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Flee from Lust!


Genesis 39:7 ¶ And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
 8 But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
 9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
 10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
 11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
 12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

Now that is true Biblical Character of Holiness!! Flee from Fornication is all through the Old and New Testaments.  It would be Wise to have the same attitude as Joseph “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”  Here is one more powerful verse to ponder while on the subject; “1Co 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” AMEN!

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Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Titus 2:11 ¶ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 ¶ These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

2Corinthians 7:9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

2Timothy 2:19 ¶ Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

So, what part of REPENTANCE to you not understand?

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What is true Love?


 

 

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We know God is Love…..Agape’….. We should never want anything but Agape’….. We should never want the worlds version of Love. Why? Because the worlds version of Love is nasty, disgusting and Vain! The world views love through the flesh only and cannot see past its own self-centered, self-seeking, self-gratifying, seductive mind! But True Love is defined in the Bible and is the Kind of Love that can Only be achieved through Jesus Christ! His kind of Love is Pure, Holy and Righteous! Our hearts should yearn for Jesus kind of Love! Seek His Love O my soul! Should always be our prayer! The Bible teaches us to Draw near to God and He will Draw near to us. Well drawing near to our Father is up to us. Seek God with a Pure heart (not perfect) and we shall find that our Heart’s need to be Stretched out in order to receive more Agape’…Holiness and Purity…..This we know is Agape’ Love as expressed by Jesus Christ! His Crucifixion and Resurrection!

 

When Jesus Called me to Minister to the Souls of men it shook me to the Core of my being. I had to get to the place where I was willing to die for the ones He lead me to Minister too. Why? Because Jesus died for them! If Jesus Loves them enough to die for them then I must think highly of their souls worth! This Holy and Pure Love we seek within our hearts can only be explained by Holy Scriptures.

 

 

 

In a World that is lost and does NOT know the meaning of Love there comes the Mighty EXPRESSION of True Love through the Manifest Word of God, Jesus Christ! The following is God’s kind of Love:

1Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

 

 

 

Doesn’t matter how eloquently you can speak one or more languages! What matters is the motive behind the words. If not spoken in Love then you are only making noise and wagging your tongue!

 


2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

 

 

 

You are nothing if you know all knowledge and can speak with enthusiasm if you don’t have true love! You are nothing even if you have a strong faith without Love! Love is more Vast than the Universe. The Universe cannot even Contain Agape’ Love because God is Love and He contains the Universe. Do we want that kind of Love? Do we want our hearts Stretched with His Love?

 


3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

 

 

 

So verse 3 really speaks volumes about true love. Why? If we give away all we have or even die a brutal death by burning at the stake and don’t posses love we have gotten no where! Because Love expects nothing in return!

 


4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

 

 

 

Love is patient, are we patient in His Eternal Purpose? Is longsuffering a desire we have? The Lord Jesus “suffered long” for us and we should also seek His patience! Without patience it is not true Love! We must be patient on the Lord of all love and with others we cherish! Not a single person reading this has arrived at perfection! We are all under construction by God’s law of Love!

 

 

Love is kind. The Greek definition of kindness is simply; to show oneself useful, i.e. act benevolently. So, if we are seeking Agape’ Love we MUST show ourselves useful to others. God always acts in our benefit! He always wants the best for His children. If we want to experience this type of love we must treat others as God treats us!

 

 

 

Love does not envy (desire or be jealous over). If we seek Agape’ Love it cannot be envious! If it is, then it is of the flesh and is not Agape’! So many think they are in love with someone yet they are envious of others in theirs lives. For example; Many seeking marriage oftentimes highjack their significant other by being envious over people they loved in the past or even present. This is not true Love at all! We must not be envious. Love them for who they are, not who they were!

 

 

Love does not boast (meaning to Brag). Why? What is there to brag? If you think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, then you do not know what love is to begin with! God gave us the example through His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ! If there is something to boast, then boast in what the Lord has done!

