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2012 October, Benefit from Jesus’ coming

2012 October: I care. Therefore, I do.

Jesus cared. Therefore He came. He was nailed to a cross.

That nail-pierced Hand is reaching out to you; heavens greatest gift ‘on a plate’.



Dear Joe and Sally,


A while ago, I was in need to replace perished elastic. I opened Noreen’s ‘treasure-box’ and there I found two cards. On the one card she had written, “Has been washed; ready for use.” You can imagine my emotions. Even now, typing this, it brings tears to my eyes. You see, Noreen firmly believed that elastic shrinks at washing. She also believed one washes all newly bought garments before wearing.


If what she believed is true, that’s another matter. She believed, I guess, because ‘her papa and mama’ told her so. The point is, she believed and she acted according to her faith. It reminds one of Jer 35:1-, “This is the message that came to Jeremiah from the LORD during the reign of Josiah's son Jehoiakim, king of Judah, "Go to the house of the Rechabites and speak to them. Bring them into the LORD's Temple, to one of the offices, and offer them wine to drink… I brought them to the LORD's Temple to the office of the descendants of Igdaliah's son Hanan, the man of God… I put containers full of wine and cups in front of the members of the Rechabite clan and told them, ‘Drink the wine!’


“But they said, ‘We won't drink wine, because our ancestor, Rechab's son Jonadab commanded us: “You and your descendants are never to drink wine! You aren't to build houses, you aren't to sow seeds, and you aren't to plant vineyards, or own them. Instead, you are to live in tents all your lives, so you will enjoy a long life in the land where you reside.” We have obeyed everything that our ancestor, Rechab's son Jonadab, commanded us…” This message from the LORD came to Jeremiah, "This is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel says: 'Go and say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, ‘Will you not accept correction by listening to what I say?’ declares the LORD.


"But what Rechab's son Jonadab commanded his sons about not drinking wine is observed and they haven't drunk wine until this day. Indeed, they obey the commands of their ancestor. But I've spoken to you again and again, and you haven't obeyed Me. I've sent you all my servants, the prophets, sending them again and again. I've said, 'Each of you turn from his evil behaviour and make your deeds right. Don't follow other gods to serve them. Then you will remain in the land that I gave to you and to your ancestors. But you haven't paid attention and you haven't obeyed Me.


“Indeed the descendants of Rechab's son Jonadab have carried out the command of their ancestor that he gave them, but this people have not obeyed Me. Therefore, this is what the LORD God of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel says, 'Look, I'm bringing on Judah and all the residents of Jerusalem all the disaster that I pronounced against them, because I spoke to them, but they didn't listen, and I called out to them, but they didn't answer.'


“Then Jeremiah told the house of the Rechabites, ‘This is what the LORD God of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel says, “Because you obeyed the commandment of your ancestor Jonadab, have observed all his commandments, and have done everything that he commanded you, therefore, this is what the LORD God of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel says, 'Rechab's son Jonadab won't lack a descendant who serves Me always."'"


Noreen and her parents too, were, concerning the Faith, casual believers; they believed what their ‘papa and mama’ told them. In their case, ‘papa and mama’ was the teacher of the church they belonged. Then, ‘the Lord sent a servant of His, a prophet’. He spoke to her and her mother. The result was similar to that of the people of Sychar. They told their ‘teacher’, “Now we have the Faith. But not because of your story. We ourselves have given ear to His words, and we are certain that He is truly the Saviour of the world. Moreover, His terms and conditions apply.” They believed and were baptised.


Straightaway they heeded the command, "My people, you must escape from ‘Babylon’. Don't take part in her sins and share her punishment.” It was a clean break of the things of the world, which they once loved.


Of their favourites were [the chorus reads]: Beautiful words! Wonderful words! Wonderful words of Life!


1 Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of Life! Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of Life!

Words of life and beauty teach me faith and duty.        2 Christ, the Blessed One, gives to all Wonderful words of Life!

Sinner, list, to the loving call, Wonderful words of Life! All so freely given, Wooing us to heaven.


