Tuesday, December 28, 2021

                        FAITH IN JESUS' NAME                                          By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

And His name through faith in His name hath made this man strong whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by Him hath given him this PERFECT SOUNDNESS in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3: 14-16)

Jesus of Nazareth had trained His disciples and apostles to preach the Gospel, heal the sick, deliver the afflicted and cast out devils. During his earthly Ministry our Saviour healed multitudes of sick and suffering people, an example to those who would follow Him. He stated: “As My Father has sent Me, so send I you.” (John 20:21).

He issued the Great Commission and promised to send the Blessed Holy Spirit to empower them for the great work of the Christian Ministry. He said: “And behold I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on High.” (Luke 24: 49);

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses both in all Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1: 8)


Does Jesus keep His Word? Yes, He does, and He always will. He is “The Way, the TRUTH and the Life...” (John 14:6); “He is the same yesterday and forever.” (Heb 13:8). Jesus stated: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” (Matt. 24:35). As a matter of fact, our Savior said that it would be easier for the heavens and earth to pass away than for His Word to fail!

The BIBLE says: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing, mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2: 1-4)

The Comforter had come, the Holy Ghost from Heaven, the Father's promise given. And the Church of Jesus Christ was born! Immediately, a miracle happened.

St. Peter delivered a powerful Pentecostal message under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, a multitude were deeply convicted and a great Awakening began: “Then they that gladly received God's Word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:41)


Three thousand were saved after hearing a Pentecostal message from a backslidden apostle, who had repented of the most terrible SIN of cursing, swearing and denying Jesus Christ. He had stated publicly that if he were not telling the truth about not knowing ‘that man’ Jesus of Nazareth, let a curse fall upon him!

How could such an impossible thing transpire? Less than two weeks after cursing the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and on three occasions that night disowning the One who had given him the power of God to preach the gospel and heal the sick?

The precious BLOOD that flowed from God’s Paschal Lamb had cleansed his spirit and purged his conscience. The HOLY SPIRIT had changed a cursing coward into a powerful preacher of Christ’s Gospel. What a sad situation. After Peter’s tragic renouncement of Christ, he was no longer a disciple! 

After Christ’s resurrection, God’s angel spoke to the women who had come to the tomb of Jesus: “And he saith unto them Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here: behold where they laid Him. But go your way, tell His disciples and Peter that He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him, as He said unto you.” (Mark 16:6,7)

And they rose the same hour and returned unto Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying the Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.” (Luke 24: 34)

You may ask, “How could a loser like Simon Peter, less than two weeks after his lying denial of Jesus Christ, become a powerful preacher whom God used to heal the sick and raise the dead?”

Jesus had prayed for him that Satan wouldn’t have him, and he was baptized with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost! “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have thee, to sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail thee not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” (Luke 22:31, 32)

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1: 8)


Not only was Simon Peter converted and filled with the Holy Spirit, but His message was JESUS whom he had earlier denied. There are four great truths that we all need to articulate and be fully consumed with, namely: The Blood of Jesus, the Name of Jesus, the Word of God and the Holy Spirit!

The Bible says: “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; 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: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that He should be holden of it. Therefore, let the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, What shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:22-24, 36-41)


The Apostles were men of faith and prayer. Ten days of waiting on God in prayer and receiving the Holy Ghost and fire empowered the early Church. Three thousand men were converted which further stoked their desire to pray. Peter and John were on their way to a prayer meeting, when a miracle brought 5,000 men to Christ:

And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes on him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

Then Peter said: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up: and immediately is feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, waking, and leaping, and praising God.

Peter accused them of deicide: “And killed the Prince of Life, who God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. And His Name through faith in His Name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know; yea, the faith which is by Him hath given Him this PERFECT SOUNDNESS in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3:1-18)

The lame man who was healed had been born with that condition. This brings us back to the Garden of Eden where God created Adam and declared everything that He had created was good. When Jesus healed the man born with an impediment in his body, He was restoring him to the original perfect physical condition of mankind. St. Peter called it this perfect soundness!

The Bible states: “God who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds.” (Heb. 1: 1-2).

When Jesus healed the sick and afflicted, He was doing what He had done in Eden. He was bringing them back to physical perfection!

