Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ephesians 2:11-13

Therefore, remember that at one time you were Gentiles (heathens) in the flesh, called Uncircumcision by those who called themselves Circumcision, [itself a mere mark] in the flesh made by human hands. [Remember] that you were at that time separated (living apart) from Christ [excluded from all part in Him], utterly estranged and outlawed from the rights of Israel as a nation, and strangers with no share in the sacred compacts of the [Messianic] promise [with no knowledge of or right in God’s agreements, His covenants]. And you had no hope (no promise); you were in the world without God. But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were [so] far away, through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been brought near. Ephesians 2:11-13

We are so near to God now because of Jesus’ success that we are one with Him. There is no separation whatsoever between us and God, nine whatsoever The two of us have become one flesh. As Jesus is, so are we. We are now and forevermore premaritally connected to the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He will never leave us and He will never forsake us. He will always be greater in us than anything that is in this world. Because of our unity with God, we will always be more than conquerors. Our Father will never let us know defeat, because all things now work out for our good, just as all things work out for our Father’s good. 

We now have the Mind of Christ. We now have the Holy Spirit strengthening us, teaching us, interceding for us, and standing by for us. Every last one of our needs is now met for us by the riches of God Himself. We are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. We now have the exact same glory that Jesus has. There is nothing that our Father is or that He has that we are not completely and totally one with. Our Father has held nothing back from us. 

We are now perfect, because the One Who created everything and Who all things, whether seen or unseen, exist through has said that we are! God has made us one with Himself, so if we aren’t perfect, how could our He be? At one time we were not these things, but now we are and it is all free and it is all undeserved. For us to believe or think any other way would be a direct slap in the face of Jesus. 

We can’t boast about any of this, because we did nothing at all to earn it, but that doesn’t mean for one second that we can’t fully enjoy it.   

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. Ephesians 2:10

God created us. The Truth is that we are His workmanship, we do not make ourselves who we ought to be. Our Father is the One Who has recreated us in Christ, so that means that He is responsible for who and what we are. God is our Potter and the potter has ownership and he has responsibility of how effective his work is. Man do you see the freedom in this? 

Before our Father took me into the Truth of His Word I was constantly fretting and beating myself up over how messed up I thought I was. I was saved and going to church all of the time, and yet I was completely miserable with salvation. I couldn’t ask for forgiveness enough, pray enough, give enough, or understand enough to ever feel the freedom of what Jesus came and gave us. I couldn’t because I was focused on myself and that is what religion so often does to us. The Truth is that the burden is not ours, it is God’s. If a cup leaks don’t we look at the potter of the cup? If a sheep is lost, don’t we look to the shepherd? If a vine doesn’t produce fruit, don’t we look at the gardener? Religion so many times makes us focus on ourselves and our efforts, when the Truth tells us to completely rely on and fully expect our Father to cause us to be who and what we ought to be. 

The Truth is our Father has predestined the paths that we are to take and the works that He is going to have us do, because our Father is in complete and total control of everything. Nothing is that He isn’t causing t o be. 

Yet for us there is [only] one God, the Father, Who is the Source of all things and for Whom we [have life], and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through and by Whom are all things and through and by Whom we [ourselves exist]. 1 Corinthians 8:6

For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him. Colossians 1:16

If you are in a fellowship that wants to tell you what you have to do or not do, please take comfort in the Truth that what is being preached is a total lie. The Truth that we live in is it is what our Father has to cause us to do and not do. Because of Jesus’ success we are free at last, free at last! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.] Ephesians 2:8-9

We have been delivered from judgment only because of our Father’s Grace. We did nothing at all on our own to deserve or earn it. We didn’t go to church to get it. We didn’t believe on our own or accept on our own, it was just given to us. It’s all just a gift. For whatever reason God chose us. He authored our Faith. He filled us with His Love. He gave us His Spirit so that we could abound in Hope and He recreated us. It was all just a gift, no work brought it on. God knew that we were going to doubt, be scared, question, and mess up and He still freely gave us the perfect gift of being one with Him. 

