Hvordan forstås Jesus undervisning om at blive født på ny og hans frivillige stedfortrædende død på Golgata kors.
Text and photos Erik K Abrahamsen.
12. November 2015
Principal Church “Domkirken” in Copenhagen builded 1811-29 by architect C. F . Hansen. Sculpture “Christ” 1821-24 by Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844). In front baptismal font by Bertel Thorvaldsen 1827-28:
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Who is Jesus?
According to the Gospel of John Jesus is THE WORD: The WORD became flesh:
– In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God. He was with God in the beginning (John 1, 1-2).
-Through him all things were made: without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it (John 1,3-5).
-The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the father, full of grace and truth (John 1, 14).
-For the law was given though Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No-one has ever seen God, but the One and Only, who is at the father´s side , has made him known (John 1, 17-18).
What did Jesus say about himself and his authority?
-Then Jesus cried out,” When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so no-one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
-“As for the person, who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge them. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at he last day.
-For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say” (John, 12, 44-50).
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Jesus reveals that he is MESSIAS – Mesiah Yahwaeh (in hebrew), ho Christós (in greek language):
Gospel of Luke, 4,14-21:
(Quote) – Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord´s
favour.” (Esaiah 61,1-2)
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, ” Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Unquote)
On this occasion, in the synagogue in Nazareth Jesus reveal that HE IS MESSIAS, The LORDS anointed – Mesiah Yahwaeh, ho Christós (in greek language). He – Jesus of Nazareth is the Prophet, King and Teacher written about to come into existence on earth in all the 39 books in Old Testament of The Bible. See The Book of Isaiah chapter 9, verse 6:
(Quote) – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.(Unquote)
How can we live our life according to the teaching of Jesus Christ?
Here is the answer: given by Jesus to Nicodemus (John, 3,1-8):
-Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no-one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born again of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to Spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, “You must be born again”. The Wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit (John 3,5-8).
-No-one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven – the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life (John 3, 13-15).
-“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him (John 3,16-17).
-Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands comdemned already because he has not believed in the name of God´s one and only Son (John 3,18).
-Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may been seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God” ( John 3, 20-21).
Why did Jesus die his freely sacrificing death on Calvary cross?
Jesus died on Calvary cross to pay the price for all sins mankind have done, do and will do in the future.
Romans 5,12: -Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned – for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law.
1. Timothy 2,3-6: – This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who want all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men — the testimony given in its proper time.
1. John 2,1-2: – My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defence — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for sins of the whole world.
The atonement death of Jesus Christ on Calvary cross:
Hebrews 9,26-29: – But now he (Christ) has appeared once for all at the end of ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Jesus died for you personally. Jesus payed the price for your sin, so you can stand righteousness before God in your life here on earth and in your final judgment before God.
Corinthians 5,21: – God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God, and 1. Corinthians 1,30: – It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom, holiness and redemption.
Romans 3,21-25: – But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and justified by the grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.
God is holy and all mankind is sinful. To receive forgiveness of your sins you need a perfect sacrifice, where holy blood is involved. That perfect sacrifice did Jesus, when he voluntary exposed his holy blood on Calvary cross. God the Almighty accepted the sacrifice of his beloved Son Jesus Christ and rose Him – the Son of Man from the grave.
Ephesians 2,13-18: – But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. (verse 14) For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in the flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. (See note 2,14: the two. Believing Jews and believing Gentiles. barrier…dividing wall. Vivid description of the total religious isolation Jews and Gentiles experienced from each other. hostility. Between Jews and Gentiles. Source: The NIV Study Bible, New International Version, Hodder & Stoughton, Copyright 1985 by The Zondervan Corporation.)
