Mark 3:21 (KJV) Jesus Had Friends?

Mark 3:21 (KJV)
And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

Does it amaze us that Christ would have friends who were not (at least at this time) believers? He had grow up from a small child in Nazareth. There He had relatives through His mother and nearly kin through His stepfather, Joseph.  No doubt during those years Jesus had become well acquainted with people who cared for Him as the good person He surely was even though they probably thought His ideas fanciful and maybe immature. “He will grow out of them.” They may have said among themselves.

It is unlikely we have lived long without making some friendships on this level. At school or work or in some other public setting we have likely made friendships that exist despite and not because of our faith. These friends are well meaning but, like those of Christ, may try to hinder our spiritual life.

There came this point in time when the relationship with those friends came to a make or break point. They tried to rescue Jesus from the consequences of His faith; He remained steadfast in that faith. I believe many of those friends came to accept Him as Saviour after this. I am sure many others gave up on Him and walked away.

As we live for the Lord our friends who are not of the faith will almost certainly find themselves at a crossroads at some point; they will come to urge us not to get too wrapped up in our Christianity. They will think they are protecting us to keep us from going overboard in our belief. We must stand firm and true to Christ and when we do, many of them will give up on us. But others will come to trust the Saviour upon which we rest.

 

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Mark 3:21 (KJV) Jesus Had Friends?

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2 Samuel 7:15 (KJV) Never Again

2 Samuel 7:15 (KJV)
But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

There are some things God did once that He promises to never do again:

  • He will never destroy the earth with a flood
  • He will never remove the kingdom from David
  • He will never take the Holy Spirit from a New Testament Christian
  • He will never wink at ignorance again

God is good for His Word. We can trust Him to fulfill his promises.

 

 

To my reader:
Can you think of other places in the Bible where God promised to never do a thing again? I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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2 Samuel 7:15 (KJV) Never Again

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1 Samuel 20:3 (KJV) As Sure As You’re There

1 Samuel 20:3 (KJV)
And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.

 

The passage is of the most serious nature. David is certain that it is Saul’s intention to kill him. Jonathan, though deeply a friend to David, was not so convinced. He would, of course, love his father. He would, though the signs seem to point otherwise, have hoped the best of his father. David uses in this very serious and emotionally charged conversation a phrase that we might put this way, “as sure as you’re standing here, Saul plans to kill me.” But that is not where David ends his analogy. He says, “as truly as the Lord liveth and as thy soul liveth…” He equates the reality of God with the reality of Jonathan.

In truth the reality of God is greater than that reality of:

  • Jonathan or
  • David or
  • you or
  • me

God is the source of our life. We prove our life by the life of God and not the other way around. God is. And it is because God is that we are.

As sure as I am that you are, God is.

 

To my reader:
How is your personal relationship with God? I would love to hear from you. Send me your comments below.

 

 

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1 Samuel 20:3 (KJV) As Sure As You’re There

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1 Samuel 15:2 (KJV) Remember God Remembers

1 Samuel 15:2 (KJV)
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.

God remembered what the Amalekites said to Israel four hurdle years previous. Sometimes we forget that God doesn’t forget. We are aware of the Word of God and what it teaches but we think, since so many people have disobeyed the Bible for so long and have never suffered a consequence then maybe the teachings of the Bible are flawed.

I just want to remind you that four hundred years is nearly twice as long as our nation’s existence. If we were to pay the consequences of Bible disobedience today, we would be paying for the sins of the first Pilgrims and settlers on this continent! Perhaps we are!

The fact that people seem to get away with sin does not mean they have gotten Away with sin.

There is another bunch in this chapter whom God remembers. At nearly the same period in history the amenities had showed kindness to Israel and they are offered and escape from judgment.  Even so we, sinful as we are, are offered a way of escape through Jesus Christ.

God remembers our sin; unless He chooses (because of Christ) to forget our sin.

 

 

To my reader:
Do me a favor leave a comment below and tell me whether you are in the group the God remembers for judgment or mercy.  I would love to hear from you.

 

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1 Samuel 15:2 (KJV) Remember God Remembers

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Revelation 7:3 (KJV) Grace, God’s Characteristic Mark

Revelation 7:3 (KJV)
Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

The evidence of God’s grace is manifested in every era of God’s Word:

  • Adam and Eve knew God’s grace is covering them with skins
  • Noah found grace through the ark
  • Abraham found grace in his calling from the world
  • Moses found grace as God’s presence did not depart after Israel rebelled at Kadesh Barnea
  • This church age is also called the age of grace and even
  • During the Tribulation God refuses to allow the earth and sea to be harmed before He has sealed His 144,000

Grace is the characteristic mark of God’s work. He is holy and just but He is also love. From this combination of attributes is birthed grace.

Grace for all who will happily accept it.

