The Elements of the pattern of church service and life can be seen in scripture

The elements of the pattern of church service and life can be seen in scripture.

True worshippers are to worship in truth and spirit (John 4:24), by the Spirit of God (Philippians 3:3). True believers remained in the teaching of God (2 John 1:9). They would have obeyed God as opposed to rebelled against God (1 John 3:10).

Men, women, and children would have gathered together to hear what was being taught – It may have been that only children who were old enough to understand who were in church service (such as those who were age 12, the age of when Jewish boys have their bar mitzvah, which happens to be the age of Jesus when he was in the temple courts sitting among the teachers, listening and asking questions) (Deuteronomy 31:12; Nehemiah 8:1-3; Luke 2:41-47; Luke 18:15-17; Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3:20-21; 2 John 1:1).

They met together on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). They met in the temple courts, in people’s homes, beside rivers, in synagogues, and in lecture halls (possibly schools) (Acts 2:42-47; Acts 16:13; Acts 19:8-9).

The church leaders were male elders and male deacons and female deaconesses (Acts 6:2-8; Acts 16:13; Romans 16:1; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-10).

The communion supper (also known as the Lord’s Supper) was observed (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:18-32).

Prayers were offered up to God alone, in harmony with the will of God (1 Corinthians 14:15–16; Nehemiah 4:9; Matthew 6:9,;1 John 5:14).

Songs were sung to the glory of God and thanks to God was given (Ephesians 5:19-20; Psalms 95, 96, 98).

A free will collection was taken (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:7). The Church was not involved with business (Matthew 21:12–13).

Sometimes church discipline occurred (Matt. 18:17).

The Scriptures were publically read (Colossians 4:16; 1 Tim. 4:13), and the Word of God was proclaimed (Acts 20:7; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Timothy 4:2).

Indeed, each had a hymn, a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation (1 Corinthians 14:28).

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When did men begin to eat animal meat, and what can Christians eat now?

Originally, mankind was given seed bearing plants to eat by God. This does not mean man only ate seed bearing plants, but that seed bearing plants were all man was allowed by God to eat. We know there were sinners before the flood and it may be that men sinned that way – but scripture does not tell us that either way.

Genesis 1:29-30

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.


There WAS a notion of clean and unclean animals at the time of Noah, as we see in Genesis 7:2-3, before the flood, before any mention of animals being eaten.

Genesis 7:2-3

2 Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3 and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth


But after the flood, God gave Noah and his sons everything that lives and moves (ie. land animals and fish and birds) to eat. To underscore this, he reminded Noah that He had originally given the green plants to eat, and in the same way He was giving all animals to eat.

Genesis 9:3-4

3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. 4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.

It was not until God gave the Law to Israel that we see a separation of eating clean animals and not eating unclean animals.

Leviticus 11

1And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, These are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat. Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you shall not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the hare, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

“These you may eat, of all that are in the waters. Everything in the waters that has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers, you may eat. 10 But anything in the seas or the rivers that does not have fins and scales, of the swarming creatures in the waters and of the living creatures that are in the waters, is detestable to you. 11 You shall regard them as detestable; you shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall detest their carcasses. 12 Everything in the waters that does not have fins and scales is detestable to you.

13 “And these you shall detest among the birds; they shall not be eaten; they are detestable: the eagle, the bearded vulture, the black vulture, 14 the kite, the falcon of any kind, 15 every raven of any kind, 16 the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any kind, 17 the little owl, the cormorant, the short-eared owl, 18 the barn owl, the tawny owl, the carrion vulture, 19 the stork, the heron of any kind, the hoopoe, and the bat.

20 “All winged insects that go on all fours are detestable to you. 21 Yet among the winged insects that go on all fours you may eat those that have jointed legs above their feet, with which to hop on the ground. 22 Of them you may eat: the locust of any kind, the bald locust of any kind, the cricket of any kind, and the grasshopper of any kind. 23 But all other winged insects that have four feet are detestable to you.

24 “And by these you shall become unclean. Whoever touches their carcass shall be unclean until the evening, 25 and whoever carries any part of their carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening. 26 Every animal that parts the hoof but is not cloven-footed or does not chew the cud is unclean to you. Everyone who touches them shall be unclean. 27 And all that walk on their paws, among the animals that go on all fours, are unclean to you. Whoever touches their carcass shall be unclean until the evening, 28 and he who carries their carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening; they are unclean to you.

