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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

STANDING IN GLORY

STANDING IN GLORY

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.”  Jude 24


blameless with great joy See 1 John 3:2, Rom. 8:29; Matt. 5:48.
If by God's grace I stand in the light by and by-and by God's grace I shall-how shall I stand there? Not merely because He pardons sin. That is so, or I never could stand there. How, then, shall I stand there? First, because He pardons sin; and, secondly, because He makes me perfect. No one will misunderstand me. I speak not as though "I have already obtained, or am already made perfect." (Phil. 3:12) The work is not yet done. My patient, tender Lord has much to do, but He will do it. He "will perfect that which concerneth me." (Phil. 1:6) Jesus Christ is not proposing to lead into the courts of heaven an army of crippled men and women, a bunch of second-class citizens. He is not proposing to bring back to God's dwelling place vast companies of incompetent spiritual beings. What, then, is He going to do? Let inspiration tell us. He will "set you before the presence of His glory without blemish in exceeding joy." (Jude 24) This is what the Spirit says to a weary world about righteousness. Have the true pattern and see it in Jesus. Have the power, and have it in Him.
Transfigured. Christ's mission was to proclaim the possibility of salvation of the most unfit. There is no room in the Kingdom of God for unfit men. But His mission is to take the unfit, and make them fit. And He is able. The "glory of God" is defined in John 11:40 when associated with vss. 25-26. The N.T. usage has its meaning not in my opinion but finds its meaning in "reflection or image." The realization of the purpose of His love in all that His hands have made. The glory of God is a sinner raised out of a dead state and renewed to life because of a previous promise (John 11:40). God is revealed through Jesus Christ as One Whose glory is realized in man's ransom, redemption, healing, and restoration (Rom 5:2). The greatest picture of this is symbolically accomplished in a threefold communion service (John 13).
Shall He not give us all things- pardon, peace, purity, and power, all His promises?
Christ had and has perfect faith. Lord increase mine to that of Yours.
Christ had and has perfect vision. Help me to have eyes to see.
Christ had and has perfect hearing. Let me have ears to hear.
Christ had and has perfect love. Let me love as He loves me.
Christ had and has perfect comprehension. Give me the mind of Christ.
Christ worships in spirit and truth. Let me present my body as an acceptable sacrifice.

Christ was always doing and is doing the will of His Father. Let me prove your acceptable and perfect will.
And at last we shall see Him as He is with new eyes, new hearts, and new minds from where we started (1 John 3:2). Sanctified, and finished and the glory goes to God Who is able.

Monday, October 30, 2017

THE BESETTING SIN

THE BESETTING SIN

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”  Heb. 12:1


What is [the] sin which does so easily beset us? [The] sin which predominates this whole letter. The besetting sin of the Hebrews, UNBELIEF. What is unbelief? Opposite of belief. See Heb. 10:39. To know and believe Truth's claim but to refuse to answer to His light.
Jesus has presented Himself as their long awaited Mesisah but the nation refused the proof of His claim. All the OT scriptures that had been pointed out as fulfilled by Him. But they refused to answer to the Light shining before them. Some preachers teach that saints can have a besetting sin they just can't conquer. Read Rev. 21:8 and see the eternity of people who just can't seem to conquer particular sins Rev. 21:7 tells of the eternity of those who conquer their sin by grace.

You say, "My besetting sin is my temper, my love of drink, some form of impurity." Nothing of the kind. You have not named your besetting sin. YOUR BESETTING SIN IS YOUR PERSISTENT UNBELIEF IN JESUS. Sin is unbelief. If you would believe on Him your evil temper would be changed, the very fire and force of your love of alcohol would die out, quenched by the power of the Spirit. If you would but believe on Him the feverish fire of your impurity would be dealt with. Some of you go mourning all the days, with a mourning which insults heaven and grieves the Spirit, over some besetting sin which you cannot cure. If you would but believe on Him! The Spirit comes to give sin its relation to Jesus Christ, to reveal to men the perfect Savior in order that they may understand that if any suffer the penalty of sin it is because they have refused God's one great all-sufficient remedy for sin.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

EYES MINDS AND HEARTS

EYES MINDS AND HEARTS

“And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight…Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,.. And they said to one another, "Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?" Luke 24:31-32, 45


Understanding scripture at last. Note the order of this passage. When the Scriptures were opened, first their eyes were opened (Luke 24:31) and then their understanding was opened (Luke 24:45). And that was the cause of their hearts burning within them (vs. 32). Symbolic of that day when the Father will do for us as He did for Christ (John 8:28).
the scriptures  Truth and its meaning coming from God Himself.
all taught of the Father Cf.  Isa. 54:13; John 6:45; John 8:28.

The Tree of Knowledge is restored by the presence of the LORD Who used to share with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day (Gen 3:8). He declared the opportunity for human restoration here. He said, "No man can come to Me, except the Father which sent Me draw him," (John 6:44) and He was careful to explain that every man is drawn of the Father sooner or later in some way. He quoted from the ancient prophets, saying, "It is written in the prophets, and they shall all be taught of God." (John 6:45) When we turn to the prophecies in Isaiah and Jeremiah from which He quoted these words, we find that in each case the declaration was made when the prophet was singing of the restoration of the lost order, "And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children." (Isa. 54:13; Jer. 31:34) Continuing, our Lord revealed human responsibility in the words "Every one that hath heard from the Father, and hath learned, cometh unto Me." When men are drawn of the Father, not all who hear will come; but all who hear and learn will come, The movement which issues in the restoration of a man from his degradation must come from God, and from Him alone; but every man is so appealed to, every man is so drawn of the Father; and human responsibility is that not of hearing alone, but of learning, and obeying, and answering.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

AUTUMN COLORS

AUTUMN COLORS - EREMACAUSIS

“Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless. "Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning?" Isa. 33:14



This sixth and last of the "Woe" messages in this series has to do with Assyria. It is a singularly exalted prophecy. The cruelty and strength of the foe is recognized and graphically described. In presence of such a foe the nation of Judah is hopeless and helpless in its own strength. Then the word of Jehovah is heard: "Now will I arise . . . now will I lift up Myself; now will I be exalted." Then the outlook changes. All the force of the foe is as nothing in the presence of the fire of the Divine wrath. It is this vision which gives rise to these questions. Note, they are asked by dwellers in Zion, who are sinners. They fear and tremble for themselves. The whole conception is a revelation of the prophet's outlook upon the world. He saw everything in the fire of the Divine holiness. In that fire only things of essential purity and strength could live. Let it be noted that these questions are immediately answered. Those who can dwell in that fire, and not be consumed, are described in the next verse. Those who are righteous, alone can dwell with the everlasting burnings. This is a true vision of the world. It is wrapped in the fire of the presence of God. That fire is surely, if with apparent slowness, destroying everything which is out of harmony with eternal purity. In Nature there is such a slow burning fire. Scientists call it eremacausis (gradual oxidation of organic matter from exposure to air and moisture). It is seen in the tints of autumn, and in the rust. Its function is that of destroying weak and worn out things. What that fire is to Nature, God is to human history and life. He is perfecting a ruling and reigning class by taking them through His fire so they end up just like Him (Jude 24; Matt. 5:48). He has no second class citizens.

