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Endrun

Is it the endrun for Jeshurun?

Deuteronomy 32:15 KJV
But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness ; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

Jeshurun or Israel has forsaken God, not by ignoring him, but by ignoring his Son. In their hubris they believe they are allowed to approach God the Father directly. Deuteronomy 32:18 KJV
Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

1 Timothy 2:5-6 KJV For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; [6] Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

He is the scepter extended to Jew and Gentile alike. If one would live they must accept him. John 3:16

If they recognize him, the men of Israel can move out of their shame which they have confused with righteousness and uncover their head when they pray. 1 Corinthians 11:4 KJV
Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

You can’t run around our Rock, Jesus, to get to Jehovah. And you can’t get to Heaven relying on your Culture (fatness).

Matthew 23:8 KJV
But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

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A Better Way

I have heard it said by various preachers and teachers that if you were the only person to ever live, Jesus would have died just for you.

Personally, I think this is either an exaggeration of God’s love or an attack on his intelligence, but I could be wrong.

Look at it this way. He didn’t die just for you. Read John 3:16. He died for all those in the world that would believe. Instead of saying he would die millions or billions of times for every single believer, he did it once for all. His love was made manifest in that he died once.

Rather than ask if Jesus would die for just me, I think a better perspective is to ask yourself, if I were the only person on Earth, what could I do so that Jesus wouldn’t need to die?

The answer is to not sin. Don’t get me wrong we need Jesus’ blood. Mark 16:16, 1 John 1:9. If it was just you, though, would you ask your Savior to die for you alone or would you try to live your life so that he didn’t need to die?

. . . go, and sin no more. John 8:11

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Our Part

So what’s our part of John 3:16? What’s the condition of eternal life?

John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

We must believe. God’s love is evident throughout the Holy Bible, but it is not unconditional. Salvation requires something on our part.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:14 KJV For many are called, but few are chosen.

What part do we have then? It is not us that calls, but God. It is not us to choose, but God’s. The answer is found in Revelation. Revelation 17:14 KJV says, …they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

It is God’s to call and to choose. It is our part to believe and be faithful.

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A Quick Love Test

Many today preach that God’s love is unconditional. Let’s take a quick test.

John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

What’s the condition?

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Why your Bible translation matters!

I believe in and promote the King James version Holy Bible.

I do not say that Salvation cannot be found in other translations.

I do say Damnation can be found in other translations.

Here are two examples I’ve come across in the last few weeks:

In John 3:16 one and only son

In KJV one and only begotten son

Why does it matter? Our hope like angels is to be the sons and daughters of the most high God. 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 KJV Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you, [18] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

If God has one son, we and angels should lose hope. Yet the correct translation includes begotten to indicate Jesus was born of God and through miraculous conception Mary.

1 John 1:9 when are sins are revealed in his light he is faithful to forgive

1 John 1:9 KJV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The KJV correctly places the onus of confession on us, not mere happenstance or accident.

Proverbs 28:13 KJV
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

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A Matter of Degrees

I worry for the future of the Church. I had a recent conversation with someone attending a Church of Christ preaching school in which he said everyone who was not of the Church of Christ denomination was unrighteous.  I have heard before of certain denominations or individual churches believing they were the only ones saved, but was somewhat shocked that this was the spirit of a church I attend.

Is this the future spirit of the Church? The Bible tells us the righteous are scarcely saved. 1 Peter 4:18. And yet I have not found a congregation that worships perfectly. Where is that church, one that keeps the Ten Commandments and understands the gospel?

There are keys of Salvation that cross denominational barriers? 

  1. John 3:16 Belief in Jesus
  2. Mark 16:16 Correct Water Baptism
  3. 1 John 1:9 Forgiveness After Baptism


Does the use of musical instruments in worship make one unrighteous? Does receiving sprinkling as an infant make a person unrighteous? Does not keeping the Sabbath make one unrighteous? 

It’s a matter of degrees from the straight and narrow. Being unable to discern God is accepting of both a cappella and musical worship may not make one worthy of damnation. However, believing you are holier because you only worship a cappella may be a stumbling block. Being sprinkled with water as an infant doesn’t make one unrighteous. However choosing not to read the Holy Bible to learn baptism requires knowledge of Jesus, knowledge of sin for repentance, and being immersed by another in the name of Jesus or in the name if the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost may jeapordize one’s salvation. Keeping the Sabbath is a commandment, yet we are told not to judge one another in regard to the keeping of holy days. Colossians 2:16.

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Unconditionallie

There are those that claim God’s love is unconditional. Some claim they love their children unconditionally.

I think the closest thing to unconditional love is a pet’s love, so I thought about that. What if I stop giving my cats food and water? I imagine for three or four days they would be extra loving and then eventually their love would stop. What if my cats made my bed their litter box for a week or if they attacked me when I went to sleep. Hopefully that would never happen, but they might become outdoor pets or put up for re-adoption.

God’s love is conditional. Jesus said if you love me keep my commandments. The Bible also tells us God loved Jacob, but Esau have I hated. Do you really think Esau is the only person God ever hated?

Jesus died to show us how to live. We are told, touch not the unclean thing and you shall be sons and daughters of the most high God. The unclean thing is sin. Jesus told others, go forth and sin no more. Heed his words and walk with joy in the conditional love of God.

What is the first condition? John 3:16. We must believe Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, the Christ, the promised Messiah.

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