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Ephesians 2- Alive in Christ

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Ephesians 2:1-3

Is it possible to be saved without Christ? The world will tell you there are many religions or paths to God, this is false. There is only one way to be saved, only one way to be reconciled back to God , and that’s through Jesus Christ. Why? Because we were all dead in our sins and trespasses. You are either Born Again in Christ or your dead in your sins, there is no other option. 

Jesus said “Unless you are Born Again, you will not see the Kingdom of Heaven” (John 3:3) Why? Because you are dead in your sins, you are the Dry Bones in the valley of death, there is no spiritual life inside you. You live for the flesh like an animal, not living by the Holy Spirit as a Child of God. Until your soul has been regenerated, you could never see the Kingdom of Heaven or stand in the presence of God

Before you were Born Again, you used to walk according to the course of this world. Everything about this world is in opposition to Christ. That’s why Paul said “Don’t conform to the ways of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2) This world is completely Anti-Christ, that’s why everything this world does is blaspheme The Lord’s name. You hear it on a daily basis, over and over again, because the world hates Jesus Christ, because Jesus is the truth, the life, and the way (John 14:6)

Who is leading this rebellion? According to the prince of the power of the air, Satan. You either worship Christ or Satan, there is no other option. You might say well I’m an Atheist or a New Age, they all bow down to Satan. Anyone who rejects Jesus Christ is an Anti-Christ and worships Satan. There is no in-between, you’re either Born Again or dead in your sins. You are either a Child of God or a Child of disobedience. It’s very simple, the narrow path or the broad road to Hell. The path of life or the path of death, which way will you choose?

JC Ryle said “You are either Born Again or wish you were never born at all” The point is if you are not Born Again, you are dead in your sins, then the penalty of your sins will fall upon you. Its a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God, repent and put your faith in The Lord Jesus Christ before it’s too late! Amen!

Ephesians 1- Lord Of ALL

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Ephesians 1:19-23

The Holy Spirit has been given to us , those who have faith in Christ, according to the working of Christ’s mighty power. It’s not by our works that we are saved, it’s by the mighty works of Christ , that we are saved! As the scripture says “When God raised him from the dead” Christ defeated sin, death , and Satan when Christ walked out of that tomb on Sunday morning! Jesus Is Risen!

And then God set him at his own right hand in the Heavenly places, when Jesus ascended back to Heaven, all power and authority was given to Jesus Christ! Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and the name above every name! (Philippians 2) There is nobody above The Lord and there will never be anybody greater than The Lord, Christ Jesus shall reign forevermore!

And God has put all things under Christ’s feet, Jesus Christ is King of all Kings. Everyone, and every angel, and every demon is in subjection to the Lord Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation (John 14:6), this is why Jesus Christ is the only path to God, there is no other possible way to save your soul. Without the blood of Christ, you will be condemned for all eternity, pardon for your sins is only possible by The Lamb Jesus Christ!

Christ is the Head of the Church, it doesn’t matter who your pastor is or who your religious leaders are, everyone is in subjection to Jesus Christ. Any Church Laws that violate the commandments of God, violate the Headship of Jesus Christ. As The Lord said “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15) If you are a Christian, you are in subjection to Jesus Christ as Lord, any Church not in subjection to Christ, is not truly a Church, but lukewarm Christians and Christ will spit you out of his mouth (Revelation 3:16)

The Church is the body of Christ, the hands and feet of God, the Light of the world and Salt of the Earth (Matthew 5) But what if that salt loses its flavor? What good is it? It’s worthless and will be thrown out. The same is with the Church, if the Body of Christ can’t preserve justice and God’s law, then it becomes good for nothing, and will be thrown out. Jesus Christ is our Lord, we must remain in subjection to Christ, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Amen!

Ephesians 1- Sealed By The Holy Spirit

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11-14

We have obtained an inheritance, what did we obtain? Eternal life, reconciliation back with God, justification in Christ, and also the Holy Spirit living inside of us. The gifts that God has given us already , through our Lord Jesus Christ, are blessings beyond our comprehension. The fact that there are people still begging God for more things, makes me come to the conclusion that they don’t understand the price of their salvation

So why did we become saved at all? Because we were predestined by the will of God to to be the elect. Again this is a concept alot of people have a hard time grasping, however the word predestination is used multiple times in this first Chapter of Ephesians. You were predestined to be a Child of The Most High through Christ!