Romans 16,25-27: Quote) – Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him – to the only wise God be glory for ever through Jesus Christ! Amen (Unquote). (mystery. see note Romans 11,25: (Qoute) mystery. The so-called mystery religions of Paul´s day used the Greek word (mysterion) in the sense of something that was to be revealed only to the initiated. Paul himself, however, used it to refer to something formerly hidden or obscure but now revealed by God for all to know and understand ( Romans 16,25; 1 Co 2,7; 4,1, 13,2; 14,2; 15,51; Eph 1,9; 3,3-4,9; 5,32; 6,19; Col 1,26-27; 2,2; 4,3; 2 Th 2,7; 1 Ti 3,9 and 16. The Word is used of (1) the incarnation (1. Ti 3.16; see note there), (2) the death of Christ (1. Co 2,19, NIV text note;2;7 ” secret wisdom”), (3) Gods`s purpose to sum up all thing in Christ (Eph 1,9) and especially to include both jews and Gentiles in the NT church (Eph 3,3-69, (4) the change that will take place at the resurrection (1. Co 15,51), and (5) the plan of God by which both Jew and Gentile, after a period of disobedience by both, will by his mercy be included in the kingdom (v. 25). Source: The NIV Study Bible, New International Version, Hodder & Stoughton, Copyright 1985 by The Zondervan Corporation.)
Jesus appears to the disciples after his resurrection (Luk 24,36-49):
– He (Jesus) said to them,” This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms”(Luke 24,44).
-Then he opens their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them,”This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my father has promised, but stay in the city until have been clothed with power from on high (Luke 24, 44-49).
Jesus teaching about The Holy Spirit, the Counsellor (John 15,26 and John 16,7-11):
-“When the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with med from the beginning”(John 15,26).
-But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, The Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to my father, where you can see me no longer; and regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned ( John 16,7-11).
The Ascension (Luke 24,50-53):
-When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God (Luke 24,50-53).
The Holy Spirit comes at Pentacost (Act 2,1-4):
-When the day of Pentacost came they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them (Act 2,1-4).
Peter addresses the crowd (Act 2,16-18):
-No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel (Joel 3,1-5):
“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old mens will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and woman, I will pour out my Spirit in those days and they will prophesy.
Salvation – to be born again:
To receive forgiveness of sins is a free gift, when you ask the Lord Jesus Christ directly.
Talk directly to Jesus and ask forgiveness of all your sins, repent from your sins in past life, ask the Lord Jesus Christ to clean your body, soul and spirit by his blood on Calvary Cross. Ask Jesus to save you and make Him your savior and Lord in your personal life. Ask the Holy Spirit to come into your heart and to make you holy.
When you have prayed this prayer you are born again.
To be baptized in The Holy Spirit:
Ask Jesus Christ to baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will give you power and strength to live a holy christian personal life with strength, knowledge and wisdom.
The Holy Spirit within you, upon you and with you will give your christian life guidance and victory.
Conclusions about the life and teaching by Jesus Christ on subjects:
salvation (Justification), the atonement sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary cross, to be born again, baptizing with the Holy Spirit, the book of life, dressed in white, resurrection and the final judgment by Jesus Christ:
- JUSTIFICATION: On Calvary Cross Jesus unite – reconciled by his blood – a broken relationship between mankind and God the Almighty by his dead and voluntary sacrifice (Ephesians 2,13-22 and Philippians 2,5-18). By the blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary Cross every man and women can stand justified before God by receiving our Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. (Romans 6,23: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord). Its a personal decision all man and woman must take to receive as a free gift intimate relation to God Almighty (Romans 10,8-13; Philippians 2,5-11).
- Jesus is Messias – Mesiah Yahwaeh, ho Christós (in greek language) and the fulfillment what is spoken and written by prophets in Old Testament in the Bible (Isaiah 9,6-7 and 53,1-12),
- Jesus Christ is Son of Man and Son of God – Jesus is true Man and true God of same nature and being as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit – eternal and almighty without beginning and no end (Daniel 7,13-14 and 9,20-27 and 12,1-4) and Revelation 22,12: – “Behold, I am coming soon!.My reward is with me and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, The First and the Last, the Beginning and the End”.
- SANCTIFICATION: Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask Jesus to be saved, repent for their sins and ask forgiveness by the precious blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary Cross. By asking Jesus to come into your heart – to be born again and to be baptized by the Holy Spirit you receive The Holy Spirit, which gives you power, guidance, wisdom and knowledge to serve God as a disciple of Jesus Christ. It is a fulfilment, what is said and written i Old Testament by the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel: -“This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbour, or a man his brother, saying,”Know the Lord,” because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”(Jeremiah 31,33-34 and Ezekiel 36,22-32). -“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it (1. Thessalonians 5,23).
- GLORIFICATION: The wedding of the Lamb and the bride – all men and woman who are declared righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ :-Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great. Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud pearl of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our LORD God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Revelation 19,5-8).
