Who Are The Workers Of Iniquity?
by Sharon McClean
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Ps. 119:133--DIRECT my STEPS by YOUR WORD, and let NO INIQUITY have DOMINION over me.)
Luke 13:24--STRIVE to ENTER through the NARROW GATE, for MANY, I say to you, will seek to enter and will NOT be able. (36) When once the Master of the house HAS RISEN UP and shut the DOOR, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open for us, and He will answer and say to you. ďI DO NOT KNOW YOU, WHERE YOU ARE FROM. (26) Then you will begin to say, we ate and drank IN YOUR PRESENCE, and You TAUGHT in our streets. (27) But He will say, ĎI tell you, I do not know where you are from, ĎDEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU WORKERS OF INIQUITY.í (28) There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see ABRAHAM and ISAAC, and JACOB and ALL THE PROPHETS in the KINGDOM OF GOD, and yourselves THRUST OUT.)
(Matt.8:11--And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with ABRAHAM, ISAAC, and JACOB in heaven. (12) But THE SONS of the KINGDOM will be CAST OUT into outer DARKNESS. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
(Heb.2:14--Inasmuch 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, (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.) (1john 3:8,b--FOR THIS PURPOSE the Son of God was manifested, that He might DESTROY the WORKS of THE DEVIL.)
Gen. 22:15--Then the Angel of the Lord called to ABRAHAM a SECOND time out of heaven, (16) and said: BY MYSELF I HAVE SWORN, says the Lord, BECAUSE you have DONE THIS THING and have NOT WITHHELD your SON, your ONLY SON, (17) IN BLESSING I will BLESS you, and in MULTPLYING I will MULTIPLY YOUR DESCENDANTS as THE STARS of the HEAVEN and as THE SAND which is on the seashore; and YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL POSSESS THE GATE of THEIR ENEMIES. (18) IN your SEED ALL THE NATIONS of THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED,) (Godís grace?) BECAUSE you have OBEYED My VOICE.) (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.) (Gen.12:1--Now the Lord said to ABRAM: (3) I will BLESS those who BLESS you, and I will CURSE those who CURSES you; and IN you ALL THE FAMILIES of THE EARTH shall be BLESSED.) (Gal.3:29--And IF you are CHRISTíS, THEN you are ABRAHAMíS SEED, and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE.) (Acts 3:25--You are sons of the prophetís and of the COVENANT which God made with our FATHERS, saying to ABRAHAM, ĎAnd in YOUR SEED ALL the FAMILIES shall BE 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.)
(Deut.9:3--Therefore UNDERSTAND TODAY that the Lord your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall quickly drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the Lord has said to you. (4) Do NOT think in your heart, after the Lord you God as cast them out before you saying, BECAUSE of my RIGHTEOUSNESS the Lord has brought me in to posses this land; (land of our enemy?) But it is BECAUSE of the WICKEDNESS of these NATIONS that the Lord is DRIVING them OUT before you. (5) It is NOT because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the WICKEDNESS of these nations that the Lord your God drives them out and that He may FULFILL THE WORD WHICH THE LORD SWORE TO YOUR FATHERS, to ABRAHAM, ISAAC, and JACOB.
(Acts 13:26--Men and brethren, SONS of the FAMILY of ABRAHAM, and those among you who FEAR GOD, to you THE WORD OF THIS SALVATION has BEEN SENT.)
Ps.25:12--Who is the man that FEARS the Lord? Him shall HE TEACH in THE WAY HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. (14) The SECRET of the Lord is with those who FEAR Him, and He will SHOW them HIS COVENANT. (Is.49:8--Thus says the Lord: In an ACCEPTABLE TIME I have HEARD You and in the day of SALVATION I have HELPED You; I will PRESERVE You and GIVE You AS A COVENANT to the people TO RESTORE THE EARTH. (Looking back at verse (6,b) I will also GIVE You as A LIGHT to the GENTILES, that You should be MY SALVATION to THE ENDS of THE EARTH.)
(Gen.17:2--And I will make MY COVENANT between Me and you, and will MULTIPLY you EXCEEDINGLY. (4) As for Me, behold, My COVENANT is with you, and YOU SHALL BE A FATHER of MANY NATIONS. (7) And I will establish My covenant between Me and you AND your DESCENDANTS AFTER you. (8) Also I GIVE to you AND your DESCENDANTS after you THE LAND in which you are a stranger, ALL the LAND of CANAAN, as AN EVERLASTING POSSESSION; and I WILL BE THEIR GOD, (9) And God said to ABRAHAM: As for you, you shall keep MY COVENANT, you and YOUR DESCENDANTS after you THROUGHOUT THEIR GENERATIONS.) (Is.51:1--Listen to Me, you who follow after RIGHTEOUSNESS, you who SEEK THE LORD. Look to THE ROCK from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. (2) LOOK TO ABRAHAM who BORE you, for I CALLED him ALONE, and BLESSED him and INCREASED him. (3) For the Lord WILL COMFORT ZION, He will comfort all her waste places. He will MAKE HER WILDERNESS LIKE EDEN, and HER DESERT LIKE THE GARDEN of THE LORD; JOY and GLADNESS will be FOUND in IT, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. (6) BUT MY SALVATION WILL BE FOREVER, and MY RIGHTEOUSNESS will NOT be ABOLSIHED. (8) But MY RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL BE FOREVER, and MY SALVATION from GENERATION to GENERATION.)
