God’s Life Giving
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
C.H. IRWIN wrote: “Mighty empires have arisen, flourished, and fallen, but God’s Word endures. And in times of skepticism and unbelief, buried records have been brought to light, and forgotten nations, whose very existence was questioned, have been rediscovered. Science, anthropology, philology, and archaeo
GEORGE JACKSON stated: “The Bible is not at the mercy of its defenders; it shines in its own quenchless light: what the hand of God has kindled the breath of man can never put out. It is for us to scatter its light under the whole heaven.”
GOD’S WORD says: “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: That by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1: 3, 4)
It has been said: “If you have Jesus you have everything. If you have Christ you have it all.” The Bible says: “In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col.2: 2) The amazing truth is that God has provided all things necessary for our lives. Yes, all things!
St. John stated: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…In HIM was life; and the life was the light of men. That was the TRUE LIGHT, which lighted every man that cometh into the world.
“He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. And of His fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.” (John 1: 1-4, 9-12, 16)
GOD’S DIVINE POWER opens the door to extraordinary opportunities. All things that pertain to life and godliness are found in our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ, Who has called us into a life of virtue and holiness!
There is no way that we could live virtuous and holy lives in our own strength and by our own righteousness, which is “like filthy rags” in the sight of Almighty God! (Isaiah 64: 6; Rom.3: 10)
Receiving Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Saviour gives us access to the most PRECIOUS PROMISES available to mankind! St. Peter states that believers in Christ are partakers of “the divine nature” which frees us from the perverted lifestyle that is the natural signature of “the world” which has been corrupted by the spirit of lust!
St. James informs us in his brutally honest analysis of the destructive potential inherent in the seemingly innocuous and common place titillating thing we call lust: “But every man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth SIN: and sin when it is finished bringeth forth DEATH. Do not err, my beloved brethren.” (James 1: 14-16)
Partakers of Divine Nature!
MARTIN LUTHER stated that it will take all eternity for us to understand such things as grace and gospel. It is not humanly possible for us to understand the workings of the God of the universe. JOHN WESLEY wisely asked: “Can a worm understand a man?”
ST. PAUL cried out: “That I may KNOW Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.” (Phil.3:10) He states emphatically that he had given up everything to follow Jesus that he might “be found in Him.”
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted as loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung (garbage) that I may win Christ.” (Phil.3:7, 8)
The Holy Bible is inspired of God and the natural man is at a loss to even comprehend the most basic truths found in its sacred pages. Only the Holy Spirit can quicken those holy things to our hearts.
The Word of God declares: “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: which none of the princes knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.” (1 Cor.2: 7,8)
WHY IS THIS? “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor.1: 14)
St. Paul elaborated: “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace; To reveal His son IN me, that I might preach Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.” (Gal.1: 15,16)
There is herein a great truth which not many theologians have understood. For many years I did not grasp it either, because some Bible translations read, “to reveal His Son to me”. The NET Bible notes say: “The Greek preposition en can mean either, depending on the context.”
The Word of God is alive (quick) and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and the marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb.4: 12)
As the Holy Spirit reveals the Word of God to us, great hidden truths come alive in our spirit. There is a deeper truth here than meets the eye! To reveal Christ TO me is quite different than to reveal Christ IN me!
Jesus said: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in Me, and I in you…And My Father will love him, and We will come unto him and make our abode with him.” (John 14: 23)
“And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given to us.”THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL!
The Old Testament prophet stated: “A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes. And ye shall keep My judgments and do them.” (Ezek.36: 26, 27)
St. Paul revealed a monumental truth that had never before been known, that God through Jesus Christ would take up residency in mankind. He would change us by giving us His nature and putting His Spirit within us.
He wrote: “Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the Word of God; even the Mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints:
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this MYSTERY among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU the hope of glory.” (Col.1: 26, 27)
“Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the Mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest…” (Rom.16: 25)
When Christ is revealed to you, you learn about Him, however, when He is revealed in you, He becomes a part of you! Therein lies the difference between preaching from the intellect and preaching from the heart!
The Bible says: “He makes His…ministers a flame of fire.” (Heb.1: 7) Jeremiah confessed he planned to stop preaching, “but His Word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones….” (Jer.20: 9);
Jesus said: “If ye abide in Me and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15: 7) After meeting Jesus on the Damascus Road, St. Paul was consumed with the Gospel and became a preaching machine and a living epistle “seen and read all men”. (2 Cor.3: 2)
God revealed Himself in ST. PAUL, so that he could say: “Follow me as I follow Christ.” (1 Cor.1: 11); “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal.2: 20)
ST. JOHN stated that Jesus Christ is our Advocate with the Father and that “He is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 Jn.1: 1, 2)
His vicarious death on the CROSS met the demands of divine justice! The word propitiation means that God was satisfied with the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ for our sins!
