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  1. I forgot to add: One might beg the question why Tyre and Sidon, or Sodom will not be excusable on Judgment Day if they were not shown the same degree of miracles that were demonstrated and performed in the sight of the unrepentant cities during the time of Jesus' earthly ministry. Scripture says that unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required; anything beyond what God chooses to "reveal" to each man or women would nullify the requirement of "saving faith" (Lk. 12:48). Ignorance of the Truth is not an excuse to justify unbelief, and the greater extent of available information given to the unsaved, the greater the severity and degree of the punishment when retribution is given at the Great White Throne when the "dead" are judged according to the Righteousness of God and Christ (Matt. 10:15; 1:22,24; Mk. 6:11; Heb. 6:4-6; 10:29; Rev. 20:11-15).
  2. Hello Family of God, There will always be a debate as to whether a Genuine Believer can stop believing, or if someone who DOES NOT believe IN THEIR HEART can come to believe at some point in their life. The Bible makes it VERY CLEAR that there is Genuine Belief that can never fall away from TRUE FAITH, and a false belief or unbelief that stems from a hardened heart that will NEVER be persuaded of the Gospel Message and Salvation by Grace through TRUE FAITH. "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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is [CONDEMNED ALREADY], because he hath [NOT BELIEVED] in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18) The unbeliever is condemned ALREADY because he "hath not believed" (Grk. hoti me pepisteuken) in the name of the Only Begotten Son of God and His Propitiation for our sins. The Greek verb "believed" is in the [perfect tense], which denotes an action of permanency on the one performing the action; this is the irrevocable and unchanging "heart attitude" and sinful action of the unregenerate, or even as a false convert (Matt. 15:24-30; Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 5:17,22-23; 1 Jn. 2:5,16,19). It is [permanent] because this unbeliever is ALREADY CONDEMNED (before he/she actually gets sent there) to an Eternal Hell and Lake of Fire according to Jesus's own words, and the Scripture clearly teaches that Eternal Punishment is just that -- ETERNAL, and cannot be escaped once the sentence is given by God Himself and Christ. There is NO denying what the Word of God clearly teaches as shown. "But and [IF THAT EVIL SERVANT SHALL SAY IN HIS HEART], My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 24:48-51) The parable of the faithful and unfaithful servant gives an illustration of someone who "professes" Jesus as Lord, but in [HIS HEART] reveals an unbelieving attitude that will not be persuaded from that point on; the context also reveals that this servant is [EVIL], and his actions further prove this point (e.g., "he beat his fellow slaves, and he eats and drinks with the drunken"). You either TRULY believe in the Name of the Son of God and the Gospel message, or you DON'T; there is no straddling the fence on this most important issue (cf. Matt. 5:37; Jn. 5:24; 6:51; 14:21; Heb. 11:1; Rev. 21:8). "Ye are of [your FATHER the devil], and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not." (John 8:44-45) When someone is of their "father", it is implied that they have the SAME "nature" as him, and we see Jesus condemning the Pharisees as having the heart attitude of Satan (i.e., "unrepentant, liars, accusatory, etc."). It is crystal clear that Satan will NEVER repent, and even after being imprisoned in the Bottomless pit for 1,000 years, he is more angrier than ever before -- this is NOT remedial (Rev. 20:1-3;7-10). And if someone has the same nature as their Father (e.g., "the devil"), there's no chance in hell that they will ever repent, and granting them "more time" will not cause them to change their minds. The rich man in the parable of the rich man and the beggar did NOT repent, and he had the audacity to ask if Lazarus can cool off his tongue even after all the torment and neglect the rich man had toward him while alive on Earth. "Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because [THEY REPENTED NOT]: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes." (Matthew 11:20-21) "And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet [REPENTED NOT] of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:" (Revelation 9:20) "And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and [THEY REPENTED NOT] to give him glory." (Revelation 16:9) There will come a point in time where one will TRULY Believe in the Gospel Message and be saved, or PERMANENTLY reject it (i.e., "in their hearts"), and no amount of preaching can persuade them otherwise. There is the Eschatological Wrath of God poured out in the Great Tribulation, and there is the Wrath of God in Hell to those who will refuse to repent and turn to God and Christ for the Free Gift of Salvation; and in BOTH cases, these [children] of Satan (cf. Jn. 8:44-45; Col. 3:6) will NOT repent, even when God's Wrath is poured out upon them. This is why the Scriptures warn those who hear the voice of God tugging on their hearts NOT to harden their hearts, because tomorrow is not promised to anyone, and no one should lose this opportunity while there is still chance to avoid Hell and the Eternal Lake of Fire (Matt. 23:33; Jn. 1:23; Rom. 2:5; 2 Cor. 6:12; Eph. 4:18; Heb. 3:7-19; Jas. 4:14). God Bless!
