JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE “BOOTH” Part 2

… because by a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14 Berean Study Bible

** If you missed yesterday’s post be sure to take a few moments and read it now**

Yesterday we talked about how believers and unbelievers alike are many times placed and voluntarily seated in the waiting booth  of qualifying for the blessings of God already paid for by Jesus Christ at the Cross.  The Cross is not a place of defeat!  It looked like a place of defeat to the natural eye and to the devil.  But it is the place of the most astounding and complete victory ever to take place for all eternity.  There, Jesus became obedient to death only for the purpose of a hidden agenda of defeating and wiping out sin and death ONCE and FOR ALL!!!  His life and obedience and death are the spiritual credit report that qualifies the world to be reconciled to God and partake of His divine nature and all that comes with it. Many times preachers will preach this qualifying sermon because they themselves are still under the law. They preach the ten commandments and other law based things when we are now under a entirely different dispensation.  Imagine someone going to you and saying, “What are you doing riding in a car.  You need to be riding a horse!!! We all started on horses and that’s where you need to be on a horse or  in a buggy.”  You would look at them like they were crazy and say, “You keep riding that horse. Let me know how it works out for you, especially in the winter time.”    There is something that ALL BELIEVERS need to know today and this is vital. WE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW ANYMORE WE ARE UNDER GRACE!!! Once again, don’t take my word for it, take THE WORD for it.

Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Romans 6:14 New Living Translation

Christ is the end of the Law, in order to bring righteousness to everyone who believes.  Romans 10:4  Berean Study Bible 

Do you know what END means?  The end means the end!  The end of  the movie is the end of the movie. There is nothing else to see.  There is nothing else of the law for believers to see or do.  CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW.  If you try to live  under the law or let someone tell you you have to live under the law they are putting you back in the booth.  If you don’t wake up you will be there until Jesus comes and will learn that you could have enjoyed all He had freely given at great cost to Him and The Father.  You cannot qualify or pay for something when you are spiritually and naturally bankrupt. Man was bankrupt, insolvent. They had no way or no means to save themselves  and this is why God the Father sent Jesus to reconcile the world back to Himself because ONLY HE COULD DO IT!!! Not your law keeping, not your good works, not your qualifying only HIS GRACE and GIFT of RIGHTEOUSNESS.

So …… if you are in the booth get out NOW!!!! If you are out of the booth STAY OUT and don’t let ANYONE drag you back in.  GRACE is the way of the Kingdom!! The Gospel of Grace is the true Gospel or Good News because GRACE is not a thing it is the Person of Jesus Christ!!!!

We will continue this tomorrow and if you missed yesterday go back and read it please.

All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE “BOOTH!”

… because by a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are sanctified.  Hebrews 10:14 Berean Study Bible

Have you ever gone to a car dealer to purchase a car?  The salesmen comes out and then you look at the car and decide which one, and then he takes you to the booth.  It could be a cubicle, or another area but for all practical purpose its a waiting area until all the paperwork and mainly the financial portion of the transaction is all clear.  Most people are buying cars or trucks on credit so they have to get a credit check to see if they qualify

If they qualify and everything checks out, they can go home with the vehicle and can keep the car as long as they make all their payments.  Miss a few payments and a certain truck pulls up to one’s residence to reclaim what was theirs the whole time. Why was it really their’s the whole time.  Because the car was not fully paid for.  Some people are fine as they wait in the booth but others are sweating hoping their credit is good enough and that this blemish or that blemish does not shut down the whole deal.  I remember one time getting a vehicle and I had it for a week and they called me back and said you need to put down more money. Thank God that Salvation and Righteousness are not like that.  JESUS PAID IT ALL and He will never repossesses YOUR salvation because He gave it to you not based on what you did or could pay, but based on what He did!!!

Why am I bringing this up?  Because I continue to hear good and well meaning preachers in most cases,  knowingly or unknowingly dupe believers and unbelievers alike into thinking and believing that they have to qualify for the blessings and benefits of the Kingdom when Jesus already paid in full for you to HAVE EVERYTHING.

What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.  John 14;27 Complete Jewish Bible.

Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. THAT’S EVERYTHING.  Jesus just said He is leaving with you shalom. He then made it even clearer and said, “I am giving you My Shalom.”  Now look at what He says next.  “I don’t give the way the world gives.”  And finally He says as a result of that “Don’t let yourself be upset or frightened.”    When a man or woman of God tell you that you have to qualify for the blessings of God they are “putting you in the booth.”  They are telling you to look at yourself and see if you have any sin in your life because if you do your spiritual credit is not good enough to receive what Jesus bought and paid and GAVE YOU ALREADY.  I don’t care who the preacher is,  how anointed he  or she is suppose to be and how long they have been in ministry THIS IS WRONG and completely against scripture.  Check out Romans 8:32.

