Religion….a topic that makes me personally righteously indignant. The Subject of Religion is a hot topic whenever its brought up but we all must understand that the religions on earth today are SOOOOOO FARAWAY from where Jesus and the Apostles teachings were, that its more like “Oil mixing with Water.” CLICK HERE to read the most eye opening article on “Original Sin” ever written. This puts the evidence on new ground! What gets me angry is when people always compare what true Christians really believe with the Falsehoods of all the MAN-MADE DENOMINATIONS and FALSE RELIGIONS in the earth today, when any sane man or women would Reject these fake platitudes and turn to real freedom in Christ.Joh 10:1 SAYS: “”Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter through the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up by another way, that one is a thief and a robber.””

The Scriptures are VERY, VERY, clear about the Identity of this Doorway, and in no way, shape or form has that “doorway” been a Church of any kind. Man’s falsehoods can never lead anywhere but to hell, even if it sounds right its always wrong!

Joh 10:2 “But he who enters through the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 “The doorkeeper opens for him, and the sheep hear his voice. And he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. [Now I ask you, if the whole world is “saved” and “hell safe” then….why does Jesus have different names for His sheep as opposed to the world?]

4 “And when he has brought out his own sheep, he goes before them. And the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. 5 “And they shall by no means follow a stranger, but shall flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”The New Age movement states that there cannot be “Only one way” to perfection but the Scriptures are emphatically against such false teaching as this because the mixed up doctrines of men have NEVER ACHIEVED ANY WORTH WHILE thing in the earth. After all they have had thousands of years to accomplish it even before Christianity became a faith, before Judaism came to be the New Age was there performing its unholy mixed up rituals. They said the same thing then that they say now, only now they blame their inabilities on Christians and Jews….so what was the excuse before us? Who did the blame then? What was the problem? Why didn’t their theology work when their was no Christian or Jew around? Joh 10:8 “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

9 “I am the door. Whoever enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and shall go out and find pasture.

10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to slaughter, and to destroy. I have come that they might possess life, and that they might possess it beyond measure. {The thief shepherds have no other design in coming but to plunder. So false teachers have no other end in view but to enrich or aggrandize themselves instead of God.}

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.12 “But the hireling, and not being a shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees. And the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them.

{A man employed to take care of the sheep, to whom wages is paid. As he does not own the sheep, and guards them merely for pay, rather than risk his life he would leave the flock to the ravages of wild beasts. The word translated “hireling” is often employed in a good sense; but here it denotes one who is unfaithful to his trust; and especially those ministers who preach only for support, and who are unwilling to encounter any danger or to practice any self-denial for the welfare of the church of God. They are those who have no boldness in the cause of their Master, but who, rather than lose their reputation or place in the world view, would see the church corrupted and wasted by its spiritual foes such as the new age movement.

Whose own the sheep who follow them are not real sheep but packs of wolves within the body of believers – Who do not love God’s word or His sheep.}

13 “Now the hireling flees because he is a hireling and is not concerned about the sheep. {Because he regards only his wages . He feels no special interest in the flock.}

14 “I am the good shepherd. And I know Mine, and Mine know Me, Footnote: 1Ezek. 34:11-12, Heb. 13:20, 1 Peter 2:25, 1 Peter 5:4.

15 even as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep.16 “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold – I have to bring them as well, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one shepherd.

1 Footnote: 1Ezek. 34:23, Ezek. 37:24.

In John 10:7 Jesus said “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.” Jesus therefore does not refer to himself in John 10:2, for he is the way or door by which others enter; but he refers to all the ministers of the gospel who have access to the church by him. In the original, the article “the” is missing before the word shepherd – “is a shepherd.” By his entering in this manner he shows that he is a shepherd one who cares for his flock, and does not come to kill and destroy as the false shepherds of worldly religions and denominations of men.The religions of Men are filled with doctrines that sound right, that appear to be righteous, they even get the appeal of our flesh…which should be the first clue to their roots in the first place. Whenever God’s word tells us to do something “The Flesh” is the last in line to accept it, but you know what Church? I don’t care one bit if my Flesh is pleased…that’s the real gut level difference between “Religion” and True Christianity. The Flesh NEVER WANTS TO FOLLOW, IT MUST BE CAGED AND TAKEN GOD’S WAY! Any where the flesh wants to go….stay away, that’s God’s built in warning system to keep us from sin and death.

Religion makes God sick and ready to Vomit and you don’t want to go where his vomit goes, that’s what it says in Rev 3:15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were cold or hot.

16 “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,

I am going to vomit you out of My mouth. {anyone who attempts to live IN CHRIST must not UPSET HIS BALANCED DIET of holy living or they will find themselves out side of Him very quickly}

17 “Because you say, ‘Rich I am, and I am made rich, and need none at all,’ and do not know that you are wretched, and pitiable, and poor, and blind, and naked.{This is the “Poster-Child Picture of man’s pitiful attempts at religion.}

18 “I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so that you become rich; and white garments, so that you become dressed, so that the shame of your nakedness might not be shown; and anoint your eyes with ointment, so that you see. {The ONLY way for ANY RELIGION or FAITH to come to God is by STRIPPING ITSELF of all semblance of self worship.}

To the world whose eyes have been blinded by spiritual darkness, to whom we are supposed to be a “light of unity” shinning on the ONE PATH to righteousness….which if you look around we’ve failed miserably. But the world does not understand that it is “Christianity the religion” that includes hundreds of different denominations that disagree with one another in name, organization, doctrine, worship, and plan of salvation, which we should never disagree on because its as plain as day what true salvation is…JUST JESUS NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS. Such a situation clearly constitutes a division, not a unity in the body. So how can we be so deceived into believing its ok to be a member of a “man-made worship box” divided from Christ”? Yet all the denominations claim to be Christian and to follow Jesus Christ, this is a falsehood that looks and feels Christian…but is nothing like the real thing because God cannot ever be divided against himself. Read this Article”DENOMINATIONALISM IS DANGEROUS” by Gary McDade Which is a great article about the real dangers that are attached to all forms of Memberships in things outside of where God states is safe: “His Church”, the issue is that what we think is the church is in NO WAY the real church. Because the real Church as taught in Scripture is not ABLE to ever be contained within a “Dogma”, “a teaching”, “a system of belief” and most certainly “NEVER A BUILDING WITH FOUR WALLS AND AN ALTER” Joh 17:20 “And I do not pray for these alone, but also for those believing in Me through their word,21. so that they all might be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, so that they too might be one in Us, so that the world might believe that You have sent Me.

22.“And the esteem which You gave Me I have given them, so that they might be one as We are one,

23. “I in them, and You in Me, so that they might be perfected into one, so that the world knows that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

Find anywhere in this PRAYER OF JESUS a place where it states we are separate into little “clicks” of differing beliefs and individual ideas of what God taught? 1Co 1:10 “And I appeal to you, brothers, by the Name of our Master יהושע Messiah, that you all agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be knit together in the same mind and in the same opinion.

11. For I have been informed concerning you, my brothers, by those of the house of Chloe, that there are strifes among you.

12. What I mean is this, that each one of you says, “I am of Sha’ul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Kĕpha,” or “I am of Messiah.”

13. Has the Messiah been divided? Was Sha’ul impaled for you? Or were you immersed in the name of Sha’ul?” This is a picture of the “so-called body of Christ” today, there needs to be a “Righteous Rebellion” from this impure and unrighteous division. You cannot seriously think that this where the Body of Yeshua is to be before He returns?

1Co 3:3 “for you are still fleshly. For since there is envy, and strife, and divisions among you, are you not fleshly and walking according to man?

…..“What I mean is this, that each one of you in your little Churches thinks I am of the Baptists, or I am of the Catholics { Who believe they alone are God’s true Church…Sorry not so! } or I am of the Lutherans. Has your God been spilt up into parts? Was a Baptist Leader Impaled for you? Were you Immersed in the Baptism of the Pope? Or did a Lutheran die in your place instead of Jesus?” In case it hasn’t sunk in yet…..

It flies in the face of ALL good reason why we have separated from perfection to follow man-made ideas that are at the most “confining boxes” of small “self {My Church is better than yours, look at us! } worship.This is not worshiping God its lifting our ideas before God and asking him to bless them instead of obeying what He said and unifying with ALL TRUE BELIEVERS AROUND THE WORLD and throwing our our ideas of God and settling in for “Biblical training from the Holy Spirit” as ONE BODY without WALLS AND NAMES!

Martin Luther, the leader of the Reformation Movement SAID THIS disobeyed statement:

“I ask that men make no reference to my name, and call themselves not Lutherans, but Christians. What is Luther? My doctrine, I am sure, is not mine, nor have I been crucified for any one. St. Paul, in 1 Cor. 3, would not allow Christians to call themselves Pauline or Petrine, but Christian. How then should I, poor, foul carcass that I am, come to have men give to the children of Christ a name derived from my worthless name? No, no, my dear friends; let us abolish all party names, and call ourselves Christians after Him Whose doctrine we have.”

