Welcome everyone, in the precious mighty name of the Lord God, our father, and his Son Jesus Christ.
Who is God? First of all let us look into some of the biblical Hebrew names of the Christian God, the creator of heaven and the earth and all the living, the only true sovereign God. The descriptive names of God describes the charactor and Power of God, this is in terms of who he is. See below some of the descriptive biblical names and reference scriptures, which infinitelydescribes the attributes of God.
Yahweh, Jehovah - The Lord (Sovereign)- Deuteronomy 6:4 Elohim - God, Creator, strength and power (Powerful) - Genesis 17:7 El-Shaddai - God Almighty (no other mightier) - Genesis 49:24 Yahweh-Jireh- The Lord will provide (Sustainer) - Genesis 22:14 El-Elyon - The most high God (Above all gods)- Deuteronomy 26:19 Yahweh Tisidkenu - The Lord our righteousness (Holy) Abba Father - Daddy, Father - (our spiritual Father) Galatians 4:6 Yahweh Nissi - The Lord is my banner (Protector) - Exodus 17:15
According to the Word of God, the names of God, refers to the charactor of God. The names of God transcends far above our physical realm, in the spirit, uttering in the spirit the depths and heights of God, which far exceeds a man's understanding . He is greater than any force of darkness, to destroy the works of it. He is exalted over all, for he is the God of Light and Righteousness, he his infinitely immeasurable, boundless,endless, powerful, Holy.
See below more reference scriptures, in which God emphatically affirms his Godhead by the power of his Word. Godisa Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life". John 3:16 The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. Psalms 116:5 Who is a God like you,who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.Micah 7:18
Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. Deuteronomy 4:24
Let the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is Judge Psalms 50:6
God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. 1 Corinthians 1:9
The Word of God declares that there is only one God; This declaration is revealed by God to the children of Isreal"Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me" Isaiah 44:6 . He is above all kings, rulers and masters; omnipotent - for his power is unlimited (Revelation 19:6).
God by his Spirit, allows our spirit to witness this truth by the power of the Prophetic. This prophetic revelation in our spirit via the Word, goes through to completely destroy every lie and every doubt that the devil has told God's children, thus removing the scales from our eyes which blinded us from the truth, by the power of Faith in Jesus Christ.
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual". 1 Corinthians 2:9-13 He commands the earthly elements. "Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar the Lord of hosts is his name" Jeremiah 31:35.
He is omnipresent , meaning he's everywhere at the same time, omniscient for he sees all and knows all. Who can fathom this great God ? for he's pass finding out. Lete us reflect on the mercies of God, for it is purely the mercies of God why we able to know the mysteries of God.
The spiritual Realm is the spiritual dimension of God's creation, unseen by human eyes, In this dimension there exist two spiritual realities such as God's Kingdom of light and righteousness, and the dark spiritual dimension where the Devils with their evil forces are operating. When we has a society or person, encounters anything evil such as disasters, evil occurences, jealousy, backbiting, this is a direct result of a evil spirit at work. It so important that we recognise it for what it is, and go against it, saying NO to every evil deed in Jesus name.
However In the spiritual realm of Light, the angels of God, whom we cannot see give God glory in heaven. In this realm exist, peace , love, and the Power of God, "And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God", Revelation 7:11.
A convenant was a binding agreemnent, contract or promise made between two people.
The blood convenant was a binding agreement made between God and Abraham. God called Abraham out of his homeland and made a promise and agreement with Abraham. The promise was that he will bless Abraham with a son and that his seed would multiply greatly and be blessed; and that Abraham will possess land. To seal this binding agreement Abraham had to kill a lamb and a goat and one pigeon and one Dove.The animal was divided. both the animal and birds were laid down together and with a smoking firepot and a blazing torch God walked between the pieces sealing his promise with Abraham.
The Old Testament reveals how the Lord freed the Children of Isreal from the bondage of the Egyptians. He gave them Laws, which included the sacrificial Laws, which they were required to keep; when sin was committed the animal and its blood were offered for the sins of the people.
For God, who is a Holy God demanded that sin be punished; The uttermost action was carried out against sin ; But the mercies of God which exceeded his wrath, commanded that chosen animals be used to make sacrifice unto God in which the high priest would enter the tabernacle and into the Holiest of Holies once a year to offer blood sacrifies which served to atone for the people's sins, as ordered by God. This Sin offering wherein the blood of the chosen animal was sprinkled upon the Alter of the Lord saved the people from the wrath of God.
According to the Bible blood symbolically represents the source of life which gives life.
