“There is no comparison”©

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When man would dare to compare one religion to another…

as if they are all but what mankind has soon imagined;

therein the crux of the matter to gain foothold to the slope

of understanding, so fragile, so left untold, God not queried

to this pondering of such depth… the height thought reached

for left unattained… rationale of the unrestrained mind or heart

assuming to think above the scope of issues faced by humanity,

there goes the sanity, to fathom not what God did from the start.

There are some who would try and compare religions, based on key aspects… and (seemingly) based on responses to them, as if they were one and the same. This leaves me flabbergast, when people slight aspects to religion containing ‘prophecy’ and some of that prophecy (that which has already come to pass [happened] and that which will come to pass) yet to be realized by humanity. In regard to the ‘comparison’ mentioned above, and they say it is without bias, there can be nothing more biased toward God than information pertaining to God… expounded upon it as if it is the authority on God and not God Himself.

2 Corinthians 10:12 KJV

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12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

1 Kings 18:36 KJV

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36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

[This below is from the Matthew Henry Commentary on the passage above]

The apostle speaks as one amazed, and swallowed up in admiration, wondering at the height and depth, and length and breadth, of the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. The more we know of other things, the less we wonder; but the further we are led into gospel mysteries, the more we are affected by them. While God is for us, and we keep in his love, we may with holy boldness defy all the powers of darkness.

Mark 4:30 KJV

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30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?

“Open your eyes to see”©

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When it looks to us as if we are reaching to God, know it to be as God reaching to us!

Have you ever seen something that looked

like one thing and yet was another completely,

this is the same here, the case of Jesus being

thought of as just a man, why then so resolutely

is the contrast emphasized, the lamb of God or

the lion of Judah, the people expected a lion…

and they got a lamb… the setting of the first coming,

the visitations of a Holy God, from God a scion

to be grafted into the lineage of mankind itself,

to become one with His own creation, now a part

of humanity Himself (not apart), to cleave and drive

us away from Him… nigh impossible, God’s heart.

Trained in human thought and expectation… we will miss the sight of what is found to be the most important part of living this life- finding God Himself. To realize (even) nature answers to His authority is to get a glimpse of God’s truth. Soon you’ll (hopefully) desire to see more… to be found in the flow of God’s understanding and not your own.

John 1:29 KJV

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29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Revelation 5:6 KJV

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6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Isaiah 41:4 KJV

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4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.

Luke 7:19 KJV

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19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

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[Below is found in Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible… found below the scripture offered here and found beneath… near the bottom of the page.]

Luke 7:18-35 . THE BAPTIST’S MESSAGE THE REPLY, AND CONSEQUENT DISCOURSE.

justified God, being baptized… The meaning is, They acknowledged the divine wisdom of such a preparatory ministry as John’s, in leading them to Him who now spake to them (see Luke 1:16Luke 1:17 ); whereas the Pharisees and lawyers, true to themselves in refusing the baptism of John, set at naught also the merciful design of God in the Savior Himself, to their own destruction.

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[Below is found under Matthew Henry’s Commentary- for these verses…Verses 19-35]

To his miracles in the kingdom of nature, Christ adds this in the kingdom of grace, To the poor the gospel is preached. It clearly pointed out the spiritual nature of Christ’s kingdom, that the messenger he sent before him to prepare his way, did it by preaching repentance and reformation of heart and life. We have here the just blame of those who were not wrought upon by the ministry of John Baptist or of Jesus Christ himself. They made a jest of the methods God took to do them good. This is the ruin of multitudes; they are not serious in the concerns of their souls. Let us study to prove ourselves children of Wisdom, by attending the instructions of God’s word, and adoring those mysteries and glad tidings which infidels and Pharisees deride and blaspheme.

scion… a young shoot or twig of a plant, esp. one cut for grafting or rooting. Also… a descendant of a notable family or one with a long lineage.

