OBEDIENCE AND SUBMISSION [one]

Jesus endured all the throes to engender the consummation of salvation (Hebrews 5:9)

1)            God’s protocol, the Bible, lays huge emphasis on obedience and submission. While obedience is a tug at man’s audibility to God’s express command, submission is an establishment of gregarious norm towards the LORD’s satisfaction. God’s obedience-demand is not borne out of the dictates of despotism. God is too good, too great, too holy and too powerful to be treated with a smidgeon of disobedience. He is the Creator of anything found in existence. The LORD God is the Owner of all beings, without Him nothing comes to fructification. It truly amounts to egregious barbarity for anyone just merely to allow the thought of disobedience to Jehovah to cross his mind. Submission to Him is to believe in His Divinity and His eternal suzerainty over His creation. The gospel truth is that, obedience to the word of God gives abundant favour to mankind.    

Submit:

                This is the first time the word ‘submit’ is used in the Bible “And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands” (Genesis 16:9). ‘Submit’ in this verse is `anah (aw-naw’): ‘1. to depress. 2. to humble (oneself). 3. to publicly humble another (i.e. chastise). 4. to intimately humiliate (a euphemism for forced sexual intercourse, rape).’ Properly, the first and second definitions are intended for Hagar towards her mistress, Sarai, the wife of Father Abram. Domineering proclivity of Satanism ordered the ungodly strides of mankind the moment the woman stretched forth her disobedient fingers to pluck from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Being the first to digest the philosophy of Lucifer, she had lost the divine ethics of submissiveness.

the woman sawgood for food, pleasant to the eyes,be desired wise, she tookand did eat

                Satan the Devil knew what he was aiming at when he goaded the woman to be the first to oppugn God’s word. Lucifer knew that by sowing views of divergency his anarchical intent would fructify. The minute a divergent view becomes a belief, the heart of its containerization puffs, having received the yeast of pollutive spread. Hagar suddenly found herself wearing the same sandals as her mistress the very moment she was given the legitimacy of sleeping with the lord and husband of her mistress. Sooner than later she hit the social jackpot. She was with a child, the child of none other personage than the great Abraham! Hagar saw herself as the mother of Abraham’s heir! She forgot where she was picked from. Hagar forgot the legality of Sarah’s ownership of her person. All that Satanism made her understood was her Gibraltar-like foothold she stood to have in Abraham’s household for giving him the heir Sarah could not produce all those decades of conjugation. 

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Cast out this bondwoman (Hagar) and her son (Ishmael).

                What played out in Eden assumed an encore of Satanism in the heart of Hagar. Submission is alien to a bodacious heart. It was quite unfortunate that Hagar would allow Lucifer to play his game of contumacious evil in her being. Unfortunately also, Hagar did not impress on her son, Ishmael, what the angel of God instructed her to do in order to enjoy God’s protection. I cannot find it anywhere in the Biblical documentation of Hagar’s apologetic words concerning the Mosaic couch of Genesis 21:9-10 “And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. 10) Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.”

Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands

                Psalm 66:3 “Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.” This Psalm exhorts the reader to exalt the LORD God with this song. The word ‘terrible’ is yare’ (yaw-ray’): ‘1. to fear. 2. (morally) to revere. 3. (causative) to frighten.’ The portrayal of ‘awe’ is what ‘terrible’ is intended to reverentially impress in the mind of the worshipper of the Hebrew God. The word ‘greatness’ is the Hebraic rob (roɓe), meaning: ‘abundance (in any respect);’ and `oz (oze) or `owz (oze) [fully] is the Hebrew for ‘power’ meaning: ‘strength in various applications (force, security, majesty, praise).’ An uncanny consuming mixture of wonder, fear and deep reverence is what strikes you when you come to an understanding of Jehovah’s greatness. Your knees will, without being told, bend before His Majestic presence. You reverence God, truly, not out of the fear one exhibits at the ominous sight of a poisonous debilitation of a black mamba or the ferociousness of a lion, but out of absolute respect.

The Household Of God Church, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

Say this prayer, meaning it with all your heart:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!” 

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Wisdom Is A Personage [3]

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3)            “Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men” [Proverbs 8:31]. This is the Lord that comes from above, the Lord Jesus of John 3:13. ‘Rejoicing,’ from this verse is śâchaq (saw-khak’): ‘to laugh, play’. His delight found an object of display in the ‘sons’ which is the Hebraic bên (bane): ‘a son (as a builder of the family name)’. The LORD God knew that He could count on Adam and his progenies to help Him build His Kingdom on earth. ‘Men,’ from this verse, is ‘âdâm (aw-dawm’): ‘man, mankind’.

