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Discipleship – enter . by Grace; remain by effort

Hebrews 1 verifies Jesus Christ as God’s Singular historical personality.  In him alone God sent his full and final revelation.  As God in the flesh, Jesus surpasses all Old Testament servants, including fabled Moses.  Then, beginning with chapter 2, the writer begins a series of warnings that Christians must guard by effort their personal discipleship in God’s Kingdom.

For example, in 2:1 we “must pay more careful attention” to God’s word so we don’t drift away from him.  For if we don’t “pay attention,” we will drift away.  Note:  attention, effort, perseverance.

In 3:1 we’re told to “fix our attention on Jesus….” so we can understand him as the SOLE depository of God’s truth.  SOLE—no competitors, not even Moses, the only one before him who could have been.  SOLE—none since, and so irrelevant in comparison they need never be named.  Note:  fix, effort, attention, perseverance.

In 4:1 “….let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it”—the Rest God promised through Moses in Canaan, but actualized through Jesus in Eternity.  Any unbelief…any…jeopardizes our eternal life.  Note:  careful, attention, effort, perseverance.

In 4:11 “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that Rest….” Heaven itself, where God resides, rules and reigns.  Because it’s always possible for us to lose our place by unbelief, inactivity, fruitlessness.  Note:  make every effort, persevere.

In 6:1 “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings of Christ….”  Because maturity in discipleship, not entrance into discipleship, is God’s goal for us.  If we don’t make an effort to grow in Christ, we’ll always be in spiritual kindergarten.  While God demands we mature into Post-Graduate Christians in faith and service.  Note:  effort, leave, study, perseverance.

These caveats come in only the first six chapters, with more throughout the book.  None of these warnings can bring comfort to Calvinists, who think they can’t be lost.  Nor can they comfort Christians who know they can be, but approach discipleship casually, carelessly, passively, dispassionately.  As if it doesn’t really matter.  As if nothing essential is at stake.  We can be lost both through false belief and false behavior.

Yours for a discipleship that thanks God for his FREE GIFT of Salvation, then “makes every effort” to mature in discipleship.

 

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Individual – all humans judged as an

In life God judge nations.  The fall of nations and empires throughout history proves that.  Beyond history he judges individuals.  Though that often happens in tandem with the fall of the anti-God nations and empires. Pharaoh discovered that when he returned from the Battle of the Red Sea accompanied only by his personal staff—his chariots and charioteers bobbing silently up and down at the margin.  With leather-lunged Hebrew women on the far shore banging tambourines and singing in mockery, “The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea” Exodus 15:21.

However, while nations, once dismantled, pile in heaps, individuals get the chance till they die to change their habits and beliefs; to get right with God before standing before his searing judgment.

That’s why it’s easier to pray for individuals to change before death silences their brains and their ability to choose.  Nations, such as America today, can only face God’s terrifying judgment of condemnation.  As he punishes, and before he’s finished, individuals in the nation will have the chance to re-think their objections to God and their rebellion against God in Christ.  That change will lead to repentance and baptism for the forgiveness of their many sins.  And that will lead to a chance for revival in the nation.

Think individuals. Help individuals.  Challenge individuals.  Correct individuals.  Not by quarreling, but by kind, compassionate, gentle instruction, “in the hope that God will grant them repentance, leading to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses…” II Timothy 2:24-26.

 

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Individual – every can be in prison

Tony (I think) Iannarelli became a captive of the Japanese in WWII.  Once, in Osaka, he and a group of American POW’s stood around an army truck.  An American voice from a Japanese soldier asked if any of the guys were from Seattle.

One POW proved he knew the city by describing buildings, sights, water front, etc.  Iannarelli asked him what he was doing in the Japanese army.  He explained:  he had lived in America many years; he had come to Japan to visit his family; he had been impressed into the Japanese army walking down the gang plank of his ship.

Another asked what he planned to do after the war.  Well…he didn’t know.  All he concentrated on was staying alive.  Undoubtedly the aim of more than a few soldiers and POW’s.  It struck Iannarelli as an irony.  That soldier, like the POW’s, was a prisoner.  Source not available.

