God’s Plan Of The Ages

Hi, again.

If the Scriptures are translated literally and consistently, they reveal a GLORIOUS plan that God and Christ Jesus have in progress and it is broken down into ‘ages’ or ‘eons’. This is an excerpt from the Post (Category) “Eon vs Forever”:

“If they had just PROPERLY TRANSLATED IT CONSISTENTLY, as several versions such as Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible,  Young’s Literal Translation and the Concordant Literal Version have done, we Christians would EASILY see that God has a “PLAN OF THE AGES” (Ephesians 3:11), there was a time “before the ages or eons” (2 Timothy 1:9), that Christ “made the eons or ages” (Hebrews 1:1-2), there are “oncoming ages” (Ephesians 2:7) and there are the “ends of the ages” (1 Corinthians 10:11).”

End of excerpt. All three of the Bible versions mentioned above are available for FREE at http://www.studybible.info .

Let’s take a look at this WONDERFUL plan:

1. We are now living in “this present wicked age” (Galatians 1:4) and the “age of this world” (Ephesians 2:2).

2. There are ‘ages’ to come after this one. (Revelation 1:6; Ephesian2:7).

3. The next ‘age’ will begin after the Lord’s Day and the following ‘Second Coming’ of Jesus. Then will be the beginning of the  Millennium, or the 1,000 year reign mentioned in Revelation 20:6;  it is referred to in Mark 10:30 and Luke 18:30 as “the coming age”. It is during this time that all believers will have come into our/their glory and been changed into the likeness of Christ Jesus Himself (Philippians 3:21; Revelation 20:4-5).
 
4. At the conclusion of the Millennium and after Satan’s rebellion is defeated, there comes the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11).  This is where ALL who have ever lived will be judged for their actions as humans. This EXCLUDES   all believers as we have already appeared before the “judgment seat” of God and Christ and inherited our new,immortal Christ-like bodies, as explained in the Post (Category) “Judgment Seat Of Christ vs Great White Throne Judgment”.
 
Those who ‘survive’ the White Throne Judgment are the ones written in the “Book of Life” and they will go on to experience life with the ‘new heaven and new earth’ (Revelation 20:12-15; 21:1). These ‘survivors’ of the Judgment are the ones mentioned as the “nations” in Revelation 21:24 and 22:22.
 
5.  After the White Throne Judgment, Revelation 21 describes how the “New Jerusalem” will descend from the “new heaven”  and set up shop on the “new earth”. It reveals how there will  no longer be a need for a sun nor a moon because God Himself and Christ Jesus will abide in New Jerusalem and be all the light that is ever needed (Revelation 21:23), and there will obviously never be another night (Revelation 21:25).
 
Revelation 22:1-2  describes “a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne and God and the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On the other side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding the fruit every month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
 
Now, “death” has NOT YET been abolished and ONLY God’s “elect” (those  believers mentioned in #3 and #4 above) have immortality at this particular time. The “nations”, on the other hand, are still mortals and need the healing power from the “tree of life”.
 
Revelation 22:5 goes on to say there will still be “ages” to come before the “end”.
 
6. Then, after the “ages” mentioned in verse 22:5 have run their course, there will come the “end” mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:24 when Christ has subjected ALL enemies and hostilities  under Him and He hands the Kingdom over to God the Father  in verse 24. The enemy that is  LAST to be “destroyed” or “abolished” is ‘death’ itself in verse 26.
 
This means that even those experiencing the  “second death”  in Revelation 20:14 are NOW RELEASED because ‘death’ NO LONGER EXISTS! Now is the time mentioned in verse 22 when ALL will be made “alive” (immortal) because of Christ’s sacrifice….as He FORETOLD in John 12:32: “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL men to Myself” (emphasis mine).
 
The ‘nations’ living on the ‘new earth’ will also now no longer need the “leaves” of the “tree of  life” for healing.
 
Those who have been released from the grips of the “second death” have already suffered and been chastised CONSIDERABLY , and they have ALREADY PAID an ENORMOUS  price for their sins….there is no need to continue to hold them in the unconscious state of death. Please reference the Posts “Death” and ” Misunderstanding About the Salvation of All Creation” for further information on this.
 
Those being released from the “second death” are the last group mentioned in verses 23 and 24 to receive the “life”, without the possibility of ever dying….SINCE DEATH HAS BEEN ABOLISHED!!
 
