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Foreword:  This is a new section on this blog entitled Question and Answers (QnA).  I will post from time-to-time questions from brothers and sisters that I am in regular communication with concerning biblical topics, and followed by my response. Firstly, the answers are not extensive. Second, anyone can put in his views on the topic via comments, whether one agrees or not, but I must insist that we ‘disagree agreeably’ and no ad hominems please. Third, the object is to stir us further into our study in the Word of God.  Hopefully, by God’s grace, the Holy Spirit will illuminate the Scriptures to us that we may behold the greatness and glory of our wonderful God through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

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A brother who frequents Christianster website and joins in discussions of specific bible topics passed on this comment from pastor John MacArthur, followed by a question from one of the bloggers of the post concerning the comment. Some words are in Pilipino (national language of the Philippines) and I have placed the English translation in italics.

J MacArthur says!

Salvation is by the elect, predestined, purpose of God. Damnation is by the unbelief of men. Now you say, “How do you resolve that?” I don’t resolve that! I can’t resolve that. But, I know God is perfect and He resolves it perfectly and that’s the best we can do with it. So, what do we do? When we’re saved, who do we thank? God. And when men go to hell, who do we blame? Them. You say, “I don’t understand that.” That’s right. And neither do I. The implications are this: if I’ve been saved, I praise God, I rejoice, I thank him; and when I go to an unbeliever, I don’t say, “Are you elect?”–like Spurgeon said, pull up their shirt-tail and see if they have an “E” stamped on their back. I go to them and I say, “You’ll be damned by your unbelief” and I plead with them to “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.” And I leave the resolution to God.

Question: Kuya (older brother) is this a right statement? Salvation is by the elect, predestined, purpose of God. Damnation is by the unbelief of men. Kasi may nag question sa post na eto (Because there is a question on this post)…. sabi nya (he said) is unbelief of men is out of sovereignty of God?

My Reply: Well, if the question is unbelief of men is out of the sovereignty of God? It’s a two-part question I suppose:

  1. Did God have a “control” over the entry of unbelief?  The answer is YES.
  2. Is God to blame? – NO. The answer is not based on His sovereignty alone but also on the wise counsel of the sovereign God. Because God is perfectly wise in all He does, therefore He cannot be blamed even if He is sovereign over men’s unbelief.

This is one of the many seeming paradoxes on the doctrine of God. I used the word ‘seeming’ because there are really no paradoxes in the Scriptures altogether. But they only seem paradoxes on this side of heaven as our sin-marred minds are finite.  

When Job said in chapter 42:2 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted,” it tells us of God’s sovereignty in all things at all times. But 42:3 tells us of our problem: “who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”

So, yes the bible teaches us that God is an absolute monarch (sovereign Lord) and yes, the bible teaches us that we are responsible for our damnation as well if we do not repent.  The farthest we can go based on Scripture is the fact that when Adam sinned, then we all sinned. The message of repentance and forgiveness in Jesus Christ is preached. We also know that unless God regenerates man, he will not believe Christ. If a particular man is sent to hell because of  his unbelief, and since we know that God alone can regenerate this man but He did not do so, we only have Paul’s answer in Romans on the question: ‘is God to be blamed?”…

19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? – Romans 9:19-24

In the end, man can only blame himself  for his sin, never God; for to blame God is already the manifestation of man’s being lost in sin.

Hope this helps.

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Foreword:  Goblins, ghouls, witches and demons…these are but a few of the costumes that young kids (and adults too) in many countries around the world will wear on Halloween’s eve (Oct 31) and go around merrily trick or treating from door-to-door . It is also the eve of the day of the commemoration of the dead and much is also celebrated about it. One thing for sure, it is good to lovingly remember people who have passed on into the next life. While many would love to think that their love ones are in a “happy place”, rarely will anyone like to think that they could have possibly gone to that “other place” which the Bible calls hell.

