Hello, Audiences! Welcome to Return to God Forum. I am Dr. Danson Ubebe – Teacher and Author. This is Episode 15 of our teaching series. It is the fifth of; “Called to the kingdom of God” sub-series. Every topic and subtopic we discuss is confirmed by a declaration from at least two scriptures. It is important to note we were saved by only the gospel of the cross of Jesus and Him crucified (Gal. 6:14).

Our topic today is ABCs for peace of mind & three stages of salvation.

Objective: To learn how to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

The mind is a battleground between thoughts and motives of good and evil. To cope with it, Jesus taught us to be passionate about the kingdom of God. End intro.

  1. The peace of mind is not the absence of conflict. But it is a sign that your mind is focused on the Way (Is. 26:3), a popular nickname of Christ in early centuries. Disciples who behaved like Him were labeled people of the Way (Acts 9:1-2). Though harassed, they had peace of mind (Phil. 4:6-7) for following Jesus who gives peace, not as of the world (John 14:27). The Way mirrored the significance of the Sermon on the Mount which Jesus taught early in His ministry (Mt. 5:1-2). The first consequence of looking away from the Way is fear. Peter testified to it when he began to sink once he took his eyes off Jesus while they walked on water (Mt. 14:22-31).

Emphasis. The custodians of the law and their collaborators rejected Jesus. They hunted the disciples of the Way like animals (Acts 9:1-2). Pride dulled their minds. So, they could not humble themselves to accept and believe Jesus and be one with others in the Lord (John 17:21)? End emphasis.

 

  1. Why is the mind wicked? This is traceable to the beginning. God created perfect earth. The extension was polluted – Fig. 1 (insert). So, He rebuilds it as the foundation of the world. He next created the spiritual man (1Pet. 3:4) in His image & likeness in the Lord (Gen. 1:27). And formed the spirit of man within him (Zech. 12:1). This spirit is not the man. Next formed natural man on earth above the sky; how do you know? Explained in insert (Fig. 3A). Lastly, He united them into a masterpiece; known as a living being (Gen. 2:7), a god (Lk. 3:38) to live forever. This first man, Adam, a union of the man of spirit and of mud was natural (1Cor. 15:46). The man lived with the light God spoke to be, and not with sunlight – like begets like. Next visual aids explain further:

Note that the earth God created in the beginning (Gen. 1:1) was not part of the chaos. So, it remains intact and perfect.

Celestial earth (1Cor. 15:40) – reference (Fig. 3 Part A), is lit by the light which God called out of the darkness. It is like the light which shone on and blinded Paul on his way to Damascus to hunt for the disciples (Acts 9:3-6). Adam’s body of mud was clothed in glory (Ps. 8:5) to live forever and not to return to dust. The glory was his outward outlook or cover of his inward structure like physical skin. So, his death in Eden suggests he hid or separated from God and his forgetfulness of Him.

 

Emphasis. The sin of Adam pulled back God’s glory. It annulled Adam’s chance to live forever. After he died (Gen. 3:8) God clothed his nakedness with the body of blood of animal skin to return to dust (Acts 17:26). Then he was driven out of Eden. End emphasis.

 

On terrestrial earth, light is supplied by the sun, moon, and stars (Gen. 1:14-18). When sinful Adam woke to reality, he forgot God and made idols as his god (Rom. 1:20-32). Then he began to worship Satan, ruler of the earth of darkness (John 12:31). The seeds of Adam are born dead on earth into reality in transgressions and iniquity (Ps. 51:5). So, man is a pilgrim on this earth (1Pet. 2:11-12). Mortal death is the response to the curse on him to return to dust. This was after he first died or separated from God in Eden (Gen. 3:8) – proven by noticing he was naked and was ashamed, unlike when he was covered by the glory of God (Gen. 2:25). Mortal death does not separate man from God the second time. So, it is a consequential event to the curse on him. This was stimulated by the crucifixion at Calvary – First God forsook Jesus, which is the separation as it was in Eden (Mt. 57:46). Then mortal death later to return the body to dust (Mt. 57: 49). But His resurrection prevented His body from rot (Ps. 16:10).

Emphasis. Under the sky, man is short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). It portrayed the death of his physical outlook or separation from God. Every man is born with a hardened heart, deceitful and wicked. As shown by Jesus, the curse on man to return to dust (Gen. 3:19) was neither part of the law of forbidden fruit, nor his death or separation from God in Eden. End emp...

 

  1. Why a man cannot undo his sinful nature. The sin Adam committed ingrained sinful nature in man. For he was then in his loans. So, there is nothing man can do to undo his sinful nature for it is infused in his spirit, soul, and body. Hence the heart is full of evil thoughts (Mk. 7:21).

In the case of righteousness, only those who abide in Christ retain it (Rom. 5:17). So, if a man who once received the righteousness of Christ does abominations and not repent, he would lose it, and vice versa (Ezek. 18:20-24). Any man who does not abide will be like a withered tree branch, which is cast into the fire (John 15:6).

 

Emphasis. The argument that man cannot lose the righteousness once received is an untruth. It contrasts the word of God. Regarding salvation or forgiveness of sin, every scripture must queue behind the cross of Jesus to be legitimate. Example – “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin (Rom. 4:8).” Grace as construed by God does not fellowship with lawlessness (Rom. 6:1). End emphasis.

 

  1. Consequences of separation from God. Two separate kinds of sin infested the fallen world. The sin of Satan infested a once stretched-out perfect earth as he fell on it (Rev. 12:9). On the other hand, the sin of Adam infested the creatures. Therefore, no man with sinful blood or anything made could save him (Ps. 49:6-9).

 

Emphasis. Sinful Adam began life on this earth as a slave of sin (Rom. 6:20). So, he awoke as deep darkness on earth of darkness (Is.60:2). This would have been forever if Jesus did not come to save man. End of emphasis.

 

  1. The arrival of Jesus and His Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon is the ABCs required to find the Way by those who seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mt. 6:33). Only the Way leads to heaven in every workplace. It can be categorized into two types of actions. Namely. – One that seeks the kingdom of God, and the other that seeks the Righteousness of the kingdom of God.

Emphasis. New knowledge from 1 – 5 ABCs makes the mind hunger for the kingdom of God. It provokes the desire to do the will of God instead of the flesh (1Pet. 4:1-2). So, the wickedness of men would mean nothing compared to the joy of following Jesus (Mt. 10:6). It reduces the battle of thoughts of good and evil in the mind. So, the mind will be at peace. Thoughts that trigger depression and loneliness, etc. will be overshadowed with joy. End emphasis.

Emphasis. 6-9 ABCs focus the mind on thoughts and motives that please God. It is aimed at filling the heart with joy, peace, and righteous thoughts amid challenges. This inspires the desire to know more about the sacrifice of Jesus. End emphasis.

 

  1. There is no absolute assurance of being saved forever. In brief, three stages of salvation exist. The common salvation (Eph. 2:8-9), the daily salvation by grace (1Cor. 1:18), and the final salvation of the soul (1Pet. 1:9) for those who endure to the end (Mt. 24:13). Every stage is perfected by sanctification (Gal. 3:2-3) to make beneficiary holy like God is holy (1Pet. 1:16). So, scripture clearly described all that is required to know about salvation, sanctification, and vis-a-vis being born again. Instead, you hear men talk of once saved, saved forever, the man was sanctified once, and being born again (with or in the earthly body). “Like the people, like the priest (Hos. 4:9).” Was Jesus born again only Spiritually or with the mortal body? So, to be body again is by faith (Heb. 11:1). To begin the process of salvation, man as the seed of Adam was the rightful person to save himself. But he couldn’t pay the cost to save his soul (Ps. 49: 8). So, God resorted to His love for a man to save him. So, He sent Jesus (John 3:16). For this purpose, He prepared the soul of Jesus as an offering for sacrifice (Is. 53:10). The body served as a substitute for the soul God created in His image and likeness as first Adam. Jesus further demonstrated His love for man by fulfilling customary law about redeeming the right of first refusal (ROFR) from who it rightly belongs (Ruth 4: 1-11). So, He bore the burden of saving man by washing the disciples’ feet. It justified man to gather in Christ to receive his inheritance (Eph. 1:10-11).

 

Emphasis. Salvation, sanctification, and being born again are progressive. For the priest to be like the people, he must first belong to those who hear the voice of Christ (John 18:37) – the church. In serving God the church makes up the people of the priest. The ROFR to Jesus to save man was freely given according to Peter (John 13:8-9). It gave Jesus the legitimacy to save man by His sacrifice on the cross. End.

 

  1. The dual role of the cross of Jesus. The Lamb of God was crucified on the cross for the offenses of man (Mt. 27:50). On the third day, He resurrected as the way through His flesh to the kingdom of God (John 14:6). The Way represents the truth. The truth formed the cartoon known as the body of Christ (1Cor. 12:27). Every hearer of the word of God is equal truth personified and a member of the body of Christ. The assembly is called the church of Christ (Rom. 12:4-5). This was proven with scripture interpreting scripture in episode 13. The shed blood of Jesus was the justification for God to forgive the sin man committed before (Rom. 3:25). Then the man was saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). Thus, the cross of Jesus is the crown of death Jesus put on to save man. At the same time, the cross is the dawn of our everlasting life in Christ. As a result, we are to “always carry about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in your body (2Cor. 4:10).” To conform to Jesus’ death and to carry in the body the dying Lord Jesus requires man to first possess the ABCs to the Way, as listed previously. To conform suggests the desire to:
  2. Know Jesus and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His

suffering on the cross (Phil. 3:10), and to

  1. seek to find: “what is the exceeding greatness of the power of God toward

believers, according to the working of the mighty power of God which He

worked in Christ to raise Him from the dead (Eph. 1:19-20).”

 

Emphasis. The cross of Jesus and Him crucified (1Cor. 2:2) is the object of faith in God. The gospel is the infallible truth. Him alone has guaranteed salvation (Gal. 6:14). To conform to the death of Jesus is the desire to be perfect. End of emphasis.

 

  1. What scripture says about the sins forgiven man. From the moment man rejected God in the garden of Eden, he began to contradict the word of God. Even the salvation of man through the finished work of Jesus has not stopped a man from worshipping with his lips. Else, how can it be explained that God forgave the man his past, present, and future sins? Does it not contradict scripture which declared that for the propitiation of Jesus on the cross, God forgave man the sins he committed before (Rom. 3:25)? Is it that Jesus’ sacrifice was in vain? This is just a tip of the self-righteousness of men. It undermines the voice of God whose hearer is of the truth (John 18:37). And which makes a man a member of the body of the church of Christ (Rom. 12:4-5). It is impossible offenses will not come (Lk. 17:1). So, after man has been saved, he would certainly do wickedly contrary to the word of God (Eph. 5:3,11). Hence God offered man repentance in the event of sin (1John 1:9). God would be contradicting His word regarding consistency and impartiality if indeed He forgave sins not yet committed. His warning against the work of the flesh is like the warning to Adam in the garden of Eden (Gen. 2:17). Self-righteousness remains the tragedy of man. Every man holds to his opinion by inference as right, against the scripture. For instance, grace is said to be unmerited favor by inference from the saying that if by grace, then it is no longer works, etc. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace, etc. (Rom. 11:6). This reading of grace is clearly by human logic.

 

Emphasis. The sin committed now or in the future will not instantly separate man from God. But it will in the end, for those who fail to repent (Gal. 5:19-21). Make no mistake about it. End of emphasis.

 

  1. A case for born-again. Jesus is the Lamb of God. A sinless body was prepared for Him for sacrifice (Heb. 10:5) to take away the sin of the World (John 1:29). How? He was accused and condemned to death. Then crucified on the cross for the sin man committed previously (Rom. 3:25). By it, mankind was saved. But everyone requires believing to be saved, not born again; explained in sub-topic number 6 above. It is important to note Jesus was sacrificed as the 2nd Adam. When 1st Adam died all men were in his loins and they died too. Jesus executed the reversal for Himself and all men, though are standing apart from Him. So, everyone is required to accept and believe in Him. Only those who believe are saved (Lk. 19:10). And only those who are saved and abide in Him forever will be His co-heir (John 15:4). Unlike 1st Adam who harbored all men in his loins, in the case of 2nd Adam, all men race to gather into Him (Eph. 1:10). In the place of the body of sin destroyed on the cross, God created a new man in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:24). This is made up of the Spirit of God (1John 4:13), the soul created first in the image and likeness of God but was corrupted and is now regenerated to the glory of Christ the Lord (2Cor. 3:18), and the glorious body (Phil. 3:21) made without hands (2Cor. 5:1). As for every man he who believes and abides in Christ lives by the Spirit of God (Gal. 2:20). The soul is being renewed (2Cor. 4:16). Jesus will change his body of flesh and blood to that of spirit structure on His 2nd coming (1Cor. 15:50).

