Value and Importance of
Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
and turn yourselves from all your transgressions....A new heart also will
I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away
the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of
will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and
ye shall keep My judgments, and do them." (Ezekiel 18:31; Ezekiel
ARE CHRISTIAN VALUES?
are Christian values so important?
is Christianity the most secure foundation for people?
is the most secure foundation for people. - Sir
you ever wondered what righteous or wicked men and women, now deceased,
would have to tell us. If it were possible for the dead to speak to
us, what would they say they are NOW experiencing in either Heaven or
they bring us a strong admonition, with dire warnings? Would they share
with us words of encouragement and blessing? Would they speak of
peace, gladness, sorrow or regrets? Or might they hurl verbal accusations
against theologians and pastors who had lied to them about ETERNITY and
the wages of sin, which is death? (Romans 6:23)
& HIS DEMONS HAVE THE ABILITY TO TRANSFORM INTO "an angel of
light" to DECEIVE THE SPIRITUALLY IGNORANT (2
not referring to the hocus pocus antics of spiritualist mediums who
"mutter and peep" (Isaiah 8:19) during their dubious séances,
supposedly communicating with the dead - spiritualist mediums and séances
which are in violation of God's Word- and often conjure up masquerading
demons who dispense only half-truths, lies and deception.
am I referring to the cacophony of occult spirit guides, channelers,
yoga flyers, pyramid power and crystal balers, soul travelers and
clairvoyants who make up the New Age Movement.
ARE CHRISTIAN VALUES?
Bible, and in particular the King James Bible, played an important role in
shaping British culture, values and politics
Bible help to give Britain a set of values and moral which made Britain
what it is today. If the Christian Church doesn't stand for
something, the Church will not the power to stand against anything.
Christ declared that "Search the Scriptures for in them ye think ye
have eternal life, and they are they which testify of Me". (John
5:39), and St. Paul stated that "the scriptures are able to make thee
wise unto salvation". (2 Timothy 3:15)
are Christian values? Christian values are the values that our
Saviour, Jesus Christ taught us to practice. St.
Paul warned that Satan has the ability to transform himself - as do his
ministers - into "an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14,15),
seeking to deceive the spiritually ignorant and gullible into trusting his
lies rather than believing in Jesus Christ the true "light of the
world"! (John 8:12)
am referring to the words of Jesus Christ Who said, "I AM THE WAY,
THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, no man cometh unto the Father but by Me."
(John 14:6) "Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden, and
I will give you rest". (Matthew 11:28)
GAVE US CLUES OF LIFE AFTER DEATH WITH THE STORY OF LAZARUS AND ANOTHER
UNNAMED RICH MAN
told the story of two men who died and what their final outcome was. He
allowed us to look beyond the veil to see what happens at the time of
expiration of life and 'after death.
was terminally ill, unable to work and had to resort to begging, in order
to stay alive. The other man whom Jesus did not name, was very rich with
no thought for God or anyone else. He had no compassion for the poor, as
was evidenced by his treatment of the beggar who was carried daily to his
gate and subsisted only on the crumbs which fell from his table.
HOLY BIBLE, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD IS THE ONLY BOOK YOU CAN RELY ON
his last breath 'didn't end it' for Lazarus. Jesus stated that "he
was carried by the angels into paradise - Abraham's bosom" - where he
was comforted. When the "rich man" died, he was undoubtedly
afforded a splendid funeral, but that wasn't the end for him either! Here
is 'THE REST OF THE STORY', as Paul Harvey would put it.
IN HELL THE RICH MAN SUFFERED GREAT TORMENT AND BEGGED FOR LAZARUS
in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and he cried and said,
Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip his
finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this
refused his plea, stating: "Between us and you there is a great gulf
fixed" with no traffic allowed between the Two Places! Then the
'doomed man' became missionary minded and pleaded that Lazarus be sent to
urge his five brothers to repent of their sins, "lest they come into
this place of torment"! Again Abraham had to refuse his request
saying, "They have Moses and the prophets; Let them hear them"
rich man remonstrated, saying: "Nay, father Abraham: but if one went
unto them from the dead they will repent." Abraham got the last
word, however: "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will
they be persuaded, thou one rose from the dead." (Luke 16:19-31)
DOES IT TAKE FOR PEOPLE TO TURN FROM SIN AND TO REPENT - DOES IT TAKE A
DISASTER, A DEATH, A DIVORCE?
will it take, to cause people to repent? To forsake their sins and be
converted? To turn from their wicked ways and give their lives to God
through Jesus Christ our Lord? Some are fortunate enough to get a 'FINAL
WAKE-UP CALL', in the form of a national disaster, a personal bankruptcy,
the loss of a loved one, a marriage break up, a terminal illness or even a
jail term! And yet others, will still continue rejecting the Lord,
until it is too late. And they will be lost forever! How sad.
time ago while preaching in Norway, I was given a copy of the powerful
testimonies and quotes of a number of very influential men, who had
expressed their personal beliefs in no uncertain terms. Here are several
AUTHOR AUGUST STRINDBERG:
Shortly before his death, well-known Swedish author, August Strinberg,
made this statement. "Clearly said: I ascribe all my
misfortune to this one fact, that I have been godless! An individual that
has broken contact with God, cannot receive any blessings. All this talk
about 'being your own man and making your own happiness' is chaff!
If the Lord does not build the house, they labour in vain who build it.
That is the whole truth!"
misfortune can also strike a person of faith, we know. But the outcome is
not the same. These accidents seem only like trials that pass over and
leave peace in their wake."
CURSE RESTS UPON EVERYTHING UNGODLY
curse rests upon everything that an ungodly person puts his hand to. If
money comes his way, it will disappear like it came. Nothing remains,
nothing prospers in the life of the ungodly!"
WHY ARE CHRISTIAN VALUES SO IMPORTANT?
When Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain visited Norway
shortly after World War 11, he spoke at Oslo's University. Here are some
of his remarkable words.
order to make excuses for myself, I could mention the school teachers of
my youth who rejected Christianity. But I will lay the blame upon myself.
