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Accepted in the Beloved
Supernatural Grace and Favor


By Diane Jurino
 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

About The Author
Disclaimer
Dedication
Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1 –
Sin Has Consequences
Chapter 2 –
Repentance And Forgiveness
Chapter 3 –
Redemption Through Jesus Christ 
Chapter 4 –
Righteous Without Compromise
Chapter 5 –
Adoption As Sons And Daughters 
Chapter 6 –
Grace And Favor
Chapter 7 –
Joint-Heirs With Jesus Christ

 

 About The Author

 

Diane Jurino is a Spirit-filled Christian who resides in Erie, Pennsylvania.  She is the mother of three grown children, and four grandchildren.  Her professional background is in Copywriting, Sales, Advertising, Marketing and Custom Training Program Development.  She is the author of several books about the Kingdom of God.

 

Disclaimer:  

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations in this volume are from the King James Version of the Bible.

 

Dedication:

 

Ephesians 1:3-6 “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” 

Thanks be to God for adopting us as His beloved children and showing us supernatural grace and favor!

 

Preface:

 

Psalm 53:1-2 “The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: [there is] none that doeth good. God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were [any] that did understand, that did seek God.” 

Almighty God created man in His very image and likeness to dwell in paradise and be blessed for all of eternity.  However, sin and disobedience entered into the picture and fated our ancestors to both spiritual and natural death for their transgression. The Lord cannot abide evil, and He was compelled to banish the first man and woman from the Garden of Eden because they committed high treason.

They failed to adhere to the only condition that the Lord placed on their blessings.  They were tempted by the devil and knowingly ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, even though it was strictly forbidden.  In so doing, they defied God and set themselves up for a fall.  The wages of sin are death, and the iniquity of our forefathers came on the entire human race as a result of disobedience. 

Adam and Eve sealed the fate of all of mankind with their errant behavior.  They brought sin and death on all of us due to their rebellion.  We are subject to continuous temptation and corruption, and none of us can correct that situation in our own strength.  It requires an act of God to set matters straight, and to restore us to our right standing with Him again.  Only He can make us “accepted in the beloved.” 

2Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

The entire world is lost in sin, darkness and deception, fated to death as a result of Adam’s sin.  Were it not for the deep, abiding love, mercy and compassion that the Lord has for His people, we would all perish as we deserve.  As it is, He has provided a means of escape for each and every one of us.  He loved us so very much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to settle our account with Him.

Jesus laid down His deity and became one of us.  He was born of a woman, just as we are, yet He was sinless and perfect in all His ways.  He took on the sins of all mankind, as if they were His very own, and then paid the penalty of death for them.  Christ suffered and died, so that we do not have to endure the same fate.  He was the only sacrifice that was required to satisfy our sin debt in its entirety.

Our Lord and Savior hung on the cross, so we could be made the righteousness of God through our faith in Him.  He died, was buried, and rose again on the third day as the firstborn of many sons and daughters of God.  If we repent of all our sins, believe in Jesus Christ and all that He accomplished on our behalf, we then become joint-heirs with Him to all of the promises of God to include eternal life.

We are brand new creatures in Christ.  He actually comes and dwells in us and we abide in Him.  All that He has inherited is transferred to us for our faith.  If we pray and ask for His Holy Spirit to baptize us, we will be imbued with power and authority to accomplish mighty feats in His name.  We will share our faith with others and see men, women and even children born again exactly as we have been.

Romans 5:17-19 “For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)   Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” 

Just as one man sinned and death came on us all, so one man’s obedience led to our restoration with almighty God.  We are now reconciled with our heavenly Father and all things become new for us.  We trade our transgressions and iniquity for right standing in His eyes.  When the Lord looks at us, He sees Jesus in all of His perfection and He will no longer impute our sins to us for any reason.

We now have grace or unmerited favor with Him.  The Blood of Jesus Christ continually washes us of all our sins – past, present and future.  If we should ever miss the mark and fall short of God’s glory, we can always repent and be forgiven again.  We have everlasting blessings instead of punishment that we can expect to receive.  The Lord will never withhold any good thing from His beloved children.

Believers are more than conquerors through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We can appropriate His wisdom and strength to overcome all evil.  Our minds are renewed in the truth and our behavior is fully transformed until it becomes holy.  Sin no longer holds us in perpetual bondage, nor threatens our future.  We can rule and reign in this life, and in the Kingdom of God to come, for all of eternity. 

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.” 

We have come full circle and the Lord will soon gather us to Himself, so that there is never a separation between God and man ever again.  He is planning on bringing heaven itself to the earth in the everlasting Kingdom of God.  It will be a literal paradise for all the righteous and obedient.  He will change these mortal bodies into glorious, resurrection forms that never get sick and die.

Our God will take vengeance on all of our enemies and protect us from all evil.  There will be nothing that remains to defile or harm us ever again.  We will dwell in peaceful habitations as brothers and sisters, and enjoy our lives as never before.  The Lord will actually come and take up residence with His people, and provide for all of our needs – both spiritual and temporal – in abundance.

Many will soon be righteous; God’s laws will be written in our minds and hearts. We will have peace and prosperity, safety and security, health and longevity, joy and freedom forever more.  We will see our children and our children’s children for all generations to come.  All flesh will worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth, and celebrate all of His sabbaths and feast days, as He desires. 

The Kingdom of God will last forever and be our eternal legacy for righteousness.  The Lord will boast of us to all of creation and appoint us to be kings and priests to His people.  We will have the heathen in the uttermost parts of the earth for an inheritance.  We will share in Jesus Christ’s honor and glory, judge both men and angels, and rule and reign with Him over all nations of the world.

  

Introduction:

 

Isaiah 30:1 “Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:”

Mankind has put almighty God to the test over and over again.  We were formed in His very image and likeness to have intimate fellowship with Him, but our sin continually separates us from our Creator.  We have inherited the iniquity of our forefathers and we continue to operate in that, to our detriment.  The wages of sin are death, and our rebellious behavior condemns us to everlasting punishment. 

No man can ever be righteous in his own strength.  No matter how hard we try, we can never attain to the perfect, absolute, moral standards that the Lord has in mind for us.  We need forgiveness of all our sins and deliverance from every evil influence.  Otherwise, we are doomed to perdition and forever estranged from our God.  Without divine redemption, we are without hope and confidence for our future.

The Lord is extremely compassionate to our needs and ever mindful of the frailty of the human condition.  He knows that we are mere flesh and blood.  If we repent of all our wickedness and evil, He will gladly forgive us and restore us to right standing with Him.  He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to save us from all of our sins – past, present and future.  The Blood of Jesus covers all of our sin guilt.

Micah 7:18-19 “Who [is] a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth [in] mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” 

Through Jesus Christ’s perfect obedience at the cross, we were translated out of the kingdom of darkness into His glorious light.  He took on all of our sin, transgression and iniquity, as if it were His very own, and then paid the penalty of death, so that we could be saved to eternal life with all of its many blessings.  He sacrificed Himself to redeem mankind once and for all.

Jesus actually became sin for us and then bore its curse, so that the entire human race could be blessed in abundance despite our past.  The Lord no longer imputes our sin guilt to us for any reason.  Our debt was paid in full thousands of years ago, and now all that we have to do is accept Christ as Lord and enjoy all of the many benefits that we receive for our faith in Him.

He died an agonizing death, so that we could be spared from that and live forever.  Jesus became poor and disenfranchised, so that we could be made rich.  He took on all of our diseases and infirmities, and by His stripes, we were healed.  Christ gave all that He had and relinquished all His privileges, so that we could be reconciled with our heavenly Father and receive favor.

The Lord will never hold us guilty for our sins ever again.  He sees us as being totally perfect by the Blood of Jesus Christ and He accepts us in the beloved, just as He does our Lord and Savior.  It is by the grace of God that we can remain sin free and enjoy all that He has planned for us.  We will prevail over all of our enemies and be successful in all of our personal affairs.

Romans 5:8-11 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”

The Lord loved us so much, that He sent His beloved Son to the earth to redeem us of all our transgressions and iniquity.  Jesus did not come to condemn mankind, but to set us free.  He who knew no sin, became sin for us, and then suffered its penalty of death in His own flesh.  Jesus was the perfect Lamb of God, the ultimate sacrifice.  He suffered and died, so that we would not have to endure the same fate. 

Our Lord and Savior has restored us to right standing with almighty God, and given us hope and confidence for our future.  We are no longer estranged from Him and subject to His wrath as we once were.  We have been saved for all time with Christ’s atonement on our behalf.  We are justified by His Blood and our sins are far from us now.  We are even joint-heirs with Jesus to all the promises for righteousness.

We are seated with Christ in heavenly places at the right hand of God Himself.  We can approach the throne of grace without shame, guilt or condemnation and have every prayer heard for ourselves and for others.  The Lord will respond to our requests and bless us abundantly.  There is no good thing that He will ever withhold from us.  We have unmerited favor or grace with Him to meet all of our needs.

1Peter 1:7-10 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [that should come] unto you:”

While it may be a stretch of the imagination for us to understand all that the Lord has planned, He will reveal it to us in the days to come.  We are returning to our roots in the Garden of Eden and our lives will never be the same.  Our God wants to supply all our needs in abundance and protect us from all harm.  There is no good thing that He will ever withhold from His children.

We have many rights and privileges as the sons and daughters of almighty God.  All that we must do is appropriate the righteousness of Jesus Christ by our faith and remain steadfast in all of our thoughts, words and deeds.  If we sanctify ourselves of all known sin, the Lord will disclose our divine destinies to us and give us power and authority to bring heaven to this earth on His behalf.

Our faith will be challenged in the critical days that lie ahead.  Evil will escalate and the love of most men will grow cold.  There will be darkness and deception everywhere.  We will have to be strong and trust God to see us through.  He will not allow the righteous to be defeated by their enemies.  We will receive His supernatural protection and angelic hosts to assist us in all that we do.

Believers will overcome all evil with good, and usher in the Kingdom of God for all eyes to see.  We will bring peace, order and stability to this world, even before Jesus Christ returns.  There will be no more wars, violence and conflict anywhere.  Poverty and lack will soon be abolished.  Death and destruction will no longer threaten any of us.  All of creation will be subject to God’s people.

Romans 8:28-31 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. 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. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?” 

The Lord knew us from the very foundation of the world and planned our lives for this specific moment in time.  We have eternal callings and divine destinies to fulfill.  We have been chosen for redemption, justified from all our sins, and conformed to the image of Jesus Christ Himself.  The Lord knows He can count on us to work miracles, signs and wonders, just as our Savior did when He walked among us.

Those who are called by His holy name will take back the entire earth for the Kingdom of God.  We will glorify the Lord in all that we do and establish the government of almighty God and His justice system everywhere we go.  There will be no more social injustice of any kind.  Oppression and exploitation of the weak and vulnerable will cease.  God’s way of doing things will prevail on earth, as it is in heaven. 

We are now accepted as bona fide sons and daughters of almighty God.  The Lord will supply all of our needs and grant us special favor with Him.  The Kingdom of God will be our eternal legacy.  When Jesus Christ returns, we will share in His very own honor and glory.  We will judge both men and angels, and be appointed as kings and priests to His people.  We will thrive in His holy presence for all of eternity!

 

Chapter 1 – Sin Has Consequences

 

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” 

The human condition is quite hopeless when you take almighty God out of the equation.  We are steeped in sin, transgression and iniquity.  No good resides in our mortal bodies, and our souls are given over to only wickedness and evil.  We are estranged from our Creator and continually at odds with one another.  We are trapped in a prison of unrighteousness and corruption, and there seems no way to break free.

All of mankind has inherited the sins of our forefathers.  Adam and Eve’s behavior in the Garden of Eden sealed our fate.  It has come back to haunt us and defile our lives.  Through their disobedience, they traded life in paradise for a sentence to hard labor in a cold, cruel world.  The Lord’s hands were tied because they ignored His warnings and succumbed to temptation by Satan, the enemy of their souls.

Each of us has inherited the generational iniquity of our ancestors.  Though we try to be good, we always make mistakes and fall short of God’s glory.  Sin is sin, regardless of where it comes from or what form it takes.  It violates the Lord’s perfect standards and subjects us to never ending condemnation.  We suffer fear, shame and guilt as a result.  There is no peace available to anyone who is lost in their sin.

No man can be good enough in his own strength or through any merits of his own.  It takes divine intervention to restore us to our original innocence or we face the penalty of death for our transgression.  Sin kills, and the wages of sin are natural and spiritual death.  If we persist in stubbornness and rebellion and disobey the Lord’s commandments, we will go to perdition as so many have before.

Job 7:20-21 “I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself? And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I [shall] not [be].” 

It takes genuine courage to acknowledge that we have been wrong and sinned against the Lord.  However, without that awareness, we will never change.  We must face the fact that without God, we can do nothing good in our lives.  He alone provides us with a way of escape from all the temptation that bombards us.  If we seek the Lord with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength, He will be merciful to His people.

He wants nothing more than to be in intimate fellowship with mankind, as He planned from the very creation.  It is not God’s will that any of us perish for lack of knowledge in the truth, but our defiance and rebellion has set up a wall between us that is not easily penetrated.  We must rely on the Lord to overlook our human weakness and provide forgiveness of all our sins and redemption from all our iniquity.

We ought to repent of our errant ways, change direction, and cry out to our God to invoke His mercy and compassion.  It may well be that He will cancel our sin debt and exonerate us of all our guilt.  However, if we continue to choose to violate His absolute moral standards, He will leave us to our own devices.  We will have no hope and confidence for our future.  All the wicked will perish off the face of the earth. 

Romans 7:19-23 “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”

Our spirit is ever at war with our flesh.  Even though we know the right thing to do, we often miss the mark because of our human weaknesses.  We fight an ongoing battle to attain righteousness in our own strength.  There is no way to please God without paying off our sin debt in full.  We will remain at odds with our Creator, deprived of His fellowship and denied all His many blessings. 

The Lord knew that man could never overcome his tendency to sin without His help.  He devised a perfect plan to reconcile us back to Him for all time.  He came to the earth in human form, as Jesus Christ, and became one of us.  Jesus was God in every respect, but He was also a man.  He was perfect and sinless in all of His ways, yet He took on all our sins as if they were His very own.

Jesus was the perfect Lamb of God and served as our sacrificial substitute.  His Blood set us free from all of our sin guilt and restored us to right standing with God.  When the Lord looks at us, He regards us as being new creatures in Christ – sinless and perfect in His eyes.   He no longer imputes our sin guilt to us for any reason.  We are accepted in the beloved and adopted as His children.

Our Lord and Savior loved us so much that He was willing and obedient to take our punishment for us.  He suffered and died an agonizing death, so that we could be spared that same fate.  He rose again from the dead as the firstborn of many sons and daughters of almighty God.  Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are now entitled to receive the gift of eternal life with all of its many benefits.

1Peter 3:10-12 “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil.” 

We now have hope and confidence for our future.  The Blood of Jesus Christ continually washes us of all of our sin guilt and strengthens us to do God’s will.  However, we should not ever take our righteousness for granted.  We have been bought with a dear price, and we have a sacred charge to present our bodies as living sacrifices in service to almighty God and to His people.

If we sanctify ourselves of all carnality and selfishness of the soul, we will be able to operate just as Jesus did during His earthly ministry.  The Lord will imbue us with divine power and authority to be His personal representatives.  We will preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and make salvation to eternal life available to every man, woman and child who is receptive to its message.

Miracles, signs and wonders will follow us everywhere that we go.  We will lay hands on the sick and they will all be healed.  We will cast out demons that hold others in bondage to sin and evil of all kinds.  We will even raise the dead back to life once again.  We will do the very works that Jesus did, and even greater works.  The Lord will be with us in all that we are called to do.

 

What Is Sin?

Job 13:23-24 “How many [are] mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin. Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?” 

Man was created in the very image and likeness of almighty God to enjoy intimate fellowship with Him for all of eternity.  However, Adam and Eve’s rebellion in the Garden of Eden interrupted His plans and put us at enmity with Him.  Sin is an expression of our defiance towards our Creator and estranges us from Him.  All men need to repent and be forgiven or run the risk of His wrath.

Sin robs us of our blessings and puts us at odds with the Lord and with one another.  Almighty God is ever merciful and compassionate to our frail human condition, but He also has to establish guidelines for our behavior.   He is under no obligation to provide for our needs or protect us from all evil, if we violate His absolute moral standards and operate counter to His will for our lives. 

If sin is not identified and checked at its onset, it will eventually lead to our demise.  It always brings the penalty of spiritual and physical death on us.  Unless we have God in control of our circumstances, we cannot survive the onslaught of wickedness and evil that threatens to overtake us in this dark and dismal world.  Satan will oppress and torment us if we choose to be rebellious.

1John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”

Sin is transgression of God’s law, a violation of His express will.  Those who are unredeemed are subject to all the terms of the old Mosaic Law, by which no man could be made perfect.  Animal blood sacrifices made in atonement for men’s sins never really satisfied almighty God.  Plus, both the priests and the people continued to sin, despite all their good intentions.

The Ten Commandments are not burdensome; they are easy to understand and were established in our best interest.  They bring peace, order and stability to our lives and help reconcile us to God.  However, in the flesh, it is impossible for us to adhere to all they specify us to do.  That leads us to experience guilt, shame and condemnation, and to fear eternal punishment.   

As long as we choose to sin and rebel against the Lord, we will continue to suffer and be afraid of the consequences for our transgression.  We will not know peace or tranquility until we repent and make right on our mistakes.  However, that will only provide temporary relief from the sin problem.  Human beings need total redemption from the curse of sin itself.

We inherited a sin nature from our ancestors and we need supernatural strength to overcome it.  That comes only from full surrender to the Lord and the appropriation of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ’s very own righteousness by faith.  If we accept Christ as Lord and Savior, all of our sins will be forgiven us.  We will no longer be judged under the law, but under grace.

James 4:16-17 “But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.”

There are sins of commission and omission.  When we deliberately engage in evil, we realize that there are repercussions.  When we neglect to do what we know is good, there are also consequences for our actions.  Sin is always before us, and we need to be aware of all its entrapments so that we can avoid it at any cost.  Yet we are often oblivious to what we face and that works against us.

We have a divine spark in us that tells us when we are doing good and doing wrong.  However, Satan, the enemy of our souls tries to bring confusion into the picture.  He often deceives us into thinking that we are obeying God, when in reality, we have fallen short of His glory and missed the mark of true righteousness.  We are without hope for our future unless the Lord Himself intervenes. 

In the flesh, it is impossible to please God and be reconciled to Him.  We need redemption that can only come from faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  He served as the atonement for all of our sins – past, present and future.  His Blood keeps washing us from all defilement and makes us brand new creatures in Him.  Our sin no longer reigns over us, if we have made Jesus the Lord of our lives.

 

Repercussions For Rebellion

Isaiah 1:18-20 “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. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].” 

Our Creator loved us so much, despite our ancestors’ rebellion in the Garden of Eden, that He devised a perfect plan for reconciliation with us.  He purposed in His heart to come to this earth in human form and deal with all of our sin, transgression and iniquity as if it were His very own.  Jesus Christ was God made flesh, and He came to save all of mankind in His infinite love, mercy and compassion.

Jesus was perfect and sinless, yet He became sin for us and then suffered its penalty of death, so that we would not have to endure the same fate.  He bore the curse of sin, took on all our diseases and infirmities and carried them to the cross.  He became poor and disenfranchised so that we could be made rich.  He was the chastisement for our peace, so we could be restored to right standing with God.

All that we need do is accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, and we will become the righteousness of God by faith.  Everything will be made brand new for us.  Our sins will no longer be imputed to us for any reason.  We are adopted as the sons and daughters of almighty God and accepted in the beloved.  We now have grace or unmerited favor, and become joint-heirs with Jesus.

If we refuse salvation and continue in our wickedness and rebellion, we will ultimately be destroyed.  We will incur the wrath of God instead of His mercy.  He will be compelled to turn His back on us and leave us to our own devices.  There are repercussions for sin, and there is no way to remedy that situation if we defy the Lord and ignore His warnings to us.  We must make a life or death decision now.

Proverbs 10:29-30 “The way of the LORD [is] strength to the upright: but destruction [shall be] to the workers of iniquity. The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.” 

The wages of sin are death, and there is no way to prevent that.  When we are wicked, we are alienated from almighty God and subject to His wrath.  He is under no obligation to provide for our needs or protect us from all harm if we transgress any of His commands.  Workers of iniquity seal their own fate.  The Lord will allow them to be destroyed in their ignorance and rebellion. 

Conversely, righteousness and obedience lead to many blessings.  The Lord supplies all of our needs in abundance and protects us from all evil.  He fights our battles and defeats all our enemies.  Peace and prosperity are our lot in life.  Health and longevity are our rewards.  We have hope and confidence for our future.  We will live forever in the very presence of almighty God.

We each have an all important decision to make.  We can choose to defy the Lord and walk in our old sinful ways and be destroyed, or appropriate the salvation to eternal life that has been provided through faith in Jesus Christ.  There is no middle ground possible.  Soon there will be no second chances given to anyone.  When Christ returns, He will judge both men and angels.

Isaiah 13:9 “Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for [their] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.” 

Very soon now, the Son of God will level all playing fields and settle all scores.  He will destroy all the ungodly and their ungodliness in the wrath of His coming.  Jesus Christ is not returning as the meek and mild Lamb of God this time.  He has vengeance in His heart and He will destroy all the enemies of God.  There will be no more wickedness and evil left on the face of this earth.

The entire world will be purged with holy fire.  God’s wrath will consume all that is defiling to His people.  Nothing will harm us ever again.  There will be no more oppression, no exploitation of one man over another.  Wars, violence and conflict will cease.  Poverty and lack will never be named among us ever again.  All of creation will be restored to its original beauty and balance.

The Lord, Jesus Christ, will gather all of the righteous to Himself in the everlasting Kingdom of almighty God.  He will cast Satan and all of his minions into the bottomless pit and banish all wrongdoers to the unquenchable lake of fire, where there will be only wailing and gnashing of teeth.  The people of God will have many blessings and thrive for all eternity in His awesome presence.

The Kingdom of God will be heaven on the earth for all those who are righteous and obedient.  The Lord will bless His people with all good things.  We will have peace and prosperity, safety and security, health and longevity, joy and freedom.  Our God will come and dwell with us, and all men will know the truth.  His laws will be written on our minds and hearts so that we all do His will.

 

Transgression Brings Affliction

Psalm 107:17-20 “Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, [and] he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered [them] from their destructions.” 

Multiplied sins and transgression of the law kill both the spirit and the flesh.  We often develop a sin consciousness that overwhelms us.  When we miss the mark and fall short of God’s glory, we are afflicted with all sorts of fear and torment that can lead to disease and even death.  Our self-imposed shame, guilt and condemnation can become almost impossible to bear. 

We grow afraid of God and worry about incurring His wrath, at the very time when we should cry out to Him for His mercy and compassion.  It is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance.  Without that awareness, we can in no way be acquitted of our sinfulness because we will be too timid to approach Him.  We must remember that the Lord is willing to forgive us.

If we are sincere, almighty God will always make a way for His people to be reconciled to Him, so that we can have our blessings reinstated.  He sent Jesus to this earth, so that all of mankind could be restored to right standing with Him.  If we believe the truth and confess Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we will be exonerated of all our sins as if they never occurred.

The Lord will even blot our sins from His memory.  We will be established in righteousness and joint-heirs with Jesus to all the promises of God.  We will actually be seated with Him in heavenly places.  We will be able to approach the throne of grace, and know for certain, that all our needs will be met in abundance.  The Lord will never withhold any good thing from His people.

Isaiah 59:12-13 “For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions [are] with us; and [as for] our iniquities, we know them; In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.” 

It is impossible for us to be holy and perfect without divine intervention.  The Lord knew this and made arrangements for all mankind to be redeemed of our transgression against Him.  He sent Jesus in the flesh to become one of us and buy back our innocence.  We must appropriate His righteousness by faith and turn back to our God before it is too late to change our fate.

The human race cannot continue as we have been, or we will be destroyed in all of our sinfulness.  Our sin guilt will accumulate until there is no remedy for it.  We must sincerely repent of all our transgression and accept the salvation that is freely offered to us.  There is no way that any of us can be righteous in our own strength or through any of our so called “good works.”

We all need redemption from our old sin nature and an opportunity to begin again.  When we accept Jesus Christ as the Lord of our lives, all things become new for us.  Our minds are renewed in the truth and our behavior is transformed until it becomes godly.  The Lord works in us by the power of His Holy Spirit so that we no longer make a habit of sinning as we once did.

Psalm 19:12-13 “Who can understand [his] errors? cleanse thou me from secret [faults]. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous [sins]; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.” 

If we should slip and make a mistake after we receive so great a salvation, we can always repent and be forgiven once again.  Sin does not have to destroy us, unless we permit it to do so.  We can choose to be saved to eternal life through faith.  The repercussions for continuous sin and transgression are death and destruction.  Only those who are righteous will be spared from that punishment. 

We must not persist in doing evil and ignore God’s warnings or we will eventually go to perdition.  He will never thrust Himself on us or force us to adopt His ways as our own.  That would violate our free will, and the Lord will never impose that on us.  He guarantees that we alone can choose our fate.  He only makes redemption an option.  We have to make that all important decision for ourselves.

Very soon now, Christ will return to this earth to judge all of mankind for their works in the flesh.  Those who have believed in Him and been obedient to what He taught us will be blessed.  They will spend all of eternity in His awesome presence.  All those wicked and rebellious that refuse to repent will be banished to the unquenchable lake of fire, where they will experience never ending torment. 

Only the righteous will enter into the everlasting Kingdom of God.  It will be our eternal legacy for faithfulness and obedience.  The Lord will supply all of our needs and protect us from all harm.  He will take vengeance on all of our enemies and restore everything that was taken from us.  We will dwell in love, peace and unity as brothers and sisters and thrive in the Lord’s awesome presence.

Isaiah 24:20-21 “The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones [that are] on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.”

We have had sufficient warning of what is to come.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been preached to every nation of the world.  Salvation has been made available to every man, woman and child.  When Christ returns, He will destroy all the ungodly and their ungodliness.  No evil will remain anywhere on the face of the entire earth to defile either God or man ever again.

The Lord will take vengeance on all of His enemies and abolish all wickedness.  He will cast Satan and all of his minions into the bottomless pit.  Those who are righteous will enter into His everlasting Kingdom, but those who deliberately rebel and fail to repent will go to their demise.  Almighty God will not relent; there will be no more chances given to men or angels.

Sin and transgression will cause this world to be purged with the fire of God’s wrath and indignation.  He will consume all evil as if it were but filthy dross, and leave only purity behind.  Those who have been washed from their sins by the precious Blood of Jesus Christ will be able to enter the Kingdom of God with all His saints, so that they can be with the Lord forever.

 

Bearing Our Iniquity

Leviticus 5:17 “And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist [it] not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.”

