Immortality Has Come To Light Through The Gospel
by Sharon McClean
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Rom.2:7--ETERNAL LIFE to those who by CONTINUANCE in DOING GOOD seek for GLORY, HONOR and IMMORTALITY: (Ps.37:3--TRUST in the Lord, and DO GOOD; DWELL in THE LAND, and FEED on HIS FAITHFULNESS. (4) DELIGHT yourself also in the Lord, and He shall grant you the DESIRES of YOUR HEART.) (Pro.2:21--For the UPRIGHT will DWELL in the LAND and the BLAMELESS will REMAIN in it; (22) But the wicked will be CUT OFF from the EARTH, and the UNFAITHFUL will be UPROOTED from IT.) Matt.15:13,b--Every PLANT which My heavenly FATHER has NOT PLANTED will be UPROOTED.)
(Jere.31:28--And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them to PLUCK UP, to break down, to throw down to DESTROY, and to AFFLICT, so I will watch over them to BUILD and to PLANT, says the Lord.) (Jere.32:41--Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them GOOD, and I will assuredly PLANT them in this land, with ALL MY HEART and with ALL MY SOUL. (42) For thus says the Lord: Just as I have brought ALL THIS GREAT CALAMITY on this people, so I will bring on them ALL THE GOOD that I have PROMISED them.) Amos 9:11--On that day I WILL RAISE UP the TABERNACLE of DAVID which has fallen down, and REPAIR its DAMAGES. (15) I will PLANT them in their land, and NO LONGER shall they be PULLED UP from the LAND I have GIVEN THEM, says the Lord your God.) Jere.42:10--If You will still abide in this land, (Promise land?) then I will BUILD you and NOT PULL you DOWN, and I will PLANT you and not PLUCK you up. For I RELENT concerning the DISASTER that I have brought upon you.)
Is.61:1--The SPIRIT of the LORD is UPON ME, because He has ANOINTED Me to preach GOOD TIDINGS to the poor; (Is.40:8--The grass withers, the flower fades, but THE WORD OF OUR GOD STANDS FOREVER. (9) O ZION, you who bring GOOD TIDINGS, get up into the high mountain: O JERUSALEM, (Ps. 135:21--Blessed be the Lord out of ZION, who DWELLS in JERUSALEM.) (Returning to Is.40: 8--You who bring GOOD TIDINGS, lift up your voice with STRENGTH, lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of JUDAH, “BEHOLD YOUR GOD!”)
(Heb.7:14--For it is EVIDENT that our Lord AROSE from JUDAH, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. (Returning to Is.61:2--To proclaim the ACCEPTABLE year of the Lord, 3--To console those who mourn in ZION, to give them BEAUTY for ASHES, the OIL of JOY for MOURNING, the GARMENT of PRAISE for the SPIRIT of HEAVINESS; that they may be called TREES of RIGHTEOUSNESS, the PLANTING of the LORD, that HE may be GLORIFIED. (Is.60:21--Also your people shall ALL be RIGHTEOUS; they shall INHERIT the LAND FOREVER, the BRANCH of MY PLANTING, the WORK of MY HANDS, that I may be GLORIFIED.) (Is.52:16--I have put MY WORDS in YOUR MOUTH; I have covered you with the SHADOW of MY HAND, that I may PLANT the heavens, Lay the FOUNDATIONS of the EARTH, and say to ZION, YOU ARE MY PEOPLE.)
(Ps.104:5--You who laid THE FOUNDATIONS of the EARTH, so that it should NOT BE MOVED FOREVER.) (Is.28:16--Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I LAY IN ZION a STONE for a FOUNDATION, a TRIED STONE, a PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE, a SURE FOUNDATION)
(Ps.2:6--Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of (ZION.)-(7) I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me (YOU) are (MY SON,) TODAY (I have BEGOTTEN YOU.) (I know of only one BEGOTTEN SON.) (8) (ASK) of (ME) and I WILL (GIVE YOU), the (NATIONS) for (YOUR INHERITANCE) and the (ENDS OF THE EARTH) for (YOUR POSSESSION.) (Returning to 1 Peter 2:7--Therefore it is ALSO contained in Scripture, Behold, I lay in ZION a CHIEFCORNERSTONE, ELECT, PRECIOUS, and he who BELIEVES on HIM, will by no means be put to SHAME.) (7) Therefore to you who BELIEVE, HE is PRECIOUS; but to those who are DISOBEDIENT, the STONE which THE BUILDERS REJECTED, has become the CHIEF CORNERSTONE, (8) and a STONE of STUMBLING and a ROCK of OFFENSE. They stumble, being DISOBEDIENT to THE WORD to which they also were appointed.) (Acts 4:10--Let it be KNOWN to you ALL, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of NAZARETH, whom you CRUCIFIED, whom GOD RAISED FROM THE DEAD, by Him this man stands here before you WHOLE. (11) THIS is THE STONE which was REJECTED by you BUILDERS, which has become the CHIEF CORNERSTONE. (12) NOR is there SALVATION in any other name under heaven given among men by which we MUST BE SAVED.)
