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Blog For Podcast #69 (Salvation is not guaranteed part 1)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Here is another of my popular blog post that I am now making into a podcast:

Discussion

Now once you get done laughing and are still here reading or in this case listening. Allow me to explain the title of article, and since the best place to start this is with the words of Jesus Christ Himself:

Revelation 3:5 – All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.

Now some of you will be saying. What does this have to do with not being assured of one’s salvation? EVERYTHING! Let’s look at the King James:

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”

“and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life,”

First off note the phrasing of the sentence. It implies that Jesus has the power to add and remove the names that are listed within the Book of Life. “I will not blot out.”

Now let’s break this down further.

Blot out – G1813 – exaleipho – to rub (smear) out, i.e. completely remove (wipe away); obliterate; remove totally from a previous state with the outcome of being blotted out (erased).

To be erased they must have their name placed within it to begin with. Now let’s again turn to the words of Jesus.

John 15:1-8 – “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. 5 Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”

“Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.”

“Anyone who does not remain in me.” This identifies one of the focal points of God’s gift given to all of humanity. That being free-will. It states that we have a choice in our relationship with Christ and through Him, God. It is a true inter-relationship in which each person has a say. However, Jesus will remain loyal, on His part, yet humans do show what is most important to themselves. This goes to teachings within the Bible that states it not all works, as well as not all faith, but an equal measure of both. This is what allows us to bear fruit upon our branch. However, if we go outside of this balance then we no longer bear fruit. Also, if we turn away from what the Bible teaches, especially those given by Jesus Christ Himself, then we no longer bear fruit.

This guidance made by Jesus Christ Himself in one of His private teachings to the apostles makes it clear. If you no longer have an interactive relationship with Him, then you wither and die. At this point God Himself removes you from His Son, and you are cast into the fire. The implication of the word “fire” is as one would expect the fires of hades.

Hence, if you are of the vine of Christ, you are saved. Your name is written in the Book of Life. Then your branch is broken off from the vine, from Christ. You are no longer a part of the body. Your name is removed from the Book of Life. So, as you can see, Salvation is not guaranteed.

What is needed by all that wish to be within the vine or to remain within the vine is to learn the Bible and to not just say “I am Christian,” but to live a Christian life and lifestyle. Not just through their words, but their actions. From obeying the speed limit to living not within wealth and luxury, but in moderation. Saving the majority of your wealth and then to give to those in need before yourself. This world, this temporal plain of existence we now live within is not where our minds should be focused, but on God and the eternal life that is to come. (1 John 2:15-17)

This is a topic that is extremely hard for most to even try to accept and attempt to understand. This is due to the fact that most have never been taught this and have only heard of the edification of God’s love for them and that is it.

I will say this. On God’s part, He will never abandon us, see the book of Hosea. However, it is a two-sided relationship, just like any marriage. Both must be willing participants. It is we humans that are the problem due to free-will. It is our actions that cause this issue. It is us that causes salvation to be lost.

So how is it we can correct this? To get into this. I will once again use the words of Jesus Himself, for we must come to an understanding of Christ’s role in this marriage.

Matthew 5:17-19 – Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

The main thing that ended upon the cross was the requirement to sacrifice animals, and have burnt offerings upon the altar. Let’s see what else Jesus said:

John 14:15 “If you love me, obey my commandments.”

But what is it we are to follow that is from Him?

Matthew 19:17 “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.”

Matthew 22:37-40 -Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

All of the commandments were not just the Ten Commandments, or as they should have been taught from this moment Jesus spoke these two, thus making them Twelve Commandments. They were the entire book of Deuteronomy and now due to Christ dying upon the cross some part of Levitcus.

As I stated before, Jesus removed the need for sacrificing upon an altar to God. However, Jesus is making it clear that the lifestyle taught within the latter part of Exodus, within Leviticus and the book of Deuteronomy are still to be practiced. However most at this time refuse to accept and live this way. Thinking that Jesus actually came to abolish the law and the teaching of the prophets. Yet as I pointed out that is the complete opposite, yet millions live their lives as if that were the case.

A prime and very visible example of this is tattoos, the painting of the skin. It is seen as defiling the gift of God, your body.

Leviticus 19: 28 “Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord”

It is also addressed here:

1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

However, within recent decades as the teachings within the Old Testament are ignored and forgotten. The very things that Christ said He came to fulfill and told us in His own words to follow. Mainly due to those in political power creating laws that forced God out of the school, which has caused this “art form” to be on a dramatic climb. More and more paint their bodies in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Bible. Some even think this “art form” reflects their faith and belief in God. This is due to the denial of the truth within the Bible.

Not only do people deny the law and the commandments they also deny the teachings within the New Testament as well. Again, another prime and very visible example:

Titus 3:1 Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good.

Now this states we are to obey the laws of the nation, and state we live within. As long as they do not go counter to laws within the Bible. The prime and very visible example to which I was referring. Driving on the highways and byways that get us from one place to another every single day of our lives. When a speed limit states we are to go 55 mile per hour. As Christians we are to go 55. Yet you see extremely few that do this, and some of those that do not obey the laws ride up the rears of those attempt to follow the law tailgating them and flashing their lights at them as they attempt to go 55. All of which is against the laws of the land and thus against the teachings within the Bible.

This is why when people live their lives in this manner their salvation is not guaranteed, yet they think they are saved. Nevertheless, their very behavior and actions moves them further and further away from God. They bear no fruit for God, and so stand the chance of being removed from the Vine which is Jesus Christ and cast into the fire of damnation. (John 15:1-10)

The only way to correct this is to live our lives as they are taught within the New Testament and the Old Testament, and accept that it is by both faith and works that will help us be Christ like. The works being that we live our lives the way the Bible tells us to live them. (James 2:14- 26)

Next week we will continue this topic as I address a reply I received in releasing the original blog post.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #64 (How we should live)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

I have learned an important lesson over the years. A key element of many hardships in my live had one major factor playing into them. A true and nearly complete misunderstanding of what is within the Bible. In the following verses I am going to take us through some verses that boil down to divided loyalties, and how we should seek to be one with God through Jesus Christ.

