I Have Found a Ransom

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3 The Power of the Cross 2014

Scripture Reading: Hosea 6:4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness [is] as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.

We continue the series on the power of the cross. God has compassion over our weakness. With such compassion that He has to help weak sinful human beings in their utter helplessness and depravity to do anything right, our goodness is like the morning cloud; for your goodness [is] as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.

The early morning dew dries up and that’s how God parallels our righteousness, our goodness. He says what can I do, what shall I do unto thee? He needed someone, someone to do something for our poor sinful frail condition. He found what is written in Job. I have found a ransom. I have found a ransom because I have compassion for these weak depraved human beings.

Our meditation is two-fold. To grasp hold of the understanding of man’s hopelessness and in that hopelessness to reach out for something more powerful than the promise that man makes to try to keep God’s commandments. God’s power is needed; a power that is more powerful than man’s promises. We saw how in God’s compassion He looked upon David. David had been walking with God but he lost his way. There is needed a power to deal with the hopelessness of man. When human beings are at their low ebb, no one human being can find his way through that low ebb, that hopeless sensation that overwhelms even the most powerful men of the Bible.

Man’s Hopelessness

We have an example in Elijah. We regard him as a wonderful, powerful servant of God, but when he came to his challenge (the Elijah message represents God’s people) we come to our challenge, and what hopeless sensations overcome people like Elijah in this Elijah message? After that great victory on the mount, now he is in the valley running from Jezebel.

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I [am] not better than my fathers.

This great mighty man of God comes to a point where he says it is enough Lord. Have you ever said it’s enough, I can’t anymore? This is Elijah. The weakness and hopelessness that overwhelmed Elijah, overwhelms everybody and the words he says O LORD, take away my life; for I [am] not better than my fathers. Peter, the apostle, after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and Jesus told them to go and do some fishing. Then they found more fish than they could handle and Peter comes rushing up to Jesus and says depart from me. He had already battled through Gethsemane and he still felt I am an unrighteous person, depart from me. John the Baptist, that great man of God that prepared the way for Jesus, came to the point where he too began to wonder. He was in prison and sent his disciples to Jesus and said, are you the one that we are looking for? He was troubled with doubt. These are the descriptions of the hopelessness that overwhelms humanity.

Isaiah 49:14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.

Zion is the church. We have been under the Word of God for many years realising God wants us to reach His holiness. He has laid out a goal for us, a vision, to be holy as He is holy, to be righteous and to be without sin but the point comes in every person’s experience’ of I don’t know, I really feel a hopeless sense about me, a sense of progress obliterated. There was progress in Elijah’s story but it was obliterated in his mind. After those powerful revelations of God sending fire down to consume the sacrifice and after the people crying out the Lord, He is God; that was a success. Now as he was threatened by Jezebel it is all obliterated. There is no hope anymore. This is what the church feels like in these dreadful times.

Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

On our part we have been sinful, on our part we are deserving of no hope; that is how they feel we are as dry bones, we find no hope. The hope for future victory and the hope for future success are deplorable. There is a vision that describes this.

Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

As you meditate on those first few texts, you can see that here is a book that writes the history of humanity and it is sealed into doom. Nobody seems to be able to open it and see that there is a way out somewhere. It is all sealed with seven seals. The prophet John wept that there was no one to unseal the future.

Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Out of that root of David comes this Saviour.

Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four [and] twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

Someone was needed to unseal the future. The root of David prevailed. The dark future that the people did not see, the root of David, the Lamb provided the hope,. Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: Why? For thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. Those people who had been resurrected in that resurrection when Jesus died when many of the tombs were opened and the saints who had died came out He took them with Him after His resurrection. It is these people that sing praises to Him because that book that was sealed has already been released in their minds by the one who died for them. They were already up there in heaven. This book with its future could be unsealed, the darkness could be brought to light by this Lamb that was slain and redeemed us.