Revelation 5:5 KJV

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5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

{Below is from Matthew Henry’s Commentary for the scripture above]

Christ stands as Mediator between God and both ministers and people. He is called a Lion, but he appears as a Lamb slain. He appears with the marks of his sufferings, to show that he pleads for us in heaven, in virtue of his satisfaction. He appears as a Lamb, having seven horns and seven eyes; perfect power to execute all the will of God, and perfect wisdom to understand it, and to do it in the most effectual manner. The Father put the book of his eternal counsels into the hand of Christ, and Christ readily and gladly took it into his hand; for he delights to make known the will of his Father; and the Holy Spirit is given by him to reveal the truth and will of God.

The lion and the lamb are one and the same!

Called by the centurion (this mosaic from the Chapel of Armageddon, at Megiddo Prison), Gaianus,”God Jesus Christ.”

“The voice that calls out to you… “©

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Can’t you hear the voice that calls you,

still and small though it may be…

can’t you hear the voice that calls you

reaching out from eternity?

There is a voice that calls to everyone,

the voice of one who spans all time,

this is the very voice of God Most High

and He calls to man of things divine.

Can’t you hear the voice that calls you,

still and small though it may be…

can’t you hear the voice that calls you

reaching out from eternity?

There is within the heart a hollow found,

and the voice echos there most to feel…

the voice offers all mankind a choice

to know and feel God’s love is real.

Can’t you hear the voice that calls you,

still and small though it may be…

can’t you hear the voice that calls you

reaching out from eternity?

2 Timothy 1:9 KJV

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9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

[What is seen below is from Commentary Critical and Explanatory on this page… based on 2 Tim 1:9]

The spirit which He gave us, was not the spirit of timidity (literally, “cowardice,” which is weakness), but of “power” (exhibited in a fearless “testimony” for Christ, 2 Timothy 1:8 ). “Power is the invariable accompaniment of the gift of the Holy Ghost. Luke 24:49 , Acts 1:8 ; compare Acts 6:6 , “full of faith and of the Holy Ghost,” with 2 Timothy 1:8 , “full of faith and power.” Fear is the result of “the spirit of bondage” ( Romans 8:15 ). Fear within exaggerates the causes of fear without. “The spirit of power” is the spirit of man dwelt in by the Spirit of God imparting power; this power “casteth out fear” from ourselves, and stimulates us to try to cast it out of others ( 1 John 4:18 ).
love–which moves the believer while “speaking the truth” with power, when giving his testimony for Christ ( 2 Timothy 1:8 ), at the same time to do so “in love” ( Ephesians 4:15 ). 

“When hard are the stones in our hand we’d let go”©

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How are we to share the love of the God

who’d dare claim those apart from Him too…

with a daring love… a holy love, even if

they’d seek to kill you or the message true,

do as the Lord Jesus did,”Forgive them,”

for the hurt, harm or persecution and pain,

you must soon realize God’s truth is inclusive

in His love, the representation made so plain,

there is much more to be known from our

actions, for this is not just a spoken oblation…

this is to be more, much more, and to deepen

our understanding… it is a solemn obligation.

Can we grow to become what God would have us to be? Yes, if we give ourselves up to ‘the Spirit’ of God’s truth… to encompass forgiveness- and this does transcend both our actions and reactions to what we encounter (or do) in this life. Pray for the strength of faith, the truth to prevail, and the will of God to embrace your soul (mind, heart and strength).

Matthew 22:37 KJV

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37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Mark 12:30 KJV

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30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

[Found below… some thoughts and commentary from Wesley’s Explanatory Notes, on Ephesians 4:31]

Let all bitterness – The height of settled anger, opposite to kindness. And wrath – Lasting displeasure toward the ignorant, and them that are out of the way, opposite to tenderheartedness. And anger – The very first risings of disgust at those that injure you, opposite to forgiving one another. And clamor – Or bawling. “I am not angry,” says one; “but it is my way to speak so.” Then unlearn that way: it is the way to hell. And evil speaking – Be it in ever so mild and soft a tone, or with ever such professions of kindness. Here is a beautiful retrogradation, beginning with the highest, and descending to the lowest, degree of the want of love.

