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    The Furnace Of Affliction - Part Two Come Forth As Gold
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    Hello Family of God, I will be sharing some FACTS regarding the Triune God of Scripture and His Immutable Attributes. It seems as if the God of Holy Scripture has been accused and slandered among many, even those who profess to belong to Christ and God. I will begin with . . . [Why God must be Triune in BEING]: Simple Answer: God is Love; and what I mean by that is the Divine/Perfect Love shared within the Triune Godhead from Eternity past (cf. Matt. 17:2; Jn. 17:24; 2 Pet. 1:17). Love is an emotion that is directed toward someone other than ourselves. The Perfect Love of the Father is manifested in His Grace, Mercy, and Forgiveness. We see this manifested in the Giving of His One and Only Son, and how Jesus Christ experienced the most unimaginable suffering that a finite being could never fully understand (Isa. 53:3-12; Ps. 22:14-18; Matt. 26:36-39; Lk. 22:44; Jn. 10:18; 18:11; Rom. 5:8; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 2:9-11; 5:7-8; 12:2-3; 1 Jn. 4:7-12). Also keep in mind that God is Love, NOT Love is God; and this has been taught by many well-meaning Christians (e.g., "the car is red, NOT red is the car"). "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God [must believe that he is], and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." (Hebrews 11:6) First and foremost: there is NONE like the One True God. The above verse cited is not to be interpreted as simply believing in the Existence of God (everyone should know this); it is to be understood that those who desire to Know God must believe that He is the One TRUE GOD, separate from all other gods, who are all false gods or demons (Jer. 10:11; Rom. 1:20; 1 Cor. 8:5-6; 10:20-22). The God of Holy Scripture is unique in the sense that there is no other "god" like Him (One in BEING), and Eternally Existing in Three distinct persons (2 Kgs. 19:15; 2 Sam. 22:32; Neh. 9:6; Isa 37:16,20; 43:10; 45:5; 64:4; Joel 2:27; Mk. 12:32; Jn. 17:3; 1 Tim. 1:17). He does not change, for He is the Eternal I AM. "For thus saith [THE HIGH AND LOFTY ONE] that inhabiteth eternity, [WHOSE NAME IS HOLY]; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of [a contrite and humble spirit], to revive [the spirit of the humble], and to revive the heart of [the contrite ones]." (Isaiah 57:15) Even the name of the One True God is set apart from all the false "gods" of this world. I have often heard atheists accusing God as arrogant and haughty because of the verse above, and the Irony in this is absolutely stunning. Even the [a]theist knows in their heart of hearts that God obviously exists; and it is their deceitful hearts, corrupted consciences, and the fallen nature of the unregenerate man which suppresses this Truth (cf. Jer. 17:9; Rom. 2:14-16; 1 Cor. 2:14-15; 1 Tim. 4:2). To the unregenerate man or woman who questions the Absolute Sovereignty of God: Who brought you into this world? Have you existed from Eternity past? Are you Deserving/Worthy of Worship? Is God HIGH AND LOFTY? Is the name of God HOLY? Would God be lying if He were to deny any of His self-existent and Immutable Attributes? Did you the Universe into existence from absolutely NOTHING? A Is there any "created" being in existence who would fit the characteristics and nature of God? Does the above quote cited bother you? And if so, why? Would a man or woman be considered humble and take issue with God in any way? "[HE MUST INCREASE], but [I MUST decrease]. He that cometh from above is [ABOVE ALL]: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is [ABOVE ALL]." (John 3:30-31) "I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth." (Isaiah 43:6-9) Learn some humility my friend! The Word Incarnate became flesh not only to reconcile man unto God, but to demonstrate and prove that Christ is Lord, and is to be exalted. He had took the sins and burden of mankind upon Himself as an act and accomplishment of Divine Love beyond all human comprehension that no creature in existence would forego. His life and ministry is without doubt confirmed Him as Lord over all. God has created mankind to KNOW Him, to see His Glory and enjoy everlasting fellowship with Him in a way that cannot be fully understood by the fallen man, even in his redeemed state (cf. Isa. 43:6-9; Jn. 17:3; 1 Cor. 2:9; 13:12; 1 Jn. 3:2; Rev. 4:11). "[THOU ART WORTHY, O LORD], [TO RECEIVE GLORY AND HONOUR AND POWER]: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." (Revelation 4:11) "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and [I will GIVE you rest]. Take my yoke upon you, and [learn of me]; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find [rest unto your souls]. For [my yoke] is easy, and [my burden] is light." (Matthew 11:28-30) "I am the LORD: that is my name: and [MY GLORY] will I [NOT GIVE TO ANOTHER], neither my praise to graven images." (Isaiah 42:8) "I have [GLORIFIED THEE] on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, [GLORIFY THOU ME] with thine own self with [THE GLORY WHICH I HAD WITH THEE] before the world was." (John 17:4-5) Do the above passages seem paradoxical at first glance? Only if you are a "natural" man (1 Cor. 2:14). We all know what the pronoun "another" means, correct? If all Three persons of the Godhead are ONE IN