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The Resurrection of Christ, Jesus –  The Act And The Power Thereof

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The Resurrection of Christ, Jesus –  The Act And The Power Thereof

In the series The Sacrifices of God Are A Broken spirit: A Broken And A Contrite Heart, we have looked at Conviction – Empowerment To See The Spirituality of God’s Law. Where we saw that Spiritual truth cannot provide Spiritual liveliness to a mind that is dead to righteousness; as such the mind is unable to capture the essence of the truth and similarly, Spiritual truth cannot make an unregenerate will to believe.

We have also looked at Faith – Empowerment To Persuade The Mind That God’s Law And Power Is True And Real. We saw that saving faith is trust in Jesus Christ as a living person for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life with God: That it is faith that propels one to take the next step past simply having knowledge of Christ and believing in the facts presented. We then examined Repentance – Empowerment for a yielded will to turn away from sin to God. Where we saw that Repentance is an act by which we realise we have offended an Holy and righteous God; this act is characterised by a deliberate turn away from the sinful act(s) in question, begging for God’s forgiveness and turning to him and his ways, We also looked at The Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience where we saw that Our conscience is like a moral nerve for our soul. That it is possible for man to sear his/her conscience and be rendered capable of doing the most terrible things without being aware of the fact that they are doing it any longer. THE CONSIENCE IS SEARED; and this can go on until THERE IS NO MORE HUMAN FEELING. We also looked at Confession – Its Power to Remove The Sting of Sin. Where saw the importance of having a grasp of the fact that every sin is essentially unforgivable if it is not confessed. We also looked at Circumcision of A Regenerated Heart. Here we saw that as the Jewish circumcision is primarily a covenant with God but also aimed at dealing with the hygiene problem of dirt on the foreskin; spiritual circumcision is primarily about how the work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary deals with the inordinate activities of the soul which necessitates the need to divide between the spirit and the soul – this task essentially done by the Word of God.

The last topic we looked at was Dead To Sin – Empowerment to overcome indwelling sin where we saw that we used to be united to Adam; so when he sinned, we sinned. But because of our union with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, what has happened to Him has happened to us. So now that we are united to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, what He has done; we have done also.

In this presentation we will now have a look at:
The Resurrection of Christ, Jesus: The Act And The Power Thereof

Jesus has died and saved His people from sin and death, and He will return to raise us to new life in the resurrection. The resurrection is the new life that Jesus offers to the woman at the well; it is the living water that quenches thirst forever. In the face of the world’s hopelessness and darkness, Jesus has broken into the world so that all who believe might be saved through Him.

“Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts”. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”. (Ephesians 1:13-14)

In The Resurrection of Christ, Jesus: The Act And The Power Thereof, we look at:

  1. Evidence of His resurrection:
  2. The Witnesses of Jesus.
  3. Jesus’ prediction his death, burial, and resurrection; as well as those of the prophets of the Old Testament.
  4. The Tomb Really was Empty.
  5. Jesus was seen and interacted with after He came back to life by friends and enemies.
  6. The Christian church exists.
  7. Witnesses transformed by what they saw and heard

Why Is It Essential That We Believe That He Literarily Physically Rose Up From The Dead: In His Body: Leaving An Empty Grave????? “Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?”

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”. (1 Corinthians 15:19-26)

The empty grave – which shows the purpose of His death and of His dying which is to deal with our sin is accomplished.

The plan of The Master Planner – Can The Son of God die? And Remain dead?
Our Total Redemption – It is a guaranty of the coming of the eternal Kingdom

Prayers:

AND WE CONTINUALLY PRAY:

  1. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will fill us with the knowledge of your will through all wisdom and spiritual understanding; so that we may be able to see deep down in the inner recesses of our heart; our union with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection
  2. Heavenly Father, we pray that You will fill us with the knowledge of your will through all wisdom and spiritual understanding; so that we may be able to recon ourselves to be alive unto You through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  3. Heavenly Father, that You will empower us to seek to be connected to the Holy Spirit that we may be surrendered to your Revealer, that we may be totally consumed by the revelation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. His life, His death, His resurrection, His position, His authority, His power, His compassion, His mind, His conscience, His desire – all that He is.
  4. Heavenly Father, we bind the inner man of each and every one of us to a loving relationship with the Holy Spirit. Give us the grace to know that, ‘to seek you through knowledge about you without seeking a relationship with the Holy Spirit
  5. ends up in confusion and unbalance in our perception of You.
    Heavenly Father, that You quicken us with Your presence like never before that we may continually be empowered to actively seek the marvellous truth taught in Your Word, that there is a way out of our guilt, a way out of our alienation, that we no longer need to be far off from you.
  6. Heavenly Father, for the grace to come to that point where we realise the true place of the Holy Spirit, that His entire work is to lead our souls into union with the our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, and the knowledge of you our Father in heaven whilst He Himself directs, and works in the background.
  7. Give us the grace to confess our sins, forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness for you are faithful and just. By the cleansing power of the Blood of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, bring the spirit of each and every one of us into union with Christ, For he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in the Spirit. Let each and everyone’s spirit actively dominate him / her in full co-operation with the Holy Spirit.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”. (1 Peter 3:15)

 

 

”I WILL OVERTURN, OVERTURN, OVERTURN IT”

 “I WILL OVERTURN, OVERTURN, OVERTURN IT”

THE THREEFOLD OVERTHROW OF SELF – Part 1

“I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.” (Eze 21:27)

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold”. (Mat.24:12)

And Simon Peter answered and said,  THOU ART THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT (Matthew 16:16, 18).

“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 12:28,29).

I posted this article 10 years ago, then we thought things were so bad, but then where are we today. With all that is being said in recent times about Christianity, in some cases justifiably so: which can be attributed to the unchristian-like activities in the Church today a lot of Christians are beginning to ask doubtful questions. In this age we live in, it is very easy to start becoming unsteady in one’s walk with God; the pressure has always been there, not to talk of what we now seem to see on daily basis with regards to the falling away from the word of God.

So many believers are now beginning to ask the question “is all these Christian stuff real?

It is important to note that if the prayers of the saints cease what will happen?

Just like ten years ago, I spent some quality time with Lord regarding this situation this week and I am led to share this sermon by J. C. Philpot; it is an exposition of Ezekiel 21:7; although there have been other different lines of exposition of this Bible verse, Philpot looks at the verse from the angle of the overthrow of SELF, the number one enemy of man. I have heard many a messages on dealing with self, but this message gives practical ways of daily dealing with self. I will in later posts say one or two words on this, and we will then go back to our exposition on the book of Romans.

Please let us make some time out to pray through the prayer points listed before the Sermon on behalf of the body of Christ (The Church). Remember -WHAT SO EVER YOU SOW YOU WILL ALSO REAP.

Before we go on to the prayers and this message I will like to remind us of some facts:

Judgement will start in the house of God

“Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator“. (1Peter 4:16-19)

Even the great heroes of past made mistakes but later became great and faithful servants of the Lord.

“Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life“ (Rev. 2:10).

a.       Abraham, the father of the Hebrew nation, at one time worshipped other gods.
b.      David, the third King of Israel, although he committed adultery, became a man after God’s own heart.
c.       Paul, the great apostle of Jesus Christ, at one time had Christians arrested and killed.

God gives second chances

“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11).

“And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20).

“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. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1John 1:5)

In the 136th Psalm, 26 times it says, “His lovingkindness is everlasting”. (See also Ephesians 2:4; 1 Peter 1:3;1 John 1:9)

Our God is a consuming fire

“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 12:28,29).

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:.” (Acts 17:30)

PRAYER POINTS  (Article follows after)

  1. Lord infuse us with your Holy purity.
  2. Lord empower us to discover Your holiness in our soul,
  3. Lord empower us to discover the manifestation of Your strict justice.
  4. Lord bring into our hearts a sense of Your unblemished purity.
  5. Lord empower us to discover the solemn revelation of Your wrath against all sin and transgression.
  6. Lord concerning our lives, overthrow self in us in its moral and immoral shapes, and bring it into wreck and ruin before You.
  7. Lord concerning our lives, overthrow self in us be it profane, righteous or holy or presumptious and bring it into wreck and ruin before You so that the doctrines of grace as made known by the Spirit can become sweet and suitable to us.
  8. Lord empower us to have a spiritual discovery of the deep pollution of our heart and nature before You.
  9. Lord, please repair any damage or searing in our conscience so that it can easy receive the application of your law.
  10. Lord empower us to continually receive the discovery to our conscience of the deep pollution that lurks in our carnal minds.
  11. Lord empower us to break up “the fountains of the deep,” and discover with power to our conscience; the truth of those words: “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.”
  12. Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to realise deep down in our heart that there is nothing in self to please You with.
  13. Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to resist and desist from seeking for holiness in self but to continually look unto the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ at the Cross of Calvary.
  14. Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to resist and desist from seeking for holiness in self but to be able to continually meditate upon Christ’s sanctification and see his glorious righteousness as it shines in the Scriptures as a truth which just fits in with our condition.
  15. Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to resist and desist from seeking for holiness in self.
  16. Holy Spirit we pray that you will continually show our soul the blood of the atonement, and also continually sprinkle it upon our conscience, that we may continually blessedly experience a taste of God’s mercy.
  17. Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to resist and desist from allowing self in us to make us slight Your solemn inward teaching, and to take hold of the doctrines of grace by the hand of nature, without waiting to have these heavenly truths applied, from time to time, by Your mouth to our heart.
  18. Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to resist and desist from letting presumption creep upon us in such imperceptible and subtle ways, that we scarcely know we are in that delusive path.
  19. When this happens we pray O Lord that your will open the eye of our heart to see the precipice at the end of the road.
  20. Lord deliver us from pride and inordinate ambition which are not satisfied with being nothing, with occupying the place where You put us, and being in that posture where You Yourself sets us down.
  21. Lord deliver us from pride and inordinate ambition which makes us want to exalt our stature beyond the height which You have given us, adding a cubit to our dwarfish proportions.
  22. Lord make our soul a heap of ruins, and overturn and cast to the ground self in us; that we may continually know Your preciousness.
  23. Lord come with power and glory and grace and majesty into our soul, conscience and whole being, set up Your Kingdom, erect a temple for yourself and build up Your own throne of mercy and truth upon the ruins of self in us.
  24. Lord, we pray that at anytime self in us attempts to rebuild itself from it’s ruins you will infuse us with your Holy purity.
  25. Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to realise deep down in our inner man that self is a living principle; not a slaughtered and buried rebel, but a breathing antagonist to You the Lord of life and glory.
  26. Lord empower us to continually look into our heart, and discover that day by day we need this overturning work to be done afresh; and repeated in us again and again .

