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The Creation of Man



In Genesis 1:26, it says, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." We should not read this verse according to our thinking, or by what someone else taught. We should pay close attention to what it says.

It says, "And God said, Let us make man ('adam) in our image (tselem), after our likeness (d@muwth)..." The first thing to notice is that it uses the word "adam" for "man." There is a difference between the name Adam and the word man. The word man ('adam) used in Genesis 1:26, means "mankind, male and female." (Strong's #120).

The word "Adam," meaning one individual person by the name of Adam is Strong's #121. In the King James Versions of the Bible and the English version of the Septuagint, they usually place a capital letter "A" on the word Adam, indicating that it pertains on one individual person by the name of Adam. In other verses, the word "adam" pertaining to mankind in general, (which includes both male and female), they use a small letter "a" in the word "adam."

Those who do not understand this when reading their Bibles, can get into great error when talking about the creation of Adam and mankind, in the beginning. In Genesis 1:26, God spoke of creating "mankind." male and female.

Speaking of creating mankind, "male and female," God said, "in our image (tselem)..." The word image means, "illusion, resemblance; hence, a representative figure." A Dictionary definition would be "a mental picture of something; conception; idea; impression; to picture in the mind; imagine."

What is the image of God? It is simple, for the Scriptures tell us in 1 John 4:8 and 1 John 4:16, that "God is love" (agape). God has shown us His love all the way from Genesis through Revelation. God loves everyone whom He created in His "image." No other creature has ever been created in the "image" of God. Only mankind, was created in the image of God.

In Genesis 1:26, it also says, "after our likeness (d@muwth)..." Likeness means, "resemblance; (the way God does things). For instance, "how does God talk, how does God accomplish whatsoever He does?" An English Dictionary definition would be, "the state or quality of being like; similarity."

What is the "likeness of God?" God does things "by speaking His Word in faith." When God speaks His Word, it accomplishes whatsoever God says. In Genesis 1:3, it says, "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." In Hebrews 11:3, it says, "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." God lives by His Word, which He speaks, and it accomplishes whatsoever God says.

Mankind was created in the image and likeness of God, "to live and walk in Love, and speak the Word of God in faith," taking dominion over all that the LORD God created upon this earth.

In Genesis 1:26, it says, "...let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." The words "let them," is talking about "male and female," not Adam only.

To have dominion upon this earth, mankind, "must live in the image and likeness of God." Those who do not live in the image and likeness of God cannot have dominion over everything God said that mankind should have dominion over.

Therefore, Satan could not get man's dominion from Adam, for a number of reasons. (1). Satan was not created in the image and likeness of God. (2). Satan cannot walk in love (agape), for there is no love (agape) in Satan. (3). Satan does not have a physical body made of the elements of this earth, to give him legal authority over all that God gave mankind, when mankind was formed of the elements of this earth and became an earthly creature (Gen. 2:7).

Therefore mankind, male and female, have been given authority and dominion over all that God created and is listed in Genesis 1:26-28. To operate in the authority and dominion that God gave mankind, people must walk in love and live by faith in the Word of God.

When Jesus came into this world (born of the Holy Spirit and a virgin woman by the name of Mary), He became the Son of Man. As the Son of Man, Jesus had a physical body of flesh and bones, giving Him a right to be upon this earth, and have dominion over all that God gave man dominion over in Genesis 1:26-28.

In Hebrews 2:5-9, it says, "For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak...But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?...Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands...Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him...But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man."

Jesus came into this world as a man in the flesh and Jesus had dominion over all that God gave to mankind in Genesis 1:26-28. Now, that Christians are born again, "in Christ Jesus" they are to walk in love (agape) and live by faith in the Word of God, the same way Jesus walked and lived while He was still living on this earth in a body of flesh and bones.

Therefore Jesus, being the beginning of a New Creation of mankind, "born of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit," became the Head of the Body of Christ, which is also called the Church (Col. 1:17,18). Jesus is the firstborn from the dead, and all who are born again are now members of His body, which is called the Church.

Christians, need to understand who they are in Christ Jesus, and the authority they have over all the works of the Devil. Christians need to understand the battle they must fight against the Devil and his demons in this world.

