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World Without End

God’s Eternal Redemption Plan
For His People

By Diane Jurino


 

 


Chapter 2

The Lords Eternal Redemption Plan
 

 

Psalm 8:3-6 “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all [things] under his feet:”  

We are spirit beings fashioned in the very likeness of God Himself, who is the Father of all spirits. We are a unique species of creature that possesses divine attributes and characteristics. We can think, feel, and communicate with God and with one another. We have been given dominion over all of creation and the Lord wants us to freely enjoy His many gifts, as He intended from the very foundation of the world. 

Man was formed to be the center of God’s attention. He crowned us with honor and glory like His own. He imparted many of His own characteristics and attributes to us, so that we could commune with Him on a regular basis. There was never meant to be a separation between God and man. Our Creator purposed to be with us for all of eternity, and to provide all of our spiritual and temporal needs in abundance. 

Our lives can be demonstrations of His divine benevolence, if we are focused and determined to be all that the Lord wants us to be. We need not depend on anything other than God for our life source; it is His Holy Spirit breathed into us that sustains our being. He created all the universe for our good pleasure. He wants us to be fully alive – healthy, happy and prosperous – and in intimate fellowship with Him at all times. 

Micah 7:7 “Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.” 

However, sin interrupts that relationship, and man has a natural tendency towards evil and disobedience. We cannot rebel against God and expect to remain close to Him. When we sin, we subject ourselves to Adam’s curse and we lose touch with our blessings. We become cold, callous and indifferent towards Him and to one another. We put ourselves at risk for condemnation and permanent separation from our God. 

It is not the Lord’s intent that any man perishes. He is loving, merciful and compassionate and stands ready to forgive us for all of our mistakes. However, none of us can be righteous in our own strength. All of us have fallen short of the glory of God and missed the mark. We are flawed and imperfect, no matter how hard we try to be otherwise. We must repent and renounce all our sins and seek to be reconciled with Him. 

We desperately need salvation to restore us to right standing with our Creator. We cannot hope to survive any other way. Unless we are in close relationship with our God, we will be destroyed. He will hear all of our pleas for deliverance and show Himself strong on our behalf. The Lord will not permit us to disappear off the face of the earth. He has developed a plan to redeem us from all of our sins and set us totally free.

John 3:16-17 “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

The Lord’s eternal redemption plan for all of mankind is perfect, lacking nothing. If we believe that He sent us salvation through Jesus Christ, we are born again in our spirit man and receive the free gift of eternal life. Temptation and sin, disease and death no longer reign over us. Our right standing with the Lord is restored to its original state and we will live forever in the presence of almighty God Himself.  

He regards us as His very own sons and daughters. We are actually seated with Christ in heavenly places at the right hand of God. We are joint-heirs with Jesus to all the promises for righteousness. There is no good thing that the Lord will withhold from us. He will meet all of our needs in abundance and protect us from all harm. One day very soon, He will even gather us into the everlasting Kingdom of God on this earth. 

If we reject the truth for any reason, we are already condemned in our own rebellion. We cannot plead ignorance either. The Gospel is being preached all over the world and every man, woman and child has an equal opportunity to receive it, be converted, saved and baptized in Jesus’ name. The Lord has made certain that no one will perish for lack of knowledge; the truth is being made readily available to everyone. 

We must make the life-changing choice to repent of all of our sins and follow Jesus Christ or be eternally punished. We cannot have it both ways. Faith in Christ is an “all or nothing” proposition. We either choose to believe in the Son of God and accept Him as our personal Savior, or we will perish. We will be permanently excluded from God’s Kingdom, and have our share in the lake of fire with all the wrongdoers.

 

Mankind Needs A Savior

 

1John 4:9 “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”

There is bad in the best of us, and good in the worst of us. None of us can boast that we are totally sin free. All of mankind needs a savior. The Lord sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth realm, so that all men would have the opportunity to be saved. He was God in every respect, yet He took on a human form and became one of us, so we could be redeemed from our sin through His efforts. 

Christ treated our sin debt as if it were His very own. He suffered and died a horrible death, so that we would not have to do the same. He became a curse for us, so that we could be blessed and restored to our right standing with God for all time. Through our faith in Him, we can overcome all evil in our own individual lives and take dominion over the entire earth, as we are meant to do. 

Jesus was the total sacrifice that was required to appease God and satisfy all the requirements of the Old Testament Law that specified death as a penalty for sin. Not only did He die for us, but He also rose again from the dead, conquering sin, death and the grave once and for all. Because of His obedience on our behalf, we have inherited the free gift of eternal life.  All we need do is believe. 

If we do accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and confess Him as such before God and man, we will be saved. All things will be possible for us; we actually become new creatures in Christ and our sinfulness is no longer an issue with God. When He sees us, He sees the righteous Blood of Jesus Christ and accepts us as His beloved. We become His very own sons and daughters for all of eternity. 

Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  

None of us is righteous in our own strength. We have all fallen short of the glory of God and inherited iniquity from our ancestors. We need to be restored to our right standing with God. The only way to the Father is through the cross of Jesus Christ. We must accept Him as our Lord and Savior and be baptized with water and the Holy Spirit. If we do, we are born again and eligible to enter into God’s presence.

Our lives will change as never before. Our minds will be renewed in the truth and our behavior will be transformed until it becomes holy and perfect, just as God is holy and perfect. This process of regeneration takes time and effort on our part. We must repent of our sins and relinquish all selfishness. We should follow all of God’s commandments to us, walk in love and imitate the laid down life of Jesus Christ.

We will soon discover that we are new creatures in Christ, and nothing remains the same. We will be more interested in spiritual things than in the world. We will seek to serve God and our fellow man. We will be given eternal callings, so that we can be all that we were meant to be from the very foundation of the world. The Lord will imbue us with divine power and authority, so that we can overcome all evil with good.

Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.” 

The Lord loves us with a deep, abiding love. He developed a perfect plan for the eternal redemption of all mankind. He sent His very own Son, Jesus Christ, into the world, so that all men might be saved through Him. Christ came to teach us the ways of God and to offer up His very own life as a penalty for our sin guilt. Jesus did not come to condemn mankind, but to redeem us from all of our iniquity once and for all. 

He was perfect in every way, yet He actually became sin for us and took on all our sin debt as if it were His very own. Christ died an agonizing death just for us, so that we would not have to be separated from God ever again. He was the only perfect sacrifice that could be made in atonement for all of our transgressions. Because of Him, we receive the gift of eternal life and become eligible to enter into the Kingdom of God. 

We need not ever fear that we will ultimately be destroyed for our sinfulness. Through salvation in Jesus Christ, we have been set free to inherit innumerable blessings in this life and in the Kingdom to come. We are actually joint-heirs with Jesus to all the promises of God. Our covenant relationship with Him has been restored to its original state. When the Lord looks at us He sees His very own, beloved sons and daughters. 

There is no good thing that He will withhold from those who love Him and walk in His ways. He will bless us with good health, long life and prosperity. He will answer all of our prayers for ourselves and for others. He will protect us from all harm and assign ministering angels to defend us from all evil. He wants to fellowship intimately with us, and take an active interest in the most minute details of our everyday lives.

Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” 

There is no longer a separation between God and man. We are united once again, as we were from the very creation. We have all our rights and privileges restored to us. We have been given the entire earth and everything in it for our pleasure.  The Lord looks at us and sees the righteousness of Christ Himself, who was the firstborn of many brethren. We are treated as His very own, beloved sons and daughters. 

The Lord does not have a long list of rules and regulations for us. He is not interested in dead religion that keeps us in bondage of any kind. Rites and rituals, pomp and ceremony do not impress Him in any way. Sacrificial homage is not what the Lord requires. He is interested in a personal relationship with each and every one of us. He seeks the inner man of the heart that is meek and humble, contrite and sincere. 

Our God desires that we share our innermost thoughts and feelings with Him. He is ever ready to hear from us, and quick to respond to any needs that we might have. He is not mocked; He can readily spot a phony. If we are critical and judgmental of others or proud and arrogant, the Lord will reject us. Nothing evil or defiling can ever enter into His presence and He will turn His back on those who are worldly. 

If we pursue a deep, personal relationship with our Creator and His Son, Jesus Christ, we will eventually become holy and perfect, just as God is holy and perfect. We will grow and develop in all spiritual maturity and embrace our eternal callings, as we are divinely destined to do. We will serve the Lord and His people with joy and gladness and rescue many others who are still lost in darkness and deception.

1John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.”

It is not the Lord’s will that any man perishes for lack of knowledge. Christ died to save all of mankind from their sins, once and for all. He is the Redeemer of the entire world. All men, women and children who believe in Him will be saved to eternal life. There is no one too incorrigible that the Blood of Jesus Christ cannot save him from condemnation. 

There is a full number of souls that are predestined for salvation. Their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Christ will draw them to Himself and nothing will deter Him in reaching all those who are called by His name. However, we must cooperate with our redemption and be willing to repent of all known sin, and be born again and baptized.  

We have all fallen short of the glory of God. There is nothing that we can do in our own ability to avoid death as the penalty for our sin. Unless we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will be relegated to die. However, if we do believe in Him and all that He did for us, we will live forever and be eligible to enter into His everlasting Kingdom on earth. 

The terms of the law have been satisfied in their entirety with Christ’s death on the cross. There is no longer a sin debt to be paid by mankind, unless we refuse to believe in Him and deliberately keep on sinning. If we fully repent, believe the truth, and turn towards the Lord, we will be saved. There is no other way that a man can be reconciled to God.

 

The Plan For Our Reconciliation

 

2Corinthians 5:19 “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” 

Jesus Christ was God made man for our express benefit. He was with the Father from the very foundation of the world and He has all the attributes and characteristics of almighty God Himself. There was only one way that our Creator could restore us to right standing with Him after the fall of Adam. That was to take on a human form, and serve as our substitute in death, reconciling us to Himself.  

