Monday, April 7, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thank Yeshua  some brothers made it past homeland security and were able to preach the true gospel to the Canadian people !!! It seems like some of them have ears to hear aswell.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Things you cant do !

Recently my wife's mother went her a Hawaiian cookbook she's had since 1977. This was inside. It really blessed us. Taste and see the Lord is Good!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New years eve

Last night brothers went downtown together to witness. There was a number of good conversations that I hope will lead to something more. Two brothers got their sings stolen, one brother had a water bottle thrown at him and another brother got semi assaulted by a older woman. But Praise the lord because where iniquity did abound grace did much more abound! One brother after his sign got stolen decided to go looking for it just in case they  ditched it in the trash. After searching for about a block there it was! It was on the ground under a police officer who was writing the women who took it, a ticket. The brother was able to testify of Gods forgivness and get his sign back, praise God. Plus he was able to get the women off the hook by not pressing charges, Thank yeshua for dropping the charges against us and forgiving us. Just as his love has provoked us to good works hopefully the women will see the error of her ways and be provoked  aswell. Let us walk in newness of LIFE !

Friday, December 27, 2013

Praise the Lord

Its been a busy past 6 months but im thankful for all thats been getting done. My wife just had another baby girl and were feeling blessed. So thankful she is healthy and happy. Im hoping to do some updating soon . A brother is lending me a laptop to use for a documentory project so while I have it ill try to put it to good use. For all you brothers and sisters who long for fellowship im sorry I havnt put more on here for you. I will try to actually get some things together just for you. I pray I can be diligent with my time and press into edifying the body.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Salvation Faith Obedience

