Hebrews 11- living by faith, does ANYTHING makes SENSE??

Please refer to Hebrews 11.

You know how sometimes, when the Holy Spirit inspires you, speaks to you or leads you to do something that doesnt’ make sense??
I was reading Hebrews 11 this morning, and was suprise to find that ‘living by faith’ is the very opposite of ‘living by common sense/judgement’.
If we are listening to the Holy Spirit, prompted by Him and resting in His guiding, then our lives ‘won’t make sense’.

V6. “and without faith it is Impossible to please Him, for whoever draw near to God must believe that He Exists and that He Rewards those who seek Him.”

Just some examples
(v.7) what makes sense about Noah building an ark to save his family from a huge flood?? no one has ever seen any rain before in the history of mankind, no one has ever built a boat before and no one has ever seen a flood. God tells him to build an ark because the world is going to be drown- Noah had to trust in God Who saw the bigger picture and live by faith.

(V.8-11) What made sense about Abram going to a place he’s never been to before?? Abram was an unbeliever, worshipping false gods, then all of a sudden God Almighty appears to him for the First Time and speaks to him to leave his family and goto a place where he doesn’t know where he is going?? i dont’ even know You O God, and you just suddenly appear to me, not to my family, but only me, and tell me get going to somewhere you will show me?? (and these guys didnt’ have GPS, google maps, cell phones) and God tells him “I will bless you and you will be a blessing to all nations through your offspriing”. Sarah was pretty old, what makes sense about that? but God is able to do exceeding more abundantly than all we ask or imagine

(V.17-19) What made sense about sacrificing Abraham’s only son Isaac whom God promised to through Isaac your offspring will outnumber the number of sands on the seashore??? God told Abraham in Genesis 22 to sacrifice your only son Isaac!! but God didint give Abraham, Isaac the promised son, how can you kill him now?? God tests Abraham to bring about a prophetic picture of New Testament of Jesus, the Only Son of God being sacrificed on our behalve for our sins, and Abrahams was obedient to His Voice, and God blessed him. Abraham didint’ make sense of it all but just trusted in the Invisible One. He knew His Voice.

These people of faith pursued after the Voice of God, they lived for Him even when it didint’ make sense. They didnt’ live for ‘a church programs/ideas’, they lived for God. They didnt’ put God in a box(imagine a size of shoebox)- but God is outside of that box!

Colossians 2:19
“and not holding fast to the Head, from Whom the whole body, nourished and knit togather through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.”

They held fast to the Head, then the body became joined togather. God comes first then others
Live for God and He Will build His Church (called out ones)- unless the Lord builds the House, those who build it labour in vain Ps 127, all we called to do is “Seek His Kingdom” and He will do the Rest. Let Him build His Church, His Way the Way He wants to do it.
Let us be joined to Him, He must come First not us or any other man.

Bless you

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Messiah in the Passover- Exodus 12

P.S PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR JEWISH FRIENDS YOU KNOW!!!

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What does it mean “to be under the Blood of Jesus?” Or to be “Covered by the blood of Jesus?”

Dear friends, we will never be able fully comprehend what it means to be covered/under the Blood of Jesus the Messiah until we understand the story of the Passover in Exodus 12.

This is a prophetic picture of what Jesus would be for us in the New Covenant.

There are symbolism and shadows of the Messiah we can discover in the Passover feasts that the Jewish people practice to this day- it’s incredible!! have a look at the video, it’s 45mins long altogather.

Please read Exodus 12:1-30 before you watch the video

Exodus 12:15 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, so that when I see the blood I will pass over you, and this plague will not fall on you to destroy you when I attack the land of Egypt.

God told the Israelites and Egyptians, for each family they must kill a spotless lamb and apply the blood on the doorposts of their houses. When God sees the blood of an innocent lamb, His Righteous/just wrath/plaque judgment would passover them.

Jesus is our Passover Lamb. When God sees the Blood of His Son applied on the door posts of our lives- we’re His house, His blood is sprinkled on us, His righteous, just wrath/judgment will passover us Forever- He will never be angry with us again or rebuke us again(Isaiah 54); He blots out all our transgressions(Isaiah 43) and remembers them no more (Hebrews 10), therefore He can no longer Condemn us (Romans 8:1)- no more condemnation, no more guilt, no more shame, no more victim mentality of low self-esteem.

