Gospel of Christ Jesus

“God’s sovereignty is first painful, then slowly powerful, and over much time seen to be profitable. It is to be studied with great sensitivity for the experiences of others and deep reverence for the One who controls the outcomes of every matter in the universe.“ –
James MacDonald

God’s Plan In Creation – His Glory

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Eph. 1:3-6 )

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.

What a glory He sheds on our way!

“Gods sovereignty is first painful, then slowly powerful, and over much time seen to be profitable. It is to be studied with great sensitivity for the experiences of others and deep reverence for the One who controls the outcomes of every matter in the universe.“ James MacDonald (In Gripped by the Greatness of God)

God’s Plan In Creation is His Glory

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Eph. 1:3-6 )  

THE REMOVING OF THOSE THINGS THAT ARE SHAKEN

FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE.

A dupe fun ibi ti e ti bere; A dupe fun ibi ti e ba de oo; E se O Jesu, ni ti e n’mu wa lo

O LORD CONTINUE TO VIGOROUSLY SHAKE EVERY THING SHAKABLE IN NIGERIA UNTIL YOUR PERFECT WILL IS TOTALLY ENTRENCHED – Amen

O LORD CONTINUE TO VIGOROUSLY SHAKE EVERY THING SHAKABLE IN NIGERIA UNTIL YOUR PERFECT WILL IS TOTALLY ENTRENCHED – Amen

O LORD CONTINUE TO VIGOROUSLY SHAKE EVERY THING SHAKABLE IN NIGERIA UNTIL YOUR PERFECT WILL IS TOTALLY ENTRENCHED – Amen

O LORD CONTINUE TO VIGOROUSLY SHAKE EVERY THING SHAKABLE IN NIGERIA UNTIL YOUR PERFECT WILL IS TOTALLY ENTRENCHED – Amen

O LORD CONTINUE TO VIGOROUSLY SHAKE EVERY THING SHAKABLE IN NIGERIA UNTIL YOUR PERFECT WILL IS TOTALLY ENTRENCHED – Amen

O LORD CONTINUE TO VIGOROUSLY SHAKE EVERY THING SHAKABLE IN NIGERIA UNTIL YOUR PERFECT WILL IS TOTALLY ENTRENCHED – Amen

O LORD CONTINUE TO VIGOROUSLY SHAKE EVERY THING SHAKABLE IN NIGERIA UNTIL YOUR PERFECT WILL IS TOTALLY ENTRENCHED – Amen

But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, YET ONCE MORE I SHAKE NOT THE EARTH ONLY, BUT ALSO HEAVEN. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth THE REMOVING OF THOSE THINGS THAT ARE SHAKEN, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE.

(Hebrews 12:22-29)

Immanence of God

Immanence of God

Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:23-24)

That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. (Acts 17:27-28)

According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not. (Haggai 2:5)

Immanence of The Master Planner

Immanence:

1. Existing or remaining within; inherent: believed in a God immanent in humans.
2. Restricted entirely to the mind; subjective.

immanence – the state of being within or not going beyond a given domain

immanency (presence) – the state of being present; current existence; “he tested for the presence of radon”

Immanence describes our God, The Master Planner, who is at hand, working through the ins and outs of the lives of His creation to produce a love for and enjoyment of His Word, the Gospel of His Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and Himself. God is not an absentee creator; he is present and actively participating in His world. This is what gives us the rest in the knowledge that there is no place or situation that is too far to be under God’s protecting hand.

O Lord our God, You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble; we know that there is no event for which you are absent because if we seek you, if haply we might feel after You, and find You, though You are not far from every one of us and HAND THE ENTIRETY OF OUR BEING INTO YOUR MIGHTY HANDS then we will be able to confidently affirm that “For in him we live, and move, and have our being”

 

 

Righteousness Of God

Righteousness Of God

 

That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? (Genesis 18:25)

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. (Psalm 19:7-9)

To be righteous, or just, is to have that character that leads one to always do that which is right. God’s righteousness (or justice) is the natural expression of His holiness. If He is infinitely pure, then He must be opposed to all sin, and that opposition to sin must be demonstrated in His treatment of His creatures.

However it is important to distinguish between the righteousness / justice of God from His holiness or His goodness

Goodness

The goodness and love of God are the attributes that He has which act as the anchor or ‘litmus test’ for His other attributes; goodness and love are the features that authenticate every other attribute of God. God is good; God’s mercy is good; God’s grace is good; God’s holiness is good; God’s righteousness is good; God’s immutability is good; God’s justice is good; God’s sovereignty and self-existence are good; God’s eternality is good; God’s omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience and Immanence are good; God’s transcendence is good – AND THEY ALL ARE AS A RESULT OF HIS LOVE: BECAUSE GOD IS LOVE

Holiness-

This is the pure loving nature of God separate from evil. This is our goal, to pursue this great attribute of God –

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (I Peter 1:16–25).

For “this then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (I John 1:5).

