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By *Light* in DevotionalsHello Family of God,
Words contained within [brackets] are used to expound on or place emphasis on certain words or phrases in particular; there may also be grammatical errors: such as punctuation, sentence fragments, and misplaced modifiers, so my apologies if you may have trouble with any content concerning contextual information given in this message. ALL CAPS within [brackets] are used to place extreme importance and special attention within the context of Bible passages to the reader. *Asterisks* are used when describing God's Nature.
"He that believeth on the Son [hath everlasting life] (Grk. echei zoen aionion -- present indicative; "to experience Full Communion with the Divine Creator for all of Eternity"): and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but [THE WRATH OF GOD] abideth on him." (John 3:36)
"Of how much [SORER PUNISHMENT], suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath [TRODDEN UNDER FOOT] the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?" (Hebrews 10:29)
The world is full of intractable men and women who pridefully and willfully rebel against the God of Scripture, and because of their hardened hearts, they stand condemned to Eternal Fire; their stubbornness will ultimately lead to an irrevocable denial of the sinfulness of their unregenerate hearts (cf. Ps. 17:10; Isa. 6:10; Jer. 5:23; Zech. 7:12; Rom. 2:5; Eph. 4:17-19; Heb. 3:7-9; 4:5-7; Rev. 9:20; 16:9-11). There is a greater condemnation for those who have "trodden under foot" the Son of God; this phrase was taken from a gesture used to express scorn and disdain in the Near East region during ancient times: its meaning was to "lift up one's foot" (cf. Ps. 41:9; 2 Kgs. 9:33; Isa. 14:19; Mic. 7:10; Zech. 10:5). To spurn the Goodness of our Creator who brought us into existence so that we might enjoy the True meaning of life to its fullest is to treat the precious and priceless Blood of the Lamb with utter contempt; in other words, these are those who value the shed Blood of Jesus Christ as unclean, and such people will receive a greater punishment in Hell and the Lake of Fire (Matt. 23:14; cf. Heb. 9:11-14; 10:26).
By *Light* in DevotionalsHello Family of God,
I will be focusing on the Absolute Sovereignty of Almighty God; how all Christians are to understand its purpose in Creation according to His unchanging Nature, and the Eternal consequences of willful rebellion and rejection against the Most High. My message will consist of:
I. Resistance and willful rebellion against the Sovereignty of God. II. Absolute Faith and Trust in God is connected to understanding God's Sovereignty. III. The Sovereignty of God over the the knowledge and wisdom of conscious creatures (His Omniscience). IV. The Sovereignty of God in the midst of the suffering of His people. V. The Sovereignty of God over the forces of evil. VI. The Condemnation of Christ-rejecters. VII. The hardening of the hearts of the lost/unbelievers and the death of innocent people. VIII. Closing remarks.
By *Light* in DevotionalsHello Family of God, My apologies for my poor Grammar and punctuation errors; my hope for the reader is for him/her to attain a deeper Understanding of God and Christ through His Words found in Holy Scripture.
"Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: [And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain]. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (1 Corinthians 15:12-19)
I will be focusing on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith [in] Him; the [express image] (Grk. charakter tes hupostaseos; i.e., "The Word of God sustains all things in existence" see Col. 1:17) of the Invisible God, Incarnate in human flesh (Jn. 1:14,18; 10:30; 14:9; 2 Cor. 4:4,6; Col. 1:15; 2:9; Heb. 1:3). Sadly, those who deny the Lordship of Jesus Christ will always take issue with His Deity, even though there is conclusive evidence that proves that He is. He is the "EXACT" [representation] of God; so in other words, He is EVERYTHING that the Invisible God is in bodily form, and yet He is still NOT Deity according to these doubters. This sort of nonsense is a perfect example of how Satan blinds the minds of apostates and false teachers. Jesus was the most humble man who had ever walked the Earth as God in human flesh, and He also claimed equality with God Himself (cf. Matt. 11:29; Mk. 10:45; Jn. 5:18,19; 10:30; 13:3-7; Phil. 2:5-11). "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but [a body hast thou prepared me]: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God." (Hebrews 10:5-7) The author of Hebrews takes this quote from Psalm 40:6 (LXX Septuagint) which reads, "mine ears hast thou opened": this is a Hebrew idiom for the hollowing out of the ears as integral to fashioning a human body. Ears are organs symbolic of being attentive to God's Will and His Truth's (1 Sam. 15:22); the Ultimate Sacrifice was offered unto God with the Gift of Unspeakable Value: The Precious Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ (Heb. 2:14). [Continued]
By Alan in AlanGenesis 40:1-23, “Do not interpretations belong to God?”
Only God knows the future. In the Bible, God recorded all of the knowledge of the future that God wants us to have. The Bible is the word of God and can tell us what is important. The philosophy of man, the religions of man, the interpretations of man, and the idols made by men, cannot help a person when he dies. The interpretations of man, false religions and prophets, are erroneous.
Joseph is an example to the every Christian who wants to have a close relationship with God and walk in the Holy Spirit. God gave us the story of Joseph to show us how to walk with God.
In Genesis 40:1-23, in the confines of a prison, while suffering tremendous adversity, we can see several fruits of the Spirit in this passage in the life of Joseph: longsuffering, gentleness, goodness and faith. Galatians 5:22 and 23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Because Joseph walked in the Spirit of God; he could have the proper interpretations of the dreams.
Verse 1-8 Interpretations belong unto God.
