We are free from sin
1 John 5:1 Whosoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.
1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
We know from Jesusí explanation of the parable that when he refers to seed, he is speaking about the word of God. It is also correct to say Jesus himself is the seed of God, as he is the offspring of God, the Son of God.
Thus this amazing verse can be read as: Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for the word of God remains in him, Jesus remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Do you see the breathtaking beauty of what God has done for us through Jesus?
John 1:12-13 as many as received Jesus, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: who were born of God.
Adam was righteous and had unending life until the day he sinned. Because he sinned, he die. God didnít just clean us from our sins, restore us to righteousness and unending life, but leave us as a man, vulnerable to sinning again. God washed away our sins, restored us to righteousness and unending life, and then God went a step further and changed us from being a man into a child of God. God gave us the power to become the sons of God. We are born of God. We are like God, always righteous. We are fixed in righteousness.
God has saved us from the sins we have committed in the past Ė God washed them away. And God has saved us from the sins we would have committed in the future by removing our vulnerability to sin.
God doesnít sin. There is no evil in God. God is righteous and good always. God is alive, always. God removed our vulnerability to sin by giving us his own nature. God made us like himself by giving to us Jesus. Jesus is abiding in us. God is abiding in us. We are born a child of God. That is a very big deal.
There is only one warning from the Father. Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him. Obedience. We are Gods, sons of the Most High. We are free to make our own choices. If we choose to disobey Jesus, everything Jesus has done for us isnít going to help us. We receive what Jesus does for us by obedience to Jesus.
Satanís error is disobedience. Satan refused to abide in the truth. Adamís error was disobedience. Adam did not obey God. A baptized Christian can make the same error. A Christian can disobey Jesus. You can obey Jesus, or you can disobey Jesus. Jesus rewards you according to your works.
2 John 1:9 Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son.
What happens if you choose to disobey Jesus? If you persist in ignoring Jesus words? Jesus leaves.
A child of God obeys God because obedience is the right thing to do Ė obedience is showing your righteousness. A rebellious son is wicked, a child of the devil Ė it is his nature to disobey God.
We are born infants and children have immaturity in them. Jesus will discipline you to get your attention. Jesus will give you time to repent, to obey him, to choose to be righteous. But if you persist in ignoring his words to you, then Jesus will give you what you want. He will leave. And if he leaves, you will die. You will die not because of the sin of rebellion, for Jesus forgave you all your sins, you will die because you have no life abiding in you. Without Jesus with you, you die. Without Jesus, everyone dies.
You show by your actions who you are. You are either a child of God or you are a child of the devil.
Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
10:28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and has done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 10:30 For we know him that has said, Vengeance belongs unto me, I will recompense, said the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
We are raised up with a heavenly body
1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sows is not quickened, except it die: 15:37 And that which thou sows, thou sows not that body that shall be, but bore grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 15:38 But God gives it a body as it has pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 15:40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differs from another star in glory.
15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 15:43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption.
15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
15:57 But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
God gives us the victory over death through our Lord Jesus Christ. Itís a wonderful gift. How God gives us this victory is elegant.
Man is flesh and blood. Man canít inherit the kingdom of God. Man is a liar. Man is corrupt. A corrupt man canít inherit incorruption. Man has to die, the seed sown has to die. Only then can what is new appear. This is why we are change in baptism and given a new nature. We die as a man and are born again a child of God. A child of God can inherit the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is a Godís normal residence.
Look at the scriptures and the process it outlines. We are a man who bears the image of Adam. We are a living soul. We have a natural earthly body and in us is corruption, dishonor and weakness. We enter baptism and we die as a man. We are born again a child of God. We are raised in baptism out of the pit of corruption, out of death. We are raised a life-giving spirit. We now have a spiritual body. We are raised in incorruption, glory and power. We bear the image of the Lord from heaven, Jesus.
In baptism, we have died as a man and been born a child of God. In baptism we have been saved and redeemed. Saved from our sins, we are forever righteous. Redeemed, we live forever and do not see corruption. We have immortality and incorruptibility. All those who have been baptized have put on Jesus Christ. The corruptible man has put on incorruption, the mortal has put on immortality. We have put on the image of the Lord from heaven, Jesus. God has conformed us to Jesus.
