Visit this page again for when a further understanding is revealed it is added
Let us obey the commandments of God until our earthly death when we will then eat of the fruit of immortality in the midst of the paradise of God. Revelation 2:7 (KJV) "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God".
This is life in the Kingdom of God. I Cor. 13. "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. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.""
A serious warning to us all from John the Baptist as recorded in Matthew 3:10 (KJV) "And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire."
James 1:13-14 (KJV) "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed." End of story. We are tempted neither by God nor by others for temptations comes from our own evil desires.
Hebrews 13:9 "Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so." Forget the man made superstitious nonsense which abounds in the Christian religion. Love God and Love people and so tread the narrow road, leading to the narrow gate, for that is all that is necessary to gain entrance into the Kingdom.
Hebrews 13:2 "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."
As Christians do not allow unbelievers to sow doubt in your minds. Just as a novel is simply a series of black and white marks on paper to those who cannot read so is the Gospel Truths of Christianity to those who are blind to God
John 15:4-6 KJV "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." If we do not live in and for Christ then we wither and die and eternity with Him is not in us..
Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" Are we ready?
Thessalonians 5: 2. "For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
John 13: 12-17 "So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and LORD: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your LORD and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his LORD; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." Why? There is no room in the Kingdom of God for pride; and Christ, God Incarnate, here reveals that to be so.
John 11:25-26 "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" If we believe that Jesus is that which He claims then at our death in the body we will pass instantly into life with God for all eternity.
John 10:30 (KJV) "I and my Father are one" What great proof of Christ's Divinity do we need.
John 8:51 (KJV). "Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." We keep Christ's commandments and at our earthly passing our move to eternal life with God is instantaneous.
Psalm 78: 72. "And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skilful hands he led them." I find that when I'm doubtful as to the course in life I should take, I submit my judgement absolutely to the Spirit of God and ask Him to close every door but the right one and it never fails. Sometimes the right door appears to be opening to less than understood paths and so I stand with doubts filling my mind but always do I proceed and always have I been guided right.
In Matthew 7: 9-11 we are told: "Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him." "
Hebrews 11: 1. Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." True faith posts its letter and lets it go. Distrust holds on to a corner of it and then wonders that the answer never comes.
"Matthew 14: 24.and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it." Jesus Christ is no security against storms, but He is perfect security in storms. He has never promised us an easy passage, only a safe landing.
The hearts of some, just like the evening primrose, open more beautifully and fully in the shadows of life.
With theology the scientist is free to continue with his experiments and the Christian with his prayers.
Doomsday.. Judgement Day.. cannot by any stretch of the imagination be removed from the teaching of Jesus. The great separation; the sheep and the goats; the wise and foolish virgins; the wheat and tares; the wide and narrow gate; the wise and foolish virgins; the good fish and the refuse and the door being closed on the marriage feast with some inside and some outside. It is from the mouth of Jesus Himself that the Day of Judgement has entered Christianity. C.S.Lewis
The road that leads into Jerusalem is the same road that leads out of Jerusalem.
When asked why Christianity, as opposed to any of the estimated 4,200 religions in the world, is the true faith, I respond as did Jesus when He was tempted in the wilderness. He doesn’t dialogue with Satan, as Eve did in the terrestrial Paradise. Jesus knows well that one can’t dialogue with Satan, as questioning can be endless. For this reason, instead of dialoguing, as Eve did, Jesus chooses to take refuge in the Word of God and to respond with the power of His Word. Let us also defend ourselves with the Wisdom and Power of the Word of God. My response, therefore, is always to quote the words of Christ ,the Son of God, when He tells the world through John's Gospel 14: 6. that: "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." My hearers must either accept that or not
. When Jesus told us to take up our cross it tells us that this life is not about avoidance of suffering or a matter of self preservation. Whatever our cross we must willingly shoulder it.
(Jeremiah. 23: 24) "Do I not fill heaven and earth." It is impossible to avoid God.
Word of God clothed in flesh came to take away the sins of the world and also as a seed sent into the world to bring a great harvest. “Unless a Grain of wheat falls into the earth it remains alone."
Christ's coming began the conversion of gentiles as before the passion the One God was known only in Judea.
(Psalm. 41: 9.) "Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me." Judas, one of the Apostles proves that no society is without evil.
Christ also washed the feet of Judas during supper thereby treading underfoot the universal tendency to pride..(Luke. 14: 16.)
John was the contemplative apostle, the eagle who saw further into the heart of God.
Christ loved us before we loved Him therefore we should love our neighbours before they love us.
All the skills and talents of humankind that are in the world come from God as revealed in Exodus 31: 3-11 "And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee; The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle, And the table and his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense, And the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot, And the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest's office, And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do."
Jesus said in John 7:7 "The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." How much more evidence of that fact do we need?
If ever we are puzzled by what is meant by doing God's work then consider the words in John 6:29 when Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." and, of course, to do His bidding.
John 6:27 Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”
Matthew 27. 45-54. During the crucifixion the sun hid and the whole country became dark; the earth quaked; bodies were raised from their graves; mountains were rent asunder and together they revealed that Christ on the cross was, and is, God as they bore a violent witness to the death of their Master.
We can be sure that every thought and intention we have is no mystery to God and when we join with Him it will no longer be a mystery to us.
As Christians we are truly blessed creatures for our eyes will behold God as He is in all His majesty and Glory. (1Cor 13: 12-13)