Leviticus 17:11. "For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”The blood of chosen animals served major roles in cleansing the people from their sins through blood sacrifices. The life of the animal (the blood) was shed for the life of the people, to appease God for their sins .
But according to Hebrews 10:1-10 the sacrifices that were offered to God could never make one perfect because they continuously approached God for their sins. The reason for this man's conscience was tainted by sin and because of this, their conscience was defiled which manifested sin in their lives; thus their hearts remained sinful, untamed, and dark; But through the blood of Jesus the conscience/ the heart of man is purged of sins and Power given to resist sins triumphantly.
Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.32 I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent” (Luke 5:31-32).
The condition of man today in terms of one's spiritual life, is overall absolutely out of sync with God; without Jesus, there is no other way that sin can be taken away. Everyone needs healing in terms of sin that has corrupted us, but through Jesus we are delivered to go back to the image of God in terms of righteousness, oneness, agreement;
hence this sinful condition has categorically affected our lives considerably; to put it in other words, because of our sins we are dead to God and need a revival.
We are broken people, that God wants to heal,
Can the Lord love someone like me, I've committed so many sins ?
Answer - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"(John 3:16) "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God"(Romans 3:23) Hence, the whole world lies in a perverse and degenerate state; but the mercies of God towards all his children, supersedes the destruction and wrath which was to come upon the whole of the human race, that is if the Lord God had not given mercy through his son Jesus, our Redeemer. From the beginning, the whole plot, motive and objective of the enemny (the devil), who is against Light, Righteousness and Love, was to try to get God's children (Adam and Eve) to rebel and sin against God. Consequentlybecause of this single act in which Adam and Eve was tempted, and them going against the commandment of God, mankind fell into sin and condemnation. This falling away consequently affected all generations, pass, present, and future. All nations which proceeded from Adam and Eve were adversely affected by the curse which followed.
Note, every evil that proceeded throughout the generations after that fall, directly stems from the evil which Adam and Eve committed when they disobeyed God; also as a result of that fall, man was consequently tainted by sin, even from his mother's womb.
Psalms 51:5 declares"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me".
But in the face of this predicament, God's ultimate plan to deliver and reconcile us back to himself, had been predestined and meticulously planned.
THE FALL OF MAN -Let us go in a bit more depth with this subject
"So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life"(Genesis 3:24)
According to these scriptures, man fell a great fall when he blatantly disregarded the command of God, which consenquently led to his downfall; instead of man living life forever man's life was cut short, death entered .Jesus, the great anchor of life, came to reconcile us and help us; and it is a absolute certainty, that without Jesus the divine Saviour, there is no salvation, no hope, no reconciliation between God and mankind;But the Lord God is merciful, he is ready to forgive sins committed, through our faith in his Son Jesus Christ.
The Lord spoke to Jeremiah the prophet, to go and tell his people that he knew his thoughts that he thought towards is them, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give us a future and a hope (ref. Jeremiah 29:11).
The Lord's abosolute will is this, to heal the broken pieces of our lives . "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:11-13 ).
OK, when it comes to me personally, how can I make things right with my heavenly Father ??
Answer - The Lord wants everyone to acknowledge him, through Jesus Christ, and turn from sin.
"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6)."Then Peter said unto them, Repent, andbebaptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost"
Those who accept Jesus Christ are not only transformed, but also receive the promise of his Holy Spirit; So with a conscious renewed mind, to consciously reject sin, the transformed person will go through to live a righteous fulfilling life. The born again, transformed person is set free from sin, through the redemptive power of the Holy Spirit. However this indvidual must have a heart to turn away from all sins with its temptatations.
NOTE-Maintaining this New Life must be a absolute priority in the believers life all around.
OK, how do I maintain this walk of righteousness?
The power of God's love touches the heart of the individual, which inturn connects the heart of the individual with God's heart; This incredible divine connection of God incredibly goes through to activate a conscious alertness of God and his righteousness in the individual; All this is done by the power of the Holy Spirit; the individual's love for God becomes a constant reminder throughout his transformed life to make a conscious decision to say no to sin.
Lets go in more depth The Lord speaks to the heart of the individual, awakening his conscience to sin, thus turning around the individual's will, which before was not submissive to the righteousness of God. During this awakening the Lord reveals himself by the revelation power of his Word, by the Power of his Holy Spirit.
Throughout this progression of enlightenment, the individual begins to experience the spiritual things of God. See Galations 5:22-24 which reveals the godly attributes of God in terms of the peace and Love of God: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness"23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires".