To begin this, we must remember something extremely important. These verses were from letters sent to those people that had become saved. That had asked Jesus Christ to be their Savior and those that had taught them made sure that they had received the Holy Spirit.  There can be no question that those hearing these letters were people that wanted to go into heaven and even believed that they were.

James 4:1-3 – What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

How many that call themselves “Christian” seek after status. Expensive clothing, expensive cars, and housing. Taking pride in their achievements and reveling in it. Seeking after and being prideful of themselves and caring only about their status. When they have none of it, they seek after it and hate those that do instead of them. Yet still they call themselves “Christian.”

James and John were telling those that received these letters to end their sin. Now as I said those that received these letters called themselves followers of Jesus Christ. This is extremely important to come to this truth. This is why we have these letters within the Bible. To teach us how to act as what we call ourselves: Christian. These are our works, our fruit we must bear in the service in God. To know when we are living in a sin which will lead us away from God.

When you look to the Old Testament the lessons presented within them are the same. How God wishes those who chose to follow Him are to act and behave. Then the result if we do not. This has not changed in either Testament.

Why?

Because of human freewill. Which shows that we all have an active roll in our salvation before and after asking Jesus Christ to be our Savior.

James 1:12-17 – God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. 14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. 16 So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

These verses paint a clear image of how we are to live our lives and who it is that causes us to falter in our faith and belief in God through Christ. We humans tempt ourselves. Which causes us to leave the narrow path which leads to eternal life. Instead, when entering into sin we allow sin to grow within us. This will “give birth to death.” The opposite of enteral life is death, which clearly states that salvation can and will be lost if we do not keep to the narrow path unto the Lord.

Part of keeping on the narrow path in the service of God is listening to those that reprove, rebuke and exhort. (2 Timothy 4:2) For they are working within the guideline of the Bible.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

When someone uses the Bible, and we study the scriptures given to us as our reprove. And we find they are accurate and biblically sound in their argument towards our actions. Then we must accept that this is not coming from the human, but from God using the person as His messenger.

This is extremely important and something very few wish to hear or accept. Why? Because they at times cannot accept that they are living in sin. However, if the Bible clearly states that something is a certain way then that means we must accept and strive to make ourselves right with Jesus Christ, or as was shown above. Head ourselves down the wrong path which does not lead to salvation, but instead damnation.

We must never think of ourselves as better or greater than any other person, be they sinner or saint. (Matthew 23:12; Romans 12:3; James 4:6)

1 Peter 5:1-6 – And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: 2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 3 Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. 4 And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor. 5 In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.

Philippians 2:1-11 – Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

In these scriptures we see just how highly important it is to seek after humility. A true and honest humility in which we do not see ourselves as greater than any. For by being humble we exalt He whom we have dedicated ourselves too. Christ the human form of God was the ultimate example of humility.

The moment someone thinks themselves better than another they show a lack of belief in God. They place themselves not only as greater than another human, but greater than God Himself. Allow that to sink in for a moment.

One of the most important things we see in the Bible is to test ourselves against the Word of God to see if we are living a righteous life. This is one of the greatest works a person can perform in their lives upon this earth if they profess to be Christian.

Galatians 6:1-9 – Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. 4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. 5 For we are each responsible for our own conduct. 6 Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. 7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

In these verses we see a basic summary of today’s Bible study.

In verse one we see the need to reprove, rebuke and exhort. There are those out there that have slipped away from the true path and accuse you of “judging them.” Since we are told to help them how can this be judging? If we use the Word of God as we are instructed it is the Scriptures placing the burden upon them not those giving them the help they need. So, if they accuse you of judging it is actually they that are judging you. If they reject your help that is their burden, you have stived to do your best. Pray for them and allow God to handle the rest. You have fulfilled your duty to God.

Next, we are not to think we are better or greater than anyone. For as the verses show we are fooling ourselves, we should instead acknowledge that only Christ and His Father are greater.

Look to our own lives and see if we are truly seeking after the will of God. If we know from the Bible that we are living within the Word of God, then we know we will receive our treasures not here on earth but in heaven where it belongs.

Understand that if we insist upon living in sin, we may not make it into heaven for as the verses says: “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature.”

But what is it their own sinful nature pursues?

1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #48 (The world is not for Christians)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Today’s study deals with human rituals that humanity says are mandatory, and what causes them. Then we look as how a Christian should behave in this atmosphere of what could be called forced fear.

Discussion

It just amazes me how God makes things go full circle. Not only that. How He points you in a certain direction to do a certain thing. That is the case with today’s study of the Bible. God wishes for this message to be sent out and I hope you listen or read it.

Now I know what is to follow was originally for those practices done by the Jewish people and to some extend it is performed today. But, I want you reading or listening to look past that to the environment we now live within globally, which has resulted in lockdowns and demands to change our behavior. Like to constantly and repeatedly wash our hands. The verses come from Colossians. They begin in the 2nd chapter:

Colossians 2:20-3:6 – You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, 21 “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? 22 Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. 23 These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires. 3:1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. 5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.

What these verses boil down to is not worrying about things that transpire in the world and to have the self-control to end sin in our lives. Our eyes should be upon our life away from this temporal existence. Being concerned about having rituals imposed upon us by those that fear their eternal life, shows a lack of faith in He who died for our sins upon that cross nearly two thousand years ago. Who promised us eternal happiness. When humanity tries to impose things upon us for our safety. We are ignoring the only thing that truly counts: Our life in the eternity that is to come once we leave this temporal plain of existence.