Mark 16:6,b--”Do not be alarmed. YOU SEEK JESUS of NAZARETH, who was CRUCIFIED. HE IS RISEN! He is not here. Skipping down to verse 15, Jesus said: “GO into ALL the WORLD and PREACH THE GOSPEL to every CREATURE. (Gal.3:8--And the Scripture, foreseeing that GOD would JUSTIFY the NATIONS by FAITH, PREACHED THE GOSPEL to ABRAHAM BEFOREHAND, saying IN you ALL THE NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED. (Skipping ahead to verse 29-- And IF you are CHRIST‘S, THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED, and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE.) (Rom 3:13--For THE PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR of the WORLD was NOT to ABRAHAM or to his SEED through the LAW, but through the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH.) (Returning to Mark 16:16--And THESE SIGNS will follow those who BELIEVE: In MY NAME they will cast out demons: they will speak with new tongues; (18) They will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; THEY WILL LAY HANDS ON THE SICK, and THEY WILL RECOVER.)
(Ps.92:13--Those who are PLANTED in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. (14) They shall still bear FRUIT in OLD AGE; they shall be fresh and flourishing, (15) to DECLARE that the LORD is UPRIGHT; He is my ROCK and there is NO UNRIGHTEOUNESS in HIM.) (Pro.2:31--For the UPRIGHT will DWELL IN THE LAND, and the BLAMELESS will REMAIN IN IT; (22) But the wicked will be CUT OFF from the EARTH, and the UNFAITHFUL will be UPROOTED from it.) (Ps.101:6--My eyes shall be on the FAITHFUL of the LAND, that THEY MAY DWELL with ME; (8) Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land, that I may CUT OFF all the evildoers from THE CITY of the LORD.)
(Heb.12:22--But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to THE CITY of the LIVING GOD, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of ANGELS.(24) to JESUS the MEDIATOR of the NEW COVENANT, and to the BLOOD of SPRINKLING that speaks better things than that of Abel.) (Heb.8:10--For THIS is the COVENANT that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put MY LAWS in their MIND and write them on their HEARTS; and I will be their God and THEY shall be MY PEOPLE. (11) NONE of them shall TEACH his neighbor and NONE his BROTHER, saying KNOW THE LORD, for ALL shall KNOW ME, from the LEAST of them to the GREATEST of them. (12) For I will be MERCIFUL to their UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, and their SINS and their LAWLESS DEEDS I will REMEMBER NO MORE.)
(Ps.119:89--FOREVER, O Lord, YOUR WORD IS SETTLED in HEAVEN. (9) YOUR FAITHFULNESS ENDURES to ALL GENERATIONS; You ESTABLISHED THE EARTH, and IT ABIDES. (91) They CONTINUE THIS DAY according to YOUR ORDINANCES, for ALL are YOUR SERVANTS.) (Lev.18:4--You shall observe MY JUDGMENTS and MY ORDINANCES, to WALK IN THEM: I am the Lord your God. (5) You shall therefore KEEP MY STATUTES and MY JUDGMENTS, which if a man DOES, He shall LIVE by THEM; I am the Lord.)
