27 September 2015 - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online - Inheriting God's Promises Through Righteousness Of Faith
27 September 2015 - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online - Inheriting God's Promises Through Righteousness Of Faith
Acts 8:26-40 - New believers shouldn't only rely on reading the Bible on their own to understand the things of God. Teachers are in the church to help and teach them. Just like Philip who was sent by God to teach the Ethiopian eunuch about the Book of Isaiah and about Jesus. After preaching the gospel to the eunuch and baptizing him, Philip was supernaturally bodily-transported to another location by God.
“Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. The place in the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.” So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.” (Acts 8:26-40 NKJV)
Jeremiah 23:1-4 - Pastor Joseph Prince's new book, "Grace Revolution" is about teaching us to become righteousness-conscious and not self-occupied. His book is based on Jeremiah 23, that God will set up shepherds who will feed the church instead of destroying the church.
““Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the LORD. Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says the LORD. “But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD.” (Jeremiah 23:1-4 NKJV)
Righteousness is received by faith. Some people are trying to produce enough righteousness on their own to offset their bad works. An illustration: An ant can do his best, but his best will never be good enough to become like a human.
When we look at a person, what we define as good is outward, but we can't see what is inwards. We can't see the motive of why people do the things that they do.
Some people are using their good works to earn their own righteousness, as a replacement for Jesus. If you follow Jesus, money will follow you. God is not against money.
Some people do Christian things and serve God for money. But money is not everything, Jesus is.
Mark 10:17-18 - Jesus is not flattered by man. You cannot flatter Him into having a good opinion of you. He loves you, but it's not because of your flattery.
“Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.” (Mark 10:17-18 NKJV)
New believers shouldn't only rely on reading the Bible on their own to understand the things of God. Teachers are in the church to help and teach them. Just like Philip who was sent by God to teach the Ethiopian eunuch about the Book of Isaiah and about Jesus. After preaching the gospel to the eunuch and baptizing him, Philip was supernaturally bodily-transported to another location by God.
Galatians 1:6-9 - If you have a ministry with a lot of influence, be careful. There is a double-curse pronounced on preachers who preach any other gospel than the gospel of Christ.
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9 NKJV)
Romans 10:9-10 - Forgiveness is different from righteousness. Righteousness means that you can't have a charge made against you in court. Vine's Dictionary: First two definitions of "Salvation" - (a) deliverance from molestation of enemies. (b) preservation of physical life. The word "salvation" in Hebrew is "sozo" which means safety from danger, healing, salvation from hell, wholeness, etc. Evil spirits exist, but if you are a believer, they have no right to touch you.
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10 NKJV)
When righteousness by faith is preached, it seems like all hell breaks loose.
Jesus is your Righteousness. There can be no charge leveled against you because there is no charge that can be leveled against Jesus!
Self-righteousness is the mother of all sins.
Genesis 4:2-7 - Cain approached God and believed that he had some righteousness of his own. But Abel believed that he has no righteousness of his own. The humility of bringing a lamb is admitting that he is a sinner.
“Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”” (Genesis 4:2-7 NKJV)
Luke 10:30-37 - Setting the injured man on his own animal means that the Samaritan is letting the man take his own place. The inn represents the church. Like Jesus, the Samaritan let the man stay in the inn for two days before he would return. A day with the Lord is as a thousand years. (II Peter 3:8) Two days represents 2000 years.
“Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”” (Luke 10:30-37 NKJV)
Revelation 11:7-10 - People criticized the Bible and said that it's impossible for this to happen. But it's possible now with television and satellite. The Bible is way more advanced than its time. Some people sit in judgment of the Bible with their puny minds when it should be the Bible that sits in judgment of them. The Bible consists the eternal words of God.
“When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.” (Revelation 11:7-10 NKJV)
Colossians 1:17 - We all had no choice to be born in this world, but God had a choice.
“And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:17 NKJV)
Thank God for your food. The world doesn't care about using the 'F-word' and vulgarities in your presence. Why should you be ashamed of thanking the One who has blessed you with your food?
