Monday, June 30, 2014

Hidden in God - By Charles Wages




God knows everything. This is something we must acknowledge if we believe in the true God. However, it is God's power and privilege to conceal or hide as well as reveal or make known. How true is the Scripture that says,

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33)

It is comforting to note that in Psalms 91:1-9 we are told,

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." (vs. 1)


God's Hiding Place

In modern times we have seen several dramatic instances where people have been hidden from the enemy. Anne Frank was hidden for long, and often peril filled months from the Nazis. Corrie Ten Boom endured a similar time of hiding to preserve her life and others. In very present times, hostages in the middle east are in hiding, hoping to eventually be rescued. In Biblical times God sometimes hid His servants to fulfill His ultimate plans and purposes through chosen persons. For example, Moses was hidden from the enemy in order to protect him for God's plan to preserve Israel. Hebrews 11:23 says,

"By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment."

We are aware of this well known account of Moses and what God accomplished through him in leading His people out of Egypt and then giving the law to Israel. It is heartening to see the dedication of this servant who was hidden of God through his parent's obedience and courage. It is said of Moses in Hebrews 11:23-28 that he:

    Refused association or identification with the world (vs. 24)

    Chose affliction with the people of God (vs. 25)

    Esteemed (compared and contrasted) a godly life to a pleasurable one (vs. 26)

    Forsook the worldly life for a life for Christ (vs. 27)

In the Old Testament we are instructed that God made places of refuge for those who were accused of even murder until they could be judged by the congregation. These were called "cities of refuge."

They are spoken of in Numbers 35 and Joshua 20. These cities were strategically placed so they were readily accessible to anyone, yet the accused had to flee into them for safety and security. What a beautiful picture of the safety the sinner has when he or she flees to the Lord Jesus who is our Refuge. Psalms 46:1 reads,

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

Later the Psalmist wrote,

"There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High." (Psalm 46:4)

We have instances in the book of Acts of the servants of God literally fleeing for refuge to a place. For instance, Paul and Barnabas in turning to the Gentiles, to bring the redeeming message of Christ, were severely persecuted by the Jews. In Acts 13:50 the Jews stirred up the people and an attempt was made on Paul and Barnabas to stone them to death. We are told in Acts chapter 14,

"They were aware of it and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth about... And there they preached the gospel." (Acts 14:6,8)

Sometimes, all of us feel as if we would like to run away and hide some place. It, no doubt, is true that we all need a hiding place, but where is there a city of refuge in this world? We can also ask ourselves, to whom should I flee? The Lord said to the disciples, "Will ye also go away? Peter answered, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life" (John 6:67- 68). A man by the name of Andre, who was a British Adjutant, was convicted of spying, and just before he was hanged in 1789, he wrote,

Hail! Sovereign Love, which first began
That scheme to rescue fallen man;
Hail! Matchless free eternal grace,
Which gave my soul a hiding place.

On Jesus, God's just vengeance fell,
Which would have sunk a world to hell;
And bore it for a sinful race,
And thus became my Hiding Place.

A few more setting suns at most,
Shall land me on fair Canaan's Coast,
Where I shall sing the song of grace,
And see my Glorious Hiding Place.

Yes, we all need a "hiding place." It could be a secret place of prayer, a quiet moment of meditation apart from the world, an early morning reading of God's holy Word. Above all, we must believe and know that our hiding place is not just a place but a person, the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember,

"For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life shall appear then shall ye also appear with him in glory." (Colossians 3:3-4)

God's Hidden Purpose

We should acknowledge that all wisdom and knowledge is of God. In fact, all wisdom and knowledge was hidden until He desired to reveal it. Colossians 2:3 speaks of God and Christ and says,

"In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."

Not only was God's wisdom and knowledge hidden until He desired to reveal it, but His eternal purpose for the ages was only known to Him until revealed through "holy men of old." Ephesians 3:10-11 speaks of this wisdom in verse 10, and then says,

"According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord."

God purposed before the foundation of the world His great plan of the ages and it was all worked out in the finished work of Christ. The great truth concerning the mystery of this age of grace was hidden in God until revealed to and through the apostle Paul. The Old Testament prophets knew nothing of this wonderful "secret" until God desired or willed it to be known. Ephesians 3:9 is clear when it says,

"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ."

It is equally important to notice what God reveals of His wisdom and purpose, but also when He lets it be known. The Scripture tells us very plainly that,

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God (God breathed), and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:16)

However, we must note that all Scripture is for us but not all is written to us. God, in His infinite wisdom, contained truth within Himself until He desired to make it known or revealed. For example, He revealed to Old Testament prophets concerning His great plan and purpose for Israel, the chosen nation. This included a kingdom here on earth. The gospels record this message to Israel in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. Many of the parables relate to this message. Some understood, some did not. To the believing disciples Jesus said,

"Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables." (Mark 4:11)

Then He tells the reason for parables in regard to the unbelieving (Mark 4:12). The parable hid the truth from them!

The mystery concerning the church, the body of Christ, was hidden in God, not the Scriptures, until God made this truth manifested through the apostle Paul. Colossians 1:24-30 deals with this wonderful truth, once hidden but now revealed.

"Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints."

1 Corinthians 2:6-8 clearly shows that the world knew nothing of God's hidden wisdom concerning the mystery or secret.

"Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect (mature): yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory."

We must ever keep in mind that the devil uses every means at his disposal to keep all the Word of God from people. Why? So people will not believe the glorious gospel of God's grace. We are told in 2 Corinthians 4:3,

"But if our gospel be hid; it is hid to them that are lost."
How is this "good news" hidden from the lost? The devil blinds their minds and closes their hearts (2 Corinthians 4:4). Remember,
"The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God."
Why? Because things of the Spirit are "spiritually discerned" (1 Corinthians 2:14).
In conclusion, we need to be reminded that:

    Man hid himself from God—Adam
    Man was hid by God for His purpose—Moses
    All believers are hid with Christ
    All believers are hid in God

"For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:3)

And, that we all, as believers have a "hiding place." Our hiding place is Christ, It has aptly been said, "A man never really sees himself until he sees himself in Christ." We see ourselves, as believers, "in Christ." Our hiding place is a person. Our position is in the "heavenlies" where Christ is officiating as the "Head of the church" (Ephesians 1:22-23). This enables us to "set our affections on things above" (Colossians 3:2) and to "keep looking up" although there is only mud under our feet.

What effect does this have on believers? It gives us:

    Peace
    Safety
    Assurance

All because we believe His Word which is now completely revealed and gives us a hiding place in the midst of trouble and turmoil.


What a wonderful salvation,
Where we always see His face,
What a peaceful habitation,
What a quiet resting place.

And remember what the condemned man wrote,

"A few more setting suns at most,
Shall land me on fair Canaan's coast,
Where I shall sing the song of grace,
And see my Glorious Hiding Place."



Mp3 Studies By Pastor Gregg Bing

Ephesians - 06 - The Fullness of the Times


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Have You Any Room for Jesus? - By Pastor Charles Wages


HAVE YOU ANY ROOM FOR JESUS?
Pastor Charles Wages 

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:7)

The truth found in this scripture is familiar to many and unknown to many more. It's real impact is lost upon an unbelieving world. We all need to be reminded of our Lord's birth and the events surrounding it.

Why was there "no room in the inn?" Let's consider just a few reasons. One reason could be the gross ignorance of God's Word by the people, and therefore a lack of spiritual insight. The innkeeper could have known that the prophets had told of the coming of the promised Messiah and how He would be born. The prophet Micah proclaimed:

"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel: whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." (Micah 5:2)

Even old wicked Herod was able to find out where Jesus was to be born (Matthew 2:1-6). Also, the faithful Simeon waited patiently for our Lord`s coming into this world and was there when the little baby was brought to the temple. Isaiah, the prince of prophets, wrote some 700 years before the birth of Christ:

"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)

Isaiah further prophesied :

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment, even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this." (Isaiah 9:6-7)

It is amazing, yet tragic, that even in our time there seems to be widespread ignorance of the real meaning of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is another reason that the innkeeper was not prepared and therefore had "no room." It is that he was too busy. This was the time of registration and taxing of the citizens of that part of the world (Luke 2:1-5). Business at the inn was excellent and therefore pressing. He wasn't too concerned about the condition of those who applied for a room. He wasn't personally concerned about the guests and those who needed a room. This reminds us of the hymn we often sing which says,

Room for pleasure,
Room for business,
But for Christ, the crucified,
Not a place that He can enter,
In the heart for which He died.

The business world capitalizes on the birth of Jesus. It is hard to even have time to think of His wonderful birth, death, and resurrection. Other names, other interests, other people take first place. What is the celebration all about? No time, no thought, no room for the Saviour who loves us so much! Do we recognize His glory among all the glamour and glitter?

Another reason why there was "no room" in the inn is that the world has changed and corrupted His Name. We are not told whether the innkeeper inquired of the names of Joseph and Mary. No doubt, he wasn`t interested enough to say, "What are you going to name your little baby?" The Hebrew people were very particular in giving names to their children that were descriptive and significant. For instance, Benjamin means "son of my right hand." Obadiah means "servant of Jehovah." Immanuel means, "God with us." His earthly name, Jesus, means "Saviour," and is the theme of the Bible. The name "Christ" means "Anointed One," the promised One who would come to His people Israel. His full title or name is now the Lord Jesus Christ. What a wonderful name! It led Peter to say,

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

His name is above every name. The apostle Paul was led to exclaim,

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:9-11)

Is there room in your heart and home for this gracious, glorious Person? Are you lacking in spiritual understanding? Are you too busy? Are you not aware of the great significance of His name? Let's think soberly, soundly, and scripturally concerning His birth and have room for Him. In fact, He should fill our lives.


Mp3 Studies By Pastor Gregg Bing



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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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The Folly Of Worldly Wisdom - by Pastor C. R. Stam



Has not the world made great progress, intellectually, since Paul’s day? Is this not evident on every hand? Of course! For one thing, our physicists have taught us how to kill each other much faster now. Moscow, London or Washington could be wiped out in a few minutes, and this is a considerable saving in time!

