Now the (Jews) were better disposed and more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they were entirely ready and accepted and welcomed the message [concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in the Kingdom of God] with inclination of mind and eagerness, searching and examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Acts 17:11 [AMP]
But the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and gladly listened to the message. They searched the scriptures day by day to check up on Paul and Silas’ statements to see if they were really so. Acts 17:11 [TLB]
Paul’s usual practice [culture, manner of life] is to maximize every time available at his disposal to minister Christ: preaching the Gospel. After he and his company had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they got to the synagogue of the Jews at Thessalonica, where he reasoned with them from scriptures about the death and resurrection of Jesus who is the Christ (Messiah).It is worthy of note that all Christians should inculcate this virtue (and command) in their pilgrimage.
This message of Paul permeated some Jews, a great multitude of the devout Greeks and a few chief women in Thessalonica, all of whom believed and consorted (cast their lot) with the Apostle.
But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy… Acts 17:5 (why?)
A fraction of the Jews who did not believe must have held firmly to a false report which went viral after Jesus’ death, that which denied His resurrection, claiming that the Disciples stole him away while the soldier slept. This saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. Matt. 28:11-15. It must have been a thug of war for Paul, because he actually reasoned (argued) with them for three Sabbath days in their synagogue before he got the number that believed.
We must at this junction state that; Christ actually died, was buried and resurrected on the third day, which validated the teachings of Paul. Nothing can be done against the truth but for the truth (2Cor. 13:8). For death could not hold him captive (1Cor. 15:55-58). They also accused Paul and his company of treason, in that they claimed another King, Jesus, instead of Caesar (Acts 17:7). Whereas Paul must have stated that Jesus was a King, but His Kingdom is not of this world. (Acts 18:36)
This was not the case with the Jews at Berea. We therefore seek to understand the virtues possessed by the Jews at Berea which made them nobler.
These were nobler than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed: also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. Acts 17:11-12
We can extract two important points attributed to their nobility:
- They received the word with readiness of mind
- Searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so.
The difference between a believer and a un-believer is that the first believes while the other does not. The one who believed must have accepted the truth preached because he/she was open-minded. The Jews at Thessalonica were not open-minded, they could not accept new (correct) idea because they held tightly and firmly to their old (wrong) beliefs. They did not give room for the glorious light of the gospel to flood their hearts in order for their darkness to be enlightened. Unknown to them that all were just a shadow of the real thing, which is Christ. Many of us have also fallen short of new terrains that the Holy Spirit would have launched us into, because we being myopic have decided to hold on firmly to the doctrines of men and the limitation around us. Many a times we have so acted like Peter, who first saidnot so my lord, for I have never done this before (anything unclean- of which God already made clean) Acts 11. Which unknown to him, God was clearly expounding the scope of salvation to him, stating that, it was not only for the Jews rather for every nations and tribes (gentiles).
Faith comes by hearing, hearing by the word of God. If we are not eager and zealous to receive, we will end up not getting Faith to act upon.
The Jews at Thessalonica had a zeal but not according to knowledge.
Brethren, my heart’s desire and Prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For them being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes. Rom. 10:1-4
The words spoken by Paul did not produce salvation in them because it did not mix with faith in their heart. They had a stony heart (Ezekiel 11:19; 36:26). In that the message preached by Paul was unknown/unclear to them, they zealously raised an uproar in the city, thinking they are doing God a favour, by their action, but they were actually against the proliferation of God’s word. They fought vehemently against anything contrary (as it were) to the Jewish traditions handed over to them by their fathers. This was also the position of Paul before his encounter with Christ. Their zeal was wanting in knowledge.
On the other hand, the Jews at Berea received (embraced and accepted favourably) the word, the message of the death and resurrection of Jesus, with eagerness, much inclination and readiness (preparedness) of mind and there was a performance.