[Found below is from Matthew Henry’s Commentary… for the same scripture]

And by malice we are to understand that rooted anger which prompts men to design and to do mischief to others. The contrary to all this follows: Be you kind one to another. This implies the principle of love in the heart, and the outward expressions of it, in an affable, humble, courteous behavior. It becomes the disciples of Jesus to be kind one to another, as those who have learned, and would teach, the art of obliging. Tender-hearted; that is, merciful, and having tender sense of the distresses and sufferings of others, so as to be quickly moved to compassion and pity. Forgiving one another. Occasions of difference will happen among Christ’s disciples; and therefore they must be placable, and ready to forgive, therein resembling God himself, who for Christ’s sake hath forgiven them, and that more than they can forgive one another. Note, With God there is forgiveness; and he forgives sin for the sake of Jesus Christ, and on account of that atonement which he has made to divine justice. Note again, Those who are forgiven of God should be of a forgiving spirit, and should forgive even as God forgives, sincerely and heartily, readily and cheerfully, uersally and for ever, upon the sinner’s sincere repentance, as remembering that they pray, Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Now we may observe concerning all these particulars that the apostle has insisted on that they belong to the second table, whence Christians should learn the strict obligations they are under to the duties of the second table, and that he who does not conscientiously discharge them can never fear nor love God in truth and in sincerity, whatever he may pretend to.

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

“Solvitur credible decisis (to solve it decided faith)”©

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By being called we can answer… by answering is to be called! Chose you this day whom you will serve.

When we don’t know who we are but think we do…

is when even suppositional truth negates understanding,

this is when ‘common ground’ to reason is left but

the bog we would try to run in, the meaning we’re handing

to any other cause to slip or fall from the precipice of

one’s valued opinion, what they have accepted for truth,

and though soundness for you has granted your own belief

is where, now opposed, good cause to firmness therewith…

known not everyone may feel the same, commonality takes

hold of us: culturally, racially, ideologically… to take root,

you must afford those that do not accept your truth as you

would the space to this fact we face… to taste their boot

to what we hold dear, and know even ridicule, sarcasm

and shame to befall us in a perceived absurdity so palpable…

let this not dissuade you from sharing ‘the gospel,’ the good

news of Jesus Christ, for to you is made the invisible visible.

The hardest truth for most christians to accept is knowing what they should do, by sharing the message of the gospel of Jesus… in a loving manner, when the efforts seem fruitless (to our eyes)- this is where the Spirit of God comes in to play. We are the tool in God’s hands to tell of His truth, a task laid on our hearts, minds and spirit, and then allow the Spirit to aid in the conviction of one’s heart.

There is a phrase in Latin which comes to mind, as we could benefit from it, and there is truth found in the statement. See it below…

contra principia negantem non est disputanum

there can be no debate with those who deny the foundations

Debate is fruitless when you don’t agree on common rules, facts, presuppositions.

[Below is found in this location, on the Great Commission, and something mandated by Jesus Himself]

Great Commission, the

Mandate to “make disciples of all nations” given by Christ to his disciples following his death and resurrection ( Matt 28:16-20 ; Mark 16:15-18 ; Luke 24:46-49 ; John 20:21-23 ; Acts 1:8 ). Because Christ has been given all authority in heaven and on earth ( Matt 28:19 ), the Great Commission is to be taken with the utmost seriousness by all of his disciples, “to the very end of the age” ( Matt 28:20 ).

The Great Commission is thus linked to God’s words to Abraham: that “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” ( Gen 12:3 ).

The Great Commission necessitates taking the gospel message to “the ends of the earth” ( Acts 1:8 ), to “all nations” ( Matt 28:19 ). The Good News is to be shared with all peoples, for all are sinners, Jews and Gentile alike, and in need of deliverance from sin ( Rom 3 ). All peoples, by faith, can receive God’s provision and are baptized into Christ. In Christ, all distinctions between Jew and Gentile disappear ( Rom 10:12-13 ; Gal 3:28 ). 

In the truest sense, the Gospel (the ‘Good News’ of the Bible) is telling mankind it is found in the blood of Jesus that which will spare man from the wrath of God to come. Without this surety in our faith, provided by God in His choosing us, there would be no sound reason to greatly rejoice.

