Jesus Christ is The Way the Truth and The Life

HELLO EVERYONE.  Welcome to my website. This website proclaims that Jesus Christ is The  Way,  The  Truth and The Life; here you will hear testimonies of Him  and his wonderful FREE saving grace and healing life.  The scriptures teach us clearly that OUR SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT. 

Preaching the cross of Christ. It is a wonderful free gift that has been bought for us by Jesus precious blood.   The New Testament book of  Ephesians tells us that….
” For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.  Not of works that no one should boast
(Ephesians 2: 8, 9 – New Testament Recovery Version 
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A TRUSTED NEW TESTAMENT TRANSLATION

Unless otherwise stated, in this website I will be using The New Testament Recovery Version  for New Testament scripture references

In my opinion The Recovery Version is a highly doctrinally accurate translation that is conservative and reliable.  It is similar in its style and  to the translation principles to versions such as the NASB and the ESV.  The Recovery Version seeks to present a ” literal” translation of the original Greek text and  I highly recommend it and often use it myself!


A  Little About Me
The batism in the Holt Spirit empowersMy name is Marcus Philpott.   I live in Norwich UK with my wife Lesley.  I am an older man, 76 years old; however I praise God he has kept me strong and youthful and given me strength to travel and proclaim Christ in Europe, The UK and in missions to the Philippines .  I have sought to master the Italian and Spanish languages so that I can reach Italy with the gospel, as well as much of Latin America. 

My Call from God and Baptism In The Holy Spirit

However, my REAL CALLING in life is as a preacher of the wonderful gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ; proclaiming the loveliness and majesty of His captivating Person and all he has done for us!   His call on my life and the powerful baptism in the Holy Spirit I received from him as a young man  has given me the preaching and teaching gift.   As a Christian bible teacher I have travel to poor regions of the world where I teach without charge and also take love gifts to poor, sick and struggling people.

Sent To A Beautiful People

Preaching to a beautiful peopleOver the past 11 years the Lord Jesus has given me the opportunity to proclaim that Jesus Christ is The Way, The  Truth and The Life in the Philippine Islands.    God has sent  me to a beautiful people who cheerfully struggle against often great hardships and poverty.  One such very poverty stricken region was Payatas.  Also, not long ago I held evangelistic and healing meetings in Almagro Island which is of the West Coast of Samar.  A wonderful company of young people from “Faith Tabernacle”, Calbayog,  traveled  with me to the Island to share in the ministry. They all faithfully did the work of intercessory prayer each day and also performed  AWESOME  Christian dance and drama each night before I preached.  Click the LINKS BELOW to go and see some of their dancing and singing.

YOUNG PEOPLE DANCING AND SINGING IN ALMAGRO ISLAND

JESUS PICKS THE BROKEN UP

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Preaching The Cross of Christ In The Philippines

Preaching the cross of Christ.In the Philippines, I preached the Wonderful Jesus Christ and His cross. As I preached the cross of Christ and the rich full salvation Jesus has to offer, night after night men , women and children with arms outstretched to heaven prayed for salvation and healing from the Lord Jesus.  They also sought baptism in the Holy Spirit.

PROCLAIMING CHRIST IN ALMAGRO – HIS MIGHTY VICTORY OVER SIN, DISEASE, AND THE GRAVE

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The Royal Wedding

 

In Psalm 45 we have a beautiful psalm celebrating the royal wedding.  It is an inspired prophetic song concerning Christ and his bride the church:  After looking at marriage in the light of scripture, I will discuss that very sacred time called the honeymoon when each newly wed couple explore each other! 

downloadPsalm 45: 10 to 16Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say. Forget your people and your family far away.  For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. The princess of Tyre will shower you with gifts. The wealthy will beg your favor.  The bride, a princess, looks glorious in her golden gown.  In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king, accompanied by her bridesmaids.  What a joyful and enthusiastic procession as they enter the king’s palace!

As each Christian couple enter into marriage they need to realize that Christian marriage is a beautiful, pure, sacred thing. It is
actually a “picture” of Christ and the Church.

In Ephesians chapter 5, the apostle Paul presents the church as the Bride of Christ.
Its not often realised even in the Christian church that the husband and wife in every marriage are a “figure” or type of Christ and the church.  In every  marriage the bride is not the REAL bride; the real bride is the church of Jesus Christ. In every marriage the husband is not REAL husband; the groom is a type of the real husband, who is the Lord Jesus Christ lover, washer and protector and life of His bride the church.

