Saturday, December 9, 2017

John Nelson Darby Quotes

John Nelson Darby (1800-1882)

"We shall see Him face to face whose visage was more marred than any man's. He washed me from my sins the first time He came, and He is only waiting to come and take me to Himself. Have you seen Christ in glory in this way? God Himself has interfered and made me as white as snow. Christ took the fruit of what I did, and I get the fruit of what He did. I am the fruit of the travail of Christ's soul. He is my everything, and I must seek to please Him in everything I do. The more we look at Him, the more we shall see what poor weak creatures we are; but let those of us who are Christians make it our business to glorify Him in everything, remembering how He has loved us and given Himself for us." -John Nelson Darby

"I am sure I do not love the Lord enough, but I am sure it is the Lord I love. I have no confidence in my own heart, but all confidence in Him. He has died for me; that is what I count on: He has put away my sins; that is what I need: He is coming again; that is what I am longing for." -John Nelson Darby

"People talk of whether future sins are forgiven. All my sins were future when Christ died for them." -John Nelson Darby

"No trial can touch a person who has Christ for his all. He may have lost this or lost that; but if he has Christ he has that which he cannot lose." -John Nelson Darby

"There is one Man who knows the truth, because He is the truth, who is satisfied with the written word, and that is the Lord. There is no craft of Satan that the word of God is not sufficient to meet." -John Nelson Darby

"The more you nourish your soul by feeding on the word of God, the more likely He is to use you in blessing to others." -John Nelson Darby

"Love likes to be a servant, and selfishness likes to be served." -John Nelson Darby

"What I get by the Holy Ghost, is a child worshipping the Father. I am standing with the Holy Ghost dwelling in me, between the first and second coming of Christ - a worshipper waiting for His coming." -John Nelson Darby

"The more we know of Him, the more we know He is everything." -John Nelson Darby

"Faith makes me see that God is greater than my sin, and not that my sin is greater than God." -John Nelson Darby

"Sorrow is a good thing, and makes God a more abundant source of joy." -John Nelson Darby

"If Christ is not God, then I do not know Him, have not met Him, nor know what He is." -John Nelson Darby

"The more you nourish your soul by feeding on the word of God, the more likely He is to use you in blessing to others." -John Nelson Darby

"Are there any of you who are thus halting between two opinions, and afraid to confess your obligations to the Lord? Oh! I once more entreat you to be candid. Be open, be decided, confess Christ's name on earth, and He will not be ashamed to confess your name before the whole assembled universe." -John Nelson Darby

"I fear much human language on this. But I affirm that the only full revelation of the one true God is the revelation of Him in the Trinity. Our prayers rise up the same. Through Him (Christ the Son) we have access by one Spirit unto the Father." -John Nelson Darby

"The expectation of the Lord's return would not prevent me going on with the ordinary business of life. If I am really expecting my Lord, I shall earnestly desire to be found doing my duty at the moment of His return." -John Nelson Darby

"All that we can do is to walk with vigilance, but peacefully, thinking of the interests of the Lord Jesus; as to ourselves having nothing to gain and nothing to lose. The path of peace, the place of testimony, is to seek to please God." -John Nelson Darby

"No trial can touch a person who has Christ for his all. He may have lost this or lost that; but if he has Christ he has that which he cannot lose." -John Nelson Darby

"It was purely grace shewn to us in the cross. We were just sinners and nothing but sinners when Christ died to save us. And I can never understand what God's love really is, until I can say I am merely a sinner. If you do not know what God's love is, it is because you have not learnt that great truth, that you are but a sinner." -John Nelson Darby

"If all the sins that ever were committed in the world were congregated in your persons and were your own act, this need not prevent your believing in Christ and coming unto God through Him." -John Nelson Darby

"The Lamb is nearer to my heart than any. He has known me better than any, better than I know myself; and this Christ who dwells in our hearts by faith is the One we shall meet there. I shall find One in heaven nearer and dearer to my heart, than any one I know on earth. Nothing is so near to us as the Christ that is in us, and nothing is so near to God as Christ. Yet the world is in a man's heart." -John Nelson Darby

"The effectual presence of the Spirit crucifies egotism, and gives freedom of thought about ourselves while on the way; it occupies us with one object — Jesus." -John Nelson Darby

"But will fruits of grace give you forgiveness, righteousness? They are not the blood of Christ; they are not Christ. How can they cleanse from sin? God delights in the fruits of grace, but they cannot put away sin. It is the work of Christ on the cross which alone does that God has set Him at His own right hand; and when I believe it, I see how God has loved me. May you be in yourself so broken down, that you may find One who never breaks down!" -John Nelson Darby

"Lord let me wait for thee alone. My life be only this. To serve thee here on earth unknown, then share thy heavenly bliss." -John Nelson Darby

