God’s ultimate plan for us is to become like Jesus in every way. The Bible says, “As He is, so are we in this world.” Even right now, you can speak and act like Jesus, and have the Jesus kind of results in your life, simply by keeping your eyes on Him. As you do so, the Holy Spirit will produce the transformations in you!
Romans 4:25 – Jesus was raised from the dead, showing that we are truly justified before God.
“who was delivered up because of our offences, and was raised up because of our being declared righteous.” (Romans 4:25 ⁷)
Romans 8:3 – There was no sin in Jesus’ flesh. His was just the “likeness” of sinful flesh.
“For what the law couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh;” (Romans 8:3 )
No one could kill Jesus without His permission. Many tried but they failed. Jesus willingly laid down His life at the cross.
Jesus is masterful at whatever He does. Jesus’ work was to remove our sins so that we can enter the presence of a holy God, and we know that He has done a perfect work. The salvation He purchased for us lasts forever!
1 John 5:13 – It is not about the amount of faith you have. It is about the trustworthiness of the person you are having faith in. Jesus is one hundred percent trustworthy.
Eternal life is not about living eternally. Those in Hell also live forever.
Our spirit lives forever because it is God-breathed. The spirit has to live somewhere.
Eternal life is about the quality of life. When we are born again, we receive the “zoe” life of God—the same quality of life that He lives by.
“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13 )
John 10:10 – Jesus came to give us eternal life—the abundant quality of life that God lives by.
“The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 )
Man had a choice whether to eat from the tree of life or the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Eating from the tree of life won’t make you licentious—it will cause you to have more moral excellence than eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
God’s ultimate plan for us is to become like Jesus in every way. The Bible says, “As He is, so are we in this world.” Even right now, you can speak and act like Jesus, and have the Jesus kind of results in your life, simply by keeping your eyes on Him. As you do so, the Holy Spirit will produce the transformations
We are transformed by the Holy Spirit into the Lord’s image as we behold Jesus
Romans 5:1-2 – We can enjoy the favor of God now, and we can look forward to the “glory of God” in the future.
“Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; through whom we also have our access by faith into this grace in which we stand. We rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2 WEB)
Romans 8:30 – God does not just want to save us. He also justified us and will glorify us.
We are waiting for the Rapture so that we can have our glorified bodies.
The Rapture is the catching away of the saints—in the twinkling of an eye, we will be caught up to be with Jesus and forever be with the Lord.
“Whom he predestined, those he also called. Whom he called, those he also justified. Whom he justified, those he also glorified.” (Romans 8:30 WEB)
The resurrection life is not like the life of Lazarus. Lazarus was resuscitated from the dead to eventually die again. But Jesus was raised from the dead, never to die again.
Jesus’ glorified body is the type of body we will receive in the future.
Jesus is God’s pattern man—the one that shows us what we will be like in the future.
Jesus’ glorified body can be touched and felt, and yet it transcends all matter, time, and space.
Matthew 8:17 – Jesus did not leave the work of redemption to someone else. He did it Himself.
The things that Jesus does has an eternal efficacy.
“That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” (Matthew 8:17 KJV)
Romans 8:28 – We are not just guessing, but we know this as a truth.
The words “work together” come from the Greek word “synergei”, like the English word “synergy”.
Not all things that happen to us are good, but everything will work together for our good!
Even this COVID-19 pandemic that didn’t come from God is working together for your good.
Joseph was sold into Egypt as a slave. That was a bad thing that did not come from God, but God used that occurrence to turn things around for Joseph’s good by turning him into the prime minister of Egypt.
Every believer is one who loves God.
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 WEB)
Ephesians 1:18 – Pray this so that you will know the hope of your calling. You are born with a destiny and if you do not fulfill it, it is a loss to Heaven.
“having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,” (Ephesians 1:18 ）
Galatians 1:15 – Even though Paul missed his calling initially, becoming a persecutor of the church, the Lord eventually brought him back to the right path to fulfill the calling on his life.
“But when it was the good pleasure of God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me through his grace,” (Galatians 1:15 )
When you have little, material things will seem like much to you, but when you have much, those material things will seem like little. Your heart is too big to be satisfied with material things. Your heart was created to know Jesus.
Romans 8:28-29 – God has foreknowledge. He already knew who would accept Jesus as Lord by their own free choice. He makes sure that whoever will ever believe in Jesus has the chance to hear and to believe in Jesus, without overriding their free choice. This is how predestination of believers works.
God does not predestine some to be saved and some to be lost.
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Romans 8:28-29 )
Luke 23:34 – Everyone can receive Jesus as Lord and be saved, no matter how badly they have sinned.
“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Dividing his garments among them, they cast lots.” (Luke 23:34 WEB)
1 Timothy 1:16 – If Paul, a ‘chief of sinners’, a persecutor of the church, can be saved, anyone can be saved.
“However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first, Jesus Christ might display all his patience, for an example of those who were going to believe in him for eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:16 )
When you are famous, you always have a dilemma: to live to please the many, or to live and please the One (God).
If Joseph was not sold as a slave into Egypt, he would not have the opportunity to interpret Pharaoh’s dream, and to move from the prison to the palace. All things—even the bad things, worked together for his good.
Genesis 50:20-21 – Joseph used all his power to forgive and provide for his brothers.
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is today, to save many people alive. Now therefore don’t be afraid. I will nourish you and your little ones.” He comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.” (Genesis 50:20-21 )
In His first coming, Jesus came like a humble and lowly servant, but in His second coming, He will return as a glorious King.
The ultimate result we can have is to be like Jesus in every way. We will speak and act like Jesus, and have the Jesus kind of results.
Luke 21:28 – The Christian posture is not to look towards the grave, but to look forward to Jesus’ return.
In a twinkling of an eye, our bodies will be transformed and we will be caught up to meet Jesus in the air.
“But when these things begin to happen, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near.”” (Luke 21:28 )
Philippians 1:21 – Those who are in Heaven now are in much more happiness and peace than we are.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21 )
When the Rapture happens, you will look back on your life and realize that all the futile pursuits in life were a waste of time. Worldly pursuits will not make one happy.
If your children do not like to watch Rock Kidz, bribe them to watch it. One day, they will hear or see something and experience a revelation that makes them want to do it on their own.
You have been delivered from Egypt. Do not leave your children behind.
1 John 4:17 – As Jesus is, so are we, in THIS world. Not next time in Heaven. Right now.
“In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17 )
Ephesians 5:30 – “Flesh and bones” tells us of the physical aspect.
“because we are members of his body, of his flesh and bones.” (Ephesians 5:30 )
2 Corinthians 3:18 – We are transformed into the same image as Jesus, not by our efforts, but just by beholding Jesus (having a hazon vision). The Holy Spirit transforms us as we behold Jesus.
When Peter beheld Jesus, he could also walk on water like Jesus.
When Peter took his eyes off Jesus, began to sink.
The only power we have is to keep our eyes on Jesus.
Even though Peter took his eyes off Jesus, Jesus’ eyes were always on Peter. Jesus took Peter by the hand and rescued him.
The only thing you need to do is to take your eyes off yourself and fix your eyes on Jesus. Keep the Son in your eyes.
As He is, so are you in this world!
“But we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 )
No matter what condition you have in your body, declare, “Lord Jesus, as You are free from [the name of the condition] in Heaven, so am I, free from it in this world. Amen!”