Rejoice When A Christian Dies!!

Hello, there!

A truer statement was never more true….the MOST BLESSED moment in a Christian’s life is her or his death. Paul eagerly looked forward to it as written in Philippians 1:21 and 2 Corinthians 5:8. (Please also reference the Category “Living Is Christ….Dying Gain”) Ecclesiastes 7:8 echoes it well: “Better is the end of a thing than its beginning.”

Of course, we should certainly weep and grieve for the temporary loss of their physical presence, but in our spirit, we should REJOICE that they have finally come to the end of their earthly journey in this  dark, sin filled, sickness filled, suffering filled and sorrow filled world ruled by Satan. (John 12:31, 2 Corinthians 4:4)

Thankfully, in Their mercy and love, God and Christ Jesus give both unbelievers and Christians passing moments of human happiness and joy in one form or another, to each person as they deserve.

However, I would venture to speculate confidently that the fleeting human happiness and joy we now experience as mortals compared to that which we will experience in our GLORIFIED, newly transformed CELESTIAL BODIES (please reference the Category “Our Glorious New Bodies”) would be like comparing a lighted candle on earth to a million suns….maybe MORE!

And, always keep in mind….NOTHING HAPPENS WITHOUT GOD’S PERMISSION (please reference the Category by this same title). This means it was the right moment  for this particular Christian to die at this particular time….and it was the BEST thing to happen for EVERYONE involved, regardless of how human eyes may see it. (You might want to reference the Category “God Can Give Nothing But Blessing And Goodness”)

You might also want to read the Categories “Death Of Infants And Young Children” as well “Death”.

Until later, be blessed in Him.

Fred

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

Why It Is So Difficult To Be A True Christian

Greetings!

This Post follows nicely the last Post (“When God Becomes Real To Us”) concerning why it is so NECESSARY that  we CONTINUALLY have ABSOLUTE CONCENTRATION and DEPENDENCE on our Father and Christ Jesus, moment by moment. Please also read the UPDATE of 01/24/2015 that was added to the last Post today.

Here is a list of reasons why it is so VERY difficult to not only remain a true Christian but also to actually progressively grow into the Image of Christ Himself (Colossians 3:10).

1. The very nature of our corruptible and decaying earthly bodies is CONSTANTLY warring against the ‘fruit’ and desires of the Holy Spirit (Romans 7:22-23). Please also reference the Post “Law Of Sin In Our Members”.

2. The very center and essence of our being as humans is our  “heart” which Jeremiah 17:9 tells us “is DECEITFUL above ALL things, and DESPERATELY WICKED; who can know it?“.

In other words, we are pretty much PROGRAMED to be sinful!! Let’s continue.

3. If #1 and #2 were not bad enough, throw in how Satan and his band of sinister sidekicks are CONSTANTLY ASSAILING us from within! He and they are ALWAYS lurking to trap us into sinning at every and any available opportunity (1 Peter 5:8).

4. Add to all of this what Jesus teaches with the parable in Matthew 13:22 about how the cares, worries and desire for earthly goods and riches of this life can cause us to fall away completely. Concerning the truth in this parable Oswald Chambers writes (01/27/2015 entry….emphasis mine):

“It is one STEADY INVASION, and these things will come in like a flood, UNLESS we allow the Spirit of God to raise up the banner against it.”

WOW….talking about having the deck stacked against us, it would seem almost IMPOSSIBLE for any Christian to remain as such, much less grow into becoming more like our Lord Himself.

Thankfully and blessedly, because of God’s love, mercy and grace for us, we have the ability by the SAME Holy Spirit that was in Jesus when He walked the earth and overcame #1,#2,#3 and #4 (John 16:33)!

However, this victory is given only to those who CONTINUALLY (even though we may fall short and fail occasionally) “walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 8:1,4).

Not only are we able to have VICTORY but also have the ability to ENJOY the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22)  that is of a HOLY nature and far superior to its human counterpart! Please reference the Post “Fruit Of The Spirit” for more information on this.

This is why what is brought out in the Post “When God Becomes Real To Us” is so important….again, please read the UPDATE to this Post as noted the first paragraph above.

All the best in Him.

Fred

Thank God Continually For Being The Way He Is

Hey, there!

First of all, it defies human logic and the laws of science that there even is God. They scream out that something can never come from nothing and every thing has to have a beginning; so, how could God have no beginning?  Was there never a nothing to begin with? Ha!….I’m rightly confused!!

Anyway, after we come into our glory, I sure hope we will be able to ‘understand’ how our Father first got there!

We so take for granted that God is as PERFECT as He IS as well as for what He PERFECTLY is NOT.

He NEVER:

lies, leaves us alone NOR fails us, is unfair, is moody, is prejudice, is weak, is tired or sleepy, subjects us to anything that is not for our good, is mean spirited, makes a mistake, is caught by surprise at anything, is defeated, sins and is NEVER everything else we can think of that is negative, evil and smacks of failure.

He ALWAYS:

Is PERFECT and GLORIOUS in EVERY way….His POWER absolutely knows NO LIMIT! Is for and stands for LOVE, JUSTICE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS AND KINDNESS.

I have a calendar in my kitchen with different pictures for each month showing awesome views of the universe. They are truly  a wonderful reminder of His awesome power, the likes of which I am sure is just a SMALL SAMPLE of what we will discover and experience when we come into the Kingdom. You can reference the Post “God’s Creative Handiwork” for some breathtaking  displays.

