Wednesday, 23 November 2016

GOD'S PILL 2016 : CAPSULE 45

THE NAME, THE WORD AND TRADITION OF MEN: THE NAME; DELEGATED AUTHORITY (PRIVILEGE)

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians2:9-11 KJV

Amen! Thanks to all for the wonderful feedback's on the first two capsules of this series. As previously stated, what we are discussing is one of the very first thing the Lord showed me, that it was not only enough to be SAVED but that I need to come to the knowledge of the TRUTH. This is what is lacking, it is the difference maker, between those who are SAVED and FREE, as opposed to SAVED and STUCK. To come to the knowledge of the TRUTH in essence means coming to know who Christ is intimately. Always keep in mind that salvation, as far as our walk here on earth is concerned, has four components inclusive: Freedom from SIN, Freedom from demonic oppression, Freedom from sickness/diseases, and Freedom from material lack. As you walk in the knowledge of the truth, use these four as guide or measuring stick here on earth. Taking a closer look at the TRUTH (that is Jesus Christ), in the context of God's Pill, I would first like us to consider the NAME, the significance.

Before we delve into it, I would like to unravel a mystery which very few pay attention to. When you study the Gospel writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, these are the eye witness accounts of the Incarnate Jesus Christ. The Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles unveil the Resurrected Lord. The incarnate Christ showed the humanity of God through Jesus, but in His Resurrected form He became the Giver of LIFE (John 10:10b, 1John 5:11-12). Until His death, burial and resurrection nobody could be born again, this was the miracle of the New Creation. The Incarnate Christ was the Lamb of God that took away the SIN of the world, The Resurrected Christ is the Risen Lord, the Head of the Church, First born from the dead, the Last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45). This is not a cosmetic distinction, in fact this is the heart and epicentre of New Creation realities. The Pauline epistles were expressly written to bring this revelation to the Church.

After His resurrection in Matthew 28:18, Christ told the disciples that 'ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given onto Him'. This was based on the fact that He had paid the price for SIN, ENDED THE OLD COVENANT AND USHERED IN THE NEW COVENANT, in other words He had fulfilled the scriptures (Luke 24:25). This authority grants Him preeminence. The first Adam had dominion (authority) only on the Earth (Genesis 1:28). The last Adam, the Resurrected Lord have absolute Authority in the three spheres: heaven, earth and under the earth. God the Father exalted His Name above all names. Meaning that in Adam we lost one thing, but in Christ we gained three. The significance of this is the fact that this Name is acknowledged by the bowing of every knee and confession of His Lordship in the three spheres, this is total and absolute authority. Everything respond in awe and reverence to the Authority endowed in this NAME.

“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20 KJV

Remember that Christ (The Word) has always been God, the whole purpose of His manifestation in human form was to deliver man from the bondage of the fall. He laid aside His deity for this singular purpose, that He might gain back for us what was lost and hand it back to us. This Name with all the Authority it connotes, He delegated to us before His ascension . Paul describes it as being AMBASSADORS for Christ, the Resurrected Lord, that is we are acting in His stead. The implication is two fold

1. For the born again, that is those 'IN CHRIST', in the spiritual realms , it is Christ that is seen not the individual, 'Therefore if any man be IN CHRIST ....' (2 Corinthians 5:15, Galatians 2:20)


2. Secondly, you carry the Authority that comes with that Name in heaven, on earth and underneath the earth

CONCLUSION 

WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST

Ps - In the next capsule we would take this further and consider the practical applications of what we have learned so far, Why we end our prayers with the name and what happens when we issue a decree or make a declaration in that name.

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'Femi Idowu
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Thursday, 17 November 2016

GOD'S PILL 2016 : CAPSULE 44

THE NAME, THE WORD AND TRADITION OF MEN: SAVED AND STUCK (Part 2)

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 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:” Ephesians 4:11-13 KJV

In the last capsule we established a few things which are vital, firstly, God wants us SAVED and come to the knowledge of the TRUTH. Both must go hand in hand (1 Timothy 2:4). Secondly, it's only when you come to a revealed intimate knowledge of the TRUTH that you start experiencing the FREEDOM that comes with salvation (John 8:32). Lastly, the TRUTH is actually the person of the risen Lord, Jesus Christ (John 8:36). I promised you that I will validate this further in this capsule. However before we go any further, I want to sound a note of warning, this series will challenge and make you think, but for those who are ready, the change you will experience will not be quantifiable. (This is going to be a relatively large capsule because I would like to conclude the trend of thought).

