Thursday, 28th September 2023

Behold, the Saviour of the world

By Pastor Lazarus Muoka
15 May 2022   |   4:05 am
From the very beginning, the creation of the world was perfect, glorious and unique; the life of the first human beings on earth, Adam and Eve was characterised by happiness, contentment, and spiritual alertness and commitment to the will of God.

Purity House of the Chosen International Schools, Alaba, Lagos, during their inter-house sports competition

Luke 19:9-10, “And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, for so much as he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

From the very beginning, the creation of the world was perfect, glorious and unique; the life of the first human beings on earth, Adam and Eve was characterised by happiness, contentment, and spiritual alertness and commitment to the will of God. Unfortunately, all these were short lived following the fall of man as a result of Adam’s disobedience to the word of God, by eating the forbidden fruit. The fall of man was as a result of deceit of man by Satan, the devil who led Adam and Eve into eating the forbidden fruit God had earlier warned them not to touch stressing that the day they will eat it they will die. True to the divine warning, Adam and Eve died spiritually as soon as they ate the forbidden fruit as God separated Himself from them. God turned His back against Adam and Eve and gave them adequate punishment for their sins — disobedience.

However, in His mercy and generosity, God made a promise of the seed of man that will bruise the head of the serpent for everlasting deliverance as the Bible presents it in Genesis 3:15 saying, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” The first promise of the Redeemer is made here; revealing a highway of seeds, Abel, Seth, Noah (Genesis 6:8-10), Shem (Gen. 9:26-27), Abraham (Gen.12:1-4), Isaac (Gen.17:19-21), Jacob (Gen.28:10-14), Judah (Gen.49:10), David (2nd Sam. 7:5-17), Immanuel – who is our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world; who in His first advent on earth conquered Satan, death and released many from the bondage of the devil. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the seed of man that will bruise the head of the serpent. One of the authors of the synoptic gospels, Luke presented Jesus Christ as the son of man, showcasing His perfect humanity, tracing His genealogy to Adam.

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world. In the lead scripture above, the Bible says that He has come to seek and to save that which was lost. The moment Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruits they were disconnected from God. Then all their seeds, which are all men on planet earth were all separated from God. Christ has come for reconciliation of man with God and for spiritual reawakening that will redirect man in the way and will of God to enable him return to God after the life on earth. Christ came to bring us back to God. That is why the Bible makes it clear in John 3:16-18 saying, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” It is out of love and mercy that God sent His only son Jesus Christ that the mistake of the Garden of Eden be reversed through Jesus Christ. As many as received and believed in Him will not suffer destruction. Belief, translated from the Greek word “pistis” (noun), “pisteuo” (verb) denotes more that an intellectual assent to a fact, but also means adherence to, committal to, faith in, reliance upon, and trust in a person or an object involving the total consent of the mind, an act of the heart and will of the subject. The expression ‘whosoever believeth in him’ is equivalent to, “whosoever trusts in, or commits himself to him (Christ). Belief, then, is synonymous with faith. In the New Testament, faith consists of believing and receiving what God has revealed. The acceptance and belief in Christ must be wholehearted.

Then the word perish translated from the Greek word “apollumi” denotes marred, lost; it does not indicate cessation of conscious existence or consciousness rather it means a state of conscious suffering, which continues everlasting and this is the inevitable punishment for sin. Our Lord Jesus Christ has come to save mankind from that eternal suffering which the sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden plunged man into.

In order to save man from everlasting suffering, our Lord Jesus Christ came to bear brunt of the sin of mankind and interceded for the forgiveness of the sins of man. That is why the Bible says in Isaiah 53:11-12, “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

His coming is purposely to save the world from the wrath of God following the sin that man has committed. He bore the sin of the world and died on their behalf. Right now, He is interceding for the sins of the world in the presence of the Almighty God. He is coming back to take the people that believe in Him in order to establish a government of perfect order that will be based on justice. As a further prove of the purpose of His coming prior to His birth it was prophesised in Isaiah 9:6-7 saying, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” The fulfillment of the above scripture will be in His second advent; this is the ultimate goal of His coming and the purpose of the race of all Christians.

