Scripture For Today:
2 Samuel 7:27
“The other events of Manasseh’s reign, including his prayer to his God and the words the seers spoke to him in the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, are written in the annals of the kings of Israel.”
What Are the Greater Works? pt 3
We have been discussing about “What Are the Greater Works” than Jesus did. Yesterday, we left off with the explanation that nobody was born again until after Jesus accomplished His sacrifice on the Cross, was raised from the dead, ascended to Heaven and then sent the Holy Spirit to the earth.
We established the fact that people under the Old Covenant could have the FORGIVENESS of sins, but not the REMISSION of sins. That can only happen under the NEW COVENANT and only because of the redemptive work of Jesus at the Cross.
That is what we have access to today. Our sins can be remitted and wiped out through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Amen! It is as if our sins never even happened or existed. Praise God!
Certainly, if you are born again, if you sin, your sins can be forgiven, but that does NOT mean you are NOT born again. If that were the case, you could have been born again and again and again many times over. Which also means you could be born again one minute and guaranteed to go to Heaven, eat an extra cookie from the cookie jar and die tripping down the stairs 5 minutes later and go straight to hell. It does not work that way.
We know the new birth is one of the greater works Jesus was talking about in John 14:12. People were not born again under the ministry of Jesus while He was on this earth. They were still operating and living under the Old Covenant until Jesus purchased our redemption at the Cross.
For instance, you have never read – anywhere – in the Old Testament or the Four Gospels, that Jesus “added to the church daily such as should be saved.” But you DO read that statement about the Apostles in Acts 2:47! Amen! The Book of Acts was recorded AFTER the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
You see, there was not any Church of the Lord in Jesus earthly ministry. Not until Jesus breathed on His disciples and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost” in John 20:22. This is when the disciples were born again. Praise God!
This was the establishment of the Church that began operating in the earth. Amen!
This was the actual beginning of the Church – a body of believers – that now had the ability to operate in the earth with the same Spiritual authority that Jesus had while He was in the earth. This is when the Church became the BODY OF CHRIST in this earth.
Up until that moment, the Body of Christ operating in this earth was only the BODY OF CHRIST. Amen!
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