Monday, June 10, 2013

Choose to Believe God's Everlasting Covenant

 

God’s chosen people are the Jewish people. All other people are Gentiles. God adopted the Gentiles and gives them the same gift of salvation that he gives to the Jewish people. Abraham, born a native of Chaldea and in the ancient city of Ur, is the father of the Hebrew nation. Unlike the Chaldeans, who were an idolatrous people, he seems always to have been a worshiper of Jehovah who is God and our heavenly Father. [Genesis 17:1-11 1. And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect (upright; sincere). 2. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, 4. As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 5. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. 6. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. 7. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. 9. And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. 10. This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

Jehovah, God, promised Abraham that he would make him a father of many generations. In Genesis 13:14-16 God tells Abraham that he will make his seed (descendants) as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall his seed also be numbered. The redemptive purpose for God’s covenant with Abraham and his descendants was to bring Abraham’s seed a nation through which He would someday bring salvation to the entire world (Genesis 12:3; 22:18).

God made revelations to prophets (spokesmen to God’s people) regarding His will for communication to mankind. There were many prophets prior to the coming of Christ, the Messiah. The Old Testament of the Holy Bible contains the writings of sixteen of the prophets. These sixteen prophets are divided into two groups, four major and twelve minor. God revealed to the prophet’s the coming of Christ the Mediator (I Timothy 2:5) of the new covenant (Hebrews 12:24).

Through Christ God made an everlasting covenant (promise) to man. God promised to confer salvation upon all who come to him through Jesus Christ. By confessing with our mouth the Lord Jesus Christ, and believing in our heart that God hath raised him from the dead, we are saved. For with our heart we believe unto righteousness; and with our mouth confession is made to salvation (Romans 10:9, 10).

Whereas under the old covenant man was to live by the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5:6-22) given to Moses by God, and man made sacrifices of animals to God for remission of their sins; Jesus Christ became sin for us and died on the cross so that by faith in Christ we are forgiven of our sins (Romans 10:11-13). Jesus Christ gave us two new commandments. We are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. And we are to love our neighbor (brother/sister in Christ) the way we love ourselves (Luke 10:26-37). As a reward for believing God and having faith in Christ we are rewarded with eternal life in heaven. [John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.] Through Jesus Christ our risen Lord and Savior we are forgiven of our sins and made righteous to stand before God (Philippians 3:9). And we will have eternal life with him in heaven (I John 2:25). John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The prophets of old foretold of the Messiah by revelations of God and these revelations have come to pass. It was foretold that the Messiah would be of Abraham’s seed (Genesis 17:7). In Matthew 1:1-17 we see that prophecy fulfilled. It was foretold that the Messiah would be of the lineage of David (Isaiah 11:1, 2). We read about the prophecy fulfilled in Matthew 1:1. It was foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). We can read about that prophecy being fulfilled in Matthew 2:1. It was foretold the time of the Messiah (Daniel 9:25). We can read about that prophecy being fulfilled in Galations 4:4, 5. The mediatorial office of the Messiah was foretold (Isaiah 11:2). We can read about the fulfillment of that prophecy being fulfilled in Luke 9:20, 21. It was foretold that the Messiah would be a prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15). We can read about the fulfillment of that prophecy in Luke 24:19. It was foretold that the Messiah would be a king (Jeremiah 23:5). We can read about the fulfillment of that prophecy in Ephesians 1:20-23. It was foretold that the Messiah would suffer unto death (Zechariah 13:7). You can read about the fulfillment of that prophecy in John 19:1-37. The resurrection of the Messiah is foretold (Psalm 16:10). We can read about the fulfillment of that prophecy in Matthew 28:1-6. It was foretold of the Messiah’s ascension (Psalms 68:18). We can read about the fulfillment of that prophecy in Mark 16:19, 20; Acts 1:9-11; Ephesians 4:8-10; Luke 24:51; and Hebrews 1:3, 4.

It was foretold that the Messiah would make intercession for man. [Zechariah 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne: and the council of peace shall be between them both.] We read of that prophecy of the Savior being fulfilled in Romans 8:34 [Romans 8:34 34. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.]

It was foretold that God would lay in Zion the foundation of the church. [Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation; he that believeth shall not make haste (be forced to flee).] The fulfillment of that prophecy can be read in I Peter 2:1-10. [I Peter 2:1-10 1. Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2. As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3. If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5. Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8. And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: 10. Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Jesus Christ is the Christ, Messiah, Anointed One, Savior, King and Chosen One of God that the trusted prophets of the Old Testament prophesied of. Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, was the Atonement for our sins. Through Jesus Christ we are forgiven of our sins and filled with the Holy Ghost. [Acts 5:30-32 30. The God of our father raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31.Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.  32. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.]

If you are heavy laden with sin and want that God given ability to stand righteous before God, you’ve only to believe that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior. [Romans 10:9, 10 9. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Just As I Am the song

Just as I am! without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidd'st me come to Thee, O Lamb of God! I come! I come!

Just as I am! and waiting not, To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God! I come! I come!

Just as I am! Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve,
Because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God! I come! I come.!

Just As I Am song and video
Just As I Am song and video

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Peter


Peter was a fisherman who was called by Jesus Christ to be one of his disciples (Matthew 4:18,19).  Peter was the disciple who walked on the water with Christ (Matthew 14:28-31).  God revealed to Peter that Jesus was the messiah (Matthew 16:16-19). After Jesus was resurrected from the dead, Peter witnessed Jesus talking with Moses and Elias (Matthew 17:1-4). Peter denied that he ever knew Christ (Luke 22:51-62). Jesus knew that Peter would deny knowing him and yet he called Peter to be one of his disciples. Peter was a human being. Just like you and me. He boasted of his love for Jesus, however, at Jesus darkest hour Peter denied knowing him.  Jesus forgave Peter and Peter went on to boldly teach the things that he had seen and heard (Acts 4:18-21). What Peter needed to meditate on and realize in his heart was that Jesus loved him with a perfect love. All things were possible because Jesus loved him not because he loved Jesus. His love for Jesus was necessary but Jesus' love for him was the reason why Peter was blessed by the Holy Spirit. Jesus told Peter by what death he should glorify God (John 21:17-19). Peter wrote in II Peter 1:13 'Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;' You will find in I Peter the scripture that Peter wrote on how to love God as obedient children. [All scripture was taken from King James Version of the Holy Bible.]