GOD REVEALS AND MAN RESPONDS
GOD SHOWS HIMSELF TO US SO THAT
WE MAY BELIEVE
MAN RESPONDS BY:
- OBEYING OR DISOBEYING
- ACCEPTING OR REJECTING
- LOVING OR HATING
- BEING FAITHFUL OR UNFAITHFUL TO
WHAT HE HAS BEEN SHOWN
MAN IS NOT A ROBOT, HE DOES HAVE
SALVATION IS NOT A TRAP
IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN, IT IS BECAUSE GOD HAS CHOSEN TO REVEAL HIMSELF TO YOU FIRST
OUR CHOOSING GOD AND REMAIN IN HIM IS EVIDENCE THAT HE HAS CHOSEN US
WE CANNOT BE SAVED UNLESS WE CHOOSE TO MAKE JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR
OUR CHOOSING TO FOLLOW CHRIST IS A NECESSARY STEP IN BECOMING A CHRISTIAN
SALVATION IS A GIFT. GOD MUST OFFER IT FIRST SO THAT WE CAN ACCEPT IT.
WE CANNOT ACCEPT GOD UNLESS HE REVEALS HIMSELF TO US FIRST.
COME TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF GOD ONLY BY REVELATION
Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus
said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have
hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed
them to little children.
Mat 16:17 Jesus replied, "Blessed
are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was
not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that
he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
Luke 10:21 At that time Jesus,
full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you, Father, Lord
of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise
and learned, and revealed them to little
children. Yes, Father, for this was your
John 1:13 children born not
of natural descent, nor of human decision
or a husband's will, but born of God.
John 1:31 I myself did not
know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he
might be revealed to Israel."
John 2:11 This, the first
of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He
thus revealed his glory, and his disciples
put their faith in him.
This was to fulfill
the word of Isaiah the prophet: "Lord,
who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"
John 17:6 "I
have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world.
They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.
Rom 1:17 For in the gospel
a righteousness from God is revealed,
a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written:
"The righteous will live by faith."
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven
against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth
by their wickedness,
Rom 2:5 But because of your
stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against
yourself for the day of God's wrath, when
his righteous judgment will be revealed.
Rom 8:18 I consider that our
present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory
that will be revealed in us.
Rom 8:19 The creation waits
in eager expectation for the sons of God
to be revealed.
Rom 10:20 And Isaiah boldly
says, "I was found by those who did not seek me; I
revealed myself to those who did not ask for me."
Rom 16:26 but now revealed
and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal
God, so that
all nations might believe and obey him--
1 Cor 1:7 Therefore you do
not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ
to be revealed.
1 Cor 2:10
but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep
things of God.
1 Cor 3:13 his work will be
shown for what it is, because the Day will
bring it to light. It
will be revealed with fire, and the fire will
test the quality of each man's work.
2 Cor 4:10 We always carry
around in our body the death of Jesus, so
that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
2 Cor 4:11 For we who are
alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so
that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.
Gal 3:23 Before this faith
came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked
up until faith should be revealed.
Eph 3:5 which was not made
known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed
by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets.
2 Thes 1:7 and give relief to
you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when
the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in
blazing fire with his powerful angels.
2 Thes 2:6 And now you know
what is holding him back, so that he may
be revealed at the proper time.
2 Tim 1:10 but it
has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus,
who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through
1 Pet 1:5 who through faith
are shielded by God's power until the coming
of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Pet 1:7 These have
come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even
though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise,
glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1 Pet 1:12 It
was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you,
when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who
have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even
angels long to look into these things.
1 Pet 1:13 Therefore,
prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully
on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ
1 Pet 1:20 He was chosen before
the creation of the world, but was revealed
in these last times for your sake.
1 Pet 4:13 But rejoice that
you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be
overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
1 Pet 5:1 To the elders among
you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one
who also will share in the glory to be
Rev 15:4 Who will not fear
you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All
nations will come and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed."
Rom 10:14-21 How, then, can they
call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in
the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone
preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it
is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
But not all the Israelites accepted the good
news. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our message?" Consequently,
faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through
the word of Christ. But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did: "Their
voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."
Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says, "I will make
you envious by those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation
that has no understanding." And
Isaiah boldly says, "I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed
myself to those who did not ask for me." But concerning Israel he says,
"All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people."
OPENS OUR EYES AND EARS SO WE CAN BELIEVE
Deu 29:4 But to this day the LORD
has not given you a mind that understands
or eyes that see or ears that hear.
Job 13:1 "My
eyes have seen all this, my ears have heard and understood it.
Job 42:5 My
ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.
Prov 20:12 Ears
that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
Isa 6:10 Make
the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their
eyes. Otherwise they might see with their
eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and
Isa 11:3 and he will delight in
the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees
with his eyes, or decide by what he hears
with his ears;
Isa 32:3 Then the eyes
of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear
Isa 35:5 Then will the eyes
of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Isa 43:8 Lead out those who
have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.
Jer 5:21 Hear this, you foolish
and senseless people, who have eyes but
do not see, who have ears but do not hear:
Ezek 12:2 "Son of man, you are living
among a rebellious people. They have eyes
to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a
Ezek 40:4 The man said to me, "Son
of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears and pay attention to
everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought
here. Tell the house of Israel everything you see."
