Today I offer you something to remember, and something over which you should rejoice greatly.
Luke 22:19 – And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
Today I offer you a word of exhortation, a faith building word for life, and a testimony of the gracious long-suffering of our great God. When Jesus took His final Passover supper with His disciples, He told them to do so “in remembrance of Me.” Let’s remember. God’s Word is forever settled in heaven. The Word is unchanging, immutable, and it cannot lie.
God saw you and me in Christ before the foundation of the world. He already knew man would fall and would need to be redeemed from that fall. So, the plan for our redemption, even to the point of seeing you and me as recipients of that great grace was laid before the foundation of the world. And since it was laid in the heart and mind of God, it was settled forever in heaven before the foundation of the world.
Then 2,000 years ago Jesus was crucified, and by that crucifixion brought about our full and active redemption, redeeming us completely from the curse of the law. What had already been settled in heaven now became settled in the earth. And once again, because the Word declares it to be so, it is forever settled in earth and in heaven. My friend, that should be the cause for great rejoicing.
Now I offer you a testimony, one based solely upon the Word of God. That which was SETTLED in heaven before the foundation of the world, and SETTLED in the earth 2,000 years ago, was established in me personally on June 17, 1959. On that Wednesday evening, I was born again. At that moment, I received all that redemption supplied; the fullness of salvation; a born-again spirit, the mind of Christ, a healed body, full provision for life, and complete freedom from every force of hell. It was fully established in me according to the Word of God. The problem I encountered, and that unknowingly, was that I didn’t know it. I was ignorant of the redemptive work of our Lord. Sadly, it seems that so were those who led me to the Lord and were my first teachers in the faith. I do not write this to attack, belittle, or besmirch them in any way. They didn’t know either.
But my testimony continues, for my long is long-suffering to me, and has shown that loving, gracious, long-suffering now for more than 62-years. During those years, and especially in the past year, I have now realized that what I have asked the Lord to give me through my life has, in most cases, already belonged to me. It was in my account, and I did not know it. Don’t be shocked by my closing statements. I was born again in 1959. I have not asked for that work again. It was settled then. It was then that I received all redemption had purchased. I no longer ask the Lord to give me what He has already provided. Now I fight the good fight of faith to keep what I have already been given, and I live a life of health and provision, living by the faith of the Son of God Who loved me and gave Himself for me. Now, it is SETTLED in me.
Manna for Today – Psalm 119:89; Ephesians 1:4; Matthew 27:22-244;Mark 15:15-25; Galatians 2:20; Galatians 3:13-29