God is Still In The Amidst Disastrous Circumstance

Failing to See God When A Healing Occurred 

John 9;1-35 

  Personal Observance innovation

As horrifying natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, famines, or massive shooting sprees, gangs in mayor cities; for example, Aurora theater in Colorado and Newton’s Hook Elementary School these tragedies took many lives and affected these communities.  In Chicago gang wars committed over 700 homicides were committed during 2016. Where Fourteen-year-old Demarco Webster Jr was murdered helping his dad move.  However, there are worst things than these tragedies such as being separated from God resulting from ours sins. Yet, God is still sovereign, and in charges of the affairs of this universe. 

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 To often doubting Thomas or faultfinder tends to asks good questions; however, they’re not interests answer, and only want to asks questions, and they do not see the blessing or remarkable miracles that are performed everyday before their own eyes. Such as creation itself demonstrated God displaying magnification for all mankind to see. Plus all tools, God provides for mankind they able so able live a bettor life. Such as the human body itself, display His awesome or all invention mankind creates they saw it in creation itself.  

   Like the faultfinder in this day in age, the Pharisees were no different they were so blind they miss the evident was plainly before their own eyes. For example Jesus Christ, healed the sick, cast out demons out freeing them oppression, walking on water, feeding the multitudes with five loafs and two fishes and commanding the wind and waves to ceased instantly. 

John MacArthur on March 09, 2014 in a sermon called A Plan on for Dying In Your Sins spoke these words, “Amazing, unheard-of miracles were going on a daily basis through the duration of His ministry, unparalleled, sufficient evidence to prove that He was whom He claimed to be, the Messiah, the Savior, the Son of God. Now, by the way, John in his purpose of giving us evidence, only gives us samples, only samples of the ministry of Jesus. Without a question Jesus performed these healing, miracles, and casting out demons. The evident was overwhelming.

However, there was a group of Jewish leader, called the Pharisees, Chief priests, and Sadducee who questions the authenticity in what Jesus did and hated Him because He violated their man made rules, such as healing someone terrible diseases on the Sabbath. For example the beggar that was born blind found in John 9; 1-35.

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?  “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.  As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.  “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.  

His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?”  Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man. 

They brought him to the Pharisee they ask same question

“How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.  

Some of the Jews leader suspected the whole situation was a charade, that this man was never blind. So they summoned the man’s parents to testify about his condition. They declared that he is their son, and he was born blind.   But his new sight is a complete mystery to us! We do not know the man who opened his eyes. Why don’t you ask our son? He is old enough to speak for himself. John 9;15 b, 28-29 

The Pharisee ask the blind man how did he received his eye sight. The blind man responded, “I’ve already answered all these questions, and you don’t like my answers. Do you really need me to say it all over again? Are you thinking about joining up with Him and becoming His followers?” 

The Pharisee responded,” You’re one of His followers, but we follow Moses. We have confidence that God spoke to Moses, but this man you speak of is a mystery; we don’t even know where He comes from.  You were born under a cloud of sin. How can you, of all people, lecture us? The religious leaders banished him from their presence. Jesus heard what had happened and sought out the man. 

 The Voice wrote, “ Isn’t it ironic that you, our religious leaders, don’t even know where He comes from; yet He gave me sight! We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He d oes respond and work through those who worship Him and do His will.  No one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of any person blind from birth.  This man must come from God; otherwise, this miracle would not be possible. Only God can do such things.  The Pharisee later admitted Jesus many miracles, yet they despise Him 

  

More Personal Observances

Note Pharisee asks, “How then were your eyes opened? 

  Let us examine the story, the beggar who was born blind. The disciples asked Jesus who sin the parents or the man. Jesus said neither this man, nor the parents sinned.  This event a occurred so God‘s glory would be displayed. Jesus proceeded to put mud around the beggars eyes and told him, to wash them in the pool of Siloam meaning to sent. Then  he washed his eyes, and he was instantly healed and had perfect sight. 

Some of the people in Jerusalem had mixed reactions. Some claim he looks like the beggar while others it was not him. The beggar said that he was beggars and the people brought him to the Pharisees. They examined him and asked him, if he was the man born blind he said yes. Some of the Pharisees did not believe him nonetheless; they brought his parents in. And asks the parents, Is this your son? They said yes. 