I. Salvation only in the name of Christ (Top) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12Brethren, we ought so to think of Jesus Christ, as of God, as of the Judge of the living and the dead. Second Clement (A.D. 100) ch.1…We might now be made deserving by the goodness of God, and having made clear our inability to enter into the kingdom of God of ourselves, might be enabled by the ability of God… Having then in the former time demonstrated the inability of our nature to obtain life, and having now revealed a Savior able to save even creatures which have no ability, He willed that for both reasons we should believe in His goodness and should regard Him as nurse, father, teacher, counselor, physician, mind, light, honor, glory, strength and life.Letter to Diognetus (A.D. 125-200) ch.9"I saw, Sir," say I. "Thus," said he, "no one shall enter into the kingdom of God, except he receive the name of His Son… Whosoever shall not receive His name, shall not enter into the kingdom of God." Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg.47"They," said he, "are holy spirits; and no man can otherwise be found in the kingdom of God, unless these shall clothe him with their garment; for if you receive only the name, but receive not the garment from them, you profit nothing... If [therefore] you bear the Name, and bear not His power, you shall bear His Name to none effect.” Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg.48Even those that bear His name with their whole heart. He Himself then is become their foundation, and He sustains them gladly, because they are not ashamed to bear His name." Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg. 48The first is Faith, and the second, Continence, and the third, Power, and the fourth, Long-suffering. But the others stationed between them have these names - Simplicity, Guilelessness, Purity, Cheerfulness, Truth, Understanding, Concord, Love. He that bears these names and the name of the Son of God shall be able to enter into the kingdom of God. Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg. 49 II. The role of grace in salvation (Top) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Titus 2:11, 12Let us look steadfastly to the blood of Christ, and see how precious that blood is to God, which, having been shed for our salvation, has set the grace of repentance before the whole world. Clement of Rome (A.D. 96) ch.7Let us therefore cleave unto those to whom grace is given from God … being justified by works and not by words. For He said; He that said much shall hear also again. Does the ready talker think to be righteous?Clement of Rome (A.D. 96) ch. 30For He had mercy on us, and in His compassion saved us, having beheld in us much error and perdition, even when we had no hope of salvation, save that which came from Him. For He called us, when we were not, and from not being He willed us to be. Second Clement (A.D. 100) ch.1Though you saw Him not, you believe with joy unutterable and full of glory; unto which joy many desire to enter in; forasmuch as you know that it is by grace you are saved, not of works, but by the will of God through Jesus Christ. Wherefore gird up your loins and serve God in fear and truth, forsaking the vain and empty talking and the error of the many. Polycarp (A.D. 69-156) ch.1-2Grace; which confers understanding, which reveals mysteries, which announces seasons, which rejoices over the faithful, which is bestowed upon those who seek her, even those by whom the pledges of faith are not broken, nor the boundaries of the fathers overstepped. Letter to Diognetus (A.D. 125-200) ch.11We must hear the savior speaking thus, "Come, follow Me." For to the pure in heart He now becomes the way. But into the impure soul the grace of God finds no entrance. Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 195) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.595For God conspires with willing souls. But if they abandon their eagerness, the spirit which is bestowed by God is also restrained. For to save the unwilling is the part of one exercising compulsion; but to save the willing, that of one showing grace. Nor does the kingdom of heaven belong to sleepers and sluggards…Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 195) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.597SEE ALSO: GRACE, FAITH (Top) III. The role of faith in salvation (Top) For her faith and hospitality Rahab the harlot was saved.Clement of Rome (A.D. 96) ch.12And so we, having been called through His will in Christ Jesus, are not justified through ourselves or through our own wisdom or understanding or piety or works which we wrought in holiness of heart, but through faith, whereby the Almighty God justified all men that have been from the beginning; to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen. What then must we do, brethren? Must we idly abstain from doing good, and forsake love? May the Master never allow this to befall us at least; but let us hasten with instancy and zeal to accomplish every good work. Clement of Rome (A.D. 96) ch. 32-33Let us therefore contend, that we may be found in the number of those that patiently await Him, to the end that we may be partakers of His promised gifts. But how shall this be, dearly beloved? If our mind be fixed through faith towards God; if we seek out those things which are well pleasing and acceptable unto Him; if we accomplish such things as beseem His faultless will, and follow the way of truth, casting off from ourselves all unrighteousness and iniquity, covetousness, strifes, malignities and deceits, whisperings and backbitings, hatred of God, pride and arrogance, vainglory and inhospitality. Clement of Rome (A.D. 96) ch.35None of these things is hidden from you, if you be perfect in your faith and love toward Jesus Christ, for these are the beginning and end of life - faith is the beginning and love is the end - and the two being found in unity are God, while all things else follow in their train unto true nobility. No man professing faith sins, and no man possessing love hates. The tree is manifest from its fruit; so they that profess to be Christ's shall be seen through their actions. For the Work is not a thing of profession now, but is seen then when one is found in the power of faith unto the end. Ignatius: to the Ephesians (A.D. 35-105) ch.14And the second, that is girded about and looks like a man, is called Self-Control; she is the daughter of Faith. Whosoever then shall follow her, becomes happy in his life, for he shall refrain from all evil deeds, believing that, if he refrain from every evil desire, he shall inherit eternal life. Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg.16And now, by the parable of the leaven, the Lord shows concealment; for He says, "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened." For the tripartite soul is saved by obedience, through the spiritual power hidden in it by faith. Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 195) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.463So that when we hear, "Your faith has saved you,” we do not understand Him to say absolutely that those who have believed in any way whatever shall be saved, unless also works follow. But it was to the Jews alone that He spoke this utterance, who kept the law and lived blamelessly, who wanted only faith in the Lord. Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 195) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.505But how can a man say that he believes in Christ, who does not do what Christ commanded him to do? Or whence shall he attain to the reward of faith, who will not keep the faith of the commandment? He must of necessity waver and wander, and, caught away by a spirit of error, like dust which is shaken by the wind, be blown about; and he will make no advance in his walk towards salvation, because he does not keep the truth of the way of salvation. Cyprian (A.D. 250) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.5 pg.421SEE ALSO: GRACE, FAITH IV. The role of obedience in salvation (Top) …being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. Hebrews 5:9In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:2 Thessalonians 1:8But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,Romans 2:8Noah preached repentance, and those who obeyed were saved. Jonah proclaimed destruction to the Ninevites; but they, repenting of their sins, made atonement to God by prayer, and obtained salvation, although they were aliens [to the covenant] of God. Clement of Rome (A.D. 96) ch.7The fear of (God) is good and great and saves all them that walk therein in a pure mind with holiness. Clement of Rome (A.D. 96) ch.21Let us therefore cleave unto those to whom grace is given from God. Let us clothe ourselves in concord, being lowly-minded and temperate, holding ourselves aloof from all backbiting and evil speaking, being justified by works and not by words. Clement of Rome (A.D. 96) ch.30Blessed were we, dearly beloved, if we should be doing the commandments of God in concord of love, to the end that our sins may through love be forgiven us. Clement of Rome (A.D. 96) ch.50Let us therefore be obedient unto His most holy and glorious Name, thereby escaping the threatenings which were spoken of old by the mouth of Wisdom against them which disobey, that we may dwell safely, trusting in the most holy Name of His majesty. Clement of Rome (A.D. 96) ch.57For, if we do the will of Christ, we shall find rest; but if otherwise, then nothing shall deliver us from eternal punishment, if we should disobey His commandments.Second Clement (A.D. 100) ch.6So then, my brethren, let us contend, knowing that the contest is nigh at hand, and that, while many resort to the corruptible contests, yet not all are crowned, but only they that have toiled hard and contended bravely. And if we cannot all be crowned, let us at least come near to the crown. Second Clement (A.D. 100) ch.7Wherefore, brethren, if we shall have done the will of the Father and kept the flesh pure and guarded the commandments of the Lord, we shall receive life eternal. For the Lord said in the Gospel, If you kept not that which is little, who shall give unto you that which is great? For I say unto you that he which is faithful in the least, is faithful also in much. So then He means this, Keep the flesh pure and the seal unstained, to the end that we may receive life. Second Clement (A.D. 100) ch.8Wherefore, my brethren, let us not be double-minded but endure patiently in hope, that we may also obtain our reward. For faithful is He that promised to pay to each man the recompense of his works. If therefore we shall have wrought righteousness in the sight of God, we shall enter into His kingdom and shall receive the promises which ear has not heard nor eye seen, neither has it entered into the heart of man. Second Clement (A.D. 100) ch.11But if we do not the will of the Lord, we shall be of the scripture that said, My house was made a den of robbers. So therefore let us choose rather to be of the Church of life, that we may be saved. Second Clement (A.D. 100) ch.14Now I do not think that I have given any mean counsel respecting continence, and whosoever performs it shall not repent thereof, but shall save both himself and me his counselor. Second Clement (A.D. 100) ch.15I read to you an exhortation to the end that you may give heed to the things which are written, so that you may save both yourselves and him that reads in the midst of you. For I ask of you as a reward that you repent with your whole heart, and give salvation and life to yourselves. Second Clement (A.D. 100) ch. 19Now He that raised Him from the dead will raise us also; if we do His will and walk in His commandments and love the things which He loved, abstaining from all unrighteousness, covetousness, love of money, evil speaking, false witness; not rendering evil for evil or railing for railing or blow for blow or cursing for cursing; Polycarp (A.D. 69-156) ch.2"For I know that, if I shall add no more to my sins, I shall be saved." "You shall be saved," he said, "you and all, as many as shall do these things." Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg.22"Sir, these commandments are great and beautiful and glorious, and are able to gladden the heart of the man who is able to observe them. But I know not whether these commandments can be kept by a man, for they are very hard." He answered and said unto me; "If you set it before yourself that they can be kept, you will easily keep them, and they will not be hard; but if it once enter into your heart that they cannot be kept by a man, you will not keep them. But now I say unto you; if you keep them not. but neglect them you shall not have salvation, neither your children nor your household, since you have already pronounced judgment against yourself that these commandments cannot be kept by a man." Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg.29Go, and tell all men to repent, and they shall live unto God; for the Lord in His compassion sent me to give repentance to all, though some of them, because of their deeds do not deserve to be saved. Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg.42And we have been taught that He in the beginning did of His goodness, for man's sake, create all things out of unformed matter; and if men by their works show themselves worthy of this His design, they are deemed worthy, and so we have received - of reigning in company with Him, being delivered from corruption and suffering. Justin Martyr (A.D. 160) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg.165Nor did He stand in need of our service when He ordered us to follow Him; but He thus bestowed salvation upon ourselves. For to follow the Savior is to be a partaker of salvation, and to follow light is to receive light. But those who are in light do not themselves illumine the light, but are illumined and revealed by it: they do certainly contribute nothing to it, but, receiving the benefit, they are illumined by the light. Thus, also, service [rendered] to God does indeed profit God nothing, nor has God need of human obedience; but He grants to those who follow and serve Him life and in-corruption and eternal glory, bestowing benefit upon those who serve [Him], because they do serve Him, and on His followers, because they do follow Him; but does not receive any benefit from them: for He is rich, perfect, and in need of nothing. Irenaeus (A.D. 180) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg. 478For as man, disobeying, drew death upon himself; so, obeying the will of God, he who desires is able to procure for himself life everlasting. For God has given us a law and holy commandments; and every one who keeps these can be saved, and, obtaining the resurrection, can inherit incorruption. Theophilus (A.D. 180) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.105Forgiveness of past sins, then, God gives; but of future, each one gives to himself. And this is to repent, to condemn the past deeds, and beg oblivion of them from the Father, who only of all is able to undo what is done, by mercy proceeding from Him, and to blot out former sins by the dew of the Spirit. "For by the state in which I find you will I judge," Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 195) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.602SEE ALSO: COMMANDMENTS KEEPING

Friday, September 27, 2013

WE NEED A VISION : PART ONE

Can you see the end of this ratted old wall paper ? With a little vision and diligence to follow through, I can envision something beautiful.We need vision to see the end of what God has begun in us brothers and sisters. if we are to endure to the end we need to have a vision.

*[[Jas 5:11]] KJV* Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

*[[Pro 29:18]] KJV* Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Homemade house

So its been awhile now bout 4 months since we landed in oregon. I sold my camper van bought a pull behind camper and started putting it all together on the side of a hill. Its been alot of hard work and its still not done but its warm and dry. It seems like the rain has made its way for the season, I just barely made it in by the skin of my teeth! I recycled a host of materials like...outside deck...windows...2x4s from a carport, brothers got some vinyle billboards , I used one for my roof, along with two huge tarps from harbor freight. Free sliding glass door and a bunch of screws (thanks brother joel) its slowly coming together thank God. Im looking forward to some cozy nights ,a hot drink and Gods word ! Its a pilgrims paradise and im not gonna take it for granted.Yeshua knows what we need,even the birds make nests!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Honesty is the best policy

*[[Mat 13:8]] KJV* But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A day at the park

Yesterday a group of us went out preaching all around town. The love of God is calling men to repentance !

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Saturday market

There is a large saturday market in eugene.  We hope to be going on a regular basis through the summer. Sorry I havent been posting much, ive been to busy with work bolth for my family and the Kingdom that the blogs have been set aside , I have been shooting a bunch of pictures and hope to up date this and the zion road blog soon.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

What if ?

At the U of O today out preaching. We have been blessed with the brothers here in oregon.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Life on the road

With all the challenges of traveling with a family, at the end of the day when the view is like this it all seems worth it.


Friday, May 17, 2013

Gather yourselves together .


Zep 2:1  Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; 
Zep 2:2  Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you. 
Zep 2:3  Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.


Meekness :H6038
ענוה
‛ănâvâh
an-aw-vaw'
From H6035; condescension, human and subjective (modesty), or divine and objective (clemency): - gentleness, humility, meekness.

Righteousness: H6664


צדק
tsedeq
tseh'-dek
From H6663; the right (natural, moral or legal); also (abstractly) equity or (figuratively) prosperity: -  X even, (X that which is altogether) just (-ice), ([un-]) right (-eous) (cause, -ly, -ness).



Thursday, May 16, 2013

street preaching in denver

While helping my family move i decided to go out street preaching in Denver. Same old response which is usually not a whole lot of interest. Its good to get out and stand on the corner somewhere with a bible verse. its a very humbling thing to do at times, but that can be beneficial to the soul of a man.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

"What does it cost?"


