Faith came with Jesus Christ!
Galatians 4:22-23 -
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Today I will share with you one of the greatest revelations I received from the Lord of late which renewed my understanding of the whole Bible and which Paul talks about in the message we received from the Lord today.
Paul talks about 'when faith came'. How can faith come when Abraham was called the father of faith by Paul himself?
First we need to understand we are saved from sin by grace and grace came through Jesus Christ. Grace is nothing but mercy but even though mercy existed since God, grace came only when Jesus Christ came as man and became our sacrifice. Grace by definition is the needed amount of mercy to get the job done. Before Jesus came as man mercy was very difficult to earn or receive and it was up to God to shower as much mercy He desired. But since faith and mercy (grace) are like Siamese twins by faith we receive grace and are saved. That is the reason it is only after Jesus came as man people started getting healed by faith.
Now we need to understand how faith came through Jesus Christ even though more than 90percent of the Word (Prophetic Word) was already given before Jesus Christ came as man?
Faith means believing in the Truth which does not change and which we know is the Word of God. Even though the Word was given no man knew the Truth for the Truth was still with God and no man had the understanding of the Truth. It was when Jesus Christ came as man the Word was broken down to the level which man could understand and therefore in John it is written the Word which was with God came down and became flesh.
In Hebrew the word flesh comes from the root word which means understanding or message. This is the reason Jesus said unless we eat of His flesh we will not have life. When He said flesh He meant His message for His message is the Bread of Life.
Man (Adam's) flesh was made from earth (water was needed to bind the earth/dust together to make the model of man into which God breathed life) but Jesus was made of Heavenly flesh which is Spirit. That is the reason being born again requires us to put on a new flesh and reject our own flesh. We need to reject our understanding, our knowledge, our way of life and put on the understanding which came through Jesus Christ, the knowledge of the Kingdom of God and live the life according to His Kingdom. Unless we do not spiritually cut off from the earth and be born again in Spirit we are not people who have the message of Jesus Christ in us.
The first Church was born when God told Abraham to cut the foreskin of his people by circumcision. They did it without understanding back then, but in Jesus Christ we know that we need to cut our worldly flesh (understanding) and when we are circumcised in our hearts and receive Jesus Christ then only we become Christians.
Let us thank God for the life giving flesh of Jesus Christ which enabled us to have faith and be saved by grace.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, we thank You for coming down to man and being the true Manna for the Salvation of man. You became flesh which gives life. Lord, may we understand the importance of receiving your message of life and eat of it so that it becomes our flesh and we become one. Your Church, your bridge needs to become one flesh with You so that the Heavenly marriage takes place like earthly marriage takes place when man and woman became one in flesh. Open the minds and hearts of your people to understand Who You are and may your purpose be our purpose, may You be part of us and we be part of You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
48 "I am the bread of life.
49 "Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 "This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.
51 "I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world."
52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?"
53 Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.
54 "Whoever eats My flesh [message] and drinks My blood [sacrifice] has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 "For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
56 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
57 "As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
58 "This is the bread which came down from heaven-not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever."
3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6 "That which is born of the flesh [earthly flesh] is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh-who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands-
12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,
16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
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