Mom And Dad Are Working For The Devil

Most parents don’t know that. It’s an unconscious process. How did this come about? It was a process that spanned generations – beginning with Adam and Eve. (See last post: How The Devil Stole Your Soul)

When they sinned against God, their relationship with Him was dramatically altered. Adam and Eve subsequently lived in fear of their Creator because their disobedience cut off His connection with them. They believed the devil when he told them they could be something more than the perfection that God created in them, (suggesting there was something missing). Instead, when they acted upon Satan’s suggestion to break God’s commandment, all they got was fear, isolation, guilt and shame because they then felt unacceptable and unloved by Him.

Moreover, they passed this mindset onto their children. How do we know that? We only have to look at Cain – their firstborn child:

…Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. 1 Jn. 3:12 NKJV

So, Satan infiltrated Cain. The devil cannot plant seeds in your head if your soul has a healthy, righteous outlook on life. Cain’s head was fertile for planting. We can see that he was jealous of his brother (thinking himself less than Abel and that he must be unacceptable to God – which led to rage, and finally to murder).

Prior to Cain murdering his brother, he had a brief conversation with God, whereupon He set him straight:

‘Why are you angry? And why do you look sad and depressed and dejected? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.’ Gn. 4:6, 7. AMP

God told Cain that if he pursued living his life in His ways and purposes, acceptance was sure to follow. (We learned last time that the way God makes His love connection with us was through our obedience. God always loves us, but He cannot connect that love to us if we are mired in sinful behavior.)

Instead, Cain decided to exercise his devil-generated (but co-created) rebellion. Indeed he did find rejection. He suffered because of his rejection of God.

This spirit of rejection was then disseminated laterally across the world and longitudinally through each generation. People scurried throughout their lives, searching for acceptance, trying to find love – both of which was always available if they had only sought out their Creator. But instead of looking inward to Him, they gazed outward towards the world and its ways.

People in power created human rules that one had to follow in order to gain acceptance from other humans. The Law of God was distorted and replaced with a law of man. Mankind was Pharisaical long before the Pharisees terrorized the streets of Jerusalem…

These human laws dictated how you must be in any particular setting – family, social, workplace, or religious. It was (and still is) the supposed plumb line of acceptance. Eventually though, these laws became tweaked by so many different ‘authorities’ that they became impossible to adhere to.

Satan’s groundwork was done. The people did the rest.

The greatest irony is that the people forgot they made up these false laws and they literally kill themselves trying to achieve the perfections demanded by them. What is left is a life without love, a life without life.

Where do Mom and Dad come in?

We aren’t born with seeds of doubt or a spirit of rejection. They have to be indoctrinated in us.

We are born perfect – fearless, loving, forgiving bundles, each reflecting the essence of God, sent into this world to spread His love to others in a way that is unique to each individual. As a child, we allow our flawless spirit to express itself and we see our universe with untainted objectivity. Everything is wonderful.

And then something happens. Our parents, (and I’m talking about the ‘good ones’) who have been unconsciously shackled by their parents with the laws of man, start drumming these rules into their perfect children’s heads – molding them into an altered persona that they believe meets the demands of those laws.

You see, most parents suffer in some degree from being unlovable and not good enough. (It’s not true, it’s just a belief handed down to them.)

They do not do this to their kids maliciously. They do it because it was done to them – through generational cultivated unconsciousness. Your parents actually think that they are doing you a favor in raising you the ‘right way.’

The indoctrination begins subtly. The child doesn’t even see it coming. It begins with ‘family values,’ (based upon the opinion of others). Many families harbor some unhealthy beliefs. Parents tell their children what is good or bad, ugly or beautiful, true or false, and what has value or not – instead of letting the child create these values for themselves (or far better, to create them from God’s values).

In their hearts, children know what God values:

“I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Jer. 31:33 NKJV

But their parents continue to layer beliefs upon them that steer them to the laws of man. The children begin to sense a contradiction between the truth in their hearts versus the familial and social dictates they are called to conform to. They begin to question their own hearts…

Mom and Dad continue to parent you in ways based upon the opinion of others (perceived authorities). However, those opinions might be the opposite of what you need.