And think what has been accomplished in the field of electronics! We can now keep intelligent people glued to their TV sets for hours on end, their eyes riveted to shows which are often unwholesome, but sometimes at least entertaining and occasionally even informative. And think of the many time-saving devices in our homes! We are all saving so much time that we cannot even be hospitable to each other and our mental institutions are over-crowded with patients who have collapsed from enjoying all this leisure time.

Then consider our achievements in transportation! Our thoroughfares are crowded with automobiles whose drivers are getting jangled nerves in traffic jams and choking in the deadly carbon monoxide fumes, or else racing at high speeds, which is great fun until suddenly some object looms up ahead as if from nowhere. And the airplane! This is really something! We can now fly through the air with so much noise and commotion that innocent people for miles around our larger airports are kept awake nights. Of course, the minority should be willing to suffer cheerfully for the majority and it is important that great numbers of people get places fast, fast, fast.

But all this is nothing compared with what is going on in outer space. We now have all sorts of things orbiting around out there — and it’s not all debris. It includes some very sensitive instruments, serving us faithfully from day to day. Indeed, men from our earth have actually landed on the moon and have brought some of its rocks and dust back with them. Soon, maybe, we will have people from beautiful New England, or the breath-taking Rockies, or the lovely shores of Oregon, living on its barren wastes. Wonderful prospect! And we can always get the necessary billions from the taxpayers.

But the best of it is that while we have aspired to reach the moon, and even Mars, we’ve got a Great Society going on earth; a Society whose wild pagan music has all but replaced the beautiful melodies and harmonies of the classics, and whose twisted “art” reflects the bewildered confusion of our times; a Society in which children and young people are corrupted, women are robbed and raped, and men, women and children are murdered in the streets. Oh, it’s wonderful! The young people demonstrating at our universities for the right to use filthy language if they want to, and demanding a greater voice in running our institutions of learning; the minority groups marching to protest their various grievances, the rioting and bloodshed, the burning and looting! And meantime, ever so quietly, our most sophisticated mob syndicates are running fine motels and other business organizations — and pouring an ever-increasing flow of narcotics, pornographic literature, etc., into our enlightened community, judges and juries doing what they can to favor the criminals and, should any of them land behind prison bars, the parole boards are there to help get them released as soon as possible, so that our happy society may benefit from their experience and our mental and penal institutions may be further enlarged. Surely we’ve never had it so good.

Thanks be to God for the truth of Galatians 1:4:

“[Christ] gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world [or, "age"] according to the will of God and our Father.”

 


How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.

Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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The Kaiser's Surprise - by Pastor Ricky Kurth



   The Kaiser's Surprise 
  by Pastor Ricky Kurth


In his comments on Isaiah 57, Dr. Harry Ironside shares this story:


Years ago, before the First World War, Professor Stroeter, a well-known prophetic teacher in Germany, used to go through the country giving lectures, and using charts to unfold the dispensations. His lectures attracted the attention of the German Emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm, who in spite of his many idiosyncrasies, was quite a Bible student, and used to preach in the palace chapel on many occasions.

The Kaiser invited Professor Stroeter to his palace to give him an idea of what he was lecturing upon. The professor was taken into the library and spread a roll of his charts out on the table. The Kaiser followed him as he pointed out various thing sin the dispensations until the Second Coming of the Lord. After a lengthy conversation the Kaiser said, "Do I understand you aright"? Do you mean to say that Jesus Christ is coming back literally, and that when He returns all the kingdoms of the world are going to be destroyed and He will set up His kingdom on the ruins of them all?

And Professor Stroeter said, "Exactly, your Majesty...."

"Oh, no," said the Kaiser, "I can?t have that! Why that would interfere with all my plans!"

We don't know if Professor Stroeter understood the dispensations well enough to have expressed to the Kaiser that the coming of our Lord to rapture His church must come before the wrath of the Tribulation and the Second Coming of Christ (I Thesalonian 1:10; 5:9). Regardless, what a frank admission from a man who professed to be a student and teacher of the Word of God!

How about you, dear reader? If you are not saved, you will be left behind when the Body of Christ is "caught up" to meet the Lord in the air? (I Thessalonian 4:17). While we believers will ever be with the Lord in heaven, the seven years of Great Tribulation that will follow on earth will surely interfere with all that you have planned. Why not trust the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior by believing that His death, burial and resurrection paid for all of your sins. Then you too can look forward to being a part of all that the Lord has planned for His saints.

 But we close by asking Christians if the Rapture will interfere with your plans, or be the triumph of His grace in your life? When John Wesley was asked what he would do the following day if he knew the Lord were coming, he replied that he would rise at his usual hour, spend time in his regularly scheduled morning devotions, and arrive promptly at his first speaking engagement of the day. In other words, he would not have to change a thing in his life to prepare for the coming of the Lord. May this be true of us too!



