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SHOULD CHRISTIANS FEAR DEATH? HOW DO WE RESPOND TO DEATH?

Facing the Fear of Death!!

Death is common. Death is a certainty. We are reminded of this every day. We may pass by a cemetery, read the obituaries, or stop along the road for a funeral procession. Consider how often death is mentioned in the Bible, approximately 370 times. Death (the absence of life) is used in three ways in the Bible: physical death wherein the body dies (Heb. 9:27), spiritual death wherein the soul dies (Eph. 2:1-2; Jas. 1:15), and the second death wherein the soul is separated from God for all eternity (Rev. 20:14-15; 21:8). Facing physical death is on the minds of many every day.

The fear of death is also common (Heb. 2:15). It is common to many because many love this life too much. It is common because death is an untraveled journey. Death is viewed as a lonely trip by many. Death separates us from those we love. Like looking straight into the sun, many do not want to look straight into the eye of death. Many do not like to talk about or think about death. For example, we speak of the “fear of the unknown.” Why fear? When we do not know about something, we fear it. However, we do not have to fear death. When we know what death is, we can better prepare for it. God’s word provides comfort, consolation and courage on the daily reality of death. Let us consider how the Bible speaks of death, and let us learn how we can better face death.

Death is a Sleep

from Toils, Trials and Tribulations

  • “but when I sleep with my fathers, thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their burying-place” (Gen. 47:30).
  • “And Jehovah said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers” (Deut. 31:16).
  • “When thy days are fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, that shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom” (2 Sam. 7:12).
  • “Otherwise it will come to pass, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders” (1 K. 1:21).
  • “and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints that had fallen asleep were raised” (Mt. 27:52).
  • “These things spake he: and after this he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus is fallen asleep; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. The disciples therefore said unto him, Lord, if he is fallen asleep, he will recover. Now Jesus had spoken of his death: but they thought that he spake of taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus therefore said unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead” (Jn. 11:11-14).
  • “And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep” (Ac. 7:60).
  • “For David, after he had in his own generation served the counsel of God, fell asleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption” (Ac. 13:36).
  • “But now hath Christ been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of them that are asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20; see vv.6,18).
  • “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no wise precede them that are fallen asleep” (1 Thess. 4:14-15). (Note: The word “asleep” comes from the Greek work koimaomai. The Greeks used the word koimeterion from which we get the English word “cemetery.”)

Friends, sleep at the end the day is something greatly needed; it is planned for; it is precious; it is temporary. We should look forward to our sleep at the end of a hard day. In the same way, we should look forward with anticipation to our sleep in death at the end of life. Sleep is a symbol of rest, and death is a rest from the toils of this life (Rev. 14:13; 21:4). In the life to come, there will be no more death (Lk. 20:36), but in this life, we can look forward to our coming hour of rest.

Death is a Departure

from This Life to the Next

  • “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried” (Lk. 16:22).
  • “For we know that if the earthly house of our tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens” (2 Cor. 5:1).
  • “But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very far better:” (Phil. 1:23). (Note: Paul uses kataluo, loose down, in 2 Cor. 5:1 for the body, and he uses analuo, loose up, in Phil. 1:23 for the spirit. Solomon wrote: “and the dust returneth to the earth as it was, and the spirit returneth unto God who gave it;” Eccl. 12:7; cf. Gen. 3:19).
  • “For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure is come” (2 Tim. 4:6). (Note: Paul uses analuo for the word “departure.”)
  • “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead” (Jas.2:26).
  • “knowing that the putting off of my tabernacle cometh swiftly, even as our Lord Jesus Christ signified unto me. Yea, I will give diligence that at every time ye may be able after my decease to call these things to remembrance” (2 Pet. 1:15). (Note: Peter uses the word exodos for “decease,” meaning “departure;” see also Lk. 9:31).

When we die, our spirit departs from our body, and it departs from this life. Death is a departure on a trip from one life to the next. Just as you would prepare to depart on a trip to a beautiful place (vacation spot, visit family and friends, etc.), so you can face death as preparing to depart to a beautiful place called heaven.

Death is a Reunion

with Righteous Loved-Ones

  • “And Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years, and was gathered to his people” (Gen.25:8).
  • “And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven:” (Mt.8:11).
  • “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thess.4:16-18).

The righteous will be reunited with all the saints who have gone on before them. Have you ever prepared for a family reunion? Have you ever anticipated the joy of being with loved-ones; seeing them; talking with them? There is a similar anticipation in death. The righteous look forward to being reunited with fellow-Christians when they die. The righteous are comforted in this life knowing that when they die they will be in the company of the faithful.