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    Seventy Times Seven

    "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) There will come a point in every person's heart where they will NEVER repent and accept the message of the Gospel, and we see an example of this in the above passage when Jesus condemned the religious hypocrites for accusing Him of working miracles on behalf of Satan. Anyone who is willing to stoop that far shows that their heart may have been hardened; we see a parallel passage in Hebrews 6-46 and 10:26, where all available information is given to where there can be no further proof to convince such people to accept the Gospel message. The Pharisees had: Been Enlightened: (Jesus's fulfillment of the Old Testament through His preaching and teaching. cf. Lk. 4:15-21; Jn. 1:9-10; 8:24) Tasted of the heavenly gift: (Jesus tasted death for every man on the Cross; but this death does NOT continue on to this day as it was accomplished at Calvary). Been Partakers of the Holy Ghost: (The ministry of Jesus through healing, casting out demons, feeding the multitudes miraculously, etc., and then accused Jesus of being possessed by Satan and demons. cf. Matt. 12:22-32). Tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come: (Seen the undeniable miracles through the power and working of the Holy Spirit. cf. Matt. 13:3-9; Jn. 6:60-66; Acts 8:9-24). Such men and women cannot be brought to a state of repentance leading to Salvation if all of the above is rejected; Jesus illustrated this point in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19–31), where even if someone were to be raised from the dead to warn the unrepentant of the dangers of Hell and the Eternal Lake of Fire, they will not be persuaded (v. 31). These unrepentant sinners will NOT be forgiven even in the age to come because nothing more can convince or persuade them to a state of genuine repentance, and therefore there remains NO more sacrifice for sins if rejected since only Christ can atone for the sins of the World (Matt. 11:21; 12:32; Heb. 6:6; 10:26). "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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is [CONDEMNED ALREADY], because he hath [NOT BELIEVED] in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18)
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    Seventy Times Seven

    Hello 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)
  5. Hello Family of God, Some JW's came to my door about 30 minutes ago and invited me to attend their meetings. We engaged in a discussion about the finished. Work of Christ on the Cross. He made an attempt to teach Salvation by works, and after refuting this false teaching with Scripture, he changed his mind, but he remain settled in his denial about the Deity of Christ. His name is Rene, and please pray for me that the Lord will grant him repentance and knowledge of the True Gospel and the True Christ. Please pray that the Devil will NOT snatch away that which is sown in his heart, and he will repent and turn to God and the True Christ for Salvation. God Bless!
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    Spirit Empowered Living

    Hello Family of God, "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for [the devil sinneth FROM THE BEGINNING]. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might [DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL]. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not from God, neither he that loveth not his brother." (1 John 3:8-10) All of us will eventually come to a fork in the road which will determine our Eternal Fate (Deut. 1:26-38; Josh. 24:15; Matt. 8:21-22; 16:24; Jn. 3:18; Heb. 3:7-19; 4:1-8); we must be ensured that the path we take is the correct one, because many will travel too far in the wrong direction at some point in their life and encounter pitfalls, thorn bushes, and ravenous birds, they can't seem to extricate themselves out of, and eventually towards the edge of a cliff to their own destruction. One must be settled in their hearts and consider the consequences of both good and bad life decisions. In the life of every man or woman, there are only two paths to take: the broad way, or the narrow way; and the exclusivity of the One True Religion of Christianity cannot be compromised in the least (Isa. 35:8; Matt. 7:13-14; Lk. 13:23-25; Jn. 6:40; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Jn. 14:6; Heb. 10:26). If one feels as if they have already taken the narrow path and cannot make any distinction from whence they were before up to that point, then perhaps they are continuing down that broad and wide gateway, and it may unexpectedly slam shut (cf. Ex. 10:20; Isa. 6:10; Prov. 14:12; 16:25; Matt. 21:32; Mk. 8:17-18; Rom. 2:5; Eph. 4:18; 1 Tim. 4:1-2). If sin is dominating your life, then I would suggest that you examine your pattern of living in light of what the Scriptures teach concerning the lifestyle of the fruitful and the barren; you want to make absolutely certain that your life is Spirit-led, and not the pull of the flesh and its sinful desires. In both the parable of the vine and the branches, and the parable of the sower, there are those who produce fruit, and there are branches that dry out because there is NO life [in] them. There are the results of Christian ministry that result in some bringing forth a harvest of thirty, sixty, and even a hundredfold; we find a parallel in 1 Cor. 3:8-15 where the fruits of ones labor in ministry yields results that remain (i.e., gold, silver, precious stones), and those done in vain as a result of not tending to the crops (i.e., "wood, hay, stubble"). The lifeline of every Christian is Christ the Vine (Jn. 15:5; Phil. 4:13; 1 Jn. 2:27), and if there is no connection to the vine, then the branch will continue to remain barren and eventually "cut off" and cast into the fire to be burned (Matt. 3:12; 25:24-30,41; Rev. 20:15).
