Public figures talking against God
Dreaming in a sinful way will eventually reach the physical realm and defile the flesh. This does other things but I will save that after I quote Jude 1:8-15.
Jude digresses and explains that Michael the archangel had a dispute with the devil about the body of Moses but refused to bring an accusation against Satan but said ... "The Lord rebuke thee." This is kind of interesting to me because I hear so many Christians rebuking the devil.
Defiling the flesh and a person having the ability to corrupt themselves is a very big theme with Jude. He uses the example of Cain and Balaam just like the examples of Egypt, angels in eternity past along with Sodom and Gomorra. In my previous article I went over Egypt, angels in eternity past along with Sodom and Gomorra. I will touch on some other truths in this writing.
Some verses that Jude writes are very hard to interpret but in the most broad sense of the word sin will lead into dead fruit but he gets much more specific. Fruit alive is through the Person of Jesus Christ in all His pureness.
Jude talks about the shame of sin not dealt with and describes them as wondering stars reserved in the blackness of darkness for eternity.
He also goes back into history and talks about Enoch who spoke about the second coming of Jesus Christ. There is a difference between the rapture and the second coming/second advent. The rapture could happen today as opposed to the second coming which happens at the end of the seven year tribulation period. The rapture happens before this seven year time frame so as you can see there is a vast difference between these two events not to even mention they happen at different time periods with a completely different purpose attached to each occurrence.
In verse fifteen Jude writes very struck about Jesus Christ executing judgment because of their ungodly deeds they committed. He also more specifically talks about hard speeches that sinners speak about Him. It just goes to show that if a person feels that way about God it would be a good idea to keep it to yourself because these people are influencing other individuals/groups away from God. Let me quote the original text in the book of Jude so you can read it for yourself.
(8) "Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. (9) Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, dare not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. (10) But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. (11) Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Co' re. (12) These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; (13) Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. (14) And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints. (15) To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." Jude 1:8-15.
It is very interesting to me that Jude starts out this passage with people that dream and fall into the flesh/sin. Be very careful of your imagination because it could lead into transgressions. If we keep doing this we will sin as a lifestyle and the surprising answer to the question is it all starts with our thoughts. If we entertain bad thoughts it is pretty much guaranteed that we will go to the second step into sin. The reason for this is because our will is stronger than our thoughts. Remember we are at the next step if we are thinking about sin and that second process is our will. This is going to sound like a silly analogy but if our will arm wrestled our thoughts the imagination in our mind would lose to our will. This is why we hear so many Godly people saying, "Do the will of God." These deceivers were seducing the disciples of Christ and that is what Jude was talking about in this writing.
The deceivers were defiling the flesh. It starts with the mind and the sin goes against the body but these transgressions will also hurt the soul. They were despising dominions and speaking evil of dignities because these people desired to attack the conscience. They probably wanted to banish this from the entire world because that was the level they were on but most people just engage in this on a private and personal way. Jude was writing about public figures that were converting many people to darkness.
I have seen certain select individuals try and get rid of a "Good" conscience out of life so people will defy God and just do what they want to do in their circumstances.
In verse nine nobody really knows what the dispute about the body of Moses was but it does not really matter because the main theme is very evident in this verse. God did not want Michael making an accusation against the devil but just say ... "The Lord rebuke thee." Truth does not need any kind of support from something or someone that is false. With friends like that we don't need enemies. Do not argue with the devil because he is very good in this circuit.
Jude uses the example of Cain to explain how greedy and covetous they were to gain worldly advantages because no thought or respect was given to their afterlife. Jude talks about spots in your feasts of charity. The love we show on earth means very much to God but the awards we get to please man will not mean anything to Jesus Christ. Christians struggle with this issue so how much more the brute beast ?
Jude says ... "When they feast with you, they feed themselves without fear." They wanted to gratify their appetites but we Christians need to drink a holy fear because consuming food is just what we have to do to get through life. In like matter what we eat spiritually will determine who we are for good or bad.
The ... " Clouds they are without water" is Jude's way of explaining that they make promises that it will rain in a time of drought. Be careful of high profile people making promises because they may do just the opposite.
When he spoke of carried about of winds these people are easily moved by circumstances. They are empty and ungrounded which is just the opposite of what a true Christian is supposed to be in the Person of Jesus Christ.
If they were trees whose fruit withereth they were fruitless. We were once dead but Jesus Christ raised us to life through Him when we accepted Him into our hearts. Being fruitful sounds better than being fruitless. This is what Jude was talking about when he said they were plucked up by the roots.
Raging waves of the sea but that is just a person full of talk.
When Jude says they were foaming out of their own shame this made the person living right before God very uneasy. If they do this as a lifestyle they will have greater shame than their original state. If you are this person and care start with an apology. Your victims are passengers on a boat with raging waves but that ship will come to port. It will be forgotten but not by the person causing the turbulence.
Wandering stars is a term for false teachers. They go back between truth and error and blind their listeners with back and forth theology.
Jude talks about the doom of these types of sinful people. False teachers will get a bad punishment in the afterlife. I have to watch myself very carefully because I am an expositor of the word of God. God expects the highest standards from me so I better be obedient to Jesus Christ. If you are a teacher being cautious is a good thing because we all will have to give an account to Jesus Christ on the day of judgment.
In verse 14 and 15 Jude makes mention of Enoch. He said that Jesus Christ will come in the second coming with His saints to execute judgment on an unbelieving world but the Apostle John says the same truth in Revelation chapter nineteen.
