Thursday, January 11, 2018

Don't Look Back!

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 
You've all probably heard the story of Lot's deliverance from Sodom. It started when Abraham gave his nephew the choice of the land. In Genesis 13:12b the Bible says that Lot chose the well watered plains and, "...dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom." God and two angels appeared in the form of men to Abraham in "...the plains of Mamre..." (See Genesis 18:1)   In Genesis 18:22-33 the Bible says, "And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? ... And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes." Abraham interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah and stopped at 10. He probably thought Lot was  safe. Why did Abraham stop at 10? No one knows. It is guess work, but the Bible says in Genesis, that Lot had a wife and two unmarried daughters. He also had  at least two married daughters who may have children of there own. If each of those daughters had a child, that would make 10. (See Genesis 19:14)

The Bible says in 2nd Peter 2:6-8 that Lot was a just and righteous man. He perhaps moved to Sodom thinking he could influence them for good. He no doubt brought his children up to fear the Lord. At least two of his daughters married with the probable desire to raise a family. Lot and Mrs. Lot were perhaps grandparents. I don't know because the Bible doesn't tell us more. We do know that Lot's sons in law thought their father in law, "...seemed as one that mocked..." when he warned them of the upcoming judgment. I am a grandfather and my wife a grandmother. In fact we have great grandchildren. We love our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren very much. To me it is understandable why the angels had to compel Lot and his wife and unmarried daughters to leave. They were told to not look back. But the Bible says in Genesis 19:26"his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt." The Lord Jesus said in Luke 17:32"Remember Lot's wife."

The title of this posting is "Don't Look Back." Whatever happens, however many loved ones you may have in this world, we are admonished to, "Remember Lot's wife." She probably heard the destruction of all she held dear and looked back. There is a lesson here. The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 10:37"He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." We must not let anyone or anything stand in our way in serving God. There is an old song we used to sing, called "When I See The Blood." One verse goes as follows;
    1. Judgment is coming, all will be there,
      Each one receiving justly his due;
      Hide in the saving sin-cleansing blood,
      And I will pass, will pass over you.

Friend if you have never known how to be saved but have always wanted to, put your trust in Jesus Christ. It is in His name alone that salvation can be yours. (See Acts 2:38 and Acts 4:12)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

As A Man Thinketh?

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 
The Bible says in Proverbs  23:7, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." I don't want to argue over words but I have heard this passage of scripture misquoted many times. Preachers, good ones too, have said, "as a man thinketh in his heart so is he." This is a misquote. The Bible says in context in Proverbs 23:1-8,  "When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat. Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.  Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:  For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words." I'm not sure if I have ever heard it quoted right.

As I said, I don't want to argue over words but if one were to try to witness to a Bible scholar and  misquote the Word of God I wonder how much credibility he would have? I love the Word of God! And I am persuaded that God loves His word more than me, much more. The Bible says in Psalm 119:89"... For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven." I believe that the unadulterated Word of God is settled in heaven. I just think that when a preacher says, "the Bible says," and then misquotes the Bible, he is either showing his ignorance of what the Bible does say, or he is misquoting the word of God in order to deceive the listener. Have I ever misquoted the Bible? Yes I have, but not often, and never on purpose.

I am not one who thinks the King James Version of the Bible reflects accuracy to the nth degree. However it is, in my opinion, the most accurate English version available. Which is why I use it almost exclusively. When I first met the Lord Jesus in 1965 He told me to read His word and to start in Matthew. I only had a King James Version and only read the English language. I have read the Bible through numerous times and still only read English. I like the story of the banker who was asked how he was able to identify counterfeits. Did he have to study all the counterfeit money? His response was no! He only studied the real thing  and then he recognized a counterfeit when he saw one.

Well enough said. I don't want to argue about the Bible. I believe if one repents and turns from their sins, is baptized in Jesus name to have their sins forgiven and receives the baptism of the Holy Ghost as they did on the Day of Pentecost, purposing in their heart to serve and live for God for the remainder of their life, that they will be saved, according to the word of God.
(See Mark 16-16, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:38, Acts 4:12 and Acts 20:21)


Friday, January 5, 2018

Is It That TIME Again?

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
Below with the heading "Time" is a posting I did in March of 2011. I thought I would post it again as it is still relevant. I have changed the format but not the content. 
TIME
"Time is a fascinating subject. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven," then in verse 11a,"He hath made every thing beautiful in his time..." In verses 2-10 God lists the various things there is a time for, a time to "be born...to die, to plant, (to harvest), to kill... and to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  A time to weep, and a time to laugh," ...etc. The Bible goes on to say in verse 11b that God set the world in man's heart, "so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end." From time immemorial we, mankind that is, have been trying to figure out where we are in time.  I plucked a random article off the internet from "The Scientific American," entitled "Splitting Time from Space—New Quantum Theory Topples Einstein's Space-time" (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=splitting-time-from-space). 