Then, maybe I'll find ONE who will carry that for me. "Nothing can
come against the future of a people who has the Christian ethic as their
leading light. Christianity is the most secure foundation for a
DWIGHT EISENHOWER: In
a radio and television speech, US President Eisenhower said: "The
Christian Faith is the surest strength and the greatest preserve that
America has. On the battlefields we learned that there are no atheists in
the highest sense, the Bible is to us the unique repository of eternal
spiritual truths. In the most tangible sense, it is the ultimate and
indispensable source of inspiration for America's life in freedom."
"I believe the Bible is the best
gift God has ever given to mankind. All of the good from the Saviour of
this world is communicated through this Book; but for this Book, we could
not know right from wrong. All of the things desirable to man are
contained in it".
IS CHRISTIANITY THE MOST SECURE FOUNDATION FOR PEOPLE?
The French President, Georges Clemenceau was an atheist and God rejecter.
Shortly before his death in 1929, he wrote this letter to his friend,
Gustav Herve (1871-1944), French politician & publicist.
friend! I will soon leave this world. You know that during my entire
life-time I have run roughshod over Christianity, and similarly, so has my
republican government done.
am now convinced, however, that it is impossible to build an ordered
society upon unbelief. If I had understood this earlier, I would have
without fear of being ridiculed stood in the breach for it, like you are
doing. I hereby give you full authority to officially make known my
testament, as an educational lesson for the next generation."
OSKAR BERNADOTTE: At
the conclusion of a speech, Prince Bernadotte (1859-1958) of Sweden,
stated: "To all here present I wish to testify, that the greatest
thing in my life is to be a witness for Jesus. A person could easily
believe that someone in my position should always be happy, but that is
not the case. Being in possession of the very choicest of what this
world has to offer, wouldn't give an individual peace. The heart of man
longs for something better!"
after receiving the Lord Jesus Christ into my heart, that restless longing
for something more was gone. My desire and goal in life is to be a witness
about His love in word and deed. "And I wish to say to all who listen
to these words, that it is a joy to serve Him, a great - great
ARE SOME MORE POWERFUL WITNESSES FOR JESUS AND HIS GOSPEL, WHICH PROVE THE
ENNOBLING AFFECT CHRISTIANITY HAS HAD AND CONTINUES TO HAVE UPON
INDIVIDUAL LIVES AND SOCIETY AT LARGE.
PRINCE HAAKON MAGNUS:
In an interview with NRK TV Oslo, on July 20, 1991, Norway's Crown Prince
Haakon stated: "Jesus is my hero, my role model."
interview took place on Haakon's 18th Birthday and his declaration about
Jesus was in response to a question he was asked about whether he had any
other role models outside his immediate family.
said, “I believe that Christianity is a very fine model, whether people
are religious or not. In many ways Christianity is the strength that
carries us in Norway. Especially when times are tough and difficult, it is
important that people know that there is a spinal-cord in our faith,
asked if this faith was important for him personally, Haakon answered:
"Yes, since very young. I have a very strong relationship, especially
with the New Testament. I remember my confirmation was a strong experience
for me - not just the ceremony in the Palace Chapel, but also preparing
NORWEGIAN ROYAL FAMILY:
Norway's Royal Family has always had a strong Christian influence on that
nation! As the Nazis were invading Norway, during World War II, King
Haakon was forced to flee with his family and the entire government to
to the Norwegian people on BBC radio from London on Christmas Eve 1940,
the king stated: "Men have removed my name from the official prayers
of the Norwegian Church. I include in my prayers, my Christmas wishes and
thoughts for all the Norwegian people, that you will join with me and mine
in a red-hot prayer for the future of Norway".
When this godly man was crowned in 1958, he said: "It seems only
natural to me that the king should pray for forgiveness for his
years before his death, King Olav spoke in 'King Haakon's Cathedral' in
Copenhagen. His closing remarks were: "I pray that this Church will
continue to be a great blessing to the Danish people, even until the
Coming of Jesus Christ". When the service was concluded, the
Bishop asked King Olav if he believed in the 'Second Coming of Jesus
Christ', to which the king answered emphatically, "JA VIST!"
meaning "YES, OF COURSE".
MAJESTY KING HARALD:
During a 1995 interview, King Harald expressed himself thusly: "t is
good to receive letters from people informing me that they are praying for
me. There is power in the 'folded hands', and when that power is
concentrated on the work of the king, clearly it feels good."
LAMB: In a letter published
after his death, Robert Browning, the famous poet, quoted the utterances
of men of genius concerning the Christian faith. Here is one from the
eminent Charles Lamb, British author and critic (1775-1834):
a gay fancy with some friends as to how they would feel if some of the
greatest of the dead were to appear suddenly in flesh and blood once more,
on the final suggestion, 'And if Christ entered this room?' he changed his
manner at once and stuttered out as his manner was when moved, "You
see if Shakespeare entered we should all rise; if HE appeared, we must
HUGO: The distinguished
French author Victor Hugo (1802-1885), wrote: "England has two great
books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare and the Bible
"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to mankind.
All of the good from the Saviour of this world is communicated through
this Book; but for this Book, we could not know right from wrong. All of
the things desirable to man are contained in it".
In 1931, Alexis de Tocqueville was given a commission by the government of
France to examine the prisons and penitentiaries of America. While in that
country, he gathered information for a penetrating study of American
society and politics.
led to the publication of his two volumes on 'Democracy in America' (1835,
1840) which won him a reputation in Europe and a seat on the 'French
Academy'. The Encyclopedia Britannica says: "...his writings proved
him to be one of the shrewdest, if more pessimistic, political observers
of his century".
wrote: "I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her
commodious harbours and her ample rivers, and it was not there: in her
rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I
went into the churches of America, and heard her pulpits aflame with
righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power."
Fredrick W. Kates' article in ‘The Churchman' states: "It is hardly
to such a man as Napoleon Bonaparte one would turn for spiritual
enlightenment: but it is interesting indeed to note what he said about
Jesus of Nazareth and the Christian religion:
see in Lycurgus, Numa and Mohammed only legislators who, having the first
rank in the state, have sought the best solution of the social
problem", said Napoleon, "but I see nothing there which reveals
divinity...nothing announces them divine. On the contrary, there are
numerous resemblances between them & myself, foibles and errors which
ally them to me and to humanity."
