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The Bible Message to All:  Part 3 - the Summation

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

 

What the simple Bible truth is

 

With all that we have read, are we starting to understand what the Bible is really telling us?

 

Yes, it tells us that sin exists and must be accounted for just like any other universal equation which must be balanced, and it is only the atonement of Jesus the Son of God and His Messiah that does this to reconcile us with God.  However, the Bible is telling us much more than this. 

 

The Bible’s message is often called God’s love letter to us – fallen and sinful mankind.  This love letter is composed of two parts, the Old and New Testaments – the Tanakh and B’rit Hadashah.  Like a play or a movie, one cannot see the beginning and bypass the ending or they will not know what ultimately happens and how things will end.  Also, one cannot just catch the ending while ignoring the beginning or nothing will mean anything or make sense.  They are together for a reason; one does not replace the other, but they work together and make up one whole.  The Bible reveals to us the tapestry of the history of creation from beginning to end, with God's plan of salvation to reconcile His creation to Himself through His son. 

 

That the Bible is called God's love letter to us is not some “cute” term or description, but it is so, so true and hits very close to home.  Many people may know in their heart of hearts, maybe even subconsciously, what God is telling us in the Bible, but the profoundly deep significance of the Bible’s message is usually overlooked. 

 

 

How close to home is the Bible’s message? 

 

 

Ask yourself and then honestly answer yourself this question: 

 

What is the greatest act of love we can possibly do for another person?  Think….

 

More often than not, the answer comes back to death.  The greatest act of love we can ever do for someone is if we are willing to die ourselves so that someone else may live. 

 

Then ask and answer yourself another question:

 

What is the greatest feeling of love you can possibly have for another person?

 

More often than not, the answer can only come from a parent, because giving life to a child is an unimaginable joy.  Giving life is one of the most awesome expressions of love and also produces the most powerful emotions of love to which nothing else can compare.

 

 

These two questions and answers come together when we say we are willing to die so that our children may live.  Almost all parents would say this. 

 

If this is what we are willing to do in human terms, then what about God? 

 

 

Please recall everything that the Bible has told us: 

 

God is love; Jesus is the Word of God which is the very expression of what is within the mind and heart of God; God created all things through His son; Jesus, the Son of God, said there is no greater love than if one dies for others and He dies for all of us to give us the gift of eternal life; Jesus is the image of God and the exact representation of God’s nature; Jesus is the only way to God;  if we love God we would love His son Jesus; and all good and perfect things come from God.

 

Since the Bible says man is made in the image of God:  if man is willing to die so others may live and this selfless act of love and altruism is considered to be heroic and the greatest display of love we know, then how much more magnified infinitely would this be something God would also do?

 

 

The Bible’s message is that our Heavenly Father God is willing to die for His children – me and you.  It is proof of what God is love means.  It is all about God’s love for us to save us from sin and death.  He is willing to die to save His creation. 

 

However, our Heavenly Father is immortal and cannot die (1 Timothy 1:17; 1 Timothy 6:16). But His holy Word proceeds forth from Him, and the divine only-begotten Son of God from the days of everlasting (Micah 5:2), is God’s express image.  Therefore, Jesus is also love as His father is love, and Jesus is also willing to die to save us from sin and death.  The two are of the same mind and are in agreement. 

 

God provides the redemptive sin atonement for His fallen creation in the only way possible: giving up a part of Himself, His very own Word, His exact image – His only-begotten son, comes forth and is willing, and does, die for all of God’s creation.  He redeems everyone and everything by His perfection, because He is without sin. 

God was in Christ to reconcile the creation to Himself:

 

2 Corinthians 5:

18   Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,

19   that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.   (NKJV)

 

 

This is why Jesus is the only-begotten Son of God and the Word of God who is the exact image and representation of all God is. God is love and there is no greater love than when one dies for others.  Like father, like son. 

 

This should not surprise us, because for example, firefighters often pass down from generation to generation.  If a fire chief is willing to die to save all the people in a burning building, then would not his firefighter son, to whom he has taught everything and is his split image, also do the same?  The fire chief would also understand why his son would do such a thing.   If a firefighter is willing to lay down his life to save lives physically, then how much more would the only-begotten Son of God lay down His life to save all mankind spiritually and for all eternity?  Then how much more would Jesus, the Word of God, do the same as His father would?

