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Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Communication of the Remnant (Part 1)


Home Bible Study- Lutz, Florida
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
(2 Timothy 2:15)


This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1Timothy 2:3-4


House Work

I know I’ve suggested this before.  But for those who may have forgotten and for those who may be just visiting, it’s always a good idea to review the previous Bible lessons.  These lessons may be found in the archives located at: HBSGroup.Blogspot.com
 
When asked by his students, “What is the best method of learning?” 
The wise teacher said, “Repetition…and then more of this.”

Scripture says God did not send Jesus to judge the inhabitants of the world but to save them!  The judgment of the world will come at some future date.  Keep this in mind.


Communication of the Remnant (Part 1)



John 3

17: “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be (what) saved through Him.”

Let’s compare Scripture with Scripture.

John 14

6: Jesus said to him (the Apostle Thomas), “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father (God the Father) but through Me.”

No need to dissect that Bible verse.  It says what it means and means what it says!

If you want to be in a position of “right standing” with God the Father, you must believe that Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He was raised from the dead on the third day, also according to the Scriptures.
(1 COR 15:1-4)

In our previous lesson, Scripture points to Jesus Christ as the Light of the world.

John 8

12: Then Jesus again spoke to them (the Pharisees) saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
This verse is teaching us that:

Jesus Christ is “the Light” of the world and not just for some people but for all.
Jesus Christ dispels darkness, which stands for evil. 
Thus, Jesus Christ pierces the darkness of sin and death conquering them.

Just as darkness is the absence of light.  Evil is the absence of God.
Albert Einstein

We have a tendency to grade wrongful acts; don’t we? 
We like to compartmentalize and categorize these activities.
For instance, murder is certainly more serious than robbing a 7-11.
Cheating on a final exam is hardly worth mentioning when you compare it to internet pornography, or cheating on your spouse, wouldn’t you say?

But man needs to step back from being the judge of such conduct. 
Because of our “Adamic Nature” we are flawed creatures and this truth disqualifies us.

Genesis 6

5: Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his (what) heart was only (what’s the next word) evil (how often) continually. 

You know what continually means, right?  It means every waking minute!

Job 24

13: “Others have been with those who (do what) rebel against the light; They do not want to know its ways Nor abide in its paths.

And:
Isaiah 29

15: Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the LORD, And whose deeds are done in a dark place, And they say, “Who sees us?” or “Who knows us?”

Scripture answers the last two questions in the verse above.

Jeremiah 23

24: “Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD.  “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD.

And:

Jeremiah 16

17: “For My eyes are on all their ways; they are no hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity concealed from eyes.

Men and women surround themselves with a false sense of security if they actually believe the Lord Jesus Christ is unaware of what’s going on in their lives.

The same light that makes plants grow hardens clay.
The light is the same, but the response is completely different.

John 3

19: “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.

20: “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

21: “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

As I said previously, there are two camps in the “world,” Believers and unbelievers.
There isn’t a third.  You can’t be a “fence sitter” in the arena of faith.

The largest camp by far is the unbelievers and Scripture reveals this Truth.




Matthew 7

13: “Enter through the narrow gate: for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to (what) destruction, and that are (what’s the next word folks) many who enter through it.

14: “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are (how many) few who find it.” 

I call this the Communication of the Remnant. 

The “majority” does not seek God or believe His word.
Only the “few” do this; the Believers.  This Truth runs throughout the Bible.

Read the Biblical account of Noah and the Flood (Genesis 6; 7). 
How many people chose to believe the LORD and boarded the Ark of Safety?
You see faith is always followed by ACTION!

How many people chose to go their own way, even though the LORD left the door of the Ark open and the ramp down for 7 days after the 8 people and all the animals had boarded?  What was the end result?

Clearly a “few” people believed God and they were rewarded for their faith.
Clearly the “majority” did not believe God and died in their unbelief!
This pattern of faith and unbelief is repeated over and over again in the Bible.

But throughout man’s history God has preserved a “remnant” unto Himself.

In this example, the prophet Elijah is running for his life. 
He believed himself to be the last “son of Israel” left who believed in the LORD God.  He prayed for death, but the LORD God comforted him instead (1 Kings 19:1-21).

And in verse 19 the LORD God tells Elijah that he is not the last believing Jew…

1 Kings 19

18: “Yet I (the LORD GOD) will leave 7,000 (the remnant) in Israel all the knees that have not bowed to Baal (an idol - fertility god worshipped by the Canaanites and Phoenicians) and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

At this time in history, there were approximately 7, 000, 000 Jews living in Israel.
Only 7,000 remained faithful to the LORD God.  What percentage is that?
I think it’s 1/10th of 1%.  Get the picture?
I teach this for a reason my friends.  For it is no different today. 
The Lord Jesus Christ still preserves a remnant unto Himself.

Honestly, I can picture the scoffers and the naysayers already tuning me out.
And I can already hear the comments, “Isn’t the majority of America Christian!”
Is it?  I’ve known for some time this isn’t true.  Of course, it depends on your definition of the word “Christian.” 

Recent history tells me there are “few” FAITH followers in America today. 

A man I admire and look up to said to me, “There’s a fine line between Bible teaching and preaching and every once in a while you’re going to cross over it.” 