 Warren Wiersbe wrote these words, “Four times in this chapter people asked, “How were you healed?” (John 9:10, 15, 19, 26). First, the neighbors asked the man, and then the Pharisees asked him. Not satisfied with his reply, the Pharisees then asked the man’s parents and then gave the son one final interrogation. In short this man the beggar who was born blind.

Despite the testimony of the man and his parents, that man was born blind.  Yet, they were not interest seeking the truth only accusing Jesus violating the Sabbath. They came to the decision that Jesus did not come from God because He healed many people on the Sabbath and violated one of their precious man made Sabbath rules. It not the biblical mandate; for example, in Deuteronomy 22; 4, If you see your donkey or ox fallen down on the road, you must not ignore it; you must help him lift it up.  Or Jesus stated  in Luke 14; 5 Which of you whose son or ox falls into a well, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” While Sabbath is a day rest from your labourer is does not mean you ignore someone in need or animal. The moral compensate responsibilities is to help the person or animal in need.  

  Note in verse 10 the Pharisee asks several questions How then were your eyes openedA better question would being how can blind man able to see? They also asked the man who Jesus was he declared that he was a prophet. The Pharisees insulted him. That he was not from God. The beggar declared one of the most profound statements and echoed these words, “that he never heard any man heal anyone who was born blind and performed this miracle. This man declared that this man is from God because God does not listen to sinners.“ 

The Pharisees were livid and banished this man from the Temple. Because the Pharisees preferred to be honored and failed to see that God’s hand was in this situation. They heard testimony from his parents, and the man himself was born blind, and that miracle was clearly performed and now able to see.  

    Yet, there were many miracles Jesus performed prior and after this event occurred. In which the Pharisees heard about. However, they were more concerned about their honor, prestiges,  and their man-made traditions instead honouring God. The miracles and healing that took place, before eyes. That the people living under bondage were set free  That the tragedy of the story is that Jewish people and leaders were blind of this. Warren Wiersbe wrote,” All of this looked very official and efficient, but it was really a most evasive maneuver on the part of both the people and the leaders. The Pharisees wanted to get rid of the evidence, and the people were afraid to speak the truth!” 

Well the man born blind was afflicted with physically blindness; he had spiritual insight because of the insight that he gave to the Pharisees. What it so pitiful about this narrative that the blind beggar was blind and was able to see that Jesus came from God. Yet, he was kicked out the temple due to his testimony concerning Jesus restoring his eyesight.  

The Pharisees had physical sight but lacked the spiritual insight as former blind man uttered these word to the Pharisees” Isn’t it ironic that you, our religious leaders, don’t even know where He comes from; yet He gave me sight! We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does respond and work through those who worship Him and do His will.  No one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of any person blind from birth. This man must come from God; otherwise, this miracle would not be possible. Only God can do such things.“ Where did this man get such insight? If he did not have any formal training in school. Only God could have revealed this to him. They later admitted that Jesus performed many miracles, yet they despise Him.

  Let examine the Pharisees who were the scholar of that day. Yet despite all their knowledge they lack spiritual insight. By tossing beggar from the Temple, because the beggar declared that Jesus came from God. When you declare Jesus as Lord sometimes there is a cost; the beggar is the classic case. Yet, first person former blind beggars encounter was Jesus Himself. 

When Jesus heard about this, He came alongside and comfort him and told him that he was the Messiah meaning expected deliverer or someone’s who would redeemed mankind from their sins. Throughout history many who follow Christ teaching who were afflicted, and suffered tremendously yet they felt the present of Jesus and were enormously comforts despite extreme pain they were experiencing, As scripture declares, I will never leave you or forsake you. The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? 

According to Foxe book of Martyr before being burn at stake.  A saint got on his knees before the stake, and thanked God that he worthy to suffer in Jesus name. 

While other story and another saint took his the chain off. His fellow comrades were in shock fearing he was going to recant. He ensures them that he wouldn’t going to recant. He just wanted to see Jesus face again time. He saw Jesus the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God! He put the chains back on and went up with flames along with his follow comrades. Receiving his crown of martyrdom.

Yet, another saint will being tortured felt the initial excruciating pain of the torturer hand; however, soon after he saw a cross with Jesus on it. He was consoled and encouraged In which aided him to endure the agonizing pain of torturer hand.  

While the Pharisees accused Jesus of many things, such as, being possessed by a demon; however, they could not dispute Jesus the healing of the sick, performing of miracles, and, casting out demons referred their sins to the Savior.”   