29 “And these are unclean to you among the swarming things that swarm on the ground: the mole rat, the mouse, the great lizard of any kind, 30 the gecko, the monitor lizard, the lizard, the sand lizard, and the chameleon. 31 These are unclean to you among all that swarm. Whoever touches them when they are dead shall be unclean until the evening. 32 And anything on which any of them falls when they are dead shall be unclean, whether it is an article of wood or a garment or a skin or a sack, any article that is used for any purpose. It must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the evening; then it shall be clean. 33 And if any of them falls into any earthenware vessel, all that is in it shall be unclean, and you shall break it. 34 Any food in it that could be eaten, on which water comes, shall be unclean. And all drink that could be drunk from every such vessel shall be unclean. 35 And everything on which any part of their carcass falls shall be unclean. Whether oven or stove, it shall be broken in pieces. They are unclean and shall remain unclean for you. 36 Nevertheless, a spring or a cistern holding water shall be clean, but whoever touches a carcass in them shall be unclean. 37 And if any part of their carcass falls upon any seed grain that is to be sown, it is clean, 38 but if water is put on the seed and any part of their carcass falls on it, it is unclean to you.

39 “And if any animal which you may eat dies, whoever touches its carcass shall be unclean until the evening, 40 and whoever eats of its carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening. And whoever carries the carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening.

41 “Every swarming thing that swarms on the ground is detestable; it shall not be eaten. 42 Whatever goes on its belly, and whatever goes on all fours, or whatever has many feet, any swarming thing that swarms on the ground, you shall not eat, for they are detestable. 43 You shall not make yourselves detestable with any swarming thing that swarms, and you shall not defile yourselves with them, and become unclean through them. 44 For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming thing that crawls on the ground. 45 For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”

46 This is the law about beast and bird and every living creature that moves through the waters and every creature that swarms on the ground, 47 to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean and between the living creature that may be eaten and the living creature that may not be eaten.

And then in the New Testament, we see that Jesus declared all food clean – that nothing from outside a man (including food) can make him unclean – in Mark 7:14-19.

14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’ “ 17After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18“Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? 19For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean.”)

The only stipulation the church was given was to not eat food which had been sacrificed to idols, and not eat meat of strangled animals. .
Acts 15:28-29

28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell.

So men were given permission to eat plants at the beginning of creation. Then after the flood, God gave permission for men to eat animal meat as well as plants. We do not see in scripture whether men obeyed or not, concerning what they could eat – just that God did not give permission for men to eat anything other than plants until after the flood. Then in the New Testament, men were given permission to eat all food.

Get off the fence – stop being lukewarm

Here is the deal people…. If you believe something, then live like it. If you dont, then quit pretending.

If you dont believe that Jesus is God, then ok. But if you DO believe, then ok.

We are either WITH Jesus or against Him. Make up your mind.

Matthew 12:30

He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

Even though Satan masquerades as an angel of light, we are to know the difference!
2 Corinthians 11:14

No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

Decide for God or against God – grow up. Make up your mind.

Ephesians 4:11-15

14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,

God wants us to be hot or cold – for him or against him – not sitting on the fence, not being lukewarm.

Revelation 3:15-22

15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 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 that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

So stop being lukewarm Make your choice. But be sure you choose wisely. Be careful to know you are following the right god – not all gods are equal. They demand different things from those who follow them. Satan demands things which scar the soul. God demands your heart so you reflect trust in God through love (for God and others as informed by what He teaches) and obedience.

Does Christ even know you?

You claim to follow Christ, but does Christ even know you? Is Christ your Lord and savior, or just something you think will get you into heaven? We are saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8-9), but James said that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26), and Jesus said if we dont obey God, then we dont have eternal life and still have the wrath of God upon us.

If you have dead faith – faith without works, faith without obedience, then Jesus will tell you “Depart from me, i never knew you.”

 

All sin is forgivable, but you must repent and turn to God through faith in Christ

ALL sin (except rejecting Christ until you die) is forgivable. However one MUST REPENT of sin and turn to God through faith in Christ. without repentance, there is no forgiveness.

Acts 26:20 but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.

Acts 8:22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.

Christ is the one God gave to grant repentance and forgiveness.

Acts 5:31 He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

If we believe, we receive forgiveness of sins.
Acts 10:43 Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.

But belief MEANS obedience to Christ (ie, stop sinning).
John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

If we believe, we will confess our sins and be forgiven.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

But if you do not have the belief, which leads to obedience, then you have the wrath of God still upon you regardless of what you say or do.
John 3:18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And people in those situations will be judged and enter the lake of fire.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NASB)
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:16-23 (NASB)
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Revelation 21:7-8 (NASB)
7 He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

 

Some would say “Repentance is between the sinner and God (or possibly a person the sinner has offended). It isn’t up to US to determine who gets to be forgiven, or under which set of visible conditions. I think a lot of people on this board miss that. WE (Christians) don’t have the right to decide the repentance level of someone’s heart before deigning to socialize with them. Or show them a basic level of respect.”