Friday, October 27, 2017

FACING THE CRISIS

FACING THE CRISIS

"For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.” Matt. 16:25

There was the moment when multitudes came to Him and would have made Him King (John 6:15), but He slipped away and hid Himself, and would not so be made King. There were moments such as those of which we read in Luke's gospel when the multitudes were following, and even His own disciples fondly believed the opportunity was at hand when He should exert His power, and by popular acclaim become King, when He suddenly said, Unless you hate your father, mother, brother, sister, you cannot be My disciple. When you read those words after twenty centuries is it not true you are afraid? I am. Is it not true that even now in the heart of most of us there is something of questioning rebellion? What does He mean? What are those strange, severe things by which He repels the very crowds He gathers? Instead of attempting to cover all the ground, I read of an incident because it is typical. The words I read in Matthew 16 were not spoken primarily to the crowds, but to His own disciples. It was at Caesarea Philippi, at the parting of the ways, after He had fulfilled the first part of His ministry, and one soul at least had seen and known Him for Who and what He really was, the Christ of God. There He began to unfold the mystery of His method, to tell them the story of His cross and His suffering and resurrection, and there and then the whole company of His disciples fell back, and they never came into close fellowship again until He was dead, buried, risen, ascended, and the Holy Ghost was poured upon them. They shunned the cross. Do not be angry with them—we are shunning it still, many of us, and we have more light than they. While He talked of the keys, their faces were radiant and their following was faithful; but when He talked of the cross, their faces were shadowed and their following faltered. Then it was that, looking at the little group of men, He said: "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." And they dared not do it, and if we watch the story carefully from the beginning of His ministry to Caesarea Philippi, we see men perpetually leaving Him—rulers, scribes, Pharisees—until this little group is left alone. If you follow the story after Caesarea Philippi, you will reach its tragic last chapter and find it written in these few burning words: "They"—all the disciples—"forsook Him and fled." So that at the end I see the most attractive personality in human history absolutely alone, no one by His side, no sympathy in His dying. It is a strange story. It is a contradiction that needs careful examination. Why this repelling method of Jesus in the presence of His attractiveness?
OUR CRISIS - When you submit to sin, you become the slave to sin. The demand of sin is death. The only way to escape the hold of sin is through its verdict which is death. Christ showed the pathway to freedom. It was not by the way of Satan expressed in the words of Peter, but by following the file Leader and His way, the way of death. THIS IS THE CRISIS we must face as fallen beings. Those who think selfishly they are capable of saving themselves without Christ shall lose the life they think so much of. Those who follow the example of Christ shall find life that is eternal in its makeup. This statement is based on marriage principles and is evidenced when the partners are filled with the leadership of the Spirit Who teaches us the things of Christ as from His Father. Christ displayed these characteristics because He was filled with the Spirit, sent for our need of a Savior. He left His bride on this earth for the purpose of perfection of her holiness of character whereby she like Christ ever lives to accomplish the Father's will knowing His love for them through gifts given that others might be spared from eternal death. Coming after Him is following the perfect example He revealed. The closer one follows his or her Leader (Matt.23:10) is the closer one comes to final perfection (Matt. 5:48; Jude 24; 1 John 3:2, Rom. 8:29; Luke 6:40; Rom. 8:29).
There are many who believe Him to be the one and only King and Savior of men, who never take His name in vain, and would not allow anyone to speak disrespectfully of Him; but they are not following Him.
Denial of self is the hidden and internal process, the taking up of the cross is the outward and external manifestation. If I may adapt and use in this connection old and familiar words, I would say that the taking up of the cross is the outward and visible sign of the inward and spiritual grace of self-denial. What is self-denial? Jesus says everything when He speaks, and there is nothing more to be said; our danger is that we minimize when we explain. He is the Despot Who alone has the right to say anything with meaning. To deny self is to say no to every wish that comes out of the personal life. To deny self is radical; it goes down to the roots of things. A man may practice self-denial all his life and never deny himself. A man may practice self-denial in this and that respect, and all the while his self-centeredness is strengthened. Jesus did not say, Exercise self-denial in externalities. He said, deny self. Have done with choosing, wishing, planning, arranging for self. Choose no more; will no more, except to will that God shall will. I deny self when I hand over the keys of the citadel to the King and say, Enter and reign in every chamber of the being, in all the possibilities of the soul.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

GOOD WORKS FOREORDAINED

GOOD WORKS FOREORDAINED

“Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest 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 heareth my voice.” John 18:37

Sometimes good works are not what you think they should be. He has foreordained the works of the man He is making to end at perfection (Matt. 5:48). He has been ahead of me preparing the place to which I am coming, manipulating all the resources of the universe in order that the work I do may be a part of His whole great and gracious work, working together with Him (2 Cor. 6:1, 4-5). God has foreordained good works. He has prearranged the forces of nature and the facts of life so that when I rise in the morning and begin to make my effort, it may be an effort in harmony with His character, a good work, whether I preach or play, whether I labor for pleasure or profit.
In the discovery of this fact lies the conviction which makes a man ready to submit wholly to the will of God. Joseph said to his brethren in the midst of their sorrow for the wrong they had previously done him, "It was not you that sent me hither, but God." In that moment—perhaps previously he had seen it—in that moment he confessed the fact that the pit, the brutality, the exile, the imprisonment, and the long waiting were all foreordained of God. They were all part of the "good works" which God had prepared for him. Or, if I may most reverently quote the utmost instance of this thing, and bring you to that moment when Jesus of Nazareth stood confronting the power of the world in the person of Pilate, I hear Him saying, "To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth." (John 18:37) The latter words I am not careful to deal with now, but I ask you to notice Christ's great conception that there was purpose in His life, arrangement made beforehand. There is another word which He said to Pilate, "Thou wouldest have no power against Me, except it were given thee from above." There He stood amid all the darkness and brutality, and travail and pain, and agony of an hour of overwhelming defeat, conscious that God had foreordained the works of all the days. He came to tragedy and to suffering and pain, regnant, mighty, sublime, because He knew that all were part of the "good works, which God afore prepared that He should walk in them."