"Is the thought of the Lord's coming your daily delight? Does it influence you in the ten thousand details of your everyday life? Or are you so walking hand in hand with the world that the very thought of His coming fills you with shame?" -John Nelson Darby

"If we take Scripture, we find there the attributes of God - the one true and only God - shine out, and in every page, with unclouded lustre. He is one, supreme, the Creator of heaven and earth, of all things; knows all things. If we go to heaven, He is there; to hell, He is there (Jer. 23:24); can do all things. His eye and presence are everywhere; He is the eternal God; He is righteous and holy ; His goodness is over all His works." -John Nelson Darby

"God loves me as He loves Christ. I dare to say that. He has glorified God by taking my place. It was a true transfer. He has suffered, and we are saved - not by our responsibilities, but by His work. He has taken us out of the ditch. We have done with judgment. Who is to judge us? Can Christ judge Himself? Will He judge those that are His, or condemn His own work? When He sits in judgment, we shall be seated on thrones around Him. When He takes up Israel, we shall reign with Him." -John Nelson Darby

"While He was God in everything, He was the humblest, most affable man that ever walked this earth. In death only is He alone. He looked for compassion and found none. "Tarry ye here, and watch with me." In His sore trial He looked in Gethsemane for them to watch with Him; they could not, and an angel from heaven comes to strengthen Him. Will He ever give up being a servant? Never? That form of servant He will never give up. Selfishness likes to be served. Love likes to serve. That is just what I find in Christ." -John Nelson Darby

"Christ is God come down to sinners in their sins. The law could only say, If you do not do this, you are cursed. Christ comes to these sinners, and He shews us what we are; but He shews us also what He is: love, that brought Him down to us as we are, the vilest, the most wilful, sinners." -John Nelson Darby

"The Lord give us only to remember that the fashion of this world passeth away; but there is one thing that abides for ever, and that is the word of God - that through His grace, we may follow hard after Him. Oh, it is a wonderful thing that the Son of God became a man, on purpose to win us back to God." -John Nelson Darby

"God gives a power apart from man. He gives a new life - a life in His Son. In virtue of Him, it cannot fail. It is eternal life - life in Christ. God was perfectly manifested in the Son, when He came down from heaven to give life. But this is not enough. What about my sins? Where are my sins? To have life without the question of sin being settled will not do. Christ had them on the cross. Christ came down from heaven to put my sin away, and He did put it away and can say, "at that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you." Christ's life is in me - "eternal life, and this life is in his Son." I have His life, not His Godhead, of course. As surely as I have partaken of the life and nature of the first Adam, so have I life in the second Adam. "If any man be in Christ, there is a new creation." The divine nature is there. It is in a poor earthen vessel, it is true; but the nature is divine, and I should be shewing it out in my life and character." -John Nelson Darby

"We love His appearing, but we love Himself better. Therefore we wait for Him to take us to Himself. If our hearts have known what Himself is, we cannot confound His taking us to Himself, with His appearing. We are "members of his body." "Our life is hid with Christ." He is to take us up to the Father's house, the fulness of His own blessedness - with Christ; the blessed outshining of His Father's love connects itself with the church's position. All through there is an identity of blessedness with Christ in life, hope, object, all. If this hope is let into the heart, there must be a break with the world. I cannot be waiting for God's Son from heaven if I am expecting wrath; and I cannot be waiting for God's Son from heaven if I am linked up with the world. If this world is the scene where my heart is building itself up, if I have an object in this world, Christ will spoil it all." -John Nelson Darby

"Grace is to the sinner, and to none other. If I can stand before God in my own righteousness, grace is not needed. He will bring down your hearts to your real contrition. There He can act in the fulness of His grace, according to the need of the heart that has discovered its need in His presence. He is manifesting that grace according to the value of the sacrifice, now that He is at the right hand of God. Not merely now that God can come to the sinner, but the cleansed sinner stands accepted in the presence of God - accepted in the Person of Jesus; and that nothing stands between us and God. The Lord give us only to own the fulness of His grace, and see the way in which we are debtors to Him, who was willing to suffer all things that He might present us spotless to God. Amen." -John Nelson Darby

"He is our present and eternal joy. The time will come when all our sorrow will be over, but our Friend will remain. He is our tried and true Friend. He has entered into the deepest woes of our heart, and will make us the sharers of His joy for ever. Our blessing, our safety, our hope are all grounded on the atonement. Is there a soul reading this who cannot rejoice in Christ, who knows Him not as his portion? Is there one who is saying, My sin is too great to be pardoned? To feel about your sin is right, but to be in despair about it is quite wrong. You are virtually saying, My sin is greater than the grace of God. You will not dare to say so if you are looking at Christ. Is Christ come short? Is grace beneath your need or above it? Christ is the portion of every poor soul who believes on Him. The atoning work is done. The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanseth from all sin." -John Nelson Darby

