DARE To Be a Disciple !

DISCIPLESMeditations
to Prepare our Hearts
for The Passover Season

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Now is My+ soul troubled;
and what shall I+ say ...
FATHER,
save ME+
from this hour ?
but for this cause
came I+ unto this hour.

FATHER,
Glorify Thy Name.

Then came there a Voice from Heaven, saying,

I have both glorified IT,
and will glorify IT again.

John 12:27-28

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Meditation Verse
Ephesians 1:5

Having pre-destinated us

unto the adoption of children

by JESUS CHRIST to HIMSELF,

according to the good pleasure of HIS Will,

In the literal Greek:

Having pre-defined us for placing as a son through JESUS CHRIST unto Himself according to the good pleasure of HIS will.

The literal Greek, expanded in meaning*:

The FATHER , Having pre-defined us for the purpose of placing us as a son through JESUS CHRIST unto The FATHER Himself , according to the good pleasure of HIS ,The FATHER’S ,will.

{ *See the discussion of the Greek grammar at the end of the post… It is easy to understand :>) .}

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Our Great Heavenly FATHER made a way … ONE way … for mankind to come unto HIMSELF. The LORD JESUS told us what that one way is.

Our Heavenly FATHER has no “favorites” among mankind. HIS Great Heart is open to all. All are invited.

Because sin entered the Adamic race, however, Our Heavenly FATHER re-defined or re-set the boundaries of who will enter Heaven. After Adam’s sin, not ALL MEN will enter Heaven; it would be defiled if that were so.

HE put limitations on the Adamic race in regards as to who would enter into the Heavenly realm.

 

These limits HE set in motion in accord with HIS Only-begotten SON+ before the foundation of the kosmos, the world.

What were these limitations ?

These boundaries, which were pre-set before the foundation of the kosmos, the world, were defined by and through CHRIST JESUS.

 

All men are invited to come to JESUS. HE+ is said to be “the friend of sinners.” That is, HE+ receives every sinner no matter what the sin, for cleansing … if the sinful one repents and converts to following JESUS.

 

HE+ said, ” I+, I+ AM the Way, the Truth, and The Life; no man comes to The FATHER but by ME+. “ John 14:6

Thus, knowing ahead of time the sins of mankind, our Heavenly FATHER re-defined who among men could come to HIM… before the foundation of the world, before there were any “Adams.”

All who repent and are converted from their Self-serving life to follow JESUS CHRIST as LORD and master of their life … are the ones who enter into Heaven.

THEY are the ones who gain that placement there as sons. THEY are the ones who receive that NEW IDENTITY … an identity which was established before the foundation of the world.

THEY are the ones who choose JESUS. Then, HE+ chooses them back!  HE+ places them into His+ fold at that point in time.

 

The FATHER , having pre-defined the QUALIFICATIONS in order for us to be placed into HIS flock of “Peculiar People” , did this according to the good pleasure of HIS Will.

[ The FATHER ] Having pre-destinated us unto the adoption of children by JESUS CHRIST to HIMSELF, according to the good pleasure of HIS Will,

This verse tells us that WHEN we choose JESUS,  The FATHER PLACES us as a son through JESUS CHRIST unto HIMSELF , into that pre-defined group.

We cannot come to The FATHER any other way.

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Let us pray:

Dear Heavenly FATHER …

We have sinned…
in thinking that we can live any way we want to because we have been pre-selected to have a place in Heaven.

We have erred…
living as though we could never lose that placement, even though we were serving Self by having that very mind-set.

We have mis-judged…
Thy fatherly goodness extended to all mankind and taken advantage of it. We even promoted un-discipled living to others, thinking that we were pre-selected and others, obviously, were not.

We repent…
of misrepresenting Thy Character, to others , to our own Self.

We accept…
the boundaries placed upon mankind: that we must be born from above in order to enter Heaven.

Not one person comes to THEE+, O FATHER, except through Thy Beloved SON+, the LAMB+ of GOD, slain from the foundation of the kosmos, the world, for us.

We openly acknowledge…
the limitations THOU hast established about who enters into Heaven.

Blessed be GOD: FATHER, SON+, and HOLY SPIRIT.

In our heart-felt repentance, we beseech THEE to make us acceptable to THEE through Thy Beloved SON+, according to the merits of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. Amen.

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Worthy is the LAMB+.

Worthy is The LAMB+
that was slain.

Worthy is the LAMB+,
slain
from the foundation
of the earth.
Revelation 13:8

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Praise and Thanksgiving
be to The FATHER,
and to His Beloved SON+
JESUS CHRIST,
and to the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT.

