The Lord and I sat together yesterday morning. And as I processed (AKA: mostly worried about) 2012 and 2013 he said the following to me which, today, New Year’s Day 2013, I am prompted, and have adapted, to share with you.
May the Lord’s loving words to me encourage you too.
He said to me,
“Friendship. That’s what we are doing right now, John. We’re not solving a problem. We’re simply sitting together as friends.
“The good news is that I have already solved The Problem (whatever it was, is, or will be) and The Solution is in the mix you see spinning around this globe today (like a cake mix with all the finishing ingredients in the mixing bowl). Jesus is My Wonderful Solution and he is here now through our Holy Spirit, and in his Body, the church, working all things together in my good plan.
“So you, and everyone who believes in me and my son, can relax in His finished work. He is:
The Rest, The Sabbath, The Peace, The Life, The Way, The Truth, The Shepherd, The Door, The King, and My Beloved One!
The New Work,
The New Creation,
The New Covenant in his blood,
The New Heaven,
The New Earth,
The New Person.
“When He cried,
“It is finished,”
the finishing took place!
“And what we have begun in you, and your loved ones, and all who believe, we will finish (because it is finished) unto the Day of Jesus Christ.
“That will be Super Bowl Sunday!
“And with the “It is finished” Life in you, be assured that you too will be able to proclaim with Paul “I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me in that day.” (2 Timothy 4:7)
“2012 is solved, 2013 is solved.”
My wish this year is to rest in Him, be friends with Him, and be useful for Him!
If that sounds good to you then I wish that for you too. Happy New Year in Him!
Notes: The word “finished” in “It is finished” is translated from the Greek verb, teleo, or noun, telos. ; (see Strong’s Concordance # 5055, 5056) It is a perfect and passive verb. Perfect means that the completed effect of the finished work never ceases and is active forever, Passive means that Jesus did the finishing for us and we are the passive recipients of, and not additional contributors to, his finished work. The earning saving work is finished. Now the useful works of love have been prepared ahead of time for us to do in him. (Ephesians 2:10)
Many verses use these words teleo or telos and are translated in a variety of ways such as: perfect, complete, end, perform, etc. Here are some great verses with teleo or telos in them (= underlined bold italicized words)
“It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.” (John 13:1, NIV84)
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6, ESV)
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2, AV)
“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48, NAB)
You are ready, perfect, complete for this day. This is the day!
Let’s give ‘em heaven, Today!