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    STOP CALLING JESUS A SINNER – PART 2

    Again like I stated in part 1 of this discuss, I have heard people in various none Christian groups say, one of the major reasons Jesus has to die the way he did was because he was paying for the sins of his previous life. In other words they were buttressing their belief of reincarnation. But we know that Jesus only incarnated but never reincarnated.

    So when you begin to teach that the sins of the world was laid on him even on the cross, you are also saying he died the death of a sinner because of sin and that also means he was a sinner. And that is very dangerous a doctrine concerning our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Here is an illustration. Barabbas was a murderer and seditionist, who were to be crucified according to the law of the Jews/Romans, but Jesus took his place and he was released. Does that mean Jesus actually committed the very crime of being a murderer? The answer says no! But he took the punishment due the crime of Barabbas which was death. Barabbas then was a type of humanity so that we could be free from the penalty of death.

    Here is what the word says about this fact in Heb. 2:9

    “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man”. (KJV)

    He tasted death means, he experienced death. And that was in consequence of the fall of Adam, for the word says.. Rom.5: 12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”

    You see what I mean? That he died for all men didn’t make him a sinner, rather he took the punishment due sin unto himself in other to free us from the consequences of the fall (sin) of Adam which is death. He simply carried the consequences, but he didn’t enter into the act of sinning.

    By reason of the fall, the whole human race became sinful in their nature, and in their practice added transgression to sinfulness of lifestyle, and so became exposed to death things. To redeem man therefore, Jesus Christ took on him the nature of man, and suffered the penalty due to their sins. This is what a diligent study will reveal from the scriptures and not the other way round as we have always believed and taught.

    Now here is what the scriptures said about Jesus, which we must believe and stick to and not our opinions.

    “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. 2 Cor.5: 21

    “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin”. 1 John.3: 5.

    This I believe is a strong statement for us to consider in line with our discuss. ‘He knew no sin’, means he did not experience sin or have anything to do with sin. And ‘in him is no sin’ means he never had any sin factored within his being. In fact Jesus said the prince of this world cometh and shall find nothing in me. Meaning there was no trace or factor of sin in him for the devil or the religious leaders of the Jews to hold unto in him.

    The word “knew” is very important here. We are told in Gen 4: 1 “ And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain” Meaning Adam had an intercourse with his wife and brought forth.

    So for Jesus not to know sin means he had no intercourse or any form of personal relationship with sin in anyway. They were never friends, relations, married, or united in any way. For the union of man and sin always produced death as the offspring. That is the wages of sin Rom. 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; ..”(KJV)

    Why do you think he was properly qualified to be the atoning sacrifice for the sins of men, because “ in him is no sin”. He came into the world to destroy the power, pardon the guilt, and cleanse from all men the pollution of sin but yet he did not partake of sin not even in his death. He tasted death the word says, but knew no sin. What a savior!

    So Jesus tasted death, which is the result or wages, salaries that sin pays. But he never tasted sin, rather he was a sin offering. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. 2 Cor.5: 21.

    The words tajx chattath, and tajx chattaah, frequently signify sin; but it can be observed that more than a hundred places in the Old Testament where they are used, it meant ‘sin-offering’ ,and this is what the Apostle translated ‘amartia’ here in 2 Cor.5:21, saying… “He hath made him to be sin (amartian, A SIN-OFFERING) for us, who knew no sin”.

    What is sin offering then?, that will be our next line of thought. Stop calling Jesus a sinner for he knew no sin.

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    STOP CALLING JESUS A SINNER – PART 1

    The Church has indirectly agreed with the world by teaching that Jesus was a sinner. There are sayings that Jesus died for his own sins, therefore he cannot save you. That when Jesus said ‘take up your cross and follow me’ he meant to say I am dying for my sins, so you also get ready to die for your own sins, that is what is meant by work out your own salvation, which they also interpret to mean the interplay of the law of karma.

    While the Church may not say this openly, they teach same thing when they say that our sins were laid on him, making him a sinner and so he was so ugly that we could not behold him and even God could not look upon his son because of the sins of the world that was laid on him, and that is why he shouted my God, my God why have thou forsaken me

    But essentially the Bible never for once mentioned that our sins were laid on him. This is what it says..

    Isa. 53: 6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. And 2 Cor.5: 21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us,…” we shall look into 2 Cor. much later. But let’s deal with the iniquity first.