New Living Translation
Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

English Standard Version
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Berean Study Bible
He who did not spare His own Son but gave up Him for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?

Berean Literal Bible
For He who spared not the own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, with Him, grant us all things?

New American Standard Bible
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

King James Bible
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

I see the word freely. I see the word graciously.  I see the word grant. You don’t pay back a grant you pay back a loan.  Poppa did not give us Jesus on a loan if we do good.  Jesus does not bless us based on our works or actions.  He blesses us based on His finished perfect work.

… because by a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14 Berean Study Bible

You have a decision to make.  Are you going to let some preacher or person who is ignorant of how righteousness works and GRACE (God’s undeserved unmerited favor which reigns thru righteousness) put you back in the booth to qualify? Or are you going to take God’s Word that its paid for and go home with your salvation and blessings fully paid for?

We will pick this up tomorrow.  All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT-WEEKEND EDITION- OVERCOMING THE WORLD!!!

…because everything that has been born of God is constantly coming off victorious over the world. And this is the victory that has come off victorious over the world, our faith. I John 5:4 Kenneth Wuest Translaton

As we come face to face with a new year, new President and administration, many people are concerned about the country and more importantly their families and themselves. What will happen as a result of the new leader who is chosen? How will this affect them financially and many other questions. Many believers are concerned as well and to a certain degree we all should be but not to the point of fear and worry. Why? Because we are in the world but not of the world. Our health and well being does not depend does not depend on the resources of this world. Now if as a believer you have no knowledge of this or simply don’t believe that that is true, you may have reason for concern, but allow me to dispel any doubt you may have. The Word of God says in the book of Hosea, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” Lack in any form is sin and Romans 6:14 declares that, “Sin shall not have dominion over you for you are not under the law but under GRACE (Who is Jesus).”

Our topic text says: …because everything that has been born of God is constantly coming off victorious over the world. And this is the victory that has come off victorious over the world, our faith. I John 5:4 Kenneth Wuest Translaton

If you are born again, you are born of God!!! If you are born of God YOU ARE CONSTANTLY COMING OFF VICTORIOUS OVER THE WORLD. “Well, Brother Vincent, my life sure does not look like I am coming off victorious over the world.” I understand but this is where you have to make a decision. Are you going to believe your circumstances or The Word of The Father. The issue may be, “Do you believe The Word?” You may be what Brother Copeland calls mentally assenting to The Word or agreeing with your mouth but not really believe it in your heart where it matters. Do a test, check your mouth and thoughts. What have you been thinking and saying about circumstances that don’t line up and agree with The Word? Look at this verse.
Who is he who is constantly coming off victorious over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? I John 5:5 Kenneth Wuest Translation

You will probably say, “I believe Jesus is the Son of God!!” Okay great!! Do you believe that Jesus has conquered the world? He told you He did.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

If your were a growing fetus inside your mothers womb still and your Mom was eating Wendy’s that day for dinner, guess what you would be having for dinner? WENDY’S. Why? Because you are in your Mom and whatever your Mom is getting or ingesting is what will be passed to you. If you are a believer YOU ARE IN CHRIST!! Since you are in Christ ALL that CHRIST IS AND HAS AND HAS DONE IS YOURS!!! His overcoming the world is your overcoming the world. His victory over the world is your victory over the world. Believe that and you will walk in victory in every area of your life. God the Father has given you the victory thru your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!! Receive it!! Take it!!!

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:57

Exercise your God given rights based on The Word knowing that you have the victory and regardless of who is in the White House and your house will be just fine!! Shalom!!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT- WEEKEND EDITION-OVERCOMING THE WORLD!!

…because everything that has been born of God is constantly coming off victorious over the world. And this is the victory that has come off victorious over the world, our faith. I John 5:4 Kenneth Wuest Translaton

With the 2016 US Presidential Elections taking place next week, many people are concerned about the country and more importantly their families and themselves.  What will happen as a result of the new leader who is chosen?  How will this affect them financially and many other questions.  Many believers are concerned as well and to a certain degree we all should be but not to the point of fear and worry.  Why?  Because we are in the world but not of the world.  Our health and well being does not depend does not depend on the resources of this world.  Now if as a believer you have no knowledge of this or simply don’t believe that that is true, you may have reason for concern, but allow me to dispel any doubt you may have.  The Word of God says in the book of Hosea, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.”  Lack in any form is sin and Romans 6:14 declares that, “Sin shall not have dominion over you for you are not under the law but under GRACE (Who is Jesus).

