Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WORTHY IS THE LAMB TO RECEIVE HONOR

*  Matthew 2:1-11 - The Gentile Magi worshipped Jesus.


*  Matthew 8:2 - The leper worshipped Jesus.


*  Matthew 9:18 - A Jewish ruler worshipped Jesus.


*  Matthew 14:33 - His disciples worshipped Jesus.


*  Matthew 15:25 - A Canaanite woman worshipped Jesus.


*  Matthew 20:20 - The mother of James and John worshipped Jesus.


*  Matthew 28:9 - The women who went to the tomb worshipped Jesus.


*  Mark 5:6 - The demoniac worshipped Jesus.


*  Luke 24:52 - The disciples present at His Ascension worshipped Jesus.


*  John 9:38 - The man born blind worshipped Jesus.


*  Hebrews 1:6 - The angels of God worshipped Jesus.


*  Revelation 4:10 - The twenty-four elders worshipped Jesus.


JESUS DIED TO PAY FOR YOUR SINS AND HIS FATHER RAISED HIM FROM
THE DEAD TO RULE AND REIGN AS KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS! 
IS JESUS NOT WORTHY OF YOUR WORSHIP?



Monday, May 22, 2017

IN GOD WE TRUST

*  Matthew 12:21 - "And in (Jesus') name shall the Gentiles trust." [See Acts 15:14]


*  Matthew 27:43 - "(Jesus) trusted in God; let (God) deliver Him now, if He will have Him:  for He said, I am the Son of God."  [See Acts 2:23-27]


*  Mark 10:24 - Do not trust in riches!  [See Matthew 16:26]


*  Luke 11:22 - Do not trust your ability to defend yourself!  [See 2 Thessalonians 3:3]


*  Luke 18:9 - Do not trust in your own righteousness!  [See Romans 10:3]


*  John 5:45 - Do not trust in the Law of Moses!  [See Acts 13:39]


*  2 Corinthians 1:9 - Trust in God Who will raise the dead!  [See 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18]


*  Ephesians 1:12 - Trust only in Christ!  [See Acts 4:10-12]


*  1 Thessalonians 2:4 - Trust in the Gospel!  {See Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4]


*  1 Timothy 4:10 - Trust in the living God!  [See 1 Corinthians 1:9; 10:13]


*  Philemon 1:22 - Trust that God hears your prayers!  [See 1 John 4:6]


*  Hebrews 2:13 - Trust in Jesus!  [See Matthew 17:5; John 14:6]


"Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."  Hebrews 13:20-21





Sunday, May 21, 2017

JOHN KNEW JESUS AS GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH

*  John 1:1-3 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The Same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made."


*  John 1:10-13 - "He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.  He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:  which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."


*  John 3:14-18 - "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.  He that believeth on Him is not condemned:  but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."


*  John 6:28-29 - "Then said they unto Him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him Whom He hath sent."


*  John 9:35-38 - "Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?  He answered and said, Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?  And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee.  And he said, Lord, I believe.  And he worshipped Him."


*  John 14:1-3 - "Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father's house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."


*  1 John 3:1-2 - "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:  therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is."


*  Revelation 19:11-16 - "And I (John) saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.  And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:  and His name is called The Word of God.  And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations:  and He shall rule them with a rod of iron:  and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."

SOME THINGS ARE BEYOND MY COMPREHENSION




The other day, one of my nieces asked me to explain how Cain, after he was banished for killing Abel, his brother, went to live in a land called Nod, and there, he married a woman.  To be quite honest, I didn't know the answer.  So today, I want to look at the passage to see if I can figure it out.  The passage is found in Genesis 4:16-17, which says:  "And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.  And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch."


First of all, I want to know what "the land of Nod" means.  According to Young's Analytical Concordance, the Hebrew word is נוֹד (Nowd), which occurs only once in the Bible, means "land of wandering."  In other words, it was not a nation, but was much like the forty year wilderness journey of the Jews.  I have often thought of the Garden of Eden as being located somewhere in Israel, and since the "land of Nod" was east of Eden, that could put Cain's wandering in the same place Israel would wander more than two millennia later. 


Secondly, from where did Cain find his wife?  I have always thought he married one of Adam's female children, because Genesis 5:4-5 states:  "And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years:  and he begat sons and daughters:  and all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died."  But my daughter is sure that when God created man in Genesis 1:26-27, he created mankind, not Adam and Eve.  That sort of makes sense if we take the description of the creation of Adam and Eve found in Genesis 2 as describing two special individuals who were to take care of the garden (Gen. 2:5).  It would also explain why Cain built a city (Gen. 4:15).


However, that cannot be the answer, in that, Genesis 3:20 says, "And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living."  Obviously, if Eve was to be labeled as such, there could not have been multitudes of humans created in Genesis 1:26-27.  That also means that Chapter Two is a detailed description of how God created Adam in Chapter One.


Finally, in answer to the though that God had to have created many humans, mammals, birds, and sea creatures, He began replenishing the earth with a single pair of all the animals following the flood.  I also believe that Adam was the first man because it is through his sin, that all mankind face death; if there were others at the time of Adam's life, they would not be his offspring, and hence, would not be under the curse of death.


I have been studying the Bible since I accepted God's free gift of eternal life forty-six years ago, and the longer I study it, the greater my amazement at how little I know!  I cannot wait until Jesus comes for me, and I will know, even as I am known (1 Cor. 13:12; 1 Jn. 3:2)!  God bless you as you serve the Lord with gladness, and meditate on His Word day and night!


 

Friday, May 19, 2017

SALVATION IS BELIEVING IN THE LORD, CHIRST JESUS!