Now notice the next part of the scripture, “after you have heard and believed the gospel of your salvation” (v13) We must respond to our calling of predestination by having genuine faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord. Now here’s the question, can the spiritually dead understand the gospel message? The answer I believe is no, Jesus said “Nobody can come to me unless the Father draws them” (John 6:44)

Nobody can come to Christ or understand the gospel, unless the Holy Spirit draws them to Christ! This is a radical reality of Gods will for the elect, this is why not everyone will receive the good news of Jesus Christ, this is why Jesus said “Narrow is the road that leads to life, and very few will find it” (Matthew 7:14) Jesus actually says very few are actually going to be saved and the majority of the world is on the broad road to Hell, which road are you on?

Once you are Born Again in Christ (John 3:3) you are Sealed by the Holy Spirit. Your body is now the Temple of God and the Holy Spirit is now living inside of You (Romans 8:11, 1 Cor. 3, 6) You have been transformed to walk in the newness of Life, to conform to the image of Christ to be a Child of God in Jesus name Amen!

Ephesians 1- Redemption By His Blood

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: Ephesians 1:7-10

We all know the old hymn “Are you washed by the blood of The Lamb”? This is an essential foundation of our faith, as the scriptures say “We have redemption through His blood” When Christ willingly went to the cross for you, Christ paid the penalty for your sin, the debt has been pain, you are declared righteous before God because of Christ’s blood on the cross. You have been redeemed through Christ blood!

What also happened with the shedding of Christ’s blood? Your sins have been forgiven. As it says in Isaiah “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:8) You have been purified by the blood of Jesus Christ! The Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world!

Why did Christ do this? As it says in the scriptures “According to the riches of His grace” Christ willingly went to the cross for you because He loves you, because Christ has chosen you before the foundations of the world. This is a deep love, this is not a shallow love the world demonstrates. This is Agape, a sacrificial love , that could have only been accomplished by the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ

God has made known the mystery of His will , which he has purposed in himself. Throughout the gospels, Christ continually revealed that the Son of Man would die in the hands of sinners and would rise again on the 3rd day. The mystery of the gospel was made clearly known through Jesus Christ, the mystery of God’s will is clearly foretold in the Word of God, the Bible, if you want to know God , you have to study your Bible!

In the fullness of time, to bring all things together in Christ. The New Covenant was established by Christ, all power and authority on Heaven and Earth was given to Jesus Christ! As Christ said on the cross “It Is Finished” the debt for your sins has been paid, you are now in a New Covenant with God through Christ , by the redemption of His blood, Amen!

Ephesians 1- Christ Chosen Us

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6

For people who have said ‘they have never seen a miracle” or “they have never seen anything supernatural” the fact that any of us our saved is a miracle and it’s a supernatural act. Look at what the scriptures say “He has chose us, in him before the foundation of the world”. Think about that, you were chosen by Christ to be saved, before the Heavens and The Earth were even created

If you ever wonder if God loves you, God chose you to be saved. God hand picked you, called you by name to be saved. It’s a concept that is difficult for us to grasp, however I can tell you from my own experience, I became Born Again in Christ because he drew me to Him. I wasn’t going to Church, I never read the Bible, however I knew to call upon The Lord Jesus Christ to save me, and he did

Now another thing we see here in the scriptures “Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ” We were predestined to become saved through Jesus Christ. Again this is another radical concept to understand. This has caused many theological debates and spits over the centuries, however when we take the Word of God at what it says, things are more simple. We were already predestined to become saved through Christ. Even during our wretched state, God still had a plan for us

Another thing I wanted to add is, we have become Children of God through the adoption of Jesus Christ. Many people have this false idea, that we are all automatically Children of God, this is not Biblical. We are all made in the image of God, however we are not God’s children until we become Born Again through Christ. Then after being transformed, we are adopted as God’s Children. We can’t be Children of God in our depraved state, we must be transformed, we must be Born Again, and this is only possible by Jesus Christ

Finally the scripture says “By his grace, he has made us accepted in the beloved” It’s only by God’s grace that we can be saved, and we become accepted when we are Born Again in Jesus Christ (John 3:3) Without the transformation of becoming a new creature, we can’t be accepted by God, because we are still dead in our sins. There has to be a spiritual rebirth by the Holy Spirit, Amen!

