Jesus came and manifested in the flesh so we may have eternal life. He done this because satan ruled this world; but since He came and died in our place, raised up in glory from death and made eternal life available to us, the rule has been given back to us. Now we can say: ‘I have the right to eternal life. I might not deserve it, but since Jesus came as the living sacrifice, I now have the right to eternal life.’ You see, the old me was governed by this world, by the new me is subjected and governed by the heavenlies.
The Bible continues to say: ‘And this is the promise that He hath promised us, even eternal life’ (1John2:25). Many pastors have preached that this promise is still yet to be fulfilled; but that’s not true; because Jesus had already come. Looking from the Old Testament perspective, the promise is still to be fulfilled, but we not of the Old Testament, we are from the New Testament. In John 17:3 we see a different rendering of this revelation, yet the same idea being rendering: ‘And this is life eternal, that they might know the the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.’
We are not in covenant with the Father; no, that covenant the Father had made with Abraham long ago. We are the product of the covenant. Like a husband and a wife, they have come into covenant with each other; and when they have a child, that child is a product of their covenant. The child is not in covenant with the father, neither with the mother; therefore the child is a product of the mother and father’s covenant. So too are we the product of the covenant.
Eternal life is yours now. Let us take a look at why we who believed received eternal life now. One is that you are saved to be a savior. Yes, that is what the Bible tells us; ‘And saviors shall come up on mount Zion…’ (Obadiah1:21). There is only but one Messiah, but there’s many saviors. This is hard for many to hear, but know that there’s a difference between the Messiah and the Savior. Yes, Jesus the Messiah came so that the world may be saved; but it didn’t stop there. That is why we’ve been saved and sent back into the world. We were not raptured from this world when we became born again, we were sent back unto this world for a purpose – to tell others about the Good News.
Many Christians live like they don’t know their purpose. Although we all have callings in what we are to do for God, we all do have a common purpose. It is not only those in the 5 fold ministry or in office at church who has this responsibility to preach the Gospel. We all have that purpose to tell others about the free gift of life, salvation. This life goes beyond the realty of this world; it stretches from this world into eternity. Eternal life starts here, in this life; therefore, when you are born again, you ought to live life different than the world. ‘Be ye not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…’ (Rom.12:2). It doesn’t stop there, it continues to tell us why: ‘that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.’ This is beautiful; we are to prove God to our world. That means that through our living, we are to make God real to our world. When people look at us, they ought to see God in us. The only way we can do this is when we start thinking like God; and the only way we can start thinking like God is by getting a hold of the Word.
Yes, God has made man in His image, after His own likeness. The first man was fashioned by God’s own words; and since we are now born again, we have been born by the Word of God. Look at it in Romans 10:9 – “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Saved from what? Eternal death! There is two simple steps unto salvation – It is by believing God’s Word in your heart; and then confessing God’s Word with your mouth. That’s how you take a hold of eternal life.
Now, Jesus brought and delivered this life into our hands, what we do with it is up to us. We can accept it or reject it. Accepting it delivers us unto eternal life, rejecting it leaves us in eternal death. That’s the now reality of God’s Word. However, there is a purpose in the deliverance. “…who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.” We are delivered from darkness into light. Let us take a look at the full rendering of this verse: ‘But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.’ Did you see it? We are called a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people for the reason that we should show forth the praise of Him… Wonderful! God had chosen us for this purpose.
If you are born again then you have been delivered already. “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son” (Col.1:13). Many folks get stuck at the former part of this verse, hence so many Christians are still seeking deliverance. We have been delivered from darkness; but the focus of this verse is on the latter; we have been delivered so we might be brought into (translated into) the Kingdom of light. Now to be translated means that there’s a newness of location. You have been taken out / removed and have been placed into a new location.
This new location is in God’s light; His Kingdom of light. The light of this new life extinguish all darkness (John1:5), so the more we dwell in the Word of God, the more this light shines in our lives. There are two different aspects of salvation in scripture. The first is the salvation of the soul. This is being brought out of darkness unto light. The second is the working out of our salvation, our spiritual well being. We are to maintain our salvation; and you can only maintain something when you work at keeping it in good state.
The salvation God had brought unto this world through Jesus Christ is for the now. Now that you have believed and confessed (Rom.10:9), now is when you receive salvation. Maintain that salvation through working the Word – study it day and night, meditate therein; and keep at you salvation so you my fulfill that purpose God had called you in for.
Teaching by Evng./Pst. Rudi Ferreira
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