Every Day Easter

Every Day Easter

All around the world today, believers are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Why? Because His victory over death is the beginning of something spectacular for anyone who dies — in other words, all of us. His resurrection was an announcement of victory over the grave, as well as any power or authority that sets itself up against Love and Life.

The place of death, called Hades in scripture, is locked up tight from the perspective of the living. Retrieving a loved one who has passed away (and I’m not referring to one who has just temporarily flatlined) is scientifically impossible. All the money or power or medicine in the world can’t open the “door” of death.

This door has a set of keys. These are symbolic keys, of course, representing the power or ability to cause someone who has passed away (to death) to pass back again (to life).

If any fallible human being were to gain that power, there’s no telling how he or she would use it. They say power corrupts. Can you imagine the level of corruption we might witness were that kind of power to fall into the hands of anyone other than a perfect, sinless person? But, I digress…

When Jesus rose again, when he went through that mysterious door and returned holding the keys to death and Hades, this is what happened:

Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

— The Apostle Paul, to the believers in Corinth


Let’s break it down:

  1. Death no longer has victory.
  2. Sin is no longer the venom of death. (Romans 5:12), and the law no longer gives sin power. (Romans 7:8)
  3. Believers’ labor (i.e. the work of the Lord) is not in vain.

What are the practical implications for the world?

  1. We die, but we won’t stay dead.
  2. It’s no longer about law and sin (i.e. bad people should be good); it’s about death and life (i.e. dead people should be alive).
  3. God’s work produces the intended result.

Either Paul had an overactive imagination, or he believed something larger and more hopeful than many believers today. According to many official statements of faith and orthodox doctrines, today is the day believers celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, because His victory over death is the beginning of something spectacular for them.

Just them.

They have victory over the grave. Never mind their families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and acquaintances. They have victory over power or authority that sets itself up against Love and Life, but their families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and acquaintances will remain enslaved to the powers of darkness, tormented forever and ever.

If you are counted among those who agree with or defend the doctrines of annihilation or eternal torment, I hope you stop and think long and hard about numbers 2 and 3 above.

You say you are free, but in the same breath, you condemn yourself and others because of this or that sin. Don’t you realize that the resurrection of Christ does away with that entire way of thinking? You don’t live for Christ because you choose to live for Christ; He chose you to live for Him, to begin passing from death to life on this side of the grave. If you sin, do you think you have somehow undone what Christ did for you? No? Then stop worrying about whether people think you are “Christ-like.”

Christ-like character is a result of Love and Life at work in you, because you know that when Jesus strutted out of that grave with those keys in His fist, everything changed. You have the strongest sense of blessed relief. The salvation of others does not depend on you. If you fail, God will not abandon you. If you fail, God will not abandon those He placed in your circle of influence.

It’s not about whether you are good enough to participate in the work of the Lord. Are you alive? Then you qualify.

If you still don’t feel qualified to partner with God in His redemptive work, then refer to number 3. It is not YOUR responsibility to make sure God’s work accomplishes its purpose. Your work is God’s work, and God makes sure His work gets done. Completely.

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

— The Apostle Paul, to the believers in Rome

 

Do you know what this means? Do you realize the incredible implications?

If not, then this Easter will be just like every other Easter, that is, a day to be happy about you and your Christ-like friends who have it all figured out.

If so, then you see that this resurrection celebration continues until the whole world is swallowed up in victory, even if you stumble, even if you fall, even if you fail miserably in your attempts to be Christ-like.

God isn’t asking you to hold the keys, to be the one responsible for making sure the people you know pass from death to life. God’s just asking you to share the good news that Jesus, Whose mission is to seek and save the lost, Who said He would draw all people to Himself, holds those keys.

Doesn’t that kind of all-consuming love compel you to live for Him? And in living for Him, one day you realize you are becoming like Him, without really even trying.

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Comments
  • Edy T Johnson April 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Amen!

    • Patrick Strickland April 24, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      I whole heartily agree!!! Amen!

      • Stephen Helbig April 28, 2014 at 8:27 pm

        Amen and Amen !!!!!!!!!!!!

