A Word from the WORD about Suffering

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A Word from the WORD:
Reading 1 Peter this morning the Lord reminded me that suffering against sin is the struggle of our lives, as a believer, that we MUST go through to attain the glory that is our inheritance with Christ when He appears.

The theme of this letter to believers scattered all over the world is to “embrace” suffering in view of the GLORY to follow, if we stand firm in the Faith.

Salvation from the wages of sin was gained through the suffering of Christ. Salvation is not a one point in time event, other than its beginning, for us. Salvation embraces all of life past, present and future. Our spirit was saved the movement we believe when the Holy Spirit was given to us. Our SOUL is being saved daily as we walk in the Spirit overcoming the world, flesh and devil. Our bodies will be saved in the first resurrection guaranteed by the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Peter (and especially Paul) teaches us that our present suffering prepares us for future glory (Romans 8:28). That future glory is at the parousia, the Appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, when He returns to establish His Kingdom on Earth. IF we suffer against the world, flesh and devil now we will experience greater glory to the glory of God then. (This is the PRIZE.)

Peter closes the letter with his expressed purpose for writing (by the Holy Spirit). He wrote to encourage the scattered saints to stand firm in God’s Grace to suffer with Christ now for future glory with Christ when He returns. Praise the Lord

What does it mean to be Born Again?

WHAT IS REGENERATION?

Written by Dr. Daniel R. Carfrey

This brief study defends the Biblical definition of “regeneration” from the viewpoint of the philosophy that teaches/believes that a person must be born again before they can even “believe” the Gospel. In other words, their doctrine believes that regeneration precedes faith.

REGENERATION is not the RESTORATION of LIFE to a sinner’s will, because it is dead towards God.

  • Total depravity does not mean that a sinner’s will is dead towards God.
  • The sinner is born “dead in trespasses and sins” due to the inherited sin nature from Adam (Ephesians 2:1, 2 Corinthians 5:14)
  • This means he is dying the first death for Adam’s sin, and will die the second death for his own sins apart from being saved (1 Corinthians 5:22, Revelation 20:11-15)
  • This means he has no personal relationship (fellowship) with God apart from salvation, even as Adam was cast out of the Garden of Eden by God
  • This means that in his flesh inherited from Adam dwells “no good thing”(Romans 7:18)
  • This means that the devil incites the sinful desires of the flesh to entice one to sin with the consent of his will (Ephesians 2:1-3)
  • So consequently “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”
  • But there is no Scripture that says a sinner’s will is dead towards God
  • All are guilty of not seeking God (due to there being no fear of God before their eyes. (Rom.3:9-18,23)
  • But while all don’t seek God, this does not mean that they can’t, according to the apostle Paul (compare Acts 17:26-28). Otherwise, why hold man accountable for not doing so?
  • A good example that man can seek God prior to being saved is God’s commendation of Cornelius. (Acts 10:1-4)
  • Neither does total depravity mean that there could not be some good, due to God’s restraint upon his evil thoughts through the conscience, though man’s relative good is not good enough to obtain eternal life by one’s own works. (Romans 2:7-16)
  • Total depravity simply means that a sinner who is born “dead in trespasses and sins” is incapable to come to God on his own or merit eternal life by his own works.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

REGENERATION is the IMPARTATION of Christ’s new RESURRECTION LIFE and RIGHTEOUS NATURE to the inward man (spirit) as of the Day of Salvation, and to the OUTWARD man (body) on the Day of Resurrection.

  • Just as a nature to disobey God came as a result of Adam’s one act of disobedience, even so the nature to obey God comes to those given Christ’s gift of righteousness as a result of His total life of obedience (Romans 5:12-25)
  • This means that Jesus Christ had to first earn life by keeping the Law, in order to provide life by grace through His death on the cross for our offences against God’s Law (Romans 10:1-4)
  • Christ’s new life and righteous nature is given by Christ alone to those who place their faith in Him (John 1:12-13)
  • This new birth is imparted to the human spirit within by the Holy Spirit of God     (John 3:4-7)
  • This new birth is compared by Jesus to living water on the inside, (John 4:10-14)
  • This new birth was not available until Jesus rose from the dead and was glorified in heaven (John 7:37-39, Ephesians 2:4-5, Titus 2:11-15, Titus 3:4-7)
  • This new birth is imparted as a seed of Christ’s life and righteous nature, which remains in him, and is enabled to grow and manifest Christ-like conduct as one abides in Christ (1John 2:28-3:10)
  • This new birth and nature will also be imparted to the believer’s flesh or outward man in the day of resurrection (Romans 8:23, Ephesians 1:13-14, Philippians 3:20-21)
  • It is Christ’s life imparted to the believer that makes him or her a new creature, and is the reason there will be no more sin in the new heavens and earth, (2 Corinthians 5:17)

