JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (2)

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 love is beyond speech, God’s love is an action.

In our previous study, we laid the foundation or framework upon which the trajectory of this study will be navigated towards. It is also important to note that in the undertone of this study is the substitution concept; how that Jesus took our place and gave us His place. And if you carefully observe Isaiah’s prophecy in our key text, you will notice in this concept of substitution implied here (which as we proceed in this studies, this will come to the fore). Recall, what is the key reason for this study? To reveal how much God loves mankind that in His love for mankind, He demonstrated it in sacrifice. That is, God became a man to save man. The creator became the “soter” (the saviour) for “soteria” (salvation) who did the work of “sozo” (the work of saving). Recall, we said earlier that God’s love for mankind is not just found in what He said, but also it is found in what He did. Meaning, in the context of deity’s interpretation or definition of love, love is not just what is spoken, but love is what is done. In fact, still in the context of deity’s definition of love, love is not a song, love is a sacrifice. Meaning, love is not sung (that is, you don’t sing love), love is acted (that is, love is seen in actions or sacrifices; and don’t forget that we are defining love in the context of deity’s definition or interpretation). So, when we talk about “the love of God”, don’t think of love as an aftermath or a bye-product of a heavy burst of hormones, but love is seen in actions; love is not said but demonstrated in what is done. That is, God so loved humanity; that in His love for humanity, He created an enabling environment to back up this love with action. And remember, this action was not a reaction but rather a pro-action; and in this study, the understanding of this fact will come to light. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Being full of the word is for your own good. Go for it!.

PRAYER: Thank you dear Lord for the knowledge of the word that has come my way and that is coming my way. I declare that I am receptive to the revelation of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The proof of love is not words; the proof of love is action.

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

JESUS DID IT ALL JUST FOR ME (1)


“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: In the Old Testament, we could see salvation implied in the prophecies of the prophets.


It is important to note first as we begin our discourse on this subject (Jesus did it all just for me) that salvation is the major theme in the bible. When we say salvation, that is where we see the height or depth of God’s love revealed to humanity. In other words, God’s love to mankind is seen in salvation. That in His love for mankind, God who is the creator will become the Saviour (a change of status; that is, from God to Man) who saves to the uttermost. So, in the course of this study, we will see this love He had for us, what Jesus did for us and we will come to a place of apprehension or comprehension of the fact that:
• God’s love for man wasn’t a reaction.
• Salvation was predetermined before man came to be.
• Before man ever thought of sinning, God already thought of saving man and He mapped out that plan in Christ who is the Saviour that makes salvation available.
• Redemption was not for God; redemption was for man because it was not God who was in captivity but man. In other words, what God did in His redemption plan was not for His benefit, but for man’s benefit.
• The bible opens up with the solution to man’s problem before man’s problem came to be.
• The substitutionary sacrifice which was predetermined before time was necessary for the reconciliation of man back to God.
So, in investigating this, we will in this study come to a place of precision of how God’s love was not just seen in what He said, but also God’s love is seen in what He did. In other words, where love is concerned, then in the context or divinity or deity’s definition of love; love will not just be seen in words, but love will also be seen in the domain of sacrifice. Hallelujah!


INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.


PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I receive zeal and hunger for the knowledge of the word, wherein your love for humanity is unveiled and I, unveiled in the same in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: Love in the context of deity’s definition is not a heavy burst or release of hormones in the human body; rather, it is the domain of sacrifice.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 53; EVENING: MICAH CHAPTER 7

YOU HAVE BEEN LED OUT OF THE FLESH INTO THE SPIRIT (9)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The spirit of God and the spirit of the believer are indistinguishable. They are one and the same.

In our previous studies, we continued in Paul’s flow of thoughts where we began to examine his words in verse 15 of Romans 8 which reads, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father”. Recall, the word adoption differs from the literal scenario where a couple adopts a child. The word “adoption” being translated implies “to place as” or “to be in the position of” or “to be seen as a son”. In Galatians 4:5 and Ephesians 1:5, Paul echoes the same fact to these churches and what should be observed is that each time he explained adoption, he used the words “sons” or “children”. Hence, “adoption” for the believer will mean there is a placement in the stead of the son Christ Jesus; that is, being seen in the same way as Jesus. In essence, the spirit of adoption implies that those in Christ Jesus share the same identity of sons with Christ. The word “Abba” is a word that was used for affection and preciousness; thereby implying source and sustainer. It explains that we are precious to Him and He has affection for us. Thus, the work of the Spirit in the believer is to unfold to him the affectionate relationship He has with the Father (Father-son relationship). Again, Paul explained this in his letter to the Galatian church, it reads “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the spirit of his son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father”. The statement “…God hath sent forth the spirit of his son into your hearts…” implies that His Spirit is in our hearts, and this is the core of our being. Let’s pay attention to Paul’s explanation in verse 16, it reads, “The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16). The phrase “beareth witness with” when translated implies a joint witness or evidence. Hence, the Spirit and our spirit are one and the same. It means two as one witness. That is, you will never be able to distinguish the Spirit of God from the spirit of the believer in Christ. This is the same truth he explained to the Corinthian church, it reads, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit” (1Corinthians 6:17). Therefore, the man in Christ is indwelt by God’s Spirit, this is the Spirit of adoption; he is seen as a son; he is placed as a son. The same way Jesus is seen is the same way this man is seen; this man is the born again man. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: You are a Son of God. Acknowledge it.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for my realities unveiled to me in the revelation of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The born again man has received the spirit of adoption.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 6; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 4

YOU HAVE BEEN LED OUT OF THE FLESH INTO THE SPIRIT (8)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The man in Christ has the spirit of adoption.

