Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Why Is There An Easter Part II


And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent. John 17:3

Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified so that He could make our Father known to us. He did it so that He could magnify our Father to us. In verse 1 Jesus asked our Father to glorify Him so that He could in turn magnify our Father. The sacrifice of the Cross allows Jesus to clarify God to us. Because of what Jesus did on the Cross we no longer have to be in the dark about anything. 

But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. John 16:13

The sacrifice of the Cross allowed Jesus to send the Holy Spirit to us and He now guides us in all Truth. The Spirit now announces and shows us things that are to come. He teaches us all things and He brings to our remembrance anything and everything that Jesus has ever said. 

But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you. John 14:26

There is an Easter because Jesus wanted to make sure that we personally know God. We have Easter so that we can go directly to our Father anytime and anywhere and we never have to fret about if we are good enough or if He wants us there.

And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me [you will need to ask Me no questions]. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am]. John 16:23

Our Father’s ways are higher then man’s ways, this is the Truth. However, that doesn’t mean for a second that our Father wants His ways hidden from us. The Cross allowed our Father to insure that He could be fully understood and known by us. This is another reason that Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified and this is another reason that we have Easter.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Why Is There An Easter Part I

When Jesus had spoken these things, He lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, Father, the hour has come. Glorify and exalt and honor and magnify Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify and extol and honor and magnify You. [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 17:1-2


This week let’s study why there is an Easter. Why did our Father have Jesus do it? Years ago I took a friend of mine, who is an Atheist, to see The Passion of Christ. After the movie was over I asked him what he thought of it. He told me that it was gruesome enough, but then he asked me why Jesus did it. The Holy Spirit had him ask that question I am sure. Our Father showed me then that a ton of people really have no idea why Jesus came and did what He did. Far too often we assume that they know, but they really don’t. So this week let’s study John 17 together. It is a great Chapter in the Bible to explain why Jesus did it all and why there is an Easter. 

The first reason that Jesus came was so that He could glorify our Father. Jesus glorifies God by being glorified by God. Our Father allowed Jesus to be sacrificed so that Jesus could then have power over all flesh. Look at what Jesus tells us in verse 2: He has been given power and authority over all flesh. Jesus just doesn’t have control and authority over believers, He has power and authority over all men.
Even the Father judges no one, for He has given all judgment (the last judgment and the whole business of judging) entirely into the hands of the Son, John 5:22

Jesus alone is now in charge of judging all flesh, both believers and non-believers. The sacrifice that He made on the Cross has allowed Him this privilege. Now here is a really powerful thing to consider with this Truth, Jesus never changes in the way He does things.
Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages). Hebrews 13:8
So Jesus will judge in the future as He has judged in the past.
And Jesus prayed, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And they divided His garments and distributed them by casting lots for them. Luke 23:34

Jesus forgave these people here in Luke as He was on the Cross. The very people who had tortured Him, lied about Him, drove thorns into His head, and mocked Him were forgiven. They did not ask to be forgiven and they did not believe that they needed forgiven, those things did not matter though. Our peace that passes all understanding is that Jesus will be the same on Judgment Day as He was 2000 years ago. Jesus allowed Himself to be killed, John 10:15, so that He could judge all men. And we can see that Jesus is a very forgiving Judge. There is an Easter so that Jesus can give eternal life, or eternal forgiveness, to all that He has been given and He has been given all! That's the beauty of Easter and that is why we celebrate it.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

