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The Crucifixion of Christ

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” NKJV

Jesus came to show us the truth of who we were created to be and the truth of who God is. God is our Father and He loves us with an everlasting love and He sent Jesus to bear witness to this truth. Believing the truth of God’s word was the first battle in the garden and it is still the battle that every person will face in life today.  Everyone will stand at the crossroad of life and decide whether they will listen and obey the voice of God or listen to Satan’s lie.

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? 

Jesus was forsaken by God the Father because He took on our sin and now we can take His position as sons and daughters. Jesus paid our sin debt of death so that we could receive His righteousness and His abundant and eternal life.

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

In the midst of being crucified and being offended, insulted and hurt by others, Jesus prayed to His Father, to forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing or who they are doing it to.

We are told to forgive, if our Father in heaven has forgiven ussuch a great debt, our rebellion against God and the death of His Son, surely we can forgive others.  People hurt people because they have been hurt. Many people will look at us and will not know who we are, though we are children of the Most High King. God may allow us to be in situations like His Son Jesus, so that we may pray for those who abuse and misuse us. We too can ask God our Father to forgive them so that He may bring eternal salvation into their lives. 

John19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then said he to the disciple, Behold they mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. 

In the midst of His own pain and agony, Jesus was concerned, caring for others and those He would leave behind. Jesus gave His mother Mary another person in her life to be a son to her, the disciple John. To John, Jesus gave him His mother Mary to be someone he could care for and show his love. Both John and Mary were losing a person they loved dearly but Jesus gave them one another so they could comfort and to be a blessing to each other.

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Jesus said, “It is finished,” His work as the Son of Man on earth was completed. Jesus is the Son of Man who would represent all men before God and He paid all that was owed by all mankind. It is finished, nothing missing and nothing lacking. We can now come boldly to the throne of God to receive forgiveness, grace,mercy and His love. 

This is the message of God and His truth. God loves those created in His image and they are of great worth to Him. God is our Father and He loves us with an everlasting love and so much so that He sent Jesus to bear witness to this truth and to bring us into the family of God. 

Only we can decide to believe the truth of our identity in Christ, that we are children of the Most High King and we are here to represent Him on the earth. The first battle in the garden was a battle of truth and lies and every person will face that same battle in their lives today.  Everyone will stand at the crossroad of life and decide whether they will listen and obey the voice of God or listen to Satan’s lie.

When we believe right, we will live right. When we are in bondage to something, it is because we do not know the truth of God on the matter and who we are in Christ.

The world will know the people of God by the love they have for one another. Christ loved us while we were at enmity withGod in our minds and our actions.  Christ loved us unconditionally; we did not deserve it and could not earn it. Christ’s love was sacrificial.  Jesus gave His life and He died so that we could live righteously, have eternal life and be with God. 

Jesus gave us one new commandment, to love others as He has loved us.

John 13:34 A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. NIV

To bear witness of the Truth; For this Reason, Jesus Came into the world!

In the beginning mankind believed the lie of Satan and humanityhas been living in that lie ever since. Satan is the father of lies and has blinded the eyes of this fallen world system so that it would remain in that lie. Jesus came to show us the truth of who we were created to be and the truth of who God is. God is our Father and He loves us with an everlasting love and so He sent Jesus to bear witness to this truth. This was the first battle in the garden and it is still the battle that every person will face in lifetoday.  Everyone will stand at the crossroad of life and decide whether they will listen and obey the voice of God or listen to Satan’s lie.

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truthhears My voice.” NKJV

There are so many lies that this worldly system has been founded upon and so much so that many people have not heard the truth of God’s word and will find it hard to discern truth from lies. For this reason, Jesus said, He came into the world to be a witness to truth but many will make their culture and ethnic beliefs their preferences. Jesus came to bear witness to what truth really is on the earth, God’s word. From the fall of mankind in the garden to this present age the human race has exalted their rights, pride and self-preservation and their pride has reigned supreme over their lives. 