 

Emphasis. Until all three (spirit, soul, and body) are born again separately first, no man will be wholly born again like risen Christ. At present born again is by faith – The substance remains a thing hoped for till the second coming of Christ. To be deemed wholly saved when you believed (Acts 16:31) is not equal to wholly born again apart from my faith. To believe is the beginning of the way to be born again. End.

 

  1. Do all things in the love of God. It is proof that a man is a practitioner of the ABCs for peace of mind. What is love? A brief overview is to bear the burden of who you love for him to enjoy his hitherto deprivation (Gal. 6:2). It is unconditional love, desiring nothing in return. It portrays the same mind of Jesus (Phil. 2:5). The purpose of self-denial is to bring peace, joy, and hope to the beneficiary, like salt does to taste of food and light to darkness and productivity, to the glory of God (Mt. 5:13-16). The love of God put smiles on the faces of people. It is an influencer to all near and far like rain which falls for the benefit of good and evil. Thoughts and motives are what guide the show of love of God. Nothing should suggest it is a deal, an action contrary to the word of God (Mt. 5:28). It is hypocrisy to go to the church when you have not settled the rift between you and your brother (Mt. 5:23-24). You cannot claim to love God who you do not see more than your brother you see (1John 4:20). He who loves will not harbor habits contrary to the word of God (Mt. 5:29-34). Rather he prays and gives quietly or in secret to avoid the praise of men, and for God to be glorified.

 

Emphasis. The love of God contrasts carnal love. Though material gifts are good, it is generally tied to the expectation of something desired from the beneficiary. God measures love by the thoughts and motives of the donor. End of emphasis.

 

  1. Converting fellow men. Everyone who believes in Jesus is called to evangelize. The proper approach is to be a witness of only the scripture according to the gospel of the cross of Jesus and Him crucified (1Cor. 2:2). Emphasis should be on storing treasures in heaven which is within us (Lk. 17:2). It is where safety is assured (Mt. 6: 19-21). Also, lay emphasis on the need to endure persecution and to refrain from sin or revenge, and on hatred by the world ((John 15:18-27). Also, give reasons to repent in case of sin (1John 1:9). Available options are Life and death (Deut. 30:19). Choose life which is signified by following through the narrow gate and winding way which guarantees eternal life of bliss (Mt. 7:13-14).

 

Emphasis. To mix the gospel of Jesus crucified with any other is like to pour new wine in old wineskin and corrupt the content (Mt. 9:14-17). Treasures in heaven are such things that give glory, praise, and honor to God. End of emphasis.

 

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Hello, Audiences! Welcome to Return to God Forum. I am Dr. Danson Ubebe – Teacher and Author. This is Episode 14. It is the fourth of the series; “Called to the kingdom of God.” It is written God hates lying tongue (Ps. 120:2). An example is to interpret scripture by substitution of the opinion of man – for instance, unmerited favor for grace, Peter for rock, etc. In Return to God Form, we interpret scripture with scripture to unlock the mystery in the word. Then equip those who have ears to hear with sound knowledge of God’s word (Eph. 4:12-14). “And you will know the truth, the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

Our topic today is What is the Righteousness of God and who is predestined?

Aim is to show the righteousness of God is the final rank in the hierarchy of righteousness and to be predestined is a choice offered to all men.

In Episode 13, we clarified “grace and truth which came through Jesus (John 1:17), and the rock on which Jesus build His church, and the church Jesus established.” Today’s lecture is on righteousness and predestination. End of Intro,

 

Misconception about the righteousness of God. To be the righteousness of God is to have the same traits as Him. But the common opinion of many believers suggests that the man who has right standing with God, or believes, or does what is right is the righteousness of God. But man lacks knowledge of absolute truth in all things to liken his behaviors to the traits of God. So, man cannot rightly equate his actions to God’s judgment. Moreover, a man can do or believe right in his eyes, different from the truth, which is the perception of God. Without knowing what the righteousness of God truly is, the correct answers to the following questions and more will elude us:

  1. Will a man who once received righteousness lose it or not?
  2. With risen Jesus as an example of being born again, is the earthly man currently like Him?
  3. What makes the spirit, and soul, and body the righteousness of God? Etc.

 

Emphasis. Under the law, the Scribes and Pharisees exalted themselves above measure. It was due to a lack of knowledge. They saw themselves as the authority of the law and as above board. Today by survey, the posture of many who claim to believe in Jesus; preachers and laymen alike, suggests a similar attitude of the Pharisees. This is borne out of pride. The sin committed by Adam infused the pride of life in man, for he was then in his loins. Earlier the sin of Satan infested the earth when he fell on it from heaven (Rev. 12:9). So, the earth and all that is in it are perishing (1John 2:17). But God is holy. Likewise, is the righteousness of God. So, mortality cannot be the righteousness of immortality. But presently a believer is one-third the righteousness of God (i.e., the spirit), sealed with the Spirit of truth (John 14:17), and is two-thirds righteousness by faith. The two-third is yet the substance of things hoped for (Heb. 11:1). What is the difference between righteousness and the righteousness of God? End of emphasis.

 

Comparing righteousness of God and righteousness. Righteousness portrays the characteristics of the Kingdom of God (Rom. 14:17). God gives it as a gift to the man who believes in Christ (Rom. 5:17). But man cannot be the righteousness of God by right-doing or by belief right in his own eyes. The righteousness of God is an individuality of His kingdom. So, he is a spirit being of God. For a man to be the righteousness of God he must possess the personality of divine nature (2Pet. 1:4). An individuality of God is like Jesus Christ who is the righteousness of God. To be this righteousness, a man must be wholly born again in spirit, soul, and body. This, Jesus, has obtained for us by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8). It remains to be made real in earthly man. So, it is still in the realm of faith, the substance of things hoped for (Heb. 11:1). However, God does give the gift of righteousness to anyone dead in the spirit and body because of sin, to believe or do right according to His will (1Sam. 10:10). But the righteousness of God is the personification of right belief or doing. Hence if Christ is in man the Spirit is life because of righteousness (Rom. 8:10).

Emphasis. Christ is the first born-again from the dead (Col. 1:18). But the man who believes is only one-third fully born again. And he is two-thirds born again by grace through faith. So, two-third of members of man still harbor the law of sin (Rom. 7:23). This remains to be cleansed and is ongoing. Only the born-again aspect of man can be the righteousness of God. E.g., the Spirit. Note that the man God created and now saved is the soul and not the born-again Spirit – proven in the previous Episode. End of emphasis.

 

Christ is the Lord our righteousness (Jer. 23:6). Christ Jesus is the High Priest of God (Zech. 6:12-13). He is upright in every way of life. Likewise, God created man upright (Eccl. 7:29). Everyone who regards himself according to the Spirit is to walk in like manner. This also applies to the man of faith of Abraham (Rom. 4:16). It is by doing so a man can live according to the fruit of the Spirit. This is to exhibit a lifestyle of; love, joy, peace, faithfulness, self-control, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and meekness (Gal. 5:22-23). Therefore, the gift of righteousness is a privilege to live in accordance with the will of God (John 7:17). This was the way of life of the apostles of Christ in the First Century. It made them conspicuous in the society and were in Antioch first labeled Christ-like, from which men derived Christianity (Antioch 11:26).

 

Emphasis. The man who believes moves gradually up the ladder of righteousness until he is completely born-again as co-heir with Christ. The final gift is the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2Cor. 5:21). It is then he is perfect. Even when man lives for God according to the Spirit, at the same time he lives life in the flesh for which he will give account to God (1Pet, 4:4-6). End of emphasis.

 

The righteousness of God and faith. Until man stands in the divine grace by faith through Christ, he cannot see things the same way God sees them. For the thoughts and ways of God are higher than those of man (Is.55:8-9). So, unless God gives to man the gifts to do His will, he cannot please Him. God created man upright at the beginning (Eccl. 7:29). But sin stripped him of the image. So, he must first be regenerated fully before he would receive wholly the righteousness of God in Christ. Meanwhile, his exposure to the righteousness of God in Christ from faith to faith is gradual (Rom. 1:16-17). This is indicative of the concurrent upward surrender of man to God’s increasing splendor and closeness to him. It will go on till man receives the end of faith and the soul receives salvation (1Pet. 1:9). It is not what is received in an earthly body. Why? Jesus finished the work of salvation and cut it short of righteousness on earth (Rom. 9:28). It gives credence to why Paul declared that he had not achieved, though he fought the good fight of faith (Phil. 3:12-13). To be the righteousness of God goes with perfection, which means to be counted amongst the assembly of God. Even the Patriarchs still wait for it till now (Heb. 11:40). So, let our focus be on the good fight of faith like Paul, for now.

 

Emphasis. Self-effort cannot bring man close to doing things to please God. It is only Him that draws man close to Himself. Although the body of sin (made up of the old nature entangled by sin) was destroyed (Rom. 6:6), the law of sin remains in members of man opposing the law of God according to the inward man (Rom. 7:22-24). Until the sinful nature is flushed out of man, spiritual warfare between light and darkness will range on (Eph. 6: 10-11). Meanwhile, let the object of our faith be in the cross of Jesus and Him crucified (1Cor. 2:2). End emphasis.

The gift of righteousness is in ranks. God gives righteousness as He pleases to man for a purpose. Abel, Noah, Abraham, and other fathers of faith received different ranks of righteousness by their blood (Mt. 23:35). But none has received the gift of the righteousness of God. It is the crown for the faithful who endures to the end (2Tim. 4:8). But God gives the general gift of righteousness as He likes. For example, God anointed Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, a Gentile as a righteous servant. It was for a purpose; to carry the stiff-necked nobles and kith and kin and the sacred vessels in Judah and Jerusalem to captivity for seventy years (Jer. 27:6, 20-22). So, the gift of righteousness is to make one have right standing with or believe in God for a time. It is different from the gift of the righteousness of God in Christ which is eternal in the kingdom of God (2Cor. 5:21).

Emphasis. The fathers of faith received the gift of righteousness as per rank due them. It helped them have faith in God and to be adjudged righteous (Rom. 4:9). It is similar to the gift Jesus exchanged for the sins man committed before Calvary. So, make no mistake to regard it as the righteousness of God. This He has reserved for those who abide in Jesus and endure to the end (1John 4:13-15). However, it is received from faith to faith as shown previously (Rom. 1:17). End of emphasis.

 

The spirit, soul, and body are born-again at different times. The union of all three makes up a man. Meanwhile, only the spirit is born again (Gal. 2:20). It is a gift received when man first believed in Christ. The belief saved man from the shackles of Satan by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). Now, the soul is being renewed by the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 4:16). It is after completing the body will be changed to a glorious body at the second coming of Christ (Phil. 3:21). The man will then be wholly born again and be given the righteousness of God as a prize. It is the born-again spirit that helps a believer to be spiritually minded (Rom. 8:6b). When the soul aligns with the spirit, the man will walk like Jesus walked (1John 2:6). It is the process of walk in the Spirit. This is the answer to the call to regard oneself according to the Spirit. It is by the walkman will be a faithful partaker of the heavenly calling (Heb. 3:1). It is climaxed by a change of spirit, soul, and body to a heavenly nature like Christ, in Christ. Once a man becomes the righteousness of God, he does not and cannot sin again (1John 3:9). It is by this understanding; no man is righteous on Earth (Rom. 3:10) or is continuously upright (Eccl. 7:29). But to believe right or do right or be in right standing with God according to the opinion of man will not make a man not to commit sin on earth (Eccl. 7:20). Whereas, whoever is the righteousness of God displays divine calling continuously. It is not possible by mortal man because Jesus finished the work of being born again and cut it short in righteousness upon the Earth (Rom. 9:28).

 

Emphasis. When Jesus was born-again, man too was born-again. The man was raised with and in Him (Eph. 2:5-6). The man represents humanity. Now that every man is a member of humanity, a believer hereafter is to regard himself according to the Spirit, in the manner of Christ (2Cor. 5:16) and no longer known according to the flesh. But he still carries about the mortal body and the corrupted soul. So, that a man wholly born again like Christ is meanwhile by faith and not in concrete terms. End of Emphasis.

 

Is it possible to lose righteousness once received? Scripture provides the answer in different books. As explained earlier what God gives in full to the man who lives outside His kingdom is simply righteousness and not the righteousness of God. Scripture declared; thus, “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered, because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die (Ezek. 18:24)” In a similar manner, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and … if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance…” (Heb. 6:4-6).

 

Emphasis. The righteousness of God is a basic part of a divine being. Only Satan and his angels once enjoyed it before they rebelled and were cast out of heaven. Then the like of Apostle Paul were enlightened to a great degree. Far from it that grace covers lawlessness and allows misbehave. Light and darkness do not co-exist (2Cor. 6:14). So, the gift of righteousness once received can be lost. How the gift of the righteousness of God is received is not comparable to how sinful nature was received. As for sinful nature man was in the loins of Adam when he committed sin. So, every of his intake affected man in his loins. End of emphasis.

