What a Time to be Alive!

There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding regarding Israel and the church. A number of Pastors and Bible teachers reason that the church has replaced Israel, as God’s people. Failing to discern God’s plan for both Israel and the church “muddies the water” of understanding Scripture. A careful reading of Romans, Chapter 11 (which takes too much space to include in this article) should reveal God’s plan for both. We live in a time period called “the fullness of the Gentiles” (Romans 11:25). This began at Pentecost and climaxes at the “Rapture.” It is also called “the Church Age.” In this period, Jews and Gentiles that receive Jesus as Savior and Lord become part of His Body and Bride. Once the Church is complete (which could even be today) God will carry on His plan for Israel. Oh! How wonderful to be a part of Jesus’ Church!! Consider this portion of Ephesians 5:25-27 which tells us: “….Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” “The Church’s One Foundation,” by S. J. Stone, sheds some more light on this glorious church: “The church’s one Foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord; she is His new creation, by water and the Word; from Heav’n He came and sought her to be His holy bride; with His own blood He bought her, and for her life He died. Elect from ev’ry nation, yet one o’er all the earth, her charter of salvation, one Lord, one faith, one birth; one holy Name she blesses, partakes one holy food, and to one hope she presses, with ev’ry grace endued. The church shall never perish! Her dear Lord, to defend, to guide, sustain, and cherish, is with her to the end; tho’ there be those that hate her and false sons in her pale, against the foe or traitor she ever shall prevail. ‘Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war, she waits the consummation of peace for evermore; till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest, and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest. Yet she on earth hath union with God the Three in One, and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won. O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we, like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with Thee.” Selah! No entity known to man comes anywhere near the wonder of His Church. When she is complete, she will be a sight to behold! If you haven’t become a part of her, receive Jesus as Savior and Lord now, while there is opportunity, and be ready for “the vision glorious!”  Ron

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Lordship Salvation??

As far as I know, the only salvation is by grace, through faith. I think the label “Lordship Salvation” is misleading. The issue is: can you be saved without submitting to Jesus as Lord? Sincere brethren believe requiring one to receive Him as Lord is a type of salvation by works. They reason that we should submit to His Lordship, but not as a condition for salvation. I contend that this is no more “works” than faith is “works.” To receive Him as Savior without necessarily as Lord is to make an artificial distinction. He is both Lord and Savior! We can’t “divide Him up” and tell Him that we will take part of Him, but not all. Even the meaning of Savior is “Deliverer.” He delivers us from sin’s penalty and power and requires us to trust His Word, including learning to obey it. Romans 10:9-10 explains: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Confessing, with our mouths that He is Lord, implies that we have submitted to His reign in our lives. Believing in our hearts that He was raised from the dead led to our salvation. Heart belief leads to righteousness (Godly lives). As this becomes the way we live, we testify by lips and lives that we have been saved. Judson W. Van De Venter gave us the hymn, “I Surrender All.” The lyrics provide helpful insights about receiving Christ: “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give;  I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live. All to Jesus I surrender, make me, Savior, wholly Thine; let me feel Thy Holy Spirit, truly know that Thou art mine. All to Jesus I surrender,  Lord, I give myself to Thee; fill me with Thy love and power, let Thy blessing fall on me. I surrender all, I surrender all; all to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.” Selah! When we surrender, God extends grace to us! Our response: gratitude, love and service.     Ron

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The Only Perfect Security

There is only one place on earth where we have perfect security. It is for all who have received salvation; yielding to Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Think on I Corinthians 6:20 (note especially the underlined part): “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” God is not going to lose what is His! All who are born again have become God’s “owned” people. In God’s plan and purpose, they are sealed and kept!  “In” Christ, they are “positionally” already in Heaven; this reality simply remains to be worked out in “time.” However, make no mistake, this does not apply to those whose conversion is only intellectual. It applies to those who have undergone “Spiritual” rebirth, who have trusted Jesus with their hearts and lives. Only believing the facts of the Gospel, without acting on these facts, has likely lulled far too many into an assumed security which does not exist.  In II Peter 1:10, Peter warns: “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure.” Lina Sandell Berg’s hymn, “More Secure Is No One Ever,” expresses well the security of those who have truly trusted Jesus: “More secure is no one ever than the loved ones of the Savior — not yon star abiding nor the bird in home-nest hiding. God His own doth tend and nourish, in His holy courts they flourish, like a father kind He spares them, in His loving arms He bears them. Neither life nor death can ever from the Lord His children sever, for His love and deep compassion comforts them in tribulation.  Little flock, to joy then yield thee! Jacob’s God will ever shield thee; rest secure with this Defender — at His will all foes surrender. What He takes or what He gives us shows the Father’s love so precious; We may trust His purpose wholly — ’tis His children’s welfare solely.”  Selah! All who know Jesus as Savior and Lord have perfect security forever!   Ron