 

A Sermon DELIVERED ON LORD’S-DAY MORNING, JUNE 13, 1841, BY J. C. PHILPOT, AT ZOAR CHAPEL, GREAT ALIE STREET

“I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.” -Eze 21:27

Before we enter into the spiritual and experimental meaning of this passage of Holy Writ, it may be desirable to advert for a few minutes to its literal signification, and to the circumstances under which these words were spoken by the Lord through his prophet Ezekiel.

These words were uttered, then, with reference to King Zedekiah, who at that time sat upon the throne of Judah.

Nebuchadnezzar had elevated him to the position which he then occupied; he had made him king, and, in making him king, he had exacted of him a solemn oath in the name of Jehovah, that he would be faithful to him as his sovereign  2Ch 36:13. Now, this solemn oath, which Zedekiah had taken, he perfidiously broke, and rebelled against his master the king of Babylon, and gave his allegiance to the king of Egypt. It was, then, the breaking of this solemn oath, which he had taken in the name of the Lord, that so provoked the righteous anger of Jehovah against him; and, therefore, in this chapter he says: “And thou profane, wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, thus saith the Lord God, remove the diadem and take off the crown” Eze 21:25,26. The Lord here remonstrates with him, and reproaches him for the violation of that solemn oath which he had taken; he calls him a “profane wicked prince,” because he abode not by the solemn covenant which he had made in his name, agreeably to those words Eze 17:18,19, – “Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape.

Therefore thus saith the Lord God, As I live, surely mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head.” But the Lord was resolved, not merely to remove this “profane wicked prince” from the throne, but he was determined to overturn the throne itself; not only to pull down this perjured king from the position which he then occupied, but to overthrow the kingdom also of Judah, by a complete overturning of it from its very foundation. And, therefore, when he had said: “And thou profane, wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, thus saith the Lord God, remove the diadem, and take off the crown,” he then goes on in the words of the text: “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more” that is, “it shall be no more” as a kingdom -it shall exist no more in its present state, “until he come whose right it is” that is the king of Zion, Jesus, the Lord of life and glory; “and I will give it him;” in other words, there shall be no more a king in Judah -the kingdom shall no longer stand upon its present base; no temporal monarchy shall be there known, until he come whose right it is, and he shall set up his throne, not literally in Jerusalem, -but spiritually in Zion, that kingdom which is “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost;” and I with my own hand, “I will give it him.”

But having just adverted to the literal signification, we come now, with God’s blessing, to the spiritual and experimental meaning of the words; and in so doing, we shall doubtless observe some analogy betwixt the two cases. If there were no analogy, there would be no foundation for the spiritual and experimental interpretation founded upon the passage. If I could trace no resemblance betwixt the cases, all such experimental and spiritual interpretation would be merely fanciful and uncertain; it would be upon a wrong basis, and would stand upon an insecure foundation. And, therefore, I shall endeavour to show, before I enter into the spiritual and experimental meaning of the passage, that there is an analogy betwixt the literal and spiritual interpretation.

The people of Israel were a people of God’s own choice, and as such were typical of the elect of God, whom he has chosen in Christ before all worlds. But this people swerved from their allegiance; they rebelled against the statutes and ordinances of God, which he had given them by the mouth of his servant Moses; they said, “Give us a king to judge us, like all the nations,” and in demanding a king, the Lord said, by the mouth of Samuel 1Samuel 8:7, “That they had rejected him that he should not reign over them.” This demanding, then, of a king that they might become like other nations was an act of daring rebellion on their parts, whereby they swerved from their allegiance to the “KING of kings and LORD of lords.” The Lord, however, suffered them to continue under this kingly government until a certain time, until the reign of Zedekiah, when he overturned and utterly reduced this kingdom which they had set up to wreck and ruin.

Is there not here an analogy and a resemblance betwixt the typical Israel and the spiritual Israel? As the typical Israel were chosen nationally that the Lord should be their king, so the spiritual Israel were chosen in Christ before all worlds, that he might reign in them.

But as the literal Israel swerved from their allegiance by setting up another king than God, so the elect Israel swerved from their allegiance by falling in Adam; and by becoming subjects of sin and self, fell into a state of rebellion and alienation from God. There is an analogy, then, betwixt the literal kingdom of Israel, and the dominion of sin and self in the hearts of the elect before they are called by sovereign grace. The Lord then says, “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more until he come whose right it is,” that is, I will make this kingdom of sin and self a heap of ruins; I will reduce it to a wreck; I will overturn it from its foundations, and upon the ruins of this kingdom, I will build up another. “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more a kingdom as it was before, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”

Upon this resemblance, then, I hope, with God’s blessing, this morning, to build up a spiritual and experimental interpretation of the text, and to show, if the Lord enable me, how it applies to the work of grace upon the hearts of God’s people.

Now, if we look at the text, without making any formal divisions, we shall find that it consists of two leading branches.

I. The work of overturning which is thrice repeated; and then
II. What takes place in the soul, when the overturning is complete.

“I will overturn, overturn, overturn it;” that is one branch of the Spirit’s work. “Until he come whose right it is;” there is another branch of the Spirit’s teaching in the soul, making Christ experimentally and spiritually known.

I. The most striking feature in these words is, that the Lord repeats three times the expression, “I will overturn it.” It may indeed be said with respect to this repetition of the words three times, that it may signify the positiveness and certainty of God’s determination.
Just in the same manner as, in the vision of Peter, we read, “This was done thrice, and the vessel was received up again into heaven,” in order to show the certainty of the vision -to make more clear and manifest what was the will and purpose of God.

And so, perhaps, the circumstance of the expression being repeated three times, “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it,” may be intended to convey with greater authority the certainty of it -that God by solemnly declaring it three times over, expresses thereby the positiveness of it in his own mind. But still I believe, if we come to look at it in a closer point of view, and trace it out according to the teachings of God the Holy Ghost in the hearts of God’s people, we shall find that it is literally true, –that the repetition of it three times does not merely intend to express the certainty of God’s overthrow of self in the soul, but that there are three distinct occasions -three clear, positive, and direct overturnings of self, and bringing it into utter ruin, in order to the setting up of Christ in his glory and beauty upon the wreck and ruins of the creature. And it is remarkable that there were three distinct overturnings of the kingdom of Judah, and a carrying of them into captivity three different times, as well as three distinct restorations; the first was the overthrow of Jehoiakim in the fourth year of his reign, the second that of Jehoiachin in the eighth year of his reign, and the third and last that of King Zedekiah, which the Lord here denounces by the mouth of his prophet, 2Ki 24:1,2 2Ki 24:12 2Ki 25:5,6

Then what is the first overturning which takes place in the heart, when God the Holy Ghost begins the work of grace there?

Where does the Spirit of God find us? He finds us, as the apostle speaks, “alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in us, because of the blindness of our hearts;” he finds us “dead in trespasses and sins,” by nature the “children of wrath even as others;” he finds us under the dominion of sin in some of those various shapes which sin assumes. Then, in order to the setting up of the kingdom of God in the soul, there must be an overthrow of the rule and reign of sin. Just as in the vision which Daniel saw, the stone cut out of the mountain without hands, smote the image upon his feet, and brake in pieces, not only the feet of iron and of clay, but all the other component parts of that image, the gold and the silver and the brass, and was set up upon the wreck and ruins of that image; so the kingdom of God is founded upon the wreck and ruin of self. There is no alliance betwixt unhumbled self and Christ, no more than there is concord between Christ and Belial. Christ never enters into confederacy so as to go halves with the creature, or takes self into partnership; he erects his blessed kingdom of righteousness and peace upon the wreck and ruin of self, and all the strength, wisdom, and righteousness of man must become, as it is said in Daniel, “like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors,” before the kingdom of God is blessedly revealed in the heart, and there made experimentally known.

Overturn No. 1 Profanity
1. The first prominent feature of self is in some cases profane self.

That is, many of God’s elect, before they are called by the blessed Spirit, are living in open profanity, in drunkenness, swearing, adultery, and the barefaced practice of notorious sins. But whenever the Spirit of God begins to work in the heart, he overturns profane self, that is, he brings such solemn convictions into the conscience -he shoots such arrows from the bow of God into the soul, that self in its profane shape is overcome and overthrown thereby. And there is every reason to doubt, whether God has began a work of grace upon that man’s heart, in whose conscience the arrows of conviction have not been lodged, so as to cut the sinews, and let out the life-blood of profane self. If a man, professing the doctrines of grace, can live in any known sin, and without pangs of conscience and anguish of spirit before God, there is every reason to believe that the Spirit of God has never set up his court of judgment in that man’s breast. If profane self has never been arraigned at that bar- has never been condemned and imprisoned, there is no reason to believe, that the Spirit of God has come as the Spirit of judgment, and the Spirit of burning into that man’s heart.

