March 4

Come to Me, all you who are weary and weighed down with heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. [Jesus…Matt 11:28-30]

WHY DO I EXIST?  Because there is an Eternal God Who exists.

The framework for understanding our existence begins with fully embracing in my heart why the Eternal God of the universe Personally formed me in my mother’s womb.

God’s framework in creating Mankind:

  • Eternal Reason: Love.  I have loved you with an everlasting Love.
  • Eternal Purpose: Relationship.  I made you for Myself.
  • Eternal Plan:  I know the plans I have for you.
  • Eternal Promise:  I have prepared a promised rest for My children.
  • Eternal Provision:  The Gift of My Son; The Gift of My Holy Spirit.

Since the Eternal Purpose for my existence is to be joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship, how do I enter into this relationship?  Jesus answered that question in His response to Nicodemus, I tell you the truth, unless one is born again, he cannot be in God’s Kingdom.

Jesus has clearly stated, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.  The only way to the Father is through Me.  Jesus said to Martha, I Myself am the Resurrection and the Life. Anyone who lives their life believing in Me, though dying a physical death like everyone else, will never actually die at all but will rise to an eternal life together with Me in Heaven.  Do you believe this?  Yes, Lord, she replied, I do believe that You are Christ the Messiah, the Son of God, Whom God promised was to come into the world, fulfilling Your promised coming the world has long awaited.

Now this is eternal life: knowing You, Father, the One True Living God, and knowing Jesus Christ Your Son, the Messiah Whom You have sent.  God Himself has given this testimony concerning His Son: I have granted you eternal life, and this life is given through union with My Divine Son Jesus.  Whoever is joined together with My Son in a living union of oneness possesses that life; whoever is not joined together with My Son in a living union of oneness does not possess that life.  I have written this to you so that you who place your trust in Christ My Son will know, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that you do now indeed have eternal life.  

God’s purpose for creating Man: Relationship

In the Blessed Trinity, the Love that flows between the Three Persons…Father, Son, Holy Spirit…is infinite, and infinitely complete.  They are so perfectly One with each Other that they are, indeed, only One…three Persons, yet only One God.  And so, God chose to create Man as a mirror of this Love that exists in the Blessed Trinity.  He created Man…a being like Himself, in His Own image and likeness…so as to have with Mankind this same intimate fellowship of love, this same living union of oneness, that exists in the Blessed Trinity.  He created Man for Himself, and Man was to be “like Him”…a mirror of the Almighty; to exercise dominion over God’s created Earth.
Man was not made in the likeness of any creature that went before him, but in the likeness of his Creator.  It is the soul, the great soul, of Man, that does especially bear God’s image. The soul is a spirit, an intelligent immortal spirit, an influencing active spirit, herein resembling God, the Father of Spirits, and the soul of the world.  The spirit of Man is the candle of the Lord.  The soul of Man, regarded in its three noble faculties…understanding, will, and active power…is perhaps the brightest clearest looking-glass in nature, wherein to see God. [Matthew Henry]

Sacred Covenant Relationship:

The Word of God presents clearly God’s purpose in creating Man:

  • I made you for Myself, in My Own image and in My Own likeness, to be joined together with Me in a Sacred Covenant relationship…a living union of oneness…the very crown jewels of My Creation, and that, as a mirror of the Almighty, you would reflect My Glory to the Created Universe.
  • I purchased you, by Myself and for Myself, with the precious and priceless Blood of My Divine Son Jesus, that you would declare My praises…the praises of the One Who called you out of darkness into My marvelous light. 
  • I made you to be a kingdom of priests, a holy nation, consecrated and set apart to the worship of God…consecrated and set apart to worship Me!

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a special possession, purchased by Myself and for Myself, that you may declare My praises…the praises of the One Who called you out of darkness into My marvelous light!  Now therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and be careful to keep My covenant, then you shall be My Own treasured possession, from among and above all peoples…for all the Earth is Mine.  And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation…consecrated and set apart to the worship of God. [1 Peter 2:9; Ex 19:5-6]

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Listen to the terms of this Covenant and tell them to the people of Judah and to those who live in Jerusalem.  Tell them that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Cursed is the man who does not obey the terms of this Covenant…the terms I commanded your forefathers when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.’  I said, ‘Obey Me and do everything I command you, and you will be My people, and I will be your God.  Then I will fulfill the oath I swore to your forefathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey…the land you possess today.'”  I answered, “Amen, LORD.”  The LORD said to me, “Proclaim all these words in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: ‘Listen to the terms of this covenant and follow them.  From the time I brought your forefathers up from Egypt until today, I warned them again and again, saying, “Obey Me.”  But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubbornness of their own evil hearts.  So I brought on them all the curses of the covenant I had commanded them to follow but that they did not keep.'”

“The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “When I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.  It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke My covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD.  “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD.  “I will put My law in their minds and write it on their hearts.  I will be their God, and they will be My people.”

“They will be My people, and I will be their God.  I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear Me for their own good and the good of their children after them.  I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear Me, so that they will never turn away from Me.  I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all My heart and soul.”

“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.  Then they will follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws.  They will be My people, and I will be their God.” [Jer 11:1-9; 31:31-33; 32:38-41; Ezek 11:18- 20]  

Friends, brothers and sisters…

There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

Leaning on the everlasting arms:

 

 

 

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