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What does it mean to “Plead / Apply the Blood of Jesus”?

10 Jul

What is the difference between “Pleading the Blood of Jesus” and “Applying the Blood of Jesus”

The following was taken from my book “Redeemed By Blood – Discovering the Power of the Blood of Christ”

Lets look at The Lord’s Supper and applying the blood today

Moses gives warning to the Egyptians that all the firstborn in Egypt will die (Exodus 11:4–5). Moses explains to the Israelites the Passover (Exodus 12:21–28). Death was sure to come to every house. But If the blood was applied, the destroyer (death) would not be permitted in that house.

The Lord’s supper was celebrated during the Lord’s Passover. Jesus was and is the mediator of the better covenant; he was bringing God to man, and he was bringing man to God. He offered himself as the perfect sacrifice. His holy body and blood is the surety, the guarantee of our covenant with God.

When we apply the blood of Jesus to our life, we are protected from every plot the enemy has for us or our family. The lamb sacrificed was a lamb without blemish (Exodus 12:3–7). Jesus was our Lamb without blemish (1 Peter 1:19). Jesus offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice (Hebrews 9:12–14). Jesus was the perfect Passover Lamb (Exodus 12:46; 1 Corinthians 5:7).

The Israelites were miraculously healed because of the Passover Lamb (Psalm 105:36– 45). We are healed because of our Passover Lamb (Isaiah 53). The power of the Lamb heals and provides, protects and delivers (Revelations 12:11).

How and When the Blood Was Used?
The highest act of the high priest in the Old Testament was when he entered into the holy of holies, bringing in the blood to worship God. The highest act of worship was the sprinkling of blood.

Blood was used to:
-In the consecration of the house of the Lord.
-In the consecration of the priest.
-At the birth of a child.
-In the account of sin.
-In the way they would fellowship with God.

The blood has a voice and that voice speaks.
Priests used the blood in everything. Jesus made an end to the types and shadows by being the fulfi llment. Our hearts must learn the importance of walking in the power of the blood. God lives in constant view of the blood, so we must live in constant view of the blood also.

The Blood of Jesus
The blood of Jesus is the primary thing the Holy Spirit has for the church today. When Adam sinned, he poisoned his blood, causing every man after him to experience blood poisoning also. Since man had sin entangled in his blood, he passed sin from generation to generation. God had to do something to take care of the blood. God sent Jesus to the earth in the flesh to destroy the works of the devil. Jesus was flesh and blood, but he was not from Adam’s fallen bloodline.

Jesus suffered the death of the cross for us (Acts 2:31; Hebrews 9:23–26). It was necessary for the earthly things to be purified, but the actual heavenly things needed a better and noble sacrifice. The priest would take the blood in and sprinkle it on the mercy seat. The mercy would last a year before another sacrifice would have to be made. Jesus took his own blood before the Father and poured it out on the mercy seat. It was a once-for-all offering.

Pleading the Blood
Definition: to plead:
Webster’s Dictionary: appeal, entreat earnestly, to use arguments or persuasion for or against something.
Noun–a case at law.
Verb–beseech or beg.
Hebrew–reev–to strive; conduct a legal case.
Hebrew–shawfat–controversy at law

The verdict is in!
The blood of Jesus paid the price, and the blood was sufficient, more than enough. In our case, there are two types of pleading: by the plaintiff and the defendant. A plea is a petition to the court. In our case, the answer is in the acquisition of the blood. This means that we have already won. When we use the word plea, we are reminding Satan of his defeat, because we have authority in the blood. A plea is a method of condescending by rules of procedures, by which a party will present a written statement about the facts of the case.

Pleading the blood has two connotations.
1.) It is evidence of our civil rights.
2.) It is an acquittal of our criminal matters.

When you sin, you use the blood as your acquittal. Justification in the Greek means acquittal. When pleading a criminal case, you have three options:
-Not guilty
-Guilty.
-No contest (neither admits nor denies).