But there are others of God’s elect, who, when he takes them in hand, are not wallowing in profane and open wickedness, and yet are living under the dominion of sin in other shapes -people who are what is called moral outwardly, but who are immoral inwardly; people who are not given up to the excesses of open riot, but are still living under the dominion of sin in other forms; who with a fair demeanour externally are still “alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance and blindness of their heart;” who are under the reign and rule of self; who have no fear of God before their eyes, no spiritual sense of his heart-searching presence, and no desire to know and believe in, worship or love him. Now, these people need just as much that self should be overturned in its moral shape in them, as that self should be overturned in its immoral shape in the others. So long as God is barred out of the heart, it matters little, as far as salvation is concerned, whether a man is living in profaneness or in what is called morality. There is no life in that man’s soul, no spiritual work, nothing in him of a heavenly birth so as to bring him into any acquaintance with God. Self still reigns and rules, and all the stronger from its very morality. It must, therefore, be cast down and overturned from its throne, and become a wreck and a ruin before God.

Well, but what is the instrument -the strong and powerful lever which the Holy Ghost applies to overthrow self in its profane shape, and self in its moral shape? The spirituality of the law in the conscience,the discovery of God’s holiness in the soul, the manifestation of his strict justice, and the bringing into the heart a sense of his unblemished purity. Now, the bare letter of the law cannot overthrow self, either immoral self or moral self; but the spirituality of God’s law, the coming of the commandment with power, the solemn revelation of the wrath of God against all sin and transgression -this, in the hands of the Spirit is an effectual lever, to overthrow self in its moral shape as well as in its immoral shape, and bring it in to wreck and ruin before God, -that is to say, it exists, but it exists in ruins. The word “overturn” is applicable to a building which is overthrown by some stroke of lightning, or by some violent concussion, as the shock of an earthquake. It is overturned, not removed; not one stone is taken away, but the building lies in ruins. So with respect to sinful self; it is overthrown from its lofty position, hurled down from its standing; the building is no longer a complete edifice as before; it does not retain its former proportions; it is no longer a temple with distinct apartments, shrines, and altars, an abode swept and garnished for Satan; but though no one stone is removed utterly away, yet there remaineth not one stone upon another which is not thrown down. The difference between the building now, and the building then, is that that is now a ruin -a heap of confused rubbish -which formerly was a complete edifice.
Here, then, is a soul which stands overturned before God; a wreck and ruin before “the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” But what will a man do when he is reduced to these circumstances? Why, he will begin to build, and will endeavour to set up a temple in which he believes God will take pleasure, of which he may approve, and which shall, in some measure, recommend him to Jehovah’s favour. That is the immediate feeling of every convinced sinner whose profaneness lies as a load of guilt on his conscience, and which has fallen into a heap of ruins before God. His object is to do something to blunt the edge of convictions in his conscience, to gain the favour of Jehovah, and to escape “the wrath to come.” Now, usually, I believe, men take different roads according to the measure of light in their judgment.

Where a man has never sat under the truth -where he has never heard of Christ’s righteousness and salvation through the propitiation of the Son of God, his immediate recourse is to the law of works, that he, by strict obedience to its demands, may work out a righteousness which shall satisfy and please God. But where a man has had his judgment in some measure enlightened; where, –for instance, he has sat under truth, and heard of the blood of Christ as the only propitiation for sin, and of Christ’s righteousness as the only way whereby he can stand justified before God, he seems in a manner cut off from the law of works, as having this conviction in his mind, “I can never make up a righteousness by the law of works, and, therefore, to flee to it for refuge will be utterly ineffectual.” He adopts another course, which is to set up what is called holiness. When I was convinced of sin, and “brought in guilty before God,” I had too much light in my judgment to fly to the Mosaic covenant of works. My judgment being well informed, I knew very well that legal righteousness could not stand me in any stead before God as a way of acceptance. My recourse was rather to turn the Gospel into law, and procure what is called holiness; not to go to the law of Moses for righteousness, but to the Gospel for holiness; not to try to obey the commandments in the Old Testament, but to seek to fulfil the precepts of the New; and by making myself spiritually-minded, by reading the Scriptures and prayer, to clothe myself in the character given in the New Testament of a Christian. This is indeed the worst of legality, for it is perverting the Gospel into law; but still it seems a different path from running to the Mosaic law of works for salvation. The man, then, whose judgment is in some measure informed, will try hard, perhaps, to make himself holy, to be spiritually-minded, to fix his affections upon God, to renounce everything which is contrary to the Word of God as spoken by the mouth of Christ, and thus to seek in some way to make himself a Christian, and then to obtain access to God by that Christianity. This is what Romaine calls somewhere, “self-righteousness new christened holiness.” Here he is, then, embarked upon this course, to become holy and spiritually-minded, to serve God, to obey his precepts, to read his Word, to join his people, to come out from the world, and with the utmost power and strongest bent of his soul, to become a Christian indeed.

Overturn No. 2 False Holiness or Mock Spirituality
2. Now, there must be as much an overturning of this self-righteousness,whether in its strictly legal shape, or “new christened holiness,” as there must be an overturning of a man’s profanity. 

The object of the overturning is to overthrow self -self setting itself up in opposition to Christ. And, therefore, be it profane self, it must be overturned; or be it righteous self, it must be overturned; or be it holy self, it must be overturned. Self in all its shapes, forms, and guises, must be overturned and brought to a heap of ruins, that Christ may be exalted wholly and solely upon the ruins of self. A second overturning, then, is necessary, an overthrow of righteous or holy self. And what is the Lord’s lever to overturn this second temple, built out of the ruins of the first, but not “the place of big rest,” as being still the work of men’s hands? A spiritual discovery of the deep pollution of our hearts and natures before him. Profanity is overturned by the application of the law with power to the conscience; but this false holiness, this mock spirituality, is overturned by the discovery to our consciences of the deep pollution that lurks in our carnal minds; this is more or less the breaking up of “the fountains of the deep,” and discovering with power to the conscience the truth of those words: “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” As we try, then, to be holy, sin rises up from the depths of our carnal mind, and overturns that fabric which we are seeking to erect. Every thought now appears polluted with sin -every word in some way tainted with corruption -every action infected with evil, so that we fall down before God with self-abhorrence and self-loathing, and feel that there is not a word in our mouth, or an action in our hands, with which sin is not intermixed, which inward iniquity has not defiled, and for which, therefore, we do not feel condemned and self-abhorred before God. Here, then, is a man who stands before God, not merely with profane self a heap of ruins, but also with righteous self and holy self a heap of ruins too. But when profane self, righteous self, and holy self, have been thus overthrown, the doctrines of grace as made known by the Spirit now become sweet and suitable. Having no holiness in self, Christ’s sanctification becomes meditated upon finding nothing in self to please God with, the blood of the atonement becomes opened up as a doctrine which is sweet and suitable to our case; being destitute of creature-righteousness, Christ’s glorious righteousness shines in the Scriptures as a truth which just fits in with our condition. The Spirit, then, brings home the doctrine of election with some power to the heart and some sweetness to the conscience; he shows the soul in some faint measure the blood of the atonement, and as he sprinkles it upon the conscience, a taste of his mercy is blessedly experienced. He brings Christ’s righteousness near, and as the soul gets a sight of that righteousness by the eye of faith, it rests therein, and feels a sweet satisfaction in that righteousness, and utterly discards its own.

Overturn No. 3 Presumptuous Self
3. And now let us trace a little what course self will steer.

Why, this restless wretch now runs in another channel, which is to slight the solemn inward teaching of God, and to take hold of the doctrines of grace by the hand of nature, without waiting to have these heavenly truths applied, from time to time, by the mouth of God to our hearts. And as some sweetness has been felt in them, there seems to be some warrant for so doing. But presumption creeps upon us in such imperceptible and subtle ways, that we scarcely know we are in that delusive path before we find a precipice at the end of the road. And what has led us there? Our pride and ambition, which are not satisfied with being nothing, with occupying the place where God puts us, and being in that posture where he himself sets us down. We must needs grasp at something beyond God’s special teachings in the soul; we must needs exalt our stature beyond the height which God himself has given us, adding a cubit to our dwarfish proportions.

Here, then, is the third form of self which is to be overturned, as much as the two preceding forms, and that is presumptuous self, so that we have self in its three bearings: first, profane self; secondly, righteous self; and thirdly, presumptuous self. Profane self was self in ignorance of the doctrines of grace at all; righteous self was self in ignorance of these doctrines as spiritually made known to the heart; and presumptuous self is self which after the soul had tasted some measure of these doctrines, and had felt something of their sweetness and their power, secretly and imperceptibly thrust it beyond its real standing into a carnal resting upon them. Well, then, self in all its three forms -self in profanity, self in self-righteousness, and self in presumption -must be overturned in a man, that he may be a wreck before God and a heap of ruins, so that one stone shall not stand upon another; the former proportions and harmony of the building lost and gone; the proud columns which supported it fallen; and roof and walls mingled together undistinguished amidst heaps of rubbish, because the Lord “has stretched over it the line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.”

