Sat, Sep 28th - 7:12PM
KNOWS THEM THAT ARE HIS
1Jo 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of
the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that
loveth not his brother.
Jhn 14:21 He
that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he
that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will
manifest myself to him.
Jhn 14:24 He
that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not
mine, but the Father's which sent me.
and sisters, we know that there is no mystery regarding who God considers His
children. It is very interesting that those who oppose Christians as “bigoted”
often cry that God is love and that is all that matters. The big problem is the
kind of love they talk about is their nebulous, quirky, warmy smarmy construct that
is dangerous and foolish because it has no filter, no discernment, no standard,
no boundaries and claims people have the right to live as they wish without setting
any boundaries or standards that limits their behaviors. This is a secular
doctrine that the world would like to impose on Christians to command them to
love what God forbids, which must be soundly rejected.
beloveds, it is the last days even as our Lord Jesus Christ has told us. We
know we do not live by the personal opinions of the world or even our own. We
have God’s everlasting approved plan the Bible for us to know Him, who we are
in Him and how we are to live publicly and privately. We also are commanded by God
to reject any and all those in and out of the church coming with private
interpretations of scripture. Jesus Christ, our Saviour has shown us what true
love is, the only kind that He approves of and accepts is the love shown
through our willingly keeping His commandments. The kind of love that God wants
and empowers us to have and give is eternally held within the unchanging truth
and standard of the gospel of Jesus Christ and completely sealed within its
people, we know God commands us individually to study His word: 2Ti 2:15 Study
to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.
tells us the purpose of our Bible study:
2Ti 3:16 All
scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may
be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
All the overseers too are commanded
by God to teach, guide and instruct all
the flock through scripture and the purpose: Eph 4:14 That
we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about
with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning
craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love,
may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body
fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth,
according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh
increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Wed, Sep 25th - 7:24AM
and sisters, we know that God expects/empowers us to measure up to the
everlasting standards of the new covenant over time, and to govern our lives
within the boundaries of its eternal principals, just as Lord Jesus did before
His Father. So, when Jesus tells us to pick up our crosses daily and follow Him,
we know the way for He lived it and left His path in His word to guide us faithfully
thereby: Luk 9:23 - And
he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me: Psa 119:105
- NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. ;
Mat 4:4 - But
he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by
every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
A. to affirm that one has no
acquaintance or connection with someone.
B. to forget one's self, lose sight of
one's self and one's own interests.
brothers and sisters, we know has nothing to do with asceticism, or treating
the body harshly, or denying ourselves from enjoying life in a balanced, disciplined
godly way. We know that: 1Co 6:12 - All
things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful
for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1Co 10:23 - All
things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful
for me, but all things edify not.
dearly beloveds, that we know God forbids must absolutely be taken off of our
tables, because they are not good for us or anyone else. Nor do they build us
up as Christians, but have the capacity to bring us into bondage of habitual
sin, and dishonor God. The very heart of
self-denial, is willingly done out of love for our Lord Jesus Christ, and puts
Him first and above any selfish carnal desires that we might have.
is absolutely nothing wrong with the gospel message, which must be given just
as our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ did, by His many examples. Those who
promote the heretical doctrine of so-called friendship evangelism, which in
truth is neither friendship nor evangelism claim it based on their corruption
of scripture. For examples, They falsely claim that that Jesus and the Samaritan
woman is an example of friendship evangelism, and 1 Cor 9 19For though I be free
from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain
the more. 20And unto
the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under
the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21To them that are
without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law
to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22To the weak became I
as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men,
that I might by all means save ssome. 23And
this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
truth of Jesus and the Samaritan woman is that we are absolutely not to withhold
the gospel message from people due to our own personal bias against people who
do not look like us, have contrary beliefs, or not of our own ethnicity or race,
economic status, appearance etc.