Death Is a Union

with Christ in Heaven

  • “Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go, ye know the way” (Jn.14:1-4).
  • “we are of good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord” (2 Cor.5:8).
  • “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain … But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very far better:” (Phil.1:21,23).

The righteous will be united with Christ in heaven. In death, the righteous one simply changes residences. Remember, Paul said to die is GAIN! Have you ever prepared for a union with someone special? Maybe a union with a newborn baby, or a union with a new spouse in marriage? You look forward to that new relationship don’t you? Even so, in death, the faithful Christian will be in a better place with better company.

Death Is a Separation

for All Who Are Lost

  • “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried. And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now here he is comforted, and thou art in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that they that would pass from hence to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from thence to us” (Lk.16:23-26).
  • “And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, even the lake of fire. And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev.20:14-15).
  • “But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part shall be in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death” (Rev.21:8; cf. 2:11; 20:6).

The “second death” refers to eternal separation from all that is good. The “second death” is Hell, the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. Hell is a place where there is no good company or good life possible. The light of God’s presence does not shine there (Mt. 22:13; 2 Thess.1:9). It is confinement to eternal punishment. It is this death, the “second death,” that we should fear at all cost. Jesus said, “but rather fear him who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell” (Mt.10:28). You cannot live wrong and die right!

The next time you ponder the reality of death remember the words of the Psalmist, “Precious in the sight of Jehovah is the death of his saints” (Psa.116:15). Death is precious, not something to be feared. Like Balaam of old, you can say with confidence, “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!” (Num.23:10). And like Paul you can say with anticipation, “I am ready to die” (Ac.21:13). No, you certainly do not have to fear death. If you will just choose to have the right attitude and to live right, you can make a new friend out of an old enemy.

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT DEATH

A  BIBLICAL  LOOK  AT  DEATH!!

Death is a Separation

Genesis 35:18 “And so it was, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-Oni; but his father called him Benjamin.”
I Kings 17:21-22 “And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the LORD and said, “O LORD my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.” Then the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived.”
Ecclesiastes 12:7 “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.”
Luke 23:46 “And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.'” Having said this, He breathed His last.”
James 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

Crossing the Jordan

Deuteronomy 31:2 “And he said to them: “I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in. Also the LORD has said to me, ‘You shall not cross over this Jordan.'” [Implying there is another to be crossed.]
Deuteronomy 27:3 “You shall write on them all the words of this law, when you have crossed over, that you may enter the land which the LORD your God is giving you, ‘a land flowing with milk and honey,’ just as the LORD God of your fathers promised you.” [On the other side of the Jordan is the promised land of rest.]
Hebrews 4:8-10 “For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.”

A Time for Death

Numbers 16:29 “If these men die naturally like all men, or if they are visited by the common fate of all men, then the LORD has not sent me.”
I Samuel 26:10 “David said furthermore, “As the LORD lives, the LORD shall strike him, or his day shall come to die, or he shall go out to battle and perish.””
Job 12:10 “In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?”
Job 14:5 “Since his days are determined, The number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.”
Job 21:21 “For what does he care about his household after him, When the number of his months is cut in half?”
Psalm 31:15 “My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.”
Psalm 39:4-5 “LORD, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah”
Psalm 55:23 “But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; But I will trust in You.”
Psalm 90:10 “The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”
Proverbs 10:27 “The fear of the LORD prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;”
Ecclesiastes 7:17 “Do not be overly wicked, Nor be foolish: Why should you die before your time?”
Isaiah 38:10 “I said, “In the prime of my life I shall go to the gates of Sheol; I am deprived of the remainder of my years.””
Luke 12:20 “But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'”
Acts 17:26 “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings”
II Timothy 4:6 “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.”
Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,”

Attitudes Toward Death

Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 55:4 “My heart is severely pained within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.”
Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints.”
Proverb 14:32 “The wicked is banished in his wickedness, But the righteous has a refuge in his death.”
Ecclesiastes 7:1-2 “A good name is better than precious ointment, And the day of death than the day of one’s birth; Better to go to the house of mourning Than to go to the house of feasting, For that is the end of all men; And the living will take it to heart.”
I Thessalonians 4:13-14 “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.”
II Timothy 1:12 “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”
II Timothy 4:6-8 “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
Revelation 14:13 “Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.””

Death Called Sleep (It is not permanent)

Psalm 13:3 “Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death;”

Death Will End

I Corinthians 15:50-58 “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed– in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

Spiritual Death

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 7:8-11
“But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me.”
I Timothy 5:6 “But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

MY FAITH MY FAMILY MY FRIENDS!!