“Wherefore we labour that . . we may be accepted of Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9)

“We Labour” – against the instigations; then followed by the accusations of the enemy of our soul; we labour in this 21st century, where the enemy daily perfects his devices to make us walk in the opposite direction to the holiness and righteousness of God; but our loving Father, instead of unleashing His wrath, the manifestation of His holy, moral character against sin upon us at a time when we fall short (unlike man’s unholy anger, it is neither impersonal nor acts on impulse); gives us the opportunity to consider our ways and confidently take hold of His word and confess that:

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2).

Justice

The mercy and justice of God have never contradicted each other; just as the mercy of God encompasses pity, clemency, forgiveness, kindness, sympathy, understanding, leniency, benevolence; same also goes for His justice – for those who walk on its (Justice of God) path:

I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice. Bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full. (Prov. 8:20-21)

In fact, our perfect Creator balances the two qualities with precision. Here again His transcendence and accompanying attributes make it possible for Him to do this easily: Justice is God’s fair and impartial treatment of all people. The justice of God is a necessary connect of His holiness or moral excellence. Since God is infinitely and eternally perfect, He must be impartial in His judgments and always treat His creatures with equity:

Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. (Psalm 7:9-11)

Here (in Psalm 7:9-11) we see how Good blesses and rewards they that do good; and His judgment the righteous and vents His anger on the wicked. So where do we place this balance between God’s Righteousness/Justice and His Goodness/Holiness? As it is very likely that our experiences of life, spiritual experiences or exposure to certain erroneous teachings  can naturally make us to tilt to one end of the spectrum or the other:

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith”. (Romans 1:17)

Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. (Romans 11:22)

it is by faith (substance of things hoped for and evidence of things we cannot see) that we have God’s righteousness manifested to us

GOD’S GOODNESS

His protection and deliverance from the adversaries.                        Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels. (2 Thessalonians 1:6-7)

The surety of His promises.                                                                                     Thou art the Lord the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham; And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous. (Nehemiah 9:7-8)

The reward He gives us for our  faithfulness                                                 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. (Hebrews 6:10)

His provision of  propitiation when our sin was forgiven.                            Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (Romans 3:25-26)

His justifying the person who has faith in the substitute, Jesus.
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith”. (Romans 1:17)

His forgiveness of our sins  when they are confessed                                If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

CAUTION

BEHOLDING HIS GOODNESS ONLY – As much as we have the righteousness of God manifested to us as we behold His Goodness, it is spiritually unhealthy for us to only behold His goodness, protection, rewards, forgiveness as it will surely make us fall into the bondage of arrogance, conceited grace, unholy mercy and ultimately ship wreck.

GOD’S SEVERITY

His love of righteousness and perfect hate of sin –
The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright. (Psalms 11:4-7)

His  punishment of sins –                                                                                           And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.(Revelation 16:5-6)

CAUTION

BEHOLDING HIS SEVERITY ONLY – As much as we have the righteousness of God manifested to us as we behold His severity. it is unhealthy for us to just only behold His wrath and punishment as this also will surely make us fall into the bondage of becoming ‘sin bashers” denying oneself and others of the goodness of His Grace.

Heavenly Father we pray that you will multiply Your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to us; and fill us with the knowledge of You will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; so that we may be empowered to balance our perception of your righteousness

 

Omnipotence, Omniscience, Omnipresence of God

Omnipotence, Omniscience, Omnipresence of God

God is Omnipotent –

God has the ultimate power to do whatever He wills. God’s nature limits His will and as such He cannot do anything that is contrary to His being God, such as sin or ignore sin –

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. (Revelation 19:6).

Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. (Psalms 89:14).

There is nothing He cannot do except that which is contrary to His nature. There is no power that can confront Him or His children that is beyond Him: With His power he conquered sin and death. That’s why King David concluded –

God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work. (Psalms 62:11-12).

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26).

This is the reason why we can have cast iron believe in His promises and when the enemy comes with his trials, we are able like Job to focus our attention on Him and not our own power to overcome and say:

I know that thou canst do everything, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. (Job 42:2).

God is Omnipresent –

As with His infinity He fills the whole of creation which makes it possible for Him to be present everywhere at once –

Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:23,24).

What a relief this is – to know that The One who watches over us can be anywhere our adversaries are at any point in time –

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Hebrews 1:3).

His presence everywhere means He is there even when man sins and no one is present and there is nowhere we can hide to sin that He is not present. The Psalmist observed –

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. (Psalm 139:8).

God is Omniscient –

As an outcome of God’s omnipresence, His Omniscience means that because He knows all things that can be known in the past, present, future, nothing can escape His knowledge because He is all-seeing, almighty, pansophical, infinite, pre-eminent and wise:

He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. (Psalm 147:4-5):

Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. (Isaiah 46:10).

Just as He knows everything that can be known of all creatures great and small, even the number of hair on everyone’s head –

Known to God are all his works from the beginning of the world. (Acts 15:18).

He knows our intensions and motives for all our actions. No surprise man keep trying to build a database that is as big as God’s (man’s struggle to “DO IT WITHOUT GOD”), but then –

The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. (Psalm 33:13).

Taking into account these 3 attributes of God, the Thesaurus comes to the conclusion that our God is:

Almighty

All-knowing, all-seeing, boundless, celestial, deathless, deific, divine, enduring, eternal, everlasting, heavenly, illimitable, immortal, infinite, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, pervading.