The word ungodly is mentioned four times in verse fifteen which means something to me especially in a world that has virtually no regard for righteous living. I hear people mocking or I might see a lot of apathy for Jesus Christ. There are also many hard speeches against the Bible, Jesus Christ and Christians.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your very own personal Savior and Lord now may be a good time to repent of all your sins and invite Jesus Christ into your life. With everything that I am seeing in this world the rapture of the church may not be to far off but much of what I am seeing on this planet is found in Jude 1:8-15. I tried to break down this passage and it is pretty obvious that Jude had some pretty heavy duty truths to say about his time and evil world. It is even worse now so take heed because God will only put up with so much that is present in this world. One day probably soon He will return and rapture His true children before His wrath comes down on this earth. Then at the end of the seven year tribulation the King of Kings and Lord of Lords will return back to earth with His children. When a person makes this decision and lives a holy life of obedience to Jesus Christ this Blessed Hope promise is for him or her to be snatched up to heaven at the time of His coming. Think about what Jude says about these evil people and run in the opposite direction to God.
God Bless you,
Saturday, February 03, 2018
Respect for the grace of God
I will be going over the book of Jude for the next couple of articles. Jude is one of the more blunt authors and he certainty is not boring. He gets right to the point.
As tough as Jude is he first calls himself a servant of Jesus Christ. He was the brother of James and also writes to those who are sanctified by God the Father. It is the same principle as salvation. When we accepted Jesus Christ into our hearts we were justified in the sight of God through His Son Jesus Christ. Notice he is writing to the sanctified by God. When we live holy and pure by abiding in Jesus Christ the sanctifying process takes place in our life. We are preserved in Jesus Christ (kept) because as Christians we are justified and sanctified through Jesus Christ by God.
Jude is very generous in his writing before he gives very tough examples of defeat. Jude says mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you. He said he was a diligent man to write to them so they would content for the faith.
Jude also points out that certain men crept in unaware turning the grace of God which is one hundred percent holy and pure into lasciviousness. That is bad but they also added insult to injury. They denied ... " The only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ."
At this point Jude gives three very harsh examples of destruction. He explains that in each case God showed no mercy.
In the first example Jude explained how the Lord saved His people out of Egypt. I think of God parting the Red Sea and how their enemy was just so confident that they would be able to go through but the water overcame them and death happened almost immediately to the Egyptians. His people saw and experienced one of the five greatest miracles of all time yet they did not believe God after this deliverance and paid a very heavy price.
The second example goes into the angels of eternity past that kept not their first estate. I struggle over this scenario because they probably did not know the difference between good and evil because there was no sin present in heaven. This was a campaign lead by Lucifer who wanted to rule heaven and got converts for his mission. The angels were probably told many times by the Triune Godhead that this was wrong. You have to admit if someone keeps saying "No" to you in a relationship the only alternative is to walk away because his or her will is rejecting the fellowship. The end result has been a living nightmare for them and they share their misery and deception with us but we choose to follow Jesus Christ. This happened before Creation but the point is God was not able to show mercy on these angels.
The third example Jude talks about Sodom and Gomorrha giving themselves over to fornication and other types of sin. Some history books found evidence that people were not allowed to feed the homeless and had to make fun of them. I don't know if this is true but once again God could not bestow mercy on them but had to judge this area of the world. The Triune Godhead does not desire to place a society under the law but Jude points out that divine judgment is inevitable. When the created creatures from God are sold over to rejecting Jesus Christ or giving themselves over to sin Jude is saying that this judgment lasts forever. I still find it amazing that many people around me think eternity is a joke. Let me quote the original text in the Bible so you can read this passage and perhaps make reference to the Scripture verses if you feel this is applicable for you in this particular study of the Bible.
(1) "JUDE, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: (2) Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. (3) Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write uno you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly content for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (4) For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungoldly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (5) I will therefore put you in remembrance, through ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. (6) And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. (7) Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." Jude 1: 1-7.
I know people get excited when they get saved through Jesus Christ but sometimes I feel the more appropriate word is possession. What people do not understand when they make fun of eternity is if you die apart from Jesus Christ and go to the horrible place you are in the "Possession" of demons. Do you think they are nice? They hate God and you because human beings are created in the image of God. They despise you, will abuse and torture you because outside of Jesus Christ they have "Possession" of you or anybody that rejects the Son of God. Before you completely give yourself over to sin, a false God or just simply don't want anything to do with Jesus Christ please consider this paragraph.
Jude is not writing to a particular person, family or church but a whole society of Christians. It would have to be comforting that Jude desired to be a faithful servant of Jesus Christ. Do we want to be a faithful servant of Jesus Christ? The Apostles were servants before they were Apostles but stayed servants through their office in this particular calling before God to people.
Christians are the called from sin to Jesus Christ. Our sanctification is our renovation from God which is a process because of His grace through Jesus Christ. The called and sanctified are preserved or kept in Jesus Christ.
Jude desires his readers to have mercy, peace and love. We can not have true peace from God unless we have mercy bestowed on us from God through His Son Jesus Christ. Love stems from Godly peace. The love of God to us and our love to Jesus Christ is part of the process but of course we can not forget our brotherly love for one another. Jude actually prays that all these good truths from God be multiplied to his readers.
Jude desires his readers to be established in their Christian faith. Nobody is excluded from accepting Jesus Christ into their hearts unless they exclude themselves.
