Sunday Pulpit Series – Transfiguration: 2

Sunday Pulpit Series

Transfiguration: 2
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

The two men who appeared to Christ and spoke to him on the mount were Moses and Elijah.
Luke 9:30 NKJV
“And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah,”

They represented the law and the prophets.
In fact the entire Old Testament is described as “the law and the prophets.”
Acts 13:15 NKJV
“And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.”

The appearance of Moses and Elijah indicated that the Old Covenant was passing away. They were handing over the baton to Jesus Christ to establish the New Covenant. They came to speak to Jesus about His crucifixion.
Luke 9:31 NKJV
“Who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.”

Two of the most prominent men of the Old Testament appeared in glory. As Jesus prayed the glory of God fell on Him and He was transfigured.
The glory of God fell also in the days of king Solomon as he prayed to dedicate the temple.
2 Chronicles 7:1 NKJV
“When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.”

God’s glory filled the temple on the day that it was dedicated.
2 Chronicles 7:2 NKJV
“And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house.”

The glory was so overwhelming that the priests could not enter the temple. This is probably because anyone who got close to the entrance was “slain in the Spirit.”

May you have great manifestations of God’s glory as you go to church.

Morning Message of Motivation – Christ our Redeemer: 30

Morning Message of Motivation

Christ our Redeemer: 30
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Redemption requires the payment of a price to reclaim something or someone from captivity.
1 Peter 1:18 NIV
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,”

We are redeemed by Christ’s precious blood.
1 Peter 1:19 NIV
“But with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

John saw the Lamb of God in a revelation.
Revelation 5:6a NIV
“Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders.”

The Lamb took the scroll that no one else could open or even look at.
Revelation 5:7 NIV
“He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.”

After this great victory the saints in heaven sang a redemption song.
Revelation 5:9 NIV
“And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals,
because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

Jesus Christ purchased us. He paid the price for our freedom.
1 Corinthians 6:20 NIV
“You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law.
Galatians 3:13 NIV
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”

The “curse of the law” is actually the penalty for breaking God’s laws given by Moses. Moses detailed the curse of the law in Deuteronomy 28: 15-68. It is a catalogue of sicknesses, ills, poverty, failures and defeat. Thank God we are redeemed by Christ from all of them.

May you walk in total freedom from all the curse of the law. May you be empowered by faith to rejoice in your victory over sickness, poverty, failure etc in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Christ our Redeemer: 29

Morning Message of Motivation

Christ our Redeemer: 29
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Our Lord Jesus triumphed because He had a particular mindset. Apostle Paul exhorts us to have the same mindset.
Philippians 2:5 NIV
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:”

The word of God commands us to think right.
Philippians 4:8 NIV
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

The thoughts of a man’s heart determines his character.
Proverbs 23:7a NKJV
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Christ’s way of thinking led Him to His exaltation.
Philippians 2:6 NIV
“Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;”

Jesus Christ willingly gave up His divine power, rights and privileges and became fully human.
Philippians 2:7 NIV
“Rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”

Jesus Christ came to serve. He chose to have the mindset of a servant.
Mark 10:45 NIV
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus did not go about, throwing His weight around. He did not demand service from men, because of His divinity. Instead, He chose to serve mankind. He gave His life as a sacrifice for the salvation of many people.
Philippians 2:8 NIV
“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death —even death on a cross!”

Christ reduced Himself to become a man. He continued to humble Himself to the extent of even dying on the cross. Jesus did this to redeem all mankind from the curse.

May you also serve your generation with the same mindset that Jesus had. May you also be favoured with divine promotions and lifting, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Christ our Redeemer: 28

Morning Message of Motivation

Christ our Redeemer: 28
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Jesus poured out His life as an offering for our sins.
The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
John 10:11 NKJV
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”

For Christ to be able to lay down His life for mankind, He first had to become a man.
The animal sacrifices had failed completely.
Hebrews 10:4 NKJV
“For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.”

