God Gives Deliverance

In order for God to deliver or “rescue” us, we first have to know what we are being rescued from.  We are born into this world as body and soul…dead in trespasses and sins and without a spiritual connection to God.  We are incomplete without God’s Holy Spirit.  The Bible tells us where we were before we learned of salvation.

Ephesians 2:1 – And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [the Devil], the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation [behavior] in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But [in stark contrast to the aforementioned things,] God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

God has rescued us and made us “alive” by the accomplishments of His son Jesus Christ.  It is a completed work and all we need to do is believe it and act accordingly (Romans 10:9-10)  There is nothing we could have done to earn salvation, it is a gift from God through faith.

The book of Colossians tells of God’s will for us:

Colossians 1:9 – For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Verse 13 says [God] who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of [by] his dear Son.

The word “delivered” is more emphatically translated “rescued”

This verse is PAST TENSE. It has already been done for us by God’s grace and the accomplishments of Jesus Christ.  We are now part of God’s household when we become born again:

Ephesians 2:19 – Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

This is what we have available because we have been rescued:

We have been saved by God’s grace (Eph 2:5)

We are spiritual royalty and are seated in the heavenlies. (Eph 2:6)

We are God’s workmanship (Eph 2:10)

We have the righteousness of God. (1 Peter 2:24)

We are fellow citizens with the saints and the household of God. (Eph 2:19)

We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)

“Already we have citizenship in God’s kingdom.  He has already “…made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” as told in Ephesians 2:6.  Legally speaking… When Christ died, we died with him, when he was buried, we were buried in the baptism of his burial.  When he arose, we arose with him.  When he ascended, we ascended with him.  When Christ conquered, we conquered with him.  When he was seated, we were seated with him…What a revelation to the soul of man! What glory, what joy, what peace, what bliss!  We are rescued now.”  -VP Weirwille, The Bible Tells me so

We have been rescued from the power of sin and given eternal life by God through the accomplished works of His son, Jesus Christ.  We can rejoice in this reality and appreciate living in the Grace of God in this day and time.

God Bless You!

 

From a May 2006 teaching.  All verses KJV.  [brackets] mine. Original Article: http://robsteachings.blogspot.com/2012/12/god-gives-deliverance.html

What Law Controls the Abundant Life?

“I know that the abundant life is available today to those who understand and apply the law of believing.” – V.P. Weirwille

What is the abundant life?

3 John 1:2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

God’s will for us is that we prosper and be in health.  The true abundant life comes only from God.  When God provides it, then life is fulfilling and enjoyable.  When the world provides it, or when we try to gain abundance on our own, it can end up empty and unfulfilled.

Believing is the activator to this abundant life, and it takes a positive action.

Let’s look this record in Mark to illustrate this law of believing:

Mark 9:14-18And when he [Jesus Christ] came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes [religious leaders] questioning with them. 15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. 16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?

17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: …and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.

Why were the disciples unable to cast out the devil spirit from the child?  Jesus Christ addresses the reason as we read on:

19 He [Jesus] answereth him, and saith, O faithless [unbelieving] generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. 20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.

21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. 22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

Notice the way that the father responds:  “if thou canst do any thing…”  – This is not a vote of confidence, but of doubt and fear.

Before we continue, let’s review the motives of the Adversary, Satan, the enemy.

John 10:10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

-Steal, Kill and Destroy.  Those are the motives of the Adversary.

Why did Jesus Christ come?

-So that we can have life, and have it more abundantly.

Back to this record in the book of Mark, Jesus Christ immediately recognized the problem in this situation:

23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. 27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose…

The man’s believing was what healed the child. He did not think it was possible, and he was blaming everyone else for his own unbelief, but Jesus Christ gave him confidence in God’s power! “…ALL things are possible to him that believeth…” as noted in verse 23.

Believing, confidence, and trust go hand in hand.

People from my hometown of Butte, MT know someone who had confidence and no fear!

Legendary Stuntman Evil Kinevil

When I was young, growing up in Butte I was able to witness when he jumped his motorbike over a formidable lineup of brand new cars on the lot of a local dealership collectively worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.  If he made even the slightest mistake, not only would he have to pay for all of the damage, it would probably have caused significant bodily injury.  Evel had no question in his mind that he would clear all of the cars.  I witnessed this in person and his boldness definitely stuck out in my mind.  He had no doubt that he would make the jump successfully and he did.

To believe is a very powerful action.  God had it clearly written in His Word for us to recognize.