                   I have found over the years that there are very few people (including myself at one time) who are truly willing to consider this question "What does it cost?" This is not a trivial matter because it involves the salvation of our souls. What does it cost to be a true Christian? This is the most important question we will ever consider in our life. But because of serious thought about this question thousands, after seeming to begin well — many turn away from the road to Heaven, and are lost forever in Hell.
We live in a day when many profess to be a Christian. If you ask the average person if they are a Christian, the answer is usually yes. Yet it is very common to see people receive the Word with joy, and then after two or three years fall away and go back to their sins. I know this is true from personal experience. I did not consider nor was I ever asked by aChristian what it costs to be a really consistent believer and holy Christian. Shouldn’t we often sit down and count the cost and consider the state of our souls? If we desire to be truly holy, it is a good sign. We should thank God for putting that desire in our hearts. But we still need to actually count the cost with great objectivity. Without a doubt Christ's way to eternal life is a way of pleasantness. But it is folly to shut our eyes to the fact that His way is narrow — and the cross comes before the crown.
I know that it costs nothing less than the blood of Jesus to provide atonement and to redeem man from Hell. The price paid for our redemption was nothing less than the death of Jesus Christ on Calvary. We "are bought with a price." "Christ gave Himself a ransom for all" (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Timothy 2:6). But this is not the question. The point I want you to consider is what must a man be ready to give up if he wishes to be saved? What amount of sacrifice must a man submit to if he intends to serve Christ?
It costs very little to be an outward Christian. A person has only to attend church on Sunday, be moral during the week and he has gone as far as thousands around him ever go in being a Christian. All this is cheap and easy — it entails no self-denial or self-sacrifice. But if this is saving Christianity and it will take us to Heaven when we die — we must alter the description of the way of life and say, "Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to Heaven!"
But it does cost something to be a true Christian according to the Bible. There are: enemies to be overcome, battles to be fought, sacrifices to be made, an Egypt to be forsaken, a wilderness to be passed through, a cross to be carried, and a race to be run. True Christianity is not putting a man in a recliner and pleasantly taking him to Heaven. It is the beginning of a mighty conflict, in which it costs much to win the victory. Therein is the terrifying importance of "counting the cost."
Suppose a person feels drawn and inclined to follow Jesus. Suppose that some great affliction or some sudden death or a powerful sermon has stirred his conscience and made him feel the desire to become a Christian. His sins may be freely forgiven — however many and great. His heart may be completely changed — however cold and hard. Christ and the Holy Spirit, mercy and grace — are all ready for him. But still, he should count the cost.
True Christianity will cost a person their SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS. They must cast away all pride and conceit of their own goodness. They must be content to go to Heaven as a poor sinner saved only by free grace, owing all to the merit and righteousness of another. They must really feel that they have "erred and gone astray like a lost sheep," that they have "left undone the things they ought to have done, and that there is no strength in them."
True Christianity will cost a person their SINS. They must be willing to give up every habit and practice which is wrong in God's sight. They must set their face against it, break away from it, fight with it, crucify it and labor to keep it under control, regardless what people around them may say or think. There must be no secret truce with any special sin which they love. They must count all sins as deadly enemies, and hate every false way. Whether little or great, open or secret — all sins must be thoroughly renounced. Sin may struggle hard with them every day, and sometimes almost get the mastery over them. But they must never give way to them. They must keep up a perpetual war with sin. "Cast away from you all your transgressions." "Break off your sins . . . and iniquities." "Cease to do evil" (Ezekiel 18:31; Daniel4:27; Isaiah 1:16).
Sin is often as dear to us as our children. We love them, hug them, cleave to them and delight in them. To part with them is as hard as cutting off a hand or plucking out an eye! But it must be done the parting must come. "Though wickedness is sweet in the sinner's mouth, though he hides it under his tongue; though he spares it, and forsakes it not," yet it must be given up, if he wishes to be saved (Job 20:12, 13). They and sin must fight — if he and God are to be friends. Jesus is willing to receive any sinner. But He will not receive them if they stick to their sins.
True Christianity will cost a person their love of EASE. They must take pains and trouble, if they mean to run a successful race. They must daily watch and stand on their guard, like a soldier on enemy's ground. They must take heed to their behavior every hour of the day, in every company and in every place, in public as well as in private, among strangers as well as at home. They must be careful with their time, their tongue, theirs temper, their thoughts, their imagination, their motives, and their conduct in every relation of life. They must be diligent in prayer, studying the scripture and with all their means of grace. They may come far short of perfection; but there is none of them who can safely be neglected. "The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat" (Proverbs 13:4). This sounds hard but anything that requires exertion and labor is entirely against the grain of our hearts. The soul can have "no gains without pains."
Lastly, true Christianity will cost a person the favor of the WORLD. They must be content to be thought poorly of by man — if he is to be pleasing to God. They must count it no strange thing to be mocked, ridiculed, slandered, persecuted and even hated. They must not be surprised to find that his opinions and practices are despised and held up to scorn. They must submit to be thought by many a fool, an enthusiast and a fanatic — to have his words perverted and his actions misrepresented. In fact, they must not marvel if some call him mad. Jesus said, "Remember the word that I said unto you, 'The servant is not greater than his Master.' If they have persecuted Me — they will also persecute you" (John 15:20).
We don’t like unjust dealings and false charges and hate being accused without cause. We would not be flesh and blood — if we did not wish to be thought well of by our neighbors. It is always unpleasant to be spoken against and forsaken and lied about — and to stand alone. But there is no help for it. The cup which Jesus drank must be drunk by His disciples. They must be "despised and rejected of men" (Isaiah 53:3). To be a Christian, it will cost a person the favor of the world. Considering the weight of this great cost, only a fool would dare say that they may keep their self-righteousness, their sins, their laziness and their love of the world — and still be saved!
What sane man or woman could doubt that it is worth any cost to have their soul saved? When a ship is in danger of sinking, the crew wouldn’t hesitate in casting overboard any precious cargo. When a limb is rotten, a person will submit to any severe operation even to amputation — to save their life. Surely a true Christian should be willing to give up anything which stands between him and Heaven. A faith or belief which costs nothing — is worth nothing! A cheap, easy Christianity, without a cross — will prove in the end a useless Christianity, without a crown!
My experience has been that most who profess Christ now days are not "rooted and grounded" in their faith. Too often they have gained their knowledge second-hand, from being in Christian families, or from being trained in Christian ways — but they have never worked it out by their own inward experience. Many times they have hastily taken up a profession of faith under the pressure of circumstances or from feelings/emotional excitement — but without any solid work of grace in their hearts. People like this are in a position of immense danger. They are precisely those, if Bible examples are worth anything, which need to be exhorted to count the cost.
The Israelites perished in the wilderness between Egypt and Canaan. They left Egypt full of zeal and fervor. But when they found dangers and difficulties in the way, their courage soon cooled down. They had never considered trouble. They thought they would be in the Promised Land a few days. So when enemies, hunger and thirst began to try them — they murmured against Moses and God and would gladly have wanted to go back to Egypt. They had not counted the cost — and so lost everything and died in their sins.
Many of the Jesus's hearers went back after a time and "walked no more with Him" (John 6:66). When they first saw His miracles and heard His preaching, they thought "the kingdom of God would immediately appear." They cast in their lot with His apostles and followed Him without thinking of the consequences. But when they found that there were hard doctrines to be believed, hard work to be done and hard treatment to be borne — their faith gave way entirely and proved to be nothing at all. In a word, they had not counted the cost, and so made shipwreck of their profession.
Demas forsook the company of Paul, forsook the gospel, forsook Christ, and forsook Heaven. For a long time he journeyed with Paul and was actually a "fellow-laborer." But when he found he could not have the friendship of this world as well as the friendship of God — he gave up his Christianity and cleaved to the world. "Demas has forsaken me," says Paul, "having loved this present world" (2 Timothy 4:10). He had not "counted the cost."
Many have professed what they have not really experienced. They receive the Word with such "joy", that it almost startles older Christians. They run for a time with such zeal and fervor, that they seem way ahead of others. They talk and work about spiritual subjects with such enthusiasm that they make some believers feel ashamed. But when the novelty and freshness of their feelings is gone — a change comes over them. They prove to have been nothing more than stony-ground hearers. The description Jesus gives in the parable of the sower is: "But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word — he quickly falls away!" (Matthew13:21). Little by little their zeal melts away, and their love becomes cold. And why? They had never counted the cost.
By not counting the cost, thousands of professed converts, in revivals — go back to the world after a time and bring disgrace to Christianity. They begin with a mistaken notion of what is true Christianity. They imagine it consists of nothing more than a so-called "coming to Christ" and having strong feelings of joy and peace. When they find, after a time, that there is a cross to be carried, that their hearts are deceitful and that there is a busy devil always near them — they cool down and return to their old sins. Why? Because they had really never known what Bible Christianity is. They had never learned that we must count the cost.
By not counting the cost, the children of Christian parents often turn out bad and bring disgrace to Christianity. Familiar from their childhood with the form and theory of the gospel, taught even from infancy to repeat certain verses and instructed in the gospel — they often grow up professing to be a Christian without knowing why, or without ever having thought seriously about it. And then when the realities of grown-up life begin to pressure them, they often drop their faith and plunge into the world! Why? They had never thoroughly understood the sacrifices which Christianity entails. They had never been taught to count the cost. These are solemn and painful truths. They all help to show the immense importance of the subject. They all point out the absolute necessity of pressing the subject of this message on all who profess a desire for holiness and of crying aloud "Count the cost."
The duty of preaching and teaching counting the cost should be taught much more than it is. However, hurry is the order of the day with most Christians. Instantaneous conversions and immediate peace are the only results most people care about from today's gospel. People need to be told honestly what it is they are taking up, if they profess a desire to come out from the world and serve Christ. Has anyone ever ask you seriously what the Lord Jesus Christ's practice was in this matter? "Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters — yes, even his own life — he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple!" (Luke 14:25-27). I have to truthfully say I cannot reconcile this passage with the teaching and preaching of most men from the pulpit in 2013. It shows me that we ought not to hurry men into professing Christianity, without warning them plainly to count the cost.
If we desire to be pleasing to Him we should never be ashamed of walking in the steps of our Lord Jesus. Implore others to consider their ways. Compel them with holy violence to come in, to lay down their arms and to yield themselves to God. But in all your work, tell the truth, and the whole truth. Do not speak only of the uniform, the pay and the glory; speak also of the enemies, the battle, the armor, the watching, the marching and the drill. Do not present only one side of Christianity. Do not keep back the cross of self-denial that must be carried, when you speak of the cross on which Christ died for our redemption. Explain fully what Christianity entails. Entreat men to repent and come to Christ — but bid them at the same time to count the cost! I don’t mean to discourage anyone or to keep anyone back from Christ's service. It is my heart's desire to encourage everyone to go forward and take up the cross. Let us count the cost by all means, and count it carefully. But remember if we count rightly and look on all sides, there is nothing that need make us afraid.
How did Noah persevere in building the ark? He stood alone amidst a world of sinners and unbelievers. He had to endure scorn, ridicule and mockery. What was it that made him patiently work on and face it all? It was faith. He believed in a wrath to come. He believed that there was no safety, except in the ark that he was preparing. Believing, he held the world's opinion very cheap. He counted the cost by faith, and had no doubt that to build the ark was gain.
How did Moses forsake the pleasures of Pharaoh's house and refuse to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter? How was it that he cast his lot with a despised people like the Hebrews and risked everything in this world in carrying out the great work of their deliverance from bondage? To the natural eye he was losing everything and gaining nothing. What was it that moved him? It was faith. He believed that the "recompense of reward" was far better than all the honors of Egypt. He counted the cost by faith, as "seeing Him who is invisible," and was persuaded that to forsake Egypt and go forth into the wilderness was gain.
How did Saul the Pharisee ever make up his mind to become a Christian? The cost and sacrifices of the change were fearfully great. He gave up all his brilliant prospects among his own people. He brought on himself instead of man's favor man's hatred, man's enmity and man's persecution, even unto death. What was it that enabled him to face it all? It was faith. He believed that Jesus, who met him on the way to Damascus, could give him a hundredfold more than he gave up, and in the world to come, everlasting life. By faith he counted the cost and saw clearly on which side the balance lay. He believed firmly that to carry the cross of Christ was gain.
The faith which made Noah, Moses and Paul do what they did, that faith is the great secret of coming to a right conclusion about our souls. That same faith must be our helper and reckoned when we sit down to count the cost of being a true Christian. That same faith is to be had for the asking. "He gives more grace" (James 4:6). Armed with that faith we shall set things down at their true value. Filled with that faith we shall neither add to the cross, nor subtract from the crown. Our conclusions will be all correct. Our sum total will be without error.
So ask yourself now this serious question: "What has my Christianity cost me?" Very likely it has cost you nothing. Very probably it neither costs you trouble, time, thought, care, pains, reading, praying, self-denial, conflict, or labor of any kind. Now listen carefully, such a Christianity or faith as this, will never save your soul!! It will never give you peace while you live nor hope when you die. It will not support you in the day of affliction nor cheer you in the hour of death. A Christianity or faith which costs nothing — is worth nothing! Wake up before it is too late. Wake up and repent. Wake up and be converted. Wake up and believe. Wake up and pray. Don’t rest or sleep until you can give a satisfactory answer to this question: "What does it cost?"
Think what it cost to provide a salvation for your soul. Think how the Son of God left Heaven and became a Man, suffered on the cross and died to pay your sin-debt to God and worked out for you a complete redemption. Think of all this and learn that it is no light matter to possess an immortal soul. It is worthwhile to have some trouble about one's soul. But ponder this, are we are so lazy that we will miss Heaven for lack of being troubled? Are you really determined to be shipwrecked forever, because of dislike or exertion? Why not rather say to yourself, "Whatever it may cost, I will, at any rate, strive to enter in at the strait gate." Look at the cross of Christ and take fresh courage. Look forward to death, judgment and eternity and be in earnest. It may cost much to be a Christian, but you may be sure it pays tremendous dividends.
Time is very short! A few more years of watching and praying, a few more tossing' s on the sea of life, a few more deaths and changes, a few more winters and summers and it will all be over. We will have fought our last battle and shall need to fight no more. The presence and company of Christ will make amends for all we suffered in this life. When we see as we have been seen, and look back on the journey of life we shall wonder at our own faintness of heart. We shall marvel that we made so much of our cross and thought so little of our crown. We shall marvel that in "counting the cost" how could we ever doubt which side the balance of profit lay. Take courage. It may cost much to be a true Christian and a consistent holy man — but it pays!
                                                                      
