God’s Goodness – In Us and Through Us
Exodus 33:17-19 God shows Moses His Glory by showing His goodness and proclaiming His names. The names of God show His goodness towards us. God is our shepherd (Psalm 23:1), sanctifier (Exodus 31:13), provider (Genesis 22:14), peace (Judges 6:24), healer (Exodus 23:25-26).
John 17:20-23 Jesus gave us the very glory of God, allowing us to become one with Jesus and the Father.
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, to die and rise to life so we could die to the old self and rise to new life in Christ. Jesus came to show us how to live and to show the character and nature of God.
Acts 10:38 Jesus showed the character and nature of God by going around doing good.
Luke 4:18-19 Jesus was anointed to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those that are oppressed. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
Matthew chapters 5 to 7 Jesus preached as one with authority.
Mathew 8 Jesus healed everyone, cast out demons, commanded the weather.
Matthew 14 Jesus walked on water, fed 5000 with five loaves and two fishes.
Jesus is our big brother and lives inside us, the same one who did all the good things in Matthew.
Matthew 5:16 Jesus said to let our light shine, so that people could see our good works and glorify God.
John 14:12 Jesus said we would do the same as Himself and greater.
Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus said that all authority is given to Him in heaven and in earth (therefore the devil has no authority) and sent us out to teach all nations everything Jesus has commanded us. Jesus said He is with us always.
Mark 16:15-18 Jesus told us to go into the world and preach the gospel to all creatures. Jesus said believers (that’s you!!) would be baptised and saved, that believers (still you!!) shall in His name cast out demons, speak in new tongues, take up serpents, not be hurt by drinking anything deadly, shall lay hands on the sick and the sick shall recover. This is our commission, to do what Jesus did.
God’s love has set us free.
The sacrifice of Jesus has set us free. Through us, God and Jesus continue to set people free.
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