Divine

Perfect, all-powerful, almighty, ambrosial, angelic, anointed, beatific, beautiful, blissful, celestial, consecrated, deific, deistic, eternal, exalted, excellent, glorious, hallowed, heavenly, holy, immaculate, magnificent, marvellous, mystical, rapturous, religious, sacramental, sacred, sacrosanct, sanctified, spiritual, splendid, superhuman, superlative, supernatural, supreme, theistic, transcendent, transcendental, trans-mundane, unearthly, wonderful.

Infallible

Unerring, dependable, acceptable, accurate, agreeable, apodictic, authoritative, certain, correct, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, exact, faultless, flawless, foolproof, handy, helpful, impeccable, incontrovertible, inerrable, inerrant, perfect, positive, reliable, satisfactory, satisfying, sure, sure-fire, true, trustworthy, unbeatable, un-deceivable, unfailing, unimpeachable, unquestionable, useful.

Knowledgeable

Aware, educated, abreast, acquainted, alert, appreciative, apprised, au courant, au fait, brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, cognizant, conscious, conversant, discerning, erudite, experienced, familiar, in the know, informed, insightful, intelligent, knowing, learned, lettered, omniscient, perceptive, plugged in, posted, prescient, privy, quick-witted, sagacious, sage, savvy, scholarly, sensible, sharp, smart, sophic, sophisticated, tuned-in, understanding, versed, well-informed, well-rounded, wise, with-it.

Learned

Well-informed, abstruse, academic, accomplished, bookish, brainy, conversant, cultivated, cultured, deep, educated, erudite, esoteric, experienced, expert, grave, grounded, highbrow, in the know, intellectual, judicious, lettered, literary, literate, pan-sophic, pedantic, philosophic, philosophical, polymath, posted, professorial, recondite, sage, sapient, scholarly, scientific, sharp, skilled, solemn, solid, sound, studied, studious, versed, well-educated, well-grounded, well-read, well-rounded.

WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE AND THAT IS WHY WE CAN SAY:

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

We pray this day O Lord that You will continually make 2 Corinthians 3:17 a daily reality for us – Amen

Immutability Of God

Immutability Of God

 

For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. (Malachi 3:6)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17)

Immutability – the quality of being incapable of mutation; “Darwin challenged the fixity of species”
immutableness, fixity, unchangeability, unchangeableness, unchangingness, changelessness – the quality of being unchangeable; having a marked tendency to remain unchanged
Unalterability – the quality of not being alterable
agelessness – the quality of being timeless and eternal

Mutability, mutableness (Opposite) – the quality of being capable of mutation

Change takes place by moving from one point or state to another – it has a beginning and end; God cannot change because He is the ‘Alpha & Omega’ (the Beginning and the End); He exists from eternity to eternity.

The Word change in our world from the beginning of creation even more so today, is one that cannot be ignored, since its creation, our world has seen all forms of changes, some we cannot even mention on this forum (or post) due to their negative nature and there are also positive changes. Man himself from birth to death is a catalogue of continuous changes as we grow older we first begin to become bigger, then another kind of change begins to take place which makes us shrink and our hair is whiter, and our eyesight is poorer, and our hearing weaker and we walk more slowly and our shoulders are rounder. When we were younger we understood all the street slangs but due to change, when the young people now speak, we have to beg them to interpret the same language we speak but to which they have added their own different ‘twangs’.

But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. (Psalm 102:27):

But God is perpetually the same. He never changes. His being, and nature, and perfections can’t be altered. Nothing can be added to the infinite God and nothing can be taken from him. What God is today he always was. What God is today he shall always be. He is immutable; that is his state, and he is eternal; that is the measure of his state. It is essential that God is unchangeable.

The Father of lights with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17)

Without it he could not be God. This is one of the excellencies of God which distinguishes him from all his creatures. It distinguishes him from the angels. Yes, they are as sinless as he is, but they are not omnipotent and there was a time when they were not. They began; they changed from nothingness to something; God never began. He is from eternity to eternity, changeless in his attributes and purposes and character. He is everlastingly,

The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. (Psalm 33:11)

Have you listened to Him say:

“For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” Malachi 3:6.

Because:

“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” (Hebrews 6:17-18).

Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors. Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. (Isa. 46:8-11).

We pray Holy Spirit, that You will continually knock on the door of our heart and make this facts real to us and not just information absolved by just our mind.

Sovereignty Of God

Sovereignty Of God

Definition of SOVEREIGNTY

1 obsolete : supreme excellence or an example of it
2 a : supreme power especially over a body politic
b : freedom from external control : autonomy
c : controlling influence
3 : one that is sovereign; especially : an autonomous state

And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth. (Genesis 14:19)

Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them. (Exodus 18:11)

But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. (Psalm 115:3)

God’s sovereignty reveals God’s governmental authority and power over his entire universe. It tells of God’s divine control over everything that happens. There is nothing outside the control of His loving Hand: not the designs of the wicked (even the plans of history’s most evil men);

All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” (Daniel 4:35)

Nor the way the earth works in anger against the lives of men (as in natural disasters):

“Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven. (Job 25:2)

Nor the free will of man as we (mankind) never have been, and we never will be, able to circumvent or subvert in any way, shape, or manner, the will of Almighty God.