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

CREATED – FORMED – MADE

CREATED – FORMED – MADE

“Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made." Isa. 43:7
THE PURPOSE OF LIFE


Man is created, formed, and made for the glory of God.
The reason for my existence - To display God's glory - His finished product. Rom. 11:26; Isa. 43:7; Prov. 16:4; Eph. 1:12; Eph. 2:7; Eph. 3:10.
The reason for my life and my purpose - Found in God. Jer. 29:11
Man is a creation of God. In this one brief verse three words are employed to describe that creation. Whereas I am not going to detain you at any length, for detailed examination of them, suggestive as such examination would be, I cannot wholly pass them over. "I have created... I have formed... I have made."
The first word "I have created." It is an all-inclusive word, which indicates actual causing to be, by the God of omnipotent power and wisdom. (PAST)
The second word "formed," is a word which indicates a process. It is a word which is perpetually used of the potter at his work at the wheel. By manipulation of things already existing, a new thing is made to be. (PRESENT)
The third word, "made," is a word which indicates the outlook on the result. I have made. I have accomplished. I have finished. (FUTURE)
<that are made> Greek poema. There are two poems in the N.T. These is a Greek word which translates to "workmanship." (Rom 1:20; Eph 2:10). "Twas great to call a world from naught; twas greater to redeem." The greatest poem ever wrote is 1st creation, but greater still is the 2nd of redemption.
Man in all his complex nature is a thought of God, a work of God, a poem of God, a work of art.
Humanity is the creation of God, the crowning creation, the last fact in the wonderful process of creative power.
Christ said, "To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth." (John 18:37) It was a great declaration of conscious individuality, potentiality, responsibility. Every man can say the same in some measure. The trouble is we do not all find out for what we were born and for what purpose we came into the world. In the great economy of God, in the wondrous, matchless marvel of His government it is true of every human being, "whom I have created for My glory."
 Man is created first for the knowledge of God (Gen. 3:8). Man is created secondly for communion with God (Isa. 54:13; Jer. 31:34; John 6:45). Man is created thirdly for action with God. Man is created finally for revelation of God (Eph. 2:7; 3:10). All this seen in Genesis in the beginning as God interacted with Adam and Eve.
Christ the perfect picture of the image and likeness. He worked with both the Spirit and the Father and continues to this day in this endeavor to take us to the point where we are perfect as His heavenly Father is perfect (Matt 5:48). Presented with blame to His Father so we might rule and reign with Him in an eternal Kingdom on this earth this itself has been renewed (Jude 24).

Monday, October 23, 2017

IMMEDIATE THINGS WHICH SURFACE CONCERNING THE END

IMMEDIATE THINGS WHICH SURFACE CONCERNING THE END

COMMUNION AND WORK, GROWTH IN KNOWLEDGE OF THE CREATION AND THE CREATOR, THE LOVE OF GOD, THE TRUE FAMILY AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP.


Genesis as the book of beginnings gives us a true picture of how things will be in the end. A glorious habitat that is ruined and then returns. A man and his wife who fall along with their kids that end with the family and its members perfected in their new glorious environment. The man created for work alongside the working God Who rested on the 7th day after toiling for six given work assignments so they might learn from Him how to rule and reign with God in the end. Communion with Him every day in the cool of the day learning more and more to effectively understand both the Creation and the Creator at last being talking with God and being taught by God in His established Kingdom here on the new earth. Loved by God through His supplying every need originally in His created home and at last having all unclean things removed and His children being “drunk” on God’s love at the end (Eph. 5:18-20) knowing at last the intimacy and ecstasy of His love.
Paul’s prayer to the Father (Eph. 1:14; Eph. 1:3-8) seeing its climactic realization at last. Christ having made His home in the hearts of all the kids of His (Eph. 3:17). God having renovated all His creatures through power supplied to each (Eph. 3:16) , having placed their faith in the Designer (Eph. 3:17. His children at last having the power to know and comprehend the love of their Creator (Eph. 3:18-19), thereby able to grasp more than just the facts but experiencing and gaining knowledge daily.

What a God and Creator!!!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

TASTED OF GOOD THINGS

TASTED OF GOOD THINGS

“And have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come.” Heb. 6:5


In the scriptures great public exhibitions of miraculous Divine power are invariably connected with the Mediatorial Kingdom of God. They were seen at its establishment at Sinai and did not wholly cease until the departure of the Shekinah Glory. Such miracles are also recorded in the Old Testament predictions of a future establishment of the Kingdom under the reign of the coming Messiah. (Isa. 35:1-7)
These were present when the Kingdom was announced as immanent during the period of the Gospels, and their continuance in the Book of Acts must be explained in the same way. They were the signs given primarily as a testimony to the Nation of Israel to whom in a peculiar sense that Kingdom belonged by Divine Covenant, and upon whose repentance depended its immanent establishment upon earth. This was the Prophets burden (Isa. 35:1-7).
Also affirmed by our Lord in His earthly ministry (Matt. 11:1-5) and reaffirmed by the Apostles in their testimony to Israel through the Book of Acts (Acts 2:1-20, 43).
During the presence of the Messianic King, the disciples had surely tasted the "powers of the age to come" (Luke 22:36), as far as physical blessing had been concerned. There is no record of any illness among them. For friends and relatives, healing was available without reserve (Matt. 8:14-16). Even death itself was no longer irreversible (Mark 5:35-43; John 11:1-47). If food and drink were lacking, the miracle-working power of the King was sufficient for the emergency (John 2:.1-11; 6:1-15). For His disciples and Himself there was a supernatural immunity to the ordinary hazards of life (Matt. 14:24-33; Luke 4:28-30). Even such mundane things, as a need for tax money and the means of daily livelihood, were not beyond His interest and power (Matt. 17:24-27; Luke 5:2-9). By no process of "spiritualization" can these things be robbed of their physical reality.

