“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 12


          And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

In our ever talking world of voices, and opinions, it’s hard for some to distinguish truth from another persons version of truth. There are so many denominations, and religions, it can be confusing to those who’ve walked with God for years even, if they are not intimately grounded in their faith. In our heart of hearts, though,there is only one voice we should listen to, and of course, that voice is the Holy Spirit of God. His is the only voice that can tell us what we truly need to know. And He does so if we listen adamantly. This is why a constant relationship with God is so very important. Especially in a time where legions of new-age notions, and persuasions, inundate the air-ways, and everyday activities like never before in the history of humankind.

From social- media, internet, TV evangelists, and over 300,000 churches, in the U.S. alone, every wind of doctrine, from seed-liner, to Chrislam, and Kabbalah, purport their personal beliefs. All, though diametrically opposed in many of their foundational Worldviews, lay claim to being Christian. This realization alone speaks to our crucial need to have the Living Word of God immovably embedded in our hearts, and minds. The Logos Word, of course, which is none other than Jesus Christ. All of this is not to say that we who are grounded in our faith can’t listen to sermons, or points of view on salvation, other than that which we are already at peace in our hearts with. As long as the Holy Spirit is living within us to discern false gospels, and teachings.

One thing we should always consider. We are saved by God’s Grace, through the faith that He has given us, and nothing else. If we try to be righteous in and of our own power, we stand as much chance of entering His kingdom as did the Pharisees, who thought they were earning God’s favor and righteousness.

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. Romans 10:3

Can  there be any difference in one who believes they are righteously living according to all 613 Mosaic laws in the Torah, enough to reach salvation, and one who believes that although God has saved them, they must work to keep what God has already said was a done deal? That way of believing is none other than legalism. Legalism does not save. Jesus saves. Do we perform good works for others? Yes, of course we do. But, we must be born again to the point of having the mind of Christ to ever actually produce those works of His fruit. God wants a cheerful giver, and not one who thinks that by doing good works they are purchasing a ticket into heaven. It can never be by our works, either before we accept Him or after. A sincere belief, and trust, in the free gift of His saving Grace, and faith in Jesus Christ, and He who sent Him will inevitably produce good works of righteousness. Hence, the term “Rest Secure in His Finished Works” doesn’t mean that we just claim to believe in Jesus, and everything is then done for us… It means we seek, and strive for a closer relationship with Him. Once we are “Resting” in His finished works, meaning, we know, that we know, that we know, that we love Him because of who He truly is, He changes our hearts, and minds, just as He promised, and we will instinctively make a conscious decision to do the things He would have us to do. His Holy Spirit then becomes our conscience.

  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.     James 4:8

It is the absolute belief  in what Jesus has done for us, in which only His Grace can instill in our heart, that will open the door for us to enter the righteousness of God. This true belief, and love for Jesus, can only come from one voice. Only “ONE” source. God has not given us the spirit of fear, therefore, how could one resort to teaching, or, preaching scare tactics to lead one to Christ?

 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.            1 John 5:4

Many claim that Jesus taught more about Hell in the Bible than He did about Heaven. That is absolutely not true; even if Jesus’ words in the King James Bible, (and others )were not mistranslated, ( for whatever reason) Jesus spoke much more about heaven. But the reality is the words of Jesus in the New Testament were mistranslated when it came to the word “Hell”, because He used three different Greek words, in different places, that the translators substituted with “One” word for Hell… These three words are, Gehenna, Hades, and Tartarus. If Jesus was always talking about the same place, or event, why didn’t He just use one word?

I will be publishing a work on this subject at a later time. But, for now, as this book is to help roll the stones of confusion away from babes in Christ, and those seeking God’s love, I’ll just leave it at that, and continue rolling away the stones. Although, I feel I must reiterate that; Even if  “Jerome”  had not mistranslated Jesus’ words on these three points, from the original manuscripts, into his “Latin Vulgate”, Jesus taught much more about Heaven than He ever did of Hell. But, I wouldn’t let the fact that parts of the Bible may or may not have been slightly altered in places, or which reasonably translated version you choose to read, as God says what He means, and He means what He says:

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.      Isaiah 55:11

Jesus knows about the things that really hurt, confuse, and worry us. He’s lived it. When Jesus was praying to the Father just before His impending demise, He sweat great drops of blood. That can only be caused by the worst form of anxiety known to the medical world, and if memory serves correctly called Hematidrosis. Hematidrosis is a very real, and very serious condition, brought on by anxiety great enough to cause every capillary in ones sweat glands to actually burst. There have been only 14 other documented cases of this phenomenal medical condition, but, it’s real, and Jesus knows first hand.

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.   Luke 2:44

At a time like that, one would surely need a friend. Someone who would stand by you. Maybe even wipe the drops of blood from your eyes. Although He will never have to go through the kind of pain,anguish, and turmoil, ( the Bible defines as to the point of death) He went through for us ever again, He did it for us once. How many people, family, and, or friends do you know who would do that? Without even as much as a friend to stay awake and comfort Him.

I would probably, as was Peter, at that time, have slept for sorrow, as the bible says in one place, but, Jesus knows. Jesus knows what real pain, and anxiety, and separation from God can do to us as humans. That’s why among many, many, other promises that He has given us, He left us with these words of reassurance and truth.

 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.    John 14:18

I can only think of Love when I think of Jesus who said: No greater thing can a person do but to lay down their life for their friends…But, He laid His life down for His enemies. © paulwillis – 2010

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.   Romans 8:7

 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.              Romans 5:8

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9 Comments

  1. Paul, this piece is so well-written — and so very ACCURATE! This is the message the world needs — and unfortunately it is also the message that much of the CHURCH needs as well.

    It is sad that we seem to have to keep laying the “foundations” over and over again. I know for about 15 years now, the Lord has had me teaching and preaching foundational truths almost everywhere I minister — because people have lost track of them. Almost every message God gives me is focused on tearing down some lie of the devil and replacing it with His truth — again. The lies are promoted through man’s traditions and put God’ people back in bondage. Then God’s people can’t do their job of releasing the world from bondage.

    Thank you for this message. It has lifted and encouraged my faith this morning as well. Keep up the great ministry!

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  2. This chapter was an encouragment to read! As I read it I was mindful of the song “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” It also reminded me how Jesus teaches us to abide in Him. What I appreciated about this chapter was the way it “put the cookies on the lower shelf” New believers should be able to understand this as well as people that may be searching for the One True God. Although I have walked with Him for years now, it blessed me and reminded me of all Jesus has been for me and all He wants to do for me! Praise The Lord!

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