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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

MEN DEALING WITH THE TRUE AND FALSE SUPERPOWERS

MEN DEALING WITH THE TRUE AND FALSE SUPERPOWERS
 
Is it because there is no God in Israel, that ye go to inquire of Baalzebub, the god of Ekron?" 2Ki_1:3


 
Ahaziah the son of Ahab had succeeded his father upon the throne of Israel. He was not so strong a personality as was his father, but he gave himself wholly to the most abominable idolatry, in that he served and worshipped Baal. In the midst of difficulties created by the fact that Israel was at war with Moab, he sought counsel from Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron. It was then that Elijah, who had been in seclusion, suddenly appeared, and asked this question. Again it was a question vibrant with satire. BAAL-ZEBUB WAS NO GOD. THE GOD OF ISRAEL WAS GOD, AND BESIDE HIM THERE WAS NONE ELSE. And yet this man Ahaziah, excluded by his wickedness from the true God, sought counsel of one who was no god! How amazing that such wickedness can develop in a man’s heart. And that is ever so. MEN CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT SOME KIND OF TRAFFIC WITH POWERS SUPERNATURAL, and so superior to themselves. When they are out off from direct communication with God, they turn to the under-world, to those dark and sinister forces which are no gods. That is the meaning of all forms of Spiritism. God is ever available to man, but if, man by-sin exclude himself from God, then he turns to false methods of dealing with the supernatural. Such methods are all, and always, destructive. Sooner or later, God breaks in again upon the soul, if not in healing revelation in response to penitence, then in swift judgment.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

WORKING WITH HIM

WORKING WITH HIM

"In everything commending our­selves, as ministers of God" 2 Cor. 6:4



In these words the participle "com­mending" has close connection with the participle "working " in the first verse of the chapter. "Working together with God . . . in everything commend­ing ourselves as ministers of God." Here we have the SECRET OF POWER AND THE BURDEN OF RESPONSIBILITY in all Chris­tian service. Whatever we are called upon to be, or do, or suffer, we find the necessary resources in OUR FELLOW­SHIP WITH GOD. Our responsibility is that we commend ourselves (first to God, and also to those among whom we serve), as ministers of God. Some of the things included in this "everything" follow in the Apostle's letter. First, things of trial: patience, afflictions, ne­cessities, distresses, stripes, imprison­ments, tumults, labors, watching’s, fast­ing’s. Then things of grace: pureness, knowledge, longsuffering, kindness, the Holy Spirit, love unfeigned, the word of truth, the power of God. Then things of conflict: the armor of righteousness, glory and dishonor, evil re­port and good report. Then things of experience, the double experience of the servants of God, that of what the world thinks of them, and that of their secret life with God; deceivers, yet true; unknown, yet well known; dying, and living; chastened, not killed; sor­rowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making rich; having nothing, yet pos­sessing all things. In all these things, working with God—that is comfort and strength, in all these things, commend­ing ourselves as ministers of God—that is purpose and responsibility.

Monday, January 14, 2019

JOHN 18 FOCUS

John 18 Focus
THERE IS A PLAN FROM GOD
 

Scripture makes it abundantly clear that there is a plan. A number of evidences could be used for the existence of God’s plan for creation, but the most compelling evidence is that which is recorded in Scripture:

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation (Psa_33:11).

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord, it will stand (Pro_19:21).

"This is the plan devised against the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out against all the nations. For the Lord of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?" (Isa_14:26-27).

The statements of the Second Person of the Trinity, our Lord Jesus Christ, are consistent with the words of Scripture concerning God’s plan. The Old Testament prophets laid out God’s plan for Messiah, which included both His suffering and His glory:

Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, "Sacrifice and offering Thou hast not desired, but a body Thou hast prepared for Me; in whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast taken no pleasure. "Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come (in the roll of the book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God.’" After saying the above, "Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast not desired, nor hast Thou taken pleasure in them" (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, "Behold, I have come to do Thy will." He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (Heb_10:5-10).

At the time of His birth, some of God’s plan for Christ were described (see Luk_1:26-38,67-79; Luk_2:8-14,25-35). Repeatedly our Lord indicated He was not pursuing His own plan but fulfilling the plan of the Father:


And it came about that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. And when they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, "Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You." And He said to them, "Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?" And they did not understand the statement which He had made to them (Luk_2:46-50).

The disciples therefore were saying to one another, "No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work" (Joh_4:33-34).

