John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
The Purpose To Be Lived When Jesus Returns For His Bride; is the Highlight of it all. Praise God the Almighty One. Unto Him be all the Glory! Hallelujah.
"In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am" John 14:2-3. And in John 16 verse 7 he says: “But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” Jesus was in each stage preparing his disciples and apostles for them to have the whole understanding of what He, Jesus was preparing for the Church; the body of Christ. He told them that in heaven there were many rooms in His Father’s house. And he makes it very clear, if it were not so, I would have told you. Jesus did not hide the truth from his disciples. He said, I will go to prepare a place, and I will come back. And He also says that it is good for Him to go, in order to send the Counselor. We have another passage that explains it as well that Jesus will come back for us, to pick us up, and we find this in Matthew 25:1-13.
One day Jesus taught the Parable of the Ten Virgins. Five of them had oil and five were without oil. The oil in this parable indicates the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. God desires to see the Church of Jesus Christ full of oil, that is, full of the Holy Spirit awaiting for the coming of the Messiah; to take the church to the eternal home over there in glory. Jesus teaches that He came back for the lost sheep and he compares us with a sheep that are lost. Every person who receives Jesus as Lord and Savior of his life, receives the seal of the Holy Spirit.
·"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory"- Eph. 1:13-14.
· "Now it is God who makes both you and I to stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and puts His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come" 2 Corinthians 1:21-22.
·"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption" - Eph.4: 30.
If, we analyze these texts in conjunction, Jesus was teaching another parable of the kingdom of heaven saying: "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom" Mt 25:1. The Bible teaches us that Jesus, the Lamb of God is come for His chosen ones. Jesus himself said that he would prepare a place for us and that he would return to come back and take us with Him into heaven. Jesus came to save us, He justified us before his Father, and he seals us with his the Holy Spirit; so that on the day when He comes to take his bride, he will proceed as he said in the parable of the ten virgins. Those who are sealed with the seal of the Spirit of God will be taken with him into glory; to live with Him forever. If, in someplace and at some circumstance there is a purpose to be lived; that for sure is this one: To be sealed with the Holy Spirit and expectantly waiting for the Bridegroom, the Lamb of God who is to come and take us home. That is what the rapture is, Jesus coming to pick up His bride with Him; into to heaven. We read in the parable of the ten virgins that Jesus explains that there are those who wait upon God. But, the ones without oil are not prepare with their lamps, and they will be shut out. Whoever is not in God, will not be taken up together with Him. Remember when Jesus said either you are for me or you are against me? Either you gather with Jesus or you spoil? The people who are sealed with the Holy Spirit and are awaiting His coming are the ones that gather with Him and are for Him. The ones without the Holy Spirit according to Scriptures are the ones who are not with Him, and that spoil.
There are only two kingdoms in the spiritual world, one that is with Jesus and the other one that is against Him. The five virgins that had oil, are the people who are sealed with the Holy Spirit of God and are for Him. These five represent the Church of Christ; those who make up the body of Christ. The ones without oil are the ones against Him, and do not have the seal of the Holy Spirit. As mentioned and quoted the Scripture earlier: We are also included in Christ when we hear the word of truth, the gospel of God’s salvation. Having believed, we were sealed in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit; who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory. This is how we read it in Eph. 1:13-14.
The Bible says also: it is God who makes both of us; you and I to stand firm in Christ. Is it not beautiful to know that God is the one who makes us stand firm in Christ? For me this is so encouraging. I do not need to guarantee that I will be able to stand firm on my own effort. Praise God for this is so wonderful. God anointed us, and He set his seal of ownership on us, and He put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Whenever the devil wants to deceive us saying, you know that is all a lie, you are not really belonging to God; how can you be sure, and prove it? We are also told not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom we were sealed for the day of redemption. If one believes the lies of the deceiving one, certainly we would be grieving with this the Holy Spirit. God provides everything we need, but we need to take this seriously. Now there are many people who believe that God is unfair to say that those who have no oil have more chance to correct themselves. Look at how God is wonderful, and even for those who think so, God also thought of you. Let's look at chapter 15 of Luke's Gospel here.
Lk. 15: 4-7 "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” For all the sheep who are lost, it was for this purpose that the shepherd came to this earth to give His life as an offering on the cross of Calvary; to those who are lost and dead in their trespasses and sins. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” - Jo.10:10. Jesus came to give abundant life to the lost sheep. It is available to everyone; we only need to receive Him and the salvation He offers.
Mt 18:10-11 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost". Jesus watches over us, all of us that are His sheep; He came to save what was lost, and that is the HUMAN BEING.
Paul writes to the Ephesians saying: " As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient" , Ef.2 :1-2. The ruler of the kingdom of the air is the antichrist, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient; the one that is against Jesus. God wants us to know this fact that we may receive the knowledge that He provided a way to redeem every Human Being; so that we can be with Him and rejoice with Him for all eternity. You know how he found the sheep that was lost? Jesus finds them by going after the five virgins who still have no oil in their lamps. The five without oil represent the people who have not received Jesus into their lives yet. Jesus came to this world as a human being to be able to take our pain and sorrows, our grief and guilt that was set forth against us.
The purpose to be lived is to seize the opportunity, as the Supreme Pastor of the Sheep Jesus comes after us; welcoming Him so that we can become part of those who will be able to enjoy eternal glory with our God. Jesus found us and He came to meet with us to be able to reconcile us with Him.
In the Lord's Service
I greet you in His Love
Antonina Penner. Th. M.
Copyright 2012/11/26 by: “Ministério Visão de Águias”.
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