10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 25)

lighthouseFor those of you who have studied the Bible for several years, no matter how often you read a particular verse, oftentimes a new understanding of it will suddenly light up at you as if it were new!

Last year, there were verses that for years I have been familiar that all of a sudden took on a whole new dimension when I began writing about them.

If you are a new Christian or a person who does not know yet what the Bible is all about, I pray that the verses below will cause you to start thinking differently about yourself and the world you live in.

On the other hand, chances are you are now beginning to study the Bible. If so, I believe it will be a Supreme Being, the Great God, who will be communicating to you mostly through your thoughts.

Below are ten more Bible verses added from “10 Bible Verses That Can Change Your Life (part 24)” that have changed my life and other people’s lives as well. These verses have been doing this throughout the centuries. I am sure you long-time students of the Bible can think of other verses that are also life-changing.

241)  John 1:4

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

Some people will try to tell you that Christ was only a man, a historic figure who performed good works for people. They point to the word “was” in this verse being used twice in the past tense to convince you of this. Yet, the apostle John, as a witness,  was writing of Christ.

Think about this, how can Jesus be a “was the light of all mankind”?  If Christ lived back then, then He only influenced those who lived in that era. But that is not the case here. John later was to write how Jesus rose from the dead and still lives today!  Why? So that you can see yourself as an eternal being and not as a past-tense person. Jesus is still alive today and wants to change your life.

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There very likely were more than three Magi wise men who made the dangerous trip westward to find Jesus Christ in Bethlehem.

242)  Matthew 2:1

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem.

This verse is about the wise men from the east, the Magi, who knew that the Messiah, the King of the Jews, had been born (Matthew 2:4-6). They traveled westward while and after Christ was born. These men knew about the extraordinary prophecies about the Messiah given to the Jews. Whether these Magi were descendants of Israel or not is not known. There could have been a connection.

Why would they be so fascinated with all of this? Again, because somehow, someway, it was revealed to them that the Christ was born. This is important. They knew that God was working here. They had a spiritual revelation that this was so.

Some of you have sensed deeply that there is something to this Jesus Christ that is real and not make-believe. You may be alone in an area of the world where Christ is forbidden to be taught, but you now believe He is real. Others of you have responded to Him despite the adverse situations you were in. Many of you took the next step to profess that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior. I know many others of you are ready to start. Make it so. It will change your life.

243)  Matthew 3:16

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.

The baptism of Jesus actually occurred while He was in the water – before coming out of the water. This verse shows me that baptism is not about going into the water and then coming out of it. Baptism is a symbol of death. It pictures the death of the old self – the sinful person naturally against God. Coming out of the water pictures you becoming a new creature in Christ. It also represents what will ultimately happen to your mortal body when Christ returns – it will be immortal.

When Jesus received the Holy Spirit as a dove descending on Him, that indicated to me that a Christian should also be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit. All that means is that a new, born-again Christian will be better able to carry out what God wants him to be, do and become in this life.

All of that can happen to you when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and take these steps of baptism. Once you received the Holy Spirit, your life will change to one having much purpose and meaning.

244)  Matthew 9:9

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

How can a tax collector, perhaps one of the most despised officials among the people at that time, just leave his occupation and follow Jesus? I find this amazing.

You may be in a mundane job working from paycheck to paycheck or have a salaried position, but you making a change as Matthew did is evidence that God was strongly involved in Matthew’s life.

God just may now be showing Himself to you as never before and asking you to follow Christ. You most likely will not be required to quit your occupation, but you, and only you, will know what the true God wants you to do to change your life. Right now I ask you, what are you going to do?

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What is the “spirit in man”? One answer: The Spirit in man was the one in Jesus Christ that went to heaven when He died on the Cross (Matthew 27:50).

245)  Matthew 10:28

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

This verse stirred a thought with me about how a given worldly person, in a way, believes he is god. Since he does not believe God exist, what does he, in position of authority, have a tendency to do? He intimidates people into some sort of submission to his rule. He tends to wield power threats against the livelihood of others. These are just my thoughts on the basic natural proclivies of mankind throughout history.

Anyway, if there were no resurrection; if Christ had not risen from the dead, then the quests for power over the life and death of people will always prevail on the earth. But because Christ is alive, we as Christians are alive in him. And if a death should happen to any one of us, the next instant we wake up is to see Jesus Christ in His glory and we with Him forevermore. This truth will revitalize your life!

246)  Matthew 19:16

Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

I used to be a very legalistic, self-righteous Christian (who knows, maybe I still am). I used to focus on doing for God toward my salvation rather than having faith and trust on Him and desiring more to help other people. I was more the talker than the walker.

Whenever anyone, including myself, try to be perfect by self-effort, disappointment and failure is often the result.

How then, did Jesus reply to this man’s request in the above verse? Sell all he has and follow Him (Matthew 19:21). Does this mean each of us must also sell all our possessions in order to be His disciple? No, Christ was dealing with this person on an individual basis.

God wants you, however, to put Him in first place of your life. He wants you to love Him with all of your heart, body and soul (Matthew 22:37; Luke 10:27).

How are you to know how to do that? First, accept Christ as your Lord and Savior. Denounce the world’s way that goes contrary to Him and repent (change) from your attitude and your way of thinking and living. With God’s help, following these basic steps will transform your life.

247)  John 17:17

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

The word, sanctify, means to set apart for a special purpose; for a different way of living. In the Old Testament, what set apart a people, a nation called Israel, and have her be a chosen people, was a theocratic system of laws that they were uniquely under. No other nation on earth at that time was under such rule. Hence, the Israelites had a special calling, sanctified, for a holy purpose.

If you know you are being called by God to be a follower of Christ, and you accept and believe on Him, you are now to be spiritually separated from the rest of this ungodly world. Jesus, who is The Truth and The Light (John 8:12), is now in you. Therefore you will be sanctified, holy and set apart ever learning the word (the Bible) and The Word (Jesus Christ).

248)  Acts 9:1

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest…

Are you a person who “kills” people in the name of God? Do you believe God is angry at people and therefore it is your responsibility to take action in order to satisfy God? Of course, many of you will say, no, to this.

Did not Jesus say to “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44)? Therefore, following Christ’s words here is far helpful than being self-righteous which fosters disdain from others towards you. Let not any cause or mission in your life cause others to hate God because of you.

249)  John 10:16

I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

Are not all Christians the same sheep – Christ’s sheep? How can there be other sheep? Was there another shepherd besides Christ leading them when Christ said this? What other voice was there that the other sheep were hearing? Much has been said and written on this topic. Space does not allow me to say much here.

But, Jesus was discussing here how the situation was when He spoke these words. There was no Church at that moment. The Holy Spirit was not yet given. But Christ was already talking about sheep. The one sheep and one shepherd that He mentioned here refers  to events after He died and rose from the dead and after Pentecost.

There is only one spiritual sheep, one flock, who hear Christ’s voice. Can you be one of them? It may be that you are now beginning to hear His words. And once you become one of His sheep, it will change your life.

The Holy Spirit250)  John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

First of all, this verse strongly indicates that there are at least two beings at work here – Jesus Christ and the Father. Jesus came to reveal the Father to man (Luke 10:22).

And, secondly, Christ also came so that the Holy Spirit would be in each Christian’s life. Once you begin to know Him and how He works with you; once you follow the way and truth of Christ, it will change your life.

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Acknowledgements:

1) All Bible verses are quoted from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted. Holy Bible: New International Version. (2011). Grand Rapids, MI.: Zondervan

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