Message of the Day: Diligence is Needed, All Must Strive!

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.“ (Matthew 7:13-14, NKJV)

There are two ways of life. One is the easy way of pleasing self which most choose and which leads to destruction. The other is the narrow way of denying self for Jesus’ sake, which leads to life (Matt. 7:13-14).

The path to heaven is narrow. It is not the “great highway” that people tread. Very few people go there. Here and there one may be seen – traveling in solitude. The way to death, on the other hand, is broad. Multitudes are in it. It is the great highway in which people go. They fall into it easily and without effort, and go without thought. If they wish to leave that and go by a narrow gate to the city, it would require effort and thought.

Diligence is needed to enter life. All must strive, to obtain it; and so narrow, unfrequented, and solitary is it, that a few find it.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: As We Understand more of Christ’s Love, We Grow to be more like Him

“…to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19, NKJV)

Paul believes that only by God’s grace could one as unworthy as he be given the work of taking the gospel to the Gentiles. He believes also that only by God’s power will he be fruitful in that work. God’s plan of uniting all believers in one church in and through Christ displays to people and to angels his great wisdom. This encourages Christians in their everyday lives, for if God is so wise and powerful, they know that they can enter into his presence at all times without fear or doubt. They therefore should not be discouraged, as some in Ephesus were when they heard that their apostle was in prison.

The one to whom Paul prays is the Father of all who believe, whether Jews or Gentiles. This one is the true Father. Everything in the universe has its origin in him. Even earthly fathers and their families exist only because there is a heavenly Father and his family. Let us ask our heavenly Father that we his children might be strengthened inwardly through allowing the Spirit of Christ within us to control us. As we understand more of Christ’s love, we will grow to be more like him in our lives (3:7-19).

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: By Christ’s Death Our Sins Are Taken Away

“…so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” (Hebrews 9:28, NKJV)

Levitical sacrifices were part of a material order and brought symbolic cleansing. Christ’s death is concerned with spiritual order and brings actual cleansing. The Levitical high priest entered the symbolic presence of God with the blood of a sacrificial animal, a ceremony that had to be repeated yearly. Christ entered God’s real presence on account of his own blood, and he did so only once. His death is sufficient to remove completely the sins of the whole world, past, present and future. (9:24-26)

People die once and face judgment. Christ died once and gained eternal salvation for those who trust in him. By his death we are forgiven; our sins are taken away. We will enjoy the fulness of our salvation when Christ reappears, coming out of the heavenly tabernacle to be with us for ever. (9:27-28)

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: A Restored Relationship between God and Humankind

Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Rev. 21:2-4, NKJV)

In describing the state of things as it will be in eternity, John has to use the language of this world, for he has no other. He has to liken what he sees in the vision to things that his readers can see in the present world, for this is the only world they know. He has to use whatever language and illustrations he can find in an attempt to describe the spiritual quality of life in the eternal state.

John’s visions symbolize spiritual realities. They are not pictures of the physical characteristics of the new heaven and the new earth. In fact, he makes it clear that the future state of things is vastly different from the present. The heavenly city is not an improved version of the present earthly city. Life as we know it in the present world is to be completely replaced by a new order.

Usually God is pictured as dwelling in heaven and people as dwelling on earth. In the eternal state no such distinction exists, because God now dwells with his people in an order of life never before experienced. It is an order that is holy and beautiful, where God and his people live together in the closest fellowship. All this is possible because the effects of sin in the previous order have now been removed.

This is a dramatic image of restored unity and harmony between the Creator and what he has created. God himself comes to dwell on the earth with humankind. Sin and all its effects are removed. There is no more death or sickness or pain but only peace and harmony, because the relationship between God and humankind has been healed.

Sources:

Bartholomew, Craig G. And Goheen Michael W. The Drama of Scripture. Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2004.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: The Rapture: Our Glorious Hope!

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, NKJV)

Among the Thessalonians, some were worried that those in their church who had died would not share in the return of Christ and the final triumph of his kingdom. Paul assures them that they will share in his death and resurrection. Believers who have died, far from being at a disadvantage, will be raised to life first. Believers still alive will join them, and together they will meet Christ and be with him for ever.

