Come Boldly To The Throne Of Grace

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Heb 4:16

Introduction

Heb 4:16 declares on how a true believer in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection can approach the throne of grace with confidence? The passage also says who is qualified to enter the throne of grace?  Who sits on the throne of grace?  Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior! 

At NCCkl, we are grateful to God Who qualified us to receive true grace by faith in the Righteousness of God.  Now we can  come boldly to the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace in times of need.

The word ‘throne’ depicts a seat for a King. The word ‘grace’ means underserved, unearned and unmerited favor given by God. When we put the words together, ‘throne of grace’ it implies a seat for a King that shows mercy and favor.  Generally,  people look to someone who is great, capable of providing and  protecting in times of need.  As for us true believers,  it is none other than God Almighty Who existed before mankind.

For   the  Jews,   He   is   called   Yahweh  or  ‘I  AM  WHO  I  AM’. Exo 3:14-15.  When Moses encountered the Lord God of their fathers, he proclaimed Him as  the God of Abraham, Isaac and  Jacob. Exo 34:6-7  The Lord God was merciful, gracious and abounding in goodness and truth, showed mercy for thousands, forgiving their iniquities and transgressions.  When Law was given to Moses, none of them could fulfil the Law.  In fact, even Moses, the meekest man, failed miserably in Numbers 20: 8-12.

God is Holy and cannot tolerate sin as described in Isa 59:1-2. However, God demonstrated His mercy to the Israelites by giving through Moses the sacrificial system found in the Tabernacle. When Israel sin,  they can be restored by keeping the sacrificial system. This sacrificial system found in the Tabernacle foreshadows how God intends to show His  mercy and grace to all mankind through His Son in the New Covenant. John 1:14-16

However, when God sent His Son, by His mighty words and works and fulfilling all the prophecies according to the Scriptures, there were still disputes and unbelief. 

Through the Scriptures on 3 occasions, God testified and proclaimed Jesus Christ as His beloved Son.  

  1. Jesus’ Baptism Matt 3:17; Mk 1:11; Lk 3:22; John 1:18
  2. JesusTransfiguration Matt 17:2-5; Mk 9:5-7; Lk 9:33-35
  3. Jesus’ Triumphal Entry John 12: 28-30

How To Enter God’s Throne Of Grace By Faith

  1. Faith in Christ Heb 11:6; Gal 3: 26-27)

God saw spirit of faith abiding and prevailing in Abraham, Isaac and  Jacob.   Heb 11:6   On our part we must believe that Jesus is the Sent One Who came to fulfil the Law.  Jesus accomplished God’s plan to redeem mankind through His baptism, death and resurrection.  John the Baptist who came with the spirit and power of Elijah and prepared the way  for the Lord of glory to fulfil all righteousness.   Luke1:17; Matt 3:15   Only one who believes and baptised in Christ can enter boldly into the throne of grace.  Now, God sees us as His Son Jesus Christ because  we are united with Him just like Paul described  in Gal 3:26-27.

  1. Hope in Christ Heb 5:5-6; 7:21,22

Jesus Christ is our High Priest after the order of Mel-chiz’edek,  seated at the right hand of the throne of grace. He is  forever interceding and intervening on our behalf before God so that we can  stand in the presence of God in Christ.  Jesus  Christ  sympathizes with us as He was tempted, tested and tried  as we are to help us in times of need.

  1. Love in Christ Rom 5:2 ; 1 John 5:14-15

We can rejoice even in tribulation because we know God’s love for us and His presence is always there to comfort.   We can request or pray directly to God through our Lord Jesus Christ at all times. All our wrath and sin have been appeased through Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection because Jesus is the  perfect offering on our behalf.  We are now justified and secured in Christ.

Conclusion

NCCkl is the place where we can grow in grace and truth.  We ought to keep hearing by faith in the Gospel Truth to be born again and to be strengthened in the grace in all its truth.

 

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Grace Surpasses All

John 1:17  For law was given to Moses, grace (unearned ,undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ.’

What Is Grace?

Far too often we use the word ‘grace’ carelessly and conveniently without really knowing the meaning of it. We always hear something like 10 minutes grace period when we enter into a car park or delivered from something or receive  protection. 

According to the Bible, grace simply means undeserved or unmerited favor from God. 

It is not something we did to earn it but an undeserved gift from God when we believe in His Righteousness. In other words, we don’t have to work for it.

 

What Is Truth?

Truth is simply the Righteousness of God.   Righteousness of God is simply about what God has done to save mankind from sin and reconcile us to Himself.  The Righteousness of God consists of His baptism (sin was passed to Jesus), death (paying the wages of sin) and resurrection (a new creation or new life) .

 

What Keeps Us Away From The Grace Of God?

In Ephesians 2:1-5, the Word says, when Adam and Eve sin against God, sin entered their life and they were spiritually dead to God. Today, for those who have not believed in the Righteousness of God (Truth),  their spirit continue to remain dead to God and they become an enemy of God. They are controlled by the demon spirit and live to gratify their fleshly desires.  Hence, we all once by nature were children of God’s wrath and we don’t deserve the grace of God.

 

What Causes Us To Deserve The Undeserved Favor Of God?

Philippians 2:7-9; Romans 3:24; Romans 3:28; Galatians 3:9

God being God Who is so rich in mercy sent His own Son Jesus Christ  into  the world  in  the form of human to take our sins upon Himself, subsequently died and rose once for all so that whoever believes in His baptism, death and resurrection will be declared sinless and righteous by faith to have the right standing with God. They will then receive the undeserved favor of God (grace) without working for it.  God will become their Father and we will become the children of God.

 

The Benefits Of Experiencing The Grace Of God 

  1. Forgiveness

The more we know we are forgiven, the more we are able to forgive others.  The less we know we are forgiven, the less we will be able to forgive others.  In Acts 7:60, at the point of death, Stephen was able to forgive those who stoned him by asking the Father to forgive them.

  1. Service

We serve the Lord not trying to gain favor and to be rewarded or have our salvation intact but rather it is because we experience the grace of God.  Just as James 2:17 says, ‘faith without works is dead.’  We just cannot remain dormant and not serve God when we are experiencing His grace.  Grace  will stir our hearts to serve Him with passion.

  1. Generous

At one time  we could have been stingy or calculative but now the spirit of generosity flows mightily in our lives. We do not need to be manipulated to give but giving will just become our lifestyle. Acts 2:45;  Acts 4:32,34-35

  1. Not Judgmental

When we experience the grace of God,  we will realise that there is nothing good in us apart from Christ.  In fact,  we are just filthy rags saved by the mercy and grace of God. When we know this,  we become less judgmental towards others.  When we are less judgmental, we can accept people for who they are.  We will not be judgmental like the Pharisees as recorded in Luke 8:11-12.

 

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True Rest For Our Hearts

Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life”

Introduction

It is imperative to understand that the heart is the source of our life.  In fact, everything that we do with our life flows from it. The heart is to be guarded and protected because it can be under constant attack from the evil one.  Furthermore, our own thoughts and emotions can torment and deceive our own hearts.

Since the beginning of time, when Adam fell, God cursed the ground, which also implies men’s heart.   In Gen 3:17 God said “Ground is cursed for your sake, and in toil you shall eat of it”.  Men lost the harmonious relationship that they once had with God.  Ever since then, this estrangement brought  restlessness and men lost peace with God. 

When Noah was born to Lamech, the 10th generation from Adam,  Lamech remembered the curse that has befallen men and named his son Noah implying  ‘rest’ or ‘comfort’.   In Genesis 5:29, Lamech was thinking that it was a physical rest that he would get since his son can help him to ease the pain of labour that has befallen men but God saw more than that.  

Through Noah’s Ark, God has hidden secret mysteries on how to attain true rest once again in the Ark of Salvation that is in Christ through faith in the righteousness of God.

 

  1. Pitched Inside And Outside Genesis 6:14

Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.”

The pitch simply means a covering which was used to cover the inside and outside of Noah’s ark so that water would not have access into the Ark.  Today,  it implies that, if we want true rest for our hearts, our hearts should be covered and guarded inside out with the Righteousness of God.  True rest are for the ones who have the faith in Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection correctly embedded in their hearts. This will enable them to walk into the presence of God in the full assurance of faith that if God is for us, who can be against us. correctly embedded in their hearts. This will enable them to walk into the presence of God in the full assurance of faith that if God is for us, who can be against us.

 

  1. Saved And Kept Alive In Christ Genesis 6:20b

“..two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive.”