7. This, then, is God’s “plan of the ages”.
 
He  becomes “ALL THINGS IN ALL” as GLORIOUSLY and TRIUMPHANTLY  stated in verse 28!!
 
Please also reference the Posts “All Creation Will Be Saved”, “Misunderstanding About The Salvation Of All Creation”  and “Eon vs Forever” for a lot more information; as well, you might want to checkout the Posts “Hell” and “Death”.
 
Until later, in Him
Fred
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Thank You Lord

Greetings!

For some time now, “Thank You Lord” or “Lord God” has been my CONSTANT and CONTINUAL prayer to our Father and our Savior MINUTE by MINUTE (repeating it numerous times each minute when possible) and HOUR by each HOUR.

It has become my version, all wrapped into one, of the ‘approaches’ taken by Brother Lawrence in his “Practicing The Presence Of God” (please reference the Post by this title), the “Jesus Prayer” I came across in “The Way Of A Pilgrim” ( http://desertfathers.webs.com/thewayofthepilgrim.htm ), the writing by the anonymous author of “The Cloud Of Unknowing” ( http://www.catholicspiritualdirection.org/cloudunknowing.pdf ), the writings of William Law and others in an effort to CONSTANTLY and CONTINUALLY have God and Christ Jesus before me….my aid in assisting me to “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8).

As Brother Lawrence clearly explained, this kind of dedicated attention to God and Jesus can be difficult at first, but after persistent practice, it becomes a ‘natural’ part of you. Personally, I still have lapses but they are becoming fewer, and in spite of this….IT’S WORKING!!

Of course, I certainly haven’t attained to the ‘mystical’ experiences of Brother Lawrence, Saint Catherine of  Siena and so many others but the slow, evolving progress is obvious to me.

Although I don’t exactly “whistle while I work” quite yet, I have become much more patient and calm with menial tasks, which I used to NEVER look forward to! There is a peaceful acceptance of these chores that I never previously encountered.

More importantly, I am becoming more acquainted with our Father and Jesus in a way I cannot humanly describe. Again, it is by far not of a ‘mystical’ magnitude!

It helps keep me from those vain and useless ‘wandering thoughts’ (please reference the Post by this title) as well as my mind off of myself. This is probably why I am more at peace and contented.

I find my daily Scripture readings/studies to be more ‘alive’. Words take on more essence and meaning than they did before and I contemplate on them more often….it takes me much longer to get through a chapter and I thoroughly enjoy it!

I am quicker to laugh and more overjoyed in my spirit when I see or encounter good stuff; and on the other hand, I am also more deeply touched with sorrow by sad happenings, whether by natural evils, human evil and sin or just plain suffering; I cry easier at both the good and the bad.

This short HEARTFELT prayer repeated so frequently is not some mindless, robotic ‘chant’ or ‘mantra’, but rather, an expression to my Father and Savior that is understood between us to represent and include the following, but not limited to:

“Thank You Lord” or “Lord God” represents God and Christ Jesus for:

1.  Your loving and selfless sacrifice Jesus, not only for us believers but also those of the entire world (1 John 2:2)

2.  Just being there the way You are Father and Christ Jesus

3,  Your unfathomable grace, patience and mercy in Divine Love toward me and the entire world….especially believers

4.   Your calling me and guarding as well as establishing me (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

5.  Being able to be “strong in Him Who is invigorating me – Christ!” (Philippians  4:13)

6.  Filling my every need as well doing infinitely more for believers than we can ask or imagine (Philippians 4:19; Ephesians 3:20)

7.  Always knowing what I need without my even asking (Matthew 6:8)

8.  Humiliating and allowing me to suffer when I do not let You have Your way with me

9.  Allowing me to see that You will bring to a GLORIOUS END from ALL the sin, evil and suffering I am constantly and forever observing in the world  (1 Corinthians 15:28 and the Post “All Creation Will Be Saved”)

10. Your precious gift of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9) which not only is my Comforter/Advocate/Helper but will also lead me into all truth (John 14:26), will guide my every step through the day if I allow it (Romans 8:14), allows me to know the very depths of God (1 Corinthians 2:10) and the mind of Christ, Himself (1 Corinthians 2:16), is always interceding on my behalf with utterances and pleadings to God I cannot humanly understand (Romans 8:26)….but will also enable me to bear the  Holy fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).

