A True Christian??

Just reflecting.. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
When I began following Jesus FOR REAL, some 18 years ago, there were a lot of changes I had to make. I had to review much of what I was taught as a child and put it behind me. It was not bad, it was just childish beliefs that were no longer necessary in a maturing relationship. There were also many ideas and ideals that I thought were cut in stone for believers, that I discovered were not, and I had to turn loose of these things as well. Some of the beliefs I held, I believed were foundation stones holding up the Christian faith. I also had to lay these aside as Jesus became more and more real to me!
None of these things were wrong, in and of themselves, they were just stepping stones to allow me to get to where my Lord was leading me today. They were never intended to be burdens I had to carry with me on my journey. Today my burdens are easy and my way is light, not because I am smart or spiritual, but because I was willing to let go of some of the things I thought were so necessary to being a Christian. I have found the One Who is important for being a Christian, actually He found me buried under all the burdens of belief and performance commonly associated with being a true believer.
No one can convince me any longer of what is important or required for being a true follower of Christ. I know Him now and He is the only reason for being a Christian!
Have a Happy New Year!
Love in Him!

What if a Man?

keys.justthinking Matthew 16:19
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

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What if a Man, … an extremely wealthy man came to you and made this offer?

“I wish to purchase your property, all of it, including you and all your offspring for all generations to come. I will pay you all that I have and I will provide all that you and your family will ever need forever. All I ask is that you and all your descendants stay on this property, live on it, have fun on it, use it anyway you please and never ever leave it. If what I am offering to supply you is ever not enough, I will provide even more land, houses, fields etc. ….. Oh and one more thing … I Myself request to stay with you, love with you, live with you and be apart of you all forever…”

What would your answer be?

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Love in Him!

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You may also enjoy this post… I sure did !

TWO CHOICES

http://morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/two-choices/

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Just Sayings on Just Thinking!

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All believers believe that they know and have a personal relationship with Jesus until they meet Him Face to Face in His Glory…

(John’s vision of Jesus)

 Revelation 1:17-18

New International Version (NIV)

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

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For some reason today’s Church and bride of Christ believe we have been entrusted with the truth of God’s word, when in reality, The Truth and Word of God, Jesus Christ has been entrusted with His Bride and church..

John 14:1-3

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

New International Version (NIV)

14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

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It is possible to know more truth than the Bible reveals, by knowing The Truth who revealed the Bible… Praise Him!

John 21:25 (NIV)

Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

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Love in Him!


New Birth… Conversion… Salvation?

Mark 10:45

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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2000 plus years ago a man named Jesus hung on a cross and died. He did not die a natural death, He was not murdered nor was He a martyr. He was God, willingly releasing His life to us, into this world we live in… He was delivering New Life to, into a world governed by sin, death and the grave.. He was pouring out His eternal divine Life into the land of mortality, death, destruction and pain.

Jesus did not pour this Life out into sinful humanity to be partaken of by any who choose it. He poured this Life out for all to be taken into it… He filled all, the known and the unknown of this universe with His Glory, His Life, the Eternal Life of Almighty God. The whole world from beginning to end received the Life and the knowledge of God.

So what went wrong? Why are we still in the condition we are in today? Why are we still dying and destroying, being destroyed and living in chaos and confusion..?

Because this Life must apply to all, before any can realize it fully. We cannot receive this Life and immortality until we have been prepared to receive it… Jesus did not commit His Spirit into the hands of men, but into the hands of God Himself..

“Father into THY hands I commit MY Spirit.” Luke 23:46

Mankind as well as men in general and individually must be prepared to live immortal, sinless and Overcoming Life!
The Bible tell us very plainly that the LAST ENEMY to be defeated is Death. This ‘Death’ is not something we do… This Death is someone who destroys us by causing us to believe we are destined to die… This Death is the lie that was told in the Garden of Eden that has worked it’s way down through human history. This Death is the DEATH that Jesus proved could not hold Him in the Grave and will not hold HIS in the Grave either…
Jesus has ALREADY defeated this Death… This Death has lost his sting (power) and is, has been and always will be defeated. His only weapon left is his lies and deceptions… These too are slowly but surely being destroyed as more and more men are being brought into the knowledge of God and the power of LIFE which exist in the Kingdom of God in this world!!! (the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, God’s People.)
We have the promise of God Almighty Himself that ONE DAY SOON the power of Satan (Death) will be crushed under OUR FEET. [Romans 16:20] Satan has ALREADY been crushed under the feet of Jesus; Jesus sits far above the rulers and principalities of this world and WE are ALREADY seated with Him in heavenly places… the problem HAS been and STILL is getting us to believe God; getting us to understand what His Word reveals; getting us to HEAR HIM above all the noise of this life and this world…
Jesus Christ Has Poured Out His LIFE For All Of Us… We just all have not believed Him yet. He DID NOT DIE, He shared HIS OVERCOMING LIFE with you and with me.
Salvation has come to the World.
Jesus is the Salvation of God…
TODAY if you hear His Voice…. PRAISE HIM
Love in Him! 
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The Resurrection Body

