The Three “S” Triumph Of Salvation By The Lord Jesus Christ On The Cross
Let's dial back the snooze of human history to the beginning and make a supposition. The supposition is this; would Adam and Eve, and by extension the whole human race have fallen, if the Lord God Almighty had not warned Adam not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil? We don't know, but we will hazard a guess anon. This leads to another question: why put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden in the first place? But more questions for the Lord; since He is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent; didn't He-the Lord God Almighty-know that Adam and Eve would disobey Him?
The Holy Bible provided answers to these myriad questions. The moment the Lord God Almighty created Adam and Eve and said in Genesis 1: 26 and repeated the same in verse 28 thus: “"Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground,” the Lord God Almighty forfeited or chose to relinquish three basic powers He possessed to the human race.
The first is the human race is created with sovereign powers on earth and thus a free moral agent with a mind of his/her own and will power. The second is that, the human race has the power to obey or disobey the Maker of Life. Thirdly, the Lord God Almighty has no power to know what is in man's heart any more. He may look, search and examine the human heart but can't know for certain what is in our individual heart. Haven't we been told that the Lord God knows everything? Yes, organically and how everything on earth will eventually pan out but that is theologically or religiously correct but not Biblical.
Have we not been also told in sundry religious sermons that the Lord God Almighty is in control of ALL things in the world? Again, this is bowing to theological correctness but it is not Biblical. He knows all things organically, but the Lord God Almighty doesn't know what is in our individual hearts. The Holy Bible pointed this out and the Word of God is truth. If the Lord God Almighty is in charge of ALL things, why is there so much poverty, misery, diseases, oppression, evil and other atrocities in the world today? Does He take pleasure in seeing human beings suffer? Can't He do something about all these woes?
Well, the truth of the matter is that, the moment the Lord God Almighty uttered those words in Genesis 1: 26 and repeated same in verse 28 as quoted above, He ceased to exercise sovereignty over human affairs. He is not obligated and legally bound to interfere in human affairs unless called by human beings into their affairs. He is a law-abiding and highly disciplined God and He is orderly. The answer to the second question is that God is Love (1 John 4: 8) and seven of the sixteen attributes of Love as stated in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 thus:- “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres,” preclude Him from guessing the attitude of every human being to Him; whether we would obey or disobey Him. In other words, when He looks at me and you, He doesn't have a preconceived notion of whether we will serve Him, obey and worship Him or not.
This leads to the answer to the third question; does the Lord God Almighty know what is in our individual hearts? No He doesn't according to the Holy Bible. In Jeremiah 17: 10; God said: "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve." Why would God search the human heart if He already knew what is in our hearts? You only examine someone when you aren't sure if the instruction you've given the person will be obeyed or not.
In Exodus 20: 20; Moses told the Israelites“Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning." In Genesis 22: 1; we read: “Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” You don't test someone when you already knew what is in the person's heart. After Abraham was tested by the Sovereign Lord God Almighty and Abraham passed the test, hear what the Lord God Himself said after the test in Genesis 22: 12: “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
Read these words in that verse: “Now I know that you fear God…” (emphasis mine) which means all along the Lord God Almighty didn't know what was in Abraham's mind/heart. So how does God find out or know what is in our individual's hearts? By testing us with a command and wait whether we would obey Him or not. This was what He did to our First Parents; Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were tested, Noah was tested, Abraham was tested, Isaac was tested, Jacob was tested, Joseph was tested, Moses was tested, Joshua was tested, the children of Israel were tested, King Saul was tested, King David was tested and so on and on. After Salvation you will also be tested because the Lord God Almighty of the Old Testament is the same Lord Jesus Christ of the New Testament. Hallelujah!
THE RULE DURING AND AFTER BEING BORN-AGAIN:- After Adam and Eve sinned and lost the sovereign powers over the earth that God gave to them to Satan, the archenemy of God and man, there were three options before God. Satan too also had three sinister plans when he succeeded in deceiving Eve to turn against Adam and later God. But first, let's examine God's three options as revealed in the Holy Bible:- ( 1 ) abandon the human race to Satan, ( 2 ) destroy Adam and Eve and create new representatives for the human race; and finally ( 3 ) go back to the original blueprint for creating the earth in the first place which is for the human race; you and I (Psalm 8: 5-8).
