Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
“Therefore, if anyone is united with the MESSIAH, he is a new creation – the old has passed; look, what has come is fresh and new!” (2 Cor. 5:17)
The person who surrenders his life to YESHUA and receives Him as LORD and Savior becomes one with Him for he becomes the Temple of the living GOD. For as many as did receive Him, to those who put their trust in His person and power, He gave the right to become children of GOD. People who are born of dust are like the man of dust (Adam) and people born from heaven are like the man from heaven (YESHUA). It has been the perfect will of the FATHER to create a new man through union with the MESSIAH. YESHUA was the firstfruit – the second Adam – and all believers, being born from above, partake of the divine nature of YESHUA.
In times past, the blood of bulls and lambs poured out as a sacrifice on the mercy seat by the High Priest would atone (cover) the sins of the people and GOD would pass over and not pronounce judgment; but the Scriptures declare that it is impossible for the blood of bulls and lambs to take away sins (Heb 10:4) but GOD permitted it until the MESSIAH came. In times past, the anointing of the HOLY SPIRIT among the prophets, priests and kings was intermittent. It would come only at the time needed for a mission to be completed and at times when the servant of GOD is in communion with Him.
At the fullness of time, YESHUA came, full of the SPIRIT, being incarnated by the SPIRIT, performing the work of the FATHER, in the natural and the supernatural, walking as a normal man subjected to the hunger, suffering, sorrow and toil of the curse of man; but without sin. He presented himself as the Lamb of GOD who takes away the sins of the world. He became the only ultimate and eternally acceptable sacrifice that enabled all believers to be adopted into the family of GOD. Thus, the cross of sacrifice became the tree where YESHUA, the MESSIAH, poured out His own pure blood, not just to atone (cover) the sins of the believer, but to wash away all sins, past, present and future, to present every believer as His brothers to the heavenly FATHER. For how could the HOLY SPIRIT dwell permanently on an impure man other than a man whose sins have been completely washed away and forgiven through the blood of the perfect Lamb? So, everyone who beholds the SON of GOD on the cross and believe, is completely saved and is given a divine nature through the HOLY SPIRIT who indwells him.
The question is, how do believers exercise the divine nature? Firstly, the HOLY SPIRIT who raised YESHUA from the dead lives in us; and He also gives life to our mortal bodies empowering us to obey the law of the SPIRIT, setting us free from the law of sin. This is the proof that we are truly sons of GOD when we are led by the SPIRIT (Rom 8:11,14). As ADONAI promised, “I will house Myself in them and I will walk among them, I will be their GOD, and they will be My people” (2 Cor 6:16). We have stripped off our old nature and every day, we put on the MESSIAH by renewing our minds in the Word of Life. This new nature expresses itself in righteousness and holiness that flows from the Truth. GOD gave us the SPIRIT who is not timid but produces power, love and self-discipline.
Secondly, GOD’s power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, through our knowing the One who called us to his own glory and goodness. By these He has given us valuable and superlatively great promises, so that through them you might come to share in GOD’s nature and escape the corruption which evil desires have brought into the world (2 Pet 1:3,4). The key to exercising the divine nature is through meditating on the promises of GOD, speaking them into our lives and walking in them daily! By meditating, speaking and walking in them we begin the process of knowing the MESSIAH; His mindset, power and acts. The goal is to internalize the MESSIAH in us because, as the Scripture declares, YESHUA in us, is our only hope of glory (Col 1:27). As YESHUA himself said, “The things that I do, you shall do also…”(Jn 14:12). Through this, we become one new man with our LORD YESHUA.
The promises of GOD are yes and amen to those who believe. They become facts when we believe and become reality in our lives. The provisions of GOD are bountiful but do we dare to issue checks against our heavenly account?
The righteous shall live by his faith!
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