Words cannot express the joy I’m feeling right now as I think back over the last several days. As I shared with my family over the weekend, I can’t recall in my mind when I’ve  enjoyed myself more than these past few days. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older after all next year is a major milestone for me personally, I turn sixty years old in July that’s even hard to say out loud harder still to type it on my keyboard. Our family like so many others  gathered together for a time of thanks. We no doubt did what so many families were doing;  visiting, sharing, laughing, reminiscing about the good ole days. the women would gather in the kitchen and men would gather round a TV to watch a football game and the children would be outside playing or somewhere in the house being loud and having the time of their lives. I’m quite certain many families hold to their annual traditions which makes thanksgiving all the more unique and interesting on so many levels. Our family just like yours bowed our heads to give thanks for God’s richest blessings on each of us as well as our nation. It was my honor to lead our family in prayer as we joined hands and made our little circle.  As we adults sat down to eat and the little ones took their places it reminded me of my younger days at home when our family of thirteen would begin to chow down as they say, I was so thrilled at the thought of  thinking about how one day in heaven we would gather around the heavenly banquet table, just like the song says; “I CAN ONLY IMAGINE”  As I sit here now, it’s Monday evening and the memories of this past weekend are still with me and I pray they will continue to be with me. The scriptures are quite clear as to how God wants us to respond to him; “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Chris t Jesus for you. (NKJV) Now that thanksgiving is over as far as the world is concerned we as believers know it’s not over because our instructions are very clear from  the word of God. Our spiritual lives are as the kids say these days; 24/7!! It’s my prayer for every Christian home that our families continue to express our thankfulness and gratefulness to our great God. My wife and I experienced a major milestone yesterday as we sat and listened to our  son deliver his very first sermon. He spoke in my place and as I sat there and watched him, listened to him as he spoke very passionately about the Apostle Peter and how after his denial of his Lord and master, he then took us to John 21 and then proceeded to exegete that whole text. Well folks I don’t have to tell you as you could imagine, I was thrilled beyond words. To God be the glory!! In the way of a prayer request; I’ve never asked this before on my blog site but could you pray for my son, Stephen-Michael J. Collins that God would continue to lead him in the direction that the heavenly Father sees fit. We simply pray that God’s will be done in his life. He’s currently attending Johnson University in Knoxville, Tn. studying for the youth/preaching ministry.  As I wrap this up I found some really cool quotes about family; “A happy family is but an earlier heaven”  (John Bowring)  “The family is the nucleus of  civilization”  (Will Durant) “The family is more sacred than the state” Pope Pius XI  “A large family, quick help. (Serbian proverb) “The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family” ( Thomas Jefferson) Friends, let’s give thanks for our FAITH our FAMILY our FRIENDS. We travel this road of life just one time friends, let’s make the best of it while we can. Oh, Give Thanks To The Lord!! God Is So Good To His Own, We Need To Praise His Holy Name Church. So in closing let me say it’s good to be back with you once again, my schedule might not allow me to post daily as I would like, as I have many responsibilities coming up in the new year. I covet your prayers daily that God would continue to give me strength and energy to keep up with all my duties as husband, preacher/teacher, small business owner. I’m a very busy man just like many of you, but I will do my best to keep up. So until next time my friends, Godspeed!!!

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

A BRIEF MESSAGE FROM VERTICAL VIEWER

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE!!  JUST A SHORT MESSAGE FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS, WE WISH GOD’S RICHEST BLESSINGS ON YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THIS COMING WEEK AS MANY FOLKS WILL BE TRAVELING TO GATHER WITH THEIR LOVED ONES. EVEN NOW, MY WIFE AND SON ARE ON THE ROAD TO THE AIRPORT TO PICK UP HER YOUNGER SISTER WHO WILL BE WITH US FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. SO, TO THE POINT OF ALL THIS; VERTICAL VIEWER WILL NOT BE POSTING ANY ARTICLES THIS COMING WEEK. WE ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE PRECIOUS MOMENTS AND THE TIME SPENT WITH FAMILY THIS WEEK. AGAIN MAY I SAY “THANK YOU” SO MUCH FOR FOLLOWING THIS BLOG, IT’S HUMBLING TO SAY THE LEAST!! YOUR COMMENTS HAVE BEEN SO ENCOURAGING AND IT JUST FUELS THE FIRE WITHIN ME TO KEEP AT IT. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH, I APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU MORE THAN YOU’LL EVER KNOW. ONCE AGAIN, ENJOY YOUR WEEK WITH THE FAMILY AND REMEMBER TO GIVE THANKS FOR THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY FOR HIS ETERNAL BLESSINGS. “GOD IS GOOD”  SO, UNTIL NEXT TIME; GODSPEED MY FRIENDS!!