God created Adam, a masterpiece without sin, sickness, fear or death! In all of God’s creation, there was nothing to compare with Adam. He was the chief of God’s creation upon the earth and was given authority and dominion over the various plant, mineral and animal kingdoms. He was in perfect relationship with His Creator and God.


Adam walked and talked with His Father and God in the cool of the day. There was total joy, peace and tranquility in the Garden of Eden. Then one day, God surprised Adam with a special gift. He caused a deep sleep to come upon Adam and God took from a rib from his body and from it formed a woman.

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh: She shall be called woman because she was taken out of man. Therefore, shall a man leave his mother and father and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Gen. 2: 22-24)

The amazing thing is that Adam knew by the amazing knowledge that God had placed within him that he and Eve would have children and that they would be one flesh! This Scripture gives us a wonderful comparison of Christ and His Church:

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the savior of the body. Therefore, as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be unto their own husbands in everything. Husbands love your wives even as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.” (Eph. 5: 22-25, 30)

An old Jewish, Babylonian Talmud states: “Woman was made from man. Not from his head to rule over him, nor from his feet to be trampled upon by him. But from his side to walk with him, under his arm to be protected by him and near his heart to be loved by him.”


This is one of the greatest truths found in the Bible: We are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh and our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost! The Holy Spirit lives in us and we are members of His Body. Bone of His bones and flesh of His flesh! We are not our own. We have been purchased with a price and we belong to Jesus Christ. The Mystery that was hid for ages and dispensations and finally revealed by St. Paul lays bare the whole story of our relationship with Jesus Christ!

St. Paul reveals the great MYSTERY that our Heavenly Father had kept secret for ages and dispensations. Only God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit knew the awesome plan of Redemption which He revealed to St. Paul. He did not reveal this Mystery to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Daniel or David.

What was this great Mystery? “Even the Mystery which hath been hid from ages and 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 Gentles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1: 26, 27)

That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full understanding, to the acknowledgement of the Mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ: in whom are hid mall the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col.1:2,3)

During EARLIER TIMES, God came upon the prophets by His Holy Spirit. The Redemption of Christ, however, would be different! His only begotten Son would be incarnated through His virgin birth. He would fulfill all the prophecies that had gone on before Him, including His vicarious death on the cross and His glorious resurrection from the dead and ascension to the Father’s right hand.


What was this Hidden Mystery that was revealed to St. Paul by our Lord? God would pour His Holy Spirit into His followers in an upper room in Jerusalem and the Church would be born. The Blessed Holy Spirit would dwell in His Church and both Jews and Gentiles would receive His Holy Spirit!

The Bible says: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from HEAVEN as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like unto fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all FILLED with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2: 1-4)

St. Paul stated: “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our PEACE, who had made both (Jews and Gentiles) 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: and came and preached peace to you who were afar off (Gentiles) and to them that were nigh (Jews). For through Him (Jesus Christ) we both (Jews and Gentiles) have access by one Spirit (Holy Spirit) unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief, CORNER STONE, in Whom all the building fitly famed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

St. Paul expounds: “How that by revelation He made known to me the Mystery (as I wrote before in few words) whereby when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the Mystery of Christ, which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now REVEALED unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel: whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given not me by the effectual working of His power. Unto me, who am less than, than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the MYSTERY which from the beginning of the world hath been HID IN GOD, who created all things by Christ:

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the CHURCH the manifold wisdom of God. According to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him.” (Eph.2: 13-22; 3: 3-12)

St. John warned: “…Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist...”

What does that mean? Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is True God from eternity, was incarnated (God in human flesh) and became True man through His virgin birth, is of God! Every spirit that denies the deity of Jesus Christ is a lying spirit!

Ye are of God, little children and have overcome them: Because Greater is He (Holy Spirit) that is in you, than he (Satan) that is in the world.” (1 John 4: 4)


What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Cor. 6: 19, 20)

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you.” (1 Th. 5:23, 24)

Therefore if any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For He hath made Him to be sin (sin offering) for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:17-21)

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)

JESUS spoke of His grand mission of saving a lost world: “Even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life as a RANSOM for many.” (Matt. 20: 28).

The truth of the matter is that we are God’s properly, purchased by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Since we belong to God and our bodies are the temples of God, we should keep our body are clean as possible and our spirits and minds pure!