Mat 13:15 For this people's heart
has become calloused; they
hardly hear with their ears, and
they have closed their eyes. Otherwise
they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their
hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they
Mark 8:18 Do
you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?
And don't you remember?
Acts 28:27 For this people's heart
has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed
their eyes. Otherwise they might see with
their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn,
and I would heal them.'
Rom 11:8 as it is written: "God
gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears
so that they could not hear, to this very day."
2 Cor 4:4 The god of this age has
blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that
they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is
the image of God.
LOVED US FIRST
1 John 4:19 We
love because he first loved us.
CHOSE US FIRST
Mat 22:14 "For
many are invited, but few are chosen."
Mark 13:20 If the Lord had not cut
short those days, no one would survive. But
for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen,
he has shortened them.
Luke 6:13 When morning came, he
called his disciples to him and chose twelve
of them, whom he also designated apostles:
John 6:70 Then Jesus replied, "Have
I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one
of you is a devil!"
John 13:18 "I am not referring to
all of you; I know those I have chosen.
But this is to fulfill the scripture: 'He who shares my bread has lifted
up his heel against me.'
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear
fruit--fruit that will last. Then the
Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
John 15:19 If you belonged to the
world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the
world, but I have chosen you out of the
world. That is why the world hates you.
Acts 1:2 until the day he was taken
up to heaven, after giving instructions
through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
Acts 1:24 Then they prayed, "Lord,
you know everyone's heart. Show us which
of these two you have chosen
Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to Ananias,
"Go! This man is my chosen instrument to
carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people
Acts 10:41 He was not seen by all
the people, but by witnesses whom God had
already chosen--by us who ate and drank
with him after he rose from the dead.
Acts 13:17 The
God of the people of Israel chose our fathers;
he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt, with mighty power
he led them out of that country,
Acts 22:4 "Then he said:
'The God of our fathers has chosen you to know his will and
to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth.
Rom 8:33 Who will bring any charge
against those whom God
has chosen? It is God who justifies.
Rom 11:5 So too, at the present
time there is a remnant chosen by grace.
Rom 16:13 Greet Rufus, chosen
in the Lord, and his mother, who has been
a mother to me, too.
1 Cor 1:27 But God
chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise;
God chose the weak things of the world
to shame the strong.
1 Cor 1:28
He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and
the things that are not--to nullify the things that are,
Eph 1:4 For
he chose us in him before the creation of the world to
be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
Eph 1:11 In
him we were also chosen, having been predestined
according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with
the purpose of his will,
Col 1:27 To them
God has chosen to make known among the
Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery,
which is Christ in you,
the hope of glory.
Col 3:12 Therefore, as
God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
1 Thes 1:4 For we know, brothers loved
by God, that he has chosen you,
2 Thes 2:13 But we ought always to
thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning
God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying
work of the Spirit and through belief
in the truth.
James 1:18 He
chose to give us birth through the word of truth,
that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
James 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers:
Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world
to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love
1 Pet 1:2 who have been chosen
according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,
through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ
and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
1 Pet 1:20 He
was chosen before the creation of the world,
but was revealed in these last times for your sake.
1 Pet 2:4 As you come to him, the
living Stone--rejected by men but chosen
by God and precious to him--
1 Pet 2:6 For in Scripture it says:
"See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and
precious cornerstone, and the one who
trusts in him will never be put to shame."
1 Pet 2:9 But you are a chosen
people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who
called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Rev 17:14 They will make war against
the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and
King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen
and faithful followers."
WE ARE A CHOSEN PEOPLE
Isaiah 65:9 I will
bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah those who will possess my
mountains; my chosen people will inherit
them, and there will my servants live.
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God's chosen
people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may
declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful
CHOSE US ACCORDING TO HIS FOREKNOWLEDGE
Rom 8:29 For
those God foreknew he also predestined
to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn
among many brothers.
Rom 11:2 God did not reject his
people, whom he foreknew.
Don't you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah--how
he appealed to God against Israel:
1 Pet 1:2 who have been chosen
according to the foreknowledge of God
the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to
Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
WANTS ALL MEN TO BE SAVED
Rom 11:32 For God has bound all
men over to disobedience so that he may
have mercy on them all.
2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slow in
keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you,
not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone
to come to repentance.
In other words, it is not the natural
children who are God's children, but it
is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham's offspring.
For this was how the promise was stated: "At the appointed time I will
return, and Sarah will have a son." Not only that, but Rebekah's
children had one and the same father, our father Isaac. Yet,
before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad--in order that
God's purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who
calls--she was told, "The older will serve the younger." Just as it is
written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated." What
then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses,
"I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on
whom I have compassion." It does not, therefore, depend on man's
desire or effort, but on God's mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh:
"I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in
you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." Therefore
God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants
to harden. One
of you will say to me: "Then why does God
still blame us? For who resists his will?"
But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say
to him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'" Does
not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some
pottery for noble purposes and some for common use? What if God,
choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience
the objects of his wrath--prepared for destruction? What if he did
this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy,
whom he prepared in advance for glory-- even us, whom he also called,
not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
2 Cor 4:7 But we have
this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing
power is from God and not from us.
IS BY GRACE THAT WE ARE SAVED
Acts 18:27 When Apollos wanted to
go to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there
to welcome him. On arriving, he was a great
help to those who by grace had believed.
