Condemnation

EVERYONE is familiar with John 3:16 For God so love the world… but few see to know what follows. 

CONDEMNATION from Websters 1828 Dictionary:

CONDEMNATIONnoun

1. The act of condemning; the judicial act of declaring one guilty, and dooming him to punishment.

For the judgment was by one to condemnation Romans 5:16.

2. The state of being condemned.

Dost thou not fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation Luke 23:40.

3. The cause or reason of a sentence of condemnation John 3:19.

CONTEXT:
  • The whole first part of this chapter deals with the need for a new birth a spiritual birth, that is wholly dependent upon Christ as Lord and Savor.
  • v.16 identifies and declares Christ as that Lord and Savor
  • v.17 Jesus Christ did not need to come and condemn the world nor the folks in it. That had already been accomplished quite nicely by man back in the Garden.
  • v.18 makes it clear those whom believe in Christ can be saved those who do not are already condemned
  • v.19-21 We are condemned by our own accord, God does not need to point a finger at us to judge us; our own actions do that without any recourse:
      •  “And this is the judgment [Condemnation in KJV]: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 2For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

The question today is are you in the light (Saved) or Darkness (Condemned)? Are you hearing the Holy Spirit calling and tugging at your heart and soul.

Daily Devotional – The Beatitudes by Thomas Watson Part XXX

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The Beatitudes

by Thomas Watson

An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12 

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
“Blessed are those who are persecuted, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Christian Meekness (Continued) 
Remembering the overall theme is meek people are blessed people.

Meekness towards MAN; Continued:

I shall lay down several MOTIVES or arguments to meeken the spirits of men.

1. Let me propound EXAMPLES of meekness.

[1] The example of Jesus Christ. ‘Your king comes unto you meek’ (Matthew 21:5). Christ was the exemplar and pattern of meekness. ‘When he was reviled, he reviled not again’ (1 Peter 2:23). His enemies’ words were more bitter than the gall they gave him—but Christ’s words were smoother than oil. He prayed and wept for his enemies. He calls us to learn of him: ‘Learn of me, for I am meek’ (Matthew 11:29). Christ does not bid us (says Augustine) learn of him to work miracles, to open the eyes of the blind, to raise the dead—but he would have us learn of him to be meek. If we do not imitate his life—we cannot be saved by his death!

[2] Let us set before our eyes the examples of some of the saints who have shined in this grace. Moses was a man of unparalleled meekness. ‘Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men who were upon the face of the earth’ (Numbers 12:3). How many injuries did he put up? When the people of Israel murmured against him, instead of falling into a rage, he falls to prayer for them (Exodus 15:24, 25). The text says, they murmured at the waters of Marah. Sure the waters were not so bitter as the spirits of the people—but they could not provoke him to anger—but to petition. Another time when they lacked water, they fell arguing with Moses. ‘Why have brought us up out of Egypt—to kill us and our children with thirst?’ (Exodus 17:3). As if they had said, If we die we will lay our death to your charge. Would not this exasperate Moses? Surely it would have required the meekness of an angel to bear this—but behold Moses, meekness. He did not give them a harsh word! Though they were in a storm—he was in a calm. They lambaste him—but he prays. Oh that as the spirit of Elijah rested upon Elisha, so may some of the spirit of Moses, this meek man (or rather earthly angel), rest upon us!

Another eminent pattern of meekness was David. When Shimei cursed David, and Abishai, one of David’s lifeguard, would have beheaded Shimei. ‘No!’ says king David, ‘Let him alone, and let him curse’ (2 Samuel 16:11). And when Saul had wronged and abused David and it was in David’s power to have killed Saul while he was asleep, (1 Samuel 26:7, 12)—yet he would not touch Saul—but called God to be umpire (verse 23). Here was a miracle of meekness.

