I am the resurrection and the Life...
The forgiveness of sins is available to everyone who will receive this amazing gift. No matter what you have done or how bad of sins you have committed, you are forgiven. Simply see them nailed to the cross and be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.
(Luke 24:46-47, Acts 5:31, 13:38, 26:18, Romans 4:7, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 2:13, 3:13, Hebrews 8:12, 9:26, 10:1-10, 1 John 2:2, 2 Corinthians 5:19)
The world was reconciled to God through the death of Jesus on the cross. God was in Christ on the cross reconciling the world to Himself. The purpose of the gospel is to reconcile us to God. God has been relentlessly pursuing communion with mankind since our creation. God chased down Adam and Eve after they sinned and has been pursuing mankind since. Adam and Eve shrank back in shame, but when we truly see that Jesus has forgiven all of our sins, we do not shrink back in shame but rather run to Him with open arms. Jesus redeemed us, His bride, at the cross and freed us from the condemnation we were under due to the fall of mankind. (2 Corinthians 5:19, Romans 5:10)
God is love. We are only able to love Him and others because He first loved us!
This is the foundation of the gospel. While the world was dead in our sin and deserved judgement, Jesus died for all of us. (John 4:10,19)
Jesus purchased His bride at the cross and longs for intimacy with us. He woos and pursues us into deeper communion with Him. The gospel is very simple. Receive grace and love from the Creator of the universe through the most amazing intimacy beyond anyone’s imagination and follow the Holy Spirit every moment of every day. (Ephesians 5:30-32, 1 Corinthians 6:17. Romans 7:1-4)
Life is found in our union with Jesus. Jesus removed every barrier, hindrance, and wall that man had put up so that we can now enjoy our creator all day every day for the rest of eternity. Eternal life is to intimately know Jesus. We are His bride and are called to rest and receive His love every day. (John 17:3, Philippians 3:8)
We are saved, reconciled, justified, glorified, made righteous, sanctified, perfected and made Holy all by faith in Jesus Christ alone. When we say yes to Jesus and give our lives to Him we die to our own works, sin, sickness and self-effort. His death was our death. We are then raised to new life with Him through the baptism in the Holy Spirit. We are now a brand new creation in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Hebrews 10:10, Romans 8:30)
We are a hyper-grace fellowship. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We are either 100% holy and righteous by faith in Jesus, or 100% not. There are not different levels of holiness or righteousness. When we put our faith in ourselves, our own righteousness is as filthy rags. But when we put our faith in Jesus, He instantaneously sanctifies us (makes us holy) and justifies us (makes us righteous). (Zechariah 4:6-7, John 1:16, Romans 5:20, Acts 4:33, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 15:10)
We are now a brand new creation in Christ Jesus, perfect, holy and righteous because when we receive Jesus, we exchange our sin for His Perfection, Righteousness, and Holiness. We exchange our lives (the old man) for His life. The gospel is faith to faith and grace to grace from start to finish. (2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 John 4:17, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:1-8)
The Law of Moses raises the standard to a level that no human can meet and shuts the mouth of every human being. The Pharisees had watered down the law into something that they thought they could keep so Jesus came and revealed the true standard of the law of Moses. He told them that if they had lust in their hearts they were just as guilty as an adulterer and if they had anger, just as guilty as a murderer. James tells us that if someone breaks one commandment of the law, which all men have and do, they are guilty of transgressing the entire law. The purpose of the law is to bring us to the end of ourselves. The law reveals our need for Jesus. The law is to the crucifixion as the Spirit is to the Resurrection. (Matthew 5:21-22, 27-30, Romans 3:19, James 2:10, Galatians 3:10-14)
The admonition to take up our cross and follow Jesus means that through the law we die to the law so that we may live to God. Every day we have the choice to come back under the law, our own standards, and the standards of others (the law of sin and death). Alternatively, every day we have the choice to walk in the cool of the day in union and intimacy with Jesus following the Holy Spirit as the Spirit leads (the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus). Romans 6:6, 8:2, Galatians 2:19-20)
The Holy Spirit
Before Jesus went to the cross He told His disciples that He was returning to the Father. He told them that it was even better for them that He go so that He could send the promise of the Holy Spirit. He told them He would return to them and manifest Himself to them in the person of the Holy Spirit. He then went to the cross and rose on the third day. After showing Himself to many of His followers He ascended into heaven and sat down at the Father’s right hand. He then poured out the Holy Spirit on the first men and women to receive this amazing gift and desires to baptize all flesh in the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit raises us to new life in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit is fully God and is God with us, Emanuel. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is often a separate occurrence than an initial conversion to Jesus. Jesus told the disciples they would receive miraculous working power from on High when the Holy Spirit came upon them. This was true and is still true today for whoever receives the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Heaven and earth have been made one and the church is bringing heaven to earth through the preaching of the gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit. We value every manifestation of the Holy Spirit including miracles, healings, signs, wonders, love, grace, kindness, joy, peace, patience, boldness, temperance, tongues, words of wisdom, words of knowledge, goodness and every way in which the Holy Spirit manifests on the earth through the church.
The Holy Spirit will administer the finished work of the cross through the body of Christ on the Earth. Jesus fully destroyed all death, sickness, sin, evil and every enemy of God through His finished work on the cross, and the Holy Spirit is administrating the finished work by demolishing every manifestation of the devil on the earth.
The Household/Family of God
When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are born again into the Household/Family of God. From the beginning God is revealed to mankind as a family consisting of the Father, the Son and the Mother (The Holy Spirit). This is referred to as the doctrine of the trinity in Christianity. All three are fully God and completely equal. They are separate and distinct but at the same time they are fully one being. This is a mystery that cannot be understood through human reasoning.
Jesus is the first-begotten Son, and came to reveal both of His parents to the world. Jesus was accused of blasphemy for calling God HIs Father. He also spoke much of His Mother, the Holy Spirit. Just as mothers give birth and nurse, the Holy Spirit is described as giving birth and nursing Her children. This is why we must be born again, or born of the Spirit. This explains how both men and women can be created in the image of God as described in Genesis 1. Mankind, both women and men are made in God’s image. Many times we make God into the image of a man. We are created in God’s image, not the other way around.
Throughout Church History the Holy Spirit has regularly been referred to as Mother and spoken of as She. Early church fathers such as Origen, Jerome and Clement described the Holy Spirit as Mother and also attributed Wisdom in the Proverbs to the Holy Spirit.
Count Zinzendorf who was the leader of the Moravian Revival which some say is the catalyst of the First great awakening was adamant that the Holy Spirit is the Mother of the Church and even went so far as to say that those who know the Spirit know her as mother. He described God as family represented in the Trinity and said that those who experience the Trinity in their hearts experience God as the Father, the Son and the Mother. (Genesis 1:27, Proverbs 1,3,8,9,31, Isaiah 66, John 1, 3, 14-16, Romans 8, Galatians 4, Revelation 12)
The scriptures tell us that we have no need that any man should teach us because the Holy Spirit teaches us all things. This is a fulfillment that all will be taught by God. (John 16:13, 1 John 2:27, Hebrews 8:11)
All authority is in Christ Jesus, and anything outside of Him is tyranny. The gospel is the great leveler. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, and He is the only Head, King, Leader, Covering, Shepherd, Chief, and Lord. All hierarchies of men and differing weights and measures we place on other humans will be completely destroyed before Jesus returns. The hierarchies in churches are falling and people are turning back to Jesus. (1 Corinthians 15:24, Matthew 23:1-12, Ephesians 4:6, 1 Corinthians 8:5-6, Judges 8:22-23, Matthew 20:25-29, 1 Timothy 2:5, 2 Corinthians 4:5, 1 Cornthians 1:12-13)
We are heirs of God. What this means is that God gives us all of Himself! This is amazing. The creator of the universe, the creator of everything good or anything good we could ever want comes and makes His home in us and gives us ALL of Himself with no agenda or expectations. His Presence is infinitely more pleasurable than anything this world has to offer. (Romans 8:17, Luke 11:13)
We are co-heirs with Christ. Jesus’ inheritance is the nations. He has inherited the entirety of creation. God preached the gospel to Abraham telling Him that all the nations and all the families of the earth will be blessed through his seed, that is Jesus Christ. Jesus has inherited all the nations of the earth and the church is co-heirs with Him. This is not happening through force or military power but through the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ. The earth is being transformed by the unconditional and never-ending love and grace of God. (Psalms 2:8-9, Hebrews 1:2, Galatians 3:8, Acts 3:25, Romans 4:13-14, Matthew 5:5, Isaiah 60:21, Psalm 37:9, 11, 22, 29, 34, Psalm 25:13, Isaiah 54:3, Psalm 22:27-28)
We are taking the gospel to every part of society. This includes but is not limited to education, politics, business, media, sports, family, arts, and entertainment. The kingdom of God has come, is coming and will come on earth as it is in Heaven and the Father’s will has, is and will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-18, Revelation 11:15)
Jesus is fully God and perfectly reveals God’s nature and will to mankind. Any doctrine outside of Jesus Christ is a false doctrine. This includes evil teachings that God would use sickness to teach people a lesson or that He in some way brings sickness, pain and death. Jesus healed everyone who came to Him and showed us that sickness and death are enemies of God. God’s will is always healing. We will fight for anyone who is being attacked with a trespass of sickness in full confidence and faith that Jesus has destroyed death and all sickness on the cross. By His stripes you have already been healed! (John 14:7-10, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 10:7, Acts 10:38, Matthew 4:23-24; 8:16-17; 9:35; 12:15; 14:14, 34-36; 15:30; 19:2; and 21:14, 1 Peter 1:24)
The greek words translated saved and salvation are also translated healed and healing. Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual Healing are all part of the atonement just at the forgiveness of sins. God forgives all our sins and heals all of our diseases. (Psalm 103:3-5, Matthew 9:1-8)
All scripture is amazing and such a gift from God. We can see Jesus in every book from Genesis to Revelation. Satan has been trying to outlaw, or throw out the bible since it was compiled. All scripture is God-breathed and able to be used for correction, instruction and most of all to reveal more of Jesus to us. The bible contains the foundation of our faith, that is the teaching of the Apostles. The early church dedicated themselves to the Apostles teaching. There is so much glory and value in meditating on the scriptures. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20)
The bible is not God nor is it anywhere close to equal with the Holy Spirit. The gift Jesus left us to lead us into all truth is the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit definitely uses the scriptures to reveal Jesus to us. The scriptures should be read to see more of Jesus, not as a guide book. The devil knows the bible better than any man alive and will quote it to bring condemnation, death and bondage to people. He even quoted it to Jesus. Men’s study of the scriptures through human reason has been cause for much division in the world and in the body of Christ. Spiritual truths are only discerned through the Holy Spirit. We are completely dependent upon God to understand the scriptures. (John 1:14, John 5:39-40, Luke 4:10-11, 1 Corinthians 2:14)