“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 KJV

The night before His crucifixion, Christ made the staggering statement that put paid to any further argument, it consigns every other 'religion or belief system' into the rubbish bin of deception, John 14:6. He not only confirmed that He is the The TRUTH, He told the disciples that He is also The Way and also The Life. (Note that He didn't say He is a way, a truth or a life ). So when you fully understand Christ as the Way, you can never get lost, when you understand Him as the Life, Satan or the world system cannot kill you. More importantly a revealed intimate knowledge of the person of Christ as The TRUTH means you cannot be DECEIVED, it is virtually impossible! A significant majority in church are SAVED but are held captive by deception of the devil because they have not come to the knowledge of the Truth, that is- Christ the risen Lord. The church of Christ, the New Testament church is charged with only two responsibilities (I pray you receive this)

To get men SAVED by the preaching of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 1:21)
To bring those who are SAVED to the knowledge of the TRUTH 

The first is the external mission of the Church, the second is the internal, that is, revealing the person of Christ. This is the primary reason the five fold ministries were set up.

“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”

Ephesians 4:8-11 KJV

The above scripture says after Christ rose from the dead, before He ascended, He gave the Church these five Ministry Offices: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. The question is for what purpose or why did He make this investment? I am glad you asked!

“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 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:” Ephesians 4:12-13 KJV

Verses 12-13, answers the question; to bring the saints or those who are SAVED to maturity, and the measuring stick for maturity will be the extent of their knowledge of the Son of God, such that they match Him in stature in every aspect. In other words coming into the knowledge of the TRUTH! Once this happens, you are no longer prey to lies, deception or cunning craftiness or strange doctrines, meaning you are FREE (Ephesians 4:14, John 8:32, 36, 2 Timothy 3:16). This is so simple and yet so profound that only God could have designed it. The only weapon the devil has are lies and deceptions, nothing more. That is why God wants all men SAVED and come to the Knowledge of the TRUTH. This is not taught enough in churches, in fact most churches have substituted meaningless emotional rituals for the knowledge of the TRUTH.

Until you come to the knowledge of the TRUTH, you will suffer identity crisis and harbour secret inferiority complex. This is the reason why there is so much mediocrity and proliferation of nonsense within churches. Imagine how formidable the church would be, if the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers bring the saints to a place of maturity, which is comparable to the measure of the stature of Christ through the KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH! (we would look at this in depth some other time). In closing, let me simplify things, for the Church, (that is those that are SAVED), condemnation of Sin/sins, Demonic oppression, Sickness/diseases and Poverty are all products of deception and lies of the devil. Come into the knowledge of the TRUTH and you will be FREE!


CONCLUSION

NOW THAT WE ARE SAVED WE NEED THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH TO BE FREE


'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk

Thursday, 10 November 2016

GOD'S PILLS 2016 : CAPSULE 43

THE NAME, THE WORD AND TRADITION OF MEN: SAVED AND STUCK (Part 1)

“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”
1 Timothy 2:4-6 KJV


Introduction

I would like us to wrap up this year just like we started, for want of a better title I have labelled this last series of 2016, THE NAME, THE WORD AND TRADITION OF MEN. As far as titles go, this one is not catchy but I would like you to pay close attention to the content. This is one of the things that the Lord showed me early in my Christian walk which I believe has been invaluable. It is my considered opinion that it will do the same for you no matter how long you have been a Christian. It acts as a measuring stick with which you will take stock but because majority do not have this compass they flounder and generally go with the flow, fad or fashion. For instance you can measure your salvation experience in the four cardinal areas that I have often referred to, mainly: Forgiveness of Sin/sins, Freedom from demonic oppression, Divine Health/Healing and Material prosperity .These four form the content of salvation here on earth and of course you have an assurance of heaven. These four gives you the parameters and if you properly understand this you will not be taken advantage of. With this been said, let us consider another means of measure that is often ignored.

“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:3-4 KJV

Paul in his letter to Timothy said God's desire is for all men to be SAVED and then. COME INTO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH. That is, when you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and saviour, according to Romans chapter Ten, verses nine and ten, salvation is imparted to your spirit, you become born again, you are now in Christ. You are translated from darkness into the kingdom of Christ, your sin is forgiven, you are redeemed, sanctified and perfected forever (note the past tense). These and much more is what it means to be SAVED, it is instantaneous and happens in your spirit. This is not a prolonged process and most Christians to certain extent know that.

