For God So Loved The World

An Easter Greeting
For God So Loved The World

For God so loved the world
A world condemned and lost
That He gave His only Son
To die upon a cross;
His one and only spotless Son
Who had no sin in Him,
Who bore the sins of every soul
And was condemned for them;
He suffered sickness, grief, and shame,
Wretchedness, unending pain,
Betrayal, persecution, death,
The curse of hell in the end…
He took upon Himself the curse
God’s righteous Law said we deserved
Because all souls from Adam’s race
Are born in sin and must be saved.
Adam is a word that stands
For each and every soul of man
Women, children it includes,
~Adam sinned for me and you.
Though we were never born as yet
His sin affected all his race.

When Jesus died upon the cross
He bore the sins of all the lost,
That all who might believe in Him
By faith be made righteous within.
Adam disobeyed God’s Law
And all in Him became sinners…
Jesus Christ obeyed God’s will
To take upon Himself man’s sin…
And all who will believe in Christ
Who in His cross choose to abide
Have their sins by Him removed
In Christ by faith they are made pure
For Christ, their Adam, God obeyed
And by His act many souls saved
Through faith in Him and by God’s grace.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer Poem, Copyright ©️ by Suzanne Davis Harden through the risen Lord Jesus Christ in me, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father, in Jesus’ name, amen., All Rights Reserved.

May Christ Be Honored.

ENCOURAGING SCRIPTURES FOR MEDITATION

God gave Jesus as a way to forgive people’s sins
through their faith in Him.
God can forgive them
because the blood sacrifice of Jesus
pays for their sins
.

God gave Jesus to show that
He always does what is right and fair.
He was right in the past
when He was patient
and did not punish people for their sins.

And in our own time He still does what is right.
God worked all this out in a way
that allows Him to judge people fairly
and still make right any person
who has faith in Jesus.

God makes people right
through their faith in Jesus Christ.

He does this for all
who believe in Christ.
Everyone is the same.

All have sinned
and are not good enough
to share God’s divine greatness.
They are made right
with God by His grace.
This is a free gift.

They are made right with God
by being made free from sin
through Jesus Christ.”
Romans 3:22-26 ERV
(Easy to Read Version)

“When Adam sinned,
sin entered the world.

Adam’s sin brought death,
so death spread to everyone,
for everyone sinned.

Yes, people sinned
even before the law was given.
But it was not counted as sin
because there was not yet
any law to break.

Still, everyone died—
from the time of Adam
to the time of Moses—
even those who did not disobey
an explicit commandment of God,
as Adam did.

Now Adam is a symbol,
a representation of Christ,
who was yet to come.

But there is a great difference
between Adam’s sin
and God’s gracious gift
.

For the sin of this one man, Adam,
brought death to many.

But even greater
is God’s wonderful grace
and his gift of forgiveness to many
through this other man, Jesus Christ.

And the result of God’s gracious gift
is very different from the result
of that one man’s sin.

For Adam’s sin
led to condemnation,
but God’s free gift leads to our
being made right with God,
even though we are
guilty of many sins.

For the sin of
this one man, Adam,
caused death to rule
over many.

But even greater
is God’s wonderful grace
and his gift of righteousness,
for all who receive it
will live in triumph
over sin and death
through this one man,
Jesus Christ.

Yes, Adam’s one sin
brings condemnation for everyone,
but Christ’s one act of righteousness
brings a right relationship with God
and new life for everyone.

Because one person disobeyed God,
many became sinners.

But because one other person
obeyed God,
many will be made righteous.

God’s law was given so that all people
could see how sinful they were.
But as people sinned more and more,
God’s wonderful grace
became more abundant.

So just as sin ruled over all people
and brought them to death,
now God’s wonderful grace
rules instead,
giving us right standing
with God and resulting in eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 5:12-21 NLT (New Living Translation)

For God So Loved The World~ Prayer Song & Scripture Painting Collage, Copyright © 2021 by Suzanne Davis Harden through the risen Lord Jesus Christ in me, inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father, in Jesus’ name, all rights reserved.

*Bible quotations, Easy to read version, (ERV) Copyright © 2006 by Bible League International; Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

May Christ Be Honored.


The Book of Life

Angel Writing In The Book Of Life Pen & Ink Illustration © S.D. Harden All Rights Reserved.
Angel Writing In The Book Of Life Pen & Ink Illustration © S.D. Harden All Rights Reserved.