  7. "Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise. Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of the LORD? let it come now. As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee. Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil. Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction." (Jeremiah 17:14-18)
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    Who is Like God?

    Hello Family of God, There has been so much humanism attributed to God, and much of the Bible concerning the nature of God has been misinterpreted by scholars and theologians as a result of applying the faculties of the limited mind of man in determining the eternal mind of God; especially when God Himself "decides" to respond or react according to His Divine Nature and Immutable Attributes. We see examples of this in Scripture where God seemingly acts in a way which appears contrary to His immutability, and this often leads to man as being the arbitrator when determining why God acted in the way which He did (cf. Gen. 6:6; Ex. 32:14; Isa. 40:13-14; 55:8-9; Jer. 18:8; 26:19; Job 38:1-18; Rom. 11:33-34; Rev. 3:5). "He who [OVERCOMES] shall be clothed in white garments, and I will [NOT BLOT OUT] his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angel." (Revelation 3:5) Can the name of one who has received Salvation through the most precious shed blood of Jesus Christ actually be ERASED from the Book of Life? A lot of tension and unwarranted quarrel has resulted from the finite minds of men who just can't seem to understand that God is NOT a MAN, even though they supposedly admit to it. Does God really need to open a book to make absolutely certain that the names of His redeemed are indeed written in it? Are the names in alphabetical order? Does He also have a 50 foot eraser to blot the names out of those who somehow "lost" their Salvation? Did this somehow catch God off-guard? Did He say to Himself, "I should have saw this coming, now I will have to erase Fred's name from this 800 ft book of mine because he lost his salvation. Now where is my white out?" Do you see this as a threat? Or do you see this as a promise? Do you have any ability to maintain your Salvation apart from God? Or do you understand that it is God Himself who KEEPS your Salvation secure? (cf. Eph. 3:20-21; Phil. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:5). This isn't let go and let God, or an excuse to sin habitually; TRUE Grace from God leads to godliness and Christlike characteristics, and a reciprocal Love for Him (Jn. 10:27-28; Tit. 2:11-12; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Jn. 3:9; 4:8,19-21). NOT BLOT OUT (Grk. ou me exaleipso) is in the future tense, and it is in the active voice; moreover, this places double emphasis on God Himself in NO WAY ever removing the name of the individual who has been written in the Lamb's Book of Life from the Foundation of the World; it is God ALONE who declares the END from the BEGINNING, and He accomplishes all that He pleases, and no one can tell Him that He has done injustice on The Earth (Matt. 6:8; 10:30; Acts 2:23; 4:27-28; Isa. 42:9; 44:7; 46:8-10; 57:15; Jer. 23:24; Ps. 115:3; 139:4; 2 Tim. 2:19; Rev. 13:8; 17:8; 21:6). "And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life [FREELY]. He that [OVERCOMETH] shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:6-8) God promises NOT to BLOT OUT the names of all who OVERCOME the world and its system of evil, and He promises that this is FREE to those who receive it by His Grace given to them by God Himself. Eternal Life is given FREELY by Grace through Faith, and it is the Spirit of God who guarantees Victory to all who are in Christ; these are the redeemed who Overcome the World, and Scripture is replete with references to all Genuine Believers as Victorious in Christ (Rom. 8:37; 2 Cor. 2:14; 1 Jn. 2:13; 5:4-5; Rev. 2:7,11,17; 2:26; 3:5,12,21). The verb tenses in the Greek regarding those that "believe" show that this faith is "ongoing" as a result of the new birth, and even death itself cannot separate the faithful from God (cf. Jn. 10:11-18; Rom. 5:5-11; 8:35-39; 1 Cor. 13:13; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 3:17-19; 1 Tim. 1:14). "In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for [THOU SHALT DIE, AND NOT LIVE]. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, [I WILL ADD UNTO THY DAYS FIFTEEN YEARS]." (Isaiah 38:1-5) How does God communicate to Hezekiah that he would live for 15 more years when Hezekiah was told that he would soon die through the mouth of a prophet? God obviously knew hat Hezekiah would plead with Him to extend his life, and yet God told him that he would soon die! What is going on here? What's going on here is God communicating on a level where the finite mind of man can understand God's ultimate counsel and decree which was ALREADY set in motion from Eternity past; and even such revelation given through the mouth of a "man" named Isaiah was not fully understood by Hezekiah at the time it was given. In Closing: "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8) "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6) We've all heard this proverb before, but do we truly understand what it is attempting to convey to us? Is God required to give us an "explanation" as to why such and such a thing occurred the way it did in our lives? The paths in the lives of His children are indeed led by the Spirit of God, and it is not always understood why the wind blows in the direction that it does; it cannot be fully understood, nor can it be controlled by us, but we can see its effects, and the works of the Spirit are also clearly evident and undeniable in the lives of those who Truly belong to God and have been born-again. We are to acknowledge that His ways are perfect, even if we feel tempted to question, why? For the simple reason that He knows our hearts better than we know our own hearts, and He has set in motion the plans that He has determined beforehand (cf. Prov. 16:9; Rom. 8:28; Eph. 1:4-5; 2:10; Phil. 1:6; 4:19). "And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us." (1 John 3:19-24) God Bless!
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    A remnant

    Hello Family of God, My heart grieves over the lost who are deceived and led astray by the cares of this world, its riches, enticements, and earthly pleasures which result in spiritual decay and ruin. Worldliness (e.g., "gambling, bars, nightclubs, wealth, sensuality, physical attractiveness, lusts, etc.,") has crept into the hearts of many "professing" Christians and are now leading them down the broad way towards ultimate destruction and eternal condemnation in the Devil's world which will one day pass away along with all its lusts (cf. Matt. 7:13-14; 24:37-39; Lk. 12:15-20; 15:13; Eph. 2:3; Col. 4:14; 1 Tim. 6:9-10; 2 Tim. 4:9-10; 1 Jn. 2:15-17). If you're struggling with carnal desires and worldly appetites and cannot seem to overcome them, then you may want to ask yourself if you have truly been born-again. There will be MANY who attend their local church and listen to the preaching of their Pastor's sermons each Sunday who will be rejected by the Lord Himself at the day of Judgment; this is why every one professing to be [in] Christ is commanded to "examine" themselves (Matt. 7:21-23; 2 Cor. 13:5; 2 Pet. 1:10-11). In the life of every Christian, there should be: Repentance from all sins. An increasing hatred towards sin. An increasing Faith and Trust in the Lord. An increasing sorrow and remorse over your sins when committed. An increasing hatred for carnal and worldly things. An increasing desire toward holiness and godliness (i.e., "to hunger and thirst after righteousness"). An increasing desire to please the Lord out of Love for Him. An increasing desire to serve others before yourself. An increasing desire to be fed from the Word of God. A desire to fellowship with other True Christians. Spiritually maturing in Christ and the Christian fruits (e.g., "Love, Joy, Peace, Self-Control, etc."). Loving God and Jesus Christ above all else (including self, and willing to die for Him if necessary).
