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The Very Basis Of The Gospel Is To Know That God Is Love!

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The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— including death.   Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of love. The children of God are to manifest His glory. In their own life and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for them.  EGW COL 415

 

 

 

 

The Very Basis Of The Gospel Is To Know That God Is Love!

Knowing and Trusting In God’s Steadfast Love is the very basis of Salvation.  “For God so loved”—that He Gave. John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 13:5

“This is life eternal that they might know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3). When we “know” God as Jesus revealed Him to be and trust Him, then we have confidence, faith, or trust in Jesus’ ability to “save” (salvage) us! Our assurance or confidence is in our Savior (just like the thief on the Cross) not in a legal payment.

            The Power Of God’s Love! Rom 8:37-39

 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment, because in this world we are like him.  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.     1 John 4:13-21, John 5:24

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son…   John 3:16-17

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died.   2 Corinthians 5:14

When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.          Psalm 94:18

But all of us who are Christians have no veils on our faces, but reflect like mirrors the glory of the Lord. We are transfigured by the Spirit of the Lord in ever-increasing splendour into His own image.   2 Corinthians 3:18

God Loves You Just Like He Loves His Son Jesus!

The one thing above all others that Christ is desirous that we should know is that The Father has loved us even as He loved Him!

I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. John 17:23,26

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!   1  John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

Revelation 14:6-13: A Biblical Study On God’s Final Message To The World!!

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What follows is over 200 Bible Texts contained in 13 Bible Studies all related to Revelation 14:6-13. Please use these powerful studies to draw close to God and He will draw close to you!! James 4:8. It is my deep conviction that Jesus is about to come!!

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.  Revelation 22:17,20

I entreat you to remain in God’s Word and let Him share His Steadfast Love with you—a love that will change you making you more like Him!!  2Corinthians 3:18     2Corinthians 5:14,17

Why not open the door and let Jesus in right now!! Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20

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Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—

saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,

10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the     presence of the Lamb.

11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

EXPOSITION

What is The Purpose of Prophecy?

The precise future events on earth are known only to God before they actually take place. Prophetic predictions are given in the Bible not to make people speculate about the future, but rather to build faith after they have come to pass (see Jesus’ words in John 14:29). Prophecy has a function in our hearts until its fulfillment arrives. It should make Jesus—“the morning star” and “light” of hope—shine in our everyday lives. Our relationship with Jesus is what saves us with Eternal Life 2Peter 1:19,John 17:3

  Revelation 14:6–13 The three last messages to be preached to the earth by the end-time remnant before the Son of Man arrives in the clouds (Rev 14:14). These are the messages that were commissioned in Revelation 10:11. For more on the mission of the REMNANT, see Revelation 18:1–4.

THE REMNANT
Closely related to the topic of the church is that of remnant. In the Bible a remnant is that part of God’s people that remains faithful to Him, especially in times of crisis and apostasy.

Isaiah 10:20–34
Rom. 11:5
2 Pet. 3:11–14
Rev. 12:17
Rev. 14:6–13
Rev. 18:4
    Revelation 14:6 gospel. Fulfills Matt. 24:14. The first of three angels who proclaim God’s final message to the world. In the context of Revelation, the gospel includes the good news of Christ’s Second Coming, in which He rescues His people.

Matthew 24:14 The great call—or commission—to proclaim the gospel to the world is given repeatedly in the NT (see Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21). This worldwide proclamation is a clear sign that the coming of the Lord is about to occur. All humanity will be given an opportunity to respond to Christ. Only then will the cosmic conflict come to an end. On the Great Commission, see also Matt. 28:19–20; Acts 1:8; Rev. 10:11; 14:7.

 SALVATION
Romans 6:23 tells us that sin leads to death. And the rest of the Bible describes a shattered world in the wake of ongoing human sin and its results. Is there no hope for us and our world? The answer to that question is a resounding “Yes, there is!” Salvation is the divine act of delivering believers from the curse and power of sin and then restoring them to fellowship with God.

Mark 10:45
Rom. 3:21–26*
Rom. 4:6
Rom. 5:10
Rom. 6:23
2 Cor. 5:17
2 Cor. 5:19
2 Cor. 5:21
Gal. 2:16
Gal. 3:10–13
Gal. 3:13
Eph. 1:7
Eph. 2:4–10*
Col. 1:15–20
Heb. 9:13–14
1 John 2:2
1 John 4:10

RESURRECTION
   To be resurrected means to rise from the dead. The Bible teaches that Christ won the victory over death and the grave through His resurrection, and that He wants to pass on His resurrection blessings to each of His followers. As such, the Bible’s teachings on the resurrection are among the happiest of any found in Holy Scripture.