"How blessed it is to look at the Lord in this way! He is our present and eternal joy. The time will come when all our sorrow will be over, but our Friend will remain. He is our tried and true Friend. He has entered into the deepest woes of our heart, and will make us the sharers of His joy for ever. Our blessing, our safety, our hope are all grounded on the atonement. Is there a soul reading this who cannot rejoice in Christ, who knows Him not as his portion? Is there one who is saying, My sin is too great to be pardoned? To feel about your sin is right, but to be in despair about it is quite wrong. You are virtually saying, My sin is greater than the grace of God. You will not dare to say so if you are looking at Christ. Is Christ come short? Is grace beneath your need or above it? Christ is the portion of every poor soul who believes on Him. The atoning work is done. The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanseth from all sin." -John Nelson Darby

"The law cannot give life; it can only convince of sin. The work was done between God and Christ; the whole question of sin was settled and done with, and He is my righteousness before God. God's righteousness has been displayed in putting the Man who bore my sins at God's right hand in glory. The Holy Ghost comes and says to me, You have no righteousness for God. Then I try to grow more holy. Quite right in itself that I should long after holiness; but as a means to peace it will not do. But here in Christ I have a divine righteousness that is fit to put me into glory. They that are led of the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. In the cross of Christ it is not merely that my debt is paid, for that might be, and yet I might have nothing as it were to live upon; but God has made me a joint-heir with Christ; and now down here I live looking for Him to come to take me to Himself, to be for ever with Him in the glory where He is." -John Nelson Darby

"But be of good cheer if your hearts are set on Christ: there is your stay, the anchor of your soul. If He is such, dear friends, stand forward for Him; be not ashamed to own your relationship to Him, your dependence on Him: be decided, cut short all expedients for deferring the bold acknowledgment of your being His; confess Him before men, and act for Him, and live for Him in an ungodly world. He is not ashamed to call you brethren; and will you be ashamed to confess Him as your Lord and Master in the face of all the world?" -John Nelson Darby

"The word of God presents to us this very precious fact, that we do not only find there certain truths and doctrines, but also every relation between God and man fully developed on earth, and each day we can clearly see all these things in the Person of Jesus. It is a great mercy of God to have brought Him so near to us, as so to make known to us those relationships in the circumstances in which we are ourselves found. At bottom the life of Jesus was like ours. He was in all things tempted in like manner as ourselves. It was indeed God manifested in flesh; but it was also life, and the expression of a life; perfectly acceptable to God.

In order to make progress in spiritual life we must study the Lord Jesus; whether in the grace of His Person or in the circumstances of His life; or, lastly, in the glorious position He has near the Father, and which we shall by-and-by share with Him." -John Nelson Darby

"The careless heart of man cannot bear to look at the cross except he be at the foot of it, acknowledging his need of it; for he has to measure himself by the wrath poured out on Jesus. But if your back is turned on the cross, there is none to give peace. The cross may cause us shame when it leads us to see what sin is; but itself, it is the power of God unto salvation. Haste then to God who beseeches you to be reconciled. And may the Lord, in the riches of His grace shew you the vileness of sin, and that Jesus has drunk the bitter cup of wrath but is now the risen Saviour; that you may enter thus life of peace through Him who, in that He died, died unto sin once, that he who lives might live unto God." -John Nelson Darby

"Nothing is more prominently brought forward in the New Testament than the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ." -John Nelson Darby

"The Lord is coming, dear brother; the time for the world is departing. What a blessing! May God find us watching and thinking only of one thing - the One of whom He thinks - Jesus our precious Saviour." -John Nelson Darby

"In my retreat, the 32nd chapter of Isaiah taught me clearly, on God's behalf, that there was still an economy to come, of His ordering; a state of things in no way established as yet. The consciousness of my union with Christ had given me the present heavenly portion of the glory, whereas this chapter clearly sets forth the corresponding earthly part. I was not able to put these things in their respective places or arrange them in order, as I can now; but the truths themselves were then revealed of God, through the action of His Spirit, by reading His word." -John Nelson Darby (Letters of Darby, Vol. 3)

"Nothing cannot become, because there is nothing to become, but that does not say God could not speak and it be made." -John Nelson Darby

"A most extraordinary thing to do! Waiting for God's Son! that is, all our hopes are clean out of this world. Do not expect anything from earth, but look for something from heaven, and this God's Son Himself, "even Jesus which delivered us from the wrath to come."..Those who were looking for Christ were entirely delivered "from the wrath to come." This gives a very distinct position to the Christian." -John Nelson Darby

