YOU ARE CALLED BUT…?


AMAZING GRACE FOR SUCH A WRETCH AS I

You are Called But…?

Today my bible reading included the 18th chapter of Ezekiel and the first chapter of Acts.

I also want to make some points from Hebrews and Second Peter “take it slow” this is a long post! But then how long is eternity?  

I noticed that there was so much TRUTH in these readings that believers and non-believers alike need to be made aware of.

My mission and goal for this blog is to strengthen believers of GODS WORDS WHICH ARE IMMORTAL JUST AS GOD IS IMMORTAL.

WE GOD’S CREATION WERE CREATED TO BE IMMORTAL.<a OUR GRASP OF THIS FACT OF IMMORTALITY IS THE SINGULAR IMPORTANT FACT OF OUR LIVES.

WE ARE FACED WITH TWO CHOICES WILL WE CHOOSE TO SPEND ETERNITY WITH OR WITHOUT GOD?  

I also want to encourage and share the GOSPEL MESSAGE with NON-BELEIVERS.

Nothing is more important to me than where you and I spend ETERNITY.

If you never read another post of this blog except this one you will have been presented with the Gospel Message. The rest is up to you!  

Ezekiel 18

The One Who Sins Will Die

 1 The word of the LORD came to me (Ezekiel) 2 “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:                                                             

   “‘The parents eat sour grapes,                                                  
   and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?

 3 “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel. 4 For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die.

 5 “Suppose there is a righteous man (First Generation)
   who does what is just and right.
6 He does not eat at the mountain shrines (eat meat sacrificed to Idols at the High Places)
   or look to the idols of Israel.
He does not defile his neighbor’s wife (commit Adultery)
   or have sexual relations with a woman during her period.
7 He does not oppress anyone,
   but returns what he took in pledge for a loan. (rich taking advantage of the poor)
He does not commit robbery
   but gives his food to the hungry                                                                                 

GOD GRANT ME THE WISDOM TO DRINK FROM THE CUP OF LIVING WATER

   and provides clothing for the naked.
8 He does not lend to them at interest (Lend At usury)
   or take a profit from them.
He withholds his hand from doing wrong
   and judges fairly between two parties.
9 He follows my decrees
   and faithfully keeps my laws.
That man is righteous;
   he will surely live,
            declares the Sovereign LORD.

 10 “Suppose he (the Righteous man) has a violent son, (SECOND GENERATION) who sheds blood or does any of these other things[a] 11 (though the father has done none of them):

   “He (The Violent son) eats at the mountain shrines.
He defiles his neighbor’s wife.
12 He oppresses the poor and needy.
He commits robbery.
He does not return what he took in pledge.
He looks to the idols.
He does detestable things.
13 He lends at interest and takes a profit.

   Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he is to be put to death; his blood will be on his own head. (IN THE FINAL JUDGEMENT IT WILL RESULT IN ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM GOD, A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH), {Glen’s opinion; writer of this blog}

 14 “But suppose this son (The violent son) has a son who sees all the sins his father commits, and though he sees them, he does not do such things:

 15 “He (son of the violent Son) does not eat at the mountain shrines
   or look to the idols of Israel.
He does not defile his neighbor’s wife.
16 He does not oppress anyone
   or require a pledge for a loan.
He does not commit robbery                                                             

HE LIVES IN ME AND THE FATHER LIVES IN HIM HIS SPIRIT GUIDES ME

   but gives his food to the hungry
   and provides clothing for the naked.
17 He withholds his hand from mistreating the poor
   and takes no interest or profit from them.
He keeps my laws and follows my decrees.

   He will not die for his father’s sin; he will surely live. 18 But his father will die for his own sin, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was wrong among his people.

 19 “Yet you ask, ‘Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?’ Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live. 20 The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.

 21 “But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die. 22 None of the offenses they have committed will be remembered against them. Because of the righteous things they have done, they will live. 23 Do I (GOD) take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?

 24 “But if a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked person does, will they live? None of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness they are guilty of and because of the sins they have committed, they will die.

 25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear, you Israelites (put your name here Glen Reid): Is my (Gods) way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? 26 If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin, they will die for it; because of the sin they have committed they will die. 27 But if a wicked person turns away from the wickedness they have committed and does what is just and right, they will save their life. 28 Because they consider all the offenses they have committed and turn away from them, that person will surely live; they will not die. 29 Yet the (YOUR NAME HERE) Israelites say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Are my (God’S) ways unjust, (YOUR NAME HERE) people of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust?          

 30 “Therefore, (YOUR NAME HERE) you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. 31 Rid your selves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, (YOUR NAME HERE)people of Israel? 32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!

Glen’s Summary of Acts 1 Christ’s appointment of his chosen apostles and of us who believe through faith that God sent His divine son to suffer birth and death as a mere mortal.

