Preaching on the message with a theme: ‘Changing Your Past‘, the founder and senior Pastor of House On The Rock Cathedral, Pastor Paul Adefarasin picked his texts from Leviticus 14:2-7; 2Kings 5:1,3-14;Romans 6:3-5.
Below are some of his quotes on the message:
In the law of sacrifice, one takes the place of the other and the other takes the place of the one. The sacrifice is always identical to the one for whom the sacrifice is being made.
In the law of sacrifice, the sacrifice, must be holy and identical to the beneficiary.
The law of sacrifice is seen in Genesis 22, where Abraham is required by God to take his only son to be a sacrifice to God.
For the ultimate Father to slay His own Son for another means that He had greater love for that other (Man).
The ram was to die in Isaac’s place so that Isaac would be released to proliferate and Abraham would be the father of many nations through Isaac.
The entire purpose of the communion is not to do what was done 2000 years ago, but it is to re-affirm it. Today, we celebrate the great benefits that the communion table offers us.
Naaman was a man of honor. But he had a significantly pressing challenge; he was a leper.
It is interesting how you can have great things happening in your life and yet you have a big but in your life.
‘Buts’ take different shapes and features, but a ‘but’ is still a ‘but’. What we do with our buts is to try to cover them up in the natural with houses, cars, clothes, titles and positions. God doesn’t do cover-ups, He engages in cleaning-up.
People saw Naaman’s public success but couldn’t see his private agony. His maid knew about this and adviced him on what to do. When you are close to the king, understand that your words have weight.
Humility is what allows you to be vulnerable enough to expose your problem to the doctor. God cannot give you the remedy if you don’t expose the malady. It is not a real ‘but’ unless it threatens your future.
Naaman dipped in the river and kept coming out a wet leper until the seventh dip. Sometimes you might look at the scriptures and don’t seem to get any solution, keep at it because you might be few dips to your breakthrough.
The reason Jesus came was not to work miracles although He did. It was for death, burial and resurrection so that we could take His place. He didn’t come to cover sins, He took it away.
Jesus took your death so you could have His life, He took your death so you could have His eternity, He took your place in hades that you may have His place in eternity.
You cannot make a scarlet cord white, because it is soaked for days in dye. So how do you make sins go from scarlet to white? Sins are sins, because they have already been committed. The only way to alter sin is to change its past.
When God washes away sin, He washes away the associated guilt of sin. God doesn’t forgive sin, He blots it out. He remembers your sin no more. He has no record of sin.
The past of wine is grapes, pressing it and putting it into bottles. The difference with this and the wine at the wedding at Cana is that, it didn’t have a past. At that wedding, Christ changed the future of the water and the past of the wine.
You are not a renovated job, you are brand new. Your past, present and your future is Jesus Christ.