Isaiah 41:8 KJV

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8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

Isaiah 43:10 KJV

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10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Isaiah 48:10 KJV

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10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

John 15:16 KJV

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16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

2 Corinthians 8:19 KJV

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19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:

Ephesians 1:4 KJV

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4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

James 2:5 KJV

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5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

Revelation 17:14 KJV

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14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

“Just how just are we?”©

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How just can man be when it becomes known,

not unknown, how just God is in dealing with us?

It was one hundred and twenty years before the

great flood of Noah’s warning, before we’d fuss,

if in that age of man to wonder still today… just

how many of us will not fail to complete the race,

this is to leave us to our own thoughts of what it

means, to be just… good, turn to see God’s face.

No matter how we truly see ourselves, there can be no doubt to being excluded from the Lamb’s Book of Life… and those not included face a fiery fate- the lake of fire. See the scripture below…

Revelation 20:15 KJV

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15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

[Below is found in ‘Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, near the bottom of this page here.]

Noah . . . just . . . and perfectnot absolutely; for since the fall of Adam no man has been free from sin except Jesus Christ. But as living by faith he was just ( Galatians 3:2 , Hebrews 11:7 ) and perfect–that is, sincere in his desire to do God’s will.

flesh–utterly, hopelessly debased.
And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive–Christ, as God, had by His Spirit inspiring Enoch, Noah, and perhaps other prophets ( 1 Peter 3:20 , 2 Peter 2:5 , Jude 1:14 ), preached repentance to the antediluvians; but they were incorrigible.
yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years–It is probable that the corruption of the world, which had now reached its height, had been long and gradually increasing, and this idea receives support from the long respite granted.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 KJV

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20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

2 Thessalonians 1:6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you

1 John 1:9 KJV

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9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Deuteronomy 32:4 KJV

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4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Job 9:2 KJV

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2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

Habakkuk 2:4 KJV

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4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Luke 14:14 KJV

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14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

[Below is found here, in Commentary by Matthew Henry, on Luke 14.]

There is a state of happiness reserved for them in the other world; and we may be sure that the charitable will be remembered in the resurrection of the just, for alms are righteousness. Works of charity perhaps may not be rewarded in this world, for the things of this world are not the best things, and therefore God does not pay the best men in those things; but they shall in no wise lose their reward; they shall be recompensed in the resurrection. It will be found that the longest voyages make the richest returns, and that the charitable will be no losers, but unspeakable gainers, by having their recompense adjourned till the resurrection.

“Yea, Lord, they that shall be recompensed in the resurrection of the just, shall eat bread in the kingdom, and that is a greater recompence than being reinvited to the table of the greatest man on earth.’’

Acts 24:15 KJV

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15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow , that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

Romans 1:17 KJV

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17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

1 Peter 3:18 KJV

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18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

Philippians 4:8 KJV

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8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

John 14:21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

There is another writing here at LinkedIn and at WordPress on being good- but is it enough?

“After this”©

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There is a special moment coming…

an event horizon to behold

and there will be troubles to

follow beyond it… to be so bold,

I’ll tell you now so you can’t

say,”I never knew,” or,”Heard I not,”

there comes a time in human history

akin to a net… be not so caught

off guard or unaware of its coming…

foretold in ancient days to come,

call this the tribulation- the great

tribulation, there is not a dome

large enough to protect us or to

hide in or under that it’ll save,

all those that live and breath will

be affected or sin not and behave;

therein is humanities problem… not

being willing to change or to worry,

and when people suddenly disappear

is when they’ll notice God’s sure fury.

What just happened? Where did those

people go? They’ve simply disappeared,

and there will be left (after this) a false

sense of security, not what is feared

or thought to be dread… this the time

of upheaval to: thoughts, notions, actions

and views, even to the growing awareness

of apprehension, to sense the reactions

of forced change come upon humanity…

one called out for, a backlash of response,

to make willing to influence (last chance)

or given away to our sins… to dispose.