Only those that don’t know where they stand upon the enteral plain, fear what they will find there. Those that distress over death and what lies beyond it. Live in the here and the now. While those that truly follow the teachings of Jesus Christ seek after that eternal reward. So, there is no need for fear.

Philippians 4:4-7 – Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Now if you look back to the verses of Colossians, we are told not to be greedy. So, in the Philippians verses, when it states to “tell God what you need.” It is not referring to earthly goods or wealth, but for health and wellbeing and those things that will lead us to the eternal life that is yet to come. Like comfort and reassurance. Knowing that we are destine for something well beyond events and happenings that take place here on earth. To be afraid of things that transpire here on earth shows a lack of belief in God and His Son Jesus Christ if someone professes to be “Christian.” Yet I hear of this fear on a daily occurrence. Mainly form those that live in the temporal. From these I expect it. But from those that profess to be of Christ I hear it as well.

2 Timothy 1:7-10 – For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 8 So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. 9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 10 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.

Those that say they are of Christ should have no fear of anything that occurs here in this life. No matter its form. Especially if it could lead to death. For death is the open door to eternity. The only exception to this is the return of Jesus Christ when those that are His and are alive will be called up into the sky to meet Him. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

When people fear death. They fear what is not known. Yet, as is witnessed in the verses that are in today’s study. Those that know God in turn know what is beyond death. Since they have taken the path which leads to the open door that leads to eternity who is Jesus Christ. This means that they should not fear death. However, many still do, why is this?

This can be seen in the verses of the armor of God.

Ephesians 6:10-18 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 

One of the key elements that deals with the study we are doing today is verse fifteen so let us look at it again:

“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”

In my research of this verse, I had to dig deep. For I wished to give the best answer to this verse. The meaning of the verse seemed hollow in that represented from Strong’s Concordance. So I read the several pages that was offered for the word “peace” in the TDNT (Theological Dictionary of the New Testament). The core of it boiled down to this paragraph:

“As regards the material use of the term in the NT three conceptions call for notice: a. peace as a feeling of peace and rest; b. peace as a state of reconciliation with God; and c. peace as the salvation of the whole man in an ultimate eschatological sense. All three possibilities are present, but the last is the basis. This confirms the link with OT and Rabbinic usage.”

In other words, “peace” first comes when asking for salvation that comes only through accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior. This leads to reconciliation with God which in turn gives each person a sense of eternal peace. Thus, confirming that to have fear of what is beyond this corrupt temporal life is to not be reconciled with God through His Son. This complex imagery of the word “peace” is what is meant in this verse.

The only way to achieve this peace is by being prepared with the knowledge that comes from an understanding of the teachings of Jesus Christ and His chosen disciples. These teachings later were turned into the New Testament. The only way to know what is in them is to fully study these letters and come to know their true meaning. This is accomplished by deep study into the Greek it was originally written in. It is also important not to take the word of others. For this leaves the door open to false teachings. Not even to listen to me. Verify the contents of the Bible for yourself, for all of humanity, even those who are saved are yet still open to corruption. For we will not know perfection until we meet Jesus Christ upon His return.

We are told time and again to have self-control. Is not part of self-control knowing what information we allow into our lives? Without proofing what we are being told is true how can we determine truth? Substantiation only comes from one source. The Bible itself, and this can only be achieved with full knowledge of what is written within it. It is this lack of knowledge that opens the door to false teachers.

This is witnessed by the early centuries of the church. This is witness when a man said that the Bible says men are to go to war over the city of Jerusalem. There is nothing in the Bible that states this. Thus, the popes that said this were false teachers.

This is witnessed when objects called “relics” were worshipped as items from Jesus Christ. Violating the command to worship carved images. This is shown when all people have to do was pay money to obtain a piece of paper called an “indulgence,” that stated their sins were forgiven. Totally removing the need to ask for salvation from Jesus Christ. Who, the Bible states, is the only way into heaven. Again, a false teaching.

There are modern examples that are present in many religious groups that say things not found within the Bible. Yet people fully accept them as truth and fact. When again it is not found within the Bible. Thus, again a false teaching. But it is not my job to tell you which denominations partake of these false doctrines. They are for you the reader and listener of this podcast. By studying, truly studying, the Gospel is the only way to know without a doubt the truth found within the Bible. By you yourself. For who is responsible for their own salvation? You or someone else?

2 Corinthians 5:8-10 – Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.

Even here we return to the very point of this study. That we should seek after our life beyond this temporal existence. Never in fear of its coming but welcome its coming and embrace it when it comes. Not in fright but in anticipation. An expectation of a child seeing the approach of a beloved Father. Who has loved and comforted us in times of sorrow and strife, as well as joined in with our happiness and joyous celebrations of our success in following the teaches of His Son our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is only when we reject God and His Son by denying what is found within the Bible. By living in sin and saying it is more important than our Creator. It is then that all must fear death. For it is right to have this dread. For it is made clear that to live in that which is said will not be welcomed in heaven. Since it is not welcome with God it can only be welcomed in one other location. So that is something to fear. That is something you can feel concern about and so desire never to die.

As we all know that is something that none of us can run away from. So how will you the listener and the reader of this study accept what is to come. Will we accept the end of our time in this temporal realm in fear or in comfort and joy?

Philippians 3:17-21 – Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. 18 For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. 20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. 21 He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #44 (You should welcome death)


Intro

This is a topic that will confuse most, but it must be done to cause people to start to think. This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

I must preface this study with a special message. Especially for those that are confused and even overwhelmed by the world about them. My message is not about choosing to die but actually choosing to live.