IS NOT SO WITH CHRIST", he continued in this conversation with
General Bertrand, one of his companions during the twilight days of his
meteoric career! "Everything in Him astonishes me. His spirit
overawes me, and His will confounds me. Beside Him and whoever else in the
world, there is no possible term of comparison. HE IS TRULY A BEING BY
HIMSELF. His ideals and His sentiments, the truths which He announces, His
manner of convincing, are not explained either by human organization or by
the nature of things."
birth and the history of His life; the profundity of His doctrine, which
grapples the mightiest difficulties, and which is, of those difficulties,
the most admirable solution; His Gospel, His apparition, His empire, His
march across the ages and the realms, is for me a prodigy, a mystery
insoluble, which plunges me into a reverence which I cannot escape, a
mystery which is there before my eyes, a mystery which I cannot deny or
explain. Here I see nothing human. The nearer I approach, the more
carefully I examine, everything is above me, everything remains grand -
and of a grandeur which overpowers."
religion is a revelation from an intelligence which certainly is not a
man. There is a profound originality, which has created a series of maxims
before unknown. Jesus borrowed nothing from our sciences. One can
absolutely find nowhere, but in Him alone, the imitation or the example of
ANOTHER PLACE, NAPOLEON WROTE: "I
know men; and I tell you that Jesus is not a man. Superficial minds see a
resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of
other religions, that resemblance does not exist. There is between
Christianity and other religions, the distance of infinity..."
CHIANG KAI SHEK:
Here is the personal testimony of Taiwan's President Chiang Kai Shek
to his people, after fleeing the onslaught of China's communist chief and
mass murderer, Mao Zedong. "How I wish that all the people
would read the Bible, worship and believe in the One and Only True God!
The Bible which is God's living, inspired and true Word teaches us about
the triune God: Father, Son & Holy Spirit."
Bible also declares that we can attain righteousness by our faith in His
Son Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself through His death on the cross, and
shed His blood as an offering for sin. God's righteousness by faith in
Jesus Christ exalts a nation. That has been proven historically."
is FREEDOM'S rock. His love covers a multitude of sins. Everyone who
believes on Him shall receive eternal life!"
One of the world's most beloved hymns called "Amazing Grace" was
written by John Newton. Here is the first verse of that song:
Grace how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found, Was blind, but now I see."
epitaph of John Newton's tombstone, in his own words give a powerful
testimony of GOD'S GRACE in his life: "I was an infidel, libertine
and slave trader, but by the rich mercy of Jesus I was preserved,
restored, pardoned and appointed to preach the faith I long laboured to
IS THE GREATEST PHILOSOPHER: HE CHANGED MY LIFE - GOVERNOR
GEORGE W. BUSH:
the current Republican primary (Feb/2000), Texas Gov. George W. Bush made
a very profound statement, more intellectually brilliant than many of the
theologians, philosophers and politicians I have studied for the past
forty years! When asked by reporters, "Who do you consider the
greatest philosopher"? he answered, "Christ. He changed my
have often used those very same words, stating unequivocally that the
'PHILOSOPHY OF JESUS' like: "Do unto others as you would have them do
unto you" and "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart...and thy neighbour as thyself", is unparalleled among any
group of secular philosophers or religious gurus you may name.
yourself: Could anyone improve upon His parable of the 'Good
Samaritan' which He used to lecture the lawyer who asked, "Who is my
neighbour?" The answer is, "CERTAINLY NOT!"
look at the statements and actions of some of the so-called great
philosophers we have had to study over the years:
- (427-348 B.C.): Plato,
the Greek Philosopher - a student of Socrates, a Greek teacher of wisdom
and ethics - in 375 B.C. stated:
men & women should be forbidden by law to live together in separate
households and all women should be common to all men. Similarly, all
children should be held in common. No parent should know its child or
child its parent."
you heard of anything so warped, wanton & twisted, coming from the pen
of a so called brilliant philosopher? Without doubt, Plato was a
DEVIANT and PERVERT of the first degree.
reading such a carnal, lustful and immoral statement about the sacred
state of marriage, love and family, how could anyone trust his opinions
about God, existence, the purpose of life, death or the 'afterlife'!
The teaching of Socrates, who advocated that "virtue is wisdom",
was most certainly lost on his protégé Plato.
HAD A LOT TO SAY ABOUT LIFE
said, "I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. No man cometh unto the
Father but by Me". (John 14:6) He stated, "The thief (devil)
cometh not but to steal, kill and destroy. I am come that ye might have
life and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) And He spoke
about ETERNAL LIFE: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have
everlasting life". (John 3:16)
supposedly brilliant philosopher lived to be almost 100 years of age and
died as an unbeliever. And, that is sad.
wrote the book, 'Why I am Not a Christian', even after having had the
privilege of reading the greatest of all books, 'THE HOLY BIBLE', which is
the Word of God:
Christ declared that "Search the Scriptures for in them ye think ye
have eternal life, and they are they which testify of Me". (John
5:39), and St. Paul stated that "the scriptures are able to make thee
wise unto salvation". (2 Timothy 3:15)
cannot compare Jesus Christ, the Son of God, with a SPIRITUAL ILLITERATE
like Bertrand Russell, who at an advanced age - when he should have known
better - allegedly dispensed advise about loosening our moral codes to
give more license to "free sex".
an uncaring person, to give such advice to a generation of young
people - who were already 'chomping at the bit' to kick-over-the-traces
sexually, causing broken hearts, broken homes, aborted babies and untold
suffering for so many for years to come! They say, "There's no fool
like an old fool" and I say, "There is no fool like an old
Russell Lowell was a literary genius and one time U.S. minister ambassador
to Great Britain. Here is his answer to a sarcastic critic.
challenge any skeptic to find a ten square mile spot on this planet where
they can live their lives in peace and safety and decency, where womanhood
is honoured, where infants and old are revered, where they can educate
their children, where the Gospel of Jesus Christ has not gone first to
prepare the way. If they find such a place, then I would encourage them to
emigrate thither and there proclaim their unbelief."
challenge any pointy headed University professor, seminary theologian or
media talking-head to come up with a better philosophy than the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, which changes hearts and lives for the better.
