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Like in the Days of Lot…endtimes similitude

Wrath is coming folks, today we study the ensamples of the days of Lot, specifically just before the rain of fire and brimstone over the plains of the Dead Sea and what this means to those who believe and those who dont.

Genesis 19: Account of the last hours before Sodom and Gomorrah was consumed by fire and brimstone… 

12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:

13 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.

14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my LORD:

19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.

22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

2Peter 2: Explaining vexation of the believers and their deliverance; and the utter destruction of the ungodly: No one else is spared, but all God’s children rescued. 

4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

Luke 17: Jesus describes the last days, wrath, rescue of His children (rapture) and the falling away of the ‘would-have-been’ saved…

28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

32 Remember Lot’s wife.

33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

 

In Summary, we see a lot of doctrines every Christian should know and fully understand by the ensamples of the days of Lot:

1.) Salvation: God promised salvation to all who abide in Him to the end, because after all, believing in Christ and repentance is only the birthing process which is a one time quick event, the living of it is a whole different ball game altogether. Not by works, please don’t get me wrong but by the grace of God through faith; in one’s perspective – living a life that truly pleases God by the guidance of His Holy Spirit through the keeping of God’s words, written in His book since the ancient times, the same words we still have today, His Holy Bible.

2.) Love not the world. Enough said..click this link…

3.) The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is imminent: Anytime He may return, there is a necessity to be prepared because after this, unimaginable sorrow and pain will be upon those left behind.

4.) Eternal security: One could truthfully tell if he’s truly saved, God’s Spirit witnesses about this in our hearts. And one could not blame God for destroying anyone who turns back, it was part of His commandment, He keeps it, He cannot deny himself. That’s why were warned to avoid deceitful lusts and be watchful that no one take our inheritance.

5.) Tribulations and Pre-wrath rapture: Before destruction, God’s people is exited to safety, but everyday before that, they were vexed by the world – “Tribulated” so to speak.

Tastleless Christianity – The Salt Lost its Savour

I like to taste salt in food, it just isn’t right without salt.

I was reading Matthew’s and Luke’s accounts today about Christian saltiness and was blessed with the clarity of this wisdom…

Salt losing its savour…Matthew 5:13~

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

N. Webster defines savor as “the quality which renders a thing valuable; the quality which renders other bodies agreeable to the taste…” then he goes to sample this verse (1828 Dictionary).

At this point, I have three things in my mind just by reflecting on what I know about salt and from Matthew and Webster above…

1.) Savour of salt in this wicked world – is depicted by followers of Jesus being ‘salty’: preserving (truth – the word and doctrine), discerning (cleansing) and faithful (strong and solid), calling out falsehood (irritating) showing and doing ‘salty’ things (visibly different, ‘savory’ true Christians).

2.) How salt loses its savour #1: the world’s taste flattens – its like when the followers of Jesus don’t show/ do ‘salty’ things in this wicked world, they become good for nothing (neither hot nor cold, unwise servant…). Dilution with water will cause salt to lose its saltiness, though there could still be salt content but the ‘savour’ is gone, on the other hand, it may apply too as like salt in a jar and not being used.

3.) How salt loses its savour #2: the world despises ‘salty’ taste – when Christian ‘salt’ is no longer ‘appreciated’ by this wicked society, it becomes what it is…abrasive, painful to the wounds and eyes, too salty, “not our type” thing and gets thrown out. Some parts of the world have developed an intolerance to salt (not allergy, because you can never be allergic to salt since salt is present in the body but you can be allergic to the things coming with salt ie. iodine which is indeed allergic to some)…

side note: #2 & #3 may be a one-way cycle as we see in Noah and Lot’s time, that’s why their worlds were destroyed…as ensamples…

Christians need to be Christians, that way their savour is felt and blesses the people around them, nowadays, the Christian connotation has its ‘saltiness’ diluted with idols and worldly things or by supposed ‘Christians’ being “in the jar”; both case, we are being tossed out by an otherwise truth-hungry multitude. But it is also a reality that the true salty Christians are being thrown out by a willingly ignorant generation of folks who just don’t want to know, let alone want to have anything to do with, the truth.

Development of Christian Saltiness: see the preceding verses (before our key verse 13 above) and let the KJV tell the key to salty Christianity, describing the process clearly if you studied closely~

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

More to this, we read a twin account, Luke 14, which gives us more clarification to ‘saltiness’ which is bearing the cross of Christ and denying the temporal things of this world.

