Saturday, December 18, 2010

Summary: Who We Are In Christ

Who We Are In Christ
"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." ~ John 16:33
Well my friends? What we've done is lay the basic foundation of understanding on which you can build your entire relationship with Christ in your own mind. Within this writ is the knowledge to renew your mind to some basic Truth's of who you are "In Christ".
  • You are a "new creation" IN/BY CHRIST!
  • You are TOTALLY forgiven, past, present and future, "IN/BY CHRIST"! Incredible!
  • You are made totally righteous "IN/BY CHRIST"!
  • You are already reconciled "IN/BY CHRIST"!
  • You are redeemed "IN/BY CHRIST"!
  • You are sanctified "IN/BY CHRIST"!
  • You are justified "IN/ /BY CHRIST"!
  • You are totally loved by BY CHRIST"!
  • You are part of the Body of Christ, "IN/BY CHRIST"!
  • You are a Citizen of Heaven 'IN/BY CHRIST"!
  • You already have eternal Life "IN God, "IN/BY CHRIST"!
So, my Brothers and Sisters All... Whenever you hear this fellow say, "It's all Jesus!", this contents of this book, summarized by the list above, is part of the reason I say, "It's all Jesus". Truly my family, it is all Jesus. As a rule of thumb, if anyone tries to teach you anything that requires "YOU" to do something to retain your salvation? Drop it like a rock. That teaching is deader than a hammer my friends. It's all Jesus. It's not about me... you... us... It's about Jesus. You can pack alot of meaning into three little words sometimes, can't you? Amen.

Now do me a favor. Go back to the beginning of Chapter One and read the part about the butterfly again... especially where the butterfly and God were talking... Read it slowly... Does it take on a different meaning to you now that you've read of the transformation Jesus has provided you? If it does, then the Truth in this book will be of growing and great benefit to you throughout the remainder of your earthly life. It would be best to read and re-read this book, time and time again, taking notes and praying all the while, until the reality of who you are in Christ has become who you are! My God... I have never, and will never again, experience anything like it in my mind, heart and spirit! I do pray this becomes a reality for you too!

Before we go, I'd like to tell you of a real experienced I encountered just a couple of weeks ago at the time of this writ (01/25/2009):

Due to circumstances beyond their control (maybe), I ended up with a dog. The name given her in her puppy hood was "Geish". She's some sort of Alaskan dog... very big... very powerful. To humans, she is the best natured dog! She's all the time acting like a puppy, wanting to play... plenty of energy...

But when another dog of any type or breed enters her domain, to her, one of them must die. You see, in her youth, her taskmasters were hard. They used her to dog fight. She was trained early on that every dog that comes within reach wishes to kill her... therefore she's learned to kill... It was the only way she could survive. It's like the natural part of her wants and is so loving and kind... But her nature has forever been altered because of the training she received when she was young.

Now it's needless to say, I must keep Geish tied at all times. I hate tying a dog or confining any animal. To me, it's a sad life for any creature to be all bound up, not free to do that which God intended. But because we live in a community of others, there is no choice. She must be kept, bound up by chains and 3/8 inch steel cable because of her gruesome training in her past.

Well a couple of weeks ago, and don't ask me how she did such a thing, she snapped the 3/8" cable that held her. My daughter Kalla was the first one to notice it. As she called us all to come and look, I could not believe my eyes to see her sitting across the creek here at my home (where she always stays), with about a 3 foot section of the cable still attached to the leather collar around her neck. She was walking around in her open lot just like normal, within the confines normally afforded her by her restraints... SHE DIDN'T KNOW SHE WAS FREE!

Of course I realized I had to replace the cable IMMEDIATELY! So I immediately went across the creek to splice the cable together so she could be temporarily restrained until I could get a replacement. As I approach her when taking her food to her, she always comes to the limit of the restraints and bounces up and down of her front paws, excited because I am coming. She always pulls against the cable while she bounces, wanting to come further.

But not this time. As I approached her this time, she came to the usual place where she was usually stopped by the cable. I thought to myself, "Here is when she'll realize she is free, and I'll have a very hard time catching her." But I was amazed as she stood in that very same place, with nothing holding her back nor standing in the way of her freedom, and bounced up and down just like usual. She never made an effort to go any further than the usual spot. She never knew she was free, so her opportunity passed her by without her really even realizing it.

But you know what? Later that day, my splice broke. Again she was free... Again, she didn't realize it. I found another cable designed for a smaller dog that would restrain her until I could get a replacement. Once again, I went across the creek. As I approached her, I again wondered if she would figure out she was free. You know what? She did.

The second time I went to her, she went the limit as usual, then in her excitement, she went a little further than usual. About three feet further as a matter of fact. Suddenly, she forgot the excitement of seeing me coming as she realized for the first time that there was nothing holding her... The realization came slowly to her, thank God. For I would have never caught her had she bolted from me. But her excitement was building as she went further and further with her head down investigating everything with her nose that she had not gotten to investigate before! Finally, she knew she was free...

Sadly, I had to tie her back up because her past is still who she is.

So why do I give you my two week old dog story in such a lesson as this? Because even at the very minute I first saw Geish standing in her lot with her chains broken... even at the very second I was amazed she was still there, thinking herself trapped by things of her past... The Holy Spirit ever so clearly spoke to me and told me so, so very many people are the exact same way!

Some of you are trapped in the circumstances of your past. All of us are so different, with such different pasts... Our circumstances can vary greatly, but as with ALL error... all error in understanding leads to nothing else but bondage... in your mind you may be chained more tightly than Geish ever has been.

Some of you know not the Christ. Some of you may have even been trained up to hate Christ... trained to curse His name... trained to shed the blood of those who love Him... To you, I tell you with absolute certainty that Jesus loves you and He wishes to bring your heart unto Himself... He wishes that you would invite Him into your heart as your Lord and Savior. The Christ wants you to "turn to Him". You see, when you turn to the Christ, you also turn your back on everything you ever were in yourself... all your former beliefs... all your former faiths in whatever god you were told to worship... all the bad you had ever done... turn your back on it all. After all, really, you never had a love for any of it... It despises you... Therefore my brothers and sisters, turn your back on all of it and turn to the Christ! Invite Him into your heart and everything mentioned in this book will IMMEDIATELY become a part of you, growing daily in you, until you too, are gathered unto Christ and the rest of us at the Marriage Supper of The Lamb!

Christ has already dealt with all the bad you've ever done! If the Holy Spirit knocks at your heart's door at this very moment? That is the reviving power of The Holy Spirit bringing your heart to life enough to make your choice! DO NOT turn The Christ away now! He may never return unto you! Get on your knees right now, where ever you are and say this prayer along with me, but also? Have the meaning of these words in your heart as you cry out to The Christ!

Oh Christ! Oh my Lord Jesus! Right here, right now, there is a brother or sister of mine on their knees under the unction of the Holy Spirit seeking You Jesus as Lord and Savior! Receive the heart of this brother and sister of mine that they will be saved! Eternal Life in heaven will be theirs! Life on earth will be possible! Listen to their heart as I lead them in their prayer of heart unto You, The Christ!

(Please repeat this prayer with me and have it in your heart):
My Lord... At least I want to call You "MY" Lord! To You, The Christ I call out right now in my desperation. All my life I have believed nothing, or I have believed a lie. Jesus, I no longer believe these lies. I have a strange thing within me telling me You are my Way, my Truth and my Life! Oh Christ... I have been such a curse upon the earth! I have been such a sinner... such a bad person...

But I have been told, and I believe, that You will forgive me and forget about all that, and that You will fill me with Your Spirit so I can start in all newness of LIFE! I am told You will make me... different. You will make me alive, where I have been dead. You will make me into who YOU want me to be. You will provide for me everything I need to have a real relationship with You!

To The Christ, the Son of God, I believe You died a horrible death to pay for all my sins. By doing so, I realize You took Your own Father's wrath for MY sins, and the sins of the whole world! Oh God I can't imagine anyone ever loving me enough to do such a thing! You suffered unimaginable WRATH, being deserving of none of it, just so I might Live... forever! Thank You for such love as that, for me.

Oh Jesus... The Christ! I believe You are the most powerful Son of God! I believe all other gods to be false! I humbly ask You into my heart! Oh God! I turn my back on everything I have been and I turn to YOU alone for my salvation... for my very LIFE! Come into me Jesus! Come into me, The Christ! Fill me with the Promise of Your Holy Spirit!

Ohhhh God... The Christ! Thank You! Oh Lord! My Lord... Thank You! Oh my Lord... The Christ... From this moment on... I love... and I follow... only You!