3 Sweetly echo the Gospel call—Wonderful words of Life! Offer pardon and peace to all: Wonderful words of Life!

Jesus, only Saviour, Sanctify for ever.       4 Words that comes from the heart of God, Wonderful word of Life!

Words that speak of the cleansing blood, Wonderful words of Life! Words of life and glory tell the wondrous story.


The same massage still applies to those of the Faith, Heb 4:1-, “Therefore, as long as the promise of entering his rest remains valid, let us be afraid! Otherwise, some of you will fail to reach it, because we have had the good news told to us as well as to them. But the message they heard did not help them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened to it.


We who have believed are entering that rest, just as He has said, ‘So in my anger I swore a solemn oath that they would never enter my rest,’ even though his actions had been finished since the creation of the world… Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fail by following their example of disobedience.”


When John, on the Isle of Patmos, was shown end-time events, this is what the voice from heaven said, "Write this: ‘How blessed are the dead, that is, those who die in the Lord from now on!’ ‘Yes’ says the Spirit. ‘Let them rest from their labours, for their actions follow them.’" We, who are not ‘there’, yet, we do have this promise, we, the just, live by faith, Heb 12:-20-, “They [the Jews] couldn't obey the command that was given, ‘If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.’


“The sight was so terrifying that even Moses said he was trembling and afraid. Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to a city of a living God, to a heavenly Jerusalem and myriads of angels, to an assembly and a church of first born [Mat 20:1-, "For the kingdom of heaven is like a certain landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. And having agreed with the workers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace. And said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever may be right I will give you… And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius.


“But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they also received each a denarius… But he answered one of them and said, 'Friend, I am not wronging you. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go. But I want to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?' Thus, the last shall be first, and the first last. For, many are invited, but few are chosen"] having in heavens been enrolled and to God, a judge of all men and spirits of just men having been made perfect. And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel’s sacrifice.


“See to it that you do not ignore the One who is speaking. For if, the hearers did not escape when they ignored the One who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we turn away from the One who is from heaven! At that time, his voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, ‘Once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven.’ The expression ‘once more’ signifies the transposition of the things being toppled [the Law] as of things being ordained, in order that the things not being toppled [the Faith] may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be toppled, let us be thankful and worship God in reverence and fear in a way that pleases Him. For, ‘our God, is an all-consuming fire.’”


What is Paul getting at with his, “Worship God in reverence and fear in a way that pleases Him”? The ‘bottom line’ is, Heb 8:1-, “We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord set up, and not man… For, if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law… But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted upon better promises. For if, that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. For finding fault with them, He says, ‘Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not according to the covenant, which I made with their fathers, in the day, when I led them out of Egypt…


“For this is the covenant which I shall covenant with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD, ‘I will put my laws in their mind, and I shall inscribe them upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people… By the saying ‘new’, He has made the first obsolete. And the one becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish… For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have contracted defilement make them holy so as to bring about ceremonial purity, how much more certainly shall the blood of Christ, who, strengthened by having an eternal Spirit, offered Himself to God, free from blemish, purify your consciences from lifeless works for you to serve the ever-living God?


“And because of this He is the negotiator of a new Covenant, in order that, since a life has been given in atonement for the offences committed under the first Covenant, those who have been called may receive the eternal inheritance which has been promised to them. For where a covenant is, the death of the covenant-victim to come in is necessary, for a covenant over dead victims is steadfast, since it is no force [one must be ‘born again’] at all when the covenant-victim liveth… For this reason, the Scriptures say, when the Messiah was about to come into the world: ‘You did not want sacrifices and offerings, but you prepared a body for Me. In burnt offerings and sin offerings you never took delight.’


“Then I said, 'See, I have come to do your will, O God. In the volume of the scroll this is written about Me… Then He says, ‘See, I have come to do your will.’ He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By God's will, we have been sanctified once and, for all, through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus, the Messiah… But when this Priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time, He has been waiting for his enemies to be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.