26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Side Note: no wonder it really is difficult for a rich man or anyone who loves the worldly things, to enter the Kingdom of God. Though there is hope because in the same context, Jesus said “the things that are impossible with men are possible with God” (see Luke 18: 25, 27).

I went back to the very verses that talked about Not loving the world…1 John 2:

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Further down these verses, you see the context of the whole passage where it leads to the last days – here’s the time of our enduring folks…

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

Christian Saltiness begins from becoming a follower of Christ and serving until the end. We serve until the end because the one who called us is faithful to the end. In all this, we may find ourselves turned away from our riches, our families, everything in this world, everything including our very selves, …to the point of being persecuted by the world itself…The idea of saltiness is an encouragement to Christians in these enduring times, hold on to the faith, be fully seasoned, abiding in Jesus Christ until the end. May the Almighty God the Father bless you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Christian Method: Biblical Evangelism and Discipleship

With the throng of ways and means out there speaking about evangelism and discipleship there’s a lot to be said about them however a study of 2 Timothy 2 purifies a true believer’s approach and clarifies how God intended it to be. Down below, I list my learnings about it, so see if its true.

2 Timothy 2:

1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:

12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

 

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My learnings:

  • ver 1 – starts with standing by the grace of the Lord and stay strong on it. Understandably as its not by our own strength are we able to do this.
  • ver 2. – the first sign of our purpose: to spread the Word and teach others who can later do the same.
  • ver 3 – reminder: be a strong and hardy soldier in the service of Jesus Christ.
  • ver 4. – another reminder of our focus which is to please the Lord, not be diverted by the world around us.
  • ver 5. – do this service lawfully meaning properly in all aspects, in this case purely or ‘biblically’ thus showing a good example, being blameless, and stumble-free.
  • ver 6. – your study and response to God’s word will benefit you immediately or: before the ones you will be sharing it to.
  • ver 7. – and the Lord will give you understanding in all of it.
  • ver 8. – again a reminder: putting into remembrance who we serve.
  • ver 9. – be reminded that God’s Word is not bound though we may physically be.
  • ver 10. – we need to understand we do this that others may be saved – so we endure troubles that come with this service
  • ver 11-13 – we need to understand this doctrine in which we stand, that the Lord is faithful, our loss is gain in Christ .
  • ver 14. – remember: do not strive with anyone or try to win an argument having the last word in the discussion, but to gain others for Christ.
  • ver 15. – continues to instruct us to study to be approved of God, not ashamed but rightly dividing His Word. Again, we are to remain biblical, no heresy, just pure bible, you shouldn’t be ashamed of anything if you know its is written (and you got it right thru understanding).
  • ver 16. avoid profanities and vain talking it will only become more ungodly. No foul talk, no frivolous chatter.
  • ver 17,18 – avoid false words (unbiblical ideas and men’s words), they cause ‘cancerous’ problems which cause people’s faith to be overthrown. People nit pick on the mistakes we say and also stumble over them later.
  • ver 19 – in any case, know that God is still on the throne, departing from iniquity is the main objective of a Christian. If you cant win them, don’t sin with them.
  • ver 20-21. – we need to be vessels unto honor, purged and clean for the service of God.
  • ver 22. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Be with like-minded brethren in Christ as much as possible, fellowship is essential.
  • ver 23. – reminder again: avoid foolish and unlearned questions, they bring strifes.
  • ver 24 – we shouldn’t strive but be always gentle, teaching and being patient.
  • ver 25-26 – in meekness we convince others that they may be rescued from their being lost. Being humble in front of people affects their attitude towards you and the message you deliver. I’ve proven that on the road while driving or simply at work sending emails.

 

The Necessity of a Pure Bible

In my study of 2 Timothy 3 back in July of this year, I found this treasure chest of truth that makes relevant sense. Its an exceptional book, this Bible, nothing like it ever comes close. Truly more than 400 years old, the KJV is older than the American nation, the papyra where the words came from is way older than that. Through all that time, God’s providence and outpouring of grace has always allowed us to know the truth in spite of the changes in our lifestyles since the world began. Some of us have kept the old paths of wisdom with a dependency on God to run our daily matters of simple but fulfilling lives, others have slowly trusted on the work of their hands and by steady gaining of wealth and prosperity, others with pride have fully turned their backs on the now known ‘archaic’ ways of the Christian life and has denounced God’s very existence. Which ever way we fit the category, we need to know that Truth never left our midst.