(Gal.4:21--For it is written that ABRAHAM had TWO sons: the one by a BONDWOMAN, the other by a FREEWOMAN. (23) But he who was of the BONDWOMAN was born according to the flesh, and he of the FREEWOMAN through PROMISE,) (Rom.4:13--For THE PROMISE that he would be HEIR OF THE WORLD was not to ABRAHAM or to his SEED through the law, but through the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH. (14) For if those who are of the law are heirs then FAITH IS MADE VOID and the PROMISE of NO effect.) Returning to Gal. 4:24--Which things are symbolic, for THESE are the TWO COVENANTS: the one from Mount Sinai which gives BIRTH to BONDAGE which is HAGAR--(25) For this HAGAR is MOUNT SINAI in ARABIA, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children--(26) but the JERUSALEM ABOVE (Sarah) is FREE, which is THE MOTHER OF US ALL. (28) Now we brethren, as ISAAC was are CHILDREN OF PROMISE.) (Gal.3:29--And IF you are CHRISTíS, then you ARE ABRAHAMíS SEED and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE.)
(Rom.4:13--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 FATH. (14) For if those who are of the law are heirs, then FAITH is made VOID and THE PROMISE of NO effect, (15) because the law brings about WRATH; for where there is no law there is no transgression,) Rom.96--But it is NOT that THE WORD of GOD HAS TAKEN NO EFFECT. For they are NOT ALL ISRAEL who are of ISRAEL. (7) NOR are the all children because they are the seed of ABRAHAM; but, IN ISAAC your SEED shall BE CALLED. (8) That is, those who are the children of the flesh, THESE ARE NOT THE CHILDREN of GOD, but THE CHILDREN of THE PROMISE are COUNTED as THE SEED.)
(John 1:6--There was a man SENT from GOD, whose name was JOHN. (7) This man came FOR A WITNESS, to BEAR WITNESS of THE LIGHT, that ALL through him MIGHT BELIEVE. (8) He was not that light, but was sent to bear WITNESS of that LIGHT. (9) That was THE TRUE LIGHT which gives LIGHT to EVERY MAN who COMES INTO THE WORLD. (11) He CAME to HIS OWN and HIS OWN DID NOT RECEIVE HIM. (15) But as many as RECEIVED HIM, to THEM He GAVE THE RIGHT to BECOME CHILDREN of GOD. 13) who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, BUT OF GOD. (14) and THE WORD became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld HIS GLORY, the glory of the ONLY BEGOTTEN of the FATHER full of GRACE and TRUTH.)
(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 ENDS of THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.) (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. (51) I am the LIVING BREADE which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for THE LIFE OF THE WORLD.)
(Rom.10:1--Brethren, my heartís desire and prayer for ISRAEL is that they may be SAVED. (2) For I bear them witness that they have a ZEAL for God, but NOT according to KNOWLEDGE:
(Hosea 4:6--My people PERISH for LACK of KNOWLEDGE; (looking back at verse (1,b) There is NO TRUTH or MERCY or KNOWLEDGE of GOD in THE LAND.) (Ps.14:4--Have ALL THE WORKERS of INIQUITY NO KNOWLEDGE, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call on the Lord? (5) There they are in great fear, FOR GOD IS WITH THE GENERATION of THE RIGHTEOUS. (6) You shame the counsel of the poor, but THE LORD IS HIS REFUGE. (7) OH, that the SALVATION OF ISRAEL WOULD COME OUT OF ZION! When the Lord brings back the CAPTIVITY of HIS PEOPLE, let JACOB rejoice and ISRAEL be glad.) (Is.45:20,b--They have NO KNOWLEDGE, who carry the wood of their carved image, and PRAY to a gOD that CANNOT SAVE. (21)Tell and bring forth YOUR CASE; Yes, let them take COUNSEL together. WHO has DECLARED this from ANCIENT TIME? Who has told it from that time? HAVE NOT I THE LORD? 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.) (Hosea 4:6--My people perish for lack of knowledge)
(Is.13:4,b) The Lord of hosts musters the army for battle, (5) They come from a far country from THE END of HEAVEN, even the Lord and HIS WEAPONS of indignation to DESTROY THE WHOLE LAND. (6) Wail for THE DAY of THE LORD COMES CRUEL with both WRATH and fierce anger to lay the LAND DESOLATE, and He will DESTROY its SINNERS from it.)
