He saved you in such a way that you will never be unsaved. This is the gospel: He died for your sins so that He could restore to you the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Life that had been lost in Adam. And through that restoration, through you receiving the free gift of the Holy Spirit, you are resurrected, you are made alive by the indwelling presence of His life, the life of God. And through that restoration and subsequent resurrection, you are saved from the condition of being spiritually dead. And because there is no sin left unforgiven, there is no sin that will ever cause the Holy Spirit to ever depart from within you ever again. And so by definition, the Holy Spirit indwelling within you permanently is the restoration of the life that had been lost in Adam permanently, so you have been resurrected permanently, which means that you have been saved forever; that you can never lose your salvation, because that is the very definition of salvation.(www.livinggodministries.net, Radio Archive, Verse by Verse teaching Through the Book of Hebrews, Hebrews Message 31, Hebrews 7:15-28 Law is Useless; transcription of minute 23:36 through minute 24:47)
Wanting to learn more about the New Covenant? Listen to Aaron’s series of 63 messages in the book of Hebrews. Feeling like you don’t know your God very well? Listen to this series. Desiring a deeper understanding of your identity in Christ? Listen to this series.
You can find them in the Radio Archive section of his website LivingGodMinistries.net by scrolling all the way down to the bottom of the page. Or, you can just click here.
I’m currently on Message #12, although I have listened to the series at least twice before. The first time I heard these messages was back in 2008, and I remember that I would often immediately listen again to some of them; I still have a little piece of paper with notes telling me which messages needed to be listened to again.
I would take such notes because there was just something that I was not fully grasping. Aaron has a maturity in the Lord and a depth of understanding that is extremely rare; I wanted to understand what he understands. I wanted to know the Lord as well as he knows the Lord. I could tell that he was 100% sincere in sharing his heart, and I could tell that he was closer to the Lord than I was. Basically, Aaron was pointing me to a closer and more intimate relationship with my Jesus.
My heart swelled with excitement as I began to grow in grace and in the knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ!
Here it is, five years later and as I listen to the Hebrews series again, I am astonished that I do know the Lord better! I HAVE drawn closer to my amazing heavenly Father! And doubt I will feel that “prompting” from Him to re-listen to any of these messages, because the Lord has been able to teach me so much already through Aaron.
As a citizen of Heaven, I am here asking my brothers and sisters to check out Aaron Budjen’s website, his Radio Archive . . . and, by the way, Aaron also conducts live Q&A sessions on Saturday evenings via his YouTube channel “Aaron Budjen Live,” and additionally a live Sunday morning message (currently in the Gospel of John.) He also has many archived videos worth listening to at his YT channel, “Aaron Budjen.”
God has given Aaron a ministry similar to that of the Apostle Paul. Let’s avail ourselves of his ministry and the many marvelous (free!) resources that our brother Aaron has so lovingly and so painstakingly created.
Aaron Budjen has a really interesting take on Proverbs 20:27; the insight he reveals is unique, and as always with Aaron, his teaching points us directly to the heart of God; to a closer relationship with our Savior.
I’ve never heard any other Christian pastor teach the way Aaron does, and this is especially seen in his take on Proverbs 20:27 — you can listen to his teaching on this verse found here.
Proverbs 20:27 says, “The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.”
His heart? Whose heart? In his radio broadcast (linked above), Aaron explains that “his heart” is referring to the heart of God. And that our born again spirit — “the spirit of a man” — has been created as a lamp that can shine light into the very heart of our living God. Our spirit is the part of us that is brand new, the part of us where our God resides, the part of us that was resurrected from the dead (we were spiritually dead in our sins and trespasses, and God has made us alive together with Christ; Eph 2:4-5).
Our God wants us to know Him and He has given us the ability to “search all the inner depths of His heart.” This verse in Proverbs shows us that this is the way that God intended for us to relate to Him. We relate to Him by growing to know Him. We grow to know Him as our spirit searches and reaches out for the depths of His heart.
We are encouraged in the Bible to grow to know our God. Think of the words of Peter telling us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). Our goal as born again believers in God is to grow and mature in the knowledge of Him, Jesus our God.
When people look at me, they see my “outer man,” my flesh, my shell, my tent, my “jar of clay.” But the REAL me is on the inside, the “real me” is my spirit. To get to know my spirit would take some effort on your part, it would take some time, it would take patience. Most people don’t know the real me, and if you think about it, you will probably agree that the majority of people that you interact with do not intimately know the true, inner part of who you really are.
The same is with our God. He does want to be our best friend, and I can testify that He is my best friend. This has taken effort; this has taken time; this has taken patience. But as I have grown in grace, as I have come to understand all that I have been given in the New Covenant, in my inheritance in Christ . . . I have grown to know how gracious He is, I have grown to actually know the heart of Jesus Christ. I know Him better than I know anyone else. He truly is my closest and best friend.
This has been made possible because he has created my spirit to be like a lamp, like a light that can shine into the innermost parts of the depths of my God. He has revealed His goodness to me, and I can attest that He truly is the best thing that there is in this universe.
Please check out the audio message by Aaron that I linked above. I’ll share it again here. This is completely 100% possible: God CAN become your best friend.
Let me know your thoughts and if you can say with me that God is your best friend.