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Difficult Roads Often Lead to Beautiful Destinations

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 8:48
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Theology and Politics from a Conservative, Biblical Perspective

Anyone who has been an authentic Christian for any length of time concludes that being a Christian in a world ruled by Satan (under God’s providence and sovereignty), is not easy. In fact, there are many potential problems and pitfalls that are encountered every day. There are times of hardship, loss, bereavement, sadness and disappointment as well as times of joy, excitement, and a peace that seems enduring.

This life – even at the best of times – seems to change on a dime. Things can be going along great only to turn sad or tragic the next moment, right out of the blue, with no warning.

This is due to the fact that sin has tainted everything in God’s Creation. There is nothing that has been exempted from the effects of sin, allowed in because our first parents thought they knew better than God and opted to choose what they thought was God’s way. In actuality, they chose the same path that Satan had chosen before them; a path of self-righteous, self-pleasing, self-centeredness that immediately reversed their direction from facing God to turning their backs on Him. Nothing good can come of that.

Once sin entered this world, it spread to everything. Immediately, things began to go from wonderful peace to physical death and upheaval. Because of sin, God placed a curse over the entire Creation, which changed the way the animals behaved. Some went from being vegetarians to being carnivores. Though this situation will be reversed during the coming Millennial Kingdom, a pecking order among species was developed with the more powerful predators eyeing the less powerful prey.

Adam would now do the same work he had done prior to the fall (farming), but now it would actually cause him to sweat and experience pain and soreness. While part of the curse, this was also a benefit of sorts because it meant that without physical labor, muscles and ligaments would simply atrophy and stop working altogether.

As we move through the Old Testament, the reality of sin speaks to us from each page of Holy Writ. It paints a portrait of the inevitable consequences of failure, resulting in sin. I look at the amazingly pitiful picture of one life after another and am appalled. Yet, I cannot dare to stand in judgment of those individuals because I too, am a sinner, only saved by grace.

After Solomon died, eventually Israel divided itself into two kingdoms, the North and the South. Judah – representing the Southern Kingdom – tried to remain faithful to God. Out of all the kings who ruled over Israel’s northern kingdom, none were good. Of the many who ruled over Israel’s southern kingdom, only a few were good. The rest? All were evil. Whether it was Omri, Ahab, or numerous other kings, these individuals – even if they started out on the right path – became perverted in their loyalty to God and followed after other gods. This spiritual adultery is essentially what happens when people choose a path other than the one ordained by God.

This girl tries to find comfort from a dead animal. Do we know the blessings and comfort we have in Christ? That truth should keep us within the circle of fellowship with God.

Even though authentic Christians are saved or born from above (John 3), with the Holy Spirit taking up residence within us for several purposes, not least of which is recreating the image of Christ within, we have our own ability to choose the path that we will take. It’s not as though once we get on the narrow path, it’s a straight shot to heaven either. It is filled with turns, temptations that seek to pull us off the path onto one that moves away from fellowship with God. Each day, the authentic Christian is faced with decisions that impact the ability to stay on the straight and narrow. Oh and by the way, we’re not talking about the possibility of losing one’s salvation here. We are talking about the constant chance of moving out of fellowship with God. This is what each Christian faces every day.

When King David followed his lust over Bathsheba, that led him to want to sleep with her though she was a married woman. After sleeping with her, Bathsheba became pregnant with David’s child. Instead of confessing his sin and trying to do what was right, he doubled down and had Bathsheba’s husband Uriah killed in battle. Even though most of us are aghast that someone of David’s stature could sink so low, there is no indication that David lost his salvation, though he was certainly concerned about God removing the Holy Spirit (the joy of my salvation) from him (Psalm 51:11).

While I truly understand how some understand Scripture to teach that salvation can be lost, I find no such proof of it in Scripture. If you believe that salvation can be lost, that’s up to you, but I’ll certainly not debate that subject with you. While I do not believe salvation can be lost, the Christian can absolutely lose the joy of their salvation if they walk away from active fellowship with God. This, my friends, is the constant danger for each Christian as we navigate our way through this life and that is what makes the journey so perilous in many ways.