Nowadays many are very restless.  This lead them to seek their needs  everywhere hoping to find a solution in the world.  However,  this condition was allowed by God so that they may seek Christ Who is the true rest.  This rest can come into our hearts when we believe the finished work of Christ through His baptism, death and resurrection.  To keep one alive and rested in Christ, it is important to have  continuous growth through learning, fellowship and desiring to be equipped in the Word of God. A rested heart is one that seeks and thirst for the Righteousness of God.   At NCCkl, not only you can be saved from eternal death but also  kept alive until the revelation of Christ.

 

  1. God Is In Control Genesis 6:16

You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.”

Only a heart that is rested in God knows that God is in control of everything that happens in one’s life. When situation in life seems challenging and trials come our way, we can lean, rely, stay confident and trust in God.  In his generation, Noah was the only one believing in the Word of God.  Noah was not shaken or fearful of what is going to happen, but only believed that no matter what the circumstances may be, God will be able to rescue and deliver him. The window in the ark was above simply because it is God’s intent that Noah’s eyes may be fixed on Him alone at all times.

 

  1. Peace Of God Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

For those who are always experiencing God’s rest, they  can be rest assured that God is hearing their prayers, desires, requests.   God will answer them according to His will at the right time. Many have the world’s peace that can be deceiving or fleeting.  However, when disaster strikes they are not able to withstand on their own.  Finally, hearts that are rested truly in the Word of Righteousness will have the peace of God that can overcome all things in Christ.

 

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Circumcision of The Heart

Introduction
In Rom 2:29, Paul explains about the circumcision of heart in the spiritual and not the literal sense.

Circumcision in the literal sense was important for the Jews as portrayed in the Old Testament.   This was an outward sign of being set apart for God.   However, in the New Testament, in Phil 3:3 Paul defines true circumcision.  “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit,  rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

We thank God for NCCkl, for we who are born of water and the Spirit of Christ can truly enjoy worshipping God in Spirit and Truth.

Let us examine and gather what the Old and the New Testament has to say about circumcision.

 

Circumcision of the Flesh   Gen 17:10-25; Jer 4:4; 9:13; 24:25 God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham of which circumcision was the seal.  Acts 7:8    It was passed down to the Israelites and till today it is still practiced. Genesis 17:10-25   It is customary for  Jews to circumcise male babies on the 8th day.  An uncircumcised person’s  soul will be ‘cut off’ from his people. Only the circumcised can partake the Passover Meal. In Joshua 5:2-5, the Lord commanded Joshua to circumcise those who were born in the wilderness.

 

What is the spiritual implication of circumcision?

From the above verses, we can see the Spirit behind the Word of God.  Circumcision is the sign of the covenant between God and Abraham as a reminder of what God promised him which he accepted by faith.

When Joshua and Caleb’s generation occupied the Promised Land, the  Israelites   were   enjoying  peace  and  prosperity.   However,  the following generations  did not experience the work of God but were merely observing the rituals that they were told to keep.

In the book of Jeremiah, God warned the people that though they were circumcised but their hearts are turned away from the God of Abraham as they did wicked and sinful things.  God allowed their neighbors to attack and laid waste their land for they pride over their own ability of keeping the Law but failed to fulfill it.

As born again children of God,  we must take heed of the above not to take matters lightly.   Though we are saved,  we can sway away from God and slowly detach  ourselves from the church and end up living like unbelievers.

 

Circumcision of the Heart  Rom 2:25-29;  3:30;  4:10,12; Col 2:11; Phil 3:3 

When we  believe in  the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection, Christ can spiritually cut our inner selves and give us a new heart.  By faith in Christ only can one approach God who is holy.  It has nothing to do with our outward privileges or positions, external appearances,  eloquence or beauty, physical advantages or performance. At His baptism, John the Baptist represented the world and  passed our sins (past, present and future) on to Jesus by the laying on of hands and He was judged at the cross. 

 

Conclusion 

We thank God for NCCKL, where the Truth, that is the Gospel of God’s Righteousness  is preached to set us free for those who take heed, obey  and apply what we have learned in  our lives.   Circumcision hurts but we will rise up to be great warriors of the Lord.  In His Spirit, we shall speak with fearless confidence of His marvelous great works.  

NCCKL is also a platform for young and old who can avail themselves to be part of the Body of Christ by serving or participating in the various ministries and activities so that we can be united as family in  Christ who understand our Father’s heart.