 JC Ryle Bible Study wrote,“Even our Lord’s worst enemies confess that our Lord did miracles, and many miracles. Can we doubt that they would have denied the truth of His miracles, if they could? But they do not seem to have attempted it. They were too many, too public, and too thoroughly witnessed for them to dare to deny them.” They admitted that the Lord Jesus was performing many signs. Believer Commentary wrote Why then did they not believe on Him? They did not want to believe because they preferred their sins to the Savior. 


Despite the overwhelming evidence and eyewitness accounts, the Pharisees ignore these reports, nonetheless, they could not dispute them.  

 Yet, the cynic in this day ages would say I have not seen any completing healing of the sick, casting out of demons, or rising of the dead. Frankly, neither have I seen any of these miracles, nor does I not believe in the charlatan TV evangelists who claim they can totality healed people, cast out demons, or raise people from the dead. Yet, to often they failed on their promises leaving many doubter about what Jesus accomplished, and to often it’s very difficult to convince these people in Christ atoning works that it actuality works. 

For example, Joni Eareckson Tada a quadriplegic, One day while she and her sister were watching tv, and an ad about Kathryn Kuhlman was coming to Washington a faith healer who claimed to healed the sick, physical disable and the lame. Joni and sister went expecting, and believing God would heal her. At the end of meeting to her dismay, she still was in her a wheelchair, and the usher wheel her along other disables people to the elevator. She asks this question herself, what wrong with this picture? 

One day her sister opens up the drapes and gave sister gave her a Bible to read. While flipping through it she read Mark 1; 38 Jesus stated, “ He said to them, “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also.

It hit her like a ton bricks that Jesus mission was to proclaim the gospel. According to Joni the real problem was her sin in her live in which it separated her from God, in which eventually would lead her to hell. While sickness, the disable, and the lame was cause and effect of sin. It was not paralysis in which left her in a wheelchair cause and effect it was bitter spirit that indwells her soul, it was sin in her life that separate her from God. That why Jesus came to atone for her sin The main purpose why Jesus came into the world is to redeem us from our sins. The bigger picture was sin not her disability. 

However, I seen lives being transformed instantly when they accepted Jesus Christ, and His atoning works all the heaviness they bore once vanished instantaneously, and no longer carry a heavy burdensome load. 

 David Berkowitz known as Son Of Sam and was responsible  for killing  six victims and wounded seven others He wrote, “I was involved in the occult and I got burned. I became a cruel killer and threw away my life as well as destroying the lives of others. Now, I have discovered that Christ is my answer and my hope. He broke the chains of sin, self-will, and depression that had me bound. He has turned me from a path leading to eternal damnation in the lake of fire ton ot he blessed assurance of eternal life in heaven. God has miraculously transformed “Son of Sam ” into “Son of Hope.” He wants to perform the same kind of transformation in your heart and life today!”

 Alison daughter of Lee Strobel when he accepted Christ atoning works, “Mommy, I want God to do for me what he’s done for Daddy.” Like the Pharisee of yesteryears cynic were spiritual blind as well the evident is so overwhelmingly that Jesus Christ transforms lives 

 As scripture declares concerning fault finder and the Pharisee in why they are spiritually blind, “ In whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ who is the image of God, should shine unto them.?


Is Tragedy Good or Bad In The Eyes Of God ?

 

In recent video I watched a gentleman, addressed an issue, and spoke about God.and asked this question. Where was God when these tragedies happened?  For example, the earthquake in Japan took the lives of many 15,894 or the tornadoes that ravage many towns, villages, and counties throughout the southern states. Hurricanes all along the East Coast where massive power outage were down for weeks many homes were levelled. The wildfire in Colorado that devastated 125-square forests in the southern part of Colorado. In which it lasted over two weeks. While elderly person was driving along Center Road in Waterdown, Ontario in a violent storm with high winds, and it was raining like cats and dogs. A huge tree fell and landed on the person car and killed him instantly. A deadly shooting in an Aurora, Colorado in movie theater James Eagan Holmes murdered twelve people and injuring seventy others. Or Newtown, Connecticut shooting where twenty-six adult and children were slaughter In cold blood at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School by 20 year old male.