WHILE OLD TESTAMENT SAINTS WERE JUSTIFIED, THEY WERE NOT REGENERATED WHILE LIVING IN THEIR FLESH

  • Old Testament saints, though not experiencing the new birth in their lifetime, were still able to have a spiritual relationship with God, once they were justified by faith as was Abraham.
  • Old Testament saints were not permitted to enter the presence of God when they died until Jesus first presented His blood to God in heaven (Paradise, Abraham’s Bosom, also Sheol was divided into two parts before Christ’s resurrection). As a result, they are now “spirits of just men made perfect,” (Hebrews 12:22-24)
  • Old Testament believers are now regenerated in their spirits, being in the presence of God, because no one can be part of the kingdom of God apart from being born again (John 3:7)
  • Because every saint in Christ now has the privilege of experiencing the new birth while still living in sinful flesh, he can be a “kind of first-fruits of his creatures,” provided that he allows that righteous nature to manifest itself through the power of God’s Word and the indwelling Holy Spirit (James 1:21, Galatians 5:22-25)
  • The supernatural way of life made possible through the new birth is a mystery that was not revealed in the Old Testament
  • This is why believers today are more accountable to live righteously than the Old Testament saints.

Understanding the true nature of REGENERATION, that it was not experienced until Jesus Christ came to give it, helps one to AVOID the ERROR of those who say, “regeneration precedes Faith.”

  • Those who believe that a man’s will is dead towards God, also believe that a person cannot come to saving faith until God first activates his dead will so that he can believe
  • Thus, because of his own erroneous definition of regeneration, he believes that regeneration precedes faith
  • But it is clear from the words of Jesus to Nicodemus, that one MUST believe in Jesus Christ in order to be born again, not be born again in order to believe
  • Be alert to this crucial doctrinal distinction. Regeneration is the result of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

NEW YEAR'S PRAYER

Prayer imageThank  you Lord for another year in this life so you can prove me and and improve me.

Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You are the ONE and only Triune God, Maker of the heaven and earth , salvation of all and sustainer of all. Your eternal life in the Lord Jesus Christ is my comfort and source of my strength.

Lord, today, I confess my failure to resist the world, my flesh and the devil himself. I acknowledge with shame my not believing your Word, which is faithful and true. I acknowledge my failure to depend upon your Holy Spirit, whom you gave me when you saved me. Your Spirit, who is in me, I have grieved and quenched! Forgive me.

Lord Jesus, I have denied your cross where you were crucified and where I was crucified with you! Where the power of sin was broken in me. Where the old man was slain! Yet Lord, I have continually raised him up and put him on! Lord, forgive me!

Lord Jesus, I have trampled your precious blood by the many sins I have willfully committed. Lord, it is by your precious blood that I have been forgiven before God! Lord, forgive me! Lord I confess all of this before  you.

Lord, it is by your grace and mercy I have been saved from my sin. You have promised to forgive me when I confess my sin. You have promised to cleanse me from the defilement of my sin and the sin done to me. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for cleansing my heart and mind. It is with confidence in your work, Lord Jesus, that I can come into the presence of God with my prayers. I have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus the Christ and freed by His broken body. YOU, Lord Jesus, are my advocate before the Father. You, Lord Jesus, are the Great High Priest. You have made me a fellow priest with You. Thank you.

Lord Jesus, my Great High Priest, I come to  you for grace not to sin! and for mercy when I do sin. LORD, it is only by your enabling power that I can be qualified to serve in your priesthood and represent you here on this earth.

Lord, as I draw near to you with a sincere heart, full of faith in your shed blood and broken body, I hold fast my confession that YOU, LORD Jesus, are my hope for eternal glory. By your enabling power I strive toward that upward call, that eternal prize of sharing your glory in your Kingdom here on earth, on that Day, when You return in power and great glory. Lord, I strive to be faithful to you in all things.

May I be a continual encouragement to my fellow brothers and sisters to do the same and be a blessing to them so they too can reach that same goal through love and good works. Lord, I strive to be faithful to your assembly, your Church, your Body here on earth until you come to establish your Kingdom here upon this earth. Lord, help me to remember that your Kingdom is not yet, but it is for sure! It is just as sure as your first coming in humility, so your second coming in great power and glory is sure! I am storing up treasures for the glorious Kingdom yet to come, not a worldly kingdom today. May I be humble now so that I may share your glory then!

