JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (8)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: Genesis opens up in time with the revelation of God’s plan of redemption ahead of time. 

In the course of this study, it has been said that deity’s definition of love is not an emotive feeling, but the domain of sacrifice. It has also been said that God’s love will not be God reacting, but God pro-acting. In the course of this study now and the proceeding days, this earlier established fact will be brought to the spotlight with careful scriptural observation. Recall, we said that an understanding of what man did will let us know what he will do which he did and an understanding of how Genesis (the beginning) opens up will show us ahead of time in prophecy what Jesus will do. So that said, let’s begin to hear from Moses (the writer of Genesis) in Genesis 1 from verses 1 to 3, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3). How does this sound? You know, reading these first verses of Genesis 1; it may be difficult to see salvation in there because the first thing that comes into your mind is creation. So, in your mind, it is creation story that you are reading and not salvation or redemption story, because that is how it appears to be. So, most people in a hurry might be saying “how is this salvation when Moses is expressly discussing creation?” even backed up with how Moses started “In the beginning God created…” So, in your minds you might think Moses is saying in the beginning, God created the heaven (the atmospheric heaven) and the earth (the earth space, the planet or universe). And when he now says “And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep…”, in your mind you picture the darkness in the earth there as night and when God now said “Let there be light…” in verse 3, you now think of the day or better still the sun, moon and stars. So with this, you can in a hurry not see redemption or salvation in Genesis 1:1-3 but creation. Thus, in our proceeding studies, we will carefully observe Moses’ words again with the revelation we have in the epistles to bring to the spotlight what Moses was actually communicating. But let’s leave ourselves with a question to ponder on and the question is, if the earth was without form and void; and the word form and void there means “nothing or empty or chaos”, then how come we see waters still in the same verse 2 when the earth was nothing or empty? Let’s ponder on this in anticipation for the subsequent study.   

INSTRUCTION: Never underestimate accurate knowledge.

PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: In the very heart of the beginning is the revelation of God’s redemption plan before time contained in prophetic utterance in time. 

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 4

 JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (7)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s plan of redemption was the real thought and not an afterthought.

In our studies previously, we established that it is not just enough to sing “Jesus came and did it all for me”. It is needful to know what He did actually because there is a possibility of not knowing what He did even after singing “Jesus came and did it all for me”. So, what did He do? Now, whatever Jesus did will be the plan of God and this plan of God will be mapped out before time and manifested in time. Or what He did in time will have been pre-planned by God before time and thus, in this pre-plan, man’s excesses/sin would have been accommodated ahead of time. Thus, this will present a picture of a God that does not react, but pro-acts. Meaning, man’s sin could not have caught God unawares and thus, redemption cannot be seen as a plan B that is why He is omniscience; if He is omniscience and He is not aware ahead of time, that man would disobey Him, then He is not omniscience. For Him to be omniscience will mean He knew ahead of time what choice man will make even after giving man His word, and as a God who knows ahead of that, He must have planned man’s salvation in a man (the man Christ Jesus) ahead of time. But note that He is omniscience or sovereign does not mean He is responsible for the choice man will make. He only knew the choice man would make but He would not be responsible for the choice man would make because as we will see in the course of this study, man was given the autonomy of his will. So, God will not be responsible for what happened to man, man will be responsible for what happened to him because what happened to him will be an offspring of his choice to reject God’s word. Moreover, God will not interfere with his choice because the will of man is an institution that God Himself respects. God will not usurp a man’s will; so, it will be out of place with this analysis done so far to say that it is what God wants that happens. It is not what God wants that happens, it is what man allows that happens; so, thinking that the sovereignty of God means it is what God wants that happens or God is responsible for all that happens will be erroneous. God is sovereign yet He respects man’s choice. God will not force His plan on man because He is sovereign. To do that will be tyranny and God is not a tyrant; and if He were a tyrant, then Adam shouldn’t have had the choice to make between two trees, He should have told Adam, “Adam, come on and eat of the tree of life”. In the course of this study, this little information received in today’s study will open up. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Never know God based on nuances, know Him by His word.

PRAYER: Father, I receive revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Before man came to sin in time, God’s plan of redemption had been before time.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1

JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (6)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: God’s redemption plan is the love of God for man.

Having done some foundational analysis in previous studies about God’s love not being an emotive affection but a domain of sacrifice; now let’s proceed carefully in the subject of study. We have uttered in our words or sang songs like “Just for me, just for me. Jesus came and did it just for me”. And you can see the subject of this study which we have been on is quite literally titled “Jesus did it all for me”. And as we proceed in this subject of study in subsequent days, you’ll discover that the undertone in this subject is the concept of substitution (how one takes the place of another) and this concept of substitution will be seen right there in Isaiah’s prophecy in our key text which we will further examine the New Testament (the Epistles) where we have fulfillment. But it is not enough to sing “Jesus came and did it just for me”, why? This is because you could sing “Jesus came and did it just for me” and still don’t know what He did. Hence, the question you should ask after singing “Jesus came and did it just for me” is, what actually did He do? This is because if you don’t know what He did, you will think that what He did is not what He did and what He did not do is what He did. So, there is need to ask what actually did He do? Now, if what He did was not for Himself but for us, then we will need to ask what we that demanded what He did because in what He did will be the cure of what we did. 

In other words, an understanding of what man (Adam) did and the consequence which followed afterwards will then show us what Jesus will do which He did. And moreover, if what He did was not a reaction (which as we proceed in this studies, it will become clear) but a pro-action; then we need to ask, where do we see in prophecy what Jesus will do before man ever disobeyed God in Genesis 3? In other words, the cure to man’s choice and the predicament of that choice will precede Genesis 3. So, where do we find that cure to man’s state as a result of choice before Genesis 3? That cure to man’s state before Genesis 3 will be what Jesus did. And we will see this is how the bible opens up because right in Genesis 1 is the solution to humanities problem before humanities problem in Genesis 3. Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: Go for the word.

PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: In the substitution of Jesus for us is the reconciliation of humanity back to deity.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: MICAH CHAPTER 7

JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (5

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: Before man ever thought of loving God, God had already loved man with an everlasting love.

We saw in our last study that what man calls love is not what deity defines love to be. In the context and conduit of deity’s definition of love, love is the domain of sacrifice. Love is not seen in what is said, but in what is done. So in God’s view, love is sacrifice; that is, God loves man and in loving man, He died man’s death and then gave man His life. So, it is not “if you love the Lord, jump up, sit down or clap your hands…” Jesus did not clap His hands to save humanity, Jesus died man’s death. So, don’t say clapping my hands shows that I love God or my shouting of hallelujah proves my love for God. You are actually clapping to maintain or (in accordance) to the tempo of the music going on, and also your shouting of hallelujah is your involvement in the service. More so, some folks can be caught up thinking that when we talk about loving God, we are talking about sleeping in the church day and night praying for your problems; that is not loving God. Some folks think because they pray during tarry nights, this shows they love God; meanwhile, all the tarry night prayers were for themselves. When your service to God is quantified, it is nothing in the face of God’s quality of love. When a man brags about how he loves God, it is because he has not understood the context and confines in which deity defines love. The scope of man’s love is so limited; it cannot score points with God. That is why God did not wait for you to love Him before He started loving you. Hence, Paul’s words in Romans 5:8 which reads “But God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”.  

In Romans 8:35, Paul did not say “Who shall separate us from our love for Christ”, rather he said “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ”. So, it is not our love for Christ, it is His love for us. So, when we could not love Him, He loved us and that is why our love today is an offspring of His love for us. Our love for others follows the example of His love for us; He is our prototype, He is our archytype. That said, as we delve into this study in subsequent days, clarity is coming to the fore even as the investigation will get deeper and understanding will be chronologically coming clearer. Hallelujah!    

INSTRUCTION: Stay secured in his love for you.

PRAYER: Thank you dear Lord for loving me unconditionally. I declare that I am secured in this love, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: God our father does not react, God our father pro-acts.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8

JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (4)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: You cannot use love from human perspective to define love from God’s perspective.

In the previous study on this subject, we saw how limited it is to want to define love or the love of God from human view. Truth is, when most folks say they love God, what they are thinking of is this human view of love. They think that loving God is like saying “I love my wife” or “I love my husband”. They are thinking of love founded on feelings and emotions; they are thinking of love as an expression or release of massive rush of hormones such as oxytocin, dopamine, norepinephrine, etc. This is how limited the scope of their love is but obviously, this their view or scope of love is a joke; this is not the kind of love we are talking about here. When we talk about love in the context of deity and divinity, we are talking about sacrifice. That is, we are talking about sacrifice in the terms where it involves a man dying (this is love from God’s perspective). Another joke some people actually exhibit in the name of loving God is when they say “I’m clapping my hands to show that I love Jesus”. So they will say “if you love the Lord, clap very loud”, and you will clap very loud. This is you playing in church when seriousness comes in; you will sit down to know how deity defines love. How on earth do you think that clapping your hands is loving God; can’t unbelievers also clap their hands? Even unbelievers can come to church and also join in shouting hallelujah; so how then do you think or define that as loving God. Clapping or you saying “if you love the Lord, say hallelujah” is just to get the service going or you getting your congregation involved in the service; don’t interpret or define that as love because that is not how deity defines love. John 3:16 did not say that God so loved the world, so He stood up and clapped for mankind or shouted hallelujah! Truth is, if that is what He did, humanity would have been lost in the consequences of his choice which was sin. “God so love the world that he gave…” so, in deity’s definition of love, it is the domain of sacrifice. Hallelujah!    

INSTRUCTION: Where the knowledge of God’s word is concerned, place premium on it.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I declare that the revelation of your word grows big on my inside, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The love of God is the reason that God gave us Jesus.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 53; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3

 JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (3)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: When the love of God is implied, don’t see words, see actions.

In the course of our journey in this study, we’ve come to establish that love in the context or confines of divinity or deity’s interpretation or definition is sacrifice. So the love of God is not an emotive feeling; the love of God is a sacrifice. The reason why many folks have not comprehended this fact of God’s love is that they seem to define or interpret God’s love from human scope or human’s perspective of love. But human’s love cannot be used as litmus test for God’s love, why? 

  • Human’s love is reactionary, God’s love is proactionary.
  • Human love has reasons, God’s love has no reasons.
  • Human love can change over time. God’s love is eternal; that is why He has loved us with an everlasting love.
  • Human love most times or always is based on merits. God’s love is not based on merits, it is unmerited.
  • As far as human love is concerned, when something goes wrong, it can be withdrawn. But God’s love cannot be withdrawn because something went wrong or because you erred, why? This is because His love was not a reaction to your good actions, but rather, it was a pro-action before your good actions. So, it is not good actions (even though good actions are good) that make one merit God’s love, neither does bad actions disqualify a man from God’s love.
  • Human love is because of you (what you did). But God’s love is because of Christ (what Christ did), why? This is because Jesus is the expression of God’s love.
  • Human love is conditional; God’s love is unconditional.
  • Human love is work-based; God’s love is grace-based.

So, having seen that, the scope of man’s love is so limited that it will be injustice on your part to try to view God’s love from the perspective of human love. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Know the love of God.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that my eyes are opened to understand the reality of your love expressed and dispensed in your Son Jesus Christ, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The scope of man’s love is so limited where deity’s definition of love is concerned.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 3

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