Love and Power

Ephesians 3:19   (KJV)   19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

One of the ways we can be filled with all the fullness of God is by knowing the love of Christ. Although his love is beyond full comprehension, it isn’t beyond partial comprehension. And God has given us the wisdom we need so we can keep growing in Romans 3.19 - Love and Powerour knowledge and understanding of His love: in its width, length, height, and depth. God want us to live out His fullness; we want to live out the fullness of life and power that He gives us. Knowing, experiencing, living out and living in the love of our Lord Jesus has a direct correlation with living out God’s life and power.

Some believers often have “unspoken” preference between power and fruit of the Holy Spirit; they emphasize one over the other. Perish the thought that I’m implying what they’re doing is wrong. Personally, I conscientiously try my best to teach the importance of both. Both have its merits, both are important to God. Both are connected. God strengthens us with His Spirit and invites us to a greater understanding of His love so we can live in His strength and power, and do so with love as our motivation.

People, especially the lost, need to see the reality of God. In our particular generation, there are many who would no longer listen to reason. There are so many who are set in their beliefs—reasonable or unreasonable. Many are no longer open and willing to dialogue. Blindness is so prevalent. Lies are rampant, acceptable, and promoted in order to support and push their beliefs and agenda. It’s in this milieu that manifestations of unconditional love and miraculous power of God through us may have greater impact. Reason, love, power—all these are important; God has given and made them all available to us; we utilize all of them, and we grow in all of them.

 

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Cleansed and One

Acts 10:15   (KJV)   15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

We can absolutely trust in God because He is dependable; He doesn’t gravitate between two opposing opinions; He knows exactly what’s true and right; He knows exactly what to do. He doesn’t violate His Words; He always does what He says He will do. He doesn’t acts-10-15-cleansed-and-onebreak His promises; all His promises, in Jesus, are “yes” and “amen.” Our God is immutable; He never changes. What may seem as changes are part of His grand design.

God has absolute, irrevocable, and unchangeable commands; He also has dispensational dealings. Although there are myriad discussions regarding this issue, God’s different dealings with His people throughout history is obvious. There’s definitely a big difference between the age of innocence during the time of our very first parents—Adam and Eve, and our present dispensation of grace.

One of the “revealed-as-needed” truths in God’s plan is the oneness of the Jews and Gentiles. The wall of separation has been torn down through our Lord Jesus Christ. God has created ONE new “man.” All of us in Christ are cleansed, and all are one. Jew and Gentile, man and woman, young and old, rich and poor; democrats, independents, libertarians, green party, republicans, etc.; Americans, Europeans, Asians, etc.—all of us who have placed our full dependence on Jesus for our salvation and have bowed our hearts before Him in surrender—with all our differences—are forgiven, cleansed, accepted, and we belong to one spiritual family.

 

True Messiah Has Been Born

Luke 2:11   (KJV)   11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

The Savior has been born. We don’t have to wait anymore; the long awaited promise has already come. The Messiah—Christ—Anointed One has come. He’s the One Who brings Good News; in fact, He is the Good News. His given Name is Jesus, which means “The Lord luke-2-11-true-messiah-has-been-bornsaves.” He proclaims liberty to the captives; He brings sight to the blind; He sets the captives free, and He proclaims the arrival of God’s favor.

Sadly, there are so many people still longing and looking for the Messiah to come. Sadder still, there are also so many who are now following self-proclaimed messiahs. The true Messiah’s birth was heavenly initiated and orchestrated. Angel Gabriel brought the news to Mary; an angel spoke to Joseph in a dream; the Holy Spirit supernaturally overshadowed Mary and she had a supernatural conception—a virgin with child.

The Name alone is very telling: Jesus. The purpose of the Name says more: For He will save His people from their sins. What about the prophecy: “…They will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’?” So many things about Him are unexpectedly unique. His advent was surprisingly humble; His birth was surprisingly miraculous; the promises were surprisingly grand. The fulfillment was surprisingly precise. He is the one true Messiah.

The true Savior has been born. The Messiah, the Savior born is also the Lord. The angel told Mary something interesting when he told her about the Son to be born through her: “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end (Luke 1:31-33).” Yes, Jesus has come, but there’s a lot more to come.

