@Kelly-Dorsey Did this help? Well, let me think! I’M SOARING INTO THE THIRD HEAVEN OVER HERE!!! I have no other words to describe this, Kelly! Such an incredible gospel feast!!!
From a slave to sin–to freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1). From an abusive husband verbally and physically–to loving my wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). I attend church at FamilyBibleChurchKingman.org in Kingman, Az. and I'm a volunteer mentor for SettingCaptivesFree.com; My desire is to speak, teach, and preach THE CROSS of Jesus Christ with the same passion I once had for sin!
"Because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction..." 1 Thessalonians 1:5 ESV.
One of my favorite writings that still brings tears to my eyes when I read it, for all the evil I poured out to my precious wife Sylvia, can be found here: erickhurt.com/my-wife-sylvia/
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A mother and son
Romans 5:17 ESV For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
A mother who loved his son paid the debt her son owed to be released from prison. The love of a mother and son is so wonderful. She no doubt remembers carrying her son long ago in her womb as she sang, talked to, touched, rubbed and loved him well before he took his first breath.
Then once that day came she was overjoyed to see her son being born. What a wonderful and powerful “love connection” these two had immediately upon his birth. Unfortunately the son was full of sin and evil flowing from his heart that he murdered his mother—he took her life! How sad that the mother had no idea she was paying for her own death! The one she loved so much and paid to have released from prison would pay her back by taking her life.
Jesus was born to die—paying for His own death and for the release of those captives who murdered Him by nailing Him to the tree! But unlike the sinful son who took his innocent mother's life, Jesus, the innocent One would give His life for His mother and lay down His life for the sins of the world—and take it up again on the third day! He paid for His own death and with his blood for the sinful ones who nailed His hands and feet.
Mary, no doubt remembers carrying her son long ago in her womb as she sang, talked to, touched, rubbed and loved Jesus well before he took his first breath.
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you…
Romans 5:18-19 ESV Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.
The Gospel and the Church lesson 3
Question 7: Please summarize this teaching and share with us what you got out of it and how this may help when sharing the gospel with others?
Student writes, “As a Christian, a follower of z Jesus Christ, its important that we preach the gospel and only the gospel. However, we should be careful to share the true gospel. I come from a upbringing in my early Christian walk that we should share our personal testimony which did not prioritized the cross. I was taught to tell people that Jesus can meet your needs, or that Jesus can give you a better life, Jesus can help you to get off drugs and so forth.
All this was true to a point but the focus was not on Jesus and the cross or why He had to be crucified and what was the reasoning.
We are sinners and there is nothing good in us. We deserve the wrath of God and to be punished for our transgressions. We deserved to be the ones to be penalized, not Jesus.
However, this Jesus, God in the flesh, sinless. He and only He could have endured the cross and take the punishment for you and me. He became a curse for us. He took the Father's wrath for us. His shed blood on the cross washed us clean. We have been forgiven by faith in His good work. He took the punishment that we deserved. He paid our fine with His life. He died and was buried and three days later raised from the dead and showed Himself to many people. He is alive today. By this grace we have been saved, through faith. It is a gift. We gave been redeemed. We are now children of God. We have been forgiven. When Jesus was crucified, we were crucified with Him along with our flesh and ot sinful desires. When He was buried, our old self was buried with Him. When He was raised, we were raised with Him
and because Christ lives in us, we now have a new life. We don't deserve it but with faith, let us be grateful and give Him praise.”
If only the world could see
If only the world could see that the man of their dreams is standing with His arms opened wide! He’s the One standing, the sight of a lamb looking as though He had been slain. He’s not weak, and has battle wounds to prove it! Scars and marks covering His body literally from His head all the way down to His feet! He may not be a romantic, but he laid down His life for His bride! Then rose again to carry her over the threshold and into His chambers forever!
He doesn’t look strong, nor is there anything about His appearance that should draw us to Him! But He drew His sword—the cross—and defeated every enemy! He is a knight in shining armor who swept His bride off her feet, washed her with His blood, and cleansed her so they could be united forever! If only the world could see that this is what has been portrayed in every fantasy! Every book! Every movie! And every dream! Yes, Jesus Christ is the One that fulfills all of our superhero fantasies!
One who comes to “save the day,” rescue the ransomed, win victoriously, and ride off into heaven! If only the world could see Jesus paying the price as He gave up His life! Gave up His spirit! Gave up His rights! Gave up all that He had. His crown from heaven exchanged for a crown of thorns from the earth! His robe of righteousness exchanged for stripes on His back! If only the world could see that Jesus is the One whom they’ve been looking for! Dreaming of! Fantasizing about! Longing to fulfill their every dream and free them from every harm!
Isaiah 53:1-5 ESV
1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
RE: I had a student finish the 60-day Purity course for the first time
@Matthew-Sims Well done brother! So thankful for your ministry, Matthew, and for walking with this brother lifting up the wondrous cross! The cross of forgiveness, healing, cleansing and freedom, seeing Jesus dying so we could live! I’m excited to see one more heart captivated at the cross then set free from captivity!
Galatians 2:20 ESV I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
We have been crucified with Christ but didn’t receive even one scratch on our bodies through this horrific death called crucifixion! Not one mark could be found on our entire body that was “crucified with Christ.” Why not? Where are my scars and marks? Look at Jesus on the cross for you! Look! There He is! stripped! beaten! pierced! and bleeding to death for you! Your sin and mine right there torn in His flesh! Under the curse of sin and death! Under the judgment of God for you! Look! There are your scars! There are your marks! Right there being put to death in Jesus’ flesh!
Friend, you are free to go! Jesus stepped forward to be crucified for your sin. Wait! But Jesus didn’t do anything wrong! And never sinned! Let me go to my own death! The Lamb must be blameless and without blemish so that this holy sacrifice can make you holy and without blemish. Without one mark or scratch on your body! But look at His wounds that heal you. They have become as if they were yours! And your sin as if they were His! The Lamb that was slain has now risen from the dead to live in you! A new life by faith in Christ who loved you and gave Himself for you! Proving His love and showing His wounds that healed you. Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe" (John 20:27 NIV).
Romans 12:12 ESV Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Friend, Jesus rejoiced because of His steadfast love and hope He had with His Father. The hope of seeing His Father again as He would not abandon His Son to the grave nor would His body see decay or corruption! It was this love that He rejoiced in which allowed Him to be patient in tribulation. The trails Jesus faced from false witnesses. The mocking of His name, His Father's name, and the Spirit’s work. He was mocked, put on trial, falsely accused, taken captive and turned over to be executed on a cross. At the cross, we see what true patients looks like as Jesus went through the worst tribulation know to man or will ever be seen again. For all of the wrath of God’s fury was shot into Jesus’ flesh and bone as He was gasping for just one more breath! His blood was being poured out on the altar for you! Jesus took your sin to the cross and then buried them in a tomb! Then raised on the third day and up into heaven where Jesus is now interceding for you!
Friend, do you see Jesus hanging on the cross for you? For when you do, when you look there constantly, you will die to all forms of sin and shame as did Jesus on that cross! You will be buried with your heart of stone and all sin with Jesus! But then, just as Jesus rose on the third day, you will rise from the dead as a new creature in Christ free from all the sin that once held you captive and a slave! Look to the cross now and see Jesus dying for you!