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Jude: Our Common Salvation

Posted in Gospel, Jude with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2018 by paulthepoke

Jude 1:3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation…

Beloved… This is the noun form of the word αγαπαο/agapao or “love”. In this case, it is the Greek word Ἀγαπητοί/agapetoi. Per Strong’s Concordance, it can be translated as:  beloved, esteemed, dear, favorite, worthy of love. Simply put, loved ones.

Jude is addressing “loved ones” in Jesus Christ. Believers in Jesus are loved.

…while I was making every effort to write you… Jude wants his audience to know he is focused. As a mindset, Jude has been continually intent to make it known to fellow believers. Jude also wants to communicate with σπουδή/spoude. The word can be translated as: haste, earnestness, diligence; earnestness in accomplishing, promoting, or striving after anything; to give all diligence, interest one’s self most earnestly. σπουδή/spoude is where we get the English word “speed”.

Jude is in a hurry to give it all he has to write and write and write to fellow believers.

crossdarkWrite about what??? This is the original, urgent intent of Jude’s letter …our common salvation…

Salvation or σωτηρία/soteria in the original Greek… Soteriology is the field of study of our “salvation”. Defined by Strong’s as: deliverance, preservation, safety; deliverance from the molestation of enemies in an ethical sense, that which concludes to the soul’s safety or salvation.

Messianic salvation as the present possession of all true Christians.

Future salvation is the sum of benefits and blessings which Christians, redeemed from all earthly ills, will enjoy after the visible return of Christ from heaven in the consummated and eternal kingdom of God.

A.W. Pink stated this is a fourfold salvation: saved from the penalty, power, presence and most importantly the pleasure of sin.

 

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

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The gospel of Jesus Christ is our salvation. The Apostle Paul offers what many believe to be the definitive statement on the gospel. This is of the utmost importance as stated by the Apostle Paul. This is the priority. As believers in Jesus Christ we should draw a line in the sand and stick a flag in the ground over this issue. If a person does not get the issue of the gospel of Jesus Christ right, big time eternal problems.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…

Jesus Christ died. He was buried. And He was raised.

This is the gospel message of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the ευαγγελιον/euaggelion. This is really “good news”.

Here is how Strong’s Concordance defines “gospel”. It is the glad tidings of salvation through Christ. This is the proclamation of the grace of God manifest and pledged in Christ. As the messianic rank of Jesus was proved by his words, his deeds, and his death, the narrative of the sayings, deeds, and death of Jesus Christ came to be called the gospel or glad tidings.

The resume of Christ is sequentially ordered in Strong’s definition of the gospel. The glad tidings of the kingdom of God soon to be set up, subsequently also of Jesus the Messiah, the founder of this kingdom. After the death of Christ, the term comprises also the preaching of (concerning) Jesus Christ as having suffered death on the cross to procure eternal salvation for the men in the kingdom of God, but as restored to life and exalted to the right hand of God in heaven, thence to return in majesty to consummate the kingdom of God.

The issue of the gospel is not an intellectual decision. The gospel is a moral issue. Does God exist and does He take the issue of sin seriously? If so, then there is accountability. The issue needs serious attention. Eternal life and eternal death are on the line. The destination of your eternal soul is at stake. This is about getting your heart, soul, and mind right with the Creator.

This good news is for everybody! God does not discriminate. The most brutal, unsavory character can be saved from eternal hell if they believe the gospel message. One can think up the vilest person in their mind and that person too can be saved with their belief in Jesus Christ. We are all equal at the foot of the cross. Even a barbaric Scythian can be saved by the cross work of Jesus…

Colossians 3:11 a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ…

 

 

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Our Daily Bread, Love & Pray… Paul Beverly

Posted in Our Daily Bread with tags , , , on October 7, 2018 by paulthepoke

I see the words love & pray as action verbs. I believe they are the two most mentioned action verbs in the Bible as well. That tells me our days should always involve loving & praying. Love is mentioned 310 times & pray 313 times in the King James Version. That’s a lot of times in the instruction book for life. Are you loving & praying enough?

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John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

Have an awesome week my friends!!!

Trend Update: Kushner Visits the Middle East, June 2018

Posted in Peace Plan, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2018 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 30:3 For the day is near, the day of the LORD is near; it will be a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations.

June 24, 2018: Senior Presidential Adviser Jared Kushner has been traveling around the Middle East. He has been meeting with kings and heads of states in the name of peace.

Kushner recently completed an interview with the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds (this is the Arab name for Jerusalem).

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“I am ready to work with President Abbas, if he wishes. You deserve to have a bright future, now is the time for both the Israelis and Palestinians to strengthen their leaderships and re-focus them to encourage them to open up towards a solution, and not fear trying.”

 

“If President Abbas is ready to go back to the negotiations table, then we are ready to participate in the discussion, but if it’s not the case, then we are going to make the plan public.” Senior Presidential Adviser, Jared Kushner

Details of the Trump peace plan are beginning to emerge. East Jerusalem is believed to be designated as the capital of Palestine. Economic incentives for infrastructure are part of the package and plan. The status quo will remain for the religious sites on the Temple Mount.