ONE GOD:
FATHER,
SON+,
and HOLY SPIRIT,
both now and forever,
world without end.
Amen.
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*Discussion of the Greek grammar of Ephesians 1:5.

KJV: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by JESUS CHRIST to HIMSELF, according to the good pleasure of HIS Will,

Expanded Greek:
The FATHER , Having pre-defined us for the purpose of placing us as a son through JESUS CHRIST unto The FATHER Himself , according to the good pleasure of HIS ,The FATHER’S ,will.

At the beginning of the verse, the verb participle is aorist active (basically, past tense) and nominative. The subject is found in the previous verses, hence “The FATHER” is the subject telling us who did the action.

The two pronouns, Himself and HIM refer back to The FATHER, by a logical and careful reading of the verse. They do not refer unto JESUS.

The verb participle, pro-oriz0, has been translated in the KJV as “pre-destination.” The pre- means beforehand, obviously.

The second part of that verb, horiz0, means to set as a boundary, a limit, to mark out definitively. We would recognize that as HORIZON , in English.

Horiz0 has nothing to do with something one is helpless to either avoid or to bring about… as the word “destiny” means.

This word simply means pre-set or pre-defined and it refers to the defining of those who qualify to enter Heaven into the Presence of GOD. They are defined as persons who follow JESUS, whose lives are centered “within” HIM+.

This limitation or definition was set before the foundation of the world, before mankind was created.

Hence, pro-oriz0, does NOT MEAN predestination.

It is unfortunate for Christendom for that word and concept to be found in this verse in Holy Scriptures.

That erroneous translation seemingly establishes the erroneous concept of persons being pre-selected for an entrance into Heaven, regardless of how they live before The LORD.

The other issue with this verse’s translation is the “ADOPTION OF CHILDREN” phrase. The “adoption of children” phrase comes from huiothesia. That is, huio = son, plus thesis ( from tithemi = to place) .

Hence, it means sonship or to be placed as a son.

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Introduction to the Passover Season Meditations:

These meditations will take 5 minutes to read, even slowly. They are to guide our reflection upon The Word, unto Our Passover LAMB+, and produce conviction in the inner man. This conviction is to draw us closer to Our SAVIOR, Who+ cleanses, not condemning the confessor. His+ only admonishment is : “Go… and sin no more.”

May the LORD add His+ blessing to His+ words.

Christian Calendar: The Lenten Season, 2016
Liturgical Color: dark purple
Spiritual Focus: Deep Repentance

Special Worship Features for this somber season:
Avoid using “glory” and “Hallelujah” until worshipping on Resurrection Day.

Replace with “Worthy is the LAMB+” or “Blessed be GOD: FATHER, SON+, and HOLY SPIRIT.”
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4 thoughts on “DARE To Be a Disciple !

  1. What a wonderful message of hope for the sinner who repents. Praise God for sending His Son who is our only way to the Father, and for allowing us to be heirs of heaven by obedience to His word. God Bless You and the message found here.
    Julia

    • Dear Julia, Precious Sister,

      May The LORD bless you for reading and responding.

      Discipleship is NOT a popular topic for many Christians, sadly enough.

      Yet… how will we grow if we AVOID walking as a disciple of JESUS ?

      How will we grow if we AVOID learning to curb our flesh and our natural-minded tendencies — the GOOD as well as the BAD ?

      How will we grow if we AVOID replacing our natural thoughts with HIS+ Anointed ones found in Scriptures ?

      We each are so FULL of “good” human, man-oriented VALUES that it is hard to discern why the HOLY SPIRIT is not ENLIVENING us more !

      But when we become STILL, when we simply sit with Our LORD and let HIM+ quiet our hearts, our minds, and our emotions, then we will begin to be REFRESHED in HIM+. HE+ will gently correct our errors and wrong ways… as we learn to LISTEN FOR HIS+ VOICE.

      When we Followers of JESUS learn to CHOOSE JESUS in all our thoughts, attitudes, and actions, IT is then that HE+ shows us HIS+ CLOSENESS … and we are never, ever alone because… HE+ CHOOSES US BACK !

      Other than discipleship, there seems to be only one other way to Grow in CHRIST, and that is stark persecution.

      Myself, I’d rather pick DISCIPLESHIP.

      May the LORD bless your day now, as you LIFT HIM+ UP within your heart and soul and mind, dear precious sister in CHRIST.

      Sincerely,
      In JESUS our Life,
      Sr. Judith Hannah + + +

  2. Yes! It is far better to be a disciple than a crash course that we should be turning something around pronto. The flesh dies hard’ but the spirit is stronger IF we allow as you say those quiet times He is then able to be heard. God Bless your walk in Him Dear Sister.
    Julia

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