                Is there a scriptural reference to Wisdom’s object of delight, in His decision to rejoice in mankind? Sure, there is. The first proof is in Genesis 1:26 “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.” While the ‘likeness,’ demûth (dem-ooth’): ‘similitude,’ is an anthropomorphic dimension of the empyrean Majesty, the Hebraic ‘image’ tselem (tseh’-lem): in this context means ‘resemblance; hence a representative figure’. The ‘image’ is not of other definitions of an illusion or a phantom, it is a personage found in 2Corinthians 4:4 “In whom the god 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, should shine unto them.” The Greek of ‘image’ is eikōn (i-kone’) meaning: ‘a likeness, that is, (literally) statue, profile, or (figuratively) representation, resemblance’.

He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” [John 14:9].

                If Jesus Christ is the express image of the unseen Jehovah God, and it says that Adam or mankind was created in the image of God, does it not say that mankind was made, not only in the anthropomorphism of the Lord God, but also in the similitude of the Most High? This shows that man is the apogee and the consummation of the six days of creation on the terra firma. For this reason, when He stepped on the earth, we became the object of His delight. His delight with Adamic rational being of creationism makes Christ to endow man with wisdom. Adam knew what sobriquet best suited every animal brought to him, for the Bible says, “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof” [Genesis 2:19]. Wisdom endowed Adam with the mind of Christ.

                32 “Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. 34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors” [Proverbs 8:32-34]. The Hebrew word ‘blessed’ is ‘esher (eh’-sher): ‘happiness, blessedness.’ ‘Esher is a state of being for those who keep the ways of Wisdom.

                 35 “For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. 36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death” [Proverbs 8:35-36]. Do we all not know the Entity who somewhere in the holy writ says, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me [John 14:6]. The same Personage told His disciples what is to be generally accepted in John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The true Light, He lighteth every man that cometh into the world” [John 1:9].

                There is no repugning the fact that Jesus Christ is this life found in Proverbs 8:35. The Book of John makes a revelation of Jesus; All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men [John 1:3-4]. The ninth verse of this chapter reads: That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world [John 1:9]. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life[John 8:12]. Pellucidity of facticity, according to this verse, proves beyond any shred of doubt that Wisdom is a Personage. Who is this Person? Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, He is this Wisdom. Amen!

Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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Wisdom Is A Personage [2]

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2)            When Jesus told His hearers, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me“ [John 5:39]; Prophet Micah and his vaticination happened to be one of those who, through the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, got mankind ready for the Incarnation of the Divinity. Is Jesus Christ truly eternal? He made an asseveration to the fact in John 8:58, “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

                Now let us understand the difference between the “was” and the “am” of this verse. Grammatical facticity makes ‘was’ and ‘am’ inflections of ‘be’. The verbal ‘was’ is ginomai (ghin’-om-ahee): ‘to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being.’ The ‘am’ is eimi (i-mee’): ‘to be, to exist.’ When you bring the personal pronoun ‘I’ into the picture, what is revealed is the Personage of Exodus chapter 3 verse 14. ‘I AM’ is the Hebraic hâyâh (haw-yaw): ‘exist’. This ‘I AM’ is Jehovah. Jesus Christ is as eternal as God the Father, ergo, He did not come into being, i.e. created –He has an eternal existence before Abraham was brought into existence. The ‘was’ and the ‘am’ are, therefore, not the same as erroneously believed by Arians. The Jews who received this address understood Jesus perfectly and for this reason, they decided to stone Him to death in verse 59, for the very reason they sought to do the same in John 5:18, saying that by the asseveration of Jesus, “He makes Himself equal with God.”

The Lamb of God –slain from the foundation of the world [Rev. 13:8].