And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt." And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?" (Mat_26:39-40)




Sunday, January 13, 2019

RULING AND REIGNING WITH HIM


RULING AND REIGNING WITH HIM

 

HIERARCHY BEING FORMED

 
Rev_20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: over these the second death hath no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
If I pass from this earth having been a faithful follower of Christ I have yet to perform my greatest work for Christ which will be brought about by His Second Coming to earth. The perfection of my make-up will be brought about at that time and the things which caused me to perform at a lower level will be done away with a new body, a new mind, and a perfected heart. Jesus since His first coming is in the process of choosing from the nations as well as Israel a hierarchy to rule and reign with Him on this earth for a thousand years Rev_20:6. At the Second Coming does our eternal intended work begin. He is not choosing clouds for saints to sit on for eternity and play harps as some seem to think their occupation will be. The disciples knew what Christ was doing and even out of their flesh in Luk_22:24-30 fought over who should be accounted the greatest, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
See also Dan_7:22; Dan_7:18; Isa_49:1.
Rev_20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 
Rev_20:3  and cast him into the abyss, and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years should be finished: after this he must be loosed for a little time. 
Rev_20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and for the word of God, and such as worshipped not the beast, neither his image, and received not the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they lived, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev_20:5  The rest of the dead lived not until the thousand years should be finished. This is the first resurrection. 
Rev_20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: over these the second death hath no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Rev_20:7  And when the thousand years are finished, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 
 
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
I am one of those for I was promised that I would rule and reign with Him in His Kingdom here on earth.
Rev_19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, and LORD OF LORDS.
King of kings and Lord of lords; which will well suit him now when he shall be openly King over all the earth; See Gill on 1Ti_6:15 
Rev_17:14. which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,AND LORD OF LORDS.
Priests and Kings promised in 1Pe_2:5 , 1Pe_2:9 First promised in Isa_43:21
In Rev_5:10, speaking of the redeemed, it is added "And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."
In Matt. 24:46 it says concerning Israel "Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing." 
Mat_24:47  "Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods." Mat_25:21  "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."
Saints are promised in Jas_2:5  "Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? "
In Rev_1:1; Jud_1:14, Jud_1:15 the saints are said to participate and partake of the final triumph and glory of their Savior, and be associated with Him being given power over the nations Thus the same irresistible authoritative action which belongs to Jesus Christ.
Jeus is called the first in rank in Rev_1:5, the Ruler of the kings of the earth.
See alo Topics:
Crowns - Crowns [of life] (Imperishable wreath) Here the saints are crowned as rulers with Him. 1Co_9:25. Also in Jas_1:12; Rev_2:10, also in 1Pe_5:4 Paul said that not only him but others at the appearing of Christ in 2Ti_4:8.
 
Princes - Princes are promised to be added all through the Psalms.
Psa_1:113; Psa_47; Psa_110:3.
In Isa_32:1 it says Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in justice.

 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

DAYS OF DECISION COMING FOR ALL


DAYS OF DECISION COMING FOR ALL
 
"The day of Jehovah is near in the valley of decision" Joel 3:11


Once again we have the same burden, but in its final application. The prophet having interpreted the locust plague and foretold a further activity of God in government, was lifted up, and stomached along far beyond his own immediate times. That movement began in the previous chapter, at vs. 28, with the words, "And it shall come to pass afterward." That afterward carried his vision forward to the age of the Spirit which commenced on the day of Pente­cost. Two verses only deal with that age (vss. 28 and 29). He then told of the signs which would indicate the ending of that age, and the ushering in of an­other which he described as "the great and terrible day of Jehovah," the days of tribulation, the last half spoken of as “great tribulation.” The final movement in his message has to do with that ultimate Day of Jehovah, the day of decision, where there is no setting on the fence in that day. In that day, Jehovah will restore Judah and Jerusalem, find His lost people Israel, deal with the nations through the processes of war, make Zion the center of His earthly Kingdom, and Israel as a complete na­tion the instrument of His government, where they finally become the avenue of blessing for all other nations (Gen. 12:2-3). Thus to Joel was given the plan of the ages. He saw the near, the imminent, and the ultimate; and he saw that the Day of Jehovah was present, persistent, powerful, to the complete realization of Divine purpose. It was a great vision, and our secret of confidence is found in walking in its light. We live in the unmeasured age of the Spirit. It has lasted over two thousand years. We know not when it will end; but we do know that beyond it is "the great and terrible day of Jehovah"; and there­fore we are sure of the ultimate realiza­tion of all His purposes for men, first promised back in the earliest book of Genesis.

Friday, January 4, 2019

TRUE WORSHIPPERS


True Worshippers

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” John 4:23

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.” John 4:23

 


The question should surface – “When does this come to fruition?”