“Satan has no answer for the blood of Jesus.”
The Israelites, by faith sprinkled blood in Egypt, and it brought forgiveness, health, protection, deliverance, strength, and wealth (Hebrews 11:28; Psalm 105:36–45). Rahab used the blood line (scarlet cord) as a token, and it brought deliverance. Priests of the Old Testament sprinkled blood, and it brought forgiveness. Jesus as our High Priest put his own blood on the mercy seat, and it purchased salvation for all mankind.

We as new testament sons of the High Priest can now use the blood for forgiveness, salvation, redemption, healing, protection, and victory. We shall observe this sprinkling of blood forever (Exodus12:24).

H. Clay Trumble says, “Blood is the representative of that life
which is the essence of God Himself

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New Book “Redeemed by Blood – Discovering the Power of the Blood of Christ” is now available

27 Mar

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God’s Call and Prevailing Purpose

23 Jun

God’s Call and Prevailing Purpose
By  Jonathan Doctor, Ph.D.

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Proverbs 19:21 says that many are a man’s plans, but the Lord’s Purpose will Prevail.
 
1 John 5:4 says that whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world; our faith.
 
Romans 11:29 says that the gifts and callings of God are without changing…
 
Always remember that God does not change His mind about the calling He has given you

    Before we were born God had a plan for our life. According to the Word of God in Acts 17:26 He planned what we were called to do, the time, the place and boundaries where we are to do it. Our God, in His awesome Wisdom chose us to live in this day, He did not choose St. Paul not St. Peter but you and I to be the last generation before the Coming of the Lord, He has Graced us to bring in the Harvest.

    To me that is an awesome thought, and it is a sobering responsibility, but at the same time it is a relief to know that we do not have to trust in our own human, natural strength to do it but by His Grace. God’s Grace, His abilities and gifts will empower us as we go and step out into that Calling that He has Graced and anointed us to do.

    God ‘s Calling on our life will never be taken away, God does not change His mind (Romans 11:29Amp), what He spoke will come to pass, He declared the end from the beginning. He declared that we would be His Glorious Church to show this world the Love of God. Jesus has declared that He is building His Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against His church.

    This is good news to know, that as adversity and adversaries show up on our way to the destination God has for us that the adversities or mountains ahead are temporal, they are temporary, they are changeable and movable. With this attitude and spirit of faith we know that we are overcomers because God does not change His Word, Name or Mind about us or our calling.

    This is Good news to those who might have had or are having  small beginnings, knowing that adversity and circumstances cannot change God’s mind, knowing this creates a NO QUIT attitude. God’s plans Will come to pass.

    God had orchestrated our lives, He has ordained our steps and works according to Ephesians 2:10 and Psalms 37:23. Just like Jesus knew where He came from and where He was going (John 8:14), we too can and should know where we are going. By knowing where we came from, we can look back and see God ordaining our steps in life, getting us to this day and the days ahead.

    Once someone has spent quality time with God, intimate time in prayer, praying in the Spirit and continues to read His Word and  listen to the Voice of the Lord. They can develop this knowing in their heart to the Call of God and to where they are going. Jesus said that His sheep hear His voice and His sheep follow Him, so as someone hears the Lord they must do what He says. We as sheep do not want to get out from under our Shepherd’s Care.

    This excites me about the days ahead, because in knowing God’s call on my life and knowing in what direction He is leading me, I have assurance that my Shepherd will not lead me astray as I obey His voice.

    We must stay faithful to the Call of God in the small beginnings and in the adversities in our lives, as we do the Lord will increase us and we will be given more, because we have proven our faithfulness in the small things.

    Dr. Jerry Savelle says “Faithfulness is the #1 quality that God looks for in those He calls.”
 
God is looking for some people who are willing to fulfill His prevailing purpose and Call on their lives.
 
I think we ought to Praise and Thank God for calling us, for giving us His Purpose. Knowing that His Purpose will prevail, we can be safe as we abide in the calling and purpose that He has chosen for us. Lets have confidence that God is working things out according to His good Purpose (Eph. 1:11, Rom. 8:28, Jer. 29:11, Eph. 2:10)
 
As we continue to run the race that God has set before us we can be sure that we have Prevailing Purpose!
 