To the Christ only, will I ever pray from here, on. Praise be the Name of The Christ, the Lord Jesus Christ! Amen & Amen!

My brother or sister? If you just said that prayer above, with the meaning of it in your heart, you have been saved! Your salvation is already complete. Jesus holds you never to let you go, and The Holy Spirit has sealed you unto eternity. It's hard to grasp, I know... But true, never-the-less. As far as your salvation goes? It's all Jesus.

There is yet another group I'd like to address. These are my brothers and sisters in Christ that have given their hearts to Christ and are born again children of God... yet they have yet to understand, without error, the terms of who they are "IN CHRIST". There are a great many among the modern day church that erroneously think they have certain things that are their own responsibility to uphold to "keep" their salvation. These people think it possible to lose their salvation... their eternal life in Christ. Folks? Salvation is from God. Anything from God is eternal. If one could lose their salvation, nothing about their life could be called eternal. We'd have to scratch the word "eternal" out of our bibles and replace it with "temporary", or add the word "possibly" to eternal. That's really kinda silly isn't it?

But for these people, I pray for courage.... Courage to take a new stand in your knowledge. It takes courage to admit you've preached error for maybe over 50 years in your ministry. I did for 12 years. What's the difference between you and I? Nothing. In all cases, all we can do is man up and make our new found knowledge of the Truth part of our personal testimony of God's faithfulness to bring us to the understanding of the Truth! It does take courage... So I pray for all of you that struggle in this manner my friends.

Now all that remains is for you all in whatever your back round, is to begin your life-long process of learning and growing in the knowledge of Truth in Christ. Please... begin this book all over again. Your mind has begun a "renewing" process to where it will consecutively and progressively be brought from it's darkness into the Light. This book... or better said the Godly Truth herein, will help your mind understand Godly foundations, on which all things spiritual will be built. It does not matter how long this takes. What matters is that every Truth offered up here for your understanding become a part of who you are. Spiritually, it has already happened. That is all Jesus. But struggling with your own mind (the flesh), is an ongoing process in which you will be victorious with the faith of a mustard seed and The Holy Spirit to guide you into Truth and away from error. In the Spirit, we have already been given all things (Ephesians 1:3). But your flesh will have to learn of it before you will be free in your mind. For concerning the flesh, it is not the Truth alone that sets you free... It is the "knowledge" of the Truth that sets you free to peace that surpasses all understanding and in the Joy of your salvation through the love you'll know God has for you (John 8:31-32 ; Proverbs 23:7 ; 1Corinthians 2:14

There will be a great and beneficial by-product of gaining this knowledge in Truth also. Where once you were trying your best to "positively" love yourself and others in mimicking to the best of your ability the love of God, now, you can know the REAL love of God. THAT will enable you to REALLY love your enemy, instead of just "trying" or "pretending" to, to the best of your own ability. This is a short paragraph, but I'm describing something right here that will transform you in every way... if you'll let it... if you'll stop long enough to think about what I'm saying... God's love toward you is the key that opens the heavenly floodgates, my friend. I pray you find these keys, and use them.

God bless you all in your quests, chasing after the very heart of God. I trust when you get there, you'll find it quite different than anything else you'll ever encounter.

I love you all. God bless, keep and protect you all... mentally, physically and spiritually. May you always follow the path of Truth, without error. Bless the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that provided all this to us.

~~Amen & Amen!~~

(Pt.13) How You Are Loved By God

Who We Are In Christ
How You Are Loved By God ~  Chapter 13
Questions Answered

The love of Jesus is EVERYTHING to us! 
Shouldn't we truly understand what it has provided us?
Oh my treasured family in Christ ~ my Brothers and my Sisters All ~ I have thought long and hard about how I could possibly convey to you what this "love of Christ" is. I thank God that HE has given us the information we need as born again believers in Christ filled by His Holy Spirit, right there in your Bible. Through the power of the Holy Spirit given us to teach us and to enable us to understand spiritual things of God we would in no other way understand, I have two goals to accomplish in this chapter having to do with how you are loved by God:
  • The first goal I have is to simply identify the love of God in exactly what "It" is, according to the Bible. Where I am left speechless, God has not remained silent. He tells us much concerning His love for us. Simply put, it will be my goal to communicate to you what it is to be loved by God, by simply walking through the Word of God with you, occasionally pointing this way and that... much the way a tour guide might take you through the Holy Land of Israel, stopping occasionally to point here and there with an accompanying embellishment aimed to accomplish a better understanding of certain aspects of interest.
  • The second goal I have is to communicate to you "why" a deeper understanding of this Love of God for us all is so important to us, personally. You see, The Word of God is certainly for every born again believer in Christ. But it is also of the utmost importance that The Word of God become "intimately personal". Along with the corporate instruction of the Word, God also desires a "one on one" relationship with each and every one of us. He wants us to know we are now on a first name basis with Him. We must "KNOW" of the Love of God for us all, understand it within our minds, which will in turn make it possible for us to "be filled to the measure of ALL the fullness of God"! My family? Without understanding God's love for us, it is impossible to experience the "fullness of life" that is available to us right here, right now, right where you sit at this moment, at this very second and continuing on into eternity!
Please pray that the Holy Spirit be present with us all as we stroll through God's Garden of Love. May The Spirit open our eyes to see, our noses to smell the sweet fragrances, our ears to hear, our minds to understand, and our hearts to fully receive, the absolute TRUTH of God's Love and what It means to us personally! Our fullness of life on this earth depends on it. Together? You and I will go places with God you may have never gone before. When the following Truths become manifest in your life? You will be changed forever, and forever affected by the sheer POWER of It all. All through your entire life here on this earth, you will continually learn things about God that will have foundation right here in God's Love. EVERYTHING is built upon the foundation of the Love of God for us all... EVERYTHING! If God did not love us, there would be nothing to talk about... ever... But because God loves us all, there is cause to learn and talk about... EVERYTHING! I am excited about what we're about to read in God's Word, the Holy Bible. God bless us all as we persevere in learning more about Him!

God? Lay this foundation of rightly understanding Your Love within us all as we study Your Word together. Let this be more than just a "study". Let this become a part of us. Enable it to change us. Let us understand. We stand at Your door and knock. Please open the door to our understanding Your great love for us. In whatever You have to say my Lord Jesus, enable us to believe in faith. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for all You've done and all You continue to do... Bless Your Name. You truly are our Everything. In Jesus' Name, Amen...

Our identity in Christ is based solely upon the love of God. Everything we have learned thus far about who we are in Christ is the direct result of God's love, isn't it? It was love that motivated God to make us His children and to give us this incredible inheritance. Anytime we have doubts concerning our identity, whether it is questioning our forgiveness, wondering about our righteous standing before God, or fearing we have lost our salvation ~ what we are really questioning is God's love for us: "Does He totally love me and accept me in this situation?" We have ALL asked this question at times, and may even be asking it right now. If not now? Maybe sometime in the future. To ask and wonder about such things as these is a very normal "human" thing to do. That is why it is so important to realize that as children of God we are totally loved by God. Once and for all it has been settled. Once God gives you the Gift of His love, He NEVER takes it back. HE is 'faithful always', even when we are 'unfaithful'. THAT'S how big our God is, and THAT'S the power of the Blood of Jesus. The Blood, and equally important, His Resurrection proving that WE can now LIVE, makes way for ALL of this to be possible!

Let's begin looking at some scripture pointing out some wonderful Truth about God's love for us:
"As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My love." ~ John 15:9
Right here, Jesus "equates" His love for us with the love His Father (God) has for HIM (Jesus)!  Now how much love do you think God the Father has for His Son, Jesus Christ? Hard to answer isn't it? Kinda goes off the scale doesn't it? Whatever answer you come up with, Jesus has made it clear that HE loves US (you and I) with that very same love! Isn't that amazing? Doesn't that make you just love Him all the more?

Please listen closely... Now, because of this great love Jesus has for us ALL as born again believers in Christ, Jesus encourages us to "remain in His love". Jesus never wasted a word, when it comes to scripture's account of what He said. So what is He saying here? To "remain in His love"... what does that really mean? My family? Love will have an atomic impact on your entire life. Of this there is no doubt. But the thing Jesus is trying to tell us all here? It is, "Don't ever let there be one second in your life when you think I do not love you. This is the boundless love I have for you. NEVER forget it. It shall never end. My Blood and my eternal life examplified in My Resurrection has made this possible. From here forward, let your minds and your hearts know that they (your heart and mind in understanding) can, by faith in MY Word, 'Remain' in My love forever." Please forgive me if you think I may have overstepped any bounds in assuming any words of Christ... This is simply what The Holy Spirit has laid on "my" heart. You of course, will need to pray about this yourself for it to be a personal thing for you, also.
"Don't ever let there be one second in your life when you think I do not love you. This is the boundless love I have for you. NEVER forget it. It shall never end. My Blood and My eternal Life examplified in My Resurrection has made this possible. From here forward, let your minds and your hearts know that you can, by faith in My Word, 'Remain' in My love forever."

