Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Submission to God

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 
The Bible says in James 4:7, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." Have you ever wondered why the devil keeps bothering you when you resist him. You love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and you love your neighbor as yourself. (see Matthew 22:37-40: Mark 12:29-31; and Luke 10:27) You thought by having a heart full of love you were submitting to God. After all it was the Lord Jesus who said in Matthew 22:40, "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." You have done these two to the best of your ability with the help of the Lord Jesus and still the devil bothers you and in some cases binds you up.

But let me say to you that the problem may be you are not truly submitting to God. The Bible says in Hebrews 13:17, "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you." I am now 77 years old and pastored several churches over the years. Since retiring from pastoring I have faced the same dilemma.  I told my current pastor that I don't need to pastor anymore I just need a pastor. Its hard to spend years pastoring people expecting them to submit themselves to me and all of a sudden find myself in need of a pastor and the need to submit myself to him.

Friend, if you and I won't submit ourselves to them that have the rule over us don't think it strange that we are not truly submitted to God. We have  a need to submit ourselves to one another and the the pastor who is over us if we expect to be submitted to God. When we will submit ourselves to the authority of whomever God has put us under only then will we be able to be truly submissive to the Lord Jesus and only then will the devil have to flee from us. Nuff said!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Advice that is Godly

I really don't understand computer technology. This is my old blog site. the new one is under John Dinwiddie while the old one is under the Pentecostal preacher. As I said in the new site, ah well.

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.  
The Apostle Paul said in 1st Corinthians 7:10-11"And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife." This, the apostle said, is the commandment of the Lord Jesus Himself. I don't think the Lord has changed his mind over the intervening years. I have read the Bible through many times and never have I found to what scripture Apostle Paul was referring to. My assumption then is that he received by direct revelation from the Lord Jesus. He was after all the apostle to the Gentiles!

My spouse and I have discussed this issue many times. She doesn't necessarily agree with me as to what Paul said for in the subsequent scriptures, e,g., 1st Corinthians 7:12-15 the apostle said if an unbelieving spouse departs the believing spouse is under no obligation in such cases. We have never argued over what the Bible says but each time I have had to counsel with anyone on these issues I have always tried to apply these scriptures to the persons I have counselled with. (By the way I am not a licenced counselor).

The Bible does say in Romans 7:1-3"Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man." 

This then is a serious issue. the Bible is clear that no adulterer shall  inherit the kingdom of God. In 1st Corinthians 6:9-11 Paul said,  "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." We all, everyone of us, fit the description in some point or another. For as the Bible says in Ephesians 2:3"Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." The Apostle Paul even included himself in the foregoing scripture. What else could he have meant with the term, "...we all..." 

So my advice is...if you are a Christian and you just can't get along with your spouse, don't worry, you may leave him or her, just live a celibate life or be reconciled to them. This is the Lord's command not mine. And this is very good and godly advice.

Monday, May 14, 2018

One of These Days

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.  
The Bible says in both the Old Testament in Isaiah 64:4"For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him."  and the New Testament in 1st Corinthians 2:9 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." The Word of God promises that the Lord Jesus Christ will return one day. In Acts 1:11 the angels announced to those early church apostles and other believers, "Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." From the first day that I gave my heart to the Lord Jesus in 1965 and understood that He was coming back one day, I have had that hope in me.

The Bible says in 2nd Peter 3:3-4, "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." Are you a scoffer? I hope not. But whether you are or not the Lord Jesus will come back one of these days. When I was a young believer I truly thought He would return in my lifetime. Now I am an old (but still a) believer. I still have that hope in my heart that He will come before I die. But, one of these days He will come back for His church. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:37 "For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry." Jesus is coming back, are you ready? I recently wrote to someone and made the preceding statement and asked if they were ready. The response I received was to keep my preaching for those who need it. I thought everyone needed it.

One of these days it will happen. The Lord Jesus Christ will return. He won't return as a suffering Saviour though. He will return, the Bible says in 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-10"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day." No, not as a suffering Saviour but as the mighty God He will come, taking vengeance on a world that has rejected His mercy. One of these days it will happen. It won't matter what your name is or who your parents are in that day. It could be yet in my lifetime. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The New Testament, Written in Greek or Hebrew?

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. The Hebrew and Greek meaning of the words mentioned are from Strong's Hebrew-Greek Dictionary
Some folks insist on the Hebrew pronunciation of the name of the Jesus. My understanding is the New Testament was written in Koine Greek. In the Greek the name of Jesus, according to Strong's Hebrew Greek dictionary, would be "Ἰησοῦς (or) Iēsous (pronounced) ee-ay-sooce' Of Hebrew origin [H3091]; Jesus (that is, Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites: - Jesus." 
It is of Hebrew origin but it was not written in Hebrew, it was written in Greek as Ἰησοῦς and pronounced Iēsous. It is transliterated to the English as Jesus.

I heard many years ago that the Book of Matthew may have originally been written in Hebrew but was later translated into Greek. However that may be in the King James Version the name of our Lord is Jesus. I don't read either Hebrew or Greek, only English. Those who insist on the use of the Hebrew version of the name of Jesus remind me of those who think the KJV is more accurate than the original manuscripts. (Although my understanding is there are no original manuscripts in existence. All are copies of the originals) 

So for any out there who may think that pronouncing the name Jesus in Hebrew is more spiritual, think again. There were those who used to think that (in hymnals) shaped notes were more spiritual that round, but that was not so either. As Dr. Strong mentioned there were others in the Bible who were called Jesus but only one called Jesus Christ. It is His name that God has given to men for salvation because He alone is called Christ. (See Acts 4:12 and Matthew 1:16) And it is because of who He is.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Enslaved by Sin

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.  