We cannot take pride in ourselves for our salvation, but what I think is even more important is that we cannot condemn ourselves or others for. The peace in all of this is so wonderful. We can’t lose our salvation because we never did anything to earn it. Salvation was just given to us by God and God never takes back or changes His mind about what He has given. So if all of this is true, how could we ever condemn another person? We can’t and therein lies our really enjoyable life's. We know that we have been completely forgiven in spite of ourselves, so we can completely forgive in spit of what others have done. Life without condemnation is a wonderful thing. Freely we have received and freely our Father will cause us to forgive. His Love within us will not allow anything else. 

There are a lot of us in religion that want to focus on sin. Why? I am asking myself that question as well. If it is all by Grace, sin really doesn’t matter. I honestly believe the only way that we will ever stop doing the bad things that we call sin is when we realize that Grace has trumped sin, it has super abounded it. Out of the abundance of our hearts our mouths will speak, so we need to focus on Grace and the Light of the Truth will drive out all of the darkness.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Ephesians 2:7

He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:7

We have been made one with Jesus, we are now inseparable with Him and because we are we now enjoy joint seating with Him. Our Father allowed our joint heirship with Him to show people His Mercy and Grace, His limitless Grace. So the question is: is our Father just showing us off to none believers? Is He using us to taunt those who do not believe or to condemn them for their unbelief? Or, is He using us to forgive people in spite of themselves? Jesus is the Son of God and when He came to the earth He was born to an unmarried woman and He wasn’t even born to the Tribe of Levi, the Tribe chosen to serve God in the Temple. God dod not show Jesus off with pomp and circumstance. Jesus did not even ask to be served, but to serve. He didn’t even want people to know that He was the Lord. Jesus is the greatest ever because He was the biggest servant. So to be seated with Him means that we too are chosen and used by God to serve; and who we have been called to serve may surprise many Christians.

And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, Why does your Master eat with tax collectors and those [preeminently] sinful? But when Jesus heard it, He replied, Those who are strong and well (healthy) have no need of a physician, but those who are weak and sick. Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy [that is, readiness to help those in trouble] and not sacrifice and sacrificial victims. For I came not to call and invite [to repentance] the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God), but sinners (the erring ones and all those not free from sin) Matthew 9:11-13

We have not been called to intercede and show mercy towards our fellow believer’s, we have been called and chosen to show Mercy and Grace towards those who do not believe. We have been ordained to bless those who curse us, pray for those who misuse us, and feed those who would kill us. We have been called to help those who make fun of our Heavenly Father and Family. We are called to help those who will in all likelihood not be in a church. Think of Jesus’ life and how He served the lost and you will see that He went to where they were. He did not bring them into a building, on a certain day, at a certain hour, to be helped. Jesus helped them right where they were, in the streets, in the markets, and in their homes. 

Our Father has prearranged the path of us going out into the world and helping those who probably believe that they don’t need help. God has called us to be used to forgive people and show them Mercy and Grace in spite of themselves. They will mock us. They will abuse us and they may even kill us, but not one of them will ever answer for it. Because if they did, our lives and Jesus’ sacrifice would be in complete vain. If we have only been called to serve and show Mercy and Grace to our own family what good is it, even the hypocrites do that?

Our Father clearly uses us to demonstrate His Grace and Mercy, which means that people have to see it. Jesus is our Head and our Head will insure that our bodies, souls, and spirits will carry out our Father’s will of serving the lost. Where sin abounds our Father will use us to have His Grace superabound it.    

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Ephesians 2:6

And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Ephesians 2:6

We are now seated with Jesus, because we are now one with Jesus. Jesus has made us complete and we are now as He is, even though our flesh is still in this world. So what does this mean?

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

[Now having received the Holy Spirit, and being led and directed by Him] if you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained. John 20:23

Our Father gave all of the responsibility of judgment to Jesus and because we are now one with Him, He will use us to forgive. I honestly believe that this is the greatest gift that we have been given. We now forgive anyone and everyone. We don’t have to know what the person did, we just forgive and they are forgiven. We now intercede for people so that they can have life and have it abundantly.

