Love and Repentance.

loverepentIn my last blog “Knowing God” I said that there is no sin so we don’t have to repent to be saved. Liz kindly commented on this with her view and it prompted me to look at it again. Hence the reason for this blog. I want to talk about Gods love so that you can understand where I am coming from. I also want to look at repentance and why we feel we have to do it. Liz also mentions that she doesn’t think we can know God in the way that I say. I will have a look at this as well.

Love.

God is love. 1 John 4:18.

What is love?

1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Love suffers long, and is kind; love envies not; love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not his own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil;  Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.(UKJV)

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strifes: but love covers all sins.(UKJV)

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love among yourselves: for love shall cover the multitude of sins. (UKJV).

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, (UKJV).

Romans 5:8 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (UKJV)

John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (UKJV)

I could go on. God is love. If He is love, which I believe He is then He would have no problem with sin. As I have said before. Jesus died with God and Holy Spirit in Him not for Gods sake but for ours. God’s love is so much more than we realise. I don’t think we will really understand Him until we see Him face to face.

Half way through my studies I was struggling with the wrathful God image that the bible portrayed. Holy Spirit said to me let love be your plumb line. A plumb line is used in construction to make sure the building is true. What ever I read about God, if it didn’t fit with love then I assumed it was not right. Later I was thinking about grace and mercy. These two things are dependant on someone deciding if you are worthy of grace and mercy. Have you been good enough? Is there a sin, which might take me out of Gods grace or mercy?

While I was praying I had a vision. I saw two candles one was grace the other was mercy. There light was dim. Then from behind came the blinding light of love. It consumed grace and mercy. I think what God was trying to show me was love is so much more than grace and mercy. It doesn’t matter who we are or what we have done. Love covers all. God loves all His creation and wants us to fellowship with Him. But we let things get in the way. Through Jesus God has taken away all that would stand in the way of us being with Him and knowing Him. From Gods side it is all done. We just have to know it and believe it and come boldly to His throne.

Do you need to repent to be saved?

No. Is my answer. I believe that everyone is already saved. It is that we are choosing to know God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. That we want a relationship with them. Repenting to be saved means that you change your mind to be saved. You decide to turn from your wicked ways and then you will be saved. That’s not what Paul tells us. Acts 16:31

Acts 16:30-31 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your house. (UKJV)

But what happens if I don’t believe?

John 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. (UKJV).

Jesus saves everyone. Anyone who doesn’t believe in the good news is left in darkness but that doesn’t mean they will go to hell. (Check out my hell blog).

I believe that when you encounter the love of Jesus then you choose to turn from your ways and embrace His. It is a gift from God that we are saved. God loves us and has done everything for us. All we have to do is want to know them. You change after you have met them not before. It is not by our works that we are saved. We don’t even need to believe and we are saved.

Do I need to repent of my sin daily?

This one confused me a bit. My understanding is all sin was cleansed from Jesus on the cross. The Law makes sin known to me. Romans 7:7. But even the law is no more. Luke 16:16. Being a gentile I was not even under the law in the first place. Confused? From Gods point of view there is no sin. All sin has been cleansed. But from our point of view we sin daily. John tells us to confess our sins and repent. But Martin Luther was stuck in that loop for a time and annoyed those around him. The truth is sin is forgiven, cleansed, wiped away, sent away. But the enemy still entraps us and convinces us to do it. The sin is still there and the way out is there also. Jesus will help you to be free from sin.

I have been listening to Hannah Whitall Smith. She was a lay speaker and author in the Holiness movement. She struggled with the constant problem of daily sin. But she found that giving the sin over to Jesus right when it started helped her to overcome it. I have been trying this my self and it has been working. I think we need to have more faith in Jesus and realise that He has done a lot more for us than we know. We need to abide in Him.

In answer to this question I think we need Jesus to help us change our mind. But if we do sin then there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Romans 8:1. Paul tells us to walk in the spirit and Jesus says we need to take our cross daily. Luke 9:23. We are in a battle but God has given us what we need to fight it. 2 Peter 1:3.

As we walk in the spirit we will be changed into Jesus’ likeness. Holy Spirit is changing us all the time. Holy Spirit does the work. We will get to a point where sin will no longer be a reality in our lives. Titus 3:5-6, 2 Corinthians 3:18. It is an on going process. If we let Holy Spirit do His work then we will get there sooner.

I have found this hard because when I sin I feel that I need to say sorry for what I have done. I know that sin is covered, cleansed etc. but I still feel bad for doing it. What I have come to understand is God doesn’t have a problem with my sin because He doesn’t see my sin. I am the one that needs to realise this and not worry about it. Satan is trying to separate us from God and he uses guilt, shame and sin to do this. It is the only power that he has left. Oh and sickness. I still say sorry to God. If I were to do something wrong against a friend then I would go and say sorry. I don’t think that God requires it but I think He understands our need to do it. Love prompts us to say sorry to a friend. God I believe wants to be our friend to.

I can sin then?

Love is the reason. Jesus tells us to love our enemy, Him, Neighbour, each other, God and self. John 15:12, Matthew 5:44, Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:37. He commands it. As I showed earlier love does no harm or envy etc. That includes our self’s. If I sin then that sin depending on what it is might only affect me. But does it? If I am frustrated with this sin then I might get angry and snap at my family or friends. It could cause me to be angry with a stranger. Love does none of these things.

Ok sin is cleansed, wiped out, sent away but it doesn’t mean you can carry on doing it. Paul tells us this in Romans 6:1. Paul continues to say that we have died to sin and we are no longer slaves to it. We need to by faith walk in the newness of life. But if we have a bad day, don’t become condemned. Just get back up and carry on.

Jesus knew the effects that continuous sin could have. When dealing with the adulterous women and the guy by the pool. He told them to go and sin no more. John 5:14, 8:11. He knows that if you continue in your sin then it can enslave you and depending on the sin could lead to death. Jesus doesn’t wont us to be harmed. He helps us and guides us with Holy Spirit so we can live an abundant and joyful life.

Knowing God.

My last blog was all about this. After reading Liz’s comment I felt that I needed to explain a bit more where I am coming from.

What the bible says.

Jesus in John 17:5 tells us that eternal life is about knowing Them. There are other places in the bible, which tells us the same thing. The know here is as a friend or even as a husband or wife but with out the sex part. Jesus said that if we keep His commandment (to love) and we love Him, then He will manifest Himself to us. The Father will also love us. John 14:21. He also says that He and His Father will make their home with us. Verse 23. Holy Spirit is our Helper also.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (UKJV).

Lets have a look at that word.

Blue letter Bible website says:

Helper – parakletos – G3875.

Comforter, advocate, called to ones side, helper, assistant.

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness and searches our hearts. Romans 8:26,27.

This is quite an intimate thing to have your heart searched. You wouldn’t let a stranger search your heart? These all point to being known by God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. If God is love then why do we not like the fact? The bible clearly shows us that they want to know us. Why do we not let them?

My experience.