“The Holy Spirit also assures us of this, for He said, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts and will write them on their minds, and I will never again remember their sins and their lawless deeds.’ Now where there is forgiveness of these sins, there is no longer any offering for sin. Therefore, brothers, having confidence for the entering of the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus, which He consecrated for us, a new and living way through the veil; that is, His flesh. And since we have a great high priest over the household of God, let us continue to come near with sincere hearts in the full assurance that faith provides, because our hearts have been sprinkled clean from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with clear water [not with blood of the calves and of the goats and with them water, scarlet wool and hyssop… Act 22:16  And now, what are you going to do? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord'].


Let us continue to hold firmly to the hope that we confess without wavering, for the One who made the promise is faithful. And let us continue to consider how to motivate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves [one’s meeting, with God, in the Holy of Holies, ‘behind the veil’ the mercy seat. Jesus said, Mat 6:6-, “But you, whenever you pray, go into your own room and shut the door: then pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father, He who sees in secret, will recompense you. And when praying, do not use needless repetitions as the Gentiles do, for they expect to be listened to because of their multitude of words.


"However, do not imitate them. For your Father knows what things you need before ever you ask Him. In this manner therefore pray: 'Our Father who art in Heaven, may Thy name be kept holy; let Thy kingdom come; let Thy will be done, as in Heaven so on earth; give us to-day our bread for the day. And forgive us our shortcomings, as we also have forgiven those who have failed in their duty towards us. And bring us not into temptation, but rescue us from the Evil one.' For if, you forgive others their offences, your Heavenly Father will forgive you also. But if you do not forgive others their offences, neither will your Father forgive your], as the manner of some, but exhorting, and so much the more as ye see the day coming nigh.” Worship God in reverence and fear in the above. It will please God.


The ‘Lords prayer’, the one He taught his disciples, has been answered, His kingdom has come, For lo, the kingdom of God is within you. God’s will was done, after Jesus drank the wine, He said, "Everything is done!" He bowed his head and died and He became our ‘Daily Bread’, Joh 6:-25-, “They found Him on the west side of the lake and asked, ‘Rabbi, when did You get here?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you for certain that you are not looking for Me because you saw the miracles, but because you ate all the food you wanted. Don't work for food that spoils. Work for food that gives eternal life. The Son of Man will give you this food, because God the Father has given Him the right to do so.’


"’What exactly does God want us to do?’ the people asked. Jesus answered, ‘God wants you to have faith in the One He sent.’ They replied, ‘What miracle will You work, so that we can have faith in You? What will You do? For example, when our ancestors were in the desert, they were given manna to eat. It happened just as the Scriptures say, “God gave them bread from heaven to eat."’ Jesus then told them, ‘I tell you for certain that Moses wasn't the one who gave you bread from heaven. My Father is the One who gives you the true Bread from Heaven. And the Bread that God gives is the One who came down from heaven to give life to the world.’


“The people said, ‘Lord, give us this Bread and don't ever stop!’ Jesus replied, “I am the Bread that gives life! No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry. No one who has faith in Me will ever be thirsty. I have told you already that you have seen Me and still do not have faith in Me. Everything and everyone that the Father has given Me will come to Me, and I won't turn any of them away. I didn't come from heaven to do what I want! I came to do what the Father wants Me to do. He sent Me, and He wants to make certain that none of the ones He has given Me will be lost. Instead, He wants Me to raise them to life on the last day. My Father wants everyone who sees the Son to have faith in Him and to have eternal life. Then I will raise them to life on the last day.’ The people started grumbling because Jesus had said He was the Bread that had come down from heaven.”


Jesus said, Joh 12:31-, “Now is the time for the judgment of this world to begin. Now will the ruler of this world be thrown out. As for Me, if I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to Myself." He said this to indicate the kind of death He was about to die. And Jesus as elevated and his wounded outstretched hand in now pointed downwards. The message has not changed, Joh 3:5-, “Jesus answered, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again. The Spirit breathes where He desires, and you hear His voice, but you do not know from where He comes, and where He goes; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.’

