Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (2/9/2014)
“Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;” (II Corinthians 1:21, King James Version [Paul encourageth them]).
Greetings in the Holy Name of Jesus,
My brothers and sisters, I ask you, When have we, the one body in Christ Jesus, gladly represented in righteousness our anointing without corruption of sin, which is the temptation of death? It seems we constantly struggle from one day to the next day unto perfection. Today, I overheard a local minister preach the corruption of government and prayer for leadership. Let us talk about corruption of government and leadership, for God did not even achieve success in his plan with Adam and Eve, who knew what would happen to them for disobedience of God's commandment in leadership of a two-persons populated Garden of Eden with dominion of the earth in the perfection of God's glory. Nevertheless sin manifested out of glory from Genesis chapter one verses 26 through 27 to chapter three verse six, of which chapter two a reflection of God's creations, in particular his creation of male and female (1:27), man and woman (2:22), man and his wife (2:25) presaged the fall of man or the fall of grace, which cast man down to death out of righteousness.
According to Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews (1:9, KJV), “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows” [Christ preferred above angels]. Now, in the faith of Jesus, is the natural man, the flesh less weakened in temptation unto death since Jesus saved? Interestingly enough, even the woman's reason for the fall of man (3:6) as a need for food does not stop us from reflecting on how quickly the fall of man happened from the creation of male and female to the day of transgression, since God rested on the seventh day. However, we encourage our fellow citizens in Christ Jesus for all things are possible even life after death ushered in the gift of reconciliation even more eternal life, which God promised all the fathers of old (Hebrews chapters 11 and 12, KJV [faith in the fathers of old; the worthy fruits of faith; the new covenant commended). Why do we still say repent to reconcile with God to be saved when Jesus walked the earth thousands of years ago?
Most importantly, we must practice the business of God through the doctrine of Jesus, baptizing, laying on of hands to heal and resurrecting the dead (Hebrews 6:1-3, KJV [the doctrine of Jesus unto perfection, if God permits]). Yes, we must move forward and run our course unto perfection for by now we must know that repentance is the ground we stand on (John the baptist said, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:” St. Matthew 3:11, KJV [John baptizeth Christ Jesus]). Why have you not entered in to the faith of our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus by now; to that which was promised and is now truth to the realness of your feelings in your heart and the thoughts in your mind? If only you believe in Jesus then whomever Jesus saves is free, indeed. Why won't you go beyond repentance and build---join in the one body in the faith of Jesus to achieve greater works than those witnessed of Jesus as he promised you could do.
All things are possible in Christ Jesus for the anointing is real. It is quite apparent you live in unbelief for you do not believe that you can heal by the laying on of hands; you do not believe you can cast out devils (St. Matthew 17:19, KJV [Jesus cast out devils his disciples could not cast out]); you do not believe you can resurrect dead; you do not believe you can even wither away a non-bearing fig fruit tree (21:21, KJV [fig tree withered for not bearing fruit]). The gospel according to St. Matthew 17:20, KJV stated, “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it
shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” [faith removes mountains]. Do you still doubt that Jesus holds the power, that all things are possible? (28:18, KJV[And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth]). “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done (21:21).
According to the witness of Matthew, Jesus said, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing ye shall receive” (21:22, KJV [Jesus at the temple]). Do you not believe God gave Jesus the power? Do you believe the words of God coming out of a cloud as he spoke them to Peter, James and John when Moses and Elias appeared before them up into an high mountain, “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold, a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (St. Matthew 17:5, KJV [God is well-pleased with his Son, Jesus]. Where is your faith? Is your faith in God?
“And Jesus answering saith unto them, have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them (St. Mark 11:22-24, KJV [Of faith in prayer]). If you believe the power of the living God through Christ Jesus withered a fig tree that did not bear fruit then you must believe the same power plucked up a sycamine tree. The gospel of St. Luke (17:6, KJV [sycamine tree plucked up and planted in the sea) witnessed, “And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.”
Yet, the spirit that cometh from God availeth gifts with diversities of operations, for Apostle Paul witnessed in Corinth, “To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;” (I Corinthians 12:6, 9, KJV [Of spiritual gifts]). “And though I have the gift of prophesy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing” (13:2, KJV [The praises of charity]). My sisters and brothers, we are talking about removing mountains in the Name of Jesus in the practice of your faith. Speak to the mountains that stand in your way, strongholds of persecuting malice with the same evil intent that separates you from your God. How many of you heartbroken from unbelievers who told you they had the power and promised love, marriage, wealth, satisfaction, peace, trust, kindness, charity, hope and faith?
Did you forget your first love is God? Do you not remember He promised Christ Jesus to save you and He did send his Son, to do just that, save us all---as many as God gave him in the one body of faith? Do not deny God is a great God! According to the gospel of St. John (10:25-30, KJV [Christ's unity with the Father]),
“Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do
in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye
are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know
them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall
never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father,
which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them
out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.”
Are you a true believer? Well, even in the law of Deuteronomy (1:11, KJV [God's promise to magnify Israel a thousand times]), “(The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!) IN THE NAME OF JESUS. Do you
believe the anointing?Amen.