Faith alone is not enough. James 2:26, KJV: "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." .
Hebrews 6:4-6 "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." There is no possibility of return to Christian enlightenment for those who have fallen away.
No one is saved because they do works of love for it is faith alone that saves. However, from those who are saved will flow works of love in abundance.
Fos us to rebel against God is like blossom revolting against the tree which gives it life. Pointless and leading to death.
The very second we become aware of God and self we present ourselves with the dreadful alternative of choosing God or ourselves to be the centre of our lives. Even the most holy of individuals are constantly having to make that choice. Our aim in life must be to make God more and the self less.
Be obedient to Gods Commandments for they are the opener of eyes.
Eternal Life is to be one with God.
It is vital that we rid ourselves of the desire for possessions. We must possess them as opposed to them possessing us.
The worldly ash heap is composed of 'things.'
The next moment is as much in God's care and beyond our grasp as those a thousand years away.
A man is lord of his will and is to blame when remembering a duty and does not do it but puts it off and forgets it.
A good work done is of more consequence than all unfulfilled intentions.
Possessions tend to block up our windows and barricade our doors and prevent God from entering.
Mankind is nearer to God than anything else that God has made.
To love God and to love others is all that is needed for life in Heaven.
God will not force any door to enter as the door must be opened from the inside by the willing hand before He will cross the threshold.
Obedience towards God is the key to life.
God first entrusted sacred literature to the Hebrews.
That we might know God He came in Jesus and that we might go to Him Jesus went away.
The true, even if unacknowledged desire of the heart of mankind is to have oneness with the eternal.
To see and smell the scent of a flower is a far higher thing than to know all the botany of it.
To know and love Christ is an infinitely higher thing than all the theology ever written.
What is the analysis of water when compared to the babble of a tumbling stream.
To turn from and against self is to begin to be pure of heart.
The most saintly of folk when looking on the face of God will see just how bad they are.
The self is given to us that we might sacrifice it.
Galatians 4:4-7 KJV But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. What greater assurance do we need than this?
When a Christian welds 'Will' to 'Conscience' then another step has been taken on the narrow road which leads to the Kingdom of God.
To the worldly who are pondering how to make much into more, the glory of the Lord is but a mere detail.
To confront creation with eyes that are pure is to possess it.
Jesus loved the world and the things of the world, not as men of the world love them but finding His Father in everything.
He that feeds the ravens and the sparrows says to His children - “Love one another.”
At the end of each day we must ask: "What have I done this day?" Have I been like the parable whereby I say: "I go, but went not?"
Fortunately our Lord cares infinitely more for that which is lower than Himself than we do for that which is lower than us.
Time does not forgive sins, only the blood of Christ can do that.
Unless we illuminate scripture with the light of Christ then we are in danger of falling into a thousand errors.
As in chess, so in life. When the game is finally over, whether King or Pawn, they both return to the place where they began and in so doing are of equal importance.
Followers of Christ must not only let their light shine before others but that light must be both bright and crystal clear.
Happily for our blessedness we soon tire of our possessions.
All statements about God are extrapolations from our understanding of things God has revealed to us. How else can we know anything about the unknowable?
Christ, with outstretched arms on the cross was welcoming not only His ancient people but also the gentiles.
Being in the body of humanity did not defile Jesus; rather, by being in the body He gave it sanctified it.
Job had his desire and saw the face of God. (Job. 42: 5 KJV)
A creature revolting against its creator is doing so against the fountainhead of its own power and this is no different to the scent of a flower trying to destroy the flower.
Jesus really knew how to spend time 'alone' with God when He told us that when we Pray we must find the secret place, enter, and then close the door.
Because of our less than perfect righteousness no Word of His will be misunderstood by those who are followers of Christ, nor will our being less than perfect hide us from the face of our Father in Heaven.
With theology the scientist is free to continue with his experiments and the Christian with his prayers.
The opposite of love is not only hate for it can also be indifference.
In one hour of silent prayer the soul will progress more than when in company with others. (Luke: 9:10.)
Some have substituted religion for God as if navigation were a substitute for arrival or battle for victory.
The danger of the word religion is that it carries the idea that it is just one more department of life and thereby added to the political, social and all the rest.
The Lord gives His Spirit to those who obey Him.
Whilst it might undertake other activities the real purpose of the church is the salvation of souls. If it is not doing that then it might as well close its doors.
We have to be reconciled to God and not Him to us.
There is all the Love of the Father and Son on God's side whilst on the side of His creation there lives pride and selfishness.
Whilst Jesus told us to live the absolute ethic right now we like to keep a foot in both camps and this is what Jesus told us we couldn't do.
Those who go on obeying also go on discovering. 'To them that have shall be given.'
Abraham was at the beginning of the long, slow preparation of the Jewish people.
Mankind is given freewill to do wrong that man might choose good and become like God.
As God decants the wine of His righteousness into us, so we poison much of it.
Christianity is definitely NOT an intellectual option.
Double minded souls (James 1: 8.) ignore God when happy; deny Him when grief-stricken; tolerate Him on Sundays; and call on Him only when their life or fortune hang doubtfully in the balance.
At the end of each human life, that which is the terror or delight of every creature will look upon each of us.
If untrue, Christianity is of no importance to us whatsoever but if TRUE then, it is of infinite importance,
Jesus Christ is the only likeness of the living God.
Christ is in us working to change us, working until the same likeness as Himself is perfected in us. Thus the Lord, the Spirit, becomes the soul of our soul.
Jesus in communion with our inmost being will change us until in every thought and deed we are like Him; unselfish; neighbourly; brotherly and full of love for God and for others.
Human beings are animals the same as any other warm blooded creature, albeit cognisant animals of a high order with an awareness of right and wrong. But for all that we are still beings of the five senses who need Christ to enable us to overcome the effects they have upon us.
When the Pharisees said 'Corban' they lied against the Truth that a man must honour his father and mother.
We must constantly labour in the worldly fields of duty.
The Lord who loves everything hates selfishness and pride which He will not have in His Kingdom.
Christ died to save us not from injustice nor from justice but to save us from being unjust.
If we do not die to ourselves and our vanities we cannot live to God.
Christ's Kingdom is one in which no man seeks to be above another. Ambition is the dirt and ashes of this world's kingdom.
We cannot discover whether our car is still in the garage by reason alone: we have to investigate and so with God.
Alexander Pope penned some very perceptive words when he wrote, "The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man's own eyes when they look upon his own person."
For us to have the humility to acknowledge our true worth in this world and the wisdom to understand our true value in God's world is to be truly blessed.
As Christians we must treat others in exactly the same way we would have God treat us for that is how we will be judged.
The Glad and Glorious Creator never made His Creation for sorrows for they are but a stormy strait through which we must sail on our way to the harbour of His peace.
Many are deluded into believing that in some way time cancels out sin and that bad things committed many years ago have been forgotten by God due to their being in the past. Not so! Sins are not neutralized by time but only by repentance and the by the blood of Christ.
God is always pleased with the first tottering steps of a little one who wants to walk in His way, and yet is never satisfied with anything but the purposeful stride of the one who is full grown.
All ground is Holy and every bush a Burning Bush.
The Bible does not request that we look at it as 'the' Word, 'the' Truth, 'the' Way, for its purpose is to lead us to Jesus who fulfils all three.
Miracles of Jesus were ordinary works of His Father made small that we might better understand them. Poor indeed was the making of wine in the stone jars at Cana when compared to the abundant growth of the vine with its clusters of ripening grapes, gathering from the earth the water that had to be carried in pitchers and then poured into the stone jars at Cana.
God will not force any door to enter.
God withholds that man might ask.