Partner Letter January 2015

 

Topic:

Prisms of Interpretation: Justification / Righteousness by Faith

Jesus Christ is Lord!

 

Andrew Shreeve Ministries

 

Establishing God's Covenant among the Nations

'Bringing Good Tidings, Publishing Peace and Salvation

(Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:15)

 

Partner Letter – January 2015

 

Andrew Shreeve Ministries has been working within a population base of over 600 million people for many years, and provides you with the opportunity to be involved in the establishment, growth and fruit of the Lord's eternal kingdom, among foreign, ethnic peoples in the many nations - without having to leave your home. You can be empowered to love people, and to have eternal rewards, among different tribal groups! Sow a seed this month to realise this opportunity!

 

Contents

 

  • Welcome - 15th Year Anniversary of Andrew Shreeve Ministries
  • Teaching - Prisms of Interpretation: Justification / Righteousness by Faith
  • Resources / Study
  • Itinerary
  • Financial
  • Contact

 

Welcome - 15th Year Anniversary of Andrew Shreeve Ministries

 

Dear partners and friends,

 

This month marks 15 years since Andrew's first international mission trip under the banner of Andrew Shreeve Ministries. We firstly pay tribute to the Lord Jesus Christ, and His gifting, love, faith, vision, grace, provision, healing and strength, which have primarily enabled the success of Andrew's ministry.

 

We pray for Andrew's partners that, every seed they have sown will multiply back into their hand and, the fruit of the ministry will be credited to their eternal account. We pray for all who have been ministered to that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in their lives, bringing revelation knowledge of His Word, physical and emotional healing to their bodies and souls, and blessing to their finances.

 

Historical context

Andrew was christened in the Methodist church as a baby and attended Sunday-School, in Australia, each week until the age of 14. Andrew may have been born again at the age of 11, but undoubtedly was born again, surrendering to the lordship of Jesus Christ at the age of 21, whilst backpacking in England. Upon unconditionally committing his life to follow Jesus, Andrew was soon: baptised in water at Wilton Baptist Church, England; baptised with the Holy Spirit, speaking in unknown tongues and; called by the Lord into international missions with the youth, mission-organisation 'Operation Mobilisation' and was trained and served on the missionary ship 'Logos' for two years. Andrew then studied for two years at Rhema Bible Training Centre, Perth, Western Australia and later attained an Arts Degree, with a major in theology, from Murdoch University, Perth.

 

The call

In 1999 the Lord came to Andrew and communicated to him, by the Holy Spirit, to go to Thailand. Shortly thereafter Andrew received and accepted an invitation to minister in Myanmar and Thailand in January / February 2000. A couple of months later the Holy Spirit again came to Andrew, and this time he was instructed to minister in Nigeria, Africa. By divine arrangement, the Lord led Andrew to a Nigerian who organised Andrew's mission to Nigeria in June 2000. From these two divinely inspired missions, Andrew began receiving invitations to minister in various nations. After doing multiple, international, mission-trips, Andrew's senior pastor one evening interrupted the Sunday night service to declare by the Holy Spirit that Andrew was called by the Lord to go forth to the nations, quoting from Acts 13:1-3. He then prophesied and laid hands upon Andrew for this divinely, ordained, apostolic mission-work.

 

15 years of ministry

As a called and anointed preacher and teacher of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, over the past fifteen years Andrew has successfully conducted 111 international mission trips, and preached more than 1, 350 times in 20 different nations. More than 10,000 of Andrew's scriptural meditation books have been distributed in eight different languages. Hundreds of people have been born again, and entered the Lord's kingdom, and been baptised with the Holy Spirit. Many people have been physically and emotionally healed and set free from devilish oppressions. Andrewshreeve.org has been developed as a free resource base for written, audio, and video teaching, with audio teaching in 11 different languages. Andrew's YouTube channel - Andrew Shreeve, has over 120 short teaching videos with 17,000 views.

