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“Perfect love casts out fear”

May 27, 2017

We have heard this often when “fear” is mentioned or talked about. At first, this seems to be a “cure-all for fear”. Any time we fear anything, perfect love takes it all away, right? It also has been said that “perfect love is God’s love”. While this is a true statement, it leaves us questioning just what God’s love is, or more important, what is “perfect love?”. To understand what it is that casts out fear we must understand what exactly is perfect love. For when we see (understand) this, we are then on the road to overcoming fear. As always, we need to go no further than God’s word to understand it. He has given us His Spirit, and thereby together with His word, we understand.

The apostle John, who beneath Jesus, understood “love” like no other. And where better need we go then to his love letter to “little children” (the church, brother’s and sisters in Christ).

Our main text is found in 1st John 4:18.

“There is no fear in love: but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment.  He who fears has not been made perfect in love.”

First, we need to get some word definitions in their original Greek language for “fear”, “love”, “perfect”, “casts”, and “torment”. Word study is key into getting understanding of a particular verse or passage.

Our first word is “fear”. Just what kind of fear was John talking about here? The word is “phobos” .  This is where we get the word “phobia” from, which is commonly known as an anxiety disorder. “Phobos” comes from the word “phebomal”, which means “to be put in fear”; alarm or fright – be afraid + exceedingly, fear, terror” . Here we see that this kind of fear is at the top of the chart, so to speak. It’s dreadful, frightening, and haunting. Can you see how this type of fear could work havoc in our lives? Talk about not having “peace”. Talk about something that would keep you bound up and keep you stifled. This would be it to the max. Yet how many live their lives this way? Also, for those of us that think it never comes knocking on our door, consider this. All worrying can be traced back to “fear”. And if we are honest, we all worry from time to time. It might be ever so small, yet it’s  still worry.

Our second word is the most often word used, liked, and talked about more than any other word. Ah yes…..”Love”. But just what kind of love is the apostle John referring to here? This is extremely important for us in this world of everything falling under “love”. Love everybody, love everything, be it right or wrong, just love, love, love, right? Well, this kind of love is way different. The word is “agape”, which means, “i.e affection, or benevolence (disposition to do good, an act of kindness, a generous gift)”. John further spells this out in his discourse on love by teaching us that God’s agape love is a sacrificial love that was exemplified by the giving of His Son for the sacrifice for our sins. Thus John went on to say that because of this kind of love for us, “we ought to love one another”. (see 1Jn.4:7-11)

Our third word is “perfect”. This word can take on a lot of definitions. However, it is important to be reminded that we are talking here about “perfect love”. The word, “perfect” is key here, because it is the type of love that is necessary to “cast out fear”. Not just love, but perfect love. This word “perfect”, in the Greek is “teleios“. It means “complete, completeness”. A further study into the word comes up with “i.e. (literally) accomplish, or (figuratively), consummate”. Also, “the conclusion”. Here we can safely say that “perfect agape love” is a love that is complete, i.e. final, and conclusive. Sounds like there is no greater love than this, bar none, right?

Our next word is “casts” (or casteth, in the KJV ). In our text, it says that “perfect love casts out fear”. This is key because this is what perfect love does. It “casts out”. This word is “ballo”.  It means “to throw”. It has to do with “violent, or intense”. Also, “strike, or “thrust”. This word is not used as a little soft way of dealing with fear. It is intense. It leaves no room for “timidity”. There must be some power involved here. Something beyond our fleshly, easy way of dealing with things.

Our fifth and final word is “torment”. This word is huge because it is what “fear has”. You might say this is what fear produces, or this is its outcome, or fruit. In the Greek, the word is “kolasis”. Its meaning might surprise you. It has to do with “infliction”. And that of “penal infliction”. Penal? Yes. And it involves “punishment, penalties, or punitive institutions”. Most of us have heard the word for a prison as a “penal institution”. Considering this, it is safe to say that “fear” locks you up as if you are in a “penal institution”. Inside here there is punishment and infliction to be had and penalties to be paid for. This is not a place you would want to live your life in for sure. Yet how many do, day in, and day out?