 

His son was in the form of God, but yet became a man to atone for our sins – one dying for the sake of all mankind, all creation (as we read earlier in Philippians 2:5-8):


Philippians 2:

5   Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

6   who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7   but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

8   Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.   

(NASB)


 

This is why also all judgment goes to Jesus and He is the way, the truth and the life.  It is why if we love the father, we will love the son whom He sends in His name.  Jesus, the Son of God is the exact image of His father and does exactly what His father would do.  As this son, Jesus is the heir of everything who has purchased our freedom and the restoration of all creation by paying the ultimate price with His blood.

 

 

The Bible message is the love of God and the extreme lengths that the Creator goes to in order to save His fallen creation. These extreme lengths include and are magnified by the fact that He would even give His only-begotten son to do it, and His son Jesus who is the express image of God, willingly gave up His deity to humbly come in the flesh to die for our sins.  The son only does what His father would do.  Doing what His father would do includes doing the one thing His father would, but cannot do – die, for the creation. 

 

So not only is the Heavenly Father willing to die for His creation, but His son Jesus is exactly like Him and is willing to do so, as well, and He sacrifices Himself to save us all.  God also has to undergo the pain of seeing His son suffer and die.  We should be all the more grateful that the Lord Jesus Christ did what He did, because He is still His very own person and has His own thoughts and ideas.  He was given a choice and He chose to suffer and die for us:

 

John 10:

14   "I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,

15   even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

16   "I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice;

           and they will become one flock with one shepherd.

17   "For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.

18   "No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative.

           I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.

          This commandment I received from My Father."  (NASB)

 

 

God provides a redemptive death by giving us a part of Himself by creating the family structure whereby the father gives all things to his heir.  As God created all things through His Word, His son, it can truly be said in the cases of both father and son that the Creator dies for His creation; the son is completely justified and deserving of inheriting all His father gives Him as the one true heir.  It is through His son that God expands His family by adopting us to share in the inheritance He has given to His son.  As fellow heirs and children of God, we are to be holy and blameless, too, following the example of the one true heir, the sinless only-begotten Son of God:

 

Hebrews 1:

1     God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,

2     has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things,

      through whom also He made the worlds;   (NKJV)

 

2 Peter 3:

13   Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens

          and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

14   Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace,

          without spot and blameless;  (NKJV)

 

Ephesians 5:

22   Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

23   For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church,

          He Himself being the Savior of the body.

24   But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

25   Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

26   so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

27   that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; 

          but that she would be holy and blameless.

28   So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies.

          He who loves his own wife loves himself;

29   for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,

30   because we are members of His body.

31   For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife,

         and the two shall become one flesh.

32   This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

33   Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself,

         and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.   (NASB)

 

 

This is why the Bible says God and His son, His truth, should be held above everything – even ourselves and our family.  Why?  It is because God is our first and original love, the first family we are part of: He is our heavenly father and we are to be wed to His son as the bride of Christ.  God’s Bible truth is not a religion; we do not “belong” to a religion.  God’s Bible truth is simply the truth; it is the way and the life; and as the bride of Christ we are members of the body of Christ.


Even though we are already infinitely blessed to have a heavenly father who loves us so much, can our fragile minds even grasp the truth that this blessing is actually doubled, because God’s son Jesus is exactly like Him and loves us with this same love and suffers and dies for us?

