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GRACE

Last Updated on Monday, 18 April 2016 14:52 Written by Pastor Dan Monday, 18 April 2016 14:51

GRACE

What is grace? Very simply, grace is getting what we don’t deserve.  It is unmerited favor.  Paul the Apostle understood as many of us do, what grace is.  Paul persecuted Christians.  He hailed them off to prison and cast his vote for their death because of their faith in a Jesus he had not yet come to know.  But in mercy and grace the Lord Jesus met him, gave him a revelation of Himself and turned him around until he became a great Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.

So, Grace is getting forgiveness and pardon when you know you deserve punishment.  Paul could say, By the grace of God I am what I am! That is our testimony also!

How could the grace of God be made available to unworthy sinners?  The answer to that is THE CROSS! The cross of Jesus Christ was God’s altar upon which the Son of God, the Lamb of God would lay down his life willingly to take upon Himself the debt of the sin of mankind.  We, who were onDeath Row, were set free by the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross.  He took our place and now we are set free.

Now, the call of the Holy Spirit to all men is:  Whosoever will, let them come and drink of the water of life freely. Why? Because Jesus has opened the way to the throne of God.  It is a throne of mercy, the way paved and paid for by Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.  He loved us so much He gave His life for ours.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John  3.16.

Pray this prayer now: Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Take away my sin.  I believe you are the Son of God.  I believe you died on the cross for me.  I receive you as my Lord and Savior.  I will trust your enabling grace and the Holy Spirit to live my life for your glory.  Amen!

 

 

JUSTIFICATION

Last Updated on Monday, 18 April 2016 14:46 Written by Pastor Dan Monday, 18 April 2016 14:44

JUSTIFICATION

Romans 5:1 – Therefore, being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The definition for justified in a theological sense means:

To be declared innocent or guiltless

Can it possibly be that erring man, born in sin and guilty under the law be declared innocent?  The punishment for sin is DEATH!  How does JUSTIFICATION happen?

Romans 5:1 says it happens by faith!  Faith means to be fully persuaded about something.  Of what are we to be persuaded? What is it that brings justification to sinful men? The answer to that is found in the latter part of that verse:  through our Lord Jesus Christ!

When Jesus walked this earth in human flesh, He said He didn’t come to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  That is, all who put their faith and confidence  in His death on that blood-stained cross have peace with God and are justified.  It is astounding when we think about it that one man could die for the sins of the whole world.  All who appropriate that sacrificial act to their lives personally are justified!  Christ’s crucifixion which he endured right up until death was enough to satisfy sin’s demand of death!  Through that death, Jesus’ blood when applied to the hearts of repentant sinners,  washes them clean and declares them innocent in God’s sight.  Jesus took our sin, our guilt and our shame and all of it was nailed to the Cross.  Now we are free to be the children of God.  We are free from sin’s dominion over us.  As we have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so let us walk in HimEnjoy your newfound freedom in Christ. You are accepted by God in the beloved by faith in Jesus’ work on the Cross.  Faith in His atoning blood washes our sins away.  You arejust-as-if-you’d-never-sinned! That is the power of the blood and the power of the cross. JUSTIFIED BY FAITH THROUGH JESUS CHRIST!

SANCTIFICATION

Last Updated on Monday, 18 April 2016 12:59 Written by Pastor Dan Monday, 18 April 2016 12:58

SANCTIFICATION

What does it mean to be sanctified?

Sanctify means to “set apart” for a special person or purpose.  In the Old Testament, those who served as priests or Levites in the service of the tabernacle they were set apart and dedicated to God for this purpose.  When prophets came to appoint kings, they would do so by the anointing of oil.  The king’s function was to rule and lead the people in the ways of God.

Samuel was a prophet who was set apart and dedicated to the work of the Lord and his mother Hannah  made good on her promise to God to lend him to the Lord all the days of his life especially in his growing up years.  He was dedicated and sanctified set apart for this purpose.

The women especially understand this truth by setting apart their best china plates for special occasions.  They do not use their best china for their everyday use.

We as believers are chosen by God for a specific purpose as well.  We have been given faith to believe.  We have turned our back on sin and begin to live a life for God’s glory and for His divine purpose.  We are not to defile or contaminate ourselves with the filth of this world.  We have been set apart (sanctified – made holy) by the precious blood of Christ by God the Father Himself.  Knowing that, we also willingly separate ourselves from all defilement of this world.  We have been made children of God by faith in Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul, in speaking to a young minister Timothy used the sanctifying process in an illustration of a person being enlisted into military service saying, No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life that he may please him who has enlisted him as a soldier.