The miracles God uses through His Sovereign power are different in character today. See article MIRACLES TODAY.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

CHRIST ATONEMENT AND ANIMAL SACRIFICES

CHRIST ATONEMENT AND ANIMAL SACRIFICES

“You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ..” 1 Pet. 2:5



In the covenant at Sinai God provided a highly complex and rigid structure for His Kingdom of Priests. Within that structure, national/Theocratic forgiveness was given when appropriate sacrifices were offered to God through legitimate priests at the Tabernacle/Temple altar. This forgiveness was promised regardless of the spiritual state of either the person offering or the priest. However, such sacrificial blood could never cleanse the conscience or save the soul (Heb. 10:1-2). So God, repeatedly sent prophets to call His people to love and obey their God from the heart. Apart from such genuine faith, all the ceremonially kosher animals in the whole world would not avail anything in the spiritual realm (Psa. 50:7-15; Isa. 1:12-20; Amos 4:4-5; Amos 5:20-27; Hosea 5:16; Micah 6:6-8; Jer. 6:20; Jer. 7:21-23). It was not to be either faith or sacrifice; rather it was to be BOTH faith and sacrifices (Psa. 51:19; Mal. 3:3; 1 Pet. 2:5).

Thursday, October 19, 2017

YAHWEH

YAHWEH


Yahweh – John 18:4-8 (Exod. 3:14) “The God of all grace”
Yahweh Jireh – Phil 4:19 (Gen. 22:14) “I am the Provider”
Yahweh Nissi – Rom. 8:37 (Exod. 17:15) “I am the Banner of Victory”
Yahweh Shalom – Col. 1:20 (Judges 6:24 ) “I am your Satisfying Peace”
Yahweh Saboth – Col. 1:15-18 (Isa. 1:9) “I am the Leader of the Assembly”
Yahweh M’Qaddesh – 1 Cor. 1:30 (Hosea 11:9) “I am the Consecrator”
Yahweh Rash – John 10:11 (Psa. 23:1) “I am Your Shepherd”
Yahweh Shammah – Matt. 28:20 (Exod. 33:14-15; Ezek 48:35 ) “I am the Timeless Present One”
Yahweh Raphakkah – Matt. 8:7 (Jer. 8:22) “I am the Healer”

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

UNDER AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY

UNDER AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY

“So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.” Rom. 5:18
“And the Law came in that the transgression might increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom. 5:20-21


Grace recovers for man all that was lost through sin and much more besides. See Rom. 5:20-21. The sacrifice of Christ goes as deep as the sin of Adam, and much more. Men are lost on two counts, first Adamic sin and second personal sin

God has covered Adamic sin at the Cross (Vs. 18). So no man can complain that he is lost because of what Adam did. But the Cross provided penalty for personal sin, which men can appropriate the solution by faith. Children under the age of accountability are saved because they have no personal sin.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I FOUND IT

I FOUND IT

“For this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found. And they began to be merry. “ “But we had to be merry and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found." Luke 15:24, 32


has been found  Not I found Him. We used to have a known preacher in our town that had a weekly article in the paper titled “I found it.” His theology was Armenian and he thought one could get saved and then lose what he had discovered. Many verses argued to the contrary but he was set in that train of ideas. Your Theology changes when God finds you instead of you finding God. He obviously saw many he thought had found it and later walked away. The two verses above argue to the contrary on his thoughts about salvation.
The love of the Father's heart, our Lord gives us the Divine estimate of the contrast between the condition of those who are away from God, and those who are restored to Him. The contrast is a double one, dealing with the experience of man, and the experience of God. Given the man away from fellowship with God - he is, in his own experience, dead - in the experience of God, he is lost. Given the man restored to God - he is, in his own experience, alive - in the experience of God he is found. The man away from God is dead. There is a sense in which he still lives; but everything is less than the real, withered at the heart, and unfinished - and he lacks entirely the deepest things of life, which are those of the spiritual and eternal powers and joys. To God that man is lost. In his loss God is defrauded. And we miss the deepest note if we fail to detect the tone of Divine sorrow in the word. The man restored to God is alive. There may be many things which as yet he is excluded from, but everything is touched with life, strong at the center, and satisfied; and he lives in the profound peace and power of the abiding. To God that man is found. In his restoration God is enriched. And again we miss the deepest note, if we do not catch the glad ring of the rejoicing heart of God. The whole truth about life is here. The man lost to God is dead. The man found of God is alive.

And besides if you think you see a believer walk away from God, Hebrews gives you instruction on your efforts to have them return. “and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God, and put Him to open shame.” Heb. 6:6.  You only can put Christ on the Cross once according to God.

Monday, October 16, 2017

GAINING KNOWLEDGE

GAINING KNOWLEDGE

“And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20



There was the Tree of Knowledge in the beginning, but he was to gain that knowledge from daily conversations with God Himself in the cool of the day (Gen. 3:8). Man is created first for the knowledge of God. (1 Cor. 2:12) Man is created secondly for communion with God. Man is created thirdly for action with God. Man is created finally for revelation of God. Man is created first for knowledge of God. There is given to man a consciousness of God which no other being has. The light of the uncreated beam is focused in the lens of a human spirit. Zophar, in the olden days, said, “Canst thou by searching find out God?” (Job 11:7), and the answer intended, and the accurate answer, is, By no means. Yet man can know God, although he cannot know Him absolutely and perfectly at this point, just as a man cannot encompass in his thinking eternity. Although eternity as a thought baffles the proud intellect of man, a man can know it. The moment in which a man knows the limitlessness of space he knows that he cannot know it; but in knowing that he cannot know it if he knows it. The moment a man encompasses in his mind the thought of unending duration he knows he cannot know all the meaning of it; but knowing that he cannot know it is to be sure of it, and so to know it. No dog thinks of eternity. No lower form of life thinks of unending space. No other created being can know God, but man is made to know Him. This is the first way in which man glorifies God, by coming to know Him. (1 John 5:20) But in the end we shall see Him as He is with eyes with perfect comprehension (1 John 3:2).

Sunday, October 15, 2017

FAILURE AND SUCCESS

FAILURE AND SUCCESS


Christianity-the real thing-has never been accepted on a large scale and has therefore never been in a position to control the state of affairs of the world, though its influence has been far from negligible.

The nature of Christianity is not to be judged by its success or failure to reform the world that rejects it.

It is not a handy instrument for society’s ills such as juvenile delinquency or the divorce rate. Any religion when accepted by the majority can exert that sort of restrictive pressure.

Jesus Christ wants to change a person (if they are willing to pay the price of being changed) so that they quite naturally and normally live as “sons and daughters” of God, and of course they exert an excellent influence on the community.