Why is there a need for a Pure Bible? 
1.) ALL scriptures is where we get our doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness, making us perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works…2 Timothy 3 says:

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2.) The Gospel of Salvation to Eternal Life comes from the scriptures…the following passages are consistent all throughout the bible…

Romans  16 says:

26 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:

1Corinthinans 15:

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

3.) You can be wrong in your thinking by not knowing the scriptures…

Matthew 22 says:

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

Mark 12 say the same thing:

24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

4.) Because there are unlearned and unstable men who pervert the scriptures…this is a persistent warning all over the passages pertaining the coming days before the Lord returns.

2Peter 3 describes how they disregard the truth :

16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

For they resist the truth as 2 Timothy 3 says…

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

If we didn’t have the true record of God’s word, we have a false hope, miserable and lost in our sin. Its truly a great gift that God has given us, His preserved word from a time where we “weren’t” until the time when we “aren’t”.

David in Psalm 138 says God magnified His word above His name…

2 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.

And Psalm 12 says he preserved His words forever…

6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

The harmony of the gospels show why we are sure we have God’s Word that He preserved…

  • Matthew 24:35 ~ Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
  • Mark 13:31 ~ Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
  • Luke 21:33 ~ Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

From the mouths of three witnesses shall a word be established…

  • 2 Corinthians 13:1 ~ This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Don’t Be a Hypocrite – Secret to overcoming temptations

I recently scored this wonderful nugget of unearthly treasure from the Lord – a message about overcoming temptation… don’t be a hypocrite!!!

This pure gold of a message was harvested from the first chapter of the book of James in the New Testament:

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

1.) How to expect Temptations: Walking in life, we expect temptations and find them as detours that lead away from the path of truth, but we need to keep walking on through the path where not too many has trodden and may be a really hard path to follow. Know though that when we pass through overcoming the temptations, we learn patience as a bonus. But before you scoot off to say this is another typical lesson, wait, patience when perfected in us makes us content and our desires are then aligned with those of the Spirit of God, the secret to avoiding falling.

2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

2.) How to deal with the humps: Now while being tempted, we may come to a point when we become unsure on how to handle the situation, we have trouble deciding whether to wait or move forward.

a.) Ask the Lord for wisdom, stand by it: The word tells us to ask for guidance, for wisdom, because the Lord gives freely, we must stand firm and believe that He gives it to us as we wait, we need to discern and not rush. God will see us through..those who change their mind and decide on their own will fail as God will not honor their decision, He’s not giving anything to them, check Saul’s story early in his career.

5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

b.) Be Single Minded – Let God’s Spirit run your life in every case: Have a single mind the Bible says and do not let the spirit of the flesh run together with the Spirit of God in you, for God is the owner of you and must rule supreme no matter how boring, how tiring or how painful it may seem as we live in Him (at times, by the world’s standards it can be all of those things and worse). Be stable like Kent Hovind’s example of how to fire the rubber band long distance.

8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

c.) Remember, it will all pass, be happy with what you have, you don’t need more stuff: We’re told to rejoice when were low and be humble when were high, noting that being rich or alive is not forever for all are appointed one day to die. See the example of the flower passing away, all the beauty will fade when the sun rises up with the burning heat.

9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

3.) Remember the Prize: Now going back to temptations- here is the promise, endure and receive the crown of life, The Lord promised this to those who love Him.

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

4.) Remember the Lord who loves you and got your back: Don’t blame God when you are being tried, if you fail, that’s you running a fleshly mind and running without God in the forefront. Your flesh gets enticed and seduced through lust and this becomes sin and brings death. These temptations are merely Satan’s use of the worldly things around us. All these things that God made for us. He values us so much from the beginning, He wanted us to be perfect without forcing us. He didn’t make us like robots. He created these for us and wants us to have them but the devil uses them to make us take the detour, to get us out of the straight path and have us to sit down, drink a little, eat a little, a little comfort, a little slumber…do not make this mistake and instead be discerning.

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

5.) Watch yourself: He warns us to be vigilant, swift to hear but slow to speak and anger.

19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Note below – He specifically dwells at ‘wrath’ and singles it out that it worketh not the righteousness of God, to say that it doesn’t get you closer to the Lord when you’re angry. He mentions this before he tells of fixing filthiness and naughtiness. We need to be meek and receive the engrafted word that saves our souls. we need to have the love for the truth…

20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

In summary, we’re told of the basic things to watch inorder to overcome being tempted: we need to be quick to hear His calling, control our speech, be slow to anger, repent and turn away from the fleshly works of sin, then receive the word and trust everything it says. This last verse to me is saying, be saved first! (click how).

