Jesus’ Mission And Ours

John 6:38–I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
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I came down from heaven–Jesus’ existence did not begin when He was conceived in the womb of Mary or when He was born of her. This verse tells us that He existed before that. He was in heaven and He came down. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). He was in the beginning, He was with God and He was God.

Not to do mine own will–He did not come down to earth to do His own will. He was surrendered, yielded and committed to the will of His Father. Even when facing the cross He made His request known to the Father but concluded His prayer with, “Not my will but thine be done” (Luke 22:42). We have been born of the Holy Spirit of God and we should be surrendered, yielded, and committed to the will of our heavenly Father also.

But the will of Him that sent me–Jesus was sent by the Father. He was sent for a purpose. The Father had you and I in mind when He sent Jesus. We were the reason Jesus was sent. Jesus said, “As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21). Now it is our turn. We are the sent ones. We are sent for a purpose. We are the ambassadors of Christ. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation and the word of reconciliation. Let us, each and every one fulfill our mission to and for the glory of God.

Overcome Evil With Good

Romans 12:17-21–Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
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Be not overcome of evil–If we repay evil for evil then we have been overcome by the evil and our behavior is being controlled by the evil that was done unto us. Repaying evil for evil is the work of the flelsh and if we do it we are walking in the flesh and not in the Spirit.  We are not to avenge ourselves, but step aside, trust God and let Him deal with it. God says “Vengeance is mine; I will repay“. He will avenge His children. He will repay. If God repays it could be a lot worse than what we would do. I think this is why Jesus said, “Pray for them” (Matthew 5:44).

Matthew 5:44–Jesus said:
a. Love your enemies.
b. Bless them, do good to them–”if he hungers feed him…if he thirsts give him to drink”.
c. Pray for them.

By doing this we are acting responsibly, from the spirit and not from the flesh. This way we are not overcome by the evil but overcome the evil with good.

Receiving The Promises

Romans 9:13–The promise, that he (Abraham) should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
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The promise was to Abraham and his seed through the righteousness of faith. Abraham’s seed is all them that believe (Romans 4:11). Abraham’s faith was counted and reckoned to him for righteousness (Romans 4:3, 5, 9). God has given unto us exceeding great and precious promises (2 Peter 1:4). They are not received through the law and us keeping the law, which we can’t.  They are ours by the grace of God through the righteousness of faith.

Romans 4:19-25–Abraham was not weak in faith. He considered not his own body. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief. He was strong in faith. He was giving glory to God. He was fully persuaded that what God had promised he was able also to perform. Therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.  When we are strong in faith, consider not possible limitations, stagger not at the promise of God through unbelief, give glory to God and are fully persuaded that what God has promised He is able and willing also to perform

Romans 4:23-24–It was written for us, to whom it shall be imputed if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead. Herein lies the way to receive what God has promised. When we are strong in faith, consider not possible limitations, stagger no at the promise of God through unbelief, give glory to God, and are fullly persuaded that what God has promised He is able and willing also to perform it will be imputed unto us for righteousness.

Wisdom’s Children

Matthew 11:19–Wisdom is justified of her children.
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Wisdom is a quality associated with a person. It is connected with learning and knowledge. People tend to be products of the knowledge and wisdom that they possess. It influences their decisions, words and actions. It impacts their attitudes toward things and people. In this respect wisdom produces children.

There are two kinds of wisdom.
The earthly wisdom–There is the earthly wisdom; that wisdom which is of man. “The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (1 Corinthians 3:19). “The world by wisdom knew not God” (1 Corinthians 1:21). “The foolishness of God is wiser than men (1 Corinthians 1:25).  James 3:14-16 tells us that this wisdom produces envy, strife, confusion, and division.  It is earthly, sensual, and devilish.
The wisdom from above–This wisdom comes from God and is received through the teaching and revelation of the Holy Spirit. This wisdom far exceeds that of this world. This is the wisdom that Jesus had and displayed. Luke 2:40–Jesus was filled with wisdom.  James 3:17-18 tells us that the wisdom that is from above is complete and faultless.  It makes us peaceable, gentle, and easy t0 get along with.  It causes us to be merciful, and given to produce works of kindness.  It causes us to be impartial toward others and without hypocrisy.  It allows us to share God’s word and wisdom in a peaceable way and makes us peacemakers.

The children–The type of person we are depends on which wisdom we are the product of.
The children of earthly wisdom have bitter envying and strife in their hearts. Their focus is on earthly things. They tend to be sensual and even devilish when going to an extreme. This of course is not a detailed description of the characteristics of the children of earthly wisdom.
The children of heavenly wisdom tend to be peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated. They are full of mercy and good fruits. They are without partiality and without hypocrisy. This of course is not a detailed description of the characteristics of the children of heavenly wisdom.

Wisdom is justified of her children–The quality of wisdom is proven by the children. The children prove the level and rightness of the wisdom from which they are made. The wisdom spoken of here is that which is of God and it is justified. It is proven to be just and right and of a higher level because of the children that are produced by it. Its high quality is proven by the nature and characteristics of the children of God which are the product of the heavenly wisdom. Praise be to God.

Fight A Good Fight, Finish The Course, Keep The Faith

2 Timothy 4:7-8–I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
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Paul has come to the end of his life here on the earth. He said, “I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand” (2 Timothy 4:6). His being ready is defined by the next two verses.

I have fought a good fight–Every Christian has his or her fight. We have to contend with the flesh, the world, and the devil. We are engaged in a spiritual warfare. We must fight a good fight in our struggle with these. We must live our life as God would have us to live it and where He has placed us. We can be victorious because greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

I have finished my course–Each of us has our own course that is set before us. In the past we walked according to the course of this world, but when we got saved God put us on a new course. In Hebrews 12:1 Paul referred to it as a race. We are to lay aside every weight and every sin that would hinder us in completing our race in victory. We must finish the course that has been set before us. Our course consists of living our life in a way that is pleasing to God and to serve Him as a member of the body of Christ.

I have kept the faith–Keeping the faith means that we guard it and hold on to it no matter what comes our way. Keeping the faith also includes defending the word of God and obedience to it.

The crown of righteousness– This is the victor’s crown. It is given to those who successfully complete the course that is set before them, to those who have fought the good fight and have kept their faith. This crown is given by the Lord Himself. What an honor this will be.

Letters From God–Book of Hebrews 6:10-20

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My child, I am not unrigh, to the saints, and continue to minister. It is My desire that all My children show the same constant and careful effort to the full assurance of hope unto the end: that they are not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit My promises. For when I made promise to Abraham because I could swear by no greater, I swore by Myself saying, Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you. And so, after he had patiently continued in his faith, he obtained the promise. Men verily swear by the greater and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherefore, I, being willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise My never changing word, confirmed it by an oath. That by two unchangeable things, the promise and the oath, it was impossible for Me to lie, that your hope might be strengthened, seeing you have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before you: which hope you have as an anchor of your soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into heaven within the veil; where the forerunner is for you entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Hebrews 6:10-20
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Unprofitable And Profitable Conversations

2 Timothy 2:16-18–But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
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Shun profane and vain babblings–Avoid conversations that show disregard or contempt for sacred things. Avoid conversations that have no real value and are fruitless. Keep away from people that habitually talk unwisely or too much. We should find a way to politely excuse ourselves and get out of and away from these things.

They will increase unto more ungodliness–These kinds of conversations and people will proceed further away from that which is godly. The words of these people will spread corruption and eat away at our own spirituality. Their words will weaken us spiritually. They are not in line with the word of God and their words will overthrow the faith of some.

Seek the positive conversations and people–Let us seek out and find conversations that focus on things that are sacred and spiritually profitable. Let us spend time in conversations that are fruitful and profitable and that build us up spiritually. Let us find those people who will be supportive and increase our faith. Let us find those people who will direct our thoughts toward God and His word.

The Scriptures Were Written For Us

Romans 15:4–Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
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Whatsoever things were written aforetime–These things were written under the revelation and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:20-21).  They were the messages of God delivered through holy men.  God sent forth His word through them for mankind.

Were written for our learning–God had those things written for us. They were written for our learning to teach us and instruct us. They were written that we might have patience to persevere. They were written that we might be comforted. Seeing what those of the Bible went through and how they went through can give us this patience and comfort us when we are going through some difficult times. Those scriptures reveal how God was with His people and how He worked to help them. We see how God led His people and supplied their needs. We see how God protected them in their troubles. We see how God instructed them and guided them. This produces in us patience and comforts us because we know that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He will work in our life as He did in the lives of those mentioned in the Bible.

That we might have hope–Through the patience and comfort we receive from the scriptures we can have hope and that hope is in the one true God. That hope is in the reality that He will be with us forever and will not forsake us to the things that we have to face in this life because He said so.

Christ Is Our Peace

Ephesians 2:13-16–In Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
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Christ Jesus is our peace–In spiritual connection with Christ (in the Spirit) we have peace with one another. It is when one or the other is in the flesh that there is strife and conflict. “We are to endeavor to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). “We do this in lowliness and meekness with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2). In love for the person, we put up with and tolerate that which bothers us. Peace is a bond that binds and holds us together.

Christ Jesus broke down the wall–This is speaking of the wall that separated the Jews from the Gentiles. It was a wall of partition that stood between the Jews and the Gentiles. This wall was the law of commandments contained in ordinances. Jesus put an end to this wall, this enmity through His death. He thereby crated one body so making peace. “He is the head over all things to the church, which is his body” (Ephesians 1:22-23). From time to time there are walls built up between Christians and between a Christian and an unbeliever. We must try to restore and maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Where the non-Christian in concerned we must try to restore and maintain our relationship with them.

Our Blessedness In Christ

2 Corinthians 1:21-22–Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
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God has established us–He has made us firm with other believers in Christ. We should therefore not be easily moved or shaken, but steady determined and positive. We have to stand on the promises of God and receive from Him that strength, knowledge, and wisdom we need to face whatever comes our way.

God has sealed us–He has placed His mark of ownership and security on us. “We are not our own but are bought with a price and our body and spirit are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

God has given us the earnest of the Spirit–Earnest means down payment. God has given us the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the Divine pledge of all our future blessings and blessedness. The Holy Spirit is our security. As we walk in the Spirit we shall be firm, steady, determined and positive. As we walk in the Spirit we shall be secure and safe.

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