'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
6/8/2019 0 Comments
The 'Blessed Hope'
Now, as I promised, let us further explore the 'meaning' of 'abundant life', and other 'asides' we said we would get to in future posts. Let us do this topic before we get too carried away, as we humans are prone to do. What is Jesus talking about when He speaks of 'abundant life'? Does it mean, I can have everything and anything I want; be and do anything I want to be or do?
What did Jesus mean when He said, in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
You see, unlike a thief, the Lord Jesus does not come for selfish reasons. He comes to give, not to get or to take. He comes that people may have 'life in Him' that is 'meaningful, purposeful, joyful, and eternal'. We, each of us, receive this abundant life the moment we accept Him as our Savior. [Be sure to check out the 'devotions' this Sunday, June 2, 2019.]
As we explained previously, this word “abundant” in the Greek is perisson, meaning “exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more, superfluous, a quantity so abundant as to be considerably more than what one would expect or anticipate.” And remember, Jesus also said to those in His day, and for us, today, 'my kingdom is not of this world'. [John 18:36-37] The Apostle Paul made it clear who the 'god of this world' is at 2 Corinthians 4:4, to wit: 'Satan'. So then, 'abundant life must be something different.
And, it is. In short, Jesus promises us a life far better than we could ever imagine, a concept reminiscent of 1 Corinthians 2:9: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” The apostle Paul tells us that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, and He does it by His power, a power that is at work within us if we belong to Him [Ephesians 3:20].
And, please see this - 'this abundant life' begins the moment one comes to faith - not just for the future!!!
Therefore, as some have erronenously done, before we begin to 'name it and claim it', having visions of lavish homes, expensive cars, worldwide cruises, private jets and the like; or, more money than we know what to do with, we need to pause and think about what Jesus teaches regarding this 'abundant life'.
Remember, Jesus was hated because He did not relieve the Jews of the oppressive Romans at the time of His first coming, as they were waiting for 'the Messiah' to do in accordance with their 'interpretaion' of the Holy Scriptures. Nor did He establish a 'world kingdom', among other 'expectations'. He came to 'preach the Truth' and 'the Good News' or 'Gospel of God'. Specifically, Jesus came to preach the very thing Mark described in 1:14–15, namely, 'the gospel of God'. While the signs and wonders our Lord performed testified to 'the truth' of 'His message', they were not ends in themselves. In fact, a miracle does no ultimate good for the people who receive it if they reject the gospel. Preaching the truth about the kingdom of God and how one may receive it by trusting only in Christ formed the bulk of His message, and this message of faith and repentance surpassed all of Jesus’ miracles in terms of importance.
Note, however, that 'this message' cannot be separated from 'His work of atonement'. Jesus “came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:1–10), and 'this salvation' comes through the pouring out of His blood “for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matt. 26:26–29).
In coming to preach the gospel of God, Jesus came to preach Himself. He came as both the messenger and the message—without the atonement, there is no good news to proclaim. And when this good news is proclaimed accurately, it pushes back the kingdom of darkness, as we see in the mention of exorcisms alongside Jesus’ preaching ministry in Mark 1:39. He is 'the propituation' for the 'sins of the world'.
[Isaiah 2:4; 11:1; 43:5-6; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Daniel 9:24-27; Zechariah 14:9; Matthew 2:1; John 1:19-28; 4:25.]
[For more, see in Isaiah, 'the Suffering Servant Songs', that describe the service, suffering, and exaltation of the Servant of the Lord, the Messiah. All four songs show the Messiah to be God’s meek and gentle Servant. He is a royal figure, representing Israel in its ideal form; He is the high priest, atoning for the sins of the world. Isaiah predicts that this Servant of the Lord would deliver the world from the prison of sin. In the royal terminology of the ancient Near East, a servant was a “trusted envoy,” a “confidential representative,” or “one who is chosen.” The Servant Songs are found in Isaiah 42:1–9; Isaiah 49:1–13; Isaiah 50:4–11; and Isaiah 52:13—53:12. Of Course, the 'Risen Lord', who is 'King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who will return soon, is clearly and gloriously shown to us in 'The Revelation'! Quite a difference!]
