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GOSPEL TRUTHS

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The journey to life eternal with God can be a difficult one but the prize for those who persevere and complete the race is beyond all human imagining, for they will become as angels, a very part of the fabric that is God and fly through all eternity in the Love that is God. (Mark 12: 25)

Luke 17: 1-4 The lesson in verses 1-4  emphasizes the obligation of each disciple to serve God without expectation of reward. His followers must give complete obedience to Him no matter what trials come upon them and like Christ, they must conquer their own human nature by suffering. Jesus emphasizes the kind of faith His disciples would need to endure coming trials and to obey His commands, explained in 1 Timothy 1:5.  His words are designed to guard against the subtle danger ito those of us who becomes satisfied with their work and expect that God will recognize their service with reward. Jesus impresses on His disciples the difficult and continuous service He requires of them and the attitude in which their service should be given and this applies just as much to all Christians today as it did to those when Christ walked the earth.

Luke 16: 10-12  (KJV).  'He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.' Christ tells us that even our smallest sins must be repented daily for that is the only way in which we can become perfect as our Father in Heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5  48)

Luke 14: 14-24 warns all mankind that when we are called to a faith in and love for God we must immediately respond positively and abandon any and all commitments  that get in the way of our doing so.

Even during our darkest times we must never despair for our most abject failures are forgiven if we ask God.  The only fatal thing is to be content with anything less than perfection for that is what God requires of us not matter how long it might take or how hard it might be. (Matthew 5: 48)

In his final exhortation to Timothy, Paul warned against doctrinal 'word wasters' (2 Tim. 4: 3-4) when he wrote, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”

At all times, God is fully aware of what is in our heart and minds.(Luke 12: 1-3 KJV)  "In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.  Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops."

Luke 10:20  "Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven."  Our delight as Christians must always be that we are destined for Heaven, therefore  earthly pleasures should and must occupy second place in our lives.

Luke 9:23-25  (KJV).   "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" Whatever life throws at us, (our cross) be it good, bad or indifferent, we must bear it willingly.

Luke 8:21 "And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it." Those closest to Christ are those who hear and obey God's Commandments.

A sacred calling is not only for Bishops, Vicars and Pastors etc but is also for anyone who goes about their work, whatever it might be, to the Glory of God.

From Luke 5: 27-28 and Luke 5: 10-11 it is clear that God reads all the thoughts both good and bad, moment by moment, of all human beings.  Once we truly understand and accept this then Proverbs 9: 10 rings with a fearsome truth that the "Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding."

In his final exhortation to Timothy, Paul warned against doctrinal 'word wasters' (2 Tim. 4: 3-4) when he wrote, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” 

We are warned by the words of Christ in Luke 3: 9 when He explains to us that "The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5: 48) Christ really and truly meant it. He meant that when we become Christians we must surrender our earthly longings and desire and work with Him to become perfect, no matter how long it takes; even unto our death.  

In his letter written c.48 a.d.to the Galatians 5:6 (KJV) Paul tells us:  "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love."  No matter what we do, no matter how much we give to the poor, no matter how often we pray, without Love towards both God and other people we have NOTHING!

If we allow ourselves to become a part of God by loving Him and loving others whilst in our mortal life, He will turn the weakest and most wretched of us into a dazzling god, immortal, radiant and drenched in joy.  The journey might be difficult but like the caterpillar we must keep struggling until death for only then will the butterfly of our spirituality be able to grow the wings of immortality and fly. (John 1: 12)

Paul wrote in 1Corinthians 13 that whilst we at present see Heavenly things darkly as through a mirror, when we are raised from the dead and clothed by Righteousness Himself and dressed in the dazzling blaze of the Morning Sun, we shall see, know and understand all things in exactly the same way as we are known, for we will be Sons of the ever living God. In this life our task is to try with all our might to be worthy of that promise..

We ask God for only a glassful and yet the ocean remains; we ask God for a sunbeam and still the sun still lives and shines.  All our asking falls far short of that which God will give as God's giving is far beyond that which we ask of Hiim.

Conquest, whether it be person to person or nation to nation is an evil which is productive of all other evils; both by those who commit it and those who suffer it.

In his final exhortation to Timothy, Paul warned against doctrinal 'word wasters' (2 Tim. 4: 3-4) when he wrote, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”

 Galatians 3:28, KJV: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." Whatever we may be to others whilst on earth, we are all equal in the sight of God.

When God became man He took on all mankind's weaknesses except sin. He wept at the grave of Lazarus John 11:35; sweated anxious blood in Gethsemane Luke:22-46; grew tired John 4: 6; became hungry Matthew 4:2; and thirsty John 19:28. And so we know, as He intended we should know, that in spite of embracing our weaknesses He remained resolute and thereby demonstrating that it is by our 'will' alone that we are either 'good' or 'bad in our lives and not through intention, sentiment, feelings or emotion.

Jesus Christ did not send His disciples into the world to preach the message that all was perfect: His Gospel teaching is, and always has been, directly oppposed to the worldliness of the 'world'.

Never be surprised at the evil that is latent within humanity, for as Judas, one of the Apostles reveals, no society is totally beyond evil.

The food of life is that contained in the Gospels and those who refuse to eat of it will eternally starve.

Life in this world is only the dust cover and title page of the 'Book of Life'.  At our death we begin the First Chapter of the greatest story ever told which goes on for ever with each chapter revealing ever more untold riches and joy.

God gives us no reason to believe He is in any way 'soft'.  He tells us uncompromisingly to do that which is 'right' and He doesn't seem to be concerned how painful, difficult or dangerous it might be.  God does not promise us a safe journey but He does promise a good landing.

God promises salvation not to the generality called humanity, but to individual souls.

John in the opening words of his Gospel (1: 1.  KJV) reveals to us that Christ, God Incarnate, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life" is so full of Life that when He needed to 'die' He had to borrow 'death'  by descending and entering into the mankind He created.

Matthew 21:44 is an appeal to open one’s eyes and see that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God sent into the world and an uncompromising warning against rejecting Jesus Christ who is the sure Rock of salvation for those who believe in Him, but an immovable stone by which those will stumble and be crushed, who do not.

Unbelievers can no more annihilate God through their unbelief than they can destroy the universe by believing it to be false.

Heed not your feelings for it is not those which matter to God, for they arise out of our earthly bodies of flesh.  What matters to Him are our intentions and our deeds for it is those that will be judged.

(Matthew 18: 23-35 KJV)  Here Jesus explains exactly why if we want God's forgiveness we must forgive others. It's the only way.

(Matthew 16: 25-28 KJV)  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. 

Matthew 15: 7-8  "You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:  These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me".   Let us make sure we are not the same.

Real creativity does not exist as all efforts to be so are simply a reworking of existing elements. Who can make a fourth dimension? Who can add a new colour to a rainbow?

Do not get discouraged in prayer for it might be the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.

Christ becomes more real to those who persist in the cultivation of His presence and to really know Him is life's highest attainment.

Pay as little attention as possible to discouragement; plough ahead as does a ship, rough or smooth, rain or shine, for the whole point of the Christian life is to carry our cargo and make our port.

Those who look forward to the time when they will know as they are known must let that understanding stream forth upon their neighbours.

Let no one teach the Christian Faith who knows not Christ.

Many turn away from any truth the intellect cannot formulate and so a zeal for God will never consume them. Why should it? God is of no interest to them.

When we become one with God what can we do but live forever.

 

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