II. But we come now to the second part of the text, which is, the setting up of the kingdom of God on the ruins of self. “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”

There is one, then, to come, “whose right it is;” there is a king who has a right to the throne, and to the allegiance of his subjects; a right to all that they are and to all that they have. But whence has he gained this right? “Until he come whose right it is.” It is his right then, first, by original donation and gift, the Father having given to the Son all the elect. “Here am I,””All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.” says Jesus, “and the children that thou hast given me.” Then, so far as we are his, Jesus has a right to our persons; and in having a right to our persons, he has, by the same original donation of God the Father, a right to our hearts and affections. But he has another right, and that is by purchase and redemption, he having redeemed his people with his own blood –having laid down his life for them, and thus bought and purchased them, and so established a right to them by the full and complete price which he himself paid down upon the cross for them. This twofold right he exercises every time that he lays a solemn claim to any one of the people whom he has purchased. And this claim he lays when the blessed Spirit comes into the soul to arrest and apprehend a vessel of mercy, and bring it to his feet, that he may be enthroned as King and Lord in its affections. For be it remembered, that the possession of the heart, with all its affections, is his right; and “his glory he will not give to another,” his property he will not allow to pass into other hands; he is not satisfied with merely having a right to the persons of his dear people, he must have their hearts; and in exercising his right to their affections, he will reign and rule supreme, allowing no rival, admitting no cooperation with self in any shape or form, but he himself to be established as King and Lord there. Then where is the soul before he comes into it in power, in sweetness, in beauty, in preciousness? What and where is it? A heap of ruins. And no man ever knew much of the preciousness of Christ, whose soul was not a heap of ruins, and in whom self had not been overturned and cast to the ground. Nay; no man ever ardently panted that the Lord of life and glory should visit his heart with his salvation, should come in the power of his resurrection, in the glory of his righteousness, in the preciousness of his presence -no man ever spiritually desired, sighed, cried, groaned, sued, and begged for the manifestation of Christ to his soul, who was not a ruined wretch before God, and in whom self had not been overturned so as to be a desolate heap, so overthrown that all the power of man could not put any one stone in its place, or rebuild the former edifice.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to resist and desist from seeking for holiness in self  but to be able to continually meditate upon Christ’s sanctification and see his glorious righteousness as it shines in the Scriptures as a truth which just fits in with our condition.

Meanwhile, seek to be set free from God’s wrath today and seek the righteousness that really counts:

Most Importantly!!!!!

 You might say – “Why do I have to know and experience this Jesus you are going on about?” Here is why, when and how you can get to know Him.

Admit your spiritual need.

We all are sinners: nobody likes that title “SINNER”, but the bible says in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

What is the result of sin?

In Romans 6:23 we read “The wages of sin is death…” in other words, every sin is another step towards death. One thing that we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell; one can send himself there by rejecting the truth.

Since we can never measure up to God’s standards by our own strength; God has reached out to mankind.

In Romans 5:8 we read, “God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. It is Jesus, after all, who is the source of life’s greatest high.

“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. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17).

What must a person do to accept this gift?

Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28 states –“come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me” Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into your life to give you peace, change you for the best. John 1:12 says: “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God”.

If you haven’t already received Christ as your Saviour, don’t put it off another day! Take time right now to reflect on the state of your life, how does Romans 3:23 apply to you? Ask God to empower you to see the true state of your heart – “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) then when enabled, invite Jesus into your life. Confess your sins. Receive His forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. You could pray something like this:

Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner in need of a Saviour. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank You for giving me eternal life. Help me to live my life in a way that pleases You, for whatever time You give me here on earth. I look forward to living forever in Heaven with You. Amen.

Only “If My Poeple will…….”

Only “If My People will……..”

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“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  (2 Chronicles 7:14)

A nation is only healed when there is wide scale repentance that can only come from God when He pours out His Spirit in great convicting power upon a people.

 

 

 

JESUS IS THE ANSWER

Sabaoth Spring 2020

AND BY HIS STRIPES: WE ARE HEALED
THE BLOOD OF JESUS: THE BLOOD OF THE ETERNAL COVENANT
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AND BY HIS STRIPES, WE ARE HEALEDJesus Is The Answer

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Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

JESUS IS THE ANSWER

Jesus is the answer to our every need. I Him is “the fruit of the Spirit” as one (Gal. 5:22) and not of `fruits’ as separate items. God has given us His Holy Spirit, and when love is needed the fruit of the Spirit is love; when self control is needed the fruit of the Spirit is joy. It is always true. It does not matter what your personal deficiency, or whether it is a hundred and one different things, God has one sufficient answer — His Son Jesus Christ, and He is the answer to every human need.

The Grace To Believe

Sabaoth Spring 2020

AND BY HIS STRIPES: WE ARE HEALED
THE BLOOD OF JESUS: THE BLOOD OF THE ETERNAL COVENANT
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AND BY HIS STRIPES, WE ARE HEALED – The Grace To Believe

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Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

In this series we will be looking at:

  1. Grace To Believe
  2. Repentance
  3. The Mind of The Flesh is Death: The Mind of The Spirit is Life And Peace.
  4. Intuition
  5. Fellowship
  6. Conscience
  7. The Pursuit of The Perfection of Christ Jesus

A nation is only healed when there is wide scale repentance that can only come from God when He pours out His Spirit in great convicting power upon a people

In times like this when people are looking for answers to calamities we see around us; it is very pertinent that we have a grasp of the fact that:

THE SALVATION OF MAN IS FROM THE GIFT OF CHRIST AND ALL GIFTS OF CHRIST ARE COMMUNICATED TO US AND GIVEN TO US BY THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST – THE HOLY SPIRIT.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HEART OF MANKIND BASED ON THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY & ITS BENEFITS FOR MANKIND

Two Major Aspects of The Redemption of Mankind:

FIRSTLY, THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS

The aspect of the work of our Lord Jesus which is represented by ‘the Blood’ shed for our justification through “the remission of sins”.

AND SECONDLY OUR DELIVERANCE FROM SIN

The aspect of His work represented by ‘the Cross’: That is to say, by our union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. We have been “crucified” with Christ.

THE BLOOD DEALS WITH WHAT WE HAVE DONE AS IT DISPOSES OF OUR SINS while THE CROSS DEALS WITH WHAT WE ARE, AS IT STRIKES AT THE ROOT OF OUR CAPACITY FOR SIN

WHEN IT COMES TO HEALING, JUST AS IN CONSECRATION, OUR FAITH PLAYS A BIG PART AND IT DOES THIS IN A TWO-FOLD MOVEMENT: DOWNWARD, WE CEASE TO TRUST IN OUR ABILITY TO IMPROVE OURSELVES; UPWARD, WE PUT OUR TRUST IN BLOOD OF JESUS THAT WAS SHED FOR US ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY.

Trust is a firm reliance on the character or integrity of another; it is also a measure of the spiritual authority God puts at our disposal, which is also commensurate with the level of our spiritual maturity. Worldly maturity connotes the level of being independent of anyone; but spiritual maturity is the:

LEVEL OF OUR TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE DEPENDENCE ON GOD

The overall work of Redemption is to bring us back to the place where we will now find our right and wrong in God.

The foundation of faith pertaining to our healing is based on real, solid, tangible, realistic, true to life testimony that comes from personal knowledge of God’s compassion, goodwill or benevolence towards us;

founded upon the truth of the freely given promise in Christ, both revealed to our minds and sealed upon our hearts by the Holy Spirit. This is not just about agreeing with historical facts about Jesus Christ, but knowledge we have that God will be compassionate towards us because of Him (Jesus Christ).

Faith is higher knowledge that goes beyond just what our intellect is able to comprehend or what any mental action, or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding – through thought, experience, and the senses (cognition) can provide for us. It is the persuasion that informs the general air of confidence; a firm conviction that something is the case and is reliably true. A persuasion that goes beyond our human ability or shrewdness to attain but is imparted to us by the Holy Spirit.

Faith is not only a higher knowledge than reason alone can comprehend, but faith also includes a committed nature of the mind and heart towards God— trust. Faith in its essence contains not only consenting to objective knowledge (cognition); but also a subjective trust, a belief or confidence in the power, reality, truth and goodness of God. “Faith is trust. It is a trusting and confident knowledge.” This trust cannot be trust in the abstract; one must personally trust in Christ Jesus for mercy. This trust requires the heart to turn from all other trusts to trust in God alone.

Please see the presentation or watch the video  here and pray through the designated bits.

May the grace of God continue to uphold us all.  Amen

In Patience Possess Your Soul

Sabaoth SUMMER 2019
FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose
PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God

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Our Freedom From Sin Section E – In Patience Possess Your Soul

The Law of Sin And Death & The Battle For The Soul of Man

The Believer and His / Her Soul

Adam’s Psyche Still On The Soul of Man

Inordinate Activities of The Soul & The Battle For The Soul of Man

How Valued Is A Liberated Conscience????

In Patience Possess Your Sou

Applying Jesus’ Finished Work In Dividing Soul & Spirit

The ” soul “, as the central compartment of man’s being, is the medium for both “spirit force” (pneuma) and the “soul force” (Psuche). As the tide of the inordinate activities of the psuche in this end times become worse, it will be seen eventually that the main objective of all the purposes of the enemy, is to bring about the same corruption ” as in the days of Noah “.

As we continue our look at sanctification (The Law of Sin and Death & The Battle For The Soul of Man) taking into consideration that the main oppressor of man is sin in the heart, for hearts tainted by sin will not only oppress their owners, but will inevitably lead to oppressive systems as well.

It will be apt to take a quick look at one other major ways oppression may be facilitated; as in how relationships between the ‘leaders’ and the ‘led’ are defined in the quest for sanctification and some factors around it – this being passivity and the level of de-humanization it can lead to. We will in this presentation look at the need for the believer to take responsibility for what our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has left in us through His finished work at Calvary.

Now these people were more noble and open-minded than those in Thessalonica, so they received the message [of salvation through faith in the Christ] with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. (Acts 17:11 Amp.)

Up to these point through this series, we have been addressing the inner spiritual oppression of sin, which is the fount of all other types of oppression a believer encounters and also had a look at passivity, a vehicle through which evil forces takeover a believer’s urge to act instead of him/her and examined actions that necessitate the credulity that in most cases trigger it.

Now we will briefly have a look at the ” soul “, as the central compartment, and the medium for both “spirit force” (pneuma) and the “soul force” (Psuche). As the tide of the inordinate activities of the psuche (Psyche) in this end times become worse, it will be seen eventually that the main objective of all the purposes of the enemy, is to bring about the same corruption ” as in the days of Noah “.

While zoe is life that comes from above, life of God; the word psuche in the original New Testament Greek is used to express the lower form of life that is developed through the flesh sarx . An example of this is when Jesus said, “My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life {“psuche”}.” (John 10:17)

Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. (John 10:17)

If we do not look at the Greek in this case, we cannot fully understand what Jesus chose to lay down in order to please His Father.

