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Christ our Guarantee in Covenant

8 Jan

by: Dr. J. Doctor

Heb. 7:22

Jesus is our surety, our guarantee. This is the most vital of all the ministries of Jesus at the Father’s right hand. Under the Old Covenant, The high priest was the surety. If he failed, it interrupted the relationship between God and Israel. The blood of the atonement lost its effectiveness. Under the New Covenant, Jesus is our High Priest and the Surety of the New Covenant. Our position before the Father is absolutely secure. We know that throughout our lifetime here on Earth we have at the right hand of God a Guarantee who is there for us. He is representing us before the Father, He is our Advocate, our Mediator, our Intercession, our position in Him is secure.

I. Jesus brings us a New Covenant, having displaced and fulfilled the Old Covenant. (Heb. 10:9)

A. As the Old Covenant was sealed with circumcision, the New Covenant is sealed with the New Birth.

B. The Old Covenant had the Levitical Priesthood; The New Covenant has Jesus as the High Priest, and we as the royal and Holy Priesthood. (1 Peter 2:1-10)

1. Jesus is our Surety, our Advocate, our Mediator, our Intercessor, and High Priest .

(1John 2:1 Heb. 7:22,25 Heb. 9:15, Heb. 12:24 1 Tim 2:5 Heb. 2:17, 18; 4:15, 16)

2. Surety = to act as a mediator between two covenanting parties; a guarantee.

One who becomes responsible for another. Christ is the surety of the better covenant (Heb. 7:22). In him we have the assurance that all its provisions will be fully and faithfully carried out.

3. Advocate = one who pleads another’s cause, who helps another by defending or comforting him. Comforter, lawyer.

4. Mediator = One who intervenes between two persons who are at variance, with a view to reconcile them. Christ is the one and only mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 8:6; 9:15; 12:24). He makes reconciliation between God and man by his all-perfect atoning sacrifice. Such a mediator must be at once divine and human, divine, that his obedience and his sufferings might possess infinite worth, and human, that in his work he might represent man, and be capable of rendering obedience to the law and satisfying the claims of justice

5. Intercessor = His advocacy with the Father for his people rests on the basis of his own all-perfect sacrifice. Thus he pleads for and obtains the fulfilment of all the promises of the everlasting covenant (1 Jn. 2:1; Jn. 17:24; Heb. 7:25). He can be “touched with the feeling of our infirmities,” and is both a merciful and a faithful high priest (Heb. 2:17, 18; 4:15, 16). This intercession is an essential part of his mediatorial work. Through him we have “access” to the Father (Jn. 14:6; Eph. 2:18; 3:12).

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C. The first Priesthood had a temple in which God dwelt in the Holy of Holies with the Ark of the Covenant. (Ex. 40)

D. In the New Covenant our bodies are the Temple of God, and the Spirit of God, the Glory of God dwells in us. ( 1 Corin 3:16-17 1 Corin 6:19-20)

II. The blood of bulls and goats and other sacrifices ratified the Old Covenant; The New Covenant is ratified in the blood of Jesus. ( Heb. 9:12-22)

A. Three Big Words:

1. Atonement = This word does not occur in the Authorized Version of the New Testament except in Rom. 5:11, where in the Revised Version the word “reconciliation” is used. In the Old Testament it is of frequent occurrence which means “to cover” Christ did not “cover our sins, He wiped them out, removed them.

2. Remission = it means to wipe out as though it had never been…it stops being. To put away, to remove and to leave it. ( read: Rom. 3:25 Matt. 26:28 Luke 3:3 Luke 24:47)

Note: In the KJV of the New Testament the same original greek word used for the above scriptures was also translated “forgiveness” in (Col. 1:13-14 Eph. 1:7 Acts 26:18)

Note: Also Jesus used the same Word in Luke 4:18 twice as “deliverance” and again as “liberty”. Throughout the New Testament the Word forgiveness and remission are the same words.