Job 19:25–27
Isaiah 26:19
Dan. 12:2
Matt. 24:31
John 5:28–29
John 11:25
Acts 24:15
1 Cor. 15:51–55
Phil. 3:21
1 Thess. 4:14
1 Thess. 4:16
Rev. 20:4–5

THE SECOND COMING
 The Second Coming of Jesus is one of the most widespread teachings in the Bible. It is the hope of the ages. It is at the Second Coming that Jesus brings to completion the work that He began at His incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection. It is only at the Second Coming that human beings will be fully saved from sin and its influence.

Matt. 24:3
Matt. 24:21–22
Matt. 24:26–27
Matt. 24:32–33
Matt. 24:37–39
Matt. 25:31–46
Mark 13:1–37
Luke 21:5–36
Luke 21:25–28
John 14:1–3
Acts 1:11
1 Thess. 4:13–18
1 Thess. 4:17
1 Thess. 5:1–11
2 Thess. 1:8
2 Tim. 3:1–7
Titus 2:13–14
2 Pet. 3:3
2 Pet. 3:10
Rev. 1:7
THE MILLENNIUM
What happens after Jesus comes again? Where will the saved be? The wicked? God and the angels? Those topics have been asked by Christians down through the ages. The Millennium refers to the 1,000 years immediately following Christ’s return.

John 14:3
1 Cor. 6:3
Rev. 20:1–15
Rev. 20:4–5
Rev. 21:2

THE NEW EARTH
God tells us that after the Millennium He will create a New Earth that will not have the problems of this one. This is where the saved will spend eternity.

Isaiah 11:6–9
Isaiah 35:5–10
Isaiah 65:17–25
Isaiah 66:23
2 Pet. 3:13
Rev. 7:15–17
Rev. 21:1

   Revelation 14:7 Fear God. Means “revere, respect, hold in awe” (Ps. 111:10; Prov. 3:7; 9:10). But it can also mean “Be afraid” for those who do not take Him seriously (Rev. 6:15–17). hour … has come. The final judgment begins before the Second Coming. It is the context for the final proclamation of the gospel. For the various stages of God’s JUDGMENT, see note on Rom. 14:10, 12. worship … sea. This language makes an unmistakable allusion to the SABBATH command with reference to CREATION (Ex. 20:8–11), thus indicating that the Sabbath has particular relevance in end-time gospel proclamation. To rest from one’s works is the ideal response to the gospel (see Heb. 4:1–11). The admonitions to “fear” and to “worship” in this verse are placed directly in the larger immediate context of keeping God’s commandments (see Rev. 12:17; 14:12), with obvious references to the Decalogue.

JUDGMENT
Just what is judgment? How does God carry it out? Should Christians fear or rejoice that they are to be judged by God? These and other questions are central to this important Bible theme. The good news about God’s judgment is that it is always in favor of believers. Christians have nothing to fear from God’s judgment. Rather, they have everything to gain.

Ex. 32:33
Ecclesiastes 12:13–14
Dan. 7:10
Dan. 7:22
Dan. 7:26–27
Dan. 8:14
Matt. 7:24–27
Matt. 16:27
Matt. 25:31–46
Luke 10:20
John 5:22
John 5:24
Acts 17:22–31
Rom. 2:6
Rom. 14:10, 12
2 Cor. 5:10
Phil. 4:3
James 2:12
Rev. 3:5
Rev. 6:10
Rev. 11:18
Rev. 14:7
Rev. 19:2
Rev. 20:4–5
Rev. 20:12

CREATION
One of the great mysteries of life is that our world exists in all of its complexity and order. How did it come about and what does God’s work in creation mean for our lives? These are questions that people from all cultures and times have asked. The first words of the Bible treat this important topic.

Gen. 1:1
Gen. 1:2
Gen. 1:3
Gen. 1:26
Gen. 1:27
Gen. 1:31
Gen. 2:2–3
Gen. 2:7
Ex. 20:8–11
Ps. 19
Ps. 33:6–9
Ps. 95:1–6
Ps. 104
John 1:3
Rom. 1:20
Eph. 3:9
Col. 1:15–20
Heb. 1:2
Heb. 11:3
Rev. 14:7

THE SABBATH
Closely related to the creation of the world, and in fact the last aspect of the Genesis creation story, is the reality that God Himself rested on the Sabbath. Thus the seventh-day Sabbath predated by many centuries the origin of the Hebrew people. Jesus asserted that at creation the Sabbath was made for “man” (i.e., all human beings; Mark 2:27); thus, it was not limited to the Jews. Because of the Sabbath’s role in symbolizing allegiance to the God of the universe, Satan and his allies have worked hard to obliterate the Sabbath, or substitute it with something else, in order to turn minds away from the Creator God.