If you are thinking about ending your own life, please call 1 (800) 273 8255 which is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Discussion

Colossians 1:18 – Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.

Those who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and become a temple for the Holy Spirit. Then strive within their lives to keep their temple clean of sin. Are used by Jesus, who is the head, to serve God and His plan. Which is to welcome all who seek salvation to be welcomed into an eternal life.

Now we have to establish a key point here.

What is the eternal life promised?

Now to make this perfectly clear. No one knows with certainty what enteral life will be like. However, we are given hints from the Bible itself. The first of these is the thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 20:4-6 – Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years.

This is referring to those that will share the rule with Jesus Christ during his thousand-year reign. Let us look at verse four in the KJV:

Revelation 20:4 – And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

In the near future there will come a time when those that profess, they are Christian, and that Jesus is real will be beheaded. There will also come a point when people are asked to place marks upon their heads and “in their hands.”

Yes, this looks dark and to some scary. But why? Because they fear death. What else is said in this verse though. “They lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

This is the beginning of eternity. (John 3:16; 6:40; Romans 6:23)

In Science Fiction stories there comes a time when hundreds of years from now. Those that are our progeny reach a point where they ascend into a new live form. One that is eternal.

This is what the Bible says:

John 5:24 – “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.

It also shows that eternal life is not just for those that believe in God, but for those that deny Him as well.

Matthew 25:46 – “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

You ever notice movies where you see a guy who is wounded and dying. He screams “I DON’T WANT TO DIE! I WANT TO LIVE!”

All this tells me is that he has no concept of what is within the Bible or who Jesus Christ is and why He died for him. This is why I am making this lesson today. I have reached my limit with this mentality.

This is one of those things that are not taught or avoided. Mainly because many don’t understand the mentality of this situation. This life at its most last just over one hundred years (100). What is offered in this world, which lasts this short time?

Matthew 6:19 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.

This is the reality of possessions in this world. So why would you want to live?

People have turned life into nothing but a MMORPG where most everyone is going to the Chinese gold sellers, even those that call themselves “Christian,” to advance themselves to the upper levels of the game. Most never experiencing the game or following the rules. All the time they do this there is a level to the game that gets them to the endgame that has all the best rewards and endgame material that literally is never ending and constantly different.

This end game is reached by not cheating and selling out to money. It is reached by learning the Bible. It is reached by accepting that God is real. That His Son died upon a cross for your sins. Then on the third day rose from the dead. Healed save for the holes in his wrist, angles, and His side. For forty day He walked amongst those that knew Him and those that did not. Well over five hundred people saw Jesus in those forty days.

More than is required to show that Jesus Christ is real. That He is not a myth or a fairytale. That He is not a video game.

The endgame can only be reached through Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 – “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

The world is all of humanity. Every single person. All that is required is to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. Get baptized in the name of Jesus. Then to follow ALL the rules that are required. Which you will find if you are sincere and truly believe will not be difficult to adhere to, in most cases.

Here is one thing that many leave out though. We are in a corrupt body. However, due to this we will be tempted to sin. This is our part in the relationship with God. Through Jesus Christ. We have to commit ourselves not to sin. Any sin, but especially those sins that the bible explicitly says will not give the person access to an eternal life.

The eternal life is the endgame. In this eternal life we will live billions upon billions of years. Like that promised to those in the future generations in Sci-Fi’s. However, God promises it to all of humanity, future, past as well as present.

Science Fiction offers a corrupt version of what God offers to all of humanity. Humans always offer a corrupt version of what God offers. That is always the nature of the corrupt. To seek after perfection here in the temporary. When the true perfection can only be gifted by the Creator of everything and every true happiness.

Humans always try to promise all and diminish God. To the point of saying God does not exist and all the wonders of the universe can be reached through the acts of humans. Meanwhile humanity lessens other humans and seeks to make themselves greater than any other person. Not caring for any but their own wants and desires. To the point that they see life itself as ugly and terrible. This is reality. This is corruption.

As we approach the soon return of Jesus Christ. Things will become worse for those that accept that God is real. That Jesus Christ is their Savior. This is foretold within the Bible and we are now witnessing it become fact today. Thus, verifying the truth of the Bible.

It also states during the first half of the tribulation billions will come to accept the reality of God and His Son Jesus and that they will be willing and happy to die. Not in suicide but in decapitation, by those that look down upon the rest of humanity. Especially those who profess that God does not existence. Why? Because they are threatened. All humanity. Each individual wish to be their center of their universe. Crowning themselves their own god. Again, a corrupt translation of the true life meant for all humanity. King and queen of their own lives for a mere hundred years instead of serving the Creator of all for billions upon billions of years. Possibly exploring a new universe with new galaxies. New stars, with new planets about them. For the Bible does promise a new earth and new universe.

Isaiah 65:17 – “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.”

We are to proudly stand before those that seek our end. To tell the truth that is within the Bible. To not kill ourselves in selfishness, because life is not going the way we want it to. But to be killed by those that seek to hide the truth. Which is done by saying God is not a myth when He is reality itself. The air we breathe, the rain we feel upon our faces when it rains. All this is God’s doing. Which makes following the teachings of Jesus Christ something worth doing. As well as worth dying for, but not by our own hands.

This short time we live on this earth (James 4:14) is not worth killing ourselves for when we have a lifetime that will last for all eternity. What is sad, is that those that fully reject God will have an eternity of sorrow and pain.

God loves all of humanity. Really, He does. He wants all to live billions of years in happiness. Never in sorrow, but billions have chosen just to do that. They do that by saying God is a lie. A fantasy. A phony.

Well God is real, and His Son did die for all our sins and then rose from the dead. So that we can all live for all eternity. All you need do is accept Jesus as your Savior and be baptized in His name. Then the need to be scared of death will never cross your mind ever again.