The issue of hell in some quarters have been relegated to a symbolism while some have altogether erased the reality of it, at least in their mind, calling it a ‘Christian myth’.  For who could truly erase it when the Lord Jesus Christ has talked much about its reality and the one place that He so warned all who would not repent and believe in Him.

Hell is much a part of these two celebrations mentioned above, whether one cares to admit it or not, and John Piper’s article on hell is posted hereunder because I think this is an opportune time to for us think about these things. Is hell a trick or a threat?

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How Willingly Do People Go to Hell? Does Anyone Standing by the Lake of Fire Jump In? by John Piper

C.S. Lewis is one of the top 5 dead people who have shaped the way I see and respond to the world. But he is not a reliable guide on a number of important theological matters. Hell is one of them. His stress is relentlessly that people are not “sent” to hell but become their own hell. His emphasis is that we should think of “a bad man’s perdition not as a sentence imposed on him but as the mere fact of being what he is.” (For all the relevant quotes, see Martindale and Root, The Quotable Lewis, 288-295.)

This inclines him to say, “All that are in hell choose it.” And this leads some who follow Lewis in this emphasis to say things like, “All God does in the end with people is give them what they most want.”

I come from the words of Jesus to this way of talking and find myself in a different world of discourse and sentiment. I think it is misleading to say that hell is giving people what they most want. I’m not saying you can’t find a meaning for that statement that’s true, perhaps in Romans 1:24-28. I’m saying that it’s not a meaning that most people would give to it in light of what hell really is. I’m saying that the way Lewis deals with hell and the way Jesus deals with it are very different. And we would do well to follow Jesus.

The misery of hell will be so great that no one will want to be there. They will be weeping and gnashing their teeth (Matthew 8:12). Between their sobs, they will not speak the words, “I want this.” They will not be able to say amid the flames of the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14), “I want this.” “The smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night” (Revelation 14:11). No one wants this.

When there are only two choices, and you choose against one, it does not mean that you want the other, if you are ignorant of the outcome of both. Unbelieving people know neither God nor hell. This ignorance is not innocent. Apart from regenerating grace, all people “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18).

The person who rejects God does not know the real horrors of hell. This may be because he does not believe hell exists, or it may be because he convinces himself that it would be tolerably preferable to heaven.

But whatever he believes or does not believe, when he chooses against God, he is wrong about God and about hell. He is not, at that point, preferring the real hell over the real God. He is blind to both. He does not perceive the true glories of God, and he does not perceive the true horrors of hell.

So when a person chooses against God and, therefore, de facto chooses hell—or when he jokes about preferring hell with his friends over heaven with boring religious people—he does not know what he is doing. What he rejects is not the real heaven (nobody will be boring in heaven), and what he “wants” is not the real hell, but the tolerable hell of his imagination.

When he dies, he will be shocked beyond words. The miseries are so great he would do anything in his power to escape. That it is not in his power to repent does not mean he wants to be there. Esau wept bitterly that he could not repent (Hebrew 12:17). The hell he was entering into he found to be totally miserable, and he wanted out. The meaning of hell is the scream: “I hate this, and I want out.”

What sinners want is not hell but sin. That hell is the inevitable consequence of unforgiven sin does not make the consequence desirable. It is not what people want—certainly not what they “most want.” Wanting sin is no more equal to wanting hell than wanting chocolate is equal to wanting obesity. Or wanting cigarettes is equal to wanting cancer.

Beneath this misleading emphasis on hell being what people “most want” is the notion that God does not “send” people to hell. But this is simply unbiblical. God certainly does send people to hell. He does pass sentence, and he executes it. Indeed, worse than that. God does not just “send,” he “throws.” “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown (Greek eblethe) into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15; cf. Mark 9:47; Matthew 13:42; 25:30).

The reason the Bible speaks of people being “thrown” into hell is that no one will willingly go there, once they see what it really is. No one standing on the shore of the lake of fire jumps in. They do not choose it, and they will not want it. They have chosen sin. They have wanted sin. They do not want the punishment. When they come to the shore of this fiery lake, they must be thrown in.