Since marriage is a picture of the most sacred eternal bond, it needs to treasured and kept in purity. The writer of Hebrews wrote in chapter 13, verse 4 – Let marriage be held in honor among all, and (let) the bed be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge

A Deep profound Truth

imagesThe reality of the church as Christ’s bride is very deep and profound. The church comes out of Christ just as Eve came out of Adam
(Gen. 2:21-22).  The first marriage was in the garden of Eden between Adam and Eve.  God put Adam into a deep sleep and then brought forth the beautiful bride, Eve. When Adam awoke he must have been so captivated by the most pure and beautiful vision of loveliness before him that e could imagine. In the same way, the Lord Jesus was put into the “sleep” of death. John chapter 19 tels us ( v34) that after our Lord died on  calvary’s cross, one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water. The apostle John made specific mention of this (1 John 5:6) that not only blood came forth but blood and water also.

The blood that flowed speaks of our redemption, but the water that flowed speaks of washing by his words:
Both the blood and water came out of the Lord’s pierced side: blood and water. Blood redemption, to deal with sins (John1:29; Heb.
9:22) and  for the purchasing of the church (Acts 20:28).  Water is for imparting life, for the washing and the producing of the church (Eph. 5:29-30). The Lord’s death, on the negative side, takes away our sins, and on the positive side, imparts life into us.

When our Lord Jesus awoke ( in resurrection) from the “sleep” of death, He to like Adam was captivated by the most pure and beautiful vision of loveliness before him that He could imagine, The Church, His bride.  So we see that Just as Eve came from the side of Adam to be his bride, even so the church was birthed out of the pierced side of Jesus to be the Bride of Christ.

The Church ( coming out of Christ) has the same life and nature as Christ.   Many Christians know that husband and wife are a type of Christ and the church. However, our hearts need to see the wonder of this revelation in order that our being and our life, and marriages may be changed by it.

For every bride and groom then, the honeymoon is a pure, lovely, God ordained tender time.

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The Power Of The Word of God

The power of the word of God.   It’s awesome!  We can learn to overcome by The Word.   Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, (Rom 10:17). God's word has awesome power

 It’s so important to read, believe and receive the word of God. We need to spend much time meditating on the scriptures. It’s a great practice to “ pray “ God’s word. That way it gets into your heart.

How To Change Circumstances

Whenever you receive, take and believe the Word of God, something not being comes into being. You can prove how to change circumstances.  This is wonderful. Do not say that you are weak, for the more you say that you are weak, the weaker you become, simply because you say that you are weak. However if, by taking the Word, you say, “I am strong,” strength comes into being.
how to change circumstancesDo not say, “I have no power.” The more you say you have no power, the more powerless you become. However, if you say, “Praise the Lord that I have power through the living Word, Jesus,” you will have power, the power that things not being will come into being through the Word.

If you are afflicted with a certain illness, do not think very much about it, ….
Say, “Through the Word I am a healthy person.” If you say this, health, which had no being, comes into being.

The more you say that you lack wisdom, the less wisdom you have. Nevertheless, it is a lie that you lack wisdom. Do you not have the Word?  As long as you have the Word you must declare, “I have wisdom through the Word.” If you claim this, you will have wisdom. We have nothing in ourselves, but we have everything through the Word.receiving life through God's Word

How To Receive Eternal Life

When Adam was created, man was made as a vessel ( an empty container) to contain God as his life. However, by creation he was merely an empty vessel; he did not have genuine life of God. When we are born of our parents we have ” biological ” life – but we do not yet have the eternal uncreated life of God himself. We need to be Born again, (John 3, 3, 5)

 

What kind of life did you have before you received Christ as saviour? It was, at best, a just a temporary life. It was an ” animal, biological life, Before you where born again you did NOT have real life. You did not have the permanent, uncreated life of the eternal God.
But now we are born again the life in Christ we have received is eternal, constant, and permanent. All men need such a life, the divine and uncreated life that is in Christ. This life is for man, and man is the receiver of this life.
Praise God we have been ” born again”

John 1:4 says, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

There is power in the Name of JesusWhen we called on the name of the Lord Jesus, receiving Him into us, the divine life came into our being. Immediately we had the sense of something shining within us. That shining feeling is the shining of life. Because life shines, the life is the light of men. This shining is the strongest confirmation that we have been born of God.

John chapter one verse Verse 5 says, “And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”

Darkness can never overcome or extinguish light, but light dispels darkness. When the light of life shines within us, darkness can never overcome it. We are Christians. We are FULL of God’s light. We are not in the darkness of ignorance, fear and unbelief and depression. We are in the light of understanding, revelation, joy, peace and faith! We are born again by receiving Jesus – “But as many as received Him, to them He gave authority to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (1:12-13).

Being “born again” – The birth described in these verses is not the natural birth which we had through our parents;
Being ” born again” it is the second birth which occurred when we believed in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Believing in the Lord is equal to receiving Him. When I speak of receiving the Lord Jesus, you may say that you have never done that.
However IF YOU SAY THAT , I want to ask you a question: Have you not believed in the Lord Jesus? BE ENCOURAGED IN YOUR FAITH! When you heard His name, did you not believe in it?

