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Ps 119: 105 Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a lightunto my path

The light had dawned.

Years ago when I was a teenager the Gideons came to my school.  During assembly they gave a quick talk and handed out these little red cover backed King James New Testament Bibles.  Whilst many of the kids joked about burning them, I found in my hand something which I treasured.    Now I was not a Christian at that time, but I would from time to time read the word.  But whilst I could read the words I never really understood the message.  Years later I started work.  The production manager was a Christian who would chat to his staff about Christianity.  This prompted me to take out that little King James and occasionally  I read it.  Now I could read the words, but the message was as ever hidden as it had always been.  The mystery of its message was lost.  It remained just another book.  Now this Christian invited me to his church.  I knew what was going to be asked and I talked it over with the Lord the night before.  I was going to say YES to receive him as Lord and saviour.    I remember that the previous day reading my Bible and the message was only darkness to my understanding.

The day after having received Jesus as Lord and saviour, I opened that same little King James Bible.  Something had dramatically changed.  Suddenly the words became alive.  They literally jumped out of the page with meaning and understanding.  So what had changed from one day to the next?  There can be no doubt that I had indeed received God into my life.    I still had to read the Bible and study it, but the insight was illuminating.  Someone was now interpreting that word to my heart and mind.  No longer was I looking at mere words, the words now had meaning depth and life.

It was as if someone had literally walked into a dark room and flicked the switched.  The room became bathed in light.    The Holy Spirit brought that light into my soul and was now feeding my mind with the truths contained in the Bible.  From there God started to make all those little connection between all those chapters.  The Bible works folks.    It makes sense from cover to cover.   Now you can never say you know it all because that same Holy Spirit is still revealing his word.   But I can say that what I hold in my hand was treasure indeed.

John 14: 17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you

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How do I know I have the Holy Spirit?  In the past the main deciding factor among many Pentecostals was that people could speak in tongues.  tongues became the focus as to who did or did not have the Holy Spirit.  For others it might be the sacrament of Baptism.  For the more radical it might be drop down and roll that persuades them that the Holy Spirit dwells within.But what does the Bible say about this matter.  We are aware that tongues have been one of the most counterfeited of the spiritual gifts .  Anyone can have a few drops of water or even be fully immersed and still not be indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  A person can have full membership within a church and still not have the Holy Spirit..

John 16:13- 15  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.   All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH:

There are several things we can gleam from these verses

  1.   The Holy Spirit >> will be the spirit of truth.  So you will not expect to see him lying, but will always uphold the truth of scripture.
  2.   The Holy Spirit >>  will guide the believer to the truth.  So the end result should see an imparted desire for the truth.  He will always lead us to the truth.  That means exposing error and falsehood either within our lives or elsewhere.
  3.   The Holy Spirit>>  Does not speak or glorify himself.  So you would not expect the emphasis to be on the Holy Spirit.  Just as Jesus came to glorify the father, so the Holy Spirit has come to glorify the son.
  4.  The Holy Spirit>> Will take what now belongs to Jesus and reveal them to the believer.  So we would expect the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus.  

John 15: 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me

Now how does this work out within the believer’s life?

THE HOLY SPIRIT GLORIFIES JESUS:

If an individual is glorified more than Jesus, there is a good chance that this has not been initiated by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirits Job is to POINT us to JESUS.  It is his job to make real who this saviour is.   He takes what he has been shown and unravels it within our hearts and mind. 

Heb 10: 16 This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.

The focus of which is his truth, his revelation and the knowledge about him!!!  Scripture is at the heart of this.  Take scripture out and be assured it is not the Holy Spirit. 

Jesus made it clear

John 15: 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you

THE HOLY SPIRIT POINTS US TO HIS WORD:

Now the out working of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to encourage us to abide in his word .  If you abide in everything but his word then you can positively say you don’t have the Holy Spirit.  Just as some have placed the teachings of individual men above the scripture.  Allowing  what they have said to reinterpret scripture and change it to conform to ideas which are so contrary to scripture.  Others who places curses on anyones right to read and believe what scripture alone states.  Stating that they alone have some special dispensation to interpret the Bible.

Scripture states that we should study to show ourselves approved of God,  Sadly there are those who would deny such a right.  The HOLY SPIRIT takes the Bible and reveals it to the believer, making it both real and understood.  Often the difference before and after conversion of a soul is liken to one who only reads the Bible but without much understanding.  Then Reading the Bible after the conversion and the words just leaps out of the page.  The change is often dynamic and remarkable.

John 14: 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments

THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US TO LOVE JESUS:

How can we LOVE someone we have never met, let alone keep his commandments?  How is it that the believer has a love for Jesus whom he has not seen?  That too is the out working of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is always  working to bring the reality of the godhead within our lives.  So that we can say we will follow this man Christ Jesus, but we will not follow anotherWhilst many have played the part of Jesus in blockbuster films and their acting have been well praised by fellow actors, they simply don’t express the real Jesus.  Or communicated the one in whom the believer adores above all else.

The Holy Spirit is our helper  and  he is able to take what we offer up in our worship and praise  and make it real and significant before God.  For how can we approach a throne that is beyond our vision, and yet feel we are truly there.  How can such worship be made acceptable  unless God himself is fully approachable and open to receive us.  Yet even in this the Holy Spirit continues to make his presence felt.

  The work of the Holy Spirit is to place God central to our lives.  If he is not then I would question WHY NOT?

John 17: 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare [it]: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

One of the signs has to be the same LOVE which the father had towards the son might also be within the believer.

So if we have a person who claims to love his church or institution more than Jesus that too will be a glimpse that something is wrong.  Now it’s not wrong to loves things, its only when we love them more than God that there is a problem.  Now even here some have manipulated people in order to control others for their own benefit. 

The argument goes like this:   

if you love God you will submit to his authority. That authority has somehow been placed in the hands of men. so you must obey that authority as if it came from God himself.  However when that authority  wants you to submit  and points you in a direction which is contrary to God.  In such a situation we are morally bound to resist such evil and obey God. Sadly history has seen such abuse place anathema upon anathema upon ordinary people to create an atmosphere of fear.  To stop them from even questioning such abuse.

 Biblical Love places God first, his word the Bible.  then our love for others.  But always in a true Biblical setting.

 You might respect your minister as a great man of God.  But you will never place him equal or above Jesus.  His authority will always be subject to Gods word.

Nor would we expect a true Holy Spirit filled man to start promoting new age mysticism, heresy, or to promote unscriptural teachings.  The true man of God would be prepared to submit his life to Gods word.  Nor would you be comfortable as Catholics do to exalt the finite and claim that this is the Holy Spirits doing.  Mary may have been Jesus earthly mother but no where is she promoted to some queen of heaven.  Such promotion does not stem from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Catholics will go to great lengths to get around the simply fact that there is no evidence that God crowned Mary, and that includes time itself.  When you had one catholic woman who started to talk about linear time and that God can bend time and thus crown Mary ahead of  anyone else . Such excuses are almost laughable if they were not so serious.