“They all insist that al-Aqsa Mosque should continue to be open to all Muslims who wish to pray.”

President Trump is reportedly agreeable to a two state plan if both sides support the notion.

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Kushner is traveling with President Trump’s Mideast Envoy Jason Greenblatt. Their travels have seen these two in meetings around the Middle East. The focus of the talks is Palestinian-Israeli peace. Stops included a visit with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman.

 

Discussions took place in Qatar with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

A trip to Jordan resulted in talks with King Abdullah II of Jordan.

In Egypt, Kushner met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The latest stop includes meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador David Friedman.

http://news.trust.org/item/20180624014742-x4sxf

 

1 Thessalonians 5:3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

Jeremiah 6:14 They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.

 

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Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Our Daily Bread with tags , , , on January 7, 2018 by paulthepoke

Be thankful & enjoy this day God has given you. So many reasons to be happy & thankful. That’s where your focus should be. It’s definitely gonna be a good day!

Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat & drink & find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God.

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Someone who is thankful will be more blessed than someone who feels entitled. Someone who is thankful is more pleasant to be around. Someone who is thankful attracts the right people. Someone who is thankful leads a happier life. Be thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Colossians 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

Have a thankful week my friends!!!

Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Our Daily Bread with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2017 by paulthepoke

prayerI’ve always believed in God, but for a long period in my life I hardly ever prayed. I may go to our Father in Heaven when I wanted something, but that was about it. Now I pray every day, sometimes several times a day. I go to God to give thanks. I go to Him to pray for others. I go to Him seeking continued happiness. I go to Him for pretty much everything. I believe He wants that kind of relationship with all of us. You don’t have to be eloquent with words to have a conversation with God. Talk to Him like you do with anyone. He wants to hear what’s in your heart. Give it all to Him & have faith that He is listening. He will give you exactly what you need.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer & supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.

Matthew 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe you have received it, and it will be yours.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

Have a praying week my friends!!!

The Evils of Five Nights at Freddy’s…Featuring Bryant Lehr, Halloween 2017

Posted in Culture, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2017 by paulthepoke

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The  game Five Nights at Freddy’s is a horror game that was released on August 8th, 2014. No, this game is not based off of Freddy’s Steakburgers and Custard. And no, it is not based off of Freddy Krueger. Five Nights at Freddy’s takes place at Freddy Fazebear’s Pizzeria. This is a spinoff of Chuck E. Chesse’s but you’re not there during the day. You’re there at night. Why? Because there have been alleged reports of the animatronic characters wandering around at night and killing the guards in the game.

Hang on! The Bible tells us to not kill people.

Exodus 20:13 You shall not murder.

The goal of the game is to survive the night from the animatronics who are closing in and wanting to kill you.

Ever since this game was released, five more versions of this game have been launched. The game has become increasingly popular.

How was this concept conceived? Well, the creator Scott Cawthon, had been creating more kid-friendly games such as Chipper & Sons Lumber Co. when he saw a rating that said one of the characters looked like a “scary animatronic animal”. He (Cawthon) then thought that he could create an even scarier, more demonic concept. And, the crazier thing is, he claims to be a Christian! What sort of Christian makes horror games?!

The Bible tells us to stay away from evil!

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from every form of evil.

 

Now to explain the evil, in the first game, the man on the phone talks about an incident called the “Bite of ‘87”. This is where an animatronic murders a child. In the fourth game, it is revealed that a child is shoved into the animatronic’s mouth by bullies.

Woah! God tells us the punishment for child sacrifice is death!

Leviticus 20:2 Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones.

 

The “Purple Guy” in the game goes on a child killing spree. The souls of the children possess the animatronic characters.  They get their revenge on the “Purple Guy” by locking him in a suit. “Purple Guy” turns out to be the antagonist, Springtrap, in the third game. Springtrap is kept away with a tempting child’s recorded voice.

 

I could go on and on about these evils. But God wants us to think of better things than these evils.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

God bless.

 

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Revelation: Sardis, The Thief is Coming

Posted in Prophecy, Revelation with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2017 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:3b …If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

…If you will not wake up…The implication is the believers at the church in Sardis are asleep. This is the second time believers in Sardis are told to wake up. And if you don’t wake up, a consequence is coming.

Consequence, I will come like a thief. This is not the first time Jesus tells believers He will come like a thief. Other New Testament epistles make the same point. See Paul and Peter.

1 Thessalonians 5:2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

1 Thessalonians 5:4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

Revelation 16:15 “Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”

 

…and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

Jesus is beyond fair. He is not leaking new information. Readers of the Bible should know He has spoken this concept before.

Matthew 24:43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. -Jesus

Do we think Jesus is kidding? Look at all of the examples given in the writing above. And this is not a comprehensive list. There were other verses expressing the same idea. We have been given fair warning. Get ready. He is coming again.

Luke 12:40 “You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” -Jesus

 

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