    Now this passage is what has led to this dangerous and damaging teaching of Jesus being a sinner, because the interpretation here to us is that iniquity is the same thing as sin. I do not want to go into words definitions here of Hebrew and Greek, let me just use other passages with the same word iniquity to give the appropriate definition as seen in scriptures.

    For instance in Ps.51:5 David said “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me”.

    So was David saying he was shapen in ‘sin’ and in ‘sin’ did her conceive him? Was he just repeating the same word? The Amplified makes the meaning clearer for us to understand.

    Ps 51:5 (AMP) Behold, I was brought forth in [a state of] iniquity; my mother was sinful who conceived me [and I too am sinful].

    The state of iniquity means he was brought into life carrying the effect of sin, the very product of sin, and the wages of sin. Not that he was a sinner or carrying sin but what that sin, that was factored in the mother produced. It was the Mother that sinned not David, but he suffered the consequences of the sin of the Mother.

    See it this way, if a woman was promiscuous and get infected with HIV Aids, then she became pregnant and gave birth to full blow Aids Baby, was the baby the sinner or the mother? But the state of the Child is that of an Aid carrier, he is a victim of the act (sin) of the mother, and this state of being an Aids carrier, this disease and sickness is what David referred to as ‘state of iniquity’.

    Again let me use another scripture for us here, when God told Israel.

    Exo.20: 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

    5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me”

    Was He saying I will visits the sins of the Fathers unto the children or the consequences of their sins? The consequences of course!. What he meant to say is that, if the fathers worship idols, he will then punish the children which could be in form of no rain in the land, making the heaven brass, the sword, which is wars, pestilences on the land and even being taken into slavery. These were to be the punishment due to sin which the children will bear. They will only bore the iniquity of their Fathers but they never sinned by worshiping idols.

    In fact Ezekiel lend his voice to this, “What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge? Ezek. 18:2.

    So you see, iniquity is not the act here but the effect of the sin of their Fathers. Same way; Jesus has borne our iniquities, that is, the punishment due to sin but he was not in the act. There was no sin in him not even on the cross otherwise; he could never have been our redeemer. He was the spotless Lamb of God. Stop calling Jesus a sinner.

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    A THOUGHT ON SPIRITUAL FATHERING

    Who truly is a spiritual father, now that we have the emergence of so many. How do we identify a true spiritual father?

    Of Timothy we are told –2Tim.1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.)

    Meaning it wasn’t Paul that brought Timothy to faith, but he only circumcised him.

    Of Hezekiah we read – 2Chron.29:1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old,

    2And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father had done.)

    But we know that his father was Ahaz,(an idolatrous king),he was the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah. But here we are told David was his father.

    so then how did David became his father? just like Paul becoming Timothy’s father.

    Could it be that true fathering is the one that opens you up to the true will of God for your life ? I mean could it be the man that truly opens up the scriptures to your understanding, and guiding you on the way you should go ?

    Could it be the man that weaned you away from religiosity to true Christianity, and so identifying your sonship in Christ ? Who is a true spiritual father. ?

    Am still wondering how David became Hezekiah’s father. For we do know that Ahaz was his biological father .

    We have so many laying claim to this Grace today .

    But how do we truly identify a true spiritual father.

    Just as so many are lost because of its abuse and rejection.

    But if Paul will call Timothy my son, I don’t know what Timothy will refer to Paul, my course mate Paul ?

    Oh no, it must be my brother Paul for we are all brethren in the Lord , Yes!

    just pondering!

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    THE CROSS

    “Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”.

    The cross was regarded as the appropriate punishment of the most infamous of mankind, such as for thieves ,robbers etc just as gallows , and every other instrument of execution is today.

    But after Jesus used it, we now think of the “cross,” not as of the multitude of slaves, and robbers, and thieves, and rebels, who have died on it, but rather of the one great victim (Jesus) whose death has ennobled, digninified even changed the true meaning of this instrument of torture, and he encircled it with a halo of glory.

    So Jesus brought glory to the cross, now people use it all over as a symbol of ornamentation and beauty. Decorating themselves and the alters of worship, no more an instrument of shame.

    Don’t you think embracing the cross can also bring such glory to your life?

    Don’t you think you can be honoured with the cross of Jesus?

    Meaning, that all your shame of any sort was and can be taken away on and by the cross.

    He has come to dignify you and yours forever removing from you all that can and will ever bring shame to you. The power of the cross?

    You can’t look down on it no matter your spiritual or apostolic enlightenment.

    Whatever glory you have attained to today, whether you be the highest Apostle in the land . You are just basking under the influence of the cross.

