The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 3:19 ~ The 4 Dimensional Love of Christ & The Life Beyond GNOSIS, Pt. 3 ~ The Spiritually Immature Believer

Vol. 15 No. 21

matt 8 vs 23-27Vs. 19

Eph 3:19, “And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge (GNOSIS), that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”

Doctrine of the “Life Beyond GNOSIS.”

For the believer in Jesus Christ, there is a fantastic Life Beyond GNOSIS, which is having EPIGNOSIS doctrine in the right lobe of the soul. EPIGNOSIS means full or completed knowledge. EPIGNOSIS doctrine is having a well-developed understanding of the Scriptures through faith, and how to apply them within your life. EPIGNOSIS doctrine is then converted into motivation, decision making, and action. It is the basis for the manufacturing of the invisible heroes.

Illustrations of Life Beyond GNOSISMatthew 8, (continued).

  • The Baby Believer Factor: The early spiritual age of the disciples.

The next example is found in Mat 8:23-27. This is the example of the immature believer who is not yet applying the Life Beyond GNOSIS when he faces adversity and disaster.

Mat 8:23, “And when He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.”

Before the believer can advance to spiritual maturity and execute the Plan of God, he has to face three categories of suffering for blessing.

1) In Spiritual Self-Esteem, he faces Providential Preventative Suffering. Passing its four categories of testing, (People, Thought, System, and Disaster Testing), it moves him on to Spiritual Autonomy.

2) In Spiritual Autonomy, he faces Momentum Testing, (i.e., the same four categories but intensified, plus prosperity testing), the passing of these carries him into Spiritual Maturity.

3) In Spiritual Maturity, he becomes an Invisible Hero passing Evidence Testing, which glorifies God to the maximum in this phase of the Angelic Conflict.

Four Areas of Testing or Suffering for Blessing.

2 Cor 12:10, “Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

In 2 Cor 12:10, Paul is content with his own inability to handle these testing from his flesh, which he relates to as “his weaknesses.” When you go through these testings and pass them, it breeds contentment in your soul as you apply the faith rest technique. Weaknesses is the Greek noun ASTHENEIA (as-then’-i-ah) and means “weakness, or frailty.” It is also sometimes used for “sicknesses, illnesses, or aliments.” But the context here is simply the inability of the human flesh to solve the problems of Suffering for Blessing, see vs. 9. Then, Paul tells us of what situations he is well content in, which are the four areas of Suffering for Blessing.

a) People Testing is seen in the Greek noun for “insults,” which is HUBRIS that means, “insolence, mental injury, injury inflicted by the violence of a tempest, shame, insult or mistreatment.” In Attic Greek law HUBRIS comprehended “all the more serious injuries done to the person,” that is grievous assaults. Compare with Acts 27:10 (damage).

b) Thought Testing is seen in the Greek noun for “distresses” which is ANAGKE (an-ang-kay) that means “compulsion, constraint, distress, force, or necessity imposed either by the circumstances or by law of duty regarding to one’s advantage, custom, or argument. BDAG defines it as “a state of distress or trouble, distress, calamity or pressure.” It was used to mean of necessity as a result of calamity, distress, or persecutions. So it is speaking about the mental anguish that is brought on by outward troubles. Compare with 2 Cor 6:4-5 (hardships); 1 Thes 3:7 (distresses); Philemon 1:14 (compulsion)

c) System Testing is seen in the Greek noun DIOGMOS that simply means, “persecutions.” It comes from the verb DIOKO that means, “to put to flight, pursue, and by implication to persecute.” BDAG defines DIOGMOS as “a program or process designed to harass and oppress someone, persecution.” Our English definition of persecution means, “the subjecting of a race or group of people to cruel or unfair treatment, e.g. because of their ethnic origin or religious beliefs.” So we see that it takes a “system” or group of people to bring about this type of suffering. Compare with 2 Thes 1:4; 2 Tim 3:10-11.

d) Disaster Testing is seen in the Greek noun for “difficulties,” which is STENOCHORIA (sten-okh-o-ree’-ah). Literally, it means, “narrowness of space” and figuratively it means, “difficulties or distresses, dire calamity or extreme affliction.” BDAG defines it as “a set of stressful circumstances, anguish or trouble.” Compare with Rom 8:35-39; 2 Cor 6:4-5.