 

Thanksgiving

Andrew has refrained from soliciting for preaching engagements, or financial fund raising, preferring to meditate the Lord's promises and trust the Lord for His provision in these areas. The Lord has been absolutely faithful to deliver His power to fulfil His, written, biblical promises. The Lord inspires people to cooperate with His divine plans, and Andrew would like to thank all those faithful people, over the years, who have contributed to the success of the ministry through financial giving, prayer, encouragement, providing ministry opportunities, and logistical and material support.

 

It has been a wonderful and successful 15 years, and Andrew looks forward to the next 15 years with faith, love, confidence and optimism. Andrew believes the Lord will continue to lead and inspire Andrew Shreeve Ministries to teach, encourage, strengthen, inspire, heal and equip the Lord's church internationally.

 

With love, Andrew

 

Teaching - Prisms of Interpretation: Justification / Righteousness by Faith

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2015

 

(See the December 2014 Partner Letter teaching for the introduction of Prisms of Interpretation and the first prism: Blood Covenant).

 

Prisms of Interpretation

Justification / Righteousness by Faith

 

As we study the entire bible we see that the theme 'justification by faith' is an irrefutable truth. The scripture declares:

 

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:1

 

As early as the time of Abram we see that Abram was made righteous in God's eyes through faith: and he believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6).

 

Jesus said: your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad (John 8:56).

 

The apostle Paul reveals that the Old Testament scripture preached the gospel, of justification by faith, to Abraham many hundreds of years before Jesus Christ came to the earth: and the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed (Galatians 3:8). Note that the gospel is described as justifying the heathen through faith! The scripture, which the apostle is quoting from, is Genesis 12:3, which says: in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. When the Lord first called Abram, the father of the nation of Israel, the Lord had in mind the ultimate salvation of all the peoples of the earth through faith.

 

We see a similar blessing in Genesis 22:18 in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. In this context, Abraham is instructed to offer His only, legitimate, son Isaac on the mountains around Jerusalem, where Jesus was subsequently crucified hundreds of years later. In the letter to the Hebrews, Abraham's offering of Isaac is described as follows: by faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it is said, that in Isaac shall thy seed be called: accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure (Hebrews 11:17-19). Abraham had faith that God was able to raise Isaac from the dead, which is a 'type' of the faith of believing that God would raise Jesus from the dead.

 

We can see that in the early chapters of the bible, 430 years before the Law of Moses, that the gospel of justification through faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ was preached to Abraham, and Abraham believed the gospel (Galatians 3:17).

 

The apostle Paul was formerly a strict and learned Jewish Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee, and blameless in the keeping of the law (Acts 23:6, 26:5, Philippians 3:6). The Lord Jesus called him and revealed to Paul the mystery of this great gospel of justification by faith (Galatians 1:12). In Paul's letters, especially to the Romans and Galatians, the doctrine of justification by faith is clearly explained. Let us now examine some more key verses in these two profound letters of the apostle Paul.

 

Paul's letter to the Romans

In the first three chapters of the letter to the Romans, Paul lays down the foundational truth that all men, Jew or Gentile, are unrighteous sinners and guilty before God (Romans 3:9-10, 19, 23). Paul explains that no man is able to attain to righteousness by obedience to law, rather law brings the realization of sin (Romans 3:20). Paul then explains that God's way of righteousness is through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22). It is through faith in Jesus' blood that we are appropriated a right standing before God, which justly comes due to Christ bearing the judgement for our sins (Romans 3:25). Therefore we conclude that a man in justified by faith without the deeds of the law (Romans 3:28).

 

In Romans chapter 4, Paul then links Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation, into his treatise. Paul quotes from Genesis 15:6, Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. It is by grace, through faith, that the reward of righteousness is given (Romans 4:3-5). Abraham was credited as righteous before circumcision, emphasising that it is not obedience to law which brings right standing before God, but faith (Romans 4:10-13).

 

Later in the letter Paul describes the gospel as, the "word of faith" or, faith in the Word of God (Romans 10:8). Paul specifically adds to faith in Jesus' blood, faith in Jesus' resurrection from the dead and, confession of Jesus as the Lord over our lives as being the necessary ingredients for receiving justification from God and eternal salvation (Romans 10:9-10).