The Ransom

The word redeemed is always used when somebody is in captivity and a ransom is paid to redeem that captive. The story of redemption is now revealed, the negative, the hopelessness, to rejoicing. In this book that was unsealed there is something to be revealed that was more powerful than what happened in the old covenant period. In the future from the time that God was first going to create human beings, the story of the future would be dealt with even if sin would arise among God’s created beings. God had a plan. He was wondering as he was thinking about the future when man would turn against Him whether there was some way out and as He was talking together with the Word, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the plan was established. In the perplexity sin arising among human beings whom He knew beforehand or Lucifer which He knew beforehand there was a beautiful thing that He found.

Job 33:22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers. 23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show unto man his uprightness: 24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

It was just as though God rejoiced now. Thank you, my Son, and this is exactly what is written. God loved His Son because He could have Him as the one who pays the ransom for a total captivated sinful people who have no hope as we described it already.

We saw so clearly the hopelessness of man, man’s depravity and hopelessness; now we see that there is a ransom that will deal with this hopelessness. After Jesus died and rose again, as it was given in Revelation, that future was broken open seal by seal. That is what the Revelation story of the seven seals is all about; the history of man into which Jesus the Lamb would be able to penetrate and save and redeem people in that period of hopelessness. You know what it was like; very shortly after His death and resurrection, the church was plunged into a hopeless situation. First under pagan and papal persecution and then through the history of the Dark Ages all that was opened in the seventh seal. All the way through the Lamb found a way through the hopelessness. Here is a description of captives that needed to be saved out of the darkness and perplexity of human hopelessness. God’s people had become a prey.

Isaiah 49:24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

Do you remember our study entitled, “we must strive lawfully”? We learned how we have a law of heredity; we are lawful captives in the flesh. There is a law within my members that prevents me from gaining a victory.

Isaiah 49:25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

Here is that hope in the terrible captivity of hopelessness. The lawfully condemned people, those who have a law of sin in their members, lawfully condemned; God says I have found a ransom. God rejoices that there is a possibility. Shall the prey be taken from the mighty But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend. I says God, will contend. These are the words that Jesus read to the people at the synagogue in Nazareth.

Isaiah 61:1 The spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;

Hopeless captivity; Jesus was sent to proclaim liberty to that.

Isaiah 6:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Here is the application to Elijah’s cry. He experiences complete deathly heaviness, mourning, he had no joy. Before he had the joy but now he didn’t. Here is the declaration that Jesus is the one who should come and relieve those who are in heaviness; to give unto them beauty for ashes, oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. O that we would take these things seriously; that Jesus, when we are heavy, when we are overwhelmed with our condition of hopelessness that comes upon the holy people, that He can remove that darkness, that heaviness from them by this ransom.

The lawful captive can be ransomed. In other words, according to the law we are captives; we have no way out because we have broken the law but God said, I can be righteous and yet save the unrighteous lawfully. Lawfully we should all be condemned but God has done something here; He has found a ransom.

Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in [your] mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.

Where?

Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

When He was in the body of flesh what sort of flesh was that? It was your and my flesh with the law of sin in it. There in that body of His flesh which was ours through death He was able to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: Here is a very powerful intelligent lawful process that God had found in His Son. Nothing but death was ahead of every sinner, because the wages of sin is death. Here is the ransom, the body of Jesus inside of which dwelt the mighty God. The body that must die took Him into the grave. Now all the human race that was in Him went into the grave, but then He rose again so that the person who has no hope overwhelmed with the darkness of his hopelessness, can be lifted out of it again because the ransom came.

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

The apostle understood this amazing hope in a hopeless case. In all of our iniquity, as Elijah said, I am no better than my fathers, I just feel so sinful and hopeless, we might be redeemed and the other part follows, purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. The word ransom is used to redeem a person who is in captivity. Here Jesus who gave Himself to redeem the human being from his hopeless condition; God says I have found a ransom.

