"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."
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My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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"Genesis 1:1 says, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." The one who has created the entire universe with everything in it is God. He has revealed the things to us from the beginning of him creating the universe and us. The bible says that God is one Spirit, who is omnipotent, and nothing is impossible to him. He is the only God and nobody else is God. God is three persons, who are three Souls; and these three persons are in the one Spirit. As one Spirit he is God, and so, each person in him is God. The 3 persons are, the Most High God, God the Word, and the Spirit of God. In the new testament, their names are God the Father; God the Son, who is the Lord Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost. If God has not revealed these things, it will still be a mystery. God compares God the Father to the Brain, Jesus Christ to the Body, and the Holy Ghost to the Heart, in the one Omnipotent Spirit body. God the Father plans, instructs, and controls all functions as the brain does, God the Holy Ghost gives the power as the heart does, and God the Son is doing the Job, as the body does. We say that Jesus Christ saves us, he redeems us, and so on. Even though it is true, God the Father and the Holy Ghost are working with Jesus Christ. So, for us, it is all Jesus Christ; yet we know, God the Father and the Holy Ghost are in it. So, Jesus Christ is God, and he is also in God the Omnipotent Spirit. If you like to study the three persons in God in One Omnipotent Spirit, please click on the links: "Video", "Transcript."
Christians use the phrase "In Christ" very often to show their zeal or attachment with Jesus Christ. These phrases are used many times in the Bible also. However, such phrases give a slightly different emphasis in different contexts. For example, statements like, "concerning the faith in Christ" and "I say the truth in Christ"; they are just to acknowledge the name of Christ, and that is it. "Romans 12:5 says, So we, being many, are one body in Christ. Romans 16:3 says, Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:" Here the use of the phrase is just to say that we are all Christians as one group, and it is all because of Christ. At the same time, let us look at 2 Corinthians 5:17. It says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." In this verse, the phrase "in Christ" has a lot heavier emphasis. It refers to a definite change in the nature and behavior of the person, and their whole life seems to be changed. But now, many people use this phrase where there is no change. This become improper and it is not acceptable. Such things will bring shame to the name of Christ. That is, it is okay to say "be blessed in the name of Jesus Christ", which is a good wish; but it is not okay to say, "be healed in the name of Jesus Christ", if the person does not have the power of God to heal. This will be a fake; so, don't use it.
"Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." If we apply this to us, we must be doing good works, that is, we must live in righteousness, with no sin; it is the good works of God. But it does not apply to our social service. Again, the verse doubles down on it saying, God has ordained it, for us to walk in them. Here, the phrase gives the meaning that we are actually built inside the person Jesus Christ. Let us look at the context from the beginning. "Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: 5 Even when we were dead in sins, (God) hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" We know that we are souls. When we were born-again, God gave us the holy spirit, and it was to make our souls to be spiritually alive, and we became living souls. Quickened is to bring us alive, and a spiritually living person will not be in sin and iniquities. God says that this is called saved, and it is by grace. "6 (God) hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" Again the phrase "in Christ Jesus" comes. So, the born-again living soul person is inside the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, and Jesus is in heavenly places. So, as this person is living on earth, his spirit (holy spirit) will be in Christ Jesus, guiding his life in godliness. This is the spiritual reality. But, if this does not happen and if we play mere vocabulary, then it is fake and deception. But if we stop playing games and ask God for the genuine gifts, God is willing to give them all to us.
