Friday, June 24, 2016

Ephesians 4:10

He Who descended is the [very] same as He Who also has ascended high above all the heavens, that He [His presence] might fill all things (the whole universe, from the lowest to the highest). Ephesians 4:10

Jesus has filled all things. He has filled all things from the lowest to the highest. So the lowest one of us is still filled with Jesus. This means that Jesus is responsible for all of us, from the lowest to the highest. 

[Just as] You have granted Him power and authority over all flesh (all humankind), [now glorify Him] so that He may give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. John 17:2

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom). 2 Corinthians 3:17

So Jesus has filled all things and He is responsible for all of mankind. So all of us, from the lowest to he highest, have ben liberated and emancipated from bondage. 

So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free. John 8:36

We have been shown that Jesus fills all thing and that He is in control of all things. We have been shown that where His Spirit is there is liberty and emancipation. So we are all truly and unquestionably free. Some of us have been empowered to know it now and some not yet, but the Truth remains that Jesus has freed us all.

Look at what Jesus told us to do. He told us to go into the world. He told us to freely give. He showed us to go to the market places and to go to where real people live and hang out. He showed us to go to where the sick were and to serve them. Church is great, but our true calling is to go to those who do not know the Truth and our Father will use us to help them. 

I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me. John 17:23

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ephesians 4:8-9

Therefore it is said, When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive [He led a train of vanquished foes] and He bestowed gifts on men. [But He ascended?] Now what can this, He ascended, mean but that He had previously descended from [the heights of] heaven into [the depths], the lower parts of the earth? Ephesians 4:8-9

When Jesus ascended? Where did He ascend from? Hades.

For Christ [the Messiah Himself] died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous (the Just for the unjust, the Innocent for the guilty), that He might bring us to God. In His human body He was put to death, but He was made alive in the spirit, In which He went and preached to the spirits in prison, [The souls of those] who long before in the days of Noah had been disobedient, when God’s patience waited during the building of the ark in which a few [people], actually eight in number, were saved through water. 1 Peter 18-20

Jesus went and preached to the souls who were in Hades then He ascended and as He did, He led a train of souls who He had won. They were guilty and still Jesus brought them to God. Our Father’s will of everyone being saved and coming to the knowledge of the Truth was being fulfilled. These souls included the worst of the worse too. Many of these souls had lived during Noah’s day, when our Father had to destroy most of the people of the world. These souls were unjust, but Jesus was victorious and He conquered their captivity. Jesus bestowed gifts to these men, even though these people were guilty. 

Now here is my question: if Jesus went to Hades and freed the souls who there after He was  crucified, will He free the souls that are there now? We know that there are still souls there because Revelation 20:13 tells us that on Judgment Day Hades will give up her dead. So did these people who Jesus led out of Hades enjoy some benefit over the souls who are there now?

And Peter opened his mouth and said: Most certainly and thoroughly I now perceive and understand that God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons, Acts 10:34

If our Father had Jesus rescue those souls, He has to rescue the souls who are there now. If He doesn't, then wouldn’t He be respecting them over the ones who are there now?

When we die, we become free from sin, Romans 6:7 tells us that we all do. So the souls of those who are sent to Hades become free from sin. Our Father clearly tells us in Romans 6 that when a man dies he is freed from sin. This allows those who are in Hades to finally see the Truth. Just as Jesus showed us with the Rich Ruler who began to see the Truth in the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Ruler. The Ruler actually began to have compassion after he was sent to Hades, he did because the power of sin was removed from him and he could finally see the Truth.  

So think about the last day. Our Father will raise up all who are in Hades and when He does, what are we told that they will do? We are told in the Bible that they will all confess that Jesus is Lord. Every last one of their knees will bow and every one of their tongues will confess that Jesus is Lord. They will do all that is needed to be saved. And once again Jesus will led a train of vanquished foes and once again He will bestow gifts to completely undeserving men. He will do this so that our Father’s will can be satisfied of everyone being saved and everyone coming to the knowledge of the Truth.

