Monday, January 16, 2017

HONORING A KING WHOSE FAITH WAS IN THE KING

On the day Americans honor Martin Luther King, Jr., I think there can be no greater praise for him than to say he was the man he was, because if his relationship to the KING OF KINGS, JESUS CHRIST!  I am certain that if we could ask him today, he would humbly agree!  So in honor of a King, I will praise his King by sharing my understanding of the following verses (Skip's Lighthouse Version):

*  Matthew 2:1-2 - "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is He Who is born King of the Jews?  For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him."

*  Matthew 21:5 - Jesus said, "Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your King comes unto you, meek, and sitting upon a lowly beast of burden."

*  Matthew 25:34, 40 - "Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Truly I say unto you, In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me."
 
*  Matthew 27:11, 37 - "And Jesus stood before Pilate, the governor:  and he asked Him, saying, Are You the King of the Jews?  And Jesus said unto him, You say it."  Then Pilate had his men  "...set up over His head His accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS."

*  Mark 15:9 - "But Pilate answered them, saying, Do you want me to  release unto you the King of the Jews?"

*  Luke 19:38 - As Jesus entered Jerusalem, the huge crowd was "Saying, Blessed is the King Who comes in the name of the Lord: let there be peace in heaven, and glory in the highest."

*  John 1:49 - "Nathanael answered and said unto Him, Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel."

*  John 19:14, 21-22  - " And it was the preparation day for the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and Pilate said to the Jews, Behold your King!"  After Pilate had the accusation nailed of the head of Jesus, the chief priests said to Pilate, "Write not, The King of the Jews; but that He said, I am King of the Jews.  Pilate answered, What I have written, I have written."

 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

MY UNDERSTANDING OF HOW MAN IS DECLARED RIGHTEOUS

RIGHTEOUSNESS IS THE STATE OF HIM WHO IS ACCEPTABLE TO GOD! 

*  Isaiah 64:6 - "But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is like filthy rags...."

*  Matthew 5:6 - "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for His righteousness:  they shall have it.

*  Matthew 6:33 - "But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

*  Acts 7:31 - "Because God has appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world according to  righteousness by Jesus, Whom He has ordained; God has given assurance unto all men, in that He has raised Him from the dead."

*  Romans 1:16-17 - "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith."

*  Romans 3:21-22 - "But now the righteousness of God has nothing to do with the Law, but it is manifest in Christ and the Law and the Prophets testify that it is true.  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ and it is offered to all those who believe in Him:  it is available to both Jew and Gentile alike!"
 
*  Romans 4:2-5 - "For if Abraham was declared to be righteous by his works, he would deserve the glory....For what does the Scripture say?  Abraham believed God, and he was declared to be righteous.  Now to those who work to be righteous, should they achieve a measure of it, then God would owe them a reward; but it is a free gift to those who believe in Christ, and do not try to earn their own righteousness; they believe on Christ, and due to their faith, they are given His righteousness."

*  Romans 5:17-18 - "For if by Adam's sin, death passed unto all, much more so, those who receive an abundance of grace and the gift of His righteousness, shall reign in life by Jesus Christ.  Therefore as by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation, likewise, even so, by the righteousness of One, the free gift of His righteousness came upon all who believe, resulting in eternal life."
 
*  2 Corinthians 5:21 - "For the Father has placed our sin upon His Son, even though He Himself never sinned, so that we might be made the righteousness of God by faith in Him."
 
MY INTERPRETATION (Skip's Lighthouse Version)
 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

JESUS: MY CREATOR; MY SAVIOR; MY RISEN LORD; MY GOD!

*  Ecclesiastes 12:1 - "Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when you shalt say, I have no pleasure in them...."

*  Isaiah 40:28 -  "Have you not known?  Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint, neither is He weary?  There is no searching of His understanding."

*  Isaiah 45:18 - "I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King."

*  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...."

*  Romans 1:25 - "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever.  Amen."

*  Colossians 1:16-17 - "For by Him 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."

*  Colossians 3:10 - "And you have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him Who created him."

*  Hebrews 1:2-3 - "God has in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He has appointed heir of all things, and 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, He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."

*  1 Peter 4:19 - "Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto their faithful Creator."

*  Revelation 4:11 - "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power:  for You have  created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created."

*  Revelation 10:6 - "And swore by Him Who lives forever and ever, Who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer."  [All Scripture is from Skip's Lighthouse Version]
 
JESUS CREATED MAN EVEN THOUGH HE KNEW WHAT IT WOULD COST HIM!
NOW THAT IS WHAT I CALL GENUINE LOVE!

Friday, January 13, 2017

JESUS IS WELL WORTH THE WAIT!

*  Gen. 49:18 - I have waited for Thy salvation, O LORD.

*  Job 14:14 - If a man die, shall he live again?  All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

*  Ps. 25:5 - Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me:  for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day.
*  Ps. 27:14 - Wait on the LORD:  be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart:  wait, I say, on the LORD.
*  Ps. 33:20 - Our soul waiteth for the LORD:  He is our help and our shield.
*  Ps. 37:7 - Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him....
*  Ps. 62:1 - Truly my soul waiteth upon God:  from Him cometh my salvation.
*  Ps. 130:5 - I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in His Word do I hope.

*  Isa. 40:31 - But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
*  Isa. 64:4 - For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside Thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him.
 
