Sunday, February 19, 2017

Christ’s Work, 1of2



~ 4 Major Milestones of Christ’s Work On Our Behalf ~

Christ Died To Redeem Us  ~  “Our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.  Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you” (Titus 2:13b-14).   

Christ Rose To Justify Us  ~  “It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Romans 4:24b-25).   

Christ Lives To Save Us  ~  “But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:24-25).   

Christ Will Return To Glorify Us  ~  “Since you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:1-4).   

the key question: “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15).  This is the most important question you will ever answer. If you do not answer it you have made the biggest mistake anyone can make!

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Jesus Is The Messiah, 301of301



~ REVIEW:  Jesus Christ is the Messiah of the Hebrew Scriptures ~ 

Background  ~  Jesus Christ said, “Search the Scriptures—they testify of Me” (John 5:39).  “And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, Jesus explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:27).

On each Sabbath day for over five and a half years Abundant Life Now has posted evidence that Jesus Christ was and is indeed The Messiah.  In our final post in this series we are reviewing some of the many factors which clearly show that Jesus Christ is The Messiah.

Many Prophecies He fulfilled  ~  For a quick summary review Abundant Life Now post of November 12, 2016 entitled “Messiah, 287A” which provides a sampling of some of the many fulfilled prophecies. 

Consider the Odds  ~  Mathematicians have calculated that the odds of one person fulfilling just 8 of these prophecies is 1 in 1028.  In other words 1 chance out of 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!  Jesus Christ fulfilled over 400 prophecies! 

Many Scriptures Point to Jesus Christ  ~  Consider just three chapters from the Hebrew Scriptures:
1) ALN posted 9 times regarding Leviticus 23 (Messiah, 289A thru 297A, dated from November 26, 2016 through January 21, 2017).  Note: Prior posts are indexed by date on the left column of Abundant Life Now.
2) ALN posted 12 times regarding Psalm 22 (Messiah, 49 through 60, dated from June 9 through August 25, 2012).  Prior posts are indexed by date on the left column of Abundant Life Now.
3) ALN posted 12 times regarding Isaiah 53 (Messiah, 186 through 197, dated from January 10 through March 28, 2015).  Prior posts are indexed by date on the left column of Abundant Life Now.
As has been seen during these past years many other Hebrew Scriptures point to Jesus Christ as The Messiah. 

Many Testimonies of His Contemporaries  ~  He was often referred to as “The Christ [Messiah]” by His Contemporaries.  Consider the ALN post “Messiah, 298A(January 28, 2017).

Jesus Christ Claimed To Be The Messiah  ~  Jesus Christ often referred to Himself as The Messiah.  Consider the ALN post “Messiah, 299A” (February 4, 2017).

Many New Testament References  ~  So many references in the New Testament to Jesus Christ related to Him being The Messiah.  Consider the ALN post “Messiah, 300A(February 11, 2017). 

Closing Scriptures  ~  Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.  All things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:15-18).  Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.  Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?  For we know Him who said, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.  And again, ‘The Lord will judge His people.’  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:28-31).

Closing Statement  ~  You are going to bow down to Jesus Christ—The Messiah.  That is a fact.  The only questions are:
  1. “When will you bow down?” 
  2. “Will it be soon for salvation?”  or,
  3. “Will it be when you meet Him as your Judge?” 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Fear God, 57



~ Fear of God Causes Consideration of Our Daily Actions ~

God does not want His children living in fear.  “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:2-3).  However, God does want His children to have a proper respect and reverence for Him.  We are told in many places in Scripture to “fear God.”  

This Week’s Passage  ~  And I became very angry when I heard their outcry and these words.  After serious thought, I rebuked the nobles and rulers, and said to them, ‘Each of you is exacting usury from his brother.’  So I called a great assembly against them.  And I said to them, ‘According to our ability we have redeemed our Jewish brethren who were sold to the nations.  Now indeed, will you even sell your brethren?  Or should they be sold to us?’  Then they were silenced and found nothing to say.  Then I said, ‘What you are doing is not good.  Should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies?  I also, with my brethren and my servants, am lending them money and grain.  Please, let us stop this usury!  Restore now to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also a hundredth of the money and the grain, the new wine and the oil, that you have charged them’” (Nehemiah 5:6-11). 

Fearing God Results in Salvation  ~  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).  A wise person fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident” (Proverbs 14:16).  This does not mean the Christian is to live a fearful life—but a life which reverences God and seeks to do His will. 

Fearing God Results in Fearlessness  ~  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).  The answer is: only God.  With the gift of salvation comes responsibility.

Fearing God Results in Witnessing  ~  “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul” (Psalm 66:16). 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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