God Keeps Us From Falling


Because of this, brethren, be all the more solicitous and eager to make sure (to ratify, to strengthen, to make steadfast) your calling and election; for if you do this, you will never stumble or fall. 2 Peter 1:10
Ask yourself this question; do you have the hope that you will never fall? Is never failing to high of a standard; is it too much pie in the sky? Well we can see what our Father has to say about it here in 2 Peter. God shows us that there is a way for us to never fall, and that way is Christ in us, doing the works. Faith is the evidence of things hoped for; true godly faith is only Authored and Finished by Jesus. So if you don’t think a life without falling is within our capabilities, then ask God to show you what He was talking about through Peter. Through the Truth you will see that being victorious 100% of the time is totally available to us and Jesus’ yoke is not harsh, it is easy to be borne! Through Christ we are now one with our Father and He is more than able and willing to do all things righteously through us! The Truth that sets us free is that we are one with God and the power of not falling is on God, and not on His body parts! When we look towards our Father and towards His power it is easy to believe that He can keep us, just as He keeps Himself. The revelation here is on our unity and oneness with God. Faith comes from hearing this Truth and this Truth sets us free!
Through the power of Jesus’ sacrifice we are now new creatures in Christ, and old things have passed away and all things have become new for us. 
I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in One; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me. John 17:23 
The power and glory of our perfection, the ability for us to never fall lies completely and totally with Jesus.  He alone is our High Priest Who ever lives to intercede for us so that we may be saved to the uttermost. Jesus has rescued us from our weak humanity and He has delivered us into the strong place of being one with our Father as He is One with our Father! Jesus is that great and through His power we shall never fall and through Jesus our election is sure! Through Jesus we will sow the Word from the roof tops. We will intercede for all. We will serve a world that so desperately needs served. 


Saturday, April 12, 2014

The World Sees Jesus Through Us


Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father [cause us to see the Father—that is all we ask]; then we shall be satisfied. Jesus replied, Have I been with all of you for so long a time, and do you not recognize and know Me yet, Philip? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say then, Show us the Father? John 14 8:9

Jesus answered Phillip’s question by saying that if you have seen Him, then you have seen the Father. Now how awesome would it be to have someone ask us to show them Jesus, and our answer be, if you have seen us, then you have seen Jesus. To think this way is not wrong and according to the Truth it should be our earnest desire. If we are crucified with Christ, if we are new creatures in Christ, if we are members of His body, and if we are now one with Him, all of which are Truths that we have studied in the Word, then when people see us, they see the One Who we are one with. If our Father inspired all of these scriptures, and He is not a man that He should lie, then why can’t we say the exact same thing that Jesus said, because according to the Word of God it is actually the case? 

Think about it, being ashamed in nothing, having no fault, perfectly and completely united with Jesus. These things are what the Word teaches us that we are because of Christ. These Truth's should be our hope and our desire. There are no scriptures that tell us that these things cannot be. The power of the Holy Spirit within us strengthens us to abound in the hope of who we are in Christ, so that Christ may be magnified through us! Think about a magnifying glass, people don’t look at the instrument; they look at what the instrument is enlarging! This is the same Truth for us, people see Jesus magnified through us. They no longer just read about Him, they can actually see Him! And when people see the Truth they are set free. The dead are raised, the lame walk, the blind see, the unsaved are born again, there is forgiveness, and faith, hope, and love abound! Through Christ and our oneness with Him, we are now as Jesus is, even while we are this earth! 

The Kingdom of God is now abundantly in us and it will do more then we can ask, think of, pray for, or dream of through us. The Blood of Jesus allows the fullest measure of our Father's Divine presence to be within us. It never leaves us or forsakes us. It is always being greater in us then anything that is in the world. 

For although I am free in every way from anyone's control, I have made myself a bond servant to everyone, so that I might gain the more [for Christ]. 1 Corinthians 9:19

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Kingdom Of Heaven Is In Us


Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display, Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you]. Luke 17:21-21

The Kingdom of our Father is in us right now. Today is the day of our salvation and now is our accepted time, 2 Corinthians 6:2.

And Jesus said to them, Truly and solemnly I say to you, there are some standing here who will in no way taste death before they see the kingdom of God come in [its] power. Mark 9:1

All of the Apostles who Jesus was talking to here in Mark have died. So the Kingdom of God has had to have come to be within us and it did. It came when the Holy Spirit was sent to dwell in us. We have now been filled with the very presence and power of our Father. We have been sealed with the Kingdom of God and we are secure in it until the day of our redemption, Ephesians 4:30.

