Do you love Him?

2 Corinthians 5:10-11
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

Interesting point concerning our service to God, Paul uses the word “should” and not “must”:

Romans 6:4
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also SHOULD walk in newness of life.

Our service to God is a personal choice, we do not have to walk in the newness of life if we choose not to, but whatever our choice is concerning our service to Him, we will be judged according to it at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

They should not, but most in fact do live unto themselves:

2 Corinthians 5:15
And that he died for all, that they which live SHOULD not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Ideally, we should all remain faithful, but the majority give up and quit running the race, still others run in vain by not rightly dividing the word of truth:

Galatians 2:2
And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I SHOULD run, or had run, in vain.

There should preferably be no division in the body, but unfortunately there is:

1 Corinthians 12:25
That there SHOULD be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

MUST be holy and without blame?:

Ephesians 1:4
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we SHOULD be holy and without blame before him in love:

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

It is a decision, a choice from the heart to walk in the newness of life, to put on the new man.

Our Christian service is about labour, and not all labour is acceptable to God. God isn’t interested in one’s labour at the Church BBQ nor the ladies’ tea and cookie meeting to discuss the forthcoming Church fête.

Saved people need to operate and grow spiritually according to Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery. They must have integrity and honesty, and not compromise the truth, rightly divided.

Our service to God should be a demonstration of our love for him because of what he did for us. We should honour and glorify him with our service. When we have the mind of Christ, all that we do, we do unto the glory of God.

Can a person get drunk and glorify God? Does someone with the mind of Christ get inebriated?
Can a person cuss, be violent and glorify God at the same time?
Can a person withhold the preaching of the gospel to the lost and glorify God?
If one is lazy and careless in rightly dividing the word of truth, does it glorify God?

1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

It does matter as Christians, how we live our lives.

Yes, all our sins are forgiven, so we do not account for them at the Judgment Seat of Christ, what matters is that we do not get away with any wrongdoing as members of the body of Christ. Our activities as believers will be the issue, how we controlled our thoughts and how we lived.

One can clearly see how some prefer to keep friends by not preaching the truth. The question here is: would one rather keep friends and be afraid to offend them with the truth, or please God?

Apart from doing everything to the glory of God, the other barometers whereby we can measure our success in our service to God is knowing who we are in Christ and acting upon it. Philippians 1:6, 21, we also measure our success by the rightness of the doctrine we uphold. (Contrary to popular belief, large numbers and also small numbers of followers are not a measure of success…..)

God looks upon the heart, and the JSoC will be a heart issue.

Some factor in the “terror of the Lord” in 2 Corinthians 5:11 as a motivation for others to make the right choice in serving the Lord, but since the Bible is its own best dictionary, Romans 13:3 tells us the word means “not a terror to good works” in that particular context, so “terror” in 2 Corinthians 5:11 means God is a terror to your wrongdoing. He opposes you doing wrong.

Titus 2:11-12 tells us GRACE teaches us to do right.

Titus 2:11-14
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a n peculiar people, zealous of good works.

……… And when all is said and done, I love Grace preachers and teachers (more) who know what they’re talking about!

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An eye opener

I just have to say this.

You know, it’s amazing what one reads and hears.  Take the personal testimonies of certain folk.

Take a certain learned person, who accumulates degrees unto himself. (I call them 360°s) because they mean absolutely nothing to me.  Let’s just say that I am not impressed, because if one takes into consideration the world’s luciferian system and the dung they throw at you in the name of education (edyoocashun) – thanks, but really……..next!

He said something to the effect of: “Man had a problem, and God could not solve it, only Man could, the reason God sent us a man”

Really? And no-one questioned it?  (In hindsight it has everything to do with what he believes concerning the faith of Christ).  These folk are humanistic in their thinking: unconditional election (everyone’s sins forgiven by default), and Christ is just a man, a representative of God, and not God himself.

I would state: Man had a problem called sin, he could not fix it himself, not even with the law.  Only God can fix Man’s problem, therefore God came down to earth in the form of a man.  Christ had absolutely no reputation when he walked this earth.  Most hated him, he was called names, he was mocked and scoffed at, but today Grace believers aim for a reputation and want to be respected when they preach Christ crucified.

There was a woman a few years back, who was and still is totally confused, who ran to and fro from a Calvinistic Grace Radio Station to my blog, then to a friend’s (of mine) Facebook timeline, rebuking him because of what he preached concerning the faith of Christ.  Mad as a hatter, not to mention gullible, seeking a notch she could call home. Well, it goes without saying she found it.  She just does not know what she’s got herself into. My friend aptly called her “Mess”. She said farewell to my blog with great aplomb and drama – wishing me all the best.  Ain’t that par for the course?  The one who accumulated unto herself “edjacated” Acts 28 teachers who use fair speeches and good words, wished me well.  My friend was tickled pink.  Another Lockhart-Newitt-Deanovic “sound doctrine” minion, steeped in subtle Acts 28 doctrine.   Hey, why beat them if you can join them?