never advocated compromising the gospel message with those who differ from us
in some way, or who are of a different race or ethnicity. We are to give and
teach the same gospel message to everyone, rather than look for reasons to
avoid those who differ from us in some way: Act
17:26 - And hath made of one blood all nations
of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times
before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
who are weak, saints (G40 hagios), although saved, have a poor understanding of
all the freedoms of personal preferences that God allows to Christians, so the Bible
tells us how to deal with them as long as it does not compromise the gospel
message. This is, again, regarding Christian personal preferences that God allows: ( See: Rom 14: 1 -
23; 1Co 8: 6-
so- called friendship evangelists, however, will lie, use deception, and
manipulation to pretend they are interested in and want to be friends with unbelievers,
in order to gain their trust. Whenever they gain the unbelievers trust-no one
knows how long this might take, but whenever, they will witness thinking that
people are more likely to accept the gospel message from friends or those they
trust. The friendship evangelists will be involved in ecumenical associations
of many kinds for this purpose. Their churches, aka seeker friendly churches, will have members openly practicing sins, whom
are tolerated, so when the time comes that the church has finally gained their
trust they can be witnessed to and accept the gospel. Anyone speaking against
the sinful practices of such members are seen as unloving, judgmental and may
be asked to leave the church. The friendship evangelists have no immediate need
to witness to unbelievers, and will resist doing so as a good thing of not “forcing
religion down people’s throats”.
evangelism is a heretical doctrine straight from the deceiver the devil and
carried out by his false teachers. We know brothers and sisters; the righteous
will repent upon learning the truth, the wicked never will.
on 1 Corinthian
is important to see also that to preach is not a thing to boast of. It is an
obligation—a duty to Him who has called one, and conferred a gift for this very
purpose. It is thus a necessity laid on all such, not an office of honor to
claim, nor a right to plead. Christ has the right to send, and He does send,
laborers into His vineyard. This makes it truly a necessity laid on him who is
sent. According to
scripture, the church never sends any to preach the gospel. Relations are
falsified by any such pretension.
adding or subtracting from scripture: Gal 1:8 - But
though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that
which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 - As we said before, so
say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that
ye have received, let him be accursed.
Rev 22:19 - And
if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God
shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and
from the things which are written in this book.
with heretics: Tit
3:10 - A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition
reject; 11 - Knowing
that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of
that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15Verily
I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha
in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Mon, Sep 23rd - 2:43PM
brothers and sisters, how the Lord must have felt. His Father had given mankind
a garden, and mankind turned it into a trash heap. God had watered His garden
with the pure water of the earth He had made. Mankind by the time of Jesus’s
ministry had watered the earth abundantly with the blood of men, not even the
animals escaping. In the midst of the end times Jesus was not a friendship
evangelist. He did not worry if people got offended with His message. Jesus never
hesitated to tell people the truth of the kingdom, and to warn His opposers as
well. Refusing to tell people the truth is not polite, it is cowardly, and Jesus
was no coward.
Levitical priesthood was in name only and had corrupted itself to the point
that Lord Jesus had to warn the people and His disciples against them: Mt.23: Then
spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying
The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:3 All
therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye
after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind
heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but
they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their
phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
Passover, Lord Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and her colt, it
was so wonderful how the people celebrated Him and welcomed Him. One would think
Jesus would feel so warm and fuzzy, touchy feely and happy that the people
seemed so fond of Him, He would have sat around so that they could continue to
adore Him. Um hum, no, Lord Jesus got up off those animals:
21: 12 And Jesus went into the temple of
God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew
the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,13 And
said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer;
but ye have made it a den of thieves.
the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
Jesus remained faithful to Israel, He never ceased to teach in their
synagogues, God’s plan of salvation to be ushered in by Him: Mt 9:35 And
Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and
preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every
disease among the people.
15 8Now I say that Jesus Christ was a
minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made
unto the fathers: 9And that the Gentiles might glorify God
for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee
among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.10And again he saith, Rejoice, ye
Gentiles, with his people.11And again, Praise the Lord, all ye
Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.12And again, Esaias saith, There shall be
a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him
shall the Gentiles trust.
and sisters, we have to frankly oppose all heretical doctrines, one of which is
the heretical doctrine of friendship evangelism.
is no biblical doctrine that teaches that Christians need to or must become friends
of the world first, before they can lead someone in darkness to salvation
through faith in Jesus Christ. If anything
the opposite is true according to the Bible: Jas 4:4 - Ye
adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is
enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy
know, brethren, that the Bible teaches the gospel message of good news that
every Christian can learn, and be ready at every opportunity to share with all
that we can. Every body is not going to show up at the local church to hear the
good news. Jesus makes it clear, brothers and sisters, we are to take the good
news to the world not piece meal, not through man made methodologies, not
silent witness, not personal testimonies, not to have folks live a better life,
but to be forgiven of their sins through faith in Jesus Christ and be saved. Be
wary of those who claim to be Christians but intentionally water down the
message and won’t mention sin for fear of offending people. We have to give the
message as commanded by God, whether people accept it or not that is between
them and God.
have to tell the truth, dearly beloveds, friendship evangelism is straight from
the devil. The gospel message does not need any fixings at the hands of men,
and there are absolutely no alternatives to its message.