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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Fellowship With Christ - By Charles Wages


It must be understood that there can be no fellowship with Christ apart from knowing Him as personal Saviour. Fellowship involves agreement. As long as a person remains "dead in trespasses and sins," he does not have the capabilities of fellowship. A "dead" person cannot believe, share, work, or worship, which are vital parts of fellowship with Christ, our risen Saviour.


Fellowship with Christ — Involves Believing

Over one hundred times in the gospel of John, we are instructed to "believe." We must believe such scriptures as Acts 16:31, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. " Also, we are told in John 1:12, "But as many as received Him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name."

Believing must continue after we are saved. The child of God must constantly take God at His Word. The great love chapter, I Corinthians 13, tells us that love "beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." The apostle Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:18-19, "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power."


Fellowship with Christ — Involves Sharing

1 Timothy 1:18 almost becomes a definition of the principal of sharing- "That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate." The word "communicate," as used here, means a liberal sharing of what we have in Christ. It seems such a shame to try and horde up the riches of our Lord. If they make us happy and prosperous, we should share them with others that they can be happy, too! This is one of the great privileges and blessings that come to Christians who love the Lord.


Fellowship with Christ — Involves Worship

Our Lord told the woman at Jacob's well, "the hour cometh, and now is, when the true (real) worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship Him." Communion or fellowship takes more than one person. We shouldn't worship ourselves. There is no "real" worship apart from the Lord Jesus. The Holy Spirit and the Word must be involved with all true worship. Our Lord should be the center of all our worship services, the center of all our work, and in fact the center of our lives.


Fellowship with Christ — Involves Work

Ephesians 2:10 states, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." There are lots of "works" that are not "good works", but any work in conjunction with our Lord is bound to be a "good work." We should speak as the apostle Paul spoke in 2 Corinthians 6:1, "We then as workers together with Him ..."

God will bless work that is done for Him, and with Him. Yes, fellowship with Christ is both sweet and rewarding.

May "the Lord of the morning" bless your lives as you yield to our Lord Jesus Christ.



Mp3 Studies By Pastor Gregg Bing

Ephesians - 06 - The Fullness of the Times



How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.

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No Time For God? - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Those who have no time for God should consider what their circumstances would be if He had no time for them; no time to paint the sunsets, no time to send the warm sun’s rays or the refreshing showers, no time to make the crops and flowers grow. We doubt that any thinking person would actually want nothing to do with God.

Cain despised God’s authority and finally murdered his brother, but when he was driven from the presence of God he said: “My punishment is greater than I can bear” (Genesis 4:13).

One of the saddest sentences in the gospel records is our Lord’s prediction that He would have to say to some: “I never knew you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23).

Just what it will mean to be “cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15), we pray God none of our readers will ever find out, but the Scriptures do clearly indicate that those involved will be cast forever out of the presence of God.

Thank God, it is not He who desires this. He paid for our sins at Calvary to reconcile us to Himself (Ephesions 2:16). St. Paul declares that God has called believers “unto the fellowship of His Son” (1 Corinthians 1:9) and that at His coming for them they shall “ever be with the Lord,” adding: “wherefore, comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonian 4:17,18).

“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” (II Corinthians 5:20).

God has demonstrated His love for us in Christ. Why not respond by gratefully trusting Christ as your Savior?


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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Does Jesus Care? - By Charles Wages




"Casting all your care upon Him: for He careth for you." (I Peter 5:7)

There is a malady that some are commonly calling the "North American disease." What is it? Is it contagious? Can it infect everyone of every age? Well, it is doubtful that it is confined to North America. Maybe, it is just more pronounced in the good old United States of America.

This "disease" is anxiety, stress, worry, tension, undue attention given to the "cares" of this world. Its symptoms are stiff necks, ulcers, headaches, irritability, lack of rest, heart attacks, and lack of trust and reliance upon the Lord. We are all affected by this "disease" sometime or another in our lives. It affects believers and unbelievers all over the world. However, the believer has the remedy!

This wonderful verse, I Peter 5:7, could be divided into two parts, "your cares," and "He cares." Even the meaning of the two "cares" is important. When the Scripture says, "casting all your cares," it means the whole of your care, not just partially or a little bit at a time. Anxieties and worries never seem to be small or insignificant, at least not to the one who is taken up and over by the "cares" of life.

The parable of the sower, found in Matthew 13, vividly shows what happens to the one who lets the care of this world unduly affect him. The word of God is sown. It should produce fruit in the life of the believer, but we are told in verse 22 that,

"The care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful."

Another very familiar but expressive example is found in Luke 10:38-42. This account concerns Martha, Mary, and Jesus. We are told that Martha was "cumbered." This means she was distracted from the living Word. She "drew around" her all the cares of the management of household duties. Jesus said to her,

"Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things."

Inwardly she was very, very anxious (and careful), outwardly she was unusually "troubled." This shows that our inward anxieties and outward problems will very definitely keep us from the Word, therefore, adversely affecting our spiritual lives.

There is another side to this, however, that is God's side. "He careth for you!" God shows a watchful interest and affection for us that is able to overcome all our "cares." We do have to allow Him to do this by "casting all of our care upon Him."

