Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

All men sin (Eccl. 7:20; Rom. 3:23; Gal. 3:22; etc.).

All men will die (Num. 16:29; Eccl. 7:2; Rom. 5:18; etc.).

All men can be saved from damnation (Jn. 3:16; 1 Tim. 2:4; etc.).

All men's sins have been paid for by Jesus (Jn. 1:29; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; 1 Jn. 2:2; etc.).

All men are drawn to Jesus (Jn. 6:44; 12:32; Titus 2:11; etc.).

All men need to repent and believe (Lk. 24:47; Acts 17:30; 26:20; etc.).

All men who come to Jesus will be saved (Jn. 1:12; 6:37, 45; Rom. 10:9-10; etc.).

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH....

THE DAYS OF NOAH

THE COMING OF CHRIST

In the days of Noah men were very wicked and God had to judge them (Gen. 6:5-7).In the days before Christ comes men will be very wicked (Mt.24:12) and God will have to judge the world.
In the days of Noah men made fun of Noah and did not believe that God would really send a flood.In the days before the coming of Christ men will make fun of what the Bible says and will not believe that Christ is coming again (see 2 Pet. 3:3-4).
In the days of Noah God waited a LONG TIME before sending judgment. God waited 120 years during which time Noah built the ark (Gen. 6:3). In the days before Christ comes God will be very LONGSUFFERING (2 Pet. 3:9). For the past 2000 years God has been waiting and giving men an opportunity to be saved.
In the days before the flood Enoch was taken to heaven before God judged the world (Gen. 5:24.).In the days before Christ returns to the earth believers will be taken to heaven before the world is judged (Jn 14:3; 1 Thes. 4:13-18).
In the days of Noah the wicked people were surprised by the flood. They were eating and drinking and doing other normal things. Suddenly the flood came and destroyed them! Then it was too late (Mt. 24:36-39). There will be wicked people who will be completely surprised when Christ comes to judge the world. They will be eating and drinking and doing other normal things. Suddenly Christ will come, and then it will be too late!
In the days of Noah found grace, and his family were left on the earth. After the flood those in the ark were still alive and their job was to multiply and repopulate the earth (1 Pet. 3:20; Gen. 9:1).In the day when Christ returns, people who are saved by grace, will be left on the earth. These people will remain on the earth and will become part of Christ’s kingdom (Mt. 25:34). Their job will be to multiply and repopulate the earth
In the days of Noah the wicked people were taken away (Mt. 24:38-39). This means that they were destroyed by the flood. In the day when Christ returns the wicked people will be taken away (Mt. 24:40-41; Lk. 17:34-37). This means that God will judge them and they will be removed from the earth (Mt. 13:41-42).

Monday, November 24, 2014

WE ARE SEALED UNTO GOD

Most born again believers understand that their "new birth" is a gift from God to all who place their faith in the death, the burial, and the resurrection of God's only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 1:12; 3:3-8, 13-18; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Eph. 2:8-9; etc.)!  Unfortunately, throughout the history of Christianity, there have been believers who forgot their salvation was by the grace of God, Himself.  The Apostle Paul continually battled with believers who, although they knew their salvation was free, somehow failed to comprehend that their new live was ETERNAL!  They forgot that the God Who began their transformation into the likeness of His dear Son, was the One Who accepted the responsibility for seeing the job through to the end (Rom. 8:28-29; Phil. 1:6; etc.)!  One passage is clear regarding such folks:

"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?" (Gal. 3:1-3).

Two words in Scripture are foundational in understanding our change into His likeness is God's work:  God has set His SEAL on His children, and we have His EARNEST (down payment) within us!  Hear the Word of the Lord:

"Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for Him (Jesus) hath God the Father SEALED" (Jn. 6:27).

"Now He which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who has also SEALED us, and given the EARNEST of the Spirit in our hearts" (2 Cor. 1:21-22).

"Now He that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, Who also hath given unto us the EARNEST of the Spirit" (2 Cor. 5:5).

"That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ.  In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were SEALED with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the EARNEST of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory" (Eph. 1:12-14).

"And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are SEALED unto the day of redemption" (Eph. 4:30).

Sunday, November 23, 2014

THE MOON IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

BEFORE THE TRIBULATION

"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring" (Lk. 21:25; Gen. 1:14).
 
"The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come" (Acts 2:20; Joel 2:10, 31).
 
DURING THE TRIBULATION

"And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood" (Rev. 6:12).

"And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon...was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise"  (Rev. 8:12; Joel 3:15).

"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars" (Rev. 12:1).

AFTER THE TRIBULATION

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken" (Mt. 24:29; Isa. 13:10).

"But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light" (Mk. 13:24; Ezek. 2:37).

"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" (Rev. 21:23).

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE MOON

"There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory" (1 Cor. 15:41; Gen. 1:16).

"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days" (Col. 2:16).


Saturday, November 22, 2014

FIRST JOHN CHAPTER FIVE: WE KNOW

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth Him that begat (God, the Father), loveth Him (God, the Son) also that is begotten of Him (see Jn. 3:16).  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments (when we love others, we are fulfilling God's will - Gal. 5:14).  For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?  This is He that came by water (He had a human birth) and blood (He had a human death), 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 (our God is a triune God, a Trinity).  And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood (Jesus, eternal Spirit was born in the flesh, and He died physically - Jn. 1:1, 14): and these three agree in one.

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which He hath testified of His Son.  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in Himself: he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son.  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will (remember, His will and His commandments are the same), He heareth us:  And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.