Full Cleansing!!!

He sees the Blood of His Perfect Son, we are now under His blood – clothed in His Righeousness, when He sees the Blood, we are fully accepted, loved in His Sight adopted as His Sons and Daughters and He laughs! smiles and rejoices over us with Singing!!!

That’s what it means to be under the Blood of the Son of God for those who have trusted-

His Judgment has already passed over us for all eternity (even on the Day of Judgment, you won’t have to stand before God on whether you will goto Heaven or the Lake of Fire, that has already been settled the moment you became born-again) and His Favor/Grace has Stopped over and is hovering over us forever in all eternity!!!

His wrath(righteous indignant anger of The Infinite Just God) has passed over you because His Justice has been satiasfied with the substitionary death of the Spotless Sinless Jesus and His Favor/Grace/Love has stopped over and poured/lavished over you because He has raised Christ from the dead and been satiasfied with the Righteousness(Perfect obedience of Jesus).

The Blood of Jesus will never run out of its power. It has unending life and it continuously washes over us- we can now approach the Throne of Grace with freedom and confidence and stand in His Presence 24/7 and never be cutoff from Him.

If you have applied the Blood of Jesus over your life, then you are Eternally secured in the arms of Your Heavenly Father and the Heavens will always stand open above you – the Heavens are shining and all the heavenly hosts cannot resists but join in unision and praise the Blood of Jesus!!!

I took these videos last night at a local baptist church where Messianic Jewish bible scholar Dr. Arnold from Ariel ministries spoke.

Part 1: 22mins

Part 2: 22mins

Revelation 12:11 But they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die

May  you overcome by the Blood of Jesus the Lamb of God!!!

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Doctrine of Justification, Part 1

Check out this awesome, very clear teaching on Justification by Faith by Ariel Ministries, Highly recommended:

Audios for download:

http://www.arielm.org/dcs/mbs105/dcs_podcast.php

Pdf for reading:

http://www.arielm.org/dcs/pdf/mbs105m.pdf

Q&A:

http://www.arielm.org/qbq/105.html

Please have a listen!!! be blessed!!!

The Whole Counsel of God, Michael Eaton

http://www.cornerstonechurch.co.za/Resources/Downloads/MichaelEatonTheWholeCounselofGod/tabid/376/Default.aspx

Wow this is great!
It is 25 sessions, 25 hrs+ of solid bible overview summary of the Christian Faith on the ‘Whole Counsel of God”!!

I’ve never heard anything like it!

Covering many topics about eveything such as God’s great plan, evangelism, preaching, how to interpret Scripture with a clear conscience, how to study the bible, expository preaching, Predestination, Church history, the Trinity, Grace, Repentance, Word, Spirit, revival etc…, it’s like a free bible college lesson!

Michael eaton from Westminister Chapel, was trained under Martin Lloyd Jones, RT Kendal, a forefront gifted bible teacher and author in the world today and I heard that he reads the bible in Greek and Hebrew everyday.
I’ve listen just to the first 2 sessions and I’m totally blown away by seeing the bigger picture of it all like I’ve never heard it before!!!

When did Jesus forgive us all our sins? Part 1

UPdated: 23rd Feb 09

“Oh that the world would know and see, that the church would see…

“behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” John 1:29

Quoting Wayne Duncan, from Grace Revolution forum

Thanks that’s the revelation I just got now. This truth will change my life- I know it.

When did Jesus forgive us all our sins- past present and future? When did He die?

When you believed in Him, or before you even had the chance to believe in Him, that’s about 2000 years ago?

Before we believed, our sins have been forgiven through His One Sacrifice at One point in history.

That’s the Gospel we preach to the lost- Jesus has already forgiven you!
*You don’t have to ask Him to forgive you for your sins to be forgiven
*You don’t have to confess your sins for Him to forgive you
Most ‘sinner’s prayer’ goes like this… “O Lord forgive me of my sins have mercy on me a sinner…I confess my sins so that you can forgive me”

THAT’S ACTUALLY WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You don’t have to earn your forgiveness, work for your forgiveness, pray to get your forgiveness, confess your sins to get forgiveness, fast to get your forgiveness, read the bible to get your forgiveness, obey the commandments to get your forgiveness (that’s Old Covenant Practice)- ALL your past present and future sins have already been forgiven!!!