This is the only place in the New Testament that a “rapture” (caught up) is clearly referred to. It is designated here as the immortalizing and glorifying of the bodies of the Christians alive on the earth when Jesus returns. Lack of need for the resurrection will necessitate such a change in their still-living but mortal bodies. Some believe that this will be secret, but Paul seems to be describing something open and public with loud voices and trumpet blast.

This is our glorious hope. We who are still alive when Jesus returns will be caught up with Him “in the clouds…and we will be with the Lord” forever!

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

Gundry, Robert H. A Survey of the New Testament. Third Edition. Manila, Philippines: OMF Literature, Inc., 2002.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15, NKJV)

Christians must be sincere and straightforward in everything they do. We must in particular have a loving care for our fellow members of Christ’s body. Besides being spiritually enthusiastic, we must work hard at developing qualities of perseverance and prayerfulness. We must also be generous in giving practical help to our fellow believers. These positive attitudes must be shown also towards those who are outside the church, even to persecutors. (12:9-16)

Let us take an active interest in the prosperity of others. Let it be a matter of rejoicing to us when we hear of the health, prosperity, or happiness of any brother. On the other hand, let our heart feel for the distressed and enter into their burdens.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: The great design of the ministry is to bear witness to a dying world of the good news that God is merciful.

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24, NKJV)

From Troas Paul went by land to Assos, where he rejoined the rest of the party and sailed to Miletus. Since Miletus was only about fifty kilometers from Ephesus, Paul took the opportunity to call elders of the Ephesian church to come and meet him. He wanted to give them some final encouragement and pass on helpful warnings. (Acts 20:13-17) Paul’s opponents in Asia had probably been trying to turn the Christians against him. Therefore, he reminded the Ephesian elders of his tireless work in Ephesus and of the constant danger he faced from the Jews. (20:18-24)

Duty is of more importance than life; and when either duty or life is to be cheerfully surrendered. We should strive so to live that we will have nothing to regret when we lie on a bed of death. It is a glorious privilege to finish life with joy. It is most sad when the last hours are embittered with the reflection that life has been wasted. The only way in which life may be finished with joy is by meeting faithfully every duty, and encountering, as Paul did, every trial, with a constant desire to glorify God.

The great design of the ministry is to bear witness to a dying world of the good news that God is merciful, and that his favor may be made manifest to sinners. It matters little when, or where, or how we die in the discharge of our duty to God.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: “…keep yourselves in the love of God, looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.” (Jude 1:21, NASB)

The Christians are reminded of the words of the apostles. Years earlier they had warned that ungodly teachers would trouble the church, leading to people into sin and causing divisions. The way to avoid their evil influence is to learn more of the Christian truth, to be more sincere in prayer, to grow in devotion to God, to hate sin in all its forms, and to help those affected by the false teachers to find new life in God. (1:17-23)

We can keep ourselves in the love of God by building up ourselves on our most holy faith for without this we shall soon lose the love of God. We must also look for the mercy of the our Lord Jesus Christ to bring us to eternal life.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

OMF Literature

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6, KJV)

The teaching of the false teachers differs from that of Christ, and their conduct likewise differs. Their kind of teaching arises out of pride and creates argument, which in turn leads to suspicious thoughts and insulting talk about others. Paul knows that their real reason for setting themselves up as Christian teachers is to become rich. (6:3-5)

Christianity does make a person rich, but not in the way the false teachers think. Christians are rich when they learn to be satisfied with what they have, and are not always wanting more. The true wealth that we ought to pursue is religion, with a contented mind, because it promotes happiness than wealth can ever do, and this is what should be regarded as the great object of life.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Bible Gateway

http://www.bibegateway.com

Message of the Day: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23, NLT)

More than anything else, one should get wisdom and insight. The first step in getting wisdom is the desire for it. Once obtained, wisdom will bring into the life of the possessor a new measure of security, honour and beauty.

By living according to God’s wisdom, we will have true wisdom, and at the same time will be morally upright. We will not join in the evil deeds of those whose thoughts and actions are governed by the desire to do wrong. The more we do right, the better we will understand life; the more we do wrong, the more confused our understanding becomes. Consequently, our mistakes become more frequent and more disastrous. We must keep our heart and mind, our whole inner person, in a state of moral and spiritual good health. (Proverbs 4:1-23)

The King James Bible renders, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” It is indeed imperative that we keep our hearts “with all diligence” because it is the depository of all wisdom and the source of whatever affects life and character.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

OMF Literature

http://www.biblegateway.com