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Warning! Temperature Is Rising! (JcSouthwest)

Warning! Temperature Is Rising! (JcSouthwest)

Warning! Temperature Is Rising!

by jcsouthwest

This is a warning for all professing to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Satan is out to destroy all those that truly know the Lord.  He is using many tactics and that includes using “professing Christians” to attack and destroy ministries.

Hello everyone!  Nobody is perfect!  All of us make mistakes.  Be very very careful, for the judgments you use against others, will be returned back unto you if you don’t repent.

Lift up fellow believers in prayer.  Instead of bashing them, come to them with a loving heart.  If you have already “condemned” someone in your heart, you need to repent!  Conviction comes from the Holy Spirit; where condemnation comes from Satan.  Read the word;  see where it tells us how to lift up someone who has strayed from the path.

If the Holy Spirit leads someone to share something and you immediately use your own understanding to judge them;  you have just proclaimed yourself to be equal to the Heavenly Father and His Only Son, Jesus.  Take what others share with you to the Holy Spirit;  pray for confirmation, lift them up in prayer. 

When the Lord returns, where do you want to be?  Do you want to be with those the Lord says, “Welcome, my good and faithful servant”

or do you want to be with those who the Lord says, “Depart from me, I never knew you”!

Seek the Lord now while you can.  We need to stay armored up and use the power and authority over the enemy given to us in the name of Jesus.  The Lord is not seeking perfection from us, he is looking at our hearts.  Nobody on earth is perfect, all of us truly make mistakes.  We will not make it into the Kingdom by our works;  the nicest person with a generous heart can still hear the words “Depart From Me, I never knew you”!

This is about a personal relationship with the Lord.  Pride will not enter into the Kingdom.  Rebellion will not enter into the kingdom.  Unforgiveness will not enter into the Kingdom.  False Witness, False Accusations, Lies, Deception and much more will not enter into the Kingdom!

Repent, Repent, Repent!  You could draw your last breath any minute!  This is not a time to fear.  Instead it’s a time to stay humble and draw strength from the Lord.

Keep lifting up prayers for all those people coming against fellow believers.  Don’t give up on them.  Pray for restorations of friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers, etc.;  as all things are possible. Remember the story of the Prodigal Son.  Love fulfills the Law.

Matthew 13  (HCSB)
The Parable of the Sower

On that day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea.  Such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat down, while the whole crowd stood on the shore.

Then He told them many things in parables, saying: “Consider the sower who went out to sow.  As he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate them up.  Others fell on rocky ground, where there wasn’t much soil, and they sprang up quickly since the soil wasn’t deep.  But when the sun came up they were scorched, and since they had no root, they withered.  Others fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them.  Still others fell on good ground and produced a crop: some 100, some 60, and some 30 times what was sown.  Anyone who has ears should listen!”

Why Jesus Used Parables

Then the disciples came up and asked Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

He answered them, “Because the secrets of the kingdom of heaven have been given for you to know, but it has not been given to them.  For whoever has, more will be given to him, and he will have more than enough. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.  For this reason I speak to them in parables, because looking they do not see, and hearing they do not listen or understand.  Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:

You will listen and listen, yet never understand;
and you will look and look, yet never perceive.

For this people’s heart has grown callous;
their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn back—
and I would cure them.

“But your eyes are blessed because they do see, and your ears because they do hear!  For I assure you: Many prophets and righteous people longed to see the things you see yet didn’t see them; to hear the things you hear yet didn’t hear them.

The Parable of the Sower Explained
“You, then, listen to the parable of the sower:  When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the one sown along the path.  And the one sown on rocky ground—this is one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy.  Yet he has no root in himself, but is short-lived. When pressure or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he stumbles.  Now the one sown among the thorns—this is one who hears the word, but the worries of this age and the seduction of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.  But the one sown on the good ground—this is one who hears and understands the word, who does bear fruit and yields: some 100, some 60, some 30 times what was sown.”

The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds

He presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds among the wheat, and left. When the plants sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also appeared.  The landowner’s slaves came to him and said, ‘Master, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’

“‘An enemy did this!’ he told them. “‘So, do you want us to go and gather them up?’ the slaves asked him.

 

 

“‘No,’ he said. ‘When you gather up the weeds, you might also uproot the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest.

At harvest time I’ll tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them,

but store the wheat in my barn.’”

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and of the Yeast

He presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.  It’s the smallest of all the seeds, but when grown, it’s taller than the vegetables and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches.”

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into 50 pounds of flour until it spread through all of it.”

Using Parables Fulfills Prophecy
Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables, and He would not speak anything to them without a parable,  so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:

I will open My mouth in parables;
I will declare things kept secret
from the foundation of the world.

Jesus Interprets the Wheat and the Weeds
Then He dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached Him and said, “Explain the parable of the weeds in the field to us.”

He replied: “The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man;  the field is the world; and the good seed—these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,  and the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.  Therefore, just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.  The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness. They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Anyone who has ears should listen!

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and of the Priceless Pearl
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls.  When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it.

The Parable of the Net
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a large net thrown into the sea. It collected every kind of fish,  and when it was full, they dragged it ashore, sat down, and gathered the good fish into containers, but threw out the worthless ones.  So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out, separate the evil people from the righteous,  and throw them into the blazing furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The Storehouse of Truth
“Have you understood all these things?” “Yes,” they told Him.

“Therefore,” He said to them, “every student of Scripture instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who brings out of his storeroom what is new and what is old.”  When Jesus had finished these parables, He left there.