At the risk of “crossing over,” I shall continue.

The MAJORITY OF AMERICA JUST RE-ELECTED THE MOST PROABORTION PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE USA. 

What does the Lord Jesus Christ say about murder?

Romans 13

9: For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT (what) MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET…,”

Taking the life of an unborn child at any stage is wrong.  We must respond to all tragic circumstances of pregnancy from the unshakeable foundation of two indisputable premises: human life begins at conception, and it is always wrong to intentionally kill an innocent human being.  The unborn child’s right to life and liberty is given by his or her Creator, not by his or her parents or by the state.  The right to life is inalienable: that is, not to be trespassed upon by another.

  1. Abortion
    1. The termination of a pregnancy.
  2. Dilatation and Extraction, D&X, (Partial Birth Abortion)
    1. The baby is delivered feet first.  The head is left inside the birth canal.  A sharp instrument is used to puncture the rear of the skull at the base and the brains are sucked out.  Once dead, the baby is fully delivered.
  3. Dilatation & Curettage (D&C)
    1. Abortive procedure where the abortionist inserts a curved knife into the placenta and cuts the baby up into pieces before it is suctioned out.  Done in the first trimester.
  4. Dilatation & Evacuation
    1. An abortive procedure where an abortionist inserts a pliers-like instrument into the uterus.  The abortionist then grabs whatever part of the baby it comes in contact with.  Then, by twisting and pulling, the baby is dismembered, killed, and pulled from the womb.
  5. Mifepristone or Mifeprex (RU-486)
    1. A pill taken after conception that stops the absorption of Progesterone, a hormone necessary for sustaining pregnancy.  Taken with misoprostol, it causes the uterus to contract and eject the newly conceived baby.
  6. Partial Birth Abortion
    1. An abortive method where the entire baby is delivered except the head.                    With its body outside of the vaginal canal, the doctor then uses a sharp instrument to pierce the back of the skull of the baby and scramble the brains, killing it.  Then the baby is fully delivered.
  7. Pregnancy Reduction
    1. An abortive method of reducing the number of babies in the womb (twins, triplets, etc.) by injecting a poison into the heart of one or more of the babies while still in the womb.
  8. Saline Amniocentesis
    1. An abortive method where a highly concentrated salt solution is injected into the placenta.  The baby takes the salt into the lungs as well as swallowing it.                 After more than an hour, the baby dies and the mother delivers the body a day or two later.

We haven’t hit bottom yet.  In May of 2012 Congress rejected a bill that would ban sex-selective abortions ("Gendercide: Sex-Selection in America”.   The final vote was 246-168


This is a common practice is some other countries such as India and China.
But the practice is becoming “trendy” in AMERICA at the expense of the unborn child who winds up out back in a dumpster.

There’s more:

THE MAJORITY OF AMERICA JUST RE-ELCTED THE FIRST PRESIDENT WHO OPENLY SUPPORTS GAY MARRIAGE AND WHO HAS GONE ON RECORD STATING THAT HE WILL NOT SUPPORT THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT (DOMA).

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) enacted September 21, 1996, 1 U.S.C. § 7) is a United States federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman for federal and inter-state recognition purposes in the United States.  The law passed both houses of Congress by large majorities and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996.                                          

Under the law, no U.S. state or political subdivision is required to recognize a same-sex marriage from another state.  Section 3 of DOMA codifies the non-recognition of same-sex marriages for all federal purposes, including insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors' benefits, immigration, and the filing of joint tax returns.

*Section 3 of DOMA has been found unconstitutional in eight federal courts, including the First and Second Circuit Court of Appeals, on issues including bankruptcy, public employee benefits, estate taxes, and immigration.  The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal in one of those cases, United States v. Windsor, with oral arguments expected in March 2013.

What does the Lord Jesus Christ say about homosexuality?

1 Corinthians 6

9: Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders, (NIV)

Jude

7:  In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion.  They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

Why is the Lord so OPENLY against homosexuality?

The Bible has the answer and it involves the family which was instituted by the Creator God.  Whatever God is for Satan is against.   

The devil has been trying to destroy the institution of the family since its establishment (see Adam and Eve in the Garden, Cain and Able, etc.). 

Why?  Well one reason is the Christ child who was to be born of a virgin named Mary.  A man called Joseph would become his father (Matthew 2:18-25).

So, is the majority of America Christian? 
You tell me? 
Faith is followed by ACTION.

Many people may “believe” in God, but “few” believe in what God says!
And my friends this makes all the difference in the world.

History shows, and current events prove, America is following the gospel of the “majority,” and that is “live and let live.” 

In other words, there is neither right or wrong. 
Their moral compass no longer points north.

So what if Betsy wants to wed Mary Ellen? 
So what if Harold wants to marry his manager Alex?

This doesn’t affect my household?  This doesn’t harm America.
Oh but it does; in many ways politically, financially, and socially. 

I’m not going to leave the spiritual aspect out.  What does the LORD say about this?

Isaiah 5

20: Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
21: Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
22: Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks,
23: who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.

The majority has always gotten it wrong when it comes to faith-related concerns.
I’d be careful about following “the crowd.”

(To be continued)


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