Monthly Archives: July 2018
Genesis 2:17 teaches us that God told Adam, not to eat from the “.. tree of the knowledge of good and evil,…” God tells them they will die, however when they later eat from it we note they don’t physically die rather suffer a spiritual death and separation from God. Adam and Eve had only known good but after eating from the tree they knew how to do evil. Love is a choice so God provided the chance for people to either love and obey Him or disobey. The first humans decided to disobey God and as a result they “sinned”. The sin meant that they spiritually died and were no longer the perfect creation God once made, it also is the reason later they would physically die rather than live forever. However, even though Adam and Eve sinned God had a plan that as through, “Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Corinthian 15:22).” What does that mean then? It, means that the fall of man did not interfere with God’s plan rather instead it provided a way for people to choose to freely love and obey God or disobey. It gave all creation a chance to enter into Heaven through Jesus Christ. If, mankind would not have sinned they very well would have remained in the garden of Eden forever. The plan of salvation and happiness of God may in fact have been that man would sin, be given the chance to repent (through Christ), then given the chance to die and live with God forever. Whether or not the fall of man was God’s plan it did not stop God’s plan! Sin in the Garden of Eden was defeated when the “…fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,… (Galatians 4:4).” Eternal life is given through the only true God and Jesus Christ who died to save us (John 17:3) through faith in Him. We can all stand before God without blame, without the blemish of sin, and without the fear of eternal death. All it takes to overcome spiritual death (or hell) is a choice and the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ. If, we all repent and put our faith in Jesus He saves us. May, we all know eternal life and “…the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent…(John 17:3).” Amen
All those that believe and receive salvation have been “risen with Christ (Col. 3:1)”. But, what does that mean? It means that we have been “born again (John 3:3)”. To be born again means you have received Jesus as the gift from Heaven and Lord of your salvation. You, have trusted in the gift of Christ dying on the cross for your sins (and being raised from the dead). Just as Christ has been raised from the dead through faith we have died to our old nature and “put on Christ Romans 13:14”. When we do this we are not looked upon as going to hell instead, God sees Christ in us and looks at the perfection of Jesus when He sees us rather than our sin. Through faith and trust in Christ we have been forgiven. How great it is to know, we do not stand “condemned – There is no condemnation if we believe in Christ – Romans 8:1”) before the judgement seat of Christ! Rather, instead we know that we will live in Him as long as we keep our faith fully planted in Him!
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3 (NIV)
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Romans 13:14 (KJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1 (KJV)
Acts 1:10-11 teaches us that Jesus after his Resurrection went back up into Heaven. We learn that Jesus will come back down from Heaven just as He had went up into Heaven. He will come again. Jesus will come unexpectedly the Bible uses the metaphor of saying He will come, “Like a thief in the night… 2 Peter 3:10, 1 Th. 5:2” After, He went up into Heaven He left His disciples to witness the gospel. Jesus did not leave His disciples alone, He sent the Holy Spirit to give them the power and ability to preach the Gospel with boldness. Just as Jesus did not forsake His disciples when He left them He promises not to “…Leave or forsake us…” But, what does it mean that He won’t leave us? It means God’s active presence and Holy Spirit is with us as we trust in Him. The Lord Jesus Christ though absence in the body is among us today. Jesus loves us, died and rose from the dead for us.