Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? He [JESUS] grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 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. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isa 53:1-6)
In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Selah (Psa 4:4)
Tests That Come Our Way [AUDIO]
Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. (Isa 55:7)
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Prov 28:13)
Moreover, homosexuals are placed in the same category with other unrighteous or wicked people, with forgiveness and cleansing being found only in the Lord Jesus (1 Cor. 6:9-11). Homosexuals can indeed be forgiven and some surely do repent and receive forgiveness.
It appears the reason homosexuality proliferates throughout Catholicism among their priests, etc. is because the system is so rampant with idolatry, which precedes homosexuality. God stated:
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator - who is forever praised. Amen. BECAUSE OF THIS, GOD GAVE THEM OVER TO SHAMEFUL LUSTS. EVEN THEIR WOMEN EXCHANGED NATURAL RELATIONS FOR UNNATURAL ONES. IN THE SAME WAY THE MEN ALSO ABANDONED NATURAL RELATIONS WITH WOMEN AND WERE INFLAMED WITH LUST FOR ONE ANOTHER. MEN COMMITTED INDECENT ACTS WITH OTHER MEN, AND RECEIVED IN THEMSELVES THE DUE PENALTY FOR THEIR PERVERSION. (Rom. 1:21-27)
But I tell you that anyone who is ANGRY with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who SAYS to his brother, 'Raca, ' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who SAYS, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell. (Mat. 5:22)
PLEASANT WORDS are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Prov 16:24)
OSAS teachers cite Paul as the worst of sinners, but the context of the 'I am the worst of sinners' phrase refers to Paul's life BEFORE salvation when he persecuted Christians:
Even though I WAS ONCE A BLASPHEMER AND A PERSECUTOR AND A VIOLENT MAN, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. (1 Tim 1:13-16)
But I have nothing definite to write to my lord about him. Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that, after we have examined him, I may have something to write. (Acts 25:26, ESV)The Greek term "Lord" is KURIOS, and is also the same word found in Romans 10:9, which further demonstrates the historical context - Caesar demanded to be considered "Lord". For Christians to rightly violate Caesar's law would mean death. He also ruled from ROME, the same location of the church as addressed here:
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Rom. 10:9,10)
How do I prepare for appointments: In advance, if possible, go to the website of the office and read any forms and privacy practices they may have. For one doctor's appointment I had recently, I printed out their forms from my computer and read them before the appointment; so, when it came time to sign that I have received and or read the agreement, I could sign off truthfully, without any twinge of conscience.
When delivery men drop off an appliance, I read the contract before signing off - if there is one. I try to ask in advance what contract they will require me to sign, and I explain my dilemma about lying violating my faith and conscience. If the contract is a piece of paper, you can scratch out the offending, untruthful part. Sometimes that can work out. For a window installation at Lowes once, the contract (that I had pre-read somehow, perhaps online) stated that the customer had received a certain pamphlet. I told the salesman I needed a copy of that pamphlet before signing the contract; upon my insistence, he saw to it that I got a copy of that pamphlet before the installation.
I went to Best Buy/ Geek Support and, when picking up my repaired computer, I had to sign a contract in which one of the paragraphs was that I had read the Warranties agreement. I didn't think I had read it- even in the past; was unsure; hence, with my pen, I scratched out that one line and wrote above it - "I agree to be bound by the Warranties agreement", and signed it. One can agree to be bound to something without having reading it. When questioned, I explained to the technicians what I was doing and why.
As awkward as it can be, it is also beneficial to alert people to the spiritual dangers of lying. Then the Holy Spirit can convict them in their own life. There is no such thing as a "white lie". Be alert.
When signing up for a new platform on the internet, before signing up - - before clicking the bottom button stating "I have read the terms and conditions", I go and read the terms and conditions BEFORE CLICKING THE BUTTON in order to keep my conscience clear.
Living and proceeding this way is a hassle and is time consuming, but I manage to do it. It is part of our test of living in this miserable world system and complicated day.
