Sunday, August 28, 2016

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER 15 (part 3 of 3)
L A O D I C E A

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 spue 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 eyesalve, 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
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....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.
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/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).
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DEFENSE FOR THE “ARCHKO VOLUME”  http://www.scribd.com/doc/76537136/A-Definite-Appraisal-of-the-ArchkoVolume-Hubert-Luns, and http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/minister/MahanWilliamDennes.htm
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This past week was conversations with Liberals, Unitarians, Israelis, and Muslims. Liberals deny any need to Obey God after repentance from sin despite all the references those like we provide to the contrary. One of the references provided was 2 Corinthians 5:15-21; v15 validates we are to live our live for Jesus not for ourselves and v21 does not say “we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” but says “that we MIGHT BE (Gr. become) THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Christ Jesus;” clear evidence that to become the righteousness of God the qualifier is to live our life to please Him not to please ourselves. Liberals like to claim Jesus finished everything one the Cross, but Hebrews 6:1-2 proves after the atonement we are to go onto Perfection which the Lord has shown me is a maturing process toward total obedience to God’s perfect will for our life. What Jesus finished on the Cross and through His resurrection is ONLY the Beginning of God’s Plan of Salvation NOT the final requirement.
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God’s Plan of Salvation has always been Faith, Atonement, AND Obedience; one without the other two does not provide eternal life for anyone. Jesus found fault with the Church of Sardis (Rev 3:5) for their lack of going on to perfection saying in v2 “I have not found your works perfect before God,” in v3 He says “…repent…,” and in v5 “…and I will not blot your name out of the book of life…” It is very clear with the information provide here that God requires something of us AFTER receiving the Atonement for sin to be forgive and atoned for that God provided for us through Jesus as LORD and Savior, Living our life to please Him is also required to receive eternal life. These are only a few of the references in the Bible to validate what is written here in. I have been using Revelation 3:5 and a few others from the OT that prove our name can be removed from the book of Life; thereby proving Once Saved Always Saved and “Eternal Security” is false.
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The Lord helped me to see that the church of Sardis is not the only one He threaten. He also made as statement in the church of Smyrna as found in Revelation 2:11 “… he that overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” Another qualifier to receive eternal life is being FAITHFUL to live for Him unto our last breath, which 1 Peter 1:9 and Hebrews 10:38-39 validate. We have two other qualifiers to receive eternal life after the Atonement; living to please God (going onto perfection) and being faithful to our last breath. Those who embrace OSAS and eternal security make the false claim “anyone who apostates were never truly saved, otherwise they would not have;” Hebrews 6:4-8 and Matthew 7:21-23 proves that claim is as false as the OSAS and eternal security doctrines. In a response to a liberal who foolishly believes obedience to God is a “works base salvation,” the Lord gave me this to define the difference:
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@T Josiah Richardson ...
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God knows that while we are in this physical body we are 24/7 subject to the possibility of failure to obey, it is for this reason His Atonement has provision for forgiveness, when we ask. The word “IF” in 1 John 2:1-3 is a key word to confirm we are required not to disobey HIM; we are to obey His commandments. The “works” in Eph 2:9 are not the “good works” in Eph 2:10.  God’s Plan of Salvation HAS ALWAYS been; Faith Atonement and Obedience.
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A “works based salvation” is that which has no atonement for sin and falsely teaches my piety alone can achieve eternal life for my soul Eph 2:9 is the answer against that. Eph 2:8 plus verse 10 is God’s Plan of Salvation. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God … we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Heb 6:1a). Piety (obedience) without faith and atonement saves no one, but piety (obedience) WITH faith and atonement does; God’s Plan of Salvation has always been this way.
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Samuel   8/28/2016