Skeptics throughout the century have asked the same old question where is God in these tragedies and why does He allow these disasters to happen?  To me, a better question would be what’s worse sin or these tragic events? What does Jesus say about these tragedies? What has God done about the sin issue?  What is worse tragedies or sins? I will show you in Scripture and history. That sin far worse than all the tragedies that occur throughout history. Such as massive shootings and, horrible wars that took many innocent lives.  I will show there was a God man who knew no sin and committed no sin died on the cross so that those believe in Him will have eternal life with Him. Another question to consider is earth our permanent dwelling place? Or should we store our treasures in heaven? Instead here on earth. If those believe in Jesus Christ in His atoning works!  Will live in heaven with Him among those believe in His atoning works.

 Jesus declares these words concerning Galileans, and the tower in Siloam found in Luke 13; 1-5. Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galilean whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.  Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the others Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no!But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”  Luke 13; 1- 5 

 

Personal View

Note in verse two of the thirteenth chapter of Luke, verse 2 were Galileans blood was mixed with the sacrifice. Were they worse of because when they suffered in this manner? According to Jesus, He said no! Verse three Jesus stated there are worst things in life and than tragedies. Jesus was addressing sin issue and to those who are alive must repent of their sins. If not, they also will perish and suffer a worse fate than the Galileans and eighteen people who died in Siloam. Verse four addresses the eighteen who died when the tower of Siloam fell upon them? Were they more guilty than those living in Jerusalem? Again He said no! Again, He was addressing sin and how to deal with sin. Not being forgiven by God is the worst outcome, then the tragedies the Galileans endured and the eighteen people who perished when the Siloam Tower fell upon them. Even than God is still sovereign even under these tragic circumstances .

Paul J. Bucknell in an article called, Explaining Hurricanes and Other Natural Disasters from Jesus’ Perspective wrote, “When something bad happens to another person, it is easy to conclude that they are worse people than ourselves. Maybe we think, “They must be evil; they deserve it.”  Furthermore he wrote,” Western world cynically states that if God is loving, then He would not allow such things to happen. Or those who suffered by those calamities were worse than ourselves. They tend to think of themselves as an elitist group who are much better than the others.” Both are wrong sin is the cause and effect of mankind suffering. 

Both Adam and Eve fell into sin, and mankind followed in their footsteps found in Genesis 3; 6-7, 18- 19 God told Adam on the day you eat forbidden fruit you will die found in Genesis 2; 16- 17

Lee Strobel a Christian Apologist wrote, “Unlike some other religious leaders who wrote off pain and suffering as just being illusions, Jesus was honest. He told us the truth. He said in “You will have suffering in this world.” He didn’t say you might he said it is going to happen.”  

Paul J. Bucknell wrote, “Jesus interestingly did not question whether the people in those two cases deserved judgment. They perished because they were sinners. God told man that he would die because of his sin.” Furthermore he wrote, “ We need to think rightly of the judgment of mankind. All of us deserve to die now, or even yesterday. No one deserves an extra day to live. The penalty of sin is death. Death is not only appropriate but demanded for sinners. Since we have all sinned, no one is an exception to this rule.” In addition he wrote, “It is horrible to see the homes and families that were destroyed, whether they be rich or poor, white, or black. The point is that they all share one common element: they were all sinners and deserved to die. Instead of thinking that no one deserves to die, we should think God’s perspective: we all deserve to die. In conclusion he wrote, “ The sentence is only delayed and this in and of itself is mercy.” Essentially he was saying what Jesus to those who tragically died in hurricanes, wild fires, and mass shooting. If any these people were born again Christian, and believed in Christ who took their sins, and replace with His righteousness are better off than those who rejected the gospel.

Instead asking where God was when calamities kill thousands upon thousands of people. The better questions who created, the winds, the rains, and the storm? Can they be benefits to mankind or cause great harm or both? For example, the sun can be used for both heat and lit yet it still the sun. It helps the plant grow so can eat and enjoy the plants yet can yet it creates a desert waste land as well yet still the sun. It can produce lovely panorama view in sky to be enjoyed by all, yet if you were stuck in middle of the desert, it would kill you yet it still the sun. You can enjoy the sun from a far yet if went to close it would kill you instantly yet it still the sun. Remember a hurricane is just heavy rains and a powerful wind. The rain, the sun, and the wind play an essential part in the environment such as the rain and the sun, help the plants life grow. The wind circulated the air so the ecosystem will not be stagnate prevent diseases.    