Isaiah 40:15 - Dust on the scale cannot tip the scale. It is insignificant. All the nations of the world are so small in the eyes of God. God humbled Himself and lived among the dust when Jesus came to earth as a Man.
“Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are counted as the small dust on the scales; Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing.” (Isaiah 40:15 NKJV)
By all means, eat well, but trust in God for your health. Unless it is bestowed to you from God, you don't have it. Don't trust in creation, trust in God who is the Creator.
John 5:5-6 - Some people don't want to be made well. That's why Jesus asked the man this question.
“Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”” (John 5:5-6 NKJV)
Philippians 2:9-11 - It is either people bow now to God and be saved, or else they will still bow to God in hell on the account of His righteousness.
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV)
Isaiah 45:23-25 - This is the greatest oath in the universe. When we bow to God, we shall receive His glory. "Strength" here is "uz". It is talking about physical strength. Physical strength is received from God.
“I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath. He shall say, ‘Surely in the LORD I have righteousness and strength. To Him men shall come, And all shall be ashamed Who are incensed against Him. In the LORD all the descendants of Israel Shall be justified, and shall glory.’ ”” (Isaiah 45:23-25 NKJV)
Repentance means we change our thoughts to God's thoughts.
The devil knows that the day when you step into the righteousness of Another (Jesus), you will reign in life. That's why he attacks this teaching.
Setting the injured man on his own animal means that the Samaritan is letting the man take his own place. The inn represents the church. Like Jesus, the Samaritan let the man stay in the inn for two days before he would return. A day with the Lord is as a thousand years. (II Peter 3:8) Two days represents 2000 years.
Romans 4:13-15 - All of us believers are Abraham's seed through Christ. We become heirs of the world through the righteousness of faith, not by obedience to the Law. The word "righteousness" is a judicial word used in the court of law. Jesus is our righteousness. Righteousness is a gift.
“For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.” (Romans 4:13-15 NKJV)
Genesis 27:5-13 - After Rebekah and Jacob conspired to deceive Isaac, Rebekah died without ever seeing Jacob again. She spoke and took a curse upon herself. We reign in life through the confession of our mouths. Be careful about trying to live your dreams through the life of your children. Let God push them up and promote them. Please love your children.
“Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt game and to bring it. So Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, “Indeed I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying, ‘Bring me game and make savory food for me, that I may eat it and bless you in the presence of the LORD before my death.’ Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to what I command you. Go now to the flock and bring me from there two choice kids of the goats, and I will make savory food from them for your father, such as he loves. Then you shall take it to your father, that he may eat it, and that he may bless you before his death.” And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Look, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth- skinned man. Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be a deceiver to him; and I shall bring a curse on myself and not a blessing.” But his mother said to him, “ Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me.”" (Genesis 27:5-13 NKJV)
Genesis 28:15-16 - Jacob was the grandson of Abraham. He is an heir of the world through righteousness by faith. God said this to Jacob after he just deceived his father to get the first-born blessing.
“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it. ”” (Genesis 28:15-16 NKJV)
God has ways to discipline us, but He disciplines us in love.
Genesis 33:18-20, 34:1 - Jacob pitched his tent facing the city and bought the piece of land, as if settling down and loving what the world has to offer. Jacob was not supposed to be living there. He was supposed to be living in Bethel. Dinah wasn't courting trouble - she didn't go out to look for men, she went out to see the "daughters of the land".
“Then Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan Aram; and he pitched his tent before the city. And he bought the parcel of land, where he had pitched his tent, from the children of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for one hundred pieces of money. Then he erected an altar there and called it El Elohe Israel. Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.” (Genesis 33:18-20, 34:1 NKJV)
Genesis 34:2-4 - As a parent, don't be afraid to say no to your daughter. As a husband, you are the head of your household. Don't abdicate your role of leadership. What you allow will happen.
“And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her and lay with her, and violated her. His soul was strongly attracted to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the young woman and spoke kindly to the young woman. So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, “Get me this young woman as a wife.”” (Genesis 34:2-4 NKJV)
Genesis 49:5 - Simeon and Levi are said to have instruments of cruelty in their dwelling place – they committed atrocious acts of murder and plundering in the city of Shechem.