ESSENCE, co-equal, co-eternal, and of equal power (i.e., "Omnipotence"), then it stands to reason that the Son and the Holy Spirit are NOT to be considered as additional "Gods" (i.e., three Gods in total), rather they are One in BEING as the Father (Jn. 10:30). To better understand this, we must first understand that when the Word became flesh, the Incarnate Word then had a dual nature (i.e., "He was BOTH God and Man"). So does this mean that there was an additional person added to the Triune God? Not at all. By the way, Mary is NOT the Mother of God, and this has been erroneously taught by Catholics, who venerate Mary above Jesus Christ. Jesus is BOTH God and Man; therefore, Mary is the mother of Jesus the "man", and NOT Jesus as God. Who decided that God is One Person? Where did this idea come from? It is the "fallen nature" of the corrupted man which clouds his understanding of a Transcendent Being, who is The One True Creator God (Jn. 8:42; 1 Cor. 3:19). The Son of Man came into this world to not only reconcile mankind unto God, but to "reveal" the True Nature of God in all His Glory, and this will be fully expressed in the Eternal State (Matt. 11:27; Jn. 14:7,20-23). Sin separated man from God, and because of this separation, God is distanced from the unregenerate mind (Isa. 59:2). A Unipersonal "god" spells trouble for this so-called "god," Look what it did to the Devil: "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, [I will] ascend into heaven, [I will] exalt my throne above the stars of God: [I will] sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: [I will] ascend above the heights of the clouds; [I will] be like the most High. [YET THOU SHALT BE BROUGHT DOWN TO HELL], [TO THE SIDES OF THE PIT]. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?" (Isaiah 14:12-17) I will ascend into heaven (No chance in hell) I will exalt my throne above the stars of God (There's going to be a new heaven and a new earth) I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north (False prophecy) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds (Stop dreaming) I will be like the most High (That position is already taken, and it's PERMANENT) Satan is only concerned about himself, and he will use any means necessary to exalt himself. He will make false promises to those who would carry out his bidding in order that he may lifted up on high. He is the epitome of selfishness, self-centeredness, arrogance, hatred, deceit, malice, contempt, and every wicked thing under the sun. Isn't this what we see with many false teachers today who are only in it to fleece the flock, and feed their own selfish ambition and carnal desires? The Pharisees of Jesus' day did just that: they stole money from widows and deceived them into believing that they can "buy" their way to Heaven by literally giving ALL that they had, and these poor and destitute widows had nothing left to offer (cf. Lk. 21:1-4; 1 Tim. 6:5; 2 Tim. 3:6; Tit. 1:11; Jas. 5:1-3; 1 Pet. 5:2). Jesus referred to such religious hypocrites as children of the Devil (Jn. 8:44-45). The time will come when this creature called the Devil and Satan will be brought to the lowest pits of hell. God and Christ is Glorified, and the accuser of our Brethren will be an abhorrence to all those who will gaze upon him. No more masquerading as an angel of light, the ugliness and shame of this foul creature will be seen for who he truly is. Let this be an example and lesson to all who resist God's Will and Sovereignty over all Creation. God alone is to be worshiped, and none other, because there is no other BEING in existence who can stake this claim. When all is said and done, every knee will bow before God and Christ whether they refuse to acknowledge Him now as Lord over all or not (Rom. 10:9-10; Phil. 2:10-11; Isa. 45:23). Since mankind was [separated] from his Divine Creator as a result of disobedience and sin, mankind's understanding of the True Nature of One has been lost. It is the Father in Heaven who draws the unregenerate towards God, and reveals who the One True God is (Matt. 16:16-17; Jn. 6:44; 14:6). The curse of death (BOTH physical and spiritual) was the consequence of disobedience in the paradise of God; however, Jesus Christ cannot sin, and therefore the curse of death does not apply to Him (Rom. 5:12). Jesus did NOT die as a result of having a sin nature, but was murdered by His own at the age of 33. He "aged" to Perfection from the Cradle to the Cross, and accomplished all that His Father foreordained by fulfilling the Perfect Will of God (Ps. 16:10; Jn. 5:19; 8:29; Acts 2:23; 4:27-28). The redeemed of all the ages will understand with perfect knowledge the True Meaning of ONE as they will SEE God in all His Glory. "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for [WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS]." (1 John 3:1-2) The Greek verb "see" (Grk. optanomai -- future middle indicative). To SEE GOD is to see Him in All His Full Glory in the Eternal State when God may be ALL IN ALL (1 Cor. 15:28). Christ will reign for 1,000 years upon the Earth, and after the consummation of the Millennial reign, God and Christ will continue to reign for all of Eternity as God the Father AND the Son sits on the Eternal Throne in the Eternal State. The Triune God will be manifested in His FULL GLORY, and the entire Family of God will see THE FACE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD (i.e., "God the Father") in the person of Jesus Christ (Matt. 11:27; 16:27; Jn. 1:18; 10:30; 14:9; 17:5; 1 Tim. 6:16). "And there shall be no more curse: but [THE THRONE OF GOD AND OF THE LAMB] shall be in it; and his servants shall serve [HIM]: And they shall see [HIS FACE]; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for [THE LORD GOD GIVETH THEM LIGHT]: and they shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 22:3-5) "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for [THE GLORY OF GOD DID LIGHTEN IT], and [THE LAMB IS THE LIGHT] thereof." (Revelation 21:23) The Lamb is the Light that God the Father gives to His redeemed, and it is a SHARED GLORY within the TRIUNE BEING of the Godhead. This Full manifestation of the Invisible God and His Glory is seen in the Face of the Son on the Eternal Throne. The redeemed throughout history will be Immersed in the Glorious Light of God and His Christ Forever and ever. Believers are ONE in the Body of Christ, and this is an appetizer of what will come about in the Eternal State; then will they know the meaning of ONE in the Truest sense of the Word (cf. Jn. 14:20; 17:21; 1 Cor. 6:17; 12:13). "And now, O Father, [GLORIFY THOU ME WITH THINE OWN SELF] with the glory which I had with thee [BEFORE THE WORLD WAS]." (John 17:5) "For the Son of man shall come [IN THE GLORY OF HIS FATHER] with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." (Matthew 16:27) "And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, [BE OF GOOD CHEER] (Grk. tharseite -- present imperative; i.e., a command to "take courage"); [IT IS I] (Grk. ego eimi -- present indicative; i.e., "THE ETERNAL I AM"); [BE NOT AFRAID] (Grk. me hobeisthe -- present imperative; i.e., "a command to FEAR NOT"). And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, [HE WAS AFRAID]; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" (Matthew 14:25-31) "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you [another Comforter] (Grk. allon parakleton), that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: [I will come to you]." (John 14:16-18) The Greek word "another" means another of the SAME kind (i.e., "Of the same essence with the Holy Spirit"). Jesus will come to them when He sends the Holy Spirit to indwell True Believers at Pentecost (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 12:13). This is not semantic nonsense, this is CONTEXT according to the Totality of Scripture; for Scripture is the best interpreter of Scripture, and Context is KING. Jesus would come to His followers (Grk. erchomai -- future indicative in the middle voice) when the Holy Spirit is sent to His disciples to equip them for their ministry. Moreover, if God were to be Unipersonal, then who is this Perfect Love directed at? If that were to be the case, then the God revealed in Holy Scripture is no different than the god of Islam; and he is the epitome of an arrogant, unworthy, and self-serving person. God, by definition, is a Being who is PERFECT in all His Divine Attributes, and they are Immutable. Therefore, it stands to reason that in order for the Eternal and Immortal God to possess a Perfect Love, this Perfect Love must have been directed towards someone other than Himself, and this person must also possess a Perfect Love from Eternity past (cf. Isa. 42:1; Jer. 31:3; Matt. 12:18; Jn. 1:1; 3:35; 5:20; 17:26; Phil. 2:6; Col. 1:19; Heb. 1:3). "Thou believest that there is [one God]; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble (Grk. phrisso; lit., "have one's hair stand on end")." (James 2:19) The verse cited above does not say that God is One [Person], it says that God is ONE in the literal translation of the Greek grammar. The Divine Attributes of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the same (Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent). Omnipresent does not imply that God is literally IN all things (e.g., "Pantheism"). Does Christ have and agreement with Satan? Are we to have fellowship with unbelievers who want nothing to do with the Truth? God will dwell with His people, and will be in them; He will not live among the unregenerate, nor will He partake with the world and its system (cf. Jn. 18:36; 2 Cor. 6:14-16; Jas. 4:4; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; Rev. 18:4). The Apostle John, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote: "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will [MANIFEST MYSELF] to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and [we will come unto him, and MAKE OUR ABODE with him]." (John 14:21-23) "That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; [Who ONLY hath immortality], dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom [no man hath seen, NOR CAN SEE]: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen." (1 Timothy 6:14-16) "[I AM HE THAT LIVETH] (Grk. zao; present participle), and [WAS DEAD] (Grk. ginomai nekros; aorist indicative); and, behold, [I AM ALIVE FOR EVERMORE] (Grk. idou eimi zao eis aion; aorist imperative/present tense/present participle), Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou [hast seen], and the things [which are], and the things [which shall be] hereafter;" (Revelation 1:18-19) It is the Holy Spirit of God that raised Jesus from the dead (Rom. 1:4; 8:11; 1 Pet. 3:18). Jesus also proclaimed that He will raise Himself from the dead (Jn. 2:19; 10:17-18; 11:25). The Bible also teaches that God the Father has raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 2:24,32; Rom. 6:4). This will be continued in my next message . . . God Bless!