Having said that, finally, the secret to overcoming temptation: Do What the Word Says and Not Only Hear It for we deceive ourselves thinking we know what God wants but we actually forget it and do the opposite thing, running our lives ‘flesh’-style, its like being dressed up for a wedding we look at ourselves in the mirror then later forget our respectable appearance as we behave disgracefully in front of the other guests. This causes others to stumble because we’re being hypocrites. I thought of another crude example – We look like coat-wearing baptists but act like construction workers taking a break, not a neat holy sight to watch (no offense to the clean living construction folks out there).

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

We need to do the work of God in faith because without it, we wont last in this wicked world as our flesh will always be against us. Let’s not forget what manner of person we are to be and should be, we will be blessed in this.

25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Confirmation of the mirror message: God defines pure religion, understandably – the true Christianity,which is our great commission, our focus that makes us look ahead and walk boldly forward doing God’s work instead of being distracted by the detours (temptations). This completes our claim of being true Christians:

  1. bridle your tongue,
  2. visit the lost and fatherless (literally as well as those who don’t know God as Father) and share the gospel of Jesus Christ’ salvation to them; as well as the widows (literally those who dont have a husband or a Saviour protecting them and comforting them in their afflictions), helpless for they need the true Savior Jesus Christ;
  3. lastly, if you consider yourself a child, kid or babe in the word to share the gospel at this time (which really is mostly an excuse anyway as anyone who loves his/her neighbor do share the gospel indeed as God puts it in their hearts, but just in case you don’t feel that encouraged to do so), this is for you – keep yourself from being spotted from the world. Do not love the world and be entangled therein, unequally yoked with unbelievers… Keep yourself from idols the word says!

Apart from this, your so called religion is all in vain.

26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

The whole set of messages above ties up very tightly with the message of the essential parable.

Note that to know what God wants us to do, we need to read His true Word and do what it says, receiving it and understanding it and doing it. Bear fruit with it.

Christian’s spiritual swiss knife – 1John 5

In 1John 5, there’s a little ‘obscure’ verse (last one) that seem to not make sense as you gloss over it, but if you read it again keeping your mind on the context of truth and heeding the warning about deceitfulness, you realise this is exactly what it’s all about. Another insight to why true Christians, a group of people who are going to heaven after they die, can only be such when they have God and His Word the Bible as their authority and not man’s made-up ideals.

This chapter is a compact portfolio of a Christian. I call it the ‘Christian’s spiritual swiss knife’. It explains it all over again…firstly the gospel is in here; then the doctrine of truth: let God be true and every man a liar; the doctrine of – the love of the truth; the doctrine of faith with works; and being doers of the word and not hearers only, even goes all the way back to the essential parable…so obviously a very apt ending verse otherwise…

Trying to dissect 1John 5, I found…

 A.) The First and Second Commandment of Jesus Christ explained:

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.

 

B.) The doctrine of Faith in God overcoming the world (Faith with works described in James 2):

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?

 

C.) The Trinity:

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.

D.) God be true and everyman be a liar: God’s record of His word is true:

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.

 

E.) The truth of the gospel and Salvation through Christ alone:

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.

F.) Christians asking and praying in light of God’s will, answered by God:

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

 

G.) Praying for the salvation of others:

16 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.

17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

 

H.) How to tell what a true Christian is: He keeps himself from sin, and God protects him from evil:

18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.


I.) The stark difference between the world and true Christians

19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

 

J.) Jesus gives understanding and the love of the truth, revealing the True God to His children:

20 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.

 

K.) Lastly the warning that other than the true God, there are deceitful idols everyone needs to avoid:

21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

No Schisms – the Wife and the Church

No schisms – A clearer biblical way to explain wives being the weaker vessel… our wives are to be treated as though husband and wife are both parts of the same body together. Though there has been a rhetoric about the equality of women in their role in modern society, for centuries in world history, the wife being compared to the husband always had a sort of dependency on him, being the ‘weaker’ vessel i.e. strengthwise, emotionally, endurance-wise, etc… Biblically, God designed it this way, thus we are further told to treat them with honor. see the ‘Bible puzzle pieces’ below…

1Peter 3: 7 says:

“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

note: prayer is a cry to the Lord understandably for praise and petitions, if they are hindered, the cry may be in vain.  Below describes how the body works together, thus if husband and wife are one together, same mind, etc.., there will be no hindrance to prayer..

