Romans 5:12-14 "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: For until the law sin was
in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless
death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned
after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him
that was to come."
transgression in the Garden of Eden had a devastating effect on all of
mankind. We were all condemned to death because of his disobedience and
relegated to a permanent separation from God. In His infinite mercy and
compassion, the Lord sought a solution to this impasse. He established
the Mosaic law and covenant, so that His people would learn His ways.
could not hold them accountable for disobedience if they were unaware of
His law. So He clearly established His moral guidelines and delivered
them through His prophet, Moses. The people had no more excuse for
their sins. They could not plead ignorance. The law was most specific
and mandated their righteousness in return for favor with their Creator.
as the chosen people remained in right standing with God, they could
receive His many blessings. However, they were often rebellious and
subject to punishment for their sins. They were under the curse of the
law and suffered miserably as a result. The Lord had to continually
reprimand them for disobedience, and His relationship with them was only
sporadic at best.
Ephesians 2:13 "But now in
Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of
the requirements of the Old Testament Law, animal sacrifices had to be
made to the Lord by priests in atonement for men's sins. They had to
offer the blood of bulls, sheep, pigs, calves and goats as a sin
offering. It is important to note that sinners never were permanently
forgiven as a result of their sacrifices. The blood of animals was
insufficient to pay their sin debt.
was compelled to develop an alternative redemption plan, so that He
could be reconciled to men as He so ardently desired. He sent His only
Son to the earth to teach us His ways and be our mediator. Jesus did
not come to condemn us, but to save us from eternal punishment. He
became sin for us and He voluntarily offered up His own life as a
Blood of Jesus Christ covers us for all sin - past, present and future.
He was the only suitable sacrifice that could be made on our behalf to
cancel our sin debt. Because of His obedience unto death, we now have
the gift of eternal life available to all mankind. We are no longer
estranged from God; we can enter into His presence and commune with Him
on a regular basis.
1John 2:2 "And He is the
propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins
of] the whole world."
served as the full propitiation for our sin penalty, which is death
itself. His innocent Blood was the only fitting sacrifice that was
available for the sinfulness of all mankind, once and for all. He was
without sin, spot or blemish of any kind and totally righteous in God's
eyes. Because of His perfect sacrificial offering, all of humanity
becomes eligible to inherit eternal life.
no longer permanently condemned for our sinful human nature. We can
look forward to a bright and hopeful future. We have been reconciled to
God once and for all, and we share in all the promises of righteousness
that Christ bought for us with His death. We are actually joint-heirs
with Him and can expect to inherit the Kingdom of God in the very near
man, woman and child on the face of the earth benefits from Jesus
Christ's sacrifice for us. We have been released from the bondage of
sin for all time. We have inherited eternal life and all of its
blessings. There is no one too incorrigible that the Blood of Christ
cannot save him from death as a penalty for his sins. Salvation is
available to all who will believe and receive it.
1Timothy 2:3-6 "For this is
good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all
men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there
is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
the Lord's deepest desire that all men will turn to Him and know the
truth. We were once lost in our sins due to the fall of Adam and
estranged from God, but the Lord developed a brilliant redemption plan
to restore us to right standing with Him. He sent His only Son, Jesus
Christ, into the world, so that we could finally be reconciled to God as
He so earnestly wanted.
did not come to this earth to condemn us, but to save us from our sins
for all time. He taught us the Gospel of the Kingdom and urged us to
repent of all our sins and turn towards God. He instructed us in the
law of love and encouraged us to love the Lord and our neighbors, so
that we would satisfy the full requirement of the law and keep all of
was our teacher and our role model. He was totally perfect and became a
sacrificial substitute for all of the sins of all mankind. He shed His
own Blood, so that we would have eternal life. With His death on the
cross, Christ set us free from the penalty of sin, which is death. He
restored us to total righteousness, so that there is no more separation
between God and man.
rights and privileges that only those who are saved can enjoy. We are
joint-heirs with Jesus to all the blessings for righteousness. So too,
we can ask anything in Christ's name and know that we receive it. Our
God supplies all of our needs abundantly, according to His riches in
glory. He takes particular delight in giving us all we require to be
healthy, happy and prosperous.
A Ministry of Reconciliation
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."
Lord's eternal redemption plan for all of mankind was vitally
necessary. Our Creator knew that human beings could not be righteous on
their own and would forever be relegated to sin and death as a result of
their transgressions. That meant that there would never be a peaceful
relationship between God and man. He sent His very own Son to the earth
to rectify this.
Christ was God Himself in all respects, yet He came to this earth as a
human being to save all of mankind from their sins. He was one of us -
born of a woman - and subject to all the tests, trials and temptations
that we suffer. He walked among us with all the enticements of the
flesh; was tempted of the devil himself; and struggled to maintain
taught us the ways of God and urged us to repent of all our sinfulness.
He loved us so much that He willingly suffered the pain and agony that
we deserve and laid down His own life, so that we could be spared that
horrible fate. He was perfect in every way, yet He actually became sin
for us. His death was the only appeasement that could be made on our
served as our substitute. He took on all our sin debt as if it were His
own, then paid the ultimate penalty for it, so that we would not have to
be separated from His Father for all eternity. He suffered, died and
was buried in our place, so that we could be reconciled to God once and
for all time. The only way to approach the Father is through the cross
of Jesus Christ.
2Corinthians 5:18 "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
our right standing with God finally returned to us. We can approach the
throne of grace from a very favorable position. We are actually seated
with Christ in heavenly places at the right hand of God Himself. We
need not beg or grovel to have our prayers heard. We simply make our
needs known, and the Lord will accommodate our requests as He has
Jesus is ever ready to make intercession for us. If we pray and ask
anything in His name, it will be granted to us. Our God will withhold
no good thing from His people. He will meet all of our needs and lavish
us with His blessings. If we need strength, revelation and wisdom, that
will be given to us. If we require material things, the Lord will
indeed supply them.
soon, He will share all the vast resources of the universe with His sons
and daughters. We will have endless peace and unlimited prosperity in
His very presence. The Kingdom of God will be a paradise on the earth
for all righteous men, women and children. Christ will defend us
against all of our enemies and we will receive eternal life because of
our faith in Him.
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.)"
all men were condemned to death by the offense committed by Adam, so are
all men made righteous by the sacrifice of Christ. Jesus came to this
earth in human form and humbled Himself while He was here with us.
Everything that He did, He did as a perfect man without sin, spot or
blemish of any kind. His sacrificial death on the cross is our
assurance of eternal life.
suffered from betrayal, false accusations and painful scourging. He was
made to carry His own cross, and even crowned with thorns to add to His
agony. Our Lord paid our sin debt to the fullest with His horrific
suffering and voluntary death on our behalf. He was mocked, tortured
and died in shame and humiliation, so that the human race could be
reconciled to God.
came so that we would have life in abundance to the overflow. He is our
redeemer, teacher and benefactor. Through Him, our salvation is secure
and we inherit great and precious promises in our lives. We are
actually seated with Christ in heavenly places in positions of divine
power and authority. We will eventually overcome all evil and reign in
this life and in the next.
has made a generous legacy available to each of us for our faith and
righteousness. We will soon inherit all the blessings of the Kingdom of
God and dwell in the very presence of God Himself. We will experience
peace and prosperity, safety and security, health and longevity for all
of eternity. No evil will ever come near us or defile the serenity of
Kingdom life in any way.
John 3:3 "Jesus answered and
said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born
again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
came to teach us the ways of God and instruct us in righteousness. He
laid down His deity during His time on the earth and functioned as a
mere man who walked uprightly and perfectly before God. He was human in
every way, as we are, and He taught us that we must be converted, saved
and born again to enter into the Kingdom of God for all of eternity.
we repent from all known sin and take Jesus Christ to be our Lord and
Savior, we cannot receive eternal life. No man is righteous on his own;
we all fall short of the glory of God. But God loved us so much that He
sent His only Son to be a permanent atonement for our sins. Through our
faith in Christ, we are forgiven and have righteousness restored to us.
have peace with God and can approach Him from a very favorable basis.