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    "Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David." Christ is called the "Son of David" by the Old Testament believers for a reason and often those recognizing Jesus as that Christ, when he ministered physically on earth, would call upon him for mercy. One of the main reasons for this was because of the teaching here in Psalm 89. God had given Israel King David and His Spiritual House as a picture of the one day true King "the Holy One of Israel" that would come, granting both Spiritual and Physical mercy through His Spiritual Tabernacle, the NT Church. Psalm 89 taught them that David's descendant would be the "Holy One of Israel" and that God's covenant with King David would mirror God's covenant with those who believed on Christ, the Son of God. In Part 3 of this 4 part message on Psalm 89 we show how God gave David and his house as a picture of His Spiritual Covenant of Mercy that was available for all to enter into by faith in Christ. We also show how, once received, this covenant could not be broken by later unfaithfulness by the receiver. Just as the covenant was secure with David and Christ, so it would be with all those who received it. Preached: February 13, 2019 Wednesday Night. By Pastor John Young, at Edgecliff Baptist Church, Spokane Valley, WA. (Please like, share, and subscribe to the channel for more Bible Sermons!) #SonOfDavid #TheHolyOne #HaveMercy #CallUponHisName #Psalm89
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    Jerry

    The Furnace of Affliction - Part One

    The Furnace Of Affliction - Part One As Silver Is Tried
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    Jerry

    Thankful For The Love Of God

    I guess I still got a sermon section here. Thankful For The Love Of God Love is not an emotion (though it may effect them) - love is a choice. Love is an action verb. Always seeking the best for others. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Romans 5:6-10 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 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. When we were at our worst, God gave His best! He proved/showed/demonstrated His love to us by sending His Son to die on the cross for our sins. 1 John 4:8-10 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us. We learn love through the Lord Jesus Christ's example for us - He loved us first! Consider each point of the description of love in 1 Corinthians 13, thinking about Christ’s/God’s love as an example for us, and how our love is to be towards others and towards the Lord in return. The word translated as charity here is the Greek word agape. It means "love," and is often referred as the deep love of God, a self-sacrificial love that desires the best for others. Matthew Henry points out that the word charity was used by the translators to indicate when they believed love towards BOTH God and man was in view in that particular verse or passage. 1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, - Longsuffering, forbearing. Webster's 1828 Dictionary gives this as one of his definitions for forbearance: "The exercise of patience; long suffering; indulgence towards those who injure us; lenity; delay of resentment or punishment." In the Gospel Mission, we often see people at the lowest point in their lives, and there are some that are extremely difficult to handle at times - but love forbears and still reaches out to them, helping them and caring for them. The Bible speaks in various places of God's forbearance towards us. Several references are: Colossians 3:13-14 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? and is kind; - Webster’s: Kind: "1. Disposed to do good to others, and to make them happy by granting their requests, supplying their wants or assisting them in distress; having tenderness or goodness of nature; benevolent; benignant. 2. Proceeding from tenderness or goodness of heart; benevolent; as a kind act; a kind return of favors." Real love is not just wishing others well, but putting shoe leather on our intentions and doing good to others. Psalm 92:1-2 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. charity envieth not; - Webster's: Envy: "v.t. [L. invideo, in and video, to see against, that is, to look with enmity.] 1. To feel uneasiness, mortification or discontent, at the sight of superior excellence, reputation or happiness enjoyed by another; to repine at another's prosperity; to fret or grieve one's self at the real or supposed superiority of another, and to hate him on that account. 