But Above All Things Put On Love Which Is The Bond Of Perfection
by Sharon McClean
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Some questions that really merit some very serious thought! When Jesus was talking to the angel of the CHURCH in Sardis (Sardis means prince of joy,) He said, “I know that you have a name that you are ALIVE, but you are DEAD. (Pro.21:16--A man that WANDERS from THE WAY OF UNDERSTANDING will REST in THE CONGREGATION OF THE DEAD.) Rev. 3:2—Be WATCHFUL, and STRENGTHEN the things which REMAIN, that are ready to DIE, for I have not found your works PERFECT before God. (3) “Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and REPENT. Therefore if you WILL NOT WATCH, I will come UPON YOU AS A THIEF, and you will NOT KNOW what hour I WILL COME UPON YOU. (Acts 3:19—REPENT therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (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.)
(Could it be that He is warning the CHURCHES to WATCH or else He will come upon THEM as a THIEF. He goes on to say in) Rev. 16:15—Behold, I AM COMING AS A THIEF, Blessed is he who WATCHES. In John 10:9-10, we see that THE THIEF does not come except to STEAL, and to KILL, and to DESTROY. I have come that they may have LIFE, and that they may have it more ABUNDANTLY. (Maybe this is where we should divide the word of truth?)
Can you find anyplace in the New Testament where the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are in agreement about the rapture? (Ps. 52:10—Create in me a CLEAN HEART, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me, (11) Do not cast me away from YOUR PRESENCE, and DO NOT TAKE YOUR HOLY SPIRIT FROM ME. (12) RESTORE to me the JOY of YOUR SALVATION, and UPHOLD me with YOUR GENEROUS SPIRIT. (13) then I will teach transgressors YOUR WAYS, and SINNERS shall be CONVERTED to YOU. (18) Do GOOD in YOUR GOOD PLEASURE to ZION; build the walls of JERUSALEM. (19) Then You SHALL BE PLEASED WITH THE SACRIFICES of RIGHTEOUSNESS.)
(For the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit should all agree as one! The word says STUDY to show yourself approved unto God a worker who does not need to be ashamed RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH. (2 Tim.2:15—KJV) The definition of the word DIVIDE means causing to agree or disagree!) (John 6:32—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.) Can you find anywhere where the word encourages us to seek the end times? (Pro. 18:24—WISDOM is in the sight of him who has UNDERSTANDING, but the eyes of a fool are on THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.)
(Matt. 6:33…The word tells us to SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD, (Luke 17:20--The KINGDOM OF GOD DOES NOT COME WITH OBSERVATION; (21) nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or See there! FOR INDEED, THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU) Returning to Matt. 6:33--and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. (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.) In Amos 5:14—We are told to seek GOOD and NOT EVIL, that we may LIVE; and so that the Lord GOD of HOSTS will be WITH US. (Is. 8:18--HERE AM I and THE CHILDREN WHOM THE LORD HAS GIVEN ME! WE ARE FOR SIGNS and WONDERS IN ISRAEL FROM THE LORD OF HOSTS, WHO DWELLS IN MOUNT ZION.) (Matt. 12:35—A GOOD man out of the GOOD treasure of his heart brings forth GOOD THINGS, and an EVIL man out of the EVIL treasures of his heart brings forth EVIL THINGS. (36) but I say to you that for every IDLE WORD men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of JUDGMENT. (37) For BY YOUR WORDS YOU WILL BE JUSTIFIED, and BY YOUR WORDS YOU WILL BE CONDEMNED. (Luke 6:37—JUDGE NOT, and you shall not be JUDGED. CONDEMN NOT, and you shall NOT BE CONDEMNED.)
(Deut. 4:29, we are told—But from there you will SEEK THE LORD YOUR GOD, and you WILL FIND HIM if you SEEK HIM WITH ALL YOUR SOUL.) (Matt.22:40—Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your SOUL, and with all your MIND.) (In Deut. 12:5, we are told to seek the PLACE where the Lord Your God chooses to put His name for HIS HABITATION and THERE you shall GO. (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.) (Pro. 13:12—Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when THE DESIRE COMES, it is A TREE OF LIFE.