Do you KNOW that Jesus will ALWAYS love you? 
No matter what? No matter the cost to Him?
Family? Jesus is telling us something very important here, and there is a good reason for it! Jesus is trying to tell us all that there is NOTHING we could possibly do that has not already been dealt with on His cross of Sacrifice. To think you are "not in His love", is to think you have done something BEYOND the power of His Blood! You see, if you can all of a sudden "be out of His love", then in reality, deep down inside yourself, is unbelief. It is unbelief because you think you can undo what Jesus has done. You think you have done something BEYOND the Power of The Cross ~ His Blood Sacrifice.
But thank God, the Truth of it all is, EVERYTHING was paid for at the Cross. The penalty for EVERY sin was paid by Jesus. Jesus took God's wrath for EVERY sin there was, or ever will be, once and for all ( Romans 5:7-9 ; Romans 6:10 )!  Because of this wonderful Truth Jesus has given us even before His own cross, now, you don't have to visit your booths weekly as do many in the largest organized religion in the world and countless other religions and denominations to "get your sins forgiven/absolved". No longer do you have to "continually, without end", seek God's forgiveness for ANYTHING! The moment you accepted Christ into your heart? You received His "LIFE", where you once was dead! Sin was already paid for at the cross, even before you were born again (were saved)! Now, instead of continually chasing your own tail in begging for forgiveness, you can spend your time THANKING Jesus for what He did for you, and spend more time loving, adoring and serving Him, which are all healthy aspects of a changed heart by The Holy Spirit.  No longer do you have to worry of being damned in your sin before you have a chance to once again beg for something you already have... which is God's forgiveness.

And all Jesus is saying here? He just wants you to know it's ok to let your mind "know it".  It's all Jesus, my family. It's all Jesus. Let your minds understand you are forgiven. Let your minds know that "remaining" in His love is a simple thing... because it's all HIM (Jesus). Remain in His love (which is boundless).<span> Accept it by faith</span>. He loves you now, and always will. Remain in that knowledge of His perfect love, even when our love for Him is not so perfect in this flesh (Hebrews 8:12).

Being unsure of God's love for you WILL create within you a 
multitude of emotions born of erroneous teachings and understanding.
Are there times in your life when you've wondered if God's love for you has changed? Some of you I'm sure feel the same way I used to; that every time I sinned, my relationship with God has changed... Therefore I had to ask His forgiveness to restore our relationship. Now with this knowledge and the knowledge to come, I hope you'll endeavor to understand that God's work toward our own salvation is not so easily shaken. It is of the utmost importance that we realize we really can "remain in God's love". I think you will find that one fact staggering, as it transforms your life here on this earth into something you never before thought possible! My hope and prayer for all of you is that you come to understand this Truth in your heart by The Spirit.
"Now I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with ALL the Saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of ALL the FULLNESS of GOD." ~ Ephesians 3:17-19
My family? Within this scripture lay Paul's goal for us all and why he has such a goal: That we may "have the power, together with all our Brothers and Sisters in Christ to fully understand this love Christ has for us." He wants us to "be filled to the measure of ALL the fullness of God"!

Family? The only way we can be filled to the fullness of God is to understand God's love. Now a good question to ask here is, "How can we do that when we are told in the same breath that this "surpasses" knowledge?" That's a good question. The answer is, the "knowledge" which is referenced here speaks of normal, every day "human knowledge". Folks? The worlds best lawyer will never be able to read this Bible and understand everything in it by simply analyzing the words (1Corinthians 2:14). It takes the indwelling of The Holy Spirit of God, and Him imparting the ability to understand these things "by His Spirit". Now that's easy enough said, I know. But not so easily done, sometimes. Sometimes, our head (the flesh) will wrestle with the Spirit in the head's lonely attempt to understand.

The only thing I know to say here that you might understand, is to look at scripture very carefully and let your determination hinge on EVERY word... Let NO WORD go unnoticed. Then ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you, and enable you to believe, IN FAITH, EXACTLY what you're told. The power of God is truly the only thing that will open your HEART and your head to understanding things Godly. At all times, seek God for inward enablement to understand the Scripture as a whole, that you may become firmly rooted in your God given identity in Christ. Your identity in Christ and your relationship with God in God's love go hand in hand. You couldn't separate the two if you tried (and some people do - try, that is).

As children of God, Paul himself prays that you and I be "rooted and established" in God's love. To be established in something means to be firmly set in place. Paul also prays that you and I have the power to realize the scope of God's love in all it's vastness! My brothers and sisters? We can't "live" in what we do not understand. God knows this and Paul knew it. So Paul is trying to tell us something very important here. He's trying to explain an aspect of God's Truth that can change our lives, if we so let it and have the courage to believe it, no if's, and's or but's.

In the above passages of Ephesians 3:17-19, Paul prays for our own, personal, "power".  For what? To grasp (understand and possess) the immeasurable dimensions of God's love. Family? I know plenty of people that think this impossible. And maybe? Just maybe going into infinity with God may be an impossibility at this time. But I propose to you, scripture tells us we can go much further in our knowledge and possession of God's love than many of us think possible. But we'll never get there apart from the "power of God" to do so. Every time we reach a new plateau in our understanding? Our lives will again reflect a change that endures forever. So, can you begin to realize how important this "power" to understand God's love is to us?
In our own lives, Our understanding of God's love may "surpass our knowledge" to understand when we sin. It is a "natural-fleshly" thing to think God's love for us will change for us when we sin. After all, everything we've ever been taught in this world teaches us that people's feelings change about us when we wrong them in some manner. Therefore, it's only "natural" to think God is the same way.
We may even be further confused by God's reactions to sin in the Old Covenant accounts of history. God definitely established (there's that word again) Himself as a God that HATES sin and that He will severely punish EVERY sin! So, for those of us living in the Old Covenant understanding, or even bringing very small amounts of that Covenant with us in our New Covenant understanding, will most certainly find it impossible to understand what this New Covenant scripture is telling us about God's love toward us.

But thank God, that right here and right now, through the study of His Word, we WILL come to understand that the love of God that surpasses any normal understanding and that same understanding will enable us to let it become a vital part of our day-to-day experience of "walking in the Spirit".

The results of knowing and experiencing God's love will give us so many things: Peace that surpasses all understanding; the ability to deal with ANYTHING that comes our way in this hurting, lonely, perverse and dying world in a Godly manner; and MOST IMPORTANTLY, the ability to pass this love of God on to others! If you'll remember, I stated that it's impossible for you to give what you do not know you have. Think of it my family? Next to your own personal benefit, what is the most important thing to this dying world we live in? Is it not to come to know the Love of God, Jesus Christ, Himself?

Family? Where the world almost never listens to what we say, they will almost always recognize what we do. NOTHING projects Itself on the heart of another person like the love of God if it is shown in Truth and full understanding, empowered by The Holy Spirit. That is the "light" within you that the Bible speaks of so much. Wouldn't you like to understand It enough to "show" it to others? Wouldn't you really like to understand how to let that Light of God's Love within you shine forth like a lighthouse in the middle of the storm? Amen. I know you do... I very much know you do. However, your answers won't lay in reading book after book telling you how to "act". Your success in all this will come strictly from knowing in your head and your heart how God feels about YOU, and what HE has "established" in you! From that very knowledge alone, will come your ability to love yourself and others like you never before thought possible! And the best part about it? You wouldn't be able to hide it from the world if you tried. Your heart will be changed that much!