So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. (Acts 24:16)
Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. (Isa. 65:17)**God's creation is not over yet and the overcomers will not remember this earthly life so filled with trouble, sorrow and pain. Trust that God knows what he is doing, even to the point of removing from our memories the pain and sorrow of our earthly life.
You are my friends IF YOU DO WHAT I COMMAND. (John 15:14)
Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the LORD. Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? (Jer. 23:28,29)God's word is not only LIVING (Heb. 4:12), it is likened unto FIRE and rock-breaking HAMMER. Are you HIDING HIS WORD IN YOUR HEART (Psa. 119:11)?
This world is NOT your "home." YOU are merely just passing through, as you get spiritually TESTED here. This life is a BATTLE FIELD for the saints, as the devil tries to deceive. DIFFICULT is the road to heaven (Mt. 7:14).
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 6:8,9)
...These people honor me with their lips, but their HEARTS are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men. (Mark 7:6,7)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16,17)
Do you recognize the value of a single TOOTH in the Bible? Did you know slaves were freed if their master knocked out one of their teeth?
And if he knocks out the tooth of a manservant or maidservant, he must let the servant go free TO COMPENSATE FOR THE TOOTH. (Exo. 21:27)
remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, WITHOUT HOPE AND WITHOUT GOD IN THE WORLD. (Eph. 2:12)The above verse is only a PARTIAL description of ALL non-Christians, as they travel the EASY ROAD TO DESTRUCTION [HELL], with most not even knowing where they will go!
When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, HE LEFT PAUL IN PRISON. (Acts 24:27)Paul was in prison for 2 years longer - not because of some Roman law, but because Felix granted a favor to the Jews (who hated Paul). Paul NEVER had a "pity party" and you would be wise not to also. To get in self-pity is a sign that the devil is getting an advantage over you.
You have GREAT cause to REJOICE and to BE THANKFUL because you have eternal life (the Lord Jesus), that is, IF you are a Christian now. YOU are God's TREASURED POSSESSION!
Spiritual WAR is raging all around YOU, that is, an invisible war - imperceptible to the natural senses, but very real with many wounded and slain. You MUST FIGHT spiritually or be lost.
But just as he who called you is holy, so BE HOLY in all you do (1 Pet 1:15)
Whom have I in heaven but you? And EARTH HAS NOTHING I DESIRE BESIDES YOU. (Psa. 73:25)The first half of that verse implies that Asaph's whole family all perished spiritually, which is far too common a phenomenon here on earth. Part B of the verse shows that God was his sole desire in his earthly life.
Similarly, the mark of the beast will surely come as a surprise to many. MAYBE it will be presented as a convenient, practical and even miracle solution to monitor one's health and to present one's identity "all-in-one", with no mention at the time of administration, that it will be the mechanism or electronic/digital platform needed to "buy or sell". Then perhaps, when people have ALREADY received their scannable quantum dot tattoo (QDT) with and on the coattails of the patch vaccine, then, after the fact, all monetary transactions will then be hooked up to their new electronic tattoo.
There is the possibility that many will not even realize they have taken the mark until they hold their hand under the scanner light at the entrance to a store or checkout counter to access payment. Have NOTHING to do with their vaccines, digital ID or especially anything coming that would be placed in or on your skin. Remember, DECEIT IS PROSPERING now and the DEVIL IS TRYING TO DEVOUR THE SAINTS (1 Pet. 5:8).
When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "ZACCHAEUS, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today." (Luke 19:5)At that point Zacchaeus was lost, yet Jesus knew who he was. THE LORD CERTAINLY KNOWS YOU TOO, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE HIS PROPERTY.
Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law. (Luke 12:51-53)
It was THAT MOMENT, or NEVER, for Bartamaeus as Jesus passed ONLY ONCE through Jericho:
They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." He called out, "JESUS, SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON ME!" Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON ME!" Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied. Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. (Luke 18:37-43)**It's a good thing the blind man was QUICK TO CALL OUT TO JESUS, PERSISTENT, yet HUMBLE. Do NOT let any moment slip away from you. DRAW NEAR TO GOD, while you still can:
So, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts...." (Heb. 3:7,8)
2 Peter 2 Examined [AUDIO]
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever FOLLOWS ME will NEVER walk in darkness, but will have the LIGHT OF LIFE." (John 8:12)
Who is WISE AND UNDERSTANDING among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. (James 3:13)
**When you forgive people who sin against you, you do it FOR YOUR OWN SAKE.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, LET US THROW OFF EVERYTHING THAT HINDERS AND THE SIN THAT SO EASILY ENTANGLES, and LET US RUN WITH PERSEVERANCE THE RACE MARKED OUT FOR US. Let us FIX OUR EYES ON JESUS, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. CONSIDER HIM WHO ENDURED SUCH OPPOSITION FROM SINFUL MEN, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. (Heb. 12:1-4)
There are various righteous reasons to HATE OSAS devil doctrine heresy, but their impugning the Christian image is certainly one. They present the Christian life as a POWERLESS OVER SIN - A STUMBLING ALONG ABOMINATION. Their wicked distortions of reality, include declaring the most vile backslider as still saved because "once saved, always saved", which they deceitfully call 'grace'.
For the GRACE of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. IT TEACHES US TO SAY "NO" TO UNGODLINESS AND WORLDLY PASSIONS, AND TO LIVE SELF-CONTROLLED, UPRIGHT AND GODLY LIVES IN THIS PRESENT AGE (Titus 2:11,12).
For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not REPENT and believe him. (Mat. 21:32)AFTER Judas betrayed Jesus, the SAME GREEK TERM translated 'repent' in Mt. 21:32 is found here, but translated "remorse":
When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with REMORSE and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. (Mat. 27:3)So did Judas briefly return to salvation because of repentance before he committed suicide and went to HELL? IF SO, then Mt. 27:3 is even more proof that suicides indeed go to HELL.
There are 21 chapters in the gospel of John. Starting at chapter 12, the details of Jesus' last week to his crucifixion and his resurrection are cited, that is, nearly 1/2 of that book being dedicated to that time.
Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: "We had to speak the word of God to you first. SINCE YOU REJECT IT AND DO NOT CONSIDER YOURSELVES WORTHY OF ETERNAL LIFE, we now turn to the Gentiles." (Acts 13:46)People identify themselves as UNWORTHY OF ETERNAL LIFE by rejecting the word of God. The immediate context refers especially to the following:
Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that THROUGH JESUS THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS IS PROCLAIMED TO YOU. Through him EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES IS JUSTIFIED from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses. (Acts 13:38,39)
Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against ALL KINDS OF GREED; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." (Luke 12:15)**Did you know there are various ways to be GREEDY, that greed is IDOLATRY (Col. 3:5) and all idolaters WILL GO TO THE LAKE OF FIRE (Rev. 21:8)?
...for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how YOU TURNED TO GOD FROM IDOLS TO SERVE THE LIVING AND TRUE GOD, (1 Thess. 1:9)That little known verse shows what it takes to become a Christian, yet it is seldom referenced.
Two such glaring examples of Catholic 'saints' are: Doctor Alphonsus Liguori and Doctor Louis De Montfort. Both men were OUTRAGEOUS EXTREME UNABASHED MARY IDOLATERS and have surely stumbled multitudes into deep idolatry over the centuries by their writings. They were the antithesis of a real Bible-defined "saint", yet labeled as such by the Catholic magisterium. Beyond that, some Catholics have actually prayed 'TO' Liguori and Montfort, instead of to God. Note:
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, THE IDOLATERS and all liars - their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Rev. 21:8)"You will KNOW them by their fruit." Examine the fruit of these Catholic examples when contrasted to God's word, if you will:
And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." (Luke 12:19)That is the attitude of a DEAD AND LOST PERSON. See also 1 Cor. 15:32. We are to work in the vineyard (Mt. 21:28-31a) and keep our hand to the plow without looking back (Lk. 9:62).