3. Forgiveness = One of the constituent parts of justification. In pardoning sin, God absolves the sinner from the condemnation of the law, and that on account of the work of Christ, i.e., he removes the guilt of sin, or the sinner’s actual liability to eternal wrath on account of it. All sins are forgiven freely (Acts 5:31; 13:38; 1 Jn. 1:6–9). The sinner is by this act of grace for ever freed from the guilt and penalty of his sins. This is the peculiar prerogative of God (Ps. 130:4; Mk. 2:5). It is offered to all in the gospel.#

Point: Jesus is our assurance before the Father, He is our “Once and for All” sacrifice that took away All our sins; He is our Advocate when we sin, He is faithful and Just(1John 1:9).

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Jesus Christ fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the Law for us (Rom.10 ) and He also satisfied God’s wrath for our sins. He took our punishments of sin, and He gives us His rewards of Righteousness. He is our Surety, our guarantee of this Blood Covenant that we are in with God; actually this blood Covenant is between God and Jesus. This better Covenant includes us but does not depend on our works but His Finished Work thru His sinless Holy Life on earth, His Work of Substitution on the Cross as a spotless Lamb, in hell itself separated from God and then made alive and risen at the right hand of God forever making intercession for us. This is a Covenant of Grace.

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Understanding and Protecting the Word of God

16 Jun

Understanding and Protecting the Word of God

Rom. 10:11-17 Matt. 13:1-23 1 John 4:16-18 Isaiah 54:11-17

Whenever you hear the Word of God two things happen: Faith Comes; and Satan comes; Faith comes to feed our spirit and build us up. Satan comes to try to steal the source of our faith from your heart; We need to keep hearing the Word of God so our Faith can grow; but we also need to know that the devil will try to take the Word you heard away from you, thru pressure, problems, fear, persecution and even questioning the Word you heard, like in the Garden of Eden Satan may come with a question “Has God said?”

Satan is only successful when you don’t understand the Word of God. Jesus said that when a person Understands the Word – the devil CANNOT STEAL THE WORD! Remember – Faith refuses to give up or be moved in the face of Satan and everything he throws at us. You are more than a conquerer in Christ, you have the authority to run the devil off, as you understand the Word you will not be defeated. Praise God!!

 

Mat 13:16 “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.

Mat 13:17 I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.

Mat 13:18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds:

Mat 13:19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.

Mat 13:20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.

Mat 13:21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.

Mat 13:22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.

Mat 13:23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

Satan always tries to steal the Word of God from your heart (Mark 4:1-20 Matt. 13:1-23)

Satan will come to see if you really understand the Word of God. (Gen 3) When you don’t understand the Word, he can steal it. Joy comes by understanding the Word (Neh. 8)  if Satan can’t steal your joy he can’t defeat you. Your ability to receive the Word depends on the condition of your heart, which is compared to soil- good, wayside, stony, and thorny ground.

You must resist the devil when he tries to steal the Word. (James 4:6)

Use the Sword of the Spirit, the accurate Word of God against the devil Eve failed at this because she did not understand the Word, she miss quoted the Word, and she added to it (Gen 3: )

 

Walking in Love and not being offended is a way to protect the Word in your heart.

 

You resist the devil be having complete confidence that God loves you (John 17 1 John 4:16-18) The way to resist the devil is not to fight him in the flesh; we don’t fight people; we walk in perfected love.  by walking in perfected love fear cannot attack you and steal the Word.

Affliction will arise in the life of a believer; God, however is not responsible for it. (Isaiah 54:11-17)

God promises that He will deliver us out of All our afflictions (Psalms 34: ) Stay in Love when you are afflicted. Anyone established in righteousness can’t be touched by the harassment or the oppression of the devil God originally created Lucifer for Praise and Worship in heaven, but his disobedience earned him title of “waster” When you know and believe that you are the righteousness of God, no weapon formed against you shall prosper. Take control of your emotions and words during affliction. If you refuse to give in to fear and focus more on walking in love and constantly use your authority when challenges arise, you will never be defeated.

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Three Keys to Enjoying the Fullness of the New Life

2 Jun

from “BORN ANEW – Living the New Life with God’s Prevailing Purpose by Dr. Jonathan Doctor

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A vast majority of Christians are living beneath their priv­ileges. What do I mean by that? I’m referring to the fact that as born-again believers, we have inherited enormous rights and privileges. We’re children of the King!