                Proverbs 8:24-29 24 “When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: 26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. 27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:”

                Wisdom, personifying the Christ, was there beside God in the unity of the Godhead when absolutely nothing was in existence save the Trinity. The first verse of Mosaic script of the Book of Genesis has, “In the beginning God created…” where ‘God’ in Hebrew is: ‘ĕlôhı̂ym (el-o-heem’). A plural noun, meaning: ‘rulers, judges; divine ones; angels; gods.’ Generating power for creationism was the Holy Spirit in the 2nd verse; and Christ, the Light, in the 3rd verse, stepped in physically to concretise creationism; and the name, LORD God, was first ascribed to Him as the Creator in Genesis 2:4.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

                Verse 30 of Proverbs chapter 8 paints the perfection of Jesus’ coetaneity with the Father. 30 “Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him.” ‘One brought up’ is ‘âmôn (aw-mone’): ‘artificer, architect, master workman, skilled workman (in the sense of training).’ Now ‘âmôn has its origin in ‘âman (aw-man’): ‘to support, confirm, be faithful; uphold, nourish; foster-father,’ and when one puts all of these definitions together what do we have? If ‘Wisdom,’ that is the Christ, is seen as an Architect who trained Him? Being the wisdom of God, none should train Him. There is no supportive Scripture to the effect of the First Member of the Godhead playing the divine role of Christ’s or the Holy Spirit’s foster-father. Could the Father have gone through being a foster-child as well? I do see the allegory of the First and the Second Members growing up to adulthood. Co-equality, definitely, is here revealed.

Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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Christianity Is Acquittal And Discharge From Sinful Gaol. [5]

                     Portrait of a Christian: acquitted, discharged and very beautiful!

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5)            The Christian’s case is likened to a speaker of a seminar –needed for just three weeks— whose return ticket, airport taxi shuttle from home, lodging for fifty-two weeks, every meal and snacks and taxi services back home have all been settled, and above all, a million dollars’ weekly stipend credited to his bank account. Now tell me how much he is expected to pay from his pocket towards his participation in the seminar? Jesus Christ has truly taken absolute care of all our spiritual debts. Amen.

                1John 1:6-9 “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7) 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. 8) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God knows that the propensity of our carnality will be forced into ignition almost all the time. To His possessed people, acquitted and discharged, God continues to prove His faithfulness in the forgiveness of committed sins. This Scripture is actually meant only for Christians.

                God’s long-suffering nature is the most comforting care that continues to keep us from being flung into annihilation. None can ever give what he has not. The proof of God’s long-suffering nature was a manifestation when He came down in His empyrean Majesty. The same hand of His eternal care was the utility of His protective care, of which employment He shielded Moses from gazing at His adjudicating face of eternality lest Moses be cut off from the living. Exodus 34:6-7 “And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7) Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” ‘Merciful’ comes from the Hebraic lrachûm (rakh-oom’) meaning: ‘Compassionate or sympathetic.’

                The Hebrew word for ‘gracious,’ channûn (khan-noon’), comes from its root, chânan (khaw-nan’): ‘portraying God as bending or stooping in kindness to an inferior; to favor, bestow; causatively to implore (that is, move to favor by petition).’ ‘Long-suffering’ comes from ‘ârêk and ‘aph. The first one, ‘ârêk (aw-rake’) means: ‘long (pinions), patient, slow to anger.’ The next, ‘aph (af), is: ‘the nose or nostril; hence the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire:’ put together, you have: ‘not easily moved to anger by what comes to one’s face’. God’s attribute of ‘goodness’ chêsêd (kheh’-sed), means: ‘kindness, faithfulness.’ Then we have ‘truth’ which is ’emeth (eh’-meth): (noun feminine) ‘firmness, faithfulness, sureness, reliability; stability, continuance; certainty, trustworthiness.’

                A good Bible student will move, with ease that accompanies the Holy Spirit’s divine didactics, scripturally, way back to Genesis. The Eden garbing of Adam the male and the female made it a possibility for the same LORD God, who provided them with the garb of forgiveness, to step again into time, Who is eternal, to display His full beneficence, in His full glory. The LORD God appeared to Moses as both the impeccable Judge and the eternal Saviour. God must both be the ultimate Judge and the undying Saviour to perfect the soteriology. At Eden, the sin contaminated Adam and he ran into hiding, feeling badly garbed in iniquitous disposition to come face to face with the Most High who had walked in Majesty into Eden, His home. At the Mount Sinai experience, Moses, who, hitherto, had spoken so familiarly with His God, could not lift up even his hoary head to apprehend the physical presence of Divinity. It was too much for the carnality of the terra firma. How come this reality? Moses came into contact with the scriptural “Which is, and which was, and which is to come.”

                How can mortality behold simultaneously the Eternality of the past, the stepping into mortality of time by Timelessness, and the very same Who happens to be older than eternity to come? That was not, in any conceivability, an angel; that was not an apparition. Walking before Moses, in His physical glory, was the empyrean Majesty: the LORD God of creationism. He had to appear personally to announce the soon to be perfected terms of the soteriological rites. What He killed to provide forgiveness in Eden, He would assume to prove His graciousness to mankind whom He had created not only in His likeness, but in the Divinity of His image. Abundant forth-pouring of mercy of eternal dimension, aimed at the Adamic forgiveness can only be perfected when, as the great Shepherd, He should stoop low, in the similitude of a servant, in kindness to the inferior object of creationism. Amen.

                Spiritual acquittal and discharge takes place only when one is born again. To be born again, say, with all your heart, this simple prayer:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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Christianity Is Acquittal And Discharge From Sinful Gaol. [4]

How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince’s daughter! [Song 7:1]

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4)            1Peter 2:24 “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1Peter 3:18 “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” The ‘quickened’ of 1Peter 3:18 is zoopoieo (zō-o-poi-ye’-ō): ‘to (re-)vitalize; to make alive.

                The following verses are proofs of the Christian’s acquitted and discharged persona. Acts 13:37-39 “But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption. 38) Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39) And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Every born again Christian assumes Christ’s ‘no corruption’ persona. The word ‘forgiveness’ of the 38th verse is aphesis (a’-fe-sis) meaning: ‘1. a removal. 2. (figuratively) a pardon, a release (from guilt and penalty).’ The word ‘justified’ is dikaioo (d̮iy-kai-o’-ō): ‘1. to regard as righteous. 2. (judicially) to regard as innocent.’ To be scripturally ‘justified’ is as if one has never committed any sin at all. He is a brand new man, all the days of his regenerate life. What does 2Corinthians 5:17 say? Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. The newness is eternal freshness: for it resides before the unchanging Jehovah in the celestial assizes of the Rainbow Administration.

                Romans 3:20 “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 Christian’s existentiality is not under the Law of Moses. There is, therefore, no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1); the Eternal Judge has legally pronounced them acquitted and discharged Christians. Romans 4:23-25 “Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24) But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25) Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” Dikaiosis (d̮iy-kai’-ō-sis) is the Greek for ‘justification’ and it means: ‘aquittal (for Christ’s sake).’

                2Corinthians 5:14-17 “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:  15) And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16) Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Sunecho (sïn-e’-chō) is the Greek for ‘constraineth’ which means: ‘1. to hold together, i.e. to compress (the ears, with a crowd or siege) or arrest (a prisoner). 2. (figuratively) to compel, perplex, afflict, preoccupy.’ The word ‘judge’, krino (kriy’-nō), in this context, is  ‘(properly) to distinguish, i.e. decide (mentally or judicially)’; and not that of condemnation.

                A stupefying change is the occurrence when Jesus died for us on the cross. When He died, we, the preordained elect of the foreknowledge of Jehovah, died with Him to rise with the Great Shepherd on the third day. Our nature, through this inexplicable phenomenon, changed. We took on His divine nature: never to be arraigned for any spiritual offence, here on earth and in the empyreal assizes. Glory be to Jesus, now and forever. Amen!

                Titus 3:5-7 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6) Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7) That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” All that a Christian does is just respond to God’s love and call; a personal righteousness is not a requirement, simply because the right stand of Adamic direction is fraught with corruption. It cannot appeal to God’s compassion. The Lord, for this reason, set in motion His saving grace, placed it in Jesus Christ: that “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16); which properly translates into “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” (Romans 10:9).

                The Greek for ‘regeneration’ in Titus 3:5 is paliggenesia (pal-ing-ghen-es-ee’-ah), which classically is of Cicero’s [The Roman statesman and orator Mārcus Tullius Cicerō (106-43 BC)]restoration to rank and fortune on his recall from exile. The New Testament understanding is: ‘(spiritual) rebirth (the state or the act), that is, (figuratively) spiritual renovation; specifically Messianic restoration:‘ and ‘justified’ is dikaioō (dik-ah-yo’-o): ‘to declare, pronounce, one to be just, righteous, or such as he ought to be; to render (that is, show or regard as) just or innocent.’ Dikaioō is a restoration that gives one a new nature as if that one had never committed any sin. As a matter of the scriptural veridical fact, the Lord Jesus has paid for our spiritual debt, not in part, but in full.