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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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Uprooting the blessing blocker of unforgiveness

5 Aug

When we refuse to forgive others, we are unable to receive forgiveness and answered prayers from God. But when we set our will to forgive, God forgives us and cleanses us from unrighteousness so that we can escape the guilt, condemnation and fear associated with sin. God forgives, loves and accepts us based on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (Ephesians 1:6-7).

Condemnation is an emotion associated with guilt and fear that makes us feel unworthy and undeserving of God’s blessings.

Sin robs us of the boldness and confidence we need to believe that God’s Word will work in our lives.

Sin often stops people from praying, believing and attending church.
God blots out our transgressions so that He can bless us (Isaiah 43:25, AMP).  God cleanses us from unrighteousness when we confess our sins (1 John 1:9).  God erases our sins and promises never to remember them again.  Just as God forgets our sins, we should also forget them. 

Remembering past sins opens the door for condemnation, guilt and lack of confidence toward God.  If you remember your sin and meditate on it, you will eventually repeat it.  God instructed us to remind Him of our merits (Isaiah 43:26, AMP).  Boldly remind God that you are in right-standing with Him through Jesus Christ and that you expect to receive His blessings and favor.  Jesus nailed our sins to the cross and wiped them out forever (Colossians 2:12-14). God requires that Christians forgive those who sin against them (Mark 11:25-26).

If we refuse to forgive others, we will not be forgiven.
Prayers are hindered when unforgiveness operates in our lives.
Unforgiveness is a fear-based stronghold that hinders the blessings of God.

Deliverance, promotion, healing and increase are directly linked to forgiveness.

Forgiveness is an act of faith, given in spite of another person’s actions.

Jesus instructed us to declare our forgiveness for others each time we pray (Matthew 6:12).

God has forgiven our sin debt, so we must forgive each other of all debts, regardless of the severity or frequency (Matthew 18:21-35).  Jesus told Peter that there is no limit to the number of times we must forgive (v. 21-22).  Those who refuse to forgive others are considered wicked (v. 32).  Unforgiveness opens the door to torment (v. 34).

Forgiveness is an act of the will and a decision to walk in the love of God.  Loving others involves forgiving them just as readily as Jesus forgives us (Colossians 3:13, AMP).  Married couples should be mindful to forgive each other instantly so that their prayers will not be hindered (1 Peter 3:7).

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What Grace IS, What it is NOT.

16 Apr

What Grace IS, what is it NOT

By Jonathan Doctor

Grace IS simply a Free Gift. In most cases Grace in the Bible refers to God’s Unmerited Favor; In other words, unmerited is another way of saying Free; or you get it even though you didn’t earn, merit or pay for it. I want to point out that God’s Free Gift of Grace and Favor is NOT a LICENSE to sin.

After study of the Word of God I am a firm believer that Once your saved YOU ARE NOT ALWAYS SAVED. Unfortunately people CAN walk away from Christ After they received Him. Why anyone would want to walk away from their Salvation I don’t know, perhaps it is because they have been taught that God’s Grace justifies their sinning. In fact God’s Grace does not justify you to sin. God’s Grace is part of God’s Character,

 Jesus is a perfect example of the Character of Grace. Lets look at the Word to see my point.

John 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

John 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

John 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

John 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with [his] finger wrote on the ground, [as though he heard them not].

John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

John 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

John 8:9 And they which heard [it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, [even] unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Now lets go back to John 5

John 5:5 NLT One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty- eight years.  

John 5:6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, He asked him, “Would you like to get well?”

John 5:7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”

John 5:8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”

John 5:9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath,  

John 5:10 so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”

John 5:11 But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.'”

John 5:12 “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded.

John 5:13 The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd.

John 5:14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”

I want you to notice that Jesus Restored the woman in Adultery and forgave her and did not condemn her but said “go and sin no more“. You see Grace will Forgive and Restore a person BUT Grace also says “Go and sin No More”. Also notice the paralyzed man who was made whole, Grace Healed him but Grace also said “Stop sinning or something worse will happen“.

 You see the problem in some churches today is that they go too far to the right or too far to the left. They either Condemn a saint for their sins, or they make Grace a License to sin and do whatever because they believe that “Once saved Always Saved”. The True Meaning of Grace is Restoration, Healing and ‘Go sin no more’, live a Holy life.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

So the balanced teaching and definition of Grace when related to sin is to Restore, Heal, Deliver and then Go and sin no more. Correction has its place, but don’t let Condemnation keep you or anyone else from Restoration, Healing and every other benefit of Grace. Grace Teaches us to Live Holy Lives.