Eph 2:8 For
it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God--
to Law and Grace
CANNOT SAVE OURSELVES, WE DO NOT DESERVE SALVATION, SO WE SHOULD NOT BOAST
Rom 4:2 If,
in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about--but
not before God.
Rom 11:18 do
not boast over those branches. If you
do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.
1 Cor 1:29 so
that no one may boast before him.
1 Cor 1:31 Therefore, as it
is written: "Let him who boasts boast in
1 Cor 4:7 For who makes you
different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive?
And if you did receive it, why do you boast
as though you did not?
1 Cor 9:16 Yet when I preach
the gospel, I cannot boast,
for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
1 Cor 13:4 Love is patient,
love is kind. It does not envy, it does
not boast, it is not proud.
2 Cor 1:12 Now
this is our boast: Our conscience testifies
that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations
with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done
so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God's grace.
2 Cor 1:14 as you have understood
us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can
boast of us just as we will boast of you
in the day of the Lord Jesus.
2 Cor 10:8 For
even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for
building you up rather than pulling you down, I will not be ashamed of
2 Cor 10:13 We, however, will
not boast beyond proper limits, but will
confine our boasting to the field God has assigned to us, a field that
reaches even to you.
2 Cor 10:17 But, "Let
him who boasts boast in the Lord."
2 Cor 11:21 To
my shame I admit that we were too weak for that!
What anyone else dares to boast about--I am speaking as a fool--I also
dare to boast about.
2 Cor 11:30 If I must boast,
I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
2 Cor 12:5 I will boast
about a man like that, but I will not boast
about myself, except about my weaknesses.
2 Cor 12:9 But he said to
me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly
about my weaknesses, so that Christ's
power may rest on me.
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Eph 2:9 not
by works, so that no one can boast.
James 4:16 As
it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.
Jude 1:16 These men
are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they
boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
GOD CHOSE PEOPLE,
CITIES AND NATIONS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
1 Samuel 10:20
When Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, the tribe of Benjamin
1 Samuel 16:1 The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for
Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with
oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen
one of his sons to be king."
2 Samuel 16:18 Hushai said to Absalom, "No, the one chosen by
the LORD, by these people, and by all the men of Israel--his I will be,
and I will remain with him.
1 Kings 8:16 'Since the day I brought my people Israel out of
Egypt, I have not chosen a city in any tribe of Israel to have a
temple built for my Name to be there, but I have chosen David to rule my
1 Kings 11:32 But for the sake of my servant David and the city of
Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, he
will have one tribe.
1 Kings 14:21 Rehoboam son of Solomon was king in Judah. He was
forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in
Jerusalem, the city the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of
Israel in which to put his Name. His mother's name was Naamah; she was an
2 Kings 21:7 He took the carved Asherah pole he had made and put it in
the temple, of which the LORD had said to David and to his son Solomon, "In this
temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of
Israel, I will put my Name forever.
1 Chronicles 16:13 O descendants of Israel his servant, O sons
of Jacob, his chosen ones.
1 Chronicles 28:5 Of all my sons--and the LORD has given me many--he
has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD
2 Chronicles 6:5 'Since the day I brought my people out of Egypt, I
have not chosen a city in any tribe of Israel to have a temple
built for my Name to be there, nor have I chosen anyone to be the leader
over my people Israel.
2 Chronicles 6:6 But now I have chosen Jerusalem for my Name to
be there, and I have chosen David to rule my people Israel.'
2 Chronicles 12:13 King Rehoboam established himself firmly in
Jerusalem and continued as king. He was forty-one years old when he became king,
and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the LORD had chosen
out of all the tribes of Israel in which to put his Name. His mother's
name was Naamah; she was an Ammonite.
2 Chronicles 33:7 He took the carved image he had made and put it in
God's temple, of which God had said to David and to his son Solomon, "In this
temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of
Israel, I will put my Name forever.
Psalms 135:4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob to be his own,
Israel to be his treasured possession.
Isaiah 13:4 Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great
multitude! Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing
together! The LORD Almighty is mustering an army for war.
Isaiah 41:8 "But you, O Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have
chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend,
Isaiah 44:1 "But now listen, O Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom
I have chosen.
Isaiah 45:4 For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my
chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you
do not acknowledge me.
Isaiah 49:7 This is what the LORD says-- the Redeemer and Holy One of
Israel-- to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the
servant of rulers: "Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow
down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who
has chosen you."
SIMILARLY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, GOD CHOOSES MEN AND WOMEN FROM ALL PEOPLES
TRIBES AND NATIONS
Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go!
This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles
and their kings and before the people of Israel.
Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased
men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
Revelation 7:9 After this I looked and there before me was a great
multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and
language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were
wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
NEED TO ASK GOD TO COME INTO OUR HEART
Mat 7:7 "Ask
and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door
will be opened to you.
Luke 11:9 "So
I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
Luke 11:13 If you then, though you
are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how
much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who
MUST ACCEPT GOD'S WORD
Mark 4:20 Others, like seed
sown on good soil, hear the word, accept
it, and produce a crop--thirty, sixty
or even a hundred times what was sown."
John3:11 I tell you the truth,
we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but
still you people do not accept our testimony.
There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words;
that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.