Although the common believe is that Jesus was referring to laying down His physical life, His “bios,” (As represented in Greek) at the cross in dying for our sins (which He subsequently did in John 19:30 – “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”); What He was specifically referring to (what He laid down) even before going on the Cross was His psuche.

In our illustration here we will be using psuche when referring to the lower form of life that is developed through the works of the flesh.

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The Law of Sin And Death

Sabaoth WINTER 2019 / 2020 

FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose
PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God

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Our Freedom From Sin Section E– The Law of Sin And Death

The Law of Sin And Death & The Battle For The Soul of Man

As we continue our look at sanctification (The Law of Sin and Death & The Battle For The Soul of Man) taking into consideration that the main oppressor of man is sin in the heart, for hearts tainted by sin will not only oppress their owners, but will inevitably lead to oppressive systems as well. It will be apt to take a quick look at one other major way oppression may be facilitated; as in how relationships between the ‘leaders’ and the ‘led’ are defined in the quest for sanctification and some factors around it – this being passivity and the level of de-humanization it can lead to. We will in this presentation look at the need for the believer to take responsibility for what our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has left in us through His finished work at Calvary

Now these people were more noble and open-minded than those in Thessalonica, so they received the message [of salvation through faith in the Christ] with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. (Acts 17:11 Amp.)

Up to these point through this series, we have been addressing the inner spiritual oppression of sin, which is the fount of all other types of oppression a believer encounters. Now we will briefly have a look at passivity, a vehicle through which evil forces takeover a believer’s urge to act instead of him/her and examine actions that necessitate the credulity that in most cases trigger it. We will be looking at the horizontal aspect of the believer that being the one between the five-fold ministries and the believer at the receiving end of their work.

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates (works against) his [Christian] brother he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. (1 John 4:20 Amp.)

The over-development in the capacity of the soul of man to the detriment of life of Jesus Christ through spirit has to be checked. The ‘old man’ has to go so that the new can come to be, which is where the Cross comes in. At rebirth (born-again), When we get saved, which is our ‘passport’ to partake of the FINISHED work of Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary this processes start and must be carefully followed through as we are being brought to the place where we live by the life of Christ Jesus. Each and every day we have to strive towards this.

God is doing a direct work in our hearts to get rid of the overdevelopment in the capacity of our soul. Each and every day we have to confine and hand over this bloated power of the soul to death.

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (Luke 9:23-24)

The soul of a believer, being saved should reflect the purity of the heart; meaning that the effect of the functions of a liberated conscience, intuition and communion with God is demonstrated by the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of our righteousness and sanctification and redemption (that we cannot physically see) and the conviction of the reality (perceiving as real what is not revealed to the senses) of this fact being made real to us by our seeing ourselves hidden in Christ Jesus who became for us wisdom from God.

Then, at this point of being saved and having a regenerated heart, the soul [(Functions of Will, Intellect & Emotions now being controlled by the spirit (Functions of a liberated conscience, intuition and communion with God) that is in turn now also under the control of the Holy Spirit] should be committed solely to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and enabled to comprehend the solid biblical and historical facts that Christianity is built on.

We have so far been looking at the vertical aspect of the appropriation of the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary that being between the believer and God now we will have a look at the horizontal aspect which is between the believer and the influences around him/her that have a bearing on how the relationship is formed and maintained.

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.For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

(Romans 8:1-4)

The Law and Our Pursuit of The Perfection of Christ Jesus

Sabaoth SUMMER 2019
FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER – The Eternal Purpose
PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God

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Our Freedom From Sin Section D – The Law and Our Pursuit of The Perfection of Christ Jesus

The Law, Faith and Repentance In Sanctification

Just as when the X-ray has revealed the problem of an injury (or not); its work is finished: AS IT CAN NEVER BE THE CURE OF THE PROBLEM

So does the law reveal sin: But then have to get out of the way for THE GRACE THAT COMES FROM THE RULING OUT OF THE OLD CREATION BY THE CROSS OF CHRIST, and THE ENTIRELY NEW CREATION BROUGHT IN BY HIS RESURRECTION to deal with the root of sin

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

Just also as men transact our own business in money terms – GOD’S HARD CURRENCY IS THE STATE OF MAN’S HEART

GOD IS NOT FOOLED

Our salvation and Sanctification are from the gift of Christ and all gifts of Christ are communicated to us and given to us by the Spirit of Christ – The Holy Spirit.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HEART OF MANKIND BASED ON THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY & ITS BENEFITS FOR MANKIND

Part of the outworking of our regeneration by God through the acts of the Holy Spirit is our sanctification.

Regeneration means to be renewed, reformed, or reconstituted; to have a spiritual rebirth (be spiritually reborn) “Born Again”; to cause to be completely reformed or improved and to grow anew (a part to replace one hurt or lost).

Sanctification as had been set in motion from the foundation of the earth and FINISHED by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary, spans the entirety of our being: from the moment of our spiritual birth to the point of our entry into glory.

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:10-14).

At rebirth, Positional Sanctification is automatically made available to us (through an entirely work of God) as a result of justification; as a believer (at salvation) we are justified and declared righteous in conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Romans 10:4).

Then when ‘the rubber hits the road’, we discover that we have to deal with the negative pull from the corrupt world we live in; a world that is well set up to pull us back into its sinful fold – here is where the experiential phase of our sanctification plays out.

Experiential sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit works in us (believer) to set us apart from sin; it is a progressive work aimed at spiritual maturity, a progressive work of separating us from the world. Quite opposite to what obtains in the world where maturity means independence from anyone; but spiritual maturity means TOTAL DEPENDENCE ON GOD.

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20)

For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. (Hebrews 7:19)

Not only are we freed from sin, as Paul points out, but we are freed from the Law as well. The Law does its work (condemns us), but we are no longer under Law if we are resting in Christ. Therefore, the Law does not serve any useful purpose in delivering us from sin apart from flashing the search light on it (sin) and drive us back to Christ Jesus.

What then do we conclude? Is the Law identical with sin? Certainly not! Nevertheless, if it had not been for the Law, I should not have recognized sin or have known its meaning. [For instance] I would not have known about covetousness [would have had no consciousness of sin or sense of guilt] if the Law had not [repeatedly] said, You shall not covet and have an evil desire [for one thing and another]. (Romans 7:7, 8 Amp.)

The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. (1 Corinthians 15:56)

“I WILL OVERTURN, OVERTURN, OVERTURN IT”

“I WILL OVERTURN, OVERTURN, OVERTURN IT”

 “I WILL OVERTURN, OVERTURN, OVERTURN IT”
THE THREEFOLD OVERTHROW OF SELF – Part 1
“I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.” (Eze 21:27)
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold”. (Mat.24:12)

And Simon Peter answered and said,  THOU ART THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT (Matthew 16:16, 18).

“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 12:28,29).

With all that is being said in recent times about Christianity, in some cases justifiably so: which can be attributed to the unchristian-like activities in the Church today a lot of Christians are beginning to ask doubtful questions. In this age we live in, it is very easy to start becoming unsteady in one’s walk with God; the pressure has always been there, not to talk of what we now seem to see on daily basis with regards to the falling away from the word of God. So many believers are now beginning to ask the question “is all these Christian stuff real? It is important to note that if the prayers of the saints cease what will happen?

I spent some quality time with Lord regarding this situation this week and I am led to share this sermon by J. C. Philpot; it is an exposition of Ezekiel 21:7; although there have been other different lines of exposition of this Bible verse, Philpot looks at the verse from the angle of the overthrow of SELF, the number one enemy of man. I have heard many a messages on dealing with self, but this message gives practical ways of daily dealing with self. I will in later posts say one or two words on this, and we will then go back to our exposition on the book of Romans.

Please let us make some time out to pray through the prayer points listed before the Sermon on behalf of the body of Christ (The Church). Remember -WHAT SO EVER YOU SOW YOU WILL ALSO REAP.

Before we go on to the prayers and this message I will like to remind us of some facts:

Judgement will start in the house of God

“Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator“. (1Peter 4:16-19)

Even the great heroes of  past made mistakes but later became great and faithful servants of the Lord.

“Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life“ (Rev. 2:10).

a.       Abraham, the father of the Hebrew nation, at one time worshipped other gods.
b.      David, the third King of Israel, although he committed adultery, became a man after God’s own heart.
c.       Paul, the great apostle of Jesus Christ, at one time had Christians arrested and killed.

God gives second chances

“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11).

“And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20).

“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. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1John 1:5)

In the 136th Psalm, 26 times it says, “His lovingkindness is everlasting”. (See also Ephesians 2:4; 1 Peter 1:3;1 John 1:9)

Our God is a consuming fire

“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 12:28,29).

