Taking Oaths

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Jesus teaching on this topic is from Matthew 5:33-37. He says,

Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’  34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne;  35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.  37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

As D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out in his book, Studies In The Sermon On The Mount, the teaching of the Pharisees on the subject of oaths, from verse 33, “…are not to be…

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Will there be tears in heaven at the bema?

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This is a difficult topic, and in order to answer it we must look at a few Scriptures to get a clear understanding of it. First of all, the main passage in Revelation 21:4 that we generally go to that mentions tears must be taken in its proper context. What this verse is telling us is that in heaven, or in the eternal state, there will be no tears, nor will there be death or mourning or crying or pain. Now the question is, when will these things be wiped away or taken away? Well, it seems logical to me that they will disappear instantly when we are translated into the eternal state…or into heaven.

Another passage that confirms what we are saying is 1 Corinthians 15:52-55. It is the famous Rapture passage. It speaks of our changing into what is “imperishable,” and when we put on “immortality.”  Then…

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What Black Lives Matter Wants, by Bill O’Reilly

In a minute I will tell you what facts O’Reilly has discovered about the organization Black Lives Matter. But, at the start I just want to say that I believe in the words, “black lives matter.” That is, I believe that all black lives do matter—because blacks are people created in the image of God. Also, I believe that many people who support the organization Black Lives Matter, support it because they believe, as I do, that black people are people, and they do matter. But I suspect that many don’t know what the organization stands for and wants.

Bill O’Reilly, in his Morning Edition said, “[Black Lives Matter] is perhaps the most radical organization in the United States of America.” Then he gave these facts about what the organization wants.

WHAT BLACK LIVES MATTER WANTS

* No public funding for police. That means all police forces to be eliminated and replaced by private police forces.

* Reparations for slavery for every black American.

* Guaranteed income for every black American. And they don’t even have to work.

* To all blacks, free college and open admissions to any college they want.

* All blacks in jail to be released—because they are in there due to white oppression.

* The voting age to be dropped to age 16.

MY COMMENTS

If these things were to go through you would have chaos. Law and order would disappear due to the lack of police. Since blacks would be getting paid anyway, many will choose not to go to college, and who know what they will do with their idol time. And since all black criminals would be released from jail (yes there are black criminals), the crime rate would go sky high. Yes, I agree that Black Lives Matter is a very radical group that need to be understood for who they are and stopped. America can’t tolerate this group for the good of the country and also for their own good.

How Will Christians Be Rewarded? Two Questions to Ponder

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Will there be private ownership of land or co-ownership?  

The way I see it from Scripture is that we will share in God’s glory and will be his heirs and fellow heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:16-17). What does that mean? Well, as His bride, everything that He owns is ours also. So, we rule over everything with Him. Everything that is His is also ours—forever.

On the other hand, as part of our reward for our good deeds, each of us will be given responsibilities over certain parcels of land. In a sense we own it all with Him and will rule over it all; yet, in another sense we will have some individual ownership, or responsibilities.

How does one build up treasures in heaven now, and also after we die?

We can store up treasures in heaven now simply by doing good deeds; and those treasures will be…

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How will things change for the Christian after the Millennium?

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What we are mainly considering here is those of the church who have been rewarded at the bema judgment. As I have previously written about, our main reward in the Millennial kingdom will be the obtaining of responsibilities of service and rulership in God’s kingdom, in which we will reign and rule with Christ. Some will have great responsibilities, by which they will rule over many; and some will have few responsibilities, by which they will rule over a few.

Now the question before us is, how will our responsibilities of rulership change after the millennium, when we will enter the eternal state of the new heaven and the new earth?

First of all, it must be clear that the second we all are raptured, we will go into the eternal state—because, to have a raptured or resurrection body is being in the eternal state. And where is that?…

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The Meaning of Intercession – from Jesus

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Jesus is the greatest intercessor of all.  From the passages I have copied at the end, we see the following three things that intercession is:

Intercession is praying on the behalf of others whom God has given us. In John 17:9 Jesus prays, “I ask on their behalf, I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom Thou hast given to me.” And those whom were given to Him were not only His close disciples but they were all those who believe (v. 20). And so, we—you and I—are on that list.  And He is still praying for us, since He ever lives to make intercession (Hebrews 7:25).  This means that Jesus has interceded for believers everywhere, in all time throughout history.  What a marvelous thought.

And we are His followers. And so, we must do as He does.  We have that same calling: to intercede…

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What Is the Purpose of the Rewards We Will Receive in Heaven?

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The overall purpose of our rewards, as in all things, will be to the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:12). Hence, whatever reward we receive: whatever praise, whatever service, or whatever responsibility, it will not only be filled with His glory, but it will reflect that glory back to Him. So, we will find ourselves in a never-ending cycle of glory. He gives us glory in our rewards. And then, as we use our rewards of service to service Him, His glory will be reflected back to Him.

Now, though all will receive His glory, and all will gladly give it back to Him (Rev. 4:10); not all will have the same capacity to radiate His glory. That may seem unfair, but we now in our works have the opportunity to determine our own destiny. Yes, He gives us now, through our obedience, the chance to make things right for…

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Christ’s Teaching on Divorce

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Preachers tend to avoid this topic—as well as teaching on bible prophecy. We must expound the bible systematically, missing nothing. We need not only preach on what interests or pleases us, but on what is written down for us in His holy Word. The main text we will consider is in Matthew 5:31-32.

“And it was said, ‘Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce’; 32 but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Jesus, in this text is comparing the false interpretation of the law of the Pharisees and Scribes with His own teaching. He was not correcting the law of Moses, but the teaching of the Scribes and Pharisees. He was honoring the law of Moses by teaching its whole truth.

What…

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Of Monsters and Beasts — -Wings of the Dawn-

I came in the house carried food from afar Like women of old, who shopped at bazaars. Was tired and beat from reading the signs, From standing on blue tape and waiting in lines. “How was it?” my hubs and all the kids asked. I collapsed in the chair and took off my mask. “Oh, […]

Of Monsters and Beasts — -Wings of the Dawn-