When someone says that no one is in hell who doesn’t want to be there, they give the false impression that hell is within the limits of what humans can tolerate. It inevitably gives the impression that hell is less horrible than Jesus says it is.

We should ask: How did Jesus expect his audience to think and feel about the way he spoke of hell? The words he chose were not chosen to soften the horror by being accommodating to cultural sensibilities. He spoke of a “fiery furnace” (Matthew 13:42), and “weeping and gnashing teeth” (Luke 13:28), and “outer darkness” (Matthew 25:30), and “their worm [that] does not die” (Mark 9:48), and “eternal punishment” (Matthew 25:46), and “unquenchable fire” (Mark 9:43), and being “cut in pieces” (Matthew 24:51).

These words are chosen to portray hell as an eternal, conscious experience that no one would or could ever “want” if they knew what they were choosing. Therefore, if someone is going to emphasize that people freely “choose” hell, or that no one is there who doesn’t “want” to be there, surely he should make every effort to clarify that, when they get there, they will not want this.

Surely the pattern of Jesus—who used blazing words to blast the hell-bent blindness out of everyone— should be followed. Surely, we will grope for words that show no one, no one, no one will want to be in hell when they experience what it really is. Surely everyone who desires to save people from hell will not mainly stress that it is “wantable” or “chooseable,” but that it is horrible beyond description—weeping, gnashing teeth, darkness, worm-eaten, fiery, furnace-like, dismembering, eternal, punishment, “an abhorrence to all flesh” (Isaiah 66:24).

I thank God, as a hell-deserving sinner, for Jesus Christ my Savior, who became a curse for me and suffered hellish pain that he might deliver me from the wrath to come. While there is time, he will do that for anyone who turns from sin and treasures him and his work above all.

Trembling before such realities, and trusting Jesus,

Pastor John Piper

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And Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” – Luke 23:34

“In praying for His enemies not only did Christ set before us a perfect example of how we should treat those who wrong and hate us, He also taught us never to regard any as beyond the reach of prayer. If Christ prayed for His murderers then surely we have encouragement to pray now for the very chief of sinners! Christian reader, never lose hope. Does it seem a waste of time for your to continue praying for that man, that woman, that wayward child of yours? Does their case seem to become more hopeless every day? Does it look as though they had gotten beyond the reach of Divine mercy? Perhaps the one you have prayed for so long has been ensnared by one of the satanic cults of the day, or he may now be an avowed and blatant infidel, in a word, an open enemy of Christ.  Remember then the Cross. Christ prayed for His enemies. Learn then not to look on any as beyond the reach of prayer….This Cross-intercession of Christ from His enemies met with a marked and definite answer.  The answer is seen in the conversion of three thousand souls on the Day of Pentecost.”

-Excerpt fromThe Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross’, page 10

 

AWPinkArthur Walkington Pink (1 April 1886 – 15 July 1952) was born and educated in England. He held pastorates in Australia and the United States. And authored numerous works, including Gleanings in Genesis, Gleanings from Elisha, Gleanings from the Scriptures, and The Sovereignty of  God.  Pink was virtually unknown and certainly unappreciated in his day. Independent Bible study convinced him that much of modern evangelism was defective. When Puritan and reformed books were generally disregarded by the Church was a whole, he advanced the majority of their principles with untiring zeal. The progressive spiritual decline of his own nation (Britain) was to him the inevitable consequence of the prevalence of a “gospel” that could neither wound (with conviction of sin) nor heal (via regeneration). 

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In a comment by a recent visitor to my weblog, he said in part, “People who talk to themselves and hear some sort of messages as Dr. Sproul said, as an advised to those who experience such, will better consult the counsel of Psychiatrists to the earliest possible time.” This was his quick response to my statement that I preach the Gospel to myself daily and so should we all.