Let’s say you are afraid of the dark but your parents force you to cry your way through it, or you’re hungry but they deny you because it’s not the proper feeding time. Your parents aren’t denying your need out of hostility. They are basing their decisions upon recommendations made by people who study outcomes on averages based upon a small slice of the infant population. Mom and Dad forget that you’re unique with unique needs.

But hey, you’re just a kid at this point, without access to all this information. All you know, is that your needs aren’t being met by the two people that are the total source of your livelihood. Possibly, you will make the assessment that there must be something wrong with your needs or with you for having those needs. So thoughts of rejection rear their ugly head.

Worse, as you get a little older you become more curious – getting into things you shouldn’t. You might even drop something or do something else that displeases your parents. Perhaps they may sling the same unconscious behavior at you that was slung at them: statements such as ‘Why can’t you ever learn?’ What is the matter with you?’ You should know better!’ How could you be so stupid?’ ‘I can’t believe you’re my child!’ Etc. There’s not one word that comes out of the mouth of a parent that does not burrow its way into their child.

[There’s a difference between:

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Pr. 22:6 ESV

and

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4 ESV)]

It’s no wonder that a child gains a sense that something most be wrong with them if the people who love them the most treat them this way (albeit unconsciously).

Still, children are smart. They figure out how to get their needs met – either by acting out or by memorizing their parent’s ever-growing list of ways that they are supposed to make them be acceptable and thus, lovable. In other words, they learn to become something other than who they are.

As they understand this, they begin to suspect that who they really are is unlovable and unacceptable. They are about six years old…

We can stop this cycle by becoming aware of our own indoctrination, removing it and replacing with God’s ways – realizing that we are acceptable and lovable and pass all of that onto our children. (Stop working for the devil and start working for God.)

Until next time…
Goodnight and God bless.

How The Devil Stole Your Soul

Preamble:

Throughout time, the devil has stolen just about everyone’s soul. Whether that theft is temporary or eternal is entirely up to you.

At this point, let’s remind ourselves of how God made us to be. We are composed of three elements: a body (our earthly house, molded from the same dust as the stars – meant to serve as a temple to our Creator and to house the other two elements), a soul (our unique personality, i.e. our mind, will and emotions), and a spirit – a piece of God given to us by the Holy Spirit which animates the body and mind. The spirit also functions as our direct connection to God.

In God’s plan, our elements are supposed to live in a hierarchy. The body is to be subject to the soul, and the soul subject to the spirit.

Satan’s very successful attack strategy is to steal your soul by distorting it with lies until you no longer have faith in the original God-construct of your innate goodness, which then becomes relegated to some dark corner of your mind – oppressed by the mutation that the devil helps you create.

When your soul is doing the devil’s bidding, it listens to the desires of the flesh that run counter to your spiritual direction from God – resulting in corruption of that same flesh through sin and produces grievous oppression of your spirit (and thus the Holy Spirit as well):

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” Jn. 10:10 NKJV

For as he thinks within himself, so he is. Pr. 23:7 NASB

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin.). Eph. 4:30 AMP

As soon as the devil is successful at stealing your soul, you begin a downward death spiral…

If all this sounds foreboding, it is. It’s a real possible outcome for each and every one of us. That’s why I’m committed to helping all people climb out of the pit that Satan is trying to get them to dig to bury themselves in.

The devil spins a most complex and multi-layered web in order to capture your soul. Once he has, he effectively puts you on autopilot, only popping up once in a while to keep your course steady – gleefully watching you sabotage your life. And he will teach you how to send your children to him as well.

Our adversary takes his agenda most seriously. Satan lives to hurt God. The only way he can do that is to steal His children from Him by blocking their way to His eternal home.

God could easily thwart Satan’s machinations but the devil counts on using God’s gift of free will to His children against Him. He teaches the soul to rebel

If all of this appears a little vague, it is because we are only barely skimming the surface of this life and death predicament. But, I guarantee that if you will stick with me and commit to literally saving your life and the lives of others, it will become crystal clear.

All you need is endurance. You can do it. The devil is betting that you can’t. He’s wrong. But his thievery is fraught with a darkness that can rob you of your love, peace, and joy. He plants a ‘Devil Disease’ in your mind and then it begins to rot.

