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a refresher of the Christian faith concluding part.

 

THE POWER OF CHIOCE

a refresher of the Christian faith

concluding part.

 

THE POWER OF CHOICE

The redemption story.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

Understanding the sin tragedy

 I used to make this statement that we can never get to fully understand the gravity of sin, or what it did to the human nature until we precisely identify where man fell from, and what man fell into. Man fell from the position of glory according to the scripture, and we can identify that man also fell into himself. Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; The self-life, which eventually leads to judgement and destruction is what man inherited by yielding to the voice of the serpent.  Man wanted to be wiser than he already his. Adam was not satisfied and secured in who is and what the father has deposited in him, so he opted for the false counsel of Lucifer

The meaning of dominion and authority

Regardless of how we are able to exercise power and authority over things and others, if we are however unable to use such authority to restrain or constrain our own inner desires and appetites, we will eventually fail in our relationship with God and man. The dominion given to Adam was to start with him being able to subjugate (his will and desire) himself under the dominion and authority of the father.  Exercising restrain and dominion over our personal lives is the highest degree of spiritual government and maturity.  Our ability to exercise spiritual authority means nothing if we are unable to submit to the authority of God, regardless of the need.

The test of moral virtue

The test of Adam’s moral virtue and authority was to prove to himself and the powers of darkness that he is better than Satan and the fallen angels. It was clear that the lord was not attempting to tempt Adam by creating these two special trees call the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam, like the rest of the sons of God were created with the power of choice.

The ability for Adam and the rest of the sons of God like the cherubim and seraphim to have the ability to freely choose to serve and worship the father is of the greatest decisions the father made in the expression of righteouness and soverignty. This, of cause, was how Lucifer, Son of the morning was able to persuade one third of the angels to follow his rebellion against his creator.

The opportunity we all have

Adam’s opportunity to choose the instruction of the father was not really design to merely test his allegiance or commitment in obeying the will of The father, like many theologians and spiritual leaders have suggested. No. The power of choice was given to him to prove to himself and the rest of creation, including Satan that he has developed his ability to restrain himself from whatever form of temptation he may face. The word of God clearly state that the lord cannot be tempted by evil nor does he tempt anyone by evil. We are only tempted when we are dragged away by our own lust.

 

James 1:13-14   Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Let’s not forget that Adam and Eve were not only created in the image and likeness of God but that they constantly enjoy fellowship with the father, so one would naturally assume to think they would swing their choice to obey what they were told regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Nevertheless, it was not so. Man chose a different pathway. A pathway to follow a self-driven inclination contrary to the desired will of his father.

Adam’s self-centered choice

He made a choice to listen and follow the lustful and deceptive voice of the fallen of the arch angel by submitting to his already persuaded (wife) soul. The choice Adam made on that day brought him to the place where him and his wife were cast out of Eden. Every nanosecond of life is stirred and driven my choice. Whatever choice we make, will ultimately determine the direction and outcome of your life, and that of many within and around our world.

We cannot live life without choice. Yet, choice must be made from a well of knowledge that exist beyond the confined of the immediate needs and desire of our lives. Adam made a choice by listening to his selfish desire that lead the whole of creation into bondage.

The power given to us can only be effectively used as believers, if we learnt to relinquish our will, the place of choice making to the wisdom of the lord. While many will be concern about sharing some big revelation about Easter. I would rather take a simpler, but yet, a profound view to examine the question of how our choice affect our entire existence in this season.

 

Easter, an opportunity to retrospect

The revelation of Easter is the life of Christ, and the choice he made to pay the ultimate sacrifice for you and me and the entire human race. Easter is not about some religious dietary tradition not to eat meat, or more so, to follow some Roman Catholic Church dogma. It has always been the plan of the enemy to distort truth for some old wife fable. I still do remember asking folks back then when I was still pastoring, could you give me a bible reference to the whole issue why you must only eat fish on Easter? While people may say, well, it really doesn’t matter.

After all, it’s just a day’s event. what difference does it make? The issue however is, if you can choose to follow a popular tradition that carries no biblical truth or value, that already speaks volume regards to your faith quality. this note is addressing the issue of choice. If you cannot make choice about little things or what seem innocent, how can you make the right choice when it comes to the issue of life and death, or the advancement of the kingdom of God.