And as the transforming power of God takes effect, this individual begins to know God in the spirit, and falls in love with him; Note, Active Faith in God has great emphasis in the believers life; because from the beginning of the encountering experience with God, the love for God begins to take effect, and has he becomes conscious of his sinful condition. God opens his spiritual eyes to see sin for what it is. The individual then begins to reject sin , because God is righteous, who has called him out of sin. The individual now has heart to repent of his sins.
Genuine repentance is not possible without the consciousness of sin in one's life. Firstly the Holy Spirit reveals to the individual about one's sinful condition. The individual must then acknowledge through the help of the Holy Spirit, that one is living in sin.
To be concscious of sin, comes through the Holy Spirit enlightenment of the righteousness of God; in that the individual's conscience of sin during the enlightenment and the calling of God is greatly magnified; it is magnified to the extent that it brings sorrow of the heart, where in the individual feels sorry for his sins, The heartfelt sorrow that is felt within this individual causes him to turn against what he once thought was okay, thus leading him to repentance.
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
God's Building Blocks
One of the Building blocks that builds the relationship with God through the power of the Holy Spirit, comes through attentive observance of the Word of God to obey it, hence this observance will transform the mind of the individual, has he steadfastly heeds to the awesome Word of God, which is the Power of God.
"Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me"John 15:3-4 . check
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart". Hebrew 4:12
The redemptive power of God - sets on course the transformation of the individual, bringing him into the realm of God's righteousness. The individual now has the power to resist and reject sin because his consciousness is now alive to God, through the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. The individual is strengthened through the Holy Spirit to resist all manner of sin. Hence the Holy Spirit of God helps the individual to maintain his righteous walk with God; but note again, it is all dependent on the individual who must endeavor to fight the good fight of faith, knowing that God is able to deliver him from the hour of temptation.
I am not perfect, at times I will fall into sin? Is this true??
No, this notion is untrue; This saying has derived from ignorance, due to not knowing the fullness of the Word of God. We cannot skim the word of God and expect to get understanding, we have to in all diligence get understanding, through thoughly studying the Word of God, and seeking God for the understanding, which God has instructed us to do. For "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding"(Proverbs 4:7).
The Word of God also declares "In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39neither 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 8:37-39
According to the Roman 8:37-39 we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. The strength that he has given to us by the power Of God, will bring us into victory, to conquer every weakness of the flesh, in terms of sin and its temptations. Nothing will be able to separate us from God,not temptations, not sin, not death, or any powers of the devil. But we must be warned, that sin will definatley separate us from God if we don't turn from it. obedience to God brings perfection through Grace and mercies. Please also note, we are no way perfect in the flesh, our physical body is prone to the elements of an unperfect world, due to the fall of man; In other words our flesh is a world of trouble in terms of its degenerative state and the works of it; but the Lord has called us that our spirit be perfect before him, this comes through when we surrender our will to God by the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus name.
We must be imitators of Christ, not the world ref .1 Corinthians 1
Dead to sin alive in Christ
"What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?2By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,
that we should no longer be slaves to sin—7because anyone who has died has been set free from sin" (Romans 6:1-7)
Note, again this individual MUST categoricallyhave a made-up mind to turn away from sin when it presents it's self. The Bible also declares in James 1:8 that " A double minded man is unstable in all his ways" meaning instability brings lack of commitment and carelessness in the things of God.
It is the will of God that we do not conform to the worldly desires in terms of sinful desires, but totally turn away from it. Some Christians are actually using the term " Nobody's Perfect" these christians can easily be taken by the temptations of sin, because their belief system, which is not according to the Word of God brings it to reality . It actually becomes a reality because they speak into their lives believing it to be so.
The mind of this individual is not totally transformed by the Word of God, to believe that God has indeed called us out of unrighteousness to live a holy life, pleasing in his sight. Instead the mind of this individual is more geared to think that they don't have much strength or power to resist sin. These Christians need to understand that this a dangerous statement which can be taken to mean that we cannot be holy and that our efforts to live a holy life are futile.
our flesh is a world of trouble in terms of its degenerative state and the works of it"
The scripture declares- Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Proverbs 18:21). When ones belief system incorporates that "I will sin regardless because I am not that strong" it sets in motion the circle of comfortability of falling into sin and feeling free to repent afterwards, which dangerously becomes a way of life.
See Romans 6:11-13 "So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. 12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God".
cut - God even clothed the spirit man with flesh and call him man, man became a living soul. Malachi 1:6 That he is our Father - "A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you......".