Pride was the thing that made Satan fall from a position of an exalted angel into becoming Satan, the father of lies.  Pride is at the root of all wickedness and sin in the world. It is because of pride that people will betray their brother, destroy a life and cast down a whole nation of people just so that they may be exaltedand live lavishly on the earth.   Many people are taught to believe the lie that this life on earth is all there is. By believing this lie and through the choices they make many will forfeit their eternal souls for this fleeting time on earth. 

This parenthetical time has a beginning and an end and it is given to allow every person to choose their eternal loyalty and their eternal destiny. Without the knowledge of this truth many people have made decisions based on temporary wealth, money and property, which will eventually perish, and many are forfeiting not only their eternal souls but also, the souls of their children.  This may be done out of ignorance to the truth of God’s purpose and they are blinded by the lies of Satan and seek to be exalted in this present time.  

We see people jockeying for the positions of elevation andcultures and societies developing systems with different measures, methods and processes that will systematically allow some nations and people to be exalted while consuming other nations and devouring God’s people as if they were bread.  Many are forfeiting their eternal souls and those of their people and families for the immediate satisfaction of this present moment for themselves and their clans. This is a horrifying thought, to think when they wake up in eternity only to find they lived lavishly for a moment in time only to spend eternity in regret.  Much like the rich man and the poor beggar whom he would not give crumbs from his table and when rich man died he found himself in eternal torment. He asked that someone be sent to tell his family to change because he did not want them to end the way he did.  

We can only wonder how many people have died and wish that they could change their family heritage and the legacy that they have passed down to their children and loved ones. There is a day of reckoning, a day where the hearts and thoughts of every person will be revealed and it will show whose report theybelieved, the truth that Jesus came and displayed for the world to see or the lie of the enemy.

Luke 16:19-20a,22-23,27-31 There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table….

So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels toAbraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom

Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ NKJV

Many people profess to believe in God but they do not trust God to be faithful to His word. That is why so many falls into the trap of contending and competing for ill gained riches the world’s way. They operate by the same standard as this fallen world rather than a belief in the truth of God, His word and His love for them.  God knows our needs and will richly supply all our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. God has given us a different way, a way of humility and trust in the truth of God’s word that He will provide for His children.

Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJV

This is a simple message of God and His truth. God loves those created in His image and they are of great worth to Him. God loved us so much that He sent His best, Jesus, to redeem all mankind back into a position of fellowship with Him not only as God our Creator and King but as Abba Father, our Daddy who is God. However, it is a choice that every person will make for themselves.

Humanity’s Identity and Higher Purpose Restored

When God created humanity He created them as spirit beings that resided in a natural body and He gave them a soul which houses their mind, their will and their emotions. The spirit of mankind had preeminence over the body and soul because it was the likeness of God’s Spirit which He gave to man. The natural body came from the earth and gave mankind the ability to navigate in this natural world and through their God like soul they could expressed their love and worship to God. Their emotions and souls were not then in this depraved fallen state.  We were created to fellowship and commune with God, but with the fall of mankind in the garden, they lost their God given spirit and their true identity which looked like and reflected God’s character.  

Prior to sin entering into the world and the fall of humanity, the very glory of God was on mankind. The Spirit of God, His Shekinah glory,dwelled in them and shined through them and God’s glory was present on the earth. With the fall mankind they lost God’s glory and was thenmarred in a fallen state which allowed the natural body with its fallen emotions to become preeminent in humanity. Mankind became beings who are now self-centered, self-focused and concerned mainly with their personal needs with little concern for others.   

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. KJV

Mankind had allowed Satan to come in and take over the dominion that God had given them to have over the things of the earth. The God like spirit that was in man died and their God given life, their bodies and their godly emotions became corrupted. Their emotions and will had fallen into a state of depravity no longer reflecting the glory and the unconditional love of God. The prideful, selfish image of Satan had replaced and usurped their God given authority.  But God in His love,mercy and grace would not leave humanity in that fallen state without hope. God promised a Saviour that would come and redeem mankind back to their original purpose, as image bearers of God to reflect His love and glory on the earth. 