In our previous studies on this subject, we came to deduce after careful explanations that what Paul explained in Romans 8 was that the sons of God are led (that is, born) by the spirit of God; they are no longer in the flesh, but in the spirit; by the indwelling of the Spirit which is received at salvation. That is, by faith in the gospel, they (the man in Christ) has mortified the deeds of the body and is alive (the spirit is life). Paul echoes this in verse 10 of Romans 8, it reads “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness”. Now in verse 15, Paul points our attention to a vital fact of the indwelling of the spirit; it reads, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15). Let’s pay attention to the word “adoption”. It is important to point out first that the word “adoption” used here by Paul is not the same as the literal scenario where a couple in need of a child for years gets to adopt a child maybe from an orphanage home or wherever. The word “adoption” here is the word “huiothesia” which implies “to place as” or “to be in the position of” or “to be seen as” a son. This thus differs in meaning to the literal scenario where a couple adopts a child as we said earlier. Paul explained the same fact in verse 15 of Romans 8 in his letter to the churches at Galatia and Ephesus, they read “To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:5). “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself according to the good pleasure of his will” (Ephesians 1:5). Now, a critical point to observe is that every time he explained it (that is, adoption), he used the words “sons” or “children”. So what could this tell us? Let’s see what this tells us in the proceeding study. Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: Knowledge is key, go for it.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that the eyes of my understanding are enlightened in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: How effective your Christian walk is, is equivalent to how much you understand your realities encapsulated in the written word.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 4

YOU HAVE BEEN LED OUT OF THE FLESH INTO THE SPIRIT (7)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The deeds of the body are mortified by faith in Christ.

From our previous study, it was established that the flesh (in Romans 8) refers to the nature of sin. And thus, when Paul spoke about the deeds of the body in Romans 8:13, he was not referring to the physical body but the body of sin; Romans 6:6 brings this to the spotlight, it reads, “knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin”. Paul in Galatians 5:24 lays further credence to this, it reads “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts”. The man in Christ is dead to sin and alive to God, by faith in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Thus, in Romans 8:13, the statement “deeds of the body” refers to “the body of sin” (in Romans 6:6). Hence, mortifying the deeds of the body through the spirit is the New Birth, which is why he concluded the statement with “…ye shall live”. He explained this further in verse 14 which reads “For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14). Recall, the word “led” which is the word “ago” in the Greek implies to be carried, to be born. So in context, Paul was explaining being led from the flesh into the spirit; this is the New Birth. In other words, Paul explained that Sons of God are led (born) by the Spirit of God (they are no longer in the flesh, but in the spirit; by the indwelling of the Spirit received at salvation). That is, by faith in the gospel, they have mortified the deeds of the body and are alive; the spirit is life. This is what Paul was explaining, this is the reality of the man in Christ. This man is led (that is, born) by the Spirit of God. The spirit is the nature of this man. By faith in Christ, this man has mortified the deeds of the body (the body of sin). This man (indwelt by God’s Spirit by faith in Christ at salvation) is death to sin and alive to God. Hallelujah! I have been led from the flesh into the spirit. I now have the spirit as my DNA; my nature; the very core of my being. Glory to God forever more.    

INSTRUCTION: Let your realities fill up your entire mind till nothing else matters.

PRAYER: Thank you father for opening the eyes of my understanding into my realities in your son encapsulated in your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: At salvation found in the resurrection, the new creation was moved from the flesh into the spirit.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 7; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8

YOU HAVE BEEN LED OUT OF THE FLESH INTO THE SPIRIT (6)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.

LIGHT FOR NOW: The man in Christ is dead to sin and alive to God.

Having seen that the word “led” means to be born, then to be led from the flesh into the spirit means to be born again. In other words, the believer (the man in Christ; whom is indwelt by the Spirit) has been led from the flesh into the spirit; thus, he cannot live after the flesh, because he is alive in the spirit. Hence, Paul explained in verse 13 which reads “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”. Thus, the flesh refers to the nature of sin and thus, the deeds of the body in context were not referring to the physical body, why? This is because he had explained earlier in chapter 6, it reads “God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not that so many of us were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we should also live with him: knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more, death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likeiwse, reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:2-11). Notice the statement in verse 6, “…that the body of sin”. So the deeds of the body in context were not referring to the physical body but the body of sin. The man in Christ is dead to sin and alive unto God, by faith in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. I am dead to sin, I am alive to God. Glory to God forever more. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: You have the nature of Christ; let this occupy your mind.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your Spirit that dwells in me which has imparted into me your very nature and life. I give expressions to this nature in my walk on earth, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Faith in Christ is how a man is led from the flesh into the spirit.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 3

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