Purpose: Sent to Save Sinners

Purpose: Sent to Save Sinners

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.1 Timothy 1:15

We probably have considered this all-important purpose of Jesus in one of the previous editions of our Purpose series. It is one purpose that cannot be overemphasised, as the understanding of it is at the core of our well-being and optimal manifestation. It is true that Jesus came to the world primarily to save all sinners. The apostle affirms that it is not just true, but is a faithful saying that is worthy of acceptance by everyone.

Sin became the second nature of humans after the fall in the Garden of Eden, while subsequent activities and descendants of man were all enmeshed in sin and marked with imperfection. Eventually, God decided it was enough seeing humans operating in the fallen state – deprived, denied and reduced on account of sin. So there was a need to upgrade humans from the level of sin to the heights of glory, where communing with God and functioning on earth would be with ease, as God intended it to be in the beginning.

To achieve that, certain things must be done: there must be a judgement, there must be suffering and there must be death, as representations of what each individual would need to experience in his/her individual capacity as a sinful soul. But, instead of handing over humans to be punished as deserved, God decided to send His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world so He could stand in the gap for humans and take the judgement, the suffering and the death due to everyone; thus nullifying the power of condemnation over us and positioning Himself as the propitiation for our sins.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Redeem and Upgrade (2)

Purpose: Sent to Redeem and Upgrade (2)

Purpose: Sent to Redeem and Upgrade (Part 2)

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. – Galatians 4:4-5

The second purpose of Jesus, as highlighted in this passage, is to upgrade the status of believers, whom He redeemed from the pressures of the law, from slaves to sons. Christ came to give the redeemed the privileged identity of being named sons of God and heirs to His inheritance.

Before the coming of Jesus, the people of Israel were the adopted children of God, and they were the ones God related mostly with, while peoples of other nations were considered heathens and outcasts, with whom the Israelites dared not mix so that they do not become contaminated by their paganistic ways which angered God to no end.

Meanwhile, God had always longed to have fellowship with these peoples too, and He desired that they be reconciled to Him. Therefore, in the fullness of time, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to come and redeem His lost children to Himself by becoming the perfect symbol of the accomplishment of what they had struggled through the ages to achieve– fulfilling the law.

He didn’t just stop there, by nullifying the requirements that humans needed to fulfil to attain affinity with God, Christ also upgraded the status of those He redeemed to sons of God; thereby giving them the rights and privileges of sons in their dealings with God and their activities on earth.

This is a piece of cheery news for all believers. Jesus did not just come to redeem your soul and release you from the legalistic burdens required to make your redeemed status sure, He also conferred the right of sonship on you, with all the perks that come with that.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Make the Poor Rich

Purpose: Sent to Make the Poor Rich

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. – 2 Corinthians 8:9

In continuation of our series on Purpose, which we started some months ago (please read the previous parts on www.daily-dew.com); we are further acquainted with another purpose of Jesus Christ in the passage above. The Bible says He became poor so that we might become rich. In other words, He came to swap our poverty and miseries with His own glory and riches.

A school of thought is not in agreement with the excessive focus on wealth, prosperity, and riches in the messages that emanate from Christian pulpits these days. And justifiably so because, while preaching about wealth is not bad in itself, neglecting the more important homily of sanctification, holiness, godliness, purity, spiritual maturity and so on to focus majorly on self-aggrandizement is a deviation from the most important course to instead major on minor things.

Nevertheless, that some people have an issue with prosperity message does not negate the fact that liberating people from the shackles of poverty and entrusting them with wealth is one of the purposes of Jesus Christ. He came to take on human abjectness and offer abundance in return (John 10:10). There are innumerable people who would not have amounted to much in life but for their encounter with Jesus Christ.

But then, it would be myopic to limit the riches that Christ offers to financial gains alone. There is more to being rich than having surplus money. Long and fulfilled life, good health, quality relationships, kinetic abilities, emotional wholeness, among others, are equally important in the abundance equation, as money cannot buy those, nor is it a substitute for any of them.

Therefore, since poverty is not limited to finance alone, the enrichment ministry of Jesus is also not restricted to a fat bank account; He enriches all aspects of life as long as they are surrendered to Him. So, how do you want His enrichment? Is it for your finance alone or for your entire being?

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Why You don’t Manifest the Power of God

Why You don’t Manifest the Power of God

Here is a Daily Dew insight on what it takes to demonstrate the power of God in any situation and be a bearer of His awesome Presence.

Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines… And when they joined battle, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men of the army in the field. And…the elders of Israel said, “Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD from Shiloh to us, that when it comes among us it may save us from the hand of our enemies.” So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from there the ark of the covenant of the LORD…And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted so loudly that the earth shook. Now when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, “What does the sound of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” Then they understood that the ark of the LORD had come into the camp. So the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God has come into the camp!” And they said, “Woe to us! For such a thing has never happened before….Who will deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness. Be strong and conduct yourselves like men, you Philistines, that you do not become servants of the Hebrews…Conduct yourselves like men, and fight!” So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and every man fled to his tent. There was a very great slaughter, and there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers. Also the ark of God was captured; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died. – 1 Samuel 4:1-11

Everyone living being has the breath of God in him or her, otherwise, they won’t be alive. But that does not mean that everyone living can operate in the power or anointing of God. The ability to do that is largely dependent on the eligibility of each individual, based on his/her relationship with Jesus Christ.