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8 Signifies New Beginning

……….while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.  1 Peter 3:20

Introduction

Number 8 in the Bible represents a new beginning. a new order or new creation.  As the number 7 means completion, 8 stands for new in contrast with old. 

As we celebrate NCCkl’s 8th anniversary, it is my hope and prayer that we will be drawn closer to God.  Furthermore, our faith in the Righteousness of God will increase as we realize that only God can give us fullness and satisfaction.  8 is found 193 times in the Bible.  It is the first day of the new week that unfolds new opportunities and possibilities.

I would like to list down a few thoughts pertaining to the number 8 even as we celebrate our 8th anniversary.  The spiritual significance of the number 8 is immense.  Numerology is the study of dates and numbers.  Throughout history whether it was biblical, cultural or historical, numbers hold great significance. The number 8 is a special number that depicts “New Beginning!”

 

  1. New Life 2 Cor 5:17; Eph 2:10

In Gen chap 1 & 2, God created Heaven and earth in 6 days.  The Bible then says that on the 7th day,  God said it is now complete and He blessed the day and sanctified it.  However, the 8th day was the brand new beginning for Adam in the garden and was given authority to rule over the material world.  Today, we who are in Christ have been given the authority to rule over the spiritual world through the victory attained for us by Christ baptism, death and resurrection. 

 

  1. New Heart Gen 17:12; Col 2:11-12; Rom 2:28-29

In the NT our Savior of the world was born in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes.  However it took 8 days for it to be officially recorded that His Name was Jesus and it was on the same 8th day that He was circumcised which created a brand new beginning for Christianity and the world.  If we are baptized into Christ  our  Savior,  we  can  die to  our  old  life and  be born again to an ever living hope and life in Christ.  The number 8 symbolizes circumcision of the heart through Christ and the receiving of the Holy Spirit for empowerment and abundant life.

 

  1. New Virtues Exo 34:22, Deut 16:10

Between the holidays of Passover and ‘Shavout’ we count 7 weeks.  During these weeks the Jews endeavor to work  by perfecting their 7 emotions namely love, fear, compassion, ambition, humility, bonding and receptiveness that has been undermined due to their fallen nature.  One emotion per week.  At the completion of these 7 weeks they are supposed to be sufficiently perfected to be worthy of receiving the Torah on ‘Shavout’.  This ritualistic endeavor never truly brought perfection to their virtues until Christ absolute finished work through His baptism, death and resurrection.  In the New Covenant, after the 7th week, on the 50th day (Pentecost) the Holy Spirit was poured upon all flesh. The believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection receive the Holy Spirit to bring true meaning of the 7 emotions in Christ. 

 

  1. New Perfection 1 Sam 16:1-12; Lev 8:31-36; Lev 9:1-2

7 symbolizes perfection – that is achievable via natural means.  8 symbolizes that which is beyond nature and its perfection.  Likewise, God created the world and its natural order in 7 days.  8, on the other hand is symbolic of an entity that is one step above the natural order, higher than nature and its limitations. David was the 8th son of Jesse.  Aaron and his sons were consecrated 7 days and then their ministry began on the 8th day.  Consecration means the act of setting apart or dedicating something or someone for God’s use. NCCkl is ripe for such perfection in Christ for His glory. 

 

  1. New Celebration Lev 23:36; John 4:

The Feast of Tabernacle lasted for 7 days but on the 8th day “Holy Convocation” was to be held.  Holy Convocation is a sacred assembly of calling together the people of Israel for rest and worship. NCCkl celebrates Holy Communion, the love feast among the family of God by breaking bread to attain true rest in Christ.

 

In conclusion, NCCkl’s 8th anniversary prepares us for a great outpouring of blessings.  I believe it is going to be a year of “New Beginnings” for us to achieve what we thought was unachievable, to believe what we thought was unbelievable and to conquer what we thought was unconquerable in Christ !!

 

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Gospel of Righteousness

And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.  Rom 11:6

Introduction

Grace is the heart of the Gospel.  It is the gift of God’s Righteousness that saves a sinner.   The word ‘righteousness’ has become a religious cliché that has lost its meaning to many people.  Even Christians are confused about what righteousness is and how to receive it.  At NCCkl, we believe that apart from God’s righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection, there is no salvation.  ‘Righteousness’ and its counterpart ‘righteous’ appear 540 times in 520 verses of the Bible. 

