God's Word tells us that salvation is God's plan to redeem man from the penalty of death, which came about in Edenic times through Adam's disobedience. Genesis 2:15-17 & Genesis 3: Many call this, mans fall from grace. Because Adam and Eve were deceived by the serpent and ate of the tree God forbade them, it was then that sickness and death came into the world. God's Word is so very important because with it we know who our enemy is. We know the enemy has but a short time, that the enemy comes to lie, steal, kill and destroy.
Without God’s word and The Blood of Christ
we would be lost to God. This means heaven wouldn't be an option !
" Do you know where you will spend eternity?
God's word gives us the information we need to understand why God gave HIs only begotten Son to save mankind from a fate worse than death. For as in Adam all die so in Jesus Christ ( the second Adam) all shall be made alive.
There are seven aspects we need to understand about Salvation. These seven aspects become one part of God's Holy Armour.
The results of salvation bring
5. Union with God
6. Victory over the enemy
7. Eternal life
The above seven aspects comprise The Helmet of salvation
Salvation then is the plan that God devised to save man from
the penalty of death. .
We receive Salvation through grace.
Grace is receiving something we don’t merit or earn
We receive grace through faith
Faith is believing on those things we cannot see with the eye and faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
By Faith Adam received the blood covenant when God
clothed him and his wife Eve.
By Faith Abel offered the better sacrifice.
Abraham's faith was counted by God as righteousness
Enoch was translated by faith
Jesus Christ Our Saviour King was the sacrificial lamb
who died for Our sins (disobedience)
He is the new and living way, the gate, the door,
He died on the cross and decended into hell. He preached to the spirits in prison and redeemed the keys of death and hades.
On the third day He arose from the dead and was seen by hundreds of people. He later ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of The Father until He mad his enemies His footstool.
The Helmet of Salvation is the knowledge we receive as and when we repent of our sins and give our hearts to Christ Jesus, receiving Him as our Lord and Saviour.
This entails our repentance as we are convicted of our wrong doing ( sin) by the Holy Spirit who leads us into the way of all truth.
This is why God's word says
" My people perish for lack of Knowledge"
What reconciliation does is to make it possible to approach Our Lord
God direct. Be in His Presence, have fellowship with Him.
God is Holy and can not look upon sin.
God is light and sin is darkness … not compatible
For when God is present (Light)… darkness is destroyed
Light expels the darkness For God is Holy
Darkness / sin cannot exist in the Presence of God, it is God’s law
As we are all sinful, none are righteous or holy, how then can we approach God? We have to understand The Holiness of God . The Holiness of His love and His Holy wrath. We have to understand the nature of sin and the power of the blood of Christ the Atonement and our Salvation. Reconciliation is an aspect of salvation which we receive only at the foot of the cross, covered by the blood of Christ to whom we owe an enormous debt which no words can adequately express. His love and His gift of life is as awesome as He is beautiful, this is why we accept the responsibility he has given with joy and a full heart. Amen
Redemption is the first gift of Salvation
Redemption is not the same as reconciliation.
Redemption was God redeeming what was lost by Adam in Eden… according to The Law,
The Law says, the punishment for sin is death and God will never go back on His word. The Lord made the laws to protect the joy, peace and harmony of all His creations.
(The devil who planned man’s downfall challenged God, His law and His Authority. Please read
Isaiha 14: 9-15, Ezekiel 27:13-19
also Job 1: 6-12. These scriptures alone tell us the devil is responsible for all chaos and trouble in the world from day one. However the minute Jesus shed his blood and died was the minute that satan's power was reduced and his authority was lost!
Jesus came back from hell with the keys of death and Hades. ) Hallelujah!
But God in His wisdom had foreseen this and so it was that God’s plan of Salvation was put into effect. (The Lamb of God )
We do have a choice !
Jesus was the lamb that God provided
In Genesis we can see revealed the first blood covenant that was established when The Lord clothed Adam and Eve and Abel offered the better offering. Abraham was prevented Redemption is over time and not immediate, this is because we have to grow into the acceptable
Child of God that He is creating us to be.
Cleansing… is purging..this deals with our unforgiveness
and memory of sin. e.g
When David sinned with Bathsheba 2 Sam: 12:13 Nathan told David that The Lord had put away his sin and he wouldn’t therefore die. David then prayed Psalm 51 . Please read the whole of it. Have mercy upon me O God according to your loving kindness and the multitude of your tender mercies. Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is ever before me .
Verse 7… Purge me with Hyssop and I shall be clean, wash me and I will be whiter than snow. Verse 9. Hide your face from my sin and blot out all my iniquities, Verse 10. Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me. Verse 11. Cast me not away from they Presence and take not The Holy Spirit from me.
Sanctification follows cleansing and brings the presence of Jesus into our soul 2 Tim 2:21 to become a vessel of honour.
What God takes possession of is Holy. God sanctifies no man against his will. 2Kings…and 1Peter 1:15.