 

Let us consider the life and times of our Jesus Christ while here on earth. He was born in cave, and His feeding trough was a cradle surround by animal because there was no room in the inn. 

When He young boy He fled to Egypt with His parent because a powerful king wanted Him dead because He thought He was going to a king and threat to his kingdom.

 When was thirty-year old just after He was baptizes he was tempted three times by Satan himself after forty days of fasting? 

The town where dwelt most His life as a carpenter like His father? When He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and read the following The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, uttered the following.  This Scripture has been fulfilled and gave the scroll back to the attendant, and sat down. Claiming that He is the messiah!  

When the town people heard this, the town people were enraged and drove Him out of town, and brought Him to the edge of the hill of the town ond, intending to hurl Him over ca Mt Kedumim (397M), 1,302.16 feet overlooking the Yizrael Valley. But, He passed right through the crowd and continued His way.

 He was called Beelzebub, and throughout His ministry he was threatened and misinterpret and the Jewish leader wanted Him dead. His two friends denied and betrayed Him. When He needed His friends the most when going through severest tribulation they deserted Him

 When He was at a legal proceeding a guard struck Him, along with the chief priest blindfold Him became to beat Him ask Him prophesy who hit Him!  While facing Pilate He was whipped and the solder mocked Him they spat on Him, and kept hitting Him on the head. While on the cross the crowd, the Jewish leader, and two thieves sneered and mock Him. When all of mankind sins fell upon Him, His Father forsook Him. By the world standard He was treated unfairly, and the fault finder would have asked where was God in all this? Yet in God standard this was the beginning of the salvation plan in which it benefited mankind where bridged the gap between mankind and God.   

 What are the benefits of disaster or calamities Paul J. Bucknell wrote, “Disasters have a way of shaking people’s lives so that they actually turn to the Lord. The death of some becomes a means to alert others of coming judgment. Disasters have a way of shaking people’s lives so that they actually turn to the Lord. The death of some becomes a means to alert others of coming judgment. Repentance leads to eternal life with Christ, and they’re not being judged by God. For example, when my brother Maynard died in 1975 at the age twenty-eight because of an accident. Over period of nine months, I went from being an atheist to a follower of Christ. This tragedy was a means of leading me Christ, and oldest brother became a pastor instead being a lawyer. Maynard is better off because he believes in Jesus. While I was searching for God I found out he was seeking God as well, and believe he found him. Even thou his life came to tragic end at the age of twenty-eight by the world standards, and he was too young to die. Yet in God standard he is now with the saints because he believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, and now enjoys all the benefits that an adopted son, because of Christ atoning works

To those who continue to deny God ’s mercifulness and compassion. In which He offered His one and only Son as a propitiation for mankind sins. Will one day face Jesus and will display their sins and will legitimately judge them for theirs sins? Either you bow the knee while here on earth and confess your sins, repent them, and believe in Christ atoning works God will have mercy instead of judging you accordingly to theirs sins, “ As scripture declares, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” In short, God is still sovereign !!    

 http://foundationsforfreedom.net/References/NT/Gospels/Luke/Luke13/Luke13.1-5_Disasters.html

Summary Of T.U.L.I.P

 

The five point known as T.U.L.I.P.  Clearly defines that all mankind is totally depraved, and only God can save human being from their pitiful state. While God elects some and by pass others. Jesus Christ is the only one who can redeem us from our sins, and the Holy Spirit is the only person who can convict us our sins, and leads us to Christ. Since God determined the elect before the foundation of this world. He will preserve and protect the saints well here on earth. As scripture declares;“ What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us who is against us?  He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, He rose from the grave; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” In short, TULIP is an acronym that defines the gospel intellectuality defines mankind 

Dr Lewis Johnson wrote,” This is God’s great gospel message.  It is the message that meets the needs of all of us. May God in his grace touch your heart, for the Holy Spirit is the one who touches our hearts, brings us to the knowledge of the Son of God, points us to him always and what he has done, and gives us the confidence by virtue of the satisfaction Christ has offered.  We don’t look within ourselves for feelings, as if to look for feelings by which we can know that we are believing people.  We look off, outside our- selves, to the objective work of the Son of God who died upon Calvary’s cross.  If I looked within myself, I would have no confidence in myself, but when I examined Christ and what He has done than I much confidence in myself.  He is my continental head.  He is my representative, and his work pleases the father.  It pleases the father, because the father raised Him from the dead in token of the fact that he is pleased with what Christ has done. If you want salvation, if you want the assurance of salvation, you can find it only n Christ and you’ll not find it in yourselves.”    