We are seated with Christ Himself in heavenly places and we have
immediate access to the throne of grace for every need. If we are
continually righteous and walk in love at all times, as Christ taught us
to do, we will one day see our God face-to-face and dwell in His very
Kingdom of God will be our eternal legacy for righteousness. We will
have peace and prosperity, safety and security, health and longevity.
If we have served the Lord and His people as we are destined to do, we
will share in Christ's very own honor and glory. We will even be
appointed kings and priests of God to rule and reign over all the
nations of the world.
The Doctrine of Salvation
Acts 2:21 "And it shall come
to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be
we must do to be saved is to call out to God and seek His love, mercy
and compassion. He will touch our hearts and cause us to repent of all
known sin. He will lead us into salvation through faith in His Son. If
we believe that Jesus came to this earth to save us from our sins, that
He died and rose again from the dead, then we will receive eternal life
and all of its blessings. Our relationship with God is fully restored
and we inherit great and precious promises.
if we refuse to believe in Christ and all that He did for us, we will be
eternally damned and excluded from entering the Kingdom of God. The
Lord has no obligation to support us in our hard-heartedness and
rebellion. He will never override our free will or force Himself on
us. The choice to believe the truth is ours alone. We cannot plead
ignorance. The Gospel is being preached all around the world, so that
no man perishes for lack of knowledge.
have an important life changing decision to make. We must choose to
believe the truth and walk in the light of it. If we confess Jesus
Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will inherit eternal life and all of
its blessings. We will overcome our own sinfulness and fulfill our
divine destinies. We will have full power and authority over all evil.
We will share our faith, so that others can be set free and walk in
miracles, signs and wonders to attract all mankind to the Lord.
Romans 10:8-11 "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. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him
shall not be ashamed."
doctrine of salvation is critically important, yet simple enough for all
of us to understand. All that we must do to be saved is repent of sin,
believe that Christ died as a substitute for us and that He rose again
from the dead. We must then confess Him as our Lord and Savior with our
mouths. If we do so, we will be saved from our sins and inherit eternal
life. We should then be baptized with water in His name, as an outward
sign of the inward change that has occurred in us.
also ask the Lord for the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and He will give
it to us. His very own Spirit will come and take up residence in us, so
that we are changed and transformed into brand new creatures in Christ.
The Holy Spirit will convict us of sin and lead and guide us into all
truth. He will fill us with spiritual attributes that are like God's
very own, so that we can grow in spiritual maturity and ultimately
achieve holiness and perfection, just as God is holy and perfect.
process of regeneration is progressive. As our minds are renewed in the
truth, our behavior is transformed, so that we become righteous and
godly in all that we think, say and do. We begin to imitate the laid
down life of Jesus Christ Himself and walk in love for the Lord and for
our neighbors. We eventually become humble servants and fulfill our
divine destinies. We will receive supernatural gifts and callings, so
that we can positively impact the world around us.
Hebrews 9:28 "So Christ was
once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him
shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
died to spare us from the penalty of sin, which is death. He took on
all our sin debt as if it were His very own. His sacrificial offering
was made for the express benefit of all mankind. If we accept Christ as
our Lord and Savior, we will receive eternal life. There is no way that
a man can be deemed righteous in God's eyes except through faith in
Christ. We are then acceptable to the Lord and righteous in His eyes.
relationship with God has been restored once and for all. When the Lord
sees us, He sees Jesus in all of His righteousness. We have become
joint-heirs with Him to great and precious promises. We are the sons
and daughters of God and we will dwell with Him in His everlasting
Kingdom on the earth. We will have peace and prosperity, health and
longevity, safety and security, joy and freedom for all of eternity.
Savior will soon return to complete our redemption in body, soul and
spirit. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords who will rule and
reign over all the nations of the world. He will judge all of mankind -
both the living and the dead - to determine who will enter into His
Kingdom and who will receive eternal punishment. Only those who have
faith and walk in love and righteousness will dwell in His presence.
Acts 4:12 "Neither is there
salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved."
we are born again and accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will be
damned to eternal punishment. There is no other way to be saved from
our sins except through the atonement that His Blood has provided for us
once and for all.
cannot be saved by our own merits or through good works. The penalty
for sin is death. We are justified by our faith - and that alone. We
are completely set free when we accept Jesus as our Savior and confess
Him as Lord of our lives.
is above every other name in heaven and on the earth. Every situation
and circumstance has to bow to Him, including death itself. We have
received the gift of eternal life and we can now lay claim to it by the
Blood and name of Jesus.
believers in Christ, we should imitate His perfect obedience and follow
His example in all that we think, say and do. He was totally righteous
in every way. If we emulate His laid down life, we will be certain we
are righteous and godly ourselves.
keep all of the commandments and walk in love, as Jesus Himself taught
us. We can never be deliberately rebellious. If we do sin after having
received such a great salvation, we should repent of our sins and
renounce them for all time.
are sincere, the Lord will restore us to righteousness and even blot our
sin from His memory. Eventually we will grow and mature spiritually to
the point that we seldom, if ever, sin again. Our own behavior will be
like that of Christ.
1John 4:15 "Whosoever shall
confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in
confess Jesus Christ as the Lord of our lives, the Spirit of the living
God actually comes to dwell in our spirit man. We become new creatures
in Him and we are delivered from the power of sin and death to eternal
life. The Bible tells us that Jesus was the firstborn of many sons and
daughters of God. We are joint-heirs with Him to all the blessings for
righteousness. We are actually seated with Christ in heavenly places at
the right hand of God Himself.
not beg or grovel to have our prayers heard, whether they are for
ourselves or for others. The Lord is ever ready to hear from us. He
wants to establish an intimate relationship with His children. We can
express all our thoughts and concerns and make our needs known to Him,
and He will be totally responsive to them. He will answer all of our
petitions and supply all that we require to be healthy, happy and
prosperous all the days of our lives.
dwells in us and we dwell in God through our faith. We have a personal
relationship with the Creator of the universe and His Son, Jesus
Christ. We have inherited royal blood and we are members of God's very
own family for all time. We have better promises than our forefathers
had, and possess rights and privileges we have yet to discover. We will
soon walk as Christ walked on the earth and resume His ministry of
reconciliation, as He desires.
grow and mature spiritually, the Lord will be able to manifest His power
and glory through us for the benefit of all of humanity. He will do a
mighty work all over the earth to reach all men, women and children. We
will spontaneously share our faith with others and work miracles, signs
and wonders in His name. The Lord will be able to demonstrate His love,
mercy and compassion through us. We will prepare the hearts of all men
to receive their King.
1Corinthians 12:3 "Wherefore
I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God
calleth Jesus accursed: and [that] no man can say that Jesus is the
Lord, but by the Holy Ghost."
not able to confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior except by the
operation of the Holy Spirit of God that works through us to develop our
faith and confidence. The Lord uses His very own Spirit to attract us
to the truth and to help us understand the mystery of our salvation.
Although it is basic, we cannot comprehend the truth with our finite
minds. God's ways are above our ways and we need His supernatural
wisdom to understand them.
through the Holy Spirit, we understand the reason for Christ's Blood
sacrifice as atonement for our sin. He laid down His life for our
transgressions to fulfill the requirements of the law, even though He
was without sin Himself. He died so that we do not have to suffer the
penalty of death. He was our substitute and paid our sin debt in its
entirety. His obedience to the Lord's redemption plan enables all who
believe in Him to receive eternal life with all its many blessings.
speaking by the Holy Spirit, will ever curse or deny our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ. That would be blasphemy and the born again man
does not engage in that. Our Savior's name is above every other name
and we should be careful how we use it in our conversation. We are not
prone to offending God if we are saved, baptized and filled with the
Holy Spirit. We should make all our requests in Jesus' name and hold
Him in the highest esteem.
Christ's power of attorney on the earth. We can ask anything in His
name and it will be granted to us. All we need do is make our requests
known to God in Jesus' name and the Father will hear all our prayers.
