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In the last 4 or so years my understanding of the gospel has been radically altered, or should I say: simplified. At first what I had to do was decide to believe the bible really is God’s scripture and it’s His teaching for us – His words. That was difficult to do.
Then when I had decided that, a much harder task was ahead of me… to find out what the OT said Jesus would do on the cross and then decide for myself what I think He did. Did He fulfill scripture? Did He do everything He said He would? Did He do everything that the Apostle Paul said He would? Did He do what Peter and John and Matt and Mark said? Did He fulfill Isaiah and Jeremiah and Micah and Genesis and Exodus and the rest?
These 4 years were my own road to Emmaus
(these are v25-27) He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. – Luke 24:13-35
During early 2006 I decided to believe the bible. During late 2006 I decided to believe IN Jesus, not just ABOUT Jesus. During 2007 my life changed and I changed. I simply held tight to the truth, no matter what I saw (2 Cor 5:7). As I turned towards Jesus and gazed at Him, my eyes came open and I saw His glory. Until then I looked but I did not see, I heard but I did not hear.
This is a picture of the key things Jesus did for you and for me. It’s His birthday gift to you… if you will believe.
I know that as you read these words you’re either disagreeing (because you can’t see it) or you’re suspicious (because you can’t see those scriptures). Rest assured that if you combine the promises with your faith, they will happen in your life. They are happening in mine!
For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.- Heb 4:2
If you want to see the scriptures for those statements, look at my next/newer blog post. Put on your hard hat, I’m going to post just scriptures and you’ll be wading through truths that no one might have had the courage to show to you before.
Will you choose to believe He is the Messiah and when He said on the cross “it is finished” that He wasn’t lying and wasn’t kidding?
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. – John 19:30
Will you have the courage to say YES and believe the bible? Will you have the courage to say YES and believe God didn’t make a mistake when He wrote the bible through people? Will you have the courage to say YES and believe that Jesus fulfilled the promises?
For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God. – 2 Cor 1:20
There is a genuine and real need for you to say YES to these promises – to say YES that Jesus did these things for you and in you and to you. You have to choose to mix these promises with your faith, otherwise they do not benefit you (Heb 4:2). The promises are received BY FAITH (in what Christ Jesus did) Rom 4:16.
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Yes Mark, YES! I say Yes, to Jesus and no to the world. Thank you for this post that was right on time.
During my retreat, I battled some emotional waves during a short storm, and I stopped to think about it and realized that my issue was not about this thing, or that thing, but was centered around one central question: Can I trust God and take Him at His word?
Thats powerful. Not because the Lord God hurt me, or failed to provide, but because of things that I’ve endured with those closest to me. (particularily, my dad.) So once I saw that dilemma for what it was, I could see what I was dealing with.
I’ll tell you what. I picked up my bible tonight and continued on with my reading plan, and I read straight thru revelations and I’ll you what. I say YES to JESUS and the ways of God, and no to an adulterous, compromising heart.
I like what you said about becoming changed after learning about Jesus, and believing IN Jesus. Thats deep. Those are the words that I’ve been looking for to describe how I feel. I get great revelation, and learn in bible studying, but I wanna deeper, realer relationship – That is why its important for me to go beyond this hangup of mine. *Clears throat*
BTW, I hit you tube and watched the video’s you made and it really helped me last night. I was wondering if there was a link to where I could DL them to media player and keep them on repeat.
Cool Abiding, thanks for your comment! My newest video is here, I uploaded it today. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd4nmaym5BE God bless, Mark.