If there is any truth to the word of God, and I believe the word of God to be truthful, to the point of knowing Jesus tells us,”He is truth.” If He is truth¹… He can only represent truth as: He has known it, would have us to understand it, and as it was it shall surely be… the same yesterday, today and tomorrow- spiritual and eternal. This truth then is the truth of God as God Himself would tell us… and show us personally.

Revelation 4… there is much to be offered us in this scripture, and the symbolism is used as ‘clear eyed signs’ to what will be… what will come to pass.

Be ‘clear eyed’ and ready for all that will come to pass… in the twinkling of an eye!

Revelation 4:1 (KJV) After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

After this… after these things… at this point, (Μετὰ ταῦτα): all these point to more than simply points of time. There is a telling of what should be understood: before this point, during this time, and what will come after it… for as surely as time is constant in eternal things so must they be understood the same way here- in the life we’ve been given. There also happens to be many parallels with: OT (Old Testament) and NT (New Testament), the telling of a parable (a story) and reality, faith (trust and confidence… much more than a spiritual apprehension) and hope (an eternal hope with an everlasting quality).

Verses 9-11 All true believers wholly ascribe their redemption and conversion, their present privileges and future hopes, to the eternal and most holy God. Thus raise the for-ever harmonious, thankful songs of the redeemed in heaven. Would we on earth do like them, let our praises be constant, not interrupted; united, not divided; thankful, not cold and formal; humble, not self-confident.

Come up hither–through the “open door.”

What is this door and who is doing the calling?

John 10:7 KJV

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7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

Titus 1:2 KJV

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2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

John 17:7 KJV

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7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

Here we find out all those that would believe in Jesus were given Jesus by the Father… chosen by Him from before.

John 17:6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.

Psalm 139:1 KJV

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1 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.

Matthew 25:10 KJV

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10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

[Below is found here, on a Bible Study of Mark’s Gospel: The Son of Man Returning, by Thomas Klock/Harvest Ministries.]

The strongest argument for a pre-tribulation Rapture is the fact that throughout the New Testament exhortation is given to look for and wait for the Coming of Jesus (Matthew 24:42-43; Matthew 25:13; Mark 13:35; 1 Thessalonians 5:6; Titus 2:13; 1 John 3:3; Hebrews 9:28; John 14:3). Jesus promised, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also” (Jn. 14:3). Here Jesus’ Coming is for the purpose of receiving the Church unto Himself and taking her to a place in the Father’s house; this Coming cannot be the same as His coming with the Church to earth as the post-tribulationists contend. The blessed hope of an imminent Coming of Jesus is one of the strongest incentives to practical godliness and diligent service (Titus 2:12-14; 1 John 3:3).

Then again… after this, as it is now after ‘the Bride‘ has been rescued (according to Rev 19), the time before the great tribulation. God fulfilling that which He said He would… found during the last supper- See above in ‘red letters’. There is also a distinct difference between the marriage supper of the Lord and the supper of the Lord, one of favor and the other of displeasure- to those disobedient to the will of God.

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[Below a list of attributes, from Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the whole Bible, found here under #58] 

beloved–Sound doctrine kindles Christian love.
steadfast–not turning aside from the faith of the resurrection of yourselves.
unmovable–not turned aside by others (1 Corinthians 15:12, Colossians 1:23).
the work of the Lord–the promotion of Christ’s kingdom (Philippians 2:30).
not in vain–as the deniers of the resurrection would make it (1 Corinthians 15:141 Corinthians 15:17).
in the Lord–applying to the whole sentence and its several clauses: Ye, as being in the Lord by faith, know that your labor in the Lord (that is, labor according to His will) is not to be without its reward in the Lord (through His merits and according to His gracious appointment).

Revelation 19:6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

The next few verses in Rev 19 tell of Jesus getting ready to make war, the great second coming, distinctly different from ‘the rapture’ in His coming quietly for His bride (the church). Furthermore, it is called ‘the first resurrection,’ as spoken of in Revelation 20, found in verse 5 (Rev 20:5).

