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Monday, March 3, 2014, 7:18 PM
Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (KJV)
As God created all and is the Source of all that is, then what could we do to ‘worship’ (serve, benefit) Him. If He were hungry, would He call us for food (Acts 17: 24- 25 above; Psalm 50: 7- 15)? Is there anything we could give Him that He needs or that He hasn’t already made and given to us? How could we serve (worship, serve is one of the meanings of worship) Him with our hands? As our Creator, He is also the Source of our strength. What does He want from us? He wants us to search for Him with all our hearts (Acts 17: 27 above; Jeremiah 29: 13 and many other verses); put our faith in Him; and love Him. In loving Him, we should love one another as each one being a part of His creation. We are not to worship (serve/adore/praise/trust) in our bank accounts or the political agendas of this world or in our own abilities or intelligence. This earthly, fleshly body that we now live in is so pulled by the things and ways of this world; but we are to transform our minds (Romans 12: 1, 2) to move towards the life that He has prepared for us (Ephesians 2: 10). So we are to repent (be sorrowful for and strive to move away from) of our sins (things that pull us into the desires of this world) and prepare for a day of judgment wherein all will answer for each one’s own life that God created and gave to us.
Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. (KJV)
Here Paul refers to God’s people as the flock, as the Old Testament prophets referred to God’s people as a flock of sheep and the religious and political leaders as shepherds of the flock, and also as Jesus referred to His children as sheep and Himself as the Great Shepherd. Paul warned that there would be grievous wolves that would enter in among them. Many today talk about finding “lost” ancient Christians writings that teach different things from what we have in our Scriptures. In a number of places, Paul, John, and others warned about false teachings that were being spread. These false teachers knew how to write books and letters as well as the Christians. They were soon to be called Gnostics, from the Greek word for ‘knowledge’. There are claims to be writings from early Christians, even from known apostles. They are only claims. It was not uncommon for people to write and use someone else’s name. Also they could be writings by people who happen to have the same names as some of the early Christian leaders. Do not be led astray by those who teach that they have newly discovered documents and other writings.
What do grievous wolves do to a flock of sheep? They eat them. In Christian terms, they may eat their true faith by introducing ‘new teachings’ and rob them of actually coming to know the full truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ or adding other things to that gospel by teaching new ways. The New Testament also speaks of those who are preaching the gospel for their own gain rather than for the purpose of sharing Jesus calling. I believe that preachers and evangelists should have a comfortable income and have a nice home, car, and be able to eat well. There are many who are taking advantage and amassing much more wealth that is contrary to teaching of Jesus who said, “Woe to those who are rich.” They are not seeking to serve Christ but themselves. Those who say that I am judging ‘rich preachers’ need to understand that telling the truth and judging are two different things. I don’t deny that I am ‘judgmental’ and that is one of my sins as I am so far from perfect as yet, but practically everyone is judgmental to some degree in their feelings and attitudes towards others of different beliefs and backgrounds. Even so, Jesus said, “woe to the rich; they have their rewards,” and “do not store up your rewards in this world, but store rewards for your eternal home,” and the New Testament teaches that there are those who seek to use the gospel for their own gain. I reiterate that the Bible speaks against these rich preachers and those who seek them out to listen to them and that telling the truth and judging are two different things.
If anyone teaches that telling the truth is judging, then are they saying not to tell the truth? If the truth is not told, then would the truth not become covered by untruths? Are not untruths the same as lies? Is not Satan the father of liars? I strive to tell the truth, but that does not mean that I perfectly understand that truth, because I am so far from perfect. If I speak anything that is not perfect truth, then I ask forgiveness from my Creator and from any that I may mislead. This is why some of my posts that I try to stress, do not believe anything that I say because I say it, but each individual is responsible for searching for the truth within themselves. For those who believe they can get the whole truth by listening to rich preachers then that is each individual’s decision. I still contend that preachers do not get rich from preaching the whole truth, because too many people in this world are not so willing to pay for the ‘whole’ truth, because they mainly want to hear what they want to hear. So as the New Testament also teaches that many with itchy ears (those who want to hear what they want to hear) will seek preachers who preach what they want to hear.