The word of God tells us of God’s love for us and His promise of redemption. God’s love is so great for us and we are of such a great worth and value to Him that He would send His most precious gift,Jesus, to be our Savior.   Jesus came to pay the sin debt of all mankindand this is the most generous act of love from God. We are valued greatly in God’s sight and Jesus displayed our worth by coming and giving all mankind another chance to choose God rather than Satan. The enemy would want us to believe his lie that we are of little or no worth, but that is a lie.  The enemy of God would rather we feel worthless so that we would not aspire to fulfill our God given purpose, which is to reflect His glory and love on the earth. So many people walk around believing this lie living in low self-esteem and thinking that they are of no value, while we are of the highest of value and priceless in God’s eyes. 

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. KJV

Many people say they wish Adam and Eve had not sinned against God and they complain that they are paying for something someone else did. However, we all have the same choice we can choose to believe and obey God or believe and listen to the lie of Satan.  Everyone is born intothe state of sin because of the fall of mankind and thereby sin is their natural default position. However, with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ everyone is given another opportunity to make a different choice, the choice to believe and trust God through faith in Christ and to be restored back into fellowship and the family of God. 

John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. KJV

Whoever believes and receives by faith the payment of Christ’s blood on the cross for their sins they will be born again as a new creation into the family and household of God. Everyone is given the same chance to once again choose to believe God and receive His mercy.  Those who refuse to believe will continue to live in a fallen world system that is rooted in lies, pride and the need for immediate self-gratification. This is entrenched in the merchandizing of human souls and the devouring as bread, people who are the image bearers of God, for selfish gain. 

Psalm 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge: who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.  KJV  

What the enemy meant for our total destruction, God in His unfailing Love, tender Mercy and abundant Grace, used for our better good and His greater glory. We were created the highest of God’s creation but we are no longer just his creation, those who by faith receive Christ as their Lord, are born into the family of God. We are now children of The Most High King, heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus. We are God’s workmanship and we will be like Christ and our old vile bodies will be fashioned into His likeness.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. KJV

The awesome wisdom of God took fallen humanity and transformed them into His children.  As it is in the story of Pinocchio, who was the highest of Geppetto’s craftsmanship and his delight was lured into trouble and was lost. However, through love and sacrifice Pinocchio was transformed and became a real boy, a son. We too wanted to go our own way and were lured by the things of this world but God would not leaveus nor forsake us. Though the world and the enemy of God will try and enslave and devour God’s people like bread, God has conquered the enemy and given us a new life. So great is the love that God has for us and we as His people are of great worth and value in God’s sight, therefore the opinion of mere man is inconsequential.

 

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not KJV

2 Corinthians 6:18 I will be a Father unto you. You will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty NKJV 

 

 Allegiance to King and Country – King: Jesus-God’sCountry: Kingdom on Earth

Christ followers, who are truly born again, should understand that they have died to their old life and all that they were in this fallen world system, whether it be culture or ethnicity. Jesus is now our King and we are part of the family of God. Our allegiance is no longer to this world but to God’s kingdom, His society and His culture. We are to represent Jesus our King and His kingdom on earth. Our citizenship along with our true allegiance must be transferred from this world to the Kingdom of God or our allegiance will be divided between doing the will of God or the will of our natural but fallen culture. 

Joshua 24: 14-15   “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” NKJV

This fallen world has tried to cultivate a lifestyle that leads people to live in an irreligious context, where they speak with a since of spirituality, but live a life far from God.  The world will say, everyone is doing it or no one can live a righteous life, and they will try and simulate true believers of Christ into their way of living. Followers of Christ are called to live as pilgrims and strangers in a foreign land. We are told tobe ambassadors for Christ and His Kingdom, to show this lost world the truth of God’s love and His kingdom on earth. The world wants Christians to be uncommitted, to be neither hot nor cold, but this will not only lead to failure but also destruction.