 

Jesus loves us so much that it was His own choice to leave the glory of heaven and give up His own divine glory to suffer and die for us in order to cleanse us and wipe away the blood-red account of our sins:

 

John 1:

9     That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

10   He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

11   He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

12   But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

13   who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.    (NKJV)

 

John 17:

5   "Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.    (NASB)

 

 

Jesus Christ is life and in Him we have our hope.  He has overcome death so that those who hope in Him will also overcome:

 

John 16:

33   These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation:

       but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.   (AKJV)

 

1 John 5:

4     For whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.

5     Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?   (AKJV)

 

 

Because of His sacrifice on our behalf and the power of His resurrection from the dead, we will overcome death, too, and be changed to be like Him.  We will have eternal life and be with God and Christ forever:

 

1 John 3:

2     Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be,

        but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

3     And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.    (NKJV)

 

Revelation 22:

1     And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2     In the middle of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bore twelve manner of fruits,

       and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3     And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

4     And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

5     And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light:

        and they shall reign for ever and ever.    (AKJV)

 

 

The Bible message is about love: God’s transcendent and sacrificial love for the ones that He loves.  He bends over backwards, as it were, to save us.

 

This Bible message rings true and touches our hearts.  It is proof that God exists and we are made in the image of God, because simply put: God is only doing what we would do (in our human terms), but He does it on the most grand and all-encompassing scale – an infinitely higher and eternal plane.  In other words, we have similar love and morality as God’s, because we are made in His image.  

 

It is evidence that the laws of the universe/creation include God’s spiritual and moral laws. Just as we would die for our loved ones or children so that they may live, God does the very same for us in the only way He can do it. 

 

The Bible message to all, the gospel from beginning to end, in the Old and New Testaments (Tanakh and B’rit Hadashah) is the unfolding of God’s great loving action through His son who is just like Him --- the greatest rescue mission ever set in motion to deliver all creation and mankind, His loved ones, from the clutches of sin and death.

 

 

God loves us so much and wants us to be with Him for all eternity as it was always meant to be, and He has provided everything for us in our redemption from sin: the atonement and resurrection of His son Jesus, who is just like His father, and willingly gave up Himself so that we might live – forever, since He has conquered the evil one, sin and death.  Our faith in the Word of God, the only-begotten Son of God and Messiah is what makes us able to follow in the footsteps of His son – not just how to live here now, but how we will live in all eternity.

 

This simple Bible truth is wonderfully demonstrated in the living parable that He has placed in our midst to show us His love and power, His promise and our destiny.  If we believe in Jesus and are alive at His return to establish the Kingdom of God, we will be changed to be like Him.  However, even if we are dead, God shows us in the living parable of the caterpillar and butterfly that what has died in the old body will be raised up in new life and an altogether new and different body – our once mortal and perishable bodies will become immortal imperishable bodies (see 1 Corinthians 15:42-55; Philippians 3:20-21 above).

 

No longer are we earthbound and weak in our selfish appetites and sin, but we will be released from bondage and will be free:  attaining to the heavenly, holy, given new and eternal life, and giving life in return, because all creation awaits eagerly for our redemption to also be redeemed (see Romans 8:18-23 above).

 

 

The Bible tells us that love is greater than death and is indeed greater than all things. God is love.  God's son Jesus, the Word of God and only-begotten son, is an exact image of God and is also love.  God in Christ conquered death so that we may have eternal life and we need no longer fear death (as we read in Hebrews 2:14-18):


Hebrews 2:

14   Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

15   and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

16   For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.

17   Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

18   For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.   

(NASB)

 

 

God is supernatural and can override natural laws, but His holiness cannot alter His own spiritual laws.  Love is the supreme spiritual and moral law, because God is holy and God is love: love is holy and above all just as God is holy and above all.  This is why love does not cancel out God’s commandments – both love and His commandments are holy; and it is through the commandments we know how to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and our neighbors/fellow man as ourselves.  He made a way for us to be redeemed and reconciled to Him and one day, we will see Him face to face and know Him fully:

 

1 Corinthians 13:

1    If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don't have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

2    If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith,

       so as to remove mountains, but don't have love, I am nothing.

3    If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don't have love, it profits me nothing.

4    Love is patient and is kind; love doesn't envy. Love doesn't brag, is not proud,

5    doesn't behave itself inappropriately, doesn't seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil;

6    doesn't rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

7    bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8    Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with.

       Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with.

9    For we know in part, and we prophesy in part;

10   but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with.

11   When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man,

       I have put away childish things.

12   For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully,

        even as I was also fully known.