Monday, March 3, 2014, 4:43 PM
Though there may be many passages that I would copy and paste and think to post on, I have not been able to get around to them. Still I study, and try to select a few.
Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? 26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (KJV)
If Jesus is your Master, do you strive to be as He is? But remember, there is a cross to bear. The people of this world accused Jesus of being a chief demon, so if we strive to be like Him, then we may expect this world to treat us the same. Though it be very difficult, we should strive not to be afraid of those who would ridicule us, call us evil (as they called Jesus about Beelzebub), or threaten us. Christians have been fed to lions, hung on crosses, burned at the stake, and endured many other tribulations and sorrows. This thought isn’t to cause Christians to live in fear, because we are to remember that this world is not our home, but that we have an eternal home in Heaven with Jesus. Much easier said than done as we still live in fleshly bodies. When we go to Heaven, we will be given a new body. This body belongs to this world, but Christian spirits and new bodies will have eternal joy.
Matthew 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. 42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. (KJV)
The Greek verb for ‘findeth’ in verse 39 above isn’t used quite the way in the older English as now. Actually, it is used the same way, but can also be used for other implications. It can mean ‘to get’, ‘obtain’, ‘find’, ‘perceive’, or ‘see’. In euphemisms one may say, “Do you see?” and really mean, “Do you understand?” In verse 39, ‘findeth’ refers to ‘getting’ or ‘finding’ in the sense of ‘searching after’ (do you ‘see’ in ‘searching’?). Finding your treasures in this life will cause a loss of treasures in Heaven. By giving up your rewards in this earthly life, you will gain rewards in your Heavenly life. Essentially, this giving up of refers to sharing of your earthly life’s rewards with those who are in need of those benefits. Jesus emptied His life out for us, and He asks that we empty out our lives for Him (for His cause). If you give of yourself for others in Christian charity (reference to the righteous man and disciple), then you are working for the cause of Christ. In serving Christ’s cause you are testifying to your faith in Him, and depending on Him, and to add a note of eternal security- “… he shall IN NO WISE LOSE HIS REWARD”.
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 9:44 PM
Many people talk about love without really conceptualizing what it truly is. If you truly love someone, do you feel for his feelings? If they hurt, do you hurt to see them hurt? Do you feel a desire to take that hurt away from them? If you truly love someone, and they hurt, then it makes you hurt to see him hurt, and trying to ease their hurt is likewise an effort to ease your own hurt. By hurting because someone you love hurts, then the less they hurt, then naturally the less you will hurt. If you love someone, you want to see him (her) happy. Seeing that one happy makes you feel happier, so you would naturally wish to make that other one happy.
If you truly love someone, and you see them having anxieties, then you feel anxious yourself, and you wish to ease his anxieties. If you truly love someone and you see him carrying a heavy load, then you wish to help him bear that load. So when you examine what you call love for another, does it include you being there for him when he is in need and sharing in his load, burden, hurt, etc.? If you truly love another, then you do not wish to make yourself to be better than the other is, but you wish to make the other a better person.
If you think your love for another is based on what the other person does for you, or how the other makes you feel, or what you can get from the other, then your love is focused on yourself, and you are a lover of your own self. There is another type of lover of his own self- the one who does for others so that he can attract attention for himself, or so he can ‘put on a show’ of being a loving person. If your psychological make-up causes you to do for others, and then you like to walk around being proud of yourself because you are known for doing for others, then you are really doing for yourself. True love wishes to do for others, and make the others feel important, not yourself.
Jesus (Yahshua) wishes us all to live in love. By living in love, we can all carry one another’s hurts, burdens, and needs. We would all live in love doing for one another. We would have no greed, but we would have no need, because as we did for others, others would be doing for us as well. In genuine love, you would never want to force or push your love on others. You would only wish to give that love to those who accept it in a spirit of love that would likewise return that given love. This is why Jesus doesn’t push Himself on us. He wishes us to desire that love and come to Him of our own will, and experience that love that came from Him, to be shared with others.
