THE EXPRESS WILL OF GOD
Welcome everyone in the precious Mighty name of the Lord God our Father and his Son Jesus Christ.
The aim of this message is to solely bring to light the absolute will of God, both for the non-believer and for those seeking the truth about God in Jesus name; to also edify and strengthen the believer, so that his inner man may be watered by God’s impeccable Word, hence, bringing him to the absolute will of God.
We hope the Saints of God will come together in unity with this message, to pray for those around the world who need to know God for themselves, that they too may receive the living Word of God, and be saved in the mighty name of his Son Jesus Christ; And for those searching for the truth of God may this message bring revelation and clarity by the help of the Holy Spirit.
The Word Of God
2 Timothy 3:14-15 reveals that the Holy Scriptures is the Word of God which is able to make us wise unto Salvation through faith; see also verse 16-17 of this chapter (below) which also affirms the Awesome Correctional Power of the Word of God:
16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”.
The Holy Bible (the Holy Scriptures) contains both the Old Testament and the New Testament; and according to the Word of God, God is prophetically bringing his Word to pass, so that the whole world will witness the Power of his Word of Truth, which is able to transform hearts by it’s Awesome, Prophetic, Revelation, Deliverance, Transforming Power. Evidently God who sustains life in all forms, expressively declares the Sustainable Power of his Infallible Word throughout.
WHO IS JESUS ?
JESUS IS LORD THE SON OF GOD
God’s glory and power through is Son Jesus Christ is unsurpassed, for Jesus was the physical and now presently the Spiritual manifestation of God on Earth, yet Jesus is ONE IN SPIRIT with God; he is also The Mediator between God and Man to save man from God’s wrath, who now sits on the right hand of God in heaven ( Ref. Mark 16:19); And only through this Mediator Jesus Christ the Light of the World, can man be reconciled unto God. Colossians 1:13-14 (below) reveals God’s great mercies :
“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”.
Romans 5:8 below goes on to substantiate THE MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”.
The Glory of God through his Son is Irrefutable, Matchless, SOVEREIGN –
See Scriptures below
“For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”. Philippines 2:9-11
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, received up in glory”. 1 Timothy 3:16
According to 1 Timothy 3:16 (above) God was manifested in the flesh in the form of JESUS CHRIST who now dwells with us in the Spirit; Therefore Jesus is not only one with God, but also one with the Spirit of God, working powerfully on the earth to accomplish the Mission to Save.
See below John 10:30 wherein Jesus declares that he’s absolutely Equated, one in God:
“I and my Father are one”.
Also See below John 16:28 and Philippians 2:5-6 in which Jesus Sovereignty with God is declared.
“I came forth from the Father and have come into the world…..” John 16:28
Jesus is Equal to God:
“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” (Philippians 2:5-6).
Therefore again, according to 1 Timothy 3:16, John 10:30, John 16:28 and Philippians 2:5-6 (above), the divine oneness of God with Jesus his Son, who came forth from God, declares Jesus divinity with God.
Jesus states the Will of God in John 6:38
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me”. Jesus also states in Luke 22:42 “Not my will, but yours be done“.
What is the Will of God? That all Men be saved
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”. 1 Timothy 2:3-4
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance”. 2 Peter 3:9
Isaiah 53:10 declares: “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief…
Jesus Humbles himself
“And Jesus humbled himself and became obedient unto death (ref. Philippians 2:8). Also see Hebrew 2:9 (below):
“But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone”(Hebrews 2:9).
Throughout JESUS was powerfully One with God to accomplish his Father’s will on earth, and also declared to be the firstborn of all creation. Colossians 1:15 reveals “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation”.
“But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: Let all the angels of God worship Him“Hebrew 1:6.
“For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father” ? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son” ? Hebrew 1:5
The Holy Spirit
According to John 10:30 and 1 John 1:3 when we fellowship with God, we will also fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ, who is one with the Spirit of God; See below Romans 8:9 which substantiates the need and paramountcy of the Holy Spirit working through his Children:
“However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you; But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him”.