11. Preparing an inheritance for all believers that is GLORIOUS and MAGNIFICENT beyond human comprehension and to take on an immortal, incorruptible celestial body (1 Corinthians 15:53) and existence EVEN of the nature of Christ Jesus Himself (Philippians 3:21)

12. Having ALL THINGS work for the good for all believers (Romans 8:28)

And, the list goes on!!!

Please don’t misunderstand me….there will always be times for regular, formal prayer. Likewise, during the day, we can spontaneously thank Them for various  things as they may occur as well ask for help as the need may arise.

It is in between these times that I go to Them with the “Thank You Lord” prayer.

We are fortunate and blessed beyond measure as Christians to ALWAYS be able to thank God and Christ Jesus for ANY and EVERYTHING (1 Thessalonians 5:18)….even that flat tire you have on the way to work when you were running late to begin with (if may have keep you from a nasty accident just up ahead!)!

Our Father and Savior do not allow ANYTHING to touch us that is not for our eventual good (Romans 8:28)….certainly just another reason for us to always and continually say “Thank You Lord”!!

Until later, in Him,

Fred

The Holy Spirit Was Not WITHIN Old Testament Believers

Hello!

I added Number 16 to the Post “Christian Tidbits” today pointing out that Old Testament believers did NOT have the Holy Spirit dwelling WITHIN them.

How FORTUNATE and BLESSED we Christians are to be under the New Covenant and actually have the Holy Spirit living WITHIN us! (Please reference the Post “God And Christ Jesus Are Literally In Us ALL THE TIME!!”)

In Old Testament times, under the Old Covenant, believers such as David could only experience having the Holy Spirit “upon” them (1 Samuel 16:13).

A good article on this can be found at http://www.instonebrewer.com/visualSermons/OT-HolySpirit/_Sermon.htm .

In addition to this, the believers of the Old Testament never referred to God  as their Father. The reason is that the God of the Old Testament was Christ Jesus ( 1 Corinthians 10:4) and He could obviously not be their Father.

Until later,

Fred

We Have The Mind Of Christ

Greetings!

1 Corinthians 2:16 does not say we ‘might’ have the mind of Christ nor does it say we ‘can’ have His mind. It is very definite in saying we , as believers, “have” the mind of Christ Jesus.

Think about that for a moment. The One Who created everything that ever came into existence (John 1:3) with an intelligence defying human imagination and understanding, God has graciously granted us, through no merit of our own, the presence of His mind within us! Of course, this applies more importantly to Spiritual realities, as well.

Staggering to say the least.

There is a catch, though. Like everything else that is ours because of Jesus’ sacrifice, except for our actual calling as believers, the realization and benefit  requires us to to go to and draw near to God and Jesus (James 4:8). (Please reference the Post “Why Isn’t God More Real To Me”)

As written by Andrew Murray in his  book ABSOLUTE SURRENDER, “The condition for obtaining God’s full blessing is absolute surrender to Him.”. (please reference the Post “Absolute Surrender”)

Being ‘lukewarm’ will never cut it with God and Christ Jesus as illustrated in Revelation 3:16: “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” (New American Standard). There is a good article about being ‘lukewarm’ by Francis Chan at http://www.iwilltrustinyou.org/post/3952064952/are-you-a-lukewarm-christian-by-francis-chan .

The super-wonderful experience of enjoying the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23), the “mind of Christ”, real “righteousness” (Matthew 5:6) and infinite other blessings from God and Christ Jesus await those believers who ‘hotly’ pursue all that which is of Them:

we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

The “mind of Christ” will become more evident within us the more we “HUNGER” and “THIRST after “righteousness” (Matthew 5:6)….and not just ‘mildly’ want and ‘mildly’ pursue that which is of our Father and Christ Jesus.

Until later,

Fred

Do Not Worry About Anything

Hey, there!

Philippians 4:6 actually tells us this! Even to a vast number of Christians this may seem like ‘pie-in-the-sky’ rhetoric.   For so many, worrying is such an enormous part of every day living that not to do so would even seem ‘non-realistic’ and ‘inhuman’. And, in a way it is because the Holy Spirit  enables us to go beyond being ‘human’ in this regard. Philippians 4:7 says:

“And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

There are actually a number of very good reasons why so many of us believers do not enjoy this ‘supernatural peace’, as it were, and to be able to overcome the debilitating fear of worrying.