“Simeon and Levi are brothers; Instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place.” (Genesis 49:5 NKJV)
Genesis 34:30-31 - Simeon and Levi's statement doesn't justify their actions of murdering and plundering the city of Shechem. Jacob's disobedience to God's will (living in Bethel) led to the tragedy and chaos in Shechem. Jacob used the personal pronoun 8 times here. He was so self-occupied. He forgot God's promise that he would be protected.
“Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have troubled me by making me obnoxious among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and since I am few in number, they will gather themselves together against me and kill me. I shall be destroyed, my household and I.” But they said, “Should he treat our sister like a harlot?”” (Genesis 34:30-31 NKJV)
Genesis 35:1-5 - God didn't bring up the issue of the murdering and plundering in the city of Shechem, but he told Jacob to go back to 'Plan A' - go back to Bethel and dwell there. God is so cool in the way He handles things. Occult items like horoscopes, amulets, talismans, belong to the devil. Don't allow the things of the devil to be in your house. When you flow with God, God's protection will be upon you.
“Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.” And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone.” So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hands, and the earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree which was by Shechem. And they journeyed, and the terror of God was upon the cities that were all around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.” (Genesis 35:1-5 NKJV)
Some Christians can't believe that God will bless them with more if they give up something. They make decisions based on what is more profitable for themselves, not trusting that when they sacrifice for God, they will receive much more profits.
Genesis 28:12 - At the place which he named "Bethel", while he was asleep, Jacob saw this in a dream.
“Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.” (Genesis 28:12 NKJV)
John 1:51 - The place of Bethel is where the treasures of heaven are being poured out and delivered by angels. In Jesus, heaven and earth are connected. In Jesus, blessings come down from heaven upon us.
“And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”” (John 1:51 NKJV)
Pastor Joseph Prince speaks prophetically: God is watching over you more than you think. God doesn't discipline with diseases or accidents. God disciplines sometimes with closed doors, through disappointments, through not giving us what we want. Maybe sometimes we are too self-occupied and obsessed with material goods. Believe that when you seek God's kingdom first, all these blessings will be added unto you. Believe that whatever you give up for Jesus, you will receive a hundredfold more in this life.
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Genesis 1 - God made everything and said that it was good. Man was the only thing created that was in His image, and He called it very good. God made man last, on the sixth day of creation. God wanted man to enjoy His finished work, and so that man could not take glory for any of the creations.
The devil doesn't give us needs, he perverts our needs. Needs show that there is a gift out there that is created by God to meet that need.
Adam was the federal head of the earth before he sinned. After He sinned, all creation fell. Everything began to decay.
The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represents the Law.
If God made everything good and gave man free choice, it would be a false free choice. The Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil is the option given to man to provide an option, to provide true free will.
Evolution presupposes everything going from a lower level to a higher level, but everything in the universe decays, and if left alone goes from a higher level to a lower level.
Psalms 115:16 - The earth was given by God as a gift to man. However, Adam gave his authority over the earth to the devil. God can't take the earth back from the devil immediately when Adam sinned because He is a Just God.
"The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men." (Psalms 115:16 NKJV)
Death was never in God's plan for mankind. Death can be traced back to the fall of man when Adam sinned.
Genesis 3:15 - Jesus is the woman's "Seed" who will bruise the devil's head. Usually the seed is provided by a man. This points also to the virgin birth of Jesus the Messiah.
"And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”" (Genesis 3:15 NKJV)
The devil is not all-knowing. He must use the sense realm to observe. He instigated Cain to kill Abel.
Genesis 6:1-8 - Angels can take human form but it is illegal. The fallen angels married women on earth to pollute the human seed to prevent the promised Messiah from being born. This resulted in half-human, half-angel giants that were born on the earth.
"Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD." (Genesis 6:1-8 NKJV)
Jude 1:6-7 and II Peter 2:4 - The fallen angels who committed the sexual sins were thrown into Tartarus (hell) - bound in chains in darkness, never to be allowed to perform this sin again.
"And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." (Jude 1:6-7 NKJV)
"For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;" (II Peter 2:4 NKJV)
God flooded the earth to destroy all the polluted seed, and He found a family with pure seed - Noah's family.