THE ARMOUR OF GOD
Putting on the whole Armour of God is one of the major requirements of a christian Solider; to not have on the whole Armour of God can prove detrimental, and even fatal, which will also determine whether we achieve victory in the war or defeat. The putting on of the whole Armour of God is a sure indication that we are not reckoning with a earthly foe, but a spiritual evil force. But God has given us a spiritual armour which divinely protects the individual, when it is put on, through faith.
Ephesians 6:10-18 teaches us that Christians are soldiers of God, and that it is imperative that we put on the Whole Armour of God. See scripture below:
"10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints";
Romans 13:12 goes into a little more depth by revealing that that the armour of God is also the armour of LIGHT." The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light".
Please note that the Armour of God comprises of these spiritual componants:
Word Of God
Power of God
We of every nation cannot dare to think that God will accept sin. To dare to think such a thing can put our souls in great jeopardy. The Word of God states that sin is an abomination to God.
seeProverbs 15:9 - "The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves one who pursues righteousness"; therefore the Lord's feelings on the matter of sin is that he's absolutely, totally in opposition against it.Proverbs 14:12 substantiates this fact declaring "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death"; Romans 6:23 also states that "the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord"
Proverbs 11:20-21 The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless. Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.
Proverbs 11:20-21 reveals that God who has called us out of sin, will never accept sin in our lives, he will not tolerate it no matter how minute; But through his mercies he has provided a way of escape from our sinful desires; this way is through his Son Jesus and the spiritual weapons which we must use. These spiritual weapons will help us to fight against all unrighteousness to overcome sin and its temptatations. There's also great emphasis that God delights when we walk in righteousness and turn away from all evil deeds.
1 John 3:4 declares "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law". so whosoever goes against Word of God will inevitably end up committing sin.
We must carefully understand that although the Lord God loves his children, he hates the sin that is prevalent amongst them; In other words God will not tolerate sin, because it derives from evil.
James 1:14-15declares "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death".
All acts of sin are satanically influenced in a big way -
every temptation of sin is directly operated by evil spirits. Man is constantly tempted by evil spirits to do wrong things, but when we are tempted we must make the right choice, that is to go against the evil temptation, and do righteousness by the help of the Holy spirit, resisting temptatons at all cost.; in this we will be strong to conquer against every evil deed and draw near to our heavenly Father thus becoming one with him;
God's Remedy for the temptations we face
When we are tempted 1 Corinthians 10:13 declares "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Hebrew 2:18 also declares For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. ThereforeSubmit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
The Works of Sin
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Note - Genuine repentance - Genuine repentance is not possible without the consciousness of sin in one's life. Firstly the Holy Spirit reveals to the individual about one's sinful condition. The individual must then acknowledge through the help of the Holy Spirit, that one is living in sin.
To be concscious of sin, comes through the Holy Spirit enlightenment of the righteousness of God, in that the individual's conscience of sin during the enlightenment and the calling of God is greatly magnified. It is magnified to the extent that it brings sorrow of the heart, where in the individual feels sorry for his sin, which leads to repentance.
The Lord has commissioned us in Colossian 3:5-6 to"put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming". Hebrews 12:14 also makes absolutly clear that without holiness no man shall see God.
Note, Inward sin: Inward sin is not only prevalent amongst the unsaved but also amongst the christians if they are not vigilant. Inward sin is dangerous and deceitful in every way because it is secretly done and cannot be seen by man; but the bible declares that out of the of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. See Matthew 12: 34-35 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. inward sin are as follows: unforgiveness, envy, hatred, lust, pride, sefishness, jealousy; these secret sins cannot be seen visually, but can manifest its self through anger, violence, wickedness, outburst of hurtful words, and showing bad behaviour towards the person who is the object of their hate,
Calvary or Golgotha is the site outside ancient Jerusalem, where Jesus Christ died for our sins. Golgotha — an aramaicwordmeaning “the skull.” Calvaryis the Latin form of the word.
His persecuters nailed him to the cross, and publicy executed him; But his death was powerfully significant and profound, for the whole objective of the sacrifice in terms of Jesus Christ given his life for a ransom for our sins was to pay the ransom which only he could do, for a perfect sacrifice was required, nothing that was sinful could be presented. "And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin" (1 John 3:5).
"For it pleased the Fatherthat in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say , whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven" .Colossions 1:19-20.
"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit"(1 Peter 3:18)
"And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals; one on the right hand and the other on the left"(Luke 23:33).