Abiding in Jesus Christ is great but we are always in danger of being seduced into sin. This is why we need to treat our own salvation with care and diligence. To contend earnestly for the faith is to suffer patiently with courage in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Ungodly people are sometimes enemies of the faith in Jesus Christ and peace for the church. These people tend to cause senseless debates, start questions that should never be asked and cause divisions that were never really necessary. If we desire to continue with Jesus Christ we should remember the words fidelity and godliness. To have this attitude with the Son of God is at the very least the right path to righteousness.
You have to remember that when a person publically says he or she is against Jesus Christ or does not believe in God they are obviously living without the Son of God in this world but more specifically have no regard for God in their conscience -- you do. Jude implies that the worst ungodly people are those that turn the grace of God into lasciviousness. It is when sin gets turned to the point when these transgressions take center stage and the grace of God takes a backseat to the point where Jesus Christ is nowhere to be found. The foundation of our faith is to accept and invite Jesus Christ into our lives not reject Him.
Jude says those that turn the grace of God into lasciviousness are ordained to condemnation. If we as Christians sin we have to die to our flesh and repent to God. By the way flesh does not mean our physical tabernacle but is an independent streak against God.
If you think it is easy to obey God think again because it is difficult to follow Jesus Christ. These people that came in unawares chose the easy way but will go throughout eternity the hard way. I guess they forgot to factor in that reality. When we are confronted with these people we are to contend for the faith. They try and rob the truth we try and hold fast to it because we do not shape truth, truth shapes us in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Jude in essence says talk the talk and walk the walk. Jude says I will put you in remembrance which means feed on what you do know but don't feed on what you don't know. If we read the same passage twice in the Bible we may know the knowledge but our spirit needs the process of reviewing the passage.
The unbelief of the Israelites in the miracles of their abundance should be a strong warning to us as Christians. We really need to depend on Jesus Christ all the time because the alternative is trusting in ourselves and falling into sin which is a wilderness.
The angels of eternity past rebelled against God. They refused to be servants to their Creator and became slaves to the justice of God. We should always see ourselves as servants of Jesus Christ. Jude introduced himself as a servant to the Son of God.
Sodom and Gomorrah engaged in fleshly lusts that war against the soul. God is Holy and Jude clearly says these people are suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. I would often ask myself, "Does hell serve any constructive purpose?" The answer to this question may be in Jude 1:7. Unregenerate sinners are experiencing the vengeance of God. The anger of God is being satisfied. Other than that I can not think of one constructive purpose that this horrible place serves but if you can you know more than me about this subject.
If you never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord please repent of all your sins and invite the Son of the Living God into your life. I hope you just made that decision. Do not believe denying your flesh is easy because it is hard. This will be a struggle you will face every day but remember a true Christian wrestles with his or her sin but an unbeliever does not struggle with transgressions. Choose the narrow path in Jesus Christ because it is the correct journey as we travel through life as believers in the Lamb of God that died for our sins.
God Bless you,
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Encouragement for you
There are only four more verses in the book of 1 John. In the second Epistle of John there are only thirteen verses in the whole book. Most of these verses are saying the same truths that John reviewed in 1 John; however, some are unique. I would like to go over the last four verses in 1 John and select some uplifting verses in the book of 2nd John because I do not wish to go over the same biblical content with you that was already reviewed in previous articles.
If we are truly born again we really do not want to sin. Wise Christians will keep themselves so the devil will not be able to touch them. If we are in reach of demons sin is the next stumbling block that will confuse our minds and hurt our hearts. I will explain as the article progress what ... "But he that is begotten of God keepeth himself " ... because we should be on guard. If we leave our guard down then that is when the problems start in our life.
We are children of God through His Son Jesus Christ and verse nineteen says ... "The whole world lieth in wickedness."
We have an understanding not only that Jesus Christ is true but that ... "We are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ."
We are also instructed by the Apostle John to keep ourselves from idols. If there is one thing I learned about the subject of idols is it comes in various abstract forms more than it comes in obvious forms. Let me quote 1 John 5:18-21. You will be able to see the original text and make reference to it if this is applicable for you and this particular Bible study.
(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. (19) And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. (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. (21) Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen." 1 John 5:18-21.
We have a new nature because upon acceptance of Jesus Christ in our hearts the Holy Spirit dwells in our spirit. The more we allow the Holy Ghost to shine through our hearts the less we sin. In this case we are fortified against the demon's destructive ambushes in our life.
It is our duty to be on guard against the enemy 24 hours a day. We need to pray a prayer of protection to God before we go to sleep. When we wake up the very first thing we should do is once again pray to God. I would rather not tell you what to pray for because that is between you and God. Remember the Holy Spirit dwells in you and will guide your words to God through His Son Jesus Christ. If we are on guard against the devil we will eventually experience the power we have in the Person of Jesus Christ if Christians are consistent. Some are but some are not and I can tell almost right away because what is on the inside comes out on the outside.
Humanity is divided into two parties. One group belongs to God and the other belongs to wickedness. We belong to God, we are of God, we are from Him, we are to Him and we are for Jesus Christ.
In this passage the Bible says the whole world lieth in wickedness. I love to see Christians demolish the devil's dominion that he has in this world and see souls being translated into the Kingdom of God. Christians are supposed to be enlightened in the knowledge of the true eternal God who is Jesus Christ.
