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Holy Spirit or False Spirit?

COUNTERFEIT SPIRIT: There is one Holy Spirit. There are many lying and deceiving spirits, especially the spirit of antichrist.

COUNTERFEIT SPIRIT: There is one Holy Spirit. There are many lying and deceiving spirits, especially the spirit of antichrist.

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
–1John 4:1

JOHN WIMBER, Vineyard Movement, QUOTE:

“The first time the Lord Jesus Christ sent his Spirit in great power among us, I was fit to be tied for days.  I was so angry, I was so upset, I wanted to get out of the ministry.  I said, “No WAY am I gonna put up with…why that’s absurd!  What God did.”

…and Wimber’s audience chuckled.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:”
Galatians 5:22-23

Nowhere does the Bible say that the fruit of the Spirit includes “anger.”  If the fruit of the spirit one has contacted (or is worshiping) is different from Galatians 5:22-23, then the spirit one has contacted is NOT the Holy Spirit.

One church repeatedly sang the lyrics to a song “Set a fire down in my soul, that I can’t contain that I can’t control,” With the fruit of the Spirit being self-control [temperance], what spirit was it that set a fire that couldn’t be controlled or contained?

According to the Bible, it wasn’t the Holy Spirit.

These lyrics were sung over and over immediately before the “move of the Spirit” was claimed to have manifested.  It was both very predictable and very unbiblical.

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
John 3:8

What people think is the Holy Spirit is often a cheap imitation… It is almost as if one says, “Well, if I can’t have the Dove, I’ll take a pigeon.”

Of course, if anyone mentioned this to those singing paeans to a different spirit, they would not test the spirit–as the Bible instructs. They would get angry.

Of course, who in Christ’s Church has time to test the spirits these days?  Today the motto seems to be “If I do it, it must be Biblical.”

Many engage in sanctification by participation.

MORE: Apostate American Church: Sanctification through Participation

“It is holy because we do it. Because we do it, it is holy.”

MORE: COUNTERFEIT HOLY SPIRIT: Lying Spirits of Deception in the Churches

Wimber, who eventually worked with International House of Prayer’s (IHOP) predecessor, Kansas City Prophets, bore other bad fruit than the above–not the least was his public endorsement of Dominion Theology.

(VIDEO) The youth being led astray by false spirits

There are many spirits in the land today.

Particularly in the buildings we call churches.

HAS the reader tried all the spirits with which he comes in contact?

THERE is still time to change direction (repent) and call upon the name of the LORD.

Is your calling and election sure?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

[Portions of this article previously appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: April 29, 2014 and End Times Prophecy Headlines: May 1, 2017.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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The Casting of Lots in the Bible: Why Did God’s People Cast Lots?

CASTING LOTS: Why did God's people cast lots in the Bible?

CASTING LOTS: Why did God’s people cast lots in the Bible?

In both the Old and New Testament (before the Bible was complete and the Holy Spirit came to dwell in believers), God’s people cast lots to better know the mind or the will of the Lord.

Some characterize this as “gambling” or “luck,” but it was neither according to God’s Word.

“The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.”
Proverbs 16:33

What exactly were casting lots?

Casting lots was a method used by the Jews of the Old Testament and by the Christian disciples prior to Pentecost to determine the will of God.  Lots could be sticks with markings, stones with symbols, etc., that were thrown into a small area and then the result was interpreted.

In the Old Testament, God instructed his people to cast lots for many things: picking the scapegoat, priestly duties, the original tribal inheritances, and others.

Saul sought out a witch when he did not hear from God. One of the ways Saul sought God was through the Urim, a type of lot used by the high priest.

“And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.”
1 Samuel 28:6

When Judas turned traitor, the eleven apostles who were left cast lots to determine one to take Judas’ place.

“Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. nd they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Acts 1:21-26

Lots were cast before the coming of the Holy Spirit, which is a much more precise Guide to God’s will.

These lots were cast before the coming of the Holy Spirit and before the New Testament was written. Believers now have both as guides to the truth.

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
John 14:16-17

Again, there is no such thing as “luck.”