(Jere. 11:19—But I was like a DOCILE LAMB brought to the SLAUGHTER:) Ezekiel 21:9—A sword, a sword is sharpened and also polished! (10) Sharpened to make a dreadful SLAUGHTER, polished to flash like lightning! Should we then make mirth? It despises the SECPTER OF MY SON, as it does ALL WOOD. (11) And He has given it to be polished, that it may be handled : This sword is sharpened , and polished to be given into the hand of the SLAYER. (12) CRY and WAIL, son of man, FOR IT WILL BE AGAINST MY PEOPLE, against all the princes of Israel. Terrors including the sword will be against MY PEOPLE; Therefore strike your thigh. (13) BECAUSE IT IS A TESTING, and what if THE SWORD despises even the SCEPTER? The scepter shall be no more.) ( Ps. 45:6—Your THRONE, O God, is FOREVER and EVER; A SCEPTER of RIGHTEOUSNESS is the SCEPTER OF YOUR KINGDOM, (7) You love RIGHTEOUSNESS and hate wickedness; Therefore God, YOUR GOD HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS MORE THAN YOUR COMPANIONS. (17) I will make YOUR NAME to be REMEMBERED in ALL GENERATIONS; therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.
Returning to Jere.11:19—But I was like a DOCILE LAMB brought to the SLAUGHTER, and I DID NOT KNOW that they had devised schemes AGAINST ME, saying, LET US DESTROY THE TREE WITH ITS FRUIT, and LET US CUT HIM OFF FROM THE LAND OF THE LIVING, THAT HIS NAME MAY BE REMEMBERED NO MORE.) Pro. 11:30—The FRUIT of the RIGHTEOUS is a TREE OF LIFE, and he who WINS SOULS is WISE. (31) If the RIGHTEOUS be RECOMPENSED ON THE EARTH, how much more the wicked and the sinner.) (Pro. 12:28—In THE WAY of RIGHTEOUSNESS is LIFE, and in its pathway there is NO DEATH.) (Pro. 10:30—The RIGHTEOUS will NEVER BE REMOVED, but the wicked WILL NOT INHABIT THE EARTH.)
Matt. 12:33—Either make THE TREE GOOD and ITS FRUIT GOOD, or else make THE TREE BAD and ITS FRUIT BAD; for A TREE is KNOWN BY ITS FRUIT.) Job 14:7—For there is HOPE for A TREE, If It is CUT DOWN, that it will SPROUT AGAIN, and that its tender shoots will not cease. (8) Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground. (9) Yet at THE SCENT OF WATER it WILL BUD and bring forth BRANCHES like a plant. (John 4:14—But whoever drinks of THE WATER that I shall GIVE him will never thirst. Matt. 5:6—Blessed are those who HUNGER and THIRST for RIGHTEOUSNESS, for they shall be FILLED.) John 4:14— But the WATER that I shall give him will BECOME in him a FOUNTAIN OF WATER SPRINGING UP INTO EVERLASTING LIFE.) (Is. 53:5—But He was wounded for OUR INIQUITIES; The Chastisement for OUR PEACE was UPON HIM, And by HIS STRIPES we are HEALED. (6) ALL WE LIKE SHEEP HAVE GONE ASTRAY; we have turned every one, to his own way; and the lord HAS LAID ON HIM THE INIQUITY OF US ALL. (7) He was oppressed and He was afflicted Yet He opened NOT His MOUTH; He was led as a LAMB to the SLAUGHTER, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so HE OPENED NOT HIS MOUTH. (8) He was taken from prison and from JUDGMENT, and WHO WILL DECLARE HIS GENERATION? For HE WAS CUT OFF FROM THE LAND OF THE LIVING; for the TRANSGRESSIONS of MY PEOPLE HE WAS STRICKEN. Ps. 61:5—For You, O God have heard my vows; You have given me the HERITAGE of those who FEAR Your name. (6) YOU WILL PROLONG the King’s life, HIS YEARS AS MANY GENERATIONS. (7) He shall ABIDE before God FOREVER. Oh, prepare MERCY and TRUTH, which may PRESERVE Him!
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, to cause them to inherit the desolate HERITAGES; (6) Indeed He says, it is too small a thing that YOU should be My servant to RAISE UP THE TRIBES OF JACOB, and to RESTORE the PRESERVED ones of ISRAEL; I will also GIVE YOU AS A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES, that You should be MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. ( Ps 24:6—THIS is JACOB, the GENERATION of those WHO SEEK HIM, WHO SEEK YOUR FACE.)