        🙂 ~ Grace and Peace Patrick ~ 🙂

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        p.s. ~ Patrick, if you could give me a call @ phone # (870) 584-2155

  • Mary Vanderplas April 21, 2014 at 5:24 am

    I like what you say about the implications of the resurrection of Jesus Christ reaching to encompass all people – and all creation. I agree, too, that our freedom from sin is a present reality that awaits fulfillment in the eschatological future and that our transformation into the persons we were created to be depends entirely on the presence and power of God at work in our lives. While I agree that we live for Christ because he has chosen us and made us a new creation, I wouldn’t say that we have no choice in the matter of our being transformed to be like him. It is up to us, Paul seems to be saying in Romans 8:5-8, to orient ourselves to the realm of the Spirit, the realm of “Love and Life.” But I agree that it is God who renews us and that knowledge of his victory over the opposing forces ought to free us from an attitude of despair or defeatism when it comes to our own progress in the Christian life as well as from hand-wringing over the state of others who are still in bondage.

    I agree that Hades refers to the realm of the dead and that the picture of the risen Christ holding the keys conveys his power and authority over death and life. And I love the video!

    I agree totally that our responsibility as Christ-followers with respect to non-Christians is to share the news of this One who alone has the power to set free and make new. And I like what you say about being compelled by his love to live for him and so to be transformed more and more into his image.

    Thanks for the inspiring Easter message!

  • Kenneth April 21, 2014 at 7:25 am

    love the post, but where is number 3 and especially number 4?

    • admin April 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      oops! Thanks for pointing that out. I originally had a number 4, but I combined two items to make the list only have 3 numbers. I’ll go fix it now…

  • Lanny A. Eichert April 24, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Above Alice wrote: Doesn’t that kind of all-consuming love compel you to live for Him?

    HER PRACTICAL ANSWER is NO, NO WAY, NOT FOR A MOMENT.

    You see, she has refused to be continuously involved with even a single one of God’s local Biblical congregations, churches, in her geographical area.

    Living for Christ, dear Alice, means bearing the yoke of the local church which makes up most of the New Testament volume of Scriptural instruction you ignore. You write lies with emotionalism to convince others making you a deliberate deceiver.

    Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. {Hebrew 13: 17} is a reference to the pastor and leadership of a local congregation, but Alice will not submit to such authority and change HER doctrine. Therefore they are grieved with her and had to kick her out. To make matters worse she writes on this site to enlist others in her rebellion bring herself under greater condemnation from God than at the first.

    My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. {James 3: 1}

  • Stephen Helbig April 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

    “I am the resurrection and the life: He that believeth into me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth into me shall NEVER DIE. Believest thou this?” ~ Jesus (Jn. 11:25-26).

  • Lanny A. Eichert April 26, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Alice is INCAPABLE of correctly reading God’s perfect literal Holy Bible.

    But thanks be to God, which giveth US the victory through OUR Lord Jesus Christ. {1 Corinthians 15: 57}

    The text is written to BELIEVERS, but she incorrectly thinks it means all unbelievers as well: MORTAL believers only is the demand of the context.

    Alice, sin still kills people both literally and spiritually; and people still rebell against God’s Law. Romans 5 & 7 were written AFTER the resurrection as facts of life.

    Your application of Scripture is totally false, Liar Alice. Your church kicked you out for your heresy and lies. You continuously rebel and will not submit to church authority. That’s proof enough that you deliberately continue in lies.

    But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and ALL LIARS, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. {Revelation 21: 8}

    You will surely eternally burn in the Lake of Fire, dear Alice, unless you change from your lies before you die.

  • Lanny A. Eichert April 26, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Alice remains incapable of correctly reading God’s Holy Bible.

    I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. {Revelation 1: 18}

    The Son of Man spoke those words at the beginning of the Revelation which describes hell and death as LOCKED by keys, not opened. The Revelation is a prophecy of judgments and eternal torments for God’s enemies as He avenges His saints who have suffered at enemy hands.

    Keys are required to LOCK; so why does Alice forget that side of things? She deliberatel is not willing to accept God’s judgment of eternal torment upon people she loved who physically died without confessing Christ. She’s in rebellion against God and cannot be saved as long as she remains rebellious.