The only way Christians can operate against the Devil and his demons, is to keep the two commandments of love (agape) that we are given by Jesus, and walk by faith in the Word of God. In the New Covenant it tells us, "The just shall live by faith" (Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38).

In Genesis 2:7, it says, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living (chay) soul (nephesh)."

What does it mean by a living soul? First of all, it means a living creature, with a physical body, that needs air to breathe. All living creatures upon this earth need air to breathe.

Mankind was created "an earthly creature," limited to live where there is air to breathe. In Acts 17:24-26, it says, "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands...Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things...And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation." Those who are in Adam (earthly, of this earth), are limited to dwelling where there is air to breathe. That is the bounds of their habitation.

All living creatures have "a soul." What does it mean by "a soul?" This is best seen by using the Greek text in the New Testament, where it says, "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living (zao) soul (psuche); the last Adam was made a quickening spirit...Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual" (1 Cor. 15:45,46). This explains the difference between Adam and Jesus.

In the Greek, the word "psuche" is the same as the English word "psyche," which means, (1). The human soul. (2). The mind, including the will, the intellect and emotions. The English word "psychic," means, (1). of or having to do with the psyche, or mind. (2). apparently sensitive to forces beyond the physical world.

With the mind, people can receive information from the physical world as well as from the spiritual realm. People can receive information from God and from the Devil. The living soul, which contains the mind is sensitive to both God and the Devil.

Every living creature has a soul; a mind; that controls the functions of their will, intellect, emotions, etc., and also is able to receive information from both the natural realm and the spiritual realm. Angels have a soul, they communicate with each other by means of their soul; (mind).

God has a soul. When God said in Genesis 1:26, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth," it was thoughts that began in God's soul, "mind; will, intellect, and emotions." In Hebrews 10:38, it says, "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him." This is speaking of God, whose soul will not have any pleasure in those who draw back from living by faith.

When Lucifer rebelled against God it was an operation within the soul (mind) of Lucifer. In Ezekiel 28:15, it say, "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." In Ezekiel 28:17, it says, "Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee." When Lucifer rebelled against God, it was an operation of his soul, "his mind, will, and emotions."

When Adam disobeyed the LORD God and ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, it was Adams soul (mind, will, emotions), that made the decision to eat of that tree. It was "thoughts in Adam's mind" that Adam obeyed. Thoughts are an operation of the soul of any creature, including angels, demons, and all created living creatures.

Every living creature has a soul. When a bird flies in the air, it is because of an operation that starts within their soul; "their mind, will and emotions." When an animal runs, walks, or moves, it is an operation of their soul; "mind, will, and emotions." Every living creature operates from their soul; "mind, will, emotions."

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The first thing recorded in the Bible that the LORD God said to mankind, when speaking to Adam, is in Genesis 2:16,17, where it says, "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat...But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely (muwth) die (muwth) {die, die}." The words "surely die" are miss-translated in the English.

The word "surely (muwth)," is speaking of "eternal death; eternal separation from God." It began when Adam ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but it did not complete its course that day. Instead, it became resident in mankind, at that time.

The word "die (muwth)." is speaking of "physical death of the physical body of mankind." Adam did not die physically when he ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Physical death, "called mortality," became resident in mankind the day that Adam ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam, himself, lived nine hundred and thirty years before he died physically (Gen. 5:5).

Two deaths passed upon all mankind through the bloodline from Adam. Therefore, it tells us in Romans 5:12, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (sin)." There is a miss-translation using the words "have sinned," it should have be translated "have sin."

Leviticus 17:11, tells us, "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."

The sin of Adam was passed down through the bloodline, from Adam to everyone born of the flesh of Adam. Everyone was born with sin and death resident within them. (Except Jesus, for Jesus was not born of the bloodline of Adam, but of the Holy Spirit. The sin of Adam passed through the bloodline from male to male, and causes females to also have sin and death resident within them upon conception. Mary, the mother of Jesus, also had sin in her life, but Jesus was not born of the life of the flesh that was in the bloodline of Adam. Jesus' life of the flesh which was in his blood, came from the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not have any physical death in Himself. Jesus was without sin, and therefore became sin for us when He went to the Cross and died for us. God made Jesus to be sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21)).

