Sunday, April 23, 2017

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER 8                    
Jesus is our example     
REJECTION
Jesus did not let the attitudes of the Religious of His day among men have a negative impact on His ability to function in His calling, His purpose for walking among us.  He was despised, rejected, and afflicted, the love of God in Him caused Him to ignore that treatment, to see the inner need of those who treated Him that way.  Jesus did not live His life to win a popularity contest.  He knew why He came to us, what His mission was, and the ill treatment by others was not going to deter Him.  Pleasing His Father was paramount in His purpose for living among us (John 8:28-29), which God requires of us also.  We cannot please man and be pleasing to God.
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with (hatred of) God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4
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Jesus did not tolerate the rejection of the religious leaders, their sanctimonious, hypocritical, "better than thou", self-righteous approach not only toward Him, but that which was directed toward others also.  When Jesus was confronted by them He always exposed them for what they were in the sight of God, hypocrites, vipers, white washed sepulchers full of dead men’s bones.  If they did not want Him in their space, He walked away from them, unless the Father told Him to confront them.  Most confrontations were not "pretty", some went away ashamed, while others went away with plans to kill Him or at least to try to discredit Him in the sight of the people. 
The Lord has our testimony for Him in His hands, if so called "Christians" choose to despise and reject us, it is not God's intention that we allow ourselves to be afflicted by that emotionally, mentally, nor physically.  We are to pray for them.  Jesus said, pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you, Matthew 5:44.  If they choose not to love us, it is to their own discredit, shame, and moral spiritual decline.  We are not to let the "Enemy" afflict us with their attitude, we are to pray for them, love them still, even if that love is not reciprocated. 
A sister in Christ was told by her husband, "Those who love deeply, hurt deeply".  As true as this is, it is not God's will for us to hurt when we are rejected.  We were created the way we are, for our "callings".  Not everyone is going to be "comfortable" in our presence; it is because of that fact that they will not associate with us. 
Concerning my "calling", there are those who will hear me who will not hear someone else.  Some will accept me; some will reject me.  When we accept this fact, we can deal with the rejection gracefully, rather than inferiorly.  I am aggressive in my love toward people, spawned by a desire to be loved; this is the way God has created me.  My aggressiveness causes some to misjudge me, causing them to avoid me.  To be treated that way by those who call themselves Christian, causes me to question their Christianity, if they truly have Him in their heart.  Unconditional love will always cause us to forgive without being asked, to not hold grudges, and to love people even if they are not worthy of it.
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By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:35
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Jesus said in the gospel of John, "If God where your father you would love me".  Jesus wept over Jerusalem because they rejected him, he did not weep for himself but for them, because of the judgment of God that was to come upon them having rejected Him.  God is longsuffering toward man, desiring their salvation, but if we reject Him He will reject us, with no remorse.  If we reject Him too many times He will eventually give us over to a reprobate mind, a conscience void of conviction, no longer to approach us again.  When we follow God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit's approach toward rejection, the "Enemy" will not be able to afflict our soul when we are rejected.
In the gospel of John when Jesus said, "if God were your father you would love me," He was saying, if you were living your life to please God He would be your Father, you would love me, but because you are living your life to please yourself and others you are of your father the devil.  The Religious live their lives to please themselves and others.  When they encounter someone who is living their life to please God, they reject and despise them, just as the religious leaders did to Jesus, to the point of crucifying him. 
The Lord has shown me that if I am living my life to please Him and not man, the bite of rejection cannot hurt me. It is when I am trying to win the approval of others (a popularity contest), that approach causes me to be wounded, and to suffer depression when I am rejected.  For a Christian to suffer from the effects of rejection it is not a mental or emotional problem that a pill can remedy, that is for a person who is not a Christian.
When it is a Christian who suffers with rejection it is a spiritual problem that only living our life to please God, not man, can remedy.  When you are confronted with rejection focus your attention on God and who He has called you to be, rather than on the one who is rejecting you.  It is what He thinks of you that matters most, not what others think of you.  In the end of days it will not be them who will be your Judge.
