Father Forgive Them - The Command of Christ

by csnyder 21. August 2012 21:52
Jesus uttered one of the most powerful COMMANDS ever uttered from the cross. He said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Forgive is an Aorist Imperative verb. That means it is completed action, CAN'T be done again, and it also means begin to do something that you are not presently doing. Yes, Christ is actually commanding the Father to begin to do something, forgive. This is ok because they have the same nature and the same mind. Jesus said, "I and the Father are one," John 10:31. He also said, "He who sees Me sees the Father."

But here is the good news, the cross is eternal. It applies to all men for all time and was actually carried out in the mind of the Godhead; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, before the foundation of the world.

He became sin, we become His righteousness, 2 Cor. 5:21. His death, the death of the last Adam gives justification of life to ALL men, Romans 5:18.

It must be believed. The judgement is that some would not believe, John 3:17-18. It is for all men, but they must believe and receive what has already been given to them to benefit from the gift already given. Is hell real; yes. But know this, those in Hell have been given the gift of all that Christ is and they are fully loved and forgiven by God and have rejected it choosing Hell over eternity with Christ. I don't understand how people could reject this gift but some do.

If people could travel with me around the world and see people respond to the message of the Gospel of Grace, what God has already done for them on the cross, they would be overcome also. People readily receive the Good News of the cross, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

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Father Forgive Them - The Command of Christ

by csnyder 21. August 2012 19:16
Jesus uttered one of the most powerful COMMANDS ever uttered from the cross. He said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Forgive is an Aorist Imperative verb. That means it is completed action, CAN'T be done again, and it also means, begin to do something that you are not presently doing. Yes, Christ is actually commanding the Father to begin to do something, forgive. This is ok because they have the same nature and the same mind. Jesus said, "He who sees Me sees the Father," He also says, "I and the Father are one," John 10:31.

But here is the good news, the cross is eternal. It applies to all men for all time and was actually carried out in the mind of the Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit before the foundation of the world.

He became sin, we become His righteousness, 2 Cor. 5:21. His death, the death of the last Adam gives justification of life to ALL men, Romans 5:18.

It must be believed. The judgment is that some would not believe, John 3:17-18.The gift is for all men, but they must believe and receive what has already been given to them to benefit from the gift already given. Is hell real; yes. But know this, those in Hell have been given the full gift of all that Christ is and they are fully loved and forgiven by God and have rejected it, choosing Hell over eternity with Christ. I just don't understand how people could reject this gift but some do.

If people could travel with me around the world and see people respond to the message of the Gospel, what God has already done for them on the cross, they would be overcome also. People readily receive the Good News of the cross, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

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Missions Is Not What We Do

by csnyder 2. August 2012 06:07

Missions is not what we do.  For years I was encouraging people to be involved with missions.  Although that sounds good, getting people to do something productive in helping spread the good news; I think that I, along with many people, had missed the point.

Getting people to do missions is like getting people to breath.  Breathing is a natural bi-product of life.  It is necessary and something that healthy bodies do.  Only bodies that are sick or injured need to be helped to breath.  This is where the problem lies, the body of Christ is not always healthy.  The problem with people "doing missions" is the sympton and not the problem.  When people know their true identity in Christ and all that He has done for them and a world that He loves and died for on the cross, they will want to share the good news with everyone.

We are seeing the results of this as we minister around the world the GOOD NEWS of Christ's death, burial and resurrection with a desperate and dying world.  We are seeing people say I want to believe and know a God, (Jesus) that loves me enough to die for me and give me His life.  We are also seeing many churches that have never worked together on any level coming together around the Grace of our Lord Jesus.  Missions is not what you do, it is who you are.  KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

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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.