We will be taking an in-depth journey as we uncover every mental nook and cranny where his nastiness abides. Descriptions will be bleak and it will appear hopeless; but as we clearly and completely undercover all of Satan’s strategies, we’ll know how and where we are infected and how to seek God to help be rid of him. But first, you have to become aware that you have a problem in the first place.

I promise you that when we get over that hump and delve into the solution, it will be vastly uplifting and life changing.

The Devil Puts His Plan In Action:

We were created for a victorious life; and that victory is gained and maintained on a spiritual battlefield. The first battle took place in the Garden of Eden.

The moment Adam was created He knew the love of God – living in complete harmony with his Creator; and he saw the world through his Father’s eyes. God gave him the Garden to care for and saw to his every need. He only gave Adam one rule to follow: not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told Adam that if he did, death would ensue. (Gn. 2:16, 17.)

Why this rule? Well, for one thing, it was true. Adam was immortal. If ate the fruit, he would become mortal, which of course inevitably leads to physical death. But I believe the primary reason for this rule was so Adam could exercise his free will to obey God. That’s important because God sees and receives our love for Him only through our obedience:

“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” Jn. 14:23, 24. NKJV

God improved on Adam’s lot by fashioning a wife for him. Unfortunately, Satan entered the scene and beguiled Eve with his clever lies. We are privy to his wiles as he questions Eve about God’s ‘one rule’ (previously related to her by Adam):

“Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?’ “ Gn. 3:1 ESV

Here he is trying to both confuse Eve and sow seeds of doubt into her with regards to her understanding of the accuracy of what she heard. The devil deliberately misquotes God – saying that God said she couldn’t eat from any tree in the garden instead of only the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But Eve responds by speaking God’s words correctly. (Gn. 3:2, 3.)

The devil retorts:

“You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God.” Gn. 3:4, 5. ESV

Thus, we begin to see the character of the devil for what it is and who he is. We see that he is a liar – telling Eve she will not die, when in fact she and Adam do. So Satan is an accomplice to their deaths, and Jesus attests to this when He describes the devil’s essence:

“He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Jn. 8:44 ESV

In fact, the devil is also calling God a liar; and if God lied about this, what else does He lie about?

If Satan contradicts God, that must mean he stands against love. […God is love. (1 Jn. 4:8 NKJV)] Moreover, look at how he tells Eve that she will be like God; i.e. she will be something she is not – implying that she was missing something. It obviously worked because she went for the fruit and gave some to Adam. (Gn. 3:6)

The change was instantaneous – their minds now filled with fear as they could see the destruction created by their decision, producing guilt, shame, and (what they perceived as) unacceptable nakedness. Their first sin was one of self-rejection because they willingly accepted the lie that there was something lacking in the way they were created (thinking they needed to be fixed), losing faith in the perfect truth of their Creator.

They also succumbed to pride – wanting to become more when in fact they became less. Death was both physical and spiritual because our holy God could not connect with their sin.

Lastly, they were now afraid of God – frightened that He would reject them. This was a new spiritual suggestion from the devil because fear and rejection are not part of God’s make-up.

This is the beginning of human suffering by their thoughts – through self-judgment.

***Man’s relationship with God shifted from one of love to another based upon fear because of their disobedience and subsequent shame stemming from their assumption that they are now unacceptable because they believe that they are less than what God intended.***

People are afraid that God doesn’t love or accept them, so they act contrary to His word, hoping to bring some temporary satisfaction to their flesh to assuage the pain they feel in their spirit. When the post-transgression shame kicks in, they try to hide from God through addictions or obsessions and lose the ability to hear Him at all.

This folks, is the devil’s masterpiece – the seed of doubt in your soul that tells you that you’re ‘unlovable’ and / or ‘not good enough.’ And this is where all your troubles come from…

Stay tuned.
Goodnight and God bless.

What Does God Say About Your Life? – Part 5

This is the last of this 5-part series, which consists of a condensed recap of 50 posts from June 28, 2014 to June 6, 2015 – created for those who have not been present for them all. Admittedly, this series is stark compared to the original posts with the enriching deep discussions of the individual scriptures. I highly recommend that those who have not enjoyed this past year of why God, who God is, who Jesus is, what God wants from us and how Christ takes our efforts to fulfill them and covers us with His salvation so that we are positioned for eternity, go back and do so. You will surely be blessed…

Now that we know all of this and are doing our best to walk our godly walk, what’s next?