The Bible says: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (1 Cor. 3: 16, 17)


For years we have been told that we should not smoke, drink alcohol or do drugs and cut down on fatty foods, eat more fish and exercise more. That is all good and well, but have you ever read in the Bible that there is divine healing promised for believers in Christ? Have you evaluated your standing in God’s Kingdom and the benefits available for spiritually weak, fearful and physically sick and diseased persons? There are answers in the Holy Scripture outlining what we must do to receive help from our Heavenly Father in Jesus’ Name!

Should we not oppose spirits of infirmity, sickness and disease? Is it not time to study the Holy Scriptures that declare God’s promise to heal the sick and suffering in Jesus’ name? Is it not irresponsible to reject the great power of the Holy Spirit to bring deliverance to suffering believers? And what about unsaved relatives and neighbours who will receive Jesus Christ as Saviour when He performs a miracle for them!

Why do we allow cancer, heart disease, arthritis, infection and other diseases destroy our organs when provision has been made for our healing through the Christian Faith? If it is a sin to defile the human body through lustful habits, it is also a sin to allow Satan to destroy us with his sickness, disease and infirmity! It is a sin to defile the human body or allow someone else to do so, without defending against him through the blood of Jesus the Word of God and the Name of Jesus Christ!

Let us all rise up in the power of the Holy Spirit and according to God’s precious Word, command Satan to desist in his evil work and leave forthwith in Jesus’ all-powerful Name, for the glory of God!


God’s Healing Covenant:

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, and wilt do that which is sight 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 health thee.” (Ex. 15: 26)

Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, or do after their work... And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless thy bread and water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.” (Ex. 23: 24, 25)

Christ’s Atonement Scriptures:

Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But 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)

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 are healed.” (1 Peter 2: 24);

When the even was come, they brought unto Him 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 INFRMITIES, AND BEAR OUR SICKNESSES.” (Matt. 8: 16,17)

He hath sent His Word to heal us!

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who Healeth all thy diseases; who Redeemeth thy life from destruction;

Who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies: who satisfieh thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is Renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.” (Ps.103: 1-6)

He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.” (Ps. 105:37); “He hath sent His Word, and Healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” (Ps. 107: 20)

Jesus Christ’s Healing Ministry!

When the even was come, they brought unto Him 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 bear our sicknesses.” (Matt. 8: 16,17)

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and HEALNG every sickness and every disease among the people.

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with Compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then said He unto His disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.” (Matt. 9: 35-37)

Ye men of Israel, hear these words: 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:

Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that He should be holden of it.” (Acts 2:22-24)

How God anointed Jesus Christ of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil: for God was with Him.” (Acts 10: 38);

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)


And when He had called His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to HEAL all manner of SICKNESS and all manner of DISEASE. And as ye go preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” (Matt. 10: 1, 7, 8)


After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also and sent them two and two before His face into every city and place, whither He Himself would come. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things that are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The Kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord even the devils are subject unto us through Thy Name. And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from Heaven. Behold, I give unto you POWER to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:1, 17-19)


"And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to 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 speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall  hands on the sick and they shall recover.  

"So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where ,the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with SIGNS following." Amen. (Mark 16: 15-20). Amen.

Friday, December 24, 2021

                      CHRIST IS IN US

             By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them (evil spirits): because GREATER IS HE that is in you (Jesus Christ) than he (the devil) that is in the world.” (1 John 4: 4)

EMMANUEL: God is with us! Not only is God with us, but as born again believers in Christ, He is also in us!

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). “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 “Of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end. Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice, from that time forward, even forever...” (Is. 9: 6)

 “… His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men. He is despised and rejected (forsaken) by men, A Man of sorrows (lit. pains) and acquainted with grief. (lit. sicknesses) And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised and we did not esteem Him.” (Is.52: 14; 53: 3)

 “Surely He has borne our sicknesses (heb. makob) and carried our pains (heb. nasa); yet we esteemed Him smitten of God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised (crushed) for our iniquities; The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; And by His stripes we are healed.” (Is. 53: 4, 5)

                                       WE HAVE ALL GONE ASTRAY! 

