Sunday, April 13, 2014

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  17
(part 5 of 8)
OBEDIENCE, 
BEING ONE WITH GOD
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When I say, "the very work began", I mean the fire, the compelling drive, the enthusiastic zeal to do God's will and not our own.  The problem with the majority of Saints today, is they have lost their zeal and left their first love, which motivated them to obey God, and Him only.  We forget so easily, and God's cry to the church today is, "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand"; "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Revelation 2:5)
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10.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
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11.  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord a Saviour Jesus Christ.
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So much can be said, about the rewards for obedience to the perfect will of God, and anything less than doing His perfect will is total disobedience, rebellion, and sin.  Full obedience to God's desires and expectations not only promises abundant life in the present, but also eternal life in the presence of God in the future.  Without holiness no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).  Therefore we ought to make our calling and election sure; for by totally obeying God, we shall never fall, but always stand strong and victorious against and above all the fiery darts (accusations) of the wicked.  For, in our total obedience to God, the wicked will not be able to say any evil thing about us, unless it's a lie.  Isn't that what they did to Jesus?   Why anything less than to us also?
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For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for his sake;  Philippians 1:29
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Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12
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When we suffer testing, trials, tribulations, temptations, persecutions or similar things, we are being partakers of Christ's sufferings.  How wonderful the thought of this should be to us.  For, when we suffer as Jesus suffered, at least in whatever areas we suffer as he suffered, we can experience a sense of unity and fellowship with Him.
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Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trail which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; the His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also  with exceeding joy. 
1 Peter 4:12-13
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One quality that is manifested in and through our life, as a result of sufferings, whether it is actually physical persecution or simply spiritual persecution (temptations), is obedience to God, which is being “perfect“ in His sight.  When we obey God we are being perfect.  All perfection is in the sight of God is obeying Him.
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...to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings, for both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.  Hebrews 2:10-11
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Though he were a son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect (having completed God‘s will), he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.  Hebrews 5:8-9
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Once again therefore, based on these scriptures, we not only learn to obey God through chastening, but also as a result of sufferings (temptation, etc.).  For example:  When I go through a trial or a testing of my faith, God would say, don't look at the present distress, but rather, toward the blessing, which is waiting for you, at the end of this suffering, if you endure (be patient).  Now, I could either obey this advice, or I could disobey it.  I would rather obey, for at the end of every testing, which I have endured, there has always been a blessing, which surpassed the struggle with great joy.
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For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not
grievous.   1 John 5:3
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Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 
Hebrews 12:2
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Obedience to God is not a grievous duty, but rather a joyous labor; that is, if we truly love God, as so many of us readily say we do.  Total obedience to our Father is not an obedience because of demand, but rather out of love and reverence for the One who loves us, died and rose again for us, now at the right hand of God making intercession for us, according to God's will, in our behalf.  Definitely so, and a true Saint of God obeys Him, not because we have to, but because we want to.  The joy that accompanies total obedience to our Father and Being One with Him, having true fellowship with our Creator, is beyond words to describe.  This wonderful place of fellowship, and total obedience, is within the reach of every one of us, if only we will seek God for the revealing of how to attain to it, then receive it and run with it.  
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My FaceBook Timeline http://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be found in the "Notes" section on my FaceBook Wall [timeline]; which contains more than 450 notes.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15).

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DEFENSE FOR THE “ARCHKO VOLUME” http://www.scribd.com/doc/76537136/A-Definite-Appraisal-of-the-ArchkoVolume-Hubert-Luns   ...  and http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/minister/MahanWilliamDennes.htm
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Most of my week has been conversing with a Jehovah Witness, Christian, and a cousin who has a twisted theology about Jesus and Christ not being the same. What will be shared here is about Jesus’ crucifixion; did He die on the day of Passover or the day after Passover [first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread]? I am amazed how the majority of Christians and non-Christians are totally unaware Jesus did not die on Passover day [Nisan 14]. There are a few doctrines that fuel the false teaching that Jesus died on Nisan 14; one obviously because Jesus is our Passover Lamb in Scripture, and John calling the first day of Unleavened Bread Passover. The Christian wanted Scriptural proof Jesus ate the Passover Lamb; Luke 22:15 … “Then He said to them, "With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;” other concurring chapter references are in Matthew 26, Mark 14, and John 13.
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Passover and Unleavened Bread is an eight day celebration; John calls all eight days Passover, and Matthew calls all eight days Unleavened Bread. John chapters 13 and 18 mention two Passover meals; one Jesus ate with His disciples [John 13]], and the other the day Jesus was crucified [John 18].  The lamb on Passover day [Nisan 14] was not a sacrificial lamb for the purpose of sins to be forgiven; it was for the death angel to Passover each house that had the blood applied to the door posts. Jesus is our Passover Lamb for the “second death” to Passover us [the lake of fire].
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The Passover meal on the first day of Unleavened Bread was a “SACRIFICIAL MEAL” that included sheep, a bullock, and rams/he-goats [Lev 23:18] over the seven days of Unleavened Bread. The meal on the day Jesus died is called Chagigah, part of the meal was a sin offering; Jesus died on the day the Sin Offering of the Chagigah meal was made. Jesus as our sacrifice for sin to be forgiven is embodied in the lambs, bullock, and he-goats/rams.
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The Passover Lamb of Nisan 14 was not a sin offering, the Chagigah meal on the first day of Unleavened Bread was a Sin Offering Nisan 15 the day Jesus died for our sins to be forgiven; BOTH DAYS were called Passover by John as well as the entirety of the eight days. The Christian asked why John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world; obviously, John’s statement had nothing to do with the Passover Lamb, but with other lambs that were a part of the sacrifices for sin to be forgiven.   
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Samuel   4/13/2014
 


























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