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All you have to do is understand-change your mind-believe in Jesus, and you will be born-again!

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Instead the sinner should say, “Thankyou Jesus for your mercy(not giving me judgement) and grace (giving me forgiveness), You have already forgiven me of my sins! I repent of my unbelief, All I have to do is BELIEVE!!!”

How can a Christian loose their salvation?
if their sins had already been dealt with and forgiven at the crucifixtion before they believed, now that they have believed and received their forgiveness- how can God all of a sudden recall their sins for which He already forgave them before they got saved?

How can God punish the same sins twice?

That’s the difference between the Old Covenant and New Covenant. In the Old Covenant you had to forgive others in order to get forgiveness from God, but since Jesus died on the cross, now in the New Covenant, you can forgive others freely because Christ Forgave you at the Cross!!

That teaching that says, ” now that you are saved, there is a possiblity that you can loose your salvation- you are saved by keeping the law, and if you don’t get to confess your sins before you die, you could goto hell”

IS NOT WHAT JESUS DIED FOR!!!
That is not the Gospel! It’s no gospel at all! !!! It’s not the good news about the forgiveness of sins which we are called to preach to all nations!

JESUS DIED FOR E-T-E-R-N-A-L REDEMPTION!!!

Christians don’t have to confess their sins to be forgiven, they are already forgiven! please have a listen to Rob’s teaching on ‘Do Christians have to confess their sins to God?” 08/06/08 for deep expository on 1 John 1:9, on http://www.citychurchinternational.net/2008.html

(1John 1:9 was written in the context of Gnosticisim- written to people who didn’t believe in the existence of sin, they didn’t believe you could sin and they were bringing that heresy to the church. So John was writing to them to tell them to acknowledge that they’ve sinned so they could get saved. That Scripture was addressed to unblievers and believers who were confused by Gnosticism)

Eternal life is ‘ETERNAL life’ because all our FUTURE sins have been forgiven!!! NOT JUST PAST OR PRESENT SINS FORGIVEN! otherwise the moment we become born-again we would loose our salvation right away because I have moved from the present to the future and there are unintentional sins, sins of ommisions, sins of no knowledge that I do not even know about.

Luke 24:47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

2 Cor 5:19 In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and he has given us the message of reconciliation.

Through the Cross God was not counting people’s sins against them- that means He has already forgiven them!!!

John 19:30 When he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is COMPLETED/FINISHED!” 2 Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Scriptures taken from net.bible.org

As my pastor’s wife said once,
“What part of ‘Completed/finished’ don’t you understand!”
Let the grace revolution hit the evangelism arena!
Thankyou!!!

Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people, It trains us 1 to reject godless ways 2 and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

This truth will actually change your heart to love God more than ever before and express that through obedience.

Check out this posts as well on Voice of Grace:

is our sin gone or will it only be completely removed at the return of Jesus?

Eternal Security Part 1: Our Salvation

Last updated: 07/06/08

The bible declares that we have been saved, delivered from the penalty of sin, living under the law (Rom 6:15; Gal 3:23-25), and granted eternal/everlasting life (John 10:28), once and for all at the Cross of Jesus 2000 years ago. Jesus already forgave us all our sins even before we believed in Him (2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; Eph 1:7) . He is so merciful, kind and gracious that he didn’t wait for us to turn to Him first but He reached down to us first (1 John 4:19) . The Holy Spirit is here to convict the world of only one ‘sin’- singular, that is the sin of unbelief. He is here to help us to believe in Jesus. (John 16:7-11)

Actually, in the New Covenant, the only sin that will send people to eternal damnation in the lake of fire is the sin of unbelief (Mark 16:16; John 3:18).

It’s not the Holy Spirit’s job to convict people of ‘sins’, the law is already doing that whenever a unbeliever sins, his/her conscience accuses them because the requirements of the law have already been written on their heart (Roms 3:19-20). Every human being who is not born-again has been living under the supervision of the law from the day they were born (Galatians 3:23-25). So the law is to lead us to Christ and the Holy Spirit is here to show us how wonderful Jesus is and that He has already paid for the penalty of all our sins for breaking the law so that we wouldn’t have to be punished and undergo eternal separation from our Loving Father; the Holy Spirit is here to show us all we need to do is to believe in Jesus and so that we will no longer be under supervision the law of sin and death but enter into the supervision of Grace-God’s unmerited favor, into life everlasting, eternally secured in Christ Jesus, namely Salvation/Deliverance.