Yet far too many believers are content to trudge through life like lowly beggars, consoling themselves in the knowledge that they’ll go to heaven by and by.

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You don’t have to live that way. Jesus said He came to bring you abundant life. The following three keys will help you appropriate all the benefits the new birth brings.

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1.Unlocking God’s Promises

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God’s Word is literally filled with promises to you as a believer. However, those great and precious promises will not become a reality in your life automatically. You must unlock them with the key of faith.

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Yes, to receive the fullness of God’s promises in your life, you must have faith, and the only source of faith is the Word of God: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).

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When you focus your time and attention on God’s Word, faith is the result. I’m talking about the kind of faith that will bring God’s promises down from the realm of the spirit right into your life.

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We get a glimpse of how faith works in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for.”

When you first read a promise in God’s Word, it enters your mind as hope. This begins the process of faith. Then as you meditate on that promise and confess it over your situation (saying what God’s Word says about it), hope drops down into your heart and becomes faith.

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2.Understand the Enemy of Your Faith

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In discovering the wonderful truth about faith, don’t make the mistake of thinking all your problems will instantly vanish the moment you are born again. Many new Christians see God’s promises in the Bible and assume they can simply float around on a “faith cloud.”

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The Bible, however, makes it very clear that we have a real enemy to contend with in this life: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

Satan will try to come against you with sickness, oppres­sion, and poverty—the very things Jesus died to redeem

you from. But if you’ll refuse to listen to his lies and stand firm on God’s Word, you’ll rise above every circumstance.

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The most important thing a new believer needs to be aware of is that Satan’s favorite and most insidious tactic is to steal the Word from your heart. Jesus exposed this method in the parable of the sower and the seed: “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understand­eth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart” (Matthew 13:18, 19).

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It is vital that new believers recognize that they have an enemy who is out to steal the Word from their hearts.

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3.Be Built Up in God’s Word

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There is a reason Satan is so determined to steal the Word before it can take root in your heart. That Word will cause you to grow in power, faith, and authority.

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“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow by it.” (1 Peter 2:2)

In this respect, a brand-new Christian is no different than a newborn baby. Both must eat in order to grow and gain strength.

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Once your spiritual growth and development begins, the new life that is yours in Christ through faith will begin to open to you. Before long, the memory of your old life will begin to seem like nothing more than a bad dream. You’ll wonder how you could have ever lived without the joy that is available to you through the new birth.Be sure to be diligent in your study of God’s Word. It’s your source of spiritual nourishment.

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Called to the Kingdom for such a Time as This

16 Apr

Called to the Kingdom for such a Time as this.

By Jonathan Doctor

Like Esther, You are called into the Kingdom for such a time as this. Like Esther was called into the Favor and Grace of God to deliver her generation so you are called to the Grace and Favor of God to deliver your generation. Like Moses was an instrument and vessel of God to Deliver the Children of Israel from Pharo’s slavery so are you called and Graced to bring Deliverance to this generation from the slavery of satan, sin and the evil world system (Galatians 1:4) Like Ester You are Called into the Royal Family to Exercise your Authority and to set the captives free.

You may feel like Mephibosheth in Lodebar, but God is Calling you to the Kingdom, to be a King’s Kid! Mephibosheth was called to the Kingdom because his father Jonathan had a Covenant with King David. Mephibosheth was in Lodebar, Lodebar was a place of lack, a place of poverty and inadequacy. You may feel the same way, you may be in a place of lack of health, finances, lack of hope, lack of The One True God. But I am here to tell You that you don’t have to be broke any more! You don’t have to be sick anymore, you don’t have to be in lack anymore! Your Days of living in Lodebar are over! You are a King’s Kid and you have been summons to theKingdom of God.

God is calling you to a higher Life, a Royal Lifestyle, a Good Life. God has Prophesied Grace and Favor to You, this Grace and Favor will get you out of Lodebar and bring you in to the Kingdom. Like Joseph in the pit, You can go from the pit to the Palace by the Grace and Favor of God!