Jesus the Son of God was the ultimate Sacrifice for sin; He presented himself the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all humanity. This was done by the sacificial offering of his body, wherein his blood atoned for the sins of every man. I must again highlight the importance that man must decide to turn from sin and embrace the righteousness of God in order to experience the atoning Power of the Blood of Jesus Christ.
The Prophet, John the baptist, the God assigned forerunner for Jesus Christ, had an anointed, Powerful calling to prepare the people for Jesus's arrival. He proclaimed at the sighting of Jesus “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world” (John 1:29)
All was prepared for the coming of Jesus both in the physical and spiritual realm,Prophets also prophesing, fortelling the powerful work ahead in terms of his coming, death and ressurection, that the lamb of God Jesus Christ would fulfil God's will for him to be offered for the sins of the world.
Jesus was accused of breaking the laws of Moses which led to his cruxifiction; but keep note, Jesus never broke any laws. All Jesus did was tell the truth and expose the sins that was prevelant amongst the religious scribes and pharisees. Jesus also worked powerful miracles in the midst of them through powerful healings and raising of the dead, which they were not able to do themselves; and as a result the scribes and pharisees and those that were in opposition to Jesus were put to a open shame.
These religous leaders became angry and secretly planned their lying accusations, which ultimately led to Jesus been put to death on the cross; but God his Father had already prepared that his son Jesus would take on the sins of the whole world, and that he would be persecuted, and be put to death; but in victory he would be raised to life, three days after his cruxifiction.
Jesus laid down is life for us
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again, 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.This command I received from my Father" John 10:17-18
"But He was wounded for our transgressions,He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5).
Yes, Jesus rose from the dead three days later, sealing victory against death and setting on course the redemptive power of God, so that whosoever would turn from sin, would recieve forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life."And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead". Romans 1:4
NOTE The very act in which the Lord Jesus died to make atonement for the sins of the whole world, wherein the guilt and penalty of sin was atoned for, was the uttermost demonstration of God's divine love and mercies towards us all. But before atonement can be made for sin, every individual must acknowledge their sin and turn from it.
The Bible states the condition of mankind: "I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me"(Psalms 51:5). meaning they who are born of a woman and a man are tainted by sin. We humans cannot simply wash our sins away with soap and water because we are spiritually tainted from the core of our spirit, so only through the power of the Blood of Jesus through the divine work of the Holy Spirit can we be cleansed from our sin.
Colossians 1:21 makes clear that we are alienated and separated from God due to sin, and because of this separation we are unable to approach God. But by the mercies of God through Jesus Christ, we can now boldly come into God's presence to offer praises, worship and pray without the guilt of sin; This is done through the blood of JESUS through repentance.
According to Hebrews 10:19 we have confidence to enter that Holy place by the Blood of Jesus.
"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ" (Ephesians 2:13). Hence we are no longer separated from God, this is because of the power of the reconciliation, in which Jesus laid down his life for our sins nailing it to the cross by his crucifixion.
JESUS IS EQUAL TO GOD
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace". Isiaiah 9:6
According to Isaiah 9:6 and the subsequent scriptures below, Jesus' divinity is revealed, not only did he come into the world by the power of the Holy Ghost, he was also God who had put on flesh and blood for the reason of executing his strategic plan which he had put in place to help his children. "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory"(1 Timothy 3:16)
See also John 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
According John 8:42 Jesus Christ came from God himself, in that God was willing to humble himself in the form of his Son.The Almighty, Powerful, Glorious God, put on flesh and humbled himself in the form of a baby, so that his redemptive plan for his lost children would be fulfilled. Yet he remained God of heaven and earth in the Spirit.
See also Phillippines 2:5-7 "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men". Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, Hebrew 2:14
According to these scriptures Jesus had the Power to destroy the works of the devil, flesh and blood alone could never do it, only God himself could take down every evil power.
For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form. Colossians 2:9
Lets look at the immutable Word of God
The immutable Word of God, is the power of God. It ultimately breaks down barriers, breaking to pieces everything that goes against the truth, so that the Power of the Prophetic will inevitably bring to pass the living Word of God. "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it". (Isaiah 55:11)
Throughout the ages the Word of God has had a profound effect upon the lives of God's children, throughout the whole world.
God spoke the Wordslet there be light, and there was light (ref. Genesis 1:3),every Word of God has been established and continues to be established throughout the ages. In Matthew 24:35 the Lord reveals thatHeaven and earth will pass away, but HIS words will never pass away;and With the careful observation and study of biblical events we will find that the Word of God is fulfilling in it's entirety, and that the powerful revelation of the mysteries of God is constantly revealing that every word of God is true; inevitably God shields those that put their trust in his Word, through faith in his Son Jesus Christ.
