Thursday, September 21, 2017

GOD'S WORD CONCERNING THE LAST DAYS!

Genesis 49:1-28 - "And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days....
Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it:  he went up to my couch.
Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.  O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honor, be not thou united:  for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall.  Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel:  I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise:  thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee.  Judah is a lion's whelp:  from the prey, my son, thou art gone up:  he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?  The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be.  Binding His foal unto the vine, and His ass's colt unto the choice vine; He washed His garments in wine, and His clothes in the blood of grapes:  His eyes shall be red with wine, and His teeth white with milk.
Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.
Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:  and he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.
Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.  Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.  I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.
Gad, a troop shall overcome him:  but he shall overcome at the last.  Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
Naphtali is a hind let loose:  he giveth goodly words.
Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:  the archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:  but his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel):  even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:  the blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills:  they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf:  in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spoke unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them."

Isaiah 2:1-5 - "The Word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths:  for out of Zion shall go forth the Law, and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people:  and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks:  nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.  O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD."  [See Micah 4:1-5]

Acts 2:16-21 - "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel:  And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh:  and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:  and on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy:  and I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke:  the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:  and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

2 Timothy 3:1-5 - "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:  from such turn away."

Hebrews 1:1-3 - "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; Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."

James 5:1-8 - "Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.  Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.  Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.  Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth:  and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.  Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.  Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.  Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord.  Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until He receive the early and latter rain.  Be ye also patient; establish your hearts:  for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."

2 Peter 1:1-4 - "This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:  that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior:  knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming?  For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

THE JEWS REQUIRE SIGNS - NOT THE CHURCH!

Genesis 1:14-16 - "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:  and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth:  and it was so.  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night:  He made the stars also."

Matthew 12:38-40 - "Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from Thee.  But He answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:  for as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."

Matthew 16:4 - "A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.  And He left them, and departed."

Matthew 24:29-30 - "Immediately after the Tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."

Luke 21:25-27 - "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:  for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."

Acts 2:15-16, 19-20 - "For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.  But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel....And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke:  the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable Day of the Lord come."

1 Corinthians 1:22-24 - "For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God."

Revelation 12:1-6 - "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:  and she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:  and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throneAnd the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days." 

[Notes:  The woman is in heaven.  Satan is in heaven.  The birth of the man child was in heaven.  AND YET, following the birth, the man child is caught up TO HEAVEN.  AND, the woman is in hiding on earth for the second half of the Tribulation!  If the man child is the Church, the Body of Christ, the Rapture would take place mid-Tribulation, because chapters eleven, twelve, and thirteen, describe the mid-point of the Tribulation!  Chapters 6 - 10 speak of the first half of the Tribulation, and chapters 14-18 speak of the last half.]

WE ARE TO KNOW AND DO GOD'S WILL!

Matthew 7:21 - "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."

Matthew 12:50 - "For whosoever shall do the will of My Father Who is in heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother."

Matthew 18:14 - "Even so it is not the will of your Father Who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish."

John 1:12-13 - "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the (children) of God, even to them that believe on His name:  (who) were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but (were born of the will of) God."

John 4:34 - "Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him Who sent Me, and to finish His work."

John 5:30 - "I can of Mine Own Self do nothing:  as I hear, I judge: and My judgment is just; because I seek not Mine Own will, but the will of the Father Who hath sent Me."

John 6:38-40 - "For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine Own will, but the will of Him Who sent Me.  And this is the Father's will Who hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  And this is the will of Him Who sent Me, that every one who seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."

Romans 8:27 - "And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

Galatians 1:3-5 - "Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:  to Whom be glory forever and ever.  Amen."

Ephesians 5:15-17 - "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is."

Ephesians 6:6 - "...but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart."

1 Thessalonians 4:3 - "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication...."

1 Thessalonians 5:18 - "In everything give thanks:  for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

Hebrews 10:36 - "For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise."

1 Peter 2:15 - "For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men."

1 John 2:17 - "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:  but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever."