  10. Hello Family of God, What God has revealed to His chosen people is contained in Holy Scripture; However, there are mysteries hidden in secret which God Himself will not disclose at this present time (Deut. 29:29; Dan. 2:22; Mk. 13:32; Lk. 8:17; 1 Cor. 4:5; 13:12; Eph. 1:9; Col. 1:26; 1 Tim. 5:24-25; Rev. 10:4). We want to make absolutely certain that if anyone claims to have "hidden or secretive" knowledge that is NOT revealed in the Word of God, that we are to examine such claims utilizing hermeneutics and careful exegesis, and with every precautionary measure available to us. Scripture has to be understood in its context (i.e., BOTH cultural and historical), as CONTEXT IS KING; systematic theology and authorship of the books contained in the bible should also be employed to attain the perspicuity of biblical interpretation concerning the Totality of Scripture and its meaning. "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath [REVEALED THEM TO US BY HIS SPIRIT]: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God" (1 Corinthians 2:9-10) This passage cited by our beloved brother Paul is taken from Isaiah 64:4, and it is often misinterpreted by many bible teachers and Pastors who interpret this to refer to the unimaginable beauty, splendor, and wonders of Heaven that awaits all who love the Lord. This is NOT what this text is referring to as the context clearly says that this is a "revealed" truth and wisdom from God which is not understood by the natural man; this is a TRUTH which is both objective and verifiable, and the unconverted man cannot rationalize this with his eyes, ears, or his mind. Only the Holy Spirit of God can illuminate the minds of fallen man to understand the depths of the treasures concerning the Wisdom and Knowledge revealed in His Word (Matt. 13:11-15; Rom. 11:25; 1 Cor. 2:14-15; Eph. 3:3-7; 1 Jn. 2:27). "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen." (Romans 11:33-36) What God has revealed to His children through His wisdom, knowledge, and judgments are precious and indispensable truths which surpass any human understanding (cf. 1 Sam. 2:3; 1 Kgs. 8:39; Job 5:9; 9:10; 26:14; Ps. 36:6; 44:21; 104:24; 147:5; Dan. 2:20; Eph. 3:10; Rev. 7:12). His Eternal purposes and Divine Decrees will be fulfilled as He is the Sustainer of all things in existence (cf. 1 Cor. 8:6; 15:28; Eph. 1:23; 4:6; Heb. 2:10).
  11. Hello Family of God, "Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, [God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble]. [Submit] yourselves therefore to God. [Resist the devil], and he will flee from you. [DRAW NIGH TO GOD], and he will [DRAW NIGH TO YOU]. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. [Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord], and he shall [LIFT YOU UP]." (James 4:5-10) One of the first things mentioned on the local news was about avid movie-goers bidding up to $10,000 for a ticket to watch a pre-screening of this movie. There are people who are dying of starvation who would give an arm and a leg for a piece of fruit, and this is the level of selfishness that is spreading throughout this world. I had to separate myself from some of my "friends" who claimed to be Christians, but are now living a life of worldliness, habitual carnality, and pornography addiction. I love them, and I pray for the Salvation of their souls; however, none of us can afford to live like the rest of the unbelieving world, or the hypocrites who attend church only to live like hedonists the rest of the time. These types of false converts we often see in the church visible are those where the Gospel has never taken "root" within them, and as a result, their souls are parched, and there is no fruit-bearing in their lives at all, and they are self-deceived, believing that their "church membership" is their "get out of hell free ticket" to Heaven (Matt. 13:21; Mk. 4:11-12; Jn. 3:3; 12:40; 17:17; Rom. 8:7; 15:4; 1 Cor. 2:14; 15:1-4; Jude 4). Why are there so many Christians confused as to what direction God wants them to move in their lives? As with all illusionist's, the Devil is very adept at misdirection; his subtlety and craftiness has led "self-professed" Christians groping in the dark and working their way through life unguided by the light of life (cf. 2 Sam. 22:29; Ps. 27:1; Jn. 8:12; 12:46; 2 Cor. 4:4-6). God does not abandon His children as human fathers sometimes do, especially in a time as now where moral decline (e.g., sexual deviancy and immorality, lacking natural affection: such as abortion, and wives having authority over their husbands and women pastors, etc.) is diminishing. If God seems afar off in your life, it is because you are distracted by the cares of this world and shortsighted, and this ought not to be so.
