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April 16,2017

Pastor/Teacher Roger Redmond

We have a Living Saviour, Rev. 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.2 Cor. 4:16-18 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

In dealing with the Temporal, we deal with the Eternal.  We have a Living Saviour and we have been made alive in Him, therefore we should be doing living things.

  • · The Word of God is lively, Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: Oracles = what God said - what He uttered -  We don't hear God speak as they heard - 2Pe_1:19  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
  • · We have been born again unto lively hope, 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
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People who are saved ( in the body of Christ) have been put together in a church family.  If you are alive in Christ you should be doing Living things. You learn behavior in the church where the Word of God in honored.

In all our tribulations and trials we are interested in the outcome and the LORD is interested in us during the process - how you come out.  There is a big difference.   1Pe 1:6  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Have you ever considered you need the trial.

The outcome claims our attention ( we want to get out and live without the burden) without considering the purpose of the tribulation and the intended result.   There is a purpose, "if need be..." It is how you and I come out that should claim our attention.  (Illustration using John 16:33 - Our victory is not answers to our prayer but learning the Jesus is our victory)

Consider Abraham Gen. 22:9-12. God is Omnipotent - All-powerful; He is also omniscient. He has the ability to what so ever He chooses. Isa_43:25  I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. How can He not remember?  He has that ability. Jer. 34:24 ".....for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

And they came to the place which God had told him of, and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

"For now I know..."

The appearance of God is the preincarnate appearance of Christ.

God in the Person of His Son is God with us.

I think in the Person of Christ He can choose not to know or can temporally suppress His knowledge and operates beyond our comprehension, and we can experience with Him the time of our testing, trials either in joy or sorrow.  Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou? I believe that was Christ who walked and talked and fellowshipped with Adam and Eve and that fellowship was real with Christ and with them.  When they sinned, I believe He choose not to know where they were hiding; that He and they could fully express the surprise and anguish of their hiding from them.

When He said concerning Abraham, "Now I know that you fear me...."  I think He chooses not to know at the moment how the testing would turn out - so the moment was experienced by Christ and Abraham together.

Luk_15:10  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities, Hebrews 4:15. Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God. Eph 4:30  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

I think all the events of our life are in real time.  And the joy that comes from faith in Christ or the sorrow that happens through our unbelief is felt by Christ as we experience it.

In the times of our life when God is speaking, they are real and fresh and He is waiting to say as He waits for our response, Now I know they fear me!

Three things that will affect us in our trials and testing - three thing which Christ is waiting for our response.

Our Words,

Our Words give us life or death.  "Devil — the Greek, for “accuser,” or “slanderer.”

Satan — the Hebrew for “adversary,” , from JFB on e-sword

If you engage that conversation of the accuser or slanderer your tongue is that of the devil. The Bible warns us about our words.  Pro 18:20  A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Pro 18:21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Mat_12:37  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Speak the words of faith =  truth and gives life and blessing.   You confess with your mouth what you believe in your heart.  Now you can lie to the LORD and to yourself and mouthed words that are not in your heart but the blessing is based on truth.

If I am to come out as God intends then I must believe and speak words of my faith in God, Proverbs 18:22, Hebrews 13:15, By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  3 John verse 2.  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

What do you speak about your home?  What do you speak about your church and church family? What do you speak your disappointment? your lot in life? what do you speak about your health?

Mat_12:33  Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. Your heart is the tree and the fruit is your words,

Rom 10:8  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Rom 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

"Your mouth can on confess what the heart believes: Thus, confession or profession expresses our “agreement or concord with what God holds to be true, and what he declares to be true.” It denotes a public declaration or assent to that, here expressed by the words “with thy mouth.” A profession of religion then denotes a public declaration of our agreement with what God has declared, and extends to all his declarations about our lost estate, our sin, and need of a Saviour; to his doctrines about his own nature, holiness, and law; about the Saviour and the Holy Spirit; about the necessity of a change of heart and holiness of life; and about the grave and the judgment; about heaven and hell." from Barnes on e-sword

An example of this is John 11:27ff, Jesus asked Martha if she believed what He said, "Believeth thou this"? She answered, "Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, that should come into the world." her confession of faith was sufficient - Christ is the Son of God and He did come into the world.  Can you answer as Martha with faith in Christ?