 

 

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Revelation 7:3 (KJV) Grace, God’s Characteristic Mark

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Revelation 6:1 (KJV) Heaven and Earth

Revelation 6:1 (KJV)
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

There are seven seals on the book. Six of them are opened in this chapter. The first four are unique in that:

  • There is a beast to open them
  • There is a horse and rider within them
  • There is an invitation to “come and see”.

Albert Barnes says that the transition from the fourth to the fifth is from earth to heaven; from the seen to the unseen.

There is, among those of us of faith, a strong assurance of both worlds:

  • This temporal, corruptible yet visible world.
  • An eternal, incorruptible and as far as things are now invisible world.

It is by making sound and scriptural observations of this world we can see that we learn lessons concerning that world we cannot. God, who dwells in the invisible world, is sovereign over this visible one. We know that what He says about eternity is true because we can see that what He has said about the earthly ages is true.

 

 

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Revelation 6:1 (KJV) Heaven and Earth

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Revelation 4:5 (KJV) Wherever God Is

Revelation 4:5 (KJV)
And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

The Spirit of God, first seen in this book in Revelation 1:4, and throughout the letters to the seven churches, is seen again in Revelation four (and will be again in chapter five). The working of the Spirit in the churches (hinted at be the mention of the seven lamps of fire) has moved from the earth to heaven where the believers are now represented to be.

  • Wherever God is, believers will be found as the mark of true faith is that they follow the Lord
  • Wherever believers are, a local church will be found as the character of Christians is to assemble into churches.
  • Wherever there is a church the Holy Spirit will be found as the great work of the Holy Spirit is among the churches
  • Wherever the Spirit is there will be Christ as He loved the church and gave Himself for it

 

 

 

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Revelation 4:5 (KJV) Wherever God Is

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Revelation 3:1 (KJV) As Christ Directs

Revelation 3:1 (KJV)
And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

 

I think John Gill is on track when, of Revelation 1:4 he writes, “…by these seven spirits are intended the Holy Spirit of God, who is one in his person, but his gifts and graces are various; and therefore he is signified by this number, because of the fulness and perfection of them…”

 

The Lord Jesus claims possession of the stars or angels (pastors) as well as that of the seven Spirits of God. His possession speaks of his authority over. The pastor of each church is subject to Christ. He is not in charge but he is under the direction of the Lord.

 

The same may be said of the Spirit of God. Though He is co-eternal and equal to Christ in every way He is subjected to Christ in the same manner that Christ is subjected to the Father. The Spirit’s ministry upon churches, each loved of Christ, is directed by Christ. The

  • perfections,
  • completions, and
  • fullnesses

of the Holy Spirit are poured out to Christ’s own churches as Christ directs.

 

 

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Revelation 3:1 (KJV) As Christ Directs

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2 John 1:1-2 (KJV) By Truth, John meant Christ

2 John 1:1-2 (KJV)
The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.

 

The word truth is used five times in the first four verses of this thirteen-verse letter. With only a bit of examination, one can see that, by truth, John meant Jesus Christ.

 

He loves these people in the Lord
Indeed, it is because of the Lord he has cause to know them. If it had not been for the Lord he would have been fishing with his brother.

 

He has known the Lord
Through personal contact and communication. Further, many others have come to know Him through the ministry of John and other witnesses.

 

The Lord dwells in us and shall be with us forever
This is true of the Holy Spirit and of the Word of God but is so obviously applied to Christ in this case.

 

This letter is a battle for the truths surrounding Jesus Christ. But more so it is a battle for Christ.

  • It is Christ who is defamed by heresy
  • It is Christ who is betrayed by backsliders
  • It is Christ who is trampled by those who lightly treat the faith

 

Some people argue that truth is relative. Jesus Christ is not. He is. He is the same yesterday today and forever. He is the way the truth and the life for all men.

 

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2 John 1:1-2 (KJV) By Truth, John meant Christ

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1 John 5:1 (KJV) Jesus Christ, the Fulcrum

1 John 5:1 (KJV)
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

 

The contest of the spiritual world revolves around Jesus Christ.

  • His person
  • His presence and
  • His passion

are become the fulcrum over which faith becomes a broken religion or an elevating devotion. Here is the dividing line between those who say they love God and those whom God says love Him. If you love God you will in turn love the one who is begotten of Him; Jesus Christ.

 

By using the concept of the begotten here, the Apostle points us to the incarnation. This is that breaking point for so many religions

  • The Catholics venerate Mary almost more than Christ
  • The Mormons and JW’s make Christ less than God with us
  • The Muslims reject that Christ was more than a great prophet
  • The eastern religions are ignorant of Christ
  • The atheists deny Christ
  • The worldly ignore Christ

To love God is to love Christ. To love Christ is to not merely believe in His existence but to embrace His every teaching.

 

 

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1 John 5:1 (KJV) Jesus Christ, the Fulcrum

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