Sat, Sep 21st - 9:31PM
THE REST OF THE STORY-slander in the temple
Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is
dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall
never taste of death. 53 Art thou
greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom
makest thou thyself? 4 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it
is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55 Yet
ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I
shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.
and sisters, even though Jesus was being insulted, reviled and even provoked,
He nevertheless truly desired that these Jews should repent and be saved
through faith in Him. But they scoff at the idea of eternal life for having
gone into apostasy, they believed the lie that the material world was all there
was. They denied that anyone had the power to grant eternal life. It was
preposterous to them that Jesus Christ presented Himself as God the Son, with
that very power to overcome death itself to grant eternal life.
Jews had the complete old testament record, with all the prophecies from God regarding
His Son and were not ignorant of the prophecies of the Son of God to come, sent
by the Father. However, they only wanted a God they could control so it is not
in ignorance but in rebellion that they chose
to see and serve God in an outward ceremonial observing of various religious
rites of the law they corrupted, without any willingness to embrace, believe or
obey the truth of His new order to come through His Son Jesus Christ.
them Jesus knew God, with the fruit of evidence in fully embracing and obeying God
His Father faithfully and unceasingly. Dearly beloveds, These Jews having
failed to provoke Jesus by calling Him a Samaritan, resort to trying to hurt
Him by calling Him a devil yet again. He responds differently this time in
stating that He is not come to glorify Himself but it is His Father the Most- High
God Almighty who has ordained Him to accomplish what they deny. Jesus is fully verified,
by God and sent by God. It is clear these Jews wanted the temporal riches of
this world over the world to come. Jesus makes a complete analysis and contrast
of them with Himself for He is the standard of God. There can be only one
conclusion, Jesus has observed and seen them for what they really are, Liars,
in every sense of the word, and of the same nature as the devil. They were
angry, not glad that God’s program was manifesting before their very eyes, they
were nothing like Abraham. Jesus said to them:
John 8: 56 Your father
Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
brothers and sisters, Abraham rejoiced to see the day of Jesus Christ. Moreover,
saints (G40 hagios), we ourselves who love our Lord and Saviour rejoice with
him and can say without a doubt with our brother Job as well: Job 19: 25 For I know that my redeemer
liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26 And though
after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27 Whom I shall
see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be
consumed within me.
these Jews were hardened having cast their lot with this present world and
said: John 8:57Then said the
Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58Jesus said unto them, Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
We have the very testimony of Jesus who cannot lie, He could not deny Himself,
even as He told sister Martha one day: Jhn 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that
believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
too, brothers and sister, we have also the testimony of the sweet psalmist, King David: Psa 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be
satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Jews rejected Jesus’s preexistence, but Jesus boldly proclaims He is God the
Son Incarnate by whom all things were made who predates Abraham and all
mankind. In response to this the Jews erupt taking up stones to murder the
59Then took they up stones to
cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through
the midst of them, and so passed by.
Brothers and sisters, these Jews wanted to replace
God’s plan with their own human agenda. They blasphemed, threatened, slandered
and insulted, and intended to murder Lord Jesus not out of sight in a back room
somewhere, or in a back alley, or hidden in the dark, but wickedly, brazenly,
in broad daylight, right there in the very temple of God!!
is unconquerable, unbeatable, unlimited in power, whom no foe can ever defeat. The
time would come we know, brethren, through the atoning work of Jesus Christ that
God would dwell and rule in a new kind of temple not built with hands.
2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye
are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and
walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy;
for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (God warns
don’t mess with His people, in whom He dwells).
2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the
temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them;
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Thu, Sep 19th - 12:48PM
THE REST OF THE STORY-slander in the temple
and sisters, In referring to these unbelieving Jews as devils, Jesus was not
resorting to mere name calling. He discerned and frankly stated His truthful
analysis of whose children these Jews really were, they did not meet God’s
standard to be called His children by their very words of unbelief of Him and by
their conduct they showed they did not operate within the boundaries of scripture.
in the case of these Jews in opposing Lord Jesus, they would go as low as they
could go, without actually killing Him, although we would later see that this
was on the table too. They laid bare their pure hatred of Lord Jesus bluntly-
verbally as nastily as they could. Dearly beloveds, if we can term words as poison,
these Jews spat out their venom in wrongful, inflammatory, blasphemous, vile name
calling of Lord Jesus, totally devoid of even a shred of respect towards Him.