John Wesley said this: “Would to God that all party names, and scriptural phrases and forms whichhave divided the Christian world, were forgot and that the very name [Methodist] might never be mentioned more, but be buried in eternal oblivion.”

Charles Spurgeon said this telling statement: “I look forward with pleasure to the day when there will not be a Baptist living! I hope that the Baptist name will soon perish, but let Christ’s name last forever.”- Spurgeon Memorial Library, Vol. I., p. 168 Wow, I’m in great company here…..even the leaders of Protestantism were against their own churches “Name plates” and called for biblical unity, that’s powerful isn’t it? The very people that you depend on for “Dogma” state NOT TO PUT THEM ON YOUR DENOMINATIONAL PEDESTALS….SO WHAT’S YOUR ANSWER TO THIS DELEMA?

The TERM “Once SAVED ALWAYS SAVED” is at best a MISNOMER, for it does not fully explain what it porports to say! It is sayings like this that Christians the world over have attatched to important DOCTRINES to explain them “In a nut shell” without a long disortation. The problem was answered by “Pink Blossem”in a previous post of mine very wellFirst of all, slogans like “Once Saved, Always Saved” are always regrettable because they polarize an issue, causing them to be touted or denounced vehemently not on the basis of truth as truth is, but only as it is represented in the stark world of sloganeering.

Take for instance, the present slogan—Once Saved, Always Saved. This is based upon the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints, but skews the doctrine by only representing a portion of its teaching. In fact, the slogan doesn’t give us enough information to properly judge its merits. As well, the slogan is tautological in its simplicity, so that in being inherently true on its face, it is unable to say anything of value. One might as well say, “Once one has eternal life, he shall always have eternal life.” This is obvious by the very definition of eternal life; and so, the slogan teaches us nothing of value. It is likely that this slogan (like most slogans) was created for a very particular purpose, but has long since (again, like most slogans) outgrown that purpose.

Instead, let’s look at the doctrine to which the slogan makes reference.

When we speak of the perseverance of the saints, we are, in the first place, speaking not of any power within the grasp or intention of men who believe but rather of the strength of God’s own redemptive and recreative work. Because men are saved by grace and not works, the sinful works of men are no great obstacle if God wishes to recreate a man into the image of his Son. The effect of Christ’s blood in redemption is complete. So powerful is the blood of Christ that all sins of those that God ordains it to cover are washed in their entirety. As well, when God deems to recreate a man in the image of Christ, he begins the creative work and is faithful to complete it in his time despite the work’s potential inclinations to the opposite.

When we speak of perseverance, we are really speaking of God’s faithfulness rather than man’s. As well, we are not speaking of any statement or decision a man could make. Part of the flaw in the slogan’s respect is the preponderance of the contemporary understanding of being “saved.” While salvation is a very biblical notion and Scripture does point out that man must be saved, believers too often view this as an effect of a profession of faith rather than the result of God’s work of grace. The distinction is palpable. Obviously, anyone can make a profession of faith and live for a time with external evidence of the work of redemption in their lives and yet still be without the work of grace. Though, we might refer to them in our ignorance as the saved, they are anything but. Their profession and life are counterfeits of the life of the honestly saved. The doctrine of the perseverance of the saints declares that those who are of this kind were never recipients of the persevering work of God’s grace, were not sealed by the Holy Spirit, and did not receive at anytime the cleansing, redemptive, and recreative work of Christ.

The doctrine of the perseverance of the saints maintains that those who overcome the world—those who abide in Christ—until they die and are taken up to heaven are the saved. They are the ones who persevere. Any who do not persevere simply were not saved for they did not experience the saving grace of God, were not conformed to the image of Christ, and were not forgiven of their sins. Therefore, it stands to reason that they as well never possessed eternal life—for eternal life is eternal.

The plain fact is that Scripture encourages believers to work in righteousness as they reflect the glory of their Lord. And Scripture offers security for those who have this work of grace alive in them. Those who claim belief but do not live righteously are persuaded to fear for their place and are invited to pursue God with all their hearts, minds, and souls that they might rest in the security of God’s grace.

In light of 1 John 1:9’s admonition to confess sin for faithful and just forgiveness, the question is often asked whether a true believer, unconfessed, might not be in danger of perdition. Yet, while confession of sin before God is integral to the obedient Christian life and no true Christian will go for too long in aggressive rebellion against the confession of sin, believers are always going some duration without confessing their sin. Even if it is only the time period between the sin and one’s immediate regret for and confession of that sin, there is still a period of unconfessed sin. We do not believe that this unconfessed sin can keep the true child of God from receiving that which God has claimed is his inheritance and has sealed in him with the Holy Spirit. We do believe that unconfessed sin will forge a breach in one’s earthly experience of the joys of heavenly life, but not that unconfessed sin can mar the surpassing grace of God. If this were so then every believer would be in danger of perdition at the time of his death for even as Christians, we recognize that we sin constantly in thought and deed.”

So,what is it with this servant in Matthew 24? Was he TRUELY SAVED,was he a minister of the Gospel gone BAD? REMEMBER THIS IS A PARABLE NOT A TRUE INDIVIDUAL STORY ALTHOUGH IT HAS AND STILL CAN HAPPEN TODAY!

Mat 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Mat 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

Mat 24:46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

Mat 24:47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

Mat 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

Mat 24:49 And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

Mat 24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,

Mat 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

JUST WHAT IS IT WITH MATTHEW’S WICKED SERVANT PARABLE?
Mat 24:45-51 –
This passage is, in fact, “a parable,” though it is not expressly so called. The design is to show that his disciples should act as if they were each moment expecting his return. This he illustrates by the conduct of a servant who did not expect his master soon to return, who acted with great impropriety, and who was accordingly punished.
Mat_24:45
Who, then, is a faithful and wise servant ... – By the conduct of a faithful and wise servant Jesus intends to denote a faithful Christian, a servant of God, or a teacher of religion.pistos
pis-tos’:FAITHFUL
From G3982; objectively trustworthy; subjectively trustful: – believe (-ing, -r), faithful (-ly), sure, true.
phronimos: WISE
fron’-ee-mos
From G5424; thoughtful, that is, sagacious or discreet (implying a cautious character; while G4680 denotes practical skill or acumen; and G4908 indicates rather intelligence or mental acquirement); in a bad sense conceited (also in the comparative): – wise (-r).
doulos : SERVANT
doo’-los
From G1210; a slave (literally or figuratively, involuntarily or voluntarily; frequently therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency): – bond (-man), servant.
Whom his lordHis master.
The word here has no reference to God. It means the “lord” or master of the servant. Applied to Christian teachers, in the spiritual meaning of the parable, it refers to “Christ,” who has appointed them as teachers, and who is their Lord and Master, Joh_13:13-14.
Over his household – His family. Christian ministers are the servants of God appointed over the church, the family of Christ, 1Th_5:12-13; 1Co_3:5; 1Co_4:1-2; 1Co_12:28. kathistēmi
kath-is’-tay-mee: RULER
From G2596 and G2476; to place down (permanently), that is, (figuratively) to designate, constitute, convoy: – appoint, be, conduct, make, ordain, set.
Meat in due season The word “meat” here means food of all kinds. When the Bible was translated into English, the word included, as the original does, all kinds of provisions requisite to support and nourish life.
In due seasonAs they need it, or in the accustomed times. This was the office of a steward. Among the ancients this office was often filled by a “slave” – one who had shown himself trusty and faithful. The duty was to have a general superintendence over the affairs of the family. Applied to Christian ministers, it means that they are to feed the flock of God, to “minister” to their needs, and to do it as they need it, Joh_21:15-17; Act_20:28; 1Co_4:1-2.
Mat_24:47
Shall make him ruler … – Shall confirm his appointment over his household, and, as a reward, shall place him over all his property.
This does not mean that ministers will have a higher rank or office, but is a circumstance of “the parable” or story, designed to show the effect of faithfulness. Faithful servants of Christ shall be rewarded. This will be done by His approbation, and by the rewards of the heavenly world.
Mat_24:48 kakos :EVIL
kak-os’
Apparently a primary word; worthless (intrinsically such; whereas G4190 properly refers to effects), that is, (subjectively) depraved, or (objectively) injurious: – bad, evil, harm, ill, noisome, wicked.
That evil servant – If that servant, so appointed, having this office, should be evil or wicked.
Say in his heart – Secretly suppose.
Delayeth his coming – Will not return in a long time; or does not return as soon as was expected, and perhaps may not at all.
Mat_24:49
Smite his fellow-servants ... – This is the conduct of a wicked servant, who, supposing he would not be called to account, and abusing his authority, gave himself up to oppression, carousing, and debauchery.
It is designed to represent the conduct of ministers who are unfaithful and overbearing, and who abuse their trust in the church.
Mat_24:51
Shall cut him asunder – This kind of punishment was anciently practiced.
Sometimes it was done by the sword. sometimes by saws. It was practiced among the Chaldeans Dan_2:5; Dan_3:29, and among the Hebrews, 2Sa_12:31; 1Sa_15:33; 1Ki_3:25; Heb_11:37. It was also practiced by the Egyptians and Romans. It is not, perhaps, here to be taken literally, but signifies that the wicked servant should be severely punished.
Hypocrites – See the notes at Mat_6:2. They are spoken of here as the worst of people.
Weeping and gnashing of teeth – See the notes at Mat_8:12-13. The unfaithful and wicked minister of God, who lives without expectation or fear of judgment, shall suffer the severest punishment inflicted on sinners in the world of woe.
Here is a similar story with a lot of explaination as to WHY someone would be rejected as God’s true servant! Mat 18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
Mat 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted(strephō
stref’-o
Strengthened from the base of G5157; to twist, that is, turn quite around or reverse (literally or figuratively): – convert, turn (again, back again, self, self about).
, and become as little children(paidion
pahee-dee’-on
Neuter diminutive of G3816; a childling (of either sex), that is, (properly) an infant, or (by extension) a half grown boy or girl; figuratively an immature Christian: – (little, young) child, damsel.
, ye shall not(ou mē
oo may
That is, G3756 and G3361; a double negative strengthening the denial; not at all: – any more, at all, by any (no) means, neither, never, no (at all), in no case (wise), nor ever, not (at all, in any wise).
enter(eiserchomai
ice-er’-khom-ahee
From G1519 and G2064; to enter (literally or figuratively): – X arise, come (in, into), enter in (-to), go in (through).
into the kingdom(basileia
bas-il-i’-ah
From G935; properly royalty, that is, (abstractly) rule, or (concretely) a realm (literally or figuratively): – kingdom, + reign.)
of heaven.( ouranos
oo-ran-os’
Perhaps from the same as G3735 (through the idea of elevation); the sky; by extension heaven (as the abode of God); by implication happiness, power, eternity; specifically the Gospel (Christianity): – air, heaven ([-ly]), sky.)

 

Mat 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble (tapeinoō
tap-i-no’-o
From G5011; to depress; figuratively to humiliate (in condition or heart): – abase, bring low, humble (self).
himself as this(touto
too’-to
Neuter, singular, nomitive or accusative of G3778; that thing: – here [-unto], it, partly, self [-same], so, that (intent), the same, there [-fore, -unto], this, thus, where [-fore].)
little child, the same is greatest(meizōn
mide’-zone
Irregular comparative of G3173; larger (literally or figuratively, specifically in age): – elder, greater (-est), more.)
in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:5 And whoso shall receive(dechomai
dekh’-om-ahee
Middle voice of a primary verb; to receive (in various applications, literally or figuratively): – accept, receive, take. )
one such little child in my name receiveth me.
Mat 18:6 But whoso shall offend(skandalizō
skan-dal-id’-zo
To “scandalize”; from G4625; to entrap, that is, trip up (figuratively stumble [transitively] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure): – (make to) offend.)
one of these little ones which believe(pisteuō
pist-yoo’-o
From G4102; to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), that is, credit; by implication to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well being to Christ): – believe (-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with.)
in me, it were better(sumpherō
soom-fer’-o
From G4862 and G5342 (including its alternate); to bear together (contribute), that is, (literally) to collect, or (figuratively) to conduce; especially (neuter participle as noun) advantage: – be better for, bring together, be expedient (for), be good, (be) profit (-able for).
for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Mat 18:7 Woe unto the world(kosmos
kos’-mos
Probably from the base of G2865; orderly arrangement, that is, decoration; by implication the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively [morally]): – adorning, world.)
because of offenses! for it must needs be(anagkē
an-ang-kay’
From G303 and the base of G43; constraint (literally or figuratively); by implication distress: – distress, must needs, (of) necessity (-sary), neededth, needful.)
that offenses come; but woe to that man(ANY HUMAN BEING: SAVED OR UNSAVED!) by whom the offense cometh!
Mat 18:8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee(NOTICE THAT HE SAID PARTS OF YOUR BODY,IS THIS THE CHURCH BODY?), cut them off, and cast(ballō
bal’-lo
A primary verb; to throw (in various applications, more or less violent or intense): – arise, cast (out), X dung, lay, lie, pour, put (up), send, strike, throw (down), thrust. Compare G4496.
them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast(SAME AS ABOVE) into everlasting fire.
Mat 18:9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
Mat 18:10 Take heed that ye despise(kataphroneō
kat-af-ron-eh’-o
From G2596 and G5426; to think against, that is, disesteem: – despise.)
not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.(THESE ANGELS WILL TELL ON YOU!)
Mat 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
Mat 18:12 How think ye? if a man have a hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
Mat 18:13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
Mat 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
Mat 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
Mat 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
Mat 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican.
Mat 18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Mat 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Mat 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Mat 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Mat 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

 

Can Eternal Life END: Here’s the REAL TRUTH!

Eternal Security
Once saved always saved. I never wanted to participate in this heated debate. “I’ll let others take care of this one,” I thought. “Anyway, of course a person can loose their salvation! And even if a person can’t loose their salvation, why would a Christian ever want to teach this doctrine? Would not the idea of eternal security encourage apathy in one’s faith walk?”
But then, as I studied the doctrine of faith alone in the Scriptures, it slowly began to dawn on me that eternal security has to be true. I also began to realize my own misconceptions about eternal security. 1 John 5:13 says:
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
I realized that if I didn’t hold to the once saved always saved position, that I’d have to slightly amend the Apostle John’s statement to say:
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life – as long as you don’t screw it up too bad.
LOOK :IT REALLY IS THIS SIMPLE ETERNITY BEGAN FOR YOU WHEN YOU WERE BORN IN THE EARTH,DID YOU KNOW THAT? ETERNAL LIFE HAS NO BEGINNING AND NO END,SO WHY DO WE INTERPRET IT AS HAVING BOTH A BEGINNING(The new birth) and an END(When we sin and Loose it)? What it all boils down to is scriptural PERSPECTIVE ON “ETERNAL LIFE” Can Eternal life END? And if it can when does it change from ETERNAL to TEMPORAL LIFE?Answer these questions and you will see the problem with the entire edifice of the argument! ETERNAL LIFE is not a part of this argument, it CANNOT have any beginning or else it is not eternal and it CANNOT have an END or it is not eternal. THIS CANNOT BE REFUTED; IT’S A FACT OF GOD’S WORD!! So,what are we left with once Eternal life is OFF the table? Everyone on earth right now HAS ETERNAL LIFE,THEY ARE MERELY LIVING IT OUT IN A TEMPORAL BODY WHILE ON EARTH,WE ARE ALL ETERNALLY SECURE IN THE FACT THAT WE WILL ALL LIVE FOREVER….THE PROBLEM IS NOT IN THE ” ETERNAL” PART BUT IN THE”QUALITY” OF THAT LIFE! Everyone will agree that HELL is an eternal place that never ends,WHY? Because it contains ETERNAL SOULS that cannot ever die,the place called Hell had a beginning,for God created it to HOLD ETERNAL CREATURES CALLED DEMONIC ANGELS and ALL those who follow them into Hell will reside there forever. Eternity was MADE BY GOD for the existence of eternal beings,GOOD and SINFUL SPIRITS! How can someone loose eternal life when it cannot change its essence from eternal to NON-eternal,ISN’T THAT WHAT THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES TEACH ABOUT ETERNITY? When we die we don’t go to hell or heaven,we ether go to an eternal paradise on earth or we are ANNIHILATED INTO NON-EXISTENCE…..IS THAT WHAT WE ARE SAYING IF WE BELIEVE THAT ETERNAL LIFE IS NOT FOREVER? The law of Thermodynamics states that “ENERGY” cannot ever be destroyed,it merely changes it’s form to another state of Energy,it is ETERNAL! I also realized that justification is not a process which I can participate in by working hard and long. Biblical justification is an instantaneous moment in time where, through faith by grace, the righteousness of God is literally imputed upon the repentant believer (2 Corinthians 5:21).
St. Paul writes in Romans 5:9-11:
How much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Dr. David Jeremiah commented on this passage in the March 10, 2006 radio broadcast of Turning Point.
“So many think that after they get saved, God expects them to take care of their own salvation, to do right, so that they can ?maintain their own salvation.’ But we cannot maintain our salvation anymore than you could attain their salvation. One cannot live the Christian life in the energy of the flesh anymore than one can become a Christian by good works. The same way that we are saved is the same way that we live the Christian life (by grace through faith). And this is what Paul says (in Romans 5:9-11): If God loved us so much when we were enemies to Him, and gave us grace at that time, don’t you think that now, since we’re His friend and we’re Christians, that He’s going to give us more grace?! He wants to give us all the grace we need, not just to receive Him, but to live for Him. If we try to live the Christian life in our own strength and our own energy we will fail miserably. The Christian life isn’t hard, it isn’t difficult, it’s impossible – in our strength. But all things are possible through the Lord Jesus.” (Originally aired March 10, 2006)
1 Peter 1:5 tells us that we are “are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Those who say that salvation can be lost are saying that you can’t earn your salvation through good works, but you can loose your salvation through bad works.
Hebrews 10:10 tells us we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
If we truly believe that salvation is a free gift, if we truly believe that we play no part in attaining our salvation, if we truly believe that the righteousness of God is imputed to the TRUE believer at the moment of justification, and if we truly believe in the once for all atonement of Christ’s blood FOR THOSE WHO TRULY REPENT, then we realize justification cannot be conditional UPON OUR WORKS. Those who hold to the potentiality of “falling away” are essentially promoting a faith and works gospel. Ephesians 2:8-9:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
On the cross Christ Cried out, “It is finished!” That’s because it is finished.John 10:25-30 (KJV) 25 “Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep (As I said in a previous post about this,false brethren are the cause of all this misunderstanding about the truth of the word of God.WE CAN NO LONGER BASE OUR DOCTRINES AROUND WHAT HAPPENS TO NON-BELIEVERS IN THE CHURCH ,THIS IS TRUE HERESY!), as I said unto you. 27 My sheep (Those who experience my LIFE WITHIN THEM!) hear my voice, and I know them(God’s PURE LIFE WITHIN YOU,MARKS YOU ETERNALLY AS HIS OWN SHEEP), and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man(THAT MEANS YOU ) pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.”

