Friday, September 7, 2018

REVEALING GOD'S SECRET


REVEALING GOD'S SECRET



[DEUT. 29:29 NKJV] "The secret [things belong] to the LORD our God, but those [things which are] revealed [belong] to us and to our children forever, that [we] may do all the words of this law.

The SECRET (cathar:  to hide or conceal) to the Lord our God, but those revealed (galah:  uncover; discover; open) to us and our children forever, that may DO all the words of this law. 

Same principle hold true today:  the WORD of TRUTH must be REVEALED in order for us to walk or be DOERS of the WORD and not hearers only.  But we must recall that BEING come before DOING.  Our doing or fruitfulness is as a result of His Spirit.  We deceive ourselves if we HEAR only and don’t go on to DO the word AS PROPELLED BY HIS SPIRIT.  Fruit is seasonal as we are trees of righteousness & wear bear fruit in our season and at the appointed times.  We can no more force fruit to grow than any tree of the field.  The fruit of the Spirit blossoms organically by Him, in Him, AND THROUGH HIS SPIRIT  in us.  

The greatest secret & mystery revealed to us is CHRIST in you, the HOPE or expectation of GLORY!

[JAMES 1:16-21 NKJV] Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth (BIRTHED) by the WORD of TRUTH, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures.  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the WRATH of MAN does not PRODUCE the RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD.  Therefore lay aside ALL filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the IMPLANTED or ENGRAFTED WORD, which is able to SAVE your souls.

Notice that the Wrath of Man is the filthiness and overflow of wickedness trying to produce in the flesh what ONLY  GOD'S SPIRIT can bring about in our lives.  The righteousness of GOD is not earned, nor worked for, and is not obtained by achievement but rather is a free gift imputed to our account when we BELIEVE.  So when we lay aside our fleshly works of striving to achieve something by our own ingenuity, we can HUMBLY RECEIVE the word and it will be able to do its work and SAVE our souls (our will, intellect, and emotions).  

[ROMANS 1:15-17 NKJV] 1So, as much as is in me, [I am] ready to preach the GOSPEL to you who are in Rome also.  For I am not ashamed of the GOSPEL of CHRIST, for it is the POWER of GOD to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  For in IT (THE GOSPEL) the RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD is REVEALED from FAITH to FAITH; as it is written:
"The just shall LIVE by FAITH."

To produce the righteousness of God, it must be first revealed to us by the gospel or the power of God from faith to faith from one position of belief to another in our lives.  The righteousness of God is not produced by wrath but rather imputed to us freely.  We must become aware that this righteousness is not earned, but rather given by grace to us and that this GRACE therefore works in us to continuously to produce an ongoing desire to DO those things prepared for us by God beforehand. 

[Ephesians 2:10 NKJV] For we are HIS WORKMANSHIP (you are His piece of work), created in Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

The law required your obedience to keep it all.  Grace imparts HIS OBEDIENCE to you so that HIS DESIRE becomes yours and the RIGHTEOUSNESS IN YOU propels you toward what was prepared for you. 

[Phil 2:12-13 NASB] So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, WORK OUT (to perform or accomplish) your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is AT WORK IN YOU, both to WILL and to WORK for [His] good pleasure.

God happens to be at work in us by His Spirit and our position to to cooperate with Him in performing or accomplishing what He is working on in our lives.  We are to release what His grace has worked in.  We are a conduit meant to display the wonderful things that He is working in us.  

[2 Cor.10:3-6 NKJV] For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal but mighty in God for:
***the greatest weapon is the gospel or the POWER of GOD
pulling down strongholds,
casting down arguments
(logismos: reckoning; computation; reasoning)
every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, (elevated thought against God’s knowledge)
bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and (every mental perception or thought)
being ready to punish all disobedience when
your obedience is fulfilled.  (obedience, compliance, submission)

OUR OBEDIENCE IS THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH IN JESUS' OBEDIENCE & THE EFFECTUAL WORKING OF HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS IN US. 

Our obedience should be wrapped up in His obedience.  An elevated thought is to think that "our obedience is the key" when it is His obedience that has captured ours and even produces our obedience as we submit to HIS obedience.  Jesus came to fully obey so that His obedience would be transferred to our account and we would become the righteousness of God.  What a magnificent, great, loving Father we truly have in that His son took our place so that we might live forever with Him!

[Psalm 40:6-9 NKJV] Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.  Then I said, "Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book [it is] written of me.  I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law [is] within my heart." I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness In the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, You Yourself know.

[Heb 10:4-10 NASB] For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, "SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME; IN WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND [sacrifices] FOR SIN YOU HAVE TAKEN NO PLEASURE.  "THEN I SAID, 'BEHOLD, I HAVE COME (IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME) TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.'" After saying above, "SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND [sacrifices] FOR SIN YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, NOR HAVE YOU TAKEN PLEASURE [in them]" (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, "BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL." He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By THIS WILL we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE for ALL.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

THE WHOLE COUNSEL

Many believers have heard the phrase "the whole counsel of God" alluded to by preachers from their pulpits.  They use the phrase to justify the mixture of law & grace being fed to the congregation.  After all should not there be a sprinkling of the Old with the New?  There must be balance in the church they surmise!  We must watch over the souls of men by teaching them the "the fear of the Lord" they conclude. 

A good question to ask them is:  Do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? (Roman 2:4) The Greek word for repentance is metanoia meaning "a change of mind".  With this in mind, let us look at what the components of the "whole counsel of God" as presented by Paul, the great apostle.    