My desire is to be glorified together with you to the praise of your glory. I want to hear you say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” But Lord, I can only be good and faithful by your enabling power. I strive to walk by faith in you, that is, in your Word, so that your grace may abound in me and to me, O Lord My God.

Thank you for the gift of eternal life! Thank you for the challenge of the prize of sharing your glory in your coming Kingdom!

Lord Jesus, I consider everything to be worthless in view of the surpassing greatness of knowing you and being counted worthy to partake of your glory in your Kingdom. What GRACE! What Honor! Lord Jesus, thank you!

When you return I want to be standing in your righteousness  alone. I do not want to be ashamed in my own righteousness, which is as filthy rags! Today and always, may I know the power of  your resurrection life in me. May I learn to suffer against the world, the flesh and the devil and be conformed in my life to your life and death when you suffered against temptation and for my sin while upon the earth, so that I may walk in this new way of life today.

Lord, by faith I press on to lay hold of your eternal glory for your glory! It is your desire to glorify me together with you. This is my desire too. But I need your grace, your power, working in me.

This is my prayer for 2015 and the rest of my life until I see you face to face.
Maranatha! Come soon Lord Jesus.
Amen

NEW YEAR’S PRAYER

Prayer imageThank  you Lord for another year in this life so you can prove me and and improve me.

Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You are the ONE and only Triune God, Maker of the heaven and earth , salvation of all and sustainer of all. Your eternal life in the Lord Jesus Christ is my comfort and source of my strength.

Lord, today, I confess my failure to resist the world, my flesh and the devil himself. I acknowledge with shame my not believing your Word, which is faithful and true. I acknowledge my failure to depend upon your Holy Spirit, whom you gave me when you saved me. Your Spirit, who is in me, I have grieved and quenched! Forgive me.

Lord Jesus, I have denied your cross where you were crucified and where I was crucified with you! Where the power of sin was broken in me. Where the old man was slain! Yet Lord, I have continually raised him up and put him on! Lord, forgive me!

Lord Jesus, I have trampled your precious blood by the many sins I have willfully committed. Lord, it is by your precious blood that I have been forgiven before God! Lord, forgive me! Lord I confess all of this before  you.

Lord, it is by your grace and mercy I have been saved from my sin. You have promised to forgive me when I confess my sin. You have promised to cleanse me from the defilement of my sin and the sin done to me. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for cleansing my heart and mind. It is with confidence in your work, Lord Jesus, that I can come into the presence of God with my prayers. I have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus the Christ and freed by His broken body. YOU, Lord Jesus, are my advocate before the Father. You, Lord Jesus, are the Great High Priest. You have made me a fellow priest with You. Thank you.

Lord Jesus, my Great High Priest, I come to  you for grace not to sin! and for mercy when I do sin. LORD, it is only by your enabling power that I can be qualified to serve in your priesthood and represent you here on this earth.

Lord, as I draw near to you with a sincere heart, full of faith in your shed blood and broken body, I hold fast my confession that YOU, LORD Jesus, are my hope for eternal glory. By your enabling power I strive toward that upward call, that eternal prize of sharing your glory in your Kingdom here on earth, on that Day, when You return in power and great glory. Lord, I strive to be faithful to you in all things.

May I be a continual encouragement to my fellow brothers and sisters to do the same and be a blessing to them so they too can reach that same goal through love and good works. Lord, I strive to be faithful to your assembly, your Church, your Body here on earth until you come to establish your Kingdom here upon this earth. Lord, help me to remember that your Kingdom is not yet, but it is for sure! It is just as sure as your first coming in humility, so your second coming in great power and glory is sure! I am storing up treasures for the glorious Kingdom yet to come, not a worldly kingdom today. May I be humble now so that I may share your glory then!

My desire is to be glorified together with you to the praise of your glory. I want to hear you say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” But Lord, I can only be good and faithful by your enabling power. I strive to walk by faith in you, that is, in your Word, so that your grace may abound in me and to me, O Lord My God.

Thank you for the gift of eternal life! Thank you for the challenge of the prize of sharing your glory in your coming Kingdom!

Lord Jesus, I consider everything to be worthless in view of the surpassing greatness of knowing you and being counted worthy to partake of your glory in your Kingdom. What GRACE! What Honor! Lord Jesus, thank you!

When you return I want to be standing in your righteousness  alone. I do not want to be ashamed in my own righteousness, which is as filthy rags! Today and always, may I know the power of  your resurrection life in me. May I learn to suffer against the world, the flesh and the devil and be conformed in my life to your life and death when you suffered against temptation and for my sin while upon the earth, so that I may walk in this new way of life today.