The choice Jesus made

Jesus Christ chose to come to earth, living his glory to die for you is not a church nor societal tradition. That is the most important reality that will under-guard the rest of the choice and decisions you will ever make in life.  And if you’re not sure of what you believe, it’s becomes very easy for you to be easily deceived or persuaded by anyone to follow what they believe. The death of Christ on the cross was to completely destroy the sin nature and everything that comes with sin so you can walk in the reality of a new culture, tradition and the power of new identity in Christ kingdom.

The questions you must ask yourself

Having said this, the question you should be asking yourself is, to what extent has the revelation of the ultimate sacrifice of Christ on the cross affected and changed your life and world perception.  Secondly, to what degree of the choice of Jesus Christ transformed your narration and understanding of his unfailing love caused you to love others, and live a life of true kingdom representative.

While some of us may be basking in the beauty of being called a Christian, or even serving in some local church community. However, to what degree has the revelation of Christ reformed your life to the extent that your lifestyle is completely reformed and transformed for Christ glory. Have you genuinely decided to follow Christ and the ways of his kingdom, or are you merely going through some religious rituals call Christianity?

Please note that your purpose of serving Christ is to daily follow his voice and will, even at that the seemliest complex and difficult situation. The truth is, if you are merely pretending to be a Christian, when the enemy comes to test your faith or power of choice then you are going to realize how you’ve played the fool. Adam could not be found truly faithful, even though he had power, authority and dominion. He lacked the restraining strength to say no to his appetite and of cause, the enemy.

The ancient war is still the same today

The ancient battle Adam faced in the garden is still the same today. Regardless of the race, position, culture or belief, you and I will be faced with the decision of making the right choice, and the choice you make will determine the next cause of your life’s outcome. The irony is, no human being without the transformed nature of Christ living in them can make the right choice. No matter how hard they try to be considerate and thoughtful in their decision, there would always be that element of human limitation.

 Addressing the ability to choose right

One of the reasons why Christ died on the cross is to help us deal with this weak condition of choice making. The book of Romans chapter 7 shows us the degree of this human weakness and chapter 8 showed us how to eventually walk in freedom. This condition has been inherited through the carnal nature of the first man. However, the second man,who is also known as the last Adam has now given us another opportunity to be rebirth from that carnal nature inherited in Adam.

1 Corinthians chapter 15 gives clear insight into the principle of the exchange of our nature. Ephesians chapter 2 and 3 further informs us how this spiritual transaction took place, and how we can actually transit from the old nature into the new man in Christ. It is from this new position of a higher superior life that we can make quality decision that will positively change and transform the narrative of our past life.

Believe me, like I said earlier, this is not about you mere saying you are a Christian while you know deep down in your heart that you’ve actually not truly committed your soul-will and desire to Christ. The lord cannot be mocked. The fruit of your life will always speak to you personally about who is in charge of your life. Being born of God is not a child’s play or game. This is not some trendy thing happening today; this is the very demand of the father for all of his creation if we must enter his kingdom.  No one can truly please him or make decision that will positively impact his family or community without the Indwelling nature of Christ.

My commendation

So recommit your desire and ways to Christ, and he will give you the grace and strength to make the right choice for him. Be determined to follow him to the end and your life will be filled with joy and peace. It’s time you start ascending in the revelation of Christ. Don’t ever forget that these principles are the portal to walking in the life and power of the second man, the last Adam:

Crucifixion, death, burial resurrection and Ascension.

Peace to all those who love to see the appearance of our Lord in their fresh and this generation.

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The cross of Christ, a fading reality from the church 

The cross of Christ, a fading message from the church 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola 

If there’s ever a pressing message the apostles and church leaders of our time need to urgently and seriously give attention to, is the unveiling mystery of the cross of Christ. 

From my viewpoint, I do not think a larger part of the church community today truly understand the weight and revelation of Christ and What he did on the cross. If they do, the church certainly will not be in the present unfortunate state she finds herself today. 

I believe that somewhere in the cause of our pursuit to be known, accepted and being relevant in the ‘work of ministry’, we’ve lost some of the most vital key to our spiritual footing.  Many of the sacred truth and values of the kingdom of God has been deliberately sidelined and changed for something else that only feed and satisfy our lust. 
 The revelation and experience of the cross of Christ is the portal to all messages and teachings we will ever render in our life time.  

Please don’t get me wrong, what i am saying is, the framework of all kingdom centered driven message or initiative must carry the components of these four structure of existence for christ to be formed in individuals. Why there seemed to be so much pump and energy in our messages and church activity with little or no reforming and transforming power is due to the lack of these five core spiritual pillars. 
Crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection and Ascension are not just mere messages we preach or teach. They are the very construct of the temple Christ is building within his people and through his people.    If the message and the spiritual experience of death, burial and resurrection is not well seated and fashioned in our hearts accordingly, am afraid they won’t allow us to step into the fith dimension of the ascended life. Why? That’s where the hidden manner, and the message of the tree of life dwells.