REGULARLY QUOTED THE LAW, PSALMS & THE PROPHETS
stated, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately
wicked (incurably sick): who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9;
Jesus declared, "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed
evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness,
wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride,
foolishness." (Mark 7:21,22)
stated: "Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions...A
new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:
and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give
you a heart of flesh."
will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and
ye shall keep My judgments, and do them." (Ezekiel 18:31; 36:26,27)
BIBLE SAYS: "Therefore, if any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new
creation; behold, old things are passed away; all things become new."
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
Christ is not only the Savior of the world, the Great Physician and Healer
of broken hearts, minds and families, but He is also the greatest Teacher
and dispenser of Wisdom and Understanding this world will ever know.
YES, THE WORLD'S GREATEST PHILOSOPHER, AS WELL, BECAUSE HE CHANGES HEARTS
AND LIVES TODAY! AND ISN'T THAT WHAT EVERYONE HOPES AND LONGS FOR?
the Person of the blessed Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ is reaching out even
now to bring forgiveness, love, peace, joy & healing to each one of us
at this very moment.
said, "Come unto Me, all ye who labour and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest". (Matthew 11:28) Amen
JESUS CHRIST BORN?
Jesus Christ was
born to to destroy the works of the devil
however, was in the world because Satan (the devil). The devil, who
is the father of sin and death, had been cast out of Heaven and is called
the 'Prince of the power of the air', as well as the 'god of this world'.
(Ephesians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4)
devil had caused previous disruption and chaos. (Genesis 1:2;
Ezekiel 28:13-19; Isaiah 14:12-17).
of Satan (the devils) rebellion and hatred for God, he had cunningly
planned his strategy by tempting Eve, with the Tree of Life, in the Garden
of Eden. (Genesis 3:1-6; Job 1:8-22; Job 2:1-8)
CALLED ADAM WHERE ART THOU?
great transgression had been made by Adam & Eve. Now, for the
moment of truth. How would Adam & Eve feel? Would they now
be wise as God, as Satan (the devil) had promised them? Was the
rebellion and disobedience towards God worth it? No - a thousand
& Eve's eyes were opened. But, what did they see? Adam
& Eve saw their own vulnerability, stupidity, weaknesses, sin and
nakedness. Fear stalked and filled their souls. They had never
felt fear before sin entered their lives. They realized they were
naked, vulnerable and inadequate. Now, they realized they must face
the music, and meet God alone.
where was Satan (the devil)? Where was the evil one who had been
their wise tempter such a short time ago?
course, the devil was gone, to gloat over his victory. I'm sure that
the devil, the liar and deceiver was not far away, probably hiding behind
a tree, excitedly waiting to see the inevitable outcome of their sin.
The inevitable outcome, the separation, dis-fellowshipping of God and His
special creation, man.
DEVIL REJOICED OVER ADAM & EVE'S FEAR & TERROR
satisfaction filled the devil's heart as he observed Adam & Eve's
plight, their complete confusion, perplexity, fear and terror.
& Eve heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the
cool of the day. God said, "Adam, where art thou? ADAM,
WHERE ART THOU?"
God called Adam that day, He is still calling you and me. "John,
where are you? Mary, where are you?"
answered, "We are hiding, we are naked, we are afraid"!
God questioned, "Who told you that you were naked? You were
clothed with My glory. Have you eaten of the fruit that I forbad
gave a typical answer from a typical sinner! Adam said, "The
woman you gave me, she gave me of the fruit. It is Eve's fault, she
gave me the forbidden fruit and it's really Your fault, Lord, because You
gave me the woman".
LIKES TO PASS THE BLAME TO SOMEONE ELSE
seems normal for people to justify themselves. It's much easier to
pass the buck, or to blame someone else rather than take the blame,
saying, "I made a mistake, I am wrong, please forgive me."
similar to the preacher who enjoyed portraying woman in a negative way.
One Sunday morning as he was preaching on 'The Fall of Man', he vigorously
attacked Eve. If Eve, the weaker vessel, hadn't fallen, the world
wouldn't be in the mess it's now in. The preacher nailed Jezebel and
Delilah. "Women are the ruination of many good men", he
the close of the service, the minister stood at the door shaking hands.
Some complimented him on a wonderful sermon, while others were glad to get
out the door.
tall lady shook his hand and she wasn't smiling. She squeezed his
hand until he said, "Woman, you are hurting me". She
looked him square in the eye and asked, "Pastor, what is the
telephone number of the Garden of Eden"?
answered, "I don't know what you are talking about". She
squeezed his hand again until he said, "Ouch". She spoke
again, "Pastor, do you know the telephone number of the Garden of
Eden"? He answered, "Woman, I do not and by the way you
are hurting me." She said, "Well, I know the telephone
number of the Garden of Eden. It's Adam 8-1-2", and she let go
of his hand and left.
ate one too! Eve wasn't the only one to blame. Adam also
disobeyed God, but really the blame goes into further - straight to the
evil one, the devil (Satan).
DEVIL IS TO BLAME
didn't argue with Adam. He turned to Eve and said, "Woman,
what is this that thou hast done?" Eve made more sense than
her husband. She put the blame where it belong. "The
serpent beguiled me and I did eat."
agree with Eve. Satan (the devil) is the culprit. The devil is
to blame for all the sin, fear, heartbreak, divorce, alcoholism, drug
addiction and juvenile delinquency. He is the architect of all that
is evil, wicked and destructive. Riots, anarchy, thievery, murder,
sickness, disease and war are the outcroppings and results of his plans,
goals, purposes and seduction.
(the devil) IS TO BLAME. Shout it loud and clear - the devil is the
CALLED THE DEVIL A LAIR & MURDERER
called him a liar, deceiver, murdered and thief. (John 8:44; John
10:10) Our Lord said, "The thief cometh not for to steal,
kill and destroy. I am come that they might have life and more
abundantly." (John 10:10)
- THE DEVIL IS TO BLAME FOR ALL SIN
said, "THE SEED OF THE WOMAN SHALL BRUISE THE SERPENT'S HEAD."
