Mary Met Jesus. Have You?

Mary Met jesus. Have you?

Mary Magdalene met Jesus Christ somewhere in Galilee, Israel.

She was possessed with seven demons! SEVEN, evil demons…

Demons are not nice. They are evil, shrewd, deceptive, wicked, and vile. Everything that God’s Holiness declares will bring destruction into the lives of human beings, demons want humans to do.

In the Bible, these dark spirits possess people and cause them to torture themselves. The demonic of Gadara – “Legion” – did not wear clothes, he cut himself with stones, he lived in tombs, he went sleepless, he never took care of himself, and no man could help him. He was miserably tormented and hopeless!

Another unfortunate soul threw himself in the fire to be burned alive and into the water to drown because of the demons who were afflicting him! Demons want humans to die, to be tortured, and to live miserable, irredeemable lives. These crafty, soldiers of Satan are out to kill, steal, destroy and to keep their slaves away from Jesus. No power of man can resist them. No human soul can overpower them – the seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish high priest, found this out the hard way – Acts 19.

Mary’s life was dark – filled with habitual and sinful darkness. She was in bondage to the power of Satan – held captive by him to do his will; demons controlled her thoughts, her speech, and her behavior. She did unspeakable things. She suffered. Ill treated and abandoned, all hope for her was lost.

However, not one of these vile, spiritual betrayers had the power to keep her from meeting Jesus of Nazareth nor could they stop her from experiencing His life transforming power and love!

Paul declared about our wonderful, loving God: “Who has delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son…” Colossians 1:13.

Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” – Luke 19:10. Mary Magdalene was the lost of the lost, but God’s grace is invincible and boundless: “…where sin abounded grace did much more abound” – Romans 5:20.

Demons are no challenge for Jesus Christ; He casts out demons right and left with just one of His mighty words:

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick – Matthew 8:16

When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” – Mark 9:25

“Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him” – Mark 1:34

“And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons” – Mark 1:39

Mary was loved, comforted, and freed by Christ. She met Jesus, and He loved her unconditionally because He is full of grace and truth.

He freed her. He saved her. She served and followed Him.

She was the first to His tomb, she was the first to see Him resurrected, and she was the first to declare His resurrection to His scared disciples!

Mary the demonic became Mary the saint!

Mary, the lost girl, was found.

Unbelieving Mary, became a godly woman of faith.

The Gospel of the grace of God is the power of God unto salvation: Jesus Christ (God in the flesh) died on the cross for our sins, He was physically buried in the garden tomb, He rose again from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits three days after His death, and He was seen by over five-hundred eyewitnesses!

God’s love for Mary was boundless; the sheer joy of setting her free enthralled our Master!

I pray that we never forget that there is no one who cannot be changed and continually changed by the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

Mary met Jesus.

Have you?

 

 

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Christ is All

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Christ is All, in all who believe in Him.

“I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst” – Jesus. (John 6:35)

When you bow the knee to Jesus Christ and confess Him as your LORD and Savior, He comes to dwell in your heart because of your faith in His Truth.

When He comes to dwell in you, He rules.

He presides over your thoughts, your will, and your emotions – all of you – your whole being. He loves you, and He wouldn’t have it any other way.

You cannot live your life without Him: “For without Me, you can do nothing” – Jesus (John 15:5).

He is all you need in this life.

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption…” (1 Corinthians 1:30).

God the Father has made God the Son our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, and our reception.

What are these theological terms of the Gospel’s theology?

  1. Wisdom – the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the LORD – Proverbs 1:7 (c.f. 8:13).
  2. Righteousness – All the ways of God written in His Word – Psalm 19:9.
  3. Sanctification – set apart by God for God’s holy purpose which is to become more and more like Jesus – Philippians 2:12 & 2 Thessalonians 2:13.
  4. Redemption: purchased by the blood of Christ from our slavery to sin and its eternal condemnation and made a slave of righteousness – Ephesians 1:7 & Romans 6:18.

May you know the joy of Jesus being All in you because of your faith in Him.