Gen. 2:2–3
Ex. 16:22–30
Ex. 20:8–11
Ex. 31:13
Lev. 23:32
Deut. 5:12–15
Neh. 13:4–22
Isaiah 58:13
Isaiah 66:23
Ezek. 20:12, 20
Dan. 7:25
Matt. 12:8
Matt. 12:12
Mark 1:32
Mark 2:27–28
Luke 4:16
Luke 23:56
Acts 4:23–24
Acts 13:14
Acts 14:14–18
Acts 16:13
Acts 17:2
Acts 18:4
Acts 20:7
Heb. 4:4
Heb. 4:9
Rev. 1:10
Rev. 14:7

 Revelation 14:8 Babylon … great city. The first mention of Babylon, the focus of God’s judgments in Rev. 16–18. See note on Rev.11:7–8. This is a condemnation of corporate opposition to God. Gospel and judgment are closely related in Scripture (see John 3:18–21). all nations. End-time Babylon precipitates worldwide opposition to God. Babylon in the OT also represented the oppressor of God’s people and “confusion” (see Gen. 11:1–9).

  Revelation 14:9–11 If anyone. The focus shifts to individual responsibility in the final crisis. See note on v. 8. worships … hand. Recalls Revelation 13:12–18. wrath of God. The seven bowl plagues of Revelation 16 (see Revelation 11:18; Revelation 15:1). cup … indignation. Allusion to Isaiah 51:17–23. brimstone. Sulphur. See also Rev. 19:20; Gen. 19:24. forever. An obvious allusion to Isaiah 34:8–10. In the Hebrew context, forever is not necessarily absolute; it is long enough to accomplish God’s purpose. For more on HELL and the punishment of the wicked, see Rev. 20:10; Matt. 10:28.

 HELL
Here is another topic that people have a special interest in. Hell is generally thought of as the place where the wicked will spend eternity. But how will that time be spent? Different understandings about hell have made the topic a controversial teaching down through Christian history. Some have taught that the wicked will consciously suffer in hellfire throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. Others claim that the Bible says that the wicked will be burned up in the fires of hell and will cease to exist. What does the Bible teach on this topic?

Isaiah 34:9–10
Mal. 4:1
Matt. 3:12
Matt. 10:28
Matt. 13:42
Matt. 25:41
Matt. 25:46
Mark 9:43
Luke 16:23
Rom. 6:23
2 Thess. 1:9
2 Pet. 3:12–13
Jude 7
Rev. 14:9–11
Rev. 20:10
Rev. 20:14

Revelation 14:12 patience. Endurance in the context of suffering (Revelation 13:9–10). Might also imply patiently waiting for Christ’s return. keep the commandments of God. Obedience to God’s law is an essential characteristic of God’s people in the end time. faith of Jesus. Can mean “faith in Jesus” or “Jesus’ faith,” meaning what Jesus believed—the doctrines held and taught by Jesus. Revelation 14:12 has a contextual relation to Revelation 12:17 and the conflict pictured in chap. Revelation 13. For more on obedience to God’s LAW, see Revelation 12:17; Ex. 20:1–17; Matt. 5:17–19; 1 John 2:3–6.

 THE COVENANT
A covenant is a binding agreement made by two parties. It is a legal contract, but it is also a relationship. The topic of covenant undergirds an understanding of both Bible testaments. God’s everlasting covenant made with Abraham and his descendants through Christ has always been based on faith.

Gen. 6:18
Gen. 9:8–17
Gen. 12:1–3
Gen. 15:17–18
Gen. 17:7
Ex. 2:24
Ex. 19:5–8
Ex. 24:3–8
Lev. 26:44
Deut. 28:1–2
Deut. 28:15
Jer. 31:31
Jer. 32:40
Ezek. 36:27
Ezek. 37:26
Matt. 26:28
Luke 22:20
1 Cor. 11:25
2 Cor. 3:3
2 Cor. 3:6
Eph. 2:12–13
Heb. 8:10
Heb. 13:20

 LAW
Closely connected with the theme of covenant is that of law. Just as there are laws that guide life and relationships in the physical world, so there are also laws in the spiritual realm. Jesus tells us that the basic law is love (Matt. 22:36–40). How is that law of love related to the Ten Commandments and other facets of God’s law?

Gen. 26:5
Ex. 16:27–28
Ex. 20:1–17
Deut. 5:1–21
Ps. 19:7–11
Ecclesiastes 12:13–14
Matt. 5:17–19
Matt. 22:36–40
John 14:15
Rom. 3:20
Rom. 3:31
Rom. 7:12
Rom. 13:8–10
Gal. 5:14
Eph. 2:10
1 Tim. 1:8
Heb. 8:10*
James 2:10
James 2:12
1 John 2:3
1 John 5:1–5
Rev. 12:17
Rev. 14:12

   Revelation 14:13 Blessed. See note on 1:3. from now on. Those who die in this context (Revelation 14:6–12) will not have to experience the trials of the final events. But this may be a reflection of the persecution of 13:15. their works follow them. Their salvation is secure. See 1 Timothy. 5:24–25.