Tuesday, September 19, 2017

THE NAME WHICH IS ABOVE EVERY NAME!

Matthew 1:20-21 - "...the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife:  for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS:  for He shall save His people from their sins."

Matthew 12:21 - "And in His name shall the Gentiles trust."

Luke 2:21 - "And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, His name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb."

Luke 24:46-47 - "And (Jesus) said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:  and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."

John 1:11-12 - "He (Jesus) 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 20:30-31 - "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 ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name."

Acts 4:10-12 - "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom ye crucified, Whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole.  This is the Stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the Head of the Corner.  Neither is there salvation in any other:  for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

Acts 10:43 - "To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins."

Romans 1:3-6 - "...Jesus...the Son of God...by Whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for His name:  among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ."

Hebrews 13:15 - "By (Jesus) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name."

1 John 2:12 - "I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake."

Revelation 19:13 - "And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:  and His name is called The Word of God."

Revelation 22:3-4 - "And there shall be no more curse:  but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him:  and they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads."

GROANING TO BE PRESENT WITH OUR LORD

THIS WORLD IS NOT OUR HOME:  THANK GOD!

Romans 8:14-25 - "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the (children) 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:  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.  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the (children) of God.  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  For we are saved by hope:  but hope that is seen is not hope:  for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for (it)?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it."

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 - "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.  O death, where is thy sting?  O grave, where is thy victory?  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the Law.  But thanks be to God, (Who) giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 - "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:  if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened:  not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.  Now He that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, Who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:  (For we walk by faith, not by sight):  we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."

THE JUDGMENT SEAT IS ABOUT REWARDS FOR SERVICE!

1 Corinthians 3:8-15 - "Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one:  and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.  For we are laborers together with God:  ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.  But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man's work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.  If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."  

Monday, September 18, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BOOK OF REVELATION

Revelation 1:18-19 - Jesus said, "I AM He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I AM alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.  Write the things which thou hast seen (past tense), and the things which are (present tense), and the things which shall be hereafter (future tense):"

PAST TENSE: 
Rev. 1:12-17 - John has seen the glorified Son of God!
This is not the first time John had the privilege of seeing Jesus in His glorified state.  John, along with his brother James, and Peter, saw Jesus transfigured before them (Mt. 17:1-2; Mk. 9:2-3; Lk. 9:28-29).  Ironically, while none of the writers of the Synoptic Gospels were actually present at the event, John, who was present, did not mention the previous experience in his Gospel.  However, Peter did mention the experience in 2 Peter 1:16-18.

PRESENT TENSE: 
Rev. 2:1-3:22 - John wrote to existing churches!
In Rev. 1:10-11 - John was to write to seven individual churches that existed at the time of his vision:  "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I AM Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea."
 
[Note:  Many students of God's Word believe the seven churches represent both real churches, and that each represents a period of Church History.  See the article by Elmer Towns in The David A. Wood, Tim Lahaye Prophecy Study Bible, p. 1365.  It is also mentioned in The Scofield Study Bible, p. 1353, and The Ryrie Study Bible, p. 1921.  For example, the end of the Church Age is described as having two groups of "believers"; the Church in Philadelphia represents true believer who will experience the Rapture of the Church (Rev. 3:10), while the Church of the Laodiceans, a word meaning "the people rule," will remain on earth during the Tribulation because Christ is not a part of their superficial religiosity (Rev. 3:20)!]

FUTURE TENSE: 
Rev. 4:1-22:15 - The Tribulation, The Millennium, and Eternity!
With the removal to born again believers (Rev. 3:10; Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:50-54; 1 Th. 4:13-18), The Tribulation, also known as "The Time of Jacob's Trouble" (Jer. 30:7) and "Daniel's Seventieth Week" (Dan. 9:24-27) a period of seven years divided into two halves consisting of "a time, times, and a half time" (Dan. 7:25; 12:7; Rev. 12:14); "forty-two months" (Rev. 11:2; 13:5); and "one thousand, two hundred and three score days" (Rev. 11:3; 12:6); will take place (Rev. 6:1-19:11).

