THE ULTIMATE GOAL
LIFE 'IN' JESUS CHRIST
"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." John 3:16 (NKJV)
Seasons of Life In Jesus Christ.
8/4/2020 0 Comments
My friends, let's continue to see how we arrived 'barreling down the hill to destruction'.
REPRIEVE - IT IS NOT - REPEAT - IT IS NOT A 'PARDON'. THE QUESTION FOR US AS A NATION IS -
WHAT DO WE WANT??? TO BE 'FOR GOD', OR, TO BE 'AGAINST GOD'????It is really, that simple. Do we want to continue to 'pretend' that we can 'survive' and 'prosper' while proverbially 'sticking our finger up' in the face of - the Almighty, Creator God??? What happened to Sodom, Gomorrah? [Genesis 18-19]
Let me explain, why with the 'foundations are broken', [Psalm 11:3], and why we are today where we are, 'morally'. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html What were our 'foundations'??? How have we fallen down the 'slippery slope'? It did not happen over-night. It happened, little by little since the 1970s. [See all previous posts to date.]
From Stone v. Graham in 1980 to the present, let's look out in the streets and else where in 'society' at 'civilization' - forty years later, after such as the removal of the 'Ten Commandments' out of society; 'legalized infanticide'; 'easy divorce' and the like; even no mention of God, instead such being forbidden at the 2012 Democratic Convention Platform!
We must ever be mindful of the following, lest any of us find ourselves on 'the wrong side of God'.
Why is this 'critically important? Let's see the answer found in -
Psalm 2 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Threatenings against the enemies of Christ's kingdom. (1-6) Promise to Christ as the Head of this kingdom. (7-9) Counsel to all, to espouse its interests. (10-12)audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
1 'Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.'
Please, understand as Matthew Henry so graciously points out, to wit:
'We are here told who would appear as adversaries to Christ. As this world is the kingdom of Satan, unconverted men, of every rank, party, and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. But the rulers of the earth generally have been most active. The truths and precepts of Christianity are against ambitious projects and worldly lusts. We are told what they aim at in this opposition. They would break asunder the bands of conscience, and the cords of God's commandments; they will not receive, but cast them away as far as they can. These enemies can show no good cause for opposing so just and holy a government, which, if received by all, would bring a heaven upon earth. They can hope for no success in so opposing so powerful a kingdom. The Lord Jesus has all power both in heaven and in earth, and is Head over all things to the church, notwithstanding the restless endeavours of his enemies. Christ's throne is set up in his church, that is, in the hearts of all believers.' Amen. Amen.
Continuing with Psalm 2:7-9, 'Promise to Christ as the Head of this kingdom.' (7-9:
7 'I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.'
Again, let Matthew Henry through 'comments' provide
'The kingdom of the Messiah is founded upon an eternal decree of God the Father. This our Lord Jesus often referred to, as what he governed himself by. God hath said unto him, Thou art my Son, and it becomes each of us to say to him, Thou art my Lord, my Sovereign'. The Son, in asking the heathen for his inheritance, desires their happiness in him; so that he pleads for them, ever lives to do so, and is able to save to the uttermost, and he shall have multitudes of willing, loyal subjects, among them. Christians are the possession of the Lord Jesus; they are to him for a name and a praise. God the Father gives them to him, when, by his Spirit and grace, he works upon them to submit to the Lord Jesus.'
Therefore, we find the only sensible wisdom is counsel to all, to espouse its interests. (10-12)
10 'Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.'
'Whatever we rejoice in, in this world, it must always be with trembling, because of the uncertainty of all things in it. To welcome Jesus Christ, and to submit to him, is our wisdom and interest. Let him be very dear and precious; love him above all, love him in sincerity, love him much, as she did, to whom much was forgiven, and, in token of it, kissed his feet, [Luke 7:38]. And with a kiss of loyalty take this yoke upon you, and give up yourselves to be governed by his laws, disposed of by his providence, and entirely devoted to his cause. [Matthew 11:29] Unbelief is a sin against the remedy. It will be utter destruction to yourselves; lest ye perish in the way of your sins, and from the way of your vain hopes; lest your way perish, lest you prove to have missed the way of happiness. Christ is the way; take heed lest ye be cut off from Him as your way to God. They thought themselves in the way; but neglecting Christ, they perish from it. Blessed will those be in the day of wrath, who, by trusting in Christ, have made him their Refuge.' audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
On our final post for a season on Thursday, August 6, 2020, we shall see what more can be done.
Thank you for returning, to study with me and Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Amen.
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