Ok. Now that we get some better understanding of these five important words, let us now break down each verse that contains the word, “perfect”, or “perfected” love. It appears five times in 1st John. That’s actually quite a bit. This will unlock “perfect love”, and “love perfected”. This will lead us into application, i.e. how we are to live out this kind of love to overcome or prevent fear from coming into our lives.

Let’s first back up in the book of first John, and go to the 2nd chapter, verse 5. In this verse he is teaching just how it is that the “love of God is perfected in us”. And remember that this kind of love throws out (casts out) fear.

“But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know we are in Him.”                                                                                                                        

In context, the apostle John is referring to the keeping of the words of Christ. If we back up to the starting of this chapter, in verse 1, he is telling us that Jesus is our mediator. In verse 2, he states that Jesus is the “propitiation for our sins” and the whole world. Verse 3 is key into understanding that he is talking about the commandments of Christ because he says “by this (that Jesus was the sacrifice for our sins) we know Him. Verse 4 also states this as well. We will see more as we go that the commands of Christ are what we New Testament believers need to heed and follow.

So by keeping His commandments, His words, His doctrine, His teachings, the love of God is perfected in us. This brings up something that most Christians seemly have a hard time with. And what is that? “Obedience”. Somehow God’s grace takes away, or covers for our obedience? Well, if that’s the case, we mise well go upstairs and open the bedroom window and chuck the word of God out. Because His word is full of obedience that must be done by us if we are to be followers of Christ. A simple reading of the word will bring this to light. In fact, John later writes in 2nd John, verse 9, that if we do not abide (dwell) in Christ’s teachings, then we do not have God. Wow! That’s pretty heavy.

The words of Jesus speak for themselves……

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.” (Jn.14:21)

“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word: and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.                                                                       “He who does not love Me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” (vs.23-24)

Here we see just how Jesus wants to be loved, and how God will love us, and how they will reveal themselves to us. This is often never taught or looked at. But it’s huge. This is Jesus commanding us here.

Now since we are looking here into just what is “perfect love”, and our text (1Jn.2:5) states that it has to do with keeping the words of Christ, it is necessary to hone in on a particular commandment in regards to this perfect love.

The apostle John makes this very clear when he speaks of God’s love being “perfected (completed) in us”“No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.” (1Jn.4:12). This verse is pretty self-explanatory. The key? “Love one another”. And this is the commandment that Christ taught from the beginning. “For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, (1Jn.3:11). John here is referring to Jesus when he gave this commandment. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another”. (Jn.13:34). He also, when teaching on “Love” and “Joy” being perfected, said this, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”. ( Jn.15:12). He goes on to say that there is no greater love than one giving their life for another. Loving one another through sacrificial love is “perfect love”, it is “agape love”.

Just how important is this commandment according to Jesus? Well, he addressed this question to one of the “Pharisees” as he asked, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”. Jesus replied with, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and the great commandment”. (Mt.22:36-38). Then Jesus goes on to say, “And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (vs.39). It is important to note the word here “like”. It means “similar”, and it comes from the Greek word “homos” which means “the same”. We can safely say that these two are to be combined, i.e. Love God, Love you neighbor. “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, he cannot love God whom he has not seen.” (1Jn.4:20).

Jesus finishes answering the Pharisees question of “which is the great commandment in the law?” with “On these two commandments hang all the Law and Prophets.” The word “hang” here is very important. It means “suspend, summed up”. So if we want to talk and debate over commandments, we best get these two down. We could literally spend the rest of our days “obeying” this commandment. I say “this” because they are combined.

Ok. Let’s move on in this quest for “perfect love”. We have looked at two (1Jn.2:5, 4:12) of the five verses that deal with “perfect love” or “love made complete”. Our next verse is 1Jn.4:17. “Herein is love made perfect in us,”. I purposely stopped here at the first part of this verse. Why? Because, to get a proper understanding of what John is saying here we must look at context and back up to see what “Herein” is. In the five verses leading up to this verse, we see the word “dwelleth” (dwell). It has the same meaning as “abideth” (abide), which means “to stay”. Ok. So where does abide fit into perfect love?