 

 

Love is not proud. (Puffed up). The opposite of pride is humility! Love is Humble! Always agrees with God! Always submits! Are we seeking True Love? Then Humble your-Self! Again Jesus is our example. He was always submissive to His Fathers Will. So should we! Jesus humbled Himself to come to this corrupt World and then humbled himself even more when He went to the Cross of Calvary to Purge your sins and mine from our record! Love is NEVER proud but is ALWAYS humble!

 


5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

 

 

 

Love is not rude. In other words love never acts unseemly, not proper or appropriate Are we rude? Then we are not in Agape’! Why would you be rude to the one you love?

 

 

 

Love is not self-seeking. Are we seeking self gratification? Then we are not in Love! So many get confused about love especially when it comes to sexuality. Love never seeks fulfillment when both parties are not participating in the God given act of marital intimacy!

 

 

 

Love is not easily angered. Do we find ourselves becoming angry with God? Angry with our spouse? Then we are not in love with God or our spouse! Notice it says “easily angered.” Here is the Greek definition; to sharpen alongside, i.e. (figuratively) to exasperate:–easily provoke, stir. If we are easily provoked then we may be self-seeking and not in love! Self examination is a must to figure out why you get angry.

 

 

 

Love does not hold record of wrongdoings! God never keeps a record of our sins! He washes them away in Jesus’ Blood! He remembers our sins no more! So if we seek Agape’ Love we need not to remember our sins or our spouses! Otherwise we may use their wrongs against them if we are easily angered! This is NOT Love! Remember, Jesus forgave us and we must also forgive others!

 


6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails……

 

 

 

Love we seek never delights in evil but always Rejoices in the Truth. If we every find ourselves in sin, let us repent and rejoice in True Love that washed them away! Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Because Agape’ Love never fails!

 

 

 

Do we seek Love? Agape’ Love? If not, we need to Repent!! Because True Love is the only thing that will satisfy your longing soul. There is not enough money, sex, drugs or anything else this world has to offer that can fill your heart! God wants to fill you up with His Love. Let Him! Turn to Jesus Christ the Only Begotten Son of the Living God! Believe that Jesus was Crucified for you and He was Resurrected from the Dead! That is the what Agape’ Love did for you! Believe it and be Satisfied!

 


Now apply that to you and your relationships and see what happens!

 


 

With so much confusing and ignorance looming in the Church, the body of believers, I thought it worthwhile to write a short message outlining the basic Foundation of all that Christians believe. If you disagree with any of these you will have to take your argument up with God because these are Fundamental to all who read and follow the Jesus of the Bible.

 

5 Fundamental Doctrines

1). The Virgin birth of Jesus Christ!
2). The Deity of Jesus Christ!
3). The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ!
4). The bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ!
5). The Second Coming of Jesus Christ!

 

 

1). Virgin birth of Christ – The sin nature is passed through the male, so Christ was born of a virgin, impregnated by the Holy Spirit. He therefore is not under the curse of the sin nature. Therefore Jesus is the Only Begotten Son of God.

 


2).
Deity of Christ – Because Christ Jesus was not born into the sin nature, but from the Holy Spirit, He is Divine. 100% God and 100% human. All the fullness of the Godhead and all the weaknesses of mankind. Because He is God’s Son, Jesus is without sin.

 


3).
Crucifixion of Christ Jesus – God is Holy and requires sinless holy sacrifices to atone for mans sins. Because Jesus is both without sin and is by His Incarnation Divine, He alone satisfies the requirement of the Holy Sacrifice. Without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin. He paid the penalty for our sin on the Cross.

 


4).
Resurrection of Christ – Jesus died on the Cross paying our sin debt, on the third day He Rose from the dead. By Jesus Resurrection Salvation is complete, and the believer has total victory over the penalty of sin, fear of death, and guarantee of Eternal Life!! The Resurrection calls believers to always repent or turn from their sins and look for our future Resurrection.

 


5).
Second Coming of Christ – Jesus did all the Work necessary for the Salvation of mankind. All the Glory that is in Christ belongs to believers. When He comes in the near future all the riches that is in Christ will be inherited by those who have repented and Trust solely in His Death, burial, and Resurrection. Eternal bliss is guaranteed. His Second coming spurs believers to witness to the lost concerning all five of these fundamentals. We have but a short time. When He comes it is too late to Repent and believe.

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ImageThe Promises of God. Does God speak to His Children today?

 

I would like to share a few thoughts concerning the topic of God speaking to His children through His Promises. In God’s Word there are many Promises that God makes that are directed to those who fear Him, obey Him and who love Him. The Old Testament and the New Testament are filled with the Promises of God. Here are a few for our consideration;

 

Genesis 9:8 ¶ Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: 9 “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, 10 “and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. 11 “Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

12 ¶ And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

13 “I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 14 “It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15 “and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 “The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

 

Notice the reference to “all flesh” and not just Noah and his sons. What an awesome promise from God to all flesh. So every-time we see a rainbow it should remind us of God’s Promise. This is also Him speaking to His children, are we listening?

 

Exodus20:4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

 

Notice God’s statement in verse 6. This is a promise that He is speaking to not only the Covenant people Israel but for all who love Him and keep or obey His commandments. Again are you listening to God speak? God showing Mercy to thousands of generations who love Him is a much greater promise than that of the “visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children” of those who hate God! What an awesome Promise from the Only True and living God!
Deuteronomy 7:9 “Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

10 “and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face.

11 “Therefore you shall keep the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments which I command you today, to observe them.” So let us remember the Faithfulness of God’s Promises!

 

This next Promise from God is lengthy but well worth emphasizing! Notice the Promise of Eternal Life to “all” who would believe in the Son of God! Let us cling to Jesus Christ the Only Begotten Son of God and Enjoy Eternal Bliss!

 

John 3:13 “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.

14 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

15 “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

16 “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.

17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

21 “But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

 

God is so awesome there really is no words to explain the depth of this next Promise! “What we will be” when Jesus is revealed is far beyond the capacity of a finite mind to fully grasp! None the less it is a Precious Promise from the Father of Light! Are we listening?

 

1John 3:1 ¶ Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

 

What about the Promise of Revelation 3? Let us listen to it with fresh ears! To him who has ears to hear, let them hear what the Spirit says to the Churches! Indeed all seven Churches Jesus addresses has a Promise attached but this one is somewhat profound;

 

Revelation 3:7 ¶ “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:

8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9 “Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie–indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.

10 “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”‘

 

Did you hear that? “”He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.”

 

The Promises of God are numerous and He is Always Faithful to do exactly what He says. There are many other Promises of God. Search them out and feed your Soul with His Presence!

 


 

Questions, Answers and Facts!

 

 

 

What is the shortest chapter in the Bible? Psalm 117

 

 

 

What is the longest chapter in the Bible? Psalm 119

 

 

 

What chapter is in the center of the Bible? Psalm 118

 

 

 

There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118.

 

 

 

There are 594 chapters after Psalm 118.

 

 

 

Add these numbers up and you get 1188.

 

 

 

What is the center verse in the Bible? Psalm 118:8

 

 

 

Psalm 118:8 “It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man.”

 

 

 

Does this verse say something significant about God’s Perfect Will for our lives?

 

 

 

Ponder that Divine thought!!

 

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The True You


The True You.


Study to show thyself Approved unto God

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What does that title mean? Why do so many Christians quote those verses? Are they trying to get approval of God or man? I will endeavor to expound upon the following verses in the full context.

 

2Timothy 2:14 ¶ 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.

