Paid In Full

Paid In Full

Paid In Full

T.G.I.F., Lord I thank you for Grace, Wisdom, knowledge and Understanding, Amen, Hallelujah!

Last week, we saw the conclusion on how God took care of the bride of Christ, the Church and made sure there will never again be another creature rebellion for eternity. He crowned it with the surety that there will always be praise and worship of Him ceaselessly forever.

Today, I start a new series on the last statement Jesus made on the cross before He gave up the Ghost. The enormity of the Grace of God displayed towards the sinner.

A lot of the time some ministers are willing to compromise certain biblical doctrines in the name of unity and peace. But I don’t share that view nor did Paul when he wrote to Titus telling him to “… rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith” Titus 1:13. I cannot be quiet, especially when those doctrines can be detrimental to a new believer, as well as be a handicap for those more matured in the faith.

In particular, I am talking about eternal security, salvation by grace alone, through faith alone. It is entirely based on God’s authority and integrity and nothing to do with us.

You see, if I had anything to do with my own salvation, then I have something to brag about Eph 2:8-9 says “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Just think about it, if I did not save myself then how can I lose myself  or better still “how can I lose what I didn’t achieve;” this is why we “receive” Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Scriptures tell us that “…it is the gift of God…” Eph 2:8b not that we earned it, bought it or traded for it. This is why Jesus used the specific and precise terminology of being born again““…Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”John 3:3.  What part did you play to be born into your family? – None.

Let me digress a bit and flow you gist about how Eph 1:5 deals with our “adoption,” as the children of God. Within the Roman and Hebrew cultures; once a child was adopted either into the family, or adopted into the inheritance of the legal heir of the family, though it was considered normal for the eldest son, the “firstborn” to be the family heir, there was a legal formality in ratifying this position which was referred to as an adoption which is different from taking and adopting a child from outside the blood line, or lineage, in making them a part of the family.

One point to notice is how many times God avoided using the “firstborn“ and gave the privilege of being the heir to the second born, or further down the line like in the story of Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers respectively.  An interesting note is to see how many times God will set aside the norms He Himself established in order to see if people trust them. He told Abraham to kill his own son. “…Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of” Gen 22:2. I thought He had commanded “Thou shalt not kill? Ex 20:13. God bypassed the position of heirs at least 30 different times.

When Joshua came against Jericho, God had him violate the Torah repeatedly, the day of the week that they had to yell was a Sabbath, which they also had to perform labor by walking around the city 7 times, the priest’s were within the ranks of the soldiers, and many other directions that God instituted which went against His directions in the Torah. All these were no go areas.  After seeing all these I often wonder why it is so difficult to believe God when He says “I will never leave nor forsake you”.  Heb 13:5c or when Jesus said “All (not some) that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37

We must remember that God is God and nothing else, He makes the rules, and if He tells you face-to-face to sidetrack a rule to test your faith, then you better follow what He says, rather than following the religious system, even if He initiated it Himself. But men, you’ve got to be a million and one percent sure He is the one you heard.

The reason God would do this is very simple, man becomes very comfortable following preordained rules and systems. Consequently he learns to put his faith in them, rather than upon the living God.  This was the mistake the Pharisees made, and this is the same mistake some Christians make today.  God is not defined by His righteousness as to His attributes of divinity, we are fortunate He is a righteous God. He is God, He is all powerful and He is the boss and will not be manipulated by us, our religious systems or rules.  Jesus stated in Matt 15:3, “…Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?”  Or literarily in the Greek: “why do you make void the word of God by your traditions?” the adoption cannot be broken by anyone – I repeat not anyone; not the parents, not the priesthood, and not the government.

I could also speak about how we are “sealed” with the Holy Spirit as seen in Eph 1:13 “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 the word “sealed” is the Greek word sphragizo,  pronounced sfrag-id’-zo it means ‘to stamp with a signet or private mark for security or preservation literally or figuratively. By implication, to keep secret, to attest, seal up’ It holds the same meaning as in the signet on a king’s ring; both carrying the idea of being sealed or decreed with no ability even of the King himself to counteract his own sealing of a law or decree.

This has been replicated in every culture prior to the usage of this word, not just with the Hebrews, but with every lineage recorded by man.  Many times this is referred to as the law of the Kings of the Medo-Persians, and is seen in the story of Esther, where the King could not withdraw the decree to kill the Jews, regardless that his queen would be affected by it as well. This law is seen in the story of Daniel in the Lion’s den, where the king did not wish for Daniel to be placed there, yet he could not invalidate his decree which Daniel had violated.

