12/07/2014

A thought on celebrating the day.

Baby Jesus isn’t a baby anymore and he will soon return to judge the world in righteousness. The Religio-cultural holiday calendar is an attempt of the world to domesticate time but God in Christ has judged the world system and its authority and found it wanting. Its pretensions are in vain. The world system perpetuates the lie that creation’s  crown jewel  –mankind can not only exist but  even enjoy creation in the position of ruler and steward…enjoying it without first and foremost enjoying communion with the Creator.  Every Christian, however, is bequeathed an instrument by which he or she can strip away from the soul all clouding elements but the one essential –communion with the God. The cross is the instrument by which the world judges God and God judges the world and the follower of God judges the remaining worldliness in his own heart.
The Cycles of the world’s calendar do very little to control time. The world system can do little to make time or any other created thing its ally in the final effort against the word of God. God has judged the world and its calendar-making-authority. The cycles will not overcome the linear advance toward the great and terrible day of the LORD. Really the only day coming that is of substance on God’s timetable is the day and hour of Jesus Christ, when he will  come with the holy angels in fiery judgment burning away the chaff so that all will know our fidelity to God was the one thing. With this truth in view, every gathering of believers in the fellowship of their communal meal is a proclamation of his death until he comes again. Why “his death”? His death is a declaration of judgment. You see our systems of religious and civil power presumed to put Jesus under their judgment. In their act of judging Jesus as unworthy of life, God was judging them. They have been made small in remaining usefulness. In remembering the Lord’s death we remember that the world and its authority, even its calendar-making-authority have already been judged.  So, follower of Jesus, continue a little longer in the world but know in your heart you are not of it.  happy sunday and merry christmas.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? "For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS. (Matthew 16:24-27 NASB)

 But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none; and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess; and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away. (1 Corinthians 7:29-31 NASB)

But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.(Galatians 4:9-11 NASB)

'He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. 'But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. 'Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.' (Daniel 7:25-27 NASB)

 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.
(1 Corinthians 11:26 NASB)

8/04/2014

Christians being loyal to Jesus and his teachings are just like Noah building the ark in obedience to God before the flood.

Just as God called Noah to a response of loyal acknowlewdgement by Noah's getting on with the daily work of Ark building, so God has called every true christian to be engaged in this present work. "This is the work of God, that you believe in the Son of God whom He has sent" (John 6:29). So the question to all my non-christian friends is "do you see me working on the ark (that is, loyally acknowledging Jesus Christ)?" and " will you enter into the ark (loyalty to Jesus) yourself, or make a mockery of my life's work, as well as Yahweh's message, by pressing on into the coming judgement without God's gracious provision of salvation?
Jesus said, "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away , so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. (Matthew 24:36-42 ESV) In the judgement of the flood your physical location inside the ark as an act of obedience made all the difference. In the final judgement your spiritual location in the ark of Jesus Christ by faith in Him will make all the difference. Many will be swept away in judgement, others will safe and saved for the new face of Creation. I hope none of you will persist in an attempt to make a mockery of God, of Jesus, and of me.




6/15/2014

HAPPY-Jesus-is-coming-back-what-can-we-do-to-get-ready-DAY!

Jesus is coming back. He is looking for the "fruit" that will identify those to whom the Kingdom of God belongs. When Jesus came the first time it was the fulfillment of a promise made years and years earlier. That promise was made to Abraham, the Grandfather of Israel, that he would have a seed and that through that seed all the nations would be blessed. Can you imagine two thousand years of God sustaining hope in his people before the promise was fulfilled? But a two thousand year wait while being led by God's spirit is doable for His people. The same is true today as we wait on Jesus' promised return. You can't stop what's coming...but you can be ready! Don't forget to mark your calendar and bear fruit in keeping with repentance. Everyday is the day to be ready for Jesus' return. God help us do that...

John the Baptist said this about "fruit:

Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father,' for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (Matthew 3:8-10 ESV)

Here are some of the passages in Matthew where Jesus speaks of "fruit":

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:15-21 ESV)

"Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every worthless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:33-37 ESV except worthless for argos)

In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree withered at once. (Matthew 21:18-19 ESV)

"Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.' And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons." Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: "'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. (Matthew 21:33-43 ESV)

So "when the son of man returns will he find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8



since 1.21.10