This Heart Felt Appeal Is By Your Very Best Friend  Jesus Who Died For You Because He Couldn’t Live Without You!!!! He Wants To Save You If You Will Just Come To Him Now!!!!

 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17

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Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ Philippians 1:6

 EXPOSITION

John 6:35,51

John 6:35  And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

 

   John 6:35 I am. The unique expression in Greek recalls Ex. 3:14–15. It is used in three ways in John: (1) simple self-identification at a human level (see note on 6:20); (2) with metaphors that point to the spiritual life Jesus offers (e.g., I am the bread of life, or the light, door, Good Shepherd, etc.); and (3) as a direct claim to deity (8:28, 58; 13:19). bread of life. A revelation of who Jesus is (6:35–50) and a reference to the Lord’s Supper in vv. 50–59. Jesus is the “bread” that leads to eternal life (see 17:3). For more on the LORD’S SUPPER, see Matt. 26:26–29; John 13:1–17.

John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world!

John 6:53 flesh … blood. The cross is the basis for eternal life. Jesus uses Lord’s Supper language in  John 6:50–59 to describe the benefits of His sacrifice.

There is Plenty of Assurance for our Salvation!! Be Very Encouraged As You Read About:

1Thessalonians 1:5  1John 2:28  ASSURANCE OF SALVATION   1John 5:11-13
Many of us are insecure in our Christian walk. We know that there are things in our lives that are less than perfect. Must we live in insecurity, or can we have peace of mind in our daily walk with God? The Bible tells us that we can have assurance, the divinely given confidence of believers that they are truly saved in Jesus.

John 3:36
John 5:24
Rom. 8:16
Rom. 8:31–39
Eph. 2:8
Heb. 4:16
Heb. 6:19
Heb. 11:1
1 Pet. 1:3–5
1 John 4:17
1 John 5:10–13

Christ “The Reaper”

And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped. Revelation 14:15-16

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 I Am Coming Quickly

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.Amen. Revelation 22:20-21

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Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear
Isaiah 59:1

Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5

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Salvation Is By Faith Alone In Jesus—That’s It!!!

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We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!    1 John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 

It is all Christ and nothing that we “do” in the area of putting forth effort.  We simply believe what God says. Praise God we don’t have to save ourselves.

She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.  Matthew 1:21, Luke 2:11, John 3:16,  Romans 10:9

 

 

Trusting In Jesus: John 11:26: You Never Die, Hebrews 4:3,10-12                         But You Must Continue Trusting In Jesus!

 

 It’s All About My Relationship!!  Am I Trusting In Jesus? John 17:3

 

The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— Including death!!      Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

Sin Is Not Trusting In Jesus

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.  And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me.  John 16:7-9

There Is Reason For Encouragement!!

  1. Romans 1:16-17,20
  2. Colossians 1:26-27,Philippians 2:12-13
  3. Matthew 24:14, Revelation 14:6
  4. Romans 3:21-22,Ephesians 2:8-9,Philippians 2:12-13
  5. John 3:16-17,Acts16: 30-31,Romans 10:9 ,Romans 5:1-5,6-8,9-11,20-21
  6. John 15:5,9-17,John 17:2,23
  7. 1John 2:28
  8. 1Corinthians 1:18,21-25,29-30, 1Corinthians2:2,9,16
  9. Romans 5:1-14,Romans 5:15-19 Romans 5:20-21

 

Full Assurance By Faith In Jesus Alone!!

 

  1. Hebrews 4:14-16
  2. Hebrews 9:11-15,27-28
  3. Hebrews 10:4,10,11-20,22-25
  4. Hebrews 1:9,Hebrews 10:34-39

For we continue to share in all that Christ has for us so long as we steadily maintain until the end the trust with which we began.  Hebrews 3:14 Phillips

Yes Jesus Loves Me The Bible Tells Me So—Christ’s Assurance of Salvation

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       We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 

 

 

The Bible Tells Me So

     Children sing “Jesus loves me, this I know. . .” Then we become adults, and our tune changes.  We lose our childlike confidence and change the lyrics to “Jesus loves me?  I don’t know.”  Why the doubt?  Why the sense of dread and foreboding when we contemplate our readiness for Christ’s return?  Is the Christian entitled to the assurance of salvation?  Can we know for sure that we are saved?

 

I believe that it is the privilege of every born-again child of God to possess “the firm assurance of personal salvation here and now!”

 

Christ’s Assurance of Salvation

 

God alone can give us absolute assurance of salvation.  Jesus, the Son of God, brought the comforting news that the Father accepts everyone who comes to Jesus and believes in Him.  He said:

 

“All that the father gives me will come to me, and whoever

comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down

from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who

sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I

shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them

up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who

looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life,

and I will raise him up at the last day:  John 6:37-40.

 Jesus Wants To Save You No Matter What Your Past Has Been!!!