Revelation 3:15-17  I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. NKJV

1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul  

The world system wants Christ followers to seek after the things of the world, to be prideful and selfish concerns and to keep their roots, their allegiance to their natural pride and their socioeconomic status. The enemy of God does not want God’s people to fully commit to Christ, so when difficult decisions come their allegiance will sway between theworlds way and the word of God.  True followers of Christ must be fully committed to their God and King, if not their loyalty will be pulled into two different directions, between the social and financial pressures of the world and the word of God. 

Our hearts will develop idols that will compete with our allegiance and commitment to the love of God.  When we allow ourselves to be distracted and continuously gaze at the things of this world, these thingswill become our priority, our heart idols and the center of our affection.The world has so many attractions that will try to lure the eyes of Christians from word of Christ. We are told to let our eyes be focusedon what is good and that is the light of Christ. If people allow this world to become their main focus they will eventually find themselves living in darkness. 

Matthew 6:22-23 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

The life of a Christ follower is simple, our allegiance is to God our King and His Kingdom and we are to show the love of God to this fallen world as representatives of His kingdom on earth. It is simple but not necessarily easy. We are called to love God above all else even self. These are some hard lines drawn for true followers of Christ to live by,but it is a choice, we are not forced to come. Everyone is allowed to choose their destiny as an act of their own will and as a result of their own actions and decisions. 

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.NKJV

The Bible says many people are deceived by the prince of darkness and he has blinded them to the truth of God’s word. Many believe they can live life the same as the world and still call themselves Christian but the word of God tells us we cannot be a true follower of Christ and live as the world.  We can test the authenticity of a true believer in Christ, because true believers choose the love of God above all else. They also,choose to show the love of God and the light of God even in a hostile and dark place. We display our allegiance to King Jesus by the love we show to God’s creation, His image bearers and his kingdom. Our desireis to show God’s love to those who may not be lovely. 

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

The world will know our allegiance is to Christ and His Kingdom by the love we have for one another and by obeying His commandment, to love others as He has loved us. Christ loved us while we were at enmity with God in our minds and our actions. Christ loved us unconditionally; we did not, and could not earn His love. Christ’s love was sacrificial. Jesus gave His life and He died so that we could have eternal life be with God. We are called to die to self-pride and who we were in this fallen state so that we may live a life that will give love to others unconditionally and to show the love of God to those who are lost. This is how we display our allegiance to Christ our King.

 

 

 

 

 

We Are to Have the Same Mind as Jesus

We are told to let the same mind that is in Jesus be in us! What a thought? To know that it is possible to have the same mindset as Jesus. It must be possible or the word of God would not have directed us to do so. To have the same mind as Christ, we must first know the mind of Christ and that is found in God’s word. The lies of the enemy say we cannot be like Christ because Jesus was God and we are sinners, but we are made righteous by grace through faith in Jesus. The world has told us we should not try because it cannot be done and they would have us focus on our own selfish lives and failures rather than the completed work of Christ. 

The reason Jesus came was to restore us back to the image of God so that we would be made righteous before God and so that we could be in fellowship and in the family of God, but we received much more thanwe lost in the fall. Before the fall we were the highest created creatures of God, but now Jesus has come and made us children of God. What the enemy meant for evil God has made it for our greater good.   Jesus died on a cross to pay our debt to sin, to break the curse that was ours so that we may receive His abundant and eternal life in the family of God. Jesus came not only to restore to us what we lost in the fall; our relationship with the Father, our identity as image bearers of God, but He gave us a greater position as children of the Most High Kings. Our createdpurpose is to show the love of God on the earth. 