"If I hesitate to stand in His presence, I am putting in question the value of Christ's precious blood. You may say, I hope to be saved. You cannot hope that Christ will die for you! .It cannot be a matter of hope whether Christ is to die! The way the heart reasons is, I am not hoping Christ will die for me, but I hope to get an interest in Him; I want a proof of His love. When you question this, you question whether Christ has become the friend of publicans and sinners; and, further, you question the power of His blood." -John Nelson Darby

"The pope cannot be the head of the Church, because if Christ is the Head, one body cannot have two heads." -John Nelson Darby

"Judgment was born by Christ that grace might flow out to the sinner." -John Nelson Darby

"The rapture of the church is in this age. The new age will not begin till after this is done." -John Nelson Darby

"Do you really believe in the Third Person of the Trinity is actually here on the earth? If you do, you will walk carefully, and look to hear Him speak in your midst (1 Cor. 12, 14; 1 Peter 4:11)." -John Nelson Darby

"I adore the love that led Him to be made sin for me." -John Nelson Darby

"Is there any good in myself? No, I have no good in me - I was totally lost, I had no hope, but God has redeemed me out of that place; Christ is my life and righteousness, and the Holy Ghost in me makes me know it, so that I enjoy it; well, as Christ is so am I." -John Nelson Darby

"The gospel of the kingdom is not the proclamation of the union of the church with Christ, nor redemption in its fullness, as preached and taught by the apostles after the ascension, but the kingdom which was to be established on the earth." -John Nelson Darby

"When I see Him in that glory, instead of seeing my sins, I see that they are gone. I have seen my sins laid on the Mediator. I have seen my sins confessed on the head of the scapegoat, and they have been borne away; Leviticus 16. So much has God been glorified about my sins (that is, in respect of what Christ has done on account of my sins), that this is the title of Christ to be there, at the right hand of God. I am not afraid to look at Christ there. Where are my sins now? where are they to be found in heaven or on earth? I see Christ in the glory. Once they were found upon the head of that blessed One; but they are gone, never more to be found. Were it a dead Christ, so to speak, that I saw, I might fear that my sins would be found again; but with Christ alive in the glory the search is in vain. He who bore them all has been received up to the throne of God, and no sin can be there." -John Nelson Darby

"For Christ died for sinners; and those who believe stand before God in all the infinite value of that precious blood which He shed for them as their substitute. God therefore righteously pardons, accepts, justifies every believer: that righteousness which flowed out to Christ, raised Him from the dead, and glorified Him at His right hand, meets also and embraces every one who believes in Jesus, and brings him where Christ is in the presence of God. It could not be otherwise; for since the blood has met all God's claims, and even glorified Him, every sinner, the moment he believes, stands invested with all its infinite value. It is, therefore, in response to the value of the blood, that God's righteousness — for it is due to Christ — flows out rejoicingly, and invests the sinner with its own perfection, so that in Christ he is justified for ever before God. Yea, he is accepted in the Beloved." -John Nelson Darby

“We have first to find out that we are weak, and cannot help ourselves; then we turn, and look to God.” -John Nelson Darby

“…complete pardon [of sin] did not exist under the first covenant…”
(John Nelson Darby, “Hebrews Chapter 10”, Synopsis of the Books of the Bible)

“But when sacrifices were legally instituted and the law given, hopes of forgiveness and restoration in peace in a coming age, but no purged conscience, save occasional at the present time, marked the condition of the worshipper…Under the prescription of the law the conscience was more brought under the yoke, present occasional forgiveness by a sin-offering more definite, but it was narrowed into present occasional clearing, and the hope of deliverance put into the age to come and connected with Messiah, as we know also it will be.”
(John Nelson Darby, “53258E”, STEM Publishing, Volume 3, Number 258, (1862))

"Christ has come, and He has glorified God, and has shown what God is at all cost; it cost Him His life, and drinking that dreadful cup, He has shown what God is, and perfectly glorified Him, and that in the place of sin. When He was made sin, that was the very time when obedience was perfect, and love was perfect, and all that God was in His righteousness and hatred against sin and love for the sinner." -John Nelson Darby

"If I say I am in Christ, I say Christ is in me, and my business is to show out Christ, and nothing else." -John Nelson Darby

"The testimony of Scripture is the only secure resting-place for man amid the darkness of this world." -John Nelson Darby

"You see, the more Scripture is gone through, the more comes to light that He is the true God and Eternal Life." -John Nelson Darby

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Lord's Supper

Note: All Scripture quotations found in this article are from the text of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible.

Jesus Christ instituted the Lord's Supper the night before He was crucified (Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-26, Luke 22:15-20, 39).

Matthew 26:26 "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."

The Lord's Supper is done in "remembrance" of Him.