Christ tells us to remain in His love. However, we cannot understand how high and wide and deep and long Christ's love for us truly is through our finite minds. How can the finite understand the infinite?
As 1Corinthians 2:9-10 states, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him."
~~~... but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit! God has given us the power to understand and experience His love for us through His Holy Spirit. But what exactly is the love of God? Let's take a look at the definition of love in the Bible and see exactly how God loves us! Ya want to? Alrighty then! Amen!

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the Truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres..." - 1Corinthians 13:4-7
Many of us here in the United States have heard this verse many times. I think I've heard it read by every preacher in every marriage ceremony I've ever attended. Some of us have had it in our Sunday school lessons while we struggle to keep from yawning in the middle of the class on a morning we had to get up way too early!

But what I pray for right here and right now? Is that we all, as we endeavor to understand this love of God for US, is that the true POWER of what's been said here FINALLY come to rest in our hearts and minds, that our life in Christ can truly go to the next level! May we ALL set our past encounters with this scripture aside, and look for that "something special" that is going to just blow you away, right here and right now!

There are also many of you on the other side of this world that have NEVER encountered this scripture and what I'm about to tell you concerning God's love for you... Yes... YOU! This is half of what we'll be talking about here... YOU! This is how God feels about YOU, no matter what you've done in your past, or how long you did it! It doesn't matter how long you cursed God in the presence of others! It doesn't matter how long you've ignored Him! It doesn't matter how long you lived for evil in evil ways! None of it matters! What matters now, is that you love God and you're wanting to learn more about HIM! Well God bless you my Brothers and my Sisters! Hold on! You're about to go someplace incredible with God, and no other imagination in this world that has ever called themselves god could have ever had such a thing for you!

Ok... Now. Concerning the scripture above in 1Corinthians 13:4-7 ;

The most common application of these verses centers on how we should love each other. First and foremost, however, 1Corinthians 13 describes how "GOD LOVES US"! Oh my Lord Jesus! Folks? Stop what you're doing if you have anything distracting you from this message and listen to what I just said to you! This scripture tells US how God loves US! Now be thinking on something: According to this scripture, how exactly does God love YOU? Stop and ponder that, and then let us move on.

The Bible tells us that God is love (1John 4:7-9). To help you gain a deeper understanding of God's love, re-read these verses, but this time substitute "God" for the word "love"! Now, let's chronicle together each characteristic of God's love, placing the words "with me" at the end. Don't worry. It's ok if while doing so, you might get a little something in your eye? Or you might just flat out cry like a new born baby. It's ok. Real people cry when overwhelmed... Being overwhelmed in the love of God is one of the most fantastic things that will ever happen to us as human beings. So? Yeah. It's ok. Go ahead and have a good cry through all this if you feel the need, and may God anoint your tears of faith as they baptize you in a Spirit filled life changed forever as you walk in the Spirit! Amen!
  • God is patient 'with me'.
  • God is kind 'to me'.
  • God does not envy 'me'.
  • God is not proud 'with me'.
  • God is not rude 'to me'.
  • God is not self-seeking 'with me'.
  • God is not easily angered 'with me'.
  • God keeps no record of wrongs 'concerning me'!
  • God does not delight in evil, but rejoices because of the Truth 'in me'!
  • God always protects 'me'!
  • God ALWAYS trusts 'ME'!
  • God always HOPES 'for me'!
  • God ALWAYS PERSEVERES 'with me'!
Oh my precious Lord Jesus Christ! Folks? Will you take a while to meditate on these 13 powerful things concerning God's love? Do you have the faith to believe the miraculous POWER of God's TRUTH He has just told you here? Do you have the faith to believe the Truth of God's Word when He actually says that He no longer keeps any record of wrongs concerning you? Do you? If so, you MUST realize there is nothing left that could possibly ever condemn you before God! And you know what? It's not about you at all, is it? It's about God! It's about Jesus! It's about the POWER in what Jesus did! It's all about CHRIST! Not you! You couldn't undo any of this if you tried! Even if you never come to understand the powerful Truths in the scripture above, you'll never change the TRUTH of it all! The Truth is the Truth, and the Truth is, everything about your relationship with God is eternal, never to be undone, AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF JESUS! IT'S ALL JESUS!

Some of you will accept these beautiful Truths of God's love instantly! In a large way, I know who'll you'll be and where you are. Even though life may be a continual struggle to keep your physical life safe because of the change that has happened and is happening in your hearts, you will clutch these Truths closest to your heart and you will guard them, even if it means you must die. Some of you will hide this within your heart until such time as others around you will come to understand and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior because to reveal your heart for Christ would mean certain death for you, and that is PERFECTLY understandable to me, and to God, despite what anyone else may tell you or how you feel! For all of you, please know my prayers and the prayers of many other anointed ones around this globe will be going up to GOD on YOUR behalf for your protections mentally, physically and spiritually! For you, my Brothers and Sisters, your victory is sure! God will never forsake you, nor will we!

For those that choose religion over relationship and 
the TRUTH of God's Word, bondage will be your due.
But there are others, mainly here in the Unites States that I am aware of, and other places and countries where perhaps Catholicism is the rule of the day, that will struggle with this for quite some time. For many of you, it will be a hard thing to realize that God's love and acceptance of you has already been settled. For many of you, the way you perform, you "think", will transversely affect the relationship between you and God. For you, I and the ones mentioned above will pray that the Holy Spirit will lead your mind and heart on a journey where the "knowledge of the Truth will set you FREE" in your spirit, in THIS earthly life! Your spiritual life in eternity has already been settled, whether you'll realize it on this earth or not. In THAT, we will rejoice, but we will continue to pray for your "freedom" in your here-and-now understanding.
There is a very dear Sister of mine that currently lives in the Dominican Republic. She recently wrote to me with one of the most surprising attitudes. I say it was surprising to me because she is the first one I've literally encountered that shared this thing I'm about to explain with me... "Shared"... past tense... We used to have this thing in common, but thank God, no more. As of today, we have both been set free, but allow me to explain.

This dear sister wrote to me saying a great many things. Among them was the facts of how much she loved Jesus. For me to explain the circumstance of this dear Sis, would be beyond many's ability to believe. But suffice it to say, this girl and certain members of her family have paid dearly for the passion of Christ within them. But they have done so with smiles on their faces. If they had it to do over? They would do it all again, and again and again.

But I could tell this Sister loved the Lord with a passion I've found rare. She loves Him with all her being, but she didn't know it was possible that Jesus would forgive her lifetime with allah. She didn't think it was possible that Jesus would actually forgive her for speaking against Christ for so many years. But somehow, the Holy Spirit had led her heart into an eternal love for Christ. She actually told me that when she passed from this world into Hell, she would spend her eternity in her misery, singing songs of praise and adoration to Christ Jesus! Folks? Say what you will. This kind of passion that simply loves Christ for Who He is and not what He will give you is highly uncommon in my experience. I mean, it does exist within the hearts of certain people, but this kind of passion isn't found in everyone, by a long shot.

So what did I have in common with her? Great question.

In my own previous understanding, I was born again. When first I was saved, I somehow knew Christ was going to take care of me and my family spiritually, and grant me everything He wished so I could be what He wanted. Among saving my soul and my wife's soul, He was going to set our crooked paths straight... Somehow.

As my unquenchable thirst for learning God's Word flamed within me, I began studying with full time fervor... But the more I learned, the more I was taught that certain things hinged on how "I" did... how I "performed"... I learned more and more that I had a certain amount I HAD to live up to to keep my salvation. And when I sinned? I was taught I had to get on my knees and beg God's forgiveness, which of course He was more than willing to give, but I had to ask for it to happen.

Well? I could never make that intersect with the fact that I had "eternal life" for sure. I mean, I thought I now had a "better" chance at being saved because I had accepted Christ and loved Him... but I increasingly knew I was incapable of holding up "my end" of the deal. At any given time, Christ could split the eastern sky and catch me in a sin I had not yet asked to be forgiven of...

Therefore, I too had the attitude that, if I made it to Heaven, that would be wonderful. But if something happens that I do not, I'll do what I can for Jesus while I'm on this earth anyways, and I'll praise Him in eternity, even if it was in Hell.  So... You see. This beautiful Sister and I had alot in common. Neither of us "knew" we were going to Heaven to spend eternity.

Now I try to be as careful as I can to let scripture interpret life. I am diligent never to let life interpret scripture. In this case, I didn't come to all the understanding I have in this book just to accommodate continual sin in my life. Neither should you EVER concoct a doctrine to accommodate a sinful lifestyle! NEVER!

But there is nothing wrong in the Truth of God's Word. And the Truth here is? GOD alone settles our eternity's "once and for all"! HE has settled the score with sin! JESUS justified the books and paid all the penalties! THEN, He rose from the death of His perfect sacrifice to LIVE FOREVER, and He has given us ALL that very same LIFE! ETERNAL LIFE IN CHRIST! Glory to God for the power in the TRUTH of it all!

