Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sincerity is no Substitute for Substance - All that Glitters is not Gold

One summer day in 2007, I answered a knock on my front door.  The knocker was a Jehovah Witness follower who handed me a graphic brochure.

The Jehovah Witness brochure was very well done.  It had, on one side, a beautiful picture of a smiling and inviting Christ, stating that He can help an individual with family life, life’s difficulties, drawing closer to God, opposing the devil and, “gaining everlasting life.”  The flyer basically was an invitation to the district convention of Jehovah Witnesses at the end of the month at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan.  The back part of the flyer had the different scheduled subjects that would be presented.  And then, at the bottom of the back part of the flyer there was the free offer for the book, “What Does The Bible Really Teach?”  There were blank lines to fill in your name and mailing address to have this Jehovah Witness propaganda piece sent to your home.

Jehovah Witnesses deny the very substance of Christ, they market
 

When I finished reading the Jehovah Witness flyer on both sides, my mind immediately recalled the following Christian New Testament Scripture:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 1 John 4:1-3


My thoughts then began to repeat the words of the Apostle’s Creed:

“….I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, [Spirit] born of the Virgin Mary….”


Jehovah Witnesses deny the “Incarnation of Christ.”  They, in effect, deny Christ’s equal “God-head” part, of the Triune God.  [The Gospel of John 1:1-18] The historic Christian, Nicene Creed, makes this declaration of Scripture very clear, when it states:

 ……..And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost [Spirit] of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.  He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven; and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick [living] and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end……. [The Nicene Creed]


I highlighted the above [aforementioned] section of the Nicene Creed that had to do with the 2 persons of the Triune God – specifically that section dealing with Christ’s origin.  I also included the rest of the section of the creed because Jehovah Witness teaching also denies much of this.

Jehovah Witness teaching denies the substance of Christ.  Their teaching right from the “get go” strips away the essential (true God) origin of Christ.  In fact, they believe that "Michael the Archangel became a human in the form of Christ" - ["Jehovah's Witnesses in a Nutshell"] - carm.org  


Also, Jehovah Witnesses believe and teach that Christ did not die for all sins and that he only “spiritually” rose from the dead.  For a quick synopsis of Jehovah Witness teaching you may want to consult the excellent article, “Jehovah's Witnesses in a Nutshell,” at: 

“Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry - carm.org:”

The Sincerity of Various Religious Persuasions Does not Equal Godly Substance

The Apostle Paul, Christianity’s foremost influential person, next to the Lord Jesus, Himself, penned (under inspiration of the Holy Spirit) the following Scripture:

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-9


The gospel that the Jehovah Witnesseses profess and teach, is not the Gospel that the Apostle Paul taught as given to him by the Lord Jesus Christ.  Although many Jehovah Witnesses may appear to be very sincere and very devout, they are sorely misled and mistaken.  They and their teachings are condemned by the very Scriptures and Christ, they profess to live by and teach.  Don’t, by any means be “taken in” by their supposed knowledge of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

Let your guide be Holy Scripture and check the Scriptures by continual study.  Also, when you are confronted with various religious teachings, remind yourself of the historic Christian Apostle’s and Nicene Creeds, which are basic, good and proper topical guides to understanding the most basic teachings of the Christian Faith and, the Scriptures.

Don’t by any means be taken in and deceived by sincere people.  Sincerity does not equal substance anymore than looking at a cookie jar on the kitchen cupboard shelf.  You can look at it all you want, and admire the beautiful cookie jar, but unless there are cookies in it, it remains, only a jar. 

Amen.

Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also:  For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins 

Old Testament:

Isaiah 29:13 ; Ezekiel 33:31 – precepts and commandments of men as opposed to the true God

New Testament:


Gospel of Matthew 15:8-9 ; Gospel of Mark 7:6-7 -- (Christ refers to Isaiah 29:13)

Epistle of 1 Corinthians 15:1f – the importance of Christ’s bodily Resurrection from the dead

Epistle of Colossians 2:8-9 – Scripture’s warning of vain human teachings & human philosophy

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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
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Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith:  Parts 1-3


Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Wisdom of God -- Embodied in Jesus Christ

Most of us have heard the adage: "One man's trash is another man's treasure." The value of something or somebody is "in the eye of the beholder." A man marooned on a remote island, all alone, would rather have within his grasp ample food supplies and fresh water than treasure chests of gold and diamonds.