Iniquity is a tendency towards wickedness and evil that results in overt or covert sin.  If we harbor it in our hearts, it will eventually surface and manifest in our actions.  Iniquitous behavior displeases God and subjects us to everlasting condemnation.  It may be unintentional, but the end results are still the same.  Sin and iniquity of all types lead to curses, punishment and even death.

If we transgress the Lord’s commandments, we are lost in sin and held in bondage to it.  There is no way that we can atone for our wrongdoing and set matters straight in our own strength.  We cannot earn favor with almighty God, nor prevail on Him to constantly pardon us.  The only solution is to have our sin guilt fully exonerated.  We must repent from the heart and seek His mercy.

The Lord is ever compassionate to our human frailty, and well aware of our propensity towards evil.  If we are contrite and humble ourselves before Him, He will be inclined to lenience.  However, sin is sin and it requires a payback.  The only way to be assured that we are totally forgiven is to appropriate the very righteousness of Jesus Christ Himself that was finished at the cross.

Micah 7:18-19 “Who [is] a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth [in] mercy.  He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” 

If we refuse so great a salvation that is offered to us, we are left strictly on our own.   When we sin and fall short of God’s glory, it is impossible for any of us to atone for our sins and appease the Lord in our own strength.  We are estranged from Him and utterly cast down.  We must repent and believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and that He died to set us free from all of our iniquity.

When we accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, our lives forever change.  Our minds are renewed in the truth and our behavior is gradually transformed until it becomes godly.  Sin no longer reigns over us.  We are strengthened in our spirit man, so that we can overcome our tendency towards evil.  We are made the righteousness of God by faith, and adopted as His sons and daughters.

Our sins are no longer an issue with almighty God once we are born again.  When the Lord looks at us, He sees Jesus in all of His perfection.  His Blood continually washes us of all our sins – past, present and future.  The Lord never imputes our sin guilt to us for any reason.  If we should ever miss the mark and fall again, we can always repent and be restored to our right standing with Him.

The Lord is ever mindful of our human frailties and He overlooks a great deal in His beloved children.  If we are humble, sincere and contrite of heart, He will blot our sins from His memory and preserve us holy and blameless until the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He will cover us with grace, so that we can overcome all evil with good and be righteous and obedient in His eyes.

Psalm 28:3-5 “Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief [is] in their hearts. Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.” 

Workers of iniquity are proud and arrogant.  They think that they can outsmart God and get over on Him.  However, the Lord abases those who are wise in their own eyes and brings them into subjection to Him one way or another.  He will not permit the wicked to defile others or lead them astray.  He will move heaven and earth to protect the righteous, and one day He will take vengeance on all the enemies of His people.

If we are stubborn and rebellious, we will go to perdition no matter how hard we may try to appease God.  He is not mocked.  He sees the inner man of the heart and inherently knows who is sincere.  Sin will separate us from the Lord and rob us of all the many blessings He has planned for us.  There is no way that we can escape our fate if we deliberately choose wickedness and evil over righteousness and obedience.

We will all reap what we have sown.  Sin leads only to death and destruction.  If we persist in our wicked ways, the Lord will eventually turn His back on us.  He will ignore our petitions and be compelled to withhold His provision and protection for our lives.  We will suffer everlasting condemnation with no hope of pardon.  While others are favored, we will be cursed for all eternity because we chose evil over good.

 

No Future For The Sinner

Psalm 31:9-10 “Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, [yea], my soul and my belly. For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.”

Wicked men never know real peace or joy.  Their happiness is only fleeting if they make sin and evil habitual in their lives.  While they may enjoy temporary victory on occasion, they almost always suffer for their sins.  They experience shame, guilt and condemnation.  Their conscience creeps up on them and fills them with remorse.  They anticipate bad repercussions for their actions.

They often become sick from worry and afraid of recrimination.  They may be a bit paranoid and concerned that others will find them out and retaliate.  They could overreact to stress and isolate themselves.  Their sin always comes to light; it never remains hidden for long.  They are sad and lonely; they lack positive self-esteem and constantly search for a way out of their pain and suffering.

Sinners cannot help but envy those who are righteous, because the Lord grants His people supernatural grace and favor in everything that they do.  He deliberately withholds His blessings from those who commit evil in His eyes.  He is under no obligation to provide for their needs or protect them from harm.  They become victims of their own ignorance, stubbornness and rebellion.

Isaiah 59:7-8 “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts [are] thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction [are] in their paths. The way of peace they know not; and [there is] no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.” 

Those who defy almighty God almost always are at enmity with Him and with His people.  They know that there is no future in their wicked ways, but they seem reluctant to change them.  The Lord does all that He can to reach each and every human being; it is not His desire that anyone perish.  He has made redemption available to one and all without any prejudice or exception. 

However, the wicked are often lost in darkness and deception, sold out to Satan, the enemy of their souls.  They are confused, angry and bitter, yet they see no reason that they should ever change.  They are given to greed and power struggles with all those they meet.  They often oppress and exploit others so that they will feel better about themselves, but only end up feeling guilty.   

They know right from wrong; that is not their issue.  They feel alienated and estranged from both man and God.  They act out on those feelings to get relief from the tension that is constantly plaguing them, only to be caught in a vicious cycle of more wickedness, shame and remorse.  The Lord is just so patient, and then He is obligated to respond to protect the weak and innocent.

Leviticus 26:23-25 “And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of [my] covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.” 

Almighty God sovereignly moves to devour His enemies and preserve the righteous from all harm.  He always makes certain that the wicked are cast down, so that they can no longer injure His people.  He takes vengeance on all those who are ungodly and stops them in their tracks.  It is a terrible thing to incur the wrath of God.  He smites all the wrongdoers with His mighty right hand.

It is inevitable that our sins will find us out and bring divine retribution on us.  It is so much more conducive to our purpose to simply repent and acknowledge that God’s ways are above our own, and acquiesce to His plans for us.  He loves each and every sinner that has ever walked the face of the earth and He is always willing to forgive those who humble themselves before Him.

Jesus Christ came to redeem all those who were lost in their sins and doomed to the penalty of death.  We can choose life and be saved from all of our sin, transgression and iniquity once and for all time.  All that we need to do is appropriate His righteousness by faith and be washed of our guilt forever more.  However, if we persist in committing evil, the Lord will be compelled to punish us.

Psalm 37:7-10 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked [shall] not [be]: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it [shall] not [be].” 

We cannot weary in well doing.  The wicked will not always prevail.  The Lord, Jesus Christ, will soon return to level all playing fields and settle all scores.  He will judge both men and angels to determine who deserves blessings and who will go to everlasting condemnation.  He will take vengeance on all those who are ungodly and banish Satan and all his minions to the abyss. 

Very soon now, there will be no more wickedness and evil anywhere on the face of the earth.  Christ will destroy it before it defiles either God or man.  He will make certain that His people are gathered to Himself and protected from all harm.  He will restore all that has been taken from us, and bind up all of our wounds.  There will be no more pain and suffering, death and destruction.

The choice is simple enough for even a child to make.  It is in our best interest to repent and be saved to eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.  If we refuse so great a salvation, then we can expect eternal punishment for our sins instead.  The righteous will inherit the Kingdom of almighty God, but the wicked will be cast into the unquenchable lake of fire for all of eternity.

 

The Death Penalty

Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

While Eve may have been temporarily deceived by the devil, Adam knew better than to transgress the express will of God.  He sealed our fate with his deliberate disobedience in the Garden of Eden.  Thus, sin entered the world by one man, yet it has had its repercussions on each and every one of us alike.  We all tend towards sin and evil if left to our own devices. 

The Lord loves us with a deep abiding love, but He hates our sinfulness.  He is all holy and cannot abide evil, so we are fated to spiritual death, which is separation from almighty God.  When we sin and fall short of His glory, the Lord grieves for us.  It is His deepest desire to gather us to Himself, and to provide all our needs in abundance and to protect us from all harm.

However, His hands are tied until we acknowledge our sin and repent from the heart.  We must additionally believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, and confess Him as our personal Lord and Savior.  When we do, all things become new for us.  We are baptized into our faith with water and the Holy Spirit of God, and translated into the Kingdom of light and life for all of eternity.

Psalm 69:27-28 “Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.” 

However, if we refuse salvation for whatever reason, we are without hope for our future.  Our sin guilt will only accumulate, and it will become much harder for us to repent and be saved at a later date.  Sin is habitual and its effects are totally detrimental to our well-being.  We will be ridden with curses of fear, shame and guilt and denied all the blessings of God for righteousness.

Satan, the enemy of our souls, will wreak havoc in our lives if we fail to repent of our sins and be born again.  He will lure us into his traps and keep us bound in a vicious cycle of disease and poverty.  He will alienate us from God and interfere with all of our human relationships.  He will even try to delude us into thinking that we have no recourse but to lie down and die in our sins.

Those who are given to wickedness and evil suffer miserably in the long run.  They have no peace and joy in their lives.  Their iniquity eventually overwhelms them to the point that everything they touch is defiled.  While they may appear to be doing well, they are really plummeting towards oblivion and they are helpless to prevent their fate.  They will be blotted out of the book of the living.

The Lord will be compelled to turn His back on them and leave them to their own devices.  They will go to perdition rather than inherit eternal life.  He will not permit iniquity to ever contaminate His people.  He will preserve the righteous and gather them to Himself forever more.  The wicked will all be banished to the lake of fire, where there will be endless wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Ezekiel 33:17-19 “Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal. When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.”   

Some might say that the Lord is unfair in His judgment of the wicked and rebellious.  However, that is not the case.  He has made redemption to eternal life with all of its many benefits available to one and all without exception.  The Lord loves each and every one of us equally; it is not His desire that anyone perish.  We simply have an all important choice to make that will impact us for all eternity.

We can repent of all our wickedness and evil and turn towards righteousness and be saved.  However, if we are righteous and purposely choose to sin, we will die in our iniquity.  Sin is sin, and the penalty for it is death, regardless of who we are.  We must maintain our righteousness by keeping all the commandments, so that we can escape the wrath of God that is coming on those who are disobedient. 

Our relationship with almighty God should be paramount in our minds.  If we focus on His goodness and kindness, it will be much easier for us to repent and be restored to right standing with Him.  We give God no glory when we sin and miss the mark.  He is compelled to turn His back on all those who purposely defy Him.  His grace and unmerited favor are reserved solely for those who are contrite.

Supernatural advantages of health and prosperity, wisdom and knowledge, safety and security are available to all those who repent of their sins and pursue righteousness without compromise.  The Lord always takes care of His own, and He will never leave or forsake His people who walk in His ways.  He will be our refuge and our strength at all times, if we are obedient and place all our trust in Him.

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We have all inherited the sin guilt of our ancestors.  None of us will escape punishment if we succumb to generational iniquity and persist in our sinfulness.  We are subject to spiritual and physical death, as long as we fail to repent and be restored to right standing with almighty God.  There is no way to reach the Father except through the cross of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

If we appropriate His righteousness by faith, it may well be that we will escape death for our sins.  Not all of us are destined to die physically.  When Christ returns, He will change these mortal bodies into glorious, resurrection forms that live forever in His awesome presence.  We will all be changed in the twinkling of an eye.  All the dead will be raised back to life once again.

Death will be the last enemy that is put under the feet of Jesus Christ.  It will be abolished for all time when sin is cast off the face of the earth.   It will no longer plague us ever again.  The Lord will gather all of the righteous to Himself in the everlasting Kingdom of God.  We will live forever in good health and youthful vitality to see our offspring for all the generations to come.

 

We Reap What We Sow

Hebrews 10:26-27 “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” 

We are without excuse if we make sin an ongoing habit in our lives.  There is a way to permanently escape our tendency towards wickedness and evil.  All that we need to do is appropriate the righteousness and strength of Jesus Christ Himself and everything changes in our lives.  We are no longer held in bondage to sin as we once were.  We are redeemed by His precious Blood and receive His very own Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit will convict us of all sin and strengthen us in our spirit man, so that we can overcome our tendency towards evil.  We will even begin to develop attributes like those of God Himself.  We will have increased faith, love, peace and joy.  We will become good, gentle, meek, temperate and long suffering in all of our relationships with one another.  If we walk in the Spirit instead of our flesh, we will prevail.

The Lord will no longer impute our sin guilt to us for any reason.  He will accept us as His beloved sons and daughters.  We will have unmerited favor with Him.  He will supply all our needs in abundance and protect us from all harm.   He will defend us against our enemies, and grant us wisdom and understanding so we excel in everything that we do.  There is no good thing that the Lord will ever withhold from us.

If we refuse to believe in Jesus Christ and persist in our wicked ways, we will ultimately go to perdition.  Our redemption is an all or nothing proposition.  There is no way to approach our heavenly Father except through the cross of His beloved Son.  We cannot be permanently forgiven any other way.  We must repent from the heart and accept Christ as personal Lord and Savior or suffer the penalty of death for our sins.

Psalm 89:31-32 “If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.” 

Make no mistake; it grieves the Lord to punish anyone for their transgression.  His greatest desire is to be able to fellowship intimately with us.  However, our sins get in the way and estrange us from our heavenly Father.  If we allow that to happen, we will be subject to never ending condemnation.  The Lord will permit our wickedness and evil to overcome us, until we are destroyed.

Sin kills.  It leads only to heartache and disappointment at best.  It will result in our spiritual and physical death if it remains unchecked.  We cannot ignore the sin issue and hope that it will go away.  It is ever before us and threatens our health and well-being.  We must accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior and obey all the commandments if we wish to be blessed.

The new birth changes everything.  Our sins are no longer held against us for any reason.  We are new creatures in Christ.  Our heavenly Father views us as His beloved sons and daughters, and there is no good thing that He will ever withhold from us.  He will shower us with all spiritual and temporal advantages, and gather us to Himself in the everlasting Kingdom of almighty God.

Job 4:8-9 “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.” 

Those who repent and believe the truth become the righteousness of God by faith.  However, those who steadfastly refuse salvation will continue in their evil ways and reap death and destruction for their stubbornness and rebellion.  The Lord loves the sinner, but hates their sin.  He will not permit it to go unpunished.  He will cast it out of His holy presence for all of eternity.

The Lord will turn His back on all those who defy Him.  He will not bless anyone who is arrogant and disobedient.  He will leave them to their own devices.  Their wickedness and evil will overwhelm them some day and be their undoing.  Only those who repent from the heart and change their sinful ways will be accepted in the beloved and adopted as the sons and daughters of God.

The rest of mankind will go to perdition and be banished from the paradise that is coming to this earth.  Their fate will be punishment in the unquenchable lake of fire, where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth forever more.  No wickedness and evil will enter into the Kingdom of God and His saints.  Jesus Christ will not permit anything to ever contaminate or harm His people.

Psalm 34:16 “The face of the LORD [is] against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.”

As a man sows, so shall he reap.  Our actions always have repercussions – both good and bad.  If we are diligent to pursue righteousness and are obedient to do all that the Lord asks of us, we will inherit eternal life in the Kingdom of almighty God.  If, on the other hand, we deliberately choose wickedness and rebellion as a way of life, we will be cast down for all of our sins.

The Bible promises that all wrongdoers will be dealt with justly and equitably.  When Jesus Christ returns, He will destroy all evil in the wrath of His coming.  The entire world will be purged with holy fire until it consumes all the ungodly.  Only the righteous will be spared God’s wrath and indignation.  He will gather us to Himself for all eternity, so that He can bless us in abundance.

Jesus Christ will judge both men and angels to determine who deserves eternal blessings and who will be punished.  He will have mercy and compassion on those who are contrite and humble, but the proud and arrogant will be abased.  Many who are first now, will be last in that day.  There will be no second chances given to anyone.  What we decide to do now determines our future.

The Lord will take vengeance on all of His enemies and banish them from His holy presence.  He cannot abide sin of any kind.  Only those who are righteous and obedient will be called His people.  All those who are rebellious will be cast into the lake of fire, and Satan will be banished to the abyss.  Nothing that is wicked and evil will ever enter into the everlasting Kingdom of God.

 

Chapter 2 – Repentance And Forgiveness

 

Romans 3:23-26 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

The Lord, our God, is a good God.  He is merciful and compassionate despite our sinful ways.  He cares for all of mankind with a deep, abiding love that defies understanding.  All that He really desires is to have an intimate relationship with us, but our sin gets in the way and estranges us from Him.  He is holy and perfect; no wickedness and evil can abide in His presence.

If we wish to fellowship with our Creator and receive all of His many blessings, we must renounce our sin and turn away from it.  We should repent from the heart, so that we can be forgiven and restored to our right standing with God.  In the flesh, that is impossible for any of us to do.  We have to be permanently changed in our spirit man in order to be reconciled with our heavenly Father.

The Lord came to this earth in the person of Jesus Christ and made salvation available to all of us, despite what we did in the past.  Jesus was God in every way, yet He was born of a woman and became one of us.  A man brought sin into this world and it took another man to reverse its effects.  Christ laid down His life as a sacrifice for all our sins, so that we could be justified.

He, who was without sin, became sin for us and then suffered its penalty of death.  If we believe in Jesus Christ and all that He accomplished on our behalf, we are set free from our sins and we become heirs to eternal life with all its blessings.  There is no longer a threat of spiritual and physical death hanging over us.  Jesus’ Blood ensures us that we will never be separated from God ever again.

1John 1:8-10 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 

All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of almighty God.  None of us is righteous in our own strength or through any merits of our own.  We inherited the generational iniquity of our forefathers, Adam and Eve, and we have a propensity towards wickedness and evil.  Without redemption, we are fated to everlasting punishment as our part of the human condition. 

We must appropriate the righteousness of God by faith in Jesus Christ and all that He accomplished on the cross.  If we say that we have not sinned, we are liars, but if we acknowledge our transgressions and repent of what we have done, the Lord is ever faithful to forgive us.  He will exonerate us; accept us in the beloved; and adopt us as His very own sons and daughters.

Our sin guilt will no longer be imputed to us for any reason once we make Jesus the Lord of our lives.  His Blood cleanses us of guilt and restores us to right standing with almighty God.  We become joint-heirs with Him to all the promises for righteousness.  The Lord will bless us in abundance and protect us from all harm.  There is no good thing He will ever withhold from us.

Jeremiah 32:40-41 “And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.  Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.” 

The Lord has made an everlasting covenant of peace with His people.  All those who sincerely repent of their sins and believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, will be saved to eternal life.  However we should have a deferential reverence and respect for almighty God.  He will no longer impute our sin guilt to us as long as we obey all His commandments and remain in right standing with Him. 

If we should ever miss the mark and fall short of His glory, we can renounce all our sins; invoke His mercy and compassion; and be forgiven once again.  The Lord’s greatest desire is to fellowship with us as His very own sons and daughters.  He wants to actually come and dwell with us on the earth.  His plan is to gather the righteous to Himself for all of eternity in the Kingdom of God. 

Soon there will no longer be a separation between God and man.  The Lord will bind up all our wounds and restore all that has been taken from us.  He will change these mortal bodies that are susceptible to disease and death into glorious, resurrection forms that live forever in His awesome presence.  We will have all of our needs met in abundance and nothing will harm or defile us ever again.

The Kingdom of God will literally be heaven on this earth for all those who are worthy to enter into it.  Many will be righteous; God’s laws will be written in our minds and hearts for all of eternity.  We will have endless blessings and generous rewards for our faithful service to the Lord and His people.  There is no good thing that He will ever withhold from those who walk in His ways.

 

Godly Sorrow

Psalm 51:16-17 “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give [it]: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

The Lord was never really impressed by animal blood sacrifices made in exchange for men’s sins.  They only temporarily appeased Him, but never really corrected the sin problem.  What He desires most of all is a humble, contrite heart and a gentle spirit that loves and respects Him.  We must sincerely repent of all wrong doing and renounce all our sins, so that we can be restored to our original relationship with God.

There is nothing unusual that we have to do to alleviate our sin guilt or atone for all of our transgressions.  If we truly believe in Jesus Christ and all that He accomplished on our behalf, we will be made the righteousness of God by faith.  The Lord will no longer impute our sins to us for any reason.  When He looks at us, He sees Jesus Christ in all His perfection and adopts us as His very own sons and daughters. 

God loves the sinner buts hates our sins.  If we are really sorry for all the wickedness and evil that we have committed, He will never withhold His mercy and compassion from us.  He will always make a way to reconcile us back to Him once again, so that we can fellowship together.  We must try to remember that our God loves us with a deep, abiding love and yearns for our human companionship more than anything else.

Acts 8:22 “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.”

The Lord sees the inner man of the heart and can always tell when we are truly repentant.  There is no way to get one over on Him.  He knows who is humble and sincere and He will accept nothing but godly sorrow for our sins.  We cannot continue as we have been and hope to be in right relationship with God.  We must change our ways and be washed by the Blood of Christ that was shed for our express benefit.

Repentance involves a change in our hearts that results in right thinking and right behavior.  If we are truly sorry for our sins, we will not deliberately repeat them.  We cannot take Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and make a mockery of it.  It cost the Lord dearly; we have been bought with the price of His very own life.  The born again man does not make a habit of sinning; He respects the fact that Christ gave His all for us.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior our minds are renewed in the truth and our behavior is transformed until it becomes godly.  We become brand new creatures in Him.  We no longer consider the things of this world to be the most important issues in our lives.  We purposely lay down our carnality and all selfish soul ambitions until we become more Christ-like in everything we think, say and do. 

We present our bodies as living sacrifices to almighty God, so that the Lord can partner with us to establish His everlasting Kingdom on this earth.  We walk in miracles, signs and wonders through the operation of His Holy Spirit that works in us and through us to reach all of mankind.  We change the fate of the entire human race by introducing godly principles to others that will impact their lives for all eternity.

Psalm 38:18 “For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.”

We should humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that He can exalt us in due time.  He will always honor His promises to us.  There is no good thing that He will ever withhold from His people – spiritual or temporal.  We will be given supernatural grace and favor in all that we do.  As long as we remain righteous and obedient, we will be blessed in abundance and protected from all harm.

If we should ever sin again, it is not the end for us.  We must humble ourselves and ask the Lord for His forgiveness once again.  He will always be merciful and kind to our human frailty and strengthen us in the power of His Holy Spirit, so that we can resist all temptation.  His Spirit will convict us of our sin and help us in our time of need.  He will actually come and dwell in us, so the sin problem is alleviated.

The fruit of the Holy Spirit will eventually develop in our lives.  We will have added love, faith, peace and joy.  Our personal relationships with almighty God and with others will be enhanced.  We will become meek, temperate and longsuffering.  We will be good and gentle towards all men, just as the Lord is with us.  Our divine destinies will be revealed, and we will walk like Jesus Christ did on this earth.

2Corinthians 7:10 “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”    

Godly sorrow will always be turned to joy with our salvation and baptism in the Holy Spirit of almighty God.  Our regeneration may be slow and progressive, but it will also be complete.  The Lord will work in us and through us to establish His will on earth.  We will have our divine destinies unveiled to us, so that we can always serve our God and His people, as we should. 

Our lives will become glorious testimonies to our Lord and Savior.  We will share our faith with real power and enthusiasm and see many men, women and children born again, just as we have been.  We will show them how to overcome all evil with good and be victorious over sin.  All those who are receptive will be converted, saved and baptized in Jesus Christ’s holy name.

Those who are sincere will change their lives to line up with the express will of God.  We will learn to walk in love and keep all of His commandments.  No one will ever regret giving up worldly ways that only lead to death.  We will imitate our Lord and Savior and do the very things that He did when He dwelled among us.  We will resume Christ’s ministry right where He left off. 

We will usher in the Kingdom of God and take dominion over all forms of wickedness and evil that try to prevail against us.  Soon there will be no more death and destruction, no poverty and lack, nor strife and division anywhere.  We will bring peace, order and stability to all of our personal affairs.  We will teach all of mankind to love God and others, as we love ourselves.

 

The Goodness of God

Psalm 86:5 “For thou, Lord, [art] good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.”

We will be more inclined to repent of all our sins when we recognize how very much almighty God loves us and desires our companionship.  He created us to be in intimate fellowship with Him for all of eternity.  However, sin gets in the way and spoils His plans.  He is holy and perfect and He cannot be associated with those who commit wickedness and evil of any kind.

The Lord is quick to forgive us if we turn to Him and repent of all our transgression.  He will be merciful and kind to us.  He realizes that temptation to sin is always with us and that we struggle in our flesh.  He has made it possible for us to be relieved of all that stress and tension, by simply giving our lives to His Son, Jesus Christ, as our personal Lord and Savior.

Jesus took on all of our iniquity and transgression, and paid the price for it with His very own Blood.  He was the perfect sacrifice to atone for the sins of all mankind once and for all time.  We are made brand new creatures in Him.  He is our high priest and mediator with the Father.  If we should ever sin again, He will intercede for us until we can repent and be forgiven.

Romans 2:4-6 “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds:”

God is good to us despite our lack of right thinking and right behavior.  He is not a cold, forbidding deity that lies in wait to catch us in our sinfulness, so that He can punish us.  He expects the best of His people and makes it as easy as possible for us to approach Him at all times.  When we realize just how very much the Lord loves us, we will be less prone to sin against Him in any way.

Perfect love casts out fear.  When we love and trust the Lord with all our hearts, He will always come through for us.  He has made redemption available to every man, woman and child on the earth.  It is not His desire that anyone perish.  His infinite mercy and kindness are extended to each and every one of us regardless of our past.  He wants to be reconciled with all of mankind.

All that we must do is acknowledge our sin and renounce it for all time.  The Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us of all our wrong doing and makes us accepted in the beloved as the sons and daughters of almighty God.  We have a bright and promising future ahead of us.  Death no longer looms over us to destroy our peace and joy unless we purposely choose to continue in wickedness and evil.

When we give our lives to Jesus Christ, our minds are renewed in the truth and our behavior is transformed until it becomes godly, like His very own.  We are brand new creatures in Christ.  Our old man is dead, and our spirits are now alive to righteousness.  We focus more on eternal values rather than mundane issues, and we sanctify ourselves of all our carnality and selfish soul ambitions.

Psalm 85:2-3 “Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned [thyself] from the fierceness of thine anger.”

Believers in Jesus Christ will be completely reconciled with God.  We will have blessings instead of curses in our lives.  The Lord will meet all our needs in abundance and protect us from all harm.  He will rebuke the devourer on our behalf, so that we are safe from all demonic oppression.  He will deliver His people from their sins and remember their iniquity no more. 

We are going back to our roots in the Garden of Eden.  There will no longer be a separation between God and man ever again.  We will have all our rights and privileges restored to us.  There is no good thing that the Lord will ever withhold from us.  He will commune with us on a regular basis and gather us to Himself in the everlasting Kingdom of God for all of eternity.

The Lord will change these mortal bodies into glorious, resurrection forms that live forever in His awesome presence.  We will see our offspring for all generations to come.  We will dwell in love, peace and unity with both men and angels.  The Lord will take an active interest in all the details of our lives and we will give Him all the praise, thanks and honor He deserves.

 

Mercy And Compassion

Psalm 51:1-4 “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin [is] ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest.”

