WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

In obedience to God's will, Christ came in the flesh and died on the cross as atonement for all sin. Christ's sacrifice on the cross means that the full price of sin has been paid on our behalf; so we who formerly lived in sin and could not be saved, now have an opportunity to receive salvation through the forgiveness of sin in Christ (Col 2:14). So now, if any person is baptised into His Name and believes and accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour they cross over from death to life (Rom 8:1-12).

Christ's appearing in the flesh was not only because of sin but He also came to teach us the word of God and the will of His Father. He brought faith by revealing the Father to us so we can believe in Him and it was only through Jesus Christ that the Good News was presented. While on earth, Christ began preaching and teaching about the new coming Kingdom of God - that this current world we live in will be destroyed and a new world will come about where The Father and the Son will dwell with the believers for eternity.

This is what Christ offers to us who now live by faith in Him and are obedient to His teaching of His coming kingdom.


The Foundations

The teachings of Christ brought revelations and knowledge about the will of the Father; that His will is good, acceptable and perfect. This enables us to leave behind all things that are childish not laying the foundation of repentance all over again, but rather to live our lives in maturity by the Spirit to do the Father's will (Heb 6:1-2).

Hebrews chapter 6 identifies the foundations of one's salvation calling it the elementary teachings; Repentance, Faith in God, Instructions about Baptism, Laying on of hands, Resurrection of the dead and Eternal Judgement. These foundations have been firmly laid and established so that we do not have to spend our lives trying to be saved by attempting to redo what Christ has already done. By simply believing and obeying God's will through his teachings, we may prove we have received Christ and the hope of glory.

These many teachings of our Lord have been passed down from the elect disciples who went on preaching and teaching after His resurrection (Eph 4:11-13).


The church and the Holy Spirit

A body without a spirit is dead; hence Christ not only gave us His body, but also His Holy Spirit to dwell in us, and to be led by. We were once orphans and lived in darkness, but when Christ came He adopted us and called us to be sons and daughters of God in Him by which we can call Him Father (Rom 8:15). "We have received the Spirit of God" (1 Cor 2:12) and "He has put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come" (2 Cor 1:22). Christ has made us to be a new creation to live for God (hence the term born again). We eagerly wait for His second coming to be reunited with Him for all eternity. Until then, Christ is interceding at the right hand of the Father on our behalf (Rom 8:34).

GRACE

Without being aware of our (mankind's) sins and its consequences, through the word of God, God made us aware of our sins. The fact that God was the first to bring our sins to our attention without us having to make the first approach, is what we call grace (the grace of God).

Through the Scriptures (Bible) God has made us aware of our sins even when we weren't aware of our sins. Whether we were aware of our sins or not, we were still guilty of our sins, and though God can destroy us in His wrath, He has rather chosen to make us aware of our sins, giving us the opportunity to repent.

Ephesians 2:1-5, 8-9

1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved.

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

2 Timothy 1:9-10

9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

MERCY

In response to God's grace, we must cry out in sincere repentance (regret) of our sins, asking God for forgiveness. Once God accepts our sincere repentance, He forgives us our sins; therefore mercy is what we call God's forgiveness shown to those that have repented.

2 Corinthians 6:1-2

1 As God's co-workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. 2 For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.

Hebrews 4:16

16 Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

IS GOD FAIR?

Romans 9:10-15 (NIV) “ 10 Not only that, but Rebekah's children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. 11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad---in order that God's purpose in election might stand: 12 not by works but by him who calls---she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

God is able to make a choice before good or evil comes into play so that God's decisions will be based solely on His own will and if on His own will then only God will have the power to save.

The purpose for which you have been created is not the same as what you think of yourself. What you think about yourself should not be mistaken for what God has said about you, which is contained in His purpose for your life.

Romans 9:16-24 (NIV) “It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy. 17 For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. 19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?' ” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? 22 What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath---prepared for destruction? 23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory--- 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?

Verse 16
It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy.