God controls all.

“The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.”
Proverbs 18:18

[This article resulted from a recent discussion on the topic of casting lots in the Bible.]

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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End Times Prophecy Headlines: October 20, 2014

End Times Prophecy Report Headlines: Bible prophecy in Today's headlines.

Bible prophecy in Today’s headlines.

End Times Prophecy Report
HEADLINES
October 20, 2014

CommentaryAnd OPINION

===INTERNATIONAL

IRAQ: Ex-Iraqi Army Pilots Training ISIS Fighters To Fly Captured Jets – That narrative certainly has taken off quickly.

ISIS: US humanitarian aid going to ISIS – As usual, it will be portrayed as a “mistake” or “incompetence.”

Five places World War III could break out“We’ll take “Middle East” for $1000, Alex.”

NORTH KOREA:North And South Korean Troops Exchange Fire Across Border

DENMARK: Denmark providing free counseling to returning jihadis

World War 3 Watch: October 20, 2014

===NATIONAL

Supreme Court Allows Texas To Use Voter ID Law

Obama makes rare campaign appearance, people leave early

Nazi War Criminals collected millions in Social Security after being forced to leave USA – The US government historically has had a very cozy relationship with Nazi war criminals. The Wikipedia article on Project Paperclip is what is known as a limited hangout.  It’s what will be admitted to–even though there are thousands of document which prove Paperclip involved many more Nazis than the “1500” admitted in the Wikipedia piece.

All brought to the USA, furnished new identities (in many cases) and given new lives doing in America what they once did in Germany.

MILITARY PREPS TEAM TO RESPOND TO EBOLA IN USA – Ebola trumps the US constitution.

Vote All You Want. The Secret Government Won’t Change. – The Corporate Media prints articles as this one so it can ridicule it.

===MISCELLANEOUS

Work Out Your Own Salvation with Fear and Trembling

Computers could soon reach superhuman levels of intelligence

Big Increase In Surgery To Mend ‘Flesh Tunnel’ Earlobes – Not surprisingly, once they grow up, people get tired of having big holes in their ears.

Drinking soda linked to premature aging, disease, early death – Yet the soft drink companies continue to rake in the bucks as the USA continues to slurp down their products.

Remember the Moonies? – (h/t:F)

The Emptying of New York City – Or at least Manhattan.

Can We Finally Bury The Word ‘Hater?’

THE HOLY SPIRIT

HOLY SPIRIT: Power, Presence and Purpose

HOLY SPIRIT: Power, Presence and Purpose

The Holy Spirit: Power, Presence and Purpose, part 1 – From a study which started in August 2011 and continued almost daily until February 2012. It was eventually updated and released as a book (available on Amazon) which was a most thorough study of the Holy Spirit.  From part 1:

If we believe the Word of God to be true, and the times that are upon us will be the most trying times the Church has ever seen, why would God in His eternal wisdom now choose to remove the one Person from our midst who is tasked with warning us, encouraging us, strengthening us, and guiding us? If God is not a respecter of persons, why would He choose to pour out the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit on one singular generation, making it unavailable to everyone else for the rest of time? These are logical questions to which those who contend that the Holy Spirit is no longer among us, and no longer available to us, have no logical or reasonable answers.
[…]
What could be worse than preparing for a battle, having access to all the weapons necessary to win said battle, yet somehow be tricked or deceived into believing that you in fact have no access to said weapons or the possibility of ever attaining them?

Ambitious as the following may sound, Lord willing the plan for this series is as follows: First, we will be defining the person of the Holy Spirit, Biblically tracing His mention from the book of Genesis, through the entirety of the Old Testament, going on to the promise of Christ that His disciples would be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, to the fulfillment of the promise on the day of Pentecost, to the individual gifts of the Holy Spirit, their availability, and whatever else the Lord would impress upon my heart along the way.

The online study (over 175 different parts) or the book are both highly recommended.

There are lying spirits, spirits of deception and other spirits in the churches.  Many church-goers are very confused about what the Holy Spirit is and is not. There appears to be no better time to bring this matter up than right now.

