Hebrews 3:18 "And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed?" A dire warning indeed.
In our present earthly lives we are like eggs, waiting to be fertilized by Christ and then hatched to sprout the wings of immortality. We can refuse but if we do then we go bad and die in the shell of our humanity. (John 8: 24)
(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: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" Not only shall the dead live but those alive who truly believe shall not taste death but will pass when ready, in an instant, from earthly life unto life eternal.
Never let the desire to 'understand' come before obedience to God's Commandments.
In his book, The Abolition of Man, C.S.Lewis wrote, “In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate the stallions and then ask them to be fruitful.”
Liberal Christianity considers itself free to alter the faith whenever that faith appears hard to digest and such doctrine, blown by the headwind of doubt, can make no real contribution towards the salvation of souls.
Just think of the wondrous senses that God has given us. Sound waves travel into our eardrums and along nerves to the brain which converts them into sound-experiences that range from battlefield gunfire to the sublime orchestral sound of Beethoven's ninth Symphony.
Calling ourselves Christian does not necessarily make us Christian just as calling ourselves a brain surgeon does not make us so unless we have the necessary qualifications, dedication, learning and experience.
'Security', is, without doubt, the near impassable barrier between God and Mankind.
It is impossible to truly love our neighbour until we love God.
No ambition to be a motive for action; no wish to surpass another; no longing after the praise of men, for these are worldly desires and worthless.
The world must be to us as nothing.
When Jesus says 'Follow Me' He means to follow Him into the heart of God – out of our body and into life eternal.
We have to grow diamond clear, true as the white light of morning – a hopeless task were it not for the fact that both God and His Son offers to come and dwell in us.
What power could prevent him who sees the face of God from being joyful for universal bliss is the presence of God.
We don't love because it makes us blessed, we are blessed because we love.
As Christians we must toil up the highpeaks of Truth.
To disobey God is like the acorn trying to disobey the oak – Why? The oak is all the time in the acorn and God is all the time in us.
Our faith must be IN the loving, ruling Christ for many believe ABOUT Christ rather than IN Him.
To obey Christ is the only way we can be one with Him.
At the end of each day I must ask: “What have I done this day.” Have I been like the parable where I say: “I go,” but went not.
We have been given freewill to be good or bad and how we behave is up to us whether it be like Judas or John.
Only those who do right can think right and only those who think right can do right: first the thinking and then the doing.
Everyone who is a follower of Jesus has His Spirit. (2 Cor. 3: 18)
And we who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's Glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing Glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. God is revealed to the childlike but rarely to the keenest intellect.
There has never been nor ever will be anyone as unique as YOU, and so when in Heaven you will be given your White Stone with your name written on it: a name known only to God and yourself, which means you will offer to Him your individual worship that is like no other. (Rev. 2. 17)
For those who attain eternal life with God will come the realization that it is the consummation of their earthly discipleship.
When we reach our Heavenly home the first meal which awaits us is fruit from the tree of eternal life.
The other side of the Christian doorway awaits for us the secret of life eternal.
Christ also washed the feet of Judas during supper thereby treading underfoot the universal tendency to pride..(Luke. 14: 16.)
Christ loved us before we loved Him therefore we should love our neighbours before they love us.
Security is a Christian's greatest enemy.
We were told to ask for our daily bread and not a lifetime pension.
Faith is our link to Divinity and prayer our Hotline.
God is like a fish hook. First the fish has to grab the hook before the hook can grab the fish.
Proverbs 18: 2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding but only in expressing his opinion.
How can God forgive a sin which someone insists on keeping? To do so would be the same as condoning it.
God's all consuming fire will consume that which we call 'ourselves' so that the 'selves' God made will remain.
Instead of doing God's Will we request a definition and try to intellectualize His commands so that when He tells us to love our enemies we ask, “How?” and then, “All of them?” “Even those who are very wicked?” until finally His command fades into nothing amid the How, the Where and the When, questions.
The soul that loves the Truth will always know when to speak and when to be silent.
To know and to love Christ is an infinitely higher thing than all the theology ever written and all the cathedrals ever built.
The Christian's body is a divine thing being the temple of the Holy Spirit and so at death it will be rebuilt with fresh and more noble material.
