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He Being Dead Yet Speaketh

We look this morning at speaking blood. In Genesis we find the account of Cain and Abel. The first and second men born on earth. We look this morning at the most heinous of crimes and that is the shedding of innocent blood. The testimony of Abel has been commemorated for mankind in the Bible ever giving testimony to the murderous and sinful nature of mankind. A testimony to just how cruel humanity can be.

Let us look at Hebrews chapter eleven.
Hebrews 11:[4] By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

We have the testimony of God’s Word that Abel’s blood speaks. Yes indeed it speaks and today we will examine what it says to us this morning.
Look in Hebrews chapter 12 and verse twenty-four.

Hebrews 12:[24] And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

Not only does the blood of righteous Abel speak through the history of mankind so does Jesus’ blood speak to us. The one is the anti-thesis of the other. Let us look at the account of the first human murder in the book of Genesis. It is in chapter four.

Genesis 4:[1] And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
[2] And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
[3] And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
[4] And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
[5] But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
[6] And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
[7] If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
[8] And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

The first thing Abel’s blood cries out to us is “MURDER, MURDER!!!” He being innocent of any crime other than doing that which is right, became the first man murdered in history. He became the first martyr having been murdered for his faith.

[9] And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
[10] And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

The second thing Abel’s blood cries out is “REVENGE, REVENGE”. Having been unjustly killed by his brother there is a sense of vengeance which must be satisfied. (Much like the souls under the altar in Revelation 6:9-11)

[11] And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
[12] When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
[13] And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
[14] Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
[15] And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
[16] And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

The third thing Abel’s blood cries out is “GUILTY, GUILTY!!”
God affixes punishment on Cain for the murder of his brother and the guilt follows him all of his days.
(This guilt being forwarded to those who sent Jesus to the cross Matthew 23:35)

But Jesus blood speaks of better things! Look at Ephesians chapter 5 verses one and two.

Ephesians 5:[1] Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
[2] And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Where as Abel’s blood speaks of murder. A life unjustly taken Jesus blood speak of a life sacrificed for others. A life willingly given so that others may obtain better things. Jesus laid down His life and shed His blood for us willingly.

Where Abel’s blood speaks of murder Jesus Christ’s blood speaks of sacrifice.

Look in Ephesians chapter one.
Ephesians 1:[3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
[4] According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
[5] Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
[6] To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
[7] In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Where we find that Abel’s blood speaks of revenge Jesus Christ’s blood speaks of forgiveness. It is through the shed blood of Jesus we find forgiveness for our sins.

Look in Romans chapter three.
Romans 3:[22] Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
[23] For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
[24] Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
[25] Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
[26] To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Where Abel’s blood speaks of guilt we find Jesus Christ’s blood speaks of righteousness. Though we possess no righteousness of our own, through the shed blood of Jesus God gives us His own righteousness where we can find eternal life.

How about you this morning? Can you here the cry of Abel’s blood? Murder, Revenge, Guilt!!!! Or can you here the cry of Jesus blood? Sacrifice, Forgiveness and Righteousness?

 

 

Serving God

1 Kings 18:[21] And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

If we acknowledge God is God then we need to serve Him. Too many people these days claim to be Christians and are lackadaisical in their “service” for God.
This morning I would like to speak to us about serving God. If indeed you claim to be a Christian and a child of God then our hearts desire should be His will in our lives. Not just on Sunday morning but at all times.

Romans 1:[9] For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

Let me begin by saying you cannot serve God until you are in the gospel of His Son. You may do many good works but until you have put your faith in the gospel you are spinning your wheels. You must belong to God before you may serve God. After you have given your heart to Him then you need to serve God. If God be your God then serve Him.

One way in which a Christian serves God is by praying for others. By praying to God we acknowledge He is in control. We acknowledge we wish to seek His will in our lives. We show God our hearts desire is for His people and just ourselves.