COUNTERFEIT HOLY SPIRIT: Lying Spirits of Deception in the Churches

Rise of the Machines – Doesn’t that sound like a Terminator sequel?

This Day in the Secret History: October 20, 2014

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
-–1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – (h/t:B)

CASH IS KING NO MORE – Truth be told, there’s only one King–and it’s not cash or Elvis.

POPE: God is not afraid of new things – Actually, God is not afraid of anything. However, the Bible says he is angry with sinners every day.  Even sinners which men like the popes call “new things.”

“God is angry with the wicked every day.”
Psalm 7:11

The Establishment is trying to choke Journalism – The opening quote is pretty noteworthy, coming as it does from a man employed by Satan’s Mouthpiece (the Corporate Media).

“This place is staffed by human beings, not Lucifer and his disciples.”

More than a little defensive, one would have to say.

Apostate American Church: Sanctification through Participation

Human spare parts grown in mouse“Calling Dr. Frankenstein”

The genealogy of Jesus

American meat’s disgusting secret: Why factory farms are even worse than you thought

Nine real technologies which will soon be inside of you

Where do we go from here?

It seems like every day I see ten different things I can write about, but I’ve come to realize it is all low hanging fruit. The nation has chosen sin over God, rebellion over obedience, and now, everyone’s part of the evening, the bill is coming due and we’re all thinking we got overcharged.

We didn’t. God keeps good records, and though we might have forgotten about it, or dismissed it as innocuous, everything we have done as a nation in diametrical opposition to His will and ways, every decision we that broke His heart, every sin we embraced and virtue we rejected, is itemized and accounted for.

Robotic exoskeleton helps groom walk down aisle with bride – Ahh, robots are so cute…

25 is the new 21: Children moving out of their parents’ homes later

THE PROBLEM OF FALSE CONVERTS – The problem of false converts in Christianity is much deeper than it first appears.  Like almost all problems facing the 2014 American, it is a manufactured one.  Manufactured over the course of the last 150 or so years.  It has produced an American Church filled with the unsaved, ripe for the coming of the man of sin.

Just as the Bible warns.

And the “solution” to “correct” the problem has been hinted at, particularly in two of the enemy’s biggest strongholds: “Christian” mass media and apostate wolves in sheep’s clothing promoted by the world as “godly” ministries.  It’s also beginning to be promoted by the so-called “discernment ministries”–which are totally lacking in discernment.They are sure they have the answer.

It’s an antichrist solution, of course.

And the “solution” will be much worse than the problem–if that is possible.

The devil is one tricky fellow.

Time is running out.

Do You Know Jesus?

It’s time to make your calling and election sure.

What The World Eats

Rapid Disaster Response Training Set for October 29 in Tallahassee, Florida – Rapid response teams are what the apostates are offering their flocks instead of local ministries.

It’s exciting! It’s newsworthy!  It’s the latest thing in pretend Christianity!

Why minister to the lost locally when you can run across the country and TELL the folks back home about how you ministered to the lost 1500 miles away?  It’s sure to generate heart-warming tales to tug at both the heart and the purse strings!

And, you can take along those who need “discipling” for some heavy-duty indoctrination on the road.

That’s an apostate two-fer!

===EARTHQUAKES/WEATHER/PESTILENCE

Some officials fear EBOLA is on same path as AIDS

Inside An Ebola Clinic In West Africa

EBOLA is the ‘disaster of our generation’ says aid agency

Airports now hiring EBOLA screeners

Nepal Snow Storm Death Toll Reaches 38

QUAKE: 4.0 Dominican Republic

QUAKE: 4.1 northern California

MEDIA NARRATIVES ALERT

“How can the reader know when the Corporate Media is lying to him (never mind the fact that the media is Satan’s Mouthpiece and Satan is the father of lies)?  One easy way to tell is the use of “Why” and “How” in the headlines of an article.  When the reader sees “Why?” or “How?” in the headline–occasionally “What” is used–that which follows will be a fairy tale, a narrative, a bedtime story spun by the media for the benefit of the media’s master.”  “Why” usually denotes an on-going narrative; “How” signifies a story line which explains past events.  Not all narratives begin with “How” or “Why.” However, the most in-your-face, over-the-top ones usually do.