If you have questions and would like them answered from the truth of the Bible, please email me at: mrruc1@yahoo.com.

I can post the answers on this blog and will not disclose your email or your name.

God bless you.

 

The God of Abraham

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It is said that Jerusalem is holy to three monotheistic faiths: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. All three faiths lay claim to the God of Abraham.

However, who is the God of Abraham?

The God of Abraham declared His Name to be “I Am” – Exodus 3:14.

(Remember His Name.)

When Abraham was to offer his only son, Isaac, as a sacrifice to his God, he declared, “God will provide Himself the lamb for the burnt offering” Genesis 22:8.

The God of Abraham said that Abraham was a prophet (Genesis 20:7).

As a prophet, Abraham declared that God, Himself, would come “down from heaven” to be the Lamb for the offering – John 3:13.

In the Gospels, John the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” when he saw Jesus Christ – John 1:29.

Jesus Christ fearlessly stated, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad” – John 8:56.

When did Abraham see Christ’s day? In Genesis 22:14: “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.” This was the statement that Jesus Christ was referring to.

When Jesus told the religious rulers that Abraham “rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad,” the rulers responded, “You are not yet 50 years old, and you have seen Abraham?” – John 8:57.

Jesus Christ eliminated any doubts as to who He claimed to be when He answered, “Before Abraham was, I Am” – John 8:58.

Remember God’s Name?

The God of Abraham is absent from Islam and Talmudic Judaism, because the God of Abraham is Jesus Christ who is God the Son and in complete union with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit – Three in One – Matthew 28:19.

If your God is not the Lord God the Son, Jesus Christ, then your God is not the God of Abraham.

Abraham rejoiced to see Christ’s day.

Do you?

Abraham saw Jesus Christ’s day, and he was glad.

Are you?

Jesus Christ unashamedly challenged, “Unless you believe that I Am, you will die in your sins” – John 8:24.

Dying in your sins means going to hell.

You cannot go to heaven unless you repent of your sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ: that He died on the cross for you sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He rose again from the dead the third day according to the Scriptures – 1 Corinthians 15; Romans 10:9-10.

Repent of your sins and believe in the One True God – God the Son – Jesus Christ, and you will receive forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has glorified His Son Jesus Christ by raising Him from the dead – Jesus Christ is presently alive – Acts 3:13.

There is only one thing left for you to do, deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus.

God bless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Grace To Obey From The Heart

The Lord Jesus Christ is our peace, and it is through Him that we have obtained mercy. Through His mercy He has offered us His grace in Christ. Because of His grace, we can be saved from sin, eternal damnation in hell, and our slavery to sin – we are no longer slaves to sin but are now salves to righteousness:
 
Romans 6:16–18 (NKJV/NAS)
 

16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were committed. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

 
God’s grace gives us the ability to choose to obey and the power to obey Him. Through the power and help of God’s Holy Spirit, we willing obey “from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were committed.” (Greek: we were committed to the doctrines of grace in such a way that we were “constituted in salvation”* to obey them from our hearts.) Thank you Jesus!
 
Our loving God has committed us to being obedient to Him from our hearts. We are obedient to Him from our hearts because this is the work of transformation that He performs within us. This is how we are slaves to righteousness.
 
We must remain mindful of what He has done in our hearts. We must believe the facts: He has transformed our hearts by faith in the Gospel of Christ. Our transformation consists of being given His desires and His power to live for Christ making us a slave to righteousness – what a revelation and a joy this is!
 
The problem for all of us is whether or not we will believe His truth about us in Christ: that we ARE transformed by His grace, and we ARE given His desires and His power in order to obey His Word from our hearts. When we believe the truth of God’s doctrines, we will live in the power the truth of His teachings provide. We will actually live our daily lives operating in the power of His truth – how exciting and glorious!
 
All of God’s gracious work in our lives begins when we repent of our sins and believe the Gospel: Christ Jesus died on the cross for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried, He rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures, He ascended into heaven, and He is going to return to earth.
 
God bless you.
 
