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July 18, 2014
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The Blood of Jesus was shed for the forgiveness of the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). Because of the Blood of Jesus which was shed from the foundation of the world, according to Revelation 13:8, everyone who will receive Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior can have their sins forgiven by the Blood of Jesus.
The Blood was effective already in Isaiah 43:25,26, where it says, "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."
In Romans 5:8-11, it says, "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 will 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 will 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."
In Romans 5:9, it says, "...being now justified by his blood..." Our justification comes only by the Blood that Jesus shed for us. We are not justified by anything we did other than believing in what Jesus did for us on the Cross of Calvary.
But there are conditions, concerning the Blood of Jesus which was shed on the Cross of Calvary, when Jesus took upon Himself all our sins, iniquities, infirmities, sicknesses, and diseases (Isa. 53:4,5, Matt. 8:16,17, 1 Peter 2:24). We need to continue to study the Scriptures, to know what the conditions are.
Power of the Blood
The Blood of Jesus is the atonement, meaning, "reconciliation; restoration to favor." Adam had favor with God "before he ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil." God loved mankind, whom the LORD God created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26).
Adam was not "a god" like unto God, or even like the Devil. Adam was not "a Son of God." Adam was a created living creature with "a free will" to choose whom he would serve? Adam, and all mankind were given "a free will" to choose whom they would serve, "God or the Devil." The choice was completely and only, either "God, or the Devil."
This is God's creation, and all things belong to God, not to the Devil, and not to mankind. God is the creator and we must choose to submit to God and serve God in everything. If we submit to the Devil, he will destroy us along with himself.
It is good if we would understand the difference between God and the Devil. There are many ways to understand the difference between God and the Devil. One simple way is in the English words "God and Devil." If we take the word "God" and add an "o" it says "Good." God is good all the time. If we take the word "Devil" and remove the "D," it spells "Evil." The Devil is evil all the time. There is nothing good in the Devil. There is nothing evil in God. They are opposites of each other.
Many times, God uses "symbolic words, figurative speaking, types and shadows, etc." to give us wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of who God is and who the Devil is?
In symbolic words, it says in 1 John 1:5, "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." This is telling us that all the works of God are Light, where there is no darkness at all. All the works of the Devil are as darkness, where there is no Light. Then in 1 John 1:6,7, it says, "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth...But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
Light puts out darkness. Darkness cannot put out light. Light overcomes darkness. Therefore, Darkness cannot overcome Light. Many places in the Scriptures the symbolic words "darkness, and light," are used.
In Genesis 1:2, it says "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." What kind of darkness was this speaking of?
The first kind of darkness was "literal darkness," for there was no light. There was "no sun or moon" to give the earth light. The sun and the moon were not created until the fourth day (Gen. 1:14-19). The second kind of darkness was "symbolic darkness," which are the works of the Devil (the destruction which was caused by Satan the Devil).
God is "a creator of all things which are good." Everything God creates is good. God did not create anything that was not good in the day that God created it. In Genesis 1:31, it says, "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good..." Even in Ezekiel 28:15, it speaks of Lucifer, who is now Satan, the Devil, saying, "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." Satan, the Devil, is "a destroyer of everything he is able to destroy." (Satan cannot destroy God, but God can destroy Satan).
In Genesis 1:3, it says, "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." What kind of light was this speaking of? This was both "symbolic light and literal light."
Jesus is the "symbolic Light" of the world that destroys all of the darkness that was and is caused by Satan the Devil (John 1:4,8,12; 9:5; 12:35,46).
In heaven, Jesus is "literal light," that gives light to see by. In Revelation 21:23, it speaks of this Light, saying, "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." This is speaking of Jesus who is the Light, whereby there is no need of the sun or the moon in heaven.
In Genesis 1:5, Jesus was the Light that caused the evening and the morning to become the first day. Jesus continued to be the Light of the world until the fourth day, when He created the sun and the moon.