However Scripture cannot be broken and no one gets crowned before the rest of us. Nor would anyone of us be crowned with an ungodly title as the Queen of heaven.  Where in Catholic teachings do we have a Joseph the king of heaven, Or Paul and Peter as the Kings of heaven.  Or even Elizabeth as another queen of heaven.   In fact to date such a title has never been conferred upon anyone else.  Such a title is reserved for Mary alone, which exposes it as Idol worship.  No such inspiration is from the Holy Spirit.  Those who do so and are comfortable with it cannot know God.  When the simple  “Hello” from an angel becomes so distorted and made into a repetitious prayer.  A point which even Jesus rebuked.  Or as someone remarked its like saying to someone every second hello hello hello hello hello.  That not praying let alone talking to God. 

THE HOLY SPIRIT CHANGES US :

The Holy Spirit will also convict us of our sins.  He will not let go and will never cease to challenge convict exhort and teach the believer.    You will simply not be comfortable in a sinful situation.  It will always lead to repentance and a change of direction.

Heb 12: 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not

John 16: 9-10  Of sin, because they believe not on me, Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

But he will also convince us of the righteousness of God.  Which mean we will grow in our desire to be righteous?  WE JUST WILL NOT BE COMFORTABLE LIVING IN SIN OR IN SINNING.  There should be a hunger within the believer to do right and be right with God.  To walk in holiness and in a manner that is separated from what we know to be wrong.  As I often say God never leaves us how he finds us, but changes us to be like himself.  If you are happy as you once where and no change has occurred again the question is WHY, because there should be  a change.

John 14: 21, 23  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him…..Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

There is a real sense that those who belong will experience and know the saviour in an intimate way.  The Holy Spirit is the one who makes this real.  So we can say we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.  Yet whilst we cannot say how he physically looked like , yet we can say we know him and love him.

Now Jesus makes it clear that those who don’t know him will not keep his word.  They may sing and speak about “a” Jesus, but not really know the true Jesus of the Bible

John 14: 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me

THE HOLY SPIRIT PROMOTES THE TRUE JESUS :

The Jesus of the Moslems is most certainly not the Jesus of the Bible and as such they don’t seek to obey or believe the scriptures.  To them this Jesus was nothing more than a prophet.  A prophet that had to be rescued before he was killed, who allowed another innocent man to die in his place,  Then after three days pretended to be resurrected.  Such a deception does not express the true nature of Jesus. 

 Sad to say many a Roman Catholics see  Jesus submitting himself to the hands of a priest who pronounces some magically words over some cookie and Jesus becomes the Eucharist.  What you eat cannot produce the intimacy that scripture speaks about.  True Intimacy produce true obedience.  Obedience does not come out of a ritualistic relationship of I must or else, but out of a Love and devotion to the one whom the Holy Spirit reveals.  True intimacy realises that all glory belongs to God.  Our joy is to see God glorified and lifted up.  If you see a minister begin to glorify himself and basically say “LOOK AT ME, HOW GREAT I AM  ”  QUESTION IT!!!  When God moves he gets the glory and man is always humbled.

Many people will throw up the excuse that God can do anything he wants.  The one things God cannot and never will do is go against his nature.  We can glimpse that truth from scripture itself.  We would expect God to reproduce that very same nature within his people.  To love the way he loves and see things as he sees them.  That means we will have a love for his word.  If you don’t have a love for such a treasure, then ask yourself WHY NOT

Rom 8: 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

THE HOLY SPIRIT BRINGS ASSURANCE OF SALVATION:

Now it is the work of the Holy Spirit to bare witness to Jesus and to witness to us that we belong to God.  Now as you can see he does not witness to our flesh, but to our spirits.  There is a deep knowing and assurance of belonging which cannot go away.  We become aware that this hell hole called earth is not our home.  We look forward to a home that we have never seen and yet we know its ours.  It’s the work of the Holy Spirit to convince this truth to us.  Because we are his, we long to be with him and be fulfilled in him.

John 17: 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

1 john 2: 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, [even] eternal life

1 john 5: 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son

1 john 5: 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life

One individual bless his soul tried to argue that eternal life had nothing to do with salvation.  Clearly his impression of eternal life was somewhat disjointed.

 There are a number of commonalities with all these verses.

    1. First He has given us (past tense) eternal life.
    2.  It was promised
    3. To have eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ.

The word to “know,” in John 17: 3 is ginōskō and in the Strongs ( 1097) is carries these meanings

1) to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel

a) to become known

2) to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of

a) to understand

b) to know

3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman

4) to become acquainted with, to know

 Some comparisons with other Greek words from the Strongs concordance

See Definition for ginosko G 1097  (Currently Viewing) See Definition for eido  G1492  See Definition for epistamai  G1987  See Definition for suniemi  G4920

       G1097 – a knowledge grounded on personal experience

       G1492 – to see with the mind’s eye, signifies a clear and purely mental perception

       G1987 – a knowledge obtained by proximity to the thing known, cf. our understanding

       G4920 – implies a native insight, knowledge gained through the five senses

Now eternal life is coming into direct contact with God.  This is more than just an intellectual knowledge about God, but a direct knowledge that comes from God. It speaks of an intimacy that can only come from having a direct relationship with God. Now before we receive eternal life we are dead spiritually and to all extend alienated from that life.  Now when someone comes into a darken room and switches on the electricity, the lights come on, and all the electrical equipment begins to buzz.  What made the difference the electricity?  No the man who flicked the switch.  Suddenly that which was dead and lifeless suddenly comes to life. So when we are grafted into the source of all life which is God we become alive spiritually.  But this is more than a mere connection with a lifeless object this is being connected in fellowship and intimacy with the very source of creation.  The fundamentals of the gospel are that we who were dead are now made alive.  Suddenly we begin to have an understanding of eternal things.  We begin to marinate the nature of God into our being.  We begin to have an understanding of things which previously were impossible for us to grasp.  Suddenly we begin to have new desires and hopes and dreams.  Suddenly what once gripped us begins to fall away.  Those habits that once enslaved us begin to die and drop from our lives.  We really do begin to be new creations in God.  Over time we grow both in intimacy and knowledge of God.  Not as one who would gather information from a mere instruction manual but as one who is in direct contact with God.  The term fellowship becomes both real and intimate.  We grow in our desire to express our thanks in worship and communion with him.

We were once in darkness but when God switches that spiritual light ON , you very being becomes alive.  You slowly begin to understand things which previously simply did not make sense.

One man tried to argue that Obedience is a requirement of salvation, that somehow Faith plus works has to go together in order to achieve salvation. 

As I pointed out to him he has to work grovel strive and possibly endure purgatory  to earn his salvation.  Otherwise he has to work towards his goal, But the Christian because he has salvation works out from his salvation.  The fruit he bares is fruit that is produced by being in connection with the source of all life.  Fruit has no means of growing but must depend on the source he is attached to.  If you have to work to be grafted in then you cannot produce what that tree offers.

The same man tried to argue that the Christian has to feed on the Eucharist and thus eat Jesus physically in order to gain life .  But true life is way beyond that concept.

What we feast on is God himself.  We are drawing from his life blood.  His life courses through our being. His holiness and purity impacts upon our souls.  Ours minds begins to chew on his word.  We love his principles.  Jesus said his meat and drink was to do the will of the Father and we can truly say our meat is to do the will of our saviour.  His will become our meat and drink.   We are nourished every time we are in fellowship with him.  We grow and expand in intimacy as we grow to know him in all his fullness.  We begin to see things from his perspective.