Let’s read it. In verse 12, John says that If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. Then he says, “by this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us,”. By this? By what? By loving one another. It’s the out working of loving one another that His love is perfected in us. And through this we abide, or stay. He goes on to say that “because He (God) has given us His Spirit”Remembering that “it’s the Spirit that bears witness” (1Jn.5:6) to us to confirm everything that God has given. In the verse leading up to 1Jn.4:17, we see some more regarding “abiding” that leads to us understanding “perfect love”. John says that we have known and believed the love that God has for us, God is love,”. And what love is he referring to here? “that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to love one another.” (1Jn. 4:10). Do you see the tie here? Loving because of what God did for us? “Herein is love!”The apostle John then finishes verse 16 with, “he who dwells (stays in) in love dwells in God, and God in him”. Bing! I think it’s safe to say that “perfect love” is loving because He first loved us, and thus, we love our neighbor as ourselves.

Now, we certainly can’t leave off here without finishing the last part of this verse 17. “that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as He is, so we are in the world”Here in the middle of the Apostle John’s discourse on love, he drops the word “boldness”. We must ask why? How is boldness tied into “love?”.

First, let’s look into this word. It is “parrhesia”, which by implication means “assurance”. It is also the same word as “confidence”. So we can say that by “abiding/dwelling” in Christ, i.e. abiding in his commandments, which namely is loving God through loving others, we will have assurance/confidence at His return. Yet, most importantly for the now, we can have this as we live out through love. And to add to this “boldness”, it also means, and has to do with, “speak”. Another definition is “all out-spokenness”. So when we our walking in His perfect love, i.e. living it out, we have out right boldness to “speak the truth in love”. Who by the way, was the perfect example of this bold love? You got it! The Christ! “because as He is, so are we in this world”.

Now, just after this look into “boldness”, guess what comes next? What would be one good word that would be the total opposite of boldness? Any suggestions? Our next and main verse has this word in it……

“FEAR”

Remember our main text for this study?

“There is no fear in love: but perfect love casts out all fear, because fear has torment. He who fears has not been made perfect in love.”

The apostle John starts off with a blanket statement here. He says that “there is no fear in love”. Remember that we are not just talking about any kind of love here. And what we mentioned at the beginning of this study, it’s not “worldly love”, or “fleshly love”. This is “agape love”. Through the studying of this kind of love, the teacher, i.e. the Holy Spirit, gave us this definition, “affectionate benevolence through sacrificial giving”. When this is in you, and you are living it out, fear will not be present. It cannot abide in the house where this perfect love takes up residence. So there is absolutely no need to even think on fear. It doesn’t even exist in this agape love. Period!

This agape love not only has “no fear” in it, but it “casts” it out. We must ask why did John put this here? If there is no fear in love, then why would it need to be cast out? Well, are you ready for this? Can your ultra spirituality take this on?

Fear does not abide in us if perfect love abides, right? However, we are all in this flesh. And we all get tempted with “fear”. It is just like the unlimited temptations that come upon us all the time. If you don’t think this is so, then take inventory of the last time you worried about something or someone. It’s a fact that worry can be traced back to fear. So this is why John brought up this “casting out”. If it wasn’t needful then he wouldn’t have brought it up. It absolutely needs to be addressed.

In simplicity, we can say that if we are abiding in Christ, and His words are abiding in us, and we are living them out through perfect love, then all temptations of fear will be casted out. “Perfect love casts out fear”. There is no fear in perfect love.

This verse 18 ends with, “But he who fears has not been made perfect in love”. Here we see that it is possible and needful to be made perfect in love. Another way to say this would be that it is possible and needful to be “completed” in love. Even though this agape love is to be a process for us to be lived out, it is, and has, already been completed in us through Christ in us. We have within us everything that is needed for life and godliness (2nd Peter 1:3). It is just up to us to use, so to speak, everything that we have been given, i.e. His perfect (completed) love within us. But we must walk it out, i.e. apply it to our everyday living through “loving one another”.

We end our study with verse 19 of 1st John. It is obvious that we are creatures that need to be reminded continually. In reality, isn’t the Holy scriptures a book written for our remembrance? And this being so, the apostle John states, “We love because He first loved us”. This is our continual reminder. This is why we love in the first place. This puts it all back into perspective. Do you remember what John said was love? “In this is love, …. He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins”(4:10). And, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,” (Jn.3:16). And if this was so…… Then…..