But if real Christianity fails, it fails for the same reasons that Christ failed-and any condemnation rightly falls on the world which rejects both Him and His followers.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

UNDENIABLE TRUTHS

UNDENIABLE TRUTHS


God has always been able to turn a curse into a blessing. Neh. 13:2 – Calvary
Sacrifice made easy is nothing more than superstition.
You don’t build a Kingdom on man’s material wants.
Work for the bread which does not perish. Moses did not give them bread from heaven – the Father did – the Son of Man.
Whether men understand Him or not, whether they side with Him or are against Him; one thing is certain, He commands interest, He must be considered.
The amount of inward corruption of the heart is relevant and proportional to the amount of Truth followed. How much will I let Him change me?
The methods of men’s madness continually contribute to Christ’s victory.
Everybody eventually surrenders to something or someone. You are designed by God to worship – and if you fail to worship Him, you will create other things (idols) to give your life to. If you don’t surrender to Christ, you surrender to Satan’s substitutes. You are free to choose what or whom you surrender to, but you are not free from the consequences of that choice. (Rom. 6:16; 2 Pet. 2:19)
Grace does not lead us to sin. (Titus 2:11-12)
If you should die and go before God, and He should ask “Why should I allow you into My Kingdom?” What would you say? (Psa. 24:3-4; John 1:33; John 14:15)
Love is a prerequisite for forgiveness. (Luke 7:47)
Some people are so blind, they cannot see the obvious. (Acts 28:25-27) These people were not only blind but also deaf and dumb.
When you turn your back on God and His word you become corrupt and degraded in your thinking. (Rom. 1:18ff)
Men may know the exceeding power and wisdom of God if they study nature, but by that study they never will find His heart. There is only one way in which men might find that, by the way of the Cross. (Rom. 1:19-20)
We have only tasted of 2 great things in Heb. 6:5. The "powers of the age to come" and "the good word of God." That means the best is yet to come for then the Father will teach us all John 6:45.
Whenever a doctrine is taught in passages which are simple and clear we shall take the doubtful passages and interpret them according to the clear passages.
If a man takes a text without the context, it is a pretext.
The Gospel was not good advice but good news. It did not state a Divine demand but spoke of a Divine act.
The 2 dwelling places of God is eternity and the soul of a trusting man Isa. 57:15.
Some wouldn't know the Truth if they were looking straight at Him John 6:36; 18:38.

Friday, October 13, 2017

MIRACLES TODAY

MIRACLES TODAY

“Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed." John 20:29



The miracles God uses today thru His sovereign power are different in character today for they are providentially hidden. In the face of the inexplicable problems of human life, such as the prostate cancer I am dealing with, the mysteries of the Divine will, the apparent inequalities of Divine justice and the human perplexity under the somber shadows of a silent heaven, the church member must walk by faith and not by sight (1 Cor. 5:7).
There is nothing sinful about believing on the sense experience but a special blessing comes for those who have believed without seeing, who against the adverse testimony of human experience, continue to trust and believe without reserve in Him who today is not visible (1 Pet. 1:8). In the church God is preparing a special people, called out and tested in the crucible of adversity, who are destined to occupy the highest place of responsibility in the future Kingdom of Christ (Luke 22:29-30).

As the period of the Acts ended, we passed from the time of “signs and wonders” into an era characterized chiefly by the demand for unquestioning faith in the presence of a silent heaven as far as great public miracles are concerned. Today the prayers we bring to Him for His answers need to be conditioned by the mind of Christ Who possesses perfect faith. We need to know Him and His desire for our perfection in order to rule and reign with Him and to eventually know and see Him just as He is (1 John 3:2).
See article TASTED OF THE GOOD THINGS.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

MAKING GODS

GODS CALLED BY MEN

"But where are your gods which you made for yourself?” Jer. 2:28



When a man makes a god for himself according to the pattern of his own being, he makes his god like himself, an enlargement of his own imperfections. Moreover, the god which a man makes for himself will demand from him that which is according to his own nature. Men will be faithful to these gods who make demands upon them which are in harmony with the desires of their own hearts. When God calls men, it is the call of the God of holiness, purity, perfection, and love; and demands they rise to His heart. He cannot accommodate Himself to the depravity of their nature. Many are in this predicament, this includes countries. They refuse His laws and wisdom. And they attempt to change Christ into the person they think He should be. Peter made that mistake a couple of times. (John 13:13)
Whenever you find a people turning back from God, as Israel, it is not that they are unconscious of His holiness, etc., but they are conscious of it, not that they are unconvinced of His high ideals of His requirements, but they are convinced. They understand Him and know they are not prepared to follow. Not because they failed to apprehend His glory, but because they did apprehend His glory, but was not prepared to pay the price.
God calls to the highest (Matt. 5:48), and so calls that there can be no mistaking Him; and if men fall back after a period of following Him, it is not because of mystery, but because of light which they were not prepared to follow.
"a hard saying, and many went back and walked no more with Him." John 6:60

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

EVERY MAN NEEDS A GOD

EVERY MAN NEEDS A GOD

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exod. 20:3


Every man needs a god, even an atheist or a government official. There is no man who has not somewhere in his heart, in his life, in the essentials of his being, a shrine in which is a deity whom he worships. It is as impossible for a man to live without having an object of worship as it is for a bird to fly, if it is taken out of the air. The very composition of human life, the mystery of man's being, demands a center of worship. There may be a false god at the center of the life, the devotion of his powers-these things are all worship. The question is whether the life and powers of man are devoted to the worship of the true God or to that of a false one. There is a center, a motive, a reason, a shrine, a deity somewhere-something that man worships. When a man dethrones God-he deifies and worships himself. In every case man demands a god-a god, a king, a lawgiver-one who arranges the program, utters the commandment, and then demands obedience. And then they attempt to deface the true God Who must be worshiped in spirit and truth (John 4:23).

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

NAMES

NAMES

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isa. 9:6


It needs to be stated here that Christ is God. The Scriptures are replete with affirmations of His deity. The prophecy of His coming birth stated that His name shall be called Immanuel, meaning God with us (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23). In further delineation of His name, Isaiah calls him "The mighty God" (Isa. 9:6). John the Baptist was to prepare the way of the Lord and make straight in the desert a highway for our God (Isa. 40:3; Matt. 3:3). John insisted that "the Word was God" (John 1:1). Christ did not hesitate to make claim that He was God (John 8:58).

“Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” Eph. 3:15


“Offspring of God.” Name is suggestive of the character or nature of the person (See Isa 9:6 above). God's name carries meaning with each name. The biblical concept of assigning a name (Hebrew-shem) to something or someone is very rich. So far from being an arbitrary and thus meaningless designation (as often is the case in naming our children) it involved an understanding of the basic characteristics and attributes of the object. Thus Adam was involved in a highly intellectual and meaningful activity when he gave names to each kind of mammal and bird (Gen. 2:20). Paul bowed his knee before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name (Eph. 3:15 above). The fact that only God can name each star is His way of saying that the diversity and quality of the stellar universe is an adequate physical reflection to mankind of His omniscience. Through redemption the new dignity of sonship was conferred, the new name "sons" was given to them (Luke 20:36) as a new name "Father" (John 1:18) had been declared of Him and explained in John's gospel; a new name was given to the life in this new relation, "the life eternal" (John 3:15), and a new name "Spirit of His Son”, was given to the Holy Spirit, and henceforth, with new truth and a new commandment, would nourish and develop this life and illumine and lead believers into all the privilege and duties of the "sons of God." (Luke 20:36)

Monday, October 9, 2017

GREAT LENGTHS OF GOD

GREAT LENGTHS OF GOD

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Heb. 2:9
“But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?” Heb. 2:6


Man, in the first Divine intention, is master of creation. He is born to have dominion, to work with the working God, for he was made in His image and likeness. Since he has a high position awaiting him God goes to great lengths to bring this about.
suffering death Cf. Psa. 8:4-8.  Great lengths.
son of man The Perfect example of that original intention. Cf. Col. 1:15-16.

“Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.” Heb. 2:8

Not having arrived at the full purpose or intention of the writer's argument, it is evident that he intends to declare, that while man as he is today has failed to realize the original Divine intention for him, this Man was an exception to the general failure, in that He perfectly realized it. To Him all things were in subjection. He was Master of the fish of the sea, and knew where to find them, when the disciples had been baffled in their all-night fishing. He understood the habits of the birds of the heavens, and drew some of His sweetest lessons from them. The very beasts of the field recognized His Lordship. Of this there is a glimpse in the account of the temptation as chronicled by Mark, "He was with the wild beasts;" (Mark 1:13) the preposition used indicating close contact, and therefore also suggesting that He was unharmed by them. He was indeed God's perfect Man, having dominion over the things of His Father's creation. But yet man has failed to realize what awaits him after the great lengths God goes to bring it about.
made a little lower than the angels In position. Great lengths. The original Divine intention for man will be brought about after the labor of the Triune Godhead.
Afterwards Christ was elevated as man shall be. In order to become a priest He had to become human. Heb. 7:14.

All things work together for good.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

AMERICA LOST ITS FOUNDING

AMERICA LOST ITS FOUNDING

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth.” Deut. 28:1



America at its founding was based on Bible truths. You don’t have to look very far when you look at the statues created at the outset in our capital and across the land with the scripture quotes carved into their granite. America has thrown the Bible out of the schools along with God and prayers to him for its very sustenance. We are seeing the results in its greatness with the nations of the earth. This verse and its truth was the purpose of God for His people Israel. Its fulfillment was conditional upon their obedience. They were to act above the nations of the earth; "If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Jehovah thy God, to observe to do all His commandments." Having made this general declaration, Moses proceeded to describe the blessings which would follow obedience; and then to declare the evils which would overtake them, if the law of God should be disregarded. In the light of the subsequent history of this people, we see how literally all these things were fulfilled. How solemn and searching all this old-time story is for us. In Christ the law as given to Moses is done away, because He has given us a higher law which far transcends the former in its standards of purity. In Christ the prophetic altar has been superseded by the one altar, by which men may draw near to God, and appropriate all the resources of His grace for the keeping of this higher law. The principles abide. Disobedience still issues in disaster; and obedience, in realization of Divine purpose. We blaspheme the name of God, and desecrate the final altar, when we become careless about the will of God as it has been revealed to us in the perfections of the Son of Man. It is still when we hearken diligently unto the voice of God, to observe to do His commandments, that we are set above the nations of the earth. With us also as with the people of Israel, the Divine intention of our exaltation is not that we should tyrannize over the nations of the earth, and hold them in contempt; but that we should serve them and lead them into blessedness. We have lost our way.

Friday, October 6, 2017

WHY THE CHRISTIAN IS AFFLICTED HERE

WHY THE CHRISTIAN IS AFFLICTED HERE

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1 Pet. 3:15



There are many reasons for afflictions here but all come from the One Lord over His creation and His dealing with sin here on this earth. The simple meaning of the injunction in this verse above is that at the very center of life there is to be but one Lord, and that is Christ. (John 13:13) To do this is to ensure the unification of being, consistency of conduct, and accomplishment of purpose. We become divided in our own life, inconsistent in our conduct, and ineffective in our service, when our loyalty is divided. 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 (Rom. 8:28) and regardless whether it be an affliction or disease it comes from God and His dealing with sin on this earth. He knows people are watching. This is so self-evident a truth that it hardly seems necessary to argue it. Nevertheless, while holding the truth theoretically, how constantly we are in danger of failing to live by it! Other lords are permitted to invade the sanctuary of our heart, and to exercise dominion over us. Our own selfish desires, the opinion of others, worldly wisdom, the pressure of circumstances, these and many other lords command us, and we turn from our simple and complete allegiance to our one Lord, and give ourselves up to the false control of these things. Peter allowed that to happen in his life. The results are always disastrous. We become storm-tossed and feverish; our conduct is not consistent; our work is spasmodic and devoid of power. Many people are watching your affliction and of course your response. Therefore the urgency of the injunction. To hallow the heart by excluding all other lords except Christ Himself, is to be strong, true, and effective. His knowledge is perfect, of the heart, of the circumstances, of the true way of life. To be governed by many lords is to be in bondage to them all, and to be desolated by their conflicting ways. To be in bondage to Christ, is to be released from all other captivity and to walk to the perfection of your being that He desires. (Jude 24; Matt. 5:48)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