I am not aware what context R C Sproul said that for I do not want to misrepresent him in any way. He is one of my favorites and he is a much respected contemporary writer, pastor and theologian. However, I do have a context for my own statement which that visitor did not even bother to inquire, at least, out of courtesy. That is, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is so precious to me that I recall to mind this good news of eternal worth that its message is a must to be consistently incorporated in my study, my prayer, my thoughts and when I evaluate my life everyday.

Surely I share this same daily meditation with most, if not all, Christians. One of them is Jerry Bridges whose books include Transforming Grace, The Discipline of Grace, Trusting God and The Pursuit of Holiness, to mention a few. His 2007 book ‘Respectable Sins’ was briefly featured in another Christian website, Challies.com.  This is not the first time he emphasized the need to preach the Gospel to ourselves. Hereunder is a full text of that post entitled ‘Jerry Bridges Preaches the Gospel to Himself’. It is wise to heed such an advise lest we forget.

 

Jerry Bridges Preaches the Gospel to Himself

In his new book Respectable Sins, Jerry Bridges writes about the important discipline of preaching the gospel to yourself every day. Realizing that many people have heard of this discipline but do not know how to practice it, he provides an overview of how he does so. I found it helpful and trust you will too. What could be more important than beginning each day with a fresh understanding of the great work of the gospel and its application to your life?


Since the gospel is only for sinners, I begin each day with the realization that despite my being a saint, I still sin every day in thought, word, deed, and motive. If I am aware of any subtle, or not so subtle, sins in my life, I acknowledge those to God. Even if my conscience is not indicting me for conscious sins, I still acknowledge to God that I have not even come close to loving Him with all my being or loving my neighbor as myself. I repent of those sins, and then I apply specific Scriptures that assure me of God’s forgiveness to those sins I have just confessed.

I then generalize the Scripture’s promises of God’s forgiveness to all my life and say to God words to the effect that my only hope of a right standing with Him that day is Jesus’ blood shed for my sins, and His righteous life lived on my behalf. This reliance on the twofold work of Christ for me is beautifully captured by Edward Mote in his hymn “The Solid Rock” with his words, “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” Almost every day, I find myself going to those words in addition to reflecting on the promises of forgiveness in the Bible.

What Scriptures do I use to preach the gospel to myself? Here are just a few I choose from each day:

As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)

“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” (Isaiah 43:25)

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin. (Romans 4:7-8)

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

There are many others, including Psalm 130:3-4; Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 38:17; Micah 7:19; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 2:13-14; Hebrews 8:12; and 10:17-18.

Whatever Scriptures we use to assure us of God’s forgiveness, we must realize that whether the passage explicitly states it or not, the only basis for God’s forgiveness is the blood of Christ shed on the cross for us. As the writer of Hebrews said, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins (9:22), and the context makes it clear that it is Christ’s blood that provides the objective basis on which God forgives our sins.

 

 

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The original article – The Power of Repentance – is posted in Apprising Ministries website and the context has to do with seeker-sensitive, Church Growth Movement leaders. I could not just put a link here because it is such a good short post that I decided to share with you a large portion of it quoted herebelow. However, I still recommend that you click on the linked title to take you to the actual website and explore more of Ken Silva’s musings and exposition of the growing apostasy in the Body of Christ.  Also at the bottom of this post, is a link to one way we could pitch in to keep the website going.

For those who joined in the Panoply Series, we read here one example of Satan’s ‘methodeia’ – to cast doubt about God’s gift of repentance through faith in Christ Jesus and the broken power of sin upon the believer’s life.

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Major Excerpt from The Power of Repentance

By Ken Silva, founder of Apprising Ministries

He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:36-47, NASB)

Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse was beyond question a very well-respected teacher of the Bible. And below he speaks of:

a Sunday School teacher [who] once asked a class what was meant by the word “repentance.” A little boy put up his hand and said, “It is being sorry for your sins.”

A little girl also raised her hand and said, “Please, it is being sorry enough to quit [sinning].” There is, indeed, a vast difference between the two. That is why the Lord said through [His prophet] Joel — Rend your heart and not your garments (Joel 2:13). (Illustrating Great Themes of Scripture, 128).