THE BIBLE says: “But whoso keepeth His Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are IN HIM. He that saith he abideth IN HIM ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” (1 John 1:5, 6)
“Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the PROMISE that he hath promised us, even eternal life.” (1 John 2: 24, 25)
St. Paul stated: “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Who was preached among you…was not yes and no, but in Him was YES. For all the PROMISES of God in Him are YES, and in Him (the) Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” (2 Cor.1: 19, 20)
It doesn’t matter how many promises God has made, He will keep them all. His Word is immutable and cannot be changed! Everet E. Storm states that God has made 7,959 promises in the Holy Bible!
Armin Gesswein, who lived to be 93, stated that as a young Lutheran pastor, he learned about prayer from Ambrose Whaley, a 92 year old Methodist blacksmith who told him: “Learn to plead the promises of God.”
His prayer chamber was a hayloft where he knelt with his hands placed on two Bibles lying on hay piles, pleading the promises of God in his prayer! Gesswein stated: “Revival is Christians returning to normal. When God is about to do something great, He starts with a difficulty. When He is about to do something truly magnificent, He starts with an impossibility.”
LUTHER LOCKED THE DOOR!
When MARTIN LUTHER found Philip Melancthon in the last stages of death, he turned his face to the wall and prayed for about an hour for God’s intervention.
He writes: “I threw my satchel against the door and said: ‘Now Lord it’s between You and me. If You don’t heal Melanchthon I do not know if I’ll have faith to ask You for anything again’. Then I shouted in God’s ears all the promises He had given us for faith and healing.”
After calling upon the Lord for about an hour, he heard Melanchton whisper: “Luther, stop praying. Let me die.” Luther replied: “You shall live. If you die, I will excommunicate you.” Then he called the nurse to bring some broth. Melanchton said: “Let me die, Luther. I don’t want any broth,” to which Luther replied, “If you die before me, I will excommunicate you.”
Those words were prophetic because Philip Melanchton did outlive Martin Luther!
He then took Melanchthon by the hand and said, "Be of good courage Philip, you shall not die." Melanchthon immediately revived and soon regained his health. He later said, "I should have been a dead man had I not been recalled from death itself by the coming of Luther.”
By locking the door, Martin Luther was saying two things: “God, You are not leaving here until we straighten out this problem, and I don’t want any disruptions while You and I talk.” Luther wrote: “I found Melenchton near death but by an evident miracle of God he lives.”
MARTIN LUTHER stated: "What greater wickedness, what greater contempt of God is there than not believing His promise? For what is this but to make God a liar or to doubt that He is truthful? - that is, to ascribe truthfulness to one’s self but lying and vanity to God."
ST. PAUL wrote: “…For I KNOW Whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (1 Tim.1: 12)
How then, can we mere mortals understand the mind of the Eternal? It is almost laughable when you hear the wisest pundits and scientific minds in the world today pontificate about God’s creation and Person!
What does STEPHEN HAWKING know about God? Answer: If he does not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the answer is “NOTHING.”
Reality check: CARL SAGAN warned against the astronauts landing on the moon. Due to its great age there would be at least a half a mile of moon dust into which the landing craft could sink and the astronauts drown!
The TRUTH is that there was only one-half inch of dust on the moon, proving that the evolutionists were “out to lunch” on the age of the moon and are also totally wrong on the age of the Earth!
What about the most brilliant scientist of all time, ISAAC NEWTON, or BLAISE PASCAL or WERNER VON BRAUN? Did they know God? Yes! They knew God because they believed the Holy Scriptures, but they would be the first to confess that they could not understand Him!
Thankfully, we are not asked to understand God in order to have communion with Him. We are admonished to love the Lord our God, worship and trust him in obedience and faith!
Jesus said: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” (Matt.22: 37,38)
Archaeologist HENRY ALBRIGHT attests: “There can be no doubt that archaeology has confirmed the substantial historicity of Old Testament tradition.”
Archaeologist NELSON GLUECK says: “It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statement in the Bible.”
TRUSTWORTHINESS OF THE HOLY BIBLE!
SIR FREDRICK KENYON who was the Director and Principle Librarian to the British Museum stated: “Beside number, the manuscript of the New Testament differ from those of the classical authors… In no other case is the interval of time between the composition of the book and the date of the earliest existent manuscripts so short as that in the New Testament.