[3] The examples of meek heathen. Though their meekness could not properly be called grace, because it did not grow upon the right stock of faith—yet it was very beautiful in its kind. When one reviled Pericles and followed him home to his gate at night, railing upon him, he answered not a word—but commanded one of his servants to light a torch, and bring the railer home to his own house. Frederick, Duke of Saxony, when he was angry, would shut himself up in his closet and let none come near him, until he had mastered his passion. Plutarch reports of the Pythagoreans, if they argued in the day, they would embrace and be friends before sunset. Cicero, in one of his Orations, reports of Pompey the Great, that he was a man of a meek disposition. He admitted all to come to him so freely, and heard the complaints of those who were wronged so mildly, that he excelled all the princes before him. He was of that sweet temper that it was hard to say whether his enemies more feared his valor, or his subjects loved his meekness. Julius Caesar not only forgave Brutus and Cassius, his enemies—but advanced them. He thought himself most honored by acts of mercy and meekness. Did the spring-head of nature rise so high, and shall not grace rise higher? Shall we debase faith below reason? Let us write according to these fair copies.

Daily Devotional – The Holy Spirit Part V

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Today we continue our series on the Holy Spirit changing from The Promise Of to The Roles or Work Of. We will only look at a few of the many roles the Holy has concentrating on those in a believers life including those as;

He ministers truth. (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13)

He teaches. (Luke 12:12; John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 John 2:27)

He restrains. (Acts 16:6)

The Holy Spirit brings direction and guidance. (Mark 13:36; 13:11; Acts 10:19; 11:12; 21:11; 1 Timothy 4:1

The Holy Spirit invites us to walk with Him. (Romans 8:4-5)

The Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9)

He washes, sanctifies, purifies and justifies. (Romans 15;16, 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:2,22)

The Holy Spirit builds us together for a house for God. (Ephesians 2:22)

The Holy Spirit gives comfort, health, and strength. (John 15:26; Acts 9:31)

First thing we must acknowledge is the fact that the Holy Spirit is a PERSON. He is the third person of the trinity (Godhead) 1 John 1:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 

My research for this found many differing views on what the “primary role, work or job” of the Holy Spirit was. Answers ranged from Sanctification of believers, empowering evangelism to endowing folks with gifts. While these are all things the Holy Spirit does, the Primary Role of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the person and work of Jesus Christ; “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”–John 16:14,  John 15:26.

Another often MISUNDERSTOOD Role of the Holy Spirit is that in the process of Salvation or drawing people to God. Many today falsely believe that it is all about them, they choose Jesus. Nothing could be further from the truth or go against our sinful nature. The lost of this world (those without Christ) cannot and will not be redeemed on their own (Ephesians 2:8-9) and John 16:8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; makes it clear the Holy Spirit is the chief cause of people being convicted of their sins. The following illustrates the process:

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I found this list, there are many others, called 70 Functions of the Holy Spirit and while I have some reservations that some of the items on the list (could easily be taken out of proper biblical context) it can be a helpful tool.

 

 

 

Follow in His Footsteps

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For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps. (AMP)

Since I can remember, I have heard folks say that being a Christian means being a follower of Christ. I do not want to here today get into how imprecise that is, instead I would like to focus on what it means to be a follower of Christ.

The word follower has so many meanings. It can be used to describe someone who literally trails behind another, someone who adheres to the principles of another, one who beys or worships another, a disciple of a system, a companion or friend and a few others. The second meaning in Websters 1828 dictionary has the best application to verse 21: One that takes another as his guide in doctrines, opinions or example; one who receives the opinions, and imitates the example of another; an adherent; an imitator. So we are to imitate Jesus, but how so?

The Apostle Peter under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us a great deal about the character of Jesus while he was on earth in the next two verses of Chapter 2 (1 Peter 2:22-23 ). These traits that we are to follow included:

    • He committed no sin: That is a standard no man (or woman) can live up to yet everyone who calls themselves a Christian should be endeavoring to live for.
    • Deceit ever found in His mouth: never ever misrepresented the truth in any way shape or form, not even tells the story about the really big one that got away. Again it is a standard that no human ever lives up to in their entire (birth to death) life.
    • While being reviled and insulted (SUFFERING) he did not respond in kind: First note that Christ suffered during His ministry on earth and if you are a “true follower” you too should expect to suffer. What distinguishes a true Christian from those pretenders is how they respond in their troublesome times.
    • Made no threats [of vengeance]: Jesus used self control, he did not lash out at those who would oppress him unfairly. Life is not always fair, how you respond to those who would  disagree with your Biblical Worldview or a post on Facebook lets everyone know who you really are. 
    • Entrusted Himself to Him who judges fairly: Most importantly through it all, Jesus trusted God the Father not the earthly judges who presided over Him but He who ruled in Heaven who’s plan was before time as we know it. It is in Him, His plan no matter our circumstance that we need to have our confidence daily.

