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How many times have you asked yourself, what have I really accomplished, or, has my life really been worth living? Have I really learned the essence of what living is all about and have I applied them to my life? So much of our time is spent learning about life and how we are to live it; have we used this time beneficially, and have we acquired the right or correct information to enable us to live properly?
Let’s examine the life of Jesus to answer some of our questions. The Bible tells us that God, who is perfect in wisdom, choose to send His Son to inhabit a human body in preparation for a ministry to the human race. His human name was Jesus, and He had to go through the same growing up stages that each of us goes through before He was ready to begin the ministry that God sent Him to accomplish; so, this learning and training time of about 33 years was very ordinary and not wasted time. He learned and was obedient to His parents, learned the trade of carpentry, which He never used in His ministry, and then began doing what God had sent Him to do.
All that Jesus had learned and experienced in those 33 years was directed and used by God as a basis upon which to build His ministry and the work He was to do; I believe that the Bible declares that the same is true of us. The only difference is that Jesus perfectly co-operated with God, where we on many occasions have resisted God instead. When a person resists his parent’s instruction, he has to be disciplined and his progress is impeded and delayed – this is wasted time. But Jesus wasted no time, he lived for about 33 years what appears to be a very ordinary life such as ours, and faithfully and fully completed the commission God had given Him in a brief 3 years – something we will probably be exploring and marveling at concerning the derived benefits from throughout eternity. He died in the prime of life at about 36 or 37 years of age, and yet accomplished more than we will probably ever be able to grasp or understand.
One of the most difficult things for us to grasp and handle is the thought of suffering in this world; consider what Jesus had to go through, and then be encouraged.
HEBREWS 2:9-18.... But we are able to see Jesus, Who was ranked lower than the angels for a little while, crowned with glory and honor because of His having suffered death, in order that by the grace (unmerited favor) of God [to us sinners] He might experience death for every individual person. For it was an act worthy [of God] and fitting [to the divine nature] that He, for Whose sake and by Whom all things have their existence, in bringing many sons into glory, should make the Pioneer of their salvation perfect [should bring to maturity the human experience necessary to be perfectly equipped for His office as High Priest] through suffering. For both He Who sanctifies [making men holy] and those who are sanctified all have one [Father]. For this reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren; for He says, I will declare Your [the Father's] name to My brethren; in the midst of the [worshiping] congregation I will sing hymns of praise to You. [Ps. 22:22.] And again He says, My trust and assured reliance and confident hope shall be fixed in Him. And yet again, Here I am, I and the children whom God has given Me. [Isa. 8:17,18]
14Since, therefore, [these His] children share in flesh and blood [in the physical nature of human beings], He [Himself] in a similar manner partook of the same [nature], that by [going through] death He might bring to nought and make of no effect him who had the power of death – that is, the devil – and also that He might deliver and completely set free all those who through the [haunting] fear of death were held in bondage throughout the whole course of their lives. For, as we all know, He [Christ] did not take hold of angels [the fallen angels, to give them a helping and delivering hand], but He did take hold of [the fallen] descendants of Abraham [to reach out to them a helping and delivering hand]. [Isa. 41:8,9.] So it is evident that it was essential that He be made like His brethren in every respect, in order that He might become a merciful (sympathetic) and faithful High Priest in the things related to God, to make atonement and propitiation for the people's sins. For because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted (tested and tried), He is able [immediately] to run to the cry of (assist, relieve) those who are being tempted and tested and tried [and who therefore are being exposed to suffering].
The writer of the book of Hebrews also reminds us that we should "Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds" (Heb. 12:3).
What we have been considering in the life of Jesus should encourage us, and make us realize that God directs our lives as well and uses everything in each individual’s life to accomplish His design and purpose for our lives. In reality, people who are truly God’s children, can know that considering their circumstances they're receiving God’s very best!