The choices you make

Luk 14:26  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. What did we say the word hate meant?  "Hate": means to love less.  Would you disobey Christ at the request/sake of family or would you continue with Christ?

(Illustration: Washer Family) & (Don Shipman) There is one principle that is the same in both:  They wanted to come out right, wanted to be right.

The Confession of our sins

He purges us.  What is purging?  It means He is cleaning us / purifying us.  Water was used in the care of the vineyard.  It was used to clean the vine and the branches.  The following verse John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Joh_13:10  Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, Eph 5:27  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.

Christ has a purpose for us - Allow Him to accomplish that in us - Allow it to be said by Him "Now I Know he fears me!

 
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Revelation 12:1-17

April 9,2017

Joh 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Pastor/ Teacher Roger Redmond

What you believe is related directly to what you hear.  Your opinions, convictions can be tilted, off the center, if what you hear is not factual or true.  That is why you are flooded with all types of ads, advertisements, etc.  What you see and hear affects you.   In these examples, you never know how much is true or if there is any truth contained in their message.

In the Bible you have the truth, Rom_10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 1Co 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

The Bible deals with the temporal as well as the eternal,2 Cor. 4:18. Therefore it is evident we need to hear the Word of God, we need to hear Him!

You have opposition to hearing the LORD - Your enemy knows the Word of God is true Jas_2:19  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

First, you have an enemy and he wants to annihilate you and that enemy is satan;  he is the master of deception.  Second, This deception is about him altering your perception of God and twisting the Word of God and creating a false narrative in your mind.  A false narrative of hopelessness (he lies and the father of lies Joh_8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.) "...he speaketh of his own"  satan is speaking of his way - he wants to hide the true goodness of the Lord from you.  Do not debate with him (satan) any issue of life but go to the Word of God. (satan wants you to follow his way).  Third, Know that he is a defeated foe and you can't fight him in your strength. Christ won the victory for you,  which is the Gospel of Christ who ever lives that we preach.  Your victory is in Him, Joh 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. If He has overcome the world for me then, I need to learn how to access that victory!

Satan does not want you to know the peace and victory you can have in Christ.   Col_2:6  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

satan's role now:

A.   Walking about seeking to devour us 1 Peter 2:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

B.   Accusing  the saved to the LORD:

"It is, as it has always been, one of the characteristics of Satan - one of the means by which he keeps up his influence in the world - to bring accusations against the people of God. Thus, under his suggestions, and by his agents, they are charged with hypocrisy; with insincerity; with being influenced by bad motives; with pursuing sinister designs under the cloak of religion; with secret vices and crimes. Thus it was that the martyrs were accused; thus it is that unfounded accusations are often brought against ministers of the gospel, palsying their power and diminishing their influence, or that when a professed Christian falls the church is made to suffer by an effort to cast suspicion on all who bear the Christian name. Perhaps the most skillful thing that Satan does, and the thing by which he most contributes to diminishing the influence of the church, is in thus causing “accusations” to be brought against the people of God." copied from Barnes on e sword. 1 Chron. 21:1 Job 1:6ff. Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

"Devil — the Greek, for “accuser,” or “slanderer.”

Satan — the Hebrew for “adversary,” especially in a court of justice. The twofold designation, Greek, and Hebrew, marks the twofold objects of his accusations and temptations, the elect Gentiles and the elect Jews." from JFB on e-sword

If you  engage that conversation of the accuser or slanderer your tongue is that of the devil. The Bible warns us about our words.  Pro 18:20  A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Pro 18:21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

C.  Seeks to hinder the work of our LORD, 2Co_2:11  Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

D.  Deceiving people, Rev 20:3  And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

How to overcome satan

Rev 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

The Blood of the Lamb would encompass all the Work of the Cross.  He shed His Blood in His death on the Cross and all the suffering that led up to the cross.  The LORD wants you to hear His Word,  John 5:24  "he that heareth my word"- means to hear the truth that is being conveyed.  I think people go thru life and never hear the LORD.  If you go to John 4, the Samaritan woman's story, look and see how much the LORD had to tear away from her belief system before she could hear the LORD.