Philippians 2:58 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,  who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. NKJV

The mind that was in Christ Jesus was one that did not think He was robbed or that God had failed Him when He went through problems. Jesus did not seek to be famous or seek to have a reputation among the masses, but He humbled Himself to be obedient to the word of God,even at the cost of His life. The world will say that this is impossible to do because self-preservation is the first law, of fallen mankind! This was not our created state of being; we were created in the image of God to be in a relationship with God and to reflect His love and purpose to all His creation on the earth. 

We are called the Beloved of God and we are told not to think it strange when we go through trials, loss and chaos as though something is wrong with us or that God has failed us. This is a trick of the enemy to get us tobe faint in our own minds so that we will not persevere and finish our purpose, which is to show a lost world who God is in our lives.

When we know and understand the true Gospel of God, we will focus on the life of Christ, who came and died that others may live. We too can choose to die to self-centeredness in every situation that we experience loss and chaos. We can choose to respond as the world or we can choose to let the life and light of Christ rise in us and shine in those dark situations. God is exalted when we respond in love by the power of the Holy Spirit with a heavenly kingdom perspective lived out on earth in us. God has sent His sons and His daughters into the world that they may show His love to a lost world so others may come to know Him through His children. 

If we suffer for doing what is right, we are told to rejoice and we can rejoice, only when we die to our self-centeredness and to the pride of life, which wants to lift self above the word and knowledge of God.  When God chooses to make us broken bread and poured out wine to save a lost soul, it is then that we should let the mind of Christ be in us. We are not to look for immediate gratification of self but we are to look at God’s eternal purpose and let His kingdom come on earth in us. Though we may go through humiliation at the hands of others, it is only a temporary state, but the possible eternal salvation of a soul is worth so much more than the passing shame and embarrassment we may experience in this life.

1 Peter 4:12-14Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;  but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.  If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you NKJV

It is through our suffering that the world will see and know the Holy Spirit who lives within us. It is when we experience hurt and pain in our lives that we have an opportunity to respond like Christ, to reflect our true belief in God and His word. If our selfish ambitions rise in hard and difficult times then we will be responding just as the world. We too will allow self and pride to sit on the throne of our hearts and the world will not see God’s power and love. When we humble ourselves under the hand of God and allow the love of the Sovereign God to reign in our lives, even when we are unjustly treated, then the world will see the life of Christ in us and the true Image of God reflected on the earth.   

When Christ was being beaten and whipped by the Romans, He was still the Son of God. When Jesus’ hands and feet were nailed to the cross, He was still the Son of God. When Christ died and was buried, He was still the Son of God. Nothing we go through will change who we are, but how we respond to what we go through will reflect who we are. The righteous tree will bear righteous fruit; a good tree will produce after its own kind. 

We are to let this mind be in us that was also in Christ Jesus; though we are children of the Most High King we are not to seek a reputation for ourselves. We are to humble ourselves under the hand of God our Father and die to the need of immediate self-gratification and allow God to exalt us in due season. We can cast and hurl all our problems and concerns to God. We can trust God to handle them, to vindicate us when we need vindication and to be merciful when there is need for mercy.  We know He loves and cares for us in ways that no one else can.  

1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. NKJV

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Wisdom and In All Your Getting; Get Understanding!

Wisdom is called the principal thing we should go after and in getting this wisdom we are to get an understanding of truth. The Bible says fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, which is to be in awe of Godand to have a reverential respect for Him.  We are also told to have knowledge of the Holy One, Jesus Christ, whom God has sent and with an accurate knowledge of Jesus we will have an understanding of the truth of God. 

With this true knowledge we are able to make right and just judgementsin our actions and we are able to grasp the true nature and understanding of a matter. The Bible says Jesus is the truth then knowing Jesus, the Holy Son of God, is to have wisdom and understanding of truth. Thus, wisdom is having respect for God and the ability to discern truth through an accurate understanding of Jesus. So only way to have wisdom and an understanding of God is to know the life of Jesus. 