 

First of all Paul, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, is writing this to young Timothy who was struggling. By reading both letters you will understand that some must have been giving Timothy a hard time. As a Pastor, Timothy was more than likely Discouraged by “Christians” who were critical of his age. So Paul writes to him and to us about putting them to remembrance and charging (to attest or protest earnestly) them before the Lord Jesus to stop playing “word” games because they were “subverting” (an overturn (“catastrophe”), i.e. demolition; figuratively, apostasy) those who listen! So Paul was telling Timothy to rebuke those who were playing word games that was actually leading people away from the faith and truth! That is the context. So many still do this today and cause much confusion within the Body of Christ!

 

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

With the context now in focus let us look at verse where the title is derived. The word “study” means (to use speed, i.e. to make effort, be prompt or earnest:–do (give) diligence, be diligent) which is different from the English definition of the word “study.” The English definition of the word “study” means (The devotion of time and attention to acquiring knowledge on an academic subject, esp. by means of books.) What the Apostle Paul was actually telling Timothy was to be Diligent not to “get in the Word of God and study” as most Christians like to tell other Christians who may not agree with them on any given topic. Paul was telling Timothy that he needed to be diligent to show himself “approved” to God, not other people! The definition to the word approved means ( properly, acceptable (current after assayal), i.e. approved:–approved, tried) So in context we could bring in a passage in James. 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, (the word “tried is the same Greek word that is used for “approved” in our topic Scripture lesson.) he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Paul was telling Timothy to endure the pressure to please God rather than men! Now, the phrase “ needeth not to be ashamed” is defined by the word irreprehensible. This word literally means Blameless or innocent before God! Now for the phrase “rightly dividing.” To define from the Greek the following is rendered; to make a straight cut, i.e. (figuratively) to dissect (expound) correctly (the divine message). So Paul was saying “dissect” or “expound” the Divine Message! Which is the Word of Truth! So why do so many Christians throw these verses at other Christians when the Truth is we are to be “Diligent” to be “accepted or tried” before God, as one who “expounds” or “dissects” the Divine Message! This passage is not designed to be thrown around as a way to “condescend” or “discourage” another believer! That is exactly what others were doing to young Timothy! Let us now continue.

 

16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: (Gangrene) of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

 

Remember, Paul is writing to young Timothy concerning these fellows who were twisting or playing games with words. Paul says their words are like gangrene! Eating away at peoples faith! Leading to more ungodliness! Infecting the “Body” of believers! This is very much the case for today!

 

18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

 

Paul is stating plainly that these “word games” and ungodly men were “eating away” at the Faith with their “twisted truth” by saying that the Resurrection has already come to pass! Paul then states they are “overthrowing” or “subverting” others in the Faith! Be careful who you listen too and you MUST be “diligent” to be “approved” to God and not men! You MUST “rightly Divide” the Word of Truth. Again, not to be arrogant, or “condescending” to others but to be Strong in Your Faith!

 


I would like to expound a few verses of Scripture that contain some teaching that will throw many “Christians” of today in a tail spin at best, at worse a spiritual temper tantrum! So many today in the Christian Faith talk and act as if Salvation cost them nothing! On the contrary, salvation may cost you greatly! Let this Scripture penetrate our hearts and minds! Jesus is teaching about Salvation. He should know the Way for He is Our Salvation!

 

Matthew 19:16 ¶ Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

 

Notice the question closely, it concerns salvation or Eternal Life! “what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” Now let us consider Jesus’ answer!

 

17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

 

Notice Jesus responds with a question in the first part of verse 17. Jesus was telling the rich young man that His Father is the One that is Good! Now listen to the second half of verse 17 Jesus tells him to keep, obey, the Commandments and he will “enter into life.” Fascinating when you consider the majority of today’s Christians mock the word “obey” or at best tell you that you are a Pharisee! But yet it is JESUS who is teaching!