Despite what many today profess to know about following Jesus, true followers always turn to the Word of God for His examples to live by not the examples man thinks He would live by today. 

Today’s Study help is Alexander MacLaren’s Expositions Of Holy Scripture on 1 Peter 2:21. * Note it is long so follow the link at the end to continue reading 🙂

CHRIST THE EXEMPLAR

These words are a very striking illustration of the way in which the Gospel brings Christ’s principles to bear upon morals and duty. The Apostle is doing nothing more than exhorting a handful of slaves to the full and complete and patient acceptance of their hard lot, and in order to teach a very homely and lowly lesson to the squalid minds of a few captives, he brings in the mightiest of all lessons by pointing to the most beautiful, most blessed, and most mysterious fact in the world’s history–the cross of Christ. It is the very spirit of Christianity that the biggest thing is to regulate the smallest duties of life. Men’s lives are made up of two or three big things and a multitude of little ones, and the greater rule the lesser; and, my friends, unless we have got a religion and a morality that can and will keep the trifles of our lives right there will be nothing right; unless we can take those deepest truths, make them the ruling principles, and lay them down side by side with the most trivial things of our lives, we are something short. Is there nothing in your life or mine so small that we cannot bring it into captivity and lift it into beauty by bringing it into connection with saving grace? Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example. This is the first thing that strikes me, and I intend it also by way of introduction. Look how the Apostle has put the points together, as though there are two aspects which go together and cannot be rendered apart, like the under side and the upper side of a coin. ‘Christ also suffered for us,’ and so for us says all the orthodox. ‘Leaving us an example’–there protests all the heretics. Yes, but we know that there is a power in both of them, and the last one is only true when we begin with the first. He suffered for us. There, there, my friends, is the deepest meaning of the cross, and if you want to get Christ for an example, begin with taking Him as the sacrifice, for He gave His life for you. Don’t part the two things. If you believe Him to be Christ, then you take Him at the cross: if you want to see the meaning of Christ as an example, begin with Him as your Saviour. ‘Because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow His steps.’ These are the words, and what God hath joined together let no man put asunder. With these few remarks I shall deal with the words a little more exhaustively, and I see in them three things–the sufferings of Christ our gain, the sufferings of Christ our pattern, and the suffering of Christ our power to imitate… Continued at Source 

 

 

I Never Knew You

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More and more today, I am convinced many people who claim to be “Christian” do not know Him” That is the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible.

I am being told by folks things like ‘if Jesus were here he certainly would not support…’ Seriously, do these people really think they know the mind of the Lord? I have been accused of hating certain groups, when all I have done is expressly point out the biblical position (God’s Word) and also insure to say we (believers) should never do so (point out error/sin) in an ugly manner.

Their main argument against my posts (and verbal discussions) seems to be the age old “its not fair argument”, or the more modern miss informed “Jesus was all about Love”.  Both thoughts are un-biblical, that is they do not stand the test of the infallible Word of God. Of course that too, is another point of contention among many, they do not believe that God’s Word is infallible that is without error, after all man wrote it? Yet the bible clearly states it’s inerrancy, and I am not convinced one can be a true believer without this fundamental belief, after all, denial calls God a liar, are you willing to go there? 

For these who claim to be followers of Christ (believers) but as I said the other day they have a Burger King theology they want God in their terms Jesus had and answer:

“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. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’  Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV)

Jesus made it simple it was his way or the highway, John 14:6, there is no compromise, no debating with the Lord of all. He is boss not you and I period end of discussion.  The use of the I am statement in the Greek leaves no doubt of this and only those who deny God’s Word challenge Christ.

I have said it a thousand times and I will say it until the day I die, it is never about you and I, it never was and never is. It was, is and always will be about God, so stop trying to be a god, and surrender all to Him that is greater than any who have or ever will live, the living Word of God

Here is a sermon from John MacArthur on these verses I think you will find helpful:

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Today in Church History

Spurgeon’s Last Sermon from the Tabernacle

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Spurgeon's Last Sermon from the Tabernacle

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, “Prince of Preachers,” preached his last sermon at the Tabernacle in London on this day, June 7, 1891.