- FIRST RESURRECTION: – I saw thrones on which were seated those who have been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshipped the beast or his image and had not received his mark un their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years (Revelation 20,4-6).
- THE FINAL JUDGMENT AND THE SECOND DEATH of unrighteous men and woman, who rejected the salvation by Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary and did not cleanse their body, soul and spirit in the blood of Jesus Christ. The final Judgement and the second death:- Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books . The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone´s names was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.(Revelation 20,11-15).
THE BOOK OF LIFE (Revelation 3,4-6):
-Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. He who has ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
See also: In New Testament Revelation 13,8; 17,8; 20,12; 20,15; 21,27 and Philippians 4,3 and
in Old testament Exodus 32,32-23; Psalm 69,28 and Daniel 12,1.
DRESSED IN WHITE ROBES (Revelation 7,9-11): – After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no-one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in frot of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
Description of the redeemed: (Revelation 3,18; 6,11; 7,9; 7,13, 4,4 and 19,14).
A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH (Revelation 21,1-7):
(Quote) -Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as i bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ” Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and he their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, ” I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my Son.(Unquote)
May God help you to understand the salvation by Jesus Christ and the wonderful life in close relation to God through his Son Jesus Christ.
I pray for you, that you will give your life to Jesus Christ and learn to know God and experience his forgiveness, love, freedom and holiness.
Ask Jesus Christ to save you and and let Him fill your heart with the Holy Spirit.
Pray and read in the text of the Bible daily :
Matthew 6,6: (Jesus) – But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Talk to God as to a father, to Jesus Christ as a friend and led the Holy Spirit guide you in your daily life and your service to God.
Ask The Holy Spirit to reveal to you about sin in your daily life – if so then confess this sin to God, repent and ask Jesus Christ to forgive you. Receive His forgiveness and His grace and fill your body, soul and spirit with the Holy Spirit and let the blood of Jesus Christ shed on Calvary cross cleanse you and heal your entire body, soul and spirit. Do it every day – take time for pray and bible study, “go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father”, (Matthew 6,6).
Your POSITION IN CHRIST: The moment you have prayed to God to be saved by the blood of Jesus Christ shed on Calvary Cross your position before God the Almighty is that your are RIGHTEOUS – you are justify by the atonement sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary.
See John 15,3-5: – You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
Your CONDITION IN CHRIST the rest of your life here on earth is a PROGRESS – your SANCTIFICATION, where the Holy Spirit in companion with you develop your CHARACTER (it is your intellect, feelings and will) to be Holy. When you are a born again christian the Holy Spirit dwells inside your body, soul and spirit and produces the FRUITS of The Holy Spirit: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS and SELF-CONTROL, see Galatians 5,22.
The BLESSING of salvation:
PSALM 32 (verses 1-2): – Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.
PSALMS 32 (Verses 8-11): – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse of the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD´s unfalling love surrounds the man who trusts in him. Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!
My personal life how I became a born again christian:
I – Erik Kristian Abrahamsen, born 4. august 1945 in Skagen, Denmark – asked Jesus Christ to be my Savior and Lord – to be born again the 8. july 1987 in Mariager, Jutland, Denmark.
The following day the 9. july 1987 Jesus Christ baptized me in the Holy Spirit and I received the spiritual tongue language.
The 9. august 1987 I was baptized in water in a pentacostal concregation in Copenhagen.
To be a disciple of Jesus Christ has all the years from 1987 untill today been a daily blessing with Gods peace, love, freedom, joy and daily care:
John 14,27: – Jesus replied: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives”.
John 8,36: – “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed“.
John 15,9-12: – “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I obeyed my Father´s command and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you“.
Matthew 7,7: – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened”.
My christian testimony:
“All nations touched – all hearts changed”, (Alle nationer berørt – Alle hjerter forvandlet), 2014:
Translation from danish with some additions, page 7:
LIFE WITH GOD
When God are with you in your personal life all around you and in you will be uplifted. Everything becomes more intense. Your experience of the beauty of nature multiplies. You receive an inner strength, where you keep both your legs on the ground, and because God is light He shine through the Holy Spirit in you. The Holy Spitit gives out light around you in a simple way. Its the presence of God with his love, peace and joy.