To Serve God
To serve God, mankind must submit themselves to God, and became obedient to the will of God for their lives.
In 2 Corinthians 4:4, it says, "In whom the god (theos) of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God (theos), should shine unto them." When sin and death came upon mankind, Satan took advantage of his ability "as a god (theos)" to inject thoughts directly into the minds of people. The Greek word "theos" is used in 2 Corinthians 4:4 for both, Satan and God. The Greek word "theos" means, "a deity; any of various beings conceived of as supernatural, immortal, and having special powers over the lives and affairs of people and the course of nature."
Both, God and the Devil are "deities." Both God and the Devil have supernatural powers beyond that of man. Both, God and the Devil can inject thoughts "directly into the minds people and other creatures." People do not have that power or ability. Only God, the Devil, and his demons have the power to inject thoughts directly into the minds of people and other creatures.
Satan uses "the knowledge of good and evil" to destroy man's fellowship with God. Satan blinds the minds of people, including Christians by thoughts he injects directly into our minds (day and night). Many of Satan's thoughts come to us, deceiving us into believing they are our thoughts. But, they are not our thoughts, they are thoughts from the Satanic spiritual realm.
We must learn to discern the thoughts that come into our minds, as to where they came from, and then reject all thoughts that came from the Satanic spiritual realm.
Power of the Blood
Through the Blood of Jesus, Christians are restored to favor with God. The Blood of Jesus washes away all of the sins that we repent of and confess. Therefore, Jesus said in Luke 24:47, "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." This is a major part of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God that should be preached, and understood, throughout the world. Repentance, which means "turning away from anything that is not pleasing to God. Then, confessing our sins restores us to fellowship with God."
In 1 John 1:9, it says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Being cleansed from "...all unrighteousness," restores us to fellowship with God.
Then we can go back to 1 John 1:6,7, where it says, "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth...But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
When we are in fellowship with God, and our sins are washed away by the Blood of Jesus Christ, Satan has no power or authority over us. In 1 John 5:18, it says, "We know that everyone who has been born of God does not continue in sin, but the one born of God guards himself, and the evil one does not touch him" (MKJV). When we are cleansed from all unrighteousness, the devil and the spirits of this world cannot touch us.
Only the Blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse us from all sin and unrighteousness. Not by our works of righteousness, but only by the Blood of Jesus Christ we can be free of all the works of the devil.
Romans 3:20, says, "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin." The Law only gives us knowledge of sin, but it cannot cleanse us from sin. Acts 13:38,39, says, "Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins...And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses."
In Romans 4:6-8, it says, "Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works...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." When we are cleansed from all sin, our fellowship with God is restored.
This is talking about "fellowship" with God, not "relationship to God." Relationship is established for Christians in the New Brith. When Christians are born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, they become "related to God." God becomes their true heavenly Father, and they become "children of God in Christ Jesus." That is "relationship to God" in the spiritual realm.
Adam was not "related to God," even before he sinned against the LORD God by eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam was a created being, similar to all other created beings (created creatures). Angels are also created beings (created creatures). Angels are not related to God, but they do have fellowship with God, being that they do the will of God the Father. Where there is no sin, there is fellowship with God. Where there is sin, fellowship is limited.
By disobeying the LORD, the fellowship that Adam had with the LORD God "was limited by sin." Adam's fellowship "was not totally stopped," but it was limited to the degree that Adam was prevented from eating of the tree of life that was also in the garden of Eden (Gen. 3:22-24). If Adam had completely repented and confessed his sin, He could have been restored to "fellowship," but still would not have become "related to God" (which only comes by a new birth in the Spiritual realm). Adam would have had to "eat of the tree of life," to establish his "relationship to God."
Adam, and all of Adam's descendants did continue to have "limited fellowship" with God. Therefore, in Job 32:8, it says, "But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding." Adam and all mankind could have limited fellowship with God by God giving mankind understanding by inspiration from man's spirit within him.