Our Lord and Savior was obedient to the law which stipulated death as a penalty for all iniquity. He was without sin of any kind, but He became sin for us. He offered up His own life, and suffered a horrific, agonizing death just to atone for our disobedience. Had He chosen to forego His own personal suffering, we would still be estranged from God and required to die for our own sin guilt. 

However, Christ loved us so much that He went through all that He did, so that we would not suffer the same fate. He restored us to right relationship with God, so that there need never be a separation between us ever again. Man has all of his rights and privileges returned to him. The Lord even blots out all of our sinfulness from His memory and regards us as His very own sons and daughters. 

There is no good thing that He will withhold from those who love Him and walk in His ways. He will generously bless us in this life and in the Kingdom to come. He will take vengeance on all of our enemies and recompense us for anything that we have lost or had stolen from us. The Lord will vindicate us before both men and angels, and make our names a praise on the earth for all of eternity.

Hebrews 2:17 “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”

Christ came to this earth to be a mediator between God and man. Even though He was God, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a woman, flesh and blood in every way. He actually became one of us, so that He could teach us His ways and provide us with eternal redemption. He willingly suffered, died and was buried, so that our sin debt was cancelled, and we could be reconciled with God. 

We have become joint-heirs with Jesus Christ to all the promises of righteousness. We will reign in this life and in the Kingdom to come. If we imitate the laid down life of Jesus, we will develop His very own characteristics. We will receive gifts and callings that enable us to serve the Lord in power and authority. We will deliver all mankind from its bondage to sin and evil and baptize many in Jesus’ name. 

There is no reason that anyone should perish. The Gospel of peace is being preached throughout the entire world. Salvation is available as a free gift to all men, women and children who desire it. There is no one too incorrigible that the Blood of Christ cannot save him from destruction. The Lord extends His love, mercy and compassion to each of us. We must tell all mankind the good news and set them free! 

Ephesians 2:4-7 “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”  

The Lord sought us out even when we were steeped in sin and evil, darkness and deception. It was His deepest desire to be reconciled with man. He granted us unmerited favor and sent His very own Son to redeem us from our iniquity. The Lord wants every man, woman and child to be saved from their sins, so that He can be in intimate fellowship with us, as was planned from the foundation of the world.

Jesus always intercedes for us with His Father. We can ask anything in His name, and know that we will have all of our requests answered. There is no good thing that the Lord will withhold from us. He will bless us extravagantly and provide all of our needs in abundance. We have inherited great and precious promises for our faith, and we are seated with Christ in heavenly places at the right hand of God.  

We can approach the Lord now from a very favorable position. He will hear all of our prayers and communicate with us on an intimate basis. He will reveal our divine destinies to us, so that we can partner with Him in saving others. Very soon now, He will gather us to be with Himself for all of eternity in the everlasting Kingdom of God. We will dwell in His actual presence and enjoy His companionship.  

The Lord will meet all of our needs in abundance and take vengeance on all of our enemies. He will vindicate us before both men and angels. He will boast of us to all creation as His very own sons and daughters and take an active interest in all the details of our lives. Our God will make certain that we have peace and prosperity, health and longevity, safety and security, joy and freedom for all of eternity. 

Romans 5:15 “But not as the offence, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” 

Adam sinned in the Garden and sealed our fate. Through his transgression all of mankind was condemned to spiritual and physical death as a penalty for sin. However, through one man’s perfect and total obedience, we have been redeemed for all time. We now have grace with God. Our sin debt is forever cancelled and our relationship with Him has been fully restored. He sees us as His very own sons and daughters and He will bless us, as He had intended to do from the creation of the world. 

Christ not only died to save us from our sins, but He also brought us life in abundance to the overflow. We are going back to the Garden of Eden with no downside this time. Very soon now, He will gather us to be with Him in His everlasting Kingdom on the earth and we will be blessed beyond all of our imaginings. There will be peace and prosperity, safety and security, joy and freedom for all time. Our bodies will even be changed to be like His very own. We will be impervious to disease, decay and death. 

We will live forever in the presence of almighty God Himself. He will boast of us to all creation and supply all that we need to be happy, healthy and prosperous. We will lack no good thing for all of eternity.

All evil will be destroyed and nothing that is defiling will ever harm us in any way. We will dwell together in love and unity as brothers and sisters. All men will be righteous and know the Lord. The Kingdom of God will be our eternal legacy and we will share in Christ’s very own honor and glory.

 

Confession Unto Righteousness

 

Romans 10:10 “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

If we believe that Jesus Christ was indeed the Son of God who came into the world to save us from our sins with His death on the cross, then we should confess Him before God and man. Faith without works is futile, and we must take a stand for the truth. Christ lived a perfect life on this earth; willingly died for us as our substitute; and then was raised from the dead. Because of Him, we have inherited eternal life. 