If we have real faith, then we know that our prayers are heard and that
we will receive what we ask of Him. We can also drive out demons in the
precious name of Jesus Christ. His name is above every other name on
the earth and all creation has to bow to it.
Philippians 2:9-11 "Wherefore
God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above
every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things
in Heaven, and things in Earth, and things under the Earth; And [that]
every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of
God the Father."
Father is proud of His Son, Jesus Christ, and we should also be proud to
confess Him as our Lord. His name is above every other name and very
soon now, every knee will bow and give Him all the honor and glory that
He so rightly deserves. All men will know the Lord - from the least to
the greatest. He will rule and reign as a righteous King for all of
are faithful and true to His calling, we will serve our Lord in these
last days as part of His end-times army. As members of the Body of
Christ on the earth, we will share our faith with all men, so that they
also may be saved unto eternal life. We will help to usher in the
Kingdom of God and enjoy many generous rewards for our devoted service
share in Jesus Christ's very own honor and glory and rule and reign with
Him forever in the Kingdom of God. We will be appointed kings and
priests and make certain that Kingdom principles of righteousness and
justice are always in force. The Lord will boast of us to all creation
and take vengeance on all of our enemies, as He promised us He will do.
will eventually know the Lord and have His laws written on their minds
and in their hearts. They will dwell together in love and unity, as He
desires, and enjoy peace and prosperity all the days of their lives.
There will be safety and security in the Kingdom of God. Nothing
defiling will ever enter in to disturb God's people or interfere with
The Doctrine of the Resurrection
1Corinthians 15:21 "For since
by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead."
Adam we all inherit death as the penalty for our sins. He experienced
spiritual death when he deliberately sinned and transgressed the Lord's
command in the Garden of Eden. He became estranged from God and was
permanently separated from Him. He also suffered physical death for his
transgression, and we potentially face the same fate for our sins.
Christ came to the earth and laid down His deity and walked as a mere
man among us. He was human in every way - born one of us - so that He
could be our role model for righteousness. He was perfectly obedient to
the Father unto death itself. His Blood was shed for all of us, so that
we would inherit eternal life instead of the damnation we deserved.
not only died to save us from our sins, but He also rose again through
the awesome power and glory of God Himself. The resurrection was the
Lord's greatest feat since the original creation. It took dynamic
energy to overcome death and restore life to Jesus. Our God is
omnipotent and can do anything; we are blessed to walk in the newness of
life as Christ did.
real resurrection power available to us since we are born again. We are
new creatures in Christ, a different species of spirit men. We can
actually emulate the laid down life of Christ Himself and appropriate
His very own divine power and authority. We are able to preach the
Gospel, heal the sick, cast out demons and even raise the dead back to
1Thessalonians 4:16 "For the
Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of
the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall
overcame sin, death and the grave when He walked among us. He willingly
gave His life for our benefit and died an agonizing death to atone for
our sins. However, He rose again from the dead by the operation of the
Holy Spirit of God. He lives forever and we live through Him! Christ
conquered death and we who believe in Him will conquer it, as well.
in the very near future, we will be reunited with all the dead in
Christ. At the last trumpet, they will be raised from the dead to greet
their Savior. Jesus Christ will judge all men to determine who will
receive eternals rewards and who will be punished in the lake of fire.
Our bodies will be changed and put on the cloak of immortality, so that
we live forever.
no longer fear death; the Lord took its sting away with His
resurrection. When Christ returns, we will all put on new, glorious,
resurrection bodies and be like Him in every way. We will no longer
have to deal with disease and decay. We will walk in perfect heath and
vitality for all of eternity, and dwell in the very presence of the
Lord, as He has promised to us.
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all
be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:
for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption,
and this mortal [must] put on immortality. So when this corruptible
shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on
immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written,
Death is swallowed up in victory."
believe in Jesus Christ and His power to save us from sin and death,
then we are set free to enjoy our lives for all time. We will not have
to pay our own sin debt and suffer from the curse of spiritual and
physical death. We are promised eternal life in the Kingdom of God that
will soon be brought into the earth realm. We will have glorious,
resurrection bodies that never decay and die.
in Christ will be raised from the dead and we will all be changed in the
twinkling of an eye in our very essence. We will shed these mortal
bodies that are subject to disease and death; undergo a supernatural
metamorphosis; and put on incorruptible flesh that lives forever in the
Kingdom of God. We will live long and strong in the presence of God and
be eternally healthy.
a heinous enemy to mankind, but it will be swallowed up in total victory
when heaven comes to the earth. It is the last enemy that will be put
under Christ's feet before He returns. He will re-create our bodies to
be like His very own and we will be like Him in every way. We will have
access to the same resurrection power that He does and never have to
deal with disease and death again.
Redeemed From the Curse
Galatians 3:13 "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:"
should never underestimate what Christ did for us on Calvary. He was
without sin, but He became sin for us, so that we would not have to
suffer from its penalty. He took on all our sin debt as if it were His
very own. He redeemed us from the curse of the law that stipulated
death in payment for our sins. He died a horrific, ignominious death,
so that we would not have to do the same.
we have been redeemed from the curse and our right standing with God is
fully restored, we can receive all the covenant blessings for
righteousness that Jesus bought back for us. We now have peace with God
and He will supply all of our needs in abundance. We can approach the
throne of grace with total confidence; we are seated with Christ at the
right hand of God Himself.
Blood of Christ covers all of our sin. When the Lord sees us, He sees
Jesus in all of His righteousness and He will withhold no good thing
from our lives. We will receive all spiritual and temporal blessings.
We do not have to do anything to earn them. As long as we have made
Christ the Lord of our lives and we keep all of the commandments, our
right standing with God is continuous.
Romans 5:9-11 "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."
been justified by the Blood of Jesus Christ and set free from the wrath
of God for all time. Our righteousness is no longer an issue with Him.
We can approach the throne of grace from a very favorable position. We
are now the sons and daughters of almighty God Himself. We are beloved
in His eyes and He wants to bless us with all the resources of the
hear all of our prayers and supply all that we need in abundance.
Christ is our mediator and always makes intercession for us. We have
been redeemed from the curse and are entitled to blessings instead. We
should know our rights and privileges as joint-heirs with Jesus, so that
we can claim our birthright and ask the Lord for all that we are
entitled to receive from Him.
have faith in Jesus Christ, He actually dwells in us and is our
empowerment for walking in love and righteousness, just as He once did.
We are more than conquerors through Him. We should imitate His laid
down life and appropriate His own divine attributes. We will overcome
the world, our flesh and the devil and reign victorious in this life and
in the Kingdom to come.
Hebrews 8:6 "But now hath He
obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator
of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises."
Jesus Christ was our
sacrificial victim, our mediator and high priest all rolled into one.
He came to save us from our sins and to provide us with life in
abundance, to the overflow. He defeated the devil for all time and
restored our authority over all things in the earth. We are now able to
prevail over all evil by the Blood of the Lamb and the words of our
testimony. We walk in divine power; Christ has restored dominion back
to mankind once and for all time.
We are redeemed from the
curse and heirs to eternal life, and we share with Christ in all the
covenant promises for righteousness. If we ask the Lord, He will send
His very own Spirit to us, so that we can be empowered to walk as Christ
Himself walked on the earth. In addition, the Lord will unveil His
secrets and mysteries and reveal the details of our eternal destinies to
us. We are kings and priests in training for reigning in the Kingdom of
The Lord will grant us wisdom
and revelation, so that we are more than conquerors in this life and in
the next. We will overcome all evil with good and be totally victorious
through our Lord, Jesus Christ. All of nature will be re-created and
subject to us once again. All human governments and their economies
will be totally reorganized. We will bring peace and order to an
otherwise unstable world and bring heaven into the earth, as we are
destined to do.
soon now, the Lord will boast of us to all creation and shower us
with blessings in His everlasting Kingdom. We will enjoy health and
longevity, peace and prosperity, safety and security, joy and
gladness for all of eternity. There will be no more war, violence
and conflict. No man will oppress or exploit another. The Lord
will take vengeance on all of our enemies and protect us from all
harm. Nothing will disturb our well-being ever again.