2 Cor 3: 17- 18   Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord [is], there [is] liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord

As we look upon the one who saves us we are changed by his spirit into the same image.  Growing and maturing with the same glorious nature as Jesus. 

There are times that I feel that I am looking from the other side of eternity and looking back at what is a rerun of time.  From Gods own perspective.  Seeing although darkly the glory that will be seen.  There is a liberty and freedom that is as light as breathing air, and air almost intoxicating with the presence of the living God. 

Jesus used very simply teaching methods. 

The door, the way, the shepherd, the bread, the logos, the rock and water.

 That we might be able to grasp the spiritual dimension that all was centered on Jesus.    

John 10: 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly

1 Peter 1: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Eternal life is not simply the duration of life, but a quality of life we will enter into.  Whilst we may only touch upon that life now, the fullness of that expression is fully expressed in a city with no need of a sun or a moon because God himself will dwell with his people.  He will be the light of that city.  We will live in the very presence of life joy and peace in all its fullness.  And best of all we will be able to give expression to the life we have received.

Or as the old expression says about having your socks blown off, well prepare to lose them.  The best is kept to last and no one is going to be disappointed.

 

Worship should be like breathing its life.

Ex 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name [is] Jealous, [is] a jealous God

In the Old Testament God set out before the people of Israel precise and detail instruction concerning the tabernacle. Every detail had to be exact, and every measurement precise. Then God laid out how and who could approach his presence. This means that No one was under any illusion about the sanctity and holiness of the tabernacle. It also means a man could only approach God on Gods conditions. When two sons of the High priest tried to place any old fire on the altar, and therefore break those conditions it was met by death. You did not trifle with God blueprint.

When we come to the New Testament we have similar instructions on how to approach God. The details were laid out for us by Jesus. The conditions of which he met by becoming the sacrificial lamb. The burn offering that was consumed on the sacrificial Alter. The curtain that separated priests and God was torn in two signifying that the access to God was now open. The way to approach God was precise and clear. God laid out the conditions and we have to abide upon those conditions or else.

In the Old the temple was a place of separation, in the New we become the temple and the place of unification. The Old it speaks of alienation and in the new a place of friendship. However the condition upon which we draw nigh is still according to Gods precise blueprint.

Mat 6: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Many approach God by any means available. Roman Catholics flock to give praise and veneration to Mary. believing that she can intercede in a way they cannot. They make a great effort to separate that they only venerate Mary as opposed to worshipping her. Yet the word venerate is simply another word for worship.

The heart very often cannot make such theological distinctions.

THE MIND AND WILL TURNS WHERE THE HEART LEADS. WHERE YOU HEART IS THAT IS WHERE YOU’RE WORSHIP WILL BE.

On the subject of worship someone puts it like this

Worship is a dialogue in which God and God’s people speak with one another. We listen as God speaks to us in scripture, as the word is preached, and as Christ’s presence comes close to us in Holy Communion. We respond to God’s love with our praises, our prayers, and the offering of our whole selves. When we gather for worship we desire to discern God’s will so that we may carry it out in daily life. To worship is to acknowledge God’s worth in acts of praise as well as in daily life.http://www.baptist.org.uk/what-is-worship.html

This explanation is good, but I still feel that there is more to define worship than just this comment. In many churches worship is simply what we do on a Sunday when we stand to sing and in some churches even to dance. But is there more to worship? How do I know if I am worshipping what is right?

Definition of worship from a variety of sources.

Worship is the thank you that can’t be silenced” – Max Lucado

Worship is the gift of participating by the power of the Spirit in the incarnate Son’s communion with the Father.” ~ James Torrance .

Be The Change Worship helps break down the barrier between man and God allowing him to minister to us and change us from the inside out….

WORSHIP is: Our response both personal and corporate to GOD- for who HE is! and for what HE has done! Expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.Louie Giglio

Personally define it as… ‘True worship is an all-consuming, Spirit fuelled, truth filled response to the revelation of God.

John MacArthur, Jr. is absolutely correct when he says: “That consuming, selfless desire to give to God is the essence and the heart of worship. It begins with the giving first of ourselves, and then of our attitudes, and then of our possessions — until worship is a way of life” (The Ultimate Priority, p. 14).

Now all these definitions are good but do they say really what worship is.

What worship is not?

Worship is not having a good time, although it can and is enjoyable. Worship is not having a me time. Something which I derive pleasure because it satisfies something in me. Not does it necessarily something which God demands. Nor is it the scraps that we feel we can throw at him. Something that passes the time before the minister comes out to preach.

How worship is described.

Worship by definition is derived from the Old English worthscipe, meaning worthiness or worth-ship — to give, at its simplest, worth to something. So what we place before all else as our greatest of worth is what we inevitable give as worship

Worship must be freely given as an expression of gratitude to one who becomes highly favoured in our sight..

BLUE PRINT!!

Worship has to be based on the same precise instruction as God lay down with the tabernacle. Nothing has been left to chance. God’s blueprint is exact and it works according to the makers plan.

Rom 8: 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

1 Cor 2: 10 But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Rom 8: 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Our worship of God has to start with the reality that as the temple of God, he now dwells within the believer. In so doing the ministry and work of the HOLY SPIRIT is to bring about a desire plan within our lives.

This is where it starts. We have the spirit of God dwelling within and it his ministry to make real our fellowship with God and to bring us into a place of communion with the living God. Because he can express who God is he is more than able to reveal God to us. The Holy Spirit helps us express ourselves to God. He is the one that brings up beyond the veil, into the holy place and finally into the holy of holies.

Eph 1: 3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:

In many occasions we just don’t know what to pray. Yet we know that the Holy Spirit helps us with groaning which cannot be heard. We yearn to give a closer and more glorious expression to our prayer and worship. Catholics look to Mary to intercede for them and yet as we see it is God himself who working within. It is he that is actually the one who does the interceding on our behalf. What more can we hope for when God moves on our behalf to help give expression to what we desire. We have this interaction between God and the believer that gives expression and reality to our worship. We have before us the precise blueprint and instruction as to Gods New Testament Tabernacle. He says come boldly to the throne of God

Heb 13: 10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle

The priests were allowed to partake of the altar, but even they have no access to this altar of grace.

The door is open and the welcome sign has been put out. The invitations have been sent. Who will come and enter the holy of holies. Who will enter into the place where God resides, the throne room of heaven. Who will willingly freely and openly give worship to this holy God?

The light has dawned and we refuse to go back into the darkness. We now rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of Glory. Everyday becomes a challenge and an opportunity to express that worship in what we do and what we say.

But things don’t finish there because we also have a high priest Jesus Christ who intercedes on our behalf, so that we have both the Holy Spirit and our High priest ministering to make things work. What more can we have on our sides. But it does not stop there because the father also is out there batting and cheering for us .

Gal 4: 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father

Rom 1: 7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called [to be] saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ

2 Cor 6: 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

So now we even have the father working to bring his plan to fulfilment. Now at this stage if you get the revelation you should be jumping fences with the reality of all this.

