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Mark 10 and the Christian Heart (1)

August 15, 2009

Mark 10:13-31 is an account of what the heart of the believer should be.  First, Jesus, when receiving the children into his arms, warns his hearers that if they do not receive the kingdom of God like a child, they will not enter it. Children receive things as gifts because they cannot gain anything on their own power.  On their own, they would perish.  They rely on the power of another, their parents, for their provision.  So it is with the Christian heart.  It is a needy heart that rests upon the power of another – the power of God.  I Corinthians 1 tells us clearly what the power of God is for us: “For the world of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (18), and he goes on to say in verse 24, “but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ a is the power of God and wisdom of God.”  Also, in Romans 1:16, Paul says, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation, to everyone who believes.”

The heart of the Christian rests upon the Gospel, a gift, as the power of God, like a child who rests in the provisions of their parents for life.  Praise God for his power and mercy.

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