Rejection at Nazareth
He went to His hometown and began to teach them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “How did this wisdom and these miracles come to Him?  Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His mother called Mary, and His brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, aren’t they all with us? So where does He get all these things?” 

And they were offended by Him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his household.”  And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

“Unto The Least Of These”

“When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder”

“Leaning On The Everlasting Arms”

“When We All Get To Heaven” – Pipe Organ (Diane Bish)

All are welcome here on the blog. Give all praises to the Lord, as he is worthy to be praised.

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Do You Follow The Nicolatians? Are You Sure YOU Are Not One Of Them?

Do You Follow The Nicolatians? Are You Sure YOU Are Not One Of Them?

FRIENDS, YOU NEED TO LITERALLY RUN FROM THIS DOCTRINE; READ ON AND LEARN WHY. IT IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH OF YOUR SOUL. THIS IS A RAMPANT TEACHING OF THE WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING. RUN, I SAY!!

Perry Froze1 month ago

We are not saved by grace alone. Christians must still repent and forsake their sins or else they would still end up in Hell.. Study the Bible and ask for the Holy Spirit guidance. Jesus warned that he would say to many that cast out demons in his name “depart from me I never knew you”..The doctrine of the Nicolaitans is still prevalent today in increasing measure. The early Nicolaitans were people who followed a certain man that the Apostles had ordained to be an overseer of one of the groups of brethren. This man became apostate when he started to say that certain practices of immorality were ok for Christians. He himself did not heed rebuke. We see this same doctrine today, that Jesus clearly stated in his letters, that he HATES. This doctrine is: you can continue to sin and still have salvation. It is basically saying that to try and turn from your adulterous wicked lifestyle, that you are entering into WORKS salvation. So the whole idea of ‘grace only’ and ‘no works’ is a Nicolaidans doctrine that Jesus HATES. Because if you want to be saved, you have to walk in holiness that Jesus Christ provides you when you turn to him. You CANNOT continue to practice adultery, you CANNOT be like the wicked Nicolaitans. Christians who live in sin yet think they are still saved.

They say, We will lose rewards only, because once you are saved, you can never lose your salvation. That is a Nicolaitan doctrine dear friend. The Nicolaitans believed you could live in adultery and other immoral practices and you will be still ok before God as a Christian. They were Christian converts. They were people of the first century church of the converts to the true gospel of Jesus. The Apostles rebuked them sharply but they wouldn’t listen. Jesus hates the gospel of the Nicolaitans. I see it everywhere. I see Nicolaitan Christians on my wall every day. They say, Ah, it is all by grace and not by works lest any man should boast, and no man shall lose his salvation except rewards if they live in sin. LIE! They are Nicolatian filthy perverted doctrines. Dear friend, Jesus requires utter holiness. He HATES that doctrine. He says he hates it in the bible. You go research what the Nicolaitans  were and what they believed and you will see what I say is true. Because Nicolaitans believed it was ok to practice immorality. Why? Because they believed in the whole grace idea with no works. They say you cannot lose your salvation just like they do today.

YOU CAN LOSE YOUR SALVATION, because you don’t have it to begin with. If you have faith until the end in Jesus and WALK in salvation, THEN you will received the gift of salvation, the crown of life, at the END of your walk. Just like the Apostles did. Just like Paul said, I crucify my flesh daily lest it should disqualify me from the prize–of eternal life. Dear friend, the doctrine of the Nicolaitans is FALSE. EVERY preacher who says you will enter heaven but just lose rewards because you sin, he is a Nicolaitan. Jesus HATES that, he HATES their doctrine. He said in the book of Revelation, I hate that doctrine. You go research that doctrine and you will see that they condoned sin as Christians. The Apostles rebuked them sharply but they would not listen; to their own destruction. Are you following the doctrine of the Nicolaitans today? All those preachers who say, Ephesians says it is by grace you are saved not of works lest any man should boast! And, People will not lose their salvation but just lose rewards if they live in adultery and wickedness. Do you believe that LIE? The real truth is that we are saved by grace and it is not by works of the LAW OF MOSES. It is by grace in Jesus Christ, and turning away from your wicked desires of your flesh, and your adultery, and your wicked perverted, filthy mind. Turning away from that is not WORKS dear friend. That is part of being a follower of Christ.

These wicked Nicolaitans then say, Oh, but we don’t believe it is a license to sin. They cover themselves, trying to make it seem ok that they are condoning sin. Because some say it is ok to go on in sin, but a lot of them are a little bit conservative so they don’t want to be seen as an outright DEVIL. But you see friends, when you walk in the grace of Jesus, when he has transformed your heart, then you will be crucifying your flesh daily; you will be following the Spirit, and you will be proving that you are a child of God. You need to prove your are a child of God because in the end, everybody who was not a child of God won’t be walking this righteous path: they won’t make their election sure as the scriptures say to, Strive to make your election sure, and your calling true. Only Jesus ultimately knows what ground you heart ends up. It could well be just the dead ground. It could well be you are a goat, and a bad fish, in your heart ultimately. I don’t know, Jesus knows that. But while we are on this earth, we have every chance to stop being a goat, and a bad ground, and a bad fish, and instead we have every chance to have a transformation in the heart by faith and heeding this truth that I tell you today, and turning away from the doctrine of the Nicolaitans.

AND HERE IS ANOTHER COMMENT:

raymond lindroth

ALL the born again ONES walk as He walked.

1 John 2: 6. He walked:” Sinless, Holy Righteous and Perfect Literally. “His Body of ANOINTED ONES walk as He walked.

1 Peter 4: 1.BEWARE of the Christians Yahweh has blinded them BECAUSE the Christians LOVE sin and will die in their sins.

