Writer Author  Sylvia Huffnagle
Christian Article : Bible Teaching  - Fiction  No

Christian Author Writer Lk: 1:68-70: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, 69: And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; 70: As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

What is the salvation that Zechariah is prophesying about here? The Holy Spirit is talking about Jesus’ birth and the significance of it which we will find out about as we read on.

71-75: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72: To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; 73: The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, 74: That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 75: In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

It says that Jesus came to give us the Holy Spirit and that had to be done through His total obedience to the Father, making right everything that Adam and Eve had destroyed and thus reconciling to God all those who want the heavenly Father. The reconciliation is the act of God’s Spirit moving into the person who chose to have it so. Adam and Eve were made spiritually alive when God breathed the breath of life into them and they died spiritually when they chose to listen to the liar so they could do their own thing instead of doing righteousness at all cost which is what God and His children do.

So, He came to reconcile us to the Father and make a way for mankind to be born again of the Spirit of God. We know this is important in order for a person to have a close personal relationship with God, but there’s more to this passage. It says that this salvation is to provide deliverance from our enemies and that the believers have been enabled to serve God without fear, which enables them to live a life of holiness and walk in righteousness. Holiness means the believer lives a life separated from the world – a life hid with Christ in God.

I am magnifying these scriptures to make a point that it seems to me is not taken by many Christians in this day and age and that is that Christians are to live a life separated unto God and are expected by God to do what is right even if every fiber of their being bulks at it. This can be done because the believer has repented of doing their own thing and has been born again of the Spirit of God. Not only that, but they then have the Bible to instruct them, the Holy Spirit to lead them, and Jesus Christ to live in them and coach or shepherd them on the right paths. So those who receive God’s gift of salvation have been equipped to walk in righteousness and holiness and that is the only life for a true believer.

Today, many people consider themselves to be Christians and some even know that we are to be separated from the world, but I think the understanding of that has changed. I think it originally meant that a Christian would renew their mind with the word of God and walk as the new creature they are with their new heart and new mind and it would be as in 1Jn: 2:15-17: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16: For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17: And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

The difference between the church and the world would have been very significant and noticeable. But I think the meaning has changed for the majority of the church into meaning we don’t go quite as far as the world does on things so therefore we are different.

Sadly, the line keeps moving back for the world and also for the church until now the church is as bad as the world used to be and the world is even worse. This is a very serious situation and God’s great shaking has started. All those who do not receive God’s salvation as proclaimed above will lose everything, maybe even eternal life.

Heb: 12:24-29: And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. 25: See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 26: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27: And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28: Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29: For our God is a consuming fire.

© Sylvia Huffnagle

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