Jesus has been exalted and glorified and is seated on the throne at the right hand of the Father in heaven. Where are we? With Jesus. God has translated us into heaven into the kingdom of his Son Jesus. We have inherited the kingdom of God.
It all happens in baptism. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. God has changed us. We go from being a man, to a son of man, to a son of God. We go from being a liar, to one who has sinned and repented, to being born of God. We rise out of baptism a God, a child of the Most High.
It is happening at the last trumpet. The trumpet sounds on the day of atonement. The day of atonement is the most holy day of the Jewish year. It begins to sound when the offering is made and it sounds until the offering is complete. Atonement is the Lamb of God being sacrificed for sin. Atonement is Jesus pouring out our blood for our sins.
The last atonement ever made for man occurred the day Jesus went to the cross, poured out his blood, and died for us. The last trumpet sounds as the final atonement is made. Jesus by himself has purged our sins. There will never be another offering for sin in all eternity. By one sacrifice Jesus has purged all our sins.
In baptism we are crucified with Christ. We die and are buried as men. Baptism is our last day. We rise out of baptism Gods, without sin, righteous forever, having receive eternal life. We are now immortal. Gods donít have days, we simply are forever alive, without beginning or end of days.
When you are baptized the last trumpet is sounding. It begins to sound when you enter the water and sounds until you are raised out of the water. You are now a new creation, the old is gone, all is new. You are a child of God; all is of God. The trumpet announces your arrival. Itís a herald announcing the birth of the Kingís son, the Kingís daughter.
What is dishonor? It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. What is dishonor? When we break the law we dishonor God. Men fell from glory when they sinned. We enter baptism a sinner, one who has dishonored God. We are raised in glory. We are raised righteous, restored to glory. We now keep the law which is summed up in the two commands, love God, and Love our neighbors as ourselves.
Our bodies are different now. We no longer have an earthly body, a natural body. Now we have a spiritual body, a heavenly body. We are no longer a man. We are now a child of God.
God has taken us out of the kingdom of darkness and translated us into heaven into the kingdom of his son Jesus. In order to be in heaven you have to have a heavenly body. Flesh and blood, the earthly body of a man, cannot inherit the kingdom of God. We are now a child of God in a heavenly body.
Galatians 3:26 For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
We are Gods
Psalm 82:6 I have said, You are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
This verse is another definition in scripture to add to those in Numbers 23:19.
Man is a liar.
A son of man is a man who sins and repents.
God is perfect. God never lies and God never sins. God is not a man. God is not a son of man.
A child of God is a God. A child of God is not a man. A child of God is not a son of man.
Everything gives birth after its own kind. God gives birth to Gods. When you look at God, you are looking at your Father. You are looking at who you are. You are a child of God. His traits and characteristics, what make him God, are your traits and characteristics. God is good. God is holy. God is perfect. God is righteous. In God there is no evil. In God there is no darkness. God is Light. God is true. Those are descriptions also of a child of God. You are a child of light.
God is spirit. What is born of spirit is spirit. A child of God is someone baptized in water and baptized in Holy Spirit. Jesus says of the Father, a body you have prepared for me. God gives us a spiritual body so we can be seen. Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Man looks like us, for man is made in the image of God. It is not that Godís who look like man.
John 10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. 10:23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch. 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long do thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and you believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. 10:26 But you believe not, because you are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 10:30 I and my Father are one.
10:31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do you stone me?
10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makes thyself God.
10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, You are gods? 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 10:36 Say you of him, whom the Father has sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemes; because I said, I am the Son of God?
10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 10:38 But if I do, though you believe not me, believe the works: that you may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
Jesus said about himself, I am the Son of God. I and my Father are one.
The Pharisees complained Ė You, being a man, make thyself God.
Jesus then quotes Psalm 82. Is it not written, You are Gods?
You are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
Jesus called them Gods to whom the word of God came.
When someone hears about Jesus and the forgiveness of sins, hears about the cross and the resurrection, the word of God has come to that person.
Salvation changes us from being a man to being a God. We die as a man. We are born again a God. We, being a man, make ourselves Gods. We do so by hearing the word of God, believing in Jesus, and being baptized. We become children of the Most High. We become Gods. It happens in baptism.
The word of God changes a man into a God. That is the power of the word of God.