Ps.14:5—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.45:22—“Look to Me, and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I am God and there is NO OTHER. (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.) 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. (3) 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. Ps. 48:10-According to Your name, O God, so is YOUR PRAISE to the ENDS OF THE EARTH; YOUR RIGHT HAND is full of RIGHTEOUSNESS. (11) Let Mount ZION rejoice. Let the daughters of Judah be glad because of YOUR JUDGMENTS. (12) Walk about ZION, and go all around her. Count her bulwarks, consider her palaces; THAT YOU MAY TELL IT TO THE GENERATION FOLLOWING. (14) For THIS is GOD, our GOD forever and ever;
Ps. 71:18—Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God DO NOT FORSAKE ME, UNTIL I DECLARE YOUR STRENGTH TO THIS GENERATION, YOUR POWER TO EVERYONE WHO IS TO COME. Ps.18:32—It is God who arms me with STRENGTH, and makes my way PERFECT. (35) You have also given me the SHIELD of YOUR SALVATION; Your RIGHT HAND has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. (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. (44) as soon as they hear of me they obey me. (46) The Lord lives! Blessed by my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be EXALTED. (47) It is God who avenges me, and SUBDUES the peoples UNDER me; (Ps. 111:4—He has made HIS WONDERFUL WORKS to be REMEMBERED; The Lord is GRACIOUS and FULL of COMPASSSION. (5) He has given FOOD to those who FEAR Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant. (6) He has declared to HIS PEOPLE THE POWER OF HIS WORKS, IN GIVING THEM THE HERITAGE OF THE NATIONS. (7) The WORKS of HIS HANDS are verity and justice; all His precepts are sure. (8) They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in TRUTH and UPRIGHTNESS.
Ps. 78:4—We will not hide them from their children, telling to THE GENERATION TO COME the PRAISES of the LORD, and HIS STRENGTH and His WONDERFUL WORKS that HE HAS DONE. (5) For He established a testimony in JACOB, and appointed a law in ISRAEL, which He COMMANDED our fathers, that they should make them known to THEIR CHILDREN; (6) That THE GENERATION TO COME MIGHT KNOW THEM, the CHILDREN who WOULD BE BORN, that they MAY ARISE and declare them to THEIR CHILDREN. (7) That they may set their hope in God, and not FORGET the works of God, but keep His COMMANDMENTS. (Mal. 4:4-- REMEMBER the Law of Moses My servant, which I COMMANDED him in Horeb for all ISRAEL, with the STATUTES and JUDGMENTS. (5) Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet BEFORE the coming of the great and dreadful DAY OF THE LORD. (6) And He will TURN the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse)
Ps. 7:6—ARISE, O Lord, in Your anger; Lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies, and AWAKE FOR ME THE JUDGMENT You have COMMANDED! (7) So THE CONGREGATION of the peoples shall surround You; For their sakes, therefore, RETURN ON HIGH. (8) the Lord will JUDGE the peoples; Judge me, O Lord, according to my RIGHTEOUSNESS, and according to MY INTEGRITY WITHIN ME. (5) Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to and end, but ESTABLISH the JUST; For the RIGHTEOUS GOD TEST THE HEARTS and MINDS. (10) My DEFENSE if of GOD, who SAVES THE UPRIGHT IN 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. ( Ps.92:14—The RIGHTEOUS shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. (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 UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IN HIM. (Rom 9:14—What shall we say then? Is there UNRIGHTEOUSNESS with GOD? CERTAINLY NOT! (15) For He says to Moses, I will have MERCY on whomever I will have MERCY, and I will have COMPASSION on whomever I will have COMPASSION. (16) So then IT IS NOT OF HIM WHO WILLS, NOR Of HIM WHO RUNS, BUT OF GOD WHO SHOWS MERCY. (James 2:13—For JUDGMENT is WITHOUT MERCY to the one who has shown NO MERCY, MERCY TRUIMPHS OVER JUDGMENT.)