2. To grudge; to withhold maliciously. EN'VY, n. Pain, uneasiness, mortification or discontent excited by the sight of another's superiority or success, accompanied with some degree of hatred or malignity, and often or usually with a desire or an effort to depreciate the person, and with pleasure in seeing him depressed. Envy springs from pride, ambition or love, mortified that another has obtained what one has a strong desire to possess." Love does not hate/despise someone else because of what they have or because they are better off in some way than you. The love of God in believers - produced through the work of the indwelling Holy Spirit in us - enables us to desire and work towards the best for others, just as the Lord is working out all things for good in our own lives. Romans 5:5b ...because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 1 John 3:17-18 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. charity vaunteth not itself, - Is not boastful; doesn’t brag about themself. is not puffed up, - Is not inflated with pride. I have seen many in our community and even some that come through our doors that look down on others - whether these others are clients or staff at the Mission - because the image of homelessness or low income families disgusts them. That is pride - agape love cares for others and does not elevate themselves above those in need. Neither does it look down on those who are struggling with sin in their lives, knowing we are just as prone to wander, and just as much in need of the Lord's forgiveness and cleansing in our own lives. There is no place for pride in the heart of a saved individual - the ground is level at the foot of the cross. 1 Corinthians 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, - Does not act in an inappropriate manner towards others. True love will do what is right around others, will not treat them wrong or act towards them in an ungodly way. One passage that comes to mind about our Saviour shows that He did not flip out or act inappropriately, even when dealing with lost sinners. I cringe whenever I hear shouting in the hallways where I live, where a husband and wife (or parents and children) are yelling at each other, cursing each other out, but Jesus never did that when He ministered here on earth. He showed His love towards those around Him (and still shows it towards us), even when He needed to correct their sin. Matthew 12:18-21 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and a smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust. seeketh not her own, - Is not selfish, self-centered, is looking out for the best for others, not simply for themself. is not easily provoked, - Not easily exasperated with others. Following up on the book of James (which we covered at the Mission last month), love is slow to wrath, slow to be angry or frustrated with others, slow to retaliate or respond in the same manner (leaving vengeance in the Lord's hands). Sometimes it is hard not to react badly when someone is cursing you out or dumping on you (as we sometimes say), but true love tries to react in a Christ-like manner. And, no, that does not mean we never get upset at sin or someone's bad behavior - but we learn more how to bear it and deal with it it a right way that honors the Lord and responds appropriately. thinketh no evil; - Strong's Concordance: Thinketh: "to take an inventory, i.e. estimate...:--conclude...." - Strong's: Evil: "worthless (intrinsically such...), that is (subjectively) depraved, or (objectively) injurious:--bad, ...harm[ful], ...wicked." Of course, love means we should not be thinking wicked or harmful thoughts about/towards others - but I find the definition here interesting. We are not to think of others as "worthless." In this ministry, we have many coming through our doors that no longer feel they are of value to others - YET God considers them of worth, and we should too - if we claim to have love for them. 1 Corinthians 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, - Strong's: Rejoiceth:"to be full of 'cheer',... be glad." - Strong's: Iniquity: "(legal) injustice (properly, the quality, by implication, the act); morally, wrongfulness (of character, life or act):--iniquity, unjust, unrighteousness, wrong." Not glad for injustice done to others. There are many in our society, even on the street, that take pleasure when wrong is done to others, when someone is ripped off, when others are treated unfairly (kind of like bullies in school). Part of the definition refers to legal injustice done - we see a lot of that in our world, when a judge lets the wicked off and the righteous or innocent get charged falsely and lose what they have. Love does not rejoice in this! but rejoiceth in the truth; - Strong's: Rejoiceth: "to sympathize in gladness, congratulate:--rejoice in (with)." - Strong's: Truth: "true (as not concealing)." Real love rejoiceth when the truth comes out, when the righteous and the innocent are vindicated. The Lord will right the injustices we face in life - whether now or in eternity. Psalm 37:5-6 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. 1 Corinthians 13:7 Beareth all things, - Strong's: Beareth: "to roof over, i.e. (figuratively) to cover with silence (endure patiently)." Love covers the sins of others, overlooks them, does not hold them against someone. 1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. One of the main themes of the Bible is Christ's atonement for our sins. Atonement means "to cover." Jesus' blood covers the repentant believer's sins and washes them away; therefore, they are no longer held against that believer. Only God's love can do that! 