Sunday, July 23, 2017

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  15 (2 of 2)
L A O D I C E A
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And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans  write; These  things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:14-22
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." v.20   This is God's desire for us, to have fellowship with Him, to build upon an intimate relationship with Him, and to fulfill His every expectation of us.  This is like a final word to all of the churches, and more specifically every individual believer in the church, no matter what is the condition of their relationship with Him that spans across the centuries.
God created mankind, all other reasons aside, to have a creation He could fellowship with.  I would suppose that is why He said, "...Let us make man in our image, after our likeness...Gen. 1:26."  I would say this to be a fact also, because of how much time God spent with Adam.  After Adam and Eve sinned, God provided atonement for their sin so that the fellowship could be restored.  From Adam until this day God has spoken to men and women for various reasons, but I believe one of the reasons has been to fellowship with us. How awesome is this, and how blessed I feel when I consider that just as God had fellowship with Adam He chooses to fellowship with ME.  Of course not just with me, but also with all of those who desire to obey Him with all of their heart, mind, soul, and strength, and are consistently doing it.
God desires a people who are perfect in heart, whose heart is set on him, FERVENTLY.  I have shared that all being "perfect" in the sight of God is, is to obey His spoken word.  The written word of God paves the way to bring us to the place where we can hear God speak to us the spoken word, and to be able to discern that it is Him and not another voice.  It is through the spoken word that we can know God's specific desires for us as an individual.
The bible does not go into detail about how much time pasted before Adam was finished with all of the duties God gave him to do up to the day Adam and Eve sinned.  Knowing that God desires an intimate relationship with His children, I could see God spending a lot of time with Adam and Eve.  Although it is obvious to me that after Adam and Eve sinned, God went looking for them to provide an atonement for their sin, I am prone to wonder if God went looking for them with the intent of fellowshipping with them, as if it was something He had done on a regular basis. God's desire to fellowship with His children is insatiable.
God is not willing that any would perish but that ALL would come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).  Obviously, because He wants to be mankind's Father and not just mankind's Creator, but what if also because He wants to fellowship with mankind?  Without redemption we cannot have fellowship with Him.  He has established REDEMPTION to be a prerequisite.  With the open dialog of fellowship, comes the revealing of His innumerable hidden mysteries, personality, and character.  The Lord, our Father, our Daddy, and our Friend who sticks closer than a brother loves us so much.
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Having created man after His own likeness, and in His image, we have been created to fellowship with Him on His level.  God comes down to our level to save us.  When the work of salvation has been completed in our heart and His Holy Spirit dwells in us, through the Holy Spirit by faith we have access to God's throne, and His throne room to fellowship with Him were He dwells in the heavenliness.  Instead of Jesus standing at the door of our heart wanting to come in to fellowship with us, He has made it possible for us to stand at the door of his throne room wanting to come in and fellowship with Him.
If after receiving Jesus into our heart, the full riches of His mercy and grace, we choose to be content living the lifestyle of nominal-Christianity, which is a casual nonchalant walk with God (Lukewarm), we will never know what it is to fellowship with Him.  It is with a dedicated sincere attempt to know Him in the fullness of His personality and character, fueled by obeying His perfect will for our life, that will make it possible for us to fellowship with Him on His level.  God is not pleased with a lifestyle of nominal-Christianity, which borderlines a dead religious attempt to be a Christian.  God's plea to those who fall into this category is, "Move up higher, there is so much more about Me that you have yet to experience.
The door that Jesus is knocking on (v.20) is the one that is found in the heart of those who profess to be his people. He is saying, "I want to have fellowship with you, the intimate kind, that is only found through being one with me".   Therefore He says to us, "I counsel thee to buy of me".  Our dying to self-ambitions, self-desires, and self-will makes intimate fellowship with the Lord possible. "I will sup with him and he with me", is a fellowship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit no words can adequately describe.  It is a fellowship that must be experienced to understand.  Being One with God opens the door to the intimate fellowship God wants to have with us.
In Jesus' final statement to the church of Laodicea, which is a word to the Lukewarm, and equally to the Hypocrite, Religious, and Backslider, "To him that overcometh (to him that will yield to My counsel, be zealous and repent, to seek after me with all their heart, mind, soul, strength) will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." v. 21.  If we choose to resist Him, rebel, and be contentious, to say in our heart, "I will not have this man to rule over me", not only will His chastening be upon us, but so will His wrath, even to the eternal ruin of our soul, if we do not repent of our rebellion.
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his  ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds,  and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us...But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, Bring hither, and slay them before me.  Luke 19:12-14, 27
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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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The past week was another filled with discussion about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; their relationship to one another. It is always surprising that there are so many who are totally blind to the fact that THREE individual identities are taught in the Bible, and when the Biblical Facts are exposed, those people cannot comprehend the evidence of three identities with “functions and purposes” of their own. The Bible teaches Jesus is equal in Deity to His Father, and Jesus taught His Father is greater than He. Being equal in deity does not mean the Father and Son are equal in “Supremacy,” which when Jesus said His Father is “greater” proves, thereby causing Shema (Deut 6:4, one true God) not being compromised, even though God calls His ONLY begotten Son “God” also. Jesus also declared in John 17:3 that BOTH the Father and Son are necessary to receive eternal life.    
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Another problem, for many; is to comprehend that God who is Spirit has a personal Spirit of His own (Matthew 10:20), which Jesus called the Holy Spirit, and Leviticus 26:11 that God has a “soul.” A man name Brian, who though he professes to be Trinitarian, refused to believe God has a personal Spirit, like we have one, and constantly twisting my responses to come to a different conclusion than what I posted; therefore I asked, “since Leviticus 26:11 says God has a soul, are you going to call that false also?” I did not notice a response posted to my question. Eventually it became evident Brian would continue to twist and not comprehend any more responses I post to him, and I had to leave the discussion unresolved.  
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I had a discussion with a Muslim name Essuman who misused Scripture to falsely claim a blameless life of obedience to the Law makes us righteous without the need for atonement, and thereby promote the Quran lie that Jesus did not die to atone for our sins. Essuman interprets a Quran verse to teach that Jesus died of old age. Islam teaches a righteous life is all God requires to receive eternal life; those who embrace Mosaic Covenant Judaism are FALSELY taught the same deception. A fact I shared with Essuman is that “blameless” concerning the Law, includes obeying the Sacrificial Laws to atone for any sin; therefore if the sacrificial laws were not obeyed, a person would not be “blameless” concerning the law, that Leviticus 16:34 states such Laws would be an “everlasting statute to ALL generations,” and that Jesus’ sacrificial death for our sin is a continuation of that “everlasting statute” under the New Covenant. To reject Jesus as Lord and Savior would cause him to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire where Muhammad will be waiting for him.
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Samuel Siders   7/23/2017 [Go deep in your relationship with God not shallow]