(Ps.119:1--Blessed are the undefiled in THE WAY, who walk in THE LAW of THE LORD! (2) Blessed are those who KEEP HIS TESTIMONIES, who SEEK HIM WITH THE WHOLE HEART! (3) They also do NO INIQUITY: they WALK IN HIS WAYS. (Ps.25:4--SHOW me YOUR WAYS, O Lord, TEACH me YOUR PATHS. Skipping down to verse 12--Who is the man that FEARS the Lord? Him shall HE TEACH in THE WAY that HE CHOOSES, (13) He himself shall dwell in PROSPERITY, and his DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.) (Job 36:20--Do NOT DESIRE THE NIGHT WHEN PEOPLE ARE CUT OFF IN THEIR PLACE. (21) Take heed you have chosen THIS, rather THEN INIQUITY.) (Returning to Ps. 119:4--You have COMMANDED us to keep YOUR PRECEPTS DILIGENTLY. (5) Oh that my ways were directed to KEEP YOUR STATUTES! (6) Then I would NOT be ASHAMED, when I look into YOUR COMMANDMENTS. (7) I will PRAISE You with UPRIGHTNESS of heart, when I LEARN YOUR STATUTES;
(Mal.4:4--Remember the LAW of MOSES, My servant, which I COMMANDED him in HOREB for ALL ISRAEL, with the STATUTES and JUDGMENTS. (Lev.18:5--You shall therefore KEEP My STATUTES and My JUDGMENTS, which if a man does, he shall LIVE by them;) (Returning to Mal.4:5--Behold, I will send you ELIJAH the prophet BEFORE THE COMING OF THE GREAT and DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. (Woe to you who DESIRE the DAY OF THE LORD! For what GOOD is the day of the Lord to you? It will be DARKNESS, and NOT LIGHT.) (Joel 3:14--MULTITUDES, multitudes in the VALLEY of DECISION! For THE DAY OF THE LORD is NEAR in the Valley of decision. (16) The Lord also will ROAR from ZION, and utter His voice from JERUSALEM. The heavens and the earth will SHAKE, But the Lord will be a SHELTER for HIS PEOPLE and the STRENGTH of the children of ISRAEL. (17) So shall you KNOW that I am the Lord your God, DWELLING IN ZION My HOLY MOUNTAIN.) (Returning to Mal.4:6--And he will TURN the HEARTS of the FATHERS to the CHILDREN, and the HEARTS of the CHILREN to their FATHERS, (Joel 1:15--Alas for the day! For THE DAY OF THE LORD IS AT HAND; IT shall COME as DESTRUCTION from the ALMIGHTY.)
(Ps.90:3--YOU TURN man to DESTRUCTION, and say, “RETURN, O CHILDREN of MEN. (Jere.3:14--RETURN, O backsliding children, says the Lord; “for I AM MARRIED to YOU. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to ZION.) (Returning to Mal.4:6--lest I come and strike the earth with a CURSE.) (Ps.37:22--For those who are BLESSED by HIM shall INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM shall be CUT OFF.)
(2 Thes.2:13,b--God from the beginning CHOSE you for SALVATION through SANCTIFICATION of the SPIRIT and BELIEF in THE TRUTH.) (John 17:14--I have GIVEN them YOUR WORD; and the world hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. (15) I DO NOT PRAY THAT YOU SHOULD TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORLD, but that YOU SHOULD KEEP THEM from the EVIL ONE. (17) SANCTIFY them by YOUR TRUTH, YOUR WORD is TRUTH. (18) As you SENT Me into the WORLD, I also have SENT THEM into the WORLD. (19) And for THEIR SAKES I SANCTIFY MYSELF, that THEY also may be SANCTIFIED by the TRUTH.) (KJV) 2 Tim.2:15--STUDY to show THYSELF APPROVED unto GOD, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH.) (Eph.5:26--Husbands, love your wives, just as CHRIST also LOVED the CHURCH and GAVE HIMSELF for IT, (26) that HE MIGHT SANCTIFY and CLEANSE IT with the WASHING of WATER by THE WORD, (27) that He might present it to Himself a GLORIOUS CHURCH, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be HOLY and WITHOUT BLEMISH.)