The first two options would have negated what the Lord God Almighty said in Genesis 1: 26 & 28. The last option was put into effect but before redeeming lost humanity, the Lord God Almighty gave more instructions known as the law. Each time Adam and Eve's children look at those laws, they loathed themselves and saw how fallen they have become thus pushing usmore and more to the Lord and not away from the Lord. Meanwhile, when Satan deceived Adam and Eve, he too had three plans in mind: (1) a continuation of his rebellion and the rebellion of his fallen angels on earth.
They were driven away from heaven for rebelling against God and since Satan and his demons will never go back to heaven forever, they have nothing to lose by continuing their rebellion and disobedience to their Maker anyway. ( 2) Align Adam and Eve with him-Satan and his demons- and their offspring-you and I- to join Satan and his demons against God; ( 3) Finally, hijack the sovereign powers that God gave to Adam and Eve and use same powers to oppose God and oppress the human race-you and I. That was why Satan told our Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 4: 6: “And the devil said to Him, "I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.…” Did you read here that Satan never said he stole the power but said it was delivered to him? Who delivered it to him? Eve, but the powerwere not delivered legally but were stolen by Satan. That means Satan did an illegal thing; he stole against the law of God; “Thou shall not steal.”
God had already said that the earth belongs to the human race so any other specie or creature that attempts to exercise such power is ultra vires in legal terms. This is why the Lord God Almighty intervened after Adam and Eve who were the representatives of the Man as a generic term for the custodian of the sovereign powers over the earth and put the work of salvation into effect. What exactly is salvation? Jesus Christ, God in the flesh and the offspring of the man that God referred to in Genesis 3: 15as Eve's offspring answered the question of salvation in Luke 19: 10 thus: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."
You see, as far as the Lord God Almighty is concerned, when He said in Genesis 1: 26 & 28: “Let us create Man …” that word; “Man” is not synonymous with Adam and Eve. Man is a generic term for the whole human race as we have pointed out severally in this column in past articles. Adam and Eve were only representatives of Man, but the Covenant that God established in that Genesis 1: 26 and reiterated again in verse 28 was not with Adam and Eve but with Man. Consequently, Adam and Eve may have fallen but as far as God is concerned, Man has not fallen hence our Lord Jesus Christ referred to Himself as the Son of Man. As Apostle Paul noted in 2 Timothy 2: 13: “…if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” The disobedience of Adam and Eve didn't abrogate the Covenant or Agreement that the Lord God had with Man in Genesis 1: 26 and sealed in verse 28 for ever.
Our Lord Jesus Christ Who is God in the flesh accomplished the three manifold wisdom of God when He came physically as the offspring referred to in Genesis 3: 15 to save us from Satan and his demons. First, He gave us salvation. Each time the Christian world talks about salvation today, it is glibly diminished by the inability to convey the suffering the Lord Jesus Christ went through to purchase you and I back to the Eternal God. The rescue operation was costly, deadly and bloody. Satan didn't want to give in easily and let go the whole human race he held as ransom as a result of the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The brutality and punishment visited on the Lord Jesus Christ because of the sin of the human race; your sin and mine could not be conveyed by historical narrative.
Even Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ was a smidgen of the Lord's suffering. Every organ of his body was beaten and assaulted; the eyes, hands, mouth, nose, ears, mouth etc. which are all organs of sins were punished on the Cross. The lashes he received were meant for you and me but He took it upon Himself. His back and face were disfigured, because that was how the Lord God the Father wanted it. A member of the human race must pay for the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Any of such human being must be good, perfect and acceptable before a Holy and Righteousness God but from Abel to John the Baptist, all of them had flaws so “God made him-Jesus- who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5: 21).
This is why this Lord Jesus Christ said audaciously what no human being had said and will ever say in human history: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14: 6).No matter your sincerity, “goodness,” moral virtues, religious piety, zeal and other man-made self-righteous acts, if you shun this Jesus Christ and spun His Salvation on the Cross, you can't enter God's Eternal Abode. By the way, no human being born of woman, whether Buddha, Mohammad or any of those founders of religion ever uttered and will ever utter those words that Jesus Christ said in John 14: 6 above. That John 14: 6 declarative statement of Jesus Christ should keep you thinking, if you are a genuine seeker of the real Truth but still prevaricating on whether or not to accept this Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
The second accomplishment of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the Cross was that Jesus saved us from Sin. It's not enough to bail out a prisoner from jail and not make provision on how to rehabilitate him in life otherwise; he would commit another crime and go back to prison again. Sin is basically known as lawlessness. As there are civil and criminal laws governing human lives in any civilized society and punishments are prescribed for violations of such laws, similarly, there are spiritual laws guiding human affairs in our relationship with and to each other; to nature and to the ecosystem. Human laws are so established in order for peace and tranquility to reign in the modern society.