Now, therefore perform the doing of it: that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also of that which ye have. 2Cor. 8:11
This virtue expresses the reason why Isaiah said if ye are willing (desirous and ready) and obedient, ye shall eat the good (fatness) of the land. God works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasures. The predicament of the unbelieving Thessalonians was the hardness of their heart. Some folks have not received the engrafted word of God with meekness, openness and readiness of mind, some on the other hand had held tenaciously and firmly to the traditions of men, old wives fables and the rudiments of this world, all of which had robbed them of the finished works of Christ and the power thereof. Others have unknowingly retarded and consequently brought to halt the next phase (new things) that God wants to commit to their hands all because they were satisfied with what they have, as such are not hungry nor thirsty for more.
Dear reader, I implore you to be ready, eager and willing to explore and receive new levels of victory/grace from the WORD of God; for God is set (determined) to manifest in greater dimensions, the savour of His knowledge in every place by us. We are blessed with ministry gifts for this purpose.
While wanting to receive new things, the Apostles exhorted the church about the rising of many false teachers and prophets in the last day. They thus encouraged a test (to prove) every spirit/teaching/prophecy whether they be of God by the instrumentality of the Spirit and by the word of God. 1John 4:1; 2Pet. 2:1
Study to show thyself approved, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2Tim. 2:15
Another prominent virtue exhibited by the Jews at Berea, was their diligent search of the Scriptures to confirm what was said by Paul. A diligent search and study brings increased knowledge and empowers to do the content. Under the tutelage of the Spirit and by consistent search of the scripture with open-mindedness, the truth is communicated to us. We thus shed off the imperfect (shadowy) that the perfect might have free course.
All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2Tim. 3:16-17.
There is no perfect understanding gained from scripture outside the tutelage of the Spirit. This is because, he is the custodian of Truth. He glorifies Christ by revealing the intent of all purposes, events and prophecies in Scriptures, as they relate to Christ. This is made bare to the church by teachers and pastors.
Jesus said “Search the scriptures: for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” John 5:39 (KJV)
You make search in the Holy writings, in the belief that through them you get eternal life; and it is those writings which give witness about me (BBE)
You examine the scriptures carefully because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. Yet they testify about me. (ISV)
The Jews at Berea carefully and diligently searched and x-rayed the messages of Paul in scripture daily to confirm whether they are in alignment: Little wonder he commended their Nobility.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth: but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shall make thy way prosperous, and thou shall have good success. Josh. 1:8
Their Readiness of mind and confirmation by search from scriptures go hand-in-hand, they are complementary. We should inculcate these virtues in our day to day activity, this will makes us stand out.
Let your zeal be according to knowledge
Christ Reigns! We Win!
Love Always Win.
Written by Akintayo Damilola
“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Isaiah 53:1”
Personally, I believe what you experience as regards your health i.e. either sickness or perfect health depends basically on the report you choose to believe. Either that of the world or that of the word.
Many people have not been able to enjoy all of God’s provision for their health basically because they choose to believe the medical reports that they have received as truth replaced by the word of truth itself.
The World’s report has been highly publicised in our world today, we keep hearing of the dangers of many health challenges and doctors keep branding new ones, without having solved the earlier ones. We keep hearing of millions dying by the day as a result of diseases and sicknesses. While I do not try to brand doctors as wicked people, I try to show us that God has an adequate plan for us to be in good health, if we will only believe Him. This article however, endeavours to amplify God’s say about our health.
Taking a closer look at God’s original intent for the earth, we will discover that God’s will was that the earth and its inhabitant should live a sickness and disease free life.
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day (Gen 1:31)”
Clearly from the above scripture, at creation God looked at the earth and saw that everything he had created was very good. One cannot argue that sicknesses and diseases were in this earth and such a Loving God still declared that it was very good. Man was born to rest, not to live life under the pressure of sickness and diseases. The atmosphere in Eden was an atmosphere so blessed, that even when man didn’t wear any clothes, his health did just well. Adam never had any high-blood pressure, no headache once, not to talk of migraine, Cancer was not known to him, he was a free man. His Body-temperature never went too high or neither too cold even without clothes. No Blood-Group or Blood-type knowledge, yet he was free from the menace of blood transfusion, or any related issue. He was a free man. The earth was without sickness. God never wanted any man sick neither does he delight in seeing any weak or feeble man in pains. In-fact, herbs and trees in which many of our drugs are made of today were not created for medicinal purposes but for food as seen below;
“And God said, ‘See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food (Gen 1:29)”
Notice God specifically saying, it shall be for food not drugs. So God never wanted man to fall sick in the first place so there wasn’t any need to plan for healing him. All God created with the earth was perfect health without sickness or weakness.