Romans 7:[6] But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

We serve God with our spirit. It is the attitude we approach challenges with. We should not serve God begrudgingly or as if we are forced to but willingly and with pleasure. We should want to read our Bible. We should want to sing praises. We should want to share God’s love to others. It begins with a willing spirit. This change in spirit can only come through the power of God. It is not turning over a new leaf but allowing the Holy Spirit to take control of our hearts.

Romans 7:[25] I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

It is having the right mind. We should think differently than the lost. Our mind should be focused on God and our innermost being should be geared towards what God would want us to do.
The change the Holy Spirit makes in our lives is not from the outside in but from the inside out. It is the change in our innermost being which then impacts the way we live our life and manifests itself in our actions. It is not a change of our actions which effects our thinking but is a change in our thinking which effects our actions.

(Romans 12:[1] I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
[2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.)

Rom.14:17] For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
[18] For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

We serve God in
Righteousness- The Christian of all people should be doing what is right. Not doing what is to our benefit or only doing something which benefits ourselves but in all circumstances doing what is right and not doing just what is convenient.

Peace We have peace with God through the shed blood of Jesus. We have a deep and abiding peace knowing our sins are forgiven and we have no fear of death. This peace is manifested by us to those around us by the sharing of the gospel of peace. It is shown to those around us by the way in which we do not allow circumstances to effect us.

Joy in the Holy Ghost There should be an internal joy in the Christian heart which shows in the things we say and do. We should not be the moaners and complainers but the ones who encourage and lift up regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves.

Galatians 5:[13] For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

We serve God by serving others in love. Not by helping others with a hope for payment or for our own benefit. But because we love God and He loves us, we manifest the love of God to others.

Eph.6:[5] Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
[6] Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
[7] With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
[8] Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Colossians 3:[22] Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:
[23] And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
[24] Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
[25] But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

We serve God by doing whatever our hand is tasked with as if we are doing it directly for God. We are to serve from the heart. One of the best ways we show we belong to God is with the attitude with which we do our job. The Christian’s testimony at work should be that they are the “go to” people. The “can do” people.

 

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Prov.1:[8] My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

There is perhaps no one in the world who can quite lay down the law as a mother.
The Bible instructs us to keep the law of our mother. She teaches her children right and wrong and does her best to make sure as they face the world they know how to act and treat others with respect.

Prov.4:[3] For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

There is no love like a mother’s love. It is the closest thing on earth to God’s love.
It is unmerited given to her children solely on the basis that they are her children. You don’t have to be smart or good looking to receive your mother’s love. You can be wayward and mean but your mother still loves you. She wants only the best for her children. Like God’s love a mother’s love is sacrificial she is willing to work long hours and do without so her children can have. A mother’s love is tender and compassionate her kiss can heal everything from a scraped knee to a broken heart. A mother’s love brings comfort to the sorrowful spirit.

Prov.10:[1] The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

No one feels the pain of a wayward child quite like a mother does. Many sleepless nights spent in prayer and concern for the things her children are doing or what she thinks they might be doing. Always a concern in her heart for the lives of her children.

Prov.19:[26] He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

No one quite feels the shame of a child’s actions quite like a mother. The father thinks oh well I taught them better but the mother feels the pain and she thinks in her heart how did they go so wrong? What did I do wrong? How could I have done better? How can I get them to do right?
A mother internalizes the wrong her children do and never stops being concerned for what they are doing and the choices they make.

Prov.23:[22] Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

Mother’s are special and when they become old and feeble then we must remember it was her that fed us, changed our diaper, taught us to walk, spent many a sleepless night caring for us when we were sick. It was our mother who loved us with the unconditional love.

Prov.30:[11] There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

I believe we have entered this generation as evident in the news on a daily basis. We have raised a generation of ungrateful children who rather than blessing their mothers they curse them. You would be hard pressed to find people who respect their elders any more. Children do not have any self respect much less than respect for their parents. Unfortunately, in a lot of cases parents act in such a fashion it seems they deserve no respect. The moral decline of this nation started in the homes of its people. Most of whom claim to be Christian.