Lord, by faith I press on to lay hold of your eternal glory for your glory! It is your desire to glorify me together with you. This is my desire too. But I need your grace, your power, working in me.

This is my prayer for 2015 and the rest of my life until I see you face to face.
Maranatha! Come soon Lord Jesus.
Amen

Are You Ready to Go?

Each One will Give an Account

Each One will Give an Account

The “chiliastic” view of biblical prophecy teaches that Jesus the Christ will literally reign on this earth for 1000 years before He transforms the universe into the New Heaven and New Earth. This doctrine has been much disparaged since the 3rd century, but it has been continually believed from the Apostles to the present day. This literal understanding of Scriptures anticipates the literal return of  the Lord Jesus Christ to establish the Kingdom of God promised to the nation of Israel in spite of her failures on this present earth. It is the same grace that ultimately saves believers in Jesus today in spite of our failures. Jesus, the son of David, will rule from David’s throne in Jerusalem and put all his enemies “under his foot.”

Before Jesus returns to claim his throne Israel must be prepared to receive her king. She rejected her Messiah and crucified Him when he came the first time. This rejection postponed the establishment of the Kingdom of God and made way for the time of the Gentiles. A time when ALL people are being invited into God’s elect family by faith in the Lord Jesus. The Master has gone away for an unspecified period of time. In the meantime, his servants (believers) are to be SERVING him by “making disciples” of everyone, everywhere until his return.

His return will begin with a “catching away” of His people before He judges the world and prepares the Nation of Israel to receive him. This “catching away” is what we call the “rapture.” To be a part of this “rapture” you must be “born again.” To be born again you must put your trust in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is God in the flesh, who lived the perfect life you could not live before God. He is also the One who died an acceptable death in your place so that you could have eternal life. He is also the ONE who rose from the dead on the third day proving He died for our sin and not His. He had no sin, so He could effectively die in our place and survive, since death had not claim on Him. He rose from the dead so that all who believe in Him could be made righteous, justified, before God. Those who believe in Jesus will experience the first resurrection which is to Life. Those NOT raised in the first resurrection will be raised in the 2nd resurrection to be finally judged and cast into the eternal Lake of Fire.

Are you ready for the FIRST Resurrection? All who have believed in Jesus before His return to reign as King of kings will experience the “catching away,” the Rapture.

*Erich Sauer describes the rapture this way.

The Rapture is a:
Catching away – a taking out of all distress of soul and body (2 Cor. 5:2, 4; Phil. 3:21), out of all persecution and oppression by the foe, out of the entire sphere of sin (Rom. 6:6) and of death (Rom. 7:24). It is rest with all saints (2 Thes. 1:7) in “the day of the coming redemption” (Eph. 4:30; Rom. 8:23). This is the “redemption of the body.”

This catching away is an act of Divine Grace (1 Peter 1:13) freeing us from all sin. It is an act of Divine mercy, which we are waiting for (Jude 21) and will free us from all misery. It is an act of Divine omnipotence, which transfigures us into conformity with our Redeemer and elevates us to the most glorious spiritual body. (Phil 3:21)

“Rapture” is a strong word meaning to SNATCH or jerk out with force. 1 Thes 4:17; Acts 23:10). It also means to rescue with power as in the word “salvation” in 1 Thes. 1:10. The Greek word used is “rhuo” and is also used in 2 Tim. 4:17 speaking of rescuing Paul from the Lion’s jaws.

Strong military terms are used in reference to this event. The Lord himself will descend from heaven with an “alarm signal,” with a “word of command,” a “battle cry,” with a “trumpet clang” of the “trump of God.” And then, the royal Conqueror, accompanied by the armies of heaven, will unite with Himself forever His earthly warriors! Praise the Lord!

And this is very important because the rapture is:

A Catching Up! A uniting of the members of the Head (1Thes4:16, 17) for the purpose of perfecting His glory as the Redeemer (Eph. 1:23, John 14:2, 3). Thus for the first time the ENTIRE church will be with one another and the LORD not on earth but UP in heaven having been transfigured (1 Cor. 15:51, 52) in a moment in the twinkling of an eye in the air.

A Triumph! The air is the very sphere of operation of the evil one. He is the prince of the power of the air. This is the enemy’s headquarters. But it is in the AIR that the Lord declares His total victory as He gathers His Church in the heart of enemy territory. This is the BLESSED HOPE of the redeemed. Titus 2:13 cp. Isaiah 26:19, 35:10; 51:11.

*“The Triumph of the Crucified, A Survey of the History of Salvation in the New Testament” by Erich Sauer

CHART of the Book of Revelation