What it means to be predestined. It is written Christ is the vine. A man who believes and abides in Him is a fruitful being (John 15:4). If a believer who once abided in Him backslides and would not repent his attachment will change to a dead link that merely hangs from Him. So, he will be cast out into the darkness like a withered vine branch (John 15:6). There is no safety fence between light and darkness for lukewarm attitudes as declared by scripture (Rev. 3:16). The analogy suggests Jesus, and man as the son of God, are of the same origin, like a vine and the branch (Lk. 3:38). So, God knew everyone (Jer. 1:5). All being are alive with free will and opportunities to do His will (John 17:3). To do His will determines His set standard of predestination. So, everyone who does His will is predestined. It is the predestined that is afterward justified and glorified (Rom. 8:30). So, God did not single out certain people to meet the standard He had set, for all face temptation (James 1:13-15). Rather everyone makes his own choice to, or not to, live the holy and blameless life of God (Eph. 1:4-5). God is ever impartial (Acts 10:34-43). Jesus Christ set an example for everyone by sacrificing Himself for all to imitate and to attain predestined mark (Rom. 3:25). After the forgiveness of past sins, He warned man, as He did to Adam, not to do evil else, he would not enter the kingdom of God (Gal. 5:19-21). The consequence of disobeying God, in this case, is the second death in eternity (Rev. 20:14). Reference Episode 4 for visual aid of consequence via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UGhWP-f15k

 

Emphasis. To be predestined is a choice open to all men. Everybody risks failure by his free will. Whoever denies Jesus on end will be rejected as it happened to Adam. So, he would also die (1Cor. 6:9- 10). This is the second death (Rev. 21:8). You cannot wish away the similarity between the warning to Adam and to man under grace. End of emphasis.

 

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Hello Audiences! Welcome to Return to God Forum. I am Dr. Danson Ubebe – Teacher and Author. This is Episode 13; the third of the series; “Called to the kingdom of God.” Our task is to equip you with knowledge of the word of God (Eph. 4:12-14). More so as lack of knowledge destroys the people of God (Hos. 4:6).

It is known that grace and truth came through Jesus (John 1:17). The importance of grace and truth requires you to know what they truly represent and what made them special.

You will only know this by hearing the message again, and again. So, our topic today is ‘grace and truth’; the mysteries unveiled – Ministry of Jesus, Part 3.

The objective is to show how grace and truth are iconic gifts.

In Episode 12, we probed the identity and functions of spirit, soul and body, and the step-by-step transformation to born-again. Today we will deepen the study of grace and truth in Parts A and B. End of intro.

Part A.

Grace is an iconic gift. It is a puzzle we have interpreted and proven with scripture. Over the years grace has been described in various ways without proof. Examples are, unmerited favor, power, etc. Is God author of confusion? To single out and brand grace as unmerited favor is absurd. This is because all other gifts are unmerited. The poison of wrong description of grace could ruin multitudes of souls.

You cannot be like first century disciples of Christ, who walked like Him, if you lack understanding of grace in the perspective of God (Acts 11:26)? It is when you know the biblical interpretation you can live life in the flesh for God (Phil. 1:27). “And you shall know the truth, the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

Divine grace is not given to man in isolation of Jesus. This was testified to, when power left Jesus the moment the woman with the issue of blood was healed (Mk. 5:25-30). Similarly, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord to save a remnant of humanity on the surface of the earth (Gen. 6:8). It was for God to fulfil His promise (Gen. 3:15); to give eternal life to man (1John 2:25). For similar reason of salvation, grace was also given to Paul to lay the foundation of the gospel of the cross of Jesus and Him crucified (1Cor. 3:10). Grace is a fruit of administrative arm of the reign of Jesus.

It stands out like a thumb among the gifts of God. Its functions are multi-dimensional. It is like the diverse functions of arm forces in human rule. Grace could trigger divine power, favor, protection, blessing, etc. Whereas favor is an earthly benefit and both God and men give it. For example, Jesus and Samuel respectively increased in favor with God and men (Lk. 2:52; Sam. 2:26).

 

Emphasis.  Only scripture can interpret scripture with similar statement to reveal its true meaning, be it grace or any word of God. It is the Spirit of truth who dwells in man that reveals it to him (John 14:17, 26) by either intuition, or vision, or dream. or voice (Is. 30:21). Extra meanings are guesswork of people deceived and deceiving. It is similar way favor has craftily been changed to grace in some Holy Bible for selfish reasons. If you get what grace is wrong; you will not receive the full benefit of the gospel of the cross of Jesus. For grace intervenes where man’s effort ends. When scripture interpret itself, it is watertight. No option can discredit it, unlike views of man. Example, what then is the difference between grace and faith, etc. for all are unmerited. Now what is the purpose of grace? End emphasis.

 

Pathway to grace. For tidiness, it is necessary to first map the path to grace. God knew man would fall prey to sin. Therefore, He designed the cross of Jesus before the foundation of the world, to save man by grace through faith (Eph. 1:4-6). It means God was not taking unaware by the sin of Adam. The sin in the garden of Eden stripped man of every gift of God (Gen. 3:6-8). From that moment sin separated man totally from God (Is. 59:2).

It implied his death was both spiritual and physical, which was his outward look. It was the only time God appointed for man to die once before Judgment (Gen. 2:17; Heb. 9:27). Check your scripture. View video for detail explanation at this given link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnkD0u5wd-0. Thereafter man merited only death (Rom. 6:23). This was mirrored at the temple in Jerusalem with the veil which separated man from the ark of testimony (Ex. 26:35).

 

Emphasis. Adam’s sin turned man to deep darkness; the nature of Satan (Is. 60:2a). It was like the darkness upon the deep before the foundation of the world (Gen. 1:2). It is why the heart of man is evil (Jer. 17;9). And man is born in iniquity (Ps. 51:5), and short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23).

The glory was his outward look like the physical body – Like begets like. So, it was necessary for man to be born again to live with God (John 3:3; 5), because Adam instantly died bodily and spiritually in Eden (Gen. 3:7-8). This is explained in the link shown earlier. End emphasis.

 

Grace ushered in new creation; born-again. At Calvary Jesus was crucified as the sinful nature Adam became when he believed Satan instead of God in the garden of Eden (Gen. 3:7-8). Instantly the veil mentioned earlier, torn from top to bottom (Mt. 27:51). It meant removal of barrier of separation between God and man.

The blood of Jesus set a door in our hearts (Rev. 3:8). The door leads to the new way through His flesh for man to pass and be saved and find pasture (John 10:9). Next God who commanded light out of darkness (Gen. 1:3) shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus (2Cor. 4:6).

As the light of God shone in our hearts, the Lord arose over us and the glory seen upon us (Is. 60:2b). Then, God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus for our offences and He forgave man the sins he committed previously (Rom. 3:25). People generally omit referring to the phrase “previous sins” when discussing forgiveness of our sins at Calvary. So, mankind was saved (from past sins) by grace through faith of God (Eph. 2:8-9). God was in Christ, reconciling men to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them.

He dedicated to us the word of reconciliation (2cor.5:19). So, the Sprit gave gifts to men (1Cor. 12: 3-11). As Jesus resurrected, complete born-again mankind was raised together with Him, shown by bodies of saints who rose (Mt. 27:51-53). This is known as our common salvation by our common faith (Jude 3).

It set a stage for all things to gather in Christ (Eph. 1:10). It gave access to the spirit man by faith to live with God and for the dust to return to dust, when man sleeps on earth (Eccl. 12:7), till the Day of Judgment (1Cor. 15:52). In the interim, everyone must work out the salvation of his soul (Phil. 2:12). The work is made fruitful by living grace through faith in Christ daily (1Cor. 15:10; Heb. 4:16).

 

Emphasis. Now each believer runs looking at the glory of the Lord upon him and is steadily being transformed to the same glory by the Spirit of the Lord (2Cor. 3:18). This will go on till he receives the end of faith and the soul receives salvation (1Pet. 1:9). The common salvation by grace happened once for everybody. It suggests once you believe stay abided in Jesus, which is the only condition to be saved forever (Mk. 8:34). After that, he would require daily saving grace to work out salvation of his soul (Phil. 2:12). End emphasis.

 

God revealed the source of grace. Same Spirit gave general gifts to men (1Cor. 12:4-11). Besides Him, is the “Spirit of glory and of God.” It is He who rest on a man blessed when he is reproached for the sake of Jesus (1Pet. 4:14). But only the spiritual (inner) man gets the direct impression. The natural man is not aware.

This is because natural mind cannot perceive the things of the Spirit of God. Neither can natural man receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually decerned (1Cor, 2:14). So, there is a puzzle here. To unveil the mystery, God used the occasion of the prayer of Paul to Him to remove the thorn in his flesh to tell him: “My grace is sufficient for you” (2Cor. 12:9). What does this mean? By examining the statement God made, it means; when the “Spirit of glory and of God” rest on the inner man, the fruit of grace of God is produced to safeguard the natural man.

 

Emphasis. It shows the relationship between the spiritual and natural man is by divine relay in form of either insight, or vision, or dream, or voice (Is. 30:21) like Paul heard. This is generally facilitated by the Spirit of truth who dwells in us (John 14:26). Every gift is unmerited, regardless of the source. So, what is the difference between the gifts of the “Spirit of glory & of God” and of the Spirit? End emphasis.

 

Finding what made grace unique, an iconic gift. As shown before, the “Spirit of glory and of God” produces the fruit of grace to reveal the identity of the producer Spirit. Now Jesus is God (John 1:1) and the glory of God (Heb. 1:3). Therefore, the “Spirit of glory and of God” is the “Spirit of Christ Jesus.” It means it is the Spirit of Christ who rest on man reproached for the sake of Jesus’ name to produce grace on His behalf to help the natural man in time of need (Heb. 4:16). What is the purpose of the grace of God? The Spirit of Christ is part of the reign of Christ. Therefore, the Spirit produces grace as mark of Christ’s mediation for man before God. Regarding the flow of grace, it comes from God to Christ, and to man. Therefore, grace is “intersession of Christ for the Saints” (Rom. 8:34). This fixed link of grace to the reign of Christ makes it iconic and different from favor. WOW!

So, the gospel of grace is to preach Jesus as the man who died for our sins, who was buried, and who resurrected to save us and now intervenes for us (1Cor. 15:10; Gal. 1:6-7). It is same as, but the reversed order of, the gospel of the cross of Jesus and Him crucified (Gal. 6:14). It is the only valid gospel which incorporates the full counsel of God (Acts 20:24-27).

 

Emphasis. Grace comes by plea of Christ to God for man to get help in time of need (Heb. 4:16). Unlike favor, Christ is a participant in every situation for the gift of grace (1Pet. 2:21). Hence, as law entered that offence might abound, even so when sin abounded, grace abounded much more (Rom. 5:20). Grace is the companion of truth – Part B. End of emphasis.

 

Part B.

This is first ever proof of what truth signifies, using scripture to interpret scripture. It is truth that upholds gospel of grace. Truth has eluded man because he sidelined the Spirit of truth who alone God gave authority to remind him of word of Jesus (John 14:26). People rather chose to accept the mistake of fathers of the church who gave less attention to the iconic gift of truth. By the grace of God, the lid which had covered truth has been removed for man to know what truth is. Like grace, truth also stands out like a thumb in the knowledge of the gospel of salvation.

To unveil truth, Jesus began by likening who hears His word and does it, to a wise man who built his house on a rock. The house was lambasted by ferocious storm and flood, but it stood firm (Mt. 7:24-27).

On another occasion, Jesus asked His disciples who men thought He is. They gave wrong answers (Mt. 16: 13). So, He asked them; who do you say am I? Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mt. 16:16). Jesus said Peter was right. And that it was not revealed to him by flesh and blood, but by His Father who is in heaven. Then Jesus said to him too; you are Peter. Translated as a piece of stone in Greek (John 1:42).

Next, Jesus declared the puzzle: “on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Mt. 16:18). “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you lose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Mt. 16:19).

 

Emphasis. Has this puzzle been really solved till now? Let us interrogate the prevailing opinions: Catholics believe it is Peter. Non-Catholics believe it is: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Is any of them correct? Let us find out. End emphasis.

 

Interrogating the views: First the Catholics. They believe Peter is the rock- insert left bottom.  We found following – Jesus is the Rock (1Cor. 10:4) – insert bulk. He is also eternal. He proposed to build His church on the rock- insert left bottom. But Peter is a creature prevented by death from continuing in office, like the priest under the law (Heb. 7:23).

Also, Peter means a piece of stone (insert – right), which is not the same as a rock (left insert bottom). Indeed, Jesus did not commit Himself to man for He knows all things (John 2:24-25). But He fingered Peter to be the rallying point if he lived (John 21:15-17). If He committed not Himself to man, why would He commit His church to man? Was Peter not a man? Therefore, Peter is not the rock Jesus promised to build His eternal church on.