To use the word "God" as an expression of surprise is to MISUSE GOD'S NAME. That is a SIN! IF you have been doing that, STOP IMMEDIATELY. Even euphemisms ("more gentle" replacement words) such as 'gosh' and 'golly' are to be avoided as well.
They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name (Psa. 139:20 NLT).
...your adversaries misuse your name. (Psa 139:20, NIV)Just like Psa. 139:20, the following passage also mentions the enemies of God:
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (Heb 10:26,27)
Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? 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. 3:16-19)The VAST MAJORITY of the same group delivered out of Egypt afterwards entered unbelief, which is equated to DISOBEYING.
If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, he will die for it. And if a wicked man turns away from his wickedness and does what is just and right, he will live by doing so. (Ezek 33:18,19)
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ TO ALL WHO BELIEVE... (Rom 3:22) [**NOTE: The Greek word translated "believe" is a continuous tense and means OBEY.]
Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey - whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Rom 6:16)
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)
ARE YOU GREATER THAN OUR FATHER JACOB, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?" (John 4:12)
Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:13,14)**You do not have to answer every question either.
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you .... (John 6:27).
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, " Go south to the road - the desert road - that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." (Acts 8:26)Philip had NO IDEA why he was told to go there, but wisely went. Then the following occurred:
The Spirit told Philip, " Go to that chariot and stay near it." (Acts 8:29)Philip's obedience led to ONE MAN getting saved - the Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians (Acts 8:27).
While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. DO NOT HESITATE TO GO WITH THEM, FOR I HAVE SENT THEM." (Acts 10:19,20)**His obedience event led to Cornelius, and all those with him, getting saved.
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. THE WORDS I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE. (John 6:63)Similarly, Jesus is the Word (John 1:1) and he is Eternal Life (1 John 1:2; 5:20). See many more titles and descriptives of the Word incarnate
IN BRINGING MANY SONS TO GLORY, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. (Heb. 2:10)
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY. (Col. 1:27)
YOU are being FOLLOWED:
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for THEIR DEEDS WILL FOLLOW THEM." (Rev. 14:13)
The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; THE SINS OF OTHERS TRAIL BEHIND THEM. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden. (1 Tim. 5:24,25)
Rather than obediently following the Lord Jesus, the grace changers (OSAS) proponents "FOLLOW" their own evil desires and natural instincts:
These men are grumblers and faultfinders; THEY FOLLOW THEIR OWN EVIL DESIRES; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. (Jude 1:16)
They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will FOLLOW THEIR OWN UNGODLY DESIRES." (Jude 1:18)
These are the men who divide you, who FOLLOW MERE NATURAL INSTINCTS and do not have the Spirit. (Jude 1:19)
From Initial to Final Salvation [AUDIO]
I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? (Jn. 3:12)
Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were FOUR LIVING CREATURES, AND THEY WERE COVERED WITH EYES, IN FRONT AND IN BACK. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." (Rev 4:6-8)
He said to another man, "Follow me." But he replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury MY FATHER." Jesus said to him, "LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR OWN DEAD, BUT YOU GO AND PROCLAIM THE KINGDOM OF GOD " (Luke 9:59,60).**That passage is clear and direct. So, are YOU personally telling others how to get forgiven and what the real Christian life is to escape hell fire? Do you LOVE OTHERS enough to warn them?
Based on Psa. 90:10 a person lives 70 or 80 years making the average 75. IF you're less than 75 years of age multiply your current age by 1.33 and the answer is HOW MUCH OF YOUR LIVE PERCENTAGE-WISE IS PAST. For ex.:
**The beast has planned the events transpiring now, including the massive deceptions presented to mankind and those yet to come. Surely, that consist of the end time religious MOVIES too, which are LIES UPON LIES.