God the Father and the Son are perfectly one in their will and acts to save believers from evil and death and even from themselves.  The reassuring news is that God has taken the initiative for our redemption.  He did not wait till we asked for help.  As the Father drew Israel with His everlasting loving kindness (see Jeremiah. 31:3), so He now draws all people and enables them to come to Jesus (see John 6:44, 65).  Jesus likewise promised: “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself”  John 12:32.  He draws them each time the gospel of the crucified and risen Savior is proclaimed. So, all the glory and honor due those who have provided salvation belong to the divine Father and Son.  No one obtains salvation because of personal achievement or merit.  From start to finish it is the gift of the gracious God—as Paul said: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”  Rom. 6:23.

 

We owe everything to grace, free grace, sovereign grace.  Grace in the covenant ordained our adoption.  Grace in the savior effected our redemption, our regeneration, and our adoption to heirship with Christ.  Let this grace be revealed to others.

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!! 1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

Treasures From The Vine—Simply Abide

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Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

 

Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.  And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love, and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

 Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 When a new graft is placed in a vine and it survives there, there is a twofold process that takes place.  The first is in the wood. The graft shoots its little roots and fibers down into the stem, and the stem grows up into the graft, and what has been called the structural union is affected.  The graft abides and becomes one with the vine, and even though the vine were to die, would still be one wood with it.  Then there is the second process, in which the sap of the vine enters the new structure, and uses it as a passage through which sap can flow up to show itself in young shoots and leaves and fruit.  Here is the vital union.  Into the graft that abides in the stock, the stock enters with sap to abide in it.

When our Lord says: “Abide in me, and I in you,” He points to something analogous to this. “Abide in me”: that refers more to that which we have to do.  We have to trust and obey, to detach ourselves from all else, to reach out after Him and cling to Him, to sink ourselves into Him.  As we do this, through the grace He gives, a character is formed and a heart prepared for the fuller experience:  “I in you.”  God strengthens us with might by the Spirit in the inner man, and Christ dwells in the heart by faith.

Christ Gives the Victory

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The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— including death.   Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

By Pastor Dennis Smith

 

Until the Christian comes to understand and experience what it means to let Christ give him His victory, he will not experience the consistently obedient life he desires.  In today’s devotional I will present how to let Christ live out His victorious life in you.  When you come to understand and experience this truth, your Christian life will never again be the same.  Instead of a life of sporadic obedience and broken promises to God, you will, in time, experience a life of victory through Christ over every temptation and sin that Satan brings your way.

 

Is such a consistently obedient life really possible?  Can we truly have victory over every temptation and sin in our life?  That is the kind of life God calls us to live in Romans 6:6,6:11-14.

 

“He who has not sufficient faith in Christ to believe that He can keep him from sinning, has not the faith that will give him an entrance into the kingdom of God” (Manuscript 161, 1897, p. 9).

 

So what is the answer to how we can live a consistently victorious Christian life?  The answer is to let Jesus live out His life of victory in us, a truth taught throughout the Bible (Ps. 16:8; Isa. 26:3, 4; John 15:4, 5).  These passages, and others, point to our dependence on Jesus and His guiding light in our lives.

 

Christ’s mind was filled with pure, holy, virtuous thoughts.  If we have asked Christ to live in us through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, if we believe He does, and if we believe He will manifest His love – His pure, holy, virtuous thoughts in our minds – He will do just that.  It is a matter of faith – believing He will truly manifest Himself in our lives.  Paul recognized this fact when he wrote Galatians 2:20 and Ephesians 3:16,17.

 

Believe Jesus will help you, and ask Him to manifest His virtue in you in relation to the temptation.  Be specific. This happens as you daily receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-18 and 1 John 3:24).

 

With Jesus living in you, you have His mind:

 

“For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’  But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16).

 

We have His love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance – all the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23).

 

Through Jesus living in us via the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we have His likes and dislikes, His pure thoughts, His forgiveness – the list could go on and on.  Every virtue of Christ is in you through Christ abiding in you.

 

How is the Christian to apply this truth?  Simply put, the steps are these.  When you become aware of a temptation to sin:

 

  1.  Choose to turn your mind immediately away from the temptation:  “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things” (Phil. 4:8).
  2. Believe that the power of your sinful nature’s attraction to the temptation to control you is broken.
  3. Believe Jesus is in you, and ask Him to manifest His virtue in you in relation to the temptation.  Be specific.
  4. Believe that He will manifest Himself in that manner, rest in that belief, and don’t fight the temptation.  When we fight the temptation we are actually focusing on it and trying to resist it in our own strength rather than looking to Jesus for the victory:  “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1, 2).
  5. Thank Him for the deliverance He has just given you.

 

 

 

 

 

God Is Never Wrong—A Wonderful Short Story

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We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!                                                                                                                             1  John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 

 

 

A king who  did not believe in the goodness of God, had a slave who, in all
circumstances, said: “My king, do not be discouraged, because  everything
God does is perfect, no mistakes!”

