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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EXISTENTIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS (5)

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5)            Galatians 3:21-23 “Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22) But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23) But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.”

                Jeremiah 23:6 “In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Is this verse a pertainment only to the physicality of the Judean of Israel? Certainly not. It pertains more to the Christian than to any race. The name Judah means ‘praise’. Israel means ‘a prince, or better still, a ruler by God’s side’. The Christian is one creation brought into being to offer true praises to the Most High Jehovah. Who are referred to as the spiritual children of God? They are the Christians. 1Peter 2:9-10 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10) Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” ‘People’ from this verse is the Greek laos (lah-os’): ‘a tribe, nation, all those who are of the same stock and language.’ Who, therefore, are these Christians? We are the next of kin to the LORD God Almighty. It is on account of this kinship that the Scripture says, Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ” (Galatians 4:7).

Jesus is the key to the righteousness of God

                Let us understand what “righteousness which is of God by faith” in Philippians 3:9 is. Romans 10:3 “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” Ignorance of scriptural facts leads so many people into believing that their hands and acts will make them righteous before the LORD God. Romans 10:10 reveals, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Believing is an act of faith. The ‘faith’ in this verse is not unconnected with the finished work of Jesus, in His divine bid to save mankind. Faith is the key; inserted into man’s predicament, the key of faith turned, an ignition is in force, and the Holy Spirit perfects the act of faith. Faith in Jesus, when it has to do with salvation comes with a total package which include justification, sanctification, power and righteousness.

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus (1Corinthians 1:30)

                1Corinthians 1:30 “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” In this verse we see the First and the Second Members of the Trinity making sure of the actuating the inherent righteousness. Our righteousness leads to other spiritual benefits of the above verse of the Bible. Galatians 2:16, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Should a verse like this not sum up the whole disquisition? But, unfortunately, many Church people want to prove that they must have a hand in this matter of righteousness which only the Divinity alone bestows.

 The unity of the Divinity consummates creationism

                2Peter 1:1 “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” The righteousness is never our making, God, who fashioned it in our genes, is the One who enhances its ignition. Galatians 4:4-7 “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6) And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7) Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” This is a joint effort of the Trinity: the Lord Jesus, God the Son comes down from heaven to walk, on our behalf, the walk of redemption for us; the Holy Spirit is sent to midwife the regeneration our rebirth; and the end result makes us the heir of God the Father Himself. Ponderous! It speaks of eternality of heirship, most definitely.

                The good Shepherd, as the Eternal LORD, can only wrought an eternally secured salvation (if indeed He is a miracle Worker). Amen. All the Lord God did was to go back to the Eden right standing of Adam, carry out its evocation then wraps it around the redeemed soul, who happened to have it in his genes.

                If the creation of Adam (made from an unconscious gathering of dust) came with the bestowal package of righteousness, which he did nothing to earn, it should follow that the righteousness of his progenies of regeneration, through the sacrificial Lamb of God, cannot be earned as well. In the Eden he fell as the lord of the earth, because he could not save himself, cutting his supposedly immortality short. As a born again Christian, Adam is no longer his own lord, the eternal LORD saved him, bringing him into the eternality of his Divinity and righteous Lordship. Amen.

The Lamb of God

                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 (3)

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3)            The good deeds of fallen man emanates from the spirit of wiliness. He only wants to satisfy his diablerie of his conscience. A make-believe heart of philanthropy is the shenanigan connivance of Satanism. It is believed that the leaders of the occult and of religions tell the adherents to engage in generous alms giving; believing that it will make up for the evil deeds of their dark lives. Is it not an insulting act trying to please God, still steeped in the incorrigibility of ones satanic heart? Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap [Galatians 6:7]. The word ‘mocked’ is the Greek mukterizo (mïk-tee-riy’-zō):to make mouths at, i.e. ridicule.’ And the good news is that this righteousness can be regained. If it is an impossibility Jesus would not have told Nicodemus, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life [John 3:16]; seeing it is a mark of showing faith –in the name and the finished work of Jesus, the Saviour— that gives man eternal life.

                When you read a verse like Romans 1:17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith;” the preposition ‘therein’ makes you want to ask, “where?” So, to understand the ‘where?’ we must go back to the preceding 16th verse, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Justification, salvation, righteousness and holiness are all products of faith, never by works of our brows, or by the exhibition of our intellectualism.

                Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works [Romans 4:6], has ‘imputeth’ as logizomai (lo-ǰiy’-zo-mai), meaning: ‘to take an inventory, i.e. estimate.’ The Greek word for ‘work’ is ergon (er’-ğon):1. work (as an effort or occupation). 2. (by implication) an act.’ We think we can calculate the value of our active deeds in terms of righteousness. How wrong can we be! The attainment of righteousness must receive the sacrificial terms of Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. God decided to array man; it was not the other way round. The born again person has been taken back to the Garden of Eden, washed in the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ; then the clothing of righteousness was worn on him. 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: [Philippians 3:9].

                What does the law do? Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life [2Corinthians 3:6]. The legality of the Old Testamentary letter points to death; but the grace of God that comes by the reason of the ignition of scriptural faith gives life, the life eternal of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

                One needs to understand this perfect life. It is the Greek zoe (zō-ee’): ‘God’s kind of undying life’. Genesis 2:7 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 soul. This verse teaches what God put into the making of Adam. The “breath,” nshamah (nesh-aw-maw’), found in this verse means: ‘1. a puff. 2. (by extensions) a wind. 3. an angry or vital breath. 4. divine inspiration. 5. intellect. 6. (concretely) an animal.’ And ‘life’ chay (chah’-ee) is: ‘1. alive. 2. (hence) raw (flesh). 3. fresh (plant, water, year), strong. 4. (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively.’ The Hebraic study of nshamah chaiyim is the plural of lives. God breathed two lives: the animalistic and the intellectual lives. At the commission of the original sin that felled man, the whole of mankind died in Adam –spiritually. The only antidote to this fall is to get born again i.e. receive the Lord Jesus as one’s own Lord and Saviour.

                Everyone is born into sin. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me [Psalm 51:5]. So, when the prayer of salvation is said with all of one’s heart, God goes back to the Garden of Eden to resuscitate the life of a born again. To get born again, the Holy Spirit returns into the purified spirit –to remain there eternally. The existential righteousness known of the created Adam is what returns to the regenerated soul. This is the reason why you cannot be afraid to lose the spirit of soteriological regeneration. Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!

                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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FAITH RESPONSIBLE (II)

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(…continued from the first part)         It is all about Jesus, hence, another scripture, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” found in Titus 2:13. John used three verses: “1) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; v2) (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) v3) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” [1Jn 1:1-3]. If there are only two forces: good and evil; and only one of them is merciful as Jude 1:21 “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” clearly evinces, should there be any wonder why a father will cry out in a desperate sincerity in Mark 9:24, “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief?” Amen!

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It is so evident that the great God [Titus 2:13], and the One who framed the world (Hebrews 11:3) should, no doubt, be the Author of our faith. Christ Jesus is our chief leader when exercising faith; and being in possession of this gospel fact, the disciples approached Him in Luke 17:5, “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.” Acts 5:31, “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” ‘Saviour’ is sōtēr (so-tare’): ‘saviour, deliverer, preserver; a deliverer, that is, God or Christ’. This sōtēr comes from sōzō (sode’-zo): ‘to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction’. The chief reason for the exercising of faith is to come into spiritual contact with God to enable one’s celestial citizenship.

Revelation 1:8 is an indubitable authentication that only Jesus holds this dual office of the ‘Author’ and ‘Finisher’, which reads, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” As the Alpha and Omega He also spans the entire twenty-four letters of the Greek alphabets.

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Every word of faith must have a Logos corroboration. Is this Lord a One said to be “which is, and which was, and which is to come”? Then this One spans the three realms of time. He ‘is’, as the Lord of this Adamic age. He ‘was’ because His existence was the ancient of days at creationism. He ‘is to come,’ to perfect a sinless eternity to come, being the One by whom all things consist as it is revealed in Colossians 1:17, “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist”.

Hebrews 7:19 makes Him the ‘Finisher’, which reads, “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God”. Christ remains the only hope for mankind. Our faith must be in response to His finished work. Hebrews 10:14 informs, “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” His works of faith make meaningful, every step of the journey of faith we embark on. The Bible says in Psalms 138:8, “The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Who is this LORD who perfects that which concerneth me? It is the same Christ of Hebrews 12:2. How do I know this? The Bible clarifies this in Romans 11:36, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”

It pays huge dividends to rest in Jesus who will be with us forever as 1Corinthians 1:7-8 attests to. 7) “So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8) Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” In Philippians 3:9, true faith that is responsible takes its seminality from its Author and Consummator as it quotes, “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.”

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The reason for all this exegesis on faith is to get us to the right place; and that happens to be in Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” for at His appearance we would need not exercise any more faith having come face to face with Him who is the Amen. A multi-millionaire does not need faith to acquire a fifty-dollar pair of shoes. At the Lord’s appearance it is time to enjoy an unspeakable love! Amen!! Hallelujah!!!

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