Once again if you are thinking of ending your life. I highly recommend that you please call 1 (800) 273 8255 which is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #41 (Ruins 3/3)


Intro

Welcome to the last of this three part series. This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

In the last two podcast we have been talking about ruins. What are ruins?

There are many definitions that can apply to this subject. So, I will quote more than one:

“the broken parts that are left of a building or town that has been destroyed.”

“a situation in which a person or company has lost all their money or their reputation.”

“to spoil or destroy something completely.” These are all from the Cambridge Dictionary.

I list the last definition in this position on purpose, because I wish us to look at the word “spoil.”

“to destroy or reduce the pleasure, interest, or beauty of something.”

The “beauty of something.”

God see beauty in those that accept Him as their Savior through His Son Jesus. And He implores us to show that beauty in our hearts.

1 Peter 3:3-5 – Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 5 This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They put their trust in God and accepted the authority of their husbands.

True this topic is about how a woman should think, but does this not apply to all that put on the robes of salvation?

As I was reading Hebrews the topic of accepting Jesus as the Messiah is the main topic. The audience this letter is aimed at are the Jewish people. Most of whom to this day reject Jesus as the true Son of God. I read a meme the other day on this as well, which I have mentioned before I believe. But it stated that the Jewish people accept the law but rejected Jesus. While Christians accept Jesus but reject the law.

Hebrews can now at this time be applied to those that call themselves Christian due to what this meme has implied.

But back on topic.

As I was reading Hebrews the topic of a building came out in the third chapter.

3:1-6 – And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. 2 For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house. 3 But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself. 4 For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God. 5 Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. 6 But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.

”And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.”

Why I repeated the last part of verse six, is because people have not kept their courage nor remained confident in their hope for Jesus Christ.

They instead place their hopes and confidence in material objects and money. Thus turning themselves into ruins.

What do I mean by that?

To do that we need to look at the KJV of this verse:

“But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.”

Hold fast – G2722 – to hold down (fast), in various applications (literally or figuratively)

The confidence – G3954 – all out spokenness, that is, frankness, bluntness, publicity; by implication assurance.

Of the hope – G1680 – to anticipate usually with pleasure

Firm – G949 – (through the idea of basality); stable

By holding onto the promise and the hope that Jesus Christ is real. We are to live our lives like Jesus Christ Himself. However, we can strive to live up to the ideals He Himself placed before us to follow. Yet, none can fully live like Christ.  Like for example in seeking after earthly good and objects.

Matthew 6:19-21 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

By seeking after worldly items and affections we are not staying firm. All fall short in this. None can seek exemption.

Why?

Because we live within a corrupt body. As you read through the last part of the New Testament. Words repeat themselves, like “self-control” as a prime example. Even those that have fully commit to Jesus Christ as their Savior. Even those that are filled with the Holy Ghost. All falter and fall short.

Does this mean to give up?

No!

That is the last thing a person must do. However, it is crucial that they strive to end all sin within their lives. Especially those that the Bible states will not be welcomed in the Kingdom of Heaven. Why cling on to the items that will easily burn in the last trial before God Himself.

We should seek after those building materials that will withstand that fiery trial. These items can only be found by living a live that is a true reflection of our Savior Jesus Christ. The closer we come to be like Jesus. The stronger and sturdier the building materials that forms the walls of our faith, which will withstand the trial.

The next verses in Matthew six Jesus makes it clear how we should try and live our lives.

Matthew 6:22-25 – “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. 25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

This is reemphasized in 1 John:

2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

When people seek after luxuries. Looks, wealth. That is what is being worshipped. Not God, nor His Son our Savior, Jesus Christ. Seeking after glory. Seeking after a legacy. Seeking to become part of history. Is worshipping the world.

This world. This earth will end.

Isaiah 65:17 – “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.”

Why waste our time trying to achieve things that serve this world? Living in comfort while others live in squaller. Dressing in fine clothing while a child freezes in the cold due to not having a coat. Seeking after a name; while a soldier that fought to protect you lives in a cardboard box. Then commits suicide thinking of all the horrors they committed or witnessed in war.

But I will not say anything further. It is up to those listen and reading to awaken to their own truths.

Hebrews 5:11-6:1 – There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. 12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

6:1 So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.

That is the rub of it, isn’t it? People must be willing to open their hearts to the truth. But throughout the century’s humanity has been drifting further from God. Just as the Jewish people drifted so far from our Creator that He caused them to be scattered throughout the world.

Deuteronomy 28:63-64 “Just as the LORD has found great pleasure in causing you to prosper and multiply, the LORD will find pleasure in destroying you. You will be torn from the land you are about to enter and occupy. 64 For the LORD will scatter you among all the nations from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship foreign gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, gods made of wood and stone!

The promise to us is not to be scattered throughout the nations. The promise given to us is the end of this earth, and the beginning of that will be the tribulation. Which is meant to remove those that love the world more than they love their Creator. That time is near.