In Jesus’ dialogue with His disciples, He referred to ‘you’ as who He would give the keys of heaven (Mt. 16:19). On the face, it would suggest it is Peter. Really? Instead, the ‘you’ refers to he who hears His voice. And the ‘keys’ refer to the Holy Spirit. This, He confirmed when He gave the Holy Spirit (the keys) to His disciples (hearer of His voice) after His resurrection (John 20:22-23).

 

Second, Non-Catholics believe the revelation: “You are the Christ; the Son of the living God” is the rock. But this was known before Jesus posed the question to the disciples. Quote: “…You are My Son, today I have begotten You (Psalm. 2:7).”

And: “… For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).” Also, rock is specific to His body, but Christ Jesus refers to the entire Rock (ref. insert). Moreover, the view suggest Jesus promised to build His church on Himself. That would not sound well to the ears of decerning persons. Therefore, the Non-Catholics is not correct too.

 

Emphasis. It means views of men are wrong. So, what did God who knows all things (Isaiah 40:26) revealed to Peter? God made Peter to look at Jesus through His prism (pinhole). So, he saw who truly He is. It is how to know what truth of things by His word and His Spirit is. A wrong verdict of the rock will produce wrong church. Can you see why there are so many differences in world churches? End of emphasis.

 

The proof of what God revealed to Peter. The Rock equal to Christ is a mass of rock (ref. insert). Similarly, Jesus said He is the truth (John 14;6). But scripture did not corroborate Jesus elsewhere. Now wait! The word of God is truth (Ps. 33:4). And Jesus is the Word of God (Rev. 19:13).  Comparing the Rock and Jesus, in turn, the rock which formed the mass of Rock is equal to the word of God or the truth which formed the body of the Word of God, who is Christ.

It means the rock is to the mass of Rock, what the truth is, to the body of Jesus. Therefore, what God revealed to Peter is that Jesus is the truth (Mt. 16:16); to affirm His claim of being the truth.

 

If custodians of the law had known Jesus is truly who He said He is, they would have accused Him of usurping the status of the son of king David, who they believed God anointed as king forever (2Sam. 7:12-16). So, He forbade the disciples from disclosing it to the people (Mt. 16:20).

Now the word, the rock and the church, which is the body of Christ and His flesh, are of the same composition – The truth (Lk. 22: 19-20). Thus, truth is the bread which came from heaven. It gives credit to the saying of Jesus: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Man and drinks His blood, you have no life in you… “This is the bread which came down from heaven… “(John 6:53-58). So, the iconic meaning of “truth” is the “rock (Mt. 16:18),

and “he who hears His voice (The church which is the body of Christ),”

and vice versa. WOW!

 

Emphasis. The church is assembly of truth and is the body of Christ (Rom. 12:4-5).

So, each unit of truth is of His body (1Cor. 12:27).

But assembly of His church is made up of people who hear the voice of Jesus (John 18:37).

So, in Lord’s Supper, the bread man eats as His body affirms his choice to follow, or hunger for Him. And the wine he drinks as His blood affirms his thirst for, or believe in, the word of truth which is the body; the bread from heaven (John 6:35). End emphasis.

 

The Church is incarnation of truth. So, a church is the personification of truth. The Head and Shepherd is Christ Jesus. He came in form of man to bear witness (Is. 55:4). First to the law fulfilled (Mt. 5:17). Next, to testify as a Messiah to truth and unveil it as the new covenant in His blood (John 18:37). It is a man who is of God that hears His word (John 8:47). It is hearing that gives power of God to continue in the doctrine, fellowship of apostles, in the Lord’s Supper, and in prayers (Acts 2:42). Truth is the common thread that bond all members worldwide (1Cor. 10:16-17). It is the symbol of faithfulness and oneness in an assembly at every location and across all locations of the church Jesus founded. Jesus knocks always on the door of every heart. Those who hear His voice will open the door for Him to come in and sup together (Rev. 3:20). Such men are His sheep (John 10:27-28). They shall be separated from the goats someday (Mt. 25:32-33). It is the shepherd who enters by the door the sheep hears and follows. Equally, the shepherd only opens the door for his sheep (Mt. 10:2-5).

 

Emphasis. The church is known by all round morals through adherence to truth.

Truth is the universal language which binds all members together.

The Church is not a building. It is also not the congregation. The church has same mind of Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5). Like the rock, a church must be free from all forms of corruption.

So, run from itching fingers, and ears; predicted by scripture (2Tim. 4:1-4).

Examples Any gospel besides the gospel of Jesus and Him crucified (Gal. 6:14).

Namely; doctrine of sectorial traditions and beliefs not backed by scripture, material prosperity, and motivational message, fables, and everything else emotional. All of them could trigger untruth. End emphasis.

 

Extracts. This teaching answered frequently asked questions like,

what is grace, what is truth, what is the rock Jesus built His church on, and what is the church? All proven with scripture interpreting scripture.

Acknowledgment. All credit goes to the Spirit of truth who spoke through me as a servant of the people for the foregoing interpretations of grace and truth. They form the lifeline of the church of truth founded by Christ. It is futile to deny them by human logic, orthodox tradition, or emerging vanity.

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Hello, Audiences! My name is Dr. Danson Ubebe – Teacher and Author.

Welcome to Return to God Forum. We are glad to present the step-by-step transformation to born-again. Our goal is for you to know the truth. Only the truth you know, shall make you free (John 8:32).

So, we teach word-for-word witness of scripture. This is Episode 12, and the second of the series, titled; “Called to the kingdom of God.” The Episode focuses on finding the identity and functions of spirit, soul, and body and the step-by-step transformation to born-again.

Till now, many believers in Jesus worldwide appeared cowed to believe and please men and not God. For example, they believe the guesswork by man that “grace is unmerited favor.” Rather grace is “intercession by Christ for the Saints” (Rom. 8:34). This is revealed by scripture interpreting scripture. Knowledge of truth according to scripture is paramount to live the life in the flesh as a man who lives by faith in Christ (Gal. 2:20). Lastly, each one will give account to God of his life in the flesh (Rom. 14:12), even the dead who lived according to God in the spirit (1Pet. 4:5-6).

Our topic: Step-by-step regeneration to born-again–Ministry of Jesus, Part 2.

The objective is to open up what God has revealed about a man.

In our last episode, we learned how and why Jesus’ focus in His ministry was on the kingdom of God. Now to today’s teaching.

 

Finding identity and function of spirit, soul, and body and the step-by-step transformation to born-again. A man is a masterpiece made up of spirit, soul, and body (1Thes. 5:23). God created man (Gen. 1:27). But He formed the spirit within him (Zech. 12:1) and the body to cover him (Gen. 2:7). So, considering the mode of existence, it is clear the man created in the image of God is the soul. The spirit and body complete the likeness. In other words, the man was made to have the capacity to speak and to have a functional and liaison personality like God.

 

Emphasis. Regarding the three persons in man, what are the differences in identities or the mode of existence? We know it by examining the mode of making. To create is to bring something which never existed to existence. But to form is to mold existing things into the desired shape. It explains why the soul is the man created in the image and likeness of God. Now like begets like. So, the man or soul is a spirit because his origin which is God is a Spirit (Num. 16:22). It means the soul is who you are as a spirit – it gives a clear understanding of human structure. However, the exclusive spirit is the life, and pilot of the soul (Is. 57:16). So, he could lead the soul to truth, or to untruth. The body is the cartoon for the liveliness of man (Gen. 2:7)– (End). With regards to functionality.

 

The spirit of man, like the Spirit of God, searches the deep things of man (1Cor. 2:10-11). The spirit also functions as the link between the soul and other spiritual authorities. First, the spirit was loyal to God, who was the first husband of man (the soul) and He gave instruction to him as His wife (Gen. 2:17). Later man divorced Him (Is. 50:1) through his iniquities (Gen. 3:6-8). How? The spirit led man to disobey God (Gen. 3:6-8) by fornicating with the Serpent; the ruler of darkness, which the world under the sun is part of (John 14:30). Under the law, he leads men who know the law to marry the law (Rom. 7:1-6). Under grace, the new spirit leads disciples who live life in the flesh to marry Jesus by faith in Him (Gal. 2:20). This portrays the spirit as a matchmaker, so to speak. The old spirit is the evil who dwells in members of the disciple to do wrong, against the desire to do the will of God (Rom. 7:19-24). This is despite the new spirit of the Spirit of God given to a disciple (1John 4:13), not a bookish believer. The life-giving spirit of the second Adam is the law of the Spirit of life in Jesus which makes man free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:2).

 

Emphasis. The spirit formed within man had the liberty to roam freely. But the life-giving spirit given to the new man is of the Spirit of God, created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:24). He is owned by Christ and will not mislead the soul. Rather he is our hope as an anchor of the soul in the Lord to stand before God (Heb. 6:18-20). It explains the pitot role of the spirit. Also, he is not equivalent to, nor a replacement for, the soul. So, to have a born-again spirit does not mean your soul is born-again in real terms. Not to know this, makes most people who believe in Christ claim that man is a spirit, he has a soul and lives in a body – such claim is wrong. With people’s mouths, the opinion of man which is a lie is presented and promoted as truth – It is the bane of Christianity; it testifies to how they worship God with their lips, but not with their hearts (Mt. 15: 8-9). End.

Regarding the body,

 

The body functions as the exterior cover, and the members as implement to do either righteousness or unrighteousness for the soul (Rom. 6:13). As Jesus is the tabernacle of God, so is the body the temple of the soul (1Cor. 6:19-20). (This was proven in a previous video). The body prospers as the soul prospers when it satisfies certain conditions. First is loyalty to God as his Maker. So, if God whose Spirit raised Jesus from the dead, dwells in him, He will also give life to his mortal body through the Spirit who dwells in him (Rom. 8:11). The authority of this Spirit is supreme to all sources of evil. So, neither illness nor problems can survive in your body, if really Christ dwells in you. It is what makes your body to be in good health, and less physical exercise (1Tim. 4:8). Regardless of the health of the body formed with the dust of the ground, he will eventually be changed to the body created by the word of God and made without hands (2Cor. 5:1). This is reserved as the last transformation to make each man wholly born-again in concrete terms, like the resurrected Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:21).

 

Emphasis. A man applies his five senses accordingly with the members of the body. So, he uses them as he wishes: lie, see, hear, and speak, eat, smell, feel, and deceive, and etc. So, the body is a tell-tale of the deceitfulness of the heart. For the body to prosper, the soul must first prosper (3John 2). And for the body to be in good health he must daily hear, obey and live as per the words of God (Prov. 4:20-22). It is then the man can practice pure and undefiled religion of love of God and others equally as he loves himself. And also render necessary help to the deprived for Jesus’ sake (James 1:27), and promote the course of the good news (3John 3-8). So, the rich and the poor labor alike. It is by this posture a man first seeks the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mt. 6:33). Then God in His wisdom will give power to man to make wealth (Deut. 8:18). So, for a believer, the body prospers in divine things, and not in material things, which are free gifts from God. Any person can destroy the body of flesh (Mt. 10:28). End.

Now let us examine the soul:

The hopeless state man was in. All descendants of Adam inherited the sinful nature of his image and likeness (Gen.  5:3). So, man was in that state when Jesus came as the sins he committed previously. These were the sin of Adam as the image and likeness of God in Eden, and of the image and likeness of sinful Adam. Then, Jesus paid with His shed blood to save the soul God created upright in the beginning and not the soul of the image of Adam (Rom. 3:25). There is a mystery here. The soul was bought at a price with the soul of Jesus who God prepared in Him as the offer for sacrifice (Is. 53:10). Then God sealed those who have trusted and believed in Jesus Christ (those who have faith) with the Holy Spirit of promise. He is the guarantee of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of the Lord (Eph. 1:13-14). Every such soul who hears the voice of Jesus is a church and a member of the body of Christ Jesus (1Cor. 12:12-27). So, the soul or church is the purchased possession (Acts 20:28).

