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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nuestras Riquezas Espirituales en Cristo - Efesios 1

El libro de Efesios (al igual que Colosenses y Filemón) fue escrito por Pablo durante su encarcelamiento por el emperador Dominiciano en Roma en el año 61 d.C.

Éfeso era una de las más importantes ciudades en Asia Menor (Turquía hoy día). Era la cuarta ciudad más grande en el imperio Romano con población entre 200,000-250,000 personas. El templo de Artemisa (Diana para los Romanos) era considerado uno de las siete maravillas del mundo. Era cuatro veces más grande que el Partenón en Atenas. Artemisa era considerada la diosa de la fertilidad y tenía mujeres envueltas en la prostitución en el templo.

Era un lugar donde se ejecutaban transacciones comerciales ya que estaba ubicada en lugar estratégico que proveía acceso debido al puerto marítimo.

Pablo estableció una iglesia en su tercer viaje misionero (52-57 d.C) y pasó allí tres años (Hechos 19-20) El impacto de la predicación de Pablo fue grande en Éfeso. Mirar Hechos 19:10

Esta carta no fue escrita para una iglesia en particular sino una que debía de ser circulada en todas las iglesias de Éfeso.

El propósito de esta carta es el de mostrar como la gracia (la palabra aparece 12 veces en esta carta) transformadora de Dios a través de Cristo ("en Cristo" o "en Él" aparece 15 veces) ha formado su Iglesia y le ha colmado de riquezas espirituales. La Iglesia tiene una identidad singular y única, y como tal vive y se expresa de una manera de acuerdo a la Verdad de Dios. Una de las maneras que se distingue es el amor (Pablo usa la palabra "ágape" en varias formas 19 veces más que otras cartas) que se demuestra en la unidad en la Iglesia la cual está compuesta por Judíos y Gentiles.

Está dividida en dos partes: capítulos 1-3 hablan de la identidad (doctrina) de la Iglesia, capítulos 4-6 hablan de la conducta (práctica) de la Iglesia. Alguien dijo que buena ortodoxia (buena doctrina) es la base para buena orto praxis (práctica). Cuando la doctrina buena es la base para una vida santa, agradable a Dios.

En este capítulo miramos lo que Dios nos ha dado como sus "santos y fieles en Cristo Jesús."

Notemos que este término descriptivo no está en cuestión. Somos santos y fieles en Cristo Jesús. Ya hemos hablado antes de nuestra nueva identidad en Cristo basado en otros textos, pero podemos seguirlo viendo en otros pasajes como este.

La persona que cree en Cristo como su Señor y Salvador recibe la justicia de Cristo y es declarado justo. Su vida desde ese momento le pertenece a Dios y ese acto de separación, que se muestra también con acción, la Biblia lo llama "santidad," o ser "santo." Así es como Pablo describe a los creyentes (Efesios 1:1, 15, 18; 2:19; 3:8, 18; 4:12; 5:3; 6:18)

 "No hay ninguna acción, ritual o sacrificio que pueda hacernos santos. La santidad no es algo que se obtiene,  es algo que se recibe, y esto es por gracia.  Esto es la gran paradoja de la santidad de Dios: por un lado Él no puede habitar con lo impuro, pero a su vez Él provee de limpieza a los pecadores para que podamos relacionarnos con Él. Dios nos santifica a  través de dos acciones: nos rescata (aparta) y nos consagra (preserva) para Él." - Javier Domínguez pastor de la Iglesia CIA El Salvador

Al igual el creyente que ha creído en Cristo es uno que es "fiel"porque ha puesto su fe en Él.

Pero hay por lo menos seis realidades o posesiones (bendiciones) espirituales que Dios ha dado a sus "santos y fieles" las cuales nos hacen ricos espiritualmente y nos ayudan a vivir la vida Cristiana.



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Monday, August 15, 2016

Encountering God Through His Relentless Pursuit Jonah 1-4





God speaks to Jonah to go to Niniveh and preach God's message to them. Niniveh was the capital of Assyria and was North of what is now Baghdad. He calls Jonah to take the message of judgment to them so they might repent. We know that God is just but He is also a compassionate And wants to save people. Jonah does not obey God's calling. He became a rebel prophet and God has to pursue him.

How did he become this rebel who refused to follow God's calling to preach and what was God's response?

We'll learn this in the book of Jonah. This book is also about us. About how God sovereignly pursues us in our walk with him, especially when we are disobedient. Our reaction may not be  as drastic  as Jonah but we share a lot in our sinfulness.

