Monday, July 12, 2010

Beyond Calvary where Christ is!

Many people in the Church World today are constantly focused on the birth and life of the Lord Jesus Christ and yes that part of the Bible has it's place. Many people in the Church World are constantly focused on the parables the Lord spoke to Israel and yes these have their place too. What happens though when you get beyond the four Gospels and get into the Epistles? What primary message do you see? You will find the preaching of the cross. You will see everything that pertains to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. This is the true Gospel message Christ commanded us to preach! Let's take it a little bit further. Let's get beyond Calvary where Christ is exalted! After all the Ephesian letter says that Christians are raised to sit together with Him in heavenly places.

So, why do we need to get beyond the birth and life of Christ? Why do we need to get beyond the Parables? Paul didn't teach the parables nor did he teach the four gospels. Paul a Jew who came out from under the Law did however teach to cross...but he lived according to Christ in Throneroom! This is what happens when you get beyond Calvary? You find the exaltation of an enthroned Christ. You will find a living Christ who "provides" and "supplies" all of our needs from Heaven. As Christians we should live in the present tense power of an exalted Christ in the Throneroom. Not in the past..under Law...but in the present tense under Grace. This is the Church, the body of Christ.

Since the birth, life, and Christ's crucifixion things have changed. The Church was birthed as Christ purchased it with His own blood! The omnipresence of the Holy Spirit that flows from the shows man what sin is in light of a living Christ in the Throneroom! Since the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin now from hearing the Gospel, no longer is it necessary for the Law of Moses to show man his sin. No longer does man have to strive to enter in. No longer does man have to seek ye first the Kingdom of God in order to receive righteousness! Under law they did! Under Grace not necessary! When the veil was rent twain in the Jewish Temple (torn in half) Christ said, "It is finished". What was finished? Man's effort to keep the Law. Now, Grace is given freely to all those who trust Christ for personal forgiveness. The ministration of Holy Spirit (for Jew and Gentile) came into play as the ministration of the Law (given to Israel) was abolished. Christians don't have to seek righteousness, "They find righteousness in the Grace of God" that comes through the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. We are not under Law today...but under Grace. God's Grace is sufficent for every need of your life.

All power for the heart and life of a Christian comes from an exalted Christ. The Epistles teach the exaltation of Christ. The four Gospels teach a little bit about an exalted Christ and Jesus commanded the Gospel message to be preached for this reason. The Gospel Christ commanded us to preach makes no reference to the birth and life of Christ...but does make reference to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. The following verses describe the true Gospel. This the Gospel that Christ commanded everyone to preach in "all the world".

1 Cor 15:1-4...Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Rom 1:1-5...Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

The Epistles teach we are to live our Christian life settin our affections in the Throneroom. The Epistles do not teach us to live under Law...they teach us to live under Grace. Grace goes beyond Calvary! Grace does flow from our faith in what Christ did at Calvary...but present tense Grace comes directly down from a living Christ in Heaven. Our faith should not be limited to living in the past only! Our faith should be present tense faith and present tense faithfulness to a living Christ in whom we are accountable to every second, every minute, every hour, and every day. Christians are to be faithful to Christ every day of their existence.

Christian's don't have to "seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness" like Israel did in the four Gospels. Christians have already found righteousness from the person of Christ. Christians live right, act right, think right, and behave right because Christ who reigns from Heaven, "makes them right". Christians are "kept by the power of God" through faith. Righteousness is not something we seek. Righteousness is something we have because we exercise our faith in a living Christ whose alive and exalted! Granted Christ died 2010 years ago, but He rules and reigns presently from the Throneroom ..."NOW!"

Will you consider getting beyond Calvary where Christ is exalted in Heaven? I love you all.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Rick,


    I would like to start by asking you two questions. One: Can you give an accurate definition of the phrase: "Lamb of God"?

    We all know that this is one of the names used for Jesus, like Messiah, Savior, Son of Man, or Christ. But exactly what is the importance of the name "Lamb of God"?

    And why is it important to me as a Catholic? The second question I would like to ask you is: Why the Catholic Church would offer The Holy Eucharist every day at every Mass throughout the world in over 3000 languages.

    What knowledge do they have that would make them feel compelled to do this for thousands of years? In answering this question, we'll see why the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that "The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.'" (CC 1324)

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