This is a four part series
- Much more surely will those who receive… reign as kings in life
- Understanding the exchange on the cross of Jesus Christ
- God is making His dwelling place amongst us!
- Defeat death, by removing it’s supply of sin (a lesson from the history of Babylon)
On Weds 17th March I read a blog from Joshua Hawkins which restates that something is occuring right across the globe. God is moving, the Holy Spirit is moving, Jesus Christ is being exalted.
The Lord is clearly moving in an unusual way in our world today. From churches and college campuses in Kansas City, Texas, and Atlanta to New England, Redding, California, and many places even across the globe, there is an unprecedented move of the Holy Spirit taking place. – Joshua Hawkins
And as I pray I feel so much less resistance in my prayers, it’s remarkable! Indeed the turning point has been reached.
Billy Humprhey wrote about Josiah reforms and he believes that we are going to experience that. He points out the God was intent on destroying everything after Manassah was the worst king in Judah’s history. But because of Manassah’s son Josiah, reforms were put in place and the book of the law was rediscovered and God’s punishment relented.
As I pray, I am restating the finished work, the full atoning work of Jesus Christ… that is the only thing which (seemingly) can stand in the way of God’s punishment of this idolatrous world. And quickly I must state that I am deeply idolatrous and evil, so is all of Christianity, so is Catholicism, and of course so are all people, all religions – everything has fallen short of the glory of the Lord.
That is why we Christians believe in Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God. The one perfect all-sufficient sacrifice of Jesus Christ on His cross literally makes it “all ok” – provided someone somewhere has faith!
And when it’s ALL OK, then we are restored to God, and then God literally evangelises us HIMSELF through us, His temples. I believe that is the secret… His Presence amongst us is the ultimate evangelical tool. He is irresistable, no human words can match the impact of His Presence on unbelievers. As our faith (in the all-sufficient and undeserved sacrifice of Jesus Christ) continues to soften hearts, open blind eyes and open deaf ears… as this continues… more and more people will feel Him, see Him and hear Him.
And this is scriptural, look:
While we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son,
IT IS MUCH MORE [CERTAIN];
now that we are reconciled,
that we shall be saved
through His resurrection life – Rom 5:10
Note the tense… we are reconciled… we shall be saved. Reconciliation has occured, and as a result it is much more certain that we will be saved.
You see, when Christians – in prayer – focus on the full reconciliation that Jesus Christ bought for the whole world (whether in Heaven of on Earth – Col 1:20) then people are reconciled to God Himself (Jesus Christ), our sin no longer separates us from Him.
And when God Himself (Jesus Christ) walks amongst us and talks to us, who can resist that?
… as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. – 2Co 6:16
That is fulfillment of these OT scriptures…
I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God. – Exo 29:45
I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people. – Lev 26:11-12
I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. – Eze 37:26-27
That is why we must rise up and excersize our faith… the message of reconciliation is entrusted to us in 2 Cor 5:19!
What it takes is a patient and generous determination to continue having faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on His cross. It is only the exchange at the cross which will soften this world (their heart, eyes and ears) and return His people back to Himself.