2 Tim. 3: 1- 5. 2 Tim. 4: 1- 4.Yahweh CANNOT change the scripture. The sacrifice of no one can or will change the scripture. For it is written:” The scripture CANNOT be broken.” I show you the greatest scripture I KNOW.

John 1: 29. This scripture is fulfilled in all Have let Yahweh literally, physically TAKE AWAY their sins.

1 Peter 4: 1.May Yahweh give you all the understanding He knows you need to stand before his SON Yahshua in all HOLINESS on that great day of Yahweh Almighty GLORIFIED for all the world to see.

Heb. 12: 14.Bless you YOU are using the sacrifice of Yahweh’s SON Yahshua as a LICENSE to continue in sin. Those who do this have no salvation.

AND NOW I SHARE THIS WITH THOSE THAT DO NOT UNDERSTAND BUT NEED TO:

Who are the Nicolaitans?

When Jesus walked among men, He taught His disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, whom He denounced as hypocrites. With them, He classed the chief priests and the temple officials, together with teachers in the synagogues. He declared that they had so corrupted the truth of God with the doctrines of men (the same sin as the Nicolaitans) that the truth, as originally given, was no longer with them. That which these blind leaders of the blind were giving forth as truth was making their converts more the children of hell than they were. The deeds of these false teachers are in the second chapter of Revelation. It states “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands . . . But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.” (Revelation 2:1, 6)

The doctrines taught by these false teachers are in Revelation’s letter to the church in Pergamos: “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, ‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword . . . Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.’ ” (Revelation 2:12, 15)

The Lord not only demands repentance from those who believe and practice the ‘doctrine of the Nicolaitans’ but also threatens severe punishment if they do not obey: “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent” (Revelation 2:5).

Greek meaning of word

The Greek word for Nicolaitans (Strong’s Concordance Number #G3531) found in Revelation is actually three words combined. As a proper noun, it TRANSFERS, but is not translated, into English. The three Greek words used are Nikos, Laos and Ton.

The first Greek part of the English word Nicolaitans is NIKOS. We use the English equivalents instead of the Greek letters, as we shall also of the other two. Nikos is defined as “a conquest, victory, triumph, the conquered and by implication, those who are dominate over the defeated.” Another transferred name in which this word is used is Nicopolis. It is composed of Niko, which means conquest, and polis, which means city. Nicopolis therefore means the city of conquest, or city of victory.

The middle part of the word Nicolaitans, in the Greek is LAOS. This word means people. It also is in NICOLAS, which transfers and composes into ‘Nikos-laos.’ This means one who is “victorious over the people,” the letter “s” being in both words the nominative case ending, which is retained only at the end of the word to denote the case, while “a” short and “o” short are contracted into “a” long. A still further transferred use of LAOS is found in the name LaoSdiceans (Strong’s Concordance Number #G2994), compounded with DIKE or DICE.

The last part of the word in question is TON. It is contracted into a long “a,” thus making the word TAN which is the genitive case plural in all the genders of the definite article ‘the.’ We therefore have, without the legal Greek construction, the English hyphenated word NIKOS-LAOS-TON, but which, with its lawful contractions, becomes the English translation found in Revelation.

Real world meaning

In its ecclesiastical setting, Nicolaitans means the bishops and prelates of the Church have gained a triumphal victory or conquest over the LAITON, the laity. Members are compelled and forced to submit to the arbitrary dominion of men who have become that thing which God hates.

“The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed:  Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; NOR AS BEING LORDS OVER THOSE ENTRUSTED TO YOU, but being examples to the flock” (1Peter 5:1 – 3).

The teachings and preaching of the Nicolaitans are in religious and secular dictionaries. When we look for the definition of the term we find it is a “hierarchy: the power of dominion, government by ecclesiastical rulers” we find the following, which is offered as evidence.

“If anyone shall say that there is not in the Catholic Church a hierarchy established by the divine ordination, consisting of bishops, presbyters and ministers, let him be anathema, Council of Trent (translation) XXIII 6.” (Century Dictionary)

Let anyone who has the audacity to say there is not a hierarchy, not a collection of human beings who try to exercise authority over others, as ecclesiastical rulers over churchmen, let that man be ACCURSED. Surely, the thing in which that ecclesiastical company is glorying is their shame!

Webster’s dictionary defines the word “episcopal” as “the power of government, belonging to, or invested in, bishops or prelates. Government of the church by bishops.” It also says, “in episcopacy, the order of bishops is superior to the other clergy, and has exclusive power to confer orders.”

The above definition affirms that a certain portion of presbyters (elders) were “in apostolic times superior in authority to ordinary presbyters.” It also mentions the fact that episcopacy recognizes “episcopal rank,” which is created by the institution thus governed. It all of which affirms that any church in which episcopal government obtains is practicing the very carnal and fleshly iniquity of creating “superiors” in what should be a holy brotherhood. The use of this appellation makes INFERIORS out of brethren who are in the selfsame clergy.

RANK and HIERARCHY

The approbation of “ordinary elders” demands a set of elders who are extra special, thus creating “rank” in the otherwise Divine brotherhood, all of which DESTROYS fellowship, creates division and strife, and fosters envy. It is no marvel that Jesus hates this, condemns it, and demands the guilty repent.

The question is will those who follow the ways of the Nicolaitans repent? Yes, some will when the tribulation is on. Others, however, will stick to their ecclesiastical crowd, vainly imagining that their boasted “superiority” will carry them through that time of the greatest trouble the world has ever known, or will know. They must go down with the rest of the hosts of Antichrist.

Nicolaitans – Why does God HATE them?