Our salvation is now complete. We are actually new creatures in Christ and we should be baptized as an outward sign of the inward change to our spirit man. Water baptism signifies that we are now dead to sin and alive to righteousness. We should also pray for the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and the Lord’s very own Spirit will permeate our very being. We will have our minds renewed and our behavior transformed.  

No longer subject to the power of sin, we can be all that we are destined to be in the Lord. His Holy Spirit will convict us of any wrongdoing and strengthen us so that we can avoid temptation. We will eventually be able to overcome the world, our flesh and the devil and become Christ-like in our thoughts words, and actions. We will embrace our eternal callings and serve the Lord and His people with joy and gladness.

Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Our faith is an “all or nothing” proposition. If we are truly sincere and repent of all our sins, we will be saved. There is no way that mankind can be totally redeemed from its sins and restored to right standing with God, other than through a sincere belief in Jesus Christ and confession of Him as Lord and Savior. We must also establish a personal relationship with our Lord and imitate His laid down life. 

We should follow all of His commandments to us and sanctify ourselves of all carnality and selfish soul ambitions. We cannot deliberately violate any of God’s moral absolutes and remain sin free. Sin is sin, and it requires payback; we cannot purposely rebel and hope to be saved to eternal life at the same time. We should walk in love and righteousness, just as Jesus did, and strive to be holy and perfect.  

Through the power of Jesus Christ’s name, we can become all that the Lord intended for us to be from the very foundation of the world. He was the firstborn of many brethren. We are the sons of God and we have eternal destinies to fulfill. He requires our help in ushering in His eternal Kingdom and we cannot ever compromise our righteousness in any way. All men will be looking to us as godly examples.  

Philippians 2:11 “And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

We are literally the Body of Christ on the earth – His hands, feet and voice – and we will glorify Him in all that we think, say and do. We will fulfill our divine destinies, and help to usher heaven itself into the earth realm in the Kingdom of God. Every knee will bow and every tongue proclaim that “Jesus Christ is Lord over all of creation.” We will be known as the people who are called by His holy name.  

We will share our faith with others and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God throughout the entire world. We will baptize many in the name of Jesus Christ and bring in the full, end-time harvest of souls.

We will work miraculous signs and wonders to attest to the divine power and authority that has been given us. We will heal the sick, cast out demons and even raise the dead back to life once again. 

We will speak to all world governments and challenge them to establish principles of fairness, justice and equality in dealing with their people. We will abolish all oppression and eliminate all wars, violence and conflict between men. We will restore peace, order and stability on the earth and prepare the entire world for heaven to be ushered in. Nothing will be impossible to us if we do it in Christ’s name.  

We will renew all of creation according to the express will of God. Plants and animals will soon be in full harmony with one another and subject to man, as they were in the Garden of Eden. We will speak to the climate and regulate it, so that it is always temperate and predictable. All forms of pollution will be totally reversed, and there will be no more natural disasters that cause devastation and destruction. 

We will take back the earth and everything in it for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and prepare the hearts of all mankind to receive their King. Men will either believe the truth or perish in their rebellion. Christ will destroy all the ungodly and their ungodliness in the wrath of His coming. He will bind Satan and all his minions in the bottomless pit and banish all wrongdoers to the eternal lake of fire.

 

Delivered From The Power Of Evil

 

Galatians 1:4 “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”

Ever since the fall of Adam, it has been our heavenly Father’s express will that mankind be restored to its original innocence, so that He could be in intimate fellowship with us once again. But none of that was possible because we were inherently weak and sinful. He developed a perfect plan for our redemption. He sent His very own Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to teach us His ways and to deliver us from all evil.  

There is no greater love than the love, mercy and compassion that the Son of God showed for mankind. He came to this earth as a mere man, yet was perfect and sinless in every way. Jesus Christ willingly laid down His own life, so that He could be our substitute. He suffered the penalty of death for the sins of the whole world. Christ delivered us from the power of sin and brought us life in abundance to the overflow. 

We are now righteous by the Blood of Jesus Christ, and by that alone. We should no longer have a sin consciousness; we have been restored to right standing with God. We can approach Him without shame, guilt and condemnation. He views us as His very own sons and daughters, and we are entitled to all the blessings for righteousness. He will supply our needs and take an interest in all the details of our lives.

Colossians 1:13-14 “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins:”

We were once lost in our sins and relegated to death as eternal punishment for them. We were without hope; under the curse of spiritual darkness; and subject to the power of all the evil that surrounds us. Nothing that we could do in our own right could help us break free; restore our original relationship with almighty God; and redeem us in His eyes. All mankind was doomed to devastation and destruction. 

Christ took on the curse for us, so that we could be eternally blessed. He actually became sin and then suffered its penalty of death. With that one perfect act of obedience, He has delivered us from all forms of evil. We have been redeemed from all our sins, and we are covered by His precious Blood. When God looks at us, He views us as being righteous and we have been translated into His everlasting Kingdom.  