It does not depend on your initial desire, as if to say you were the first to make the approach or come up with the idea of seeking God for mercy, but it was God who first approached us to show us His mercy.

Between God and us we were not the first to have the desire to have our sins taken away, but it was God who first had the desire to take our sins away.

Verse 17
For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”

What is the power of God?
The power of God is to save, to do that which no one else can do, which is to give eternal life. The power of God is His choice to save, that God alone holds the power of salvation.

Did Pharaoh get saved?
No, because even after Moses preached and performed all the miracles of God, which should have convicted and brought Pharaoh to repentance, pharaoh did not listen. Through Moses, what God was doing was being gracious to pharaoh, but Pharaoh did not listen.

If God wanted to destroy Pharaoh, there would have been no need for Moses to preach and perform the miracles of God to Pharaoh, but for every preaching and time given to Pharaoh to repent, God was giving Pharaoh the opportunity to repent. God demonstrated His power in the way He was patient with pharaoh. And it is by this patience towards pharaoh, and even towards us today, waiting for us to come to repentance that we know God's power.

Verse 19
One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?”

This verse isn't using the sovereignty of God to dissuade us from questioning God, but rather puts the spotlight on the fact that we, as mere human beings, do not understand God i.e. we are not in His mind or thoughts to know what He has planned to be in a position to question Him.

Since we do not know the mind of God, we also do not know His intentions and plans, and if we do not know the purposes and the reasons for God's creation, then how can anyone say that what God is doing is right or wrong.

If we, not knowing the will God, should prematurely ask why does God still blame us, then that means we do not know or understand the will of God.

But through Jesus Christ, God has made His plans known to us who are formed and are being built in the mind of God through the body of Christ. These are those born of the Spirit of God, confirming what the scriptures say in John 3:6 and 1 Corinthians 2:14-16.

A mere human being, which is someone chasing after the rewards and glory of this world couldn't at the same time hold onto the understanding given through the Spirit of God for us to know the will of God.

But those who believe and accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour, are no longer considered as mere human beings, as illustrated in 1 Corinthians 3:3.

So it becomes clear that the question of 'Why does God still blame us' is found on the lips and in the hearts of people who do not know the will of God for their lives.

Verse 22
What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath---prepared for destruction?

So if someone might feel justified about the question in verse 19; that why does God blame us for being the way He made us, since no one can resist His will?

Then in verse 22, how does the person feel about God being patient towards the wicked or those in His wrath?

Surely, why does God who blames us, also waste time being patient with us?

Or for example: who would build a rain shelter for their torn, dirty, muddy shoes they intend to throw away?

If we are as wicked, deserving of punishment and destruction, and every moment we live is time spent on our wickedness, with every second counting; then what possible reason would God have to be patient with us?

Except that God is patient, gracious and merciful toward us because He loves us. 2 Peter 3:9

So how can we respond to God's patience, mercifulness and graciousness?

But God Himself has given us an acceptable way for us to respond through His Son Jesus Christ. Romans 12:1-2



ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES

1 Corinthians 2:14-16 (NIV)

The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

John 6:63 (NIV)

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you---they are full of the Spirit and life.

Romans 5:5 (NIV)

And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

1 Corinthians 3:3-4 (NIV)

You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?

Romans 9:22-24 (NIV)

What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath---prepared for destruction? 23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory--- 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?

2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.<

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God---this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is---his good, pleasing and perfect will.

SERVICE TIMES

Main Service

Sundays
12:00 - 14:30

Address

Preston Manor High School
Carlton Avenue East
Wembley, HA9 8NA

Colossians 2:14

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Romans 8:1-12

Life Through the Spirit

8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation - but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.

Hebrews 6:1-2

6 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

Ephesians 4:11-13

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Romans 8:15

15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

1 Corinthians 2:12

12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

2 Corinthians 1:22

21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Romans 8:34

34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died - more than that, who was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

John 3:6

6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:14-16

14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:3

3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

2 Peter 3:9

9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Romans 12:1-2

A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship.
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.