From Miletus he (Paul, the apostle) sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. And when they had come to him, he said to them: "You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks:
                 REPENTANCE toward GOD and FAITH toward our LORD JESUS CHRIST 
And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus:      
                     to testify to the Gospel of the GRACE of God.  
And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone 
                     preaching the KINGDOM of God, will see my face no more.  
Therefore I testify to you this day that I [am] innocent of the blood of all [men].  For I have not shunned to declare to you the "whole counsel of God".  Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.  [Act 20:17-28 NKJV]

The Gospel of the Grace of God teaches us that God so loved us in such an excellent way (1 Cor. 13:4-7) that He gave us His Son as the ultimate sacrifice for us, so that whoever believes in Jesus Christ shall not perish but have eternal life.  It is the GOODNESS of this message that once heard (after all gospel means "good news") penetrates our hearts by the action of the Holy Spirit, changes our thinking about God (repentance) and causes us to BELIEVE in Jesus Christ (FAITH comes by hearing & hearing by the word of God).  

Lets be clear once and for all:  the Gospel of Grace is the message of God to the world and the Preaching of the Kingdom of God is the presentation of the same Grace.  Did not Jesus (full of Grace & Truth) preach and say:  Repent for the Kingdom of God is near you or at hand?  He is the personification of Grace and the Kingdom.  
JESUS is the WHOLE COUNSEL!  

Monday, August 20, 2018

ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOREVER

For the LAW having a shadow of GOOD THINGS TO COME; not the very image of the things, can NEVER with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make those coming  there perfect.  For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.  But in those [sacrifices there is] a REMEMBRANCE AGAIN [made] of SINS EVERY YEAR.  For [it is] not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.  
[Hebrews 10:1-4 KJV] 

As believers, we live in a season of GOOD THINGS.  The sacrifices previously offered by the Levitical priesthood only served as a SHADOW of the REAL.  Their continual sacrifices could not purge the "conscience" of the worshipers, and could not make them perfect in this regard.  As a result, their ONGOING sacrificial system only served as a REMINDER OF THEIR SINS.  Is this how you are living?  

And every priest (the Levites) stood daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can NEVER take away sins:  But this man (Jesus), after He had offered ONE sacrifice for sins FOREVER, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.  For by ONE OFFERING (THE REAL) he has PERFECTED FOREVER them that are sanctified.    [Hebrews 10:11-14 KJV]   

Their priesthood was limited, repetitive, and without life since it never really completely addressed the sins of men.  Jesus, a High Priest after the order of an endless life, by one offering accomplished what the heart of the Father desired.  Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!  Let His blood accomplish what can never be done through any other means:  let the blood of Christ purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God!

How much more shall the BLOOD of CHRIST, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, "purge your conscience" from dead works to serve the living God?  [Hebrews 9:14 KJV] 







Saturday, June 4, 2016

TRUST HIM FULLY

In the book of Isaiah the prophet (chapter 26) we find the following 
Song of Salvation:  
                
"We have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls & bulwarks.  Open the gates, that the righteous nation which "keeps the truth" may  enter in.  Preserved, guarded, secure in perfect peace (shalom-shalom)   is the  mind  stayed (camak:  sustained, upheld, supported; leaning) in the  refuge of  trust  and confidence.  Trust in Yehovah forever, for in  Yah,  Yehovah is  everlasting strength.  For He brings down those who  dwell  on  high, the lofty city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He  brings it  down to the dust.  The foot shall tread it down--the feet of the poor, the steps  of the needy." 

The strength of the City of God is Yehovah Himself; there is no other Rock like our God.  Unless the Lord God build the City, they labor in vain who build it. Unless the Lord God preserves the City, the watchman is awake in vain.  It is solely Yehovah who appoints salvation as our defense and guard.  

The Lord our God possesses and is EVERLASTING STRENGTH.  Let us focus our mind on His refuge for our soul:  TRUST & CONFIDENCE IN YEHOVAH our Father, His son, Our Lord Jesus the Christ, and His Holy Spirit.  

THE RESULT WILL ALWAYS BE A SHALOM PEACE THAT PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING!      

Friday, April 1, 2016

HIS GRACE IS SUPER-ABUNDANT!

[Rom 5:20-21 NKJV] Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so "grace might reign" through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Is grace reigning in your life?  Are you aware that grace is a person?  Our Lord and Savior is full of grace and truth. (Jo. 1:14)  His is an endless supply of grace to all. There is no limit to the vast, eternal reservoir of His love.  His grace is much more than "unmerited favor"; it is the essence of His character; the core of His nature; and the profound depth of His Spirit.  

Grace has come to dwell in you and become enthroned in your inner man. May we release His nature and character in us and through us.  Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. [1Jo 3:2 NKJV]      

[Heb 4:16 KJV] Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

TRUE LIBERTY

[Heb 2:14-15 KJV] For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy (katargeo: to render idle; unemployed; inactivate; inoperative)  him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through "fear of death" were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Jesus has freed from you from the fear of death!  If the Son has made you free, you are free indeed!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Resurrection Life NOW

Jesus said:  I am the Resurrection & the Life; he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die!  (John 11: 25-26)  Are you one of those who will "never die"? The Resurrection & Life (Christ in you) can never see corruption; never be defiled; and will never die!  The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus.  This eternal life lives in us NOW.  Jesus truly has NOW placed LIFE in us that will continue FOREVER!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Freedom from Manipulation

http://z3news.com/w/church-leadership-will-soon-get-delivered-from-their-witchcraft/

Read the above article; "Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty."
[2 Cor. 3:17]  Your thoughts?