Power in the Hope: The Final Victory

From a December 2003 Teaching

The Three Things to learn from this teaching are:
1) What is the Revealed Mystery of God?
1) The revealed mystery benefits us today.
2) The revealed mystery will benefit us in the future.

What is the Mystery?

Ephesians 3:1-6For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation [administration] of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

The mystery of Jesus Christ and his redemption was hidden from the ages before Jesus Christ came. It had to be hidden or the adversary would not have crucified him. When Christ gave his life and was raised from the dead and seated at the right hand of God, it gave access for anyone and everyone to be born again of God’s holy spirit. The mystery had been concealed until Christ ascended and the believers manifested the evidence of the new birth on the day of Pentecost. We are now fellow-heirs with Jesus Christ of God’s inheritance. We can have Christ in us, the gift of holy spirit and eternal life!

How it benefits us Today
I Corinthians 15:1 “Moreover, brethren, I declare [make known] unto you the gospel [good news of the mystery] which I preached unto you. Which ye [also] have received, and wherein ye stand; [in which ye stand also.]”

This verse instructs us not only to receive the good news, the hope of Christ’s return, but also to “stand” and live the mystery today as we walk with the power of Christ in us.

How it benefits us in the Future
I John 2:28-29“And now, little children, abide [remain] in him [Jesus Christ]; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and be not ashamed before him at his coming.”

“If ye know that he [Jesus Christ] is righteous, ye know that everyone that doeth righteousness is born of him.”

Jesus Christ is returning someday. We have that hope.
Hope [in the bible] refers to something that is not presently available (still future) and does not mean the same thing as “to wish” Biblical hope is the looking forward to a guaranteed future reality. Believing (commonly written as Faith in the Bible) refers to something that can be seen immediately.

Who is Jesus Christ returning for?

I Thessalonians 4:13-18“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [precede] them which are asleep. For the Lord [Jesus Christ] himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

This is the truth of the return of Jesus Christ written plainly from the Word. Those who are born again and have died will be raised again. Those of us who are still alive will be caught up together with Christ and will live eternally with him. This is the hope we can have, looking forward to that day.

I John 3:1-3“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and [but] it doth not yet appear what we shall be [future]: but we [do] know that, when he [Jesus Christ]; shall appear, we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he [Jesus Christ] is pure*.”

* Greek word hagnos- “to keep lustrous.”

When Christ returns, there will be no more death, no more evil.

Revelation 21:4“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Death is an enemy, never a friend. Your life is so precious to God, to your family, to your friends. God’s will is for you to live, and live abundantly! When we are born again we have the assurance of eternal life!

I Corinthians 15:26“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” (death will be no more.)

We have the immediate victory of Christ in us when we become born again.
We have the ultimate victory when Christ returns and death shall be destroyed.

I Peter 3:12-15“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify (set apart a special place for) the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear (respect.)”

We have power immediately and ultimately as we believe the truth of God’s Word.

God Bless You!

The power of His good pleasure

From a November 2003 teaching

We are God’s children. We will see the immensity of His love for us in the book of Isaiah, by way of some beautiful figures of speech. A figure of speech is any expressive use of language in the Bible.

Figures of Speech used in the Bible: Their intent is to draw special attention to the verse where they are used. They grab the reader’s attention and emphasize an important point.
Figures of speech are for our learning, and unlike where they are used in secular literature, the words of the Word are written perfectly.

Here are some examples of different figures of speech:

Simile – uses the words “like” or “as”, (or as used in the Bible): “like as” or “even as”
The two things being compared are not intended to be one and the same. It’s a comparison.

Psalm 5:12- “For thou, Lord wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.” God’s favour is around us like a shield.

Acts 2:3 says “…Cloven tongues like as of fire…” (Referring to the initial outpouring of holy spirit on the day of Pentecost.)

III John 2 says: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

Metaphor – To use one thing to represent another. The two things spoken of can literally be taken to mean the same thing. Ex: “Joe” is the “Son of James & Sharon” – The two describe the same person in a different way.

Psalm 84:11“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: The Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold them that walk uprightly.” The Lord is literally our sun (light) and shield (protection) because we walk uprightly.

Antithesis – A direct opposition of one thing to another. It emphasizes the contrast between the two things. Usually uses “and”, “but”, or “so”
I John 1:5“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

A practical example of a figure of speech would be:
Instead of: “The farmer’s crops need water.”
You might say: “The farmer’s crops are thirsty.”
Crops can’t “thirst,” that is a human attribute. It must be a figure of speech. God’s word is the same in the way it refers to God.

Anthropopatheia (Condescensio):
God is Holy Spirit. He is all knowing, all powerful, and everywhere present. John 1:18 Says “No Man hath seen God at any time …” God cannot be seen by the human eye, nor can He be known by any of the other five senses. So, it is the figure of speech; “Anthropopatheia” (Greek), (or “Condescensio” in Latin) when the Word applies human characteristics to God:

Isaiah 43:25“I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” (Anthropopatheia) “Forgetting” is a human attribute; God is “all-knowing,” He cannot forget. The point is: Our sins are forgiven because of Jesus Christ’s accomplishments and resurrection.

Isaiah 49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. (Anthropopatheia and Antithesis) It would be incredibly difficult for the mother of a newborn Child to forget about her baby, yet we are only human and it could be possible to forget. God’s remembrance of us is beyond human comprehension.

Isaiah 49:16Behold, I have graven [tattooed] thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls [hands] are continually before me. (Anthropopatheia) God doesn’t literally have hands with which to tattoo upon. The point is: God cannot (and will not) forget his most wonderful children.

It is an orientalism in the bible to tattoo the names of those you dearly love somewhere on your body. To say that you tattooed the palms of your hands would be an incredible thing; the human palms are far too sensitive to endure the pain of a tattoo. But God has “graven” our names there.

God’s remembrance of us is [as indelible (and unchangeable) as the lines graven in the palms of our hands.] –“Figures of Speech in the Bible”

Just like each one of our hands have a different pattern of lines; God has remembered us individually as his children. To God, we are as unique and different from each other as the palms of our hands are.

I Corinthians 12:27“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
Ephesians 2:19 – “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God” (Antithesis)

It is a great thing to understand figures of speech and how they apply to the word of God.
They make reading the bible so much more vivid and alive.

God has “forgotten” our sins, but will never “forget” us.
He has “graven” us on the “palms of his hands.”
He has called us to his household to be members in particular.
These are all Promises in the Word.

Let’s go out boldly keeping in mind that God “remembers” us!
God Bless You!