Ever since I was little I have always believed in God. I have always had a desire to know and see them. When I was 18 a friend of mine taught me how to play the guitar. I then began to worship with that guitar. It opened a whole new world to me, which I never knew was there. It is even more so now that I worship in the spirit. I have had many encounters with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. All of them have been life changing. All of them I have felt their love. I have not seen them with my open eyes yet but my desire to know them is even more now than ever. I feel their love regularly. I can say from experience that they love me because it is something I have felt. I wish there was a way to show others. It saddens me that a lot of Christians do not experience God, Jesus and Holy Spirit in the way that I do. I don’t mean to brag. If I could give it to others then I would not hesitate.

This is why I say that they want this kind of relationship with everyone. All you have to do is rest in them. Ask them. God is with you right now. Just stop. Close your eyes and say papa. I am here. You might be amazed by what you experience. I have heard some preachers say, “It is not all about feelings”. In some cases I would agree. There have been times when the only reason I have worshipped is to try and recreate the experience I had the day before. But that is wrong. We worship them not for what we can get but for what we can give. In other cases I don’t agree. Many times when I have worshipped with out selfish intent God has shown me His love in many different ways. For example.

I had being worshipping for about 30 minutes when I became aware of God. It was like He was in the room with me. I didn’t feel scared or like I had to fall to my knees on the floor. I just felt His love. When I had finished I was overwhelmed with joy. When ever I began to think about God I began to laugh. This lasted for about half an hour. I just laughed and laughed and laughed. It was fantastic. God showed me that He loves me and that He wants me to laugh.

I could go on all day but I think I have made my point. There is not anyone special. God does not have His favourites. He loves us all the same but that love is bigger than we can ever imagine. All you have to do is give Him the time and He will show you the rest. I go into this more in my last blog. “Knowing God”.

Tell our Family.

I was listening to some Christian music when I had a revelation. We are all in the same family. I felt that all the strangers around the world where like my brother, sister, mother and father. It was amazing. Jesus says that we are His sheep and we know His voice. John 10:16. He also says that all are brethren. Matthew 23:8 There are many scriptures that tell us that all are saved/healed, made righteous, justified etc. John 3:17, 12:47, Romans 5:18,19, Jesus died on the cross for all not just for those who believe. Through all my blog’s I have talked about this. Every one is a Child of God and part of His family but they don’t know it. It is our job to tell them. It is our job to heal them and help them, to get them out of darkness into the light. We should be out there telling everyone what they have in Jesus and tell them that God wants to know them. Why do we have such a problem with this?

Before satan messed things up Gods plan was to have a huge family who He would fellowship with. But because of what happened that plan was put on hold. Jesus came to un pause that plan. Gods plan never changed. We are all made by Him and return to Him. Ecclesiastes 12:7. We where all created for and by Jesus. Colossians 1:16.

When Jesus came to earth He was on a mission from His Father. He healed, set captives free and fellowshipped with us. He said that as you have seen Him you have seen the Father. John 14:9. He didn’t have a problem with sinners in fact He made them His disciples. He commanded us to do what He has done. He told us to go and heal the world like He was doing and to set the captives free. How will they know unless they are told? If you have a brother, sister, father or mother who doesn’t believe don’t you want to and try to tell them? We need to do this for everyone. We need to show the world Gods love and change their idea that God is wrathful and that being a Christian involves lots of rules etc..

This is why I write these blog’s. God has shown me so many things I cant keep them to my self. If my blog’s can help or free just one person then it is worth all the time I spend and I would do it all again in a second.

I hope this will help you all and Liz thanks for your comment. I did put the last blog out with haste. But this is why I leave the comments open. My aim is to help others Christian or not to know God, Jesus and Holy Spirit better. I hope that this is what I get across. God Bless.

Knowing God.

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In my last blog I talked about eternal life being about knowing God and Jesus and Holy Spirit. I thought I would share with you how I do that myself. I write this to Christians but also to every one else. The only thing you need to help you with this is the gift of tongues or speaking/praying in the spirit. It’s also good to ask Holy Spirit for help. I will go through how you receive this gift first before I share the rest.

One thing I will mention before I continue. In my other blog’s I have used a lot of scripture to back up what I have been saying. This how ever is a lot different as it is more about doing it than reading about it. I will use a few scriptures but I am mainly going on my own experience. I felt to share this with you so you could know God, Jesus and Holy Spirit in the way that I do. I am still getting to know them but it is a wonderful thing to feel their love. Do you need to be a Christian to do this? To be honest I don’t even know what a true Christian is anymore. I don’t even see myself as being one. If you love God and want to know Him and Jesus and Holy Spirit better then I think that is all you need.

I know there will be people who don’t agree with what I have to say. I understand that and respect your views. I would hope you would do the same for me. Love is the core here. I want every one to know God, Jesus and Holy Spirit’s love as I do and more. If I am teaching wrong things then I will have to answer for that when I meet them in the end. My intention is to bring people closer to God so I can’t see how that can be wrong.

The Gift of Tongues.

If you have never been to church and are not a Christian you might not know what I am talking about. Near the start of the book of acts in the bible, the disciple’s receive Holy Spirit before they start their ministry. Jesus was also baptized and received Holy Spirit before He started His ministry. Matthew 3:16. Lets have a look at what Acts has to say.

Acts 2:1-6 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like of fire, and it sat upon each of them And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. (UKJV)

It is worth reading on but this will do for what I want to look at. When you speak in tongues it doesn’t mean you will be speaking another earthly language. Tongues is God’s language not of the earth. Sometimes God uses tongues to speak to people in their on language.

God is God but He is also Jesus and Holy Spirit. The trinity. I don’t know how it works but it just does. That’s what I believe. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Jesus. In Joel 2:28 we are told that God will pour out His spirit on all flesh. I believe God did that on the cross. When Jesus died and came back the Spirit was given. Peter confirms Joel 2:28 in acts 2:17,18,33. I believe that all have the Spirit either with them or in them right now and it’s been like that since Jesus died. The fact that you are reading this shows that Holy Spirit brought you here. I also believe that all are saved and born again. All sins are cleansed. There is NO SIN. All sickness is healed. You don’t have to repent to become a Christian. It is already done. Like I have already said in my other blog’s all you have to do is choose to know them. (Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit).

I thought I would share two scriptures, which help support, my theory on every one being saved, healed, reborn, sin cleansed etc.

Romans 3:22-23 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (UKJV)

1 Timothy 4:10-11 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. These things command and teach. (UKJV)

Very interesting. In Romans 3 its by Jesus’ faith that all are righteousness. Not ours. Not a choice we make. Jesus has done it for us. The 1 timothy 4 is even better as Jesus is the saviour of all men. The NKJV says especially. But look what Paul commands us to do. We are to command and teach these things. I have so many scriptures, which are similar to these. I would run out of space. Just thought I would share.

What is this tongues/spirit thing all about? Again this is a study all in its self. I will try to explain. Holy Spirit was sent to us so He could teach us and show us who God is and what we need to do to know Him and to show us the truth. Tongues is a language that only the Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit know. I include Jesus because I assume He does understand it. There is no scriptural basis for this. It’s just what I have come to understand.