Then, remember, that Jesus said specifically, 'My kingdom is not of this world' or 'age'. [John 18:36-37] And further, and more precisely, who is 'the god of this world age'? [2 Corinthians 4:4, Hasatan] Further, Jesus specifically taught that you 'could not serve God and mammon'. [Luke 16:13]
I shall break for this post for today. Please take the time to carefully study all the given passages and others the Holy Spirit may 'draw you too', to understand for your selves what has been said. Pray, 'Lord open my spiritual eyes to understand the marvel of these words, in the Blessed and Most Precious Name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen. Amen.
All 21st Century Matters Abraham 'Abraham/Isaac/Esau/Jacob 'Abraham Series' The Father Of The Faith' 'Addendum Series' 'All Intercessors! 'Amazing Grace'! Amazing Love An Ancestor Of - Jesus 'Ancestors Of Jesus' Archive Review Belief Belief. Trusting 'Believers/Non Believers Relationships 'Believers/Non-Believers Relationships Bible Study For Christian Living Biblical Literacy Biblical Marriage Bi Monthly Devotions Bi-Monthly Devotions 'Blessed Hope' 'Blessed Rainbow' 'Blessings' 'Blessings Of Israel' Born Again Celebration Of 'Mothers' Chastity Chastity In Life 'Children' 'Chilkdren 'CHOICES HELL OR HEAVEN' 'CHOICES - HELL OR HEAVEN' Christian Christian Living Christian Rewards 'Co-Heir' 'Comfort' 'Comments' Genesis 39 Common Heritage 'Consequences Of A Hard Heart' 'Consequences Of A Hard-heart' Covenants 'Covenants' 'Covenant Sign' Crowns And Rewards Crowns/Rewards Death Death And Immortality 'Death And Mortality' Deception Devotions 'Devotions' Disciples Discipline Or Habits Doubt Dying Envy 'Esau' 'Esau's Land' Eternal Life ETERNAL SALVATION Exalted! 'Examine Our Hearts' 'Exodus' 'Exodus' Or 'departure' Faith 'Families' 'Family 'Family Reconciliation' 'Feast In The Word' 'Fellowship In The Lord' 'fight Or Flight' Followers Of Jesus Christ 'Forgiveness - Reconciliation' For Service 'Genealogies Are Important To God' 'Generations' God God Died For Me! God Has His Way Through Nature.' 'God Is Our Peace' 'God Says God's Escalating 'Judgments' 'God's Faithfulness' 'God's Guidance Is Always - Best' God's Judgment 'God's Judgment Of Enemies' 'God's Longsuffering' 'God's Love For The Jewish People' 'God's Omniscience' 'God's Physical Redemption' God's Provision 'God's Spiritual Redemption' 'God's Will' God V. Demons 'God Will Protect And Provide' 'Going Home' 'Grace' Grace Not Works Gratitude To God 'Growing In The Grace And Knowledge Of God 'Growing In The Grace And Knowledge Of The Lord' 'Habits To Draw Closer To God' 'Hatred Heading Towards And Beyond The Crucifixion Of Jesus Christ Heaven He Is Returning 'Home-Coming' 'Immorality' 'In His Word' 'In The Beginning' In The Topics Room From 2018 'Israel' 'Israel Sites' It Is Finished! 'Jacob' Jacob Returns Home 'Jacob's Generation' Jealousy' Jerusalem Sites Jesus 'Jesus Jesus Christ 'Joseph' 'Joseph And His Brothers' 'Joseph' As 'savior' JUBILEE 'Judah' Judgment 'Land Possessions' 'Lessons In Studying The Bible' Less We Are Decieved! 