Worth and value are often subjective personal assessments, contingent upon attending circumstances. When I was a Christian parish pastor, I had the privilege of ministering to one of the richest (money) personalities in the area. An accident coupled with older age cut his life short. Not once during my death bed visit with this gentleman did he make mention of his earthly wealth. When I think of it, all the people that I have visited on their death beds never spoke of their material possessions. Family, loved ones, and concern over one's own soul are usually first and foremost their ready topics of conversation and discussion.

The Wealth of Wisdom offered in the person of Christ who died on a Roman cross:


No greater wealth can be had, than in the "Wisdom of God." This wisdom is wonderfully described in the New Testament Christian Scriptures of 1st Corinthians 1:18-2:16. Last week I briefly touched on "Wisdom -- something not often found in today's culture." I related that "true wisdom is that which finds its expression in the true God." Proverbs 1:7

The Scripture makes it clear that Jesus Christ, is the Wisdom of God, (personified) [1 Corinthians 1:24 ; 1 Corinthians 1:30]. It further makes clear that Christ's life and death -- especially His ignominious death upon a Roman cross (for the sacrifice of human sin) is "foolishness" to them who do not [believe] accept His Divine gift. 1 Corinthians 1:20-24

For the most part, Jews still look for a Messiah and reject the Christ (Messiah) of the [prophesied] Hebrew Scriptures -- and, the Christ (Messiah) of the [fulfilled] New Testament Scriptures. The Jesus Christ of the Scriptures, to them, is not their promised and genuine Messiah. Their eyes are blind to the clear divinely inspired, revealed prophetic and fulfilled, Word of God.


Please note:

"Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" by By Victor Buksbazen -- an in-depth view of Isaiah 53:1f and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth

The "stumbling block" to the Jewish people

Most Jewish people do not and cannot accept the Christ (Messiah) of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. The historical Christ, is more or less an embarrassment for them. Why? Because their Messiah couldn't possibly (in their minds) suffer the fate of being crucified on a Roman cross. Roman crucifixion was only reserved for the worst of criminals. Hence, to the Jews, this idea of their Messiah being crucified was "scandalous."

The Greek word for "stumbling block" is "σκάνδαλον" [skandalon]. We derive our English word, "Scandal," from this Greek word. Rejecting the Christ of human history who suffered and died on a Roman cross under the direction of Pontius Pilate was indeed offensive -- and still is, for the non [Christian] Jew. Yet, this was the Triune God's plan.

It was God's plan that Jesus Christ was to be born into human history; live a sinless life; suffer and die on a Roman cross; and then, later rise from the dead. [1 Corinthians 15:1f] God, essentially became a man [without sin] to accomplish the supreme (once for all) sacrifice for human sin and all its damning ramifications. Such an activity by a Jewish Messiah was and is offensive to unbelieving Jews. Their refusal to accept the Christ of the Scriptures [Isaiah 53:1f] is clearly stated in 1 Corinthians 1:1f as a "stumbling block."

The preaching of Christ and his cross to the non-Jewish world, [Gentiles] is regarded as "foolishness" 1 Corinthians 1:20-24:


Why to the non-Jew is the preaching of Christ's cross such "foolishness?" To the non Jewish people -- those who do not believe in the Christ of the Scriptures, this message of a man dying on a cross is just too simple. To them it is insulting to human reason and intelligence. Surely there has to be some other way and some grandiose method to right the world's wrongs and absolve human beings of all the bad things that they do, and experience!

To those souls who don't believe in the Christ of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, the preaching of Jesus Christ suffering and dying upon a cross for the sacrifice of human sin, is utter foolishness. Yet, this is what the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures is all about. This divinely inspired message [2 Timothy 3:14-17] is about the God / Man person, Jesus Christ. Simple? Yes, but this is the Triune God's plan and method to provide forgiveness of human sin and save humanity [people] from sin's present devastation and eternal damnation. Romans 5:6-21 ; John 3:14-17

Friend, never doubt the wisdom of God. Never allow your human reason to stand in the way of His offer of forgiveness for all your sins. [Isaiah 1:2-20 ; 1 Corinthians 2:1-2] Your sins are flagrant transgressions against God's laws. [Isaiah 59:1-2] Human personal sin is the cause of physical death and ends up, damning your soul. [Romans 5:12 and 5:18] Refusal to truly listen to the Triune God, to remedy your situation will seal your sorry fate. [Luke 16:19-31 ; Matthew 7:13-29] Only in the person of Christ, who was sent by God for the purpose of dealing with the world's sin disorder, can you find present and eternal peace and life eternal, rather than death, eternal. John 1:1-34


Amen.

Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

Old Testament:

Isaiah 53:1f -- The prophecy of the Messiah, Christ hundreds of years before His birth

New Testament:


The Gospel of John 1:1-34 -- God's plan to send Christ for the world

1 Corinthians 1:18-2:2 -- The wisdom of God and the "foolishness" of preaching the Cross of Christ


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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
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Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Wisdom -- something not often found in today’s culture

As others, I have a popular website home page. And, without fail, there are a continual barrage of evolution inspired “news” pieces, highlighting the latest [so-called] “discoveries.” Today’s was: “Fossil skull of giant toothy seabird found in Peru.” And, as usual, the so-called “scientific” finding, affixed a specific calendar date as to the extinct animal’s living days. This one was given “up to 10 million years ago.”

It never ceases to amaze me how these so-called “scientists” are so sure of themselves. Without batting eyelashes, these “scientists” are all over the historic board past, affixing certain ancient dates to their newly discovered fossil remains. Yet in their human "wisdom," they only conjecture what they are convinced is reality according to their unproven (flawed and fallacious) theory of evolution. Please refer to past topical message:


"'Evolution:' Rejected by Jesus Christ"

It is no small wonder why our culture becomes so screwed up – just one example in the area of money [finance]. Here [following link] is just one example. I came across a New York Post news piece describing a Democrat who was having problems with his political party’s president huge spending spree:

"Top Dem: O’s Budget Needs a ‘Scrub.’” - nypost.com

It truly is refreshing to read something like this – especially when the majority political party of our country fell head over heels, and, in grease lightening speed, voted in President Obama’s humongous debt wrenching spending initiative. And, they did this, without the common sense sanity of reading the multi hundred page legislative bill, and rationally putting it through reasonable scrutiny. What the one political party did, was to force through both houses of Congress a budget breaking, debt ridden spending bill – and then have the rationalizing (dishonest) crust, to call it a “Stimulus Bill.”

My point?
The point being, there was no godly wisdom considered when pushing through a huge spending bill which was (and is) obviously flawed - and will have deep seeded confining implications for the next generation or two.

When the Divine Revelation of God’s wisdom is not sought after and followed, there will be negative ramifications and consequences. Our country, as a nation, has been spreading itself too thinly, expecting foreigners to buy up our nation’s accumulated debt. As a result, our nation is putting itself into financial bondage and slavery:

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender Proverbs 22:7

The Hebrew and Christian Scriptures speak of a Divine “Wisdom” as opposed to a “worldly wisdom:”

Worldly wisdom (defined by Webster) is that “wisdom” which is the “carnal policy of men, their craft and artifices in promoting their temporal interests.” This same temporal wisdom is termed "earthly, physical, demon-like," as opposed to the wisdom of God, which comes from "above." James 3:13-18 ; 1 Corinthians 2:1-2

True wisdom is that which finds its expression in the true God:

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise
wisdom and instruction."  Proverbs 1:7

Webster defines (true) wisdom:

"In Scripture theology, wisdom is true religion; godliness; piety; the knowledge and fear of God, and sincere and uniform obedience to his commands. This is the wisdom which is from above." Psalm 90:1f ; Job 28:1f

The major mistake of the culture
The chief mistake of any culture is that of rejecting the Lord of Life and Creator of all. [Acts 17:16-34] Ignoring and / or rejecting the One who created all and to whom we must give account, is not only folly but arrogance that will have damning eternal implications. When the Triune God Almighty is not revered above all else, calamity is sure to follow. [Psalm 9:17] The God of human history will not be ignored and mocked. He renders to his creation the free moral agency [will] to accept Him or to reject Him. John 3:14-21 ; Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 25:31-46

May the Triune God grant, by his grace and mercy, those who have ears to hear, the understanding; will and, to do, of all of His good pleasure.

