Christian Acronym :: X.X.X.L

In clothing lines, the acronym XXXL (or sometimes written as 3XL) stands for Extra Extra Extra Large or Extremely Extra Extra Large. In Christianity, does this acronym have any weight at all? Yes, it does, the extent of God’s love for us can be said to be X.X.X.L meaning Extravagant, Extreme, and Encumbering Love.

The love of God the Father toward us is Extravagant, for he bestowed/lavished it on us so that we could be called his children (1 John 3:1a).
Greater love has no man than this, that one who lays done his life for his friend; but Extreme love is of and by One who laid done his life for not just his friends, but his enemies.
The love of Jesus Christ, God’s Only begotten Son is Extreme, for while we were still sinners (and enemies of God), Jesus died for us.
The love of the Holy Spirit is Encumbering, for the Holy Spirit seals (encumbers) us unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30).

God’s love is an Extravagant, Extreme and Encumbering Love (X.X.X.L). Have you experienced this love in your life?

1 John 3:1a (KJV)
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:

John 15:13 (KJV)
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Romans 5:8 (KJV)

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Ephesians 1:13 (KJV)
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 4:30 (KJV)
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Christian Acronym :: S.O.S

On the night of the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, the silence of the supposedly peaceful night was broken by the inaudible morse code distress S.O.S call, as the luxury liner struck an iceberg and sunk to a watery grave. The signal was three dots, three dashes and three dots (‘ ‘ ‘ – – – ‘ ‘ ‘), which translated to S.O.S. One of the meanings of S.O.S interestingly is  Save Our Souls (the other being Save Our Ship). But did you wonder why someone would cry Save Our Souls when it is their physical being (bodies) that needed saving. Many perished that night as the band on the ship sang the song of assurance “Nearer My God to Thee” and sacrificed themselves.

The world today is crying out with inaudible signals, Save Our Souls (S.O.S) and there is only one who can do so. His name is Jesus Christ. Not only can He save us from physical danger and death, but when one believes in Him, his/her soul is saved from spiritual death and eternal damnation. Are we expressing with an abnegating life that “Nearer to our God we are” when we believe in Jesus Christ. All who don’t believe in Him will be engulfed by the grave. The only way to S.O.S is to believe in Jesus Christ.

Matthew 10:28 (KJV)
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

John 3:16-17 (KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Christian Acronym :: R.E.A.L

Me: What is my purpose in life?
Christ: To be REAL?
Me: I  don’t understand!
Christ: You mission is to live a life reconciling others unto God. You must have a Reconciliation Entrusted Apostle’s Life (R.E.A.L)

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 (KJV)
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Christian Acronym :: Q&A

Q (Man): What is the greatest commandment in the law?
A (Jesus): Love God totally (with all thy heart, soul and mind) and Love Man totally (as yourself)

Q (Jesus): What say ye of me, the Christ? Whose son is he?
A (Man): The son of a king called David i.e., man’s son
Q (Jesus): Then why does the king have to address me, the Christ, as Lord.
A (Man): No answer (nor any more question)

Jesus was establishing the fact that He was of the line of David, but not the son of David, an earthly king, but that He was indeed Lord and the Son of the King of kings and Lord of lords i.e., the Son of God with whom He reigns.

Who do you say Jesus is?

Matthew 22:35-46 (KJV)
Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.
He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