Whenever a person truly believes in that dear name, I am certain that, in some way or other, he will say, “Lord Jesus.”
HE WILL call out to the precious and Holy Name of Jesus!
As long as you say His name from the depths of your being, it means that you believe in Him. If you believe in Him by calling on His name, it is proof that you have received Him. And since you have received Him. Since you have received Him, you have received the authority to become a child of God.
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But as many as received Him, to them He gave authority to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).
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Let’s look at verses 12 and 13 once more……..

But as many as received Him, to them He gave authority to become children of God============================================
John 1:12, 13 – But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
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it says …. “who were born, not of blood”.

that means….. that being born into a Christian family with Christian parents does NOT make you a Christian. Your not a Christian because of your ancestry ( blood).
you have to be born again
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it also says ,,,,, “nor of the will of the flesh “…..

That means to cannot become Christian by trying to do good things and improving yourself! God has to give you HIS new life…… and come into you and change you!
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then it also says, “nor of the will of man” what does this mean? It means that no pastor, priest, bishop, pope or holy man can impart life to you. Only JESUS can give you the NEW LIFE. You have to come to HIM and be born again.

Yes my brother or sister.  The power of the word of God.   It’s awesome!  We can learn to overcome by The Word.   Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, (Rom 10:17).

It’s been good to be with you this morning in this room for the short time sharing the word of God.

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The Olive Tree Symbolism

Today we are going to look together at the meaning of the olive tree; the olive tree symbolism in the bible. The Lord Jesus Christ gave me this message. He took me in my mind and heart to meditate on the spiritual lessons that this tree – often mentioned in the bible teaches us. The Lord showed me many wonderful truths as I spent time listening to Him.  For Instance He has made the reality of heaven very real to me!   

Everything in scripture teaches us something; nothing in scripture is arbitary  or in the bible by chance. All scripture is given by God. Paul tells us in 2 Tim 3:16, that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, “.  The symbolism of the olive tree is very profound!

 Olive trees biblical meaning

A HUNDRED YEAR OLD OLIVE TREE

The olive tree is very prominent in Israel and in the writings of sacred scripture. When Israel conquered Canaan under the leading of Joshua, the olive tree was a prominent feature among the flora of the land. The land was describes as – a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; (Deut 8:8).

On the outside, the olive tree may seem rather ordinary – like any other tree in its appearance and size. However the olive is remarkably strong and also remarkably resilient! It can also endure extremes of climate and drought; it can survive in arid conditions which would destroy many other trees! It is also extremely long-lived! There are trees in Israel estimated to be 1000 years old that are still producing fruit! In its old age the tree becomes hollow, but the trunk continues to grow thicker and thicker. At times its circumference can reach up to 20 feet. We will see that all these facts concerning the tree bring us messages from God.

Olive Trees Biblical Meaning

There is an important principle in the study of sacred scripture. This principle has been mentioned by many good bible expositors. It is called ‘the principle of first reference’. What this means is that the first biblical reference to anything in the Word of God throws light upon its message, meaning, symbolism in the rest of scripture.

Noah10DoveThe first mention of the olive is found in the book of Genesis, chapter 8. It refers to Noah sending out a dove from the Ark, after the judgement by God on sinful humanity by the worldwide flood. The dove returned to Noah with a freshly plucked olive branch in its beak.

Gen 8:7 to 11 Then he (Noah) sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth.  He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground.  But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself.  And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earthSo he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.

 Genesis 6 and 7 records the great flood; it tells how mankind has become so wicked, so depraved, that every single imagination of every man was only evil continuously. Mankind had totally corrupted his way upon the earth and God’s heart was broken! Mankind was irrecoverable and the Lord, greieved at heart decided to destroy mankind from then face of planet Earth by means of a great and a universal flood! This flood is recorded by many cultures and peoples.

We know that one man (Noah) found favor in the eyes of the Lord. God told him to build an ark into which his wife and three sons, together with their wives were to enter when the judgement waters of the flood were poured out! Noah was NOT A PROUD man.   Like all men who are humble he was a man of strong faith.   He believed God and started to build a great ship. Noah was a preacher of righteousness and he would have repeatedly warned the men of his generation that they needed to repent and that the flood waters were coming. They mocked him – as he continued in faith you build the ark.   Finally God called Noah and his family to enter the ark and the floods, drowning every living thing upon the face of the earth was poured out!

Noah and his family were safe, borne up by the flood waters – together with the animals that the Lord had instructed Noah to take in the ark with him. When the waters finally abated and the judgement of sinful mankind was complete the ark settled on the mountains of Ararat. The word Ararat denoted holiness.  God had translated Noah and the 7 members of his family from one sinful society – one sinful ‘kingdom’ into new land of deliverance and fresh hope. Into a kingdom of deliverance and righteousness,

The Olive Sprig and Dove

When the ark descended to mount Ararat, Noah wanted to know if the flood waters had abated from the earth.  To ascertain this he sent out birds.   First he sent out a raven and after that a dove,  The dove being a symbol of the Holy Spirit (Matt 17: ), returned to Noah.  The dove being a ‘pure’ bird still could not tolerate the muddy, messy land – so Noah knew that the waters had not yet receded from the earth.