Righteousness is the condition of being in right relationship with the Lord. 

This can only happen through total faith and dependence upon Christ finished work through His baptism and death.  There is no other way and there is nothing we can add to our faith to obtain right relationship with the Lord.

Let us turn our attention to the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18:9-14 to comprehend, conform and communicate  God’s gift of righteousness to a sinner. 

 

  1. Comprehend – establishing in the true faith

Establishing ourselves in the true faith demands a proper understanding of true repentance.  This is crucial for one to be born again correctly into the Kingdom of God.  Acts 3:19   A lack of knowledge or ignorance of God’s Righteousness will lead one to establish his own righteousness to obtain salvation.  Rom 10:3   Right relationship with God is a result of obedience to the faith in the Righteousness of God established in the fact that Jesus received our sins through the laying on of hands by John the Baptist.  Jesus subsequently died for our sins by bleeding to death and rose from the dead to justify our righteousness of faith in His finished work.  It is imperative to know one cannot obtain salvation by his own thoughts, action or wisdom.  Rom 5:19

 

  1. Conform – progressing in the true faith

It is important for us to know how to walk in Christ after being born again of the water and Spirit.  After being born again, there is only one life to live, that is, life in the Holy Spirit.  Once we internalize this truth in our hearts,  Christ can live in and through us at all times.   This momentary awareness causes our hearts to conform to His will and brings supernatural transformation to our lives.  Such renewal happens to us without our conscious act of trying to live for God.  Col 2:6-7   We ought to build up our faith in Christ because this walk is a journey of life time.  Make no mistake, there is no instant growth.  Growing in the Gospel of Righteousness is a continual process that requires us to learn, acquire, understand and comprehend the revelation knowledge of Christ.  The Word of righteousness must always remain the substance of faith that we are rested on.

 

  1. Communicate – effective way to communicate the true faith

True believers in the Gospel of Righteousness are called to be ministers of reconciliation.  It is our priority to serve God’s righteousness to the lost.  Unfortunately, most Christians have lost the focus when communicating the Gospel of Righteousness.  Instead of preaching God’s Righteousness that saves one by grace through faith, they demand righteousness from a bankrupt sinner.  Nowadays, not only the Gospel is distorted, the supposedly ministers who communicate the Gospel are only interested in what they can gain and profit out of someone.  The message of the true Gospel is unchanging and God is not holding any man accountable for sin.   It is the unbelief of the Gospel of Righteousness that God is against. 

At NCCkl, we are well equipped to be competent ministers for God to administer the grace of salvation by preaching the simple Gospel of Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  For everyone who believes, the gift of righteousness is imputed freely by grace through faith in Christ finished work.

 

In conclusion, the gift of righteousness produces a changed heart that, in turn, changes our actions.  Actions cannot change our heart.  It is the heart of man that God looks at.  1 Sam 16:17   We must be righteous in our heart to truly worship God.  John 4:24

 

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Way

And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them. I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. Gen 6:13-14

Introduction

It is important to know that the only way to defend our hearts and minds in Christ is to place our faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which contains Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. 

According to the passage above, our Lord said that He would wipe out the faithless generation that did not believe in God’s Righteousness.  In reality, it is evident that even this world is heading towards its destruction.

In the days of Noah, the earth was filled with the wickedness of man, likewise this present age is also filled with wickedness. In particular, false beliefs are plaguing today’s Christian faith.  These days believers who are not born again of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness are adhering to mistaken beliefs that challenges the  righteousness of God that brings salvation to man. 

Let us turn to Genesis 6:13-14 to find out what are the spiritual elements required to ensure that the way of salvation in God’s Righteousness is not undermined :

 

  1. Building Our Faith On The Unchanging Word

In verse 14, God told Noah to build an ark of ‘gopherwood’.  Of the countless trees in this world, why did God specifically instruct Noah to build the ark  with ‘gopherwood’?  Spiritually speaking,  ‘gopherwood’ implies the unchanging Word of God.  God’s Word is always unchanging and upright.  The trunk of ‘Gopherwood’ never bend and its leaves never turn yellow under any circumstances.  It is absolutely indispensable for us to believe in God’s Word  that  saves us under all circumstances.  God told Noah to build the ark to protect him from the impending judgment.   If Noah had not built the ark despite finding the grace of the remission of sins – that is, if he had not done God’s work, then he would have been judged by God.  At that time, even though Noah was living in  the world filled with iniquities, he was saved by grace.  Noah became just, perfect and blameless in his generation. Just as Noah became a just man by finding grace from God, we too have become  sinless people through God’s grace of salvation by believing in the pure Word of God.  Like Noah, we must diligently build the Church by serving the Gospel to stay alive until the Lord returns. 