One day  they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the
king.  His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his
majesty losing a finger.  Furious  and without showing his gratitude for
being saved, the nobleman said  “Is God good? If He was good, I would not
have been attacked and  lost my finger.”The slave  replied:  “My  king,
despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is  good, and he
knows “why” of all these things. What God does is  perfect. He is never
wrong!”

Outraged  by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his  slave.Later,
he  left for  another hunt and was captured by savages who made human
sacrifices.  In the  altar, ready to sacrifice the nobleman, the savages
found that the victim had not one of his fingers, so he was released.
According to  them, it was not so complete to be offered to the gods.

Upon his  return to the palace, he authorized the release of his slave that
he  received very affectionately.”My dear,  God was really good to me! I was
almost killed by the wild men, but  for lack of a single finger, I was let
go! But I have a question: if God is so good, why did He allow me to put you
in jail?”

“My King,  if I had gone with you in this hunt, I would have been sacrificed
for you, because I have no missing finger, therefore, remember everything
God does is perfect. He is never wrong.”

Often we  complain about life, and negative things that happen to us,
forgetting that nothing is random and that everything  has a  purpose.
Every  morning, offer your day to God ……. don’t be in a  rush.  Ask God
to  inspire your thoughts, guide your actions, and ease your feelings.  And
do not be afraid. God is never wrong!

You know  why this message is for you? I do not know, but God knows, because
He never makes mistakes …….The path  of God and his word is perfect,
without impurities. He is the way of  all those who trust in Him, as He says
in 2  Samuel 22:31.

What you  do with this message is up to you. May God put in your heart the desire to follow Jesus completely!

God is  never wrong!!    Psalms 94:18

Understanding John 3:16

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Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to him belong,
They are weak but he is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

What a great song. You have probably sung this song all of your life. Your affection for Jesus Loves Me, may have started as early as infancy when your mother rocked you to sleep. For many, the melody and the words are familiar, but the deep truths of the song have alluded them.

Before reading on, stop and let this phrase flood your soul: Jesus loves me, and Jesus loves you. He loves you with all of your struggles, and issues. He has loved you through the issues and trials, the failures, and the grief. He waits patiently for you to come to him, because He truly loves you.

John 3:16 is the best known verse in the world and like the song, familiarity with the words often mean that its truth can be overlooked:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

Read it again: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loves you enough to give his Son for you.

What would it mean for you if you believed this enough to live like someone who is loved by God? And what would living like you are loved look like? How would this reality affect the way you pray?

Study material on John 3:16 excerpted with permission from the NIV Mom’s Devotional Bible (Zondervan, 2013).

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Let’s look at the context of John 3:16

Jesus’s conversation with the pharisee Nicodemus – the most famous conversation in the Bible.

John has more to say to us here than to describe God’s love and the matter of our conversion [in John 3:1-21]. The conversation with Nicodemus is a model conversation, a paradigm if you will, of Jesus bringing the light of God to one who is captive in darkness.

John has an interest in how Christ’s work extends to those in darkness even though he is “the light.” He speaks to Nicodemus at night. That is, Jesus must step into darkness itself in order to redeem those captive to it. This notion reminds me of Jesus’ saying in Mark 2:17: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have come to call not the righteous, but sinners.”

God is not demanding some moral or religious preparation from us that makes us interesting and acceptable to him. On the contrary, his mission is to enter the darkness and find us…

Of course when Jesus challenges Nicodemus that he must be “born again/from above” [3:3], he is making a fundamental statement about theological anthropology. That is, humanity is broken beyond all repair. God’s work in the world is not a question of fixing the part, but rebuilding the whole. It is described comprehensively as nothing short of another birth… As Augustine once taught, the problem with humanity is not that we sin, but that we are in a state of sin that needs a comprehensive solution. Nicodemus, then, and everyone in Jerusalem (2:23)—as well as everyone in the world (2:25)—lives with this infirmity…

The transformation offered to Nicodemus also opens the question of the nature of true religion. That is, religion is not necessarily a matter of personal knowledge or ethical behavior. Nor is it fidelity to religious traditions, no matter how virtuously they evoke higher ethical, religious behavior among us. Jesus is claiming that true spirituality is not discovering some latent capacity within the human soul and fanning it to flame. It is not uncovering a moral consciousness that is hidden by sedimentary layers of civilization’s corruptions. Nor is it inspiring aesthetic qualities that promote society in its finest form. It is not a “horizontal” experience that takes up the materials available around us in the world.

Rather, Jesus claims, true religion is “vertical.” It has to do not with the human spirit, but with God’s Spirit. It is a foreign invasion, sabotage of the first order. True religion unites humanity with God’s powerful Spirit, who overwhelms, transforms, and converts (in the full meaning of the word) its subject. Our role in this transformation is belief (3:16, 18), and yet it is a belief that is aided by God’s work within us since we live in the darkness and have our spiritual capacities handicapped by sin…

Will we step out of the darkness, out of the world, out of death, and place our [trust] on the truth of what Jesus says and who he is?