                Spiritual acquittal and discharge takes place only when one is born again. To be born again, say, with all your heart, this simple prayer:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”     

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Christianity Is Acquittal And Discharge From Sinful Gaol. [3]

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3)            The accentuation of our acquaintance has a documentation in 1John 4:17 “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” I have always maintained that Christians are the most favoured species of creationism. A Christian must be first acquitted of the Adamic sinful nature to be God’s treasured possession. We are as Christ Himself is. ‘As he is,’ is the Greek καθως εκεινος εστιν, a transliteration of kathōs ekeinos esti. How is Christ? He is as we read in Psalm 45:7 “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Isaiah 11:5 “And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.” Philippians 3:9 “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” 1John 3:7 “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.” Christians cannot be wallowing in the debt of sinfulness and be said to have the righteousness of Christ. One should have been acquitted to don the righteousness of God.

                Jesus Christ is holy. Acts 3:14 “But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;” 1Peter 1:19 “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” for this reason we are holy and without blemish before the thrice holy Jehovah. Why? As Jesus is, so we (born again Christians) are in the world. The Lord Jesus is the One of purity. 1John 3:3 “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” 1John 3:5 “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.” Our spiritual DNA does not have any nature of sin to display. We, favourably, are as the Lord our Saviour. Amen. “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” [1Corinthians 1:30].

                Spiritual acquaintance makes unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. If God be for us who can be against us, the elect? Absolutely none can. Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” One of Christ’s characters in this verse is, Everlasting Father. As the offspring of the eternality of His Fatherhood, we live as eternally as Jesus Christ. Amen.

                Discharged from sin, we stand by the side of our Redeemer. Romans 6:1-11, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2) God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6) Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7) For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8) Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9) Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10) For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11) Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

                Colossians 2:20-22 “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21) (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22) Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?” Our natural sinfulness, nailed to the Golgotha substitutionary death, we stand legally discharged for as long as Christ sits at the right hand of the eternality of the Divinity –in the celestial assizes.Hebrews 10:1-2 “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2) For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.”  The New Testamentary economy, unlike the Old Order, cleanses the sin nature thoroughly. Jesus addressed the sin question, solved it once for all and forever when He performed the substitutionary death on the cross.

                Spiritual acquittal and discharge takes place only when one is born again. To be born again, say, with all your heart, this simple prayer:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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Christianity Is Acquittal And Discharge From Sinful Gaol. [2]

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2)            Let us do a gingerly examen of Romans 8:29-34 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32) He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33) Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34) Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” We begin with ‘foreknow’ of the 29th verse. It is proginōskō (prog-in-oce’-ko): ‘to know beforehand, that is, foresee’. So many Christians tend to teach things that slant towards a deterministic view of the Divinity as it pertains to why horrendous events eventuate, believing that God actually did those things. The word ‘conformed’ is summorphos (soom-mor-fos’): ‘having the same form as another; similar.’

                Almighty’s faculty of foreknowledge is what is really at play and not that of the Catholicism of St. Augustine of Hippo-inspired Calvinistic lapsarianism. Then we have ‘predestinate’ of verse 30 which the Greek calls proorizō (pro-or-id’-zo): 1. ‘to predetermine, decide beforehand. 2. in the NT –of God decreeing from eternity.’ So, what happens here is simply that, from the eternity past, before He ever created anything at all, the LORD looked into the future and decided to save those who would heed His soteriological call and be counted among the saints of His Church. What is ‘justified’? It is dikaioō (dik-ah-yo’-o): ‘to declare, pronounce, one to be just, righteous, or such as he ought to be; to render (that is, show or regard as) just or innocent.’

                ‘Glorified’ is doxazō (dox-ad’-zo): ‘to praise, extol, magnify, celebrate; hold in honour; to impart glory to something, render it excellent.’ Believe it if you do not; come to the understanding if you do not have it, that the Christian is, before the thrice holy Jehovah, excellent species of His creation. Praise the LORD! In the 33rd verse of Romans 8, the words, ‘lay to the charge’ is egkaleō (eng-kal-eh’-o): ‘to come forward as accuser against; bring charge against.’

                Contextually, the convexity of “If God be for us, who can be against us?” serves as the backdrop for the Christian’s acquittal: this must be noted. It is a rhetorical effusion that makes way for the following series of Pauline rhetorical questions from verse 32 to the 39th, proving that absolutely nothing comes at par with the Most High Jehovah. If absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, then, we are eternally safe in this salvation wrought on the cross of Calvary.

                Romans 14:2-4 “For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 3) Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. 4) Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.” The LORD God who ‘received’ the Christians in verse three is the very One who also enables the ‘stand’ of the same ones in the fourth verse to engender the acquittal of His possessed, glorified children.