When we give Jesus Christ our devotion the Son of God leads us to the Father and have the love and favor of both because when we are in union with our Lord we are in union with His Father. At the end of verse twenty this passage says ... "This is the true God, and eternal life." Isn't it comforting to be united to the true God and eternal life?
We should let our light and love guard us in the Person of Jesus Christ. We need to flee from any false gods in this wicked world. Jesus Christ is our God. False gods can not forgive our sins nor can they give us eternal life. We need to have faith, love and obedience in Jesus Christ. He is the Living and True God. He is the one that is going to receive glory and dominion for ever and ever.
At this point we have finished the whole book of 1 John and I did promise you that I would quote select verses in the book of 2nd John which has thirteen verses in the whole book. Many are what I would refer to as repeat verses that the Apostle John already went over in the book of 1 John. Be encouraged as you read these blessed verses.
"For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever." 2nd John 1:2. I am just going to give you a general analysis of each verse. Jesus Christ dwelleth in us and He promises His children that He will be with us for all eternity.
" Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love." 2nd John 1:3. We are obviously very rich in Jesus Christ. Grace, mercy and peace to us from both God the Father and Jesus Christ but this is given to us in truth and love.
How could we possible receive this from the world? I don't see much grace, mercy or peace and if it is given this is rare. God the Father and His Son desire to bestow this on us with truth and love. If you can be blessed enough for someone to do something for you with a good pure spirit and no strings attached then you are receiving more than most people in this world.
"I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father." 2nd John 1:4. To walk in truth is to not walk in a lie which is the essence of this world. No wonder John rejoiced when he heard this but it was not just because they were obeying God; therefore, be glad these children of God through Jesus Christ were not being pulled into the deception of life. This gave the Apostle John such incredible joy.
"Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward." 2nd John 1:8. Obviously I went over very detailed in previous articles how we are to give ourselves an honest evaluation before God.
As sincere Christians the loss of those things we have worked for is bad because to get a full reward in heaven will last for eternity. I do not know much about this subject of rewards in the afterlife. John is only speaking in general terms to continue with strong faith in Jesus Christ. If we "Look to ourselves" ... by giving "Ourselves" an honest judgment before God about our hearts and lives the implication in this verse is to continue to labor for Jesus Christ with the right motives until He returns for His church.
There is only one more verse I can go over in the book of 2nd John which is only comprised of thirteen verses because once again the other verses in 2nd John I reviewed at least once in previous articles. The Apostle John is repeating himself because it is a different book and many various people read both first and second John. To make this simple John had to review the same biblical truths so everybody would get the messages.
"Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full." 2nd John 1:12. That was just a very warm and kind statement John wrote to his audience. When we meet someone face to face with the right loving spirit our joy does become full.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord now may be a good time to repent of all your sins and invite the Son of God in your life. You have probably read this article but to personally get to know Jesus Christ is something more intimate. The Apostle John desired to speak to his audience face to face so their joy might be full. This same principle applies to anyone that has read about Jesus Christ but does not know Him. The Son of God desires to speak to you face to face that your joy may be full.
God Bless you,
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Eternal life, requests and how to pray for Christians
This is a very interesting study because the Apostle John says so much in a small group of verses. If we truly believe in the Person of Jesus Christ we have the Holy Spirit as a witness inside our spirit. If a person does not believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God then this individual is calling God The Father a liar according to 1 John 5:10. This person does not believe the record that God gave of His Son.
I find the word "Record" a very interesting choice of words. Did you know that everything gets recorded from heaven on this earth? Everything we do from beginning to end is being taped along with our thoughts, attitudes and desires.
John uses the word "Record" again in verse eleven to reiterate his point and assures us we have eternal life through Jesus Christ. Most denominations are false brands of true Christianity and many think they have the Son of God living in their hearts but half truth and half lies will keep a person away from Jesus Christ if they absorb what they are being taught.
If we have the Son (Jesus Christ) we have life but if we do not have the Son (Jesus Christ) we do not have life. A person that does not know Jesus Christ in a personal way is dead in his or her sins and headed to a place of death better known as the second death.
In verse thirteen the Apostle John says two times that if we believe on the name of the Son of God we have eternal life.
We can have confidence in Him because if we ask a request to God in the will of the Triune Godhead Jesus Christ will hear our prayer. I think it is interesting that the Holy Spirit put a condition in verse fourteen regarding what we will receive from God. John goes deeper and explains that when Jesus Christ does hear our prayer/prayers we can know that ... "We know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him." I will explain this in a more detailed way as the article progresses.
Verse sixteen is quite complicated but in the most broad sense of the word we should be very concerned if our brother falls into sin. The Holy Spirit gets very specific as to our part in the stumbling of Christians but I will delve into this deeper after I quote the passage.
We need to understand that all unrighteousness is sin and should be very alert to staying clean before God. This is not an easy process but very rewarding in the end. Let me quote the passage I will be going over which is 1 John 5:10-17.
(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. (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. (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." 1 John 5:10 - 17.
Our strength is in Jesus Christ. People should see this evidence on the outside but it is our heart that people will be able to sense because I have seen this happen many times. There are certain speakers I can listen to and feel their spirit and just take comfort in knowing they are on the right path in the Person of Jesus Christ. These people usually testify what Jesus Christ did for them in their soul. I can see Christ formed in these Christians and they are growing in the fullness and perfect image of the Son of God.