    Yes the cross is what it is, Freedom from spiritual and mental slavery . I love the cross of Jesus with the halo that speaks of a renewed mind, for that is what the crown of thorns represented. For just as his strips you were healed, and received peace in your soul by his chastisement, even so is your Adamic mind healed by the thorns on his head.

    Now you have the mind of Christ through the cross . Praise the Lord.

    Just pondering.

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    TURNING WATER TO WINE

    In John 2: 6-8, Jesus turned water to wine, speaking of joy and happiness in the Holy Spirit.

    In contrast with the ministry of Moses, he turned water into blood as a sign of God’s judgment (Ex 7:14-24),

    Jesus brings joy and Moses the ministry of condemnation and judgment.

    Where do we belong in our ministrations, are we turning water, (the word of God) into wine for the joy of God’s people as Ambassadors of reconciliation, or turning water to judgment and condemnation, terrorizing people to serve God and not out of love ?

    Are we in the ministry of Moses or that of Jesus? If you are for Jesus , then please turn water to wine.

    It’s a new Day of joy in our Saviour. Let out the glad tidings of the finished work of Christ.

    Stop promoting the devil in your ministrations as if the sacrifice of Jesus is on vain.

    We are asked to cast out devils and not to honour, plead or conduct interview with them .

    Making the devil more powerful than Jesus ,and so creating fear in the people in other for them to believe and honour our ministry is turning water into blood.

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    THE THREE MOST DANGEROUS ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST

    Col.2 :8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

    Philosophy; being the Greeks concept of things and life. It’s simply values as defined by reasoning and approving that which is acceptable to man outside of the dictates of the finished work of Christ. It is the wisdom of man outside of the wisdom of God which is Christ. (1 Cor.1:24)

    Tradition of Elders; Jewish concepts of morals and values beyond and outside of the laws of Moses as upheld by the Scribes and Pharisees .This is man’s concept of prescriptive religious rules and dogmas, instead of sticking with the values provided by and through the Cross.

    Rudiments of the world; The diehard religious man that defines life based on the laws of Moses, the old testament without giving definition and finding values of the law through the Cross of Christ as being the fulfillment of the law. This is the life lived outside of the grace of God, through man’s attempt to live life based on esoteric and metaphysical principles as laid down by ancient religious gurus in societies and not after the Christ.

    So, in the words of Paul who has walked through all these enemies of the Cross with religious zeal. He said ,

    “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Gal. 2:20.

    Nothing therefore in life can suffice to meet the demands of Godliness other than the life of Christ, the son of God within us.

    Life is from within friends!

    For Christ truly is ourLives

    Col.3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

    4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

    Anything external is religion and can’t do the job.

    Let’s seek him from within that’s where he is .

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    FOUR LEVELS OF SONSHIP

    As we avoid the sin of assumption, let us be mindful of our present state of being, and keep trusting the father to perfect that which concerns us in his will.It is he who is at work both to do of his good pleasure.

    NEPIOS
    Gal.4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

    This word is nēpios- and it means, 1. an infant, little child 2. a minor, not of age 3. metaphorically childish, untaught, unskilled.
    so her we see a child in the house but such an infant as the verse so described and this best describes so many within the body of Christ today.

    TEKNON
    1 John 3 :1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew

    The word used here is : teknon and it means —
    1. offspring, children a. child b. a male child, a son c. metaphorically 1. the name transferred to that intimate and reciprocal relationship formed between men by the bonds of love, friendship, trust, just as between parents and children.

    The same word used is John 1:12. ” 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:”

    Here they have taken on the identity of the family they are born into, It is simply the function of or the new birth in the kingdom with God as our father.

    HUOIS
    Rom.8:.19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
    The word used here is huios which speaks of a son that can take responsibility of and for the father.
    The very word that the Father used for Jesus at the time of water Baptism
    Math. 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

    With this the father declared openly as in the Jewish custom that the son has come to the place of maturity and so can sign his signature and run the estate on his behalf,. Right from this moment the demons could recognize and even the wind obeyed him because they were all responding to the fathers proclamation that all heaven and earth should obey him.This is the realm that creation is waiting for even like when he rose from the grave in a glorified body.

    Everything we see presently as wonderful as the signs and wonders could be are still in the realms of gift, and we rejoice in that because it gives us a forstate of things to come,

    BEN
    Isa.62:5. 5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

    The word here is Ben, ; a son (as a builder of the family name), one born, bough, branch, breed,

    The very word used to describe Joseph in Egypt as a fruitful bough, . These are sons who have come to the place of building on the family name by implication, they are fathers to the rest of the people as Joseph was to Pharoah and to his own fathers house in Egypt. This is no chicken stage of sonship, but men who create or birth things in the universe just like Joseph took charge in Egypt and turned over the entire economy of the nations round unto Pharoah .These shall be the sons turning the kingdoms of this would to that of the father, the are the Bens.

    Like in Isaiah, 65, he who marries is he who can provide as fathers should, so here we are talking of those who can provide for the church. Jesus was the son of Mary but yet he was her saviour., even after Joseph ‘s death, he provided for the family through his carpentery business, That is what Ben is.

    Note that all of these are truly to be realised by the inworkings of the Holy Spirit as we yield our members to him and allow the Christ within to grow in us.

    Friends, let us strive in obedience to become who the father intends us to be and avoid a presumptuous spirit of undue proclamations that keep bringing a reproach to the name of the father. I know the father has the best in mind for us, he wants to raise and proclaim his sons that creation is waiting for, we are mindful of that and we longed for it.

    ~ Dr. David O. Ogaga

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    THE TRIAL OF OUR SONSHIP – PART 6

    The adoption to full sonship, our glorification.

     

    Acts 1: 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

     

    Have you ever wondered that Jesus never healed a single person after resurrection? Infact there is no record of that for the forty days that he walked the Earth. I asked why? It is because his true sonship was revealed only after he rose from the grave.

     

    “ He 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” Rom.1:3-4).

     

    When he rose, he became flesh and bones and no more flesh and blood.(Luke 24:36-44).He now had a body that defile restrictions and the force of gravity if you will though he also did vanished from the midst of people when he was to be killed.

     

    But at stage of his ministry, he never healed or raised anybody from the grave or death at this stage of his life like he did to Lazarus, because has he done so, that person will still have been alive till today.

     

    All the people he healed in his three and half years of ministry still died and got buried. That tells us that, that phase of his ministry wasn’t the ultimate. That was in the realm of ‘the son of David according to the flesh’.

    But after resurrection, he will then only impart the incorruptible life to whatever person or object that he will raise up. Just like Peter will say “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3: 6).What was Peter having, it was the healing power of the risen Christ that was flowing through his bones.

     

    Now, for Christ he was no longer living by the limitations of the Earth realm associated with all of Adam’s race, but rather his was completely now a new creature of God, not the seed of David according to the flesh anymore

     

    That beloved is the perfect example of our sonship in its fullness. Therefore we are told

    Rom.8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?.

     

    So what hope are we dealing with here? Look at this, talking about the work of the redemption of the Christ in us.

    “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”. Eph.1: 13-14.

    Again.” And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption”. (Eph.4: 30)

    ( [He has also appropriated and acknowledged us as His by] putting His seal upon us and giving us His [Holy] Spirit in our hearts as the security deposit and guarantee [of the fulfillment of His promise]. Ampl. 2 Cor 1:22 AMP. Did you see it? Sealed to the day of redemption!.

     

    Now where is the Spirit?. In our hearts!.

    The phrase “And given the earnest of the Spirit” (ton arrabwna tou pneumatov). Speaks of this seal in our spirit that guarantees our acceptance with the Father God, telling us that our ways are pleasing to the lord.

    But above all, the word there translate pledge actually signifies an earnest of something promised; a part of the price agreed for between a buyer and seller, It speaks of a deposit, which was to be restored when the thing promised was given. And this is very important.

     

    So we can see in Eph 1:14;that the Holy Spirit being an earnest in the heart, and an earnest of the promised inheritance means a security given in hand for the fulfilment of all God’s promises relative to grace and eternal life.

     

    Now what was it that was bought?

    “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s”. (1 Cor.6: 20). So the whole of man, that is made up of spirit, soul and Body (1Thes.5:23) was bought with the precious blood of Jesus.

     

    Therefore, if the seal in our spirit is the pledge, and knowing that man is made up of spirit soul and Body, what will the full payment qualify us for? The redemption of our body of course!.

     

    “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”. (Rom.8: 22-23)

     

    That tells us that this body of corruption must receive another body, which is the Body of Glory, the very same Body that Jesus had after resurrection. It is called the Body of flesh and Bones and not flesh and Blood. .(Luke 24:36-44).

     

    Let me now quote extensively here from the word of Apostle Paul again.

     

    1 Cor.15: 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:

    38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.

    39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

    40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

    41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.