First we can take a deep breath and remember to sit back and bask in the grace of the Father and the Son from which the gift of our salvation pours forth. (Ps. 84:11; Rm. 3:23 – 25, 5:21 & 6:14; 2 Cor. 8:9 & 12:9; Eph. 2:8, 9; Ti. 2:11& 3:4 – 7; Heb. 2:9.)

And having been empowered by this grace that gifts us in the Holy Spirit to advance the kingdom of God, we are called to do just that – spread the grace. (Rm. 12:6; 2 Cor. 4:15; Eph. 4:7 & 1 Pt. 4:10.)

Now that you are connected to God, He wants to keep a running conversation with you. How do you do that? You pray, just as Jesus prayed and in the way that He taught us to. (Mt. 5:6 – 8 & 6:9 – 13; Lk. 6:12; 1 Th. 5:17, 18.) As we pray, we must take care to make sure our prayers (and ourselves) align with God’s word if they are to be answered. (Ps. 4:3; Pr. 15:29; Mk. 11:25; Jm. 4:3)

If you see anyone who needs prayer, as a follower of Christ you must not withhold it, regardless of your personal feelings about that person (drop the judgment). (Mt. 5:44)

If you feel you need to pray with greater fervor, you can call upon the Holy Spirit. (Rm. 8:26)

And, as with anything concerning God, your prayers must be laced with faith. (Heb. 11:6)

Now that we’re walking and talking with God, everything we do must be packaged in love. (Pr. 17:17; Jn. 13:34 – 35; 1 Cor. 13:1 – 3 & 16:14; Col. 3:12 – 14; Phil. 2:2 – 4; 1 Jn. 4:21.)

We know what love is because all we have to do is look to our God. He is love. Furthermore, He describes it to us. (1 Cor. 13:4 – 8; 1 Jn. 3:1, 4:16 & 19.)

God wants your love. How do you show it to Him? By walking in His word (Dt. 7:9; Mt. 22:37 – 40; Jn. 14:21 & 23.) and by loving His Son. (Jn. 16:27)

When you love God, heaven opens up and surrounds you. (Ps. 91:14 – 16 & 145:20; Eph. 2:4, 5.) And nothing can take that love away. (Rm. 8:38, 39.)

Like I said, God loves you. How much? First, He created you in His image. (Gn. 1:27; Ps. 119:73.) He fashioned every day of your life in advance. (Ps. 139:13 – 16.) He stays close to you. (Acts 17:27, 28.) And He holds you dear to Him. (Mt. 10:30; Jn. 3:16; Rm. 8:29; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Th. 2:13 & 19; 1 Jn. 3:1.)

Because of all that, He takes care of you. (Is. 54:17; 1 Cor. 1:9 & 6:11; 2 Cor. 5:17, 18; Eph. 1:7 – 9 & 2:19; Phil. 1:6 & 3:20, 21.)

Why does God do all these things? It’s because He is preparing you (and rolling out the welcome wagon) for your heavenly arrival. (Pr. 23:18; Dn. 2:44; 1 Cor. 7:31; Jn. 14:2, 3.)

Our part is to stay aligned in His will (Mt. 24:36, 44; Lk. 21:34, 35; Jn. 8:51; 1 Jn. 2:17) so that our entrance is guaranteed. (Mal. 3:17; Rm. 5:9 & 6:22, 23.)

How awesome will our ‘forever’ be? (Is. 25:6 – 9, 34:5, 11, 12, 16 & 35:6, 8 -10; Zeph. 3:9, 15, 17; Mic. 4:3, 4; Mt. 8:11; Rm. 6:5; 1 Cor. 15:42 – 44, 49 & 53; Rv. 7:16, 17.)

All God asks of you to do is to tell as many people as you can about Him, His Son, His Salvation and His heavenly hope. (Ps. 145:4, 6, 7 & 11 – 13; Mt. 10:27 & 28:18 – 20; Mk. 16:15; Jn. 20:21; 2 Cor. 5:19, 20; 1 Tim. 4:2, 5; Jm. 2:1; 1 Pt. 3:15.)

When we willingly do that, God will Himself facilitate our effectiveness, and nothing will get in the way of our delivery. (Mt. 10:19, 20.) We do that because we know we are helping save lives. (Rm. 1:16 & Col. 1:28.)