Matthew 28- The Great Commission

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  Matthew 28:16-20

If the Church was to have a mission statement, it would be The Great Commision, “Preach the gospel to all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”

Jesus made it very clear to us that evangelism should be our top job and priority as Christians. However with so many Churches, why don’t we see anyone evangelizing on the street corners of every town and city? Why is it that most Christians have never shared the gospel with anyone and most are even afraid to mention their faith in public? Well it starts from the top down, if you are a Christian , then Jesus is your Lord, then you should be obeying the commandments of Christ!

The reality is most people who identify themselves as Christians, are just “Sunday morning Christians” they show up for a Church service, do their thing, and forget about God the rest of the week. This is why Jesus said “Unless you are Born Again, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (John 3:3) most of these people are false converts, they never became Born Again, they never had a change of heart (Ezekiel 36) they are not filled with the Holy Spirit, they don’t read the Word of God daily, they have no prayer life. They are the dry bones in the valley of death

Jesus said “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15) If you truly are a Christian, then you should love Jesus with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. If you don’t then your not Born Again, your religion is useless. There has to be a transformation within yourself when you met Christ, there has to be fruits produced by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 7, Galatians 5) Jesus said “You will be know by your fruit” (Matthew 7:16)

As the BIble says “How can they hear without a preacher” (Romans 10:14) How will anyone know the good news of Jesus Christ, unless someone tells them? This is where the Church comes in, this is where you come in! The Great Commision, share the good news of Jesus Christ with everyone! Everyone who is Born Again is qualified to be a preacher, just share the gospel, Christ died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again!

Who do we share this good news with? Everyone! We must remember , only God can save people , we can’t . Our job is to plant the seed (Word of God) it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict and lead them to Christ. So be a “spiritual farmer” sow the seed of the gospel to everyone, and on fertile soil, it will become abundant. Not all soil will be good, not everyone will receive the gospel, but it’s not our job to determine who will receive or deny it. Just preach the gospel of Jesus Christ! Amen!

Matthew 28 – The Conspiracy Theory

Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. Matthew 28:11-15

I saw a great Tshirt that said “Noah was a conspiracy theorist, and then it rained” I love that shirt, and its true. Noah warned his wicked generation that the judgment of God was coming, but everyone scoffed at Noah and probably labeled him, as we know today as a “Conspiracy Theorist”

When people hear the word “Conspiracy Theory” they probably roll their eyes or laugh, however remember this world is controlled by Satan (1 John 5:19) and Satan want to keep everyone blinded (2 Corinthians 4:4) So how do we do this? Well you tell people the truth is false , and the false is truth. This is exactly Satan’s plan for the Resurrection of Christ, even today his conspiracy theories are told to keep from understanding who Jesus Christ is and what He accomplished

As we read earlier in the scriptures, the Roman guards witnessed the resurrected Christ and “fell like dead men” , it was no secret that Jesus Christ is Risen, so now the Romans and the religious leaders of Israel, needed to create some “Conspiracy Theories” so the people didn’t know they crucified The Messiah. Even religions today are still using these same “Conspiracy Theories, Judaism and Islam , claim the disciples “stole “ the body of Jesus, Islam even claims Jesus never died on the cross. This is why there is only One way to God through Jesus Christ, (John 14:6) All other religions are false and provide no salvation

The Apostle Paul records Jesus Christ appeared to over 500 men after the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:6) of course Christ appeared to his disciples multiple times (John 21, 1 Cor. 15, Matthew 28, Luke 24) It was an established fact, Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, the tomb of Christ is Empty!

There are still many Conspiracy Theories today, how do we know what is true? The Word of God is truth, trust in the Bible, trust in the Holy Spirit to lead you, trust in Jesus Christ because The Lord is Risen Indeed, Amen!

Matthew 28- Because He Lives

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:1-6

Jesus said “Destroy this temple in three days, and I will raise it up” (John 2:19)

Christ is Risen, He is Risen indeed, just as He said he would. Over and over again, Jesus prophesied about his death and resurrection, however still his disciples didn’t understand, even when he was standing right in front of them!  The stone has been rolled away! Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and walked out of that grave, defeating sin, death , and Satan forever! Amen!