Jesus created us, and in His love for us, wishes to give us an eternal home with Him. Unfortunately, many will not come to Him, and by that fact, they will be eternally separated from Him. Back to the first paragraph- you should realize that if you love someone, then it hurts you to see him hurt. Do you ever consider for the love that Jesus has how much it hurts Him that so many will not accept to live in His eternal love? Do you ever consider that if you truly believe that Jesus loves you, that it truly hurts Jesus to see you hurt? Does it often seem that we live in a world that is filled with so much hurt? Then could we imagine how happy it would make Jesus to see us all come to live in His world of love that would never know hurt again? But until that world is fully realized, can we see how much it hurts Jesus to see those who will not accept Him and come to live in His eternal home?
Friday, February 21, 2014, 10:50 PM
Some selected words from Jesus. They speak much of ‘giving’ even to enemies, but especially to the needy. They do not teach giving to the rich, but say that any who are ‘rich’ in this worlds standards have their rewards in this world, and have traded a Heavenly home for an earthly one. This is why He said in Luke- “… woe unto you that are rich!” All verses from the KJV.
Matthew 5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so?
6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
7:21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Pay close attention- the ‘punishment’ is ‘everlasting’. Are you rich in this world’s goods? Do you tend to those in need?
Luke 6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! For ye have received your consolation.
30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. 32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? For sinners also love those that love them. 33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? For sinners also do even the same. 34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
12:29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. 45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. 49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
Observe- there are servants who ‘knew’ what to do, that will be ‘beaten with many stripes’, but also the servants who ‘knew not’ that would be ‘beaten with few stripes’. The people of this world are not considered servants of YHWH (Yahweh- our Creator). By not accepting Yashua (Jesus) as Savior, they are doomed for everlasting punishments (not being burned up, as in ‘ceasing to exist’). But even the servants of our Creator will be judged according to their works. This is also taught in other places in the New Testament.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 10:57 PM
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (KJV)
Being justified does not mean that we are without any guilt or purely innocent, but that our guilt has been absolved and we are declared innocent. This is done by God’s grace that we have found through faith. Yet the ruler of this world (Satan/Lucifer) does not want us to enjoy this grace, and he is working to destroy our testimony through tribulations. It is demonstrating our faith in these tribulations that we gain patience and experience and our hope (expectation) in our Heavenly home is matured. This is possible because of our Savior’s self-sacrificing love demonstrated on the cross. The ruler of this world had no power to take Christ’s life from Him on the cross, but Jesus submitted to Satan’s fury voluntarily to lead us into becoming conquerors of the ties of this world that enslave us to this world’s ruler. From this we learn that we are spared God’s ultimate wrath in the eternal separation of this world from His kingdom.
2nd Timothy 3:10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (KJV)
Persecution is suffered because this world, led by Lucifer, is against God’s plan to deliver those who come to our Creator, YHWH (or Yahweh). But through faith that works patience, experience, and that glorious hope we learn more deeply the love of Christ for us, and a deeper appreciation of the suffering He endured for us.
2nd Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (KJV)
Here Paul is speaking to his beloved brother in Christ, Timothy. A few verses earlier he mentioned how Timothy had learned the Scriptures from his mother and grandmother. This is what he was referring to when he said, “… from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, WHICH ARE ABLE TO MAKE THEE WISE UNTO SALVATION THROUGH FAITH WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS.” This was from a time before the New Testament was written and the Holy Scriptures would be the Tanach, the Jewish version of what we call the Old Testament. The Old Testament promised the Messiah, which means ‘anointed’ and in Greek is ‘Christ’. “All Scripture …” is now spoken of as the Old and New Testaments combined, but in that time it referred to the Tanach.
1st Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. (KJV)
All people at some time experiences suffering for various reasons. This is the result of sin in the world. Though a saved person (Christian) may not be perfect, and therefore is prone to sin, then ‘the ungodly and sinner’ spoken of above refers to the unsaved. Christians may suffer as all people on earth are subject to suffering. Christians may also suffer as the direct result of personal sins, as the Scriptures clearly teach in Old and New Testament that the Father chastens and scourges whom He loves to bring them into conformation with His will. Next, Christians may suffer because Satan/Lucifer, the ruler of this world attacks Christians to try to bring them down and minimize their joy in their salvation and to minimize their witness to others.