But CHRIST said otherwise.
Matthew 18:15-17
15 “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 

Luke 17:3-4
3 Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”

PAUL taught otherwise.
1 Corinthians 5:1-2
1It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father’s wife. 2 You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst.

1 Corinthians 5:9-13
9 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10 I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.

We must let people know they need Christ. If someone claims to be a Christian, they must know they need to stop sinning.

The Bible says to not cuss

The Bible says to not cuss. What comes out of our mouths is a reflection of what is inside us. We should take every thought captive for the obedience of Christ, destroying strong-holds in our lives which prevent us from being who God has called us to be.

Ephesians 4:29

29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

James 3:10

 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.

1 Peter 3:9-12

 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. 10 For
“The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
11 “He must turn away from evil and do good;
He must seek peace and pursue it.
12 “For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
And His ears attend to their prayer,
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Luke 6:45

45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.

2 Corinthians 10:5

 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

Colossians 3:8

But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.

So we are to not use foul language, but more than that, we are to even stop ourselves from thinking bad language.

1 Peter 4:12-19

1 Peter 4:12-19

“Suffering For Jesus”

 

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering,

KJV and the NASB renders this as “the fiery trial which is to try you”. 1 Peter 1:6-7. The image here is that of silver or gold being refined through fire. Silver and Gold are refined through fire – so is our faith. Our faith is made more pure through difficult times, so don’t be surprised at the suffering in your life – regardless of whether it is at the hands of people who are not Christians (as in the case of those to whom Peter wrote), or is suffering of another kind.

 

as though something strange were happening to you.

Greek, “which is taking place for a trial to you.”[1] Peter wrote to people being persecuted, but the suffering Christians go through, all kinds, is not something that just happens. it is MEANT as a way to try your meddle! It is intended to grow your faith and make you draw closer to God. Are you someone who will stand up to the pressure of the trial or will you melt away? John 15:20; Matthew 10:22; John 15:21; 2 Timothy 3:12. If they persecuted Christ, they’ll persecute YOU, a servant of Christ!

 

13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, 

Notice this! There are two ways of looking at what Peter is saying here. 1) Peter is saying that they were suffering the same KIND of suffering that Jesus went through, or 2) Peter is saying that the suffering they were going through was the same as being part of the suffering that Christ went through! But either way, if you are being ridiculed the same was Christ was, if you are being persecuted the same way Christ was, then you are participating in the suffering Christ suffered. What an image! What a blessing – to be part of what Christ went through! Take a look at Acts 5:41. And when we can recognize it for what it is – participating in the suffering of Christ, then we can find ways to rejoice in being counted worthy! We can turn to Christ and be glad to be where we are, we can rejoice in our suffering rather than be depressed or worried or scared.

 

so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

Matthew 5:10-12. If you are being persecuted – if you lost your job, been denied a promotion,, been denied a new job, been kicked out of your family, been made fun of, or any other thing has happened and it was because of who you are – a believer in Christ, then REJOICE! You have been counted worthy of suffering with Christ! I know its hard to find joy in suffering – but that’s only because we focus on the difficulty, we need to focus on Christ! When you have your eyes on Jesus, the rest gets blocked out. When your eyes are on your savior, you wont be bothered by the trivial things of life – and yes, the loss of a job or even a loved one is trivial compared to the importance of Christ in your life. God will provide you what you need and you will see your loved one again – if your loved one was a Christian and you are a Christian!

 

14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ,

you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

We just read where Jesus himself said we are blessed when we are insulted because of the name of Christ! If GOD said so, then it MUST be true. It doesn’t matter if you don’t FEEL like its true. It doesn’t matter if your HURT or FEAR is overwhelming – focus on Christ. Sometimes we don’t listen to God or recognize what He is doing, but rest assured, God is working things out for the good of those who love Him. If you are insulted or pained because of the name you go by – Christian – then you are assured that the Holy Spirit rests upon you!

 

15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.