After 7 days Noah sent out a second dove which returned to him with a freshly plucked olive leaf in its beak.  The symbolism of the olive tree is profound!  The olive was a symbol of the ” new life” that had began to reappear on the face of the earth after all the judgement and destruction.    So in this ” principle of first reference” we have a picture of new life ( the olive) brought by the Holy Spirit ( the dove) after God pours out his judgement on the earth.  Jesus will bring peace and new life in his Holy Spirit when he returns to earth after God pours out his judgement ( the waters) on a godless, sinful, Christ – rejecting world!

The scriptures also tell us that when Jesus returns to earth to set up his kingdom and bring new life and peace  his feet will stand upon (guess where?)      Yes !   The Mount of olives!

Zech 14: 3, 4 , Then the Lord will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle.  And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two   ………………………..  .(v9), And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be– “The Lord is one,” And His name one.

The scripture is so well integrated and tied together and every scripture passage, clarifies, enlarges on and ties in harmoniously with every other scripture!

Eternity Planted In The Heart of Man

it’d a profound fact with a deep significance that the United Nations Organization has also adopted the olive as the symbol of world peace.  The meaning and symbolism of the olive as the symbol of the new life of peace Christ will bring is implanted deep in men’s hearts!    The bible tells us that God has actually planted eternity deep in the heart of man (Ecc 3:11).  People know more of eternal things and eternal values tan they care to admit!    When unbelieving men and woman mock the wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ they are resisting the witness of God’s holy Spirit as well as truth that God has implanted deep in their hearts that they need God.  On December 7th 1946 the United Nation approved a map of the world surrounded by olive branches as the symbol of world peace. 

And so, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace will return to this war-torn, disease – ridden, godless, sin-soaked rebellious earth His feet will stand victoriously on the mount of olives.  Our Lord will be King over all the earth.

Grafted Into The Cultivated Olive

Let’s turn to another New Testament passage of scripture which talks about God’s Olive Tree.  Let’s read together Romans 11:17-24.

if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.   You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.”   Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear for if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.  Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.  And they also  the Jews) , if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
For if you ( gentiles)  were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
 
In this passage of scripture, the apostle Paul uses the image of the Olive Tree to speak of the people of God.  After Jesus resurrection, originally, all the apostles and prophets of the Lord Jesus were Jews.  Later (in Acts 10) God begins to call in the gentiles.  When God calls us who are gentiles and we come to faith in Christ, he grafts us the gentiles (v17) into the cultivated olive tree – who are the true people of God.
 
Before Jesus was born and walked this earth the special blessings of God were reserved for Israel.  The gentiles are portrayed in scripture as being without God or any hope in the world  (Eph 2:11, 12)
 
Eph 2:11, 12 –Remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh–who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands- that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

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Trust In God To Do Good

Trust In God Who Loves To Bless

The lovers of The Lord Jesus can surely trust in God to do good to us all.  Paul wrote this to his son in the faith Timothy:

1 Tim 6:17Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.

Trust in the living God

Group Of Friends Enjoying Meal At Outdoor Restaurant

God is a good God. Our wonderful God is NOT some ” cosmic killjoy in the clouds”. He is generous and gives things richly for us to enjoy.

A Beautiful World

God has created a beautiful worldThe song of the birds, the smell of flowers and new cut grass.  The majestic grandeur of lofty mountain peaks.  The peace and stillness of the shades of night.  The refreshing rain.  The awe of thunder and the soft kiss of the breeze.  Our  world is indeed a beautiful world that comes from the hand of ” the God who has given us ALL things RICHLY to enjoy!

God is Love

the joy of human loveThe joy of human love, parental love, brotherly love, sexual love with our wife and husband, the joy of eating and drinking and fellowshipping and laughing with friends.  GOD IS LOVE and All these gifts have their source in him.  He gives us the power to love and Oh, so many blessings he has given to us!  Maybe you would care to share some of God’s wonders you enjoy?

The Abundant Life

And riches too. We can trust in  God who loves to bless with prosperity as well.    Riches are not sinful in themselves. It is only the excessive LOVE of riches when it comes between us and  our love for God is sinful. God desires we live in the abundant life.  Although this abundance is mainly spiritual let’s remember that God made Abraham, Joseph, Solomon and many others rich. In fact the bible says, “you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth (Deut 8:18).  Perhaps you would like to get back to me and share with me how God has blessed you financially?

