Friday, June 22, 2007

Legacy

12. Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
13. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
14. Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.


This is not an attitude for the aged. Not a one of us knows when he will be called home. There is no guarantee of tomorrow and we are continually reminded that there is no age limit on death. Every one of us should know that we will shortly put off this tabernacle, maybe today, maybe tomorrow. Are we ready?
15. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

And what will people remember when we are gone? Will they remember Christ, or some stupid joke we once told, or some dumb prank we once played? Will they remember that we were committed to Christ, or will they remember that we were Sunday morning Christians? When they remember the things we used to say, will it encourage them in the Word? Or will it be old wives tales? I think of the many sayings I remember from my Grandma, and I didn’t know her very much. I don’t believe any of them were about Jesus, or sin, or heaven. Except that she said if you don’t have anything good to say about someone, keep your mouth shut.

16. For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.18. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

Bearing Fruit

5. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6. And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7. And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is how to make salvation fruitful, or how to make salvation work for the Glory of God and the increase of His kingdom. It is not that we have to actually DO anything. We have to add virtue to our faith, and add knowledge by studying and prayer. We have to develop temperance and patience. These things together form in us Godliness and brotherly kindness. And above all we need charity, or else we are become as sounding brass. Taken together these things make us helpful to others and witnesses for the kingdom of God. Or, in biblical terms, it makes us fruitful.

9. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11. For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Monday, June 4, 2007

What does God want?

Psalms 4:2-5
2. O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.
3. But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
4. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.


This reminds me of Curt’s sermon yesterday. Among other things, he said today’s concept of God is that God wants all his people to flourish and above all to be happy, and that He will satisfy their every desire. And while that is not entirely untrue, the thing that God wants is for us to be HOLY. He wants us to live sanctified lives. He wants us to want to serve Him.

It is not about what we want. It is about what God wants. And He wants Holiness!

Inheritance

Psalms 2:6-8
6. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.


Here is a promise between the Father and the Son. The promise secures our future. Verse 8 says “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen”. Jesus did ask. (John 17:20-21 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.)

Jesus has asked that we be one in Him. We can ask of Him and He will give us the Heathen for an inheritance. What have you inherited here on earth that will be in heaven with you? Only the souls you have asked for and received.