 If God did this for His chosen people what is our responsibilities

Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 1 question 1 asks What is your only comfort in life and in death? That I, with body and soul, both in life, and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall

R C Sproul, in book Following Christ wrote this “ What is the goal of the Christian life? Godliness born of the obedience of Christ. Obedience unlocks the riches of the Christian experience. Prayer is what prompts and nurtures obedience, putting the heart into the proper frame of mind to desire obedience.

Of course, knowledge is the important because without it. We can’t know what God requires. However, knowledge and truth will remain abstract unless we commune with God in prayer. It is the Holy Spirit who teaches, inspires, and illuminates God’s to us.

The Heidelberg Catechism Question in question 60. How are thou righteous before God?

Answer: Only by a true faith in Jesus Christ; so that, though my conscience accuse me, that I have grossly transgressed all the commandments of God, and kept none of them, and am still inclined to all evil, notwithstanding, God, without any merit of mine, but only of mere grace, grants and imputes to me, the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ; even so, as if I never had, nor committed any sin: yea, as if I had fully done all that obedience which Christ has accomplished for me; inasmuch as I embrace such benefit with a believing heart. In short, TULIP is a tool to equipped the saint!!!

 

TULIP Perseverance of the Saints

 Perseverance of the Saints

 I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1;6 

Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come;

‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home. John Newton

 

Perseverance of the saints (also referred to as eternal security as well as the similar but distinct doctrine known as “Once Saved, Always Saved”) is a teaching that asserts that once persons are truly “born of God” or “regenerated” by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, nothing in heaven or earth “shall be able to stopped them 

A Christian brother once ask do you believe that you can lose your salvation. My response was now can you lose your salvation if already determined by God before foundation world. If the Holy is, Spirit is involved pointing the believer to Christ atoning work. Aiding the believer in accepting that they’re sinner, and needing Christ atones for theirs sins. Why would the Holy Spirit abandoned the believer after ensuring them of their salvation? As scripture declares ,” When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.” Yet another scripture states,” I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” John Newton penned these words,” Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come; Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home.

David N. Steele and Curtis C. Thomas penned these words. “The elect are not only redeemed by Christ and renewed by the Spirit; they are also kept in faith by the almighty power of God. All those who are spiritually united to Christ through regeneration are eternally secure in Him. Nothing can separate them from the eternal and unchangeable love of God. They have been predestinated unto eternal glory and are therefore assured of heaven. As scripture declares.” We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified. 

 http://www.theopedia.com/perseverance-of-the-saints

https://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/qna/preseverance.htmlwas involved 

http://www.gty.org/resources/articles/A218/perseverance-of-the-saints.

http://www.centervilleroad.com/articles/calvinism-6.html 

 

 

 What about those who accepted Jesus as Lord and Savour and walk away did they lose their salvation? 

“The doctrine of perseverance of the saints does not maintain that all who profess the Christian faith are certain of heaven. It is saints– those who are set apart by the Spirit– who persevere to the end. It is believers– those who are given true, living faith in Christ– who are secure and safe in Him. Many who profess to believe fall away, but they do not fall from grace for they were never in grace. True believers do fall into temptations, and they do commit grievous sins, but these sins do not cause them to lose their salvation or separate them from Christ.” Dr John MacArthur said they were never saved from the start

Why anyone would walk away from living God who gave them eternal life and gives one His only Son. In which He purchases mankind sins is beyond me, and always be enigma to me.

Charles Templeton at one who believes in Christ, and preached the gospel, and walk away from the faith. In 1957, he would publicly declare that he later had become an agnostic he became an atheist.  

He accepted Christ at age nineteen. He and Billy Graham work together declaring the gospel. Templeton preached throughout Canada, Michigan, Indiana, New York. The National Association of Evangelicals listed Templeton as the “best used of God” However, he was having major doubts as to the validity of the Bible. Especially the creation account. Where he wrote Farewell to God to justify his unbelief.   