Without using the term "sin unto [spiritual] death," as referred to in 1 John 5:16,17, Jesus listed such sins here:
For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.' (Mark 7:21-23)See also 1 Cor. 6:9,10; Eph. 5:5-7; Rev. 21:8; etc.
'FRIEND,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless. "Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' "For many are invited, but few are chosen." (Mat 22:12-14)
Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him. Jesus replied, "FRIEND, do what you came for." Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. (Mat 26:49,50)
For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. (Mat 13:17)That is a basic characteristic of godly and righteous people, that is, they want God's truth - the Word of God. Do YOU hunger and thirst like that?
Blessed are those who HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS, for they will be filled. (Mat 5:6)
And he [the Father] has given him [Jesus] authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. DO NOT BE AMAZED AT THIS, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out - those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned. (John 5:27-29)More amazing than Jesus having authority to judge is HIS ABILITY TO SPEAK AND RESURRECT ALL FROM THE GRAVE. Dead bodies will resurrect from the dust at Jesus' word. IMAGINE THE DAYS AHEAD and the POWER displayed at that time.
Even More KJV Confusion
In the KJV OT, Elijah is called Elijah and Elisha is called Elisha (2 Ki 2:9, KJV), but, in the KJV NT, both prophets have BRAND NEW NAMES; Elijah = Elias and Elisha = Eliseus.
But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. (Luke 4:26,27, KJV)Furthermore, in the KJV NT Isaiah the prophet's BRAND NEW NAME is Esaias (Rom 10:16, KJV); while Jeremiah in KJV NT has TWO NEW NAMES - both Jeremy (Mat 2:17, KJV) and Jeremias (Mat 16:14, KJV).
While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you." (Mat 12:46,47)WHAT HAPPENED WHEN JESUS FOUND OUT MARY WANTED TO SPEAK TO HIM?
He [Jesus] replied to him, " Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother." (Mat 12:48-50)**There is NO HINT that Jesus even spoke to Mary then.
And A HIGHWAY WILL BE THERE; IT WILL BE CALLED THE WAY OF HOLINESS. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. (Isa 35:8-10)
The length of our days is seventy years - or eighty, if we have the strength; YET THEIR SPAN IS BUT TROUBLE AND SORROW, for they quickly pass, and WE FLY AWAY. (Psa 90:10)NOTE: it says "we fly away," but that can not be referring to our physical body, which goes to the grave. Instead, the real us is SPIRIT (James 2:26) and SOUL (Gen. 35:18) and departs when our body dies and goes to Paradise OR fiery torment, based upon our spiritual condition at that point.
Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems. If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be CLOTHED IN PURPLE and have a gold chain placed around your neck, and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom." Then Daniel answered the king, "You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means. (Dan. 5:16,17)
They put a PURPLE robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, "Hail, king of the Jews!" (Mark 15:17,18)
There was a rich man who was DRESSED IN PURPLE and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. (Luke 16:19-21)
Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was DRESSED IN PURPLE and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Rev 17:3-5)The wicked focus on the outward appearance (the lust of the eyes), and to be clothed in PURPLE was for the rich and powerful.
The sinful can look good on the outside, yet inwardly be IMPURE, as the LOST SOUL - the rich man dressed in purple in Luke 16:19-21.
KEY VERSE >> 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. (Rom 8:5)
Do not let ANY unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but ONLY what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Eph 4:29)
I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites; I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked. (Psa 26:4,5)WHY be surprised? Consider the serious spiritual problems that existed in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 - HOW MUCH MORE NOW 2,000 YEARS LATER.
For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST ESCAPING FROM THOSE WHO LIVE IN ERROR [ aka NEW CONVERTS]. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity - for people are slaves to whatever has mastered them. If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning (2 Pet. 2:18-20).Besides them, how many others are denouncing the pre trib ear-tickling LIE, OSAS and warning of the imminent mark of the beast? (The pre-tribulation rapture myth can be a lethal snare to some too and needs to be openly refuted.)
