Recently, in hopes of furthering my long-stalled genealogical studies, I had my DNA tested. One of the studies which was returned to me was information on my maternal haplogroup. This genetic detail of our heritage is found in our mitochondria and is passed down strictly from mother to child. My children’s mitochondria are a copy of mine, which is a copy of my mother’s, which was a copy of her mother’s, and so on.
The questions came up: “Isn’t our salvation rooted in the law?”
In Acts 15 is the tale of how the newly formed church had a problem. Not only were the Jews turning to Christ for salvation in droves, the non-Jews (Gentiles) were also being drawn to believe! What to do with these believers who were not Jewish converts?
The 15th chapter of I Corinthians is Paul’s response to those believers who argued that there is no resurrection. Paul begins by stating the most basic truth of the gospel that they themselves profess to believe: that Jesus died for our sins, that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day.
Paul points out that there are living (at the time of the letter) eyewitnesses to the resurrected Christ, himself included. “You don’t believe it? Go ask someone who was there!”
From the pulpits today, we are urged to seek blessings from God, those visible signs of his favor. Blessings are most often equated with material things: money, vehicles, a nice home… Today’s teachings also identify blessings as favor: a raise when one is not necessarily warranted, a good parking spot at the mall, your health, your family…
Valerie R Jackson is a slightly off-kilter Bible instructor and disciple serving the Most High God from Louisa, VA.