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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Then the Soldiers

 I recently received and read a printed copy of a message titled "Then the Soldiers". Pastor Gene Breed of Grace Baptist Church in Jonesboro, GA preached this message from John 19:23-24. It is a gripping message that causes you to search your heart, not only to search it, but search while you stand at the foot of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. I recommend it to all for your soul's benefit.

Here are the opening few paragraphs:

The world has a saying, I don't know that it's true, but it's said that everyone will have 15 minutes of fame. God has a timetable! It's called, "the times before appointed" it is that time of everyone's life on this earth , that has ever been, are "before appointed". Habitations, (where they will live), have been set as bounds by God! You can't go outside those bounds, and no one can get to you inside those bounds except as God wills. These words, "Then the Soldiers", means that now it's their time. It's their 15 minutes! It's their time in the spotlight.

Here they are at the gateway to hell and the gateway to heaven at the foot of the cross. Standing there at the cross will either send you to hell, or heaven, depending on what you do with it, or what it does with you. If you make it some little trinket to hang on your tie; or something you hang on top of your church; or just some little token of religion, you will get in serious trouble. But if it is the epitome of your life,---

"Dying with Jesus through death reckoned mine,
Living with Jesus a new life divine.
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine,
Moment by moment O Lord, I am thine."

 If this is your life, "Always bearing about in the body, the dying of the Lord Jesus", then the foot of the cross will open to you the door of heaven. Do not kid yourself; every man, woman, boy, girl; every creature that has ever been in the history of this world; their eternal destination is determined by one person, that is Jesus Christ! The essence of His power is seen here at the cross.

I want you to prepare your minds and hearts. "Then the Soldiers"! Not before. We didn't see them in John 1. They won't be appearing in John 21! This is when they appeared. You have your time. Your time is now. Make sure that the time you are given by God to stand in the presence of a redeeming Savior, who died for the glory of God, is highly esteemed in your heart, and let nothing else come between you and Him and that Glory! Do not let anything come between you and the glory of Jesus Christ on His cross!


Go to this web address:     
http://www.truthtapes.com/ttl/sermons.aspx

- Click on the YEAR 2009.
- Scroll down the Date column to 11/8/09
- The message titled "Then the Soldiers".
- Click and listen.
It is 1 hr and 13 minutes long so set aside some time, you will not regret it.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Our own righteousness vs the righteousness of God

For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 
                                                                                        Rom 10:3-4



Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:  Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;  Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

                                                                                                                                        Phil 3:4-11

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Fulfillment Of All Prophecy

from the pen of Mike McInnis, pastor of Grace Chapel in O'Brien, FL

THE FULFILLMENT OF ALL PROPHECY


 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.                                                                                                        Luke 24:27