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. KJV 

Proverb 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. NIV

Many people are without respect for God because they do not have atrue knowledge of Him which is seen in the life and character of Jesus. They may have an intellectual knowledge, but this is information they have been taught, and some people may even let their own intellect rise above God’s truth. Many people have allowed their culture to define their purpose, their opinions and their perception of truth so much that when they hear God’s truth they are unable to discern or recognize it. 

Wisdom is respecting God and having respect for the truth of His written word above all else even when it goes against the grain of our intellect and culture.  We will obtain a great respect for God and understanding of who He is as we see the love of God displayed in the life of Jesus. Again, knowledge of the Holy One, Jesus, is the understanding of truth and this truth is the way to obtain wisdom. 

Many people are intellectuals, academics, scholars or philosophers but all this has to do with learnt information. They are taught by people withculture and historical biases that have influenced their train of thought and their teaching. People can develop and amplify the amount of information they have with training and education but it is not necessarily true, accurate or honest information.  Failing to understand that there is a difference between wisdom and intellect has caused many people to be deceived and misled. They tend to follow those who are highly intellectual in the area of academics but may not have anyknowledge of truth of God’s word and lack His wisdom.

Wisdom is recognizing God as The Preeminent and Sovereign King and understanding is knowing His love and the heart of God as it is seen inthe life of Jesus. Jesus said He came to show us the Father and to give us a new life in the kingdom of God. All humanity has been trained in this fallen world system that has incorporated bias, preference, likes and dislikes into a standard of life that is convenient and benefits themselves and their way of living. 

John 17: 25-26 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the lovewith which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” NKJV

God has given everyone uniqueness and individuality as to who they were created to be, as an expression of His Image.  We bring glory to God in the expression of who He made us to be, through our individuality, which is our very being, that is our soul, our principles, our ethnicity and our very humanity and we this done in the life of Jesus. Jesus came to show us the Father and how to live a life pleasing to Him.  The behavior we display we should see in Jesus and if we donot see it in Jesus’ life, then we should not see it in ours. We Honor God and show reverence to Him in the expression of our worship and life devotion that mirrors Jesus. When we use our God given talents, skills and values as individuals to express our love and adoration to God and those He created, then is God glorified. 

In the fall, all humanity lost their true identity and culture as God’s highest creation living in His kingdom. Then mankind began to cultivate a self-centered identity through this fallen world system and a culturethat gloried self rather than God. They lost their God given culture and the position as the crowning glory of God’s creation, when they chose to believe the lie of Satan, rather than the truth of God. This was the beginning of humanity living a self-focused, narcissistic life. Self and self-interest became supreme and humanity developed cultures and societies to navigate their new way of thinking and self-interest. Mankind began to elevate and magnify self rather than honoring the God who created all of creation. It is the same today for those whochoose to live a life of self-gratification without the knowledge of God’s truth and they lack a true understanding of the operation of God’s kingdom here on earth. 

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”  Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” NKJV

Jesus is the Sovereign King over God’s kingdom on earth which is now ruled by the truth of God’s word as Jesus Himself displayed. All humanity fell for the lie Satan presented in the beginning and they lost their ability to identify and understand God’s truth.  Jesus came to the earth to bear witness to the truth of God’s word but not everyone willreceive this truth because they are blinded by their own indulgences and the lie of the enemy. Humanity had been in darkness so long that whenJesus, The Truth and The Light, came into the world people did not recognize Him. They had been in darkness and they did not comprehend Jesus was The Light of the world.

Some people say Jesus was a myth created to keep oppressed people enslaved and others say Jesus was one of many good prophets. Still others will venture to say Jesus was a good teacher but they all refuse to see Him as the Son of God, The Lord of all and their Risen King.  We must let Jesus and His word define who He is and His purpose.

Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;  To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Jesus said He came to speak the good news of God, the plan of recovery, redemption and restoration to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captive, to give sight to the blind and set the oppressed free. Jesus came not only to save our souls but transform us back into the image of God and to reveal the truth of God’s word. Many people have heard about Jesus and yet they fail to comprehend and graspwho Jesus really is as the Son of God. It is the knowledge and understanding of Jesus as the only true and living way back to God that gives us the ability to see Him as our Sovereign King. Then we can know God as our Abba-Father and understand His great love for us and all humanity who are created in His image.