These are a few examples in the Scripture where without hesitation or exception demands that once a person becomes a child of God, it is totally 100 percent impossible for them to be otherwise.  Sheep are born sheep, goats are born goats. They do not change into any other thing in their life time. Why should it be different with us human?  All creature are predestined from the foundation of the earth to these positions. It is only time that shows us what to declare in Christ. Meanwhile, it is not new, we only declare what God has already declared; that we are his children – born again forever Amen.

When God declares you His child, what makes you think there is another power greater than God that could alter your status? “…These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth Rev 3:7 God has already declared in His love that we are his children – born again forever “… in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our LordRom 8:39 Amen

Now, back to where I started. While on the cross Jesus made seven statements, the last thing He said is recorded in John 19:30, which states: “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

This has been quoted many times, but most of the time without a full understanding of its meaning and implications.  While it is true He did say, “It is finished,” the Greek word is tetélestai. This transliteration is incomplete at best and inadequate at worst.  The Greek word tetélestai is not a singular word but a phrase. In the English language, it is commonly translated, “it is finished.” Generally (connotatively) speaking, this translation is adequate, yet specifically (denotatively) this rendering in the English language is incomplete.  Other translations render Tetélestai, either as “accomplished” or “completed,” which are closer to the true meaning, in that these two English words do indicate a more than simply the finishing of an act, that of the complete fulfillment of the purpose.

It has come to light during the last few years that this term was a common expression used at the time of Jesus. If a worker had completed an assignment he would report back to his master, who would pay him for his services and then state: “tetélestai”.

In those days, the Hebrews did not incarcerate individuals for violations of the law. The penalty for a violation of any of the 10 Commandments was death by stoning. It was the Romans that understood the value of incarceration as a deterrent. When an individual convicted of a crime had served their “debt to society” (the same as: The “ordinance of debt” Col. 2:14) the Romans would give them the written court document of their conviction, their “debt to society,” with tetélestai written from corner to corner in order to prove that they didn’t escape but had paid the price for their crime.  They would be given this document to show that they had served their sentence in full, so if anyone ever accused them of committing the offence and getting away with it or of being an escapee, they could produce the court transcript showing they served their sentence in full. They “Paid In Full”
In the Greek, the word tetélestai, literally means: “paid in full”. It is stated in the perfect tense. The perfect tense in Greek describes an action which is viewed as having been completed in the past, once and for all, not needing to be repeated or amended and at the same time of great importance in the present. Jesus’ last cry from the cross was tetélestai  (“It

is finished“) is a perfect example of the perfect tense used in this sense, namely “It (the atonement) has been accomplished, completely, once and for all.” This means that salvation of man has been completed and Paid (for) in Full and it applies to whoever meets the conditions of being a believer, having exercised faith in the finished work of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary.

Four days before the Passover, (the same day Jesus presented himself as the Messiah, commonly referred to as the “triumphant entry”) the priest would examine all of the lambs that would be offered for the individual families to guarantee they were without spot (outward imperfection ~ received after birth) or blemish (inward imperfection ~ tainted blood line), if the animal was validated for sacrifice the priest would say, tetélestai. All of these transactions and situations were “finished,” yet more specifically they were completed wholly, 100%, without exception.

Specifically, tetélestai has always been understood to mean “paid in full.” When Jesus gave Himself on the cross, He fully met the righteous demands of a Holy law; Christ paid our debt in full. None of the Old Testament sacrifices could take away sin; their blood only covered sin temporarily. But the Lamb of God shed His blood to pay in full for our redemption John 1:29, and His blood alone could take away the sin of the world” completely and permanently, as the word tetélestai means Heb. 9:24-28

Jesus paid in full the price of our salvation.  This is why Paul stated in 1 Co 15:13-14 “But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” But thank God He rose from the dead.

That is why this phrase “PAID IN FULL” is one of the most important phrases to the child of God in that it is Jesus Christ’s last statement in which He proclaimed that He paid the full price for the sins of the world.  There is nothing anyone can do to mess it up or void their own salvation; for the penalty for sin and the price for salvation were paid in full by Jesus the Christ Himself.  