 

We are clearly taught from God’s Word that works are NOT essential to our salvation. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…” (Titus 3:5). “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9). We are all hell-deserving sinners. We do NOT have anything to do with our salvation except to appropriate God’s free gift by FAITH. Perhaps you ask, what if a believer loses faith? Though a believer may become discouraged, he or she will NEVER lose their faith in the Lord if they are truly saved. John the Baptist become discouraged, but he didn’t renounce God. Peter denied that he knew Christ, but the Holy Spirit convicted him and he repented. He never lost his faith in the Savior. What I’m saying is that a born-again believer does NOT convert to being a Mormon or an atheist. When a man claims that he used to be a Christian but now he’s a Jehovah’s Witness, I know he’s a liar. You don’t trust Christ one day and not the next, it doesn’t work that way; If that does happen, it is ONLY because you never really trusted him at all. I’m sure at one point that Judas really thought he believed upon Jesus, but he surely DIDN’T. This is why the Bible warns us to make sure we are saved, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith…” (2nd Corinthians 13:5).

 

 

“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.” -1st John 5:13
I love this verse! That we may “KNOW,” not think, but KNOW that we have eternal life. How could anyone be so foolish as to think that a person could lose “eternal life?” If you can lose it, then is it eternal? No! When God promises us eternal life, that is exactly what He means. I am eternally secure in Jesus’ arms.
“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…” -Deuteronomy 33:27
Don’t tell me I can lose my salvation! There is no such teaching in the Bible! What about “falling from grace?” You cannot lose your salvation, period. You can lose fellowship with God and the joy of one’s salvation, buy you cannot lose your salvation. Can a son no longer be a son? Of course not. You can try to disown Him (which I think is horrible and unscriptural), but he’s still your son. No matter what your son does, he’s still your son. The same is true with our Heavenly Father. Jesus never forsakes us! The Bible has much to say about the assurance of our salvation. As a matter of fact, God gave us the Holy Spirit as an “earnest” of our inheritance in heaven. The Greek word for “earnest” literally means “down payment.” God gave me the Holy Spirit as PROOF that I am a “purchased possession.” If you are a believer, then you belong to God and He has made His claim on you.

 

“…ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13,14).
Don’t tell me I can lose my salvation, I have been purchased by the blood of Jesus! I am a “purchased possession.” The Holy Spirit is God’s claim upon me as His own, the devil cannot claim my soul to hell. You cannot affect my salvation. I cannot change my eternal security. God has placed His down payment within my soul, the Holy Spirit of God.
Remember your spirit was BORN OF GOD,RECREATED IN JESUS’ IMAGE OF GOD THE FATHER,how much perfection does that speak of to you? Your spiritual state is as perfect as perfect can get…NO WAY to improve upon it with our PHONEY WORKS! Do Christians have licenses to sin? Of course not! The Apostle Paul addressed this very issue:
“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” -(What paul said here was clear to the Jews,the LAWS OF GOD were FOUNDATIOAL TO OUR SALVATION,THEY CANNOT BE ANULLED BY FAITH…What does that mean? Well,the Ten Commandments are STILL BINNDING to Christians lives,we MUST ALL OBEY THEM…THE ONLY DIFFERENCE NOW IS WE HAVE THE LIFE OF JESUS RESIDDING ON THE INSIDE OF US WALK THEM OUT FOR US!)Romans 3:31
A believer who sins must give account to God at the judgment seat of Christ someday,IF THEY DO NOT TRUELY REPENT AND OPENLY SEEK FORGIVNESS! That is a FEARFUL THING to know that I will be PERSONALLY HELD ACCOUNTABLE for each and every WORD and ACTION that I have ever done IN CHRIST! The fire of God’s DISAPPROVAL on any asspect of HIS TRUST in me,is to me a HOTTER FIRE than any in HELL. How can a true believer in the Words of God ever sin with this in mind,HE CAN’T AS LONG AS THE WORD OF GOD IS THE ONLY THING ON HIS OR HER MIND…..Holiness KILLS sin! No one is going to get away with anything friend. It is this misunderstanding that often prompts people to create false doctrines about losing one’s salvation. This is simply not true, you can NEVER lose something that was GIVEN AS A FREE GIFT.
BEFORE I BEGIN HERE LET ME QUOTE SOMEONE ELSES WORK BEFORE MY OWN WORDS,WHO KNOWS THE BATTLE WELL…A.W.Pink said:in his book

 

ETERNAL SECURITY
1. How earnest should sinners be of becoming Christians. In Christ alone is salvation and safety to be found. Security of person and of estate is the principal concern of men in this world, but security of soul has little or no place in the thoughts of the majority. How fearful to be in imminent danger of death and eternal punishment, and how alarming the condition of those indifferent to their everlasting welfare. Where there is an underground shelter which is out of range of artillery and below the reach of falling bombs, how eagerly will the sane turn thither when the siren sounds. “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runneth into it and is safe” (Prov. 18:10). O let every reader who has not yet done so make haste into his closet, fall upon his knees and rise not till he has committed himself wholly unto Christ for time and eternity. Halt no longer between two opinions. The wrath of God is upon thee, and there is but one way of escape: then flee for refuge to the hope set before you in the Gospel (Heb. 6:18). Christ stands ready to receive if you will throw down your weapons of warfare.
2. How diligently you should examine whether or not you are in Christ, the place of eternal security. You should know whether or not you have complied with the requirements of the Gospel, whether or not you have closed with Christ’s gracious offer therein, whether spiritual life has come to your soul, whether you have been made a new creature in Christ. These things may be known with definite certainty. Put these questions to your soul. Had I sincere resolution to forsake my wicked way when I came to Christ? Did I relinquish all dependence upon my own works? Did I come to Him empty-handed, resting on His promise “him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out?” Then you may upon us is a requirement very far from welcome to those who wish to please themselves and follow their own devices. The standard of piety, the spirituality of God’s Law, the nature of holiness, the insistence that we must keep ourselves unspotted from this world, are directly contrary to the inclinations of the natural man. That we must discipline our affections, regulate our thoughts, mortify our carnal appetites, cut off a right hand and pluck out a right eye, are certainly not good news to the unregenerate, especially when God insists that such mortification is never to be remitted but continued until mortality be swallowed up of life. No, it is impossible that fallen man will ever be pleased with a doctrine of perseverance in denying self, taking up his cross daily and following a holy Christ who is despised and rejected by this world. Thus it will abundantly appear from all that has been said, how baseless and pointless is the Arminian objection that the preaching of this doctrine encourages laxity and makes for licentiousness.
How can it be supposed that the proclamation of this blessed truth will lead to carelessness and carnality when we lay it down as a fundamental maxim that no one has any shadow of reason to consider himself interested in the blessing of perseverance except as he has and gives clear evidence that he is inwardly conformed to God and outwardly obedient to His commands? Yet it must be allowed, no matter how carefully and proportionately the doctrine of Scripture be set forth by God’s servant, there will always be those ready to wrest . to their own destruction. If the Lord Jesus was falsely charged with “perverting the nation” (Luke 23:2) His ministers must not expect immunity from similar criminations. If the apostle Paul was slanderously reported of teaching “Let us do evil, that good may come” (Rom. 3:8), we must not be surprised if the enemies of God should falsify our assertions and draw erroneous inferences from them. Yet this must not deter us from proclaiming all the counsel of God or keeping back anything that would be profitable to His people (Acts 20:27,20). And now to make practical application of all that has been before us. 1. How earnest should sinners be of becoming Christians. In Christ alone is salvation and safety to be found. Security of person and of estate is the principal concern of men in this world, but security of soul has little or no place in the thoughts of the majority. How fearful to be in imminent danger of death and eternal punishment, and how alarming the condition of those indifferent to their everlasting welfare. Where there is an underground shelter which is out of range of artillery and below the reach of falling bombs, how eagerly will the sane turn thither when the siren sounds. “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runneth into it and is safe” (Prov. 18:10). O let every reader who has not yet done so make haste into his closet, fall upon his knees and rise not till he has committed himself wholly unto Christ for time and eternity. Halt no longer between two opinions. The wrath of God is upon thee, and there is but one way of escape: then flee for refuge to the hope set before you in the Gospel (Heb. 6:18). Christ stands ready to receive if you will throw down your weapons of warfare.”
Eternal Life
This expression occurs in the Old Testament only in Dan 12:2 ” And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. ”
עלם עולם
‛ôlâm ‛ôlâm
o-lawm’, o-lawm’
From H5956; properly concealed, that is, the vanishing point; generally time out of mind (past or future), that is, (practically) eternity; frequentative adverbially (especially with prepositional prefix) always: – always (-s), ancient (time), any more, continuance, eternal, (for, [n-]) ever (-lasting, -more, of old), lasting, long (time), (of) old (time), perpetual, at any time, (beginning of the) world (+ without end).