*Weust’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament

Paul Returns to Antioch and Departs. Acts 18:18-23. Part II

Paul Returns to Antioch & Departs. Acts 18.18-22. Part II

Paul spent some time in fellowship with the believers in his home church and in Jerusalem. He had a heart for fellowship with God’s people. May we have a heart to be in fellowship with the Lord’s people as well. May we make fellowship a priority, for this is God’s design for believers and a chief result of believing the Gospel of Christ.

Moreover, Paul departed again on his third missionary journey strengthening all the disciples. We all need strength. God has designed believers to be strengthened in the faith in Christ and His Word through godly, loving, and mature leaders who are themselves bond slaves to Christ, filled with His Spirit, and students of His Word. May you, too, dear reader, be strengthened in the faith in Christ and in the rightly divided truth of the Bible.

I pray that you are in a fellowship where strengthening disciples in the faith in Christ is the priority and is accomplished through the preaching, teaching, and living of the written Word of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.

God bless you.

 

PAUL IN CORINTH. ACTS 18:1-18. PART II

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Here is the link to the PDF: Paul in Corinth Part II

Paul was faithful to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He wasn’t afraid to let the Jews know that their rejection of the Gospel was rebellion against the God of Israel. Justus and Crispus come to know the Lord Jesus Christ through the truth of the Gospel – the power of God to salvation to all who believe: to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

These verses are filled with hope for all who believe the Gospel. Our Lord Jesus is the gracious God who loves us, gave His life for us, and rose again from the dead. He has shared His victory over sin and death with us! May we understand our victory over sin and death through the wonderful truth of the Messiah of Israel – our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

God bless you, dear reader.

You Can Have Your Sins Forgiven

“In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins…” – Colossians 1:14

Dear friend, are you burdened with the weight of a guilty heart?

Like a galley lost at sea and slapped by the invincible waves that surround it, you feel the sting of sorrow and regret as the waves of past foolishness and stupidity flood your mind.  You wish that you could run from your past and rid yourself of all the wrong things that you have done, but you cannot. The stain of your mistakes has imprinted your psyche like a hidden tattoo. If there were something you could do to remove the guilt that drowns your heart, you would do it.

The riptide of your past has channeled you in on every side, and your vain attempts at swimming out or being rescued have left you hopeless.

The blackness of sorrow has left your heart without hope, but there is a Light that shines in a dark place, dear reader.

There is a Hope that cannot be defeated.

There is Way that cannot be eroded.

Yes, the dark clouds of guilt and shame can be transformed into the brilliant days of Spring!

There is redemption! There is forgiveness through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!

Jesus Christ stands as the SAVIOR upon the billows of rage and sorrow that have engulfed your blackened heart. The waves of guilt that mount up to heaven and crash down upon your tiny soul are no match for the Savior of the world. By His invincible might, He can pull you out of the whirlpool of despair that is plunging your soul into the abyss of hopelessness.

Jesus Christ is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD:

“Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” – John 8:12

Jesus Christ is the SAVIOR OF ALL MEN:

“For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those that believe” – 1 Timothy 4:10

Jesus Christ WILL SAVE YOU:

“For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” – Luke 19:10

He will save you from the guilt and eternal consequences of your foolish, regrettable behavior known as sin.

The wages of sin is death:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” – Romans 6:23

The guilt you feel in your soul is the result of the sins that you have committed against Christ Jesus. If you are not forgiven, then you are at this present time sentenced to eternal damnation in hellfire:

Mark 9:43-48

43And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”

You can escape hell if you will repent (change your mind) and believe the Good News – the Gospel of Jesus Christ:

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

“3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

Acts 3:19

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”

Call upon the Lord Jesus Christ:

Romans 10:9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

The LORD is gracious:

Psalm 145:8-9

“The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, and full of mercy.

The LORD is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.”

The LORD God of Israel loves you:

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Romans 5:8

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

You can be saved.

You can have eternal life.

You can have a relationship with God.

You can have your sins forgiven.

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You Can Have Your Sins Forgiven

God bless you.

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