This language is a gift. Jesus told us to baptise in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19. Baptise is to immerse, overwhelm, submerge. I don’t truly understand it but I know it works. The language of tongues is used in many ways, which we will look at later.

How do I get this gift?

Being that you are already saved all you need to do is ask. I will also pray that you receive the gift of Tongues.

I baptise you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Father I ask in your Sons name that you will give the reader of this blog the gift of tongues. I ask Holy Spirit that you would fill them up and release this gift to them. Open their eyes to your truth and show them your love.

Now receive the gift. Let Holy Spirit rise up from your belly and just begin to speak. You will begin to make funny sounds, which can sound like a baby talking. Don’t worry just keep trying. Holy Spirit will help you. If you are not sure then there are videos on you tube of people speaking in tongues.

If you don’t want to do this that’s fine. I have found that since I have been doing the things I am about to share with you my knowledge and experience of Gods love has grown in a huge way. But don’t feel like you have to do it. I leave this up to you.

Study.

I have found that this is a good way to find out more about God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. But you do need help. In my other blog’s I have explained about the stories in the Old Testament. It is hard to find a God of love in the bible. Really it is only in the book of John that the Father is truly known. I find now that study has done what it need’s to and I am concentrating on the other things now. It is a good place to start. But let Holy Spirit guide you.

Talking in the Spirit.

This is not praying. What I do is I sit and I act like I am having a conversation with God. What I do is say “Father…..then I speak in tongues. I speak to them like I would speak to a new friend but in tongues. It is strange at first but it is worth doing. I do speak to Jesus and Holy Spirit in this way as well. When I first started I didn’t know whether I should talk to Jesus and Holy Spirit like this, but as time has gone on I have found it is worth doing. If you are a Christian then it will seam weird but I would say go with it. If in doubt then ask Holy Spirit and He will help you.

Praying in the Spirit.

I just pray in tongues. When I do this I find if there is anything, which needs to be dealt with in my own life then that’s when Holy Spirit does it. I have had many visions when doing this. Sometimes I will listen to some music with out lyrics like classical music while I am doing this. I have had some amazing times doing this. I have meant God in a big why in these times.

Worship in the spirit.

This is huge for me. When I was younger I was a worship leader in my church. We would sing a lot in English but not much in the spirit. When I started my journey 3 and half years ago I would sing in English then a little in tongues. As I continued I found there was so much more freedom when singing in tongues than there was in English. Now I only worship in tongues. I have had many encounters with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit in these times. It is the most amazing thing for me and I wish that churches did it more.

Jesus tells us in John 4:23,24 that a true worshipper of God will worship in spirit and truth. Oh and the truth in that scripture is not hymns or English songs. It is the truth of God. I only say English because that is my language.

I have found that worshipping in tongues for other people has helped in their healing. Just thought I would add that. When doing this I also split my time up singing to each of the trinity. When I first started to worship Holy Spirit alarm bells went off because I didn’t know whether it was right. Now how ever I do it out of love for Him. He is just as much God as God is. Holy Spirit has been left out for far to long. But that’s just me. Try it.

Talking to Them.

I love doing this. Every night before I go to bed I sit in my room with the door shut. I start with Father and I just talk to Him. I will tell Him about my day. What my concerns are and any problems I am having. It’s like when you meet up with a friend. You might go out for coffee or a meal. You talk about life. That’s what I do with them. I have found that I talk to each of them about different things. One thing I have found is I tend to thank them a lot and tell them how great and wonderful they are. I also talk to them about scriptures that I don’t understand. Most of the time I get insights into what I am having problems with. A lot of the things that I have written about have come from these times.

At the end of me talking I will sit and ask God, Jesus and Holy Spirit if they have any thing to say to me. This is hard to start with because there are lots of things that go through your mind when you try to listen. I have found that it’s the small quite voice that is them. Any thing that is kind, loving and compassionate is normally from them. Sometimes I will do this for a few minutes other times it has been longer. The idea is to give them some time to talk to you.

You don’t have to do this at night. You can do it at any time. I have found now that any spare time I get I am talking to them.

I hope this has helped. It has been quite a personal thing for me to share but I really want people to know who God really is. If this helps than that’s great. At the end of the day God wants to have a relationship with you. He wants to know you and for you to know Him. That’s why His Son gave His life for you. I have found that it’s like any new friendship. It takes time but it’s worth every minute.

I hope that this blesses you. God Bless.

The Ministry of Reconciliation final part.

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To Know God.

This is it. The answer. Why did Jesus give His life? So we could know Them. So we could be Their friends. God made us to have relationship with Him. But sin and satan got in the way. How do I know this? Because Jesus told us.

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (UKJV)

Eternal life is about knowing Them. I am going to look at one of the words to take this deeper. Also does the Old Testament support this?

Blue letter Bible website says:

Know- ginosko- G1097.

Perceive, understand, to learn to know, feel, have knowledge of, to become acquainted with. Be sure. Knowledge ground in personal experience.

It also says a Jewish idiom for sex between a man and a woman. I would say intimacy. This is a level of knowledge that I would say that most Christians don’t have. I thought it interesting that feel was in there. Lets think about this. When you meet some one for the first time you get to know them. You laugh with them, you cry with them, you share life with them. I think that God wants all of this, but at a deeper level. I am not saying that He wants to become your boy/girlfriend or wife/husband. But I think that God wants that level of intimacy with out the physical side. When you fall in love with some one feelings play a huge part in that. I think that God, Jesus and Holy Spirit want us to feel their love.

In many of my private times and worship times I have felt Their love. It is amazing. It makes you feel safe. God is love. 1 John 4:8. Why wouldn’t He want you to feel that love? They want to know you. All you have to do is say ok.

I had a look in the Old Testament for any kind of back up for this theory. This is what I found.

Jeremiah 31:31,34. Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. (UKJV)

I think Jeremiah is talking about everyone not just Israel and Judah. A new covenant. Jesus is that covenant. It says we shall all know God. The know here is very similar to the Greek. It does say to experience like in the Greek.

God wants to know you. He wants you to be His son/daughter but also His friend. That is the choice that we have to make. Not to be saved or born again but to want to know Them. God loves you what ever you choose. Doesn’t mater what religion you are or what you believe. Whether you believe in Him or not. Like the Father in the prodigal son story. He is waiting to see you and when He does He will run to you. He will hug you and kiss you and put His coat around you. He will place His ring on your finger and throw you a banquet. For once you where dead but now you are alive. You where lost and now you are found. Will you come? The choice is yours.

What Now?

Jesus did a lot on the cross. He healed the world, set us free, gave us new life, most importantly He has brought us back to the Father. The choice we make is to want to know Them. What does this new covenant mean for us today?

Jesus promises us His joy, His peace and His abundance. John 15:11, 16:24, 17:13. John 14:27,16:33 , John 10:10. He gives us life. John 6:33, 51, 10:10. He promises that we will always be in His hand and the Fathers hand. John 10:28,29.

