But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness
of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.
I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,
but that which is through faith in Christ - the righteousness that comes from God
and is by faith. (Phil 3:7-9)
If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven--if there was anything to forgive--I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, IN ORDER THAT SATAN MIGHT NOT OUTWIT US. FOR WE ARE NOT UNAWARE OF HIS SCHEMES. (2 Cor. 2:10-11)Our spiritual battle is like a military war in the natural where one side (the enemy) is trying to outwit the other side. NOTE:
and avoid every kind of evil. (2 Thess. 5:22)On a side note, the above passage, from 2 Corinthians, not only demonstrates the slipperiness and persistence of the devil, but it also demonstrates the importance of not being in unforgiveness. Forgiving others is nothing less than a salvation issue (Mt. 6:14,15).
Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will WORSHIP and obey him.' (Dan. 7:27)
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. (Rev 6:6, KJV)It says for a mere "penny" you can get a "measure" of wheat and 3 "measures" of barley, but what is a "measure"? Whatever it is, it says for a mere "penny" you can have such! In reality, that verse in the KJV projects a concept, which is THE OPPOSITE of God's truth - a LIE!
The Greek term translated "penny" in the KJV is used for a day's wage elsewhere (Mt. 20:2). This translation is much more accurate:
Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!" (Rev 6:6, NIV)That verse teaches food scarcity and hyperinflation, not the opposite as suggested in the KJV. Do not be deceived by the KJV.
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. (Mat 24:6)
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psa 139:23,24)
Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God--I say this to your shame. (1 Cor 15:34)
At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time. "So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. For AS LIGHTNING THAT COMES FROM THE EAST IS VISIBLE EVEN IN THE WEST, SO WILL BE THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN. (Mat. 24:23-27)
At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will MOURN. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. (Mat. 24:30-31)**The only ones who will be "mourning" when he brightly appears in the sky will be his enemies - the children of the devil, because they will know they are in serious trouble.
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. (Heb. 11:7, KJV)
Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. (1 Pet. 3:20, KJV)[BTW: It should be translated, "saved THROUGH water".]
And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; (2 Pet. 2:5, KJV)On a side note: these passages demonstrate just how FEW, compared to overall humanity, will be saved, speaking of final salvation - that is, making an actual entrance into the kingdom doors at physical death.
Because narrow is the gate and DIFFICULT is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Mt. 7:14, NKJV)However, despite there being few who find the "gate" (final salvation or entrance to paradise), Revelation 7:9 states that a great multitude that no eye can count, from every tribe, language, and nation, will enter the kingdom doors from just the last generation of the anti-Christ (Rev. 7:9). So, hold on, be encouraged, and remember Revelation 12:11.
But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. (Rev. 19:20)Somehow, something fitting that description is coming. STAY ALERT!!!!!
The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass. (Rev. 21:21)
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:1,2)
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But STORE UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal" (Mt. 6:19,20).It is a mystery as to what those inexhaustible treasures will be used for. On the other end of the spectrum, is the rich fool who stored up wealth, and said to himself "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." (Luke 12:19) He was on the verge of death and didn't know it, maybe like some reading this.
BTW, a similar atheistic-type philosophy is cited in 1 Cor. 15:32, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die", and such is often the attitude and goal of the unsaved, as they travel the broad and easy road that leads to destruction - thinking only of this temporal earthly life now.
Be Careful [AUDIO]
but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. (James 1:14-16)KEEP YOUR MIND ON GOD'S WILL AS STATED IN SCRIPTURE. The devil will attack your mind with the full gamut of thoughts from anxiety to fear to confusion to outright, obvious wickedness hoping you take the 'bait' (his temptations) and are affected. RESIST his scheming thoughts, even the fear of physical death:
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; (Rom. 8:5-6)
Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation - but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will DIE; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, (Rom. 8:12,13)
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal. 6:7-9)
I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. (Mark 9:41)
You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. (Rom. 8:9)
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. (Gal 5:24)
"He gave me this explanation: 'The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. THE SAINTS WILL BE HANDED OVER TO HIM FOR A TIME, TIMES AND HALF A TIME. But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever." (Dan 7:23-26)
"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised." In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. (Job 1:21,22)
you hate the one who reproves in court and despise him who tells the truth. (Amos 5:10)
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. (James 1:26)
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. (Rom. 6:22)
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. (Micah 5:2)This is how that prophecy was fulfilled - in a non-obvious way:
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.... (Luke 2:1-7)Jesus was raised in Nazareth (and known, therefore, by some as "Jesus of Nazareth"). Some wrongly thought he couldn't be Messiah, based on their own error that he was born there too, as shown here:
Others said, "He is the Christ." Still others asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee? Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David's family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?" (John 7:41,42)
If you turn away from following him, he will again leave all this people in the desert, and you will be the cause of their destruction." Then they came up to him and said, "We would like to build pens here for our livestock and cities for our women and children. But we are ready to arm ourselves and go ahead of the Israelites until we have brought them to their place. Meanwhile our women and children will live in fortified cities, for protection from the inhabitants of the land. We will not return to our homes until every Israelite has received his inheritance. We will not receive any inheritance with them on the other side of the Jordan, because our inheritance has come to us on the east side of the Jordan." Then Moses said to them, "If you will do this--if you will arm yourselves before the LORD for battle, and if all of you will go armed over the Jordan before the LORD until he has driven his enemies out before him-- then when the land is subdued before the LORD, you may return and be free from your obligation to the LORD and to Israel. And this land will be your possession before the LORD. But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that YOUR SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT." (Num. 32:15-23)That message was spoken to the Gadites and the Reubenites (Num. 32:6).