Years before, his ministry had almost come to an early end. His congregation had grown so large they had to erect this special building to accommodate the crowds who came to hear him. While it was being built, he rented a hall in Surrey Gardens. At 22 years old, he had already been preaching five years. An overflow crowd filled the Surrey Garden hall. As he prayed aloud, pranksters yelled, “Fire,” and shouted that the balcony was about to collapse. In a panic, people surged toward the exits. Seven people were trampled to death and dozens more taken to hospital badly injured.

Spurgeon collapsed in horror. He had to be carried from the pulpit and fell into such deep depression that he later said he doubted anyone had ever passed as close to madness as he and yet escaped with sanity.

The Tabernacle opened in March 1861. There Spurgeon preached to 6,000 every Sunday for thirty years. That was no mean feat in the days before microphones and was possible only because the Lord endowed him with a commanding voice. From the pulpit, Spurgeon expounded the truths of scripture in a clear and distinct, if showy, style. Each week one of his sermons was published. He quoted frequently from the world’s great literature. More importantly, he preached Christ Jesus. In one of the first sermons he preached in the Tabernacle, he declared, “If I am asked what is my creed, I must reply, It is Jesus Christ.”

His showmanship was criticized as irreverent. Spurgeon pointed out that through it souls were won. The Lord had called him to preach to the lower classes, and he must present the gospel in a manner they could understand.

For his final talk, Spurgeon described what it is to have Christ as our captain. He amplified on the story of David at Ziklag. David and his men had returned to find their city burnt and their wives and children taken captive. His men wanted to stone him. But David strengthened himself in the Lord, and under his leadership, the men recaptured their wives and children. At that time, David stood up for some exhausted men who had stayed behind guarding the baggage. Christ, said Spurgeon, is like David. He stands up for the weak.

“We are all one in Christ Jesus. Surely this ought to comfort those of you who, by reason of feebleness, are made to feel as if you were inferior members of the body … ” Spurgeon showed that David attributed recovery of their families to the Lord and drew this conclusion: “If it is all of free grace, then, my poor struggling brother, who can hardly feel assured that you are saved, yet if you are a believer, you may claim every blessing of the Lord’s gracious covenant.” Christ, the Son of David, is “the most magnanimous of captains.”

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Get Your Armor On…

The Abuse Expose' with Secret Angel

Get your armor on…
and then prepare to stand…
for many are equipped…
but still don’t understand.
For the battle is not ours…
but the Lord’s to win today…

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Violence— A Problem of the Heart

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Violence…
is a problem of the heart…
and it’s from this point…
that analysis needs to start.
For the society we’re in…
has been desensitized today…
by things seen on television,
video games and words some say.
And there’s a bitterness…
and anger that seems to linger…
that causes many to become violent…
when something becomes a trigger.
And like a drunk driver’s wrong…
and the vehicle’s not to blame…
the gun’s not at fault…
when a crazed shooter goes insane.
And like a pharmacy is not at fault…
with a drug addict buys or deals…
the problem is in the heart…
of one who kills, destroys, and steals.
For there is much violence…
seen in many homes today…
and children are desensitized…
when they witness any violence this way.
So what can we do…
as a society to make a change…
we need to have God in our hearts…
so our lives will not be the same.
We need to invite God back…
in our schools and in our homes…
then transformation can occur…
when the Love of Christ is known.
For only God can being healing…
to the hardness of any heart…
so He is the Key to our future…
where all violence will depart.

© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2018. Original Posting

“But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

 

Fighting For Your Life

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Fighting for your life…
every step of the way…
is not what God wants for us…
is my message for today.
Cause many have had to fight…
the battles that rage within…
but we have to find the Peace of God…
for those battles to come to an end.
For negative words and deeds…
get embedded in our minds and hearts…
so we have to be renewed by God’s Word…
in order to get new fresh starts.
For a deep cleansing is needed…
to get the “dirt” out that’s been thrown…
but unfortunately for many of us…
the negative is all that’s been known.
But when we realize God’s Word…
is the Truth upon which we can rely…
then we can finally discard…
every painful word, deed, and lie.
And we can stop fighting our way…
through negative words that repeatedly attack…
as we declare God’s Word over our lives…
and send every negative word back.
For we will no longer receive…
the negative words that have been spoken…
for we will be renewed by Him…
and no longer be wounded and broken.

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