This is the everlasting government and glory while the people who lived in sin will go into eternal but conscious suffering. He will rule in peace based on justice. The perfect kingdom lost in the Garden of Eden will be re-established by the Saviour of the world in His second coming. God has prepared so much for His people; eye has not seen nor the ear heard or the heart imagined what God has prepared for the people that love and serve Him. It will therefore be unfortunate for any Christian to miss the kingdom of heaven.

The only factor that will constitute a hindrance to everlasting life in glory is sin. The Bible says in Roman 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The death in this context is what we earlier described as conscious everlasting suffering, which will take place after resurrection. The people in this category will rise into damnation. Their resurrection will take place a thousand (1000) years after the saints who rose into life must have left the graves to meet with our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world. Everyman living on this planet earth today should repent and accept Jesus Christ so that the work on the Cross of Calvary will not be in vain. Strive therefore that you will be saved and be with Christ and live everlasting life.

Seed Sowing Brought Unquantifiable Promotion, Riches
Lk 6v38 says ”Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together and running over, shall men give unto your bosom, for with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again”

Every word of God is truth and manifests in practical reality if applied in righteousness. I started to experience God’s abundant blessing as soon as I began to give to the work of God

My name is Brother Emmanuel Okwu. I reside at Ibeju Lekki. I joined Chosen in 2009 during a programme titled “From Sorrow to Joy.” I appreciate God for the grace to be a Chosen with the members of my family.

During that time in 2009, I was about to commit suicide after my wife gave birth to our second baby, affliction came from nowhere upon her, I took her to several places for solution but all to no avail. So, the condition overwhelmed me and I wanted to take my life. But after all hopes were lost because at the last hospital that I went with her, I was told that the only solution was to inject her to death but I rejected that evil counsel and took my wife home. At home, I was in my room, suddenly I heard a voice that said ‘take her to Chosen,’ I did not understand the voice, so I lied down again. The voice came again and said ‘go to Chosen.’ Eventually, we came for the programme “From Sorrow to Joy,” and the first thing that caught my attention was: ‘The God of Chosen answers prayers.’ As at this time, my wife could not sit down, she was always lying down and her body was like ice-water. Moreover, she could not talk. But after the programme that first day, the situation changed and as we were going home, I was discussing with her. Immediately, I got home, I renounced the membership of my former church and all the titles that they gave to me and my wife. I, thereafter located the branch of Chosen in Lekki and attended with my wife the next Sunday. Then I went and bought megaphones for myself and my wife ready for evangelical work. As we started the preaching, my wife that could not walk well, began to walk well and eventually became perfectly healed. I then packed all the drugs and threw them away. And we became Chosen indeed. Then I discovered that the secret of prosperity is in giving so I began to pledge and was always happy whenever, General Pastor called for pledges. As I was doing that, in 2015, God promoted me to a senior manager, and then to a principal manager and then deputy general manager. Before I knew it, God made me, a house owner, and went ahead to build four more houses and bought several plots of land in Ibeju-Lekki. Last year, I sowed another seed and in March, I was promoted to general manager.

It might interest you to know that since I joined Chosen, I have not driven second hand cars, it has always been brand new cars. This new position came with new car of 2021 model. God of Chosen has made a name for Himself.

Last month, I had an attack but when I woke up I cancelled it and even when we were having our morning devotion, we still prayed against it. Suddenly, I began to urinate blood. That fateful Friday, I was about to go for vigil and so I began to address the affliction “don’t you know that I am a Chosen and dangerous to danger?.” Then I prepared and went for the vigil. In the middle of the vigil, I went out to ease myself and when I urinated, I could not see the blood again. God of Chosen had taken it away. Praise the Lord!

The devil was not satisfied, he now afflicted me with frequent urinating and my testes were enlarged with excruciating pain. I went to hospital and the doctor said that he would do surgical operation, I asked him, is that all he can do? I said ok, when I come back from our retreat, I would come. The doctor began to laugh and said I was making a mockery of medical profession. I told him, he would not understand.

Then as I came here, immediately General Pastor mounted the pulpit and said amen, the pains I was feeling began to subside and eventually disappeared. Now I am very hale and hearty. God of Chosen is wonderful indeed. May His name be glorified in Jesus name.

I pray for the General Pastor and the millions of souls God gave to him to fulfill, he will surely fulfill them in Jesus name. I pray for the General Pastor and his family and all the Chosen worldwide, heaven at last in Jesus name.
Praise the Lord!

Brother Emmanuel Okwu, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos

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