Colossians 1:12-17 - in Jesus Christ all things subsist.

Paul who once persecuted and had killed, the followers of Jesus, writes to the believers in Colosse;

"giving thanks to the Father, who has made us fit for a share of the inheritance of the saints in light,
who delivered us out of the authority of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
in whom we have redemption through His blood, the remission of sins;
who is the image of the invisible God, the First-born of all creation.
For all things were created in Him, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, the visible and the invisible; whether thrones, or lordships, or rulers, or authorities, all things have been created through Him and for Him.
And He is before all things, and all things have subsisted in Him." Col 1:12-17

What a humbling thing it is to know that we people of the earth were made individually, one at a time, by the all powerful, all wise, all knowing Creator who cares for, loves, sustains, provides for, redeems, forgives and works all things for our good and His eternal glory and praise.

Let us fear Him in faithful love and diligence. He has made us for His good pleasure.

"...Jehovah is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him." Habakkuk 2:20

"All flesh, be silent before Jehovah. For He is raised up out of His holy habitation" Zec 2:13.

The earth is presently in turmoil and is reeling, for the Creator God is shaking all things so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 

His word will remain, so cling to His word, and our Lord Jesus, our Creator is that Lving Word who endures forever. Remain in Jesus - John 15:4.

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Comment by Ian McDonald on March 27, 2019 at 10:41pm

Some years ago at a 'wake', the reception that follows a funeral service, where family and friends can chat and help one another, I was talking to a brother I had never met before, and as we conversed I found out that he and I agree on a number of things.

As we were chatting in the midst of all the many conversations occuring around, I just started to speak about the problem with a lot of 'Christians' and 'preachers' etc, is that, instead of returning to the gospel of Jesus Christ as He preached and as His apostles did after Him in the power of the Holy Spirit., in clarity and simplicity, we have in large part gone back to the Reformers and Puritans and stopped there and basked in their glory.

I realized that as I was saying this I was saying some things that I had not seen before. I went on to say, it has been like the Israelites who wandering in the wilderness, they came upon 70 palm trees and 12 wells of water. 

It was God Himself who led them there. But it was NOT His intention or purpose to leave them there.  And in the same way, God raised up some deliverers for His people enslaved to Rome's ungodly religion, and much refreshing was poured out on untold numbers of seekers of the truth.  But it was not God's intention or purpose for anyone of them to stop there at the camp of the Reformers, but to go on to perfection, and to come into the fulness of the stature of Christ in the fullness of the Holy Spirit who reveals Jesus Christ and His glory.

For all the good that the Reformers did, and God did work through them, they were not perfect, and they did get some things wrong (history repeats itself).  They were just simple men whom God raised up for such a time, and they, like we will, came and went.

But still there is more of Jesus that we must discover; more of Jesus to be formed in us; more of Jesus to reveal to the world, than the Reformers knew. The table of the Lord is immeasurable, and its has untold glorious provision laid out for us - all paid for by our Dearest Lord Jesus, but still we limit God and we think that we have it all - or nearly all.

We are yet to understand and walk in the half of what Paul says - Christ in you, the hope of glory; the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ; I will come to you in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.  And so with many many other astounding statements.  May the Lord be gracious to us and help us.

Just an extra comment about the Elim oasis.  12 wells and 70 palms trees.  This is a picture of firstly the sons of Jacob, and secondly the apostles of Christ (Matthais replacing Judas); and the seventy elders who prophesied by the Holy Spirit and ate and saw God. Jesus also appointed another seventy whom He sent out with His authority to do the Father's will.

Some years ago after the death of my wife of 41 years, I began to see 'salvation' in a greater light.  It all hinged on an amazing and often repeated truth said in different ways throughout Scripture.  It is stated all through the OT and into the new.  Although I had read these things many many times over many years it hadn't yet dawned on me till just some years ago.  And you know the saying, you can't unsee something, or unhear something? Well I can't unsee this.

The truth is that God Himself, Jesus Himself is Salvation, and I put the capital S to honour Him.

It is most commonly recognized in Psalm 27:1. The Lord  is my Light and my Salvation(caps added). John says - God is Light; John says - In Him was Life and the Life was the Light of men...and the Light shone in the darkness; Jesus says - Light has come into the world, but men love darkness rather than Light; Jesus says I am the Light of the world.

The psalmist said this centuries earlier - The Lord (my Shepherd - Jesus) is my Light.  But He is also "my Salvation".

Moses said - The Lord is my Strength and Song, He is become my Salvation (Ex 15:2)

Jacob prophesies concerning Jesus in his words to Dan - "I have waited for Thy Salvation O Lord."