My christian background is roman catholic and protestant lutheran. When min lutheran father got married in march 1942 with my roman catholic mother, he should sign a contract with the roman catholic bishop in Copenhagen, that all expected children in their marriage should be baptized and brought up in the Roman Catholic Church. And so it became for me born 1945 and my two sisters born in 1943 and 1947. I learned early in my childhood to pray to God everyday – from I was 3-4 years old. From 1. grad to 9. grade 1952-61 in my private secular school I left all the lessons in lutheran christianity to attend catholic Catechism lessons by roman catholic priests in The Roman Catholic Church in Aarhus. In four years from 1956-60 I served as mess-room boy under all sunday catholic messes in my local Church in Aarhus. My home as a child was free, conservative, open for all kind of discussions and an atmosphere of humor, love and joy surrounded me in my childhood. I and my two sisters participated in all kinds of sports, dance and attended classical-, modern jazz- and popular concerts. This spare-time occupation has followed me all years – even today.
Translation from danish with some additions, page 8:
My father died in 12. november 1962, when I was 17 years old. His death – only 60 years old – provoked a crisis of grief in my life. I stopped being an active member of the Roman Catholic Church and after several discussions with the local catholic priests on subjects in the catholic faith i became atheist. In second and third year in High School I used my spare-time to read litterature to find a meaning and direction for my life. I became student with mathematics, physics and chemistry as main subjects in june 1964.
From 19. august 1964 until 25. august 1965 I did my military service as marine soldier in The Royal Danish Navy. I was stationed 9 months on Greenland Command (Grønlands Kommando) on Navel Base Grønnedal, Greenland from 1. november 1964 to 15. august 1965. My meeting with the nature of Greenland turned my thinking and feelings up and down of joy and love. Its beauty of its fjords, mountains, vegetations, animals, the ice cap, icebergs, the sky, northerns lights, the enormous night sky, the greenland people and their culture – all its genuineness, brutality and purity nearly knocked me down in complete fascination. So in spring 1965 I decided to travel hitchhiking around the world to experience with my own eyes and five senses instead through books and others peoples narratives.
Back home as a civilian in Denmark september 1965 I worked as to teacher until I and a friend departed to Germany 27. september 1965 hitchhiking with 600 U.S. Dollars in each of our pocket. In France we worked 2 weeks in vineyards to earn money for our journey and tried to get work as seamen on cargo ships in Marseilles and Genoa without success. But we were two lucky guys in Rotterdam, Holland, where a seamen´s employment bureau offered us work on a danish cargo ship sailing out from Hamburg to New York. We left Hamburg 25. november 1965 with a hire 100 U.S. Dollars per month with free food and logi. From New York we sailed to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in Caribbean Sea. With 6000 tons raw sugar we passed The Mexican Gulf to New Orleans and arrived and celebrated New Year in Bourbon Street in french quarter. In beginning of January 1966 we sailed south of Florida´s Key West to Baltimore and Philadelphia and arrived to Brooklyn, New York 20 january 1966. We stayed 2 weeks in New York before we departed over the Atlantic Ocean to Mediterranean Sea and arrived to Genoa, Italy 2o. february 1966. From Italy we sailed to Port Said in Egypt and passed through Suez-Canal to Red Sea and arrived to Port Sudan. Then we sailed south of Arabia into Persian Golf to Kuwait and discharged in Khorramshar (Iran), Basra (Iraq), Abadan( Iran), Ramman (Arabia) and Bahrein. In beginning of april 1966 we sailed on the same route through Suez Canal back to Genoa in Italy. Here 15. april 1966 we payed off and traveled 18.april 1966 by train through Yugoslavia and Greece directed to Istanbul in Turkey to start our journey to Asia. The next 4-5 months we hitchhiked and traveled with busses, trains, passenger boats and by air to Ankara, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Manila, Hong Kong, Japan and home through Sovjet Union and Sweden to Denmark arriving in Copenhagen 5. september 1966. In all visiting countries we were welcomed with hospitality and love from the local population.