11 Timothy 3:[1] This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
[2] For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
[3] Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
[4] Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
[5] Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
[6] For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
[7] Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

I want to focus on the sign of without natural affection in verse three. We are constantly reminded of this by watching the news. Mothers abandoning their children. Mothers throwing their children in dumpsters. Mother killing their babies before they are born. Children hating their parents. A people hating their own nation.
Yes indeed we live in a world without natural affection. Perilous times are here. The only hope is for those who call themselves Christian both mothers and fathers to seek God and turn from their wicked wa

Living like Colossians

Let us look this morning at the people of the church at Colosse.
Colossians 1:1-14
[1] Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
[2] To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
[3] We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
[4] Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

The first thing we note is their faith was in Jesus. Not in their works or their religion but in Jesus.
The second thing to note is they had a love for ALL the saints. The more you learn of the love of Jesus the more you will learn to love those around you. The more you know about how unworthy you are the more compassion you will have for others.

[5] For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

The third thing to note is their hope was not in this world nor of this world. Their hope was in Heaven.
If you do not have faith in Christ then you have no hope laid up in Heaven.
The fourth thing is they learned of this hope through the hearing of the gospel. It is the hearing of the gospel which gives us salvation. The death, burial and resurrection of our Lord through which we have a hope laid up for us.

[6] Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

The fifth thing to note is they were fruit bearing Christians. In other words they didn’t just talk the talk but they walked the walk.

[7] As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
[8] Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
[9] For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

They learned of these things through their minister Epaphras. Though they had all of these noteworthy things there was still more to learn and more to do. We as Christians should always strive to continue to grow in Christ.

We as Christians should seek the knowledge of God’s will.

[10] That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Walk worthy. The more we walk with the Lord the more we will exhibit the fruits of the Spirit, the more we will accomplish for the Lord and the more we will understand. The more we walk with the Lord the greater our hold on the eternal. The more we will grasp the eternal consequences of the things done in this life. We must renew our minds into thinking of the eternal and quit focusing on the temporal events and impact they have on our temporary existence in this world.

[11] Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

It is the crucible of adversity which forges a man’s character.
It is in our weakest moments we learn to lean on God’s strength. When we realize we are incapable of going it alone and rely upon God to see us through that we can experience His peace which passeth understanding. It is then and only then we can proceed through our trials with patience and joyfulness.

[12] Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

The fruit which we bear and the good which we accomplish is only achieved through denying self and allowing God through the Spirit work through us. It is not we who do things but it is rather our allowing God to take control and work in us. It is God which makes us fit and not we ourselves. The knowledge of God is what enables us to walk knowing everything which happens to us in this world is designed to make us a better Christian. We are to walk knowing our inheritance is not of this world. So here we have trials and tribulation but our inheritance exists in Heaven and it is from Heaven we shall obtain it.

[13] Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

It is the darkness of this world which prevents people from coming to God. The devil thrives in the darkness of peoples hearts and minds. We through the light of Jesus Christ have been delivered from the darkness and no longer belong to this world or the devil. We now are of the kingdom of light. As being partakers of the light we are to show this light to the dark world around us so they might have opportunity to come to the light as well.

[14] In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Jesus shed His blood so we might become Christians and if not for the forgiveness obtained we would have no means to be a child of God. It was not by any power of our own but through His forgiveness we are what we are.

Colossians 2:1-13
[1] For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

The Christian battle is not an easy one. We are warring against powerful evil spiritual powers.

[2] That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
[3] In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
[4] And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

It is through the power of our love for God and each other and through learning about God and His plans we are able to press onward.

[5] For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
[6] As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
[7] Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

You cannot walk in Christ if you have not received Him. There are those who appear to walk for awhile but fall by the wayside most likely never received Him. But those who have must learn to walk “in Him’. In everything we say or do magnifying God and showing Him to those around us in every circumstance. We must learn of Him through the study of His word. We must be a thankful people chapter one taught us to be joyful and here we find we must be thankful.

[8] Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
[9] For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Here we have the warning. We should not follow men but Jesus Christ as He is revealed through the Spirit and the teaching of the word of God. It is the doctrine of Jesus being God manifest in the flesh which separates many false teachers from true teachers.