At the fall, man permitted the devil to take charge of the earth. And after that we notice a serious disorder from God’s original intent. Man started dying physically, a long-term result of him dying spiritually. We notice diseases take a toll on man and hereby terminating abruptly man’s life. So it is clear that the originator of sicknesses and diseases is the Devil (Man’s enemy also known as the thief). He stole man’s health.
“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 (John 10:10)”
As true at the statement above is, the world rather has shied away from this truth and has kept on trying to explain other mentally acceptable reasons for the cause of sicknesses. But according to God’s report, the sole cause of Sicknesses is the Devil. So the next time, you feel a pain in your body, don’t think twice, remember it’s the devil that stole your health and rebuke him for it.
But actually the choice is yours, whose report you believe;
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. (Deut. 30:19)”
God never wants any man sick. Even at the fall, which was man’s fault He didn’t leave man to his own problem because man was helpless. Man couldn’t save him-self from the mess he had got into. And that is why for any man who has not accepted God’s salvation i.e. Jesus, such a man is helpless.
“And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee. (Deut. 7:15)”
All through the old-testament God proved him-self in many ways to be Man’s healer. Finally, to give a death-dealing blow to sicknesses, He sent Jesus. The Bible records that during His earth walk he healed the sick.
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy-ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:38)”
The bible calls healing the sick good, it therefore means being sick was bad. And God was displeased with man’s sickness. Finally, Jesus paid the ultimate price for man’s redemption and man’s debt to sin and sickness was fully and permanently paid at the cross. If you are paying another, it’s because of your ignorance.
“He his despised and rejected by men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him (Isaiah 53:3)”
“Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteem Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted (Isaiah 53:4)”
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5)”
“Who his own self bare our sins in his body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 pet 2:9)”
And by whose stripes we were healed. Notice the use of the word “were”. We were ever healed before we were sick. Jesus has restored back to the earth, God’s original purpose concerning man’s health. The only way to enjoy this now, is simply to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in your life. Jesus paid the price for all diseases that is ever was and will still be when he died at the cross. All we need do is to believe Him.
God doesn’t afflict or tempt any-one with sickness. He will never punish you for your sins by making you sick. He punished Jesus on the cross already for your sake. Punishing you again will mean He is not a Just God and God forbid! The Debt is Paid, The devil’s reign over your life is over.
At Resurrection, when Jesus was raised from the dead and we who believe was raised with him also, our bodies received new strength.
“It is sown in dis-honour, it is raised in glory, it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power (1 Cor. 15:43) NKJV”
“It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body (1 Cor. 15:44) NKJV”
So as a believer, your body is a spiritual body. A no go area for sicknesses. Your body is a temple of God meant for God alone and not for sickness. God and sickness can’t co-exist in your body. Light and darkness can live together. Your knowledge of this, is where your solution lie.
Many Christians suffer diseases today because they are ignorant of God’s provision concerning their health or they simply are not persuaded of them. They rather prefer an explanation more appealing to their senses. They do not know that the best way to understand God and His ways is through faith. Faith brings understanding.
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible (Hebrews 11:3)”
We understand God by faith. Divine health is connected to by faith. You need to acknowledge God’s provision for your health. Believe what he says concerning your health and say what he says concerning your health. And take any other report contrary to this as false. God created you, so he knows you more than you know your-self and He says I didn’t create you to be sick, won’t you simply believe him and enjoy life like a free man?
If you are reading this, and you are sick already, accept Jesus as your lord and saviour, believe his report concerning your health, confess it, take a step of faith, and see God supplying you strength from your inner man and do what you couldn’t do before. Don’t try to do it, do it.