Nevertheless, we may be left to continue ministering in the outer court arena of the speakings and the dealings of the Spirit.  At this tier, the gravitational pull of the fallen nature will continue to influence and control the message and response of the people even if they seem to be prospering materially and otherwise. Our priority as temple builders is not just to see to the material prosperity of the people, but to actually see them completely free and transformed in preparation to fulfilling their destiny in Christ. 
Ezekiel 44 :12-14

And the Levites who went far from Me, when Israel went astray, who strayed away from Me after their idols, they shall bear their iniquity.  Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, as gatekeepers of the house and ministers of the house; they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister to them. 

Because they ministered to them before their idols and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity, therefore I have raised My hand in an oath against them,” says the Lord God, “that they shall bear their iniquity. And they shall not come near Me to minister to Me as priest, nor come near any of My holy things, nor into the Most Holy Place; but they shall bear their shame and their abominations which they have committed. Nevertheless I will make them keep charge of the temple, for all its work, and for all that has to be done in it.

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reestablishing the tenants of the faith

As the church enters the Frontline of a new kind of religious and sociocultural assault, in the battle to maintain, uphold and advance the revelation of Christ, and the multifaceted emerging realities of the gospel of the kingdom, which unfortunately, is still in its infant stage to many of us.  It’s become even more expedient for its leadership community to constantly rehearse and regularly practice the basic doctrine and tenets of her faith foundation, in order to maintain a formidable stand against the subtle in-flock, New Age, anti-Christ philosophy currently threatening the church’s advancement and representation globally.

it is essential we don’t stop teaching the revelation of Jesus Christ on precepts upon precepts, line upon line; the holy order of our redemptive heritage, and the unadulterated cultural life of the kingdom we now belong in Christ.  When One examine the general shallowness of the knowledge and understanding of most profess charismatic Christians today, with regards to the revelation of Christ, one cannot but worry about the future development and representation of the church’s leadership. Given priority to the systematic teaching and the (edifying) building up of the individual and the corporate community’s faith is highly crucial. The place and function of kingdom discipleship must be given its rightful place again.

 

Reclaiming the model

Reclaiming the precise model and value of the church’s corporate life, and the established doctrinal values and principles, in my opinion, is some of the key factors that will assist us reclaim the accurate definition and grace of what is known as the government of the kingdom of God in this hour of unprecedented assault. Therefore, to continually refresh our individual spirit, and the larger community of the household of faith as we advance unto corporate perfection in Christ, is a high watermark in this present season.

The church’s identity and image has never been so under attack like we presently see it. I believe that the traditional celebration of Easter gives the opportunity to be reminded and encouraged on some of the most important apostolic foundation of our love, faith and hope in Christ.  However, such biblical refresher cannot be complete without returning to where it all began in the garden.

There’s absolutely no way we can truly and effectively comprehend the revelation of the cross and the power of resurrection without returning to Genesis, the beginning of all things. The battle of Satan against Adam in the beginning was that of who gets the control over the human will and choice.

While the human spirit plays an important role in the overall developed and construction of a productive life. Man’s will, which is seated in the center-core of the soul, however defines and determine the ultimate decision he makes either for good or for worse. So, I’ll like us to briefly look at the singular issue of how Adam and his wife abdicated their God given power of choice to a moment of self-will government.

Adam, created innocent but not perfected

1Corinthians 15:22-23

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Man and creation from the dawn of time lived in an endless realm of bliss within the paradise of God called Eden. In the wisdom of the father, he created a man who carried and reflected his authority and glory at least to some high measure. All that man needed for his sustainability and the exercise of his governmental authority as trustee in the earth was provided for him in the garden.

The creation of man in the very image and likeness of God was a clear prophetic statement to Satan and the rest of the one third fallen angels of their eternal defeat. Beyond this, Eden was a perfect image of the community life the father designed and desired for man to cultivate and built for his family and the generations to come. in Adam’s innocence, he relished in the flurry of the father’s presence and glory until his very first test to prove his approval occurred.

This test was that of the will to choose; he rather chose to question the wisdom and command of his creator by yielding to the craving of his soul, stirred by Lucifer himself.  The scripture informs us that the father will usually come down in the cool of the day to fellowship with this unique creation call Adam. Nonetheless, this fellowship cannot be defined perfect to the rest of creation until every aspect of Adam’s spiritual and mental faculty yields in perfect harmony to his creator’s wisdom and desire.

