Just As He Is

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Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, so that we should be called the Children of God.  Through this thing the world that has not known Him, not knows us.

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Beloved now we are children of God and as yet it be apparent what we will be, but we know that if He should appear we will be like manner to Him.  That we will see Him just as He is.

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Doors Are Opening

 

Joh 10:7  So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

Joh 10:8  “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

Joh 10:9  “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

Joh 10:10  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

Joh 10:11  “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

 

This is another story Jesus tells as though He was something.  Like when He said I am the way, the truth and the life.  I am the Door.  Jesus said He is the only way to the Father, Mat 22:16  And they *sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any.

They may have been trying to do evil to Jesus but they did witness to His truth.   Jesus was the life:  Joh 1:4  In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

I am the door of the sheep.  He was the good shepherd but no one came to be a sheep except through the door.  The sheep could be the church or the bride of Christ.  It could ultimately be heaven.  But you have to go through the door to get there.   Jesus says I am the door go through me.  Become His disciple,  believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.  I am the door of the sheep.  All who came before me were thieves and robbers and look, they have the same purpose as the devil-  to steal, kill and destroy.  And he has quite an armory of weapons but Christians are not ignorant of his sneakiness, deception and treachery.  He can lie, tell half truths, appear to be giving light, invade your mind, be darkness and feed you to the dogs.  He doesn’t have any truth in him so he will feed you a string of lies and try to get you to bite on one and then bend the universe in your mind around the one you bite on.  That’s deception.

If you will forgive me for saying so but all the other so-called ways to perfection are instigated by the devil including UFOs.  They are all intended to move you away from the truth which is Jesus Christ and he has done a fine job as you can see so many millions in each other religion.  Thats not pride or arrogance just the fact that Jesus is the only way.  He has everything you could want in a master.  But the main message is His promise of eternal life in heaven of being there , having arrived, completion and glory.

Thats what we want- to be saved from this life of suffering, from our sins, and from hell.  How many of you have it so good, you don’t want to be saved??     He is not forcing you.  It is your choice, but now that you know don’t you want to be with a winner??   Don’t just dabble in it but come into the light.  Invest yourself, stay a good long while.  Jesus keeps His promises, He does what He says and you will grow.  If you are into drugs and alcohol you can’t grow because you are not sure of what is happening, things don’t add up.  You’re maybe having fun but you stay on that plane.  You are not yourself anymore.  You are not fighting the world anymore, the elements, just kinda floating along.  You get stuck in rebellion and get separated from life and certainly from eternal life.  I don’t know about pot now that it is legal but there still is an addiction there.

If the devil can separate you from yourself, all your hopes and aspirations your determination and focus, he has pretty much gotcha.  We get religion to make up for past mistakes to make life better in a spiritual way, to heal, to undergo discipline and to grow.  Nothing like a little resistance to grow.  Meditation is we think an easy discipline and I know guys who have a life but they are dying in their sin, literally.  They don’t have anything to lead them out of bad habits- sin. They do not have a moral basis for living.  They are kind of stuck in repeating whatever it is they do for pleasure.  Christians are known for their good clean fun in whatever it is they are doing.   Jesus came that we would have life abundantly, especially life in the afterlife.  We have life except where we are limited in some way and where we limit ourselves with sin.  But Jesus life is even going , even reaches out to our trials and problems.  He says to have joy in trials and pleasure in afflictions.  You are not going to stop the things from happening but you can learn peace and joy and other values when you are suffering.  God will help you.

Jesus is for the poor and for the suffering He wants to give you rest from your restless searching and trying things.  He wants to be the One and have you be settled and taken care of in Him.  Safe from false teachers and resting in His righteousness.

 

 

UFO’s

Joh 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Joh 10:12  But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

Joh 10:13  The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

Joh 10:14  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

Joh 10:15  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

Joh 10:16  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

 

Jesus is the Good Shepherd.  Shepherds fight with enemies like bears, cougars and wolves.  Sometimes they have to kill their enemies, because they are hungry, ravenous and want to hurt the sheep.  They forget there is a man around that has sharp implements and can kill them.  That he is willing to lay down his life to protect the sheep.  But he is not talking about physical enemies of sheep.  He wants to give His life by execution to give them something to hold on to and a reason to live- for forgiveness.  He drives the wolf off and the wolf could be the devil.  We know the devil and how to fight him since we are not ignorant of his devices.

