Thursday, June 30, 2016

Heavenly Things Verses Earthly Things

John 3:12-15, "Jesus said, 'I (Jesus) have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the One Who came from heaven - the Son of Man (Jesus.) Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, the Son of Man must be lifted up that everyone who believes in Him (Jesus) will have eternal life!' " Discernment comes by way of the Spirit. When you know Christ as your Savior, His Holy Spirit's discernment  is in you. Heaven isn't expressible with this fallen world's understanding. Only a glimpse of heaven is spoken of in Revelation. It will take us in our resurrected bodies to begin to understand the eternal joy GOD has awaiting us! 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

You Must Be Born Again

To be born again! Many may have the same question Nicodemus presented to Jesus. (John 3:4) Here's what He said to the member of the Pharisees.

John 3:3, "In reply (to Nicodemus' question of how one could enter his mother's womb again) Jesus declared, 'I (Jesus) tell you the truth, no one can see the Kingdom of GOD unless he is born again.' 

John 3:5-7, "Jesus (repeats), 'I tell you the truth, NO ONE can enter the Kingdom of GOD unless he is born of the water (natural birth) and the Spirit (salvation in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit. vs6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. vs7 You should not be surprised at My saying, 'You must be born again."

Three times Jesus repeated, "You must be born again!" Man is made in GOD's image (Genesis 1:26-27) This image is trifold; GOD the Father, GOD the Son (Jesus Christ), and GOD the Holy Spirit. The Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48) He is just... (II Thessalonians 1:6) This is His attitude, disposition and attitude. Our image also comprises of personality, though in a fallen state. The Son (Jesus Christ) is the physical aspect of GOD. GOD became a Man in Jesus Christ. We also have physical bodies, though fallen from sin. The Holy Spirit is GOD in the Spirit Who enters into each born again believer. Man's spirit became dead when the fall occurred. It is only revived when one admits to Him of being a sinner and wanting His forgiveness. This is when the rebirth occurs! Man's spirit is reborn when the Holy Spirit enters upon salvation in Jesus Christ!

Have you been reborn? This life in this fallen world is, "What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." (James 4:14) "Remember, O GOD, that my life is but a breath... (Job 7:7) "As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so he who goes down to the grave..." (Job 7:9) Life in this fallen world is but a vapor, a vanishing cloud, the blink of an eye! Eternity is forevermore! Where will you spend it, with GOD in the New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem or forevermore in the Lake of Fire where in Jesus' words there is "gnashing of teeth!" (Matthew 8:12, 13:42, 13:50, 22:13, 24:51, 25:30, Luke 13:28) 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Which Temple Do You Choose?

John 2:17, "His (Jesus) disciples remembered that it is written, 'Zeal for Your house will consume Me.' "  Jesus took the evil acts in the temple as an insult to GOD and thus He did not deal with them halfheartedly. He was consumed with righteous anger against such flagrant disrespect for GOD. (Commentary)

John 2:18, "Then the Jews demanded of Him, 'What miraculous sign can you show us to prove Your authority to do all this?' " They denied the truth that stood right in front of them!

John 2:19, "Jesus answered them, 'Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.' " (Jesus was speaking of His Body.)

John 2:20, "The Jews replied,
'It has taken 46 years to build
this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?' "

John 2:21, "But the temple He had spoken of was His Body." The Resurrection.

John 2:22, "After He was raised from the dead, His disciples recalled what He had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken."  All the Jews needed to do was research their Scripture and see that the prophesies about the Messiah was fulfilled in Jesus Christ!

John 2:23, "Now while He was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs He was doing and believed in His Name." Where were the Jews who had just previously wanted to see "a sign" from Jesus?

John 2:24, "But Jesus would not entrust Himself to them, for He knew all men. (Some would claim to believe-in their heads, but not their hearts-and later would cry out, "Crucify Him!) (Commentary)

John 2:25, "He (Jesus) did not need man's testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man."  GOD is omniscient, all-knowing!

Jeremiah 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things..." Mankind who does not have Christ's salvation deceives even himself!

I Corinthians 3:16, "Don't you know that you yourselves are GOD's temple and that GOD's Spirit lives in you? (If you are a Christian and have accepted Christ's salvation for your sin.)

I Corinthians 6:19-20

Friday, June 10, 2016

Jesus Clears the Temple

John 2:12-16, "Jesus went down to Capernaum with His mother, brothers, and disciples. There they stayed for a few days. When it was time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the Temple courts He found men selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and others sitting at tables changing money. So He made a whip of cords and drove them out scattering the coins and overturning the tables. To those who sold doves He said, 'Get these out of here! How dare you turn My Father's house into a market!' "

Matthew 21:12, Mark 11:17, Luke 19:36 records Jesus saying, "It is written, 'My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers!' "

Matthew 2:17, "His disciples remembered that it is written, "Zeal for Your house will consume Me."

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Jesus Turns Water To Wine

John 2:7-8, 11 "Jesus said to the servants, 'Fill the jars with water...Now draw some out and take to the master of the banquet.' This is the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed His glory and His disciples put their faith in Him."

There's another wedding feast that occurs at the Rapture of Christ's Church. Christ is the Bride's Groom and the Church is the Bride.

Matthew 22:1-14 speaks of The Wedding Feast invitations. Three different times people were invited, but each time they refused to come. (verse 3, 5, 9) Those, however, who had no wedding garments were bound and cast into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. "For many are invited, but few are chosen."

All are invited to Almighty GOD's Wedding Feast, but very few accept. This is talking about eternal life in Jesus Christ. Have you accepted His gift of salvation? It is your "invitation." Without it, you will be cast into eternal damnation! Are you ready for His trumpet call followed by the Rapture of His Church to: