John 8:36 For Real? Free Indeed

 

What constitutes disciples indeed

John 8:31 (KJV)
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

This world is filled with people who profess to be Christians but who fall short of the Biblical definition of the disciple of Jesus Christ.

Real freedom is
A FREEDOM BASED ON TRUTH AND NOT RELIGION

People:

  • Join churches
  • Do religious deeds
  • Sacrifice time and resources and
  • Keep the Ten Commandments

All in hopes that doing these things will get them a place in eternal life with the Lord.

 

Real freedom is
A FREEDOM THAT CHANGES SERVICE

No Christian has to serve sin.

 

Real freedom is
A FREEDOM THAT LASTS FOREVER

If you belong to Jesus Christ – if He has made you free – you will never perish.

Not ever.

For no reason.

 

John 8:36 For Real? Free Indeed

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Colossians 2:16-18 How To Avoid Being Judged

Colossians 2:16-18 (KJV)
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

Within these verses we find two “Let no man…” phrases. In the first we have a subject with which we can have little to do. In the second is a subject we may have much control over. I can have little control whether another judges me. I can have complete control over whether they are able to beguile me.

Therefore it seems to me that the same way in which I would not be beguiled I would not be judged:

  • I disallow them influence in my life.
  • I pay no attention to their judgments or their teachings.
  • I choose to occupy my mind and my attention on those who have headed in the same direction God’s Word has led me.

Those who have chosen a path otherwise are free to take their course but I won’t give them liberty to interrupt my own.

 

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Colossians 2:16-18 How To Avoid Being Judged

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Proverbs 3:8 Health and Marrow

Proverbs 3:8 (KJV)
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

The Bible is a precise book and, at the same time, beautiful. No word is used accidentally or carelessly. These are the very words of God and not merely the word (or thought) of God.

To fear the Lord and to depart from evil is said first of all to be:
Health to thy navel
The word health means, a cure. It was considered the central place of our organs and would refer to the bowels, the seat of our person. The cure for the soul is the fear of the Lord.

Marrow to thy bones
Of course the marrow is the living part of our bones. The Hebrew word means, moisture or refreshment. Our bones frame our body. This could be a reference to our character, the measure of a man.

When we get saved two things happen. First, we are justified. Our spirit is quickened and or soul is cured. Second we begin a process of being sanctified. God separates us from the world and molds us into the image of the Lord. These two are, to my understanding, implied in our Proverb.

 

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Proverbs 3:8 Health and Marrow

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Proverbs 1:14 Communism Is Sin

Proverbs 1:14 (KJV)
Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

Albert Barnes calls this verse “a wild communism.” Those of the world have always had their hopes of peace through community.

  • Nimrod attempted it through his tower
  • The believers attempted it in the early church at Jerusalem
  • The Puritans tried it again at Plymouth
  • Socialist/Communist governments have killed for it
  • The hippies of the sixties lived it and
  • The liberals politic for it

But this Proverb warms us to avoid it, classifies it as a temptation of sin and provides for us at least one reason it will never work, greed.

The corrupted human nature can never really avoid this condition. We will forever wish to better ourselves over others. The “one purse” pattern breeds either:

  • Laziness in people who do nothing or the bare minimum and cause the economy to fail or else
  • Cheat the system to have an unfair share of the purse

Communism then devolves into what we have seen it become over and over, a small group of people ruling as despots over masses of impoverished people.

There are always people pushing a communist agenda. The Proverbs calls them sinners and warns us not to consent to them.

 

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Psalms 147:9-10 God’s Pleasure

Psalms 147:9-10 (KJV)
He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

Is it our honest desire to be the delight and pleasure of our God? Do we truly want to please Him in our lives? This passage may cause some a fair deal of concern. God is not excited and pleased with strength. He has little joy in the works of men – what we may or may not accomplish. These may have their place, but not in relation to our relationship with God.