John 8: 48Then answered the Jews, and
said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
did they think they hit Jesus with a double whammy by calling Him both a Samaritan
and a devil? Did they think they could shake Jesus up, provoke Him, make Him
lose His composure, embarrass Him, frighten Him? Jesus knew that the Samaritans
would come running into the kingdom when the gospel was preached to them,
thusly, He was never ashamed to call
them His people but of the opposing unbelieving Jews He had said: Mat 21:31 Whether
of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the
publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
Brothers and sisters, these Jews, rather than
humbly receiving their promised Messiah Jesus Christ, instead kept bragging on
their Abrahamic lineage, Jesus knew, although He did not point this out to them
and as the Bible record shows, that the
Jews along with the high priest/Levites and kings were not always mindful or
particular of their blood lineage for they often mingled their blood through
intermarriages with the pagan godless idol worshipping people of the nations
they were to conquer, that God forbade them to marry: Judges 3: Nations Left to
these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even
as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan; 2Only
that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war,
at the least such as before knew nothing thereof; 3Namely,
five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and
the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baalhermon unto the
entering in of Hamath. 4And they were to prove Israel by
them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD,
which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses. 5And
the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and
Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites: 6And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their
daughters to their sons, and served their gods.
brethren, none of them had anything to brag about in the first place, because
none of them, including their high priests and the whole order of Levi never
kept the Law as God commanded:
11:10 They are turned back to the
iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went
after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have
broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.
2:7 For the priest's lips should keep
knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the
messenger of the LORD of hosts. 8 But ye are
departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have
corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
7:53Who have received the law by the
disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
John 8:49 Jesus answered,
I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.
50 And I seek not
mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.
51 Verily, verily,
I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
never responds to them in their calling Him a Samaritan. However, Jesus makes
it abundantly clear that He absolutely has no devil in Him. Those who
impenitently, malign, slander, and deny His deity and rightful place as the only
Son of God are showing the highest form of blasphemy and contempt towards Him. Jesus
never loses His composure, brethren, He has come to glorify His Father, He
desires for them to live and assures them that if anyone will hear Him and do
His will, although their bodies might die their spirit will live forever. In
every sense, Jesus is not passive in the face of such outrageous disrespect, however,
this is a paradigm of God’s love shown under extreme incendiary disrespect by
those who should have known better. No one will arrive in heaven or hell by
Mon, Sep 16th - 1:25PM
THE REST OF THE STORY-slander in the temple
Jews, dearly beloveds, turned on a dime, back to unbelief because they did not
want to believe nor receive Jesus Christ the Messiah foretold by faithful
Abraham, all the prophets, and indeed was even present before them. Proof
positive that they had none of the faith of Abraham who trusted to the end in God
and the promises that could only come through and be obtained through the
Jews had the records and the promises, they knew through all of God’s prophets
that a new covenant (Jer 31:31-
34) was coming, the Deliverer would bring it and
the Mosaic Law by which they were made powerful, rich and lived lavishly
through corrupting the law to rob widows and the people would come to an end,
and they would do whatever they had to do to prevent it.
8: 42Jesus said unto them, If
God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from
God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43Why do ye not understand my
speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44Ye are of your father
the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the
beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When
he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of
brethren, if they or anyone claims to be children of God then it would
absolutely be shown in their love for His Son Jesus Christ. The steadfast impenitent
insulting and persistent slander of these Jews towards Jesus, their refusal to
acknowledge the Anointed One is characteristic of those whose father is the
devil. It would be a mistake to blame the devil for inducing these Jews to
reject Jesus Christ. Uh no, they are of the same nature as the devil, hater of God,
a liar, slanderer, murderous, lustful, who
wanted to be God and become the ruler of God’s kingdom, so these Jews too are
of the same nature and wanted to overthrow the kingdom of God and rule over it
themselves. Just like in the garden, brethren, Eve was deceived by the devil,
but Adam was not deceived but willingly sinned and disobeyed God, bringing
death and sin into the world. 1Ti 2:14 - And
Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
every sense, brothers and sisters these Jews held the same belief as devils,
they knew the truth and had no intent of exalting God above themselves: Jas 2:19 Thou
believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and
the devils believe God, brothers and sisters, and know His word is eternally true and
tremble. Nevertheless, the devils hate God and the whole of them under Satan
seek to overthrow the kingdom of God and rule over the whole earth-which will
never happen by the power of God.