Although we have sinned against a good and loving God, He will not hold that against us forever.  He is intimately aware of our struggle with wickedness and evil.  Satan, the enemy of our souls, lies in wait ever ready to trip us up and estrange us from our Creator.  He uses every ploy imaginable to get us to sin and then accuses us before the throne of almighty God.

The Lord will not permit us to be consumed by our transgression and iniquity.  He will make a way for us to be reconciled to Him forever more.  He sent Jesus Christ to this earth to pay off our sin debt in full.  All that we need do is appropriate His very own righteous by faith in order to receive all the promises of God.  There is no excuse for any of us to be lost in our sin.

Jesus died for the benefit of all of mankind without prejudice or exception.  He redeemed us from all of our sins – past, present and future.  There is nothing that we have done, or will ever do, that His cross hasn’t already addressed.  His sacrifice had lasting ramifications for every one of us.  It was the only action that could be taken to correct the sin problem for all time.  

Our heavenly Father will no longer impute our sin guilt to us for any reason, if we have made Jesus our personal Lord and Savior.  He sees the Blood of Christ that washes us of all our defilement, and accepts us as His very own sons and daughters.  We become brand new creatures in Christ.  Our minds are renewed in the truth and our behavior is completely transformed.

2Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Our God is loving, merciful and compassionate to His people.  He is ever conscious of the frailty and vulnerability of the human condition.  He wants us all to be reconciled to Him, so that He can provide for all our needs and protect us from all harm.  He has the heart of a father and it is not His desire that anyone perish.  He wants to gather us to Himself forever more. 

The Lord will move heaven and earth to help us, if we only humble ourselves and seek His face.  The first sign of repentance that we show brings almighty God to our rescue.  He does not want us to die in our sins when He has provided us with a way of escape that will bring us life in abundance to the overflow.  He sent Jesus to this earth to redeem us and not to condemn us.

We always have mercy and grace available to us in our time of need.  If we pray and ask Him, the Lord will help us to overcome all temptation to sin and remain in right standing with Him.  He will send legions of ministering angels to protect us and fend off any and all attacks of the enemy.  The Lord will strengthen us in the power of His might, so we can overcome all evil.

2Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Our God is never resistant to our efforts to be reconciled with Him.  If we humble ourselves and seek His face, He will hear us from heaven and forgive us for all of our sin, transgression and iniquity.  That will have positive affects in every area of our lives.  If we truly repent from the heart and are born again through faith in Jesus Christ, then everything becomes brand new for us.

The Lord grants us unmerited favor with Him, so we can succeed in everything that we do.  He adopts us as His sons and daughters, and we receive all spiritual and temporal advantages.  He reveals our divine destinies and then equips us to fulfill them.  We have hope and confidence for our future.  We can rule and reign in this world and in the Kingdom to come for all eternity. 

We are ambassadors for Jesus Christ; we will resume His earthly ministry.  The Lord will imbue us with power and authority to advance the Kingdom of God in all that we do.  We will preach the Gospel and baptize many souls to eternal life.  We will heal the sick of all their diseases.  We will cast out demons by the power of the Holy Spirit, and even raise the dead back to life.

All world governments will be challenged to adopt godly principles of fairness, equality and justice.  We will abolish poverty and lack and overcome all social injustice.  There will be no more oppression or exploitation of one man over another.  The weak and vulnerable will no longer be victims.  We will establish God’s way of doing things on earth as they are in heaven.

Psalm 86:15 “But thou, O Lord, [art] a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” 

The Lord will be glorified in the people who are called by His holy name.  He will have a good reward for all of His patience and longsuffering towards us.  We will impact the fate of all mankind and turn them back to their Creator.  He will mercifully forgive them, as He has done with us, and grant them supernatural favor for their faith in His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. 

The Kingdom of God will be expanded everywhere.  It will absorb all earthly kingdoms and establish the government of almighty God and His justice system as its standard.  The Lord will provide all of our needs in abundance and take vengeance on all of our enemies.  We will have safety and security, peace and prosperity, healthy and longevity, joy and freedom.

Almighty God will no longer impute our sins to us for any reason.  He will make an eternal covenant of peace with us that extends to our children and our children’s children for all generations to come.  We will dwell together in love and unity with men and angels.  All flesh will worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth and give Him the thanks, praise and honor He deserves.

 

No Sin Guilt

Psalm 78:38-39 “But he, [being] full of compassion, forgave [their] iniquity, and destroyed [them] not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they [were but] flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.” 

Every sinner has a good future ahead of him if he will only invoke the Lord’s mercy and compassion.  Our God will not destroy man off the face of the entire earth no matter how bad things might get.  He will preserve a remnant who are righteous by faith, and gather them to Himself forever more in the Kingdom of God.  If we repent of our sins and accept salvation through Jesus Christ we will be completely forgiven.

There will be nothing that ever interferes with our relationship with the Lord, once we are fully exonerated of all our sin guilt.  He will treat us as if we had never sinned and transgressed His law at any time.  Our relationship with our Creator will be restored to what it was originally intended to be.  He will accept us in the beloved as His very own sons and daughters, and grant us grace in everything we think, say and do. 

If we sanctify ourselves of all carnality and selfish soul ambitions, the Lord will imbue us with His very own power and authority, so we can serve as His representatives on the earth.  We will embrace our divine destinies and attract many others to our faith by our godly example.  We will preach the good news of the Kingdom of God and see countless numbers of souls baptized to eternal life as a result of all our efforts.

Romans 4:7-8 “[Saying], Blessed [are] they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed [is] the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” 

We will make salvation to eternal life available to every man, woman and child who is receptive to our message.  We will share our testimony and tell them how good God is, and how much He desires a close, personal relationship with mankind.  We will encourage them to repent of all their sins and be forgiven, just as we have been.  We will give them hope and confidence for their future.

The Lord will bless any of us who turn from our wicked ways and embrace righteousness through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  He will rejoice in our reconciliation with Him and fellowship intimately with us.  There is no good thing He will ever withhold from those who are born again.  He sees us as being pure and innocent and He is eager to provide for our needs and protect us from all harm.

Our God will no longer impute our sin guilt to us for any reason.  The Blood of Jesus Christ continually washes us of all our sins – past, present and future.  If we should ever miss the mark and fall short of His glory, we can always repent and be restored to right standing with Him again.  Almighty God wants us to be sin-free at all times, so we can always feel free to commune with Him.

An intimate relationship with our heavenly Father should be our continual goal.  He wants to bless us in abundance and take an active interest in all the details of our personal lives.  Sin only gets in our way and blocks our blessings.  We should do all that we can to be righteous and obedient at all times, so that nothing will interfere with our ruling and reigning now, in this life, and for all of eternity.

Isaiah 43:25-26 “I, [even] I, [am] he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.”

Mankind has come full circle from our creation and fall in the Garden of Eden.  The Lord has been infinitely patient and compassionate with us.  He has blotted out our sins by the merits of Jesus Christ and covered our iniquity for all time.  He does not even remember our sins any longer.  We are restored to our right standing with Him, and entitled to receive all of His promises for righteousness.

We will be blessed instead of cursed, as we once were.  The Lord will meet all of our needs in abundance.  He will share all the vast resources of the universe with us, so there is no more poverty and lack anywhere.  He will heal our bodies and renew our youth, so that we live forever in His awesome presence.  He will bring peace, order and stability to this earth and take vengeance on all of our enemies.

Very soon now, the Lord will even gather all of the righteous and obedient to Himself in the everlasting Kingdom of God.  It will literally be heaven on the earth for all those who enter into it.  We will fellowship with the Lord Himself, and dwell with both men and angels.  Our God will boast of us to all of creation and appoint us to be kings and priests to His people, so we can rule and reign with Christ.

 

Justified By Faith

Isaiah 43:25-26 “I, [even] I, [am] he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.  Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.”

It is quite simple to change our lives and go in a new direction that leads us right into the arms of a good and loving God.  All that we must do is appropriate the righteousness of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, and confess Him as our personal Lord and Savior.  If we believe the truth and walk in it, we will be forgiven of all our sins and inherit the gift of eternal life.  The Lord will accept us as His very own sons and daughters, and grant us supernatural advantage in everything that we think, say and do.

Redemption is available to everyone who calls on the name of the Lord and repents from the heart.  The Lord will never turn His back on any of us if we are humble, contrite and sincere.  It is not His desire that anyone perishes in their sin.  He wants to gather all of mankind to Himself in an intimate relationship.  It is God who justifies, and no man can ever dispute that.  Our heavenly Father sees us as just He sees Jesus when we fully surrender our lives to Him and are baptized in His holy name.

Our Creator inherently knows who will renounce their sins and embrace righteousness as a way of life.  He makes it easy for any of us to come to Him and be forgiven of all our sins – past, present and future.  However, there are some who will always be stubborn and rebellious.  The Lord has no recourse but to turn His back on them.  He is under no obligation to provide for human beings who are defiant towards Him.  Only those who are faithful to fully surrender their lives to God will be saved.

Romans 5:1-2 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

The Lord knows who His people are.  We acknowledge that we have sinned against Him.  We repent of all of our sins and renounce them.  We are cleansed of all transgression and iniquity by the Blood of Jesus Christ and restored to righteousness.  We have been reconciled back to almighty God; our faith has justified us.  The Lord no longer imputes our sin to us for any reason.

We have peace with almighty God and we will never incur His wrath and indignation, if we remain righteous and obey all that He tells us to do.  He grants us grace or unmerited favor.  We are blessed beyond our wildest imaginings.  He provides all of our needs and protects us from all harm.  He defends us against our enemies and restores anything that we have lost.

Our God delights in His beloved children.  There is no good thing that we will ever lack.  He will imbue us with divine power and authority to act on His behalf, and rescue others from sin and darkness, just as we have been.  We will advance the Kingdom of God in everything that we say and do.  God’s way of doing things will finally prevail on this earth, just as it is in heaven.

Titus 3:3-7 “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, [and] hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Our sins no longer define us or determine our future.  Almighty God washed us by the Blood of Jesus in His infinite mercy.  There is no way that we could be made righteous in our own strength.  He purged us of all our sins; cleansed us of all unrighteousness; and filled us with His Holy Spirit, so that we could grow and mature as His very own sons and daughters.  We need not be performance oriented.  We are redeemed because of Jesus, not because of any of our so called good works.

We have been saved to eternal life with all of its many promises.  Very soon now, the Lord will gather us to Himself for all of eternity.  He will boast of us to all creation, and take an intimate interest in all the details of our lives.  We will never be separated from our God ever again.  He will actually come and dwell with us on planet earth, as He has plans and purposes.  He will appoint us to be kings and priests and we will even rule and reign with Jesus over all of the nations of the world.

The Kingdom of God will be a literal paradise for all those who are righteous and obedient.  The Lord will take vengeance on all our enemies and restore everything that was taken from us.  We will be given new, glorious resurrection bodies that never get sick and die.  The Lord will bind up all of our wounds and heal all of our pain and suffering.  We will dwell in peaceful habitations in love and unity as brothers and sisters, and enjoy our offspring for all the many generations to come. 

Romans 8:31-34 “What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? [It is] God that justifieth. Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” 

While we were once lost in sin and darkness and doomed to never ending punishment for our sins, the Lord has now redeemed us.  He has worked in our hearts and caused us to repent before Him.  We are no longer fated to spiritual and physical death.  Our God has rescued us from our dire fate by sending His own beloved Son to save all of mankind once and for all time.

We are called and elect – the children of almighty God Himself.  He has cleansed and sanctified us by the Blood of Jesus Christ, and we are fully justified in His eyes.  We are now forgiven and reconciled to our heavenly Father.  The Lord no longer holds us responsible for our past sins, nor the generational iniquity that we inherited.  He has blotted it all from His memory.

There is no good thing that the Lord will ever withhold from us.  His greatest desire is to provide all our needs in abundance and protect us from all evil.  He will defend us against our enemies and vindicate us before both men and angels.  He will grant us all spiritual and temporal advantages, so we can rule and reign in this life and in the Kingdom to come for all eternity.

 

A New Covenant

Hebrews 10:16-17 “This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” 

The Lord has made us righteous before Him.  He sent Jesus Christ to atone for all of our sins and to release life in abundance to each and every one who believes in His name.  We have been redeemed from the curse of the law that specified death as a penalty for our sins and transgressions.  We are now set free to be all that the Lord has planned for us.  We will never be separated from our God ever again.

His laws are written in our minds and hearts, so that we all know what He expects of us.  We will guard our right standing with Him by being obedient to do all that He asks.  His commandments are not severe or burdensome; they were established in our best interest.  If we follow them to the letter, we will never experience the fear, shame and condemnation we once did when we were lost in our sins.

Our God no longer holds our sin guilt against us.  He has blotted it from His memory and treats us as His beloved children.  We have grace and favor with Him.  He blesses us with all spiritual and temporal advantages and makes certain that we are protected from our enemies.  The Lord will never leave us or forsake us.  We have an eternal covenant of peace with Him through the merits of Jesus.

Romans 11:27 “For this [is] my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.”   

The Lord has washed us from our sins and restored us to right standing with Him.  We are returning to our roots in the Garden of Eden.  We are now heirs to all the promises of God for righteousness.  We have received dominion over the entire earth.  We will overcome all evil with good and glorify the Lord in everything that we think, say and do as His beloved sons and daughters. 

Believers will bring heaven to this earth in the days to come.  Our God will imbue us with divine power and authority to act on His behalf.  We will rescue others from their bondage to sin and evil, and make eternal life available to every man, woman and child that we meet.  We will establish godly standards as the norm, and bring peace, order and stability to all of our affairs. 

We will teach all of mankind to dwell in love and unity, and share all of their resources with one another.  Power and greed will no longer motivate us to exploit the weak and vulnerable.  There will be no more wars, violence, or conflict anywhere.  Poverty and lack will be abolished.  There will be no more social injustice, no artificial class barriers that ever separate us from one another.

The Kingdom of almighty God will be our eternal legacy for faithfulness and obedience.  We will have generous rewards for all our service to the Lord and His people.  We will receive the heathen in the uttermost parts of the earth for our inheritance.   The Lord will appoint us as His kings and priests, so that we can judge both men and angels and rule and reign with Christ.

Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he [is] God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;”

Our sins and iniquity were once deterring factors in our relationship with almighty God, but that is no longer the case.  We have been redeemed by the precious Blood of Jesus Christ once and for all.  Our sin debt has been canceled and we are now accepted in the beloved.  The Lord looks at us and sees the righteousness of Jesus.  We are no longer estranged from Him.

Our God has made an everlasting covenant of peace with us that will extend to our children and our children’s children for all the many generations to come.  He will be our vanguard and our rear guard.  The Lord will go before us, and be our protection against every attack of the enemy.  We will have supernatural grace and favor extended to us in everything that we undertake.

The Lord will supply all of our needs, even before we ask Him in many instances.  He always gives us exceeding abundantly more than we could ever ask or think.  He will even make certain that He gathers us to Himself for all of eternity.  We will have peace and prosperity, safety and security, health and longevity, joy and freedom.  There is no good thing that we will ever lack.

Ezekiel 37:26 “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.”

When Christ returns, He will set up His millennial rule and reign.  He will take vengeance on all of our enemies and restore all that has been stolen from us.  He will heal all of our wounds.  We will have no more pain and suffering, no death and destruction to spoil the serenity of our lives.  No evil will ever enter into the Kingdom of almighty God to defile any of us.

The Lord will change these mortal bodies into new, glorious, resurrection forms like His very own.  He will make certain that all of our needs are met in abundance and that we are healthy and happy for all of eternity.  We will see our offspring for all the many generations to come.  All men will know the Lord;   His laws will be written in our minds and hearts.

Jesus Christ will share His very own honor and glory with those of us who have faithfully served Him.  We will be kings and priests to His people, and judge both men and angels just as He does.  We will even rule and reign with Him over all the nations of the world.  We will teach all mankind to dwell in love, peace and unity and to worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth.

Almighty God has great things planned for our future.  Sin no longer hangs over us, and separates us from Him in any way.  We can be in intimate fellowship now, just as a father is with his children.  The Lord actually plans on coming to this earth realm and residing with men in the everlasting Kingdom of God.  He is determined never to be separated from us again.

 

Chapter 3 – Redemption Through Jesus Christ

 

John 3:16-18 “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. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”  

Almighty God loves mankind with total abandon.  However, our sin gets in the way and separates us from Him.  He is infinitely merciful and compassionate to our needs, and knows that we can never be righteous in our own strength.  That is why He sent Jesus Christ to the earth.  He came to save us from all of our sins and translate us into His Kingdom of light and life, so we could be with the Lord forever more.

Christ did not come to condemn us in any way.  He simply took on all of our sins in His own flesh and then bore the penalty of them with His agonizing death on the cross.  Jesus was the perfect Lamb of God, the only sacrifice that was required to cancel the sin debt of the entire human race.  He, who was without sin, became sin for us and then suffered and died, so that we would not have to endure the same fate.

If we believe in Jesus Christ and all that He accomplished on our behalf, we are saved to eternal life with all of its many benefits.  If we refuse to believe the truth, then we will perish.  There is no middle ground possible.  Our salvation is an all-or-nothing proposition.  Jesus served as our substitute.  Because of His perfect obedience unto death, we are now set free to enjoy our lives in abundance to the overflow.

Romans 10:8-10 “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

The Lord loved us so much that He made redemption available to every human being, so that we could be reconciled back to Him once again.  He came to this world in human form as Jesus Christ and was born one of us.  It was a man who transgressed God’s law and it required another man to remedy it.  Jesus suffered and died as a man, so that all human beings could be set free.

We must believe that Jesus Christ was indeed the Son of God who redeemed us of all our sins, and confess Him as our personal Lord and Savior.  When we do, we are born again in our spirit man.  Our sins are wiped away, and we become the righteousness of God by faith.  The Lord no longer holds us responsible for our sin debt.  Jesus paid it in full with His very own Blood.

As if that weren’t enough, Christ rose again on the third day, and conquered sin, death and the grave forever more.  He defeated the devil and gave dominion over the earth back to man where it belongs.  We are no longer slaves of sin or held in bondage of any type.  Those of us who believe in Jesus can rule and reign in this life, and in the Kingdom to come for all of eternity.

The Lord will soon reveal our divine destinies to us, so that we can walk in them and rescue others just as we have been.  We will be imbued with power and authority to be Christ’s ambassadors for the Kingdom of almighty God.  We will usher heaven itself into the earth realm, and prepare the way for our Lord and Savior to return to us to establish His millennial rule and reign.

Hebrews 2:9-11 “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,” 

Christ did not have to die for mankind.  No one forced Him into it.  He could have just as easily ignored our plight and preserved Himself.  His Father would have loved Him just the same.  But Jesus loved us so very much that He willingly laid down His own life, so we could be redeemed of all our sins, transgression and iniquity and be made the righteousness of God by faith in Him.

When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, everything changes for us.  We become brand new creatures in Him.  Our minds are renewed in the truth and our behavior is transformed until it becomes godly.  Our sins are no longer imputed to us for any reason.  The Lord sees the Blood of Jesus that washes us clean from all of our sins – past, present and future.

We are now accepted in the beloved as the sons and daughters of almighty God Himself.  We have His grace, or unmerited favor, available to us in all that we do.  It is not a license to sin again, however.  We must guard our righteousness at all times, and sanctify ourselves of all carnality and selfishness of the soul if we wish to remain in right standing with our heavenly Father.

Ephesians 2:4-8 “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. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:” 

Believers have been redeemed by the Blood of our Lord and Savior and justified by His sacrifice.  We are now the adopted sons and daughters of God.  We are joint-heirs with Jesus to all of the promises for righteousness.  We are actually seated with Christ in heavenly places at the right hand of God Himself.  There is no good thing that the Lord will ever withhold from us, spiritual or temporal. 

Our God will baptize us with His very own Holy Spirit.  We will grow and mature until we reach the full stature of Jesus Christ.  We will imitate His laid down life and present our bodies as living sacrifices to almighty God in service to Him and His people.  We will resume Jesus’ ministry where He left off and rescue others from sin and darkness, so they can be saved to eternal life as we have been.

The Lord will work in us and through us to demonstrate His amazing love and compassion for the entire human race.  We will preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and heal the sick of all their afflictions.  The blind will see; the deaf will hear; and the lame will walk through our efforts.  We will cast out demons that hold men in bondage to sin and evil, and even raise the dead back to life once again.

Nothing will be impossible to us as we fulfill our divine destinies and learn to operate just as Jesus Christ once did.  The Kingdom of God will be advanced everywhere we go.  We will bring peace, order and stability to all of our lives.  All men will learn to dwell together as brothers and sisters.  We will prepare the hearts of all mankind to receive Christ as their King and change the fate of the entire world. 

 

Delivered From Sin

2Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Jesus Christ was able to accomplish the impossible during His short life on this earth.  He came preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and ended up dying for the sins of all mankind, so that He could redeem us and make us accepted in the beloved.  He, who knew no sin, became sin for us and then suffered its penalty of death, so we could be delivered of all our sins and receive the gift of eternal life.

Christ actually took on the curse of sin in His own flesh, so that we could be blessed in abundance.  He became poor and disenfranchised, so that we might be made rich.  He bore our infirmities and carried our diseases, so that we could be made healthy and whole.  Jesus was the chastisement for our peace and our righteous role model.  He served as both the sacrificial lamb and the high priest of our faith.

Our Lord and Savior did what none of us can do in our own strength.  He reconciled us back to almighty God and restored our innocence to what it originally was in the Garden of Eden.  Jesus came to this earth as a mere man, but He left it in honor and glory as the resurrected Son of God.  He now sits at the right hand of the Father, waiting for all of His enemies, including death, to be put underneath His feet.

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:”

Jesus spoiled all principalities and powers and made an open show of them at the cross.  He defeated the devil and took back our dominion over all matters on this earth.  Those who believe in Him are translated out of the kingdom of darkness into His marvelous light.  We have redemption by His precious Blood and forgiveness of all of our sins – past, present and future.

Instead of receiving the death penalty, we have inherited eternal life with all of its many benefits.  We have been made the righteousness of God by faith, and restored to right standing with our Creator.  We are actually seated with Christ in heavenly places and joint-heirs to all the promises of God.  We have been saved by grace and have unmerited favor with the Lord.

There is nothing that separates us from our God, if we are sincere believers in everything that Jesus Christ accomplished on our behalf.  The Lord no longer imputes our sin guilt to us for any reason.  He treats us as His very own sons and daughters.  There is no good thing that we will ever lack.  We will rule and reign in this life, and in the Kingdom to come, for all of eternity.

The Lord will be glorified in the people who are called by His holy name.  He will appoint us as His personal ambassadors for the Kingdom of God.  We will rescue all of mankind from sin and evil and demonstrate His infinite love, mercy and compassion for them.  We will make salvation from their sins available to every man, woman and child who is receptive.

John 8:34-36 “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever:[but] the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

Sin no longer rules over us or holds us in bondage of any kind.  We are no longer a servant of it.  Jesus Christ has set us free, and we are free indeed.  In addition to that, we have received His very own Holy Spirit who leads and guides us into all truth.  The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and strengthens us in our spirit man, so that we can overcome all evil with good.

God’s Spirit permeates our very being, and we develop spiritual fruit in our lives.  These are divine attributes that impact everything we think, say and do.  Our love, peace, joy and faith are increased.  We become meek, good and gentle.  Temperance and longsuffering characterize our relationships with others, so we mature and grow into the full stature of Jesus Christ. 

Our divine destinies are revealed to us and we willingly offer up our bodies as living sacrifices to almighty God in service to Him and His people.  We share our faith so that others can be set free, just as we have been.  We cast out demons that hold them in bondage to sin and evil and lay hands on the sick, so that they are healed.  We can even raise the dead back to life again.

Romans 6:22-23 “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We are servants of righteousness, no longer enslaved to our sins.  Christ has set us free and we walk in divine power and authority, as the Lord desires.  We advance the Kingdom of God all over this earth and establish peace, order and stability in all of our affairs.  We share all the valuable resources of the universe with others, so that poverty and lack are abolished for all time.

Believers confront all world governments and challenge them to treat others with fairness, justice and equality.  We make certain that no one is oppressed or exploited.  We are advocates for the weak and innocent and encourage all men to dwell in love and unity as brothers and sisters.  We bring God’s standard for doing things to this earth realm and prepare the way of the Lord. 

When Jesus Christ returns, He will share His very own honor and glory with those who have served Him.  He will boast of us to all of creation.  We will have the heathen in the uttermost parts of the earth for our inheritance.  We will judge both men and angels and be appointed as kings and priests to God’s people.  We will rule and reign with Him over all nations of the world.

The Kingdom of God will be heaven on this earth for all those who are righteous and obedient.  The Lord will supply all our needs in abundance and make certain we are protected from all harm.  Christ will change these mortal bodies into glorious, resurrection forms like His very own.  We will live forever in good health and youthful vitality to see our offspring for all generations to come. 

 

Saved To Eternal Life

2Timothy 1:9-10 “Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”

We are no surprise to our Creator.  He knew that we would sin and fall short of His glory from the very beginning of the world.  He realized that we would be estranged from Him and have to suffer the penalty of death for our rebellion.  The Lord already made arrangements for our redemption well in advance.  He made provision to personally come to this earth at the appointed time to rescue us.

Our God could not tolerate separation from His people, yet our wickedness and evil set up a barrier to intimacy.  He is holy and perfect and cannot associate with those who are sinful.  The Lord knew that only divine intervention could remedy the situation.  He became one of us and then suffered the death penalty in our place.  He took on all the rebellion of the human race, so we could be restored.

The Lord now grants us supernatural favor, or grace, in everything that we do.  He will never withhold anything good from us, spiritual or temporal.  We will have all of our needs met and be protected from all harm.  Almighty God will see to it that we have everything that we require to be healthy, happy and content.  His heart’s desire is to fellowship with men as only a loving father can do.

Hebrews 2:14-15 “Forasmuch 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 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.” 

The Lord knew that it would take divine intervention to redeem all of mankind from the penalty of death.  He sent Jesus Christ to this earth to take on human form and pay the sin debt for the entire human race.  Jesus was holy and perfect in all of His ways, yet He willingly took on all of our sin, as if it were His very own.  He suffered, died and was buried to give us the gift of eternal life with all its many benefits.

Just as sin came into the world by one man’s disobedience, salvation came through one man’s total obedience unto death itself.  Jesus was the unblemished Lamb of God, who served as our sacrificial substitute once and for all time.  Christ actually became sin for us, and then voluntarily laid down His own life in atonement for each and every one of us who repent of our sins and genuinely believe in Him. 

Jesus served as both the sacrificial victim and the high priest of our faith.  He restored us to right standing with our God, and always makes intercession for us with His heavenly Father.  When we repent of all our sins and accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior, all things become new for us.  We are delivered from our bondage to sin and darkness and translated into His Kingdom of light and life for all of eternity.