...there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. So I STRIVE ALWAYS to keep my conscience clear before God and man. (Acts 24:15,16)Ponder that passage and note the following observations:
And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. (Mal. 3:18)Here is more:
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil... (1 John 3:7,8)
Moreover, Jesus said, "Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire" (Mt. 7:17-19).For more on fruit and soul-winning, check out these 2 poems: My friend
The one who SOWS TO PLEASE HIS SINFUL NATURE, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who SOWS TO PLEASE THE SPIRIT, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Gal. 6:8-10)
You need to DO GOOD and to not give up doing so in order to reap ETERNAL LIFE. THAT is GRACE and is part of Paul's SALVATION teaching, which is hated and rejected in our dark hour, especially by OSAS teachers.
The Fear of Man [AUDIO]
They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen and FAITHFUL followers. (Rev 17:14)
DANGER: Part of the pre trib rapture MYTH is that the idea that saints will be taken away before the mark of the beast (MOTB) arrives, and, therefore, they will never see it. That is NOT true. Such misled proponents will not be looking for the MOTB, and, as a consequence, they are wide-open for lethal deception.
Paul, an apostle--sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and GOD THE FATHER, WHO RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD-- (Gal. 1:1)
Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I WILL RAISE IT AGAIN in three days." The Jews replied, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?" But THE TEMPLE HE HAD SPOKEN OF WAS HIS BODY. (John 2:19-21)
And if THE SPIRIT OF HIM WHO RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. (Rom. 8:11)Finally, GOD raised Jesus from the death:
You killed the author of life, but GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD. We are witnesses of this. (Acts 3:15)All those scriptures fit perfectly with the Trinity doctrine and only that doctrine. The Jehovah's Witnesses can NOT deal with these truths.
"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. (Gen. 3:4)A reminder verse on the importance of doctrine:
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Tim. 4:16)Conclusion: People's behavior reflects what they believe - what they accept as truth. To say that doctrine does not matter is like saying truth does not matter. Also, note Jesus' words here:
Everyone on the side of truth listens to me. (Jn. 18:37)
Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, " YOU ARE THE SON OF GOD!" But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because THEY KNEW HE WAS THE CHRIST. (Luke 4:41)
Whenever the evil spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, "You are the Son of God." But he gave them strict orders not to tell who he was. (Mark 3:11,12)DEMONS KNEW Jesus is the Christ unlike many people even in our day now. They knew of the pre-incarnated Jesus, then called - the "Word" (Jn. 1:1). The TIMING of the revealing of that truth - Jesus is the Son of God, was important. It was guarded truth. At his trial Jesus confessed it and after Jesus ascended his followers openly preached it:
At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. (Acts 9:20)
The men of Nineveh will STAND UP AT THE JUDGMENT WITH THIS GENERATION AND CONDEMN IT; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South will RISE AT THE JUDGMENT WITH THIS GENERATION AND CONDEMN IT; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here. (Mat. 12:41,42)Ponder those verses. They are very stirring - showing that part of the condemning evidence cited against the wicked will be from people who had less of an opportunity, yet still repented and listened to God's word. While the wicked will face the certainty of judgment day, the Christian will also face a judgment day.
The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 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." (Mark 10:24-25)Read about the rich young ruler. IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT EVEN THOUGH JESUS LOVED HIM (Mark 10:21,22), HE REMAINED WITHOUT SALVATION.
For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life, keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife. Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. (Prov. 6:23-26)
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Prov. 31:30)
For bodily exercise is of a little profit, but godliness is profitable for everything, holding the promise of the present life and of the one coming. (1 Tim. 4:8)
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1 Cor. 9:25)
Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets. (Luke 6:26)
All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Mat. 10:22)
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it (Luke 19:41)
Jesus wept. (John 11:35)
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (Isa 53:3)
I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews. (Acts 20:19)
So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. (Acts 20:31)
When he had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. (Acts 20:36,37)
For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you. (2 Cor. 2:4)
For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. (Phil. 3:18)
Ponder Paul's "meaty" prayer for these saints - Eph. 1:16-19 - for insights and a blessing! PRAY that way for yourself and others.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church
and gave himself up for her (Eph 5:25)
And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (Rev 5:8)
Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints , on the golden altar before the throne. (Rev. 8:3)
The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel's hand. (Rev. 8:4)The prayers of the saints are the prayers of the living saints on earth who prayed TO God Almighty.
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons (Phil. 1:1)
God's faithful children will be spared from God's wrath, but they will have to endure the Tribulation, which is the devil's wrath or fury (Rev. 12:12); it is our test. Revelation is not in chronological order at times, and many people are confusing the wrath of God with the preceding Tribulation period. (It has been the pre trib rapture teachers who have WRONGLY argued that the tribulation is the wrath of God.)
Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many." (Mat. 24:4,5)
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Mat. 24:7-13)
What Happens After Death [AUDIO]
Seal #4 mentions DEATH BY sword, famine, plague and wild beasts:
I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. (Rev. 6:8)Note the similarity in Jeremiah's day:
Then the LORD said to me: "Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before me, my heart would not go out to this people. Send them away from my presence! Let them go! And if they ask you, 'Where shall we go?' tell them, 'This is what the LORD says: "'Those destined for death, to death; those for the sword, to the sword; those for starvation, to starvation; those for captivity, to captivity.' "I will send four kinds of destroyers against them," declares the LORD, "the sword to kill and the dogs to drag away and the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. (Jer. 15:1-3)Note also that Mark 13 and Luke 21 (as well as Matthew 24) line up with Revelation chapter 6.
There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. (Luke 21:11)That verse, in part, resonates with seal 4 and also seal 6.
HOLY LIVING and faithfulness to God is not a works salvation, but instead LOVE OF GOD.
...He [Moses] chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. (Heb 11:25)
This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who HAS MADE ALL THINGS, who ALONE stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth BY MYSELF, (Isa. 44:24)**Jehovah's Witnesses have been wrongly indoctrinated to think God created everything through his first-created Jesus, which would be two and would NOT align with the "ALONE" and "BY MYSELF" of that verse. Here's the truth to remember:
For by him [JESUS] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM AND FOR HIM. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Col. 1:16-17)_________________________________
"It was seen, also, that while the sin offering pointed to Christ as a sacrifice, and the high priest represented Christ as a mediator, the scapegoat typified Satan, the author of sin, upon whom the sins of the truly penitent will finally be placed. When the high priest, by virtue of the blood of the sin offering, removed the sins from the sanctuary, he placed them upon the scapegoat. When Christ, by virtue of His own blood, removes the sins of His people from the heavenly sanctuary at the close of his ministration, he will place them upon Satan, who, in the execution of the judgment, must bear the final penalty. The scapegoat was sent away into a land not inhabited, never to come again into the congregation of Israel. So will Satan be forever banished from the presence of God and His people, and he will be blotted from existence in the final destruction of sin and sinners (Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 422).
Satan bore not only the weight and punishment of his own sins, but also of the sins of the redeemed host, which had been placed upon him.... "(Ellen G. White, Early Writings, p. 294,295).
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him [Jesus] the iniquity of us all (Isa. 53:6).
God made him [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21).
He [Jesus] himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed (1 Pet. 2:24).
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surely the Lord's anointed stands here before the LORD." But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Sam. 16:6,7)
Jesse's three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The FIRSTBORN WAS ELIAB; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. DAVID WAS THE YOUNGEST. The three oldest followed Saul, (1 Sam. 17:13,14).Eliab's HEART IS REVEALED BY HIS WORDS to David:
When Eliab, David's oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, HE BURNED WITH ANGER AT HIM and asked, "Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I KNOW HOW CONCEITED YOU ARE AND HOW WICKED YOUR HEART IS; you came down only to watch the battle." (1 Sam. 17:28)
Stop judging by mere appearances, and MAKE A RIGHT JUDGMENT. (John 7:24)_________________________________
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I [JESUS] am the First and the Last. (Rev. 1:17)
To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. (Rev 2:8)
This is what the LORD says-- Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. (Isa. 44:6)
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever DOES NOT OBEY the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. (Jn. 3:36, ESV)
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. (Jn. 3:36, NKJV)Ponder also this similar verse.
And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who DISOBEYED? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their UNBELIEF. (Heb. 3:18,19)
Therefore, brothers, in all OUR DISTRESS AND PERSECUTION we were encouraged about you because of your faith. (1 Thess. 3:7)Compare Paul's life to that of the godly people in Hebrews 11:35-39. (This world is not our "home.")
You did not choose me, but I CHOSE YOU and appointed you TO GO AND BEAR FRUIT-- fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. (John 15:16)That is NOT a support passage for Calvinism. The saints have been appointed to GO AND BEAR FRUIT. Do not be misled.
Note: we were also chosen to obey the Lord [which Calvinists often claim we cannot do, wrongly refering to true biblical grace (Titus 2:11-12) as "legalism"].
...WHO HAVE TO BEEN CHOSEN according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, TO BE OBEDIENT TO JESUS CHRIST and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. (1 Pet. 1:2)
"If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For IT IS WRITTEN: 'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.' " Jesus answered him, "IT IS ALSO WRITTEN: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' " (Mat. 4:6,7)Scripture can be misused and handled LIKE A DEADLY WEAPON. BE GUARDED for false prophets (Mt. 24:11; etc.) and false teachers (2 Pet. 2:1) are among us. Do NOT be gullible (1 Jn. 4:1).