Our topic text says:  …because everything that has been born of God is constantly coming off victorious over the world. And this is the victory that has come off victorious over the world, our faith. I John 5:4 Kenneth Wuest Translaton

If you are born again, you are born of God!!!  If you are born of God YOU ARE CONSTANTLY COMING OFF VICTORIOUS OVER THE WORLD.  “Well, Brother Vincent, my life sure does not look like I am coming off victorious over the world.”  I understand but this is where you have to make a decision. Are you going to believe your circumstances or The Word of The Father.   The issue may be, “Do you believe The Word?”  You may be what Brother Copeland calls mentally assenting to The Word or agreeing with your mouth but not really believe it in your heart where it matters.  Do a test, check your mouth an thoughts.  What have you been thinking and saying about circumstances that don’t line up and agree with The Word?  Look at this verse.

Who is he who is constantly coming off victorious over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? I John 5:5 Kenneth Wuest Translation

You will probably say, “I believe Jesus is the Son of God!!”  Okay great!! Do you believe that Jesus has conquered the world?  He told you He did.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

If your were a growing fetus inside your mothers womb still and your Mom was eating Wendy’s that day for dinner, guess what you would be having for dinner?  WENDY’S.  Why? Because you are in your Mom and whatever your Mom is getting or ingesting is what will be passed to you.  If you are a believer YOU ARE IN CHRIST!! Since you are in Christ ALL that CHRIST IS AND HAS AND HAS DONE IS YOURS!!! His overcoming the world is your overcoming the world. His victory over the world is your victory over the world. Believe that and you will walk in victory in every area of your life. God the Father has given you the victory thru your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!! Receive it!! Take it!!!

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Co

 

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE Part 1

…..for the law of the Spirit, that of the life in Christ Jesus, freed you once for all from the law of the sinful nature and of death. Romans 8:2 Kenneth Wuest Translation.

  • The Law of the Spirit
  • That of the Life in Christ Jesus (whose life you have)
  • Freed you once for all
  • From the law of the sinful nature and death

The Word of God is powerful! It’s alive! The Word says it is and I believe it! How about you?  This scripture is absolutely full term pregnant with answers, secrets, promises and ways out of a number of things that the world says are normal.  When you were not born again, you were under the law and the curse of the law.  Unfortunately, if a person is still trying to earn God’s favor and blessings  and Heaven by doing good works and not doing this or doing that, they are still under the curse of the law.  That is what God the Father and Jesus see as self-righteousness. To make it more clear for you, when someone tries to live that way its the equivalent of slapping God the Father and Jesus in the face and saying, “God you didn’t have to send Jesus, I can make my own way by not doing this and then I will do that and then I won’t do this. I will create my own righteousness. That is never going to work. If it did God the Father would have never sent Jesus to die anyway.

However if you accept the finished work of Christ then you can enjoy the benefit of the above scripture and be free from the sinful nature and death.  I am not saying that you will never commit another sin I am simply saying it won’t affect your right standing with God the Father. Why? Because your standing with God comes from Jesus not you.  Jesus is righteous.  You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You’re not righteous on your own. The only reason you have any righteousness at all is because of Jesus. Jesus took all your sins and condemnation and punishment and guilt on the Cross and gave you all of His righteousness, favor, blessing and standing with The Father. He brought you under a new law.  The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus that freed you once and for all from the sinful nature and death.

This is what enabled Paul to be bitten by a serpent in the book of Acts and it could not harm him. Snakes were not created by God with venom. The venom came after the fall and sin perverted and twisted nature.  So since venom is a product or by-product of the sinful nature that you are free from, when you believe what The Word says instead of what you see on TV that happens to people who get bit by snakes then it will have no effect on you.  I’m not talking about people who tempt God and handle snakes deliberately.  No if you happen to come across a snake and it attempts to harm you it won’t be able to is what I said.  Don’t take my word for it! Take The Word for it.

Behold, I have given you the authority to advance by setting foot upon snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will in any case harm you  Luke 10:19 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Now in case you didn’t know that was Jesus talking.  He can’t lie!  So whether it’s a snake or something else that is a by-product of the sinful nature or death you are freed once and for all from it.  The deciding factor is: DO YOU BELIEVE IT?