God Bless

An in-depth look at 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Timothy 4:1-2


2 Timothy 3: 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (NLT)
2 Timothy 4: 1 I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. (NLT)
This in actuality is a part of the letter that Paul wrote to Timothy that are connected. I have no understanding as to why it was divided by those that assigned chapters and verses to the Bible when this division of the Bible was created.
16 – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (KJV)
All – pas – all, any, every, the whole {Strong’s concordance} [Strong’s]
Scripture – graphe – a document i.e. holy Writ (or its contents or a statement in it) [Strong’s]
From the breakdown of the word “graphe” in the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament [TDNT]. Paul’s usage of the words “All scripture” was to show the gentiles that had accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. That all the writings of Holy Scripture which included what we now call the Old Testament were important to Christianity as well. For at that time it was not called the Old Testament, but the Tanakh.
Is given by inspiration of God – theopneustos – from theos (God) and pneo (to breathe hard); divinely breathed [Strong’s]
“It is thus evident that the author is differentiating the writings ordained by God’s authority from other, secular works.” [TDNT]
Paul when giving these instruction to Timothy, which as you go through 2 Timothy you see and understand. That there were false teachings going about in the Christian communities. Thus he was showing that when you bring the teachings of the letters which would one day become the New Testament. That when you combined these letters with the Tanakh. All would see that the true teachings of God would join together in Holy harmony. This was also showing the young Christian groups that the Tanakh was also a part of their teaching and something to embrace and to learn from. Not just the letters that were circulating throughout their communities.
Is profitable – ophelimos – helpful or serviceable, i.e. advantageous [Strong’s]
Doctrine – didaskalia – instruction (the function or the information; that which is taught) [Strong’s]
Reproof – elegcho – proof, conviction [Strong’s]
“’Proof’,’ means of proof’ with a view to convincing and refuting” [TDNT]
Correction – epanorthosis – a straightening up again [Strong’s]
“In 2 Timothy 3:16 we are told that Scripture can teach us how the believer may attain to salvation. Since Scripture originates from God’s Word, it is profitable for teaching, for the conviction of the sinner, and for instruction in righteousness. There is obviously a planned sequence in this list of nouns. If between the conviction of the sinner and his instruction in righteousness there is a reference to “epanorthosis,” this can only mean that the convicted sinner receives the restoration, i.e., the amendment in conversion {unto salvation (2 Timothy 3:15)}, which only God can give. Hence here, too, there is an eschatological determination of “epanorthosis.” Though, in accordance with the general structure of the Pastorals, we have a stronger orientation to ethical outworking.” [TDNT]
Eschatology – a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
Instruction – paideia – education or training [Strong’s]
Righteousness – dikaiosyne, dikaiosune – equity, justification [Strong’s]
a: equity – 1) the quality of being fair or impartial; fairness; impartiality; 2) something that is fair and just [Dictionary.com]
“The concept of law exercised so strong an influence on the understanding of all social relationships that even theological reflection on the fellowship established between God and man (humanity) was decisively affected by it. One may say that law is the basis of the view of God in the OT in so far as it is proved especially by the usage of the OT. The concept of law is expressed by a series of terms which are used not merely for the relations of God to man and man to God, but also for the conduct of both God and man as determined by these relations. If vital religious relationships and interconnexions are regulated by a religious norm. It is obvious that this norm is valid for all social relationships, and therefore that law fashions the ethical norm.” [TDNT; Vol. II page 174]
“The reference here is to right conduct or a godly walk.” [TDNT; Vol. II page 210]
An important note to place here:
“World-class scholar Bruce Metzger said that compared with other ancient documents, there is an unprecedented number of New Testament manuscripts and that they can be dated extremely close to the original writings. The modern New Testament is 99.5 percent free of textual discrepancies, with no major Christian doctrines in doubt. The criteria used by the early church to determine which books should be considered authoritative have ensured that we possess the best record about Jesus.” [The Case for Christ pg, 280]
This however does not apply to the NIV Bible, which has changed or removed several important elements from the text. This Bible if used should be replaced with either the KJV or a NLT as soon as possible.