We no longer have a sin debt of any kind to pay off.  The Lord looks at us just as He does Jesus.  We are holy and perfect in His eyes once again.  We are actually joint-heirs with Christ to all the promises for righteousness.  We will have supernatural advantage in every area of our lives.  The Lord will imbue us with His power and authority, so that we can even represent Him to others, as we are destined to do.

1John 5:11-13 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 

Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf should never be underestimated.  Although He was sinless and perfect Himself, He suffered and died to pay the sin debt of all of mankind, so that we might receive the gift of eternal life.  Jesus took on all of our transgression and iniquity, as if it were His very own, and then carried it to His cross.  His agonizing death brought us life in abundance to the overflow. 

We need not worry about our sins causing us fear, shame and condemnation.  The curse that was attached to them is now broken and we have been set free.  When the Lord looks at us, He sees the righteousness of Jesus and we are accepted in the beloved as His very own sons and daughters.  We now have hope and confidence for our future.  The Lord will soon gather us to Himself forever more.

The Kingdom of almighty God will be paradise on the earth for all those who are determined to be righteous and obedient.  We will never be separated from our Creator ever again.  He will actually come and dwell with His people on His holy mountain, as He always desired.  We will thrive in His awesome presence, and give Him all the praise, thanks and honor that He so rightly deserves.

John 5:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

Those of us who believe the truth have already passed from death to life through our faith in Jesus Christ and all that He accomplished on our behalf.  We will never experience guilt and condemnation for our sins ever again.  We are made righteous by His Blood and reconciled to almighty God.  We are His very own sons and daughters, no longer estranged from Him in any way.

The Lord will preserve us holy and blameless until the return of Jesus Christ to redeem our bodies and souls, just as our spirits have been.  He will protect us from all evil and strengthen us in the power of His might, so that we can work great exploits in His name.  We will embrace our divine destinies and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to every nation of the world.

We will see men, women and children everywhere saved and baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.  If they repent and confess Him as Lord and Savior, all their sins will be forgiven them once and for all time.  We will make eternal life available to all those who are receptive to it.  No righteous person will be left behind.  The Lord will gather all of us to Himself in the Kingdom of God. 

Those who are righteous and obedient will dwell in paradise on this earth.  The Lord will even come and live here with us.  He will take vengeance on all of our enemies and restore all that we have lost.  He will change these mortal bodies, so that we never get sick and die.  We will have peace and prosperity, safety and security, health and longevity, joy and freedom forever more.

 

Redeemed From The Curse

Isaiah 53:4-6 “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

There was a great substitutionary work that went on at the cross of Jesus Christ two thousand years ago.   A divine exchange took place.  Besides dying to save us from all our sins, the Lord also bore the curse of the law for us.  He took on all of our infirmities and carried our diseases, and by His stripes we were healed.  The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, so that we could be restored to right standing with God. 

Jesus suffered and died, so that we are able to receive the gift of eternal life with all its many benefits.  He was poor and disenfranchised, so that we could be made rich.  He was estranged and smitten by almighty God, so that we could be highly favored as the Lord’s own sons and daughters.  He took on all of our sin, transgression and generational iniquity in His own flesh, so that we could be made righteous by our faith.

Christ accomplished the impossible without even giving it a thought.  He was simply obedient to His heavenly Father, even unto death.  Through Him, the entire human race is reconciled to our Creator.  If we sincerely believe in Jesus and confess Him as our Lord and Savior, everything becomes new for us.  We are no longer sick, poor and subject to death as punishment for our sins; we are now accepted in the beloved.

We have been granted every temporal and spiritual advantage.  We are joint-heirs with Jesus to all the promises of God for righteousness.  We are seated with Him in heavenly places in the throne room of almighty God.  Every prayer that we pray is heard and answered.  The Lord meets all of our needs and supplies us with His supernatural wisdom and abilities, so that we can overcome all obstacles in our path.

Galatians 3:13-14 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” 

Jesus was actually made a curse for us, so that we could be blessed in abundance to the overflow.  He suffered and died, so that we would not have to endure the same fate.  Christ was cast into hell, so that we would never have to go there ourselves.  He conquered sin, death and the grave, so that we could share in His rich inheritance as descendants of Abraham.

Our Lord and Savior did it all because He loved us so much, that He could not permit us to remain in our sins.  He took on all the transgression of the entire human race in His own person.  He was humiliated, spat upon, scourged and made to carry the instrument of His own death.  He was forced into a separation from His Father, so that we could be reconciled to Him.

Because of Jesus Christ’s unselfish love and obedience, the entire human race has a bright and promising future ahead of it.  Our heavenly Father considers us to be His very own sons and daughters, and sees the Blood of Jesus instead of our iniquity.  He will no longer impute our sin guilt to us for any reason.  We are set free to be everything that He purposed for us.

Romans 6:6 “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:”    

Our redemption is not a license to sin again, however.  We have been bought with a dear price – the Blood of the only begotten Son of God.  We are crucified with Christ; our bodies, souls and spirits have been set free.  Sin no longer reigns over us.  We are able to resist temptation and overcome all evil with good.  We must guard our righteousness at all costs and be obedient to do all that the Lord asks of us.

If we continually sanctify ourselves of all known sin and renounce it once and for all, we will be preserved blameless until the coming of our Lord and Savior.  We should imitate His laid down life, and grow and develop until we reach His full stature as the mature sons and daughters of almighty God.  His Holy Spirit will strengthen and equip us to walk like He did, so that we can fulfill our divine destinies.

Spiritual fruit will grow and develop in our spirits that are like the characteristics and attributes of God Himself.  We will have faith, love, peace and joy without measure.  We will become good and gentle, meek, temperate and longsuffering.  Our relationships with God and with others will be greatly enhanced.  We will serve as righteous role models for all of mankind, and overcome all evil with good.

We will preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ with power and conviction, and baptize countless numbers of souls to eternal life.  We will lay hands on all those who are sick and cure them of their afflictions.  We will cast out demons that hold men in bondage to sin and evil.  We will even be able to raise the dead back to life once again through the power of the Holy Spirit of God that works in us and through us.

1Peter 1:18-21 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” 

Our Lord and Savior is the Lamb who was slain from the very foundation of the world.  Almighty God saw mankind lost in our sins and He made advance provision for our redemption by the Blood of Jesus Christ.  At just the appropriate time, He sent Jesus to the earth to rescue us from condemnation.  Those of us who believe in Him will be saved to eternal life and enjoy all the many promises of God for righteousness.

We have a bright and promising future ahead of as disciples of Jesus Christ.  Very soon now, the Lord will return to gather us to Himself in the everlasting Kingdom of almighty God.  He will take vengeance on all of our enemies and restore all that has been taken from us.  Jesus will change these mortal bodies into glorious, resurrection forms like His very own.  We will dwell in good health and vitality for all eternity.

The Kingdom of God will literally be heaven on this earth for all those who are righteous and obedient.  God’s laws will be written in our minds and hearts, so that we always obey them.  No evil will harm us ever again.  We will worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth, and thrive in His awesome presence.  We will experience peace and prosperity, safety and security, health and longevity, joy and freedom forever more.

 

Covered By The Blood

1Peter 1:2 “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.” 

The Blood of Jesus Christ has the unquestionable power to cleanse and sanctify us of all of our sins, transgression and iniquity – past, present and future.  It may have been shed on behalf of the entire human race over two thousand years ago, but it still speaks of freedom and reconciliation.  There is life in the Blood of Christ and we have all inherited it in abundance.

Our salvation did not come cheap.  The Lord suffered and died an agonizing death, so that we would not have to experience the same fate.  He bore the penalty of death for our sins in His own flesh, even though He was sinless and perfect Himself.  He was our sacrificial victim and high priest all rolled into one.  Jesus sits at the right hand of God and always intervenes for us.

When our heavenly Father looks at us, He sees the righteousness of Jesus Christ Himself.  We are covered by His precious Blood, and the Lord no longer imputes our sin guilt to us for any reason.  We are adopted as His sons and daughters, and highly favored in everything that we do.  The Lord now ascribes holiness and godliness to men, even though we may not deserve it.

He imbues us with divine power and authority to serve as His personal ambassadors for the Kingdom of God on this earth.  He gives us dominion over all things, so that we can bring peace, order and stability to all of our affairs and dwell together in love and unity as brothers and sisters.  We advance His Kingdom wherever we go and in everything that we do on His behalf. 

Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”

We are no longer strangers on this earth, nor are we separated from our Creator as we once were.  Our sins are not an issue with the Lord.  We are drawn close to Him by the Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ and adopted as His very own sons and daughters now.  The Lord views us as His people who are called by His holy name, and there is no good thing that He will ever withhold from us.

Every spiritual and temporal advantage has been accorded us.  The Lord meets all our needs in abundance and protects us from all harm.  He reveals our divine destinies to us and then equips us to fulfill them by the power of His awesome Holy Spirit.  We are like Jesus in His eyes, and capable of anything that He assigns us to do.  We will usher heaven itself into the earth realm with God’s help.

The world will never be the same when we are finished.  We will eliminate all wars, violence and conflict.  There will finally be peace on earth.  There will be no more social injustice – no oppression or exploitation of the weak and innocent.  Poverty and lack will eventually disappear.  The Lord will empower us to set matters straight and establish godly principles for dealing with one another.

Hebrews 9:14 “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?” 

If we have made Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives and been born again in our spirit man, we are covered by His Blood for all of our sins.  We are no longer estranged from God or subject to eternal condemnation.  We are now reconciled back to Him and accepted in the beloved.  The Lord has great plans for our lives; He wants us to partner with Him in bringing heaven to this earth.

We are new creatures in Christ and anything is possible to us.  Through the power of His Holy Spirit, we can become more like the Lord and operate just like He did.  We can preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and set men free to eternal life.  We can heal the sick of all their diseases; cast out demons that hold others in bondage; and even raise the dead back to life once again.

The followers of Jesus Christ will do the very things that He did, and even greater works, since He has gone to be with His Father.  We will challenge all world governments and persuade them to establish godly principles of fairness, equality and justice in their dealings with others.  We will abolish poverty and lack by sharing all the vast resources of the universe with one another.

Believers will restore all of creation back to its original beauty and balance.  We will speak to all plants and animals and make certain that they are in total harmony with one another and subject to man once again.  The climate will be regulated so that it is temperate and predictable.  There will be no more environmental pollution, nor any natural disasters that cause death and destruction.

Romans 5:8-10 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” 

The entire earth will be renovated and restored, so that Jesus can return to us to set up His millennial rule and reign.  We will prepare the hearts of all mankind to receive Him as their King.  There is no more enmity with almighty God.  Those who believe in Jesus Christ will escape His wrath and be gathered to Him forever more in the everlasting Kingdom of God.

Mankind has come full circle.  We are going back to our roots in the Garden of Eden once again.  The Lord will actually come and take up residence with His people.  He will provide all of our needs and protect us from all harm, even before we ask Him.  He will take vengeance on all our enemies and banish Satan to the abyss, so that he can no longer torment us in any way.

The Kingdom of God will be heaven on this earth.  The Lord will wipe away all our tears and bind up all our wounds.  He will change these mortal bodies into glorious, resurrection forms that never get sick and die.  We will dwell in peaceful habitations and see our offspring for all generations to come.  We will worship our God in Spirit and in truth for all of eternity.

 

Cleansed And Sanctified

Hebrews 10:14-17 “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. [Whereof] the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” 

Jesus Christ brought the Old Testament animal sacrifices for sin to fulfillment with His death on the cross.  With one perfect sacrifice of His own flesh, the Lord sanctified the entire human race.  Anyone who believes in Him, and confesses Him as Lord and Savior, will be saved from the penalty of death and receive the gift of eternal life.  There is no longer a sin debt to be paid by any of us.

The Lord has established an eternal covenant of peace with His people.  He will put His law in our minds and in our hearts, so that we all obey Him.  He will remember our sins and iniquity no more.  We are righteous in His eyes because of everything that Christ did for us.  The Lord’s very own Holy Spirit attests to the truth and will actually come and indwell those who ask for its baptism.

The Holy Spirit will convict us of any sin, so that we can repent and renounce it once and for all.  He will lead and guide us and strengthen us in our spirit man, so that we can overcome all evil with good.  Spiritual fruit will develop in us that are character traits similar to those of God Himself.  We will have faith, love, peace and joy.  We will be gentle, good, meek, temperate and longsuffering.

1Corinthians 6:9-11 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” 

While we were once lost in our sins and destined to death as a penalty for our transgression, we have been fully redeemed by Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf.  We are cleansed and sanctified of all filthiness of the flesh and selfishness of the soul.  We are justified in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ, and righteous by faith in Him.  The Lord wants to partner with us in rescuing others. 

We will continue to grow and develop into fully mature sons and daughters of almighty God who can be trusted in service to His people.  We will exhibit self-control and patience in all of our dealings with others and be godly role models to those who are still lost in darkness and deception.  We will demonstrate the Lord’s own infinite love, mercy and compassion for all of mankind.

The followers of Jesus Christ will work miracles, signs and wonders in the days to come.  We will be given supernatural power and authority to serve as His ambassadors for the Kingdom of God.  We will teach others to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior and to be baptized in His holy name.  Only those who are righteous and obedient will be able to enter into the Lord’s presence.

The Kingdom of God is reserved only for those who have been purged of all their sins and redeemed by the Blood of Jesus.  It will be our eternal inheritance.  The Lord will soon gather us to Himself and wipe every tear from our eyes.  He will take vengeance on all of our enemies and restore everything that has been taken from us.  We will lack no good thing, spiritual or temporal, ever again.

John 17:14-18 “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.” 

Jesus Christ has the power to cleanse and sanctify all of us simultaneously.  If we repent of our sins and believe in what He accomplished on our behalf, we are saved to eternal life with all of its many benefits.  The Lord will supply all of our needs and protect us from all harm.  He will fill us with His very own Holy Spirit so that we are strengthened in the power of His might.

Those in the world may not accept us, but the Lord will approve of His people.  He will defend us against all of our enemies and send legions of ministering angels to assist us in all our efforts.  We will take back the entire earth for the Kingdom of God and prepare the hearts of all mankind to receive Christ as their King.  Everything we do will bring honor and glory to God.

The Lord will soon return and boast of us to all of creation.  He will appoint us as kings and priests to His people.  We will assist Him in judging both men and angels.  We will have the heathen in the uttermost parts of the earth for our inheritance.  We will teach all flesh to worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth, and give Him all the gratitude, praise and respect that He deserves.

Acts 20:32 “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”

We are saved by grace and we enjoy all spiritual and temporal advantages now.  The Lord treats us as His very own sons and daughters.  We are accepted in the beloved and on equal footing with His Son, Jesus Christ.  The Lord will withhold no good thing from us.  If we are faithful to Him, we will rule and reign now, in this lifetime, and in the Kingdom to come for all of eternity.

The Kingdom of almighty God will be our eternal legacy for righteousness and obedience to all that the Lord requires of us.  No one who is saved and sanctified will be turned away.  Every man, woman and child who accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior will be gathered in.  The Lord will actually come and take up residence with the people who are called by His holy name.

He will meet all of our needs and shower us with His blessings.  Nothing will ever harm or defile us ever again.  The Lord will change our mortal bodies that are susceptible to disease and death into glorious, resurrection forms that thrive in His awesome presence.  We will dwell in love, peace and unity as brothers and sisters and see our offspring for all the many generations to come.

Christ will share His very own honor and glory with those of us who have faithfully served Him.  He will boast of us to all of creation and appoint us to be kings and priests to His people.  We will enforce Kingdom principles of fairness, equality and justice in the government of God.  We will judge both men and angels, and rule and reign with Jesus over all nations of the world. 

 

The Spirit Of Life

Galatians 6:7-8 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

We have been bought with a dear price; we should not ever underestimate the significance of our redemption.  Jesus Christ served as our sacrificial substitute.  He suffered and died, so that we would not have to endure the same fate.  He became sin for us and then paid its penalty of death with His very own Blood.  He laid down His life, so that we could enjoy ours. 

Christ died to set us free from the fear, shame, guilt and condemnation that our iniquity brought on us, but that is not a license for us to keep sinning.  We cannot make rebellion a habit in our lives if we have been born again.  If we should ever sin and fall short of God’s glory, we must confess our sins and repent from the heart in order to be restored to right standing with Him. 

It is vital that we guard our new found righteousness and appreciate all that was done on our behalf.  We should sanctify ourselves of all carnality and selfish soul ambitions, and present our bodies as living sacrifices to almighty God.  We must subdue our flesh and walk in the Holy Spirit of God at all times.  If we do, we will reap eternal life with all of its many benefits. 

It is critical that we share our faith with those who are still lost in sin, darkness and deception.  It is not the Lord’s will that anyone perish.  We must rescue all of mankind from their bondage to sin and evil, and make salvation to eternal life available to all races, tongues and nations of the world.  Every man, woman and child must be given an equal opportunity to be born again.

2Corinthians 3:5-6 “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency [is] of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” 

No man can be righteous in his own strength or through the merits of his good works.  We have all sinned and missed the mark of true holiness.  It is only through faith in Jesus Christ and what He accomplished, that we are made the righteousness of God and adopted as His sons and daughters.  The Old Testament Law convicts and kills, but the spirit of life in Christ Jesus quickens our mortal bodies and preserves us.

We have a sacred charge as born again believers.  We have divine destinies to fulfill before Christ returns to us.  We must partner with almighty God in rescuing others from sin and darkness, just as we have been.  We should share our faith with power and conviction and win many souls to eternal life.  We will baptize countless numbers in Jesus’ holy name, and make salvation available to every man, woman and child.

The blind will see; the deaf will hear; and the lame will walk through our efforts on their behalf.  We will lay hands on the sick and heal them of all their diseases.  We will cast out demons that hold others in bondage to sin and destroy all satanic strongholds that get in our way.  We will overcome all evil with good, and even raise the dead back to life once again, just as Jesus Christ did during His earthly ministry.

Romans 8:2-4 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Believers have been set free from the law of sin and death and redeemed to eternal life through Jesus Christ.  We have been bought with a dear price and we will never forget that.  We must maintain our righteousness at all costs and continually sanctify ourselves of all wickedness and evil.  We have a personal obligation to serve the Lord and minister to His people who are still lost. 

We will take back the entire earth and usher in the Kingdom of God.  The spirit of life in Christ Jesus will radiate through us to all those we meet.  We will abolish all wars, violence and conflict from our affairs.  Poverty and lack will no longer be named among us.  Social injustice of all types will disappear.  There will be no more oppression or exploitation of one man over another ever again.

All men will learn to dwell in love, peace and unity as brothers and sisters.  We will share all of our resources with those who are less fortunate.  There will be no more death and destruction in our lives.  We will all be righteous; God’s laws will be written in our minds and hearts.  Those who are wicked will be banished from our presence.  No evil will enter into the Kingdom of God. 

We will dwell in a literal paradise on this earth.  The Lord Himself will come and take up residence with us.  We will never be separated from our God ever again.  He will supply all our needs even before we ask Him.  We will have peace and prosperity, safety and security, health and longevity, joy and freedom.  We will see our children and our children’s children for all generations to come.

2Thessalonians 2:13-14 “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

It is settled for all time.  We have been delivered from the death penalty and given the spirit of life through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf.  We are now dead to sin and alive in Him.  The Lord has redeemed the entire human race from the waste and destruction that Adam’s sin brought on us all.  We are sanctified in the truth and purified once again, so we can enter into His awesome presence. 

There is no longer a separation between God and man.  Christ has reconciled all of mankind with His perfect obedience.  We have been set free to receive all the promises of God for righteousness.  We are brand new creatures in Him and redeemed from the curse of our sin.  There is no good thing that the Lord will ever withhold from us, if we have made Jesus our personal Lord and Savior.

One day very soon, Christ will gather us to Himself in the everlasting Kingdom of God.  He will redeem our mortal bodies; take vengeance on all of our enemies; and restore anything that we have lost.  Jesus will share His very own honor and glory with us.  We will judge men and angels, and be appointed as kings and priests.  We will even rule and reign with Him over all of the nations of the world.

 

Chapter 4 – Righteous Without Compromise

 

Romans 5:19-20 “For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” 

Jesus Christ loved mankind so much, that He was willing to do whatever was required to restore our right standing with almighty God.  He came to this earth as a mere man, laid down His deity and became one of us.  He suffered, died and was buried to fully satisfy our sin debt in accordance with the law, so that we could be made the righteousness of God through our faith in Him. 

Our Lord and Savior actually became sin for us, and then bore its curse, so that we could be accepted in the beloved forever more.  We are brand new creatures in Him.  We are now the adopted sons and daughters of God, joint-heirs with Jesus.  We are seated with Him in heavenly places at the right hand of God Himself.  There is no good thing that the Lord will ever withhold from us.

God gives us grace, or unmerited favor, in everything that we do.  He supplies all of our needs and protects us from all harm.  He answers all of our prayers even before we speak them forth.  He defends us against our enemies and encompasses us with angelic hosts.  The Lord exalts us before all of mankind and imbues us with His own power and authority to represent Him on this earth.

Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue [that] shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This [is] the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness [is] of me, saith the LORD.”

We have divine destinies to fulfill that will impact the fate of the entire human race in the critical days to come.  We will serve the Lord and His people with joy and gladness, and combat all the forces of darkness that threaten our future.  We will rescue all those who are still in bondage to their sin and evil, by making redemption available to every man, woman and child who is receptive to Jesus Christ.

No weapon of the enemy will prevail against us.  We will have legions of ministering angels to assist us in all of our efforts for the Lord.  We will preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and set others free to receive the gift of eternal life.  We will heal the sick of all their afflictions.  We will destroy all demonic strongholds that interfere with our work, and even raise the dead back to life once again.

Believers will confront all world governments and challenge them to adopt godly principles of fairness, equality and justice in their dealings with their people.  We will eliminate wars, violence and conflict.  There will be no more social injustice, no oppression or exploitation of the weak and innocent.  Poverty and lack will be abolished as we share all the vast resources of the universe with one another.

All of creation is awaiting the revealing of the sons of God, so that we can restore it to its original beauty and balance.  We will command harmony to plants and animals and regulate the climate so that it is always temperate and predictable.  There will be no more natural disasters that cause death and destruction in their wake.  We will reverse the effects of environmental pollution and cleanse the entire planet.

Psalm 1:5-6 “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

No wickedness and evil will ever enter into Christ’s Kingdom to defile either God or man.  The Lord will not tolerate compromise in any of us.  There will be no second chances given to anyone at that point.  We must choose to be righteous now, if we wish to spend all of eternity with our Lord and Savior.  That choice is ours alone.  The Lord will never impose His standards on us.

Very soon now, Jesus Christ will return to this earth to set up His everlasting Kingdom.  He will judge all men, and even angels, to determine who has been faithful and who is wicked and rebellious.  He will cast Satan and all his minions into the bottomless pit.  He will gather all of the righteous and obedient to Himself, but banish wrongdoers to the unquenchable lake of fire. 

Christ will take vengeance on all our enemies and restore all that has been taken from us.  He will meet all our needs in abundance even before we ask Him.  He will change these mortal bodies into new, glorious, resurrection forms that live forever in His holy presence.  We will have peace and prosperity, safety and security, health and longevity, joy and freedom for all of eternity.

2Timothy 4:8 “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

The Kingdom of God will literally be heaven on this earth for all those who are found to be righteous and obedient.  God’s laws will be written in our minds and hearts, so that we dwell in love, peace and unity as brothers and sisters.  We will worship our God in Spirit and in truth and celebrate all of His sabbaths and perpetual feast days with joy and gladness in our hearts.

No one will look down on us or ridicule our zeal for our faith any longer.  The Lord will vindicate our cause and restore everything that we have lost or had stolen.  He will boast of us to all creation and take an intimate interest in all the details of our lives.  Our children and our children’s children will all be blessed because we have always been devoted to the living God.

The Lord will take vengeance on all our enemies and protect us from all harm.  He will banish Satan and all his minions to the bottomless pit and cast wrongdoers into the unquenchable lake of fire.  He will change these mortal bodies into glorious, resurrection forms that never get sick and die.  We will enjoy good health and youthful vitality in the awesome presence of our Lord.

Jesus Christ will share His very own honor and glory with those of us who have been faithful to serve Him and minister to His people.  We will judge both men and angels.  He will appoint us to be kings and priests of God, and we will have the heathen in the uttermost parts of the earth for our inheritance.  We will even rule and reign with Him over all races, tongues and nations.

 

No Condemnation

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

Almighty God is not out to get us in any way, shape or form.  He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into this world to redeem us from all our sins, not to condemn us to everlasting punishment.  We are righteous by the Blood of Jesus and the Lord no longer imputes our sins to us for any reason.  We now have grace with God, even though we may not truly deserve it.

Christ paid our sin debt in full with one perfect act of obedience.  He voluntarily offered up His own life to spare the lives of all mankind.  We are no longer subject to the death penalty for our transgressions.  They are wiped clean and the Lord even forgets them.  We are accepted in the beloved as God’s very own sons and daughters and we have a bright future.

We should no longer feel fear, shame, guilt or condemnation.  We have been set free from all of our sin consciousness.  We now have grace, or unmerited favor, with God.  We can approach the throne of His grace with any need and know that it will be met in abundance.  He is always delighted to communicate with us and He will answer all our prayers. 

The Lord looks at us and sees Jesus in all of His perfection, and there is no good thing that He will ever withhold from us.  He will provide all our needs and protect us from all harm.  If we surrender our bodies as living sacrifices to almighty God, He will reveal our divine destinies to us.  We can rule and reign now, and in the Kingdom to come, for all eternity. 

Romans 8:1 “[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

We have been released from the law of sin and death and set free to enjoy our lives as never before.  We have a bright and promising future ahead of us.  We are now dead to our sins and alive to righteousness.  We are brand new creatures in Christ and joint-heirs to all of the promises of God.  We can also pray for and receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, so that we can become more Christ-like in every way.

That will totally change our lives as nothing else can.  We will be filled with Jesus Christ’s very own Spirit and develop spiritual fruit, that are characteristics and attributes of God Himself.  We will have peace, faith, and joy in our lives.  We will become meek, temperate and longsuffering in our dealings with others.  Goodness and gentleness will overtake us and motivate us to love others just as we love ourselves.

If we walk in the Spirit instead of our flesh, we can accomplish great things.  We will take back the entire earth for Jesus Christ and usher in the everlasting Kingdom of God.  We will preach the Gospel with power and conviction and baptize many souls to eternal life.  We will heal the sick of all their afflictions; cast out demons that hold others in bondage to sin and evil; and even raise the dead back to life once again.

Romans 5:17 “For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)” 

While Adam’s sin may have temporarily estranged us from our Creator, Christ’s obedience unto death restored us once and for all.  We have received an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness through Him.  We are no longer condemned for our iniquity and transgression.  We are now the adopted sons and daughters of the living God, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ to all of the promises.

The Lord looks at us and sees spiritual perfection through the merits of the Blood of His very own Son.  He will not remember our sins or impute guilt to us ever again.  We are brand new creatures in Christ.  The slate has been wiped clean and we are restored to our original innocence.  The Lord is taking us back to our roots in the Garden of Eden, and we will soon dwell in a paradise on this earth.

