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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

The Essential Parable

I have the red letter bible edition where it shows everything Jesus said in red letters. In one of the passages these words were red and it seem to not only stress out this was important since Jesus said it, but because it indicates that the understanding of the other parables depend on your understanding of this specific one.

The essential parable is this Parable of the Sower: read Mark 4:13:

And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

Jesus said in Matthew 18:16 “But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.”. So I took Matthew’s and John’s accounts to join with Mark’s. Its remarkable how these 3 are a jigsaw puzzle trio that ties seamlessly with each other (talk about precept upon precept, line upon line). Take note of the use of ‘hear’, ‘receive’, ‘understand’ and ‘keep’ in all accounts. I did a little comparative study of these accounts to see the whole message…and more.

a.) What is the seed sown?: It’s God’s word, the true preserved inerrant Bible.

Mark 4:14 “The sower soweth the word.”

Matthew 13 – embedded ‘word’ in next verses

Luke 8:11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”

 

b.) Receiving seed by the wayside: heard it, didn’t understand it, devil sweeps down and takes the word away

Mark 4:15 “And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.”

Matthew 13:19 “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.”

Luke 8:12 “Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.”

 

c.) Receiving seed on stony/ rocky ground: heard it, joyful about it, but lack root, affliction, persecution, temptation against the word arise causes the falling away

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.”

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.”

Luke 8:13 “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.”

 

d.) Receiving seed among thorns: heard it, but worldly cares, riches, pleasures and lusts choke the word, no fruit

Mark 4:18-19 “And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, |And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Matthew 13:22 “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.”

Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Note: Thorns from both accounts can be summarized as: a.) Cares of this world, b.) deceitfulness of riches and c.) lusts of other things. All of which describes the Love of the World-see this related message. This also relates to Abiding in the Lord – see this related message

 

e.) Receiving seed on Good Ground: in an honest and good heart…hearing it, keeping it, enduring the fight and bearing good fruit

Mark 4:20 “And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”

Matthew 13:23 “But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Luke 8:15 “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

 

 

The crux of the matter:

The essential parable…the parable of the sower is really a lesson on hearing…Luke writes Jesus’ words in Luke 8:18..

Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

As a summary to the whole parable, the verse explains that though its important to be able to hear God’s word, the keeping of them (His Words) in our hearts, even hiding it to prevent it from being snatched away is VERY important. David says in Psalms 119:11 …

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

…its far more important for if we do this, patiently we shall bear fruit with it. And much more will be added. Not worldly things but precious heavenly things that were promised by the Lord – Matthew says in his book Chapter 6 verse 33…

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

…otherwise, those things that you didn’t keep and may just have heard would be taken away so you wont have anything at all (nada!).

Luke 8 verse 15 confirms we are in good ground if you realize this…

“But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”

 

The real Jesus Christ identified…

In the last days, according to the scriptures, there will be false christs, and teachers of false religion…

We are nearing those very days, it may even be at the door.

Matthew 24:23

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

Matthew 24:24

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Mark 13:21

And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

Luke 21:8

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

 

For one, the true Jesus Christ came with a pedigree, a bloodline…

John 7:42

Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

 

He was the crucified one…and who died…and whom God rose from the dead, and now He lives…

Acts 2:36

Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Acts 4:10

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

 

This Jesus Christ is the one that the kings and rulers of the earth will declare war with. He wont be the popular superstar figure that everyone from all over the world would be lining up to have their faces autographed by…

Acts 4:26

The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

 

Isaiah narrates God’s description of the real Jesus Christ…see Isaiah 53 below:

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 ¶ Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10 ¶ Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

 

DO NOT BE DECEIVED!