  12. Hello Family of God, "Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And [he was speechless] (i.e., "this person was without excuse", as he was given more than enough time to "respond" to the Invitation; cf. Isa. 1:18; 55:1; 2 Cor. 6:2; 2 Pet. 1:10-11; Rev. 22:17; et al). Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen." (Matthew 22:8-14)
  13. "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:34-36)
  14. *Light*

    Overcoming Sin

    Hello Family of God, "Little children, [let no man deceive you] (Grk. medeis planato humas; present imperative -- i.e., "do not let anyone keep on leading you to be deceived"): he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:7-8) Those who "profess" to be in Christ and walk in continual disobedience by denying that they are guilty of such are eating sour grapes, and it will eventually reap a harvest when the sickle of the Wine of God's Wrath is unleashed if not TRULY repented of. I will be discussing the cardinal doctrine of sin (Hamartiology) as an exhortation to flee immorality in these final days leading to the Glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Col. 3:4; 2 Tim. 4:1,8; 1 Jn. 2:28; 3:2; et al). This topic of sin will be divided into subsets so as to give greater clarity and exposition on what the Holy Scriptures teach about it, and how Christians ought to apply this vital doctrine in their lives to live a life pleasing and honorable to the Lord, and to Give Him, and Him alone the due Glory He deserves from us. Please excuse my extremely poor grammar and punctuation errors. I will begin with: BORN FROM ABOVE AND FILLED WITH DIVINE LOVE:
  15. Hello Family of God, We are living in perilous times where many are those who are self-deceived into believing that they are saved, and are children of God; but they have failed to do a self-examination of their fruits. What sort of fruits are you producing? Do you possess Divine and Unconditional Love? Do you LOVE your enemies and pray for them? So many claim to do such, but the LORD knows their hearts and see them for the hypocrites that they truly are. "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to [the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience]: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of [the flesh] and of [the mind]; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." (Ephesians 2:1-3) The Greek noun "air" (Grk. aeros) refers to the dense atmospheric regions where there is air traffic. Jesus said that all people belong in one of two categories: the children of Satan (cf. Jn. 6:70; Acts 10:38; 13:10; Heb. 2:14; 1 Jn. 3:8-12; Rev. 20:10), or the children of God (Matt. 5:9; Jn. 1:12; 8:44; Rom. 8:14-16; 2 Cor. 6:18; Gal. 3:26; Eph. 1:4; 2:10; 5:1; 1 Pet. 2:10; 1 Jn. 2:28; 3:1,10; 5:1-13). "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom [the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not], lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." (2 Corinthians 4:3-4) The god of this world literally has unbelievers on a leash whether they realize it or not; and they are the ones who are under the mind controlling power of the devil and his host of agents who dwell in the heavenly realms, and even some below the earth. Satan entices the lost with sinful desires that appeal to the flesh, eyes, and pride of oneself; however, it is far more complex as a result of the innumerable amount of subsets that fall into these categories. It is the heart, soul, strength and mind in which the devil is out to conquer in the lives of those who reject the Gospel Message (Gen. 3:1-19; Matt. 16:22-24; Lk. 22:3; Jn. 13:27; Acts 5:3-4; 8:9-25; 2 Cor. 4:3-4; 1 Tim. 6:9; Eph. 2:1-3). "And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, [The first of all the commandments is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with [all thy heart], and with [all thy soul], and with [all thy mind], and with [all thy strength]: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:28-31) "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." (John 14:21) It is only through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that anyone is able to do the above; for without it, one would follow the course of this world and its system of wickedness and sensuality. The desire for carnal desires being fed with the mind and unregenerate spirit of man must be replaced with a new heart and its longing to please the Lord with not only our minds, but with our heart, soul, and strength as well. Heart: (Grk. kardias) Soul: (Grk. psyches) Mind: (Grk. dianoias) Strength: (Grk. ischyos) The combination of these nouns is used to convey the sense, "every single part of you" In the Bible, "heart" and "soul" are synonyms, with the former concentrating on the inner person (where spirit and mind connect). "Mind" can also be used for the internal person (since it's impossible to separate out our emotions); "strength" refers to applying oneself to loving the Lord. Together, these provide a powerful command to love the Lord with all we are. This passage is not, however, illustrative of "biblical anthropology", that is, the Bible's teachings about how man is constituted -- the opposite in fact: it takes an understanding of those things to process this passage."Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because [GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU, than he that is in the world]. [They are of the world]: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. [We are of God]: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." (1 John 4:4-6) It is impossible for anyone who loves God can love the world at the same time. The Love of God is in contrast to the the love of the world system; i.e., if anyone truly Loves God and Christ, he/she will hate the world and its system (e.g., "the lust of the flesh, eyes, and the pride of life"). If you are not in opposition to that which is against God and His Eternal Truth, then you are for the world, and not against it and its ideologies (cf. Matt. 4:1-25; Jn. 15:19; 17:11,14; 2 Cor. 10:4-6; Eph. 2:2; 6:12-13; 1 Jn. 5:4; Rev. 12:9). "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." (John 15:19) When Jesus Christ returns to set up His Kingdom on Earth, He will send out the reapers (angels) to gather His elect from every nation around the world. These reapers are spirit beings who are the original sons of God, and they are able to distinguish the wheat (True Christians) from the tares (false converts) by knowing who possesses the Omnipresent Spirit of God which they are able to see. Those who are devoid of the Spirit are gathered collectively and separated from the elect, and the unbelievers will be cast from the presence of God and into a furnace of fire at the end of the age to be tormented for all of Eternity (Matt. 13:39-42; 24:31; 25:31-33,41; 2 Thess. 1:6-7; Rev. 14:15; 20:11-15). God Bless!
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