Are you fully rested in Christ?

Are you fully rested in Christ?

WHEN GOD FINISHED HIS WORK OF CREATION, HE RESTED AND WAS REFRESHED. (Exo. 31:17b) “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’”

SIMILARLY, IF YOU ENTER GOD’S REST, YOU ALSO REST FROM YOUR OWN WORK JUST AS GOD DID FROM HIS AND BE REFRESHED.
(Heb 4:10) “For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.”

WE ARE ADMONISHED TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ENTER GOD’S REST AND STAY RESTED IN CHRIST AND HIS GRACE.
(Heb 4:11) “let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.”

WHEN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST WAS HERE ON EARTH, HE MADE AN INVITATION TO THE JEWS AND SAID:
(Mat 11:28-29) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

THE BIG QUESTION IS, ARE YOU FULLY RESTED IN CHRIST?

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!

The Whole Counsel of GOD

The Whole Counsel of GOD

IN CHAPTER TWENTY OF THE BOOK OF ACTS, THE APOSTLE PAUL IN HIS FAREWELL MASSAGE TO THE ELDER IN EPHESUS SAID THAT HE DID NOT SHUN IN DECLARING TO THEM THE “WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD”.
HOWEVER, IT’S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT WHAT HE PREACHED TO THE THEM AND TO THE GENTILES FOR THAT MATTER WAS THE “GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE” REVEALED BY CHRIST TO HIM (Gal 1:11-12).
KNOWING THAT THEY WILL NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN, HE COMMITTED THEM TO THE “WORD OF HIS GRACE” THAT CAN BUILD THEM UP AND GIVE THEM AN INHERITANCE.
(Acts 20:24) However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE.
(Act 20:25) “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.
(Act 20:27) “For I have not shunned to declare to you the WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD.”
(Act 20:32) “Now I commit you to God and to the WORD OF HIS GRACE, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

NOTE: WHEN PAUL SAID THAT HE DID NOT SHUN IN PROCLAIMING THE “WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD”, NONE OF THE FOUR GOSPELS (MATTHEW, MARK LUKE AND JOHN) WERE WRITTEN YET.

YOU SEE, IF YOU’RE NOT PREACHING THE “GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE”, THAT PAUL PREACHED TO THE GENTILES, YOU’RE NOT PREACHING THE “WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD”.

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!

No Condemnation in Christ Jesus

No Condemnation in Christ Jesus

THERE WERE PROMISES GOD MADE UNDER THE NEW COVENANT OF GRACE THAT OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST MEDIATED WITH THE FATHER; ONE OF WHICH IS TO REMEMBER OUR SINS AND LAWLESS DEEDS NO MORE. NO MORE SIMPLY MEANS THAT HE USED TO REMEMBER IT UNDER THE OLD COVENANT OF THE LAW.
(Heb 8:12) “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
(Heb 8:13) In that He says, “A NEW COVENANT,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID UNDER THIS COVENANT, GOD WAS RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF IN CHRIST, NOT COUNTING MEN’S SINS AGAINST THEM.
(2Cor 5:19a) “…. God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.

FOR THIS REASON, THE BIBLE SAYS, “THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS (Ron 8:1). FURTHERMORE, SIN CANNOT EXERCISE DOMINION OVER US FOR WE ARE NOT UNDER LAW BUT UNDER GRACE (NEW COVENANT).
(Rom 6:14-15) “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!”

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!

Prayer

Prayer

CONTRARY TO WHAT OTHERS THINK, IN CHRIST, YOU CAN NOT ADD NOR DO ANYTHING TO MAKE YOUR PRAYER MORE POWERFUL OR BE HEARD FOR THAT MATTER. THE FACT THAT YOU CAN PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS MEANS THAT YOU ARE NOT PRAYING ON YOUR OWN MERIT; CHRIST TOOK YOUR PLACE IN JUDGMENT FOR EVERY SIN THAT YOU THINK WILL DISQUALIFY YOU FROM COMING BEFORE GOD AND HIS THRONE OF GRACE. (Heb 10:14) “Because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being sanctified”

THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS ON THE CROSS CHANGES PRAYER UNDER THE NEW COVENANT. FASTING OR ANY OTHER FORM OF RELIGIOSITY DOES NOT AFFECT WHO YOU ARE PRAYING TO. GOD IS NOT IMPRESSED WITH YOUR SO CALLED POWERFUL PRAYERS. IT IS THE DEATH OF JESUS THAT GIVES YOU THE BREAK THROUGH IN THE HOLY OF HOLIES.

UNFORTUNATELY EVEN NOW THAT WE ARE UNDER A NEW COVENANT WE MAINTAIN AN OLD COVENANT MENTALITY AND THINK THAT GOD STILL NEEDS TO BE PERSUADED IN ANSWERING OUR PRAYERS. IN SO DOING MANY BRETHREN BELIEVES THAT THEIR FORM OF PRAYERS COUPLED WITH THEIR RELIGIOSITY MAKES GOD GOOD.

WHEN YOU DECLARE YOUR PRAYER IN FAITH AND KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES, BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS CHRIST HAS ACCOMPLISHED ON THE CROSS ON YOUR BEHALF THAT IS A POWERFUL PRAYER.
(Rom 8:32) “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also FREELY give us all things?”

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!


Are you receiving the right Gospel?

Are you receiving the right Gospel?

THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT THE BELIEVERS IN GALATIA, WHERE HE SPENT SEVERAL YEARS TEACHING THE GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE, WERE TURNING TO A DIFFERENT GOSPEL THEY RECEIVED FROM HIM.
(Gal 1:6-7 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.

IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE GOSPEL OF GRACE HE RECEIVED FROM CHRIST, HE PRONOUNCED AN ANATHEMA TO THOSE WHO PERVERT THE GOSPEL.
(Gal 1:8) But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
(Gal 1:9) As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

HE THEN SAID THAT IF HE IS TRYING TO PLEASE MEN OR STILL TRYING TO WIN THE APPROVAL OF MEN, HE WOULD NOT BE A SERVANT OF CHRIST. FOR THE GOSPEL OF GRACE HE PREACHED DID NOT COME FROM MEN, BUT REVEALED TO HIM BY THE EXALTED CHRIST HIMSELF.
(Gal 1:10) Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
(Gal 1:11-12) I want you to know brothers that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

THE APOSTLE PAUL’S GOAL WAS TO FINISH THE RACE AND COMPLETE THE TASK THE LORD JESUS HAS GIVEN HIM.
(Act 20:24) …..I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the Gospel of God’s Grace.

NOTE: THE WRITINGS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL PRE-DATE THE FIRST GOSPEL WRITTEN BY MARK WHICH WAS PENNED ABOUT AD 70.

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!