JESUS! THE REAL FIXER-UPPER!

The world (not the earth; but the totally depraved, and corrupt world system), is looking for a savior.  Someone who will be the wisest (in their minds) most grand person who ever lived, to fix everything up.  If you look up anti-Christ, in your Bible’s concordance, and read everything about him; and if you read the O.T. book of Daniel, and the N.T. book of Revelation, you will see that such an one is definitely on his way.  He, in fact, may have already come into the world, and may be here now.  Or perhaps not yet.  We just don’t, and can’t know for sure.

But that the world is ripe for such a man (or beast), there’s no doubt.  Look at things with an objective eye.  Consider the interest in the occult, in witchcraft; and, the interest in bazaar things that go against everything God demands of His people, and commands us to do.  The world has never in its history, been in such an ungodly turmoil as it is today; and it’s getting worse day by day.  Yes, you can look back in history, and see terrible times, bloody times, from medieval times to the present time.  Genocides (Many, falsely in the name of Christ), holocausts, dictatorships, atrocities; and yet, these are nothing compared to what will transpire when the anti-Christ reigns on earth.  The irony is this:  The world will believe that the super political savior has come; and many will literally worship him.  In the end, the anti-Christ will be absolutely crushed by the Lord Jesus Christ, and “Jesus shall reign where e’er the sun, doth his successive journeys run (Isaac Watts).”

Meanwhile (back to present) what are we to do?  We are to do as Jesus tells His church to do in His Word.  We are to “Go into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15)”  Jesus said to His disciples, “As my Father hath sent me, so send I you (Luke 20:21.”  How did the Father send Jesus, and for what purpose?  Why, to “seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).”  As well, we are to do all the good we can to our fellow humans, in the way of feeding the hungry; clothing the naked; healing the sick, and seeking liberty and justice for all, inasmuch as we are able; with compassion and kindness for all.  You see, Jesus is the real Fixer-Upper!  Let us not be of those who are looking for another!

With love in Christ for everyone, a sinner saved by grace,

Bill

JESUS! THE REAL FIXER-UPPER!

LOTS OF WIND! BUT NO RAIN!

I watched what is passed off for a presidential debate this evening.  I saw two people obviously in love with themselves in a most disturbing and inordinate way, blow off for approximately 1 and 1/2 hours, saying and accomplishing very little.

What disturbs me most, is that these two are running for the highest office in a land that has for its motto, “In God We Trust,” yet neither mentioned trusting in God.  Why is this?  Is it because they don’t trust in God?  Or is it that they don’t want to emphasize what the people no longer want to hear?  Or is it perhaps a little bit of both?

Is there anyone out there, who would run for president on the “Trust in God” ticket?  If so, please stand up.

It was emphasized by one of the candidates that our nation is in deep trouble; and only he knows how to fix things up.  The other emphasized that we were in worse trouble; but her party fixed things up already, and only she can keep it that way.  Frankly, I will vote; but am not happy with the choices we’re given.  Neither impresses me as a Godly person.

I would be thrilled to hear someone run for that office, and say, “I’m running for president, and I’m scared stiff.  I have no absolute answers and solutions for the problems that confront this nation; but I will trust in God, and I beg for your prayers.”

In all of this, I’m glad to know that we have a God who works all things out according to His own will, and that, He it is, who rules in the affairs of mankind.  Does that mean I’m advocating us not doing all we can, and, in fact,  our utmost?  Absolutely not!  We should work as if it all depends on us; but pray as if it all depends on God; because it really does.

With love in Christ for all, from a sinner saved by grace,

Bill

 

 

 

 

LOTS OF WIND! BUT NO RAIN!

ONE DAY NEARER!

When is Jesus coming?  No one knows; but He is one day nearer to coming than He was yesterday.  Is that not so?

Today we may hear His voice, and the sound of the trumpet, and may see Him descending in clouds to the earth, as it says in the Scripture.  The question for me is:  Am I ready?  The question for every one of you is the same.  Are you ready to meet the Son of God?

To be ready to meet Him as one who belongs to Him, you must come to God the Father in repentance, and to the Lord Jesus Christ by faith (Acts 20:21).  Can you do that?  Of course you can:  Simply believe in Him.  Throw away; cast off; set aside any notions of science falsely so called, and call on Him to save you.  The world, which is in the grasp of Satan, will tell you that you are unscientific, nonintellectual, and every other negative thing they can possibly think up, to keep you from believing in Jesus.

I’ve been told that those who are anxiously waiting for the second coming of Christ, are hoping that He will fix things on earth.  That’s not so, and misses the point by many miles.  Jesus isn’t coming to “fix” the mess the world is in.  He’s coming for His own, the saved, the redeemed; those that He purchased with His own blood (Ephesians 1:1-12).  In light of that, is it foolish to be longing for His return?  Of course not; rather, we are to look for His return with hope and expectancy!