Study material on John 3:16 excerpted with permission from the NIV Application Commentary: John by Gary Burge (Zondervan, 2009)

God’s Commandments and Abiding in Christ

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For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,  in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.   Romans 8:3-4

 

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Obedience to God’s commandments and abiding in Christ go hand-in-hand.  You cannot have one without the other.  Jesus said:

 

“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.  John 15:10

 

When we abide in Christ and He abides in us the Ten Commandments will become an integral part of our life.  Jesus and God’s law are inseparable.  In fact it was Jesus before His incarnation Who gave Moses the Ten Commandments.  The God who gave the commandments revealed Himself to Moses as the “I AM”, (Exodus 3:14).  Jesus claimed to be the “I AM” of the Old Testament, (John 8:58).  Comparing 1Corinthians 10:1-4 and Nehemiah 9:12-14, it is very clear that it was Jesus who came down in the cloud on Mt. Sinai and met with Moses.

The Holy Spirit was also very much involved when God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. In fact, it was the Spirit Who wrote the commandments on the tables of stone. This becomes clear when we compare Jesus’ statements where He equated the “finger of God” with the “Spirit of God” (Matthew 12:28, Luke 11:20).  Hence, the same Holy Spirit Who wrote the Ten Commandments on tables of stone will today write God’s law on the heart of God’s Spirit filled children (2Corinthians 3:3).  This is God’s new covenant promise to the believer (Hebrews 8:10).

 

Jesus Magnified the Law

 

Isaiah foretold that the Messiah would magnify the law, (Isaiah 42:21).  Jesus lived the law of God out in His life.  He clearly stated His purpose was to fulfill the righteous requirements of the law, not destroy or do away with it, (Matthew 5:17).

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus magnified many aspects of God’s law.  He clarified the requirements of the commandments by revealing their deeper applications.  For example, He equated lustful thoughts with the commandment not to commit adultery and revengeful anger with the commandment not to kill Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28).

 

Christ Lives out Love

 

When Christ lives in us He will seek to live out His life in and through us.   This means that He will seek to live out the Ten Commandments in our life just as He did when He walked this earth (Psalm 40:8).

Also, the Ten Commandments are in-separately connected to love.  The first four reveal to us how we love God, and the last six tell us how we are to love our fellow man.  Hence, Christ abiding in us, the Ten Commandments, and intimately knowing Jesus are all closely related.  You cannot have one without the others.  John wrote of this close connection in his first letter.

 

“And hereby we do know that we know him if we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” 1John 2:3-6

 

John clearly links intimately knowing Jesus, the Ten Commandments, love and abiding in him.  He says that if we are abiding in Christ we will be “walking” or living as He lived.  Why, because Jesus will be living out His life in us.

Paul tells us in his letter to the Ephesians the purpose of our calling in Christ.

 

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

 

If we resist Jesus seeking to live out the Ten Commandments in our life we are not abiding in Him, and failing to fulfill the purpose of our calling; to do “good works.”  These works are works of faith, which happen by allowing Jesus to manifest them in and through us.  When we are experiencing the “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” we are becoming free from the “law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).  When we “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” the “righteousness of the law” will be “fulfilled in us” (Romans 8:4).  Obedience to God’s law will be revealed throughout our life in thought, word and deed.  Our love for God and our fellow man will grow stronger and stronger, and “love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10).  Ellen White describes this in the following statement.

 

“Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, ‘Love one another, as I have loved you’ (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts.” Desire of Ages, p. 641

 

The Bible tells us that God is love, and who ever does not love does not know God (1John 4:8).  Here we learn that love is central to everything in the Christian’s life.  Why; because if God is truly abiding in the Christian love will be present.  Love will permeate every aspect of his life; his thoughts, words and deeds.  This happens only as the believer is daily filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18, Romans 5:5). When the Holy Spirit is present the fruit of the Spirit will be present (Galatians 5:22-23).  The first fruit listed is love.  The other fruit will be present to the degree love is present.  The more of the love of God the Christian has in his heart the more joy, peace, faith, etc he will have.

When we are abiding in Christ and He is abiding in us He will manifest His love, His joy, His peace (John 15:11; 14:27).  Knowing this truth it becomes clear how futile it is to try to lovingly obey God by our own efforts.  Only as Jesus is literally living in us, and manifesting His love in and through us will true loving obedience take place in our life.

Obeying the Ten Commandments is central to God’s love being manifested in and through us.  When Jesus walked this earth he obeyed God’s Ten Commandments perfectly.  When He lives in the Christian He will seek to manifest obedience to God’s commandments in the believer’s life.  That is why Jesus said:

 

“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love;..” John 15:10

Treasures From The Vine—My Father Is The Husbandman

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Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.