Luke 22:19 "And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you."

Roman Catholics call this "Mass" and believe that the bread is literally His body and the new wine (grape juice/Matt. 26:29) is literally His blood.  Jesus Christ died once and does not need to be continually sacrificed (Heb. 10:10).  Besides that, drinking blood is forbidden before the law (Gen. 9:4), under the law (Lev. 17:12) and even under grace (Acts 15:29).

In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul gives us more light on the Lord's Supper.  He makes it clear that the Lord's Supper is an ordinance to be observed by saved Christians.

1 Corinthians 11:2 "Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you."

1 Corinthians 11:23 "For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:" 

As said before earlier, the Lord's Supper is done in remembrance of Christ's shed blood and broken body.  His body was broken because of the spear that the soldier put in his side on the cross.  His bones were not broken though.

John 19:36 "For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken."

Not only are we to remember His First Coming, but also His Second Coming when He comes to reign as King for 1k years.  Also, notice that in verse 26 it says, "as often as".  This means that there is no set rule on how often to partake in the Lord's Supper.  That decision is usually left up to the Pastor, who looks after the spiritual condition of his local church.

1 Corinthians 11:26 "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come."

Another vital thing to do before partaking of the Lord's Supper is to examine ourselves and make sure we do not have any unconfessed sins in our life.  Those that do not examine themselves before partaking receive "damnation", which is not Hell, but the person getting "weak", "sickly" or even dying (sleep).  Verse 34 explains that the reason for the Lord's Supper is not to satisfy the belly.

1 Corinthians 11:28 "But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep."

1 Corinthians 11:34 "And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come."

Those are the rules and instructions for the Lord's Supper.  Any other rules that any other church adds to it is not scriptural.  This includes "Closed Communion", which limits only the members of that local church to partake in the Lord's Supper.  No where does Paul or Jesus give those requirements.  Scriptures are clear that it is the responsibility of the believer to examine his own self by self-judgment and prayer.

The Pastor's job is to make sure everyone knows the rules and requirements before eating and drinking.  The Lord's Supper is for the Body of Christ.  "Closed Communion" is very popular with Baptist Briders, who believe only those in their local  Baptist church are the Bride of Christ, which is false doctrine.  Everyone that is saved by faith alone today until the Rapture is the Bride of Christ (Body, Church).

For example, Paul traveled from church to church.  Would you deny that Paul partake in the Lord's Supper just because he's not in your church membership?  Paul includes himself in the same body of the Romans, Corinthians and Ephesians (Rom. 12:5, 1 Cor. 10:17, Eph. 5:30).

"Open Communion" means that the Lord's Supper (Communion) is open to all saved believers that have examined themselves.  With that said, Christians should not avoid joining a local church.  Every saved believer should find a King James Bible Believing Baptist church for preaching, teaching, hymns, fellowship and etc.  We are commanded in scripture not to forsake the assembling together of ourselves at a local level.  The Lord's Supper should bring a church closer together (1 Cor. 17-18).

Hebrews 10:25 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Foot Washing

Note: All Scripture quotations found in this article are from the text of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible.

This article will explain why "foot washing" is not a Church Ordinance, rather an example that we should follow the Lord Jesus Christ in.  The chapter that deals with this subject is John 13.  

John 13:4 "He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. 6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? 7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. 8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. 9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. 10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. 11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean."

Note:  The unclean one is Judas Iscariot, the Son of Perdition (More on this in my article "The Antichrist").   

In verse 7, Jesus says "What I do thou knowest not now".  Peter knew what He was doing and objected to it because he felt that Jesus, His Lord should not be washing his dirty feet.  Jesus clarifies in verse 7 that the literal foot washing is not what he wants them to follow.  Not one verse in the whole passage ever says that foot washing is a Church Ordinance.  The only Church Ordinances are water baptism and the Lord's Supper.  

Look at verse 7 again.  Jesus says, "But thou shalt know hereafter".  Jesus was saying that He was doing this as an example to show humbleness.  Keep in mind that foot washing then was a slave's job.  Jesus, the King of Kings humble himself enough to perform the task of a slave.  We need to follow His example.  Just days before in Matthew 20:26-27, Jesus was teaching the disciples about being humble.

Matthew 20:26 "But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:"

Pride is a nasty sin that most Americans are ate up with.  The American media promotes things like self-esteem, self-glory, self-love, self-fulfillment and self-image.  If one holds pride in their heart, how can they ever humble themselves to see their self as a sinner in need of a Saviour?  As Christians, we should put God first, others second and ourselves last.  We cannot do that if we are caught up on self. 