PLEASE NOTE: A pre-tribulation rapture view states Christians go to heaven seven years BEFORE Jesus’ visible return so that they are protected during the great tribulation. A mid-tribulation view believes Christians go to heaven HALF WAY through the great tribulation (i.e. 3 1/2 years in). A post-tribulation Eschatology view maintains the translation of the saints occurs AFTER the great tribulation when the Second Coming occurs.

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[Below is found here.]

Destiny. In a string of references “call” and “calling” connote the ultimate destiny of believers. The moment at which they were called points ahead to the final goal to which they are called by God (1 Cor 1:9; Eph 4:4; Php 3:14; 1 Thess 5:24; 1 Tim 6:12; Heb 3:1; 1 Peter 5:10).

Holy, holy, holy–The “tris-hagion” of the Greek liturgies. In Isaiah 6:3, as here, it occurs; also Psalms 99:3Psalms 99:5Psalms 99:9, where He is praised as “holy,” (1) on account of His majesty ( Revelation 4:1 ) about to display itself; (2) His justice ( Revelation 4:4 ) already displaying itself; (3) His mercy ( Revelation 4:6-8 ) which displayed itself in times past.

It is found in Revelation 15, with certainty, the coming of the wrath of God… upon the Earth- such as has never been seen before. It is thought to be due to this being spoken of, not being allowed to go into the temple, as being during the time of the great tribulation itself- a period of seven years.

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[Below is found in the Commentary Critical (at the bottom of the page) and under nineteen here.]

those that escape of them–the Gentile survivors spared by God Zechariah 14:16 ). Isaiah 2:2 Isaiah 2:3 , Micah 5:7 ; and Zechariah 14:16-19 represent it, not that the Jews go as missionaries to the Gentiles, but that the Gentiles come up to Jerusalem to learn the Lord’s ways there. 

There is a vast difference in treating the word of God as what it is… the ‘Word’ of God and something man has invented. Here is a great article to elaborate on this (on preaching with authority, by AlbertMohler.com)- found here. It is time to understand the difference between the two!

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[Below comes from Commentary by John Lightfoot… on John 14.]

1)… Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

It may be answered that this was perhaps by a Hebrew idiosyncrasy; by which the way, the truth, and the life, may be the same with the true and living way. Our Savior seems to refute that opinion of the Jews concerning their law, as if it were the way, the truth, and the life, and indeed every thing: and to assert his own authority and power of introducing a new rule of religion, because himself is the way, the truth, and the life, in a sense much more proper and more sublime than the law could be said to be.

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Here are a couple of other articles I’ve written on ‘the Rapture,’ and on what surely will come to pass after the event- you can see them below.

On ‘the rapture,” Jesus as ‘the door… the narrow gate,’ and a three part series (on this coming time in human history) including a view on the rapture (Part I), the curses of God (Part II) and what we can expect (Part III), and, lastly, two pieces… one on time and the last trumpet (or the length of time it takes for an eye to twinkle… in the twinkling of an eye) and one on the knowledge of God and God’s knowledge of you!

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[Finally, from Matthew Henry Commentary on John 2, below… is found here– important enough to include in this body of work]

Our Lord knew all men, their nature, dispositions, affections, designs, so as we do not know any man, not even ourselves. He knows who are truly his, knows their uprightness, and knows their weaknesses. We know what is done by men; Christ knows what is in them, he tries the heart.

“What hat we wear becomes us”©

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There is no benefit to mankind in

all its divisions, striations or strata

if when the ‘status quo’ causes us to

conform, without identity, and not matter…

no amount of realism… imagined or

true could ever be straightened from

its twisting convoluted fashioning

from our minds, allowed us to flatter…

so convinced and resolute we’d become

immovable and undeterred… though

transparent in a resolve so void as to

offer but a grave to fill and splatter

with: our brains, bodily remains and

life… life’s contained essence rendered

down and distilled to a quote, saying or

axiom, chiseled in stone, mad the hatter.