 “All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise (crush) Him.” (Is. 53: 6, 7, 10)

Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had BY HIMSELF purged our sins, sat down on the Majesty on High.” (Heb.1: 1-3)

visiting missionary arrived at the Vancouver Airport on a Sunday morning. As the Pastor hurriedly drove toward the church, it seemed as though every light was green.  Overjoyed, he jubilantly exclaimed, “My, isn’t it wonderful how we have had only green lights.  We haven’t even encountered one red light all the way from the airport.  Surely, God is with us”!

 The missionary wisely replied, “If we would have hit only red lights along the way this morning, would God have still been with us”?

A 28 year-old preacher died in an East European Communist prison during the 1970s.  He had been incarcerated for eight years for telling little children about Jesus!  

Beaten, bruised, tortured and brainwashed, he finally succumbed to the guard’s brutality and they found him dead one morning in a pool of blood on the dungeon floor.  Vital organs had ruptured as a result of the traumatic beatings and he hemorrhaged blood until he died.

 In the last minutes of life he had managed to stagger to the dungeon wall and with his finger write his testimony in his own blood.  So great was the impact of his testimony that the guards who found him the next morning accepted Christ as their Saviour. And they passed the story to Pentecostal Christians in Western Europe, via the underground route!  

 This is what he wrote:  I believe in the sun even when it’s not shining and I believe in love even though I feel it not. And I believe in God even when He is silent, so by faith I’ll hold on to what I have got”!

 He hadn’t seen the sun in 8 years.  He had felt and seen only hatred from his captors and for eight long years he had prayed for release from that living hell without an answer, but still he believed in God!  Hallelujah! Jesus said: I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Heb. 13:5) 

 Even when things go wrong, we still have God’s abiding presence!  How wonderful, that God is with us always.  He never leaves us nor forsakes us.  In good times or bad times; in joy or sorrow; in sickness or health!  God is with us - Praise His Holy Name.


More than seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the prophet Isaiah - speaking by divine inspiration - declared that God would give His Son to become the Saviour of the world.  

The Book of Isaiah is aptly called The Gospel of the Old Testament’.  How precious to read of the birth, life and death of Christ in this Old Testament Gospel!  

 It is good news that even before the foundation of the world”, God had a perfect plan for our salvation through the virgin birth, sinless life, vicarious death and glorious resurrection of Jesus the Christ, the Messiah of Israel!  (Eph.1: 4,5)

 He would be rejected by men and judged by God – because of our sins - but brought back to life and restored to a place of glorification with His Father, so that you and I can receive eternal life.

The Sign of the Virgin Birth - What a Miracle!  To be supernaturally begotten by the Blessed Holy Spirit and born naturally of a virgin mother.  Talk about confounding the mouths and minds of those who rejected Him.

                                       IT ALMOST BLOWS THE MIND!

    No wonder the Bible says: The natural man understandeth not the things of the Spirit of God for they are spiritually discerned”. (1 Cor. 2:14)  Again the Scripture declares: Had they known who He was they would not have rejected the Prince of life”. (1 Cor.2: 8)  

They tried to reason it all out and couldn’t. The intellectuals failed miserably; and they are still messing up today trying to incorporate Jesus the Christ, into their natural-minded stereotype.  It can’t be done!

Why can’t puny little man take God’s Word at face value - accept the Gospel of Christ for what it’s worth and embrace it all, including the supernatural aspects of:  (1) Who He is, (2) Why He came, (3) What He did, and (4) What it all means and how it relates to us today?  

But NO, the egotistical, proud earthling wants to find his own way, chart his own course and fly his own craft to the stars!  The Bible says, He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.  But to as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God”. (John 1:11-12)  

What a position we enjoy as redeemed blood-bought children of God.  I can hardly contain it all! Salvation is a FREE gift from our Creator! 

COMPLEX? Yes, God’s part was profound, complex and elaborate! Our part, however, is easy! It is so simple that many feel it is too elementary.  It’s a fact of life that in everything from religion to politics, people like to make things as complex as possible.  Yet no tool or gadget is as good and effective as the one that is user-friendly.  The simpler anything operates the more valuable it is and the more reliable and easy to maintain!

Here is the plain, simple and yet profound truth:  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved”. (John 3:16-17)  

 Jesus confirmed that statement when He declared:  “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”. (Mark 2:17);  “The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost”. (Luke 19:10)

                                                 WHO IS JESUS CHRIST? 