John goes on in verse ten talking about the sin of unbelief. This person either does not believe God sent His Son into the world or that Jesus Christ is not the Son of God.
When we accepted Jesus Christ into our hearts we were given eternal life through Him because a person that is united to the Son of God is united to life. This is a "Life" that most people around us do not have in their spirit. If someone refuses Jesus Christ which can be done in a blunt or casual way he or she obviously does not have eternal life. If they continue on this path they will face the second death. I have read several verses on this and heard many testimonies on the reality of hell. This is one place you do not want to find yourself in because it is a horrible existence.
John was writing to believers in Jesus Christ to comfort them but also that they might keep abiding in Jesus Christ. A Christian is either moving forward in their faith or they usually do nothing and become lukewarm. The Apostle did not desire this for his readers and wanted them to continue trusting Jesus Christ.
We really should bring all of our needs and desires to God all day long even in our busy routines. Verse fourteen says our prayer must be in line with the will of God. If this is the case we should have confidence that our intercession will be heard in heaven. If our requests before God are heard and accepted then our prayer will be answered but in the timing of the Triune Godhead.
Now we have arrived at the final two verses in this passage that I am going over with you. I will make a confession to you in that I never really like extremely difficult verses because I am a very simple man. I just pray to God that the Holy Spirit will give me wisdom in the name of Jesus Christ.
The Apostle John devotes an entire verse in how to pray for others regarding their sin/sins in their spirit. First I want to say that before we get into praying for other people we better check ourselves and our spirit regarding our transgressions. If we are not right there is no way we can apply this biblical principle before God. If this is the case "If" the person we are praying for heard our silent prayer he or she may ask, "Who are you to be praying for me?"
John makes a distinction in that there is a sin not unto death and a sin unto death. God will chastise ( discipline) us for sin/sins but He also holds the right to put us through a horrible trial that is completely unrelated to our transgressions. Our role is to stay strong in Jesus Christ especially when we are weak.
This divine chastisement has nothing to do with us because the degree of pressure that the Triune Godhead applies to his children is solely up to God.
There are many opinions on this verse because John never really defines what a sin unto death is but I believe the general direction will help considering the serious nature of this subject.
When a Christian is trying his or her best and commits transgressions but does not mean to do this then that is not considered willful sin. They are blindly committing these sins but trying to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. They are trying to serve God with the right spirit but have an ignorance to what they are doing regarding repeating the same sin/sins over and over again. This could also be the Christian that openly admits he or she has a besetting sin but is having a hard time forsaking the transgression.
This passage does not say we can not in a loving way confront the person but it does imply we can pray for their forgiveness. We all should be confessing our sins everyday. Even more specifically verse sixteen says we can pray for life in this person. Jesus Christ is the God of life.
Even though they are Christians in one way or another a little or large part of them died on the inside of their spirit. We are allowed to intercede for them but be very detailed in that Jesus Christ Himself has to be made manifested in their soul through problems and hardships. You would be surprised at the results that may be seen through consistent prayer behind the scenes for this type of believer in Jesus Christ.
In the sin unto death the Apostle John can give no promise attached to our prayer for them; therefore, when we intercede for them the prayer is conditional. Let me say the same thing in a different way. This verse does not say we can not go to the throne room for them but it does say that no promises are attached to this sincere prayer.
With the first type of Christian (the believer in Jesus Christ that is not willfully sinning) there is a promise that the Holy Spirit will eventually bestow His peace and love breaking through their spirit. In the first case the Christian is trying his or her best but a besetting sin/sins keep rising to the surface. This person may not even realize or understand the transgression. That prayer should be more geared that said Christian be placed under the mercy of God.
The second type of believer in Jesus Christ needs to come to conscious repentance before God. By the way we can also confront this type of Christian in the spirit of love. We need to pray that the Holy Spirit reveals to them their willful sin and come to earnest confession to God through Jesus Christ. They are in serious trouble and nothing short of true repentance is going to deliver them out of possible contamination in their heart so our intercession needs to be, "God please show him that he is in direct willful disobedience to you and needs to repent and forsake his sin."
Remember this verse is only talking about our prayer for our brothers and sisters in Christ dealing with sin in their lives. It is not our job according to this verse to say, "He crossed the line" or "That person will spend eternity in this place." We do not know the answer to these questions. Ignorance is one thing, being willful is something entirely different so we need to believe in the power of prayer for Christians but before this we have to know how to intercede for that individual.
I am going to give you two stories that are true. In one case a Christian lady tried praying for her step Dad but God spoke to her verbally and said, "Do not pray for him because he committed the unpardonable sin of unbelief." There was another case when this man tricked a Christian lady into signing a contract for videotaping porn movies for one year. A Christian lady tried to pray for him and heard an audible voice from God saying, "Don't pray for him."
I do not know how to say this except to try and portray to you that people cross the line with God everyday in this world where there are approximately seven billion persons on this earth. Only the Triune Godhead understands where that line is drawn but this should speak a very loud message to us in that open rebellion against God will not go unpunished.
As Christians we should be trying to get or stay right with Jesus Christ every day of our lives. We will have some easy days but we will also have some very difficult times when God may seem light years away from us as believers in Jesus Christ. Praying for Christians and unbelievers is our duty and we should engage in this with knowledge and wisdom based on the guidelines of the Bible.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord now would probably be a good time to repent of all your sins and invite Jesus Christ in your life. It is sad when a person has open rebellion against God. It is also sad when a person is just indifferent toward God with a couple of vague opinions and just live their life apart from Jesus Christ. If you just made that decision to accept Jesus Christ into your heart do not fall into rebellion or indifference because God desires us obedient to Him.