So, I urge you, even as I remind myself:  be faithful, be diligent, be ready!  For in such a time that you think not, He will come!

With love, from a sinner saved by grace,

Bill

 

 

ONE DAY NEARER!

In the Beginning – God!

There are three places in the Bible where it speaks, specifically, of the Beginning.  In all three of these Scriptures, it also speaks of Light; identifies the Light; and speaks to the significance of the Light for those who are in Christ Jesus; and those who will, drawn by irresistible grace, eventually express belief in Him.  Since my main purpose is evangelism, I thought it might be good and useful to write a short account of these particular Scriptures, in regard to their value when witnessing to people.

Scripture references from the King James Version:  Scripture in italics.

Genesis 1:1-5  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.  And the evening and the morning were the first day.

John 1:1-5  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

1 John 1:1-5  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the Word of life;  (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life , which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father,  and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.  This then is the message that we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LIGHT

God is Light!  He is the Luminary that brings understanding and reason to all things, both good and bad.  The light in Genesis 1 is not the Luminary of God spoken of in John 1 and 1 John 1.  Rather, it is the light of the sun which God spoke into existence; the presence of which illumines the day; and the absence of which causes night.  Humankind, in our fallen state because of the sin of Adam, tend to do most evil things, such as murder, and theft, and sexual immorality, in the absence of daylight, under the (supposed) cover of darkness.

Jesus Christ is the Life that is the Light of men.  He lights (Gives life to) everyone who comes into the world (John 1:9).  Every one of us needs to study everything that the Bible says about Jesus; and everything that He says in his teaching of the disciples, and the multitudes, not only for our own edification; but in order to be effective in our teaching (disciplining) of others.

THE TESTIMONY OF THE APOSTLES

These are the fellows that knew Jesus in the flesh!  They had heard Him!  They had touched Him!  John’s testimony is that they (the apostles) touched the Word of Life.  How could John possibly be more explicit?   Read how John puts it for us in 1 John 1:1: (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And we write these things unto you, that your joy may be full.  This then is the message we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 

JESUS’ DISCOURSE ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LIGHT 

(John 3:14-21)  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up:  that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth in him is not condemned:  but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

A SUMMARY OF WHAT WE’VE LEARNED

Light and life come from our Creator, Jesus Christ (John 1:3,4)!  If we would be saved, and become partakers of the Light and Life that is our Lord Jesus Christ, we must, believe in Him, come to Him, and call on Him to save us!  God the Father’s eternal purpose, is to save all who come in repentance to Him;  and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, by grace through faith.

From a sinner saved by God’s irresistible grace,

Bill

 

 

 

In the Beginning – God!

LOVE NEVER FAILS!

(1 CORINTHIANS 13:8a) “LOVE NEVER FAILS!”

How can we say, with any semblance of logic and truth, that “Love never fails?”  You may say, “Well, it says that in God’s Word, and therefore, it must be so.”  Now, that may be enough for souls already in Christ; but, for those who don’t yet know Him, some defining of words, and further explanation is necessary.

E. g., it’s necessary to know, that in the Koine Greek language, the language in which the New Testament of God’s Word was originally written, that there are three words that are all translated “love” (There are actually more, but they aren’t necessary for us to consider at this time).  They are: “Agape,” the love with which God loves His children, and the love with which Christians love their fellow humans; “Phileo,” the love with which humans love others who are like them (Brotherly love); and “Eros,” the erotic and superficial love that involves sexual immorality, including adultery.  The “Love that never fails” is “Agape,” the love with which God loves His children, and the love with which God’s children love others.

Agape is, for all of my intent and purpose, an action word.  It is, by way of definition, a word that means giving people what they need, but not necessarily what they want.  That’s how God loves His children;  He gives us what we need, but not always what we want; because we are prone to want what isn’t good for us.  It follows then, that the people who belong to God, and emulate His example, will do as He does:  Giving the Gospel to the lost; food to the hungry; clothing to the naked; shelter to the homeless; medical help to the sick; and prayers for all people, that they will be blessed by the True and Living God.  If we, as a Godly people do this, we will be fulfilling God’s command, to “Love our neighbors as ourselves.”

You may ask:  “Where does emotional feeling come into play in your definition of love?”  I will answer you in this way:  Give yourself over into God’s hands by receiving Christ, believing in Him as Lord and Savior, and you will see.  He will give you a love for people, and compassion for others, that you didn’t realize you could have.  That’s where emotion comes into play.  The emotion that is from God to the believer’s heart; with an indefatigable desire to do what is best for anyone at all times.

To sum this all up:  Love never fails, if it’s the love that Jesus loves His own with, and subsequently, the love with which we, Christ’s own, love others.  May we live this way for His sake.

As ever, with love from a sinner saved by grace,

Bill

 

 

 

 

LOVE NEVER FAILS!