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That Which Endures Forever

 

 

 

September 17, 2012

“But the Lord shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.” (Psalm 9:7)

 This world will eventually pass away. The law of entropy assures us, in fact, that everything decays and dies. Atheistic scientists have even calculated that the very protons of which matter is composed will eventually disintegrate. And the Bible itself also tells us that the present earth and heaven “shall wax old as doth a garment” and “shall perish” (Hebrews 1:11).

 But God Himself is eternal! As our text confirms (and many other texts agree), “the LORD shall endure for ever.”

And that is not all! His glory will remain! “The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works” (Psalm 104:31).

 And His great name will never change. “His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him” (Psalm 72:17).

That also means that His righteousness will never change. “His righteousness endureth for ever” (Psalm 112:3).

 Then also “His mercy endureth for ever.” All 26 verses of Psalm 136 end with this wonderful assurance, and the same promise occurs 16 other times as well. If God’s perfect righteousness will last forever, then His great mercy must also endure forever, and we shall continue to thank Him for His everlasting mercy in all the ages to come.

 Next, God’s Word will endure. “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you” (1 Peter 1:25).

 Finally, because God is forever, we also shall live forever. “His seed shall endure for ever” (Psalm 89:36). “The world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:17). HMM

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Those Who Depart

September 12, 2012

 “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” (1 John 2:19)

 One of the most hurtful experiences in the life of a Bible believing fellowship is when an ostensibly Christian leader, teacher, or pastor decides to abandon his faith and even to teach against it. This sort of thing does happen all too often, and it obviously raises difficult questions.

 Can a true believer, a teacher of the Word, a soul-winner, actually lose his salvation? Can a born-again Christian go back and be unborn? Can one who has received everlasting life through faith in Christ not really have eternal life?

 If so, what about the many promises which have assured us that “ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13) and that we “shall never perish” (John 10:28)?

 The answer to this vexing question is apparently in our text verse above. When such people, who once seemed to be genuine Christians become apostates, denouncing the truth they once taught, it is because “they were not of us” at all, no matter what they professed at one time.

 This fact implies a sober warning. When professing Christians fall away, assuming they have truly understood the facts and evidences of the Christian faith, it is impossible “to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:6).

 How important it is, therefore, for all professing believers to “give diligence to make your calling and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10). We must be “rooted and built up in him” (Colossians 2:7), “ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15). HMM

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ARE YOU TRULY SAVED FROM THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS?ARE YOU SURE YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED BY HIS BLOOD?ARE YOU SURE YOU WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE AND IF YOU DIED TODAY THAT YOU WOULD GO TO HEAVEN AND LIVE WITH GOD FOREVER? ARE YOU SURE? WHY DON’T YOU TAKE THE TIME AND READ BELOW AND BE SURE OF YOUR FUTURE.GOD WANTS YOU TO BE SURE.

The Bible says;

” I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13

Another question to consider is: Suppose you were standing before God right now and He asked you, ” Why should I let you into My heaven?” What do you think you would say?

You may not know what you would say. But… You can know, becauseGod loves you and has a purpose for your life. The Bible Says;” For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

GOD”S PURPOSE IS THAT WE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.* We receive eternal life as a free gift.” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6: 23* We can live a full and meaningful life right now.” A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance. John 10:10* We will spend eternity with Jesus in Heaven.” If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.” John 14:3

ETERNAL LIFE GIVES MEANING TO LIFE. Yet… Our sinful nature keeps us from fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.

OUR NEED IS TO UNDERSTAND OUR PROBLEM.* We are all sinners by nature and by choice.” For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23* We cannot save ourselves.” not from works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:9* We deserve death.” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23It is true that: God is holy and just and must punish sin, yet He loves us and has provided forgiveness for our sin. Jesus said,” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”The good news is that God has provided for the forgiveness of our sins.