Adam and Eve, and everyone born in the flesh of Adam into this world has a spirit within them, whereby God can give them understanding. Therefore, mankind was never "completely without any fellowship with God." When God looked at the hearts of those who are not born again in the Old Testament, God had limited fellowship with them, even to the degree of anointing them as "prophets, kings, and priests" such as many were anointed in the Old Testament times.
That anointing did not make them "related to God." But, it was a limited "fellowship with God." Abraham was called "the friend of God" (James 2:32). Abraham was not related to God, but Abraham had fellowship with God.
To become related to God, a person must become "born again." When a person is born again, they become true children of God, related to God by a new birth in the spiritual realm. God dwells in them and they dwell in God. Therefore, they are related to God, and become children of God in the Spirit of Christ Jesus.
We need a better understanding of what God did for us through the Blood of Jesus Christ. Before we were born again, we were in the flesh of Adam. Our physical bodies came from Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were earthly creatures, created by the LORD God, with earthly bodies of flesh and bones. They were "living souls," in a body of flesh and bones.
This is what it is talking about in 1 Corinthians 15:22, where it says, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." Anyone who is not born again "in Christ" is still in Adam. Sin and death still reigns in the flesh, which is the flesh of Adam (the earthly creature that was the beginning of mankind). Because that sin still reigns in the flesh of mankind, in the New Birth, God took our living soul which was in the flesh, and translated it into the Spirit of Christ within us (Col. 1:13).
Born again Christians are no longer in Adam, but are New Creatures in Christ Jesus. Christians are now in the Spirit, not in the flesh. In Romans 8:9, it says, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his."
People were created as "living souls," in the flesh of Adam (Gen. 2:7). When people become born again, they are translated from the flesh of Adam into the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9). Christians still have their earthly body of flesh and bones. Christians still have sin in the flesh, but the person themselves, "the living soul" is no longer in Adam, but is now in Christ (Rom. 7:18-23).
In 2 Corinthians 5:17, it says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Christians are no longer earthy of this earth. They are heavenly creatures, born from above in Christ Jesus. It was the Blood of Jesus that made it possible for people who were in the flesh of Adam to become born again in Christ Jesus. Born again Christians are not just saved, but they are "new creatures" in Christ Jesus. That is "relationship," not "fellowship." Now, we must establish our "fellowship" with God, based upon our "relationship."
Our relationship to God in the New Birth, makes it possible for us to have "unlimited" fellowship with God. Not like the "limited" fellowship the people of the Old Testament had from Adam on until Jesus became the firstborn from the dead.
How long will it take for Christians to understand what God did for us in Christ Jesus? How long before Christians will die to the flesh that the spirit can live unto God?
Satan, the "god of this world" has blinded the minds of Christians, that they do not do the works that Jesus did. Jesus said, we should do the same works that He did in John 14:12. Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."
Jesus was talking about doing the works that He did, "the same way He did them." In John 14:10, Jesus said, "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." It was not Jesus doing the works by His ability. It was God the Father and the Holy Spirit doing the works through Jesus. Therefore, it was God the Father in Jesus, doing the works.
It should be the same way with Spirit-filled Christians today. It should be God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in Christians, doing the same works that Jesus did. When will Christians come to the knowledge and understanding of who they are in Christ Jesus?
Jesus said, the works He did we should do also. How are we to do the same works Jesus did? We do them by the Holy Spirit working in us and through us as we go "in Jesus' Name" and destroy the works of the Devil.
Because of who we are in Christ Jesus (born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit), we can receive the power of the Holy Spirit to do the same works Jesus did. That power is received when we are Baptized in the Holy Spirit according to Acts 1:8, and Acts 2:4. In Acts 1:8, Jesus said, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." In Acts 2:4 it says, "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
Following our baptism in the Holy Spirit we have the power of God "in us" to do the same works that Jesus did. These works should be done "in Jesus' Name." We are told to do all things "in Jesus' Name."
In Ephesians 5:20, it says, "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." We should be giving thanks unto God the Father for all things. God the Father is the beginning of all things including the beginning of the Godhead. The Son and the Holy Spirit came out from the Father.
Born again Christians are one in the Spirit with God the Father and the Son. If we have the Son of God, we also have the Father. God the Father and the Son are one in agreement with each other. Whatsoever belongs to the Father also belongs to the Son.
In John 16:13-15, Jesus said, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come...He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you...All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you."
It is very important to understand what Jesus was saying to us in the above verses. Being born again Christians in Christ Jesus, we need to know what Jesus was telling us. The Holy Spirit is here within us to teach us all things, and show us the power and authority we have in Christ Jesus. He is here within us to help, guide, comfort, lead, and teach us all things. We need to know and understand how to please God the Father and the Son in everything we do.
In Colossians 3:17, it says, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Everything we do should be done "in the Name of our LORD Jesus," "...giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
In Hebrews 13:14,15, it says, "For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come...By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name." Heaven is our home. We are only on this earth at this time to do the will of God the Father and Jesus Christ our LORD and Savior. Because that it is the will of God the Father that we should become His children; sons and daughters of the most High God, we should "...offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name."
We are all falling short of giving God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, the praise and Glory for all that they did for us. We need to repent of not giving God the Glory and the praise for adopting us out of this world into His own family, in the Spirit of Christ Jesus.
In Christ, we are true children of God. We are no longer in the flesh of Adam where sin and death still reigns. We are in the Spirit of Christ Jesus where we can freely praise and worship God for all that He has done for us. It was all because of the Grace and Mercy of God that He chose us in Christ Jesus to be His very own for all eternity. It was all because of the Blood of Jesus that sets us free of the works of the devil in our lives.
Because of who we are in Christ Jesus, Jesus gave us instructions on what to do and how to do it in the following verses of Scripture"
In John 14:13,14, Jesus said, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son...If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." Jesus is the Truth. Jesus cannot lie. If we do what Jesus said to do, the way He said to do it, it will come to pass. It cannot fail.
Remember, do it "in Jesus' Name." Do it exactly the way Jesus said to do it. Don't let your mind, your thoughts, or anything, stop you from doing what Jesus said to do the same way Jesus said to do it. Give God the Glory, give Jesus the Glory, and use His Name the way He said to use His Name.
In John 15:7, Jesus said, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." Do what Jesus said in John 15:7, Abide in Him and keep His words abiding us. Then we can "...ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto" us. Why not do things the way Jesus told us to do them? Why are Christians not doing what Jesus said to do? How much better could God have done for those who are in Christ Jesus, than what Jesus is telling us to do in John 15:7? Do what Jesus told us to do, and God will get the Glory, and Jesus will be glorified in what we do.
In John 15:16, Jesus said, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." It was not our idea to become born again in Christ Jesus. In John 6:44, Jesus said, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." God the Father drew us to Jesus that we could become children of God in Christ Jesus.
In John 14:6, it says, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." God loved us so much that He drew us to receive Jesus, and become Children of God in Christ Jesus. Now that Christians are in Christ Jesus, there are things we should be doing to Glorify God the Father, and Jesus Christ, His Son.
We should be about our Father's business, doing the same works that Jesus did while He was here in the flesh, as the Son of Man. Jesus called us and ordained us to do the same works He did. Jesus said, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain..."
Why are Christians not thankful for all that God the Father and Jesus Christ have done for us that we are not going about doing our Father's business, bringing forth fruit into the Kingdom of God, to the Glory of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ? Why are there so many other things of importance in the lives of Spirit-filled Christians today? Why are we not putting first things first in our lives and going about doing the will of God the Father in our lives?
