Posts Tagged ‘death’

GOD LOVES YOU ABSOLUTELY:

Imagine being asked to die for a condemned armed robber, a terrorist, or a morally corrupt person in your community; would you oblige or voluntarily rush out to do so? Certainly not; judging by general human standards. For a good man or woman in society, some people may agree reluctantly or hardly opt to die in their places or stead. 

However, that unpopular and unlikely line of action was what God took. Read how the Holy Bible tells us: 

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were  reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Romans 5:6-10. 

Our first parents sinned by deliberate disobedience to God. Being our foundational and therefore representative parents, Adam and Eve. ushered sin into the world with the deception by Satan. The choice was theirs to obey God or Satan. Their choice had severe spiritual and physical implications. As forewarned by God, death was the result. Man died spiritually by being cut off and out of fellowship with God. This effect passed on to all mankind. 

However, the reconciliatory initiative made by God through the death of his Son Jesus Christ removed the curse and judgment of death from us all. We have been reconciled to God by the death of Jesus Christ. We are saved by his life because he died, was buried but arose from the grave on the third day according to prophecies of the Scriptures. We can rejoice in victorious celebration. The Bible states:

And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have  now received the atonement. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Romans 5:11-12. 

The whole of mankind was hopelessly under the grip of sin and death. Before the law came by way of the Ten Commandments given to Moses, no man could be legally accused of sin, even though all sinned through Adam and Eve. The partaking in the failure of Adam and Eve was the inheritance of death which passed on to all mankind. That death was pronounced upon us conditionally by God. We entered into it by the choice of our foreparents. We therefore inherited the death as well.

Jesus Christ came as the second Adam. He was perfect all the way. He obeyed God all the way. Greater still, Jesus Christ died for our sins in stead of us all. He became sin for us, took our sin away. He died our death. Arose from the grave and freely offers and gives his life to all who would receive him! That is Love that is indescribable! It is such a great and wondrous love. 

At this time of Christmas celebration, we remember that God sent his own begotten Son Jesus into the world. He was born in a manger in the little town of Bethlehem in Judeae. Jesus Christ came on a rescue mission. He came to rescue mankind from sin and death. That rescue mission has been completed. Jesus came, born as a baby. He grew up and became a carpenter in Nazareth. He ministered across Jerusalem, towns and villages in Judeae and Samaria in Palestine. He surrendered himself to be crucified after a torturing flogging with whips at the whipping post by fierce, cruel Roman soldiers. He died on the cross. He was buried and the tomb securely sealed. On the third day he arose from the grave and came out alive after a powerful earthquake broke through the sealed entrance to the tomb! By his life, Jesus Christ offers and gives new life to anyone who would listen, trust and obey him. Dear friend, you can be one of that great company as you read this message. 

Come to God through Jesus Christ today, so you read this message. If you shall confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord. And believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures. You shall be saved. With your heart you believe and you are made righteous. With your mouth you confess and you are saved. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  Romans 10: 9-13.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE REASON BEHIND THIS SEASON OF CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS. COME TO HIM WITHOUT ANY DELAY. HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. SHALOM. 

STANDING TRUE AND FIRM; NOT IN THE STYLE OF BALAAM

Balaam the Son of Beor was a prophet who heard from God. In the course of his life he corrupted his ways. He loved money and worldly materials. Therefore it became easy for him to fall into sin. Knowing the will of God, he resisted early attempts to entice him with riches. Balak, king of Moab and son of Zippor hired Balaam to curse Israel. Balaam said no gift would make him alter the word of the LORD. Three times, in quick succession, Balaam tried to seek instruction from the LORD on the same issue of cursing Israel. He knew the mind of the LORD but he was making extra efforts because of his love for wealth. The LORD was displeased with Balaam. He heard his donkey speaking in a man’s voice; yet he was engaged in conversation with the donkey, without thinking twice at the strange manifestations. The angel of the LORD showed up with drawn flaming sword, and was poised to kill him. Balaam foolishly went on his sponsored trip to curse Israel in spite of the strange manifestations. When the LORD said No, his counsel couldn’t have suddenly changed, granting him permission to curse Israel. Seeking to please Balak by asking the same question three times from the LORD, the prophet’s greed and insincerity were exposed. Each time he was poised to please the pagan king, Balak, he found himself blessing Israel instead because the LORD overruled.
We should never engage in our ministry with eye-service, seeking to please men. Rather, we ought to please God always. When politicians of mean standards bring part of their ill-gotten riches into the Church, ministers of God should reject them whenever they ascertain the sources of such wealth. Our God is the rewarder and the judge of the quick and the dead. The Church must boldly rebuke the greed, recklessness and arrogance of many political office holders. It is our duty to pray for them and give counsel, but never to pat them on the back when they go wrong. We must not call bad actions good because of expectations of financial or material rewards.
The Bible states: The foundation of God stands sure, having this seal; the Lord knows those who are his. And let those who call the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 2 Timothy 2:19.
The Bible states in 1Timothy 2:1-5, that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men. For kings and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
Jesus Christ gave himself a ransom for all. It is a faithful saying and worthy to be accepted; that Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners; and that includes you and I. This good news is not to be compromised. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
It is sad to state that Balaam perished because of his greed for wealth. After being prevented by God from cursing Israel, Balaam went behind the scene to instruct the people of Moab and Midian to entice the people of the LORD with idolatry and sexual immorality. The evil counsel worked against Israel. The nation had severe setbacks and deaths through plague. Balaam was destroyed eventually with his ill-gotten riches! Numbers 22-24; Numbers 31:8. 2 Peter 2:15; Jude 1:11; Revelation 2:14.
The LORD owns all the earth including all the riches in it. He is our Rewarder, both now and ever more. He is the Almighty. He is the All-sufficient God, the El-Shaddai.
He is our Provider; JEHOVAHJIREH.
Part of an old song runs thus:
When Jesus comes to reward his servants. Whether it be noon or night; Say will he find you and me still watching, waiting; waiting when the LORD shall come.
Oh can you say, We are ready brother(and sister too),ready for the souls bright home. .?
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25.
Grace be with you all.