Rev 3:20 Here
I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens
the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
MUST MAKE A CHOICE
But if serving the LORD seems
undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves
this day whom you will serve, whether the
gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites,
in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve
the LORD." Then
the people answered, "Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other
gods! It was the LORD our God himself
who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery,
and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our
entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled.
And the LORD drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites,
who lived in the land. We too will serve
the LORD, because he is our God."
Joshua said to the people, "You
are not able to serve the LORD. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God.
He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. If
you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster
on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you."
But the people said to Joshua, "No! We
will serve the LORD." Then Joshua
said, "You are witnesses against yourselves
that you have chosen to serve the LORD."
"Yes, we are witnesses," they replied.
"Now then," said Joshua, "throw away the foreign gods that are among you
and yield your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel." And the people
said to Joshua, "We will serve the LORD our God and obey him."
Israel was God's chosen people, yet here they
have to choose to serve God. God chooses to reveal himself to certain
people but unless they in turn choose to serve him, it remains to be confirmed
that they are his people; elect, chosen and predestinated. When we choose
to follow God and remain in him, we confirm that we have been chosen of God.
We cannot come to God unless God chooses us first and reveals himself to us by
opening our eyes, ears and minds. If we never choose to follow God's ways
or don't persist in them, it is unlikely He has chosen us.
CAN OBEY OR DISOBEY
Deut 26:14-9 I
have obeyed the LORD my God; I have done everything you commanded me.
Look down from heaven, your holy dwelling place,
and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us as you promised
on oath to our forefathers, a land flowing with milk and honey."
The LORD your God commands you this day to follow these decrees and laws;
carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. You
have declared this day that the LORD is your God and that you will walk
in his ways, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws, and that
you will obey him. And the LORD has
declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as
he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. He has declared
that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations
he has made and that you will be a people holy to the LORD your God, as
Acts 5:32 We are witnesses
of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom
God has given to those who obey him."
Rom 1:5 Through him and for his
name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among
all the Gentiles to the obedience that
comes from faith.
1 Pet 1:14 As obedient children,
do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
to we must obey his commandments
CAN REJECT GODíS INVITATION
1 Sam 10:19 But
you have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your calamities
and distresses. And you have said, 'No,
set a king over us.' So now present yourselves before the LORD by your
tribes and clans."
Deut 32:15 Jeshurun grew fat
and kicked; filled with food, he became heavy and sleek. He
abandoned the God who made him and rejected the Rock his Savior.
Matt 22:1-14 Jesus spoke to them
again in parables, saying: "The kingdom
of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He
sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell
them to come, but they refused to come. "Then he sent some more servants
and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner:
My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready.
Come to the wedding banquet.' "But they paid no attention and went off--one
to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated
them and killed them. The king was enraged.
He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. "Then
he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited
did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet
anyone you find.' So the servants went out into the streets and gathered
all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall
was filled with guests. "But when the
king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing
wedding clothes. 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding
clothes?' The man was speechless. "Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie
him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there
will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' "For
many are invited, but few are chosen."
Mark 8:31 He then began to
teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected
by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must
be killed and after three days rise again.
Mark 9:12 Jesus replied, "To
be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it
written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected?
Mark 12:10 Haven't you read
this scripture: "'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone
Luke 7:30 But
the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God's purpose for themselves,
because they had not been baptized by John.
Luke 9:22 And he said, "The
Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief
priests and teachers of the law, and he
must be killed and on the third day be raised to life."
Luke 10:16 "He who listens
to you listens to me; he who rejects you
rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me."
Luke 17:25 But
first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
Luke 20:17 Jesus looked directly
at them and asked, "Then what is the meaning of that which is written:
"'The stone the builders rejected has become
the capstone '?
John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal
life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see
life, for God's wrath remains on him."
Acts 7:39 "But
our fathers refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their
hearts turned back to Egypt.
1 Thes 4:8 Therefore,
he who rejects this instruction does not reject
man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
1 Tim 1:19 holding on to faith
and a good conscience. Some have rejected
these and so have shipwrecked their faith.
2 Tim 3:8 Just as Jannes and
Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men
oppose the truth--men of depraved minds,
who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected.
CAN TURN AWAY FROM GOD
Exo 32:8 They
have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves
an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They
have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, 'These are your
gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.'
Num 32:15 If
you turn away from following him, he will again leave all this people in
the desert, and you will be the cause of their destruction."
Deu 11:16 Be
careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and
bow down to them.
Josh 22:16 "The whole assembly of
the LORD says: 'How could you break faith with the God of Israel like this?
How could you turn away from the LORD and
build yourselves an altar in rebellion against him now?
If we have built our own altar to turn away from the LORD and
to offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, or to sacrifice fellowship
offerings on it, may the LORD himself call us to account.
Josh 22:29 "Far be it from us to
rebel against the LORD and turn away from
him today by building an altar for burnt
offerings, grain offerings and sacrifices, other than the altar of the
LORD our God that stands before his tabernacle."
Josh 23:12 "But if you
turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that
remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them,
1 Sam 12:20 "Do not be afraid,"
Samuel replied. "You have done all this
evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your
1 Sam 12:21
Do not turn away after useless idols.
They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.
1 Ki 9:6 "But
if you or your sons turn away from me and do not observe the commands and
decrees I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them,
2 Chr 7:19 "But
if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you
and go off to serve other gods and worship them,
Psa 80:18 Then
we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name.