Translation from danish with some additions, page 9:
In 1967 Beatles traveled to India and became fascinated by the Hinduism Religion. In 1968 the Indian “meditation wave” arrived to Denmark. I attended a meeting with followers of the movement Transcendental Meditation (T.M.) and I thought “maybe it was something for me”. Why should it hurt me? I decided to be member of T.M., became initiated and receive a personal mantra in the first week of april 1968. I did not know or fully understood, that my decision to be initiated was a spiritual initiation to an indian Guru. From 1968 until 1972 I meditated periodic. In june 1972 I stopped my membership of T.M. and stopped my mediation and have never practiced meditation since. Later in my life I should experience, that my initiation to T.M. was a spiritual bondage, which was not truth or healthy. And upon that – when I visited Thailand in july 1966 and stayed 18-21 july 1966 among hill-tribes in the jungle near Chiang Mai I was foretell by a fortune teller, who was passing through to visit and help the local medicine-man. Later from 1980-87 I read and practised spiritual exercises of the New Age Movement: work out my horoscope, swing of a pendulum, reading in Tarok cards and my hands.
In may 1987 when I lived in Copenhagen God called on me to give my life to his Son Jesus Christ, but it was difficult for me to receive Gods grace, love and peace. Since april 1970 I believed that Jesus Christ was the Way, the Truth and the Life but I did not understand Jesus Christ divinity. And I wanted to control my own life in wide personal areas – I would not surrender my life 100% to God. That produces sin in my life – sins I did not confess to God. But in may, june and july 1987 I experienced that God said to me, that my repentance was a decision about life or death. In the first week of July 1987 The Holy Spirit led my in contact with born again charismatic christians. From 7-11 july 1987 I attended a christian rally in Mariager, Jutland, Denmark organized by the pentecostal Movement in Denmark. 3 priests gave me a lesson in the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit (1. Corinthians chapter 12 and Ephesians chapter 4). They made a spiritual judgment of my 20 years involvement in occult practices and told me, that this occult practices are idolatry and have to be confessed to God. On 8. july 1987 together with the 3 priests I confessed and mentioned as sins to God all the different occult practices I had been involved in all my life. I repented and ask Jesus Christ to forgive me and to save me and invited Jesus Christ into my heart. Gods grace, love, peace, freedom and joy came into my body, soul and spirit instantly. The next day 9. july 1987 I was healed by The Holy Spirit and at the same time received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and spoked in spiritual tongues. When I returned back to Copenhagen God told me to get rid of and clean my home from all New Age and occult idols and litereture. I obeyed God and destroyed all idols in my life. 9. august 1987 I was baptized in water and 1. september 1987 – 1. june 1988 I was a full-time student in the pentecostal bible school “Elim” in Copenhagen.
Life in relation to God, is a life where all your personality becomes vital and God shows you how great and beautiful your life on earth is. Your life has been given to you as a gift from a loving God, who’s intention is to give you the best and to develop all your potentials – your talents and your inner character. This is a process, which The Holy Spirit every day cultivate in cooperation with you the rest of your life.
Translation from danish with additions of page 10:
From the moment, when God create you to existence in your mothers womb you became a living soul with eternal existence. Its the seriousness in your life. You have eternal existence.
And God has decided, that it is during our life here on earth, that each of us shall make the decision, whether we want to live with God or not. Life with God is through Jesus Christ. He has been human being as you and me. So Jesus Christ knows what it is to be a human being. Thats why I am confident, that Jesus Christ from God has been given the authority of the final judgment of my life. It is Jesus Christ who will say the last words to me in relation to the living of my entire life. And I know that He’s Judgment is truth and that I must agree to his words. Jesus Christ is gracious and compassionate, but He is also righteous. Thats why I know that he’s judgment is truth.
See Philippians, 25, 5-11:
“- Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongued confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Finish of translation from danish of my article “Life with God” in folder “All nations touched – all hearts changed” (“Alle nationer berørt – Alle hjerter forvandlet”), pages 7-10, published by Aglow International Danmark 2014)
Overview drawing of my 1 year hitchhike “around the world” from 17. september 1965 to 5. september 1966:
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FREEDOM IN CHRIST, Galatians 5,1: (Quote)
-It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Unquote)
IDOLATRY: Detestable Practices,
Deuteronomy 18,9-13: (Quote)
-When you enter into the land the LORD your God is given you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no-one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or cast spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God.(Unquote). See also: Galatians 5,13-21; Revelation 21,5-8; Revelation 22,14-15; Acts 19,17-20.