The Prophetic Word of God was given to enlighten the whole world, to give sight to the spiritually blind in all generations; in other words they that are presently in the world and for those yet to come God is powerfully revealing the Word of Truth throughout. The Word of God also teaches, instructs and counsels God's people in the ways of righteousness; therefore we are carefully guided and governed by the Word of God.
The Lord God spoke the Word, hence by his Word the heavens and the earth, and all that was called into creation was bought into existence; henceforth by his Word all things are decreed, governed and established.
Hebrews 4:12 declares"For the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword, Piercing even to the dividing of spirit, soul, the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the heart."
keep in mind that God is a Spirit, and that the Spirit of the most High God created man and all the living. The sovereignty of the only true God is declared by his manifold expressed will upon the earth by his Word, in which throughout his creation of Heaven and earth and of all living things, the excellency of his glory stood profound and steadfast by the Power of his spoken Word.
The Prophetic Power of the Word of God is a sure sign, that the authenticity of his Word is Bona fide, Powerful, and Absolute. For In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
The obedience to the Word of God is ultimately paramount for us all, for it will determine our destiny with the Sovereign God. No darkness (sin) can exalt itself before God, and no one that is in sin who is walking in his own pernicious ways can enter the kingdom of God.
The Word of God is Precious and Living, Isaiah 40:8 reveals that"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever".
The Express will of God is absolute and Sure even before the foundations of the earth
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. Isaiah 46:9-10
God is omniscient (all knowing)
The Lord God knew even before creation that man was going to fall into sin, nevertheless his love had prepared for what was going to happen. His Great divine plan and purpose was already in the pipework of mercy, to help mankind to get out of all the trouble which was to come due to the fall.
However the Lord God could of simply decided against creating man eradicating all that he had planned, but his redemptive plan for all mankind was already foremost in his mind. Let us also be reminded that the Lord is a omniscient God who knows every individual before they are created flesh and blood, and that he loves us even then. The omniscient God who knows all things, had prepared for the fall even in the face of the provocation which was to come.
God's love far exceeded human comprehension, so great was this love that he still proceeded to create us and give us life, even in the face of the dilemma which was ahead. God knew that man's heart will become sinful, but he still proceeded to carefully create us and to declare all his creation good. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good, (ref. Genesis 1:31)
139 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 5Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Psalms 139:1-6
God's Spirit and the spirit of man
According to the Holy Bible, man is the constitution of spirit, soul, and body.
God formed man, then he blew breath into his lifeless body; in that instance man became a living soul; Note, the breath that was breathed into his body became the spirit of man. To substantiate this fact the Bible declares inJames 2:26that without the spirit the body is dead.The Word of God also declares that the Lord stretched out the heavens, laying the foundation of the earth, and formed the human spirit within a person". (ref. Zechariah 12:1)
Ecclesiastes 12:7 also declares that when we die our bodies return to dust and the spirit returns unto God who gave it ; So according to the Word of God the Power of God is revealed in all its glory, because not only did God create the heavens and the earth and all the living, but also the spirit of man.
Jeremiah was a fine example of someone whom God knew before he was conceived in his Mother's womb: Jeremiah 1:5 reveals that"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations".
This verse clearly states that not only did God create the spirit of Jeremiah but also that he knew the spirit of Jeremiah before he was even concieved in his mother's womb.
in the context of Genesis 2:7 our human spirit is encased in a earthly body, wherefore the Spirit of man is the life of the body, this is the the spirit person whom God knows before he is formed out of the dust.
God our Spiritual Father does not have a human earthly body but a spiritual Heavenly one. The scripture declares in John 4:24that "God is a Spirit, and they thatworship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”; one cannot not even begin to describe the Glory of God who is invisible to the Human eye, but yet evident by the things he has created.
See Bible ref. Hebrew 12:9 "Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live" .
It is important to acknowledge thatGod's Spirit must never be counted the same as a human spirit, for God's Spirit is far above and beyond a human spirit; For God created the spirit of man before he was clothed in flesh and blood, he also created the spirits of Angels who are also invisIble to the fleshy eye but are revealed by God in the spirit, to those he chooses to reveal.
Hebrew 1:14 declares "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation"?
Please be mindful before the fall, man was perfect and without sin. Sin had not yet entered into their lives, but when man was tempted, he resisted not; sin entered, and as a consequence, man spiritually died, meaning he became spiritually dead to God.