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Psalm 103:10-14 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. believeth all things, - Strong's: Believeth: "to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e. credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one's spiritual well-being to Christ)." How is your walk with the Lord? Are you growing in your faith? Love towards God is believing all that He has said. hopeth all things, - Hope means "confident expectation." Loving God is believing and receiving His promises - confidently expecting Him to fulfill them as He is working in your life. endureth all things. - Strong's: Endureth: "to stay under (behind), i.e. remain; figuratively, to undergo, i.e. bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere." Loving the Lord is enduring the trials He allows in your life - knowing every single one of them has a purpose, and one of those purposes is to make you more like your Saviour. Are you trusting in your Heavenly Father - believing all things, hoping all things, enduring all things He has planned for you? 1 Corinthians 13:8a Charity never faileth: - Never: "Not even at any time, i.e. never at all." - Strong's: Faileth: "to drop away; specially, be driven out of one's course; figuratively, to lose, become inefficient:--...take none effect." God's love will NEVER, EVER fail! He will ALWAYS fulfill His work in your life. He will NEVER be driven out of course in His plan for you. His love will NEVER lose its power, NEVER become inefficient, NEVER be of no effect in your life. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, when His love is shed abroad in our hearts and we are actively showing that love to those around us in a Christlike and Biblical manner (emphasis on loving others in a Biblical manner, because there is much fluff in our modern thinking of love), it WILL have a lasting, powerful, transforming effect on others - just as the Lord's love has had a life changing effect on you (if you are His child). Loving others is in accordance with obeying the Lord and following His Word - ie. loving others is doing right towards them. 1 John 5:2-3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 2 Peter 1:3-11 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: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. Right now, faith, hope, and charity (love towards God and man) abide - they remain, are lasting, endure. In eternity, faith and hope will be done away with, they will have fulfilled their purpose. There will be no more need for faith, as we will be walking by sight, we will see our Saviour and our saved loved ones face to face. There will be no more need for hope, for confidently expecting the Lord to keep His promises, as we will see the fulfillment of all He has promised and all Bible prophecies come to pass. However, charity - love towards God and man - will last forever. We will be dwelling in God's presence, worshipping and loving Him, and living in love with our brethren in Christ. Charity will endure forever - no wonder the greatest of these is charity (love)! 1 John 4:16-17 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect (complete), that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. Most of us are quite familiar with John 3:16, but how many of us know 1 John 3:16? 1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. Are you thankful for God's love? Have you responded to it by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour? Are you showing that love to others? Ah, the love of God - one of my favourite themes, and one of my favorite hymns: The Love Of God (Lyrics: Frederick Lehman) The love of God is greater far Than tongue or pen can ever tell; It goes beyond the highest star, And reaches to the lowest hell; The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win; His erring child He reconciled, And pardoned from his sin. Chorus: O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure The saints’ and angels’ song. When years of time shall pass away, And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall, When men, who here refuse to pray, On rocks and hills and mountains call, God’s love so sure, shall still endure, All measureless and strong; Redeeming grace to Adam’s race— The saints’ and angels’ song. Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade, To write the love of God above, Would drain the ocean dry. Nor could the scroll contain the whole, Though stretched from sky to sky. Preached October 10th/2010 Written October 11th/2010 Jerry Bouey
  6. 1 point
    Alan

    The Kindness of God

    “The Kindness of God” 2 Samuel 9:1-13 David & Mephibosheth The theme of this story is the kindness of God. In David’s life, we can see the kindness of God. Because David and God had an intimate relationship, David developed a kind heart. Background Before David became the King of Israel King Saul tried to kill David and prevent David from becoming King over Israel. King Saul was David’s enemy. For seven years, David fled from King Saul. Except during times of religious expediency, King Saul did not obey God. He rebelled against God, listened to the people, and had a stubborn heart. God rejected King Saul and anointed David to be king over Israel. 