SALVATION comes only through Jesus Christ
Salvation cannot be earned, it cannot be purchased, neither can man save man from the utter destruction of evil which is to come; Therefore, they that practice evil will not escape the wrath of God. However it is not the will of God for man to perish, for this reason Jesus Christ The God sent Saviour of the World was manifested. See Acts 4:12:
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”.
Jesus came to earth to manifest the glory of God and his Mercies.
John 1:14 declares:
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth”.
Jesus was not conceived of a man, but by the divine intervention of God, in which Jesus was manifested by the power of the Holy Spirit; God used a woman called Mary, the power of the Holy Spirit overshadowed her, Jesus was then manifested by the Power of God. See below Hebrew 2:14 which states why God used Mary?
“Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death”.
More about The Deity of Jesus Christ
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven”.
God the Father has given Jesus his Son Authority and Power which is above Natural powers, to execute his will upon the earth, that is to Heal and Revive man, delivering them from the evil bondage of sin.
Click link Matthew 4:23 which further affirms this truth.
The Witness of the Saints
The Witness of the Saints has globally affected the whole world in a big way, both in the past and the present; for God is manifesting his power so great on the earth, not only through Prophecy but through the Saints, by the demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit, declaring his glory throughout, which cannot go unnoticed due to the awesome Power of God.
God has witnessed to the Saints about his Son Jesus Christ, manifesting his Glory through the Son, with Power and Glory. Even in the earlier times with Jesus disciples John, Matthew, Mark…. they themselves encountered the Power and Majesty of God whilst with him. See below their witness statement (2 Peter 1:16-16):
“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father, honour and glory, when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain”.
Who is God?
Let us go through the Scriptures to find out more about God and his Sovereignty: we also look into some of the biblical Hebrew names of God and their meanings.
The Biblical Hebrew descriptive names of God which we encounter daily in the Holy Bible, ascertains throughout to exalt the sovereignty of God, thus infinitely describing his attributes, revealing his Glory. See below some of the descriptive biblical names of God and reference scriptures:
Some of The Biblical Transliterated Hebrew Names of God And their Meanings
Yahweh, Jehovah – Lord (Sovereign)
Elohim – God, Supreme one, strength and power (Powerful)
El-Shaddai – God Almighty (no other mightier)
Yahweh-Jireh– The Lord will provide (Sustainer)
Yahweh Tisidkenu – The Lord our righteousness (Holy)
El-Elyon – The Most High God (Above all gods)
Abba Father – Father,
Daddy (our spiritual Father)
Yahweh Nissi – The Lord is our banner (Protector)
The Names of God absolutely Reverence and Magnifies God. His names transcends far above our earthly realm, uttering in the spirit the heights and depths of the Glory of God, which far exceeds a man’s earthly understanding; his Power is above all powers and principalities, and greater than any force of opposition such as the enemy, Satan, with his evil forces.
God is exalted above all and over all; he is the Creator of all things, The God of the Living, The Life Giver, The God of Light and Holiness.
“Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth. Psalms 57:5
God is infinitely Immeasurable, Boundless, Endless, Holy, Powerful, Sovereign!
See scripture references below in which God emphatically affirms his Godhead by the Power of his Word:
*God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
*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.
*Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful.
*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.
*Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
*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?
*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.
*Let the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is Judge.
*God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
1 Corinthians 1:9
THERE’S ONLY ONE GOD!
THERE IS NO OTHER
The Word of God reveals that there is only one God; This declaration by God himself is revealed in Isaiah 44:6, in which he spoke to the children of Israel by his Prophet Isaiah; See scripture: “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”.
Nehemiah 9:6 also reveals:
“You alone are the LORD, you have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You”.
1 Chronicles 29:11-12 further declares that not only is God the only true God, but that he reigns over earthly kings, rulers and masters;
The Power of God is also Omnipotent because his Powers are unlimited; hence, God by the power of his Holy Spirit, allows our human spirit to witness this infallible truth, by the power of the prophetic and powerful works throughout the generations.
God’s Prophetic Revelation by the power of his Prophetic Word with evident manifestations, comes through to bring his Word to pass, completely destroying every lie and doubt that the devil has told man, thus removing the spiritual scales from our eyes, which had blinded us from the truth, bringing healing and Spiritual Sight in God.