[10] And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
[11] In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
[12] Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
[13] And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

It is the doctrine of the sufficiency of Jesus’ atonement which separates many false teachers from the true. God’s salvation is entirely from Him and through nothing we have done or will do. It is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which makes us born again and not we ourselves. We were spiritually dead in our sins before accepting Jesus as our Savior.

Col.3:[1] If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
[2] Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
[3] For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Now that we have died, been buried and resurrected with Christ we are to walk as children of God.
We have a new home and this world isn’t it.

[4] When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
[5] Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
[6] For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
[7] In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
[8] But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
[9] Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

These were the sins in which we were spiritually dead. These are things of our past and it has been buried with Christ.

[10] And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
[11] Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
[12] Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
[13] Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
[14] And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
[15] And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
[16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
[17] And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

This is how we walk worthy. This is how we walk in Him. We walk as Jesus walked with mercy and compassion, meekness and humility, with love and forgiveness.

The Cross

1 Corinthians 1:[17] For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
[18] For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Those who have not put their trust in Jesus as Savior do not understand the cross. It was on that cross where God the Son shed His blood, and provided payment for our sins. Yeah, not just our sins but the sins of the whole world. He paid the price with His atoning, substitution death. He had no sins of His own for which to die but for our sins shed His blood and died.

Galatians 6:[12] As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
[13] For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
[14] But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

It is through that cross my freedom from death and from the rituals of the law has been obtained. It is through Jesus’ death on that old wooden cross I have become a child of God. No longer a servant of this world but a child of the King.

Ephesians 2:[13] But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
[14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
[15] Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
[16] And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
[17] And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
[18] For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
[19] Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

It is through the cross I have been given peace with God. The payment for my sin has been met and now I have a new Father, a new life, a new family, a new home and a new hope.

Colossians .1:[12] Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
[13] Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
[14] In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
[15] Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
[16] For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
[17] And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
[18] And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
[19] For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
[20] And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

It is through the cross I have received deliverance from darkness. It is through the cross forgiveness for sins was obtained. It is through he cross we have the power to become new creatures and the hope of the resurrection. The debt I owed because of my sins has been met and the ledgers reconciled.

Philippians 2:[5] Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
[6] Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
[7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
[8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
[9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
[10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
[11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

I encourage you this morning to not let pride, or sin, or the opinion of others keep you from bowing at the feet of Jesus, asking Him to come into your heart. God will forgive all of your sins and take you as His child. Jesus has paid the price you must only believe.

Life

Rom.14[7] For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
[8] For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
[9] For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

We are not our own. We belong to the Lord and as belonging to Him we are to glorify the Lord in whatever we do. If it is good times or bad times we still are duty bound to give God glory. This surely is the better testimony to those around us is we still remain faithful and give God glory when we are in the midst of chaos.
Certainly we get tired of the stress of this world but we must remember we do not belong to this world and this is not our home. (1 Corinthians 6:20) Most assuredly when it is time for us to be at rest and go home to be with the Lord He will surely take us there. But until that moment we must strive to be what He wants us to be. Each day being more conformed to the image of Christ.

The fact we are still hear is evidence to us that God is not through we us. We still have a purpose in His plans. We might not see it or know to what extent He will use us but we know His timing is perfect.

Phil.1:[21] For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
[22] But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
[23] For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
[24] Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
[25] And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;
[26] That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

Our mission on this earth is not for the fleeting pleasures it has to offer but to show Christ to those around us. God deals in eternity and we as His children are not to be seeking the mammon of this life but laboring for those treasures in Heaven and in eternity. We must ever keep in the forefront of our mind that everything in this world is temporal and the things we do in the name of the Lord bears eternal rewards.
For a Christian to live is indeed CHRIST.

2Cor.3:[1] Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
[2] Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
[3] Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
[4] And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
[5] Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
[6] Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

We may not realize the influence our life has on those around us but God does. According to His word we are His word to those around us and based on His word we are aware that others watch us and see the proof of our testimony. This is the duty of everyone born of the Spirit.