I pray that this series has reinforced those who have been faithfully following our journey this last year and has inspired those who haven’t to peruse those earlier posts. There’s a lot of God waiting for you…

I hope to have the pleasure of your company next week as we embark upon a new journey guaranteed to open up your eyes to the obtuse chicaneries of our enemy, help you find out who you really are, free you from how you are keeping happiness at bay, and help others do the same. It will truly be a lifesaver.
Goodnight and God bless.

What Does God Say About Your Life? – Part 4

A portion of what we looked at in part 3 of this recap of the last 11 months’ worth of posts about how to live a godly life, concerned itself against one of the major roadblocks to your spiritual path – the devil.

Today, we’ll concern ourselves solely with our major ally on that same path, our Lord Jesus Christ – the Centerpiece of the entire Bible. The entire Bible revolves around the promise of His coming, His arrival and completed ministry, His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension to His Father, and of His return to shepherd God’s children to their eternal home.

Only the Bible can tell us accurately everything there is to know about Jesus (with the exception of possible future Holy Spirit revelation), and it does so through the mouths of the Old Testament prophets, Jesus Himself and the New Testament apostles.

Beginning with the prophets, we find that Jesus was with God (in His true Spiritual being-ness) at the time that the universe was created. In fact, Christ was God’s agent of creation for the universe and everything that inhabits it. The apostles corroborated this as well. (Gn. 1:26; Jn. 1:2, 3; 1 Cor. 15:59; Col. 1:15; Rv. 3:14.)

The prophets referred to Jesus as the ‘Messiah’ in a plethora of prophecies before they actually knew what His name would be. In those God-inspired predictions we learn that the Messiah and His followers would be engaged in a struggle against evil (Satan and his followers) until the end of time. Thankfully, we also know that the Messiah’s side is ultimately victorious. (Gn. 3:15)

We learn the He will come to earth and in His earthly incarnation will be a Jew from the lineage of King David and reign over the earth forever. (Job 19:25; Dt. 18:18; 2 Sam. 7:13, 14; Ps. 2:6 – 8 & 72:6 – 8.)

Mind you these prophecies were spoken over a thousand years before the birth of Christ. If we leap ahead to 700 years before Jesus arrives, we hear prophecies of His virgin birth, His forever and peaceful reign over all peoples and how He is the exact likeness (image) of God with all His attributes. [Is. 7:14, 9:2, 6 & 7, 11:1-5 & 10, 49:5, 6; Dan. 7:13, 14; (see also apostolic corroborations: Jn. 1:1; Col. 1:15 & 5:16 – 20; Heb. 1:3.)]

In this same time frame, God sent prophecies regarding the horrific treatment Jesus would receive when He was on earth; and yet, He would purposefully step up and give His life for the salvation of all mankind. (Is. 50:6 – 8 & 53:1 -7.)

We also learn the birthplace (Bethlehem) of Jesus (Mic. 5:2), and at 500 years before His birth, we see that this Messiah-King would enter Jerusalem on a donkey and His sacrifice would cleanse the people of their sins. (Zec. 9:9, 12:10 & 13:1.)

Through the apostles, we learn of the events that led up to and surrounded the birth of Jesus – the actual virgin birth of Mary, the name Jesus divinely given to the baby Messiah, the angelic declaration of who Christ is, and how the Holy Spirit strengthened the Child with the wisdom of God. (Jn. 1:14, 16 & 18; Lk. 1:30 – 33, 35 & 2:10, 11, 29 – 32 & 40; Mt. 1:20, 21.)

Jesus Himself had much to say about who He was and of His mission. When He was baptized, (even though He was sinless) Jesus told John the Baptist the baptism was necessary in order for His ministry to begin (for His indwelling of the Holy Spirit). And when it took place, both John and God Himself declared the identity of Christ. (Jn. 1:29, 30 & 34; Mt. 3:15, 16.)