Which is easier: to say, Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, Arise and walk [about]? Luke 5:23

Jesus forgave peoples sins and they were healed and He gave us the same Spirit and the same gift. Think about it, no one that we forgive will ever have to answer for their sins. This is Grace and Mercy in action. We are as Jesus, Who is as our Father, because He is our Father, and we are now one with Him, so how could we also not be full of Grace and Mercy?

But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses. Matthew 6:15

We reap what we sow, just as Jesus reaped what He sowed. Jesus constantly forgave people and that allowed Him to take on every sin of every person and become the perfect sacrifice. Hades couldn’t hold Him because He lived for others, not Himself, and we are now His body. We cannot help but to be used to forgive, because Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever and we are now perfectly connected and perfectly one with Him. Jesus' Body will do what His Head directs and leads it to do. 

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. I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one: 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 17:21-23

Love covers a multitude of sins and we are now one with Love. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ephesians 2:2-5

In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God]. Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God’s] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind. But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). Ephesians 2:2-5

Our Father saved us to satisfy His love for us, not because of our love for Him. Our Father loves us so much that it is His will that all of us are saved and all of us come to the knowledge of the Truth. Salvation is all based solely on our Father’s Grace and Mercy towards us. Salvation is also completely underserved, we can do absolutely nothing on our own to enjoy or have it. It’s all just a free gift from God.

For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.] Romans 11:29

Our Father will never change His mind about His Grace and Mercy, they will never be withdrawn from us. The world wants us to believe that we have to work to keep these free gifts, because the world wants us to focus on ourselves. The Truth is we will constantly fail and live in fear and condemnation as long as we believe that we must do anything on our own. It is only when the Holy Spirit empowers us with the Truth that we can do absolutely nothing and that it is all our Father in us doing everything, that we will live in victory. It is only when the Truth sets us free, that we will actually begin doing the things that we are suppose to. Because the Truth will allow us to know that it is God doing everything through us. Our peace in this is that there is absolutely no condemnation for us anymore, Jesus did away with all of it. We now have complete freedom. We have it even if we don’t understand it or even believe it. That is the victory that Jesus obtained for all of us. 

We received all of this even though we were dead. We had no ability to believe, it was just given to us. We didn’t first believe so then our Father could come into our life’s. Our Father gave us the gift of belief and He allowed us to see that He was always with us even though we had never known it. 

There is nothing impossible for us. There is no sin holding us back, there is no doubt that keeps God from doing everything through us. He gave us life even when we were dead, so what can He do now that He has empowered us to know that we have life. If anything needs done or pruned, our Father will do it. The battle is completely His and the victory is ours.  

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ephesians 2:1

And you [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins. Ephesians 2:1

When were we made alive? According to our Father it was when we were dead. Keep that Truth in mind as I ask you this question: what is stopping our Father from making people alive, even though they are dead in their sins, on Judgment Day? Our Father does not respect one person over another, so if He did it for us, why not everyone? We are told in the Bible that it is our Father’s will that everyone be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth, so what is stopping Him from making His will come true? What good is it to be God and want something, and not get it? 

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

The only reason that any of us knows anything about the Truth is because our Father has allowed us to know it. He is the One working in us.

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking under the power and influence of the [Holy] Spirit of God can [ever] say, Jesus be cursed! And no one can [really] say, Jesus is [my] Lord, except by and under the power and influence of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3

The more that our Father uses me, the more He shows me that His Grace and Mercy are far more freely given than what most of us think. Think of all of the verses that say that we were chosen, that our Path’s were prearranged, that God is our Potter, that He is our Shepherd, that all things exist by Him, through Him, and for Him. I honestly believe that Jesus was really successful and that He is going to insure that our Father gets His will. 

We may not all be the Bride of Christ, just as all of us are not Pastors, Prophet’s, Apostles, Teachers, or Evangelists now.  There were twelve tribes of Israel, but only one tribe served in the Temple. The other elven tribes were still part of Israel and loved by our Father. Some of us are called to serve and some of us are called to be served. Every house has vessels of Gold, Silver, Wood, and Clay and they all make the house complete. 

So just because a person is dead in sin, even on Judgment Day, does not mean that our Father can not, or will not, bring them to life.