if I be lifted up from the earth,
will draw all peoples
What do you think the picture of the cross proclaims to unsaved mankind?
Do you remember what you thought of the cross before you were saved?
It’s good for us to think about where we were so that we may have love and compassion on those who do not understand the gospel message, because it will help us in how we intercede for The Lost.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
Salvation has already been paid for every person on earth. Think of it!
Our job is to pray for them to hear and understand the gospel and to receive Jesus. It’s God’s job to bring all that to pass. That’s why after prayer we cast all the care onto Him.
Only God can change a heart.
As we, The Glorious Church, take our place to fulfill our assignment in these last days before we are caught up to meet our Lord in the air, we can expect to experience and see the mighty hand of God as we have not personally known Him before. He has been preparing us for a glorious end-time event, the revealing of His Son, Jesus Christ, in every nation!
Just as our Creator has made times and seasons on earth, there are set-times on God’s calendar for events to take place that He planned even before the creation of the world.
THE DAY OF REDEMPTION: This Changes Everything!
The children of Israel were in captivity in Egypt for 400 years, that is, until the day of their redemption had come and the time for judgment had come to the Amorites.
See Genesis Chapter 15.
REDEMPTION: What does it mean?
Historically, redemption was used in reference to the purchase of a slave's freedom. A slave was "redeemed" when the price was paid for his freedom.
The Hebrew word for redemption means to ransom in full, salvation, deliverance, riddance. Riddance means the act or fact of clearing away or out, as of anything undesirable; relief or deliverance from something.
When God delivered the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt, He spoke and it was so.
"Therefore say to the children of Israel: 'I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.” Exodus 6:6-7
Do you suppose they were ready for their mighty God?
THE REALM OF THE SPIRIT
Redemption in the New Testament includes this same idea as the deliverance of God’s children in Israel, but this redemption of man is far superior in power, reaching far greater into eternity and reaching far deeper into man’s creation, identity and calling. It goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden, to the birth of sin and its awful fruit: the curse.
Truly, what Jesus provided in our covenant is far better than the first covenant. Hebrews 8:6
Just as God led the Israelites from captivity into a new land, God has transferred every born again child into His Kingdom. Our citizenship and our authority are there. That Kingdom is not only above but also resides within each of us.
When we assemble in love and unity that kingdom is felt in the atmosphere.
“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14
When we look at the picture of the cross, we cannot see with the naked eye what was actually taking place in the eternal spiritual realm. See Hebrews Chapters 8-10 for further study.
JESUS ON THE CROSS
What does the picture of the cross proclaim to the born again child of God?
What does it say to you, Beloved?
My first thought is no one has ever or will ever love me more than Jesus. He took my place of sin and its eternal punishment and gave me a place in Him with Father; eternal life, eternal fellowship, eternal redemption. The cross not only reveals His unending love to me but it also proclaims my healing, protection, and deliverance from the curse. There is more in my redemption than I can fully comprehend, for spiritual things must be spiritually discerned.
Our lives are made up of individual days of fellowship, learning from our Teacher.
Is this End Days Church timid to share the cross with the lost?
The Apostle Paul gives us this reminder:
“For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
- “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,
- for it is the power of God to salvation
- for everyone who believes,
- for the Jew first
- and also for the Greek.
- For in it the righteousness of God is revealed
- from faith to faith;
- as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’
- “For the wrath of God is revealed
- from heaven
- against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,
- who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
- because what may be known of God
- is manifest in them,
- for God has shown it to them.” Romans 1:16-19
“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:5
“For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13-14
What is the curse of the law?
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 describe the blessings of obedience.
Deuteronomy 28:15-68 describe the horrible consequences of disobedience.
Jesus studied these scriptures and knew very well what they said. Do you?
He knew He would take all the curse upon Himself as He became the Lamb of God, slain for the sins of mankind.
CHRIST HAS REDEEMED US
Jesus took the curse upon Himself. He has redeemed us from the curse so that we might have and experience the blessing of Abraham. Your redemption cries out for you to experience the full manifestation of the blessings and your freedom from the curse! (On our Resource Page we have several excellent teachers who teach on how to experience the blessings.)
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 NIV
One of the things Paul warned the church living in Galatia was to beware of listening to those who would pervert the gospel. Our redemption is the good news of the freedom that Jesus purchased for us on the cross. See Galatians 1:6-9.
If you are not experiencing the freedom and joy of living the abundant life in the Lord, check up on what you have been hearing. God’s message, the gospel, is good news that causes freedom, not slavery, bondage or captivity. Those that we choose and allow to teach us the good Word of God should be leading us to experience the life that Jesus died on the cross to give us.
Perilous times require each of us to be on guard against those who would corrupt the gospel with their own interpretations.
How will I know if they are misrepresenting the Bible?
Sit and study the scriptures daily with your Teacher. The Holy Spirit will alert you on the inside when you hear wrong teaching. His word is truth, and the truth that you know will make you free. See John 8:31-32 & 1 Timothy 2:15.
PROPHETIC TIMES: 2014
This is a set-time in history that God has chosen us to live in. It is the same as the set-time that triggered the release of the Israelites to come out of slavery in Egypt. What happened then is happening now, a season which is the fulfillment of what God has spoken and promised in His Word.
Expect to be strengthened!
Let us give all that we have to agree with God’s plan and purpose for the Day of Redemption has come.
PRAYER WITH PURPOSE:
The message of the cross is the power of God!
Pray for people in every city, in every county of your state.
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