ACP Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Are you part of God's remnant? Thursday August 7th, 2003
As you look around you, you can not help but know that the world is going to hell. That people are choosing the wide, broad, well paved, smooth road to damnation at an ever increasing clip and in immense proportions to those of us who have chosen to serve the Lord Jesus, the Christ, by following His winding uphill, rugged at times, path.
In his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul talks about a remnant, a remnant who are saved. Let us start in Romans Chapter nine and then go to Romans chapter eleven.
As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew My power in thee, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will, He hardeneth.
Thou wilt say then unto me, "Why doth He yet find fault? For who hath resisted His will?" Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed (man) say to Him that formed it (God), "Why hast Thou made me thus?" Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
What if God, willing to shew His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory, even us, whom He hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As He saith also in Hosea, I WILL CALL THEM MY PEOPLE, WHICH WERE NOT MY PEOPLE; AND HER BELOVED, WHICH WAS NOT BELOVED. AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT IN THE PLACE WHERE IT WAS SAID UNTO THEM, YE ARE NOT MY PEOPLE; THERE SHALL THEY BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF THE LIVING GOD . Isaiah also crieth concerning Israel, "THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, A REMNANT SHALL BE SAVED: FOR HE WILL FINISH THE WORK, AND CUT IT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: BECAUSE A SHORT WORK WILL THE LORD MAKE UPON THE EARTH."
And as Isaiah said before, "Except the Lord of Sabbath had left us a Seed (the Lord Jesus), we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrha."
What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore (how)? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that Stumblingstone (Jesus); As it is written, BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STUMBLINGSTONE AND ROCK OF OFFENCE: AND WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED. (Romans 9:13-33)
I say then, Hath God cast away His people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away His people which He foreknew. Know ye not what the scripture saith of Isaiah? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, "Lord, they have killed Thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life."
But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to Myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (Romans 11:1-5)
When we look at these verses, we see that even back over the years, all the way back to the fall of Adam, men have been choosing the path of destruction. But what we also see is that some were Saved by God, they were men that God had held in reserve, men who were God's remnant. But, as you read and study about these men God claimed for Himself, His remnant, they separated themselves.
Today, we have men who are the remnant as well, they are Jews who separate themselves from the non believing Jews, become Messianic Jews and follow the Lord. We have men who separate themselves from the horrors of idiolatry and the practice of and preaching of traditions over the Word of Christ, men who leave the Episcopalian church, the Roman Catholic church and the other works over Grace based churches, becoming Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, separating themselves from the grips of their past.
The key to being a remnant is two fold. First one must become a Born Again Christian, giving one's life to the Lord. The second thing is to separate yourself from the heathen life of your past. To be a member of God's remnant means serving the Lord, you can not do that while supporting, with your dollars and your presence, the idolatry and secular world teachings and preaching of the religious life you left behind. You must get up and leave that Episcopalian whited sepulcher, that Roman Catholic house of idolatry and pope worship. You must separate yourself and find others who are Christ's and fellowship and support them, for they too are the Lord's remnant.
Jesus said: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: (Matthew 25:32)
Jesus said: Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. (Luke 6:22)
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (2 Corinthians 6:17)
As time goes on, things will not get easier for us, only harder, but if we fellowship with and support one another, we will be strong enough to face the world till the Lord shouts and we are all called home. The Lord be with you all. Amen.
Lord God Creator of all things, we give Thee thanks for giving us the second chance we do not deserve. We thank Thee Lord for our brave troops who are at this very instant freeing and liberating people through out the kingdom of satan. Lord we beseech Thee that Thou would send to our men a Paul, to preach Your word to them while they go to free those held captive by the forces of evil. Touch the Presidents heart Lord, lead him in a direction to send evangelist to our troops, give him the strength Lord to serve You, to use his office, that You have entrusted him with, as Commander in Chief to authorize and send solid evangelical Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian preachers to bring the Word of God to our troops, giving them both reason to fight and the Lord's plan of salvation. And put the end of abortion at the top of his agenda.
Lord Jesus, it is in Thy Sacred and Holy Name I pray, Amen.
red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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