Men and women today are so prideful that they refuse to obey God's word because they hate authority.  Instead, they would rather obey the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4), whether directly (knowing) or indirectly (without knowing).  To the Born Again Christian, this life is not about your next paycheck or YOUR happiness.  This life is about doing things that glorify Jesus Christ.  It takes humbleness to accept that truth.

Revelation 4:11 "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."

Pride is also the sin that made Lucifer the Cherub rebel against God.  He wanted to exalt his throne and be like God according to Isaiah 14:12-14, but instead in next verse shows his future, eternal destination.  

Isaiah 14:15 "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."

The water in John 13 is symbolizing the word of God that cleans us by showing us salvation and then guiding our way after we are saved.  

 John 15:3 "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you."

Our sins are completely forgiven at Calvary and our soul is saved, but as Christians we still need to ask for forgiveness to keep a good fellowship with God (1 John 1:3-10).  Christ died for us, so we ought to love and serve Him.  Repent of sins, read the Bible, pray without ceasing, do good works, witness and etc.  Those are all good things that bring us closer to God, but they do not save us or keep us saved.  

In conclusion, verses 15-17 in John 13 verifies once again that the foot washing was done for an "example", not a Church Ordinance.  It had nothing to do with washing feet, rather ministering God's word to each other for daily cleansing of sin for our fellowship with the Lord (Acts 20:28, John 21:15-16, Eph. 5:26, Ps. 119:9).  

 John 13:15 "For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them."

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Day of Christ

Note: All Scripture quotations found in this article are from the text of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible.

This will be a short article on the first three verses in 2 Thessalonians 2. I chose to explain these verses because many interpret them wrongly and also to show that the Bible teaches a Pretribulation Rapture.

2 Thessalonians 2:1 "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;"

In verse 1, the coming of our LORD (pay attention to that title) Jesus Christ is a reference to the Second Advent, which is after the Tribulation. The second half of verse 1 which talks about "our gathering together unto him" is speaking of the Church Age Rapture. The comma in verse 1 separates the Rapture and the Second Advent. Paul has them listed backwards like in Psalms 89 where verses 19 through 37 are verses dealing with the Second Advent, while verses 37 through 45 deal with the First Advent.

Verse 2 shows us that someone has been teaching false doctrine concerning the subject at hand. Someone has been telling them that the first resurrection was spiritual and they have missed it. Some of those that taught this were Alexander and Hymenaeus in 1 Tim. 1:20; 2 Tim. 2:17.

Some argue that the Day of Christ in verse 2 is the Church Age Rapture. If interpreted this way then the passage demands a sign before the Rapture (2 Cor. 5:7, 1 Cor. 1:22). The reason that most Bible Believers are against looking at the Day of Christ in the verse as referring to the Day of the Lord is because the corrupt Greek behind the new versions falsely translate Day of the Lord instead of Day of Christ in this verse. The correct translation is obviously day of Christ. The King James Bible is pure and without error. Every word in it is true. Most argue that everywhere the Day of Christ is mentioned it refers to the Rapture or the Judgment Seat of Christ, which is true, but the context demands that it refers to the Day of the Lord in this passage.

The context not only is talking about the Rapture, but mainly about the Second Advent. Verse one as we have shown has mentioned it and also later on in verse 8, the Second Advent is mentioned.

2 Thessalonians 2:8 "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:"

In verses 3,6 and 8 the object of the revelation is the Antichrist, not the Church. The Antichrist is revealed, not the church receiving revelation. We know this because of the way the word "revealed" is used in 2 Thess. 1:7 about the Revelation of Jesus Christ (Rev. 1:1).

The Church will not be here during the Tribulation because it is the Antichrist's time, not the Church's time according to verse 6. This time is also called the time of Jacob's Trouble and Daniel's 70th Week. It is very clear that the Tribulation has nothing to do with the Church Age, even the way of Salvation is different. Salvation in the Tribulation is by faith and works, plus not taking the Mark of the Beast, which no Christian should be worried about. Church Age saints are saved by faith alone in Jesus Christ, plus nothing. The Tribulation saints will be able to lose their salvation if they take the Mark, but today we cannot lose our salvation. We are sealed until the Rapture (Eph. 1:13).

As said, the Day of Christ means the Day of the Lord here because the context demands it. Consider that in Ephesians 2:13 the phrase "far off" refers to Gentiles, while that quotation, which is taken from Daniel 9:7 refers to the Jews of the dispersion. If we were to apply "far off" to the Gentiles in Acts 2 then Acts 2:38 and speaking in tongues would be doctrine for Gentiles. Like the Day of Christ here, Ephesians 2 is ONE exception because of the context. Context is VERY important.

Another thing to consider is that the law of first mention dealing with the Day of Christ would apply here if 1 and 2 Thessalonians were written earlier than any of the earlier Epistles (notwithstanding Galatians).