    • Stephen Helbig April 28, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore. Amen! And I have the keys of hell and of death” (Rev. 1:18). “…These things saith He which was dead, and is alive” (Rev. 2:8). ~NOTE: Dead, UNLOCKED NOW ALIVE

      “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Heb. 2:14). (UNLOCKED NOW ALIVE)

      “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own rank and order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His parousia. Then cometh the end (of the making alive), when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father…for He must reign, till He hath put ALL enemies under His feet. And the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (I Cor. 15:22-26). (UNLOCKED ANDNOW ALIVE)

      Note~ HE puts all enemies under His feet ~ Because of Christ’s victory “death” shall be abolished for and in all men!
      Note: ~ HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THEM ~ WHO BRING GOOD NEWS
      Note; ~ ABOLISHED DEATH (2 Tim 1:10)
      Note: ~ The second man, the last Adam, has been made a quikening Spirit.
      Note: ~ NOT a quickened spirit, but a QUICKENING SPIRIT. ~ JESUS, the one who has the KEYS ~ quickens (makes ALIVE)(UNLOCKS DEATH) ~ “And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: EVEN WHEN WE WERE dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, ~ (by grace ye are saved;)” (Eph. 2:1,5,).

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      p.s. ~ see (Heb. 13:17) ~ Trust your guides (in this grace revelation) and yield to their instruction. (Even though it seems different to the law system that you were formerly acquainted with.) They are genuinely alert to your well-being. (Just as with shepherds guarding their sheep, you are their total concern.) They have taken official accountability for you. (They represent to you all that grace reveals rather than what the law requires.) It is to your advantage to embrace their care with joy; this makes their work a JOY and not a burden. (Heb 13 :7)
      (Mirror BIBLE)

      p.s.s. ~ see (Heb.13: 5b, 6, 7) ~ (vs. 5b)…He has said that he will never quit on you or abandon you! (see Josh 1:5) That is reason enough for total and continual contentment! (vs. 6)What he said concerning us gives our confession the edge; we boldly echo scripture, “The Lord is for me, I cannot be afraid of anything man could possibly do to harm me.”, (see Ps 118:6). (vs.7)Be mindful of those who guide you in the revelation of God’s word; follow their faith, consider the conclusion of their lives. (Do not follow a counterfeit! This would be someone who fakes faith while actually living the law. (Heb. 13: 5b,6,7)(Mirror BIBLE)

      p.s.s.t. ~ See (Heb. 13:25) ~ “Great all your leaders and all the saints! … Grace is our embrace! YES!” (Heb. 13; 24,25) (Mirror Bible)

      • Stephen Helbig April 29, 2014 at 12:28 am

        A clarification about the above p.s. ~ p.s.s. ~ and p.s.s.t.

        These refer back to a quote made by Lanny previously in the above thread; Where Lanny A. Eichert says: April 24, 2014 at 7:27 am ~ Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. ~ Lanny’s quote ~ “{Hebrew 13: 17} is a reference to the pastor and leadership of a local congregation, but Alice will not submit to such authority and change HER doctrine. Therefore they are grieved with her and had to kick her out. To make matters worse she writes on this site to enlist others in her rebellion bring herself under greater condemnation from God than at the first.” end quote ~ My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. {James 3: 1}

        Please note the following Lanny, ~ “Alice never enlisted this reader. And I find much grace and peace in her writings here @ whatgoddoes.com” ~ end quote, stephen

      • Lanny A. Eichert May 1, 2014 at 1:29 am

        Stephen, Talk about JUMPING context Rev. 1:18 to Rev. 2:8; from a vision to a letter without any commonality. You are dreaming to think it is unlocked. Dear fellow, in order to unlock, it must FIRST be locked. There’s nothing in those two verses that says anything about unlocking anything, only about Jesus being alive. He is alive that He might lock down all His enemies whom He exposes in the rest of the Revelation as worthy of eternal torment. The only thing you can prove by those two verses is He is alive. Nothing about His use of the keys.

        In Heb. 2:14 His action is done upon the devil not death. He ruined the devil. All on behalf of only mortal believers (the children).

        In I Cor. 15:22-26 they that are Christ’s are the ONLY beneficiaries. They that are Christ’s are only mortal Christians in the context.

        Poor Stephen who violates contexts so that he can prove anything. She sucked you right with her inability to read Scripture correctly. That you are writing in appreciation of her is an enlistment of your support against the truth of eternal torment. Don’t kid yourself with flattery.

        • Stephen Helbig May 4, 2014 at 11:37 pm

          Lanny A. Eichert says: May 1, 2014 at 1:29 am

          Stephen, Talk about JUMPING context Rev. 1:18 to Rev. 2:8; from a vision to a letter without any commonality. You are dreaming to think it is unlocked. Dear fellow, in order to unlock, it must FIRST be locked.

          Lanny, in response To your above comment I will not even address the remark of “JUMPING context without commonality”, but it is amusing, and thanks for my instant smile ~ But to be serious I”ll focus on LOCKED TO UNLOCK.

          I do agree with your statement that states ~ “Dear fellow, in order to unlock, it must FIRST be locked.” so let’s begin there. Way back in THE GARDEN of wich we are ~ “THE PLANTING OF THE LORD”(Isa. 60:21; Isa.61:3) ~ mankind thru Adam and participation in “A LIE” ~ “WHO TOLD YOU YOU WERE NAKED” (Gen. 3:11), was locked from eden and the paradise he once walked in. ~ (Gen 3:23) “Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. (24)So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, TO KEEP THE WAY OF THE TREE OF LIFE.” ~ Hence my use of the analogy “LOCKED” ~ and God stating ~ “and in dying ye shall die” ~ LOCKED! But Lanny that is not the end of the story nor the promises of GOD.

          I’d like to bring forth Patricks comment and make use of it with(parenthesis added) by me to futher clarify upon this Locked ~ Unlock analogy and of “God holding the Keys that unlocks” this situation of mankind.

          Patrick Strickland says: April 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm

          That is a very interesting response there Lanny.

          I have read in scripture where it may be possible for someone to FRUSTRATE the grace of God by seeking to become righteous through doing the law(Gal 2:20,21), or one can make grace of NONE EFFECT in ones life by doing the law (Gal 5:4,5): but I find it rather strange that no where do I read that one can “miss” the grace of God entirely. Seems to me that you are again reading into scripture what is not there.

          Now I will freely admit that someone can be totally unaware of what has been given because no one has told them of what God gave them at the cross of Christ. But that does not change the fact it has been already given to them (UNLOCKED). Someone can frustrate the grace of God by trying to live their life by some combination of law (LOCK DOWN) and grace (UNLOCKED), or they can make it of none effect in their life by living totally by the law. But it does not change what God freely gave to all men through the cross of Christ.

          Grace is a gift. (UNLOCKED) Because ultimately as scripture declares the gifts and callings of God are without repentance. God is not going to take back any gift he has freely given to mankind. God is not going to change his mind once the gift has been given. The gift will accomplish what he sent it to do no matter how long it may take to accomplish what it was sent to do. It is very important that we establish how many men are affected by the gift of grace that comes from God. Grace brings salvation and this grace according to scripture has appeared to all men. (Titus 2:11) (UNLOCKED) Paul had many interesting things to say about sin and grace.

          (Rom 5:11-18 KJV) And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.(UNLOCKED) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men,(LOCKED) for that all have sinned:

          “Sin passed upon all men from what one man did… Adam’s disobedience affected all men. All men died as scripture declares the wages of sin is death.(LOCKED) Notice carefully that the wages of sin is not described by Paul in this passage as eternal torment in hell.”

          (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression,(LOKED) who is the figure of him(UNLOCKED ~ JESUS HOLDING THE KEYS) that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one MANY (the many was actually all) be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ (THE KEY), hath abounded unto MANY (The very same many who suffered the offence, the many who in reality were the ALL!!) . And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift (UNLOCKED MADE ALIVE IN CHRIST): for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification(SET FREE ~ UNLOCKED BY THE KEY). For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one (LOCKED); much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon ALL MEN to condemnation (LOCKED); even so by the righteousness of one (UNLOCKED) THE FREE GIFT CAME UPON ALL MEN unto justification of life.