13   But now faith, hope, and love remain --- these three. The greatest of these is love.   (WEB)

 

 

It is through Jesus that we can know our father God fully.  It is through Jesus that we no longer see through a dimmed mirror, but the light of God’s truth reflects brightly upon the mirror onto us, giving us His truth, light and everlasting life. 

 

Jesus is patient, kind and humble. He did not seek His own way, but His father's way. He does not find joy in unrighteousness, but only finds joy in truth.  He bears all things --- all our sins upon Himself, and endured suffering and death for us.  Just as love never fails, Jesus is victorious and conquered death so the sting of sin and death will forever be no more. 

 

Jesus is the only one without sin and He loves us so much; it is awesome, overwhelming and indescribable.  He is love personified.  He died for us.  He lives for us.  One day we will be where He is and He is at the right hand of our Heavenly Father. 

 

What makes Jesus unique is because of who He is.  He is the Son of God who is the exact representation of the character of His father.  So when we look at the holiness and righteousness of Jesus, we are in fact looking into the nature of God Himself.  

 

Truly, who is most like his father but a son?

 

 

 

New Creations with nothing to fear

 

People all over the world, regardless of ethnicity, sex, age, religion, etc. have a decision to make.  The end times are upon us and things are getting worse every day. We must be grounded in the truth and dig deep within ourselves and not deceive ourselves. We must find out what is most important in our lives.

 

How much does the purpose of our lives mean to us?

 

How much does eternal life mean to us?

 

How much does truth mean to us?

 

How much does God and our relationship with Him mean to us?

 

 

The Bible boldly declares that God’s truth is all about His love for His creation and how though it is fallen, God works to reconcile and restore it to Himself through His only-begotten son Jesus.

 

From the very beginning the principles of atonement for sin are given to us. The only way that sin and death can forever be erased from our account and destroyed is if the atonement is greater than sin and death. This atonement must be without sin, without blemish. It must be perfect and its perfection substitutes for our imperfections. This atonement is accomplished in the person of Jesus when He laid down His life for us.

 

His righteousness has become our righteousness, that we may have eternal life. By His sacrifice – His wounds for us, we are healed and the disease of sin and death are destroyed. We overcome and can live forever, because He has overcome for us:  

 

Revelation 2:

11 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

     He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death." '   (NKJV)

 

Revelation 3

5   'He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life,

    and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.    (NASB)

 

 

The Lord Jesus is the one who has removed the penalty of death for our sins and He is the same one who forgives you and has the power to take you out of your sinful lives now, no matter what it is. Be honest with yourself and do not be afraid --- repent! Our lives are temporal and not about the here and now; we are meant for much, much more.

 

Jesus extends an invitation. To all who are weary and burdened, He will give you rest. His burden is light and His rest is eternal joy:

 

Matthew 11:
28    "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

29    "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30    "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."   (NASB)

 

 

As a groom to His bride, for His people He has prepared a place for them in the house of His father:

 

John 14:

2     In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?

3     And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.   (ESV)

 

Ephesians 2:

4     But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

5     even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

6     and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

7     so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

8     For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

9     not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

10   For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,

       which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

 

 

So let us not be swayed by this world with all its weak and fleshly desires. Let us not be in bondage to false religions, ideologies and traditions created by men, where men make themselves as gods and make gods after their own images. No, we must forsake what is evil and return to the one true God of the Bible:

 

Galatians 4:

6     And because you are children, God sent out the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, "Abba, Father!"

7     So you are no longer a bondservant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

8     However at that time, not knowing God, you were in bondage to those who by nature are not gods.

9     But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God,

       why do you turn back again to the weak and miserable elemental principles,

       to which you desire to be in bondage all over again?   (WEB)

 

Romans 12:

21  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.   (NKJV)

 

Luke 12:

15   Then He said to them, "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed;

        for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions."

16   And He told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man was very productive.

17   "And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?'

18   "Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones,

        and there I will store all my grain and my goods.

19   'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come;

        take your ease, eat, drink and be merry."'

20   "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you;

       and now who will own what you have prepared?'