Spared From the Penalty of Death
John 11:25 "Jesus said unto
her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me,
though he were dead, yet shall he live:"
all once dead in our sins and doomed to total physical and spiritual
destruction for all of our trespasses. However, through our faith in
Jesus Christ and His atonement for all our sins, we are made alive again
in our spirit man. Our faith in Christ - and that alone - assures us
that we have been restored to righteousness and now enjoy a personal
relationship with Him.
Jesus not been raised from the dead, death would still have reigned over
all men for all time. His victory over sin, death and the grave is our
assurance of eternal life. One day in the very near future, all the
dead will be raised to face judgment. The righteous will be given new
bodies and enter the Kingdom of God, but the wicked will endure eternal
punishment in the lake of fire.
are no longer faced with the penalty of death, we will enjoy eternal
life in the Kingdom of God. We will all be changed into glorious,
incorruptible, resurrection bodies like the Lord's very own. We will
live forever in the presence of our God and be eternally young and
vigorous. We will be healthy and strong and see our children and our
children's children for all generations.
Romans 8:2 "For the law of
the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin
Bible tells us that the wages of sin are death - both physical and
spiritual. However, through our faith in Christ, we have been justified
by His Blood and set free from the law of sin and death for all time.
Jesus died to save us from our sins, but He also rose again to eternal
life through the power and glory of God the Father. That same
resurrection power is available to each of us. If we have accepted
Christ as our Lord and Savior, He actually dwells in our spirit man.
our empowerment to walk sin free and in total righteousness under all
situations and circumstances. We should no longer even have a sin
consciousness. We have been redeemed from sin and all that it entails.
We are now free to enjoy our lives and serve the Lord as He has planned
for us. If we imitate the laid down life of Christ Himself, we will be
imbued with divine power and authority. We have eternal callings and
divine destinies that must be fulfilled.
experience the fullness of blessings through our faith in Jesus Christ.
We are no longer under the curse of the law. We have the power to
overcome all evil and walk in total victory. We also have great and
precious promises for our righteousness. We are actually seated with
Christ in heavenly places and have immediate access to the throne of
grace for every need. No matter what we require, the Lord is ever ready
to provide for us according to His riches in glory.
Revelation 21:4 "And God
shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more
death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:
for the former things are passed away."
have a genuine faith in Jesus Christ, we will live forever and escape
illness, pain, suffering and death as penalties for our sinfulness. We
will become like Him in every way and enjoy new, glorious, resurrection
bodies that are totally free of disease and decay. We will not
experience physical death or separation from God in any way. We will
walk in the newness of life, as Christ Himself does, and dwell happily
in His presence in the Kingdom of God.
will be no death or disease in Christ's Kingdom. Jesus has overcome all
that for us. His Kingdom will last for all of eternity and His people
will enjoy perpetual blessings. We will dwell in peace and prosperity,
safety and security, joy and freedom for all generations to come. We
will not experience pain or suffering of any kind. The Lord will blot
all that from our memories. Everything will be as it was created to be
from the very foundation of the world.
will take up residence with us in the Kingdom of God and make certain
that all of our needs are met in abundance. We will dwell in love,
peace and unity with all men and even angels. Life will be beautiful
and serene, and no evil will come near us. Christ will rule and reign
as a righteous King to make certain that we are in full protection at
all times. We will worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth, and His
laws will be written in our very minds and hearts.
Saved to Eternal Life
John 17:2-3 "As thou hast
given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as
many as thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might
know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
Kingdom of God will soon be ushered into the earth realm with all the
awesome, divine power that the Lord used to raise Christ from the dead.
All men who dwell there will receive new, glorious, resurrection bodies
that are free of disease and death and live forever in the presence of
God Himself. We will be reunited with the faithful dead in Christ, who
will also rise from the dead and be given new bodies.
all enjoy eternal life and the many blessings that it has to offer us.
All men will be righteous and walk in love and unity with their
neighbors. There will be peace and prosperity on the earth, safety and
security for all Kingdom residents. The Lord Himself will dwell with us
in the Kingdom of God and blot out all our sorrow and pain. He will
provide all our needs from the vast resources that the universe offers.
will ultimately know the Lord and the power of His might. He will
abolish all evil from His presence. We will no longer have to teach
others about God because all of us will be perfectly righteous in His
eyes. We will be intimately acquainted with our God and worship Him in
Spirit and in truth, as He desires. We will keep all of His sabbaths
and perpetual feast days and go to Jerusalem to worship.
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."
us is inherently worthy to receive eternal life. We have all sinned and
fallen short of God's glory. We all inherited iniquity from Adam's
transgression. However, we have grace with God and we are justified by
our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. We have our righteousness restored
and the penalty for our sins has been paid once and for all with
Christ's Blood. We can approach the throne of grace with full
confidence that our prayers are heard.
of Christ's victory over sin, death and the grave we no longer have a
sin consciousness. Freed from guilt, shame and condemnation, we now
enjoy all the blessings of righteousness to include the promise of
eternal life in the Kingdom of God. The dead in Christ will soon be
raised; we will all be together once again; and enjoy good health and
longevity. The Lord will provide all of our needs even before we ask
Him. He will lavish all the wealth of the universe on His people.
will be no lack or deficiency in God's Kingdom. We will be prosperous
and live in peace and unity with one another. Our families will all be
blessed and multiplied from generation to generation. Nothing will harm
us or defile the serenity of Kingdom life. The Lord will remove all
evil far from us, so that we need never fear any oppression or bondage
of any kind. We will have safety and security in the very presence of
our merciful and loving God.
1John 2:25 "And this is the
promise that He hath promised us, [even] eternal life."
human minds can hardly comprehend eternity in the presence of our God.
We can only imagine what life will be like with no limits of any kind.
To have all our needs met even before we ask, seems fantastic to us.
But it will soon become a reality for God's people. The Kingdom of God
will be the spectacular culmination of the Lord's eternal redemption
plan for His people.
will be simple and wholesome, peaceful and serene. We will lack no good
thing - temporal or spiritual. All men will dwell in love and unity as
brothers; there will be no conflict or contention of any kind. The dead
in Christ will be raised to be with us, so that we are together for all
time. We will even interact with angels and keep company with the
Kingdom of God will be idyllic, a new and improved Garden of Eden for
all of its residents. There will be no disease or death that causes us
pain and suffering. We will enjoy eternal life and all many benefits.
The Lord will take an active interest in our lives and shower us with
blessings of all kinds. We will have perpetual hope and confidence in
His presence forever more.
Baptism With Water
Mark 16:16 "He that believeth
and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be
vitally important that we be baptized with water after we give our lives
to Jesus Christ. This may only be an outward sign of an inward change
that has taken place in us, but it will benefit us in many ways. It
strengthens our faith and serves as a symbol of renewal and
transformation in our lives. It will enhance our spiritual walk and
give us hope and confidence before our God.
are several baptismal methods and timetables that Christians observe.
Some subscribe to sprinkling with water, while others believe that you
have to be totally submerged in it. In many Christian religions,
infants are baptized and dedicated to the Lord. Other denominations
feel that you need to have attained the age of consent before you are
is not specific regarding how we should be baptized or when it is most
expedient. However, it does say that we should be baptized with water
after we give our lives to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Whether we
are sprinkled or immersed is inconsequential to the fact that we do
indeed submit to the rite itself. It is a tangible sign of our
dedication to the Lord and His ways.
Colossians 2:12 "Buried with
Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [Him] through the faith
of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead."
suggests that we have been buried with Christ unto death, and risen
again with Him to the newness of life. Christ was baptized in the River
Jordan by John the Baptist when He began His public ministry. If He
submitted to that rite Himself, we should be willing to do likewise. He
is the pattern Son and role model for all of us, and we should follow in
His footsteps in all that we think, say and do.
important aspect of water baptism is the symbolic act of cleansing that
it represents to the new believer. We are baptized to the death of our
sins and all worldliness, and risen again in Christ through the
operation of the Holy Spirit of God. We are made brand new creatures in
Him and we should then imitate His laid down life, so that we can become
holy and perfect, just as He is holy and perfect
Christ was human in every way, He was totally obedient and sinless
before God. He only said and did what the Father told Him to do. He
laid down His life for others and always walked in love for His fellow
man. We can emulate His righteousness by fully surrendering our lives
to God. We should love the Lord with all our might and humbly serve Him
and His people, as we are destined to do.