Bodolan Cristian

Monday, May 13, 2013

Salvation !

*[[Isa 12:2-3]] KJV*  2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"Be strong, and show thyself a man, O Polycarp!"

Chap. V. — The Departure and Vision of Polycarp.
But the most admirable Polycarp, when he first heard [that he was sought for], was in no measure disturbed, but resolved to continue in the city. However, in deference to the wish of many, he was persuaded to leave it. He departed, therefore, to a country house not far distant from the city. There he stayed with a few [friends], engaged in nothing else night and day than praying for all men, and for the Churches throughout the world, according to his usual custom. And while he was praying, a vision presented itself to him three days before he was taken; and, behold, the pillow under his head seemed to him on fire. Upon this, turning to those that were with him, he said to them prophetically, "I must be burnt alive."
 
Chap. VI. — Polycarp Is Betrayed by a Servant.
And when those who sought for him were at hand, he departed to another dwelling, whither his pursuers immediately came after him. And when they found him not, they seized upon two youths [that were there], one of whom, being subjected to torture, confessed. It was thus impossible that he should continue hid, since those that betrayed him were of his own household. The Irenarch8 then (whose office is the same as that of the Cleronomus9), by name Herod, hastened to bring him into the stadium. [This all happened] that he might fulfil his special lot, being made a partaker of Christ, and that they who betrayed him might undergo the punishment of Judas himself.
 