However we must remember that riches cannot be trusted in! One moment they can be here and the next they can disappear. Remember the recent international bank “crash”?  Twenty five years ago even Christians laughed me to scorn when I prophesied that one day the banks would go bust. But they did! God want’s us to know that we DO HAVE security but our only real security is in Jesus who has promised to meet all our needs if we put him first, (Matthew 6:33).

One final verse to bless you – He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?(Rom 8:32)

God bless you my friend.   I hope this short encouragement has blessed you.  I would LOVE to receive a comment from you.  Alternatively you can contact me on my contact page.  

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What Are The Signs Of A Real Christian Conversion

To answer the question as to what are the signs  of a real Christian conversion,  let’s look together at a man who was probably the FIRST Christian convert.   This was a  sinful man who near death looked to Jesus and received a revelation from God.  We see in his conversion signs of the changes that we expect to see in a TRULY SAVED person.

The thief on the cross with Jesus was maybe the first new covenant convert

The First New Covenant Convert

THE FIRST NEW COVENANT CONVERT

As our Lord Jesus hung upon the cross, two criminals were executed, one on either side of Him.  One of them ‘railed’ against him – the other one had an amazing salvation experience. This was probably the FIRST conversion since the ‘cross’. The Lord is very merciful. He reaches out and calls men to come to Jesus to the last hour! GOD IS LOVE.

Luke 23: 33 – 43, Matthew 27: 38 and Mark 15:27 describe this event. The account as recorded in Mark 15 28 differs in that it says that BOTH criminals raged against him. If this is the case then one had a radical change of heart. (However, serious bible students will find that this verse is omitted from the most reliable source manuscripts).

THE GREAT DIVIDE – DIFFERING ATTITUDES OF TWO CRIMINALS

Both criminals perhaps had heard of Jesus; they might have seen him and listened to his teachings. We do not know.   However we do know that at this hour in history, one of them had a wonderful and amazing revelation from God that changed his eternal destiny.  One saw (at the very least) that Jesus was a righteous King in the kingdom of God. Jesus was the King – coming into his deserved magnificent kingdom.

Jesus divides men into two camps; those that love and accept Him and those that reject and hate him. Jesus himself said ……

Matthew 10 :34 to 36 – Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! No, I came to bring a sword. 35 I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 Your enemies will be right in your own household!

All humanity eventually falls within one of these two camps.

THE VISION OF JESUS

In answer to the question as to what are the signs of a real Christian conversion, one important sign is some “vision”, some appreciation of Jesus loveliness, no matter how veiled that vision may be.  I believe that before anyone comes to Jesus, God reveals something (no matter how dimly at first) of the loveliness of Christ that touches and softens there hearts.   This tortured dying sinner saw by revelation, the majesty, love, nobility and glory of the Master; this presently, crucified tortured Christ. Perhaps he had been in awe and wonder as earlier, Jesus had prayed through his agony  – for his enemies “Father, forgive them – for they don’t know what they are doing!”  This ‘thief’ saw perhaps dimly – but he had such a revelation!

True Repentance Is Never Too Late

As this incident shows us, true repentance is never too late. God strives often with sinners in love to the very end. 
However, this should not encouragement any to any to put off their repentance to their deathbed or to hope that then they shall find mercy and the opportunity  to repent after death.   We must also realize that although repentance is never too late, often the years leave the heart so hard from sinning that the sinner is unable to truly repent! None can be sure that they shall have time to repent at death.

EVIDENCES OF THE CALL OF GOD’S SPIRIT

It is important to understand that although God calls us to a place of decision regarding Jesus, that call is of God. Salvation is ALL of God. Yes, we respond – but it is God’s call. Millions of people are basing there salvation on one so called ‘sinners prayer’. Or, even putting up a hand at a meeting to decide for Christ. OK (just to reassure thse who have prayed such a prayer) – God may use these methods. However, as we look back we can see certain ingredients in our heart attitude that normally comes at the time of the conversion experience. These attitudes grow as we move deeper into Jesus love! Let’s look at some of them: – These attitudes were in the heart of the dying thief.

We must come as empty sinners to Christ.

We Must Come Empty To Jesus Feet

HE CAME ‘EMPTY’- HE HAD NO TIME TO MAKE PROMISES TO REFORM

Another of the signs of a real Christian conversion is coming to Christ EMPTY, offering no good works to help purchase God’s FREE gift of salvation.  He did not make promises – He came as an empty sinner. This guy just came ’empty’. He knew he had nothing to offer except his sinful self. WHEN WE COME TO JESUS WE HAVE NOTHING GOOD TO OFFER HIM. We trust His forgiveness, mercy and grace. The Holy Spirit ‘convicts’ us and shows us our need AND HOPELESSNESS.

God ‘softened’ his heart

He no doubt was a ‘hard – hearted ‘ man. But God gave him a heart that softened at the last. He was just ready to fall into the hands of Satan, was snatched as a brand out of the burning but here, Satan was left to roar as a lion disappointed of his prey. The softness in his heart is illustrated by his response to Jesus sufferings, “This man has done NOTHING wrong!)

