“Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” Romans 7:4.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים) says:
Do not be swayed by what you hear, it is news that the Kingdom is near. Be very careful to walk in love and keep your eyes above where I have seated you in Christ. I will open a way for you to tell the world the good news and it starts today.
I can take the worst sinner, I can take the darkest life, and I can make of that person a great saint, the brightest light, if they will only hear and obey My Word. And it can happen in the twinkling of an eye, in the beat of a heart. It is called born again from above or a new creation in Christ. It is the greatest miracle of all. And these are the greatest miracles, these are the greater works to be done by those who believe in My Name and the Name of My Son, Jesus. And the Book of the Acts of the Apostles that we are studying in these Life Lessons is full of these greater works.
The healings, the physical raising of the dead, the lame walking, the deaf hearing and the blind seeing are wonderful works that My Son did when He came preaching the Kingdom but He had not died yet on the Cross and been raised by Me from the dead when He preached the good news of the Kingdom. But now that He has taken all your sins on Himself and freed you from them to make you righteous with My righteousness and a child of Mine, born again to new life, eternal life, you can preach the gospel of your salvation as well as the gospel of the Kingdom. Greater works, greater miracles. Receiving eternal life is the greatest miracle of all. And now you can give that to people.
Once you are a new creation, in partnership with Me, you can birth many as new creations in Christ by imparting My Word to others. For as many as receive Him as Lord, to them I give the right to become My children, even to those who believe in His name, who are born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of Me. John 1:12-13.
“Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” Romans 7:4. For when Christ died, you died in Him, and when I raised Him from the dead, I raised you in Him as a new creation. “For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:10-11. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14.
Become sowers of the Word into hearts. Plant a seed and turn a weed into wheat to be gathered into My barn. Plant a seed and bring about a new birth from that imperishable seed. “For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. For, ‘All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word which was preached to you.” 1 Peter 1:23-24.
All you need is your voice as the early church did, but now you have more, you can extend your voice by computer, phone, social media, Zoom, books as digital downloads, television, online viewing, and other new paths as I give people creative ideas and inventions that speed up communication and delivery, even into nations that you could not otherwise enter with the good news of Jesus.
The good news of your salvation brings your redemption and seals you in the Holy Spirit unto eternal life. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been preordained according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:7-14. But being saved and born again makes you a citizen of My Kingdom, giving you full citizenship rights and benefits, making it possible for you to live days of Heaven on earth even now. It has pleased Me to give you who believe in My Son and are born again the Kingdom. But you must realize that the Kingdom operates on laws, as any Kingdom does, and to receive all the benefits you must follow the Kingdom laws. For example, these are Kingdom laws: “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:37-38. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus was teaching the laws of the Kingdom, how to operate to participate in Kingdom living and benefits on earth.
Jesus came to bring good news to the poor. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3. What does that mean? It means that those who know the truth that they, in themselves, are poor, that is, they cannot provide for themselves without dependence on the rain falling, the crops growing, the sun shining, their good health and strength remaining, their ability to gain wealth being fueled and sustained, in other words, those who know they are not their own source but that they ultimately must look to Me to give them the supplies and ability to meet their needs, these are the ones who seek first My Kingdom and My righteousness and find that all is added to them without worrisome toil. They are indeed blessed for theirs is the Kingdom and there is no lack in My Kingdom. And that is good news for the poor, for they need no longer be poor in any area of their lives, spirit, soul, or body. Jesus came that you would have life and have it in abundance. And that is Kingdom living on earth.
Heaven on earth simply means you have learned to operate in the laws of the Kingdom. And the most important is the law of faith, that is, speaking the result you know you have from My promises before you see it manifest. Calling My promises in.
New birth, new life. So today let us look at another miracle of Paul in the Acts of the Apostles that involves preaching, teaching, communion, and raising from the dead.
After the uproar in Ephesus over their manufacture of an idol the business for which had slacked off since more people in Ephesus became believers, Paul sent for the disciples, and when he had exhorted them and taken his leave of them, he left to go to Macedonia. When he had gone through those districts and had given them much exhortation, he came to Greece. And there he spent three months, and when a plot was formed against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia. And he was accompanied by Sopater of Berea, the son of Pyrrhus, and by Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus. All people who had been born again at the preaching of Paul and now were endeavoring to bring the good news of salvation to as many others as they could. They went ahead waited for Paul at Troas. Paul and Luke sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and came to them at Troas within five days; and stayed seven days.
And Paul was ready to minister and preach to the people at Troas as he always did wherever he was guided by My Spirit. So on the first day of the week, when they were gathered together to break bread, Paul always taught about communion, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight. When he began sharing the revelation of My Word he had much to say and so should you.
There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together. And there was a young man named Eutychus sitting on the window sill, sinking into a deep sleep; and as Paul kept on talking, he was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor and was picked up dead. But Paul was not moved by what he saw for he knew that young man’s premature death was not My Will. So he went down and fell upon him, and after embracing him, he said, “Do not be troubled, for his life is in him.” Never be troubled and never accept the works of the devil as final. Elisha did not. Paul did not. And you, as believers and citizens of My Kingdom, not either. You should always have the last word. Never let Satan get away with the last word in a situation.
Paul then went back up and had broke the bread and all partook, he talked with them a long while until daybreak, and then left. They took away the boy alive, and were greatly comforted.
He who eats My Son’s flesh and drinks His blood has eternal life. Paul knew that the Body of My Son healed, “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
By the hands of Paul I worked extraordinary miracles, both physical and spiritual. Why? He had done what he preached to you, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:1-2.
He had presented his body to Me to use his dominion authority for My purposes. Like Moses, when Paul stretched out his hand, My power reached out upon the earth through his. Authorized.
I love you. Will you do the greater works with Me today?