When we do not feel capable, when you can’t be zealous anymore; have you ever lost your zeal? At one stage you are full of zeal like Elijah was and then you have no more zeal. Let me die! When you feel incapable to be zealous, there is a ransom that provides zeal and an incentive. There is only one source of incentive by which man can overcome all his weaknesses. We look for many, many different incentives in this world but they will all shrivel away. There is one who can give you incentive and zeal when everything looks hopeless. When I mediate on all this, I have studied psychology in my nursing years; I find there is no psychology that is as powerful as this. All other psychologies lose their power eventually, but this one never.

1 Timothy 2:3 For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

What is the truth that we are to come to?

1 Timothy 2:5 For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

What?

1 Timothy 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Who has He given Himself a ransom to? For all. Does that miss anyone out no matter how depraved or how hopeless he may be and he wants to get out of his hopeless state; is there anyone that is not benefited by this ransom? If a people are not going to be benefited by it, it is because they have said I don’t want to be paid out. That is what it boils down to be. Jesus has provided an intelligent, a lawful way out of our lawful captivity. The ransom must reach us where we are in captivity to redeem from that captivity of sin and death.

If you sin, you want to get rid of sin so that you are free from sinning and sin has lead you to death, you want to get free from death as well. These are the two factors of captivity. He who is a sinner is captive to sin and when he is a captive to sin he is also a captive to the grave; he has to die. The ransom must reach those people and Jesus is that ransom. This is the death that we are ransomed from by Jesus. Our focus is exploring the ransom, something powerful that releases you from the overwhelming sense of captivity.

When a person is ready to die do they feel happy? Do they feel they are free? No, it’s a dead end road.

Isaiah 26:19 Thy dead [men] shall live, [together with] my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew [is as] the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

Do you remember that word dew? Your goodness is like the dew; for thy dew is as the dew of herbs. The goodness that we do not have for very long that is dealt with by the one who said Thy dead [men] shall live, [together with] my dead body shall they arise. Here is the ransom; Jesus came with our sinful flesh that had to die and He received a sentence together with all of us. He was lying in the grave with a dead body together with my dead body, these dead men can live. That is what happened.

There was a resurrection where a great number of the people who had died who were in the faith arose. The graves were opened, there they were. Together with my dead body, together with my sinful flesh. We are all in sinful flesh together with Jesus. The body of Jesus was doomed to die’ He says take up my cross daily and follow me. We must be conquerors over our sinful life by the power of the cross. Take up your cross. My sinful flesh I crucified; I condemned sin in the flesh, you will recall. Take up your cross. The body of Jesus is doomed to death because your body and my body are doomed to death. Jesus took that body as a ransom.

Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

Together with my dead body, shall they arise. I die with my sinful flesh, with their sinful flesh and as I died I came into the grave and gave the grave a plague. I wish that people would remember these messages as they are written here. Jesus was a ransom for the people with sinful dead flesh; He plagued death. Death had no more power because Jesus was the ransom who had inside of Himself the divine eternal life. As His body was the container of the divine nature, can you see this beautiful package? Jesus is the ransom. When there are people who have been kidnapped and they require a ransom, the ransom is in a package and there inside the package is the money or the wealth. Jesus is the package.

He is the one who came in a body like ours and came into the grave so that the grave that was holding every sinner in its grasp was broken open by the life that was in Christ Jesus; eternal life, so He could say together with my dead body all these dead men shall arise. He ransomed them from the power of the grave. Death is very powerful, you can’t escape it can you? There is a power that is greater than death. In Proverbs it says love is more powerful than death. The love of God is the divine eternal life, a power that is greater than death that was encapsulated within Christ’s body, so that although His body was taken into the grave it couldn’t stay there because there was eternal life in Him.

Redeemed From Death

The ransom paid to redeem the sinner from death and to redeem us from a living death. Have you ever heard that language? We have a living death here on earth, haven’t we? Everything is death around us; it peters away into a dead end road. That is what Israel said in Ezekiel 37, Israel says we are like dry bones. So He says, here is a vision. Let’s look at the dry bones and see what can happen.

Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which [was] full of bones, 2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, [there were] very many in the open valley; and, lo, [they were] very dry. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. 4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but [there was] no breath in them. 9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. 11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And ye shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken [it], and performed [it], saith the LORD.

Isn’t it interesting; God comes to Ezekiel and says can these bones live? Remember what we read at the beginning, what shall I do unto you O Israel? Your goodness is like dry bones. The morning cloud that is moist but it dries up; dew that is moist but dries up, that is your goodness. What shall I do unto you? Thy goodness is like dew. This is very valuable symbolism. The ransom, Jesus Christ, gives a message. What is the term that is used here? Prophesy unto the dry bones, prophesy. What is that? That’s another word for proclaim. Proclaim the life giving message to these dry bones; the power of the cross. Preach it.

These people who say we are dry bones, there is no hope, we are totally bereft of righteousness, of hopeful life dried out. He says prophesy to them. Preach to them the power of the cross. Preach to them the ransom, the uplifting of the cross. Preach to them the creativity, the life giving creativity that is found in Jesus Christ. This is what all the servants of God are to do. They are to proclaim and prophesy a ransom has been found. They are called upon to uplift the provision that has been made; not only to give victory over death (body material), but to prophesy of the breath of life of the Holy Spirit who takes of Jesus and shows it inwardly to the people giving them life. Now; to have eternal life in our sinful body is possible.

When the question is asked what shall I do unto thee? The answer is preach; preach my doing in the ransom. The listeners will receive life giving energy; together with my dead body they shall live. As we hear this message of the reality of the atonement of Jesus, in that message lies the life giving ransom story. If we do not believe that Jesus was in sinful flesh, how can I receive the ransom? In my sinful flesh I must die; in my sinful flesh Jesus died but He connected eternity, eternal life with sinful flesh and in that sinful flesh Jesus died and then lawfully dealt with sin in the flesh. It died. So must you and I.

If I will take hold of this life giving message then my sinfulness is conquered. It died. Christ condemned sin in the flesh by dying with it. It was mortified and if I will unite together with Jesus, then the sinful flesh will be mortified even now and I will be able to conquer this sinful flesh because it is mortified. I live with the power of God that is found in Jesus Christ. That is what God wants us to hear; that is what God wants us to preach. This is the power of the cross.

At one time the prophet Ezekiel was in vision set down in the midst of a large valley. Before him lay a dismal scene. Throughout its whole extent the valley was covered with the bones of the dead. The question was asked, “Son of man, can these bones live?” The prophet replied, “O Lord God, Thou knowest.” What could the might and power of man accomplish with these dead bones? The prophet could see no hope of life being imparted to them. {4BC 1165.2}

Do you see people around you and maybe in yourself you see no hope? How can I live, what hope have I got? The prophet saw no hope.

But as he looked, the power of God began to work. The scattered bones were shaken, and began to come together, “bone to his bone,” and were bound together by sinews. They were covered with flesh, and as the Lord breathed upon the bodies thus formed, “the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army” (MS 85, 1903). {4BC 1165.2}

The souls of those whom we desire to save are like the representation which Ezekiel saw in vision,–a valley of dry bones.   {4BC 1165.3}

I want to tell you personally many times I have felt this is impossible, I can’t see it happening but this vision has spurred me on because to human vision it looks like it’s pretty hopeless; dry bones.

They are dead in trespasses and sins, but God would have us deal with them as though they were living. {4BC 1165.3}

This is the highest form of psychology. When I was doing my nurse’s training, I was looking after psychiatric people and it was not until I spoke with them as though they were normal that they began to become normal. If I treated them as though they were psychiatrically hopeless they behaved hopeless, but then when I talked with them as though they were normal they talked normal with me. That is the way it’s meant to be. We are to deal with them as though they were living.