Again, in John 16:23, Jesus said, "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you." Is Jesus telling the Truth? If He is not telling the truth, He would be lying. Jesus is the Truth. Jesus cannot lie.
Why don't we believe that what Jesus said in John 16:23 is for us today? Jesus said, "...Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you." It seems that Christians have read these verses of Scripture over and over hundreds of times and never believed that Jesus meant what He said.
We should all be repenting of not doing what Jesus called and ordained us to do. The Highest calling in anyone's life is to do the will of God the Father. Don't even try to do it by your ability, but do it the way we are told to do it, "in Jesus' Name."
Go "in Jesus' Name," not in our name. Raise up Jesus, using "His Name" to destroy the works of the devil. This is the purpose for God leaving us here on earth after we became born again in Christ Jesus. God left us here to destroy the works of the Devil. Not just some of the works of the devil. But all of the works of the Devil in the lives of whosoever needs to be set free of the works of the Devil.
In the Kingdom of God, we cannot be "people pleasers." If we are to please people we will not be pleasing to God. In Galatians 1:10, the Apostle Paul wrote, "For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." To please God in our lives we must be doing the will of God according to the way we are told by Jesus Christ Himself and by the instructions given to us in the Epistles by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Oh! That Christians, would know and do the will of God here on earth before they leave this earth. We need to believe all that Jesus taught us, and do what Jesus told us to do. Do it in Jesus' Name, just as He said we should do.
Jesus said in Luke 12:32, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." The Kingdom of God is "the reign of God." When we deny ourselves, and do the will of God in our lives, we can ask whatsoever we have need of and it will be given to us, "...that the Father may be glorified in the Son" (John 14:13). When we do things the way Jesus said to do them, then the Holy Spirit will have "free reign in our lives" to do the works the Father and the Son have ordained for us to do.
It is not what we can do. It is what God can do through us. For God to work through us, we must do it the way we are told to do it. We cannot do the will of God our way. We must do it God's way. God has given us instruction in His Word, how to do the will of God in our lives. Let us, repent from doing our own will of the flesh and do the will of God. Do it God's way, not our way.
Remember, Jesus said in John 14:13,14, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son...If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."
When we ask, we must not ask amiss according to James 4:2,3, which says, "...ye have not, because ye ask not...Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." God is not obligated to give us what we ask for, if we ask amiss, to "...consume it upon our lusts."
Whatsoever we ask should be for the purpose of doing the will of God here on earth. We need to understand the difference between doing our will and doing the will of God. We can learn the difference by spending all the time we can in studying the Word and praying in the Spirit. Study and pray every hour we can. Then the Holy Spirit can teach us all things, whatsoever is the will of God for our lives (1 John 2:27).
We did not come to God because we wanted to. We came to God and received Jesus Christ because God chose us in Christ Jesus from the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4,5). It was God's good pleasure to adopt us in Christ Jesus. Now it should be our good pleasure to do God's will in our lives. It should be our greatest desire to deny ourselves and do the will of God in our lives. If that is not our desire, the Devil has our minds blinded from doing the will of God in our lives.
We must come against the works of the Devil in our own lives that we can do the will of God in this life here on earth. Then we will receive our rewards in heaven with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal...But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal...For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
All we have, and all we are in Christ Jesus is because of the Blood of Jesus, that He shed for us on the Cross of Calvary. It was the love of God the Father, and the love of Jesus Christ, that Jesus willingly went to the Cross for us, that we could be redeemed by His precious Blood. That by Grace though faith we could inherit eternal life in Christ forever and ever.
God loved us so much, "that He sent His Son," to deliver us from the works of the Devil, and translate us into the Kingdom of His Son, "Jesus Christ" (John 3:16; Col. 1:13). How much do we love God and His Son, Jesus Christ? Are we willing to do His will instead of our will?
My desire is to see more Christians doing the will of God in their lives. Not doing their own will of the flesh, but doing God's will in the spirit, by the Holy Spirit working in them and through them.
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