Rom 8:35, “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?… 37But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”

By utilizing the Problem Solving Devices in suffering for blessing, the believer is able to overcome all four categories of testing and continue in his walk to execute God’s Plan for his life.

The disciples who followed our Lord into the boat were at the point where they needed suffering for blessing and testing. It came by the way of disaster Testing. Suffering for blessing is designed for the utilization of the Problem Solving Devices. This is the way we advance in the spiritual life, and the way we glorify God.

This does not imply that the disciples who boarded the boat were all prepared in spiritual adulthood. In fact, since they all flunked the test, such a conclusion would not be valid at all. However, these disciples followed the Lord into the boat not knowing where they were going, taking it one step further than the previous disciples. The boat represents post-salvation renewing of the mind through the inculcation of Bible doctrine leading to some faith-resting in life.

Only in the boat with Jesus Christ can the believer face the storms of life, both personal and historical disaster. Therefore, the disciples of vs. 23 represent believers who have given #1 priority to Bible doctrine. In the priority solution mechanics, making Bible doctrine your priority #1 results in concentrating on priority #1. That results in organizing your life around priority #1, which results in organizing your thinking around priority #1, which results in concentrating on the Lord Jesus Christ for your motivation, which results in Occupation with the Person of Jesus Christ. This is the 11th Problem Solving Device.

Being in the boat with the Lord sets up an analogy: you start concentrating on Bible doctrine, the written Word, and you end up with personal love for the Lord Jesus Christ, the living Word. This is the ultimate in spiritual experience.

Before these believers face the storms of life, they must get into the boat with our Lord Jesus Christ. This is an illustration of Occupation with Christ. There is no such thing as reward testing or suffering for blessing until the believer comes aboard. The boat is analogous to the operational type of God’s Power System, GPS, provided for every Church Age believer as a part of his Portfolio of Invisible Assets.

Mat 8:24, “And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was covered with waves; but He Himself, (the Lord Jesus Christ) was asleep.”

The Sea of Galilee is very shallow. High winds cause great waves. The waves were so high that they were breaking over the boat. Nevertheless, our Lord continued sleeping through all the tremendous noise of the wind and waves, and the great instability of the boat. His sleeping is analogous to maximizing the faith-rest life by mixing faith with the promises of God.

Heb 4:1-3 teaches the basic doctrine of the faith-rest drill, the third Problem Solving Device. “Therefore, let us fear lest, while a promise remains of entering into His rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it. For indeed we had the Gospel preached to us, just as they also, (Jews of the Exodus), but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united (mixed) by faith in those who heard. For we who have believed, (the promises of God), enter that rest…”

In order to relax under adverse circumstances and have a Relaxed Mental Attitude, RMA, towards life’s circumstances, you must claim the promises of God. These disciples were not claiming the promises of God and not utilizing doctrinal rationales. The power of this storm was designed to teach the futility of human resources in facing the problems of life. So great was the storm that it placed the disciples beyond their human resources. There was no human Problem Solving Device that would have handled the fury of the storm.

Jesus Christ, the God-man, was aboard and He was sleeping. In the storm, believers learn who and what Jesus Christ is: undiminished Deity and true humanity in one person forever. Therefore, the storms of life teach the importance of Occupation with Christ as the ultimate Problem Solving Device.

The sleeping of our Lord taught that since He was sleeping, there was no problem. Therefore, they could have enjoyed the storm. The failure of the disciples meant they did not have the 9th Problem Solving Device, a Personal Sense of Destiny.

The sea is like the circumstances of life; it is variable. The sea can be calm, representing prosperity. The sea can be stormy, representing adversity. The boat represents GPS, the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union, the principle of potential for Occupation with Christ and therefore for having great blessing.

Circumstances are never the basis for happiness. Sharing the happiness of God is a Problem Solving Device for spiritual adulthood. Like the great storm, adverse circumstances provide uncertainty. They teach the inadequacy of human resources, the fragile nature of human security, and the total need for Bible doctrine and the Problem Solving Devices of the protocol plan of God. Just as the boat was the only place of safety in the storm, so perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine is the only place of blessing, security, and help in this life, especially in time of disaster.