When we are seeking to be popular with God, and are rejected by someone, we will not weep for ourselves, but for the one who is rejecting us.  That is what Jesus did over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44) because of the judgment of God that was going to hit them for rejecting Him.  I have been astonished to find that the very ones who we think are "popular", suffer with rejection.  No one is exempt, but not everyone handles it the same way.  Unconditional love (charity, 1 Cor. 13), will cause me not to reject anyone, or at less try not to make them feel rejected.  I say, "try not to", because many things we do and say are perceived to be different than we intend, while harmless in the intent, not everyone interprets what we say or do the same as we intended the action.  Once again, if I am living my life to please and be popular with God, the bite of rejection from others will not hurt me.
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My FaceBook Timeline https://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders ; 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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Most of my past week was sharing with Christians about “works and obedience” being required to receive eternal life and not Faith only in the Atonement Jesus purchased for us, and sharing with a few others about Jesus as taught by the Apostles being Deity like His Father. My experience is that many who believe Holiness or the lack there of has no impact on receiving eternal life or not, ignore a lot of Scripture that prove a continued blatant disregard for living Holy, rather than improving in our obedience to God, going on to perfection, “COULD” cause us to be rejected, denied eternal life, at the Judgment Seat of Christ. After a few weeks of continuing the discussion about works and obedience being required to receive eternal life …after… receiving Jesus’ Atonement, a stumbling block for works naysayers is discerning the “free gift” (Romans 5) is Jesus’ Atonement …not…eternal life.
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A problem is the word “gift” being assigned to eternal life creating a false conclusion, when Eternal life is taught as a “hope” and a “promise.” Faith is involved in receiving God’s Atonement and the “hope and promise” of eternal life, but there is nowhere in Scripture eternal life is called a “free” gift. It is for this reason it needs to be understood that the word “gift” for eternal life means it is an added “addendum or provision,” included in God’s Plan of Salvation after a person receives the free gift of God’s Atonement through Faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, a “provision” which requires “going onto perfection,” improving in our obedience to God and not to a blatant disregard for improving, an improving which is a progressive work of sanctification in our flesh. As Paul wrote “I press toward the mark of the High Calling of God.”
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It is through God’s New Birth our spirit/soul is already in a perfect condition of sanctification (1 John 3:9), but not our flesh (physical body) because a sinful nature still resides there (Romans 7:22-25), causing the “perfect condition of sanctification” to be progressive, “a work in progress,” that we are Commanded to peruse, which is “going onto perfection.” What follows are few references I use to prove the importance of the …Continual Effort… to improve in our obedience …after… receiving Jesus’ atonement to receive the “hope and promise” of eternal life. If we have to “hope” for eternal life this means it is not a guarantee without something being required of us, and thereby a “promise” that can be lost if we do not comply with what GOD requires of us to receive that “hope and promise” …after…receiving the free gift of Atonement through Faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The Apostles taught that God’s Atonement (Grace) is not a “cloak” or “license” to live wicked lives, but rather to be righteous servants of God, and for good reason; eternal life is a hope and a promise which has the “attached requirement” to live holy to receiving it after the Atonement.
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If we receive Jesus’ Atonement (Grace) through Faith and refuse to live holy lives, we …could … be rejected at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
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Romans 8:1 … There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
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1 Corinthians 9:27 … 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 rejected.
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2 Corinthians 5:9-10 … Wherefore we labor, that whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his BODY, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
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Philippians 3:11-19 … If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything you be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as you have us for an example. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
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Hebrews 4:1 and 11 … Let us therefore fear, least a PROMISE being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it … Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
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Hebrews 6:1 … Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
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Revelation 3:2-5 … Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found your WORKS perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore you will not watch, I will come on you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. You have a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they will walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcomes, the same will be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
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Samuel    4/23/2017 - [Go deep in your relationship with God not shallow]