8: 45And because I tell you
the truth, ye believe me not. 46Which
of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47He that is of God heareth God's
words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
will not make excuses for them; He will not sugar coat the truth. The devil was
the first unbeliever, not because he did not know the truth but because he did know
it in the very presence of God, and chose to reject the truth. These Jews did
not hear the truth because they willfully did not want to hear it, even in the very
presence of the Messiah. Jesus sets the standard and boundary for who is in Him
and who is not in Him: All who hear and obey God belong to God, those who
persistently and impenitently refuse to hear Him prove absolutely that they willingly
reject Him and are absolutely not of God.
is no “the devil made me do it card” that will serve as an excuse to deliver anyone from hell.
Sat, Sep 14th - 11:39PM
THE REST OF THE STORY-slander in the temple
and sisters, Jesus clearly teaches that the reason that people impenitently
reject the message of His gospel is because they have another father. These
Jews believed, but changed their minds at the point where Jesus earlier declared
to them the eternal truth of Himself being the sole eternal Agent with the
power to set men free. Jesus sets the standard and boundary of faith to the
Jews, gentiles and all men, let us
recall: John: 8: 31Then
said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If
ye continue in my word, then are ye my
disciples indeed; 32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall
make you free.
To remain steadfast in person, time and condition, not to depart or think differently.
These Jews would do no such thing for they replied:
8: 39They answered and said
unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's
children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40But now ye seek to kill me, a
man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not
Abraham. 41Ye do the deeds of
your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one
Father, even God.
beloveds, despite the warnings of Lord Jesus, we see that these Jews keep
falling back on their human lineage alone to falsely claim and validate their righteousness,
but we know just as Jesus clearly declares, it is about much more than just
being a blood descendant of Abraham to be made right with God. Jesus soundly rebukes them and completely
invalidates their false claims.
repeatedly warns and tells them that their deeds- wanting to kill Him without a
cause and to reject Him the only Saviour, did not measure up to God’s
unchanging standard to be a true descendant of Abraham, therefore they are
doing the deeds of a father other than God.
it was sufficient for these unbelieving Jews, Brethren, to repeatedly falsely validate
themselves as righteous merely by being blood descendants of Abraham. Brothers
and sisters these Jews knew and Jesus knew too that God had a higher unchanging
standard for anyone to be considered an authentic Jew:
2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one
outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that
of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is
not of men, but of God.
has set the eternal standard and boundary of salvation to gain the forgiveness
of sin and eternal salvation-only through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.
holy people, Jesus will absolutely not tweak the gospel to accommodate those
who clearly and unrepentantly cherry pick the new covenant of Jesus Christ. Ominously, brethren, at no time does Jesus Christ
excuse or refer to these Jews as His brethren. But who are those whom Jesus calls
His mother and brethren?
Luk 8:19 Then
came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for
the press. 20 And it was told him by
certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to
see thee. 21 And he answered and said unto them, My mother
and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
Thu, Sep 12th - 2:57PM
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know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath
no place in you. 38I
speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen
with your father.
it comes to witnessing the truth, brothers and sisters, no matter to whom it is
given it has to be laid out frankly and clearly, just as God commands. Jesus
Christ is the only Saviour, yet there are those who self- willfully reject this
eternal truth because they do not belong to the kingdom of God. Now those who
practice the false doctrine of so called “friendship evangelism”, will never speak
the truth to people, preferring works of their own flesh, they would welcome them
into the body of Christ, and hope, regardless of how long it took, that by being nice and “befriending” them that over time they might
become more accepting of the gospel message they hoped to have the opportunity
saints (G40 hagios), Jesus is not having any of this nonsense. Jesus takes them
to God’s school, the only one that matters is the doctrine of Christ. Jesus freely
acknowledges their GENETIC
DNA from Abraham, but these Jews by their, murderous spirit, and
persistent rejection of Him showed they neither had nor desired the SPIRITUAL DNA of faith necessary
to be true children of Abraham. No one can argue or befriend people into accepting
the gospel message. Yes, brethren, we should be kind, but it is not kind to
withhold the soul saving eternal truth of the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Anyone
doing so, unrepentantly, is operating by the doctrine of devils.
Lord Jesus clearly states the reason for their persistent rejection of Him is because
they actually belonged to their father the devil, not God the Father.