(Ps.86:2--Preserve my life, for I am HOLY; You are my God; save Your servant who trusts in You! (skipping down to verse 8--Among the gods there is NONE like YOU, O Lord; (Is.45:22--21,b--And there is NO other GOD besides Me, a just God and a Savior; there is NONE besides Me. (22) Look to Me and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I AM GOD and there is NO OTHER.) (Ps.22:27--ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD shall REMEMBER and TURN to the LORD, and all the FAMILIES of the NATIONS shall WORSHIP BEFORE YOU. (28) For THE KINGDOM is the LORD’S and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.) Returning to Ps.86:8,b--nor are there any WORKS like YOUR WORKS. (9) ALL NATIONS whom You have made SHALL COME and WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, O Lord, and shall GLORIFY Your name. (Returning to Ps.86:10--For You are GREAT, and do WONDROUS THINGS; YOU ALONE ARE GOD. (Ps.65:1--PRAISE is awaiting You, O God, in ZION; and to You the VOW shall be PERFORMED. (2) O You who HEAR PRAYER, to You ALL FLESH WILL COME. Skipping down to verse 5--By AWESOME deeds in RIGHTEOUSNESS You will ANSWER US, O God of our salvation, You who are THE CONFIDENCE of ALL THE ENDS O THE EARTH.
(Ps.99:1--THE LORD REIGNS; let the peoples tremble! He dwells between the cherubim; let the earth be moved! (2) THE LORD IS GREAT in ZION, and He is HIGH above ALL THE PEOPLES. (3) Let them PRAISE YOUR GREAT and AWESOME NAME--HE IS HOLY.) (2 Tim.1:9--Who has SAVED us and CALLED us with a HOLY calling, NOT according to OUR WORKS, but according to HIS OWN PURPOSE and GRACE which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, (Gal.2:8--For by GRACE you have been SAVED through FAITH, and THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES, It is THE GIFT of GOD, (9) NOT of WORKS, lest anyone should boast. (10) For WE are HIS WORKMANSHIP, created in Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS, which GOD prepared BEFOREHAND that we SHOULD WALK IN THEM.) (2 Tim.3:16--ALL SCRIPTURE is given by INSPIRATION of GOD, and it PROFITABLE for DOCTRINE, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION in RIGHTEOUSNESS, (17) that the man of God may be COMPLETE, thoroughly EQUIPPED for every GOOD WORK.)
(Ps.90:13--RETURN, O Lord! How Long? And have compassion on Your servants. (14) Oh, satisfy us early with YOUR MERCY, That we may REJOICE and be GLAD ALL OUR DAYS! (15) Make us GLAD according to the days in which You have afflicted us, and the years in which we have seen evil. (16) LET YOUR WORK APPEAR to YOUR SERVANTS, and YOUR GLORY to THEIR CHILDREN. (17) And let THE BEAUTY of the LORD our God be UPON US; Yes, ESTABLISH THE WORK of OUR HANDS.)
Matt.5:13--You are the SALT of the EARTH; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then GOOD for NOTHING but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. (14) You are THE LIGHT of THE WORLD. A CITY that is SET on a HILL cannot be HIDDEN.(Ps.2:6--Yet I have set My King on My holy HILL of ZION.) (John 8:12--Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. He who follows Me shall NOT walk in DARKNESS, but have the LIGHT of LIFE.) (John 12:46--I have come as A LIGHT into the WORLD, that whoever believes in ME should NOT abide in DARKNESS. (Amos 5:20--Is NOT the DAY OF THE LORD DARKNESS, and NOT LIGHT!) (Returning to John 12:47--And if anyone hears My words and DOES NOT BELIEVE, I DO NOT JUDGE him; for I DID NOT COME to JUDGE the WORLD but to SAVE THE WORLD.) (Luke 9:56--For the Son of Man did not come to DESTROY men’s LIVES but to SAVE THEM.)
(Returning to 2 Tim.1:10-- but now has been REVEALED by the APPEARING of our Savior Jesus Christ, (Heb.9:28,b--To those who eagerly wait for Him He will APPEAR a SECOND TIME APART FROM SIN for SALVATION.) (Returning to 2 Tim.1:10--who has abolished DEATH and brought LIFE and IMMORTALITY to LIGHT through THE GOSPEL, (Rom.4:17,b--God, who gives LIFE to THE DEAD and calls those things WHICH DO NO EXIST AS though THEY DID.) (Heb, 2:14-Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that THROUGH DEATH He might DESTROY him who had THE POWER of DEATH, that is THE DEVIL,
(Col.2:8--Beware lest anyone CHEAT you through PHILOSOPHY and EMPTY DECEIT, according to THE TRADITION of MEN, according to the BASIC PRINCIPLES of the WORLD, and NOT according to CHRIST. (13) And you being DEAD in your TRESPASSES and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has MADE ALIVE TOGETHER with HIM, having FORGIVEN you ALL TRESPASSES, (14) having WIPED OUT the HANDWRITING of REQUIREMENTS that was AGAINST us, which was CONTRARY to us. And He has taken it out of the way, HAVING NAILED IT TO THE CROSS. (15) Having DISARMED PRINCIPALITES and POWERS, He made a public spectacle of them, TRIUMPHING OVER THEM IN IT. (Returning to Heb.2:15--and RELEASE those who through FEAR of DEATH were all their lifetime SUBJECT to BONDAGE. (16) For indeed He DOES NOT give AID to ANGELS, but He DOES give AID to THE SEED of ABRAHAM.)