God called out "Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou among
all the beasts of the field. Upon thy belly shalt thou go all the
days of thy life..." (Genesis 3:14-15)
is noteworthy that some scientists believe that at one time serpents and
snakes walked upright and didn't crawl on their bellies as today.
I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed (the
wicked) and her seed (the righteous). It (Jesus, the seed of the
woman) shall bruise thy head..."
DEFEATED THE DEVIL WITH HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS
Golgotha's Hill, Jesus defeated the devil. When Jesus paid the
supreme sacrifice for the sins of the world, and rose again from the dead.
He had delivered the death blow to Satan.
Jesus cried, "It is finished", He had defeated Satan (the devil)
and since that very hour the blood of Jesus Christ washes away all the
sins of the repentant sinner, and His stripes bring healing to the
believing, sick person..
Bible says, "He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions, He was
bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him;
and by His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)
DID JESUS COME INTO THE WORLD?
Bible says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have
everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn
the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." (John
Bible says: "Neither is there salvation through any other, for
there is none other name under Heaven given among men whereby you may be
saved, but by the Name of Jesus"! (Acts 4:12) "There is
one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus." (1
CAME THAT WE MIGHT HAVE LIFE
said, "I am come that they might have life and have it more
abundantly." (John 10:10) And St. John stated:
"For this purpose was the Son of God manifested that He might destroy
the works of the devil". (1 John 3:8) The Scripture says, "When
the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with
devils: and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that
were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the
prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our
sicknesses." (Matthew 8:16-17)
DID ISAIAH PROPHESY?
it and hear it well: "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He
was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was
upon Him (Jesus) and by His stripes we are healed."! (Isaiah 53:5)
Bible says, "Who His own self (Jesus) bare our sins in His own
body on the tree (cross) that we, being dead to sins should live unto
righteousness, by Whose stripes ye were (at the cross) healed"!
(1 Peter 2:24) "He that believeth on the Son hath
everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;
but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)
IS ONLY ONE WAY - JESUS CHRIST IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH & THE LIFE
said, "I am the way, the truth and the life and no man cometh unto
the Father but by Me." (John 14:6) Again our blessed
Saviour said, "I am the door, by Me if any man enter in, he
shall be saved..." (John 10:9) Again He said, "Come
unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you
rest." (Matthew 11:28)
DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE?
Bible says, "Without the shedding of blood there is no remission
for sins." (Hebrews 9:22) "It is the blood that
maketh atonement for the soul." (Leviticus 17:11) Again, "The
soul that sinneth it shall surely die." (Ezekiel 18:20)
Old Testament times, an animal - without spot or blemish - would be
sacrificed, spilling his blood. (Atonement means "covering")
AS THE LAMB DIED ON THE ALTER IN THE TEMPLE, JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD, DIED
ON THE CROSS TO PAY FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD.
Scripture says, "If we walk in the light as He is in the light we
have fellowship one with the other, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanseth us from all sin." (John 1:7)
is the Lamb of God, Who was slain for our sins! "One of the
elders saith unto me, weep not: behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the
Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven
seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the
throne...stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven
eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
He came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the
throne. And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and four and
twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps
and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints."
they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to
open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by
thy blood of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;....Worthy
is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and
strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."
every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth,
and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying,
Blessing, and honour, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." (Revelation
SPOILED SATAN'S KINGDOM
Bible says, "And you, being dead in your sins and the
uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having
forgiven you all trespasses; 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, and having spoiled principalities and powers, He
made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." (Colossians
2:12-15) Oh, Praise God.
serve a risen Saviour, he's in the world today. I know that
He is living, whatever men may say...
I see His hand of mercy....I hear His voice of cheer....And just
the time I need Him....He's always near.
lives....He lives...Christ Jesus lives today.
He walks with me and talks with me, along life's narrow way.
lives...He lives....Salvation to impart....
You ask me how I know He lives....He lives...within my heart.
power! What might! What strength, and what great ability Jesus
has. St. Paul brings it out so graphically in his epistles.
Drink in these truth and be set free and filled with all knowledge, joy
and Holy Ghost power.
eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that ye may know what is the
hope of His calling, and what the riches of glory of His inheritance in
the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward
who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He
wrought in Christ, when he raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His
own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and
power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in
this world, but also in that which is to come. And hath put all
things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the
church." (Ephesians 1:18-22)
Bible says, "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly
above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in
us." (Ephesians 3:20)
Paul writes, "Who (God) hath delivered us from the power of
darkness (Satan) and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son
(Jesus Christ) IN WHOM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, even the
forgiveness of sins." (Colossians 1:13)
referring to Jesus, John the Baptist made the startling statement, "Behold
the Lamb of God which taketh away from the sins of the world."
(John 1:29) To this agree the angel's words to Joseph, "Ye
shall call His name Jesus (Salvation) for He shall save (salvage) His
people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21)
this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the
form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself
of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in
the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled
Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name is above every
name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven
and in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
DAY IS THE SCRIPTURE FULFILLED
book of Isaiah is called the "Gospel of the Old Testament".
The 53rd chapter prophecies the death of Messiah Who would bring
forgiveness and healing to His people. Isaiah 7:14 speaks of His
virgin birth; Isaiah 9:6 speaks of His Kingship and the fact that He is
very God; Isaiah 28:11-12 foretells the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the
end-time phenomena of glossalalia, or "speaking with other
tongues" as a gift of God to bring stability, rest and peaceful
strength to the Church in times of pressure and tension. Isaiah
61:1-3 prophecies the Gospel Age of His salvation with forgiveness,
healing, deliverance and joy!
he came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was,
He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias. And
when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,
Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because he hath anointed Me to preach the
gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives, the recovering of sight to the blind, to set
at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the
He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister and sat down.
And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.