 

  1. Defending Our faith In The Righteousness Of God

The righteous must defend their faith in the Righteousness of God.  In Chap 6:8-9,  the Bible alludes that because Noah rested on God’s Word, he received the grace of salvation.  Noah was declared just and perfect by the gift of grace.  Through faith in the Word of Righteousness we too have found grace and received perfect remission of sins.  However, we are still living in a world that is evil and corrupt.  Therefore, even the righteous  could be defiled by sin.  As a result, the only way for the righteous to avoid the judgment of God is to abide in God’s Church and always meditate on Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection, thus affirming that our hearts are indeed sinless.  When carnal desires rise up in our hearts, how can our hearts be justified and be cleansed?  We can be cleansed only by placing faith in the grace of salvation that has remitted away all our sins.  There is no other way but to stand on the unshakeable Word of Righteousness. 

 

  1. Upholding Our faith In The Perfect Salvation

In verse 14 “….cover it inside and outside with pitch“  implies that no condemnation and guilt can enter the heart of the righteous.  God ensured that not a drop of the water of judgment could seep into the ark.  In this age, if we have indeed received the remission of our sins by believing in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness, then we must build the ark in our heart, which is a shadow of God’s Church.  God told Noah  to make an ark and cover it inside and outside with pitch, likewise we also can avoid the water of judgment by believing in our perfect salvation.  It is God’s will that His righteous children are spared from wrath and punishment by covering themselves with the pitch of salvation.  All the sins we commit in our lifetime with our hearts and body have been perfectly washed away by Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  We cease to exist to sin and raised unto righteousness.  God has given His righteous children an answer of good conscience  towards Him through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  1 Pet 3:18-21

 

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Conscious

This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him,  We shall also live with Him.  2 Tim 2:11

Introduction

It is imperative for us at NCCkl to recognize that God created man to live lives focused on Him.  God’s intent from the very beginning was that we should be ‘God conscious’ not ‘self conscious.’  In fact, until Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they were so unconscious of self that they did not even consider their own nakedness.  However, after their disobedience, they became fully aware of themselves and wanted to hide from God.  Their focus had shifted from God to self.  This is where Satan wants us to be so that he can have a field day with us. 

One of the greatest blessing found in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprise Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection is the provision to have constant awareness of God’s divine  presence  within us by being ‘God conscious.’  

Instead, ‘self-conscious’  causes one to experience grief and suffering induced by the evil one.

Let us examine some of the negative effects caused by ‘self-consciousness’  :

 

1. ‘Self-Consciousness’ Causes Unpleasant Relationship Issues

When we focused on self, it is easy to be offended.  If we are experiencing bitterness, hurt or anger in our relationship with someone, our minds become the tool box for the evil one to create havoc.   The reason we are so easily hurt or offended is that we are still alive to self.  Gal 2:20    The correct way to deal with self is to shift our focus.  Love and forbearance for another person will always overcome self.  Our ultimate focus has to be on God and not ourselves,  It is only when we are surrendered to God that we can overcome our struggles caused by ‘self-consciousness.’

 

2. ‘Self-Consciousness’ Causes Low Self Esteem

‘Self-consciousness’ leads one to have low self-esteem that causes self  to  dominate  our  thoughts.  They  become  focused  on  what other people may think if they say or do something wrong.  To protect self, they become timid, shy and introvert.  This would hinder their faith and service to God. 

 

3. ‘Self-Consciousness’ Causes Financial Issues

‘Self-consciousness’ leads to self-centeredness which is the root of all grief.  Financial problems arises when we try to live above our means, attempting to fulfill self-centered desires.  It is important to have right perspective.  If we are miserable or unhappy over the fact that we don’t have a bigger home, a new car or a wide screen television, something is wrong..  It is not that I am against prosperity – I am not.  It is our self-centeredness resulting from ‘self-consciousness’ that turn our want into a need and then that need into a crisis.

Now, let us examine some of the positive effects caused by ‘God-consciousness’  :

 

  1. God-consciousness’ leads to contentment.  Matt 6:33  God has already promised that our needs are met in Him and that they will be added to us as a by-product of seeking His Kingdom first.
  1. ‘God-consciousness’ enables us to agree with what God’s Word says about who we are  and do what God’s Word says to us to do. 
  1. God-consciousness’ produces constant realization of His divine Presence.
  1. God-consciousness’ enables us to enjoy constant fellowship and companionship.
  1. God-consciousness’  drives out all kinds of fears because we are secured in Him.
  1. God-consciousness’  causes us to desire to please God in a greater measure and stay away from temptation.
  1. God-consciousness’ produces a lifestyle of overflowing 
  1. God-consciousness’  eradicates sin-consciousness.

 

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Rhema

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.   1 Thess 1:5

Introduction

It is pertinent to know and understand what is ‘rhema’.  What is ‘rhema’?  It is a Greek word which means ‘the spoken Word.’  

It is Holy Spirit speaking directly to our born again spirit because  spirit can only communicate with Spirit. 

John 4:24   ‘Rhema’ is a particular word that the Holy Spirit brings to remembrance for a specific purpose.  In the Bible, the written Word is also known as ‘logos’ which is the expressed will or mind of God.

For the born again in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness, which constitutes  Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection, the spirit is a driving or life giving power.  As such, we must have spiritual understanding of ‘rhema’ because God’s Word is spirit and life. Our minds are actually the battleground.  Our spirits are complete and our souls will do what they are told.  However, our soulish parts which include our intellect have the responsibility to choose or exercise our free will.  In a sense, a person’s soul is the master control over our whole person. 

How do we allow the written Word (logos) to become ‘rhema’ in our spirit to be made alive and powerful?

 

  1. The Power Of Meditation

Often we get so hungry to learn God’s Word that we don’t take sufficient time to let ‘the mind of Christ’ in our spirit man to give us a full disclosure of the power that is in these words.  Only the Word which has been mixed with faith that comes from our spirit man will profit us.  We could be better off with only a small amount of the Word in us if it was a true revelation from God than having a vast amount of scripture with only carnal understanding.  Therefore, it is necessary that we get this ‘mind of Christ’ functioning in our soulish minds so that we can make right choices.  This is solely done by meditating on the Word of God.  God’s Word is the wisdom of God. 2 Cor 3:6 denotes that the mere knowledge of God’s Word is not enough.  When the knowledge of God’s Word enters our soulish minds through meditating, our spirits bear witness with the truth and imparts wisdom to apply knowledge. 

This explains why the Word of God seems to work for some people  and not for others.  On the surface it may appear that all know the Word but in truth, only those who meditate on it had the Word of God made alive on the inside of them through revelation knowledge .

 

  1. The Power Of Revelation Knowledge

A true revelation of God’s Word is the single most important element of a victorious Christian life.  One of the most needed things in the life of those born again of the water and Spirit is the revelation knowledge of the Word of God.  God’s Word works!  God sent His Word to save, sanctify, heal and deliver us from this present wicked age and world order.  If we have the true revelation of God’s Word in our hearts, we can overcome the power of Satan and the lust of the world. 

To understand what revelation knowledge is and how to get it functional in our life, we have to know at least some of the basics of our spirit, soul and body.  Our spirit is the part of us that was changed at salvation.  Our body and soul did not automatically become totally new.  They can be changed and renewed  as we grow in the Lord, it is a continuing process.  Revelation knowledge will not profit our physical or soulish parts until we learn to meditate, ignite and release God’s  spoken Word from our spirit man. 

Revelation knowledge was  evident in the lives of the early disciples even though they did not have the complete Word of God that we have today.  They did not have the OT and the NT Scriptures readily available but only through the revelation knowledge of God’s spoken Word, they were able to transform their present day world.  Unfortunately, revelation knowledge is missing today in the presentation  and application of God’s Word among those who are not born of the water and Spirit.  Carnal preachers have been putting out carnal knowledge to carnal people and therefore, the true power of God’s Word  is not  released. 

