1 Corinthians 16:13 Vigilance

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”

1 Corinthians 16:13

A Christian is always in danger and therefore should always be on the watch. He should be fixed in the faith of the gospel and never desert or give it up. By this faith alone he will be able to keep his ground in an hour of temptation.

Watch ye – You have many enemies; be continually on your guard; be always circumspect:

1. Watch against evil;

2. Watch for opportunities to receive good;

3. Watch for opportunities to do good;

4. Watch over each other in love, protect one another.

5. Watch, that none may draw you aside from the belief and unity of the Gospel.

Stand fast in the faith. Hold fast to that which you have received as the truth of God; for it is the Gospel by which you are saved. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2.

Be not like children tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine; let your understanding receive the truth; let your judgment determine on the absolute necessity of retaining it; and give up life rather than give up the testimony of God.

Be strong. Put forth all the vigor and energy which God has given you in maintaining and propagating the truth, and your spiritual strength will increase by usage.

The terms in this verse are all in reference to being both spiritually vigilant and on guard for ourselves and loved ones. Not allowing government or the law of man to dictate our lives or regulate us with religion. As was done in Nehemiah 4 and is mentioned by Jesus himself in Luke 11:21-22, Matthew 24:43 …

We have lost this discernment.

Watch ye, watch, and be continually on your guard, lest you be surprised by your enemies; keep your scouts out, and all your sentinels at their posts, lest your enemies steal a march upon you.

See that the place you are in be properly defended; and that each be alert to perform his duty.

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Dragging Yourselves To Hell

Romans 1:18-32 (KJV) “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

I find it insulting anymore to see what so many so called Christians share in their news feed, and I don’t mean what the hackers do. I mean what people choose to allow in their lives even after being shown Gods rejection for it. Some of the idolatry and symbolism and imagery that gets passed around …

I am far from better than anyone, but I don’t make excuses or justify. I simply admit. I still watch programming and movies on Netflix. I still enjoy video games occasionally, but my time is more well spent in Gods word of late. Where as many of you have all but ignored God entirely in your daily lives. I see it all too well in your posts. Many times I must remove you to avoid being unequally yoked. Sometimes I make it a point to tell you, but you never listen. You ostracize me for making you aware of God’s Word. How do you think that makes Him feel? Because He is who this is all about. Your disputes are never with me, they are with Him. I am only the messenger and you choose to kill me rather than heed my words of warning … worse yet I have to remove those of you who choose to argue and confuse because I will not allow that demonic spirit to reign in my ministry. If you cannot handle biblical reproach then I pity you …

We are in a different age and perhaps facebook has become to me as Rome was to Paul … albeit a stretch by comparison, but the sentiment is the same still. My numbers would be larger if I were in this for the money and tickling your ears. Well I hate the need for money and the only ears I tickle are my wive’s …

My point is that many of you are dragging yourselves straight to Hell without any help from the devil …

So continue in your selfish vanities, in your fables and witchery. I can do nothing to stop you, tho it saddens my heart to see where many of you are heading …

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Isaiah 43:25 (Salvation)

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.”
 
Isaiah 43:25
 
I, even I, am He – This verse contains a gracious assurance that their sins would be blotted out, and the reason why it would be done. The pronoun ‘I’ is repeated to make it emphatic, as in Isaiah 43:11.
 
Perhaps also God designs to show them the evil of the sins which are mentioned in the previous verses, by the assurance that they were committed against him who alone could forgive, and who had promised them pardon. The passage also reminds them, that it was God alone who could pardon the sins of which, as a nation, they had been guilty.
 
That blotteth out thy transgressions – This metaphor is taken from the custom of keeping accounts, where, when a debt is paid, the charge is blotted or cancelled. Thus God says Ghe blotted out the sins of the Jews. He cancelled them. He forgave them. Of course, when forgiven, punishment could not be exacted, and he would treat them as pardoned; that is, as His friends.
 
For Mine own sake – Not because you deserve it, or have any claim, or that it would not be right to punish you. Not even primarily to promote your happiness and salvation, but for My sake;
 
1. To show the benevolence of My character;
 
2. To promote My glory by your forgiveness and salvation (see Ezekiel 36:22).
 
And will not remember thy sins – They shall be forgiven. Hezekiah Isaiah 38:17 expresses the same idea by saying ‘thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.’ We may learn from this verse:
 
1. That it is God only one who can pardon sin. How vain, then, is it for man to attempt it! How wicked for man to claim the prerogative! And yet it is an essential part of the papal system that the Pope and his priests have the power of remitting the penalty of transgression. This is an abomination and a defiant spit in the face of God.
 
2. That this is done by God solely for His own sake. It is not
 
(a) because we have any claim to it, for then it would not be pardon, but justice. It is not
 
(b) because we have any power to compel God to forgive, for who can contend with Him, and how could mere power procure pardon? It is not
 
(c) because we have any merit, for then also it would be justice, and we have no merit. Nor is it
 
(d) primarily in order that we may be happy, for our happiness is a matter not worthy to be named, compared with the honor of God. But it is solely for His own sake – to promote his glory – to show His perfections – to evince the greatness of His mercy and compassion – and to show His boundless and eternal love.
 
3. They who are pardoned should live to his glory, and not to themselves. For that they were forgiven, and it should be the grand purpose of their lives so to live as to show forth the goodness, compassion, and love of that merciful Being who has blotted out their sins.
 
4. If people are ever pardoned, they must come to God – and to God alone. They must come, not to justify themselves, but to confess their crimes. And they must come with a willingness that God should pardon them on just such terms as He pleases; at just such a time as He pleases; and solely with a view to the promotion of His own glory. Such as the thief who hung beside Jesus. That was a great mercy and a logical exception to the baptism since obviously he could not be baptized. That is not a valid reasoning for denying the baptism. Denying the baptism is denying your willingness to submit under God. Even worse so it is a rebellious attitude towards Him.
 
Unless we have this feeling of genuine remorse for our sinful behaviors, they never can be forgiven, nor should they be forgiven.
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