The 2,000 Year Old Priceless Gift = The only ambition of believers is to see who could reveal most perfectly the likeness of Christ's character, who can do the most for the enlargement of His kingdom

If Christ's soldiers look faithfully to their Captain for their orders, success will attend their warfare against the enemy. No matter how they may be beset, in the end they will be triumphant. Their infirmities may be many, their sins great, their ignorance seemingly insurmountable; but if they realize their weakness, and look to Christ for aid, He will be their efficiency.... If they avail themselves of His power, their characters will be transformed; they will be surrounded with an atmosphere of light and holiness. Through His merits and imparted power they will be “more than conquerors.” Supernatural help will be given them, enabling them in their weakness to do the deeds of omnipotence.... HP 252.4

By faith they are to look calmly upon every foe, exclaiming: “We fight the good fight of faith, under the command of an omnipotent Power. Because He lives, we shall live also. Through Jesus ... we may withstand all the fiery darts of the enemy” HP 252.5.

Believers were reconverted. Sinners united with Christians seeking the pearl of great price. . . . Every Christian saw in his brother the divine similitude of benevolence and love. One interest prevailed. One object swallowed up all others. Every pulse beat in healthy concert. The only ambition of the believers was to see who could reveal most perfectly the likeness of Christ's character, who could do the most for the enlargement of His kingdom.

The Holy Spirit was sent as the most priceless treasure man could receive. {ML 36.5}

[Godhead truth V/S Trinity Deception] The Personality of the Holy Spirit and Satan's lie: The Personality of the Holy Spirit and Satan's lie

A persons spirit is their mind, will and emotions. It is who you are. So a spirit is not and never can be a literal person in itself. If it were, it would cease to be a spirit.

For instance, in order for a spirit to be another person, it would also have to have its own spirit. In other words, for the Holy Spirit to be a person, it would have to have its own spirit in order to have its own mind, will and emotions. So you would end up with the Spirit of the Holy Spirit.

Along with this false theology introduced by Satan so he could achieve worship, man seems to have lost all touch with the reality of a what a spirit is.

However, while our spirit is within us, God's Spirit can do what ours can't. He can send His Spirit anywhere and is how He and His Son represent “Themselves” where “They” are not personally present.

In other words, the Holy Spirit is their presence and power in you.

Unless of course you have chosen Satan's creation called “god the spirit!” Then you have rejected the Spirit of the Father and Son and have Satan's creation instead!

This is what Satan planned when he created the Trinity doctrine long after the Bible was written.


We have a spirit and our spirit is our personality. 

God has a Spirit and His Spirit is His personality.

When our spirit speaks or grieves, it is us that is speaking or grieving. 

When God's Spirit speaks or grieves, it is God that is speaking or grieving.

It is the same whether it is our spirit or God's Spirit as Paul tells us. We should expect no less. But note Paul states man's spirit is within him while God can send His Spirit anywhere.

“For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit WITHIN HIM? In the SAME WAY NO ONE knows the thoughts of God EXCEPT the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:11

So when God gives us HIS Spirit, He gives us Himself. NOT ANOTHER PERSON!

These are words of CHRIST through HIS prophet! 

“In giving us HIS SPIRIT, God gives us HIMSELF,” — (E.G. White, 7T 273.1, 1902)

The Holy Spirit is His presence and power. The deceived who push the satanic doctrine of the Trinity claim those with truth teach that the Holy Spirit is a force or like an electric current. This is a disgraceful lie and is a dishonest means to try and discredit the truth which could only come from Satan as it is indeed a lie!

Again, here is the truth from the words of CHRIST through HIS prophet!

“The DIVINE SPIRIT that the world's Redeemer promised to send, is the PRESENCE and POWER of GOD.” — (E.G. White, ST, Nov 23, 1891)

So our spirit has a PERSONALITY which is our PERSONALITY but that does not make our spirit another person. Does it?

And God's Spirit has a PERSONALITY which is God's PERSONALITY as it is His Spirit.

And for even further evidence, below we see the “Holy Spirit” IS the “Spirit of the Father!”

Luke wrote, “take you no thought how or what thing you shall answer, or what you shall say: For THE HOLY GHOST shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:11-12

And below is the same account from Matthew and what he called the Holy Spirit.

“take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak. For it is not you that speak, but THE SPIRIT OF YOUR FATHER which speaketh in you.” Matthew 10:19-20

Matthew called the Holy Spirit “the Spirit of your Father,” and so is not another being but God's Spirit, and why it is called the Spirit of God. It is not called “god the spirit.” His Spirit of course is Holy and why it is also called the Holy Spirit.

So why did Satan spread the idea of the Holy Spirit as another god? Who wants to be like the most High and be worshipped and prayed to as God? Isaiah 14:12-14 informs us that this is Satan's desire.

By Satan creating the Trinity doctrine, it creates a non-existent third being. Satan can then step into that position he has created and not only receives the worship he desires, but he would also effectively regain the position he lost as the third highest being in heaven. This is known as worship by representation and is what Satan has also done with Sunday worship.

Does it matter if we choose a non–existent god that is a creation of Satan to be the Holy Spirit so he can get worship and have us deny the real Holy Spirit? In other words, does it matter if we have the Spirit of the Father and Son or a creation of Satan and hence reject the real Holy Spirit?

The third person in the Trinity is actually Satan! It should be obvious that if you get this wrong you will not be in the kingdom!

So when the someone says the Holy Spirit has a personality so therefore it must be another person, know that you are being lied to and are trying to indoctrinate you into wrong thinking that will cost you your soul.

The Personality of the Holy Spirit and Satan's lie

A persons spirit is their mind, will and emotion...

"When the character [thoughts and feelings] of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own" COL 69.1.

The Holy Spirit is the Lord Jesus Christ's CHARACTER in us, the living law of God in us! The law of God lived our in our daily little choices, through our TEN fingers and TEN toes! We are to do the TEN Commandments with our TEN fingers, the Holy Spirit is the FINGER of God upon us Luke 11:19-20:

"19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. 20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you." Luke 11:19-20 KJV.

"27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you." Matthew 12:27-28 KJV.

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" 2 Cor 3:17 KJV.

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" John 6:63 KJV.

"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit" 1 Corinthians 15:45.

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"The Holy Spirit is to be continually present with the believer. We have need more carefully to consider the fact that the Comforter is to abide with us. If we individually comprehended this truth, we should never feel alone. When assailed by the enemy, when overwhelmed by temptation, we are to repose our faith [obedience] in God; for we have his pledged word that we are never to be left to battle alone. Every soul, pardoned of sin, is precious in his sight,--more precious than the whole world. It has been purchased at infinite cost, and Christ will never abandon the soul for whom he has died. The soul may leave him, and thus be overwhelmed with temptation; but Christ can never turn from one for whom he has paid the ransom of his own life" The Faith I Live By, p. 57.6 (Ellen G. White).

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children keep yourselves from idols.” The Lord is soon to come. We want that complete and perfect understanding which the Lord alone can give. It is not safe to catch the spirit from another. We want the Holy Spirit, which is Jesus Christ. If we commune with God, we shall have strength and grace and efficiency. {Lt66-1894} 

"Man can shape circumstances, but circumstances should not be allowed to shape the man. We should seize upon circumstances as instruments with which to work. We are to master them, but should not permit them to master us" GW 292.2.

