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A BRIEF MESSAGE FROM VERTICAL VIEWER!!

DUE TO MINISTRY OBLIGATIONS AND CERTAIN RESTRAINTS “VERTICAL VIEWER” WILL NOT BE POSTED THIS WEEK. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND SUPPORT OF THIS BLOG. EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED. GOD BLESS MY FRIENDS!! I COVET YOUR PRAYERS AT THIS TIME!!

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT PEOPLE WHO DON’T FEAR GOD

There is No Fear of God Before Their Eyes!!

Text: Romans 3:10-18

I.         Most of us have been burnt one time or another.

A.        The memory of the sharp pain makes a lasting impression. As a result, we hold a healthy respect for fire and other hot things.

B.        You could even say that we hold some fear of what fire could do to us.

C.        The concept of respect and fear often go hand-in-hand.

D.        The thieves on the crosses had this conversation – Luke 23:39-41

1.         “Where,” one thief asked, “is your fear of God?”

2.         Even on the doorstep of death, the thief did not consider that soon he would appear before the judgment seat of God.

3.         The punishment by man was harsh and just. What would God do?

II.        In laying out the condition of man, Paul proves that all have sinned. – Romans 3:10-18

A.        The reason for the continuance of sin is because there is no fear of God within them.

B.        What do we mean by fearing God?

1.         To love, honor, respect, and obey God. A firm reluctance to displease God. A strong desire to do His will.

2.         Abraham showed a fear of God when he placed obedience to God above the life of his promised son. – Genesis 22:12

3.         The duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments – Ecclesiastes 12:13

4.         Fear God because of His judgment – Revelation 14:7

5.         The discipline of God should lead all to fear Him – Deuteronomy 8:2-6

6.         The fear of God keeps us from evil – Proverbs 16:6

C.        Since the fear of God motivates us to do His will and to refrain from evil, we would expect the person without a fear of God to become sinful.

1.         They have no reason to bind themselves to the laws of God.

2.         The history of mankind has been littered with the result of a lack of fearing God.

a.         Self-righteous behavior, wickedness, lies, and violence is common among man

b.         The fear of God and a respect for His laws go hand-in-hand with peacefulness and a love for mankind.

III.       What happens to a man who does not fear God

A.        He refuses to seek God. He refuses to walk in the ways of righteousness – Romans 3:10-11

1.         Psalm 14:1-4 – It starts with a denial of God and it leads to corruption

2.         Romans 1:28 – Because man denies God, God turns them over to depravity

3.         As a result, calamity of their own making comes upon them – Proverbs 1:25-33

B.        He becomes without value to God – Romans 3:12

C.        The words of his mouth become poisonous – Romans 3:13-14

1.         It is the righteous who bridles his tongue – James 1:25-26

2.         His speech is well-seasoned – Colossians 4:6

3.         But the wicked sees no need to control his words – James 3:5-12

4.         Instead, his words become weapons to injure – Psalm 64:2-4

D.        He is violent – Romans 3:15

1.         When God is ignored, men become animals, the strong preying upon the weak. – Proverbs 1:10-19

E.        He is without peace – Romans 3:16-17

1.         There is no peace for the wicked – Isaiah 57:21, 59:6-8

2.         So unlike the righteous – Philippians 4:7

IV.      We must remind ourselves to maintain a fear of God

A.        We teach our children to fear flames, to avoid busy streets, and to not talk to strangers.

B.        Should we not instill in them a fear of and a respect for God? – Matthew 10:28

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT WORRY

Everyone knows the signs: sleepless nights, sick stomachs, mental breakdowns, deep depression, hiding away, high blood pressure. turning to drugs and alcohol, etc… These are indicators an individual has fallen victim to his own worry.

Worry eats people alive, and Christians are not immune. It touches the lives of virtually every family and affects millions of people every single day, touching all walks of life in myriad circumstances: The educated worry because of everything they know, while the uneducated worry because they know so little. The rich worry because they have so much, while the poor worry because they have so little. The old worry because they aren’t young, but the young worry because they aren’t older.

Worry takes so much time for so many folks, interfering with everyday action, sometimes even making people physically ill. It remains, however, one of those silent problems few seem to want to talk about. This is not just a psychological issue, though, and there may be many who would be surprised to learn that worry is prohibited by God (Matthew 6:25-34). “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life …” (Matthew 6:25).

The unfortunate fact remains that many Christians do not consult the word of God for their daily problems, failing to realize that anything can be properly addressed using the wisdom and knowknowledge from. Yet, these same people will consult doctors, read worldly books, listen to what Oprah or Dr. Phil has to say, etc. We need to address worry from a biblical standpoint, realizing it as a problem and habit that can cause us to be lost eternally.