"...by the blood of the Lamb,..." That is the same path to victory we have today, Joh 12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.  Joh 12:33  This he said, signifying what death he should die.

"......they loved not their life unto death.  Luk 14:26  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. "Hate": means to love less.  Would you disobey Christ at the request of family or would you continue with Christ?

"Discipleship means giving one’s first loyalty. There is no place in Jesus’ teaching for literal hatred. He commanded his followers to love even their enemies (6:27), so it is impossible to hold that he is here telling them literally to hate their earthly nearest (cf. 8:20f.). "Morris, L. (1988). Luke: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 3, p. 253). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity PressTo be the person you should be, that you want to be, Christ must have the proper place in your life.  In other words your loyalty must come to Christ first.  We are made in the image of God, therefore, we must have our needs met in Him in order to function correctly in our life.  Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. The place of most influence in your life.

"...by the word of their testimony..." Means the evidence that came from their mouth, words.  All pointed to Christ.

Romans 10: 8-10. You confess with your mouth what you believe in your heart.  Now you can lie to the LORD and to yourself and mouthed what you don't know in your heart.  Remember Jesus said, do not be as the scribes and Pharisees, Mat_23:3  All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. You can say one thing and be something else

Martha in John 11: 25 is a good example:  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  Joh 11:26  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?  Joh 11:27  She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. She spoke with her mouth what was believed in the heart. 

You must know/believe the Gospel

What does the gospel say?  Col. 1:5.  For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;  Ephesians 1: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Truth comes to us in the words of men.   For example, some historians bring to us the truth of history.  Although, that could be skewed;  you would not know for sure if all the facts are included.  A witness under oath is to tell the truth in a court of law.  but we know that is not always the case.   In the many words of man, you find some truth. But  God's Word is all truth, it is the Word of Truth.   All that is needed was included in the finished work of Christ, Titus 1:2, In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;.

"The word of the truth of the Gospel. The truth is the contents of the word, and the Gospel defines the character of the truth" Vincent, M. R. (1887). Word studies in the New Testament (Vol. 3, p. 464). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

The Gospel is the truth that comes from God.

Col_1:6  Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

Your debt of sin was paid for by Christ, 1Pe_2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. God took all the sin of the world and put on His Son and judged Him for our sin, Isaiah 53:4-7; 10-12.  2 Cor. 5:18-21.

The payment for your sin, for all sin, has been made by The Son of God.   1Jn 5:11-13  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. The payment for your sin has already been made (by Christ) and accepted by God The Father.

You can experience the forgiveness of your sins when you believe that He did it for you.  Jesus said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. John 6:47

 
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John 8:11 & John 4:4-28

Pastor-Teacher Roger Redmond

March 26, 2017

It is important to see ourselves in our true condition.  We need an honest view of ourselves, in our own eyes and in the eyes of the LORD.  It is equally important for us to understand how God views us.  While most will think that sin and our sinful condition as all that God sees and cares about.   but that is not at all true. Our sinful condition is described in Romans 3:10-23 but that is not the end of the story.

The Bible is full of stories about the little person, the seemly insignificance, the unworthy by society's standards.  There are people that are overlooked, not considered important, left out, living in despair without hope.   Where would any of us be if not for the grace of God, the love of God and the call of God?  The kindness and love of God brings hope to the hopeless, Titus 3:4  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Tit 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

The gospel message always finds its way to the one who needs Him.

There were many, many people in Jericho but yet the messengers were sent to Rahab house, Jos_6:25  And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.  The LORD knew where Rahab was living and sent salvation to her. Joshua 2:9-12; 2:17-21. The scarlet line represented she was a sinner (see Isaiah 1:18).