To bring a better understanding on the concept of "fallen man" let us go into a bit more depth on the spiritual consequence which followed. Man was once spiritually alive to God because of righteousness; and is now spiritually dead to God because of sin. But in order to understand better the term "spiritually dead" one must understand the events leading to this condition. First and foremost, to be spiritually dead renders you separated from God, in other words Adam and Eve the first man and woman were once in the light of God's righteousness and fellowship, and the Holy light of God kept their spirits pure; but when they went against God's command their spirits became darkened when the Lord left them, grave consequences followed.
The darkness of sin brought spiritual death, meaning sin severed the spiritual connection with God who is light, this grave event brought spiritual death wherein we no longer have that spiritual union with God, this led to catastrophic consequences; hence only the Light of Jesus who is the Light of the world could take away the darkness which had befallen man.
Please see scriptures below:
"And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die"Genesis 2:16-17
Not only was there spiritual death, their bodies also entered a degenrative state of decline, which led to physical death, castastrophically affecting the whole human race.
The Word of God makes a clear distinction between spirit, soul and body, it is the self-same spirit of man which God knows before he or she is formed in the womb. Note the Spirit of God does not commune with man through the physical realm of flesh and blood but through the spirit of the man, please see scriptures below which reveals that we have a spirit encased in a body, this is truly unique because the spirit of man is the componant of humanity which communes and connects with God.
See Romans 8:16"The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.".
See more Scripture references below which clearly shows that we are combined spirit, soul, and flesh and that God connects to our spirit to communicate, to reveal revelations, to allow us to fellowship with him and to reveal himself and his Love for us.
Hebrew 4:12 "The Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul, spirit and of the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. This particular scripture divides man into 3 parts, spirit, soul and flesh and blood; the scriptures declares "How can a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed according to your Word" Psalms 119:9.
So by the Word of God our spirit is cleansed and enlightened when we heed to obey his Word, the Holy Spirit sanctifcation Power working powerfully to bring us to God through faith in his Son Jesus Christ.
So according to scripture we know that "God is a Spirit" therefore according to his Word, God can only be known spiritually. Fallen or degenerative man is not spiritual, but carnal (sinful) due to the fall, and foremost spiritually dead to God. Therefore the carnal man cannot attain to the spiritual things of God for they are received only through our spirit which must come alive to God through the Holy Spirit regeneration.
Restoration Of Man
"And you have he quickened who was dead in trepasses and in sins" ( Ephesians 2:1).
At the time of a man's restoration, he can now begin to commune with God through his revived spirit. Hence by the regenerative power and work of the Holy Spirit, man's spirit is quickened and purged of sin by the circumcision of his heart. This great change is called 'Born again', the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of the individual changing him and transforming him to create a new being by giving him a new heart.
The Holy Spirit removes the rebellious stony heart and gives us a new heart, a heart that is alive to his spirit, in other Words there is a change of heart which comes through the power of God. At this point the individual has surrendered his life by the help of the Holy Spirit enlightenment, the Holy Spirit now becomes foremost the spiritual mentor in the life of the individual, taking him on journeys of abundant living through the Holy Spirit empowerment in Jesus name.
The individual is now led of the spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is now in operation wherein God's own image and principles in terms of God's spiritual attributes e.g Holy, Righteousness, light, knowledge, Wisdom the love of God and the Word of God are firmley established in the life of the individual. This great transition of change is thoroughly executed by Grace and Mercy to reconcile us back in fellowship with the living God, Jesus been the chief cornerstone of our lives.
"God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His SonJesus Christ our Lord" 1 Corinthians 1:9
HEALING, THE EXPRESS WILL OF GOD
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercies,5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:4-8
God's Grace and mercies are unearned and unmerited.
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" Isaiah 1:18.
We are all sinners, before we are washed in the blood of JESUS through faith; "sinners" simply means we do not meet up to the standards of God's righteousness; but through God's grace and mercies a way of escape from our sinful condition has been made, even though we've done nothing to deserve it.
In Jeremiah 29:11 God expresses is love through his mercies: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end".
See also2 Chronicles 7:14"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land".God's great mercies are revealed to all the world through his Love, which is shown towards the righteous and the ungodly. Although man went against God's supreme order, God's tender mercies and loving kindness superseded the curse which was pronounced on man. His mercies set a precedent that would set on course great interventions, powers and the Might of God to turn that which had become evil, filthy, spoilt, lost, unclean, rebellious, dark, and degenerative back to its original state of holiness;
Mark 12:30 declares that we should love the Lord God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and with all our strength., in this way we are able to maintain a life of righteousness and allegiance to the Almighty God in Jesus name.