In Genesis 2:16, God established an important principle, called "a free will." In establishing a free will for mankind, it is clear throughout all Scripture that a free will of mankind was established. The free will included;

Part One: God could not force mankind to submit to God. Satan could not force mankind to submit to him.

Part Two: God would not stop mankind from serving the devil. The devil could not stop mankind from serving God.

Therefore, mankind was given the choice of whom he would serve, God or the Devil? In Genesis 3:1-6, the serpent could not force Eve to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Therefore, the serpent deceived Eve by getting Eve to question the command of the LORD God to not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

After Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, she spoke to Adam, and Adam harkened to the voice of Eve and did eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In Genesis 3:17, it says, "And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life."

Eve did not force Adam to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, neither did the serpent, or the Devil force Adam to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam, of his own free will harkened to the voice of Eve and ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Let us see a few more examples of mankind's free will. When the Angel appeared to Zacharias, in Luke 1:11, He said to Zacharias in Luke 1:13-17, "Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John...And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth...For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb...And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God...And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

The angel Gabriel, did not force Zacharias, to agree with the message. Zacharias did not object to the message that Gabriel delivered to him. Zacharias, only asked Gabriel, "Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years."

In short, the Angel Gabriel said that by Zacharias being dumb and not able to speak until John the Baptist was born, Zacharias would know it was a message from God. In other words, the angel did not force Zacharias to agree with Elisabeth having a child and calling him John. Both, Zacharias and Elisabeth agreed and John the Baptist was born as the angel Gabriel had spoken it.

Six months later, the Angel Gabriel, appeared to Mary. In Luke 1:26-33, says, "And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth...To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary...And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women...And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be...And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God...And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS...He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David...And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end."

The angel Gabriel, did not force Mary to agree. Mary only had one question. In Luke 1:34, it says, "Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?" The angel Gabriel explained to Mary how this would happen. In Luke 1:35-37, it says, "And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God....And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren...For with God nothing shall be impossible.

When Mary understood how that it would happen, it says, "And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her" (Luke 1:38). It was Mary's own free will, to become the mother of Jesus.

In Matthew 1:18-21, it says, "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost...Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily...But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost...And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Then in Matthew 1:24,25, it says, "Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife..And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS."

After the angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and explained why Mary was with child. Joseph, of his own free will, decided to take Mary as his wife and become the stepfather of Mary's son, JESUS.

God did not force Joseph to marry Mary. It was Joseph's free will, to take Mary as his wife, and become her husband. God did not force Joseph and the Devil could not prevent Joseph from operating by his own free will.

God has always maintained His principle of "a free will" for every living creature. God has also given us an opportunity to change, or repent, when we make a mistake and of our own free will and choose to go contrary to God's will.

Everyone (other than Jesus) has gone contrary to God's will at times. In James 4:17, it says, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."

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

God is love (agape), and does not desire that any person would end up in hell with the Devil and his demons. Therefore, God had a plan from the foundation of this world, that Jesus would make it possible for anyone who would believe the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, to go from "spiritual death in Adam, to spiritual life in Christ Jesus."

This can only happen "by an act of a persons free will." It cannot be by the will of someone else, not even God. They must personally believe on the LORD Jesus Christ and receive Jesus Christ into their lives themselves (John 3:16,18). Every individual person has a free will to choose what they will do and when they will do it.

The New Covenant



In the Old Covenant, people were natural people in Adam. In the New Covenant people are new creatures in Christ Jesus. There is a major difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. The New Covenant is based upon the Word of God, which manifests in the lives of born again Christians.

The beginning of the New Covenant is revealed in the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. All four Gospels are important to reveal the complete accounts of Jesus Christ, coming in the flesh of man, to destroy the works of the Devil. Some things are mentioned in only one of the four Gospels.

What God did through Jesus Christ, is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. The word "Gospel," means "Good News" in American English. In the Old English, it was called "Good Tidings."