There is No Revelation Without the Spirit of God
It is God that gives spiritual knowledge; hence, without the intervention of God, we will remain limited to earthly knowledge, consequently remaining in the condition of being ‘spiritually blind‘ to God; This is a daunting and dangerous condition which will eventually bring serious repercussions, because without the Light of the Gospel of The Good News of Jesus Christ, which is the mercies God, to receive The Light and turn from sin, we will remain lost and separated from God. See below 1 Corinthians 2:11-13 which substantiates this Truth:
“For 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.
12 Now 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. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual”.
According to the above (1 Corinthians 2:11-13) there’s absolutely no way to know the Spirit of God but by God’s Grace and mercies; Thank God he has revealed himself through his Son Jesus Christ, wherein we’re now able to receive the help we need to come back to God through Faith.
The Wonders of God
God 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)
By the Word of God All things were created; God commanded “let there be Light and there was Light” (Genesis 1:3). When God commands, It will be executed, WHY is this? Answer: His creation is subject to HIS will; for his Word Cannot and Will Not return to him void; therefore, his Word will come to pass, all that he commands, for every word of God is the Power of God.
God is Omnipresent –
God is present everywhere, all at the same time, boundless. The eternal God cannot be restricted by the Laws of nature, nor can he be spatially contained, for he is the Sovereign Creator of heaven and earth; his presence is vast throughout the universe, and his presence fills the earth. David proclaimed Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” ref. (Psalm 139:7-18). In this particular scripture David makes clear by the revelation power of God, that there’s no hiding place from God, for his presence fills his entire creation.
God is Omniscient –
God knows all things. His knowledge is infinite, Beyond human comprehension, Immeasurable, Powerful; for God’s knowledge goes beyond earthly, fleshy limitations, for this reason who can fathom this great God? for he’s pass finding out, but blessed be God, he is revealing mysteries through his Holy Spirit. Let us reflect on the mercies of God, and love, worship, and adore him, giving him due glory and thanks, that we’re able to experience the incredible revelations of the infinite God in Jesus name.
Why should we acknowledge God?
Answer: God is the Sustaining Power who gives and maintains life, thus keeping life by his Life Giving Spirit, and it is an absolute certainty that we would not exist without him. Genesis 2:7 declares “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Therefore, God who is Sovereign over all is due all honour and worship; We honour our earthly kings, but the King of kings, the Father of all fathers, the Creator of all the living should be honoured above all, in terms of his Godship, and Worshipped; For He is GOD and there’s no other but him. See below Revelation 14:7:
“and he said with a loud voice, Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgement has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”
In the midst of life with it’s turmoils of sin and darkness, God’s is working powerfully to help his fallen children, Why is this? Answer: HE LOVES US….. Psalms 145:14 below reveals the awesome love of God: “The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down”.
According to 1 John 4:9 it’s the will of God that we acknowledge his unconditional love which is coupled with his Saving Grace; However, this acknowledgement comes through faith in his son Jesus Christ. Note – for anyone to think that there’s no need to acknowledge God is a ill-fated, dangerous thing to do, and if this dangerous belief is not eliminated, it will consequently become a destructive element in the individual’s life, which will eventually result in catastrophic consequences beyond man’s control, for it is certain that we cannot fight against God, neither can we escape that destination of everlasting damnation which is prepared for that evil wicked spirit, Satan, and the fallen angels, and for them that served sin; Neither do we have the power to redeem ourselves from evil forces.
Only through the mercies of God can we encounter God’s help. Deuteronomy 31:6 (below) further declares the importance of acknowledging God,…. He fights our battles!
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Also see (ref. 2 Chronicles 20:15) “the battle is not ours its the Lord’s” when we stand with him in Faith.
However according to Romans 9:15 (below) God can show mercy to those who don’t know him, who are weak and needy or in danger, this intervention of God’s help is purely the mercies of God. See scripture: “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion”. Nonetheless Psalms 37:38 declares – “But transgressors will be altogether destroyed; The posterity of the wicked will be cut off”.