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HOPE

May God, the giver of hope, fill you with continual joy and peace because you trust in Him–so that you may have abundant hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13  Weymouth New Testament

Has anyone ever asked you a question and you answered, not really in confidence? “Hey So and so, is everything working out for you?  I don’t know! I hope so.”  This type of hope is simply wishful thinking and double mindedness.  “Well it may work out or maybe it won’t, I am not sure.”  This is not Bible hope.  The word hope in the Bible is the greek word elpis and it means an expectation of what is sure. It also means trust and confidence.  When you put it together it is a confident and joyful expectation of what is good.  This is why this scripture calls God the Father the Giver or Source of HOPE.  The Father is not the Source of things that are uncertain and may or may not happen.  The way He gives hope is through His promises which are sure!

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for His glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20 New Living Translation

So you see all of God’s promises have already been fulfilled in Christ.  So when you place a demand on a promise the answer is already a resounding or definite YES!!!  Then when you add your AMEN or so be it, this ascends and brings glory to God.  Lets look at another familiar scripture that contains hope.

I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope  Jeremiah 29:11 God’s Word Translation

So God the Father has a future filled with what is sure as you trust and have confidence in Him.  Look to Him and trust in Him and let Him know that you are looking to Him and trusting in Him to bring it to pass,  One of the main ways to have your hope full and confident is to get a revelation of how much God loves you.  Then your hope will never put you to shame.

And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. Romans 5:5 New Living Translation

When you have a revelation of how much God loves you, you know He can only do you good and this gives you a confident expectation of good from Him and all His promises because of what is yours through Christ Jesus.  Even if the situation looks impossible remember Abraham.  The Bible says Abraham hoped against hoped.

Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping–believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have! Romans 4:18 New Living Translation

Find out what The Word of God says and then jack your hope up just as high as you can get it then let the Holy Ghost take it even higher.  Poppa has promised that hope will not disappoint because He loves you.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE UNFAIRNESS OF GRACE CON’TD

……much more they which receive abundance of grace (unmerited favor) and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Romans 5:17 King James Version

Thank Poppa for His Grace.  When we deserved hell, He gave us GRACE(Jesus).  When we deserved punishment, He punished Jesus instead providing for us GRACE.  It seems unfair and it is and I thank God for it.  We talked about how some believers and people who are not saved think that God is unfair.  However we did not talk about one other entity who believes that it is unfair: the devil.  I rarely talk about him because he is a defeated foe however I will today for our benefit.  Why? Because you need to know that he is counting on you not knowing, understanding and believing in the unfairness of GRACE. he wants you to think condemning thoughts like, “You think God is going to bless you after how you treated your spouse, co-worker or that person who flipped you off on the road?” If he ever comes to you with “his mess”  you need to give a resounding YES!!!  God’s grace is not based on what you did, it’s based on what Jesus did.  Yes you don’t deserve it but Jesus does.  So you don’t get what you deserve, you get what Jesus deserves and the Father has decided that Jesus deserves ALL THINGS.  Since you are in Christ and a member of the Body of Christ you get to get in on ALL THINGS that belong to Jesus.

“All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. John 16:15 New American Standard Bible

The Father has made you joint heir with Jesus.  That means whatever Jesus HAS IS ALSO YOURS!!!!!  All of His Life, all of His Health, all of His Wealth, all of His Shalom, all of His Wisdom, all of His Righteousness, all of His Holiness IS YOURS right now!!!  I want you to take some time to absorb that into your spirit and soul and body.  Jesus said in that scripture above that all things the Father has are His.  So you can say, “All things that Jesus has are MINE!!!”

When you believe that and receive it you ail live a life of shalom, grace and rest!

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE UNFAIRNESS OF GRACE

……much more they which receive abundance of grace (unmerited favor) and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  Romans 5:17 King James Version

You know, there are a lot of people in the world including some believers who believe that God is not fair!!!  Well I have some good news for them!!! THEY ARE RIGHT,….in a sense.  If we look up the word fair it originally meant to be beautiful.  God is beautiful and has made beautiful things.  But when these people talk about fair what they mean is you gave that other person five pieces of candy and you only gave me two or you gave them a three hundred thousand dollar house and you only gave me a hundred thousand dollar house.  So in that sense God is not fair.  As a believer God does not treat you fairly He treats you favorably.  And you should get down on your knees and thank Him now because if God treated everyone fairly, we would all be dead today.  Why?  Because no matter how good you think you are, the things that you have done or thought of doing which is all the same to Him are worthy of death.  But The Father because of Jesus or Grace, does not punish you according to your sins or misdeeds. Why?  Because He already punished His Son Jesus for every single sin every person would ever do past, present or future.  Let’s take a look at the unfairness of Grace here in Genesis 20.