                The word ‘received’ comes from pros and lambanō. Pros (pros) is a preposition of direction; ‘to the advantage of; forward to, that is, toward (with the genitive case the side of, that is, pertaining to; with the dative case by the side of, that is, near to.’ Lambanō (lam-ban’-o): ‘to take, to take with the hand, lay hold of, any person or thing in order to use it.’ Proslambanō (pros-lam-ban’-o), therefore, means: ‘to take to, take in addition, to take to one’s self; to take as one’s companion; to take by the hand in order to lead aside; to take or receive into one’s home, with the collateral idea of kindness; to receive, i.e. grant one access to one’s heart.’  The Greek for ‘received’ is not the subjective or passive dechomai (dekh’-om-ahee): ‘to have offered to one’; neither is it the violent aihreomai (hahee-reh’-om-ahee): ‘to seize’. The next word ‘stand’ is histēmi (his’-tay-mee): ‘Causal Tenses, to make to stand; to establish; to stand firm.’

                Spiritual acquittal and discharge takes place only when one is born again. To be born again, say, with all your heart, this simple prayer:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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Christianity Is Acquittal And Discharge From Sinful Gaol. [1]

Queen Esther: Portrait of a Christian: acquitted, discharged and very beautiful!

1)            The logicality of it will be too herculean to the intellectualism of a rational mind. Honestly, I will not be surprised if the rational intelligence stares at me to encourage me to await my journey into Alice’s Wonderland before assuming the phenomenality of a Christian’s acquittal and discharge from the erstwhile gaol of his sinful nature. It goes beyond scientific or mental ratiocinatio. It is a beneficent act of Divinity, flowing from His sacred heart of eternal clemency.

                Adam probably never knew of divine grace and that he could approach the LORD God from the stance of His river-flowing mercy, which explains his taking-off-fright that got them hiding, stupidly, behind the fig tree. And arrested by an egregiousness of mortification, Lucifer could not believe the continued existence of the pristine parents. They had sinned and should be cut off from terra firma. He remembered the Scripture that said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Why they still lived was too much of a mystery for his apprehension.

Jehovah, the preeminent fashion Designer clothed them in His righteousness (Genesis 3:21)

                It was understood when, after all said and done, this happened,Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them” [Genesis 3:21]. They who are guilty, and to whom justice demands hellish gaol of eternal punishment, death, that is, are here seen clothed: in divine righteousness. Unbelievable! That clothing was probationary. It was the temporary raiment of righteousness. How did God do it? The LORD God of creationism used His sovereignty to suspend Adamic death in hell. Adam was provided with an inexplicable second chance. The truth, Adam, is not because of you; it is on account of what the LORD God wanted to effectuate for Himself. The consummation of which will become a phenomenal glare when the LORD God will team up with this same Adamic nature –in the perfection of the hypostatic union—  to die the redemptive death on the cross of Golgotha.

                What do I mean by the phenomenality of this glare? It was not a supposedly discerning Jew –who had a walking experience with Jehovah— that voiced the asseveration; rather it was an unconcerned Gentile, an idol worshipping Roman soldier who saw what everybody saw, as well, and acknowledged, “Truly this man was the Son of God” [Mark 15:39]. This One on the condemned cross, and not the killed ones of Eden forgiveness, is the true Pascal Lamb. Amen. His death set in motion of the acquittal and the discharge of Christians from eternal damnation. Jesus takes all the glory and praise and the culminating latria. Does it not say, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen” [Romans 11:36].

The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are one in thought, will, deed and might.

                If theological establishment makes, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30) appropriately of Jesus, then, it is apropos to exegete that “of, through and to” Jesus are all things. Scriptural lucidity unveils the Christians’ Advocate. Every guilt finds its establishment in the legality of an extant decree. It takes an eternal Entity to stand in advocacy before the Eternal Judge of the celestial assizes. The eternal Father’s adjudication was the Christian’s acquittal of the committed evils of his sinful nature. Jesus, the eternal Advocate, made the incontestable scriptural veridicality of, 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” [John 5:24].

                An exegesis of this verse prompts me to start with the key word ‘believeth,’ the Greek of which is pisteuō (pist-yoo’-o): ‘1. Used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul. 2. To trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith.’ Faith in the finished work of the cross is the only recipient’s requirement to obtain this empyrean grace of eternal consequence. Check out the verse, and contextually, and you will find no strings of moral rectitude attached to aid the consummation of this scriptural facticity.

Free from guilt of the Adamic sin is the Christian.