 

Paul's letter to the Galatians

In Paul's letter to the Galatians he strongly condemns any teaching which does not emphasise the grace of Christ as being a perversion and another gospel (Galatians 1:6-7). Justification does not come through works of law but rather through faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16). In fact, if righteousness come by law, then Christ is dead in vain (Galatians 2:21). In other words, if humans could be right with God through their own efforts or obedience to laws then it was unnecessary for God to put on a human body in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, and the work of the Cross was unnecessary. This is a most serious error because if people teach that righteousness can come without Christ, people are given a false and misleading hope of salvation. In fact, any teaching which promises eternal life, apart from faith in Christ alone, leaves people in their sins, and therefore leads them into a cruel and misguided hope of salvation. When is fact, apart from faith alone in Jesus Christ, people remain in their sins and are still under the wrath of God and will ultimately spend eternity in the lake of fire (Romans 5:9, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).

 

It is abundantly clear in scripture that justification, or righteousness, before our creator is through faith in our creator - the Lord Jesus Christ. This prism of justification / righteousness by faith is closely linked to last month's prism of blood covenant, specifically the blood of Jesus Christ. Let us now look through the prism of justification / righteousness by faith to expose some common biblical errors of intepretation.

 

Looking through the prism of justification / righteousness by faith

The implication of justification / righteousness by faith is that it refutes justification by continual repentance, law, and good works. These three common errors can be easily seen when we look through the prism of justification / righteousness by faith:

 

1. Error of justification by continual repentance

Repentance implies, a reversal of a decision (Strong's dictionary) or, a change of direction. Repentance, therefore, is a necessary ingredient to being born again and entering the Lord's kingdom, as it is necessary to confess Jesus as Lord which is an act of repentance (Romans 10:9-10). However, some erroneously teach that born again Christians must continually repent of sin to maintain their state of, righteousness or, justification. In other words, they erroneously teach if a Christian sins and dies without specifically repenting of each sin they will go to hell.

 

The error of 'justification by continual repentance' lies in a misunderstanding of the nature of righteousness. We don't need to live in constant fear, wondering whether we have repented enough to be righteous in the Lord's eyes. Righteousness is a position which is given to us when we are born again; it is who we are in Christ, and is a gift (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21, Romans 5:17, Ephesians 4:24). Righteousness is not based on whether we are 'up-to-date' with our repentance of sins or not. When we commit sins of the flesh, which we all do from time to time (1 John 1:8, Galatians 5:17), we do not loose our righteousness position in Christ (Ephesians 2:6). Righteousness is maintained, through faith, not by continually repenting of every sin we may have committed.

 

Note that all sin is wrong and should be discouraged and repented of. However, sin only damages our fellowship with the Lord and does not remove us from our righteous relationship (1 John 1:7-9). Sin grieves the Holy Spirit, but does not remove us from the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:30). Scripture teaches that victory over sin is attained through an emphasis of walking with the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16).

 

2. Error of justification by law

The Law of Moses is holy, just and good (Romans 7:12). It is clear that though Israel was commanded to keep the law they were unable to do so perfectly. Nobody was without sin and therefore able to perfectly keep all the commandments of the law. The purpose of the law was, not to justify people before the Lord but rather, to reveal to Israel their sin and point people to the lamb of God (Jesus Christ) as the solution to their sin problem (Galatians 3:19, 24). The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith (Galatians 3:24). Clearly the purpose of law was not to bring justification but rather the knowledge of sin, and therefore our need to place our trust in the substitution of Christ for the just payment of our sins.

 

3. Error of justification by good works

Many think that if they try and be a good person that the Lord will welcome them into heaven when they die. Unfortunately this is misguided thinking as the Lord's holy nature prohibits Him from receiving anything unholy into heaven. Good works are admirable, and many non-Christian people have done much good, but good works are unable to remit sins. Only Jesus' holy, blood can remove, or remit, human sin (Hebrews 9:22, 10:14); thus the absolute need for faith in Jesus Christ to become holy and therefore eligible to enter heaven (Ephesians 4:24, John 14:6).