As we become one with the Holy One we become holy,
We become the image of the Holy One as the light from the lit candlesticks reflected its own light in the Holy of Holies
We should never know defeat says Heb 13:12 for through the blood is victory and life eternal.
It is The Holy Spirit that responds to the blood.. It is this that drives away the devil and demons
Please see Isaiah 59:19
When we are sanctified there is always a commitment to win the lost. John 15:16 I have chosen you to bring forth fruit.
This is God’s word and will.
Union with God is to dwell with him and Him with us. Total Holy Oneness . One accord can only be achieved by a close personal relationship with God.. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. God wants to tabernacle with us.
Victory over the enemy has already been won for us by the blood of Christ and His authority has already achieved this.
( Jesus bruised the devils head and the devil bruised his heal when Jesus died on the cross and decended into hell. He arose again on the third day and brought back the keys of death and Hades. Those who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour have this same victory and its reward is
Eternal Life with Christ.. This is the promise…
Life in abundance.
Eye hath not seen nor ear heard the wonderful things that The Lord has in store for those who love him.
The Full Armour
The Helmet of Salvation
The Sword of the Spirit ( word of God)
Loins girded with truth
The Shield of faith
The Breastplate of righteousness
Feet shod with the gospel of peace
Prayer & Supplication
Above we have touched briefly on Salvation
Over time reveals to us.....
The knowledge of who we are in Christ
The Gifts of The Holy Spirit
A right mind
And God's Protection
The Sword of The Spirit
The sword of the spirit is the word of God, revealed by The Holy Spirit and received by God's people on earth. The word made flesh, The written word and The revealed word.
It is not in any way shape or form about mans logic or understanding and interpretation of God's word after reading scripture.
Logic and understanding are mind processes in the brain that process, rationalise and store information received. It is capable therefore of error especially when information is only in part, faulty or untrue.
The coded blue print was given to Moses, he was shown the heavenly one and so when we overlay this together with the text of old and new testament any errors show up especially mans own attempts to give meaning using his finite mind to do so. This is where man's interpretation
causes conflicts and misunderstanding. When the afore mentioned system is used and we earnestly seek, The Holy Spirit reproves truth and the most amazing thing occurs... there is no conflict of information and the picture that unfolds is beautiful, holy and God's truth.
Man can do nothing without God. It is only through the spirit that GOD'S Word can be understood and used to expound his word and truth to the glory of God.
The sword of truth cuts every which way even to the dividing of bone and marrow. It is in this truth that man comes to know who he is in Jesus Christ and God's wonderful plan for each of us. Yes God loves us so much that He sent His only son to die in our place.
The word of God is holy and it's wisdom truly is a pearl of great price, it is on this basis that all things become known to all those that seek.
The written word and the heard word become living word. This is especially when sight and sound run together, then revelation flows and unwraps the hidden mysteries of Christ. This only happens when The Holy Spirit is present in that capacity. It is The Holy Spirit gifted to man that reproves all things.
When this happens the spoken word is loosed and preaching The Word of truth begins.
The Word of God revealed first convicts us of our sin and brings us to forgiveness at the foot of the cross. It then infills us with the beautiful things of God and great joy in his love and promises. The impact of this is far reaching, life changing and brings with it a desire to share the wonderful hope that we have in Jesus Christ Our King and Saviour.
As we study God's word affirming it in the spirit, our faith increases and God's gifts are given. The greatest gift of all is Jesus Christ and the reality of all that this means.
Unless we are convicted of sin unto forgiveness we cannot receive eternal life in the fullness of Christ or the presence and power of God.
This is The Word Of The Lord
1 We have to understand about sin to fully understand the need for a Saviour.
2 We have to understand about the love of God and His need to protect
all of his creations.
3. We have to come to know of the wonderful things that await those who overcome the ways of the world.
4 .We have to have a hunger for truth and a thirst for righteousness.
5. We have to stop running and draw near to the one God who loves us. The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, HIs name is Jesus Christ.
6. We have to prepare for holy encounters as well as the evil one in this world which is mankinds greatest enemy.
7. We have to know God's will and purpose which He reveals in his Holy Word as well as in dreams and visions.
The secret things of God belong to God
but those things which are revealed belong unto
us and our children forever, that we may do all the words of the law.
The law is God's order and system for abundance, peace and prosperity, designed to protect all of his creations. Paul tells us that the law is also our schoolmaster. Wise words !
Have you noticed when we step outside the perameters of God we suffer? But always in suffering we learn so much. In the east they call this Kharma. Whatever its name I know that what I once counted for loss I now count for gain, for through lifes experiences and the influence of Jesus Christ in my life, I have become who I am, a better person, more understanding and compassionate and I know many people who can say the same with honesty. Still God's work in progress, blessed in the peace and knowledge of Christ.
Thanks Be To God
Joyce (Helen Arnold)
A work in progress