If you see no benefit to come of the life you live today… look forward to tomorrow, and expect nothing more to this than what you’d be handle to touch, experience or imagine- there is a final curtain you must surely face… death itself. However welcomed it might or might not be… for you there is nothing more to know. If what you sense is there is something more… and there is (so much more), then you’d be better off changing what you do to turn, and seek what it is you are lacking.

Isaiah 34:11 But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and

the stones of emptiness.

This also is when and where emptiness will become one’s reality!

emptiness–desolation. Edom is now a waste of “stones.”

“From the reports of the Arabs, southeast of the Dead Sea, within three days’ journey are upwards of thirty ruined towns, absolutely deserted.”

All creation is summoned to hear God’s judgments ( Ezekiel 6:3, Deuteronomy 32:1, Psalms 50:4, Micah 6:1Micah 6:2 ), for they set forth His glory, which is the end of creation ( Revelation 15:3 , 4:11 ).

recompenses for the controversy of Zion–that is, the year when God will retaliate on those who have contended with Zion. Her controversy is His. Edom had thought to extend its borders by laying hold of its neighbor’s lands and has instigated Babylon to cruelty towards fallen Judah ( Psalms 137:7 , Ezekiel 36:5 ); therefore Edom shall suffer the same herself ( Lamentations 4:21Lamentations 4:22 ). The final winding up of the controversy between God and all enemies of Him and His people is also foreshadowed ( Isaiah 61:2 , 63:4 , 66:14-16 , Malachi 4:1Malachi 4:3 , 2 Thessalonians 1:72 Thessalonians 1:82 Thessalonians 1:9 , Revelation 11:18 , 18:20 , 19:2 ).

Deuteronomy 4:29 KJV

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29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

“The narrow gate to heaven… if we only knew”©

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Is this ‘the golden image’ of the Nazarene seen in the world today?

The narrow gate is come to mankind,

all of us, by way of God’s nailed hands,

who is this God that would die for me…

none but ‘The great Shepherd’ stands

for the truth, of God’s proof of His love

is this, eternal hope manifest and come,

the ‘Word’ made flesh, to die as man for

man… rising from this death not for some

but for all that would believe in Him, to

declare Him as our God is to find the same

will be declared of us by God Himself, to

find Jesus declare to the Father our name.

Did you know God knows your name? You are known by God (personally)… the Creator God, the God of the known and unknown universe we do not yet know… and He calls us His that know Him. Do you know Him? Have you acknowledged what Jesus did for you, before you knew Him at all; because He died for us both- you and I.

Amos 3:2 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/amos/3-2.html

2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

If God would punish His own chosen people (Israel) for their disobedience… will He not punish all others- even those thinking they have it right?

Luke 2:15 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/luke/2-15.html

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

John 17:7 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/17-7.html

7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

Here we find out all those that would believe in Jesus were given Jesus by the Father… chosen by Him from before.

John 17:6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.

Psalm 139:1 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/139-1.html

1 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.

The broad and narrow way

There are but two ways right and wrong, good and evil; the way to heaven and the way to hell; in the one or other of these all are walking: there is no middle place hereafter, no middle way now. All the children of men are saints or sinners, godly or ungodly. And yet this way should invite us all; it leads to life: to present comfort in the favor of God, which is the life of the soul; to eternal bliss, the hope of which at the end of our way, should make all the difficulties of the road easy to us. This plain declaration of Christ has been disregarded by many who have taken pains to explain it away; but in all ages the real disciple of Christ has been looked on as a singular, unfashionable character; and all that have sided with the greater number, have gone on in the broad road to destruction. If we would serve God, we must be firm in our religion. Can we often hear of the strait gate and the narrow way, and how few there are that find it, without being in pain for ourselves, or considering whether we are entered on the narrow way, and what progress we are making in it?

[The abstract below comes from here, and it is found by going to near the bottom of it and clicking through ‘Critical Commentary‘ below the ‘Matthew Henry Commentary’ on the passage(s) listed above.]

