Waukesha Bible Church is a family of families that believes in teaching the Biblical narrative of Jesus throughout the history of the Bible. Here you can connect with our family while on the go and away from the local body.
The Holy Spirit coming is the next step/stage of God fulfilling His promise to dwell among us for our joy and His glory. The Holy Spirit works to lead you to Jesus and then places you in Jesus whereby His life is your life in this life and in the life to come.
The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus with Pentecost are the beginning of His reign over sin and death and re-creating of the heavens and the earth. His Resurrection, Ascension, and Pentecost inaugurate fulfillment. He gives us what we need to do what He wants.
In light of Jesus’ resurrection and ascension the question may be asked, “Now what do we do?” The disciples decided to gather, pray and lead. Peter rose up as a leader among the group and decided that next decision was to replace the disciple who betrayed them all, Judas. The driving force behind this decision was the Scriptures themselves (1:16-20). Through his meditations on the Psalms, Peter saw the reigns of David and Jesus as one and took guidance from David’s wisdom.
The ascension of our Lord is His enthronement. It is when He takes the throne and is invested with the authority and power to rule over His kingdom and its citizens. He is an absolute monarch who works all He wills in and through His people for His glory and for their joy.
Resurrection Sunday is a time to celebrate God’s faithfulness to keep His promises. Jesus is alive and is Lord over heaven and earth. What He began in Genesis 1 and 2 and promised in Genesis 3, He is finishing with Jesus.
Palm Sunday: Jesus is King. Therefore "Fear Not." My hope is that no matter what happens on this earth, Jesus is still my Messiah and King. His kingdom is already inaugurated and will be fully realized as this earth will be remade. Rest in the Lordship of the Messiah.
As the Israelites were pinned between the Red Sea in front and the pursuing Egyptians behind, they were told to "fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD." Because God is present and faithful to His promises, His people need not fear their problems.
As we begin this time of social isolation as the Covid-19 virus spans the world, let us not forget the God who is in control, the One who gives us peace and stability in a time of anxiety and panic. God is knowable, and a known God stabilizes His people in world full of anxiety, panic, and hysteria. And thereby He enables us to serve an unsettled world. Therefore, "Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent" (Exod. 14:13,14).
Throughout the book of Galatians, Paul has been contrasting two Gospels: Salvation by Grace alone through Faith alone in Christ alone vs the Judaizers False Gospel of the Flesh. Getting the Gospel wrong bears very real consequences – not only eternally but in the here and now.
Paul uses the overarching universal principle of “sowing and reaping” to demonstrate the point he’s been making throughout the entire letter.
Paul reminds us of an often overlooked and misunderstood reality of the gospel, the indwelling person of the Holy Spirit. In our present text, Galatians 5:16-26, Paul encourages us with the solution for combating our fleshly appetites that wage war within us without dismissing the struggle and tension. He argues for us to live from our position in Christ by faith rather than by law. Faith is an ongoing learning process that is so opposed to our natural human tendencies. Even as followers of Christ, we emphasize faith in justification but undermine faith in sanctification. Learning to live by faith in the Spirit is the freedom Paul is talking about in this text.
Our passage teaches us that there is a symbiotic relationship between keeping the gospel clean (vv. 2-6), staying that course (vv. 7-12), and loving the community (vv. 13-15). Each one is supported by the other and collapses in their absence. Paul begins the process of cleaning up the mess and addressing the problems by offering words of caution [don’t do this – don’t add to, don’t quit, and don’t bite] and of conduct [do this – keep it clean, stay the course, and love the community]. Paul calls them all back to the gospel.
You can make the choice but you cannot change the outcome. Jesus frees His people from all things that enslave. Now, His people are to stand fast and hold firm to Him. Anything else or anyone else leads to spiritual slavery and soul destroying bondage.
In chapter 3, Paul explains to the Galatians that righteousness is not a matter of following the Law, and it never was. Righteousness has always been about faith in God and His Promises. Paul now expands on his point with an Illustration of God’s “Big Picture” plan of Redemption… Adoption into His Kingdom.
Context matter [1:10-24; 2:1-10, 11-14; 3:1-6]
Paul is most definitely speaking to the Church, to Christians. The aspect of justification referenced is NOT just the front end, but the middle part as well.
No one can be justified by the works of the Law. Our justification is only by faith in the faithfulness of Christ Jesus. The entire LAW finds its fulfillment in Jesus. He does for us what we could never ever do for ourselves.
Paul’s Autobiographical Defense: The Divine Origin of Paul’s Gospel is proven by His confrontation with Peter. Hypocrisy manifested in partiality destroys the integrity of the gospel. When we forsake the unconditional acceptance of God and live under the conditional acceptance of law we are being hypocrites.