by Tony Alamo
The source of oppression is found in the book of Acts where Peter by the Holy Spirit said, you know “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). So it’s the devil that oppresses everyone and Jesus is the One who heals all who are oppressed of the devil.1
One of the disciples, Andrew, who had originally been the disciple of John the Baptist, “found first his brother Simon [after he began following Jesus], and said to him, We have found the Messiah [which translated means Christ]” (John 1:41). “It had been revealed unto him [Simeon] by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (Luke 2:26).
When Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say I am?” (Matt. 16:15), Peter answered Him, saying, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16). Jesus had many titles.2 The Jehovah of the Old Testament is the Jesus of the New Testament.3 Jesus is also called “the Son of Man.”4
Jesus usually addressed Himself as “the Son of Man,” to the amazement of His disciples. The reasons are obvious to the spiritual mind. Jesus was in His condition of humility; He was, as yet, best known to His followers in His humanity.5 He was also to be known as the promised “seed” of the woman. He was “the perfect man,” whose mission into the world that He created was to be the Redeemer, the Savior of lost mankind, the healer of oppression.6
Jesus is most distinctively “the Son of God,” which expresses the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, distinguishing the God in Him from His humanity. This is not applied to His miraculous conception and birth or in an exclusive way to Him as the Messiah. However, it is included in His life and relationship with the Father before His birth or incarnation. Jesus declared Himself to be the Son of God and the Messiah based on His proper oneness and equality with God both by expression and implication. It made Him, as Messiah, possible as the Bible demonstrates. “God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom. 8:3). This reference is not to the incarnation or miraculous conception of Himself, but to His oneness with God in the glory that He had with the Father before the world was created (John 17:5). Jesus said to the Jews, “Say ye of Him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?” (John 10:36).
The reasons why Christians believe are found in the four Gospels, which are complete in furnishing the facts of our Lord Jesus Christ and His labors, labors which are related to mankind and illustrate His relationship with God. They show the significance of Christ’s personality and life. Without these, the Gospel would not exist. Our faith in the Scriptures’ teachings resets or reproofs our faith on the following truths: (1) We see the absolute uniqueness and perfection of the “God-Man.” (2) We realize that all the predictions of the Messiah were fulfilled in Him. (3) The multitude of miracles was part of His plan of redemption. (4) The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is an absolute historical fact. (5) We who have been transformed are transformed in the character of all who believe. (6) The Spirit’s witness that we have personally been adopted into the family of God and His Christian consciousness. (7) We see the testimony of how the gospel has been preached, taught, and accepted, even into the twenty-first century.
Was any other person in the history of the world born like Jesus? Did the living God ever beget another? Was there ever in the world another virgin conception or birth? The birth of Jesus is recorded in great detail in the Gospels, which is that the eternal Word of God “Who was with God” and “was God” (John 1:1) became flesh (John 1:14) in a virgin’s womb by the Holy Spirit under the overshadowing “power of the Highest” (Luke 1:35).
The Word of God gives a pure, exalted, yet humble description of the nativity. The Word of God makes us know that Christ is divine. God was actually becoming a man (incarnate). Conception other than by the Holy Spirit in a virgin’s womb would not be possible. It would make no sense. There has never been in all history an event seemingly so uncomplicated, simple, sublime, and beautiful. We read of the choir of angels on the hills of Judea and the wise men’s star, which has inspired nativity scenes wonderfully at Christmas time, of the Holy Spirit. The incarnation was God becoming a man, as the Gospels tell us. This was not merely God entering a man, as He now does with men who accept Him today. Jesus was not merely a divine man but a GOD-MAN. Jesus was sinless and selfless, and He kept an unbroken fellowship with the Father, always being fully obedient to the will of the Father, even to the death of the cross.7 Christian salvation is not attained by human intellect or what people believe to be human brilliance. It is gained through the enlightenment of the Spirit of God.
Today’s thinker cannot fit spiritual truths into their carnal or natural minds. The resurrection does not make sense to the so-called “scientific” environment of today, which makes the assumption that the universe is an open-and-shut case. To them this event is confined to the law of nature, which is but one of the sets of laws of God’s making: “the law of nature, the moral law, the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus,8 the law of sin and death, and the Old Testament law of animal sacrifices,” which don’t apply since Christ came into the world for our atonement. We can see these natural-minded people are extremely limited in their narrow way of thought. Natural law (God made all nature) must be obeyed for natural reasons. Humans violate God’s law of nature the same as they violate His moral law and the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.
Christians have tenaciously believed in the resurrection for two thousand years. It would be impossible for me not to believe. I know Christ has resurrected because He appeared to me while I was wide awake. He was sitting on a throne-chair. It was pitch dark in the room, but the vision was bright with no glare. Millions or even billions of people will be shocked when they see Him coming back to earth. They know what they have done, and they know they are lost. They will say “to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Rev. 6:16-17).
I pray for you, that you will repent for your own benefit before it’s too Late; then Satan will have you eternally oppressed. Be healed of oppression by Jesus right now by saying this prayer:
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself and do what the Word says, so that the Church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God's Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.
Pastor Tony Alamo
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Removing Oppression footnotes:
1. Matt. 4:23-24, 8:16, 9:32-35, 12:22, 14:14, Mark 1:32-34, 5:2-15, Luke 8:27-36 return
2. Ex. 3:14, Psa. 83:18, II Sam. 5:10, Isa. 9:6, 40:1-14, 48:17, Matt. 1:23, John 1:29, Rev. 1:8 return
3. Heb. 13:8, John 1:1-5, 10-15, 17:20-22, Rev. 1:8, 11, 21:6, 22:13 return
4. Matt. 8:20, 9:6, 11:19, 18:11, Mark 2:10, 28, Luke 9:22, 26, John 3:13 return
5. John 1:14, Luke 24:39, Rom. 1:3, Heb. 12:2, 9-10, Phlp. 2:8-11 return
6. Luke 1:70-74, Gal. 3:13, Titus 2:13-14 return
7. Luke 2:49, Phlp 2:8, Matt 26:39, 42, Mark 14:36, Heb. 5:9, I Pet. 1:18-19, Heb. 5:8-9 return
8. Rom. 8:12 return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return