Amen.


Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:


Also:  For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:

The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins 

Old Testament:

Proverbs 1:1f - Wisdom defined as the [healthy] fear (reverential respect) of the true God


Proverbs 1:1f - Proverbs 1:9f - Wisdom versus folly

Isaiah 29:14 – The prophecy of Scripture to which the New Testament writer in 1 Corinthians, 1:1f, refers

New Testament:

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 – The wisdom of the true God, compared to the earthy wisdom of the world

Colossians 2:3 - "In Christ are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge"
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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
______________________________________

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith:  Parts 1-3

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Human (Unregenerate) Nature is No Surprise

Without realizing it the "unregenerate" are
without spiritual understanding. Their very sinful
nature causes them to eschew and detest the
spiritual realities of the Christian Faith. 
1 Corinthians 2:14
Please note a couple of definitions for the following message:

“Unregenerate” – Not regenerated; not renewed in heart; remaining at enmity with God. Those who do not acknowledge the Triune God and have not experienced His saving power and grace upon their sinful lives. Those who live their lives in unbelief – not believing in the very Christ who died for their priceless souls.

“Imprecatory” -- Description of a prayer for evil to befall the wicked

Please note: That without the illumination of God, the Holy Spirit, there can be no spiritual life [genuine faith in Christ]. Only by God's grace and mercy created in your soul, can you truly be a Christian believer. Ephesians 2:8-10


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I remember one experience (after gassing up my car) at local gas station. It was a brief conversation with a young man. I couldn't but help notice (hear) his loud boom box music as he drove up to the gas station.

As we both left the building, after paying for our perspective pumped fuel, I engaged this young man in conversation. I asked him if he was “hard of hearing.” He seemed surprised and didn't quite know what I was communicating. I then proceeded to mention to him that his music was very loud, and that not all people care for that type of music and its high decibel level. To that, the young man bristled in reply: “Well, these muscle cars make a lot of noise.” To which I replied: “But I was talking about your noise and how you can contribute to lowering the noise levels for everyone's comfort.”

The young man’s “hearing” was obviously flawed, as he then charged me with wanting to run everyone's' lives. As he was walking away to take off in his car, I then ended the conversation with the parting comment: “Sir, you have a crappy attitude.”

As I climbed into my car to back into the air pump station, I noticed that this young man (deliberately) made it a point to leave the gas station, the opposite way he came in. He turned around and exited from the opposite direction from which he entered. And, guess what? He left in a huff, with his car windows down and his crappy music blaring away! [Needless to say, I muttered some descriptive expletive under my breath]

Those convinced against their own will, are, of the same opinion, still:

Why do I mention this aforementioned incident? I mention it to illustrate in a very simple manner, that a person, (who is closed to the truth), when confronted with reality, will resist that reality and continue to live as if truth and reality were some distant outer space galaxy.

I am not a stranger to some online Internet forum discussions. What I find almost invariably, are people hiding behind pseudo names (and, perhaps), multiple forum “usernames,” who will not, or cannot stick to an issue and discuss it at length. When confronted with some added information or another substantiated opinion with which they disagree, they will resort to nasty name-calling – and, in some cases, resort to ridicule and even libel.

As a Christian and emeritus pastor, I find that people will go out of their way to resist the truth. Why? I can only conclude that they hate the truth. The Scripture makes this distinction when it states [of them]: “…..who hold the truth in unrighteousness.” Romans 1:18

Because certain peoples’ lifestyles are immoral, they will naturally “.....hold the truth in unrighteousness.” [Romans 1:18-32] In other words – they can’t handle the truth, because their very selves are corrupt. [Romans 3:23] This (aforementioned) story of this young person’s lousy attitude is an example of a person who is adverse to any improvement of his human condition and behavior. He reeked with contempt and sneered at any suggestion that would have given tolerant relief to his fellowman. His actions were in direct opposition to Christ's words to "love the Lord your God with all your strength and to love one's neighbor as himself."

Malicious Criticism and Persecution for the Christian, is a Given:

As Christians strive to fulfill their commitment to Christ, trouble and persecution will follow them. [John 15:1f ; 2 Timothy 3:12] When certain unregenerate individuals cannot handle the truth, their modus operandi is to “crucify” the messenger. They will utilize any means within the quill of their depraved sinful nature to accomplish their dastardly deeds of evil.