In the passage above, the Israelites found themselves routed at war, so they decided to bring the Ark of Testimony (a symbol of the presence of God) into their camp with the hope that it would help them to overcome their enemies. When the Ark eventually arrived, they jubilated, as they then expected an easy run over their enemies. The Ark had made them prevailed over similar challenges in the past, it would definitely aid them again this time. How wrong they were.

Much to their rude shock, the Ark could not deliver them from their enemies because it was improperly conveyed to the camp and, worse, it was in the care of two unworthy vessels – Hophni and Phinehas, the sons of Eli – who were both notorious in eyes of God for their excesses (1 Samuel 2:12-17, 22-36) in the ministry.

Their contact with the Ark rendered it ineffectual, and it could not fulfil the purpose for which it was brought. To make matters worse, the revered Ark was seized and taken captive by the Philistines and it could not prevent 30,000 of the Israelite soldiers from being slaughtered.

That means the Ark – a symbol of God’s presence and power – is only as effective to the extent of the right standing of the person bearing it. That is why He states in His word: With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. – Psalm 18:26

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How to Get Out of Entrapment and Desperate Situation (2)

How to Get Out of Entrapment and Desperate Situation (2)

But Jeroboam caused an ambush to go around behind them; so they were in front of Judah, and the ambush was behind them. And when Judah looked around, to their surprise the battle line was at both front and rear; and they cried out to the LORD, and the priests sounded the trumpets. Then the men of Judah gave a shout; and as the men of Judah shouted, it happened that God struck Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. 2 Chronicles 13:13-15

Secondly, the priests among them sounded the trumpets in praise. They did not sing tunes of distress; the praise instruments of God are not meant for that purpose. They blasted the trumpets in praise. Worship is an acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty, and when you worship Him in the face/midst of troubles you are saying that He remains sovereign and far more important than the issue at hand; hence your giving Him your attention and not the problem that is threatening to wipe you out. There is no how you will accord God such honour and He will not honour you back by wrecking a mighty deliverance for you.

Lastly, the men of Judah let out a shout. They did not cower or give up the fight. They let out a shout of defiance and got ready to battle. Having prayed and praised, they were assured of divine partnership and were ready to face anything. So their shout was literally saying, “Bring it on!”

They did not need to fight the battle themselves, as they had done enough for God to unleash terror on their enemies and caused a great rout that left 500,000 of Israel’s pompous army dead, while the rest scampered across the wilderness for dear life. Thus the terrifying challenge that was about to swallow up the people of God became another milestone of victory for them and a testimony to God’s faithfulness.

God is still in the business of wrecking deliverance and rescuing His people today. The Bible says He is a “very present help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1). The problem is that we usually accord our problem more attention than we give God and we focus more on ourselves – bemoaning what will become of us – than we engage Him on our issues.

Having read this, you should change the order of your attention henceforth and accord God prior thinking, not your problem. He is ever ready to save.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to Get Out of Entrapments and Desperate Situations (1)

How to Get Out of Entrapments and Desperate Situations (1)

But Jeroboam caused an ambush to go around behind them; so they were in front of Judah, and the ambush was behind them. And when Judah looked around, to their surprise the battle line was at both front and rear; and they cried out to the LORD, and the priests sounded the trumpets. Then the men of Judah gave a shout; and as the men of Judah shouted, it happened that God struck Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. 2 Chronicles 13:13-15

The passage above presents us with three classic principles for getting out of danger and desperate or life-threatening situations. Jeroboam, king of the majority nine tribes of Israel with his 800,000 army had come up against the minority tribes of three in Judah which God had reserved for David’s descendants. Numerically, the men of Judah were outnumbered by ratio two-to-one by Israel. To make matter worse, before Judah could even set out to battle, the enemies had surrounded them front and back and were ready to pounce on them and finish them off. What Judah did in that dire moment is the focus of our meditation today and a possible principle we can apply when we find ourselves in similar circumstances.

Firstly, the men of Judah cried out to the LORD in prayer. When they sighted their adversaries in front and behind them, they did not start to wail in self-pity, bemoaning their lot for coming out that day and expecting a certain death. No, they cried out to God for help. The Bible says the name of the LORD is a strong tower into which the righteous run and are safe from peril (Proverbs 18:10). That was what Judah did. By calling upon God, they activated His fortress and opened up His strong tower for their refuge. When you find yourself in similar situation, will you pray or moan?

Secondly, the priests among them sounded the trumpets in praise. They did not sing tunes of distress; the praise instruments of God are never used for that purpose. They blasted the trumpets in praise. Worship is an acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty, and when you worship Him in the face or midst of troubles you are saying that God remains sovereign and far more important than the issue at hand…Worship is an acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty, and when you worship Him in the face or midst of troubles you are saying that God remains sovereign and far more important than the issue at hand…

We’ll continue tomorrow.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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