Imprisoned In Jesus

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I would like to refer to us being in prison. We have the prison of righteousness and the prison of sin. You are either in any of the two prisons. There is a prison of Jesus and that of Adam. As we know from 1 Corinthians 15:45, “And so it is written, the first man Adam was made living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.” Emphasis again is on the prisons, being in the prison of the first Adam and the last Adam.

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There is this believe that when one has accepted Christ and falls short by sinning, they fall out of fellowship with God. That is something erroneous with that believe. Let us take this scenario, if a man has not believed that Christ is Lord and still in the Adam state, and does somewhat good or charity works, do his works convert him into a believer or into the image of Jesus? I believe a majority of you if not all will give a “NO” response. So why is that to popular believe, that when a man becomes a believer in Christ once he falls short and sins, he has fallen back into the prison of Adam. Are we implying that the power of the prison of Adam has greater authority than the power of the prison Jesus?

Romans 5:19, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall be made righteousness.” Contrary to prevalent believe, when you fail to obey God, you do not lose your fellowship with God. You did not get your salvation through your own obedience. If you got your salvation by your works then your works should be the ones that sustain your salvation. If you depend on your obedience to keep your salvation, you are travelling on a wobbly and insecure assurance.

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Joseph Prince says if our salvation was even based on the strength of one strain of our hair, we would lose it even before the sun went down. Abraham the father of faith was justified by faith and not by works; Romans 4:2, “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.” It is pretty straight forward and crystal clear that if we would erroneously believe that our salvation was based on our obedience and works, we would not stand with confidence before God.

I urge you to know and believe that you are undoubtedly incarcerated in the prison of righteousness.  I am not trying to make little the issue of sinning, but I am trying to magnify the power of the blood of Jesus. I have come across teachings of men and women who totally gave me a bigger picture of the saving Grace of Jesus, how my works cannot make my salvation because in the first place I didn’t get it via my works. So God has ignited a passion in me to be part of these men and women, to liberate those who are bound and give an assurance of the forever salvation and not part time salvation.

 

“Giving $20 Explanations to a 50 Cent World” Is Difficult!

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how we remain holy?”
This is a post that really spoke volumes to me. Showing we can not earn Gods favour, how holiness is a gift and not something you work towards. I really enjoyed this post and i hope all of you will really enjoy it.Posted by @theworddetective. Thank You.

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SCRIPTURE – 1 PETER 1:13-20

Be Holy…How is this even possible?

I have had difficulties over the years just being a decent husband and father to my three kids.  How am I supposed to be as HOLY as the One True Living God?  I’m just human.  I make mistakes, many of them.  So does HOLY mean I just need to follow a bunch of rules?  A list of things I’m supposed to do and things not to do?  Like, be nice to others?

I’m a good person, mostly, so does that make me HOLY?  Great questions!

1 Peter 1:15-16 (NIV)…

[15]  But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;  [16] for it is written: “Be holy because I am holy.” 

Peter isn’t introducing a new concept here.  He’s repeating a principle laid down by God in the Covenant [See footnote].

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Law Vs Grace

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The Bible is categorized into twofold mandates; it is the Old Testament and the New Testament. Mutually are vital, going through the Old Testament you witness Jesus concealed and the New Testament is Jesus revealed. Furthermore, the old covenant is the place where we know about the ten commandment and many other commandments.  But the ten that we know mostly about are the ones that are habitually used to make us attentive to how flawed humanity or Christians are.

John 1:17, “For the law was given through Moses; Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ,” I can concur that this verse shows so vividly how the two differ. The former was given through Moses and the latter came through Jesus. Simple and straight forward yet people want to enforce the former mandate into Jesus. John 1:14, “… the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of Grace and Truth,” Grace is Jesus, Grace is not a subject, Grace is not a curriculum, Grace is a person and His name is Jesus.

Exodus 32:28, “The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three  thousand of the people died,” after Moses came down from Mount Sinai and displayed before them the mandates that God had demanded from them, God’s law was so perfect that three  thousand fell and breathed their last. The law makes you aware of your shortcomings, no matter how hard you can run to the law, it will not make you perfect or help you out of trouble and condemnation, and instead it shoves you into the pit of condemnation.