In the New Testament, the Good News of Jesus Christ went to the Jews first. But because God’s own people rejected the Gospel, salvation or the Gospel has gone to the Gentiles- all the other countries of the world who are not Jewish, until the Jews to start to believe in Jesus. (Romans 11:11,25-26)

However, the Word of God declares that ‘all the promises of God are Yes and Amen in Christ Jesus.’

2Corinthians 1:20.

For every one of God’s promises are “Yes” in him; therefore also through him the “Amen” is spoken, to the glory we give to God.

All the promises God gave to Israel, we now can share in through faith in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 3:6

namely, that through the gospel 1 the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members 2 of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus.

Salvation in the Hebrew

y@shuw`ah <03444>

means, “Deliverance, saved, welfare, prosperity, victory, health.”

It is actually a word that relates to ‘Yeshua’, in other words ‘Jesus’. The Name Jesus was hidden in the Old Testament in the word ‘salvation/deliverance’. It’s very obvious that the name Jesus= Yeshua, is hidden in this hebrew.

Matt 1:21 She will give birth to a son and you will name him 17 Jesus, 18 because he will save his people from their sins.”

Iesous <2424>

Definition: Jesus = “Jehovah is salvation”

The Salvation prophesied in the Old Testament was fullfilled in Jesus. Salvation is not an event that takes place one time in history; but Salvation is in A Person, Jesus Who has an never ending life.

“Salvation is Incomparably Great because it is Eternal in its duration.”

1) Salvation/Deliverance is ONCE and FOR ALL.

Isaiah 45:17 Israel will be delivered ONCE and FOR ALL by the Lord; 46 you will never again be ashamed or humiliated

ONCE and FOR ALL in Hebrew is:

`owlam <05769>

Definition:

1) long duration, antiquity, futurity, for ever, ever, everlasting,
evermore, perpetual, old, ancient, world
1a) ancient time, long time (of past)
1b) (of future)
1b1) for ever, always
1b2) continuous existence, perpetual
1b3) everlasting, indefinite or unending future, eternity

2) Salvation/Deliverance is PERMANENT and WILL NOT DISAPPEAR.

Isaiah 51:6 Look up at the sky!

Look at the earth below!

For the sky will dissipate likesmoke,

and the earth will wear out like clothes;

its residents will die like gnats.

But the deliverance I give is permanent;

the vindication I providewill not disappear.

Permanent is the same Hebrew word again:

`owlam <05769>

3) Christ/Messiah is the SOURCE of Eternal Salvation/deliverance

Hebrews 5:9 And by being perfected in this way, he became the source of ETERNAL salvation to all who obey him,

Eternal is:

aionios <166>

Definition:

1) without beginning and end, that which always has been and
always will be
2) without end, never to cease, everlasting

If He is the Source of eternal salvation, then in Him we will find eternal salvation!

4) Messiah SECURED ETERNAL Redemption for us.

Hebrews 9:12 and he entered once for all into the most holy place not by the blood of goats and calves but by his own blood, and so he himself secured 16 eternal redemption.

5) Salvation through ONE SACRIFICE has made us Perfect FOREVER.

Hebrews 10:14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

5) Jesus and the Father imparts ETERNAL SECURITY to all He saves.

John 10:28-29
I give them eternal life, and they will NEVER perish; no one will snatch 69 them from my hand. 10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, 70 and no one can snatch 71 them from my Father’s hand. 10:30 The Father and I 72 are one.”

NEVER is:

ou me <3364>

Definition:1) never, certainly not, not at all, by no means

6) Jesus saves us COMPLETELY, PERFECTLY, UTTERLY

Hebrews 7:23-25

And the others 30 who became priests were numerous, because death prevented them 31 from continuing in office, 32 7:24 but he holds his priesthood permanently since he lives forever. 7:25 So he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

‘Completely’ in the Greek:

panteles <3838>

pantelhv panteles

Pronunciation: pan-tel-ace’

Definition:

1) all complete, perfect
2) completely, perfectly, utterly

7) We are eternally secured because we have CONFIDENT EXPECTATION.

Titus 3:7 And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life.

These Scriptures, they tell us that our Salvation has been Eternally Secured!