          The gift of grace was given to all men to the justification of life.DEATH SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY ~ UNLOCKED) That is a clear promise from scripture. Yet Paul’s description does not end here but continues:
          (Rom 5:19 KJV)For as by one man’s disobedience MANY made sinners (How many were made sinners by Adam’s transgression? ALL mankind were.), so by the obedience of one shall MANY be made righteous (the very same all-many that were made sinners are going to be made righteous by Jesus obedience to His Father.).

          Grace is then described by Paul to “much more abound” then sin.

          (Rom 5:20-21 KJV) Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace (UNLOCKED) did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death (LOCKED), even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. (UNLOCKED) (MADE ALIVE)

          In Romans 5:20 the phrase “much more abound” comes from the greek word Huperperisseuo and means to abound beyond measure, to overflow. Grace is going to abound beyond measure, to overflow to all men whom the free gift came to who were all trapped in sin.

          Paul verifies this to the church at Corinth:
          (1Co 15:22 KJV)For as in Adam ALL die(LOCKED), even so in Christ shall ALL be made alive.(UNLOCKED)

          This all fits with what Paul said to Timothy:

          (1Ti 4:9-11 KJV) This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. These things command and teach.(THE GOOD NEWS OF LIFE FOREVERMORE)

          This even fits with the fact that the kingdom of heaven is likened to leaven by Jesus Christ that will eventually leaven the whole lump.

          Jesus is the Lamb of God who took away all sin. That is why in a vision he told Peter to not call what he had cleansed unclean, before he was sent to the gentiles. All gentiles are clean in God’s eyes because of what Jesus did.( 🙂 ) They are not clean in our eyes when we don’t believe him and continue to mix law with grace and walk in darkness of sin. Sin is not the problem dear sir God already took it all away. Darkness is now passed in Christ and in him is no darkness at all.
          Where sin is grace is going to abound and overflow till eventually there will be no more memory of sin.

          When we all start to learn to walk in the grace of his light as he is in the light then the blood of Jesus Christ will cleanseth our conscience from all the darkness of sin.

          Grace and peace Patrick (UNLOCKED)

  • Lanny A. Eichert April 26, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Alice quotes: And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. Yet she cannot believe that means IN THIS LIFE. Where else can you live for yourself, but on this earth? If you’re going to stop living for yourself, you have to do it NOW, because you cannot do it after you die. Therefore only those who in this life live Christ-like are the “all” for whom Jesus died, the “all” whom He draws by His cross to spontaneously live for Him in self-denial their earthly existence. Can’t you see, Alice, that “those who live” leaves an obviously opposite group of “those who DON”T live?” Those who live are believers and those who don’t live are unbelievers. Also the “no longer” means conversion, being born again, which hadn’t been their previous state. Stop applying to everybody what ONLY applies to God’s saints. That’s your bottom line error.

  • Lanny A. Eichert April 26, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Alice, have you considered Galatians 1: 4 and how it disproves any salvation after death?

    Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father

    Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. {Titus 2: 14}

    Both texts define a “now” salvation, not hereafter. Both texts define purpose, will.

    HOW, dear Alice, can God deliver from this present evil world after they have died and are no longer in this present evil world?

    WHERE are all iniquity, the purifying, and the zealous good works after they have died and are no longer in this present evil world?

    Redeem means to buy back, so from whom does Jesus buy them? Sinners are owned by Satan ever since he won them from God in the Garden of Eden, where God lost and Satan won. Prophecy, especially the Revelation, tells us God will avenge Himself one day and win. In that day all the likes of you who preach and accept a false gospel will burn in eternal torment endlessly.

    • admin April 28, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Galatians 1:4 and Titus 2:14 do refer to a “now” salvation, like you said. But when you say “not hereafter,” you’re adding to the meaning of the text. In order to make your point, you would need to examine every scripture for evidence of “not hereafter,” and in doing so, you would find many scriptures that contradict the point you’re trying to make.