The Once saved Always saved teaching cannot be a correct aspect of Grace. Just like a man and a woman come together in Holy Matrimony; as they do, they make a commitment to be together until death if need be. Unfortunately many marriages end up in divorce even though they made a commitment to be united forever. Someone in that marriage walked away from that Covenant, in the case of Marriage, sometimes they both walk away from their Covenant and Commitment to God and each other. Our God does not walk away from His Covenant with us; man always is the one to walk away from God. 

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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.

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How To Preach Christ

29 Aug
 “How to Preach Christ in your Messages”
 

 

By Rev. Jonathan Doctor, Ph.D.

 

In every message regardless of the subject we need to preach Christ. In order to do that we need to point to Christ and the Great Grace Exchange that took place at the Cross. The Lord told Moses to put a serpent on a staff and tell the children of Israel to look at the serpent, and those who look at the serpent were healed and did not die. Jesus said in John 3:14-16 that as the serpent was raised up on that staff so the Son of man must be raised up on a cross that whosoever would look to Him would not perish (die) but have Everlasting Life.

As we preach Christ and point to His finished work at the Cross the people will look to Jesus and their needs will be met. At the cross a divine exchange took place; when Jesus hung on the cross at calvary He endured all the evil due us, and in exchange made available all the good due Him. We owed a debt that we could not pay; He payed a debt He did not owe; While we deserve punishment, sickness and disease, poverty, death, shame and rejection and every other curse. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ took our place, and set us free.

Jesus became sin so we could be righteous. Jesus became poor so we could become rich. Jesus became sick so we could be healed and enjoy Divine health. Jesus became a curse for us so we could have and be a blessing. Jesus suffered spiritual death and separation from God so we could have Eternal Life and enjoy God’s presence and fellowship. There are at least 12 Divine Exchanges that took place at the Cross.

He was our substitute, because of Jesus we have offered to us abundant life,    which includes forgiveness, righteousness, healing and divine health, acceptance, prosperity, riches and abundance. This exchange could not be done by our own merits but only by GOD’S GRACE through Jesus Christ.  

GRACE= God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Every need that there could ever be was met by God at the cross where Christ hung. As we look to what He did for    us and put our faith in the done work, we will see our needs met. Praise God!

IT IS FINISHED!!!!!  

As we preach and teach Christ and point to the finished work of Christ, people will respond with faith in the Great Grace of God that was manifested at the cross and the results will be Salvation, healing, deliverance and prosperity.

 

 

Eph 1:8 He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need..

It satisfied God to put all the evil punishments due us for being covenant breakers, sinners and rebels towards God, upon Jesus at the Cross. All the sin, sickness and disease, all the shame, blame and rejection, all the poverty and lack was laid upon Jesus, He took our place, He was our substitute. He paid that price so we do not have to . God is Satisfied, and we have the peace, the Shalom of God. This is  The Great Grace Exchange!

 

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He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need..MSG Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people–free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!

 

 

Eph 1:7  MSG Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people–free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!

God’s Unmerited Favor

21 Aug
By Jonathan Doctor

Mark 11:28 (Message)

 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.

Mat 11:29

Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
 
Mat 11:30    

Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
 
            God’s Unmerited Favor will  set you free from the deceptions of the “religion” of works and trying to earn God’s favor and acceptance. The Good News of the Gospel is that it is called a Gospel of Grace. The Bible is a book of covenants, and as Christians we are included in the Covenant of Grace.
 

            God is a God of Grace, the Spirit of God is called the Spirit of Grace, The Word of God is called the Word of Grace, the Gospel we  preach is a Gospel of Grace, and the Apostle Paul declared; “Let him be cursed” who preaches another Gospel. The Bible says that we can “fall from Grace” and that we can actually become cursed if we try to keep the law and earn our way with God.

