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31 Aug 2017-WHO ARE YOU CARRYING IN YOUR BODY?-From the Heart of God Series-Rev.George Varughese

WHO ARE YOU CARRYING IN YOUR BODY?

From the Heart of God Series

Isaiah 54:10

“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,
But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you,
And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,”
Says the Lord who has compassion on you.

Message from the Heart of God, “who are you carrying?” 4.20 am 31/8/17

  • Whom are we carrying in our bodies?
    • in our flesh
    • as in our physical body
    • 4983 σῶμα sṓma – HELPS Word-studies the physical body. Romans 12:1
      • 12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1
  • Whom are we carrying in our lives?
    • with our lives
    • 2198. ζάω zaó – HELPS Word-Cognate: 2198 záō – to live
      •  For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

1. Who are we carrying in our bodies / life? 

  • We are carrying our own flesh
    • For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5

2. But why are we carrying our own bodies / lives? 

  • Because we live according to the dictates of our minds
    • For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. Romans 8:6,7

3. But Who are we supposed to carry in our bodies? 

  • a) We are to carry the life of Jesus Christ
  • b) Because the life of God is living in us by the Holy Spirit
    • 1Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19

4. But why are we supposed to carry Jesus Christ in our bodies / with our living? 

  • Because Jesus Christ is living in us
    • 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which[a] is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27

 5. How to carry Jesus Christ in our bodies / with our living? 

  • a) By putting to death the deeds of the body
    • For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:12-13
  • b) But the prerequisite is to be born according to the spirit
    • Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
  • c) To realise that God bought us with a price
    • 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. 1 Corinthians 7:23
    • 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[a] and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19.20

6. By knowing that God has a great plan for our lives

  • God has predestined us for a great life
    • 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
  • this is to be done by spiritual understanding by the opening of the eyes of our spirits
    • However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”[a]  the things God has prepared for those who love him— 10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

Capo 2-C Marty Nystrom Bonnie Deuschle – I Bow My Knee Lyrics

Verse 1
I bow my knee before your throne,
I know my life is not my own,
I offer up a song of praise,
To bring You pleasure Lord.

Chorus
Halellujah,
Halellujah,
Glory to the King,
Halellujah,
Halellujah,
Glory to the King.

Verse 2
I seek the giver not the gift,
My heart’s desire is to lift you high,
Above all earthly kings,
To bring you pleasure Lord.


Scripture References

  • For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. Romans 8:5-7

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:12-13

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1


21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:21-23


11 See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! 12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom[a] the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. 17 From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Galatians 6:11-17


Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you. 13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,”[a] we also believe and therefore speak, 14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 4:1-15


19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For[a] I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, 26 that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again. Philippians 1:19-26

 

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30 Aug 2017-JESUS TYPE PRAYER PART II-From the Heart of God Series-Rev.George Varughese

WHY DO WE PRAY – JESUS TYPE PRAYER PART II

From the Heart of God Series

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.[a] And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray: Matthew 6:5-9

Jesus-Type Prayer Principles:

7 C-s:

  • 1. Confine / Isolate
  • 2. Connect
  • 3. Consult
  • 4. Communicate
  • 5. Convey
  • 6. Confidence
  • 7. Conclude

Key Meaning:

  • 1. Confine / Isolate
    • But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6:6
    • Jesus prayed in isolation at Gethsemane, Matthew 26:36-46 sweat became like great drops of blood Luke 22:44
  • 2. Connect
    • But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6:6
  • 3. Consult
    • But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6:6
    • prayer is the exchanging of wishes
  • 4. Communicate by way of a relationship
    • But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6:6
    • dialogue between God and man
  • 5. Convey
    • But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6:6
    • And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Matthew 6:7
  • 6. Confidence / by faith
    • 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:22
  • 7. Conclude
    • 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13

Capo 3-G – As The Deer


 

 

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29 Aug 2017-JESUS TYPE PRAYER PART I-From the Heart of God Series-Rev.George Varughese

WHY DO WE PRAY –

JESUS TYPE PRAYER PART I

From the Heart of God Series

 

Jesus exposéd on the internal and external piety

  • in civil act – charity Matthew 6:1-4
  • in religious act – prayer Matthew 6:5-14

WHY PRAY?

The basis must be more than procedures. Though we live in time and age and in the christian church with established ideas about what prayer is – God is looking a relationship that comes from the heart.

Wrong motive of prayer

Two types of individuals who offer prayer:

(1) The hypocrites – playactor

… “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites… Matthew 6:5

Objective: Praying for show / for others to see

Qualities of those who pray is such a way:

  • The premise:
    • they do not have a relationship with God
    • they do not know what God requires
    • they do not know / understand what prayer is
  • The demonstration
    • because they are empty on the inside:
      • they pray in public places to be seen by men Matthew 6:5
      • … For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men… Matthew 6:5
        • in synagogues
        • on the corners of the street
      • they prove externally
      • they blabber, verbose Matthew 6:7
      • they pray to prove to others what they do not have
      • they put up a show in their demonstration for others to see
    • these are the so-called professionals with religious attires
  • The result:
    • … Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward … Matthew 6:5
    • They have their rewards
      • they achieve what they pursue
      • results that are only earthly, name, fame and recognition

(2) The son / daughter – those who have a relationship with their spiritual Father

Objective: Praying only for their Abba Father to see

Qualities of those who pray is such a way:

  • The premise:
    • they have a relationship with God
    • they know what God requires
    • they know / understand what prayer is
  • The result:
    • because they are full on the inside:
      • they prove externally
      • they are few in words
      • they pray to prove to others what they do not have
      • they put up a show in their demonstration for others to see
    • these are marked by simplicity of clothing

Principles of genuine prayer as Jesus taught:

The premise Jesus grew up to live in the society and by observance of the custom of the Jews.

  • 1. Pray not for show Matthew 6:5
    • from the point of a hypocrite, a playactor
    • a means to an end
    • and they achieve their ends
  • 2. Prayer according to Jesus’ meaning Matthew 6:6
    • from the heart of the Father (Son-Father)
      • … pray to your Father … Matthew 6:6
      • to exchange wishes
      • from the point of a son / daughter to qualify to call / address God as a Father
      • from the point of relationship
    • from a secret physical secret place / in isolation
      • …go into your room, and when you have shut your door… Matthew 6:6
    • from a secret place in the spirit / in a secret / private transaction / relationship
    • And Abba Father will reward such prayers
    • and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6:6
    • Abba Father will reward openly
  • 3. The premise of praying is to know the foreknowledge of God
    • “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Matthew 6:8
    • omniscient – all knowing
    • omnipotent – all powerful
    • omnipresent – all present

How do we pray?

  • 1. We take God as a despatch personnel
  • 2. We approach God with a shopping list
  • 3. As a means to an end [the end justifies the means that if a goal is morally important enough, any method of achieving it is acceptable https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consequentialism%5D
  • An end-in-itself. The word “end” in this phrase has the same meaning as in the phrase “means to an end“. The philosopher Immanuel Kant said that rational human beings should be treated as an end in themselves and not as a means to something else. http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/introduction/endinitself.shtml

Word Study: 2

  • Matthew 6:5,6,7,8
  • English: pray
  • 4336. προσεύχομαι proseuchomai
  • HELPS Word-studies 4336 proseúxomai (from 4314 /prós, “towards, exchange” and 2172/euxomai, “to wish, pray”) – properly, to exchange wishes; prayliterally, to interact with the Lord by switching human wishes (ideas) for His wishes as He imparts faith (“divine persuasion“). Accordingly, praying (4336/proseuxomai) is closely inter-connected with 4102 /pístis (“faith”) in the NT. See: Ac 6:5,6,14:22,23; Eph 6:16-18; Col 1:3,4; 2 Thes 3:1,2; Js 5:13-15; Jude 20.
  • exchanging wishes

Word Study: 1Matthew 6:5

  • English: the hypocrites
  • 5273. ὑποκριτής hupokrités
  • Definition: (lit: a stage-player), a hypocrite, dissembler, pretender.
  • HELPS Word-studies 5273 hypokritḗs (a masculine noun derived from 5259 /hypó, “under” and 2919 /krínō, “judge”) – properly, a judging under, like a performer acting under a mask (i.e. a theater-actor); (figuratively) a two-faced person; a “hypocrite,” whose profession does not match their practice – i.e. someone who “says one thing but does another.”

  • HELPS Word-studies [5273 (hypokritḗs) was commonly used of actors on the Greek stage. When applied in the NT, it refers to a hypocrite.