John 17:15—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. (21) that they ALL may be ONE, as You Father, are IN ME, and I IN YOU, that they also may be ONE in US, that the world may believe that You SENT Me. (John 6:28—Then they said to Him, WHAT SHALL WE DO, that WE MAY WORK the WORKS of GOD? (29) Jesus answered and said to them, “THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD, that you believe in HIM whom He SENT. 1 John 4:9—In THIS the love of God was MANIFESTED toward us, that God has SENT His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON into the world, that we might LIVE through Him. (10) In THIS is love, NOT that we LOVED GOD, but that HE LOVED us and SENT His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to LOVE one another. (12) By this we KNOW that we ABIDE in Him and He in US, because HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen and testify that THE FATHER has SENT the Son as SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. (15) Whoever confesses that Jesus is THE SON OF GOD, God ABIDES in HIM, and HE in GOD. (17) LOVE has been PERFECTED among us in this: that we may have BOLDNESS in the day of JUDGMENT; (Jere. 22:16—He JUDGED the CAUSE of the POOR and NEEDY; then it was well, was not THIS KNOWING ME? Says the Lord.) Returning to 1 John 4:17-- because as HE is SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD. (18) There is NO FEAR in LOVE; because PERFECT LOVE casts out FEAR, because FEAR involves TORMENT. But he who FEARS has not been made PERFECT in LOVE.
Matt. 5:43--You have heard that it was said, You shall love your NEIGHBOR and HATE your ENEMY. (44) But I say to you, DO GOOD to those who HATE you, and PRAY for THOSE who SPITEFULLY USE YOU and PERSECUTE you, (45) that you MAY BE SONS of YOUR FATHER in HEAVEN; For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (46) For if you love those who love you, WHAT REWARD have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? (47) And if you GREET your brethren only, what do you more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? (48) Therefore you shall be PERFECT, just as YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN IS PERFECT. 11 Chron. 16:9—For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself STRONG on the behalf of them whose heart is made PERFECT toward Him. (KJV) Col.14—But above ALL THINGS put on LOVE, which is THE BOND of PERFECTION. Col. 2:2—That their hearts may be encouraged being knit together in LOVE, and ATTAINING to ALL RICHES of the FULL ASSURANCE of UNDERSTANDING, to the KNOWLEDGE of THE MYSTERY of GOD, both of THE FATHER and of CHRIST, (3) in whom are HIDDEN all the TREASURES of WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE.
Heb.10:5—Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “SACRIFICE and OFFERING You DID NOT DESIRE, but A BODY You have prepared for Me. (8) In burnt offerings and SACRIFICES FOR SIN YOU HAD NO PLEASURE. (7) Then I said, “Behold, I have come IN THE VOLUME OF THE BOOK it is written of Me---to do YOUR WILL, O GOD.” (8) Previously saying, ‘SACRIFICE and OFFERING, burnt offerings, and OFFERINGS FOR SIN You DID NOT DESIRE, nor HAD PLEASURE IN THEM (which are offered according to the law,) (9) “Then He said, “Behold, I have come to do YOUR WILL, O GOD.” He takes away the first that He may ESTABLISH the SECOND. (Heb. 9:28—To those who eagerly WAIT for HIM He will appear A SECOND TIME, apart FROM SIN, for SALVATON.
Returning to Heb. 10:10--By THAT WILL we have been SANCTIFIED through the OFFERING of THE BODY of JESUS CHRIST once FOR ALL. (12) But this Man, AFTER He had offered one sacrifice for sins FOREVER, sat down at THE RIGHT HAND of GOD, (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, (2) a Minister of the sanctuary and of THE TRUE TABERNACLE which THE LORD ERECTED and NOT MAN.) (Heb.9:8—The HOLY SPIRIT indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was NOT YET MADE MANIFEST WHLE THE FIRST TABERNACLE WAS STILL STANDING. (9) It was symbolic for the present time which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which CANNOT make him who performed the service PERFECT in regard to CONSIENCE—(10) concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed UNTIL THE TIMES OF REFOMATION.
Returning to Heb. 10:13--from THAT TIME WAITING TILL HIS ENEMIES ARE MADE HIS FOOTSTOOL. (14) For by ONE OFFERING he has PERFECTED FOREVER those who are being SANCTIFIED. (15) And the HOLY SPIRIT also witnesses to us; for AFTER He has said before, (16) This is THE COVENANT that I will make with them after THOSE DAYS, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them. (17) Then He adds, “THEIR SINS and THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE” (18) Now where there is remission of these, THERE IS NO LONGER AN OFFERING FOR SIN.