So? I and my sister now understand our passions are not going to be wasted. Our passions will forever - eternally be audible as we spend our eternity's in Heaven with Christ Jesus! And you know what? If you're born again? You will too, whether or not you know or understand it! Now THAT'S what I call a God! No one else ever calling themselves god could ever even dream such a thing! That's Grace and Mercy beyond any evil understanding!

I, and my sister if I may speak for her, hope that you, at this very moment right where you are, are by the power of the Holy Spirit, beginning to realize what the real definition of love in 1Corinthians 13 is really all about and that you are beginning to understand how wide, deep, long and high It really is! Knowing in your heart and your head that God no longer keeps a record of your wrongs will totally change the way you will respond to God when you sin, and you will love Him all the more in it all. Knowing within your heart, mind and Spirit that God is patient with you will assure you that God will never give up on you or waver in His Promise of eternal life to you even though you will continue to sin EVERY day!

Now. Do you think it would ever be possible for you to pass the love of 1 Corinthians 13 to others without first receiving this love yourself from God? My family? It's an impossibility. So you see, knowing the Truth of God's love for us isn't just beneficial to you. It's beneficial to the world. When you look around and see such a lack of love one for another, even among Christians that have been on the pews all of their life, have you ever wondered why that is? Of course you have. The answer is easy. It's because they've never had it to give, "as far as they knew".
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: 'For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.' No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord..." ~ Romans 8:35-39
Like me, Paul did alot of talking to himself. He started the above scripture off with a question, which he decidedly answered himself. "Who shall separate us from the LOVE of CHRIST?", he asked. As he explored the possibilities, the ultimate result is breath-taking. Just take a look at all the possibilities of things that "might" be able to separate us from the love of God! Did Paul leave anything out? What about his conclusions? Were any of these things able to separate us from the love of God? Remember, it's not me saying any of this. It is the Apostle Paul, himself.

Paul suffered trouble, hardship (that's an understatement), persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, sword and ultimately, even death for his passion for Christ and the lost of this world. As time goes on, you'll no doubt become more familiar with what all Paul endured from his conversion with Christ, onward. It's a pretty incredible story. But in all of that, in all of his hardship, trials and suffering, was a Joy in him that could not be quenched... and that was purely because he PERFECTLY understood where he stood... with God. Paul didn't simply believe God loved him through it all. To Paul, God's love is an unchangeable "reality". Paul never even thought of doubting his relationship with God. He never doubted God's relationship with him, even though he told us in many scriptures of his ongoing imperfections. My family? That same confidence Paul had is available to you, right here, right now, through nothing but your own pure faith in God, void of any doubt. It is my prayer every reader come to understand what I just said here.

Does trouble of various kinds, hardships and/or persecution shake your faith in how God feels about you? Really think about that. These preachers out here preaching the "prosperity gospel"... what happens when they encounter famine or nakedness? God Forbid! SOMEbody must be lacking a little faith here, or if not that, then surely God must be punishing you for something you've done wrong! Poppy-Cock!

Danger... the sword... Folks? The sword has been, and continues to be used today to behead Christians in many parts of this world. Who among us have been tried in that fire? Believe it or not, there are people of extraordinary faith accepting Jesus into their hearts every day in hostile environments exactly like this. There are people that are still losing their physical lives because they have Christ in their hearts! Yet? The Apostle Paul says in all this, we are MORE than conquerors!

If you have not encountered such persecution? Count yourself among those that have been "guarded" against the evil in this world, but by all means, never forget to pray for the multitudes that stand to lose their life every day because of Christ. What an extraordinary passion for the Christ! God bless and protect them all spiritually, mentally and physically! And as I mentioned, if you have not encountered these things, you are guarded. Pray also for those that "guard" you against these evils. You have no idea what's at work, and who is making the sacrifices so we may remain safe!

Paul says that neither death nor life can separate us from the love of God. Are you alive today folks? For the remainder of whatever life you have left, that life will not separate you from God. Isn't that what Paul just said? Is it becoming clearer that keeping your eternal life in tact is about the One doing the keeping? It isn't me. It isn't you. It's God Almighty.

Neither Angels nor demons will snatch us away from the clutches of God. How many of us are running around thinking the demons (fallen angels) are messing up our relationship with God? Oh sure. They're going to have their influence on this world. They may even rule it more and more as the Holy Spirit withdraws His restraining power on it all... But those demons will never be able to touch you as a child of God, my friend. Darkness cannot live in the Light. Don't be deceived. As far as demons go, you have a sign around your neck that says, "Can't touch this!", signed by God, Himself (Acts 26:18).

Now, neither "present" nor the "future" can separate us from God! Did you notice that the "past" didn't even get an honorable mention here? I think it must have been fairly clear to the masses back then, as it is to the masses now, that our "past" can be dealt with easy enough through Jesus' work toward us. But there must have been, as well as it continues today, a question as to how our present-day sins and our sins of the future, how they may affect our standing with God. Is there any way we can know with certainty that the way we live today will not change our eternal life in Heaven? And better yet, can we have any certainty that our future will not hold anything in it that will trump the saving Grace of God, thus our eternal life? Can/will our eternal life be threatened by what we do in the future?

My friends, this is a place where we must endeavor to let scripture interpret life, instead of letting life interpret scripture.

In our natural selves, the flesh, it can be very easy to convince ourselves that we must "work/perform", at least in a very small way, to maintain or continually retain our salvation. It is easy to convince ourselves that at least a microscopic amount of eternity in Heaven and everlasting Life in Christ somehow depends on our free will choice to follow and/or love Christ. But please, PLEASE have the fortitude to identify the Truth within the bible and the faith to believe it when it says that our salvation is a "GIFT" of God (Ephesians 2:7-9), and that GIFT is "IRREVOCABLE" (Romans 11:28-31) !!! THIS is how you let scripture interpret LIFE!

So, by the Bibles own account, there is CLEARLY no way our present life, nor our future life will EVER endanger that which God holds in the palm of His Hand (John 10:27-30) and sealed by His Holy Spirit (2Corinthians 1:22 ; Ephesians 1:13 ; Ephesians 4:30), our ETERNAL LIFE! And not only is our eternal life secure in the palm of God's hand, but also every other spiritual gift imaginable (Ephesians 1:3)! You'll spend all of your life realizing all the Gifts from God that was given you upon your spiritual birth! NOTHING can be taken from us because of our present life nor our future on this earth! How is this possible? Remember folks. It's all about Christ, realizing WHAT He did for us, and having the FAITH to believe it (If needed, review this entire book up to this point, please)!

Ok... Now, just in case Paul had missed anything, he also told us in the power of The Holy Spirit, that not any power, nothing of any dimensions, nor ANYTHING else in ALL of CREATION could separate us from God, Himself! Oh my brothers and sisters! Paul is going out of his way to do his absolute best with every ounce of Spirit and formal education he has to communicate to EVERY born again believer that there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that could POSSIBLY CHANGE anything concerning our relationship with God or our future "IN" Christ!

Right here, right now, you’re going to have to make a decision: Are you going to have the faith and the guts to stand on the plain Truth of the Bible? Or will you cower away in your desertion of the Word of God? It's hard for me to sum this up in harsh terms like this, but the way I see it, I have no other choice if I want to communicate to you how important your decision right here, right now is, to your Joy and your understanding of your Freedom in Christ. If you drive your stake on the side of the line of faith? Your life will change and so will your ability to communicate Truth to others. Your Light within you will blaze to the point it cannot be ignored. Drive your stake on the side of the line that accommodates false teaching and tradition? Then saTan will certain lead you astray in error in almost every area of your life, being full of ups and downs you'll never understand. You'll be blown about by the wind until Christ comes to scoop you up to the Marriage Supper of The Lamb and lines you out.

Right here... Right now... I pray for you to understand via The Holy Spirit the dimensions of infinity as you come to understand the Love God has for you. Properly understanding this will most definitely make all the difference to you in "this world". Amen.

Have you become convinced in your own heart that NOTHING can separate you from the love of God?
"For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died..." ~ 2Corinthians 5:14