Simeon says as he is holding the Messiah in his arms -" For my eyes have seen Your Salvation". Simeon was holding God's Salvation in his arms and he saw Him face to face.  These are just a few instances of this truth. 

God works love because He IS Love. God shines His Light because He IS Light. God works His Salvation because He IS Salvation.

From that foundation, I now am able to speak more wonderfully of the work of God's salvation.

The issue of Paul's statement in Ephesians 2 about being saved not by 'works' has not been understood properly, or if it has it has not been preached clearly.  The common misconception is purely a reaction against Rome's false doctrine.  To preach out of reaction is not what God calls us to.  We are to preach/ teach out of understanding granted by the Holy Spirit of God, and that understanding has NOTHING, I repeat NOTHING to do with Rome or any other man made source.

Paul makes it plain what kind of works are disqualified for our being justified.

But I precurse what I want to say further with this; Moses, Jesus and Paul all state that in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses every word shall be established. This is often used by preachers to underscore a point they are making.

Well Paul states that we are NOT justified or made righteous before God by a certain kind of work, and that work is the "works of the Law". He uses this phrase 8 times, if I am not mistaken.

Romans 9:32 - Israel did not attain to the righteousness of the Law because they did not seek it by Faith (Hebrews 4 - they did not mix their hearing with faith).

Earlier in R 3:27 Paul says that boasting is excluded by the Law of Faith. There are works of the Law, and there is a Law of faith which has its own set of works, like believing, repentance, obedience, etc.

Paul uses this phrase 'works of Law' in Galatians 2:16 (3 times); and in 3:2,5, 10 -...we receive the Holy Spirit by the hearing of faith, and God works miracles in our midst by the hearing of faith.

Paul in Epheisans 2 is speaking about works of Law, not works operating out of the Law of faith. Works of law are not what we are saved by; we are saved by works of faith - works of God.

We must believe in order to call upon the name of the Lord; to believe in this way is a work of God in us; a work of faith (by which we are saved).

We must call upon the name of the Lord in order to be saved; to call upon the name of the Lord is a work of faith (by which we are saved). It is a work of God.

We must repent, and this too is the work of God through the Law of faith, by the hearing of faith.

We must obey the Lord Jesus Christ who commands us according to the will of the Father, and that obedience is a work of faith, a work of God.  But we must do it willingly.

And so we can go on.  The psalmist said - Except tthe Lord build the house, they labour in vain who try to build. Psalm 127:1.

When God is at work, then we must work in order to benefit from His work.  Jesus said I will build My ecclesia - My called out ones.  So the called out ones must by the hearing of faith, work with God in order to benefit.

God does not override the will of anyone. It is a love relationship He wants, not a factory of machines, which can do nothing but what they were designed to do.

A divinely appointed love relationship is between two consenting parties. Each party is autonomous.  A marriage for instance under God must be by mutual consent and by mutual covenant and by mutual respect.  In this both parties have the provision of God to succeed, yet both parties also have the inherent ability to fail.

But a love relationship between God and man, though similar, is different, in that the covenant is not between God and man but God and God - that is Father and Son. This is one reason why the new covenant is far superior and unbreakable.  God calls us into the fellowship of the Father and the Son (1 John 1:3)

In this 'God and man' love relationship, while man has the capacity to fail, God cannot fail (2 Tim 2:13). 

Because God made man in His image and likeness, and although that image and likeness in man has been marred, God wants that distinct and separate spirit 'being' to enter into that love relationship, with mutual consent, mutual respect (I use human terms) and yet the inheritance is to be mutual, though that part was not known by the consenting creature.

God works to do a new and better thing, something Adam could never have enjoyed, union, oneness with Christ the God- Man.

Jesus said to His 12 disciples - will you also go away (depart as the others have done)? I can hear something of the depth of love of Jesus in that question? He wanted them to love Him "freely", willingly, consciously, faithfully, as He did them. Such intimacy.

May the Lord help us to this end.

Murder of innocents!  God WILL overturn the unjust killing of His little children - for of such is the kingdom of God. But I pray still that God may raise up a man or many men, or even the voice of many children themselves, who will be like a Wilberforce to address this diabolical sacrificing of children to Satan, and overturn it.

While there are many questions regarding DT, I do believe that God has raised him up for this moment.  I pray for him often as I do for a few other world leaders including our Scott Morrison here in Aus. May God have mercy that we do not have the 'left' come and rule over us with increased godlessness, though we surely have asked for it as a nation far from God.