Some of the comments following the article seem to take great umbrage at the idea that Einstein could have been wrong. One commenter said that just as Einstein's theories did not topple Newtonian physics, neither do the current theories topple Einstein's.  As I understand Einstein's theory of special relativity, (and I am not sure that I do), time is relative to the position of the observer. The classical illustration is someone driving a car at 60 mph past an observer standing still, as opposed to the same car passing another car going 30 mph.  To the stationary observer the car is going 60 while to the traveling observer the car is only doing 30. And time goes slower for someone traveling in a spaceship at a high rate of speed than time passes for someone standing on the earth.  If that is so then a person 25 years old, traveling for thirty years at a high rate of speed, upon their return to earth would find all of their colleagues either very old or dead of old age while the traveler would be only 55 years old. (I am not sure I have this right.) 

I read somewhere (I can't remember where) that for an object traveling at close to the speed of light, 186,282 miles per second or so, time would slow almost to a  stand still, at least according to Einstein's theory of special relativity.  If true, then the light from those stars and galaxies at the farthest reaches of space, that appear to (us the observers) have taken 13 billion,700 million years or so to get here at the speed of light. But in reality (use your imagination) the light from those stars and galaxies have taken no time at all because for them time has stood still.  The 13 billion,700 million (or so) years would only be a matter of our perception. Not really so fascinating when one is advised that in order to understand the concept of the theory of special relativity, one must have a vivid imagination.  

There is a website,  http://www.ws5.com/spacetime/#Summary, (it is interesting reading) which quotes Einstein as having said “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” As I understand Einstein's thinking, he said there are four dimensions, three in space and one in time.  For me, I don't think that time either stands still or moves. I don't think time is a dimension at all. Time was made for mankind. Time is the ever present now! What happened yesterday is history, what will happen tomorrow is yet to be decided.  Today is the day of salvation. There is a time for everything as the writer of Ecclesiastes declared.  The Bible says in Romans 13:11, "...that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." In Revelation 10:5-6 the Bible speaks of an Angel that will one day stand upon the sea and the land and declare, "that there should be time no longer..." The time of the return of the Lord Jesus is at hand. Are you ready today for that (time) day?"


Monday, January 1, 2018

He Brought You Out

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 
The Bible says in Deuteronomy 6:20-23"And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?  Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand: And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes: And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers." The Lord, speaking through Moses to Israel said, "he brought us out...that he might bring us in,..." He didn't bring Israel out of Egypt to lose them.

So it is with the church!  He didn't find us only to lose us.  God didn't save us so He could leave us in the wilderness of sin. The Apostle Peter said in 2nd Peter 3:9"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." He wants to save us more than we probably want to be saved. But the apostle went on to say in 2nd Peter 3:10-13, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." (BTW the word in verse 11, "conversation," isn't what you say but what you do)

Are you looking for that day? I am. I have lived my life since I found the Lord Jesus with the hope of His return. I have always thought He would probably come back in my lifetime.  I am now 76 years of age. Maybe I will leave this world before he comes back. You might say that is easy for you to  say. Let me say that I have not lived those years error free. I could wish I had. The Apostle John said in 1st John 2:1b-2, "...And if any man sin, (notice that he didn't say when any man sins) ...we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."  My trust is in the Lord Jesus and His righteousness alone. The Bible says in Jeremiah 17:7, "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is." Furthermore the Apostle Paul said in Romans 8:24-25, "For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it."

The Lord Jesus didn't bring you and I out of sin to leave us to our own designs and desires. Are you looking for His return? He brought us out, not just to fellowship with the church, but to bring us into heaven itself.  Are you living in a way that pleases the Lord Jesus? Are you looking, "...for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."  Is your hope in the soon return of the Lord Jesus? I hope so. There is a chorus that we used to sing in church, "It Will Be Worth It All." It goes something like this;
     
     It will be worth it all when we see Jesus
     Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ.
     One glimpse of His dear face all sorrows will erase,
     So bravely run this race til we see Christ.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Son...Shall Be Called...The Everlasting Father

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.
Isaiah 9:6 says, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." The Son called the Father? Well, I'm a son and I am a father. But I am not my father. And he is not me, his son. (In fact he is not even alive anymore) Yet Isaiah under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost said, the "Son...shall be called...the Everlasting Father..." This is no doubt what the Lord Jesus meant when He said in John 16:26-27, "At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God." When you and I ask anything in Jesus name it is as though the Lord Jesus were asking the Father. And the Lord said in  John 8:28 "... When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him." Jesus, the Son of the Living God is called "...The everlasting Father..."