If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.  All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.  We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not (habitually sins - born again believers still sin - Rom. 7:15-25); but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.  And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ.  This is the true God, and eternal life.  Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Friday, November 21, 2014

WHEN THE SICK KNOW THEY ARE SICK, THEY SEEK A PHYSICIAN!

Repentance is a change of mind, and is more than a mere intellectual change or a mere mental affirmation.  It is deeper than that.  This change is effected by the Spirit of God in the very heart of the person, in the very depths of his soul.  The person's whole being is affected by this new outlook.  It involves a different attitude about God, sin and self.  The sinner must see himself as God sees him.  Isaiah had a clear vision of God and His holiness, and thus had a clear vision of himself:  "Woe is me! For I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips" (Isa. 6:5).
 
The change of thinking involved with repentance relates especially to sin.   Consider Luke 5:29-32: 
 
"And Levi made Him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against His disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.  I came not to call the righteous (self-righteous), but sinners to repentance."
 
All men are sick with sin (Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:10-12; 3:23) but the Pharisees and scribes did not recognize their own sinfulness.  They were self-righteous.  They were not actually righteous, but they thought they were.  They saw themselves as righteous.  The Lord's point was simple:  No one will go to a physician unless he realizes how sick he is.  No one will go to the Savior unless he realizes how sinful he is.  The same point is made in Luke 15:1-7.  The implication in both Luke 5 and Luke 15 is that repentance involves a recognition of one's own sinfulness.  The person who considers himself as righteous has not repented and the Savior of sinners cannot help that person. 
 
Another example of repentance is found in the parable of the prodigal son.  The term "repent" is not used (though it is used in the first two parables of Luke 15) but the idea is certainly found in Luke 15:17.  The wayward son "came to himself."   He changed his mind.  He recognized the foolish and sinful way in which he had been living.  He went to his father. He did not change his life. He came in rags and in his filth. The father is the one who clothed him and fed him. He came to himself and said, "I am unworthy." He simply came to his father. He came in his poverty.  He came in his sin.  He came just as he was.  He did not even change his clothes or take a bath.  However, his inner attitude had totally changed.
 
Repentance also involves a change of mind concerning false objects of trust in which the sinner once put his confidence.  If a sinner is trusting in his own good works, or his religious, his law keeping ability, or anything else, then there needs to be a complete change of mind to realize that none of these things can save him. Instead all his confidence must be in Christ and Christ alone.  "It is asserted that repentance, which is a change of mind, enters of necessity into the very act of believing on Christ, since one cannot turn to Christ from other objects of confidence without that change of mind" (Lewis Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology, Vol. III, p. 378).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

THE ONE SIGN THAT CAN SAVE

YOU HAVE MY WORD (PS. 138:2; JN. 1:1, 14)!

I WILL SHOW YOU A SIGN (MT. 12:37-30; 28:1-10; MK. 16:1-11; LK. 24:1-12; JN. 20:1-18)!

I WILL GIVE YOU A MESSAGE, THE GOSPEL (ROM. 1:16; 1 COR. 15:3-4)!

I WILL SAVE ALL WHO ACCEPT MY SON, AND WHO BELIEVE I RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD (JN. 1:12; 3:14-18; ROM. 10:8-13)!

I WILL SAVE ALL WHO CALL MY SON "LORD" (JN. 13:13; ROM. 10:8-13; 1 COR. 1:2)!

I WILL KNOW MINE BY THEIR OBEDIENCE TO JESUS (MT. 7:20; LK. 6:46; JN. 14:15)!

THE SIGN OF JONAH (MT. 12:38-40)!
 
According to 1 Corinthians 1:22, the Jews require a supernatural sign from God, in order to believe the Gospel (1 Cor. 15:3-4).  Paul wrote:  "For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom."  In Matthew 12:9-37, Jesus had healed a man, and being accused of working the miracle in the power of Satan, He warned the Pharisees that they were committing "the unpardonable sin."  I believe that whenever the Holy Spirit convinces someone that the Gospel is true and the person rejects the truth, they are calling the Holy Spirit a liar; ironically, Satan is actually call the father of liars (Jn. 8:44)!
 
Apparently, they reconsidered their statement, and they decided to ask Jesus to perform another miracle (Mt. 12:38)!  Basically, Jesus responded by telling them miracles are "one per customer!"  He responded by saying: 
 
"But He answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Mt. 12:39-40). 
 
It is clear that Jesus was referring to the fulfillment of the first three of Israel's Seven Feasts of the Lord.  In its shortest span of time possible, it would take three complete and separate days to fulfill Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits.  Jesus did so in three days!  He is our Passover (1 Cor. 5:7); He was sinless (Heb. 4:15), and said He is "the Bread of life" (Jn. 6:35); and finally, Jesus is the First Fruits from the grave (1 Cor. 15:20)!
 
Christ's Resurrection is THE sign; to be saved, you must believe it (Rom. 10:9-10)!




GOD BECAME MAN FOR YOU AND ME!

Salvation is the result of a man believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ; the Gospel IS the power of God unto salvation, to everyone who believes it (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 15:3-4)!  Jesus has come, past tense, and He died for our sins, according to the Scriptures.  And, He came as the Son of God! 

Jesus is the only begotten Son of God

"No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him" (Jn. 1:18).

"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" (Jn. 3:16-18).

"By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure" (Heb. 11:17-19).  [Abraham and Isaac are a figure of God and His Son]

"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 Jn. 4:9-10).

Salvation is based upon our faith that He came to die for us!
 
"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" (Jn. 1:1, 14).

"Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God" (1 Jn. 4:2).

"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world" (1 Jn. 4:3).

"For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.  This is a deceiver and an antichrist" (2 Jn. 1:7).