I don’t think most of us are murderers, or thieves – but if you are, then you need to get right with God and take your lumps for it. But notice that Peter puts meddling on the same level as murdering and stealing and all other sorts of crimes. Interesting, is it not? 1 Timothy 5:13. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a meddler is “someone who interferes without right in what is not one’s concern.” Are you sticking your nose where it does not belong? Are you getting into people’s business when there really is no problem at all? Romans 14 (esp. verses 1-6 and 11-23). There are certain things that really are of no consequence – some people will think that certain things are wrong, while others have no problem with those things – Paul says we shouldn’t worry about what the other is doing (as long as it is not sin), you take care of your own self and let others take care of their own selves. (As an aside note, there are two caveats: 1) don’t do something to make your brother stumble – Romans 14:13, and 2) don’t let your brother live in sin – James 5:19-20).  What ever is not spoken against in scripture is open for interpretation. But we shouldn’t do anything to cause our own suffering – we should suffer because it is what God wants, not as a consequence of our own sinful actions.

 

16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

Suffering is, by definition, hard. But suffering for what you believe is VERY hard. It makes you doubt. It makes you wonder if its real or if its worth it. I promise you God is real. Christ is real. The fact that God sent his son to become human, suffer, and die for your sins, and be resurrected again is real. If you trust in what Christ has done, you’re your eternal life is also real. What’s a little pain or suffering or even death for the name of your God? If you suffer for Christ, you bring glory to Christ. You should give thanks for the fact that you have something worth suffering for. Glory in the fact that you have Christ as your savior! And BRING glory to God through your life. This is more than glorying in the name, saying “I am a Christian, isn’t it grand?” in a sing-song voice. It is living worthy of it all – as means as to glorify God. If a man is known as a Christian and does not live as one, he dishonors God. To bear the name is to take a responsibility, a great and glorious one, but none the less a very real and important and solemn one.[2]

 

17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

This “time for judgment” is a specific, planned, thing. The suffering you are going through is not unknown by God or even an accident. Judgment of this world has begun. It began with Christians. If things are so hard for Christians, imagine what it will be like for those who do not believe. John 3:36; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15. Judgment is two-fold: 1) do you have Christ as your savior and 2) what have you done with your life as a Christian? We will all answer for what we do. If we love Christ, then we will be found not guilty and will only have to answer for what we have done with what God has given us. Our judgment is of what we, as Christians, do. If you do NOT know Christ, it does not really matter what you have done in your life – you will go to hell. It does not matter if you go to church, or if you give to the poor, or if you give to the church, or if you do thousands of good things – if you do not know Christ, then your judgment will be guilty and it will be final, and the results will eternal death.

 

18 And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

Proverbs 11:31 – Peter is quoting the Septuagint version of this passage. The idea is that while we might suffer in this life, imagine what will happen to those who do not trust what God has done. Matthew 19:16-26. Jesus pinpointed where this man was not following God – for him it was riches, for others it might be a person, for others it might be something else. The man went away sad because he did not want to prove he had followed what God had said – he did not want to give up the life he had for the life that will come. Are YOU following Christ, or are you pretending? It IS hard to follow Christ. Its not about doing the right kinds of thing – its about being the right kind of person. If you are the right kind of person, you will do the right kinds of things. Perfection is required to enter life – to enter heaven. If you have Christ, then HIS perfection is put to your account. Trust Christ. Prove you trust him by letting him change you.  Luke 13:22-30. Jesus himself said many people are trying to get into heaven, but only a few will actually make it. And if you wait too long, the door will be closed.  Revelation 20:11-15. Not everyone will be saved. In fact, If your name is not written in the book of life, you will be going to the other place.

 

19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. [3]

Luke 23:46. Jesus committed HIS spirit to the father – he did what the father wanted him to do. You need to be committed to God and do what he wants you to do. 1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10; Romans 8:28. The fact of the matter is that we all suffer temptation. We all suffer different things. We all suffer in different ways. Some of us suffer physical pain. Some of us suffer emotional pain. Some of us suffer depression. All of us suffer. But if you are suffering according to God’s will, it’s a good thing. Commit yourself to God and do good. Commit yourself to becoming to the person God wants you to become. Focus on God, and the suffering (as long as it is not of your OWN making) will count for something. Don’t be distracted by the things of the world. Don’t be distracted by the things you are suffering. Do not be distracted by the desires you used to have. Do not be distracted by the desires you have now. Focus on GOD. Become who God wants you to become. And prove your commitment to God by what you do and how you live.


[1] Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., Fausset, A. R., Brown, D., & Brown, D. (1997). A commentary, critical and explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments. On spine: Critical and explanatory commentary. (1 Pe 4:13). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[2] (4:16) G. Campbell Morgan, Searchlights from the Word, p. 366.

[3]The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (1 Pe 4:12). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

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