What was it that "compelled" (definition: to drive or urge forcefully or irresistibly) Paul? Simply, it is "Christ's love". So what would you say is to compel us in our own, personal, daily lives? Yep. You guessed it: Christ's love. It is so easy in this flesh to get discouraged in this world because of all the trials and tribulations, even to the point of wanting to give up. Do you think this author has never been there? Think again. But it was before I fully understood the love Christ has for me... My God, what an incredible thing to know! It is only the love Christ has for me and you that gets us through these trials and enables us, as Paul wrote in Romans 8, to become even more than CONQUERORS! Folks? Please listen. Sometimes the Truth of one paragraph can change your whole life if you realize the power of the Truth that is within it! And THIS, is one of those paragraphs! Amen!
Even in the absolute worst of circumstances, we can count on the love of God to be "patient" with us ~ to be "kind" to us! We can count on God to NEVER KEEP RECORDS OF OUR WRONGS! Were it any other way dear friends, we wouldn't stand a chance in this humanity that vexes us every day in the flesh, concerning any security we're to have at all in our eternal future. Thank God that our Spirit's are sealed by the Holy Spirit!
When times are bad, or even when times are good, the only constant we can depend on is God's love for us. Through this study of the love of God, can you see why it is so important to realize that part of your identity in Christ is that you are totally loved by Him? I certainly hope so. I pray it to be so... Not because I have written any of this, but because it is the most important thing God will ever want you to know! Everything about you from here out will hinge on your ability and willingness to accept these Truths by faith as your own, in that all of this is a tremendous love letter to you from Christ, Himself. He loves you my family. Jesus loves you. This I know. For the Bible tells me so. I pray you come to understand it. Oh God how I pray your mind and heart be opened to the most powerful thing in all of creation: God's love for you!
"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you..." ~ John 15:12
Oh wow. Oh brother and sister. Remember the choices above in where we will drive our stakes? Maybe this portion of scripture can further serve to help you make up your minds about where you will drive your stake.

A COMMANDMENT OF CHRIST, just so happens to be one of "love". Isn't that just incredible? Of all the things He could've said, Christ wants us all to love... but not just love in "normal" human terms. Christ commands us to love each other in the exact same way He loves us. Wow... Is this an impossibility? Well? Maybe. If you don't understand the love God Christ has for you? Then yes, it will remain a mystery to you and it will remain impossible for you to love ANYONE with "The Love of Christ"! Now how many times have you said, "I don't really care for him/her, but I love them 'in the Lord'." ??? Hmmm? Well? Do you really? Hopefully this has shed enough Light on the subject for you to know that if you find yourself in a place where you cannot totally love someone, then most likely, you don't "know" the Love Christ has for you. You're just wishing you did. But after reading all of this my friend, you don't have to "wish" anymore. Christ has just answered one of you ongoing prayers. He has just enabled you to finally understand His love for you, that you may now know how to really love another. From this moment on, you have the resource to learn what it is to be able to really love EVERYONE in the TRUTH of The Spirit! Isn't that incredible? Most important to you though, is the fact that you can now understand how God loves you... It's amazing.
"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And THAT is WHAT we are!" ~ 1John 3:1
My, oh my, oh my, oh my! How does God "lavish" His love on us? By calling us His Children! We are bonafide children of God and we have the right to proclaim it to the world! Do we really understand what a precious honor this is for us? Never could we deserve such a thing! Yet He gives us EVERYTHING! Now does God love us, or what?

Oh my brothers and sisters "IN" Christ... We have such an incredible identity in Christ. To be a child of God is an identity given to us by His Grace (Jesus Christ/Titus 2:11-14), and it is more wonderful than we could ever imagine. Thank God He did not leave this mystery of His love up to our imaginations! Amen? Knowing who you are in Christ enables you to know you are totally loved and accepted by God. Please, do not settle for anything less in your understanding and faith! Don't allow saTan and the world to tell you that you are something other than a child of God! It is an identity based on God's Absolute Truth, and you can rest assured that it will NEVER change!

Glory to God in the highest! Worthy is The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, Who is all things, to all men and women! It's all about Jesus my family! When I say, "It's ALL Jesus!", the contents of this book is what I mean!

Truly when Jesus uttered His last words of prophesy on the cross that encompassed even His resurrection, He was not talking about His earthly life! He was talking about His mission, which was to save man kind! Truly, His words will forever LIVE in eternity! And what were those powerful words?


~Amen & Amen!~

The work Christ did on our behalf is complete... and FINISHED!

Friday, December 17, 2010

(Pt.12) Can We Really Have Eternal Life?

Who We Are In Christ
Can We Really Have Eternal Life? (Chapter 12)  
Questions Answered

My brothers and sisters, a question that haunts the minds of many people is, "How do I know for sure that I have eternal life?" It is a question that keeps many people in bondage (most times even unawares to themselves) to the fear of death. People "fear" death for many different reasons, but the one I will focus on here and now is, there are people fearful of death because they fear they have somehow "un-done" what God said He has "done" - and that is give us eternal life when we accept Jesus as God's Son, our Lord, our Savior, our Way, our Truth and our LIFE! The Bible is very clear when it comes to this issue. God never intended for us to doubt the quality of life Jesus Christ gives us both in the here and now, and eternally. In order for our identity to be secure in Christ, we MUST come to an understanding of what ETERNAL life really means. But rest assured, God answers these important questions through His Spirit and His Word.

As human beings, we find it easy to forget 
about how consuming God's Power is! 
Your salvation is HIS! And He'll never let you go.

There are so many people I know that have just started their precious walk with our Savior, Jesus Christ. Many of them are newly born again Christians who have turned their backs of faith on the religion of isLam. These people have been held "hostage" by the man-made imaginations of religion. They have always been told that their eternal existence was based on a set of "scales", that weighed the "good against the bad" performances in deed throughout their lives. If the scales were tipped the wrong way? They were doomed to an eternal hell. What a horrible place to be within one's faith. They could never be certain of anything concerning Heaven or Hell! But like the rest of us, if they were truthful within themselves, they knew it wasn't looking good.

These ex-islaMists need to realize the TRUTH of God's Word concerning their eternal life in Heaven with Him! They need to know it because God wants them to experience many things in their relationship with Him and He wants them to be certain of a great many things. Three of them being "eternal love, eternal fellowship and eternal "Life" with God, as people that have accepted Jesus as Lord, Savior, their Way, their Truth and their Life!

In a way, I wish the ex-islaMist were the only one I needed to address in this writ. But this writ is for every other "religion" in this world that is void of the full Truth of Jesus... But even further yet? I must also address a great many that have even accepted Jesus as Savior! Many people that view themselves as "Christians" need to learn the full Truth of God's Word, accept it by faith in their hearts, and stop "denying the power thereof" (1Corinthians 1:18 and 2Timothy 3:5), even though they may be doing so with the best of intentions.

Our eternal life, if correctly understood, has atomic impact on every aspect of our being, including this flesh. By knowing what God has already done for us in the Spirit, it will free us in the physical to do His bidding, which namely is to simply spread the Good News of The Gospels of Salvation in whatever form God has designed. If we have error in our understanding of our eternal life, hope and future? We'll spend our physical life chasing our own tails on the innumerable performance treadmills, and we will get... nowhere.

Our eternal life, if correctly understood, has atomic impact 
on every aspect of our being, including this flesh.

Brothers and sisters in Christ? Join me as we reveal the plain Truth of God's Word about that which we have to look forward, concerning our eternal citizenship in Heaven! It's nothing other than Good News for your heart, mind, body and Spirit! Bless God's wonderful Name! Don't be surprised if you find yourself absorbed with your mouth full-open as you realize, maybe for the first time in your life, that this earth - this existence - is NOT your Home. You have so much more with which to look forward! One day soon, you are going Home my brother! You are going Home my sister! Bless God! Let's learn a little more about that! Shall we? Amen.

"And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life." - 1John 5:11-13

Dear friends? Are any of you familiar with rocket science? Well neither am I. And you'll find none of it here as God's Words to us as born again believers explains ever-so-simply what is available to us as born again Christians. And not only what's available to us, but how we get it!

In the above scripture, God offers up to us HIS TESTIMONY concerning our eternal life, that we may once and for all understand something ever so critical to our own personal existence in mind, body and soul which in turn enables everything concerning our effectiveness in His ministry of spreading the Truth of The Good News to a hurting and dying world! GOD'S OWN TESTIMONY clearly tells us that 'IN CHRIST', we have 'ETERNAL LIFE'! If we have The Son, we have eternal life! For those that do not have the Son, they do not have life! Also, John wrote these things so we could know we have eternal life!

"John wrote these things so we could know we have eternal life!" - 1John 5:13

Do you have to gumption to read God's Word for what it plainly says? 
Or will you choose "religion" over relationship? If you do, you're going 
to miss the biggest point God makes in the entire Bible. 
God wants you to KNOW that you have ETERNAL LIFE!

How about it my brothers and sisters? Can you read the Words of God given to man and have the Spirit given faith to believe what It says? The enEmy wants to steal this understanding away from you! Will you allow it? Do you want to believe you have eternal life? If so, there's Good News! You can do so with a clear conscience because it is IN the Word of God! Here it is, right here in your Bible! You now have ETERNAL LIFE! Eternal means "without end"! You are IMMORTAL!