Acts 2:41, “Then they gladly received his word and were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls,” dissimilar to the former, the latter came with life and saved three thousand in an unveiling of the Holy Spirit of truth. This is to intensely segregate the Law from Grace. The law brought death while Grace brought life. That is the crux of what Jesus is, He came to safe and not beat. However, the law demands from us, the ultimate perfection that God wants us to perform.

There are six hundred and thirteen laws in the Bible one of which includes Leviticus 19:2, “become Holy as Yahweh is Holy.” This goes to postulate that in the Old Covenant, you had to, by your own effort work at being Holy as God is Holy. Not forgetting that if you missed just one, you had fallen so short of being Holy. I like the way Pastor Robert Morris said it, he said, “God says here is a test, it has 613 questions, you can take it, by the way you have already failed or you can take my Son’s grade, He already took the test and got an A+.”

So ladies and gentlemen, we already have an A+ in God’s side. Jesus took that test with us in mind. He took that exam so that He can get that distinction and gracefully hand it to us. That A+ is one of the greatest gifts we could have ever asked for.  This is just a tip of the ice burg, I will continue on deliberating between the two in the next articles.

 

Victory Through Grace

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I believe in every culture, naming a child is a very detailed and significant social convention. For years I have been asked what my name meant but it has always been a humorous response because I do not know what it means. My parents as well have not been on the know about what myname means so it has always been about a juvenile response when it comes to actually interpreting what my name really means.

Institute for Propaganda Analysis (1938), says that bad names have played a tremendously powerful role in the history of the world and our own individual development. They have ruined reputations, stirred men and women to outstanding accomplishments, sent others to prison cells, and made men mad enough to enter battle and slaughter their fellowmen. It continues to say that they have been and are applied to other people, groups, gangs, tribes, colleges, political parties, neighborhoods, states, sections of the country, nations and races. This just goes to establishing how valued name calling is highly exalted and is something that provokes parents to be extremely cautious when deciding to name their baby.

On a slightly more or less subject related to this,  Matthew 17:1, “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart…” this was an occasion where Jesus was about to be transfigured.  He had taken Peter, James and John. This was a quarter of the 12 disciples Jesus had recruited for His ministry. But in this particular incident, Jesus particularly chose these 3. I am pretty sure that Jesus was intrinsically cherry-picking these 3 to portray a really interesting point because there is nothing that Jesus would do for no apparent motivation at all. In the manner in which I commenced, i would like to imprint the matter even more.

Peter is derived via Latin, “petra”, from the Greek word (petros) meaning “stone” or “rock”. Stone is usually referred to as the law. The 10 commandments were inscripted on stones. So the first name in the story of the Jesus heading up to the mountain to pray is Peter. The second is James. James is derived from the Hebrew name Jacob. It means “supplanter”, one who follows. Supplanter means to take place of another. To replace in other words. The last person that Jesus had taken with Him was John. John is a Hebrew name. The name means Jehovah has been gracious; has shown favor. So what was Jesus’s objective in taking these 3 disciples? Having explained the meanings of the 3 men, just put chronologically, it would go like this, “Ministry of the stone/law is replaced by Grace,” hence the names Peter, James and John. This is to deeply intensify the level at which Grace is now the emphasis of Jesus unto us.

From many other interpretations of names showing a significant meaning is in the book of John, after the burial of Jesus, 19:38-42, Joseph being a disciple of Jesus, he besought Pilate that he might take the body of Jesus away. In that moment, Nicodemus came in with ointments for the body of Jesus. Jesus in the grave, he was visited by these two men. What is your point on this? One might ask. Joseph is a Hebrew name, it means Jehovah add/give increase. In addition to this subject of names, Nicodemus is a Greek name, is interpreted as “People’s victory.” So here is my point ladies and gentlemen, because of Jesus’s death “VICTORY HAS BEEN ADDED” unto us. So there is no insignificant detail in the Bible.

So all in all, names pose a very significant interpretation even in this present day. But my point in all this is just to show how Jesus is for blessing us and giving us victory in this present day. Indeed the law has been replaced by Grace. 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.”That is why Jesus supplanted the law with Grace, because He saw that the law in no way could justify us. Moreover, through the death of Jesus is victory added unto us. 1 Corinthians 15:57, “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”