Wednesday, March 29, 2017

THE WRATH OF GOD

THE WRATH OF GOD IS COMING UPON THE WHOLE WORLD

*  John 3:36 - "He who...does not believe the Son shall not see eternal life; but the wrath of God awaits him."
*  Romans 1:18 - "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who refuse to believe the truth."
*  Ephesians 5:6 - "Let no man tempt you with vain words:  for because of these things the wrath of God shall come upon the children of disobedience."
*  Colossians 3:6 - "Because of these things,  the wrath of God shall come upon the children of disobedience."
*  Revelation 15:1 - "And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God."
*  Revelation 16:1 - "And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth."
 
BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS WILL NOT BE HERE WHEN IT IS POURED OUT

*  John 3:36 - "He who believes the Son has everlasting life:  and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God awaits him."
*  John 14:1-3 - "Let not your heart be troubled:  you 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 you may be also."
*  Romans 5:8-10 - "But God demonstrated His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."
*  1 Thessalonians 1:10 - "...wait for His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, Who delivered us from the wrath to come."
*  1  Thessalonians 5:8-10 - "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 has 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."  [All Scripture is from the SLV - Skip's Lighthouse Version]
 
FOR THE UNBELIEVER, THE WRATH OF GOD AWAITS HIM.
FOR THE BELIEVER, THE WRATH WAS POURED OUT UPON JESUS!
THE CHOICE IS YOURS!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

WE ARE SAVED TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL

BELIEVING THE GOSPEL MESSAGE SAVES THE LOST
*  Romans 1:15-17 (SLV) - "...I am also ready to preach the Gospel to you that are at Rome.  For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God that saves every one who believe; to the Jews first, and also to the Gentiles.  For it is in the Gospel message that the righteousness of God is revealed...."
 
THE GOSPEL MESSAGE THAT SAVES
*  1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4 (SLV) - "Moreover, brethren, I again declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which also you have received as truth, and wherein you stand....For I delivered unto you, first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures."
  - The death of Jesus was foretold in the O. T. Scriptures - Psalm 22; Isaiah 53; etc.!
  - The burial of Jesus was foretold in the O. T. Scriptures - Psalm 16:9-10; Isaiah 53:9; etc.!
  - The Resurrection of Jesus was foretold in the O. T. Scriptures - Psalm 17:15; 22:22; etc.!
*  Luke 24:25-27 (SLV) - "Then Jesus  said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:  Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to entered into His glory?  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself."
 
SALVATION REQUIRES FAITH IN THE LORD'S RESURRECTION
*  Romans 10:8-13 (SLV) - "...the Word of faith, which we preach; that if you confess your faith in the Lord Jesus, and you believe with all your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.  For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, Whosoever believes on Him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Gentile:  for the same Lord is over all and His righteousness is abundantly available unto all that call upon Him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."  [See:  Luke 24:47; 2 Corinthians 5:21; etc.].
*  1 Corinthians 15:13-20 (SLV) - "...if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  and if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is worthless, and your faith is useless.  Yes, and we are false witnesses of God; because we have testified that God raised up Christ:  Whom He could not have raised up, if the dead do not rise.  For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not raised:  and if Christ is not raised, your faith is vain, and your sins have not been forgiven!  That means those who have died believing in Christ, have perished.  If in this life only, we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  But Christ is risen from the dead...!"
 
IF YOU BELIEVE JESUS DIED FOR YOUR SINS, AND YOU ACKNOWLEDGE HIM
TO BE YOUR RISEN LORD, YOU ARE SAVED! 
IF YOU ARE SAVED, ACT LIKE IT - THEN TELL OTHERS!

Monday, March 27, 2017

GOD'S ADOPTED HEIRS

*  Romans 8:14-17 - "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together."

*  Galatians 4:1-7 - "Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:  but when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the Law, to redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  Wherefore you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ."

*  Ephesians 1:3-7 - "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  according as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:  having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the Beloved.  In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."