Jer 3:19 "I myself said, "'How gladly
would I treat you like sons and give you a desirable land, the most beautiful
inheritance of any nation.' I thought you
would call me 'Father' and not turn away from following me.
Why then have these people turned away?
Why does Jerusalem always turn away? They cling to deceit; they refuse
Jer 15:6 You
have rejected me," declares the LORD.
"You keep on backsliding. So
I will lay hands on you and destroy you; I can no longer show compassion.
Jer 17:13 O LORD, the hope of Israel,
all who forsake you will be put to shame.
Those who turn away from you will be written
in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water.
Jer 32:40 I will make an everlasting
covenant with them: I will never stop doing
good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never
turn away from me.
Hosea 7:14 They do not cry out to
me from their hearts but wail upon their beds.
They gather together for grain and new wine but turn away from me.
Mat 24:10 At
that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each
John 15:4-6 Remain in me, and I
will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain
in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. "I am
the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he
will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If
anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and
withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
Heb 12:25 See to it that you do
not refuse him who speaks. If they did
not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less
will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?
CAN TURN BACK AGAIN
2 Chr 29:10 Now
I intend to make a covenant with the LORD, the God of Israel,
so that his fierce anger will turn away from us.
2 Chr 30:8 Do not be stiff-necked,
as your fathers were; submit to the LORD. Come
to the sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever.
Serve the LORD your God, so that his fierce anger will turn away from you.
Ezek 16:42 Then my wrath against
you will subside and my jealous anger will turn away from you; I will be
calm and no longer angry.
Ezek 18:30 "Therefore, O house of
Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the
Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from
all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.
Gal 6:1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin,
you who are spiritual should restore him
gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
James 5:19-20 My brothers, if one of you
should wander from the truth and someone should
bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns
a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a
multitude of sins.
PRODIGAL SON FOR EXAMPLE...
Luke 15:11-32 Jesus continued: "There
was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, 'Father,
give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.
"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off
for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After
he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country,
and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen
of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to
fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave
him anything. "When he came to his senses,
he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here
I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say
to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired
men.' So he got up and went to his father. "But
while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with
compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed
him. "The son said to him, 'Father, I
have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be
called your son.' "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the
best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his
feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate.
For this son of mine was dead and is
alive again; he was lost and is found.'
So they began to celebrate. "Meanwhile, the older son was in the field.
When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one
of the servants and asked him what was going on. 'Your brother has come,'
he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has
him back safe and sound.' "The older brother became angry and refused to
go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his
father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed
your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate
with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property
with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' "'My
son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is
yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother
of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'"
DISCIPLES ALL DISOWNED HIM
Mat 26:34 "I tell you the truth,"
Jesus answered, "this very night, before
the rooster crows, you will disown me three times."
Mat 26:35 But Peter declared, "Even
if I have to die with you, I will never disown you."
And all the other disciples said the same.
Mat 26:75 Then Peter remembered
the word Jesus had spoken: "Before the
rooster crows, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and
Mark 14:30 "I tell you the truth,"
Jesus answered, "today--yes, tonight--before
the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times."
Mark 14:31 But Peter insisted emphatically,
"Even if I have to die with you, I will
never disown you." And all the others said
Mark 14:72 Immediately the rooster
crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered
the word Jesus had spoken to him: "Before
the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times." And he broke down
The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter.
Then Peter remembered the word the Lord
had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me
John 13:38 Then Jesus answered,
"Will you really lay down your life for
me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster
crows, you will disown me three times!
CAN BE UNFAITHFUL BUT HE REMAINS FAITHFUL
2 Tim 2:13
if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
We are saved by faith in Jesus
CAN DISOWN HIM AND HE WILL DISOWN US
Mat 10:33 But
whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
Luke 9:26 If
anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of
him when he comes in his glory and in the
glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
2 Tim 2:12 if we endure, we will
also reign with him. If we disown him, he
will also disown us;
2 Tim 2:13 if
we are faithless, he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.
See we need to confess
SHOULD USE WHAT WE HAVE OR IT WILL BE TAKEN AWAY
Matt25:14-30 "Again, it will be
like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his
property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two
talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then
he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went
at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one
with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the
one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
"After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts
with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other
five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have
gained five more.' "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant!
You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many
things. Come and share your master's happiness!' "The man with the two
talents also came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two talents;
see, I have gained two more.' "His master replied, 'Well done, good and
faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put
you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
"Then the man who had received the one talent came. 'Master,' he said,
'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and
gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out
and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.' "His
master replied, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where
I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then,
you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when
I returned I would have received it back with interest.
"'Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.
For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.
Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw
that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
MUST KEEP OIL IN OUR LAMPS
Matt25:1-13 "At that time the kingdom
of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to
meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The
foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise,
however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a
long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. "At midnight
the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' "Then
all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said
to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' "'No,'
they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go
to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' "But while they were
on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The
virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the
door was shut. "Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open
the door for us!' "But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know
you.' "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
CAN TAKE AWAY HIS KINGDOM FROM US
Mat 21:33-43 "Listen to another
parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around
it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard
to some farmers and went away on a journey. When the harvest time approached,
he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit. "The tenants
seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.
Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the
tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them.
