Sunday, October 15, 2017

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  18
T H E   M E R C Y   O F   G O D
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And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:47-48 
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For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. Romans 2:12-16
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As can be read in Luke 12:47-48, the mercy of God only holds us accountable for revealed truth, not for what we do not know.  Those who know what He expects of us will be required of more than those who do not know the fullness of His expectation for us to be accepted and not rejected.  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world (1 Corinthians 11:32). 
God will spend our lifetime to teach us to obey Him, because He does not want us to be condemned with the world, but if we choose not to comply with His correction (rebel), He will have no other option but to cast us away.  With this written, I reiterate what I have written throughout this book, "God is the Judge."  Paul said of himself, But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway (1 Corinthians 9:27). 
Romans 2:12-16 is another example of God's mercy.  If the Gospel has not been heard, God will judge a person after the law of their conscience.  This takes care of the question concerning those who have not heard the Gospel.
The mercy of God is extended to the Struggler; the category for which the majority of us fit into who are "faithful and true."  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  (1 John 2:1).  "If any man sin we have an advocate", is a consolation to those who are His faithful and true, who struggle to obey Him, whether or not they have the baptism of His power (the greater anointing of His Holy Spirit with whom the gifts are associated with) or not.  This verse also serves to inform us that "IF" means that obedience is the norm for God's children, while disobedience is not.
It is those who are not the "faithful and true" (Saints), as we are required to be, who call themselves a Christian then live worldly and carnal lifestyles (the Religious, Hypocrite, Lukewarm, and Backslider) who will fall under the category of His wrath and judgment.  This book is written as an exhortation to obey Him and a warning of what could happen if we do not.  There is a balance for faith, grace, and works (obedience) for each one of us and only the Holy Spirit can help us to find it.  The word of God is very adamant about the necessity for us to do good works to inherit eternal life (those works the Holy Spirit tells us to do, obedience).
Without obedience to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we could be rejected by God, and be denied the salvation of our soul.  For, those who are led by the Spirit of God are His children; not those who do what they think is right then expect God to pardon them.  Jesus did not live a fully obedient life, suffer, die, and rise again to redeem us from the bondage of sin and death, to let us live rebellious anyway we want to lives.  We are saved by grace through faith, and told to go onto perfection, which is obeying the Holy Spirit, moment by moment. 
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Jesus sacrificed all so that we could by faith in His redemptive work obey God (go on to perfection), and then at the end of our days, having been faithful and true, receive the salvation of our soul.  The (favor) mercy of God is extended to those Believers who are like the Saints in the church of Philadelphia, and His judgment (wrath) is toward those Believers who are like the Believers in the church of Laodicea, lukewarm.  There is an open door that no man can shut for the Saints who are like Philadelphia, but the Laodicean Believers have a closed door (the door of their heart) that only they can open and will not because they are lukewarm and do not desire to have an intimate relationship, and fellowship with God, being caught up in the affairs of this life rather than Him.
In 1982 a brother in the Lord and I were praying for the church service on a particular Sunday night, for God to do a number of things.  All of which came to pass.  I was in my second day of fasting and he in his first.  As the service progressed, the Lord made real to me that there was a greater anointing above the congregation.  The anointing was great in the service, but this anointing was awesome.  I began to pray that he would pour if out on us, but He said, He could not because of the disobedience of the people.  Two years later He told me what this greater anointing was; it was Holy Ghost Revival.  Our disobedience hinders Revival, and the operation of the Holy Spirit not only in the church, but also in our life.
One final observation concerning these seven churches is how God began speaking to the churches with Ephesus, where He spoke of their lack of intimacy with Him, having lost their "first love."  In His conversation with the last church, Laodicea, He finishes by bringing full circle this same theme, when knocking at the door of their heart, wanting intimacy with them, a time of fellowship," I will sup with him and he with me."  God wants an intimate relationship with us; that is found in fellowshipping with Him. As He did with Adam so He wants to with us.  It is this relationship with Him that will cause His anointing to flow through our lives as it did through Jesus that will bring in a great revival wherever we are.