1 Samuel 15:10 & 11 and 23 says, “Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried all night.” and, Samuel told King Saul, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king." King Saul is like many people. Most people, yea, even a lot of religious people, reject the will of God because they are rebellion against the Bible, stubborn, and will only listen to the world. David, before he became King, had a close relationship with King Saul’s son, Jonathan. Jonathan was an individual who had a love for God, for the will of God, and for the man of God. Verse 1-3, “And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake? And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.” King David loved God and God gave David peace and love in his heart. King David did not have hate nor have bitterness in his heart towards the house of Saul. King David put into practice the love and kindness of God. “Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old.” Psalm 25:6 King David is a good example for us how we should love our enemies and exhibit the love and kindness of God. In this passage twice, King David said that he wanted to show the kindness of God towards the house of Saul. Jonathan was King Saul’s son and a friend of David. Mephibosheth was Jonathan’s son and King Saul’s grandson. Mephibosheth was lame. He could not walk nor could he earn money. He was very poor. Mephibosheth was the grandson of Saul. Mephibosheth represents the Christian. Before we are saved, we are a child of the Devil and unworthy to enter into the presence of God and into heaven. And, only the love and mercy of God makes us worthy enough to enter heaven. “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.) Ephesians 2:4 and 5 Love Produces Kindness Verse 5 & 6, “Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar. Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!” Please note that even though David was the King he sought Mephibosheth. King David is a type of God. God loves us and He is seeking us. 1 John 4:9 & 10 says, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” God loves us! The Lord Jesus, the Son of God, said, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10 God is seeking the salvation of man in order for man to escape the torment of hell and enter the joy of heaven. Jesus loves us! Verse 7 & 8, “And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. And he bowed himself, and said, What is they servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?” The first words out of the mouth of King David was “Fear not.” King David relieved the heart of Mephibosheth. Is that not like the kindness of God? “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee: yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10 Mephibosheth realized that he was not worthy to receive this honor and was humble. In this passage, Mephibosheth twice said that he is David’s servant and did not deserve his mercy. Before we are saved, we are unworthy to enter into the presence of the King of Heaven. We deserve to go to hell. Like Mephibosheth, we need to have a grateful heart to the king of heaven and be God’s servant and follow Jesus. Verse 13, “So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.” King David gave commandments that his servants were to provide the physical necessities for Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth could not take care of himself so David took care of his needs. The Lord Jesus is our king and one day we will sit at His table in heaven and eat. The Lord Jesus, as an added blessing to the salvation of our soul, will give us a new, glorified body, and will take care of the needs of our new body for eternity. Revelation 19:9, “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” Conclusion The story of King David and Mephibosheth is a wonderful story of the loving kindness and mercy of God. It shows us how God gave David love for his enemies’ grandchild. It shows us the humility of Mephibosheth and love and kindness of God in a practical manner. It shows us how God will take care of our spiritual, physical, and eternal needs. Like King David, when we have a close relationship with God we can have the love and kindness of God in our hearts. God loves us! He is Merciful and Gracious! Before we loved God He loved us! Because God loves us He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus, to die on the cross and become the propitiation for our sins. This story shows us how God is seeking man for the eternal salvation of our soul so we can escape the torment of hell and enter into the joy of heaven. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
  7. 1 point
    Jim_Alaska

    Contrary Doctrine

    Text: Rom.16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 1Tim.4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 2Tim.1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 2Tim.2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. We claim to be Christians, followers of a specific way and teaching Jn.14: 6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. We claim to be guided by the unerring Word of God, the Bible. Yet it seems we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of history and repeatedly disregard the warnings of those in the faith that have gone before us. We have a parallel in the history of the nation of Israel. We can see this parallel in the remarkable scriptures of Duet.1:2-15. An eleven day trip took them forty years! We can see a direct parallel between Israel’s relationship to God and our relationship to God…. how slowly we cover the ground! What winding and turning! How often we must go back and cover the same ground again and again. We are slow travelers because we are slow learners. We might marvel at their unbelief and slowness to OBey, but we, like them, are kept back by our own unbelief and slowness of heart. The doctrine that we are to hold and pass on is the Word that we have received: The pure, unadulterated truth of God. The Galatian Church is a negative case in point. Gal.3:1-4. O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not OBey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? If it be yet in vain. Saved by grace, but then allowing themselves to be seduced by a perversion of Scripture. Deut.1:3. And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them; Here is instruction for all who labor in the Word and doctrine: Moses gave what he received from God, nothing more or less; this is the grand principal of the ministry, to bring people in direct contact with the Living Word of God. The Apostle Paul makes this argument better than I can. 1Cor.2: 1-5. And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 1Cor.15: 1-3. Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; The ‘so called’ church has wholly departed from the authority of the Word of God. In these churches, things are taught that have no foundation in the Scripture. They not only tolerate, but sanction and defend that which is in direct opposition to the mind of Christ. He spoke of them in Mat.15:8-9. This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. If you ask for the Divine Authority for their institution or practice, you are told that God has left us free to act according to our conscience. It is considered that professing Christians are left free to form churches, choose their own form of government and appoint their own officers. Can this be true? Are we to assume that the church is worse off than Israel in instruction and authority? We can see in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, the marvelous pains God took to instruct His people in even the minutest particulars concerning their worship and private life. Nothing was left to human arrangement. Man’s wisdom, judgment, reason and conscience had no part in it. There was no place for, “I can’t see this, or, I can’t go with that, or, I can’t agree that this is so.” Such language could only be regarded as self-will, for in that day all the instruction came with, “Thus saith the Lord.” They might as well say they could not agree with God. Are we left to think and arrange for ourselves in worship and service to God? I think not! 1Tim.3: 14-15. These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. He then goes on to show how things ought to be done by believers. Why are there different doctrines among professing churches? We have possession of God’s Word. We also have division, sects, creeds and denominations, Why? Because they refuse to submit their whole moral being to the authority of the Scripture. Free exercise of thought is the boast of Protestant Christianity. Such thinking will not stand at the Judgment. Mat.7: 21-23. Not every one 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. 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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. The duty of the servant is to OBey, not to exercise his will. The confusion between so-called churches is due to an unwillingness to bow to Divine Authority. Mat.7:28. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. It is impossible for the Holy Scripture to teach opposing doctrines. It cannot possibly teach the doctrines of Catholic, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Assembly of God, Church of Christ and Baptist….they oppose one another! Let’s look at a direct command in the name of Jesus for unity. 1Cor. 1:10. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. The so-called “church”, has departed from the authority of Christ long ago. They gave themselves over to man’s reasoning, feelings and religious perversion. They did not heed the teaching of Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. It is every Christian’s sacred duty to test every ecclesiastical system by the Word of God. If we have no Divine authority, no perfect standard, how can we be certain that we are on the true path? All that claim to be His church cannot justify the confusion of doctrines that they hold true. 1Cor.14:33. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. If God is not the author of this confusion, then who is? Jas 3:16. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. If we cannot say that “this is the thing that the Lord has commanded”, then we are in error. If a church or religious organization is not in subjection to God as revealed in His Word, what and to whom are they in subjection to? There are only two powers in this world, the power of God and the power of Satan. Satan is the master of deception and mimicry and his masterpiece of all time deception is a false religious system. Rom.16:17-18. Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. What kind of doctrine has God won your heart with? Can you go on to perfection with an opposing doctrine having once known the truth? Rom.6: 17. But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have OBeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. The religious liberals will say that there is some good in all churches. My answer is that there is good grain in rat poison too, but it only takes a small amount of poison mixed in with the grain to kill the rat. Any Christian that thinks that he can take what good there is and leave the bad, is ignorant of the nature of evil. Make no mistake; that which is contrary to God’s Word is not of God! 1Cor.10:21,
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