You may say “…but that will encourage people to continue in sin. Since it does not matter what they do, they still qualify for the kingdom.” No, an emphatic NO! I did not say a thing like that. Rom 6:1-2 responds to that concern asking “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” 1John 3: 9 tells us that Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” now hold on, before you go to town with this let me expatiate on this verse. It is a very simple verse. The phrase “…Doth not commit sin…” is the phrase hamartian ou poiei in Greek. It is called “linear present active indicative” meaning, something that is ongoing, maintaining a course say habitual as in 1John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”  Like in 1John 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

All I am trying to tell you is that the child of God does not have the habit of sin; he cannot make sin a habit. His SEED, God’s seed sperma autou, the divine principle of life “…remaineth in him:” even you can attest to this. Can you honestly beat your chest and say you have never missed it since the day you got born again? Of cause you have, several times for that matter. But that does not disqualify you from heaven. That is my point. But if anyone deliberately continues in sin without remorse and says it does not matter, that individual should check out his salvation again. For scripture says the contrary. You cannot continue to sin habitually if you are born again. Now that is different from if you have a challenge letting go. It simply means you need extra help to stand. James 5: 16 states Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” The healing is not just from physical sickness but spiritual as well for sin is a direct result of the fallen nature of man. A brother or sister would join faith with you for deliverance from that oppression.

You see, salvation depends upon God the father and NOT on us. It depends upon His sovereign purpose In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” Eph 1:11. This is where His eternal purpose for us is anchored, IN HIM. He predestinated it ever before you were born and chose us, we did not choose Him, He chose us, And GOD never makes mistakes. according to 1Pet 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” and confirmed it by an oath in Heb 6:17-20. “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: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec”.

Eph 1:13b “…in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promiseEph 1:14 “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” You were sealed, it’s already done. It’s not about to be nor is it conditional, it is already done. The Greek word is sphragizo, (pronounced  sfrag-id’-zo) meaning to stamp with a signet or private mark for security or preservation (literally or figuratively) you are marked and authenticated as God’s heritage, His property as in Eph 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” 2Co 1:22. “…Who hath also SEALED US, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” Ooooooowiii my, my, my, my!!! Can you beat that?
If the priesthood of the Lord Jesus is “…for ever after the order of Melchisedec” and God had us sealed by the Holy Ghost in Him, How do you think you could lose your salvation along the way? That will make God a fraudster if after all that security you end up in hell. To start with, you had nothing to do with it at the beginning, it was all done for you by the Lord Jesus and presented to you and you just received it as a gift, the kind of gift that cannot be returned once received. God made a promise in Rom 4:16a “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed…“remember the seed of God in the believer that guarantees he does not make sin a habit? That is the one.

The promise that those who believe will be saved is confirmed everywhere in Scripture, from the Old to the New Testament. These are just a few scriptures for you to see: “…And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” Gen 15:6. That was Abraham. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16 my point is “…it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead” Rom 4:23-24
When Jesus Christ died and resurrected, He gave God the instrument for our salvation, the blood for propitiation, in spite of any moral imperfection on our sideAnd he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). Don’t forget “… it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy Rom 9:16 Not just that, God is obliged to keep us saved that is why He SEALED US in Christ and gave us to Jesus for safe keeping All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one (Not Some, everyone) which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:37-40.  “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” John 10:27-29 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” John 5:24.

Let us take the physical parenting for instance. If for any reason a father decides to disown his child, does that erase the fact that his blood still runs in the veins of that child? Of cause not. That child may be disinherited, meaning he has no legal rights anymore in that family but the fact still remains that he was born of that man. Nothing can erase that. Now this is a physical situation.

When it comes to the spiritual with God, He has sworn by Himself like I told you in Part three of this write up in Heb 6:17-20. If the priesthood of the Lord Jesus is “…for ever after the order of Melchisedec” and God had us sealed by the Holy Ghost in Him, How do you think you could lose your salvation along the way? That will make God a fraudster if after all that security you end up in hell. But you know God is faithful and does whatever He says He would. God made a promise in Rom 4:16a “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed…“remember the seed of God in the believer that guarantees he does not make sin a habit? That is the one, like the father’s blood that runs in the child; this seed keeps the believer connected to God.