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:.” (Acts 17:30)

PRAYER POINTS

  1. O Lord infuse us with your Holy purity.
  2. O Lord empower us to discover Your holiness in our soul,
  3. O Lord empower us to discover the manifestation of Your strict justice.
  4. O Lord bring into our hearts a sense of Your unblemished purity.
  5. O Lord empower us to discover the solemn revelation of  Your wrath against all sin and transgression.
  6. O Lord concerning our lives, overthrow self in us in its moral and immoral shapes, and bring it into wreck and ruin before You.
  7. O Lord concerning our lives, overthrow self in us be it profane, righteous or holy or presumptious and bring it into wreck and ruin before You so that the doctrines of grace as made known by the Spirit can become sweet and suitable to us.
  8. O Lord empower us to have a spiritual discovery of the deep pollution of our heart and nature before You.
  9. O Lord, please repair any damage or searing in our conscience so that it can easy receive the application of your law.
  10. O Lord empower us to continually receive the discovery to our conscience of the deep pollution that lurks in our carnal minds.
  11. O Lord empower us to break up “the fountains of the deep,” and discover with power to our conscience; the truth of those words: “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.”
  12. Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to realise deep down in our heart that there is nothing in self to please You with.
  13. Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to resist and desist from seeking for holiness in self  but to continually look unto the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ at the Cross of Calvary.
  14. Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to resist and desist from seeking for holiness in self  but to be able to continually meditate upon Christ’s sanctification and see his glorious righteousness as it shines in the Scriptures as a truth which just fits in with our condition.
  15. Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to resist and desist from seeking for holiness in self.
  16. Holy Spirit we pray that you will continually show our soul the blood of the atonement, and also continually sprinkle it upon our conscience, that we may continually blessedly experience a taste of God’s mercy.
  17. Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to resist and desist from allowing self in us to make us slight Your solemn inward teaching, and to take hold of the doctrines of grace by the hand of nature, without waiting to have these heavenly truths applied, from time to time, by Your mouth to our heart.
  18. Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to resist and desist from letting presumption creep upon us in such imperceptible and subtle ways, that we scarcely know we are in that delusive path.
  19. When this happens we pray O Lord that your will open the eye of our heart to see the precipice at the end of the road.
  20. O Lord deliver us from pride and inordinate ambition which are not satisfied with being nothing, with occupying the place where You put us, and being in that posture where You Yourself sets us down.
  21. O Lord deliver us from pride and inordinate ambition which makes us want to exalt our stature beyond the height which You have given us, adding a cubit to our dwarfish proportions.
  22.  O Lord make our soul a heap of ruins, and overturn and cast to the ground self in us; that we may continually know Your preciousness.
  23. O Lord come with power and glory and grace and majesty into our soul, conscience and whole being, set up Your Kingdom, erect a temple for yourself and build up Your own throne of mercy and truth upon the ruins of self in us.
  24. O Lord, we pray that at anytime self in us attempts to rebuild itself from it’s ruins you will infuse us with your Holy purity.
  25. Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to realise deep down in our inner man that self is a living principle; not a slaughtered and buried rebel, but a breathing antagonist to You the Lord of life and glory.
  26. O Lord empower us to continually look into our heart, and discover that day by day we need this overturning work to be done afresh; and repeated in us again and again .

A Sermon DELIVERED ON LORD’S-DAY MORNING, JUNE 13, 1841, BY J. C. PHILPOT, AT ZOAR CHAPEL, GREAT ALIE STREET

“I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.” -Eze 21:27

Before we enter into the spiritual and experimental meaning of this passage of Holy Writ, it may be desirable to advert for a few minutes to its literal signification, and to the circumstances under which these words were spoken by the Lord through his prophet Ezekiel.

These words were uttered, then, with reference to King Zedekiah, who at that time sat upon the throne of Judah.

Nebuchadnezzar had elevated him to the position which he then occupied; he had made him king, and, in making him king, he had exacted of him a solemn oath in the name of Jehovah, that he would be faithful to him as his sovereign  2Ch 36:13. Now, this solemn oath, which Zedekiah had taken, he perfidiously broke, and rebelled against his master the king of Babylon, and gave his allegiance to the king of Egypt. It was, then, the breaking of this solemn oath, which he had taken in the name of the Lord, that so provoked the righteous anger of Jehovah against him; and, therefore, in this chapter he says: “And thou profane, wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, thus saith the Lord God, remove the diadem and take off the crown” Eze 21:25,26. The Lord here remonstrates with him, and reproaches him for the violation of that solemn oath which he had taken; he calls him a “profane wicked prince,” because he abode not by the solemn covenant which he had made in his name, agreeably to those words Eze 17:18,19, – “Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape.

Therefore thus saith the Lord God, As I live, surely mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head.” But the Lord was resolved, not merely to remove this “profane wicked prince” from the throne, but he was determined to overturn the throne itself; not only to pull down this perjured king from the position which he then occupied, but to overthrow the kingdom also of Judah, by a complete overturning of it from its very foundation. And, therefore, when he had said: “And thou profane, wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, thus saith the Lord God, remove the diadem, and take off the crown,” he then goes on in the words of the text: “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more” that is, “it shall be no more” as a kingdom -it shall exist no more in its present state, “until he come whose right it is” that is the king of Zion, Jesus, the Lord of life and glory; “and I will give it him;” in other words, there shall be no more a king in Judah -the kingdom shall no longer stand upon its present base; no temporal monarchy shall be there known, until he come whose right it is, and he shall set up his throne, not literally in Jerusalem, -but spiritually in Zion, that kingdom which is “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost;” and I with my own hand, “I will give it him.”

But having just adverted to the literal signification, we come now, with God’s blessing, to the spiritual and experimental meaning of the words; and in so doing, we shall doubtless observe some analogy betwixt the two cases. If there were no analogy, there would be no foundation for the spiritual and experimental interpretation founded upon the passage. If I could trace no resemblance betwixt the cases, all such experimental and spiritual interpretation would be merely fanciful and uncertain; it would be upon a wrong basis, and would stand upon an insecure foundation. And, therefore, I shall endeavour to show, before I enter into the spiritual and experimental meaning of the passage, that there is an analogy betwixt the literal and spiritual interpretation.

The people of Israel were a people of God’s own choice, and as such were typical of the elect of God, whom he has chosen in Christ before all worlds. But this people swerved from their allegiance; they rebelled against the statutes and ordinances of God, which he had given them by the mouth of his servant Moses; they said, “Give us a king to judge us, like all the nations,” and in demanding a king, the Lord said, by the mouth of Samuel 1Samuel 8:7, “That they had rejected him that he should not reign over them.” This demanding, then, of a king that they might become like other nations was an act of daring rebellion on their parts, whereby they swerved from their allegiance to the “KING of kings and LORD of lords.” The Lord, however, suffered them to continue under this kingly government until a certain time, until the reign of Zedekiah, when he overturned and utterly reduced this kingdom which they had set up to wreck and ruin.

Is there not here an analogy and a resemblance betwixt the typical Israel and the spiritual Israel? As the typical Israel were chosen nationally that the Lord should be their king, so the spiritual Israel were chosen in Christ before all worlds, that he might reign in them.

But as the literal Israel swerved from their allegiance by setting up another king than God, so the elect Israel swerved from their allegiance by falling in Adam; and by becoming subjects of sin and self, fell into a state of rebellion and alienation from God. There is an analogy, then, betwixt the literal kingdom of Israel, and the dominion of sin and self in the hearts of the elect before they are called by sovereign grace. The Lord then says, “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more until he come whose right it is,” that is, I will make this kingdom of sin and self a heap of ruins; I will reduce it to a wreck; I will overturn it from its foundations, and upon the ruins of this kingdom, I will build up another. “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more a kingdom as it was before, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”

Upon this resemblance, then, I hope, with God’s blessing, this morning, to build up a spiritual and experimental interpretation of the text, and to show, if the Lord enable me, how it applies to the work of grace upon the hearts of God’s people.

Now, if we look at the text, without making any formal divisions, we shall find that it consists of two leading branches.

I. The work of overturning which is thrice repeated; and then
II. What takes place in the soul, when the overturning is complete.

“I will overturn, overturn, overturn it;” that is one branch of the Spirit’s work. “Until he come whose right it is;” there is another branch of the Spirit’s teaching in the soul, making Christ experimentally and spiritually known.

I. The most striking feature in these words is, that the Lord repeats three times the expression, “I will overturn it.” It may indeed be said with respect to this repetition of the words three times, that it may signify the positiveness and certainty of God’s determination.
Just in the same manner as, in the vision of Peter, we read, “This was done thrice, and the vessel was received up again into heaven,” in order to show the certainty of the vision -to make more clear and manifest what was the will and purpose of God.

And so, perhaps, the circumstance of the expression being repeated three times, “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it,” may be intended to convey with greater authority the certainty of it -that God by solemnly declaring it three times over, expresses thereby the positiveness of it in his own mind. But still I believe, if we come to look at it in a closer point of view, and trace it out according to the teachings of God the Holy Ghost in the hearts of God’s people, we shall find that it is literally true, –that the repetition of it three times does not merely intend to express the certainty of God’s overthrow of self in the soul, but that there are three distinct occasions -three clear, positive, and direct overturnings of self, and bringing it into utter ruin, in order to the setting up of Christ in his glory and beauty upon the wreck and ruins of the creature. And it is remarkable that there were three distinct overturnings of the kingdom of Judah, and a carrying of them into captivity three different times, as well as three distinct restorations; the first was the overthrow of Jehoiakim in the fourth year of his reign, the second that of Jehoiachin in the eighth year of his reign, and the third and last that of King Zedekiah, which the Lord here denounces by the mouth of his prophet, 2Ki 24:1,2 2Ki 24:12 2Ki 25:5,6

Then what is the first overturning which takes place in the heart, when God the Holy Ghost begins the work of grace there?

Where does the Spirit of God find us? He finds us, as the apostle speaks, “alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in us, because of the blindness of our hearts;” he finds us “dead in trespasses and sins,” by nature the “children of wrath even as others;” he finds us under the dominion of sin in some of those various shapes which sin assumes. Then, in order to the setting up of the kingdom of God in the soul, there must be an overthrow of the rule and reign of sin. Just as in the vision which Daniel saw, the stone cut out of the mountain without hands, smote the image upon his feet, and brake in pieces, not only the feet of iron and of clay, but all the other component parts of that image, the gold and the silver and the brass, and was set up upon the wreck and ruins of that image; so the kingdom of God is founded upon the wreck and ruin of self. There is no alliance betwixt unhumbled self and Christ, no more than there is concord between Christ and Belial. Christ never enters into confederacy so as to go halves with the creature, or takes self into partnership; he erects his blessed kingdom of righteousness and peace upon the wreck and ruin of self, and all the strength, wisdom, and righteousness of man must become, as it is said in Daniel, “like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors,” before the kingdom of God is blessedly revealed in the heart, and there made experimentally known.

Overturn No. 1 Profanity
1. The first prominent feature of self is in some cases profane self.