Christian Acronym :: M.S.R.P

Prosecutor: You deserve to die!
Defendant: Why?
Prosecutor: Because the soul that sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:20).
Defendant: In that case, everyone must be punished for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
Prosecutor: You are absolutely correct!
Defendant: Isn’t there any way by which I can be saved?
Prosecutor: No, no other way. Unless the wages of sin is paid, there is no other way.
Defendant: But, what can equate the wages of sin; what can equate the penalty of death; what is it’s price?
Prosecutor: I know of none save one!
Defendant: What is it?
Prosecutor: It is the price of blood of a sinless person with an advanced payment of thirty pieces of silver!
Defendant: You are saying then, that I don’t stand a chance; in fact no one stands a chance because there is no one without sin; No one is sinless, correct?
Prosecutor: No that is not entirely true.
Defendant: What is not entirely true?
Prosecutor: What is true is that you are guilty of death; What is true is that you don’t stand a chance. What is true is that wages of sin is death. What is true is that you deserve death, but what is not true is that no one stands a chance, for there is One, Only One who was, is and will be sinless and that is Jesus Christ. He paid your penalty with the equitable price.
Defendant: So, what are you saying?
Prosecutor: You deserve to die, but you don’t have to, because Jesus paid the price for your Salvation and Redemption with His blood. You are free to go (and sin no more).
Defendant: Thanks be to God, for My Salvation’s Redemption Price (M.S.R.P), was My Savior’s blood and thirty pieces of silver.

Zechariah 11: 12-13 (KJV)
12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

Revelation 5:9 (KJV)
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

Christian Acronym :: L.E.T G.O

As believers of Jesus Christ, we must not try to control our very lives, being wise in our own eyes, but we must fear God, depart from evil and we must LET GO. In other words, in all our ways, we must Trust in the LORD and acknowledge him, i.e., we must Leave Everything To God, Only* (L.E.T G.O).

Proverbs 3:5-7 (KJV)
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

* I had originally posted the acronym for L.E.T G.O as Leave Everything To God, Okay, but a close friend (who chose to remain unnamed) suggested that instead of Okay, the word ‘Only’ gave a double assertive about Trusting in the Lord only and on no one else (in men or in chariots), which is more reflective of the Scripture and more powerful. So I have changed L.E.T G.O to be Leave Everything To God, Only.

Christian Acronym :: J.A.G

JAG is the acronym for Judge Advocate General.

Jesus will return to Judge the Word and as a General in war, he will come and make war in the end times (Revelation 19:11). He is not only a Judge and General but an Advocate as well, for if we sin, he intercedes for us with God the Father (1 John 2:1).

Jesus is the ultimate Judge Advocate General (J.A.G)

Revelation 19:10-11 (KJV)
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

1 John 2:1-2 (KJV)
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Christian Acronym :: I.S.P

Just as an Internet Service Provider (I.S.P) provides access to the people to all who are connected and who subscribe to their service, Jesus Christ is the Immortal Salvation Provider (I.S.P) to all who connect with Him and who subscribe to the belief that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son, given for the Salvation of mankind, who paid the penalty of our sins, died in our stead, was raised to life by the power of God, conquering sin and death, once and for all, and is alive and seated at the right hand of God.

Without Christ, there is no connection to God. He is the Immortal Salvation Provider (I.S.P), and there is none other.

John 3:16-18  (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Christian Acronym :: H.E.L.P

When one is in need, they often seek the provisional assistance for another and when assistance is given, they are said to have been helped. But what is help? Is it one’s provisions or their presence that defines ‘Help’? From the Bible, we learn that God is our helper. H.E.L.P is His Ever Loving Presence. The Psalmist asks, “Where does my help come from?” and answers “My help comes from the LORD.” It is not only His provisions but His Presence that helps us.

Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you always!”. In other words, His being with us (Presence) is a promise that we can count on. Jesus is our Helper. His Ever Loving Presence (H.E.L.P) is promised and assured.

Psalm 121:1-2 (KJV)
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Christian Acronym :: C.O.U.P.L.E

On the 17th of March, 2011, our beloved sister, Mary Smrutha Paul will marry Dayanand Gaddala. The two will become one!

But, how can a COUPLE become One? The only way that this is possible is when the husband loves his wife sacrificially as Christ loved the Church and when the wife submits to the husband, and both the husband and the wife submit to the Lordship and Leadership of Jesus Christ.

To a Christian, the word COUPLE should mean Christ Offering Ultimate Peace, Love and Encouragement (C.O.U.P.L.E). A three-fold cord is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12). When the two (COUPLE) are intertwined with Christ, they cannot be quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 (KJV)
12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.