Countless sheep had been slaughtered as sacrifices, but to no avail.
A higher sacrifice was required to redeem mankind.
Christ needed a human body to be able to represent mankind.
Hebrews 10:5 NKJV
“Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me.”

God had prepared a human body for Christ so He could be just like the children of men.
Hebrews 2:14 NKJV
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,”

Christ needed a human body for three main reasons.
1.
To be able to represent men, He had to take a human form. (Hebrews 2:14-17 NKJV)
2.
To be able to know how men feel.
Hebrews 4:15 NIV
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin.”
3.
To be able to die for mankind, He needed a mortal body, because spirits don’t die.
Hebrews 2:9 KJV
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.”

May you have the grace to sympathize and empathize with suffering humanity.
May you receive God’s abundant glory and honour in your life, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Christ our Redeemer: 27

Morning Message of Motivation

Christ our Redeemer: 27
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

The revelation of John continued to unfold.
An elder proclaimed that the Lion of the tribe of Judah had prevailed to qualify to open the scroll.
Revelation 5:5 NKJV
“But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

John looked.
He probably expected to see a lion but instead he saw a Lamb.
Revelation 5:6 NKJV
“And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.”

Our Lord Jesus behaved like a lamb, but through that He acquired the power of a lion.
Isaiah 53:7 NKJV
“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.”

Christ did not protest against the maltreatment that was meted against Him.
Jesus accepted all the chastisement on our behalf.
Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”

Jesus was made an offering for our sins.
The pathway for Jesus to be crowned Lord of Lords and King of Kings, was through lamblike humility and meekness.
Isaiah 53:12 NKJV
“Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.”

May God’s grace and mercy fill you with His goodness.
May goodness and mercy follow you all the days of your life, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Christ our Redeemer: 25

Morning Message of Motivation

Christ our Redeemer: 25
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Christ redeemed us with His own blood. He paid the full price for our freedom.
John saw a vision in the book of Revelations. He saw the Almighty God holding a scroll with seven seals.
Revelation 5:1 NKJV
“And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.”

Then a mighty angel issued a challenge.
Revelation 5:2 NKJV
“Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”

Nobody in heaven, earth and under the earth, could open the scroll. Nobody could even look at it.
Revelation 5:3 NKJV
“And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.”

This situation reduced John to tears.
Revelation 5:4 NKJV
“So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.”

One of the elders comforted John with some very good news.
Revelation 5:5 NKJV
“But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

Hallelujah. Someone had already done the work to qualify to break the seals and open the scroll.
Our Redeemer is described by three titles in this chapter.
The Lion of the tribe of Judah. The Root of David. The Lamb who was slain.
Revelation 5:6a NKJV
“And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain.”

The Lamb of God had prevailed and He alone was worthy to take the scroll and open it.
May you overcome just as our Lord overcame. May you faithfully perform all of God’s will.
May you receive the benefits and blessings of obedience, in Jesus’ name.

Sunday Pulpit Series – Transfiguration: 1

Sunday Pulpit Series

Transfiguration: 1
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Jesus and His disciples had some very spectacular experiences. A few of these experiences were so divinely precious that Jesus decided to share them only with His three top lieutenants. The first such experience that Jesus shared only with Peter, James and John was on top of a mountain.
Luke 9:27 NKJV
“But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God.”

Jesus declared publicly that some selected persons in His audience would see the kingdom of God, in their lifetime. Jesus didn’t immediately specify who they would be, but eight days later, He called them out.
Luke 9:28 NKJV
“Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray.”

Jesus called Peter, James and John to go with Him to the top of a mountain for a prayer meeting. Several persons in the Scriptures received divine experiences, at a time of prayer.
Peter, James and John unfortunately failed to pray throughput. At some point, it appears Jesus was praying alone.
Luke 9:29 NKJV
“As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening.”

The glory of God overshadowed His face as well as His clothing. His face was changed and His clothes became a very dazzling white that cannot be found on this earth.
Then Christ was joined on the top of the mountain by two men.
Luke 9:30 NKJV
“And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah,”

These two men represented the law and the prophets.
Romans 3:21 NKJV
“But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,”

Moses represented the law.
Elijah represented the prophets.
May you be victorious in all your endeavours as you go to church.

