1 Samuel 2:27 A Man of God

1 Samuel 2:27 (KJV)
And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh’s house?

Exactly who this man of God was, we must be content not to know until we reach eternity. What is apparent is the difference between religion and a relationship with God. 

I take it that men of God were rare but not unheard of in those days. There was one mentioned in the account of Deborah. 

The priesthood – religion – was not wrong. It had its place and still does. 

James 1:27 (KJV) 
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. 

If religion is the action of a Christian, then our relationship with the Lord is the life that moves the action. Religion without life is death. Life without action is meaningless. 

There always seems to be few who are men of God, who possess the life of God in them and thus are moved to action on behalf of God. 

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Revelation 14:6 One Gospel

Revelation 14:6 (KJV)
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

There are those who like to speak of the various ways of salvation: 

  • That way of the Old Testament 
  • That way of the New Testament 
  • That way of the Tribulation 

There is only one gospel. It is the glorious gospel, Christ’s gospel; the everlasting gospel or else it is another gospel which is not another.[1]

Every soul ever saved has been saved this same way, by believing this gospel and trusting Christ. Every soul that ever will be saved in the future will be saved exactly the same way. 

It is an everlasting gospel. It was ordained before the foundation of the world and it, like its subject, Jesus Christ, changes not. 


[1]Galatians 1:6-7 (KJV)I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

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1 Peter 1:9-12 Should We Not Do The Same?

1 Peter 1:9-12 (KJV) Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. We believe, and here is one proof text for it, that the Old Testament saints looked forward to salvation through the gospel of Christ just as we look back to salvation through the gospel of Christ. Notice they enquired and searched diligently at those things that pertained to the coming gospel. Should we not do the same? Are we too casual and carefree about this great gift just because it is a gift now given? Notice also that they understood they ministered to a generation to come. Should we not do the same? The opportunities for the future for salvation rest, to some degree, upon our faithfulness to guard and then to bring forward the faith once delivered.   To my readers: First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments. For this and more than 4400 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com. My books are available at: My author spotlight at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie My author Page for Kindle/Amazon http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

1 Peter 1:9-12 Should We Not Do The Same?

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James 2:2 Always Assembled

James 2:2 (KJV)
For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;

Many Bible students place a very early date on the authorship of this epistle. They cite, as one of their main reason, James’ blatant connection between Judaism and Christianity. The inference, they claim, is that he wrote at such an early date that Christianity had not yet progressed to include the Gentile church. Indeed, one of their arguments is that the word, “assembly” in this verse is the Greek word for synagogue and not church. Perhaps, they opine, the church had not yet developed.

I have no problem giving this book an early date.

First, the church obviously existed even before Christ was crucified
Matthew 16 and 18 both have Christ mentioning the church. It does not begin in Acts chapter 2 but in the Gospel period.

Second, the Greek for word, “church” existed as a secular term prior to the existence of the Christian church
It was originally used to describe what we might call a “town council” today. The Bible has at least three terms that were all used to describe an early church:

  • Eklessia (used in about 115 times)
  • Sunogoge (James 2:2)
  • Episunogoge (Hebrews 19:25) “a complete gathering”

It seems to me that the key point is that the church always means a gathering.

  • It is never universal. It is never Catholic. It is never invisible.
  • It is always local. It is always visible.  It is always assembled.

 

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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 10:4 God In All Our Thoughts

Psalms 10:4 (KJV)
The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

There are two possible perspectives for this passage, and it’s context:

On the one hand we could see it as behavioral
The wicked does what does because he is wicked.

On the other, we could see it as descriptive.
Those who behave in these ways are wicked.

  • It is wicked to persecute the poor
  • It is wicked to bless those the Lord abhors
  • It is wicked to have a mouth full of cursing

If we take this as an appropriate interpretation then verse four provides a convicting consideration, it is wicked that God is not in all of our thoughts.

Note the word all. God is to be in all of our thoughts. Not just the religious ones. Not just when we are at church or in our devotions. God should be in our thoughts:

  • While we are at home
  • While we ply our trade
  • While we enjoy our meals
  • While we visit with company
  • While we conduct our business

We understand that a wicked man would not have God in all his thoughts. Have we considered that it is wicked not to have God in all of ours?

 

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Acts 17:4 Not A Few, But Not Enough

Acts 17:4 (KJV)
And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

I am intrigued by these terms, “a great multitude” and “not a few.” Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica had been successful. Not a few had believed the message and trusted Christ.

  • Not a few but
  • Not enough

Not enough to sway the Jews toward Conversion. Not enough to prevent lewd fellows from assaulting Jason. Not enough to keep the city from an uproar and not enough to provide Paul a welcome to stay and continue preaching. Not a few but not enough.

No matter how successful a ministry is it is petty (speaking of numbers) in comparison to those who disagree with it. My father in law used to speak of big fish in a small pond. The largest and most influential ministries are only that in the eyes of others with smaller ministries. They may puff out their chests as if they have been blessed more greatly than some others but, in the eyes of the world, they are little and despised.

It leads me to think this; we will never be so successful as to appear successful in the eyes of the world. We will never have seen enough saved as to turn the course of humanity in our own power. These are things only God can do and we must therefore remain in humble trust upon Him.

 

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John 8:6-7 Nothing Much Has Changed

John 8:6-7 (KJV)
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Wow, how many times has it been that people have asked me a question I tried not to answer? Truly nothing has changed in all these two thousand years.

  • They asked a question meant to cause trouble
  • They asked the question despite it being obvious Jesus preferred not to answer
  • They asked the question and came under conviction by the answer

The thing they hoped to do did not happen. He did not condemn the woman. He did not set Himself up so people turned against Him. This thing only served to heap coals of fire upon their own heads. They left under conviction, ashamed and without a word to answer Christ.

 

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