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The Extravagant Love of Christ

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The last rays of light that will fall on this darkened earth just before the end comes will be a revelation of God’s character of love. This is Bible teaching:

 

That last “revelation” will obviously be the same as the light of that “another angel” who comes down from heaven having great power. The “earth is lightened with his glory” (Rev. 18:1, 2). It’s not legalism gone wild, nor soft-soap emotionalism; it’s love (agape).

 

That “glory” in turn will obviously be the same as the message Jesus describes in John 12:32, 33: “‘I, if I am lifted up, will draw all to Myself.’ This He said, signifying by what death He should die.” That “love” which will “reveal the character of God” must be the same love that “holds together,” “controls” and “compels,” or motivates the ones who believe in Jesus. They are moved henceforth to live only for Him, “no longer for themselves” (2 Cor. 5:14, 15. There is tremendous power locked away in that “love” known as agape. Jesus longs to put His character in every believer! John 3:16

 

Again, that revelation of love in the last days must be what Paul meant when he said that he “determined not to know anything among [the Corinthians] except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). That was not extremism; it was only a “reasonable service” that Paul saw as appropriate to the extravagant love Christ had shown for him  ( Rom. 12:1). It was agape, not ordinary human love. Paul saw what we have not yet seen clearly.

 

In these last days when sin and selfishness will become so rampant, the Lord Jesus will be honored by those who “follow the Lamb [the crucified, risen Christ] wherever He goes. … They are without fault before the throne of God” (cf, Rev, 14:1-5). Whoever they are, there WILL be such a people who will glorify Christ! We might eventually be surprised who will end up in that group; let’s walk humbly before Him.

God has done this to demonstrate his righteousness both by the wiping out of the sins of the past and by showing in the present time that he is a just God and that He justifies everyone who has faith in Jesus Christ.  Romans 3:26 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

Jesus longs for you to come to Him so He can change you into His image and likeness thus  ready for Heaven!! 2 Corinthians 3:18, 2Corinthians 5:14-15,17,20, 1John 3:2

 

The Spirit Gives To You!!

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By Max Lucado

Call it what you wish. A talent…a skill set…a gift. The terms are different, but the truth is the same. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:7, “The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others.”

You aren’t the only person with your skill. But you are the only person with your version of your skill. You entered the world uniquely equipped. Psalm 139:13-15 describes it as “knit together, woven together in the dark of the womb, intricately and curiously wrought.”

Each of us! Not some of us, a few of us, or the elite among us. Each of us has a beauty that longs to be revealed and released. It is you at your best! When you stand at the intersection of your skill and God’s call, you are standing at the corner of Promised Land Avenue and Glory Days Boulevard.

Not “Our Job” To Point Out The Faults Of Others!

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It is not “our job” to point out the faults of others. However, too often, we feel it is ‘our duty” to do so. When God called us to be “fishers of men” He did not say “clean the fish!” Many who make it their job to point out the faults of others-will lose their own souls because they are so blinded by their own “self-righteousness.”

And by the way, The Bible Sabbath is a “Sign” that Jesus is changing us making us more like Jesus! Consider these Bible Verses: Exodus 31:13,17  Ezekiel 20:12,20Hebrews 4:4,10, 1John 3:1,2

Jesus said  “Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.  And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:1-3

 

Wow pretty straight talk don’t you think?

 

And consider this:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved”. God’s love is always “Other Centered”!! If we allow Him inside us, He will make us just like Jesus!! 1John 3:1,2

 

I am so thankful Jesus  is focused on saving us rather than condemning us! In fact God does no judging at all but has left that task to His Son, Jesus, who wants to save all of us. John 5:22.

 

Jesus Alone Saves me- Period! There is nothing I can add to the equation. It’s all Jesus!

But when I think I have to save my self, an interesting set of events takes place.

 

It goes something like this: The effort to earn salvation by one’s own works inevitable leads men to pile up human exaction’s as a barrier against sin.  For, seeing that they fail to keep the law, they will devise rules and regulations of their own to force themselves to obey.  All this turns the mind away from God to self.  His love dies out of the heart, and with it perishes love for his fellow men.  A system of human invention, with its multitudinous exaction’s, will lead its advocates to judge all who come short of the prescribed human standard.  The atmosphere of selfish and narrow criticism stifles the noble and generous emotions, and causes men to become self-centered judges and petty spies.

 

“Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts.”                      1 Corinthians 4:5.  We cannot read the heart.  Ourselves faulty, we are not qualified to sit in judgment upon others.  Finite men can judge only from outward appearance.  To Him alone who knows the secret springs of action, and who deals tenderly and compassionately,  is it given to decide the case of every soul.

 

“Thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest; for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself, for thou that judgest doest the same things.”  Romans 2:1.  Thus those who condemn or criticize others,  proclaim themselves guilty, for they do the same things.  In condemning others, they are passing sentence upon themselves, and God declares that this sentence is just.  He accepts their own verdict against themselves.

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! Galatians 5:13-15

 

You are not able, of yourself, to bring your purposes and desires and inclinations into submission to the will of God; but is you are “willing to be made willing,” God will accomplish the work for you, even “casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:5.   Then you will “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:12, 13.

Praise God that He is the one who is changing us by His Holy Spirit!! 2Corinthians 3:18, 1Thessalonians 5:23,24

 

So then, First of all, Jesus is our Judge John 5:22. Secondly, Jesus represents us in the Judgment! In other words Jesus is our attorney! 1John 2:1 and Jesus wants to save all of us! Now what kind of a deal is that!!! All I can say is Praise God!! John 3:16-17, 2Peter 3:9.

Chapters in Life

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Certain chapters in this life seem so unnecessary—like nostrils on the pre-born. Like suffering.  Loneliness.  Disease. Holocausts.  Martyrdom.  Hurricanes, earthquakes and monsoons.

If we assume this world exists just for pre-grave happiness, these atrocities disqualify it from doing so!  But what if this earth is the womb?  Might these challenges, severe as they may be, serve to prepare us, equip us for the world to come?

The apostle Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 4:17:  “These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing.”

Eternal glory?  I’d like a large cup of that,  wouldn’t you?

Everything in this life is preparing us for the next.