 

It occurs frequently in the New Testament (Mat_7:14; Mat_18:8, Mat_18:9; Luk_10:28; compare Luk_18:18). It comprises the whole future of the redeemed (Luk_16:9), and is opposed to “eternal punishment” (Mat_19:29; Mat_25:46). It is the final reward and glory into which the children of God enter (1Ti_6:12, 1Ti_6:19; Rom_6:22; Gal_6:8; 1Ti_1:16; Rom_5:21); their Sabbath of rest (Heb_4:9; compare Heb_12:22).
The newness of life which the believer derives from Christ (Rom_6:4) is the very essence of salvation, and hence the life of glory or the eternal life must also be theirs (Rom_6:8; 2Ti_2:11, 2Ti_2:12; Rom_5:17, Rom_5:21; Rom_8:30; Eph_2:5, Eph_2:6). It is the “gift of God in Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom_6:23). The life the faithful have here on earth (Joh_3:36; Joh_5:24; Joh_6:47, Joh_6:53-58) is inseparably connected with the eternal life beyond, the endless life of the future, the happy future of the saints in heaven (Mat_19:16, Mat_19:29; Mat_25:46).
What is the life of God,which we term “ETERNAL” the greek word in the New Testament for God’s Life is: ζωή
zōē
Thayer Definition:
1) life
1a) the state of one who is possessed of vitality or is animate
1b) every living soul
2) life
2a) of the absolute fulness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God, and through him both to the hypostatic “logos” and to Christ in whom the “logos” put on human nature
2b) life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, but after the resurrection to be consummated by new accessions (among them a more perfect body), and to last for ever.
BORN AGAIN:γεννάω
gennaō
Thayer Definition:
1) of men who fathered children
1a) to be born
1b) to be begotten
1b1) of women giving birth to children
2) metaphorically
2a) to engender, cause to arise, excite
2b) in a Jewish sense, of one who brings others over to his way of life, to convert someone
2c) of God making Christ his son
2d) of God making men his sons through faith in Christ’s work
Now the real question here is “Can I once a SON OF GOD ever NOT be HIS SON?” Can I UNSCRAMBLE THE EGG? Can I REVERSE THE EFFECTS OF HIS WORKING IN MY SPIRIT? At what point does ETERNAL LIFE STOP BEING ETERNAL LIFE? And another problem with this whole LOOSING ETERNAL LIFE THING is that SIN IS NOT AN ETERNAL ISSUE,IT HAD A BEGINNING IN THE HEART OF SATAN AND IT HAS AN END IN THE PIT WITH SATAN. Sin does not have life of it’s own,it TAKES it’s POWER from the UNINFORMED MASSES that ignor it’s consquenses for the more favorable GRADIFICATION OF THE MOMENT,Sin hides behind FUN,GRADIFICATION,FEELINGS OF FULFILLMENT AND PERSONAL {FALSE CONTROL} OF THEIR OWN LIFE! Without OUR INPUT sin has NO POWER over us…period! Sin ONLY WORKS in the FLESH of man,NO WHERE ELSE..Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh (The works of SIN are manifested through the Flesh) are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things(Practice fleshly Sin without repentance) shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (The Kingdom is not salvation BUT: Thayer Definition:Kingdom
1) royal power, kingship, dominion, rule
1a) not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom
1b) of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah
1c) of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom
2) a kingdom, the territory subject to the rule of a king
3) used in the N.T. to refer to the reign of the Messiah
SO IF YOU SIN,YOU CANNOT INHERIT GOD’S POWER AND AUTHORITY IN YOUR LIFE NOW…BUT IF YOU DO WANT THAT POWER THEN YOU MUST HAVE THIS:
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
WALKING IN THE SPIRIT MEANS WALKING IN HIS POWER,AUTHORITY,DIGNITY,AND RULE ON EARTH! INHERIT MEANS : Thayer Definition:
1) to receive a lot, receive by lot
1a) especially to receive a part of an inheritance, receive as an inheritance, obtain by right of inheritance
1b) to be an heir, to inherit
2) to receive the portion assigned to one, receive an allotted portion, receive as one’s own or as a possession
3) to become partaker of, to obtain
So,since we have learned that SIN is a temperal FLESH bound issue,HOW CAN ANYONE THINK THAT SIN HAS MORE POWER THAN GOD DOES? SALVATION IS GOD’S NATURE,OVERCOMING ALL THAT SIN HAS AND COULD EVER DO TO US,THAT’S REAL POWER! All that sin can do to the Christian,the TRUE CHRISTIAN is to DELAY,PUT OFF,and otherwise CUT OFF YOUR CURRENT and FUTURE BLESSINGS ON EARTH,UNTIL YOU REPENT and allow God to RESTORE US! Romans 8:1-2 (KJV) 1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

 

 

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Every time a Christian SINS,the Enemy of our souls GAINS GROUND,HE GAINS EMBOLDENMENT,HE GAINS AND WE LOOSE,All because we can’t control our flesh,a DEAD THING WITHOUT POWER,FLESH CANNOT EVER DEFEAT SPIRIT,IT IS THE SOUL THAT SUFFERS NOT THE SPIRIT!
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice(PRESENT TO GOD YOUR WHOLE FLESH AND BLOOD BODY DAILY ), holy, acceptable to God, which is your(BOTTOM LINE) spiritual service.
Rom 12:2 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Thayer Definition:PRESENT
1) to place beside or near
1a) to set at hand
1a1) to present
1a2) to proffer
1a3) to provide
1a4) to place a person or thing at one’s disposal
1a5) to present a person for another to see and question
1a6) to present or show
1a7) to bring to, bring near
1a8) metaphorically i.e to bring into one’s fellowship or intimacy
1b) to present (show) by argument, to prove
2) to stand beside, stand by or near, to be at hand, be present
2a) to stand by
2a1) to stand beside one, a bystander
2b) to appear
2c) to be at hand, stand ready
2d) to stand by to help, to succour
2e) to be present
2e1) to have come
2e2) of time
Thayer Definition:LIVING
1) to live, breathe, be among the living (not lifeless, not dead)
2) to enjoy real life
2a) to have true life and worthy of the name
2b) active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God
3) to live, i.e. pass life, in the manner of the living and acting
3a) of mortals or character
4) living water, having vital power in itself and exerting the same upon the soul
5) metaphorically to be in full vigour
5a) to be fresh, strong, efficient
5b) as adjective active, powerful, efficacious
Thayer Definition:SACRIFICE
1) a sacrifice, victim
I ask you if your body is to be a Sacrifice presented to God then why do we allow the VICTIM to dictate the results of its DEATH? The sacrifice has no say in its death and no say in the results,so don’t ask its opinion!
Thayer Definition:REASONABLE
1) pertaining to speech or speaking
2) pertaining to the reason or logic
2a) spiritual, pertaining to the soul
2b) agreeable to reason, following reason, reasonable, logical
Thayer Definition:SERVICE
1) service rendered for hire
1a) any service or ministration: the service of God
2) the service and worship of God according to the requirements of the Levitical law
3) to perform sacred services
It is resonable to all the minds reasoning ability to give God control of our DEAD CORPSE to FILL IT WITH HIS SPIRIT AND WALK IN IT AS HE SEES FIT,THAT IS WHAT WE GAVE HIM THE RIGHT TO DO WHEN WE REPENTED AND WERE RECREATED IN HIS IMAGE!
Rom 13:5 Therefore it is necessary to be subject, not only on account of wrath(NOT JUST BECAUSE GOD’S WRATH DEMANDS OBEDIENCE), but also for conscience’ sake.(OUR INNER BEING IS ONE WITH GOD’S WILL,HE’S IN CONTROL NOT US!)
Thayer Definition:BE SUBJECT
1) to arrange under, to subordinate
2) to subject, put in subjection
3) to subject one’s self, obey
4) to submit to one’s control
5) to yield to one’s admonition or advice
6) to obey, be subject
Thayer Definition:Wrath
1) anger, the natural disposition, temper, character
2) movement or agitation of the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion, but especially anger
3) anger, wrath, indignation
4) anger exhibited in punishment, hence used for punishment itself
4a) of punishments inflicted by magistrates
Thayer Definition:CONSCIENCE
1) the consciousness of anything
2) the soul as distinguishing between what is morally good and bad, prompting to do the former and shun the latter, commending one, condemning the other
2a) the conscience
SALVATION and the keeping of Good doctrine is of the uttmost importance,because if we do not rightly discern salvation then Satan will have the advantage over us…this is not a mere non essential doctrinal debate,and we have no right to deminish it to such a senseless debate in the first place!The Bible nowhere says for US to reason with each other over doctrine,thats how denominations got started, BUT the Word does tell us to come to God to reason together with him and come to a conclusion..HIS CONCLUSION,NOT OUR OWN !! Isaiah 1:16-20 (KJV) 16 “Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”

 

 

Gee! It…..says to reason WITH GOD about our sins and our salvation! Wow, guess that settles that, let’s just be WILLING and OBEDIENT and eat the good of the land ! Doesn’t seem like all that FREE WILL does US any good in the kingdom of God….We only have TWO CHOICES..IN THE BLESSINGS or OUT OF THE BLESSING!
Matthew 11:28 (KJV) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 

Romans 5:18-19 (KJV) 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

 

Can I know for sure that I am going to Heaven?