GOD’S PROVISION IS JESUS CHRIST* Jesus is God and became man.” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1″ The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 * Jesus died for us on the cross.” For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God, after being put to death in the fleshly realm but made alive in the spiritual realm.” 1 Peter 3:18 * Jesus was resurrected from the dead. Romans 4:25″He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”

That is good news, but the only way Jesus can affect our lives is for us to receive Him. The Bible says;” But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,” John 1:12 The choice is ours. Thus…

OUR RESPONSE IS TO RECEIVE JESUS. It is as simple as A-B-C

A.ADMIT Admit to God that you are a sinner. Repent, turning away from your sin toward God. The Bible says in Acts 3:19;” Therefore repent and turn back, that your sins may be wiped out so that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,” Repentence is not just feeling sorry for our sin. Acts 26:20″ Instead, I preached to those in Damascus first, and to those in Jerusalem and in all the region of Judea, and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works worthy of repentance.”

B. BELIEVE Believe. By faith receive Jesus Christ as God’s Son and accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin.” For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift–” Ephesians 2:8.* Faith is not just believing facts about Jesus.” You believe that God is one; you do well. The demons also believe–and they shudder.” James 2:19* Faith is trusting in Jesus

C. CONFESS Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.” If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9″ if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:9-10

THREE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS:* Does what you have been reading make sense to you?* Is there any reason you would not be willing to receive God’s gift of eternal life?* Are you willing to turn from your sin and place your faith in Jesus right now? The Bible says in Romans 10:13;” For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

YOU NEED TO ASK THE LORD JESUS TO SAVE YOU.Read this prayer and see if it says what you want to say to God.

” God, I know that Jesus is Your Son, and that He died on the cross and was raised from the dead. I know I have sinned and need forgiveness. I am willing to turn from my sins and turn toward You, and through faith in His death and resurrection I ask to receive Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.”

Call on the Lord in repentance and faith, using these or similar words of your own, and if you sincerly prayed this prayer from your heart, Jesus will become your Savior and Lord. The Master of your life.

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD As evidence of confessing Jesus as Lord, you will want to identify with Him. The New Testament way of identification is to confess Jesus publicly and to follow Him in baptism and church membership. The Bible says in Matthew 10:32-33;” Therefore, everyone who will acknowledge Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven.”” So those who accepted his message were baptized,” Acts 2:41″ Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.” Romans 6:4

YOUR ASSURANCE YOU KNOW YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE Because…* God keeps His Promises. The Bible says in Ephesians 2: 8-9″ For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift– not from works, so that no one can boast.” * God heard your prayer. The Bible says in Romans 10:13;” For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”* God recorded your commitment. Jesus says in Luke 10:20;” However, don’t rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

GOD BLESS YOU AS A CHILD OF GOD
Praise The Lord ††† Amen!

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WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED FROM MY SIN?

 1. BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

In Acts 16:30 the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas this crucial question: “What must I do to be saved?” The answer was simple and clear: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (verse 31). The one requirement was to believe on Christ. Faith and faith alone is what God requires of a sinner.

2. FAITH ALONE IS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION

I would urge you to read carefully and prayerfully the following verses of Scripture:

John 1:12-13
John 3:15
John 3:16
John 3:18
John 3:36
John 5:24
John 6:35
John 6:40
John 6:47
John 7:38-39
John 11:25-26
John 20:31
Acts 2:21
Acts 10:43
Acts 11:17
Acts 13:38-39
Acts 15:11
Acts 16:31
Acts 20:21
Romans 1:16
Romans 3:22
Romans 3:26
Romans 3:28
Romans 3:30
Romans 5:1
Romans 10:9
Romans 10:11
Romans 10:13
1 Corinthians 15:1-2
Galatians 2:16
Galatians 3:2-9
Galatians 3:14
Galatians 3:24
Galatians 3:26
Ephesians 2:8-9
2 Thessalonians 2:10
2 Thessalonians 2:12
1 Timothy 4:10
2 Timothy 3:15
Titus 3:8
1 John 5:1
1 John 5:11-13

In all of these passages FAITH is mentioned as being essential for salvation. Believing in Christ is the sole condition for salvation and for receiving the gift of eternal life.

3. EPHESIANS 2:8-9 TELLS US HOW A PERSON IS SAVED!

“For by grace are ye saved THROUGH FAITH, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.” Salvation is a gift. It is free (paid for by the blood of Christ). All the sinner needs to do is to receive that gift by faith.

 Trust in Jesus and be saved from your sins, now, while there is still time!

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