The modern society has established a system to track down and remove those stubborn and disobedient members of the society who do not want to respect these human-made laws. That is why we have the criminal justice system and penal institution. If human beings have devised a system to contain those who disobey human laws so that peace can reign in the modern society, the Sovereign Lord God Almighty has also devised a system to punish those human beings who have refused to obey His laws. Those who disregard and disobey the spiritual laws of God are called sinners. As Apostle John pointed in 1 John 3: 4: “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” That the punishment of God hasn't come on you right now for breaking His laws doesn't mean there won't be consequences in the future. Trust me; you can't get away with disobeying God. It is this Sword of God's Damocles that constantly hung on our heads as law breakers and sinners that the Blood of Jesus Christ saved us from through His Grace-Favor that is unearned and unmerited.
Not until you confess and put your faith in Jesus Christ will you ever experience this God's Favor. It is not enough to save us from going to hell with Satan and his fallen angels, but Jesus Christ empowered us to live about Sin. That was why Apostle John said in 1 John 3: 8: “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.” The power of Satan lies in Sin. Thirdly and finally, He saved us from Self. That was what put Eve, our First Mother into trouble in the Garden of Eden. She saw, she perceived, she looked and she imagined. Every decision she made after Satan made a suggestion to her was all about Mrs. Eve Adam. Wisdom, self-ambition, self-promotion, what is for self; it's all about me, me and me. As Apostle Paul warned in Romans 8: 13: “…if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”
Mama Eve should have allowed herself to be led by the Spirit of God, because only “…those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (Romans 8: 14). The moment Eve shifted gaze from the Holy Spirit and relied on her limited intelligence to take a decision, she was no match for Satan. She fell in the Garden of Eden and you too who is her son/daughter will fare no better if you rely on your limited wisdom in deciding your eternal destination. I have seen, heard and interacted with fellow academics, highly intelligent human beings by world standard, professors and thinkers, philosophers who can rationalize any aspect of human knowledge but in the things of the spirit, they are idiots. What Jesus Christ did after salvation and power over sin was to complete His finished work by saving us from us. He did this by setting “…his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come,” according to 2 Corinthians 1: 22.
What is yet to come? Paradise and heaven of course. This Holy Spirit is the evidence of our salvation, power over sin and self that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished for us on Calvary. You must be double sure that you know where you're going after this fleetingly temporary life. Christianity is not a cleverly concocted human philosophy which lacks rule of spiritual evidence. The Christian life is authentic, livable and knowable. The Holy Spirit is the proof that you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ and if you die today, you are going to heaven. But “… if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ,” as Apostle Peter counseled in 2 Peter 1: 10: “Therefore, my brothers and sisters make every effort to confirm your calling and election…”
The Biblical rule established by the Lord God Almighty in making sure that your calling and my calling, indeed the calling of all those who believe in His Son Jesus Christ are confirmed are through tests. Just as He tested Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, King Saul, King David, King Solomon, Apostles Peter, John, Paul etc. and all His own, your faith and mine will also be tested in our current Christian journey. As 1 Peter 1: 7 aptly disclosed: “…In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
ANOTHER FULFILLMENT OF 2014 PROPHECIES AND PREDICTIONS
We spoke of the Holy Spirit above as the proof of our faith in Jesus Christ who knows all things and reveals to us what is yet to come. This Holy Spirit who is the greater one in us than Satan who is in the world showed me some things toward the tail end of 2013 that would begin to happen at the beginning of this year 2014. We released those He commanded us to release and still keep those He hasn't authorized us to publicize. These revelations we referred to as Prophecies and Predictions for 2014. Some of these predictions have already been fulfilled while some are yet to come to pass but will surely be fulfilled in the next four month to the end of the year 2014. Here are snapshots of those that have been fulfilled and come to pass.
On Thursday January 2, 2014, the Holy Spirit moved us to write the following about the gubernatorial election in Osun State “The re-election of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State will be controversial as the PDP leaders in the state will do everything in their powers to cause mayhem and confusion in the state. In the end, he will be re-elected, but some political forces will come in between him and his deputy governor, Chief Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori. The deputy governor, on her part should pray against the sudden death of a member of her family in 2014.”
See the link http://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/010214.html
It happened just as the Holy Spirit showed us.
In the same message as published on Thursday January 2, 2014, this same Holy Spirit revealed the following to me and it was published thus: “A popular Nigerian academic who has been a former university vice-chancellor will pass away in 2014.” On August 9, 2014 last month, renowned Nigerian historian and former vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof J.F. Ade-Ajayi went to be with the Lord.