Mon, Sep 9th - 8:24PM
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(G40 hagios), let us dig into a portion of the gospel of John in the eighth
chapter at the place of Jesus teaching the people the gospel in the treasury of
the temple, noting that Jesus Christ never asked permission to do so, we do not
have to ask why: Jhn
8:31 - Then said Jesus to those Jews which
believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples
indeed; 32 - And ye shall know the truth, and the
truth shall make you free. 33
- They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any
man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
Jews lied about never being in bondage and were trying to school Lord Jesus.
Now Jesus did not laugh in their faces when He heard their reply. He was there,
He knew their history of God sanctioned bondage in Egypt, where Almighty God
showed up, showed out and threw down all the powers of Egypt, its gods
including pharaoh, the world’s mightiest known fighting forces; and all the
people of the land to free the Jews and bring them out of bondage. Jesus also
knew that would not be the last time they would be in bondage. The Jews had the
records because God had given it to them: Deu
16:12 - And thou shalt
remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these
knew their faithlessness and that they had been prevented from going back into
bondage in Egypt because instead of the manna God gave them they lusted for the
foods that had been so abundant back in Egypt.
11:5 - We remember the fish, which we did eat
in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions,
and the garlick: Num 11:6 But
now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this
manna, before our eyes.
Nehemiah left their record: Neh 9:17
refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among
them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to
return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious
and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.
was not by their hand that they were delivered, but by the hand of Almighty God,
even though the nation was faithless, God never ceased to love and be faithful
7:8But because the LORD loved you, and because he would
keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you
out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the
hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
However, saints (G40 hagios) Jesus would address
the worst bondage of all, the bondage of sin whose unseen shackles are just as
sure and binding of men and women too as those made of iron: 34Jesus
answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the
servant of sin. 35And
the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
delivered the nation from physical bondage, now Jesus Christ the Son of God, the
promised Messiah and only Saviour had come to deliver them from the bondage of their
horrific Adamic sin nature, to throw down their idols of self, to take away
hearts of stone, to give them life and spiritual hearts, to free them and all
men to be true children of God by faith and not by works of the Law of Moses.
Wed, Sep 4th - 12:37AM
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1Pe 1:18 - Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with
corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received
by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without
blemish and without spot:
and sisters, I know some even today, wronglfully, might not choose anyone like the Samaritan
woman to go tell anyone the good news or frankly any news. We have to be
careful, very, very careful of ruling out believers who do not quite fit our
profile of what we consider as suitable people, people who don’t attend our local
church, don’t go to our local Bible schools,
people who don’t talk like us, don’t share our heritage, dont live in the kind
of houses we live in, don’t do the kind of work that we do, and who don’t go to
our local church: Mk 9: 36And he took a child, and set
him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto
them, 37Whosoever shall
receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall
receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
38And John answered him, saying,
Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and
we forbad him, because he followeth not us. 39But Jesus said, Forbid him not:
for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak
evil of me. 40For he that is
not against us is on our part. 41For
whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong
to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
beloveds, Jesus did not ask John a question, He was setting forth how we ought
to receive the children of God. John answered hoping to get an affirmative reply
from Jesus that it was good that a man who was not of their group was stopped from
preaching the gospel message, casting out demons, and doing the work of the
Christ, the Lord, makes it absolutely clear, it is not about us, it is not about
only hanging with people that follow us, or belong to our particular group, it
is all about following Jesus Christ of whom we are all to be followers. This
does not mean we should not love those we know, but it does mean that everyone who
belongs to Jesus Christ, honoring Him, His people, and doing the work of God
ought to be received with love and fellowship in the body of Christ.
know Jesus would not leave John or any like minded disciple of His in that
condition, because Jesus Christ changes everything, Jesus Christ changes us
more and more to reflect His image.
Act 1:8 - But
ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye
shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria,
and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
people, we know the day of Pentecost was coming:
Act 2: 1And when the day of Pentecost was
fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound
from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they
were sitting. 3And there
appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of
them. 4And they were all filled
with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave
said: Act 2: 15For these are
not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16But this is that which was
spoken by the prophet Joel; 17And
it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit
upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young
men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I
will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the
earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into
blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
full of the holy ghost preached to ALL the house of Israel: Act 2:36Therefore let all the house of
Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have
crucified, both Lord and Christ.
and sisters many of nation heard, believed and got saved. Now the apostles
filled with the Holy Ghost through Jesus Christ would go down to Samaria not
seeing “those people”, but souls in need of the gospel message of salvation,
and they would bring them into the family of God. The apostles would meet a
sorcerer there, and we do not have to ask if they could handle him.