    42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

    43 It is sown in dishonour; 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. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

     

    We therefore can see that all bodies are not the same. Let us not be deceived, this body of corruption is not ultimately the Body that the Father intends us to have. We have indicated earlier on that Adam had a glorified Body before the fall, and that’s the Body that we ultimately are going to have, that is truly our sonship Body. The very Body that was revealed on the mount of transfiguration.

     

    So the word says.

    For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.( Rom.8: 24-25)

    So what hope our seeing here? It is the hope of a glorified Body which is the redemption of the purchase possession. So salvation is not complete until our Bodies are redeemed into the same image as that of the lord’s when he rose from the grave. That my friend is the fullness of our sonship. What has been redeemed is our spirit, awaiting that of our Bodies.

     

    Therefore “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord”. 2 Cor3:17-18.

     

    “All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.” (Verse 18. MSG)

     

    To have the patient to wait for this is a major trial of our sonship.

     

    (c) 2017 – Dr. David O. Ogaga

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    THE TRIAL OF OUR SONSHIP – PART 5

    Adam didn’t fall.

    Math.17: 2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light….

     

    Now this transfiguration was the display of the garment of the priestly office. It was the Body of glory, the kind of Body Adam had before the fall. We can rightly say, Adam fell from a paradise state into the realm of carnality. He allowed the wrong voice to communicate to him through the wife and so lost the glory. When I used the word, Adam allowed, it is deliberate because there was no way Adam could have been made Adam fall. The word is clear..

     

    John.1: 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

    The word comprehend which is katalambano, means ‘to take eagerly, i.e. seize, possess, etc. ,apprehend, attain, come upon, comprehend, find, obtain, perceive, (over-)take.

     

    So the Amplify will say.. John 1:5 And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]. AMP.

     

    Meaning as long as Adam was living in the light, there was no way he could have fallen to the voice of the serpent. Just like the serpent tried it on Jesus “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me”.( John 14:30).

     

    What was the devil going to do to Jesus, he was to question the authority of his sonship and what he knows about himself as a son of God.

    Look at the way he worked on Eve.. “ …And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”Gen.3:1).

     

    Can you not see that it was a question? Hath God said? It’s like saying ‘are you sure? Do you believe what God said about you?. So to Jesus is like asking him, are you truly sure you are the son of God even though you have heard him say so to you? What evidence do you have to prove that you are the son of God? etc etc

    These are the very questions that confront us every day. Do you think this Christianity of a thing is real? Is there truly any benefit in worshipping God? Is Jesus truly God in the flesh? What do you stand to gain being a Christian? If you think you are a son of God why are you not performing miracles etc etc. All these accusations in our minds are aimed at nothing but our sonship in God. That’s how the devil talks to us.

     

    But how do we overcome? by simply replying back with the word by saying .I am a son of God because the word says so, I don’t need any evidence to prove that not even a miracle.

     

    Now this is where the light you have in Christ takes effect, for the darkness, which is ignorance produced by the accuser in our hearts cannot comprehend the light.

     

    I mentioned that Adam was not deceived and so didn’t fall . How do I know that, because the word says so.

    “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” (1Tim.2: 14)

    So how did Adam fall? He gave himself willingly to it because Eve the wife has fallen.

     

    Now there is a major ministry to this fall of Adam here, also that we need to understand. After all Pual’s admonition concerning the husband and the wife,(marriage) he ended up by saying it is a ‘mystery’ “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church”.Eph.5: 32.

     

    What then is this mystery of the marriage of the church and Christ; it’s that if Adam has not willingly given himself to the fall by following the woman that was deceived, Christ would not have died for the church, the redeemed sinful humanity.Becasue Adam died in flowing the sin of Eve, Christ have to die that through death man, the wife of Christ, the church would be redeemed.

     

    Therefore, the light body that Jesus demonstrated at the time of the transfiguration was a revelation of immortality

    This is why we are told in Lev.8: 35 at the consecration of Aaron’s sons into priesthood that

    “Therefore shall ye abide at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation day and night seven days, and keep the charge of the LORD, that ye die not: for so I am commanded”.

     

    Now Peter got that revelation too hence he requested of Jesus.. “…Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias”.(Math.17:4).

    You know what he was saying? Master, we can stay on here and enjoy immortality as represented by the feast of tabernacles, just as Aaron’s son were supposed to stay in the tabernacle and never die. No more going down to the earthly realm from the spirit dimension of glorified sons, to manifest immortal light Bodies.