I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted”. (Job 42:2)

As a commentator puts it:

“Don’t you realize that if there is one molecule in this universe running around loose outside the scope or the sphere of God’s divine control and authority and power, then that single maverick molecule may be the grain of sand that changes the entire course of human history, that blocks God from keeping the promises he has made to his people?” It may be that one maverick molecule that will prevent Christ from the consummation of his kingdom. For if there is one maverick molecule, it would mean that God is not sovereign.

If there is any element of the universe that is outside of his authority, then he no longer is God over all. In other words, sovereignty belongs to deity. Sovereignty is a natural attribute of the Creator. God owns what he makes, and he rules what he owns.

God’s sovereignty is what backs up our claim and is the reason we are able to affirm that:

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”   (Romans 8:28)

It is the anchor of the mind that holds it all together, no matter how muddled up the situation we may find ourselves in, because there is nothing beyond the control of God’s sovereign hand and no situation and act of wickedness can overwhelm His love for us.

“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted”. (Job 42:2)

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (Psalm 46:10)

We pray this day O Lord that You will infuse this Your Word in Psalm 46:10 into the inner recesses of our consciousness

Self-Existence of God “I Am That I Am”

Self-Existence of God “I Am That I Am”

The self-existence of God refers to God’s real, perfect, unconditioned independence, or, His total and absolute capability to not need us or the rest of creation for anything, even though we and the rest of creation glorify him and bring him joy. God’s self-existence is also referred to as His aseity (from the Latin words a + se, which mean “existence derived from itself, having no other source”).

It is defined as:
noun ase•i•ty \āˈsēətē, əˈ-\
plural asei•ties \-ətēz\ also aseita•tes

The quality or state of being self-derived or self-originated; specifically : the absolute self-sufficiency, independence, and autonomy of God

And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. (Exodus 3:14)

“The I AM” the Aseity of God, signifies the real being of God, his self-existence, and that he is the Being of beings; as also it denotes his eternity and immutability, and his constancy and faithfulness in fulfilling his promises, for it includes all time, past, present, and to come; and the sense is, not only I am what I am at present, but I am what I have been, and I am what I shall be, and shall be what I am – Gil

Moses needed this assurance about the one that commissioned him to have a  balance in fulfilling his mission; that balance between the Self-confidence mingled with strong faith and great zeal that led him to murder the Egyptian prematurely and Sinful distrust of God that crept in under the garb of humility years after.

I AM THAT I AM bigger

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. (Psalm 90:2)

“Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God”;

So are his love, grace, and mercy towards his people, and his covenant with us; and this is as true of Wisdom, our lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Jehovah the Son as of the Father, whose eternity is described in the same manner as his:

The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. (Proverbs 8:22)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:1-5)

For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself. (John 5:26)

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (Colossians 1:15-17)

And Yes – that is where our confidence must come from – ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM, AND FOR HIM: AND HE IS BEFORE ALL THINGS, AND BY HIM ALL THINGS CONSISTS

We pray this day O Lord that You will multiply Your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to us; and fill us with the knowledge of You will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; so that we may be empowered to know in our inner-man and comprehend with our mind, the fact that our confidence must be a derivative of the facts of Your being self-derived or self-originated; specifically, Your absolute self-sufficiency, independence, and autonomy.

O’ LORD UNDERTAKE FOR US

O’ LORD UNDERTAKE FOR US

In times like this we pray;

O’ LORD UNDERTAKE FOR US (Isaiah 38:14)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

AAwa ma ri di (A very very mysterious God); Ata ile aiye ro bi agogo (The one who holds the world like a pendulum); A se yio wu ni o,(He does as He pleases); Aanu ati ife ti ko lopin (He’s full of Mercy and Love that never ends); Agbara to bori gbogbo agbara (The power that’s above all powers); Agboro dan alailara (the advocate of the defenseless); Eleeda orun ati aiye (Creator of the earth and the heaven); A dani wa ye (The one creates us and places us on the planet earth); Enita ki ki ki ta o le ki tan(You can never exhaust all his attributes); Ogo ni fun oruko mimo re ni oruko nla Jesu. Amin (I glorify your Holy name in Jesus name. Amen).

What is Zion

What is Zion

The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee; The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 60:14)

For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, …….. But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (Hebrews 12:18, 22-24)

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. (Revelation 14:1)

Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. (1 Peter 2:6)

“What is Zion? What is Mount Zion? What is the biblical meaning of Zion?”

Psalm 87:2-3 says, “The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God.” Occurring over 150 times in the Bible, the word “Zion” essentially means “fortification.” In the Bible, Zion is both the city of David and the city of God. As the Bible progresses, the word “Zion” transitions from referring primarily to a physical city to having a more spiritual meaning.
The first mention of the word “Zion” in the Bible is 2 Samuel 5:7:

“Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David.” “Zion,” therefore, was originally the name of the ancient Jebusite fortress in the city of Jerusalem. “Zion” came to stand not only for the fortress but also for city in which the fortress stood.