 

Emphasis. In the crucifixion of Jesus, the mystery who came as the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), to save the sinners; the lost souls, and to lead them to the kingdom of God (Mt. 9:13), the image and likeness of sinful Adam, together with the soul of Jesus prepared for sacrifice was destroyed as the body of sin (Rom. 6:6). But only God can kill the body and the soul in hell (Mt. 10:28). It means the destroyed body of sin (though disarmed) still hangs as the evil spirit in members of the saved to oppose his desire to do the will of God (Rom. 7:19-24). The crucifixion of Jesus for our offenses was the justification for God to save the human race together as one body (Rom. 4:25). The resurrection of Jesus for our justification was the reason to give grace to mankind for his once sanctification (Roman 1:4), which is a divine blessing to grow spiritually by the word of God (1Tim. 4:5). Mankind which includes everybody is the man God sees in Christ, as you and I. So, it is required of every person who lives a life in the flesh to first trust and believes in Jesus to be saved. Then he will through Christ receive grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His namesake, and for His word to spread universal (Rom. 1:5). For this purpose, man requires daily sanctification to be able to imitate Jesus in the manner of His life trial (1Pet. 2:20-21). Before the advent of Jesus, some worshipped idols; the member of death on earth. Some were under the law. But Jesus became poor that through it we might become rich (2Cor. 8:9). This is to be rich in knowledge of Christ in us; the hope of glory (Col. 1:27, Rom. 9:23). (End). Now,

 

What is inheritance? It is the stature of the heir of God and of the joint-heir with Christ. Only those who suffer with Him and endure to the end will receive it (Rom. 8:16-17). The soul being the principal man, bears the sins the three persons in man commit (Ezek. 18: 21). So, it is the soul who glorifies God in his body and his spirit (1Cor. 6:20). Also, it is the soul who returns to a dead body to revive it (1King 17:21-22). This reinforces the soul as the man created in the image and likeness of God.

To walk like Jesus, a man is reminded by the Spirit of truth who dwells in him to fix his antenna on Christ and to imitate Him. It is only then; he could walk like Him by faith – trust and believe in the words of truth. It is like how Peter set his eyes on Jesus to walk on water. A loss of focus will attract adverse consequences as it happened to Peter (Mt. 14:22-31). A frequently asked question is this; If Jesus had saved man, why is it still necessary for everyone to believe in Him to be saved?

 

Emphasis. To answer the question, recall that Jesus saved the godly and ungodly. So, it is necessary for everyone to make own choice of either life or death (Deut. 19:30). This will absolve God and other persons from blame about where you finally end up in eternity. As a result, those who accepted oneness with Jesus and were baptized into His suffering, death, burial, and resurrection would be known and separated from those who denied Him (Mt. 25:31-34). It is what justified the renewal of the saved souls to the image of the Lord (2Cor. 4:16). This is the new creation; like born-again Christ (Col. 1:18). The change begins from the inside out. It is when the saved man attains the stature of living stone to fit into the inheritance that he is born-again in real terms (1John 3:2-3). It is the process to gather into one in Christ (Eph. 1:10).

It is a reversal of how each person came out of Adam.

To receive salvation of the soul is the last bus stop of faith (1Pet. 1:9). Inheritance is the substance of things hoped for; which is our faith (Heb. 11-1). If you do not know this, you are likely to be on the Broadway way to ruin. End.

 

Road to born-again by faith. The journey begins the moment you first believe in Jesus as your Savior (Acts 16:31). By it, the old man of image and likeness of Adam would suffer instant ruin, and the man of the image of God is bought with a price (Is. 53:10). Then God will adjudge the soul He created in His image justified. The soul will be seen as who has never committed sin. God will next give a new heart and the Spirit of truth to dwell with and in the man (John 14:17). As Jesus is the truth, the Spirit of truth is the Spirit of Christ who now lives in you, as born-again (Gal. 2:20). From that moment, the life the saved soul lives in the flesh will be the life of Christ by faith in Him. But if he draws back, God will not have desire in him (Heb. 10:38). Now the saved soul (inner man) is being transformed into the same image of the Lord from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord (2Cor. 3:18). It is by the regeneration the soul prospers (3John 2). It is after the soul is fully regenerated that he is born-again in real terms. Then he cannot sin for the seed of God, who is Christ (1Pet. 1:23), is in him (1John 3:9). Ordinarily, the soul prospers when he imitates the Spirit of truth. The soul which agrees with the Spirit walks according to the Spirit and is guaranteed of no condemnation (Rom. 8:1). Until a believer is an inheritance in real terms, he is only born-again by faith (Heb. 11:1). Can you see why nobody has received the righteousness of God in real terms? He is still a thing of hope by faith (Heb. 11:1). Don’t be deceived by self-acclaimed preachers – popular or unpopular. So, be wary about how you see yourself as born-again. It could make you complacent and to reject the knowledge of the truth.

 

Emphasis. Pride and impatience make earthly man to play down faith as the substance of things hoped for. As a result, faith for eternal substance (Heb. 11:1) is seen as the same for earthly substance by prayer (Mk. 11:22-24).

If you already have the substance, it is no longer of faith. If you know this, why parade in the flesh as born-again, and as the righteousness of God when you have not attained the stature of the inheritance: spirit, body, and soul (Phil. 3:12)? It shows ignorance of who the man is, besides being a spirit. The danger is complacency and lack of drive to seek and know the truth. Rather it makes you walk among the multitude on the Broadway to destruction (Mt. 7:13-14), focusing on worldly gain, contrary to scripture (Mt. 6:33). End.

 

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Hello, Audiences! Welcome to Return to God Forum. Our goal is for you to know the truth. Our messages are exact witnesses of scripture. If they fall on deaf ears, you have nobody else to blame. This is Episode 11. It is the beginning of a new Series, titled; “Called to the kingdom of God.” We will start with solving certain puzzles in the ministry of Jesus. It is an amazing learning experience.

My name is Dr. Danson Ubebe – Teacher and Author.

Our topic for today is: Puzzles; Jesus’ ministry – Part 1.

Our objective is: To focus our labor with Christ on the kingdom of God.

 

The Ministry of Jesus is to prepare man to know the pathway to heaven. So, Jesus focused His teaching and preaching on the kingdom of God. Why? The kingdom belongs to God. She is not among the things revealed; which belong to man (Deut. 29:29). The kingdom is new and is peculiar; different from the world known to man.

Additionally, the kingdom is everlasting. She is not about eating and drinking but; righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17). Jesus promised to go and prepare a place; mansions, for those who believe and follow Him; for He is the way to the kingdom (John 14:1-6). God is the king and ruler of the kingdom. His authority is absolute.

Other authorities in and outside the kingdom are below His rank. For example; He is head of Christ, and Christ is head of man, and man is head of the woman (1Cor. 11:3). All things in the kingdom have spirit structure, and the realm is within you (Lk. 17:21). This is the outline of the kingdom revealed to man.

 

Emphasis: For an introduction, Jesus tailored His ministry to guide man to fit into the kingdom. It is a place where man’s effort is not required to get things done. For example, Jesus in the flesh needed a door to enter a closed room.

But after His resurrection, He could enter a closed room without entrance (John 20:19). So, only those who believe and abide in Jesus will receive from Him nutrients to produce fruit of repentance, agape love, and etc. (John 15:4-5), and to be like Christ (1John 3:2). Against desires for earthly things, let your labor produce fruit of the spirit as treasures you require to store in heaven (Mt .6:20-21).

As God is the absolute authority in the kingdom, so is His word the final authority on earth. So, it is unbelief to believe the imaginary opinion of man over His word. It is said that Christianity today is mostly run according to the opinion of man.

 

The faith of the new covenant. Abraham is the father of faith. It was based on blind belief. The law was our tutor to make us have faith acceptable to God (Gal. 3:24). What is the difference between faith under the old and new covenants? The things revealed, belong to man. They do not require faith to believe. For such things, scriptures fully clarify them.

For example, under the old covenant faith was based on Him for His wonders. In error, it was embraced in the new covenant. For example, in the eucharis. But eucharis belongs to man. So, how the bread and wine at eucharis are actually the body and blood of Jesus, does not require faith to believe. For the substance; the body, which is the ‘truth’ has been revealed.

We no more hope for the evidence of the things. According to scripture, Jesus is the truth (John 14:6). So, the bread and wine intake at eucharis represent the actual body and blood of Jesus respectively (John 6:53-56). But you need understanding. (View video of proof at http://youtube.com/c/returntogodforum – Title: Fake against Jesus built church; Episode 9). Jesus’ crucifixion ended His ministry. It climaxed the reign of sinful nature and unveiled the dawn of grace for our common, and daily salvation, and hope for everlasting life. So, the “cross of Jesus” is the object of faith in God under the new covenant.

But believers still carry about the born-again spirit who submits to God, and sealed by Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14), tied to the soul and body of flesh opposing the spirit (Rom. 7:14-25). This is the predicament of believers. Until the flesh submits to God for the devil to flee (James 4:7), there wouldn’t be a bodily born-again man like resurrected Christ from the dead (Col. 1:18).

 

Emphasis. Every message not comprehensively supported by the word of God is a lie. So, it is a lie to believe the bread and wine in-take at Lord Supper (eucharis) transform in turn to real body and blood of Christ – unexplained! It is also not true eucharis is a mere ritual.

Unless you know the real rock, on which Jesus built His church, you cannot grasp the life of the Lord’s Supper. The message of the cross of Jesus and Him crucified (1Cor. 2:2) is the reason for our faith in God.

It is what guaranteed our total salvation. Wrong knowledge is like putting the wrong foot forward. It makes scripture be seen in a different light; which is unprofitable to a child of God. Instead, it leads to destruction (Mt. 7:13).

For example, if you do not know the basic knowledge of grace, of truth, of rock Jesus built His church, of the kingdom of God, of life of eucharis, and etc., of what use is your teaching and preaching? Regarding the predicament of believers, the overbearing lust of the flesh (soul and body) makes man to override godly desires by the spirit with selfish desires of the flesh in our hearts (Gal. 5:19-21) – DEMO VOICEOVER. It is your desire that makes you to do evil. It is neither God nor the devil (James 1:13-14).

 

Let’s examine; Model of three persons in one and the kingdom of God within man. As spoken by God, man is three persons in one (Gen. 1:27). These are: the spirit, soul, and body (1Thes. 5:23). How then is the kingdom within man as claimed before? The answer is in solving the puzzles: ‘Quote.’ “The kingdom of God is within you (Lk. 17:20-21).” And, “But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Mt. 10:28).” ‘Unquote.’

To explain the claim, God begot man. So, his heart was of the same kingdom of; righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost – the fruit of the Spirit of the light of God.

But sin separated our hearts from it (Is. 59:2). So, our hearts became deep darkness like the deep in the beginning (Is. 60:2). Now by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection, God restored the kingdom when He shone in our hearts to shine the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus (2Cor. 4:6). It means the kingdom of God is the manifestation of the fruit of the spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).

It explains the statement that as Christ is, so are we who walk in this world according to the spirit (1John 4:17).

Also, to fear God is an affirmation of His utmost rank, and Jesus’ loyalty to Him. For Jesus came, not to kill, but to save man, as it is written (Mk. 2:13-17).

Only God has the power to forgive, or condemn who strays from His statues; like David, when he ate the showbread (Mt. 12:4).

Also, by sacrifice of Jesus, God forgave man the sins he committed before (Rom. 3:25). So, He was raised because of the justification His sacrifice once earned for humanity once too (Rom. 4:25).

 

Emphasis. As shown in the voiceover, the kingdom is expressed in the virtues of God, not in an environment (Lk. 17:20-21). Jesus did not come to create a new soul.

He lacked own power to do so. Whoever believes in Christ will be saved (Acts 16:31). Then he will be given the spirit of God (1John 4:13), who will receive one time sanctification, which resurrection of Jesus guaranteed for man. So, he walks daily according to the spirit and no longer according to the flesh (1Cor. 6:11). But the soul and body still struggle with flesh and require daily sanctification to walk in the spirit. It is sustained by the grace of God, which is the intercession of Christ for the saints (Rom. 8:34) – DEMO VOICEOVER. Only those who fear God and endure to the end shall escape His wrath (Mt. 24:13).

 

How do you explain the puzzles; Jesus came to save man (Mk. 2:13-17), yet he was crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20), and who is the man God created in His image (Gen. 1:27)?  Every man was baptized into His death and resurrection (Rom. 6:3-11). For this purpose, God prepared the soul of Jesus as the second Adam (1Cor. 15: 42-9) for offering as sin sacrifice (Is. 53:10). He was made sin for sinners (2cor 5:21). John testified to this when he identified Him as the Lamb of God (John 1:29). So, it’s the soul of Jesus who died for His friend to be saved (John 15:13).

By it the soul God created was baptized into His death and resurrection. Both were raised together as born-again, similar to water baptism. But the man raised with and in Christ stands for humanity. Now each being is of the likeness and image of Adam (Gen. 5:3). So, he must first believe in Christ to be saved (Acts 16:31). Next, is to race to Him together with people of like mind, as living stones; being built up a spiritual house (1Pet. 2:5). God is a Spirit, so is the soul. Therefore, the soul is a spirit because his Maker is a Spirit (John 4:24). So, the man we regard as a spirit is the soul. That is, you are a soul; like the seed of grass which survives when the shoots wither.

 

Emphasis: Many are deceived to think the born-again spirit, which God gave at the moment they believed, made them born-again. So, they align with man’s opinion of the west that; “man is a spirit, he has a soul, and lives in a body.” Was it the spirit or soul who sinned and died? Check it out at (Ezek. 18:20-21).