WORK AND REST DEFINED

WORK AND REST DEFINED


GOD'S WORKS  Our God is a working God for He has thus said somewhere concerning the seventh day, "AND GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS". Heb. 4:4. And then we remember that we are made in His image and likeness for He created us to work alongside Him in His creation. We are to cultivate the ground. Gen 3:23 "therefore the LORD God sent him out from the Garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken." Do we go to heaven to sit on a cloud and listen to heavenly music all day? Is that the rest we enter?
 rest the seventh day. This truth is not only quoted from Gen. 2:2, but also is emphasized in Exod. 20:11, as the basis of the Fourth Commandment. It is clear in all these passages that the days of creation week were literal days, not vague ages of indefinite duration and termination. On the seventh day, God rested from His works of creation, though not from His ongoing work of “conservation” (Heb. 1:3; Col. 1:17) and, later, His work of redemption, which He undertook when sin and death entered the world. Of these, Jesus said: “My father worketh hitherto, and I work” (John 5:17). The work of redemption—at least the work of paying the price of redemption—was then completed on the cross, when Christ cried out: “It is finished!” (John 19:30). He also rested from this work when He “sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb. 1:3). He did not rest from His work of the sanctification of the believer. As the result of His work there is evidence in Jude 24; prophesied by Jesus in Matt. 5:48.
Adam's first job Gen 2:19  "And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name."  The amazing underlying teaching here is that Adam being a few days old is here talking with God, receiving instructions and obeying what was asked. The underlying concept is he was listening, hearing, and understanding God and with no age to speak of. As we read His words today in His book of truth and are stymied by what His intent is, Adam had no problem. His mind was not as the Catholic doctrine teaches a monkey who just stood erect and God adds to His makeup. This was an immense task that men today in that realm could not perform as Adam did with ease.
This was a stupendous intellectual achievement, and reveals to us something of the capacity of man's mind before the Fall. While it is true that many of the 17,000 air-breathing species of modern taxonomy are probably only varieties of the originally created kinds. lt must also be remembered that Adam was confronted with many kinds of air-breathing animals that have since become extinct. Having an unfallen brain using 100% of its capabilities made this a simple task for Adam. The mind capabilities of Adam were unbelievable to accomplish this task. He had a memory which was photographic for he passed on all this information down the line until Moses (26 generations) put it in writing 3000 years later. There is abundant biblical and extra-biblical evidence that Moses wrote the Pentateuch during the wilderness wanderings after the Jews left their slavery in Egypt and before they entered the Promised Land (about 1445–1405 BC). Even the most insignificant detail of the Torah shines with the magnificence and depth of the brightest star.
Our Job in the eternal state - Do we go to heaven to never work again? Not according to scripture. In giving the proof verifying such a reign of the saints, so abundant is the precious material that we find a difficulty in properly arranging it. Let the following order suffice.
1. This rulership of the saints is contained and promised in the covenant made with Abraham, Thus in Gen. 17:6 and Gen. 35:11 the promise is that "kings shall come out of thee." If this promise is limited to the few past literal kings of the Jewish nation, well may the contrast offered by infidels be considered, viz., that a promise coming from the Almighty God, which on the face of it indicated great kingly authority and was only fulfilled in king's who in power and dominion were far inferior to the great monarchies surrounding them, is scarcely a promise commensurate with the greatness and majesty of God. Admitting that the sinfulness of the Jewish nation dwarfed this promise in the past, yet God's covenanted promises, to which His oath is attached, are not to be defeated by the perversity and sinfulness of man. For this would at once argue weakness and imperfection in the Supreme Being, viz., that foreseeing the failure of the proportions due to such a Promise coming from Him, He should affirm it by oath. The Apostle Paul had no idea of such a failure, for from this very promise in the covenant he declares "that the promise to Abraham was, that he should be heir of the world" (Rom. 4:13). The inheriting of the earth by the meek, and the inheriting of the Kingdom, is equivalent phrases designating the same destiny, rank, and power. This company of kings is to proceed from Abraham, in virtue of his being thus chosen, and hence results the imperative necessity, as has been already demonstrated, of our being grafted in, adopted, and. reckoned the children of Abraham, that we, as Gentiles, but now recognized as belonging to the elect nation, may inherit with him, or become kings and priests. This promise is repeated in another form (Exod. 19:6) and amplified by Peter (1 Peter 2:5, 9) as still future, God being engaged in the process of gathering out the people who shall appear as this Kingdom of royal priests, fulfilling the Divine purpose. (Isa. 43:21) “this people have I formed for Myself; they shall show forth My praise."
2. It is in view of this Divine purpose of raising up a Kingdom of kings and priests (i.e. a Kingdom unexampled in its manifestations of regal splendor and glory), that the most positive declarations are made. Thus 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 Rev. 3:21, it is stated: "To him that overcometh will I  grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and am set down in My Father's throne." This emphatically teaches that the saints share or participate in the rule of the Messiah, for in no other way, without violence, can the words be applied. Matt. 24:46, 47, has "Blessed is that servant whom his Lord, when He cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, that He shall make him ruler over all his goods." (Compare the being "faithful over a few things" and becoming "ruler over many things," -Matt. 25:21, the "authority over ten cities," etc,, Luke 19:17, and "if we suffer with Christ, we shall also reign with Him," 2 Tim. 2:12). Such language is based on the idea that the reward bestowed upon faithfulness is an elevation to a position of superiority evidenced by the exercise of authority and rule. Such are (Rev. 1:6) "made kings and Priests unto God," raised to "exalted rank and dignity.
3. Saints are "the heirs of a Kingdom," James 2:5, which they inherit at the Second Coming of Jesus when He is revealed as King, "In His glory," and "shall sit upon the throne of His glory," Matt. 25:34. Reference is again made to this in order that the reader may consider that "heir-ship of a Kingdom," and "the inheriting of a Kingdom" embraces much more than a mere admittance into and enjoyment of the blessings of a Kingdom. It evinces the coming into such actual possession of a Kingdom as is alone met by the idea of a participancy in government and of regal authority. Thus the language is understood when used among men; and the Spirit never would give a promise which, expressed in a definite usual form, denotes this, and yet mean that we should regard it as exaggerated, and therefore we should soften the implied dignity down into what might suit our humility or fancy.
4. A class of passages, which describe the actions of the saints associated with Christ, can only be received as indicative of an actual acquired ruler ship. When Jesus the Mighty King comes He is represented as commencing His rule by terribly overthrowing His enemies; now the saints come with Him and they too are exhibited as engaged in and performing the same kingly acts. Thus Rev. 2:26: "And he that overcometh and keepeth My words unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations, and He shall rule them with a rod of iron, (is the vessels of a potter shall they be broken in shivers, even as "I received from My Father." So also the Psalmist (Psa. 149:5-9) makes "the saints joyful in glory" at the appearance of "their king" and declares: "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand; to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written: this honor have all His saints. Praise ye the Lord." (Jude 14, 15) likewise invites the King and the saints in their Coming "to execute judgment upon all," etc. Thus the Spirit, in attributing to the saints the same irresistible authoritative action which belongs to Jesus Christ in His regal character and manifestation, certainly teaches that they obtain associated ruler ship, glimpses of which even seem to flash out of the song of Deborah and Barak (Judges 5:13, 31).
