Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HE IS A GOD OF HIS WORD

Philippians 3:20-21 - "But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.  And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return as our Savior.  He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like His own, using the same power with which He will bring everything under His control."  NLT

Psalms 17:15 - "As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness."  KJV

1 Corinthians 15:42-49 - "So also is the resurrection of the dead.  It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:  it is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:  it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.  There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."  KJV

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 - "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.  For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."  KJV

1 John 3:1-2 - "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."  KJV

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

EVEN BEFORE "THE BEGINNING"

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Gen. 1:1).

"The LORD possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old" (Pro. 8:22).

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God" (Jn. 1:1-2).

"Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world" (Acts 15:18).

"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ" (Eph. 3:9).

"And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thine hands" (Heb. 1:10).

"And saying, Where is the promise of His coming?  For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation" (2 Pet. 3:4).

"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 Jn. 3:8).

"I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty" (Rev. 1:8).

"And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the Beginning of the creation of God" (Rev. 3:14).

"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" (Rev. 21:6).

"I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last" (Rev. 22:13).

"Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me: for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world" (Jn. 17:34).

"According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will" (Eph. 1:4-5).

"Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you" (1 Pet. 1:20).


Jesus is God, Creator, Savior, Lord, and soon-returning King of kings!
Trust in Him today, and live forever with Him in glory!



Monday, January 26, 2015

TRUE FAITH LEADS TO SURRENDER

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus Christ is:

John 1:1, 14  -  God:  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."  "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."

John 1:3  -  The Creator:  "All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made."

John 4:42  -  The Christ:  "And said unto the woman, 'Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.'"

John 10:11  -  Our Shepherd:  "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep."

John 10:30  -  One with God:  "I and My Father are one."

John 11:27  -  The Son of God:  "She saith unto Him, 'Yea, Lord: I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.'"

John 19:19  -  Israel's King:  "And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS."

John 20:28  -  Our Lord:  "And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God."

John 20:31  -  The Source of eternal life:  "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name."

If you believe John, allow Jesus to be your Lord!
"...if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Rom. 10:9-10)


Sunday, January 25, 2015

JUSTIFIED: NOT OF WORKS BUT BY FAITH ALONE

"Therefore by the deeds of the Law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the Law is the knowledge of sin.  But now the righteousness of God without the Law is manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:  for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.  Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.  Where is boasting then?  It is excluded.  By what law?  Of works?  Nay: but by the Law of Faith.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the Law" (Rom. 3:20-28).

"(Abraham), being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform.  And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.  Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 4:20-5:1).

"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the Law: for by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified" (Gal. 2:16).

"Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a Law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the Law.  But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.  But before faith came, we were kept under the Law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.  Wherefore the Law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:21-26).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

THE EFFICACY OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST

When Jesus was crucified, He poured out His own blood to redeem mankind from sin.  That does not mean he had wounds that bled; it means He gave up His life.  Leviticus 17:11 says, "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."  As a result, the lost of the world call Christianity a "blood thirsty religion."  It is so ironic that a world so focused upon murders and wars, should object to born again believers talking about the blood of Jesus!  But it is in His willingness to give up His life for any who will accept Him, that sets Him apart from all the gods of false religions! 

"That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  for the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul" (Eph. 2:12-13).

"For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven" (Col. 1:19-20).

"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:  how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Heb. 9:12-14).

"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin" (1 Jn. 1:7).

"This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood.  And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.  And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one" (1 Jn. 5:6-8).


Thank God His Son loves us as much as His Father does!

Friday, January 23, 2015

PROGRESSIVE REVELATION

For years, I have taught the dispensational approach to the study of the Scriptures.  In the past few years, I have shared materials from http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/ on that subject, as well as many others.  I am convinced that this approach to Bible study is "rightly dividing the Word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15).  It is clear to most Bible students that God has gradually, over time, revealed His "light" to man. 

For instance, of the seven dispensations, as I see them (Innocence; Conscience; Nations; Israel; Law; Church; and the Kingdom), it was not until about 400 B.C. that the entire Old Testament was completed.  Adam had no Scripture, nor did Noah or Abraham.  It was not until God revealed man's history to Moses, about 1500 B.C., that Scripture existed in written form.  And even then, all man had was the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible.  Over the next thousand years, or so, the rest of the Old Testament was revealed, and by around 200 B.C., the Septuagint, the Old Testament written in Greek, was completed.

So, by the time Jesus came as a babe born of the Virgin Mary, the Bible consisted of only the Old Testament.  Following His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension (1 Cor. 15:3-4; Acts 1:9), the New Testament began to take form.  The last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation, was finished around A.D. 100.  Today, our Bible contains what God has revealed over a period of about 1600 years. 

Yesterday, I wrote about "The Sermon on the Mount," in which Jesus made it quite clear that He not only knew God's Word, but that His words were greater than the Old Testament Scriptures.  THE WORD was revealing the Word of God to men.  In Matthew Five alone, Jesus corrected the religious leaders six times, using the phrases "you have heard it said," followed by "but I say unto you" (Mt. 5:21-22; 27-28; 31-32; 33-34; 38-39; 43-44)!  Matthew ends the Lord's "sermon," by saying:  "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" (Mt. 7:28-29)!

The Old Testament was God's revelation to man, but unless Jesus interpreted it, man could not comprehend it.  Today, born again believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who opens our understanding of both the Old and the New Testaments.  Jesus said of Him: 

"I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.  Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you" (Jn. 16:12-14).

In other words, man's knowledge of God has grown from a time when there was nothing written, to a time when the writing of God's Word is completed, and now, our understanding of it grows as the Lord patiently teaches us its meaning(s). 

We are still learning! 
I am not sure that even in eternity, we will fully comprehend it! 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

ONE GREATER THAN GOD'S WORD

At the beginning of His ministry, in what is known as "The Sermon on the Mount," Jesus made it quite clear that He not only knew God's Word, but that His words were greater than the Old Testament Scriptures. In Matthew Five alone, Jesus corrected the religious leaders six times, using the phrases "you have heard it said," followed by "but I say unto you" (Mt. 5:21-22; 27-28; 31-32; 33-34; 38-39; 43-44)!  Matthew ends the Lord's "sermon," by saying:  "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" (Mt. 7:28-29)!

Is it any wonder why the leaders of the Jews saw Him as a threat?  They ruled over Israel by using, and abusing, God's Word (Mt. 23:1-39)!  And yet, knowing men's hearts (Jn. 2:24-25), Jesus still declared that it was not the "letter of the Law" which had the final say in the matters of men, but it was His own interpretation of the Law that mattered!

Here are some more examples from the Gospel of Matthew:

"Or have ye not read in the Law, how that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?  But I say unto you, that in this place is One greater than the temple.  But if ye had known what this meaneth, 'I will have mercy, and not sacrifice,' ye would not have condemned the guiltless.  For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day" (Mt. 12:5-8).

"O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?  For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" (Mt. 12:34-37).

"And His disciples asked Him, saying, 'Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?'  And Jesus answered and said unto them, 'Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.  But I say unto you, that Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed.  Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.'  Then the disciples understood that He spake unto them of John the Baptist" (Mt. 17:10-13).


If you have reverence for God's Word, good!  Jesus is God's Word!