So, who is the man God told not to eat the fruit (Gen. 2:17)? In real terms, each man of flesh is outside Christ. So, the righteousness of Christ was not ingrained in him when he believed, for he has a process to first go through – to work out the salvation of his soul (Phil. 2:12).

It is unlike the in-built sin in the seeds of Adam, for humanity was in his loins when he sinned. It was how he could multiply (Gen. 1:28). With the salvation of man’s soul, he will receive a crown of the righteousness of God (2Tim. 4:8). So, how are you the righteousness of God now, besides by faith? If it is by faith, it is a thing hoped for (Heb. 11:1).

 

Why do water baptism? We do water baptism to demonstrate rejection of the image of Adam (Gen. 5:3), and to embrace Jesus. The exercise is to complement our belief in Him, in our hearts. So, it involves both the inner and outer man. It is the forerunner to the baptism of man by Holy Spirit into the death, burier, and resurrection of Jesus (Rom. 6:3-13).

 

Emphasis. Water baptism is the public denial of the old way of life for a holy life. Jesus is our example (Mt. 3:15). To stand in water, depicts the decision we made in our hearts. Immersion; buries the past. Rise out of water signals choice to imitate Jesus, as He imitated God (John 5:19).

 

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Introduction. Hello Audience! Welcome to RTGF TV program. This is Episode 9 of the ROOT Series; “know the truth and enter by the door before He is shut (Rev 3:7-8).” Our title today is: Revealed! The Church Jesus established. To worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24) requires revelation knowledge of the rock Jesus build His church on, and the character of the church (Mt. 16: 13-20).

 

My Name is Dr. Danson Ubebe; Teacher and Author.

Topic. Understanding the; rock, truth, and church.

Objective: To lay a sound foundation for the worship of God.

 

On decoding the riddle of the rock, the truth which came through Jesus, and the church Jesus built on the rock, we found them interwoven. They are of the Spirit and of Christ Jesus known according to the Spirit (2Cor. 5:16). Thus, the Lord Jesus Christ is the universal head of His church. He never committed Himself to man for He knows all things (John 2:24-25)

 

So, what are the rock, truth, and church?

A wrong diagnosis of the rock will produce wrong results. Figuratively, Jesus is the Rock (1Cor. 10:4) – ref. insert. Physical Rock is made up of units of rock. So, what is Jesus made up? The answer is the rock Jesus build His church on. Till now, two major schools of views about what the rock is, exist – The Catholics and Non-Catholics. What are their views?


Catholics’ views:

* According to Catholics, Peter is the rock. But is contrary to scripture. How?

– The rock is a unit of the build of Rock which Jesus is. So, rock portrays the body of Jesus.

– But Peter is a creature, prevented by death from continuing in office, like the priest under the law (Heb. 4:23-24).

– Also, Peter means Petros; a piece of stone, which is different from rock – see inserts.

– Though, Jesus made Peter overseer of His sheep (John 21:17), He did not commit Himself to him (John 2:24-25).

So, Peter is not the rock Jesus meant.

 

  1. Non-Catholics’ views:

*They believe the rock is the pronouncement that: Jesus is the Christ; the Son of the living God.

– But this was not a new revelation, for the bible had said so: “…You are My Son, today I have begotten You” (Ps. 2:7); Also, God said: “… For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Lk. 2:11).”

– But they are close, except rock refers to body precisely.

– So, Non-Catholics’ views are not the rock too.

If the views of both schools are wrong, what is the rock? If we can find the rock, we can find the church He promised to build on it. To do this, we need to know what God revealed to Peter, and then compare the relationship between the Rock and Jesus.

 

Finding the rock.

– In the physical, units of rock build the Rock – insert.

– God affirmed to Peter what the bible already disclosed.

– So, the revelation is an affirmation of scripture that Jesus is the ‘truth’ (John 14:6). Jesus kept the disclosure secret from the public till after His resurrection (Mat. 16:20).

The reason is that it was not the appointed time for them to know.

   Moreover, it helped Him to avoid the prying eyes of authority on branding Him as an impostor of the son of David and of the king of the Jews.

– It means Jesus is the living Stone rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him who believed Jesus;

disciples of Christ, who like living stones are being built into a spiritual house (1Pet. 2:5), which is the truth God

revealed to Peter.

– So as units of the “rock” form the body of the Rock, so entities of “truth” form the body of Christ – ref. insert.

So, truth is the rock Jesus sworn to build His church on.

This is wow! It clears every uncertainty about what Jesus meant by; “Quote.” “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Man and drinks His blood, you have no life in you…. “This is the bread which came down from heaven.… (John 6:53-58). “Unquote.”

 

  1. But what is truth?

– Truth is alive word that comes out of the mouth of

God. E.g. Jesus (John 1:1, 14). By the way the word Jesus Christ speaks to us are spirit and they are life (John 6:63).

But the natural man cannot perceive the things of the Spirit of God because they are spiritually discerned (1Cor. 2:14). To bridge the gap Jesus Christ gave the Holy Spirit to the man (John 20:22). Thus, the Holy Spirit reveals the things of God to the spirit of man. Therefore, whoever hears and abides in the voice of Christ Jesus is truth. What is revealed to man is for him to build on the foundation of who is Jesus Christ, and which is the tradition Paul laid (1Cor. 3:9-11). This stands Paul out as the father of grace (1Cor. 4:15). Paul was indeed the uniting apostle as Peter also testified to (2Pet. 3:15).

 

Now that we know both the rock Jesus promised to build His church on is and what is truth, our next task is to find what the church is.

 

  1. Finding the church Jesus built on truth.
  2. Jesus incarnated to bear witness (Is. 55:4) to the

fulfillment of the law (Mt. 5:17) and to testify to:

  1. the truth and
  2. make truth known as the new covenant in His blood that whoever is of truth hears His voice (John 18:37).
  1. Everyone who hears and believes in the word of truth is of God (John 8:47).
  1. But whoever is of God is the sheep of Christ, and the sheep is His body (John 10:27).
  1. According to scripture, the body of Christ is known as the Church – The hearer of the voice of Jesus who is His sheep (John 10:27-28). The sheep is who follows and abides in Him. He depicts human face to truth as a living stone, and is the object of church of Christ Jesus.
  1. So the church of Christ is known by morals, not edifice.
  2. Moreover, truth is the power of God for man to continue in the doctrine and fellowship of the apostles, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers (Acts 2:42).
  1. It means truth is the common cup of communion of the blood of Christ and the bread which we break as the communion of the body of Christ at the Lord’s Supper or Eucharis. So, believers worldwide are one bread and one body and partake of the same one bread – the truth (1Cor. 10:16-17).
  1. To follow and believe in Christ is a type of communion in letters (John 6:35).
  1. A man is said to eat the Lord’s Supper unworthily if He does not know the purpose of the church and the faithfulness of believers’ oneness in Christ (1Cor. 11:27-31). So, it requires the pure heart to eat the Lord’s  Supper a pure heart.
  1. If we know the truth, it will make us free and be one sanctified by the word of God (John 17:16-21).
  1. Thus the church of Christ is the incarnation of the truth which came through Jesus (John 1:17).
  1. The church represents the human face of the way, truth and the Life; who Jesus is – exhibited by first Century disciples and were first called Christians for they walked like Jesus (Acts 11:26). The gathering of churches, emphasizes our oneness in Christ Jesus.
  1. In conclusion, truth is the pillar of faithfulness to our-oneness in Christ Jesus. It is the similar way grace is the pillar of our salvation

 

The church is personified by godly morals. Only the word of God is revered. Every member is equal despite personal status and there is no difference (Gal. 3:28-29). No place for regulations and rules of men (Col. 2:20-23). All obey scripture to agree and speak with one voice (1Cor. 1:10) and to work in unity and care for one another, looking on to Jesus Christ alone (Acts 4:32-37).

 

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Hello Audiences! Welcome to RTGF. It is scary people do no study scripture. You born again! How? It is shocking to hear even from frontline preachers that people are born again with earthly body. Yet none has the qualities of resurrected Jesus. He is the only known and proven first born again from the dead (Col. 1:18).

Certainly man (humanity) has been born again by the word of God. But not together with earthly body (1Pet. 1:23-25). Hence individual has a race to run to realize the stature of born-again man in Christ. This is Episode 6 of the ROOT Series – Titled: “Know the truth and enter by the door before He is shut (Rev, 3:7-8).”

Besides living in covenant with truth you will not be free (John 8:32). No matter your standing in Christianity. My name is Dr. Danson Ubebe – Teacher and Author. Our topic for today is: Significance of empty tomb to born again (Mt. 28:5-6).

Aim: To loosen the processes of born again for clear understanding.

Jesus said to Nechodemus: “Most assuredly, I say to you, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3).” It suggests man was originally in like manner. Again, He said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, “unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5).” In the beginning God made the outward man (the body) with mud – A mixture of dust of the ground and earth water (Gen. 2:6-7).

In contrast the body of born again is made with pure water (Heb. 10:22). This water symbolizes baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38). The baptism signifies the word of God (Acts 11:16). The substance of the word is the glorious body (Phil. 3:21).

This is the body of born-again man. The old and new body are alike because of the shared element of water, though one is dirty and the other is pure. They are dissimilar because the old body was of water with molecules and made with hands. But the new is of water without particles and made without hands (2Cor. 5:1).

Inner man of both is of Spirit origin (Gen. 1:27; 1Pet. 3:4). It means until body of flesh dies and, or changed to glorious body and arise no man will be born again apart from by faith. Empty tomb of buried and risen Jesus is our example. It is not a thing of prayer where you believe you have received it by faith (Mk. 11:22-24).

So, to claim to be born again with earthly body is another evidence of how the people of God are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6). Neither the spirit, nor soul, nor body alone is a complete man God created. All three must be perfect to be born again.

Intervention of God in man’s life. At appointed time, God demonstrated His love for man. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).” God sent His Son to the world not to condemn it, but that it might be saved through Him.

It is on this premise the process of born again begins. First step is believed in Jesus to be saved (Acts 16:31). This step unshackles man from prison of Satan. Then God gives to him of His Spirit (1John 4:13). In the Spirit dwells the Holy Spirit who is sole anointing and teacher (1John 2:27).

Then he begins the race to attain the stature of perfect man sited in Christ (Eph. 2:6). Though we are kids of God it has not been shown what we shall be (1John 3:2). Till we endure to end of race and be perfect man (1Thes. 5:23), born again state like risen Christ (1John 3:2).

Literally believe in Jesus is what is required, not literary believe. So, to be saved and have Holy Spirit dwell in man is a step to born again. WOW!

To parade with earthly body as born again sends wrong message to uninformed for they know you will die. So, it is unproductive for fishing more souls to Christ.

Christ according to the Spirit was once like man according to the flesh. When Jesus according to the flesh became the sins, man committed in the past He bore them in His body (1Pet. 2:24). At last He was crucified and buried for the previous sins man committed (Rom. 3:25).

In His death, the Spirit of God changed the dead body of flesh to a glorious body. Next, He resurrected Him as the first born again from the dead (Col. 1:18). But since Jesus and man were of one body, the Holy Spirit if He dwells in you, will also give life to your mortal body (Rom. 8:11).

Meanwhile the soul is being renewed by the Spirit of the Lord with full cooperation of man (2Cor. 4:16). Then transformed into the same glory of the Lord (2Cor. 3:18).

Thus, as He is so are, we in this world (1John 4:17). Though we regard one another according to the spirit (2Cor. 5:16), we live with the body of flesh.

So the task is for the spirit man to live life of spirit with the body of flesh. It translates to working out the salvation of own soul (Phil. 2:12).

Faith and work. Both Jesus and man according to the flesh suffered, died, buried and resurrected together (Rom. 6:3-11). However, man still lives with body of flesh. It’s the reason to run to Jesus to get rid of the body of flesh by faith in hope of being made perfect.

As you run, match your object of faith with corresponding work with body of flesh. Example; if the run by faith is about believe in your heart that to lie is sin, stop to tell lies – this is the equivalent work.

This is how to make members of the body function as Instrument of righteousness (Rom 6:13).

So the work is to drop every form of old habits which is baggage and of sin, and pick up godly habits and run with endurance (Heb. 12:1). It is equivalent to working out the salvation of own soul. Hence faith without work is dead (James 2:17). If you still carry on with old habits it means, you have believed literarily or bookish.

One must first die or taken up before the body of flesh will be changed to a glorious body (Phil. 3:21). That is when man is concretely born again in Christ. Without the process neither the soul will receive salvation, nor will the body of flesh be changed to that made without hands.

This is the tragedy of ignoring the gospel of the cross of Jesus, and Him crucified (1Cor. 2:2); to follow crowd, preachers of fable, of material prosperity, and the like.

The end of faith. Now man in the flesh walks by faith. Without it he cannot please God (Heb. 11:6). Once soul receives salvation man will receive the end of his faith (1Pet. 1:9). This is why scripture says that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2). It means a perfect man does not walk by faith.