Ps. 40:6—SACRIFICE and OFFERING You DID NOT DESIRE; My ears You have OPENED; Burnt offering and SIN OFFERING, YOU DID NOT REQUIRE, (7) Then I said, “Behold, I come; in THE SCROLL of THE BOOK it is written of me, (8) I DELIGHT TO DO YOUR WILL, O MY GOD, and YOUR LAW IS WITHIN MY HEART, (9) I have PROCLAIMED THE GOOD NEWS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS in THE GREAT CONGREGATION; indeed, I do not RESTRAIN MY LIPS, O Lord, You Yourself know. (10) I have NOT HIDDEN YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS within my heart; I HAVE DELCLARED YOUR FAITHFULNESS and YOUR SALVATION; I have NOT concealed YOUR LOVINGKINDNESS and YOUR TRUTH from THE GREAT CONGREGATION. (16) Let ALL who SEEK YOU rejoice and BE GLAD IN YOU; let such as LOVE YOUR SALVATION say continually, THE LORD BE MAGNIFIED!
Ps.22:25—My praise shall be of YOU in THE GREAT CONGREGATION I will PAY MY VOWS before those who fear Him. (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. Hab.2:9—Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the POWER of DISASTER! (10) You gave shameful counsel to you house CUTTING OFF MANY PEOPLES, and sinned against your soul. (11) For the stone will cry out from the wall and the beam from the timbers will answer it. (14) For the earth will be filled with THE KNOWLEDGE of THE GLORY OF THE LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Ps. 82:1—God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods. (2) How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked? (3) DEFEND the POOR and FATHERLESS; do JUSTICE to the AFFLICTED and NEEDY. (4) DELIVER the POOR and NEEDY; Free them from the hand of the wicked. (5) They DO NOT KNOW, nor DO THEY UNDERSTAND; they walk about in DARKNESS; All the foundations of the earth are unstable. (6) I said, “You are gods, and ALL of YOU ARE CHILDREN OF THE MOST HIGH. (7) But you shall die like men and fall like one of the princes. (8) ARISE, O GOD, JUDGE THE EARTH! FOR YOU SHALL INHERIT ALL NATIONS.
Ps. 149:1—Praise, the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song and His praise in the congregation of saints. (2) Let ISRAEL rejoice in their MAKER; let the children of ZION be joyful in THEIR KING. (3) Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. (4) For the Lord takes PLEASURE in HIS PEOPLE; He will beautify the humble with salvation. (5) Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds, (6) Let the HIGH PRAISES of GOD be in their mouth, and a TWO-EDGED SWORD in their hand. (7) to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; (8) to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; (9) TO EXECUTE ON THEM THE WRITTEN JUDGMENT—THIS HONOR HAVE ALL HIS SAINTS.
2 Corin. 5:14—For the LOVE of CHRIST CONSTRAINS US, because we JUDGE THUS: that if ONE died for ALL, 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. (16) Therefore, from now on, we regard NO ONE according to THE FLESH. Even though we have known Christ according to THE FLESH, yet now we know Him thus no longer. (17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is A NEW CREATION; OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY; behold, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW. (18) Now ALL THING ARE OF GOD, who has RECONCILED US to HIMSELF through Jesus Christ, and has given us the MINISTRY of RECONCILIATION, (19) that is, that God was in Christ RECONCILING the WORLD to HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES TO THEM, and has committed to us THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION.