That is, many of God’s elect, before they are called by the blessed Spirit, are living in open profanity, in drunkenness, swearing, adultery, and the barefaced practice of notorious sins. But whenever the Spirit of God begins to work in the heart, he overturns profane self, that is, he brings such solemn convictions into the conscience -he shoots such arrows from the bow of God into the soul, that self in its profane shape is overcome and overthrown thereby. And there is every reason to doubt, whether God has began a work of grace upon that man’s heart, in whose conscience the arrows of conviction have not been lodged, so as to cut the sinews, and let out the life-blood of profane self. If a man, professing the doctrines of grace, can live in any known sin, and without pangs of conscience and anguish of spirit before God, there is every reason to believe that the Spirit of God has never set up his court of judgment in that man’s breast. If profane self has never been arraigned at that bar- has never been condemned and imprisoned, there is no reason to believe, that the Spirit of God has come as the Spirit of judgment, and the Spirit of burning into that man’s heart.

But there are others of God’s elect, who, when he takes them in hand, are not wallowing in profane and open wickedness, and yet are living under the dominion of sin in other shapes -people who are what is called moral outwardly, but who are immoral inwardly; people who are not given up to the excesses of open riot, but are still living under the dominion of sin in other forms; who with a fair demeanour externally are still “alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance and blindness of their heart;” who are under the reign and rule of self; who have no fear of God before their eyes, no spiritual sense of his heart-searching presence, and no desire to know and believe in, worship or love him. Now, these people need just as much that self should be overturned in its moral shape in them, as that self should be overturned in its immoral shape in the others. So long as God is barred out of the heart, it matters little, as far as salvation is concerned, whether a man is living in profaneness or in what is called morality. There is no life in that man’s soul, no spiritual work, nothing in him of a heavenly birth so as to bring him into any acquaintance with God. Self still reigns and rules, and all the stronger from its very morality. It must, therefore, be cast down and overturned from its throne, and become a wreck and a ruin before God.

Well, but what is the instrument -the strong and powerful lever which the Holy Ghost applies to overthrow self in its profane shape, and self in its moral shape? The spirituality of the law in the conscience,the discovery of God’s holiness in the soul, the manifestation of his strict justice, and the bringing into the heart a sense of his unblemished purity. Now, the bare letter of the law cannot overthrow self, either immoral self or moral self; but the spirituality of God’s law, the coming of the commandment with power, the solemn revelation of the wrath of God against all sin and transgression -this, in the hands of the Spirit is an effectual lever, to overthrow self in its moral shape as well as in its immoral shape, and bring it in to wreck and ruin before God, -that is to say, it exists, but it exists in ruins. The word “overturn” is applicable to a building which is overthrown by some stroke of lightning, or by some violent concussion, as the shock of an earthquake. It is overturned, not removed; not one stone is taken away, but the building lies in ruins. So with respect to sinful self; it is overthrown from its lofty position, hurled down from its standing; the building is no longer a complete edifice as before; it does not retain its former proportions; it is no longer a temple with distinct apartments, shrines, and altars, an abode swept and garnished for Satan; but though no one stone is removed utterly away, yet there remaineth not one stone upon another which is not thrown down. The difference between the building now, and the building then, is that that is now a ruin -a heap of confused rubbish -which formerly was a complete edifice.
Here, then, is a soul which stands overturned before God; a wreck and ruin before “the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” But what will a man do when he is reduced to these circumstances? Why, he will begin to build, and will endeavour to set up a temple in which he believes God will take pleasure, of which he may approve, and which shall, in some measure, recommend him to Jehovah’s favour. That is the immediate feeling of every convinced sinner whose profaneness lies as a load of guilt on his conscience, and which has fallen into a heap of ruins before God. His object is to do something to blunt the edge of convictions in his conscience, to gain the favour of Jehovah, and to escape “the wrath to come.” Now, usually, I believe, men take different roads according to the measure of light in their judgment.

Where a man has never sat under the truth -where he has never heard of Christ’s righteousness and salvation through the propitiation of the Son of God, his immediate recourse is to the law of works, that he, by strict obedience to its demands, may work out a righteousness which shall satisfy and please God. But where a man has had his judgment in some measure enlightened; where, –for instance, he has sat under truth, and heard of the blood of Christ as the only propitiation for sin, and of Christ’s righteousness as the only way whereby he can stand justified before God, he seems in a manner cut off from the law of works, as having this conviction in his mind, “I can never make up a righteousness by the law of works, and, therefore, to flee to it for refuge will be utterly ineffectual.” He adopts another course, which is to set up what is called holiness. When I was convinced of sin, and “brought in guilty before God,” I had too much light in my judgment to fly to the Mosaic covenant of works. My judgment being well informed, I knew very well that legal righteousness could not stand me in any stead before God as a way of acceptance. My recourse was rather to turn the Gospel into law, and procure what is called holiness; not to go to the law of Moses for righteousness, but to the Gospel for holiness; not to try to obey the commandments in the Old Testament, but to seek to fulfil the precepts of the New; and by making myself spiritually-minded, by reading the Scriptures and prayer, to clothe myself in the character given in the New Testament of a Christian. This is indeed the worst of legality, for it is perverting the Gospel into law; but still it seems a different path from running to the Mosaic law of works for salvation. The man, then, whose judgment is in some measure informed, will try hard, perhaps, to make himself holy, to be spiritually-minded, to fix his affections upon God, to renounce everything which is contrary to the Word of God as spoken by the mouth of Christ, and thus to seek in some way to make himself a Christian, and then to obtain access to God by that Christianity. This is what Romaine calls somewhere, “self-righteousness new christened holiness.” Here he is, then, embarked upon this course, to become holy and spiritually-minded, to serve God, to obey his precepts, to read his Word, to join his people, to come out from the world, and with the utmost power and strongest bent of his soul, to become a Christian indeed.

Overturn No. 2 False Holiness or Mock Spirituality
2. Now, there must be as much an overturning of this self-righteousness,whether in its strictly legal shape, or “new christened holiness,” as there must be an overturning of a man’s profanity. 

The object of the overturning is to overthrow self -self setting itself up in opposition to Christ. And, therefore, be it profane self, it must be overturned; or be it righteous self, it must be overturned; or be it holy self, it must be overturned. Self in all its shapes, forms, and guises, must be overturned and brought to a heap of ruins, that Christ may be exalted wholly and solely upon the ruins of self. A second overturning, then, is necessary, an overthrow of righteous or holy self. And what is the Lord’s lever to overturn this second temple, built out of the ruins of the first, but not “the place of big rest,” as being still the work of men’s hands? A spiritual discovery of the deep pollution of our hearts and natures before him. Profanity is overturned by the application of the law with power to the conscience; but this false holiness, this mock spirituality, is overturned by the discovery to our consciences of the deep pollution that lurks in our carnal minds; this is more or less the breaking up of “the fountains of the deep,” and discovering with power to the conscience the truth of those words: “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” As we try, then, to be holy, sin rises up from the depths of our carnal mind, and overturns that fabric which we are seeking to erect. Every thought now appears polluted with sin -every word in some way tainted with corruption -every action infected with evil, so that we fall down before God with self-abhorrence and self-loathing, and feel that there is not a word in our mouth, or an action in our hands, with which sin is not intermixed, which inward iniquity has not defiled, and for which, therefore, we do not feel condemned and self-abhorred before God. Here, then, is a man who stands before God, not merely with profane self a heap of ruins, but also with righteous self and holy self a heap of ruins too. But when profane self, righteous self, and holy self, have been thus overthrown, the doctrines of grace as made known by the Spirit now become sweet and suitable. Having no holiness in self, Christ’s sanctification becomes meditated upon finding nothing in self to please God with, the blood of the atonement becomes opened up as a doctrine which is sweet and suitable to our case; being destitute of creature-righteousness, Christ’s glorious righteousness shines in the Scriptures as a truth which just fits in with our condition. The Spirit, then, brings home the doctrine of election with some power to the heart and some sweetness to the conscience; he shows the soul in some faint measure the blood of the atonement, and as he sprinkles it upon the conscience, a taste of his mercy is blessedly experienced. He brings Christ’s righteousness near, and as the soul gets a sight of that righteousness by the eye of faith, it rests therein, and feels a sweet satisfaction in that righteousness, and utterly discards its own.

Overturn No. 3 Presumptuous Self
3. And now let us trace a little what course self will steer.

Why, this restless wretch now runs in another channel, which is to slight the solemn inward teaching of God, and to take hold of the doctrines of grace by the hand of nature, without waiting to have these heavenly truths applied, from time to time, by the mouth of God to our hearts. And as some sweetness has been felt in them, there seems to be some warrant for so doing. But presumption creeps upon us in such imperceptible and subtle ways, that we scarcely know we are in that delusive path before we find a precipice at the end of the road. And what has led us there? Our pride and ambition, which are not satisfied with being nothing, with occupying the place where God puts us, and being in that posture where he himself sets us down. We must needs grasp at something beyond God’s special teachings in the soul; we must needs exalt our stature beyond the height which God himself has given us, adding a cubit to our dwarfish proportions.

Here, then, is the third form of self which is to be overturned, as much as the two preceding forms, and that is presumptuous self, so that we have self in its three bearings: first, profane self; secondly, righteous self; and thirdly, presumptuous self. Profane self was self in ignorance of the doctrines of grace at all; righteous self was self in ignorance of these doctrines as spiritually made known to the heart; and presumptuous self is self which after the soul had tasted some measure of these doctrines, and had felt something of their sweetness and their power, secretly and imperceptibly thrust it beyond its real standing into a carnal resting upon them. Well, then, self in all its three forms -self in profanity, self in self-righteousness, and self in presumption -must be overturned in a man, that he may be a wreck before God and a heap of ruins, so that one stone shall not stand upon another; the former proportions and harmony of the building lost and gone; the proud columns which supported it fallen; and roof and walls mingled together undistinguished amidst heaps of rubbish, because the Lord “has stretched over it the line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.”