The unregenerate will hate the truth and resist it

Rather than accepting truth,
people will torture themselves,
oftentimes without consciously
realizing it. And, when confronted
with reality, "a person convinced
against his own will; is, of the same
opinion, still."

But with Holy Scripture, it must be remembered, that certain Scriptures do not contradict one another – but merely accent one another - and, in paradoxical fashion. Simple minds will be quick to accuse Christians who attempt to live their lives, (heart and soul) according to the Bible. Simple minds will accuse Christians of believing in a book which is full of contradictions. These skeptics are legend and they are those who have never learned to search below any surface. These same skeptics, in the first place, fail to recognize the Scriptures for what the Scriptures claim to be – and, secondly, they fail to realize that something that is “paradoxical” in nature, is not, then, necessarily, and therefore, “contradictory.” Hence, the case, with Imprecatory Prayer.
But with Holy Scripture, it must be remembered, that certain Scriptures do not contradict one another – but merely accent one another - and, in paradoxical fashion. Simple minds will be quick to accuse Christians who attempt to live their lives, (heart and soul) according to the Bible. Simple minds will accuse Christians of believing in a book which is full of contradictions. These skeptics are legend and they are those who have never learned to search below any surface. These same skeptics, in the first place, fail to recognize the Scriptures for what the Scriptures claim to be – and, secondly, they fail to realize that something that is “paradoxical” in nature, is not, then, necessarily, and therefore, “contradictory.” Hence, the case, with Imprecatory Prayer.
A simple definition of "imprecatory prayer" is that it
is the prayer of a true believer to Almighty God to
commence what He's already promised He would do
to the wicked. - Psalm 1:1-6

Imprecatory prayers are no more than requesting God to commence His sentence of judgment upon the (unregenerate) wicked

And so, fully knowing the wicked’s fate, a Christian, can, in good and godly conscience cry out to God for deliverance from the wicked and the unregenerate’s machinations of evil upon his life. Please note: The Eternal Relief Of The Righteous -- Psalm 9:5-17 - thechristianmessage.org/2011/01/

Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men. For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect [complete] hatred; I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  - Psalm 139:19-24

It's God's will that all souls be
eternally saved and to come "to
the knowledge of the truth." 

1 Timothy 2:4. But humans act
upon their God-given free will
 and resist Him in unbelief to
their soul's eternal 
damnation.


I’m finally comfortable praying “imprecatory” prayers

In my earlier years, I never did understand some of the Psalm verses where the Psalm writer would pray prayers to God, calling down God’s judgment upon his enemies. To me, at such an immature and young Christian age, this whole concept seemed so strange and at odds with Christ’s teaching to love one’s enemies.

Scripture is filled with God’s impending judgment upon the unregenerate wicked. [Examples: Psalm 5:4-6 ; Psalm 11:4-6] When the good and gracious, and, (not to forget), the judicious Lord, promises to judge the wicked, He will definitely do so. God’s judgment upon the unregenerate will certainly fall. There will be no “middle ground.” The Scriptural Psalms relate that a person is either godly or ungodly – no shades of gray. Psalm 1:1-6. 

Please note: You are either righteous or ungodly - thechristianmessage.org/2012/10/

Here is just a short list of Imprecatory prayers:

Psalm 5:9-10 ; Psalm 7:6-9 ; Psalm 9:19-20 ; Psalm 10:15 

Psalm 139:19-24:

I cringe for America, our current society and especially our present culture for having reeked havoc upon God’s perfect intentions. The Triune God has perfectly made known His intentions in the “Ten Commandments” and also, His revelation gift of the Bible -- yet, (as a case in point) our culture needlessly and wantonly continues to slaughter innocent pre-born lives, by the millions! It's called: "genocide." Only a fool would think that the God of human history (who revealed Himself in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures - the Bible), would not exact temporal {present} and eternal justice and punishment for sin and sins' heinous acts, such as the present genocide!

The just and eternal end of those who reject the Lord (Creator) of Life

Those who acknowledge and live their lives in accordance with their Creator Christ have nothing to fear in this life and the life (everlasting) to come. They will have put their faith in His ultimate sacrifice of [holy] sin cleansing blood for their human sin (s).