"Press in the right direction, and make a change, solidly, intelligently. Then circumstances will be your helpers and not your hindrances" 8MR 200.

Inline image 1The old man is humanity with sin working in it; the old man is humanity under the control and direction of the devil. The new man is humanity with divinity in it, and above all and first of all, the new man is Christ Jesus, "which according to God was created in righteousness and true holiness." So we are instructed to put on the new man. Rom.13:14. "Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ," the new man, "and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof" The Divine-Human Family by W. W. Prescott. Listen to the whole book this quote was taken out of here.

This 2,000-year-old priceless gift even DIVIDES time! BC becomes AD. BC stands for "Before Christ" and AFTER CHRIST, ADanno Domini in Latin which means "the Year of our Lord". The terms anno Domini (AD or A.D.) and before Christ (BC or B.C.) are used to label or number years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The term anno Domini is Medieval Latin, which means in the year of the Lord but is often translated as in the year of our LordThe year of Christ's crucifixion was AD 31 and the year of His birth was about April 4th in 4 B.C, the time the spring lambs were born. Jesus is The Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world, approximately 4004. 

Inline image 1"The whole plan for peopling the earth with a race that could develop a spiritual nature like unto His own was a revelation of His love. The interest of Heaven was centered upon humanity, and angels were commissioned to watch over them. This ministration of angels has linked heaven and earth by a tie which no power can sever. The enemy has offset each blessing of the Father by a hellish scheme; hence, while some accept the workings of the Spirit of God, there are others who yield to the influence of a contrary spirit and the earth has become a great battlefield. Every offering, from the first one at the gate of the garden of Eden to the time of Christ, shadowed forth the one great sacrifice of the Saviour" The Story of the Seer of Patmos, by Stephen Nelson Haskell, page 211-212.

In contemplating the incarnation of Christ in humanity, we stand baffled before an unfathomable mystery, that the human mind can not comprehend. The more we reflect upon it, the more amazing does it appear. How wide is the contrast between the divinity of christ and the helpless infant in Bethlehem's manger! How can we span the distance between the mighty God and a helpless child? And yet the Creator of worlds, he in whom was the fulness of the Godhead bodily, was manifest in the helpless babe in the manger. Far higher than any of the angels, equal with the father in dignity and glory (character=thoughts and feelings), and yet wearing the garb of humanity! Divinity and humanity were mysteriously combined, and man and God became one. It is in this union that we find the hope of our fallen race. Looking upon Christ in humanity, we look upon God, and see in him the brightness of his glory (character=thoughts and feelings), the express image (Like Father, Like Son) of his person. {ST, July 30, 1896 par. 3}

Inline image 1"As Christ was twice born, once in eternity, the only begotten of the Father, and again here in the flesh, thus uniting the divine with the human in that second birth, so we, who have been born once already in the flesh, are to have the second birth, being born again of the Spirit, in order that our experience may be the same, the human and the divine being joined in a life union." W. W. PRESCOTT, The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, vol. 73 April 14, 1896, page 232 par. 2.

"LET us look again at the statement that the gifts are for the perfecting of the saints, “till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” There is the pattern. The way that Christ went in this world of sin, and in sinful flesh,—your flesh and mine, burdened with the sins of the world,—the way he went in perfection and to perfection, is the way set before us.

He was born of the Holy Ghost. In other words, Jesus Christ was born again. He came from heaven, GOD's first- born, to the earth, and was born again, But 
all in Christ's work goes by opposites for us: he, the sinless one, was made to be sin, in order that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. He, the living one, the prince and author of life, died that we might live. He whose goings forth have been from the days of eternity (Micah 5:2), the first-born of GOD, was born again, in order that we might be born again." A. T. JONESThe Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, vol. 76 August 1, 1899, page 487 par. 2.

"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins (beginnings) are from of old, from ancient times" Micah 5:2 NIV.

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins (beginnings; goings forth) are from the distant past (antiquity, ancient past, days of eternity).

Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin (birth, beginnings) is from antiquity, from eternity (from of old, in antiquity, so long ago that it is hard for finite minds to comprehend how long ago (before this world was) that God brought forth His only begotten Son, the firstborn of Heaven - see John 3:16). 

Inline image 1"If Jesus Christ had never been born again, could you and I have ever been born again? No. But he was born again, from the world of righteousness into the world of sin; that we might be born again, from the world of sin into the world of righteousness. He was born again, and was made partaker of the human nature, that we might be born again, and so made partakers of the divine nature. He was born again, unto earth, unto sin, and unto man, that we might be born again unto heaven, unto righteousness, and unto God" A. T. Jones, The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, vol. 76 August 1, 1899, page 487 par. 3, (Lessons on Faith p. 154.).

"We should never give to the world the false impression that Christians are a gloomy, unhappy people. If our eyes are fixed on Jesus, we shall see a compassionate Redeemer, and shall catch light from His countenance. Wherever His Spirit reigns, there peace abides. And there will be joy also, for there is a calm, holy trust in God" Desire of Ages Page 153.

Learn more about how Jesus was twice born here, the SOURCE of YOUR POWER TO PERFORM MIRACLES!

Jesus worked for 30 years, subject to his parents, his legal step-father Joseph, and Mother Mary until he was 30 years old. He then began his 3.5-year mission so save guilty mankind and to become a Father of His children, you and I. The Father of all those who believe in Him. Those who believe that God really and truly did have a Son, the firstborn of Heaven who was twice born just like we need to be twice born. WE are first born of the flesh, then of the Spirit. Christ was firstborn of the Spirit in Heaven, then of the flesh of Mary incarnated, conceived in Nazareth and born as a babe in Bethlehem. In the town of Nazareth, noted for its wickedness, lived a young woman. Daily her heart was lifted to God, asking for the Advent of the promised Saviour. Jehovah's ear was reached and that prayer was answered. Gabriel came from the presence of God and made known to Mary that she, a virgin in Israel should become the Mother of the Son of God. The spiritually of her life is shown in her response to the angel. Taking her God-given responsibility, with all the sorrow and shame it entailed; "behold the handmaid of the Lord".Inline image 1

Like Mary, who become the Mother of Jesus because she was seeking Jesus; WE should DAILY, be asking God, by faith, in the Most Holy Place in the Heavenly Sanctuary for the Spirit of Christ to come into us so that Christ will come and take us to Heaven. The faithful ones, the church of the living God -- few as their numbers may be, are represented as the woman clothed with the Sun, and the moon under her feet and upon her head is a crown of 12 stars. It is the closing of one era, the age of types and shadows, which, like the moon, reflect the light of the truth. The moon is under the feet of the church, and the glorious sun rising of a new day is ushered in. The paler light of the moon seems dim in that more glorious day. The types and ceremonies of the Sanctuary service, which had been a shadow of the real, were passing away, for type met antitype in the child that was born. Every sacrifice from the garden of Eden to the Inline image 1cross shadowed forth the great sacrifice and taught the everlasting Gospel. By FAITH, the sinner confessing His sins over the head of the innocent lamb, saw the real sacrifice and the light from Calvery reflected from the sacrifice shown into his heart, his desires, his daily choices. This service typified the Gospel in its fulness. This is the foundation upon which the living church stands. It is a solid foundation upon which the living church, the 144,000 rests. Around the head of the church clustered 12 stars, representing the 12 apostles who became the Father's of the Christian church. Their names are also upon the 12 foundation stones of the new Jerusalem, the 144,000. The follower of Christ are the special objects of care in the courts of Heaven, and their never was a time when the interest was more intense than when the fullness of time was at hand and the Son laid aside His God FORM, and clothed Himself in HUMAN FLESH, -- flesh subject to all the weaknesses of the frailest child on earth. Into the territory of Satan into the nation which was the very essence of all untruth and deceit the deepest, strongest compound of error, Christ came as a helpless child to show the power of truth and love.

Inline image 1There appeared another wonder in Heaven; "it was the opposing power of Satan" embodied in the ruling Monarchy of earth -- the empire of Rome, with Ceasar Augustus at its head. It is plainly stated in Rev 12:9 that the great red dragon is the devil and the seven heads with the ten horns represent the Roman empire in which the devil dwelt. This power during the reign of Paganism, crucified the Saviour; and it's it's modified form known as the Papacy, held the church of God in bondage for 1,260 years. Rome at the time of the first Advent of Christ, had, in her conquest about the Mediterranean, gained control of Palestine, the home of the Jews. Herod sat as King, but only by consent of the Emperor, to whom he paid tribute. Herod was the last King who ruled over the Jews. In his first will, he "Herod" appointed and Antipas, his successor; and his Archelaus. The people were ready to receive Archelaus, but afterwards revolted. Both he and Antipas went to Rome, each to present his claim to Ceasar for decision. Then Ceasar confirmed neither, but sent Archelaus back to Judea with the title of ETHNARCH; also with the promise of the crown, if he deserved it. But his conduct was such that he never obtained it. This was the fulfillment of the prophecy concerning the Christ child. The death of Herod occured when the Jewish nation was ruled by its king, aided by the Sanhedron and the priests; and in the removing of the kings the "dragon", through Rome, cast the third part of the stars of heaven to the earth. Which ALL the reedemed of earth replace.

Inline image 1Jesus was born either before 4 BC (when Herod the Great died) or in 6 AD (when the historical Census of Quirinius was undertaken). From other details supplied by Josephus, we can pinpoint Herod the Great's demise as occurring between March 29th and April 4th in 4 B.C. Now Matthew tells us that Herod killed Bethlehem's babies two years old and under. The earliest Jesus could have been born, therefore, is 6 B.C. Through a variety of other time indicators, we can be relatively confident that the one called Messiah was born in either late 5 or early 4 B.C.  

All the people living in the Old Testament times looked forward to this greatest and grand gift. Since sin entered this world, this 2,000-year-old gift was the "promised gift" that would save mankind from this terrible emergency that occurred when the first Adam ate the forbidden fruit. The second Adam, Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:45) was MADE a quickening spirit 2,000 years ago. 

Inline image 1Quickened means “made alive.” Like the "quickening" of a pregnancy, when a Mother first feels inside of her womb the first signs of life, the baby kicking or moving about. It feels so slight at first, like little butterfly movements inside her tummy. It soon begins to feel like a baby doing summersaults inside her womb when the baby is not sleeping! Then very strong kicks and jabs, toward the end, enough to take your breath away! The butterfly emerging from its cocoon of your mind, your thoughts which become the cocoon of your daily choices, your daily desires. The food choices that a mother makes her whole life, especially while her baby is in her womb makes or determines the characteristics of her sons and daughters for eternity. The literal and spiritual food choices we make today determine our eternal destiny. Learn more about this here.

Inline image 1So, I want to know, what does the quickening (when you first start feeling your baby Christian move) feel like? 

Do you feel the first signs of being a baby Christian, the first signs of truth beginning to be birthed in your desires and thoughts? 

This is the first signs of the "babe in Christ" showing the emerging of truth from the cocoon of your soul. Your soul is your desires, your daily little choices. 

What Father (Christ or Satan are both "father's of our choices") controls your characteristics? 

"He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God" 2 Thessalonians 2:4.

Inline image 1God is supernatural and so His only begotten Son would be supernatural as well. If you are a child of Christ, you will have supernatural characteristics as well. You ARE like your Father whether you like it or not! There is nothing you can do about it! You can choose to disobey your Father in Heaven and obey another Father, the father of this world, Satan, or you can choose to obey the Second Adam, the BOTH HUMAN AND DIVINE, BLENDED JESUS CHRIST. God leaves us a choice, who do we want to obey because we are servants of who we choose to obey, either Christ or Satan. We must choose every day. We must surrender our body to be filled by the human and Divine Spirit of Christ by choosing to get up early every day and spend time with Christ, learning His ways (Jesus says MY WAY is in the Sanctuary - in the Most Holy Place in the Heavenly Sanctuary in the Third Heaven), His thoughts, His actions. He has given us example after example in the Bible and we must behold Him, seek Him and His righteousness, His ways of doing things and ask Him to send His 2,000-year-old Spirit to be our helper, our comforter, our enabler.

Inline image 1Satan is a Father too, the Father of those who do not daily, moment by moment depend on the 2,000 year old Spirit of Christ, that was raised up by His Father on the third day and MADE a quickening, life giving Spirit. Adam gave up his entitlement, or title of the Father of this world when he disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit. Christ, the second Adam won this back at tremendous cost to all the Universe. Christ is NOW the Father of this world, because He became the Second Adam. So now, there are TWO Father's. God is the Father of Christ. Christ is the Father of HIS CHILDREN who are strangers in this world of sin. Those who accept Christ's sacrifice, His perfect life, His soul as their own soul and invite Him to come into their daily choices. His will becomes our will by virtue of this 2,000-year-old soul living in our body. Our characteristics become blended with the characteristisics, changed to become partakers of Christ's supernatural, miracle working nature, the nature of God Himself. God is the head of Christ, and Christ the head of man and man is the head of woman.

A Divine Prescription for Character Development: Watch this great video here!

Inline image 1Quickening spirit would mean not only living-soul but the soul which makes alive or the soul which has the power/authority to give life. Jesus was given to power to become a Father, a father of many nations. He has chosen to give us birth through the Spirit of truth, which is the spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of Christ. The Spirit of Christ quickens us, gives us the first signs of a life, of becoming a host or channel for the Spirit of Christ to live inside of us, conforming our desires to His desires, His will, His thoughts, His WORDS, His actions. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin, and the power of sin (Romans 8:2, Romans 8:11). God gave His Son the power to give life to you, by making Him a quickening spirit 2,000 years ago. 

Inline image 1In Hebrews 10:5 it says "a body thou hast prepared for me". God prepared a body for the Spirit of His Son to be born into. Thus blending Divinity with Humanity forever. This type of Spirit had not ever existed before. A God Spirit blended with a human Spirit in the body of the babe born in Bethlehem. An amalgamation of God and Human mixed together, forever. This is the incarnation of the Spirit of God's Son into an actual physical body of a human baby. Only God's Son could do this because God the Father is immortal which means HE could NOT die! Only the real, true and literal firstborn Son of Heaven could die for guilty mankind, and after His Father raised Him from the dead, to become a life-giving quickening Spirit. The Spirit of Truth. Christ births the truth of His Father's genes, His values, His supernatural, miracle working truth genes into us. We are the inheritance God gave to His only Son! We are the birthright of God's Son. Only the real, literal, physical Son of God, who is as much God as God Himself, just like a human son is as much like his Father and Mother. It is a blending of the Mother and Father's characteristics that makes up the son or child's genes.
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The Holy Spirit. The 2,000 year old (both human and Divine) Spirit of Christ living in us, in our sacred body temple. It means we are showing forth and manifesting Christ's Life instead of our own. Quickened means “made alive.” MADE DIVINE! Not dead in our trespasses! Quickened means “made alive” by the Spirit of Christ, His Soul, His risen both human and divine life living in the MIDST of us! Zech 3:17! Romans 8:9! 1 Cor 15:45!

What must we do to obtain the Pearl of Great Price? Accept Christ as our peace. Accept the righteousness of Christ as our very own prize/gift. 

"All may come to Him, and receive of His fullness. He says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28). Then why not cast aside all unbelief and heed the words of Jesus? You want rest; you long for peace. Then say from the heart, "Lord Jesus, I come (by faith to you in the Most Holy Place in the Heavenly Sanctuary; see John 14:20), because Thou hast given me this invitation." Believe in Him with steadfast faith, and He will save you. Have you been looking unto Jesus, who is the author and finisher of your faith? Have you been beholding Him who is full of truth and grace? Have you accepted the peace which Christ alone can give? If you have not, then yield to Him, and through His grace seek for a character that will be noble and elevated. Seek for a constant, resolute, cheerful spirit. Feed on Christ, who is the bread of life, and you will manifest His loveliness of character and spirit" First published in April 1893, and reprinted in Selected Messages, Book 1, pp. 396-398.

"Many think that they must wait for a special impulse in order that they may come to Christ; but it is necessary only to come in sincerity of purpose, deciding to accept the offers of mercy and grace that have been extended to us. We are to say: "Christ died to save me. The Lord's desire is that I should be saved, and I will come to Jesus just as I am without delay. I will venture upon the promise. As Christ draws me, I will respond." The apostle says, "With the heart man believeth unto righteousness" (Rom. 10:10). No one can believe with the heart unto righteousness, and obtain justification by faith, while continuing the practice of those things which the Word of God forbids, or while neglecting any known duty" First published in April 1893, and reprinted in Selected Messages, Book 1, pp. 396-398.

Become a Medium, Channel, Muse, a Spirit Body Host, for the Spirit of Christ, Who Shed His Life Blood SO YOU could Become a Miracle Worker, a Quickened Spirit (New Birth/Seed of Christ/Truth of Christ lived out in your daily choices) Because of Reverent Submission to the Only Offspring of God, His Only Seed 1 John 3:9. Learn more about this topic here.

The Gospel - What really happened at Calvary !

     "For I am not ashamed of the Glad Tidings (gospel) of Christ, for it is the power of God unto Salvation (freedom, deliverance, rescue, healing and restoration) to every one that believeth . . . As it is written . . . The Just shall live by faith !"     Romans 1:16-17

So what really happened at Calvary ?

Forgiven -     "And you being dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh . . . hath He quickened* together with Him (Christ Jesus), having forgiven you all trespasses !"     Colossians 2:13

Rescued -     "For He saith . . . I have heard thee _________ (your name) in a time accepted* (Isaiah 49:8-16), and in the day of Salvation have I succoured (rescued) thee . . . Behold, now is the accepted time* (Luke 4:18-19), behold, Today is the day of your Salvation . . . !"     II Corinthians 6:2

Redeemed -     "For as much as ye know . . . that ye were not redeemed* (loosen, atonement, ransomed in full) with corruptible things, such as silver and gold . . . but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot . . . !"  
I Peter 1:18-19
ref: Deuteronomy 27:1 thru 30:20 and Galatians 3:10-13

Delivered -     "Giving thanks unto The Father (Matthew 23:9), which hath made us meet (worthy) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in Light . . . Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son . . .
     In Whom we have Redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of our sins !"
Colossians 1:12-14

Healed -    "Who His Own self bare our sins (Isaiah 53:4-6) in His Own body upon that tree . . . So that we, being now dead to sins, should live unto righteousness (Romans 8:2-4 & II Corinthians 4:10-11) . . . and by Whose stripes we are healed !"
I Peter 2:24,
ref: Isaiah 53:4-6 & Matthew 8:17

Restored & Reconciled -     "For if, when we were enemies (of God - Romans 8:7-8), we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more now, being reconciled, we shall be saved* (delivered, rescued, granted freedom, healed and made whole) by His Life !
     And not only this . . . but we also joy in God through our Lord (Sovereign King) Jesus Christ, by Whom we have now received the atonement (at-one-ment) . . . !"
Romans 5:6-11and ref: Ephesians 2:13-14

Set Free -     "And when Jesus (He) had opened the book (Isaiah), He found the place where it is written . . . The Spirit of the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to proclaim the Glad Tidings (gospel) to the poor . . . He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted . . . to proclaim deliverance to the captives, the recovering of sight to the blind . . . and to set at liberty them that are bruised !"
Luke 4:17-18 & Isaiah 61:1-3

Granted Victory -     "Thanks be to God . . . which giveth us the victory through (in) Christ Jesus our Lord (Sovereign King) !"     I Corinthians 15:57

"For we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us . . . and gave Himself in exchange for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world . . . And that He might redeem us from all iniquity,* and purify unto Himself a peculiar people , who are zealous of good works . . . !"
Romans 8:37 and Galatians 1:4 and Titus 2:14

Crucified with Him -
     "For we are crucified with Christ, nevertheless we live . . . yet not I, but Christ liveth in Me (Colossians 1:27); and the Life which I now live in this flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God . . . Who loved me, and gave Himself in exchange for me !"
Galatians 2:20 and ref: II Corinthians 4:11

Circumcised in Him -
     "In Whom also ye _________ (your name) are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands (by the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God), in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh (Romans 8:12-17), by the circumcision of Christ !"
Colossians 2:11 and Deuteronomy 30:6 and Ezekiel 36:22-36

Buried with Him -
     "Buried with Him in (by) baptism . . . wherein also ye are risen with Him through faith in the operation (power, energy, work) of God, who hath raised Him from the dead !"
Colossians 2:12

"Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God . . . angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him . . . !"   I Peter 3:22

Dead with Him -
     "Knowing this . . . that our old man (that which was born in Adam) iscrucified with Christ, so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and that henceforth we should not serve (be in bondage to, obey) sin . . .

     For he that is dead, is freed from sin . . . For in that He died, He died unto sin once, but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed (in deeds, in actions) unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Sovereign King)! "   Romans 6:6-11

Raised with Him -
     "What shall we say then?
Shall we continue to sin, so that grace* (G5485) may abound?   God forbid !
For how shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? . . . Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ, were baptized into His death?

     Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death . . . So that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of The Father, even so we also should rise to walk in newness of Life . . . !"     Romans 6:1-6

New Creations in Him -
     "For He (God the Father) hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin . . . so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (I Corinthians 1:29-31) . . . Therefore, if any man (or woman) be in Christ, they are a new creature* (creation): old things are passed away . . . Behold, all things are become new !"
II Corinthians 5:21,17

Chosen in Him -
     "According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world . . . that we should be holy, and without blame before Him in love . . . To the praise of the glory of His grace* (G5485 - Divine Influence upon the heart, and it's reflection as seen in the life) . . . wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved !

     In Whom we have Redemption through His blood (for the Life is in the blood - Leviticus 17:10-11), even the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches (abundance) of His grace . . . !"     Ephesians 1:4-7

Called in Him -
     "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling . . . not according to our works, but according to His Own purpose* and grace, which was given usin Christ Jesus before the world began . . . !"    
II Timothy 1:9

     "For ye also, as living stones . . . are built up a spiritual house (temple - I Corinthians 3:16-17 & 6:15-20), an holy priesthood . . . to offer up spiritual sacrifices (Romans 12:1 & Psalm 51:15-20), acceptable unto God through Jesus Christ . . .

Yea, ye are a chosen generation* (offspring, generated, brought into being, kindred), a Royal priesthood, an holy nation (tribe, family), a peculiar people . . . That ye should shew forth the praises of Him Who hath called you out of the darkness into His marvelous Light . . . !"   I Peter 2:5-9

Begotten Again in Him -
     "Who, according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again (John 3:3-7, I Peter 1:23-25) unto a living Hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead . . . Who are kept by the power* of God through faith unto Salvation . . . ready to be revealed in this last times (these last days before Christ's return) !"   I Peter 1:3-5

"Not according to works of righteousness which we have done . . . but according to His mercy He saved* us (rescued, delivered, healed, and set us free), by the washing* (baptism) of Regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit . . .

     Which He shed* (poured forth, gushed out, shed abroad) on us abundantly through Jesus Christ . . . That being justified* (declared, rendered innocent, holy and righteous) by His grace,* we should be made heirs according to the hope* (confidence, assurance) of Eternal Life . . . !"   Titus 3:5-7

Joint-heirs in Christ -
     "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed (children - Israel), and heirs according to the Promise . . . That the Blessing* (Spirit-filled Words) of Abraham might come on* (regenerate, bring into being) the Gentiles through Jesus Christ . . . that we might receive the promise* of the Spirit through faith !"
Galatians 3:29,14 and 3:6-7

Seated in Him -
     "In Whom ye also trusted . . . after that ye heard the Word of Truth (unfailing verity), the Glad Tidings of your Salvation (rescue, deliverance, freedom, healing and restoration) in Christ . . . In Whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of Promise, which is the earnest (pledge) of our Inheritance, until the redemption* (ransom, reclaiming in full) of the purchased possession . . . !"
Ephesians 1:13-14

     "That the eyes of your understanding being enlightened . . . ye may know what is the hope* (confidence, assurance) of His calling, and what is the abundant riches of the glory of His Inheritance in the saints . . .

     And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working* (Colossians 2:11-13) of His mighty* powerwhich He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead (upon Whom had been lain the iniquities of us all), and set Him at His Own right hand in the heavens* (ref: Isaiah 66:1) . . . far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named . . . !"     Ephesians 1:18-21

     "That in the ages to come . . . He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness (undeserved, favour) toward us through Jesus Christ . . . !"     Ephesians 2:1-7

Our Great Commission and Purpose in Him ?

      "And Jesus came, and spake unto them (us), saying . . . All power is nowgiven unto Me in heaven and in earth . . . As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you !"
Matthew 28:18-19 and John 20:21

     "And He said unto them (us) . . . I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven (Revelation 12:7-9) . . . Behold, I give unto you ________ (your name) power*to tread on serpents and on scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you . . . !"     Luke 10:18-19

     "No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that is lifted against you in condemnation, thou shalt condemn . . . for the is the heritage (inheritance) of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of Me . . . !"     Isaiah 54:17

"Go ye therefore into all the world, and proclaim the Glad Tidings to every creature . . .He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved,* but he that believeth not shall remain condemned . . . for this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, but men loved darkness rather than Light !   John 3:17-21

     And these signs shall follow them that believe . . . In My name shall they cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues (languages). They shall take up* (loose the hold of serpents), and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them . . . They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover . . .

     So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God . . . . And they (we) went forth and proclaimed every where, the Lord working with them (in them), and confirming the Word preached with signs* following . . . !"     Mark 16:15-20

Ephesians Chapter 2

In the first ten verses Paul presents the past, present and future of the Christian: what he was (verses 1-3); what he is (verses 4-6, 8-9); and what he will be (verses 7, 10). Within this framework he gives six aspects of salvation: it is from sin (verses 1-3) by love (verse 4); into life (verse 5); with a purpose (verses 6-7); through faith (verses 8-9); and unto good works (verse 10). The first aspect is in the past, the next four aspects (except for the second part of “purpose,” verse 7) pertain to the present, and the last aspect, (including verse 7) is in the future.

Ephesians 2:1 " And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;"

First, salvation is from sin, which characterizes life before Christ. In the first three verses there is perhaps no clearer statement in Scripture on the sinfulness of man apart from Christ.

Quickened means “made alive.” In 1:19 Paul prays for his readers to recognize what God’s power has done in them. As part of the answer to this prayer, verses 1-10 inform them of some of the effects divine might has accomplished in them.

The wages of sin is death. (Romans 3:23) Because man is born into sin he is born to death. Man does not become spiritually dead because he sins, he is spiritually dead because by nature he is sinful. When we are walking in our sin unforgiven, we are marking time to death. Each day becomes a little more hopeless, because it is one day closer to death. Trespasses and sin bring physical and spiritual death.

Man’s principal problem is that he has no right relationship to God, from whom he is alienated by sin. It has nothing to do with the way he lives; it has to do with the fact that he is dead even while he is alive.

He is spiritually dead while being physically alive. Because he is dead to God, he is dead to spiritual life, truth, righteousness, inner peace and happiness, and ultimately to every other good thing.

Jesus took the punishment of death on His body on the cross and marked their bill paid in full, for all who would turn from their sin and accept Him as their Savior.

Romans 8:2 "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."

John 5:21 "For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth [them]; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will."

Men apart from God are spiritual zombies, the walking dead who do not know they are dead. They go through the motions of life, but they do not possess it.

“Dead in trespasses and sins”: A sobering reminder of the total sinfulness and lostness from which believers have been redeemed. “In” indicates the realm or sphere in which unregenerate sinners exist. They are not dead because of sinful acts that have been committed but because of their sinful nature.

Committing sinful acts does not make us sinners; we commit sinful acts because we are sinners. Jesus confirmed this when He said, “The evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth what is evil” (Matt. 12:35)

A sinner’s doing good is good, but it cannot change his nature or his basic sphere of existence, and it cannot reconcile him to God.

Through Jesus, we receive His 2000-year-old Spirit of Life. Though I was dead, yet shall I live in Him.

Before we were saved we were like every other person who is apart from God – dead in … trespasses and sins. We were not dead because we had committed sin but because we were in sin. In this context, trespasses and sins do not refer simply to acts but first of all to the sphere of existence of the person apart from God.

Ephesians 2:2 "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:"

In the state of spiritual death, the only walking, or living, a person can do is according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

“Ye walked” means you lived. The “course of this world”, the word course signifies all the tendencies, thoughts, pursuits, deeds and so on, that characterize the present period of history. “This world” (kosmos) means “world system,” that is, those philosophies, values, and life styles that are opposed to God and hostile to Him.

As Paul makes clear, the course of this world follows the leadership and design of Satan, the prince of the power of the air. Sinful men have many different ideas and standards, but they are in total agreement that the network of things in this world is more important than the divine perspective of God.

They are of one mind because they have a common leader and lord, the prince of the power of the air. Satan is now “the ruler of this world,” and until the Lord casts him out (John 12:31) he will continue to rule. The power (or authority) of the air probably refers to Satan’s host of demons who exist in the heavenly sphere.

This world system is characterized by three elements, humanism, materialism and illicit sex. Humanism places man above all else, materialism places high value in physical things, especially money and sexual perversion dominates modern western society as it has no other societies since the lowest periods of ancient Greece and Rome.

Before conversion, the Ephesians used to conduct themselves in accordance with such ungodly values. The prince of the power of the air may be read “the ruler of the kingdom in the air.” They also used to live by the dictates and wishes of Satan.

Paul refers to these ideologies that are like fortresses in which people are imprisoned, need to be set free and brought captive to Christ and obedience to the truth.

Before we come to Christ, we are living in sin. The life without Jesus is a life to please the flesh of man. Satan appeals to the flesh of man. All have sinned. We are first of the flesh. We live for pleasing our own self, before we come to Jesus. These Ephesians were no different.

Not all unsaved people are necessarily indwelt at all time by Satan or are demon possessed. But knowingly or unknowingly they are subject to Satan’s influence. Because they share his nature of sinfulness and exist in the same sphere of rebellion against God, they respond naturally to his leading and to the influence of his demons. They are on the same spiritual wavelength.

World and air (our minds thinking the same as the world) would be almost synonymous, both of them representing a realm or sphere of influence.

1 John 2:15-17 "Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." "For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."

Ephesians 2:3 "Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."

Paul’s primary purpose here is not to show how unsaved people now live, though the teaching is valuable for that purpose, but to remind believers how they themselves formerly walked and formerly lived. All of us once lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

We all had our conversation means “we all conducted ourselves.” In contrast to “ye,” in 2:2 which refers to Gentiles, note the “we” of this verse, which refers to Jews. In essence, Paul admits, “We Jews were no better than you Gentiles, both ethnic groups were sinful.” Children of wrath refers to people subject to divine punishment.

Our body of flesh came from the earth and causes us to want to be of the earth. We must crucify our flesh and put the Spirit of God which is the 2,000-year-old Spirit of Christ in control of our life. The carnal mind is an enemy of God. The battle that has been raging since Adam and Eve, is the battle for the soul of man. Sol-o-man's Temple....we are to be shining white in the Son of Righteousness...claiming HIS VICTORY AS OUR VERY OWN.

The flesh wants to control the soul of man. If the flesh wins, then you are not a Christian. The Spirit of God will come and dwell in you, if you become a spirit person. The breath of life is the spirit of mankind. The breath of life within us is of God. He breathed the breath of life into us, and we became a living soul. The soul is like the will of man.

God will not force you to follow Him. We have a choice to choose whom we will follow. The soul of man is the decision maker. The flesh of man, connected with the earth, desires to sin.

The battle comes between the flesh and the spirit over the soul. Which will rule in your life, the spirit or the flesh? Flesh man brings eternal death. Spirit man brings life and that more abundantly. Is there really any choice?

Ever believer was once totally lost in the system of the world, the flesh, and the devil, who is the prince over the demons, who are the power of the air. Those are fallen man’s three great arenas where he is in a losing battle with spiritual enemies, yet they are enemies with whom, by nature, he is not allied (1 John 2:16).

Rather than all men being children of God, as most of the world likes to think, those who have not received salvation through Jesus Christ are by nature children of wrath, John 3:18. Apart from reconciliation through Christ, every person by nature (through human birth) is the object of God’s wrath, his eternal judgment and condemnation.

They are characterized most accurately not only as sons of disobedience but consequently as children of wrath, objects of God’s condemning judgment.


In verses 4-6, “But” begins to disclose God’s response to man’s sin of verses 1-3. This divine response is expressed in three main verbs:

(1) God … hath quickened us. Because they were morally dead in sins, the Lord gave them spiritual life;

(2) And hath raised us up together, that is, God has not allowed these Christians to remain in the grave of their old life with its sinful ways and habits, but He brought them into a new life and demonstration of it; and

(3) God made us sit together in heavenly places, that is, He has brought us into His presence and into an intimate relationship with Himself.

Ephesians 2:4 "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,"

Salvation is from sin and by love. The two words “but God” show where the initiative was in providing the power of salvation. His great desire is to be rejoined with the creatures He made in His own image and for His own glory. The rebellion and rejection is on man’s side.

Salvation for God’s glory is by the motivation and power of God’s great love. God is intrinsically kind, merciful and loving. And in His love He reaches out to vile, sinful, rebellious, depraved, destitute, and condemned human beings and offers them salvation and all the eternal blessings it brings. Man’s rebellion is therefore not only against God’s lordship and law but against His love.

Though greatly offended and sinned against (as depicted in the parable of Matthew 18:23-35), because of God’s rich … mercy and His great love He offered forgiveness and reconciliation to us as He does to every repentant sinner.

Though in their sin and rebellion all men participated in the wickedness of Jesus’ crucifixion, God’s mercy and love provide a way for them to participate in the righteousness of His crucifixion.

“I know what you are and what you have done,” He says; but because of My great love for you, your penalty has been paid, My law’s judgment against you has been satisfied, through the work of My Son on your behalf. For His sake I offer you forgiveness. To come to Me you need only to come to Him.”

Not only did He love enough to forgive but also enough to die for the very ones who had offended Him. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friend” (John 15:13). Compassionate love for those who do not deserve it makes salvation possible.

“Mercy … love”: Salvation is for God’s glory by putting on display His boundless mercy and love for those who are spiritually dead because of their sinfulness.

I want to cry, when I see this. Why did He love us? We did not deserve to be loved. His mercy endures forever. This love {agape} is that unconditional love. It is above human love. He loved us in spite of all the wrong in our life. The following familiar verse is the greatest proclamation of love that I know of.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

While we were yet in sin, God loved us enough to save us. We were headed for total destruction, and God blocked the way, and turned us to life everlasting in His precious Son. God is love. What this was that Jesus did for all of Christendom, is love in action.

Ephesians 2:5 "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)"

Above all else, a dead person needs to be made alive. That is what salvation gives, spiritual life. To encourage believers who doubt the power of Christ in their lives, Paul reminds them that if God was powerful and loving enough to give them spiritual life together with Christ, He is certainly able to sustain that life.

The power that raised us out of sin and death and “made us alive” (aorist tense) together with Christ (Romans 6:1-7) is the same power that continues to energize every part of our Christian living (Romans 6:11-13). The “we” may emphasize the linking to the Jew with the Gentile “you” in verse 1. Both are in sin and may receive mercy to be made alive in Christ.

“We were dead in sins … Made us alive”: Quickened means to make alive. Far more than anything else, a spiritually dead person needs to be made alive by God. Salvation brings spiritual life to the dead. The power that raises believers out of death and makes them alive, Romans 6:1-7, is the same power that energizes every aspect of Christian living, Romans 6:11-13.

In Adam all die, In Jesus Christ all live. Jesus is the 2,000 year old Quickening Spirit which brings life everlasting. He is the Resurrection and the Life. Because He lives, we live also. Jesus took our sin upon His body on the cross. Our sin died on the cross.

In the place of our sin, Jesus clothed us in His righteousness, His human and Divine Spirit filling us, washed in His precious blood. We are saved in Jesus, not because we deserve to be saved, but because He loved us. Grace is unmerited favor. Jesus offers His 2,000 year old gift of His own life, His own Spirit, His own soul to everyone. It is up to us to accept this free 2,000 year old gift from Jesus.

1 Corinthians 15:45 "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit." (2,000 years ago!)

When we became Christians we were no longer alienated from the life of God, which is the life of Christ, His 2,000-year-old Spirit living INSIDE OF OUR BODIES, controling our desires. We became spiritually alive through union with the death and resurrection of Christ and thereby for the first time became sensitive to God. Paul calls it walking in “newness of life” (Romans 6:8).

For the first time, we could understand spiritual truth and desire spiritual things. Because we now have God’s nature, we now can seek godly things, “the things above” rather that “the things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2).

That is what results from being alive together with Christ. “We shall also live with Him (Romans 6:8) says the apostle, and our new life is indistinguishable from His life lived in us (Gal. 2:20). In Christ we cannot help but be pleasing to God.

Ephesians 2:6 "And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:"

“Raised us up … seated us with Him”: The tense of “raised” and “seated” in the Most Holy Place in the Heavenly Sanctuary in the Third Heaven by faith, indicates that these are immediate and direct results of salvation. Not only is the believer dead to sin and alive to righteousness through Christ’s resurrection, but he also enjoys his Lord’s exaltation and shares in His preeminent glory.

Salvation has a purpose, in regard to us and in regard to God. The most immediate and direct result of salvation is to be raised up with Him, and (to be) seated with Him in the heavenly places. Not only are we dead to sin and alive to righteousness through His resurrection in which we are raised, but we also enjoy His exaltation and share in His preeminent glory.

“In Heavenly Places”: The supernatural realm where god reigns. In 3:10 and 6:12, however, it also refers to the supernatural sphere where Satan temporally rules. OUR MINDS. THE THRONE OF EITHER CHRIST OR SATAN, NEVER BOTH AT THE SAME TIME.

This spiritual realm (the mind centered upon God in the Most Holy Place in the Heavenly Sanctuary in the Third Heaven before the Throne of God) is where believers’ blessings are - claiming Bible verse promises, presenting His own words as our petition before the Father in His Throne room, v.1:3, is how we recieve our inheritance through the true and literal Son of God, to come to Him WHERE HE CURRENTLY is phyically at, 1 Peter 1:4, their affections should be, Col. 3:3, and where they enjoy fellowship with the Lord. It is the realm from which all divine revelation has come and where all praise and petitions go.

We are no longer of this present world or in its sphere of sinfulness and rebellion. We have been rescued from spiritual death and given spiritual life in order to be in Christ Jesus and to be with Him in the heavenly places. Here, as in 1:3, heavenly places refers to the supernatural sphere (our mind stayed upon God and before His Throne in the Most Holy Place in the Heavenly Sanctuary in the Third Heaven) where God rules, though in 6:12 it refers to the supernatural sphere where Satan rules, our mind, IF we do not surrender our body and all our desires to Christ daily, moment by moment.

The Greek verb behind seated is in the aorist tense and emphasizes the absoluteness of this promise by speaking of it as if it had already fully taken place. Even though we are not yet inheritors of all that God has for us in Christ, to be in the heavenly places is to be in God’s domain instead of Satan’s, to be in the sphere of spiritual life instead of the sphere of spiritual death.

That is where our blessing are and where we have fellowship with the Father, the Son, the Holy spirit, and with all the saints who have gone before us and will go after us.

It is finished. Jesus did it all for all who believe in Him. He is seated at the right hand of the Father. If I am in Him, I am seated there too. In the Body of the God and Father of Christ per John 14:20. My spirit soars to heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I can easily relate to John, when he was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day. The door to heaven {Jesus} is open to all who will enter in. COME UNTO ME and I WILL GIVE you rest is the language of Christ. The Spirit and the Bride say "Come" into the Most Holy Place before the Throne of God, into Christ who is in His Father's body, reconciled back to the Father through Christ's righteousness. The secret place that the righteous run to for comfort, peace, protection and salvation.

Colossians 3:1-3 "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God." "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God."

Ephesians 2:7 "That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus."

It is not only for our benefit and glory, but God’s greater purpose in salvation is for His own sake, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. That, too, is obviously for our benefit, but it is first of all for God’s, because it displays for all eternity the surpassing riches of His grace, 3:10.

Through His endless kindness toward us in Christ Jesus the Father glorifies Himself even as He blesses us. From the moment of salvation throughout the ages to come we never stop receiving the grace and kindness of God.

That he might show (or demonstrate): This denotes the ultimate purpose for all that God did for the Ephesians in verses 4-6. It is that throughout eternity He might make us understand more and more His goodness to us.

Salvation, of course, is very much for the believer’s blessing, but it is even more for the purpose of eternally glorifying God for bestowing on believers His endless and limitless grace and kindness. The whole of heaven glorifies Him for what He has done in saving sinners, 3:10; Rev. 7:10-12.

Jesus Christ is the mediator.

1 Timothy 2:5 "For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;"

Notice in the next verse, that the covenant He mediates is not of the law, but of grace.

Hebrews 8:6-7 "But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises." "For if that first [covenant] had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second."

Our covenant with God {Christians} is one that Jesus sealed with His own blood. It is the free gift of grace.

Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:"

Our response in salvation is faith, but even that is not of ourselves (but is) the gift of God. Faith is nothing that we do in our power or by our own resources. In the first place we do not have adequate power or resources. More than that, God would not want us to rely on them even if we had them. Otherwise salvation would be in part by our own works, and we would have some ground to boast in ourselves. Paul intends to emphasize that even faith is not from us apart from God’s giving it.

Some have objected to this interpretation, saying that faith is feminine, while the word “that” is neuter. That poses no problem, as long as it is understood that “that” does not refer precisely to the noun faith but to the act of believing. Every person lives by faith - true faith which is the 2,000-year-old Spirit of Christ filling our BODY/MIND. The 2,000-year-old seed of Christ in us. 

Pray that the mighty energies of the Holy Spirit, with all their quickening, recuperative, and transforming power, may fall like an electric shock on the palsy-stricken soul, causing every nerve to thrill with new life, restoring the whole man from his dead, earthly, sensual state to spiritual soundness. You will thus become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust; and in your souls will be reflected the image of Him by whose stripes you are healed.

When we open a can of food or drink a glass of water we trust that it is not contaminated. When we go across a bridge we trust it to support us. Life is a constant series of acts of faith. No human being, no matter how skeptical and self-reliant, could live a day without exercising faith - the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit is only given to those who obey and trust in the Word of God which IS the Son of God manifested through us to others.

When we accept the finished work of Christ on our behalf, we act by the faith supplied by God’s grace. That is the supreme act of human faith, the act which, though it is ours, is primarily God’s, His gift to us out of His grace.

“For” gives the reason for this future demonstration of divine grace. It is because man owes his salvation to this grace or undeserved divine favor. The force of the Greek perfect tense “are ye saved” indicates that the Ephesians were spiritually saved at some point in the past, and at the present time of writing they remain in this state of salvation.

The grammatical gender of the word “that,” occurring in the expression “that not of yourselves”, is neuter, hence, “that” cannot refer to the preceding “grace” or “faith,” both of which are feminine nouns, nor can it refer to “are ye saved” which is a masculine participle. Instead the neuter “that” refers back and embraces the entire foregoing “grace, are ye saved,” and “faith."

This means that no part of salvation is “of yourselves” or due to what we do, the whole of salvation is the gift of God. Man is saved “by grace” that is, by the kindness of God in having Jesus die for our sins. But this grace is appropriated through faith, that is, man believes what God has done for him and relies upon Christ’s atonement to blot out his sins and bring him into a proper relationship with God.

 “That not of yourselves”: “That” refers to the entire previous statement of salvation, not only the grace but the faith. Although men are required to believe for salvation, even that faith is part of the gift of God which saves and cannot be exercised by one’s own power. God’s grace is preeminent in every aspect of salvation, Romans 3:20; Gal. 2:16.

You can not earn your way to heaven. Just as any gift, to have it, you must reach out and receive it unto yourself. Faith was counted unto Abraham as righteousness. Our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is what gives us our righteousness in God's sight.

Jesus put us in right standing with God, when He paid our debt in full with His blood at Calvary. We must say, thank you Jesus for dying for me. FILL ME WITH YOU NOW HUMAN AND DIVINE SPIRIT. That is why we are saved. Jesus is our Savior. The gift of God, to all mankind who will accept it, is eternal life in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

The grace of God is the expression of His goodness toward the undeserving. Grace means “unmerited favor”, and can be expressed by the acrostic. “God’s Riches AChrist’s Expense.” This grace is the basis of our salvation.

Ephesians 2:9: "Not of works, lest any man should boast."

Obviously, if it is true that salvation is all by God’s grace, it is therefore not as a result of works. Human effort has nothing to do with it (Romans 3:20; Gal 2:16). And thus, no one should boast, as if he had any part. All boasting is eliminated in salvation. Nevertheless, good works have an important place, as Paul is quick to affirm.

The reason, in part that salvation is not achieved by works is to prevent men from bragging of having earned a place in heaven by themselves.

There is no room for boasting. The only thing we might consider boasting of is the greatness of God and His plan of salvation. Works will not get you to heaven. If we love God, and appreciate what He has done for us, we will work for Him, but our work does not save us. It just tells Him we love Him, it's the fruit of our changed character, our flesh crucified, living in the Spirit relm of Christ, in Heavenly places, by the Most Holy Place.

Ephesians 2:10 "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

“For” verifies the assertion of man’s good works having no part in obtaining salvation. Workmanship refers not to our original or physical birth, but to our spiritual birth: what we are spiritually in the good sense is due to God, not ourselves.

Before we can do any good work for the Lord, He has to do His good work in us. By God’s grace, made effective through our faith, we become His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. God has ordained that we then live lives of good works, works done in His power and for His glory.

Although they have no part in gaining salvation, good works have a great deal to do with living out salvation. No good works can produce salvation, but many good works are produced by salvation. “By this is My father glorified,” Jesus said, “that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples” (John 15:8). Read John 15:1-8.

These good works are expected because God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them, and that is why James says faith is illegitimate if works are not present (James 2:17-26.

Created in Christ Jesus unto good works means “having been (morally) recreated by Christ Jesus for good works”; that is, Jesus remade our spiritual lives so that we could then do good works. The same power that created us in Christ Jesus empowers us to do the good works for which He has redeemed us. These are the verifiers of true salvation.

The apostle’s thinking is this: since the Christian has been given spiritual life for the purpose of doing good works, there could have been no good works by him prior to conversion that would merit salvation. Good works follow, do not precede, salvation.

Good works do not bring discipleship, but they prove it is genuine. When God’s people do good deeds they bear fruit for His kingdom and bring glory to His name. Good works cannot produce salvation but are subsequent and resultant God-empowered fruits and evidences of it.

This is the picture then. We are saved by grace and grace alone. The fruit of our salvation shows in our actions after we are saved. As I have said so many times, we must walk in the salvation Jesus provided for us. These works are in Christ Jesus. In the works that you do, the world should be able to see Jesus.

Even Jesus Himself said in John 14:11-12 "Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake." "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

Are you fulfilling this Scripture in His own Words? Matthew 5:16 " Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

Titus 3:8 "[This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men."

There are many more Scriptures on this. Look up good works in your Strong's Concordance.

“Which God hath before ordained”: Like his salvation, a believer’s sanctification and good works were ordained before time began. Romans 8:29-30.

Salvation does not come from knowing about the truth of Jesus Christ but from intimately knowing Christ Himself and receiving the 2,000 year old gift, the blended human and Divine Spirit of Christ. This coming alive can be accomplished by the power of God because of His love and mercy.

Ephesians Chapter 2 Questions

1.      The wages of sin is ________.

2.      Why does each day become a little more hopeless, before we are saved?

3.      In time past ye walked according to the course of this _______.

4.      This spirit now works in the children of ______________.

5.      Satan appeals to the ________ of man.

6.      Who is "the prince of the power of the air"?

7.      What must we do to be saved?

8.      He that doeth the will of God abideth __________.

9.      We were by nature the __________ of ______.

10.  Why does our flesh want to sin?

11.  The ________ mind is an enemy of God.

12.  What must we become for the Spirit of God to dwell in us?

13.  What is the spirit of mankind?

14.  Which is the decision maker, the body, spirit, or soul?

15.  Love in verse 4 is what kind of love?

16.  The author thinks what Scripture is the greatest proclamation of love in the Bible?

17.  How do we sit in heavenly places?

18.  Who is the door to heaven?

19.  What are we to set our affections on?

20.  Who is the mediator?

21.  The Christian's covenant of God is sealed with what?

22.  What causes the Christian to be righteous before the Father?