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Is your Body Holy?

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It has been a while since I blogged maybe a couple of weeks I just want to share a couple of things that has been lying on my heart. I have been praying for while and seeing God answer my prayers with greatness. I have prayed for finances and he has answered me and then for a unified community and he has answered. I have even heard in my spirit he would give me India yes and I truly believe it! I will spread the Gospel in a progressive manor throughout the 26 states which I am starting to pray over as I type this blog. This is not the total purpose of my blog it is the grievance of slavery that won’t escape my thoughts and the impure generation I have grew up in. I read in 1 Corinthians 6 that fornication is the only sin committed with the body every other sin defiles the heart but fornication defiles the body. I  am struck by that scripture and what conviction it laid on my heart is was deep. I have been seeking God in a major and beautiful manner asking Him to fill my heart with pureness and I have reached an area of my life and seen the result of being married to the bride of Christ and seeing the spiritual fruit from that hunger. I am not a strange charismatic guy who seeks manifestation and doesn’t have strong faith in the Lord. I could have faith in God alone but this thought of child slavery and human slavery has hit me in a major way in the last year. I have seen the gifts of the spirit operate in my own life but this thing I wish the men of God would grab a hold of purity of the flesh and heart. I truly have been praying for a wife but that also has been preparing me for our encounter. I see a trend of awareness and dedication form young women of God this need in ministry. God called fathers not men who fornicate; we need to rescue our children. I am dedicated to the teaching of God’s word knowing that it truly is living and has a power that no other thing in this world can match. The Power of the savior in my life has driven to points of desperation but the separation of his spirit from my body because it filled with sin I probably would not be able to come back from. This is powerful and heart-wrenching if we can grab this right now as you read this fornication of the body is sin against the spirit of God because your body is His temple. I truly think this has not been taught I know I never been taught this but I do know it is God’s word and we need to find new and dynamic ways to apply this teaching to the Body of Christ. In Ephesians it says God knew us before the foundation of the world. We were already a spirit he was pouring into flesh but to sin against the living god would be to use our body as a place of death and bondage. We weren’t meant to live in sin and our body was meant to sin against the spirit of God. I know this is why human slavery and sex trafficking is angering God because it is sinning against his temple.  Read these verses and see what the Father says:

But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

1Co 6:12  “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.

1Co 6:13  “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

1Co 6:14  And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.

1Co 6:15  Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!

1Co 6:16  Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.”

1Co 6:17  But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

1Co 6:18  Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

   

 

1Co 6:19  Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

1Co 6:20  for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body

Can we know ignore the fact that we are lying with sin and allowing it dominate us. I pray you see the vision from the lord for people to live holy and pure.

 

More to come: Burn bright

Thanksgiving Dinner

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

 

Romans 3 revisited

Conflict of Justice and Love

 

 

                        When thinking of God’s Justice and love you cannot separate the two. In creation you see both and throughout the Bible no separation of God’s justice and love. The character of God is both justice and love. The conflict we are going to see is between God’s character of justice and His character of love. We are going to discuss God’s justice and then his love going into the apparent conflict but not the answer to the conflict.

            “25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his bloodto be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”(rom.3:25-26 NIV) God is justice he cannot deny himself of what is of his essential nature. He longs for us to be restored to him but, He cannot ignore our sins. God is merciful but a just God. In all this we are wicked but God had left our sins unpunished. God had to carry out his justice which is the dilemma.

This moves us on to our next point the character of God’s love which brings us to the person of Jesus as stated “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”(Rom.5:8 NIV) God loves his creation he wants fellowship with all of us. So, he sent the holy spirit as stated “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”(Rom.5:5 NIV) God’s dilemma that was apparently faced was His love and Justice being carried out so his word which is all truth would not contradict itself God’s love and justice was answered and but none could comprehend how God justifies the wicked.

 A statement, a truth that God proves more than evident as described by Paul in Romans 3:24 it says “yet God with undeserved kindness, declares we are righteous. He did this through Jesus Christ when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.”(Rom.3:24 NLT) In this version it translates the words very differently, the key phrases “freely by His grace” and “ justified”

(Rom.3:24 NIV) the parallel of translation of “justified” declaring our righteousness and “freely

by grace  his grace” giving undeserved kindness. We can only ask what is freely truly means it

has been defined as without restriction.

 We can’t truly understand why God is doing this unless we look at what Paul says in Romans before this “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”(Rom.3:23 NIV) So in this we are being literally put in a place right with god with the redemption of Jesus Christ. All men have not met this standard by the law but only by faith. In this giving the true since of the word “justified” a complete definition.

What is this work that Jesus Christ has done with redemption and what is the work of redemption? What is the price of this redemption and what is the meaning of this redemption?

Redemption can mean to rescue, deliver, ransom, and recover what was lost. (Lasley 2002, 198) The price so high for redemption is an atonement as described so deeply in Hebrews says this “ He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.”(Heb. 9:12 NIV) The result of the great sacrifice for all is by faith that we believe God died on the cross for our sin and we are justified, the opposite of condemnation, which by God’s justice we would of so rightly deserved. The redemption of Christ can only be done by this idea of atonement which, all are saved by to, justified the wicked.

In this we need to describe the dimensions of atonement which include the sacrifice, Day of Atonement, and the mercy seat. The sacrifice of atonement cannot be mention unless it is paralleled with the Day of Atonement. We see Jesus dying on the cross redeeming man with a one-time sacrifice but this is to mirror a day which had to be performed every year by the Aaronic priesthood. In Bruce he states a great explanation between the two it says “The death of Christ, then, is the means by which God does away with his people’s sin – not symbolically, as in the ritual of Leviticus 16 in which the material mercy-seat figured, but really. And really in a twofold sense: the sin has removed not only from the believer’s conscience, on which it lay as an intolerable burden, but also from the presence of God.” (Bruce 1985, 100)

In this the explanation of the Day of Atonement we know some definite facts as follows, it was temporary meaning their removal sins only covered them for a year. The sacrifices were many different animals and this was the only time Aaron could come in front of God. This system God created only pointed to the new system or new covenant. This was only for the Jewish people and not for all men.

When talking about the sacrifice of atonement we see some answers to the Day of Atonement. The sacrifice of atonement was permanent using the blood of Christ. Christ was the only one to be sacrificed and no more animal sacrifices were needed. This created the new covenant with God and man. Jesus Christ sacrifice gave us confident approach to throne of God, being a sacrifice not just for the Jewish people but all men of every tribe and for every tongue.

            This gives what is this glorious mercy seat briefly described in Hebrews 9 “Above the ark and overshadowing the mercy seat were the representation of the cherubim of glory. We cannot go into detail about these things.” (Heb 9:5 AMP) This is saying by Lasley is stated “God looks down but does not see the Law the people had broken. Instead, He sees the blood of the sacrifice and is satisfied that punishment has measured out. Thus His wrath is turned aside, and fellowship is restored.”(Lasley 2002, 200) There is not much discussed on this topic much but we can say this and know it is truth God is present above the atonement cover.

            In concluding the summary of what has been discussed here God’s justice and Love the basis of justification, redemption, and propitiation. These works by God are ignited by one thing and one thing only faith. We have seen God justify the wicked bring redemption through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ all this to fulfill his law and prophecy. Paul makes great reference to this especially in Romans Chapter 3 he states “ only when we have faith we truly fulfill the law.”(Rom. 3: 31 NLT) Faith is the only thing that makes this all possible it starts as a little faith but grows and it is the only thing that keeps in relationship with God. We can do deeds try and make all things work together in our own strength. This doctrine of salvation starts and ends with faith in Jesus Christ.