The Model Prayer

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.[a] And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.[b]

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:5-15

G – Abba Father


 

 

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28 Aug 2017-HOW HOT IS YOUR LOVE FOR GOD?-From the Heart of God Series-Rev.George Varughese

HOW HOT IS YOUR LOVE FOR GOD? /  WHAT IS THE TEMPERATURE / DEGREE OF YOUR LOVE FOR GOD?

From the Heart of God Series

The Love Motivation

15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these [others do—with total commitment and devotion]?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I [a]love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].” Jesus said to him, “Feed My lambs.”16 Again He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me [with total commitment and devotion]?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].” Jesus said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me [with a deep, personal affection for Me, as for a close friend]?” Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you [really] [b]love Me [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend]?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

Our Times Are in His Hand

18 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and walked wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and arms, and someone else will dress you, and carry you where you do not wish to go.” 19 Now He said this to indicate the [c]kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. And after saying this, He said to him, “Follow Me [walk the same path of life that I have walked]!” (AMP) John 21:15-19

  1. John 21:15 As indicated by the amplifications, Peter uses a different Greek word for love (phileo) than Jesus does (agapao) in His first two questions to Peter (see note v 17).
  2. John 21:17 This time Jesus uses the same word for love that Peter previously used twice (phileo).

  • John 21:15 & John 21:16
  • English: Jesus asked? do you love to love as Jesus would and could love
  • HELPS Word-studies Cognate: 25 agapáō – properly, to prefer, to love; for the believer, preferring tolive through Christ (1 Jn 4:9,10), i.e. embracing God’s will (choosing His choices) and obeying them through His power. 25 (agapáō)
    • In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:9,10 
  • preeminently refers to what God prefers as He “is love” (1 Jn 4:8,16). See 26 (agapē).
    • He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:8
    • 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16
  • HELPS Word-studies With the believer, 25 /agapáō (“to love”) means actively doing what the Lord prefers, with Him (by His power and direction). True 25 /agapáō (“loving”) is always defined by God – a “discriminating affection which involves choice and selection” (WS, 477). 1 Jn 4:8,16,17 for example convey how loving (“preferring,” 25 /agapáō) is Christ living His life through the believer.
    • 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17
  • John 21:15
  • English: Peter answered, that I love to love in a human level only
  • HELPS Word-studies 5368 philéō (from 5384 /phílos, “affectionate friendship”) – properly, to show warm affection in intimate friendship, characterized by tender, heartfelt consideration and kinship.

Jesus questioned agapao but Peter answered phileo for twice :

  • do you love Me as I love you?
  • I love you as I would love a friend 

Last time Jesus questioned, phileo but Peter answered phileo :

  • will you even love me as a friend? 
  • I love you as I would love a friend 

Question from the heart of God:

(1) How do we love God today?

Our answer is:

  • (1) To love God for what we can GET out of God
    • Our love is a TAKING love, not a GIVING love
    • Our love expires on the earthly plane and has not heavenly value
  • (2) The most we will arrive will be like Peter’s kind of love, that is to love God like we understand in English
  • (3) But we must migrate to a place where our desire and God’s desire will become ONE

Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Capo 6: C – Lord I Come To You


REFERENCE

WHY PRAY?

The basis must be more than procedures. Though we live in time and age and in the christian church with established ideas about what prayer is – God is looking a relationship that comes from the heart.

 

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25 Aug 2017-THE GRACE CALLED REDEMPTION PART 5-From the Heart of God Series-Rev.George Varughese

WHAT IS LIFE SERIES? 

THE GRACE CALLED REDEMPTION PART II

  • English: redemption
  • 629. ἀπολύτρωσις, apolutrósis
  • Meaning: release effected by payment of ransom; redemption, deliverance.
  • HELPS Word-studies 629 apolýtrōsis (from 575 /apó, “from” and 3084 /lytróō, “redeem”) – properly, redemption – literally, “buying back from, re-purchasing (winning back) what was previously forfeited (lost).”

  • 629 /apolýtrōsis (“redemption, re-purchase”) emphasizes the distance (“safety-margin”) that results between the rescued person, and what previously enslaved them. For the believer, the prefix (575 /apó) looks back to God’s effective work of grace, purchasing them from the debt of sin and bringing them to their new status (being in Christ).

Key Meaning:

PART A: The Promise and Fulfilment of Jesus Christ

  • 1. What has Jesus Christ blessed us with / for the believers? 
  • 2. The premise of these blessings 
  • 3. The purpose of these blessings
  • 4. Why did Jesus Christ bless His believers?

1. What has Jesus Christ blessed us with / for the believers?

  • Jesus has blessed believers with every spiritual blessings
    • these spiritual blessings are to be received from the heavenly places through Jesus Christ Ephesians 1:3
  • Jesus predestined believers to be adopted as sons to Himself, so son-Father relationship Ephesians 1:5
  • Jesus has blessed believers with inheritance Ephesians 1:11
  • Jesus works out all these by His own will Ephesians 1:11

2. The premise of these blessings

  • Jesus chose the believers
    • Jesus did not choose the believers in the present but from the past
    • Jesus chose believers from creation Ephesians 1:4
  • Jesus’ redemption of the believers
    • redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ
    • redemption is the forgiveness of sins Ephesians 1:7
    • Jesus made known / revealed this grace to believers in practical ways for them to understand Ephesians 1:8
    • Jesus revealed to believers the mystery of His will Ephesians 1:9
      • Purpose of redemption:
        • to gather all things as one Ephesians 1:10

3. The purpose of these blessings

  • so that believers would live a set-apart / dedicated lives
  • this life is marked by holy living
  • this life should be based on believer’s love for Jesus Christ Ephesians 1:4
  • for believers to be the praise for His glory Ephesians 1:12

4. Why did Jesus Christ bless His believers?

  • because of His good pleasure
  • because of His glorious grace and favour Ephesians 1:6 (AMP)
  • because of His will
  • for Him to receive believer’s praise
    • believers to praise Jesus for His grace
  • because of His the richness of His grace Ephesians 1:7

PART B: The Response of the Believers of Jesus Christ

5. The believers’ response

  • after hearing the gospel
  • trusted in Jesus
  • believed in Jesus Ephesians 1:13

6. The result of believers response

  • Jesus sealed them with the Person of the Holy Spirit
  • The Holy Spirit is the believers’ guarantee of Jesus’ redemption Ephesians 1:14

 

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24 Aug 2017-THE GRACE CALLED REDEMPTION PART 4-From the Heart of God Series-Rev.George Varughese

WHAT IS LIFE SERIES? 

THE GRACE CALLED REDEMPTION PART 4

  • English: redemption
  • 629. ἀπολύτρωσις, apolutrósis
  • Meaning: release effected by payment of ransom; redemption, deliverance.
  • HELPS Word-studies 629 apolýtrōsis (from 575 /apó, “from” and 3084 /lytróō, “redeem”) – properly, redemptionliterally, “buying back from, re-purchasing (winning back) what was previously forfeited (lost).”

  • 629 /apolýtrōsis (“redemption, re-purchase”) emphasizes the distance (“safety-margin”) that results between the rescued person, and what previously enslaved them. For the believer, the prefix (575 /apó) looks back to God’s effective work of grace, purchasing them from the debt of sin and bringing them to their new status (being in Christ).

Key Meaning:

PART A: The Promise and Fulfilment of Jesus Christ 

  • 1. What has Jesus Christ blessed us with / for the believers? 
  • 2. The premise of these blessings 
  • 3. The purpose of these blessings
  • 4. Why did Jesus Christ bless His believers?

1. What has Jesus Christ blessed us with / for the believers? 

  • Jesus has blessed believers with every spiritual blessings
    • these spiritual blessings are to be received from the heavenly places through Jesus Christ Ephesians 1:3
  • Jesus predestined believers to be adopted as sons to Himself, so son-Father relationship Ephesians 1:5
  • Jesus has blessed believers with inheritance Ephesians 1:11
  • Jesus works out all these by His own will Ephesians 1:11

2. The premise of these blessings 

  • Jesus chose the believers
    • Jesus did not choose the believers in the present but from the past
    • Jesus chose believers from creation Ephesians 1:4
  • Jesus’ redemption of the believers
    • redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ
    • redemption is the forgiveness of sins Ephesians 1:7
    • Jesus made known / revealed this grace to believers in practical ways for them to understand Ephesians 1:8
    • Jesus revealed to believers the mystery of His will Ephesians 1:9
      • Purpose of redemption:
        • to gather all things as one Ephesians 1:10

3. The purpose of these blessings

  • so that believers would live a set-apart / dedicated lives
  • this life is marked by holy living
  • this life should be based on believer’s love for Jesus Christ Ephesians 1:4
  • for believers to be the praise for His glory Ephesians 1:12

4. Why did Jesus Christ bless His believers?

  • because of His good pleasure
  • because of His glorious grace and favour Ephesians 1:6 (AMP)
  • because of His will
  • for Him to receive believer’s praise
    • believers to praise Jesus for His grace
  • because of His the richness of His grace Ephesians 1:7

PART B: The Response of the Believers of Jesus Christ 

5. The believers’ response

  • after hearing the gospel
  • trusted in Jesus
  • believed in Jesus Ephesians 1:13

6. The result of believers response 

  • Jesus sealed them with the Person of the Holy Spirit
  • The Holy Spirit is the believers’ guarantee of Jesus’ redemption Ephesians 1:14

Scripture:

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both[a]which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who[b] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:1-14


Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed), by the will of God [that is, by His purpose and choice],

To the [a]saints (God’s people) [b]who are at Ephesus and are faithful and loyal andsteadfast in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

[c]Blessed and worthy of praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ, just as [in His love] He chose us in Christ [actually selected us for Himself as His own] before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy [that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven] and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined and lovingly planned for us to be adopted to Himself as [His own] children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the kind intention and good pleasure of His will— to the praise of His glorious grace and favor, which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved [His Son, Jesus Christ]. In Him we have redemption [that is, our deliverance and salvation] through His blood, [which paid the penalty for our sin and resulted in] the forgiveness and complete pardon of our sin, in accordance with the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and understanding [with practical insight] He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, 10 with regard to the fulfillment of the times [that is, the end of history, the climax of the ages]—to bring all things together in Christ, [both] things in the heavens and things on the earth. 11 In Him also we have [d]received an inheritance [a destiny—we were claimed by God as His own], having been predestined (chosen, appointed beforehand) according to the purpose of Him who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him as our Lord and Savior] would exist to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God]. 14 The Spirit is the [e]guarantee [the first installment, the pledge, a foretaste] of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own[purchased] possession [His believers], to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:1-14 (AMP)

Dedication Song. 

Key C

Let There Be love Shared Among Us

Christian, Christianity, Conference, Jesus, Leadership

23 Aug 2017-THE GRACE OF RECONCILIATION PART 3-From the Heart of God Series-Rev.George Varughese

WHAT IS LIFE SERIES? 

THE GRACE OF RECONCILIATION PART 3: MAN TO MAN


1. Jesus’ prayer for man’s unity

  • Jesus called them His very own
  • Unity according to the pattern of unity in heaven John 17:21
  • Purpose of this unity
    • is to make a public statement / declaration as a testimony for the world, as a witness that God sent Jesus to the world John 17:23 ‘… that the world may know that You have sent Me”

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will[a] believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:21-23

2. Jesus’ command

  • Jesus resounded the Shema
  • the greatest commandment / the essence / culmination of the Torah
  • The First Greatest Command: to love God fully and wholly:
    • man to God
    • with all heart, with all soul, with all mind, with all strength
  • The Second Greatest Command: to love your neighbour as yourself:
    • man to man
    • a description of love that is the supreme way to love
    • is more than sacrifice Mark 12:33

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one![a] You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:4,5

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:36-39

29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’[a] This is the first commandment.[b] 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 So the scribe said to Him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He. 33 And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul,[d] and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:29-33

3. God’s command

  • 10 Commandment
    • honour father and mother
    • to have a long life
    • in God’s promised land

12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20;20

4. Jesus’ model prayer

  • reverence to God and declaration of God’s glory
  • preeminence of God’s will on earth
  • provision of daily provision
  • forgiveness of debt from God as man forgive their debtors
    • double mention, the only part Jesus’ exposed
    • to forgive other’s trespasses to receive forgiveness from own trespasses
  • protection from the wiles of satan

In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.[a]

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:9-14

 

The Unholy collaboration 

Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. Genesis 11:1-9

Principles of unity:

means to an end, without ethics

1. Unity based on race and language Genesis 11:1

2. Unity based on intention Genesis 11:4

3. God accredited to their unity, the power of one Genesis 11:6

  • unity of race
  • unity because of language
  • unity makes them unstoppable i.e. they will be able to accomplish what they propose to do

The definition of reconciliation:

  • English word: to reconcile from 2 Corinthians 5:19
  • Greek word: 2644. καταλλάσσω katallassó
  • I change, I exchange, I reconcile.
  • HELPS Word-studies 2644 katallássō (from 2596 /katá, “down to an exact point,” intensifying 236 /allássō, “to change”) – properly, decisively change, as when two parties reconcile when coming (“changing”) to the same position.
  • HELPS Word-studies 2644 [2644 (katallássō) was originally used for the exchange of coins; “properly, to change, exchange (especially of money); hence, of persons, to change from enmity to friendship, to reconcile” (A-S).]

Dedication Song. 

Key C

Let There Be love Shared Among Us

Christian, Christianity, Conference, Jesus, Leadership

22 Aug 2017-THE GRACE OF RECONCILIATION PART 2-From the Heart of God Series-Rev.George Varughese

WHAT IS LIFE SERIES? 

THE GRACE OF RECONCILIATION PART 2: MAN TO GOD 

The definition of reconciliation:

  • English word: to reconcile from 2 Corinthians 5:19
  • Greek word: 2644. καταλλάσσω katallassó
  • I change, I exchange, I reconcile.
  • HELPS Word-studies 2644 katallássō (from 2596 /katá, “down to an exact point,” intensifying 236 /allássō, “to change”) – properly, decisively change, as when two parties reconcile when coming (“changing”) to the same position.
  • HELPS Word-studies 2644 [2644 (katallássō) was originally used for the exchange of coins; “properly, to change, exchange (especially of money); hence, of persons, to change from enmity to friendship, to reconcile” (A-S).]

Preamble / Overview

  • (a) God’s kind intention for all man’s salvation
    • who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth 1 Timothy 2:4
  • (b) Jesus is the Mediator between man and God
    • For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus 1 Timothy 2:5
  • (c) God didn’t only intended / thought in His mind but acted on the ground
    • who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,  1 Timothy 2:6

A. God’s work for man

  • (a) Jesus died for man
    • For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 2 Corinthians 5:14
  • (b) Jesus died and rose again for man
    • and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 2 Corinthians 5:15
  • (c) God in Jesus reconciled the world to Himself by not imputing man’s trespasses to them
    •  that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19

B. Man’s reality

  • (a) Men died in sin
    • For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God Colossians 3:3
  • (b) God raised man with Christ
    • If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1
  • (c) Man has a new nature
    •  and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him Colossians 3:10

C. What is man’s rightful response?

  • (a) Man must no longer live for self but to live for God
    • and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again 2 Corinthians 5:15
  • (b) This happens cognitively by the change of man’s mind
    • Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth Colossians 3:2
  • (c) Man must put to death their flesh to live for God
    •  Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry Colossians 3:5
  • (d) Man must not live like in the past any longer
    • in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. Colossians 3:7

Dedication Song. 

Capo 2: C

I Bow My Knees 

Verse 1
I bow my knee before your throne,
I know my life is not my own,
I offer up a song of praise,
To bring You pleasure Lord.

Chorus
Halellujah,
Halellujah,
Glory to the King,
Halellujah,
Halellujah,
Glory to the King.

Verse 2
I seek the giver not the gift,
My heart’s desire is to lift you high,
Above all earthly kings,
To bring you pleasure Lord.

Bonnie Deuschle 

 

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21 Aug 2017-THE GRACE OF RECONCILIATION PART 1-From the Heart of God Series-Rev.George Varughese

WHAT IS LIFE SERIES? 

THE GRACE OF RECONCILIATION PART 1

A. GOD TO MAN

The definition of reconciliation:

a) God reconciled man to God through Jesus Christ

18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 2 Corinthians 5:18

18 But all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ [making us acceptable to Him] and gave us the ministry of reconciliation [so that by our example we might bring others to Him], (AMP) 2 Corinthians 5:18,19

  • English word: to reconcile
  • Greek word: 2644. καταλλάσσω katallassó
  • I change, I exchange, I reconcile.
  • HELPS Word-studies 2644 katallássō (from 2596 /katá, “down to an exact point,” intensifying 236 /allássō, “to change”) – properly, decisively change, as when two parties reconcile when coming (“changing”) to the same position.
  • HELPS Word-studies 2644 [2644 (katallássō) was originally used for the exchange of coins; “properly, to change, exchange (especially of money); hence, of persons, to change from enmity to friendship, to reconcile” (A-S).]

b) Through Christ, God reconciled the world to Himself

that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  2 Corinthians 5:19 

that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them [but canceling them]. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation [that is, restoration to favor with God]. (AMP) 2 Corinthians 5:19

c) Not imputing man’s sins / trespasses to them

that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  2 Corinthians 5:19 

that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them [but canceling them]. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation [that is, restoration to favor with God]. (AMP) 2 Corinthians 5:19

d) What this meant to Jesus Christ?

21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:20

The result of reconciliation:

a) Jesus gave / wrought / accomplished peace for us

  • peace between Jews and Gentiles
  • making both one, that is to make God and man one again
  • thus God Himself broke down the separation

14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, Ephesians 2:14

The process of reconciliation:

a) by Jesus Christ becoming the sacrifice according to the book of the law / Torah

15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is,the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, Ephesians 2:15

b) reconciliation of God and man through the sacrifice of the cross

16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. Ephesians 2:15

c) Thus created a one new man from the two (2 separated entities of God and man)

15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is,the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, Ephesians 2:15

d) This peace is called reconciliation 

15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is,the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, Ephesians 2:15

14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is,the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Ephesians 2:14-18

B. MAN TO GOD

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20


Dedication Song. 


REFERENCE

11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.

12 For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:11-21

14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is,the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Ephesians 2:14-18

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

For he is our peace,…. The author of peace between Jew and Gentile: there was a great enmity of the Jew against the Gentile, and of the Gentile against the Jew; and chiefly on account of circumcision, the one being without it, and the other insisting on it, and branding one another with nicknames on account of it; but Christ has made peace between them by abrogating the ceremonial law, which was the occasion of the difference, and by sending the Gospel of peace to them both, by converting some of each, and by granting the like privileges to them all, as may be observed in the following verses: and Christ is the author of peace between God and his people; there is naturally in man an enmity to God; sin has separated chief friends; nor can man make his peace with God; what he does, or can do, will not do it; and what will, he cannot do; Christ is the only fit and proper person for this work, being a middle person between both, and is only able to effect it, being God as well as man; and so could draw nigh to God, and treat with him about terms of peace, and agree to them, and perform them; and which he has brought about by his blood, his sufferings and death; and which is made on honourable terms, by a full satisfaction to the law and justice of God; and so is a lasting one, and attended with a train of blessings: moreover, Christ is the donor of peace, of external peace in his churches, and of internal peace of conscience, and of eternal peace in heaven: this is one of the names of the Messiah with the Jews (b);  http://biblehub.com/commentaries/gill/ephesians/2.htm

 

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Sermon: Keys to Enter God’s Highway

Keys to Enter God’s Highway

1. Hunger and thirst for God and God’s reality

  • (i) David longed for God
    • 1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
      So pants my soul for You, O God.
      My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
      When shall I come and appear before God? Psalms 42:1,2
  • (ii) David literally cried to seek for God
    •  My tears have been my food day and night,
      While they continually say to me,
      “Where is your God?” Psalms 42:3
  • (iii) David thought about God / looked back
    • When I remember these things,
      I pour out my soul within me.
      For I used to go with the multitude;
      I went with them to the house of God,
      With the voice of joy and praise,
      With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. Psalms 42:4
  • (iv) David spoke to his soul
    •  Why are you cast down, O my soul?
      And why are you disquieted within me?
      Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
      For the help of His countenance. Psalms 42:5
  • (v) David worshipped / confessed / prayed to God
    •  I will say to God my Rock,
      “Why have You forgotten me?
      Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” Psalms 42:9
2. Be in a place of poverty of the spirit / of want
  • Being poor in the spirit is the access to God / God’s throne
    • “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
          For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3
    • Blessed are the pure in heart,
          For they shall see God. Matthew 5:8
  • Being poor in the spirit is the access to become rich on the earth
    • Blessed are the meek,
          For they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5
3. Primary objective in life is to seek God
  • The reality of man’s life is to worry
    • “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ Matthew 6:31
  • But God says this is how the world lives not the way God’s children should live
    • For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things Matthew 6:32
  • But our focus must be to seek God
    • But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33
  • Live without worry
    • Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34