      As a side note, it is interesting to me how your are so eager to believe the present evil “age” (not world) ends, but so die-hard about other “age” references never ending.

      • Lanny A. Eichert April 28, 2014 at 9:37 pm

        Alice, how can you agree to a “now” salvation for these texts and say “not hereafter” is an addition? Both texts define purpose & will of the Cross. INTENT, dear Alice, if you haven’t noticed.

        HOW, dear Alice, can God deliver from this present evil world after they have died and are no longer in this present evil world?

        WHERE are all iniquity, the purifying, and the zealous good works after they have died and are no longer in this present evil world?

        Redeem means to buy back, so from whom does Jesus buy them? Sinners are owned by Satan ever since he won them from God in the Garden of Eden, where God lost and Satan won. Prophecy, especially the Revelation, tells us God will avenge Himself one day and win. In that day all the likes of you who preach and accept a false gospel will burn in eternal torment endlessly.

        Who adds to these texts, not me, but you by supposing an after-physical-death-salvation falsely. Answer the HOW and Where questions plus from WHOM does Jesus buy them? Where is that “whom” when you think that transaction is made?

      • Lanny A. Eichert April 28, 2014 at 9:58 pm

        Alice, I maded NO point of “age” (not world) ends.

        I asked you, HOW, dear Alice, can God deliver from this present evil world after they have died and are no longer in this present evil world?

        You haven’t considered it disproves your falsehood. Remember it is THIS PRESENT αἰῶνος not the terminated age.

        Think, girl, think; and do it correctly.

  • Lisa Bertolini April 30, 2014 at 11:29 am

    That one little part Paul said speaks such an impacting truth yet it escapes so many people.
    “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.”

    Holding everyone under the law is what leads them to death.
    Grace is the only way out.
    Resurrection is the manifestation of grace.

    I love the keys video. Great illustration.

    • admin May 4, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      It’s ironic that there’s such a feeling of “safety” under the law, because of set limitations to what is and is not permissive. Grace, on the other hand, is scary, because there are no limits. One would think that law produces something good, but grace produces something bad. But it works just the opposite.

      • Lanny A. Eichert May 5, 2014 at 1:17 am

        Alice, grace produces church fellowship, but not for YOU, therefore you have NEVER received grace. Without church membership and attendance you have no church fellowship unless you’re insane, and even then you don’t.

  • Patrick Strickland May 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Recently I have been going through many items that no matter what I did I could not seem to get any victory over them. It was getting worse over time. The more I tried to beat it the more I would fail.

    On Friday before Easter I was driving home from work at 3:30 AM, and the drive was usually down dark country roads. But that night there was a light fog in the air and I noticed that a church which usually had its sign off: had it on. The light was very bright, because it was diffusing through the fog…then the spirit of the Lord hit me and I knew I had to read the sign. The sign read:

    THE GRAVE COULD NOT HOLD HIM

    Then I heard Jesus singing to me the chorus “Ain’t no grave going to hold my body down.”

    The body of Christ is the church Col 1:18, 24. The grave is our old man who is dead in trespasses and sins. The pharisees were even likened to graves that men walked over and did not even know that they were there.Luke 11:44 The grave pretends it is alive but continue to live in the darkness of sin. the grave does not have the power to live the life of an overcomer. The grave cannot keep his body down… the corporate Christ must rise in each of us then we shall begin to have victory in our lives by his resurrection power. The new man who is a member of the body of Christ must live his life through us or we shall never overcome adversity of sin.

    God has to fully persuade each of us of the power of his spoken word, and of the power of his resurrection that resides in us to bring us out of the power of the grave we are each bound by. We cannot overcome death of the old man the flesh by being religious and using the strength of the flesh to overcome our problems. We would only deceive ourselves and remain bound in sin thinking that we are free, when in reality we are not free at all but more bound then before. Only the life of Christ rising up in us will set us free from the grave of our sin nature.

    Ain’t no grave going to hold His body down!

    Grace and peace Patrick

    • admin May 4, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      I love the imagery in this comment!

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