Fact About Worry

It Causes Physical Harm

In Psalm 32:3, we read: “When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long.” David speaks here of sin he kept to himself, but anything bottled up inside can lead to “groaning bones.” Most everyone has felt that pit in their stomach and feelings of real anguish over something impending, a sure sign that worry has taken control.

Worry Does Not Mean Being Thoughtless or Careless

Some have mistaken teaching against worry as an endorsement of indifference or carelessness. If we adopt an attitude of apathy, we are guilty of the opposite extreme and no better off than if we were worrying. In his teaching in Luke 14:28-32, Jesus talks about planning using a builder and a king as an example. We are reminded by this to be mindful of what is going on round about us and making the necessary arrangements to handle whatever undertaking. There must be balance between worry and apathy, and neither extreme pleases God.

Worry is Useless

I would suggest that people only worry about two things: Things you can’t change, and things you can change. Everything falls into one of these categories, and neither represents a good reason to worry. After all, if there’s nothing you can do to change something, there’s simply no point in worrying about it. And if there is something you can do, heed the direction of Ecclesiastes 9:10: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.
So how can we stop the sin of worry, and do so according to God’s Word?

Forget the Past

Many spend their lives in past days. Some can’t live today because of the greatness of yesterday, while others can’t make it through today because of the problems and sins of days gone by. And while there is nothing wrong with fond memories or nostalgia, and certainly much can be learned from past mistakes, the Bible teaches against living in the past, regardless of the way we remember it.

Paul writes, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). In this passage, we are instructed to forget the past and look toward the goal, ahead to our goal of eternal life, not dwelling on those things gone by. How much better we would be if we took this advice and pressed forward? Instead, we offer excuses, saying we can’t clear our minds of the past. We must be leery of such a line of thinking, though. The words of Philippians 3 are not suggestions, but commands of God, and we must forget what is past and move forward in Him. Imagine if the great Apostle Paul had dwelled on and worried about his past — what a waste it would have been — and his was a past full of horrible sin, much of which you and I have had no part. “Although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief” (I Timothy 1:13).

So, from yesterday we must learn from mistakes, we give thanks for our blessings, and then turn our attention to today.

Live One Day at a Time

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).

Perhaps it is the speed of modern life with all its conveniences and fast pace. For some reason, people today have a difficult time taking one day at a time. Rather, they “live life in the lump,” overwhelming themselves with everything at once. If you think about everything you have to do this week, it will depress you with worry about how you can possible get everything done, and you might not face your week. This kind of thinking is well illustrated in the following facts I recently came across: The average man’s lifetime includes 20 years sleeping, 6 years watching television, 5 years shaving and dressing, 3 years waiting for others, 1 year on the telephone, and 4 months tying his shoes. It is overwhelming to me to think about standing in line for 3 years, but we all understand how unreasonable it would be to worry about such a thing. Why then must we consume ourselves over other matters? Good advice according to Jesus’ teaching: Don’t dwell on everything you have to do, set your mind on what you must do next!

Understand and Accept Yourself and Your Abilities

To really beat worry, we need to come to terms with who we are and what we can do. I’m not saying we should accept sin in our lives or be content with doing the bare minimum, but we must understand everyone is different. We have different degrees of ability and can do different things to serve God. The parable of the talents, comes to mind here (Matthew 25:14-30). Note the one talent man wasn’t condemned for not being the five talent man, rather, for not using what he had. How unfortunate that some feel because they cannot do big things they cannot do anything.

You may not be cut out to be a preacher, teacher, song leader, elder, etc. But if you are, use that talent or ability to the glory of God. Don’t waste time comparing your service to the service of others; they are not the standard by which we will be judged. We should spend our time seeing how we measure up to the word of God, His standard, looking into it to see how to apply it in our lives, and how we can use our abilities for the furtherance of the kingdom.

Count Your Many Blessings

Often we only want to notice our problems, what’s wrong with us and all about us. For many, it is a constant gloom and doom outlook — this is wrong and that is wrong. Instead of counting our blessings, many folks are busy counting their problems. The Bible speaks to the thankful attitude of the Christian:

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).

Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (I Thessalonians 5:18).

Here’s something to think about: How would we feel when you put forth great effort and achieve great accomplishments, yet someone complains about what we didn’t do? It’s like that boss we all had at one time that always made us feel like nothing we did was good enough. Similarly how must God feel or think when we, the most blessed people in the world, both spiritually and physically, bellyache and moan about all our problems? Especially when what He has done for us so greatly outshines the earthly comparisons of what we might do.

If we count our blessings, instead of our problems, we will beat worry.