As we learn from him, keep tabs on how is pursuing you. What is he commanding you to do that you are not doing? It may be an act of omission as opposed to commission. God is calling you to align yourself with his will for your life but you are not listening.  You are passive. Or you are actively rejecting his pursuit of you!

Here are the lessons from Jonah:

1. God is sovereign over our lives. We are called to obey Him and live for Him. Are you ready to obey Him completely and without any reservation wherever he is leading you now?

2. God is sovereign in the salvation of others. He alone saves but uses us to proclaim His message.

3. God uses imperfect like Jonah (and me) to proclaim His message of Hope to people who have yet to believe the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.

4. God is compassionate, loving and slow to anger and desires to save people and  we should reflect his character and his values.

5. God cares about us even when we are not obedient to Him. He will sovereignly teach us (discipline us) what we need to learn in whatever way necessary.

6. "Look — something greater than Jonah is here!" Matthew 12:40.

- Jesus was the opposite of Jonah.
- Jonah was disobedient but Jesus was obedient till death.
- Jonah was a reluctant messenger but Jesus was a willing messenger.
- Jonah was not compassionate but Jesus was compassionate.

- Jonah was didn’t sacrifice anything to save anyone but Jesus sacrificed everything to save us.

- Jonah spent three days and three nights in a fish and Jesus spent three days and three nights in the grave.

But Jonah’s reason was due to his sinfulness. Christ laid in the grave for your sins and mine. To redeem us from our sins and give us eternal life.
- He is greater than Jonah!


Here are some postings related to the book of Jonah:
http://despondgeo.blogspot.com/2010/06/thoughts-on-book-of-jonah-ch-1.html
http://despondgeo.blogspot.com/2010/06/thoughts-on-book-of-jonah-chapter-2.html
http://despondgeo.blogspot.com/2010/06/reflections-on-book-of-jonah-chapter-3.html
http://despondgeo.blogspot.com/2010/07/thoughts-on-jonah-chapter-4.html


Encountering God Through His Relentless Pursuit Jonah 1-4





God speaks to Jonah to go to Niniveh and preach God's message to them. Niniveh was the capital of Assyria and was North of what is now Baghdad. He calls Jonah to take the message of judgment to them so they might repent. We know that God is just but He is also a compassionate And wants to save people. Jonah does not obey God's calling. He became a rebel prophet and God has to pursue him.

How did he become this rebel who refused to follow God's calling to preach and what was God's response?

We'll learn this in the book of Jonah. This book is also about us. About how God sovereignly pursues us in our walk with him, especially when we are disobedient. Our reaction may not be  as drastic  as Jonah but we share a lot in our sinfulness.

As we learn from him, keep tabs on how is pursuing you. What is he commanding you to do that you are not doing? It may be an act of omission as opposed to commission. God is calling you to align yourself with his will for your life but you are not listening.  You are passive. Or you are actively rejecting his pursuit of you!

Here are the lessons from Jonah:

1. God is sovereign over our lives. We are called to obey Him and live for Him. Are you ready to obey Him completely and without any reservation wherever he is leading you now?

2. God is sovereign in the salvation of others. He alone saves but uses us to proclaim His message.

3. God uses imperfect like Jonah (and me) to proclaim His message of Hope to people who have yet to believe the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.

4. God is compassionate, loving and slow to anger and desires to save people and  we should reflect his character and his values.

5. God cares about us even when we are not obedient to Him. He will sovereignly teach us (discipline us) what we need to learn in whatever way necessary.

6. "Look — something greater than Jonah is here!" Matthew 12:40.

- Jesus was the opposite of Jonah.
- Jonah was disobedient but Jesus was obedient till death.
- Jonah was a reluctant messenger but Jesus was a willing messenger.
- Jonah was not compassionate but Jesus was compassionate.

- Jonah was didn’t sacrifice anything to save anyone but Jesus sacrificed everything to save us.

- Jonah spent three days and three nights in a fish and Jesus spent three days and three nights in the grave.

But Jonah’s reason was due to his sinfulness. Christ laid in the grave for your sins and mine. To redeem us from our sins and give us eternal life.
- He is greater than Jonah!

Here are some postings related to the book of Jonah:
http://despondgeo.blogspot.com/2010/06/thoughts-on-book-of-jonah-ch-1.html
http://despondgeo.blogspot.com/2010/06/thoughts-on-book-of-jonah-chapter-2.html
http://despondgeo.blogspot.com/2010/06/reflections-on-book-of-jonah-chapter-3.html
http://despondgeo.blogspot.com/2010/07/thoughts-on-jonah-chapter-4.html