On the other hand, those who have rejected God’s offer often end up believing and following the pagan teachings of the intellectual elite. What we are calling the ‘intellectual elite’ are all those in places of influence who have been deceived by Satan into believing the multitude of teachings and beliefs that are combined in the mystic and secular humanistic philosophies, past and present. These pagan beliefs and practices have so permeated the world that true Christianity is rarely understood or practiced; this is what happens when people neglect the Word of God.
The objective of this website is to rescue people from this Satanic delusion by presenting the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and the salvation that is to be had only through Him. Secondly, to encourage them to begin a time of daily Bible reading and prayer, such as we have provided in the left column of our web pages. It is our belief that this is the only way that we can "grow in grace (undeserved favor, spiritual strength) and recognition and knowledge and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (the Messiah)" (2 Peter 3:18b), and be kept from being deceived by this growing Satanic delusion. So, please follow along with me as we examine God’s way and plan more fully.
"In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth" (Gen 1:1). God created the cosmos and then took some of the elements thereof and created living life forms and formed and fashioned a perfect environment for them to live in. He apparently had and has a perfect civilization in mind where everyone worked and co-operated with Him to make life an amazingly wonderful and beautiful experience; in the Bible He calls it the Kingdom of God.
God wants and desires creatures that He has created to willfully volunteer to help Him in building His kingdom, so he created them all, angels and humans, as free-agents – able to live for Him or for themselves. As far as we know, Satan was the first to make the decision to live for himself instead of for God, and Adam was soon enticed to follow him (Gen. 3:1-19).
God’s wonderful plan had been rejected by both angels and humans, and the terrible consequences of those decisions have spoiled and desecrated God’s original plan and works, but God, all the time, had a backup plan in place – God was not surprised, He knew what was going to happen (1 Peter 1:18-20). So all the ugliness, pain and suffering that we see and experience in today’s world is the result of creatures that were first created in God’s image, but eventually rejected and rebelled against Him.
It’s difficult for us to envision a perfect environment, because we have never seen or experienced anything that was perfect, except God Himself. But if you have ever had something that you loved very deeply destroyed by an uncaring individual, then you can understand how God must have felt when His own created creatures turned against Him and ended up destroying a part of His wondrous plan.
God is still building His Kingdom, but He is using redeemed, born-again individuals who have willingly chosen to surrender themselves to His Lordship, and to live for Him instead of themselves – just the opposite of what Satan and Adam chose to do. The most amazing aspect of these new individuals is that they were not fit or capable of being a part of God’s plan in their original condition. Again, God knew this and a part of His plan included a process of redemption wherein God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, suffered our death penalty, in our place, so that when we believe and choose to live by His conditions, we are made acceptable to God to work with Him in His Kingdom (Matt 16:24-26; 1 Peter 1:13-23; 2 Cor. 5:15-21; Gal. 2:20). So the life that we are now living in physical bodies is a time for testing, preparing and training for an eternity living and working with God. This is what life is all about!
There is nothing that can come close to being as marvelous, magnificent and glorious to consider as this offer that God has given us; it’s the height of foolishness to turn down His gracious offer, and choose to live for any other reason or goal!
Those who choose to live God’s way are seated at the right hand of God with Christ, already ruling and reigning with Him. "And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed one)" (Eph. 2:6). We will examine the book of Ephesians and a few excerpts from other books to see more of the details of God’s great plan for His kingdom.
MATTHEW 16:24-26.... Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also]. For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting]. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]?
1 CORINTHIANS 3:9.... For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God's garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God's building.
The apostle Paul adds the following explanations: "But far be it from me to glory [in anything or anyone] except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) through Whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world!" (Gal. 6:14) And again, "I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me" (Gal. 2:20).
EPHESIANS 1:1-23.... Paul, an apostle (special messenger) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah), by the divine will (the purpose and the choice of God) to the saints (the consecrated, set-apart ones) at Ephesus who are also faithful and loyal and steadfast in Christ Jesus: May grace (God's unmerited favor) and spiritual peace [which means peace with God and harmony, unity, and undisturbedness] be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm! Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent] – [so that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
As can be seen, God not only planned for redeemed people to be a part of His eternal kingdom, but He also has adopted us as His children, and provided us with everything that we need to live a life that pleases and honors Him.