We can approach the throne of grace from a very favorable position.  We are actually seated with Christ in heavenly places at the right hand of God. We simply make our needs known to our Father and He is faithful to make certain that they are met in abundance. We have inherited great and precious promises for our righteousness. There is no good thing – spiritual or temporal – that He will ever withhold from us.  

Eternal life is now within our grasp, and no one can steal our birthright from us. We will inherit the everlasting Kingdom of God plus all of it many benefits, together with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our bodies will be changed in their very essence, so that we are impervious to disease, decay and death. We will dwell in love, peace and unity with one another in the holy presence of almighty God Himself. 

1John 5:18-20 “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. [And] we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”

When we are born again in Christ, we become new creatures in Him. We repent of all our sinfulness and renounce it for all time. We take a strong stand against evil and thwart all of the devil’s efforts to tempt and oppress us. The enemy cannot harm us unless we open the door to him by deliberately sinning. If we submit ourselves to God and resist the devil, he will flee from us. 

Our Lord and Savior actually lives in us by faith. He is our role model for righteousness and godliness. We should imitate His laid down life and serve others just as He did. We are seated with Jesus Christ in heavenly places at the right hand of the Father. We have been given divine power and authority to conquer all evil with good, and rescue all of mankind from destruction. 

We should preach the Gospel with power and conviction and urge others to repent of their sin and be baptized in Jesus’ name. Very soon now, the Lord will gather us to Himself for all eternity. We must prepare the hearts of men to dwell with our God. No evil will be permitted in His presence. We will have to overcome the world, our flesh and the devil in the days to come.

 

A Defeated Foe

 

1John 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 

Jesus came to this earth as mere man; He was human in all respects, just as we are. Yet He was totally sinless and pure in all that He thought, said and did. His righteousness was beyond reproach and His obedience complete. He willingly went to the cross as our substitute. He laid down His own life just for us, so that we could receive eternal life and be reconciled with almighty God once and for all. 

He also overcame all evil with good. Christ was tempted of the devil just as we are, yet victorious in every way. He stripped Satan of all his power and authority in this world with His victory over sin, death and the grave. He restored man’s dominion over all things on the earth back to those who believe in Him and walk in His ways. We need not ever fear that the devil will overpower us; he is already a defeated foe. 

Believers will reign in this life and in the Kingdom to come. We are totally victorious through Jesus Christ, His very own kings and priests. We can do all things in His name and conquer all that is evil and defiling. We will take back the earth and everything in it and change the fate of all mankind, as we are destined to do. We will operate in divine power and authority to implement God’s express will in this world.

Colossians 2:14-15 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;[And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

Our Lord and Savior not only redeemed us from all of our sins, but He also recouped power and authority in this world from Satan, the enemy of our souls. He made an open show of the devil for all of creation to see when He went to the cross. Jesus triumphed over all evil with His glorious resurrection from the dead, and gave dominion on the earth back to mankind before He went to be with His Father. 

Jesus Christ has given us a divine commission. He wants us to complete His ministry in this world. He will endue us with His very own anointing power to take back the earth and everything in it for the Kingdom of God. We will preach the Gospel with real conviction and win many souls to the Lord. We will heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead back to life, just as Christ once did. 

We will challenge all human governments and enforce Kingdom principles of fairness, justice and equality. We will advocate for the weak and innocent and eradicate all forms of oppression and exploitation that keep men in bondage to those who are despotic. We will eliminate all poverty in this world system and redistribute the wealth of the universe, so that no human being lacks any of his basic needs. 

The Body of Christ will correct the imbalance that exists in all of nature. We will command harmony in the plant and animal kingdoms and cause all predatory activities to cease. We will take control of the climate, so that it is always temperate and predictable. There will be no more natural disasters that cause devastation and destruction. We will renew the entire earth and reverse effects of pollution.

Romans 8:37 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

We are more than conquerors through all that Jesus Christ did for us. The Lord no longer looks on us as being wicked and unrepentant. We do not share in Adam’s guilt, nor are we held accountable for our own iniquity. We have been washed clean in the Blood of Christ and we can overcome the world, our flesh and the devil. We are joint-heirs with Him to great and precious promises for righteousness. We are the sons and daughters of almighty God and nothing will be impossible to us. 

The devil is a defeated foe and we will destroy all demonic strongholds that cause men to walk in darkness and deception. We will preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and set others free from their bondage to sin and evil. We will work miracles, signs and wonders in His name and relieve the pain and suffering of all mankind. We will prepare the earth and everyone in it for the return of Christ to rule and reign. He will destroy all evil in the wrath of His coming and bind Satan in the abyss. 

Heaven itself will soon come to the earth realm and it will be our eternal legacy. The Lord will actually come and take up residence with His people. We will be blessed beyond all our expectations with peace and prosperity, health and longevity, safety and security, joy and freedom. Christ will rule as a righteous King, and make certain that we are always happy, healthy and content. The Kingdom of God will be idyllic – the perfect environment for both God and man to forever enjoy.