 

            The good news is that the promises of God are a free Gift of God to Us in Christ. The good news is that we have inherited thousands of God’s promises and more good news is that we don’t have to earn them. As people learn this Gospel truth about God’s unmerited favor, they will stop burning themselves out trying to earn their salvation blessings through their religious efforts. As people learn to receive by faith and grace what Christ died to earn them they will enter into rest, peace, security and a blessed richness of Abundant Life.

 

            God has said in Psalm 111:5 that He will ever be mindful of His Covenant. The Covenant of Grace that we are included in is a Covenant between A Perfect and Holy God and a Perfect and Holy Man. The problem is that we can NEVER live up to the conditions of the Covenant, man can never be that perfect. That’s where Jesus – the Christ came as a Holy God-Man – the last Adam and the second Man. Jesus did our part of the covenant, he fulfilled all righteousness on our behalf, he took our place on the cross to take the punishments we deserve for being covenant breakers. Jesus also took our place as a Man fulfilling all the obligations of the law and covenant, that’s why He said “It is Finished!” Once for all thank God it is finished.

 

            This Covenant is between Perfection and Perfection, it is a Holy Covenant and without Christ we cannot take part in it. Galatians 3:16 says that as God was making Covenant with Abraham He was actually making covenant with Christ – the seed. If we belong to Christ we are included in the Covenant. If we don’t belong to Christ than we are as Ephesians 2 describes; cut off from the covenants of promise and without hope and without God.

 

What is Grace, what is it NOT


            
      Grace IS simply a Free Gift. In most cases Grace in the Bible refers to God’s Unmerited Favor; In other words, unmerited is another way of saying Free; or you get it even though you didn’t earn, merit or pay for it. I want to point out that God’s Free Gift of Grace and Favor is NOT a LICENSE to sin.
 

      After study of the Word of God I am a firm believer that Once your saved YOU ARE NOT ALWAYS SAVED. Unfortunately people CAN walk away from Christ After they received Him. Why anyone would want to walk away from their Salvation I don’t know, perhaps it is because they have been taught that God’s Grace justifies their sinning. In fact God’s Grace does not justify you to sin. God’s Grace is part of God’s Character,

 

Jesus is a perfect example of the Character of Grace. Lets look at the Word to see my point.

 

 

John 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in ery; and when they had set her in the midst,

 

John 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

 

John 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

 

John 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with [his] finger wrote on the ground, [as though he heard them not].

 

John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

 

John 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

 

John 8:9 And they which heard [it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, [even] unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

 

John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

 

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

 

 

John 5:5 NLT One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty- eight years.

 

John 5:6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, He asked him, “Would you like to get well?”

 

John 5:7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”

 

John 5:8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”

 

John 5:9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath,

 

John 5:10 so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”

 

John 5:11 But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.'”

 

John 5:12 “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded.

 

John 5:13 The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd.

 

John 5:14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”

 

 

     I want you to notice that Jesus Restored the woman in ery and forgave her and did not condemn her but said “go and sin no more“. You see Grace will Forgive and Restore a person BUT Grace also says “Go and sin No More”. Also notice the paralyzed man who was made whole, Grace Healed him but Grace also said “Stop sinning or something worse will happen“.

 

     You see the problem in some churches today is that they go too far to the right or too far to the left. They either Condemn a saint for their sins, or they make Grace a License to sin and do whatever because they believe that “Once saved Always Saved”. The True Meaning of Grace is Restoration, Healing and ‘Go sin no more’, live a Holy life.

 

 

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

 

Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly s, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

 

Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 

Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

 

Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

 

     So the balanced teaching and definition of Grace when related to sin is to Restore, Heal, Deliver and then Go and sin no more. Correction has its place, but don’t let Condemnation keep you or anyone else from Restoration, Healing and every other benefit of Grace. Grace Teaches us to Live Holy Lives.

 

     The Once saved Always saved teaching cannot be a correct aspect of Grace. Just like a man and a woman come together in Holy Matrimony; as they do, they make a commitment to be together until death if need be. Unfortunately many marriages end up in divorce even though they made a commitment to be united forever. Someone in that marriage walked away from that Covenant, in the case of Marriage, sometimes they both walk away from their Covenant and Commitment to God and each other. Our God does not walk away from His Covenant with us; man always is the one to walk away from God. 