This world is full of uncertainties. None of us can know for sure what tomorrow holds for us, or even if we will be around to see it. The Bible, however, speaks of one certainty which, if we have found it, can give us an anchor in the middle of all the rest of life’s uncertainties. It is the certainty of our forgiveness, the certainty of our acceptance by God and the certainty of a relationship with him that will last forever. Thousands have found this certainty and would not swap it for anything else this world can offer. If this love, demonstrated by the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf and experienced by his indwelling Spirit, is the basis of our relationship with him, would he not want us to know that we have it?The Bible constantly emphasises the point that God created us for friendship with himself, a friendship based on love. The reason we don’t enjoy this relationship is that we choose to live our lives independently of God. We have broken his laws and gone our own way. God has, however, acted in Jesus to restore our relationship with himself. He bridged the gap by dying for our sins on the cross. When we turn to him in faith and accept Jesus as our Saviour and the Lord of our lives, then he comes to live within us in the person of the Holy Spirit. We experience his love and respond in love to him in return. Paul says, “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:5).

From the moment of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and the giving of the Holy Spirit on the Jewish day of Pentecost seven weeks later, there is a note of certainty that runs through the New Testament. When speaking to his disciples at his last meal with them before he was crucified, Jesus talked about the coming of the Holy Spirit. He said, “Then you will know that I am one with the Father. You will know that you are one with me, and I am one with you” (John 14:20). This certainty they were to discover is found everywhere in the book of Acts and the letters of the New Testament. John gives us the reason for writing his first letter near the end of the New Testament: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

The Bible talks about the “full assurance of understanding” (Colossians 2:2), “the full assurance of hope” (Hebrews 6:11) and “the full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:22).

Paul, facing possible death in a Roman prison, wrote, “I want to die and be with Christ, because that would be much better” (Philippians 1:23). He says, “We should be cheerful, because we would rather leave these bodies and be at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). The author of Hebrews, in commending those he writes to, says, “You gladly let your possessions be taken away, because you knew you had something better, something that would last forever” (Hebrews 10:34).

There have been a great many examples throughout history of individuals facing death with this same certainty found in the New Testament. One of my favourite stories is about C. T. Studd, who captained the English cricket team in the 1880s. He left a promising career at home to go as a missionary to China. Later, when most men would think of retiring, he pioneered missionary work in the heart of Africa. When dying in central Africa, the last word he wrote, in a letter to missionaries, was “Alleluia!” The last word he spoke was “Alleluia!” After his death, the mission sent a telegram back to England, “Bwana glorified July 16th, Alleluia!”

Another is the story of Henry Venn, Anglican clergyman and one of the founders of the Church Missionary Society. During his final illness his doctor told him he only had a week to live. He actually lived for three weeks. His doctor later declared that it was the prospect of dying and going to heaven that made him so jubilant and high-spirited, and it was this that had kept him alive for the extra fortnight! A place in God’s family is not something to be earned. It is a gift to be received!

It is interesting that the words Jesus cried out while hanging on the cross, “It is finished”, could be translated, “It is paid.” One of the uses of the Greek word used here in the New Testament was that of paying a debt in the market place. Hudson Taylor, the founder of the China Inland Mission, discovered this truth when a lad of 17. He was brought up in a third-generation Christian home, his grandfather having been converted to Christ on his wedding day during the Methodist revival that spread across England under the preaching of John Wesley. Hudson, though surrounded by Christian influence, had made no personal commitment to Christ himself. One day, while browsing in his father’s library, he picked up a Christian tract and began to read it. In his own words he describes what happened:

I…was struck with the phrase “the finished work of Christ.”…Immediately the words “It is finished” suggested themselves to my mind. What was finished? And I at once replied, “A full and perfect atonement and satisfaction for sin. The debt was paid for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” Then came the further thought, “If the whole work was finished and the whole debt paid, what is there left for me to do?” And with this dawned the joyful conviction, as light was flashed into my soul by the Holy Spirit, that there was nothing in the world to be done but to fall down on one’s knees, and accepting this Saviour and His salvation praise Him for evermore.

The Bible is very clear on the matter of our not being able to get to heaven on the basis of our own goodness. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9). A place in God’s family is not something to be earned. It is a gift to be received. This means that for someone to say, “I know I am going to heaven”, when rightly understood, is not being presumptuous. It is not boasting that I am worthy of it. It is boasting of the saving power of Jesus Christ. It is putting him on the pedestal, not me – and that is honouring him. He can save even someone like me!

As I first trust Jesus to forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life, so I may also trust him to keep me faithful to him until death. A useful illustration of this comes from the life of Lord Radstock, an English nobleman of the last century. He was a committed Christian and gifted speaker. Because of his connections with nobility, he had access to many of the royal families of Europe. He would often hold informal meetings in royal sitting rooms and share his faith in Christ. Among those to whom he witnessed were the Czar and Czarina of Russia.

On one occasion, after speaking at a meeting in Woolwich, he nearly missed his train home. He just had time to jump on board as the guard blew the whistle. A young army officer had followed him onto the platform and, running up to the carriage window, said to him, “Sir, I heard you speak tonight; but tell me, how can a fellow keep straight and upright?” The train had started and there was no time for a long reply, so Radstock took out his pencil and laid it on the palm of his hand. “Can that pencil stand upright?” “No.” Then he grasped the pencil in his hand and held it in an upright position. “Ah, but you are holding it now.” “Yes,” replied Radstock, “and your life is like that pencil – helpless. But Christ is the hand that can hold you.” And the last the young officer saw of Radstock on that occasion was the outstretched hand holding that pencil as the train rounded a curve and was lost to sight. Twenty-five years later the same officer met Lord Radstock in India and told him that all those years ago, on that railway platform, he had trusted his life to Christ. Christ had upheld him and kept him ever since.

Peter says that we “through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5). Jesus said of those who are his, “No one can snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28). If we do the trusting, he will do the keeping. I would ask this simple question,”How am I trusting God if I am always doubting if I am saved,worring if Hell is waiting around the corner? To not know is a curse not a blessing to my life,to go around never sure is to be in torment of soul needlessly! Now here’s another problem we all face in our christian walk,where do we find this anchor of the soul?Can I trust my own heart?

“Looking into your own heart for a ground of confidence is like casting the anchor in the hold of a ship” Harry Ironside There are some great promises in the New Testament on this subject. Here are three of them. John declares in his first letter, “If we don’t believe what God has said about his Son, it is the same as calling God a liar. God has also said that he gave us eternal life and that this life comes to us from his Son. And so, if we have God’s Son, we have this life” (1 John 5:10-12). Jesus’ promise to those who open the door of their hearts to him is “I will come in” (Revelation 3:20). Again he promised, “Whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37). In the original Greek language in which this verse was written, the “never” is emphasised. These are the words of a man of integrity!This means that if we have sincerely come to Jesus, accepted that he died for us, asked his forgiveness, submitted to him as our Saviour and Lord, and then do not believe that he has accepted us as one of his family, we are casting doubt on his promise. John puts it more bluntly. We are making God a liar. We must learn to trust his word. He said it; I believe it; that settles it.To rely on our up-and-down feelings is a shaky foundation on which to base the assurance of our acceptance by God. Harry Ironside, one-time pastor of the famous Moody Church in Chicago, said, “Looking into your own heart for a ground of confidence is like casting the anchor in the hold of a ship.” We need something solid outside ourselves in which to put our trust.

Feelings come and feelings go,And feelings are deceiving.

My warrant is the Word of God,

None else is worth believing.

Though all my heart should feel condemned,For want of one sweet token,

There is One greater than my heart,

Whose word cannot be broken.

I’ll trust in His unchanging wordsTill soul and body sever,

For though all else shall pass away,

His Word shall stand forever.