Many believers never follow our Lord into the boat because they are losers living in the cosmic system and functioning under reversionism. Hence, the believers in the boat in the storm at least represent those who are positive toward Bible doctrine. No matter how intense the storm, no matter how great the disaster, the boat of GPS is always stabilized and safe. The use of the Problem Solving Devices equates living with dying and adversity with prosperity.

The storm is a real storm. Before there is suffering for blessing, there must be disaster and adversity applied to the believer so that he is using Divine resources and not his own. The storm became progressively worse, as noted by the fact that waves began to go over the boat, no matter what its height. Seventy to eighty foot waves would not be unusual in the Sea of Galilee with a hurricane force storm. The fact that the storm became worse sets up the principle that God does not always deliver in the crisis by cancelling the disaster. Many times the blessing comes from riding out the storm in the utilization of the Problem Solving Devices; that is what the storms are for. First, you master the Problem Solving Devices, then you use them in both prosperity and adversity. The believer in spiritual adulthood is delivered in and through the storm, not necessarily from the storm. We are strengthened by going through the adversity and using the Problem Solving Devices.

When the disciples embarked with our Lord, the sea was calm and gave no indication of a storm to come. The principle is that it is always calm before the storm. If you are now enjoying calm before the storm, it is to give you the opportunity to learn, master, and understand the Problem Solving Devices of the Christian way of life. The calm before the storm is God’s grace provision to be prepared by learning the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age and to learn the Problem Solving Devices. Then the storm will come suddenly without warning.

The prepared believer needs no warning, because during the calm he has prepared himself through the perception and metabolization of Bible doctrine. While the storm raged on the Sea of Galilee, our Lord Jesus Christ continued to sleep. As eternal God, He never sleeps. So only His humanity was sleeping. But why did the humanity of Christ not awaken and give assurance to the disciples? It teaches the whole point of adversity. If you have to seek counselling on the outside, it is because you do not have doctrine on the inside your soul and you have failed. The whole point is that the Lord did not wake up and give them assurance because He had been providing that through His teaching! Even from what He taught in the Sermon on the Mount, they could have extrapolated the pertinent doctrines and applied them. It is too late to learn once you are in disaster and panicking; you have flunked that test.

The believer in disaster or “suffering for blessing,” does not need personal attention or encouragement. He does not need counselling. He is prepared for it all by Occupation with the Person of Christ. Your status quo in the storm of adversity depends on Bible doctrine in your soul, the Bible doctrine you have learned during the calm period, not Bible doctrine that is still on the written page of the Word of God.

Therefore, our Lord sleeping means, “school is out!” It is time to apply; it is time for practical experience in the storm. The disciples in the boat are believers. They understand the doctrine of the Hypostatic Union. Therefore, they should have realized that the deity of Christ was in complete control of the storm. After all, Jesus Christ not only controls history, but Jesus Christ controls nature as well.

In Col 1:16-17, He is said to be the Creator and the One who holds the universe together. “For by Him (Jesus Christ), all things are created that are in heaven, that are in earth, visible or invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created by him and for him, and without him nothing is made that is made.”

Heb 1:3 says Jesus Christ is “the flashing forth of His glory, the exact representation of His nature (essence of God). Furthermore, He holds all things together by the Word of His power.”

This is why sometimes God might seem to be silent in your life too. Because you already have the doctrine in your soul, now it is time to use it!

All the disciples should have understood this since they recognized Christ as Messiah. Messiah has a number of titles, one of which is Emmanuel, meaning God with us. They understood that Jesus Christ is not only true humanity, the Son of David, but that He is also undiminished deity and the Son of God. Metabolized doctrine results in spiritual adulthood. That means that you have cognitive self-confidence in the storm in spiritual self-esteem, cognitive independence in spiritual autonomy, and cognitive invincibility in spiritual maturity.

No matter how strong the wind or how high the waves, and no matter how the boat pitches, rolls; with our Lord Jesus Christ aboard, it is impossible for the boat to go down. No storm in life is greater than the power of God! By sleeping during the storm, our Lord teaches the importance of having the inner resources of Bible doctrine, the importance of having the Problem Solving Devices. Therefore, our Lord was doing them a favor by remaining asleep.