Christ may have died a mortal but he reclaimed his immortality by overcoming both mortal death and spiritual death.

A fact not often grasped by us is that Christ not only suffered death as a man. He also suffered death and separation from God his father.

Hence his cry from the Cross: My God My God why hast thou forsaken me!

Christ had become the blood sacrifice for all men for all time. He took every sin of all men upon himself. His father who abhors sin could no longer abide him. Christ’s three day battle with Satan and his hoard began.

Christ’s resurrection and appearance to his apostles and the faith we as his followers have in the immortal word of God; are the hottest commodities of all time.

Eternal life with or without God hang in the balance!

IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS GOD MAY HE WELCOME ME TO ETERNAL RESIDENCE IN HIS KINGDOM

Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven

After Christ’s suffering death and resurrection he presented himself to his apostles over a period spanning forty days. Jesus taught them and gave them instructions through the Holy Spirit.

Jesus gave his chosen apostles many proofs that he was alive.

Jesus gave his apostles this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

His apostles asked him if he was going to restore God’s kingdom to Israel.

 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” …

…Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas

“For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:

   “‘May his place be deserted;
   let there be no one to dwell in it,’[e]

   and,

   “‘May another take his place of leadership.’[f]

 21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”

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Hebrews 1 (New International Version, ©2010)

Hebrews 1

God’s Final Word: His Son

 1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

The Son Superior to Angels                                                                                                                           

LORD GIVE ME THIS WATER THAT I MAY NEVER THIRST

           5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,

   “You are my Son;
   today I have become your Father”[a]?

   Or again,

   “I will be his Father,
   and he will be my Son”[b]?

 6 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

   “Let all God’s angels worship him.”[c]

 7 In speaking of the angels he says,

   “He makes his angels spirits,
   and his servants flames of fire.”[d]

 8 But about the Son he (God) says,

   “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
   a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
   therefore God, your God, has set you (Jesus) above your companions
   by anointing you with the oil of joy.”[e]

 10 He(GOD) also says,

   “In the beginning, Lord (Jesus), you laid the foundations of the earth,
   and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain;
   they will all wear out like a garment.
12 You will roll them up like a robe;
   like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
   and your years will never end.”[f] (proof of Christ’s reclamation of Immortality, Glen’s comment)

 13 To which of the angels did God ever say,

   “Sit at my right hand
   until I make your enemies
   a footstool for your feet”[g]?

 14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?  (Praise God that is us who believe the Gospel message.)

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 1:5 Psalm 2:7
  2. Hebrews 1:5 2 Samuel 7:14; 1 Chron. 17:13
  3. Hebrews 1:6 Deut. 32:43 (see Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint)
  4. Hebrews 1:7 Psalm 104:4
  5. Hebrews 1:9 Psalm 45:6,7
  6. Hebrews 1:12 Psalm 102:25-27
  7. Hebrews 1:13 Psalm 110:1

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Hebrews 2 (New International Version, ©2010)

Hebrews 2

Warning to Pay Attention

 1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will… Read Hebrews for a better grasp of the promises and proofs of our faith.

Jesus Made Fully Human…

 Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.[g] 12 He says,

   “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
   in the assembly I will sing your praises.”[h]

 13 And again,

   “I will put my trust in him.”[i]                                                                                                                              

   And again he says,

   “Here am I, and the children God has given me.[j]

 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason (Christ) he had to be made like them,[k] fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 2:7 Or them for a little while
  2. Hebrews 2:8 Psalm 8:4-6
  3. Hebrews 2:8 Or You made him a little lower than the angels;/ you crowned him with glory and honor/ and put everything under his feet.”
  4. Hebrews 2:8 Or him
  5. Hebrews 2:8 Or him
  6. Hebrews 2:8 Or him
  7. Hebrews 2:11 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verse 12; and in 3:1, 12; 10:19; 13:22.
  8. Hebrews 2:12 Psalm 22:22
  9. Hebrews 2:13 Isaiah 8:17
  10. Hebrews 2:13 Isaiah 8:18
  11. Hebrews 2:17 Or like his brothers

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 2 Peter 2 (New International Version, ©2010)

2 Peter 2

False Teachers and Their Destruction

 1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

 4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell,[a] putting them in chains of darkness[b] to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh[c] and despise authority.

   Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from[d] the Lord. 12 But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.

 13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.[e] 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer,[f] who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

 17 These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”[g] and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Peter 2:4 Greek Tartarus
  2. 2 Peter 2:4 Some manuscripts in gloomy dungeons
  3. 2 Peter 2:10 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit; also in verse 18.
  4. 2 Peter 2:11 Many manuscripts beings in the presence of
  5. 2 Peter 2:13 Some manuscripts in their love feasts
  6. 2 Peter 2:15 Greek Bosor
  7. 2 Peter 2:22 Prov. 26:11

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