Jesus gives us authority. Luke 10:19, Mark 16:17,18. His word through us will be confirmed through the accompanying signs. Mark16:20.

There is so much, which we have which we do not know or understand. This is why we need Holy Spirit to help us understand it all. Jesus wants us to continue His work. He wants us to tell the world about Him and His loving Father and Spirit. God doesn’t want us to suffer and never has. He wants us to live a good and fruitful life with out trouble and suffering. But the enemy wants us dead. The battle is in our minds. We need to have them renewed so we can see what Jesus has truly done for us. Once we get hold of this and realise who we truly are then God can use us to spread His word. God, Jesus and Holy Spirit loves you. Who ever you are what ever you believe. It’s not about joining a church and paying your membership fee so you can dodge hell. Its not an escape plan so you don’t roast for all eternity. It’s about Love. It always has been and always will be. Satan doesn’t want you to have a relationship with the Father. He wants you to suffer and worship him anyway he can get you to. But God wants you free. Who will you choose?

Know this. When your time is ended and you have breathed your last. There will be one person waiting for you. Jesus is His name. He will welcome you and look after you. You do not need to be afraid. There is no work required and no price to pay. Love is the only thing you need. All They want is for you to love Them and for you to love you brother or sister as yourself. Which means you need to love your self as well. How do I know this? I know this because Jesus is in charge of death now. Like Paul said death where is your sting. 1 Corinthians 15:55.

For us who know Them. Our Job is to show the world Their love. To be kind to the person who takes your parking space. To buy an umbrella for the homeless lady when it’s raining. To hold you sister when she is in need. Jesus sends us to look after those who are hurting whether physical or emotional. We are to be Him in this world. We can know Them like friends. Whether we can see Them before our time is up I don’t know. But They are with us all the time. Whether we feel Them or not. Always waiting. Always caring and always loving. Lets get out there and tell the world what They have done for us and for everyone.

John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father has sent me, even so send I you. (UKJV)

A word.

There is so much more which I could have put into this study. But I think I will finish it here. Please look into the scriptures. Ask Holy Spirit for help. He is always willing. All you have to do is ask. Don’t take my word for it. I write these blog’s and studies because I see a lot of hurt and suffering in the world. My heart is for the church. So many Christians that I have seen on line and in life all are wanting a true relationship with they’re Father. But they don’t know Him. If these blog’s and studies could help just one person then to me it is worth every moment.

I was lost once. Broken and hurting. Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit lifted me up and healed me. Yes there are still things that need to be healed but my Joy has been returned. The child that was lost has found his way again. All thanks to the love that They have shared. You don’t have to look all you need to do is turn. They are waiting.

God Bless you all for reading this and all my other blog’s. I pray that you will know the Father in the way the Son does. I pray for all you who are sick and suffering that the light of Jesus will come and heal you of what ever is wrong. I also pray that you will experience Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit in a new way and that you will feel their love like never before. God bless.

The Ministry of Reconciliation Part 6.

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The Authority?

Who has the authority? If satan has been sacked. Who got the authority? We have seen that satan never really had it in the first place. I suppose you could say he borrowed it. What about now? God gave Jesus the authority. John 5:27, 17:2. Jesus has it and gives it to us. Matthew 28:18, Luke 10:19.

John 17:2 tells us that Jesus has authority over all flesh. As we have seen satan no longer has the authority Jesus does. The ruler of this world has been cast out. We are now to bring in the kingdom. Heal the sick, cast out demons, cleanse the lepers, freely have we received freely we should give. Mark 16:17,18. We will do greater works. John 14:12. Lets have a look at John 14:12.

John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes 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. (UKJV)

He that believes in me. The same works plus greater he will do. Not only will we do what Jesus did but greater also. What could we do that is greater than what Jesus did? What about the believe part? Lets have a look.

Blue letter Bible website says.

Believe- pisteuo-G4100.

Commit unto, commit ones trust, but in trust with, to think to be true, to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or doing something.

Is it that we trust that Jesus will do what we ask? Is it that we need to believe that Jesus can do these things? Is it that we need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God?

The way I would put it is if we have a relationship with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit and are Jesus disciples then we will be able to do what He did and more. We need to tell the world about what Jesus did and who He and His Father is oh and don’t forget about Holy Spirit. Jesus said that His works wore as a witness to who He was. John 5:36, John 10:25. Is it the works, which confirm the truth that is being told, and showing the kingdom is at hand. Mark 16:20. Would it be that by the works we do that will show that we do Gods works and in them show who we are in God?

The Trinity of the cross.

This is how I was taught about the cross and the events surrounding it from the Trinities point of view.

Jesus with Holy Spirit in Him was scourged, crown of thorns etc.. Taken to the cross. Nailed to it and died. All the sin of the world was put in Him on the cross as well as all God’s wrath and punishment. Jesus paid His Father the price and died. Went down to hell and set the captives free. He is resurrected on the third day and then goes to be with His Father. Then He comes back to wipe out seven eighths of the world and only a few remain who miss eternal torment. That’s the quick version. What really happened? Lets have a look.

I have mentioned the beating before. The beating was for our healing. But it was also for our sin. Does this mean He had our sin when He was being beaten? If we look at Isaiah 53 it tells us that He took our sins upon Him self.

Isaiah 53:5,6. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (UKJV)

The Septuagint says that He bears our sins. Could it be that sin was put on Him when He was being beaten? Why have I said this? The reason is that the sin could have been placed on Jesus before He was put on the cross. Which means that God was still with Jesus when sin was in Him. I believe that God has never had a problem with sin. As we will see God was in Jesus through His entire ordeal. From the garden to the resurrection.  How do I know this? I felt Holy Spirit tell me but I know that will not be enough. I will look at some scriptures to show you how I support this.

Jesus said He and His Father are one. John 10:30, 17:11. He also says that His Father will never leave Him alone. John 8:16,29, 16:32. He also says that the Father is in Him. John 14:10, 17:21. We also know that Holy Spirit is in Him. John 1:32,33, Luke 4:14, Matthew 3:16. The trinity are together from the garden to the resurrection.

Paul confirms this in 2 Corinthians 5:18,19 and Ephesians 2:13-16.

2 Corinthians 5:18,19 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation. To know, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (UKJV)

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus all of you who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; in order to make in himself of two one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: (UKJV)

God the Father was in Jesus when sin was. He was in Jesus when Jesus was on the cross. I also believe that the Father experienced all that Jesus went through. It is a bold statement. But Jesus said He was not alone. OK for arguments sake lets say I am wrong. Lets say that all that I have shown you is just I using the scriptures to show you what I want. Well here is another side to it.

There is not one scripture anywhere that says that Holy Spirit left Jesus at any time. In order for Jesus to do the work He did and be a model for us He had to have Holy Spirit in Him. If Holy Spirit was in Jesus and never left Him that means that God was in Him and never left. Holy Spirit is the spirit of the Father. Romans 8:9. This means that Gods spirit was in Jesus through it all. God felt every whip, ever slap, every punch. He was spat on. Laughed at. Beaten. Then nailed to the cross. God was right there with His Son and Spirit going through it all. So when you watch any Jesus film it’s not just Jesus on His own going through it all. It’s all of Them. What about in the Old Testament all the scriptures that say God cannot look upon sin?