The Day of Christ simply cannot be the Rapture here because if you make it refer to the Rapture then you destroy the verses that tell the Church Age saints to look for the Lord Jesus Christ, instead of signs like the Antichrist showing up (John 14:3, 1 Cor. 15:51-52, Acts 1:11, Phil. 3:20, Col. 3:4, 1 Thess. 5:6, Titus 2:13, 1 Thess. 1:10, 1 Tim. 6:14). The Rapture is before the Antichrist and Mark of the Beast. Jesus Christ will be the next thing we see concerning the end times.

Philippians 4:5 "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand."

The Day of Christ could not be at hand in 2 Thess. 2, but the Lord is at hand in the above verse. Philippians 4:5 proves that the Day of Christ in 2 Thess. 2 is the same as the Day of the Lord.

If you are still wondering why the Holy Spirit used Day of Christ here instead of the Day of the Lord then consider Acts 21:11.

Acts 21:11 "And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles."

The Old Testament always said "thus saith the LORD", but here we see that "Lord" is substituted with "Holy Ghost". Why? Because by doing this it shows the deity of the Holy Spirit just like in 2 Thess. 2 where Christ's deity is confirmed and also called Lord in verse 1. My fellow Bible Believers, the new versions attack Christ's deity here and that is the real problem. The correct translation is the Day of Christ, but either way, if you are a Bible Believer and you are honest with the context then it is plain that the Day of Christ here refers to the Day of the Lord. The Holy Spirit was simply exalting Christ as Lord.

In Conclusion, let us look at the passage once more and see what it is saying.

2 Thessalonians 2:1 "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (Second Advent), and by our gathering together unto him (Rapture), 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ (Second Advent) is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (Second Advent) shall not come, except there come a falling away first (Church Apostasy), and that man of sin (Future Pope) be revealed, the son of perdition (Judas);"

The Second Advent will not come until there is Apostasy in the Church right before the Rapture (gathering), which happens before the Tribulation and also not until the Antichrist is revealed during the Tribulation, which is right before the Second Advent (coming). Very simple.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Replacement Theology

Note: All Scripture quotations found in this article are from the text of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible.

Replacement theology, also called Supersessionism, is the false teaching that the Body of Christ/Church has replaced the nation of Israel regarding the plan, purpose and promises of God. These heretics teach that Israel is no longer God's chosen people, instead the Church has replaced them. This view is far from Biblical. Those that believe this false doctrine will often go to Romans 11 to prove their heresy.

Romans 11:1 "I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin."

In the above verse, the phrase "his people" is a reference to Israel, not the Church or "spiritual Jews". We know this because Paul gives his genealogical credentials. This verse is talking about the physical Israel and the physical tribes of Israel. Paul labels himself an Israelite and also calls himself a Jew by nature in Galatians.

Galatians 2:15 "We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,"

Every time the phrase "his people" shows up it will be a reference to the nation of Israel more than 90 percent of the time.

Deuteronomy 7:6 "For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth."

Exodus 3:7 "And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;"

Exodus 3:10 "Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt."

Exodus 8:1 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me."

Exodus 19:5 "Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:"

Ignore the phony British "Israelites". An Israelite and a Jew are the same thing in the Bible. Do not worry about figuring out where the real tribes are today. In the Tribulation, God will choose 12,000 Jews from each tribe to be witnesses during the that time of Jacob's Trouble.

Note: As Christians, we are to bless Israel. It would be wise not to bash Jews. Many physical Jews are located in Israel today. The government in Israel is not perfect (no government is), but it is not our job to put them down because America along with every other nation, besides Israel, is "as a drop of a bucket" (Isa. 40:15). Let us leave the judgment to God because God is very consistent with judging those that curse Israel. Any serious Bible Believer should be Pro-Israel.

The below verse describes one of the mysteries in the New Testament. This passage proves that God is not done with the nation of Israel. Right now, Israel as a nation is spiritually blind, but only partly because there are still some Jews that are receiving Jesus Christ as their Saviour in the Church Age today.

Romans 11:25 "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins."

When the fulness of the Gentiles comes to an end, the Rapture will take place, which is where the Body of Christ is taken up to meet Jesus in the clouds. When Jesus returns at the end of the Tribulation, Israel will be restored and the Jews remaining will accept Christ as Saviour according to verse 26 (Zech. 12:10-14). This is when God establishes a new covenant with Israel (Heb. 8:8-12).

Although, the below verse is speaking of a spiritual Jew, God has never once said in His word that He is through with the physical Jew. We know this because in the very next chapter, the physical Jew is mentioned as the author of scripture (Rom. 3:1-2). It is true that there is neither Jew, nor Gentile in Christ (Gal. 3:28), but outside of Christ there is both.

Romans 2:28 "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."

