Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant

45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’[g] 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
When Jesus comes again He will gather all His servants together.  He will separate them by two distinctly different types.  The first type is the faithful and wise servants that have been expecting Jesus' return at any time.  The second type is the evil servant that does not want Jesus to come back anytime soon.  This evil servant lives for today and what he can get out of life here on earth.  This servant does not want Jesus to ever return as he is enjoying all the worldly pleasures.  He does not care about Jesus nor what his future will be like without Jesus.
Jesus will bless the faithful and wise servant with a position of authority in His kingdom because this man loved Jesus and was obedient in all things.  The evil servant did not love Jesus, but loved the world instead.  The above scripture says Jesus will cut the man in two pieces and then cast into outer darkness along with the liars and hypocrites where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in hell.

Friday, August 26, 2016

No One Knows the Day or Hour

No One Knows the Day or Hour when Jesus will return.  But, He did give clear warning signs.
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[e] but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[f] your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”  Matthew 24:36-44 NKJV
“As in the days of Noah were, so also will be the coming of Man be”: Jesus was referring to the indifference of people of that time to the coming disaster.  There is nothing sinful about eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage.  However, the people of the end times will be doing these things without any thought of God or the coming judgements.
The application in verses 36-41 is just a Noah was vigilant in preparing for the flood, so should people living in the tribulation be alert.  They should prepare for the return of Christ.  I believe we are living in the end times or last days that the scriptures warn us about.  Many people today are totally indifferent toward the things of God and do not want prepare for His soon return.  I pray that you have prepared your heart and are ready for the Lord’s coming.
Note: The above text and comments are from The NKJV Study Bible, copyright 1997, 2007 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission. However, the last two sentences of the last paragraph are my personal comments.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Warning: Hell Really Exists

The reality of a place called hell is something that most people do not like to think about much less talk about.  Many false pastors and teachers deny the reality of hell and teach their congregation a doctrine of demons that denies the existence of Hell.

Hell was created for Satan and all his fallen angels that sinned against God and was not originally created as a place for man.  Man was created to live forever here on earth, but because of Adam's sin mankind was condemned to a physical and spiritual death.  Man was no longer able to live forever because sin caused death to reside in his body.  Sin caused man to die spiritually and the hell became his spiritual destination at death.

Satan has deceived many in the body of Christ to believe that there is not a hell.  A few years ago I was having a conversation with a fellow Christian about hell and about how God is a jealous God.  A co-worker overheard our conversation and because very upset with us as she did not believe that God has human emotions nor did she believe there was a hell.  She said that a loving God would not send people to hell.  Unfortunately she would not let us tell us tell her what Jesus has to say about hell.  She put her hand over her ears refusing to listen as she walked away.

Hell is not a pleasant subject to read about, but it is a subject that people must be made aware of.  The discussion of hell should never be used to scare people into accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior in order to avoid hell.  To accept Christ is to accept the free gift of salvation.  Jesus shed his blood and His life so that we can be born again and saved from the punishment of eternal death in hell we deserve.  To be born again means that your sinful nature, that you were born with, has died and your new nature in Christ Jesus has raised you from spiritual death until spiritual life.

If you are still not convinced that there is a hell please click here to view the list of scriptures on the subject of HELL.  I do not like to take scripture out of context so please click on the "In Context" for each link.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

The True Christian

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
24 "Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
36 "Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
If you are uncertain as to whether you are a "True Christian" watch the following sermon by David Wilkerson