Abraham moved south to the Negev and lived for a while between Kadesh and Shur, and then he moved on to Gerar. While living there as a foreigner, 2Abraham introduced his wife, Sarah, by saying, “She is my sister.” So King Abimelech of Gerar sent for Sarah and had her brought to him at his palace. 3But that night God came to Abimelech in a dream and told him, “You are a dead man, for that woman you have taken is already married!” 4But Abimelech had not slept with her yet, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? 5Didn’t Abraham tell me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘Yes, he is my brother.’ I acted in complete innocence! My hands are clean.” 6In the dream God responded, “Yes, I know you are innocent. That’s why I kept you from sinning against me, and why I did not let you touch her. 7Now return the woman to her husband, and he will pray for you, for he is a prophet. Then you will live. But if you don’t return her to him, you can be sure that you and all your people will die.”  Genesis 20:1-7 New Living Translation

Now I want you to examine something.  As a king Abimelech had the right to take any unmarried woman he desired and Abraham told him that Sarah was his sister.  This was a repeated lie that Abraham committed twenty-five years earlier.  So Abraham after all that God had done was still dealing with the same fear which caused him to continue this lie.  But did God go to Abraham and tell him he was a dead man for lying and being in fear?  NO!! Instead he went to Abimelech and told him he was a dead man for taking Abraham’s wife.  THAT’S NOT FAIR!!!  So what is going on here?  You know what is going on or Who is going on?  Grace is going on! Jesus is going on!!!  Now keep your hat on because there is even more unfairness to come, keep reading.

Abimelech got up early the next morning and quickly called all his servants together. When he told them what had happened, his men were terrified. 9Then Abimelech called for Abraham. “What have you done to us?” he demanded. “What crime have I committed that deserves treatment like this, making me and my kingdom guilty of this great sin? No one should ever do what you have done! 10Whatever possessed you to do such a thing?” 11Abraham replied, “I thought, ‘This is a godless place. They will want my wife and will kill me to get her.’ 12And she really is my sister, for we both have the same father, but different mothers. And I married her. 13When God called me to leave my father’s home and to travel from place to place, I told her, ‘Do me a favor. Wherever we go, tell the people that I am your brother.’”  Genesis 20:8-13 New Living Translation

So now we have Abraham admitting it was a lie and that it was to save his own life and that it was based on fear.  Now Abimelech should have been really angry and want to punish him.  But look at what GRACE makes him do instead.

Then Abimelech took some of his sheep and goats, cattle, and male and female servants, and he presented them to Abraham. He also returned his wife, Sarah, to him. 15Then Abimelech said, “Look over my land and choose any place where you would like to live.” 16And he said to Sarah, “Look, I am giving your ‘brother’ 1,000 pieces of silver in the presence of all these witnesses. This is to compensate you for any wrong I may have done to you. This will settle any claim against me, and your reputation is cleared.” Genesis 20:14-16 New Living Translation

So now Abraham and Sarah get enriched and get given gifts after their ruse.  THAT’S NOT FAIR!!!!! As a matter of truth if you keep reading you will learn that Abraham had to pray for the king and his people because God made the women in Abimelech’s kingdom infertile because of him taking Sarah. That just does not seem fair and it is not.  Abraham was trying to protect himself by lying and it would seem that he should have been punished by God and the king.  Instead ‘all things work together for good for Abraham because he loves God and is the called according to His purpose.”  He gets sheep, goats, cattle and male and female servants and 1,000 pieces of silver for his ruse.  God used the situation to bless and increase Abraham. The truth is again that The Father does not treat you fairly He treats you favorably because of Jesus! So you should expect unfair treatment from the Father.  As for me and my house we will take FAVOR over FAIRNESS from the Lord everyday.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT – WEEKEND EDITION-THE WORD OF HIS GRACE

And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.  Acts 20:32 English Standard Version.