Jesus bless you.

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The Abuse Of The Doctrine Of Free Grace (F.W.Krummacher-1796-1868)

The Abuse Of The Doctrine Of Free Grace (F.W.Krummacher-1796-1868)

The Abuse of the Doctrine of Free Grace

By F. W. Krummacher (1796 – 1868)

What is the principle thing in Christianity? On what does all finally depend, and what is the surest sign of a state of grace? These questions, my brethren, are not difficult to answer. The principal thing, and the surest touchstone of Christianity, is this: that our godliness should shine forth in our life, business, and all our walk and conversation; in our sufferings, in avoiding of evil, in patience, in meekness, in peacefulness, in compassion, in industry, and in a faithful discharge of our daily calling. “Let your light so shine before men,” said the Lord, “that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” “Not everyone that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven.” “By their fruit you shall know them.” “Show me your faith by your works,” says James. And Paul says, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” “You are,” exclaimed Peter, “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

In these, and many other passages of Holy Scripture, all our boasted godliness and fancied merit, are pronounced worthless and hypocritical; yes, even judged and condemned, when they do not so affect our hearts, as to produce a virtuous life, fruitful in good works. “Without holiness,” says God “no man shall see the Lord.” And in the first epistle of John we find, “He that commits sin, is of the devil; and whoever is born of God, does not commit sin; for His seed remains in him: and he cannot commit sin, because he is born of God.” “Whoever is born of God, sins not.” This is a remarkable passage; how are we to understand it? Are they who are born again really free from all sin? Need they no longer daily renew the complaints and sighs of a contrite heart, that they have been so remiss in their most sacred obligations; in love to their God, and to their brethren? Does not John himself declare, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us”; yes, we make God a liar. How then can we bring these two passages, which seem to contradict each other, into unison? This will not be so difficult, my brethren, if we look more closely at the context. John tells us explicitly why the regenerated do not sin. He says, “He does not commit sin, because His seed (the seed of God, the seed of the new life from God, Christ Jesus, who is the true life) remains in him.

Whoever is truly born of God, has obtained another nature, a new life: he has become a new creature in Christ Jesus; he sees sin in its most frightful form, and abhors it as the greatest evil; he hates it as an act of enmity towards God—as the murderer of his Savior, his own life, his salvation. Nothing is so horrible, so odious to him, as sin; he bears in his heart a deep and sincere desire, and an earnest prayer renewed daily and hourly, to be delivered from the bondage of this tyrant, and to serve the Lord in the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. The Savior has enlightened him from pure mercy, so that he has recognized his wretched condition through sin; He has atoned for his sins by the death struggle on the cross; He has forgiven his transgressions, and purified him in His own blood, and made him blessed and holy, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. This astonishing grace, this unspeakable mercy has eternally estranged him from sin; sin has become detestable to him, it is a crying abomination, a most unnatural ingratitude, and therefore he hates, avoids, flies, and curses sin; and prays, strives, sighs, and uses his utmost endeavors to root it from his heart.

But how is this possible? Does not the seed of the serpent yet reign within him? Do not the most beloved children of grace still sigh and groan under the weight of their transgressions? Is not the Christian’s pillow often moistened with the tears of godly sorrow and repentance? Truly it is, but yet even in this distress and lamentation, this strife against sin, and this imploring of the sanctifying power of the blood of Christ, there is proof given, that he who is born again has received a new nature which cannot sin, to which sin is a strange, disgusting, and unfriendly element; and that the old Adam, which exists in sin, has, nevertheless, received a death wound which will by degrees cause his destruction.

We ought to try and examine ourselves, sincerely as before the sight of God, whether we know this new life by experience. Many deceive themselves, many pretend to have the seed of God in them, many imagine themselves in a state of grace when it is not so; and the consequence of this will be, that they will turn the grace of God into licentiousness, and still continue to go on in sin. Where grace has really been experienced, it breathes death against the pleasures of sin. We will now consider this so frequent an abuse—not of grace, but of the doctrine of grace.

In Your light, oh Lord! Shall we see light. Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, that we may be healed. Your mercy is great to those that fear You. How unnumbered are the wonders which You do to Your children! Your affections yearn with compassion; You had pity upon the miserable, Oh God! Give us the eye of faith? You gave Your only beloved Son, Your heart’s treasure, to be despised on earth, in the deepest lowliness, in contempt, to bear grief, death, and the curse; You allowed Him to be trodden under the foot of sinners, that Your enemies, Your despisers, might not be lost. Oh Lord! Give us the eye of faith; give us a heart to understand heavenly things; let us but be aware of a part of Your, and Your Son our Savior’s overflowing mercy; then shall we forever be removed into Your comfort, and show forth Your praise in time and in eternity. Give us to understand the true nature of sin, so that the name of Jesus may be precious to us above all things. Declare unto us something of the riches of Your compassion, of the stability of Your truth, of the unchangeableness of Your promises, of the all-sufficiency of the holy sacrifice of Golgotha, and especially of our own nothingness and our deep guilt, that it may lead us to depend daily on You, and to look to You for grace, as our only means of existence. Oh, Lord! Guard us from hypocrisy, which is an abomination to You. Let Your grace and truth dwell within us, that we may never, like the foolish virgins, call in vain: “Lord, Lord, open to us!” Grant us a pure, sincere, and upright heart, a spirit free from guile, a single eye! But if we are without the humble, childlike spirit; if, instead of truth itself, we have only the words of truth; and if we have only as yet attained to that degree of knowledge and sense which leaves us unfruitful, slothful, cold, proud, impure, without the daily fervent communion of prayer with You, without chastisement, without desire for sanctification; then remove the scales from our eyes, and break the whited sepulcher of our hearts, that from it we may run in terror, and fall in sincere contrition at Your feet to acknowledge from the deepest heartfelt experience, that You are perfect grace and truth. Then shall we, oppressed by hatred of sin, moved by Your unmerited love and faithfulness, animated by Your Spirit, clothed with the garment of Your righteousness, overpowered by Your free grace, “give diligence to make our calling and election sure, for if we do this we shall never fall.” Lord, be merciful to us, and bless Your Word to us! Amen.