Following The Tribulation, Christ returns in Glory and destroys the enemies of His people, Israel (Rev. 19:11-21).  For the next 1000 years, The Millennium, Satan is bound and Christ rules on earth (Rev. 20:1-6).  Satan is then released to deceive mankind into turning on Israel; after he gathered the nations of the world together, "fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them" (Rev. 20:7-9)!

After Satan and his minions are defeated, Satan is cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:14), where the antichrist and false prophet were sent at Christ's Second Coming (Rev. 19:20).  The final event to take place on this planet, will be The Great White Throne Judgment; born again believers will not face this judgment, because our sins were paid for by the One in Whom we placed our faith, Jesus Christ at Calvary!  This judgment is for all of the dead who rejected God's free gift of salvation; their names will not be in the Lamb's Book of Life (Rev. 20:11-15).  Sadly, they will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.

The last two chapters tell of a New Heaven and a New Earth, where we will dwell with God forever!  Though we were no more worthy of heaven than those cast into the Lake of Fire, because we believed the Gospel which declared that Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that God raised Him from the Dead, also according to the Scriptures, our sin was replaced by the very righteousness of God Himself (1 Cor. 15:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:21)!  When we see Jesus face-to-face, we will be transformed into His very likeness, righteous and eternal (1 Jn. 3:2)!

ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO CHRIST'S RETURN?
ARE YOU DREADING HIS RETURN?
OR DO YOU REJECT THE IDEA ALL TOGETHER?
WHAT YOU BELIEVE WILL DETERMINE WHERE YOU SPEND ETERNITY!



 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE BELIEVER

Mine eyes have seen the splendor of the glory of the Lord,
We behold Him in the mirror of the Word, the Spirit’s sword,
Christ the God-Man now in glory, is forever more adored,
Christ is our victory!

As we dwell upon the Savior and the cross-work He's performed,
We from glory unto glory in His image are transformed,
To the world we died with Jesus; we refuse to be conformed, 
Christ is our victory!

Christ arose and now is seated at His Father’s own right hand,
With Him risen, we’re positioned in that fair and heavenly land,
Looking always unto Jesus, we from heaven take our stand,
Christ is our victory!

Causing hearts to love the world and hoarding treasures here below,
‘Tangling soldiers in the earthly, ‘tis the tactic of our foe,
Though the battle for our hearts and minds still rages yet we know,
Christ is our victory!

On the cross our foes defeated, hardship gladly we endure,
Marching in His strength and power, for my weakness He’s the cure,
Christ in us the hope of glory, we in Him, the conquest sure,
Christ is our victory!

Chorus:
Glory, glory, hallelujah, Glory, glory, hallelujah,
Glory, glory, hallelujah, Christ is our victory!

To the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Words by James Delany, Pastor of the Salem Bible Church, Salem, NH.
 

GOD'S FOREKNOWLEDGE

Jeremiah 1:4-5 - "Then the Word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."

Acts 2:22-27 - "Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death:  because it was not possible that He should be holden of it.  For David speaketh concerning Him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for He is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:  therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:  because Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption."

Romans 8:28-34 - "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestine to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestine, them He also called:  and whom He called, them He also justified:  and whom He justified, them He also glorified.  What shall we then say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?  Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?  It is God Who justifieth.  Who is He that condemneth?  It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us."

Ephesians 1:3-6 - "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:  having predestined 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 hath made us accepted in the beloved."

1 Peter 1:1-5 - "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:  grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."

Revelation 13:5-8 - "And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:  and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."

GOD IS WAITING FOR CHRIST'S BODY TO BE COMPLETE!
IS YOUR NAME WRITTEN IN HIS BOOK OF LIFE?

LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO!

THE HEART OF THE UNBELIEVER

Romans 1:21 - "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened."