In the book of Acts 3: 1 -9, the story of the ugly man at the beautiful gate whom the holy-ghost healed through peter and John. You will notice Peter and John pulled up the man in the name of Jesus. He simply believed Jesus and peter and john made him do what he couldn’t do before. It was in doing that, that he got his healing.
Believe Jesus and his provision for your health and start doing what you couldn’t do before. Here-in lies your healing. So don’t try to do it, Just do it and you discover you are healed.
Take charge of your health today, activate God’s provision for your health and live life to the fullest.
Christ Reigns! We Win!
I CALL YOU BLESSED
Written by Afolabi Samson
The very word ‘making’ heaven suggests a scaling through, a narrow escape or ‘victory at last’ sort of endeavor. Despite the notoriety associated with this expression amidst believers, it is a non-scriptural phraseology and as such is subject to personal or private interpretation. If it were to be a verse in the bible, we would only need do proper its exegesis, giving it contextual explanation and examining the intent of the writer. However, it is not all non-scriptural phrases that are unscriptural; we will thus examine the connotative meaning of this expression to its speakers and correlate it with scriptures if there be a corresponding scriptural truth.
Often we hear preachers exhorting brethren say, ‘will you make heaven?’, ‘if the Lord Jesus comes now or death happens, are you sure you will make heaven?’, ‘only the Lord knows how many of us will make heaven’. Some go further to scare brethren with the coming of the Lord saying things like, ‘brethren, this is the time of grace, when the Lord Jesus comes, mercy will be withdrawn, it is judgment!’. Yet some would go further in their imaginations, claiming some heaven and hell encounters or judgment day sighting in which a minute fraction of believers eventually made it! All these and similar expressions either have their root in a faulty understanding of a scriptural text, sheer ignorance or demonic deception. The most important clause being that they are addressing believers in Christ.
THE CONNOTATIVE MEANING
Those who use such expressions mean that a great judgment day is coming in which a man’s fate of going to heaven or hell will be determined by how pleasing his works are before God. Some insinuate this uncertainty of fate applies to believers only as every unbeliever will not make heaven. This understanding birthed the belief that the last action before death, whether holy or sinful, determines a man’s (believer’s) fate, heaven or hell. It is believed that confession of sins and asking for forgiveness would have obliterated the previously perpetrated unholy acts. Failure to do that for any sins before death will ensure the landing of such a believer in hell. Yet, some expects that the fickleness of God’s mercy might eventually save that believer (they see as sinner).
This admittedly is a confluence of erroneous understanding that cannot be effectively sorted out in a piece of writing like this. Those errors defect from basic understandings of the Christian faith fundamentals like The New Covenant, Salvation, Righteousness, Redemption and Eternal Life among others; pulling them out string by string will be a treatise. I will therefore simply state the truth against which those understanding can be gauged. Most of these misunderstandings are from the misinterpretations of the words of the Lord Jesus in the gospels and the contents of the book of Revelation, also a basic disregard for the superior provisions of The New Testament in relation to that of The Old.
LOCATING THE LOT OF THE MAN IN CHRIST IN SCRIPTURES
It is important to note that in addressing believers, the epistles are the doctrinal materials written to believers in Christ, the Old Testament materials were inspired historical and prophetic writings for our learning and to witness of Christ, they are NOT written TO us. [John5:39; Rom15:4; 1Cor10:11]. The New Testament calls the first testament old, and that it has vanished away, so its provisions do not apply to us believers in Christ. The New Testament began not just in the four gospels, but AFTER the death and resurrection of Jesus [Heb9:16-17].
The gospels were written for unbelievers to believe in Christ, they were not written to believers [John20:31]. The book of Revelation is prophetic and uses a lot of symbolism that would need be rightly interpreted while maintaining consistency with other books of the bible [2Cor13:1]. The epistles were written TO believers in Christ expounding unto them what their faith holds for them. Jesus spoke earlier that the Spirit that will come after his resurrection will guide believers into all truth [John16:12-13]. This, the Spirit expressly accomplished in revealing to the apostles and was communicated to the churches of God, as the epistles [Eph3:4-5; Col1:26].