'They will respect my son,' he said. "But when the tenants saw the son,
they said to each other, 'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him and take
his inheritance.' So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and
killed him. "Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will
he do to those tenants?" "He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,"
they replied, "and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will
give him his share of the crop at harvest time." Jesus said to them, "Have
you never read in the Scriptures: "'The stone the builders rejected has
become the capstone ; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our
eyes'? "Therefore I tell you that the kingdom
of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce
its fruit. He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he
on whom it falls will be crushed."
IF WE DO NOT BARE FRUIT
WE WILL BE CUT OFF
John15:1-20 "I am the true vine, and my
Father is the gardener. He cuts off
every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit
he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You
are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain
in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must
remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in
me. "I am the vine; you are the
branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart
from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a
branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into
the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask
whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This
is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my
disciples."As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in
my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain
in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that
your joy may be complete. My command is this:
Love each other as I have loved you. Greater
love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command. I
no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's
business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from
my Father I have made known to you. You did
not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit
that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
This is my command: Love each other. "If
the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If
you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not
belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the
world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you:
'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will
persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
MUST STAND FIRM
MUST STAND FIRM UNTIL THE END
Exo 14:13 Moses answered the people,
"Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will
see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The
Egyptians you see today you will never see again.
2 Chr 20:17
You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm
and see the deliverance the LORD will give you,
O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out
to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.'"
Job 11:15 then
you will lift up your face without shame;
you will stand firm and without fear.
Psa 20:8 They are brought to their
knees and fall, but we rise up and stand
Psa 30:7 O LORD, when you favored
me, you made my mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.
Prov 10:25 When the storm has swept
by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous
stand firm forever.
Isa 7:9 The head of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah's son. If
you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.'"
Ezek 13:5 You have not gone
up to the breaks in the wall to
repair it for the house of Israel so that
it will stand firm in the battle on the
day of the LORD.
Mat 10:22 All men will hate you
because of me, but he who stands firm to
the end will be saved.
Mat 24:13 but
he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Mark 13:13 All men will hate you
because of me, but he who stands firm to
the end will be saved.
1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers,
stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always
give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your
labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Cor 16:13 Be on your guard; stand
firm in the faith; be men of courage;
2 Cor 1:21 Now it
is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ.
He anointed us,
2 Cor 1:24 Not that we lord it over
your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because
it is by faith you stand firm.
Gal 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ
has set us free. Stand firm,
then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth
buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
Phil 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct
yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I
come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that
you stand firm in one spirit,
contending as one man for the faith of the gospel
Phil 4:1 Therefore, my brothers,
you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should
stand firm in the Lord,
Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of
you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling
in prayer for you, that you may stand firm
in all the will of God, mature and fully
2 Th 2:15 So then, brothers, stand
firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you,
whether by word of mouth or by letter.
James 5:8 You too,
be patient and stand firm, because the
Lord's coming is near.
MUST BE CAREFUL LEST WE FALL
Mat 7:25 The rain came down,
the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet
it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
Mat 10:29 Are not two
sparrows sold for a penny ? Yet not one
of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.
Mat 11:6 Blessed
is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
Mat 15:14 Leave them; they
are blind guides. If a blind man leads
a blind man, both will fall into a pit."
Mat 26:31 Then Jesus told them,
"This very night you will all fall away
on account of me, for it is written: "'I
will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'
Mat 26:33 Peter replied, "Even
if all fall away on account of you, I never will."
Mat 26:41 "Watch
and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing,
but the body is weak."
Mark 4:17 But since they have no
root, they last only a short time. When
trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
Mark 14:27 "You
will all fall away," Jesus told them, "for
it is written: "'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'
Mark 14:29 Peter declared,
"Even if all fall away, I will not."
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is
willing, but the body is weak."
Luke 6:39 He also told
them this parable: "Can a blind man lead
a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?
Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
Luke 8:13 Those on the rock
are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they
have no root. They believe for a while,
but in the time of testing they fall away.
Luke 10:18 He replied,
"I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
Luke 11:17 Jesus knew their
thoughts and said to them: "Any kingdom
divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself
Luke 22:40 On reaching
the place, he said to them, "Pray that
you will not fall into temptation."
Luke 22:46 "Why are
you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and
pray so that you will not fall into temptation."
Rom 9:33 As it is written:
"See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock
that makes them fall, and the one who
trusts in him will never be put to shame."
Rom 11:11 Again I ask: Did
they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather,
because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make
1 Cor 10:12 So, if you think
you are standing firm, be careful that
you don't fall!
1 Tim 3:6 He must not be a
recent convert, or he may become conceited
and fall under the same judgment as the
1 Tim 3:7 He must also have
a good reputation with outsiders,
so that he will not fall into disgrace and
into the devil's trap.
1 Tim 6:9
People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many
foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
Heb 4:11 Let us, therefore,
make every effort to enter that rest, so
that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
1 Pet 2:8 and, "A
stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall."
They stumble because they disobey the message--which
is also what they were destined for.
2Pet 1:5-11 For this very reason,
make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;
and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and
to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to
brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing
measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in
your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them,
he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed
from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers,
be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For
if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich
welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Pet 3:17 Therefore, dear friends,
since you already know this, be on your
guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and
fall from your secure position.