I really believe the reason people worry is because worry is easier than action. I came across a funny little quote that illustrates this pretty well:

“Worrying is less work than doing something to fix the worry. Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mom with the dishes.”

Now, that’s not in the Bible, but it reminds us of a biblical truth. Worry is the easy way out, as sin usually is.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE ARMOR OF GOD

“THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD”

Text: Ephesians 6:10-18

I.         Rome was the mighty governing power in the days the New Testament was written.

A.        Its strength was in its military, which constantly was on guard

B.        Josephus, a Jewish historian, observed that Roman soldiers always carried their weapons with them, even in times of peace. “Every soldier is every day exercised, and that with diligence, as if it were in time of war, which is the reason why they bear the fatigues of battle so easily.” [The Wars of the Jews, III.5.1]

C.        Yet mighty Rome fell, in a great part due to herself.

1.         “The relaxation of discipline, and the disuse of exercise rendered the soldiers less able, and less willing, to support the fatigues of service.” [Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3, p. 271]

2.         It spread itself thin and so used hired mercenaries to fill its ranks, but these men did not have the same discipline as the old guard.

3.         In addition, the emperors knew that their position was upheld by the army, so they began to pamper the legions. When complaints came about the armor and weapons being too heavy, they were allowed to make do with less and lighter armor.

4.         “The cavalry of the Goths, the Huns, and the Alani had felt the benefits, and adopted the use, of defensive armor – they easily overwhelmed the naked and trembling legions, whose heads and breasts were exposed, without defense, to the arrows of the barbarians.” [Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3, p. 271].

II.        Paul brings his letter to the Ephesians to a conclusion by reminding the Ephesians that they are at war – Ephesians 6:10-12

A.        It is not a physical war, but a spiritual battle. It cannot be won by hit and miss tactics. It requires endurance.

1.         Be strong in the Lord – Joshua 1:6-9

2.         Battles are not won through fears.

3.         Wage the good warfare – I Timothy 1:18

4.         Endure the hardships – II Timothy 2:3-4

B.        But wars require that those fighting must be prepared. We have to have our armor on.

1.         Without it, we can stand firm against Satan’s schemes.

2.         Satan doesn’t fight fair. He doesn’t wait for a convenient time to attack.

a.         He looks for openings when we are least ready and least prepared.

b.         Forgiveness is important because we have to present a united front – II Corinthians 2:10-11

c.         Distracted by fancifulness – II Corinthians 11:3-4

d.         Deceived – II Corinthians 11:13-15

C.        We have to be ready to stand firm

III.       Our armor – Ephesians 6:14-17

A.        Girded with Truth

1.         The girdle or belt of a solider was not decoration, it is what bound the various pieces together against the body

a.         In that culture, people wore long loose-fitting robes, but such hindered movement.

b.         So the bottoms were pulled up and held in place by the girdle, thus forming shorts.

c.         It also held the breastplate against the body, thus taking much of the weight of the armor off the shoulders to put it on the hips, allowing the arms to swing more freely.

d.         It also was used to carry the soldier’s weapons, so they would be close at hand.

2.         It is truth that is the foundation of our armor and where Satan seeks to attack – II Thessalonians 2:9-12

a.         Imagine weakening your opponent by first convincing him that he doesn’t need the core of armor

3.         Many people view truth as a restriction, a binding

a.         You can’t do this, you can’t do that

b.         It does restrict – restrict you from things which are harmful anyway

c.         What they miss is that those very restrictions give you freedom – John 8:32

B.        Breastplate of righteousness

1.         Common soldiers wore leather body armor. Those of higher ranks had chain mail. The top ranks had molded metal.

a.         Paul uses the word for the chain mail. It weighed about 15 pounds with a front and back piece.

b.         Its purpose was to protect the heart and other vital organs

2.         Righteousness is what protects our hearts

a.         What Job held to – Job 27:6

C.        Shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace

1.         The Romans used studded sandals for their soldiers, much like football cleats. It gave their soldiers a firm footing during battle. And it allowed them to move quickly from one location to another.

a.         Interestingly the design made it difficult to walk backwards, so the soldiers were less likely to give ground.

b.         Also since most of the armor was on the front, a soldier was not inclined to turn his back to the enemy.

2.         Our sound footing is found through the gospel of peace – Romans 10:15

a.         It is where we stand – I Corinthians 15:1

D.        The shield of faith

1.         In those days, enemies often fired arrows tipped with ignited pitch. A soldier’s breastplate might stop the arrow, but the pitch would be knocked off and set the soldier aflame.