God Bless you,
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Bearing witness in heaven and on earth
In most cases I normally do a general analysis of the passage that I am going over but due to the complication of these verses it would be much better if I just let you read the words of the Apostle John penned by the Holy Spirit and then break it down in a very simple way for your understanding and edification.
(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." 1 John 5:6 - 9.
A Christian especially in this time period of history has to have strong faith in Jesus Christ. The Apostle John starts out by listing the credentials of the Son of God. How did Jesus Christ come to earth? According to verse six He came by water and blood. I think we need to ask a fundamental question in that apart from Jesus Christ are we defiled both inwardly and outwardly? The answer is yes.
Inside of us we have a sin nature. For our cleansing from this we need spiritual water. We are defiled on the outside from the guilt of our sin so we need to be purged by the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. Both ways of cleansing were shown to us in the ceremonial institutions of God. Both people and things had to be purified by water and blood. This just goes to show us that we do sin and need to take repentance very serious before God.
When Jesus Christ died on the cross his side was pierced with a soldier's spear and out of His wound came water and blood. The Apostle John saw this with his own eyes. The water and blood are comprehensive of all that is essential to our redemption through Jesus Christ. By the water our souls are washed and purified. By the blood God gets the glory and His law is honored. We are justified, reconciled and presented righteous to God. Even on my very best day in my life my righteousness would be seen as filthy rags before God. The water and blood encompass all things required for our true salvation in Jesus Christ.
If you will notice the last part of verse six the Bible talks about a witness. He is the Holy Spirit who can not lie. He is perfect truth and a heavenly witness.
The Bible clearly tells us we are to overcome the world through Jesus Christ. As the Apostle John bore witness of the Son of God who is Jesus Christ verse seven says," For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." This verse is describing the Trinity in heaven.
As we can see there are several witnesses supporting the truth of Jesus Christ being the Son of the Living God. The Apostle John already told us that the Holy Spirit bears witness to Jesus Christ who is the truth. He shows us that He is the great, "I AM" and assures us the Lamb of God died for our sins and now resides in heaven. A Trinity of heavenly witnesses that are testifying to the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and all His claims.
The first is God The Father because He was the One who sent His Son Jesus Christ to earth to die on the cross for our sins. The second witness is the Word. Jesus Christ is referred to this title in the Bible. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1. Remember the Son of God who is Jesus Christ came to earth as a man but He never sinned even one time. The third witness is the Holy Ghost. He sets His seal from heaven as a witness in heaven. Verse seven ends ..." And these three are one."
I just explained the threefold witness in heaven to the best of my ability but this passage in Scripture also says with the Triune Godhead in heaven there is a threefold witness on earth working in connection with God The Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. The Bible says ... "The Spirit, and the water, and the blood and these agree in one." John 5:8.
The first is the spirit. If you see people that are regenerated through the Person of Jesus Christ and then observe their souls renovated this is a testimony to the Son of God. This testimony happens on earth but to see ongoing sanctification (the Holy Spirit working through a Christian) this is victory over the world. This is the first witness.
The second is the water. This is a testimony to Jesus Christ Himself. This is a witness to His purifying power. When Christians get baptized it is supposed to be a testimony to their souls being purified and washed through the Person of Jesus Christ.
The third witness is the blood. Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross for our sins and this was the ransom for our transgressions. The love that God has for us must be incomprehensible to send His only Son to die on a cross for us so we could be redeemed through Jesus Christ. These three witness on earth and agree in one.
You can read verse nine at the top of this article if you want but in essence the Bible says God The Father has testified of His Son Jesus Christ. This truth is of the highest authority with unquestionable infallibility.
If you are one that has never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord by repenting of all your sins and inviting the Son of God into your life then by all means now would be a good time to make that all important eternal decision.
Do not get to upset if you do not understand everything I wrote in this article. God is very much looking at your heart and if you were truly sincere and earnest regarding your decision in accepting Jesus Christ into your heart that is what God is looking at so rejoice in the Lamb of God who died for your sins. For those that made this choice your name is now in The Lamb's book of Life. Rejoice because this is wonderful news. There could be nothing more important than this reality that just happened to you. To have eternal life through Jesus Christ is the greatest news in this worn down world.
God Bless you,
Sunday, January 07, 2018
Our vertical and horizontal relationship is unique
God wants our love made perfect inside of us and that is not easy when we battle the world, flesh and the devil everyday because temptations are constantly popping up in our life. The primary reason Jesus Christ desires this for us as His children is because our judge wants us to have boldness in the day of judgment. When I quote the passage you will see the phrase ... "Because as He is, so are we in this world." Jesus Christ desires us to be conformed to His image in our travels down here on earth.
The love that the Holy Spirit sheds upon our hearts is so strong that it casteth away all fear in our spirit. Did you ever notice that this type of fear has torment so I hope we can all understand why God wants our love made perfect in His Son?
As I reviewed in the last article we are able to do this because God first loved us so more specifically if we do have affection for God we can not hate our brother. If our vertical relationship with God is present then our horizontal fellowship with people will be put into practice. This is not a one time thing but a struggle everyday to obey this command. It is not easy because this takes the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts to have this love for Jesus Christ and people. Self, sins and flesh are constantly rising up in our lives so we have to constantly depend on God.
Another way we can look at this is if we can see our brother and not at the very least have Godly love for Him how can we love God who we can not see? The Apostle John turned the whole scenario around so I did the same thing. It is a commandment to love God and our brother which fulfills the whole law. Even if you do not know the ten commandments and practice this there will not be any problems in obeying Jesus Christ.
All of this presupposes that we believe ... "Jesus is the Christ is born of God." The Apostle John repeats himself many times on the golden rule but please do not walk away from this and get a false impression that this is easy to apply in our life.
John makes a very interesting point by saying that we are to obey the commandments of God but with the attitude that it is not a grievous thing to live this way before Jesus Christ and man. I don't know how many times I said, "I can't do this" but the Holy Spirit is always working in us so we can get to the point where we desire to obey God in all situations with the right spirit.
If we become strong Christians we will overcome the world through Jesus Christ which is our test and is accomplished when we have true faith in God. Let me give you a hint. The stronger we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is able to deliver us in our circumstances the more we will overcome this world. Let me quote John 4:17 - 21 to 1 John 5:1 - 5 so you will see the original text in the Bible and perhaps make reference to this passage if need be for your edification in the Person of Jesus Christ.
(17) "Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. (18) There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (19) We love Him, because He first loved us. (20) If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen. (21) And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. (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?" 1 John 4:17 - 21 to 1 John 5:1 - 5.
It is obvious we are to love God and our brother but do we really apply this biblical principle in our lives? Loving God gives us peace which is closure for our spirit. It is ideal that we have boldness in the day of judgment but for all practical purposes not every Christian will experience this at the Bema seat.
Those that do have confidence in this day will be able to look Jesus Christ in His eyes but the most important truth they will be presented with is the Son of God is their friend. We will have boldness in that day if we are conformed to His image down here on earth.
Love is the vehicle in how this happens but earthly fear is the enemy. If true Godly love prevails fear ceases. It is our job to discern between the fear of God or being afraid of Him.
The proper fear of God is the essence of our faith in Jesus Christ. This is when we receive His love by experience but if we are scared of Jesus Christ understand it is rising up because of our guilt before Him. In this case fear will be turned to dread and this bad emotion has nothing to do with Godly love.
This is a decision we must make by having joy in Jesus Christ. Remember love casteth away fear so dread is something we want to avoid in our relationship with God. We need to understand that our Redeemer does love us but it is only at this point (when we understand this truth) that we can triumph in His affection for us as we journey down here in life on this earth.
If our spirit is quiet fear will make it loud but if our heart is noisy then what the love of God does is replace the tormented emotions with His closure of peace. This should give us a hint that our love is not capable of doing this so why not ask the Holy Spirit to shed His love in our hearts? The love of God must be incomprehensible because at the very least more than once if you know what I mean we were miserable in life. We go through stages in our journey down here on earth and that is one of them. When God sheds His love on me it is a stamp on my soul. If I do not have this in my heart I walk around naked in a figurative way because not only do I not feel complete but probably am vulnerable and at the mercy of the world.
If God grants us this love does it make any sense to look at our brother and cut him or her off from this wonderful Godly affection. What if I am having a really bad day and just feel horrible? That is the point when we want to start loving people because we can see them with our eyes.
The world goes about that in this fashion --- " I am miserable so I'm going to make you miserable." Demons do this in hell not to mention it lacks a great amount of intelligence on our part if that is the approach we have with people. Ideally we are to have the love of Jesus Christ in our hearts but if it is a bad hair day step out in faith and show love to your brothers and sisters because God will honor that and fill you with His presence. It is the perfect opportunity for our plight.
If we all accepted Jesus Christ into our hearts we are related to God. My true brother in Jesus Christ descends from God so he is to be beloved but do not show this wanting something back from him. This is not a business enterprise.
When we show Godly affection to our brothers and sisters in Christ God Himself is loved. This is one of the ways we learn the truth of our love to God.
The commandments of God are not hard but we can not see this as a grievous practice because a person that is born again through Jesus Christ is now serving God (born for God) so delighting rather than groaning is pleasant for our souls. Any other way is hardship. Did you ever notice this world will always find the miserable way?
We should always cleave to Jesus Christ by faith because the Son of God conquered this world so that is the way we are victorious through the Lamb of God that died for our sins. He also rose again from the dead on the third day and He is coming again very soon to rapture His children and give them their resurrected bodies in heaven. Are you going up or will you be left behind?
We as Christians could never be satisfied with this world so we look beyond it because our real home is heaven. God desires us to be victories in His Son Jesus Christ and gain another world which is heaven. Did you ever notice how the news media talks and constantly tries to make their own utopia on this earth? Little do they know that the book of Revelation shows how bad this worldly order will be so keep your focus on Jesus Christ. The world in this sinful state was not designed to be our home.
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord it is biblically obedient to repent of all your sins and invite the Son of God in your life. A wise person will make this eternal decision.
God Bless you,
Monday, January 01, 2018
Attention with love but to who?
Whenever the Bible uses the term "They" the word of God is almost always referring to a group of people that has not accepted Jesus Christ into their heart. In 1 John 4:5 the Apostle John is referring to an unbeliever in Jesus Christ who does not know the Lord. They speak of the world and the people are very receptive to what they are saying.
