New Hope In The Lord
       International Ministries

Office Hours: M-F 9:30am-5:00pm
PO Box 418 Valhalla,
New York, USA 10595              Phone: (914) 948-4481


                                                                        December 2017
Dear Family,

December is here and soon shall be Christmas, when we'll celebrate the incarnation: God the son taking on human flesh and our nature. Isa 9:6, "For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. One of my teachers Bob Yandian shared with us that the Son (the title for Jesus' deity) could not be born but had to be given because he was always with the Father. However, in order to take on humanity (becoming a child) he had to be "born" as a baby. Jesus said in John 10:1-4 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold (the earth) by the door (natural birth), but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber (the devil). But he who enters by the door (natural birth) is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, (the Holy Spirit opens us up to receive Him) and (we) the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice". (Charles Capps pointed out the door Jesus is referring to is the door of natural birth and the sheepfold is the earth)

The first man Adam was given dominion and authority over the earth Gen 1:26. However, his dominion could have been not very long. The Apostle Paul stated this principle in Rom 6:16, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" When Adam willfully disobeyed God and obeyed Satan (by eating of the forbidden tree, fruit) he became a servant of the devil. The dominion he once had, now belonged to the enemy. Through Adam's disobedience, Satan had established a legal right to become the god of this world (which is what Paul refers to him as in 2 Cor. 4:4).

"But Jesus" took on our humanity to undo what the first Adam did. Rom. 5:18-19, "Therefore as by the offence of one (the first Adam) judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one (the second Adam, Jesus) the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's (Adam's) disobedience many were made sinners (subject to Satan's authority ruled by fear), so by the obedience of one (Jesus) shall many be made righteous, (subject to the Father's authority walking by faith)

A man forfeited his God given authority over the earth to Satan and only a man could legally take it back. That's what Jesus did, and why the incarnation is of utmost importance and something to be celebrated. Through his perfect obedience as a man to his heavenly Father and his non-obedience to the devil, he was able to take back from him the dominion and authority of the whole earth. Col 2:13-15, "When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ (connected us to the vine). He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, (the accuser is cast down) he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. In Matt 28:16-20 Jesus said to his disciples, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

In Paul's call to the ministry Jesus tells him, (Acts 26:16-18) " But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

I thank God for the faith of Jesus that is in Rev. Joseph as he once again led a group of saints to minster to the women in prison. We praise God for those who came to Christ.

Your financial support is needed so we can help those in need. We are thankful for our partners both present and future, and wish you all a blessed Christmas.

Serving Our King Together,
Rev. Benjamin