Israel's watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep. (Isa. 56:10)
Don't fall for the "forsake not the assembly of the believers" come-back that OSAS and other false teachers will say to the "lone-wolf Christian," who rightfully avoids the apostate counterfeit "church" and refuses to sit under and promote someone preaching a false gospel; anyone who preaches a false gospel or plan of salvation is condemned according to Gal. 1:8-9. Also, to sit underneath such a teacher is spiritually dangerous and would be sharing in their wicked work (2 Jn. 1:11).
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. (Eph 5:11)Contending for the faith according to Jude 3,4 is also exposing the fruitless deed of darkness of the false gospel preached by those who distort grace into a license for immorality - wrongly teaching there are Christian adulterers, Christian thieves, Christian drunks, Christian liars, etc.
The "forsake not the assembly" verse in Hebrews 10:25 is about meeting together for ENCOURAGEMENT and assumes that one is sitting under sound gospel teaching, which is encouraging (Titus 1:9).
He [Moses] chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because HE WAS LOOKING AHEAD TO HIS REWARD. (Heb. 11:25,26)
From Initial to Final Salvation [AUDIO]
We know that WE HAVE PASSED FROM DEATH TO LIFE, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. (1 John 3:14)
I am sending you to them to open their eyes and TURN THEM FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT, AND FROM THE POWER OF SATAN TO GOD, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are SANCTIFIED BY FAITH IN ME [Jesus] (Acts 26:17,18).
You have been SET FREE FROM SIN and HAVE BECOME SLAVES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Rom 6:18)How could such a WONDERFUL thing as salvation happen and there not be a definite, obvious RADICAL change in a person's behavior and life? For someone to merely say there "should be" evidence of the Christian life is EXTREME ERROR and leaves the door open for no change at all and 'easy believism' with no repentance for salvation heresy. See Andrew Wommack's heresies.
The Lord's hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and SAW THE EVIDENCE OF THE GRACE OF GOD, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. (Acts 11:21-23)Notice the contrast lives:
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God....(2 Cor 6:14-16)
men who have RISKED THEIR LIVES for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 15:26)The next verse is not as clear, but the message is essentially the same:
They [Priscilla and Aquila] RISKED THEIR LIVES for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them (Rom 16:4).
He [Jesus] said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." Jesus said to him, "LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR OWN DEAD, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:59,60)YES, ABSOLUTELY it is THAT important to spread the gospel. **NOTHING is as important as spreading the gospel, based on Lk. 9:59,60. See also Mark 10:29-31. Has the devil been hindering YOU in this way?
Do not be amazed at this, for A TIME IS COMING WHEN ALL WHO ARE IN THEIR GRAVES WILL HEAR HIS VOICE AND COME OUT - those who have DONE GOOD WILL RISE TO LIVE, and those who have DONE EVIL WILL RISE TO BE CONDEMNED. (John 5:28,29)
And he said to man, 'The fear of the Lord - that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.' (Job 28:28)
But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus HE HAD PREACHED FEARLESSLY in the name of Jesus. (Acts 9:27)
Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will FEARLESSLY MAKE KNOWN the mystery of THE GOSPEL, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it FEARLESSLY, as I should. (Eph. 6:19,20)
Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: "We had to speak the word of God to you first. SINCE YOU REJECT IT AND DO NOT CONSIDER YOURSELVES WORTHY OF ETERNAL LIFE, we now turn to the Gentiles." (Acts 13:46)Remember also:
There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; THAT VERY WORD WHICH I SPOKE WILL CONDEMN HIM AT THE LAST DAY. (John 12:48)
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. (John 21:25)For Catholics to cite Jn. 21:25 as a justification and provision to go outside of the Bible for doctrine is to MISUSE scripture, but how? The Catholic authorities cite sources that are CLEARLY UNRELIABLE (that CONTRADICT THE BIBLE) as though they are reliable, and immediately mislead their audience in so doing. Those sources come from canonized Catholic 'saints', the church fathers, papal decrees, church councils and even 'approved' Marian apparitions. ALL those sources violently clash with God's written word, and their use by the Catholic authorities has absolutely nothing to do with Jn. 21:25.