We need all four Gospels to see and understand all that God is revealing to us in the Gospels. In the Gospel of John, there is some very important information revealed.

In John 1:1, it says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." In John 1:14, it says, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

Jesus was the Word of God in the beginning. Jesus was with God and was God with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning. In 1 John 3:8, it says, "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." God the Father sent His Son, Jesus, into this world to destroy the works of the Devil.

The four Gospels tell us how that Jesus destroyed the works of the Devil in the lives of everyone who will receive Jesus Christ as their LORD and Savior. What Jesus did was for the whole world, but not everyone in the world will benefit from what Jesus did. Those who do not receive Jesus Christ as their LORD and Savior will not benefit from what Jesus did for them.

The reason many people will not benefit from what Jesus did for them, is because they have "a free will." God will not force anyone to receive Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior. The Devil cannot stop anyone from receiving Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior. The final decision a person makes, is made by their own free will, not by someone else's will.

In John 1:2-5, it explains that Jesus truly was the Word of God before He became the Son of Man, born of the Holy Spirit and a virgin woman by the name of Mary. In John 1:2-5, it says, "The same was in the beginning with God...All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made...In him was life; and the life was the light of men...And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

Then going to John 1:10-11, it says, "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not...He came unto his own, and his own received him not." In these verses there is a lot of important information revealed.

Jesus was in the world, but the world did not know Him. When Jesus came unto His own (the Children of Israel), many of His own would not receive Him.

In John 1:12, it says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons (children) of God, even to them that believe on his name."

When Jesus came into this world, He gave everyone a choice to receive Him as their LORD and Savior. Therefore, it says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons (children) of God, even to them that believe on his name." This needs to be emphasized, for it is an individuals decision to receive Jesus Christ and believe on His Name. No one else can do it for someone else. It must be the choice of each individual.

There isn't any place in the Scriptures that says "infant baptism" brings a new birth into a child. It is not good, to not understand what the Scriptures say concerning born again (which means, a new creature in Christ Jesus). It is a spiritual birth in the spiritual realm. This is a whole new life (zoe), and whole new way of living. The old life (psuche) is in Adam. This new life (zoe) is in Christ Jesus.

It is up to each individual person to make a free will decision to receive Jesus Christ as their personal LORD and Savior. This is the most important decision any person can make in their entire life here on earth. Becoming born again gives an individual person an opportunity to become "one spirit with the LORD Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 6:17). Becoming one spirit with the LORD Jesus Christ is far better than any Old Covenant promises ever made. The promise of eternal life, "now, in this world" is beyond the imagination of any person who is not born again.

In the born again experience, God the Father and God the Son become one with an individual person who "was" in Adam. A born again person is no longer in Adam, but rather in Christ Jesus.

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." When a person becomes born again, they are translated from the flesh of Adam into the Spirit of Christ Jesus. In Colossians 1:12,13, it says, "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light...Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son."

In 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."

The new birth is so important that it says in 1 Corinthians 15:22, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." Where do people want to be, "dead in Adam, or alive in Christ?"

If anyone is reading this book at this time and they are not positive, beyond all doubt that they have personally asked Jesus Christ to come into their life and be their LORD and Savior, it would be good if they would do it right now. First, ask Jesus to come into your life as your LORD and Savior. Then receive Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior.

The word LORD, means, "supreme in authority." Make Jesus Christ "supreme in authority" in your life. Talk to Jesus about things in your life, before you go about doing things on your own.

Savior means, "deliverer, protector, healer, restorer, etc." Jesus should be your "Salvation" from all of the works of the devil. What you cannot do, Jesus will do for you if you will ask Him and obey Him. Hebrews 5:9, says, "And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him."

Christians have a "free will" to choose whom they will serve and whom they will follow. Choose to serve Jesus Christ, and follow Jesus in everything you do!

Doing God's Will



The Bible tells us of Lucifer, who is now called Satan, the Devil. Lucifer was created an "anointed Cherub" (Ezek. 28:13,14). Lucifer was not a baby angel that grew up to become an anointed Cherub. Angels are created fully developed according to the will of God the Father. Angels do not marry and have baby angels (Luke 20:34-36). Lucifer was "perfect" in the day that he was created (Ezek. 28:15).