The epistles especially those of Apostle Paul use great plainness in communicating these truths such that we will need help to misunderstand it, or be incurably insincere[2Cor3:12; 2Pet3:16]. The scriptures being one in purpose and message with no contradictions, we can safely start from the unambiguous plain texts to gain proper interpretation and understanding of the less simplistic texts. For a believer to know his state therefore, he should start to look from nowhere else but the letters written to him as a believer – the epistles.
I CALL YOU BLESSED!
Written By Agboola Samuel
I must first appreciate Dr. Moses Fagbemi of Source Institute Sokoto State, Nigeria, who first opened my understanding to this topic. This topic explains God’s view of His own word, what value does God place on His word? How serious does God take His promises made directly to me or made in the scriptures?
A deep understanding of this topic will help us build faith and trust in Him irrespective of whatever circumstance we face because God is faithful. I pray God open the eyes of our understanding as we read.
…”For thou magnified thy word above all thy name” (Ps 138:2b)
Sometimes, I personally find it a bit difficult to take some steps even when I am quite sure God is leading me to do them, this is because such steps often involve a lot of risk and I might be losing a lot to take such steps. I often ask, does God really mean what He told me to do. In other times, it the case of “delayed” answers to request, I mean to say those period of waiting, and we ask “would God really keep His word?” and in other times it is the case of us asking for directions and God speaks to us (He gives us His word) and we are still not sure, we want some more physical proofs, like using “flees” like Gideon did or for some other mystical or some other supernatural signs to support God’s word to us. And often times God be praised, He doesn’t give us those signs though He can.
God’s word is God Himself. We can’t actually separate God from His word. It’s a mystery. This He demonstrated to us when he gave us marriage, how two people physically are actually one. So If God speaks to us, and as I will say “He gives us His word”, He has actually “given us Himself”, so when we ask for more after we have received that, there is nothing left for God to give us, since He has given us himself, the greatest thing in the universe.
Some people think God forgets or jokes about His word. But No! He doesn’t. He takes it more serious than we think. He made a promise to Abraham and even many years after Abraham had long died he was still keeping that covenant with Abraham’s descendant, Israel and he still keeps that promise till today. Notice the use of the word “forever” in the verses below.
“He remembers His Covenant Forever, the promise He made, for a thousand generations” (Psalms 105:8) NIV
“He is (earnestly) mindful of His Covenant and forever it is imprinted on His heart, the word which He commanded and established to a thousand generations” (Psalms 105:8) AMP
He made the same promise to David, and till today we still enjoy the “sure mercies of David”. God never forgets his word.
We must also note that when God asks us to keep (obey) His word, He isn’t a tyrant. He is only asking us to keep (obey) what He himself keeps (obeys). God’s word is God’s “food” or “nutrition” to be like God. He needs to keep His word. His nature his faithfulness, and we also to be like God, we must also learn to be faithful. So In our journey and desire to be like Him, we must also learn to “eat” and nourish ourselves with what He himself nourishes himself with. We must learn to keep His word, to be like Him.
God’s word is not impotent. Whatever God’s word cannot do, God himself cannot do. So when we speak God’s word we must speak with this understanding, that we have in our hands what is able to do anything. So the next time you command that “a friend be healed in Jesus name” or “a blind eye be opened” or “a lame person walk” say it with the authority of God’s word according to the scriptures, and you will see they will be done. In fact, the Bible records that God works when His word works. The universe came into being by God speaking His word.
“By the Seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work” (Gen 2:2) NIV
We will grow and do exploits if we learn to believe strongly (stake our all) on every verse of the scriptures because it is God’s word. We simply say “if it is written” then “God means what He said here” and I am just going to go and do what He says, and believe me with that we have all of heaven’s support.
God’s Reality is in His word. God is only available to us except through the channel of His word. We have no hold on God except via His word. God is so real, but only real via His word. The only hold we have on God is His word.God’s word is God’s Own Life. The only access we have to God is His word. The Safety and Integrity of God depends on His word. Outside of His word, God has no means and no power to perform anything for us except via His word.