The disciples should have been enjoying the storm. They are all fishermen and would not get seasick. So they should have been exhilarated in the storm. Yet, a panic occurs when believers get their eyes on the storm rather than on the Lord. They had a choice of being occupied with Christ, keeping their eyes on the Lord who was sleeping, or getting their eyes on the storm, which was threatening.

Vs. 25 tells us of their panic under pressure and their fear in disaster.

Mat 8:25, “Consequently, they approached and woke Him up screaming, `Lord, deliver us! We are perishing!”

They had to scream just to be heard in the storm. Fear and panic assumes the Lord was not paying attention to the situation. But He always is, even before you are in the storm, He is preparing you for when it comes. Yet obviously, the solution is not screaming for help. In fact, the solution is not going to anyone else for help including the Lord in prayer. Once you get into suffering for blessing, you never rely solely on prayer. You make it a matter of using the Problem Solving Devices.

The solution is not waking the Lord up, as you do when you pray, “O God help!” When you make that prayer in panic, you have failed, for you do not know that God has provided for you in His Portfolio of Invisible Assets these fantastic Problem Solving Devices. Use them! The fact that you are a believer-priest means that you should be spiritually self-sustaining. When you are in disaster and when everything is collapsing around you, use the Problem Solving Devices. That is why they are so important.

You cannot harbor fear in your soul and receive the reward of suffering for blessing. Neglect or rejection of the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age results in problems like fear. Fear is lack of thinking under pressure. For the believer, fear is failure to apply Bible doctrine to the problems of life, or failure to use the Problem Solving Devices.

There are actually two categories of help.

  1) Application of metabolized doctrine.

  2) Use of the mechanical Problem Solving Devices. These are learned through doctrine, and are designed for you to use in the privacy of your priesthood to handle the storms of life to the glory of God.

The more things you surrender to fear, the more things you fear. The extent to which you surrender to fear, you increase the power of fear in your life. Fear is failure to use the Problem Solving Devices. The more things that acquire the power of fear in your life, the greater your capacity for arrogance and becoming a loser.

Arrogance, fear, worry, and anxiety are emotional sins. Emotionalism means irrationality, a contradiction to the Plan of God for the Church Age. That is why 2 Tim 1:7 tells us, “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline, (SOPHRONISMOS= sound rational thinking).” Fear neutralized the Problem Solving Devices these disciples had learned.

Remember that only the humanity of Christ is sleeping; the deity of Christ is holding the universe together and protecting them from the storms of life. This is no time for fear; this is time for courage which is thinking under pressure. This is the time for the utilization of the Problem Solving Devices.

Bible doctrine must be more real to the believer than the storm. That was their problem. At this point, doctrine was not more real to them than the storm. They have had too much calm and no reward suffering; i.e., suffering for blessing. Blessing in the storm comes from concentration, application, and utilization of Bible doctrine.

Irrationality is manifest in the fact that they were begging for deliverance. That is a contradiction. It is impossible for them to go down; God is aboard, as it were. Of course, God is imminent and transcendent, but in Hypostatic Union He was there. So it was irrational for them to beg for deliverance when they were already delivered by the very presence of Jesus Christ, the God-man.

There is great blessing to be derived from disaster. The disciples should have been enjoying the storm, revelling in the power of the storm, the size of the waves, exhilarating in the roll of the boat! Today, people pay money for thrills like this! So why should the disciples not enjoy one of the most exciting rides in all of history? The fact that Jesus was asleep was an invitation to the disciples to relax and enjoy an experience that no one had ever had in their day and few have had since. The incorrect procedure is to awaken the Lord and ask for help. You can always tell when you are losing in adversity, because you start praying and asking for help; it is the only thing you know to do. The very fact that you are able to pray means you are still alive. However, you are not alive to go running and crying; you are alive to utilize the Word of God, which is alive and powerful.