Jesus answers this.

John 17:25 O righteous Father, the world has not known you: but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. (UKJV)

This is just one of the many scriptures where Jesus says that up until that point no one had know the Father. He is even so bold to say that the devil is the Father of the Jews. Jesus said it not me. John 8:44.

But what about when Jesus cries out “my God, my God why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46. Oh. That’s right. Well that’s it then. Better stop now…..

Jesus not being able to breathe much or talk very well had to choose His words carefully. This phrase is actually from a psalm, which the Jews would have known. This is a quote from psalm 22. If you read the psalm there is a lot about Jesus in it.

This is the verse that interested me:

Psalm 22:21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for you have heard me from the horns of the unicorns. For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither has he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. (UKJV)

Jesus was trying to let the Jews know that He was not alone. It would be like Jesus saying to us today “the Lord is my shepherd”. We would understand that He was quoting Psalm 23. This is a model for us. Even when Jesus had the sin of the whole world in Him God was right there with Him. As we know God cleansed Jesus of our sin. There was no payment required. This shows us that no matter what we do God is always there for all His creation. Just waiting for us to know Him. Jesus has removed all Obstacles so we can know Them. Here is one more scripture. It is interesting. I only noticed it recently.

John 17:5 And now, Father, let me have glory with you, even that glory which I had with you before the world was. (BBE)

The NKJV says together with yourself. Jesus is asking the Father to glorify Him with His Father. Both together. This also supports the theory that God was with His Son on the Cross.

The Veil.

I feel that this is a good place to talk about the veil. I have already spoken about it being torn but why was it? The veil was meant to protect man from God. So they wouldn’t die and only the priests where aloud to see or be with God. The veil being torn was God showing us that He is available for all and that we are His temple. Paul tells us about this in 1 Corinthians 3:16,17, 6:19. God wants all His creation back. Colossians 1:20.

Jesus did it for all.

This could have a study be its self. There is a lot of scriptures which tell us that all will be saved. I am only going to look at a few otherwise I might as well turn this into a book.

All are righteous, all are healed, all are saved, and all have His spirit. This is what I am going to look into.

All are righteous.

Romans 5:17-19. 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. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience all were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall all be made righteous. (UKJV. Edited by me)

I have changed the many to all. In my studies about this you need to look at the context. Why would Paul say all to start with then change it to many for the second part. Look into it for yourselves. This is just my thoughts. Its not gospel.

All be made righteous. That includes the wicked. Every one has been made righteous by God through Jesus.

All healed/Saved.

This is an interesting one. A lot of Christians say “when did you get saved?” they will then tell you their testimony. But as we will see everyone was saved 2000 years ago. When Jesus died on the cross. I am going to look at the translation of the word saved to show you why I have put healed with saved. I also have mentioned this earlier.

We shall look at John 3:17.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (UKJV)

Lets have a look at what the word saved means:

Blue letter bible website says:

Saved- sozo- G4982.

Make whole, heal, be whole. Keep safe and sound, To rescue from danger or destruction. Save from injury or peril. Deliver or protect.

The might in this verse I believe may have been added latter. When I have looked at other translations its not there. We only have to look at what Jesus says in John 12:47.

Even if you don’t believe He still is going to save you. Jesus makes us whole and heals us. All of us. I recently found an interesting scripture:

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (UKJV)

Do you see it? Peter is telling us that we are born again at the cross. Begotten can translate as born again. If you join that with all are saved does this mean that all are born again? Does look that way. It is the resurrection that makes us born again not a choice we make.

Jesus heals us when He was beaten (Isaiah 53 by His stripes) and He also heals us when He was crucified. Jesus covered all the bases.

All have His spirit.

Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: (UKJV)

God has poured out His spirit on all flesh. The bible tells us that all come from God. John 1:4, 1 Corinthians 11:12 and return to Him. Ecclesiastes 12:7. Joel tells us that God is going to pour out His spirit on all Flesh. The way that this scripture reads it sounds like its after Jesus dies. The big difference between us and Adam and Eve is we have the Holy Spirit in us. Is He in everyone? I think so. Jesus says that He will draw all peoples to Him self. John 12:32. How will He be able to do that? If Holy Spirit is in us then He will be able to do it. The translation for draw is drag off.

All flesh? What does that mean? Lets have a look.

Blue letter Bible website says:

Flesh-Basar-H1319.

Flesh, body, kin, mankind, skin, of humans, of animals, all living things.

That’s all flesh. I have seen videos on you tube of animals looking after each other. Also animals taking care of humans. I believe that Holy Spirit is in everyone and every animal. Its whether we choose to listen to Him or not.

It would seam that Jesus has done it all to all. I believe He has not only restored us back to how it should have been in the garden but He has made things better. No longer do we have to be afraid of God. He is our Papa and He, Jesus and Holy Spirit are waiting for us to want to know them.

 

Continues with final part.

The Ministry of Reconciliation Part 5.

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Satan.

I have covered some of this subject in my hell blog. It might be worth a read. I think I will get a bit of background before we go onto what is meant to happen to satan.

We would think that the first mention of satan would be in Job or you could say the serpent in the garden in genesis. I would say other wise. Jesus says that He saw satan fall like lightening to the earth. Luke 10:18. If satan is the serpent in genesis 3 then that would put him on earth around the same time as the garden was finished. If we look at the beginning of creation there is a little hint at when satan and his angels might have been cast down to earth.

Genesis 1:2. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (UKJV)

The heavens and the earth have just been formed. The earth is without form void and dark. Lets have a look at the words.

Blue letter bible website says:

Form-H8414- Tohuw.

Vain, confusion, wilderness, waste, empty place, primeval place, Place of chaos.

Void- H922- Bohuw.

Void, emptiness, waste, undistinguishable ruin.

Darkness- H2822- Choshek.

Darkness, obscurity, secret place, misery, sorrow, wickedness.

There are some interesting words used for what the earth was like before light was created. Genesis says the light came in the first day. We are not told how long the earth was void for. 2 Peter 3:8 tells us that a thousand years is a day and a day is a thousand years. The earth could have been void for at least a thousand years. With words like wilderness and place of chaos I don’t think its to hard to believe that satan and his angels where on the earth first. All that evil. It would be a place of chaos. May be that’s why he doesn’t seam to like us very much. Because we where given what he would see as his kingdom.

Satan and his angels are on the earth. Adam and Eve sin. Satan is in trouble like the others. There is no mention of satan receiving any kind of authority. We only Think he got it because when Jesus is tempted satan says that he has all authority which was given to him. Luke 4:6. Was it? Jesus never agreed with him that it had been. The Old Testament tells us that everything belongs to the lord. Deuteronomy 10:14, Psalm 89:11, Genesis 14:22, Exodus 9:29, psalm 24:1….. And the list goes on. God gave dominion over all the animals to Adam and Eve. God also told them to subdue the earth. Could it be that satan some how took what was given to Adam and Eve. Satan was never given it. Jesus never said that satan had the authority. But Jesus did call satan the ruler or prince of this world.