Therefore, it is important that we take into account that according to Psalms 37:38 and Proverbs 3:6 it is of the upmost importance that we know that We are all God accountable in terms of acknowledging his Godhead and Honour which stands forever, and that he is a Holy God, and those who go against the Sovereign God and his honour, to dishonour him by disobedience and riotous living, by living a sinful life, will certainly reap what they sow, that’s if one does not acknowledge their sins and repent of it. See Acts 2:38:
“Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be Baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” Acts 2:38
To Love God…..
Jesus declares in Luke 10:27 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind”….. He also declares in John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commandments” It is therefore fundamental and absolutely crucial to Love God wholeheartedly.
To love God wholeheartedly is to totally deny the Flesh in terms of the wants of the flesh with it’s sinful desires, which leads to sin if the sinful temptation is not resisted.
So why is it so important to love God with all our heart and with all our strength ? Answer: Loving God ‘Real‘ is the vital ingredient which will show God that we prefer righteousness, NOT sinfulness; for sin has derived from the evil one; But the Sovereign God who is the God of Righteousness, abhors sin; therefore to turn from sin is to show Due Honour to God, evidently honouring his Holiness and His Godship. See Leviticus 19:2: “”Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy”. Note, this Due Honour shown to God begins to build the relationship with God, thus laying the foundation of reconciliation with him, opening a way so that we’re able to love him by the help of the Holy Spirit; hence, receiving peace with God; see below Psalms 119:165 –
“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble”.
Loving God demands turning away from sinful things. For example one may be part of a group of colleagues who do not know God, yet you enjoy their company, however the individual’s genuine love for God demands that the Christian individual turns away from the things that is no good to do or say; this includes turning away from sinful acts such as maliciously talking about someone, deception, lies, backbiting, deceit, jealousy…. This act of love for God takes Determination and Diligence; However the genuine love for God will have us in readiness to be courageously prepared to turn away from the things that we love so much in the world, that goes against God’s righteousness. We must be prepared to make the sacrifice to stand up for God’s righteousness, and be prepared to defend it at all cost, to show that we are no longer pursuing to live sinful lives, but now living To Love God and to enjoy ‘New Life‘ in him. See below Romans 12:1:
“Therefore I urge you, brethren by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship”.
Psalms 103: 13-14 further declares the importance in acknowledging the Sovereign God, our Spiritual Father:
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust”.
What is the the Fear of the Lord?
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. Proverbs 8:13
Key fact: Acknowledging God with repentance is the key that will turn the heart of God.
The Spiritual Realm:
The spiritual dimension of God’s creation, unseen by human eyes.
In this dimension of God’s creation, there exist two spiritual realities: A. God’s Spiritual Kingdom of light and righteousness, and his heavenly places and B. the evil spiritual realm of sin and darkness, where the devil and the fallen angels, with their evil forces are operating.
When we as a society or person encounter anything evil, such as disasters and evil occurrences, be aware that this is a direct result of evil spiritual forces at work.
It is Paramount for all Christians and the whole world, to recognize evil occurrences for what it is, and fight against it by the power of prayer and faith in God and his Son Jesus Christ. It must be done with a genuine heart of loving God and seeking him by his grace, which is coupled with God’s mercy and spiritual protection; this however comes through faith in his Son Jesus Christ. However it must be said , God in his mercies can allow an individual to be delivered from danger, even if he does not know God for himself, however this is according to God’s divine plan, will and purpose.
In the Spiritual heavenly realm of God’s Glory exist God’s throne, the angels of God whom we cannot see give glory to God; See reference scripture below:
“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
Note, despite the condition of man, God allows those who have accepted Jesus Christ and those he chooses to reveal himself, to encounter his glory in the Spirit Realm; however, let me reiterate once again that this can only happen (a) by the mercies of God, through faith, (b) during transformation, (c) during the encountering of the visitation of God. (d) by the Power of Holy Spirit.
Through this association with God and his Son, we can go through to encounter and experience the awesome glorious Spiritual experience with God, in the glorious Spiritual realm of God by the Power of God.
The Prophet John the Baptist – Who was he?
