DIG for Tuesday the 10th of January…..all there, but we need to choose it for ourselves…..Ephesians 1 v 4

Yesterday my DIG was based upon Ephesians 1 v 3; well, I carried on reading the rest of this awesome passage described what we have through the finished work of Jesus.

Verse 3 says we have all spiritual blessings, and the verses following described these blessings.

Before the world began we were chosen to be in Him and with Him.

Now, this may sound like a Calvinistic doctrine, saying certain people are chosen for heaven and others for hell; it sounds like what is known as ‘predestination’.

This is not what this verse is talking about however.

God has chosen all mankind to be with Him; all sins for all men were forgiven at the cross and Jesus came to bring reconciliation to all men (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

It is God’s will that all men are saved (2 Peter 3 v 9).

Men however need to choose to benefit from this forgiveness and reconciliation through faith in Jesus and His finished work.

God wants all men to be made ‘holy and without blame’, but not all men will receive this.

That is why verse 4 uses the word “should”.

We should be saved if we choose to be saved.

We should benefit from reconciliation and forgiveness if we choose to benefit.

We should be holy and without blame however we need to choose Jesus for this to happen.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want all men to be saved and you have provided this for every man to choose for himself”.

Ephesians 1 v 4…..”According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love

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DIG for Monday the 9th of January…..it has all been done, stop asking for it…..Ephesians 1 v 3

 

Before I became aware of what is known as ‘the grace message’ (or as I like to call it the truth or the Gospel) I used to say some silly prayers.

I would ask God to forgive me, ask Him to heal me and ask Him to prosper me.

These are silly prayers.

The Word says we have already received all we need with regards to spiritual matters (Ephesians 1 v 3).

We have already been forgiven for all our sin (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

We have already been healed (1 Peter 2 v 24).

We have already been provided abundance and prosperity (3 John 2, John 10 v 10 and 2 Corinthians 8 v 9).

Many of the prayers that we all say today are silly, asking for God to do things for us that He has already done through the finished work of Jesus.

If you are asking for forgiveness today what you are really asking for is for Jesus to come to earth again to go on the cross again.

This is not required as Jesus dealt with ALL sin for ALL me for ALL time once and once only (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

Our prayers should be prayers of thanks and prayers of appropriation.

This is a good prayer, “Thank you Lord that I have been healed through Jesus and His finished work, I speak out that healing now in the mighty name of Jesus”.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that you have provided for all my needs already through the finished work of Jesus”.

Ephesians 1 v 3…..Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ

DIG for Saturday the 7th of January…..”but now”, what a powerful wee phrase…..Romans 6 v 22

I’ve just been listening to some teaching that I will use at the Bible school we are launching next week.

The lecturer was describing that the Bible is a book of unfolding revelation; that not all truth was given at the one time.

The ultimate revelation came eventually through Jesus Christ.

The phrase “but now” is used many times in Scripture, showing us that there was also a “then”.

Things have changed, from law to grace, from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant for example.

For example prior to Jesus men were slaves to sin, and could not do anything to free themselves from sin.

When Jesus came He dealt with all our sin on the cross (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

This is why Paul was able write Romans 6 v 22.

He said, “But now being made free from sin”.

Back “then” people under the Old Covenant were slaves to sin, “but now” we are free from sin because of Jesus; we live under grace, under the New Covenant.

Many people pull verse out of the Word and say this is for us as it is in the Bible.

Not everything written in the Word is for us today, not for us to literally live by.

Some of the Word was for “then”, we live in the “now”.

“Then” was an inferior revelation, but “now”, because of Jesus is a superior revelation.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I live under grace and under the New Covenant, thank you that I live NOW”.

Romans 6 v 22…..But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life

DIG for Monday the 26th of December…..His birth told us about His death…..John 1 v 36

Over the recent weeks we have been celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

As we have seen His birth was a picture of His death; He was born as a sacrificial lamb to take away the sins of the world.

Jesus dealt with all sin for all men forever through His death and resurrection (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

In John chapter 1 we see the account to Jesus being baptised by John.

Prior to His baptism John says, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1 v 29).