How can we do anything else but give up our time and space to worship one that is so glorious. Now worship comes because we come into the reality and appreciation that this is HOOOOOOOW much God was worked. He went the extra miles to bring us sinful creature into the very presence of purity and holiness. Now I believe there is a connection between our worship and holiness, because as we give up our worship we enter into a place of holiness. In that place we are touched and changed by it. We should come away with a deeper sense of the glory, the holiness and purity of God. You cannot come into the throne room and not be changed. When the priests did service in the tabernacle they were forever changed by it. It is not about me and mine , but about coming to appreciate more of him. It has been found that when men experienced the living God, in times past their lives were never quite the same again. So our worship should bring us into contact with God and he with us. That fellowship should have an impact on us. Now I love to worship because I don’t just get a kick out of it. But I do it because I have grown more and more to appreciate what God has done.

From the moment we are saved the work of the Holy Spirit is to make alive that relationship with God and to point us to Jesus.  In return he points us to God as the all and in all.  The process of revelation of worship and desire is already put in place.  There is no need to worship or seek another.  The Helper has come and he will guide teach and comfort us.  He becomes the impious, the spark that light up our lives and make worship of God real and dynamic.   He helps us to give expression of our worship to God.  You see a finite being is not omnipresent and cannot take on such a role.  God however is more than capable of doing it.  The believer becomes the temple in which God can now dwell in all his glory

Now what was it that I was supposed to remember.

Bukhari:V6B61N550 “The Prophet said, ‘It is a bad thing some of you say,”I have forgotten such-and-such verse of the Qur’an.” For truly, I have been caused by Allah to forget it. So you must keep on reciting the Qur’an because it escapes faster than a runaway camel.'”

  What can we learn from this.

 Many Moslems try to make a case that Muhammad is the comforter of John chapter 14..   However by looking at the verse above, it would seem to be clear that Allah made Muhammad to forget portions of the Koran. 

 However this is an open admission that Muhammad was not and cannot ever be the comforter.   Here is why.

 John 14: 26 But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you

 How can someone bring “ALL THINGS TO REMEMBERANCE”,  when he openly admits to forgetting the very book which he wrote.  This is not a very good acknowledgement that the one who brings a remembrance of the commandments of God actually forgets them. 

 The comforter is commissioned never to forget and to bring all things to our remembrance.  Bad job if he is prone to forgetfulness? 

 The next big blow is this shows that Allah is not god because he made Muhammad to forget.  There can be no excuse if the one who inspired scripture goes around making his servants forget.    The all-knowing God is not in the business of making people forget his word.  Rather the opposite.

 The fact that Jesus openly acknowledges that the Comforter is the Holy Spirit who is God  Third member of the Godhead should make this even more clear. 

 “HE WILL BRING ALL THINGS TO YOUR REMEMBERANCE”

 As one Moslem in reply to this conversations had this to say:

 Moslem  when the prophet say i forget a verse and you remind me of it …it is not a forever forget but it is casual incidental..

 Moslem i said it is forget causal not forever …allah tell us he will keep quran …and muhamed teach quran to all his companions and it was kept in their hearts ! so dont worry about this

 Moslem i said it was not a forever forget ! it was temporal and causal  So I mentioned this

This was a questioned a Christian posed  Thats not what the verse says. He says For truly, “I have been caused by Allah to forget ” Now does this mean allah is not doing a good job in getting Muhammad to forget. How disobedient was Muhammad in trying to memorize what allah made him forget. Maybe he just forgot that he forgot?

Moslem: i will explain this to you …to say allah caused that to not be like the oen allah mention in this verses (125) He will say: So (it must be). Our revelations came unto thee but thou didst forget them. In like manner thou art forgotten this Day. (126) QURAN….so to not be negligence from the muslim …the prophet in other hadith he say he forgot and that causal and temporal forget …

 In respect this Moslem made quite an effort to show that the amnesia caused by Allah was only temporally.  However the very fact that Allah was the cause automatically discounts him from being a god.   Man forgets many things but God never does.  Now will he allow his servants to forget his words?    NO NEVER.  There is simply no point or rational for God to make his servants forget.

 It also acknowledges that if Muhammad forgot something, who is to say he ever remembered it.  How do we know that the amnesia was only temporary?  Clearly we don’t.   It is nothing more than a blind jump of faith with nothing there to support .  If Allah causes a person to forget,  and that Person remembers, can we not conclude that Allah  is not as powerful as his servant.

 This then becomes an open confession that the human memory is more powerful than Allah.  Now what god deliberately makes his “prophet” forget the very words that he was supposed to bring to others?    Would this present a comical scenario with Muhammad scratching his head trying to remember what he was supposed to remember and Allah unable to help because he caused his forgetfulness.

Does this make the case for constant repetition either of the koran or the prayers of Moslems.  Oh I must keep “reciting the Qur’an because it escapes faster than a runaway camel.”   Or does it actually reveal that Allah is unable to bring to ones remembrance all that he wants people to know?  The need for repitition has to be an open acknowledgement of failure of their god. 

A FAILED PROPHET WHO FOLLOWS A FAILED GOD!!

Mark  13: 11 But when they shall lead [you], and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

The Bible gives us this promise that when delivered before the wicked.  He will help us in what to speak.  He will bring to our memories what to say.  NO such promises can be found in these verses of the hadith.  No such expectation of help can be found.   Especially  if the one Moslems look to becomes the agent in making them forget.

 

This was posted by a Moslem in an attempt to debate that Muhammad can be found in the Bible.    It is staggering and almost funny that on the one hand they will reject the Bible as being corrupt and the next try and use it to prove their theology.  Here we have a post trying to prove that the Comforter is Muhammad.

THAT PROPHET- PARACLETE- MUHAMMAD
Up to the time of Jesus (peace be upon him), the Israelites were still awaiting
for that prophet like unto Moses prophecied in Deuteronomy 18:18. When John the
Baptist came, they asked him if he was Christ and he said “no”. They
asked him if he was Elias and he said “no”. Then, in apparent
reference to Deuteronomy 18:18, they asked him “Art thou that
Prophet” and he answered, “no”. (John 1: 1 9-2 1).

In the Gospel according to John (Chapters 14, 15, 16) Jesus spoke of the
“Paraclete” or comforter who will come after him, who will be sent by
Father as another Paraclete, who will teach new things which the contemporaries
of Jesus could not bear. While the Paraclete is described as the spirit of
truth, (whose meaning resemble Muhammad’s famous title Al-Amin, the
trustworthy), he is identified in one verse as the Holy Ghost (John 14:26).
Such a designation is however inconsistent with the profile of that Paraclete.
In the words of the Dictionary of the Bible, (Ed. J. Mackenzie) “These
items, it must be admitted do not give an entirely coherent picture.”

Indeed history tells us that many early Christians understood the Paraclete to
be a man and not a spirit. This might explain the followings who responded to
some who claimed, without meeting the criteria stipulated by Jesus, to be the
awaited “Paraciete”.