“The books of the New Testament were written in the latter part of the First Century; the earliest extant manuscripts (trifling scraps excepted) are in the Fourth Century – say from 250 -300 years later. This may sound a considerable interval, but it is nothing to that which parts most of the Classical authors from their earliest manuscripts.
“We believe that we have, in all essentials, an accurate text of seven extant plays of SOPHOCLES; yet the earliest substantial manuscript upon which it is based was written more than 1400 years after the poet’s death.
“The interval between the dates of original composition and the earliest existent evidence becomes so small as to be in fact negligible, and the last foundation for any doubt that the Scriptures have come down to us substantially as they were written has now been removed. Both the authenticity and the general integrity of the books of the New Testament may be regarded as finally established.
“It is therefore legitimate to say that, in respect of that part of the Old Testament against which the disintegrating criticism of the last half of the 19th Century was chiefly directed, the evidence of archaeology has been able to re-establish its authority.
“SIR FREDICK KENYON declared: “The Christian can take the whole Bible in his hands and say without fear or hesitation that he holds in his hands the true Word of God handed down without essential loss from generation to generation throughout the centuries.”
Creation Scientist HENRY MORRIS declares: “While many have doubted the accuracy of the Bible, time and continued research have consistently demonstrated that the Word of God is better informed than its critics.”A Matter of Accountability!
ROBERT A. ZADLAW wrote: “God exists whether or not people may choose to believe in Him. The reason why many people do not believe in God is not so much because it is intellectually impossible to believe in God, but because belief in God forces the thoughtful person to face the fact that he is accountable to such a God.
“The president of the New York Scientific Society once gave eight reasons why he believed there was a God. The first was this: Take ten identical coins and mark them one to ten. Place them in your pocket. Now take one out. There is one chance in ten that you will get No.1. Now replace it, and the chances that No. l follows No. 2 are not one in ten but one in one hundred. With each new coin taken out, the risk will be multiplied by 10, so that the chance of all ten following in sequence is one in 10,000,000,000 (ten billion). - The Reason to Believe – Moody Press
USA Statistician GEORGE GALLOP stated: “I could prove God statistically. Take the human body – the chance that all the functions of the individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity.”
Nobel Prize winner in Physics, DR. ARTHUR COMPTON, states: “For myself, faith begins with a realization that a supreme intelligence brought the universe into being and created man. It is not difficult for me to have this faith, for it is incontrovertible, that where there is a plan there is intelligence – an orderly, unfolding universe testifies to the truth of the most majestic statement ever uttered – In the beginning God.”
EDWIN CONKLIN, noted US Biologist stated: “The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the Unabridged Dictionary resulting from an explosion in the printing shop.”
French Philosopher ROUSSEAU stated: “Behold the works of our philosophers, with all their pompous diction, how mean and contemptible they are in comparison with the Scriptures! Is it possible that a book at once so simple and sublime be the work of man?”
SIR WALTER SCOTT said: “THE BIBLE: In the whole world it is the BOOK. All other books are mere leaves.”
Professor DYSEN HAGUE, M.A. declared: “YES, it alone is the universal Book – the Eternal Book. It is the VOICE. All others are merely books for the hour. The Bible is the book of all time. It stands alone; unapproachable in grandeur, as high above every other book as Heaven is above the earth, as the Son of God above the sons of men.” (1961).
MOSES wrote: “For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee since the day God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath any such thing as this, or hath been heard like it.” (Deut. 4: 32)HEALING FOR SPIRIT, SOUL & BODY!
The Greek word SOZO means to protect, deliver, heal, preserve, save and make well. In reality it means the ‘Salvation of God’. Seven hundred years before Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, the Prophet Isaiah declared: “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold a VIRGIN shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Emmanuel.” (Is.7: 14)
The Angel Gabriel appeared to Joseph saying: “…Fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS for He shall save His people from their sins.
“Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet saying, Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shalt bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US.” (Matt.1: 20-23)
The name of Jesus in Hebrew is Yeshua which mean ‘the Salvation of God’. God’s salvation for mankind is forgiveness, healing, protection, wellness and deliverance from the power of the Devil and His evil work! Jesus came to this earth “to seek and save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
The name of JESUS means: Saviour, the salvation of God; the God who saves, heals, protects, delivers and makes well.