The next verse of scripture is no doubt the most notorious, the most preached upon, the most reflected upon, and perhaps to many, the most cherished scripture in all the Bible and with good reason. It reveals the subject matter of the entire Bible, Old Testament and New Testament. The Theme of the entire Bible is captured right here in this passage:

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." - John 3:16

Folks? Think about it: What is salvation? 
Salvation is LIFE! If you don't have life, 
you're not saved from anything!
The sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf was the "preparation" for salvation!

Bless The Name of The Lord, Jesus Christ! The very motivation for God sending His own Son to die for our sins was God's Love for His children (that's you and I)... How absolutely incredible! When you stop to meditate upon that, does it awe you as it does me? That God would love "me" so much, that He would send His Son, Jesus Christ to die in order to pay the penalty for my sins? Even while I was yet an enemy (unsaved) of God? My sins were paid for by Jesus (Romans 5:10)? Folks? As hard as we may try, we can't understand that kind of Love, nor know the depths of which it reaches... But? We can understand that it exists, for God has just said so, hasn't He? Amen!

"For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son (*Matts Note: the preparation for salvation), much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (Matt's Note: SALVATION IS LIFE! We are given LIFE through the RESURRECTION of Christ!)" - Romans 5:10

Lades and gentlemen? My brothers and Sisters? To those that worship Allah, Buddha or any Deity other than the Real God and His Son, Jesus Christ? Romans 5:10 makes a statement so profound... so incredible... so powerful... so loving and Graceful, that even many children of God fail to understand what it is saying in the flesh of man! It describes a fact about what Jesus accomplished for us that absolutely separates Jesus from any other man-made, man-drempt, man-imagined god in this world and beyond! Here is something Jesus did for us in which no other god can lay claim. God has never allowed saTan to tell such a lie, therefore I can only guess God never will allow saTan to tell such a thing. And if saTan can't spread this lie, then it might very well be considered blasphemy if man denied the power of this scripture here in Romans 5:10 !

While we ALL were yet sinners (UNSAVED; UN-BORN AGAIN IN SPIRIT; DEAD in Spirit & heart), Jesus paid the price for our sins, ALL of our sins, with His life! Wow! Can your god say that? Has he ever made that claim? Has your god ever said he loved you enough to take your sin away forever despite you being his enemy? Oh my Ever-Loving God! Of course not! Not once has any other god EVER made such a claim!

Do you want to know why no other god has claimed to have paid for your sins even while you were yet his enemy? You want to know the top three reasons why your god has never said that?

One is that any other god besides the God of Abraham is nothing more than man's imaginations. In any other God? There is no reality... only imagination.

The second reason you never heard of any other god doing this is because these man-made gods are all designed for control. Men want to control other men. To do this, men must remain in bondage to the man claiming to have the knowledge. No other subject has better results in the total control of men than that of religion.

A good third reason? There is no love where there is only imagination. No other god could possibly love you, because in reality, there is no other god.

In the scripture above that speaks to the world, God has again went out of His way to make certain things undeniable concerning the POWER of what Christ did! It tells us that believing in Jesus SAVES us from perishing! It tells us that when we believe in Christ, we have ETERNAL LIFE! But we need to get something straight:

Jesus paid the price for all your sins before we were even born! Look at Romans 5:10 again! Look at it hard! The harder you look at it, the longer you look at it, the harder it is going to be for you to deny the power thereof! There are two specific things mentioned there: your sins being reconciled and your life... your ETERNAL LIFE! They are two separate things! The forgiveness of your sin by God through the Blood of Jesus is NOT salvation! Again, look hard at Romans 5:10! The forgiveness of your sin was your "preparation" for salvation, making it possible that you be saved!

But even after you were forgiven of your sin, you are still... what? DEAD!  So what do you need to be saved? You need LIFE! You need LIFE! You need ETERNAL LIFE! Temporal life will be no good to you in the long run. You need ETERNAL LIFE to be saved! Thus? That's why Jesus demonstrated to us His Resurrection! He DEMONSTRATED the ETERNAL LIFE He offers to us!

As against the grain as what I'm about to say is to so many teachings of error out there, not one man or woman will go to the eternal lake of fire because of any fleshly sin they've committed here on this earth except one: their rejection of Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said that sin was unbelief in Him (John 3:18).

If you properly understand Romans 5:10 and John 3:16-18, you will understand that what you need to be born again in the Spirit (saved by God's Grace), is that you need to repent... but you need not repent of every sin you've ever committed or will commit in the future. My friends? You couldn't do that if you tried with all your might (and many are trying hopelessly to do just that). Your sins were paid for while you were yet an enemy of God (Romans 5:10). If you wish to be born again, repent of your unbelief in Jesus Christ (John 3:18). In doing that, you will thank Him eternally for the forgiveness He has already provided you, and you will welcome Him into your heart as your Lord, your Savior, your Way (of life spiritually), your Truth and your LIFE (eternal)! Oh my God! When you realize THIS Truth, even your physical being will be atomically impacted! You'll be changed forever into a "new creature"! Oh my God, what a Gift! Praise His Name Forever!

Eternal Life is just that - it is eternal. If eternal life could be lost, it would have to be called "temporal life". We can be 100% secure in the fact that the eternal life we have been given in Christ can never be taken away from us! Note: This is not "thus saith Matt"! This is the EXACT Words of God, Himself!

"I give them eternal life, and they shall never parish; no one can pluck them out of my hand" - John 10:28

This author can certainly understand why the book of John is many people's favorite book in the Bible. It is dedicated to telling every born again believer the exact terms of our relationship with God as well as all the fine details. And what fine details they are! Bless God!

According to scripture, only God has the power to give eternal life. Once we have that "eternal" life, we can never perish! No one (including self here, because we, ourselves are a person) and no thing can cause us to lose this eternal life because we would have to pluck it out of God's Hand wouldn't we? Do you actually think so much of yourself that you think it possible to overpower God and do something HE says cannot be done? Think about it friends. Of course you can't. No one can.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord" - Romans 6:23

Some more detail in comparison form: The wages of sin is death. The GIFT of God is eternal life. Eternal life can ONLY be found in Jesus Christ. Therefore, when you received Christ Jesus, what did you receive? Ahhhh-hahahaha! Now you're getting it! Amen!

Wages are earned, but a gift is given freely. In his best efforts, man can only earn death and destruction (we know all about that don't we?). Eternal Life cannot be earned. It can only be given freely by God to those who will accept it by repenting of their lack of faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:18-19).

"Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus" - Romans 6:11

We can know, as born again believers in Christ, that we have eternal life because sin has been dealt with once and for all. If sin had not been forgiven and taken away, every time we sinned we would once again "die spiritually"! Think about it! Every time we sin, we would again die spiritually if it were not already dealt with! And what does Romans 6:11 say? Scripture says to "consider yourselves ALIVE to GOD in CHRIST JESUS"! DEAD to SIN - ALIVE to GOD! ALIVE! LIFE! That's what you have in Christ - LIFE! You see dear friends, it truly is "all about Jesus". In Jesus Christ, we have LIFE! By realizing this reality, we can know we have life even when we sin (and we will, we ALL will, despite our best efforts).

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep." - John 10:10-11

saTan comes to steal (take away), kill and destroy. Jesus came to give us "life to the full", or full life. This Truth is manifest in God's Word in plain as black and white. Which "doctrine" are you following in your life? Do you have life to the fullest in Christ? Or do you allow saTan to come and steal it away from you every day? Tough questions for sure and quite hard to face. Never-the-less, you need to realize the Truth about what you have or don't have. Please be honest with yourself, and in your intellect as you search this out!

"The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." - Romans 5:21

Sin's reign leads to death. That is all God's Law can do for us individually. It makes it possible for us to know the difference between right and wrong. Without God's Law, there would be no such thing as right and wrong. Thus? The Law came so we would know that our transgressions only increase. Under the judgment of God's Law, there is but one verdict for each and every one of us: Guilty.

But Grace (Jesus Christ) came to reign over sin, bringing us righteousness to each and every individual that accepts Him. Also, in Grace (Jesus Christ), we have eternal life! Is that not what the scripture just said? Amen & Amen!

"For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day." - John 6:40

Oh my friends and family! I want to laugh out loud in the Joy the Truth of the scriptures provide! According to this scripture in John 6:40, what is the will of The Father, God? That everyone that believes on His Son, Jesus Christ will have ETERNAL LIFE and He (God) Himself will raise us up on our last day! Oh! How can it be refuted any longer even by the most educated? Folks? In Christ, we HAVE eternal life! I don't know about you, but when I realized this, it totally changed my attitude toward death, and it forever affected my relationship with God! Now I know I am secure. I am forever God's property and no one or nothing else will ever change that! Talking about freedom? It is true that the "knowledge" of the Truth will set you free! Amen!