Philippians 2:[12] Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
[13] For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
[14] Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
[15] That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
[16] Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
[17] Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
[18] For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

We are the light in a dark and dying world. There are those that each of us as individuals have impact on which other Christians do not. This is why God has seen fit to leave us here. Not for our own pleasure but to be the influence on others. The world is without hope as we are admonished in the book of Ephesians.

Death

1 Thessalonians 4:[13] But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

God wants us to know. God doesn’t want us to worry our hearts and minds with the fate of our loved ones who have died.
There is no hope for those who die outside of Christ. Those who have not been born again and have not trusted Jesus as their Savior. But we who have trusted Jesus have hope.

[14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

The source of our hope is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If this is not your source then you are one of the ones who will sorrow with no hope.

We have the hope of REST. Those who have died in Christ are at rest. They are no longer in pain or suffering but are at rest.
The Bible says in Hebrews:
Hebrews 4:[9] There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
[10] For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

[15] For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

The words I am giving to you are the words of the Lord. This is not some wish but a promise from God to those who trust in Him.

[16a] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:

We also have the hope of RETURN. Jesus Christ is coming back.
Jesus said in John 14:
John.14:[1] Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
[2] In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
[3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

16b and the dead in Christ shall rise first:


We have the hope of Rest, the hope of RETURN, and we also have the hope of RESURRECTION.
When we go to our rest we go with the knowledge that there is still life after death.

[17a] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up

We also have the hope of REDEMPTION. Jesus Christ is going to deliver us from this world of trouble. He has bought us with His blood and promised to come back and claim His purchased possession.

[17b together with them in the clouds,

We also have the hope of REUNION. Those who have passed with their faith in Christ will be reunited with those of us who have also trusted in Christ and what a glorious reunion that will be.

[17c to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

We also have the hope of eternal REWARD. We have the promise we will spend eternity in the presence of the Lord. What greater expectation can a man have?

[18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

If your faith is in Christ you have hope. If you do not have Christ in you then you are indeed without hope.

Ephesians 2:[12] That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

It is simple to remedy this condition. First you must realize and acknowledge you are a sinner before God.
Second you must believe that Jesus Christ came and lived a sinless life and died on a cross for you. You must believe He rose again and is now alive. You must confess your sin to God and ask Him to forgive you based on the finished work of Jesus Christ. You must ask Jesus to come into your heart and receive Him as your Savior and allow God to give you His righteousness.

 

Jesus Christ Revelation One

Revelation 1:[1] The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
[2] Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
[3] Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
[4] John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
[5] And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
[6] And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
[7] Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
[8] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Rev.1:[8] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

The first thing we should know about Jesus Christ is this: Jesus Christ is God!!! He is the beginning of everything without Him was made that was made. Jesus as God is Eternal. There has never been a time when He was NOT. In order to erase any doubt whatsoever the Bible clearly tells us here JESUS IS THE ALMIGHTY! There is no limit to His power or authority.
(John 1:1-3)

5a And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,
God sent His Son to the nation of Israel to witness to them of God (John 5:31-39)
The Bible tells us in John chapter one He came to the nation of Israel but they rejected Him. (John 1:10-12)
Rather than receive Him at that time as King they crucified Him. Unaware this proved to be the saving of the world.

5b and the first begotten of the dead,

After being crucified He went to Hell for the sin of the world because He Himself had no sin. But God raised Him out of Hell and brought Him out that He might be the firstborn of many creatures. (Colossians 1:15) Assuming His role as High Priest making intercession for our sins. (Hebrews 4:14-5:5, 7:25-28)

Revelation 1:[18] I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Upon His Resurrection garnering the keys of death and Hell. Rescuing us from the fear of death.
(Hebrews 2:14-15)

5d Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

Through His shed blood purchasing us and paying the price for our sins. Motivated by His love willing to sacrifice Himself for us. (Romans 5:7-10//Colossians 1:14/// Ephesians 1:7)

[7] Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

When He returns to the earth it will be to rescue the Jewish people and destroy the anti-Christ. The nation of Israel will look on Jesus and recognize He is the one whom their forefathers rejected and crucified. The whole world will cry out because He has returned and will execute judgment upon mankind.
(Zechariah 12:10-14)

5c and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Upon His return He will assume His rightful position over all of creation. He sits now at the right hand of the Father waiting for the world to be placed under Him. (1 Corinthians 15:24-28 Hebrews 2:5-15)

[6] And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
When He assumes His throne over all of the earth we too shall be placed in positions of authority and also shall reign with Him over the remaining peoples of the earth.