God’s gracious and patient dialogue with the Samaritan woman gives us the answer. It is in “an hour coming.” The KJV gives another answer with the future tense “shall worship.” That is a future tense. This is one of the reasons Christ was sent to earth because the Father is seeking true worshippers. The only place he has found them up to this point is in heaven itself where the angels continuously worship and serve Him. Worship involves service (Rom. 12:1-2) and that service is based upon truth as taught by God. Spirit led is the state of a man who has been saved from a condition where the spirit is said to be dead, inactive, motionless, and in hiding towards God, Eph. 2:5

Prior leadership came from the desires of the flesh. Eph 2:3. Eph. 3:10, or from false teachers. 2 Pet 2:1.. At this point the flesh relinquishes control in order to serve the spirit and its leadership from the Holy Spirit Who now indwells the person forever. John 14:16.
The Samaritan woman had been falsely led into certain doctrines that Truth Himself gave her the correct teaching and that concerning correct worship the father desired to see from believers. They were to base their belief on truth so that their spirit would respond with conduct and service. When she learned that worship could even be done where this lady presided as well as Jerusalem. When she learned she was in the presence of the promised Messiah her conduct responded with service. She gave the gospel to those she knew. Even a Samaritan can display worship based on truth and her spirit responded as it should.

            The dead spirit is quickened by the Holy Spirit Eph. 2:1; Rom. 4:17. The Spirit begins His threefold work of cleansing that we call sanctification. His method is accomplished through the instrumentality of the word using it to reveal, cleanse, as well as transform. Revealing first our sinful condition James 1:23-24; Heb. 4:12-13. It then cleanses us from those sinful ways Eph. 5:26; John 15:3. And then it transforms us into the very image of Christ 2 Cor. 3:18. Virtues grow in the places of vices. Now we are able to live our life like Christ John 5:26; 1 Pet 3:18. We are now made up of the body, soul, quickened spirit as well as the Holy Spirit; a very complex organism at this point.

            At salvation, the spirit now made alive has a limited palette to work with having just been made conscious by the Holy Spirit of sin, righteousness, and judgment John 16:8. Since the spirit was dead this took a supernatural act of God. Immediately, the new convert is instructed to be baptized and that in a certain way Matt 28:19. This brings more information to the palette concerning God and the triune involvement of the whole Godhead in the salvation. Along with baptism the convert is to renew his mind and enrich his spirit by being taught to observe all things whatsoever Christ has commanded Matt 28:20. This will involve all in the church in order to accomplish this task. No one man separate from Christ can perform this task. Even Christ has chosen to use gifted men of the Spirit to accomplish this 1 Cor. 12. Each Church has been gifted with a variety of gifts as the Spirit wills 1 Cor. 12:11. With the Spirit gifting men all the possible situations that might arise in the local body can be handled not by a board or council but by those that shall judge angels 1 Cor. 6:2-3 as well as the world. The kingdom of men differs greatly from the Kingdom of God especially in the idea concerning leadership Luke 22:24.

            Christ demands worship to be in the spirit and truth. John 4:23-24. Now that is possible and since the convert is a spiritual, pneumatical individual, he becomes a priest of a special order and that forever. 1 Cor. 15:44; Heb. 5:6; 1 Pet. 2:4-10.

            To walk this new way takes a conscious decision to co-operate this way Rom. 6:11-13. Jesus was the example of living His life in the Spirit side. He was anointed for ministry by the Spirit of God. He went down into the wilderness to temptation, driven by the Spirit of God. He came out of the wilderness and went back again to ministry in the power of the Spirit of God. He wrought miracles, as the record declares, by this self-same power of the Spirit. He came to the sublime mystery of His death, and we hear the word again, “through the eternal Spirit He offered Himself without blemish unto God.” He came to the morning of resurrection, and by the power of that Spirit He took life again, and came back into human consciousness and being. He tarried for forty days among His disciples, and, as Luke, the accurate Greek, the cultured scholar, tells us, He instructed His disciples by the Holy Ghost long before the Spirit was poured upon them. I open the Gospel of John, and read: “In Him was life” essential life ”and the life was the light of men.” What is the life of Jesus? Spiritual life, not spiritual life as we too often use the phrase, as though it were something distinct from human life; but spiritual life in the simplest, and broadest, and profoundest sense of the truth that all life is life by the Spirit of God. The life of Jesus is life in the Spirit from beginning to end, and when I read that “in Him was life, and the life was the light of men,” I understand the evangelist to mean that if I want to know what life really is, I must look at Him physically, mentally, and spiritually, and see this truth, that all life is by the Spirit of God. Man’s being, in all its complex wonders, is the creation of the Spirit of God, and the proper use of all the powers of the being is possible only in submission to the Spirit of life.

