Kingdom of Abundance 1
By Ivan Ho
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
When God first created man, His intention was for us to live forever. In the beginning, there was no sickness nor was there death. That was the original plan of God for mankind.
Not only that, mankind was the pinnacle of all of God’s creation, for man was made in the image of God, and the breath (or the Spirit) of God was upon him.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Sad to say, the perfect beginning for mankind did not last for long. After Eve entered into a conversation with the serpent, her heart and mind was influenced and the frequency of her spirit was altered. As a result, Eve ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil that was forbidden by God. Then she gave the forbidden fruit to Adam and he ate as well.
From this day onwards, sin has entered into mankind. Due to sin, man became hostile towards God, and as a consequence, sicknesses, sufferings as well as deaths became part of our fallen world. Genesis 3:1-19
Despite all that mess, God, right from the beginning, already foretold the coming of Jesus Christ to redeem us from the curse of sin and death.
So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
“The Seed of the woman” actually points to Jesus Christ the Son of God who came to save us from our sins, so that we may not perish but have everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ, man becomes reconciled with God.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
To be continued…
耶穌説: 盜賊來，無非要偷竊，殺害，毀壞；我來了，是要叫羊 得生命，並且得的更豐盛。
神最初創造人，本來是要我們永遠活著的，最初世界没有病苦，更没有死亡。這是神最初創造天地萬物的原本旨意 (God’s original plan for mankind)。
耶和華神用地上的塵土造人，將生氣吹在他鼻孔裏，他就成了有靈的活人， 名叫 亞當 。
可惜這ㄧ切完美的開始末能持續，當夏娃與魔鬼化身的蛇交談之後，她的心思意念被影響，轉了接收的頻率(change of frequency), 背棄了從亞當口中轉述神所説的話， 吃了神禁止的分别善惡的果子，更把禁果給予亞當也吃了， 罪就從這天開始進入人類世界。也因為罪的原故，人開始與神為敵，疾病，努苦，死亡也成為我們世界的ㄧ部份。 創世記 3章1-19節
縦使如此， 神卻已ㄧ早預言耶穌基督(Jesus Christ)的來臨，要把我們從罪和死亡中拯救出來。
我又要叫你和女人彼此為仇； 你的後裔和女人的後裔也彼此為仇。 女人的後裔要傷你的頭； 你要傷他的腳跟。
次日， 約翰 看見耶穌來到他那裏，就說：「看哪，神的羔羊，除去 世人罪孽的！
「神愛世人，甚至將他的獨生子賜給 他們 ，叫一切信他的，不致滅亡，反得永生。 因為神差他的兒子降世，不是要定世人的罪 ，乃是要叫世人因他得救。 信他的人，不被定罪；不信的人，罪已經定了，因為他不信神獨生子的名。