'let My People Go!' Life After Death 'Light Vs Darkness' 'Links For Review' Lot Lot And Family 'Man's Rebellion' 'Man With A 'dream' Maturing In Jesus Meditate 'Meditation' 'Memorization' 'Memorization Of Scriptures' 'Milk And Meat' 'Milk/Meat' Of The Word 'Miraculous Appearances' 'Mission - Under Devine Orders' Mortality/Immortality Mortality Or Immortality 'Moses' 'Moses And Aaron' 'Moses Being Called' MY REDEEMER No Greater Love Exists! No One Is Left Out' 'On Mortality' 'Parental Responsibilities' 'Passing The 'torch'. 'Passing The Torch' 'Passover Meaning' 'Peace' Perseverance 'Post-Script' Praise Prayer 'Praying For Understanding' 'Praying With Fervor' 'Pray Without Ceasing' 'Promotion Comes From The Lord 'Protecting Children' 'Providential Care' Providentially' 'Rachel 'Reaping And Sowing' 'reaping And Sowing' Judgment' 'Reconciliation' 'Reconciliation' And 'Going Forward' 'Redemption' Reflections Repentance Or Stubborn? 'Resisting Temptations To Sin' Restoration Salvation Sanctuary 'Seeking Forgiveness' Sex 'Sex And Sin' Sexual Purity 'sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God' 'Slowly And Devotionally' 'Sodom And Other Cities' 'songs Of Our Faith' Songs Of Remembrance Of Faith 'Songs Of The 'Blood' 'Spiritual Discipline' 'Spiritual Disciplines' 'Spiritual Gifts' Spiritual Gifts Spiritual Habits Or Disciplines Spiritual Training Spiritual Warfare Stress Suicide 'Symbols Of Good Vs Evil' 'Taking Risks For The Benefit Of The Family Unit' Tenacious FAITH! The Abundant Life 'the Apple Of God's Eye' 'the Beginnings' The 'Beloved Wife' 'The Blood' 'The Bride Of Christ 'the Building Of A Nation' 'the Call Of Moses' 'the Command Will Of God' 'the Commission To Moses And Aaron' The Contest Between God And Pharaoh The Cross The Cross Is Empty 'the End Of One Generation' 'the Exodus' 'the Faithfulness' Of God The 'Faith Walk' The Generation Of - Abraham The Heritage Of The Lord 'the Jacob Generation' The King' 'THE LAND OF GOD' The Land Of Israel 'The Last Week In Our Savior's Life' The Life And Times Of Abraham 'the Long Resisting Of The Unrepentant' 'the Longsuffering Of God' The Lord's Supper Then 'The New Testament' 'the Passover' The Passover The Plaques Of Egypt The Resurrection Of Our Lord And Savior! The Sons Of Jacob 'the Sovereign LORD Is At Work' 'The Will Of God' Today To Draw Closer To God 'True Love' 'Trust And Obey' Trusting 'Types' 'Vengeance Belongs To God' Waiting On The Lord 'walking On Dry Land In The Midst Of The Sea-bed' Welcome To All 'What Happens When A Person Dies?' What Love! 'When God Counts When God Hardens The Heart 'when God Remembers' 'When God's Way Does Not Make Sense' 'When The Heart Is - Hardened' When They Are Your Enemies' 'When Visions Come To Pass' 'will Of God' 'Wisdom' 'You Must Be Born-Again'! 'youth Lacks Wisdom'
Welcome to 'my house', 'my life' 'in Jesus Christ'.
Let's have 'tea'. Come in, come in! Get comfortable.
So, you want to know what it is like to be a 'follower' of Jesus Christ? Well, I am so thrilled to tell you.
It is the best life you can ever live. You become a child of the Living God, the Greatest Father in or out of this world, unto eternity.
To contact us, use the contact forms on any of the main page of any room. Let me hear any comments, suggestions. Thank you.
So, welcome to all the 'rooms' where 'themes' will guide you to understand a 'life in the Faith of Jesus Christ'. Come as often as you like - 24/7 days per year. Thank you, and let me hear from you with any suggestions or questions. Satira M. Quarles