There were many people living during the drought but the LORD sent Elijah to a widow woman living in Zerezpth1Ki_17:9  Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. 1Ki_17:10  So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. 1Ki 17:13  And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

There was the woman who wanted to be healed, Luk_8:43  And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Luk_8:44  Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

There is the thief on the cross, Luk_23:42  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

The Samaritan Woman

"an attitude to women is reflected in the writings of the rabbis: ‘One does not speak with a woman in the street, not even with his own wife, and certainly not with another woman,"

"Women normally did not converse with men in public, only in the privacy of the home, and certainly they would not mention in public-private marital experience or sexual affairs. It was Jesus’ supernatural knowledge of her personal life that had impressed the woman, and this led her to conclude he was a prophet (16–19). Then Jesus had revealed himself to her as the Messiah "

Kruse, C. G. (2003). John: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 4, p. 137,138). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

In John 4:4 Jesus must go through Samaria, " And he must needs go through Samaria. " He met a Samaritan woman who needed to know the way of salvation.  Even though she was a religious person, a person that knew a Saviour would come into the world, John 4:25, The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. She did not know that He was the Messiah.  He had just led her to the point where it was possible for her to see the truth.

Jesus tells her He is the Messiah

Two things about this woman:   1. She had to see herself in her true condition and see the Messiah as her Redeemer. 2.  She had to drink of His water or believe on Him as her Saviour

  • · He went to her John 4:4-7.
  • · His difference in attitude toward the Samaritans caught her attentionJohn 4:9. People know if you are real, truthful and compassionate.
  • · He was presenting Himself to herJohn 4:10. He knew what she did not know! He knew the error of her religion!   He knew that He came for the world, for Jew and Gentile.  What He is wanting her to see is the fact He came for her and that she needs to believe in Him for eternal life.  John 4:11-15
  • · He created a hunger in her for something greater than her present hope for eternal lifeJohn 4:15,

Most people have a religion, something in the place of Christ.  They know the tenets, the creed of Christianity, even to be able to say, "I believe that Christ died on the cross".  But as this Samaritan woman found,  one must have a need to believe on Christ for their eternal life.  That need is there because of being created in the image of God and the fact we have sinned and we know our sin is against God. That we have done wrong toward our God and we want to be forgiven.

  • · In response to her as she asked for this well of water that He spoke of in verse 14 "....but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. and she said, "Give me this water...." meaning: What I have does not satisfy: ".....Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. This well, Jacob's well, was symbolic of her religion.
  • · He led her to think about her condition, 4:16
  • · He revealed He knew all about her.  Things that the Messiah know and He handled things as only the Messiah would handle. 4:17-18.  There is a very important lesson here that I believe is overlooked.  Certainly, satan wants it overlooked.  The Lord always does this with compassion and without condemnation. We feel a sense of condemnation because of our sin but the LORD does not condemn us.  He came not to condemn but to save, John 3:17.
  • · He told her that her religion was not sufficient, John 4:21-23. The Samaritan Bible contained only the law Genesis through Duet.  Therefore, she knew nothing of the Gift of the Holy Spirit.  The same as He spoke to Nicodemus about in John 3:6.  And the same in John 7:37-39

She believed in the Samaritan's messiah but now Christ reveals Himself as the Messiah.  She has the opportunity now to believe on Christ for eternal life.  I believe she does for in John 4:28-29 she leaves her waterpot... The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? In leaving her water pot, I believe she left her religion and took Christ as her Saviour.

It is clear from John 4:42 that she testified to her belief that He is the Christ.

Five Words of Grace for the Woman in John 8:1-12

Some background about the law.   "The law applies to both the adulterers and adulteresses: ‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbour—both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death’ (Lev. 20:10); ‘If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die’ (Deut. 22:22). If the law demanded the death of both the adulterer and the adulteress, and if the woman was ‘caught in the act of adultery’, one wonders about the discriminatory action of those who seized only the woman

Kruse, C. G. (2003). John: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 4, p. 198). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

"According to the law (Deut. 17:7) witnesses were required to cast the first stone. That the teachers of the law say ‘in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such a woman’ could reflect the fact that they were witnesses."