Torture is a hell invented solely by humankind.
As Christians, we become wise when we realize we know nothing and remain content with that fact.
We are required to be perfect because God is perfect.
For Christians a good time is coming when we shall 'know' in exactly the same way we are 'known'.
At first sight and to many, Christianity seems to be mainly about duty, rules, guilt and morality, whereas its determining focus is to encourage people to develop and to then dwell for all eternity in a country that is filled with Light and Love.
Many are made happy by the simple act of obeying rules, even if such obedience denies them all that is Love.
What is emptiness but a space to be filled which in spite of our constant search for pleasure and desire for possessions in a desperate attempt to fill that space, we remain an empty vessel until we are filled with the Glory that is God.
When serving our neighbour let us remember that light comes only at the cost of that which produces it. Burning must come before shining. We cannot be of great use to others without cost to ourselves.
“He [Christ] died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.” - C.S.Lewis
We will know we have increased in virtue when we realize we have increasing pleasure in virtuous deeds.
Each of us is a plant in God's garden, watered, shone upon and filled with life and all for the sake of the flower which lies at its heart.
Obedience is not the perfection in the doing but in the trying for God takes the will and the intention in the imperfect deed and makes it perfect.
God's consuming fire which burns but does not destroy.
Way, Truth and Life is not to be found in the Bible except that it leads to the Christ.
Warnings about the treasures of the heart does not apply just to money, it applies equally to those who in any way worship the transient, who seek the praise of men more than the praise of God: who would make a show in the world by taste, by intellect, by power, by art of any kind and so would gather golden opinions to be treasured in a storehouse full of worldly ash.
The pleasures that the Immortal, the Infinite, created in the image of the everlasting God are housed by mankind with their own fading and corrupting pleasures in the vain hope that their glory in some way rubs off and makes their own pleasures similarly good.
Revenge is a wild and easily satisfied justice.
Humanity must first ascend the hills of earthly life to reach the high country of the divine.
Forgiveness can never be indifference.
The name written on the white stone is the key to Heaven.
Aspiration is the hope of achieving something whilst ambition is a strong desire and determination to achieve the object of its desire and that journey can lead to the exclusion of all else – even God.
A man will only hear that which he wants to hear and see that which he wishes to see.
Words are sounds to be understood or misunderstood and this is entirely dependant upon the listener.
What does God want me to do as opposed to what will God do if I do so and so. Attempts to bribe God is a never ending battle of humankind.
Recorded history reveals the gradual development of life through which the Father works.
Inward sight alone can convince of spiritual truths but wonders and miracles never.
We are small Christians because we look at ourselves and not at Christ.
We are content to scramble in our own defiled lowlands instead of looking at the highest snowy pinnacles of purity where Christ resides.
God wants to make us in His own image so that we choose good and refuse evil.
God gives us room to 'BE' but does not oppress us with His Will.
Heed not your feelings but do your duty.
Duty when offered to God is divine service and the most important part of that service is the helping of our neighbour.
A man must not choose which neighbour to love for he is to love all.
'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself' in Matthew 22: 39 is also to be found in Leviticus 19: 18.. “Do not seek revenge nor bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord.”
To have himself, to know himself, to enjoy himself, this a man calls life, whereas if he would only forget himself then infinitely magnified would be his life in God.
Hate the sin but love the sinner. How exactly does that work? We hate sin by recognizing it for what it is, by refusing to take part in it and condemning it as contrary to God's nature. Sin is to be hated, not excused or taken lightly. We love sinners by showing them respect 1 Peter 2: 17. Praying for them 1 Timothy. 2: 1. and witnessing to them of Christ.
It is a true act of love to treat someone with respect and kindness even though you do not approve of their lifestyle or sinful choices.
If you ask Jesus how you should live your life He will tell you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your strength and with all your mind and to love others as yourself.
Many prune the abundant blooms of the Kingdom of God to make them better fit the small garden of their own understanding.
Read scripture by the Light of the Lord – that is the Light of Truth.
It was not for himself that Jesus came into the world, He came that others might come to know the Father and to see the goodness of the Father whom He Glorified.
The feeding of the five thousand was not magic – bread came from bread and fish from fish.