Friends? Eternal life is found only in Christ. No where else can It be found. Therefore, since Christ lives in us, we have eternal life. The two cannot be separated. Eternal life begins the moment we accept Christ into our hearts by faith as our Lord, our Way, our Truth and our LIFE. Understanding this reality will free us from the fear of death and give us an eternal perspective on life.

Properly understanding the Truth of God's Word concerning your salvation will change your life forever... It will truly enable you to then be "Motivated By Grace" alone! Amen!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

(Pt.11) You Are A Citizen Of Heaven !

Who We Are "In Christ"
 You Are A Citizen Of Heaven!  (Chapter 11)
Questions Answered

Oh, my brothers and sisters in Christ... To the SAINTS  by the works of Christ, I have such a great story to tell straight from the Truth of God's Word! This new "identification" (who we are) In Christ just keeps getting better and better, even deeper and deeper in our minds as we realize the reality of Christ's "finished" work! It seems the more meditation one gives toward what Christ has accomplished, the more meditation that is required, to go even further in the knowledge of our identity, doesn't it? Amen! That's just like our God! Glory to His wonderful Name forever! He didn't leave one thing undone on our behalf!

God wants you to know that you are ALREADY a "Citizen of Heaven" by His work alone! 
You'll NEVER have to worry about "losing" your salvation again!

Bless the Lord, once we have been placed into Christ, our citizenship is no longer in this world. We have a "New Home" that awaits us in Heaven. This should give us a new perspective on how we deal with day-to-day life. It is so very easy to get caught up in our daily struggles and forget that all of it is just temporary. The Word of God has much to say about Heaven and those for whom it is prepared! Let's look into a little of it. Shall we? Amen!
"But our citizenship IS IN Heaven! And we eagerly await a Savior from there, The Lord, Jesus Christ!" - Philippians 3:20
Friends? I know you won't find very many exclamation marks in your bible, but I just can't seem to write that verse without them! I can't even say it without getting excited! As plain as day, and despite how many people would try to make this complicated, SCRIPTURE says that as true children of God our citizenship IS... IN... HEAVEN! Scripture says it, so you can totally TRUST It! Amen!

As true children of God, we also "await OUR Savior from Heaven, our Lord, Jesus Christ!" Saints? Is this not so? Of course it is! I don't know one single, solitary brother or sister that does not look forward to the coming of our Savior, Jesus! What a glorious future! However, what I have noticed is a difference in the "level of reality" with which this exists within different individuals. Some see the words and think of it as some sort of Truth, but it is not large enough to dominate their lives. To others, this is so real, nothing can shake them in this present time, because they are so sure of their glorious future! My friend? Which one are you?

I submit to you, that the way you view your citizenship in Heaven drastically affects your attitude toward the things of this world. Most people do not realize this plays such a vital role in their lives concerning their mental well-being. And when anyone mis-understands this Truth, it erroneously robs them of so much that would have otherwise been so rewarding and possible in so many different ways.

Properly understanding this Truth enables us to live in continual Joy, though we might not always be "happy" with our circumstances. Properly understanding this Truth enables us to live in the reality of complete bodily healing, knowing that one day soon we will be in our glorified bodies, even if our current physical bodies are broken and/or riddled with disease. Properly understanding this can enable one to truly love an enemy, as you will understand the level of destruction they will ultimately endure should they not repent. Properly understanding this will give you sure Hope for your lost loved ones, knowing we have a Father that is just, but also more Gracious than what can be imagined. Properly understanding this will enable us to lean on the sure Hope of His promises to us, knowing His gifts are irrevocable, instead of wondering whether or not one day all these gifts will be taken away, and whether we, and our loved ones, will really "make it". Properly understanding we are a citizen of Heaven, once and for all, enables all these things and so very much more. Mis-understanding our citizenship will bring doubt in every facet of our relationship with God and rob us of our Joy.
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living Hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in Heaven for you!" - 1 Peter 1:3-4
Oh... My... God!

Friends, do you understand how Peter describes our "inheritance" in Jesus Christ? As plainly as West Virginians are hillbilly's, Peter says our inheritance from God is something that can "never parish, spoil or fade!" Oh people! This is just the tip of a biblical iceberg that is trying It's best to explain to you that your eternal future with God is unshakable and unchangeable if you are truly born again!

Did you notice where this inheritance is kept? It's kept in Heaven... But to hear some people talk, you'd think it's kept by "you", in the palm of "your" hand. I mean, many people say "YOU" can "LOSE" your inheritance... For that to be so, "YOU" would have to have it in your own hands, wouldn't you? But your eternal inheritance isn't in your hands... It is "kept in Heaven"! Amen! Thank You Jesus! The major difference between this spiritual, unearthly, Heavenly, God given inheritance and all our other "earthly treasures"? It is eternal (can never parish) and it is forever "unchanging" (will never spoil or fade)! Isn't that something to just shout all over yourself about??!!?? Amen!

Please bear in mind! This IS ALL SCRIPTURE! Not Matt!
"But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in Heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect." - Hebrews 12:22-23
The church in the passage is described as "the church of the firstborn". The names of those in the church are "written in Heaven". Now think about this next question: If our names are already written in Heaven, how should this affect our understanding of who we are in Christ? Interesting question, huh? Your answer will be even more valuable to you!
"That say will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new Heaven and a new earth, the Home of righteousness!" - 2 Peter 3:12-13
Here's a little more prophecy from the Word of God. One day, what we know as the heavens and the earth today, will be destroyed completely. This will be an event that will NOT affect any born again child of God, all because we will have a "New Home"! Instead of total destruction which we at one time deserved, we can now look forward to a "new" Heaven and a "new" earth, a "new, permanent Home!" It should change your total outlook on life to really realize that your future is sure with God, as His children!
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body." - Romans 8:18-23
The more you study of Paul and the life he lived, the more you become aware that his life was full of sever sufferings and tribulation, yet he considered them all as "not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us". In other words, his current circumstances, no matter how harsh, was not even worthy of thought compared to what lay ahead for him in his eternal future with the Lord Jesus Christ! The Truth of how things really are according to the Word of God, coupled with Paul's own faith in God and God's promises in Word and Spirit, is what enabled Paul to properly view his life in this way.

That being said and fully realized, should we not view our present trials and tribulations in the same Way Paul did? If we find within ourselves that we differ from Paul, then you can only conclude that your understanding of God's Word and/or level of faith in God differs from that which Paul had. Our true and unchangeable Hope as children of God for ourselves and for creation is to be liberated from our bondage to decay, to be brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God! That is a Truth of God's Word, whether we know it or not, understand it or not... Truth never changes. And I am so glad that is so!

A Truth here is, because we are citizens of Heaven, we need not get too involved in the things of this world. It is God's job to change the world, which He will ultimately do. Our mission is to simply proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God, which is the only message that can bring lasting change to the hearts of men and women everywhere.
"Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands..." - 2 Corinthians 5:1
Here, Paul is speaking symbolically. The "earthly tent" he mentions here is our own physical body. It will most definitely be destroyed, whether it be by old age, sickness, an accident maybe? Whatever way it is destroyed, rest assured it will be destroyed. This mortal body will die. Even in the case of Rapture, I do not think this flesh will be what passes on.

This body is very different form the "eternal" house, or body, we will receive. This current body is physical flesh. Our "eternal house"? Well, there's a great amount of speculation over what all that will be, but one thing pointed out in this scripture for sure is, it will be eternal! It will last FOREVER! That new, eternal house is built for the born again believer!

So. All this helps to confirm a couple of very important facts. One is, that God Himself has made for us a house in Heaven. The second is, if that house is eternal, then God wants us to live, with Him, FOREVER! Glory to God! I tell ya friends! This is better than hitting any lottery could ever dream of being!

Knowing that our names as born again children of God are written in Heaven and that we have a "guaranteed" Home when we leave this earth is a great comfort. To some more than others it seems. Yet if this is real inside one's heart, it will make a remarkable difference in your dominant attitude concerning life in all it's complexities. More than just a comfort, knowing we have an eternal Home gives us the "freedom" to walk in confidence that this earth is NOT our home. We can actually live beyond our circumstances in the Truth because we have an "eternal" perspective. Thank God, our identity is not based on circumstance but on the "unchanging promises" of God! ~ Amen~

Now. To have an eternal Home, there's something else we must have to make this possible... And that's "eternal life"! Amen? That'll be what we explore next in this series of writs! So sit back, relax, study, meditate upon, and pray about what we've found in the Word thus far. Good Lord willing, part 12 won't be long in coming! Amen!

~~God Bless and Keep Us All!~~