Today is thanksgiving of course but something changed today about thanksgiving the Holy Spirit came to dinner. A nice civilized dinner with old family friends and my close family members. I shared psalms 100 and God allowed people to start thinking about what God has done. In my own life the restoration of my immediate family has been amazing. Then liver cancer,cancer,drug addiction,and sorrow for the nation. This is what God has done at my table. Then let me call her Aunt Grace was asked what was she thankful for and she started singing Thank you Lord and the whole table joined in. God brought tears of Joy from three generation with continued blessings. I truly have one thing to say about this thanksgiving a year I will never forget because for the first time God is being thanked before anything in our life. Many Blessings
Topic 2: Justification and the work of Christ
By Carl Johnson
What is Justification? What does Paul say about Justification? The answer lies in the pages of a letter called Romans that forever changed the way people thought and lived for God forever even through great minds such as Luther and Wesley. The definition of Justification is God’s declaration that a believer is restored to a state of Righteousness in His sight on the basis of faith in Christ’s redemptive work and not one’s personal accomplishments. That is just one definition of Justification but let’s look at what Paul says “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” (Romans 4:25) In Romans by F.F. Bruce he says Christ died for our sins so we can be justified. In Romans Paul expounds even further on the stone of Justification the foundation of our salvation. “Consequently, just as the result of our trespasses was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.”(Romans 5:18)The concept is that Jesus died for all of our trespass to justify us into a right standing with God the Father.
Now Jesus took this great trespass by one man’s disobedience, perdition and sin. Jesus Christ obedience brings us in life to justify us from death. In condemnation we are purposed to death but God removed this curse to restore us into life and righteousness. In Paul’s letter his doctrine is made of six crucial concepts which are election, propitiation, redemption, sanctification, glorification and justification. These aren’t in order but the basis is that it starts with Justification and ends with glorification. These terms are important to know so we can understand the totality of the Doctrine of salvation.
Doctrine in some definition is something received and that is instructed. The Greek defines the word Aletheuo to be true and to speak truth. The term election is explained in Paul’s letter “Yet, before the twins was born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand.” (Romans 9:11). In, meaning not because of works but because of call of God’s purpose for Isaac’s life. In the next term in Paul’s letter that makes the doctrine is propitiation which is just as foundational for salvation in concept is in the letter “God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished” (Romans 3:25).
The key in this scripture that describes propitiation is “sacrifice of atonement” which explains this term in salvation. In the concepts of salvation we are redeemed and by this the letters says “and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” We cannot redeem ourselves only Christ can do that. In the process we are sanctified in concept is “through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” We are sanctified by Christ and God in this is the Conclusion of the sound doctrine of salvation. In the letter Paul says “And those he predestined, he also called: those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:30) Paul says that we are elected and justified then redeemed and sanctified and glorified. All this is done because of the righteous work of Jesus Christ.
Sphere of Influence
What is your sphere of influence? What are you trying to accomplish on your own? Do you have a team of people behind you Do they have your back? I have been hearing a lot in my walk about vision there are things that go with vision and I think one is influence now influence is biblical for you know scripture such as speak life and not death the tongue is powerful have thoughts that are trustworthy and honest. These are things that influence you to know that you are moving in the right direction some call it encouragement others saying lifting up your brother and sister Now back to the main point influence our savior has the best influence we have ever seen on this earth and people have been trying to influence others in his way but have been missing the mark Jesus was great at influencing man and demons to move in the direction towards God but he never manipulated others he influenced for change and did all this with a love for others that others can’t fathom like Hitler he killed people to control people with Fear and most rulers in this world used tactics such as fear and intimidation murder and things that include death but Jesus’ death one single sacrifice influenced the world forever his example character and truth. I want us to challenge each other ask ourselves who are we influencing and who is influencing us and is it influencing our world around us influence someone for change. One of the Greek words among many I will use is exousia and this is the definition from Strong’s: (in the sense of ability); privilege, that is, (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence: – authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength. Jesus had exousia and influence to delegate authority over death and bring abundant life. In this life I want to influence others the way Jesus did, not to have power over others but to have power of this world and the one who is in it. I am a son of Light and want to shine with my vision but influence others to follow this vision I have from God. Now who am I influencing and with my life as I live out this vision?
Well, I never knew, how much I wanted, to be in covenant with God and others and what the blessing that truly meant. I have been doing things on my own for so long that I never experienced the true relationship of covenant until I came in the covenant of blood with Jesus Christ and what that truly means in my life is awesome. I want to let you know that coming in covenant means coming into a community, through the blood of Christ. We as a culture, forget about our covenant community, that God has given us. The responsibility to foster or steward that correctly. In this culture we have many uncles like Laban who use things in a blessed person life for their own selfish benefits. I am under the impression that we need to pray for a covenant community in our life and welcome some things we have never experienced before in relationships. In my own life I never let anybody in other surface I pray for you but in the last year God has poured out so much of His love it is impossible for me not to want to be in community with other believers. I see there needs before mine and burden with compassion and kindness to see their true potential realized in there lives. A minister of the Gospel loves unconditionally even when his conditions aren’t perfect for the atmosphere of love. I want to love like my brother Jude he loves so much he will snatch you out of the fire of hell and hate the garment of the spotted flesh and share Christ with you to me that is beyond confrontational and intentional it is relentless like our savior Jesus Christ we must love in that manner. When i meet new people I want to get to know everything about them so I can minister correctly in their lives building a lasting covenant in heaven with them what if we all took the chance to just listen and coincide in someones life instead of I got the answer and move on but stayed right there with like Jesus does with us is this coming into His likeness. I am striving for a deeper evangelism a style that break the thoughts of evangelist everywhere. They are convicted and challenge their methods and not just travel to preach but preach in their community’s with fire of the Holy Ghost. I want the likeness of Christ to be so on the covenant community of believers that denomination is erased from the face of this earth.We are called to have the bonds of peace and blessed are the peacemakers. I know with a deepness we are to erase the culture the world offers and bring in a culture that is catching that fields catch fire not a revival in the church but it knocks down city walls.I want you all to grasp this I want to be a baptist preacher with pentecostal fervor and anointing. We are called to break down the walls of separation not build more blocks. I want to invite all who want to be a covenant person not just in church but in business at school at work.