When our Beloved LORD hung on The Cross, "two criminals" hung on the crosses next to HIM." Both of the criminals were guilty!"😔
Both of them were guilty, but only one of them, Believed that JESUS CHRIST was Israel's long awaited MESSIAH, and cried out to HIM, saying these WORDS from Luke 23:42-43. Consider his plea: Then he said to JESUS, "LORD, remember me when YOU come into YOUR KINGDOM."
And JESUS said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.
Because of this man's FAITH in CHRIST, and his acknowledgment of wrongdoing. He pleaded with HIM through repentance, and cried out to HIM in FAITH. 🥺
And this man's plea, echoes The WORDS of Psalm 77:1."
Consider it: I cried out to GOD with my voice -
To GOD with my voice; and HE gave ear to me.
In like manner, when we cried out to GOD, HE heard our plea, and acknowledged our heartfelt repentance."
HE knew that we Believe HIS WORD, that reveals HIS finished work of The Cross, and that we are serious about our repentance."
The LORD knows all things, and all things are naked to the Eye's of HIM to which we all must give an account.
So The LORD knew, that when the Believing thief on the cross, cried out to HIM. It was because he Believed that HE was Israel's long awaited MESSIAH. 🇮🇱
He Believed in JESUS," so he pleaded with HIM, asking HIM to remember him, when HE came into HIS KINGDOM."
The SCRIPTURES make it abundantly clear, that this man's FAITH, and his repentance, paved the way for him to be reconciled to GOD. And so it was, that to this repentant sinner, The LORD said: "Today, you will be with ME in paradise."
Now consider this; "Did this man have to do any good works, in order to Merritt GOD'S MERCY and paradise?" No?
What about Baptism?" No? Was there anything at all that the thief needed to do, in order to be reconciled to GOD?"
Nothing, but Believe in CHRIST?"
Because GOD has prepared The WAY of Everlasting LIFE.
Our LORD has gone before us, and has prepared The WAY for all to be reconciled to GOD, and to be recieved by HIM."
So HE exclaims in John 14:6, saying: I AM The WAY, The TRUTH, and The LIFE; no one comes to The FATHER except by ME.
Yes, no one comes to The FATHER, except by first Believing HIM, Who declares in John 14:9-10
He who has seen ME, has seen The FATHER.
So how can you say, 'Show us The FATHER? Do you not Believe that I AM in The FATHER, and The FATHER in ME?"
Because we Believe JESUS CHRIST, The WORD of The LIVING GOD.
GOD has done it all, on our behalf!"
HE has prepared The WAY for us to walk in.
Consider how Isaiah 30:21 assures of this, saying: Your ears shall hear a WORD behind you, saying, "This is The WAY, walk in it."
Whenever you turn to the right hand
Or whenever you turn to the left.
The LORD simply commands everyone to repent of sin, and to embrace GOD’S WORDS, knowing that we are embracing HIM Who exclaims these WORDS from John 6:37-39. All that The FATHER gives ME will come to ME, and the one who comes to ME, I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from HEAVEN, not to do my own will, but the will of HIM Who sent ME. [And what is the will of GOD?] This is the will of The FATHER Who sent ME, that of all HE has given ME
I should lose nothing, but should raise it up in the last day.
And John 6:40 assures us."
And this is the will of HIM Who sent ME, that everyone who sees The Son and Believes in HIM
may have Everlasting LIFE; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Did you catch that, Beloved?"
That everyone who sees The Son, JESUS CHRIST, The WORD of The LIVING GOD." And Believes in HIM, may have "Everlasting LIFE."
Because we Believe, The WORD of The LIVING GOD," We are called to be aware of the signs of the times, knowing that the things that were written afore time, were written for our learning. That we, through the patience of The SCRIPTURES, would have Hope!"
And because we do, The WORD of The LIVING GOD," Is our True HOPE!" Our Blessed HOPE!"
And so we seek HIM dillingently, knowing that when all things are finally fulfilled," GOD will find each of us, trusting in CHRIST."
Yes, HE will find us Trusting in The WORD of The LIVING GOD, JESUS CHRIST.
Yes, and even find us rejoicing," Beloved!"
For having given us signs to look for, we know that the time of HIS coming to the clouds, is near."
Mathew 24:6-8 reveals the time like this: And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.
'See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Because we Believe The WORD of The LIVING GOD,"
"We are each BORN of HIS SPIRIT." Thus, we are The BODY of CHRIST."
We are "The BODY of CHRIST," and "The Hands and Feet," of an important task, that we've been called to meet.