Glory of Incarnation

John 1:14   (KJV)   14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Creation shows God’s existence; Christmas shows God’s existence among us.

The greatest act of humility is when God took upon Himself humanity.

john-1-14-glorious-incarnationThe Word becoming flesh is the best and clearest revelation of God.

The first man walked with God. The fall of man broke that fellowship. On the coming of the Son of God, on Christmas, after thousands of years, God “walked” among men—again.

Jesus is full of grace and truth; a Jesus void of grace and truth is a different Jesus.

Christ is full of grace and truth, that’s why Christians also walk in the fullness of—and continuous growth in—grace and truth.

On Christmas, Jesus lived among us—visibly, temporarily. Now, Jesus lives in us—invisibly, permanently (?). Both are glorious. How much more glorious it is when He comes the final time and lives with us—visibly and permanently.

End of the Accuser

Revelation 12:10   (KJV)   10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace; He is the Lamb of God. These are wonderful titles and descriptions. The seemingly ever evasive peace is a desire, wish, and prayer of so many people. It’s a common theme in international conventions and in world leaders’ negotiations. Genuinerevelation-12-10-end-of-the-accuser and lasting world peace is a priceless treasure that will become a reality only through the leadership of one Entity: Jesus. Peace, Lamb—they bring some kind of indescribable quietness in us who know Him truly. But they’re often erroneously equated to weakness, and often, inability to do anything of great impact and worldwide in scope.

But truth is more delightful than error; in a magnificent display of God’s glory, our precious Lord Jesus brought peace on earth and goodwill to mankind. He accomplished what everyone else failed to do. He lived a perfect life; He defeated all His temptations and trials; He endured all His agonizing pain and tortures; He died for our sins; He defeated death, hell, and the grave, and rose again on the third day; He ascended back to heaven and glory. Seated at the right hand of the Father, He will come again to bring our ultimate salvation. He has saved us from the power and penalty of sin, but this time, He will save us even from the presence of sin.

Everyone will see Jesus in power, glory, and authority. Every knee will bow, every tongue will confess—either with extreme gladness or extreme sadness, that our Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace, the Lamb of God, is also the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. This is the time when all of God’s enemies will be brought down to their expected end—that of total humiliation, defeat, and destruction. The non-stop accuser will finally be silenced. This is written; we consider this done. That’s why in the middle of the most horrendous attacks coming from the soon-to-be-totally-destroyed foe, we rejoice. The enemy’s panicking; the King is coming.

Forgiveness Receivable

Acts 10:43  (KJV)   43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Surprise!!! Not really, but pleasant nonetheless. Forgiveness was going to be made available through the Messiah. That was not a newly invented doctrine; it was not an afterthought; the prophets of old have been speaking about it. The audiences may have failed to see it during that time, but it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t shown. That was a real Good News. God in His wisdom, love, mercy, justice, and grace planned that sinners be forgiven. Yes!!! There is a way: the Messiah. No longer were they to stand hopelessly guilty in sin; they now have a “clout.” They no longer had to stand in a sinking and faulty foundation; they have the immovable Christ they can place their entire dependence on.

I love it! The prophets have spoken. We don’t have to live in despair; and we don’t have to invent ineffective ways for us not to live in despair. Failing God, sin – that could be really depressing. The more we love God and the more we desire to obey Him, the more sin saddens us. And since we aren’t yet perfect, we will still sin. Life would have been saddest for true believers – but not so. Praise God! Really, praise God!!! Because of our dear Lord Jesus, the prophets-validated, Father-approved Way, we can be forgiven – repeatedly, continuously. That’s comfort; that’s freedom; that’s peace; that’s joy. Let’s not use this wonderful truth as an excuse to hibernate in our wrongdoings; let us rather enjoy this great blessing with grateful response of living in victory over those sins He forgives us from.

Our dear forgiving God, thank You, thank You, thank You. We wouldn’t know what else to do if not for Jesus. We could have lived our lives continually attempting to live purely and repeatedly failing – void of any possibility of “success.” That would have been terribly bad and sickeningly sad. Thank You Lord for giving us a way for our sins to be paid, and for us to be cleansed and purified. All glory and honor to Jesus in Whose Name we pray, amen.