In true conversion GOD softens our hearts. We may feel the very nearness and closeness of Jesus. There MAY be tears of sorrow for past sins.

Fear Of hell and Judgement Are Normally Present

Luke 23 :40 – But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Don’t you fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation

When God calls Us We Realise We DESERVE God’s Judgement and Acknowledge The Justice Of God.

Luke 23:41 – And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man has done nothing wrong.

The dying thief admitted that he deserves what was done to him: “We indeed justly”, he said. They may have both suffered for one and the same crime, and therefore he spoke with even greater certainty.

God’s Call Assures Us That Jesus Died Innocently – But In Our Place

He believes Christ to have suffered wrongfully. Jesus had already been condemned in two courts by a totally farcical and unjust system as being te worst kind of deceiver. This penitent thief is convinced, by his conduct in his sufferings, that he has done nothing wrong! We like him, will see Jesus as the SPOTLESS (sinless) sacrifice.
Whether he had before heard of Christ and of his wondrous works does not appear, but the Spirit of grace enlightened him with this knowledge, and enabled him to say, “This man has done nothing amiss”.

Salvation involves A ‘Calling’ On the Name of The Lord

He cried out from his heart! “Lord, remember me when thou come into you kingdom”, (v. 42). Perhaps he never prayed before, and yet now was heard, and saved at the last gasp. We are encouraged to ‘Call upon the Name of the Lord.

Conversion Involves Repentance towards God and Faith In the Lord Jesus

Observe his faith in this prayer. In his confession of sin (v. 41) he discovered repentance towards God. In this petition he discovered faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. He owns him to be Lord, and to have a kingdom, and that he was going to that kingdom,

Salvation Causes Us To Confess Christ Before Men

Acts 20: 20, 21 – I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Jesus The Messiah Name Above All Names

It’s so very wonderful to know Jesus the Messiah,  Name above all names.  However, before Christ Jesus was made Lord He had to  completely empty himself.  

In this article, it is my aim to consider and by the grace of God’s Spirit to expound a little, the depths of anguish and desolation that Jesus had to sink to in becoming a man and suffering for mankind’s salvation.   How obedient at every step he became so that God the Father could highly Him to the highest place, and give to Him the name above all names so that that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, (Phil 2:9).

The steps and accomplishments of ChristThe Steps And Accomplishments of Christ

I want to tell you something very profound and very amazing. It was easy for God to create the universes, but it cost God  EVERYTHING  to redeem the world and save us once sin and death had entered.  God is almighty and he can do anything.  Nothing is beyond his ability to accomplish.  It was easy for God to create the world, the far reaches of the universes and everything that is in them.  All God have to do with the speak the word and it was done. The work of creation was simple for God.   But while it had been an easy thing  for God to create the heaven and the earth – I want to tell you today that it was hard, very hard, very difficult for God to restore the universe  back to the beautiful condition it has been before Satan fell from heaven. It cost God everything.

The Work of The Son In Creation

Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ has many mighty accomplishments and he also has taken many steps to bless us.  One of his  first accomplishments before he came to Earth, was to create both the heavens the earth, the universes, the angels, the stars and everything that exists.

John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

Heb 1:2In these last days (God) has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

So Christ  created  the heavens and the earth.  Every little flower every mountain,  every bird,  every man and woman and every angel was created by the Lord Jesus Christ. Creation was one of The Son of God’s accomplishments.  How great is Christ!

But as I said creation was easy for the Lord.  He only thing he had to was speak things into existence.   At the time of creation everything was beautiful and wonderful.   Everything God ever creates is so beautiful, (Ecc 3:11).   The creation was so perfect that “the sons of God shouted for joy”, (Job 38:7).   

But then something awful happened that marred and spoiled God’s wonderful creation!   The angel Lucifer whom God created to be the heavenly worship leader  and the ‘anointed cherub that covereth’ rebelled against God.  Being lifted up with pride  he tried to usurp God’s throne. He Fell totally.  After satan in his pride and arrogance tried to take over the throne of God a terrible curse fell over the whole universe. The beautiful universe that God had created through His Son and everything wonderful became corrupted and spoilt.  The very earth became a dark void covered with death waters:  Genesis tells us ….

Gen 1:2But the earth became (or “had become”) without form, and void

(Vav..Erets……hayah..tohu…………..bohu;

and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
….choshek………………………tehown)

The Hebrew word for “was” – hayah – is the same word used in Genesis 19:26 where Lot’s wife was (hayah) turned into a pillar of salt.   Hayah is an active word. Furthermore, the word “vav” for “and” can also be read as “but”. In the Septuagint it has actually been translated this way.