One is that we have to: “in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6 HCSB). CONTINUAL prayer and petition is required, along with THANKSGIVING! We should not just dwell on the problem(s) that is looming at the moment but also be remembering how we have been blessed in so many ways at the same time.

And, maybe more importantly, another is we cannot expect to receive this ‘peace and freedom from worrying’ if we are not CONTINUALLY  looking to God and Christ Jesus even when there are no major problems in existence or on the horizon! Our Father and our Savior cannot be used as a ‘light switch’….turn to Them when we need Them (on) and mostly ignore Them when things are going fine (off) (please reference the Category “Hip Pocket God” for more on this).

It comes back to what should be our mainstay in our Christian walk: looking to God and Christ Jesus our every waking moment! Please reference the Category “Practicing The Presence Of God” on this subject as well as “Pray On The Potty”.

As well, always remember that NOTHING comes our way without God’s and Christ Jesus’ permission. This is clearly shown in the book of Job where Christ Jesus (He was God in the Old Testament) gave permission to Satan to bring trials on to Job. They ALWAYS approve the trials we experience for our own benefit (Romans 8:28) and NOTHING tries us that we are not properly fitted to handle (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Finally, keep in mind that the ‘problem’ may not go away if God and Jesus determine that it is for our benefit that it remain, as was the case with Paul’s “thorn in the flesh”. However, joyfully, we can deal with it while still experiencing “the peace of God, which surpasses every thought”!!

UPDATE 01/26/2015: This is an excerpt from Oswald Chambers’ 10/27/2015 entry in his book “My Utmost For His Highest” (please reference the Category by this same title for info on how to get this wonderful writing  free online.):

“I say to you, do not worry about your life….” Our Lord says to be careful only about one thing— our relationship to Him. But our common sense shouts loudly and says, “That is absurd, I must consider how I am going to live, and I must consider what I am going to eat and drink.” Jesus says you must not. Beware of allowing yourself to think that He says this while not understanding your circumstances. Jesus Christ knows our circumstances better than we do, and He says we must not think about these things to the point where they become the primary concern of our life.”

Take care in Christ.

Fred

Judgment Seat of Christ vs Great White Throne Judgment

Greetings! The judgment seat of Christ mentioned in 2 Corinthians 5:10 and the judgment seat of God mentioned in Romans 14:10 are both different from the Great White Throne Judgement in Revelation 20:11….and for good reason, which will be explained.

The “seat” mentioned in Romans and 2 Corinthians comes from the Greek word “bema” and it merely denotes a raised platform. More importantly, at this particular judgment there are ONLY saved believers present! This is the time, after we saints have either been resurrected or those still alive have been transformed to our new bodies, that each one of us will have our works/behavior as Christians judged. It is described further in 1 Corinthians 3:8,13-15 (New American Standard):

“13. each man’s work will become evident ; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15.If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss ; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” (End of quotation)

Notice that at this ‘judgment’ it is a matter of whether ‘rewards’ will be received or not….the individual’s life and being saved are NEVER in question; whereas, at the Great White Throne Judgment it is a question of LIFE or DEATH!

No acts BEFORE we were called and saved will be considered….those previous acts  were totally done away with and paid for at our conversion because of Christ’s sacrifice!

This is the occasion when each Christian will either be rewarded in some fashion or lose some reward(s) in some fashion. THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION FOR ANY OF US AT THIS TIME! We will be in our overwhelmingly joyous and glorified state with our Christ-like celestial bodies (Philippians 3:21) which we will inherit as being in the “first resurrection” (Revelation 20:5).  This “judgement” is a time when we are evaluated in TOTAL LOVE by God and Christ to either lose or receive rewards accordingly. We will wholeheartedly agree with the outcome and accept any gain or loss with gratitude.

Conversely, a true believer/saint will NEVER appear before the Great White Throne Judgment….we will have already inherited our glorified bodies (Philippians 3:21; Revelation 20:5). Only non-believers (those who have never heard of Christ as well as infants and babies) and unbelievers appear before the White Throne.