21   "So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."   ( NASB)

 

1 Timothy 6:

10   For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness,

     and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.   (NKJV)

 

 

Again, this earth is temporary and we are just strangers here; just pilgrims passing through, but the one with faith and does the will of God, will live forever in His kingdom:

 

Hebrews 11:

13   These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them,

       and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

14   For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

15   And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from where they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

16   But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: why God is not ashamed to be called their God:

        for he has prepared for them a city.   (AKJV)

 

John 12:

25   He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.

26   If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me,

        him will my Father honor.   (AKJV)

 

1 John 2:

15   Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16   For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life,

        is not from the Father, but is from the world.

17   The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.   (NASB)

 

 

Because this world is under the influence of Satan, the enemy, believers in the Bible will be persecuted. This has happened all throughout history and is occurring even now in many areas of the world. In the end times, this will not change, but will be the worst it has ever been. And let us not be deceived – to make Jesus anything less than what He Himself claims to be: the only-begotten Son of God and Messiah who saves the world by His sacrificial love, is to make Him a liar and is hating Him:

 

1 John 5:

19   We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. (NKJV)

 

John 15:

9     As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

10   If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.

11   These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12   "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

13   Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

14   You are my friends if you do what I command you.

15   No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing;

        but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

16   You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide,
        so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

17   These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

18   "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.

19   If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own;

       but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

20   Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me,

        they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.

21   But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.   (ESV)

 

John 16:

1     "I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.

2     They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think

        he is offering service to God.

3     And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.

4     But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.   (ESV)

 

 

However, we must press forward and must be strong and finish the race. Remember what was said in the beginning: everyone has a place in their heart that only God, who is everlasting life, can fill, but instead we all too often fill it with things of our own making that leads to death. Just think: if we were once so dedicated to that which has no benefit and only led to death, of ourselves and even others…how much more should every part of our being be focused on God and His Messiah, and finishing our pilgrimage here on earth, now that we know God’s truth which is eternal joy?

 

2 Timothy 4:

7     I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;

8     in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge,

        will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.   (NASB)

 

Philippians 3:

12   Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own,

        because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

13   Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do:

        forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

14   I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

15   Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.  (ESV)

 

Hebrews 12:
1     Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us,

        let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us,

        and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

2     fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross,

       despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3     For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself,

        so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.   (NASB)

 

Philippians 4:

4     Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!

5     Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.

6     Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving

        let your requests be made known to God. 

7     And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8     Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,

       whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

9     The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things,

       and the God of peace will be with you.   (NASB) 

 

 

We must have godly sorrow and not worldly sorrow. When we know Jesus and walk in Him, we will have the strength to do all things, to endure in this world. If He calls you and you respond to His voice as a sheep of His flock, He will complete the work in you to everlasting life. Hold onto your faith to the very end and we will reap an eternal reward:

 

2 Corinthians 7:

10   For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation, which brings no regret. But the sorrow of the world works death.   (WEB)

 

Colossians 2:

6    As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,   (NKJV)

 

Galatians 6:

7     Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.

8     For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption,

        but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

9     Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.   (NASB)

 

Philippians 4:

13   I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.   (NKJV)

 

Philippians 1:

6    And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.   (ESV)

 

 

We have nothing to fear, not even death. We have God on our side and the promise of returning to the once pure relationship we had with Him before we fell in sin. Love is not a weakness, but the greatest strength. God is love and those who know this love, know this truth of the Son of God, have no fear in the day of judgment:

 

1 John 4:

17   Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment;

       because as He is, so are we in this world.

18   There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.

       But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

19   We love Him because He first loved us.

20   If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen,

        how can he love God whom he has not seen?

21   And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.  (NKJV)

 

Romans 8:

31   What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

32   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?

33   Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.

34   Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen,

        who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

35   Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine,

        or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36   As it is written: " For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."

37   Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

38   For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

39   nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the

        love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.     (NKJV)

 

 

We have no fear, because by God’s truth, mercy and the faith He gives us in Him and His son Jesus, we are changed inside our minds and hearts and become a new creation. We live for God and His Messiah; we follow the example of God and have the mind of Christ:

 

2 Corinthians 5:

14    For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;

15    and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

16    Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known

        Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.

