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"He is not here: for he is risen. . ." Matthew 28:6
Last night 12/21/21, I dreamed all night again, this time of "The Resurrection." It was the same kind of dream as "Christmas Magic," which I wrote about a few days ago. Update: 12/25/21: I just realized the date 12/21/21 adds up to 333, a number thought to represent Jesus Christ: (1+2=3, 1+2=3, 2+1=3 (333). You can't make this stuff up.
The dream last night about the resurrection really felt like it had something to do with the "Christmas Magic" story. Again, there were no pictures or visions that are clear to me, or that I remember, but a feeling of amazement, as if perhaps I was witnessing resurrections, and the words "The Resurrection" over and over and over again.
Heavenly Father, hear my prayers. Let Your words flow through me, and not my own, and let Your children hear them. In Jesus' name. Amen.
So, what was God’s plan for man? The book of Titus tells us that it was eternal life:
Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”
So, God promised [man] eternal life before the world began, and we know also that He has only thoughts of peace towards man, to give us an expected end … eternal life:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
Now, Colossians 1 tells us that everything was created,
FOR HIM, and
16 “For by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, [things] visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [that is, by His activity] and for Him.
17 And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.]
Think of it like a movie: God is the creator/writer and director, and everyone and everything, earthly and heavenly beings, is there to perform God’s Will, like actors in His movie.
FOR HIM, and
His Will, before the world began, was that man, who was created from the dust of the earth, would have access to eternal life. So, every life force in the universe is pushing man towards God’s Will, from one degree of glory to more glory, from imperfection to perfection [which is eternal life].
“And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
Every life force in heaven and in and on earth is pushing man towards God’s Will, including Satan and his minions.
At first viewing of God’s movie, Satan and his minions appear to be the antagonists in the movie, the evil villains, and by all rights and definition, they are evil. The real antagonist in the movie, however, is sin and through sin, death.
Now, we know from scripture that God is perfect, and everything He created is good:
God is perfect: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matthew 5:48
And, everything He created is good: “For everything God has created is good. . .” 1 Timothy 4:4
Therefore, we should have faith to believe that Satan was created exactly how God planned it: Perfect in all his ways until iniquity was found in him. “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” Ezekiel 28:15
Is this not why even the Archangel Michael dared not accuse the devil (Satan), but simply said, "The Lord rebuke you"? Jude 1:9
8 "Nevertheless in the same way, these dreamers [who are dreaming that God will not punish them] also defile the body, and reject [legitimate] authority, and revile and mock angelic majesties.
9 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil (Satan), and arguing about the body of Moses, did not dare bring an abusive condemnation against him, but [simply] said, 'The Lord rebuke you!'
10 But these men sneer at anything which they do not understand; and whatever they do know by [mere] instinct, like unreasoning and irrational beasts—by these things they are destroyed."
But these men sneer at anything which they do not understand . . . by these things they are destroyed. Jude 1:10
In other words, we should not speak ill of things we do not understand in God's Word, lest by so doing, we destroy ourselves.
How could we be 'born again,' unless we first died?
1 Corinthians 15
35 "But someone will say, 'How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body will they come?'
36 You fool! Every time you plant seed you sow something that does not come to life [germinating, springing up and growing] unless it first dies."
It took me a little minute to understand what he was saying, but if you think about it, when you plant a seed, the outer shell must die for the seed to break through and grow. Right now, we are still in our seed, our shell. Our outer shell must die, our flesh, so that we can come to life in Jesus Christ, the resurrection.
So, we were created perfect, like God, in light and love, planted in the dirt and raised up with God's breathe. Now, through sin and death, we die, spiritually and literally, and are 'born again' in Christ, whom is the Word made flesh.
How many people know that God never promised in His Word a good time for bad people? The way of the ungodly will perish. Psalm 1:6 - It will not be a good time for the wicked. The Bible is clear on this fact.
God is good, all the time - to His chosen people - but, when He comes again, the ungodly will perish.
His children, however, are protected from harm in Jesus Christ: Jesus said, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior, God has given you an engraved invitation, written in the blood of His only begotten son. Did you RSVP by accepting Him and believing in Him?
So, God promised eternal life before the world began, but “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God . . .” 1 Corinthians 15:50
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, except through eternal life, also called ‘the resurrection,’ who is Jesus Christ.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25
JESUS CHRIST IS THE RESURRECTION!!
In other words, through God's brilliant plan for man, sin entered the world, which is the antagonist (the bad guy) in His movie, and through sin death entered, through death, eternal life in the resurrection, which is Jesus Christ, whom is the protagonist (the good guy) in the movie.
“Jesus says unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life [the resurrection]: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection, is God’s promise of eternal life before the world began. We are ‘born again’ now through His Word, His system on earth, but later, at the end, we will be ‘born again,’ in the resurrection, who is Jesus Christ.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 now or then!
How can we be ‘born again' unless we first die, to be resurrected incorruptible and immortal, and to ascend on the clouds with Jesus? “For this corruptible [man] must put on incorruption, and this mortal [man] must put on immortality.” 1 Corinthians 15:53
God's movie is unique, in that our free will lets us write our ending: In both endings, man dies; there is no escaping that, but in one ending, death is permanent, brutal and merciless, and in the other ending, death leads to eternal life, the resurrection, who is Jesus Christ.
Which ending do you choose? Bow to Jesus and confess to God now . . .
"For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." Romans 14:11
GOD IS GOOD - ALL THE TIME!
All glory and honor and praise and thanksgiving to God, Most High, the creator of the heavens and the earth.
Faithful and humble servant to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.