Isn’t This Joseph’s Son?

Isn’t This Joseph’s Son?

March 4

“All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. ‘Isn’t this Joseph’s son?’ they asked” (Luke 4:22).

Jesus was more qualified to be a carpenter than the Son of God in the view of religious leaders and the common people of his day. He was also becoming known as a rabbi who thought and did things “outside the box.” He was an unusual mixture of the earthly common man who did daily work just like his other villagers in Nazareth. So, when the public ministry side of his life began to surface, the first observations were, “Isn’t this Joseph, the carpenter’s son?”

This is not unlike what happens when God calls you or I into a more public ministry. “Isn’t that John, the CPA, or Bill the restaurant manager, or Susie the bank executive?” The first question among our critics is “Where did John, Bill, or Susie get religion?”

The religious spirit in the workplace reveals itself in many ways. The religious spirit can best be defined as an agent of Satan assigned to prevent change and maintain the status quo by using religious devices. The religious spirit seeks to distort a genuine move of God through deception, control and manipulation. It was the primary force against Jesus designed to intimidate and turn His relationship with God into a set of rules and regulations. Satan does not want Jesus in the workplace because that is where the authority lies to change a workplace, city or nation. God desires you to bring His presence with you into the workplace every day. Do not let the enemy of your soul shame you into alienating your faith from your work.

Today, ask Jesus to go into the workplace with you. The two of you just might be the team to bring someone out of slavery and bondage.


One thought on “Isn’t This Joseph’s Son?”

    What is your interpretation of Scriptures concerning your salvation? The question is not what is your preacher, priest, pastor, your Bible college professor, your Sunday school teacher, your relatives; interpretations of Scripture. What do you think?

    Acts 3:19 Repent, then turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, ( NIV 1973)

    1. Does that mean adults need to repent of the guilt, they inherited from Adam so their sins may be forgiven?

    2. Does that teach that unbelieving infants need to repent of their sins and turn to God?

    3. Does it mean that once you become a Christian you can live a sinful lifestyle and still be saved?

    4. Does it mean that God will force the elect to repent and turn to Him so their sins may be forgiven?

    Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (NIV 1973)

    1. Does it mean those who, believe only, will be saved?

    2. Does it signify that those who believe are saved and should be baptized as a testimony of their faith?

    3. Does it mean that non-believers will also be saved, because there are many roads to heaven?

    4. Does it mean that God is responsible for making men believe and be baptized, because grace alone saves?

    Acts 2:38 Peter replied: “Repent and be baptized, every one you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NIV 1973)

    1. Does is mean, repent only, so your sins may be forgiven?

    2. Does it mean be baptized because your sins have already been forgiven.

    3. Does it mean you received the gift of the Holy Spirit before you repented and were baptized in water?

    4. Does it mean that Jesus did not command His disciples to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit?

    5. Does it mean that “and” is not a conjunction in this verse of Scripture?

    6. Does it mean, that immersion in water is not essential for salvation?

    What do these Scriptures mean to you?
    Galatians 3:26-27, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 5:1-2, Ephesians 5:25-27, Romans 6:3-10, Colossians 2:9-13, Ephesians 2:6-9, Acts 22:16, John 3:5, John 3:16, John 8:24, Titus 3:5, Romans 10:16-17, Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, Acts 3:19, Luke 24:47, 1 Peter 3:20-21.



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