Well then, as one man’s trespass [one man’s false step and falling away led] to condemnation for all men, so one Man’s act of righteousness [leads] to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men. Romans 5:18

For God has consigned (penned up) all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all [alike]. Romans 11:32

Jesus is far more successful than most of us give Him credit for. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ephesians 4:7

Yet grace (God’s unmerited favor) was given to each of us individually [not indiscriminately, but in different ways] in proportion to the measure of Christ’s [rich and bounteous] gift. Ephesians 4:7

Grace is our Father exerting his influence on our souls. 

It is a reason for pride and exultation to which our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world [generally] and especially toward you, with devout and pure motives and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God (the unmerited favor and merciful kindness by which God, exerting His holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, and keeps, strengthens, and increases them in Christian virtues). 2 Corinthians 1:12

Our Father exerts His influence on each of us differently. Our Father keeps all of us differently. He strengthens us differently and He increases us all differently. We are not all bricks, formed to be the same. We are like stones, all different, yet we still all can be fit together to make the eternal Temple of God. 

Just because our Father may be using you more than me in no way means that He loves you more than me. It just means that we are all called and chosen to do different things. This Truth is so important because it eliminates all condemnation and doubt. Never allow anyone to judge you because they believe that you are not measuring up. If our Father needs more out of us, He will cause us to be more. He is our Head. He is our source for everything. 

Our Father is our Potter and He is a very skillful Potter too. So He knows exactly how He wants to use us and He is forming us in exactly the way that we have been chosen to be used. Our Father will not fail with us. He will accomplish all that He has designed for us to be. And in the end, we all will receive the same reward. 

We can therefore relax in the peace that passes all of our understanding and that peace is that our Father has us exactly where He wants us right now. He may very well be taking us somewhere else, but right now we are where we need to be. God s not angry at us. He is not disappointed with us and He is not upset with us. 

Far too often religion will try to bring guilt by telling us what we need to be, but Jesus has removed all guilt from us. We now have a spirit of faith, love, and a sound mind. We  are no longer under the bondage of human ability. We are now under the freedom of being one with the infinite power of the Living God. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Ephesians 4:4-6

[There is] one body and one Spirit—just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you received— [There is] one Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of [us] all, Who is above all [Sovereign over all], pervading all and [living] in [us] all. Ephesians 4:4-6

There is only one body, Jesus Body, and we are all part of it. There is not your body, my body, and Jesus’ body, we are all Jesus’ body. We have all been raised up together with Him. We all have shared in His death and now we all share in His resurrection.

We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life. For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God]. Romans 6:4-5

Think about Jesus’ Body. Can it sin? Can it be possessed? Can it be deceived? Can it backslide? No it cannot and we are now one with that Body. This all has all been freely given to us so that sin can never have any power over us. Our Father did what the Law could not do. 

We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin. Romans 6:6

We have One Spirit, the Holy Spirit, and that Spirit will never let us fail or fall short. Our Father’s Spirit will always cause us to be victorious. Our Father is above us all and He is in us all. So if all of this is true, how can anyone ever believe that He will not get His way have all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth?

I heard a preacher say last week that our Father loves us so much that He gave us the freedom to do what we want. How? If He is Living in us and we can do nothing on our own as Jesus tells us in John 15, how? It is impossible for us to ever do anything on our own, just as it is impossible for our hands to ever do anything on their own, apart from  our bodies. We are never left alone and we are never forsaking by our Father. So we can have absolute peace. We are able to enjoy peace that passes all understanding, because we know the Truth and have been set free by it. 

Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11

So consider yourself dead to sin, because you are dead to sin. We have been set free by Grace and all of the burdens of the flesh have been removed from us. We are part of the victorious and eternal Body of Christ. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Ephesians 4:1-3

I therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service, Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another. Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

Not only have we been called by God, we have been chosen by Him. Before there was anything, anywhere, we were chosen to be used to show the world, and even the Angels, the mystery of our Father. We are the very body of Jesus. We are new creatures in Him. We are raised up with Him and He is always being greater in us than anything that is in this world. I write these things because if your experiences are anything like mine, these verses in Ephesians 4 were used to make you feel like you could fail. But the glorious Truth is that we can’t fail. We have the Holy Spirit in us and He will not allow us to ever fail, so we cannot help but to be meek, gentle, kind, patient, and helpful. 