 

The Light Of The World

 

John 1:9-10 “[That] was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”

The world was in chaos and confusion, ignorance and deception many times in the past. The Lord realized that men needed guidance and direction and He sent His very own Son to teach us His ways and save us from eternal damnation. Jesus Christ was God Himself, made man for our express benefit. He came to bring the light of God to a darkened world, so that all mankind could know the truth and be set free.  

Unfortunately, He was scorned and rejected by many in His day. Even though He worked miraculous signs and wonders for the benefit of others, He was still considered to be an impostor. The Jewish religious leaders doubted that He was indeed the Son of God, as He purported to be, and derided Him. Only a select few recognized His true identity; followed His teaching; and gave Him the respect that He deserved.  

Christ was sentenced to death by the very people that He came to save. They were steeped in wickedness and rebellion, lacking knowledge and understanding. Had they known that He was their Messiah, they would have rallied to His cause and spared Him from an ignominious death as a criminal. As it was, Jesus was still eminently successful in His mission; He redeemed all of mankind from their sins for all time. 

His light still remains, even thousands of years later. We, who walk in it, know that we serve the one, true living God. If we are faithful to our Lord, we will be glorified with Him one day in the very near future. We will be appointed kings and priests of God and even judge both men and angels. Christ will share His Kingdom with us, and we will rule and reign with Him over all the nations of the world for all eternity.

John 3:19-21 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” 

Christ was the perfect Lamb of God, who died as the sacrificial victim for all our sins and transgressions. He willingly laid down His own life on this earth, so that we could be spared the suffering and pain of death as a penalty for our iniquity. He became sin for us and took on its entire curse, so that we could be blessed for all of eternity, according to the will of His Father. 

He was totally obedient unto death and redeemed all of mankind – every man, woman and child – in the process. Christ overcame sin, death and the grave, so that we could also overcome it in our own personal lives. He gave us freedom to be all that the Father has intended us to be from the very creation. We are restored to our right standing with God through no effort on our own. 

However, many will still choose to reject Him, as they once did. They will be condemned to permanent punishment for their ignorance and rebellion. It is so simple for man to be saved to eternal life. All that we need do is believe in Christ and appropriate His righteousness as our own. If we do, our lives will be radically changed and we will become the sons of God Himself. 

We must resist the darkness and all it signifies. Our evil deeds must be exposed to the light of Christ, so that sin and rebellion no longer have a hold on us. Once we realize that what we are doing offends our God and hurts others and ourselves, we will be persuaded to change the direction of our lives. We will seek repentance and faith in Christ, and be translated into His kingdom of light. 

John 8:12 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” 

Darkness still threatens to overtake us if we are not vigilant. We should be in the world, but not of it. If we believe in Jesus Christ and all that He accomplished on our behalf, we will be delivered from darkness to light. Jesus came to teach us God’s way of doing things. If we walk in love and keep all of the Lord’s commandments we will always remain sin free and in right standing with God.  

If we should ever make mistakes and fall short of His glory, we can sincerely repent and be forgiven once again. However, we cannot ever deliberately sin and expect God’s mercy. He is fair and just, but He cannot abide evil. He expects us to be uncompromisingly righteous under all situations and circumstances. We have been bought with a dear price – the Blood of His only Son, Jesus Christ. 

We should imitate the laid down life of Christ and strive for holiness and perfection, just as God is holy and perfect. We will soon dwell with Him for all of eternity, and our righteousness will have to be above and beyond reproach. His Holy Spirit will convict us of all sin and lead us into spiritual maturity, so that we can be all that the Lord has intended for us from the very foundation of the world.

 

Jesus Sent Us The Holy Spirit

 

John 14:16-17 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

If we have repented of all our sins, been born again through our faith in Jesus Christ, and been baptized in His name, we are also eligible to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We can pray and ask the Lord to send His very own Spirit to us and He will always honor our prayer. His Holy Spirit will be breathed into us, so that it permeates our entire being, leaving us comforted and strengthened in our spirit man. 

The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and leads and guides us into all truth. He endows us with supernatural traits and abilities that are like those of God Himself. He imparts spiritual fruit to us that will enhance our relationships with God and with others. If we accept our eternal callings and divine destinies, we may also be given spiritual manifestations that enable us to serve the Lord and His people in powerful ways.  

We might be given the gift of spiritual tongues, so that we can communicate with God on a more intimate level. Perhaps we will receive revelation, so that we have deeper insights into the mysteries of our faith. We could prophesy and be given words of wisdom or words of knowledge to share with others. We may be able to work various miracles in Jesus’ name or minister healing and deliverance to His people.