Not only had satan corrupted God’s creation, but because Adam and Eve heeded satan’s lies sin also entered into the heart of mankind and filled him with ” darkness”.  And I want to re-emphasize that while it had been an easy thing  for God to create the heaven and the earth –  it was hard, very hard, very difficult for God to restore the universe. and mankind back to the beautiful condition both had enjoyed before Satan fell from heaven. It cost God everything. It cost God everything to restore the universe back to the beauty that is had been before Satan’s fall and rescue man from satan’s dominion.    But I want to talk now about something that happened way back perhaps soon after the universe was created, ( or even before).

The Conference of The Godhead

The Bible clearly tells us that God is a Trinity consisting of three in one;  God is the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit.   The Father the Son and the Holy Spirit are all equal in power and they are all Almighty God.   However, perhaps millions of years ago after the fall of satan, an agreement was made between the members of The Godhead;  An agreement was made between the Father and the Son that the Son would become obedient and submissive to the Father.   
The divine persons of the Godhead came to the understanding that the Father would be the representation of authority. But if there was only authority without submission, authority could not be established, because authority is not something isolated. Hence, there must be submission in the universe.
From that time on, there was a distinction in operation of the Father and the Son. The Son agreed that he would willingly humble and empty Himself to become a created man and submit to God the Fathers will as the representation of submission to authority.

Why did this obedience of  Christ that marked such change and transition from his authority and power have to come about to destroy evil?  We will see that this was a vital step for the Godhead to take if ever the universes and mankind could be freed from satan’s curse caused by his pride and rebellion.   Only by Christ becoming a true man could he wage warfare with satan, overthrow him and also redeem man from his fallen state and sin.

Hebrews chapter two spells this out clearly.

Heb 2:14 to 18 –  Therefore, since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity, so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death

This verse indicated that it was essential for Christ to take on human nature ( flesh and blood) and then accomplish a mighty redemptive death before Satan the death holder could be destroyed and mankind could be from death.

Satan was a mighty created angel,  but nevertheless he was a creature still.   He had rebelled as a creature and only the submission of a creature could establish God’s authority.  Jesus Christ our Lord was willing to become that creature to restore obedience to God’s universe and destroy satan.
Also the man (Adam) that God had created was a noble and wonderful creation;  but Adam (and Eve) where also creatures.  As a creature, man also had rebelled against God and sinned.   Only the submission of a creature could establish God’s authority and  Jesus Christ our Lord was willing to become that creature to restore obedience to God’s universe.

The Great Risk Taken By Our Lord

In being willing to “Let go” heaven and take the path of lowly obedience becoming a man, the Lord took a tremendous risk.   The plan was that through suffering of obedience on earth, having vanquished sin, death and satan God the Father would grant him the NAME and position as a man in the most exalted position.  However, for him to return in that manner he would have to be totally submissive as perfect man, absolutely and unreservedly submitting with no trace of rebellion, being obedient step by step, and letting God bring Him back and set Him up as Lord.  But – he would be challenged, tested, harassed and tried at every step. 

Philippians chapter two, verses six and seven describes how Jesus the Son of God let go of his position and authority. How he left his heavenly position as God and tool on obedience to the Father as a humble man and even a slave.

Phil 2: 6, 7 Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to cling to, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness.

The verses that follow let us know that God the Father exalted him to the heights of heaven and gave him the matchless Name Jesus because of His suffering and obedience. He was made LORD in his manhood as a reward for his perfect obedience and not by the merit of his intrinsic divinity that he had with the Father before he left glory!

Watchman Nee has spoken of his utmost obedience under intense suffering that he was to face leaving heaven’s glory:  – ” Suffering upon suffering was going to have to be piled on Him, but He was going to remain absolutely submissive. When our Lord came to earth there was not the slightest reaction or rebellion.

Because of his faithful obedience, God exalted Him and ushered Him back as Lord in the Godhead. This was not just a refilling of what had been emptied, but the ushering of a MAN into the Godhead by the Father.  Verses 8. 9 of Philippians chapter 2 tell us that:

Phil 2: 8 to 10 – And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross.…Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the name above all names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.

We must always remember that while Our Lord walked the earth he was tempted fiercely with every same temptation that we endure (Heb 4:15). He was made ” flesh and blood” as we are. If the weakness of his human nature had made being a slave too hard for him and he had found submission and obedience impossible he would NOT be able to return AS MAN , as LORD to the throne!   The only other way to return to heaven would have been for Him to force His way back by using the authority and glory of His deity but in this event our salvation would have been impossible. But praise God and glory to our saviour he overcame.

Lets’ now look at the beautiful and perfect human life he lived amongst us and gaze in awe and wonder as we see him overcoming FOR US at every step, enduring trials. being perfected in his humanity and winning us MIGHTY VICTORIES.