“The estimate I have for God’s word, determines the estimate life (things or issues) have for me. Your (God’s) Word Measure determines Your Life Outcome” (Dr. Moses Fagbemi)
“Thus Saith the Lord, the Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest?
For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word. (Isaiah 66: 1 -2)”
I CALL YOU BLESSED!
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new” 2 Cor 5 vs 17
You want to look for another common verse of the scriptures that Christians quote after Jn 3 vs. 16; you then have to see 2 Cor 5 vs. 17. Yet it appears as if these scriptures are the least understood. Many don’t really understand what this verse is talking about, and its implications.
Talking about the new creature, you will need someone to confuse you about what it actually means. New does not mean a repair of the old. If for example you have used a particular pair of shoe for 3 yrs, and then you discovered that the shoe are now worn out due to use. You wanted something befitting, and your father has promised you a new one. If your father takes from you the one you were managing and gave it to a cobbler to help you amend it. He did all the payment, and made sure that the shoe becomes presentable again. He then comes and gives it back to you.
Would you call that a new pair of shoe? Definitely No! It’s still your old shoe that has been amended. Even though you can continue to wear it, it does not change the fact that it is not new.
That’s the mentality many bring into Christianity. The scriptures made it clear. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature”. The person in Christ becomes a new creature. He is not become an upgraded version of the old creature. I think it is also important for you to know what the old creature is. It is simple common sense to know that if there is a new creature, then definitely there must be an old creature. So let’s see briefly what or who the old creature is.
The book of Genesis shows us what happened in the very beginning. The book shows us how God created the first man Adam. Adam indeed was created in the very image of God. He was given dominion over all the works of God’s hand and had access to all things. God placed him in the Garden of Eden, lacking nothing. He didn’t have to pray for food or clothing, he didn’t have to pray against sickness, or intercede for the lost to be saved. Adam had all things. Yet we still saw that Adam use to have fellowship with God. One would want to ask what the content of Adam’s fellowship with God was. Many claim to have fellowship with God, yet the content of the fellowship are the things we listed that Adam never had to pray for. I believe Adam was just basking and enjoying God’s presence. At this point, Adam was the only creature, so there was no division into either old or new creature.
Yet something happened when sin entered. Adam felt unworthy of God’s presence. He had to hide from God’s presence. His consciousness changed to his nakedness. He felt he was inadequate for God’s presence, signifying an evil conscience that came in with the fall. Now there was no way the fellowship that existed between him and God could continue. He was dead spiritually to God. With this fall came other evil vices like sickness, crime, etc. The devil had the full authority to operate because Adam turned over his authority to the devil. Adam now made the devil look powerful. And of course the devil exercised his authority over the only creature since it has been given to him.
What this resulted into is that everyone that came out of the generation of Adam inevitably became of the same fallen nature. They put on the very nature of Adam, having a guilty conscience not worthy of God’s presence and glory. It is good to note that the problem of sin was with man. He was not fit for the presence and glory of God again. Even if God decided to continue relating with man as if nothing happened, man wouldn’t have been able to handle that. So God played the story of redemption from the very Garden of Eden till Jesus. Everything that happened within that period of time all pointed to Jesus. God knew that for this fellowship with man to be restored, there needs to be a new man.
Since corruption entered the Genesis creature, God will have to go through creation once again to be able to achieve what he had in mind in the very beginning. The implication is that there will now be two creatures; the old one and the new one. The old creature is the one that is dead to God; the new one is the one that is alive to God again. God was very patient and orderly in the way he planned to recreate man. He used the events of the old creatures to prophesy the new one. He wanted them to know of the new thing he will be doing. Prophets were raised who prophesied how God intends to make this new creature a reality. Some of them longed to see it, but couldn’t because it was not meant for their time. And finally when all had been set, he sent Jesus his very son to make this new creature he was planning a reality.