So mortal man is not perfect. Instead lives by faith in hope to attain stature of perfect man in Christ (Ref. Insert). This was demonstrated in Episode 2 of this series with the rock on which Jesus built His church. So, it remains for man to imitate Jesus and endure to the end, to be born again – spirit, soul and body (1Thes. 5:23).

Objective Sign of Salvation. What climaxed and accomplished why God incarnated in the body of flesh is the object of salvation. The Lord Supper is purposed to keep man in remembrance of this objective. It is not the object. Rather the cross of Jesus and Him crucified is the object of salvation (1Cor. 2:2).

So, Jesus is the only way by which salvation is guaranteed. It is by the gospel of the cross of the Lord Christ Jesus the world has been crucified to man, and a true believer to the world (Gal. 6:14). It is by abiding in Him one walks in the Spirit like Jesus walked (1John 2:6).

If a man does not abide in Jesus, he cannot do anything fruitful before God (John 15:4-5). Those who abide in Him as a routine do the job of the gifts He gave to some men before He ascended. They are for them to equip the Saints. The gifts give them the privilege to receive revelation or in-depth biblical knowledge.

It is for the men to share to others for the purpose of lifting them up to same level of faith and knowledge of Christ, and so on (Eph. 4:12-13).

Comparing birth on earth in darkness with born again into Light: To be born again is similar in process to giving birth on earth. The earth is like the womb of a woman in the procedure.

To believe in Jesus is like conception in the womb. Like the foetus undergoes steady growth over time, likewise a believer transforms steadily in spirit, soul, and body. But God at once gives a believer of His Spirit (1John 4:13). This helps the soul and body to grow to maturity over time.

As the foetus grows to full baby in the womb and is lastly given birth on earth, and not in the womb, likewise fully transformed believer is born again into the kingdom of God, and not on earth short of righteousness (Rom. 9:28).

Conclusion: Now by evidence we know who is born again: He does not commit sin (1John 3:9), dissolves pass barrier, appear and disappear (John 20:19), is pure in heart, love everyone equally, cannot and will not lie and etc. Let no one deceived deceive you. Test every word you hear (2Tim. 3:13).

Nobody can know the truth unless revealed by the Holy Spirit. Truth is same under the sun and is affirmed by scripture and not opinion of man. So if you hear different views from different voices about same text contrary to scripture run to save your soul.

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Hello Audiences! Welcome to RTGF. We are going to present to you the “living tabernacle”. It is an extract from a new book; “The Riddle” – 2021 release. Secret things revealed belong to man (Deut. 29:29). We do not require faith to know if Jesus was created, or not. God has revealed Him as the mystery to man (Col. 1:26). This is Episode 5 of the ROOT Series – Titled: “Know the absolute truth and enter by the door (who is Jesus) before He is shut (Rev, 3:7-8)”. If you do not know the truth, and live in agreement nothing else will make you free (John 8:32).

My name is Dr. Danson Ubebe –Teacher and Author.

Our topic for today is: An insight into the mystery of who Jesus is.

Aim: To prove Jesus is: living Tabernacle, fully God and fully Man; not created.

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(Cont’d after Insert) Ministry of Jesus; the Living Tabernacle.

Scripture revealed Him as: the Word, God, and the Son of God, and a Savior. Also man added He is the second person of God; which is lie. In His earthly ministry He taught and preached the message of the kingdom of God. Lastly the custodians of the Law of Moses falsely accused, tried and condemned Him to death. The body of Jesus known according to the flesh bore the sins of man when He became the sins man committed in the past (1Pet. 2:24). Finally He was crucified and buried. The Spirit of God changed the body of flesh to a glorious body and resurrected as born again (Mt. 27-28). He is our example of who has been born again (Col. 1:18).

On earth and in heaven The Trio God dwell bodily in Him (Col. 2:9). It testifies to scripture that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself (2Cor.5:19-21).

Post Resurrection.

Scripture stated that by the sacrifice of Jesus God forgave man sins he committed before (Rom. 3:25); A weighty statement. It means to henceforth obey God and live for righteousness, and not to obey man (Acts 5:29-31). Doing so is to fight the good fight of the faith (1Tim. 6:12). It debunks claim of some to be life righteousness of God, or born again with sinful body instead of by faith in Christ and living it. If no body made without hands man cannot be born again. Scriptures around pardon interpreted contrary to Jesus’ Cross denies scripture; and is saying Jesus died in vain. Sacrifice of Jesus saved humanity from slavery of Satan. It reconciled man to God (Rom. 5:11). He gives born again spirit to believers.

The spirit is for him to begin the race of life with the hope to attain perfection.

The man born again.

It is after fruitful race to the end man will be wholly born again into the new earth (Rev. 21:1, 14). It is in the similar manner The Spirit of God changed the body of flesh of Jesus to glorious boy the Holy Spirit, if He dwells in you, will give life to your mortal body (Rom. 8:11). This is because Jesus and man had same body according to the flesh. Therefore both suffered and died and resurrected together (Rom. 6:3-11). Hence as He is, so are we in this world ((1John 4:17). So we are to regard one another according to the spirit (2cor. 5:16). However earthly body of a person must first die. Only then he is given a new and glorious body to be a member of body of Christ, or of fully born again man in Christ (Phil. 3:21). For now the man totally born again in Christ symbolizes mankind. Individuals who believe in Christ live by faith in hope of attaining the stature of perfect man in Christ. Salvation of own soul brings an end to one’s faith (1Pet. 1:9). It means perfect man does not live by faith. So we must not be self-righteous about who we are in earthly body.

 

Risk of Self-righteousness and Account for life lived.

Faith is substance of what is hoped for; the evidence is not seen (Heb. 11:1). So it is needless to parade self in mortal body as born again. It remains for us to imitate Jesus and to endure to the end according to the flesh. We must believe Jesus and love one another like He loved God and man. So we will give account before Christ of our labor according to the flesh (2Cor. 5:10). It is similar to what those now in prison would do (1Pet. 4:2-6).

 

Task Christ gave to man.

But before He ascended to heaven, He gave gifts to men – Some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and some teachers. Then assigned to them specific tasks;

“to equip the Saints for ministry, for edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:11-13)”.

The Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven.

In heaven the Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully Man. If we say we believe and do ungodly things in the flesh and not repent, it would mean we did not truly believe in the first place. Only men who abide in Jesus truly believe. Only them no one can snatch away from Jesus’ hands (John 10:28). Jesus is the visible God and the Great High Priest before the Throne of God the Father (Heb. 4:14-16). He sits on the right hand of God the Father (Mt. 22:44). He is our Intercessor (Rom. 8:34).  He expresses His intersession daily by grace (Eph. 2:8).

 

Self-evaluation.

So let us reason together: Are you doing the tasks Christ assigned? Do you walk in the spirit and not fulfilling the desires of the flesh (Gal. 5:16-17). The one message which reflects kingdom of God is of the cross of Jesus, and Him crucified (1Cor. 2:2). By it the world have been crucified to man, and those who truly believe in Jesus to the world (Gal. 6:14). Is it what you preach?

Those who obey Him speak with one voice and walk in unity (1Cor. 1:10). As a result all have one heart and one soul and freely share their riches (Acts 4:32-37). In your evaluation, do you know which direction and destination you are heading? Is it the wide and Broadway way which leads to destruction, or the narrow and challenging way which leads to life? (Mt. 7:1-14). Make amend if necessary.  Do it now!

 

Conclusion.

What we perceived as real heresy is to preach and teach messages different from scripture. It is not to differ from doctrines and regulations established by man. So biblical Knowledge is essential to live life of salvation. If all you know about Jesus is not by revelation knowledge directly or indirectly, you have not known Him. Rather you are believing in a lie. Jesus had same human attributes Adam without sin had. But Adam enslaved his soul to the serpent in the Garden of Eden. To save the soul once created in the image and likeness of God required sacrifice of a soul without sin who no man could provide (Ps. 49:6-8). So God prepared the soul of Jesus, as an offering for sin (Is. 53:10). At God appointed time Jesus was born on earth for the purpose of saving man (Lk. 2:1-7). That whoever believes in Him should be saved, and not perish; but have everlasting life.

The rest of the story was discussed earlier.

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Hello Audiences! Welcome to RTGF, the platform for revelation knowledge. It is important for everyone to have vision of the journey of life to walk fruitfully to destination of choice. This is Episode 4 of the ROOT Series: Titled; “know the truth and enter by the door before He is shut (Rev. 3:7-8)”. You can find where to locate the door in Episode 1; Titled Grace; misunderstood till now – 2020AD.

My name is Dr. Danson Ubebe –Teacher and Author.

Our topic for today is: Died in Adam & born again in Christ & life after death.

Our aim is to equip you with basic outline of events in phases of life.

We do not teach ourselves. It’s the Holy Spirit who reminds us of the teachings of Jesus. Hence we are able to reveal hidden bible truth in unprecedented way. RTGF Episodes are revolutionary. Salvation is only guaranteed through the sole message of the cross of Jesus and Him crucified (1Cor. 2:2). It’s the cross who crucified the world to man, and those who truly believe in Jesus to the world (Gal. 6:14). To believe could be in vain if what it entails are lacking. – E.g. is to be blind to all worldly things bible hates. Also study the Holy Bible to know the truth about the past, the present and the future with certainty (Eph.1: 4-5, 7-9, and 9-14).

The past revealed creation of man made up of spirit, soul and body. The process was finalized on celestial earth (Gen. 2:7). God blessed them to be fruitful and to multiply and etc. (Gen. 1:28). Then He talented man’s loins with seeds of names written in the book of life before foundation of the world (Ps. 56:8; Mt. 3:16).

For man to live forever God forbade him to eat the forbidden fruit, else he would die. When he did, he died. So sin separated man spiritually from God and the inner organs physically from the glory of God (Isaiah. 59:2). How do we know? That Adam was covered by the glory of God is not in doubt. It was proven by the face of Moses which shone when he came down from the presence of God in Mount Sinai (Exodus 34:29-35). It exposed his nakedness. Then God blotted the names of man from the book of life (Ex. 32:33). He cursed him, shed animal blood to cover his sin and his nakedness with tunic of skin (Gen. 3:19; 21).

Everything Adam suffered infested the seeds in him. This is why man cannot undo his sinful nature by good works (Ps. 49:6-9; Rom. 8:3). Then God drove him as darkness from Eden across the firmament to earth of darkness (Gen. 3:24).  Previously God created the sun, the moon and the stars in the firmament to give it light.

The present received Adam as deep darkness when he arrived terrestrial earth of darkness (Is. 60:2). Later and in a bid to find God corruptible men made image of corruptible objects their gods (Rom. 1:23). It’s the origin of worship of idols. Even the law through Moses did not profit Israel because it was not obeyed (Heb. 4:2). However the arrival of Jesus ushered in the kingdom of God. The crucifixion of Jesus for our offences at the end of His ministry and His resurrection three days later for our justification, justified God to forgive man the sins he committed in the past (Rom. 3:25) So it is clear God did not forgive man present and future sins. This presupposes that man would obey Him thenceforth (Acts 5:29).

With the forgiveness mankind was born again by the word and was raised together with born again Christ from the dead (Col. 3:1). In principle the cross annulled all existing world religions. It was a new dawn for man, similar to Adam before he sinned. It restored service to God by pure and undefiled religion (James 1:27). This was the purpose for which God created man in the beginning (Rev. 4:11). Like God commanded Adam, now man is cautioned not to disobey the word, else he would not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal. 5:19-21). This means once a man believes he should abide in Christ to be fit for the kingdom of God (Lk. 9:62).

But some have rejected Jesus and continued the old way. Some who believe override the word of God with World views. Example; interpreting grace as unmerited favor against scripture evidence that though it is unmerited like every other gifts grace is the intercession by Christ Jesus (Romans 8:34) – proven by Episode 1. So two gates and ways now lie before man – One wide gate and Broadway which leads to destruction, and many go in by it. The second is the narrow gate and winding way which leads to life and there are few who find it (Mt. 7:13-14).

Now the man who lives according to God in the spirit sits with Christ in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). But man also lives on earth according to the flesh. On earth it is impossible that offences will not come (Lk. 17:1). Therefore man cannot escape acts of sin. So he will give account for his present and future sins according to the flesh (1Pet. 4:2-6). The name of everyone who believed in Jesus as described previously and is adjudged saved by God is written in the book of life or of the righteous in THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jer. 23:6).

The cross of Jesus is from where every scripture concerning promises of forgiveness of sins for salvation derives legitimacy. Example; “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (Heb. 8:12). None of such scripture is in isolation of the cross, unless you are saying Jesus died in vain. In mortal body man lives by faith in God in hope of attaining the stature of perfect man in Christ (Phil. 3:12-19). The spirit, soul and body make up complete man and not spirit alone. People confuse this spirit with the spirit man is. He is not. All must be perfect to be born again like risen Christ. The Holy Spirit dwells in man as the guarantee of inheritance till the redemption of the purchased possession which is the soul (Eph. 1:11-14).

Now the new man lives by the spirit of God for Christ and not him (Gal 2:20). As man cannot avoid not to commit sin, God made repentance the way of escape from backslide (1John 1:9). Now all believers are in the race of life to attain fullness of perfect man, to the measure of the stature of Christ (Eph. 4:13) – ref. insert. It is necessary to lay aside every weight and sin which hamper the run (Heb. 12:1-2). Doing so is the way we work out salvation of own soul (Phil. 2:12). The inner man who is the soul is being renewed to the glory of Christ (2Corth. 4:16). The outward man will be the last to be born again as a glorious body of Christ (Phil. 3:21), made without hands (2Cor. 5:1).

The empty tomb of Jesus supports this assertion. So mortal body must first die before individual man is fully born again to receive the crown of righteousness of God in Christ (2Timothy 4:8). Proof of born again is ability to pass barrier and to appear and to disappear (John 20:19). Moreover the body would not die forever. Certainly no person on earth has these qualities. Now God who has delivered, is delivering and will deliver man till he is totally perfect (2Cor. 1:10). No doubt humanity has been saved and born again in Christ. But only those who believe are running independently in hope to be born again to the stature of the complete man in Christ Jesus.

 

Life after death is real. At mortal death components of man go to their relevant origins – the body to the grave to turn dust of the ground and the spirit to God who gave it (Eccl. 12:6-7) – The saved spirit to Paradise and the unsaved spirit to Hades till the Day of Judgment.

But who is this spirit? Scripture declared it is the soul who: is the man God created; sinned and died; is the inner man; within whom the spirit was formed; was restored; only God can kill, etc. So the soul is the man who is the image of God. The soul is a spirit because of his origin who is God and who is Spirit (Num. 16:22). You need to know this not to be deceived and deceiving people to enter by the wide gate and walk the Broadway which leads to destruction (Mt. 7:13-14). So when you talk of man or you know you are talking of the soul.

The dialogue between Abraham with the beggar in his bosom and the rich man confirmed the existence of Paradise and Hades. They are holding countries God prepared for the dead till the Day of Judgment (Heb. 11:16). It is this paradise Jesus assured the robber on the cross of. So those in paradise are in principle present with the Lord which Paul referred (2Cor. 5:8). It is from Paradise the dead in Christ who now wait for us to be made perfect together, will rise first (Heb. 11:40).

And the raptured from earth will join and meet Christ in the air and be judged (2Cor. 5:10) – ref. insert: They will receive glorious body (Phil. 3:21) made without hands (2Cor. 5:1). Their names will be affirmed in the book of life, and be given due reward. All men will be once born again to live forever in new earth in the kingdom of God – ref. insert.

All unbelievers from Hades and earth will face the White Throne Judgment. Those whose names are not written in the book of life, together with Hades and Death will be cast into the Lake of fire (Rev. 20:14-15) – ref. insert.

 

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Hello Audience! Welcome to RTGF. It is a platform to teach revelation knowledge. Our advice to you is to draw near to the word of God and get knowledge rather than sacrifice. Abba Father we thank you for Christ’s intercession for us to open up scripture like first Century disciples. It is to equip those sanctified in Christ Jesus with revelation knowledge; for the work of the ministry, for edifying the body of Christ, till all come to the unity of faith and of the knowledge of Christ, to the perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Eph. 4:12-13). Pay attention to see and hear scripture speaks to you as you study scripture, or hear the word of God, or view it on screen.

My name is Dr. Danson Ubebe, teacher and author.

 

Our topic for today is: Why are we here? – Revelation of the beginning, and the spirit man is. It is the third Episode of the “Root Series” titled: Know the truth and enter by the door who is Jesus before He is shut (Rev. 3: 7-8).

 

Our aim is to draw your attention to foundation of the world because it is crucial for sound biblical knowledge.

 

It is written in (1Tim. 6:16) that God dwells in unapproachable light above the circle of the earth (Is. 40:22). God in His Word created the heavens and the earth in the beginning (Gen. 1:1). He stretched them out to dwell in (Is. 42:5). He also created the deep made up of the heaven and the things in it, the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it (Rev. 10:6). He made the sea, the earth and the spirit birthplace of things in them. They form the substance of things seen, which are shadows (Ex. 25:40). It was from them God called forth the things seen (Heb. 11:3). As God commanded each origin yielded its creatures; the sea (Gen. 1:20-22), the earth (Gen. 1:11-12), and the spirit of flesh (Gen. 1:26). It is for this reason man is a spirit and not because of born again spirit of God given to a believer (1John 4:13). God created other beings and things which belong to Him. Everything were in the realm of heaven and perfect as He is (Ps. 18:30). Lucifer rebelled and was cast to earth (Rev. 12:9). So what happened going forward?

 

Above circle of earth: The deep was created perfect within the earth God stretched out earlier to dwell in. The firmament divided the light and water above from the water and darkness below. Regarding the creation of man; male and female (Gen. 1:27), preachers often dance around this puzzle according to opinion of man. I hear load voices saying woman was created at once with the man in (Gen. 1:27). Yet God found out much later that there was no one like Adam. Therefore He saw the need to get a companion for him. But scripture is clear of who man is; image and likeness of God (1Cor. 11:7). In the Trinity, made up of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost (Mt. 28:19) there is no God the woman, nor mankind. Even after resurrection mankind will be like angel in heaven and there will be no marriage of male and female (Mt. 22:30). So God did not create female life in man. If He did he would have be different from the image of God. Rather He made created him to speak and breath in the image and likeness of three persons in one God; like begets like (Eccl. 3:11). Each man was made unique and then unified. As shown in the insert the spirit was formed within man (Zech. 12:1). This suggests it is not this spirit man is or who you are. Rather this spirit is own by the man God created and who scripture regards as the soul as it will be validated later.

Continuing with creation of man, God formed the body or outward man with mix of dust of the ground and of mist of sea water (Gen. 2:6-7). This can be collapsed into spirit and sludge (muddy water). It was similar to the born again of spirit and water –the difference is water for Adam had extra molecules and is natural. Moreover the body was made with hands. Whereas the body of born again is spirit and is made without hands (2Cor. 5:1). After God finished the components of man He breathed into the nostrils of man of dust and man became a living being – another speaking spirit – product of three origins of: spirit, and earth and sea.

Now this could be demonstrated as follows: The three persons in one man are: the soul at the middle and as the principal and coordinator with male contact points at two ends (1Pet. 3:4). The inner contact of the soul bonds with female of spirit man who is the lamp of God (Prov. 20:27). It is the spirit too who knows and searches the deep things of man (1Cor. 2:11). The outer contact of the soul bonds with female of the body or outward man whose members function as instrument of performance in the exterior undertakings (Rom. 6:13). All three must be born again at different times for man or you to be wholly perfect as a person (1pet. 1:9). So the man God created male and female; He created them means the three persons in one man were glued into one masterpiece in male and female or pin and socket union. The rationale for this covenant will be made clearer later. Meanwhile it eases the return of the components of man to respective origin at mortal death – the spirit to God who owns it and the body to the dust of the ground (Eccl. 12:6-7). Next God prepared the Garden of Eden on celestial earth, which is of the eternal realm.

Garden of Eden: 1. God put Adam in Eden to serve, which is the purpose God created man (Rev. 4:11). Certainly it was not for relationship which is the view of man; Philosophical attempt to override the word of God with opinion of man. He forbade him to eat fruit of tree of knowledge of good and evil, else he would die (Gen. 2:17). It was the only appointed time for men to die once before judgment (Heb. 9:27). This death was executed in Eden. It is unrelated to mortal death which happens at random and not once to all men as required by the declaration.

  1. To give man a companion God made woman from man and for man (Gen. 2:18, 21-23). The woman is the glory of man (1Cor. 11:7-10). This is the origin of relationship which involves mutual respect between partners.
  2. Adam disobeyed God’s first law. So he died as God laid down; separated spiritually and physically at the same time from God. How? The sin separated his spirit from God (Is. 59:2). It also detached his inner organs from the glory of God which had covered him as his outward look; symbolized by the veil of the temple (Ex. 26:33). So man behaved like the way serpent detaches its nature from its old skin. It was the moment man lost the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Without any cover of his inward form he saw his nakedness. He realized he was no longer looking like God. So he was ashamed. It is in this nakedness man is born, dies, and returns to this day (Job 1:21).
  3. So God cursed Adam (Gen. 3:19) which included his return to the dust of the ground from where he came. This is what is fulfilled by mortal death. The taken up of Enoch alive to heaven (Gen.5: 21-24) & Elijah too suggest this. It means God do repent about the curse. But with regards to sin committed by Adam God does not forgive without bloodshed. Otherwise the sacrifice of Jesus would be in vain. Moreover mortal death does not separate man from God for he is born in the state of death or separation from God (Rom. 5:12).
  4. Blood introduced in man when He shed animal blood & made a tunic of skin to cover his nakedness (Gen. 3:21). Tunic of skin is type garment for glorious body at resurrection (Phil. 3:21). It is what is clothing man’s nakedness till new robe (Is. 61:10-11). Meaning the tunic of skin is the current outward look of man. God made blood the cover for sin and gave it for sacrifice. It’s the instant all nations of men on earth were made from one blood (Acts 17: 26). So it is the lack of knowledge that engenders pigmentation difference amongst peoples. Lastly He exiled sinful Adam into darkness, known as terrestrial earth; represented by (Fig. 3B) in insert.

For terrestrial earth, God created the sun, the moon and stars in the firmament to rule the Night in turn as day and night for sons of darkness (Gen. 1:14-18). The advent of Jesus awakened the sons of light and sons of the day (1Thes. 5:5). It equally revealed who God is. On Jesus’ part, He is the Word of God which went out of the mouth of God as “let Us incarnate”  as fully man and fully God in the flesh and it was so (1Tim. 3:16). It was similar to the declaration in the beginning of; let Us create man in Our image and likeness. So Jesus is the double of God based on the oath by Himself (Is. 45:23). It debunks the notion that Jesus is the second person in three persons in one God. Upon Jesus’ resurrection He sits as fully man and fully God at the right hand of God the Father. Thus He is the front view of God the Father (Lk. 22:69; Heb. 8:1). So to see Jesus either in the flesh or in the spirit is to see the Father (John 14:9). On the interior face of God, is the Holy Spirit as the living water (John 4:10). The water flows by breath of God (John 20:22). So God is unchanging constant (Mal. 3:6; James 1:17). He is enveloped by Christ in the front and complemented by Holy Spirit at the rear. This illustrates how God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself (2Cor.5:19-21).

In born again, there is no male and female because he has new spirit and body of God and not of him. It annulled the need for the union of male and female with the soul at the beginning (Gal. 3:27-28). It was the period man lived by his spirit and lived in his own body for himself. But now, a man baptized into Christ ceased to live for himself but have put on Christ and lives by life of Christ for Him (Gal. 2:20). The spirit now liable to only God helps man to work out the salvation of his soul (Phil. 2:12). It means the soul is the man Jesus came to save (John 3:16). Now the soul which has believed Christ is being regenerated and renewed to the image of His glory (2Cor. 4:16). Thus the soul is the man who is known as a spirit because of his origin which is God; the Father of spirit (Num. 16:22). After salvation he lives by the spirit of Christ for Him but in his body pending the grant to him of glorious body of Christ. As the spirit stays connected to God the soul prospers and is one with God (3John 2). God executes any word spoken by man and by his breath (Num. 14:28), similar to how He treats His spoken Word and His Breath (Is. 55:11).

It is in the context of oneness that a body bond to a harlot is one body with her (1Cor. 6:15-17). This is the biblical meaning of fornication against the opinion of dictionary definition. It represents separation from first love such as God and flirting with godless source; like Adam did in Eden (Gen. 3:6-8) and Israel did too.

Celestial and terrestrial earth are in different realms of life, and have different characteristics (ref. fig.) in insert.

We are here to experience life without God which man chose in Eden and to get second chance to receive eternal life which God promised (1John 2:25).

Our risen Lord; the first born again from the dead is our example of the promise (Col. 1:18). The promise has been fulfilled in Him with glorious body made without hands (2Cor. 5:1) for all men ((1Pet. 1:3). Like risen Christ he could dissolve pass barrier, and appear and disappear (John 20:26). Every believer is on a race to attain the stature of born again man in Christ. To be born again is a total change of nature of man from the old to the new. It takes stages for a person to attain the stature of the fully born again in Christ – first the spirit is born again, next the soul and finally the body. Do you still think you are born again as a person, perfect in your soul and mortal body like resurrected Christ? Can you dissolve pass barrier, appear and disappear as proof? That is food for thought for you.

 

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