Bible Studies & Devotionals

From Olive Branch Ministries

By Mark and Tinsley Baker

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Knowing (pt.2)

 

Jesus sent the comforter to lead us and guide us unto all truth.

Jn.16:7. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

Jn:16:13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

1: Pe.1:1 An apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2: Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4: To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Col.1:12. Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

16: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Jesus is called the only begotton son in the Gospels. After the Gospels, He is called the 1st born. He is not the only begotton Son of God any more, He is the 1st born. That implies there is a 2nd born a 3rd born and so on down the line.

Vs.13. Who hath delivered us from the authority of darkness and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear son. 14: In whom we have redemption

Not in whom we are going to get redemption.

Col:1:15: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 22: In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

That is the redeemed man in the sight of God!

We need to see that we have been bought with a precious price.

1Cor:6:20: For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

1Cor: 7:23: Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

Ep.2:1: And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

2: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Eph:2:6: And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

We were made to sit together with Him in heavenly places. According to Godís Word, thatís where we are right now. We have been redeemed, we are not going to get redeemed someday.

[If you are in Christ, You have been redeemed.]

Our redemption can not be based on what we feel, but only on the Word of God.

God accepts the price Jesus paid for me! And I have to accept the price Jesus paid for me as well.

When sin comes up we have 1st Jn. 1:9 We can restore our fellowship, our right standing with God. The devil has no right to condemn you. Your sin is really none of the devils business, heís not our god. If you confess your sin, He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. I believe that I receive my forgiveness, therefore,

Rom:8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Paul went on to say in the 34th verse.

Rom:8:34: Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. We are right there with Jesus! So when you sin, ask and receive your forgiveness and go on! Donít let the devil beat you over the head with it. He is faithful and just. I believe I have received, not because I feel like it. Feeling can be fickle. On any particular day you can feel good or bad, but the Word of God is true and abides forever, whether we feel like it or not.

Rom:3:4: By no means! Let God be true though every man be false, as it is written, "That thou mayest be justified in thy words, and prevail when thou art judged."

You are justified in your words. My feelings better get in line with Gods Word. My words better get in line with Godís Word. Donít base your faith on feelings, feelings can and will change.

1.) I have been bought with a price. We already read.

1Cor:6:20: For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

2.) I belong to God.

3.) I have been redeemed.

God has a tremendous investment in us. We are His children, we are not an after thought.

According to Gods plan of redemption, there had to be an incarnation. Jesus fulfilled that plan. He has totally and completely delivered us from the dominion of darkness!

Col:1:13: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

We already read in 2Co. 5:17 that we are new creatures in Christ Jesus We must realize we have authority over Satan. When the Word comes and is sown in your heart, Satan immediately comes to steal it. Hide the Word in your heart. His Word will brings light and understanding . The entrance of His Word giveth light. Meditate on who you are in Christ. I believe in the redemptive power of the blood of Jesus Christ. I take my position as His child and His son. I am a joint heir with Jesus. I am a believer, and I believe Godís Word is true. All things are possible unto me because Iím a believer, and because the Word of God can not return void. I believe it in my heart and I confess it with my mouth. Glory to God. This is where you put yourself in a place where you begin to partake of your privileges as a child of God, and God will respond to you. We are worthy in Christ Jesus and must come to that realization, before we can walk in it. This is not some kind of bravado. True humility accepts what the Word says, even though you know you know didnít or could not have earned it. False humility is just that, false. True humility says Lord Your Word says I am worthy, therefore I am worthy because Iím in Christ Jesus. The Father sees us in Him. Arenít you glad that He does. Jesus paid the highest price that could be paid for our redemption, there was no greater price that could have been paid, therefore if He says that I am worthy, then I am. It doesnít matter if I feel like it or not, I am the righteousness of God in Christ.

Another good one to meditate on. I have the mind of Christ.

1Cor:2:16. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?

But we have the mind of Christ.

Phil:2:6: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

I donít call it robbery to be called a joint heir with Jesus, I am in Him, I am in Christ Jesus. He bought and paid the ultimate price for me. I accept that, and will act like it is so. We are joint heirs together with Him. We didnít earn it, or couldnít have earned it. Itís a free gift, and I accept and acknowledge it.

Ps.119:89. For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.

-- Revised Standard

Jeremiah 1:12 Then the Lord said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it."

Jn:16:13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

When Jesus was raised up from the dead, and we partook of that resurrection, we received the Nature of God within us. Because of that fact, The Spirit of truth will guide us into all truth, but we have to renew our minds with the Word of God.

Rom:12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

If you already have received Jesus as our Savior and Lord, You still have to renew your mind in order for the transformation to happen in your life. If we donít know who we are in Christ Jesus, we canít renew our minds. Pray like Paul prayed, ask God to open the eyes of your understanding, and begin to meditate on who you are in Christ Jesus. Then watch the transformation happen. It wonít happen overnight, but it will happen. You wonít get into spiritual shape overnight, you didnít become a spiritually slug overnight. ( I'm not implying anybody here is a spiritual slug) You have to prove it. If you havenít accepted Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, then I would like to invite you to pray this prayer and receive eternal life right now.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. Your word says, "Öand the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." (Jn.6:37), So I know You wonít cast me out, but You take me in, And I thank you for it. You said in your Word, "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'' (Ro. 10:13).

I am calling on Your name, So I know You have saved me now, You also said, "Öthat if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation. " (Ro.10:9,10).

I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe He was raised from the dead for my justification.

And I confess Him now as my Lord, Because Your Word says, "Ö with the heart one believes to righteousnessÖ" and I do believe with my heart, I have now become the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:21),

And I am saved! Thank You, Lord!

I can now truthfully say, I see myself as a born again child of God!

Glory to God!!!! Amen.