After David captured “the stronghold of Zion,” Zion was then called “the City of David” (1 Kings 8:1; 1 Chronicles 11:5; 2 Chronicles 5:2).
When Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem, “Zion” expanded in meaning to include the temple and the area surrounding it (Psalms 2:6; 48:2, 11-12; 132:13). “Zion” was eventually used as a name for the city of Jerusalem, the land of Judah, and the people of Israel as a whole (Isaiah 40:9; Jeremiah 31:12; Zechariah 9:13).
The most important use of the word “Zion” is in a theological sense. “Zion” is used figuratively of Israel as the people of God (Isaiah 60:14). The spiritual meaning of “Zion” is continued in the New Testament, where it is given the Christian meaning of God’s spiritual kingdom, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 14:1). Peter refers to Christ as the Cornerstone of Zion: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame” (1 Peter 2:6).

Coming to Mount Zion

by Ray Stedman

For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, …….. But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (Hebrews 12:18, 22-24)

The writer is here speaking of that which motivates us in the Christian life. We are not to be driven by fear. Not by the Law with its demands upon us, Do this, or else. Not by self-effort, not by the gritted teeth and the clenched fist and a determination that we are going to serve God. If we serve because we are afraid, as the Law frightened Israel in the terrible scene on Mt. Sinai, we will lose something from God.

It is not fear that is our motive; it is fullness, it is what God has given us.

You have come not to this Mount Sinai, but to Mount Zion, the place of grace; and to the new Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come under a new government. And to angels. Angels are ministering spirits, sent forth to minister to those who are to be the heirs of salvation, i.e., Christians. And to the church of the firstborn whose names are written in heaven.

This is those who are born in Christ, sharing his life with our names written in heaven. And to God, the judge of all, whether they are Christians or not. And to the spirits of the righteous made perfect.

These are the Old Testament saints, men and women of God who lived in the days when the promise was given before the cross, who looked forward by faith and who are waiting now for us. And to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. A mediator is not someone up in heaven somewhere, in some distant reach of space; he is an indwelling Christ. He is available to us. He is right here to be our strength, our righteousness, our wisdom, whatever we need.

When Abel’s blood was shed it cried out for vengeance, as the book of Genesis tells us, but Jesus’ blood did not speak of vengeance — it speaks of access, of vindication, of the fact there is no problem between us and God that is not settled by his blood. There is no longer any question of guilt. We can come completely accepted in the Beloved.

Thus, with all this on our side there is no need to fail, is there? That is the point he is making. Certainly it gets rough, certainly it gets discouraging, surely there are times when the pressures are intense, but have you reckoned on your resources? Have you forgotten them?

Have we entered Mt. Zion, where joy and freedom from fear is our spiritual heritage? Is our worship and our works motivated by God’s grace, and His love which casts out fear ?

Gracious Father, we are so grateful that by grace you have led us to Mount Zion. Now help us to stand strong, and to be yours in every circumstance of life.

Selah!!! (Stop; think about this!!!)

Are you dwelling in Zion?

For the Lord God of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt. For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction. And the Lord of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb: and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.
AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THAT DAY, THAT HIS BURDEN SHALL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM OFF THY SHOULDER, AND HIS YOKE FROM OFF THY NECK, AND THE YOKE SHALL BE DESTROYED BECAUSE OF THE ANOINTING. (Isaiah 10:23-27)

Are you dwelling in Zion?

Goodness & Love

Goodness & Love

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

The goodness and love of God are the attributes that He has which act as the anchor or ‘litmus test’ for His other attributes; goodness and love are the features that authenticate every other attribute of God. God is good; God’s mercy is good; God’s grace is good; God’s holiness is good; God’s righteousness is good; God’s immutability is good; God’s justice is good; God’s sovereignty and self-existence are good; God’s eternality is good; God’s omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience and Immanence are good; God’s transcendence is good – AND THEY ALL ARE AS A RESULT OF HIS LOVE: BECAUSE GOD IS LOVE

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” (I John 4:16).

So in Good Times: Or Bad Times:

All that God is and does is good.
” Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes “ (Psalm 119:68).

God’s goodness and love last forever.
” O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever “ (Psalm 107:1).

God is good to everyone.
” The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works “ (Psalm 145:9).

Everything God made was good.
” And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day “ (Genesis 1:31).

God has goodness stored up for us.
” Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! “ (Psalm 31:19).

Everything from God is good.
” For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving “ (1 Timothy 4:4).

All things that are good are from God.
” Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning “ (James 1:17).

God alone is Good
“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:16-17).

” For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly “ (Psalm 84:11).

When We Remember These We Realise That:

We are blessed through God’s goodness.
” O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him “ (Psalm 34:8).

Goodness can come from all circumstances.
” And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose “ (Romans 8:28).

His goodness leads to repentance.
” According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue “ (2 Peter 1:3).

” Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? “ (Romans 2:4, NKJV)

God’s goodness is our shelter
” O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him “ (Psalm 34:8).

God is good in His entirety, there is nothing about God that is not good even His wrath is good. There is nothing God purposes for His children which is not good. God gives to His children only that which is good. And He withholds nothing good from us. God is good, and He is at work in our lives for good. Nothing which God creates; nothing which God accomplishes is not good, God is love and that’s why the greatest power that man can possess is love –real love as described by Apostle Paul –

“Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned” (in I Tim. 1:5).