See you later,

Fred

Christian Tidbits

Greetings….this Post will be an ongoing one where I will add information from time to time that you might find interesting, and maybe even helpful! It could also be titled “Did You Know?”:

1. Jesus was also an Apostle. Hebrews 3:1

2. It is unknown how many “wise men” there were when they brought gifts to Jesus; and, they actually came to Him in a “house”, not a manger scene. Matthew 2:11

3. According to Clarke’s Commentary, the names of the two robbers who were crucified with Jesus were Zoathon on the right and Chammatha on the left (http://bible.cc/mark/15-27.htm)

4. The Bible is not only the world’s best-selling book but it is also the most shoplifted! (Several sources, but one is http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=17733)

5. Believers are never told to celebrate the birth of Jesus….for one thing, it is unknown. (December 25 was a pagan holiday and has nothing to do with the real day Jesus was born on)

6. Believers are never told to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, although we are told to observe elements of  the “Last Supper”.

7. Talk about “funny money”: David purchased his first wife, Michal, from Saul with 200 foreskins of just killed Philistines! 1 Samuel 18:27

8. There are at least 64 types/kinds of “spirit” mentioned in the Bible, based on Strong’s Concordance using the King James Version:

“God, Christ,anguish,sword,worship,fear

mouth,grace,glory,antichrist,error,foul

righteousness,familiar(psychic),wisdom,jealousy

evil,sorrowful,sad,lying,good,understanding

troubled,hasty,humble,broken,man,vexation

beast,proud,judgment,burning,perverse

Holy,contrite,faint,excellent, whoredom,grace

unclean,dumb,deaf,power,infirmity

truth,divination,holiness,life,bondage,adoption

slumber,fervent,love,meekness,gifts

healing,faith,earnest,joy,peace,gentleness

longsuffering”

In addition to these, there are the  7 Spirits which stand before the throne in Revelation 1:4.

The various spirits govern us….not the physical elements.

9. The New Jerusalem will be about 1,500 miles long, about 1,500 miles wide and about 1,500 miles high. Revelation 21:16 ( a furlong is about an 1/8th of a mile)

10. It is interesting that the beginning of our present heavens and earth in Genesis 1:1-2 started with a complete covering of water. With the advent of the new heaven and new earth in Revelation 21:1, the sea and oceans will no longer exist. Sorry, surfer dude/dudette! And, no more tanning,  as there will be no sun….Revelation 21:23.

11. In 1526, William Tyndale published the first printed English New Testament. For his faithful efforts, the clergy and bishops of the Church of England were instrumental is having him endure a disgusting and cruel imprisonment, then being strangled at the stake and finally burned to ashes in 1536….fervently praying with his last words, “Lord, open the king of England’s eyes.”. (Paraphrased from Adlai Loudy’s GOD’S  EONIAN PURPOSE, Chapter 2)

12. James, the brother of Jesus, at some point became an apostle (Galatians 1:1).

13. Humans and animals have a soul….plants don’t (this is taken from the Post: “Lazarus and the Rich Man”):

“the soul is actually in the blood: “for the soul of all flesh, it is in the blood” (Lev.17:11….Strong’s Concordance has “nephesh” or “soul”; also, Darby’s Translation, Concordant Literal Old Testament and Bullinger’s Companion Bible have “soul”). Where there is no human blood….there is no human soul (or, life, consciousness, etc.).”

“This is why animals and humans can be said to have a “soul”….because they have blood flowing within them. Even though plants, vegetation and the like are “living organisms”, they are never said to have a “soul” because they have no blood….meaning, they have no consciousness nor any type of feelings. If you chop a tree down, rest assured it feels no pain!”.

14. Why is it difficult for any Christian to believe in the resurrections to come since God was the One Who originally created humans through Christ from the ‘dirt’ to begin with? And, Jesus even says in Matthew 3:9 that God is able to create “children to Abraham” from stone itself.

15. It is estimated that the number of living species on our planet ranges from 3 million to 100 million. Consider the fact that God through Christ Jesus had to create an INDIVIDUAL and UNIQUE ‘behavioral computer chip’ for each species!! They ALL function differently and obviously need their own distinct behavioral pattern programmed into their personal being in order to live and survive, based on the way each is created. Simply amazing!!

16. Old Testament believers are never said to have the Holy Spirit “within” them, but rather, “upon” them. Please reference the Post “The Holy Spirit Was Not WITHIN Old Testament Believers” for more information.

Until later,

Fred