Monday, August 08, 2016

For Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen

"For many are called, but few are chosen." The title of this article today is actually the last verse of The Parable of the Wedding Feast found in Matthew 22:1-14 NKJV.  I chose this title because of the profound warning that Jesus is giving for us today.  Read the scripture below and then I will explain in more detail as to why this scripture is important for us today.
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
1 "And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ 5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. 7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and[a] casthim into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
For help in explaining the above verses I will be using excerpts and commentary notes from my personal Bible with the following credits:  "From The NKJV Study Bible, copyright 1997, 2007 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission."
  • Marriage refers to a wedding feast (see Rev. 19:6-10).  Jewish weddings in biblical times involved a number os steps.  First, the couple made a marriage contract, which was the basis of the marriage (see Mal. 2:14).  About a year later, the groom went to the bride's house, where the bride was presented to him.  This was followed by a nighttime wedding procession to the groom's home (25:1-13), where a festive wedding banquet was held (see John 2:1-11).  The banquet could last up to a week depending on the resources of the groom's family.  A feast, especially a wedding feast, is often used in scripture to portray God's kingdom on earth (see 8:1125:10; Is. 25:6Luke 14:15-24John 2:1-11Rev. 19:7-9).  In this parable, the king is God the Father and the son is Jesus.
  • Those who were invited - Two invitations were sent out.  The first was sent long before the celebration so that people would have plenty of time to prepare themselves for the banquet.  Those who were invited had received the original announcement.  A second invitation was sent to the to announce that the banquet was ready and they should come right away.  The plea of this verse undoubtedly portrays the ministry of those the Baptist (3:1-12), Jesus (4:17), and the disciples (10:5-42).
  • They made light of it means "they did not care about it."  They were so preoccupied with the here and now that they had no concern for God's kingdom.  (Personal Note: This is one of the things that concerns me in today's world.  Everyone seems so preoccupied and burdened because of to many things that they must do and they really don't have time to truly relax,  think, or even care about God's Kingdom.)
  • Both bad and good probably refers to Jews and Gentiles.  Both groups include some who are morally evil and other who are morally good.  Whatever their condition, people need to respond to the gospel.  The important point to recognize is that this group respond to the invitation, while those who had received special invitations has spurned the king's bidding.
  • Did not have on a wedding garment: Like the others, this visitor had been invited to the wedding, but he failed to prepare himself for it (see Rev. 3:18).  In Revelation, the garment of fine linen worn by the bride of the Lamb is said to be the righteous deeds of the saints (Revelation 19:8.  The man had ignored a basic obligation placed on him when he accepted the king's gracious invitation the the feast - he was supposed to wear clean clothes.  To come to a wedding banquet unprepared or in soiled clothing would've been insulting.  In this parable, the garment may refer to the righteousness of Christ graciously provided for us through His death.  Too refuse to put it on would mean a refusal of Christ's sacrifice or arrogance in believing that the "garment" was something not needed.  If we want to enter Christ's banquet, we must "put on" the righteousness He give us (Eph. 4:24Col. 3:10).  Because this man was unprepared, the king declared him unworthy.  His refusal resulted in the man being sent out of the banquet hall.
  • Bind him hand and foot is a vivid picture of the man's inability to participate in Christ's kingdom.  Someone claiming to belong at the wedding while refusing to wear the correct garment was similar to the Israelites who claimed to be God's people while refusing to obey Him.  This man was an imposter and when he was discovered (as all impostors will be), he was cast . . . into outer darkness, referring to the judgement (8:1225:30).
  • Many are called, but few are chosen: The word called in this instance refers to being "invited," not the call of God as Paul used the word (Rom. 8:28-29).  All Israel had been invited, but only a few would accept and follow Jesus.  Not all those invited will be among the chosen of God, for not all will believe.
The reason this lesson is so important today is because the coming of the Lord Jesus is so close now.  I am so concerned for those that have not taken Jesus and His words serious, even in the church.  I hope you will read this lesson and the scripture links today.  If you are not sure whether  you have been saved or born again please feel free to contact me using the contact form.  Your information is private and will not be shared with anyone else.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

God Is Not Slack In His Promise

Some people think Jesus is not coming back anytime soon therefore they think they have plenty of time to repent of their sins.  I suspect that many church members are also slack in taking God's words serious, therefore are not ready for to stand before Jesus.  The "Left Behind" books and movies gives us a good understanding of those that have not taken God serious.  These are the "Foolish Virgins" Jesus mentioned in "The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins" mentioned in Matthew 25.  God is not slack in His promise as some people think.
Only those who made themselves ready by being righteous in Him will be welcome at the marriage supper of Jesus.  Revelation 19:6-10
6 "And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the[a] Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
Don't put it off any longer because no one knows the day or the hour of His coming.