FROM THE VERY BEGINNING (LIFESAVER)
LIFESAVER – WEEK 4 – 24/3/19
FROM THE VERY BEGINNING
THIS IS A DESCRIPTIVE STORY – TRY TO IMAGINE YOURSELF WATCHING A SCENE UNFOLDING BEFORE YOUR EYES
God is eternal, [Rev 1:8 AMP] he has no starting point, He has no beginning, some confused people ask – “Who created God?” As if there was a time line in God’s realm. No; God is eternal, He exists outside of time. Time is a construct of creation. Once you die you leave the realm of time and you enter eternity. You are in God’s eternal realm forever, there is no end. You are either in heaven or in hell for ever. [Eccles 3:11 AMP]
There is no third realm, No purgatory, no limbo, no sleep in the earth, no waiting place. All these are man-made ideas. [2 Cor 5:8 AMP]
If we want to know the truth we go to the bible…
REMEMBER JANUARY THEME – ARE YOU TEACHABLE?
REMEMBER FEBRUARY THEME – THE RELIABILITY OF THE BIBLE. (TAKE IT TO THE BANK)
There is only one God. [1 Tim 2:5 AMP] He is eternally existent in three persons – we call that the Trinity – Father Son and Holy Spirit. They are completely one, totally in agreement at all times. They are three persons but so totally in agreement that as far as will and purpose and action and speaking they are a unity.
There is no other God. [Is 45:21 AMP] All other Gods are either man made or are a manifestation of Satan’s deception – spirit beings once created but now fallen who seek to take people away from the Father God. [Col 2:8 AMP]
Listen… The God of Islam is NOT the same God. Allah is not God the creator. Some people mistakenly believe that all religions worship the same God ultimately, that different religions are just different ways to the same God – that the creator God accepts the worship of all religions – but THIS IS NOT TRUE.
There is only one God. Jesus is truly the only way to the Father… [John 14:6 AMP] He is the only way a person can be saved and enter eternity with God.
CHRISTIANITY REALLY IS EXCLUSIVE.
It’s offensive to many people, it’s offensive to the devil, but a person cannot be saved, cannot receive eternal life through any other faith, not through Hinduism, not through Buddhism, not through Islam, not through Kabbalah or any other way – salvation from sin and eternal life comes only through JESUS. [Acts 4:12 AMP]
Listen… if there was any other way a person could enter heaven without Jesus – then Jesus did not need to come and die a cruel death upon the cross.
BUILD A PICTURE – GOD ALONE THE COURTS OF HEAVEN
Before time, God the Father expressed the nature of fatherhood and discussed His desire to have a people who would be like Him, a people who would be His people.
[Jer 24:7 AMP] He is Love, and He could only create a people from Himself that cost Him something, Love is doing the highest Good for another expecting nothing in return. It would violate His own nature to create a people without cost.
The Father asked the Son – Will you go for us? Will you suffer for the redemption, the payment to buy back a people that will later need a lifesaver? The Son, Jesus, was willing to lay down His life from the very beginning. [Rev 13:8 KJV]
JESUS IS PART OF THE GODHEAD – ETERNAL NOT CREATED. BY HIM – THROUGH HIM, WERE ALL THINGS CREATED. [Heb 1:2 AMP]
And so God through Jesus created the universe. He flung billions of galaxies into existence, He created the vastness of the universe to show forth His infinite greatness. One day my people will invent their own eyes to see far in to the distant universe the Father said to the Son… They will see the far flung galaxies that stretch out beyond their world for ever. Some will bow and worship Me for it, He said, some will search for ways to explain it without us.