Act 8:5 - Then
Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
8:14Now when the apostles
which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they
sent unto them Peter and John: 15Who,
when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy
Ghost: 16(For as yet he was
fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord
Jesus.) 17Then laid they their
hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
Act 9:31 - Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee
and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the
comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Act 5:42 - And daily in
the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus
we know and it is absolutely clear, no apostle or disciple of Jesus Christ ever
preached salvation through obeying the Law of Moses in any form whatsoever.
Instead we find these Jewish apostles and other disciples going to the Jews,
Samaritans and gentiles preaching salvation through the gospel of Jesus Christ,
as commanded by God, All who name the name of Jesus Christ must absolutely do
the same: Act 4:12 - Neither is there salvation in any
other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved.
that we also, saints (G4o hagios) through
faith in Jesus Christ are partakers of that same Holy Spirit and walk in full
agreement with God that: Act 10:35 - But
in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted
also know full well brethren, that we do not all hold the same office, but all
of us are equal in the Lord and: Gal 3:28 - There
is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male
nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Tue, Sep 3rd - 1:32AM
and sisters, what shall we say of the Samaritan woman? God is merciful to
sinners and outcasts? Yes, this is true. Shall we say that God will accept all
who believe on the Son? Yes, this is true regardless of anyone’s nationality,
ethnicity, race, economic or social status. Jesus Christ is the Saviour, the
promised Messiah and the sower of His gospel. In this sense we can also see the
Samaritan woman as the good ground described in Mt 13: 23But 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,
many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the
woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40So
when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry
with them: and he abode there two days. 41And
many more believed because of his own word; 42And
said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have
heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the
Saviour of the world.
Samaritan woman, had run into the town with the word, the waters of life, the
gospel message, the Messiah has come; the Christ is here! Having been
convicted, convinced, and fully persuaded, she couldn’t keep the truth to
herself, she had to share it.
they saw and heard Jesus Christ they believed in and on Him. It no longer
mattered to the Samaritans that they were a rejected group, it no longer
mattered what sins they had done or what they had been, Jesus changes
everything and everyone, and now He would tell them the eternal truth of all
things, how to worship and please God, how to live, how to love, how to treat
others and one another in love: Jhn 10:28 - And
I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man
pluck them out of my hand.
did not send them to worship in the mountain of Samaria or at Jerusalem, but to
trust in Him and worship God from the heart everywhere they go as a people and
individually. Lord Jesus would go on to finish His atoning work, no longer
would the land be holy, but the people would be made new creatures in Him and
would be holy, the triune God would dwell
in them and write His eternal empowering law of grace upon their hearts, they
would all be chosen, and circumcised in their hearts in covenant with Him forever:
2Co 6:16 -
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of
the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them;
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Rom 4:8 - Blessed
is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Rom 9:25 - As
he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people;
and her beloved, which was not beloved. 26 And it shall
come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are
not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
far as Jerusalem goes, dearly beloveds, no one will be more holy by buying a
plane ticket or going there to worship. It is true, holy people Jesus will
return to the earthly Jerusalem in the last days to claim His rightful
authority as the final eternal High Priest of the nation of Israel and the
entire body of believers in heaven and earth. However, the true Jerusalem is
above, it will never be built by man, but by God alone in the world to come.
This will be the place of eternal direct worship of God and the Lamb in the
world to come, and all nations will flow into it. Our worship, saints (G40
hagios), will in no wise be distant or indirect, but up close and personal: Rev 21:22 - And
I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple
Rev 21:24 - And
the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the
kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
Rev 22:4 - And
they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Rev 3:21 - To
him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also
overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
many examples of the sad history of the earthly Jerusalem, brothers and sisters,
is available for all to study in the Bible records. The same Solomon that built
the house of the Lord at Jerusalem turned around and built horrific idols for the many strange wives he had, and God took
the kingdom away from him due to his disobedience in idol worship, except for
one tribe for his father David’s sake: 1Ki 11:1 -1Ki 11:13. Abominations
were done and Idols were built and worshipped in Jerusalem and also in the very
house of the Lord: 2Ki 21:7; 2Ch 28:24; Jer 7:30; Eze 8:16; Jer 7:30.
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