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT UNBELIEF–WHY DO PEOPLE NOT BELIEVE?

A BIBLICAL  LOOK  AT  UNBELIEF!!


Exodus 4:1
And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.

Numbers 11:21-23
And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month. Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them? And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord’s hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.

Numbers 20:12-13
And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the Lord, and he was sanctified in them.

Psalms 78:19
Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?

Psalms 78:21-22
Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:

Psalms 78:32
For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.

Psalms 95:8-11
Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

Psalms 106:7
Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea.

Psalms 106:24
Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:

Isaiah 7:9
And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.

Isaiah 53:1-3
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isaiah 58:3
Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

Jeremiah 5:12-14
They have belied the Lord, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine: And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them. Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

Malachi 1:2
I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob,

Malachi 1:7
Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible.

Matthew 10:14
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

Matthew 11:16-18
But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

Matthew 13:13-15
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Matthew 13:58
And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Matthew 17:17
Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

Matthew 17:19-20
Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Matthew 21:32
For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

Mark 6:2-5
And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

Mark 9:24
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Mark 16:14
Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

Mark 16:16
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Luke 8:12
Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Luke 8:18
Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

Luke 10:16
He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

Luke 12:46
The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

Luke 13:34
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

Luke 14:16-24
Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

Luke 16:31
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Luke 18:8
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Luke 19:41-42
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

Luke 22:67
Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe:

Luke 24:11
And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

Luke 24:21
But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

Luke 24:25-26
Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

Luke 24:37-45
But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

John 1:10-11
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

John 3:7
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

John 3:11-12
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

John 3:18
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:32
And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

John 3:36
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

John 4:48
Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

John 5:38
And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

John 5:40
And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

John 5:43-44
I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

John 5:46-47
For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

John 6:36
But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

John 6:60-62
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

John 6:64
But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

John 6:66
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

John 6:70-71
Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

John 8:24
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

John 8:45-47
And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

John 8:52-53
Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?

John 10:25-26
Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

John 10:37-38
If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

John 12:37
But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:

John 12:39-40
Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

John 12:47-48
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

John 14:17
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

John 16:8
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

John 20:27
Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

Acts 13:40-41
Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

Acts 19:9
But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.

Acts 22:18
And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.

Acts 28:24
And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.

Romans 1:18
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Romans 3:3
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

Romans 4:20
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Romans 9:31
But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.

Romans 10:6-7
But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

Romans 10:14
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Romans 10:16
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

Romans 10:21
But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

Romans 11:20
Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

Romans 11:30-32
For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Romans 14:23
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

1 Corinthians 1:18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:22-23
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 14:22
Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

2 Corinthians 6:14-16
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

2 Thessalonians 3:2
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

1 Timothy 1:13
Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

2 Timothy 2:13
If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Titus 1:15
Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

Hebrews 3:12
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Hebrews 3:16-19
For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Hebrews 4:1-3
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Hebrews 4:6
Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

Hebrews 4:11
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Hebrews 11:31
By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

Hebrews 12:25
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

James 1:6-7
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

1 Peter 2:7-8
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, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

2 Peter 3:4
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

1 John 2:22-23
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

1 John 4:3
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

1 John 5:10
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

1 John 5:12
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Jude 1:5
I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

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.

 
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WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THE UNSAVED (THE LOST)

  A  BIBLICAL LOOK  AT  THE UNSAVED!!
Mark 16:15-17
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Luke 4:18-19
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Luke 5:32
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luke 19:10
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

John 3:3
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:16-17
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 5:12
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 1:18-20
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Romans 5:8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

 
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THE PROBLEM WITH SELF— NOW HERE’S THE ANTIDOTE!!!

A  BIBLICAL  LOOK  AT SELF-EXAMINATION!!

  • Enjoined.
    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?
  • Necessary before the communion.
    1 Corinthians 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
  • Cause of difficulty in.
    Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
  • SHOULD BE ENGAGED IN
    • With holy awe.
      Psalms 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
    • With diligent search.
      Psalms 77:6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.
      Lamentations 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.
    • With prayer for divine searching.
      Psalms 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
      Psalms 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
    • With purpose of amendment.
      Psalms 119:59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
      Lamentations 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.
  • Advantages of.
    1 Corinthians 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
    Galatians 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
    1 John 3:20-22 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
 
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