We are more than conquerors through Christ.  We are future kings and priests of God.  We will rule and reign in this life and in the Kingdom to come, for all of eternity.  When Jesus returns, He will share all of His honor and glory with those of us who have been obedient and faithfully served Him.  If we have fulfilled our divine commission as His disciples, we will enjoy generous rewards.

Jesus Christ will boast of us to all creation, and vindicate us before both men and angels.  We will assist Him in the judgment, and have the heathen in the uttermost parts of the earth for our inheritance.  We will teach all of mankind to dwell in love, peace and unity as brothers and sisters.  We will enforce principles of fairness, equality and justice in the government of almighty God for all of eternity.

1John 3:20-22 “For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, [then] have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” 

We have come full circle in our relationship with our Creator.  Believers should no longer have a sin consciousness of any kind.  We are redeemed by the Blood of Jesus Christ that continually washes us of all our sins – past, present and future.  If we should ever miss the mark and sin again, we can always repent from the heart, ask for forgiveness and be restored to right standing with God.

The Lord wants us to be in intimate fellowship with Him, and He will do all that He can to prevent the enemy from attacking His people.  He will strengthen us in our spirits so that we can overcome all evil with good.  If we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ and keep all of His commandments, we will be able to conquer all temptation to wickedness and rebellion and be preserved blameless.

If our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence towards almighty God and we know that we have everything that we ask of Him.  He will meet all of our needs in abundance and protect us from all harm.  Our prayers will all be answered.  We will be healthy and strong and prosper in everything that we do.  The Lord will grant us great favor with Him – all spiritual and temporal advantages.

 

Hypocrisy And Backsliding

1Peter 4:18 “And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

We are saved by grace; it is the gift of God that has redeemed us from all of our sin, transgression and iniquity.  None of us is deserving of salvation, but the Lord has made it readily available to each and every one of us who repents of evil and chooses righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ.  If we believe the truth, our lives will change for the better in every way.

Jesus was the Son of God, made man, for our express benefit.  He served as our sacrificial substitute in atonement for the sins of all mankind.  He suffered and died, so that we do not have to do the same thing.  His righteousness becomes ours, if we repent of all our sins and believe in Him with all of our hearts.  The Lord gives us grace, so that we can become and remain sin free.

None of us has an excuse to remain estranged from almighty God.  He wants us all to turn from our sins and embrace Him once again.  Everyone who calls on His name will be saved to eternal life.  If we appropriate what Christ accomplished for us at the cross as our very own, we are deemed holy and perfect in God’s eyes and we become heirs to all His promises.

Believers are joint-heirs with Jesus to the everlasting Kingdom of God.  Soon there will be nothing left to defile man or God ever again.  Wickedness and evil will not even be named among us.  All sinners will be cast into the unquenchable lake of fire, where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth for all time, but the faithful will inherit the Kingdom with all its many blessings.

Matthew 23:28 “Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” 

Even though we have been saved by the merits of Jesus Christ, that does not give us license to purposely sin.  The Lord sees the inner man of the heart and knows who is sincere.  We cannot ever compromise what we know to be right and alter God’s absolute moral standards for us without serious repercussions for our rebellion.  The Lord hates hypocrisy and He will not tolerate it in any of His people.

There is such a thing as a superficial, spurious conversion.  An individual may appear to be repentant for their sins and accept Christ as Lord, but inwardly rebel.  If that is the case, God is not mocked.  He will always detect a counterfeit.  Anyone who is committed to wickedness and evil will ultimately be exposed.  There is nothing that is hidden that will not be brought to the light in the days to come.

When Jesus Christ returns, we will all face judgment for our works in the flesh.  He alone will be able to determine who is genuinely contrite and righteous and who deserves never ending punishment for their sins.  He will judge all men and even angels.  There will be no second chances given to anyone.  All of the righteous will enter into the Kingdom of God, but all the rebellious will go to perdition.

Hebrews 6:4-6 “For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame.”

It is possible for us to backslide in our faith and forget the high price that was paid for our redemption.  If we purposely and willfully deny the Lord, Jesus Christ, and reject the Holy Spirit of almighty God that convicts us of all sin, we will subject ourselves to eternal condemnation once again.  We cannot fool our Lord and Savior and mock His sacrifice on our behalf.

Jesus suffered and died so that we would not have to endure the same fate.  He took on all of our sin, iniquity and transgression and carried it to the cross.  If we refuse so great a salvation, then we will die in our sins as we deserve to do.  The Lord will not impose His righteousness on any of us.  If we rebel, we receive just punishment for all our wickedness and evil.

We can deliberately choose to deny Christ and reject Him.  The choice is totally up to us.  If we are stubborn and rebellious, we will perish in the unquenchable lake of fire.  Only the righteous and obedient will be spared God’s wrath and gathered into the everlasting Kingdom of God.  They will have unlimited blessings and generous rewards for their service to Him.

The Kingdom of God will be heaven on this earth for all those who are worthy to enter in.  All wrongdoers will be banished from the Lord’s awesome presence.  He will tolerate no compromise in any of us.  If we defy almighty God and walk in our own ways, we will eventually perish.  There is no way to save anyone that is given to licentiousness, rather than right behavior.

Revelation 22:11-12 “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. Rev And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

We are fast approaching the point of no return.  The Lord is drawing a line in the sand that no one can cross.  When Christ returns, He will judge both the living and the dead.  All men, and even angels, will be scrutinized to determine who is righteous and who deserves never ending punishment.  Satan will be cast into the bottomless pit, so He can no longer oppress God’s people.

Those who are committed to evil will continue being wicked and rebellious.  They will be banished from Christ’s holy presence and cast into unquenchable the lake of fire, where there will be eternal agony.  There will be no second chances given to anyone.  Those who are righteous will shine with Christ’s glorious light and be gathered into a literal paradise on this earth for all of eternity.

The Kingdom of God will right all wrongs and settle all scores.  The Lord will take vengeance on all of His enemies and obliterate all the ungodly and their ungodliness.  There will be nothing left to defile either God or man.  The righteous will have safety and security, peace and prosperity, health and longevity, joy and freedom forever more, however all the rebellious will go to perdition.

 

Righteous To The End

2Timothy 2:19 “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 

The Lord knows who His followers really are.  He is not mocked or easily fooled.  He sees the inner man of the heart and knows who is sincere.  We will never make points with Him if we are pretentious.  We must be genuinely sorry for all of our sins and accept Jesus Christ and all He accomplished on our behalf.  If we repent of all wrongdoing and confess Him as Lord, we will be found righteous.

However, our redemption in Jesus Christ should never be underestimated or taken for granted.  We have been bought with the precious Blood of our Lord and Savior.  Our heavenly Father no longer imputes our sin guilt to us, if we remain willing and obedient to do all that He expects of us.  But we can never use His grace as an opportunity to begin to sin again.  That would be deliberate rebellion.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we should not ever make a habit of sinning.  We must depart from all of our sinful ways and strive for holiness and perfection in our spiritual journey.  Jesus was our role model for godliness.  We must imitate Him in all that we think, say and do and embrace our divine destinies as His disciples.  We can overcome all of our tendency to evil, if we tap into His strength.

Luke 13:24-27 “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all [ye] workers of iniquity.” 

We must decide now where we will spend all of eternity.  The Lord will never impose His standards on us and violate our free will in any way.  The choice is strictly up to us.  If we choose redemption by the Blood of Jesus Christ, and are faithful to the very end, we will literally dwell in heaven on this earth.  If we refuse so great a salvation, we will ultimately perish.

There is no way to appease almighty God and stave off the penalty of death for our sin and iniquity in our own strength.  The cross of Jesus Christ is the only thing that will deliver us from such a dire fate.  If we truly believe in Jesus and all that He accomplished on our behalf, we will be fully exonerated of all sin guilt and restored to right standing with our Creator.

We are brand new creatures in Christ.  Our minds are renewed in the truth and our behavior is transformed until it becomes godly.  We imitate our Lord and Savior and learn to walk in His ways.  We embrace our divine destinies and serve others as we should.  We share our faith and see many men, women and even children saved to eternal life as we have been.

Each of us must face judgment before our Lord and Savior when He returns.  There will be no second chances given to anyone.  Jesus will inherently know who is sincere and who is unrepentant.  He will gather all of the righteous to Himself in the Kingdom of God, and banish all the wrongdoers out of His awesome presence to never ending punishment.

1Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil.”

There are generous rewards for righteousness and obedience.  We no longer experience fear, shame, guilt and condemnation for our sins.  We have peace with God and enjoy great favor with Him and with men.  We prosper in all of our ways and have divine protection against all our enemies.  The Lord surrounds us with legions of His angelic hosts to minister to us in our need.

We can approach the throne of His grace with all of our prayers and be assured that they will be heard.  The Lord will not withhold any good thing from us – temporal or spiritual.  He will take an intimate interest in all the details of our personal lives and be our constant companion.  He will treat us as His very own sons and daughters and imbue us with His awesome, divine power.

Very soon now, Jesus Christ will gather all of the righteous to Himself in the everlasting Kingdom of God.  We will dwell in a paradise on the earth, while the wicked and rebellious will be subject to never ending punishment.  We will have many blessings for our faithfulness, but those who have stubbornly refused to repent of sin will be banished to the unquenchable lake of fire.

1Thessalonians 5:21-24 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful [is] he that calleth you, who also will do [it].” 

We have been washed clean by the Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and restored to right standing with our God.  He is no longer estranged from us in any way.  We ought to completely surrender our lives to Him, so we need not worry about sin ever again.  We should be righteous without compromise, so that we can always serve as godly role models to others. 

Believers are to be in the world, but not of it.  We are held to a much higher standard of behavior than others are.  We cannot be caught up in foolish, mundane issues or drawn into border skirmishes with the enemy.  We should be focused on serving our God and His people as we are destined to do.  We must share our faith and overcome all evil with good in the days ahead.

If we are diligent to sanctify ourselves of all carnality and selfish soul ambitions, the Lord will preserve us blameless until the return of Jesus Christ to set up His millennial rule and reign.  He will protect us from all harm and strengthen us in our spirit man.  We must avoid all temptation to sin and cling to what is good.  If we are righteous and obedient, we will have many blessings.

Very soon now, the Lord will gather us to Himself for all of eternity in the Kingdom of God.  It will be a literal paradise on this earth for all those who are righteous.  Every man, woman and child who is receptive will inherit the gift of eternal life.  We will have peace and prosperity, safety and security, health and longevity, joy and freedom in the presence of almighty God.

 

Judgment Of The Righteous And The Wicked

Ecclesiastes 3:16-17 “And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, [that] wickedness [was] there; and the place of righteousness, [that] iniquity [was] there.  I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for [there is] a time there for every purpose and for every work.”

Although we do not truly deserve it, we are forgiven of all our sins and restored to right standing with our God because of everything that Jesus accomplished on our behalf.  Our spirits are holy and perfect before Him if we accept Christ as Lord and Savior.  We are made the righteousness of God by faith and our sins will never be imputed to us ever again.  We are accepted in the beloved, adopted as sons and daughters.

It is not God’s will that anyone be lost in their sins and fated to the punishment of death.  However, there will always be a few rebels who will purposely choose to refuse the Lord’s overtures on their behalf.  They will turn their backs on the Creator of the universe and be destined to eternal condemnation.  The Lord’s hands are tied if men reject redemption by the Blood of Jesus Christ and insist on going their own way.

Very soon now, Christ will return to judge both the righteous and the wicked.  He will destroy all of His enemies and banish the rebellious to the unquenchable lake of fire for all of eternity.  Only the faithful and obedient will be spared God’s wrath and indignation.  They will escape all harm and be gathered into His everlasting Kingdom.  Christ will make certain His followers are blessed beyond all of their expectations.

Malachi 3:17-18 “And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” 

We must have a reverent fear of God and show Him all the deference and respect that He deserves.  We should never take His mercy and compassion for granted.  Even though He loves all of mankind with a deep, abiding passion, the Lord will tolerate no sin and evil in His holy presence.  If we purposely choose wickedness and rebellion as our way of life, He will be compelled to turn His back on us.

Almighty God will not relent.  He is just and sin requires a payback.  Very soon now, it will be too late to change our fate.  The Lord will permit the stubborn and rebellious to go to perdition if that is what they choose.  He will not entertain any defiance from His people. We must be faithful and obedient without compromise.  We cannot defy our God and expect to receive all of His blessings in return. 

Only the righteous will be spared God’s wrath in the critical days to come.  We must decide now how we will spend all of eternity.  Soon it will be too late to change our fate.  If we wish to escape the penalty of death and live forever, we must repent of all known sin and accept redemption through Jesus Christ.  When we do, everything becomes brand new for us, and we are passed from death to eternal life.

The Lord, Jesus Christ, will soon return to this earth to judge both the living and dead.  If we are faithful, He will change these mortal bodies into new, glorious, resurrection forms like His very own.  We will enjoy good health and vitality, and see our offspring for all generations to come.  We will experience peace and prosperity, safety and security, joy and freedom in the everlasting Kingdom of our God.

1Kings 8:32 “Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.”

The Lord has been infinitely patient and merciful with all of mankind, but we are rapidly approaching the end of all things as we know them.  Although sin and darkness may cover the earth temporarily, it will not always be this way.  Our God will sovereignly move to correct the current imbalance and restore all things to what they were originally intended to be when He created us.

Make no mistake about it, the Lord will not ever confuse the righteous with the wicked.  He inherently knows who has a heart for Him and His beloved, Son, Jesus Christ.  Only those who accept Christ as their redeeming Lord and Savior will be saved.  The rest of the human race will incur the wrath of almighty God.  He will not hesitate to punish all those who are wicked and evil. 

Our God is holy and perfect, and He cannot abide sin or compromise of any kind in His presence.  He will gather all the righteous and obedient to Himself, but banish all wrongdoers to the unquenchable lake of fire.  Nothing defiling will ever enter into the everlasting Kingdom of God.  It will be a safe and secure haven only for those who respect the Lord and are innocent in His eyes.

Matthew 13:41-43 “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” 

When Jesus Christ returns to set up His millennial rule and reign, He will destroy all the ungodly and their ungodliness in the wrath of His coming.  He will take vengeance on all the enemies of God and protect His people from contamination.  There will be no one left who commits sin to injure or oppress any of us.  We will be insulated from any wickedness and evil that could ever harm us.

Christ will send His angels to gather all of the righteous to be with Him in the Kingdom of God.  Satan and all his minions will be cast into the bottomless pit.  All wrongdoers will be banished to the unquenchable lake of fire, where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  The faithful followers of Jesus will shine with His glorious light and enjoy all the many blessings He has prepared.

If we have served the Lord and His people, as we are destined to do, we will have generous rewards for our efforts.  Jesus Christ will share all of His honor and glory with us.  He will boast of us to all of creation and appoint us to be kings and priests of almighty God.  We will teach all of mankind to dwell in love, peace and unity, and rule and reign with Christ over all the nations of this world.

The Kingdom of God will be a paradise on this earth for all those who are deemed worthy to enter into it.  We will receive new, glorious, resurrection forms that never get sick and die.  The Lord will meet all of our needs, even before we ask Him.  He will also come and dwell with us, so that we are never separated from Him ever again.  We will thrive in His awesome presence for all of eternity.

 

Rewards For The Righteous

Psalm 37:39-40 “But the salvation of the righteous [is] of the LORD: [he is] their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.” 

Almighty God has made redemption to eternal life available to all those who repent from the heart and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  He wants to fellowship intimately with us, and there is no way that He can do that unless we are righteous by faith.  We must appropriate the holiness and perfection of our Lord and Savior, so that we can enter into God’s presence.

When we do, everything changes for us.  Our lives become a sweet aroma to almighty God.  He grants us His amazing grace, so that we have supernatural favor with Him and with men.  He reveals our divine destinies to us and then equips us to walk in them.  We spontaneously share our faith with power and conviction and win many souls to the Lord by our godly example.

The righteous will partner with the Lord in bringing heaven to this earth in the Kingdom of God.  We will walk in miracles, signs and wonders everywhere that we go.  We will bring peace, order and stability to this world, even before Jesus Christ returns to us.  We will teach all of mankind to dwell in love and unity, and to share all of the vast resources of the universe with one another.

The Kingdom of God will be heaven on earth for all the righteous and obedient.  We will have all needs met in abundance, even before we ask.  The Lord will protect us from all harm and make certain that we are prosperous and happy.  He will change our mortal bodies into glorious resurrection forms that never get sick and die.  We will see our offspring for all generations to come.

Isaiah 54:13-15 “And all thy children [shall be] taught of the LORD; and great [shall be] the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.  Behold, they shall surely gather together, [but] not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.” 

All of our children will be taught of the Lord and blessed with the peace that passes understanding.  We will be well established in righteousness, and have good success in everything that we undertake.  We will have no fear of any kind; the perfect love of the Lord will cast it out.  Our God will supply all of our needs in abundance and make certain we are happy and content.

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous to protect us in all of our ways.  Almighty God will be our vanguard and our rear guard Himself.  He will defend us against every attack of our enemies.  No man or devil will ever be able to prevail against us.  The Lord promises that they will fall for our sake.  We will be far from oppression and nothing will in any way harm us. 

Believers in the Lord, Jesus Christ, will rule and reign in this life now, and in the everlasting Kingdom of God to come.  Soon the Lord will actually come and take up residence with all those who are righteous and obedient, and dwell with us for all of eternity.  We will worship Him in Spirit and in truth and give Him all the praise, gratitude and glory that He so rightly deserves.

Isaiah 60:21-22 “Thy people also [shall be] all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.”

All men will soon be righteous or cast out of almighty God’s holy presence.  His laws will be written in our minds and hearts.  We will inherit eternal life in a literal paradise on this earth, and dwell with our heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, for all time.  The Lord will boast of us to all of creation as His sons and daughters.  We will be a holy nation established by God for His good pleasure.

The Lord will take an active interest in all the details of our personal lives and supply all of our needs – both spiritual and temporal – according to His riches in glory.  He will take vengeance on all of our enemies and restore everything that was stolen from us over the years.  Our God will vindicate us before both men and angels.  There is no good thing that He will ever withhold from us. 

The everlasting Kingdom of God will be the answer to all of our prayers and the solution to all of our problems.  There will be no more wars and conflict, poverty and lack, death and destruction anywhere.  The Lord will actually dwell with His people and make certain that we are safe and secure from all harm.  We will have peace and prosperity, health and longevity, joy and freedom for all time.

Those of us who have served the Lord will be generously rewarded for our faithfulness and devotion.  He will appoint us as kings and priests.  We will have the heathen for our inheritance in the uttermost parts of the earth.  We will enforce Kingdom principles of fairness, equality and justice in the government of God.

We will teach all mankind to dwell in love, peace and unity as brothers and sisters.

Psalm 112:1-3 “Praise ye the LORD. Blessed [is] the man [that] feareth the LORD, [that] delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches [shall be] in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.”

There is a great recompense for righteousness and obedience.  Those who are diligent to respect the Lord and believe the truth will be blessed.  Those who reject Jesus Christ, and refuse so great a salvation, will be doomed to never ending punishment.  The Lord wants a people who are righteous without compromise.  The only way to ensure that is to believe in all that He accomplished.

Our Lord and Savior is our role model for godliness.  If we imitate His ways and obey all of the commandments, we will be sanctified of all carnality and selfishness of the soul.  Christ will soon return to redeem our mortal bodies, just as our spirits have been.  We will live forever, if we die to self now and focus on maturing as the beloved sons and daughters of almighty God.

Eternal blessings are in store for all those who are faithful and upright.  We will enjoy good health and vitality in the very presence of our God.  Our children and our children’s children will all be blessed because of our obedience.  We will receive wealth and riches beyond our wildest imaginings.  The Lord will meet all our needs and protect us from all harm even before we ask. 


Chapter 5 – Adoption As Sons And Daughters

 

Galatians 4:4-7 “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

A father will stop at nothing to rescue his children from disaster.  He will move heaven and earth to provide for them and protect them from all harm.  So it was with our heavenly Father, as well.  While we were yet lost in our sins, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem the entire human race, so that we could all be reconciled to Him and adopted as His very own sons and daughters.

There is no greater love than that which Christ demonstrated.  He came to this earth and was born of a woman, like us in all respects.  Yet He was holy and sinless in all of His ways.  Jesus was the perfect Lamb of God who served as our sacrificial substitute under the law.  He took on all our sins, as if they were His own, and then paid the penalty of death for them with His own flesh.

Our spirits bear witness to the Holy Spirit of God, that we are now accepted in the beloved as part of the divine family – holy and blameless.  There is no good thing that the Lord will ever withhold from us.  We are joint-heirs with Jesus Christ to all of the promises for righteousness, and we will one day inherit the everlasting Kingdom of almighty God with all of its many blessings. 

Ephesians 2:19 “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;”

We are no longer estranged from our God; we have been reconciled to Him for all time.  We have come full circle, and we are back to where we started when He created us.  The Blood of Jesus Christ has washed us of all our sin and iniquity and made us righteous by our faith in Him.  We are saints of God, sons and daughters, kings and priests, who will one day rule and reign with Jesus over the entire world. 

In the mean time, we have divine destinies to fulfill.  We will partner with God to save many others who are still lost in sin and darkness, and offer redemption to eternal life to all those who are receptive.  We will preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and baptize countless numbers of souls in our faith.  We will do the exact works that Jesus did, and even greater works, since He has gone to be with our heavenly Father.

Believers will lay hands on the sick and see them healed of all their afflictions in the days ahead.  The blind will see; the deaf will hear; and the lame will walk again through our efforts on their behalf.  We will cast out all demons that hold others in bondage to sin and evil and set them free from whatever torments them.  We will even raise the dead back to life once again through the power of the Holy Spirit of God.

All of creation is waiting for the revealing of the sons of God to restore it to its original beauty and balance.  We will command total harmony between the plants and animals and make them subject to us once again, as they were in the Garden of Eden.  We will regulate the climate to be temperate and predictable.  There will be no more natural disasters or environmental pollution that bring devastation in their wake.

Galatians 3:26-27 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

We are all children of God by our faith in Jesus Christ and all that He accomplished for us.  He overcame sin, death and the grave and rose again to eternal life as the firstborn of many brethren.  We are joint-heirs with Jesus to all the promises of God, and we will live forever in His awesome presence.  For the time being, we are seated with Him in heavenly places at the right hand of almighty God Himself.

We have rights and privileges that we have only begun to explore.  We can approach the throne of grace with every need for ourselves and others, and know that all our prayers will be heard.  We will ask for and receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit of God and be filled with power and authority from on high.  We can walk in miracles, signs and wonders and win souls to the Lord that would otherwise be lost.

We can confront all evil that we see and overcome it with good.  We will bring peace, order and stability to all of our affairs and advance the Kingdom of God wherever we go.  We will eradicate all wars, violence and conflict off the face of the earth.  There will be no more poverty and lack, oppression and exploitation, death and destruction.  We will teach all men to dwell in love and unity as brothers and sisters.

Romans 8:14-17 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.” 

Although we may suffer rejection, just as our Lord and Savior did when He walked on the earth, we will be victorious in all that we set out to do.  The Lord will imbue us with His very own divine power and authority to serve as His representatives for the everlasting Kingdom of God.  We will destroy all demonic strongholds that get in our way or interfere with our work.

The fate of all mankind will be altered through our efforts on their behalf.  We will make salvation available to everyone who is receptive.  Jesus Christ will be glorified in all that we think, say and do.  We will serve as godly role models and win many souls to eternal life.  Those who are righteous and obedient will become joint-heirs with Jesus to all God’s promises.

There will be no more shame, fear, guilt or condemnation for those who repent of their sins and accept Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  Everyone whose name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be saved.  The Lord will soon return to judge all of us by our works in the flesh.  He will gather all of the faithful to Himself for all of eternity, as He proposes to do.

The Kingdom of God will literally be heaven on this earth for all those who love and trust the Lord.  He will boast of us to all of creation and supply all of our needs in abundance to the overflow.  He will take vengeance on all our enemies and restore all that was stolen from us.  We will have peace and prosperity, safety and security, health and longevity, joy and freedom.

 

The Ministry Of Reconciliation

Hebrews 2:14-17 “Forasmuch 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 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. For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham. 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.”

The Lord knew that there was no way to reconcile the human race back to Him after the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, unless He did something remarkable to intervene on our behalf.  He took on human form and came to this earth as Jesus Christ, so that He could buy back our innocence.  Jesus was perfect and sinless in every respect, yet He actually became sin for us and then suffered its penalty of death.

Christ bore the sins of all mankind in His flesh – past, present and future – once and for all.  He suffered, died, and was buried so that we would not have to endure the same fate.  His precious Blood cleanses us of all our unrighteousness and redeems us of all our sin, iniquity and transgression totally and completely.  We are now restored to right standing with almighty God and entitled to receive all of His promises.

Death no longer has a hold on us.  We are heirs to eternal life.  We will live forever in God’s awesome presence as His beloved children.  He will supply all of our needs in abundance and protect us from all harm.  He will take vengeance on all our enemies and lead us into His everlasting Kingdom on earth.  We will dwell in a literal paradise and give our God all the thanks, praise and honor that He deserves.

Ephesians 2:14-16 “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:”

While we were once estranged from our Creator and enemies of God because of Adam’s generational iniquity, we are no longer separated from Him in any way.  The Blood of Christ cleansed us of all our sins and made us accepted in the beloved.  Jesus did it for us two thousand years ago, and all we need do is walk it out.  We can now enjoy all the rights and privileges of intimate fellowship with almighty God.

We are released from the law of sin and death and made brand new creatures in Christ.  We are no longer ridden in shame, guilt or condemnation of any kind.  The Lord does not impute our sin to us for any reason.  Our minds are renewed in the truth and our behavior is transformed until we become godly.  We empty ourselves of all carnality and selfishness of the soul and present our bodies as living sacrifices.

The Lord regards believers in Jesus Christ as His very own sons and daughters.  We have access to His supernatural favor and grace in everything we do.  There is no good thing He will ever withhold from us – spiritual or temporal.  We are completely righteous in His eyes and joint-heirs with Christ Himself.  The Kingdom of God is our birthright and we can walk in all of its benefits now and for all of eternity. 

We are finally at peace with God and co-laborers with Him to bring light and life back to a dark and dying world.  We will share our faith with power and conviction and win many souls to eternal life.  We will demonstrate the infinite love, mercy and compassion that the Lord has for all mankind.  We will heal the sick, cast out demons that hold others in bondage, and even raise the dead back to life once again.

2Corinthians 5:18-19 “And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 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.”

There is no excuse for any of us to be denied access to our God when He has made reconciliation available to each and every one of us.  Jesus Christ suffered and died for the benefit of all human beings who choose to trust and believe in Him.  The Blood of Jesus will spare us His wrath and enable us to walk just as He did on this earth, so that we can fulfill our divine destinies.