Fifty years later, Lee Strobel interviews Templeton who had just a couple of more years to live resulting from Alzheimer. In the interview ne spoke highly of Jesus saying “The greatest human being who has ever lived. He was a moral genius. His ethical sense was unique. He was the intrinsically wisest person that I’ve ever encountered in my life or in my readings. His commitment was total and led to his own death, much to the detriment of the world. “In his view,” he is the most important human being who has ever existed.” He admitted that he missed Him. Note his words the greatest human being that ever lived not Lord and Savour. 

Despite, what he accomplished here on earth or even states that Jesus is the greatest human being that ever lived if does not accept Jesus Lord Savour his soul damned.  Sam Morris, a Baptist preacher, adds, All the prayers a man may pray, all the Bibles he may read, all the churches he may belong to, all the services he may attend, all the sermons he may practice, all the debts he may pay, all the ordinances he may observe, all the laws he may keep, all the benevolent acts he may perform will not make his soul one whit safer; and all the sins he may commit, from idolatry to murder, will not make his soul in any more danger.…The way a man lives has nothing whatever to do with the salvation of his soul.” 

 Later on Lee Strobel wrote a book called A Case For Faith laying our Templeton reasons for leaving Christianity, and an interviewed noted scholars disproving his reason for leaving the faith. Lee Strobel dedicated the book to Templeton in hope of pointing him to the true Savour, and gave him a copy, and pray that he would read it, and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savour 

One would only hope, and pray that he only slipped ship on the deck, and came back to faith instead falling overboard died in his unbelief.

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http://credohouse.org/blog/billy-graham-and-charles-templeton-the-sad-tale-of-two-evangelists

https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/justintaylor/2013/05/09/charles-templeton-missing-jesus/


TULIP Irresistible Grace

Irresistible Grace

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5

Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,  2 Timothy 1:9 

Irresistible grace is when the Holy Sprit move within the elect and call, them into salvation. Where Jesus Christ who sacrifice Himself on Calgary Cross to atone the elect or church from theirs sins. The Holy Sprit presses the elect, and there is no rest nor peace until they accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savour. Since none deserve God’s grace. He extends grace to the elect them, and has mercy on them instead applying justice on them. As scripture declares, “I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 

In article on Protestant Reformed Faith on Irresistible Grace; {Grace as the power of God to save His elect cannot be resisted. The Spirit of God and the grace obtained for God’s people through the work of His Son Jesus Christ is completely effectual and cannot be rejected by anyone whom God has chosen to be His own. By His grace and in the way of sanctification, God works in the hearts of his people a desire to love, seek, and obey Him.

 John Murray wrote these words.” It is a moral and spiritual impossibility for a person to come to Christ except for the Father’s drawing.Furthermore he wrote, “Regeneration is specifically the work of the Holy Spirit, and our appreciation of the economy of salvation demands that we honor him in the distinctive functions he performs. 

Dr. C. Matthew McMahon wrote, “ Since grace is undeserved by any person, Irresistible Grace teaches that when the Spirit of God is sent to change a person’s heart, that person cannot resist the change. This is when the Spirit of God applies the work of Christ to the soul.”

Canon Of Dort penned these words, “God infuses new qualities into the will, making the dead will alive, the evil one good, the unwilling one willing, and the stubborn one compliant. God activates and strengthens the will so that, like a good tree, it may be enabled to produce the fruits of good deeds. Furthermore it states, “Rather, it is an entirely supernatural work, one that is simultaneously most powerful and most pleasing, a marvelous, hidden, and inexpressible work, which is not less than, or inferior in power to that of creation or of raising the dead, as Scripture (inspired by the author of this work) teaches. Therefore, all those in whose hearts God works in this marvelous way are certainly, unfailingly, and effectively reborn and do actually believe.” Yet it furthers states, “In this life believers cannot fully understand the way this work happens meanwhile, they rest content with knowing and experiencing that, by this grace of God, they do believe with the heart and love their Savior.

For example on the day, I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savoured I felt a heavy burden it felt like two Mac trucks were on my shoulders. The more tried to flee from it the more taxing it became. In personal testimony I wrote these words, One was accusing of being one evil SOB and in which I was guilty as charged. I violated God’s moral law I hated all Christian’s bottom line I hated God I was without excuse. To me religion and God, I was not interested even thou the hound of heaven pursuit me throughout my rebellious years. The God that terrified me when my brother suddenly died in car crash was convicting of my immoral behavior. The God terrified me was within his rights to pronounce judgement me. It likes I was in a wrestling match I could not escape. 

