Redemption

The living Word

by the living Spirit

gives life

to the children of God

(John 1:1-5; 12-13).

 

The Devil by deception destroys rebellious souls who love a lie rather than the truth (Revelation 20:10; 21:8).

God created the cosmos and the realm of angels, including the angel Lucifer, son of the morning (Genesis 1-2; Isaiah 14:12-14). He made humans, male and female, in His own image. God, supreme ruler of the universe, gave Adam and Eve authority over the earth with instructions to obey (Genesis 1:26; 2:15-17).

Lucifer, leader of rebellion against God, that serpent, Satan, the deceiving Devil enticed the humans to disobey God. Disobedience brought death to humanity and a curse to the earth. Satan, cast out of heaven, continues disrupting tactics against God’s plan of redemption.  (Genesis 3:1-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:13-19; Luke 10:18-20; Ephesians 6:12; 2 Peter:4; Jude 6; Revelation 20:10).

Sovereign God, infinite in wisdom, provided a plan for healing this fatal wound to soul and earth.

Precious promise of God for all people: The seed of the woman will crush the head of the Serpent (Genesis 3:15; Galatians 4:4).

God chose to create a living story. A story about a peculiar people who believed God. He called Abraham who fathered the nation of Israel.

Precious promise of God: All the land from the border of Egypt to the Euphrates River, God gave as a permanent possession to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 12:1-7; 13:14-17; 15:6-21; 21:8-13; 22:15-18; 26:23-25; 28:10-15). And most importantly, all people of the earth are blessed by Abraham because The Messiah is a descendant of Abraham (Genesis 12:2; 17:7-8; Galatians 3:8-9;26-29).

Lucifer lurks about always attempting to destroy God’s work. A famine came to the land in the generation of Abraham’s grandson, Jacob. Providentially, God sent Jacob’s son, Joseph, to Egypt. Joseph came to Egypt as a slave, but God blessed him with great wisdom, leadership skills and favor with the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh of Egypt made him ruler in charge of the land, storage and distribution of crops to get the people through the famine. Joseph’s father, Jacob, and his 11 brothers, their wives and children left the land of promise to go down into Egypt where they could buy grain to stay alive (Genesis 41-47).

Now God already knew what that crafty Serpent was up to and forewarned Abraham that his descendants would be oppressed as slaves in a foreign land for 400 years, but would return to the promised land (Genesis 15:13-16). Joseph also prophesied that God would bring them “back to the land he solemnly promised to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob” (Genesis 50:24).

Jacob’s descendants multiplied greatly in the land of Egypt. After time the memory of Joseph faded and the new Pharaoh of Egypt forced the Hebrews to become slaves. As promised deliverance came after 400 years. God called Moses to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt to the promised land (Exodus 3:9-10).

Through the prophet Moses, God performed many mighty miracles to deliver the people of Israel out of Egypt and get them to the promised land. Only a remnant crossed over the Jordan River into the land promised to Abraham’s descendants. The remainder rebelled against God and refused to cross over. Even after all of God’s miraculous provision they refused to trust God (Exodus 1-40).

Those who trusted God enjoyed His blessing in the land of Israel, but with the promised blessing came a curse for disobedience.

Many times some of the people fell away from trusting God and began worshiping idols (demonic inspired rebellion against God) bringing God’s punishment and removal from the land. (Joshua 1-24; 1 Kings; 2 Kings; Jeremiah).

However, repentance by the people of Israel and God’s mercy restored them to the land (Hosea; Nehemiah; Ezra; Micah; Zechariah).

God’s living story of his chosen people, the Jews and their failure to keep the commandments demonstrated a need for the Savior, to save his people from their sins. God spoke through many prophets who announced the coming of the Messiah. As promised, Jesus of Nazareth, born of the virgin Mary, of the lineage of David was born in Bethlehem (2 Samuel 7:12-13; Isaiah 7:14; 8:23; 9:1,5-6; Micah 5:1).

The Devil working through King Herod determined to kill the baby Messiah and ordered all newborns in Bethlehem killed. However, Joseph being warned of God fled to Egypt until Herod died and then returned to live in Nazareth until his mission on earth came about (Matthew 2:13-23).

Jesus tested by Satan proves he is perfect Human (Matthew 4:1-11).

His crucifixion proves he is perfect Savior (Isaiah 53:9-11; Matthew  Mark 15;33-39; John 19:1-42; Hebrews 9:14).

His resurrection proves he is perfect Holy God (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 12:40; 1 Corinthians 15:4; 21-23; 45-49; Hebrews 10:12-13).

Precious promise of God:

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God. (Romans 10:9,4)

For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power (1 Corinthians 4:20).

Precious promise of God:

The next event in God’s plan of Redemption for humanity is the rapture of the Church. Could happen at any time. Precious Promise of God:

But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret, we will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.   (1 Corinthians 15:51-53)

After the rapture of the Church, the Redemption process speeds up with the remaining prophesies unfolding before the world left behind. A terrible time of judgement for corrupt professors of Christianity, Gentiles and Jews. During this time of tribulation, millions of people will be saved by truly and faithfully proclaiming Christ as Savior, even though most are martyred because of their faith (Revelation 5-19).

Since the nation of Israel rejected the Messiah and crucified him, their rebellion against God continues until a future time when after extreme tribulation a remnant of Jews will repent; and call on the name of Jesus to save and rescue them (Isaiah 52:13-53:12; 59:20-21; Romans 11:25-29).

Precious promise of God:

“The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah…I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people…”   (Jeremiah 31:31-40).

God’s living story of redemption will include the return of Jesus the Messiah along with the resurrected saints to a restored creation. A wonderful time of great peace, prosperity and longevity (Isaiah 65:17-25; Revelation 20:4-6).

During this time, Satan will be bound for 1000 years, but then loosed and allowed to lead the nations in one final rebellion against God.

Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever…And the books were opened, including the Book of Life…And the dead were judged according to what they had done…And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:7-15).

God’s living story for the child of God is an everlasting life of love and light.

No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there–no need for lamps or sun–for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever (Revelation 22:3-5).

 

 

 

 

Bibliography

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007, by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Blackstone, William E. Jesus Is Coming: God’s Hope for a Restless World. New York: Revell, 3rd rev. ed., 1908.
Showers, Renald E. What on Earth is God Doing? Bellmawr, NJ: Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry.

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