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Psalm 100 (A Psalm of praise.) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
1 'Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.' Amen. Amen.
Continuing this afternoon, my friends. We need to know and practice - the Truth of and in the 'REAL' Gospel in which there is 'True Power'. Amen. Amen.
Why the Holy Bible is So-o-o-o Very Important, Less Anyone Be Deceived - Bi-Monthly On-Going Devotions and Sunday Meditations, 'The Kingdom of God', Post 'F-2-AM' Series, October 11, 2020
The Good News that Jesus and the apostles proclaimed is a message so comprehensive, so altogether new and radical, that it requires deep-seated, heart-felt repentance, complete surrender to the risen Christ, and whole-hearted belief leading to obedience in every area of life. It is the message of 'the Kingdom of God.' Anything other than the Gospel of the Kingdom is not the Gospel at all, but a form of near Christianity that holds out promises germane to the Kingdom, prescribes means related to the Kingdom, but holds back on making the full vision and demands of the Kingdom clear to those who would enjoy the conditions of blessedness.
Near Christianity, therefore, leaves little in the way of Kingdom evidence in the lives and churches of those who embrace it. It leaves what it promises, and what people who embrace it desire: a sense of forgiveness, and the peace of mind that accompanies that, and a tentative hope of going to heaven when we die. As for power to transform sinful lives into beacons of holiness, goodness, beauty, and truth—well, that's something to affirm, but not necessarily something to seek.
The apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians, "I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel..." (Galatians 1:6). It wasn't that the Galatians denied that Jesus was Savior. Not at all. Or even that He was Lord. They simply chose to minimize the power of His saving grace by adding to the Gospel in certain ways and detracting from it in others. So, their professions of faith notwithstanding, Paul said that they were deserting the true Gospel, the Gospel of the Kingdom. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
In our day might we say to the churches in America, "I am astonished that you who profess to believe in Jesus evidence so little of the reality of the Gospel of the Kingdom. What did you believe when you believed in Jesus? From what did you turn, and to what, when you repented? What do you hope for, if not to know God in His glory and be transformed to live out that glory in every detail of your life?" In short, 'where is the evidence of Christ living in and out of us'????? Where is - 'His Power'???
At this point, if we do not all repent, could it be concluded that our generation has settled for a form of near Christianity, not the Gospel of the Kingdom which he and all the apostles, following Jesus, proclaimed with such boldness, and at the risk of their lives.
Therefore, let us sum it up this way. Anything other than the Gospel of the Kingdom may be like Christianity, or near Christianity, but it is not the Good News of Jesus and Paul. Near Christianity is not the Christianity of Holy Scripture and, therefore, is no Good News at all.
Let us pause, and at all cost, examine ourselves, to be sure that we are 'in the real 'Faith'. [2 Corinthians 13:5] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
For Reflection audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Have you received the Gospel of the Kingdom? To what evidence in your life might you point to convince someone that you are truly - 'born-again', evidenced by the 'fruit of the Spirit', found in Galatians Chapter 5:22-23? Is the Holy Spirit living out His life in and through you, me, genuinely? Am I, are you, totally - 'submitted' to the Living Lord, no matter what????
Why the Holy Bible is So-o-o-o Very Important, Less Anyone Be Deceived - Bi-Monthly On-Going Devotions and Sunday Meditations, 'The Kingdom of God', Post 'F-1' Series, September 27, 2020
My friends, I pray that this is true. One way that confirms it, you will have 'resistance from family, friends, relatives, and others, who are not 'born-again'.
On our next post, as the Lord wills on October 25, 2020, we will explore - 'and your enemies shall be the members of your own household' and how you must lovingly accept this, and avoid being hurt.
This, as we continue, is part of 'the cost' for being in the 'kingdom of God', even with respect to our family and friends, neighbors and others. Some 'hard sayings' await to be considered.
[John 6:60] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Stay tuned for further. [Micah 7:6; Matthew 10:36]. Amen. Amen. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
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