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to love one another”(1Jn.4:11).

We could go on in this study. There is much more to be found in the word of God regarding this “perfect love”. Actually, there is a whole lot more regarding “obedience” that ties right into this love. Jesus himself taught just how important obedience to His teaching was. A good study on this would be found in the gospel of John, chapters 14-15.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this study. We spent five weeks, hours upon hours, hammer and chisel in hand with the Word and Spirit. I hope and pray that you were blessed into understanding more of just what is “perfect love” and how it does “cast out fear”. Hopefully the next time that you are tempted to fear, you will apply perfect love into the situation and thus there will be no room for fear. Remember…… fear cannot abide in perfect love! God bless you!

 

 

 

Overcoming all fear

October 27, 2011

By keeping (obeying) the words/commands of Christ, the love of God can be made perfect in us. (see 1Jn.2:5). When the “love of God is perfected in us” all fear is cast out. We then have confidence/boldness in this world. (see 1Jn.4:17-18). By abiding in the commands of Christ, we abide in His love. (see Jn.15:9-17).

How many times have you shared the Gospel this week?

April 23, 2010

I am not asking this question to see who wins with the most times in one week. No.

I was riding home this afternoon on the bus, and this question came to me. I think it is a valid question that every “born of the Spirit” believer should ask themselves. And at the end of every week would not be an over kill either. I believe it would fall into “accountability”.

Now to back up a little here and try and make this an encouraging post, not a discouraging one, do you know that you are called to share the Gospel? Of course, if you don’t understand this, or don’t believe it, or you have not been taught this, then it would certainly be understandable why you don’t. Like anything else in life, if your not taught, encouraged, or understand how to do it, then why would you even try. If you were told that you didn’t have to evangelize, then what’s the worry, right?

One of the most “damnable” things as far “witnessing” goes, is the ever so popular “heresy” of  “just live the life”. That is about as far from the teaching example of Jesus and all his disciples, as is the Earth from Mars.

One big quote that a lot of Pastors, teachers etc. have used over the years to try and encourage their flocks not to worry about witnessing vocally, is that from “Saint Francis of Assisi”, “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words”. While there is some truth here, and that being, “Preach the gospel at all times”. This is a true statement. The later however, leaves you thinking, well, sometimes, or once in a great while, I should try some words.

My answer to this would be a simple one. First off, who is our supreme example? You got it, Christ Jesus. Did He never use words? Yes, He certainly did the example of “living the Gospel” like no one else, nor will anyone else ever do.

But the key to remember here is “The Holy Spirit”. He changed everything when He came. Christ said that He would and He certainly did. The foundation point to understanding witnessing, is The Holy Spirit. Without it, we are reduced to a small set of a few books on “how to evangelize”. Oh, did I forget to mention that it would also be “powerless?”

Commonly called the “Great Commission”, it was given to all believers after they had received The Holy Spirit. Without the baptism of The Holy Spirit, there is no power to witness. For only He gives The Power. The power to become a witness of The Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke’s account leads us up to the account given in the Book of Acts.

After Christ opened up their understanding, He said,

“Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of my Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”  (Luke 24:46-49)

In verse 47, Christ said the word “preached”. The meaning of this word is : “to herald (as a public crier), preach, proclaim, publish.”

In the book of Acts, Christ’s last words are as follows,

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8)

So, if you have been baptized in The Holy Spirit, you have the power to become a witness. The question is, when was the last time that you used that power? How many times this week?

One good way is to always have on hand some good gospel tracts. Not that you fall into the trap of never saying anything to anyone, but only leaving or giving them a tract, No. Listen to the Spirit as to what to say or do. Each situation will be different. Why? Because each person is in a different place in their quest for God. And The Holy Spirit only knows where that place is. Ask Him, He just might let you know some things that would help.

I will end with just one challenging statement:

We will all give an account on that day when we stand before Him and he asks us what did we do with what He gave us? Be it “talents”, “gifts”, “money”, “good looks” etc. We will give an account of our lives spent here on this dirt, called earth.

May He continue to bless you as you go out!

Are you following Him into the world?