-“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practise magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practises falsehood”. (Unquote)
If you have been involved in any kind of idolatry and/or false religions you must confess to Jesus Christ all of your practises as sin, repent and ask Jesus Christ to forgive you. Ask Jesus Christ to set you free and cover your body, soul and spirit with the blood of Jesus Christ´s atonement sacrifice on Calvary Cross. Receive Gods forgiveness.
The Armour of God:
Ephesians 6,10-18: (Quote)
-Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil`s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Unquote)
My salvation – by Erik Kristian Abrahamsen, born 4. august 1945 in Skagen, Denmark:
God called me from 1. may 1987 and the following 70 days to repent and give my life to Jesus Christ. Since april 1970 when I for the first time read the entire New Testament, I believed that Jesus Christ was the Way, Truth and and the Life, but I did not understand the secret of the atonement of Jesus Christ´s sacrifice on Calvary Cross. And from 1970-87 I knew that I did not live my life in accordance to the teaching of Jesus Christ. I lived a sinful life with idols in my life. In june 1987 God talked to me through my inner voice, that I must understand the Deity of Jesus Christ. So I studied all about God The Father, God the Son and God The Holy Spirit in Bible – Old and New Testament. After 2 weeks intense studying about God The Holy Spirit revealed to me Jesus Christ Deity. Then in the first week of July 1987 God talked to me through my inner voice, that I should travel from Copenhagen 400 km to Mariager, Jutland to participate in a pentecostal christian rally with 2000 christians from all over Denmark. I obeyed God and arrived to the the first service 7. july 1987. In this service The Holy Spirit gave me a prophetic message from one of the speakers about Gods love, mercy and forgiveness from all the sins in my life. And next day 8. july 1987 I was invited of an american priest and speaker on the rally to join his lessons about to get free of bondages to the occult and the powers of darkness. I participated in his lessons about false religions and occult practices in the New Age Movement. In attendance of this american priest and teacher and 2 other priest I confessed to God all my occult involvements, named them all as sins to God. I repented and asked Jesus Christ to forgive me and save me and asked Jesus to come into my heart. The 3 priests then closed my spirituals “doors” to the occult by spirituely covered my body, soul and spirit by the precious blood of Jesus Christ shed out on the Cross of Calvary. I received from Jesus Christ the forgiveness of all my sins and instantly God´s peace, freedom, love and joy came upon my entire body, soul and spirit. I thanked God for my salvation.
The next evening 9. july 1987 I participated in a meeting, where I got a prophetic message through the speaker, that The Holy Spirit would heal me in my soul (intellect, feelings and will). I stand up in the midst of 2000 christians and instantly the power of the Holy Spirit came upon me and healed my entire soul from damages of my involvement in occult practices. I put my hands up in the air and gave thanks to God and I heard my tongue spoke in a new spiritual language. Praise to God!
Back in Copenhagen I joined the services in a pentecostal church in Copenhagen: Elim Assembly founded 1935. In the first week of august God spoked to me to be baptized in water and 9. august 1987 I was baptized to Jesus Christ in Elim pentacostal Assembly. Praise to God that the Holy Spirit through 70 days led me to salvation to Jesus Christ in a miraculous way. Thanks to all the christians and priests God used to help me from 1. may 1987 to 9. august 1987. 2 weeks later God called my to study full time on Elim´s Bible school in Copenhagen from 1. september 1987 to 1. june 1988. God is good. It was a fantastic year with excellent lessons in the Word of God.
Collossians 1, 12-20: – giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and to him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fulness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Father´s Love Letter – An Intimate Message From God To You:
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– Our Farther in heaven, hallowed be your name (Mathew 6,9),
Gods NAMES – God is:
God Almighty, El Shaddai, Genesis 17,1-2: – When Abram was ninety-nine years old, The LORD appeared to him and said, ” I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers”.
The LORD Will Provide, Jahweh-jireth, Genesis 22,14: – So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide.
God who sees me, El Rai, Genesis, 16,13: – She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her:” You are the God who sees me,”
God is faithful, El Emunah, Deuteronomy 7,9: – Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands”.
God is your shield and helper, Jahweh Magen, Deuteronomy 33,29: – Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword.
The LORD who heals, Jahweh Raphe, Exodus 15,26: – He said:” If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you”.
The living God, El Hay, Joshua 3,10: – Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God. This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you —“.