And He began to say unto them, This day is the scripture fulfilled in your
ears." (Luke 4:16--21)
entered the synagogue in Nazareth and read from Isaiah the Prophet.
He ended the reading by saying, "This day is this scripture
fulfilled in your ears". He declared Himself the Son of God and
Jewish Messiah by those words.
year of Jubilee could not begin until first the Great Day of Atonement had
taken place. He would die on the cross like the lambs died on the
alters of Jerusalem because He is the Lamb of God which taketh away the
sins of the world." (John 1:29)
would fulfill the Old Testament 'Great Day of Atonement' when the high
priest entered into the Holy of holies with the blood of the sacrificial
animal. Jesus was not only the sacrifice but also the high priest
Who carried His own blood into the Holy of holies in Heaven itself.
scapegoat (Leviticus 16:7-21) is also a type of Jesus carrying away our
sins. He is our substitute! Every 50th year Israel celebrated
the 'fear of Jubilee' when all the prisoners and slaves were freed and
debts were forgiven. This is a picture of the Gospel Age when
everyone is set free by the blood of Christ and His everlasting Gospel!
THEY WERE OFFENDED IN HIM.
dear friend, Let me admonish you to receive him into your heart and life
as your Lord, Saviour, Redeemer, Healer, Baptizer and King.
CAME TO SEEK & SAVE THE LOST
said, "I am come to seek and save that which was lost." (Luke
19:10) You are included in that number, for "All have sinned and
come short of the glory of God". (Romans 3:23) You say, 'I
cannot live a Christian life in my own strength'!
are absolutely right. You can't do it in your own power, but He will
change you and give you the power to live for Him.
Bible say: "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.
But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of
God, even to them that believe on His name." (John 1:11-12)
promised, "Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is
come upon you...." (Acts 1:8) Finally Jesus said, "I will
never leave thee nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5) "...and
lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." (Matthew
and the Final Solution
By Pastor Max
the almost apocalyptic beheading of twenty-one Egyptian Christians by hate
filled, demon possessed Islamic terrorists - following in the steps of
their genocidal seventh-century leader - almost makes any normal person
are not human; worse than beasts", you say! Yet, the Bible says
that God loves them and Jesus died
for their sins, as evil as they are. By looking into their eyes you see
what happens when the devil takes control of a soul! Pray for their
that Saul of Tarsus was a Jewish Terrorist who killed believers in
Yeshua Ha Maschiach (Jesus the Messiah) and how Jesus changed
him! He changed his name to Paul and under the anointing of
the Holy Spirit, wrote nearly one-half of the New Testament! Can these
evil men change? Yes! With God all things are possible! (Mark 9: 23;
said that, "Would you want these inflamed criminals, who have
innocent blood on their hands living in your neighbourhood? To be free to
molest, rape and brainwash your children and take over the country?"
I think not!
barbarians are taught from early childhood to hate, rape and murder
defenseless people who do not bow their heads to the ground in worship to
their 'moon god'. They are slaves to a politically dangerous system
of cruelty and inhumanity!
as children of God and believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are
commanded to love them, pray for them and to win them for Christ and His
CAME TO SAVE SINNERS
Good News is that Jesus Christ came into the world to "seek and to
save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10) He didn't come for the
righteous, but He came for sinners. The Holy Bible states: "All
have sinned and fallen short of the Kingdom of God." (Romans
3:23) That includes us all, no exceptions!
Scriptures declare: "God hath concluded all under sin",
so that we are all guilty and without excuse: "…That every mouth
may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God."
(Romans 3: 19). Again, St Paul writes: "The wages of sin is
death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our
Lord." (Romans 6: 23)
are saved by Grace alone, through Faith alone,
and in Christ alone! It is not by works of
righteousness, but by His grace that we are saved. (Ephesians 2: 8,
9). Christ alone suffered, bled and died for our sins to bring us to
Bible says: "Being justified freely by His grace through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation
(satisfaction,) through faith in His BLOOD, to
declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are passed,
through the forbearance of God;
declare, I say at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and
the justifier of Him which believeth in Jesus." (Rom. 3:
24-26). The Sovereignty of God demanded punishment for SIN and the CROSS
provided the FINAL SOLUTION.
four thousand years, God, in His great mercy and kindness allowed the
sacrifice of innocent lambs, goats and bullocks (occasionally a red
heifer) to suffice.
the ‘fullness of time’ had come, Almighty God gave Himself in His SON,
to be the propitiation for our sins. The word propitiation means the
covering, satisfaction and expiation. The only RIGHTEOUS ONE, Jesus
Christ of Nazareth, had to die to cover our sins and satisfy the demands
of Divine Justice!
righteous, just and merciful God had to bring judgment upon all
sinners through the VICARIOUS death of a righteous man. No man could
qualify for all are born in sin, therefore He had to pay the sin debt
INCARNATION of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, settled the sin
question for time and eternity, through His sacrificial death on Golgotha!
TO DIE IN OUR PLACE
is why Jesus of Nazareth had to be crucified. He was born to die; to
be crucified in order to pay the sin debt for all unrighteous humanity, to
meet the demands of Divine Justice for our awful sins against the
is possibly the Bible’s greatest verse: "He that spared
not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with
Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32)
1978, I was preaching in Ghana, Africa in a large Gospel
Crusade. I became very homesick. I could not eat their food. The netting
around my bed was broken and since I had forgotten to take my anti-malaria
pills, I didn't get much sleep.
was very unhappy even though we were seeing many souls come to Christ and
powerful miracles were taking place. I was studying Romans when
suddenly it jumped out at me with such force that I was shocked. Our
Heavenly Father let me know what it cost Him to provide the Great
Salvation that I was proclaiming so freely!
WAS SMITTEN OF GOD
had read that verse many times but never fully understood it. I was torn
to pieces as I saw how the Father had ‘TURNED OVER’
His only begotten Son to murderers who would mock Him, spit in His face,
scourge Him and nail Him to the Cross of shame for us.
wondered how He could do that, as I personally would never allow anyone to
harm my wife or children. Only over my dead body, would anyone molest,
rape or kill my family!