So we see in Revelation One the story of Jesus Christ. He who existed in eternity past came in the flesh, died for our sin, resurrected for our salvation delivering us from the power of death having paid the penalty for our sin. He currently waits for His triumphant return to assume His rightful position over the world which He will rule with a rod of iron.

 

The Blind Man

Mark 10:[46] And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
They left Jericho onto the way to Jerusalem the city of peace. The blind man’s name was Bartimaeus which means son of Timaeus. Timaeus means to honor God. So he was the son born to honor God. We are told in scripture that all of creation was made to please God. This morning if you have ever questioned why you are opn this ball of mud the answer is to bring pleasure to God. I ask you this morning how about you? Are you on the road to peace pleasing the Creator? Or are you sitting on the side of the road blind and broken?

[47] And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

The first step for Bartimaeus was he heard Jesus was near. This morning I tell you Jesus is near. Do you hear this morning?
The blind man knew who Jesus is. This morning let me tell you Jesus is the Son of God who came to this world, lived a sinless life and died on a cross to pay for your sins. God raised Him up out of Hell and He is alive today waiting for you to cry out to Him to save you.
The blind man heard and evidently believed them when they told him it was Jesus because he began to cry out to Jesus.
Today if you hear and believe you too can call out to Jesus.
The blind man knew Jesus was the source of mercy. This morning you too can receive mercy from Jesus by calling on Him.

[48] And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

The bind man ignored the crowd not caring what others might think He knew he had a need and he knew Jesus could meet his need. This morning I encourage you not to listen to the crowd or worry about what others might say, I encourage you cry out to Jesus for His mercy this morning.

[49] And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.

Jesus did not run away or hide Himself. He stood still and waited. Jesus will not run from you rather He is waiting for you to come to Him. If you quit resisting the Spirit and come this morning to Jesus you too can find comfort.

[50] And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

The blind man did not let anything hold him back but rather cast all aside and came to Jesus. I encourage you this morning don’t let anything hold you back. You have no cover for your sins come to Jesus as you are naked and in need.

[51] And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

Jesus will not ignore you He will answer you. This man knew his true need. He needed sight. This morning if Satan has blinded you the only thing that can give you sight is Jesus.

[52] And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

The blind man heard, believed and called and then he received. He no longer had a need he was made whole. He then followed Jesus to the city of peace.
This morning you can go from the side of the road blind and beggin to the middle of the highway following Jesus to peace.

Stumblingblock

Jer.6:[15] Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
[16] Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
[17] Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
[18] Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.
[19] Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.
[20] To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.
[21] Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish.
[22] Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from the north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth.
[23] They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roareth like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against thee, O daughter of Zion.
[24] We have heard the fame thereof: our hands wax feeble: anguish hath taken hold of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
[25] Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the sword of the enemy and fear is on every side.
[26] O daughter of my people, gird thee with sackcloth, and wallow thyself in ashes: make thee mourning, as for an only son, most bitter lamentation: for the spoiler shall suddenly come upon us.
[27] I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and try their way.
[28] They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders: they are brass and iron; they are all corrupters.
[29] The bellows are burned, the lead is consumed of the fire; the founder melteth in vain: for the wicked are not plucked away.
[30] Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath rejected them.

The Lord indeed visited Israel. He came as prophesied born of a virgin. The people rejected and crucified Him. (vs. 15)
The King of Israel became their stumbling block and Rock of offense. (vs. 21)
The Romans came in 70 AD and destroyed the temple and dispersed the nation of Israel. The Lord God rejected them because they had rejected Him. (vs. 30)
Now Jesus stands as a stumbling block to the nation of Israel for they stumbled and we , as the body of Christ, sit in their way.

