Romans 16:25-2725 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith
— 27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.
We all want to end well. With Jesus as our Omega.
Knowing our God, our Righteous Father is waiting for us as Abba. Running to us as we are the prodigals and He is Covering us with Jesus.
We want Jesus. We want to know God is able to strengthen us. His Truth. His Command. And in His Righteousness - He sees us as obedient to His call for Faith. Our Light He has given us shows God to be the Glorious Abba in Jesus Christ forevermore.
How will we draw His strength upon us?
Jesus has told us in His Gospels. We ask for the Holy Spirit and Pray. And like Acts, life is discussed. And we will be asked even just about life, we tell of His Love. Our lives should speak of our Love for Father God.
Jesus said He wants us to Proclaim Him. What Father God, the angels, the prophets, God's Word - this proves reliable. We can look to His Word - ask - seek - find His Path for us.
1 Thessalonians 2:13
God says this about His Word and believers:
what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers
By paying attention to God, He will strengthen us. Jesus told us of the seeds and snares of life. Staying in Jesus, is the path to God. Jesus Christ is the center. We could easily start here and talk about The Seeds Parable. What happens to people in life to make the winds of life push them. Instead:
Consider this Important Fact.
Look at all of the Gospels. Jesus did not turn the Gospels into the incredible conversion stories of Jesus the Savior. He never gave a tally. Really. We never know about the end of those who were healed. Only a few times. Previous Blind Bartimaeus turned and followed Jesus. The ten lepers were healed and one turned back.
Now is this discouraging? Hardly. No, this is encouragement. Jesus was saying don't tally your life up yourself. God is going to do this for you and with you in His Strength.
Bishop Papias of Hierapolis is a very interesting historian. He knew John the Beloved Disciple towards the end of John's very productive and active life in the beginning of the 2nd Century. He went to John and said someone needed to follow up this Beautiful, Wondrous, Amazing Jesus life and find out what happened. And since he knew John, Bishop Papias wanted to know if John fully approved of the three Gospels and their supporting and other-seat-at-the-table-views of Jesus' life.
John said he completely did agree with the Gospels and said they were well written and correct. Let's remember together, all the writers of the Gospels arranged this Story of Salvation to explain their order of thinking in the levels of journey and process as they look, learn and love the Son of God.
2 Corinthians 10:18
For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
1 Corinthians 12:11
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
And Bishop Papias sets out to meet and interview all the living and children of the living Presbyters who had met Jesus Christ and been healed by Him. Did Bishop Papias take a tally of their changed lives? We would and we might even have polls of their opinions. And data.
God is Wise. He wanted His Story to be His Story. Bishop Papias came home having found that the Presbyters did agree that Jesus healed them. And He was raised Victorious from the Dead to become the First to Overcome Death as God's Son. And that was the accomplished history of Bishop Papias of Hierapolis.
Bishop Papias of Hierapolis came back saying, not the finished lives of the people who met Jesus. No. Bishop Papias came back with the history the Gospels report the people in the next Century declare The Gospels regarding the Life of Jesus the Messiah are correct and true. This is enduring. This is correct, the way Bishop Papias told His Story impacts us - today.
This is Jesus' Story for us. Jesus is the Center.
The Holy Spirit tells us to check.
1 John 4:1
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God
How will we know Jesus as a Historical fact? Two ways to see the Salvation of Jesus impact the world. One with faith. And then eyes of faith. The dispersion of the Christians. The fear of the Emperor. The change is recorded most in the area of the most human interest. The History of the Empire sweeping the Globe. The Change of the Roman Empire. The continuation of the Roman Empire in Constantinople for 1,000 years. Later called Byzantine by the victors.
This Jesus - does not end. We hear the faithful today tell of the comfort of loved ones passing to Him.
Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.
We begin each day, with the adventure of His Mercies Renew Each Day.
We say the Lord's Prayer when thoughts assail us of our own frailties and mortality. We see His Sustenance.
And Believe with Trust and Happiness, God is going to help us sweep what is painful in life to forgiveness in His Righteousness. We Faithfully Pursue our Belief Jesus is God. And trust and laugh at the time to come. Presenting our earnest and believing hearts are a Joy a Delight and a Happiness to God who Dearly Loves us as we are. Calling us Righteousness in Jesus to Abba, Our Father.
I believe in You as God. And say, God's will is ~ I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in Your Company.
Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Jesus says we are welcome.
Hebrews 2 says “I will put my trust in him.” and in prayer always: “Behold, I and the children God has given me.” And here we place our loved ones and our concerns. Our Churches, communities, the Nation and Christians around the world in the Name of Jesus for His Mercy, Grace, Forgiveness, Peace and Love.
May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
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