Dr Moshood Fayemiwo predicted the death of Prof J.F. Ade-Ajayi on Thursday January 2, 2014 and the renowned academic died last month August 09, 2014. He also predicted the re-election victory of Gov Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State on Thursday January 02, 2014-eight months before the election was held.
See the link to the prophecy: http://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/010214.html
During the same period in the same article of Predictions and Prophecies for 2014, Dr Moshood Fayemiwo wrote on Thursday January 02, 2014: “The Nigerian national soccer team will be engulfed in crises over struggles for leadership, bickering and infighting over money and sexual immorality and lawlessness”http://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/010214.html
The prophecy has been fulfilled as there are now crises and instability within the NFA according to media reports and Nigeria may be banned by FIFA this week.
On Monday December 30, 2013, the Holy Spirit showed us what was about to take place in two African countries and commanded us to write this way: “ There will be two coup attempts in two African nations this year; one in a tiny West African nation whose leader himself seized power and legitimized himself through democratic process.” See the link to the original prophecyhttp://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/123013.htmlOne of the nations where the coup attempt took place was in the tiny South African nation of Lesotho in Southern Africa.
According to media reports, Prime Minister Thabane ran out of the State House in Maseru, the nation's capital as words spread that solders were on their way to oust him from his position as PM. He fled to South Africa and was later helped back to the country by South African security forces. In the same 2014 predictions and prophecies, we wrote through the Holy Spirit; “A popular Jamaican artiste, actress/musician will pass away this year…” This prophecy too has been fulfilled. As the Holy Bible tells us; “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit“(2 Peter 1: 21).
LETTERS THIS WEEK
Dear Dr Fayemiwo, thanks for your articles and Holy Spirit-inspired weekly write-ups. I have read your prophecies on the United States in particular for 2014. I have seen some of these prophecies coming to pass in the life of our nation, the United States. I want to ask you what you feel about President Obama. I don't agree with some of his policies, especially hi support for homosexuality, but on his other policies, they are designed to help those in need and the middle class.
When I read your prophecy and the judgment we are facing now, it seems to be based on the treatment of the poor and needy and not about gays and abortion as other prophecies. Most of the prophecies I have read point accusing fingers at President Obama calling him the Anti-Christ and accused him of moving the United States away from Christian values. My spirit doesn't agree with these people because such views are motivated from politics, hate, racism and emotions. You are different in your analyses of issues, because of your spiritual knowledge. What is your take on these issues? Thanks---Ms Melinda Johnson, Miami, Florida, USA.
Thanks Ms. Johnson for your letter. I get this type of letter a lot about President Obama being the Anti-Christ. Nothing can be farther from the truth. The Anti-Christ is coming from the European Union (EU) and nowhere else according to Biblical eschatology. President Obama's support for gays and homosexuality is not a policy but personal view but it has changed public perception of that degrading lifestyle. President Obama used to attend the church that Ms. Opral Winfrey and other African-American leaders used to attend here near my house in South Side Chicago, Illinois until they relocated. I also attended the same church briefly few years ago. I know President Obama is a Christian but I doubt if he's a born-again Christian.
Dear Dr Fayemiwo. Your write up on the 2014 World Cup about Mr. Luis Alberto Diaz Suarez, the Vampire of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, in collaboration with other things that run us down as a human is second to none. Thank you so much for teaching about Satan and demons. Please I will appreciate your prayers as well, I need that very urgently, I really do not want to go into details, and it hurts me a lot anytime I talk about my situation. I reside here in South Africa all alone, looking towards God direction for upliftment so that I can have my wife here in South Africa and settle down as full grown up man that I am. Thanks in advance, we talk more when time is your friend to respond to my mail and request. Regards---Mr. K. J. Johannesburg, South Africa.
Thanks Mr. J.K. for reading my articles and the impacts such Holy Spirit works are having in your life. Please give me a call or send m an email so we can discuss further on this issue. Thanks and remain blessed in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
*Dr. Fayemiwo, who was recently in Texas for the Lord's work, is quondam professor of Biblical Exegesis at Kingdom Bible College and Seminary, Tucson, AZ and CEO, Alternative Lifestyle Communication, DBA Chicago. He is the co-author of the latest book: “Coming to America,” and also member, board of directors/ director of administration, The Millennium Stem Academy Charter School of Chicago, Illinois. Visit his company's website at www.allternativecommunication.net.Please all private email for urgent attention should be sent to this email address: [email protected]