It was Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who was the Paraclete, Comforter,
helper, admonisher sent by God after Jesus. He testified of Jesus, taught new
things which could not be borne at Jesus’ time, he spoke what he heard
(revelation), he dwells with the believers (through his well-preserved
teachings). Such teachings will remain forever because he was the last
messenger of God, the only Universal Messenger to unite the whole of humanity
under God and on the path of PRESERVED truth. He told of many things to come
which “came to pass” in the minutest detail meeting, the criterion
given by Moses to distinguish between the true prophet and the false prophets
(Deuteronomy 18:22). He did reprove the world of sin, of righteousness and of
judgement (John 16:8-11)

The first thing that knocks this posting is that the comforter is identified by Jesus himself.

Jhn 14:26 But the Comforter, (paraklētos) [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach
you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you
.

The comforter is the HOLY SPIRIT>

Now  Every Jewish believer would recognise who the Holy Spirit was.  So this would dismiss any idea that the comforter was even a human physical being.  Not only that but Jesus  goes out of his way to  give a description of the ministry and work of the Holy Spirit.

Jhn 14:17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him;
for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

John 14: 16   And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you
for ever
;

Now Muhammad died, so there is absolutely no way can it be said that Muhammad abides with his followers forever.  It is therefore physically impossible,

How can a mere human being lived within another human being? 

This would immediately dismiss any idea that Muhammad would be able to fulfil this role 

The word “another:”

Have a difference in meaning, which despite a tendency to be lost, is to be observed in numerous passages. Allos expresses a numerical difference and denotes “another of the same sort;” heteros expresses a qualitative difference and denotes “another of a different sort.”
Christ promised to send “another Comforter” (allos, “another like Himself,” not heteros), Jhn 14:16. Paul says “I see a different (AV, “another”) law,” heteros, a law different from that of the spirit of life (not allos, “a law of the same sort”), Rom 7:23. After Joseph’s death “another king arose,” heteros, one of quite a different character, Act 7:18. Paul speaks of “a different gospel (heteros), which is
not another” (allos, another like the one he preached), Gal 1:6, 7. See heteros (not allos) in Mat 11:3; Act 27:1; in Luk 23:32 heteroi is used of the two malefactors crucified with Christ. The two words are only apparently interchanged in 1Cr 1:16; 6:1; 12:8-10; 14:17, 19, e.g., the difference being present, though not so readily discernible.

Was Muhammad like Jesus ?  NO!!!

Is Muhammad like the Holy Spirit?

Is 63: 10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, [and] e fought against them

As Muhammad was not even born then it would be very doubt full that he would fill these shoes..

Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit f God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption

The same Holy Spirit is spoken of here.  Remember that Muhammad has not even been born yet.

So it would be impossible to speak of   grieving someone before they were ever born.

One of the questions a Moslem will pose as part of this debate

If the HOLY SPIRIT is already here, how can this be when Jesus said that the HOLY SPIRIT is yet to come?

However they fail to understand the ministry the Holy Spirit undertakes as the comforter within the lives of believer.  In the past the Holy Spirit only came to work within a few but not all believers.  Nor did he come to prepare and make the believer the temple of God.  God was moving from being hidden within the Holy of Holies in the temple into the lives of those who follow him.  The Holy Spirit would continue the ministry that Jesus started.    Which as Muhammad came almost 600 years later   does not qualify.  The Ministry of the Holy Spirit  started soon after Jesus rose from the grave and saw the fullness of expression in Acts 2

Jhn 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Jhn 16:14   He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.

The work of the comforter would take what belongs to Jesus and reveal it to others.  Muhammad rejected
JESUS TEACHINGS, JESUS TESTIMONY ABOUT HIMSELF, REJECTED THE CRUCIFIXION,

Moslems claim to love Jesus.  However Jesus reminds us that if we love him we would obey what he teaches.  So anyone who rejects what Jesus teaches clearly rejects Jesus.  

Muhammad Rejected Jesus teachings, The testimony of the Father, the testimony of Jesus disciples and especially  the testimony of Jesus himself.

1Cr 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

So the Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ.  Moslems do not baptise.  Not only that but the work of the Holy Spirit
is to give us access unto the father.  Moslems don’t see Allah as a Father.    This concept is totally foreign to their understanding of Allah.   Plus they have no concept of being baptised into Jesus Christ. Mohammad who has been dead many centuries is incapable of being the means through which they can  have access to God.

Some might argue that this this refers to his teachings.  However the verse itself does not say that it is through someones teachings but by the person.  “THROUGH HIM WE HAVE….”   Not  “THROUGH HIS TEACHINGS”   The Bible makes this clear that it is through the person  we have access to God.

Rom 8: 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit is to bring the believer into full adoption as sons and daughters of God.  Full Adoption  does not exist in Islam.  Whereby a child might be looked after by a Moslem family they will never be given full adoption as the children of a Moslem family.  They will always be seperated by birth.  However as believers we do recieve full adoption.  In this sense I can call God “daddy” and get away with it.  However no such concept exists in Islam for adopted children.

The Bible uses a number of expression to what the Ministry of the Holy Spirit achieves in the believer.  Whereby once we were not a people we are now the people of God.  Terms such as  “BORN AGAIN”  “GRAFFTED”   Once we were aliens seperated from God but now we have access by the work of the Holy Spirit as sons and daughters of the living God.

Eph 2: 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

John 15: 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of
the world, therefore the world hateth you.

In response to a debate that there was no sex in heaven this was the response from some Moslems.  NO names are shown.,

This was my answer to the question

NOPE!!! There is no sex in heaven. So some boys are going to get very disappointed.
Heaven is going to be a completely different perspective to how things down
here work
.

This was there’s

1        of course sex for men in heaven and women or u think he will give theim water and wine?   hhhhhhhhhh mean just
men in earth or heaven hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

2         u r not man if u acccpt that        hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

3         ignore preachers let theim talking no need to wist ur time with tehim no sex in heaven joking hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

4         pure ,then why the virgin boys waiting at hand, Why virgin little boys. You know a nice massage can be sensual
too

5        Samuel, as vulgar as the bible’s solomon ?, NO nothing beats that besides the Karma Sutra

Jesus makes it clear that there was a difference between those who were of this world and those who were from above.  Muhammad birthed a cult that was very much founded around sex and sensuality.  Having married  9 years old at the age of 50.  Today Muhammad would be arrested as a pedophile?   He was very much of this world.  But true believers are becoming part of another world.   Muhammad tried to establish a physical kingdom through conquest, whilst Jesus made it clear his kingdom was not of this world.  The difference between Muhammad and Jesus is obvious.

These poor Moslems have absolutely no idea that the world to come is a very different world that what we see and experience today.
To them comes the promise of 70 odd perpetual virgins in paradise where rivers of wine flow.  Its sex ,sex and more sex.

Math 22: 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

There will simple be no more need for procreation of the species.  The motivation in the world to come will be absolutely different.  As it says they are off this world and true Bible believers are becoming part of another world.  Our motivation will one day be  spiritual .  It is primary the work of the Holy Spirit to prepare the believer for the world to come.

