God is love–but He is MORE!

The Glory of the Lord Paul spoke of in Acts 20:29-31 “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.  Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.”  Peter and Jude were alarmed because of the great numbers of false teachers in the churches of their day.  Jude’s letter, to whomever it was written, tells it like it is in these the final days.  I’m sharing the one and only chapter of Jude,  because I was searching for a specific verse last  evening before falling asleep.  I found what I was looking for in Jude 24 and 25.  Reading the first 23 verses is exactly why I wanted the comfort of 24 and 25.

“Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen. ”  

These last 2 verses are my prayer for “all the saints…”  Please study the Word!  Don’t believe something just because someone who is a preacher, teacher, minister, or author.  Use the HOLY WORD of God as your plumb line to keep you on the narrow road.  Lovingly in Christ  ♥ Streim

Sound Biblical Doctrine vs. Man-Made Doctrine (the 1 st. “G” word)

When Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the ‘tree of knowledge of good and evil (as we saw in the last post) they immediately KNEW they were naked! (Genesis 3:7-8)

Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”  So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”  Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”  To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”  Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.  In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”  And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.  Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.  Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”–  therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man…  Genesis 3:9-24a

The “G” Word:  GOD’S GRACE

What impresses me here is God killed innocent creatures, shed their blood and made clothing to cover man’s sin!   I believe this “shedding of innocent blood” is the first Biblical account of the Eternal Holy God Almighty GRACE.  Grace: showing unmerited favor toward man.

In every book of the Old Testament we read of those who loved and obeyed God offering blood sacrifices for various reasons.  Examples:  to thank God for provision of needs; to ask forgiveness of sins; when seeking wisdom from the LORD.   To ask for ‘grace’!  God’s grace leads us to the one TRUE Gospel which is next in the series.  In the nest several posts, we will examine the Biblical (God’s) view of the Gospel and man’s sinful way of altering it to make it more palatable for people.

Thomas Goodwin, a Puritan theologian said it very well!  “Grace” is more than mercy and love, it super adds to them. it denotes, not simply love, but the love of a sovereign, transcendly superior, one that may do what he will, that may wholly choose whether he will love or no. There may be love between equals, and an inferior may love a superior; but love in a superior, and so superior as he may do what he will, in such a one love is called grace: and therefore grace is attributed to princes; they are said to be gracious to their subjects, whereas subjects cannot be gracious to princes. Now God, who is an infinite Sovereign, who might have chosen whether ever He would love us or no, for Him to love us, this is grace.”

“Grace began the day man fell into sin” © Streim 

Praying you will read the Word daily, searching for the truth in these times when so much “false” ideas are being read, preached and taught.  It is only by searching the Word and having a quiet personal time in prayer daily that we are able to hang onto “hope that lies within us…”  Sending love to my blood bought adopted brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe and to those who are searching for the Truth that sets us free from the penalty of sin!  ♥Streim