And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not

believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love,

and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

-Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

And my father is the husbandman. – John 15:1

A vine must have a husbandman to plant and watch over it, to receive and rejoice in its fruit.  Jesus says: “My Father is the husbandman.”  Jesus was “the vine of God’s planting.”  All He was and did, He owed to the Father; in all things He only sought the Father’s will and glory.  He had become man to show us what a creature ought to be to its Creator.  He took our place, and the spirit of His life before the Father was ever what He seeks to make ours:  “Of Him, and through him, and to him, are all things” (Romans 11:36).  He became the true Vine, that we might be true branches.  Both in regard to Christ and ourselves the words teach us the two lessons of absolute dependence and perfect confidence.

My Father is the husbandman. – Christ ever lived in the spirit of what He once said:  “The Son can do nothing of himself” (John 5:19).  As dependent as a vine is on a husbandman for the place where it is to grow, for its fencing in and watering and pruning, Christ felt Himself entirely dependent on the Father every day for the wisdom and the strength to do the Father’s will.  As He said in the previous chapter (John 14:10):  “The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works.”  This absolute dependence had as its blessed counterpart the most blessed confidence that He had nothing to fear: The Father could not disappoint Him.  With such a Husbandman as His Father, He could enter death and the grave.  He could trust God to raise Him up.  All that Christ is and has, He has, not in Himself, but from the Father.

 

God’s Care

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  Eileen Becker Loving Mother and Best Friend—My Fabulous Mother-in Law

 

 

 

Recently Jerry Becker was talking to his mom Eileen. During the course of their conversation Eileen mentioned that she was very tired.  Concerned for his mom, Jerry simply asked: why are you so tired mom? Well she replied, I just baked about 12 angel food cakes. Now Eileen is a wonderful baker and fabulous cook. Folks would do most anything to get a hold of one those angel food cakes—Especially the chocolate! (My favorite) She can make anything taste sooo good!! Back to those 12 angel food cakes. “Mom what are doing with all those angel food cakes Jerry asked?” “Oh I am just making them for the old people! “Eileen responded. It just so happens that Eileen just turned 95. Apparently that’s still young!! Wow what a positive attitude and what a ministry!! We just recently celebrated her birthday. It was an awesome spiritual experience to say the least!

Eileen has always ministered to others and loves people!! She is an absolutely awesome person whom I love very much!  Eileen is my precious mother-in law who treats me as though I was her natural born son!

Eileen penned the poem that follows. It certainly reveals the depth of her relationship with Jesus! She loves Jesus and her family with all of her heart!!

Enjoy!!

 

GOD’S CARE

 

I WAS WALKING DOWN THE ROAD OF LIFE

NOT LOOKING EITHER WAY,

NOT GLANCING UP TO SEE THE THINGS

THAT GOD HAD MADE THAT DAY.

I COULDN’T SEE GOD’S FACE,

NOR SEE QUITE CLEARLY AS I WALKED

HOW HE SAVED ME BY HIS GRACE.

I STRUGGLED WITH EACH PASSING DAY

TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET,

WHEN LOW, I HEARD A MELLOW VOICE,

“COME SIT HERE AT MY FEET.”

I PAUSED A MOMENT LOOKING ROUND

TO SEE WHO SPOKE TO ME,

WHEN ON MY PATH A PICTURE CAME OF JESUS FACE I SEE.

IT LOOKED AS THO HE REALLY SPOKE

HIS COUNTENANCE QUITE SERENE,

THOSE LOVELING EYES LOOKED DOWN ON ME,

SENDING MESSAGES OF HOPE SUPREME.

I GAZED UPON THAT LOVELY FACE,

AND SAW THROUGH YEARS OF TIME.

HOW HE DIED ON THE CROSS

TO SAVE US FROM SIN,

AND PREPARE A HOME ABOVE, WHICH IS YOURS AND MINE.

I SAT THERE FOR HOURS, IT SEEMED AT LEAST,

ENJOYING THE CLOSENESS OF CHRIST,

ABSORBING HIS STRENGTH AND CALMNESS WITHIN

AND MOST OF ALL HIS GLORY AND GRACE.

I SAW THINGS DIFFERENTLY AS I WALKED ALONG

EACH DAY IS GOD’S GIVEN TIME,

PRAISE GOD! FOR THE WONDERFUL CARE HE GIVES,

AND THE RICHNESS OF GLORY SUBLIME.

BY EILEEN BECKER

How is your relationship with Jesus? Simply trust and Love Jesus with your whole heart.

I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. John 17:23

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  John 3:16-17

It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:26

And always remember that God loves you just like He love His Son Jesus!!

I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. John 17:23

 God Loves You Just Like He Loves His Son Jesus!

The one thing above all others that Christ is desirous that we should know is that The Father has loved us even as He loved Him!