Astrologers and false prophets cannot accurately foretell the future. The reason why we have so many different interpretations of the prophecies of the scriptures is due to the fact that false prophets, and false teachers, cannot accurately interpret the scriptures. The apostle Peter clearly stated that only holy men of God, using the scriptures as their standard, can properly interpret the scriptures. 2 Peter 1:20 and 21 says, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scriptures is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
“… but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Because Joseph was ‘holy,’or as Galatians 5:23 states, ‘temperance,’ God gave him the proper interpretation. The meaning of temperate is; (1) marked by moderation: as, keeping or held within limits: not extreme or excessive; and, marked by an absence or avoidance of extravagance, violence, or extreme partisanship. A saint cannot be ‘holy’ without having ‘temperance’ in his character.
Daniel 2:27 & 28, “Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these.” The false prophets, and false teachers, in the churches, the false gods of the Taoists, the Confucian, and the Buddhists, cannot reveal the end times. Only the Bible can give us the events of the end time.
The prophecies of the scriptures are true and will come to pass. Joseph was a true prophet. God gave him dreams and Joseph could interpret the dreams of others. In this story God gave us two examples.
As with Daniel, God gave Joseph the proper interpretation and Joseph gave the honour and glory to God. “Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these.” Daniel 2:27 & 28
Even though Joseph was in prison unjustly, Joseph still had goodness in his life to help the Baker and the Butler in their trials of life in the prison. Please take note that Joseph saw the sadness of these men and had an inward desire, without the prospect of a reward, to help both of these men in their sorrows of life.
Is not this act of goodness, this act of kindness, without any prospect of reward, like the goodness and kindness of the Lord Jesus? “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Acts 10:38
Verse 9-13 The dream of the Butler.
The butler told Joseph the dream and Joseph told the the butler the correct interpretation of the dream. Only God could have told Joseph the interpretation.
Verse 14 and 15 Joseph's Request and Testimony.
Joseph asked the butler to make mention of him to Pharaoh. Joseph then told the butler his story. Joseph reminded the butler that he did nothing wrong. The life of Joseph, as the life of the Lord Jesus, was above reproach.
Verse 16-19 The dream of the Baker
The chief baker told Joseph his dream and Joseph told the baker the correct interpretation of the dream.
Verse 20-22 The Fulfillment of the Two Dreams
The interpretations of Joseph were correct. God gave the interpretation to Joseph and Joseph told the interpretations of the two dreams to the butler and to the baker. The dreams were fulfilled in public.
As with Daniel, God gave the correct interpretations of both of the dreams.
The interpretation of a true prophet is always right. Deuteronomy 18:22, “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”
Verse 23 the Butler forgot Joseph
Man forgets, but God does not. In God's proper timing, and in His proper ways, He will fulfill His will. In the life of Joseph we know that he had a good relationship with God. Even though he is in prison, he did good, the butler forgot him and Joseph remained in prison. Even in intense adversity, Joseph was kind to those around him.
In spite of the other peoples failure, Joseph still trusted in God. In spite of his still being in prison, Joseph still trusted in God and did good. Joseph, throughout his life, and in this instance, had longsuffering, gentleness in adversity, goodness and faith.
By *Light* in DevotionalsHello Family of God,
"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, [UNTIL SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN]." (Matthew 18:21-25)
It was taught by the Rabbi's of Jesus's day that forgiveness was to be granted to those seeking forgiveness up to three times; this was taken out of Old Testament Scripture where God had forgiven the enemies of Israel only three times (Amos 1:3,6,9,11,13). Peter was attempting to impress our Lord Jesus Christ by taking it a step further with forgiving those who trespass against us up to seven times; but the Lord, even this was not up to God's standard of forgiveness. We must understand that God is Omniscient, and knows the hearts of every living being with a conscious (1 Sam. 16:7; 1 Kgs. 8:39; 1 Chron. 28:9; Ps. 44:21; 139:13; Prov. 21:2; Jer. 17:9-10; 20:10; Matt. 9:4; Lk. 16:15; Jn. 2:25; Acts 1:24; 15:8; 1 Cor. 4:5; Rev. 2:23). There are certain commands and instructions which come directly from the Lord Himself that no mortal creature can do in like manner: such as shaking the dust of your feet and condemning those who will not receive the Gospel upon their first rejection of it; for there is always the possibility that the Lord will draw such people to Him when the timing is right when the Gospel is ministered to the lost (cf. Isa. 55:11; Matt. 10:11-15; Jn. 6:44; 1 Cor. 3:6-8).
"And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, [it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, NEITHER IN THE WORLD TO COME]." (Matthew 12:32)
Does this mean that the Lord is reluctant to forgive those who know they have sinned against Him, and regardless if they beg for His mercy? Mercy and Forgiveness is granted to all who will "repent" of their sins before God, it is not granted to those who refuse to repent and continually reject the Gospel Message; for what is the point in doing so? What will this accomplish? It will only demonstrate that God is unjust for allowing sin to go unpunished, and we know that cannot be the case since God is the Most Holy and Righteous; He cannot overlook sin, so retribution must be doled out upon unrepentant sinners (cf. Prov. 28:13; Matt. 9:13; Lk. 5:32; 13:3; Acts 3:19; 17:30). God is always willing to forgive those who come to Him in Genuine Repentance and a Broken spirit, and the one who has been forgiven by God will manifest a heart of unlimited forgiveness towards those who have wronged them (Ps. 136; Matt. 6:14-15; 2 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13; Heb. 8:12; 1 Jn. 1:9)."For it is impossible for those who were once [enlightened], and have [tasted of the heavenly gift], and were made [partakers of the Holy Ghost], And have [tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come], If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." (Hebrews 6:4-6)