            So that when we speak of regeneration, or of the filling of the Spirit, or of the anointing of the Spirit, or of spiritual life in the deepest and profoundest sense of the term, we are not asking men to enter a range or realm of life for which they were not made. We are calling them back to normality, to naturalness, to the fulfillment of the deepest and profoundest meaning of their own first creation. A man does not by his new birth become something other than himself. He becomes himself, as he never has been until by that new birth he finds himself.

            The new man walks Eph. 4:1; Col. 2:6 now as Christ walked. Adam walked each day with God in the cool of the day. Gen. 3:8 as well as Enoch who walked with Him Gen. 5:22. Conversation with the Leader Matt 23:10 as well as reading from His book brings enlightenment, direction, and purpose to the spirit each and every day Luke 24:27; John 14:26. Said Jesus, “I am the Light of the world." (John 8:12).  He was born of the Spirit (Matt. 1:20), baptized of the Spirit (Luke 3:22), led of the Spirit into the wilderness (Luke 4:1); He went in the power of the Spirit to proclaim the Kingdom of God (Luke 4:14); He wrought miracles through the power of the Spirit (Luke 4:18); He came to the mystery of His death and offered Himself without blemish through the eternal Spirit unto God (Heb. 9:14); He came to resurrection morning and by the power of the Spirit He came back into human consciousness (1 Peter 3:18); for forty days He then instructed His disciples concerning the Kingdom of God by the Spirit (Acts 1:2-4). Of Him, the meek and lowly, the Galilean peasant according to human measurement, the great central truth may be spoken: “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith Jehovah.”

And the new man said He to His own disciples, and through them to the whole Church to the end of the age, “Ye are the light of the world.” They are born of the Spirit (Gal 3:3), baptized by the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13), sealed by the Spirit (Eph. 1:13), anointed by the Spirit (1 John 2:20), filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18). They speak with tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). They receive gifts which equip them for service in the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:11). They are a spiritual company, and the power which makes them able to shine as lights in the world is the power of the indwelling Spirit of God. “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord.”

            We are light bearers John 8:12 and that is reflected light made bright by the ministry of His Spirit of all the things He has commanded. Matt 28:19. Christ is our lampstand amongst all the churches Rev. 1:12-13 casting light into the darkness. In the end there is no more darkness Rev. 22:5.

            We no longer are able to suffer separation Rev. 1:18; Rom 6:9. At resurrection the spirit is endowed with a new and indissoluble relation to the material body.1 Cor. 15:42 It is raised an imperishable body and now capable of lasting for eternity.

  • Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker (Psalm 95:6). Israel’s desire but unattained by them so far.
  • You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name (Deuteronomy 6:13).
  • And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve’” (Luke 4:8). Peter followed and made promises he would follow and serve Him but actually ended up denying Him 3 times. At this point he was not born of the Spirit.
  • All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God (Revelation 7:11). This is one place where the father finds true worship.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-6) The destination given in Deuteronomy of the nation Israel. Again this is a future prospect and is only attained by the nation after great tribulation.

Jesus quoted those words when the lawyer asked, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” (Matthew 22:36). Three of the gospel books record the various occasions when the Lord Jesus referenced the necessity of a heart and mind and soul and strength that would love the God of heaven and Earth (Matthew 22:36-39; Mark 12:29-31; Luke 10:27). This approach is attested many times elsewhere in Scripture.

  • But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but “the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7) and He said The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) therefore in need of redemption.
  • For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isaiah 57:15). Christ’s residence is in heaven with redeemed people (“absent from the body present with the Lord”) along with the angels and from where He performs His work of redemption using sanctification of the contrite ones like Peter who denied Him 3 times. And when He told His followers He was returning to heaven to begin to finish His 3-fold sanctification process of His followers Peter asked if he might follow Him at that point and He told him Where I am about to go flesh and blood cannot survive long enough. The flesh has desires it needs to be rid of, for they cause death and where I go is an eternal place.” John 13:33 That is why Jesus said this: "Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you." And it is also says in Rev. 21:27 "And there shall in no wise enter into it (the New Heaven and the New Earth) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. John 13:33  John 13:33 That is why Jesus said this: "Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you." And it is also says in Rev. 21:27 "And there shall in no wise enter into it (the New Heaven and the New Earth) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.That is why Jesus said this "Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you." And it is also says in Rev. 21:27 "And there shall in no wise enter into it (the New Heaven and the New Earth) anything that defiles, neither whatsoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.” That is at the point of completed sanctification, not to be left on earth but when He returns to take them with Him to heaven and there they are to serve and worship as the angels.
  • Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God (1 Peter 3:3-4), rearrange your focus, while awaiting what happens at the completion of sanctification at His second coming, where your standing will match your state.