*  Titus 3:4-7 - "But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 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; Whom He has shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."

*  James 2:5 - "Hearken, my beloved brethren, has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He has promised to them that love Him?"

*  1 John 3:1-2 - "Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:  therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does 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."
 
IN AN ADOPTION, THE PARENTS CHOOSE THE CHILD.
THE CHILD DOES NOT CHOOSE THE PARENTS.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

EVERY / ALL / WHOSOEVER

*  John 1:9 - "That was the true Light, Who lights every man who comes into the world."
*  Acts 2:45 - "And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need."
*  Acts 4:35 - "And laid them down at the apostles' feet:  and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need."
*  Acts 11:29 - "Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren who dwelt in Judaea."
*  Romans 3:23 - "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
*  Romans 12:3 - "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith."
*  Romans 14:5 - "One man esteems one day above another:  another esteems every day alike.  Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind."
*  1 Corinthians 4:5 - "Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, Who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts:  and then shall every man have praise of God."
*  1 Corinthians 15:22-23 - "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order:  Christ the first-fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming."
*  2 Corinthians 5:14-15 - "For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if One died for all, then were all dead:  and that He died for all, that they who live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him Who died for them, and rose again."
*  2 Corinthians 9:7 - "Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity:  for God loves a cheerful giver."
*  Galatians 5:14 - "For all the Law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
*  Ephesians 4:25 - "Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another."
*  Ephesians 5:20 - "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
*  Colossians 1:28 - "Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus."
*  Colossians 4:6 - "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man."
*  1 Timothy 2:5-6 - "For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
*  Hebrews 2:9 - "But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man."
*  Hebrews 10:10 - "By Who's will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."
*  1 Peter 3:15 - "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:  and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear."
 
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Rom. 10:13)!

JOHN'S GOSPEL MESSAGE: BELIEVE!

*  John 1:11-12 - "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."

*  John 3:14-16 - "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

*  John 5:46-47 - "For had you believed Moses, you would have believed Me:  for he wrote of Me.  But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe My words?"

*  John 6:28-29, 40, 47 - "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 you believe on Him Whom He has sent....And this is the will of Him Who sent Me, that every one who sees the Son, and believes on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day....Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on Me has everlasting life."

*  John 9:35-38 - "Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, Do you 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, You have both seen Him, and it is He that talks with you.  And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him."

*  John 11:25-27 - "Jesus said unto her, I am The Resurrection, and The Life:  he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  and whosoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?  She said unto Him, Yes, Lord:  I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God Who should come into the world."

*  John 14:1 - "Let not your heart be troubled:  you believe in God, believe also in Me."

*  John 16:27 - "For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God."

John 20:29-31 - "Jesus said unto him, Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed: blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed.  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book:  but these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through His name."
 
DO YOU?  DOES YOUR LIFE SHOW IT?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

WHAT IS CAUSING A SHADOW BETWEEN YOU AND GOD?

Yesterday I wrote about the "shadow of death," and how shadows are not reality, but images of it.  Today, I want to look at what causes the "shadow of death," or better yet, who causes it.  In Hebrews 2:14-15, we read:  "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." 

It was Satan who enticed Eve to doubt God and to partake of the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:1-6), and though he was not called Satan in the passage, it is clear from Matthew 4:1-10 that "the serpent," a.k.a. "the devil," and "Satan," is "the tempter."  This can also be seen from Revelation 12:9 which says, "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world:  he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."

So how does Satan cast such a intimidating shadow?  He places himself between mankind and God!  He gets us to focus on our circumstances, instead of upon the One Who can save us from them.  God is Light (1 Jn. 1:5), and anything that prevents His light from reaching man, casts a shadow that can potentially result in death!  Like His Father, Jesus is Light (Jn. 8:12; 9:5), and being the "express image" of Him (Heb. 1:3), and being God "manifest in the flesh" (1 Tim. 3:16), He could proclaim in John 14:9,  "...Have I been so long time with you, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?  He who has seen Me has seen the Father; and how do you then say, Show us the Father?"