  • He delights not in the strength of the horse
  • He takes no pleasure in the lags of men

The Bible is quite specific.

  • God takes pleasure in them that fear Him
  • God takes pleasure in those that hope in His mercy

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Psalms 147:9-10 God’s Pleasure

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Psalms 145:18 Near God

Psalms 145:18 (KJV)
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

What an encouraging passage. “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him…”

He is nigh unto all
No doubt there is no one so far from God that He cannot hear and help. No one so far He cannot save. No one so terrible He does not love.

He is nigh unto all that call upon Him
This limits then the “all.” He is nigh unto all but He is especially nigh unto them that call upon Him. When my sons were small we might have been physically near most of the time but we were near emotionally, attentively and etc. when they called out to us. There is a difference between being close at hand and being at hand.

He is nigh to all that call upon Him in truth
This limits the promise still further. God is not far from anyone but He is closer to those who call upon Him and closer still to those who call upon Him in truth.

It is important then that we not only know that we know the Lord but that we rightfully divide His Word so we know the truth.

 

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Psalms 145:18 Near God

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Proverbs 31:10 A Virtuous Christian

The virtuous woman is both rare and valuable. I would go so far as to say she is essential:

  • To a happy home
  • To an productive family and
  • To a honorable nation
  1. THE POWER OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN
  2. THE PURPOSE OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN
  3. III. THE PRAISE OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN

Your purpose, man woman boy or girl is to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Do that and you will be a virtuous Christian.

Proverbs 31:10 A Virtuous Christian

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Psalms 138:2 A Place, Person and Plan for Worship

Psalms 138:2 (KJV)
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

I see three of the key components of worship within this verse:

  • A place to worship
  • A Person to worship and
  • A plan for worship

Worship always involves a place of God’s choosing.
Rebellious man has decided that God can be worshipped anywhere he pleases. While this might seem truthful, it places the wrong one in control of worship and thereby nullifies that worship. If we are not submissive to God we are not in worship. The place of worship in the New Testament era is in a local (I believe, Baptist) church.

The mention of God’s name is here found twice.
It is an obvious reference to Jesus and reminds us that we worship God by Christ. He is the High Priest Who opened the way that we may come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Finally is the reference to God’s Word.
He has magnified His Word even above His name. To worship God without Christ is heresy. To come to Christ without the Word is impossible.

 

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Ephesians 2:4 Inexhaustible Mercy

Ephesians 2:4 (KJV)
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

It happens that I read today both Ephesians 3 and Psalms 136. The literary style of the Psalm is poetic as it drives home, in 26 verses, that, “His mercy endureth forever.” Now this verse in Ephesians gives us the reason for His mercy; “His great love wherewithal He loves us.

As enduring as is His mercy, His love for us is that great. It is unending, inexhaustible and eternal. God’s love extends to:

  • The Jew and the Gentile
  • The saved and the lost
  • The child and the adult
  • The male and the female
  • The faithful and the unfaithful
  • The obedient and the disobedient

No doubt, the desire of God, and the purpose for the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the saving of souls and the sanctification of the saved. But God’s love is greater than our relationship with Him and therefore His mercy endures our sin to give us, over and again, opportunities to make right our walk with Him.

 

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Psalms 132:11 The Promise of Eternity

Psalms 132:11 (KJV)
The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.

That this passage reaches past David’s immediate line: Solomon, Rehoboam and etc., is clear from Acts 2:30 (KJV)
Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

Clearly his family has reference as is obvious from Psalms 132: 12, but the promise is greater than royalty. The promise is eternal.

I want the very best for my children. I want to see them successful and happy. But what I long to see much more than that is to see them, their children, and their children’s children saved, serving the Lord and secure for all of eternity.

This is the promise of Psalms 132:11. It is not a promise of a lengthy monarchy. It is the promise of an eternity based upon One, Jesus Christ.

 

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Psalms 132:11 The Promise of Eternity

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