Remember, sanctification is a two-way street.  God has set you apart.  You, too must set yourself apart for Him!

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Written by Pastor Dan Tuesday, 01 March 2016 16:15

We are finishing up this Wednesday on the theme of the Seven Churches of Revelation.  Beginning next week, we will begin with studying the Epistles.  Our Wednesday evenings are an exceptional time of worship, praise, fellowship, refreshments and inspiring time in God's Word.  Come and be blessed!

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HELL?

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 July 2011 14:02 Written by Pastor Dan Thursday, 30 June 2011 14:44

July 2011

“What does the Bible say about Hell?”

 

THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH

God told Adam and Eve in the day they eat of the fruit of the forbidden tree, in that day they would die.  (Gen 2.17)  Looking at things from God’s perspective being He is the One who said it, God was looking at it from a spiritual angle. 

 

When Adam and Eve partook of the fruit, something within them did die.  They fell from their state of innocence.  Did they drop dead physically the moment they partook of the fruit?  NO.  What death was God speaking about?  A spiritual death.  Notice when they heard God’s voice in the garden after sinning, they hid from God.  They sewed fig leaves around themselves to cover their nakedness.   Man is still trying to cover himself with a covering of his own making (good works etc…)God eventually provided coats of skins for them.  Now an animal had to die to provide them a covering.  Jesus Christ is the only true covering for our sins.  He was the perfect Lamb of God who suffered and died for our sins. 

 

So, the death was not a physical death, at least not immediately.  However, because sin was now in their mortal body, death was now working in the physical body.  (Romans 6:12, 13).  Death to the physical body was slow, but the spiritual man now became subject to the body and soul of man.  Before their sin, their spirit was pre-eminent over their body and soul.  God created Adam and Eve as talking spirits with a physical body and a soul (Mind, Will, Emotions).  God could communicate with them.  That close intimacy was lost after their sin.  In fact, they had to be driven OUT of the garden lest they partake of the TREE OF LIFE in the garden and live forever in their sinful state. (Gen 3:22-24)

 

When a person becomes “saved” their SPIRIT is now redeemed and reclaimed by God.  The Devil cannot have that ONE.  He now belongs to God and has the promise he will resurrect at the resurrection of the Just  (The Rapture of the Church).  The physical body is not yet redeemed.  The Redemption of the body of believers will happen at the Rapture of the Church when our bodies shall be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye and we shall be changed  (I Thessalonians 4).  What do we do with this mortal body?  We present it to God and sanctify it(set it apart – save it for God’s use now:  (I Cor 6:19   Romans 12:1,2).  

 

My  point is in answer to the question, Why do we still die?  We must die to pass on to the new spiritual life God has prepared for us in heaven.  The only way we can shed this body is to die, unless the Rapture comes first and we shall be instantly changed.  (2 Corinthians 5:4   I Corinthians 15:54,55).  Jesus died that we may not experience spiritual death (eternal separation from God as a result of sin.)  God loves man and is not willing that any should perish, but God also created man as a free moral agent meaning man has the ability to choose.

 

We must be careful we don’t put ourselves in a position of judging God.  Satan invited our first parents, Adam and Eve, to judge God through the prompting of the Serpent who was a very subtil creature.  He challenged God’s word by saying, Hath God said?   …..(Genesis 3:1)  He got them to doubt God’s Word.  He got them thinking that God was withholding something good from them because God didn’t want them to be as knowledgeable as Him!  What a boldface lie!  So, in a sense they were judging God.  Shall we judge God because sinners go to Hell?  We live in a moral universe created by a moral and Holy God. 

Should murderers and rapists go to prison?  The answer is yes.  Then sinners who violate a Holy God go to hell.  God is a God of Love, but He is also a God of Wrath.  Sin is a violation of His Holy Nature.  God proved His love by sending His only Son so man would not have to be eternally separated from God and go to Hell.  I do know this:  The judge of all the earth, shall He not do right?  (Genesis 18:25)  All man has to do is receive God’s Only Son and he will be spared from eternal damnation.

