Archive for August, 2018
August 6, 2018
#3 Following the previous thought line I will continue with the fact that Jesus is the only way. The only way for what you ask? The only way to have a renewed relationship with the Father God. The relationship was lost in the Garden of Eden when Adam disobeyed God and ate of the tree of Good and Evil. As I have pointed out, it is not uncommon for me to have conversations where people question the “need for Jesus” as an entry into the Throne Room of God. Yet. how you or I “feel” about truth does not change the truth. It is not about emotion or good feelings or balancing the opinions of others in a fair manner.
Some personal conversation prompted me to write this group of posts. One man stating that I have a love for my children and one of them has chosen eastern philosophy in meditation rather than Jesus and the things I have tried to teach her. I love her and she seems to have found another way. She has a wonderful nature and it the kindest of persons you could know. Another comment I have noted God loves everybody and all religions point to God. With that said he concludes, however, you choose to worship you will be saved. Again,
My Heart goes out to these individuals and their loved ones. However, I think it is an error on their part to step down from their belief and accept that they could be wrong in needing Jesus Christ. What then do you do with scriptures like these? 1st Tim. 2:5-6 5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony [d]given at [e]the proper time. There is only one who was a perfect and spotless sacrifice to pay the price of sin. The only one who could qualify to be our mediator, our advocate with God the Father. He is our Priest forever because He lives forever. That one is Jesus Christ. It is plainly written over and over. In 1st John: 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever There are many things in the world that can draw our attention and look desirable. Many religious practices that seem right and disciplines which are supposed to raise us above the daily fray of life. I don’t care how many mantras you repeat, how many positions you put your body in or which direction you face in reference to the geography you will not find renewal with God in them. You may feel you have found it but if He, Christ is not in it you have not found it. In 1st John: 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. This is not hard to understand. God is not a God of confusion. He speaks plainly and we deceive ourselves listening to the world and desiring to please only our emotion. We cannot afford to ignore the scripture for Christ, the Living word of God is the Bread that sustains our life.
I do not want to be agreeable with false doctrine. In the Bible we see a story of the Prodigal Son and when he decided to request his full share of inheritance and leave his father to pursue the ways of the world the Father did not change his ways to agree with his son. He let the son go with all he had and squander it. The Father had faith that one day his son may return. It seems the Father was looking for his return as it states even when he was still far away the Father saw him coming and prepared to have a feast at his return. Let me not be the weak link in my relationship that I encourage a loved one to go his way without Christ. I will pray to stand my ground and let the Holy Spirit of God do a work on the heart of the lost Loved one that I may be steadfast and prepared when they come home. Why; let’s read 1st John: 7 For there are three that testify: 8 [j]the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are [k]in agreement. 9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son. 10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son.(NASB) So, I ask where do you want to take your witness from? The above is clearly written and all who come to Christ receive the Seal of the Holy Ghost. Why do you have a desire to lean towards the world when one weaker than you has a need to see your witness stand firm in Christ? Let’s read further in 1st John: 10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. 11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life (NASB) We see that you do not have “Eternal Life” without the Son for it is “In The Son”. With the Son you have it and without the Son, you do not have it. There is not an either or here. Let us go a bit further, Ephesians: 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. (NASB)
I find that no matter where you search it out in the books of the Bible God keeps pointing out the way is his Son. There is not a litany of alternate plans so you can find one that pleases you and various others. There is simply Christ. There is but one gift of Salvation unto all.
Acts: 12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (NASB)
In writing, I am reminded of each conversation I have had over the last two or three years which I found people wanting and lacking the foundation of truth. Many have been professed Christians. Can I be so bold as to tell you without Jesus Christ the Sent one of God you are not a Christian? The term Christian came to be that term known of those that were followers of The Way. They actually believed that Jesus, the Son of Mary was who said He was. That He was the Messiah. The sent one of God. The one and only sacrifice that could remove the sins of the world. He took sin upon himself and became Sin for us exchanging his position for ours. This that we may become Sons of God through Him. Do not fall left or right and let others snatch you from the truth. Yes, I want to be counted in that number of the House of God. This is available to you and I and we need not be denied from our own self-deception having accepted a lie.
The Order of Resurrection
20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in [h]Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, 24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.
In Christ, we are complete and come full circle to the Father. Without him, we have not life. Choose Life, Choose Christ, Ask Him into your Heart and ask the Holy Spirit of God to give you revelation and understanding of the Word of God as only He can.
Time to pour another cup of coffee and contemplate the Living Word, Jesus the Christ of God. I will see you next time. Please feel free to comment on Facebook or on the Blog.
The world would like to deceive us, to cause us to run away from rather than to Christ. I will look forward to the next post and may discuss the nature we choose from each day of our lives. Each Breath is a gift. each drink of water is life renewed, each moment of hope is a faith in Christ for he is Life.