Early in His ministry, Jesus told Nicodemus how He came from heaven and of His imminent death to pave the way for eternal life for God’s children. (Jn. 3:13 – 16 & 18.) He also revealed Himself to be the Messiah to a Samaritan woman during His first journey to Galilee. (Jn. 4:26)

Once in Galilee, Jesus enters the synagogue in Nazareth and elucidates the nature of His ministry as He professes that He is the fulfillment of the prophet Isaiah’s messianic prophecy:

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery to the sight of the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD…Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Lk. 4:18, 19 & 21. NKJV

And Jesus turned no one away who sought Him out, regardless of their past. (Mt. 9:12, 13.) His preaching brought the ire of the priests in power because He exposed them for the hypocritical, self-seeking, lying charlatans that they were. They were especially riled up when He declared His divine relationship with His Father and that He was the only open door to salvation. (Jn. 5:19-24 & 28, 29.)

Jesus also taught His apostles and an accompanying crowd at the Sermon on the Mount that His professions were an evolvement of the Mosaic Law but by no means did they do away with it. Mt. 5:17) As He continued His travels, Jesus preached about His God-given authority, the unique connection He and He only has with God, and then He humbly invited those present (and all of us) to be a part of that connection through Him. (Mt. 11:27 – 30.)

After Jesus performed many miracles, He sent His apostles out to evangelize – stressing that the message be strong and clear, and to make sure that their hearers learn that there is no middle road. We must be ready to drop everything and follow Him, tell others about Him, and step away from any worldly possessions or endeavors that distract us from that. (Mt. 10:32 – 36 & 40.)

Why? It’s because only Jesus and His message contains the way to life now and eternally. (Jn. 6:27, 31 – 33, 47*, 51 & 53; Lk. 9:23.)

*”Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.” Jn. 6:47 NKJV

In the fall of 29 A.D., Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles. He entered the Temple, whereupon He taught that He was the righteous representative sent from God as the embodiment of Jehovah’s salvation promise. (Jn. 7:18, 29, 37, 38; 8:12.)

But when Jesus declared Himself the Son of God and that His nature was similarly eternal, the priests and Pharisees in the Temple blew their tops. (Jn. 8:19, 28, 29 & 58.) Yet that did not deter Christ from pressing His gospel home:

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jn. 8;31, 32. NKJV

“Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.” Jn.8:51 NKJV

(Also: Jn. 10:7 -11 & 16 -18, 25, 26.)

After Jesus taught in the Temple for the last time, He gathered His apostles and assured them (us) that He was coming back (second coming) with His angels to gather everyone who had ever lived: those who were His followers to their heavenly destination and those who were not to their condemnation with the devil. (Mt. 25:31 – 34 & 41; Jn. 15:1, 2 & 4 – 6.)

Jesus said He was preparing a place in heaven for God’s children. In the meantime, we were to rest in His peace, knowing that now He was ruling the world. (Jn. 14:1 – 3 & 16:33.)

And with that, our Savior willingly gave His life so that we could keep ours forever…

After Jesus’ ascension to heaven, the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and filled them with complete understanding of everything that Jesus had revealed to them as well as the Old Testament scriptures, and He permeated them with the revelations of everything Christ had yet to teach them – including the grandeur of His nature.

The apostles then began to preach. They reiterated the veracity of the cleansing of one’s sins through faith in Jesus. (Acts 10:36, 42, 43 & 13:38, 39; Rom. 3:22 – 26 & 8:1, 2, 38, 39 & 10:9, 10; Gal. 1:6, 7; 1 Th. 5:9, 10.)

They reassured us of Christ’s second coming. (1 Cor. 15:22 – 26; 1 Th. 4:16 – 17.)

And they revealed the immeasurable grandeur of His person: He is the exact image of God and shares all His attributes and power (Heb. 1:3, 4.), He is our High Priest and our intercessor to His Father (Heb. 2:9,10 & 7:25; Phil. 4:4 – 7; 1 Tim. 2:5, 6.), He has conquered the devil on our behalf (Heb. 2:14), His name is exalted above all names (Phil. 2:9 – 11.), He is the head of the church (Col. 1:18 – 20.), He watches over us and empowers us (1 Jn. 5:4, 5, 11, 12 & 18.), and He places all God’s children in their victorious heavenly state (Rv. 1:17, 18 & 2:7, 10, 11, 17, 26, 28, & 3:5, 12, 21 & 22:12, 13, 20.)

That is your ally on your road to salvation and your gateway thereof. Praise God for Jesus Christ!

 

Goodnight and God Bless.