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."
not absolutely necessary that we be totally submerged in water as Jesus
was in the River Jordan. However, it is still important that we submit
to the symbolic cleansing and death to sin that baptism with water
represents. Water baptism signifies that we have put on Christ and all
of His righteousness. He now lives in us to fulfill His perfect will in
our lives and we should be totally submitted to His lordship.
are born again and baptized, the spiritual regeneration process begins
in us. Our minds are renewed in the truth and our behavior is
eventually transformed. We become new creatures in Christ and imitate
His laid down life. The Lord can then begin to use us in divine service
to others. We will ultimately do the works that Jesus did during His
ministry and usher in the Kingdom of God for all of eternity, as we are
destined to do.
have put on Christ, then we are His Body in this world. Nothing will be
impossible to us. He uses us to minister to others, so that they can be
saved and have eternal life just as we have. He will confer His very
own power and authority on us, so that we can walk as He walked on the
earth doing good to all men. We will preach the Gospel, heal the sick,
cast out demons and even raise the dead back to life again.
Baptism With the Holy Spirit
Luke 11:13 "If ye then, being
evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more
shall [your] Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?"
Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan and immediately received the Holy
Spirit, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not automatic for us, as some
seem to believe. We have to ask the Lord to impart His Holy Spirit to
us. He will gladly come to indwell us and fill us with His very own
spiritual attributes. The Holy Spirit will convict us of sin, lead and
guide us into all righteousness and help us to spiritually mature.
Spirit is our Comforter and our Counselor and will enable us to
understand the deeper mysteries of God more readily. He may even give
us a prophetic look at the future. The Holy Spirit manifests in our
spiritual prayer language, so that we can speak and pray in other
tongues. We may also be given other spiritual gifts such as
discernment, revelation, words of wisdom and knowledge and working of
Spirit of God imparts gifts and callings at will to each of us,
according to the plan and purpose of God. These spiritual manifestations
enable us to walk in power and authority, as Christ Himself walked on
the earth. The more we divest ourselves of our carnal tendencies and
our selfish soul ambitions, the better able we are to walk in the Spirit
instead of the weakness of our flesh and fulfill the call of God on our
2Corinthians 2:12 "Now we
have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of
God; that we might know the things which are freely given to us of God."
Christians believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit only occurred in
the early church on the feast of Pentecost. They mistakenly conclude
that spiritual gifts are no longer available to believers, but there are
many people today who have received the Holy Spirit and fully operate in
are sincere, the Lord will send His very own Spirit to fill us with all
His divine attributes and His awesome power from on high. The Holy
Spirit will permeate our entire being with His very own unique
characteristics and supernatural capabilities meant to benefit all of
receive a gift of spiritual tongues, so that we can pray and make all
our needs known to God. Other spiritual manifestations such as
prophecy, words of knowledge and wisdom can be granted to us. We may be
able to discern spirits and work miracles according to the will of God.
is not stingy in giving His gifts to us. I am certain that the baptism
in the Holy Spirit is not only available, but also extremely desirable
to all believers who wish to overcome the world, their flesh and the
devil. If we ask Him, He will come and indwell us to the fullest extent
baptism of the Holy Spirit will change our lives as nothing else can.
If we permit Him full sway in our lives, we will grow and develop in the
things of God and be a testimony to His power at work in us. We will
walk as Christ walked and demonstrate godliness in everything that we
mature as Christians and fulfill our divine destinies, as we should. We
will operate in the very same anointing power and authority that Jesus
did and work miracles, signs and wonders in His name. Anything will be
possible to us once the Holy Spirit of God has touched our lives.
John 3:5 "Jesus answered,
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of]
the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God."
The Lord has made it very clear that there is a special invitation
for all men to enter into the Kingdom of God. However, it is
impossible to do so, unless we are totally sin free. We must repent
of all our sins, confess Christ as our Lord and Savior, and be
baptized with water and the Holy Spirit to enjoy eternal blessings in
we must be righteous at all times and submitted to the will of His
Father. We cannot be doing our own thing after we are born again and
baptized. If we were sincere at the time of our conversion, then we
have become new creatures in Christ and our behavior should reflect
that. We were bought with a dear price, the Blood of Jesus Christ
should follow all of the Lord's commandments to us and walk in love, as
Christ instructed us. We must put the Lord first in our lives and treat
others, as we would ourselves. We cannot compromise our love walk in
any way. The Holy Spirit will operate in our lives to convict us of any
sin and lead and guide us into all righteousness.
minds will be renewed and our behavior will soon be transformed, so that
we eventually become holy and perfect, just as God is holy and perfect.
We will one day reach full spiritual maturity and become more
Christ-like in our thoughts, attitude and behavior. We will serve as
godly role models to all of mankind and walk in our divine power and
1Corinthians 12:4-6 "Now
there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are
differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are
diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in
gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to all believers who have
received the baptism in God's very own Spirit. They are awesome
manifestations of divine power and ability, meant to benefit all of
mankind. The Lord distributes them at will to those who are fully
sanctified and prepared to operate in His authority. However, authentic
spiritual gifts are given only to those who recognize their value and
appreciate their purpose. They are not intended for use as parlor
games, for self-gratification or personal promotion.
would be remiss if He gave spiritual gifts to those who were not worthy
of them. Those individuals could misuse His power and actually injure
others in the process. The enemy often mimics these gifts to the
detriment of mankind, in an effort to mislead and manipulate men into
bowing down to him, rather than God. He is the author of lies and will
use anything he can to steal, kill and destroy God's people. We should
be wary of anyone who purports to have spiritual gifts without God's
pray and ask the Lord for discernment to determine whether an individual
is operating in His Holy Spirit or demonic spirits. He will always
reveal the truth to us, so that we are never cuckolded or played out of
position. We will know them by their fruits, if they are
uncompromisingly righteous and walk in love. His Holy Spirit will take
leave of an impure vessel and we should be wary of those who claim to
operate in spiritual gifts, other than those that the Lord Himself
distributes to mature believers.
Romans 8:26 "Likewise the
Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray
for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with
groanings which cannot be uttered."
of tongues is usually available to every believer that is baptized in
the Holy Spirit of God. Our spiritual prayer language will enable us to
communicate with God without interference of any kind. We bypass our
natural mind and understanding when we pray in tongues and approach the
throne of grace direct - spirit
to Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit teaches us how to pray in our spirit
man, as we should.
intercession for us when we pray in our spiritual prayer language.
Sometimes we are so overwrought that all we can do is cry out to God in
our pain. This is the time when His Holy Spirit intervenes on our
behalf and we can receive divine insight into all of our problems and
concerns. So too, the enemy cannot penetrate our communications if we
regularly use our spiritual gift of tongues in prayer.
should pray in tongues and with our natural mind, as well. Then we will
never be deceived into thinking that we heard from God, when what we
heard was the voice of the enemy. The Lord always gives us an inward
witness to confirm what we have heard is truly from Him. So too,
whether we pray in the Holy Spirit or with our human minds, what we hear
should always line up with the written Word of God.
Acts 2:4 "And they were all
filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as
the Spirit gave them utterance."
pray in tongues, we bypass our human speech and understanding with all
its limitations. We communicate straight with the mind and Spirit of
God. We discuss our needs with Him without distraction and
interference. He answers us by giving us a certain "knowing" in our
spirit, that translates into our human understanding, so that we can
apply what He has spoken to us in our daily lives.
should pray in tongues often, so we build up our spirit man and hear
clearly from God. We can pray in tongues and pray with our human
understanding too. If we are in a corporate setting and choose to pray
in our spiritual prayer language, we should also pray for an
interpretation, so we can edify all those who are listening. Praying in
tongues is a sign to unbelievers and also a powerful witnessing tool.
not gibberish, nonsense or mumbo jumbo, as some would have us believe.