17    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away;

        behold, all things have become new.   (NKJV)

 

Ephesians 4:

20    But that is not the way you learned Christ!---

21    assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,

22    to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,

23    and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,

24    and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.  (ESV)

 

 

1 Corinthians 2

16   For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

 

 

Indeed, because of His sacrifice on our behalf, we will overcome death, too, and be changed to be like Him. We will have eternal life and be with God and Jesus forever in glory:

 

Colossians 3:

4   When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory. (AKJV)

 

 

 

The beginning: 

 

God does everything through His son to save us.  It is why everything about His son Jesus is the revelation of who God is and everything is done through Jesus.  It is why the meaning of Jesus’ name is YHWH saves/is salvation/savior (Yahushua‘ or Yahusha‘ in Hebrew, usually shortened to or spoken as Yeshua'):

 

Matthew 1:

21  And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."   (NKJV)

 

Luke 1:

46  And Mary said,
    "My soul magnifies the Lord,
47  and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48  for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
     For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49  for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
     and holy is his name.    (ESV)

 

 

For what greater act of love is there than to save the ones you love – even if they do not love you in return? 

 

YHWH has indeed become our salvation and He saves us through His son.  This is why God says through His son Jesus:

 

John 14:

6   Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

"If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."   (NKJV)

 

John 8:

32   And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.   (AKJV)

 

 

This is why Jesus alone is the one who saves us from death:

 

Acts 4:

12    "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been

       given among men by which we must be saved."    (NASB)

 

 

We must always remember that God is not a cold and impersonal God.  He is very, very real and He is all about love – He is love.  He wants a relationship with the ones He has given life.  We do not know who we really are until we know the one who gives us life and have a relationship with Him and the one whom He sent. 

 

Our Heavenly Father loves you so much so please ask Him for wisdom and the knowledge of Him – that He will reveal Himself to you (and He will do this by His power, His son, His word) and the unspeakable joy of the relationship you were always meant to have with Him will abide in you and blossom unto eternity with the new heavens and new earth. His holiness and love has seen to it that we will be reconciled to Him.  It is through Messiah that we are redeemed and our sins are forgiven; that we will be heirs of light who overcome the power of the evil one:

 

Colossians 1:

9    For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

10   that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

11   strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;

12   giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

13   He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

14   in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.    (NKJV)

 

 

God is working a mighty work as the days grow darker.  More and more return to their Heavenly Father and know His son Jesus saves us by His perfect sinless atonement and resurrection.

 

We must not let the enemy, the “god” of this world, continue to deceive us:

 

2 Corinthians 4:

4    In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ,

     who is the image of God, should shine to them.   (AKJV)

 

 

Our Heavenly Father does not want anyone to perish. 

 

2 Peter 3:

9    The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is patient with us,

     not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.   (WEB)

 

 

He loves us so much and wants us to come back to Him.  Even after all our grievous sins and us leaving Him, our Heavenly Father will take you back with open arms.  By His love, grace and His son Jesus’ atoning work, He will cleanse you and where you were once dead, make you alive again – even to eternity. 


We are all prodigal children who must renounce our wicked ways and realize the truth that true joy, true peace, true love, all good things, and all provision comes from our Heavenly Father (James 1:17).  He is always there, always beckons, and always waiting, and His son Jesus is the light and path to our feet to return to Him.  God will happily take us back:

 

Luke 15:

11   He said, "A certain man had two sons.

12   The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of your property.' He divided his livelihood between them.

13   Not many days after, the younger son gathered all of this together and traveled into a far country.

      There he wasted his property with riotous living.

14   When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine in that country, and he began to be in need.

15   He went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs.

16   He wanted to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, but no one gave him any.

17   But when he came to himself he said, 'How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough to spare,

     and I'm dying with hunger!

18   I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight.

19   I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants."'

20   "He arose, and came to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him,

      and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

21   The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

22   "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.

23     Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat, and celebrate;

24     for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.' They began to celebrate.

25    "Now his elder son was in the field. As he came near to the house, he heard music and dancing.

26     He called one of the servants to him, and asked what was going on.

27     He said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf,

       because he has received him back safe and healthy.'