It is no wonder then that the Apostle Paul told Timothy in 
1st Timothy 3:16"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." How can the Son of God be His own Father? It is a mystery. But it is a mystery revealed in the Bible. The mystery does not involve a Trinity of persons in the Godhead. The doctrine of the Trinity was foisted on the 3rd century church as a means for the church to become the state religion. And much to the dismay of the Trinitarian theologians among us, God is One in His nature. Deuteronomy 6:4 says, "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD..." And while the verse of scripture translated "God," in the Hebrew is Elohim a plural form of the word, it would be a stretch to make it mean gods as if God were plural. The word god can apply to magistrates, or judges. In Strong's Hebrew-Greek dictionary the meaning is, "ĕlôhı̂ym (pronounced) el-o-heem' Plural of H433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative: - angels, X exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty."

I read some time ago, one Trinitarian theologian, (I guess he was) who said the word "
God" implied a unity of the persons of the Godhead. So, being curious and wanting to be right, I went to where the Lord Jesus answered the question put to Him as to what the first commandment was? He replied in Mark 29:29b-30"...The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." Again I looked in Strong's Hebrew-Greek dictionary and found the word Jesus used for one was the Greek word "heis. "The Greek meaning of the word, again according the Dr. Strong is, "heis (pronounced) hice (Including the neuter [etc.] ἕν hen); a primary numeral; one: - a (-n, -ny, certain), + abundantly, man, one (another), only, other, some. See also G1527, G3367, G3391, G3762." A primary numeral; one? Well that settled it for me. I would rather take Jesus' word than all the theologians in the world.  

The Lord Jesus declared in John 10:30"I and my Father are one."  (again the word Heis is used for one)  When He said that the Jews took up stones to stone Him. He asked in  John 10:32"...Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?" The Bible says in John 10:33"The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God." They recognized what He was saying in verse 30 was His claiming to be God. But they were wrong. He being God had made Himself man. He was truly the God-Man.


"...Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord..." Do you love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength? If you do, you will have no problem with repentance or baptism in Jesus name. (See Acts 2:38) My friend God has promised to give you His Spirit if you will obey Him (See Acts 5:32) If you have never done so, why not do what the Apostle Paul told both the Jews and Greeks in Acts 20:21 to do, repent toward God and put your faith in the Lord Jesus. God will give you His Spirit. If you refuse, God will take away even that which you seem to have. (See Luke 8:18)

Monday, December 18, 2017

King Jesus

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 
Malachi 1:13-14, "Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD. But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen."

As I re-read the last posting today, I got to wondering how individuals in the church should respond. I am a Gentile believer as are most in the church today. As such we are not bound by the Jewish ceremonial law. So what about the remonstrance God made to Israel for the "...torn, and the lame, and the sick;" As a Gentile I don't sacrifice animals to the Lord such as a male in the flock whether corrupt or not.

As I read Adam Clarke's comments on Malachi 1:14, he made reference to Ananias and Saffira, his wife in Acts 5:1. The whole account is found in Acts 5:1-11. The crux of the story is that they lied to the Holy Ghost about their sale of some property and when they were found out (See Numbers 32:23b) they fell down dead at Peter's feet. The sin was not in keeping back a part of the price but in lying to the Holy Ghost.

God said in Malachi 1:14, "...cursed be the deceiver..." God does not like liars. The Bible says in Revelation 21:8, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." I have often wondered why God killed Ananias and Saffira and left others alone for doing essentially the same thing. Which brings me back to my original question. How does a Gentile offer to God "...that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick;"

I think the answer is when we offer to the Lord Jesus insincere worship. We don't deceive God for the Bible says in Hebrews 4:12-13,  "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." It will never do to lie to the Holy Ghost for we will face our lies at judgment.


I want to be saved in the day of the Lord's return.  I think you do too. He is going to return one of these days.  I want the Lord to be my justification. I have told many lies in the past. I thank God for the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus that takes away my sins. If you have never asked the Lord for forgiveness, even for what we consider "little white lies," why not do so today. The Bible says in 1st John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Saturday, December 16, 2017

He Is the King

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 
And I don't mean Elvis. 
There is an old song I remember the chorus of. It goes something like this;
     Hallelujah, I'm walking with the King;
     Praise His Holy Name, I'm walking with the King.
     Oh Hallelujah, I'm walking with the King;
     Everyday I'm walking with the King.

This is a chorus that was sung fairly often in the church when I first turned to God. I still like it, although it is not sung much in our churches today. John said of Jesus Christ in Revelation 17:14 "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God is the Lord of lords and King of kings! John identifies Jesus again as, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." in Revelation 19:11-16.

The Bible says in Malachi 1:13-14 that God remonstrated with Israel, "Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD. But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen." Jesus Christ is, "...a great King," and His "name is dreadful among the heathen." The Lord Jesus is my King and my Lord. Is He yours?