 

The Teaching (doctrine) of Hell is laced throughout the whole Bible.  We must be careful when declaring we have a revelation from God or the Holy Spirit that runs counter to the Word of God as revealed in the Bible.  Anything that does not line up with the Bible must be rejected as false.  (Galatians 1:18)

 

It is important to note the One who spoke most about Hell in the Bible was Jesus Christ Himself.  The prophets spoke of Hell.  The book of Revelation spoke of Hell and Jesus himself spoke of hell most of all.  He should know!  He descended into Hell and led the righteous who were in Abraham’s bosom into the very presence of God.  Hell at that time was located in the center of the earth.  Jesus described Hell as a place of torment, flame and everlasting regret:  true spiritual death.  That is what Jesus came to save us from.  To say the doctrine of Hell is false is actually a step to detract from the real purpose why Jesus came to SAVE US.  HE CAME TO SAVE US FROM ETERNAL DAMNATION AND THE FIRES AND TORMENTS OF HELL WHERE THEIR WORM DIETH NOT AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.

 

Old Testament Scriptures on Hell:

Deut 32:22  2 Sam 22.6  Job 11:8  Job 26:6  Psalms 9:17 – The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God.

Psa 16:10  Psa 18:5  Psalms 55:15   86:13 116:3  139:8  Prov 5;5  7:27  9:18  15:11  15:24  23:14  27:20

ISAIAH 5:14  14:9, 15  28:15,18  EZEKIEL 31:17  32:21,27  AMOS 9;2  JONAH 2:2  HABAKKUK 2:5

 

NEW TESTAMENT REFERENCES TO HELL (MOSTLY JESUS’ WORDS)

MATTHEW 5;22, 29,30  10:28  11:23 16:18  18:9  23;15,33

MARK 9:43,45,47

LUKE 12;5 – But I shall forewarn you whom ye shall fear.  Fear him which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto fear him.

LUKE 16:23

ACTS 2:27, 31  JAMES 3:6  2 PETER 2:4

REVELATION 1:18  6:8  20;13,14,15

 

SO THE DOCTRINE OF HELL HAS BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME.  JESUS TAUGHT IT AND WARNED PEOPLE SO THEY COULD AVOID IT. 

 

MORE THOUGHTS ON HELL

We are not to judge God.  We are to trust God.

A sin against a holy God is an eternal act and requires eternal punishment.  If  this is hard to grasp it is only because we do not understand the depth of the word HOLY.  God is Holy, Sinless, Perfect, Pure.  God is love, but that is not his only characteristic.  He is also a God of Wrath.  The Book of Revelation deals much with the wrath of God on those who hate him and rebuff his gift of Salvation.  How shall we escape if we neglect so great a Salvation?  (Heb 2:3)

 

The Bible describes Hell as a place of conscious eternal punishment.  The Bible teaches that Man will live forever either in unceasing joy or in unceasing torment.  This is the most serious of matters.  God is to be loved, but He is also to be revered and feared in a godly way.

 

We need to take the Doctrine of Hell seriously.  Jesus taught about it and warned people about it.  Those who reject Jesus Christ are in the path of the wrath of God.  (Eph 2:3)  What wrath?  The wrath of God.  Eph 5:6  Colossians 3:6

 

THE GOOD NEWS!  THERE IS SALVATION!  IT IS NO ONE ELSE BUT JESUS CHRIST!  ACTS 4;12 John 14:6

JESUS TAUGHT THAT HELL IS A PLACE OF TORMENT, PAIN, FLAME AND ETERNALPUNISHMENT.  Eternity is a long long time.

 

Read the Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19.

Hell is a real place.  The Hebrew word is SHEOL.  The Greek word is HADES.

 

In the End, Death and Hell will be cast into the Lake of Fire prepared for the Devil and his angels.  All those whose names are not written in the book of Life will go there.  We are to fear the One Who has the power after He has killed, to cast both body and soul into Hell.  He is the One we fear. 

 

Hell is a place of refuse.  Jesus likened it to Gehenna, a place outside Jerusalem where they burned refuse and garbage.  Gehenna used to be a place where Israel offered their sons and daughters to heathen gods in human sacrifice.  King Joash made it a place to burn waste.  There was a continual smoke and fire and stench.  Jesus likened hell to be like that.  God doesn’t want anyone to go to Hell.  Hell is a Bible Truth, Jesus taught it and He is the Way,The Truth and The Life.  He is the Way to Escape Hell.  If one only believes on Him and allow their sins to be washed away in his blood.  Our spirit is redeemed and we shall be eternally saved.

We need to be careful what we believe and what we hear.  There are many voices in the world today.  There are many seducing spirits and doctrines of devils that lead men and women to believe what is contrary to the Word of God we find in the Bible.  (I TIM 4:1).  Unless our sins are judged at the Cross, Hell is the result.  We need to tell others about Jesus.  He came to save us.


 

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