Do not forget scriptures sayFor when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. If He died for the ungodly, how can He betray the one whom He made the “…righteousness of God in him?” 2Cor 5:21 I ask because “…scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Rom 5:6-10 as filthy dirty people, He did all that for us, how is it possible that Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” 1Pet 1:23. We can now suddenly become corruptible when the seed that got us born again and remains in us is incorruptible?

Now I ask you,Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Rom. 8:33. The judge who condemned an accused cannot justify that same person nor can a judge that justified an accused turn around to condemn same. It will require a higher authority to do so. Is there a court higher than God’s? If God had justified the Christian who can condemn him?

If God does not and cannotWho is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Rom. 8:34. It certainly cannot be Jesus who is our lawyer. Lawyers are on the side of their clients.

I ask again, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?. Rom 8:35

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom 8:37.  Why so? YOU ARE SEALED IN CHRIST. The seed that got you born again is INCURRUPTIBLE. 1Pet 1:23.

The number seven in scripture is the number of perfect manifestation or perfection. Jesus repeatedly said “those whom thou hast given me:” SEVEN TIMES to the father when he was praying.  John 17:2; John 17:6 (x2); John 17:9; John 17:11; John 17:12, 15, 20, 24; John 1:1. And said NO MAN can take them from Him, another word of security. As you know the father answers Him always “And I knew that thou hearest me always…” John 11:42a

The number seven in scripture is indicative of perfection or perfect manifestation. Jesus repeatedly used the phrase “those whom thou hast given me:” SEVEN TIMES to the father when he was praying. Seven, thus indicating perfect gift.  John 17:2; John 17:6 (x2); John 17:9; John 17:11; John 17:12, 15, 20, 24; John 1:1. And He said NO MAN can take them from Him. This is another assurance of security. This can never be over emphasized; I stand on the roof top to shout it out loud and declare it. A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN CAN NEVER EVER MISS HEAVEN NO MATTER WHAT.

Let me ask you. When was the last time you left your foot or a finger behind on your way out for a visitation just because it got soiled in dirt? Or that you cut off your foot because you stepped into some ravishing dung? It can never happen. If you don’t do that, how come you think the Lord would? But you wash the soiled part clean Instead, even possibly disinfect it, which is what the Lord does for us as well. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might Sanctify (disinfect) and cleanse (wash) it with the washing of water by the word (soap), That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Eph 5:25-27 The Lord does the sanctification and cleansing by Himself and for Himself. Your job is to cooperate with Him. You cannot make you clean enough for Him.

A born again Christian is a member of the church which is the body of Christ. “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Eph 1:22-23. A part of Him cannot be left behind at the rapture just like you do not leave at home nor cut off any of your members because they are soiled. The truth is, it is NOT man’s sin that sends him to hell. Does that surprise you? It should not. Several scriptures say it is what and who he believes in. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36. The psalmist says “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Ps 51:5 so it is not your fault you are a sinner by default, you were born that way. But as a man grows older and can discern good from bad, he has a decision to make. Believe in Jesus and receive Him as your Lord and savior and live eternally or disbelieve or reject Him and be dammed. Man must make that decision and take responsibility for his actions whether he likes it or not.

It is man’s rebellion against God, rejecting the only provision for salvation that God made, that is the only singular sin that God cannot forgive. It is called the unpardonable sin, the sin against the Holy Ghost.

You say “well what about when the Lord said Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

You are very correct, that was said by the Lord but He was not talking to a legitimately registered believer with his name dully written in the book of life. “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Rev 20:15.  God does not lie. Think about it. If He originally got you registered in His book of life, why would He deny He ever knew you? It is not in His character. The thing is, as a Christian, you will make mistakes and I mean real mistakes you would wonder how you got there. That is just the flesh and your job is to put it under. “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die (Literally-NOT going to hell) but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Rom 8:13. “…for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; (death, NOT Hell) but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Gal 6:7-8. If you fail to subdue your flesh, you lose rewards meant for that. That is because you are a carrier of the Godhead. Sin is in the flesh not in your spirit man that got saved. Like I told you last week, scriptures say this flesh is dead in carnality and the canal mind can never please God. “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Rom 8:7. The flesh will be done away with at death for a new one. “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1Cor 15:51-53

Remember I told you if you are having issues with the flesh and you can’t seem to be able to access God please speak to someone, a matured Christian who would pray with you so you can be an overcomer. James 5:16.