Praying in tongues is a tool for heightened insight and understanding.
It has a scriptural basis, in that the early Church received the same
gift on the Feast of Pentecost. It is God's gift to us when we are
baptized in the Holy Spirit, and it will revolutionize our relationship
with our Creator by improving communication with Him.
1Corinthians 12:7-11 "But the
manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For
to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of
knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to
another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working
of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to
another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of
tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit,
dividing to every man severally as He will."
addition to speaking in tongues, we may also receive other spiritual
manifestations, such as increased faith, prophecy and revelation. As we
grow and develop in the deeper things of God, He will be able to share
more gifts with us. We may receive words of wisdom or knowledge to
share with others. We may be able to discern spirits, cast out demons,
heal the sick and perform various other miracles in Jesus Christ's
name. All of these gifts are desirable and important to our functioning
effectively in our divine destinies.
we work at developing our spiritual maturity and relationship with His
Holy Spirit, the more the Lord can trust us with spiritual
manifestations. If we are sanctified for His use, willing and obedient
to His guidance and direction, then He will give us extraordinary gifts
that enable us to walk in the supernatural realm in our service to Him
and to others. We will operate as Christ did during His ministry, and
work miracles, signs and wonders to attract all men to our faith.
Nothing will be impossible to the sons of God.
spiritual fruit, that are like God's very own attributes, will emerge in
our lives after we are baptized with the Holy Spirit. These will enable
us to improve our relationship with God and with others. If we develop
these spiritual attributes, we become holy and perfect, just as He is
holy and perfect. We will have faith, love, peace, joy, goodness and
gentleness. We will become meek, temperate and longsuffering. We will
eventually put our spirit man in ascendancy to our flesh and soul and
always walk in the Holy Spirit.
Walking in the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-25 "But the
fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And
they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and
lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."
baptism of the Holy Spirit of God has the power to totally revolutionize
our lives. Spiritual fruit are divine characteristics that emerge in us
after we receive the Holy Spirit. They grow and develop until they
permeate our very being and enable us to walk in the supernatural realm
at all times. Without these attributes, we would still be worldly and
subject to temptation and sin. However, with spiritual fruit
manifesting in our lives, we become godly.
the operation of the Holy Spirit, we can cultivate all spiritual fruit.
Christ taught us to develop love in our lives, and we should love the
Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. In addition, we must
love others as we love ourselves, and be at peace with all men wherever
possible. We need joy to revitalize us and keep us enthused in our
spiritual journey. Our faith is critical to us and will only grow as we
deepen our relationship with God.
are longsuffering, we will be patient, merciful and compassionate with
all men and forgive all wrongs that are committed against us. Goodness
and gentleness are essential if we want to be effective in all of our
relationships with others. If we are meek and temperate, the Lord
Himself will exalt us and can use us in divine service to His people.
He wants us to be humble, obedient and disciplined before His anointing
power and authority will be given to us.
Ephesians 5:8-10 "For ye were
sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children
of light; (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and
righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord."
should walk in the Spirit rather than our flesh and cultivate all the
spiritual fruit in our lives. We should sanctify ourselves on a
continual basis. If we do so, we will grow in maturity and perfect our
godliness. We were once in darkness, but we now know the truth and are
responsible for it. We are children of light and should walk in that
light in all that we think, say and do. We are sons of the living God
and we must learn to operate in power and glory.
days to come, all men will look to us as examples of righteousness. We
will win many to our faith by our godly behavior. What we actually say
to them in witness will be secondary. They will judge us by how we
treat them and others. If we are good, gentle, kind, patient, merciful
and compassionate with all men, we will be living testimonies to the
power of God at work in us. We will overcome all evil with good and
prepare the hearts of all men to receive their King.
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."
no condemnation to believers who are in Christ and walk in His Holy
Spirit. We have been redeemed from all of our sins, and we are
blameless before the Lord. We hear from God clearly and succinctly and
we always follow His guidance and direction. He may make unusual
requests of us, but we are always obedient to His lead. We know that He
will fully equip us to do all good things. We will walk in divine power
and authority and overcome all evil.
save souls to our faith in unprecedented numbers and bring in the full
end-time harvest that is necessary before the Kingdom of God can be
ushered in on the earth. The Lord will use us to work miraculous
healings and cast out demons of all types. If we are truly sanctified
for His purpose, we will have a full measure of His very own anointing
power and even raise the dead back to life. Nothing will be impossible
to us if we walk in the Holy Spirit of God.
will be able to use anyone that is willing, obedient and sanctified for
His purpose. If we walk in the Holy Spirit instead of our flesh, and
put to death all that is carnal and worldly in us, we will be suitable
vessels for His awesome glory to manifest through us. However, if we
shrink back in fear, doubt or unbelief, He will be compelled to use
others to introduce the Kingdom of God. We have eternal destinies to
fulfill; we cannot be passive or negative in any way.
A Personal Relationship With Christ
2Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore
if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed
away; behold, all things are become new."
made Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives, He actually came and took up
residence in our spirit man. All things became new, and the process of
regeneration began in us. Our minds themselves will be renewed and our
behavior will be transformed, so that we can eventually become holy and
perfect, even as He is holy and perfect.
has a divine destiny planned for us; our lives have meaning, purpose and
direction now. We are called, chosen and justified by our faith, and
the Lord is able to relate to us on an intimate basis. He knows that He
can trust us, and we have learned that we can also depend on Him for all
things. Our relationship is growing and evolving.
that we will be instrumental in His eternal redemption plan for all of
mankind. We are waiting patiently for Him to reveal His specific
callings on our lives. He will use us in His service only if we are
totally righteous and sanctified. We must relinquish all our carnal
desires and worldly ambitions and strive for godliness in all we do.
Romans 12:1 "I beseech you
therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies
a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your
us who are willing to lay down everything in service to our Lord and His
people, will be groomed to be members of the Body of Christ on the earth
- His hands, feet and voice. We will be part of His end-times army that
takes total dominion over the enemy and prepares the world for His
return to rule and reign in His eternal Kingdom.
imitate the laid down life of Jesus Christ Himself. We are in the
world, but not contaminated by it. Our lives are offered as living
sacrifices in humble service to the Lord and His eternal redemption
plan. We press in to the things of God and we will impact the entire
earth and prepare it for delivery to our Lord and Savior at His coming.
first we must sanctify ourselves of all known sin, so that the Lord can
confer His anointing power and authority on us. We have to be
consecrated and dedicated to His goals for our lives. We cannot be
stubborn or disobedient or He will be unable to use us. His Spirit will
take leave of an unclean vessel; we must be purged of all evil.
have to deny our carnal desires and forego our selfish soul ambitions in
the days ahead. We are being entrusted with a sacred charge. The fate
of all mankind rests on our willingness and obedience to the Lord's
directives. We cannot be doing our own thing; we must walk in love and
unity and be quick to follow Christ's commands.
Ephesians 4:24 "And that ye
put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true
flesh is ever at war with the spirit of a man. However, through the
power of the Holy Spirit of God, we have become new creatures in
Christ. Our spirit man is in ascendancy to our body and soul now that
we are saved. We are able to overcome the world, our flesh and the
devil. We will triumph through our personal relationship with Jesus
Christ and grow in holiness and perfection.
man" walks in the Holy Spirit and imitates the laid down life of Jesus
become spiritually mature to the point that we are like Christ in every
way, and pick up His ministry on the earth where He left off. The Lord
will use us in His end-times army. We can do all things through Christ
and will accomplish great things on the earth even prior to His return.
We will prepare the hearts of all men to receive their King.
the Body of Christ on the earth and we answer to the Lord of lords and
King of kings in all matters. We are continually righteous and
willingly sanctify ourselves for divine service. We will be the Lord's
representatives on the earth in the days to come. We will tear down all
demonic strongholds that have kept God's people in bondage to sin and
restore peace and order to the world.
what we accomplish will be done in the flesh. It is only through the
operation of the Holy Spirit that we will be successful in bringing the
Kingdom of God to the earth. If we are totally sanctified and
consecrated for divine service, then the Lord can endue us with His very
own anointing power and authority to work mighty feats in His name. We
will overcome all evil with good through the power of God that is at
work in us and through us.