Each day is a new beginning for each Christian. Will you walk through this day seeking God and uniting yourself with Him in fellowship or will you go it alone, doing your own thing in Christ’s Name.

Though this life is often filled with storms, difficulties, and problems, the Christian is on the only path that ends well. Christians, due to their faith in God and His extended grace and forgiveness, will end this life with the greatest reward of all. Our path – and only our path – leads to heaven, where God dwells, where we will not only never sin again, but will never even be tempted to sin. The path that we are on is often difficult because it is opposed to the world’s system. That alone creates the drama, the problems, the issues that normally would not be there and will not exist in eternity.

The end of our earthly sojourn provides us with the full realization of the greatest gift God gave; salvation. This is exactly why I believe the apostle John tells us how to get through this life victoriously.

We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like him, because we will see him just as he is. 3 And everyone who has this hope focused on him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure). – 1 John 3:2b-3 NET

When we leave this life, we will truly see Him as He is now. John promises that “we will be like him,” which means among other things, that we will have absolutely no ability to sin, ever. That “hope” (as in sure thing), should cause us to focus on Him and the fact that we will be like Him. Doing so “purifies” us because it immediately helps us to focus on the best course of action to take in each situation we face.

As long as we live in this life, we will always be tempted to break fellowship with God. It is like steering a boat through a windstorm with bits of respite here and there. We must actively engage our minds to determine our steps. If the temptation is to do or say something that pulls us away from our fellowship with God, it should be rejected. Admittedly, that is not an easy thing to do all the time.

Fortunately, even in our sin, God holds out His hand of forgiveness and welcome back to fellowship with Him. The problems of life are what make this path so difficult even though we know what the end of the path yields and bring us to.

May we endeavor to understand our path and understand the things that try to pull us away from fellowship with God. May the Lord bless you and I pray that He will open your eyes to show you how blessed you are in Him.

Theology and Politics from a Conservative, Biblical Perspective



Source: http://studygrowknowblog.com/2017/04/13/difficult-roads-often-lead-to-beautiful-destinations/

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  • goastdale

    It is a biblical fact according to the bibles own figures that last days are the last 70 years of the number of years between BC596…to AD70 = 666 yrs the period of time outlined once as a MAN and once as a BEAST in Daniel Ch 2 & 7 respectively .as the time the 7 fold (7 seals/trumps vials) curse of the law of Moses was poured out on the physical seed of Israel purified until only a spiritual seed was left…

    This is also how we know slam dunk that Muhammad was a false teacher…just like most “bible teaching Christians”…….THE SECOND COMING Thou Fool! “I come quickly” so “Hold fast till i come”… NOT …“in another 2000 yrs I might be coming soon any time now, so hold fast”!?! …those that deny the second coming of Christ in that first generation are practicing a damnable heresy in denying the lord that bought them ( 2Peter 2:1-2 ;2Tim 4:8)…….Mat 7:23..”I NEVER KNEW YOU” …..Mat 10:33. But whosoever shall deny me before men……..sound familiar?…. ……. If I said I am coming to your house in this generation when these things happen but no one knows the day or hour what fool would think I might be coming in 2000 years latter!?!? ..2 Tim 4: 4. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be TURNED UNTO FABLES.