Even thou I did not fully understand it. The only thing I knew was some guy name Jesus died on a cross for all the wrongs things we did. A story told by mother throughout my childhood years. 

Around a kitchen table at Christian retreat Center called L’Abri in front of several witness. I simply asked for Jesus to forgive me & thank him. I felt a huge that burden was lifted from me & felt free indeed. All the things that hung around & haunted me instantly disappear.  

– Charles Rolls wrote, “No one else possesses a greater and fuller claim or better title than Christ to counsel His redeemed people. He is altogether entitled to do so because He is the all-wise Creator and also because He submitted to a cruel cross in order to redeem and reconcile.  He is the only One who conquered death and the Devil and defeated the powers of darkness.  He is entitled to counsel us because of His care under all conditions; He has secured the cancellation of our sins and comforts us in times of sorrow.  As Heir of all things He alone bears the qualifications to confer heirship; He alone maintains our right to inherit an incorruptible estate by His continually making intercession for us.” The Indescribable Christ

 

http://www.apuritansmind.com/tulip/irresistible-grace-compiled-by-dr-c-matthew-mcmahon/ 

http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/irresistible-grace/

http://www.prca.org/fivepoints/chapter4.html

https://rfpa.org/pages/protestant-reformed-faith-irresistible-grace 

https://www.crcna.org/welcome/beliefs/confessions/canons-dort 

 

And I have other sheep that are not of this fold.  Must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. John 10;16

 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  John 3;3

So that, you see, the Spirit of God, where it works in men, though they live in different places, yet they shall all believe the same truth and all receive the same faith.” Christopher Love“

Calling is the gathering of men together in Christ so they may be united with Him.” William Ames

“This calling is an act of the grace of God in Christ by which he calls men dead in sin and lost in Adam through the preaching of the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit, to union with Christ, and to salvation obtained in him.” Francis Turretin

Canon of Dort states,” God in boundless mercy has given us as a guarantee his only begotten Son who was made to be sin and a curse for us, in our place, on the cross, in order that he might give satisfaction for us.”

 Does that mean that mankind is not responsible since Holy Spirit actively involved in salvation? As mother once said to my dad you knucklehead Bob. The Holy Spirit and the person are working hand in hand to fulfill the salvation plan. As scripture declares, “And how can they hear without a preacher?  And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things! Without Holy Spirit both the person who brings the good news of Christ atoning works, the one who received good news, For example, a woman named Birdie ask me whether I ever prayed and gave me some scriptures verses concerting the gospel . I wanted to leave the premises; however, I unable to leave nor did I mouth her off. When I left the Holy Spirit hounded I felt trap until accepted the Lord than burden lifted. St.Augustine penned these words “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart are restless until it finds its rest in thee.”  In short God uses mankind to accomplished His salvation plan 

 

There’s a theological called Monergism and Synergism. Monergism: is he position in Christian theology that God, through the Holy Spirit, works to bring about the salvation of an individual through spiritual regeneration, irrespective of the individual’s cooperation. Synergism the theology is defined as: that the human will cooperates with the Holy Ghost in the work of regeneration. Monoergism; mono meaning “one” and erg meaning “work ” Synergism: erg meaning to work and syn meaning together; hence, synergism is a “working together.” Ism is define as a suffix a distinctive doctrine, theory, system, or practice: The Greek word is θεωρία meaning a theory. 

In short without the Holy Spirit, it would impossible to say Jesus is Lord or accept His atoning works. As Scripture declares, Therefore, I am informing you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.


The Story Of The Candy Cane


  Every year when I went to my brother for Christmas I would give t my niece and nephews a candy cane as a christmas gifts. Here the story behind the Candy Cane;

A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would remind people of the true meaning of Christmas; so he made the candy cane to incorporate several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ. He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and the firmness of the promises of God.

The candy maker then shaped his cane into the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to the earth as Savior. It could also represent the staff of the “Good Shepherd” with which He reaches down to to reclaim the fallen lambs who, like sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

A candy cane. (perhaps enough for each child

To many people, the candy cane is a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time or just a piece of candy to be eaten and enjoyed. I hope that this year, every time you see a candy cane, you will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.

Scripture: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his stripes you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

Lord, we thank you that Jesus is the Good Shepherd whokeeps us from harm. We thank you that because of his suffering and death on the cross, we have life everlasting. Help us to remember that we find the true meaning of Christmas in him.