We are of God and know His Son Jesus Christ but if somebody is listening to you they will not hear you unless you convert him or her to Jesus Christ. This is the test that John is showing us because of this response or lack of response we will know the spirit of truth or the spirit of error.
John once again reinstates his point that we are to love one another. Do you think the Apostle is trying to tell us something? How many times has John repeated himself on this issue? Here is the truth of the matter, if we love one another this is proof that we are born of God and we know Jesus Christ in a personal way in our life. If a person does not have love in his or her heart he or she does not know God because Jesus Christ is the very essence of love.
The biggest expression of this truth that is literally all over the Bible was already manifested because God sent His only begotten Son (Jesus Christ) into the world but it was and still is for the purpose that we might live through Him.
We need to understand a very specific truth in the Bible because we did not love God first because Jesus Christ had deep Godly affection for us before we were even born. God loved us so much that He sent His Son to be the substitution for our sins and if God chose not to do this nobody would ever go to heaven. Let me ask you a very basic question --- if God loved us this much is it not fair to say at the very least we should love one another. This is evidence that Jesus Christ dwells in us and His love is perfected in our spirit.
We do dwell in the Son of God and He dwells in us but it is only because He has given us His Spirit because of our obedience in Him. John caveats a little and explains that he saw and testifies that God the Father sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the world.
A person needs to confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and believe this truth in his or her heart to be saved then we are giving the promise that God dwelleth in him and he in God.
One of the wisest truths we can believe is that God loves us very much because He personifies the very embodiment of affection for us and our well being. Does it not only make sense that we should dwell in love because we will be dwelling in Jesus Christ and Him in us. God wants to make our love nothing short than perfect because He desires that we may have boldness in the day of judgment. Let me just show you 1 John 4:5-16 to see the original text in the Bible so you can read the passage and perhaps make reference to it if need be in this amazing study in the Bible.
(5) " They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. (6) We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. (7) Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. (8) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (9) 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. (10) Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. (12) No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. (13) Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit. (14) And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. (15) Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. (16) And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." 1 John 4:5-16.
The bottom line is the world is going to love their own and it's own will love them back. If a believer in Jesus Christ knows the purity and holiness of God this love and grace will be listened to but only by true Christians. They will be attentive to us because they also know the Prince of Peace. This is one way we can see the distinction between believers and unbelievers.
This is not to hard to comprehend but to have love for the brethren is very important but empathy for a person that does not know Jesus Christ should be obvious because they are unregenerate and not on their way to heaven.
People ask all the time, "What is the truth" but the bottom line is it will be known by true love for Jesus Christ. Being united in His love is how the world will recognize the truth who is Jesus Christ.
If we ever forget the basics of the God we serve we will always be off balance in our approach to Jesus Christ and other people. God is love and there will always be a high and heavenly decent of divine affection to us but what good is this wonderful truth if we do not claim this biblical promise for our life? The Spirit of God is the Spirit of love.
If we show Godly love this is a true apprehension of the divine nature in our spirit. This is the communicative goodness of Jesus Christ. If people have guile in their heart how could they know God when the very essence of Jesus Christ is love? Love will come natural if we know Jesus Christ but it is essential to showing the divine Majesty of God to others. What the recipient will see is the pureness of Jesus Christ and that is exactly what they need in their life.
I often times ask myself, "Who is truly my friend" but what we need to understand as Christians is the love that God has for us is in incomparable. Imagine a master carpenter doing a job and he has his two year old son with him helping finish the project. The father is an expert but the child has no idea what he is doing. That is us compared to God. Only the Holy Spirit can work His love through us so we can in return show Godly affection to Jesus Christ and others.
Obviously God loved us first because He sent His only Son to die for us on the cross but the main point is God the Father did this when we had no love for Him. Jesus Christ became the propitiation (substitution) for our sins that we might live with God for all eternity. I want you to think about one more point --- Jesus Christ desires to be with us forever. When somebody/ anybody wants to be with us for all eternity then there is abundant love. Did you ever see two people say, "I can't stand to be with you one more minute" but God desires to be with us forever. The bottom line is we look at this evil world and just simply can not comprehend the love of God but we can allow this to reside in our heart.
This is what the Bible teaches with our brothers and sisters --- if God loves them so should we and that should be a final verdict. If we do this it is evidence the Holy Spirit is working through our spirit. A very specific residence is in a believer who has a special love for his brothers and sisters in Christ. It is one divine truth for us to feel the love of God in us but it goes to a higher level when we love the brethren.
Faith is seen through our works if it is done with the right motive but love is seen through our operations. First God loved/loves us so we are drawn to His love and as a result we show the brethren love. The one thing we do not want to do is make this complicated. In fact we should always keep it simple. Love is a mutual consent but according to this passage it is because God has given us His Spirit. God acts we respond.
Remember the Apostle John was there and he personally walked with Jesus Christ on this earth. God The Father sent His Son and He became the Savior of the world. The love of God is seen in Jesus Christ. Christians should be revealing this love through their life. God is love and this truth is boundless but it was demonstrated in what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross because the Son of God Himself is love.
If a person dwells in this sacred love the result will be a divine presence in his or her heart and this individual will be with God forever so I invite you to accept Jesus Christ into your heart if you have not already done so as your very own personal Savior and Lord by repenting of all your sins and inviting Jesus Christ into your life. I believe the Apostle John did a pretty good job in convincing us that this is the right way to eternal life through Jesus Christ.
God Bless you,