The word pity comes to mind.

Enough said.

 

Good News!!

Got the opportunity to give the gospel to two people, one who is terminally ill with stage 4 cancer – he believed, Christ died for his sins – all of them, and that He rose from the dead.  Without works thrown into the mix.  The other person: been telling her for the past year – “no works”, ” not your own righteousness “.  She finally got it!

Two less people in hell.  It’s a good day!

Liberty

Some are under the impression that their liberty in Christ frees them from caring how they are judged by others, and if they so happen to offend others with certain practices and words, well then, that’s just too bad…..

Yet, our liberty is judged:

1 Corinthians 10:29
Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?

1 Corinthians 8:10-12
For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

1 Corinthians 8:9
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

You have liberty in Christ, but as soon as it becomes a stumbling block to others, it isn’t liberty anymore because you have put a chain on someone else, so to speak.

It’s not good to advertise gluttony and excess.  It is in fact the hallmark of an inferiority complex.  Possess inferiority – advertise excess to be on par with others – feel equally superior.

One can see where some were before they got saved, by what they now consider to be “liberty in Christ”.  They are like teenagers, they get a {cheap} thrill out of advertising their vices and calling it ” liberty in Christ”.

Their liberty even extends to advertising their kenotic beliefs, as their faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross is apparently not sufficient to save their souls from hell.  “I don’t have enough faith, therefore I had to have faith in his faith”.  Oxymoron deluxe.  If you have insufficient faith, how can you have enough faith in his faith to be saved? (A head scratching HUH moment…..) .  It’s like being back in denominationalism, “Oh lord, top up my faith, I don’t have a brain to make the decision to trust fully in your atonement for my sins”.

These same people so happen to have the copyright on love as well.  I call it ©love, because ©love seems to put them on a higher level where they can happily agree to disagree with one another and maintain the Fellowship of Fake Cohesion©.  Now that’s what you call ©loooooove and in order to share in it, one needs to join or become a member of an exclusive club……. namely, the Short-Circuit club where the fellowship of fake cohesion© is practised.

It’s literally soul destroying as they believe and follow another Jesus, one who in turn had to have faith in God because he was only a man (having very conveniently given up his deity attributes).

Bottom-line:  A man died for their sins.

Humanism: When man sorts out his own problems with the exclusion of God.

Some still carry the baggage of the denominations and cults they were previously members of and throw it into the mix of Mid-Acts Dispensationalism and deceive the simple…..

Romans 16:18
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Christian clothing” – put it on

The armour of light – Romans 13:12
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us PUT ON the armour of light.

The new man – Ephesians 4:24
And that ye PUT ON the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

The whole armour of God – Ephesians 6:11
PUT ON the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering – Colossians 3:12
PUT ON therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

Charity – Colossians 3:14
And above all these things PUT ON charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the most evil thing in the world today?

Is it misogynistic, murderous Islam?

Is it an abortionist who murders souls before they can be born?

Is it tyrannical leaders who commit genocide?

Is it war?

Is it famine?

Is it disease?

Surprisingly not.

It’s mainline denominationalism which gives its adherents false hope by preaching a false gospel, and in so doing commits them to an eternity of perdition in the Lake of Fire, an eternity separated from God.

There is nothing more evil than giving someone false hope.

2 Peter 3:15-16
And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

 

Without offence

Paul tells us that our love must abound in man-made theories? In self aggrandizement?

Definitely not.

Our love must abound more and more in knowledge of the truth and the word rightly divided, and the  judgment that goes with it – judging whether things are true and applicable to us today.

Two questions we should always be asking ourselves about sermons, articles, posts, and books and the speakers/authors thereof –

1.  Do they speak biblical truth and if yes, then

2. are they dispensational and without gross error?

This is done in order for us to approve things that are excellent.

Why do we as Saints need to approve things which are excellent?

That we may be sincere and without offence until the day of Christ.

Filled with the FRUITS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.

which are by our own doing?

Which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God….

Philippians 1:9-11
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;  That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

1 Thessalonians 2:12-13
That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.  For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe

We must allow the word of God to work effectually in us by being workman, studying to shew ourselves approved unto God.

2 Timothy 2:14-15
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

There is a difference between living in the Spirit (being saved) and walking in the Spirit which reflects the fruit of the Spirit, namely, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.

All saints live in the Spirit, but not all walk in the Spirit.  Walking in the Spirit comes with spiritual growth and maturity, as God’s word works effectually in us.

Galatians 5:22-23,25
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.