Emmanuel - “The prophet answered by saying, And ye shall call His name Emmanuel. (Is. 7:14); God With Us ... “Which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matt. 1:22-23)
Jesus Christ And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus.” (heb. Yeshua ~ meaning ‘The Salvation of God; the God who saves, heals, makes well, protects, delivers’
Saviour - “For He shall save His people from their sins.” (Matt.8: 21); “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)
The Lord said...  “And thou, child, (John the Baptist) shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord (Jesus Christ) to prepare His ways.” (Luke 1:76); 
Lamb of God …“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto Him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John1: 29)
The Christ, Anointed One, Messiah ... “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matt. 16:16)

                                    WHAT JESUS SAID OF HIMSELF!

     “Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58; Ex. 3:14)
  • Moses wrote of Me.” (John 5: 46)

  • I am the Bread of Life.” (John 6:35; 6:41, 48, 51)

  • I am the Light of the World.” (John 8:12)

  • I am the Door.” (John 10:7)

  • I am the Good Shepherd.” (John 10:11)

  • I am the Resurrection and the Life.” (John 11:25)  

  • I am He (the Christ).” (John 4:25-26)

  • I am from Above.” (John 8:23-24, 28)

  • I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” (John 14:6)

  • I am the True Vine.” (John 15:1)

  • I am the Alpha and Omega.” (first and last) (Rev. 1:8)

  • I am the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8; Is. 9:14)

    In the 1980’s the well-known radio commentator and author Charles Templeton from Toronto, was a guest on our 2-hour weekly radio talk show “Nightwatch”.  When I questioned him about his agnosticism and his relation to Christ, he replied, Jesus in my estimation is a moral genius...He has influenced my life more than any other person that has ever lived”!  That’s quite a statement.

    I asked him, “Do you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God”?  Charles Templeton answered, No, I do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God”! Then I pinned him with this question:  How can Jesus Christ be a moral genius and also be a colossal liar, for He claimed He was the Son of God”?


 The Bible says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.  In Him was life; and the life was the light of man.” (John 1:1-4)

God...hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds; Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” (Heb. 1:2-4)

 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called the Word of God.  

 “And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  

And He hath on His vesture and His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Rev. 19:11-16); “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Is. 9:6)


 “For unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to me a Son?  And again, when He bringeth in the first begotten (the first in rank) into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him.  

 “But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy kingdom.  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.  

  “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thine hands.  They shall perish, but thou remainest: and they shall be changed:  but Thou art the same and Thy years shall not fail.”  

But to which of the angels said He any time, Sit on My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool?” (Heb. 1:5-6, 8-13; Ps. 2:7)

And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:16-17

While He yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him.” (Matt. 17:5)


 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I (Jesus) have said unto you.” (John 14:26) “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me.” (John 15:26)

Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.  He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you.” (John 16:13-14)


 “...which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; Him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever He shall say unto you.  

 “And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.  Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.” (Acts 3:21-24)

Then He said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken; Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:25-27)

To Him give all the prophets witness that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:43)

 It is also important to know what His mother had to say about Jesus:  “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” (Luke 1: 46, 47); “His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.” (John 2:5)


These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

...That He (Jesus) should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him.  And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.” (John 17:2-3)

Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:38-39)

  “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10; Matt. 18:11); “...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)

But 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.” (Isaiah 53:5; Matt. 8:16-17)


  “...Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:46-47)

 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: 

  “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth: And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:5-11)

Who (God) hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.” (Col. 1:13); “And (Jesus) having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Col. 2:15)


But as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:” (John 1:12)

For the Father judgeth no man, but hath quickened them; even so the Son quickeneth whom He will.  For all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father.  

He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent Him.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation: but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:22-24)

 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)

Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on Me, believeth not on Me, but on Him that sent Me.” (John 12:44); “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth Me, and he that receiveth Me receiveth Him that sent Me.” (John 13:20)

 “Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works’ sake.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.  

 “And whatsoever ye shall ask in Me name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.  If ye love Me, keep My commandments.  

 “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him, but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless:  I will come to you.” (John 14:11-18)

 “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:  and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

 “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to 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 speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:15-18)

 “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3)

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

  “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; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matt. 7:7-8)

 “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)

 “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Heb. 9:28)

 “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Heb. 7:25)


 When God made Salvation’s Plan, He included you and me - We are the recipients of His divine grace!  Hallelujah!

