may often fool others or ourselves about who we are, the bible, which is the word of God, exposes us for who and what we really are.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
(Hebrews 4:12 NKJV)

 For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.
(Hebrews 4:12 NLT)

Because scripture is inspired by God (or God-breathed), it is holy, and we must treat it with respect. Scripture warns us in several places that we must not add to or take away from the word of God.

5 Every word of God proves true. He defends all who come to Him for protection. 6 Do not add to His words, or He may rebuke you, and you will be found a liar.
(Proverbs 30:5-6 NLT)

Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you from the LORD your God. Just obey them.
(Deuteronomy 4:2 NLT)

18 And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the prophetic words of this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone removes any of the words of this prophetic book, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.
(Revelation 22:18-19 NLT)

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The Word of God is vital to our well-being. Jesus made it clear when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness that we don’t live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Therefore, it is extremely important for us to know the word of God for ourselves. Otherwise, we’ll believe all sorts of doctrines that go against the will of God.

It is because people are ignorant about what the bible truly says, that they allow men like Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Adolph Hitler, Jim Jones, David Koresh and Fred Phelps to lead them. It is because they are ignorant about what the Word of God truly says that people are duped into giving millions of dollars that many can ill afford to give, to televangelists who spend the money on their own lavish lifestyles, rather than God’s ministry. They give to these “ministries” because the leaders often quote scriptures out of context, and the men and women who follow these leaders believe what their favorite “ministers” say, without ever bothering to see for themselves if they were truly quoting scripture, and if so, were they quoting the scriptures the proper context?

For this reason, the Lord has led me to share the Word of God with my readers, so that you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. In this category – Truth or Lie? – I will present the scriptures to you in their proper context, and help you to discover whether some of the things we  have been taught in the church are indeed the truth or a lie. Sometimes people teach lies, not because they intentionally want to deceive you, but because this is what they have been taught. As I’ve studied the scriptures over the years, I’ve discovered that some things that I have taught in the past were not true, because of my own ignorance.

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This is why I encourage you to read the scriptures for yourself as you read the studies I will be presenting in this category. Check things out, to make sure that what I present to you is the truth, and not some strange doctrine that I’ve dreamed up myself, or not merely someone else’s teaching. If my words do not line up with what the scriptures say, then it isn’t the scriptures that are wrong. It is me. For this reason, I encourage you to do as the Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to do:

Work hard so God can approve you. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.
(2 Timothy 2:15 NLT)

© 2013
Cheryl A. Showers