He took me to Isaiah: "Surely He hath borne our
sicknesses (heb.makob ) and carried our
pains (heb.nasa): yet we did esteem Him stricken, SMITTEN OF GOD
He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our
iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His
stripes we are healed.]
we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord hath LAID UPON HIM the
iniquity of us all. Yet it pleased to BRUISE HIM;
He hath put HIM TO GRIEF..." (Isaiah
53: 4-6, 10)
the Father laid our sins, sicknesses and pains on His Son. It was God the
Father Who smote His Son for us, and what really tore
me up was that God was pleased when Jesus
suffered, bled and died for us! I prayed and wept for several days
after God had spoken to me!
Shortly after that crusade, God
opened the door to ARGENTINA. No crusades were held there because
of the Military Rule, but God opened the door for
Omar Cabrera and me to reach Cordova for Christ.
Great Miracles happened every
evening and the crowd grew to 48,000 on May 15, 1978. Omar Cabrera then
continued the Crusades and his Cordova Church grew from zero to 8,000 in 9
months and within 18 months, Vision de Futuro had 150 churches with
Then, Carlos Anacandia
got saved and began to preach and the rest is history as he and others
have reached several millions.
I SPOKE TO THE
Interestingly, when Omar
contacted me his heart was to go to Paraguay, but that wasn't working out.
The Holy Spirit put Argentina on my heart. Omar had been forced to leave
his country when his name was found on a Rebel hit list. He said he was
finished with Argentina and would never return, but I was adamant that we
should hold the crusade there. Finally Omar said: "Okay,
we'll try Cordova."
We started with six
thousand in attendance the first night. By the fourth night we had 10,000
and the Chief of Police finally came back to town and signed the
permit. The Roman Catholic Church which had opposed the Crusade, lost
control over their people. Nuns and priests attended openly rejoicing in
the great things which God did and carrying their tape recorders to get
the messages I brought.
I had requested a meeting with the
Junta and demanded that they stop their persecution of the
Evangelicals and Pentecostals to which they agreed.
From that day onward the persecution stopped and the Revival steam rolled
After preaching to the
for 20 minutes about God and
the Devil, Heaven and Hell, the Cross and the Blood
of Christ, the leading COLONEL said loudly, "What
do you want from us?" I
said: "Stop persecuting the Evangelicals and the Pentecostals!" He said:
"O.K. What else do
I answered: "Get down on your
knees and give your hearts to the Lord." They
were shocked. Omar let out a big laugh, I smiled and they
relaxed. I said: "I would like to pray for you and
Immediately, he said: "Yes, please do."
After prayer, thy all shook my hand and told me about the good things they
had heard about the crusade.
That is how the official persecution stopped and
how the REVIVAL started in Argentina in May, 1978. Praise
GO INTO ALL THE
This Gospel is for ALL people
of ALL the world including the Muslim World! Jesus Christ
commanded: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel
to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved
...." (Mark 16: 15-20)
prophesied: "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers
take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His
ANOINTED, saying, Let us break the bands asunder, and cast away
their cords from us. (Psalms 2: 2, 3)
prayed, quoting David: "For a truth against Thy Holy Child
Jesus, whom Thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate,
with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered
together, for to do whatsoever Thy hand and Thy counsel determined before
to be done." (Acts 4:25-28)
The whole world was involved
in carrying out the will of God in the sacrificial death of Christ for us
all. King Herod, Pontius Pilate, the Gentiles and Israel is a
representation of the Entire World that stands guilty in the SIN of
crucifying the Son of God.
And the entire world is invited to receive God's
forgiveness, peace, healing, blessing and deliverance which has been
purchased for us all through the shed BLOOD of Jesus Christ our
Lord and His glorious resurrection from the dead.
The Bible says: "Looking
for that blessed HOPE and the glorious appearance of the Great God
and our Saviour Jesus Christ Who GAVE HIMSELF for us, that He might
redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto Himself a peculiar people,
zealous of good works." (Titus 2:13, 14)
"But after that the kindness
and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of
righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us,
by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
"Which He shed on
us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by
His GRACE, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal
life." (Titus 3: 4-7) All glory to God the Father, Son and Holy
Is God able to save and fill with His Holy Spirit,
the tough, evil, perverted Muslim terrorists? Read Acts chapters 9, 22 and
28. If He can reach a Jewish terrorist He can reach a Muslim terrorist!
Nothing is too hard for our God.
VICTORY - SATAN'S DEFEAT
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken,
shouted VICTORY from the Cross! He was speaking in Greek. The word tetelestai
comes from the Greek verb teleo, which has three essential
meanings: 'To finish something, to bring something to an end; to
fulfill something; to pay that which is owed!
had FINISHED His work of Redemption. The fountain was now open for sin and
uncleanness! Christ's cleansing and healing blood was available for lost,
sick, suffering and perishing souls. He had completed His Mission of Mercy
and would return to His Father, and pour out the Gift of the Holy Spirit
upon His followers!
Bible states: “But Christ being come an High Priest of good things to
come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that
is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of bulls and goats,
but by His own BLOOD He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained Eternal
Redemption, for us.” (Hebrews 9: 11,12)
GREAT DAY OF ATONEMENT
a year on the Great Day of Atonement, only the High Priest could enter the
Holy of Holies in the Temple to make an atonement for Israel's sins, by
sprinkling the blood of the sacrificial goat on the Mercy Seat.
the High Priest was allowed into the Holy of Holies where GOD the Supreme
Judge dealt with the sins of the nation of Israel. Sin had to be paid for
to satisfy the Laws of Divine Justice in the Courts of Heaven.
law said; “The soul that sinneth, it shall surely die,” (Ezekiel), but
another law stated: “It is the
Blood that maketh atonement for the soul.” (Leviticus 17:
11). A sinless Substitute could shoulder the blame and die for
the sinner. Innocent animals, who had no eternal souls and no knowledge of
sin could take the place of the offender.
on the Great Day of Atonement,
all of Israel would gather outside the Temple, waiting to hear if God had
forgiven their sins for another year. The High Priest had to follow a very
strict protocol in fulfilling his personal life, ministry and duties
before and during his ministration.
were attached to his robe so the waiting Israelites could hear that he
were still alive. If the High Priest failed to execute his duty perfectly,
he would immediately die, therefore he wore a rope around his left ankle,
so he could be retrieved from that holy place if necessary.
was NO SEAT in the Holy of Holies and the High Priest stood continually
until he had finished his course of duty.