2 Timothy 3:1-5 - "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:  from such turn away."

THE HEART OF THE TRUE BELIEVER

Leviticus 22:29 - "And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD, offer it at your own will."

2 Samuel 22:50 - "Therefore I will give thanks unto Thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto Thy name."

1 Chronicles 16:8, 34 - "Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people....O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever."

Psalm 69:30 - "I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving."

Psalm 95:2 - "Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms."

Psalm 100:4 - "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name."

Psalm 147:7 - "Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God."

1 Corinthians 15:57 - "But thanks be to God, Who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Philippians 4:6 - "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."

Colossians 2:6-7 - "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him:  rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."

Colossians 3:15 - "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."

1 Thessalonians 5:18 - "In every thing give thanks:  for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

1 Timothy 4:4 - "For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving."

Revelation 7:11-12 - "And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever.  Amen."

IF YOU TRULY BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST PAID FOR YOUR SINS,
IT IS IMPOSSILE FOR YOU TO BE UNGRATEFUL OR EVEN SILENT!
LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

GOD'S ADOPTED CHILDREN

GOD OFFERS TO ADOPT US AS HIS CHILDREN!

John 1:1-3, 10-14 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He* 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.  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 children** 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.  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."

Romans 8:14-15, 23 - "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the children** 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....And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body."

Philippians 2:15 - "That ye may be blameless and harmless, the children** of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world."

1 John 3:1-2 - "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children** of God:  therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.  Beloved, now are we the children** 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."

TRUE CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A RELIGION; IT IS A RELATIONSHIP!

Notes:   * [the Greek οὗτος (houtos):  translated "He" 28 times - see Jn. 1:41].
             **[the Greek τέκνον (teknon):  translated "child/children" 77 times - see Jn. 8:39;
                 Rom. 8:16-17, 21; Col. 3:20; 1 Jn. 3:10; 5:2].

LIKE JESUS, HUMBLE YOURSELF!

JESUS:  THE BELIEVER'S ROLE MODEL

Philippians 2:5-8 - "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

THE LORD'S DISCIPLES ARE HIS SERVANTS

John 12:26 - "If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I AM, there shall also My servant be:  if any man serve Me, him will My Father honor."

John 18:36 - "Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:  if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:  but now is My kingdom not from hence."

Romans 1:1 - "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the Gospel of God...."

Romans 6:16-18 - "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?  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness."

Galatians 1:10 - "For do I now persuade men, or God?  Or do I seek to please men?  For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."

Ephesians 6:5-6 - "Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart."

Philippians 1:1 - "Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons...."

Colossians 4:12 - "Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God."

2 Timothy 2:24 - "And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient...."

Titus 1:1 - "Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness...."

Hebrews 3:5 - "And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after...."

James 1:1 - "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greetings."

1 Peter 2:16-17 - "As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.  Honor all men.  Love the brotherhood.  Fear God.  Honor the king."

2 Peter 1:1 - "Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ...."

Jude 1:1 - "Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called."

Revelation 7:3 - "Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads."

IF YOU WANT TO BE GREAT IN GOD'S KINGDOM,
LEARN TO BE THE SERVANT OF ALL!


Friday, September 15, 2017

TRUE FAITH RESULTS IN REPENTANCE

Luke 5:32 - "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

Luke 24:44-47 - "And (Jesus) said unto them, These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning Me.  Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:  and that repentance AND remission of sins should be preached in His name among ALL nations, beginning at Jerusalem."

Acts 1:8 - "...ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:  and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

Acts 20:20-21 - "...I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."

Acts 26:19-20 - "Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:  but showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and (then) do works meet for repentance."  [Note:  "meet" is from the Greek ἄξιος (axios), which means "suitable; evidence; which demonstrates." - see Mt. 3:8; Lk. 3:8]

Romans 2:3-4 - "And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest those who do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?  Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?"

2 Corinthians 7:10 - "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:  but the sorrow of the world worketh death."

Hebrews 6:1-2 - "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment."

2 Peter 3:9 - "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."