Tuesday, February 9, 2016

JESUS IS LORD IN BOTH TESTAMENTS

No greater proof of deity could be presented concerning Christ, than that He should rightfully be called JEHOVAH.  The Hebrew יְהֹוָה (Yĕhovah), is translated  "LORD" 6510 times; "GOD" 4 times; and "JEHOVAH" 4 times.  The Greek κύριος (kyrios), is translated "Lord 667 times, and "Master" 11 times.  In light of that, consider the following:
 
1) In Zech. 12:1-4, JEHOVAH is speaking.  Then in verse 10 He says, "they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced."  JEHOVAH is Christ (Jn. 19:37; Rev. 1:7).
2) In Isa. 44:6, JEHOVAH declares Himself to be the First and the Last.  Jesus Christ is said to be "the First and the Last" (Rev. 1:8, 11, 17, 18; 22:12-13).
3) In Isa. 6:5, he wrote, "for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD (JEHOVAH) of hosts." The Apostle John referred to this same event in John 12:41, making it clear that the Person whom Isaiah saw was actually Jesus Christ.
4) In Ps. 23:1, David called JEHOVAH the Great Shepherd of the sheep.  Jesus Christ is the great Shepherd of the sheep (Heb. 13:20; Jn. 10:11,14).
5) In Deut. 32:3, 4, 18; Ps. 18:2; 62:1-2, JEHOVAH is Israel's Rock.  Paul clearly identifies this Rock as Christ (1 Cor. 10:4).
6) In Isa. 43:10-11; 45:21-22, JEHOVAH declares Himself to be the only Savior; there is no other Savior apart from Him!  Peter declared that Jesus is the only Savior (Acts 4:12), and Jn. 3:14-16, we are told to look unto the crucified One to be saved.
7) In Isa. 45:21-23, JEHOVAH says, "that unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear." The same is said of Christ, the One before whom all shall someday bow; every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil. 2:11).
8) In Isa. 24:23; Zeph. 3:15-17, we learn that JEHOVAH Himself will reign in Jerusalem during the coming kingdom age;  the millennial King to be is Jesus Christ (Rev. 19:11-16; 20:4,6).
9) In Isa. 40:3, we learn that one would prepare the way for the coming of JEHOVAH.  Mark 1:1-3 the same passage is applied to John the Baptist.
10) In Isa. 8:13-14, the prophecy states that JEHOVAH will be "for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence." Peter says these verses apply to Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 2:7-8).
11) In Ps. 34:8, we are invited to "taste and see that JEHOVAH is good." This passage is clearly alluded to in 1 Peter 2:3 which refers to the goodness and graciousness of Jesus Christ ("If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious").
12) In Joel 2:32, mankind is promised salvation and deliverance to those who call on the name of JEHOVAH; the same is said of Jesus in Acts 2:21; Rom. 10:13 and see Acts 2:21.
 
The LORD, JEHOVAH, and CHRIST, all apply to the Lord Jesus Christ!

Monday, February 8, 2016

HOW TO KNOW YOU ARE SAVED - 1 JOHN 5

[1] Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth Him that begat loveth Him also that is begotten of Him.

[2] By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His Commandments.

[3] For this is the love of God, that we keep His Commandments: and His Commandments are not grievous.

[4] For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

[5] Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

[6] 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.

[7] For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

[8] And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

[9] 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.

[10] 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.

[11] And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

[12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

[13] 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.
 
ONE DAY SOON, EVERY KNEE WILL BOW TO THE LORD, JESUS CHRIST!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

SAVING FAITH MUST BE BASED UPON THE SCRIPTURES

Matthew 22:29 - "Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God."

Luke 24:25-27 - "Then He said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:  ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself."

John 5:37-39 - "And the Father Himself, (Who) hath sent Me, hath borne witness of Me.  Ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His shape.  And ye have not His Word abiding in you: for Whom He hath sent, Him ye believe not.  Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:  and they are they which testify of Me."

Acts 17:1-3 - "Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:  and Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures, opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ."

Acts 17:10-11 - "And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

Acts 18:24-28 - "And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus....And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him:  who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:  for he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, showing by the Scriptures that Jesus was Christ."

Romans 1:1-4 - "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the Gospel of God, which He had promised afore by His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of Holiness, by the resurrection from the dead."

Romans 16:25-27 - "Now to Him that is of power to establish you according to my Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:  to God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever.  Amen."

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 - "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand....I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures."

2 Timothy 3:14-17 - "But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."

Saturday, February 6, 2016

GOD IS AS GOOD AS HIS WORD!

Exodus 3:13-15 - "And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is His name?  What shall I say unto them?  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.  And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is My name forever, and this is My memorial unto all generations." 
 
Note:  "I AM" is from the Hebrew הָיָה (hayah), the root for the Hebrew יְהֹוָה (Yĕhovah), which occurs 6519 times in 5521 verses, and is always translated as "Jehovah," meaning "the Existing One."  This name for God is so sacred, that the Jews, fearing mispronouncing it, no longer are certain as to how to pronounce it!  Ironically, they are so fixated on the name, that they have failed to notice what God said in Psalm 138:1-2, which reads:  "I will praise Thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto Thee.  I will worship toward Thy holy temple, and praise Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and for Thy truth: FOR THOU HAST MAGNIFIED THY WORD ABOVE ALL THY NAME!"  
 