Verse 17 – That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (KJV)
The man – Anthropos – man-faced i.e. a human being [Strong’s]
Of God – theos – a diety, God [Strong’s]
Perfect – artios – complete [Strong’s]
“At 2 Timothy 3:17 ‘artios’ is used in a sense to denote what is right or proper, and more particularly what is becoming to a Christian, obviously with a moral accent…..” [TDNT; Vol. I pg. 476]
Thoroughly furnished – exartizo – to finish out; to equip fully [Strong’s]
“…. ‘exartizo’ means to bring to a suitable state for Christian moral action.” [TDNT; Vol. 1 pg. 476]
Works – ergon – from a primary “ergo” (to work); toil (as an effort or occupation) act. [Strong‘s]
2 Timothy 4:1 – I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (KJV)
Charge – diamartyromai – from “dia” denoting the channel of an act; through; and “martureo” to be a witness, i.e. testify. – to attest or protest earnestly or hortatively [Strong’s]
a: hortatively – urging to some course of conduct or action [the Free Dictionay.com]
Before – enopion – in the face of {Strong’s]
The Lord – kyrios – supreme in authority, i.e. controller [Strong’s]
Jesus – iesous – of Hebrew origin Yehowshuwa – from Yhovah from hayah, to exist; and yasha, to be open, wide or free i.e. to be safe, to free to succor – Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (i.e. Joshua), the Jewish leader. [Strong’s] It must be also noted that Jesus’ name was very common at this time frame which fits into Isaiah 53.
Christ – christos – from chrio, through the idea of contact; to smear or rub with oil i.e. to consecrate to an office or religious office. – anointed i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus. [Strong’s]
“Paul senses a distinction between Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus. When he uses the former the original thought is that of the man Jesus whom God raises up and to whom He accords the dignity and position of the Christ, the Messianic deliverer. Conversely, when he uses the latter the original thought is that of the pre-existent Christ who has revealed Himself in a man, in Jesus of Nazareth.” [TDNT; vol. IX page 541 note 321]
Judge – krino – to distinguish, i.e. decide (mentally or judicially) [Strong’s]
Quick – zao – to live [Strong’s]
The dead – nekros – dead [Strong’s]
Appearing – epiphaneia – a manifestation [Strong’s]
a: manifestation – The definition of a manifestation is the proof of the reality of something, often a site or a smell. [Your dictionary.com]
“’Epiphaneia’ is used in the NT only as a religious term, mostly for the future eschatological appearing of Christ.” [TDNT; Vol. 9 pg. 10]
Kingdom – basileia – royalty, i.e. rule or realm [Strong’s]
Verse 2 – Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Preach – kerysso – to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel) [Strong’s]
The word – logos – the teachings of Jesus to the disciples that eventually became the gospels.
Be instant – ephistemi – from “epi” (of time, place, order), and histemi – to stand; to stand upon, i.e. be present [Strong’s]
In season – eukairos – opportunely [Strong’s]
Out of season – akairos – inopportunely [Strong’s]
“exercise your office, deal with members of the community who need your official help when in your judgement it is your duty to do so, whether it be convenient for them (or for you?), or not.” [TDNT; vol. III pg. 462]
Reprove – elegcho – see above
Rebuke – epitimao – from “epi” (of time, place, order), and “timao” to prize, i.e. fix a valuation upon; to tax upon, i.e. censure or admonish. [Strong’s]
a: censure – strong criticism or disapproval [Cambridge dictionary]
b: admonish – to tell someone that they have done something wrong [Cambridge dictionary]
Mathew 18:15 – “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back.”
Exhort – parakaleo – from “para” – near, i.e. from beside, at, the vicinity of; and “kaleo” – to call; to call near, i.e. invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation)
a: invoke – to request help from someone, especially a god, when you want to improve a situation [Cambridge dictionary]
b: imploration – earnest supplication [Merriam-Webster dictionary]
b1: earnest – characterized by or proceeding from an intense and serious state of mind [Merriam-Webster dictionary]
b2: supplication – Think of a supplication as sort of a prayer, a request for help from a deity. The word carries a sense of awe and adoration with it, suggesting something tentative, even servile, a respectful appeal to a higher power. [Vocabulary.com]
c: hortation – The act of exhorting, inciting, or giving advice; exhortation [your dictionary.com]
d: consolation – something that makes someone who is sad or disappointed feel better [Cambridge dictionary]
Longsuffering – makrothymia – forbearance [Strong’s]
a: forbearance – the quality of being patient and being able to forgive someone or control yourself in a difficult situation [Cambridge dictionary]
Doctrine – didache – instruction (the act or the matter) [Strong’s]
In summation of this study we find that it is important to read and know that Bible. This will lead us to a righteous live in the sight of the Lord. We are also to help one another when they stumble or do not follow the teachings of the Word and stray of course. We are to in some case to expect to be insulted, berated and yelled at. However, we are called to stay calm, but not surrender. To push forward with the love of God within us to help those that have turned away from God and their Savior Jesus Christ. To help them understand that a sin is a sin and to live in this sin will lead ultimately to the judgement by Jesus Christ Himself upon His return to this reality. Where this will lead is another topic for another time.

Responsibility


This is a key to all that is wrong with the world at this time. Why it is this way is a long story and this is not the time or place to address this part of it to a degree. However, parts of the reason will most likely be hit upon as this article progresses.
For the last month I have turned off the world for the most part and sought to escape reality for a while by partaking in a series of fantasy fiction novels. The thing is as I read it I kept running into an issue of responsibility.
The author kept going to showing how those that wish to follow evil never took responsibility. In fact in an ironic way the core tenant to this group was that the individual must surrender all they had for the whole. Giving to those in need at great and continued sacrifice of the self.
They used the word “responsibility” as a club to surrender to the dictates of those that wish to take that which they did not earn themselves. In other words to steal from you.
This is not how the word “responsibility” is meant to work.
It is meant for each person to be accountable for their own life. Through not only what they believe and think, but how they feed and clothe themselves. This is the true meaning of this word as was driven home in multiple ways throughout these novels.
How can a fantasy novel get how we as humans behave, yet in the real world? More and more seek to let others do their work and hand them the money. Two hundred years ago this was called slavery. Now it is seen as a requirement by all, unless they are the down trodden, or those in power.
This was another point driven home in the novels. Those in power were not required to live like anyone else. If any questioned it they were the ones that were labeled as evil, not the other way as it should have been.
If you blame someone else for your plight, then you are not taking responsibility. So the only person truly doing wrong. Truly doing evil is that person that refuses to accept their own obligations.
So those in power that say you must give to your fellow humans through taxation, are in reality evil.
So those that take money from the government and yet have the ability to work even in a low paying job, are in fact evil.
So those that blame their woes upon everyone and everything other than themselves is in fact evil.
It is sad that this lesson comes through a fiction writer and not where it should come from. The person’s parents, schools and the church.
We are to seek to make our own lives better. Not take from others through taxes or any other means of theft.
I have worked multiple jobs in my lifetime. In my forties I worked to clean the floors in Walmart in the middle of the night. Why? Because I took responsibly for my own life.

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: as another year comes to an end