All of this shows that Muhammad does not qualify for the job

The earliest documented Christian knowledge of Muhammad stems from Byzantine sources. They indicate that both Jews and Christians saw Muhammad as a deceiving prophet, or at least certain circles did. In the Doctrina Jacobi nuper baptizati of 634, Muhammad is portrayed as being “deceiving[,] for do prophets come with sword and chariot?, […] you will discover nothing true from the said prophet except human bloodshed.”[30] Another Greek source for Muhammad is the 9th-century writer  Theophanes. The earliest Syriac source is the 7th-century writer John bar Penkaye.[31] 

30    ^ Walter Emil Kaegi, Jr., “Initial Byzantine Reactions to the Arab Conquest”, Church
History
, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Jun., 1969), p. 139-149, p. 139-142, quoting from Doctrina
Jacobi nuper baptizati
86-87

31     ^ Philip
K. Hitti, History of the Arabs, 10th edition (1970), p.112.

Is Muhammad like the Holy Spirit?  NO!!!!

The fact that the Holy Spirit came shortly  after Jesus was resurrected and Mohammad did not appear for at least six hundred years later would also disqualify him from the Job.

Christians are a truly spiritual people.  We glimpse beyond this sphere of time to a time when we are gathered together as a people.  I know we don’t see everything clear.  I also know that we only see glimpses.  Our main understanding always comes from the Bible.  However the Holy Spirit is very real and he does guide; helps us to understand the Bible; Appreciate and know the one in whom we love.    I know we all have questions which are not answered, but one day they will.  However I suspect when that day comes I don’t think those questions will matter as much as the fact that we see the reality of what we long for. 

 The fullness.

 A man recently had a piece of art work with a cross suspended in his urine.  No doubt he thought is was blaspheming Christianity in some way.  He did not realise that Christians don’t worship a cross but the one who was crucified on it.  A cross in itself means nothing. One day we will see for ourselves the one who was crucified.  See we will be able to touch his nail prints where he was crucified and talk face to face.  The reality of such a day goes beyond mere words.  As Christians we often use terms like RIGHTEOUSNESS, HOLINESS, PURITY, But these are just words that people use.  We only begin to grasp something of what they mean now and it can be likening to someone who has grasped an object in the dark.  We feel and touch it but we cannot understand the full colour and significance of what it is.  So holiness Righteousness and purity we understand to a point but its full splendour is still hidden from us.  But from time to time the Holy Spirit likes to drop hints.  What he drops into our hearts is mind blowing.  There are no words to describe the indescribable.

 These words will one day become a reality that will burst upon our consciousness in a way that their true meaning will be experienced.  They will become more than mere words written upon a page.  The reality more dynamic and glorious than our hearts and minds can fully understand now. 

 How do we describe a world not ruled by night and day, or a people who have no division?  We all like our comfort zones.  That circle around us that says you only enter when I am comfortable with your presence.  Every creature has it so they say.  But the world which is to come has no divisions; we will all be comfortable with each presence.  There is no sea to divide continents, No prejudice to cause a war, and No language barrier to confuse what the other meant.  There will be a harmony and a balance in our relationship with each other.  All that will exist will be there to bring us together as one people.

 Peace will reign.

 From the moment that Adam and Eve sinned mankind has been divided by conscience, by families by cities, by religion, and by nations.  From the moment the first sacrifice was righteously offered to God , man has been at war with nature , with each other and  with God.  But one day that war will have ceased.  There will be a peace that will last for eternity.  When we haul up that white flag of surrender and allow Jesus to rule and reign then peace will be established and one day all wars will cease and the prince of peace will rule as the king of peace over all his terrain.  Can we grasp a world where peace reigns and there are no disputes even between neighbours.  Every where we go there are objects which speak about this sense of dividing.  Gardens have fences or bushes, roads divide fields.  Hedges divide properties.  Sign posts divide counties and names divide nations.  Take all that away and people will quickly become uncomfortable with each other.  In the world to come none of these things will exist.  It will not be my house and my garden but our place and we will share our lives and share what we have and who we are.  Sharing will be the watchword of the day.  Imagining having people around for tea on a permanent basis, it would irritate us no end.  But can we imagine a day when this would be a delight.   There is an old saying that’s says “NO MAN IS AN ISLAND” and how true that is.   Man was never created to be alone but we were created to share , have friendship and love company.  In the world to come sharing and having company will take on a new a vitality which we don’t recognise here.

  Home is where we live.

 There is something about home, a place where we can relax, put our feet up and not worry about what goes on outside.  We shut the door to the world and as far as anyone is concerned our home is our castle.   Anyone who comes in only does so when we say yes.  Family have the right to join us.  They too can also put up their feet and enjoy our company.  There is this sense we belong together.  We are FAMILY.  In the same way in the world to come we will all be one family. It is that sense of being one people and one family that makes it special.  We will be joined together through what Jesus has done for each of us individually.  Therefore corporately we will be one people.  I don’t think we can fully understand the nature of this until we see the reality.  It will not be you or me, but us together.    For each and everyone who sees  that day  there will be the full appreciation of the scope of this concept that we are FAMILY.

We will be clothed.

 There is a sense that we feel naked before a holy God.  There are times we just feel unworthy of his love.  We fail and when we fail we just hate it.  We desire more than anything to be clothed with a new body that has no concept of sin about it.  NO desire that hunger and want for what we know is wrong.  When the Bible talks about being clothed in linen garments it is more than a dress to hide our modesty, it expresses something of the completeness and the reality that we will be perfect.  Sin will no longer be a factor.  The Christian at this present time is at war with his fleshly desires, the world and everything around us that is not off God, but on that day the war will have ceased and we will have won.  It is this victory which we can shout from the housetops YES… VICTORY!!!!!

 We will not be alone in this cry for from every generation will come the rallying cry that death has been swallowed up in life and sin has been defeated. It is this consciousness of sin that so hounds us.   In many ways it the work of the Holy Spirit to show us what sin really is.  We have so little understanding of sin and its consequences; even though see the reality of it all around us. As Christians it is this dreadful sense of our sin and unworthiness that so yearns for this completeness.  It was this sense of sin and unworthiness that Isaiah saw in chapter 6

 Isa 6: 1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, [is] the LORD of hosts: the whole earth [is] full of his glory.

 Upon seeing such a heavenly vision

 Is 6: 5 Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

 In that moment he saw himself as a creature of sinfulness.  One day we will be able to see that same heavenly splendour and cry worthy is the lamb that was slain and all glory will be given to his name.  There will be nothing to diminish that vision, and nothing and no reason for us to hide from that scene.  We will be able to join in with the angels crying glory and might belongs to him.  I think most of all we will have the vocabulary and understanding to express what we want to say to God.  Sometimes the words we say never seem to fully express what we want to say.   A beggers offering to a king;  somehow they just does not seem right.  But on that day we will know what to say in all its fullness.  We will be able to give full expression and understanding to the one who saved us and won our hearts.  On that day the fruits of compassion and love will be fully expressed towards each other and especially to God.

The creator will be restored to his rightful place and man will be restored to his rightful place.  Not at odds with God, Not in rebellion, not at war but at peace.

 

Mankind was created to enjoy God and to have fulfilment in serving God.  When sin entered and man died spiritually it did not mean he ceased from having that ability to experience the supernatural.  However communion from God was cut off and man became alienated from the life of God.  BUT man continues to have that sense that there is something beyond what we see here.