 

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The Christian Olympics

Olympic Games

OGIn the history of the Olympic games, now, every four years the great event is hosted in one or other of the cities of the world. The awesome spectacle of the games brings with it an overwhelming ‘electric’ atmosphere. From all around the world billions of people watch the event on TV, not to mention the multitude that are actually present. Among those attending are are presidents, Kings, and monarchs. Flags wave, trumpets are blown and ‘electrifying music fills the air of thousands of cheering spectators.  The contestants will have undergone intensive training.

The crowning awesome moment for each of the victorious athletes is the moment that three stand on the ‘podium’ and receive their medals. To the roar of the throng raising to the skies a gold, a silver and a bronze medal are presented to the victors. Tears of joy flow and laughter abounds!

For the prizewinners, returning to their separate countries, the glory, pride, and exhilaration continue. Again, as they enter the cities, there will be hugs and kisses. Again the Flags will wave, trumpets will blow and ‘electrifying music will fill the air of thousands of cheering and welcoming the prize-winners who no doubt will be given the ‘keys of their respective cities’. Their ‘triumphal entries’ into their city gates will be ‘abundant’ – resplendent!

Let us pause a moment as Christian believers that speaks of a much more wonderful triumphal and abundant entry that is to come to the Christian believer. This ‘abundant entry’ is mentioned in verse 11 of the following scripture portion.

2 Peter 1: 3- 11

3.His (God’s) divine power hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that called us by his own glory and virtue; 4 whereby he hath granted unto us his precious and exceeding great promises; that through these ye may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in that world by lust.

5 Yea, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue knowledge; 6 and in your knowledge self-control; and in your self-control patience; and in your patience godliness; 7 and in your godliness brotherly kindness; and in your brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be neither idle nor unfruitful unto the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he that lacks these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins. 10 Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never stumble: 11 for thus shall be richly supplied unto you the  entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Heavenly Olympic Climax

What a day that will be for the Christian who enters into the ‘eternal kingdom’, hearing the “Well done” from the saviour he loves so much and receiving from his hand his reward for faithful service. A great multitude will be present on that day also, but the splendour of this event will completely overshadow any earthly Olympic celebrations. The city the Christian will enter will in itself be glowing and beautiful beyond imagination. It is the “City of the Living God”, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22); it is the city described in the book of Revelation chapter 21. The study of this city is a theme in itself, however (although it’s biblical description contains much symbolism), it will be a ‘real’, literal and glorious habitation. It will be the city that God has prepared for His people. It is the city that the patriarchs such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and Solomon looked to and waited for. It will be the eternal home of the redeemed, (Heb 13:14).  A glorious throng will be present there also. Myriads of mighty angels will be present to welcome and cheer on the victors.

Hebrews 12:22 – but you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriad’s of angels, and to the universal gathering,

It is interesting to note that the original Greek word for ‘universal gathering’ is ‘paneguris’ and it is actually the same word used to describe the gathering of people to celebrate a public festival such as the Olympic Games.

Right now, as from the beginning of the church age, every believer is engaged in a spiritual ‘Olympic’ combat. Myriad’s of angels are watching; cheering us on, as are those who have ‘gone on before us’ and have been perfected (v 23). The word of God tells us that there is a race to be run.. It exhorts the Christian athlete to discipline himself or herself for combat. Christ Jesus our saviour has promised rewards to his faithful followers. There is a race to be run! There is a mighty battle to be fought!” The Lord is coming soon and His reward is with Him to give to each of His servants according to his fruitfulness’ and faithfulness in this life.

Soon before the ‘bema’ (the judgement seat of Christ – 2 Cor 5:10) before which we all must stand some will receive their ‘ Olympic medals’. Some gold, some silver and some bronze and the angels and the host of heaven will cheer the ‘overcomers’. Amen.   In view of our destiny, we as believers need to ‘train’ for that glorious day. As it is with the natural, so it is with the spiritual; the apostle Paul spoke of this need for spiritual discipline, likening the Christian life to a race for ‘glory’.

Hebrews 12:1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

The Apostle Paul admonished the Christian believers – “And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they [do it] to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible”, (1 Cor 9:25). In a similar way ass the Olympic Athlete is in training so God desires that we ‘submit willingly to the divine ‘trainer’. Our Lord has us in training. If we will submit to His hand, we will develop our spiritual muscles by leaps and bounds. We will grow “in the knowledge of our Lord and saviour, ( 2 peter 3:18 )

Perhaps the greatest need for a runner is ENDURANCE (Stamina). Starting well is great, but it’s the long ‘haul’ that proves the winner in the end. God wants each one of us so much to succeed that He will allow all kinds of circumstances in our life in order to train our endurance. The enemy (satan) throws many obstacles in the path of the Christian. Often these are things meant to upset the emotions of the believer and to ‘distract’ and discourage. In the following pages, much of what we will discuss will be regarding this aspect of God’s training in our lives.

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