This year has been rougher than some, but nowhere near my year of Job. This is the nature of living within this temporal reality we are to live in.
On one hand it has been wonderful. As I share time with the woman that God has brought into my life. For the first, I am in a happy relationship that helps both within it to grow and be content with each other’s companionship.
On the spiritual front it has been a rough year. I feel as if the rudder of my ship has become damaged and at times I drift.
I know I am to seek out further sanctification, however I see a need to surrender more of myself to accomplish this. Is this not the ever ongoing struggle that we all must deal with? We are told outright. We must place God at the center of our lives. Yet time and again it is not God we place here, but ourselves. As I write these word I know without a doubt that is my problem.
To many, they already see me as separate from them. Yet I know I must in a way separate further. However at the same exact time I must draw others closer so that they can truly see Jesus within my life. Then ultimately they can be able to see God through the teachings of Jesus Christ and His apostles, within the books of the New Testament.
One of my greatest challenges is trying to get people to understand that we are required to live our lives Biblically. This is a key element of sanctification.
Helping people to understand that we are required to follow the laws of the land that do not conflict with the Bible. Causing people to understand that they cannot rely upon humanity, thus the government, to care for them. That it is their responsibility to fix their own lives. Humans can’t fix humans, since all of humanity is broken. Only God can fix them.
There is only one way to see God. There is only one way to understand God. That is through Jesus Christ and His teaches which are the New Testament.
They need to understand that if it says to live a certain way they will not get into heaven. Then they need to accept this as the truth and turn from this live style.
These are the dilemmas that I am confronted with. It is a burden that is required by those that are told to be the light unto the darkness. We can only be a light if we do not reflect the world, but Jesus Christ. Yet too many reflect the world and think they are reflecting Jesus. Can any totally stop reflecting the world? No, however we must strive to ever be a brighter light. A better reflection of Jesus Christ.
These are things that I deal with constantly. These are things all that call themselves “Christian,” should deal with. Not just the Pastor, Ministers and or Priest, but ALL that call themselves a “child of God.”
For all get discouraged, especially when humans count on other humans to bear their burdens. None can bear their own. So how can they bear others as well?
Only God through Jesus Christ can bear the weight. Of this I have no doubt. For Jesus Christ has helped me with mine, and He can handle everyone’s. This was why He went to the cross. For the burdens of all that have lived, that are alive and that will live.

The “White Knight Syndrome” vs. being a good Christian man


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Recently I was described as having “White Knight Syndrome.” So I got curious and looked to see if there really was such a thing and guess what, there is. The way it was described in short was a man that seeks out several women at once that wants to rescue them from their problems and feels that women are weak and require a strong man to come to their aid amongst other non-appealing traits.
I read this and just said “You have to be kidding.”
I really do not fit into this model not even in the slightest. Being a Christian I have learned through study and pray as well as trial and error, that if you wish to be the head of the household you are in fact becoming the leader of it. It says plainly in the Bible that if you lead you must become a servant. So as a Christian male and head of a household I am to place all within this household before myself and so be a servant unto them.
Now that does not mean you become a butler and wait upon everyone in the house, catering to their every need like I have read some women actually want, which also describes my fist wife. Being a Christian man, I know that I am to strive to make those within my home happy. I do this through working a job and providing an income. I do this by providing a roof over our heads. I do this by see that all are fed, clothed and given a good education if they are my children.
This must all be done before I consider doing anything for myself. Does this mean I have to rescue the woman I call my wife? No. Admittedly, my two marriages have not worked out, one due to my first wife wanting a butler, which she now has. The second is a bit more difficult to explain, but there was really no “White Knight Syndrome” involved. By the way, this is where the part of “trial and error” came into play as I mentioned earlier.
What I do know is that being a Christian man is that you care, especially for those that you love and cherish. Sure, you would like to “rescue” them from time to time, but that cannot happen all the time. They need to fall then pick themselves up, and be allowed to turn to God and seek Him out.

(UPDATE)

When I wrote this I was divorced for the 2nd time. I have since remarried. I found it interesting and prove that God is real in this third instance.
I knew I couldn’t be unmarried for I knew I would live in sin. However, I had grown unhappy with how things were going with looking for someone new. I turned it over to God. That same week, my now wife turned over her frustration on the same issue to God. We then after being on “Christian Mingle” for two year found each other there for the first time.
My wife is my soulmate and the person God sent to rescue me, not the other way around. I have never been happier in my life. All praise and glory to the Lord Almighty through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

The trap “freedom” otherwise known as a lack of restrictions


The left has been slowly destroying the truth for over a hundred years now. Twisting the truth and blocking it from as many as possible. They promise you the freedom to live your life as you want to. They allow you to live a life that those that call themselves “Christian” say is wrong and something that will make you unsavory. They make those that follow the teachings of the Bible as the villain, evil, monsters. This is the trap, these are the lies.
It is something that is difficult to comprehend in just one post, but it is something those reading this need to seriously start to wonder about. What if what you have been told is not true? What if the Bible does have truth to it?
Here is the thing. You at this moment feel that everything is wonderful. You are living free. You are living a life the way you want. Free to live it as you see fit. Without rules and constraints, but is this the real freedom that has been drilled into most of the populous of the world itself? Ponder upon that for a few moments.

This life gives you a lot of things. People seek after wealth, importance and other things. They wish to live like those that appear on the screens and desire to be like them. They limit all their wants and desires to this lifetime.
However, what if this one hundred or so years is not all there is. What if there is more to this existence than this mere life time? What if this life time is only a test? A test to see if we are going to live the true “freedom.” A freedom that would allow us to fly and live experiences that people only dream about. That they write about in books, TV and movies. These “fantasies” that they call only dreams.
I can honestly say that I don’t know what will be what is beyond what is written in the Bible. One thousand years after the return of Christ and after the Great White Throne Judgment the eternal life times the Bible promises will begin for all.
You have read, seen and dreamed about humanity elevating to a higher level. This is part of the mechanism of the trap. A promise in a fantasy, a dream, but it is a reality that all will reach. All will accomplish. But here is the problem. Why is there a trap?
There is a choice that all must make, but many, due to the events of the last hundred years, aren’t even aware there really is a choice. Most don’t understand, nor do they ever wish to know the Bible. Many have been told it is false teachings. That it is something from a time when humanity was ignorant. So how can they see what or what is not real. What or what is not a trap.
Are you willing to have your life torn apart because you have been living what you thought to be true, but in reality is a lie? Are you willing to take a chance to not live one hundred years but billions? What awaits in the future for those that choose to follow the teaching of the Bible? What if the Bible is totally true? Then this life you now live without Jesus Christ is the trap. True traps when you try to escape them are painful. They hurt they tear and they destroy, but if you escape you are happier than you were while you were in the trap. Are you willing to take the chance?