Archive for March, 2013

The Stone Has Been Rolled Away

Posted in Blog Entry on March 26th, 2013 by James Barron – Be the first to comment

Jesus died saying, “It is finished!” He saw you. He saw me. He saw all sin being removed from you and me forever. That is why He came to us. That is why He died. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! Behold the Lamb!

Jesus was laid in a tomb after He died and a great stone covered the tomb. But three days later, the stone was rolled away. Jesus was not in the tomb. He rose from the dead! The power of His Life rolled away the stone! His Life!

The law was written on stone. Our hearts were as stone. But a new day has dawned with Him, and law and death has been rolled away and a New Creation arises with Him, never to die again! Never to be separated from the love of God again! Never again!

Never again! Behold the dawning of a new day! Behold the eternal morning! Behold the face of the Son of God. Believe only and rest!

The stone that God rolled away, the law and death, was replaced with another Stone. The Chief Corner Stone! Of which the builders (Pharisees) rejected! And whosoever shall trust in that Stone shall not be disappointed!

- James Barron

The Unjust Steward

Posted in Blog Entry, Q&A on March 20th, 2013 by James Barron – Be the first to comment

shalom :)
would you please share with me how you view Luke 16:1-13? (the unjust steward)
Thank you for sharing and teaching about God’s love. I’m very grateful God brought us to you.

- Curious Saint

Hello:

Thanks for your question and words of encouragement. Glad the teachings on www.seeinggrace.com are blessing you.

Briefly, this is what I see Jesus teaching in His parable about the unjust steward. In the parable, the owner praises the unjust steward, not for his dishonesty and theft of the owner’s property, but for his shrewdness.

The steward used money to bless people, the customers of the owner, by discounting their bill and thereby saving them tons of money. He knew he was about to get fired by the owner so he used the owner’s money to bless a lot of people so that when he was out on the street without a job he would have lots of friends who would help him out too.

Jesus said the sons of the darkness are wiser than the sons of the light because the sons of the light should use money and material things of this world to bless people so that they become not just friends, like with the unjust steward, but so they might come to see the goodness of God in a believer’s generosity and believe on Jesus. When they become believers, they are then brothers and sisters, now a part of the eternal family of God and they will welcome us in heaven, into eternal dwellings, when we pass from this temporary world and life.

I see the reality of this truth almost every week. I will be moved by God to give a gift to someone who is not a believer. It could be money, tickets to a game, gift card to a restaurant, etc. and they will be amazed that someone would do that for them. Then at the right time, I will speak of God’s love and what Jesus accomplished, and they are all ears. Seeds are planted and God will water and give the increase. As Jesus said, “a man cannot serve two masters.” Don’t serve money but serve God and use money to show his goodness to people in random and Spirit-led acts of kindness. I have lived like this for years by God’s grace and He has always given me a generous supply for my needs and my family’s needs and for giving away to bless others.

Use money and the things of this world to bless unbelievers (as well as believers) and they will listen intently when you tell them of God’s love in Jesus.

James