2.         “The word Paul uses is not that for the comparatively small round shield; it is that for the great oblong shield which the heavily armed warrior wore. One of the most dangerous weapons in ancient warfare was the fiery dart. It was a dart tipped with tow dipped in pitch. The pitch-soaked tow was set alight and the dart was thrown. The great oblong shield was made of two sections of wood, glued together. When the shield was presented to the dart, the dart sank into the wood and the flame was put out. Faith can deal with the darts of temptation.” [William Barclay, The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians , p. 183]

3.         We resist Satan through faith – I Peter 5:8-9

4.         Victory is in our faith – I John 5:4-5

E.        The helmet of salvation

1.         The Roman helmet was generally made of bronze with a iron skullcap inside that was lined with leather or cloth to pad the head.

2.         The helmet is our hope of salvation – I Thessalonians 5:8

3.         It protects our head from direct blows

a.         We cannot be moved away from our hope – Colossians 1:22-23

b.         Hold fast to our confidence and hope – Hebrews 3:6

c.         For our hope saves us – Romans 8:24

F.        The sword of the Spirit

1.         Everything mentioned so far are defensive armor. The sword is the offensive weapon

2.         Roman swords were designed for stabbing because slashing gives mostly surface wounds, but a stab can penetrate deeply to vital organs.

3.         Our weapon is the word of God – Hebrews 4:12

4.         Remember that this is a spiritual battle – II Corinthians 10:3-5

IV.      Always on alert – Ephesians 6:18

A.        The best armor is useless if we are not on guard – Colossians 4:2

B.        Don’t stop. Don’t give up – I Thessalonians 5:17

C.        Watchful in our prayers – I Peter 4:7

V.        Are you prepared? Are you on alert? Are you ready to stand firm against the enemy

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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WHAT ABOUT THE CHARACTER OF THE WICKED

WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE CHARACTER OF THE WICKED!!

  • Abominable.
    Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Alienated from God.
    Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
    Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
  • Blasphemous.
    Luke 22:65 And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.
    Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
  • Blinded.
    2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
    Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
  • Boastful.
    Psalms 10:3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
    Psalms 49:6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
  • Conspiring against God’s people.
    Nehemiah 4:8 And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.
    Nehemiah 6:2 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.
    Psalms 38:12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
  • Covetous.
    Micah 2:2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
    Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
  • Deceitful.
    Psalms 5:6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
    Romans 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
  • Delighting in the iniquity of others.
    Proverbs 2:14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
    Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
  • Despising the works of the faithful.
    Nehemiah 2:19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?
    Nehemiah 4:2 And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?
    2 Timothy 3:3-4 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
  • Destructive.
    Isaiah 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
  • Disobedient.
    Nehemiah 9:26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations.
    Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
    1 Peter 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
  • Enticing to evil.
    Proverbs 1:10-14 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
    2 Timothy 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
  • Envious.
    Nehemiah 2:10 When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.
    Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
  • Fearful.
    Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
    Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Fierce.
    Proverbs 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
    2 Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
  • Foolish.
    Deuteronomy 32:6 Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?
    Psalms 5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
  • Forgetting God.
    Job 8:13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish:
  • Fraudulent.
    Psalms 37:21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
    Micah 6:11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?
  • Froward.
    Proverbs 21:8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
    Isaiah 57:17 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
  • Glorying in their shame.
    Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
  • Hard-hearted.
    Ezekiel 3:7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.
  • Hating the light.
    Job 24:13 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
    John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
  • Heady and high-minded.
    2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
  • Hostile to God.
    Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
    Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
  • Hypocritical.
    Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
    2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
  • Ignorant of God.
    Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
    2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
  • Impudent.
    Ezekiel 2:4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.
  • Incontinent.
    2 Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
  • Infidel.
    Psalms 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
    Psalms 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
  • Loathsome.
    Proverbs 13:5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
  • Lovers of pleasure more than of God.
    2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
  • Lying.
    Psalms 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
    Psalms 62:4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
    Isaiah 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
  • Mischievous.
    Proverbs 24:8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
    Micah 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
  • Murderous.
    Psalms 10:8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
    Psalms 94:6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
    Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
  • Prayerless.
    Job 21:15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
    Psalms 53:4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.
  • Persecuting.
    Psalms 69:26 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.
    Psalms 109:16 Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
  • Perverse.
    Deuteronomy 32:5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.
  • Proud.
    Psalms 59:12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
    Obadiah 1:3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
    2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
  • Rejoicing in the affliction of saints.
    Psalms 35:15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:
  • Reprobate.
    2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
    2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
    Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
  • Selfish.
    2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
  • Sensual.
    Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
    Jude 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
  • Sold under sin.
    1 Kings 21:20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.
    2 Kings 17:17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
  • Stiff-hearted.
    Ezekiel 2:4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.
  • Stiff-necked.
    Exodus 33:5 For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.
    Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
  • Uncircumcised in heart.
    Jeremiah 9:26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.
    Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
  • Unjust.
    Proverbs 11:7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
    Isaiah 26:10 Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.
  • Unmerciful.
    Romans 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
  • Ungodly.
    Proverbs 16:27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
  • Unholy.
    2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
  • Unprofitable.
    Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
    Romans 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
  • Unruly.
    Titus 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
  • Unthankful.
    Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
    2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
  • Untoward.
    Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
  • Unwise.
    Deuteronomy 32:6 Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?
 