We will tell all mankind how very much God loves them and desires their fellowship with Him.  We will preach the Gospel and see men, women and children set free in the truth.  Death will no longer reign over any of us.  We will be heirs to eternal life with all its many benefits.  The Lord will bless and protect us as only a father can do and gather us to Himself for all eternity.

If we are believers in the Lord, Jesus Christ, we will be able to enter into the everlasting Kingdom of almighty God and actually dwell in His awesome presence.  The Lord will shower us with all material and spiritual advantages, and provide whatever we need even before we ask Him.  The people of God will thrive because they have made the Lord their primary focus. 

Colossians 1:19-22 “For it pleased [the Father] that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, [I say], whether [they be] things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in [your] mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:”

When we put God first place in our lives, He will always come through for us.  Our salvation to eternal life should be of the utmost importance.  We have been bought with a dear price, the precious Blood of our Lord and Savior and we are reconciled by His death.  We have been restored to right standing with our Creator, and we should not permit anything to ever interfere with that relationship. 

Wickedness and evil should not even be named among us.  We cannot be the beloved children of God and engage in rebellion of any kind.  We must follow all the commandments and present our bodies as living sacrifices to Him.  He will imbue us with His very own divine power and authority, so we can represent Him to all of mankind and rescue many souls from sin, darkness and deception.

The followers of Jesus Christ will impact the fate of the entire world.  We will advance the Kingdom of God and bring heaven to this earth.  There will be no more sin and temptation, disease and oppression, death and destruction.  We will bring peace, order and stability to all of our affairs.  Men will learn to dwell together as brothers, and share all of the resources of the universe with one another.

The Lord will be pleased with the people who are called by His holy name.  He will share His very own honor and glory with us when He returns to set up His everlasting Kingdom.  He will make certain that we receive generous rewards for our service to Him.  We will be appointed kings and priests and given crowns of righteousness, so we can rule and reign with Him over all nations of the world.

 

Accepted In The Beloved

1John 4:9-10 “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. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.”

It is difficult for us to grasp just how much our God loves each and every one of us.  Even though our first parents, Adam and Eve, committed high treason and rebelled against Him in the Garden of Eden, the Lord still has an infinite love, mercy and compassion for men.  He longs for our fellowship.  While we were yet dead in our sins, almighty God developed a plan to redeem us.

The Lord sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to set us free from our sins, so that we could be reconciled to Him.  Jesus took on the guilt of the entire human race, so we could be made innocent.  Our faith in Christ not only guarantees that we are forgiven of all our sins, but it restores us to right standing with our Creator.  We are now accepted in the beloved as His very own offspring.

When the Lord looks at us, He sees Jesus in all of His perfection.  A divine exchange took place.  Christ suffered and died, so that we might be made whole.  His Blood cleanses us of all our transgressions, and we are made righteous by our faith in Him.  Jesus did all the work for our redemption, and we reap all of the benefits.  He is our role model for righteousness and obedience. 

Jesus Christ was the firstborn of many sons and daughters of almighty God.  He is not ashamed to call us His brethren.  He saved us, so that we could always be with Him and usher in His everlasting Kingdom to this earth.  We will glorify Him in all we think, say and do and rescue countless souls to eternal life.  We will even rule and reign with Him over all nations of this world.

2Thessalonians 2:13-14 “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

We were called and destined to be saved to eternal life with all of its blessings.  However, Jesus Christ gets all the glory for our present standing with almighty God.  We are not made righteous by any of our own works.  There is nothing that we can do to buy back our innocence with the Father.  Only the Blood of Jesus can do that.  If we believe in Him and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we are set free.

Through the power of His Holy Spirit we can be changed and regenerated in our inner man, until we reach full spiritual maturity as the sons and daughters of God.  The Lord’s very own Spirit will come and indwell us, if we ask Him.  We will begin to develop characteristics and attributes of God Himself.  Our peace, joy, love, and faith are increased.  We will become good, gentle, meek, temperate and longsuffering.

The Lord will be able to trust us with ministry to His people.  He will imbue us with His divine power and authority to serve as ambassadors for Jesus Christ on this earth.  We will do the very works that Jesus did, and even greater works.  We will operate in miracles, signs and wonders, and preach the Gospel to the entire world.  We will heal the sick; cast out demons; and even raise the dead back to life again.

Ephesians 1:3-6 “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

Each and every one of us was chosen from the very foundation of the world to be with our heavenly Father for all of eternity.  While sin entered the picture and temporarily separated us from Him, the Blood of Jesus restored us to right standing with God.  We are now righteous and innocent before Him.  There is no good thing that He will ever withhold from us, if we walk in His ways. 

We are accepted in the beloved – actual sons and daughters of the Most High.  Our God will boast of us to all of creation and make certain that we have everything that we need to serve Him and His people.  He will assign legions of ministering angels to assist us in all of our efforts and to protect us from all evil.  We will be preserved holy and blameless before Him until Christ returns.

All of creation is waiting for us to be revealed, so that we can set nature free to the glorious liberty that we enjoy.  We will command harmony between the plants and animals.  The climate will be regulated to be temperate and predictable.  All natural disasters will soon be things of the past.  We will reverse the effects of environmental pollution and cleanse the planet of all defilement. 

We will bring peace, order and stability to the entire world.  There will be no more wars, violence and conflict anywhere.  Poverty and lack will disappear.  No one will oppress or exploit the weak and innocent.

We will teach all men to dwell together as brothers and sisters, or be banished from the Kingdom of God.

We will usher heaven itself into the earth realm for all of eternity.

Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he [is] God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” 

The Kingdom of God will be a literal paradise on this earth for all the righteous and obedient.  The Lord will supply all of our needs in abundance, even before we ask Him.  He will change these mortal bodies into new, glorious, resurrection forms that never get sick and die.  We will abide in His awesome presence and fellowship intimately with Him as our heavenly Father.

The Lord is faithful and will honor His everlasting covenant of peace with those who love Him and keep His commandments.  He will take vengeance on all our enemies and restore what has been stolen from us.  He will bless our children and our children’s children for all generations to come.  We will dwell in peaceful habitations as brothers and sisters for all of eternity. 

All men will know the Lord.  We will worship Him in Spirit and in truth and give Him thanks and praise.  We will celebrate all of His sabbaths and perpetual feast days with joy and gladness in our hearts.  There will no longer be a separation between God and man ever again.  We will always be with the Lord to enjoy all the blessings He provides for us as His beloved children.

 

Children Of The Living God

1John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

The disciples of Jesus Christ enjoy many unique rights and privileges.  Jesus not only redeemed us of all our sins, iniquity and transgression, but He also resides in each and every one of us who believe in Him.  We are blessed with hope and confidence for our future in every area of our lives, because of all that He accomplished on our behalf.  We will rule and reign because of Him.

Our Lord and Savior has given us a divine commission – a sacred charge to usher in His everlasting Kingdom.  If we sanctify ourselves and present our bodies as living sacrifices to almighty God in divine service, we will work miracles, signs and wonders in the days to come.  We will take back the entire world from the devil, and establish God’s way of doing things as the norm.

We will overcome all evil with good, since the “Greater One” dwells in us and works through His people.  We will confront all wickedness that we see, and replace it with godly standards of fairness, equality and justice.  We will eradicate all wars and violence, poverty and lack, oppression and exploitation.  Mankind will be set free to live in peace, order and stability, as the Lord desires.

Ephesians 5:1-2 “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” 

The children of the living God will change the fate of the entire earth in the critical days to come.  We will share our faith with power and conviction, and see countless numbers of souls baptized to eternal life.  We will heal the sick of all their afflictions.  We will cast out all demons that hold others in bondage to sin and evil.  We will even raise the dead back to life again, as Jesus did.

The Kingdom of almighty God will be ushered into the earth realm through our efforts.  We will bring beauty and balance to all of creation.  There will be total harmony in nature; all plants and animals will be compatible and subject to men once again.  Even the climate will be regulated, so that there are no more natural disasters or pollution that cause destruction in their wake. 

All nations of the world will have to learn to dwell in love, peace and unity or run the risk of extinction.  There will be no more wars, violence or conflict anywhere.  Social injustice will become a thing of the past.  No one will oppress or exploit the weak and vulnerable.  Poverty and lack will soon be abolished, when we learn to share the vast resources of this universe with one another. 

Romans 9:26 “And it shall come to pass, [that] in the place where it was said unto them, Ye [are] not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.” 

While we were all once estranged from almighty God and doomed to perdition for our sins and iniquity, we have been restored to our original right standing in His eyes forever more.  The Blood of Jesus Christ continually washes us of all our transgression – past, present and future.  There is nothing additional that we have to do to be reconciled to our Creator.  When the Lord looks at us He sees spiritual perfection.

He is not ashamed to call us sons and daughters.  We are all children of the living God by faith and entitled to the very same legacy that is promised to Jesus Christ.  We will have the Kingdom of God for our eternal inheritance.  All the nations of the world will be ours.  We will rule and reign over all men, women and children as kings and priests of God.  We will judge both men and angels and enforce godly principles.

The Lord will be our heavenly Father and we will be the people who are called by His holy name.  He will soon come and dwell with us on planet earth, and make His holy tabernacle among us.  Our God will take an intimate interest in all the details of our lives.  We will be given new resurrection bodies that never get sick and die.  We will see our children and our children’s children for all the many generations to come.

Acts 3:25-26 “Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” 

Our God has made a special covenant of peace with us, similar to that which He made with our father, Abraham.  Through our faith in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven of all our sins and restored to right standing with almighty God.  The Lord will defend us against all of our enemies and protect us from all harm.  All of the nations of this world will be blessed through us. 

He will supply all of our needs in abundance – spiritual and temporal.  There is no good thing that we will ever lack.  The Lord will make certain that we are healthy, happy and content.  We will enjoy wealth and riches, and have supernatural grace and favor in everything we do.  There will finally be peace on this earth and all men will dwell together as brothers and sisters. 

Everyone will be righteous or be banished from the Kingdom of God.  His laws will be written in our minds and hearts for all of eternity.  All flesh will praise the Lord and give Him honor and glory for all that He has done for us.  We will worship Him in Spirit and in truth, and celebrate all of His sabbaths and perpetual feast days with joy and gladness in our hearts.

 

Holy And Blameless

Philippians 2:12-15 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;”

The Lord, Jesus Christ, did all the hard work of redemption for us, but we still have our part to do, if we wish to be like He was on this earth.  He is our role model for success, and we can imitate His laid down life.  When we were born again, our spirits were made perfect, but we still have to grow and develop in our souls to become more like Him.  Our regeneration is a lifelong process that we ought to diligently pursue. 

We must work out our own salvation with a reverential fear of the Lord.  We cannot take our position for granted or use it as an opportunity to continue sinning.  That would be a sign that our conversion was only superficial.  God is not mocked.  He inherently knows if we are truly repentant and sincere in our faith.  He will do all that He can to assist us in our efforts to sanctify and purge ourselves of all unrighteousness.

When we make Jesus the Lord of our lives, our minds are renewed in the truth and our behavior is gradually transformed until we become godly in all that we think, say and do.  Our evolution may be slow, but steady.  If we ask for the baptism in His Holy Spirit, that will hasten things.  We will see spiritual fruit manifest, as we become loving, joyous, faithful, peaceful, good, gentle, meek, temperate and longsuffering.

If we walk in the Spirit instead of our flesh, we will be continually righteous and obedient to do whatever the Lord asks.  He will be able to reveal our divine destinies to us and equip us to walk in them.  We will be imbued with power and authority from on high to accomplish mighty feats in Jesus’ holy name.  We will demonstrate the infinite love, mercy and compassion of almighty God Himself to the entire human race.

3John 1:11 “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” 

While the Lord loves and accepts us just as we are when we are born again, we cannot continue to be committed to wickedness and evil and still please Him.  Christ now dwells in us by faith and we dwell in Him.  We should strive to be uncompromisingly righteous in all that we think, say and do.  We have been bought with a dear price – the Blood of our Lord and Savior.

Jesus gave all that He had, so that we might be saved to eternal life with all of its many benefits.  He did not hesitate to die for each and every one of us regardless of how dark our pasts were.  His Blood keeps on cleansing us of all unrighteousness day by day, but we cannot ever take it for granted.  We have a sacred obligation to be grateful and responsible followers of Christ.

When we become fully aware of all that our righteousness means to almighty God, we will be encouraged to change those areas of our lives that still need a little improvement.  The Lord sees us as holy and blameless through the sacrifice of His Son, and we should try to live up to that godly standard.  We must crucify our flesh and relinquish all our selfish soul ambitions.

Jude 1:17-21 “But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” 

Without holiness in our lives, we will never see God or enter into His everlasting Kingdom on this earth.  He is holy and perfect, and as His people, we must cleanse and purge ourselves of all sin and defilement.  That may mean that we have to alter our behavior in some way, or cultivate some new relationships.  We cannot fraternize with those who are of the world and still lost in their sins and hope to remain unscathed.

Bad company makes for loose morals and we have come too far in our spiritual journey to turn back now.  We have to guard our hearts at all costs and make certain that we adopt godly standards.  If we walk in the Spirit instead of our flesh, we will find that eternal values are far more important to us than fleeting pleasures.  It will be much easier to lead consecrated lives if we associate with those who are likeminded.

That doesn’t mean that we can isolate ourselves from all those around us.  We simply have to be strong in our convictions to win others over to our faith.  We should be righteous role models for those who are struggling with bondage to sin and evil.  Christ died for each and every one of us without prejudice.  We should share our beliefs with enthusiasm, so we see many souls saved to eternal life, just as we have been. 

We are ambassadors for the Kingdom of God – Jesus Christ’s representatives on this earth.  He is the Head and we are His Body.  He will soon return to judge all of us for our works in the flesh.  The righteous will be gathered into His holy presence, but the wicked and rebellious will be banished to the eternal lake of fire.  There is no way we can be spared His wrath unless we remain holy and blameless in the eyes of God.

2Peter 3:13-14 “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”

There is a new heaven and a new earth coming.  This world will never end, but it will be radically changed to line up with the will of God.  There will be no more wars, violence and conflict.  Poverty and lack will disappear.  Death and destruction will not even be named among us.  There will be no more oppression or exploitation of one man over another.  We will finally enjoy peace, order and stability in our lives.

If we are committed to righteousness and obedience, there is nothing that we should ever fear.  Our heavenly Father will soon come to dwell on this earth in a literal paradise with His people.  He will gather us to Himself forever more, and take an active interest in all the details of our lives.  We will lack no good thing in His holy presence.  He will protect us from all harm and supply all our needs in abundance. 

The Lord will take vengeance on all of our enemies and punish them right before our eyes.  No evil will ever enter into the Kingdom of almighty God to disturb the serenity of life there.  The Lord will restore all that was taken from us and vindicate us before both men and angels.  We will be given new, glorious, resurrection bodies that thrive in youth and vitality, and see our offspring for all generations to come.

 

Mature Sons and Daughters

John 1:12-13 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” 

If we are born again and accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, nothing can interfere with our divine destiny.  We have a unique privilege.  We are the adopted sons and daughters of almighty God Himself.  We did nothing in our own strength to earn this distinction, but we have been called and chosen from the very foundation of the world to be His beloved children. 

The Lord regards us with a deep, abiding affection that transcends anything we could ever think or imagine.

There is no good thing that He will ever withhold from us.  We have all spiritual and temporal advantages given to us, so that we can rule and reign in this life and in the everlasting Kingdom to come.  But together, with rights and privileges comes a corresponding responsibility.

We cannot just sit back and enjoy all that we have received, while there are others who are still lost in their bondage to sin and deception.  We must share our faith and help them break free just as we have.  There is no way to approach the throne of grace without the Blood of Jesus to cleanse us of all our unrighteousness.

We must repent of sin and acknowledge His sacrifice on our behalf.

2Corinthians 6:17-18 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 

Christ paid the ultimate price for each and every one of us.  He suffered and died in our place, so that we would not have to endure the same fate.  We can now receive eternal life with all of its many benefits, if we believe in Him and are baptized in His name.  The born again man or woman does not struggle with sin.  We simply separate ourselves from all forms of temptation.

We may have to change some of our habits and walk away from harmful relationships.  We should strive to be holy and perfect, just as God is holy and perfect.  While that may be a challenge for us, we can be totally victorious if we are diligent to do all that the Lord asks of us.  If we pray and ask Him for the baptism in His Holy Spirit, obedience will actually become a way of life for us.

The Holy Spirit strengthens us in our spirit and convicts of any sin in our lives.  He grants us grace to overcome anything that impedes our growth.  We should be diligent to cleanse ourselves of all carnality and forego all selfishness of the soul.  One day, our behavior will be so radically changed, that we can imitate Jesus Christ in everything that we think, say and do.

Our heavenly Father has great plans for our lives, but we must be purged of all wickedness and evil before He can trust us with His power.  If we are sanctified of all sin, He will reveal our divine destinies and then equip us to fulfill them.  We will demonstrate His infinite love, mercy and compassion for all of mankind and change the fate of the entire world in the critical days that lie ahead.

Romans 8:12-14 “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

As sons and daughters of almighty God, we must walk in the Spirit instead of our flesh and mortify the deeds of the body and soul.  We have been bought with a dear price and we should remember that.  We cannot let our carnal lusts or selfish soul ambitions overtake us in any way.  They will only cause us to compromise our righteousness and put us at enmity with God. 

We have to be tuned into the Holy Spirit and follow His lead and direction.  He will convict us of all sin and show us how to be godly.  Spiritual fruit will appear in our lives that are similar to the attributes of God Himself.  We will have increased faith, love, peace and joy.  Our lives will be characterized by goodness, gentleness, meekness, temperance, patience and longsuffering.

All of our relationships will be enhanced; we will treat others with love and respect.  We will operate in divine power and authority and demonstrate God’s compassion for all mankind.  We will share our faith with enthusiasm and win many souls to eternal life.  We will heal the sick, cast out demons and even raise the dead back to life again through the power of the Holy Spirit.

John 3:1-2 “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

If we cooperate with our regeneration process, our minds will be renewed in the truth and our behavior will be totally transformed.  We will become mature sons and daughters of almighty God who can be trusted with great things.  The Lord will imbue us with His very own anointing to bring heaven itself to the earth realm in the Kingdom of God.  We will work miracles, signs and wonders in His name.

We will challenge all world governments to adopt godly principles for dealing with one another.  There will be no more wars, violence or conflict.  We will bring peace, order and stability to all of our affairs and make certain that there is no more oppression or exploitation of those who are weak and vulnerable.  Even poverty and lack will be abolished, as we learn to share all the resources of the universe.

The sons of God will set all of creation free from Satan’s influence, and restore it to its original beauty and balance.  We will eliminate natural disasters and reverse the adverse effects of all forms of environmental pollution.  The climate will be regulated to be temperate and predictable.  We will speak harmony to plants and animals so that there is no more predatory spirit that results in death and destruction.

Believers will shine with God’s glorious light.  When Jesus Christ returns, He will find that we have ushered in His everlasting Kingdom as He commissioned us to do.  We will share in His very own honor and receive generous rewards for our service to Him.  He will appoint us to be kings and priests.  We will judge both men and angels, and rule and reign with Jesus over all the nations of the world.

 

The Blessings of Relationship

Titus 3:5-7 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." 

Nothing that we could ever do can possibly match what Jesus Christ did for us at the cross.  He took on all the sins of the entire human race in His own flesh, and then suffered the penalty of death for them.  He was cursed, so that we could be blessed.  He bought back our innocence and restored our right standing with God, so that we could be heirs to eternal life with all its benefits.

Christ loved us so much that He endured beating and scourging, shame and humiliation, even alienation and separation from His heavenly Father, so that we could be reconciled to God.  There is no greater love than that which Jesus demonstrated.  In His infinite mercy and compassion, He did what no one else could or would ever do – He served as our perfect sacrificial substitute.

Jesus bore the sin, iniquity and transgression of all of mankind.  We are now justified by His Blood and redeemed for all time.  Christ washed and cleansed us, so that we are new creatures.  There is nothing additional that we have to do to be saved.  He was the firstborn of many sons and daughters of God, and we can be proud to confess Him as Lord and Savior for all of eternity.

3John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

As we grow and mature as sons and daughters of God, we will experience more and more blessings.  He will grant us wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.  We will prosper and be in health as our souls prosper.  We will succeed in all that we do and have supernatural protection from all harm.  The Lord will give us unmerited favor, or grace, in all we undertake.

Our God will reveal our divine destinies to us, so that we can resume Christ’s ministry on this earth where He left off.  We have a sacred charge to preach the Gospel throughout the entire world.  We will make salvation to eternal life available to all men, women and children who are receptive to it.  Everyone who repents and accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior will be saved.

We will heal the sick of all their afflictions.  The blind will see; the deaf will hear; and the lame will walk through our efforts.  We will cast out any demons that hold others in bondage to sin.  We will tear down all satanic strongholds that get in our way or impede our progress.  We will overcome all evil with good, and even raise the dead back to life once again, just as Jesus did.

Nothing will be impossible to us.  We will confront all evil that we see and establish godly standards.  There will be no more wars, violence and conflict.  We will bring peace, order and stability to all of our affairs.  All of nature is waiting for the revealing of the sons of God to restore it to its original beauty and balance.  We will make certain that it is in perfect harmony.

Colossians 1:12-15 “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 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: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” 

There are numerous benefits to our relationship with almighty God as His sons and daughters.  First and foremost, we are forgiven of our sins and no longer at enmity with our Creator.  We have become joint-heirs with Jesus to all the blessings of God.  We are seated with Him in heavenly places, and we can approach the throne of grace with full expectancy that all of our prayers will be heard. 

There is no good thing that the Lord will ever withhold from us.  We have all spiritual and temporal advantages.  He will supply all our needs and protect us from all harm.  He will defend us against our enemies and restore all that has been taken from us.  We can have hope and confidence for our future.  The Lord will soon gather us to Himself for all eternity in the Kingdom of God on this earth.

Our God will change these mortal bodies that are susceptible to disease and death into new, glorious resurrection forms that never get sick and die.  We will thrive in His awesome presence when He comes to take up residence with His beloved children.  We will dwell in peaceful habitations and see our offspring for all generations to come.  We will have joy and freedom, safety and security forever.

Romans 8:31-32 “What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”

If God is for us, nothing can be against us.  The Lord has sent us His very own Son to buy back our innocence and restore us to our right standing with Him, so that He can bless us as He always desired to do.  He will supply all our needs in abundance and answer all of our prayers.  He will protect and defend us against wickedness and evil and make certain that we prevail over all our enemies. 

The Lord will give us supernatural wisdom and understanding in all spiritual and temporal matters.  We will acquire added insight and expertise, so that we can excel in all of our endeavors.  We will have supernatural favor with Him and with man.  Everything that we do will prosper and succeed.  His children will rule and reign in this life now, and in the Kingdom to come, for all of eternity. 

Very soon now, our heavenly Father will come to this earth and gather all of the righteous and obedient to Himself.  The Kingdom of God will be a literal paradise.  We will have health and longevity, safety and security, peace and prosperity, joy and freedom.  There will never be a separation between God and man ever again.  We will thrive in His awesome presence and be blessed beyond measure.

Our God will make certain that we are healthy and happy, lacking no good thing.  All men will soon be righteous.  God’s laws will be written in our minds and hearts, so that we all obey Him.  We will dwell together in love, peace and unity as brothers and sisters.  We will worship our God in Spirit and in truth and celebrate all His sabbaths and perpetual feast days with joy and gladness in our hearts.

 

Chapter 6 – Grace And Favor

 

Ephesians 2:4-9 “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. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.   

Almighty God has shown us His mercy and grace over and over again, even though we do not deserve it.  While the first man rebelled against Him in the Garden of Eden and caused a breach in our relationship, the Lord still loves us with a deep, abiding love and desires our fellowship.  He has made redemption available to all mankind, regardless of how much we may have sinned in the past.   

He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to save the entire human race from condemnation.  With one perfect act of obedience, Jesus spared each and every one of us from death for our sins.  All we must do is believe in Him and confess Him as our Lord and Savior, and we are made the righteousness of almighty God.  We are saved by grace, which is the ultimate gift of God to His people. 

None of us can be righteous in our own strength or through any of our works.  However, through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf, we are set free to receive eternal life with all its many benefits.  There is no good thing that the Lord will ever withhold from us.  We are now sons and daughters of God, and we are actually seated with Christ in heavenly places at His very own right hand. 

We are joint-heirs with Jesus Christ to great and precious promises.  The Lord will supply all of our needs in abundance and protect us from all harm.  He will imbue us with divine power and authority, so that we can partner with Him in rescuing others from sin and darkness.  We will usher heaven itself into this earth and overcome all evil with good, just as Jesus did when He walked among us. 

Romans 5:1-2 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”   

We are justified only by our faith, and we can now approach the throne of God with any need, and know that it will be met.  We should no longer have a sin consciousness of any kind.  We are saved by grace and reconciled with our heavenly Father once and for all.  The Lord no longer imputes our sin guilt to us; Jesus paid the price for our restoration with His very own Blood.   

Our God even blots our sins from His memory.  When He looks at us, He sees Jesus Christ in all of His perfection.  He longs to fellowship with us and provide for all our needs in abundance.  He will protect us from all harm and give us supernatural favor in everything that we do.  The Lord will soon reveal our divine destinies and equip us with His power and authority. 

We will serve as ambassadors for the Kingdom of almighty God on this earth.  We will preach the Gospel to every man, woman and child, as we have been commissioned to do.  We will heal the sick of all their afflictions.  We will cast out all demons that hold others in bondage to sin and evil, and even raise the dead back to life once again by the operation of His Holy Spirit. 

1Peter 1:13-16 “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 

If we are sanctified and consecrated to His holy purpose, the Lord will work miracles, signs and wonders through us.  Nothing will be impossible to His sons and daughters.  We will demonstrate His infinite love, mercy and compassion for the entire human race.  We will make salvation available to every race, tongue and nation.  No righteous person will ever be left behind.   

We will gather countless numbers of souls into the Kingdom of God.  We will be righteous role models, holy and perfect.  We will teach mankind to dwell in love and unity as brothers and sisters.  There will be no more wars, violence or conflict in any of our affairs.  We will establish peace, order and stability on the earth, as we are destined to do before Jesus Christ returns.   

All of creation is waiting for the sons and daughters of almighty God to appear and set things straight in the natural world.  We will speak what the Lord tells us and command perfect harmony between plants and animals.  The climate will be regulated to be temperate and predictable.  Natural disasters and pollution of the environment will eventually become things of the past. 

Very soon now, our Lord and Savior will appear to set up His millennial rule and reign.  He will judge all men, and even angels, to determine who is righteous and who deserves never ending punishment.  Those who are faithful will be gathered into His Kingdom, but the rebellious will go to perdition.  There will be no wickedness and evil anywhere on the face of this earth. 

1John 3:21-22 “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, [then] have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”   

We must be uncompromisingly righteous to enter into the Kingdom of God.  If our hearts do not condemn us, then we can have hope and confidence that the Lord will meet all our needs in abundance, according to His riches in glory.  He will answer every prayer and protect us from all harm, because we are faithful and obedient to keep all of His commandments and do His will. 