What is Media Mush?

The Corporate Media


What if lots of people have Ebola-proof blood?

Bias In The Box – All narratives are pointing to the inability of the American system to function.

The Legend of Karl Rove

In The Eye Of The Storm In Ferguson

Conservatives fear Chief Justice Roberts going soft again – There’s nothing to fear. Roberts was never firm.  Roberts was always going to do exactly as he is told. Every justice is a perfect puppet boy–unless you count the three women. They’re puppet girls.

How Billionaire Oligarchs Are Becoming Their Own Political Parties – AS IF it’s a new development…

The travel ban and the new EBOLA czar

Poor Kids Who Do Everything Right Don’t Do Better Than Rich Kids Who Do Everything Wrong

How anti-vaccine fear takes hold – Big Media, Big Medicine and Big Government all working together.  Now that’s something to fear…

When The Petrodollars Run Out – Gasoline is about six times the price it ought to be.  It’s a commodity priced like a luxury good.

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The World

THE WORLD: Lost and dying outside of Jesus Christ.

THE WORLD: The corrupt value system outside of Jesus Christ.

The world simply defined is anyone who is outside of Jesus Christ.  The world is the broad way that leads to destruction, and so includes all religious systems that forsake Jesus Christ in one way or another.  To be in Christ, is to be on the narrow way that leads to life.

The world includes those who bear bad fruit because their profession of faith, which is based upon man-made doctrines and/or religious traditions, is false, while those in Christ believe and adhere to the biblical doctrines which reveal their glorious Savior.  The world includes those who profess faith in Christ but do not obey Him, while those who are in Christ have turned away from the works of the flesh and are living in obedience to God their Father by walking in the Spirit, producing the fruit of the Kingdom of God.  Those in the world are rejected by Jesus Christ and are eternally damned; those who belong to Christ are beloved and are eternally saved.

13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it. 15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21Not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:13-23

 The world is lost and in darkness; it is controlled and led by Satan.  That kingdom of darkness which is led by Satan is at enmity with Christ, attacking God’s children and spreading damnable lies through false teachers and false prophets.  Those who belong to Christ belong to the light, are led by the light, and are filled with the Holy Spirit, controlled by Him.  They share the gospel of Jesus Christ, speaking the truth in love, seeking to bring the lost into the Kingdom of God.

Christ’s redeemed saints stand fast for the truth, expose the lies of the enemy, warning their beloved brethren to reject those who spread error and false teaching.  Those who are of the world walk in darkness and sin, they have no fellowship with God the Father or His Son Jesus Christ.  The saints of God have confessed and repented of their sins, they have put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His blood cleanses them from all sin.  They believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for their sins and rose again from the dead for their justification and victory.  Those who are Christ’s live for His praise and glory, obeying the Word of God  because Jesus Christ has rescued His beloved saints from the kingdom of darkness, the control of Satan, and has brought them into the glorious freedom of the saints of God.


 “The world is the broad way that leads to destruction, and so includes all religious systems that forsake Jesus Christ in one way or another.”


To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.  Acts 26:18

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

19We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.  20And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ.  This is the true God and eternal life.   1 John 5:19-20

35Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walks in darkness knows not whither he goes. 36While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed, and did hide Himself from them.   John 12:35-36

19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21But he that does truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.  John 3:19-21

Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  John 8:12

5This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  6If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  7But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  1 John 1:5-7

 There is absolutely no correlation between the world and those who are the children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.  If we belong to God’s Kingdom then as His beloved children we must turn away from the kingdom of darkness that is controlled by the enemy of our souls, the spirit that is at work in the sons of disobedience.  We are commanded in a number of Scriptures to have nothing to do with the world.  Those who love the world bear witness to being of the world.