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My FaceBook Timeline https://www.facebook.com/samuelsiders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over seven years.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15), “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Jude 3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
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This past week was a week full of defending the Doctrine of Holiness against those who falsely believe, when the Old Covenant ended so did the Ethical Laws (10 Commandments) that were a part of it; Jeremiah 31:31-34 proves otherwise. The topic of “works” is always a detailed one when multiple verses of Scripture are misused, especially those of Apostle Paul’s letters, to teach the Works of the Law have no impact on whether we will receive eternal life or not. It is because of how detailed the topic of “works” is, and the VARIENT conclusions,  that very few will go into the depth of information I have to go to continue a conversation with “works naysayers,” who teach Grace and Faith ONLY is what provides eternal life at Jesus’ Judgment Seat (the Judgment Seat of Christ).
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It always astonishes me that when a person teaches we are required to live a holy life in Christ, they cannot comprehend that they …ARE… teaching “the works of the Law,” which they deny exist anymore. There are multiple references that prove failing to make the …EFFORT… to obey “the (ethical) works of the Law” we …could… be in jeopardy of being denied eternal life at the Judgment Seat of Christ; “works naysayers” refuse to believe this. Any negative statement Paul made against the Law was always about the “condemnation” associated with it, and obeying the Law of Righteousness WITHOUT Jesus as Lord and Savior does not provide eternal life for anyone. Obedience without Jesus’ Atonement will not provide eternal life for anyone (Eph 2:8-9), and Faith without Jesus’ Atonement will not either (James 2:19). I could go into hours of discussion to prove Grace and Faith without making the Effort to Obey God (the ETHICAL works of the Law is the Standard) will get a person condemned, but this blog page is not the option where this is possible; my FB timeline is where responses I post can be found about this topic, but so as not to leave you without one of the responses I posted to a man name Bob, the following is it:
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Bob S ... My boldness is never intended to be offensive (bullying). I learned a long time ago that “name dropping” (links, videos, books, etc) of those who agree with a person’s …bias conclusions…  is useless, because “Book Theology” is ONLY a …beginning… for “Kingdom Theology,” and the same applies to Doctrine. When the “book theology and doctrine” has errors everything a person gleans from them for doctrine and theology will have errors; therefore I do not base my doctrine and theology on what others write etc, except and only that which is written in the Bible. This does not mean I cannot learn from others, but I am not going to be gullible and na├»ve either. When a person wants to use what they have learned in seminary to have a discussion with me, their attempt will fail, basically because not all bible colleges and seminaries teach the same thing about what is written in the Bible; therefore a person would be unwise to believe that a person with “creditionals” has … flawless … doctrine and theology.
Hebrews 8:13 has already been responded to; Jesus is God's replacement for the Mosaic “Sacrificial” Laws and cleansing rituals, God's New Birth is only a New Covenant Event as well as the Acts 2 Israelis Acts 10 Gentiles "Baptism with the Holy Spirit" (Power and 9 Charismata; Acts 1:8, 1 Cor. 12:8-11); these three differences alone would make the OC obsolete, even if nothing else changed. Nonetheless, I have already posted a lot of references that prove the 10 Ethical Laws (Commandments) are a part of the New Covenant, which is the "standard" Jesus and the Apostles used to define what sin is and what holiness is. The foolishness of “works naysayers” ignores that the OC contained the 10 Commandments, and with their conclusion the 10 Commandments are obsolete also; following this conclusion means we can do EVERYTHING the 10 Commandments say we are not to do … if … the Apostles did not specifically write otherwise, but Knowing they did not teach otherwise, is full proof the 10 Commandments ...are… still Required of us to obey, as the definitions found in Strong’s #1785 affirm and translated “commandments.”
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The whole issue about this kind of conversation comes done to, does “Grace and Faith ONLY” save a soul" ...or ... does “Grace (Atonement), Faith, and Obedience" save a soul? The …many… Scriptures I use proves God’s Plan of Salvation IS and always has been “Grace (Atonement), Faith, and Obedience” to receive eternal life; one without the other two saves no one, and I know full well that Paul taught this just like Jesus (Gospels) and the other Apostles did, and if Paul did not, his letters would not be in the NT. Your kind are causing people to blaspheme Apostle Paul, by your misuse and misinterpretation of what he wrote, to blindly teach the “Law of Righteousness” has been done away, when I know Romans 10:4, like many others, is solely about the “condemnation” of the Law having been done away for those who receive Jesus as LORD and Savior AND make the Effort (work/labor) to resist the sinful nature in the flesh to obey the righteous nature of God in our spirit/soul. Romans 8:1 …There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk NOT according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
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Samuel Siders   10/15/2017 [Go deep in your relationship with God not shallow]