John then baptises Jesus, and we know this is a picture of His death and resurrection.

The next day when he sees Jesus John just says, “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1 v 36).

You see, after His death and resurrection sin is no longer an issue, it has been dealt with.

Being born at Migdal Eder we see that Jesus was our sacrificial lamb, born to die for all our sin.

Our sin was taken away at the cross, and is no loner an issue between God and us.

By looking at the birth of Jesus we can see what His mission was, we can see why He came and what He came to do.

Jesus did what he came to do; He has dealt with all your sin; that is also something worth celebrating.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus, thank you that He has already dealt with all my sin”.

John 1 v 36…..And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God

DIG for Sunday the 18th of December…..what part of “it is finished” do people not understand…..John 19 v 30

I was saddened this morning to see a post of Facebook saying that God had struck American with the Twin Towers disaster and that He had judged Russia and turned it into a Third World country.

If this was the case then Jesus coming to earth as a man, dying on the cross and being raised from the dead was a waste of time.

If God still requires to judge nations and people for sin then Jesus’ work was not the finished work that I keep writing about.

If God still requires to judge nations and people we should rip Hebrews 9 and 10 from our Bibles, as Jesus would not have dealt with all sin forever at the cross (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

If God requires to judge nations and people then Jesus was a liar as He said, “It is finished” (John 19 v 30).

Jesus came in the flesh as a man to deal with all the sin of mankind, past, present and future.

Jesus took all this sin (and sickness), all the judgement, on His body at the cross so there is nothing left to judge with regards to sin.

If God were to judge a nation for their sin He would actually be judging the work of Jesus Christ as not good enough.

I know that is not true, I know His work was perfect, a once for all work.

He came in the flesh so that He could perform this finished work.

We celebrate His coming at this time of year, coming as Emmanuel to be among us and coming as Jesus to save us from our sin.

If He was successful in His mission God will not judge any nation ever again!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that the finished work of Jesus was a perfect and once for all work”.

John 19 v 30…..When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost

DIG for Friday the 18th of November…..you can forgive as you have been forgiven…..Ephesians 4 v 32

One of the hardest things that a person can do is forgive another for hurt done to them.

I know this from personal experience; I think we all do.

Forgiveness is not easy to give; yet we are told in the Word that we are meant to forgive other people.

In fact my understanding of Scripture is that we are to forgive all people for all things done against us.

Ephesians 4 v 32 tells us we are to be kind and tender and also to forgive others.

It also tells us how this is possible.

It is only possible through an understanding of how much God has forgiven us.

Through the shed blood of Jesus, through giving up His Son, God has already forgiven us for everything (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14- Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14)

Once we realise how much we have been forgiven we can forgive others.

If you are saying to me today, “I cannot forgive that person”, then you do not understand how much God has forgiven you.

You may be thinking that I do not know how big the hurt was against you, and that of course is true, however God knows and God has already forgiven that person for what they did to you.

The only person being hurt through your unforgiveness is yourself.

Release yourself today; forgive the person you know you need to forgive!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the shed blood of Jesus I have already been forgiven for all my sin”.

Ephesians 4 v 32…..And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you

DIG for Monday the 14th of November…..only One can forgive, and He has already done so…..Ephesians 1 v 7

I heard an alarming report on the radio today about certain men being able to forgive, on God’s behalf, certain ‘bad’ sins.

The rules were being changed so that lower ranking clergy could now do this job, whereas before only bishops and the like could do such a thing.

I thought that I must have been imagining things, as this is absolute nonsense, but no I was not, I was listening to it with my own ears!

The Bible is very clear on this, men cannot forgive a person for their sin.

Nowhere in the Bible can this doctrine be shown to be true; this is a tradition of men warned about by Paul in Colossians 2 v 8.

God can only give forgiveness for sin.

And the good news is that all men have been forgiven for all sin already!

That is what Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14 says, that forgiveness flowed with the blood of Jesus.

Forgiveness is not coming or waiting to come, forgiveness has been delivered through the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Jesus dealt with all sin from all men once and for all at the cross (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

We do not need to go to any man to have our sins forgiven, no matter how ‘bad’ they are.

