Do You See What I See?

You cannot properly evaluate all that is going on in our nation and the world without using the Word of God as the measuring standard. I'm not saying Jesus is coming back today. (Even though He could.) But I AM saying His return is near. What He said would take place in the last days, before His return, is clearly taking place as I write these words.

The Apostle John speaks of the anti-Christ, and the spirit of the anti-Christ. The spirit of the anti-Christ is that mindset and thought pattern that opposes God; I mean, vehemently opposes God. "Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son." (1 John 2:22) Ultimately this spirit will prevail and become personified in one man...the anti-christ. Never forget though, God is ultimately in control as this is part of His plan to judge sin, and bring forth the 2nd coming of the King of Kings. Now is not the time to be afraid. Now is the time to rise up and be bold! Where sin abounds, grace abounds even much more.

Let me say my friend, it is no longer time for "business as usual". We cannot ignore all that is happening in our nation, and the world, and continue to be passive. Some say "Things have always been bad." And yes, always, somewhere on the planet, societies have been depraved and corrupted. But it's becoming world-wide. The spirit of the anti-Christ is working hard to pave the way for the man of lawlessness. And those who have recently had to relinquish control of our nation, are fighting relentlessly to gain back its control. I'm speaking of those who are part of establishments that care nothing of the welfare of our nation, but only for the gaining of control, power, and wealth. Establishments that vehemently oppose Jesus, and His people, the church. The spirit of anti-Christ will stop at nothing to accomplish its mission, the new world order, also known as the one world government.

But this is where it gets good; I mean really good. If you are a part of God's church, the body of Christ in the earth, God has an incredible destiny for you! It's time to get serious with Him. It's time to pull yourself away from the world's system, and follow hard after Jesus. The Apostle Paul said, "Time is so short, that those who use the world, should be as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away." (1 Corinthians 7:31) It's so easy to be deeply hidden in the personal affairs of our lives and families (even our churches), and not see or understand the reality of what's happening in our current time.

Understand that you are an eternal creation of the Spirit of God. Peter says "For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, by the living and enduring Word of God." (1 Peter 1:23) The time you live on this earth will be nothing more than a vapor, the Word says. Compared to eternity, your time here is almost nothing. Yet God placed you and me here to make an eternal impact. Too many Christians are so involved in the affairs of this world they have no eternal perspective. They see no farther than then end of the present day. But, what we do here effects our eternal existence. We must live with an eternal perspective. We must learn to live beyond today, tomorrow, and this earthly life. This is what living for Jesus is all about.

If we live with an eternal perspective as we live for Jesus, we understand that God is ultimately in control. We understand that we are truly ambassadors for Jesus, and that our purpose here is that our entire life brings glory to Him. We understand that life is about Him, not us. It is about serving not ourselves, but others, as He came and gave us the example. It is about doing what He has commissioned us to do as we win people to Him, and raise them up to maturity in Him.

Draw closer to Jesus my friend. You need Him more that ever before. Make an impact upon this hurting world. You've been called to do it. You've been anointed to do it. Now...just do it.

Once Saved Always Saved?

Don't you just love it when believers in Jesus split hairs over things that aren't really that significant? Or on those ask the expert shows, the same questions always keep popping up. Questions like: "Who were the sons of God who went in to the daughters of men in the book of Genesis?" And then there's the subject of "once saved, always saved"! Now this truly is significant. So this is the one I want to address in this post. Be careful though. You might get stirred up if you are committed to one side because of what you've been taught, regardless of what the Bible says! By the way the phrase "Once saved, always saved" is not mentioned, per se, in the Bible. But the concept is very, very clear.

Let me start with some very clear and powerful verses from Romans chapter 6. Romans 6:10 says, "For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God." From this it is very clear that Jesus died to sin, one time, for everyone. His sacrifice required Him to die only ONE death. But that one death includes everyone who has ever lived, lives, and will live. After taking the sin of the afore mentioned upon His sinless self...He died to that sin.

Never forget, a dead person cannot sin. Why? Because they are dead. I've never seen a corpse lying in a casket in the funeral home rise up and start telling dirty jokes to the crowd. I've never seen a dead person in the casket sit up and start cursing (cussing if you're from GA). Why? They're dead, and dead folk don't sin. They cannot sin...because they are dead. (Romans 6:7), "...for he who has died is freed from sin." When Jesus died in our place, he died to sin...once...for ALL.

(Romans 6:3), "Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?" This is referring to those who have been saved. When a person becomes born again (saved), they become connected to the death Jesus died for them. In a spiritual sense, they die to sin because Jesus died to sin. However, in the same way Jesus came up out of the grave, they become connected to His resurrection life! (Romans 6:4), "Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life." How incredible this is!

(Romans 6:8 - 9), "Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him." There will never be a need for Jesus to come back to the earth again and die. He died once to sin. He died once for everyone. It was enough for all eternity.

Before Jesus died on the cross, He bore the sin of all humanity. For 3 hours the sky turned black in that region because all the sin of humanity was concentrated on Calvary's hill in that region. The earth even shuddered at all the darkness that was placed on Jesus that day. But at some point Jesus said these words, "It is finished." He had born your sins and my sins long enough. Then He yielded up His Spirit and died. Death and sin didn't overcome Him. He released His own Spirit from His broken and battered body. When Jesus died to sin, we died to sin. When Jesus rose from the tomb 3 days later, we rose with Him. And when Jesus ascended back to the Father, we were seated with Him in the heavenly places!

Your salvation is not contingent on the way you feel today. Your salvation is founded on the Rock of all the ages, Jesus, and what He started and completed more than 2,000 years ago. Your salvation is not contingent on the fact that you struggle with sin. Your salvation is founded on the truth that Jesus died to sin, once, for everyone. And as Paul says, "Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God." (Romans 6:11 - 13)

Through His death, we died. Through His life, we live. Through His ascension, we are seated with Him in heavenly places, in Him. And if death is no longer master over Him, death is no longer master over those who receive Him. What He did cannot be undone. Therefore my genuine relationship with Him cannot be undone.

Paul started this passage in Romans 6 by asking this question: "How shall we who are dead to sin still live in it?" (Verse 2) In the English language we take the word "live" to mean sinful acts. Example: "He is a Christian, living in sin because he's married and having an affair with someone." That's not what the word means here. The word "live" here means to "be alive". When a person is born into this life, they are born into sin. As far as sin is concerned, they are alive. The moment they receive Jesus as Savior they die to sin, and become alive to God (just as Jesus did). No longer are they living/alive in sin. It is impossible. Now they live to God. Their new domain is the kingdom of God. This is possible because Jesus died once, for all. The truth is, it is impossible for one who is truly born again to still be alive to sin because of the work of the cross. We can still chose to sin and suffer the consequences. We become slaves to whomever we chose to serve. But what Jesus did cannot be undone. That's why Paul said we must consider ourselves dead to sin, but alive to God. This is where we live now!

Don't let the enemy lie to you! You are property of God Almighty. You were purchased with the blood of Jesus, shed on the cross. What He did cannot be undone. Therefore what you are (in Him) cannot be undone. Your part is to consider that you are dead to sin, but alive to Him. Present yourself to God as one who is alive from the dead, and the members of your body to Him as instruments of righteousness. Press forward you resurrected person you! You are dead to sin and alive to God, in Christ! And you always will be!