Jesus is saying, "Come To Me."

by csnyder 16. August 2011 03:12
Have you ever been tired or discouraged or just felt totally defeated? It may seem as if nobody cares or even knows what you are going through in your life. Your may be asking the question, "Why is God allowing this to happen to me?" Or you may be like Job asking God, "Why are you doing this to me?" You may not even have a picture of Jesus as a loving God at all.

If you are asking the question, "Why is this going on in my life", I think now is the time to look at what Jesus is saying to you through your circumstances. Jesus is saying, "Come To Me." This may be the main theme in the Bible. When Jesus says Come To Me, it tells all. It is His desire for us to come to Him, because He loves and desires us.

If this is not you, just wait, it will be. This message is for everyone.

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"My Heart Filled With Tears....Nobody Share With Her 45-50 Years That Jesus Love Her"

by csnyder 11. August 2011 23:38
I am going to share with you an email that I received from our Grace Walk country co-ordinator in Pakistan. His name is Robinson Sadiq. He is working with Rahil John a gifted worship leader who is solid on the message of the cross, our identity in Christ and the total Grace Walk.

Since they have been sharing this message it has cost them their church, they were asked to leave, Robinson's job, he was fired for "preaching the Gospel" and even put their very lives at risk. It has not nor will it stop them.

The following is the eamil, in his English that was sent. He said that he wanted me to fix it. I told him it would bless as it was.

hi ! DAD LAST SUNDAY 2ND TIME WE ARE INVITED TO GOD'S CHURCH AT KARACHI LOCATED( BIAWAL JOKYO GOTH) ME, RAHIL AND IMTIAZ WENT THERE AND RAHIL HAD LEAD WORSHIPING AND I HAD SHARE YOUR MESSAGE ,,,,THE FINISHED WORK OF THE CROSS...THAT JESUS DONE EVERY THING FOR US HE ADOPTED US AS A SON AND DAUGHTER WE ARE NOT A SLAVE WE ARE NOT IN LEGALISM WE ARE IN GOD's GRACE. IT IS FINISHED WHEN JESUS DIED WE DIED OUR SIN DIED ..SIN IS NOT AN ISSUE ANY MORE THE ISSUE IS UNBELIEVE.

PRAISE THE LORD PEOPLE ARE AMAZED EVEN PASTOR ALSO ..AND AFTER THE MESSAGE THEY SAID THAT MESSAGE WERE AMAZING THEY WERE SURPRIZED ALL MESSAGE IS NEW FOR THEM. WE GOT AMAZING FEEDBACK AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WITH ME THAT ONE LADY CAME TO ME AND HUG ME AND SAID SON YOU DID FANTASTIC JOB. SHE SAID SHE IS REGULAR CHURCH GOING SINCE 40- 45 YEARS BUT SHE NEVER NO ABOUT GOD's GRACE. NOW SHE KNOW THAT HOW MUCH JESUS LOVES HER.

WHEN WE CAME BACK DURING TRAVELLING MY HEART FILLED WITH TEARS I WAS CRYING THAT NOBODY HAD SHARE WITH HER IN 45 YEARS THAT HOW MUCH JESUS LOVES HER AND NOTHING TO DO LEFT FOR US OUR PART IS JUST BELIEVE AND RECIEVE WHICH HE ALREADY GIVEN US....!

LOVE YOU DAD,

YOUR SON

ROBINSON

I don't need to say any more. This is exciting. Please be in prayer for Christians and all it Pakistan. On a U.S. government web page it said that Karachi is one of the most dangerous cities in the world and even worse for Christians.

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The Finished Work Of The Cross - 3

by csnyder 4. August 2011 22:31

The first picture we have in scripture of the reconciliation of God is actually in the beginning in the garden. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and believed THE lie that there was something that they had to do to be like Him. They ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and they died spiritually.

As was His custom, the LORD was waiting for Adam and Eve to walk in the Garden with them in the cool of the day. His desire to be with them and His thinking toward them had not changed at all. Adam and Eve’s thinking toward the LORD had changed. They were hiding from the LORD. They had made a covering for their nakedness by sewing fig leaves together as they tried to deal with their sin according to their own efforts. By the way, they failed just as man fails today as He tries to do something to be acceptable to LORD.