 

We thank God that at NCCkl, God’s revelation knowledge of His spoken Word is flowing among those who are born again in the spirit.  True believers will not be drawn to the popularity of a person, rather to the power of God’s Word, regardless of which vessel it comes through “for the Kingdom of God is not in word but in power.”  1 Cor 4:20.  We can have revelation knowledge of God’s spoken Word  Who has given us the “mind of Christ” 1 Cor 2:16.

 

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Newness

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  2 Cor 5:17

Introduction

It is imperative for us to understand how we are to live in the newness of life by faith after receiving the remission of sins in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  We must accept the fact that our fleshly thoughts are fundamentally evil.  As such,  for our spiritual thoughts not to deteriorate, we must reside by faith in the Gospel Word of the water and Spirit.

As true believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness we must not lose sight of knowing who we are in the born again spirit. 

Newness of life in Christ only manifest when we walk by faith in the Word. 

Unfortunately, many have lost the spiritual focus on who they are in the spirit to enjoy newness of life in Christ.  In fact, they continue to believe that they are sinners by nature – just the opposite of what the Bible teaches. 

 

  1. Newness in the spirit

It is true that we were all born sinners and had the nature of the devil working  in us.  Ps 51:5; Eph 2:2-3.  However, when we are united by faith with Jesus baptism, death and resurrection, we become a new person in the spirit.  This is not talking about our body.  If we were a man before being in Christ, we are still a man afterwards,  Our body does not change.  Our soul which is what the Bible calls the mental-emotional part of us, does not automatically change either.  It is subject to change but we have to renew the mind to experience newness in our mind and emotions.  Nevertheless, in the spirit we have become a brand new species of being.  Our spirit is totally new.  There is no more an old sin nature left in us.  Most Christians have a notion to believe that after salvation they are still the same at their core.  As a result, they continue to live the rest of their lives trying to restrain their old nature.  They assume they have two natures.  This is schizophrenic!   It produces believers who are nothing like Christ. 

 

 

  1. Newness in the soul

Paul dealt with this issue in Rom 6.  He had so powerfully proved in the preceding chapters that God deals with us by grace through faith  in   the   Gospel   of    God’s  Righteousness.   Furthermore, in Rom 6:2-3, Paul gave two reasons on how to live in the newness of life.  “How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein.”   What a radical statement.  This is not believed by the majority of believers today.  They believe that they are alive to sin and it is with much effort, frustration and failure that they are to battle this sin nature the rest of their lives.  That is not what Paul believed.  Paul said that once we are baptized into Christ, we experience a death to our old sin nature.  It is dead. Yes, as a Christian we still do sin.  Paul made mention of sin in this very chapter and dealt with it in more detail in Rom 7. Our minds are similar to computers in the sense that they can be programmed.  Once programmed, they will continue to function as programmed until we reprogram them.  We were born in sin and our old sin nature programmed our minds how to be selfish, bitter, angry and lust etc.  When we are born again, we become totally new in our spirits.  This old nature has been completely changed.  It is not in the process of becoming new, it is already as pure and perfect as Jesus.  1 John 4:17; 1 Cor 6:17; Eph 4:24.  Paul called this newness of life as the resurrection life.  Rom 6:5

 

  1. Newness in the body

Paul alludes that we ought to know that our “old man is crucified with Christ”  in order to experience the newness of our physical life.  This is not something that is yet to happen or that has to happen over and over again.  It is a done deal in our new born again spirit. We are dead to sin.  Our sin nature is dead and gone but it left behind a body. The Spirit of God within us gives life to our mortal short lived perishable body as we abide in the Word. That body has a carnal mind.  It will still function as programmed until we reprogram it.  Our lives are transformed by the renewing of our minds.  Rom 12:2   Therefore, victory in a true believer’s life is as simple as renewing our minds to who we are  and what we have already received in Christ.  It is not the struggle of two natures inside us.  We are the way we think.  Prov 23:7   If we see ourselves as old sinners, saved by grace, then we will continue to struggle with sin.  However, when we see the total change that took place in our nature, we will manifest that change in our actions.  The way we see ourselves become a self fulfilling prophecy.  We are spirit beings who has a soul and lives in a body. God is a Spirit and he deals with us on the basis of who we are in the spirit.  We worship God based on who we are in the spirit and not on who we are in our flesh in regard to how we act or feel. 

 

 

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