Those who embrace worldly doctrines and false teaching, those systems of error that contradict what the Bible tells us about our Savior Jesus Christ, His Gospel and our Father’s true Kingdom, prove they are of the world and so rejected by God.  The world is at enmity with God and He has commanded us to be separate from the world, not to be on friendly terms with the world, but instead to bear witness to the truth of the Word of God and seek to rescue the lost.

15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For 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. 17And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides forever.  1 John 2:15-17

4Adulterers and adulteresses!  Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?  Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.  5Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?  6But He gives more grace. 7Therefore He says:  “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  Therefore submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hears, you double-minded.  James 4:4-8

14Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.  For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?  And what communion has light with darkness?  15And what accord has Christ with Belial?  Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?  16And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?  For you are the temple of the living God.  As God has said:  “I will dwell in them And walk among them.  I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”  17Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.  Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”  18“I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.”  2 Corinthians 6:14-18

We, who belong to Jesus Christ through repentant faith in Him, are in the minority.  We must stand together in truth and love for the glory of our Savior.  We must love and support each other as commanded in the Scriptures.  The vast majority of those around us, even those within the visible church, is of the world and so are rejected by God and bound for destruction.  As believers in Jesus Christ, our work for His glory should be to share the truth of the gospel and rescue the lost, even the lost that populate the church.  Though we are a small population and sorely distressed oft times, we serve Jesus Christ, God Almighty, who is able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think.  Let us continue to serve Him in His work of redemption, sharing the gospel and standing fast for the truth.  May God bless us for His glory, praise and honor.

19Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back,20let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.  James 5:19-20

by Eliza

image: Stuart Miles, FreeDigitalPhotos.net/ETPR

Originally posted at Holding Forth His Word: The World

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What a Wonderful Savior

WHAT A WONDERFUL SAVIOR!

WHAT A WONDERFUL SAVIOR!

Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior is such a wonderful Savior.  I would like to share verses from Scriptures to encourage our hearts with the wonder of the glory of Jesus Christ.  May the Lord bless our hearts and minds as we read and contemplate these verses.  How many times do we quote verses out of Philemon?  The first verse that I want to share to start us on our study of the wonder of Jesus Christ comes from Philemon.

I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.  Philemon 4-6

As we understand and contemplate all of the good things that are in us through Jesus Christ our Lord we can then effectively share our faith in Him with others.

We are told:

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  Acts 4:12

First and foremost, God in His mercy and love sent His Son Jesus Christ as our Savior and He is the only One who saves.  No one else can save us from the wrath of God that our rebellion and sin deserves.

14 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:14-16

 “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”  John 3:36

 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners , Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  Romans 5:8-10

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.  2 Corinthians 5:21

 Jesus Christ has reconciled us to God through His death, has justified us through His blood, and guarantees our salvation through His life.  He became sin for us that we would become the righteousness of God in Him.  What a wonderful Savior!

While we wait here for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have unlimited resources through Him while we live for and serve Him.

20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God,  22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.  2 Corinthians 1:20-22

 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.   1 John 2:27

 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.  Colossians 2:9-10

 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect?  It is God who justifies.  34 Who is he who condemns?  It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  36 As it is written:  “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”  37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:33-39

 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  2 Peter 1:2-4

 1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.  And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.  1 John 2:1-2

 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.  17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.  18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.  Hebrews 2:16-18


 

“Through Jesus Christ we have access to God and all the resources that He has for His saints.”


 

 14 Seeing them that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:14-16

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jess Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.  Ephesians 1:3

 15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His might power 20 which he worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,21  far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.  Ephesians 1:15-21 & 3:14-21

 14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-19 to know the love of Christ which passes  knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:14-21

Through Jesus Christ we have access to God and all the resources that He has for His saints.  We must always keep in mind that the blessings we can enjoy here and now through Christ are exceedingly greater than we can ask or think, and He meets all of our needs; the need to be loved, the need to be forgiven, the need to be strengthened, the need for sound instruction and guidance from His Word, the need to be encouraged during difficulty, tribulation, and persecution.  Jesus Christ is our all in all both now and for eternity.  What a wonderful Savior!

As amazing as His riches are for us as we wait for Him, we will share in even greater blessings when we join Him in Heaven, whether He takes us home, or He comes back again.  It astounds me those things that God has in store for us when we are with Him forever.