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid! How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1,2.

Guided by these words, we will consider the abuse of the doctrine of grace under the three following heads:

1. How is it possible that the abuse of the doctrine of grace is so easy, and therefore so frequent and customary?

2. That it is a crime, and therefore worthy of punishment.

3. How can a man be delivered from that error, and attain the right use of this doctrine?

And while this important subject is under our consideration, may our merciful God shed His blessing upon us, and make His truth powerful in our hearts for Christ’s sake.

Before, however, we commence a close examination of these three heads, we will make a few remarks upon the subject of grace in general. We are necessitated to do so by the words of our text, which stand in intimate connection with the preceding verses. In the fifth chapter Paul describes the riches of the grace of God in Christ Jesus. The riches of this grace are superabundantly great; so great that none can number them; yes, speech will fail if they are only reflected upon. We, miserable, condemned, cursed, sinners, can and shall be saved in the midst of all our wretchedness. We have deserved that God should take no more heed of us, but leave us to take our course the way of destruction. We have derided and despised His law, His love, His mercy, His truth, His representations, His entreaties, His calls to repentance, His earthly and spiritual blessings. Our conscience bears witness to the truth of this. It is written in burning characters which cannot be quenched, though you were to pour a sea of streams upon them. But, behold, all these sins God will overlook. The Lord of glory appeared to us, clothed in flesh and blood like ours, tangible and audible to our senses, like a human being, but poor; He veiled the rays of His Divine majesty, that we might not fear Him and flee from Him; but might draw near to Him with childlike simplicity, as to our equal. Further, He stepped into the gap; He bowed Himself beneath the law, and accomplished it as an obedient servant, for love of us, and in our stead. All He said and did was performed for our benefit, and it all has a meritorious property, and is all-sufficient as an expiation. Finally, He submitted to the torments of hell and condemnation, which we have deserved, and was made a curse instead of us, and died the bitter death of a malefactor. “God made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

Yes, God offers a complete justification in the Son of His love, to all poor, miserable, condemned sinners. We may thus appear in His presence, not only free from the curse, from punishment and sin, but holy, righteous, guiltless, without blemish, clothed in the beaming, spotless robe of the righteousness of our Surety, in which even the eyes of the Holy God can discern no stain of sin. We may approach the most wretched sinner, and say to him, “There is a Redeemer, a Comforter, a Surety, a Savior for you, who can fill you with the peace of God, who can pour into your breast the most blessed hopes of future glory, who can even in the midst of the valley of tears build you a habitation of peace, against which all the waves, storms, and floods in the world, will spend their strength in vain!

When his tears and prayers have been for some time answered, and he can lay hold of Jesus with the hand of faith, then the Savior plucks him as a brand from the burning, and presents him before the presence of His Father as a pardoned child of God, to whom all things have worked together for good. Mark! Not merely for his salvation, but for his good! It is true that we lost much—no all by Adam’s sin. The image of God was destroyed, and we are reduced to so powerless a state, that we cannot stretch forth the withered hand to pluck the fruit from the tree of life. But behold! Listen! Be astonished, and pray! There is a free grace of God, which without any respect of persons, can save to the uttermost, and pardon sins of the deepest dye! We speak to all sinners—to old sinners, to young sinners, to adulterers, thieves, murderers, slanderers, blasphemers, the voluptuary, the deceiver, and the Sabbath breaker—however deformed and soiled by sin, though they may deserve eternal condemnation a thousand fold, we call to you aloud, our heart impressed with the sincerest love for your souls: You may now be delivered from all your guilt, yes even today you may gain justification of life in Jesus Christ.

You need bring nothing of your own; you can be cured permanently and gratuitously of all your own sins and misdeeds; Jesus will absolve you from all; and give you forgiveness of sins, a new birth, faith, sanctification, safety and glorification; He will save you, convert, justify, favor, and bless you; yes, He will dwell in you, and walk in you, and you shall be in Him what He was and is, the holy and beloved One of God!

O my brethren, how blessed is the man, who, overcome by this free grace, is removed out of himself and incorporated with Christ. His grace swallows up all our sins, and all our evil, like a fathomless sea; and introduces all the treasures of heavenly glory into our souls. This grace raises us above all cares, and leads us to repose in the depths of the eternal love of God; this grace finishes the work begun in us; and never ceases from correcting, healing, strengthening, and blessing us; it screens, and arms us against all the enemies of our salvation; it helps us to bear our cross; it conducts us through the narrow path of death, to the regions of eternal glory; it constitutes our song of praise throughout eternity.

Then what shall I say, my brothers and sisters, but that whoever is born of this blessed mother, to the light of life; whoever has experienced anything of the riches of its tenderness and truth, and has truly been convinced, by the light of God’s Word, of the depth and extent of his wretched condition, must feel that it is impossible to describe the value of this grace. We cannot sufficiently appreciate its unspeakable value; the most ardent songs of praise are but poor and weak in comparison. And yet it is a melancholy truth, which bears fearful testimony to the deep corruption of the human heart, that though the prophets and apostles zealously applied themselves to guard this precious doctrine from corruption, yet it was necessary at all times, notwithstanding and it is to the present day, to preach with unabated zeal against its abuse.