“Nicodemus answered and said to Him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Are you the teacher of Israel and do not know these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, We speak what we know and testify what we have seen. And you do not receive our witness. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how shall you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

“There is no one who has gone up to Heaven, but there is One who has come down from Heaven, namely the Son of Man whose home is in Heaven.

"But even as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” 

‘Sweetly and tenderly Jesus is calling. Come home, o, sinner, come home.’


Continue praying, “Rescue us from the Evil one; we do forgive others their offences.” One can only receive that for which one asks. Jesus spent the night in earnest prayer of the Father before He appointed the Twelve, Luk 6:12-, “And it came to pass in those days, He went forth to the mountain to pray, and was passing the night in the prayer of God, and when it became day, He called near his disciples, and having chosen from them twelve, whom also He named apostles…”


Jesus was a Man of prayer. Not only did He pray for others He indeed also prayed for Himself. His desire was to please God, Joh 4:34, “Jesus told them, ‘My food is doing the will of the one who sent me and completing his work.’” Moreover, Joh 5:35-, “That man John was a lamp that burns and brightly shines, and for a while you were willing to rejoice in his light. But I have a greater testimony than John's, because the actions that the Father has given Me to complete—the very actions that I am doing—testify on My behalf that the Father has sent Me… You examine the Scriptures carefully because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. Yet they testify about Me. But you are not willing to come to Me to have life.” God bless, Johannes.


I closing, a copy of a letter to my friends, Jan and San



Dear Jan and San,


I trust you are well and ‘happy in the Lord’. This, being ‘happy in the Lord’ could be just another ‘one of those sayings’ like ‘God bless’ is. Paul writes, 1Ti 2:1-, “First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and bless them all, and tell God how thankful you are for each of them. Pray for kings and others in power, so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives as we worship and honour God. This kind of prayer is good, and it pleases God our Saviour. God wants everyone to be saved and to know the whole truth, which is, ‘There is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only One who can bring us to God.’ Jesus was truly human, and He gave Himself to rescue all of us.” He gave Himself; He was that Ransom, ‘that ram caught by its horns.’


One so easily say’s, “God bless.” God decided to test/bless Abraham, so He spoke to him. Abraham answered, "Here I am, LORD." The LORD said, "Go get Isaac, your only son, the one you dearly love! Take him to the land of Moriah, and I will show you a mountain where you must sacrifice him to Me on the fires of an altar." When Isaac asked where the lamb was Abraham replied, "My son, God will provide the Lamb." Your, ‘God bless’, indeed gives God a ‘free hand’. He wants all to be saved. ‘Happy in the Lord’ should have been translated ‘happy in a lord’. ‘Pray for others in power’. ‘Pray for those under whose authority one happens to be.’


Why must one pray for those ‘who are in authority’: so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives. What would God have to do were He to ‘bless a newlywed couple? He would have to perform a coup d'état on most governments. Constitutions are non-sexist. God wants men to lord it over their wives.


He desires woman to pray for their husbands [pray for those in power] so that they may live quiet and peaceful lives as they worship and honour God as is written, 1Ti 2:10-, “Women who claim to love God should do helpful things for others, and they should learn by being quiet and paying attention. They should be silent and not be allowed to teach or to tell men what to do. After all, Adam was created before Eve, and the man Adam wasn't the one who was fooled. It was the woman, Eve, who was completely fooled and sinned.


"Yet a woman will be brought safely through childbirth [Gen 3:16, “He told the woman, ‘I'll greatly increase the pain of your labour during childbirth; it will be painful for you to bear children. Your trust turns toward your husband, yet he will dominate you.’"] if she and her husband continue to live in faith and love and growing holiness, with habitual self-restraint.”