It doesn’t take a fence, a wall, a tower or a guard to make a prison.  It takes only a mindset that’s subservient to the demands and expectations of others.  That mindset says YES when NO is needed.  It also invariably says NO to Jesus when YES is mandatory.  Jesus invariably equips us to say NO and YES at appropriate times.  NO is as liberating in refusing unjust or counter-productive requests as YES is fortifying when obedient to Jesus.

In his poem Obedience, George MacDonald recounted his struggle when Jesus called for his surrender.  Of the lines I remember, these challenge me still.

“My friends will miss me,” they say.

And Jesus replied, “Choose now whether I will miss, or they!”

A powerful statement that shatters any weakness I may have to think more of a mortal than I do of Jesus Christ.  It’s as simple as that.  If we refuse the liberating wisdom Jesus provides every believer, we’ll always find ourselves at the behest of someone other than he:  a friend, a work associate, a relative, a _________ (you fill in the blank).  And to the extent we’re enslaved by others, we’ll never know the liberation Jesus wants to provide.  If we TRY to change bad, harmful, damaging habits, he’ll strengthen us to do it.  But we must be willing to TRY.  Will we?

 

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Individuals – God sees us as

We can be lost in the crowd.  We can die unknown on the streets of San Diego, or in the deserts of California or Nevada and never be found.  But no one, absolutely nobody, ever gets lost to God’s awareness; ever escapes God’s attention.

The heart of a person; the heart of a family; the heart of a church; the heart of a nation pumps continually, recharging itself from the energy expended by individuals in it.  God identifies particular macaws by the “lines of face feathers,” National Geographic, January, 1994, p. 127.  God knows individuals by the prints on fingers, by names bestowed by parents and by his image on our soul.

Lt. General Bernard Freyberg commanded the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force in WWII.  Very popular with his troops, Freyberg once said you couldn’t treat a man “like a butler” if you wanted him to “fight like a gladiator.”  Reader’s Digest, Seventy Most Unforgettable Characters, 110.  Absolutely and infallibly true.

That’s the fatal flaw in organic evolution.  Liberals continue to demand that people behave, love each other, treat others with respect.  All the while they insist we came from a lower form of life where the “survival of the fittest” ruled, to our present superior one where forgiveness, patience an individual rights rule.  That’s laughable.  Listen to what the General said.  God certainly imposes his perfection on us by reminding us of our highest possible source as his personally-created humans stamped with his image.  On our brains, our intellect, our emotions and completely separate from what happens to our bodies.  There’s an irreconcilable difference between soul and body.  There’s no need for liberals to talk about the soul of America when all they mean are the bodies of Americans.  They want us to believe that having jobs, insurance, homeless housing, food stamps and increasing welfare payments reaches, touches and empowers the human soul.  That’s stupid.  It’s what we have as a plethora now—and never has the soul of Americans been less like God in Christ!

Christians, remember that Jesus calls us to evangelize those outside Christ because only by being forgiven can they regain the state of peace with God, which results in many good things for the body.  First things first, however!

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Coronation – lessons from, Part IV

David’s coronation as king of all Israel had four stages.  He established the covenant under God; He seized Jerusalem as his capital; He enjoyed personal prominence; He defended Israel against foreign enemies.

Today, Additional Lessons We Can Learn.  First, in David’s reign God established a king, a kingdom and a city, all symbolic of his everlasting rule.  David foreshadowed the Christ; his kingdom the church; and the New Jerusalem, the eternal home of God’s people.  So much for those who think the past has nothing to teach us; and certainly has no future use.

Second, the value of preparation in serving God.  For at least ten years David had anticipated his coronation.  He had sometimes been close enough to feel himself crowned; and sometimes so far away it seemed never to come.

But it did, as God planned.  Think of it:  he came to full authority at a time when age had matured his views, but long before it robbed him of the energy necessary to implement them.  God had worked it out, through the bad times and good; through dreary days in the desert strongholds; through delays and setbacks.  God can always be trusted.  If he has only one speed—His—that deliberate speed never fails to fulfill his purpose.  And if the Master’s Return is delayed, let God’s work with David assure us that its very delay guarantees its eventuality!