1 Corinthians 15

35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?     Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.


The Highest Calling…is yours

…PURE and SPOTLESS BRIDE…

FORGIVEN

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Jesus came for this very High Calling.. to show a lost, sin focused, ashamed, disgraced, guilt-ridden, fallen Bride (humanity) the Agape Gracious Love of her Creator, Father, Savior, King and Husband.

 Jesus came to show us God so we can show Him to those who do not yet know how much He misses them.!!

His Bride is a Pure and Spotless Bride… Her Husband has taken care of that. He has a Beautiful White Garment waiting for Her when She is prepared to meet Him!

How are you loving HIS Lost ones today??

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Faith or Foolishness? Don’t be Fooled..

Cherry Pickers:

The Marcus McCord (MMc)

The Foolishness of it all

1) Sometimes we just need to read it all a different way. We need to ask the Spirit of the Living God.. Jesus Christ to open our eyes and allow us to see what is truly written in his Book. 2) For way too long, we have let Cherry Pickers pull the cherries off the trees, and then have allowed them to convince us that the cherries are in fact, Grapes filled with New Wine, Life, while in reality it is a Cherry filled with old doctrine and death. 3) This is the case today as well as was the case in the days of the Newly Filled believers who were brought up and steeped in Jewish doctrine, religious rituals and tradition.

4) The writer of the book of Hebrews had no need to identify himself. He was a Hebrew and all the Hebrews he was addressing knew who he was. 5) Who he was or is?, is not important since his intentions were not to draw attention to himself, but to point his audience to the [Author and Finisher] of their faith. Jesus Christ.

6) In an attempt to capture your attention, and possibly convince you to take a true leap of faith to dive in head-first into the Word of God for yourself, I am doing something which is extremely rare today in modern preaching! 7) I am giving you two full chapters and part of another of the Holy Spirits directions to Hebrews, 8) and by my faith in Him who is the Faithful and True witness, I hope you will begin to understand the truth of the Word of God..

Love in Him! 

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Hebrews 10

The Message (MSG)

The Sacrifice of Jesus

10 1-10 The old plan was only a hint of the good things in the new plan. Since that old “law plan” wasn’t complete in itself, it couldn’t complete those who followed it. No matter how many sacrifices were offered year after year, they never added up to a complete solution. If they had, the worshipers would have gone merrily on their way, no longer dragged down by their sins. But instead of removing awareness of sin, when those animal sacrifices were repeated over and over they actually heightened awareness and guilt. The plain fact is that bull and goat blood can’t get rid of sin. That is what is meant by this prophecy, put in the mouth of Christ:

You don’t want sacrifices and offerings year after year;     you’ve prepared a body for me for a sacrifice. It’s not fragrance and smoke from the altar     that whet your appetite. So I said, “I’m here to do it your way, O God,     the way it’s described in your Book.”

When he said, “You don’t want sacrifices and offerings,” he was referring to practices according to the old plan. When he added, “I’m here to do it your way,” he set aside the first in order to enact the new plan—God’s way—by which we are made fit for God by the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus.

11-18 Every priest goes to work at the altar each day, offers the same old sacrifices year in, year out, and never makes a dent in the sin problem. As a priest, Christ made a single sacrifice for sins, and that was it! Then he sat down right beside God and waited for his enemies to cave in. It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people. By that single offering, he did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process. The Holy Spirit confirms this:

This new plan I’m making with Israel     isn’t going to be written on paper,     isn’t going to be chiseled in stone; This time “I’m writing out the plan in them,     carving it on the lining of their hearts.”

He concludes,

I’ll forever wipe the slate clean of their sins.

Once sins are taken care of for good, there’s no longer any need to offer sacrifices for them.

Don’t Throw It All Away

19-21 So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body.

22-25 So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.