God wants all to be saved. He appointed women to do the ‘preparing of the soil’. They are the ‘managers at home who are the ones who are sculpturing not only the husbands of tomorrow but all who will be in power, Tit 2:1-, “But speak thou the things which befit the sound doctrine: that aged men be temperate, grave, sober-minded, sound in faith, in love, in patience: that aged women likewise be reverent in demeanour, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good; that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sober-minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”


Eve taught Adam. Because of Adam’s eating, we all have to die. There are these two deaths. If we still had access to the Tree of Life, nobody would die the first death. All of us are on second-death’s roll were it not for that ‘Ram caught in the thorns’. Jesus, 1Pe 2:24-, "Himself carried up in His body our sins onto the tree; that dying to sins, we might live to righteousness, of whom by His wound you were made whole. For you were, as sheep going astray, but now you turned back to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. [Isa. 53:4-6]


God wants all to be saved and Christ Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God. Jesus said, Mar 16:15-, “Going into all the world, preach the good news of My resurrection to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved. And the one not believing will be condemned [Rev 20:11-, “And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat upon it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.


“And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne; and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, even the lake of fire. And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire].”


The above ‘book of life’ has reference to ‘life on the new earth’ not ‘eternal life’ found only in Jesus Christ, Rev 21:5-, “Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’ And He said to me, ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give from the spring of the water of life freely to him that is thirsty [Joh 7:37-, “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He that believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of His belly will flow rivers of living water.’ (But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him were about to receive; for that holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)”].


“He that overcomes I shall give to him these things, and I shall be God to him, and he shall be to Me a son. But the cowardly, and unbelieving, and sinners, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and drug users, and idolaters, and all who are false shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."


After Jesus’ glorification, that what John was shown, a ‘playback’, on the Isle of Patmos, [Rev 5:1-, “Then I saw in the right hand of the one who sits on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the outside, sealed with seven seals. I also saw a powerful angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ No one in heaven, on earth, or under the earth could open the scroll or look inside it. I began to cry bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or look inside it. ‘Stop crying,’ one of the elders told me. ‘Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered. He can open the scroll and its seven seals.’


“Then I saw a Lamb standing in the middle of the throne, the four living creatures, and the elders. He looked like He had been slaughtered. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the One who sits on the throne.


“When the lamb had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders bowed down in front of Him. Each held a harp and a gold bowl full of incense, the prayers of the saints. They sang a new song: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because You were slaughtered. With your blood, you purchased people for God from every tribe, language, people, and nation. You made them a kingdom and priests for our God, and they will reign on the earth.


“Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels, the living creatures, and the elders surrounding the throne. They numbered 10,000's times 10,000 and thousands times thousands. They sang with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the lamb who was slaughtered to receive power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honour, glory, and praise!"] He could fulfil that what He told Mary before his glorification, Joh 20:11-. “But Mary stood outside facing the tomb weeping. Therefore, as she was weeping, she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they put Him.’

“And having said these things, she turned back and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?’ She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, ‘Sir, if You carried Him away, tell me where You put Him, and I will take Him away.’


"Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to Him, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means, Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God."’


“Mary Magdalene went reporting to the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her. Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace to you.’ And having said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Therefore Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you! Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’


"And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive a holy Spirit.’ That is what Jesus said; He breathed the breath of everlasting life on them and by that. they were ‘baptised into his Body, 1Co 12:12-, “A person has only one body, but it has many parts. Yes, there are many parts, but all those parts are still just one body. Christ is like that too. Some of us are Jews and some of us are not; some of us are slaves and some of us are free. But we were all baptized to become one body through one Spirit. And we were all given the one Spirit.”


Paul explains this ‘multiple baptism’, 1Co 10:1-, “For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and all were baptised unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they drank of a spiritual rock which followed: (now the rock was the Christ).” 

God forbid that any decided to remain in Egypt and, God forbid that any who have heard concerning Jesus’ resurrection disbelieves, Mar 16:9-, “Now having arisen early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons. She went and reported to those who had been with Him, as they were grieving and weeping. And those, when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they disbelieved. 


“After that, He appeared in a different form to two of them as they were going into the country. And those returned and reported it to the rest; but neither did they believe them. Afterwards He appeared to the eleven as they were reclining at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who saw Him after He had been raised. And He said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news [my resurrection] to all creation. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that does not believe shall be condemned.”