John 18:37b …Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world,that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truthhears My voice.” NKJV

Saved by Grace Through Faith

We now understand that the true meaning of “born again” is dying to the old self, the old way of living and then being raised into a new life and a new culture.  Being born again is not done by our own natural efforts and hard work, but it is a decision of the heart and the will that chooses to accept the Holy Spirit of God into our lives and allow Him to transform us into a new creation.   It is not us trying hard not to do wrong or pulling ourselves up by the bootstrap. Some people did not have boots or straps. Born again is receiving the Holy Spirit through faith, which is our belief in the truth of God’s word and His love for us. 

Born again, allows us to see things as God would have us see and that is to see others and ourselves as His Beloved. Even when we miss the mark and do not get it right every time, God’s love for us is eternally rooted in the redemptive blood of Jesus. We are saved by God’s grace through our faith in His word and His love. When we by faith choose to believe the word of God, then the Grace of God comes to meet our faith and transform our lives and begin to destroy the lies we have been told and believed. TheHoly Spirit comes in and we learn a different way to think and a different way to act by renewing our minds to the word of God. It is God who will perform this great work in us, but it is our will and decision to believe God that will allow Him to perform that which He has promised.

Ephesians 2:4-10 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it isthe gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. NKJV

It was God’s love that sent Jesus to bring us back into the family of God as His sons and daughters by placing us back in right standing with God. Jesus did not come because we were worthless sinners.  Jesus came because we were precious children who became unrecognizable, disfigured and had fallen from the purpose of reflecting God’s glory.  Mankind failed because they believed the lie of Satan rather than the truth of God’s word.  God loved us too much to leave us in a depraved fallen state without any recourse, remedy or alternative. He would not leave us in this distorted state, marred by rebellion, therefore He sent Jesus to redeem that which was lost, our identity in Him and our positions as children of the Most High King. 

God said the wages of sin is death and all have sinned therefore all owe this debt. We all came from Adam and all humanity was in seed form in Adam’s body when he sinned, therefore, his blood line was passed down from generation to generation and we all took on this fallen nature.  Jesuscame through humanity with a body of man but through the seed of the Holy Spirit and He lived a righteous life. Though He was righteous, Jesustook upon Himself the sin of the world and He made payment for the wages of sin, which is death. The debt that all humanity owed was paid so that whosoever receives Jesus as Lord could be made righteous and that is in right standing with God. 

We all have sinned and everyone owes the debt of eternal death, which is the total separation from God who is light and life.  The question is who will pay this debt? Jesus came to set us free from being enslaved to sin and offered His life as a ransom for many, but not everyone will accept His payment for their redemption. Many people try to earn their right standing with God and work hard to look good and do the right thing, but their best efforts are an insult to God’s gift, Jesus Christ. 

1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, NKJV

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.NKJV

We all have the same choice as Adam, to believe and obey God or believe the lies of Satan, the enemy of God, and this fallen world system.  We will stand before God based on our own efforts, works and sin or we will stand before Him based on the completed work of Christ, His Salvation and payment for our sin.  The debt will be paid, and again the question is, who will pay? God has given all humanity a will and the ability to choose their destiny and to choose whom they will serve.

We have a High Priest who understands weaknesses and we are told to come boldly to the throne of Grace to receive help in the time of need. We need help when we have missed the mark or fallen short and God tells us to come boldly to Him, because of Christ. When we have faith in God’s love for us no matter how bad things may seem or how low we have fallen, we can trust in God’s love and His grace comes and meets us where we are and restores us back into fellowship with Him.

Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are,yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, thatwe may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Again, it is not our effort that saves or makes us righteous, but it is a gift from God, the power of the Holy Spirit and our faith in the love of our Father, who will never leave us or forsake us. 

 

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