God says Himself that He raises up one and puts down another. He raised up Joseph, and after Joseph passed, He raised up another who knew not Joseph and did work evilly against God's 'son' - Israel.

May Donald T, President of the UStates, be used yet to bring honour to Jesus Christ in truth and justice.

Thank you for the chat brother... I must go and attend to more mundane things.

Comment by Douglas Roy on March 27, 2019 at 7:47am

Thanks, Ian, for your good words. It is rare to find someone not caught up in the modern form of "churchianity," which they call Christianity.

This statement you made said so much, "God is loving and merciful and ready to forgive the repentant sinner, and pour in His grace and life for us to overcome sin and live right, but He is also a God of wrath against all wickedness that is not forsaken." It summed up many gospel doctrines and included a couple nearly left out of modern churches: repentance and the judgment of God, which in Hebrews 6, are noted are "principles of the doctrine of Christ." I am thankful my friend and pastor has taught these these continually and is even now discussing them in depth in our weekly Bible studies.

In my discussions with professing Christians on the web, via many sites, usually using Disqus, I've found very few that embrace repentance as the basis of true faith. Some even call it a "work" added to faith, making it unnecessary to salvation. The Billy Graham false gospel taught around the world, but especially in America, has polluted this country and brought devastating results to the churches that embraced it (most evangelical and mainline denominations). That "gospel," dubbed by my pastor, "decision theology," puts the will of man as the key to salvation with his altar call and sinner's prayer. Neither is repentance part of this preaching.

I have found that those that embraced this false salvation are in strong opposition to true salvation wrought only by the call and grace of God who works in a sinner to bring him through a process of repentance from his sinful life and thinking. I'm sure you must of run into this, also.

Regarding what you said about GB and Israel; I was not aware of their actions, but believe it. It seems that what is righteous and good and the will of God has had little to do with how GB thinks and acts in their government. They have embraced an anti-Christ philosophy and, as we've seen, the result has been God stripping their empire and power and turning them into hell.

God is continually in support of true Christian liberty within governments, opposing what is corrupt and tyrannical and supporting those who are trying to do what is right and good. We believe, the Lord Jesus has been helping Donald Trump in our nation to oppose corruption and promote policies more in line with true liberty. He is attacked relentlessly by the leftist media and leftists in Congress and among judges. Also by RINO's. Though not actually a Christian, he has more fear of God than most presidents we've had in a long time. We believe God has raised him up in mercy and is using him to divide sheep from goats and make that which has been hidden in deceit more apparent to Americans and the world.

It is easy to see that "leftists" are in support of nearly all things evil and perverse and tyrannical, including godless socialism/communism, which promotes tyranny and the state as god. Our nation is divided and the issue of abortion is one in the forefront that has yet to be brought front and center. It is as much or more so than slavery during the 1850's before the Civil War. I think a great number of nations have embraced this slaughter of the innocents because of America's fall into this wickedness. We believe the majority of Americans oppose it. The high court pushed this evil through in 1973, 10 years after throwing prayer and Bible reading from public school (a great act of blasphemy against God, and our 1st Amendment). If our people do not stop these atrocities against God's babies and children our nation cannot stand and the severe judgment of God will fall upon us, bringing the death of millions of Americans for the shedding of innocent blood.

Comment by Ian McDonald on March 26, 2019 at 8:24pm

Yes, our Saviour Lord Jesus is seated at the right of the Father until the Father puts every enemy of God under the feet of Jesus. What honour is given to our Lord. 

And the Father is doing this right now and tomorrow, and the next day inspite of what ever man may throw in his futility and stupidity and ignorance at Jesus.  And, in spite of us believers in Jesus who fail Him yet. 

Douglas, one thing I have noticed about the British Empire (hadn't connected the oppression against the Puritans and pilgrims fleeing tyranny), was that before the present state of Israel (regardless of the extreme opinions about that matter) was voted on in the UN (and in spite of what one could say about this organization), Britain from that time on began to pull out their support of the fledgling state of Israel. It had someting to do with oil.

Since about 1948/9 many countries within the empire began to fight for independence. Little by little the empire shrank, and consequently lost its 'original' world power, glory, fame and influence. 

I remember reading concerning the 1967 Arab war against Israel. Israel had ordered and paid for weapons and arms from Britain, but at the last minute, a decision in the Government blocked the transport of the munitions to Israel, which if I am not mistaken were already loaded on ships for delivery.

In spite of that act by Britain, The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) still delivered Israel from the overwhelming odds set against them.  That war turned out to be one of the most decisive wars in modern history. However, as far as England is concerned, some one commenting on this event has said that since that time England has not seen a great awakening, revival of the magnitude that it had as in previous generations and centuries. 