(Eze. 22:30--So I SOUGHT for A MAN among them who would make a wall, and STAND in THE GAP before ME on BEHALF of the LAND, THAT I SHOULD NOT DESTROY IT, but I FOUND NO ONE.) (Is.59:15--So TRUTH FAILS, and he who DEPARTS from EVIL makes himself a prey. Then the Lord saw it and it displeased Him that there was NO JUSTICE. (16) He saw that there was NO MAN, and WONDERED that there was NO INTERCESSOR; Therefore His own arm BROUGHT SALVATION for HIM; and HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, it SUSTAINED HIM.) ((Is.42:4--He will NOT FAIL nor be DISCOURAGED, till He has ESTABLISHED JUSTICE in the EARTH;) (Is.46:12--Listen to Me, you STUBBORN-HEARTED, who are FAR from RIGHTEOUSNESS; (13) I bring MY RIGHTEOUSNESS NEAR, it shall NOT be FAR OFF; MY SALVATION SHALL NOT LINGER. And I will place SALVATION in ZION for ISRAEL MY GLORY.)
(Returning to Rom.10:3--For they being IGNORANT of GODíS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and SEEKING to ESTABLISH THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, have NOT submitted to the RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD. (4) For Christ is the END of THE LAW for RIGHTEOUSNESS to everyone who believes. (5) For MOSES writes about the RIGHTEOUSNESS which is of the LAW, The man who does those things SHALL LIVE BY THEM. (6) But the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH speaks in this way, ĎDO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN or, WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS? (8) But WHAT does it SAY? The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart. (that is the word of faith which we preach:) (9) that if you CONFESS with your MOUTH the Lord Jesus and BELIEVE in your HEART that GOD HAS RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, YOU WILL BE SAVED.) (Acts 13:32--And we declare to you GLAD TIDINGS--that PROMISE which was made to THE FATHERS, (33) God has FULFILLED THIS for US their children, in that HE HAS RAISED UP JESUS. As it is written in the SECOND PSALM: YOU are MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.) (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 ENDS of THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.)
Matt.28:18--Then Jesus came and spoke to them saying, ĎALL AUTHORITY has been GIVEN to Me in HEAVEN and on EARTH. (19) GO therefore and make disciples of ALL THE NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of THE FATHER and of THE SON and of THE HOLY SPIRIT, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE WORLD. (KJV) (Acts 1:8--But you shall RECEIVE POWER when the HOLY SPIRIT has COME upon you; and you shall be WITNESS TO ME in JERUSALEM, and in all JUDEA and SAMARIA, and TO THE END OF THE EARTH.) (Acts 2L33--Therefore being EXALTED to the RIGHT HAND of GOD, having RECEIVED from the FATHER the PROMISE of THE HOLY SPIRIT, He poured out this which you now see and hear (34)
For DAVID did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ďThe Lord said to my Lord, SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, (35)
Till I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL.) (Heb.8:1--Now this is THE MAIN POINT of the things we are saying:
We have SUCH A HIGH PRIEST, who is seated AT THE RIGHT HAND of the THRONE of the MAJESTY in the heavens.)
(Heb.5:5--So also Christ did NOT glorify Himself to become HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him: YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (6) As He also says in another place; YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.) (Ps.110:1--The Lord said to my Lord, SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, till I make your enemies Your footstool. (2) THE LORD WILL 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.)
(Ps.18:43--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. (45) The foreigners fade away, and come frightened from their hideouts. (46) THE LORD LIVES! BLESSED BY MY ROCK! (47) IT IS GOD who AVENGES ME, and SUBDUES the PEOPLES UNDER ME; (59) GREAT DELIVERANCE He gives to HIS KING, and SHOWS MERCY to HIS ANOINTED. To DAVID and HIS DESCENDANTS FOREVERMORE.) (Hosea 3:5--Afterward the children of ISRAEL shall RETURN, SEEK the LORD THEIR GOD and DAVID their KING, and FEAR the LORD and HIS GOODNESS in the LATTER DAYS.) (Luke1:31--And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call HIS NAME JESUS. (32) He will be GREAT, and will be called the SON of THE HIGHEST; and the Lord
God will GIVE Him the THRONE of HIS FATHER DAVID. (33)
And HE WILL REIGN OVER THE HOUSE OF JACOB FOREVER, and of HIS KINGDOM THERE WILL BE NO END.)