The word used for LORD in the Old Testament is YHWH. It means I AM. YHWH is the one that met with Moses at the burning bush. He is the one who came to Abram and declared him righteous because he believed Him. He is the one who wrestled with Jacob. He is I AM that I AM.

The Bible tells us in the New Testament who I AM is. None other than Jesus Himself said, “Before Abraham was born, I AM.” Jesus here was claiming to be I AM of the Bible. He was claiming to be the God of the Old Testament. The Jews present picked up stones to stone Him because they knew exactly what it was that He was saying. He was saying that He was indeed God.

YHWH, (pre-incarnate Christ), called out to them when He said, “Adam, Eve, where are you?” Their reply was comical, when they said, “We are hiding.” To think that anyone could hide from the one who created the universe and knows all things. What we are going to see next shows the character and intention of YHWH (Jesus) from the beginning or even from eternity past.

He asked them why they were hiding as if He did not know. He knew, but He wanted them to know. They were naked in their own efforts to please God. There was nothing they could do to please God. There is nothing that can be done today to please God. Good news, there is nothing you need to do to please God. He loves you, and He desires oneness with you so much that what He did next shows how He really feels about you.

The Bible says YHWH made a skin covering for man’s nakedness. What makes this covering better than the one man made for his own nakedness? Up until this point, nothing had died on the earth or in the Garden. But now, YHWH Himself shed the blood of an innocent animal to make a skin covering for man’s sin.

This is a big deal because it shows a picture of the cross and the blood atonement of the coming Christ. The one who carried this out in the garden was the one who would be carrying it out on the cross. This is a picture of the atonement. Before we saw that the Mercy Seat was actually a picture of the atonement. This even pre-exists the mercy seat. This is, in the beginning.

I believe that the atonement as far as God is concerned actually existed in God’s mind before time existed. I have said before that God said that he chose us before the foundation of the world. Also that people before the cross looked forward to the cross for believing resulting in salvation and we look back to the cross.

I am going to go ahead and say that in God’s mind it was finished on the cross before time began. I said before that it was fleshed out in time when Jesus willingly went to the cross as He became sin so that in His death, burial, and resurrection His life would become our life. This is the atonement.

The word atonement in English means to be lifted out of the camp of the enemy and placed into the camp of the friendly. That is exactly what Christ has done. Because of His atoning death, burial, and resurrection which was in effect before time existed and was first displayed in the garden, we have been made right with Him and placed into the camp of the friendly.

Sadly, I don’t know why, but some people choose not to receive and believe what has been done for them and given to them is theirs. As a result, they don’t benefit by the atonement as far as it pertains to their life. They are not born again. All is done and given to them because of and through the cross, but they choose not to walk in what is theirs and are not benefiting from what Christ has already done. They need to believe and receive and be born again.  More to come.

 

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The Finished Work Of The Cross - 2

by csnyder 3. August 2011 01:51

Picking up where we left off on the finished work of Christ on the cross; today, we are going to look at the Roman centurion Cornelius. Acts 27:27-28 says this concerning Peter and Cornelius, And as he talked with him, he entered, and found many people assembled. And he said to them, "You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean.” You may say, what does that mean. It means that God has shown him that he is to call no man unholy or unclean. Cornelius was a gentile and as such, he would not have a relationship with a Jew.

In Acts 10:13-16 Peter was being prepared for what he has just come to understand. This passage says, And a voice came to him, "Arise, Peter, kill and eat!" But Peter said, "By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean." And again a voice came to him a second time, "What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy." And this happened three times; and immediately the object was taken up into the sky. Peter called things unclean and unholy but God spoke to him and told him not to call anything unclean or unholy that He had cleansed.

Do you think that God would know what is clean and what is unclean? I hope you think He would know. Cornelius was a picture of the truth of the holiness of God given as a gift. He did not deserve it, he had not even been saved yet and he was not a Jew but God said through Peter that they were not to call him unholy. Holiness is not something earned or deserved, it is given at the cross.

