Category Archives: Jesus

Divisions

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. Romans 16:17

As the old saying goes “Divide and conquer”. Satans strategy against the body of Christ is to divide the body of Christ. And if you look at the state of the Church today, hes done a good job. There are over 40,000 different denominations and spinoffs of Christianity. When you go on social media, Christians spend way more time arguing with each other than evangelizing to non-believers and skeptics

Jesus said a kingdom divided will not stand (Mark 3:24) The ironic thing is the Apostle Paul teaches those who are causing division in the Church, get rid of them! As Jesus taught about the Wheat and the Tares (Matthew 13) Satan is going to plan some Tares in your Church. This is why its crucial for a healthy Church to have good leadership.

For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:18

So how do we know who the Wheat and Tares are in the Church? Well Jesus said “They will be known by the Fruit they produce “ (Matthew 7:16) As the Apostle Paul teachers here, there agenda is not to serve Christ but to serve themselves. If somebody is bringing in personal and hidden agendas into the Church, that contradict the Word of God, get rid of them!

The problem today with the Church is we care more about numbers than we do about discipleship. All pastors care about is how many seats are filled rather than who is actually sitting in those seats. The reality is, the Church is the body of Christ that are Born Again Believers , its set Apart from the walking dead

There’s a time to Evangelize and there’s a time for the body to worship together! Don’t allow Satan to corrupt your Church!

Love Your Neighbor

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. Romans 15:1-2

If you have been a Born Again Christian for awhile, you have probably made some mistakes growing through your faith and have been corrected, rebuked, or edified by the Holy Spirit. We need to remember this when we encounter new Christians. They probably don’t know us much scripture as you, they probably haven’t wrestled much with theological ideas, so they are at a different spot in their journey with Christ

We need to remember this and be patient and kind to the entire body of Christ. This can be very difficult at times as we want to “call out” everything we believe Christians are doing wrong. This obviously causes great division among the body quickly, as the Bible states we are to strive to live in peace with everyone

So what can we do? First we should be praying for them, the Holy Spirit is our greatest teacher and can guide anyone to truth. Second we all need to devote time in scripture. If a fellow Christian is behaving in a way that contradicts scripture, then show them the scripture. Let them chew on the scripture and have them come to their conclusion

For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. Romans 15:3

Jesus Christ, our Master, lived a self-sacrificing life. Anything he did was not for his greater good, but for ours. We should live by His example, to show mercy, compassion, and truth. Don’t be a stumbling block for your brothers and sisters. Be strong for them and help them on their path with Christ! Amen!

Every Knee Will Bow

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. Romans 14:11

Can you believe what that person just said or what they did? How can they claim to be a Christian? We spend a lot of time worrying about other peoples salvation, guess what Jesus is King and Lord and we are not! Everyone is going to have to face Christ in the end and give an account of their lives! We don’t need to worry about every detail of everybody’s life, they need to worry about that, its called accountability.

That preacher that’s stealing from his congregation, they will need to answer to Jesus. That heretic that knowingly writes false prophecies to mislead people, they will need to answer to Jesus. Every knee will bow to the Lord Jesus, Every knee, not just the save but also the unsaved.

The Atheist will bow down to Jesus, the Muslim will bow down to Jesus, the Buddhist will bow down to Jesus, every knee will one day bow down to Jesus because he is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. These are not just titles given, they are His authority over all of Creation!

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Romans 14:12

Bible says “Everyone” will give an account to God about your life! Not just the unsaved but also the saved. What have you done with your life? Have you lived to serve The Lord or serve yourself? Don’t waste your life in selfish deceit

One day we are going to give an account of our life to the Creator and King, what is Jesus going to say to you?

Fire Is Not Quenched

Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. Mark 9:48

Did Jesus speak about Hell? Absolutely, what did he have to say about it? Well here we see he describes Hell as a place their worm will never die and the fire will never be quenched. Sounds like eternal torment to me. What does Jesus mean about their worm?