The Truth is what sets us free and the Truth is that all things now work out for our good. The Truth is that Jesus will present us glorious and faultless at His return. The Truth is that is if there is anything at all in our life’s that would cause us to be anything other than what we have been chosen to be, our Father will prune it out. Jesus will absolutely sanctify us and His glory will always shine through us.

When I was younger, I thought that I had to do it all. The churches that I went to told me that I had to as well. So I desperately tried and salvation wasn’t any fun. But then our Father allowed me to see the Truth and I was set free from the burden of taking thought for my own life. The amazing thing was that even though I was wrong when I was younger, I was still being blessed. My errors in no way limited our Father from glorying me. He allowed me to see the Truth and now I am able to enjoy all that Jesus has done for us. The fret and worry have been replaced with confidence and trust in our Father.

Our Father doesn’t respect one of us over another, so His blessings of knowing and enjoying His Truth is for everyone. As we have studied it is for the Jew and the Gentile. It is for those that know that it is and for those who do not know. Jesus‘ sacrifice was for the world and because we are one with Him the world will come to know the Truth and we all are going to be set free. 

So rejoice, because we cannot help but to be eager to be used to bring peace to the world. We cannot help but to think of other’s above ourselves. We can’t help but to bless those who curse us, to pray for those who despitefully use us, and to feed our enemies. We were chosen to be servants and our Father’s anointing for us will not fall void to the earth.      

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it). Ephesians 3:20-21

Our Father is able to carry out His purposes through us, because He is greater in us than anything that is in this world. So let’s think about what our Father’s purposes are and then glory in the Truth that He will superabundantly carry them all out through us. The first thing is that all Father would that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth. So this purpose will be carried carried out through us, far above what we think that it will.

That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me. John 17:21

Our Father would that we do the works that Jesus did and even greater works, John 14:12. So by the power of our Father that is within us, we will be used to raise the dead, heal the sick, cause the blind to see, cast out demons, and He will use us to do even greater things than these. We will be used by our Father to help people beyond anything that we can ever pray for.

Our Father wants us to know all things, John 14:26. So above any desire that we may have for knowledge, our Father will far exceed our desires. We can’t even begin to think about how much knowledge our Father will cause us to have and all because we have been filled with the fullness of God. We now have the mind of Christ. 

Our Father would that we go into all of the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He wants us to cast out demons, lay hands on the sick, and to freely give. So our peace is that He will cause us to do all of these things superabundantly.

Our Father would that we be charitable in every good work. So that means that He will provide everything that we will need, beyond anything that we can ever hope for. Money, miracles, love, healings, prophecies, compassion, forgiveness, or whatever is needed will be supplied through us by God being in us.

Our Father would that we be more than conquerors. He wants us to be victorious. He wants us to be sanctified, glorified, and perfect. He wants these things more for us than we do, and it is completely up to Him to make sure that these things are all provided in abundance to us. We wont even dare to ask for what our Father will do through us and that doesn’t for one second stop Him from carrying out His will through us. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Ephesians 3:16-19

May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality]. May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! Ephesians 3:16-19

First of all, and I know that I talk about this a lot, but it is absolutely theTruth, the secret of the Kingdom is to take no thought for your own life. However, we are to take a ton of thought for other people’s life’s. To be great, we must be servants. We should absolutely be praying this prayer for others and not just those who we like or fellowship with. We should be praying prayers like this for those who hate us, those who slander us, those who misuse us, and those who make fun of us. We reap what we sow and we should always be sowing prayers of blessings for others. We should always be in our most secret place praying for others and what our Father has us doing in secret will be rewarded in the open. Gun's, wars, and laws, will not change the world. However the weapon of our warfare, which is being used by God to intercede for others, will.  

Also take note of what our Father had Paul write: God wants us to have His mighty power working fully in us. He wants us to be full of love and full of knowledge. He wants us to know Him and understand Him. He wants us to experience His power and be filled with all of Him. Our Father wants us to be as He is, even when we are still in this world. 

So never question your worth to God, you are dearly loved and treasured. You are His child and He is not angry or disappointed with you. If there is anything that needs corrected with you, He will prune it out of you and cause you to have life and have it abundantly. He will present you glorious and spotless in His presence. You will never be left or forsaken by Him.