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WHY CHRISTIAN CHARACTER MATTERS

CHARACTER MATTERS!!

Text: Romans 5:1-5

I.         Suppose you needed to hire someone for a job. What would you look for?

A.        You probably need someone with the skills to do the job, but what other things would you look for. Given several candidates with equivalent skills, what would set one person out above another?

B.        Would character make a difference? Would you hire a compulsive liar, a drunk, a drug user, a thief, or someone who is lazy?

C.        Suppose you were looking for a job. Would you consider the character of the company and the character of the employees of that company when you consider working for that company?

D.        What about picking a doctor, or a mechanic, or someone we are voting for an office in government?

II.        The concept of character is found in several biblical words

A.        Virtue – Greek: arete – Moral excellence

1.         Praise, glory – Hebrew: salsillah

                        2.         It refers to things worthy to be praised

3.         God calls us by His glory and virtue – II Peter 1:3

4.         Which leads us to imitate Him – II Peter 1:4-5

B.        Integrity – Greek: adiaphthoria – Unable to be corrupted

1.         Hebrew: tom – Moral completeness, uprightness, innocence

2.         Hebrew: tummah – Innocence

3.         Psalm 26:1 – David walked in his integrity and therefore would not slip.

C.        Proven character – Greek: dokime – Tested trustworthiness

1.         Romans 5:1-5

D.        Your reputation is what people think you are; your character is what God knows you are

1.         “Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” [Karl Bismark]

2.         “Character, then, is what we are when no one sees but God” [Os Guiness]

III.       Our core values

A.        It starts from within.

1.         “Sow a thought, and you reap an act;/ Sow an act, and you reap a habit;/ Sow a habit, and you reap a character;/ Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.” [Charles Reader]

2.         This is Jesus’ point, who you are starts with what you think – Mark 7:14-23

B.        Philippians 4:8 – Think on these things

C.        How we think influences our behavior – Proverbs 4:23-27

1.         Sadly Satan understands this all too well

2.         It is not accidental that movies have “chance” cursing or the “obligatory” sex scene

3.         Why is it that music videos feature scantily clad singers?

4.         On the other side, why do so many intellectuals become upset about prayers and the mention of God in schools?

5.         People understand that to mold the behavior of individuals, you first influence the way they think.

D.        That is why it is important to think on proper things – Philippians 2:5

E.        Set your affections on things above – Colossians 3:1-4

IV.      Consistency in application

A.        A person who lies sometimes, doesn’t have an honest character, even if he believes lying is wrong.

B.        Character results from the habits of the heart. After speaking of the things we should meditate upon, Paul tells us to put them into practice – Philippians 4:9

C.        It is not just knowing what is the right thing to do, it is doing it. It is doing it continually – James 1:25

D.        For example, I have a habit of going to church. It is more that just a habit, but it is still something I habitually do.

1.         Habits are things you do without giving it much thought.

2.         I don’t decide each Sunday whether I’m going to church. That decision was made long ago. I go.

a.         I arrange my travels around being somewhere to attend services – not just on Sundays but midweek services as well.

3.         Some, unfortunately, have a habit of missing – Hebrews 10:24-25

E.        It is our habits which form our character

V.        Sacrificing for our convictions

A.        Paul speaks of what he endured – II Corinthians 11:23-30

B.        Why? Why didn’t he give up? – II Corinthians 4:16-18

C.        Paul saw that there was value in his beliefs. Such a value that suffering to hang on to those values didn’t mean much.

D.        Paul gave up a lot to be a Christian – Philippians 3:7-14

VI.      “You can’t buy courage and decency, you can’t rent a strong moral sense.” [Peggy Noonan]

A.        Young people, who are you looking to marry?

1.         Would you want someone rich, popular, beautiful or handsome?

2.         But what about his or her character?

3.         Beauty fades, fame is fickle, and wealth has wings, but character endures.

4.         Perhaps you will learn a lesson from Solomon – Proverbs 11:22

5.         Or consider – Proverbs 31:10, 30

B.        Are you a person of character?

1.         Wishy-washy people are a dime a dozen.

2.         What we need are people of conviction.

 
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WHAT ABOUT OUR CHRISTIAN CHARACTER

THE CHRISTIAN’S CHARACTER!!