That the apostle alludes to these very words in 2 Timothy 2:19 there can hardly be any doubt–“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

John 10:27 KJV

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27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

It is necessary to our happiness that we believe in Christ, that we repent of sin, that we live a holy life, that we love one another. This is his will, even our sanctification. Let us take heed of resting in outward privileges and doings, lest we deceive ourselves, and perish eternally, as multitudes do, with a lie in our right hand. Let every one that names the name of Christ, depart from all sin. There are others, whose religion rests in bare hearing, and it goes no further; their heads are filled with empty notions.

[Psalms 118:20, heard here by clicking on the speaker image, in Psalms 118]

I am the door of the sheep, I am the good shepherd and know my sheep, am known of mine… other sheep I have . . . not of this fold: them also I must bring, I and my Father are one.

[Read ‘Wesley’s Explanatory Notes’ on John 10 here]

2 Corinthians 4:15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Making One’s Calling and Election Sure

2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

John 17:20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,

John 6:37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

Christ’s doctrine is the word of eternal life, therefore we must live and die by it. If we forsake Christ, we forsake our own mercies. They believed that this Jesus was the Messiah promised to their fathers, the Son of the living God. And let us ever remember our Lord’s searching question; Shall we go away and forsake our Redeemer? To whom can we go? He alone can give salvation by the forgiveness of sins. And this alone brings confidence, comfort, and joy, and bids fear and despondency flee away. It gains the only solid happiness in this world, and opens a way to the happiness of the next.

See also these posts…

1)… This sojourn of truth

2)… For thee, Brother and Sister, is love given to be understood

3)… Evidence

4)… Eternality

5)… Does it come down to what you believe?

6)… Be not deceived by man about God’s existence or His truth

7)… Expectation

8)… When Roman Legions wrote ‘a what about a who’ in human history

9)… Know the fulness… the mercy and truth of your deliverer

“Find ye favor and be satisfied”©

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Joy, a real Godly joy, comes from 

knowing we are pleasing to God,

and the gain of this friendship

transcends the love mankind 

knows, beyond: condition, doubt

or (even) our own understanding…

this spares another for what they

believe, even when harm, hurt or

harassment comes knocking- it

is a love provided by the grace of

God Himself… it is the surety of

our convictions seen in the face

of uncertainty, where others would

disbelieve and distrust you, and

it remains by the resolve of our 

mind, heart and soul to be true to

God above all others… for the glory

of God is not one to be denied.

This is not the day to be found disobedient to the love God has shown us. When we find from east and west… all children believing in Him will be surely welcome. God’s love has come to be known… seen and trusted, for His glory did Jesus Christ come as salvation made available to Jews and gentiles (all the nations of the world)- one must simply believe in Him. This will never be forced on you… and an act of the will (a choice) is best made when it comes from a willing person- a person in whom love is seen to matter and it matters when love is seen for who He really is, Jesus as the God Almighty.

 

1 Peter 2:7 KJV

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7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

What stone you become, either the one in the hand to be thrown or in the building made with living stones, depends on the God you ‘choose’ to serve!

2 Corinthians 5:9 (NRS) So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.

[The blessing of Naphtali. The favor of God is the only favor satisfying to the soul. Those are happy indeed, who have the favor of God; and those shall have it, who reckon that in having it they have enough, and desire no more.]

day of Midian–( Judges 7:8-22 ). As Gideon with a handful of men conquered the hosts of Midian, so Messiah the “child” ( Isaiah 9:6 ) shall prove to be the “Prince of peace,” and the small Israel under Him shall overcome the mighty hosts of Antichrist (compare Micah 5:2-5 ), containing the same contrast, and alluding also to “the Assyrian,” the then enemy of the Church, as here in Isaiah, the type of the last great enemy.

[Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition) on Micah 5]

Even already He is “our peace” ( Luke 2:14 , Ephesians 2:14 ).

Jesus’ emphasis on being born again underscores the need of atonement for effecting forgiveness of sins. Jesus talks to Nicodemus about being born again or “from above” as the requirement for entering the kingdom of God ( John 3:3-6 ). The way of death would be thus changed to the way of life.

The Holy Spirit is provided to all who believe in Jesus. The Spirit’s abiding presence enables all God’s people to carry out God’s will and to live obediently before him.

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