John the Baptist the Prophet of God was the God assigned forerunner for Jesus Christ, who had an anointed, powerful calling to prepare the people for the coming of Jesus. When Jesus first appeared to John, John proclaimed at his sighting:
“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 on earth and in Heaven. Prophets prophesied his coming, foretelling the powerful works ahead, also of his death and resurrection, and how the lamb of God would fulfil God’s will to save his children from their sins. See refs. Matthew 1:21 and Isaiah 9:6
ONLY THROUGH JESUS
Fact: Only through Jesus can we experience the life changing transition from the earthly realm of sin and spiritual death, to New Life of Spiritual Fulfilment, Holiness and Eternal life by the Power of the Holy Spirit.
Why this Earthly Limitation?
Answer: Humans are limited to the earthly realm of flesh and blood because of sin, hence we humans cannot go beyond the flesh to experience the spiritual things of God, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (below) declares that we are spiritually dead to God, because of sin, therefore only through Jesus Christ the Son of God, can we experience God’s glory by his Spirit of liberation, healing and Power. See scripture below:
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”. 1 Corinthians 2:14
Note, according to 1 Corinthians 2:14 the natural man cannot receive the things of God, unless God reveals it for a purpose; however, the increase of knowledge and understanding through his Word, coupled with Faith by the help of the Holy Spirit, inevitably helps to bring spiritual awareness of God, hence, bringing spiritual growth, enlightenment and deliverance; thus enabling us to be partakers of his divine nature. To further substantiate this, see below 2 Peter 1:2-8 which reveals that our spiritual growth is irrefutably determined by God’s divine knowledge.
“Grace and Peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
6 to knowledge self-control, to self control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
RECAP – By the Spirit of God and his Word We come Alive Spiritually, By Faith
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)”. Ephesians 2:1-5; Therefore, by the Life giving Spirit of God, we are able to live spiritual lives by the spirit of God’s Word, through Faith; Hence, experiencing the presence and spiritual power of God, in which we experience the opening of our spiritual eyes to God. Thereby we receive strength by the power of his Holy spirit to overcome the world of sin.
Jesus Highly Exalted
5 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. 8 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. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
According to the above scripture the Son of God in the form of man was no ordinary man, but God in the form of man. When God brought him forth into the world, by Mary.
Jesus, in time went forth declaring his Father’s will throughout during his ministry on earth as a man, God confirming him throughout.
The Persecution of Jesus
HIS CRUCIFIXION AND LOCATION
Jesus was accused of breaking the laws of Moses which helped to greatly contribute to his crucifixion; however according to Matthew 23:13-15 (below) Jesus didn’t break the laws of God, but spoke the Truth, he also revealed throughout that Love was the fulfilment of God’s Commandment, thus exposing the sins that was prevalent amongst the religious Scribes and Pharisees. See Scripture: “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” Romans 13:10
See scriptures below where Jesus spoke against them:
Matthew 23: 13-15
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves,nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.
15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves”.
Jesus worked powerful miracles in the midst of them, by powerful healings, and the raising of the dead, which they were not able to do themselves;
He also exposed their hypocrisies which resulted in their shaming. Due to this shaming, great opposition was shown towards Jesus, because he revealed the revelation of God’s Word, which went against them, which they couldn’t except, because of the darkness of their hearts.
These religious leaders became angry and secretly planned their lying accusations, which ultimately led to Jesus been put to death; See ref. Matthew 12:4 below:
“Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him”.
But God his Father had already prepared that his Son Jesus would take on the sins of the whole world, thus paying the price for our iniquities; In this he would suffer persecution, and be put to death; But in victory he would be raised to life, three days after his crucifixion.
JESUS LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR US – See his declaration:
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again, 18 No 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)
His persecutors nailed him to the cross, and publicly executed him; But his death was powerfully significant and profound. For the whole objective of the sacrifice in which Jesus Christ gave his life for a ransom for our sins, was to pay the ransom price for sin, which only he could pay.
“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).
The Location of Crucifixion – Calvary or Golgotha – the site outside ancient Jerusalem. Golgotha is Aramaic word, translated “the place of the skull”.
A Perfect Sacrifice was Required
Therefore, nothing that was sinful could be presented to God; Only Jesus could fill this requirement, “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin”. 1 John 3:5
For Jesus was not conceived of a man, but by the Holy Spirit Power overshadowing Mary; therefore, In light of 1 John 3:5 Jesus had no sin, because he did not come through sinful man.