Galatians 5:22-25 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, our lives change as never before. We acquire the attributes and characteristics of almighty God Himself. He dwells in us in our spirit man, and we dwell in Him as His beloved sons and daughters. There is no longer a separation between us. His Holy Spirit binds us together, so that we think like God thinks; say what He says; and do what He asks us to do.  

The fruit of the Spirit will manifest in our lives as we grow and mature in the Holy Spirit of God. Our love will be authentic, and we will have supernatural joy and peace in all of our situations and circumstances. Our faith will be increased as we learn to trust the Lord for all His provision. We will imitate the laid down life of Christ Himself, and become good, gentle, meek, temperate and longsuffering. 

Our personal relationship with God will be enhanced, so that we have increased intimacy with Him. He will empower us to serve Him in ways we may have only dreamed were possible. We will become humble servants of all mankind and share our faith, so that others can be set free and saved to eternal life. We will learn to walk in the Spirit instead of our flesh and accomplish great feats for the Lord. 

We will usher in the Kingdom of God and change the fate of the entire world, as we are destined to do. Mankind will be delivered from the enemy and their bondage to sin. We will establish Kingdom principles of fairness, justice and equality as the norm. There will be peace, order and stability on the earth, as the Lord has always desired. Men will dwell in harmony with one another and with God. 

1Corinthians 2:12 “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.”

The baptism of the Holy Spirit will change our lives, so that we are fully empowered to live out our divine destinies and function just as Jesus Christ did during His ministry. We will have God-given power and authority to destroy all evil, and take back the entire earth for the Kingdom of God. Nothing will be impossible to us, if we walk in the Holy Spirit rather than in our flesh. 

We will speak to world governments and challenge their leaders to treat their constituents with the dignity and respect that they deserve. We will actively work to eliminate all wars, violence and conflict in our human relations. We will establish peace, order and stability on the earth, and prepare the hearts of men for the return of Jesus Christ to rule and reign in His everlasting Kingdom.  

All of nature will be subject to man again, as it once was in the Garden of Eden. We will make certain that the plant and animal kingdoms are compatible with each other and that all predatory activities cease. We will speak to the climate and regulate it, so that there are no more natural catastrophes that ever threaten mankind and cause widespread devastation and destruction to the earth. 

We will set godly examples and baptize many souls in the end-time harvest. We will heal the sick of all their afflictions. The blind will see; the deaf will hear; and the lame will walk. We will cast out demons in Christ’s name and deliver men from their oppression and bondage to sin. We will even raise the dead back to life once again, so that they can join us in the eternal Kingdom of God.

 

Walking As Christ Walked

 

John 6:45 “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.”

We are indeed privileged to have had Christ visit the earth and teach us God’s way of doing things. We have no excuse for ignorance; the Gospel messages are resplendent with wisdom and revelation. We have been well schooled in God’s motives and methods. Now we must apply the teaching that we received and walk just as Christ Himself walked the earth. 

Our Lord and Savior focused His teaching on faith, love and obedience. He taught us that we must believe in God and totally trust in His provision for us. He also stressed the importance of our love for God and for one another. We should love the Lord with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength, and accord Him all of the deference and the respect that He deserves. 

We are without excuse when it comes to loving others, as well. Jesus reminded us that we must love one another, as He loved us. He insisted on peace and unity among His followers. In fact, we must be at peace with all men wherever possible, and treat them, as we would wish to be treated. We should walk in love at all times, and be obedient to God’s will for us. 

There are many who are still lost in their sin, darkness and deception. We should share our faith and make the free gift of eternal life available to them, so that they can also be set free, as we have been. We cannot just rest on our laurels and expect the Lord to do all the hard work. We have received eternal callings that will impact the future of the entire human race. 

We must preach the Gospel with power and conviction and baptize new believers in Jesus’ name. We should heal all those who are sick and afflicted. We must cast out demons and set men free from all oppression and bondage to sin and evil. We will even raise the dead back to life once again, so that they can join us in the everlasting Kingdom of God. 

Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”

If we are born again, baptized with water and the Holy Spirit, we are brand new creatures in Christ. Sin no longer reigns over us in any way. We are the sons and daughters of almighty God with divine destinies. We must sanctify ourselves of all our carnality and selfish, soul ambitions. We cannot ever deliberately violate any of the Lord’s moral absolutes or we run the risk of eternal condemnation and punishment.  

Christ did not come to abolish the law in any way; He came to fulfill it. He taught us to love God and one another and stressed the importance of keeping all the commandments. We cannot transgress the law of love and hope to remain in right standing with God. Love is the basis for the Ten Commandments. God is consummate love itself. Whoever wishes to be in a relationship with Him must be loving at all times.

If we imitate the laid down life of Christ Himself and walk in love and obedience just as He did, we will be totally righteous. Christ always ministered unselfishly to the needs of others, and we are called to do the very same thing in our service to the Lord. If we wish to be masters of all men, we must first be their servants. There is much to be done, and few who will respond in the critical days that lie ahead of us.

