A reminder…

What I love about true Christianity is the simplicity of the message. Jesus encourages us to become more like children in Matthew 18. I don’t know if you’ve seen this – but little children can watch their favourite movie 200 times in a row without getting bored. This should become our mentality regarding the truth about the cross and salvation of Christ. If we understand the greatness of Jesus’ salvation, we will never tire of hearing about it!

Today, many preachers preach messages filled with deep and complicated revelations and theological discussions. Although there is nothing wrong with revelation – the message of Christ should never be neglected. It is not a message that should only be preached one time. It cannot be heard too many times. It is through hearing the truth over and over again, that we will become saved and changed into the image of Christ.

So I want to remind you about the basics again:

I can go on, but first I just want to really let the above mentioned facts sink in… :-)

Don’t forget who you are (2)

In the previous post I spoke about your new identity being one of a son, not one of a slave. The last quoted verse was Galatians 4:7:

“…Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.”

As a son of God, you are an heir of God through your faith in Jesus. Everything on earth – all the riches and treasures – belongs to God.

“For the [whole] earth is the Lord’s and everything that is in it.” 1 Cor 10:26

That means, as a son and an heir of God, you will never lack anything. All the riches and the treasures on earth are your inheritance through Christ. These don’t only include spiritual blessings (like healing, deliverance and freedom) but physical blessings as well. God wants us to prosper in all aspects of life!

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.” 3 John 1:2

If you are a millionaire your son won’t walk around barefoot in the middle of winter… How much more surely will God bless you, if He owns the earth and everything on it?

Input and earnings

Ever since childhood we are taught the earthly principles of input and earnings. If we work harder, we can earn more. If we put hours of effort into a task we receive a greater reward. Christianity does not operate according to the laws and principles of the natural realm – Jesus made this perfectly clear.

He used a parable about laborers in order to demonstrate the Kingdom’s principle of input and reward. A few laborers were hired during the day – some right at the beginning and some throughout the day until just before they received their payment. Those working from earlier on in the day expected more payment than those who started working right before they received their wages – yet they all received the same amount.

“Now when the first came, they supposed they would get more, but each of them also received a denarius. And when they received it, they grumbled at the owner of the estate, saying, These [men] who came last worked no more than an hour, and yet you have made them rank with us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day. But he answered one of them, Friend, I am doing you no injustice. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this man hired last the same as I give to you.” Matthew 20:10-14

The laborers showing up for work represent Christians coming to faith in Christ. All of them receive the FULL measure of grace that Jesus gave through the cross, as well as every gift of life, healing and freedom that comes with it. It does not matter how long you have been a Christian – if you believe, you receive the ENTIRE gift. God does not differentiate between ‘established’ and ‘new’ Christians. Every person is free to receive the complete, overwhelming experience of His grace – up until the very last second before Jesus returns!

There is a choice

Over the course of the last few weeks quite a few amazing benefits of salvation have been mentioned.  Complete liberty, freedom from anxieties and fears, blessings, divine protection and healing to name just a few. God delights in people who love Him out of free will.  That’s why He does not force salvation on us.  We are given a choice.  Just like we are given the choice to believe in Jesus, we are given a choice to progress to the supernatural life of blessings and miracles.

“I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live…” Deut 30:19

This renewed mindset of blessing, healing and freedom does not always come naturally.  Because it goes against what we have come to know in the natural realm we need to CHOOSE life (the supernatural).  We need to choose the better portion, the gift that is wrapped up for us to freely enjoy.

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Rom 12:2

Let your mind be renewed in order to see the wealth of blessings that is set before you. Choose the better part – choose Jesus and the life that He has given us.

God’s gift to us (Part 3)

In the previous two posts we spoke about the incredible gift God gave mankind in the sacrifice of Jesus.  He saved us entirely – body, mind and soul.  We’ve already established that faith in the sacrifice of Jesus leads to salvation of our souls and reconciliation with God.  We’ve also established that Jesus took it upon himself to carry every sickness and disease in order for us to experience health.  The third aspect of this complete salvation is the salvation of our minds.

Let’s look at Isaiah 53:5 again:

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.”

The highlighted part of the verse refers to our minds, and the fact that we can now enjoy peace.  Peace of mind means calmness, composure and freedom from worries.  It is a quiet place of contentment and joy, free from all depression, sadness and anxiety.

John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you.”

“May grace (God’s favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 2 Pet 1:2

A gift needs to be received in order to be enjoyed.  We just need to realize God’s heart towards us, and how blessed we are the moment we are born again.  We must get to know Jesus, who is God’s gift to us.  It is knowing the Truth that will set us free, really and unquestionably free (John 8:32, 36)!

God’s gift to us (Part 2)

We’ve already established that God’s gift to mankind was Jesus.  When He died on the cross He paid a complete price to save us – body, mind and soul.  In the previous post we discussed the wonderful salvation of our souls.  In this post I want to discuss the salvation of our bodies.

Isaiah 53:3 speaks of the cross of Jesus, and reads as follows:

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.”

Many Christians might read this and think: “This healing only refers to my heart”.  The truth is – this verse was brought into context in Matthew 8.  Jesus healed Peter’s mother, and afterwards “restored to health all who were sick”.  Immediately after these events we read the following verse, which refers to Isaiah 53:5:

“And thus He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, He Himself took [in order to carry away] our weaknesses and infirmities and bore away our diseases.” Matt 8:17

We can therefore gladly accept the gift of healing which God gave us through Jesus Christ. It is just as real, and just as freely available, as the salvation of our souls.