The covenant of God is always the connecting point between God and his people; before it was the old covenant, and now it is the new covenant. Preachers will never acknowledge this, and they seem to avoid it to promote their theological doctrines. But we must obey what he says, or he commands; God will fulfill his promise, or he will reward us. That is the only one way it will work. But people rebel and do not obey God, and so, God rejects them. This is the routine thing; but those who obey God will become his beloved people and they will receive his rewards. "Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus." We just saw that we are born again, or born of the spirit, and we are in the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ in heavenly places. So, our spirit also is in heaven with Jesus Christ, as we are in our flesh body on the earth. God loves us and he desires to show the world, the kindness that he bestows upon us. So, he wants to give us grace also. He will not sell grace, but he gives it free. But he is a covenant God. So, we must humble ourselves to receive grace. For details, you may click on this link: "Video", "Transcript." Grace is the power of God, and with grace we will achieve most of the things. One more thing we need is faith. "8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast." But it is not automatic. Hebrews 11: 6 says, ".. without faith it is impossible to please him (God): for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (God)." Our total faith must be upon God and we must seek God diligently. Christians think that it is a kind of mind power that help them to move mountains. We must believe that God will do whatever he wants us to do. "1 Peter 1: 21 .. by him (we) do believe in God, that raised him (Jesus) up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God." That is, we must believe in God the Father, who is God the Most High. Jesus tells in "Mark 11:22 Have faith in God." So, our faith and hope must be in God, and he will give what he wants to give us, instead of our desires. If we hope to receive the things of the world by our faith, it is false hope and false faith. They are not from God. Please click on these for details: "Video", "Transcript."
"Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:" In verse 1, God has raised us to be living souls to live the spiritual life. Verse 2 tells how did we live our past life, but not present or future. It was according to the world and Satan, and we were not obeying God. So, it implies that we will not live such a life, and now we will obey God. "3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." Please notice, that this is more important than the previous verse. In the previous verse, we were committing sin; but here we were having fellowship with those who were sinners. This is a deceptive one, and it may give us a reason to justify, since we were not sinning. But God says that if you have fellowship with sinners, you have part in their sins. Now, they don't even have fellowship with sinners. So, they are clean. "10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Even though we have done it, God says that we are his workmanship. It is like a father told his little son to build a tree house; and the son has successfully completed the house. But we know that the father has built the house, but he put the son in front of everything. So also, we are the workmanship of God, walking in the way of righteousness. God has ordained our life. This is what "we are in Christ Jesus."
If Christians have the grace of God, and the gift of faith, it is through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. If we are in Christ Jesus, we will have no eternal condemnation. And we will have no other laws other than the commandments of Jesus Christ for eternal life. It all amounts to whether we are actually in Christ Jesus, or not. If we are, we will not be condemned. "Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." God gives us the proof also in this verse. That is, if we are in Christ Jesus, we will walk after the spirit, but not after the flesh. So, we will not sin. If we sin, then we are not in Christ. "2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Since we will not sin, as in verse 1, we will not be under the law of sin and death, since there will be no condemnation to us. But preachers will apply it to all Christians and wonder why it doesn't work. All Christians will not live by the spirit, and so, it will not apply to all of them. Christians take the phrase "in Christ Jesus" very loosely, as a cliché.
"Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved." They want the Gentiles to circumcise, because circumcision is the gateway to Judaism. If a man is circumcised, then his entire family must follow all the laws of Judaism. But Jesus Christ pulled away from the kingdom of Jews and introduced the kingdom of Heaven. According to Colossians 2:11, the circumcision of Christ is to remove the sins, but not the flesh. And, Jesus Christ pulled all the Mosaic laws, including the law of circumcision and the Sabbath laws. "6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. 28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;" So, the apostles also did the same thing, and closed the door for them to idol worship and fornication. "Galatians 2:3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: 4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:" They also call it liberty, to exempt circumcision and all the Judaic laws. It was the liberty that they had and we have in Christ Jesus. But we must obey the commands of Jesus Christ. The cluster of circumcision laws are humongous, they are impossible to obey, but the commands of Jesus are not grievous as in 1 John 5:3.
"John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you." This is the tremendous position that we will be honored to have in eternity throughout. We will be one with the Lord in heaven, almost as Sons of God. "John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me." It begins with the fact that we abide in him as his branches and give fruits. 'Fruits' is a word of figure of speech. It is to do what he does and to speak what he speaks. If we are in his spirit, and if his spirit is in us, we will do it easily. Those who will not do it, or who fake it, will be punished. If we are truthful people, we will do it. "5 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." This is the proof of our life with him here.If you do not have the proof, check your life and correct it. Give fruits to God and be with him in eternity.
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