As Barnhouse also said:

The [true] born-again Christian, looking upon his heart, is forced to say: If I were but the justice of God, I would send myself to eternal separation from God. If I were but the holiness of God, I would separate myself eternally from that holiness. Then we can understand that only by that redeeming love which came to the cross and bore the stroke of that justice and the separation of the holiness, is it possible for love to redeem us and draw us to Him. (ibid.)

Therein lies another very key aspect of the vicarious penal substitutionary atonement of Jesus on the Cross, which is so vital for us to finally come to understand. And it also just happens to be the very area that Satan and his minions really work so hard to keep Christians from grasping.

The enemy knows that if he can keep you from understanding this, then he can also keep you from being effective in your witness for Jesus in this hour of growing spiritual darkness. A time when even people within the visible church of Jesus Christ themselves are so desperately in need of the power unleashed by God at the Cross.

And here’s what Satan doesn’t want you to discover: When you are regenerated  i.e. “born again” his control over you is completely broken; and you are no longer a slave to the prince of the power of the air. Can you see it now; Satan is only the prince of the power of air—the ruler of…well, nothing!

 

Note from Emmaustrekker: To anyone who may read this post –  if you are a regular visitor of Apprising Ministries and have benefitted from it, please consider making a love gift by linking to this>>>  THANK YOU! 

 

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Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit – Psalm 32:1-2

The heading for this psalm says it’s a maskil of David.  Whether this is a musical or a liturgical term, both are true as this song embodies a form of worship to the Lord who alone can forgive sin.  Man, in his fallen nature, can somehow bestow upon another human being a certain type or amount of forgiveness but it infinitely falls short of the glory of the one true forgiving God. We were not told of any particular sin here but sin is sin nonetheless regarding of its type, and it ultimately is a transgression against God.  Psalm 51:4 tells to whom do we sin  ultimately,

 Against You , You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight.”

Reading Psalm 32, we are informed on the following: 

  • (v.1-2) the blessedness of the God-forgiven man,
  • (v.3-4) the burden of unconfessed sin that weighs so heavily upon the soul and body,
  • (v.5) sincere acknowledgement of sin and promised forgiveness received,
  • (v. 6) the sin-liberated man’s call to everyone to seek the Lord before judgment day,
  • (v. 7) freedom from judgment for those who sought the Lord (followed perhaps by a moment of reflection as suggested by selah which is already an unknown term today),
  • (v.8-9) God leads the steps of the forgiven man (through the Word),
  • (v.10) contrasting situation between the unrepentant person and the forgiven man, and
  • (v.11) the rejoicing unto God of the one whose sin has been removed.

Note that the word transgression is singular as in many cases in the New Testament which uses sin. Man is always called through the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to repent from their sin.  The two-fold implication of the singular form sin has to do with man, firstly as being sinful, and then his sins.  It is worth repeating here that man sins because he is a sinner;  his sinful actions are a proof of his fallen nature. By nature, he is a slave to sin hence the thoughts of his heart and his deeds are continually evil in God’s eyes.  Anyone who disagrees will only have to hear what Lord says about humanity in Genesis 6:5 (continually evil), Matthew 7:11 (who are evil), and no one does good nor counted righteous in the sight of God (Psalm 14:1-3; Romans 3:11-12)

With our fallen nature touching every facet of our lives and the consequential living charaterized by sin, we are truly in a wretched state. But blessed is the man whose sin God does not count against and the solution is, and will always be, outside ourselves.  God who is just is also the justifier (Romans 3:26).  He condemned us yet  He provided the atonement (Psalm 65:3) through His Son, Jesus Christ (1 John 2:8). Through God the Son alone is the blessing graciously granted and received by faith in Him and His finished work on the cross of Calvary.

Not only does forgiveness in Christ Jesus sets us free from the slavery of sin, condemnation and judgment, but also sets us free to seek Him continuously, to understand the Word and be led by the  Holy Spirit  to walk in the path of righteous living, and to live in continual fruitful repentance.