     

    In Luke’s account (Luke 9:33) it was added to the request of Peter “not knowing what he said”. So why did Peter not know what he said? Because he was trying to structure that which is future from the time they were. Jesus has not even gone to the cross yet and he wants to manifest immortality. This was the very reason that God has to drive out man from the Garden less he partake of the tree of life and live forever, meaning if man has eaten of the tree of life after he has eaten that of the knowledge of God and Evil, he would have immortalized death, so it was for man’s good that he was driven from the Garden.

     

    Adam fall was a willful submission to death so Christ can submit to the death of the cross for the redemption of mankind, the church. For darkness cannot comprehend the light that we carry even now. “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light”. Math 6:22.

    So don’t doubt your faith or calling. Stay with what God says about you. Know firstly, you are a born from above son of God., you maybe a nepios, (an infant) now, but you are a son coming to maturity ultimately ..

    To be continued…

    (c) 2016 – Dr. David O. Ogaga

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    THE TRIAL OF OUR SONSHIP – PART 4

    The covenant of sonship.

     

    Again we reiterate the fact that Adam never fell from Grace but from sonship realm into a carnal man, and so the word says “…Adam, which WAS the son of God” (Luke 3:38) But Christ IS the son of God (Math.16:16) .

     

    To the Galatians Church Paul said “1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?..This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? .Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal.3:1-3).

     

    This is falling from Grace, when you move from faith of the simplicity that is in Christ into legalism in your worship, you have falling from Grace.

    When God gave Abraham the law to circumcised every male child “that is eight days old” (Gen17:12, Luke 2:21), that was the covenant of sonship. And it was ever understood as a consecration of the person to God.

     

    Now the Jews have what is called an adoption ceremony, this is not picking someone who is not part of your family to join you. That is the western sense of adoption but for the Jews, adoption is the placement of a mature son into position of authority before the elders in a city that henceforth, the young man can as from this hour be able to stand to transact business on my behalf. He can sign my signature, he is matured enough to manage my estate so you people should honour him if he does so when am not around.

     

    So when we read of “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” .( Math 3:17) at the time of Jesus Baptism in River Jordan by John the Baptist, that was an adoption ceremony. And in scripture, this adoption of Jesus took place three times, you began to wonder why?

     

    Firstly, in Math. 3, account, he was adopted as a Prophet, everybody saw and believed John to be a prophet, and now the father was turning their attention from John to Jesus as the ordained prophet that has just risen for the people of Israel by God Himself.

    In Math . 17:5. We have his adoption as a priest, and in Heb.1:5-8.we have his adoption as a king. Therefore we have Jesus functioned as a Prophet, Priest and king.

    Now we are going to be more concerned with his priestly adoption as it relates to our walk in and with God as the father intends to bring many sons to glory in Christ. “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings”. . Heb 2:10 (KJV)

     

    Jesus transfiguration.

    We read in Math. 17: 1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

    In other words, he was transfigured before them on the eight day. In fact Luke’s account says. “..eight days”. “And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.

    And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.”( Luke 9:28-29)

     

    So why the difference?. The answer is found in the Book of Leviticus, in relation to the consecration into priesthood of the sons of Aaron.

    Lev.8: 33 And ye shall not go out of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation in seven days, until the days of your consecration be at an end: for seven days shall he consecrate you.

    34 As he hath done this day, so the LORD hath commanded to do, to make atonement for you.

    35 Therefore shall ye abide at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation day and night seven days, and keep the charge of the LORD, that ye die not: for so I am commanded.

    36 So Aaron and his sons did all things which the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

     

    So we can see that, the sons to be consecrated were not to leave the tabernacle until seven days, which is their consecration period and then on the eight day the glory will appear. (Lev.9:1-23)..So the eight day is the glorification period.

    Therefore, Luke’s account gives us the glorification period while Mathew’s account speaks of the consecration period, it’s just one and the same ceremony taking place.

    So could it be we are in the consecration period in God’s agenda to be gloried in the revealing of our true sonship as priest to rule and reign on the Earth (Rev.5:10)?

     

    Now why do you think Moses and Elijah have to appear to him at this moment ..

    Luke 9: 30 “And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem”.

    They appeared to strengthen him to be able to go to the cross for if Jesus should fail to go to the cross, then that makes the testimonies of the law and the prophet to fail, they will be made liars.

    Here then is the trial of our sonship, the ability to endure, remain focused and to finish up with that which the father has given to us as true sons in the making.

    To be continued…

    (c) 2016 – Dr. David O. Ogaga

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