Chosen to Be the Body of Christ
2Thessalonians 2:13 "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:"
called from the foundation of the world to be in close, intimate
fellowship with our Creator. We are His very own sons and daughters, if
we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Christ now lives
in us to fulfill our Father's pleasure, and we are obliged to make
ourselves available for the Lord's service in the critical days that lie
ahead of us.
are willing and obedient, we will become members of the Body of Christ
that serve as His hands, feet and voice on the earth. We must be
sanctified in the truth and walk in the Holy Spirit of God to fulfill
our eternal callings and divine destinies. We will bless all of mankind
and deliver the Kingdom of God to Christ in preparation for His eternal
rule and reign.
will be impossible to us if we serve the Lord, as we are ordained to
do. He will empower us so that we can overcome all evil with good and
take back the entire world from Satan, the enemy of our souls. All of
heaven stands ready to assist us in our efforts. There will be legions
of angels dispatched to minister to our needs as we bring in the Kingdom
Ephesians 3:16-20 "That He
would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be
strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may
dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in
love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth,
and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ,
which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of
God. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all
that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,"
of Christ knows full well who we are and whom we serve. We are
strengthened by our faith in our inner spirit man, so that all things
are possible to us in Christ's name. We walk in His very own divine,
anointing power and authority and we will not be deterred or detained in
our mission to establish the everlasting Kingdom of God on this earth.
cannot let a sense of false humility stop us. Nor can we permit fear,
doubt and unbelief to prevent us from fulfilling our responsibilities.
The Lord is relying on us to do our part in bringing heaven to the
earth. He will supply all that we need to be successful in our efforts
on His behalf. We will preach the Gospel to all men and work mighty
miracles in His name.
blind will see; the deaf will hear; the lame will walk. We will cast
out all demons that oppress mankind and keep them in bondage to
temptation and sin. We will tear down all satanic strongholds in the
name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The entire world will be
changed and re-created, so that peace order and stability prevail in all
of our lives.
that we do for the Lord will be done in our own strength. We need not
fear that we will be incapable of serving Him in the days to come. As
long as we are consecrated and dedicated to His eternal redemption plan,
He will empower us to walk in the supernatural. We will be obedient to
do all that the Lord assigns us and overcome all evil with good.
1Corinthians 12:27 "Now ye
are the body of Christ, and members in particular."
of Christ is an extension of Jesus Christ Himself on the earth. Men,
women and even children will be used by the Lord to usher in His
Kingdom. Our background and experience will be irrelevant to our
success. If we are purified and sanctified for His purpose, He will
imbue us with His very own anointing power, so that we can serve Him.
critical that we walk in love and unity with other members of the Body
at all times. We can definitely accomplish a great deal more by working
cooperatively, rather than functioning on our own. We must look to
Christ as the Head; be totally submissive to His will; and immediately
obey all that He tells us to do, so that we can be successful in all of
be Christ's very own ambassadors on the earth and resume His ministry
where He left off. We will do the works that He did, and even greater
works, since He has gone to be with His Father. We will preach the
Gospel, convert and baptize many men to our faith. We will heal the
sick, cast out demons and even raise the dead back to life again.
of Christ will tear down all demonic strongholds that interfere with our
work or impede the coming of the Kingdom of God. We will take total
dominion over everything in the world. We will restructure human
governments so that they line up with Kingdom principles. We will
replace cruel and dictatorial leaders with those who care for others.
speak to all of nature and it will comply with our commands. The plant
and animal kingdoms will be in harmony once again and subject to man.
The climate will be temperate and predictable, so that there are no more
natural disasters that cause devastation and destruction. All the
effects of pollution will be reversed and the earth will be renewed.
Colossians 2:13-15 "And you,
being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He
quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which
was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
[And] having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them
openly, triumphing over them in it."
of Christ is forgiven of all their sins, sanctified by His Blood and
justified through the merits of Jesus Christ Himself. We have been
given the same anointing power and authority that Christ had to do good
for all of mankind. We must fulfill His ministry on the earth and
prepare the way for Him to return to rule and reign in His Kingdom.
defeated the devil with His victory over sin, death and the grave. We
will also destroy demonic strongholds that impede our progress or
interfere with our effectiveness on His behalf. Our words that line up
with God's very own, will work miracles of restoration on the earth.
Whatever we bind on the earth will absolutely be bound in heaven.
we loose on the earth in the way of blessings will also manifest. We
will restore peace and order to the world and restructure all its
governments and economic systems. We will deliver all of creation from
the decay and destruction that it has suffered for so many years. There
will be legions of ministering angels that are assigned to back us up.
will not stand a chance if we take a unified stand against him. We will
strip him of all his power, just as Jesus did, and take back the entire
world for the Kingdom of God, as we are destined to do. Mankind will be
freed of bondage and oppression of all types. We will exercise our
God-given authority and release blessings on the earth instead.
Zechariah 4:6 "...Not by might, nor by
power, but by my Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."
This will not be a simple task or a
friendly takeover of the planet. The enemy is providing as much
resistance as he can to prevent the coming of the Kingdom of God to the
earth. He will blind men to the truth and hinder all our efforts to
restore order and stability to this world. He knows that his time is
short and that he will soon be stripped of all his power and authority.
He will not acquiesce peacefully; He is determined to destroy all
He wants us to believe that we are
unable to serve the Lord and that we are powerless to stop his advance.
We will have to come up higher and rise up in our God given power and
authority to destroy all of his efforts to interfere with our work. We
will triumph over him, just as Christ did during His ministry on the
earth. Satan is already a defeated foe; we need only assert ourselves
in Christ's name and he will relent.
Holy Spirit of God will move over the face of the entire world to
enable God's people to take back their authority in every area. We
will receive a full anointing of the Lord's very own awesome power
to be successful in all that we do. We will accomplish the
seemingly impossible on His behalf and deliver the Kingdom of God to
Jesus Christ at His coming, just as we are ordained to do. Nothing
will remain the same; Satan will soon be eradicated.
put all enemies under Christ's feet; overcome all evil with good; and
set many free to enter God's Kingdom for all eternity. The full number
of souls must be gathered in during the end-time harvest before heaven
is brought into the earth. It is the Lord's desire that no one perish
for lack of hearing the truth. He wants all of mankind free to choose
the blessings of eternal life rather than never-ending punishment.
A Divine Commission
Matthew 28:18-20 "And Jesus
came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in Heaven
and in Earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching
them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I
am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen."
longer we walk with Christ and the deeper our personal relationship with
Him, the greater the responsibility that we have. We cannot presume to
slide into the Kingdom of God on our own merits. It is only through our
faith in Him, that we have inherited eternal life. We must show our
gratitude by offering ourselves in humble service for the Lord's eternal
Christ gave us a divine commission when He ascended into heaven to sit
at the right hand of the Father. His work here is done, but ours is
only beginning and will not be completed until He returns to rule and
reign in His everlasting Kingdom. As the Body of Christ on the earth,
we must take back the power and authority that the devil stole from Adam
in the Garden of Eden.
victory over sin, death and the grave, our Savior stripped Satan of all
his power and gave it back to mankind. Now we must walk in dominion
over all matters in this world. We will destroy all demonic strongholds
that would interfere with the coming of heaven to the earth realm. All
mind blinding spirits will flee as we preach the Gospel of the Kingdom
to all of mankind.
strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. We have limitless
capabilities and supernatural gifts that enable us to do the very works
of Jesus Christ Himself - and even greater works. We walk in the same
divine anointing that He operated in during His ministry here on the
earth. We can work miracles, signs and wonders in His name to attract
all men to our mighty God.
