“Instead of your shame you shall have … everlasting joy.”
— Isaiah 61:7 (NLT)
To use Jerusalem as a metaphor for the ‘City of God founded by Chist’ is purely personal conjecture. It is not something that is written in Scripture. Not everyone will agree or share this view.
Again, this is pure conjecture, and my personal thoughts. It is clear that some people are not filled with the Holy Spirit in their life, and wonder why. It is my belief that the church – the body of people who are in Christ and are filled with the Holy Spirit – can help other to become filled with the Spirit.
You may find that this topic is worth discussing in a Chosen Discipleship group, so that the opinion and views of others may be heard.
Indeed, the ending of the Gospel of Matthew is the beginning of his journey – without Jesus – as a Christian. The same is true for all four Gospels. The end of the Gospels herald the beginning of their Christian journey.
More correctly, it should read, “we were very good.”
You see, everything went a little bit wrong for us at the fall – when Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree that was forbidden them (Genesis 3). Once they had, they were banished from the garden (Genesis 3:23).
By the time of Jeremiah it was said that:
The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked …
And even Jesus says:
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is good.”
Only God is good, and it is only by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in us that we can be good, or get close to being very good once again. However, the process of sanctification (2 Thessalonians 2:13) which will return us to the original sinless state (and therefore, very good) is a lifelong process that is considered to be complete only upon our arrival in heaven.
Tens of thousands in the UK have died from coronavirus – including over 100 healthcare workers and NHS staff. Countless others have been taken ill or suffered hardship due to their dedication and commitment to help others, working tirelessly, selflessly, and courageously to keep us healthy and make us well. Now they need our help.
The funding will be raised to publish a booklet (already available on Amazon Kindle) to be sold to raise money for those who are suffering due to the current coronavirus outbreak. These booklets will be sold through pharmacies and newsagents, appealing to those who can to purchase copies to support NHS workers. The money will be distributed through a number of existing charities that support healthcare workers, ensuring that the funds are spent where they are needed the most.
We want to say a huge THANK YOU, with more than a clap on Thursdays, to our dedicated NHS staff and other healthcare workers, who are out there on the front line, risking their lives for you and me. We don’t want them to suffer as a result of their dedication. Join us in saying Thank You in this practical way, raising funds to support those who are now desperately in need of our help. It’s time to pay back in a small way. Let’s make a difference to those who make a real difference to our lives day in, day out.
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