Thursday, 10 October 2013

The Chief Cornerstone

Scripture: Ephesians 2 v 13 - 22.


We were once very far from God but He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to make peace by removing the barrier of sin by His own Blood. He abolished the law of commandments that were written against each of us to reconcile us to the Father and destroy our enmity against Him.

Satan turned us into enemies when he held us hostage. He conned us into many foolish lusts with false promises.  These deceptive sins are stored in our subconscious memories - this happened during the "Six Days" we were held captive, in which time God created the Earth and everything in it as a place where the souls of men could be fully manifested.

The subconscious brainwashing and fearful memories had to be overcome and removed by the sacrifice of Jesus. He took on the whole bundle of evil that was laid on us so that we could have authority over it. Jesus was the Chief Cornerstone of the new creation. He was the firstborn of those who would be born again. He was the prototype of the ones who would follow Him and become like Him. In the world people slavishly follow every trendy celeb or star, in dress, hair, mannerisms and lifestyle. They are living in a delusion. Those who follow Jesus are living in reality.

Instead of abandoning us as hopeless losers Jesus became the ransom that was paid to redeem our souls. His life for ours. No other god or deity or celeb or politician has or will die in our place. Our King, High Priest, Chief Cornerstone - our Lord Jesus Christ paid the full price of the ransom so that by God's grace and favour we escaped death and destruction.

This scenario is played out in the world quite frequently where terrorists hold hostages and make their demands. Governments state that they will not be blackmailed by terrorists. In our case Jesus willingly offered Himself in our place to release us from the ultimate terrorist and his demons.

Our arguments against Him; our hatred of God; our blaspheming His name as a curse; our friendship with the world - was overturned in one moment by the Blood of the Lamb as he hung dying.  We had been completely brainwashed to behave like that because our enemy knows what God will reject in us.

We were forgiven by the Father and our slate of offences was wiped clean. We are no longer strangers or aliens but fellow citizens of the Household of God. As soon as we are born again our heavenly citizenship is restored.

We are spiritually built up on the foundations laid by the prophets and apostles, and Jesus Christ is the Chief Corner Stone of the holy temple made up of our spirits for a dwelling place of God.

This is a building not of bricks and cement but a spiritual dwelling in Heaven. We worship Him for saving us from satan's clutches and cleansing us of all the evil he tempted us do.

Jesus says in Epesians 2 that we are seated in Him in heavenly places on the right hand of the Father. Seated means our work is finished. We have achieved salvation.
Prayer: Father God how deep is Your love for us that You made this great plan to save us? Fill us with love and reverence for You that we always make You glad You saved us. In Jesus' name. Amen