 

Conclusion

Justification, or righteousness, by faith is a major and irrefutable theme in scripture. Starting with Abraham, in the book of Genesis, and the teaching of the New Covenant of Jesus Christ as revealed by the apostle Paul, the bible reveals that all families of the earth can be blessed through faith in the redeeming work of God's only Son, Jesus Christ. It is through faith in Jesus' blood and Jesus subsequent resurrection from the dead, coupled with confession of Jesus as Lord, that humans are declared righteous in God's sight.

 

When we accept the prism of justification / righteousness by faith we are liberated from the bondage of fearfully believing that our eternal salvation rests upon our ability and diligence to be: up-to-date with repentance of all our sins, perfectly obedient to law, and striving for an unknown quantity of good works. Repentance, obedience to law, and good works are all admirable actions, and are encouraged, but righteousness and certainty of acceptance by the Lord does not rest upon these human efforts. Righteousness and justification before God rests upon our faith in Jesus Christ!

 

Prayer

"Dear Lord, thank you for the clear scriptural truth that we are justified in your sight, and made righteous, through faith in Jesus Christ. Thank you that when we look through the prism of justification / righteousness by faith we are freed from the uncertainty and fear of rejection by you based on our human frailty, sins and weakness. Thank you that, as long as we hold our faith in Jesus Christ, we are assured of your loving acceptance, eligibility to receive every promise of God, and welcome entrance into heaven when we depart this world. We love and bless you in Jesus Christ name, Amen."

 

Resources / Study

 

Books

More than 10,000 of Andrew's meditation books have been distributed internationally in 8 languages. The meditation books - "Strength and Power", "The Sword of the Spirit", "In Christ Meditations", and "God's Covenant of Healing" are available in hard copy through our website SHOPPING CART: go to - www.andrewshreeve.org. "The Sword of the Spirit" is also available as a multi format e-book: go to - http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/24226

 

Videos

Andrew's YouTube videos have more than 17,000 uploads. Freely view more than 120 short videos (mostly 10-15 minutes, maximum 25 minutes) by Andrew: go to - www.andrewshreeve.org or http://www.youtube.com/user/AndrewShreeve

 

Audio Teaching

Andrew has preached internationally over 1,300 times in 20 different countries since 2000. Freely listen to some of these anointed audio teachings in the following 11 languages: Burmese, English, Indonesian, Karen, Khmer, Mandarin, Thai, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese. Go to - www.andrewshreeve.org home page - Audio Messages.

 

Written Teaching

Andrew has written over 100 short teachings since 2000. Freely study these written teachings. Go to - www.andrewshreeve.org - Partner Letters; and also www.andrewshreeve.org - Teaching Written. You may freely copy and print the teachings for easier study.

 

Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change without notice

 

6 January 2015

Orchard Towers Fellowship, Singapore

 

 

10 January

Kobe Full Gospel Church, Kobe, Japan

17 January

Kobe Full Gospel Church, Kobe, Japan

 

 

22-24 January

RHEMA Bible School, Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo, East Malaysia

25 January

Borneo Evangelical Mission Immanuel, Sibu

 

 

28 Jan - 25 March

Australia

 

 

28 March - 31 May

Ministry - Borneo

 

 

25th April

RHEMA Bible School, Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo

26th April

Church ministry, Kuching

27-28 April

RHEMA Bible School, Kuching

 

 

1-31 August

Ministry - Undisclosed country

 

Financial

 

To partner with Andrew, and have fruit credited to your eternal account: you have the opportunity to buy / sow, and make an offering of, financial, spiritual seed into Andrew Shreeve Ministries:

 

  • PayPal - With credit or debit card or PayPal credit. From the PayPal website www.paypal.com send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or go to www.andrewshreeve.org and click on BUY / SOW SEED
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Sow financial seed: not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account (Philippians 4:17).

 

AUSTRALIA

 

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SINGAPORE

 

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UNITED KINGDOM

 

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