But that is not the end of the story, to really take advantage of this salvation, God says you must COME INTO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH! This is the part that is ignored or poorly understood. That is the reason why majority is SAVED BUT STUCK. You cannot substitute this second part with anything else, not even 'prayer'. The first part of salvation is instantaneous, but the second part is a life long process. This is what brings stability in your life and stops you from chasing shadows. Until you come into the knowledge of the truth, you are SAVED but not experiencing the FREEDOM. The hidden man of the heart will not have the opportunity to influence the Soul and the Body. This is the reason why some are SAVED, but still feel condemned, suffer demonic oppression, their body is racked by disease and suffer lack, in other words they are SAVED without any outward evidence.

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32 KJV

Again in John 8:31-32, Christ reiterated the same theme, when you know the TRUTH, the TRUTH will birth Freedom. This is the reason why we see the vast majority in the church remain stunted and live a beggarly life. Until you come into the knowledge of the truth you will substitute emotions and empty actions. Let me turn this round, God wants every man SAVED and come to the knowledge of the truth, but it's the truth that YOU KNOW that will make YOU free. This is a spiritual Law. Take a look at John 8:32 again, the TRUTH is actually a person and that person is Christ. This is clarified in John 8:36, (remember that this was a continuation of the discussion Christ was having with the same people) “If the SON therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed". ( He replaced ' The Truth' with 'The Son', that is Himself) I hope you are grasping this ? 1 Timothy 2:4, John 8:32, John 8:36.

The Greek word translated knowledge in 1 Timothy 2:4, is the word 'epignosis' meaning precise and correct or revealed knowledge or revelation. The word 'know' in John 8:32, is the word 'ginosko' meaning to know something intimately. In other words God wants us SAVED and come to the revealed, intimate knowledge of the person of Christ. (All these might sound too scholarly, but I assure you they form the building blocks of our discussion).

In the next capsule I will like to show you further that the person of Christ is the Truth that is referred to and why knowing the Truth completes the salvation coin. This will launch your Christian experience and open you up for more.

CONCLUSION
NOW THAT YOU ARE SAVED, COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH

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'Femi Idowu
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Thursday, 3 November 2016

GOD'S PILL: TEMPERATURE AND PULSE CHECK (Fourth Recording)

       The Preamble
This is the TEMPERATURE and PULSE check for the last series: ANSWERS TO SOME NAGGING QUESTIONS. Everyone of us in our Christian life come to a point where our experience appear to challenge what we have in Christ, this is common to all, don't let anybody fool you (1 Peter 5:9). We then have one of three decisions to make, just one, it cannot be a combination, and that is where the difference is. The choices are whether to:-
- Live in quiet frustration, paying lip service to these truths like most people around you and settle for mediocrity (2 Timothy 3:5,7)  
- Revert back to type, with a strange mix of old and New Covenant concoction (Luke 5:36-39) 
Find out why things are not working the way they ought, without backing down from our position in Christ and making the necessary course corrections (Romans 3:4).

In the last nine capsules we have discussed some of the reasons why the promise in Matthew 7:7-8 and Luke 11:8-9 might have appeared too good to be true. As previously stated , there is no way I can be exhaustive, this forum is not designed for that and more importantly I don't know everything and cannot teach you everything I know even if I try, that is the function of the WORD and the HOLY SPIRIT. But I am persuaded that with what we have shared and discussed, if you put them to practice with pure motive and don't give up, when you Ask you will Receive, when you Seek you will Find, when you Knock it will be Opened with increasing frequency.
 
What we have discussed affects every aspect of the Christian life: Forgiveness of SIN/sins, Freedom from demonic oppression, Divine health/Healing and Material prosperity. In our discussions I have tried to make things as simple as possible, but these things only work when they become a living concept or habit. To assist with this, we have introduced the Booster dose and Slow-release capsules just to mix things up a bit and get you into the habit of thinking and asking WHY?. Here are some questions below to check your vital signs, please go through the nine capsules again before or after, it will be fun and get your juice flowing.

Questions 
 
1. Give examples of other scriptures that validate Matthew 7:7-8 and Luke 11:8-9 (Capsule 34, 2016) 
2. What would you consider the most important reason why individuals struggle to actualise Matthew 7:7-8 or what would you consider as the primary purpose of prayers.  
3. Is there any difference between RECEIVING and HAVING ? If so what separates them ?

4. What makes the Epistle of James unique ?

5. How does PATIENCE work, and what is the result? (Capsules 37-39, 2016)
 
6. What is the difference between natural wisdom and wisdom in James chapter One (Capsule 42, 2016)

7. Why is it of vital importance to know what is promised in the New Covenant? (Capsule 36, 2016)
 
Ps
As we end this year, don't take your eyes off the prize, the next series will light your fire, expect great things.
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'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk