Jesus Christ is Lord of All

Friday, February 22, 2013

Unity # 27: Their Savior

Unity # 27: Their Savior
Theme Song: As the Deer

Dear Father,
     We worship and exalt You, the Giver of the Scriptures. We come to You for eternal Life and in our pursuit of You, we read Your Word and struggle over ancient Doctrines. You are our Rock, Fortress, and Deliverer, in whom we take refuge. You are our Shield, the Horn of our salvation, our Savior who saved us from violence. We call upon You, who is worthy to be praised and we are saved from our enemies. (2 Sam 22:2-4) To You alone, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, both now and to the day of eternity (Jude 1:25). Help us to grow in the grace and knowledge of Yourself (2 Pet 3:18).
In Jesus Christ’s Name,

Dear Beloved,
     This letter is about Jesus Christ as our Savior. The Hebrew word for Savior, yasha’, means One who gives salvation, victory, and deliverance. The Greek word for Savior, sōtēr, means deliverer and preserver. I feel that this letter is a transition letter into a future focus on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the people of God. I am now in the process of seeking God to reveal what His Word says about His outpouring of the Holy Spirit and asking Him to do precisely this in our lives. For by this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit (1 John 4:13). At the moment of conversion the Holy Spirit inhabits our being fully and He can never be taken from us. When the unconverted onlookers of Pentecost were pierced to the heart, they asked the apostles what they should do. Peter told them that they should repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins and they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:37-28) All people of all time, even prior to the Day of Pentecost, if they were regenerated had the Holy Spirit indwelling them. For as to our salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to us made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but us, in these things which now have been announced to us through those who preached the Gospel to us by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look. (1 Peter 1:10-12) Anyone whose faith is credited to them as righteousness has been born again of the Holy Spirit and the Water of the Word of God. Yet, in these last days it is now possible for the Spirit of God to be poured out on us, for us to be immersed in Him by Jesus Christ Himself. For Christ, the One who was raised from the dead and exalted to the right Hand of God, is the One who baptizes us in the Holy Spirit and in fire. (Matt 3:11) There is much doctrine surrounding this outpouring of the Spirit that we have neglected to uncover and I am praying for God to help us in the days ahead. Our desire is not to fall into extreme ungodly charismaticism nor to quench the Spirit, as we have done thus far to a significant degree. Our desire is to seek and to experience the riches of the knowledge of God in all Truth and sincerity just as He desires and proclaims in His Word, without erring in any way.

     The apostle John tells us that they had seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world (1 John 4:14). Our Savior wondrously shows His lovingkindness to those who take refuge at His right Hand from the evil forces of the world that rise up against them. When we cry to the Lord because of our oppressors, He will send us a Savior and a Champion, and we will be delivered. He has sent us a Savior! We will know the Lord in that day. We will even worship with the sacrifice and offerings of thanksgiving, praise, and our bodies as living sacrifices. (Ps 17:18-21) Right now God, who formed us, tells us not to fear for He has redeemed us through the blood of His Son. He has called us by name, and He says, “you are Mine!” When we pass through the waters, He will be with us and though the rivers, they will not overflow us. When we walk through the fire, we will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn us. For He is the Lord our God, the Holy One of Israel, our Savior. We are precious in His sight, since we are honored and He loves us. He gave His own Son up for us that we may live only to bring Him back from the dead on the third day. He tells us not to fear, for He is with us. He will bring our Spiritual offspring from the east and gather us from the west. (Is 43:1-5). There is no other God but Him. We have been saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation; we will not be put to shame or humiliated to all eternity. Truly He is a God who hides Himself, but He has not spoken to us in secret in a dark land or a waste place, but He, the Lord, speaks righteousness, declaring things that are upright. There is no God besides Him, a righteous God and a Savior, there is none except Him. He tells us to turn to Him and be saved, all the ends of the earth, for He is God, and there is no other. He has sworn by Himself, the Word has gone forth from His mouth in righteousness and will not turn back, that to Him every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. They will say “Only in the Lord are righteousness and strength”. All who were angry at Him will be put to shame. But in the Lord all the offspring of Israel, that is, all the children of God through faith in Christ, will be justified and will glory. (Is 45:4-25) He will feed our oppressors with their own flesh, and they will become drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine; and all flesh will know that He, the Lord, is our Savior and our Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob (Is 49:26).

     We will love the true nation of Israel, and they will know that He, the Lord, is their Savior and Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob (Is 60:16). For He has become their Savior and ours. In all our affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved us; in His love and mercy He redeemed us, and lifted us and carried them all the days of old. But for those who rebel and grieve the Holy Spirit continually because they have not been born again into the New Covenant, He turned Himself to become their enemy and fought against them. Then we, His people, remember the days of old, of Moses, when He brought His people out of the sea with the shepherds of His flock and put His Holy Spirit in the midst of them, who caused His glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses, who divided the waters before them to make for Himself an everlasting Name, who led them through the depths. Like the horse in the wilderness, they did not stumble; as the cattle which go down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord gave them rest. So He led His people, to make for Himself a glorious Name. (Is 63:8-14) He is the Hope of Israel, its Savior in time of distress (Jer 14:8). We are not to know any god except Him, for there is no Savior besides Him (Hos 13:4).

     The angel of the Lord told the shepherds who were keeping watch over their flock by night that today in the city of David there has been born for them a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11). After the woman at the well witnessed her encounter with the Messiah with her townspeople, they came are heard Jesus and proclaimed that it was no longer because of what she said that they believe, for they had heard for themselves and knew that this One is indeed the Savior of the world. (John 4:42). Jesus Christ is the One whom God exalted to His right Hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to His people, and forgiveness of sins. Christ is the husband and the head of His bride, the church. He Himself is the Savior of His body. (Eph 5:23) Dear saints, our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Phil 3:20)

     We must be good servants of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which we have been following. We must have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, we must discipline ourselves for the purpose of Godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but Godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men in the sense that He gave them a chance to repent and believe. He is especially the Savior of all believers, because they have already believed and received the gift of eternal life. (1 Tim 4:6-10). For when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by grace we would be heirs according to the hope of eternal Life. (Titus 3:4-7) Now this been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel (2 Tim 1:10). 

     We must do everything for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the Truth which is according to Godliness, in the hope of eternal Life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, but at the proper time manifested, even His Word, in the proclamation with which we are entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior. (Titus 1:1-3) We must show all good faith so that we adorn the Doctrine of God our Savior in every respect (Tit 2:10). For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and Godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. (Titus 2:11-14)

     The faith we have all received is of the same kind. It is a gift given by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. His grace and peace are multiplied to us in the knowledge of God and of our Jesus our Lord. We see that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and Godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. (2 Pet 1:1-3). But those who claim Christ as their Savior and Lord, and yet who are enslaved to corruption, are not truly saved. For by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them. It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.” (2 Pet 2:19-22) If we feel that we are enslaved to corruption, we must ask and trust out Good Shepherd to gently guide and discipline us. For if we are children of God, we will not continue in slavery to sin.

And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain— for He says,
“At the acceptable time I listened to you,
And on the day of salvation I helped you.”
Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation”—giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger, in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, in the Word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true; as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death, 10 as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things. 2 Cor 6

Love in Christ,

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