Eph.2:14—For He Himself is OUR PEACE, who has made BOTH ONE, and has broken down the MIDDLE WALL of DIVISION BETWEEN US, (15) having abolished in HIS FLESH the ENMITY that is THE LAW OF COMMANDMENTS contained in ordinances, so as to CREATE IN HIMSELF ONE NEW MAN from the TWO, thus making PEACE. (16) and that HE MIGHT RECONCILE THEM BOTH TO GOD IN ONE BODY THROUGH THE CROSS, thereby putting to death THE ENMITY. (17) And He came and preached PEACE to you who were AFAR OFF and to those who were NEAR. (18) For through Him we both have access by ONE SPIRIT to THE FATHER. (19) Now, therefore, you are NO LONGER STRANGERS and FOREIGNERS, but FELLOW CITIZENS with the SAINTS and MEMBERS of the HOUSEHOLD OF GOD, (2) having been built ON THE FOUNDATION of the APOSTLES and PROPHETS, Jesus Christ Himself being the CHIEF CORNERSTONE, (21) in whom the whole building being joined together, GROWS INTO A HOLY TEMPLE IN THE LORD, (22) in whom you also are BEING BUILT TOGETHER FOR A HABITATION of GOD IN THE SPIRIT.
1 Peter 2:5—You also, AS LIVING STONES, are BEING BUILT UP A SPIRITUAL HOUSE, a HOLY PRIESTHOOD. To offer up spiritual sacrifices ACCEPTABLE to God through Jesus Christ. (6) Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I LAY IN ZION a CHIEF CORNERSTONE, 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. 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; who ever believes will not act hastily. Pro.10:25—When the WHIRLWIND passes by the wicked is no more, but THE RIGHTEOUS has an EVERLASTING FOUNDATION. (30) The RIGHTEOUS will NEVER BE REMOVED, but the wicked will NOT INHABIT THE EARTH.
1 Corin.3:11—For NO OTHER FOUNDATION can anyone lay than that which is LAID, which is JESUS CHRIST. (12) Now if anyone BUILDS ON THIS FOUNDATION with gold, silver, precious stone, wood, or straw, (13) EACH ONE’S WORK WILL BECOME MANIFEST for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by FIRE; and THE FIRE will TEST EACH ONE’S WORK, OF WHAT SORT IT IS. (14) If anyone’s work which he has built on it ENDURES, he will receive A REWARD. (15) If anyone’s work is BURNED, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be SAVED, yet so as through FIRE. (16) Do you not know that you are the TEMPLE of GOD and that THE SPIRIT of GOD DWELLS IN YOU? (17) If anyone DEFILES the TEMPLE of GOD, GOD WILL DESTROY HIM. For the TEMPLE of GOD is HOLY, WHICH TEMPLE YOU ARE. James 3:5—Even so the TONGUE is a LITTLE MEMBER and boasts great things. See how GREAT A FIRE a forest a LITTLE FIRE KINDLES! (6) And the TONGUE is A FIRE, A WORLD OF INIQUITY. The TONGUE is so set among our MEMBERS that it DEFILES the WHOLE BODY, and SETS ON FIRE THE COURSE OF NATURE, and IT IS SET ON FIRE BY HELL. (8) But no man can tame the tongue. It is an UNRULY EVIL, full of deadly poison. (9) With it we BLESS our GOD and FATHER, and with it we CURSE MEN, who have been made in the SIMILITUDE of GOD. (10) Out of the same mouth proceed BLESSING and CURSING. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
Deut. 30:15—See, I have set before you today LIFE and GOOD, DEATH and EVIL. (19) I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you LIFE and DEATH, BLESSING and CURSING; therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both you and YOUR DESCENDANTS MAY LIVE;(20) that you may LOVE the Lord your God, and you may OBEY His VOICE, and that you may CLING TO HIM, for HE IS YOUR LIFE and THE LENGTH OF YOUR DAYS; and that YOU MAY DWELL IN THE LAND (promise land?) which the Lord swore to your fathers, to ABRAHAM, ISAAC, and JACOB to GIVE THEM. 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 FAITH. Gal. 3:29—And IF you are CHRIST’S, then you are ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE. Rom. 9:6—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 they 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.