 The Bible says, “No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Ps. 84:11); For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom. 10:13)  

How great and majestic is the glorious salvation of our Blessed Christ and Redeemer.  The very word Jesus’ in both Hebrew and Greek means Saviour’.  The angel spoke to Joseph in Hebrew and said “Ye shall call His name Jesus (the salvation of God) and He shall save (salvage) His people from their sins”. (Matt. 1:21)

 What good news, God is with us - Jesus is God and He is with us.  God is not only with us but through the baptism of the Holy Ghost, He is in us!

Jesus said, “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you.

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you”. (John 14:16-18)  Note these precious words:  At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you”. (v. 20)

 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4)

God is with us. He is in us. How great, wonderful  and marvellous this is!

He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love Him, and will manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)


 Oh, what a Saviour we have! Oh, what a Gospel is ours! ‘Blessed assurance Jesus is mine. Oh, what a foretaste of Glory Divine, Heir of salvation, purchase of God; Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. This is my story, this is my song; Praising my Saviour all the day long.’

The Apostle Paul spared no words in assuring us of God’s great power that is available and readily accessible to His people.  Let me share only a few: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)

AND WE KNOW! There is nothing ambiguous, doubtful or uncertain here! Definite, definitive and unfailing are the promises of God.  We need not worry, fret or doubt.  

St. Paul knew many things about our Blessed Lord and His marvellous salvation which unfortunately, many so-called preachers seem to be ignorant of or doubtful about today.  

This Scripture gives one of the keys to his success: namely, his sincere desire to know Jesus in a deeper and fuller way: That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection...” (Phil. 3:10)


 Here are several more of his confessions of faith: ...I know in whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (2 Tim. 1:12); “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  

 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:35-39) 

 “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31); Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s Elect?  It is God that justifieth.  Who is he that condemneth?  It is Christ that died, yeah rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”. (Rom. 8:33-34)


They that are with us are more than they that are with them

     Let me share with you a little about the great miracle that happened at Dothan.  A miracle of God’s power, provision and grace, indeed!  

    It was told to the King of Syria that the reason he was unable to defeat the Israelites was due to Prophet Elisha’s supernatural God-given gifts whereby he was able to warn Israel of the plans, designs and purposes of their enemy! 

   The King then sent his army to Dothan to capture the prophet. Elisha’s servant was greatly concerned when he saw the place surrounded by hostile men of war.  He cried out, “Alas my master, How shall we do”?

    The Prophet answered:  Fear not, for they that be with us are more than they that be with them”. (2 Kings 6:16)  Elisha then prayed for God to open the spiritual eyes of the young man and he saw, The mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha”. (v. 17)

    Jesus said, “All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth… and lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”. (Matt. 28:18-30). 

    WHAT A PROMISE!  I am with you always!  Even to the very end of the age.” Our Lord said, “...I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”. (Heb. 13:5) The literal Greek is even stronger. Using a double imperative Jesus actually said: “I will neverno never leave thee. I will never, no never forsake thee!” Hall


     He will be with us in good times and bad times, in sickness and in health, in success or failure, in testing, trials, tragedies and sorrows.  He will be with us in times of poverty or prosperity right to the end; including the journey through the valley of the shadow of death! (Ps. 23)

    Jesus promised, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.  My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all: and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand”. (John 10:27-29)


    St. Paul said, Now, the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.  But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul”. (Heb. 10:38-39)

Remember, dear friend:  “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin”

 (1 John 1:7)   We must never forget that there are conditions as well as promises: If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.  If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:14-15)

  St. Paul said “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” (Rom. 8:37); I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”. (Phil. 4:13)  

   We can do the same because God is: No respecter of persons, places or times”. (Acts 10:34) And our dear Lord has not, cannot and will not change because: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8)


 This final truth: “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them (evil spirits): because GREATER IS HE that is in you (Jesus, the Holy Spirit) than he (the devil) that is in the world.” (1 John 4: 4)

    Submit yourselves unto God, resist the devil and he SHALL FLEE FROM YOU.” (James 4: 7); “Be sobre, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith…” (1 Peter 5: 8). Amen.