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What is the Rapture PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 January 2018 17:22

 

It is the coming of The LORD in the air for His Body, the Church, the saved of this age.  See 1Thes. 4:13-18. The word rapture is not used in the Bible but it's meaning and concept are there. 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. We are caught up, taken up with power.  You see there is no power that can hold us, the redeemed.  Rapture means taken with power - snatched away.

The Rapture ends the Church Age.  The day of the Gospel of Grace is over, which is the day of the Gospel of the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Christ, 1 Cor. 15:1-4. If you notice that Paul's writings are always to the saved - the unbeliever is warned - but Paul is always showing what you have in Christ by grace.  Eternal Life is the gift of God.  God The Father gave His Son to live and die and finish the work of Salvation, that we might be justified by faith. We have a salvation that is already finished.  It is finished by Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.  You are to look back to the cross and rest in the work done for you.  Isaiah 53: 4-7, speaks of His work on the Cross.

Consider the words of scripture: Eph 1:3   Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Already done!

Eph. 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Already made!

Col_1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. Already made peace!

Col_2:14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Already nailed to His Cross!

Do we realize how awful to be left behind and go through this time?  I don't think we do!  Nor do we realize how awful for one to die without Christ. The death, destruction, and suffering is so great! Did you know that two-thirds of Israel will die in the tribulation? Zachariah 13:8-9  And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.  Zec 13:9  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

And by the time of Rev. 6:7-8 that one-fourth of mankind will be killed?  Rev 6:7  And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. Rev 6:8  And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. How many people?  You can do the math.  I think the estimated count is 7.6 billion people in the world at 1/01/2018.  That means 1.9 billion people killed by the mid-point of the Tribulation.

And it is even worse by the end of the tribulation.  Rev 14:20  And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. (That is approx. 200 miles)

The LORD brings all these armies into the valleys of Israel. Rev 16:21  And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great. ( A talent = 100 pounds)With the melting of all the ice, there would be a lot of water, a river mingled with water and blood.

What is the point? Christ did everything necessary for you to be saved!  And there is no need to be left behind at the rapture or to die without Christ.   It is God's expectation that you believe what Christ did for you as your Saviour,  Rom 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 
Salvation is of The LORD PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:54

Salvation is a subject the LORD brings up. In fact, it is the central theme of the Bible. It is so important that a ruler came to Jesus by night to find out how he could go to heaven. So important to be saved, that God promised a Saviour before the World began, Titus 1:2, 2 Timothy 1:9.

Salvation is not a doctrine of man but a doctrine of God. Salvation is the story of God's redemptive work for the world in Jesus Christ. John 3:16.  And we are to preach that word of truth, Titus 1:2, In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; 1:3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

Rahab bound the scarlet thread in the window because the desire to be saved is written in the DNA of all mankind. Jos 2:21 "And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window. " The scarlet thread represented her sin. She was saying, "I have sinned, I need to be saved" I am depending on you to save me. Therefore the world stands before the LORD with the need to be saved.

It is God who preached the gospel to Abraham, Gal_3:8 "And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed."

Paul is a chosen vessel to bear the name of Christ to all the world, Act_9:15 "But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:" To bear the name of Christ, Act 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

He gave them the milk of the Word for it is the only way to be saved and if saved the only way to grow, 1Pe_2:2 "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:" They key here is desire. If you go back to 1Pe 1:23-25 "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."

Then as you read past the chapter division through 2:1 it is easy to understand why he dealt with them as babes in Christ. If they were not saved, it is the Word of God that brings you to faith in Christ. If they are saved then it is thru the Word of God that you partake of Christ - that you taste again and again what He is like. Paul said, "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;" Phil. 3:10

 

 
Salvation is of The LORD PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:54

Salvation is a subject the LORD brings up. In fact, it is the central theme of the Bible. It is so important that a ruler came to Jesus by night to find out how he could go to heaven. So important to be saved, that God promised a Saviour before the World began, Titus 1:2, 2 Timothy 1:9.

Salvation is not a doctrine of man but a doctrine of God. Salvation is the story of God's redemptive work for the world in Jesus Christ. John 3:16.  And we are to preach that word of truth, Titus 1:2, In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; 1:3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

Rahab bound the scarlet thread in the window because the desire to be saved is written in the DNA of all mankind. Jos 2:21 "And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window. " The scarlet thread represented her sin. She was saying, "I have sinned, I need to be saved" I am depending on you to save me. Therefore the world stands before the LORD with the need to be saved.

It is God who preached the gospel to Abraham, Gal_3:8 "And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed."

Paul is a chosen vessel to bear the name of Christ to all the world, Act_9:15 "But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:" To bear the name of Christ, Act 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

He gave them the milk of the Word for it is the only way to be saved and if saved the only way to grow, 1Pe_2:2 "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:" They key here is desire. If you go back to 1Pe 1:23-25 "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."

Then as you read past the chapter division through 2:1 it is easy to understand why he dealt with them as babes in Christ. If they were not saved, it is the Word of God that brings you to faith in Christ. If they are saved then it is thru the Word of God that you partake of Christ - that you taste again and again what He is like. Paul said, "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;" Phil. 3:10

 

 
"Having a Part with Jesus" PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 19:04

 

Joh 13:8  "Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me." Jesus was teaching much more than foot washing or humility -He is teaching about having a part with Him (sharing something with Him).   Peter had been washed (saved) but he needed daily washing ( pictured by washing the feet). "He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean..." Jesus is giving an illustration that sin in the life of a Christian will keep you from having a part with Christ.  Sin breaks the fellowship  - separates you from the power of Christ - renders you useless in completing your assignment for Him. Two types of washing:   1.  "He that is washed.." Occurred when you believed on Christ for eternal life.  2.  "...needeth not save to wash his feet..." Represents cleansing from sin after salvation and takes place when you confess your sin to Christ.  Have you been washed( Saved)? Joh 6:47  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. Are you keeping your feet clean (your daily life)?  1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

 

 
If One did not die for all then all are not dead PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2017 18:16

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then

were all dead: 2 Cor. 5:14

When Paul saw that "One died for all then all are dead", he understood there was no goodness in him that demanded such love. It was the great character of our LORD and Saviour that gave such love.  Paul understood that Christ was his Saviour and that He died for him and in Christ's death is salvation.

"If One(Christ)did not die for all (mankind) then all are not dead ." In the death of Christ God, the Father included all of mankind in the work of Christ, 1 Cor. 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

In Christ dying on the cross, He died for all the world and thus His death counted as your death which death is demanded as payment for your sin. 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.

 

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In Everything Give Thanks..... PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 November 2016 14:24

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1Th. 5:18

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To be able to obey this verse, you must believe in the wisdom of God.  There is a reason the LORD  said, "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." In order to jog our memory about the" in every thing", I want to mention a few:

Give thanks when you cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel.  "Have faith in God" when everything looks hopeless. "And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God." Mar. 11:22.

Give thanks in the time of great trials.  Keep on praying  when it seems as if God does not hear you.  When you wonder if God has forgotten you, keep on praying.   It has been said, " That the Teacher is always quite during the test".  He answers by His wisdom and in His time.  Your ship will never sink with Christ .

Give thanks in the time of your need, 1Ki 17:14  For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. Your barrel may not be full but it will never be empty.  When things get hopeless just tie a knot and hang on.  The LORD is always on time.

The fire may be hot but it will never scorch you, "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, ...." When you are giving Him thanks you are saying," LORD I trust you".  May we always be grateful enough to give Him thanks!

 

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