So spiritualist,  Moslems, Hindus,  Buddhist, Shinto’s ,  and even atheist will have some experience of spirituality.  Many are in contact with demons and such like.  Who will push an agenda and philosophy which is anti Christ or an anti gospel message.

 How do I know that the message I receive is the right one?  Why Christianity as appose to Judaism or Islam or Hinduism?

 The Bible goes into a lot of detail to explain the how  and why things are and work the way they do.  The Koran copies material from all over the place including the Bible.  But because they don’t understand what the Bible teaches they come out with a very garbled message, and that includes using words straight out of their historical context.  For example we have a conversation between pharaoh and Moses over crucifixion.  The word crucifixion is Latin, a language which Pharaoh would not have spoken and a crucifixion as a form of killing would have been unheard of for many centuries, However when Muhammad wrote the Koran he would not have known that.

 THE TESTIMONY OF THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT AND THEY BOTH AGREE:

 John 8: 17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.

 John 3: 33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

 1 cor 1: 6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

 Rev 1: 2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

 2 Tim 3: 15-17 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

 It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convince us by both his word and his spirit that this testimony is true. 

 GOD IS PRECISE IN HIS WORD:

 When we study scripture one of the things that will come out is that God is a very precise individual.  Nothing is said or done half hazard.  He is precise all the way through the Bible.  The Bible is like a mathematical formula; all things were done according to a structured program.  Even with mans fall and sin there is still this preciseness which does not appear in the Koran.  The law reveals mans dilemma and his need for an answer.  The cost of sin is the death of something, hence sacrifices.  God is not planning for what has happened now, but what will happen in the future and into eternity.  This is something you can see running all the way to the very last page of the New Testament. All the way through he is laying down a foundation of knowledge and understanding as to who he is and what he is and why things are the way they are.

 Scripture is laid forth and demands man to take a look at it and decide if we abide by the testimony God has given.  Now it is the work of the Holy Spirit to reveal all this, and to persuade man both of his unrighteousness, his sin and his salvation.  But also it is the work of the Holy Spirit to change a person into the likeness of the nature of God.

 GODS WORK DOES NOT DEPEND ON FEELINGS.

 Feelings are common to all races religions and creeds.  Many religions will talk about warm loving feelings, highs and lows, euphoria’s, feelings of peace and tranquillity. But do any of these conform to what the testimony that God has given.  Faith in God does not depend on feelings.  Hebrews 11 never once mentions feelings.  It says they were persuaded.  The Bible appeals to the mind, it demands an intellectual answer.  DO WE BELIEVE THIS TESTIMONY OR NOT.

 Acts 17: 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

 They received the word , WHY?  Because they had warm feelings?  No, but  because they were open to read ,study and to be convinced by this message Paul brought.

 Remember that in most cases these people did not have a Bible as we have in our hands today.  Many were simply given a word from God and they believed it.  They were persuading enough to follow Gods direction.

 Heb 11: 6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 Faith chooses to believe, but faith is not blind.  We don’t beat the air but we are given his word the Bible and the testimony and the question is do we believe it or not.  Moslems choose not to believe it, or if they did they would follow it.

 Consciousness of the prescience of a god is not unique to Christianity, in fact there can be many times that a Christian feels nothing.  We all go through illness or conflicts or even despair or even chastisement.

   But the thing that we hold onto is that faith is not a feeling. It is a choice to believe. And belief brings obedience to that testimony.  Faith may start of as a mere intellectual assent but it becomes an assurance that says this is what I believe and hold to. It is something deeper than a mere feeling.

 Heb 11: 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth

 True faith will embrace the testimony of God, believes it and is persuaded by it. True faith will also see a person move on that faith.  Abraham moved from his home to a land he had never seen.  Faith moved him to look for a city prepared by God.  Faith says even though I do not see it know I am convinced it is real.  True Biblical faith acknowledges that what God says about mankind is true.  True faith even if everyone else says it wrong faith holds to what that testimony has to say.

 WHAT WE HAVE DOES IT CHANGE US:

 The work of the Holy Spirit is to conform the believer into the very  NATURE of God.  Gal 5  The fruits of the spirit is love joy peace patience goodness…”.  Is what we have the same as what the Bible teaches.  Moslems would deny the fundamental issue of  original sin.  A sin nature that from the moment we are born begins to form that rebellious nature that says

 ME, I WILL , I don’t care about others.  I WILL GO MY OWN WAY.

  God’s nature is no longer I, BUT THY WAY, THY WILL, THY PLEASURE.  We are being conform to love that which gives God pleasure.  We delight in obedience to God. Because of this we will always seek to live and obey  according to Gods will.  We may fail and we do many times, but we will hate it when we fail to please God.  When it comes down to a choice we always seek Gods will on any matter.

 That means obeying what his word teaches.  If Moslems believe they would dump the Koran and obey the scriptures.  But they don’t.  They fundamentally have a religion of works in the hope that the IF, BUT MAYBE, their good deeds will outweigh their bad deeds.  They have no assurance of salvation as such.  All religions have this concept bar one. Christianity says no amount of good works can please God.  The debt has to be paid for by the death of the innocent.  Christ was that innocent Lamb of God who came lived a perfect life and died for our sins.  His atonement paid the debt.  Islam rejects this sacrifice which means no matter what feelings they may get, it is not in line with the testimony God has given.  Jesus does not send a person to hell because of what they feel but what they did with his word.

 John 5: 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

 THE CLIP ROUND THE EAR!

 The Holy Spirit convinces us that we can’t save ourselves; NO amount of good works will make us acceptable to a thrice holy God.  He convicts us that we are as wicked as any natural born person alive and our only hope is in the finished work of Christ.  NO other religion has that experience or testimony.  Many religions will seek a testimony of how good they can become, the Holy Spirit will expose your heart for what is in it in order to change it.  God never leaves us where he finds us, he changes us.  The Holy Spirit has NOT come to make us comfortable and feeling  at one with the  world.  He will convict convince and push and shove to reveal what we are and when we are change, then the blessing and peace and love and warm feelings come, because he will also convince us when we are right with him.  When we fall, sin or mess things up the Holy Spirit is there to guide and assure and do whatever needs to be done.

 GOOD FEELINGS AND GOOD WORKS WONT WORK.

 Math 7: 21-23  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 Notice what it says many will call me lord.  So it is not in the name we use that is so important.  Many will use the right name of God in their prayers.  Many will say WE prophesied.  Well there are plenty of those around today.  They even cast out demons, Spiritualist will testify to cleansing or a house of a troubled spirit.

 Acts 19: 13-15  Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of [one] Sceva, a Jew, [and] chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

 The sons of sceva received some warm cuddly experiences there and then when this one demon possessed guy beat them up.

 So many people can claim they did many many good works.  But even so good works is not what is important.  Many religions do great and marvellous good works.  Yet these all loose out WHY?  Because they did not do what JESUS asked them?

 Do Moslems do what Jesus asked them, DO Hindus, or Buddhist or even those who profess Christ.   So you see it is not in what we confess but do we do with what we confess?  We call upon God to save us because we have been convinced that we can’t save ourselves and unless God saves us we will be lost.