This is analogous to trying to solve the problems and disasters of life through prayer. Prayer has many wonderful uses, but one is not as a Problem Solving Device in disaster, especially in suffering for blessing. Of course, the prayer of rebound is appropriate for disasters that involve Divine discipline. The disciples had all the help they needed. They had metabolized doctrine in the soul, Problem Solving Devices, and doctrinal rationales such as the Hypostatic Union. The storm was not designed to put their corpses in Davy Jones’ locker, but to provide blessing and momentum in their spiritual lives. The disciples woke up the Lord at the wrong time, for they should have awakened Him after the storm simply to thank Him for the wonderful ride.

Finally, from vs. 25, the sleeping of the Lord is a demonstration of parenting as well. As your child grows physically and mentally you teach, train, and discipline them as you are making most, if not all, of the decisions for them. But when they get to a certain age, you have to step back and let them make decisions for themselves, hoping that they have learned from your teaching and decision making. Therefore, our Lord stayed asleep during the storm, as He “stepped back” and let them make decisions to apply or not apply the previous Bible doctrine He had taught them.

Next in vs. 26, our Lord is awake, and He issues a double reprimand. First, He reprimands the disciples, and then He reprimands the storm.

Mat 8:26, “He said to them, ‘Why are you cowards, (DEILOS – cowardly, fearful, timid), you who have a little faith, (OLIGOPISTOS)?’ Then He got up and He reprimanded the winds and the sea. And instantly they became perfectly calm.” Cf. Mark 4:40; Luke 8:25.

Jesus replied by reprimanding them for their fear, using a word that normally means, “cowardly fear,” a fear that does not come from the Spirit of God, as we noted in 2 Tim 1:7 above. That fear goes along with a lack of faith. Therefore, the cowardly fear they had was the result of having no faith in the situation.

“Of little faith,” is the Nominative, Plural, Adjective of OLIGOPISTOS that is made up from the Adjective OLIGOS that means, “little, small, short, or few,” of number, quantity, time, or space. In the plural, as prefixed here, it means of number, that is, small or little. With this is the word for “faith,” PISTIS, which sometimes means Bible Doctrine. So having only a little Bible Doctrine in your soul leads to having little or no faith in times of the storm. The phrase “little faith” really means they do not have any faith at this time.

They were “of little faith” because they had enough faith to get into the boat, unlike the Scribe with conditions, and the disciple with wrong priorities. They showed some faith by getting into the boat when everything was calm, when there was no storm. But now, they have no faith in the storm. They trust the Lord in the calm of prosperity; they fail to trust Him in the storm of adversity. They are “fair-weather” believers.

A loser is not a believer who fails, but a believer who does nothing about his failure. Therefore, this shows the importance of the #1 Problem Solving Device of Rebound and recovery. For the believer to be spiritually self-sustaining in the storm, he must do two things while he is alive.

  1) Consistently function in post-salvation renewing of the mind, the Life Beyond GNOSIS, the daily perception of doctrine.

  2) Consistently use the Problem Solving Devices of the Plan of God in faith-rest application.

Next we see our Lord Jesus rebuke the wind and waves. This may suggest that this particular storm was the work of Satan. Possibly it was an attempt by demons to stop or delay Jesus and the disciples from reaching land and continuing the ministry, just as Satan attempts to put road blocks in your life through “thought, people, system, or disaster testing,”

Notice that our Lord was still lying down when He chewed out the disciples, “then he arose and reprimanded the winds.” His power comes in any position He chooses. He does not even get up to chew them out! But He does get up to talk to the storm. Our Lord’s calming of the wind and sea was worth a ride in itself. Here was a hurricane force storm, (winds over 75 mph), which, combined with the shallow Sea of Galilee, produced giant waves. When He spoke, the storm went instantly from hurricane force or more, to zero! When Jesus spoke, everything became calm.

Note that the voice of the Lord was heard and there was instant obedience and the power of the sea subsided. With one command, there was instant calm. Satan recognized the authority of the Lord just as the sea recognized the authority of the Lord, even though it had been kicking up a fuss. That is what will happen to your soul when you apply the Word of God to the storms of your life. The power of the Word of God applied from your soul, calms your soul down and rights your ship.