“It is Christ’s death that makes the believing sinner safe, but it is God’s word that makes the trusting Christian sure” There is a delightful story told about an old minister who had preached the gospel with clarity and power during his public ministry. When he was suffering, at times he found himself greatly disturbed by doubts and uncertainty. Mentioning the matter to his wife, she drew his attention to John 5:24 in which Jesus declares, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” As he read those wonderful words again, the minister burst into a joyful laugh and said, “How strange that I should ever forget words like these, when I have preached on them myself for years.” Sometime later his wife came into the room and found him leaning over the side of the bed, holding the open Bible underneath it. She exclaimed, “Whatever are you doing?” He answered, “Satan has been after me again, and as he is the prince of darkness, I took it that he would be in the darkest place in the room, which is under the bed. I was just showing him John 5:24, and the moment he saw it he ceased to trouble me.”

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s childrenRomans 8:15-17 Though feelings are not the main criteria for deciding whether or not we are the Lord’s people, they do have their place in the Christian’s experience. After all, peace and joy are feelings, and the New Testament has a lot to say about them. Paul says, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…” (Romans 8:15-17). In other words, when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives he gives us an inner awareness of our relationship to God. He also produces the desire to come to him with our needs as a child would to its father. One of the evidences that we have received the Holy Spirit is that we have the desire to pray and the awareness that God listens. There is another way also in which the Holy Spirit witnesses to his presence in our lives. Paul says, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22,23). In other words, as the sap in an apple tree will eventually produce apples, one of the evidences that the Holy Spirit is within us is that he will be working changes in our character, producing a little more love, a little more patience, a little more goodness, and so on. His ministry is to produce in us something of the character of Jesus. Am I aware that this is happening? I may have a very long way to go. Most of us do! But at least I will be aware that I am different from what I was. This means that growth in Christian character and the outward expression of that in good works have an important place in the Christian life and should be part of the evidence that we are his people. However, this is not the means of earning acceptance with God, but rather the outflow of that acceptance and our relationship with him. This becomes particularly clear when we look at John’s first letter towards the end of the New Testament.

“Our love for each other proves that we have gone from death to life” 1 John 3:14 John is very clear about the reason he wrote this letter. It was that his readers might have certainty about their relationship to God and that God had indeed given them eternal life (1 John 5:10-13). It is interesting that John uses the word “know”, or its equivalent, about 36 times in this letter. However, he uses it in three different senses. He talks about knowing the truth about God. For instance, he says we “know that he is righteous” (2:29). He also uses it in the sense of knowing God personally, as one would know a friend. The third way he uses it is in the sense of knowing, or being certain, that we know God and that he has indeed given us eternal life. He uses the word roughly a dozen times in each of these three senses. Some of the reasons he gives that we may be sure of our relationship to God are challenging. For instance, he says, “Our love for each other proves that we have gone from death to life” (3:14). He also says a lot about our obedience to God. If you want to explore the matter further I suggest you read the letter through. It is not a long one. We could sum up what we have been saying so far like this: God the Holy Spirit bears witness in our hearts and in our behaviour to the truth of what God the Father declares about the work of God the Son in coming to die and rise again on our behalf.

Does it matter?

Does it matter whether or not I know I am going to heaven? One obvious reason the question is important is that it is not possible to enjoy a relationship with someone if you are not certain whether or not that relationship exists. The very purpose of our being here is to live out this life, and enjoy the next, in a purposeful relationship with the One who created us. Unless we are sure of that relationship, our lives will lack true direction.

It is those who have thought the most of the next world, that have done the most for this one! C. S. Lewis Secondly, the more secure we are in our experience of God’s love, the more we will love him in return. Also, the more we will want to serve him and share what we have found with others. Imagine two men emigrating to a foreign country. Each is given a tract of land on which to make a living, together with the title deed for his property. The first person looks at the title deed, accepts gratefully that the land is his and immediately gets to work to plant his crops. The second person looks at the deed, but cannot really believe that the land belongs to him. He makes countless trips back to the land office before he can be assured that it is really his. Which of the two will have the greatest harvest? This is you,if you are constantly going back to God to check if your really his child in doubt and unbelief,THIS IS NOT THE SAME THING AS SEEING THAT YOU ARE IN THE FAITH,YOU ONLY NEED TO DO THAT ONCE TO FIND OUT FOR SURE THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD!

Bishop Latimer, one of the Reformation martyrs, once wrote to Bishop Ridley (also burned at the stake with Latimer in Oxford) that when he was settled and steadfast about his own salvation he was as bold as a lion, but if that hope became eclipsed, he was fearful and afraid and was unqualified for service.

In the New Testament we have the title deed to our inheritance in the kingdom of God, purchased at tremendous cost for us by Jesus. It is his desire that we accept it gladly and live our lives for him in gratitude. There have always been those who have claimed that Christians have been too interested in the next world and not enough interested in this one. Don’t you believe it! C. S. Lewis made the point that if you study history you will note that it is those who have thought the most of the next world, that have done the most for this one! It is the wonder, gratitude and certainty of all that has been given us by Jesus, at such tremendous cost, that has always been one of that greatest motivations for believers to give their lives in service to others.

There is one further reason why this matter of certainty is of vital importance. If you are not sure your sins are forgiven and that you are on your way to heaven, there is always the possibility that you are not. The Bible is very clear that there is a judgement to come and not all will make it into God’s kingdom. It speaks of those who will spend eternity without God because of their failure to accept this reconciliation. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realise that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5). The Living Bible, which is actually a paraphrase, puts it like this, “Check up on yourselves. Are you really Christians? Do you pass the test? Do you feel Christ’s presence and power more and more within you? Or are you just pretending to be Christians when actually you aren’t at all?”

Of course, it is possible to be a true believer and yet still be uncertain of your relationship to the Lord. Failure to dig into the Bible to find out what God’s promises are, not trusting him, an unwillingness to submit all of your life to him, things that are displeasing to God in your life that need sorting out, lack of fellowship with other believers – these are things that can hinder the full enjoyment of the relationship. However, if you are not sure whether you have ever really trusted Christ for forgiveness in the first place, then it is wise to make sure.

It would be tragic to miss out on both God’s best in this life, and eternity with him in the futureIf you want some guidance in taking this step and clinching the deal, then you may find the following prayer helpful:

Jesus, I don’t understand it all, but I accept that you came into this world to die for me. I thank you for this.

I acknowledge my failure to live up to your commands and I ask forgiveness for my sins. I turn from them in repentance.

I ask you to come into my life as my Saviour and Lord. I submit my life to you.

Give me the certainty that I am truly yours and a citizen of heaven.

Help me to get to know you better and to live in gratitude for your gift of eternal life. Now I would like to go on to another subject of importance to some out there,the subject of “FREE WILL”free willn.

  • The ability or discretion to choose; free choice: chose to remain behind of my own free will.

  • The power of making free choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by an agency such as fate or divine will.

  • [Middle English fre wil, translation of Late Latin līberum arbitrium : Latin līberum, neuter of līber, free + Latin arbitrium, will.]

    free will, in philosophy is the doctrine that an individual, regardless of forces external to him, can and does choose at least some of his actions. The existence of free will is challenged by determinism. A denial of free will was implicit in Plato’s argument that, because no one would deliberately choose a worse over a better course of action, people’s decisions are determined by their understanding (or ignorance) of what constitutes the good. Aristotle disagreed; he distinguished between reason and desire, pointing out that people sometimes do what they desire even when they know it will harm themselves or others. Some Stoics sought to adapt the idea of free will to their rigorous form of determinism; Chrysippus emphasized that action could be produced by choice which itself had antecedent causes. In the Christian philosophical tradition a central question regarding freedom of the will was this: is virtue within the power of the individual or completely dependent on the power of God? St. Augustine, although he argued that God’s foreknowledge of human actions (a consequence of his omniscience) did not cause them, did hold that God’s omnipotent providence implied predestination: man was wholly dependent on divine grace. St. Thomas Aquinas maintained the freedom of man’s will in spite of divine omnipotence, holding that God’s omnipotence meant he could do all things possible or consistent with his goodness and reason, which did not include the predetermination of human will. William of Occam affirmed free will but claimed it impossible for any human to comprehend how it is compatible with God’s foreknowledge and omniscience, which cannot be distinguished from his role as prime mover and original cause.Martin Luther and John Calvin both followed Augustine’s doctrine of predestination, but later Protestant writers disputed their position. Advocates of free will have usually begun with the overwhelming testimony of common practice and common sense: people do believe they in some way determine their actions, and hold each other accountable for them. Therefore advocates of free will have argued that the human will, unlike inanimate things, can initiate its own activity. Quotes: Some of these quotes TELL you the Danger of Free Will under sinful men and women,for it is SIN in us that gives so-called Free will it’s INSANE outlook on life.Once we are saved we do not need Free Will because OUR WILL is dead and has become”not my will be done BUT thy will be done AS IT IS IN HEAVEN above” THAT IS TRUE “FREE” WILL! The most intellectual of men are moved quite as much by the circumstances which they are used to as by their own will. The active voluntary part of a man is very small, and if it were not economized by a sleepy kind of habit, its results would be null. Walter BagehotThe liberated man is not the one who is freed in his ideal reality, his inner truth, or his transparency; he is the man who changes spaces, who circulates, who changes sex, clothes, and habits according to fashion, rather than morality, and who changes opinions not as his conscience dictates but in response to opinion polls. Jean Baudrillard