All those who believed in Moses, who left Egypt, were baptised in the cloud and in the sea. All who believe that Jesus is the Christ Who was resurrected from Death, who are baptised, have shared in his death and his resurrection, Col 2:6-, “You received Christ Jesus the Lord, so continue to live as Christ's people. Sink your roots in Him and build on Him. Be strengthened by the faith that you were taught, and overflow with thanksgiving. Be careful not to let anyone rob you of this faith through a shallow and misleading philosophy. Such a person follows human traditions and the world's way of doing things rather than following Christ.


“All of God lives in Christ's body [and Christians are Christ’s body], and God has made you complete in Christ. Christ is in charge of every ruler and authority. In Him you were also circumcised. It was not a circumcision performed by human hands. But it was a removal of the corrupt nature in the circumcision performed by Christ.


“This happened when you were placed in the tomb with Christ through baptism. In baptism, you were also brought back to life with Christ through faith in the power of God, who brought Him back to life. You were once dead because of your failures and your uncircumcised corrupt nature. But God made you alive with Christ when He forgave all our failures. He did this by erasing the charges that were brought against us by the written laws God had established.


"He took the charges away by nailing David and Goliaththem to the cross. He stripped the rulers and authorities of their power and made a public spectacle of them as He celebrated his victory in Christ [Rev 5:1-, “I saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sits on the throne. It had writing both on the inside and on the outside. It was sealed with seven seals. I saw a powerful angel {the angel Lucifer} calling out in a loud voice, ‘Who deserves to open the scroll and break the seals on it?'


“No one in heaven, on earth, or under the earth could open the scroll or look inside it. I cried bitterly because no one was found who deserved to open the scroll or look inside it. Then one of the leaders said to me, ‘Stop crying! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has won the victory. He can open the scroll and the seven seals on it.’


“I saw a Lamb standing in the centre near the throne with the four living creatures and the leaders. The Lamb looked like He had been slaughtered. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent all over the world. He took the scroll from the right hand of the one who sits on the throne. When the Lamb had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 leaders bowed in front of Him. Each held a harp and a gold bowl full of incense, the prayers of God's holy people.


“Then they sang a new song, ‘You deserve to take the scroll and open the seals on it, because You were slaughtered. You bought people with Your blood to be God's own. They are from every tribe, language, people, and nation. You made them a kingdom and priests for our God. They will rule as kings on the earth."].  


Jesus, on our behalf, died that ‘second death’. He paid a debt He did not owe. Adam sinned by eating of the forbidden fruit, Gen 2:16-, “The LORD God commanded the man. He said, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden. But you must never eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because when you eat from it, you will certainly die.’” That sin is imputed on Adam’s descends, Rom 5:19, “Clearly, through one person's disobedience humanity became sinful, and through one Person's obedience humanity will receive God's approval."


“Therefore,” 2Co 5:17-, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, all things have become new. And all things are of God, who reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and who gave to us the ministry of this reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not reckoning their transgressions to them, and committing to us the word of this reconciliation. 

“Now then, we serve as ambassadors for Christ, as though God were appealing through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For, He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” And the benefit is eternal life in that city with streets of gold.


Baptism is that second death, Heb 9:15-, and on account of Jesus dying that death on our behalf, “He is the Mediator of the new covenant, so that, since a death has occurred for redemption of the transgressions at the time of the first covenant, that those having been invited may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where a covenant is, the death of the covenant-victim to come in is necessary.” For this reason, one must be ‘born-again’. We come by water only.


Jesus came by water and blood. 1Jn 5:4-, ”For whatever is born of God, overcometh the world. And, this is the victory, which overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ, not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit, which beareth testimony, because the Spirit is truth.


“For there are three that bear testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. And there are three, which bear testimony on earth, the spirit, the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater: for this is the testimony of God which He hath testified of his Son…


“And this is the testimony, that God hath given to us eternal life: and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not life. These things have I written to you that believe on the Name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the Name of the Son of God.”


One receives this eternal life when one is ‘baptised in the cloud’. In our case that ‘cloud’ is the being baptised, by that ‘eternal Spirit’ into the Body of Jesus, 1Co 12:12-, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For one Spirit baptizes us all into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and have been all made to drink into that one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.”