28     But he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore his father came out, and begged him.

29     But he answered his father, 'Behold, these many years I have served you,

       and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours, but you never gave me a goat, that I might celebrate with my friends.

30     But when this, your son, came, who has devoured your living with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.'

31     "He said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.

32     But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.'"  

       (WEB)

 

 

Many people say that all this is the greatest story ever told or the greatest love story ever told.  However, this is no mere story which some will say is fiction or myth.  The Bible is not fiction – it is truth. 

 

Our Heavenly Father created us to have an eternal loving relationship with Him.  It is a relationship based on free will and mutual love, and we once walked together with Him as one.  Though we fell from grace, He has provided for our reconciliation:  His son Jesus, who has the exact same character as His father, chose to be clothed in flesh to make atonement for us and conquer sin, death and the enemy.  It is Jesus Himself and His atoning blood and resurrection that are the way, the truth and the life back to this eternal loving relationship with our Heavenly Father, which He had always intended for us. 

 

God wants us to walk together with Him again as one, and the way He brings us back to Him is through His only-begotten son and true heir, so that we may be co-heirs with Jesus the Messiah as holy children of God.  Like the parable of the prodigal son, He will happily take us back no matter how greatly we have sinned against Him, and no matter how far we have strayed from Him.  The path back to our Heavenly Father is His son Jesus.

 

The creation, the fall and the reconciliation of all creation through His only-begotten son so that we may return to eternal relationship with God, is more than the greatest story ever told:  it is the greatest truth and the greatest love.


This is the mission of SeekGodsTruth.com and why our logo design is what it is.  We once walked with our Heavenly Father like loving children with their father, but we have strayed and we must return to Him.  God gave us the faith which was once for all delivered to His saints, His children; it is His truth which cannot be changed and was given to us so that we may know Him and worship Him in spirit and truth.  But the faith once delivered has been distorted and ignored.  We must return to our Heavenly Father; we must return to the faith once for all delivered to the saints.  Especially in these last days, God is doing a mighty work to gather His children back to Him; those with eyes to see and ears to hear whose consciences are not seared will return to Him and this relationship He always intended for us – to walk with Him:

 

1 Timothy 4:

1    Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith,

          giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

2    speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,

 

Titus 1:

15   To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure;

          but even their mind and conscience are defiled.

 

Hebrews 10:

22   let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 




We must seek God with all our heart and we will find Him:

 

Jeremiah 29:

13    And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.    (NKJV)

 

Matthew 7:

7     "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

8      For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.      (NKJV)

 

 

But ask in true repentance and honesty and do not be afraid of what you will find, for God searches the heart and mind:

 

Jeremiah 17:

10     I, YAHWEH, search the mind, I try the heart, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.  

      (WEB)

 

 

And He will reward you:

 

Hebrews 11:

6    But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is,

     and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.   (NKJV)

 

 

The angels rejoice when one comes to the truth of who God really is and who His son Jesus is and what He has done.  Why not you – and for your own salvation?

 

Luke 15:

8        "Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, 

        does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?

9        "When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 

        'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!'

10      "In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."    (NASB)

 

 

 

God sent His son Jesus to save His people from their sins, as Jesus' name testifies.

 

 

 

Now, the question we must answer is this: 

 

Are you one of His people and accept Jesus' atonement that saves?

 

 

There was a man who saw and confronted truth, but he could not grasp it and turned away. He was not an earnest seeker of God’s truth:

 

John 18:

37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “ You say correctly that I am a king.

    For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth.

    Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”   (NASB)

 

 

Do you hear His voice as your Shepherd?   Please do not turn away from the Word of God and make it void; it is the Gospel of God that saves. This world and the things in it will pass away, but the Word of God lasts forever and gives us eternal life: it is a free gift, but we must claim it in faith.

 

 

Matthew 22:

14    "For many are called, but few are chosen."    (NKJV)

 

 

 

 

"When an honestly mistaken man or woman sees the truth, one of two things must happen: 

 

1)  they will either cease to be mistaken, or

2)  they will cease to be honest". 

 

- Anonymous






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