  • Believing God.
    Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
    John 14:11-12 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
  • Fearing God.
    Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
    1 Peter 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
  • Loving God.
    Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
    Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
  • Following God.
    Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
    1 Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
  • Obeying God.
    Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
    1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
  • Rejoicing in God.
    Psalms 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
    Habakkuk 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
  • Believing in Christ.
    John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
    1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
  • Loving Christ.
    John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
    1 Peter 1:7-8 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
  • Following the example of Christ.
    John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
    1 Peter 2:21-24 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
  • Obeying Christ.
    John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
    John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
  • LIVING
    • To Christ.
      Romans 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
      2 Corinthians 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
    • Unto righteousness.
      Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
      Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
      1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
    • Soberly, righteously, and godly.
      Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
  • WALKING
    • Honestly.
      1 Thessalonians 4:12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
    • Worthy of God.
      1 Thessalonians 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
    • Worthy of the Lord.
      Colossians 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
    • In the Spirit.
      Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
    • After the Spirit.
      Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
    • In newness of life.
      Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
    • Worthy of vocation.
      Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
    • As children of light.
      Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
  • Rejoicing in Christ.
    Philippians 3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
    Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
  • Loving one another.
    John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
    Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
    1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
    Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
    Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.
  • Striving for the faith.
    Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
    Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
  • Putting away all sin.
    1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
    Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
  • Abstaining from all appearance of evil.
    1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
  • Perfecting holiness.
    Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
    2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
    2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
  • Hating defilement.
    Jude 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
  • Following after that which is good.
    Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
    1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
    1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
  • Overcoming the world.
    1 John 5:4-5 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
  • Adorning the gospel.
    Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
    Titus 2:10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
  • Showing a good example.
    1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
    1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
    Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
  • Abounding in the work of the Lord.
    1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
    2 Corinthians 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
    1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
  • Shunning the wicked.
    Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
    2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
  • Controlling the body.
    1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
    Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
  • Subduing the temper.
    Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
    James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
  • Submitting to injuries.
    Matthew 5:39-41 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
    1 Corinthians 6:7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
  • Forgiving injuries.
    Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
    Romans 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
  • Living peaceably with all.
    Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
    Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
  • Visiting the afflicted.
    Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
    James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
  • Doing as we would be done by.
    Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
    Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
  • Sympathizing with others.
    Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
    1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
  • Honoring others.
    Psalms 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
    Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
  • Fulfilling domestic duties.
    Ephesians 6:1-8 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
    1 Peter 3:1-7 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
  • Submitting to Authorities.
    Romans 13:1-7 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
  • Being liberal to others.
    Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
    Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
  • Being contented.
    Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
    Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
  • Blessedness of maintaining.
    Psalms 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
    Psalms 19:9-11 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
    Psalms 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
    Matthew 5:3-12 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
    John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
    John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
 
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WHY DON’T WE PUT FORTH THE EFFORT!!

Text: Luke 13:23-30

I.         If I asked you to name a famous inventor, the name of Thomas Edison would quickly arise.

A.        Mr. Edison had a great influence on our society.

1.         He invented the light bulbs which light our auditorium.

2.         He invented the method of distributing electricity to homes

3.         For you music loving teens, he invented a way of recording sound so that it could be played back at later times.

4.         He even invented motion pictures.

B.        What was the key to his success, he stated, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”

1.         In other words, his success came about by persistent effort

2.         When he worked, he literally forgot everything else. He would forget to eat or sleep. He was oblivious to the passage of time.

II.        Why is it that so few reach heaven? That is the question Jesus was asked in Luke 13:23.

A.        The answer is that many desire heaven, but few put in the effort to seek it.

B.        It is the same answer to the question of faith. A living faith works – James 2:14-26

1.         Do you really have faith? How then do you show your faith?

2.         What are you doing?

C.        When someone misses services at the least reason, where is the effort?

D.        Or the times we gather here to study

1.         When people don’t come, what does that say about your faith?

2.         When people don’t study in advance, what does that say about your interest?

3.         Would you expect someone else to reach heaven with a similar attitude?

E.        Suppose someone in competition went to meets but was often late and never practiced. Would you expect that person to win? – I Corinthians 9:24-27

1.         Brethren we have many in danger of being disqualified

2.         Just how badly do you want to reach heaven? I am afraid many don’t really care. They expect it to be easily gained.

F.        Notice Paul’s request of Timothy – I Timothy 4:12-16

1.         Timothy was a preacher, yet he was not to allow his youth to be an excuse.

2.         He was to be diligent in these things.

a.         It literally means to keep on practicing

3.         He was to give himself wholly to these things.

a.         Robinson says this phrase is equivalent to being up to your ears in these things.

b.         Adam Clarke states it is being fully absorbed in these matters.