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Calm in Crisis

When we are engulfed in troubles: health problems, danger, discouragement, overwhelming circumstances, etc. normal responses include fear, panic, despair, giving up, etc. That’s to be expected with most unsaved people. However, the true Christian has a supernatural resource. This resource is often forgotten and inadequately understood by far too many believers. Because we have been reconciled to God, we have peace with God. The enmity that existed between us (because of sin) is removed, The line of communication is restored. The lost fellowship is reinstated. Therefore, we have been promised the peace of God, no matter what we face in life. It may not free us from our troubles, but knowing God is in control and present to guide and strengthen us provides a wonderful calm in any crisis. It may or may not relieve the stress but real trust knows that living or dying He will see us through. Deuteronomy 33:27, which includes this statement: “The eternal God (is thy) refuge, and underneath (are) the everlasting arms” can be only a Truth that we believe or it can also be experienced as a reality. The choice is ours. Judging from his hymn, “Wonderful Peace,” Haldor Lillenas enjoyed it as both fact and reality: “Coming to Jesus, my Savior, I found wonderful peace, wonderful peace; storms in their fury may rage all around, I have peace, sweet peace. Peace like a river, so deep and so broad, wonderful peace, wonderful peace; resting my soul on the bosom of God,  I have peace, sweet peace. Peace like a holy and infinite calm, wonderful peace, wonderful peace; like to the strains of an evening psalm,  I have peace, sweet peace. Gone is the battle that once raged within, wonderful peace, wonderful peace;  Jesus has saved me and cleansed me from sin,  I have peace, sweet peace. Peace, peace, wonderful peace, peace, peace, glorious peace; since my Redeemer has ransomed my soul,  I have peace, sweet peace.” Selah! Living or dying, He will pilot us through the turbulent storms and, in His perfect timing, He will bring us into our eternally safe Harbor!   Ron

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An Unimaginable Destiny

Going way back into eternity past, before time began, God knew how it all would play out. Before time, through time and beyond time, God is moving toward His goal for all who truly receive the Lord Jesus Christ into their lives. In the realm of “eternity past,” God knew who would yield their lives to His Son. God planned their birth, life and destiny. In Romans 8:29-30, God, through Paul, gives us a “peek” at how it works: “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate (to be) conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.” Now, some mistakenly believe that God just picks some to be saved and leaves others unsaved. The key lies in how He “picked” some for salvation. He simply foreknew before they were created that they, within His Sovereignty, would exercise their will to receive Jesus. He didn’t make them do this; He allowed them a measure of free will. Those who received Jesus are called, justified (and, notice the tense) “glorified!” It is an accomplished reality! It will take place! What does it mean to be “glorified?” Bottom line: we will be conformed to the image of Jesus! Unimaginable, but guaranteed! If you have not received Him, won’t you open your life to Him and seal your glorious destiny?  “O boundless love divine! How shall this tongue of mine to wond’ring mortals tell the matchless grace divine – that I, a child of Hell, should in His image shine? The Comforter has come!” (Excerpted from, “The Comforter Has Come“-By  Francis Bottome). Selah! What a “forever future” awaits those who choose Him as Lord and Savior!  Ron

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On the Winning Side!

No matter the failures, the hardships, the attacks, even death, all who know Jesus as Lord and Savior are on the winning side! The war may be painful, discouraging and look hopeless. However, there is joy and peace even in adversity. It is because we are not in the battle alone. We have the weapons, the strategy, and God-given strength. Nevertheless, we have to obey orders from the Soldiers’ Manual (The Word of God) and know how to use our weapons: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare (are) not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (II Corinthians 10:3-5). We will be resisted, but in II Timothy 2:3 we are given a charge: “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Paul, in Romans 8:35, gives us a look at what we are up against and asks: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? (Shall) tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? In Verses 37-39, he answers the question:Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” In the hymn, “Onward Christian Soldiers,” S. Baring-Gould musically shouts the call to arms: “Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before! Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe; forward into battle, see His banner go! At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee; on, then, Christian soldiers, on to victory! Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise; brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise! Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before!” Selah! We might lose some battles but not the war! Therefore, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong” (I Corinthians 16:13).  Ron

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A Crucial Contrast!

There are many watered-down appeals these days to believe in Jesus for salvation. Agree with the facts of the Gospel and your ticket to Heaven is punched! If there are implications in these facts you certainly should think about them. Nevertheless, don’t worry! Because of your embracing of the facts, you are guaranteed to go to Heaven. Wait a minute! This line of thinking is in sharp contrast, a crucial contrast, to Paul’s inspired warning in Romans 8:6-9. He wrote: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded (is) life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” To go on living in our “flesh,” our old nature passed down to us from Adam’s fall, means that we don’t have the Spirit of Christ and we are none of His! The new nature given at genuine conversion turns us from continuing to live the way we did before we received Jesus as Lord and Savior. We are now committed to walking in the light of God’s Word. We’ll have setbacks, but our new direction is Godly living and God enables us to grow in His grace. If we get off track, we’ll get back on. (In rare cases, God might take a child of His home prematurely). Charles H. Gabriel has given us the hymn, “Walking With Jesus,” which speaks of a true Christian’s new direction in life: “Walking with Jesus, O how delightful!  Leaning upon Him day after day; beauties anew to me are unfolding, as to my soul He talks by the way. Walking with Jesus, fearing no evil!  Thus we together journey along; brighter the sunshine, lighter the burden, clearer the sight, and sweeter the song. Walking with Jesus, onward and upward, dreading no danger, fearing no foe; blessings I need He showers upon me, as with rejoicing onward I go. Walking with Jesus, safe in His shelter, kept by His pow’r, upheld by His grace; never to leave Him, never to wander, until in Heav’n I look on His face.” Selah! Our desires indicate in which direction we are going. Sinful desires fade and fade, if we are saved. Godly desires increase and intensify in the lives of those who are His!   Ron

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