The context of John 21:25 from Jn. 20:30,31 was the innumerable miracles that Jesus performed, while he was walking the earth, such that they could not all be recorded.
Please remember that it is impossible to have two divinely inspired truths in contradiction to one another; either one is wrong or both are wrong, but both cannot be right; that point of logic also powerfully refutes Catholic tradition.
Moreover, Jn. 21:25 declares that what is contained within the Gospel of John is what God has set aside as accessible to mankind. Catholics 'grasp at straws' in order to find scriptural support for their unscriptural beliefs. How could any scripture justify using a source that contradicts it? Do not be deceived.
"Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart." (Mat. 18:32-35)Did you know that any type of ministry for the Lord you might have is God's mercy upon you. [All Christians have the ministry of reconciliation ( 2 Cor. 5:18)?]
Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart (2 Cor. 4:1).
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, DO YOU TRULY LOVE [agape] ME MORE THAN THESE?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love [phileo] you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." (John 21:15)
Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love [agape] me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love [phileo] you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." (John 21:16)
The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love [phileo] me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love [phileo] me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love [phileo] you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. (John 21:17)MYSTERY: when Jesus asked Peter, "Do you truly love me more than these" what are the "these"? Was he referring to the fish they were eating, the other disciples around them or something else?
** The real Jesus of the bible wants us to love him FIRST, even above our own closest family members (Mt. 10:37,38; Lk. 14:26,27). Do YOU?
** Did you notice the two different Greek words for love?
KEEP YOURSELVES IN GOD'S LOVE as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 1:21)
IF YOU OBEY MY COMMANDS, YOU WILL REMAIN IN MY LOVE, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. (John 15:10)**Are YOU in Jesus' love, as mentioned there?
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. WE LIVED IN malice and envy, being hated and HATING ONE ANOTHER. (Titus 3:3)
But WHOEVER HATES HIS BROTHER IS IN THE DARKNESS and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him. (1 John 2:11)Such people are blinded by the darkness of hate and do not know they are going to HELL:
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. (1 John 3:14,15)
I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, FOR MY OWN SAKE, AND REMEMBERS YOUR SINS NO MORE. (Isa. 43:25)This is another characteristic of God that few seem to know.
As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, FELIX WAS AFRAID... (Acts 24:25)
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Rom 10:9-13)When confronted by eternal security proponents and others who the misuse Romans 10:9-13, I like to direct them to these other verses to present a more complete picture, especially back in Rome at that time:
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but ONLY THE ONE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. (Mt. 7:21)The book of Romans was written to those already saved (Rom. 1:7) and, despite chapter 10, we also have these verses also written to them:
...our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. (Rom. 13:11)
Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. For IF GOD DID NOT SPARE THE NATURAL BRANCHES, HE WILL NOT SPARE YOU EITHER. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. (Rom. 11:20-22)
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. AND I WAS DELIVERED FROM THE LION'S MOUTH. (2 Tim. 4:17)For a more complete picture, see the "Romans Road" plan of salvation. Remember: You have to consider all verses on a topic to get a COMPLETE picture of the biblical requirements for the Christian life, such as what all it means to "believe on Jesus" and "confess Jesus as Lord". The devil has done a brilliant job of taking Christian words and truths and distorting and misapplying them. (Words and concepts such as love, grace, mercy, believing, confessing have been twisted by the devil and his servants to sneak in lethal poisons that distort the gospel - plan of salvation.)
He then added, "I tell you the truth, you [Nathanael] shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man." (John 1:51)Nathanael is the only one mentioned who saw that very thing - the angels ascending and descending on Jesus; yet Nathanael was not even one of the inner circle of the three (like Peter, John and James), nor was he even specially mentioned, as others were.
The Preeminence of Truth [AUDIO]
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but REJOICE that your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:19,20)**NOTE: IF everyone's name were written in the Book of Life, then that passage has no meaning as everyone could therefore "rejoice" over that fact, but names can indeed be blotted out (Exod. 32:33). Think about it. There can be NO eternal security.
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and STRANGERS IN THE WORLD, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. (1 Pet 2:11)
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! REPENT AND DO THE THINGS YOU DID AT FIRST. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. (Rev 2:4,5)
The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that YOU [JESUS] ARE A SAMARITAN and demon-possessed?" (John 8:48)
He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him - and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this FOREIGNER?" (Luke 17:16-18)Those truths help better understand the "Good Samaritan" teaching:
But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." (Luke 10:33-37)Jesus Saved Samaritans Before the Cross!
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I ever did." So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. (John 4:39-41)
And he [Jesus] sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; BUT THE PEOPLE THERE DID NOT WELCOME HIM, BECAUSE HE WAS HEADING FOR JERUSALEM. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?" But Jesus turned and rebuked them, (Luke 9:52-55)
And the LORD said to Samuel: "See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle. At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family - from beginning to end. For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of THE SIN HE KNEW ABOUT; HIS SONS MADE THEMSELVES CONTEMPTIBLE, AND HE FAILED TO RESTRAIN THEM. Therefore, I swore to the house of Eli, 'The guilt of Eli's house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.'" Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the LORD. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, but Eli called him and said, "Samuel, my son." Samuel answered, "Here I am." "What was it he said to you?" Eli asked. "Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you." So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, "He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes." (1 Sam. 3:11-18)(What a "test" the boy Samuel was subjected to there.) Read what happened afterwards, but here is a summary:
He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent he had set up among men. He sent the ark of his might into captivity, his splendor into the hands of the enemy. He gave his people over to the sword; he was very angry with his inheritance. Fire consumed their young men, and their maidens had no wedding songs; their priests were put to the sword, and their widows could not weep. (Psa. 78:60-64)The prophet Jeremiah stated:
Go now to the place in SHILOH where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and SEE WHAT I DID TO IT BECAUSE OF THE WICKEDNESS OF MY PEOPLE ISRAEL. While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer. Therefore, what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the house that bears my Name, the temple you trust in, the place I gave to you and your fathers. I will thrust you from my presence, just as I did all your brothers, the people of Ephraim. (Jer. 7:12-15)
..."We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said. (Acts 14:22)
And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?" (1 Pet 4:18)
Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by THE ERROR OF LAWLESS MEN and fall from your secure position. (2 Pet 3:17)Who are these "lawless men"? They were slaves to sin (2 Pet. 2:19) who distorted scripture (2 Pet. 3:16), among other things.
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. (1 Pet 3:14-16)
...THE BLESSED HOPE - the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13)
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)
If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and, "A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud." (2 Pet. 2:20-22)
He [JESUS] replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice." (Luke 8:21)
You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in." Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be ARROGANT, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. (Rom. 11:19-21)That WARNING to saints is not to be arrogant and think God will spare you and not cut you off too over that type of unbelief. God shows NO PARTIALITY.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! (1 Cor 10:12)
But SEEK FIRST his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Mat. 6:33)Personal salvation is to be our FIRST AND TOP GOAL, which is what the Lord also stated in Luke 13:23-24.
**NEVER stop seeking God's kingdom and KEEP YOURSELF PURE (1 Tim. 5:22b). You owe it to your SOUL.
For in his own eyes [the WICKED] he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin. (Psa. 36:2)The lost are blind to the seriousness of their own sins to where he "HATES" them. YOU can help them by sharing 1 Cor. 6:9-11 and Rev. 21:8 and telling them their sins are dragging them to hell:
The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Mat. 13:41,42)
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER DAILY, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. (Heb. 3:12-14)Here is one way to ENCOURAGE THE SAINTS:
He [the overseer spiritual leader] must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can ENCOURAGE OTHERS BY SOUND DOCTRINE and refute those who oppose it. (Titus 1:9)