April 11, 2010
We have heard it said many of times, “If Christ was walking the earth today, where would we find him?”
Be careful though, this song says, “I give all myself”. It that true?
It says, “how could I not give it away so freely?”
It also says, “until your work is done, cause “faith without works is dead”.
I was blessed to have been in Cambodia. We were at one of the sights where this was filmed (one of the killing fields).
May you be blessed. It’s a good one!
“Follow you”
Leeland with Brandon Heath
Songwriters: Ed Cash, Jack Mooring, Leeland
You lived among the least of these
The weary and the weak
And it would be a tragedy for me to turn away.

All my needs you have supplied.
When i was dead you gave me life.
How could i not give it away so freely?

And i`ll follow you into the homes that are broken.
Follow you into the world.
Meet the needs for the poor and the needy god.
Follow you into the world.

Use my hands use my feet
To make your kingdom come
Through the corners of the earth
Until your work is done
`cause faith without works is dead
And on the cross your blood was shed
So how could i not give it away so freely?

And i`ll follow you into the homes that are broken.
Follow you into the world.
Meet the needs for the poor and the needy god.
Follow you into the world.
(x2)

I give all myself.
I give all myself
I give all myself.to you.

And i give all myself.
Yes i give all myself.
And i give all myself.to you.

And i`ll follow you into the homes that are broken
Follow you into the world.
Meet the needs for the poor and the needy god.
Follow you into the world.
(x2)

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“Hear Him!”

December 21, 2009

Where do you spend most of your time in reading, studying and listening?

If our time is not found in Christ and getting back to reading and studying what He taught, then we are in trouble. It doesn’t make any difference how long we have been saved, we should still be looking at His commands and teachings and following them foremost above all. Studying His life to gain understanding about how to live.

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;”

(Heb.1:1-2)

Many today are following man. Man has lots of good things to say and teach, but he is not Christ.

Do you spend more time in reading books that are written by some men than you do in the Gospels? Do you spend more time in listening to some man’s sermons than letting the Spirit minister to you through the very words of Christ? Christ said himself, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (Jn.6:63)

Sure there are lot’s of popular Christian book authors out there, and we can gain some wisdom and understanding  by reading an occasional book now and then, but we must not “camp” there. We should take inventory of our time and devotion.

Do you spend more time reading the writings of Mark Driscoll, John Piper or Paul Washer? What about John MacArthur? These men are certainly good teachers, but not The Christ. Yes, called of God and used by God, but not The Christ. Mere Men.

Jesus was more than a man like us. He spoke the very words of God. (Jn.14:10, 24). If this be the case, shouldn’t we be found there? If His words are “spirit and life”, shouldn’t we be partaking in this “spirit and life”?

More importantly, if God said we should “hear him” don’t you think we should?

“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, Hear Him!” (Matt.17:5).

Not only are many putting man’s writings and teachings before Christ, but it would appear that they are building “tabernacles” for them just as Peter wanted to do for Elijah and Moses. Christ turned to them and said, “Hear Him!” Basically, don’t worship Elijah and Moses, hear my Son and worship Him.

Even Moses said 1451 years before Christ, “Him you shall hear.” (Deut.18″15)

Also what did God say to Moses? “I will raise up from  them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.” (vs.18)

So, the very words of Christ are what God has spoken to us in these last days. There is no need to take up with anything else. By the words of Christ and God’s Spirit, we have all we need. The problem is that many have become too sophisticated.

I will end with a quote by Don Everts (I think he hits it on the head).

“It’s hard to remain focused on Jesus because we have become too sophisticated. The Gospels are so simple and straightforward that we sort of graduate on to Paul (or I might add, Paul Washer, Driscoll or Piper) where the meaty theology lies.”

So it is.

“Offspring of snakes”

October 28, 2009

Jesus’ biggest battle here on earth was with the religulous “Pharisees”.

I just spent the last couple of days in my study in the Gospels, looking at the fierce battles that Jesus had with all the religulous Pharisees of his time.
What about today? What kind of battle is He in with them today? Does He just overlook them today? What would He call them today, in today’s language?

They were followers of Moses and his Law. They always brought up the Law trying to condemn Him. Lots of times, Jesus would say to them, “it is written in your law”. Then He would go on to supersede their law. This would greatly offend them. After all, who was this man who thought he was God and also how could he know more than us.