4.         To what extent?

a.         So that others can see your progress – Matthew 5:16

b.         It is sad to see far to many digressing instead of progressing.

G.        Christ died for people zealous to do his will – Titus 2:14

1.         Ephesians 2:10 – We are the product of God’s effort. We were created as Christians for the purpose of doing good works.

2.         Not wimps who looking for the easy way into heaven

III.       Such sustained effort means we must preserve

A.        Galatians 6:9 – We can only gain our objective of heaven if we do not grow weary.

B.        We must be careful to maintain our good works – Titus 3:8

C.        Part of the problem, I suspect, is that we don’t reach our goal in this life

1.         It is so easy to let life distract us, to get caught up in daily activity

2.         Satan lures us with sin, taking our eyes off the goal.

3.         Consider those who have blazed the trail – Hebrews 11:8-16

D.        Heaven is only reached if we hold on until the end – Colossians 1:21-23

E.        We must remember the warning of Ezekiel – Ezekiel 18:24-26

1.         It is not a game where if we have more positive points than negative then we win.

2.         It does not matter what we were but what we are.

IV.      The reason brethren gather is to help each of us preserve – Hebrews 10:23-25

A.        The flowers in our gardens look so beautiful, but what happens when they are cut?

B.        When brethren don’t study, don’t attend studies, don’t attend worship, they have cut themselves off from the very things that nourishes them.

C.        Hebrews 10:37-39

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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WHAT ABOUT THE USE OF OUR INFLUENCE

A BIBLICAL LOOK AT INFLUENCE!!

Genesis 5:3 – The influence of a father on his son
Exodus 23:2 – Following a crowd is not an excuse for evil behavior
Deuteronomy 12:29-32 – Do not let culture influence your religious beliefs
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 – Do not let culture influence your religious beliefs
1 Kings 11:1-8 – The influence of Solomon’s wives
1 Kings 22:51-53 – An example of bad influence by parents
2 Kings 17:41 – A bad influence passed on to children and grandchildren
2 Chronicles 13:7 – Example that young people are vulnerable to bad influence
2 Chronicles 33:9 – A bad leader influences the nation
Esther 10:3 – A leader who had good influence on many
Psalm 1:1 – Don’t let the wicked influence you
Proverbs 3:1-4 – The influence of God’s law when taught by parents
Proverbs 6:20-22 – The influence of godly teaching
Proverbs 13:20 – Your companions will influence you for good or bad
Proverbs 15:30 – A smile or good news impacts your mood
Proverbs 22:6 – The lasting influence of childhood training
Proverbs 22:24-25 – Angry people will influence those around them
Jeremiah 23:14 – By following evil and not giving rebuke, sin continues
Ezekiel 20:32 – Wanting to be like those around them
Hosea 4:9 – The people’s influence on religious leaders
Hosea 7:8 – Ephriam mixed with other people and is called a half-baked pancake
Matthew 18:6 – Be careful of your influence on children (Luke 17:1-2)
Matthew 26:13 – Good that is remembered
Luke 6:40 – Teachers influence on students
Luke 11:33-36 – Our lamp is based on our outlook
John 12:9-11 – The influence of Lazarus
Acts 10:24-27 – The influence of Cornelius
Acts 13:50 – The evil influence of the Jews (Acts 14:2)
Romans 1:8 – The church in Rome’s influence of faith
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 – Sin’s influence spreads
1 Corinthians 10:32-33 – Seek out a good reputation
1 Corinthians 15:33 – Evil companions corrupts morals
1 Corinthians 16:18 – Refreshing spirits
2 Corinthians 2:15-16 – Differing impact by the same person
Philippians 1:12-15 – Even difficulties can influence others
Philippians 2:15-16 – Christians are to shine as lights
1 Thessalonians 1:7-8 – A congregation being an example to others
2 Timothy 1:5 – Faith passed on from generation to generDecember 3, 2004tion to the Scriptures
Hebrews 11:4 – Good that is remembered
I Peter 3:1-2 – Winning husbands by conduct

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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TITLES AND NAMES OF CHRIST