Let us"Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:Who forgiveth all thine inquities;who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies"(Psalms 103:2-4).
Let us "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations". (Psalms 100:4-5)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
If an individual repents of his sin and decidedlymakes up his mind to resist sin, not wanting to return back to it, the Lord will help this individual by the power of his righteousness to keep him from falling back into sin, but please keep in mind that all this depends on the individual who must faithfully and consciously resist sin by loving and obeying God. This undoubtly is the Grace and Mercies of God which is at work to sustain the individual to be a winner in the battle against sin. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.Jude 1:24
Declaration of Fact
The Lord is Omniscient, The all Knowing God. He isOmnipresent, ever present all over the world. The Lord is ever faithful, he will never let you down.His mind is on you because he loves you, He wants to revive you, to help you, not to condemn you.
But if man don't adhere, to the Word of God, the penalty of sin will follow. When he comes back to gather his people unto himself, the Righteous for his Kingdom; No sinner will be able to enter there.
Jesus answered.” I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
Jesus Christ the Son Of God is the is the only way to God, no man can come to the father but through Him.
The Good News is:Jesus paid it all, He paid the price for our sins, He paid for our afflictions, he paid the ransom price for our sins. He paid it that wemay have peace for our souls. You don't have to pay for your mistakes; you don't have to pay the penalty for breaking the laws. Jesus paid it allwhen he died on the cross for your sins.
He took on the sins of the whole world and becamethe ultimate sacrifice for all our transgressions. The gift of GOD, thus redeeming us from destruction. But you must Repent and be baptized in Jesus name for the remissions of your sins.
The blood of Jesus is required to cleanse us from all our unrighteousness. Henceforth there is no more sacrifice for sins.
He arose from the dead, three days after, so that we may have life through the power of his resurrection. When the Lord appears, they that are faithful will recieve Eternal Life.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one. John 10:28-30
Isaiah 53:5 But hewaswounded for our transgressions, hewas bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
The Word of God expresses in 1 John 3:8 that "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning, for this purpose the Son of God was manifested to destroy theworksofthedevil".
Note,the Word of God reveals that it's absolutely not the will of the Father for anyone to perish at his coming. and it is for this reason God sent is Son to nullify all that went wrong because of sin, and to take down all that the devil had done to God's children through evil devices.
Romans 5:8 declares
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us". The Sovereign God looked pass our sins, because of the Great love he has for us; grace came to help us. This was accomplished by the sending of his Son Jesus Christ to pay the price for our sins through sacrifice. However because every individual on earth had fallen into sin, every individual must personally confess to God, making peace with God only through Jesus Christ the Saviour. Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for our sins and did what the sin offerings of the old testament could not do, by purging us from our sinfulful nature by his blood by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
Please note: young babies and very young children cannot be accountable for their sins, for the reason that they are far too young to know that they are in sin or even to acknowledge their sinfulness. The parents of these babies have a sole responsibilitiity, that their righteousness will cover for their children; 1 Corinthians 7:14 reveals "For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy".
Psams 51:5 also reveals: "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me". Thank God for his great mercies, because according to scripture the parent's righteousness which must be of the righteousness of God will sanctify their babies and their young children, even though these babies were born tainted with sin. This is the Great Mercies of God.
Genesis chapter 6 and 7 gives us incredible insight on the mercies of God, because although we were all born into sin, every baby and very young children who are of a non-accountable age are covered by the their parent's righteousness; however everyone must understand that our righteousness must be of God, in Jesus name. Our own self-righteousness can never meet up with God's expectations because we are sinful by nature; please see examples of this in the Word of God: "Noah was a just man and perfect in his generation, and Noah walked with God"(Genesis 6:9).
"The Lord then said to Noah, Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation"(Genesis 7:1).
Note, only Noah and his family were saved. Noah was found to be a holy and righteous man in the sight of God, who walked with God, by obedience to God. hence the whole of Noah's family were found to be righteous; For at this time God had pronounced judgement upon the whole world, for sin was rife amongst the nations, for man was committing abominable sins in all the Earth; Only Noah's family who were upright in the sight of God was to be saved by a great deliverence, from the judgement of utter destruction.
So when God sent the flood to destroy the evil inhabitants of the earth, all the people of the earth and their families were destroyed, for all were in sin even their children.
Note, after the flood, new generations and nations proceeded, but because man's nature was sinful man fell back into sin. The scripture describes the nature of man "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"(Jeremiah 17:9).