Our Father also truly LOVES BEAUTY….besides those sample we see around us in nature, it is further illustrated by the description of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21:18-21.,,,JUST BEAUTIFUL!

Likewise, our Lord, Savior, Brother, Friend, and King ,Christ Jesus, is as PERFECTLY PERFECT as is His and our Father.

We should be so THANKFUL that the RULING POWER and CONTROL in all creation is not with someone like Satan; but rather, is with our Father and Jesus….and we should THANK Them TIME AND TIME AGAIN throughout the day and night with a short, spontaneous acknowledgment  of “THANK You for being there as You are”.

All the best, in Him.

Fred

Nothing Happens Without God’s Permission

Hello, again!

Nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, happens on this earth or in the heavens without the explicit ‘permission’ of God and Christ Jesus. Quite literally, there is no such thing as an ‘accident’!

John 1:3 informs us that “not even one thing came into being which has come into being” apart from God creating it through Jesus Christ. And, Colossians  1:15-17 not only confirms this but reminds us that “in Him, ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER” (emphasis mine). In other words, EVERYTHING is controlled by Him.

An illustration of this is in Job 1:6,12; 2:6 where Satan, himself, is shown to be limited ONLY to what God gives him ‘permission’ to carry out.

It should not concern us as to who is President of the United States or who rules any country on this earth because we know that God and Jesus Christ ALLOWED her/him or them to be in that position in accord with Their Own Divine purpose (Romans 13:1)….even though they may be humanly foolish and/or evil like Pharaoh (Romans 9:17), Hitler and other similar sickos.

Another example of this is in John 19:11 where Jesus tells Pilate “You would have no authority against Me, if it were not having been given you from above….”.

No President, head of state or ruler of any country  can carry out any decision or policy they have made UNLESS God and Jesus give them  ‘permission’ to do so:

“Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.” (Proverbs 16:1….The Message Bible)   Forecasters speculate on the possibility of an asteroid(s) striking the earth but this should NOT concern Christians because we know it will not happen without the ‘permission’ of God and Jesus. If it does happen, it is for Their Divine purpose and for our good, as well as the eventual good of all mankind. (Please reference the Post “All Creation Will Be Saved”)

This is true in our personal lives, obviously. Whatever circumstances you and I find ourselves in God and Christ Jesus not only allowed them but also engineered them….for Their Divine purpose with each of us.

The best example of why God and Jesus can allow such overwhelming evil,suffering and any circumstance to exist is the crucifixion of Jesus, Himself.

The GREATEST wrong, evil and sin EVER committed by any human or humans was when Jesus was crucified. The creation tortured its Creator and then nailed Him to a tree to suffer the most agonizing of deaths.

However, as it is with ALL the evil, wrongs and sufferings we have existing today, God gave ‘permission’ to have His Son go through this for His Divine purpose. We will clearly see why He could and can do this as explained below.

God actually takes this GREATEST of evils and sins and turns it into the GREATEST  BLESSING for the ENTIRE creation, even for those who did the crucifying! What love, power and wisdom does our God and Father have!!

This is the reason God and Jesus Christ can allow such awful suffering and circumstances to exist in the world: if God can take the GREATEST evil/sin (the Crucifixion) and turn it into the ENTIRE creation’s GREATEST BLESSING….which is their ultimate glorious salvation….how much ‘easier’ will it be for God, through Christ Jesus, to eventually bring about blessings and a glorious ending from ALL the ‘lesser’ evils, sins and sufferings that exist today, as well as in times past. (Please reference the Post “All Creation Will Be Saved”)

How blessed and fortunate we Christians (as well as, eventually, the ENTIRE creation) are to have a Father and Savior such as we have…. and we should be continually giving thanks to Them for this.

Later, in Him,

Fred

Giving Thanks ALWAYS For ALL Things

Greetings!

Paul was inspired to write in Ephesians 5:20  that we should “give thanks always for all things” and again in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “give thanks in everything”. If there was anyone who suffered exceedingly painful persecutions and hardships as a Christian, it was certainly him. And, yet, he experienced superabounding  joy in it all!! (Please reference the Post “Supernatural Joy”)

This is why he could sincerely advise all Christians as he did in verses 20 and 18….because of his own experience with “all” things.

God and Christ Jesus NEVER, EVER allow anything to touch us during our lives as Christians unless it is for our own good and advancement.

Christ Jesus, as God in the Old Testament, set boundaries when Satan was allowed to test Job (for Job’s betterment) and it is exactly that way today for all believers.

If we have a ‘bad hair day’ in any way, shape or form, They allowed it to come to us for our benefit, whether we understand the reason or not.

If your car has a flat tire when you are on the way to work in the pouring rain, when you are already late, then God and Jesus knew you needed that situation for whatever reason They saw necessary. Be thankful They love us enough to take the time to help us learn these lessons for our Spiritual growth, even using unpleasant circumstances at times.

The same is true when we are confronted with illnesses, difficulties in our family lives and in EVERY situation along the Christian road we take.

And, of course, They ALWAYS balance out the ‘bad’ experiences along with the ‘good’ experiences that we encounter during our earthly journey.

“ALL things are working together for good to those who love God”. (Romans 8:28)

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