The Book of Life Prayer Song & Video Music & Lyrics © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden

Revelation 3:5

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”

Philippians 4:3

“And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.”

 Revelation 20:11-15

“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” ~St. John writing in his vision

 The Book of Life

 God cherishes each one of us. The bible says that “God our Savior…wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4) Jesus Christ told Nicodemus, a religious leader who came to Him one night,  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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” ~(John 3:16-17)

 The Lake of Fire mentioned by St. John in the book of Revelation was prepared by God as an eternal punishment for the devil and the angels that rebelled against Him.

Gustave Dore Lucifer The Fallen Angel
Gustave Dore Lucifer The Fallen Angel

It was never intended for man whom God made in His own image.

Yet, the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, fell away from God when they rebelled against His command. The result was spiritual death and a loss of divine fellowship.

 

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Gustave Dore Adam & Eve Expelled From Paradise

 

 

 

 

 

All of their children would, like them, be sinners or rebels against God. They would never be able to enjoy perfect fellowship with God because God is holy and cannot dwell with sin.

God’s word says that sin must be paid for with a sacrifice. Hebrews 9:22 says: “In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”

The only One worthy to pay for our sins, to redeem our souls from eternal destruction and to bring us back into fellowship with God, was God Himself, for He alone is perfect among all His creation. He is sinless, spotless, without blemish.

God the Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth clothed in flesh so that He could become a living sacrifice and shed His holy blood to pay for our sins. He loved us that much.

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Christ on the Cross ~ from the San Xavier del Bac Mission

God could not die unless He became human. That is why He had to be made like us. He suffered a horrible death on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven and so that we could live in Paradise with Him forever.

Not only did He want us to enjoy eternity with Him, He wanted us to be able to enjoy fellowship with Him now.

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Once we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts, we become God’s own children. The Father sends His Holy Spirit into our hearts to seal our salvation as a sure sign that we belong to Him. We will never be alone again from that point because He will never leave or forsake us. His love will keep us firmly in His strong grip. He will help us weather every storm. He will meet our every need. He does not promise freedom from trials-for “many are the afflictions of the righteous,“ God’s word says, “but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

My Testimony

Angel Writing In The Book Of Life Pen & Ink Illustration © S.D. Harden All Rights Reserved.
Angel Writing In The Book Of Life Pen & Ink Illustration © S.D. Harden All Rights Reserved.

The moment I invited the Lord Jesus Christ into my heart I felt a beautiful peace envelop me and a warm glowing presence filled the room. I heard the Lord speak to my heart. “All will be well, You are going to be all right.”  I was only 16 years old.

As I lay in my bed that night filled with Christ’s peace I saw an image in my heart of an angel writing my name in a huge book.  Though I had gone to Catholic school, I had never heard about  the Book of Life.  I wondered what the vision meant.

Not until I began to read the bible on my own through the discipleship of our neighbor did I learn about the Book of Life and what that vision meant.

God was showing me that He had recorded my name in His book of life that night when I had accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into my heart.

It comforted me to know that my name was written up in Heaven.

When I grew up and my children were in Sunday school I created a picture of an Angel writing in the Book of Life. I made it into a Sunday school book cover for the children in the church we were attending. I wanted it to comfort them to know that after they had accepted the Lord as their Savior, their names were written in Heaven, and when the Last Day comes, and the books are read, they will be judged “Not Guilty,” because they are wearing the righteous robes that Jesus has given them. Their sins have been washed away by the blood of the spotless Lamb of God.

Rev20 How do our names get into God’s Book of Life? The Book of Romans says: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” ~Romans 10:9-13

That night when I was 16 years old I simply called upon the name of the Lord and He came to me. God is no respecter of persons. The Lord Jesus said He would never reject anyone who called upon His name. (John 6:37) And once a person receives Him into their heart, He will write their names in His Book of Life.

PRAYER

 Heavenly Father, may You bless all those who call upon the name of Thy Son Jesus Christ and write their names in Thy Book of Life. May they live with You forever. Thank You, Lord, In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

The Prayer Song “The Book of Life” is from my new Album “Paths of Peace”~available on Itunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and on my music website http://www.peacefulprayersongs.com

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