26-31 If we give up and turn our backs on all we’ve learned, all we’ve been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ’s sacrifice and are left on our own to face the Judgment—and a mighty fierce judgment it will be! If the penalty for breaking the law of Moses is physical death, what do you think will happen if you turn on God’s Son, spit on the sacrifice that made you whole, and insult this most gracious Spirit? This is no light matter. God has warned us that he’ll hold us to account and make us pay. He was quite explicit: “Vengeance is mine, and I won’t overlook a thing” and “God will judge his people.” Nobody’s getting by with anything, believe me.

32-39 Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.

It won’t be long now, he’s on the way;     he’ll show up most any minute. But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust;     if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy.

But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.

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Hebrews 11

The Message (MSG)

Faith in What We Don’t See

11 1-2 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.

By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.

By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice.

5-6 By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God.

8-10 By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God.

11-12 By faith, barren Sarah was able to become pregnant, old woman as she was at the time, because she believed the One who made a promise would do what he said. That’s how it happened that from one man’s dead and shriveled loins there are now people numbering into the millions.

13-16 Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. How did they do it? They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back any time they wanted. But they were after a far better country than that—heaven country. You can see why God is so proud of them, and has a City waiting for them.

17-19 By faith, Abraham, at the time of testing, offered Isaac back to God. Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son, his only son, as he had been to receive him—and this after he had already been told, “Your descendants shall come from Isaac.” Abraham figured that if God wanted to, he could raise the dead. In a sense, that’s what happened when he received Isaac back, alive from off the altar.

20 By an act of faith, Isaac reached into the future as he blessed Jacob and Esau.

21 By an act of faith, Jacob on his deathbed blessed each of Joseph’s sons in turn, blessing them with God’s blessing, not his own—as he bowed worshipfully upon his staff.

22 By an act of faith, Joseph, while dying, prophesied the exodus of Israel, and made arrangements for his own burial.

23 By an act of faith, Moses’ parents hid him away for three months after his birth. They saw the child’s beauty, and they braved the king’s decree.

24-28 By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. He valued suffering in the Messiah’s camp far greater than Egyptian wealth because he was looking ahead, anticipating the payoff. By an act of faith, he turned his heel on Egypt, indifferent to the king’s blind rage. He had his eye on the One no eye can see, and kept right on going. By an act of faith, he kept the Passover Feast and sprinkled Passover blood on each house so that the destroyer of the firstborn wouldn’t touch them.

29 By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it and drowned.

30 By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat.

31 By an act of faith, Rahab, the Jericho harlot, welcomed the spies and escaped the destruction that came on those who refused to trust God.

32-38 I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets. . . . Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world.

39-40 Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.

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Hebrews 12

The Message (MSG)

Discipline in a Long-Distance Race

12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

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If you would like more information on this Mysterious Treasure of Faith and the truth that “true faith” brings… please follow the Holy Spirit’s leading and get into the Word of God today!!!


Amazing Grace! greasy or not?

John 1:15-17 New International Version (NIV)

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

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GREASY GRACE and SLOPPY AGAPE

Heard either of these terms being used in the Body of Believers today? I am not going to spend much time disputing those who use these terms… I choose to spend much more time praying for them.

I must admit, I cannot even fathom what these folks are alluding to when they use these words to describe God’s Grace or His Agape Love.. Maybe you can? … I think they must have misunderstood God’s nature, character and Heart altogether and are trapped in performance theology or a works based religious mentality at best… at worst, I don’t know? 

Like I said, I really cannot conceive of what they mean and I will not stay around them long enough to ask or find out what they are trying to accomplish in God’s Church founded by “The Grace and Love of God in the flesh.” — Jesus  

Also, I would like to say, I know there are many of us who have not been exposed to these rude and crude terms abusing our Loving and Gracious Father and Savior… and that is Great. This is for those who have. 

Enough of this… Now I would like to change the subject back to “Amazing Grace” if you don’t mind…

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Just briefly if I may, Redirect your attention to John 1:15-17..?? ..Especially verse 16 which we hear very little today from the modern western pulpit, Because it doesn’t fit well into our current performance based theology…  16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. ] …Do you see it?   “we all have received grace in place of grace already given”  …What does this mean??  I know what it means to me and I hope you will ponder these words until they mean something to you also…

I am reluctant to explain how I interpret and understand these words because I wish you to have your own interpretation.. and it does not have to be identical to mine.. I will risk it though and hope you too will ponder the Word..