The hired hand is tending the sheeps, he is not invested in them and has no part in the harvest.  He doesn’t care about the sheep and is not the owner.  Jesus is not talking about sheep but the flock of believers.  Jesus and Pastors are called to care and He cares the best.  I am the good shepherd He says. People who know Him relate to His goodness and strength, His love and teachings.  They know the truth.  We all think we know Him and fear.  We sometimes stay away from Him when we are guilty and don’t want His conviction.

The Father knows Him and it is enough for Jesus to give His life for the sheep.  Their relationship as Father and Son is all Jesus needs to obey the Father.  Jesus has been a Son in heaven all along and is the perfect offshoot of their connection.

God didn’t make any other life on any other planet except maybe plant life in my imagination.  So I think these UFO sightings are a figment of the devil.  I’ve seen some of the pictures.  The devil is trying to make a small thing out of the earth and its destruction.  He is trying to undermine the importance of this earth.  If we go on to other planets it will seem small and far away.  If we destroy it and then fight alien wars too the sacrifice of Jesus here will have no meaning.  When in actuality it is everything.  He doesn’t want us making a decision for Christ.  We should make that decision and then go on to other planets.  But without Christ we will just die and go to hell and we will be forgotten and our lives will be in vain.

Make that decision for Christ and tell Him you want to give your life to Him. Tell Him to forgive your sins and that you are genuinely sorry.  Ask Jesus to be your Savior.  Repent and be saved.  Maybe God won’t end it till after we get to Alpha-Centauri.  But now we are planning for His soon return.

To Lay Down My Life

Joh 10:17  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

Joh 10:18  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

It sounds funny to hear that Jesus thinks the Father loves Him, for we all know that God loves everybody.  I think He means that God loves Him extra for the good work He is doing.  Making the great sacrifice He did, doing the new thing by His death on the cross.  God loves Him more for being so obedient to HIM, maybe even more than all of us.

I made this point one other time in a message that Jesus gave His life of His own free will to pay for the sins of many, or the whole world.  Not just of those who believe but the whole world.  If you believe this and ask for forgiveness you get forgiveness.  You get to be a Christian when you give your life to God as a follower of Christ.  But to believe that Jesus is the forgiver of sins is what we are talking about, by His death on the cross.  It’s a package deal you can’t have forgiveness and not be a follower.  You say that Jesus is the Son of God and died for your sins to forgive us and knowing this you would naturally want to follow Him.  It would be such a relief from our guilt and He being responsible would be your God.  So Jesus gave His life after He said ‘it is finished’.  He left His body and went to paradise and he had another itinerary but that’s another story.

Jesus said I have authority to lay down my life and take it up again.  The father gave Him this authority which he had, to do whatever He did.  In fact we need Gods authority to do whatever we want to do or it won’t happen.  Jesus had a special calling to lay down His life and to rise again.  But most of us will not do that on our own, not until God is ready.

God said you can do nothing without me.  He said I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.  He said, ’I can’t do the things I wish because of my flesh’.

There are many things we want to do but can’t because we are not able, our flesh stops us.  But the things that God wants us to do, that He gives us authority to do we can, if we are in Christ ourselves and have His Holy Spirit.  We can’t be in Him without His help and forgiveness.  We won’t even know His will without believing the Bible.  But if we need Him enough to be a Christian, He will help us and strengthen us to make that great proclamation or declaration to God that we want Him for our Savior.  If we want Him to forgive us our sins, he will strengthen us for such a task, because it is His will that all get saved.

There are things that God will let us do in the strength of our flesh- we are able to sin in the depth of our soul.  Sometimes it will lead us to Christ.  Anything God would want us to do as Christians, we can do.  Where God calls He empowers.  Many things have been done by man you might say good things: buildings, bridges, armament, space exploration, royal families, nations, wars, civilizations, empires, but they have been done in the strength of mans flesh.  Some were the will of God that shaped the world.

Do they compare to God’s work?  These things God does: the rebuilding of lives, God’s church that the gates of hell won’t prevail against; the Bible, the way, the way to heaven and heaven itself- being built by God.  The New Jerusalem which is a city 1500 miles tall, wide and deep is one of God’s best works.  It’s coming.

There are things I want to do but can’t. There are things I don’t want to do but do them.  Sometimes I hate, ‘and you know that no murderer has eternal life flowing in himself’, while he is unrepented.  You can separate yourself from God and have no life but the life of your flesh.  Money won’t give you life only things; drugs and alcohol won’t give life, only a trip.  Any of man’s pursuits will only give you a temporary high.  Only Jesus has the words of eternal life and the authority to give it to whomever He wishes.