Chap. VII. — Polycarp Is Found by His Pursuers.
His pursuers then, along with horsemen, and taking the youth with them, went forth at supper-time on the day of the preparation10 with their usual weapons, as if going out against a robber. (Comp. Mat_26:55) And being come about evening [to the place where he was], they found him lying down in the upper room of11 a certain little house, from which he might have escaped into another place; but he refused, saying, "The will of God12 be done." (Comp. Mat_6:10; Act_21:14) So when he heard that they were come, he went down and spake with them. And as those that were present marvelled at his age and constancy, some of them said. "Was so much effort13 made to capture such a venerable man?14 Immediately then, in that very hour, he ordered that something to eat and drink should be set before them, as much indeed as they cared for, while he besought them to allow him an hour to pray without disturbance. And on their giving him leave, he stood and prayed, being full of the grace of God, so that he could not cease15 for two full hours, to the astonishment of them that heard him, insomuch that many began to repent that they had come forth against so godly and venerable an old man. 
Chap. VIII. — Polycarp Is Brought into the City.
Now, as soon as he had ceased praying, having made mention of all that had at any time come in contact with him, both small and great, illustrious and obscure, as well as the whole Catholic Church throughout the world, the time of his departure having arrived, they set him upon an ass, and conducted him into the city, the day being that of the great Sabbath. And the Irenarch Herod, accompanied by his father Nicetes (both riding in a chariot16), met him, and taking him up into the chariot, they seated themselves beside him, and endeavoured to persuade him, saying, "What harm is there in saying, Lord Caesar,17 and in sacrificing, with the other ceremonies observed on such occasions, and so make sure of safety?" But he at first gave them no answer; and when they continued to urge him, 41 he said, "I shall not do as you advise me." So they, having no hope of persuading him, began to speak bitter18 words unto him, and cast him with violence out of the chariot,19 insomuch that, in getting down from the carriage, he dislocated his leg20 [by the fall]. But without being disturbed,21 and as if suffering nothing, he went eagerly forward with all haste, and was conducted to the stadium, where the tumult was so great, that there was no possibility of being heard. 
Chap. IX. — Polycarp Refuses to Revile Christ.
Now, as Polycarp was entering into the stadium, there came to him a voice from heaven, saying, "Be strong, and show thyself a man, O Polycarp!" No one saw who it was that spoke to him; but those of our brethren who were present heard the voice. And as he was brought forward, the tumult became great when they heard that Polycarp was taken. And when he came near, the proconsul asked him whether he was Polycarp. On his confessing that he was, [the proconsul] sought to persuade him to deny [Christ], saying, "Have respect to thy old age," and other similar things, according to their custom, [such as], "Swear by the fortune of Caesar; repent, and say, Away with the Atheists." But Polycarp, gazing with a stern countenance on all the multitude of the wicked heathen then in the stadium, and waving his hand towards them, while with groans he looked up to heaven, said, "Away with the Atheists."22 Then, the proconsul urging him, and saying, "Swear, and I will set thee at liberty, reproach Christ;" Polycarp declared, "Eighty and six years have I served Him, and He never did me any injury: how then can I blaspheme my King and my Saviour?" 
Chap. X. — Polycarp Confesses Himself a Christian.
And when the proconsul yet again pressed him, and said, "Swear by the fortune of Caesar," he answered, "Since thou art vainly urgent that, as thou sayest, I should swear by the fortune of Caesar, and pretendest not to know who and what I am, hear me declare with boldness, I am a Christian. And if you wish to learn what the doctrines23 of Christianity are, appoint me a day, and thou shalt hear them." The proconsul replied, "Persuade the people." But Polycarp said, "To thee I have thought it right to offer an account [of my faith]; for we are taught to give all due honour (which entails no injury upon ourselves) to the powers and authorities which are ordained of God. (Comp. Rom_13:1-7; Tit_3:1) But as for these, I do not deem them worthy of receiving any account from me."24 
Chap. XI. — No Threats Have Any Effect on Polycarp.
The proconsul then said to him, "I have wild beasts at hand; to these will I cast thee, except thou repent." But he answered, "Call them then, for we are not accustomed to repent of what is good in order to adopt that which is evil;25 and it is well for me to be changed from what is evil to what is righteous."26 But again the proconsul said to him, "I will cause thee to be consumed by fire, seeing thou despisest the wild beasts, if thou wilt not repent." But Polycarp said, "Thou threatenest me with fire which burneth for an hour, and after a little is extinguished, but art ignorant of the fire of the coming judgment and of eternal punishment, reserved for the ungodly. But why tarriest thou? Bring forth what thou wilt." 
Chap. XII. — Polycarp Is Sentenced to Be Burned.
While he spoke these and many other like things, he was filled with confidence and joy, and his countenance was full of grace, so that not merely did it not fall as if troubled by the things said to him, but, on the contrary, the proconsul was astonished, and sent his herald to proclaim in the midst of the stadium thrice, "Polycarp has confessed that he is a Christian." This proclamation having been made by the herald, the whole multitude both of the heathen and Jews, who dwelt at Smyrna, cried out with uncontrollable fury, and in a loud voice, "This is the teacher of Asia,27 the father of the Christians, and the overthrower of our gods, he who has been teaching many not to sacrifice, or to worship the gods." Speaking thus, they cried out, and besought Philip the Asiarch28 to let loose a lion upon Polycarp. But Philip answered that it was not lawful for him to do so, seeing the shows29 of wild beasts were already finished. Then it seemed good to them to cry out with one consent, that Polycarp should be burnt alive. For thus it behooved the vision which was revealed to him in regard to his pillow to be fulfilled, when, seeing it on fire as he was praying, he turned about and said prophetically to the faithful that were with him, "I must be burnt alive." 42 
Chap. XIII. — The Funeral Pile Is Erected.
This, then, was carried into effect with greater speed than it was spoken, the multitudes immediately gathering together wood and fagots out of the shops and baths; the Jews especially, according to custom, eagerly assisting them in it. And when the funeral pile was ready, Polycarp, laying aside all his garments, and loosing his girdle, sought also to take off his sandals, — a thing he was not accustomed to do, inasmuch as every one of the faithful was always eager who should first touch his skin. For, on account of his holy life,30 he was, even before his martyrdom, adorned31 with every kind of good. Immediately then they surrounded him with those substances which had been prepared for the funeral pile. But when they were about also to fix him with nails, he said, "Leave me as I am; for He that giveth me strength to endure the fire, will also enable me, without your securing me by nails, to remain without moving in the pile." 
Chap. XIV. — The Prayer of Polycarp.
They did not nail him then, but simply bound him. And he, placing his hands behind him, and being bound like a distinguished ram [taken] out of a great flock for sacrifice, and prepared to be an acceptable burnt-offering unto God, looked up to heaven, and said, "O Lord God Almighty, the Father of thy beloved and blessed Son Jesus Christ, by whom we have received the knowledge of Thee, the God of angels and powers, and of every creature, and of the whole race of the righteous who live before thee, I give Thee thanks that Thou hast counted me, worthy of this day and this hour, that I should have a part in the number of Thy martyrs, in the cup (Comp. Mat_20:22, Mat_26:39; Mar_10:38) of thy Christ, to the resurrection of eternal life, both of soul and body, through the incorruption [imparted] by the Holy Ghost. Among whom may I be accepted this day before Thee as a fat32 and acceptable sacrifice, according as Thou, the ever-truthful33 God, hast fore-ordained, hast revealed beforehand to me, and now hast fulfilled. Wherefore also I praise Thee for all things, I bless Thee, I glorify Thee, along with the everlasting and heavenly Jesus Christ, Thy beloved Son, with whom, to Thee, and the Holy Ghost, be glory both now and to all coming ages. Amen."34 
Chap. XV. — Polycarp Is Not Injured by the Fire.
When he had pronounced this amen, and so finished his prayer, those who were appointed for the purpose kindled the fire. And as the flame blazed forth in great fury,35 we, to whom it was given to witness it, beheld a great miracle, and have been preserved that we might report to others what then took place. For the fire, shaping itself into the form of an arch, like the sail of a ship when filled with the wind, encompassed as by a circle the body of the martyr. And he appeared within not like flesh which is burnt, but as bread that is baked, or as gold and silver glowing in a furnace. Moreover, we perceived such a sweet odour [coming from the pile], as if frankincense or some such precious spices had been smoking36 there. 
Chap. XVI. — Polycarp Is Pierced by a Dagger.
At length, when those wicked men perceived that his body could not be consumed by the fire, they commanded an executioner to go near and pierce him through with a dagger. And on his doing this, there came forth a dove,37 and a great quantity of blood, so that the fire was extinguished; and all the people wondered that there should be such a difference between the unbelievers and the elect, of whom this most admirable Polycarp was one, having in our own times been an apostolic and prophetic teacher, and bishop of the Catholic Church which is in Smyrna. For every word that went out of his mouth either has been or shall yet be accomplished. 
Chap. XVII. — The Christians Are Refused Polycarp’s Body.
But when the adversary of the race of the righteous, the envious, malicious, and wicked one, perceived the impressive38 nature of his martyrdom, and [considered] the blameless life he had led from the beginning, and how he was now crowned with the wreath of immortality, having beyond dispute received his reward, he did his utmost that not the least memorial of him should be taken away by us, although many desired to do this, and to become possessors39 of his holy flesh. For this end he suggested it to Nicetes, the father of Herod and brother of Alce, to go and entreat the governor not to give up his body to be buried, "lest," said he, "forsaking Him 43 that was crucified, they begin to worship this one." This he said at the suggestion and urgent persuasion of the Jews, who also watched us, as we sought to take him out of the fire, being ignorant of this, that it is neither possible for us ever to forsake Christ, who suffered for the salvation of such as shall be saved throughout the whole world (the blameless one for sinners40), nor to worship any other. For Him indeed, as being the Son of God, we adore; but the martyrs, as disciples and followers of the Lord, we worthily love on account of their extraordinary41 affection towards their own King and Master, of whom may we also be made companions42 and fellow-disciples! 
Chap. XVIII. — The Body of Polycarp Is Burned.
The centurion then, seeing the strife excited by the Jews, placed the body43 in the midst of the fire, and consumed it. Accordingly, we afterwards took up his bones, as being more precious than the most exquisite jewels, and more purified44 than gold, and deposited them in a fitting place, whither, being gathered together, as opportunity is allowed us, with joy and rejoicing, the Lord shall grant us to celebrate the anniversary45 of his martyrdom, both in memory of those who have already finished their course,46 and for the exercising and preparation of those yet to walk in their steps. 
Chap. XIX. — Praise of the Martyr Polycarp.
This, then, is the account of the blessed Polycarp, who, being the twelfth that was martyred in Smyrna (reckoning those also of Philadelphia), yet occupies a place of his own47 in the memory of all men, insomuch that he is everywhere spoken of by the heathen themselves. He was not merely an illustrious teacher, but also a pre-eminent martyr, whose martyrdom all desire to imitate, as having been altogether consistent with the Gospel of Christ. For, having through patience overcome the unjust governor, and thus acquired the crown of immortality, he now, with the apostles and all the righteous [in heaven], rejoicingly glorifies God, even the Father, and blesses our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of our souls, the Governor of our bodies, and the Shepherd of the Catholic Church throughout the world.48 
Chap. XX. — This Epistle Is to Be Transmitted to the Brethren.
Since, then, ye requested that we would at large make you acquainted with what really took place, we have for the present sent you this summary account through our brother Marcus. When, therefore, ye have yourselves read this Epistle,49 be pleased to send it to the brethren at a greater distance, that they also may glorify the Lord, who makes such choice of His own servants. To Him who is able to bring us all by His grace and goodness50 into his everlasting kingdom, through His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ, to Him be glory, and honour, and power, and majesty, for ever. Amen. Salute all the saints. They that are with us salute you, and Evarestus, who wrote this Epistle, with all his house. 
Chap. XXI. — The Date of the Martyrdom.
Now, the blessed Polycarp suffered martyrdom on the second day of the month Xanthicus just begun,51 the seventh day before the Kalends of May, on the great Sabbath, at the eighth hour.52 He was taken by Herod, Philip the Trallian being high priest,53 Statius Quadratus being proconsul, but Jesus Christ being King for ever, to whom be glory, honour, majesty, and an everlasting throne, from generation to generation. Amen. 
Chap. XXII. — Salutation.
We wish you, brethren, all happiness, while you walk according to the doctrine of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; with whom be glory to God the Father and the Holy Spirit, for the salvation of His holy elect, after whose example54 the blessed Polycarp suffered, following in whose steins may we too be found in the kingdom of Jesus Christ!These things
55 Caius transcribed from the copy of Irenaeus (who was a disciple of Polycarp), having himself been intimate with Irenaeus. And I Socrates transcribed them at Corinth from the copy of Caius. Grace be with you all.And I again, Pionius, wrote them from the previously written copy, having carefully searched into them, and the blessed Polycarp having 44 manifested them to me through a revelation, even as I shall show in what follows. I have collected these things, when they had almost faded away through the lapse of time, that the Lord Jesus Christ may also gather me along with His elect into His heavenly kingdom, to whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Gospel was preached unto Abraham...and he OBEYED !

