On Fire for Jesus

On Fire for Jesus

IT’S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT IF THE SUNLIGHT PASSES THROUGH A MAGNIFYING LENS POINTED AT A PIECE OF PAPER, IT BURNS. LIKEWISE, IF YOUR MIND IS FOCUSED ON CHRIST, HIS LOVE AND HIS FINISHED WORK ON THE CROSS, YOU WILL BE ON FIRE!
(Heb 3:1) Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
(Heb 12:2) Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

IN THE TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER SPOKE AND EXPLICITLY SAID TO LISTEN TO CHRIST.
(Matt.17:5b) “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. LISTEN TO HIM!”

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!

GIFTED TO SERVE

GIFTED TO SERVE

IN CHRIST, EACH OF US RECEIVED CHRIST’S GIFT OF GRACE AS HE APPORTIONED IT.
(Eph 4:7) “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

HOWEVER, IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE FOR US TO BE GIFTED ON CERTAIN AREAS BUT NOT USE IT FOR HIS GLORY AND HONOR. FOR THIS REASON, WE ARE URGED NOT TO RECEIVE GOD’S GRACE IN VAIN.
(2Cor 6:1) “As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.”

THE APOSTLE PAUL FOR INSTANCE DECLARED THAT HE WORKED HARDER THAN ALL THE OTHER APOSTLES, AND YET, HE SAID, “NOT I, BUT THE GRACE OF GOD THAT WAS WITH ME.”
(1Cor 15:10) “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!

Jesus was God’s covenant for the people and a light to the gentiles

Jesus was God’s covenant for the people and a light to the gentiles

GOD MADE JESUS TO BE A COVENANT FOR THE PEOPLE AND A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES.
(Isa 42:6) “I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house.”

HE WAS THE MEDIATOR OF THE NEW COVENANT ESTABLISHED ON BETTER PROMISES.
(Heb 8:6) But now He (Jesus) has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM IS NOT CONDEMNED….
(John 3:16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
(Joh 3:17) For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
(Joh 3:18) “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!

He was never caught unaware of the fall of man

He was never caught unaware of the fall of man

IN GOD’S ECONOMY, CHRIST, THE LAMB OF GOD THAT TAKES AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD, WAS SLAIN BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD.
(Revelation 13:8) “All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.”

IN FACT, GOD’S GRACE THAT WE NOW ENJOY WAS GIVEN US IN CHRIST BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF TIME.
(2 Timothy 1:9) “Who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time”

THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE THAT WE HAVE IN CHRIST JESUS WAS PROMISED BY GOD BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF TIME.
(Titus 1:2) “A faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time”

FOR THESE REASONS, ONE CAN SAY THAT GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDEEMING BILLIONS OF HUMAN BEINGS THROUGH HIS GRACE GIVEN IN CHRIST JESUS; AND THAT GOD WAS NOT CAUGHT UNAWARE OF THE FALL OF MAN.

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!

He was crushed for our iniquities

He was crushed for our iniquities

IN CHRIST, OUR RECEIVING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HOW GOOD WE ARE, BUT ON HOW PERFECT CHRIST’S WORK ON THE CROSS IS. YOU SEE, EVERY GOOD THING IN OUR LIVES MUST COME THROUGH THE CROSS AND ALL WE CAN DO IS TO RECEIVE IT BY FAITH.

YOU SEE, CHRIST TOOK ALL OUR INFIRMITIES AND WAS CRUSHED FOR OUR INIQUITIES; THE PUNISHMENT THAT BROUGHT US PEACE WAS UPON HIM.
(Isaiah 53:4-6, 10) “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed…….and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all…….yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him and cause him to suffer.”

HE FULLY MET ALL THE RIGHTEOUS REQUIREMENTS OF THE LAW IN US; HE OBEYED WHAT WE CANNOT OBEY AND PAID WHAT WE CANNOT PAY.
(Rom 8:3-4) For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!