    Gal 1: 8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

    The book of Revelation offers us an interesting Theological dilemma. It states Rev 22:16. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. Revelation also states it is “the true sayings” of Jesus and that it is “the testimony of Christ”. If this is not “the gospel of Jesus Christ” then what is it and should we consider it accursed testimony of an angel? If it is not to be considered accursed, then it cannot be some other gospel message then what was already given previously. However, this is the conundrum, for if this is the gospel message, then why do so few understand it? There is a possibility which few consider but is the overall thesis of this apology. The reason people don’t understand revelation is because they never understood what the gospel message was in the first place! In that case, where does that put those who claim it is not essential for salvation? Do you not find it quite curious that the most “Personally” given NT book By Jesus himself, is the least understood and given the least importance for Salvation in Christendom?….There are numerous preachers and bible exegetes but as Paul said “… I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge” . Most who profess the name of Christ are feeding on doctrines of devils and the ignorant.. There are, without question, many “qualified” teachers and scholars with many years of “dedication” and “solid education”. However, teachers, no matter how well lettered or numbered in degrees; if obtained from others; who are just as equally ignorant in such matters, are just “ blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”………………

    Revelation the First Gospel of the Kingdom
    978-1-4907-0590-3 (ISBN)

    Those looking for a physical return of Christ and your physical body to “leave the dirt” resurrected (1Cor 15:36-37) you are carnal mined & or living in prov 26:12

    DAY OF THE LORD”/ YEAR OF THE LORD – does NOT last for 24 hours!?!..Also means the day of resurrection & judgment do not last for one hour or one day either! They only begin (NOT END) in a certain hour & on a certain 24 hour day ….”SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS to arise”…..NOT..”come & get (your new resurrected body) it while it is still hot, only 24 hours of solar power left”!?!

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/308485609/Day-of-Lord-Not-24-Hours-I-Come-Quickly

    The second coming took place already and Christ promised that only HIS PEOPLE would see him ….John 14:19. Yet a little while, and THE WORLD SEETH ME NO MORE;….. [2 Cor 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ AFTER THE FLESH, yet NOW HENCEFORTH KNOW WE HIM NO MORE….(here the Context of John 14 is his second coming)…..continued…..but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20. AT THAT DAY .. 21. He that hath my commandments, and KEEPETH THEM, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and WILL MANIFEST MYSELF TO HIM……(again taking note “as he is” or 1Jn 3:2)

    22. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, HOW IS IT THAT THOU WILT MANIFEST THYSELF UNTO US AND NOT UNTO THE WORLD? 23. Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, HE WILL KEEP MY WORDS: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.( Rev 3:20) 24. He that loveth me not.. (1Cor 16:22)…. KEEPETH NOT MY SAYINGS: ( REV 9:16-20)

    REVELATION 1:7. Behold, HE COMETH WITH CLOUDS; and EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM, …. There is a parallel here with ………….Exodus 24:10. And THEY SAW THE GOD OF ISRAEL : and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. 11. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also THEY SAW GOD, and did eat and drink………..But Christ said….. John 1:18. NO MAN HATH SEEN GOD AT ANY TIME; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. A person can see with their understanding and or see with their eyes…. It can see “seen” for certain that everything that Christ described was seen by the folks of that day in His coming but do they perceive that was him? …So what Christ said is true every eye saw him but the world does not see him….. With the eye they and folks still today can see everything Christ described to have taken place, but they do not “keep” ( believe and understand) his words as such they do not see him nor shall they ever.

    The saints who have physical died faithful in the flesh (every man in his own order) are changed in the blink of an eye & caught up to sit on that Great white throne ( this congregation of the saints is the body of Christ that folks will answer to at the judgment and these saints will judge all men who cannot see Christ along with the rest of the world……Folks think they are waiting to see Jesus but they will NEVER see Jesus himself they will only see the body of Christ condemn them the saints judge the world (Rev 3:21; 1 Cor 6:2 et al) the saints are the body of Christ…that is the only part of Christ they shall see….only the saints shall see God face to face…..most peoples idea of the second coming & day of the Lord and the judgment is completely wrong

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/305366745/Revelation-the-First-Gospel-of-the-Kingdom

    or

    https://www.academia.edu/23464127/REVELATION_THE_FIRST_GOSPEL_OF_THE_KINGDOM

    978-1-4907-0590-3 (SC ISBN)

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