Morning Message of Motivation – Christ our Redeemer: 24

Morning Message of Motivation

Christ our Redeemer: 24
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Abraham received great favour before God for his willingness to sacrifice Isaac. God gave him great blessings after he also sacrificed the ram that was caught in a thicket. He was blessed both for his willingness and also for his actions.
Philippians 2:13 NKJV
“for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”

Willingness coupled with acts of obedience bring great blessings.
Isaiah 1:19 NKJV
“If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;”

God pronounced even more blessings upon Abraham and his descendants.
Genesis 22:17 NKJV
“blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.”

Abraham’s descendants would be exceedingly fruitful and they would also overpower their enemies. To “possess the gates” of enemies is to destroy their defenses.
Genesis 22:18 NKJV
“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

Abraham’s descendants would be a blessing to all nations of this earth. Today, Abraham’s descendants are the source of many inventions that are blessing the world.
The blessing is still working.
The sacrifice on Mount Moriah was remarkable in that it accurately represented God’s own sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
The big difference is that Isaac was spared suffering and death, but Christ had to go through suffering and death.
Romans 8:32 NKJV
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

Jesus Christ, willingly laid down His life under His Father’s instruction.
John 10:18 NKJV
“No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

May you be empowered to be in total agreement with God. May God’s blessing flow down continuously to your life, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Christ our Redeemer: 23

Morning Message of Motivation

Christ our Redeemer: 23
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

God spoke to Abraham twice on Mount Moriah. The first time, God spoke to Abraham to stop the sacrifice and spare Isaac.
Genesis 22:12 NKJV
“And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

God was basically saying that Abraham had passed the test. God had approved of Abraham’s reverential fear.
God didn’t want Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, but God still wanted Abraham to offer a different sacrifice.
After Abraham sacrificed the ram, God spoke to him again.
Genesis 22:13b NKJV
“So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.”

As Abraham stood by the burning ram on his altar of sacrifice, God spoke to him a second time.
Genesis 22:15 NKJV
“Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven,”

Abraham’s readiness to offer Isaac had touched the heart of God.
Genesis 22:16 NKJV
“And said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—“

Abraham had released his only begotten son to die, as a sacrifice. Later on, God the Father would do the same with His Son, Jesus Christ.
Genesis 22:17 NKJV
“Blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.”

God had already blessed Abraham when He first appeared to him.
Genesis 12:2 NKJV
“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you
And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.”

Now God conferred greater blessings on him.
May you have the grace to present your body to God as a living sacrifice. May the Lord God confer on you greater blessings than ever before, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Christ our Redeemer: 22

Morning Message of Motivation

Christ our Redeemer: 22
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Abraham sacrificed the ram in the place of Isaac.
Genesis 22:13 NKJV
“Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.”

Christ took our place and suffered in our stead.
1 Peter 3:18 NKJV
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,”

Since it is impossible for the sinner to redeem himself it became absolutely necessary to have a Redeemer who was sinless.
Hebrews 7:26 NKJV
“For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;”

Our substitute had to be totally human yet be able to overcome sin. Christ fulfilled this condition to qualify as our Redeemer.
Hebrews 4:15 NKJV
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

The ram became a substitute for Isaac. Christ became the substitute for mankind. Abraham named the place where he saw the ram caught in the thicket Jehovah-Jireh which means “the Lord will provide.”
Genesis 22:14 KJV
“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.”
Two things enabled Abraham to see the provision of the Lord.
• Abraham saw the provision in the place that God had sent him. Where God leads, there He will also provide.
• Abraham saw the provision of God after he had fully obeyed the Lord. He had obeyed to offer his beloved son Isaac and obeyed when God told him to stop.

May you see the full provision of God for every aspect of your life. May the Lord graciously guide you to the place of divine provision, in Jesus’ name.