 5. Jesus Himself is styled (Rev. 1:5) "The Prince of the Kings of the earth," i.e. as Commentators inform us, "The first in rank." So also in Rev. 17:14 and 19:16, He is called "The Lord of lords and the King of kings." The phraseology implies recognition of this precedence. But if applied, as usual, to earthly monarchs in this and former dispensations, it loses some of its force by the fact that the claim here set up has not been acknowledged, for wickedness and rebellion have characterized most of such kings. The language is expressive that those kings, over whom He is the Prince, the Leader, etc., receive Him as such. This therefore can only be referred to the saints who are mentioned in immediate connection with those passages, and in one expressly denominated "kings," in another designated His "armies," and in the third "the called and chosen and faithful." Admit the elevation of the saints to the dignity of kingship, Christ being the Mighty Leader and King, and we at once recognize the beauty, force, and sublimity of the claim, and how joyfully the kings will acknowledge these themselves. For then the title really assumes its intended dignitary form seeing that a body of exalted kings and lords are associated with and under Him in His Theocratic government. This is strikingly corroborated In Heb. 1:9, where, after the direct reference to the throne and scepter of the Son, it is added: "Thy God hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows" -that is, above the kings who are nearly related to Him. These "fellows" are evidently "the co heirs with Christ," He being the chief inheritor, the Sovereign among them. The title given to the Messiah by Micah 5:2 is indicative of His being the supreme commander as distinguished from subordinates. The Psalmist expresses his hope (Psa. 94:10) of renewed ruler ship at the very time that the enemies of the Lord shall perish in being then "anointed with fresh oil" -phraseology equivalent to kingship. And when the kings thus associated with the Mighty One "bear His words" and exercise their rule, it will be fulfilled that (Psa. 138:4) "all the kings of the earth shall praise Thee, O Lord (which is not done down to the Advent, but must be after, as seen Rev. 19)." 
6. It is in view of this promised ruler ship that so in much is said concerning the exalting of "the horns" of the righteous. The "horn" was extensively used as emblematic of regal power, rule, or dominion, as e.g. Jer. 48:26; Dan. 8:5-6, 20-22, etc. It is an apt speaking symbol of power and authority. Now it is repeatedly declared that the time is coming when (Psa. 75:10) "all the horns of the wicked also will I cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted." Hence the promise to the righteous one is: "his horn shall be exalted with honor;" and let the reader ponder the words that follow (because the saints when they receive this honor come with King Jesus "to execute the vengeance written", "the wicked shall see it and be grieved; He shall gnash with his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked shall perish." Therefore it is that in Psa. 89, where the most positive assurance is given that the Davidic covenant, long delayed, shall be fulfilled in David's Son restoring the throne and Kingdom, it is appropriately added in thy favor “our horn shall be exalted." 
7. Another class of passages, in strict accord with this idea of acquired authority, tell us that the saints are to be crowned, as in 1 Cor. 9:25; James 1:12; Rev. 2:10, etc. The time of bestowing this crown coincides with the time previously stated, as e.g. 1 Pet. 5:4, "When, the Chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away." So Paul also expected (2 Tim. 4:8), the crown to be given only to himself and others at the "appearing" of the Lord Jesus. The emblematic "crowns of gold" of the Elders (Rev. 4:4) are indicative of their sustaining a kingly office. 
 8. Hence, we are prepared to find the saints even called "princes," etc., because of such received honor. This has been seen already in the title of "kings and priests," but in addition to these other expressive names are bestowed. In Psalm 113 at the time the Barren Woman becomes the "joyful mother of children," God "raiseth up the poor out of the dust and lifteth, the needy out of the dunghill, that He may set him with Princes, even with the Princes of His people." In Psa. 47, when "the Lord most High" is the "great King over all the earth," and "He shall subdue the people under us and nations tinder our feet," then "the Princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the Shields (Sep. strong ones; Horseley, protectors ; Vulg. strong gods ; meaning, so kings or rulers), of the earth belong unto God: He is greatly exalted." Even Psa. 110:3 is supposed by some to bear the rendering “Thy princely people in the day of thy power," etc. (with which may be compared Justin Martyr's: "With Thee shall be, in the day, the chief of Thy power, in the beauties of the saints," etc.). Isa. 32:1 refers to the Messiah: "Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness and princes (some read, as to princes) shall rule in Judgment." 
 9. The more indirect allusions growing out of the purpose intended are numerous. Saints are to occupy the same place, i.e. "the heavenlies" now usurped by Satan. Recalling how the future, anticipated by hope and most firmly grasped by faith, is spoken of as present, "the heavenlies in Christ" (Eph. 1:3 and 2:7, compare with Eph. 3:10 and 6:12) will be fully realized in this ruler ship. In Psa. 72:3 in the description of the Messianic reign, "the mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness," Anciently kings or rulers were called shepherds, and this is referred to in Isa. 23:4 in connection with the reign of the Messiah. In Isa. 60:17 that God "will make thy officers "who should be appointed to rule," The most delicate allusions are but too frequently overlooked, owing to our keeping this reign of the saints too much in the background. Thus, e.g. in Prov. 8:14-16, after showing that "sound wisdom" gives "strength," it is added, "By Me (i.e. in  possessing Me) kings reign and princes decree justice. By Me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth." This can be only true of the, saints, for as the history of the world shows, comparatively few such pious kings have existed; but the passage receives due force if we admit that the time is coming when all who have "sound wisdom" shall be "kings, princes, and nobles." The same delicate reference is contained in the saints being then associated with "the hand" (emblem of power), of the Lord, in their riding upon "white horses" (emblem of victory, used by rulers), in becoming "pillars" (as used e.g. Rev. 3:12-emblem of chief supports), in becoming lordly "cedars," "trees of righteousness," etc. (emblems of the nobles of a kingdom), and even in "the mounting up with wings like eagles," indicative of exaltation.

So there is more than sufficient evidence in the Bible that we do not go to heaven to sit in chairs of luxury , resting forever but engaged as the hierarchy in the Kingdom of God on the earth.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

MYSTERY REVEALED

MYSTERY REVEALED

“That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.” Col. 2:2


The real secret of godliness is unveiled (Col. 1:26-27). Its source is the imparted life of God in the person of His Son (2 Pet. 1:3). It displays itself in outward conduct but it draws its life from the inner resources of Him who is godliness, like God in every respect because He is God (Col. 2:2). In an earlier epistle Paul places this secret in bold contrast with the godliness of the Old Testament. "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ lives in me: and that life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me" (Gal. 2:20 ASV). This secret now made known to men is the greatest fact of the Christian faith.
mystery Man's intellect after salvation is capable of Divine things previously unthinkable as well as unknowable. In Scripture a mystery may be a fact which, when revealed we cannot understand in detail, though we can know it, and act upon it. . . . It is a thing only to be known when revealed.
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” 2 Pet. 1:3
“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col. 1:26-27

No excuse, the mystery has been revealed in us. Tell it to the world for it is our only hope and theirs also.