The Lord will grant us supernatural favor and grace in everything that we undertake.  He will give us wisdom and revelation in spiritual and temporal matters, so that we always shine with His light.  We will succeed in the marketplace and in all our personal relationships.  There is no good thing that He will ever withhold from us, because we have placed our trust in Him. 

We are sons and daughters of almighty God, His holy saints.  We are joint-heirs with Jesus Christ to all the promises for righteousness.  The Lord will bless us with favor now, and for all of eternity.  We will inherit the everlasting Kingdom of God and serve as His kings and priests.  All of mankind will look up to us, as we rule and reign with Jesus over all the nations of the world.

 

Grace And Truth By Jesus Christ

John 1:16-17 “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” 

Man could never be perfect according to the terms of the old Mosaic Law.  If we violated one part of it, we transgressed it all.  Animal blood sacrifices never fully satisfied our sin debt either.  Because sin was recurring, there was a need for ongoing sacrifice.  It took an act of God to set matters straight and redeem us from all of our sin and iniquity and reconcile us back to Him.

Jesus Christ was God made man for our express benefit.  He took on human form and became one of us, so that He could serve as our sacrificial substitute and pay our sin debt under the law.  Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for the entire human race and then paid its penalty with His own flesh.  He suffered and died an agonizing death, so we would not have to endure the same fate. 

We are saved by grace through the merits of the Blood of Jesus Christ Himself.  We are no longer under the curse of the law.  We have been set free to eternal life.  The Lord no longer imputes our sins to us.  We need not have shame, guilt or fear in His holy presence.  We are restored to right standing with God and now accepted in the beloved as His very own sons and daughters. 

Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  Of His fullness we have all received.  We are no longer mere mortals trapped in sin, darkness and despair.  We can overcome through Jesus, and we are able to conquer all of our tendencies towards wickedness and evil.  Nothing will be impossible to us if we imitate His laid down life, and walk just as Christ did while He was on this earth. 

Romans 5:15-17 “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. And not as [it was] by one that sinned, [so is] the gift: for the judgment [was] by one to condemnation, but the free gift [is] of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”   

Just as Adam’s sin condemned us all to death, so too, the obedience of Jesus Christ redeemed all of mankind from all of its sins – past, present and future.  Salvation is a gift from God, available to every man, woman and child who is receptive.  There is no need for any of us to die in our sinful state, when total redemption has been provided for each and every one of us without exception. 

All we need to do is repent of all our sin; believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God; and accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior.  We are then baptized in His name, and we become the righteousness of God by our faith.  We are new creatures in Christ; the old man is now crucified with Him.  Our minds are gradually renewed in the truth and our behavior is transformed until it becomes godly. 

We have grace or unmerited favor with almighty God.  We have become His sons and daughters.  He no longer views us as sinful and estranged from Him.  We have been fully reconciled and we are part of His royal family.  We have divine destinies to fulfill.  We are kings and priests of God and ministers to His people.  We will rule and reign now, and in the Kingdom of God, for all eternity. 

1Corinthians 1:4-8 “I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and [in] all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, [that ye may be] blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”    

Believers will preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the entire world, as we have been ordained to do.  We will make salvation available to every man, woman and child who repents and believes the truth.  Everyone whose name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be called, converted and baptized in Jesus’ holy name.  No one who is righteous will be denied entry into the Kingdom of God. 

We will demonstrate the infinite love, mercy and compassion that the Lord has for the entire human race.  We will heal the sick of all their diseases, cast out demons and even raise the dead, just as Jesus did.  We will work miracles, signs and wonders in His name, so that all of mankind has an opportunity to be saved.  We will overcome all evil with good and take back the entire earth for our Lord and Savior. 

Christ will be glorified in His people who walk in His ways.  There will be no more wars, violence and conflict, no poverty and lack, no oppression or exploitation of the weak and vulnerable.  We will bring peace, order and stability to all of our affairs and dwell together as brothers and sisters in love and unity.  We will share all of the vast resources of the universe with one another, as the Lord intended. 

We will restore all of creation to its original beauty and balance.  Plants and animals will live in perfect harmony and be subject to man once again.  We will take control of the climate so that it is always temperate and predictable.  There will be no more natural catastrophes that cause death and destruction.  We will reverse the adverse effects of environmental pollution and cleanse the whole planet. 

Galatians 1:3-5 “Grace [be] to you and peace from God the Father, and [from] our Lord Jesus Christ, 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: To whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 

When Jesus Christ finally returns, He will find us resuming His ministry where He left off.  We will destroy all demonic strongholds that get in our way and help to bring heaven itself to this earth realm.  We will prepare the hearts of all mankind to receive Christ as their King.  He will judge both the living and the dead to determine who deserves everlasting blessings and who will be punished. 

He will banish Satan and all of his minions into the bottomless pit and cast all wrongdoers into the unquenchable lake of fire.  There will be no more wickedness and evil anywhere in this entire world.  Nothing defiling will ever enter into the Kingdom of God to spoil the peace and serenity there.  The Lord, Jesus Christ, will permit nothing to harm or contaminate His people ever again. 

The Kingdom of God will be paradise on this earth.  Only the righteous and obedient will dwell there.  The Lord will come and take up residence with us and supply all of our needs in abundance even before we ask.  He will change our mortal bodies into glorious, resurrection forms, so we live forever in His holy presence.

We will have peace and prosperity, safety and security, joy and freedom forever.

 

The Election Of Grace

Romans 11:5-6 “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then [is it] no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if [it be] of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” 

The Lord knew us from the very foundation of the world.  He knew what would transpire in the Garden of Eden despite His best intentions.  He saw us lost in our sin and in desperate need of redemption.  He knew we would not be without hope.  He already had a plan in place to save the entire human race from death and destruction.  We are called, elect and chosen for salvation to eternal life. 

Our destiny is to be reconciled with almighty God and to fellowship with Him, as we were created to do.  There should be no separation between God and man at any time.  The Lord has made salvation through His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, available to one and all.  We need only believe in Him and appropriate His very own righteousness by faith in order to receive all of the promises of God. 

There is nothing that we need to do in our own strength to obtain favor with our Creator.  Our good works will not get us any points with Him.  We are saved by grace, baptized in our faith, and inherit eternal life with all of its many benefits.  The Lord loves us as He loves Jesus, and there is no good thing that He will ever withhold from us if we are sorry for our sins and born again in our spirits. 

2Corinthians 4:15-16 “For all things [are] for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day.” 

We should be eternally grateful for the infinite mercy and compassion that the Lord showed us while we were yet lost in our sins and estranged from Him.  He gave His only begotten Son, so that we could be saved from the penalty of death and reunited with Him.  Were it not for Jesus, the entire human race would be doomed to perdition.  As it is, there are a select few who are saved by grace and righteous once again. 

Redemption through Jesus Christ is made readily available to all of mankind.  However, only those who are sincere will respond to Him.  There is a remnant that will believe the truth and act on it.  The Lord knows who His people are, and they will be renewed in their spirits day by day.  Those who remain wicked and unrepentant will be left to their own devices.  They will ultimately perish in their ignorance and rebellion. 

Almighty God will not force Himself on any of us.  That would violate our free will.  Each of us must make the all important, life-or-death decision to believe in Jesus Christ and be redeemed from all of our sins and iniquity.  If we are truly remorseful and do accept the Lord, we will be saved despite our sinful past.  If we refuse so great a salvation, nothing will spare us from God’s wrath that will come on all of the disobedient. 

The Lord will take vengeance on all of His enemies.  If we are committed to wickedness and evil, we will ultimately perish at His hand.  There is no way that we can be saved by any of our so called good works or through any efforts of our own.  Faith in Jesus Christ is the only thing that will see us through.  We must sincerely repent of all known sin and be redeemed by His precious Blood if we hope to escape God’s anger.  

2Corinthians 9:8 “And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work:”   

Once we are born again, all things become new for us and we are accepted as the Lord’s very own sons and daughters.  He is able to make all grace abound unto us, so that we can do good works instead of sin and fall short of His glory.  He baptizes us in His Holy Spirit, so that we become more like Him in every way.  Spiritual fruit grow and develop in us that are attributes of God Himself. 

Our faith is increased and we become more loving, peaceful and joyous in our outlook.  Goodness and gentleness mark our attitudes toward others.  We are meek and temperate now, more humble, patient and longsuffering in all of our relationships.  We imitate the laid down life of Jesus Christ and willingly present our bodies as living sacrifices in service to the Lord and to His people. 

We step into our divine destinies as the disciples of Jesus.  We are imbued with His power and authority and anointed to do great things in His name.  We accept our divine commission to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to all the nations of the world.  We heal the sick, cast out demons and even raise the dead back to life.  We confront all evil that we see and overcome it with good.   

Hebrews 12:28 “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:” 

Nothing is impossible to us if we walk in the Spirit instead of our flesh.  We will serve the Lord and His people in everything that we do.  We will challenge all world governments to adopt godly principles of fairness, equality and justice in their dealings with one another.  We will abolish all sources of war, violence and conflict.  We will bring peace, order and stability to all of our affairs. 

Believers will eliminate greed and social injustice.  There will be no more oppression or exploitation of the weak and vulnerable among us.  Poverty and lack will be things of the past, as we persuade people of affluence to share their resources with the unfortunate.  We will teach the entire human race to dwell in love and unity as brothers and sisters or risk banishment from the Kingdom of God. 

All of creation is waiting for the sons and daughters of God to restore it to its original beauty and balance.  We will make certain that the climate is regulated, so that there are no more natural disasters that cause death and destruction in their wake.  We will reverse all the adverse effects of environmental pollution.  Plants and animals will be commanded to be in perfect harmony and subject to man. 

The Kingdom of almighty God will be advanced everywhere we go and in all that we do.  It will literally be heaven on this earth for all of the righteous and obedient.  The Lord will supply all of our needs in abundance and protect us from all harm, even before we ask Him.  Our heavenly Father will even come and take up residence with His people, so that we are never separated from Him ever again.

 

No License To Sin

Proverbs 14:8-9 “The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way: but the folly of fools [is] deceit. Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous [there is] favour.”   

The grace of God never gives us the right to deliberately sin, even though we have been saved to eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.  That would mean that our conversion is only superficial and not sincere.  We must repent from the heart, and accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, in order to be saved from all our sins and reconciled back to almighty God. 

The Lord blots all our sin from His memory; He no longer imputes guilt to us.  However, grace is not a license to sin again.  Those who have been born again in their spirits do not make a habit of sinning.  They have been translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.  Only fools mock sin; the righteous are without compromise of any kind.   

The wise and prudent man regards his way, and makes certain that he is obedient to all that the Lord asks of him.  He is now dead to sin and alive to righteousness by faith.  He imitates the laid down life of our Lord and Savior and sanctifies himself of all carnality and selfishness of the soul.  As a result of his spiritual integrity, he enjoys great favor with God and with man. 

1John 1:8-10 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 

Sin is part of the human condition.  As long as we are in this flesh, we will struggle to be free of it.  We must remember all that Christ has done for us, so that we are reluctant to disobey God ever again.  We have been bought with a dear price.  If we say that we have not sinned, we deceive ourselves.  If we admit our mistakes before almighty God, He is always faithful to forgive us.  

We should repent of iniquity and renounce it for all time.  If we remember how merciful and kind God is to us, we will be less inclined to sin in the future.  His goodness brings repentance, and His amazing grace is all encompassing.  We are His sons and daughters and we should no longer have a sin consciousness.  The Blood of Jesus Christ keeps on cleansing us of all unrighteousness.

When we are baptized with the Holy Spirit of God, we will be strengthened in our spirit man as never before and be able to avoid temptation to sin better than we have in the past.  The Holy Spirit will lead and guide us into all truth.  We will acquire behavioral attributes like those of God Himself and learn to walk in the Spirit instead of our flesh.  Sin will not reign over us ever again. 

We will become loving, joyous and peaceful.  Our faith will be increased, so that we can perform mighty exploits in Jesus’ name.  We will be good and gentle in all of our dealings with others.  Meekness, temperance and longsuffering will be our strong points.  We will patiently share the Gospel with all those we meet, so that they can be saved to eternal life just as we have been.   

1Corinthians 15:34 “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak [this] to your shame.”   

If we put God first in our lives and work at developing our relationship with Him, He will honor all our efforts to abolish sin in our lives and maintain our intimacy with Him.  He will enlighten us to the danger that sin brings and deliver us from all evil if we ask Him.  Our minds will gradually be renewed in the truth and our behavior will be transformed until it becomes godly, as the Lord desires. 

The Lord will imbue us with His very own power and authority to overcome all evil with good.  If we sanctify ourselves and crucify our carnality, we will be suitable representatives for almighty God to His people.  We will teach others by our righteous example and show them how to become and remain sin free.  We will not ever judge or criticize them at any time, as that would be hypocritical. 

We will persuade them to turn towards God because He is loving and kind, merciful and compassionate to each and every one of us.  We will demonstrate the benefits for right living and encourage them to accept Christ as Lord and Savior.  We will share our faith with enthusiasm and see many souls baptized in Jesus’ name.  We will make salvation to eternal life available to all those who are receptive. 

Romans 6:11-14 “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”  

It is vital that we teach others to be dead to sin and alive to righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ.  There is no way to our heavenly Father except through the Blood of His Son.  Redemption never gives us the right to deliberately transgress the Lord’s wishes.  We are still going to be held accountable for all of our works in the flesh.  We must be righteous and obedient if we wish to be reconciled with our Creator. 

We are no longer under the law, but under grace, in everything that we think, say and do.  However, grace brings corresponding responsibility with it.  We can never stubbornly rebel against God and purposely sin ever again.  That would negate the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on our behalf and bring it to no avail.  Sin will not have dominion over us, if we are born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit of almighty God. 

As sincere believers in the Lord, Jesus Christ, we will present our bodies as living sacrifices.  We will consecrate and dedicate all of our efforts to the advancement of the Kingdom of God on earth, as it is in heaven.  We will assume our divine destinies and walk just like Christ did.  We will be godly role models, humble servants and fiery evangelists.  We will persuade all men to repent of their sins and seek the truth. 

The fate of all mankind will be changed through our efforts.  We will demonstrate the Lord’s infinite love, mercy and compassion to all those we meet.  We will heal the sick of all their afflictions; cast out demons that hold others in bondage to sin and evil; and even raise the dead by the operation of the Holy Spirit.  We will prepare the hearts of all mankind to accept Christ as their King and usher in His everlasting Kingdom.

 

Grace And Mercy In Our Time Of Need

Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”   

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are blessed to have a mediator who is seated at the right hand of God Himself.  Jesus is our high priest, the author and finisher of our faith.  He is always there for us in our time of need.  If we are tempted to sin, He becomes our strength.  If we are weak in our infirmities, He is our healer.  When we have any needs, He intercedes for us with our heavenly Father. 

The Lord grants us grace in each and every situation and circumstance that we face.  He never abandons or forsakes us for any reason.  He knows all too well how we struggle in our flesh and He will help us to overcome, just as He did when He walked on this earth.  We can do all things through Christ.  We have His heart, His mind and His very own Holy Spirit working in us for our benefit.  

We now enjoy supernatural favor in everything that we do – both spiritually and temporally.  The Lord equips us to accomplish mighty feats in His name.  He is always with us and working behind the scenes on our behalf.  Jesus Christ never changes.  He has only our best interest at heart at all times, and He will move heaven and earth to provide for all of our needs and protect us from all harm. 

Believers can go boldly to the throne of grace and know, for a fact, that every prayer will be answered.  The Lord will never turn His back on us.  We have been reconciled to Him once and for all, and He will show Himself strong on our behalf.  Very soon now, He will even come to this earth to take up residence with His beloved children.  We will be reunited in the Kingdom of God for all time. 

Psalm 5:11-12 “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as [with] a shield.”   

If we put out trust and confidence in almighty God, we will never be disappointed.  He will defend us against all of our enemies and protect us from all harm.  The Lord will be our vanguard and our rear guard.  He will fight all of our battles and assign legions of ministering angels to assist us in everything that we do.  We will be delivered from all wickedness and evil and overcome it with good. 

God’s grace will encompass us as a shield.  Nothing that we encounter in this life will be too much for us to handle.  The Lord will empower us to be victorious over all opposition.  He will train our hands for war and equip us to defeat every effort of the enemy to oppress us.  Christ has already conquered the devil with His victory over sin, death and the grave and given dominion back to His followers. 

We should be walking in extraordinary power and authority as the sons and daughters of almighty God.  We are His kings and priests, holy saints, heirs to the everlasting Kingdom of God.  Nothing should be impossible to us if we know our true identity and operate in all of its fullness.  The Lord Himself will back us up and make certain that we succeed in everything that we think, say and do.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”   

Almighty God has a deep, abiding love for His people that transcends anything that we could ever think or imagine.  He wants us to be blessed in every area of our lives.  He will grant us supernatural wisdom and revelation, so that we can succeed in all of our affairs.  He gives us strength and endurance, health and longevity, peace and prosperity.  He wants us to shine with His glory, so all men will turn towards Him. 

The Lord knows that the whole world is looking to us for godly example.  If we are unique and special, they will be attracted to us.  The light of Christ will shine in us and affect everything that we touch.  We will be able to demonstrate the Lord’s love, mercy and compassion for the entire human race.  We will share our faith and walk in miracles, signs and wonders in the critical days to come before Christ returns. 

We will preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and draw all men to the Lord, so that He can forgive them of all their sins and grant them the gift of eternal life.  We will lay hands on the sick and they will be healed of all their afflictions.  The blind will see; the deaf will hear; and the lame will walk.  We will cast out all demons that hold others in bondage to sin and evil, and even raise the dead back to life once again. 

Psalm 102:13 “Thou shalt arise, [and] have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.”   

The Lord will be immensely pleased with His people and make certain that we succeed in everything that we attempt to do.  We will advance the Kingdom of God all over the earth.  Wars, violence and conflict will be things of the past.  Poverty and lack will be abolished, as we share all the vast resources of the universe with one another.  There will be no more oppression or exploitation of the weak and innocent. 

All of creation is waiting for the sons and daughters of almighty God to be revealed.  We will restore it to its original beauty and balance.  Plants and animals will be in perfect harmony with one another and subject to man once again.  We will regulate the climate to be temperate and predictable and reverse the ill effects of all environmental pollution.  There will be no more natural disasters that cause death and destruction. 

We will establish peace, order and stability wherever we go and in whatever we do.  We will teach all of mankind to dwell in love and unity with one another as brothers and sisters.  The Lord will be glorified in His people, and show Himself strong on our behalf.  All the nations of the world will be blessed because of us.  We will make certain that God’s way of doing things prevails on the earth, just as it does in heaven. 

The Lord will grant us generous rewards for our faithful service to Him.  He will boast of us to all creation and take vengeance on all of our enemies.  We will judge both men and angels and be appointed kings and priests of almighty God.  We will have the heathen in the uttermost parts of the earth for our inheritance.  We will even rule and reign with Jesus Christ Himself over all races, tongues and nations in this world.

 

Supernatural Favor

2Corinthians 8:9 “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”   

Jesus Christ did not hesitate to give everything that He had for the entire human race.  He loved us so much, that He laid down His deity and became one of us, to fulfill the terms of the law.  He voluntarily served as our sacrificial substitute and paid our sin debt in full with His very own Blood.  Christ wrestled with sin and all of its evil repercussions, so that we could be made the righteousness of God by our faith.   

A divine exchange took place on Calvary.  Jesus became sin for all of mankind and then died to set us free from its death penalty.  He was made poor and disenfranchised, so that we would receive life in abundance to the overflow.  He took on all of our infirmities so that we could be made healthy and whole.  He suffered separation from His heavenly Father, so that each and every one of us could be reconciled to almighty God. 

Now we are sons and daughters, joint-heirs with Jesus to all of the promises of God for righteousness.  The Lord looks at us and sees Jesus in all of His perfection.  We are actually seated with Him in heavenly places at the right hand of God Himself.  We can approach the throne of grace without fear, shame or guilt knowing that all our prayers are heard.  The Lord will bless us with every spiritual and temporal advantage. 

Romans 4:4-5 “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”   

We have unmerited favor or grace with God because of who we are in Christ.  If we have made Him the Lord of our lives, we are saved to eternal life and become the righteousness of God by faith.  The Lord no longer imputes our sin guilt to us for any reason.  We are covered by the Blood of Jesus that keeps on cleansing us of all our sins – past, present and future. 

There is nothing additional that we have to do to be reconciled with our Creator and restored to our right standing with Him.  Jesus did it all for us over two thousand years ago.  His perfect obedience redeemed the entire human race from all its sin and generational iniquity.  Christ suffered and died an agonizing death, so we would not have to endure the same fate. 

He overcame sin, death and the grave and took back all dominion over the earth from the devil, and gave it mankind where it belongs.  We can rule and reign now and in the everlasting Kingdom to come.  There is nothing that we will ever lack.  The Lord will supply all of our needs in abundance, and empower us to advance His Kingdom on this, earth as it is in heaven. 

We will establish God’s way of doing things as the norm, and make certain that all of mankind has the opportunity to be redeemed, just as we have been.  We will share our faith with power and conviction and see men, women and children from all over the world gathered in.  The Lord will move through us to demonstrate His infinite love, mercy and compassion. 

Psalm 84:11 “For the LORD God [is] a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good [thing] will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” 

Jesus Christ’s disciples have become the sons and daughters of God.  We are now accepted in the beloved and no longer estranged from Him.  We have rights and privileges we have not even begun to explore.  The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who believe the truth and walk uprightly before Him.  We will have supernatural advantages in everything that we do. 

The Lord will give us wisdom and revelation in all spiritual and temporal matters, so that we have added insight into all of our affairs.  We will prevail in every situation and circumstance, and be the envy of those around us.  We will shine with God’s glorious light and be righteous role models to all of mankind.  We will teach others to turn towards almighty God and be saved. 

We will preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world and baptize countless numbers in His name.  We will heal the sick of all their diseases.  We will cast out demons that hold men in bondage to sin and evil and destroy all satanic strongholds that interfere with our work.  We will even raise the dead back to life again through the operation of the Holy Spirit of God.

Acts 20:32 “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.” 

There is nothing that will be impossible to us in the critical days that lie ahead.  If we sanctify ourselves and consecrate all our efforts to the Lord, we will be imbued with divine power and authority to be Christ’s representatives for the Kingdom of God on this earth.  We will prepare the hearts of all mankind to receive Jesus as their King.  We will confront all evil that we see and overcome it with good. 

Believers will challenge all world governments to make certain that they adopt godly principles in dealing with one another.  We will eliminate all wars, violence and conflict from our affairs.  There will be peace, order and stability established everywhere we go.  Oppression and exploitation of the weak and vulnerable will finally cease.  Poverty and lack will no longer plague any human being ever again. 

We will bring beauty and balance to the natural world.  We will command harmony between plants and animals and make them subject to man once again, as they were in the Garden of Eden.  We will take control of the climate so that it is always temperate and predictable.  There will be no more natural disasters that cause death and destruction.  The entire earth will be cleansed of all its defilement. 

When Jesus Christ returns, He will share His very own honor and glory with those of us who have served Him faithfully.  He will boast of us to all of creation and appoint us to be kings and priests to His people.  We will have the heathen in the uttermost parts of the earth for our inheritance.  We will teach all mankind to dwell in love, peace and unity as brothers and sisters, as our heavenly Father desires.

 

Chapter 7 – Joint-Heirs With Jesus Christ

 

Titus 3:3-7 “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, [and] hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

We have come a long way from the Garden of Eden.  Even though the first man rebelled against almighty God and sealed the fate of all of us, we have been mercifully redeemed from generational iniquity, sin and transgression.  The Blood of Jesus Christ covers us for all of our shortcomings.  While we were yet lost in our sins, Jesus died for the entire human race, so that we could inherit eternal life with all its many benefits.

There is no way that any of us could be made righteous in our own strength.  It took an act of God, divine intervention, to pay off our sin debt once and for all time.  Were it not for the perfect love and obedience of our Lord and Savior, we would still be doomed to never ending punishment.  Jesus died so that we could be spared that same fate.  Through His death and resurrection, we have been made the righteousness of God.

The Lord now looks at us and sees Jesus in all His glory.  He adopts us as His very own sons and daughters and accepts us in the beloved.  There is no good thing that He will ever withhold from us.  We have access to all of His many blessings, supernatural grace and favor.  Very soon now, He will gather us to Himself in the everlasting Kingdom of God on this earth.  We will dwell in paradise and be reunited for all of eternity.

Galatians 3:26-29 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye [be] Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.” 

If we repent of all sin, believe the truth and confess it with our mouths, the Bible tells us we will be saved.  

There is nothing additional that we need to do to become the children of God, other than to accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior and be baptized in His holy name.  Our faith makes all the difference between never ending condemnation and eternal blessings.

When we are born again in our spirits, we actually put on Jesus Christ and become one with Him.  He comes to dwell in us and we also abide in Him spiritually.  We are connected with one another and become members of His Body on this earth.  There is no differentiation between Jew and Gentile, male or female.  We are all equally loved and accepted by the Lord. 

Followers of Jesus Christ receive great and precious promises for our faith.  If we belong to Christ, then we are Abraham’s seed and direct heirs to all the blessings of God.  We are the head and not the tail.  We will be fruitful and multiply.  We will possess the gates of our enemies, and no evil will ever prevail against us.  Through us, all nations of the world will be blessed. 

We will have peace and prosperity, health and longevity, safety and security.  We will enjoy great favor with God and with man.  The Lord will appoint us as His ambassadors for the Kingdom of God and we will rule and reign now, and for all eternity.  He will give us every spiritual and temporal advantage, so we can demonstrate His love and mercy to all mankind.

Romans 8:16-17 “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.” 

We are sons and daughters of almighty God Himself, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.  If we crucify our flesh and subdue all selfish soul ambitions, the Lord will be able to imbue us with divine power and authority to serve as His representatives on the earth.  We will receive the very same anointing for ministry that was on Jesus.  We will do the works that He did, and even greater works, as He promised us.

We will confront all wickedness and evil that we see, and overcome it with good.  We will preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and set men free from their bondage to sin to receive the gift of eternal life.

We will heal the sick of all their afflictions.  The blind will see; the deaf will hear; and the lame will walk through our efforts.  We will even raise the dead back to life again, just as Christ did.

We may suffer scorn and recrimination in service to the Lord, but we will be totally victorious through the power of His Holy Spirit.  Nothing will be impossible to us.  We will abolish all wars and conflict and establish peace, order and stability in all our affairs.  Poverty and lack will be overcome by sharing all our resources.  There will be no more oppression or exploitation of the weak and innocent.

Hebrews 6:11-12 “And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

The Body of Christ will walk in miracles, signs and wonders in the critical days that lie ahead before Jesus returns to set up His millennial rule and reign.  We will advance the Kingdom of God wherever we go.  We will implement godly principles of fairness, justice and equality in our dealings with one another.  All men will begin to live together in peace as brothers and sisters.