Today, the world pursues blessings and you hear people left and right talk about it. And hey, we even receive emails that commands you to ‘pass this message to 10 people and you will be blessed’, which to the discerning heart is a form of sorcery.  But the world is only after its own lust, always giving itself to pursuit of earthly pleasures rather than God. Wordly blessings are not only measured in fame, health and wealth but wickedness that sinful humanity so hotly pursue.  A fornicator considers his partner a blessing.  A beauty queen considers her scantily-clad body paraded before the world her blessing. A successful singer consider his voice a blessing while songs so devoid of godliness are sung for all to hear. The successful CEO considers his business a blessing even as he abandons every conduct of honesty and integrity. Every person considers his earthly freedom a blessing even though each one rejects the only true spiritual liberation Jesus Christ can give.   All humanity considers its growing unity their blessing even when they have all together ignored and sneered at the Gospel of  Jesus Christ. All these will perish and become meaningless in the face of eternity.  God’s Word tell us plainly that the world and its desires will perish (1 John 2:17).

But to the one who repents and has faith in Jesus Christ, he is the truly blessed person, whose sin God remembers no more (Isaiah 43:25) –

I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”

Indeed this is the blessing that exceedingly matters.  May God bless you in His Son.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace…” – Ephesians 1:7

 

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And behold, I am always with you, to the end of the age – Matthew 28:20

After the Lord declared His authority and commissioned the disciples to spread the good news, teaching those who will believe the Gospel everything that Jesus said and did, it was about the time that He will ascend to His rightful place and be seated at the right hand of God. The disciples would undoubtedly need comfort and these last words of the Lord was the coup de grace of all comforts: “I am always with you…”

Not only were these words of comfort to those who are being left behind for a while but also a source of strength as these disciples will face the world to preach the Gospel. Their account in the book of Acts testify to this fact. But allow me to take this verse to its personal level, not only for myself but for every Christian as well. I will remain in the purpose of the Scriptures: that we may know Him.

Like the early disciples, we face a world that is too pre-occupied with its own business – for various reasons; work, family, friends, leisure.  Every person is at the same time interacting somehow with each other, some for a while, some for long periods of time.  But if there is one thing about this fallen world to realize is that no one is, nor will be a constant companion. People leave, some relocate, some fall away from friendship, some become indifferent, everyone will die sooner or later. And that leaves us alone…but not so for a Christian. By “Christian” I do not mean the nominal kind who attends a local church congregation but rather one who has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and who has a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, in love with Scriptures and whatever is righteous according to it, hates sin, loves the believers, preaches the Gospel to whoever may cross his path as God enables him, and by grace is separated from the way of the fallen world – this person may fall into sin, but he runs in repentance towards the Lord for forgiveness and trusts in the security of salvation that Jesus paid for with His life.

Yes, the Christian disciple is also busy, but like everybody else, there comes an occassion that he is left alone with none to interact with…yes, I have known times like this. Times when I had so much to say about the Lord to someone, both believers and unbelievers, but there’s none who simply has the moment to listen because they have other things to do.  At the ebb of this longing, I find my greatest comfort…Jesus Christ.  He is always with me according to His promise. And His last words recorded by Matthew was brought to my remembrance, to which I found my comfort – a joyful comfort.

So to the Christian I share this encouragement and may the Lord bless you with the same desire to get back to His word with which God communicates with us and through prayer, by which we communicate with Him.

To the one who has not repented and believed in Jesus the Son of God, what awaits him is an eternity of being alone in an inexpressible torment in the fiery furnace away forever from the love of God through His Son.  The wrath of God is upon all men and only Jesus has propitiated for this by dying and shedding His blood on the cross at Calvary.  Only in Him can men be forgiven and reconciled to God. And when you have repented of your sin and believed in the grace and forgiveness of God through Jesus, that is just the beginning of the eternal comforts and companionship of Him who is forever praised both now and forever more. Amen.

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