Tuesday, April 18, 2023



                                        By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.


“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He hath Chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:


“Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us Accepted in the Beloved, in Whom we have Redemption  through His Blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Eph. 1:3-7)


Ernest and Mary Mountain were gloriously converted to Christ at the Edmonton Revival Centre on 149 Street and Jasper Avenue in 1970. They were unmarried with four children. Ernest had worked in the Yukon on the Big Boats, as well as other large projects. They had moved to the west end of Edmonton and were getting ready to separate. Ernest had purchased a new automobile, but had lost his driver’s license because of drinking alcohol.


As he and some friends were driving past our church he saw the big billboard sign with the words, Get Right with God! He was a Roman Catholic, and those words began to speak to him. One morning, he got dressed and was heading out the door, when Mary asked, “Where are you going?” He said, “I’m going to that church on 149th Street and see if they can help us.” She said, “Wait, I’m coming with you.”


It was a ten-minute walk. They asked to see the Minister and were ushered into my little office. I asked if I could help them with something. They said, “No.” I asked, “What do you want?” They said, “We want God!” I said, “You have come to the right place. Please sit down.” Then, I gave them the Gospel of Jesus Christ, crucified for their sins, buried, and risen from the dead for their justification.


They fell to their knees in true repentance and asked Jesus to come into their hearts and in faith received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. On Sunday morning they were in Church with their beautiful family. Shortly thereafter, I had the privilege of performing their wedding ceremony with the entire congregation rejoicing together with them!




Several years later God revealed Himself to Ernest. While walking from the house to his Water Truck, he heard a voice saying to him, “Accepted in the Beloved.” Immediately, he knew it was the Holy Spirit informing him that God had accepted him and he was a born-again child of God! He went to the Bible and found the scripture to confirm that!


For these many years Ernest and Mary Mountain have faithfully served the Lord and have been a great testimony to many people. Ernest is powerful preacher and an Ordained Minister of the Gospel!


What a glorious truth! The Creator of the universe knows all about us and loved us so much that He sacrificed His only begotten Son to purchase our Redemption! Christ’s vicarious death on Calvary’s Cross purchased our Redemption and deliverance from Satan. When Jesus cried, “It is finished!” that was Satan’s defeat! (John 19:30)


The word that Jesus uttered was ‘tetelestai’ from the Greek verb, teleo, which has three essential meanings: to finish something and make an end of something; to fulfill something; to pay that which is owed.”


Jesus had finished His work of Redemption for mankind. He had brought to end Satan’s power over the human race. Jesus had fulfilled all the Old Testament Scriptures (more than 300) about the Messiah. He had paid for all our sins, sicknesses, and diseases!




St. Paul enumerates what happens when sinners believe the Gospel and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. He discloses the amazing fact that God knows about us and that He claimed us for Himself before the foundation of the world. Jesus knew about us when He hung on the Cross and took our place there as our substitute!


It is so awesome, that it is impossible in the natural to understand God’s mercy and grace for us. By adopting us as His own children through Jesus Christ our Saviour, He shows us His immense Love. It is beyond a Wonder and Miracle!


The Bible says: “But God commended 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.


“And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom we have now received the Atonement. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death  passed upon all men, for that all have Sinned.

"For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.


“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, Grace did much more abound: That as sin has reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 5:8-11; 20,21). 



“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. Nicodemus sayeth unto Him. How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb and be born?


“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, ye cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye Must be Born Again. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so Must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 

"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 world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16,17)


“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not Redeemed with corruptible things like silver or gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious Blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot;


Who (Jesus) verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by Him do believe in God who raised Him from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Being Born Again, not of corruptible seed, but of Incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.


“But the Word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the Word which by the Gospel is preached unto you.” (1 Peter 1: 18-25)




The Bible says: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give unto you, the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling and what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.


“And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world


“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. If we confess our sins (to Him), He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


“My little children, these things I write unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father the Righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins; And not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 1:7,9; 2:1,2)


The Bible says: For by Grace are ye Saved by Faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the Gift of God: Not of Works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.


“And this is the record that God hath given us Eternal Life, and this Life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath Life: and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the Name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have Eternal Life, and that ye may believe on the Name of the Son of God.


“And this the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ASK anything according to His will, He Heareth us; And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we Know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” (1 John 5: 11- 15)


St. Paul stated: “There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me Free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:


“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of Sin: but the Spirit of Life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him that Raised Jesus from the Dead shall also Quicken (make life) your mortal (weak, sick) bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.


“The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we also may be glorified together. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.


“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered. But He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.


“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that Spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely Give you all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifeth.


“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, Who is even at the right hand of God, Who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  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: 1-39)




“Therefore being justified by Faith, we have Peace with God through Jesus Christ: By whom we also have access by faith into this Grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. For when we were yet without strength, 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 commended His LOVE for 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, being reconciled, we shall be SAVED by His life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the ATONEMENT. Whereby, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by SIN’ and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Rom. 5:1,2, 6-12)

St. Paul writes: "Jesus gave Himself for our sins, that He might Deliver us from this prresent evil world according to the will of God our Father." (Gal. 1:4)

 GOD IS DUTY-BOUND to keep His Word and answer our prayers when we ask in faith in Jesus' Name, according to His Word. (2 Peter 2:1-4; Heb.6: 17-21; Titus 1:20). He is obligated to LOVE us when we love Jesus and believe the Record  He gave of His Son. (1 John 5: 9-15; John 14:10-23)

SATAN IS DUTY-BOUND to obey us when we speak in Faith in Jesus' Name. (Mar16:15- 20; Luke 10:17-19;1Peter 5:8; James 4:7)

WE ARE ARE DUTY-BOUND to serve the Lord with all hearts to the best of our ability until the Return of Jesus Christ or the hour of our death! (Luke 9:57-62; John 20:28; John 6:67; John 10:28; 1 Cor. 9: 27)

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