Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Why did Jesus Come?


“Then you shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6
This way of life will only have meaning to those who have His life.
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: If anyone hears My voice, and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me" (Rev 3:20)

There are three doors to be opened: Savior, Lord and Life.

DOOR ONE: JESUS AS SAVIOR
The believer is saved from the guilt and penalty of sin. Once the believer accepts Christ, he is eternally secure. He knows the Savior and is a "new creature in Christ" (2 Cor 5:17, Luke 7:50, 1 Cor 1:8, John 3:1-21).
DOOR TWO: JESUS AS LORD
The believer is being saved from the habit and the dominion of sin. He is accepting Jesus as Lord and Master (Rom 6:14, Rom 12:1, Phil 1:19, Phil 2:12,13, 2 Thes 2:13)
DOOR THREE: JESUS AS LIFE
The believer is in the process of being brought into conformity to the image of Christ (Rom 8:29, Rom 13:11, Heb 10:36, 1 Peter 1:5, 1 John 3:2)
Only as the believer comes into the fullness of his identity with Christ and the "Exchanged Life" will his life take on the abundance of the supernatural blessings the Lord has intended for His children (Galatians 5:22-25).

Free at Last!
Why Did Jesus Come?
“He tells us in His own words. ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’ Luke 4:18,19
It is our belief that freedom is the birthright of every believer. We believe that freedom in Christ is God’s answer for every bondage. Many struggling with addictive behaviors and bondage are taught to cope. The emphasis is on the problem and what we must do. That is not why Jesus came.
Shift the focus from man and the problem to God and the answer. We must focus on what Jesus came for:
  1. Preach the Gospel-The Good News of what God has done-not what we should do.
  2. Proclaim freedom-our rightful inheritance as children of God.
  3. Recovery of sight to the blind-To see and believe the Truth that sets you free.
  4. Release the oppressed-Don’t put burdens of behavior and condemnation on people.
  5. Proclaim the year of God’s favor (grace)-Proclaim God’s grace.
If we focus on what we do-our program, our group, our freedom will be limited to our ability to carry through. If we focus on God and what He has accomplished on the cross, we will be able to experience freedom in Christ. Freedom is your birthright. Don’t settle for Less!”

Mike & Julia Quarles Freedom in Christ Recovery Ministry  FreedomFromAddiction.org

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