Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Great I AM

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” Exodus 3:14

When Moses asked God what his name is he said “ I AM WHO I AM”, this might sound confusing at first , but when you understand what God is truly saying here it makes perfect sense.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

God again reveals himself to John in the book of Revelation, who is , who was, and who is to come” this is the same meaning as “I AM WHO I AM” meaning God is the beginning , the end , and the future.

God is:

  • Omnipresent- God is everywhere
  • Omnipotent- unlimited power
  • Omniscient – knows everything

This is all summed up into the name “I AM WHO I AM”

Jesus used 7  metaphorical “I AM” statements. Notice the number 7 which is symbolic for completion

  • I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE (John 6:35)
  • I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (John 8:12)
    I AM THE DOOR (John 10:7)
  • I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD (John 10:11)
  • I AM THE WAY, TRUTH, LIFE (John 14:6)
  • I AM THE VINE (John 15)

The Jewish people knew exactly what Jesus was saying, he was displaying his “oneness” with the Father (God)

Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me. Isaiah 44:6

So next time you read or say the name “ I AM WHO I AM” Think about what God is revealing to us! He is the beginning, the end, and everlasting. Creator of the Heaven and The Earth who sent his only begotten Son to save us from our sins in Jesus Name Amen

God Loves Us

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—Revelation 1:5

This is the only scripture in The Bible that shows God loves us in the present tense. Often we always read God loved us, but we also need to remember that God still loves us today and forever. Everything that God did, by sending his only Son to save us from our sins, what because he loves us!

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

There is no greater friend than Jesus Christ, who displayed his love for you by laying down his life to save yours. Why did he do this? Notice in Revelation 1:5 “he released us from our sins by his blood” Jesus did it because he still loves us. The only way we could be redeemed for our sins , was by the blood of the “Lamb of God”

The firstborn of the dead, because Jesus conquered death we can also. He holds the keys to life and death. Why would he do this for us? Because before you were formed in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5), God knew you! God created you in his image for a purpose. Through Christ you are a Child of the Most High (Romans 8:15) in Jesus Name Amen!

Eternal Hell?

“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:46

Does this scripture prove hell? Here clearly Jesus is teaching about Judgement day and the fate of the righteous and the wicked.  So what is eternal punishment?

Lets examine the original Greek to get a deeper meaning. The Greek word for eternal is “aionios” now this word can be interpreted eternal or agelong. For this scripture the context of eternal would make more sense since we can see it applies to eternal life also

The Greek word for “punishment” would be timoria. Timoria has multiple meanings obviously like most Greek words. Some of the meanings include penalty or punishment.  So what is the penalty or punishment for evil and rejecting Christ?

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

The Bible clearly tells us the penalty for sin is death. When Jesus teaches about “Eternal Punishment” he talking about being destroyed forever. To be separated from God for good, to be annihilated.

Jesus never teaches about being tortured in a “hell” for all eternity. He teaches that without the gift of God , which is Jesus Christ, you will be forever destroyed upon the 2nd death.

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2

Daniel gives a similar prophecy about judgement day (2nd death) those who reject Christ will receive “everlasting contempt” The Hebrew meaning for the word “Contempt” also means “Blasphemy” or “Judicial” which we know the penalty for Blasphemy or contempt is death

So the evil who reject Christ will be eternally destroyed  at the 2nd death while the righteous who are covered by the blood of Jesus , will live with God forever in Jesus Name Amen

 

Live Forever?

The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! Genesis 3:4

Can you live without Jesus? Since the beginning of creation, Satan has planted the greatest deception in human history. The belief that we will still live without the blood of Christ. This is a deception that is was not only believed by Adam and Eve, but is also believed today. Many religions today have teachings of no death, such as Buddhism, which believes you will just be reincarnated over and over. Many new age teachings that all roads lead to Heaven, but as Jesus said “ I am the way , the truth, and the life. Nobody comes to the Father (God) except through me (John 14:6)

Has Satans deceptive ideas found its way into Christianity? Many Christians believe in the doctrine of “Hell” which people will be tortured for all eternity. Doesn’t that contradict the Word of God?

but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'” Genesis 3:3

God told Adam and Eve if they ate from the forbidden tree they would die, not be cast into a eternal torture chamber somewhere. If they were kept alive to be tortured this would contradict Gods word.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

God is very clear the wages of sin is death not eternal torture. However, the good news (gospel) is there is eternal life through Jesus Christ! Don’t fall for the great deception of Satan, the wicked will be destroyed (Psalm 37:38)

Make Jesus (Yeshua) your Lord and Savior today, repent of your sins and be washed by the blood of Christ to inherit eternal life Amen

Do You Love Jesus?

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. John 14:15

Why do you love Jesus? Many people identify themselves as “Christians” but why do you follow Jesus? Many people will say “I follow him to receive eternal life” but is that really love? We must remember that God searches our hearts and minds (Jeremiah 17:10) he knows our true desires. If your just following Jesus to save your life, that is not true love

We should love Jesus because even though he knew no sin, he died for our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21) Jesus is the truth, the living word. If you truly love righteousness than you truly love Jesus. Sin should repulse you, it repulses your Heavenly Father, the creator of the Heavens and the Earth. There will be no sin in the Kingdom of God, therefor those who love sin won’t be there

As Jesus said if you truly love him you would keep the commandments. That means if you truly love God and righteousness and hate sin, then you truly do love Jesus. But if your just following Jesus as a ticket to save yourself from “hell”, the is not true love. And Jesus on the day of Judgement will tell you, “Depart from me you who practice lawlessness, I never knew you (Matthew 7:23) Lawlessness is defined as sin (1 John 3:4) So those who love sin do not truly love Jesus.

Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God (Matthew 5:8)

The pure in heart or those who hate sin and love righteousness. The pure in heart are those who truly love Jesus Christ and are washed in his blood to stand before the Father in his Kingdom Amen

Earnest Expectation

According to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1:20

What are your expectations from God? Its easy to be faithful to God when things are going well, but how about when we struggle? When you wake up one day feeling depressed or going through a hard time, do you still pray and give thanks to your Father (God)?

Sometimes it may feel difficult but when we grow our faith we can have “earnest expectations” that God is still with us. The word “earnest” means to have intense conviction or being sincere and honest. So when we say we have “earnest expectation” we mean we truly believe with all our heart and soul, God is still going to deliver us.

Notice the next part of the scripture says “ I will not be put to shame in anything”. Our situation may currently feel hopeless but God is still in control.  Paul was imprisoned, beaten, and even stoned to death. But he knew that God would not forsake him and he pressed on towards the prize of his higher calling.

The final part of this scripture “With all boldness, Christ will be exalted in our bodies” We need to remember as a Christian, Jesus lives in you! The same power that rose Christ from the dead is living in you! We can’t be defeated! Have earnest expectations and hope that God will deliver you in Jesus Name Amen