 

18 He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’

19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”

 

Clearly Jesus is referring to the 10 Commandments! Now I am sure many reading this will say that I am teaching salvation by works of the Law! Nothing could be farther from the truth! However, we cannot be Saved to DISOBEY either! So what is the connection? Let us continue….

 

20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”

 

Notice the young man said he has obeyed the Commandments Jesus mentioned and was still empty and searching for fulfillment! “What do I still lack?”

 

21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

 

Perfect here in this context means complete or of full age, which implies maturity!Jesus said go and sell and give to the poor and you will have treasures in Heaven, which is Faith in action! Most importantly is the phrase “come, follow Me.” It is never going to change. If we who are called after the Name of Christ do not come and follow after Jesus we are frauds at best! It does cost us something to follow after Christ, doesn’t it? YES, Jesus paid our sin debt and washed away our sins on His Bloody Cross and we must Trust only in His Redeeming Blood! It is often mentioned by Jesus that if we would come after Him it will cost us! “Take up your Cross and follow me!” Deny yourself was Jesus message! In fact as we continue in the story it cost His disciples more than most five and dime Christians of today would even consider!

 

22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23 ¶ Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

24 “And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

 

So the young man had some possessions that he was not willing to depart from in order to gain “treasure in Heaven?” The young man was “sorrowful” which in the Greek means he was in “distress!” Many a Christians in America have a great number of possessions and would find themselves in “distress” if Jesus told them to sell them and give to the poor! It is noteworthy in verses 23 and 24 is an awesome illustration that most have never heard. The “eye of a needle” is actually a small door or passage way in the walls around Jerusalem. In order for a camel to go through the doorway it would have to get on its knees and crawl in order to enter! Which in many ways refers to Humility! It would be Humbling for the rich young man to give up some of his possessions in order to gain treasures in heaven! The same could be said of us today in Christendom! It would not be to harsh for me to suggest that no one can be saved unless they first “Humble themselves” first!

 

25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”

 

The astonishment of the disciples is understandable. They then ask an important question; “Who then can be saved?” Very important to hear how the Savior replies to the question!

 

26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Well amen Jesus! Men are Lost and can’t even perceive the state of separated form God because of their sins! But God has made Salvation Possible for any and all! It is through Jesus Sacrificial Death on the Cross and His Miraculous Resurrection that men may receive Salvation through Repentance and Faith in His Work! Still, is there a cost to us who receive salvation? Let us continue!

 

27 Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?”

 

Notice Peter’s desperate plea to Jesus concerning all he and the other Disciples “left” in order to “Follow” Christ the Savior! What has it cost you dear Christian? So many today would not even forsake a small thing to follow Jesus, let alone the bigger things in their lives! So important is the next few verses of Scripture as Jesus shows us how much it may Cost anyone who wants to be His Disciple!

 

28 So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

 

Verse 28 is speaking to the near future when Jesus Comes back to Rule and Reign here on Earth! Notice this word “regeneration” is in future tense and the meaning of the word means; “Messianic restoration” where Jesus will “restore” what was lost by those who followed Him! In this particular verse the Disciples would have the honor, given by Jesus, to “sit on thrones” “judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” But now Jesus includes others who would “give up” something to follow Him!

 

29 “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.

 

Sounds like there is a cost to following Jesus! The Church today does not reflect this teaching. The Disciples lived harsh lives. They put their “lives” in the hands of Jesus and Rightly so! They left their homes, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, wives, children and lands to Follow Jesus and to Advance His Kingdom! So what has it cost you to follow Jesus? What is holding you back from being used by the Savior of your soul? Jesus said in some other passages about what it will cost to be His Disciple. Let us look at a few to ponder.

 

Luke 9:57 ¶ Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”

58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

Jesus said He had no place to lay His Head which indicates also we may not have a home to lay our head if we Follow Him! That is a cost! Are you willing to pay the cost for following Jesus? Let us not think that it could never happen to us! It just may! What are you going to do, Deny Him?