13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,8  whom having not seen you love.  Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,9  receiving the end of your faith –the salvation of your souls.  1 Peter 1:3-9

 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,… 2 Corinthians 4:17

 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.  9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.  2 Corinthians 4:17

 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.  23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.  24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. Philippians 1:21-24

20 For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.   Philippians 3:20-21

 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is reveled, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 John 3:2

  What awaits us when we see Christ is more glorious then we can ever imagine, but God’s Word makes it clear that the glory and wonder of being with Christ will make all that we have endured, while we wait for Him, well worth it.  This is especially true since we are in no way worthy of His great love, mercy, grace and abundant blessings which He bestows upon us through His Son Jesus Christ in regards to salvation, living for Him and being with Him for eternity.  What a wonderful Savior!  Let us be eager to share the good news of this wonderful Savior with those that we meet and know.

by Eliza

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Originally posted at Holding Forth His WordWhat a Wonderful Savior

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Trusting the Savior

TRUSTING THE SAVIOR: Trusting the One who never will let you down.

TRUSTING THE SAVIOR: Trusting the One who never will let you down.

I am amazed at the grace of Jesus Christ and His awesome love for me.  How could He love such a one as me?  When I was growing up I believed what my father told me about God, that He didn’t exist.  I believed what my father said, that religion was a crutch.  Did I believe him because he was such a wonderful father?  No I believed him because I was such a wicked sinner, even at a tender age.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Psalm 51:5

 1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones?  Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men?  2 No, in heart you work wickedness; You weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.  3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.  Psalm 58:1-3

 It is by God’s grace that I am saved.

Can we be saved apart from the gracious work of God in our hearts?  Can we be saved by adhering to certain doctrines?  Can we be saved when someone “leads” us to Christ or by having an emotional experience during a church service?  What exactly does it mean to be saved?

31 “Behold, the days are coming, says, the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord.  33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord:  I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  34 “No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord.  For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”  Jeremiah 31:31-34

 There is a transaction that has taken place here between the sinner and the living God.  It is initiated by God and results in the wicked impenitent being reconciled to the Holy God and being converted from one doomed to destruction to a recipient of the life of God through faith in Jesus Christ.  This life of God is not a merely academic acknowledgement of the key doctrines of the Bible, but is the result of meeting the living God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said:  “We ought to obey God rather than men.  30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree.  31 Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.  32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”  Acts 5:29-32

 18 “But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.  19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.  Acts 3:18-21 

Again we see that God is vitally and intimately involved in the salvation of those who repent of their sins and put their trust in Jesus Christ.  He raised up Jesus Christ from the dead and exalted Him to His right hand to give repentance and forgiveness of sins to all who believe.  Refreshing comes from the presence of the Lord and we receive the Holy Spirit when we believe in Jesus Christ.

There are those who have a testimony of belief in the truth without receiving the life of the Savior.  There are those who continue for a while, but then fall away.  They may be the product of others who are zealous for numbers, but not zealous for bringing the lost to genuine faith and trust in the living Savior so that they may be saved.

1 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said:  2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.  4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, “Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready.  Come to the wedding.”’  5 “But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.  6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.  7 “But when the king heard about it, he was furious.  And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.  8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.  9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’  10 “So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all who they found, both bad and good.  And the wedding hall was filled with guests.  11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.  12 “So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’  And he was speechless.  13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’  14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”  Matthew 22:1-14

Without a testimony of experience with the living God, our protests of faith and belief are empty, false, void; deserving punishment for presuming and pretending that which isn’t true.

1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said:  “Father, the hour has come.  Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.  3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:1-3

  I met Jesus Christ many years ago when I called out to God the Father through Him.   Jesus Christ met me and made a covenant with me exchanging His life for my life.  This once wicked atheist met the living God and so was transformed from an unbeliever to a believer, from being dead in my trespasses and sins to being alive through faith in Him, from being a captive in Satan’s kingdom of darkness to being translated into the kingdom of light of God’s Beloved Son.  So began my new life of faith in the Savior Jesus Christ, and the walk of trust and obedience that He calls us to.  Early into this new life of faith, I had to make a decision to either follow the ideas and opinions of people or trust in God’s Word the Bible.  I was brought to apply the obedience of the faith and trusted that God’s Word is true.  God brought me to the point where I prayed to Him and said, “Lord I am going to trust You and Your Word.”  After that prayer I had a greater understanding of the Bible when I read it.


 

“Since, false teaching and error in the church is endemic, during my walk with Jesus Christ, God my Father, has twice called me to stand up for His truth by reassuring me He is with me Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”


Since, false teaching and error in the church is endemic, during my walk with Jesus Christ, God my Father, has twice called me to stand up for His truth by reassuring me He is with me Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Both times I had no idea what was coming, but I was able, by God’s grace, to stand for the truth and expose and refute error.  I saw good fruit from my commitment to Him.  I saw people turned away from dangerous teachers and error and instead encouraged to trust the truth of the Bible that God has preserved for His children.  It is the Bible that we must turn to for God’s truth, because it is His testimony of His covenant with His people through the ages by means of faith in Jesus Christ.  Paul makes it clear in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 that we are saved through belief in the gospel.

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by  which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you-unless you believed in vain.  3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received:  that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, 4 and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,.. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

 Through belief in the gospel we know the Savior Jesus Christ.  This is an experiential knowledge, as recorded in the Bible.  We receive the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ, and God who is alive, works in our hearts and minds.

1 O foolish Galatians!  Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?  2 This only I want to learn from you:  Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?  3 Are you so foolish?  Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?  Galatians 3:1-3

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21

God answers my prayers,  He gives me peace and the ability to praise Him in difficult situations.  His assurance of salvation protects my mind and heart from the attacks of the enemy and my own sinful nature.  God has used His Word in my life more than once to convict me of sin and bring about genuine repentance.  The book of Romans was used by God in a powerful way to convict me of my sin and show me that salvation is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ.  By His grace, when I was questioning the lack of power in my life, I never questioned Him, I knew the problem was with me.   When my faith has been assailed by unbelief, I have cried out to Him for faith and been bolstered in my trust in Him.  By God’s merciful provision, I have not allowed anything to be more important to me than the love of my Savior and my love for Him, and His grace keeps me true to Him.

Even though my “church” experience hasn’t really been as positive as I would like because there is so much compromise and apostasy proliferating among the leadership and the attenders, I still trust God and His provision for me.  Also, if it wasn’t for the prophecy that God has provided in the Bible, warning that this would be the case, I would be very confused and discouraged.  All I can say is that God has been very merciful to me, and has graciously covered me with His love.  His children know His loving presence, kindness and goodness poured out upon them abundantly through our glorious Savior Jesus Christ.  We can have confidence in our experiences with Him while we await glory, because He has given us the testimony of Himself in His Word, the Bible, confirmed to us by the Holy Spirit.

1 To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:  3 Grace to you and peace be multiplied.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love.  8 Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith-the salvation of you souls.  10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 1 Peter 1:1-10.

by Eliza

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Originally posted at Holding Forth His Word: Trusting the Savior

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Receiving the Savior

RECEIVING THE SAVIOR: Jesus and the Woman of Samaria

RECEIVING THE SAVIOR: Jesus and the Woman of Samaria

Does Jesus Christ require that we acknowledge and repent of our sin when we put our faith in Him?  The testimony of the Scriptures says yes!  Paul lists sins that will keep sinners from the kingdom of God and then says those who are saved by Jesus Christ no longer live that way.

9Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  11And such were some of you.  But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.  1 Corinthians 6:9-11

 Jesus Christ demonstrates this doctrine in practice by the way He interacted with men and women in the gospels.

Jesus Christ’s divine appointment with the woman at the well in Samaria is recorded for us in John chapter 4.  Jesus Christ tells the woman about the living water that He can give her.  She desires the living water because in her mind she won’t need to come to the well anymore and so can completely avoid embarrassing encounters with the men of the city.  When she requests the water He has offered her, Jesus asks her to go get her husband and then come back.  She tells Him that she has no husband and that is when He confronts her with her sin.