The law and the prophets had prescribed how the process of making this new creature a reality. The law required that the lamb that must be used as a sacrifice in the process of making this new creature must be pure and without blemish. Isaiah the prophet also saw concerning this process when he prophesied that a virgin shall give birth. John the Baptist also saw concerning the process, when he declared to the people “behold the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world”. They were all referring to Jesus. Jesus had to be born of a virgin without the input of the sinful man; that is the old creature. He had to be pure without the sin nature for him to be accepted as the perfect sacrifice. So Jesus had to fulfill the law and the Prophet’s prophecies. These were all written and spoken concerning him.
Jesus the perfect sacrifice was offered on the cross. The anger of God was fully poured upon him. This was a judgment of the sins of the whole world. So what Jesus did was to bear this judgment for all men. The judgment has been hanging on man since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. God did this to show that he is a righteous judge. The sin of man had to be punished in Jesus. The righteous Jesus was made sin for the world sinners. While hanging on the cross, the veil covering the holiest of all in the tabernacle was rent from top to bottom. The holiest of all signified where the presence of God dwelt. It signified where and how fellowship with God was achievable, and only very few selected had access to it. What the body of Jesus broken on the cross did was to make access to the holiest of all possible for man. Man now has access to the very presence of God again. But it didn’t end there. The death and the resurrection of Jesus all have implications.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” Eph 2 vs 10
If you are asked the question, where were we created? The answer to that question will differ depending on who you are. If you are a new creature, the answer wouldn’t be the Garden of Eden, and it wouldn’t be your mother’s womb. The answer will be IN CHRIST JESUS. See that scripture above. We are his workmanship, meaning the work of his hand. And we were not created in the Garden of Eden but in Christ Jesus. How? In his death and resurrection!
Since the old man died to God, the new man must receive life again. It is not a repair or a recovery, it is a new life. That life is in Christ Jesus. He obtained it for us through his death and resurrection. So the new creation was not created in Eden, but in Christ Jesus. It was the human Spirit that was recreated; a new man totally different from the old one. God was now fulfilling the promise he had made through his prophets that he would give man a new heart. He didn’t repair the heart of the old man, he gave a new one. It’s called the recreated human spirit. So your spirit man, which is the real you was created in Christ Jesus. What God did through Jesus in those 3 days was to recreate you. Yes! You were recreated after God in righteousness and true holiness. He sanctified you and made you holy. That is the new you, and very true in your spirit man. Remember you are a Spirit, who has a soul and lives in a body.
You will notice that when you became born again you didn’t feel any different in your body. Even your soul was still the same. Being born again is what gave you access to be recreated. It is coming to believe and accept all that Christ did for you in death and resurrection. It is the pathway from the old creature to the new creature. And what do you do to make this transition? You simply believe! You believe and confess Jesus as your lord and savior. In that instant, what happened is that you were recreated. You have a totally new Spirit which is alive and responsive to God. Not only that, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. You became the very habitation of God, made possible by the Holy Spirit living inside of you. Your body now becomes the temple of the living God. The very presence of God that Adam the old creature lost at the beginning now comes to be in you. Jesus said about the Holy Spirit that he shall be in you forever. You are now the new creature in Christ Jesus.
Now that your spirit is recreated, it becomes your duty to allow your soul and body to follow that pattern by renewing your mind with the word of God. You now receive the word of God with meekness which is able to save your soul. It was God’s duty to recreate you (your spirit man), it is now your duty to allow this salvation to be evident in your soul and body. How? By allowing your thought pattern to be shaped by the word. When your thought pattern change, it will definitely affect your words and your actions. If you do not renew your mind with the word, you will only exist like the old creature. People will not be able to differentiate you from the old creature because the change took place in your Spirit, which is invisible.
Remember you were created unto good works. They are the good works God ordained before that you walk in them. You couldn’t walk in this dominion before God recreated you. To know what the good works are, look at the life of Jesus. He walked in perfect love. His communion with the father was perfect. You are now a son too, so you should follow in his steps. It is not a struggle for the new creation because all these are true in your spirit. You only need to release it into your soul and body. So confess with me
“I am a new creature, old things are passed away, I was created in Christ Jesus unto all good works, I am a son just like Jesus, God is my father, and He lives in me by his Spirit, I am righteous just like Jesus”
Written By Ajayi Samuel (April, 2016)