Is there a heart o'erbound by sorrow?
Is there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross, each burden bearing
All your anxiety—leave it there!

Psalms 55:22 reads,

"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."

First Corinthians 9:9 asks a pertinent question, "Doth God take care of the oxen?" In Matthew 6, He tells of God's care for the fowls of the air, and the lilies of the field. Then in Luke 12:6, He asks, "Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?" The question is resolved in verse 7, "Fear not therefore; ye are of more value than many sparrows ..."
Does Jesus Care?

"O yes, He cares; I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary,
The long night dreary,
I know my Saviour cares."



Mp3 Studies By Pastor Gregg Bing

Ephesians - 06 - The Fullness of the Times



How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.

Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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A Beautiful Beginning - By Charles Wages


"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:23-24)

All things began and begin with God. Each new day and each new year shows forth God's love and compassion! A companion portion of God's Word gives a beautiful portrait of our Lord and His character.

"And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth even a morning without clouds, as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain." (2 Samuel 23:4)

No writer could ever compose, nor artist could ever paint anything to compare with these words in God's Word.

As our world begins a new year, and as we individually begin the year, let's begin with thinking of our Lord who loves us so much. In thinking of the beauty and purity of the Lord, we can begin afresh our lives for Him today.

First of all, those who are unsaved and have made a miserable mess of their lives can have a new beginning. Instead of waking up to a morning of misery because of a life wasted in sin, they can awake to a bright "morning without clouds." They can awake with the Lord as Saviour and face the new life with Him as their companion and guide. What an awakening! The Bible tells us how this can be possible.

We read in Ephesians 5:14,

"Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepeth, and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light."

We are told in Romans 13:12,

"The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light."

And then in verse 14,

"But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lust thereof.
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It is a wonderful experience to awake each morning knowing of safety, soundness, and salvation in the Lord of the morning.

It is true that in every new morning of beginning, there is a "renewal of hope." It can be a time of reflection upon the mercies of God, therefore a morning of mercy. We are instructed by the writer of Lamentations, (3:21),

"This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope."

He recalled how miserable he was apart from the Lord and said,

"My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord; Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the worm wood and the gall." (Lamentations 3:18-19)

But, seeing God's morning mercies he was able to say,

"It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord." (Lamentations 3:26)

There is nothing like a fresh start to renew hope. God offers this to all His children. If our lives seem to be faltering and failing, we can find renewed faith as a new day and a new year approaches. When we see the sun rise, we can see the Son's mercy and compassion!

As we approach this morning of a new beginning, we can, with expectation, look for growth. Remember this new morning is described as "a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain!" This gentle moisture, this clear shining sun makes for healthy growth. Every new beginning brings us closer to what the Lord desires for our life. Sometimes the growth seems slow but is sure and steadfast if we look to the Lord for strength and guidance. As the flowers turn their faces to the sun, we need to look toward God for help and strength.

A new morning of beginning not only reminds us to remember, but also to forget! The apostle Paul, under inspiration, wrote,

"Forgetting those things that are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14)

Of course, these verses speak of great doctrinal truths, however, the principle of a new beginning is evident. To the newly saved one, the ways and failures of the old life can be buried in the past. The new morning can hold out new hopes, and new desires to go along with the new life in Christ.

Let's all face a new beautiful morning, looking squarely to the Sun of Righteousness and enjoy and utilize every opportunity afforded us.

May "the Lord of the morning" bless your lives as you yield to our Lord Jesus Christ.



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Ephesians - 06 - The Fullness of the Times



How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.

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Enemies Reconciled To God - by Pastor C. R. Stam



 “When we were enemies”(Romans 5:10).

Think of it! God has good news for us even in our willfulness, our enmity against Him! “When we were enemies”, says Paul,“We were reconciled to God by the death of His Son”.

Here we can almost hear some reader object: “Of all things,don’t charge me with being an enemy of God. I’m a religious person, I go to church regularly, I even give to the church”. Ah, but God does not say that the unsaved are not religious. Perhaps 999 out of1,000 are religious. The point is that by your ungodly, sinful life, and certainly by rejecting God’s gift of salvation, you have made yourself an enemy of God. You may not be an enemy against the“God” you have conjured up in your won mind, but you are certainly an enemy against God, the God of the Bible.

But despite all this God still sends His ambassadors out to offer reconciliation to all His enemies everywhere — “by the death of His Son”. Think of it! We who believe are reconciled to God, not by some effort or payment offered by us to placate God, but “by the death of HIS Son”. He bore the enmity as His own creatures mocked Him, spat in His face and nailed Him to a tree. This is grace indeed! And this is not all, for the whole passage reads:

“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."

“And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement [Lit.,reconciliation]” (Rom.5: 10,11).

The argument of this passage is that if, as His enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more “being reconciled”, we may be assured that our living Savior will keep us safe. And not only are believers safe in Christ, but all the while we“joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received”, not only help in our helplessness, or the forgiveness of our sins, but “the reconciliation”, by which we are brought nigh to God and experience His love toward us.       



How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.

Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Thought on Vision - Charles Wages



Introduction

It is interesting and thought-provoking to consider the striking similarities between physical vision and spiritual vision. A few illustrations will be briefly compared below with a prayer that the readers will further expand on the subject.
Vision is entirely dependent upon light. Our eyes are attuned to light waves ranging in length from slightly below four hundred millionths of a millimeter to slightly above seven hundred millionths of a millimeter. The wave length of light and the phenomenon of its bending as observed through a prism makes us to see the different colors. This is known as chromatic vision. The vision of white, gray, and black is controlled by brighteners or lack of brighteners. This is called achromatic vision. May we consider II Corinthians 4:3-6 with these things in view:
"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost; 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. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of the darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
No doubt, the reason for the blindness mentioned here is the lack of light. Considering the truth that the "light" of the glorious gospel is the Lord Jesus Himself, and that there is no salvation apart from Him, one can readily understand how Satan keeps people blinded. His method is simple—keep them in darkness. Isn't it wonderful that according to this passage, "God commanded the light to shine out of darkness?" Not only has this glorious "light" been commanded to shine that we may behold the beauty of the universe by the eye, but the "light has shined into our hearts" to reveal the Lord Jesus. Also, as the light waves of God's Word enter our blood washed hearts, they scatter into the varied and wondrous hues that blend perfectly in painting a masterpiece of Him we adore. Visual experts tell us that they are at a loss to explain how that when we view an object with our eyes, the image on the retina is upside down and inverted from right to left. How we come to see right side up, even though our retinal image is upside down is a problem that has puzzled "experts" to the present time. The "god of this world" (Satan) is attempting to present a distorted view of the Lord, but thanks be unto God, who created the intricacies of the eye, we can, through His word, clearly see the Lord Jesus. Remember the Lord Jesus is the express "image" of God.
Situated at the point where the optic nerve leaves the eye and enters the brain is a "blind spot" in everyone's eyes. Note in the Scripture that Satan "hath blinded the minds of them which believe not." It is terrible to think about, but most people in the world live in total darkness.
Reader friend, will you not consider that the Lord Jesus stated, "when you have seen me, you have seen the Father." Give up today, and let God open the windows of your mind and heart, that the radiant light of His Word may shine into your darkened heart and give you eternal life!
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

Are You Near-Sighted?

We have seen in the preceding chapter that the chief aim of Satan is to completely blind the minds of people today, "lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ who is the image of God should shine unto them" (II Corinthians 4:4). If he loses in this primary endeavor, his efforts are then directed to weaken the vision of the believer. This effort of Satan takes on many varied forms. One device of Satan that we will note carefully, is his effort to make us "near sighted" or " short sighted." Let us consider II Peter 1:4-9, but especially verse 9:
"To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. Who are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations; That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor, and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ; Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory; Receiving the end of your faith even the salvation of your souls."
Physical near-sightedness means that a person can see distinctly at short distances only. Spiritual near-sightedness surely means the same thing in reference to the things of the Lord. If the short-sighted believer turns and looks backwards, he cannot see "that he was purged from his old sins," and that "the blood of Jesus Christ, God's son cleanseth us from all sin," therefore, he will either feel that he can lose salvation or on the other hand live salvation loosely. Also, as the near-sighted believer takes a forward look, he cannot see distinctly "the things that God hath prepared for them that love him" (I Corinthians 2:9), and the wonderful admonition to "set your affections on things above" means absolutely nothing to him.
If one will just gaze off into the faraway distance, it will rest the eyes and relax the mind and body; yet the god of this world is doing everything within his power to keep us busily engaged with "minding earthly things." If we could really grasp the meaning of the divine statement that "our citizenship is in heaven" maybe we wouldn't be "entangled with the affairs of this life." We would all do well to consider "holy men of old" who had a far-sighted look at the plan and purposes of God. Just briefly consider two of these men — David and Abraham. In Acts 2:29-32, the Lord through Peter instructs us that David foresaw the resurrection of Christ. Verse 31 states:
"He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell neither his flesh did see corruption."
The expression "seeing this before" literally means that David was far-sighted. In Galatians 3:6-8, we are told that:
"Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness."
Romans 4:20-21 states of Abraham that:
"He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith giving glory to God: And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform."
There is no doubt, when we consider Hebrews 11:17-19, that Abraham saw beyond the death of Isaac and beheld the power of God to resurrect.
To use a human illustration, the writer not long ago talked to a young girl who was quitting school to be married. On the surface, there appears to be nothing wrong with this common occurrence, but as particulars came to light, it was found she only lacked two months of graduating from high school. Her husband to be had also quit only lacking a few months of graduating. He had obtained a job; but had quit it recently because of near induction into the armed services. One can surely understand and be sympathetic of this young couple's plight, but note the many hasty decisions made . If the world could just be slowed down a little and give people time to "consider" the things of the Lord, a longer perspective of life would be possible.
Dear reader, if you are one who subscribes to the theory of "eat, drink, and be merry," please remember tomorrow. Yes, it seems a long time ago that "Christ died for your sins," but remember, one look away from this "present evil age" to the One who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for you, will give you "eternal life." Trust Him as your Saviour today, and then you can look away into the glorious future when "we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." (I John 3:1-3)

