This is for the mature child of God?
You have passed beyond the principles of the doctrine of Christ; the foundation
of repentance, faith, baptisms, of laying on of hands, of the resurrection
of the dead and of eternal judgement.
You have tasted of the heavenly gift of God, made partakers of the Holy
Ghost, tasted the good word of God and the powers of the world to come.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no
money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money
and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is
not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken
diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your
soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear,
and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with
you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for
a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold,
thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that
knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for
the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye the LORD while
he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake
his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto
the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will
abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither
are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens
are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my
thoughts than your thoughts.
Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation
is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is
the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold
on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand
from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined
himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me
from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry
tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and
choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;
Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and
a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting
name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join
themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD,
to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it,
and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their
sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall
be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord GOD which gathereth
the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside
those that are gathered unto him.
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name
is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also
that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of
the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not
contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should
fail before me, and the souls which I have made. For the iniquity
of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth,
and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways,
and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him
and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him
that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and
I will heal him. But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when
it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no
peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people
their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me
daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness,
and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances
of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. 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. Behold, ye fast for strife
and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast
as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it
such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is
it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes
under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to
the LORD? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the
bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed
go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread
to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not
thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning,
and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall
go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. Then shalt
thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say,
Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the
putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; And if thou draw
out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall
thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought,
and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like
a spring of water, whose waters fail not. And they that shall be
of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations
of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach,
The restorer of paths to dwell in.
In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude
of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto
his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven
of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that
shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore
whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and
that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon
the housetops. And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that
kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will
forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath
power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Are not five sparrows
sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But
even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore:
ye are of more value than many sparrows. Also I say unto you, Whosoever
shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before
the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before
the angels of God. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of
man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the
Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. And when they bring you unto the synagogues,
and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what
thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach
you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness:
for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he
possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The
ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought
within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to
bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns,
and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many
years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto
him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then
whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he
that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto
you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the
body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is
more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap;
which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much
more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought
can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing
which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how
they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon
in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe
the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the
oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And
seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of
doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after:
and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek
ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good
pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide
yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth
not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your
treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let your loins be girded about,
and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait
for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh
and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those
servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say
unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat,
and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second
watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are
those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known
what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered
his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son
of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and
wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household,
to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is
that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth
I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But
and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and
shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink,
and to be drunken; 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.
And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself,
neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be
beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him
shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they
will ask the more. I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I,
if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptised with; and
how am I straitened
till it be accomplished! Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth?
I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be
five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The
father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father;
the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the
mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against
her mother in law.
Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said
unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate:
for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door,
and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord,
Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not
whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy
presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell
you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers
of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall
see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom
of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from
the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from
the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh
not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
After faith and repentance; what comes next?
Surrender of self
Submission to God through Christ Jesus.
In what order, or do they come together?
Perhaps the most difficult of all to overcome is surrender of our wills
(our souls) to our Creator.
At the end of the second world war the German generals were forced to sign
an unconditional surrender document to save their people from annihilation.
We are given a choice.
We are also given time.
We must use the time given to us to choose wisely, because our real, unending
life is about to begin.
Two questions have been written into my Bible in Luke 12.
Do I believe the Bible?
Am I a good servant?
I cannot answer them in the affirmative.
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful
in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath
covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself
with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge,
that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for
all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but
unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know
we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh,
yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be
in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold,
all things are become new.
(2 Corinthians 5:14-17)
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared
to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking
for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and
our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem
us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous
of good works.