About the body, here’s a puzzle pair to Peter’s account above from Paul’s 1Corinthians 12. It explains the relationship of the parts of the body to each other.

20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.

21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:

25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

 

Paul, in the same Spirit says in Ephesians 5 (below). Notice how the following issues tie together: Submission of the parts to each other; Love between husband and wife; and Unity of Marriage.

1.) Submission – body parts analogy: husband is to his wife as Christ is to His church, the head

21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

 

2.) Love – the husband to the wife as Christ giving himself for His church.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

 

3.) Unity mystery – Husband and wife become one like Christ to His church

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

 

Reflection: These passages bear witness to the fact that the Word of God is alive and powerful. The wisdom that we are blessed with is consistent and accurate and is not a loose collection of ideas that float around to be interpreted in various ways. Here, the Body, the Husband and Wife and Christ and the Church are vividly represented in clear and understandable terms by two separate witnesses in one Spirit.

Apostasy 101 – No Roots, The Falling Away

Our study streams from the chapter 2 of 2 Thessalonians written by Paul about the coming of Jesus Christ and how we should be aware not to be deceived:

1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

That famous line…”except there come a falling away first…” tells of a turning point for worse things to come. Thus verse 5 to 7 tells us that we’ve been told already and now we know…

5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

Its crucial we understood what this means for it exposes the fulfillment of prophecy, so we can watch better the turning of the tides before Jesus will return. I sought the Bible to explain the Bible and did a word search for “fall away” so I studied Luke’s version of the essential parable – The Sower. Luke 8:13 says:

They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

The parable of the sower reveals all. Taking the 3 accounts of this parable shows stony ground as the condition of the hearts of men who claim to receive Christ, yet when tribulation/ affliction or persecutions (for the sake of the word) or temptation (to deny God’s word) comes…they FALL AWAY!

Matthew 13: 20 -21

But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; | Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.”

Mark 4: 16-17

And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; | And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.”

 

Having no root in the cross, no root in repentance, no root in Christ is dangerous.

Matthew 13:6

And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

Apostasy 101 – Holding truth in unrighteousness

A study of the book of Romans shows us that the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel, its the power that saves us who believe, we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. God has revealed it to His people so there’s no excuse for anyone who knows it to keep doing the wrong thing.

Romans 1:

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

note: after investigating the facts and seeing prophecy fulfilled in history’s past and the present day, anyone claiming that these can all be just happening by chance and there can’t be a designer or creator for everything, can only be described as ‘willingly ignorant’. We really don’t have any excuse for remaining in denial.

The effects of holding truth in unrighteousness:

The phrase “holding truth in unrighteousness” basically means one is keeping that knowledge of the truth while in the act of/ or presence of unrighteousness. Its like serving two opposing masters at one time or mingling poison with good food. In its simplest example – cheating on your spouse. The bible tells of its effects below…

a.) forgetting God and His amazing grace, ungrateful, driven by vain imaginations, foolish heart darkens:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

b.) getting confused and misguided…vulnerable to deceitful lies:

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

 

The Levels of falling out / steps to getting ‘apostated’:

1.) God gives you up…to uncleaness, to lies, to be deceived

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

2.) God gives you up…to vile affections, perversions

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

3.) God gives you up…to a reprobate mind, a lost persons’mind!

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit,malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

4.) Having a seared conscience – knowing judgement but loves to do evil things and those who do them.

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Message: if you don’t stand fast in the faith by His word, you will gravitate to falling away from the path of righteousness, away from God’s presence. Lost to the World. This world is such a toxic vacuum that one need not do anything to be sucked in to it it will find a way so tempting anyone will blend right through.

Love of the World – a downward perilous death trap

Love not the world: message from 2 witnesses:

Please read 1 John 2 ~

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

 

see also Genesis 3:6 – the tipping point for the fall of man ( read the rest of the scripture to find out what happened next)

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

 

The Bible is very consistent about this message. The love of the world leads to death…a lot of people have proven this fact over and over again. Go and turn on the TV and the news to see people killing themselves with bad habits, self inflicted abuse, various addictions, love of material goods and wealth and so with the stresses of everyday life.

Ephesians 4 explains how born again believers live and should put off the lusts of this world…

17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But ye have not so learned Christ;

21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

 

Need I say more…loving the world is all delusion folks, no one who had them ever came close to perfect peace nor perfect joy in fact its the opposite. And this deceitful trap brings corruption, not even a Christian would survive its downward perilous path. Stay away from these thorns…read article The Essential Parable