“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested… that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ…And these things we write to you that your joy may be full” (1 John 1)
There are only two Kingdoms in this universe. The Kingdom of God is manifested in Jesus Christ. Here we find God’s blessings to man: Salvation, the Word of life eternal, Forgiveness and Cleansing from sins, Fellowship with God and with the brethren, the Body of Christ, walking in the Truth, making Progress, freedom, the Light of God and the fullness of inexpressible Joy. All these blessings come by Grace, God’s unmerited Favor, and because of the Blood shed at Calvary.
In the kingdom of darkness, the devil is the ruler of all unrepentant sinners. Over there is sin, sickness, sorrow, bondage, deception, lies, stagnancy, torment, isolation, ignorance, deception and lastly, eternal death in hell. No power in heaven or earth can save an unrepentant sinner.
The Word of Life has come in the midst of sinful men. Jesus is the Word made flesh. We can see, hear and handle the Word of God. It means to personally experience, to gently touch the Spirit’s strings, to produce music, to worship, to sing and celebrate God. True ministry is always amazing, beautiful and musical. The fragrance of Christ fills each room where He is honored and worshipped. We proclaim God’s Word until the spirit of the hearers becomes a worship instrument to the glory of God. The preacher and his congregation, together, they become an orchestra that heaven will bless. Nothing less will do! Ministry is not effective until the Word resonates in the hearts of them who receive it; until it echoes in their innermost being; until the seeds of life become hundredfold; until the faces shine and the hearts are filled with passion for the Lamb! Salvation produces a peculiar joy that nothing can quench.
Eternal life in Christ is not the product of an active imagination; it is not just a longing that weakens the soul, unfulfilled and frustrated. Salvation is more real than the visible universe. It is the embrace of Jesus Christ, touching the punctured side from where the water and Blood came forth to save the souls of men. Salvation comes by the preaching of Truth, the correct doctrine of Christ Crucified. The sinner will be convicted of sin, by the power of the Holy Spirit and the preaching of Truth. Sin is an offense against God; a betrayal of His love, ignoring His mercy and trampling His grace. Sin means to miss the mark, to lose the reward, to trespass into rebellion against the Creator of the Universe.
If you desire eternal life, acknowledgment and humble confession of sin must be made. The word ‘confession’ means to stop defending yourself, to agree with the truth, to accept God’s opinion as final. You have to willingly open the door to truth to manifest, to shine publicly as a proof of victory against sin and the powers of darkness. Then mercy is released from the throne in heaven. God forgives the humbled sinner who has faith in Him. True confession is followed by a flood of supernatural peace and joy.
Then the child of God is baptized in the Body of Christ. He will have fellowship with God the Father, God the Son and with the rest of the born again brethren. Fellowship means intimate communion in the Spirit. Each believer shares in the whole Body. There are common responsibilities and privileges. Together, we become a living company of brethren, of friends, a spiritual family connecting and filling heaven and earth. The Spirit of God flowing in our veins, we love freely and sing His praises forever.
The Body of Christ is God’s dream and vision. He rejoices in His mighty work that none could imagine or perform. The glory of God covers His Church purchased with His Blood. God’s joy becomes ours, we share in it freely. Having the same heartbeat with the Father and the Son, the angels marvel at this great salvation of the children of men. Joy becomes a liquid grace, full, influencing, satisfying our bodies and souls, giving strength to love as we are loved. No language can fully describe it, so I stop here…
In Christ I declare:
I am saved by the Blood of the Lamb!
I have fellowship with God the Father, God the Son and god the Holy Spirit!
I am baptized in the Body of Christ!
I love Truth, Light and the Word of God!
I love God! I see God! I hear God!
I love the brethren as Christ loved me!
I am free! I am healed!
To God be all the glory!
In Jesus name,