Everywhere our Lord went, he preached the Gospel and confirmed His message by healing the sick and casting out evil spirits from those who were bound: “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3: 8)
The Bible states: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10: 38)
“…Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.” (Acts 2: 22)
“How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will.” (Heb.2: 3, 4)
GOD’S WORD says: “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall SAVE the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” (James 5: 14, 15)
The word SOZO used here means to heal the sick and make them well, is used interchangeably for forgiveness and healing for body or soul in the following Scriptures: Mark 5:23, Mark 5:34, Mark 6:56, Mark 16:16, Luke 8:36, Luke 17:19, Luke 18:42, Acts 2:21, Acts 14:9, Acts 4:12 and Eph.2:8.
The HOLY RECORD states: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases.” (Ps.103: 2, 3); “He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with his stripes we are healed.” (Is.53: 4,5)
“And when the even was come, they brought unto Him (JESUS) many that were possessed with devils; and He cast out the spirits with His Word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses.” (Matt.8: 16, 17)
“Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by Whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2: 24);
The BIBLE says: “He hath sent His Word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions.” (Ps.107: 20): “He brought them forth with silver and with gold; and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.” (Ps.105: 37)
“I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (Jer.32: 27); “And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless thy bread and thy water, and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.” (Ex.23: 24, 25)
GOD’S HEALING COVENANT!
In His great love and concern for His people, Israel, Almighty God made a ‘Healing covenant with Moses’ on their behalf. Here it is:
“If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord that healeth thee.” (Ex.15: 26)
The ten plagues which God released upon the Egyptians that finally forced Pharaoh to allow the Hebrew slaves leave their bondage was reserved only for the enemies of Israel and by extension to Jehovah their Covenant God!
“He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.” (Ps.105:37); “Then they cried unto the Lord God in their trouble, and He saveth them out of their distresses. He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” (Ps.107: 20)
“God is a very present help in time of trouble.” (Ps.46:1); “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Ps.27:1)
“No good thing will God withhold from them who walk uprightly.” (Ps.84: 11); “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh unto thy dwelling.” (Ps. 91: 10); “Delight thyself in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Ps.37: 4); “Unto you that fear My name shall the Son of righteousness arise with healing in His wings.” (Mal.4: 2)
Divine Healing is promised for those who fast and pray and seek the Lord: “Is not the fast that I have chosen? To lose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
“Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him, and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
“Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee, the glory of the Lord shall be thy rear guard. Then shalt thou call and the Lord shall answer: thou shall cry, and He shall say, Here am I...” (Is.58: 6-8)
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the enemy.” (1 John 3: 8); “The thief (Satan) cometh not but for to steal, kill and destroy. I am come that you might have life and more abundantly.” (John 10: 10);
“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” (Eph.3: 20) “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel unto every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils…they shall lay their hands on the on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16: 15-20)
Jesus said: “Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matt.11: 28); “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.”(John 6: 37)
He invites us to fellowship with Him though prayer, praise and meditation. He said: “Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth; he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matt.7: 7,8)
Then He shared this great analogy: “And what man is there of you, whom if his son asks bread, will he give him a stone?” Something useless! “Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?” Something dangerous!
“If ye then, being evil, know to give good gifts unto your children, HOW MUCH MORE shall your Father in Heaven give good things to them that ask Him? “ (Matt.7: 9-11). He stated: “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. I will be with thee unto the end of the world.” (Matt.28:20; Heb.13:5)
In this PROMISE our precious Lord Jesus used a double imperative t drive home a very important truth. He actually said: I will never, NO NEVER leave thee. I will never NO NEVER forsake thee, I will be with thee until the end of the world.
Of all the promises our Lord gave us, I think this is the most touching. Jesus was so concerned that we know the truth of His presence and nearness to us at all times!
“The promise of God in Christ Jesus is Yea and Amen. The Bible states: "If God be FOR US, who then can be against us? (Romans 8:31); Greater is He that is IN US that he that is in the world." (1 John 4: 4);
"God hath delivered us from the power of DARKNESS, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, in Whom we have REDEMPTION through His BLOOD." (Col. 1: 13,14) When Satan's power was defeated in our lives and we were translated into Christ's KINGDOM, Satan's power to harass us was finished. WE can tell him to remove his sickness and disease from us for we are God's PROPERTY.
We have been purchased by His blood: "Ye are BOUGHT WITH A PRICE: therefore glorify God in your BODY, and in your SPIRIT, which are GOD'S." (2 Cor. 6: 20)
In the NAME of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and upon the authority of God's Word and by the BLOOD of the everlasting covenant, I command the pain to LEAVE YOUR NECK and the power of Satan to be broken off your body!
P.S. We can legally say: 'SATAN: IT'S OVER.!!!! YOU HAVE LOST and WE HAVE WON through CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD!!!! Amen.