Yet, the disciples did not recognize Christ’s authority, over their souls or creation for that matter. Authority is always a very important principle. Until you recognize the authority of the Lord through His Word, you will lose the battles in your soul and give over to fear, worry, anxiety, panic, hysteria, etc., and miss out on blessings too.

Authority Orientation is in the Word of God, and is a very important Problem Solving Devices. It teaches us to have humility; recognizing the weakness of our flesh and the power of God and His Word. When you hear the voice of the Lord (His Word), there should be instant obedience, as there was with the waves and the storm. The voice of the Lord is heard through the teaching and application of Bible doctrine. Do you recognize the authority of the Word of God? Do you accept the authority of your right Pastor-Teacher? Are you a winner or loser?

In addition, what appeared to be a miracle was merely the Lord controlling His own creation. The reason the disciples failed is now given in a very interesting way in vs. 27.

Mat 8:27, “Now the men were amazed and they kept saying, `What kind of a person is this that even the winds and the sea obey?’”

The disciples were amazed and surprised at this! That is why they were losers. They could not get over it; they kept talking about it. They knew “what kind of a person” this was before they started in that boat, but the storm shook them up and shook doctrine right out of their soul. Now they have to start over.

The disciples failed because they were impressed with the wrong thing. They were impressed with our Lord’s power in performing a miracle rather than the power of Bible doctrine, which He had taught them. No believer can be impressed with the Lord until he is impressed with the Word of God, which is the thinking or mind of Christ, 1 Cor 2:16.

It is easy for the Lord to perform a miracle. He merely uses His own power and sovereignty, and only His own essence is involved. But to cause believers to grow is much more difficult, because it involves their volition as well. Two categories of volition are involved in growing in grace: the volition or sovereignty of God and your volition.

The winds of the sea have no soul. They respond to the omnipotence and sovereignty of God. The believer has a soul, which includes volition, which can accept or reject Bible doctrine. Therefore, Bible doctrine must become a reality in the soul before there can be Occupation with Christ and the other Problem Solving Devices.

In addition, the disciples were impressed with the reality of the storm’s power, but they were not impressed with the reality of Jesus sleeping during the storm. They were impressed with the wrong thing, the storm, just as you will fail when you are impressed with the wrong thing. The wrong thing is being impressed with the suffering for blessing, or with the disaster, rather than being impressed with the Lord. However, when you are occupied with Jesus Christ, it will be cleared up.

To know Jesus Christ from EPIGNOSIS doctrine is to love Him. To be occupied with Him in the storm, EPIGNOSIS doctrine must function instead of fear. Doctrine must be more real than the storms of life. The disciples are confused because they are more impressed with a miracle than with doctrine in the right lobe. Losers are always emphasizing the wrong thing. The disciples were impressed with miracles rather than with doctrinal teaching.

Similarly today, some people are more excited about the end times, prophesy and the Book of Revelation, than they are with learning about the person of Jesus Christ. They are more impressed with the miracles and escapism from this life through the Rapture, than they are with living the spiritual life each and every day. They are like the disciples in the storm, of little faith and loser believers, occupied with the wrong things and having wrong priorities.

A miracle cannot cause spiritual growth. A miracle cannot execute the Plan of God. The easiest thing our Lord does is to perform a miracle, since it only involves His own volition. The most difficult thing God does for us as believers is to promote us and to give us escrow blessings, since it involves our consistent positive volition toward doctrine.

The emotional reaction to the storm blotted out the doctrine in their right lobes. Our life on earth is what we think. Prov 23:7, “As a person thinks in his right lobe, so he is.” As Marcus Aurelius said, “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” And as I told you about an ancient proverb, “If you do not control your subconscious, something or someone else will.”

The disciples did not think. Courage is thinking under disastrous situations. Doctrine provides us with Divine viewpoint, with thoughts of doctrine; while a miracle only stimulates emotion. You cannot execute the Christian way of life through emotion. The Plan of God can only be executed through perception and metabolization of Bible doctrine, and the utilization of the Problem Solving Devices of the Plan of God.

Therefore, courage is thinking under pressure or disastrous situations, thinking Divine viewpoint that leads to victory over your soul and the situation!

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If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson:
#’s 16-061 through 16-063

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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you.  He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins.  He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life.

So right now you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:

“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”

If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God

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