The Lord Jesus Christ

There is no God but Abba and Jesus is His Son, yet with the Holy Spirit the Lord our God is one!(Dr David Pawson)

Again

‘God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2; 1 Corinthians 13:14’ (Pastor Ron Jones @ Something Good Radio)

Jesus Christ

God the Son

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  (2 Colossians 13:14)

The Bible sees God as Triune theism:  God is three in one, creator and controller of the universe.  This is the biblical way of thinking which comes right out of Genesis 1 and continues through to the last chapter of Revelation – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel), Joseph, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul.  (Dr David Pawson)

GOD SAYS

ISAIAH 45:5-6 ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other.’ Predictive prophecy, fulfilled in history, proves that the Lord alone is God, and He wants the whole world to know it.

ISAIAH 46:9-10 ‘…I am God, and there is no other, I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose…’

ISAIAH 45:12 ‘I (God) made the earth and created man on it, it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.’

In Luke 9:35 a voice from the cloud said:  This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to Him! And in John 1:1-18 the Son of God becomes man.

Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6

 (1)Revelation from God the Father

‘Jesus Christ and the Old Testament reveals a part of God’s character to us that His standard is one standard only – perfection.  The kind of God who revealed what he did and said, is a God who will not accept anything less than the very best.’  Dr David Pawson

You can see why human beings need a Saviour and mediator between God and man.   To go between ‘ sinful men and a Holy God.   Men who are unclean and a God who is clean.  Men who are crooked and a God who is straight.  Men who are not perfect and a God who is. ‘ Dr David Pawson

Did you know there are so many things men can do but God of the Holy Bible cannot do?  ‘God’s power is limited by His righteousness.   God cannot tell a lie.  He cannot break a promise.  He cannot be unfair to anyone.  He cannot be less than just.  And this makes Him totally reliable and trustworthy.’ Dr David Pawson

We are capable of doing all the above but it does not make us more powerful.  It just means we are sinners.   Our God is a God of justice and is merciful, who loves to forgive.  ‘He demonstrated His mercy when He brought the Lord of Glory to this Earth to be made a curse and to die for our sins.’  Dr David Pawson

In Colossians 1:15-16, the Bible tells us, ‘He (Jesus Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. …all things were created by him and for him.
And in John 20:28, Thomas said to Him (Jesus Christ), ‘My Lord and my God!’

‘John clearly asserts that Jesus is both fully divine and fully human.  It was crucial for this to be demonstrated if John’s purpose was to be achieved.  Only one who was fully divine and fully human could save mankind from sin.  His humanity enabled Him to die on our behalf and his divinity ensured that He would conquer death and offer life to those who would believe in Him.’ (Dr David Pawson).

(2)Reconciliation from God the Son

A voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to Him!”  Luke 9:35
“Anyone who has seen Me (Jesus Christ) has seen the Father.” John 14:9
The Lord Jesus Christ is Fully God and Fully man – He is the Son of the Almighty God – He is God the Son – He is what the Bible says He is, God the Son – he is not what we (human) want Him to be.
(Dr David Jeremiah)

‘Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’  (Jeremiah 33:3)

3)The Recreation of the Holy Spirit – God starts making something very new that was not there before.

‘The first act of recreation by the Holy Spirit was the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  That was the beginning of God’s recreation.  Ever since, anyone who believes in the forgiveness of Jesus Christ, their old self has died, and a new self has been created and raised from the dead.    As water washes the body you can have the past washed away and start a new life and be raised from the dead.’

Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there.  They were all filled with the Holy Spirit.’  Acts 2:1-4

‘ “If you are born once, you’ll die twice.  But if you are born twice, you’ll die once.”
Born again is to start life all over again. It’s not a new start in life I need, but a new life to start with.  Yes, it’s not about patching my old heart but to give me a new heart.’ Dr David Pawson
‘The Spirit of the Lord fills the whole world.  It holds all things together.  And knows every word spoken to man.’  Wisdom 1:17

‘God is power: God is life. God is Spirit.  The famous five New Testament writers used the same symbol to describe God’s love and power: for example, Paul wrote:
“The love of God has been poured into our hearts by his Spirit, which is God’s gift to us.” Romans 5:5

‘If the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from death lives in you then he who raised Christ from death will also give life to your mortal bodies by the presence of his Spirit in you.’  Romans 8:11
‘As soon as Jesus came up out of the water he saw the heavens opening and the Spirit coming down on him like a dove.’  Mark 1:10

A picture of God by Dr David Pawson as stated in his book: Unlocking the Bible.

‘God

Genesis 1 is not about creation but the creator.  It is not just about how our world came to be, but about who made it come to be.  It is not so much the story of creation as a picture of the creator. So what does this picture tell us?

God is personal

Genesis 1 depicts a personal God.  He has a heart that feels.  He has a mind that thinks and can speak his thoughts.  He has a will and makes decisions and sticks to them. God is not it. God is a he.  He is a full person with feelings, thought and motives like us.

God is powerful

It is quite evident that if God can speak things into being by His Word, he must be enormously powerful.  In all he gives 10 ‘commandments in the first chapter, and every one is fulfilled just as he desires.

God is uncreated

God is and always was there.  He was always the Creator, never a creature.

God is creative

What an imagination he must have! What an artist!  Six thousand varieties of beetle.  No two blades of grass the same. No two snowflakes.   No two clouds. No two grains of sand.  No two stars. An astonishing variety, yet in harmony.  It is a uni-verse!

God is orderly

There is symmetry in his work of creation.  The fact that creation is mathematical has made science possible.

God is singular

The verbs in Genesis 1, from ‘created’ onwards, are all singular.

God is plural

The word used for ‘God’ is not the singular EL, but the plural Elohim, which means three or more ‘gods’.  So the very first sentence in the Bible, using a plural noun with a singular verb, is grammatically wrong but theologically right, hinting at a God who is ‘Three-in-one’.

God is good

Therefore all his work is ‘good’ and he pronounces human beings as his best, his masterpiece, ‘very good’.  Furthermore, he wants to be good to all his creations, to ‘bless’ it.  His goodness sets the standard for all goodness.

God is living

He is active in the world of time and space.

God is a communicator

H e speaks to creation and the creatures within it.  In particular he wants to relate to human beings.

God is like us

We are made in his image, so we must be in some ways like him and he must be like us.

God is unlike us

He can ‘create’ out of nothing, whereas we can only ‘make’ something out of something else.  We are ‘manufacturers’; he is the only Creator.

God is independent

God is never identified with his creation.  There is a distinction between creator and creation from the very beginning.  The New Age movement confuses this idea by suggesting that somehow ‘god’ is part of us.  But the creator is separate from his creation.  He can take a day off and be quite apart from all that he has made.  We must never identify him with what he has made.  To worship his creation is idolatry.  To worship the creator is the truth.’  By Dr David Pawson, Unlocking the Bible

The Lord is:  Psalm 29   Praise the Lord: Psalms 146 Hallelujah!

The Lord Jesus Christ deserves praise instead of blasphemy in our society: Dr David Jeremiah takes us through the Bible to help us discover why.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Final Word from God
The Lord Jesus Christ is the First Cause of Creation
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Fullness of the Godhead
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Facilitator of All Things
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Forgiveness of Our Sins
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Finisher of Our Faith
The Lord Jesus Christ is Our Faithful High Priest’

Jesus Christ is the final Word from God and the first cause of Creation:  Hebrews 1:1-2  

Hebrews 1:1-2   In times past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son – Jesus Christ, the Word of God (John 1:1) –  whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. All things were made through Him… (John 1:3)

Jesus Christ is the fullness of the Godhead, the facilitator of all Things, the Forgiveness of Our Sins and the Finisher of Our Faith:  Hebrews 1:3    

Hebrews 1:3   The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word   Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in (Christ) all the fullness (of God) should dwell – After He had provided purification for sins – Mark 10:45…coming to earth to live His life as a ransom for many – He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 1 Timothy 3:16 Jesus said, He who has seen Me has seen the Father.  John 14:9 God the Father says about the God the Son, But to the Son He says: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. Hebrews 1:8   God the Father calls God the Son ‘God’! Colossians 1:17 And He (Jesus Christ) is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Hebrews 9:26 Jesus Christ is the Creator, the fullness of God, the One who holds things together – all that leads to the purpose of His coming to earth: to take away our sins once and for all.  John 19:30 Jesus Christ, the Finisher of our Faith (Dr David Jeremiah)

Jesus Christ is Our Faithfull High Priest:  Hebrews 2:17-18
Hebrews 2:17-18 For this reason he had to be made like his brother in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.  Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Hebrews 7:25 and 1 John 2:1 because Jesus Christ never yielded to the temptation to sin, He qualified to be a sacrifice pleasing to God (‘the lamb of God’) John 1:29 And because He knows what it is like to undergo temptation, He can intercede for us and be our advocate before the Father.
Colossians 1:13-20   Christ’s Supremacy
Colossians 1:14   what do we have in Christ that could not be found in any other
Colossians 1:15 Christ the image of the invisible God
Colossians 1:15 together with Genesis 1:26-27 Christ was the first designated as ‘the image of God’.

John 3:16   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 14:6   Jesus Christ said, I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me. 

The Holy Bible says “if you are born once, you’ll die twice.  But if you are born twice, you’ll die once.”

Romans 10:13 It does not matter who you are or what you have done, if you call on the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ, you will be saved. 

‘Jesus Christ stands above all others in who He is and what He came to accomplish.  Through faith in Him, you can know that He serves as your perfect and personal High Priest – the best God has ever done for those He created. ‘   (Dr David Jeremiah – in his book: ‘I never thought I’d see the day)

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength; and love your neighbour as yourself.   Mark 12.30-31.

The Lord says, ‘I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.’ Proverbs 8:17

 Exodus 34:6-7, the Son of God becomes man John 1:1-18 and the Holy Spirit John 14:16-18

The Bible says, ‘When you can’t understand –trust.’ Deuteronomy 29:29

Psalm 95:3 tells us, ‘For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.’ Our God is a Good God and He is a just and merciful God. 

Jesus Christ – the mediator between God and man
Charles Price, Living the Truth explains how the Lord Jesus Christ mediates between man and God (justice and mercy) beautifully. The following is just a glimpse of what he said.  It is best to hear the original form from the great man himself.

Justice and mercy

‘Justice means to give people what they deserve, for example, an eye for an eye.  Mercy means that you don’t give people what they deserve.    How can you give people what they deserve and at the same time not to give people what they deserve?’  (Charles Price)
Example 1 the reckless driver

Say, I was caught by the police driving my car @ 100mph on a 30mph speed limit.  I was charged and summoned to appear in court.   The Judge found me guilty and told me to pay £65 plus £500 expenses.   I broke down in desperation because there was no way I could afford to pay that money.  As for the Judge, his job was to make sure justice was done.

As I stood there, my heart pounding with fear and tearful, someone said.  ‘I will pay for her.  How much is it?’  He wrote a cheque for £565 and handed it to the Court.

‘A third party has stepped in and mediated between me and the Court.  That day, I walked out of court receiving both justice and mercy because I did not pay a penny and as far as the court was concerned justice had been done.’ Charles Price.

Example 2 the Restaurant – appealing for mercy
Every morning on my way to work, I stopped at a restaurant and asked for a hot cross bun. ‘Sorry, I have no money.   The owner gave me a hot cross bun.

The next day, I did the same, ‘Can I please have a hot cross bun, sorry, I don’t have money.’

He gave me a funny look and said, ‘look, I’m running a business here.  You have to pay.  I can’t give you a free hot cross bun everyday.’  He threw a cold bun at me.  When I came back the following day, he shouted at me to go away.  (I can’t rely on his mercy.)

Someone walked into the restaurant behind my back and wrote a cheque to the owner and paid for all my food and drink for an unlimited time.

I came again on the forth time, ‘can I have a hot cross bun. I still have no money.’

‘Yes, of course you can.’ he seated me at the finest table and brought me the best freshly made hot cross buns’ hot tea  and asked what else I wanted to eat or drink.

Under the justice of God, nobody has any chance. God is a just God – appealing to His justice is certain to be saved.   God is forgiving you because He is a just God.  God’s mercy was demonstrated when He sent His Son to die for us. Jesus Christ has stood in our place and addressed the Wrath of God and satisfied the justice of God.’ (Charles Price)

When we confess we appeal to God’s justice (1 John 1:9) as it is in the basis of justice we are saved.

Therefore God exalted him (Jesus Christ) to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)

Jesus said, ‘Follow Me.’ Luke 5-6 and Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He has paid the price for our sins.

The Ethiopian converted- Acts 8:26-40.  Paul converted- Acts 9:1-25 how to become a Christian- Romans 10:1-17.  Faith, wisdom and perseverance-  James 1:1-27.The last days 2 Peter 3:1-8.  Jesus is coming soon- Revelation 22:1-21.

A parable of the Prodigal Son – Luke 15:11.   ‘Jesus told the crowd about God’s great love and forgiveness.   He tells us about a son who left home and spent all his money before returning to a father who forgave him and a brother who hated him.  If you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, you too can call God father.  Although God is responsible for creating us, it does not make us His since Adam and Eve committed that sin in the Garden of Eve.  But the Good News is everyone can still belong to God by adoption through His Son Jesus Christ. ‘No man ever got through to God enough to call him father but by Jesus Christ.’ (Dr David Pawson)

WALK WITH Christ

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.  (Jeremiah 33L3)

Isaiah 54:7 for a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.

We know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ.  This is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:20)

‘Man’s walk is the way he journeys through life-his direction, his focus, the steps he takes. Every day he chooses a path. One path will take him forward.  All others will take him back.  The way he walks affects every aspect of his being-how he relates to other people, how he treats his family, how people view him, even how he looks. A man can be unattractive by any standard and change radically as they learn to walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.’ (Stormie Omartian)

The Bible reveals much about the kind of walk we should have.  We are to walk with moral correctness because ‘no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly’ (Psalm 84:11).  We are to walk without fault because ‘whoever walks blamelessly will be saved’ (Proverbs 28:18)

We are to be with godly advisors because ‘blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly.’(Psalm 1:1) we are to walk in obedience because ‘blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.’  (Psalm 128:1) we are to walk with people of wisdom because he who walks with the wise men will be wise’ (Proverbs 13:20)

Life Boat

The Lord God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel), Joseph,   Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul has thrown you a life boat and is inviting you to get in.

The prophet Isaiah mentioned the United Kingdom in Isaiah part two. (Dr David Pawson)

Isaiah 49:1 Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar

Isaiah 46:11 from a distant land, one to carry out my plan calling … the man of my counsel from afar
Country, I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.

During Isaiah’s time, traders from the East used to come to the United Kingdom to buy goods and they used to think that Britain was the end of the world.  The UK was known as the distance Islands or coastlands –

Isaiah 55:1-13 Invitation to Grace – Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price…
You might think you’re just a small island, but to the Lord God, size does not matter.  He blessed you in the past and He is ready to do the same thing again.  No matter how your past was messed up, He is ready to forgive you and to forget – place your trust and hope in Him.
Acts 2:38 Peter replied, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.  And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 49:23 the Lord said we are to put our hope in Him, trust, believe and obey Him – we will never be disappointed.

Isaiah 56:6 All are invited – And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants…
A parable of the Prodigal Son – Luke 15:11.   Jesus told the crowd about God’s great love and forgiveness.   He tells us about a son who left home and spent all his money before returning to a father who forgave him and a brother who hated him.  If you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, you too can call God father.  Although God is responsible for creating us, it does not make us His since Adam and Eve committed that sin in the Garden of Eve.  But the Good News is everyone can still belong to God by adoption through His Son Jesus Christ. ‘No man ever got through to God enough to call him father but by Jesus Christ.’ Dr David Pawson

Christianity is a ‘saving faith’ (3 vital ingredients for a ‘saving faith’ are (1) Revelation from the Father; (2) Reconciliation through the Son; (3) Recreation by the Holy Spirit) if Jesus Christ and His’ Gospels were to be watered down in order to fit in with other gods, Christians would surely lose the Gospels altogether.  Christianity would then become ‘a practising faith’ instead of a ‘saving faith.  Dr David Pawson

Jesus Christ loves you!

A bit of history by Dr David Pawson

The Pantheon (in Rome) that superb oval building with a huge open hole to the sky in the centre of the ceiling was built 27 BC to house all the gods of the world in one place.  Whenever the Romans took over a country, they tell their subjects to put their gods in the Pantheon.  It was a place where all gods could be worshiped. One day came when they offered Christians a space to put a statue of Jesus Christ.  The Christians said, ‘No way.  Jesus Christ cannot share the same platform with any other gods.  God of the Holy Bible (God, the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit), is the only true God.’

The Christians went on to tell the Romans that Christianity is a ‘saving faith’ (the 3 vital ingredients for a ‘saving faith’ are 1 Revelation from the Father; 2 Reconciliation through the Son; 3 Recreation by the Holy Spirit) and stressed that if Jesus Christ and His’ Gospels were to be watered down in order to fit in with other gods, Christians would surely lose the Gospels altogether.  Christianity would then become ‘a practising faith’ instead of a ‘saving faith.  Dr David Pawson

Apparently, Jesus Christ was so intolerant of other gods that He replaced them all.

Temptation – 1 Corinthians 10:13.    Sin – Romans 3:22-23

Facts about the Devil:  (1) He is an Anti-Christ (surprise, surprise).  Anti-Christ does not mean against.  It means instead of.  (2) He wants to pollute and conquer the Church (3) He enjoys seeing Christians not getting on with each other. Yes, he wants to divide Christians’ tongues – Christians against Christians and Christian countries against other Christians’ countries.  (4) He takes verses from the Bible out of content and twists them to make them mean something different. (5) He is a master of disguise.  He often tells half truths to convince that he is telling the whole truth.  Half truths are far more deceptive and dangerous than outright lies.  Dr David Pawson.

He that is Greater. ’Remember there is One (the Lord God) greater than you, in whom all fear dissolves.’  1 John 4:4

 ‘Always be ready go give an account of your hope to anyone who asks you.  But do it with gentleness and respect.’ 1 Peter 3:15

It is hard to believe (in Jesus Christ) because it is hard to obey but nobody can know joy in their life until they obey the Lord.  Michael Yousseff

We have to be constantly on our guard to help protect ourselves and others from becoming one of the Devil’s human puppets.  He and his demons are against all flesh and blood.  We are all in the same boat.  Let’s show love and kindness (which come from God) to each other regardless of creed, sexuality, race, background, gender, age and disability.  God is love.

The Holy Bible says ‘You will be doing the right thing if you obey the law of the Kingdom, which is found in the Scriptures, “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.”  But if you treat people according to their outward appearance, you are guilty of sin. James 2:8-9.

‘And, we are one man one race. Genesis emphasizes the unity of the human race.  The apostle Paul told the Athenians that God made us of ‘one blood’ and everything in history points to the unity of our human race in the present.’ Dr David Pawson

‘Spread peace’ – Isaiah 52:7-9

‘Look for the good’ – Deuteronomy 28:2  Ephesians 1:3

The future is bright with Jesus Christ. “Worry is blind and cannot discern the future, but God sees the end from the beginning.  Revelation 1:8

Turning water into wine at a wedding (John2:1-12), unmistakable miracle.  Healing of the Official’s Son-(John 4:43-54) while miles away from the sick person, without seeing or laying hands on him.   Jesus Calms the Storm-Matthew 8; Mark 4; Luke 8 – even the wind listened to Him.  Healing a man by the Pool of Bethesda who had been there for 38 years suffering from a chronic condition.  Feeding the 5,000, hungry men by producing a lot from a little.

Walking on water- Matthew 14, Mark 6, Luke 9, John 6.  Raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11)whose body would already have started to rot.  Raising the Dead-Matthew 9; Mark 5; Luke 8.  Healing a blind one from birth.  Healing on the Sabbath-John5:1-18.   I am the bread of heaven,’ was delivered following the feeding of the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish. The Kingdom: the Sower and the Soils-Matthew 13; Mark 4; Luke 8.  The Good Samaritan-Luke10.   The Great Wedding Feast-Matthew 22; Luke 14.

The above are just some of the miracles of our Lord God Jesus Christ.

Man – Genesis 1:27.   Life – 1 John 5:12.  Heaven 1 Peter 1:3-4.  The Devil – 1 Peter 5:8-9