The King James version says: “grace and grace” … There are so many translation today that expand our current views and you can see many of them at www.biblegateway.com    ..some say, “grace upon grace”… some, “blessing upon blessing” …others, “abundant grace on top of grace” …All are implying that through Jesus ‘more grace has been given than was provided by the Law of Moses’… and there is our dilemma.. The Law of Moses is/was Grace too! …and this is terribly misunderstood today!

Most folks today do not understand that the Law of Moses provided GRACE and not condemnation..for sin and sinners. The Law of Moses was intended to provide Israel Grace, as a way of relieving their consciences’ from their burden of sin… until a better way appeared… Have you ever heard that before? I hope you have.. and if not, you have now.. The Law was never intended to harm, condemn or sentence anyone to death or Hell.. but to free God’s chosen ones from the Hell of shameful and guilty consciences… understand?

Explore It!!!

I am not going into all the details of this, because it is not my intentions to convince you! It is my intentions to get you to explore for yourself and so I will provide some links for you to follow should you choose to do so… [ Christus Victor Atonement ] … [ Vicarious or Substitutionary Atonement ] … These are the two most popular theories being taught in the Church today. “Christus Victor” in Eastern Orthodox and “Vicarious” in Western and Roman theology.. and there are others which you can find and explore as well…

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There is so much more I am tempted to say, and it is truly hard to restrain myself especially in view of those who appear only to confuse the Body of Christ and to take prisoners to their own twisted theologies and theories without a truly “born again” mind and nature that has been taken captive by the love and obedience of Christ. …But, I am not getting into all of that.. 

This I will say… Here is GRACE my friend, Hanging on that tree, greased with His Sloppy AGAPE’ love running out of His side, His hands and His feet.. His Heart filled with Love, Compassion, Mercy and Forgiveness for you and I and all those who hung Him there…  Here is GRACE and AGAPE’ who asked and pleaded for A better way to Prove a Father’s Agape love and forgiveness to His children in the Garden of Gethsemane until His blood mingled in with His sweat and Who finally agreed that this was the very reason He left the Garden of Eden… to prove beyond all doubt that His Creation, ALL of His Creation has Indeed been freed from the Curse of Sin And Death… Here is GRACE and AGAPE at His dirtiest and slickest moment where He fooled ALL the forces of Evil and Darkness in this fallen world into believing He could be done away with and His flaming passionate agape grace love stuffed out… Agape Grace deceived the Deceiver and Grace, Amazing Grace, Agape Grace sat down on HIS rightful Throne once again…

NO, I cannot explain it all… It goes far beyond my ability to understand.. how He accomplished it all??? But I do know when He cried out from that Tree of Life that Day “Father forgive them” He did… and I know that when He cried out with His last dying breath.. “It is finished” it was!!! …And I am so GLAD it was because I know I could never have figured out how to get back to HIM if He had not first figured out how to get to me… and to you… and that’s all I’ve got to say about it…except Beware of those who would add anything to God’s names that He did not put there Himself…

Jesus is the NAME above ALL names…

Love in Him!

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Galatians 3:16-23

Living Bible (TLB)

16 Now, God gave some promises to Abraham and his Child. And notice that it doesn’t say the promises were to his children, as it would if all his sons—all the Jews—were being spoken of, but to his Child—and that, of course, means Christ. 17 Here’s what I am trying to say: God’s promise to save through faith—and God wrote this promise down and signed it—could not be canceled or changed four hundred and thirty years later when God gave the Ten Commandments. 18 If obeying those laws could save us, then it is obvious that this would be a different way of gaining God’s favor than Abraham’s way, for he simply accepted God’s promise.

19 Well then, why were the laws given? They were added after the promise was given, to show men how guilty they are of breaking God’s laws. But this system of law was to last only until the coming of Christ, the Child to whom God’s promise was made. (And there is this further difference. God gave his laws to angels to give to Moses, who then gave them to the people; 20 but when God gave his promise to Abraham, he did it by himself alone, without angels or Moses as go-betweens.)

21-22 Well then, are God’s laws and God’s promises against each other? Of course not! If we could be saved by his laws, then God would not have had to give us a different way to get out of the grip of sin—for the Scriptures insist we are all its prisoners. The only way out is through faith in Jesus Christ; the way of escape is open to all who believe him.

23 Until Christ came we were guarded by the law, kept in protective custody, so to speak, until we could believe in the coming Savior.