    Whereas the Greeks gave to will the boundaries of reason, we have come to put the will’s impulse in the very center of reason, which has, as a result, become deadly. Albert Camus

    The will is never free — it is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the car — it can’t steer. Joyce Cary

    Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Aleister Crowley

    There are no galley-slaves in the royal vessel of divine love — every man works his oar voluntarily! St. Francis De Sales

    A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will’s freedom after it. Aldous HuxleyHere’s the real problem,THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH AND IN HEAVEN:WHAT IS IT EXACTLY? Does our “Free Will” have ANY BEARING ON IT? This is the real question to ask,not all this “cobbledegook”REASONING WITH OURSELVES ABOUT OURSELVES PHILOSIPHY,because when we boil down(Reduce) it all to it’s real pupose,it’s just man tring to FIND A WAY AROUND “THE WAY OF GOD” and still keep HIS WAY INTACT enough to say in the end “I did it my way”! The Kingdom of God is ruled by Jesus within us BUT let’s be real here a kingdom is a THEOCRACY not DEMOCRACY where we have a vote and a say,it’s what the King says …PERIOD!

    We are to LIVE, MOVE AND ACT as the Kings Word says to act NO MATTER WHAT OUR “FREE WILL”MAY DETERMINE WE WANT TO DO..THAT’S THE SMALL AND SHORT OF IT!When we came to Christ we gave UP all of our personal rights to receive the RIGHT to become the children of God,that’s what a COVENANT RELATIONSHIP is,He took our sins,our useless and meaningless existence..Free willed as it was and He gave us HIS FREE WILL TOWARD A PERFECT WORLD IN WHICH HE IS THE ONLY RULER,OUR WILL HAS BEEN (SHOULD HAVE BEEN!) SWALLOWED UP BY HIS WILL! Now it’s the WILL of His Kingdom only……

    WHERE is the kingdom of God?

    The first thing we usually want to know about any kingdom is, “Where is it?”

    “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.”

    Luke 17: 20 – 23

    The kingdom of God is not a physical kingdom like kingdoms of this world! The kingdom of God is a SPIRITUAL kingdom, unbounded by physical borders and limitations. It is “within.” It is a kingdom of the spirit. Jesus made it very clear that his kingdom was not an earthly, physical kingdom when he was being questioned by Pontius Pilate shortly before the crucifixion.

    “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then?

    Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”

    John 18: 36, 37

    Paul affirmed the spiritual nature of God’s kingdom.

    “Now I say this brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God: neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” I Corinthians 15: 50

    It is very evident that the kingdom of God is not to be found in any particular city or country. Its king, Jesus, does not sit on an earthly throne, as if he were just another common king among men. The kingdom of God is spiritual, consisting of people of every nation who have obeyed the will of Christ. Its king is seated at the right hand of God, where he rules over all of creation. Where is the kingdom of God to be found? In the hearts and minds of faithful men and women, wherever they may dwell.

    There are many so-called Bible experts who say that they do not know when the kingdom of God will come. Why not? Jesus was pretty specific about when his kingdom would be established. Remember what we read in Mark?

    “Now after John was put into prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the kingdom of God. And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe the gospel.”Mark 1: 14, 15

    The kingdom of God was at hand! Now normally when someone says that something is at hand, they mean that it will happen very soon. Was this what Jesus meant? Consider the following verse.

    “And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.” Mark 9: 1

    What does that mean? Well, when we combine the statement that the kingdom was “at hand” with the declaration that it would come before some of his listeners “taste of death,” it must mean that the kingdom of God was to come during the lifetime of that particular generation, I.E., sometime shortly after 28 or 29 A.D. The kingdom of God was to come — ACCORDING TO JESUS’ OWN WORDS — during the first century, A.D. There are many who teach that the kingdom of God has not yet come. In order for that to be true, some of those people who were listening to Jesus must still be alive! Is there anyone who really believes that? If so, I beg you, show me those 2000 year old people. I want to meet them! The kingdom was to be delivered during the lifetime of Jesus’ listeners. Is it possible to determine the time more precisely? The Apostle Paul made a statement to the church at Colossae which helps us further in saying just when the kingdom of God was to come.

    “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” Colossians 1: 12, 13

    Paul tells the church at Colossae that God HATH TRANSLATED them “into the kingdom of his dear son.” This is not something that would happen, but something that HAD ALREADY HAPPENED! Paul wrote this letter around the middle of the first century. At that time THE KINGDOM HAD ALREADY COME. When specifically did it come? The Bible also tells us that, if we have the wisdom to listen to its testimony. Remember what Jesus had said about the kingdom? He said it would come with power. He also said that that power would come upon the disciples in Jerusalem. (See Luke 24: 49) Was there an event between his day (28 – 30 A.D.) and the day of Paul’s letter to the Colossians (50-60 A.D.) when the power of God was clearly seen in Jerusalem? Yes, there was! It was on the Jewish festival day of Pentecost, less than 2 months after Jesus ascended to Heaven!

    “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues…………….And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?……….

    Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them……………………

    Men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh………………….”

    passages from: Acts 2: 1 – 19

    On the day of Pentecost Peter preached his first Gospel sermon. As a result, 3000 people repented and were baptized for the forgiveness of their sins. This was the beginning of the church. Was it also the beginning of the kingdom of God? It seems obvious that it was. As Jesus had foretold, the kingdom of God had indeed come with power. Well, who are the citizens of the kingdom of God? Read on and see what the scriptures say……

    What manner of people inhabit the kingdom of God?

    “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of God.” Matthew 5: 3“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

    Matthew 5: 10

    The kingdom of God is made up of godly people. Not everyone can qualify for the kingdom of God, but only those who are willing to do God’s will and stand up for truth, even in the face of persecution.

    “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 7: 21

    The citizen of the kingdom of God is first of all a believer. Not a casual believer whose faith is worthless, but one whose faith causes him or her to follow God’s Word — to be a disciple of Christ. Jesus taught about the kingdom of God in many of his parables. Some of the best known parables of the kingdom are in Matthew 13. In that chapter Jesus tells the well-known “Parable of the Sower” and the “Parable of the Wheat and the Tares.” In both of these parables, he likens one who comes into the kingdom of God to good seed that is sown. Note what he says about this “good seed.”

    “He that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it: which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Matthew 13: 23“The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one.”

    Matthew 13: 38

    The ones who hear the word of God, obey it, and then bear fruit are the children of the kingdom. Today, we would call such people faithful Christians. Are Christians the citizens of this kingdom of God of which Jesus spoke? Let’s see what the Apostle Paul had to say to the Thessalonians.

    “Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews.”

    I Thessalonians 2: 10 – 14

    The citizens of the kingdom of God are Christians! Those who are called into the kingdom by hearing God’s word, following its teachings, and bearing righteous fruit. As Paul said, these are “followers of the churches of God.” We now know where the kingdom exists, when it was founded, who its king is, and who its citizens are. Surely the Bible has clearly revealed to you what the kingdom of God is…….

    What is the kingdom of God?

    Our study of the scriptures has revealed the following things about the kingdom of God:

    • Jesus came to preach the “gospel of the kingdom,” which revealed what the kingdom of God was to be.

    • No one can point to a specific place and say “there is the kingdom of God.”

    • Jesus declared his kingdom to be a spiritual kingdom when he said “the kingdom of God is within you.”

    • Jesus further affirmed that his kingdom is “not of this world.”

    • The KING of the kingdom of God is Jesus, the Christ of God.

    • According to Jesus the kingdom was to come in the first century, before some of those who heard him teach would “taste of death.”

    • The kingdom of God came “with power” in Jerusalem, on Pentecost, around the year 29 A.D.

    • Paul said that the Colossians HAD BEEN “translated” into the kingdom of God.

    • Not everyone will be in the kingdom of God. It will be made up of the faithful.

    • The citizens of the kingdom of God are the “brethren,” the “followers of the church of God” — CHRISTIANS — according to the first epistle to the Thessalonians.

    Therefore, we can safely say that THE KINGDOM HAS COME. The kingdom of God was never meant to be a physical kingdom. The kingdom of God is what it was always meant to be: THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, THE FAMILY OF GOD, THE CHURCH OF GOD, THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH!

    “To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Ephesians 3: 8 – 11

    PRAISE GOD! THE KINGDOM OF GOD HAS COME INDEED!            The Kingdom of God is inside of you right now,THINK ABOUT THAT; AN ENTIRE KINGDOM RULED OVER BY JESUS INSIDE OF EVERY BELIEVER AROUND THE WORLD ALL AT ONCE!