Jesus isnít lying to us. We are Gods. We are holy, sanctified, children of the Most High. We are Gods.
Satan is the one who says to us, youíre a man, not a God. Whatís all this nonsense about being a God? Look in mirror. Youíre a man. And we believe satan and we die as a man. It astonishes me how willing we are to listen to satan rather than God.
Godís believe the word of God. Thatís the simple reality. Those who believe the word of God is true are those who are Gods. Those who reject what the word says will die. They let themselves be deceived. They let themselves be robbed by a liar. Donít let that happen to you. Read the word of God. Jesus tells you the truth, always. It is good to be with Jesus. You come away knowing you are a God and not a man, that you are good and not evil. You know the truth and are not deceived by a liar. You can then enjoy living accordingly.
John 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, you would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 8:43 Why do you not understand my speech? even because you cannot hear my word.
8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Satan is a liar. There is no truth in satan. Satan has children like himself. Those who speak lies.
You can be found a liar by adding to what God said. You can also be found a liar by not abiding in the truth. The word of God is the truth. Jesus, speaking to the Father about his disciples, says in John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Sanctify Ė make them holy Ė through thy truth, the word of God. Those who abide in the word of God learn they have been changed.
You, being a man, make thyself God. It is a true statement about what believers in Jesus are doing. We are men, who by faith in Jesus and obedience to repent and be baptized, are making ourselves Gods. The word of God is able to change a man into a God, a child of the Most High.
In baptism, God has killed the man, the liar you were, and God has given birth to a God. We are perfect. We never lie, and we never sin. We are righteous. We have been sanctified. We have been made holy.
We are born righteous. Righteousness is a birthright. A gift you receive by birth. Your only part in being made righteous is the choice to believe in Jesus. You chose to stop being a sinner and to become righteous. You chose to be baptized. God kills the man, the liar you were, and gives birth to a God. You come out of baptism a God, a child of the Most High. You are born righteous. You show you are a child of God by how you live. The righteous do righteousness. You listen to God, you obey your Father, because you are righteous.
The lambís book of life
Psalm 69:28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.
Who are written in the Lambís book of life? The righteous.
Who are blotted out of the Lambís book of life? The unrighteous. Sinners. Liars.
You are written in the Lambís book of life because you are worthy of living forever, because you are righteous. You are child of a righteous Father. Your works show you are righteous.
Revelation warns that Jesus will blot out of the Lambís book of life those who live unrighteous lives, those who do not cease from sin. They have shown they are not a child of God, but a child of the devil. The devil is one who sins. The children of the devil are ones who sin like their Father. Their works show they are wicked.
We are complete in Jesus
Colossians 2:6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him: 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
2:9 For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. 2:10 And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 2:11 In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised him from the dead.
2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
We were buried with Jesus in baptism. In baptism we were also raised with him. We are alive together with Jesus. We are complete in Jesus.
Beware of the doctrines of men. They will spoil you Ė plunder, rob, do damage, harm.
This fight against the doctrine of men starts from day one of your life as a Christian.
John 11:25 Jesus said to Martha, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 11:26 And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believe thou this?
New Christian: ďHey, I read good news. Jesus says whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.Ē
Everyone around new Christian: ďOh, that means that you die first and go to heaven and then you wonít die anymore.Ē
This lie we have been taught, it doesnít become true by the multitude of people who keep repeating the lie. Itís a false doctrine of men and will always be a lie.
John 6:47 [Jesus speaking] Truly, Truly, I say unto you, He that believes on me has everlasting life.
Jesus says those who believe have everlasting life. Have is a present tense verb. Have means you have it now. Will have means you will have it sometime in the future, but you do not have it now. Jesus says you have life now and that life will last forever.
The only way to get rid of the doctrine of men is:
New Christian: ďIím going to believe what Jesus said. So Iím planning my 200th birthday.Ē
This courage to believe the word of God in the face of what others say shows righteousness at work. The ability to repent and say I misread this, I was deceived, is also showing righteousness at work. The wise examine the scriptures to see if what they have heard is true, they also study to see if what they believe is true. The wise have open eyes and love the scriptures. It is truth which protects you from error, whatever its source.
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare: but whosoever puts his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
BEING A DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST