Grace and Peace

In such a world as we live it is good to know that God is interested in us, that He loves us, and that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God making intercession for us; “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Heb. 7:25). We see this intercession again in Romans 8:34, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Because we have believed in the finished work of Jesus on Calvary’s Cross and are saved through His blood, the Holy Spirit is also making intercession for us! “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26)

Seeing that God is for us, who can be against us? “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Eph. 2:8).

As we can plainly see, the world cannot give us Grace and Peace, but He can, and brother and sister He does!

May God Richly Bless you

-Brother Jerry

The Love of God

 

Millions of people – even religious people – are afraid of God and are struggling to earn His favor. They suppose that salvation is the reward of showing Him enough love. If only they would believe what God himself says, that if we are ever saved it is entirely because He loved us and graciously provided for our salvation.

The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 13:11 called God “the God of Love.” John declared “God is love” in 1 John 4:8, and continues there in verse 10 to say: “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation (satisfaction) for our sins.” This is why salvation is so often called a gift in the Bible.

And so Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:3-5, “We… were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved;)

Also Titus told about the love of God, “…after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…” (Titus 3:4-5)

Does all this mean that God overlooks sin or condones it? God forbid! In His love He paid for our sins on Calvary’s cross, “that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Romans 3:26). This is why we read in Romans 5:8 : “…God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

My Brothers and Sisters, I hope you get a blessing from these notes.

-Brother Jerry

Count Your Many Blessings

This is a time of year when all Christians should really be rejoicing. Thank God for Thanksgiving time and Christmas, a time when we can look up to the Lord and really be thankful for the blessings he’s given us over the last year, and for the blessings coming in the new year. It’s a time when we can speak about our Lord and the fact that he came to Earth and was born in Bethlehem. I know there are many Christians who fuss about whether or not to observe Christmas; I’m not one of them.

It’s a time when I can go around singing Joy to the World! It gives us the opportunity to speak to others of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Many people complain about the holidays. Many other people give different reasons for the holidays other than what they’re really about. Take Thanksgiving for instance; this should be a daily holiday for the Christian, being thankful for what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross. Our praises should be double this time of year. In Colossians 1:20 the Bible says “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Seeing then that we are reconciled to God, who is for us, who can be against us? And shouldn’t we Christians set the example during the holidays, being a joyful people, as those who are risen with Christ?

With so many distractions I can understand how people forget to count their blessings. But, if we continue in the word of God and rely upon the Holy Spirit, then we can better appreciate the blessings that God has allowed to flow into our lives. Renewing a right spirit within us, and creating a new heart within us; preparing us as a people ready to tell the world of our glorious Saviour.

Who couldn’t be thankful that knows the Lord? Who couldn’t rejoice when people speak of the real Christmas, of Jesus’ birth, God manifest in the flesh?  I can and I will!

So, as you find yourself in the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle, count your many blessings, name them one by one – and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!

May God richly bless you,

-Brother Jerry

Jubilee

            In Acts chapter 3:18-21 we find these words of great hope written; “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ which was before preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

In this day when there are so many entering the broad way to destruction; it does the hearts of the children of the Lord good to think about the time just ahead, when our Lord will return for a time of restitution such as the world has never seen! This period of time is typified in Leviticus 25, and is known as the year of the jubilee. (It is interesting to note that the inscription engraved on our Liberty Bell at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are words taken from this jubilee chapter. It says, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land.”) Lev. 25:10. Jubilee is on the way!

Now, as we see the Lord’s Day approaching and at the same time the falling away of our beloved America, there are some things to remember:

We are admonished by the great apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2, “Now we beseech you, brethren by the coming of our Lord Jesus, and by our gathering unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as the day of Christ is at hand.

In addition to this, we are commanded to stand with our Bibles (KJV) in hand, as we fight the spiritual battles of our day. We must never forget that we stand safely protected by the whole armor of God when we choose to put it on! Ephesians 6:17, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Proclaim, Proclaim, Proclaim Liberty!

Finally, remember the Holy Spirit is with us! Look for victories and blessings as we fight the battles set before us. The Blessed Hope is closer than ever! So, we should be singing as we go!

Wherever God has put you and whatever circumstances you are in, remember what the apostle Peter said in 1 Peter 1:7-8 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found to be praised and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Proclaim liberty throughout the land! Jubilee is on the way!

– Brother Jerry