The Bible says in Romans 3:23"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God..." Have you ever been enslaved by sin? I have! In our opening verse of scripture the Bible says that "all have sinned." That all includes you and I. What shall we do about it? In the Book of Acts 2:37b the Jewish hearers of Peter's message said. "...what shall we do?" They recognized that they had become guilty of the death of the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ. They were in a real dilemma because in Deuteronomy 18:15-16 Moses the Lawgiver had said, "The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken..." The Israelites, because they heard the voice of God speaking directly to them had said, "...  Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not."

Deuteronomy 18:17-19 the Bible says, "And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him."  They knew that Moses had spoken true and they were convicted in their hearts that they had crucified and slain the very one that God had sent to be their Messiah and Saviour.

Before I came to know the Saviour Jesus Christ, I knew I was a sinner. I was deceived into thinking that a holy God would not want a dirty sinner such as I was, in His holy heaven. I had never read the Bible and did not understand that God did not hate sinners. Rather the Bible says in 
John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." God does hate sin, but He loves the sinner. No, God does not want sin in His holy heaven. In Ezekiel 33:10-11 God said, "Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?" Peter's hearers had ask the right question when they said, "...what shall we do?"

It is still the right question! Listen to Peter's answer in 
Acts 2:38-39"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." This is so much more than just getting wet. Apostle Peter said in 1st Peter 3:21, "The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ..."  Do you believe that the Lord Jesus died for sinners, was buried and rose from the dead? It was for you and I. Find someone to baptize you in the name of Jesus Christ to have your sins forgiven, and God has promised you the gift of the Holy Spirit. You need not ever be enslaved by sin again. (See also John 3:5 and Acts 4:12)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Ultimate Fellowship

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
In a post of September 23, 2013 entitled "Fellowship," I mentioned that the late Brother C. H. Yadon had said during Bible school days that fellowship was all the fellows in the same ship. And then on February 17 of this year, in the posting "Without Excuse," I spoke of having come across a passage of scripture that seemed to jump out at me, Isaiah 33:14. I have been thinking about fellowship recently and the question came to me, what is the ultimate fellowship? Thus this posting.

I am glad for the fellowship of the United Pentecostal Church. It is the only church organization I have ever belonged to. But that being said, I recognize that not everyone with whom I fellowship in this world are necessarily saved. Some may suppose that if they have been baptized in Jesus name and received the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues, that that is all that is necessary to make heaven their home. That is a shame. The Lord Jesus said in 
Matthew 7:21-23,  "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."  It is true that Jesus did every thing that was necessary to save us on the cross. He completed what has been called the Finished Work of Calvary. But what of the unfinished work of Calvary? That is, you and I!

I believe that the name of Jesus is the only name under heaven given among men that will ultimately save us. (See 
Acts 4:12) We accomplish this by being baptized in Jesus name. I also believe that without being born of the Spirit of God we will not be ready to meet the Lord in peace. (See John 3:3-5) The Bible does say in Romans 8:9,  "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." So if we have been baptized in water (in Jesus name) and by the Holy Ghost, (with the evidence of speaking in tongues) we should live a new life, one in which old things have passed away. (See 2nd Corinthians 5:17

So what is the ultimate fellowship? The Bible says in  
Hebrews 12:22-24,  "But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." That sounds an awful lot like heaven to me. But we aren't there yet! I asked the church in Tigard, Oregon when I was their pastor, how did they expect to get to heaven? Then I answered the question, that only the Lord Jesus was going to get them out of this world and to heaven!

It's not your good looks, not who your mother or father were, not your church affiliation, not even how you were baptized, only the Lord Jesus will get you and I out of here. It will take the ultimate miracle of God to get us to heaven. We aren't there yet. As I said in the posting, "Without Excuse,"  I for one don't want to be a hypocrite and be surprised at judgment. Have you been baptized in the only name that can save you? Have you received the baptism of the Holy Ghost as they did on the Day of Pentecost? If you haven't you should. But don't think that alone will get you to heaven. You need to trust the Lord Jesus and do only those things that please Him. If you will do so, you have God's promise that you will walk on streets of gold one day. You will be a partaker in the ultimate fellowship.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Make Me What I Ought To Be

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
We are not saved by music. The Bible tells us in 1st Corinthians 1:18-21 what saves us,  "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." So God has made known to us what saves us, "...the foolishness of preaching..."  the cross. But music can be a wonderful confirmation to the preaching of the cross.

The title of this posting is part of an old chorus we sang in church when I first turned to God. It goes like this:
     Make me what I ought to be,
     Help me to be more like Thee,
     Bid me come up higher till Thy face I see,
     Make me what I ought to be.
It was a beautiful chorus with a beautiful message. I remember singing that chorus many times during church services. I still sing it on occasion as a heartfelt prayer to the Lord Jesus. No matter how hard you or I may try, we can't serve God alone. Jesus said in  John 15:5b, "...He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." I was unaware of those words of the Lord when I gave my heart to Him and I told Him that with His help I would serve Him from that day till the day I died. I still try daily to tell the Lord Jesus that. I love the song entitled "I Can't Even Walk (Without You Holding My Hand)." Part of the lyrics are the same as the title, "I can't even walk without You holding my hand." How true!

No, music can't save us but it can usher us into the very presence of God. I love the newer songs that offer praise to the Lord Jesus. He is truly worthy of all my praise. But there is something about many of the older songs and choruses that touch a deep place in my heart. We, both you and I will never be worthy of what Jesus did for us at Calvary, except for the fact that He has counted us worthy if we will believe. I truly want to give Him thanks for His, "so great salvation." (See Hebrews 2:3) There is a plethora of older songs and choruses that are not sung in many of our churches anymore. More's the pity. My hope and prayer for all is that we will come to realize the cost of our salvation.