7In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor, which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence), making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him, [He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.
11In Him we also were made [God's] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will, so that we who first hoped in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him have been destined and appointed to] live for the praise of His glory!
13In Him you also who have heard the Word of Truth, the glad tidings (Gospel) of your salvation, and have believed in and adhered to and relied on Him, were stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit. That [Spirit] is the guarantee of our inheritance [the firstfruits, the pledge and foretaste, the down payment on our heritage], in anticipation of its full redemption and our acquiring [complete] possession of it--to the praise of His glory.
God has also informed us of His intention to consummate or climax the end of this age by unifying and thus bringing everlasting harmony and co-operation to His kingdom; making us fit and capable through His redemption plan to be a part of this kingdom; that we should "live for the praise of His glory;" and given us the indwelling Holy Spirit to enable us to fully accomplish His will.
15For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints (the people of God), I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers. [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), and [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come. And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church], [Ps. 8:6.] which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself].
The above paragraph informs us of some more details of the kingdom, and also alerts us to the fact that we are not automatically made aware of the fullness of God’s plans, but need to have "the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called" us. Therefore, we can conclude that there is a sanctification or cleaning-up process that we must submit to and co-operate with before God can safely reveal additional truth to us, and secondly, that the whole of the Christian life is a marvelous work of God in our behalf, and not something that we can accomplish with our own ability. The following 10 verses make this fact perfectly clear!
EPHESIANS 2:1-10.... AND YOU [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins in which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God]. Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God's] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind.
4But God--so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved ( delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation). And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed one).
7He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus. For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law's demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.] For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
The rest of Ephesians chapter two and three are all about what God has done and provided for us, and chapters 3-6 presents the full scope of the Christian life and how we should live it.
Do you recognize the full scope of what God has done for us and provided for us? We stand in the same relationship with the Father as the human side of Jesus did and does, not His Godhood side, but His human side. What is true of Jesus in His humanity is also true of us. Have you noticed the many references in the Scriptures already quoted of our identity and unity with Jesus? By the grace of God through Christ Jesus our Lord we: (1) Have been made children of God, and have God as our Father and Jesus as our brother (Heb. 2:9-18); (2) "In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses)" (Eph. 1:7-10; (3) "In Him we also were made [God's] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance" (Eph.1:11-12; (4) "In Him you also who have heard the Word of Truth, the glad tidings (Gospel) of your salvation, and have believed in and adhered to and relied on Him, were stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit." (Eph. 1:13-14); (5) ". . . He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved ( delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation). And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed one)." (Eph.2:4-6).
Other Scriptures tell us of additional joint relationships: (6) We "have been baptized into Christ Jesus" and share in His death, burial and resurrection to newness of life. (Rom. 6:3-5); (7) our old sinful nature was crucified with Him so that we are no longer the slaves of sin. (Rom. 6:6; Gal. 2:20).
Before Jesus accomplished all of this for us, He told the disciples, "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? What I am telling you I do not say on My own authority and of My own accord; but the Father Who lives continually in Me does the (His) works (His own miracles, deeds of power). Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the sake of the [very] works themselves. [If you cannot trust Me, at least let these works that I do in My Father's name convince you.] I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father." (John 14:10-12).
Jesus emphasizes and explains the highlighted portion ‘My own’ above, in John 5:30. "I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord--but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me."
To assure us that all this is true and something that we should pursue, Paul the apostle counsels us, "If Then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [Ps. 110:1.] And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God" (Col. 3:1-3).
Therefore, before we can expect to be able to do the things that He did, and greater, it will be required of us that we, "Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]" (Phil. 2:5). This helps us to understand why we see so little evidence of the power of God in Christian lives. But even though this is true, it still remains that this is the life available to us and worth living, it is not how much we have done or been able to accomplished, but have we made ourselves available to God to do what He wanted us to do?