High Priest of good things to come

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to COME, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Hebrews 9:11-12
Christ came from the FUTURE, and came with a more perfect tabernacle, which is not a building made with hands. The real tabernacle of the future is God with His people. That was God’s PLAN from the very beginning. Our part is to serve God by participating in His plan, which gives us a FUTURE! This future cannot compare to anything here on earth!

Promise to God

Baptism is a promise to God. A simple decision to give up one world for another. This world is sensual, attractive, and passing. Life in this world consists of nothing but empty vanity that in the end only leaves you with memories of the past – at most. The other world is Heavenly and eternal – Life in Christ. It is True Life, that is blissful and joyous and in the end it brings only more joy and peace and Eternal Life in Heaven. The promise is to COMPLETELY give up the former life in this earthly, sensual world, and to become a servant of God in the Heavenly. “Baptism – not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God” – 1 Peter 3:21

Tree of Life

Jesus Christ is the Tree of Life, He is the healing of the nations; that same tree that is seen in the first chapters of Genesis, and also the tree that is mentioned in Revelations. What does it mean to eat from this tree? What is the affect? Where can we find it? Once we find it and eat of it’s pleasant fruits, then we will know what it means to Live!

Spiritual Food

Blessed are the hungry (Matt. 5:6, Luke 6:21). We need to be hungry for real food. Just like in the physical, when a person is truly hungry he will not look for sugar or candy, but food with substance, that can fill and sustain the person. Same in the spiritual, real, filling food is not the fast and overwhelming flow of information that surrounds us in this world. Real food is the pure Word of God, the True teaching that Christ brought. Only the Pure Word can satisfy and fill the heart of a person. This is the food that we need to be hungry for, the food that is heavenly. Set your mind on things above! (Colossians 3:2)

Signs of a new heart

“A NEW heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgements, and do them…and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God…Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loath yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.” Ezekiel 36:26-30
We’ve all read about the new heart, but today I would like to underscore the SIGNS of a NEW heart. “I will cause you to walk in My statutes…” The Spirit (not the doing of your own soul) will cause you to obey His statutes. So the natural desire to do Truth is one of the signs of a new heart. Also, you will loath yourself in your own sight, in other words, you will have feelings against your old self before you had a new heart, how you used to be. The Israelites were called out of Egypt, out of bondage and oppression, and yet – once they left – most of them wanted to go back. Why is that? This is an image for us today. A person who was taken out of sin, was freed from sin – and then desires to go back? Why does that happen?

Needy Heart

“Blessed are the PURE in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
Only those with a pure heart shall see God! How do we intend to see God? How many people actually seek to have a pure heart? People seek all kinds of things, but no one seeks a clean heart UNLESS God starts showing you that your heart is not clean. If you begin to see that your heart is not clean and is not pure, that means God is showing you this. Without seeing who you really are, you will never see God! Without becoming needy, you will never seek to fill that need.

Knowledge Doesn't Save

Christ said, “If you do not become like children, you cannot be my disciples” (Matthew 18:3). Children receive what they’re taught, what they’re shown, what they hear. They’re not experts, so they’re willing to listen and chew on the word – and not immediately spit it out. How many experts do you know that you can come to and they will receive you in the same way? Christ came to the “experts” in His Word, the Word that spoke of Christ, and they told Him to go away. Knowledge is a terrible thing – if it’s from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil!

Everything works out for the good

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Those who love God, everything works out for good, this is the faith that we need to grow in. If you love God, this is assurance that no matter what you are going through – this is for your good! If you look at your life and all the things that happen in your life, all these things Together – lead you to good, which is love and God Himself. Things by themselves don’t have that affect. But if you put them all together, it’s a big plan that we sometimes do not see or understand.

Love for the Truth Overcomes Worries

The end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.” (1 Timothy 1:5) Through Calvary, we have the opportunity to be Alive for God, to Love Him, naturally, not because we have to (by the law), but from within. Just like we naturally loved this world and no one had to teach us to love it, in God the same ability was born to naturally love the Truth and God. No matter what happens through life, Love God, Love His Truth – and everything will be okay! That is the secret “ingredient” in our lives!

Sealed in Christ

“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, we were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14
Paul is reminding that we have been sealed with His Spirit at the time when we have believed, at the moment we accepted the faith. The plan was already known to the Father, that we would hear and receive the Word. This is all not for our glory, or for the glory of who said the words, but it is for the glory of His Son Jesus Christ. That was the plan of God. Those that partake of this plan, are a part of His Glory, the glory of Jesus Christ.