CAN SIN UNTO DEATH
Rom 6:16 Don't you know that
when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you
are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which
leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
1 John 5:16 If anyone sees
his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and
God will give him life. I refer to those
whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I
am not saying that he should pray about that.
CAN CROSS US OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE
Psa 69:28 May
they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous.
Phil 4:3 Yes, and I ask you, loyal
yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause
of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose
names are in the book of life.
Rev 3:5 He who overcomes will, like
them, be dressed in white. I will never
blot out his name from the book of life, but
will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.
Rev 13:8 All inhabitants of the
earth will worship the beast--all whose
names have not been written in the book of life
belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.
Rev 17:8 The beast, which you saw,
once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction.
The inhabitants of the earth whose names
have not been written in the book of life from
the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because
he once was, now is not, and yet will come.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, great
and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book
was opened, which is the book of life.
The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the
Rev 20:15 If
anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown
into the lake of fire.
Rev 21:27 Nothing impure will ever
enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only
those whose names are written in the Lamb's
book of life.
CAN TAKE HIS HOLY SPIRIT FROM US
Psa 51:11 Do not cast me from your
presence or take your Holy Spirit from
WE DISOWN GOD AND GO BACK TO OUR OLD WAYS WE ARE WORSE OF AT THE END THAN
If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are
worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.
THE SEED PLANTED ON THE ROCKY
GROUND DIED AFTER A PERIOD OF RAPID GROWTH
Luke 8:5-15 "A
farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along
the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some
fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no
moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which
grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other
seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than
was sown." When he said this, he called out, "He
who has ears to hear, let him hear." His disciples asked him what
this parable meant. He said, "The knowledge of the
secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in
parables, so that, "'though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they
may not understand.' "This is the meaning of
the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those
along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and
takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be
saved. Those on the rock are the ones
who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They
believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The
seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they
go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and
they do not mature. But the seed on good soil
stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and
by persevering produce a crop.
1Tim 5:15 Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.
APOSTASY MEANS TO GIVE UP, TURN AWAY AND DENOUNCE THE
IF THERE IS ONGOING SIN IN OUR LIVES THEN IT IS HARD
TO ENJOY GOD'S PRESENCE
IF WE DO NOT REPENT OF THE SINS THAT WE ARE AWARE OF,
THEN WE TEND TO MOVE FURTHER AND FURTHER AWAY FROM GOD
MAY THEN BE THE END RESULT OF
A LONG PROCESS OF BACKSLIDING
IT MEANS TO DISOWN CHRIST AND PURSUE EVIL DESIRES
THE ONLY WAY TO SURVIVE THE TRIALS OF LIFE IS TO LOVE
MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE AND TRUST HIM TO SAVE US
THERE IS NO OTHER GOD THAT CAN SAVE US
IF WE IDOLIZE ANYTHING OR ANYONE OTHER THAN GOD,
WILL BE DISAPPOINTED
IDOLATRY MEANS TO LOVE SOMETHING OR SOME ONE MORE
IS ONLY FINAL IF YOU CANNOT REPENT OF YOUR LOVE OF EVIL
Eph 4:18 They
are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God
because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their
Heb 10:29 How
much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled
the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood
of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of
Rev 22:12-16 "Behold, I
am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according
to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and
the Last, the Beginning and the End. "Blessed are those who wash
their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go
through the gates into the city.
Outside are the dogs, those
who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters
and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. "I,
Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches.
I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star."
OMINOUS WARNING TO THOSE WHO ACTUALLY CRUCIFIED CHRIST: THE JEWS
It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted
the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted
the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they
fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they
are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public
TRY AND PROVE THIS ONE WRONG, OH YOU WITH
THE REBELLIOUS SPIRIT
COMPARE THIS TO...
Mat 16:23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
Jesus once said to Peter, "I give to
you the keys of the Kingdom..... and upon this rock, I will build my
Church." Yet here, Jesus calls him Satan!
the disciples disowned Jesus, including Peter, but Jesus forgave them.
you have once known Christ and fallen away, you can turn back to him.
will greet you with open arms, just like the Father greeted the Prodigal
son. All you need to do is repent.
death on the cross was sufficient to pay for all our sins: past, present
James 5:19-20 My brothers, if one of you
should wander from the truth and someone should
bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns
a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a
multitude of sins.
TRUE REPENTANCE INVOLVES MORE THAN JUST SAYING SORRY
IT MEANS TO TURN AROUND AND HEAD IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION
IT MEANS TO STOP DOING THE THINGS THAT WE ARE SORRY FOR
SOMETIMES THE SPIRIT IS WILLING BUT THE BODY IS WEAK
GOD KNOWS OUR HEART, OUR MOTIVE
HE KNOWS WHAT WE LOVE
IF YOU HAVE BEEN WEAK OR YOUR MOTIVES HAVE NOT BEEN PURE
NOT TOO LATE TOO REPENT
Mat 3:2 and saying,
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
Mat 4:17 From that
time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent,
for the kingdom of heaven is near."
Mark 1:15 "The
time has come," he said. "The
kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"
Luke 13:3 I tell
you, no! But unless you repent, you too
will all perish.
Luke 13:5 I tell
you, no! But unless you repent, you too
will all perish."
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven
over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who
do not need to repent.
then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,
that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
of this wickedness and pray to the Lord.
Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.
Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things
you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your
lampstand from its place.
Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against
them with the sword of my mouth.
have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.
I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit
adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.
therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if
you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at
what time I will come to you.
whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.
The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not
repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons,
and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood--idols that cannot see
or hear or walk.
Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality
or their thefts.
They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who
had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify
cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they
refused to repent of what they had done.
CAN KNOW WHERE WE STAND WITH GOD
Rom 8:16 The
Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.
Phil 2:12 Therefore, my
dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not
only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue
to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,
1John 4:21-24 Dear friends,
if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence
before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands
and do what pleases him. And this is
his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love
one another as he commanded us. Those
who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know
that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit
he gave us.
1John 5:1-4 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the
Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as
well. This is how we know that we love the
children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This
is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for
everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has
overcome the world, even our faith.
1John 5:11-15 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal
life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the
Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the
Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This
is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according
to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever
we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him.
CAN KNOW WHETHER WE WILL BE SAVED IF CHRIST WERE TO COME BACK NOW
2 Cor 13:5-6 Examine
yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do
you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail
the test? And
I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.
Gal 6:4 Each
one should test his own actions. Then
he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else,
CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD
Rom 8:39 neither
height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate
us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 10:28 I give them eternal life,
and they shall never perish; no one can
snatch them out of my hand.
John 10:29 My Father, who has given
them to me, is greater than all ; no one
can snatch them out of my Father's hand.
HELPS US TO STAND FIRM
2 Cor 1:21
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed
WE HAVE TO DO IS TRUST IN HIM
Num 21:7-9 The people came
to Moses and said, "We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against
you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us." So Moses prayed
for the people. The LORD said to
Moses, "Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can
look at it and live." So Moses made
a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by
a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived.
John 3:14-5 Just
as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted
up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
We just need to look toward
God with the eyes of our heart
This does not require any
strength or effort, JUST FAITH
WILL NOT BREAK HIS SIDE OF THE COVENANT
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the
forgiveness of sins.
Mark 14:24 "This
is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many," he said to
Luke 1:72 to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
Luke 22:20 In the same way, after
the supper he took the cup, saying, "This
cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Acts 3:25 And
you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers.
He said to Abraham, 'Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be
Acts 7:8 Then
he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. And
Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after
his birth. Later Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the
father of the twelve patriarchs.
Rom 11:27 And
this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins."
1 Cor 11:25 In the same way, after
supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup
is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance
2 Cor 3:6 He
has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter
but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
2 Cor 3:14 But their minds were
made dull, for to this day the same veil
remains when the old covenant is read.
It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.
Gal 3:15 Brothers, let me take an
example from everyday life. Just as no
one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established,
so it is in this case.
Gal 3:17 What I mean is this: The
law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously
established by God and thus do away with the promise.
Gal 4:24 These things may be taken
figuratively, for the women represent two
covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai
and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar.
Heb 7:22 Because of this oath, Jesus
has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
Heb 8:6 But
the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant
of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on
Heb 8:7 For
if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would
have been sought for another.
Heb 8:8 But God found fault with
the people and said : "The time is coming,
declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah.
Heb 8:9 It
will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took
them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain
faithful to my covenant, and I turned
away from them, declares the Lord.
Heb 8:10 This
is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares
the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Heb 8:13 By
calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what
is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.
For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who
are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance--now that he has
died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first
This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.
Heb 9:20 He said, "This
is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep."
Heb 10:22 In fact, the
law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without
the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
Heb 10:16 "This
is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I
will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds."
Heb 12:24 to
Jesus the mediator of a new covenant,
and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of
Heb 13:20 May
the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought
back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,
Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen
the ark of his covenant. And there came
flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a
PREDESTINED US TO BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON
Rom 8:29-30 For those
God foreknew he also predestined to
be conformed to the likeness of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
And those he predestined,
he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified,
he also glorified.
Eph 1:5 he predestined
us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ,
in accordance with his pleasure and will--
Eph 1:11 In him we
were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him
who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
COMPLETES WHAT HE BEGINS
Ph.1:6 being confident of this,
that he who began a good work in you will
carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
WILL GRAFT THE JEWS BACK IN
Rom 11:1-27 I ask then: Did God
reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant
of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people,
whom he foreknew. Don't you know what the Scripture says in the passage
about Elijah--how he appealed to God against Israel: "Lord, they have killed
your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they
are trying to kill me"? And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved
for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal." So too,
at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And
if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no
longer be grace. What then? What Israel sought
so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened,
as it is written: "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they
could not see and ears so that they could not hear, to this very day."
And David says: "May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling
block and a retribution for them. May their eyes be darkened so they cannot
see, and their backs be bent forever." Again
I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather,
because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make
Israel envious. But if their transgression means riches for the world,
and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will
their fullness bring! I am talking to you Gentiles.
Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry
in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some
of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what
will their acceptance be but life from the dead? If the part of the dough
offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root
is holy, so are the branches. If some of the branches have been broken
off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the
others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not
boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support
the root, but the root supports you. You
will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in."
Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by
faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the
natural branches, he will not spare you either.
Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those
who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness.
Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And
if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is
able to graft them in again. After
all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary
to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily
will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you
may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until
the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And
so all Israel will be saved, as it is
written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away
from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins."