Monday, April 29, 2013

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
     Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." (Mark 16:15). Our Lord declared, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father but by Me."(John 14: 6). 
      Jesus invites us, "Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." (Matt.11: 28). He assures us, "Him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out."(John 6:47):" And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my Father's hand." (Matt.10:28, 29). 
     St. Paul declared, "If ye then be risen with Christ seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." (Col 3: 1-3). 
                          YOU ARE SECURE IN JESUS!
      The Word of God states: "And lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the age." (Matt.28:20); "He hath said,  I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." (Heb.13:5). The original text is even stronger. Jesus used a double imperative.
      He actually said: "I will never, No never leave thee. I will never, No never forsake thee..." The word always is a measure of time while the word alway is a measure of distance. He said: “I will go the distance with you, all the way until you arrive at Home in Heaven!”
      My dear friend, you are SECURE in Jesus Christ. You can TRUST Him and DEPEND upon Him to lead and guide you by the Blessed Holy Spirit. He cannot and will not force you to love Him, but He still loves you with an unconditional Love.
      No one else will ever care for you like Jesus. He loved us so much that He left Heaven's glory to come down to this sin-cursed earth to purchase your soul from damnation and Hell through His sacrifice on the ‘Old Rugged Cross’ and His glorious resurrection from the dead!
     The Bible says, "For when we were yet without strength (hopeless), in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
     "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His BLOOD, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 
     "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." (Rom.5: 5-10)
      That’s why St. John exclaimed: "We love Him because He first loved us." (1 John 4: 8-19). An old Gospel song says: Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there. If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out. Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there!
      My friend: “Receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life today and He will be the best friend you will ever have. He will forgive all your sins and give you joy and peace within. And you will know that you are secure in JESUS for time and Eternity!
       If sickness is seeking to rob your health and strength, remember that Jesus Christ has purchased your total salvation which includes forgiveness of all your sins, peace in your soul and divine healing for your tired and sick body!
     We were created in the image and likeness of God. He is triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit and we are also triune: spirit, soul and body! We are His special creation and unlike the plant and animal kingdoms, we were made in God’s LIKENESS with an ability to commune with our Heavenly Father through the Holy Spirit in prayer and His Word. We enter into the Holy of Holies through the shed blood of our Substitute and Saviour Jesus Christ our Lord
      The Holy Bible declares: “Christ hath REDEEMED us from the CURSE of the law, being made a curse for us.” (Gal.3: 13) You may say, “What was the curse of the law?”
     Moses, the great Jewish prophet and lawgiver gave us the answer in Deuteronomy 28. The blessing of keeping the Covenant with Almighty God meant that the Israelites would blessed, above all the peoples of the earth in everything including peace, victory over enemies, prosperity and good health!
                       JESUS BROKE THE CURSE!
     If they broke the Covenant, however, a curse would fall upon them which meant unrest, defeat in battle, famine, sickness, disease, poverty and slavery! The CURSE of the law included, “all diseases, every sickness and every plague” ever known or still unknown to man! (Deut. 28: 60, 61)
     When God had finished His Masterwork of Creation He was well pleased: “And God saw everything that He had made and behold, it was very good.” (Gen.1: 31) There was no sin, fear, pain, sickness, disease and death in the Garden of Eden until the fallen archangel Lucifer whom we call Satan, Devil and Evil One tempted our first parents and they sinned. With sin came fear, guilt, pain sickness, disease and death.
     Our Heavenly Father, however, KNEW before the foundations of the earth were laid of the High Treason that would be committed by His archangel (Isa.14: 12-17; Ezek.28: 12-17; Rev.12: 7-9) and had a plan in place. After God had brought down His judgment upon Adam and Eve and the earth because of their sin, He judged Lucifer with these words:
    “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her SEED: It shall bruise thy HEAD, and thou shalt bruise His heel.” (Gen.3: 15) In theology, we call this ‘The Law of the First Mention’.
     In Jewish gynecological records, the names of the fathers are always listed. In this great prophetic statement which announces the coming of the Messiah Who would crush Satan’s head, He would be born of a virgin without the aid of male sperm. Four thousand years before Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, God gave Satan a “heads up”.
      Paraphrasing, He said: “You think you have won by turning My own special creation against Me, but you will not win. Be on the lookout, because I am going to do a new thing. A virgin will conceive in her womb and bring forth the Deliverer who will do battle with you for the souls of men and although you will bruise His heel, He will crush your head and destroy you eternally, Satan.”
     The Word of God states: “For when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law to REDEEM them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Gal.4:4,5)
     For our Saviour Jesus Christ to fulfill this prophecy, He had to suffer, bleed and die upon a rugged cross in order to meet the demands of Divine Justice and pay the penalty of all SINS, past, present and future, of all transgressors who would repent and receive His mercy. The Bible says that Jesus “was delivered for our offences (sins) and was raised again for our justifications.” (Rom. 4: 25)
      Through His shed blood on Calvary’s Cross, Jesus took our place and paid the penalty for our sins. As our Substitute, He died in our stead. The penalty for SIN was death, physical and spiritual. God had warned Adam: “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die.” (Gen.2: 16, 17)
     The literal Hebrew says, “In dying thou shalt die”. In other words, ‘You will begin to die in that day and eventually die.’ Since that day, every baby has been born with death in its mortal body!  Many years later a prophet stated: “The soul that sinneth it shall surely die.” (Ezek 18:4)
     The Holy Bible records the great transaction of Adam’s Sin being imputed to the human race, making us all guilty in God’s sight. When Jesus Christ paid the ransom for us, our sins were laid upon Him and imputed to Him.
     He took the punishment for our sins and gave us His righteousness in return through His death and resurrection, making us His sons and daughters.
    Thank God Almighty, we are free, totally Free for time and Eternity! Now, you know why, those who receive Jesus Christ and Saviour and Lord are SECURE in Him! Amen.