The Pharisees loved to quote Moses, but they missed one that was very important.
“The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren, Him you shall hear.”
“I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.”
“And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.” (Deut.18:15,18-19)
THEY MISSED THESE WORDS!
Are there those who are missing the very words of Christ today? Instead they want to hang on to the “Law and the Prophets”? They spend all their time studying the “OLD Testament” and never search out what Christ taught. Somehow they think that His commandments are less than the “Ten”?

Just how important are “The Commandments of Christ” anyways?
We shall see.

The Tree of Life

September 28, 2009

Adam and Eve “freely ate” of “The Tree of Life” before their fall.

“And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Gen.2:9)
Here we see that all the trees in the garden were “pleasant to the sight and good for food.” This included the “tree of life.”

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;” (vs.16) This included the “tree of life.”

The “Right” to the tree of life.
Adam and Eve had the right to the tree of life because they walked with God without sin. When sin is present, there is no right.
Before sin entered the heart of man, he had the right to eat and live forever. But when he sinned, he gave up his God given right to eternal life. All because of sin, the “right” has been given up.

Only through Christ can man gain back his God given right to eternal life. Only through Christ can he partake of the tree of life and live forever.

Before the fall, man was not “like God” in regards to knowing good and evil. There was no sin, thus no need to have knowledge of sin. But after his disobedience, he received the knowledge (or conscience) of sin.

Man’s consequence for sin.
Because man had become like God in knowledge of good and evil, God “drove” him out of the perfect place (the garden). Why? Because He did not want man to “put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever-” (3:22)

Now, it is very important to note here that God “drove out” man from the garden and that He “placed Cherubims” (beings of a sublime and celestial nature. Noted for power and wisdom) and a “flaming sword”. What for? “To guard the way to the tree of life” (3:24)

This is why man cannot freely take of the tree of life on his own. It is heavily guarded and no man can go on his own. He would never make it. The sword would cut him into pieces if he so even came close. I can hear the angels say, “don’t even think of it!”.

And just think, all because of sin. We must not under estimate sin and the consequences thereof.

This “right” to the tree of life is only given to “over comers”. Those who have overcome sin through Christ. And those who “do his commandments” (Rev.22:14) These are they who “do” the commands of Christ. Just like Christ, who came to “do” the Father’s will, we also must “do” the will of Christ by following his commands.

Here are some :
Mt.28:20, Jn.13:34,14:15,21; 15:10,14; Acts.10:42; 1Jn.3:23
God bless you as you go forward and do His commands and thus partake of The Tree of Life.

Is the “Great Commission” hard to understand?

September 16, 2007

Is it complicated? Should we add or take away from it?
No. Just do what it says, period. If we do, some awesome things will take place.

In the book of Matthew it says, “All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to obey all things that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the very end of the world.” (28:18-20)

In the book of Mark it says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
And these signs will follow them that believe; In my name they will cast out devils; and they will speak with new tongues;
They shall take up snakes; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (16:15-18)

GO – TEACH – PREACH – BAPTIZE

What is so hard to understand about these? We have all heard them over and over, haven’t we?

GO means to get off your bottom and get out into the world.

TEACH (in this context) means to teach them whatever Christ commanded. I won’t get into that in this post, but it would do us all some good to review what Christ commanded in the gospels.

PREACH means to “herald” or “cry out” or “proclaim” the Gospel (the good news of Christ) to every person (yes, it does say “every”).

BAPTIZE means to get them “fully wet” or “cover wholly with a fluid” in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost.

Help me out, is this hard to understand?

And you know what? If we DO this “Great Commission”, Christ said himself that he would be with us and that signs would follow them that believe. What would these signs be?

Devils would be cast out of people. Speaking in new tongues would happen. If we handle any snakes, IE any “sly cunning” or “malicious persons” or “satanist” they shall not hurt us. If we drink anything that’s deadly, IE poison etc. it shall not hurt us. Isn’t this comforting to know? What should we be afraid of?

Now here is a really good one. “They shall”. This is no maybe, they will. THEY SHALL lay their hands on the sick and THEY SHALL recover. Don’t you love this?

Well, there you have it. It’s pretty self explanatory, isn’t it?
May God help us all.