Bible Reading for OCT16: Mark 7-8

Chapter 7 records the Pharisees having a form of
religion but denying the power of Christ. Jesus called them
hypocrites–professing to believe one thing, but doing
something different. Today, many people have a form of
religion, but deny the power of God in their lives.
Religious sects are probably more prevalent than ever
before in our world today. Some honestly follow after false
teachings. Others know the teaching is false, but follow it
anyway. In any event, there is only one way. That way is
Jesus Christ. Even though a person might be completely
honest and sincere in his belief, if he fails to come by
way of the cross, he is lost and without hope. God’s Word
tells us, in Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seemeth
right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of
death.” Jesus said, in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth,
and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” I
trust you have come to Him and allowed His cleansing power
to make you whole.

The Book of Mark parallels and covers much of the
same material covered in Matthew, but from a different
point of view. In chapter 8:35-38 there is a message that
should grip the hearts of every individual. So much
importance is placed upon this life, and the profit and
gain of this world. Jesus said, “For what shall it profit a
man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own
soul?” Eternity is sure and everlasting. The man who
prepares for the future is a wise man. Christ died that we
might have assurance of eternity in heaven. It is the
responsibility of every individual to accept Jesus Christ
by faith, and receive His free pardon of sin. This is
explained so beautifully in John 3.
Man now can be:
Romans 5:19
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience
of one shall many be made righteous.


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