A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
Pastor Robert M., Bob, Celeste ACP
Friday November 12th,
I know many of you out there who are un content with your lot in life, unhappy with your material wealth, unhappy with your station in life. And that saddens me. It saddens me because it makes me realize how little I have taught you over the last seven years. Today we are going to take a closer look at Luke Seventeen, it is my desire and my prayer that you will come, through our study today, to realize that one; there is no purgatory and two; it is better to serve than be served, while in this life on this earth and at this time.
It seems that my use of italics may have made it more difficult for some of you, so am going back to Scripture in bold and commentary and comments in regular print. Now, as we go through Luke seventeen, focus on the two different groups the Lord refers to, not three, only two main groups of people, the unsaved and the Saved. The ruling people and the servants, the workers, the sheople.
Luke Chapter seventeen
1 Then said He unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
Notice the two groups, the group who are persecuted and the group who do the persecuting. The persecuted is Jesus and then followers of Jesus, the persecutors are those who first persecuted Jesus and then persecute His believers from that time on. But, notice what Jesus says about those that do the persecuting,"It were better for him (them) that a millstone were hanged about his (their) neck, and he (they) cast into the sea, than that he (they) should offend one of these little ones (Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians).
3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, 'I repent;' thou shalt forgive him.
Here, we have but one group, your brother refers not to your earthly brothers, those who are related to you by passing through the same womb or having the same earthly father. No brother here is in reference to your brothers and sisters in the Lord. Now, why does Jesus not say brothers and sisters, rather than just brothers? Read: Matthew 22 and Mark 12.
And within that group, the group called brothers, fellow Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, we will on occasion offend one and another. But if any brother ask forgiveness, than we should forgive him as Christ has forgiven us. As for how many times a day you should forgive a brother who offends you? Well, figure it like this, Christ will forgive you only as many times a day as you are willing to forgive your brothers and sisters in the Lord who offend you. See Matthew 6.
5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, "Increase our faith." 6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, 'Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea;' and it should obey you.
Now here, it would seem like two groups, but it isn't. For you see, we who are Saved are one with the Lord, as the Lord is one with the Father. Do you know where that is written? For it is indeed written in Scripture.
7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, 'Go and sit down to meat?' 8 And will not rather say unto him, 'Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink.'? 9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow(say, think, or know) not. 10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, 'We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.'
Let's leave the study of groups for a minute, let's look at what Jesus is telling us here. Think of these verses like this: which of you will serve his fellow believer, even when your fellow believer is below your station in life or is even you servant, your employee or junior to you in military rank and under your control?
Instead of saying to him or her, "now, so his or that or these things and then you can rest". But, shouldn't you as servants of God, as younger brothers and sisters of the Lord, as adopted children of God the Father, obey an do what God the father and your older more senior Brother, Jesus tells you to do? Should you not follow in His footsteps and gird a towel around your waist and wash their tired feet? And then you should not turn to God and say, Lord, "I am unworthy to b called Your son, please let me do more, more to forward Your kingdom by doing as You have instructed me."?
11 And it came to pass, as He went to Jerusalem, that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." 14 And when He saw them, He said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And He said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Two groups here guys, first there was but one than there were two. First you have ten unsaved heathen asking the Lord for help, but only one get's Saved, only one fo the ten becomes a true Born Again washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian. And that one is a gentile. How did he do it? By doing what is written in verses 15 & 16. He acknowledged Jesus and worshiped Him. Are we, who are in the Saved group doing exactly the same thing? Do we not acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God, one of the Trinity, one with the Father and the Holy Ghost? Do we not worhsip Him in honesty and in spirit?
20 And when Jesus was demanded(questioned forcefully, rudely, and/or arrogantly) of(by) the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, 'Lo here! or, lo there!' for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
22 And He said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. 23 And they shall say to you, 'See here; or, see there:' go not after them, nor follow them. 24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in His day(returns to rapture the true Church, the time that begins the seven years of tribulation.).
25,26,&27 But first must He suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28&29 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
In verses 20 through 36, first we see the corrupt arrogant religious leaders, those stuck within the confines of tradition, customs, and commentary, rather than the truths of God' word. They demand answers from the Lord. And Jesus uses the next 15 verses to explain that there are but two groups on earth, His followers, the true Christians, the ones who have given their lives to Him and are truly Born Again, Washed clean by the Shed Blood of the Lamb Christians and all of the rest of humanity. For there is no third group, there aint no purgatory.
37 And they answered and said unto Him, "Where, Lord?" And He said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together. And Jesus' Apostles asked Him where this world be? And Jesus said it will be world side, for where ever the body, The Born Again Believers, is, is where the eagle, the buzzard, the haters of Christians will be. (Luke 17:1-37 ACP/KJV)
On this earth and in this life, we are gong to suffer much. We are not going to be in charge, Christ is, but we are not. We are but visitors in the house of the prince of this world. Oh we are going to have our good times, but for the most part, we are going to be the workers, the sheople, not the bosses. But, look back at verses one and two, the two verses where Jesus first defines the two groups, the Saved and the unsaved. Not only does He define the two groups, He tells us that the unsaved group is going to persecute the Saved group, but for us not to worry about it. For when He get's done with the unsaved, because of their persecution of us, the Saved group, that it would have been better for that unsaved group to have had a thousand pound stone tied around their necks and drowned in the midst of the ocean than what He is going to do to them.
So, rejoice that you are Saved, for in the words of the Lord:
Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven.
Yes, we are of much more value to God than many sparrows, and God provides for the sparrows, and not one of them dies or is hurt that the Father does not know about, so rejoice my brothers, for you are of much more value to God than that little two tone bird on your bird feeder.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with and bless you all. And may He help you understand what the best way you can serve Him is. Amen.
May the Lord understand the importance of Mac and Cecily to this ministry. Lord I need them both healthy and able to continue to hold up their ends. Lord this cancer of Mac's is starting to get in the way, this ministry needs him whole, just a thought Lord, is all it will take, just a thought on Your part.
There is a young man, a veteran who suffers from some kind of chemical weapon exposure, in a Veterans hospital in Colorado, he is young, and he is saved, yet his wife just abandoned him. Please pray for him, Lord, help him and deal with her and those who hurt him, we ask this of the Father in Your name Lord Jesus, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with and bless you all, amen.
The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in 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.
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