(Gal.3:8--And the SCRIPTURE foreseeing that GOD would JUSTIFY the NATIONS by FAITH, preached the GOSPEL to ABRAHAM beforehand, saying “IN you ALL THE NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED.) (Ps.82:8--ARISE, O God, judge the earth; for You shall INHERIT ALL NATIONS.) (Ps.96:10--Say among the NATIONS, “THE LORD REIGNS; the world also is firmly established, IT SHALL NOT BE MOVED; He shall JUDGE the peoples RIGHTEOUSLY.) (Ps.115:16--The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; BUT THE EARTH HE HAS GIVEN TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN.) (Gal.3:29--And IF you are CHRIST’S THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS according to the PROMISE.) (Rom.3:13--For the PROMISE that he would be the HEIR OF THE WORLD was NOT to ABRAHAM or to his seed through the law, but through the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH.
(1 Tim.6:15--Fight the GOOD FIGHT of FAITH, lay hold on ETERNAL LIFE, (John 17:1,b--Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, (2) as You HAVE GIVEN Him AUTHORITY over ALL flesh, that He should give ETERNAL LIFE to as many (all) as You have given Him. (Acts 3:20--and that He may SEND Jesus Christ, who was PREACHED to you BEFORE, (21) whom heaven must receive UNTIL the TIMES of RESTORATION of ALL THINGS, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy PROPHETS since the world began. (25) YOU are sons of the PROPHETS, and of THE COVENANT which GOD MADE with our FATHERS, saying to ABRAHAM, and IN your SEED ALL THE FAMILIES of THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED. (note this word blessed)
(26) To you FIRST, GOD having RAISED UP His Servant Jesus, SENT Him to BLESS you, IN TURNING AWAY EVERY ONE OF YOU FROM YOUR INIQUITIES.) (What a blessing!) Ps.67:1--God be MERCIFUL to us and BLESS us, and cause HIS FACE to SHINE upon us, (2) That YOUR WAY may be KNOWN on EARTH, YOUR SALVATION among ALL NATIONS.) (Job 36:20--DO NOT DESIRE THE NIGHT WHEN PEOPLE ARE CUT OFF IN THEIR PLACE. (Ps.22:27-ALL THE ENDS of the WORLD shall REMEMBER and TURN to the LORD, and ALL the FAMILIES of the NATIONS shall WORSHIP before YOU, (28) For the KINGDOM is the LORD’S, and HE RULES OVER the NATIONS.) (Returning to John 17:3--And THS is ETERNAL LIFE, that they may KNOW YOU, the only TRUE GOD, and Jesus Christ whom You have SENT.) (2 Corin.5:14-For the LOVE of Christ CONSTRAINS US because we JUDGE thus: that if ONE DIED then ALL DIED: (15) and He died for ALL, that those who live should LIVE NO LONGER for THEMSELVES, but for HIM who DIED for THEM and ROSE AGAIN. (Acts 13:32,33) (Ps.2:6-8)
(1Tim.2:1--Therefore I EXHORT FIRST of ALL that SUPPLICATION, PRAYERS, INTERCESSIONS, and GIVING of THANKS be MADE for ALL men, (2) for kings and ALL who are in AUTHORITY, that we may lead a QUIET and PEACEABLE life in all godliness and reverence. (3) For THIS is GOOD and ACCEPTABLE in the sight of GOD our SAVIOR, (4) Who DESIRES ALL MEN to be SAVED and to come to the KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH. (5) For there is ONE GOD and ONE MEDIATOR between GOD and MEN, the Man Christ Jesus. (6) Who GAVE HIMSELF a RANSOM for ALL, to be testified in due time.) (How can one be saved unless he is blessed by Christ?) (Acts 3:26--To you first God having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to BLESS you, in turning away EVERY ONE of YOU from your INIQUITIES.) Ps.37:22--For those who are BLESSED by HIM shall INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM shall be CUT OFF.)
