MASTERPIECE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES INTL
Immediately in the book of Genesis after the fall of Adam, God already had made provisions for total restoration to implement His original plan. Even the prophets prophesied concerning a saviour that would re-institute God's original purpose. Isaiah 7:14 said " Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bare a son, and shall call His name Immanuel."Isaiah 53 said "That this redeemer would be king but suffer, die, and be resurrected for the sin of mankind. Who hath believed our report? and to whom the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions , he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth, he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgement: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence , neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to gried: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by this knowledge shall my righteous servant justify manny, for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors: and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Let us not forget that througout the entire old testament God's people looked forward to the coming of a Messiah. That would be for their total and lasting redemption. King David prophesied in Psalms 22 and gave a complete description of the crucifixion that would be made by the coming Messiah. Psalms 22:12 says "Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. they gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potshed; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For gods have compased me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they have pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee, to help me. Deliver my soul form the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
Matthew 1:18 "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After his mother Mary was inspoused to Joseph before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. But Joseph being a just man and not willing to make her a public example because he did know how she was with child. Then the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying fear not, take Mary as thou wife. And she will spring fourth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. For he shall save his people from their sins. The propechy might be fulfilled when the Lord says "virgin shall bring forth a son and they should call his name Emmanuel." (Isaiah 7:14) And Joseph knew her not until she brought forth her first born son Jesus.
Over the years Jesus grew in wisdom, knowledge and being about 30 years of age began his ministry. It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth and Galilee, and was baptised of John in Jordan. And straight away coming out of the waters, he saw the heavens open, and the spirit it like a dove ascended upon him. And there came a voice from heaven saying, Thou art my beloved son of whom I am well pleased. And immediately the spirit of God drove him into the wilderness to be tempted of Satan 40 days. After 40 days Jesus came out of the wilderness preaching the gopsel of the kingdom of God saying "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent ye and believe the gospel." Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee and even a little father, he hand picked his 12 disciples. Most were fisherman, therefore he said "come ye after me and I will make you to become fisherman of men."
During his 3 year ministry healing the sick, casting out demons, performing many miracles, preaching the words given to him by the Father, the time had come for the conclusion of his earthly ministry. So that his father's plan to send the world a saviour could be fulfilled for the redemption of mankind by sending his own son as a sacrifical human and divine type of lamb referenced as the "Lamb of God" (perfect sacrifice). Looking back at the beginning of his ministry with Jesus doing many signs, wonders, and healings King Herod put out the word that he intended to kill Jesus.In St Luke 13:32 Jesus said "go ye and tell that fox behold, I cast out devils, I do cures today and tomorrow. And on the third day I will be perfected." Moving on, Jesus did suffer much persecution, beatings, indignations and slander by the Romans and his own people. The people encouraged the Romans to crucify him therefore he was forced to carry on his back the cross to a place some distance away called Golgotha Hill. (Calvary) And there he was crucified between a sinner and murderer. At this time the Father hid himself from him because he had taken on all the sins of the world, every disease, every sickness, every devil. Therefore, God had to remove his presence from all sin and darkness. Jesus knowing the presence of the Father was not evident cried out "Eli, Eli, Iama sabachthani" that is "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" Soon after Jesus cried out "I thirst" and a Roman soldier took a stick and gave him vinegar on a hyssop (sponge) to drink. Then when Jesus had cried again with a loud voice he gave up the spirit.
Jesus was taken down from the cross and prepared for burial and was given a tomb by a rich man by the name of Joseph Arimathea . His body was prepared with spices and ointments then wrapped in a clean linen cloth and placd in the tomb as a large stone covered the tomb. On the third day Jesus was risen just as he spoke to the religious leaders saying "if you destory this temple, I will rebuild it in 3 days"speaking of himself. Jesus also said "no man taketh my life, but I layeth down." Therefore on the third day he came back (rose from the dead). This is the resurrection He mentioned many times. He
walked the space of the earth for 40 days and even appeared to as many as 500
brethren. One event as he was walking on the Emmaus road two of them were
speaking of the crucifixion not knowing Jesus was walking right beside them. As
they were eating and conversating with one another their eyes were opened and
they knew him and then he vanished from their sight. They said "did not our
hearts burn within us while He talked with us on the road and while He opened
the scriptures to us?"
Note: The Lord speaks to us in
many different ways. In most people He has spoken to our hearts, our minds,
emotions, etc. However, just as that which was spoken above when He spoke,
didn't our hearts burn within us when He talked to us and opened up the
scriptures didn't our hearts burn within us. How many times has this happened
to you? It may be happening to you at this very moment becasue Jesus is
speaking throughout this entire domain especially now.
Nicodemus, the ruler of the Jews a pharisees came to Jesus by night
saying "a man can not do these miracles except God be with him."
(John 3:2). Jesus said "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God." "Marvel not that I say unto thee that ye must be born again." (which is the spiritual
Romans 10:9-10 "That if you
confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has
raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes
unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
As stated earlier at the end of our Trinity teachings that later we would biblicly explain the difference between salvation (the first blessing) and the baptism in the Holy Ghost (the second blessing) as stated in the book of Acts because they both are revelant today. If one doesn't want or believe in the second blessing, they will not be able obtain it because everything that God does is by "Faith". Baptism in the Holy Ghost was prophecied in the "old testament" for Isaiah 28:11 says "with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to His people when He said this is the rest, and this is the refreshing from on high. Also, Joel 2:28 says "it shall come to pass afterwards, that i will pour of my spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophecy, old men shall dream dreams, and young men shall see visions and also upon the servants and upon the hand maidens and those days (future) will I pour out of my spirit. St John 16:7 Jesus said "it is expedient to you that I go away, for if I go not away the comfortor (Holy
Ghost) will not come unto you, but if I depart I will send him unto you.
and when he comes he will reprove the world of sin and of unrigheousness and
judgement." John 16 says "when the spirit
of truth is come he will guide you into the truth and He will not speak of
himself and He will show you of all things to come.
Now, let us go back to Salvation. Romans 10:9-10 says "That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth is made unto salvation." No one could be saved until the sacrifice of Jesus (his death and resurrection). This was fulfilled in john 20:19-22 "as the disciples were gathered in a room and the doors were shut and Jesus came and stood in the midst and said peace be unto you" then they were glad when they saw the Lord. They knew now that this was the Lord and had been resurrected. After he said "peace be unto you" He breathed on them and said unto them "receive ye the Holy
Spirit" (greek "sudzo" meaning salvation) now they were saved. In Acts 1:4 Jesus said "do not depart from Jerusalem but wait for the promise of the Father which
ye have heard of me but ye shall baptised with the Holy Ghost not many day
recieve this salvation at this very moment by believing these words through
faith and the grace of God will save you "now". Just believe and ask Him to
come into your heart, confess you are a sinner and need a new spiritual birth.
Please remember that Salvation in Christ Jesus is the first blessing and, the baptism in the Holy Ghost is the second blessing which we have adecquately explained. Be assured that you are truly saved by Salvation in Jesus Christ (the first blessing) however, the baptism in the Holy Ghost is the power gift (the second blessing) which helps teach you all things, disperses gifts of the Spirit or "Parakletos" (Greek word for Holy Spirit) amongst the body of the believers and is the worker of the Godhead.