Third, God always establishes a visible evidence of his Presence.  James Garfield once defined a university as educator Mark Hopkins sitting on one end of a log with a student at the other.  David defined the kingdom of God as GOD ALMIGHTY the teacher and himself the Student.  The church isn’t quite like that.  It starts with individuals committing to Jesus, who then become part of a group of people called a church.  Jesus is the head of that Body.  As we can’t have a body without a HEAD, we can’t see Jesus as a HEAD without his BODY!

Fourth, God’s provision in every crisis.  God didn’t give Jerusalem to David.  He had to TAKE it.  He didn’t give it.  He had to EARN it.  The only thing God GIVES is GRACE that forgives our sins.  Everything afterwards as disciples is earned by effort.  Let us thank God we can’t earn forgiveness.  But let us also devote ourselves to doing the good works God from the first intended us to do Ephesians 2:10.

Here again we perversely reverse it.  We want to EARN our way to God—hoping our good deeds will surpass our sins.  But we aren’t interested in being fruitful disciples.  We want to do what God alone can to save us.  We don’t want to do what we must to be Christians.  How perverse even believers are.

A closing thought:  As Roman historian Tacitus wrote, “Defeat in battle starts always with the eyes.”  Germania, p. 137.  Thus, the old saying is true:  when facing a challenge, whether we think we CAN, or think we CAN’T, we’re probably right.  But David never saw a challenge he considered beyond God’s control.  His coronation brought a new, vigorous spiritual energy to Israel.  The birth of Jesus re-activated it in himself.  He continues to fuel his people with immeasurable success if we continue in faithful service.   Fini

 

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Coronation – lessons from, Part III

David’s coronation as king of Israel proceeded in three stages.  One, he ruled all twelve tribes.  Two, he conquered Jerusalem as his capital.  Stage three, It Brought Him Personal Prominence.

First, in having a palace built.  David began receiving emissaries from other kings, with their congratulations and good wishes.  Hiram, King of Tyre, proved his interest in David’s reign by sending men and material to build a palace of cedar and stone.  Such attention fortified David’s awareness of God’s benefaction.  He understood it as a sign of his permanence in Israel and of Israel’s exaltation in God’s eyes.

Second, in additional marriages.  Every inch an oriental king in this regard, David lamentably felt important in direct proportion to the number of wives possessed—despite God’s earlier warnings not to multiply wives Deuteronomy 17:17.  The marriages strengthened his political base in Israel and the Middle East.  While it cost David only a ballooning food bill, such marriages wreaked moral disaster on Solomon.

Teaching us a valuable lesson.  What one person can have as a habit and remain close to God, another finds the same habit leading him from God.  Which means:  Christians need to establish before family and friends only positive, godly models of behavior.  That leaves an example God wants to communicate generation to generation.  If they fall from that behavior, it’s despite a good model being set, not because a bad one has been set.

The fourth stage:  He Successfully Defended Israel Against Foreign Enemies.

No sooner had David been crowned than an aggressive Philistia mobilized its entire army, marched to the Valley of Rephaim looking for him, intending to humiliate him.  They didn’t understand David spiritual capacity.  Unlike Saul, whose terror increased as Philistine armies enlarged, David calmly massed troops in his mountain fortress waiting God’s permission to use them.  He sought two answers from God:  should he attack the Philistines?  Yes.  Would he defeat them?  Yes.

David referred to the rout at Baal Perazim as the pounding of waters on an earthen dam until irresistible force collapsed the whole structure, sweeping everything before it.  The Philistines even left their idols on the field.

Unconvinced, Phlistia again marshaled troops and, as before, spread out in the Valley of Rephaim, perhaps stationing cavalry or charioteers in the critical center, where Israelite warriors had penetrated.  David again consulted the Lord.  Should he fight them?  Yes.  But not head-on, as before.  Accordingly, David left enough troops to convince Philistia’s commanders of a frontal assault, then marched the rest around the enemy flank.  There they awaited God’s presence:  the sound of marching in the dense leaves of balsam trees.  When it came, curling the leaves, revealing white undersides, forward they moved, a half-mile-wide screaming column, pounding the unprotected enemy rear, punching holes, preventing reorganization, routing the whole army.  And as nothing is more devastating to an army than an unexpected attack in its rear, Philistia’s army fled in panic, David’s men in close and devastating pursuit.  End Part III

 

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Coronation – lessons from, Part II

Stage One of David’s coronation as king of all Israel Established a Covenant Under God.  Stage Two Secured Jerusalem as His Capital.

Situated farther south than David preferred, Hebron also lacked the security Jerusalem offered.  Jerusalem crowned its high plateau; offered a panoramic view of surrounding country; occupied powerful defensive works overlooking sheer cliffs.  David wanted it.  Besides, a thousand years before God chose it by leading Abraham to Mt. Moriah, something like nearly 700 yards north, where Solomon built his Temple.

David had a problem, however.  Once briefly occupied by Judah, Jerusalem had for centuries been a Jebusite stronghold.  Confident in their inaccessibility, they claimed that even the blind and lame could defend the city.

So, the Jebusites held what David wanted and didn’t intend to surrender it.  That’s what’s called a challenge:  We’ve got it; We’re keeping it; You can’t have it.

That didn’t concern David.  He had long been accustomed to facing challenges as a shepherd, where he periodically encountered lions and bears that raided his fold.  He chased them and, in bare-handed fighting, killed them.  The confidence gained against animals strengthened him when facing Goliath.  The catcalls from Jerusalem’s heights only deepened his resolve to take it.

That teaches two spiritual lessons.  First, value any small conquest of any small foe, problem or temptation.  Never stop overcoming them.  They get us in the habit of conquest, whatever size of challenge faced.

Second, remember that those who take the longest to prepare often lead the longest with the greatest results.  David never imagined that shepherding a few sheep in the desert would prepare him to lead God’s people into a Kingdom that would never end.  Yet, in David’s reign God established the kingdom of which we’re members to this very day!  And which will continue eternally.

Longer story short:  David promised command of the army to the first man up the precipitous watercourse into the city—the lightly-guarded precipice considered suicidal for attackers.  Joab, first in a host of warriors whose “faces were the faces of lions,” who were “swift as gazelles in the mountains,” I Chronicles 12:8, led the charge.  Mission accomplished. On those 12 acres David established his residence and renamed it the City of David.   End Part II

 

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Coronation – lessons from, Part I

In the Modoc Indian War, Captain Jack led his people against white encroachment on their land.  Finally taken from the lava beds in which he had taken refuge, Captain Jack was hanged.  In previous discussion with white commissioners he asked if the Indian killers of white settlers would be tried by white or red men.  “White,” the commissioner replied.  Well, then, would white killers of Modocs be tried by Modcos?  No, by the whites, the commissioner replied, because the white man’s law ruled the country and there could be only one law at a time.

Thus, in Israel, Saul was dead, Jonathan was dead, Abner, was dead, Ish-Bosheth was dead.  Of that leadership corps, only David survived.  Which was good for Israel since only one king can reign at a time.  Jonathan’s death removed a potentially-explosive problem for David; Ish-Bosheth’s death removed only a minor annoyance.  But both were necessary to provide David with a level field on which his formidable leadership skills could build a dynasty.

The coronation developed in four stages.  Stage One, Establishing a Covenant Under God.  David made it with him and Israel before the Lord.  Appreciate the phrase before the Lord.  It meant that God would be Israel’s leader and David merely a surrogate under God’s control.  God’s word would be taught as their basic belief, with David the first to know it.   God’s word would rule, with David the first to obey it.  God’s word would be the definitive influence in the land among all classes, with David the one most emphatically influenced!

No wonder joy erupted in the coronation.  For the first time since Samuel died—and Saul had marginalized his influence years before—a godly man ruled the land.     End Part I

 

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God – what knowledge of . begets

Titus 1:1 teaches Paul’s profound thought about “the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness…”—the truth that begins by acknowledging God in Christ.  That’s the truth that leads to godliness.  No other truth from any other source, about any other subject, can and does.

It’s the same revelation Solomon disclosed in Proverbs 1:7:  “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.”  Then, in Proverbs 2:5, the fear of God leads to receiving the knowledge of God, which leads to wisdom—the gift of discerning the meaning of knowledge.  Among them count God’s nature and human responsibility, including especially godliness, being like God in daily life.

That wisdom leads us to understand God’s creation of everything in the heavens and on earth Proverbs 3:19-20.  That wisdom is to be sought, embraced and lived Proverbs 4:7.  Though it costs all our time, effort and brainpower, and even when it demands we surrender the egotism we so cherish as essential to our individuality, GET the WISDOM of God!

All that said, and every word of it Biblical, what worth is the knowledge—the false gnosis—in our culture that exalts mortals, seeks spiritual answers in heathen religions and dismisses God in Christ as supernumeraries?  That’s the bane of 20th and 21st century education:  more doctors of everything please!  Even doctors of theology because many of them discus theories of God without the strong Bible preaching characterizing Apostolic preaching.

Obviously, the knowledge so rampant, exalted, sought, desired and institutionalized today isn’t the TRUTH of God.  The Truth of God leads to holiness.  The knowledge of today—of facts and theories—so favored today has led to godlessness, not godliness; to greater immorality, not purity; to depravity, not righteousness.

Deliberately turn from it, Christians.  Shun, reject, abominate it.  Never swerve or turn towards it, let alone approach it, let alone embrace it.  The knowledge presently so welcomed in society has as its result turning society from God.  Seek only God’s TRUTH in Christ.  It alone leads to the holiness God honors.

 

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Christ – centrality of, Part III

The Last Days began with the birth of Christ.  His beginning heralded the end of history.  It occurs when he returns from Heaven on towering cloud-chariots, accompanied by loud trumpet blasts, his own stentorian call to the dead and numberless angels he sends to gather and separate the harvest.  When that happens it heralds the end of all we know and the beginning of what only God knows.

That could only happen since Jesus ROSE BODILY from the grave.  The very truth that separates Christianity from all other religions, including Judaism.  Buddha is dead.  Moses is dead.  Confucius is dead.  Mohammed is dead.  Joseph Smith is dead.  But Jesus Christ lives—personally, forcefully, dynamically, intensely, eternally!

Naturally, all men are alive in some way or another.  The immortality of influence can’t be denied.  Good men live on in the lives, attitudes and work of their followers.  Evil men continue to plague earth long after their personal demise—witness the underlings of Hitler even today, and the followers of a very dead Osama ben Laden.

But Jesus isn’t alive merely as an influence.  He’s alive as a Person, a Presence, an Individual.  He speaks and worlds take shape.  He orders, and diseases vanish, limbs grow and spirits return from the abode of the dead to the corpse they left!  He died and strong men carried his corpse into a tomb and rolled a giant stone to shut him in.  No matter to him.  He who spoke worlds into being and corpses into life himself lived again in that dark place and exited it in blazing illumination that lights all history and eternity Revelation 21:22-23, 22:5.

That’s Jesus.  Subjected once to death, but victorious over it and never again subject to it.  Jesus, a living Presence filling the life of the Christian and the church’s personality.  Jesus, an energetic historical reality who has been worshipped into the 21st century, who has worked among the nations in all times.  Jesus—an ever-present actuality waxing greater and greater, directing his people, moving from conquest to conquest time after time.  Jesus, who is not subject to the laws of nature but subjects them to his will; who is not overcome by age, enervation or change, but overcomes them all by the force of his endless life.

That’s what makes Jesus Christ so relevant and the church so necessary.  Twenty-one hundred plus years after his birth in Bethlehem he LIVES, RULES and JUDGES.  This sounds like an Easter sermon, but it’s an everyday, “thank God Jesus Lives” reminder that He gives us victory because HE LIVES and, by trusting him, even we conquer death!  – Fini –

 

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