  • Adam, Second.
    1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
  • Almighty.
    Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
  • Amen.
    Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
  • Alpha and Omega.
    Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
    Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
  • Advocate.
    1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
  • Angel.
    Genesis 48:16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
    Exodus 23:20-21 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.
  • Angel of the Lord.
    Exodus 3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
    Judges 13:15-18 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee. And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD. And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour? And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
  • Angel of God’s presence.
    Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
  • Apostle.
    Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
  • Arm of the Lord.
    Isaiah 51:9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?
    Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
  • Author and Finisher of our faith.
    Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • Blessed and only Potentate.
    1 Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
  • Beginning of the creation of God.
    Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
  • Branch.
    Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
    Zechariah 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.
    Zechariah 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
  • Bread of Life.
    John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
    John 6:48 I am that bread of life.
  • Captain of the Lord’s hosts.
    Joshua 5:14-15 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
  • Captain of salvation.
    Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
  • Chief Shepherd.
    1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
  • Christ of God.
    Luke 9:20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.
  • Consolation of Israel.
    Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
  • Chief Corner-stone.
    Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
    1 Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
  • Commander.
    Isaiah 55:4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
  • Counsellor.
    Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
  • David.
    Jeremiah 30:9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.
    Ezekiel 34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.
  • Day-spring.
    Luke 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
  • Deliverer.
    Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
  • Desire of all nations.
    Haggai 2:7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
  • Door.
    John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
  • Elect of God.
    Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
  • Emmanuel.
    Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
    Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
  • Eternal life.
    1 John 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
    1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
  • Everlasting Father.
    Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
  • Faithful witness.
    Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
    Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
  • First and Last.
    Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
    Revelation 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
  • First-begotten of the dead.
    Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
  • First-born of every creature.
    Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
  • Forerunner.
    Hebrews 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
  • God.
    Isaiah 40:9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
    John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
  • God blessed for ever.
    Romans 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
  • God’s fellow.
    Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
  • Glory of the Lord.
    Isaiah 40:5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
  • Good Shepherd.
    John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
  • Great High Priest.
    Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
  • Governor.
    Matthew 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
  • Head of the Church.
    Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
    Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
  • Heir of all things.
    Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
  • Holy One.
    Psalms 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
    Acts 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
    Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
  • Holy One of God.
    Mark 1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
  • Holy One of Israel.
    Isaiah 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
  • Horn of salvation.
    Luke 1:69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
  • I AM.
    Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
    John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
  • JEHOVAH.
    Isaiah 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
  • Jesus.
    Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
    1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
  • Judge of Israel.
    Micah 5:1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
  • Just One.
    Acts 7:52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
  • King.
    Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
    Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
  • King of Israel.
    John 1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
  • King of the Jews.
    Matthew 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
  • King of saints.
    Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
  • King of Kings.
    1 Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
    Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
  • Law-giver.
    Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.
  • Lamb.
    Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
    Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
    Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
    Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
  • Lamb of God.
    John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
    John 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
  • Leader.
    Isaiah 55:4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
  • Life.
    John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
    Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
    1 John 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
  • Light of the world.
    John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
  • Lion of the tribe of Judah.
    Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
  • Lord of glory.
    1 Corinthians 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
  • Lord of all.
    Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
  • LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
    Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • Lord God of the holy prophets.
    Revelation 22:6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
  • Lord God Almighty.
    Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
  • Mediator.
    1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
  • Messenger of the covenant.
    Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
  • Messiah.
    Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
    John 1:41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
  • Mighty God.
    Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
  • Mighty One of Jacob.
    Isaiah 60:16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
  • Morning-star.
    Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
  • Nazarene.
    Matthew 2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
  • Offspring of David.
    Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
  • Only-begotten.
    John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
  • Our Passover.
    1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
  • Plant of renown.
    Ezekiel 34:29 And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.
  • Prince of life.
    Acts 3:15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
  • Prince of peace.
    Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
  • Prince of the kings of the earth.
    Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
  • Prophet.
    Luke 24:19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
    John 7:40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
  • Ransom.
    1 Timothy 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
  • Redeemer.
    Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
    Isaiah 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
    Isaiah 60:16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
  • Resurrection and life.
    John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
  • Rock.
    1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
  • Root of David.
    Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
  • Root of Jesse.
    Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
  • Ruler of Israel.
    Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
  • Saviour.
    2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
    2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
  • Servant.
    Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
    Isaiah 52:13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
  • Shepherd and Bishop of Souls.
    1 Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
  • Shiloh.
    Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
  • Son of the blessed.
    Mark 14:61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
  • Son of God.
    Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
    John 1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
  • Son of the Highest.
    Luke 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
  • Son of David.
    Matthew 9:27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.
  • Son of man.
    John 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
    John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
  • Star.
    Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
  • Sun of righteousness.
    Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
  • Surety.
    Hebrews 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
  • True God.
    1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
  • True Light.
    John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
  • True Vine.
    John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
  • Truth.
    John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
  • Way.
    John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
  • Wisdom.
    Proverbs 8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
  • Witness.
    Isaiah 55:4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
  • Wonderful.
    Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
  • Word.
    John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    John 5:7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
  • Word of God.
    Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
  • Word of Life.
    1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
 
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