Well if we look at the orginal Greek the word here is “scolex” which also means gnawing and anguish. So he could be saying your torment will never end. However why do all the English translations say “worm”? Well Jesus is actually quoting the Prophet Isaiah here (Isaiah 66:24) If we look at the original Hebrew for this word “towlatam” which is also translated as “oppressor” and “worm”

For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remainAnd it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD..And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. Isaiah 66:22-24

When we read Isaiah 66, there is where God is revealing the New Heavens and Earth and also the eternal destination for the unsaved. Because God is revealing his eternal Kingdom we can also assume God is revealing his eternal “Hell” for the wicked

The word quenched translated from Greek and Hebrew means exactly what is says. The Fire will never be extinguished, its an eternal Hell-Fire. Its very clear from these teachings that Jesus and Isaiah were speaking of an Eternal Hell where the weeping and gnashing of teeth would never end!

Glory To Christ

One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. Romans 14:5-6

Often there is a lot of divisiveness among Christians because they argue about sacramental things, such as should we worship on the Sabbath or the Lords Day? Should we keep the feast days or should we celebrate Christmas? There’s a lot of good arguments we can come up with to defend all these positions, however as the Apostle Paul is trying to teach here, its about our relationship with Christ.

If your fully persuaded in your mind that keeping the Sabbath is part of your covenant with Christ, then you should do it. Or if your fully persuaded that only worshipping on the Lords Day is part of the New Covenant with Christ, then do that.

For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. Romans 14:7-8

Whatever we do, we do all things for Jesus Christ. So whether we worship on Saturday or Sunday, we should be worshipping for Christ and not ourselves. Technically we should worship everyday, however the point is its not about winning theological arguments, its about our relationship with Jesus Christ

Do what brings honor and glory to Christ, its not about us, its all about Him. Live for Christ! Amen!

Is Hell Eternal?

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Matthew 25:46

Is Hell eternal? Well first I would ask you, do you believe Heaven is eternal? I’m sure almost everyone has no problem with accepting that Paradise is eternal, so why do we have these same people who would say Hell is temporary or symbolic? If your going to be honest, you need to be consistent. God is eternal , and designed us to originally be eternal. Our destination is eternal , whether good or bad. You cant just pick of choose which qualities of God you like

When you look at the original Greek here, the word “aionion” This same Greek word is used when Jesus describes Heaven and Hell. This word is typically translated as “Eternal” or “Everlasting”. Now some would say “This word just means Age-ending”, meaning that its not eternal but temporal. The problem with this is, if your going to say Hell is temporal then you must also say Heaven is temporal.

This is why I said in the beginning, you cant have it both ways. Either Heaven and Hell are both eternal or not. There’s no way to theologically dance around this. This is one of the reasons I totally reject annihilationism or conditional immortality

Understand this , we must prepare for the eternal, whether good or bad. This life has eternal consequences, get Born Again and inherit eternal life. Amen!

Live At Peace

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Romans 13:7

When the Pharisees questioned Jesus, show we pay taxes to Caesar? His response was not what everyone was looking for. As the Apostle Paul is basing his teachings on Jesus, we are to pay our taxes to the governments and respect their authority. You might ask why? Why would God want us to obey corrupted governments and give them are hard earned wages?

First off God is a God of Law and Order. Without our governments , police force, and militaries, there would be total chaos in the world. Governments were instilled by God to maintain some Law and Order among people. However with that being said, when a government implements their own laws that are contradictory to Gods word, we should not follow them.

For example, gay marriage. God implement his law of Marriage in the book of Genesis (Genesis 2). Jesus also teaches on this subject (Mark 10)  Apostle Paul also teaches on the subject of marriage (Ephesians 5)When governments try to overrule God and make their own laws, we should obey Gods law instead

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8

Now even though we have differences and opinions with others, we should still try to Love them. For example the gay marriage topic, you may not agree with me that marriage should only be between one man and one woman. That’s ok, I respect your opinion, I have my convictions and you have yours, doesn’t mean we have to be at war over it

The last chapter Paul said “We should try to live in peace with everyone” (Romans 12:18) Same with our governments , police, military, ect. live at peace with them, not in anarchy or constant protest. Jesus is the King of Kings and the governments all rest upon His shoulders (Isaiah 9:6) Amen!