For GOD, not willing that any should perish, has appointed us, as "Ambassadors for CHRIST," and entrusted us with The GOSPEL to speak, not as pleasing men, but GOD Who tests our hearts. HE is sending us to plead with this lost and dying world, that they might embrace The WORD of The LIVING GOD. And be reconciled to GOD.
For knowing that GOD is testing our hearts, everyone who passes the test, is Baptized with "Fire" and with The HOLY SPIRIT?"
Consider how Mathew 3:11 reveals this, saying: I indeed Baptize you with water unto repentance, but HE Who is coming after ME is mightier than I, Whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. HE will baptize you with The HOLY SPIRIT and with fire!"🔥
Being Baptized with the HOLY SPIRIT, and "fire," comes from Believing The WORD of The LIVING GOD.
Because it doesn't come, by doubting The WORD of The LIVING GOD, and refusing to embrace what GOD had written for us to embrace through FAITH!"
Do you know, that we we're each Baptized by John the Baptist, at the Jordan River?
Well, aren't we The BODY of CHRIST, Beloved Brethren?
And doesn't Colossians 2:10 make it abundantly clear, that we are complete in CHRIST, lacking nothing?"
Then please know, that The BODY of CHRIST, went under the waters of baptism, at the Jordan River?"😏
And as The BODY of CHRIST came up out of the waters of baptism.
A VOICE from HEAVEN, spoke, saying: 🤔
This is MY Beloved Son, in Whom
I AM well pleased."
Do you know that GOD is well pleased to be within us, 😏and using us as LIGHT, to give LIGHT to this lost and dying world?" 🌎💔
Then please know that GOD has chosen," that through the foolishness of the message preached, HE would save us who Believe?" 🤔
The foolishness of the message preached?"
Yes, for 1st Corrinthians 1:18 assures us that the message of The Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being SAVED, it is The POWER of GOD.
Because we are SAVED, and not being SAVED,"
We are The BODY of CHRIST, and have The LIGHT of The GOSPEL of CHRIST, shining within us."
Yet, we are not to keep The LIGHT buried inside of us."
No!" But as often as we possibly can, let our LIGHT shine before men, that they may see our good work, and GLORIFY our FATHER in HEAVEN!"
Remember, we have been entrusted with The GOSPEL to speak, not as pleasing men, but GOD Who tests our hearts.
For GOD is seeking FAITH on the earth," knowing that if one Believes, he will speak."
For 2nd Corrinthians 4:13-14 assures of this, by saying: And since we have the same SPIRIT of FAITH, according to what is written, "I Believed and therefore I spoke," we also Believe and therefore speak, knowing that HE Who raised up The LORD JESUS will also raise us up with JESUS, and will present us with you.
Because we have the same SPIRIT of FAITH, Beloved Brethren, we know to speak, and shine The LIGHT of The GOSPEL into this dark and dying world." And we know, because GOD has made it abundantly clear through 1st Corrinthians 1:21, that the world through wisdom did not know GOD, so it pleased GOD through the foolishness of the message of The Cross, to SAVE those who Believe in the death, burial, and RESURRECTION of CHRIST The LORD!" Yes, our LORD, Who paying for our sins on The Cross, took them all away."
Consider how it reads: For since, in the wisdom of GOD, the world through wisdom did not know GOD, it pleased GOD through the foolishness of the message preached to SAVE those who Believe.
[That passage speaks of the message of The Cross as foolishness," because to the unbeliever, the message of The Cross of CHRIST, is foolishness!"
But to us who are being SAVED, it is The POWER of GOD, and the WISDOM of GOD!" Yes, for everyone who Believes!"
And because we Believe,"
GOD has approved of us, and has entrusted us with The GOSPEL to speak!"
Hasn't HE, Beloved Brethren?"
Doesn't GOD demand that we LOVE HIM with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength?"
And that we serve only HIM?"
So doesn't HE want us to serve HIM, and that we be about our FATHER'S business?" Yes, for HE has called us who Believe," to share The GOSPEL of CHRIST. Yes!"
And to do so, until we see "the perfect Day," and hear the Trumpet of GOD." And we fly away!"
In due time we will reap, if we do not lose heart, Beloved Brethren!"♥️
GOD Bless you and keep you focused on our REDEMPTION drawing near!" For when we finally arrive to the courts of HEAVEN, I don't want to hear, that I didn't try and motivate you to make for yourself "Treasure in HEAVEN."
Please know that I LOVE you, and want to see your great success, Beloved Brethren."❤️