Authority does not mean maturity

Adam expressed a high measure of the creative wisdom and ability of his creator. His intellectual and creative ingenuity was evident in how he was able to [examine] discern every animal created by God, and was able to precisely [NATURE AND NURTURE] name them. There’s no doubt that Adam was created innocent but not yet perfected. For the father to prove and defend his righteousness to principalities and powers, and the rest of the sons of God, Adam’s morality and spiritual virtue will have to be thoroughly tested and approved.

The fallen cherubim

The moral justification of the righteousness of the father was challenged when one third of his created angels chose to follow the prideful rebellion of one of his most carefully created beings to minister before his very presence.

The scripture refers to Lucifer as the cherubim that covered the glory of God. However, inequity was found in him when he decided to challenge the wisdom and supremacy of his creator. Lucifer made a choice within his heart to seek a position higher than that of his creator.  The power, authority and glory at his disposal deceived him of thinking he could convince the entire angelic host of heaven to support him. While one third choose to follow him two third however refused his diabolic act of treason.

The choice to follow

Friends, the issue of our service to God and his kingdom has never that of being forced or threatened to act. No. It has always been and it will always be by your personal choice. The center core of our work with the lord was never intended nor designed to be by coercion. Command is for beast without the soul or spirit to discern how to serve and worship the father in Spirit and in truth. All the father seeks for is worship and fellowship. A worship, which of cause is beyond an act but a true lifestyle of total obedience and submission to his will and counsel.

However, Adam seem not understand the spiritual desire even when we are told the father will come and have fellowship with them. There was a disconnection in the morality and spirituality of Adam. Morality was designed to be enhanced by the power of true worship, in Adam however, we saw this disconnection, which immediately informs us about a critical abnormally in the spiritual symphony of his worship.

Adams sight and focus has been corrupted, therefore, shifted from the very reason he was created which is to live a lifestyle of worship. It’s in the place of worship that we gain power and dominion over the self-life. The human will to choose from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is crushed.

The moment Adam and Eve’s attention were drowned away from the main reason why they were created, another alternative system of self-willed life sets which officially introduced sin to all earthly creation. From that moment of thought introduce by Lucifer. Adam began to doubt the morality and wisdom of God by rationalizing his idea to gain greater sight and become wiser.

 

Genesis 3:1-6  The snake was more clever than all the wild animals the LORD God had made. He asked the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must never eat the fruit of any tree in the garden’?”  The woman answered the snake, “We’re allowed to eat the fruit from any tree in the garden except the tree in the middle of the garden. God said, ‘You must never eat it or touch it. If you do, you will die!'” “You certainly won’t die!” the snake told the woman. “God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened. You’ll be like God, knowing good and evil.” The woman saw that the tree had fruit that was good to eat, nice to look at, and desirable for making someone wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

The official introduction of sin

Adam’s choice literally became a poison that not only corrupt his soul and that of Eve, but the entire human race. Sin was officially introduced to humanity through the disobedience that lead to their excommunication from Gods presence and paradise which eventually lead to their inheritance of death.

The philosophy of denial

  Two thousand plus years later, humanity is still struggling within himself to answer the question, why is there so much war, destruction, disease, poverty and hatred across the world? The progressive humanist ideology to rationalize everything with his philosophical theory has unfortunately confined man to his own ways and wisdom. We saw Genesis how man tried to build a system called the tower of rebellion to reach God, of course, man and the tower was judged.

Genesis 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

The more man craved for answer and meaning to life, and desire to understand why things are the way they are, the more man becomes even more confused because he has decided to remove the idea of the existence of a creator out of his life and vocabulary.

  The deadly virus within the soul of man call sin cannot be removed regardless of what man does or where he goes. Even if man tried to create another home for himself in mass, sin and its characteristics will be found there. No amount of goodness or kindness man does that can remove or excuse him from the consequences of sin. For all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.

Understanding the sin tragedy

I used to make this statement that we will never understand the gravity of what sin did to the human nature until we accurately identify where man fell from, and what man fell into. Man fell from the position of glory according to the scripture, and we can identify that man also fell into himself. Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; The self-life, which eventually leads to judgement and destruction is what man inherited by yielding to the voice of the serpent.  Man wanted to be wiser than he already his. Adam was not satisfied and secured in who is and what the father has deposited in him, so he opted for the false counsel of Lucifer.

to be continued