Jesus, as the "Light of the world," came to His own people and they rejected Him (Jn. 1:11-12);  as a result, Jesus offered salvation to all, saying, "I am come a Light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness" (Jn. 12:46)!  That is why neither God, nor Jesus, cast a shadow, of death or any other thing:  They are Light!  And that is why Isaiah could write:
 
"Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first He lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.  The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined" (Isa. 9:1-2; See aslo Mt. 4:15-16)!
 
But beware:  
There is coming a day when darkness shall prevail upon the earth (Joel 2:2; Zeph. 1:15).  
Trust in Jesus, the Light of the World, while you still can! 


    

Friday, March 24, 2017

THE SHADOW OF DEATH

Most of us are familiar with the phrase, "the shadow of death," from the fourth verse of the popular Twenty-third Psalm; it reads:  "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:  for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me."  But did you know the same phrase occurs twenty times in the Bible?  Interestingly, nine of the twenty are found in the Book of Job (3:5; 10:21-22; 12:22; 16:16; twice in 24:17; 28:3; 34:22; 38:17).  It is also found in four verses in Psalms (23:4; 44:19; 107:10, 14); twice in Jeremiah (2:6; 13:16); as well as in Isaiah 9:2; Amos 5:8; Matthew 4:16; and Luke 1:79. 

The Hebrew phrase is based upon the combining of two words:   צֵל (tsel), which means "shade or shadow," and מָוֶת (maveth), which means "death."  They form the single word:  צַלְמָוֶת (tsalmaveth), which means "death-shadow."  The Greek also has a two-word basis:  σκιά (skia), which means "shadow," and θάνατος (thanatos), which means "death."

We know that a shadow is created by someone or something blocking light.  It is not physically real in itself, but reveals the size and shape of that which is located between the light source and the object upon which the shadow appears.  But the Bible refers to "shadows" in another way; they reveal details about what is real.  For instance:
*  Colossians 2:16-17 - "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days:  which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."
*  Hebrews 8:5 - "Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle:  for, See, saith He, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount."
*  Hebrews 10:1 - "For the Law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect."

Physical death is but a shadow of what the Bible calls the "second death" (Rev. 2:11; 20:5-6, 14; 21:8).  ALL who die physically will be resurrected; John 2:28-29 says, "Marvel not at this:  for the hour is coming, in which ALL who are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; those who have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." 
["done evil" = "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God" (Rom. 10:3)]. 
["done good" = "For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor. 5:21)].

Even the "second death" is shadow of its true meaning; it is a metaphor for eternal separation from God which accompanies being tormented in the eternal lake of fire (Rev. 19:20; 20:10, 14, 15)!
 
AT LEAST, THIS IS HOW I UNDERSTAND THESE THINGS

Thursday, March 23, 2017

BE WARNED; JESUS IS COMING BACK!

*  Matthew 24:44 - "Therefore be ready:  for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of man shall  come."

*  Matthew 25:13 - "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man shall come."

*  Mark 8:38 - "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My Words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He shall come in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."

*  Mark 13:32, 35 - "But of that day and that hour, no man knows, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father....Watch therefore: for you know not when the Master of the house shall come, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning."

*  Luke 12:40 - "Therefore be ready also:  for the Son of man shall come at an hour when you think not."

*  Luke 18:8 - "I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.  Nevertheless when the Son of man shall come, will He find faith on the earth?"

*  1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 - "But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  For yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the Lord shall come as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction shall come upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."

*  Jude 1:14-15 - "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord shall come with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him."

*  Revelation 1:7 - "Behold, He shall come with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also who pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him.  Even so, Amen."

*  Revelation 22:16-17, 20 - "I Jesus have sent My angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.  I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.  And let him that heareth say, Come.  And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely....He who testifies these things says, Surely I come quickly.  Amen.  Even so, come, Lord Jesus."