1. We have already said that this abuse of the doctrine of the free grace of God in Christ Jesus, is very easy. Is it truly thus? If I am in danger of sinking in a deep and muddy stream, and a compassionate savior throws himself into the water and rescues me at the hazard of his own life; should I forget my preserver and his deed of love, and throw myself afresh into the stream, the depths of which threatened to destroy me? Should I not rather, all my life long, be eager to testify my gratitude to my faithful benefactor? Should I not anxiously avoid the dark stream and its frightful depths, and sincerely hate and abhor it?

Oh my brethren, whoever has experienced real grace, who knows grace in its true character, and sees clearly that the Lord might justly have left him to perish, but that He has saved him, out of His free mercy, by the offering up of His own life; and not only that, but has also chosen him from the foundation of the world, looked upon him as a righteous child of God, and made him blessed to all eternity; he ought to dread nothing so much as a continuance in sin, and daily desire nothing more fervently than to be faithful to this Savior until death. But, truly, this experience does not fall to the lot of every man, and hence has arisen the abuse of it.

Men talk about free grace without having the slightest acquaintance with it from personal experience; instead of living in the element of grace, they have nothing but a mere head knowledge, or a superficial perception of it in their hearts; a complete break with the world, the flesh, and the devil, has not yet taken place; the conscience sleeps the sleep of death, and Christ is regarded as a mere substitute, whom the sinner thinks will make up the deficiency of his own fancied merit. Thus the abuse of this doctrine becomes very easy. When the whole head, the whole heart is filled with false premises, how can we be surprised that they should lead to the most false—no, infamous conclusions? What wonder is it that such a man, who chatters about grace without having become acquainted with it from heartfelt experience, with the tears of repentance, should appropriate the kindness of this Redeemer to himself, in such a manner as to leave his heart and life unchanged.

Only imagine to yourself a man who has yet to learn his deeply sinful condition in the sight of God. He hears how Christ has atoned for all; how He has offered a perfect sacrifice for the salvation of sinners, that His blood washes out all sin; that nothing further remains to be completed; that man must be saved by free grace, without the merit of works; he hears, that all which serves to advance a godly life and walk, must be bestowed by the Savior; and that we can do literally nothing without Him. The sinner’s own inability is to him welcome intelligence; it is like an agreeable pillow to repose on. “This,” thinks he, “may be turned to some account.” “You have sinned,” says he to himself, “consequently the Savior belongs to you, He has blotted out your sins; His merits, His righteousness, are yours.”

He torments himself, and labors to bring his opinions to these truths; he appeals as being entirely orthodox to the promises of the Word of God; he believes himself called to repel all the accusations of the law, and of his own conscience, and allows himself to go on quite smoothly, as though everything were in the best possible condition. He has perhaps wept once over his sins; has accused himself, by a few strong expressions, as a lost sinner; has experienced the insufficiency of his own resolutions, and has deduced from a superficial insight into the demands of the law, that he cannot stand before God in his present state.

He now places Christ before him, and firmly persuades himself that he belongs to the elect of God, and that none can have anything against him. He troubles not himself as to whether he daily experiences the workings of grace in his heart, whether he is become a new creature, and sin is destroyed within him; he thinks that in his own perception of the doctrine of grace, and in the humble acknowledgments which he makes of his necessity of it, he possesses the fullest security that he belongs to the people of God; and considers—truly in a manner which excites horror when closely viewed—that this and every other declaration of the Bible may be brought forward to justify his apparent Christianity. Yes, he may perhaps be a zealous advocate for free grace; while he himself is still lying under the wrath of God, and has no spark of grace in his heart.

Perhaps you think that this abuse of the doctrine of grace is of infrequent occurrence? By no means. Most men are sick with the same disease. Why is it, that you are so quiet, so careless, so happy, so confident, so gay, so merry, while you belong to the children of this world? With which do you comfort yourself? You must die; you are traveling towards eternity! You must appear before the judgment seat of God; you have broken the law of God, and deserved the wrath of the Almighty. This you cannot deny. If your mouth says, No! No! Your heart cries, Yes, Amen, it is true. How can your heart have rest while these truths are existing; while the reproaches of your conscience are loud, and warnings of death, and the judgment to come, fill your breast?

“God is gracious,” you say; and with this you try to cover your sins, and to still the goadings of your conscience, as well as you can. But, in God’s name how can you believe in the grace of that God whom you despise; whose Word and commandment you reject; and whom you daily and hourly offend by your sins against Him? But you answer, notwithstanding, “God is merciful”; and thus you continue in your sins, in your impenitence, in your enmity against God; you lie and deceive, revel and rage, hate and covet, curse and swear; and spend your day in vain tittle tattle. Is not this abusing the grace of God? Do we not continually abuse His patience more and more, while we walk along the broad way of destruction as unconverted men?

But what shall we say of those who have really an insight into the grace of God, in the Gospel, and yet knowingly and willingly continue in their sins, or even only in one single sin? Have these hypocrites disappeared, or can we speak of such people as monsters, who are not to be met with in our country? Would to God it were so, but sad experience teaches us to the contrary. Even here, among ourselves in this country, where the knowledge of Christianity has the pre-eminence; where it is less subject to reproach than elsewhere; where the name of the Lord Jesus is acknowledged, even in our neighborhood, it is beyond all things necessary to warm you against the abuse of the doctrine of grace.