*  Lam. 3:25 - The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. 
*  Lam. 3:26 - It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
 
*  Hos. 12:6 - Therefore turn thou to thy God:  keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.
 
*  Mic. 7:7 - Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

*  Rom. 8:23 - And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 
*  Rom. 8:25 - But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

*  1 Cor. 1:7 - So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

*  Gal. 5:5 - For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

*  1 Thes. 1:10 - And to wait for His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, Who delivered us from the wrath to come.

*  2 Thes. 3:5 - And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
 
JESUS WAS RAISED TO BE YOUR LORD!  WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

EVEN AFTER WE ARE ADULTS, THEY ARE STILL OUR PARENTS

GOD'S WILL FOR HIS CHILDREN
*  Exodus 20:12 - "Honor thy father and thy mother:  that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."
*  Deuteronomy 5:16 - "Honor thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."
*  Matthew 15:4 - "For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death."
*  Matthew 19:19 - "Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
*  Mark 7:10 - "For Moses said, Honor thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death."
*  Mark 10:19 - "Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor thy father and mother."
*  Luke 18:20 - "Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor thy father and thy mother."
*  Ephesians 6:2 - "Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise...."
 
GOD'S WARNING TO TODAY'S CHILDREN
*  Isaiah 30:1 - "Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin...."
*  Romans 1:28-32 - "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."
*  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."
 
"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

GOD BECAME MAN TO DIE FOR YOU

MY UNDERSTANDING OF WHY GOD BECAME A MAN
(SKIP'S LIGHTHOUSE VERSION)

John 1:1, 14 - In the beginning (of time) was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten Son (see Jn. 1:18; 3:16, 18; 1 Jn. 4:9) of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 12:27, 32, 33 - Jesus said, Now is My soul troubled; and what shall I say?  Father, save Me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.  This He said, signifying what death He should die.

John 18:37 - Pilate therefore said unto Him, Are You a king then?  Jesus answered, you say that I am a king.  To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.  Every one that is of the truth hears My voice.

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 the likeness of man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 

Hebrews 9:11-15 - But Christ being come as the high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect (heavenly) tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of (an earthly) building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into heaven (Mk. 16:19; Lk. 24:51; Heb. 9:24), having obtained eternal redemption for us.  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctified to the purifying of the flesh:  How much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  And for this cause He is the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the Old Testament, they which are called might receive the promise of an eternal inheritance.
 
HE DIED FOR YOU; HIS FATHER RAISED HIM TO BE LORD OF YOUR LIFE!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

GOD'S CALL TO THE LOST IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION

Bible-believing Christians are familiar with the fact that Jesus Christ willingly became a human being in order to die for the sins of the world, and that His Father raised Him from the dead, and declared Him to be KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS  (John 1:1, 14; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 1:19; 1 John 2:2; Revelation 5:12-13; 19:16; etc.)!  They are also aware of the fact that He is pictured in God's Word as "the Lamb of God," and that His sacrifice for us was first pictured in the Passover Lamb at the time of Israel's exodus from Egypt (Exodus 12; Leviticus 23; Numbers 9; Deuteronomy 16; John 1:29, 36; 1 Corinthians 5:7; etc.)!

Bible-believing Christians are aware of the fact that Jesus has promised to return for His Church (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; etc.)!  His coming for us in the clouds has been labelled "The Rapture."  The word, "rapture," comes from the Latin Vulgate where it appears as "rapiemur."  "Rapiemur" is translated from the original Greek word, "harpazo," which is interpreted as "being caught up, or being snatched up."  Born again believers anxiously await that glorious day (Titus 2:13)!  But many mistake "The Rapture," for "The Second Coming of Christ."  In "The Rapture," born again believers will be caught up to meet Jesus in the air.  At His "Second Coming," born again believers will return to earth and will share in His earthly kingdom for one thousand years (Matthew 25:31-32; Revelation 19:11-20:15; etc.).

The Book of Revelation is divided into three sections:  1) the things John had already seen; 2) the things that existed in John's day; and 3) the things which will occur in the future (Revelation 1:19).  John had seen the events in Chapter one; the churches mentioned in Chapters two and three existed at the time of his vision; and the events found in Chapters four through twenty-two would take place in the future.  There are multitudes of interpretations of Revelation, but I do not want to discuss them here.  Most likely, all Bible students are wrong about something described in John's vision.  Unfortunately, most are very dogmatic about their view, and refuse to fellowship with those who see things differently.  I find the Book of Revelation to be very humbling!

What I do want to share today, is the theme of the book.  Contrary to popular belief, Revelation is not only about God's vengeance upon unbelievers in Christ.  It is also about His effort to bring mankind to faith and repentance!  "Repentance" is discussed in Revelation 2:5, 16, 21, 22; 3:3, 19; 9:20, 21; 16:9, 11!  Peter described God and His patience with rebellious men:  "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" (2 Peter 3:9).  Further evidence is found in the fact that Jesus is described as "The Lion of the Tribe of Judah," only once (Revelation 5:5), but He is described as "The Lamb" twenty-seven times!  Remember, "The Lamb" referred to Him as being "our Passover," the One Who paid for our sins (1 Corinthians 5:7)!

THE BOOK OF REVELATION IS GOD'S LAST WARNING TO COME TO FAITH IN JESUS!