II. But we come now to the second part of the text, which is, the setting up of the kingdom of God on the ruins of self. “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”

There is one, then, to come, “whose right it is;” there is a king who has a right to the throne, and to the allegiance of his subjects; a right to all that they are and to all that they have. But whence has he gained this right? “Until he come whose right it is.” It is his right then, first, by original donation and gift, the Father having given to the Son all the elect. “Here am I,””All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.” says Jesus, “and the children that thou hast given me.” Then, so far as we are his, Jesus has a right to our persons; and in having a right to our persons, he has, by the same original donation of God the Father, a right to our hearts and affections. But he has another right, and that is by purchase and redemption, he having redeemed his people with his own blood –having laid down his life for them, and thus bought and purchased them, and so established a right to them by the full and complete price which he himself paid down upon the cross for them. This twofold right he exercises every time that he lays a solemn claim to any one of the people whom he has purchased. And this claim he lays when the blessed Spirit comes into the soul to arrest and apprehend a vessel of mercy, and bring it to his feet, that he may be enthroned as King and Lord in its affections. For be it remembered, that the possession of the heart, with all its affections, is his right; and “his glory he will not give to another,” his property he will not allow to pass into other hands; he is not satisfied with merely having a right to the persons of his dear people, he must have their hearts; and in exercising his right to their affections, he will reign and rule supreme, allowing no rival, admitting no cooperation with self in any shape or form, but he himself to be established as King and Lord there. Then where is the soul before he comes into it in power, in sweetness, in beauty, in preciousness? What and where is it? A heap of ruins. And no man ever knew much of the preciousness of Christ, whose soul was not a heap of ruins, and in whom self had not been overturned and cast to the ground. Nay; no man ever ardently panted that the Lord of life and glory should visit his heart with his salvation, should come in the power of his resurrection, in the glory of his righteousness, in the preciousness of his presence -no man ever spiritually desired, sighed, cried, groaned, sued, and begged for the manifestation of Christ to his soul, who was not a ruined wretch before God, and in whom self had not been overturned so as to be a desolate heap, so overthrown that all the power of man could not put any one stone in its place, or rebuild the former edifice.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, 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 so that we may be able to resist and desist from seeking for holiness in self  but to be able to continually meditate upon Christ’s sanctification and see his glorious righteousness as it shines in the Scriptures as a truth which just fits in with our condition.

Meanwhile, seek to be set free from God’s wrath today and seek the righteousness that really counts:

Most Importantly!!!!!

 You might say – “Why do I have to know and experience this Jesus you are going on about?” Here is why, when and how you can get to know Him.

Admit your spiritual need.

We all are sinners: nobody likes that title “SINNER”, but the bible says in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

What is the result of sin?

In Romans 6:23 we read “The wages of sin is death…” in other words, every sin is another step towards death. One thing that we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell; one can send himself there by rejecting the truth.

Since we can never measure up to God’s standards by our own strength; God has reached out to mankind.

In Romans 5:8 we read, “God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. It is Jesus, after all, who is the source of life’s greatest high.

“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. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17).

What must a person do to accept this gift?

Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28 states –“come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me” Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into your life to give you peace, change you for the best. John 1:12 says: “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God”.

If you haven’t already received Christ as your Saviour, don’t put it off another day! Take time right now to reflect on the state of your life, how does Romans 3:23 apply to you? Ask God to empower you to see the true state of your heart – “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) then when enabled, invite Jesus into your life. Confess your sins. Receive His forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. You could pray something like this:

Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner in need of a Saviour. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank You for giving me eternal life. Help me to live my life in a way that pleases You, for whatever time You give me here on earth. I look forward to living forever in Heaven with You. Amen.

Problems of the Heart 3 – Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

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Problems of the Heart 3 – Eternal Value of A Sound Conscience

Knowledge shows what is right or wrong but:  It is the CONSCIENCE that APPROVES WHAT IS RIGHT and DISAPPROVES what is CONTRARY TO THAT WHICH IS RIGHT

The dictionary defines the conscience as:

“a knowledge or sense of right and wrong, with a compulsion to do right; moral judgement that opposes the violation of a previously recognized ethical principle and that leads to feelings of guilt.”

The conscience in its ‘natural’ state as we can see from the dictionary definition is governed by:

“compulsion to do right” OR “moral judgement”

So in our modern day culture where there is a daily attempt to ‘program’ our minds to fit into one agenda or the other; “compulsion to do right” and “moral judgement” are ever so subjective and moving further away from what the laws of God says. The world’s thinking overrides and drowns out the inner voice of the true conscience that God put within man.

To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. (Titus 1:15)

The Conscience Before Salvation

What really happens during the quickening that births the Salvation of Man With Regards To the Conscience??????

At salvation, Intuition and Fellowship are added to boost the power of the conscience over the soul (intellect, emotions and more importantly, the WILL), so that the conscience is released from the overwhelming control of the soul

The conscience is an echo in the human mind (intellect) of the verdict of the righteous Judge.  It is that internal voice that sits in judgment over our will; but then acts of the will are based on the nature of information obtained from or contained in the intellect. In conjunction with the body, these three will always have the tendency to naturally act in defiance to the will of God.
Release of the conscience from the control of the soul into the control of the spirit (as it is the only function of the spirit in the heart); triggers the empowerment of the heart from the inner-man This upgrade from intellect to intuition is the addition of Understanding to Knowledge to make wisdom: With Intuition & Communion (fellowship), the conscience Is Set Free.
 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?             (Hebrews 9:13-14)

 

Problems of the Heart 2 – Our Fellowship With God

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Problems of the Heart 2 – Our Fellowship With God

Communion is our contact, fellowship and our communication with God. Like any Father, God wants us His children to spend time with Him so that we can get to know Him.

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” (John 4:23-25)

A heartfelt determination by man to turn with his whole will to the Spirit of God, Who is the Spirit of Jesus. The converted heart expects everything from The Holy Spirit, who now has dominion over the self-willed spirit of man. Conversion leads to an undivided heart that listens attentively for The Holy Spirit because he wants, from now on, to be directed, led, and ruled by this Spirit alone and no other (under the strict guidance of the Word of God as written in the Holy Scriptures – The bible).

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)

 We have to be Constantly Plugged To ‘The Source’

 For in him we live, and move, and have our being. (Acts 17:28)

But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)

Fellowship is the most important thing God wants from us. He wants us to come to know him – to be with him – to spend time with him.

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. (Philippians 3:9-11)

Our Foundation vs Our Fellowship (Communion) With God

Physically, as weak muscles & faulty valves of the Heart can be hereditary; man’s communion with God can also be faulty and weakened by foundational and idolatrous practices that give legal spiritual grounds through initiations, agreements and covenants.

As blood poisoning occurs when bacteria causing infection in another part of the body enter the bloodstream (the presence of such bacteria in the blood being  referred to as septicaemia): So can also there be ‘spiritual ‘septicaemia’ when foundational and idolatrous practices that give legal spiritual grounds through initiations, agreements and covenants, make it possible for evil forces to block man’s fellowship or communion with God, thus cutting man off from the glory that comes with such fellowship.

At the point of salvation (genuine), a severance to these foundational and idolatrous practices takes place; but any way of going back to sin will open the gateways or spiritual grounds for the forces to regain control.

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. (Ezekiel 18:20)

“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.” (Matthew 12:43-45)

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:5- 6

But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. (Ezekiel 18:21)

For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers. (Romans 1:9)

Problems of the Heart 1 – Godly conviction of His Blood OUR INTUITION

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Problems of the Heart 1Godly conviction of His Blood OUR INTUITION

Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) are caused by problems with the electrical system that regulates the steady heartbeat. The heart rate may be too slow or too fast; it may stay steady or become chaotic (irregular and disorganized).
Just as the electrical signals facilitate the workings of the physical heart;

our Intuition is the function of our spirit that enables us to receive knowledge, perception or conviction directly in our spirit, regardless of reason or circumstance.

It is the function of “spiritual sensing” in our spiritual heart.
IS THERE ANY CONNECTION AT ALL????

For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:11)

Intuition is the function of our spirit that enables us to receive knowledge, perception or conviction directly in our spirit, regardless of reason or circumstance. It is a function of “spiritual sensing” .

The sharpness of our intuition is very much dependent on the purity of our conscience – thus, it is impossible for someone with a polluted or corrupt conscience to have discernment.

It is more like the “USB Connector” between our spirit and the Holy Spirit. The intuition is that in us which enables us (unlike our natural instincts or soulish emotional feelings) to adhere to what the Holy Spirit is saying (God’s instructions).

“But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?” (Mark 2:8)

Just as the electrical signals facilitate the workings of the physical heart; our Intuition is the function of our spirit that enables us to receive knowledge, perception or conviction directly in our spirit, regardless of reason or circumstance. It is the function of “spiritual sensing” in our spiritual heart

IS THERE ANY CONNECTION AT ALL????

The Spirit of Christ Jesus

FORESIGHT OF THE MASTER PLANNER
PLAN A2, BACK ON TRACK – Transformation: The proving of Faith and The Glory of God
The Spirit of Holiness & The Sanctification of Man Part 1:

The Spirit of Christ Jesus

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8)
And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)
Our salvation and Sanctification are from the gift of Christ and all gifts of Christ are communicated to us and given to us by the Spirit of Christ – The Holy Spirit.
IT IS ALL ABOUT THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HEART OF MANKIND BASED ON THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY & ITS BENEFITS FOR MANKIND
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5).
All communications of supplies and relief, in the beginnings, increases, actions of any grace whatsoever, from Jesus Christ, are by The Holy Spirit, by whom He alone works in and upon us (believers).
FROM HIM WE HAVE OUR SALVATION AND SANCTIFICATION
Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. (Acts 5:31)
Acts 2:33)

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

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