Even sadder is the fact that when the Apostle John preached the Gospel concerning Jesus, the Jews did not make the connection when John focused upon His identity as "THE WORD OF GOD!"  In other words, God is more concerned about how Israel responded to His Son, than He was with their reverence for His name!  John wrote:
 
John 1:1, 14 - "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."
 
1 John 1:1-3 - "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of THE WORD of life; for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us; that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ."
 
1 John 5:4-9 - "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 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.  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."
 
Revelation 19:11-13 - "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.  And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and HIS NAME IS CALLED THE WORD OF GOD!"
 
Thy WORD have I hidden in my heart - the throne of my Lord and Savior!

Friday, February 5, 2016

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

JESUS WARNS OF GOD'S JUDGMENT:  TWO BIBLICAL EXAMPLES

Luke 17:26-29 - Jesus said, "And AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  Likewise also AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF LOT; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all."
NOAH  -  Genesis 6:5-8 - "And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.  And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth Me that I have made them.  But Noah found GRACE in the eyes of the LORD."

LOT  -  Genesis 19:12-13, 19 - "And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides?  Sons-in-law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:  for we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it....Behold now, Thy servant hath found GRACE in Thy sight, and Thou hast magnified Thy MERCY, which Thou hast showed unto me in saving my life...."

GOD OFFERS SALVATION AS A FREE GIFT

Ephesians 2:4-8 - "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;), and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His GRACE in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by GRACE are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God!"
 
GRACE AND MERCY DEFINED

GRACE:  "God's Riches At Christ's Expense" - "Getting something you don't deserved!"
 
MERCY:  "Making Everything Right; Cleansing You" - "Not getting what you deserve!"




Thursday, February 4, 2016

WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON?

Let me begin by saying that the Bible, God's Word, has proven to be 100% accurate, being proven by fulfilled prophecy.  Of the hundreds of prophecies concerning Christ's First Coming or Advent, those which described His life, death, burial, and resurrection (for example, Ps. 22, Isa. 53, Mt. 12), were fulfilled literally!  He was recognized as Israel's King by demonic spirits (Mk. 5), by Gentiles (Mt. 8), by Samaritans (Jn. 4), and by Israel as well (Lk. 19)!  Just as with His Incarnation, so too will the passages describing His Coronation be literally fulfilled (Rev. 19)!  In light of all the evidence of the Bible's accuracy, it is safe to say that the prophecies describing the end times must also be taken literally.  There will be two kinds of people populating the world just prior to the Tribulation:  those who live by the lusts of the flesh, and those who are led by the Holy Spirit.  The Apostle Paul described both in Galatians 5:16-23 (KJV & NLT):

       "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the Law.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

       "So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.  Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.  The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants.  And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires.  These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.  But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the Law of Moses.  When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear:  sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.  Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.  But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!"
 
Is there any doubt that Paul was describing our world as it is today?
Obviously, time is short!  We need to guard our thoughts, words, and actions,
so that we do not hinder God's call to reach as many souls as possible!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS

Acts 10:28, 34-35 - "And (Peter) said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean....Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons...."

Hebrews 11 supports Peter's "new-found" truth

Verses 1-3 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good report.  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."

Verse 4 - By faith Abel - A Gentile.
Verse 5 - By faith Enoch - A Gentile.
Verse 7 - By faith Noah - A Gentile.
Verse 8 - By faith Abraham - A Gentile, when he was called.
Verse 17 - By faith Abraham - A circumcised Hebrew.
Verse 20 - By faith Isaac - A circumcised Hebrew. 
Verse 21 - By faith Jacob - A circumcised Hebrew.
Verse 22 - By faith Joseph - A circumcised Hebrew.
Verse 23 - By faith Moses - A circumcised Hebrew.
Verse 30 - By faith Joshua - A circumcised Hebrew.
Verse 31 - By faith Rahab - A Gentile.
Verse 32 - By faith Gideon - A circumcised Hebrew.
                  By faith Barak - A circumcised Hebrew.
                  By faith Samson - A circumcised Hebrew.
                  By faith Jephthae - A circumcised Hebrew.
                  By faith David - A circumcised Hebrew.
                  By faith Samuel - A circumcised Hebrew.

Verses 39-40 - "And these all, having obtained a good report through faith...."

Abraham was a liar.  Isaac was a liar.  Jacob was deceitful.  Moses was a murderer.  Rahab was a prostitute.  Samson married a Gentile. David was a murder.  If God has the ability to transform them to the extent that their names are listed in the "Faith Hall of Fame," certainly He is able to do the same today!  After all, the Apostle Paul, author of nearly half of the New Testament, was a persecutor of Christians. 
 
"(Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to EVERY creature" (Mk. 16:15)!
"...he that winneth souls is wise" (Prov. 11:30)!