Were the question put to us, “Son of man, can these bones live?” our answer would be only the confession of ignorance, “O Lord, Thou knowest.” To all appearance there is nothing to lead us to hope for their restoration. Yet nevertheless the word of the prophecy must be spoken even to those who are like the dry bones in the valley. We are in no wise to be deterred from fulfilling our commission by the listlessness, the dullness, the lack of spiritual perception, in those upon whom the Word of God is brought to bear. We are to preach the word of life to those whom we may judge to be as hopeless subjects as though they were in their graves. {4BC 1165.3}

That’s what to all appearance it often looks like but don’t stop to reason whether it’s hopeless or not just prophesy; just let the word of God proceed from your lips.

Though they may seem unwilling to hear or to receive the light of truth, without questioning or wavering we are to do our part. {4BC 1165.4}

Just communicate it that is all.

We are to repeat to them the message. “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” {4BC 1165.4}

It is not the human agent that is to inspire with life. The Lord God of Israel will do that part, quickening the lifeless spiritual nature into activity.{4BC 1165.5}

So many human beings think that they have to inject life into the people, that’s why you hear all sorts of interesting stories and anecdotes to excite the people’s minds. It’s not the work of a human preacher to do that. All he is called upon to do is to be the instrument.

The breath of the Lord of hosts must enter into the lifeless bodies. In the judgment, when all secrets are laid bare, it will be known that the voice of God spoke through the human agent, and aroused the torpid conscience, and stirred the lifeless faculties, and moved sinners to repentance and contrition, and forsaking of sins. It will then be clearly seen that through the human agent faith in Jesus Christ was imparted to the soul, and spiritual life from heaven was breathed upon one who was dead in trespasses and sins, and he was quickened with spiritual life. {4BC 1165.5}

The human instrument was not doing his human thing; he was speaking the life giving energy of God. When people turn against the instrument that is preaching the pure word what are they saying? They are saying that’s not God, it’s a human. Here is very, very clearly conveyed that the voice of God speaks through the human agent and spiritual life from heaven was presented through the instrument, the human agent. It will then be clearly seen that through the human agent faith in Jesus Christ was imparted to the soul.

But not only does this simile of the dry bones apply to the world, but also to those who have been blessed with great light; for they also are like the skeletons of the valley. They have the form of men, the framework of the body; but they have not spiritual life. But the parable does not leave the dry bones merely knit together into the forms of men; for it is not enough that there is symmetry of limb and feature. The breath of life must vivify the bodies, that they may stand upright, and spring into activity. These bones represent the house of Israel, the church of God, and the hope of the church is the vivifying influence of the Holy Spirit. The Lord must breathe upon the dry bones, that they may live. {4BC 1165.6}

No human agent is to inspire life; they can’t use human hype they must be the instrument through whom God speaks. A human agent is to speak life, to speak the life of heaven. So it is the proclamation of the atonement of Jesus in sinful flesh dying with my sinful flesh lawfully destroying the power of death; the power of sin and lawfully lifting us up out of the grave of dearth and death spiritually and physically.

It’s a message that wakens sinners to a life of spiritual glory to the Lord; a life that lives obediently to God’s will filled with zeal to overcome sin. When the physical body dies we can know that was also redeemed as well.

1 Corinthians 1:20 Where [is] the wise? where [is] the scribe? where [is] the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

What was the prophet Ezekiel doing? He was preaching to dead bones. That is how it happens; by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

1 Corinthians 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

The power of God is manifest by the foolishness of preaching. Never under-estimate the power of the preaching; it is there, we preach Christ crucified. To those that believe the power of God and those that will take hold of the preaching of God’s Word in that frame of mind are dry bones that become alive. We proceed through the remaining of our series so that we may experience that power which is described in the gospel as the power of God unto salvation.

May we continue to remain tuned in to open our hearts and receive the prophesying that will deal with our dry bones where we think it’s hopeless. Life will be given us if we open our hearts to that powerful story of the power of the cross. This is my prayer.

Amen.

Posted on July 5, 2014, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons by John Thiel, The Power of the Cross. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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