Night Blindness and Vitamin A

We have noted previously that vision is entirely dependent upon light. The amount of light determines the degree of ability to see clearly. It is apparent from just a superficial reading of the Word of God that "darkness" not only bespeaks of evil but also characterizes this present world system. The Word speaks of "the rulers of the darkness of this world" in Ephesians 6:12, and in John 3:19 we are told,
"That light is come into the world and men loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil."
Knowing all this to be true, how are we going to "see" or "visualize" spiritual things in this darkened world?
Literal, physical night blindness was recognized by the ancient Egyptians, according to historical accounts. They used liver, preferably raw, as a remedy. It is now understood that this defect is caused partly by insufficient Vitamin A, and that liver is a rich source of this vitamin. Army and Navy personnel who must see well at night are sometimes fed a rich diet of Vitamin A. This enables them to adapt readily to the low night illumination. Newer, more sophisticated methods are used today. It might be added here as a matter of interest that the chief purpose of the military in desiring a man to see at night is to detect the enemy and his actions. May we not draw a rich spiritual lesson from these facts? I Corinthians 1:5 states:
"That in everything you are enriched by him, in all utterance and in all knowledge."
Spiritual vitamins come from an ample supply of the precious Word of God. Jeremiah of old exclaimed, "Thy words were found and I did eat them ... " I Peter 2:2-3 states:
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious."
Nothing supplies the vigorous strength necessary to observe the actions of Satan on the one hand, or to appreciate the wonders of the Lord on the other hand, as does the Word of God.
According to reports, it takes about 40 minutes to become completely dark-adapted, yet this adaptation is lost within a few minutes when one looks at brightly illuminated objects. Yes, Satan has a false glitter about his works that blinds believers in one glance. By prayerful diligent study, a child of God can come to a place of enlightenment, but a moment of yielding to the flesh can so affect his spiritual eyes until it is difficult to see the things of God clearly.
We are told that the most convenient way to keep dark-adapted while at the same time carrying on activities which require response to illuminated objects is to wear special tight fitting red goggles. The only way for the sincere believer to carry on the work of the Lord in a darkened world is to "view" everything through the crimson tide that flowed at Calvary. Let us look at things objectively through the Word, always striving to see things with the "mind of Christ."

Color Weakness

Many people have lower than normal ability to distinguish colors or hues. Those who can see the various hues, but have certain difficulties in distinguishing them, are said to have a color weakness. The color blindness or weakness which we hear about most frequently is red-green color blindness. Incidentally, a much larger percentage of males than females is red-green color blind.
The above becomes of extreme interest to us in our desire to visualize spiritual things from God's Word. Take for example the work of the Levitical priests in detecting and treating leprosy. Read carefully Leviticus 13:49-59, taking special note of the fact that the priest had to distinguish the color of the sore in order to determine whether it was leprous or not. In verse 49 we read:
"And if the plague be greenish or reddish in the garment, or in the skin, either in the warp or in the woof, or in any thing of skin; it is a plague of leprosy, and shall be showed unto the priest;"
Then in verse 55 the Word states:
"And the priest shall look on the plague, after that it is washed; and behold, if the plague has not changed his color, and the plague be not spread; it is unclean; thou shalt burn it in the fire, it is fret inward, whether it be bare within or without."
Now, considering the well-known Scriptural fact that leprosy is a type of sin in the Word, these truths take on an added significance. Genuine Christians should be able to distinguish sin at a glance, but the tragedy sometimes is that we are blind, or at least weak, to Satan's attractions. Also, tragically true is the fact that many people with defective color vision do not recognize their defect. The reason that they are not aware of the deficiency is that they have learned to give color names to familiar objects in terms of the most characteristic brightness of these. Thus, red to one type of red-green defective, is equivalent in stimulating value to dark gray. He does this, because, when earlier stimulated by the "red" object, he has heard it called red. Yes, Satan starts early on a person to get him to "learn" defectively. God's admonition is to:
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)
The only way to recognize sin as to its true nature is to accept God's definitions and descriptions. Satan is a master of shading or cloaking sin in low illumination until it looks harmless. We must "see" everything through the "light" of God's Word.
In verse 58 of Leviticus 13 we noted that after complete washing, the leprous sore became clean. Of course, the skin is restored to its natural color. Meditate upon Isaiah 1:18 for a moment:
"Come, now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
Note the color of crimson and scarlet; yet God is able to make them "white as snow," and "as wool." Revelation 1:5 says:
"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood."
Think of the remarkable phenomenon of the crimson blood of the Son of God. Applied to our scarlet sin, it makes us white as snow and clothes us in His perfect righteousness. How is this accomplished? We can't explain—we only believe! But we do advance this thought in closing:
"Being born again; not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." (I Peter 1:23)
The glorious Word of God sheds such extreme, wonderful light upon our souls that it clears away and cleanses us from all the discoloration of sin.