Kruse, C. G. (2003). John: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 4, p. 198). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Jesus did not deny the woman's sin but drew the accused into the circle of condemnation, John 8:6-9.

It is said by some theologians, that the priests were required to then, before stoning, to stoop down and write the broken law and the name of the accused in the dust on the floor.

Now think of his: After being caught she was dragged onto the Temple grounds.  Most likely half dressed or not at all, ashamed and terrified, and then made to stand before them.  What a bunch of hard-hearted, self-righteous hypocrites for not bringing the man.  Maybe the man was one of them!

I am not sure what Christ wrote on the ground but whatever was contained in the writing, it was sufficient to bring condemnations to each one of them.  For they started leaving one by one beginning at the eldest unto the last: Απο των πρεσβυτερων ἑως των εσχατων, from the most honorable to those of the least repute. In this sense is most likely the meaning. But if they all went out, how could she be in the midst? It is not said that all the people whom our Lord had been instructing went out, but only her accusers: see John 8:2. The rest undoubtedly continued with their teacher.

"Beginning at the eldest even unto the last" As being conscious of more sins, and, therefore, being desirous to leave the Lord Jesus. The word “eldest” here probably refers not to age, but from those who were in highest reputation to the lowest in rank. There was conviction and they were getting out as quick as possible. Jesus was left with the woman, all of the accusers had left being convicted.

I am sure she was convicted the same as the accusers but she stayed and faced her sin and Christ.  Look what she found: Grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

Consider what happened:  1.  The charged was dropped.  2. There was no one to accuse her.   3.  She could live without the stigma of her sin.  4.  The wagging tongues of gossip were stopped.  5.  She was forgiven by the LORD.  6.  She was given a new life to live.

The number five (5) is the number of Grace: her word of Grace is found in these "five" (5)words: "Neither do I condemn the". You can hear the same word of Grace from Christ, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  John 3:16-18

 
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March 19, 2017

Pastor/Teacher Roger Redmond

Revelation 1:18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

1 Peter 1:10 -18 i.e. 18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

We are not redeemed by decayed things, perishable things but by the Blood of Christ, "The Precious Blood of Christ". Precious = valuable, costly, dear.  It should be valued, loved, treasured, cherished.  His blood is not dead and scattered; Hebrews 9:12-14, i.e. 14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

It is the Blood of Christ, therefore, He is Precious, 1 P, therefore, whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, He is called precious by the Father.

He is Precious to those who believe, 1 Peter 2:7a Unto you therefore which believe he is precious:......"

Since, we have a Living Saviour and if you are alive in Him (Is He Precious to You?) then we should be doing living things  in our life for Him.  This is the message Peter is laying out.

The Prophets of old wanted to know the time Christ would come and the events that would surround His Person, His Coming, His suffering,  1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

The Spirit of Christ in them did signify, The Holy Spirit made plain .  This confirms again the Word of God is inspired; it is His Word, 2Pe 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

"Searching what" Means the Prophets investigated very carefully the prophecy they announced, What people, what person, what time, what suffering.  The Holy Spirit testified, prophesied, of His Suffering. Isaiah 53: 1-12,i.e. 4--7 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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. 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. 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.

They saw the glory that would come from His suffering, Isaiah 53:11 "He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:..." They saw He is a Satisfactory Sacrifice.

The prophets did not understand  all the glory that should follow, even Daniel who spoke of His death in 9:25-27 said in 12:8 &9, And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

The Holy Spirit revealed to them that these prophecies would happen in future ages. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. 1Peter 1:12

We have the record of Christ and His suffering accomplished, 1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. We have the Written Word.

Also, we have the Holy spirit which bring the message of Christ to the mind and heart of all mankind, John 16:7-11.  Titus 2:11-14  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

We have this sure Word of Prophecy, the final revelation of communication, Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Peter said, we heard the voice of the Father in mount saying,  2 Peter 2:17-19  "For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed,..." You will not hear His speak in an audible voice but you can hear Him speak in His written Word by the Holy Spirit that He sent down.  That written Word is the more sure word of prophecy ...that we need to heed!