                It is quite interesting to note that the verbal ‘Shall’ and ‘come’ of John 5:24 are the same Greek erchomai (er’-khom-ahee) ‘to go or return.’ Understand the facts here: if the non-positive ‘not’ is ou (oo), meaning: ‘the absolute negative,’ then the eternal absolution of Christians from spiritual condemnation has a guarantee of Scripture. Coming to an understanding of ‘shall’ and ‘come’, what the LORD from heaven says in this verse is that, the one who believes in, and receives Jesus as Lord and Saviour “in returning will absolutely not return, ever, into condemnation.” Amen! ‘Condemnation’ is krisis (kree’-sis): ‘a separating, sundering, separation, trial, damnatory judgment’. ‘Passed’ is metabainō (met-ab-ah’-ee-no) ‘to pass over from one place to another.’ A very good definition of ‘life’, zōē (dzo-ay’) is: ‘of the absolute fulness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God, and through him both to the hypostatic “logos” and to Christ in whom the “logos” put on human nature.’ The Christians have moved from the condemned, hellish gaol of the sinful nature to a justified state of life which the logicality of philosophy cannot explain: assuming an eternal life of the Almighty Creator Himself. Should this be a marvel in the eyes of beholders, it is because it happens to be the doing of the Divinity. Amen.

                Spiritual acquittal and discharge takes place only when one is born again. To be born again, say, with all your heart, this simple prayer:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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EXISTENTIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS (4)

Man’s toil of righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6)

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4)            Unknown to most Christians, as earlier explained, is the egregious anathema of the definition of ‘filthy’ (found in Isaiah 64:6), which is ‛êd (ayd): ‘the menstrual flux (as periodical); by implication (in plural) soiling.’ Beged (behg’-ed) is the Hebrew for ‘rags’ meaning: ‘treachery, deceit; garment, clothing (used indiscriminately).’ It was an unfortunate loss, that Adam plunged humanity into, unquestionably. Disobedient sinfulness eroded Adam’s righteousness, engendering a spiritual spillover of unrighteous existentiality unto every Adamic accouchement. It became extremely difficult for the Adamic nature to please God in this garb of sinfulness. “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven;” explained Jesus in Matthew 5:20.

                But all was not lost, all thanks be to God who bestowed an existential Image of Himself on the day six of Adam’s creation. Man had the eternality of spiritual survival implanted into him, just in case he decides to follow the right path in his future life of sin. Why would God say to the murderous Cain in Genesis 4:7 “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door”? The feminine noun, ‘sin’ is regenerative. It is the Hebraic chaṭṭâ’th (khat-taw-aw’): ‘sin offering, sacrifice, expiation.’ And what is ‘lieth’? It is râbats (raw-bats’), meaning: ‘to crouch (on all four legs folded, like a recumbent animal)’; and that was the solution: “bring a sacrifice of a recumbent animal (sheep or goat): and I, the LORD God will forgive you, Cain,” was the divine solution to the sin question. Cain decided not to be a follower of Christ. Doomed, he became, for all eternity.

Purchase of regeneration very, very costly indeed.

                God, as a Businessman, will never lose His capital. He always makes sure of that. He knew that, unlike the progenitor of the antediluvian miscreants, some of the Adamic stock would come to Him for salvation. Those ones would ignite the soteriological gene in them, and make their way to the Saviour, Jesus Christ. They will see the Light, after having believed the word of the saving grace. To them is the reservation of celestial regeneration midwifed by God, the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 1:17 “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Where comes the faith? It comes from the Word of God, Jesus Christ. The righteousness bestowed upon Christians does not come as an earned reward from a spiritual toil. Romans 4:6 “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works;” because it is something God decided, based on an act of faith from an individual. “Imputeth’ is the Greek logizomai (log-id’-zom-ahee): ‘to reckon, count, compute, calculate.’ Based on our ‘righteousness,’ impaired by our carnality, it is nothing short of ‘menstrual rags’ as offensive as the fig leaves apparels of Adam and his wife.

Not having mine own righteousness…but that which is through the faith of Christ (Phil. 3:9)

                 “Not having mine own” found in Philippians 3:9 has Scriptural corroboration in Psalms 130:2-4

“Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 3) If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 4) But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” God, having walked with Israel, had engendered certain consanguinity. This reality emboldened David to ask for God’s ears. Access granted, an existential righteousness prompts an appeal to the Divinity, and in a so to speak manner, the rhetorical question of the third verse becomes so apropos. Knowing that all was not lost, the sanguinity of the fourth verse is a conclusive facticity.

                Romans 9:29-33, “And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. 30) What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 31) But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32) Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33) As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”  What the legalism of the Jewry stance could not achieve is easily accessible to the supposedly hopelessness of the Gentiles: they tread the Scriptural path of faith. While Israel struggles with the mercilessness of the legalistic chambers of Mosaic institution, born again Christians are enjoying the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. A righteousness of faith ignition is the right standing that faith has enabled us to share with the LORD God. Amen.

                Jesus puts it very succinctly in Matthew 9:13 “But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  Temple sacrifices are of the Law, which cannot lead to eternal rest in heaven. The phrase, “which is of the law” from Philippians 3:9 receives corroboration from Galatians 3:10-14, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11) But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12) And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 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: 14) That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

The Bible insists: no man is justified by the law which has become a curse, when not totally observed; and that the promise of righteousness comes through faith.

                Get born again by saying this simple prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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EXISTENTIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS (1)

1)            The connectivity that exists between unrighteousness and its inseparable sinfulness throws up horrendous acridity of funk in God’s holy physiognomy. It is such a revulsion to the Divinity that Ezekiel’s vatic office declared his Master’s divine decree of Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die” [Ezekiel 18:4]. Hellish death, truly speaking, is a transitional gaol of irredeemability.

Most enigmatic Being of earthly tread

               Scriptural facticity of Genesis 1:26 “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;” points to Adamic existential righteousness. Mankind does not only share with the Creator, His anthropomorphic physique, Adamic creation also had the package of the image of God, that is, the Christ. The ‘likeness’ of Jehovah is different from His ‘image’. While the likeness is about the palpability of His head, torso, neck and limbs of appearance, the image is an actuation of the Christ in man. This is the image of God: Colossians 1:13-15, 13 “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” which shows that the image of God is a Personage: Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. If God made man righteous originally, what got man here in this unrighteous garb? Sin. Disobedience.

Holy unto Jehovah –Israel

               God did not have any problem intimating His covenant children with: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. 7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him” (Exodus 19:6-7]. ‘Holy’ is the Hebraic qâdôsh (kaw-doshe’): ‘Holy One, set apart; sacred (ceremonially or morally); (as noun) God (by eminence), an angel, a saint, a sanctuary.’ They are quite complimentary –holiness and righteousness. Holiness speaks of: sacredness of being set apart, making the object of holiness different from others. ‘Righteousness’, the Greek for dikaiosunē (dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay) is here defined: ‘in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God; equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification.’ Equity, etymologically, speaks of: “conformity”, “evenness”, “fairness”.

The Woman was brought to Adam the Man

                Righteousness, ergo, has to do with right-standing (with God). The first Person Adam saw, coming into creation, was the LORD God, his Maker. Adam, having been created in perfection had the right-standing with Jehovah. Righteousness is a divine engenderment, bestowed upon Adam at creation. Adam did absolutely nothing to earn this righteousness. From a perfect rib, God made the first woman. Her righteousness is found in Genesis 2:22, And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. Now, the word ‘brought’ is the Hebrew bow’ (bo) meaning:to go or come (in a wide variety of applications).’ If the act of ‘bringing’ has to do with ‘going or coming’’,’ it means that a walk, side by side, the eternality of God was embarked on by the nascent made woman. Right-standing enabled the woman to walk beside the Creator –as she was briefed on her coming conjugal role— to the waiting Adam.  

                The family of Adam lost it there and then. The sacrificial ritualism of salvation gave them coats of righteousness, pointing to the Second Man, the last Adam, Jesus Christ, the Second Member of the Godhead, and the Redeemer of mankind who must go to His Golgotha cross. Adam’s archetypal adumbration of Jesus must make him righteous as well. What did God tell him? 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 die[Gen 2:17]. Does that not mean that if Adam had not eaten of it, he would have continued to live till today, and forever? Righteousness.

                Genesis 15:6 reads, “And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” It was strictly a show of righteousness being run by the Divinity. Unbeknown to Abraham, God opened a bank account for him. When Abraham decided to put all his eggs, unlike the philosophy of mankind, into one basket –of faith— God entered it into the file of righteousness. The psalmist wrote, “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” [Psalms 23:3]. He could not have penned this verse of soteriological phenomenon without the inspired contribution of the Holy Spirit. All one does is just following the Shepherd. This ‘following’ is irrefragably of a spiritual significance. The good Shepherd, as the Eternal LORD, can only work an eternally secured salvation for the creativity of His wrought ‘image’. Amen.

                Get born again by saying this simple prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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