Prayer 2021 - June 2 - What Are the Greater Works of Jesus pt 2
Scripture For Today:
2 Samuel 7:27
“Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.”
What Are the Greater Works ? pt 2
Yesterday, we started to discuss what, exactly, are the “Greater Works” that Jesus told His disciples (and us) that we should be doing. Let’s look at our base scripture again from John 14:12-14
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
Yesterday, I shared the reason we are able to do these greater works is because Jesus has now gone to the Father in Heaven. He is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. Amen!
In John 16:7-11, we see Jesus says,
7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me;10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.”
The greater works that we are supposed to be doing is getting more and more people into the Kingdom of Heaven by helping them to become BORN AGAIN! Amen!
Jesus did not get anyone born again during His earthly ministry up until just a few days following His resurrection and before He ascended back to Heaven.
It is a mistaken belief that He “saved” people, including His disciples, while He was on the earth, living in a physical body. As I said before, the disciples had a kind of “promissory note” that their salvation would be completed in that day that Jesus redeemed mankind by His sacrifice and then resurrection. But they were NOT “born again” until after that happened. They couldn’t be because there had to be a sacrifice that God would honor to whipe away their sins. And that did not happen until Jesus actually died and was buried. Amen!
“But, brother Bob, didn’t Jesus forgive people’s sins in His earthly ministry?”
Yes, He did. But there is a difference between forgiveness and being born again.
Under the Old Covenant, the people could receive forgiveness of their sins by keeping the ritual sacrifices prescribed by Moses. But they could not be born again with a rejuvenated spirit created in the image of Christ. Their sins were only covered by the blood of bulls and goats.
That was enough for them to go to the area of “Paradise” while awaiting the fulfillment of the promise of the coming Messiah. That is Jesus.
I’m all out of time for today. We will take it up right here again tomorrow.
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