Monday, April 25, 2016

Matthew 5:18  "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
Luke 16:17  "And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail."

The bible is a fascinating book. It has a history that cannot be amounted to by any other written record. Tens of thousands of men, women and children chose to die to preserve the written word of God while nations, religions, powers and peoples attempted to erase it. Yet, with the greater majority trying to obliterate the bible and it's contents, the bible was still preserved and kept through all these ages to today. The bible is the written word of God--it is God's words spoken to each of us.
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible reads as one book, and there is incredible unity to the Bible. The Bible is one book, and yet it is made up of 66 books, was written by at least 40 different authors over a period of about 1600 years, in 13 different countries and on three different continents. It was written in at least three different languages by people in all professions. The Bible forms one beautiful temple of truth that does not contradict itself theologically, morally, ethically, doctrinally, scientifically, historically, or in any other way.
As men were moved by the holy Spirit to write the sacred text down from age to age, carefully preserving what God had commanded, the Holy Spirit accompanied the sacred text down to our age to preserve it's simple truths of redemption and salvation. As the bible is the word of God it should not be tampered with nor revised in any way, shape, or form. The farther "modernized" translation gets from the original written piece, the more key details and absolute truth's get removed. The farther we move away from the original source of knowledge, the lesser sacred the authoritative word's of God become until His word is no longer acknowledged as sacred.

God's words are true, they are everlasting, steadfast and sure. When God said, "Let there be light," there was light because God's word is the supreme authority above all peoples, laws, and physics. He is the supreme authority, and all of nature and the Universe is subject unto Him, and woe unto them who try to tamper with His words.

Different bible translations, in some instances, can have a useful place. Most of them do have a portion of light in them, but they cannot replace in any detail the validity of the original source of the truth. When there is a mixture of different bible translations spread among an assembly of people who are "trying" to follow the same source, there is nothing but confusion. There shall not one Jot, nor one tittle be taken away from God's true words. If there appear to be a piece missing from what He spoke, then the manifestation is not of God's Spirit, but of another's.
"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. (1 Thess 5:21)." "Hold fast the profession of our faith (Heb 10:23), and "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman the needeth not to be ashamed, rightly diving the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15)," "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb 4:12)." Therefore, "Pray without ceasing. (1 Thess 5:17)." "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. ( 1 Peter 4:7)."

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

What is God's love for man?

What is love - 
Love is illustrated in length throughout the bible. God loves His people; Christ loves His people, love is unconditional, or so it is commonly believed. Unconditional means "not subject to any conditions," but is God's love for us unconditional? The answer to that question is Yes and No.
Here is why I think so: God loves us, that is no doubt. He sent His only begotten Son to die in our place because He loved us so; Christ, the Son of God also willingly gave of Himself to torment and death because He loved us so--that love is unconditional. But even though Jesus and our Heavenly Father love us so much, they have conditions for us to meet before we can receive the blessings and rewards of their love--that love is conditional. Jesus Christ offered His blood as atonement for our sins so that through Him we might receive eternal life--that is the covenant God made with His people on earth--but just because we are all offered that gift equally, it does not mean we all receive it equally. Weather or not we receive the gift Christ has given to us is dependent on whether or not we accept it and the conditions to heed to.
God established his Covenant (the promise of eternal life), but He gave conditions to meet with the covenant (Perfect submission to His will and perfectly sinless obedience), and with the Conditions of the Covenant, God gave us the means by which we can meet the conditions (that is Christ, who's blood is able to wash away all our sins and bring us into perfect obedience unto God).

"6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?" ~Heb 12: 6 and 7.
"For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth." ~Pro 3:12
However, though Christ loves all of mankind equally no matter what we have done, there is a point when His love runs out. The gift of Eternal life and forgiveness that He has offered is offered freely, but if we should choose to not accept the gift, and the conditions with it, we would eventually bring ourselves out from His love and into His condemnation and wrath. God is Just, and full of mercy, but if we are not in submission to His will, then we are in rebellion to it. Thus saith the Lord, "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (Rev 22:12)." There will come a time when probation closes that God will pour out His wrath upon all who have persecuted Christ and His people. After the probation closes, there will be no mercy offered to those who have rebelled against His will and have not turned from their evil ways.

Time is running out, folks. "Choose you this day whom ye will serve (Joshua 24:15)."