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Persecutor > Conquered

22 Apr

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

An oracle concerning Egypt. Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud and comes to Egypt; and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence, and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them. And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians, and they will fight, each against another and each against his neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom; and the spirit of the Egyptians within them will be emptied out, and I will confound their counsel; and they will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers, and the mediums and the necromancers; and I will give over the Egyptians into the hand of a hard master, and a fierce king will rule over them, declares the Lord GOD of hosts. (Isa 19:1-4)

If you’ll remember; the Egyptians used to rule over the Israelites, yet now they’re under the rule of a “fierce king”… Hmm, wonder what that means for us today. Maybe that the persecutor of Christians will be put under the control of the Devil? I don’t want that to be taken the wrong way, so let me clarify; as you already know from reading some of my other posts, that there are in fact consequences for our sin. In this case the Egyptians had put the Israelites about through Hell, and now they get their just reward. Now, I’m going to tell you why that no longer applies today; Jesus went to Hell for us! I’m not saying there aren’t consequences for our sin, but I am saying that Jesus made it so that we can now get to Heaven without having to be perfect, – Jesus is perfect for us, but that isn’t a “license to sin” – and therefore the persecutors of Christians in general now won’t just go to Hell for what they did, they have the option of being forgiven.

I apologize if I’m being confusing (I’m not trying to be); It’s just this is a somewhat confusing topic. Here’s the summary: Jesus saves, period! It doesn’t matter what you or any “persecutors of Christians” might have done, Jesus saves! But that isn’t a “license to sin”, here’s what Paul says about that in Romans 6:

1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” 

So… Jesus saves! Hallelujah!

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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