Act 3:24 Amplified  Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel and those who came afterwards, as many as have spoken, also promised and foretold and proclaimed these days.

Act 3:25  You are the descendants (sons) of the prophets and the heirs of the covenant which God made and gave to your forefathers, saying to Abraham, And in your Seed (Heir) shall all the families of the earth be blessed and benefited. [Gen. 22:18; Gal. 3:16.]

This Prophetic Grace will change and re-arrange things in your life. Grab hold of these Truths I share with you and put them to practice. Do not let the devil or any religious ‘stinkin thinkin’ person talk you out of your Prophetic Grace, Take Your Place in the Grace and Live the Life God Prophesied You to Live.

Eph 2:7 (Message)  Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.

Eph 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Eph 2:7Amp  He 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.

Eph 2:8  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;

Eph 2:9  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.]

Eph 2:10  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].

By the Spirit of God Paul wrote this Ages ago about his and our day, about this Grace, this Favor, this Salvation offered to those who will accept it.

Eph 1:4 Amplified  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.

Eph 1:5  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]–

Eph 1:6  [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.

Eph 1:7  In 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,

Eph 1:8  Which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence),

Eph 1:9  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,

Eph 1:10  [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.

Eph 1:11  In 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,

Rom 8:28 Amplified  We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

Rom 8:29  For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.

Rom 8:30  And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being].

Rom 8:31  What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?] [Ps. 118:6.]

Act 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Act 17:27  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

Act 17:28  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Act 17:29  Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

Act 17:30  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Act 17:31  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by [that] man whom he hath ordained; [whereof] he hath given assurance unto all [men], in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Jonathan Doctor Ministries © 2011

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Learning to Stand

15 Apr

 Learning to Stand by Jonathan Doctor, M.Min., Ph.D.

You must stand until you receive the manifestation. Stand on the Word (Proverbs 4:2027). Know what the Word says and don’t compromise it. The Word is life unto those that find it and health to all your flesh. Stand in faith: 1 Corinthians 16:13, 2 Corinthians 1:24, 5:7; Hebrews 10:23, 11:12; James 2:17.

Faith must have works. When you are standing in faith, it is the opposite of fear because when faith comes in, fear goes out. Stand in freedom (Galatians 5:1). We know the truth will make and keep us free.

The truth is God’s Word. “Be not entangled again with bondage.” Once you are free, don’t go back into bondage. If you tell the truth, it will set you free as well, but if you tell a lie, it will put you or keep you in bondage ( John 8:3132, 36).

Things That We Need to Take a Stand

1. Stand in the armor of God (Ephesians 6:1113). Don’t take it off.

2. Stand and don’t faint (2 Corinthians 4:16, Galatians 6:79).

3. Stand in righteousness (Ephesians 6:14 ).

4. Stand with a good conversation (Philippians 1:27 ).

5. Stand in the Lord (Philippians 4:1 ).

6. Stand praising the Lord.

7. Stand in the favor and grace of God. (Romans 5:2)

The divine order is spirit, soul, and body, not body, soul, and spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:1523

There are nine things that we can do that are found in 1 Thessalonians 5:1523.

1. Don’t render evil for evil.

2. Rejoice

3. Pray without ceasing.

4. Give thanks.

5. Quench not the Spirit; not obeying will cause the Holy Spirit to be quenched.

6. Despise not prophesying.

7. Prove all things and hold fast to that which is good.

8. Abstain from every appearance of evil.

9. And the God of peace (Shalom) will sanctify you wholly. I pray your whole spirit souls and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember when God has something for you to do, He will make it work, not you alone. All you have to do is obey, and the work He started in you He will perform. We must listen to the Holy Spirit in everything we do.

One of the greatest needs in the body of Christ today is to know how to be led by the Holy Spirit of God. People desire guidance and wisdom when it comes to making decisions in their lives. A wrong decision can delay your destiny. Many people fall short of God’s best in their lives simply because they haven’t learned how to make decisions inspired by God. You cannot make decisions based on feelings. Without guidance from the Holy Spirit, you will not experience God’s best in your life.

this was taken from my new book “Born Anew – Living the New Life with God’s Prevailing Purpose”

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