Perfect Vision

There probably is no such thing as perfect vision! Someone has said, "our hindsight is always 20-20." However, a 20-20 vision is not perfect and only refers to an aspect of the intricate mechanism of the eyes. Whether we speak of hindsight or foresight, there are many things that keep us from seeing perfectly. Also, when we realize that we really "see" with our minds, then we understand the importance of "having the mind of Christ," and not the "mind of the flesh." Sometimes it is true that we generally "see" about what we want to see.
There are many things that hinder us in our desire to view things correctly. For example, distance will sometimes make things appear falsely. A huge mountain may appear to be only five miles away, when in reality it is fifty miles. We know that distance "seems " different on water than on land. Court cases abound with instances of witnesses "thinking" they saw something or someone, then later finding they were in error. In Zechariah 10:2, it is stated:
"For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams ..."
We realize that the miraculous healings performed by our Lord while He was on earth have deep spiritual significance, but in reference to our "thoughts on vision" the one recorded in Mark 8:23-25 is appropriate:
"And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hand upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly."
A careful reading of this portion of Scripture affords an interesting and revealing example of blindness, imperfect vision — and then perfect vision. Note that in verse 23, he was blind, in verse 24 he didn't see so well, and in verse 25 "he saw every man clearly."
If only we would yield completely to Him, acknowledging our helpless estate, we could see so much better. Also, please observe that in verse 25, the Lord "made him to look up." Keep Looking Up!
A comparison of I Corinthians 13:12 with I John 3:1-3 will bring the difference between our earthly (imperfect) vision and the heavenly (perfect) vision into focus. The Apostle said in I Corinthians 13:12:
"For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."
Life is sometimes a puzzle, we don't always see things in proper perspective. Countless "things" mar or cloud our vision. As long as we are in these "bodies of humiliation," we will "see through a glass darkly." Even our view of the Lord Jesus Christ is sometimes distorted by our own prejudice and bias, but one of these days "we shall see Him as He is." Perfect vision will be ours only when we are with Him. The closer we walk with Him today, the better is our vision.
In conclusion, it needs to be brought to the attention of our readers that, one "look" in simple childlike faith to the Lord Jesus on the cross of Calvary will bring eternal salvation. God says, "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else" (Isaiah 45:22).
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light neither cometh to the light lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." (John 3:16-21)

Lessons to Focus On

As we have seen, many spiritual lessons can be learned and applied from "Thoughts on Vision" In fact, the Scripture speaks often about the eye and seeing and looking—physically, mentally, and metaphorically.
Like all parts of the human anatomy the eyes can be used for good or evil. In fact, our Lord taught the great importance of this organ of our body when He said,
"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matthew 6:22-23)
What we set our sights on determines our character to a great extent. If we focus on earthly and evil things, our body will "be full of darkness." On the other hand, if our eye is concentrated on heavenly and spiritual truths, our body will be "full of light." Notice the great contrast, "full of darkness" versus "full of light." Light is absolutely necessary to see properly, in fact, to see at all!
There are so many things to see in the world, some of it is good, much of it is evil. Knowing that the devil is the "god of this world" (system) we can expect many attractive and appealing sights. In 1 John 2:15-17, we are given loving, but stern warning to:
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
We are told to "love not the world, neither the things that are in the world." Then the world and its "things" are categorized into three parts:

·    Lust of the flesh
·    Lust of the eyes
·    Pride of life

These things comprise the sum total of the world's attractions. These are the areas that are appealed to by the world's system. Most advertisement, entertainment, and literature is directed to all of us for the purpose of influencing our choices and controlling our lives. One of these three, the lust of the eyes, plays a major role in our choices and activities. Consider Eve in the garden of Eden. The subtlety of Satan is shown in many ways as he cast doubt upon God's Word and then finally an outright denial of what God had said. The fruit of the tree that God placed in the midst of the garden was declared off limits to our first parents. In fact, God said,
"And the Lord God, commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17)
Then the devil said,
"Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:4)
Notice the reference to the "eyes" and then in verse 6, we read "then the woman saw the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes." Then in verse seven, we see that "both their eyes were opened; and they knew they were naked."
An outstanding example of the "lust of the eyes" is that concerning Abraham and Lot in Genesis, chapter 13. We are told that Abraham and Lot had a problem concerning the land, cattle, and their substance. Abraham, in the Spirit of the Lord said to Lot, "separate thyself I pray thee from me: if thou will take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left." Then we are told in Genesis 13:10
"And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld the plains of Jordan that it was well watered everywhere—".
Notice, Lot lifted up his eyes and beheld. The lust of the eyes got him into trouble and we know the rest of the story. These examples could be duplicated many, many, times in the records of Scripture, both old and new testaments. How true and representative they are of the human race in general and of each of us, personally!
Ye dwellers in darkness with sin-blinded eyes,
The Light of the world is Jesus;
Go, wash, at His bidding, and Light will arise,
The Light of the world is Jesus.
Come to the Light, 'tis shining for thee;
Sweetly the Light has dawned upon me;
Once I was blind, but now I can see;
The Light of the world is Jesus.
(P.P. B


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Ephesians - 06 - The Fullness of the Times


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