Is this statement new to you ? It is also new to me but it is old news for Paul, John and our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Want proof or proofs ? See John 16:33, 1 John 4:4, Galatians 6:14.
If after looking at the verses, the title is still not clear to you, let me try to explain. We know Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins. In Galatians 2:20 Paul said he is crucified with Christ ( and based on that we are too). But also in Galatians 6:14 Paul said may he never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
So if Jesus was crucified , and Paul is crucified with Christ and the world is crucified to Paul then the world then is crucified to Christ.
Therefore the world has lost its power over us. Praise the Lord Jesus Christ who gives us victory over the world.
The title is not a mistake or misprint. Let us do the math. The soul of a person is worth more than the wealth of the whole world. The soul of a Christian saved by Jesus Christ is worth more than that.
Jesus Christ gave His life , body and blood for us. Jesus Christ being the Son of God is certainly worth everything to our Creator. And God freely gave His Son and His Holy Spirit to us, making us very rich indeed.
Yet we as Christians live like paupers. Let us see why.
First we don't know or realize our heavenly blessings in Christ. We evaluate riches by world's standard that is why we thought we are poor.In heaven , the gates are made of pearl, the streets are made of gold, foundations are made of precious stones. We will be with God and will live forever, etc. etc.But since we have not seen it we have trouble believing in it.
We do not know how much we are worth by God's standard but i hope that will change. Here are more proofs why the world may think we are poor. Moses had no burial by humans. John the Baptist died or was beheaded in prison. Peter was crucified upside down. etc. etc
Most of us Christians do not know how to ask for the true riches.Most of us will not ask for the fruit of the Spirit like love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control (or being Spirit led).
True riches come from true love from our God. So let's ask for true love so that we will become true lovers of God and of our fellowmen.Does the title makes sense now ? It took me almost 65 years to know or fully realize this so be patient with me. May our faith, love and belief in our God be unshakable.
I hope you are reading this because you want to be sure or you want to know if i know how to get there.
I believe the answer is if we answer we really love Jesus. The thief on the cross was promised paradise because he prayed Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom. Peter was asked if he love Jesus by Jesus Himself.Mary love Jesus.
How can we say we love Jesus ? When we love His words and when we obey His commands. Many sinners came to Jesus like Matthew the tax collector or ex-tax collector, Zaccheus, Mary Magdalene, Saul who later became Paul.
Another way to prove we love Jesus is when we love who Jesus loves.
Do our actions show we love Jesus ?
Is this salvation by works ? it is salvation by love which came from God's grace or mercy which is God's gift to us. In Biblical words it is salvation by grace.
But how can we love Jesus and love like Him ? Repent of our sins, deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus. I believe this we can do when we receive God's gift to us through the Holy Spirit.
Perhaps the strongest desire of man is the will to win. Where did that will came from ? When God created man, God said to the male and female, in Genesis 1:28 Be fruitful and increase in number;fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.
Perhaps this will to win needs more study, maybe i'll present it to the forum.
Incredible cost to repair or replace the human body
Because of my Parkinson disease i am trying to duplicate or replace my body movements with gadgets or body movement aids. The amazing thing is even with my ailing body, the natural body movement still outperform what i am trying to devise.
Now let's see for the sake of discussion what it takes to replace body parts say artificial or replacement teeth, hand , feet,hip, knee, heart , lungs, eye one at a time. Even without supporting figures the cost will be astronomical.
The point that we humans (generally) forgot to put a cost on is our soul.Yet the Bible says what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul. Our soul is more important than the world riches, even more than our human body which someday will go to the ground.
Do we believe we have a soul ? and if we do, do our souls have destination ? Do we care ? if we care, do we make sure we do our best to prepare our soul for eternity while we are still alive ? or we say let it take care of itself ?
To the world , let us ask have we sought God with all our heart, our mind, soul and strength ?
I was buying food from a Filipino store this noon,when i felt my medicine for Parkinsons was wearing out. I started praying silently for myself but seems to more i pray the more shaking i felt, so i prayed more for myself. I got in my car, and i said to myself i need to pray more for myself as i enter the traffic flow.
Then it seems a voice told me , why don't you pray for others ? So as i watched the traffic flow, i started praying for the other drivers and bicyclists,and pedestrians. As i do that my own fears, and worries seem to float away and i felt joy and assurance in my heart.
Coincidence ? why don't you try it, when you and i are too focused on ourselves and our problems, why not pray for others specially those who have similar problems or even different problems.
In life and sports and games there's attack and defense and true also in Christian life.
Let's start, as Christians we could be under attack byfears and worries etc. For fears ,our defense for that is faith and trust in our God. For worries we are to seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness. For those who are tired and weary, our Lord Jesus says to come to Him.
For problems, we are not to turn to worldly ways but to godly ways like prayers, doing good to others, thanking God for blessings, reading the Bible, fellowship with other Christians, share the gospel .etc.
Let's be alert, when we are tempted to do bad things for they are a form of attack. One of the best ways to deal with temptation is to run from it like Joseph one of the sons of Jacob.
When Satan tried to tempt our Lord, Jesus used the words of God or swords of the Spirit. to ward off Satan.
By the way, crucifixion which was thought first to stop Jesus turned out to be Satan's defeat because through the cross our sins are paid for by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus is no longer on the cross but seated on the right hand of God the Father.
These are things we already know, all we have to do is be more consistent with them.
God bless to everyone, specially to those who love the Lord Jesus. For those who want to know more about the Christian life, ask some Christians around you.