·       Nothing in the created universe could be directly compared to the Creator Himself. Any attempt at physical representation strikes at the heart’s core of rebellion, in that a person who does this has “changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things....who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (Romans 1:23-25).

·       Furthermore, the third command makes clear that those who would dare to “take the name of the LORD...in vain” (Exodus 20:7) would be considered as attempting to relegate the Creator to the contempt of a “worthless” reference. Finally, the fourth commandment demands that humanity follow the design and process of the creation week. God “worked” six days and rested one (Exodus 20:11) and, therefore, demanded that man honor the “rest day” in a perpetual commemoration of what God had accomplished. Today many in the church use that day as the others, a day of work. Millennia later, the Lord Jesus noted that He had designed the six-day workweek into the fabric of creation itself: “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27). Man awaits the Second Coming of the Lord and then he attains a perfect body, a perfect mind as well as a perfect heart. Then the Sabbath will be used for its original purpose.

God is interested in the integrity of our “inner man” (Ephesians 3:16). True worshipers eventually who “bow down” in their love to the heavenly Father will seek to allow the Holy Spirit to produce His fruit in their spirits. Please note that this fruit is all spiritual: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

While God does demand “spiritual sacrifices” (1 Peter 2:5), He also most certainly expects us to “do” truth with our observable behavior (1 John 1:6). Jesus insisted that those who ran from the light of His message were easily spotted because they were “practicing evil” (John 3:20). But in contrast, “he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God” (John 3:21). He will use great tribulation to bring this about.

 

  • “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13).
  • “But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Joshua 22:5).
  • “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21). He will manifest Himself, at the end of the tribulation to rescue Israel from a  certain end of the place on this earth.
  • “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). Israel spreads the gospel to the entire earth during the tribulation. (Matt. 24:14)
  • “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 burdensome.” (1 John 5:2-3).

Perhaps the greatest endowment that the New Testament saint has been given is the “new creation” that God executes in us when we are twice-born. We are given “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16), the Spirit of truth (John 16:13), “the riches of His grace...in all wisdom and prudence” (Ephesians 1:7-8), that is His second part of His sanctification process but not the end when “an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:4-5). That part will be won at the Second Coming of Christ. We have been given “all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3), enabling us to become “true worshipers eventually [who] shall worship the Father in spirit and truth” (John 4:23).

Discipline yourself to do truth as you “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13) co-operating with the Holy Spirit Who was left to bring to remembrance all the things He left us and spoke to us. With our spiritual worship wholesome and our truthful worship active at last, we should find it “cheerful” to give, knowing that in return “it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38). We await your return for the final piece of sanctification that brings meaning to our lives as never before.

Friday, November 2, 2018

HIS ETERNAL SONSHIP

HIS ETERNAL SONSHIP 


"Jesus . . . the son of Adam, the son of God" Luke 3:23, 38


While there are supposed to be difficulties in reconciling the TWO GENEALOGICAL TABLES OF MATTHEW AND LUKE, it is obvious that Mary and Joseph came of the same stock, and that both were of the house of David, and of the seed of Abraham. As a matter of fact there are no difficulties—or should not be. In Matthew we have THE LEGAL BIRTH BOOK OF JESUS AS THE ADOPTED SON OF JOSEPH. In Luke we have HIS ACTUAL GENEALOGY THROUGH HIS MOTHER. The peculiar value of Luke's is that in it he passes back through this house and seed to the human origin in Adam. The last named in his table is Adam, and through the successions Jesus is the SON OF ADAM. But Adam is here called the SON OF GOD, and so in this way also Jesus is the SON OF GOD. This is a matter of utmost importance in the light it throws upon human relationship to God.
Our Lord was “THE” SON OF GOD in a separate and lonely sense, but as the Son of Mary, a child of the human race, He was also “A” SON OF GOD. That then is the deepest fact of all human life, and it is when the fact is realized that the appalling tragedy of human life is also realized. By sin man is alienated from his birthright, cut off from God, degraded and lost. Jesus of Nazareth, Child of Mary, and ultimately Son of Adam and Son of God, was sinless in His human nature, and so lived in His birthright, in fellowship with God, full of grace and truth. Herein we find THE ELEMENT WHICH MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR HIM TO ACT WITH GOD FOR MEN; as the other, that of HIS ETERNAL SONSHIP, enabled Him to act WITH MEN for God, and as God.