(Ps.2.7-- I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me, YOU are MY SON, today I have BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) Ask of Me and I will give you the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession) (Returning to Heb.5:6--As He also says in another place; YOU ARE a PRIEST FOREVER, according to the order of MELCHIZDEK.) (Ps.110:1--The Lord said to my Lord, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, till I make Your ENEMIES Your FOOTSTOOL. (2) The Lord shall send the ROD of YOUR STRENGTH out of ZION, rule in the midst of Your enemies! (4) The Lord has SWORN and WILL NOT RELENT, “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK. (5) The Lord is at YOUR RIGHT HAND; (6) He shall JUDGE among the NATIONS.) (skipping down to verse 43--You have delivered me from the STRIVINGS of the people; YOU HAVE MADE ME THE HEAD OF THE NATIONS; a people I have not known shall serve me; the foreigners SUBMIT to me. (46) The LORD LIVES! Blessed by MY ROCK! Let the God of my SALVATION be EXALTED. It is GOD who AVENGES ME, and SUBDUES the peoples under me; ) (Ps.14:5,b--For GOD is WITH the GENERATION of the RIGHTEOUS. (7) Oh, that the SALVATION of ISRAEL would come out of ZION! When the Lord brings back HIS PEOPLE, let JACOB REJOICE and ISRAEL be GLAD.) (Ps.81:8--ARISE, O God, JUDGE THE EARTH, for You SHALL INHERIT ALL NATIONS.)
(Ps.89:48--WHAT man can LIVE and NOT SEE DEATH? Can he deliver his life from the POWER of the GRAVE? (Heb.11:5--By FAITH ENOCH was TRANSLATED so that he DID NOT SEE DEATH; for before his TRANSLATION he had this testimony, that HE PLEASED GOD.) (Heb.11:1--Now FAITH is the substance HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen.) (1 Kings 3:9--Therefore give to Your servant an UNDERSTANDING HEART to JUDGE Your PEOPLE, that I may DISCERN between GOOD and EVIL. For WHO is ABLE to JUDGE this great PEOPLE of YOURS? (10) And the speech PLEASED the Lord, that Solomon had ASKED THIS THING.)
(Is.7:14--Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (5) CURDS and HONEY He shall eat, that He may KNOW to REFUSE the EVIL and CHOOSE the GOOD. (Ps.119:103--How SWEET are YOUR WORDS to my TASTE, SWEETER then HONEY to my MOUTH! (104) Through Your precepts I get UNDERSTANDING; therefore I hate every false way. (105) YOUR WORD is a LAMP to my FEET and a LIGHT to MY PATH.) (Returning to Is.7:16--For before the Child shall know to REFUSE the EVIL and CHOOSE the GOOD, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings. (17) The Lord will bring the KING of ASSYRIA upon YOU and YOUR PEOPLE and your father‘s house--(Is.8:7--Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over them the waters of the River, strong and mighty--THE KING OF ASSYRIA and all his glory; He will go up over all his channels and go over all his banks, (8) He will pass through Judah, He will overflow and pass over, He will REACH UP TO THE NECK; and the stretching out of his wings WILL FILL THE BREADTH OF YOUR LAND, O IMMANUEL.)
(Is.30:28--His breath is like an overflowing stream, which REACHES UP TO THE NECK, to SIFT THE NATIONS WITH THE SIEVE of FUTILITY; and there shall be a BRIDLE in the JAWS of the people, CAUSING them TO ERR.) (Ps.32:8--I will INSTRUCT you and TEACH you IN THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO: I will GUIDE you with MY EYE. (9) DO NOT be like the HORSE or like the MULE, which have NO UNDERSTANDING, which must be HARNESSED with a BIT and BRIDLE, else the will NOT come NEAR you) (Ps.25:12--Who is the man that FEARS the LORD? Him shall HE TEACH IN THE WAY THAT HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.)