However, those of you who continue to resist the truth of God, as revealed in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures and refuse to accept the free gift of forgiveness in Christ’s cleansing sacrifice for personal sin, -- you will, by your same Creator be held eternally and damnably accountable. There will not be life, everlasting, but rather, death, everlasting. for you. John 3:14-21 ; Acts 17:31 ; Matthew 25:31-46

Those of you who reject Christ and His offered forgiveness for your damning sins, your future life after physical death will be a real life of continual suffering and torment of death, everlasting. The same Creator who created you and who offers you life, will judge you for your unregenerate condition at the time of your death. Acts 17:31 ; Matthew 25:31-46

May the good and gracious Creator God, who sent his one and only Son (the prophesied Christ) have mercy upon you who are skeptical and hard-hearted to believe! May you be illumined by His Holy Spirit to see the Light [John 12:44-50] and to come humbly (in true faith) [Luke 18:9-14] before the forgiving Savior. John 3:14-21

May you make use of the divine revelation offered to you in the historical Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. It is the same Scriptures which claim to be God's clear Word. It is the same Scriptures which is God's instrument to bring grace into your soul so that you can come to belief in the Savior Christ for the necessary forgiveness (cleansing) of your sins. Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Acts 8:26-39 ; James 1:18

Amen.

Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

New Testament Readings:

Epistle of Romans 1:18-32 – The wrath of God revealed from heaven and the description of human resistance to the truth of God

John 12:44-50 - The utter necessity of the "Light" and narrow path -- See also: Matt. 7:13-29

1 Corinthians 2:14 - Describes the "natural man" - aka, the "unregenerate."

Also, note Luther's explanation of the 3rd Article of the Apostle's Creed:

"I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ , my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Ghost [Spirit] has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith; even as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith; in which Christian Church He daily and richly forgives all sins to me and all believers, and will at the Last Day raise up me and all the dead, and give unto me and all believers in Christ eternal life.

This is most certainly true."

[Dr. Martin Luther [b. 1483; d. 1546]

Old Testament Scripture readings related to the above:

Psalm 15:1 and Psalm 15:4 – A "rationale" for imprecatory prayers

Psalm 12:8 – An apt description of our present day culture – Hollywood, included


Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

Note: The above message (with minor editing) was previously posted online by Nathan Bickel

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

What spurs the rejection of the Triune God? -- Why the “Rage?”

I have often wondered why there could such an obstinate rejection of the Triune God and His obvious entrance into human history in the person of the historical Christ, fully prophesied and documented by the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures which, none can parallel. Such an evidence of this blatant rejection has been the politically correct change of dating history. Up until several years ago, there was the division of time designation of “B.C.” and “A.D.” By [supposedly] ridding the world of the reference to the true God, by eliminating “Anno Domini,” (“In the year of our Lord”), culture, conveniently skirts around the birth, life, death and resurrection of the historical Christ. This change, preceded by atheistic evolution, was an obvious and calculated attempt by unbelieving souls to ignore history and to [supposedly] unshackle society from bogus Divine intervention and purpose.

The Hebrew Scripture of Psalm 2 answers the question: “Why do the heathen rage?”

The word “rage” in the Hebrew text is the word that is conveyed to denote, “tumult,” “noise,” -- a gathering together of God’s enemies with evil intent, as waters churn up the mire and dirt from the sea. [Isaiah 57:20-21] The ongoing activity of the wicked which stems from the “rage,” is the continued rejection of the Triune God. It has, and continues to manifest itself in not only the direct rejection of God, but also of His followers.

I cannot but help but think that this rejection rage against the Triune God is the same type of rebellious attitude that Christ spoke about in His “Parable of the Pounds.” [Luke 19:12-27] The stubborn servants adamantly declared: “We will not have this man reign over us.” [Luke 19:14] Rejection of the Triune God, Christ, His begotten Son, and God’s children, is a rejection that is rooted in sinful independence – the same sinful independence that motivated Adam and Eve to commit the first sin. Genesis 3:1f

The ultimate target of humanity’s rejection of God:

The ultimate target for humanity’s rejection of God, took place with the Crucifixion of Christ. It does not take long in reading and studying Psalm 2:1f, to figure that out. The “Lord’s Anointed,” is Christ, who came to be the Creator’s ultimate gift sacrifice for human sin. By reading the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, those to whom the Spirit of God speaks, can readily tell, that, that, was none other than Christ, and that His whole person and life was wrapped up in the Divine purpose, to reveal to humanity, the true God. The fullest expression of that revelation culminated in His death – “…..God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him might have everlasting life……" John 3:16

People are no longer content to only curse their Creator:

The secondary target of peoples’ rage, discontent and rejection of Creator Christ [Colossians 1:16-17] are, Christ’s followers. Read history – especially after the death and resurrection of Christ, and you will see that Christ’s followers have always been met with not only rejection, but cruel persecution, often resulting in untimely death. This reality was prophesied by Christ, Himself. John 15:18-21

Psalm 2:1f clearly indicates Divine displeasure with the wicked – those who reject Christ and His followers

It is common within human culture, to reject the reality that God’s punishments and judgments are, of a temporal [present] nature. Those in the media will not chide Christians for professing their belief that “their ‘god’” will reserve punishment and judgments for a future hereafter, especially if a person was of an Adolph Hitler or Jeffrey Dahmer nature. But woe is to the Christian, who in our politically correct charged culture, even hints that God’s punishments and judgments surround the wicked in this life!

But, what does the Psalm say? Does Psalm 2:1f put a time constriction on the just Lord to punish the wicked for their snobbery of unbelief and for their persecuting actions? No! Not by any means! In fact, we are told by the Lord that certain of the wicked will not live out “half their days.” [Psalm 55:23] And, looking back at history, one would have to be [spiritually] blind not to see God’s righteous judgments upon certain inhabitants who lived upon the earth. Charles Spurgeon recounts while commenting on Psalm 2:1f:

Here is the end of one of the greatest plots ever formed against God’s chosen.

Of thirty Roman emperors, governors of provinces, and others high in office, who distinguished themselves by their zeal and bitterness in persecuting the early Christians, one became speedily deranged after some atrocious cruelty, one was slain by his own son, one became blind, the eyes of one started out of his head, one was drowned, one was strangled, one died in a miserable captivity, one fell dead in a manner that will not bear recital, one died of so loathsome a disease that several of his physicians were put to death because they could not abide the stench that filled his room, two committed suicide, a third attempted it, but had to call for help to finish the work, five were assassinated by their own people or servants, five others died the most miserable and excruciating deaths, several of them having an untold complication of diseases, and eight were killed in battle, or after being taken prisoners. Among these was Julian the apostate. In the days of his prosperity he is said to have pointed his dagger to heaven defying the Son of God, whom he commonly called the Galilean. But when he was wounded in battle, he saw that all was over with him, and he gathered up his clotted blood, and threw it into the air, exclaiming, “Thou hast conquered, O thou Galilean.” Voltaire has told us of the agonies of Charles IX. of France, which drove the blood through the pores of the skin of that miserable monarch, after his cruelties and treachery to the Huguenots.

[William S. Plumer, D.D., LL.D., 1867]

Take heart dear Christian – you who are being persecuted:

You Christians – especially you who live in countries where your governments put on a [hypocritical] front, attempting to be "friendly" with organized and state sponsored "religion" –- know that the Triune God does not overlook your sorrow. He remembers your tears. They are recorded in His book. [Psalm 56:8] Know for a reality that your enemies are His –- and He will deal with them when and how He sees fit. [Psalm 2:4-5 ; Psalm 37:1f] Though it appears for a little while that the enemies of God prosper and are [seemingly] successful, their pleasure upon this earth is but, short-lived. Psalm 73:1f

The words of Psalm 2:1f are ever being fulfilled – now and in eternity:

"Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:12

Amen.

Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins


Old Testament:

Genesis 6:1-8 -- The Lord decreed to Himself to send a flood to judge and punish the wicked

1 Kings 21:1f -- The sin of King Ahab and his wife, Jezebel and God's following [earthly] judgment and punishment. Note -- 2 Kings 9:30-37

New Testament

John 15:1f -- Christ's words of encouragement to His disciples and His prophetic words to His present and future disciples regarding future persecution by His enemies

2 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Christ's judgment upon those who do not know and obey the Gospel of Christ. Note also: Matthew 25:31-46
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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
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Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

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