Therefore, you better get a grip on the power of your mind with sincerity and truth, a sound mind - one who is not controlled by a passion. Cherish the truth of the gospel till the end of your life, 1Pe 1:13  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

We have been redeemed by a Living Saviour, made alive whereas we once were dead, to a Living Faith that has  Living Power. Therefore, we should be doing Living things.

  • · The Commands of God are lively, Acts 7:38
  • · We have been born again unto lively hope, 1 Peter 1:3
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Some "Spiritual Sacrifice that are Acceptable to God by Jesus Christ"

There is no doubt we are living in the Last Days, Daniel 7:4 -8

America is still a Nation at the Rapture - Also, It appears America is not become one of the ten nations of the R.R. E.

We should get away from doom and gloom.

Presenting our bodies as a living Sacrifice is a spiritual sacrifice, Romans 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. This is a living thing we are doing when we present our bodies to Him/

Presenting your body to Him does not hinder or keep you from your dreams but rather is the only way you can be assured of peace and joy, Pro_10:22  The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.  Psalm 34:7-10The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.  O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

Public Worship of Him with His Body, the Church is offering up a spiritual sacrifice, 1Ti 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. If you honour Him - He will honour you.  Public worship with the body, fellow believers is a living thing we are doing.

  • · We as believers are called a spiritual house, 1 Peter 2:5.
  • · We as believers are called the building of God, Ephesians 2:20-22.
  • · We are called the Body of Church, Ephesians 5:27-32.

 

We are to worship Him together, Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Learning the principle of Giving is a spiritual sacrifice, Luke 16:10-11He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

Christ called money "least" but with the world it is a very big thing. He also called it "unrighteous mammon"

He said if we are unfaithful in a very little thing: how can we be entrusted with something greater in the world to come. If we fail in the right use of the "mammon of unrighteousness" how can we be counted worthy of greater riches in the kingdom to come?  If we misuse that which is another's how can He trust us with the inheritances He desires to give us?

Obedience is the test to see if we are worthy to rule with Christ.  The Law of first fruits is taught in Joshua as the Children of Israel entered the Promised Land.  Joshua 6:17-19. (The City of Jericho the first city in the Promised Land)

We have a living Saviour and we are called lively stones and we should be doing living things in our life!  1Pe 1:17  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: It is a spiritual sacrifice to respect the LORD.  1Pe 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 1Pe 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

He is saying do you know you have been redeemed? Do you know you have been redeemed by the blood of Christ?  You have not been redeemed by the dead corruptible things but by the blood of the Living  Saviour. Revelation 1:18.

Seeing the Harvest and hearing the Saviour's call is a spiritual sacrifice.  It will require a living sacrifice to follow Him. John 4: 34-38

The Harvest is people being saved.  In other words, people are waiting to hear the gospel

Christ came for all people, John 4:27. You see His Love for all people.

"The Rabbinical writings taught that it was beneath a man’s dignity to converse with women. It was one of the six things which a Rabbi might not do. “Let no one,” it is written, “converse with a woman in the street, not even with his own wife."

Vincent, M. R. (1887). Word studies in the New Testament (Vol. 2, p. 124). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

Also see John 4:9

"It is striking that Jesus revealed himself as Messiah to a Samaritan woman who had her own (Samaritan) beliefs about the Messiah. While Jesus believed the Samaritans were mistaken about a number of things and said that salvation ‘was from the Jews’ (22), he recognized the longings of the Samaritan people would be satisfied (they would only find ‘living water’) and they would be able to offer true worship only by putting their trust in him, the Jewish Messiah."

Kruse, C. G. (2003). John: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 4, p. 137). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

He did not condemn her religion but spoke to her need, which is knowing Him.  John 4:26

We are given the same work to do in, John 4: 34-38

 
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