The below passage is another passage that the Replacement crowd uses to "prove" their error. In reality, this passage is saying that although most of the Jews rejected the truth, there were still some that accepted Christ.

Romans 9:6 "Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed."

There are two Israels talked about in the passage. One is just the physical Jew and the other is the physical Jew, who is also a spiritual Jew. The Israel of God in Galatians 6:16 are saved Israelites who constitute the true nation of Israel, spiritually. This passage in no way teaches that Israel has been replaced with the Church. Replacement theologians simply privately interpret scripture to fit their theology.

The Church and Israel are not the same thing. The Church does not get the promises that God gave Israel. The promises that God gave Israel were unconditional and not based on whether Israel stayed faithful or not. The promises were based on the faithfulness of God alone. Read Romans 11:11-29 and notice that the context is the unconditional promises of Israel.

Romans 11:29 "For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance."

If God lied to Israel about their promises then maybe we as believers should be worried about our promise of eternal security. As for me, I believe what God said, exactly how He said it in His word. Israel has not been replaced by the Church or any other group. God is not done with Israel because He will restore His people at the Second Coming as the scriptures teach in Revelation and all throughout the Old and New Testament.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fallen Angels

Note: All Scripture quotations found in this article are from the text of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible.

This will be a brief article proving that the sons of God in the Old Testament are the fallen angels and not the "sons of Seth/men".

Genesis 6:2 "That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose." 

Genesis 6:4 "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." 

Notice the distinction between the sons of GOD and daughters of MEN. It is clear these are angels because if they were just men, there would be no distinction. These angels are the angels that "kept not their first estate"(Jude 1:6). Also, notice their offspring were giants.

Job 1:6 "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them." 

Job 2:1 "Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD." 

These are the fallen angels because they are with Satan, who had also fallen, but remember that Satan is a Cherub (Ezekiel 28:14) and not an angel. He only appears as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14).

Job 38:7 "When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" 

If you read in Job 38:4, you will see that this event was around the time God laid the foundations of the earth, which was before Adam or Seth was even around. The morning stars are angels like in Revelation 1:20. The sons of God are with the angels in Heaven singing and shouting. These sons of God are clearly not human, rather the angels.

Later on in the New Testament, the people that are saved are called the sons of God (Romans 8:14, 19; Philippians 2:15, 1 John 3:1) because we are to replace the fallen angels that fell and even help Jesus Christ judge them at the White Throne Judgment (1 Cor. 6:3). What is even more amazing is that when we are Raptured, our bodies will be glorified and fashioned like His body. Keep in mind that every angel in the Bible is a male, Jesus Christ was male and Adam who was made in the image of God was male (Genesis 1:26). Also, there will be no marriage in heaven (Mark 12:25).

1 John 3:2 "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Capital Punishment

Note: All Scripture quotations found in this article are from the text of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible.

The Lord was the first one who institute the death penalty in the first book of the Bible.  The death penalty is given before the law, under the law and after the law.  This below verse is before the law was given.

Genesis 9:6 "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."

God Almighty has given man the responsibility to execute those that have murdered others.

Exodus 21:12 "He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death." 

As said before, Capital Punishment was given during the law in the Old Testament also.

Numbers 35:16 "And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death. 17 And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death. 18 Or if he smite him with an hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death. 19 The revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him."

Some will argue that since it's given in the Old Testament, we are not under the law, so it's no longer in place, but Capital Punishment is also a New Testament command.

Romans 13:1 "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."

Not only did Paul approve of Capital Punishment, he also submitted to it himself in the book of Acts.  Paul was the greatest Christian to ever live and he is also where we get our doctrine.  We are to follow the Old Testament unless said otherwise in the New Testament.

Acts 25:11 "For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto C├Žsar."

Capital Punishment is not only mentioned in the first book of the Bible, but also the very last book in the Bible.

Revelation 13:10 "He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints."

Those that do not put Capital Punishment in place are responsible for defiling the entire land.  How's that for an Environmental plan?  Those that follow Capital Punishment are blessed by God.

Deuteronomy 19:11 "But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of these cities: 12 Then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die. 13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee."

Numbers 35:30 "Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die. 31 Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death. 32 And ye shall take no satisfaction for him that is fled to the city of his refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest. 33 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. 34 Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel."

Truth is, if Capital Punishment was shown publicly like it was in the Old Testament with Israel, the crime rate would go down.  Anyone that disagrees with Capital Punishment is simply humanistic in their thinking and ignores the word of God.  Capital Punishment is just, Biblical and would make murderers think twice before going through with the sin.  It is my personal belief that every murderer should be given the choice to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour before put to death.  God can forgive all sins, but most murderers are so evil and proud that they would turn their nose at the Gospel.