The ‘breathing in’ of that Spirit of eternal life, the breath of Jesus, after putting to death ‘the old man’ in baptism, one then receives of that same Spirit that brought Jesus back from second death, 1Pe 1:10-, “The prophets carefully researched and investigated this salvation. Long ago, they spoke about God's kindness that would come to you. So they tried to find out what time or situation the Spirit of Christ kept referring to whenever He predicted Christ's sufferings and the glory that would follow. God revealed to the prophets that the things they had spoken were not for their own benefit but for yours. What the prophets had spoken, a holy Spirit, which was sent from heaven, has now made known to you by those who spread the Good News among you. These are things that even the angels want to look into.


“Therefore, your minds must be clear and ready for action. Place your confidence completely in what God's kindness will bring you when Jesus Christ appears again. Because you are children who obey God, don't live the kind of lives you once lived. Once you lived to satisfy your desires because you didn't know any better. But because the God who called you is holy, you must be holy in every aspect of your life. Scripture says, ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’


“So if you call God your Father, live your time as temporary residents on earth in fear. He is the God who judges all people by what they have done, and He doesn't play favourites. Realize that you weren't set free from the worthless life handed down to you from your ancestors by a payment of silver or gold, which can be destroyed. Rather, the payment that freed you was the precious blood of Christ, the Lamb with no defects or imperfections. He is the Lamb who was known long ago before the world existed, but for your good, He became publicly known in the last period of time.


Through Him you believe in God who brought Christ back to life and gave Him glory. So your faith and confidence are in God… You have been born again. This new life did not come from something that dies. It came from something that cannot die. You were born again through God's life-giving message that lasts forever. The Scriptures say, ‘Our lives are like the grass of spring, and any glory we enjoy is like the beauty of a wildflower. The grass dries up and dies, and the flower falls to the ground. But the word of the Lord lasts forever.’ And that word is the Good News that was told to you.”


And you believed and were baptised; you were born again and are now a member of Jesus’ body having ‘the mind of Christ. Therefore, Col 3:1-, “You were raised from death with Christ. So live for what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Think only about what is up there, not what is here on earth. Your old self has died, and your new life is kept with Christ in God. Yes, Christ is now your life, and when He comes again, you will share in his glory. So put everything evil out of your life: sexual sin, doing anything immoral, letting sinful thoughts control you, and wanting things that are wrong. And don't keep wanting more and more for yourself, which is the same as worshiping a false god.


“God will show his anger against those who don't obey Him, because they do these evil things. You also did these things in the past, when you lived like them. But now put these things out of your life: anger, losing your temper, doing or saying things to hurt others, and saying shameful things. Don't lie to each other. You have taken off those old clothes–the person you once were and the bad things you did then. Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of the One who made you. You are becoming more and more like Him.


“In this new life it doesn't matter if you are a Greek or a Jew, circumcised or not. It doesn't matter if you speak a different language or even if you are a Scythian. It doesn't matter if you are a slave or free. Christ is all that matters, and He is in all of you. God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Don't be angry at each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive others because the Lord forgave you.


“Together with these things, the most important part of your new life is to love each other. Love is what holds everything together in perfect unity. Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking. It is for peace that you were chosen to be together in one body. And always be thankful. Let the teaching of Christ live inside you richly. Use all wisdom to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Everything you say and everything you do should be done for Jesus your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.


“Wives, be willing to submit to your husbands. This is the right thing to do in following the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be gentle to them. Children, obey your parents in everything. This pleases the Lord. Fathers, don't upset your children. If you are too hard to please, they might want to stop trying. Servants, obey your masters in everything. Obey all the time, even when they can't see you. Don't just pretend to work hard so that they will treat you well. No, you must serve your masters honestly, because you respect the Lord. In all the work you are given, do the best you can. Work as though you are working for the Lord, not any earthly master. Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, who will give you what he promised his people. Yes, you are serving Christ. He is your real Master. Remember that anyone who does wrong will be punished for that wrong. And the Lord treats everyone the same. God bless, Johannes.



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