Lucifer, like all other living creatures had a free will to choose between doing the will of God or doing his own will. Lucifer rebelled against doing the will of God, and went about doing his own will. Lucifer had pride in his beauty. Because of his pride and beauty he raised himself up to do his own will (Ezek. 28:17,18).

Lucifer was given time to repent, but he did not repent. Therefore, Lucifer was cast out of the third heavens down to the earth. Isaiah 14:12-15, says, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!...For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north...I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High...Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."

What happens when someone refuses to do the will of God and goes about doing their own free will? It is not good to rebel against God and do our own will.

Jesus was the Son of God. Jesus was with God from the beginning. Jesus "never" did His will. Jesus always did the will of God the Father (John 6:38). No matter what God the Father asked Jesus to do, He did it. Jesus even became as a man in the flesh and died on the Cross of Calvary, went into hell, and then arose again from the dead to do the will of God the Father. Jesus "never" did His own will. Jesus always did the will of God the Father.

As we study the Scriptures from Genesis through Revelation, we will see that Jesus always did the will of God the Father. Jesus never did His own will.

Jesus was sent by God the Father into this world as a man in the flesh to do the will of God the Father, that whosoever will receive Jesus and believe on His Name could be saved from all of the works of the Devil. If Christians would study the four Gospels carefully, they will know that Jesus never did His own will.

What Jesus did for us, while doing the will of God the Father, made it possible for us to "repent, of doing our own will, and follow Jesus." Every time we repent and confess our sins, God will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God will not remember the sins that we repented of anymore.

Lucifer never repented for the sin of rebellion against God. Lucifer was given time to repent, but he would not repent. Therefore, he will spend eternity in hell.

Jesus paid the price for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). But the whole world will not repent and be forgiven for doing their own will and not doing the will of God the Father.

John the Baptist came preaching repentance to prepare for the coming of Jesus. In Mark 1:4, it says, "John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins." In Luke 24:46,47, it says that Jesus, gave His disciples instructions, saying, "...Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day...And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."

Repentance and remission of sin is for everyone, who will repent. We begin by believing on Jesus Christ as our LORD and Savior, then receiving Jesus as our LORD and Savior. Then from that day on, when we know we have not been doing the will of God the Father, we should repent and be forgiven.

Every time we repent and confess our sins, we are forgiven. That does not mean, if we do the same thing a second time, that we cannot be forgiven. God will forgive us every time we repent and confess our sins, even if it is a number of times we repent and confess.

While we are still living on this earth, we can repent and be forgiven of our sins. God is not judging us now, at this time. In John 5:22, Jesus said, "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son." In John 12:47,28, Jesus said, "And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world...He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day."

In Matthew 12:30-32, Jesus said, "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad...Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men...And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come."

Do not let the thoughts in your mind tell you that you cannot be forgiven. Repent of whatsoever you know is sin and you will be forgiven. Those who have truly blasphemed the Holy Spirit cannot repent, for the Holy Spirit must be involved in repentance.

Remember, the reason that Lucifer was cast out of the third heavens is because he wanted to do his own will. He would not repent. Everyone should examine their own heart, and know if they are truly doing the will of God the Father, or their own will of the flesh?

Christians need to continue to believe the "whole" Gospel of the Kingdom of God that Jesus preached. Jesus made it very clear that repentance and remission of sin is for everyone, not just for those who are not born again. If a Christian sins, and repents, they will be forgiven (1 John 1:9). The Epistle of first John is written to Christians, not to the world. Study the Epistle of first John closely, it will help to understand how to be restored to fellowship with God the Father and Jesus Christ. The Epistle of first John is not written to destroy, but to save those who have missed the mark, and sinned (1 John 2:1,2).

Jesus came, because God the Father sent Him into the world to destroy the works of the devil, and save those who would believe on Jesus Christ, and receive Jesus Christ as their LORD and Savior. The New Covenant is an everlasting covenant, sealed in the Blood of Jesus.

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