Jesus is a servant to the Father like a son.  He pleases the Father it has immense satisfaction for Him.  I have experienced some of it.  It is not perfected in me like it is in Jesus.  He is God of course.

Jesus fulfilled His mission after He died.  Preached to the captives and then He took up His life again in an immortal body.  Like which He will give to His people when he raises them from the grave and those who He raptures, soon hopefully.  And when that happens remember that it is not too late to accept Jesus and still go to heaven.  He loves you and made a way for all of us to get to heaven.  I hope you accept His offer of forgiveness and eternal life.

We only think of God like we learned of people, from other men and women when we were young.  Think of Him like a warm, loving, giving Father.  He is kind and gentle, supportive and then you will really know Him.

 

Be Free Even if Your Afraid

We are going on with speaking of God’s wisdom while reading 1COR2.  Paul tells us how he approached it when he went to Corinth and began to teach about Jesus.  He said he didn’t have certain qualities of a good public speaker, like the people in the cities he went to and the debaters of that time.  But he did have fear and trembling.  Being fearful helped him be humble and let the light of the gospel show through.  I think it was because he had fear of another beating like he had just gotten in Philippi.  Then coming here so soon after Philippi, there was a certain amount of fear of what might happen to him.

He was going to talk about the cross which seems like a limited subject, but it’s not really.  He could talk about the Law and freedom from it, the freedom from the law of sin and death or the present law of love.  Here are just a few possibilities for speaking which I am OK with.  He probably gave it all he had when he could.  He worked righteousness and a tent-making job and reasoned about the scriptures there too.  Paul didn’t use other men’s thought in his messages but what the lord had revealed to him personally.

Christians do have wisdom received from Paul’s writings so he didn’t teach anything empty of meaning- the cross has great meaning.  He did not digress into the worlds reasoning to explain the Lords knowledge.  He only talked about philosophy to say ‘don’t go there’.  He used worldly wisdom perhaps to say how Christianity differs and to separate it from it being integrated into the faith.  He didn’t want it there.  Paul wanted the unbeliever to be able to see the contrast.  To Christians it is all about the cross and the spirit rather that logic and cleverness.

The Spirit can be very high and spacey.  He is not born of despair and destitution like Nietzsche’s thought.  He gives freely of the things of God- positive, holy, pure.  He knows God’s thought like we know our own spirit.  Sometimes people get confused and talk like the world- lustily, sinfully.  But Christians know what God wants and pull themselves up to His standard after those times.  So we grow  toward God.

We don’t have the spirit of the world but the Spirit of God to remind us and empower us.  When we read the Bible we can think His thoughts and correct ourselves.  But we do fall into the flesh and it can cause trouble.  We think it’s better though when we see Jesus before us and can love correction enough to take it and start walking again with Him.

Many Christians have had an awakening in the spirit and are concerned about spiritual things – in others also.  To compare and talk about them to show others the direction again, to teach how God designed us and in a situation where we have been falling short, to explain and encourage and reason is a gift some have.  The Bible, conscience and guidance are common subjects of a Pastor to his flock, between friends and it helps to be open and honest.

A Christian can evaluate in the light of the Word his behavior and see if it is appropriate.  Relatives may have said things to us that have hurt us and changed us.  But when we see right action in the word and what God wants for us we can know if we are being truthful or just reacting to our past. I know if I am treating people as if I am still hurt or if I am being honest to their needs and who they are.  So we don’t have to stay in our pasts but we can live in the present with the people of God.  Being stuck in our hang ups is not where we want to be, even though we are sometimes.  But when we are alone with God all things work together for good.  We forgive and release the stress and have a new start and go farther.   Paul was fearful in his speaking but not in his one-on-one dealings with people.  It is more fearful to preach in a new town than to witness to one person.

NONE BUT THE WISE

1Co 1:23  but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,

1Co 1:24  but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

1Co 1:25  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Rom 1:21  For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Rom 1:22  Professing to be wise, they became fools,

 

Paul and his team preached Christ crucified- the central part of the gospel.   Not eloquently, not logically, but God’s will.  Not glorifying men but Jesus.  Not trying to earn a quick buck but to assure men of a relationship with God and to give them eternal life through the cross in the way God framed.

This made Jews stumble because they could not change the law.  The law was given by God but they thought it would be with them forever.  God hadn’t spoken to them for 400 years, they were to the eye following the law but to the hearts not at all.  They didn’t believe they had broken the first covenant.  God changed but they hadn’t.  God brought in a totally new covenant.  The Jews as I say were half faithful to the old so they missed the Messiah.