SALVATION IS GOD'S GIFT TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
*  Romans 5:15-18 (NLT) - "But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift.  For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many.  But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.  And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin.  For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.  For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.  Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone."
*  Romans 6:23 (KJV) - "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
*  Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) - "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God."

FAITH IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST RESULTS IN BEING BORN AGAIN
*  John 3:3-8 (SLV) - "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus asked Him, How can a man be born when he is old?  Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water (physical birth) and of the Spirit (spiritual birth), he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, You must be born again.  The wind blows where it will, and you hear the sound of it, but you can not tell where it comes from, and where it goes:  so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit."
*  Acts 16:31 (KJV) - "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
*  Romans 10:9-10, 13 (SLV) - "That if you confess your faith in the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you are saved.  For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation....For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

FROM WHERE DOES OUR FAITH IN THE LORD COME?
*  Romans 10:17 (SLV) - "So then faith comes from hearing and believing the Word of God."
*  1 Peter 1:23 (KJV) - "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which lives and abides forever."

KNOWING ABOUT JESUS IS NOT THE SAME THING AS KNOWING HIM AS LORD!

RELIGIOUS WORKS CANNOT SAVE YOU

THE RELIGIOUS THINK THEIR WORKS WILL SAVE THEM
*  Matthew 7:21-23 - "Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father Who is in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name?  And in Thy name have cast out devils?  And in Thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity."


SALVATION IS NOT OF WORKS, BUT OF FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST
*  John 6:28-29 - "Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him Whom He hath sent."
*  Romans 3:24-27 - "Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time His righteousness:  that He might be just, and the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus.  Where is boasting then?  It is excluded.  By what Law?  Of works?  Nay:  but by the Law of faith."
*  Romans 4:2-5 - "For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.  For what saith the Scripture?  Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.  Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."
*  Romans 9:30-32 - "What shall we say then?  That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.  But Israel, which followed after the Law of righteousness, hath not attained to the Law of righteousness.  Wherefore?  Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the Law.  For they stumbled at that Stumblingstone."
*  Romans 11:6 - "And if (salvation is) by grace, then is it no more of works:  otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace:  otherwise work is no more work."
*  Galatians 2:16 - "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the Law: for by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified."
*  Galatians 3:2-3 - "This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by the hearing of faith?  Are ye so foolish, having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?"
*  Ephesians 2:8-9 - "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  not of works, lest any man should boast."
*  2 Timothy 1:9 - "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began."
*  Titus 3:5 - "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost."

SALVATION IS A GIFT FROM GOD TO ALL WHO BELIEVE IN CHRIST!









Thursday, May 18, 2017

JESUS IS THE LORD OF ALL CREATION

I have noticed that there has been an increasing number of challenges to the Judeo-Christian belief in God as the Creator of the Universe.  While denial of a Creator is nothing new (see Romans 1:18-32), it has recently taken on a threatening tone, with men like "Bill Nye the Science Guy" vowing to lead a crusade against creationists.  Even in the Church, with its lack of solid biblical teaching on the subject, doubts have surfaced, with many denominations even accepting Theistic Evolution as truth!  The Apostle Paul described this so-called science in 1 Timothy 6:20-21; he wrote:  "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:  which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen."


The Bible contains the word "created" thirty-eight times; "create" eight times; "Creator" nine times; and "creation" six times!  In addition, the following passages identify the Creator as Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son:


*  John 1:1-3, 10, 14 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The Same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made....He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not....And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
*  Colossians 1:16-17 - "For by Him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by Him, and for Him:  and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist."
*  Hebrews 1:1-2 - "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds."


The Bible teaches creation from the very first verse, and declares it in the very last book, the Book of Revelation:


*  Genesis 1:1 - "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
*  Mark 10:6 - "But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female."
*  Mark 13:19 - "For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be."
*  Romans 1:20 - "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse!"
*  Romans 8:22 - "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."
*  Revelation 1:8 - "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
*  Revelation 3:14 - "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God."
*  Revelation 21:6 - "And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely."
*  Revelation 22:13 - "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."


THE JESUS WHO OFFERED HIMSELF AS SAVIOR,
IS THE LORD OF ALL CREATION!



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

NOW ARE WE THE SONS OF GOD

"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old?  Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water AND of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which IS born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:  so is every one that IS born of the Spirit" (John 3:3-8).


"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they ARE the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we ARE the children of God" (Romans 8:14-16).


"But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is NOW" (Galatians 4:29).


"Do all things without murmurings and disputings:  that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:14-15).


"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever" (1 Peter 1:23).


"If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness IS born of Him" (1 John 2:29).


"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:  therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.  Beloved, NOW are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. (1 John 3:1-2).


"Whosoever  IS born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he IS born of God" (1 John 3:9).


"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth IS born of God, and knoweth God. (1 John 4:7).


"Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ IS born of God: and every one that loveth Him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of Him.  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.  For whatsoever IS born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God" (1 John 5:1-5).


"We know that whosoever  IS born of God sinneth not; but he that IS begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not" (1 John 5:18).

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

COMFORTING WORDS ON THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

1.  John 14:1-3 - "Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father's house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."


2.  John 14:27-29 - "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you.  If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father:  for My Father is greater than I.  And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe."
    
3.  1 Corinthians 11:23-26 - "For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread:  and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, Take, eat:  this is My body, which is broken for you:  this do in remembrance of Me.  After the same manner also, He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood:  this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till He come."


4.  1 Corinthians 15:50-54 - "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."


5.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words."


6.  1 Thessalonians 5:5-11 - "Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day:  we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.  For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken, are drunken in the night.  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do."


7.  Revelation 3:10-11 - "Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.  Behold, I come quickly:  hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."

TRUST JESUS FOR YOUR SALVATION, AND TO RETURN FOR YOU!