(Ps.47:8--God REIGNS OVER THE NATION;
God sits on His holy throne. (9) The princes of the people have gathered together, THE PEOPLE of THE GOD OF ABRAHAM.) (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 LORDíS, and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS. (30) A posterity shall serve Him, it will be recounted of the Lord to the NEXT GENERATION, (31) They will COME and DECLARE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to a people who WILL BE BORN, that He has done this.) (Jere.51:10--The Lord has REVEALED OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, come and let us DECLARE IN ZION the WORK of the Lord our GOD.)
(Is.56:1--KEEP JUSTICE, and do RIGHTEOUSNESS, for MY SALVATION is about to COME, and MY RIGHTEOUSNESS to be REVEALED. (7,b) For MY HOUSE shall be called A HOUSE OF PRAYER for ALL NATIONS.) (Is.52:7--How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings GOOD NEWS, who PROCLAIMS PEACE, who brings GLAD TIDINGS of GOOD THINGS, who PROCLAIMS SALVATION, who says to ZION, YOUR GOD REIGNS! (9) Break forth into JOY, sing together you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has COMFORTED HIS PEOPLE. He has REDEEMED JERUSALEM. (10) The Lord has made bare HIS HOLY ARM in the eyes of ALL THE NATIONS. And ALL THE ENDS of THE EARTH SHALL SEE THE SALVATION of OUR GOD. (11) Depart! Depart! Go OUT from there, (12) For you shall NOT go out with HASTE, NOR go by FLIGHT; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of ISRAEL will be your REAR GUARD.)
(Is.61:1--THE SPIRIT of the Lord is UPON ME, because the Lord has ANOINTED Me to PREACH GOOD TIDINGS to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim LIBERTY to the CAPTIVES, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. (2) To proclaim THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR of the LORD, and the DAY of VENGEANCE of our God. (Is.34:8--
For it is the day of the Lordís VENGEANCE. The year of RECOMPENSE for THE CAUSE OF ZION.) (Is.35:3--STRENGTHEN the WEAK HANDS, and make FIRM the FEEBLE KNEES. (4) Say to those who are fearful-hearted, BE STRONG, DO NOT FEAR! Behold, your God will come with VENGEANCE, with the RECOMPENSE of God; He will come and SAVE YOU. (5) Then the EYES of the BLIND shall be OPENED, and the EARS of the DEAF shall be UNSTOPPED.)
(Returning to Is.61:3--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. (10) I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For HE HAS CLOTHED ME with THE GARMENTS of SALVATION, He has covered Me WITH THE ROBE of RIGHTEOUSNESS, as A BRIDEGROOM DECKS HIMSELF WITH ORNAMENTS, and as A BRIDE ADORNS HERSELF with her JEWELS. (11) For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, SO THE LORD GOD WILL CAUSE RIGHTEOUSNESS and PRAISE to SPRING FORTH BEFORE ALL THE NATIONS.)
(Is.6211--Indeed the Lord has PROCLAIMED to THE END OF THE WORLD; Say to the DAUGHTER of ZION, ďSURELY YOUR SALVATION is COMING, behold, HIS REWARD is WITH HIM, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM. (12) And they shall call them THE HOLY PEOPLE, the REDEEMED of THE LORD; and you shall be called SOUGHT OUT, A CITY NOT FORSAKEN.)
(Is.49:14--But ZION said, THE LORD HAS FORSAKEN ME, and my Lord has FORGOTTEN ME. (15) Can a woman FORGET her NURSING CHILD, and NOT have COMPASSION on the SON of her WOMB? SURELY THEY MAY FORGET, yet I WILL NOT FORGET YOU. (16) See, I have you INSCRIBED on the PALMS of My HANDS; your walls are continually before Me, (17) Your sons shall make haste; Your destroyers and those who laid you waste shall go away from you. (18) Lift up your eyes, look around and see; ALL THESE GATHER TOGETHER and COME to YOU. As I LIVE, says the LORD, you shall surely CLOTHE YOUSELVES WITH THEM ALL as AN ORNAMENT, and BIND THEM on you AS A BRIDE DOES. (23,b)
For they SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED WHO WAIT FOR ME. (25,b) For I WILL CONTEND WITH HIM who CONTENDS WITH YOU, and I WILL SAVE YOUR CHILDREN.)
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Oooops...this is the way this sentence should read: He will never let us perish for we will be His always.
Amen, Sweetheart! It never ceases to amaze me how God gives you just the right passages that come together in one solid theme! There are two lessons that reached me deeply: Frst, the ONLY way to be saved is through Jesus Christ!! Then, we will be His children forever. Even though we may struggle greatly - He will never let us perish for we will be always. Second,once we are His children, we need to share His Word in addition to accepting it for ourselves. This is one of the hardest things for many Christians (including myself). However, when we let go and allow God to work through us, we can do it! They won't be our words or actions - but, rather God's as He uses us as His tools to spread the Word of His Salvation to others! I know there are so many other lessons tucked in here but they were the two that caught my heart. God bless you always! Love, Peggy