Jesus presented himself The perfect Lamb of God for the sins of all humanity.
How was this done? Answer: by the sacrificial offering of his body, in which his blood was shed to atone for the sins of the whole world.
“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; 20 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” (Colossians 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)
Jesus arose from the dead 3 days after his death, conquering death for all mankind.
We are no longer slaves to sin
For 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. For 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. (Romans 6:5-6)
Note – Jesus the Sacrificial Lamb in which the guilt and penalty of sin was atoned for was the uttermost demonstration of God’s Love and mercies towards us all.
However, it is of the upmost importance that the individual who wants to experience the wonder working cleansing Power of God in his life to be prepared to present his body a living sacrifice by his decision to turn from sin; this is in order that the atoning Power of the Blood of Jesus Christ can be effective throughout.
“..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).
“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.
We Now Have Confidence to Approach God
Colossians 1:21 declares that we are alienated and separated from God because of our iniquities; hence, because of this separation we were unable to approach God. But now by the Power of the Blood of Jesus, we can now boldly come into God’s presence to offer praises, worship, and prayers, without the guilt of sin;
Hebrews 10:19 reveals the confidence that we now have to enter that Holy place, by the Blood of Jesus.
Ephesians 2:13 below also substantiates the above:
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ”
Hence, we are no longer separated from God, because of the power of reconciliation, in which Jesus laid down his life for our sins nailing it to the cross.
GOD KNEW WHAT WAS AHEAD BEFORE CREATION!
The Lord God knew before creation that man was going to fall, nevertheless his love prepared for what was going to happen. His Great divine plan and purpose was already in the pipework of mercy, to help mankind to escape the troubles which was upon them due to the fall.
However in light of Gods Righteousness and his hatred of sin, and because he knew what was ahead the Lord God could of simply decided against creating man, eradicating all that he had planned ; however, his redemptive plan for mankind was already foremost in his mind.
Let us be reminded
Factual truth – He knew every individual before they were created flesh and blood, and he loved us. God’s love for his children far exceeded human comprehension, and 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.
See below reference Jeremiah 1:5 which reveals that the Lord knows man before they are created or even conceived in the womb.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
However, even in the face of the provocation which was to come, God had prepared for the fall.
The Sovereign God knew that man’s heart would one day turn from him because of sin, but he still proceeded to carefully create us and to declare all his creation good. See scripture below:
“God saw all that he had made, and declared it was very good” (ref. Genesis 1:31).
GOD’S GRACE AND MERCIES ARE UNEARNED AND UNMERITED
His Grace and Mercies outweighed his anger towards sin. MERCY SAID NO to the total annihilation of man, which was to come due to sin. God’s declaration of mercy is declared in Isaiah 1:18:
“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”.
2 Chronicles 7:14 further reveals: “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”.
Before we are washed in the blood of JESUS through faith, we are all sinners; “sinners” simply mean we do not meet up to the standards of God’s righteousness; But through Grace a way of escape has been made, even though we did nothing to deserve it.
God expresses his love for us in Jeremiah 29:11: “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”.
The Conclusion of the Matter
The mercies of God 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.
Psalms 51:5 states the condition of man: ” Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me”.
We who are born of a woman and a man are born tainted by sin; hence we humans cannot simply wash away sin with soap and water or by repentance, by word of mouth only; why is this?
Answer: we are spiritually tainted from the core of our spirit, therefore only through the power of the Blood of Jesus by Faith, through the divine work of the Holy Spirit can we receive cleansing in the spirit.
DECLARATION OF FACT
Jesus Christ is the Son Of God. He is the Only Way to God, No man can come to God, but through Him.
The Good News: Jesus paid it all. He paid the ransom price for our sins. He paid it that we may 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 all when he died on the cross for our sins.
Jesus took on the sins of the whole world and became the ultimate sacrifice for all our transgressions. This is the gift of GOD, thus redeeming us from destruction.
We must Repent and be baptized in Jesus name for the remissions of our 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, so that we may have life through the power of his resurrection.
When the Lord appears, they that are faithful, who have turn from sin will receive Eternal Life.
BLESS THE LORD
Let us “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness 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)
“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”