Even here there is a very large number of such, who have certainly the appearance of leading a godly life, while they deny the power of it, and declare by their actions, that though they can talk fluently about free grace they have always resisted its chastisement, which would have subdued their ungodly dispositions. Alas! There are but few who earnestly engage in a determined warfare against sin. Most people content themselves with mere knowledge, thoughts, feelings, acknowledgments, and speeches; while they, more or less, willfully turn the comforting truths of the Gospel into a pillow for their sins to rest upon. Thus the free grace of God is extolled by many who openly continue in their sins; and publicly mark themselves, by their pride or indolence; by their judging arrogance and uncharitable speeches; by their fraud and reveling; by their falsehood, avarice, and other vices, as men who know not the true life in grace.

We meet with many people who are zealous defenders of the truth, while in the observance of their domestic and civil duties they come far behind the great mass of the carnally minded and careless children of the world. They are always extolling the Savior, His merits, His free mercy, while they daily make Him the servant of sin. Men are anxious, truly, to be preserved from the curse, from the final punishment of sin; but they submit to the dominion of this or that sin, without any serious combat. And if men are urgently called to combat sin, they call it all legality, while they make the Gospel, in a carnal manner, favor their indolence and impurity, and run the doctrine of grace into an intoxicating draught, against the voice of the law and of their conscience.

Alas! The number of those who are true believers, and who in all points grow up to the full measure of the stature of Christ, living in the element of free grace, with the greatest purity, is very small; many, many hearts are filled with the leaven of the Pharisees; and the dangerous disease of the abuse of the doctrine of grace is an epidemic which snatches away numberless victims.

2. But this is very melancholy—It cries to heaven, it is beyond all measure lamentable. For what is so criminal as for man to degrade Jesus to the rank of a servant of sin, and His Gospel to be a passport for all immorality, to a resting place for his own indolence? What! Has the Son of God trembled and mourned beneath the weight of your sins? Has He endured the floods of torment, and the pains of hell? Has He, forsaken by God, hung upon the cross, and breathed out His precious life there, in order that you might in carnal indolence serve dead idols? Behold, the Eternal God opens His whole heart to you; He follows you, in all your goings; He blesses and delights you in a thousand different ways; He sets before you the most splendid offers for the redemption of your soul; He sends His Divine grace to meet you; and is ready, like a tender mother, to take care of you, to refresh you; and yet you continue with your dead heart to praise his love with your mouth, yet turning this same love into a cloak for your wickedness.

What are these sins which you commit? Are they not, as it were so many blows from your hand, directed against the infinite love of God? Are they not like the traitor kiss of Judas, worthy of the deepest abhorrence? You say, “God has chosen me, saved me, regenerated me; He has snatched me as a brand from the burning; He has forgiven me my sins; He has received me among the number of His elect, and has embraced me with His free grace.”

If God has done all this for you, how can you endure the thought of daily crucifying your merciful Redeemer afresh, and causing him to mourn? Talk not of your awakening, talk not of the grace of God; you have as yet never known the hellish nature of sin, nor have you experienced the true meaning of pardon. If the Lord has chosen, saved, favored, and blessed you, should you not in deep humility bow yourself to the dust? Your heartfelt love for the God who has thus loved you, should daily incite you to gratitude: “For to this end has God chosen us,” says Paul, “that we should be holy and unblameable before Him in love.” If you can so far abuse the Gospel of the grace of God, as to bear to continue even in one single sin, without contrition, striving, and fighting against it, and without the most earnest wish to subdue it; you are a dreadful hypocrite, and your sins are by far more hateful and abominable than the sins of those who do not possess your knowledge.

If, however, the abuse of the doctrine of grace is such a horrible and crying sin, such an unnatural wickedness, its punishment will likewise be fearful. We see a proof of this in Judas Iscariot, the traitor. This ungodly wretch imagined that he was in the favor of Jesus, and belonged to the number of His elect; but he deceived himself, it was not so. He was in secret alliance with sin. He was devoted to avarice; and he coveted, and stole, under the very eyes of Him whose disciple he pretended to be. He even journeyed about with the other Apostles; preached the name of Jesus; and who knows but that he was not more conversant with the doctrines of the Gospel than the rest of the Apostles put together?

But what did it avail him? Discord gnawed at his vitals; an evil conscience tormented him as often as he came under his Master’s eye; a warning from the lips of his Lord sounded in his ear, as the thunder of the judgment; until at last the flames of despair; which consumed his vitals, burst forth—until he, finally, in the grasp of this despair, put an end to himself with horror and dread.

Yes, if you apprehend the doctrine of grace, only carnally; if you leave it as a useless treasure of knowledge, to dwell only in the head, instead of within the heart; if you lend but a finger to Satan, while you pretend to be giving your whole hand to Jesus, and are knowingly and willfully under the dominion of the least appearance of sin; then you are on the direct road which Judas took to eternal damnation. The abuse of this doctrine is the most dreadful ingratitude, the most fearful mockery of the living God, which men can commit—the most hateful insult which we can show to the Lord. What wonder is it that the Lord, who will not be mocked, threatens it with the most dreadful punishments?

3. Yes! Our compassionate God guards and warns us, that we may not in future receive our portion with the hypocrites. He assists us in His mercy, that we may be secured from the abuse of His grace, and may attain to the right and proper use of it. How does this appear? How are we to attain to it? We will shortly, in the last place, consider this. We have seen already how this abominable sin is very easy to commit; how common it is; and how criminal, and therefore how worthy of punishment. If you have attentively and considerately followed what has been hitherto said, you will have remarked, that we spoke not so much of the abuse of grace itself, as of the abuse of the doctrine of grace. There is a wide difference between the two.