When the Greeks were told the gospel of forgiveness of sins because of the cross, they thought it was foolishness.  So some folks wouldn’t believe in Jesus for salvation.  But many did believe and received from Him such as the Son of God had to give.

Both Jews and Greeks did believe though and to these who were called, Christ’s gospel is the power of God and the wisdom of God.  The power, because He can take a life divided against itself and turn it into something stronger and happier.  Something broken or not working, He can make a beautiful person out of.  He is not done with me yet.  But I have changed a lot and have grown.   He put me into the low exercise group for a while, like the Marine’s does, but now I can handle the trials of my life.  Ya see how God works, it is all about Him, and we can ogle what He wants to do to form our holiness and improvement concerning life, just look at the good things you are not.   He is a loving heavenly Father.  He loves His children and knows what’s best for them.  Trust God.

So it is the power to love, change and help until we are mature. Maturity is a good word about fully functioning personally as a human being or Christian.  It is also the wisdom of God that we should be mature, because He knows how people should be- as a person, handling people and reality.  He doesn’t want proud people but humble people, because proud people won’t listen.  They think they know it all and don’t want to learn Gods way.  Love:  love can be learned, love is a decision and acted out with the will.  It’s not phony and not ending.  If you want to love, you love and keep at it long after the feelings end.

God chose how He wanted to save people, whoever wants to be with Him.  He tests us, He sees if we want to obey Him with all our hearts.  He sees if we want to be pure and rewards us for being poor in spirit or merciful.  He also sees our character and develops it if we let Him.  Character and patience are two very important qualities in Gods kingdom.  It’s on the Holy Spirit to make us into these things.  But until we accomplish them failure keeps us humble.

That really makes it seem like the next verse is true.  Read vs. 25.  If the gospel is Gods foolishness you can tell by His power that it is His wisdom too.  It is wiser than men because God is smart enough to write the truth- no man can.  The Bible is the truth and Jesus is the focus.  He is the truth.  His life and death meant something to us- if you believe and repent, your sins are forgiven and you will have salvation.  It was Gods weakness to save men because He loves us.  Gods will to save men in many cases is stronger that his resistance.  The gospel is more powerful than all the philosophies and religions and governments and spiritual principalities and powers on earth.  The future will happen just as the Bible states and I hope you will be following by then.

 

Believe Jesus

Joh 8:42  Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.

Joh 8:43  “Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.

Joh 8:44  “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Joh 8:45  “But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.

Joh 8:46  “Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?

Joh 8:47  “He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

 

The Bible wants us to contend for the gospel.  That is exactly what JESUS is doing here.  He is using logic somewhat like a lawyer.  He narrows it down to the Pharisees are not of God.  So that they can’t hear Him.  In this chapter we have a long argument between Jesus and the Pharisees.  If we don’t want to believe something we just keep arguing.

Maybe it’s all right that they are blind and can’t hear.  They are still planning to kill Jesus so they are evil.  They can’t help it maybe.  But Jesus said that they are doing their fathers will and he is a liar and a murderer.  We see that…   in this chapter, they say sniyed remarks trying to make Him lose His cool, but He won’t do it.  Then He goes too far and commits blasphemy and they try to stone Him and get it over fast.  It’s not blasphemy though because He is God.  How does He hide Himself among the crowd if He is not GOD.  How does He rise again?  Ya know they never found a body after He died and rose again.  The Pharisees could have had the end of this matter if they could have produced a body for the empty grave.

These Pharisees were not the true priests of Israel. They were not of the priestly family.  Herod had appointed them.  They were just figure heads.  This is another reason they treated Jesus foolishly.  They were not very godly or holy men.

There is a God who doesn’t change.  He calls sin, sin, and He wants us to turn from ours and He gives great rewards when we do.  There is a God who has died for us and rose again.  Jesus is the forgiver of sins.  He came to earth.  He is relevant.  His word is truth even though the times have changed.  We don’t kill people for fornication and adultery like they did in Israel long ago.  But to God it is still wrong.

Now we have the law of love.  Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and your neighbor as yourself.  But you can’t love God if you are fornicating and you can’t love people if you are committing adultery against them.  The times have changed but not God.

That is why the Bible is so important- because it is all about God.  That is why California wants to ban it in our stores because it speaks against fornication and adultery in whatever form. God wants us to turn from our sins: for new life, for reward in the afterlife.  This is as happy as we will ever be in this world without God.  But if we follow Him we will be happy with Him forever.