7A woman of Samaria came to draw water.  Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”  8For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.  9Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?”  For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.  10Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”  11The woman said to him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep.  Where then do You get that living water?  12Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”  13Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.  But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”  15The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”  16Jesus said to her, “Go call your husband, and come here.”  17The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”  Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18“for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”  19The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.  20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”  21Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.  22You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.  23But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  24God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  25The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ).  “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”  26Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”  John 4:7-26


 Jesus Christ, the Master Evangelist, brings this woman to the revelation of Himself after He confronted her with her sin.”


Jesus Christ, the Master Evangelist, brings this woman to the revelation of Himself after He confronted her with her sin.  He adroitly leads her to Himself and her response is to go back into the city and tell the men of the city about her encounter with Jesus.

28The woman then left her water-pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29“Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did.  Could this be the Christ?”  30Then they went out of the city and came to Him.  John 4:28-30

 Jesus Christ changed this woman by telling her the truth, including the truth about her sin.  This tremendous work wrought in her heart by the Living God so impressed the men of the city that they were compelled to go to Him and they believed in Him because of her testimony about Him.  Jesus Christ stayed in Samaria for two days at the request of the Samaritans and then many more believed because of His own word.

41And many more believed because of His own word.  42Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”  John 4:41-42

 The Samaritan woman at the well, there by necessity at that hot hour of the day, met the Messiah Who used her compulsion to offer her what she truly needed, salvation from her sins through repentant belief in Him, and the gift of everlasting life.

And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.  1 John 4:14 

 Again we see that those genuinely drawn to Jesus turn from their sin in the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10.

1Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.  2Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.  3And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature.  4So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.  5And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”  6So he made hast and came down, and received Him joyfully.  7But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”  8Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”  9And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

 This, another divine appointment for the purpose of saving a sinner, reveals how those who joyfully receive the Lord, knowing Who He is and what He has done for them, are not insulted when confronted  with their sin.  Instead, they confess, repent of their sin, and obey the Son of God, Jesus Christ the Messiah, their Savior and Lord.

We have seen two accounts from the Scriptures of those who gladly received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and turned from their sin.  But what about those who want to cling to their sin and want Jesus Christ for fire insurance, what happens to them?  They will ultimately fall away in disbelief and disillusionment.  The story of the rich young ruler is a good example of what happens to those who refuse to reject their sin and put their faith in and follow Jesus Christ.

18Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying “Good teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  19So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good?  No one is good but One, that is God.  20You know the commandments:  ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’”  21And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.”  22So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing.  Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”  23But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.  24And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!  25For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”  26And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?”  27But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”  28Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.”  Luke 18:18-28

 The rich young ruler, confident of his own goodness, came to Jesus believing Him to be a good man, calling Him Good Teacher.  Jesus Christ set Him straight by disclosing that only God is good, to call Him good he must acknowledge that He is God.  The rich ruler wanted eternal life, but he wanted it on his terms by his own good efforts, so he didn’t realize Jesus Christ is God.  Jesus Christ got right to the heart of the matter and told him that he should sell all that he had and follow Him.  Religion was good for this rich young ruler, he esteemed himself to be a good man and felt quite certain he could acquire heaven by his own efforts.  He did not want to cast all that he had accomplished and acquired to follow a Good Teacher.  He did not acknowledge that Jesus Christ is God the Savior and he went away sorrowful because he thought he could have it all with eternal life too, without acknowledging his sinfulness and his need of the Savior.  In contrast, Peter and the rest of the disciples had left all to follow Jesus Christ because they knew that He is the Son of God, the Savior of the world.

25“He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there my servant will be also.  26If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”  John 12:25-26 

 We who belong to Jesus Christ by faith in Him have turned from our sin and turned to Him.  We have turned from our own evil way and have embraced His way, eager to please our glorious Lord and Savior.  These verses out of Titus chapter two are true about us, His redeemed beloved children.

11For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.  Titus 2:11-14

  To God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord be the glory!

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