We have talked a lot this week about GRACE, the Person of Jesus.  Grace is extremely important and it is important for you to know why it is important.  When Paul was leaving the brethren at the church at Ephesus, he left them with the statement that you see in the above mentioned scripture.  The word commend there can be replaced by the word commit.  So Paul said, “I commit you to God and The Word of His Grace.  He also pointed out two things that The Word of Grace can do.

  • Build you up.
  • Give you an inheritance among those who are sanctified.

The Law does just the opposite. It tears you down with guilt, sin and condemnation.  It robs people of their inheritance because when people try to live by the law it brings them back under the curse.  Romans 6:14 tells us that sin has no dominion over us because we are not under the law but under grace.  Focus on God’s Grace which is and is in Christ Jesus. Don’t try to live by the law because The Word has already made a declaration about the law.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.  Romans 10:4 English Standard Version.

Christ is the end of the law to everyone who believes.  Believe in the Grace of God and receive what He has for you.

Have a great weekend!!!

All the Blessed to you!!!  Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH -ABOUT BEING ‘SAVED’ IN PAST TIME Part 3

For by the grace have you been saved in time past completely, through faith, with the result that your salvation persists through present time; and this [salvation] is not from you as a source ‘of God it is the gift, not from a source of works, in order that no one might boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9 Kenneth Wuest Translation

You have been saved by GRACE!! PERIOD!!!  You have not been saved because you do good things. You have not been saved because you go to church or you serve at the church.  You have not been saved because you do or don’t drink alcohol. You have not been saved because you are nice or good to people.  YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED BY GRACE and GRACE ALONE!  JESUS is FULL OF GRACE  & TRUTH.

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NIV

Not only have you been saved by GRACE Who is JESUS, but you have been ‘saved in time past‘ COMPLETELY.  That means before sin ever existed or before the world was created you were saved because the Father choose you in Christ out for Himself.

Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. Ephesians 1;4 NLT

So when we understand that all that we have received from Poppa the Father is by GRACE we can relax and just receive what has already been provided as a GIFT!!!  Since Christmas just recently was celebrated lets use that as an example.  If you were given any gifts for Christmas, were you simply given the gifts or did you do something to earn them?  In almost all cases Christmas gifts are given to people because it’s Christmas not because the person earned it.  What is my point?  My point is you must know what has been GIVEN TO YOU as a GIFT so you don’t waste your time trying to earn it by doing works. Let’s look at our opening scripture again.

For by the grace have you been saved in time past completely, through faith, with the result that your salvation persists through present time; and this [salvation] is not from you as a source ‘of God it is the gift, not from a source of works, in order that no one might boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 Kenneth Wuest Translation

So again as we did previously lets define two words saved and salvation.  The word saved is the Greek word sozo which means I save, heal, preserve and rescue. The word salvation is the Greek word soteria. It means health, welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation, safety. Once again our text scripture says that we have been saved in past time with the present result that we are in a STATE OF SALVATION that persist thru present time.

If you believe this scripture YOU ARE IN (and LIVE IN) THE……

  • State of HEALTH
  • State of WELFARE
  • State of PROSPERITY
  • State of DELIVERANCE
  • State of PRESERVATION
  • State of SALVATION
  • State of SAFETY

That is great and you need to know this.  However let’s look at the next verse.

and this [salvation] is not from you as a source ‘of God it is the gift, not from a source of works, in order that no one might boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 Kenneth Wuest Translation

That word gift in that scripture above is the Greek word doron.  Doron means gift or present or a sacrifice.  The meaning focuses more so on ‘the free nature of the gift’ and the fact that it is spontaneous and uncaused.  This is GRACE, undeserved, unmerited favor from God the Father.  So if you read and understand what verse 9 of Ephesians 2 is saying you will see that The Word says that this STATE OF SALVATION you are in is not from you as a source but it is from God the Father as a GIFT!!!

So based on this scripture your salvation is a GIFT!! This means :

  • Your  HEALTH is a GIFT!
  • Your WELFARE is a GIFT!
  • Your  PROSPERITY is a GIFT!
  • Your DELIVERANCE is a GIFT!
  • Your PRESERVATION is a GIFT!
  • Your SALVATION is a GIFT!
  • Your SAFETY is a GIFT!

You don’t do anything to earn a GIFT, you simply receive it.  Get this revelation in your spirit and soul and it will end many struggles in your life . Many of the things you desire ARE ALREADY YOURS and have ALREADY BEEN GIVEN TO YOU as a GIFT. RECEIVE!!! Amen!

All the ‘blessed’ to you! Shalom!!!