He spoke to no-one until his work was finished. He then, changed his
attire and went home.
our Heavenly High Priest, Jesus carried His Own Blood into the Holy of
Holies in Heaven! You will notice that on the third day after His
crucifixion, He appeared unto Mary, saying: “Touch Me not, for I am
not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I
ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your
God.” (John 20: 17)
thereafter, He appeared unto the disciples: “Then the same day at
evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where
the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in
the midst…” (John 20: 19, 20)
His extreme agony on the 'cursed tree' Jesus prayed for those who had
crucified Him: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they
do...” (Luke 23: 34). As the rulers with the people and the soldiers
derided and mocked Him, one of the malefactors prayed: “Lord remember me
when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily, I say
unto thee, TODAY shalt thou be
with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23: 42, 43)
Bible says: “By the which will we are Sanctified through the offering
of the body of the Lord Jesus once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same
sacrifices, which can never take away sin:
WENT TO PARADISE!
this Man after He had offered one
sacrifice for sins forever, SAT
DOWN on the right hand of God... For by one sacrifice he had
perfected forever them that that are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:
is a FALSE teaching that says that Jesus was tormented in Hell for three
days to pay for our sins. The
truth is that He went directly to Paradise,
called Abraham’s Bosom. (Luke 16: 19-31).
One Sacrifice was the perfect, pure and sanctified body of our Lord Jesus
if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling
the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; How much more
shall the blood of Christ, Who through the Eternal Spirit, offered Himself
without spot to God, PURGE your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God?
Christ hath not entered into the Holy Places made with hands, which are
the figures of the True; but into Heaven itself, now to appear in the
presence of God for us....
NOW once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away SIN, by the
sacrifice of Himself."
(Hebrews 9: 13, 14, 24, 26)
ENDED SATAN’S DOMINATION!
Christ stripped the devil of all his usurped power and influence over a
rebellious race whom he had deceived by his twisted, outright lies and
of Nazareth not only destroyed his power but also effectively DESTROYED
SATAN himself: "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh
and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through
DEATH He might DESTROY him (Satan) that had the power of death that is,
the DEVIL and DELIVER them who through fear of death were all their
lifetime subject to bondage." (Hebrews 2:14)
praying during His water baptism, Jesus of Nazareth was filled with the
Holy Spirit. The Bible states: "The
Heaven was opened. And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a
dove upon Him, and a voice came from Heaven, which said, Thou art My
beloved Son; in Thy I am well pleased."
the strategic moment of the Holy Spirit entering Jesus of Nazareth, His
FATHER audibly and forcefully identifies with His incarnated (God in
human flesh) SON, stating hat the Lord Jesus is His Son with Whom He
was well pleased!
Immediately after His baptism, Jesus
of Nazareth was driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be
tempted of the devil. During His forty day fast, our Saviour was
continually tempted by the Evil One but was victorious each time.
of Nazareth filled with the Holy Spirit, commanded: "Get thee hence,
Satan, for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only
shalt Thou serve." (Matthew
4: 11). The devil had to obey the Son of God and angels came and
ministered unto Him.
His great victory over the devil, Jesus returned in the power of the Holy
Spirit and great miracles, signs and wonders occurred everywhere He went!
Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching
the Gospel of the Kingdom, and HEALING
all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And His
fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto Him all SICK PEOPLE
that were taken with diverse diseases and torments and those which were
possessed with devils, and those that were lunatic and those which had the
palsy; and He healed them." (Matthew 4: 23, 24)
FULFILLED THE SCRIPTURES!
are 332 Old Testament Scriptures that deal with the coming Jewish Messiah.
Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled them all. Included in the 332 Old Testament
prophecies about the Messiah, there are 61 major prophecies. Dr. Peter
Stoner states: According to the Scientific Law of Probabilities, for
anyone but Jesus to have fulfilled only 8 of the major prophecies, he
would have only 1 chance out of 10 to the 17th power.
us to begin to understand that humungous number, Dr. Stoner gave this
explanation: Cover the entire State of Texas two feet deep, with American
silver dollars. Mark one silver dollar with an X. Stir it into the mix.
Blindfold a man, give him a cane and send him out to search for that
marked coin. He can take as long as he wants, walk as far as he likes, dig
as much as he likes. The first coin he chooses, must have the mark on it!
HAS PAID FOR OUR SALVATION!
old song says: "Iowed
a Debt I could not pay; He paid a Debt He did not owe, When Jesus died in
my place and took my all sins away."
Bible says: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God;
Being justified freely by His GRACE
through the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus;
God hath set forth to be a propitiation (satisfaction, covering, expiation) through faith in His Blood, to
declare His righteousness for the remission of sins, that are passed,
through the forbearance of God." (Romans 3: 23-26)
being justified by FAITH we have
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By Whom also we have access
by faith into this grace wherein we stand, that rejoice in hope of the
glory of God.
HOPE maketh not ashamed; because
the LOVE of God is shed abroad
in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. "For when we
were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ
died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be
saved from wrath through Him." (Romans 5:1-9)
the wages of SIN is death but the gift of God is Eternal Life through
Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
AM BOUGHT WITH A PRICE!
Paul declared: "What, know ye not that your body is the temple of the
Holy Ghost which s in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own.
ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in
your spirit, which are God’s." (1
Corinthians 6:19, 20); "Ye are bought with a price; be
not ye servants of men." (1 Corinthians 7: 23)
this is good and acceptable in the sight of God, our Saviour; Who will
have all men to be saved, and to come into the knowledge of the truth. For
this is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ
Jesus; Who gave Himself a RANSOM
for all, to be testified in due time."
Christ gave Himself to redeem us all from Sin, Sickness, Hell and
Satan’s power. He purchased my soul with the blood of His cross!
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever
believeth in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life."