The goal of our command is love; that comes from a PURE HEART, GOOD CONSCIENCE AND SINCERE FAITH.

Heavenly Father, we pray that You will please multiply your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ unto us and fill us with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding that we may be able to seek that stillness of soul that will empower us to wait on You; so that we may have the confidence to say –

” O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him “ (Psalm 34:8);

Because Your  goodness is our shelter

Eternality

Eternality

Definition:
Permanent, unending. Eternal, endless, everlasting, perpetual imply lasting or going on without ceasing. That which is eternal is, by its nature, without beginning or end: God, the eternal Father. That which is endless never stops but goes on continuously as if in a circle: an endless succession of years. That which is everlasting will endure through all future time: a promise of everlasting life. Perpetual implies continuous renewal as far into the future as one can foresee. Timeless, immortal, deathless, undying, imperishable and indestructible.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8)

Yes, from the time of the first existence of day and from this day forth I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand. I will work, and who can hinder or reverse it? (Isaiah 43:13 AMP)

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. (Psalm 90:1-4)

While God alone is eternal in an infinite sense, God can bestow an eternal nature to a creature who has a beginning such as angels and souls of mankind. Eternality is a dimension of God’s established order that calls people to seek God’s pleasure here, making it their highest priority to further his interests and kingdom in every way.

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. (2 Peter 3:8-10)

If a thousand years be but as a day to the life of God, then as a year is to the life of man, so are three hundred and sixty five thousand years to the life of God: and as seventy years are to the life of man. So are twenty five millions four hundred and fifty thousand years to the life of God. Yet there still is no proportion between time and eternity, we must dart our thoughts beyond al those, for years and days measure only the duration of created things:

1 day (life of man) = 1000 years (Life of God)
1 year (life of man) = 365,000years (Life of God)
70 years (life of man)=25,450,000 + X (X is from 0 to infinity) (Life of God)

WHY USE 70 TO DESTROY 25,450,000 + X

But thou, O Lord, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. (Psalm 102:12)

Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he. (Isaiah 41:4)

We pray this day O Lord that You will multiply Your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to us; and fill us with the knowledge of You will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; so that we may be empowered to know in our inner-man and comprehend with our minds, the fact that it is just pure folly to use 70 we have been temporarily given to destroy the 25,450,000 that is permanent.

Omnipresence

Omnipresence

 

Omnipresent, (‘ubiquitous’) refer to the quality of being everywhere. Omnipresence is a term that means God is capable of being, and is everywhere at the same time. It means his divine presence encompasses the whole of the universe. There is no location where he does not occupy. Omnipresence indicates that although God is separate from the universe, He inhabits the entirety of it. He is everywhere at once.

As with His infinity He fills the whole of creation which makes it possible for Him to be present everywhere at once –

“Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 23:23,24).

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. (Psalm 90:1-2)

Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. (Job 11:7-9)

What a relief this is – to know that The One who watches over us can be anywhere our adversaries are at any point in time –

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139:7-10)

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3).

His presence everywhere means He is there even when man sins and no one is present and there is nowhere we can hide to sin that He is not present. The Psalmist observed –

“If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there” (Psalm 139:8).

Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:23-24)

O Lord our God, You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble; we know that there is no event for which you are absent because You are the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; You dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones; WE HAND THE ENTIRETY OF OUR BEING INTO YOUR MIGHTY HANDS and pray that by Your grace will put Your mantle of humility upon us.

Holiness

Holiness

God is Holy-

This is the pure loving nature of God separate from evil. This is our goal, to pursue this great attribute of God –

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (I Peter 1:16–25).

For “this then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (I John 1:5).

“Wherefore we labour that . . we may be accepted of Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9)

“We Labour – against the instigations; then followed by the accusations of the enemy of our soul; we labour in this 21st century, where the enemy daily perfects his devices to make us walk in the opposite direction to the holiness and righteousness of God; but our loving Father, instead of unleashing His wrath, the manifestation of His holy, moral character against sin upon us at a time when we fall short (unlike man’s unholy anger, it is neither impersonal nor acts on impulse); gives us the opportunity to consider our ways and confidently take hold of His word and confess that:

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2).

Then we can face our accuser and exclaim:

Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me” (Micah 7:8).

Oswald Chambers captures this better –

“Wherefore we labour . . . .” It is arduous work to keep the master ambition in front. It means holding one’s self to the high ideal year in and year out, not being ambitious to win souls or to establish churches or to have revivals, but being ambitious only to be “accepted of Him.” It is not lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but lack of labouring to keep the ideal right. Once a week at least take stock before God and see whether you are keeping your life up to the standard He wishes. Paul is like a musician who does not heed the approval of the audience if he can catch the look of approval from his Master. Any ambition which is in the tiniest degree away from this central one of being “approved unto God” may end in our being castaways. Learn to discern where the ambition leads, and you will see why it is so necessary to live facing the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul says –

“Lest my body should make me take another line, I am constantly watching so that I may bring it into subjection and keep it under.” (1 Cor. 9:27.)

I have to learn to relate everything to the master ambition, and to maintain it without any cessation. My worth to God in public is what I am in private. Is my master ambition to please Him and be acceptable to Him, or is it something less, no matter how noble? ”

We pray Holy Spirit, that You will continually knock on the door of our heart and prod our conscience to remind us of the need to daily compare what we are in private to what we are in public.

Justice

Justice

The mercy and justice of God have never contradicted each other; just as the mercy of God encompasses pity, clemency, forgiveness, kindness, sympathy, understanding, leniency, benevolence; same also goes for His justice – for those who walk on its (Justice of God) path:

I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice. Bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full. (Prov. 8:20-21)

In fact, our perfect Creator balances the two qualities with precision. Here again His transcendence and accompanying attributes make it possible for Him to do this easily: Justice is God’s fair and impartial treatment of all people. The justice of God is a necessary connect of His holiness or moral excellence. Since God is infinitely and eternally perfect, He must be impartial in His judgments and always treat His creatures with equity:

The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. (Psalm 97:1-2)

Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. (Psalm 89:14)

God is just and He always acts in a way consistent with the requirements of His character as revealed in His law. He rules His creation with integrity, He keeps His word, He renders to all His creatures their due. God is just and fair, completely wise and steady in His dealings, without any shadow of untrust-worthiness. If God is truly good (and He is), then He cannot tolerate or overlook evil.

That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? (Genesis 18:25)

What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. …………. As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (Romans 9:14-15, 33)

And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:6-7)

God’s provision to keep us walking in the ‘Paths of Justice’

 

He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints: Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. (Proverbs 2:8, 9)

God loves His children so much so that He provides this ‘safe corridor’ where it becomes impossible for the enemy to strike them – a way for sinners to escape His wrath: He sacrificed His spotless, sinless Son. Christ was the only One Who was qualified to be a sacrifice for sin, and because He never sinned, His pure blood can wash away our sins:

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.(Revelation 1:5)

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20 – 21)

This ‘propitiation’ is what allows us to stand justified before God on the Day of Judgment; it is the work Jesus did on the cross to appease and satisfy God’s wrath so He would be able to pardon sinners who trust in Christ. It is God’s way of making amends for our sins. This He does by a process in which the guilt or innocence is transferred from one person (Jesus) to another (man). The guilt or the bad actions of one person is attributed or imputed to another. So that when it comes to punishment, the person who is the substitute bears the brunt, and that the person substituted goes away free. This way God made reparations for our sins by transferring them to Christ’s account as He hung on the cross at Calvary. The absolute sinless life of Jesus Christ makes this transaction possible as His innocence is transferred to those who believe and follow Him:

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:7)

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (Hebrews 10:19)

However, we must take the necessary steps to appropriate that blood to our souls:

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4)

Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. (Colossians 2:12)

And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: (1 Peter 1:17)

Heavenly Father we pray that you will multiply Your glorious riches in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to us; and fill us with the knowledge of You will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; so that we may be empowered to resist and desist from condoning or partake in wickedness; continually steady us O Lord on the path of justice.

Mercy

 Mercy

 

Mercy from the Greek word “eleos” means: “kindness / compassion”. “eleos” is the outward manifestation of pity; on the part of him who receives it, it assumes need , and on the part of him who shows it, it assumes resources that are adequate to the need . It encompasses pity, clemency, forgiveness, kindness, sympathy, understanding, leniency, benevolence etc.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. (Eph. 2:4)

Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. (Psalm 6:4)

Mercy is:

Kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them
When that which is deserved (wrath) is withheld to the benefit of the object of goodwill

Mercy comes in the form of:

Men towards men: to exercise the virtue of mercy, show one’s self merciful.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7)

The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. (Proverbs 11:25)

God towards men: in general providence; the mercy and clemency of God in providing and offering to men salvation by Christ.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. (Ephesians 2:4)

And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? (Romans 9:23-24)

Christ, whereby at his return to judgment he will bless true Christians with eternal life.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24)

While grace is an embodiment of God’s transcendence, omnipotence and love that reaches into eternity beyond our limits and boundaries: Mercy on the other hand, has to do with the dispensing of these virtues of God, transcendence, love (and others) in our daily existence; it is fresh everyday – ‘updated by default’. If grace and mercy were to feature (permit me to use the analogy) in the ‘profit & loss Account’ of man’s life; grace will be in the ‘fixed assets’ section while mercy will be in the ‘current asset’ section. This ‘current asset’ mercy is our only hope of surviving with the greatest ‘current liability’ we have, that being inherent sin.