(KJV) Ps. 95:10--Forty years long was I grieved with THIS GENERATION, and said, it is a people that DO ERR in THEIR HEART, and they have NOT KNOWN MY WAYS: (11) Unto whom I SWARE in my WRATH that they should NOT ENTER MY REST) (Heb.4:1--Therefore, since a PROMISE REMAINS of ENTERING HIS REST, let us fear lest any of you seem to come SHORT of IT. (2) For indeed THE GOSPEL was preached to us as well as to them; but THE WORD which they heard DID NOT PROFIT THEM, NOT being MIXED with FAITH in those who heard it. (3) For we who have believed DO ENTER THAT REST, as He has said: (Ps.132:13--For the Lord HAS CHOSEN ZION; He has DESIRED IT for HIS HABITATION: (14) THIS is MY RESTING PLACE FOREVER; Here I WILL DWELL, for I have DESIRED IT. (15) I will abundantly BLESS her PROVISION; I will SATISFY HER POOR with BREAD.) (John 6:32,b--but My FATHER gives you the TRUE BREAD from heaven. (33) For THE BREAD of GOD is He who comes down from heaven and gives LIFE TO THE WORLD. (Skipping ahead to verse 51--I am the LIVING BREAD which comes down from heaven. If anyone EATS of THIS BREAD, he WILL LIVE FOREVER; and THE BREAD which I shall give is My flesh, which I SHALL GIVE FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD.)
(John 3:16--For God SO LOVED THE WORLD that HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever believes in HIM should NOT PERISH but have EVERLASTING LIFE. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON into the WORLD to CONDEMN the WORLD, but that the WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED.) (Ps.2:6-Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me, YOU are MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU, (8) ASK of Me and I will GIVE You THE NATIONS for Your INHERITANCE and THE END OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.) (1 Sam.2:10--The ADVERSARIES of the LORD shall be BROKEN in PIECES; from heaven He will thunder AGAINST THEM. The LORD WILL JUDGE THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.)
(Amos5:14--Seek GOOD and NOT EVIL, that you may LIVE; so the Lord God of hosts will be WITH you.) (Pro.14:22--Do they NOT go ASTRAY who DEVISE EVIL? But MERCY and TRUTH belong to those who DEVISE GOOD.) (Returning to Heb.11:6--But WITHOUT FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE to PLEASE HIM, for he who COMES TO GOD must BELIEVE THAT HE IS, and that HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM.)
(Ps. 24:6--This is JACOB the GENERATION of those who SEEK HIM, who seek YOUR FACE.) Deut.32:16--Of the ROCK who BEGOT you, you are UNMINDFUL, and FORGOTTEN the GOD who FATHERED you. (19) And when the Lord saw it, HE SPURNED THEM, because of the PROVOCATION of HIS SONS and DAUGHTERS. (20) And he said: I WILL HIDE MY FACE FROM THEM, I will see what their end will be, for they are of a perverse generation, (turned from that which is right.) CHILDREN in whom is NO FAITH.) (Heb.11:1--Now FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.)(Jude 1:3--Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you EXHORTING you to CONTEND EARNESTLY for THE FAITH which was ONCE FOR ALL delivered to the SAINTS. (Luke 18:8,b--Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, WILL HE REALLY FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?) (Acts 14:27--And when they had come and gathered the CHURCH TOGETHER, they reported all that God had DONE WITH THEM, and that HE HAD OPENED THE DOOR of FAITH to the GENTILES.
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Dearest Sharon, Once again, you have listened to the urgings of God and gathered His Word to reach all who would listen. This study spoke to me about the GREAT HOPE that God has had for mankind all through the years! From the earliest time, HE set before mankind covenants in the hope that His children would obey them and overcome evil. With each struggle and, too often, with each failure, man was given another chance over and over, again. GOD WANTED (and STILL WANTS) His children to receive the blessings He is SO WILLING AND READY TO GIVE! He has taught His people and even disciplined them, all in the hope mankind would turn their lives around. He has not given up - He is still trying to reach us today. What will it take for us to surrender to HIS LOVE? How long must HE wait for us to RECEIVE it? May we finally wake up and reach out to HIM! GOD BLESS YOU, dear Sharon! Love, Peggy