We will destroy all demonic strongholds that get in our way or interfere with our work.  Satan will no longer be the god of this world.  We will take back dominion, and bring heaven’s way of doing things to the earth realm.  The Lord will be glorified in His people, and we will prepare the hearts of all mankind to receive Christ as their King or risk eternal condemnation.

All of creation will be restored to its original beauty and balance.  We will decree and declare God’s Word so that plants and animals are in harmony once again.  We will speak to the climate and make certain it is temperate and predictable.  There will be no more natural disasters that cause death and destruction.  We will reverse the adverse effects of environmental pollution.

We will usher the everlasting Kingdom of God into this earth as our eternal legacy.  Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will then return to judge both men and angels.  He will share His very own honor and rewards with us.  He will boast of us to all of creation, and appoint us as kings and priests to His people.  We will rule and reign with Jesus over all the nations of this world.

 

Holy Saints

Colossians 1:12-14 “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 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 have a great and awesome God who loved us so much that He sent His Son to this earth to redeem us from all our transgression and make us accepted in the beloved as His very own sons and daughters.  Jesus Christ did not come to condemn us, but to rescue us from our plight.  He, who knew no sin, became sin for us and then died to pay off all of our sin debt with His very own Blood.

Jesus was not only God, but He was also human in every respect.  He was born one of us and experienced all that we do.  He took on the sins of the entire human race, so that we could be spared God’s wrath.  He not only suffered and died just for us, but He was also raised from the dead.  Christ defeated all demonic powers and principalities and is now seated at the right hand of the Father.

We have been translated out of the kingdom of darkness into His marvelous light.  We are brand new creatures in Jesus Christ.  He actually dwells in those of us who believe in Him.  We have ready access to His anointing power and authority.  We can operate just like Jesus did, and overcome the world and all the evil that is in it.  We no longer have to struggle with our sins ever again.

1Samuel 2:8-9 “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, [and] lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set [them] among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth [are] the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.”

The Lord has called us from the foundation of the world to be in intimate fellowship with Him.  He created us in His very own image and likeness.  Even though He saw us lost in our sins and subject to Adam’s generational iniquity, He arranged to visit the earth in the person of Jesus Christ to redeem all of mankind and reconcile us back to Him.  Almighty God has raised us up with Jesus to inherit the throne of His glory. 

He no longer imputes our sin guilt to us for any reason.  He has wiped away all memory of our rebellion.  The Lord sees us as His holy saints.  He keeps our feet from stumbling and helps us to stay on a straight and narrow path that leads to holiness and spiritual perfection.  He protects us from all evil and supplies all our needs in abundance.  He wants us to rule and reign in this life and in the everlasting Kingdom to come.

We have grace with our God – supernatural favor in everything that we say and do.  He gives us talents and gifts, so that we can excel in the marketplace and be godly role models to others.  He grants us wisdom and revelation for added insight into all of our affairs.  He even helps us to understand the deep mysteries of our faith, so we can communicate them to those who are still lost in sin and darkness and searching for truth.

The Lord gives us every spiritual and temporal advantage that we need.  He wants to see us succeed in everything we think, say and do.  He assigns legions of ministering angels to assist us in all of our affairs.  We have His provision and protection for our lives.  The wicked will ultimately be defeated before our very eyes.  We will rise up as His kings and priests and overcome all evil with good, as we are ordained to do.

Ephesians 1:18-20 “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],”

We have divine destinies as the children of God.  Nothing will be impossible to us if we sanctify ourselves of all carnality and selfishness of the soul, and consecrate all of our efforts to serving the Lord and His people.  Almighty God will imbue us with awesome power and authority to represent Him on this earth.  We will walk like Jesus did and accomplish mighty feats in His name.

Believers will preach the Gospel throughout the whole world, as we have been commissioned to do.  We will baptize countless souls to eternal life in Jesus’ name.  We will heal the sick, cast out demons and even raise the dead.  The Lord will work through us to demonstrate His love, mercy and kindness to all mankind.  We will advance His everlasting Kingdom on the earth, as it is in heaven.

We will bring peace, order and stability to all our affairs.  There will be no more wars, violence and conflict anywhere.  Social injustice will become a thing of the past.  No man will oppress or exploit another.  We will share all of the vast resources of the universe with one another, so that poverty and lack are abolished. Human beings will learn to dwell together in love as brothers and sisters.

Psalm 50:5 “Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”

Very soon now, the Lord will gather us to Himself for all of eternity in a literal paradise on this earth.  He is coming to tabernacle with His beloved children and we will never be separated from Him ever again.  Almighty God will boast of us to all of creation and vindicate our cause.  He will take vengeance on all of our enemies and restore anything that was taken from us.

We have made a covenant with Him through our sacrificial service.  The Lord will never forget all that we have done for Him and His people.  He will change these mortal bodies that are susceptible to disease and death into glorious, resurrection forms that never die.  We will enjoy good health and youthful vitality and see our offspring for all the many generations to come. 

The Lord will take an active interest in all the details of our lives.  He will supply all of our needs even before we ask Him.  We will have peace and prosperity, safety and security, health and longevity, joy and freedom.  We will dwell in peaceful habitations and grow crops for our food.  All of creation will soon be subject to us once again, as it was in the Garden of Eden.

Those of us who have served Him will be glorified with His Son, Jesus Christ.  We will be appointed kings and priests of God.  We will judge both men and angels.  We will receive the heathen in the uttermost parts of the earth for our inheritance.  No man will ever scorn or ridicule us ever again.  We will rule and reign with Jesus Christ over all of the nations of this world.

 

Servants Of The Most High

Hebrews 9:14-15 “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? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions [that were] under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” 

Jesus Christ died to save us of all our sins – past, present and future.  With one perfect act of obedience He accomplished it all.  He removed all of our burdens and destroyed all yokes of bondage in our lives.  He set us free to be all that we were created to be.  We are now beloved sons and daughters of almighty God and privileged to receive the gift of eternal life with all of its many benefits. 

Believers should not be performance oriented.  We do not have to do anything except repent of all our sins and believe in Jesus Christ to be made righteous in God’s eyes.  The Lord is not impressed with what the world calls “good works.”  We must make certain that everything we do lines up with His express will for us.  Our God will instruct and empower us to do whatever He needs done.

If we make ourselves available, the Lord can use us to minister to others who are still lost in sin, darkness and deception.  All men, women and children will look to us for guidance and direction in the critical days that lie ahead.  We ought to be godly role models in everything that we think, say and do.  Our primary goal is to gather all of mankind into the everlasting Kingdom of almighty God.

2Thessalonians 1:11-12 “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of [this] calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of [his] goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

The followers of Jesus Christ have so much to show for our faith.  We are seated with Christ in heavenly places at the right hand of God Himself.  We are joint-heirs with Jesus to all the promises of God for righteousness.  The Lord gives us supernatural advantage over all of the circumstances that we face in life.  He supplies all our needs and protects us from all harm.

We have a great deal we can give others.  We should present our bodies as living sacrifices in service to the Lord and to His people.  He needs us to act as His representatives on this earth.  We must demonstrate His infinite love, mercy and compassion for the entire human race.  We should share our faith with zeal and enthusiasm and break others free from their bondage to evil.

The Gospel must be preached to every race, tongue and nation in this world, before Jesus Christ returns to set up His everlasting Kingdom.  We should make salvation to eternal life available to every man, woman and child who is receptive to the truth.  We will encourage all mankind to be reconciled with almighty God, repent of all their sins and to be baptized in Jesus’ name.

The Lord will be glorified in His people who take up His ministry where He left off.  We will be found worthy of our calling and do all that we can to bring peace, order and stability to all of our human affairs.  We will teach others that they must share their resources with one another and dwell in love and unity as brothers and sisters, as God purposed from the very beginning. 

Isaiah 61:1-2 “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; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;” 

The very same anointing that was on Jesus Christ is available to those of us who are His disciples.  We will share our faith with power and conviction and see many souls saved.  We will lay hands on the sick and heal them of all their afflictions.  We will cast out any demons that hold men in bondage to sin and evil.  We will even be able to raise the dead back to life once again.

We will encourage all world governments to adopt godly principles of fairness, equality and justice in their dealings with one another.  We will abolish all wars, violence and conflict from our affairs.  There will be no more social injustice.  Greed will no longer motivate men to oppress or exploit others.  Poverty and lack will disappear, as we share all of the resources of the universe.

All men will learn to dwell in love, peace and unity with one another or risk eternal condemnation.  We will serve as righteous role models and teach them how to love the Lord and one another.  God’s laws will be written in our minds and hearts, so we are all righteous and obedient to what He asks.  The Kingdom of God will be paradise on this earth for all those who are faithful.

Colossians 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;    Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”   

The disciples of Jesus Christ have a sacred charge that has been given to us.  We are to resume His ministry where He left off and rescue countless numbers of souls from destruction.  The Gospel of the Kingdom of God must be preached throughout the entire world before He can return to us.  We have to make salvation available to people in every race, tongue and nation, so that the full numbers of souls can be gathered in. 

We are servants of the Most High God, His actual sons and daughters.  We need to develop the mind and compassion of Christ Himself.  Whatever we do should be done with a loving heart and a spirit of humility.  None of us is righteous in our own strength.  We must rely on our God to enable us to do His will.  By the power of His Holy Spirit that works through us, we can accomplish great feats in Jesus’ holy name.

Countless numbers will be saved to eternal life with all of its blessings.  We will rescue them from their bondage to sin and evil.  We will heal the sick of all their afflictions.  The blind will see; the deaf will hear; and the lame will walk through our efforts.  We will cast out demons, and even raise the dead back to life again, just as Jesus did.  Nothing will be impossible to us because we serve the living God and His people.

When Christ returns, He will share His very own honor and glory with us.  He will boast of us to all of creation and restore everything that we have lost over the years.  He will vindicate our cause before men and angels, and appoint us as kings and priests of almighty God.  We will establish Kingdom principles of fairness, equality and justice in the government of God on this earth, as we rule and reign with Jesus.

 

The Body Of Christ

1Corinthians 12:12-14 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.”

We are followers of Jesus Christ, His loyal disciples.  He is our role model for righteousness and godliness.  He was the firstborn of many sons and daughters of almighty God who were born again in their spirits.  We are all made one through the power of His Holy Spirit, and accepted in the beloved.  As such, we have divine destinies to fulfill, just as our Savior did while He was on this earth.

Jesus is the Head and we are His Body – His hands, feet and voice to all mankind.  Whatever He asks of us, we will do in His name.  He has commissioned us to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to all the nations of the world.  We will gladly share our faith with those who are still lost in sin and darkness, and see countless numbers of souls redeemed to eternal life with all its benefits.

We will heal the sick of all their afflictions, as Jesus did.  We will cast out any demons that hold others in bondage to sin and evil.  We will tear down satanic strongholds that get in our way or interfere with our efforts to bring heaven to the earth realm.  We will even raise the dead back to life again by the power of the Holy Spirit that operates in us and through us to minister to God’s people.

Very soon now, Christ will be able to return to us and establish His millennial rule and reign.  Our lives will be idyllic for all of eternity.  We will dwell in His awesome presence and never be separated from our God ever again.  All evil will be wiped off the face of this entire earth, so that it can cause no more damage.  There will be only blessings of peace and prosperity, safety and security for us.

Ephesians 4:11-13 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”

As sons and daughters of almighty God, we must grow and develop into the full stature of Jesus Christ, so that we can fulfill our divine destinies before He returns.  We have been given the Holy Spirit without measure, however, each of us may have a different calling.  We all have varying gifts, talents and levels of experience with the Lord, but combined together, we become invincible.

Some of us in the Body of Christ are called to be apostles, evangelists or prophets; others are pastors and teachers.  We will all share our faith; minister healing to others; and raise the dead as the situation warrants.  We must walk in love and be unified in order to complete our mission.  We are one in Christ, each one of us members of the whole, but with totally separate functions to perform.

If something happens to any of us, it affects the entire Body.  We must pray for and encourage our brothers and sisters in the faith.  We are all important to the Lord; none of us is any better than another.  We will all answer to the King of kings and Lord of lords.  Jesus tells us exactly what to do, so that we can resume His ministry where He left off and complete it to perfection before He appears.

Romans 12:5-8 “So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, [let us wait] on [our] ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, [let him do it] with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”

None of us is inconsequential.  The Lord has a special plan for each and every one of our lives, that lines up with His eternal purposes.  Some of us will be preachers of the Word; others will be political activists or environmental experts.  Some will have medical knowledge that brings an end to disease and death.  Still others will demonstrate the love and kindness of God on a more personal level.

We will all spread our faith as the Lord arranges our contacts.  We will confront all evil that we see and overcome it with good.  We will share all of our material resources with those who are less fortunate, and minister to others as their needs dictate.  We will bring peace, order and stability to all of our affairs and restore all of nature back to its original beauty and balance, as the Lord desires.

The Kingdom of almighty God will be ushered into the earth realm in a flourish of power and glory that is manifested through the children of God.  We will work miracles, signs and wonders to attest to the fact that God is still alive and in control of our fate.  We will impact the future of the entire human race, and make salvation to eternal life available to all those individuals who are receptive to it.

No righteous person will be left behind in the days ahead.  All those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be saved.  The full number of souls will be brought into the Kingdom of God even before Christ returns to us.  Every human being on the face of this planet will have an equal opportunity to be redeemed and accepted in the beloved as the sons and daughters of almighty God.

1Corinthians 12:27 “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”

We have been called, chosen and equipped for such a time as this.  We are the Body of Christ Himself on the earth.  All men will look to us for guidance and direction in the critical days that lie ahead.  We must serve as godly role models and beacons of light in dark places.  We will usher heaven itself into the earth realm, and everything that we do will have God’s mighty hand on it.

Each one of us has a specific calling on our lives.  Some of us have several.  The Lord will never give us more than we can handle.  He will imbue us with the very same anointing that was on Jesus Christ.  We need never fear that we will be unprepared for our roles in His eternal redemption plan.  We will receive divine power and authority to serve as His ambassadors on the earth.

Christ will be glorified in His Body.  We will challenge all of mankind to accept Him as their Lord or be condemned to eternal punishment for their sins.  We will make evangelization our top priority until all men, women and children have an opportunity to be saved.  We will do whatever it takes to bring in the full number of souls that the Lord determined will be saved to eternal life.

 

Dividing The Spoil

Isaiah 53:10-12 “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him [a portion] with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

God did not have to create man in His image and likeness, but He chose to do so because He longed for our fellowship.  He did not have to forgive us after we rebelled against Him, but in His infinite mercy and kindness He made a way for us to be reconciled with Him once again.  Jesus did not have to humbly lay down His life for all of mankind, but He was willing and obedient to do just that.

The Lord developed a perfect plan for our well-being, even when we were lost and estranged from Him.  He sent His beloved Son to the earth to save the entire human race from the penalty of death that sin brings with it.  Jesus knew no sin Himself, but He became sin for us, and then bore its curse on the cross.  He suffered an agonizing death, so that we would not have to endure the same fate.

Christ rose again from the dead as the firstborn of many sons and daughters of almighty God.  He inherited the entire world because of His perfect obedience.  He not only saved us from God’s wrath, but He is willing to share His very own honor and glory with each and every one of us who are called by His name.  Jesus is ready to divide the spoil with all those who overcome sin, just as He did.

1Peter 1:3-5 “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 

The Lord will no longer impute our sin guilt to any of us for any reason.  The Blood of Jesus qualifies us for redemption of all our sins, past, present and future.  We are being preserved and kept by the power of God until Jesus returns to redeem our mortal bodies.  It is only by His grace that we have been saved and delivered from the bondage to evil that we once had.  

We must sanctify ourselves of all known sin and renounce it.  If we imitate the laid down life of our Lord and Savior and appropriate His very own righteousness by faith, we will be preserved holy and blameless.  We should be baptized with water and the Holy Spirit, so we can remain sin free.  We will be able to overcome all temptation by the power of God in us.

Believers will rule and reign in this life, and in the Kingdom to come, because of all that Jesus Christ has accomplished on our behalf.  He is sharing His rewards for righteousness with those of us who are His devoted followers.  We now have hope and confidence for our future.  We know that we will be spared God’s wrath and be blessed because of all our efforts.

We will be given crowns of righteousness for our faithful service to almighty God and to His people.  He will give us the heathen in the uttermost parts of the earth for our inheritance.  We will judge both men and angels and enforce Kingdom principles of fairness, justice and equality in the government of God.  We will teach all of mankind to dwell in love, peace and unity.

Romans 4:14-16 “For if they which are of the law [be] heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, [there is] no transgression.  Therefore [it is] of faith, that [it might be] by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,” 

We are not heirs to eternal life with all its many benefits under the terms of the law.  The law revealed sin and all of its ugly trappings.  Under the law, we should be sentenced to death as a penalty for our many transgressions.  But, praise God, we are not under the law, but under grace.  Where there is no law, there is no sin.  We are heirs to eternal life solely by our faith.

If we belong to Jesus Christ, then we are Abraham’s seed and heirs to all of the promises of God.  We are to be fruitful and multiply until we cover the entire earth.  The Lord will grant us health and prosperity, peace and protection.  All the nations of the world will be blessed because of us.  We will possess the gates of our enemies and no one will ever prevail against us.

The Lord has given us dominion over all matters on the earth.  We will occupy until Christ returns and He will then gather us into His everlasting Kingdom.  He will boast of us to all of creation, vindicate our cause and restore all that has been taken from us.  Jesus will change our mortal bodies to be like His very own.  We will thrive in His awesome presence for all eternity.

Revelation 3:21 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” 

We are the sons and daughters of almighty God, His holy saints.  We are also members of the Body of Christ on this earth.  The Lord will empower us to accomplish great and mighty feats in His name.  We must sanctify ourselves and present our bodies as living sacrifices.  That means that we have to forego all of our selfish soul ambitions and accept the Lord’s plan for our lives.

He wants us to rescue countless souls from death and destruction, before Christ returns to set up His millennial rule and reign.  We have to share our faith and demonstrate the Lord’s infinite love, mercy and compassion to the entire human race.  We should make salvation available to every man, woman and child we encounter.  It is not the Lord’s will that anyone perish in their sins.

If we are loyal and faithful to the end, we will receive generous rewards for our obedience to the Lord.  Jesus will boast of us to all of creation.  He will share His very own honor and glory with those of us who walk in His name.  We will be appointed kings and priests to His people, and judge both men and angels.  We will even rule and reign with Him over all the nations of the world.

The Kingdom of almighty God will be our eternal legacy for righteousness and obedience.  We will be instrumental in all of its operations and teach all of mankind how to dwell in love, peace and unity as brothers and sisters.  All men will be righteous or be banished from the Lord’s presence.  There will be nothing wicked or evil there that will contaminate our lives ever again.

 

Kings And Priests

Revelation 1:5-6 “And from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

Were it not for Jesus Christ, all of mankind would still be lost in their sins and subject to the penalty of death under the terms of the law.  However, we have a faithful witness that we have been redeemed from all sin, transgression and iniquity.  Our Lord and Savior was the firstborn from the dead over two thousand years ago, and we all share in His resurrection power to this every day.

Jesus loved mankind so much that He laid down His deity and was born one of us, so that He could serve as our sacrificial substitute.  He was perfect in all His ways, yet He actually became sin for us and then suffered an agonizing death, so that we could be spared the same fate.  Through Christ, the entire human race is now able to be saved to eternal life with all of its many benefits.

Those of us who believe in Him and are baptized in His name are redeemed from the curse of sin for all time.  We will escape God’s wrath in the days to come, and be gathered into His everlasting Kingdom.  As if that weren’t enough, we will also share in Christ’s glory.  He will appoint us to be kings and priests of God, so we can rule and reign with Him over all the nations of the world.

1Corinthians 6:2-3 “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”

The Kingdom of God will last forever and be our eternal legacy.  We will no longer deal with disease and death.  The Lord will give us new, glorious, resurrection bodies like His very own.  He will take vengeance on all of our enemies and protect us from all defilement of body, soul and spirit.  He will honor and glorify those who have been faithful to serve Him and His people.

The followers of Jesus Christ will share in His rewards for righteousness and obedience.  We will have the heathen in the uttermost parts of the earth for our inheritance.  We will judge both men and angels and enforce godly principles of fairness, equality and justice in the government of almighty God.  We will teach all men to dwell in love, peace and unity with one another.

The Lord will boast of us to all of creation as His beloved sons and daughters.  He will take an active interest in all the details of our lives.  He will make certain that we are healthy and happy, and have every need met in abundance.  He will bless our children and our children’s children for all generations to come.  We will thrive in His awesome presence for all of eternity.

Revelation 5:9-10 “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” 

The Body of Christ is comprised of men, women and children from every race, tongue and nation in this world.  We are called out and separated for the Lord’s use in these last days.  We will demonstrate His loving kindness, mercy and compassion to the entire human race.  We are kings and priests in training for reigning.  We will serve all mankind and rescue countless numbers from their bondage to sin and evil.

We will draw all men to Christ as their Lord and Savior, so they can receive eternal life with all its many benefits.  We will lift Him up as our righteous Judge and awesome King.  We will advance the Kingdom of God on earth just as it is in heaven, and teach others how to dwell in love and unity as brothers and sisters.  We will give our God all the thanks and praise that He deserves, and worship Him in Spirit and in truth.

The Lord will not forget our sacrificial service on His behalf.  We are joint-heirs with Jesus to all the promises of God to include His Kingdom on this earth.  We will be major players in the Lord’s return to set up His millennial rule and reign.  He will glorify the disciples who have faithfully served Him.  We will minister to His people for all of eternity, and rule and reign with Jesus over all the nations of this world.

Daniel 7:27 “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”

The Kingdom of almighty God is our eternal legacy, our birthright as His sons and daughters.  It will be heaven on this earth for all the righteous and obedient who dwell there.  God’s laws will be written in our minds and in our hearts, so that we always do His will or run the risk of banishment from His awesome presence.  The Lord is actually coming to abide with His people, as He promised us.

Very soon now, there will no longer be a separation between God and man ever again.  The Lord will boast of us to all of creation and take vengeance on all of our enemies.  He will deliver us from all evil and gather us to Himself forever more.  He will change these mortal bodies into glorious, resurrection forms that never get sick and die.  We will thrive in good health and youthful vitality for all of eternity.

Our Lord and Savior will generously reward us for our faithful service to Him as members of the Body of Christ.  He will appoint us to be kings and priests to His people.  We will enforce Kingdom principles and make certain that all of mankind treats one another with love and respect.  We will be godly role models and just judges.  We will rule and reign with Jesus over all of the nations of this world.

 

Our Eternal Inheritance

1Peter 1:3-5 “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Almighty God has demonstrated His infinite love, mercy and compassion for mankind from the very foundation of the world.  He loved us so much that He created us in His image and likeness to be His constant companions.  While sin interrupted that for a season, we have been fully reconciled with God and restored to our original innocence in His eyes. 

The Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us of sin and all its repercussions.  We have been redeemed to eternal life with all its many blessings.  Jesus became sin, so that we could be set free from its death penalty.  He was poor and disenfranchised, so we could be made rich.  He bore our diseases and carried our infirmities to His cross, so we could be healthy and whole.

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him.  Christ suffered a temporary separation from our heavenly Father, so that we could be made the righteousness of God by faith and restored to right standing with Him for all time.  Jesus conquered all principalities and powers with His victory over sin, death and the grave, so that we could receive our dominion once again.

The Lord redeemed us from the curse once and for all time.  Those who believe in Him have an eternal inheritance stored up for them.  We are no longer victims to bondage and oppression.  We can have hope and confidence for our future.  Christ has paved the way for His disciples, so that we can enjoy His resurrection power in everything we say and do.

Hebrews 9:15 “And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions [that were] under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” 

Christ is the mediator of the New Testament.  The Old Testament Law has been abolished with His death on the cross in redemption for the sins of all believers.  We are no longer under the law or forced to observe its requirements.  We are saved by grace and we inherit the Kingdom of God with all of its promises.  Our sins will no longer be held against us for any reason. 

The Blood of Jesus continually cleanses us of all unrighteousness.  We are sons and daughters of almighty God now, accepted in the beloved, and destined to spend all of eternity with Him.  No man or devil can steal our birthright.  We will live forever in His awesome presence.  The Kingdom will be heaven on this earth – an idyllic environment for both God and man.

We will dwell in love, peace and unity with both men and angels.  All of our needs will be met in abundance.  Our mortal bodies will be changed, so that we live forever in good health and youthful vitality.  Our children and their children will all be blessed.  We will have beautiful homes and raise crops for our food.  All of creation will be subject to us once again. 

Luke 18:29-30 “And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.” 

While we may suffer for our faithfulness to the Lord during this lifetime, Jesus Christ will soon return to level all playing fields and settle all scores.  He will gather His people to Himself, and usher us into His everlasting Kingdom on this earth.  Christ will take vengeance on all of our enemies, and change these mortal bodies into new, glorious, resurrection forms that are like His very own.

Our God will actually come and take up residence with those who are called by His holy name.  He will boast of us to all creation and make certain that we have all that we need to be happy, healthy and content.  He will supply all that we require to live out our days in heaven on this earth.  The Kingdom of God will be our eternal legacy; Christ will make certain that we are always safe and secure.

The Lord will not forget our sacrificial service to Him and His people.  He will generously reward us for all that we have done on His behalf.  We will receive crowns of righteousness and be appointed as His kings and priests.  All men will look up to us as we rule and reign with Jesus Christ over all of the nations.  We will teach all of mankind to dwell in love, peace and unity as brothers and sisters.

The Kingdom of God will be a paradise on this earth for all the faithful who are found worthy to enter into it.  It will be an idyllic environment for both God and man to enjoy.  We will no longer hunger and thirst, suffer pain and sorrow, or go through death and destruction.  We will worship our God in Spirit and in truth; celebrate all His sabbaths and feast days; and thrive in His awesome presence.

Ephesians 1:9-12 “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.” 

Time, as we know it, is drawing near to its logical conclusion.  This world will never end, but it will change and line up with the express will of almighty God.  Very soon now, Jesus Christ will return to set up His everlasting Kingdom on this earth.  It will be a literal paradise for both God and man to enjoy.  He will judge all men, and even angels, to determine where they will spend all of eternity.

Those who have been righteous and obedient will be gathered into the Kingdom of God, while the wicked and rebellious will perish in the unquenchable lake of fire.  The Lord will banish Satan and all of his minions to the bottomless pit, so that they can no longer wreak havoc on His people.  Christ will root out all forms of evil from our midst, so that we are fully protected from all its defilement.

We will actually dwell in the awesome presence of God.  He will boast of us as His very own, beloved sons and daughters.  The Lord will meet all of our needs, even before we ask Him.  He will change our mortal bodies into new, glorious, resurrection forms that never get sick and die.  We will experience peace and prosperity, health and longevity, safety and security, joy and freedom forever more! 

 

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