Jesus mentions this in 3 scriptures in John. John 12:31, 14:30 and 16:11. Lets have a look.

John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. (UKJV)

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me. (UKJV)

John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (UKJV)

Jesus does recognise satan as the prince or ruler of this world. Lets have a look at the word prince.

Blue letter bible website says:

Prince-G758- archon.

Ruler, prince, chief, magistrate, commander, leader.

He is called the prince of the devils in Matthew, Mark and Luke. Matthew 12:24, Mark 3:22, Luke 11:15.

Magistrate is an interesting word for him. Jesus says that he was a murderer from the beginning and is a liar. John 8:44.

Could it be that because of sin satan had become our ruler or our jailer. That could be why he thought he had all authority.

I think that is enough about satan. Lets see what happens to him.

I am only going to use John for this. I know there is more in the Old and New Testament but this study is already long. I have already shown you the scriptures about satan. He had nothing on Jesus. John 14:30, he is to be cast out. John 12:31. and he is to be judged. In Isaiah 14 it tells us that satan will end up with the kings of old. This suggests to me that the judge here could be separate to be refined. What? I hear you cry. I thought satan was going to the lake of fire. Satan was created good. Why wouldn’t he be refined? That’s what love would do. Philippians 2:9-11 tells us that every knee shall bow and tongues confess that Jesus Christ is lord. That would include satan and his angels. God does not destroy or kill or torment. God is love. Jesus taught us that. There is a scripture, which would go against this theory. Hebrews 2:16. (I could not find any others. Let me know if you know of any and I can take a look.)

The new king James says that Jesus does not give aid to angels. This would suggest that angels are not to be refined. Hence satan will be destroyed. Lets have a look.

Hebrews 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. (UKJV)

I have looked at a few versions and there is a few that agree with the new king James but most of them are similar to the UKJV. What is the context of this verse? If you look at the next verse it becomes clear.

Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it was essential for him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. (UKJV)

It is the nature of humans not angels that Jesus took hold of or became. That is what this verse is saying. Jesus didn’t become an angel to save us but a human. Not sure why the NKJV says it like this. Angels can be refined then.

I want to look into John 12:31. It has some interesting things about it.

John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. UKJV).

We know what judgement means and prince and world. Lets have a look at cast out.

Blue letter bible website says:

Cast- G1544- Ekballo.

Cast out, bring forth, pull out, send forth, drive out, to send out, be deprived of the power and influence he exercises in the world, to banish from a family, depart with haste, extract,

Out-G1854-exo.

Without, out of doors, forth, strange, away.

I think its save to say that satan has been booted out. Before I continue I would like to look at one more scripture.

Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. (UKJV)

The word I am interested in is destroy.

Blue letter bible website says:

Destroy-G2673-katargeo.

Do away, abolish, loose, fall, deliver, to render idle, unemployed, inactivate, inoperative, to cause a person or thing to have no further efficiency. Separated from.

There is more but I think you get the point.

Satan and his angels have been made unemployed. They have no more power or authority. Jesus has the authority now. How is it then that there is still sickness, war, disasters, evil in the world. Satan is a liar. We are told to renew our minds. Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:23. we are told that our struggles are not against the flesh but against the spiritual hosts and rulers of darkness. Ephesians 6:12.

We fight against the enemy. But how does he still have power? How has he ever had power? Though us. He got Adam and Eve to sin. He got Cain to kill Abel. He got Jesus’ own people to kill their messiah. He is the master of lies and manipulation. Just because he is unemployed doesn’t mean he can’t us our power against us. The power of the tongue is a mighty thing. It has the power of life and death. Proverbs 18:21.

I heard a story about a young boy who was being bullied. His bully told him every day to die. That’s what happened to the boy. He died. It is all around us everyday and we have become blind to it. James warns us of this power and how we should bridle it. James 1:26, 3:5,6,8. Be careful what you say.

I believe that satan convinces us to accept some sufferings. Like some sickness. We feel symptoms. We then talk to our friends and look on the Internet. We then go to a doctor who confirms what we have been thinking and saying. All the time the enemy is continuing to tell you that you are ill. How do we defeat it? Stop it before it starts. What about the symptoms?

Could it be that sickness is a lie? Is it that the enemy convinces us to accept it? We are bombarded all day long with adverts and news stories about sickness and what to do about them. I wonder if we stopped listening to the world about sickness and suffering and listen to God whether we would be healed.

Fear is a powerful weapon but love has conquered fear. Fear has been cast out. 1 John 4:17.

Hosea 4:6 says my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Isaiah 5:13 also says my people have gone into captivity because they have no knowledge. Is it this simple? Drugs give a quick fix but don’t fix the root of the problem. Are we being blinded?

Now I am not a doctor. I am not telling you to stop all your meds and trust for your healing. If you are ill and take drugs to help then keep taking them. Ask God for wisdom. Trust in Him. He will guide you. But don’t let the enemy have His way. We need to be careful and wise. Jesus tells us “Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves”.  Matthew 10:16. We have an enemy who wishes to devour us. Peter tells us to be vigilant. 1 Peter 5:8.

Satan knows all the tricks to get his way. He has been doing it for a very long time. We can overcome him. He is a defeated foe. Do not listen to fear but trust in the Lord for satans time is finished. He is not the ruler anymore. Its time we reminded him of that.

 

Continues in part 6…..

The Ministry of Reconciliation Part 4.

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Talk to the Dead.

Jesus has wiped out sin, healed us and conquered death. While we are on the subject of death, what about all those who never got to hear Jesus. What about the saints that died before Jesus taught the truth? John helps us with this. Up until Jesus death from what I understand if you died whether saint or not you just went to hades and went to sleep. Check out my hell study for more information on this. We have a multitude of people sleeping while Jesus is on the cross. John 5:25,28. Tells us about this. 

John 5:25, 28-29 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (UKJV) 

Jesus tells us that He will go into the depths of the earth like Jonah in the whale for 3 days. Matthew 12:40. But to do what? John 5 tells us. To talk to the dead or sleeping. To preach the good news. Jesus says here that those who done good will go with Him. But those who do evil will be dammed. Lets see what the word means. 

Blue letter bible website says:

Damnation. Krisis-G2920.

Judgement, damnation, accusation, condemnation.

Well I was wrong. There must be a hell then?

When you look at the blue letter bible it shows you what the king james translates it as. Then it shows the outline of biblical usage. This is a lot different to the king james. 

A separating, sundering, separation, a trail or contest, selection. 

All of that before judgement. In my Hell blog I talk about Matthew 25. The sheep and the goats. I believe that this is the non-Christians who are being separated. Those who have done good go to heaven and those who have done evil are refined. John 5:29 conforms this when you see that the word damnation could be or should be separation.  

What about the saints?

