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03 Oct 2014

D E F E N D E R

If any man sin ...,

We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

1 John 2: 1b

The concept of an attorney is interesting, we imagine the Father as a judge and Jesus as an attorney trying to convince the judge of our innocence.

Although there are certain elements that are true regarding this, that is not the mentality that Juan had in writing this. The word used here is not as specific as a lawyer, the right word would probably be DEFENDER.

Meaning: Jesus defends us with the Father when we sin.

Many times we have the idea that the Father wants to destroy us and that Jesus is saying no, do not. When we sin, Jesus insists on our behalf.  “Don’t get mad, he is trying, he’s improving, and he won’t do it again! “

As if Jesus had heavenly excuses for our wrong doings...

That's not what is happening, in fact verse 2 says that

Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

 

What this means, is that the way Jesus defends us is not telling the Father, “ignore their evil” but He reminds the Father that our wickedness has already been judged upon the cross of Jesus Christ.

 

What gives us access to God is not that we are good people, what gives us access to God is that whatever bad thing we have done has already been paid for on the cross of Jesus Christ. God is not expecting us to be better people, but regardless of all our errors and failures, Jesus solved the problem by dying on the cross and paying the price.

 

Thus, Jesus is not appealing to the mercy of God and His righteousness, because justice has already been done, Jesus Christ the righteous paid the price, guilt has been paid for, and condemnationhas been removed.

Jesus Christ paid for what we did and now we have our Defender, who reminds the Father that we are already free of conviction, not because of anything we have done but because Jesus Christ bore our guilt on the cross.


 

Jonathan Domingo

WHERE DOES YOUR JOY COME FROM? 

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However, do not rejoice that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. "(Luke 10:20)

Many times our joy comes when we see the fruit of our good works or ministries. But our ministry or work should never be what determines our happiness or joy.

 

The only thing that should determine our happiness is our relationship with Christ. Paul describes it in (Philippians 3: 8), "What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ. "

 

I encourage you, rejoice in Christ and not on the results of your ministry

 

Pastor Hassan Villegas

ARE YOU A KING?

03 Oct 2014

ARE YOU A KING?

And made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 1: 6

We are Kings!

God has made you a king, that is what it says here, but something is strange, the word in the original is used 72 times in the New Testament and only 3 times is it translated to mean Kings, Interesting, the rest of the time it translates into kingdom, that's the same word used by John the Baptist, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand".  I think we will be kings; the Bible says that we will judge the nations and the angels. I do believe at the second coming of Jesus we will be kings, but I don’t think that’s what John is referring to in this section. I do not think the 100-year old man who is on an island crushing rocks is saying I am a king!, then, What is he trying to say?

We belong to the perfect kingdom.

The problem is that many preachers use this phrase to imply that you should be treated like royalty, "you're a princess or you are a prince", "you are a child of the King" and "who dares to treat you badly?" Tell that to John the Baptist. When he preached this message he was slain.  Tell this to John the apostle who was boiled in oil while he was alive, as he was writing, possibly with weak fingers, weak hands because of the burns he suffered. 

 

No friend, they are not going to treat you like royalty and if you expect to be treated like royalty because you are a Christian, you are sadly mistaken, you will be treated like trash but it will be worth it, because we belong to a King who is so beautiful, so great and so glorious who loved us and washed us so that no matter how we are treated we have God on our side

"If God is for us, who can be against us?"

That is the reality, and let's not be distracted by things that are temporary and focus on the eternal, that is that we have Jesus and if we have Jesus, what else do we want? If He loved us and washed us and made us kings then let them treat us however they want.  You know what?

We belong to Him & we are part of a perfect kingdom.

 


 

Jonathan Domingo