The doctrine of grace may be viewed in a false, sinful light, and looked at only on one side, so as to have no influence—at least, no deep, essential influence—upon the reason and actions of the man. But is this possible with grace itself? “God forbid,” says Paul, “that we which are dead to sin should live any longer therein!” True grace contains a death blow to all sin, and a powerful incitement to all goodness. Whoever has truly found grace in the eyes of the Lord, has seen sin in all its most hateful forms, and knows its curse, its deserving of condemnation, and has engaged in warm combat against it; bearing a bitter hatred towards it in his heart, and not even having any inward desire in his soul but this, to consecrate his whole heart, his whole life to the Lord, who has in so unmerited a manner saved him, and drawn him to Himself.

But whoever can grieve this Eternal Comforter, by even one single sin; whoever can reconcile his heart to take pleasure in any sinful deed or desire, has placed a phantom, an airy conception of his brain, in the stead of real grace; and does not belong to those who have experienced the grace of God, and are become partakers of it. If you wish then to be freed from the abuse of grace, and to attain to the right use of it, behold I can give you no other advice than this: Learn to know the grace of God by experience. In grace alone, where it is in truth experienced, lies all saving power. Learn to see what you are in the sight of God; what you deserve according to His law; learn to know, how it is only through His free mercy that your salvation can be effected; and that He has effected it. You must descend from the proud height of your imagined righteousness, until you know yourself, as Paul did, to be the chief of sinners, who has deserved everlasting wrath, curse, damnation, and hell; but who is not worthy of the least benefit from God.

When you have learned this in deep humility, then the grace of God will become great and precious to you; then you will perceive what a hateful hellish monster all sin, and every sin, is; then it will be your chief desire daily and hourly to destroy all and each sin; yes, then will your heart lay hold of the free grace of God, so that in the deepest heartfelt humility, love, and thankfulness, you will offer yourself as a living sacrifice for the great love with which the Lord has loved you, and will ever love you.

Means of grace are not lacking to us. If it is the real intention of your heart—and not only of your lips—to attain to grace; if the Spirit of God has kindled a longing after God in you, then you will faithfully employ the Word of God, prayer, and the holy sacraments; and avoid all occasions of sin, and frivolous, vain, worldly society; and strive with all your efforts, and all the powers at your command, to attain the goal—the everlasting blessedness of your soul.

Thus we return anew to begging and entreating you, and admonishing you in Christ’s stead: “be reconciled to God.” No longer reject the saving hand of your Surety; fall at His feet, and become His blessed heritage. With all the riches of His house, with all the precious blood-bought treasures of His kingdom, with all His most holy merits, with his spotless righteousness, with endless peace, with joy which infinitely outweighs all earthly pleasures, the Everlasting Comforter appears before your soul to crown it with grace and mercy. Oh, receive the presents of this bountiful Lord. Draw Him towards yourself with all the treasures of His grace, and He will establish, strengthen, and settle you in the blessed experience, that His grace shall never depart from you, nor the covenant of His peace fail.

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Testimony Of Sharing God’s Love To One Of The Least Of These (Matthew 25:40)

Testimony Of Sharing God’s Love To One Of The Least Of These (Matthew 25:40)

A TESTIMONY FROM A FRIEND OF MINE: He asked his name not be used and give all glory to God so Haleluyah to our Father in heaven!!

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NOTE FROM ME: AMAZING HOW GOD PUTS US JUST WHERE WE NEED TO BE AT ANY GIVEN TIME AND HOW WE ARE TO LOVE THE LEAST OF THESE AND OUR NEIGHBORS AS OURSELVES: SHARE GOD’S LOVE TO THOSE IN NEED IF YOU HAVE THE MEANS TO DO SO AND IF YOU DO NOT, MAY YOU BE THE RECIPIENT OF SOMEONE’S KINDNESS!

MATTHEW 25:40 KJV And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Last night we went to get groceries pretty late and really didn’t need to – Carmella wanted some ice cream, so away we went. Cold and snowy night. As we arrived at the grocery store I noticed someone huddled up way from the snow a little ways away (not panhandling, just sitting out of sight beside an adjacent store that was already closed). We went in the store and got what we needed and I also grabbed a sub sandwich, some pastries and a quart of milk for who was outside…

We drove over to him and asked if he was hungry? He was very hungry and jumped right up. We gave him the bag of goodies and told him God told us to do that for him and that He really does love him. We talked a bit and he mentioned that his feet were so cold. We have a bag of warm sock and gloves at our house that we bought to give to those that need it. We told him we would go get him some socks and gloves and be right back… When we returned, we gave him a few pairs of warm socks and warm gloves and he really lit up. I don’t think he expected us to come back as it took over 20 minutes… We talked some more and found out his wife left him a couple weeks ago. He was in his late 20’s I think and he had a snow shovel with him (which he has been trying to make enough to eat, live).

As we talked more with him he mentioned a pastor had bought him lunch last week and invited him to his church. We mentioned that God really loves him and wants to help him out and bring him into relationship with Him. That he should try praying, and give God the chance to respond to him. He then said that he prayed for the first time yesterday! Now when he was freezing cold and hungry – a couple of God’s people show up with food, warmth and encouragement. We put some water on that seed that pastor planted – God works in ways we can’t see in advance.

 

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Discover Your Calling Into Israel Part 2

Discover Your Calling Into Israel Part 2

Paul warned about us about people coming and deceiving many.  Have you ever heard of a man named Marcion?  I encourage you to listen and take assessment of your faith and determine if you believe in his heresy.  Do you follow Marcion’s teachings or do you follow Yeshua’s and the Apostle’s teachings?

 

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