Matthew helps with this:

Matthew 27:52,53. And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (UKJV)

When Jesus died His resurrection power raised the saints. They went into the city and showed them self’s. What kind of conversation could you have with one of those saints? If you read on, the centurion who saw this was afraid and said that Jesus was the Son of God. You never see this in any of the films. Could this be the last day that Jesus was talking about in John 6:39,40,44,54, and Martha mentions in John 11:24?

We have always assumed that the last day is sometime in the future when Jesus comes back. If that is true then how is it that these saints where raised on the same day Jesus died? Are we again being tricked by the enemy to think that we are to wait for Jesus to complete His work? But didn’t Jesus say that He had completed His Fathers work and even on the cross His last words where “it is finished” John 17:4,19:30. What would it mean for us if all this where true. That we don’t have to wait for Jesus to complete what He set out to do but like Jesus said it is finished. It would change things in a big way.

The Worlds and satans judgement.

If it is finished then what about judgment and satan? John’s gospels points to the cross being the last day. We will look at the world first then satan.

The World.

This is a bit confusing because Jesus on the one hand says that He hasn’t come to Judge the world but to save it. John 12:47. But then He says now is the judgement of this world. John 12:31.

I am going to look at the words used in this chapter to see what Jesus was talking about.

Blue letter Bible website says:

John 12:31- Krisis-G2920.

A separating, sundering, separation, a trail or contest, selection, judgement.

John 12:47- Krino-G2919.

to separate, put asunder, to pick out, select, choose. Judge, determine, go to law.

The translations are the same. 

Lets have a look at the scriptures:

John 12:31,47. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. (UKJV)

Verse 31 says that the world is to be judged now. Which tells us that it’s at the cross that the judgment happened. This verse would follow the separation theory. 

Verse 47 tells us that Jesus has not come to judge but to save. If anyone hears but doesn’t believe. Jesus also says elsewhere that He has not come to judge. John 8:15

What does this mean?

In verse 31 Jesus mentions the world first then satan. Could it be that the word is different? Lets have a look.

The word for world is the same. If you look at the Greek for it, it means: Cosmos. Which is the order of things. Even the strongs points to this. Kosmos-G2889. World, universe, order, government. It also says men, the human family and the inhabitants of the earth.

I believe we need to look at the context of the verses to understand what Jesus is saying.

In verse 31 Jesus is talking about satan and the world view. Which would fit the world order, government translation of this word.

In verse 47 Jesus is talking about the judgement of the person. Which if you look at the translation of the word world it can mean inhabitants of earth, men, and the human family. It may be the same word but it’s not the same use of the word.

We also need to apply this to the word judge or judgement. 

In verse 31 Jesus is talking about the separation of the world like He does in Matthew 25. He says of satan that he will be cast out not judged.

When you get to verse 47 Jesus has talked about His death and being the light in the world. The Jews would think of judgement not separation. This is I believe why Jesus says He came not to Judge but to save.

One thing we have to realise is how the judgment works. Just like sin and sickness it took an eternal human to complete the work that was done. Jesus when He died went into the eternal realm. That is how He was able to heal all diseases, cleanse all sin and judge the entire world. This is the only way it could have happened. Think about it, the sins I do today are done today. If Jesus weren’t eternal He would not be able to cleanse me of my sin today. The same is with sickness and judgement. Jesus has judged the world system and its ruler but has healed or saved all people. It was all done at the cross.

Continues in part 5…..

The Ministry of Reconciliation Part 3.

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The Cross.

This is a big part of the study. I am going to spilt it into two parts. The physical and the spiritual. I call the second part the spiritual because I couldn’t think of any other word to describe it.

The physical.

If you are someone who doesn’t like gory details then you might want to skip this part. The reason I put it in is to show how Jesus would have been feeling in His body when He died for us.

He has just been scourged which is normally 39 lashes. Whips and rods would have been used. He carried His cross for some of the way. He also had the crown of thorns on His head, which wouldn’t have been nice. He then arrives at Golgotha. John 19:17. I don’t think I have to go into to much detail on how they put Him on the cross. They nailed Him in the hands and feet. How they did that or where, is debated heavily but I am not interested in that. He is hanging there. He is feeling weak from the blood loss. It’s hard for Him to breathe, as He can’t support His weight very well. Having to decide between the pain in His hands or His feet so He can breathe. Adrenaline is probably helping but I would imagine He is still in a lot of pain. He injures this for 6 hours. The different gospels tell us the things He says. What I realised was He probably didn’t have the breath to say much at all. Slowly suffocating it would have been hard to speak. At the end of the 6 hours He says, “it is finished” and dies. For more details you could look it up or watch the passion. Watching it is harder than reading about it I have found. But it does give you a picture of what Jesus was willing to do for us.

Because of the Passover celebrations the Jews ask the Romans to break the legs of the criminals so they will die quicker. I always thought it was the Romans who did it. But it was the Jews. They get to Jesus and see He is dead already but to make sure they piece His side with a spear. When they do blood and water comes out. This shows them that Jesus is dead.

I have looked to see if there was any prophetic reason for this. 1 john 5:7 says there are three witness’s on the earth. Blood and water being two of them. Being pieced was mentioned in Zechariah 12:10. I haven’t come to any real conclusions on this. It is mentioned in the Old Testament so there’s another scripture fulfilled.

There are two other things, which happens when Jesus dies. The Veil of the temple was torn and the dead saints where raised and went into the city. These are recorded in Matthew 27:51, Mark 15:38, Luke 23:45. There are other things like the casting of lots etc but I wanted to look at these two as there is a spiritual side to them as well.

The Veil.

The Veil was in the temple. It was in the Holy of Hollies. It was meant to hide God from sinful man. Only the priests after giving blood could enter. Exodus 26 gives a lot of detail about the Veil. The ark was put behind the Veil. It was where the presence of God was meant to be and the Veil hid Him from the world.

When Jesus died the Veil was torn from top to bottom. Matthew 27:51. I will look into the spiritual side of this in the next section.

The Dead saints.

Matthew is the only gospel that talks about this.

Matthew 27:52-54. And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. (UKJV)

This happened just after Jesus died and the Veil was torn. Jesus in John talks about speaking with the dead. Could this be linked to those scriptures? Clearly the living and the dead felt the power of Jesus’ death. I will look at the spiritual side of this in the next section.

Jesus is taken down and laid in a tomb. Three days later He rises again.

The spiritual. 

I think to understand this better I will break it down into parts. It is important to know what Jesus did on the cross. More from a spiritual point of view than a physical.

What happened? Why was it so important? Lets have a look.

Sin Cleansed not paid for. 

I always thought that Jesus paid for our sins. That’s what I was taught in church. There was a ransom to be paid. The thing is whom did Jesus pay. Was it God? Was it satan? Was it us? In my studies of the Septuagint and other versions what I found was it was none of them.

Jesus was cleansed of sin. He didn’t pay anyone. Isaiah 53 from the Septuagint tells us this. It says in verse 10 that the lord was pleased to cleanse Him from His blow. It also says in verse 11,12 that Jesus bore our sins. Sin was put into Jesus so that God could cleanse Him from our sin as far as the east is from the west. Psalms 103:12. So that sin was no more. We also know that He took a beating for our sin. It took an eternal being in human form to be able to do this. Jesus was pure and clean but was made sin so we could be made righteous. Romans 5:17-19. Ultimately so that we could know the Father and His Son and receive His spirit.