The LORD is with you, Jahweh Immeka, Judges 6,12: – When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, ” The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
The Lord is Peace, Jahweh Shalom, Judges 6,24: – So Gideon built an alter to the LORD there and called it The LORD is Peace.
The God of truth, Jahweh El Emeth, Psalm 31,5: – Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.
The LORD is my shepherd, Jahweh Roi, Psalm 23,1: – The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
The LORD is my rock, Jahweh Sali, Psalm 18,2: – The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
The LORD is my strength, Jahweh UZZI, Psalm 28,7. -The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
The LORD is my light, Jahweh URI; Psalm 27,1: – The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
God my joy and delight, El Simchath Gili, Psalm 43,4: – Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.
God is our refuge, Elohim Machase Lanu, Psalm 62,8: – Trust in him all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah.
The LORD strong and mighty, Jahweh IZUZ; Psalm 24,8: – Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
The LORD your Saviour and Redeemer, Jahweh Goelekh, Isaiah, 60,16: – You will drink the milk of nations and be nursed at royal breast. Then you will know that I, The LORD, am your Saviour, your Redeemer, The Mighty One of Jacob.
Our LORDs prayer (Matthew 6,9-13):
Jesus: “This, then, is how you should pray:
-Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
Names of the Holy Spirit in Old and New Testament:
Spirit of God, 2. Chronicles 24,20: -Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said: This is what God says: “Why do you disobey the LORDS´s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.
Matthew 12.28: – (Jesus) – But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Jesu Christ Spirit: Philippians 1, 19: (Apostel Paulus): – Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through yours prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
2. Peter 10-11: – Concerning this salvation, the prophet, who spoke of the grace they was to come to you, searched intently and with greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and glories that would follow. (See also: 2. Peter 1,20-21: – Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet´s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but man spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit).
Spirit of wisdom, Spirit of counsel, Spirit of power and spirit of knowledge, Isaiah 11,2: – The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him – The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD – and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. ( The Spirit of the LORD will rest of him = MESIAH will be empowered by the Holy Spirit).
Spirit of truth, John 15,26: – When the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. 1. John 5,6: This is the one who came by water and blood – Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
Spirit of revelation, Ephesians 1,17: – I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
The Spirit of grace and supplication, Zechariah 12,10: – ” And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourn for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.
Spirit of glory, 1. Peter 4,13-14: – But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ you are bless, for the Spirit of glory and of God rest on you.
The Counsellor, John 14,25-27: – All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counsellor, The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let yours hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
-For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God´s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
2. Timothy 3,16:
-All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
I will finished my article with following quotations form New and Old Testament in The Holy Bible:
Hebrews 1,1-4: (quote) – In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things , and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God´s glory and exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. (Unquote)
Romans 8,1-11: (quote) – Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live in according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. (Unquote)
Jude verses 24-25: (quote) – To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore! Amen (Unquote)
Revelation 22,17: – The Spirit and the say “Come!” And let him who hears say “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take fhe free gift of the water of life. (unquote),
Revelation 22,20-21: (quote) – He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen, Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God´s people. Amen. (Unquote)
Hebrews 4,14-16: -Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way , just as we are — yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 11,1: – Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Matthew 11,28-30: – (Jesus): “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING and WISDOM:
Proverbs 3,13-18: – Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed. By wisdom the LORD laid the earth´s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
Proverbs 5,1-2: -My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
JUDGMENT and DISCERNMENT:
Proverbs 3, 19-26: – My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will nor ttumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtake the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.
May God bless you, that you will receive from the Holy Spirit the understanding, knowledge and wisdom of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary Cross.
And may Jesus Christ show to you his love, grace, forgiveness and salvation.
And may God call you to open your heart and give your life to His Son Jesus Christ, Revelation 3,20: – (Jesus) “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me”.
Philippians 4, 4-7; – Rejoice in the LORD always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The LORD is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every thing, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The NIV Study Bible, New International Version, Hodder & Stoughton, Copyright 1985 by Zondervan Corporation.
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How God meet you and restore your body, soul and spirit from destructive experiences in your past life.
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Visiting Hill Tribe White Maew Group near Chiang Mai july 1966
Experience Copenhagen – 1000 years of history on walk: Christianity takes up the city. Tour 2
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Updated 26. november 2015.