The guards fell like dead men in the presence of The Lord, those who crucified Jesus and all the wicked will one day bow down to the Risen King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Because Christ is Risen, we will rise again one day also in the resurrection to live forever in God’s Kingdom. O death, where is your sting! O grave where is your victory!

The Tomb is still Empty today, Christ is Risen forevermore. No matter what is going on in the world, we have this Risen Hope because we have a Risen Savior, Glory to the Lamb of God!

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. Matthew 28:7-10

What did the disciples do? They worshiped Jesus Christ, why? Because Jesus is God in the flesh (Isaiah 9:6, John 1:14) and worthy of All praise! What was the instructions? “Tell my Brethren” share the good news of Jesus Christ! The Lord Is Risen, all victory belongs to Jesus as Christ crushed the head of Satan at the cross!

As the old Hymn says “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow”! Whatever trials you face today, we can face them because Jesus Is Risen, and has already overcome the world, Amen!

Matthew 27 – The Tomb is Sealed

Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. Matthew 27:62-66

People who are skeptics of the resurrection of Christ, they question the tomb. Let’s make it clear, the Tomb of Christ was sealed! If there is any question whether Jesus Christ died on the cross, look at all the historical references, especially in the gospels. It’s clear Christ died for our sins on the cross, and then his body was sealed in the Tomb. 

Now notice, the religious leaders were well aware that Jesus prophesied he would rise again in three days. If the religious leaders actually knew the Word of God, they would have understood Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22, however the religious leaders loved their religion and money more than they loved God. However remember not all the religious leaders rejected Christ either, as this tomb was given by Joseph of Arimathea. 

The religious leaders believed Jesus Christ was a great threat to their religion and lifestyle, so they had the Son of God crucified on the cross, which God used as the atonement of our sins, to pay the ransom for our sins. But now the religious leaders had a bigger problem, if Jesus rises from the dead, they just crucified the Son of God, and the blood will be on their hands. As Jesus identified himself to the religious leaders as the “Son of Man” prophesied in Daniel 7. Again if the religious leaders truly loved God and knew the scriptures, they never would have crucified the Messiah

The Romans and the religious leaders, plotted together to seal and guard the Tomb. No matter what happened, they were determined to keep their lies and deception intact. Even today, the world doesn’t want you to know that Christ is Risen from the Tomb! Why? Because as Jesus walked out of that grave, Christ defeated sin, death, and Satan forevermore! So Satan doesn’t want you to know the Tomb of Christ is empty, Jesus is Risen!

The Tomb was sealed, just as we are now sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13) because Christ died to pay the penalty of our sins and is Risen, Amen!

Matthew 27-Burial of Christ

When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre. Matthew 27:57-61

Jesus said “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:40)

We all remember learning the story of Jonah and the whale in Sunday School class, but did you know Jonah was a foreshadow of Christ in the Tomb for 3 days! The burial of Christ is an essential doctrine of Christianity. There’s often debate about that was Jesus doing during this time or even debates about the actual timeline, but one thing is for certain, Jesus died for us so we can live forever for Him!

3For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that He was seen by [a]Cephas, then by the twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)

As the Apostle Paul stated in what many believe is the first Creed of Christinaity, the death and burial of Christ is a foundational doctrine of Christianity. We can’t overlook the importance of the Tomb, where Jesus defeated sin, death, and Satan forever , and rose the firstfruits, in a resurrected body, and all those who repent and put their faith in Christ will also be resurrected also

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Isaiah 53:9

We see in the scriptures that Joseph of Arimathea was the man to give his tomb to Jesus Christ , which ultimately fulfilled the scriptures. It’s important to note that Joseph of Arimathea , was a religious leader and accepted Jesus as the Messiah, Son of God. Not all the religious leaders rejected Christ, including not all of Israel rejected Christ either. God still had his remnant that understand Jesus is The  Christ 

Another amazing detail is the accuracy of the scriptures, notice the prophecy in Isaiah 53:9, that the Messiah would be killed with the wicked, yet be rich in his burial. This was written 700 years before Christ was incarnated in the Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:14) There should be no doubt, that the Bible is the Word of God, the possibilities of someone prophesying these intricate details is astronomical

Jesus Christ , as prophesied, spent 3 days in the Tomb, was resurrected defeating sin, death, and Satan forever! Glory to the Lamb of God, Amen!