Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Jesus And Adam

Adam was a man created from the dust of the earth and given life. 

Jesus was a man born from above bringing life with Him. 

Adam received the breath of life from God. 

Jesus is God bringing the breath of life to all men. 

Adam returned to the dust of the earth. 

Jesus returned to the throne of God. 

It is better to follow Jesus than any man of dust. 

Different Loves - John 3:16

John 3:16 ESV 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

God loves all mankind, but not in the same way. 

Agape love is the love God has for the world and applies in the collective sense. This love provides for the salvation of everyone. However, it does not provide salvation for everyone. Salvation is given to those who believe. 

Remember God loved us while we unlovely and sinners. He loves all mankind in that way. He wishes no one to die. This is agape love. He has provided the way for everyone to live through the sacrifice of His Son, but not everyone will choose that life. 

Scripture tells us not to love the world because we are no longer of the world. Instead we are to love the Lord. We love Him by loving our brothers and sisters who have become the children of God. In this way, we have entered the house of the Lord which is the body of Christ. 

We have come out of the world in a spiritual sense for now. The day will come when we will come out of the world in the totality of who we are. That is the day when we will be revealed. 

John 14:21

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

Intimate love between God and the individual is reserved for those that love the Lord, which is demonstrated for those who believe by keeping His commandments. This is the ultimate fruit of God's love for us and the fruit God seeks from the planting of His seed. 

God was made manifest to the world in man Christ Jesus. God now manifests Himself to each believer. This is the abiding love that is only possible when two abide, who have become one. This love is given to those who choose the narrow path to God's heart. That heart beats in the flesh of the children of God. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Temple - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV 

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Where is the temple of the living God? It is in the flesh of one who has become a living spirit in the life of God. This is the temple Jesus would rebuild in three days. 

Glorify God in your body because His glory has entered your body. You have become holy, for He is Holy. You have agreed to walk together. This is the abiding as one. 

Collectively we make up the temple of God. In the New Jerusalem there is no temple because the Father and Son are the temple. We are in that temple and minister as a royal priesthood. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Election

What is different about the election in the Old Testament versus the New Testament?

In the Old, God chose who He would. In the New, He accepts anyone who would choose Him. In both cases He elects to do this. 

Contentment - 1 Timothy 6:6-7

1 Timothy 6:6-7 ESV 

But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.

A key to contentment is in giving thanks to the Lord for any and all circumstances, for any and all things, and for life that leads to life. 

Focus not on the things you've gained and lost here on earth, but the riches that are yours in heaven. 

Man is as grass here on earth. We spring up from the ground and take on the greening of life, flower for a moment, then fade away and are no more. 

A different fate awaits the one who has found God, for God is life and life everlasting. While the flesh must wither and die, the spirit will not. We discard this flesh to receive an immortal flesh appropriate for the everlasting life which is ours. 

Do not despair for that which is passing, but celebrate with joyful expectation for what is coming next. We have been given life that we might find life. The life we have found will never end. 

You have been chosen by the Creator of all things to enter His life and to be with Him, because you believe Him. All things are yours and every blessing of heaven is yours in Christ. 

The Lord knows what you need and He will give it to you. It is yours already. This is His promise and word, which are the same thing. 

You became a child of God, you are a child of God, and you will always be a child of God. 

Thanks be to God. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Walked With God - Genesis 5:24

Genesis 5:24 ESV

Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.

This verse captures the meaning and purpose of the gospel, of the reason for Christ coming to us. He walked with us that we might walk with Him. If we walk with Him, God will take us to where He is. 

We will leave the world and disappear to natural eyes only to appear in the supernatural presence of God. Our eyes have been opened to the reality of this promise and it is with great expectation that we await its fulfillment. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Fruit - John 15:4-5

John 15:4-5 ESV 

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

The fruit sought by the Lord in the life man is the fruit of the Spirit which comes to dwell in man. We can do nothing apart from the Spirit. We can do all things with the presence of the Holy Spirit. 

Man is known by his fruit. God is known by His Spirit. Let the light shine forth.