Mark 16:15-18 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”  

Jesus taught us God’s ways and gave us a divine commission to fulfill before He returns to us to rule and reign. If we believe in His name and sanctify ourselves of all known sin, we will be empowered to walk as He walked on the earth. We are to resume His ministry and do the things that He did to serve others. We should preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, and set men free from their bondage to sin and evil. 

We should also heal the sick of all their afflictions and cast out demons in Christ’s name. We can even raise the dead back to life once again. We have been given divine power and authority over all the works of darkness and we must defeat Satan once and for all time. We should take back the earth and everything in it, so that the everlasting Kingdom of God can be brought here in all its glory without further delay. 

Nothing will in any way be impossible to us, if we are consecrated and dedicated to the Lord’s eternal redemption plan. Almighty God will back us up in all that we do, and assign legions of ministering angels to assist us in our efforts on His behalf. We will overcome all evil with good, as we are divinely destined to do. The fate of the entire world will be positively affected because of our willingness and obedience.

Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;”  

The Lord, Jesus Christ, came to this world on a mission from almighty God Himself. He was imbued with divine power and authority to do good and release mankind from its bondage to sin. The Lord was with Him in all that He did to minister to others. He preached the Gospel, proclaimed liberty to the captives and delivered men from demonic oppression. 

We are the Body of Christ on the earth – His hands, feet and voice – to all of mankind. We should resume Christ’s ministry where He left off and function just as He did. There are many souls that still have to be gathered in the end-time harvest before the Kingdom of God can come to this earth. We will have to preach the Gospel with genuine conviction. 

There can be no strife and division among us if we are to serve the Lord as we are destined to do. We must learn to perceive all men under the shed Blood of Jesus Christ and treat them with dignity and respect, just as we would wish to be treated. We should strive to correct all social injustice; eliminate all wars, violence and conflict; plus abolish poverty and lack. 

If our brother or sister is in need of any kind, we should be quick to alleviate their pain and suffering. We should feed the hungry, visit the sick and imprisoned and minister to the poor among us. Each of us can do something to help meet the needs of others.  We can give of our time and talent, so that there is never anyone who goes without basic necessities. 

We can put our faith into action and change the fate of all mankind. We have divine destinies to fulfill as the sons and daughters of almighty God. We should be His spokespersons on the earth and share our faith, so that no one perishes. We should heal the sick, cast out demons and even raise the dead back to life once again, as Jesus Christ has commissioned us.

Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.”  

Believers have received divine power and authority from Jesus Christ to operate just as He did. We must resume His ministry where He left off, so that the Kingdom of God can be brought to this earth realm as quickly as possible. We should embrace our divine destinies, so that we can become all that we were intended to be from the very foundation of the world.  

We are extensions of Jesus Christ Himself – His ambassadors of peace on the earth. We must do the same things that He once did, so that the Lord’s eternal redemption plan for all of mankind can be consummated. The Lord is relying on us to partner with Him in setting matters straight in this world. We should preach the Gospel to men, women and children in all the nations.

If we share our faith with others, they will be set free. We will deliver them from the power of darkness and all bondage to sin. We will baptize all those who desire salvation and teach them God’s way of doing things. No one will perish for lack of knowledge in the truth. Christ will be with us in all that we do and be glorified in His people who are called by His name.

John 17:18 “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”

The Lord’s eternal redemption plan calls for mankind to assist Him in the restoration of all things. Our God desires that we rise up in our divine destinies and take back the earth and everything in it for His everlasting Kingdom. We cannot be doubtful or afraid or important work will remain undone. We will have to appropriate our God given power and authority. 

The Body of Christ will change the fate of the entire world, if we are diligent to do all that the Lord asks of us in the critical days to come. He will have us challenge all human governments to make certain that they are fair and just to others. There will be no more oppression or exploitation of God’s people. All men will be treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve. 

We will prepare the hearts of mankind for Christ’s return to the earth. Those who remain stubborn and rebellious will be excluded from His Kingdom and have their share in the lake of fire with all evildoers. However, those who choose love and righteousness as a way of life will be gathered into the very presence of God, and He will boast of us as His sons and daughters. 

There will be peace and prosperity, safety and security, health and longevity, joy and freedom in the Kingdom of God. No evil will ever come near us or harm us in any way. The Lord will take vengeance on all of our enemies and vindicate us before all of creation. He will also generously reward those who have been faithful to serve Him in bringing heaven to the earth. 

We will be kings and priests of God and share in Christ’s very own honor and glory. We will judge both men and angels and enforce Kingdom principles of fairness and justice. We will rule and reign with Christ over all the nations of the world and have the heathen for our inheritance. We will teach all men how to dwell as brothers in love, peace and unity with one another.

 

Topics For Discussion

 

1. Mankind Needs A Savior

2. The Lord’s Plan For Our Reconciliation

3. Confessing Christ As Lord And Savior

4. Delivered From The Power Of Evil

5. The Light Of The World

6. The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit

7. Walking As Christ Walked

 

 

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