So the Son made the earth, it was without recognisable form. The Holy Spirit hovered over the waters, [Gen 1:2 AMP] moving over the earth with His power, vital in His part of the creation plan. The Son created the light; [Gen 1:3 AMP] the way by which all things can be seen. He created night and day, [Gen 1:4-5 AMP] times of darkness and light upon the earth. Now He created the sky and the waters – he made the oceans and the land, He made the plants that bore fruit and had seeds [Gen 1:11 AMP] making the seedtime and harvest possible. Next He created the animals, fish and birds. He filled the earth with such infinite variety of species of plants and animals. By this great creation His eternal and infinite attributes are clearly seen, so that merely by observing the creation God has made, all men are without excuse to understand that there is a God and that He is great and infinite. [Rom 1:20 AMP]
Now for the crowning glory of God’s creation…. God said let US make man in our own image. [Gen 1;26 AMP] Let Him be our offspring, let him be like us. Having a spirit to live for ever – a beginning but no end; eternal from his creation. And let him have the capacity to know us and walk with us – to have relationship with us. Give him the ability to procreate, to multiply and fill the earth. He will have creative powers with what already exists. He will have the capacity to love and be loved. He will be like us for relationship but not infinite, not omniscient (knowing all things) not omnipresent (being everywhere at all times), not omnipotent (having all power)
AND SO GOD CREATED MAN –AND OUT OF MAN HE CREATED WOMAN.
God walked with the first man Adam in the cool of the evening [Gen 3:8 AMP] – it was a time of intimacy and fellowship and joy. But man was tested by temptation – and found wanting – this first man and woman fell into the temptation of wanting to be like God completely, knowing both good and evil. They fell and partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Because of disobedience they broke relationship with God.
Now the plan conceived before time began was set in motion. The lifesaver was ready to come and give His life a ransom for all mankind who are now separated from God by disobedience.
Every verse and every story throughout the Old Testament is part of the story revealing the Lifesaver and His role in our redemption.
Finally the time for His revealing was fully come. The Son came to earth, His incarnation (which means come in the flesh) was by a virgin giving birth to the Son of God. It had to be a virgin birth because the seed placed in Mary’s womb came from heaven not from the blood of any fallen person. [Luk 1:34-35 AMP]
IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN THE VIRGIN BIRTH – YOU HAVE NO UNDERSTANDING OF REDEMPTION. – IT IS ESSENTIAL.
Jesus came from heaven to earth for us, to redeem us, to buy us back to give His life as a ransom. [Mark 10:45 AMP] He came to die for us, to be punished in our place to pay the price for our sins and offer us forgiveness and atonement for sin.
He came to save us because this was God’s plan from the beginning [1 Cor 15:3 AMP] – before time began. To have a people who were His – bought with the ultimate price – His suffering – the suffering of God himself – It cost Him to pay the price for our sin - the innocent for the guilty.
At the cross Jesus suffered and died for us. [Heb 2:9 AMP]
He suffered willingly because God loves us.
He suffered by being separated from the Father for a time.
He suffered in the body as a lamb was sacrificed – His blood shed for us, the innocent as a substitute for the guilty.
He took our place in Judgement. He endured all of God’s wrath against sin so that we might have the opportunity to walk free from wrath through faith in Jesus Christ.
As He hung upon the cross Jesus had you in mind, for the joy that was set before Him – your salvation and redemption he endured the cross. [Heb 12:2 AMP]
His blood was sufficient to pay for the sins of all mankind past present and future. It was the blood of God, it was poured out for our redemption. [Heb 9:12 AMP]
And with this redemption complete, Jesus rose from the dead triumphant over death. He rose bodily, He rose to show he is God and he has power over death. Sin brings death (separation from God) Death is broken because Jesus paid the price for sin. [Rom 6:9 AMP]
After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples alive for 40 days. He ate and drank with them. He showed them His hands, His feet, His side where the spear pushed through. After 40 days He ascended into heaven, one day to return again physically as the second coming of Jesus Christ, which makes the end of this world, [Acts 1:11 AMP]
Think of this now - Jesus ascended in His physical body, with all its wounds. Now forever He is eternal in heaven – humanity has entered the Godhead. You will see him now and forever as the Man Christ Jesus, fully God and fully man with his wounds on display for all eternity.
This concept of Jesus partaking of mankind, the creator putting on the creation - leads to one question. – What about aliens? The bible is silent about aliens – beings from other planets. – this is what I personally believe – we alone are God’s creation – we alone are God’s offspring – because he completely emptied himself for us. He gave himself TOTALLY until there was nothing left to give – for us – there is no more he can give up of Himself, therefore I think we alone are His offspring.
WHEN WE SEE HIM IN ETERNITY - AS WE LOOK AT HIS WOUNDS, WE CAN NEVER FORGET THE PRICE HE PAID FOR US. AND WE WILL BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL.
HOW CAN WE NOT WORSHIP HIM FOREVER?
THIS JESUS - OUR LIFESAVER.