The only scripture I could find where it says that Jesus was a ransom for us was these:

Matthew 20:28, Mark10:45, What does this word mean?

Blue letter bible website says:

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Ransom, price for redeeming, paid for slaves, captives, to liberate many from misery and penalty of their sins.

When we sin we become a slave to it if we do it for long enough. Drinking, gambling, sex…. The list goes on. What happens when we sin? Some of us feel guilty, ashamed maybe even worthless. What about how it affects our relationship with God. We wouldn’t feel worthy to be in His presence. We probably would find it hard to talk to Him. We might even be afraid of Him. A lot like Adam in the garden.

Who tells us that we are all these things? The enemy. You might think its your inner voice bashing you over the head with “your not worthy”. Some of that might be true. I think it’s the enemy. They don’t want you having a relationship with God so they first convince you to do the sin then convict you of it after and so the circle continues.

What has this to do with paying a ransom? Jesus and His Father with Holy Spirit wanted to make a way where sin was not a problem. They made it possible that the enemy couldn’t use sin against us to separate us from them. Its not that Jesus paid anyone. It’s that God cleansed the sin. John the Baptist tells us in the beginning of John that Jesus came to take away the sin of the world. John 1:29. There is now no sin. What? So I can go and do what I like and there are no consequences. No you cant. From Gods point of view there is no consequences but from yours there will be. If you drink alcohol all the time you will lose friends and in the end die. As Paul would say the wages of sin are death. Romans 6:23. There are earthy consequences to sin but as far as God is concerned you have been cleansed. You can come to Him whenever you like. Do we need to repent then? I am not sure. I think Gods love is so huge that it can cover all sin. Proverbs 10:12. Maybe it’s that it makes us feel better. I don’t think we need to do it but if it helps with our relationship with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit then do it.

Death where is your sting.

Paul tells us that the wages of sin is death. Romans 6:23. If sin is no more then where does that leave death? Is death a lie, which satan uses to destroy us?

I wanted to have a look at death and what Jesus did when He died and raised again. What effect did Jesus have when He died on the cross?

I had a look in the Old Testament first to see if it had any thing to say. This is what I found.

Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD has spoken it. (UKJV)

Hosea 13:14 I will deliver them out of the hand of death. I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy death. (DRA)

He will swallow up death. That’s good. I think Isaiah is talking about Jesus here. It also mentions victory. That would suggest that a battle was won. We know that Jesus made an open show of the enemy. Colossians 2:15. Paul tells us about death having no sting. 1 Corinthians 15:55. This must mean that Jesus has beaten death and overcome it. Jesus tells Peter that the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18. I wonder what the word Hades means in this scripture? Lets have a look.

The blue letter bible websites says:

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Hell, Grave, Death, the place (state) of departed souls.

This is the same word used by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:55. From what this says it’s the place not the act. What I mean is the resting place not the physical thing that happens to our bodies when we die.

Hosea says that we will be delivered out of the hand of death. I choose the DRA translation because it’s the closet to the Septuagint. The DRA means Douay-Rheims. Death in this verse is the place not the act. In my Hell blog I talked about the place in the Old Testament. It is a place of sleep from what I understand of the scriptures. I think also it’s a place where man was separated from God. I think that Jesus made it possible for us to be with Him and His Father by over coming death. Paul tells us that all died in Adam but all are made alive in Jesus. 1 Corinthians 15:22. Does this mean that when anyone dies they are made alive? I have seen a lot of near death experience videos on you tube. Most of them talk about a bright light or tunnel and about seeing Jesus or God. Most of them are not Christians. Does this mean that all are saved? We will look into that later.

The Old Testament says that we will be delivered from the place of Hades/death. That God will deliver us. What about Jesus? What was His thoughts on the subject?

I have already mentioned what Jesus said in Matthew. I thought I would see what Jesus says about it in John. It is very interesting what He says. John 5:24, 8:51,52, 11:25,26.

Jesus tells us that if we keep His commandments and hear His words we have passed from death into life. Jesus commandment is to love one another and love God and Him. Jesus gives the impression that if you believe in Him we will not taste death. In john 5:24 and 8:51,52 He hints at this. Lets have a look at John 8:51,52.

John 8:51,52 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that you have a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and you says, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. (UKJV)

The Jews couldn’t believe what He was saying. They even said what He said in a different way to make sure they understood what Jesus meant. Jesus says see. They say taste. Lets have a look.

Blue letter bible says:

See- Theoreo-G2334

See, behold, perceive, consider, look on, look at, experience.

Taste- Geuomai-G1089

Taste, eat, to try, partake of, to feel, experience.

The two words are similar. What is Jesus response to their question? If you read on the Jews are trying to find out whom He thinks He is. That is when Jesus says, “Before Abraham was I AM” John 8:58. He was calling Himself God. Which in a way answered their question. But they where so angry with Him for saying this that they tried to stone Him.

What about the translation of the word death here?

Blue letter Bible website says:

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Death, deadly, the death of the body, the separation of the soul and the body.

Jesus was saying that if you follow His commandments and believe you will never taste death. This points to the physical act. Is there more?

Jesus hints at this again when He talks to Martha about her brother.

John 11:22-26. But I know, that even now, whatsoever you will ask of God, God will give it you. Jesus says unto her, Your brother shall rise again. Martha says unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believe you this? (UKJV)

Lets look at the words for dead and die.

Blue letter bible website says:

Die. Apothnesko-G599

Die, be dead, be at the point of death, lie a dying, be slain, of the natural death of man, to perish by means of something.

Martha knows that Jesus can do something but isn’t sure what. She, like us mentions the last day. The day when all shall rise. She is thinking of a time in the future. The same question I have now. Jesus answers her by saying that He is the life and that her brother will be raised this very day. I don’t think like the Jews that she understands this. Jesus says, “Whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die”.  This is similar to what He said to the Jews earlier when He said see and they said taste. I believe that Jesus is saying that if we follow His commandments and believe His words we will not taste death.

I decided to have a look in the Old Testament for any mention of this. That’s when I found this.

Isaiah 65:21,22 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. (UKJV)

The days of a tree? That can be a long time. Long enjoy their works. Could this be pointing to living a long and abundant life. It could be. Then again some people will say Jesus is talking about after He returns to restore all things. Or that it’s when we go to heaven and live eternally with Him and the Father. Could it be that we are meant to live longer but are blinded by the enemy? This does require more study and I think Holy Spirit is trying to show me something. I will leave it here for you to think about.

We have seen that Jesus has overcome death and delivered us from it. Does that mean for now or the future? Does it mean that all will be saved and see Jesus when they die? These are questions that I am still asking. What I can say is Jesus has defeated death and sin. They no longer have power over us. He has the victory. What this means for us now I hope to find out.

Continues in Part 4….