The only issue now is believing what God said is true, is really true. In John 3:17-18, none other than Jesus Himself talks about this. "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him."He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. He said here that judgment comes from unbelief. He did not say because you have not obeyed the law (the 10 Commandments). He said because you have not believed.

I want to ask a question. If the sin debt of man was paid on the cross when Christ became sin, then does it stand to reason that the problem of man’s righteousness, and holiness was also finished at the cross? I believe that the answer is yes. Again, what is our part? To believe that he did it all and it was given as a gift in Christ, all of it.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 says, Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. These verses say all these things are from God; righteousness, holiness, forgiveness, life. God is the point of origin.

Christ reconciled us. To be reconciled means the following, to exchange, to change, or to return to favor. Christ has returned us to favor because of the cross. He has exchanged His life with us for our sin. He did this when He became sin as the last Adam to deal with the sin of the first Adam. When He said that we were reconciled to Himself, it could have been properly translated “in Himself”. We were not just reconciled to Him, we were reconciled “in Him”. What a big deal this is. This does not mean that everyone is saved. They are not. People must be born again, believe and receive Christ’s life as their life. His life is a gift given because of His resurrection.

More coming later.

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The Finished Work Of The Cross

by csnyder 1. August 2011 23:05

I think people are sometimes so caught up in doing that they lose track of all that is done. This relates to both sides of salvation, before man is saved and after he is saved. It is after all, all God.

It is all God for salvation; it is all God for living after salvation. Even believing is all God; it is a grace gift from Him to you. No one left alone could or would believe. Having said this, do I understand why some believe and some don’t? No!

The cross is the central thing in history. It is factual, it happened just as it was recorded. Christ died, then He was buried and then He was raised. When He died, I died, when He was buried, I was buried, when He was raised, I was raised in Him to walk in newness of life. I believe this because the Bible says it in Romans 6:4.

I have a question, “Is it so because I believe it or is it so because He said it?” It is so because He said it. Another question, “Is the cross eternal?” Yes! Those in the Old Testament looked toward the cross. They did not understand this, but that is what they were doing when they believed YHWH.

The cross is where the atonement took place, not in the tabernacle, not in the temple. The sprinkling of blood on the Mercy Seat in the Holy Of Holies was a picture of the shed blood of Christ on the cross. Christ Himself is our atonement. When Jesus said that it was finished, it was finished.

This is what is amazing; it was finished before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4-6 says, “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be Holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.” All this was done before the foundation of the world.

Ok, another question. What part is our part in gaining all that was done for us before the foundation of the world on the cross that IS eternal? Answer, we don’t have a part, we believe that he did His part which is everything. Then we receive and believe Him for the gift that has been freely given to us which is His life.

People struggle with doing or not doing. Non-believers want to do something to earn it. Believers also want to do something to earn it. Righteousness is a gift, holiness is a gift, forgiveness is a gift, and life is a gift. Ok, another question, “When was it given?” Answer, it was given at the cross which is eternal. In eternity past, before the foundation of the world, this gift was given.

The Day of Atonement in the Old Testament is a picture of what was accomplished in eternity, but was fleshed out on the cross in time when Jesus willingly became sin so that because of the death of the last Adam we would become the righteous of God in Him. He then declared in time and eternity, “It is finished.” My only part is to receive and believe it.

When did righteousness, holiness, and forgiveness become ours? Some say when we believe. That would mean that it was in fact not finished. That would be the hanging chad of God’s grace gift to us. More to come later on this matter of the finality of the Cross, stay tuned.

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About the author

Craig Snyder has been married to Jonni Gooden Snyder for 37 years.  He has three grown sons and one grown daughter.  He has eight grandchildren.

Craig has been in full time ministry since 1974, having been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has pastored for over 25 years.

Craig has ministered  with Grace Walk Ministries since 2001 and serves as Director of Missions and also pastors a home church.  He travels extensively in Latin America, and the U.S. and Canada sharing the Grace Walk of our Lord Jesus Christ.