God tilted the earth to congeal all the flood waters. Only after the Flood were there four seasons on earth. After the Flood, people's lifespans were greatly shortened.
The devil tried to curse Ham through Noah to stop the Messiah from being born. All present-day people come from three men: Japheth are all the Europeans, Shem are all the middle easterners and Asians. Ham are all the Africans.
Out of Shem came the Jewish people - Abraham was a Semite. Abraham found grace with God and God cut a covenant with Abraham. God wanted a covenant because He needs a way to help man legally.
Marriage is not a piece of paper, it's a holy covenant. In marriage, troubles are halved, and joy is doubled.
The only way to break a covenant is by death.
When we pray, we are activating our covenant with God.
The devil wanted to stop the Promised Messiah from being born by trying to make Sarah barren and by defiling the seed by trying to make Abimelech take Sarah into his harem.
Genesis 12:2-3 - Jesus told us to bless those who curse us because those who come against us will be cursed because of the Abrahamic Covenant.
"I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”" (Genesis 12:2-3 NKJV)
Jacob had twelve sons, and when Joseph exhibited special gifts of receiving dreams from God and had special favor from Jacob, the devil tried to kill Joseph.
Instead of dying, Joseph had the favor of God with him and he became the Prime Minister of Egypt.
When somebody comes against you, the devil is behind it all and he is so afraid of you.
I Peter 1:10-12 - Even in the Old Testament, the prophets were looking forward to see our generation - whereby the grace and favor of God would come upon all believers. Angels are facinated by the salvation provided to man through the blood of Christ. God did not send His Son to save the fallen angels who sinned, He sent His Son to save us.
"Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into." (I Peter 1:10-12 NKJV)
The devil cannot read our minds. Don't speak words that make him think he's winning. Keep God's praise in your mouth.
The devil tried to prevent the Messiah from being born by making Pharaoh command the killing of all Hebrew babies.
When the devil saw David anointed by Samuel as king of Israel, and that he killed Goliath the giant, he sent spears after David and David was hunted by King Saul. Again, the devil failed to stop the Promised Messiah from being born.
2 Chronicles 22:10-12 - Athaliah is the daughter of the wicked couple - King Ahab and Jezebel the prophetess. All the royal heirs of Judah were killed except for Joash who was hidden from the devil. Again the devil failed to prevent the Messiah's lineage from ending.
"Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal heirs of the house of Judah. But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were being murdered, and put him and his nurse in a bedroom. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziah), hid him from Athaliah so that she did not kill him. And he was hidden with them in the house of God for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the land." (II Chronicles 22:10-12 NKJV)
Angels can take human form but it is illegal. The fallen angels married women on earth to pollute the human seed to prevent the promised Messiah from being born. This resulted in half-human, half-angel giants that were born on the earth. The fallen angels who committed the sexual sins were thrown into Tartarus (hell) - bound in chains in darkness, never to be allowed to perform this sin again.
The devil used the prophecies of the Coming Messiah to locate where and when Jesus would be born. He used King Herod to try to exterminate Jesus by ordering all Hebrew children below the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed, and he failed again. The devil never expected Jesus to be born in a smelly, humble manger.
Romans 5:15-17 - This is the purpose for all the human drama throughout the Bible - God wants to give us these gifts to allow us to reign in life! It's about making life reign, and not death. "Receive" is a present active participle which means that we have to keep on receiving abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness.
"But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)" (Romans 5:15-17 NKJV)
Romans 8:19-21 - The earth will be healed if the people of earth are healed. All creation could talk in the beginning. All creation are now fallen and they are eagerly waiting for the revealing of the sons of God. They are groaning in pain and waiting for us believers to possess our sonship.
"For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God." (Romans 8:19-21 NKJV)
Romans 8:15 - Many churches still don't dare to call God "Abba, Father". We should step into our role of sonship!
"For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”" (Romans 8:15 NKJV)
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Hi I’m Milton Goh, I'm 25 years old and i'm a blogger who writes about Christianity, Parenting, Life Lessons that I learn from Movies/Shows, and Lifestyle.