Our Kingdom is not a city, it’s not a place; our Kingdom is not something that can be seen with our physical eyes. Yet our Kingdom fills us and surrounds us. The Kingdom of our Father is power, it’s energy, and it never leaves us or forsakes us. Our Kingdom teaches us all things. It brings us peace that passes all understanding. Our Kingdom allows us to be used to serve all, whether they acknowledge who and what we are or not. Our Kingdom flows from us as rivers of living water, John 7:38.  

For the kingdom of God consists of and is based on not talk but power (moral power and excellence of soul). 1 Corinthians 4:20

[After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Noah


Of clean animals and of animals that are not clean, and of birds and fowls, and of everything that creeps on the ground, There went in two and two with Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. And after the seven days the floodwaters came upon the earth or land. Genesis 7:8-10

There is a ton of talk lately regarding Noah, mainly because Hollywood has just released a movie based on his story. Believers and non-believers are debating whether the story is true and whether or not a person could build a boat to hold so many creatures? I have to laugh at all of the debate. To even debate whether God could have it done seems so ridiculous to me. Look, we Christians believe that our Father came from nowhere, stood on nothing, spoke and here it all is. We believe that He came down to the earth, took some clay, breathed into it, and here we are. So could our Father have thousands of animals fit on a boat? To those of us who have been chosen, of course He could. Our Father could have shrunk them or caused them to all hibernate for while they were on the ark. He could have killed them all and then raised them from the dead when the journey was over. He could have had Noah only collect baby animals. He could have enlightened Noah to only have embryos. The Ark could have been a portal into another dimension. Or our Father could have had full grown animals walk right up on the Ark with Noah. 
This is God we are talking about! Our Father had an army march around a wall for seven days and on the last day the wall fell, Joshua 6. Our Father had a boy kill a Giant with a stone, 1 Samuel 17. He turned water into wine, John 2. So having Noah make an Ark and then having it filled with animals is no big deal for our Father.
We need to relax when asked to debate a Truth of our Father, because the Holy Spirit will give us exactly what to say, Luke 12:12. I once had a guy scream out to me in a crowded waiting room, demanding that I answer his question of if God could create a rock that He could not lift. The Holy Spirit just blurted out through me, "of course He can, He is God. Then He can create a way to lift it." The same guy a couple of weeks later yelled out that he had seen aliens and that it proved that there wasn’t a God. So the Holy Spirit had me answer him: "yeah so did Ezekiel, go and read about it in Ezekiel Chapter 1.”
The world thinks in terms of the flesh. We now have the Mind of Christ so we cannot help but to think in terms of the Spirit. So we are empowered to relax when asked by the world about Biblical Truths. Many will not believe, but that is alright. Because we have the Holy Spirit within us crying out for them as we are used to intercede for them with the fullest measure of our Father's Divine Presence.       

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

We Are Now Light


And this is the message [the message of promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [no, not in any way]. 1 John 1:5

At that time [when that day comes] you will know [for yourselves] that I am in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you. John 14:20

In Jesus there is no darkness at all, and as we have been studying, we are now in Jesus! The great Truth of our salvation is that we just aren’t saved from hell because we believe, we actually are saved from Hell because we become one with God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Jesus is now in us and we are now in Him and there is no darkness at all in Jesus! 

There are so many of us who really don’t believe this Truth. There is far too much condemnation amongst Christians, most of it is self-condemnation, but it still is condemnation. I see so many of us putting off the blessings of our salvation, believing that we can only come to this light when we arrive in Heaven. But that is just not the Truth of who we are in Christ and hopefully all of these studies have made that Truth, the Truth that sets us free, known. When the power of our salvation: righteousness, sanctification, glory, and holiness is directed at God, we are light, and when it is self directed, darkness, and then failure. We are light because of Jesus, His power and glory have driven the darkness from us. There is no ability for us to boast in this Light, because Christ has done it all for us, and praise God He has done it all for us! And now through Jesus we may have full joy and peace in living in the Light as His Blood eternally cleanses us from all unrighteousness!

Jesus is great and He is in us and we are one with Him.

Does a fountain send forth [simultaneously] from the same opening fresh water and bitter? James 3:11

In the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit our Father will use us to share this freeing Truth with the world. Through His power our Father will absolutely use us to bless those who so desperately need it.