Abraham, styled "the friend," (Isa_41:8
; 2Ch_20:7; Judith 8:19; Jam_2:23) was found faithful, as he rendered obedience to the words of God. He, in the exercise of obedience, went out from his own country, and from his kindred, and from his father’s house, in order that, by forsaking a small territory, and a weak family, and an insignificant house, he might inherit the promises of God. For God said to him, "Get thee out from thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, into the land which I shall show thee. And I will make thee a great nation, and will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shall be blessed. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed." (Gen_12:1-3) And again, on his departing from Lot, God said to him. "Lift up thine eyes, and look from the place where thou now art, northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward; for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth, [so that] if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered." (Gen_13:14-16) And again [the Scripture] saith, "God brought forth Abram, and spake unto him, Look up now to heaven, and count the stars if thou be able to number them; so shall thy seed be. And Abram believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness." (Gen_15:5-6; Rom_4:3) On account of his faith and hospitality, a son 8 was given him in his old age; and in the exercise of obedience, he offered him as a sacrifice to God on one of the mountains which He showed him. (Gen_21:22; Heb_11:17)  ( Clement )

In That Flesh in Which the Saints Have Suffered so Many Afflictions, They Shall Receive the Fruits of Their Labours; Especially Since All Creation Waits for This, and God Promises it to Abraham and His Seed

 
 
Chap. XXXII. — .
1. Inasmuch, therefore, as the opinions of certain [orthodox persons] are derived from heretical discourses, they are both ignorant of God’s dispensations, and of the mystery of the resurrection of the just, and of the [earthly] kingdom which is the commencement of incorruption, by means of which kingdom those who shall be worthy are accustomed gradually to partake of the divine nature (capere Deum
53); and it is necessary to tell them respecting those things, that it behoves the righteous first to receive the promise of the inheritance which God promised to the fathers, and to reign in it, when they rise again to behold God in this creation which is renovated, and that the judgment should take place afterwards. For it is just that in that very creation in which they toiled or were afflicted, being proved in every way by suffering, they should receive the reward of their suffering; and that in the creation in which they were slain because of their love to God, in that they should be revived again; and that in the creation in which they endured servitude, in that they should reign. For God is rich in all things, and all things are His. It is fitting, therefore, that the creation itself, being restored to its primeval condition, should without restraint be under the dominion of the righteous; and the apostle has made this plain in the Epistle to the Romans, when he thus speaks: "For the expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature has been subjected to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope; since the creature itself shall also be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God." (Rom_8:19
, etc.)
2. Thus, then, the promise of God, which He gave to Abraham, remains stedfast. For thus He said: "Lift up thine eyes, and look from this place where now thou art, towards the north and south, and east and west. For all the earth which thou seest, I will give to thee and to thy seed, even for ever." (
Gen_13:13, Gen_13:14) And again He says, "Arise, and go through the length and breadth of the land, since I will give it unto thee;" (Gen_13:17) and [yet] he did not receive an inheritance in it, not even a footstep, but was always a stranger and a pilgrim therein. (Act_7:5; Heb_11:13) And upon the death of Sarah his wife, when the Hittites were willing to bestow upon him a place where he might bury her, he declined it as a gift, but bought the burying-place (giving for it four hundred talents of silver) from Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite. (Gen_23:11) Thus did he await patiently the promise of God, and was unwilling to appear to receive from men, what God had promised to give him, when He said again to him as follows: "I will give this land to thy seed, from the river of Egypt even unto the great river Euphrates." (Gen_15:13) If, then, God promised him the inheritance of the land, yet he did not receive it during all the time of his sojourn there, it must be, that together with his seed, that is, those who fear God and believe in Him, he shall receive it at the resurrection of the just. For his seed is the Church, which receives the adoption to God through the Lord, as John the Baptist said: "For God is able from the stones to raise up children to Abraham." (Luk_3:8) Thus also the apostle says in the Epistle to the Galatians: "But ye, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of the promise." (Gal_4:28) And again, in the same Epistle, he plainly declares that they who have believed in Christ do receive Christ, the promise to Abraham thus saying, "The promises were spoken to Abraham, and to his seed. Now He does not say, And of seeds, as if [He spake] of many, but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." (Gal_3:16) And again, confirming his former words, he says, "Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore, that they which are of faith are the children of Abraham. But the Scripture, fore-seeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, declared to Abraham beforehand, That in thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which are of faith shall be blessed with faithful Abraham." (Gal_3:6, etc.) Thus, then, they who are of faith shall be blessed with faithful Abraham, and these are the children of Abraham. Now God made promise of the earth to Abraham and his seed; yet neither Abraham nor his seed, that is, those who are justified by faith, do now receive any 562 inheritance in it; but they shall receive it at the resurrection of the just. For God is true and faithful; and on this account He said, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." (Mat_5:5) ( Iranaeus chapter 33,1,2 )

Monday, May 6, 2013

Judaism's Strange Gods...a warning for Messianic Christians exalting Judaism.

Judaism's Strange Gods. Here is the best book on Judaism for educating people about the hidden side of this much glorified,  but soul-destroying religion of warfare and deception. Contains all of Christian scholar Michael Hoffman's main facts and most effective research revealing Judaism, in an easy-to-read, quality paperback. Judaism's Strange Gods is a condensed version of Hoffman's huge reference work, Judaism Discovered. Judaism is overwhelming the Tea Party and the Right wing, masquerading as a family values partner with patriots against the forces of evil. On the Left, it poses as a progressive partner with peace activists. Hoffman deconstructs that facade in clear and understandable writing, and does so charitably and without vitriol. Christian bookstores are packed with tomes purporting to unmask the religion of Islam, but not one slim volume will be found delving into the depravities of Orthodox Judaism. Judaism's Strange Gods corrects that imbalance with irrefutable documentation from Judaism's own sacred texts. Quality paperback. Illustrated. Glossary. Index. 381 pages.