   We live in an age which has no shortage of prophets and seers of one type or another all claiming to believe the Bible, and each one spouting out his own visions of the meanings of the various prophecies that are found in the scriptures.  Most of these latter day shamans have discovered that a well written book (or series of books) which can “explain” the mysteries hidden in the depths of obscure passages of scripture is a sure “cash cow”.  
   Those who are tossed about by every wind of doctrine are easily duped by these self proclaimed experts who conjure up complex charts on the rise and fall of this or that nation and chronicle the unfolding of cataclysmic events in a neat chronological presentation.   Whether they are identifying who is represented by the bear or lion or the significance of the the number of the hairs on the horses tails in the book of the Revelation, they claim to hold in their hands the ability to unlock heretofore hidden secrets.  All the while they are deciphering numbers and  displaying their understanding of kingdoms of carnivorous animals.
    I am no prophet or even the son of a prophet, so I claim no special “revelations” on the meanings of every scripture in the Revelation or the book of Daniel.  Yet I can declare without a doubt who it is who is personally the fulfillment of all prophecy.   HE is that same ONE who spoke to these dimwitted travelers on the Emmaus road.  HE is the ONE of whom the writer of Hebrews spoke saying, “God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Heb 1:1-3)
   JESUS CHRIST, the eternal SON of the living GOD, is that ONE who is the subject of every prophecy   All that the FATHER would reveal to us is set forth in CHRIST JESUS.  We look for no other and stand in amazement at some of the schemes and analysis of most of these who tell us that the purpose of the prophecies is to prepare us for coming events.  The only noteworthy event that I know of that is prophesied in the scriptures that is yet to occur is the return of the LORD to gather HIS sheep and the final judgment of all the living and the dead.
    Some can look at the book of the Revelation and become so embroiled in trying to figure out the metaphors and similies, that they seem to completely overlook the stated subject matter of the book which is in the first verse.  The Revelation of Jesus Christ. (Rev 1:1
   The Jews considered that the promises of GOD to HIS people were centered in this carnal world, and that they being the fleshly offspring of Abraham, were the objects of those promises.  They had no clue that the promises were all made to JESUS CHRIST, and that those who are the objects of the benefits of HIS kingdom are those which were hidden in HIM before the foundation of the world.  “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. (Gal 3:16) 
   It is out of this notion of an earthly or carnal kingdom that most all the errors concerning the meanings of the prophecies of the scripture have arisen.   This is the main reason that the Jews rejected CHRIST as the MESSIAH, because they were convinced that when CHRIST came HE would set up an earthly kingdom of which they would be the benefactors.  The LORD plainly said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36)  Whereas the Jews believed the LORD would establish a kingdom of flesh and blood when HE came the first time, the vast majority of present day prophets are looking for HIM to establish one, when HE returns.
   HE upbraided the Jews about this matter when they confronted HIM on this very issue; “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.(or in your midst”) (Luke 17:20-21)  I am totally baffled by those who think that HE could in some fashion be more of a KING at some future time than HE is at the present.  HE came into this world as a KING, walked among men as a KING, was crucified as a KING, buried as a KING, and arose and ascended as a KING.  HE does now presently rule over the kingdom which HE came to establish, which the scripture says “will have no end” and all of HIS creation shall fulfill HIS desire.  I cannot comprehend the meaning of reigning if that is not it.
   The only time that the wicked men of this world shall be submissive to HIM is when HE puts HIS foot upon their necks and they are forced to recognize HIM as KING of kings and LORD of lords.  HIS purpose for the creation of this world is as a stage upon which to display HIS own glory in the establishment of a kingdom which cannot be seen by natural eyes, but is manifested to those in whom HE delights to show mercy. The ultimate destruction of the wicked in the lake of fire is not a monument to HIS failure but to the certainty of HIS purpose.
   The LORD does things according to a particular order.  Paul said “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away”. (1Cor 13:10)   CHRIST is the sole REVELATOR and REVELATION of all that GOD would show to men.  This is illustrated in HIS conversation with Philip, when Philip said, “Show us the FATHER”.  The LORD answered him, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?” (John 14:9)
    If CHRIST has once established HIS kingdom, which is spiritual in nature and without any flaw and serves HIS purpose of gathering HIS people from the four corners of the earth, then what kingdom do we yet wait for?  Is this not the mystery which was hidden from the foundation of the world?  “Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.”  (Rom 16:25-27)

          
Rejoice, the Lord is King;  Your God and King adore;
          Mortals, give thanks and sing,  And triumph ever more.
          Lift up the heart, lift up the voice; Rejoice aloud, ye saints, rejoice.
          
Rejoice, the Saviour reigns,    The God of truth and love;
          When he had purged our stains, He took his seat above;
          Lift up the heart, lift up the voice; Rejoice aloud, ye saints, rejoice.
          
His kingdom cannot fail; He rules o’er earth and heaven;
          The keys of death and hell Are to our Jesus given;
          Lift up the heart, lift up the voice; Rejoice aloud, ye saints, rejoice. 
Gadsby’s #127