Heb. 11:17—By FAITH ABRAHAM, WHEN HE WAS TESTED, offered up ISAAC, and he who had received THE PROMISES offered up his ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, (18) of whom it was said, “IN ISAAC, your SEED shall be called, (19) accounting that God was able to RAISE HIM UP, even FROM THE DEAD, from which he also RECEIVED HIM IN A FIGURATIVE SENSE. Gal.4:22—For it is written that ABRAHAM had TWO SONS: the one by a BONDWOMAN, the other by a FREEWOMAN through PROMISE, (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 is FREE, which is THE MOTHER of us ALL. (28) Now we, brethren, as ISAAC was, are CHILDREN of PROMISE. (29) But, as he who was born ACCORDING to THE FLESH then PERSECUTED him who was born according TO THE SPIRIT, even so it is now. (31) So then, brethren, we are not children of the BONDWOMAN but of THE FREE. Gal.5:5—For we THROUGH THE SPIRIT EAGERLY WAIT for THE HOPE of RIGHTEOUSNESS by FAITH. (6) For in Christ Jesus neither CIRCUMCISION nor UNCIRCUMCISION avails anything, BUT FAITH WORKING THROUGH LOVE. Rom. 2:28—For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is that CIRCUMCISION which is outward in the flesh; (29) but HE IS A JEW WHO IS ONE INWARDLY, and CIRCUMCISION IS THAT OF THE HEART, IN THE SPIRIT, and NOT THE LETTER; whose praise is NOT FROM MEN but FROM GOD.
1 John 5:1—Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is BORN of GOD, and everyone who loves Him who BEGOT also LOVES HIM who is BEGOTTEN of HIM. (2) By THIS we KNOW that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. (3) For THIS IS THE LOVE of GOD, that we keep HIS COMMANDMENTS. And HIS COMMANDMENTS are not burdensome. Matt. 22:40—“Teacher, which is THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT in the law? (37) Jesus said to him, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, and WITH ALL YOUR MIND. (38) This is THE FIRST and GREAT COMMANDMENT. (39) And the second is like it: ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ (40) On THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS HANG ALL THE LAW and THE PROPHETS.
Returning to 1 John 5:4—For whatever is BORN of GOD OVERCOMES THE WORLD. And THIS IS THE VICTORY THAT HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD—OUR FAITH. (5) Who is he who OVERCOMES the WORLD, but he who BELIEVES that JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD? (6) This is He who came by WATER and BLOOD—Jesus Christ; not ONLY BY WATER, but by WATER and BLOOD. And it is THE SPIRIT who BEARS WITNESS, because THE SPIRIT IS TRUTH. (7) For THERE ARE THREE WHO BEAR WITNESS in HEAVEN; the FATHER, THE WORD, and the HOLY SPIRIT; and THESE THREE ARE ONE. (5) and there are THREE that BEARS WITNESS ON EARTH; the SPIRIT, the WATER, and THE BLOOD and THESE THREE AGREE as ONE. (9) If we receive the witness of MEN, the WITNESS of GOD IS GREATER, for this is the witness of God which He has testified of HIS SON. (10) He who BELIEVES in THE SON OF GOD has THE WITNESS in HIMSELF; he who does NOT believe GOD has made him a liar, because he has not believed THE TESTIMONY THAT GOD HAS GIVEN OF HIS SON. (11) And this is the testimony; that God has given us ETERNAL LIFE, and this LIFE IS IN HIS SON. (12) He who HAS THE SON HAS LIFE; he who DOES NOT HAVE THE SON of GOD DOES NOT HAVE LIFE.
(It is in HIS BLOOD to SAVE!) 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 ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR YOUR POSSESSION. Matt. 28:18—Then Jesus came and spoke to them saying, “ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN 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 ALWAY, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD. Amen. (KJV)
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Wow!!!Once again You share your heart so profoundly with such Love and conviction of Who JESUS IS!So many of the promises of God you have shared to our hearts so beautifully,Thank You!Oh one day He will return,let us keep our ears attentive to the Trumpet sound!MARANATHA!!! Merry CHRISTmas to You and Your family,Dear Sister. With Jesus Love, Dee&David:):) "Numbers 6:24,25,26"
Dearest Sharon... The Scripture verses you have highlighted show us God's Love and the ways it has been manifested over and over, again... and will in the future! His mercy is everlasting and yields reconciliation and peace and casts out fear! He has promised to return, again, and we should REJOICE as we wait and BE ASSURED that He will care for His children and all those who seek to be His Children! Thank you for helping us to see the LOVE God has for us - may we embrace His Love and be filled with it and encouraged to spread it to all people! With great love, Peggy
This whole article brings to mind the words to a very famous hymn: "How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word; What more can He say, than to you He hath said, To you, who to Jesus, for refuge hath fled?" Bravo! Excellent job Sharon, for keeping this Excellent Word before us! - Dennis