Ephesians 1:18 "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
come up higher in our walk with the Lord and fulfill our divine
destinies, as we are supposed to do. Each of us is called to be a
member of the Body of Christ on the earth - His hands, feet and voice -
and we should resume His ministry where He left off. If we do not
recognize our responsibility and assume our roles, there will be
important work that is left undone.
vital that we know who we are and whom we serve. We were created in
God's very own image and likeness, and we should have His heart for the
lost and forsaken, as well. We have been given a divine unction to
deliver men from bondage to all of their sins. We have a sacred
responsibility to set them free, so that they will be able to receive
eternal life as we have.
of Christ will walk in miracles, signs and wonders in the days to come.
We will heal all the sick and set captives free of enemy oppression and
afflictions of all types. We will do even greater works than Jesus
Himself did, the Bible tells us. We can assume that we will work
creative miracles and even restore missing body parts, plus raise the
dead back to life again.
read men's minds and hearts, and we will be endowed with much the same
ability in our evangelistic efforts. He transported Himself from place
to place through the power of the Holy Spirit. He spoke to all of
nature and it complied with His commands. These greater works will be
available to us if we are sanctified and consecrated to walk as Christ
James 3:17-18 "But the wisdom
that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be
intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and
without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of
them that make peace."
take control over the political and economic systems on the earth.
World leaders will be challenged to see whether they are fair to their
people and generous to their needs. We will restructure and reorganize
all human governments to line up with principles of righteousness and
justice for all. We will put an end to all wars and violence, so that
all the nations of the world are at peace. All political infrastructure
will be absorbed into Christ's Kingdom and there will be no more
conflict between men.
Kingdom of God will be fair and just, peaceful and serene, safe and
secure, as we have been promised. Nothing evil or defiling will ever
enter into it to disturb our God or His people. The earth itself will
never end, but it will be totally renewed to align with God's way of
doing things. Heaven itself will manifest in this world because of our
diligence. All sources of contention will be expelled to the lake of
fire, and Satan and all of his minions will be banished to the
bottomless pit, so that they can no longer oppress us.
return for our faithful service to the Lord in implementing His eternal
redemption plan, we will be appointed kings and priests of our God. We
will assist Christ Himself in judging both men and angels. We will have
the heathen for our inheritance and rule and reign with Him in the
Kingdom of God for all of eternity. We will enforce Kingdom principles
of fairness and equality for all, and be capable leaders of His people.
All men will give us respect and praise, as we share in Jesus Christ's
very own honor and glory.
Romans 8:21-22 "Because the
creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption
into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the
whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."
people of God enjoy real freedom. We have been delivered from the curse
and redeemed from all of our sins. We have been given divine power and
authority over all things in the earth, just as Adam once had. The Lord
has commissioned us to take back the entire planet for the Kingdom of
God. Nothing will remain the same; all things will be made new again
and we will be successful as we serve our God in effecting His eternal
help to set all of creation free of decay and destruction and reinstate
its original beauty and balance. All the plants and animals will be in
harmony with one another and subject to man. The climate will be
regulated and temperate, so that there are no more natural disasters
that plague men ever again. We will restore order and stability to all
of nature and reverse the effects of pollution. The earth will be
re-created to be a literal paradise, just as it was in the Garden of
this will be accomplished in the name of Jesus Christ and through the
might of His anointing power, as it works through us. The words that we
speak will all line up with the Word and the will of God Himself. We
will glorify our Lord and Savior and deliver His Kingdom to Him upon His
return. He will destroy all evil in the wrath of His coming and take
vengeance on all our enemies. Nothing that is defiling will ever enter
into the Kingdom of God.
An Eternal Inheritance
Ephesians 1:10-11 "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:"
We have great rewards for our faith in
our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Not long ago, we were lost in our
sins and subject to eternal damnation. But since we have believed in
Him and the power of His atoning Blood, we have been redeemed for all
time. We have the promise of a wonderful future and the hope of eternal
life in the presence of God Himself.
Very soon now, the Lord will have us
usher heaven into the earth realm, so that all things in heaven and on
the earth can be joined together under the lordship of His Son, Jesus
Christ. We have a divine inheritance that we will share with Christ as
joint-heirs. The Kingdom of God will be given to Christ and to His
saints who have faithfully served Him. It will be our eternal legacy
There will be peace and prosperity,
safety and security, health and longevity for all who reside there. The
Lord will take vengeance on all our enemies and boast of us to all
creation. We will be kings and priests of God and rule and reign with
Jesus Christ Himself over all the nations of the world. We will be
heroes to all of God's people and share in Christ's glory.
Romans 8:23 "And not only [they],
but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even
we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to
wit], the redemption of our body."
We are promised a full redemption, not
only of our spirits and souls, but of our bodies, as well. We will all
be changed in our very essence into incorruptible, glorious,
resurrection forms that live forever in the presence of our God. No
disease or death will plague us ever again. We will be youthful and
vigorous and enjoy perfect health all the days of our lives.
The Kingdom of God will be a virtual
paradise for all who dwell there. There will be no evil that disrupts
its peace and serenity. We will live free of fear and molestation, in
safety and security for all eternity. All men will walk in love as
brothers. We will all know the Lord, from the least to the greatest of
us, and worship Him in Spirit and in truth as He desires.
We will be key players in the
Kingdom's political system in our roles as kings and priests. We will
judge both men and angels, as the Lord does. We will have the heathen
for our inheritance and rule and reign with Christ Himself. All nations
of the world will follow our leadership and guidance and there will
finally be peace and unity among men, as God intends.
1Corinthians 2:9 "But as it is
written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into
the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that
The Lord will meet all of our needs in
abundance and actually dwell in our presence for all of eternity. He
will boast of us to all creation and take vengeance on all of our
enemies. We will enjoy peace and prosperity, joy and gladness, safety
and security in the Kingdom of God. Nothing evil will harm and defile
us, nor interfere with our well-being ever again.
All that we require will be supplied
to us from the vast resources that the universe has to offer. The Lord
will lavish us with all good things - both temporal and spiritual. We
will build beautiful homes for our large families to dwell in together
for generation after generation. We will long enjoy the work of our
hands and be in total harmony with all creation.
We will be given new resurrection
bodies that are free of decay and corruption and impervious to disease
and death. We will live forever in love, peace and unity with our
neighbors. The Kingdom of God will be a veritable paradise as it was in
the Garden of Eden, and we will be in awe at its beauty. All of nature
will be in perfect balance and subject to man again.
Life in the Kingdom of God will be
quiet, serene and joyful. We will dwell with both men and angels. All
the Kingdom residents will be righteous, loving and obedient to the
Lord. His laws will be written in our minds and hearts for all of
eternity. We will fellowship intimately with Him, and there will no
longer be a separation between our God and His people.
Deuteronomy 28:2 "And all these
blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt
hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God."
If we are faithful to follow all the
Lord's commandments to us and walk in love as we have been taught, we
will enjoy radical blessings when heaven is brought into the earth. We
will dwell in the very presence of our awesome God. We will celebrate
all the Lord's Sabbaths and feast days, and give Him all the praise and
thanks that He deserves for all eternity.
We will have endless peace and
unlimited prosperity in the Kingdom of God. It will be a literal
paradise for us, just as it once was in the Garden of Eden. All of our
needs, both spiritual and temporal, will be met in abundance. We will
have safety and security, free of all fear and molestation. All men
will walk together in love, peace and unity as brothers.
Those of us who have served God
faithfully in ushering in His Kingdom to the earth realm will share in
Jesus Christ's very own honor and glory. We will judge both men and
angels and rule and reign over all the nations of the world. The Lord
will appoint us as kings and priests, and we will make certain that
Kingdom principles are in force at all times.
Our God will boast of us to all
creation and make our names a praise on the earth. We will no longer
suffer shame and humiliation for our former sinfulness. We will be
elevated to positions of prominence as the redeemed and faithful of the
Lord. Our legacy of praise and honor will extend to our children and
our children's children for all generations to come.
Topics for Discussion
- The Doctrine of Salvation
- The Doctrine of the Resurrection
- Water Baptism
- Baptism of the Holy Spirit
- A Personal Relationship With Christ
- The Body of Christ
- An Eternal Inheritance
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