“Believe” was found 318 times in 284 verses.  Here are a couple:

Daniel 6:23…So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

Mark 11:24Therefore I [Jesus Christ] say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Believing is the key to physical, mental, and spiritual abundance.

Believing is the key to the abundant life – It connotes action.

It is available to have not only our need met, but to have abundance in every category of our lives as we believe for God’s sufficiency

Anyone can believe because the Word says it, and it is God who backs it up.

Jesus Christ demanded believing whenever possible. The man with the sick child was not convinced that he could be healed until Jesus gave the man confidence through the spoken Word.

We increase our believing by feeding our minds with the spiritual nourishment of the Word and acting with boldness on God’s promises!

 

God Bless You

 

From a September 2005 teaching, [brackets] mine.  All Scriptures from KJV version of The Bible
 Original Post: http://robsteachings.blogspot.com/2011/07/what-law-basically-controls-abundant.html

Why did the redeemer have to be a man?

The book of Deuteronomy states that the whole purpose of man is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Our purpose in this life is to love God with all that we are.  How do we love and worship God?

John 4:24

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

In the beginning, man had a perfect spiritual connection with God as well as dominion over the whole earth. He (Adam) soon forfeited this dominion to the adversary (Satan) by disobedience.  This verse should more accurately read: “God is spirit..” Not just a spirit, but The Holy Spirit – is what God is.  And the only way we can know him and worship him is to be born again, and worship him in spirit and in truth.  Now let’s look at Genesis to see why we needed a redeemer.

Genesis 3:6

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

It was a man (human, Adam) who lost the original, perfect, spiritual connection with God, so in turn it would make sense that a man (Christ) would restore the connection.  Even though it was Eve who initially brought the sin into the situation, it was Adam her husband who accepted it.  As the head of their marriage he was the one ultimately responsible for accepting or rejecting her error in judgement.  Since he accepted it, the “fall of man” occurred and mankind lost his spiritual connection with God.  Hence our redeemer was sent:

Matthew 1:18, 21

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Verse 21

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

God sent his son, Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and allow us to connect with God

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus Christ Is the only way to the Father!  He is our mediator between God and man.

I Timothy 2:5

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

This is the way God put it in order to function: God in Christ in You.  Christ is the mediator, the connection between God and us.

John 14:12-14 – Jesus said:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it

Jesus Christ had to be a man. If he were God, there would be no way for us to do his (Jesus Christ’s) works and GREATER, for there is none greater than God.  Only God can create the heaven’s and the earth in Genesis, but we cannot do that.  However, since Jesus Christ is the son of God, and was a man, we can do the works that he did and greater (John 5:20)

I Corinthians 15:20-22

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man [Adam] came death, by man [Jesus] came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive

Romans 5:12, 15, 17, 19, 21

12 Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

By one man’s one offense (Adam) we were dead in trespasses in sins

By one man, (Jesus Christ) we are redeemed from all evil!

17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus Christ is considered the “Second Adam” in the Word since he restored the broken connection that Adam lost in Genesis.

We have been made alive and saved from the consequences of sin that were brought on by Adam’s transgressions.

God accomplished 7 things by his son.  The number 7 means “spiritual perfection” in The Bible (see the book Number in Scripture by E.W. Bullinger for more details)

1. The Birth of Christ.

2. His sinless life.

3. The death on the cross.

4. His resurrection 3 days and 3 nights later.

5. His ministry following the resurrection.

6. His Ascension.

7. The coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

By these seven things he became our perfect passover as noted in Exodus.

Exodus 12:5

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

I Pet 1:18-19

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

Jesus Christ Was the End of the Law, and gave his life by freewill choice to redeem us from sin.  He was without sin (without blemish) and fulfilled all of the Old Testament law to become our redeemer.

Jesus Christ:

Is the only way to the Father – John 14:6

Was Tempted in all things yet without sin. – Heb 4:15, 2:18

Always did the Father’s will – John 4:34

Was the perfect passover – I Corinthians 5:7

Is the master key to the word’s interpretation – I John 5:20, Rev 5:1-5

The Promised seed in Genesis – Gen 3:15

Lived “by the Father” – John 6:57

By Christ’s accomplishments he was our perfect passover and our redeemer.  The redeemer had to be a man, since it was a man (Adam) who sinned in the beginning.

God Bless You!

 

From a May 2005 teaching, All scriptures from KJV version of The Bible, all [brackets] mine. 
Original post: http://robsteachings.blogspot.com/2011/03/why-did-redeemer-have-to-be-man.html