The truth is Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, (reveal it) because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try (test it) every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” 1Co 3:13-15. The carnal Christian will lose his reward but he will still be saved. The kind of lifestyle you choose to live determines the quality of reward you get from the Lord. Remember “…for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Gal 6:7

The brother described in 1Cor 5:1-5 was a really crazy guy who was openly messing around big time and the church did nothing until Paul heard about it and recommended “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” 1Cor 5:5. The Greek word translated DESTRUCTION here is the word olethros,  (pronounced ol’-eth-ros) meaning “a prolonged form of destruction as in ruin or death.” Did you get that? He said, hand him over to Satan to destroy him. That means death. That verse says literally; hand this guy over to Satan to kill him in his sinful state so “that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” so this guy can make heaven. I did not write the scriptures I am only showing you what was written. As seemingly outrageous as that may sound it is the truth. Nothing and I mean NOTHING “…shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom 8:39.

As seemingly outrageous as 1Cor 5:5 may sound it is the truth. I told you in an earlier part of this episode that Every man’s work shall be made manifest (revealed in the open) for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.1Cor 3:13-15

 

You see, nothing and I mean NOTHING “…shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom 8:39.  Sin is a choice you allow your flesh make for you. I told you its desires can be subdued. If you fail to do so you lose your rewards, you are not sent to hell. “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Rom 8:13. That means the onus is on you, it’s something you can and have to do.  When it popped up in the Garden of Eden God condemned it out rightly and sentenced it to instant death. That is why the flesh has to go back to dust from where it came. “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. Gen 3:19.

 

It is simply unserviceable. God could recreate the spirit of man because it was made in His image and likeness. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” Gen 1:26 But the flesh is disposable, it came from the earth. It is nothing but gargantuan abysmal ignorance when a Christian thinks he can work his way into God’s kingdom by his self righteousness. He may or may not know it that way but his actions speak volumes, when the scriptures already told us that “…we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…” Isa 64:6a. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.“  Eph 2:8-9 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Phil. 2:13.

 

The ability to achieve still comes from God, so why not just believe God when He said all was (tetélestai ) PAID IN FULL? There is nothing else to add.

In today’s parlance you could say, “God’s got your back.” Do not let your mistakes define who you are or keep you locked down. Stand up to who the Lord says you are, you are more than a victorious soldier. Rom 8:37 tells us “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” 

 

You see, it does not matter what Satan does to you here on earth, the fact remains you are a winner. With focus on Jesus, it is only the Christian that is engaged in a battle he has already won. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” Heb 12:2

 

Jesus started the salvation race and completed it for us at the cross of Calvary with the resurrection crown three days later. “…the author and finisher of our faith …” Jesus said “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,“ Rev 1:8. But the filling in of the center He left for His body the church. Why so? Simple, God gives you time for you to earn rewards and choose your location in Christ. It is all up to you. If the church is the body of Christ and we are members of that body. I believe we can’t all occupy the same spot in it. I believe we are the little cells that add up to make up that mystical body of Christ just like the human cells are in three major categories before they go into several specialization cells. There are different types of cells that make up the different parts of the body but they all stem from the first three. (Father, Son, Holy Ghost?) My point is, as Christians we all play different roles in the body of Christ just like the human cells do.

 

As you make your bed is how you lie on it. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” Eph 6:12. You play your part to overcome these evil spirits, through temptations, through trials and generally through the checkered pavement of your mortal existence. You earn your rewards at different points. But the final price for this war was paid in FULL; the victory was gotten at the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the crucifixion on the cross of Calvary over two thousand year ago. Hell is not a place for the born again Christian but it is a place”…prepared for the devil and his angels” Matt 25:41b

 

I will say again, when you got born again, the scriptures say “…ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God”. Col 3:3 IN HIM, THAT IS WHERE YOU ARE LOCATED, SEALED AND SECURED. God knows the end from the beginning, nothing takes Him by surprise.

 

Again, let me repeat this “… ye are a (member of the) CHOSEN generation, (You did not choose yourself God chose you. He never makes mistakes) a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you (again, God called you, you did not call yourself) out of darkness into his marvellous light” 1Pet 2:9 what for?

 

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” 1Pet 1:4. It is waiting in heaven for you to come and collect.
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1Pet 1:23. Nothing can corrupt the seed that got you born again

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29. YOU ARE SEALED IN HIM AND SECURED

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