In contrast, England has become very much influenced by Islam.  Wkipedia states that in the UK, Islam is the second largest religion.

It is always the same, when a person, a family, a government, a town, a county/state, or country sets itself against God and what God stands for, they will not in the end be left standing, unless in nakedness and shame.

Nations (people) in general think that the might and power and wealth and status is their own work and intelligence. 

God says - "Lo, nations are as a drop from a bucket, and are reckoned as dust of the scales." Isaiah 40.

He says " I said to the boastful, Do not boast; and to the wicked, Do not lift up the horn.
Do not lift up your horn on high; do not speak with a stiff neck.
For exaltations are not from the east, nor from the west, nor from the desert;
but God is the judge; He puts down this one and lifts up this other.
For a cup is in the hand of Jehovah; and the wine foams; it is fully mixed, and He pours out from it; surely all the wicked of the earth must drain its dregs and drink.
But I will witness forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob." from Psalm 75

So, my brother in Jesus, let us remain in Jesus and in His word, let us walk humbly before Him in His holy fear, day by day.  May the Lord strengthen and keep you and all yours and all those with whom you fellowship in the name of Jesus, in His love for His own name sake.

Comment by Douglas Roy on March 26, 2019 at 2:32pm

Ian, my pastor was making the point just last Sunday about how Christ reigns today, according to the scriptures, and God is working to put everything under his feet. He judges the nations and governments of the world in temporal time, as nations do not exist in eternity, only the people.

He reminded us of history, how the Romans were established for hundreds of years and a powerful empire, but when they began to oppose Christ and his people, they began to fall apart and were destroyed, while the church of Christ remained and continued.

Even in American history, the British king and parliament became wicked and oppressive, trying to take back the liberties of the colonies, many of which had fled the British Isle due to the religious persecution on Puritans and Separatists (Pilgrims). Also against Catholics, but only one colony was Catholic (Baltimore/Maryland) while the rest were Protestant. When the King imposed tyrannical laws, the colonists stood with Christ against tyranny. The saying of that day, "To oppose tyrannical rulers is to obey Christ." (something like that)

The Lord broke the British Empire and they are now an insignificant nation in this world, because they opposed Christ and liberty. There are many, many more examples. There will be no waiting for the final judgment regarding nations and rulers and judges of this earth (Ps 2). All are to obey and bow to the Son now and have and maintain righteous laws. As they reject the Lord and make their own despotic laws (like abortion and gay marriage and rejection of Christ in schools), God fights against such governments so they repent and change or are destroyed or belittled: "The proud shall be abased."

Comment by Ian McDonald on March 26, 2019 at 12:52am

Douglas R

This is true, so true. Life is from God, whether it comes from the womb or comes from the earth, or is born of God through faith in Jesus Christ.  Life is from God. The devil has sold the lie to humanity that - what is in your body is yours - "do what thou wilt". So sinful mankind does what he wills in opposition to the Creator who fashioned it, and provided it.

It is important that what your pastor said is said - LOUD and clear.  God is loving and merciful and ready to forgive the repentant sinner, and pour in His grace and life for us to overcome sin and live right, but He is also a God of wrath against all wickedness that is not forsaken.  The governments, the people, of the US should tremble; as should all other nations. I think of my own country Australia, millions of children have had their blood spilt on this soil, apart from all the other forms of murdering people, especially the innocent.

"For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain" Isaiah 26:21

Comment by Douglas Roy on March 25, 2019 at 10:44pm

An additional point to this was made by my pastor. He said every single baby in the womb is made special by the Lord. When a mother decides to kill that little one, she is killing one of Christ's babies and is committing a horrible sin. If the mother and those assisting her to take that life must give account for that murder, how much more the Supreme Court justices who approved the mass murder of millions.

Christ rules and reigns at this moment in heaven and on earth. The nations that reject his gospel and the Bible are turned into hell. Governments that push tyranny and evil laws are opposing Christ and he will judge those nations and rulers in this life and "have them in derision." Psalm 2

The United States should tremble for the judgment that they are facing for the millions of innocent lives butchered. Christ is behind every effort to stop these evil laws, to protect all human life again.

Comment by Douglas Roy on March 25, 2019 at 10:37pm

"What a humbling thing it is to know that we people of the earth were made individually, one at a time, by the all powerful, all wise, all knowing Creator who cares for, loves, sustains, provides for, redeems, forgives and works all things for our good and His eternal glory and praise."

Ian, this is an excellent point about how the Creator, Christ, continues his work of creation everyday. Everything was NOT made in six days.

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