Forgiveness is a done deal because of Jesus and what He has done.

Rejoice tonight that you have been forgiven and give Him thanks.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have already been forgiven for all my sin through the shed blood of Jesus”.

Ephesians 1 v 7…..In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches if his grace

DIG for Tuesday the 18th of October…..but surely we need to ask for forgiveness…..Ephesians 1 v 7

I have been known to preach about forgiveness once or twice!

My usual point is that we have all already been completely and unconditionally forgiven for all our sins.

I can say this, as this is my understating of Scripture.

We are told we have already been forgiven through the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

We are told Jesus dealt with all sin for all time once and for all at the cross (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

Now, nearly every time I preach this I hear the same comment, and that is, “are you telling me I do not need to ask for forgiveness anymore?”

The answer to this is yes!

You do not need to ask for something you have already received.

Every man has been forgiven for every sin.

I am not saying every man has been saved, but all have been forgiven (and reconciled) thus opening the way for salvation.

So, we do not need to ask God for forgiveness, it is a done deal and something we already have.

We should thank Him and enjoy our forgiveness!

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that I have already been forgiven for all my sins through the shed blood of Jesus”.

Ephesians 1 v 7…..In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his glory

DIG for Friday the 7th of October…..this has nothing to do with the wrath of God…..Hebrews 10 v 17

Well, the ‘doom and gloom’ merchants are at it again, or rather the religious ‘Christians’ who do not understand what happened at the cross!

At the cross Jesus dealt with all sin for all men forever (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

At the cross Jesus brought peace or goodwill toward men from God and brought about our reconciliation.

Jesus dealt with all sin once and for all.

To say that God is now judging a town or nation for their sin is unbiblical, indeed it goes against the perfectly perfect finished work of Jesus Christ.

To say God is sending a hurricane against an area because of sin is a slur on the finished work of Jesus and shows how little that person understands about the Word of God.

Yes, God did things like this under the Old Covenant, but not under the New.

And even under the Old Covenant the righteous were not affected by the curse sent by God.

If God has sent this hurricane against Florida because of homosexuality why have churches (places of worship for the righteous) been destroyed in Haiti?

Sin, including all homosexuality, was dealt with and forgiven at the cross when Jesus willing shed His blood for all men.

God has no more wrath to pour out upon men or nations.

God cannot punish men for sin as we live in a time when our sins and iniquities will He remember no more (Hebrews 10 v 17).

All men have been reconciled to God and all men have forgiven for all their sin; Scripture is quite clear how perfectly perfect the finished work of Jesus Christ was.

God has not sent this hurricane as a punishment, that belief is religious nonsense.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are a good God and can only send good for us”

Hebrews 10 v 17…..And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more

DIG for Friday the 9th of September…..one offering, one sacrifice…..Hebrews 10 v 12

In my last message at church I used what I call the ‘once’ chapter, Hebrews 10.

This passage tells us how many times Jesus had to sacrifice Himself for sin.

He offered one sacrifice for all sin then sat down with the Father (Hebrews 10 v 12).

He made only one offering (Hebrews 10 v 14).

One sacrifice so we had better hope that this was enough, as Jesus is not coming back to sacrifice Himself again.

All sin has been dealt with, yes, even your sin in the future.

If you believe your past sin has been forgiven then you have to believe that your future sin has been forgiven, as when Jesus dealt with sin ALL your sin was in the future!

Hebrews 10 v 12 said Jesus paid for “sin for ever”, that means all your sin.

When He dealt with sin Jesus did a perfect job; a job so perfect that God the Father decided to remember you sins and iniquities no more (Hebrews 10 v 17).

At the cross Jesus dealt with ALL your sin and you were forgiven for ALL your sin (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

You were forgiven once; you now live in a state of forgiveness, and that is good news!

You no longer need to look for forgiveness from God and you no longer need to ask for forgiveness; the Word is clear that this occurred at the cross.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that He dealt with ALL my sin once and for all at the cross”.

Hebrews 10 v 12…..But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sin for ever, sat down on the right hand of God