 

The Covenant of Grace Defined

A covenant is: a mutual, binding obligation between two or more individuals, who, contingent upon certain conditions, promise certain things to each other. Between God and man there is therefore such a covenant of grace in the true sense of the word.

 

      This COVENANT OF GRACE is a holy, magnificent, well–ordered, and eternal agreement or treaty between the all–sufficient, good, omnipotent, righteous, faithful, true, and immutable God on the one side, and on the other side with man, who by nature are born sinful, condemnable, impotent, abominable, with a ful nature.

     The New Testament Word for Covenant carries the meaning that God fulfills both His and our requirements of the demands of the Law. He not only took the Punishment for us being covenant breakers but Also Fulfilled the Righteous requirements of the Law for us… making us Righteous and worthy to receive the Blessings of the Covenant.

            In this covenant God promises deliverance from all evil and the bestowal of full salvation by grace through the Mediator Jesus Christ. Man, fully delighting himself in these promises, with all his heart accepts the way revealed in the Word of God, whereby these promised benefits are to be obtained.

            In doing so, the sinner, by way of the covenant, surrenders himself to God and becomes justified by faith through Jesus Christ. God, for the assurance of the covenant seals the Covenant by His own shed at the cross and remembered by means of Holy Communion, all this to the magnification of His free and unfathomable grace.

            In order for someone to have dealings with God by way of a covenant, and to get the proper advantage from this established covenant of Grace, this person must be clearly convinced in his heart that:

Ÿ         God establishes a covenant with man;

Ÿ         Invites man to enter into a covenant with Him;

Ÿ         That man is permitted to have and can have, and does have covenant dealings with God.

Scriptural Evidence for the Existence of the Covenant of Grace

            Genesis 15 describes, along with various noteworthy circumstances, the covenant transaction between God and Abraham. In it God, accommodating Himself to the manner of men, commanded Abraham to slaughter animals, cut them in half, and place the pieces opposite each other. Abraham was obedient, agreed, and prepared everything. God then allowed a smoking furnace and a burning lamp to proceed between these pieces, and thus established a covenant with Abraham.

“And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee” (Gen. 17:7);

“. . . I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel . . . this shall be the covenant . . . I will put My law in their inward parts . . . and will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Jer. 31:31, 33);

“And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear Me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them” (Jer. 32:38–40).

 

     The New Testament also makes frequent mention of this covenant. Among others, this is confirmed in the following: Galatians 3:16,29 “To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant” (Luke 1:72);

“. . . being aliens from the covenants of promise . . .” (Eph. 2:12);

“By so much was Jesus made a Surety of a better testament” (Heb. 7:22);

“the Mediator of a better covenant” (Heb. 8:6).

Consider also those scriptures which speak of men entering into that covenant.

“Yield yourselves unto the LORD” (2 Chronicles. 30:8);

“And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul” (2 Chronicles. 15:12);

“and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant” (Ezek. 20:37);

“And because of all this we make a sure covenant” (Neh. 9:38).

This is also the meaning of Isaiah 44:5:

“One shall say, I am the Lord’s . . . and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD.”

      All these scriptures clearly confirm that there is a covenant transaction between God and believers, and that it is initiated from God’s side by way of promise, and from the side of man by acceptance and surrender.

 

            As a person repents and turns and surrenders their life to Christ they are entering this covenant, as they commit themselves to Christ and to live a New Life they will receive their New Heart (Jeremiah 31:31-34  Ezekiel 11:19-20 Ezekiel 36: 25-28). This New Heart is a Circumcised Heart (Col. 2:11) circumcised by Christ Himself. As a believer goes through water baptism they are showing by outward manifestation an inward change of heart having their new circumcised heart. 

 

            This New Heart (Jeremiah 31:31-34 Ezekiel 11:19-20 Ezekiel 36: 25-28) has now the new nature and Love of God (Romans 5:5) they are New Creations (2 Corin. 5:17) and the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-24) as their outward proof of their salvation experience. They are now living for Christ as a Covenant People, no longer living for themselves, like the Apostle Paul they can say “I am crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live but Christ Living in me.