Look in Isaiah chapter 8:

Isa.8:[12] Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
[13] Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
[14] And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
[15] And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
[16] Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
[17] And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
[18] Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
[19] And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
[20] To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
[21] And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
[22] And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.

When Christ came to Israel, they rejected Him choosing rather to have Caesar as their king. (John 19:15)
They feared what man might do to them and disregarded what God would do to them. (John 11:48-50)
As Isaiah 8 prophesied the Lord Himself then became a stumbling block to the people of Israel causing many to fall. (vss 13-16)
They have cursed their King and their God and now lie in darkness. (vss 20-22)

Let their be no doubt for the Christian that Jesus is indeed the stumbling block (by extension the body of Christ the church) spoken of by the prophets.
Let us look in the book of First Corinthians chapter one:

1 Corinthians 1:[18] For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
[19] For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
[20] Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
[21] For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
[22] For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
[23] But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

Let us look in Romans chapter 9:

Romans 9:[30] What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
[31] But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
[32] Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
[33] As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Again we understand Jesus Christ having come and been rejected has been laid as the foundation and the chief cornerstone of the Church having provided salvation to all through His blood and become a stumbling block to Israel.

In First Peter we read:

1Peter 2:[1] Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
[2] As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
[3] If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
[4] To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
[5] Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
[6] Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
[7] Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
[8] And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

The stumbling block has indeed been laid having been rejected by the builders (priests) fulfilling the prophecy of
Psalms 118:[22] The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
[23] This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

Jesus Himself quoted this Psalm in teaching the Pharisees by a parable in Matthew chapter 21.

Matthew 21:[33] Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
[34] And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
[35] And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
[36] Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
[37] But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
[38] But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
[39] And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
[40] When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
[41] They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
[42] Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
[43] Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
[44] And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

In Romans chapter 11 we read:

Romans 11:[9] And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a recompence unto them:
[10] Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
[11] I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
[12] Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
[13] For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
[14] If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
[15] For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

The stumbling block for Israel has indeed provided salvation to all of humanity. The reason Jesus died was not to cause them to stumble but rather to provide salvation through the payment for the sins of mankind.
They have indeed stumbled for now but let us continue reading in Roamns chapter 11.

Romans 11:[25] For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
[26] And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
[27] For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
[28] As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
[29] For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
[30] For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

This temporary blindness has happened for a time to the people of Israel but there is coming a time when the stumbling block will be removed and the people of Israel will be saved.
This will occur after “the fulness of Gentiles be come in”. The “coming in” of the Gentiles means a harvesting of the Gentiles. We call this event the Rapture.

In Isaiah chapter 57 we find the only Old Testament reference to this event.

Isaiah 57:[1] The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

The bride of Christ will indeed be removed from the wrath of God poured out during the period of time known as the Tribulation. This event will also remove the stumbling block from the nation of Israel as we read further in Isaiah chapter 57.

Isa.57:[13] When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;
[14] And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.
[15] For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
[16] For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
[17] For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
[18] I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
[19] I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.
[20] But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
[21] There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

The stumblingblock will indeed be cast UP and NOT down.
In Second Thessalonians we read:

2Thessalonians .2:[1] Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
[2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
[3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
[4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
[5] Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
[6] And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
[7] For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
[8] And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

He that prevents (Jesus) will be taken out of the way and the man of sin (anti-Christ) shall be revealed. Just as God promised in Isaiah 57 there will be no peace for the wicked of whom the book of Second Thessalonians informs us the Wicked is this man known as the anti-Christ. Let me warn those who have rejected Jesus that time is now short. The time of the stumbling block removal is ticking away. The moment Israel became a nation among men again God’s clock restarted for them. Time to receive Jesus as your personal Savior is fast coming to a close. The door is creaking shut. Let me encourage you to ask Jesus to come into your heart before it is eternally too late.

 

 

 

 

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