Creations Jubilee, An Elementary Understanding of The Gospel “The Good News”
The Good News
Sung by Jack Carroll
Music by Marcello j Garzillo
Lyrics by John (Zyskoski) Johnson
Whenever the gospel, “the Good News” is preached, that is the sounding of the silver trumpet blowing, announcing for every one to return to their possessions and their families. Mankind was never created to continue in loss forever. We will understand that this is the law described in Leviticus 25 and fulfilled in the illustration of the prodigal son as described in the Gospel of Luke.
Man’s Governing Himself
Man’s record of history shows that there have been endless problems and difficulties without any solutions. There have been trials and educated guesses and men wishing that they could be the master of their universe, governing themselves and trying to find a way to endless pleasures and a lasting peace.
Some of men’s philosophical ideals seem to work for a while until there is failure and then it is necessary to unleash another round of ideas with more failure. There seems to be no end to the trial and error that has placed a curse upon man’s rule.
There will come a time in every man and woman’s existence, hopefully sooner rather than later, that man will realize that the solution to all of his difficulties does not lie within his own ability to solve. That will be the time where we will realize that we all need help, Divine help.
Then the term, the Gospel, or the Good News, will become a reality. This is the time when our creator God, the possessor of Heaven and Earth, Genesis 14:19, will intervene and bless the efforts of all who allow Him to take the lead. Many, at this time, have never had the opportunity to hear the gospel message. Many have never considered that the creation of the heaven and earth is not complete. How do we know this?
Romans 8:20, “For the creation was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subject the same in hope”. Verse 21, “Because the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
What happened to The Creation?
There was a time, according to the word of God, when the Archangel Lucifer, Isiah 14:12; Ezekiel 28: 14-17, was cast down to the Earth because of the pride of sin within him. God changed his name from Lucifer, meaning light bringer, to Satan which means, God’s adversary. Even in his rebellion, he is used by God for His purpose. God used Satan in the Garden of Eden to test Adam and Eve in order to find out who they would serve, God or Satan. Of course, we have learned that they had failed God’s test.
We too, have all followed the similitude as Adam, having separated ourselves from God and left to our own devises and the leading of others. Ephesians 2:12.
When we look within our nation and other nations around the world, we see much turmoil. We may wonder, why doesn’t God do something? He does intervene with those who call upon His name and have a sincere heart, Acts 2:21.
God does not force Himself upon anyone. He has given us free will to make our own choices. The character of God is that He is always lawful and doesn’t impose himself upon those who are unwilling.
Jesus Announcing the Good News, Our Jubilee of Grace
The Book of Luke tells us that when Jesus started His ministry, He went into the synagogue on their Sabbath day and stood up to read:
Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and the recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those that are bruised, 19, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord” 20, And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him. 21, And He began to say unto them, “this day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears”.
The synagogue at the time of Jesus’s ministry was for the purpose of the people to learn the ways of God. Today, we have churches as well as synagogues for learned leaders to teach God’s ways to the people. Most people are focused on the man doing the teaching. Verse 20 above says that all eyes were fastened on Jesus. We need to be focused on Jesus also, who is called the Word in John 1:1, and Revelation 19:13.
God Wanted to Impart His Life Within The Man
When Adam was created, Genesis 2:7, God breathed His very life into Adam and he became a living soul. God then caused Adam to go into a deep sleep and created the woman Eve who was taken from the man. They were then placed before the “Tree of Life” and were given instructions to eat only of the Tree of Life. Eating of that tree is symbolically feasting upon the very creator and would have imparted God’s life within them. Obedience to God would have given life to the spirit within Adam because God is Spirit as well as life.
John 4:24, “God is spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
Disobedience Brings a Curse as Well as Death
Instead of obeying God, Adam and Eve were tempted by Satan to take of the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”. This Tree meant independence of God and His life. Adam had been warned by God if he took of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, he would die. This tree, represented by Satan, was a mixture and could never be pure. God had to put Adam and Eve out of the Garden and closed off the Tree of Life. They both did die according to the time period set by God.
Because Satan, unlike God, has no life to give, Adam’s spirit within him became deadened. God then was forced to place a curse upon the ground. All men are created from the ground as Adam was and all who were born as in Adam’s likeness were born with a deadened spirit.
The Seed Being Planted In The Old Testament.
Because of Adam’s failure, God was preparing the second, or last Adam, namely Jesus Christ.
Deuteronomy 18:18, I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, Moses, and will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak unto them all that I command Him.
We can read of the promised conception and birth:
Isiah 7:14, Therefore the Lord will give you a sign; behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and thou shall call him Immanuel.
The name Immanuel means God with us, Matthew 1:23, and the mother would be His mother Mary. Because Mary was created from the ground as every other mortal, Jesus was man as well as God. Jesus was born of an earthly mother just as we were except for one difference. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Matthew 1:20.
1 Corinthians 15:45, “And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Verse 46, Howbeit which was not first is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.”
Jesus Christ, as the last Adam, had a earthy mother and a heavenly Father. He was Immanuel referred to in Isaiah 7:14; 8:8 and was filled with the Holy Spirit, Luke 2:40.
When we speak of the Holy Spirit, we should develop a better understanding of how the scriptures define God.
We have eyes to see with, ears to hear sound with, a nose to smell with etc. Each organ has a specific function. We can’t see with our ears, or smell with our eyes and so forth. God’s word says that there is a spirit in man, Job 32:3; Proverbs 20:27; Zechariah 12:1; Romans 8:16; 1st Corinthians 6:17. It is through our spirit in which we can make contact with God and God can contact us. It is like using a telephone and vise-versa. Our spirit needs to hear God. God, who is Spirit will speak to us in our spirit as we focus and mediate on His Word, the Bible.
To a believer, it will be a mingling of God’s Spirit with our spirit. We read earlier how the spirit in the first man became deadened because of his disobedience. Because God is the only one who has life, the man was told to feed on the Tree of Life, not on the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil which is Satan, a dead spirit. God is the only one who is able to give life. Our condition from our birth was that we were born with a deadened spirit.
We Are All Prodigal Sons
In the Book of Luke, we have the parable of the prodigal son, Luke 15. The story tells us of a son asking for his inheritance, and being separated from his father to go out into the world. We were once in that pitiful condition. Our inheritance was the world, created by God, who said it was very good, but what have we done with it. Take a look at man’s history and the resulting conditions we see today.
The Book of Ezekiel,18:4, says that all souls are Mine. We were once the possession of God. When we hear the Gospel and respond, this is our Jubilee. We return to our possession who is God, just as the prodigal son returned to his Father. The Jubilee, which is of grace, restores us to God as our possession, His son as our savior, and others, who respond to God’s calling, into the very family of God. This is the Gospel, the Good News, creations jubilee. And we will go back to our home for eternity. John 14:1-4.
In the Old Testament, God was working with the fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and then the nation of Israel. Those things were written for us to gain a better understanding of how God has been working with men until the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today, Hebrews 4:7, says that God is working with those who answer His calling. We are the ones whom have had Good News published for us, Proverbs 25:25. Today, as the Apostle Paul says, we who believe can have our deadened spirit quickened and made alive.
Ephesians 2:1, And you had He quickened, who were dead in trespass and sins; 2, Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince, (Satan) of the power of the air, and the spirit that worketh in the children of disobedience.
This is the true message of the Gospel. our spirit that was once deadened had no interest of the true things of God. Now, because we believe the Gospel, and the sacrifice made on our behalf, the spirit within us is made alive. We now have a quickened spirit mingled with God’s Holy Spirit and have become the recipient of a new creation.
2nd Corinthians 5:17, Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, ( creation): behold, all things have become new.
We read in the Gospel of John that there is nothing made except by the Word. John 1:3. Verse 14 tells us that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us and replaced the first Adam. The vanity that the scriptures tell us about was once part of the old creation, now, the old creation is fading away and giving way to a new creation because of the work that Jesus Christ did, and is doing. Jesus Christ, by his death and resurrection, destroyed Satan and removed the curse that God placed upon us. We, as once earthy people, will now be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.
Hebrews 2:14, Forasmuch as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death, He might destroy him who had power of death, that is the devil.
Jesus Christ, because of His death, burial, and resurrection, is able to pour out His Spirit within those who are believers, and quicken us. Now, because of our spirit becoming alive, we are joined with God our Father, and His Son, enabling us to dwell together in our spirit.
John 14:20, At that day, ye shall know that I am in the Father, and ye in Me, and I in you. Verse 23, Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love Him, and We will come unto him and make our abode with him.
When Christ had His earthy ministry, and a question was asked of Him, He would answer by asking a question.
Have ye not read? : Matthew 12:3; 12:5;19:4; Mark 2:25; 12:10; Luke 6:3.
The law, how readest thou? Luke 10:26; Matthew 24:15; Acts 8:30
Jesus always warned His disciples to beware of traditions of men. His sheep hear His voice. Not only do we need to worship God in our spirit but also learn what is true from what is error. Satan is so subtle because some of his teachings seem so right, but at the same time, they are so wrong.
God calls Himself a cardiac knower.
1 Samuel 16:7, But the Lord said unto Samuel,” Look not on his countenance, or the height of his stature; because I have refused him; for the Lord seeth not as a man seeth; for man looked on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
All disciples of Christ stumble at times but if our heart is right, we will always get up. As long as our heart is right, God won’t allow us to fail, because we are all His children.