Sample Contents: Principle Sources of the Divine Law of the Religion of Orthodox Judaism; The Rabbinic Eras; Rabbinic Law vs. Biblical Law; Judaism's Attack On The Prophets And Patriarchs; The Talmud: Only a Record of Debates?; "The Babylonian Talmud Represents God in the Flesh"; Judaism's Hermeneutic of Concealment in Theory and Practice; The Tarnish on Hillel's Golden Rule; A Gigantic Heap of Self-Perpetuating Legal and Textual Arcana; Falsifying Scripture with Gezera Shava; "A Hedge Around the Law"; Loopholes And Escape Clauses; "The Pious of the Nations" Loophole; Four Exegetical Categories: PaRDeS;  Outright Lies and Deception; Permissible Categories of Lying; The Deceiver's Gloss on Exodus 23:7; Why Women Have Not Been Allowed to Study the Talmud; Bribery; Defrauding Workers; The Authority of the Talmud; The Inferiority of Gentiles; Gentile is not a Brother or a Neighbor; Jews May Kill Non-Jews; Torat Hamelech: Warrant For The Murder Of Gentiles; The Status of the Gentile in Jewish Law; Non-Jews are "Supernal Refuse"; The Halachos of Manslaughter: "Lifting and Lowering";  Judaism Teaches: Abraham & Isaac were Tainted with Lust; Rabbinic Texts are a Virulent Source of Anti-Black Racism; Every Gentile's Mother, Daughter and Sister: NShGZ; New World Order: U.S. Government Lays The Groundwork For Talmudic Courts; Christians in the Talmud; Escape Clauses and Loopholes Concerning the Rabbinic Ban on Churches; Talmud Citations Concerning Christianity; Balaam: The Talmud's Code Name for Jesus; Christianity Alleged to be a Form of Prostitution; Mary the Mother of Jesus as "Sedata" (a promiscuous woman); Establishing a Legal Principle for Courtroom Entrapment of Christ and Christians; Pandera and Balaam: Jesus as a Bastard in the Talmud; Origen Contra the Antichrist Rabbinic Calumnies of Celsus; Anti-Goyimitic and Anti-Christian Hatred; Divine Mandate to Kill Jesus Christ and Christians; Judaism's Reincarnation Dogma;  Star of Bohemia, Not David; Kaparot: The Sin Chicken; The X-Rated Talmud; Judaism and Menstruation; Judaism and Abortion; Converts and Conversions to Judaism; Yom Kippur and the Kol Nidrei Nullification of Vows; Judaism's Holy Days; Birkat HaMinim: The Curse on Christians; Child Molestation and Homosexuality; Glossary of terms; Index.    
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Early church judgment

Judge righteously, and do not respect persons in reproving for transgressions. You shall not be undecided whether or not it shall be. Didache (A.D. 80-140) ch.4

And reprove one another, not in anger, but in peace, as you have it in the Gospel. But to anyone that acts amiss against another, let no one speak, nor let him hear anything from you until he repents. Didache (A.D. 80-140) ch.15

And the presbyters also must be compassionate, merciful towards all men, turning back the sheep that are gone astray… abstaining from all anger, respect of persons, unrighteous judgment… not quick to believe anything against any man, not hasty in judgment, knowing that we all are debtors of sin. If then we entreat the Lord that He would forgive us, we also ought to forgive: for we are before the eyes of our Lord and God, and we must all stand at the judgment-seat of Christ, and each man must give an account of himself. Polycarp (A.D. 69-156) ch.6

For though one should speak ten thousand words well, if there happen to be one little word displeasing to you, because not sufficiently intelligible or accurate, you make no account of the many good words, but lay hold of the little word, and are very zealous in setting it up as something impious and guilty; in order that, when you are judged with the very same judgment by God, you may have a much heavier account to render for your great audacities, whether evil actions, or bad interpretations which you obtain by falsifying the truth. For with what judgment you judge, it is righteous that you be judged withal. Justin Martyr (A.D. 160) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg.257

The Lord said: "Judge not, that you be not judged: for with what judgment you shall judge, you shall be judged." [The meaning is] not certainly that we should not find fault with sinners, nor that we should consent to those who act wickedly; but that we should not pronounce an unfair judgment on the dispensations of God, inasmuch as He has Himself made provision that all things shall turn out for good, in a way consistent with justice. Irenaeus (A.D. 180) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg. 504

A spiritual disciple of this sort truly receiving the Spirit of God, who was from the beginning, in all the dispensations of God, present with mankind, and announced things future, revealed things present, and narrated things past -[such a man] does indeed "judge all men, but is himself judged by no man." For he judges the Gentiles, "who serve the creature more than the Creator," and with a reprobate mind spend all their labor on vanity. And he also judges the Jews, who do not accept of the word of liberty. Irenaeus (A.D. 180) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg. 506

[The spiritual man] shall also judge the vain speeches of the perverse Gnostics, by showing that they are the disciples of Simon Magus. Irenaeus (A.D. 180) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg. 507

(A spiritual man) shall also judge false prophets, who, without having received the gift of prophecy from God, and not possessed of the fear of God, but either for the sake of vainglory, or with a view to some personal advantage, or acting in some other way under the influence of a wicked spirit, pretend to utter prophecies, while all the time they lie against God. Irenaeus (A.D. 180) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg. 508

(A spiritual man) shall also judge those who give rise to schisms, who are destitute of the love of God, and who look to their own special advantage rather than to the unity of the Church; and who for trifling reasons, or any kind of reason which occurs to them, cut in pieces and divide the great and glorious body of Christ, and so far as in them lies, [positively] destroy it - men who prate of peace while they give rise to war, and do in truth strain out a gnat, but swallow a camel. Irenaeus (A.D. 180) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg.508

And how shall one "judge" the apostate "angels," who has become himself an apostate from that forgetfulness of injuries, which is according to the Gospel?"Why do you not rather suffer wrong?" he says; "why are you not rather defrauded?Yea, you do wrong and defraud," Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 195) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.548

How then does man give these things?For I will give not only to friends, but to the friends of friends. And who is it that is the friend of God?Do not you judge who is worthy or who is unworthy. For it is possible you may be mistaken in your opinion. As in the uncertainty of ignorance it is better to do good to the undeserving for the sake of the deserving, than by guarding against those that are less good to fail to meet in with the good. For though sparing, and aiming at testing, who will receive meritoriously or not, it is possible for you to neglect some that are loved by God; the penalty for which is the punishment of eternal fire. But by offering to all in turn that need, you must of necessity by all means find some one of those who have power with God to save. "Judge not, then, that you be not judged. With what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again; good measure, pressed and shaken, and running over, shall be given to you." Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 195) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.600-601

"Judge not, lest you be judged," does He not require patience?For who will refrain from judging another, but he who shall be patient in not revenging himself? Tertullian (A.D. 198) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.3 pg. 7