Sep 28, 2012

Jesus - our city of refuge

A message for the children of the Lord needing protection (from people, from evil, from thoughts, from depression)

(Josh 20:2) Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses:
(Josh 20:3) That the slayer that killeth [any] person unawares [and] unwittingly may flee thither: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood.

The city of refuge in the old testament were instituted by God to be a place of safe harbor for the person who kills another individual without intent of harm; He could rest there with protection (from the relatives of the person who was killed) till the judgment for the case was made. This is a type of rest or protection that we (the spiritual israel) will have in Christ Jesus. This is indeed the relief the gospel provides for repentant souls - who can find their true rest and protection in the lord. Indeed it's Christ whom we flee to for protection from the curse of the law and the wrath of God.

Romans 8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Once you are in Christ (i.e. through the genuine repentance, a turning back from the path that leads to destruction, by accepting him as lord and savior and walking after the spirit) , you don't face condemnation. It's like you are safe in the city of refuge as the people were in the old testament. No one can condemn us since we are God's elect, whom he has justified and Christ is there at the right hand of the father and even now is in intercession for us.

This assurance (of salvation) is a strong anchor for us. It's says so in the book of hebrews. Even when we are beaten about by the storms of life, the anchor will not fail.
(Heb 6:18) That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
(Heb 6:19) Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
In Ephesians 6, we have the thought that Salvation (the assurance) is the helmet. It's the part that needs most protection. Even when we fall, this protection is there with us.

David was a man who used to run to the lord for refuge. He who has trusted in Him as a refuge has not failed. The lord is our righteousness, he is our salvation, he is our forgiveness. The name (or nature of God) is a strong tower, the righteous (in the lord) run to it and are safe.
Psa 62:7  In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Let's meet at that city of Refuge - Our lord and savior Jesus christ.

God bless you

Praise the lord Jesus christ !