 

59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”

 

Seems that Jesus was harsh! Well, what is your excuse of not following Jesus? What is stopping you from preaching the “kingdom of God” to a lost and dying world? Chances are the fellow was using his sick father as an excuse to not follow Jesus! It was a cost that he was not willing to sacrifice for the Kingdom of God to advance!

 

61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”

62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 

Wow! What does Jesus mean? “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Here is a quote from Adam Clark that summarizes what Jesus is saying; “Can any person properly discharge the work of the ministry who is engaged in secular employments? Example; A farmer and a minister of the Gospel are incompatible characters. As a person who holds the plow cannot keep on a straight furrow if he looks behind him; so he who is employed in full time secular work cannot do the work of an evangelist, if he turn his desires to worldly profits. A good man has said: “He who thinks it necessary to cultivate the favor of the world is not far from betraying the interests of God and his Church.”

 

Now back to our previous passage. Mathew 19:29 “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.” Jesus is God in the Flesh and He is a Just God and the Restorer! It COST Him everything to Redeem us! He Freely died on a Cross for all mankind to offer the forgiveness of sins to everyone who would turn from their sins and Follow Him!

 

30 “But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

 

So many forget this simple teaching. We who want to be first, selfishness, will actually be last and those who only want to serve and Follow Jesus will be first! You want to be great? Be a servant to all! That is the Way of the Master! That too is a cost many are not willing to pay for the Kingdom of God! I pray that is not you! I would like to finish with a quote from Charles Spurgeon. “In faith of this we look forward to the reign of the saints, when even here they shall inherit the earth, and rejoice themselves in the abundance of peace. Beyond this, when time ceases, there remains endless bliss; for we shall inherit everlasting life. Oh, that we may never hesitate to be glad losers for Jesus! They who lose all for Christ will find all in Christ, and receive all with Christ!”

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Scripture that speaks about Repentance in OT and NT.

 

Old Testament

 

Psalm 22:26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied; Those who seek Him will praise the LORD. Let your heart live forever!

27 All the ends of the world Shall remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations Shall worship before You.

28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S, And He rules over the nations.

 

Isaiah 55:6 ¶ Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.

7 Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.

 

Ezekiel 18:23 “Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord GOD, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?

24 “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die. 25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ Hear now, O house of Israel, is it not My way which is fair, and your ways which are not fair?

26 “When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies.

27 “Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive.

28 “Because he considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die.

 

Jeremiah 25:4 “And the LORD has sent to you all His servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear.

5 “They said, ‘Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD has given to you and your fathers forever and ever.

 

2Chroncles 7:12 ¶ Then the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.

13 “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people,

14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

 

Joel 2:12 ¶ “Now, therefore,” says the LORD, “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”

13 So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.

 

 

 

New Testament

Matthew 3:1 ¶ In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

 

Matthew 3:8 “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,

9 “and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.

10 “And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

12 “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

 

Matthew 4:16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”

17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

 

Mark 1:14 ¶ Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

 

Luke 24:46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,

47 “and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

48 “And you are witnesses of these things.

 

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

Acts 3:19 “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,

20 “and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,

21 “whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.

 

Romans 2:4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

 

2Corinthians 12:20 For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults; 21 lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced.

 

2Timothy 2:19 ¶ Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

 

2Timothy 2:23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

 

2Peter 3:9 ¶ The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

 

Revelation is also filled with the call to Repent. Jesus speaking to “Gentile” Churches in chapters 2 and 3 Calls these Christians to Repent. So with the overwhelming volume of verses in the Old and New Testaments concerning Repentance, it is safe to say, If God Calls us to Repent, He has enabled mankind to do just that! All the Old Testament Prophets, John the Baptist, Jesus the Christ, Paul the Apostle, Peter the Apostle, John the Apostle, all have the same theme of Repentance, do you think this is God’s Word Proclaiming the need for repentance? ABSOLUTELY!

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