It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Mercy is God’s daily provision for man to deal with the Romans 7 cross he carries every day:

MAN’S DAILY SITUATION:

The Law therefore is holy, and [each] commandment is holy and just and good.
Did that which is good then prove fatal [bringing death] to me? Certainly not! It was sin, working death in me by using this good thing [as a weapon], in order that through the commandment sin might be shown up clearly to be sin, that the extreme malignity and immeasurable sinfulness of sin might plainly appear.
We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am a creature of the flesh [carnal, unspiritual], having been sold into slavery under [the control of] sin.
For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled, bewildered]. I do not practice or accomplish what I wish, but I do the very thing that I loathe [which my moral instinct condemns].
Now if I do [habitually] what is contrary to my desire, [that means that] I acknowledge and agree that the Law is good (morally excellent) and that I take sides with it.
However, it is no longer I who do the deed, but the sin [principle] which is at home in me and has possession of me.
For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. [I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out.]
For I fail to practice the good deeds I desire to do, but the evil deeds that I do not desire to do are what I am [ever] doing.
Now if I do what I do not desire to do, it is no longer I doing it [it is not myself that acts], but the sin [principle] which dwells within me [fixed and operating in my soul].
So I find it to be a law (rule of action of my being) that when I want to do what is right and good, evil is ever present with me and I am subject to its insistent demands.
For I endorse and delight in the Law of God in my inmost self [with my new nature].
But I discern in my bodily members [in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh] a different law (rule of action) at war against the law of my mind (my reason) and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs [in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh].
O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death? (Romans 7:12-24)

GOD’S EVER-NEW PROVISION OF MERCY:

O thank God! [He will!] through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One) our Lord! So then indeed I, of myself with the mind and heart, serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

THEREFORE [THERE IS] NOW NO CONDEMNATION (no adjudging guilty of wrong) FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, WHO LIVE [AND] WALK NOT AFTER THE DICTATES OF THE FLESH, BUT AFTER THE DICTATES OF THE SPIRIT
FOR THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE [WHICH IS] IN CHRIST JESUS [THE LAW OF OUR NEW BEING] HAS FREED ME FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.

For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice], (Romans 7:25-8:3)

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. (Titus 3:5)

How do we obtain this mercy?

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

O Lord,set deep in our inner man that even as grace will get us to heaven; it is mercy that will get us through the earth; teach us to know that  as the end result of grace is eternal life; it is Your Mercy that will guarantee us quality and successful life here and now.  Uphold us O Lord that we may be able to sow mercy that we may also reap mercy.

Grace

 Grace

“Charis”, the new testament word for grace is translated to mean favour, benefit, gift, joy, pleasure and thanks. Grace comes from God as He grants favour and blessing on us – it is unmerited favour; a constant and unchangeable power; an embodiment of God’s transcendence, omnipotence and love in our lives – It reaches into eternity beyond our limits and boundaries.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. (Psalm 145:17)

But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. (Romans 5:15)

This grace is the free gift we need:

TO OBEY GOD’S WILL
By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name. (Romans 1:5)

FOR SALVATION OF OUR SOUL FROM ETERNAL DAMNATION
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:24)

TO COME BEFORE GOD
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

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This grace is readily available through the knowledge of God and His Son Jesus Christ:

“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Pet. 1:2-3, KJV, emphasis added).
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. (Ephesians 4:7)

To cut it all short, Grace is:

THE FAVOUR OF GOD THAT GIVES US ACCESS TO THE POWER OF GOD FOR EVERYTHING WE NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS.

GOD’S ABILITY WORKING IN US, TO HELP US DO WHAT WE CANNOT DO OURSELVES.

GOD’S PROVISION FOR OUR WEAK PLACES; HIS PROVISION FOR OUR  ‘Achilles heel’

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. (Philippians 3:10)

O lord teach us how to appropriately lay aside our human ability (or even, inability as the case may be), so that we may be able to experience Your power in our life; that power that is the GRACE OF GOD.

God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically

“God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically”. Albert Einstein

Several sources of this quotation cite it as originating in an autobiographical book by Leopold Infeld, who introduces the quote as “one of Einstein’s beautiful phrasings.”1 Infeld was assistant to, and then a scientific collaborator with Albert Einstein (at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey), so he is presumably able to provide such a quote from first-hand experience.

One of the problems on which they worked together was Einstein’s theory of general relativity. They sought to reconcile equations of the gravitational field with equations of motion. (What does that all mean? Don’t ask. Just know there are elusive, complex calculations involved.) At the same time, they wanted “to pay any price in computation to obtain a theory which is cleaner and purer from the logical point of view.

Part of the complexity of the equations involved finding solutions to partial differential equations, and to compare those mathematical results with what can be physically observed. The mathematical technique that must be applied is called “integration.” An empirical approach begins with evidence derived from observable experience rather than logic from first principles.

Einstein and Infeld worked with the mathematics, and Infeld says, “When we had toiled for months over problems of this character, Einstein used to remark:
‘God does not care about our mathematical difficulties; He integrates empirically.’”
In layman’s language:
God does see any situation the way we see it, because His capacity to comprehend the situation is too far greater than what can be compared to ours due to His vast experience that lasts from eternity to eternity.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Isaiah 57:15)

Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high, Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! (Psalm 113:5-6)

And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. (John 8:23)

O Lord, because of who You are; Your Transcendence, put every form of evil calculations to shame concerning (………………) In Jesus Name

The book of Romans is the most basic, comprehensive statement of true Christianity. This page explores the relevance of Romans to our world today. As it deals with the morally deficient individual (as illustrated in Cityboy Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile-Geraint Anderson which describes life within the square mile of the city of London, the bankers haven), so does it deal with the morally astute person; who wants to please God by their own works. Travel with us on this interesting highway.