Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
Believers say they long for revival and for many to turn back to God. I however don't believe that most of us know what that means and how to be co-workers with God towards that end.
If love is the greatest gift then surely love must be our motivation, method and manner. Love must ooze from our pores. This we know is not the case.
We say we are concerned for the youth of our community and country and yet we must measure our attitude towards the long-haired/no-haired tattooed, downcast bared-footed beer swirler that we encounter at the supermarket.
We will have to be a lot kinder to all people we encounter if they are going to believe the bumper sticker “JESUS LOVES YOU”.
What people pour out upon one another is constant condemnation instead of compassion. “Compassion” means “to suffer with”. Do we suffer with the jobless, direction-less, homeless, hopeless, loveless?
THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION IN CHRIST JESUS
He loved first. He died first. He forgave first …
When we start to get that. When His Spirit truly starts to take over, then we will love and celebrate and bless.
“Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24,25)
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." (Romans 8:1-4)
- Paul realizes that he cannot save himself through good behavior.
- Paul shouts loud that God does not condemn those in Jesus.
- Condemnation gone for those who do not trust the Law – behavior – religion BUT trust in the guidance of the Spirit of Jesus.
PS – what does that Spirit say?
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (8:15)
- That “walking in the Spirit” says I am a son of God & brother of Jesus.
IT GETS EVEN BETTER !!!
“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-39)
God did not spare His son – WHY would he not give us all things?
Will this God charge us? - He Justified us.
Will Jesus condemn us? He died for us – he is our go-between.
Will anything separate us from Christ's love?
Knowing the LOVE, FORGIVENESS, FREEDOM … how can we not lavish kindness on others? The challenge is that we do not walk “eyes open” in the Spirit of Jesus and see the world and it's people as He does. God's condemnation was paid in full in Jesus. Cry Abba Father!!!
Date Added: 2012-09-26
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