THE NEW SPIRITUAL SPECIES (one)

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 “…having forgiven you all trespasses…” Colossians 2:13

            Of what stunt am I expected to pull to perfect the finished toil of God as pertaining to the salvation of man? Being told of an engagement in a life-long work of morality to maintain my spiritual regeneration, doubtless, makes me the consummator of my salvation. The Christian soteriological stance is of eternal consequence (John 3:15, 16; 10:28). Do I have the capacity to containerise the essence of divine soteriology? Does theology imbue regeneracy with the power of sustenance, thereby, keeping my salvation as new as when the Author of salvation rose from the dead for my justification? What elbow grease can any Christian consummate to save himself from losing his spiritual regeneration? Having paid in full when He said, “It is finished,” how much am I still owing?  Selah!

           What did God do? He sowed Jesus as a seed faith to serve as the Divine mechanism for the regeneration of fallen Adam. Of course, Adam sinned to turn the perfection of day number six (where God said “very good” compared to “good” of days one to the fifth) into imperfection of mankind. All fell in Adam: the reason for a continual oblational act of exculpation. Then appeared Jesus. He died; the Just One. He rose to save all who would come to Him. Humanity perished in Adam, who could not save even himself. Jesus, on the other hand, rose to save, as the last Adam, and eternally too. The key of life is now in His divine hand. All Jesus had to do was to commit just one sin to plunge us back into hell bound sin. I thank God for His wisdom. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out” [Romans 11:33]!

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            The germination of Jesus bore fruits. They are called Christians -the new species of the creativity of Jehovah. Is there any crop that builds a silo for itself? Is it not the farmer who puts the valuable fruitfulness into the preserving silo? Jesus is the vine -the true vine. God the Father is the Husbandman who places the regenerated new species of creation into Christ, the Eternal Son, in whom is life -life eternal. As no man can save himself, no man can, as well, maintain this newness of spiritual life in Christ Jesus, who is the Author and Finisher of the saving faith. Amen!

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          Colossians chapter two is quite informative in this regard. Let us look at verse 13 which reads, “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” The word ‘dead’ is nekros (nek-ros’): ‘From an apparently primary word νέκυς nekus (a corpse); dead (literally or figuratively.’ The next word ‘in,’ is en (en): ‘a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state).’ ‘Sins’ is paraptōma (par-ap’-to-mah): ‘a side slip (lapse or deviation), that is, (unintentional) error or (wilful) transgression.’ Then we have ‘quickened together’ suzōopoieō (sood-zo-op-oy-eh’-o): ‘to reanimate conjointly with (figuratively).’ The word ‘with’ which is sun (soon) is ‘A primary preposition denoting union; with or together [but much closer than meta (met-ah’) denoting accompaniment; “amid” (local or causal) after, behind; or para (par-ah’) ‘from, of, at, by, besides, near], ‘that is, by association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, etc.’ Charizomai (khar-id’-zom-ahee) is the Greek for ‘forgiven’ and it is defined as: ‘to grant as a favor, that is, gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue.’ We have ‘all’ which is pas (pas): ‘any, every, the whole.’ The word ‘trespasses’ is the same as the above paraptōma.

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 He is risen! Forgiven forever!

            From the definitions above, the natural man’s deadness has its locational state in sinfulness. Mankind, in his Adamic nature, is nothing but a walking cadaver. Now, for the gentile nation of Colosse, which had no partaking of the Divine circumcision treaty, they were ‘doubly dead.’ Having agreed with the sooth of John 3:3 “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God;” and had gone ahead with its Romans 10:9-10 actuation, a miracle which only God could perform occurred. His rise from the dead had established a reanimation of believing souls! Christ Jesus happens to be an eternal Being. From that eternity past the Trinity had resolved to save the Adamic race.

                Get born again and be counted among the new species of humanity, say this prayer with all your heart and meaning it:

“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!”     

  (…to be continued…)

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I DON’T WANT TO MISS HEAVEN! (VI)

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(6)              Verse 10 of Philippians chapter 3 makes a reference to the power of resurrection (confer John 5:21-29; John 10:18; John 11:25; John 11:26; Acts 2:31-38; Romans 6:4-11; Romans 8:10; Romans 8:11; 1Corinthians 15:21-23; 2Corinthians 1:10; 2Corinthians 4:10-13; 2Corinthians 13:4; Ephesians 1:19-21; Colossians 2:13; Colossians 3:1; 1Thessalonians 4:14; 1Thessalonians 4:15; 1Peter 1:3; 1Peter 4:1; 1Peter 4:2; Revelation 1:18, 20:5-6) which our righteous boastfulness carefully ignore. John 11:25-26, v.25) “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26) And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” Is it not all about faith? Faith and not the good works that justifies our walk with the LORD.

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If by any means I might attain of verse 11 should not be viewed as a Pauline statement of skepticism. It cannot stem from a sense of dubiety or else it contradicts Romans 8:35-39 and 1Corinthians 9:26-27 where ‘uncertainly,’ adelos (ad-ay’-loce) means: ‘ignorantly; without observation.’ What Paul is revealing here is not about the precariousness of the topic but a certain ardour and an exertion of the strength of faith on the part of the believer. His reference is to the resurrection of Revelation 20:5-6.

Romans 6:6-7 “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.” Romans 8:10, “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” Colossians 2:13, “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;” Colossians 3:1, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” This is what is expected of born again children of Jesus, as a proof of our spiritual profession.

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The offspring of kings must be found walking the paths of majestic nobility or else their blue hue of the blood of their birth gets questioned. What about a one who has just completed his secondary school education but can neither produce any good written sentence nor read fluently? What is the proof before gainsayers that he did pass academically through every class of the six years of secondary education?

1Peter 4:1 tells us: “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;” Jesus, therefore, having suffered in the flesh and entered into death for us, has for once and for all, obtained a judicial freedom for the saints. Are we His body? Did He put His flesh or body to the death of sin?

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It is the Church that forms His mystical body that received the soteriological justification, and made righteous for celestial destiny. Amen! How many of our trespasses has He forgiven in Colossians 2:13? ‘All’, which, in Greek, is pas (pas): ‘individually, each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything.’ If God forgives me all my sins and robes me in His own divine righteousness, of what transgression am I culpable especially when Jesus has made sure that the legality of my culpability has been settled? Selah!

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                 Check out the Pauline Hebrews 4:10, “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.” All the works of righteousness He had already perfected on our behalf. Note that the entrance into the rest is in the aorist which serves as a voucher to the perfection of the act of rest that the Lord entered on our behalf. The word ‘rest’ is katapausis (kat-ap’-ow-sis): ‘reposing down, that is, (by Hebraism) abode.’ Katapausis comes from katapauō (kat-ap-ow’-o): ‘to settle down, that is, (literally) to colonize, or (figuratively) to (cause to) desist.’ Is there any need for additional work, from a born again child of God, to keep him in this rest engendered by the grace of God, according to scriptural didacticism? Selah!

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Get born again by praying this prayer with all your heart and truthfully: 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 in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.              (…to be concluded…)

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