 Peace and joy comes because we are obedient to God, just as the loss of peace and joy can come because of the chastisement of God.  Feeling come and go, but Gods word does not.

Deut 6: 4 The Jewish Shema   “ Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD”

 Hear , O Israel  Yehovah  our ‘elohiym  is ‘echad  Yehovah

(Jehovah is also pronounced Yehovah.  Jehovah being an anglo saxon version of Gods name. There is no “J” pronouncment in the Hebrew language.)

 ECHAD:

 The word ECHAD  is a compound unity .  That is  a noun which demonstrates oneness of unity.  Genesis 2: 24  “one flesh” one” is echod.  but they were still two people who are seen as being one flesh.  Number 13: 23  “one” cluster of grapes.  Single cluster of grapes consisted of more than one grape.

  Jer 32: 38-39 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. And I will give them one  (echod) heart, and one  (echod) way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:

 So we have a group of people who will receive echod heart and way. 

  YACHID :

  Gen 22: 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only  (Yachid) [son] Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

 The word “Yachid” means only one and only one.

  Psa 22: 20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling (yachid) from the power of the dog.  Prophesy is in relation to Christ.  But again this speaks of one and only one.  There could only be one Yachid saviour in this case.

 Judges 11: 34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she [was his] only child;( Yachid) beside her he had neither son nor daughter.

 Yachid is One pen, one rubber or one toy.  Echad is plurality within that oneness.  One box of pens , one box of toys, or one pile of rubbers.

 Now why in the light of the Hebrew word for “ONE” do we not have echod being used instead of instead of yachid?

 Isa 48: 16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there [am] I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me.

 Is 54: 5 For thy Maker [is] thine husband; the LORD of hosts [is] his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

 Gen 1: 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

 Rev 1: 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Exod 6: 3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by [the name of] God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

 IDENTIFIED AS GOD ALMIGHTY:

 JESUS IDENTIFIES HIMSELF AS THE ALMIGHTY and so does his father.  Two people in their own right, but they are both recognised as being one God Almighty. 

 Is 42: 8 I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

 So if the father was yachid singular then we would not expect him to share his glory with anyone

 IDENTIFIED AS HAVING THE SAME GLORY:

  John 17: 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

 Yet Jesus speaks about the glory which he had with the Father before the world was.  That was before the world and even angels were thought off.

 John 17: 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

  Here we see him asking the Father that those who follow him might behold his glory.  Unless we have a trinity of the Godhead this prayer of Jesus would in fact be a sin, because he would be asking the Father to give his praise to another.

 John 16: 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.

 All must mean “ALL”.  The promise is that what belongs to the father is rightly belonging to Jesus.

 CREATOR AND SUSTAINER:

 God as CREATOR AND SUSTAINERS of all has the right to be worshipped and praised. Yet we are told that the one who upholds all things is in fact Jesus.

 Heb 1: 2- 3  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;   Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (See  Gen 1: 1- In the beginning God)

 Now to be recognised as the sustainer of all things it must mean is does not need sustaining.  He is therefore the central cause of all things and not the object of creation.

 IDENTIFIED AS THE I AM

 So the relationship with the father is very much intertwined.  This is more than a plurality of majesty as some try and point out.  This is a plurality within the Godhead of personalities.  Working as one with one purpose and one plan.  The revelation we have shows we have more than one personality within the Godhead.

 John 8: 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

 John 8: 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

 Jesus knew exactly what he was saying and the Jews knew exactly what he was saying.  The one who stood before them was the I am that I am.  The self existent one that was always there and always would be.  Had Jesus been anything less like an angel or a created being then there would be no way he would be able to intercede for all men.  On earth he was limited, but in heaven he is limitless.

 Exod 3: 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

 There can be no doubt that the testimony of Jesus and the Testimony as given in the Old Testament are the same.

 FATHER SENDS THE SON AND THE SON SENT THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 John 14: 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever

 HOLY SPIRIT WOULD BE LIKE JESUS AND YET NOT JESUS

 Have a difference in meaning, which despite a tendency to be lost, is to be observed in numerous passages. Allos expresses a numerical difference and denotes “another of the same sort;” heteros expresses a qualitative difference and denotes “another of a different sort.” Christ promised to send “another Comforter” (allos, “another like Himself,” not heteros), Jhn 14:16. Paul says “I see a different (AV, “another”) law,” heteros, a law different from that of the spirit of life (not allos, “a law of the same sort”), Rom 7:23. After Joseph’s death “another king arose,” heteros, one of quite a different character, Act 7:18. Paul speaks of “a different gospel (heteros), which is not another” (allos, another like the one he preached), Gal 1:6, 7

 So again we have this comparison:  The Holy Spirit is not the son and yet he would also be like the son.  If Jesus was but a mortal man how could the Holy Spirit be like Jesus?  The interesting thing is that in all cases a spirit is confined to one place, but this spirit is omnipresent and is he able to abide equally in every believer at the same time,  Just as  Jesus is able to stand at the right hand of the father and interceded on behalf of millions of believers at the same time.    He is not struggling trying to juggle his time between believers but is able to give each and every one his full attention.

 John 10: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.

 John 10: 29 My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.

 We might snatch a person out of the hands of a mere man, but we can never be snatched out of the hands of an omnipresent God.  If Jesus was not God then he was a mere man, and what he says could not be accomplished by a mere man.  Jesus makes  it very clear 

 I GIVE eternal life” Only God has that provision.

No man is able to PLUCK them out of MY HAND”  Only God can hold every believer at any time and at all times.    Jesus even goes to qualify that his hands and that of his fathers are one.  “and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.”

 Remember that the father will not share his glory, yet what Jesus says here is stating just that.  Also remember that Jesus send the Holy Spirit, no mere man can send God anyway,  He establishes his authority and power to send the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is sent by Jesus, and thus proving the place that the son has with the father.  Jesus also makes it clear that he is not the father and he is not the Holy Spirit. 

 

Presented is a number of Old Testament verses showing how Christ was the fulfilment of what was promised.  I have no doubt I have probably missed a few.

Old Testament Prophecy New Testament
Genesis 3:15  Seed of Woman Matthew 1:20
Isaiah 7:14  Virgin Born Matthew 1:18
Genesis 49:10  Tribe of Judah Luke 3:23,33
Genesis 7:12; 17:7; 22:18  seed of Abraham  Galatians 3:16
Genesis 21:12  seed of Isaac Hebrews 11:18
Psalm 132:11; Jeremiah 23:5 seed of David Acts 13:23; Romans 1:3
Micah 5:2 Born at Bethlehem Matthew 2:1
Psalm 72:10 Presented With Gifts Matthew 2:1,11
Jeremiah 31:15 Herod Kills Children Matthew 2:16
Hosea 11:1   Called out of Egypt Matthew 2:14-15
Isaiah 11:2 Anointed by the Holy Spirit Matthew 3:16-17
Isaiah 7:14 Shall Be called  Immanuel Matthew 1:23
Deuteronomy 18:15-18 Prophet like unto Moses John 4 : 19 Acts 3:20-22
Isaiah 7: 14 Messiah (anointed or Christ) Luke 2: 10-11 John 4: 25-26
Isaiah 40:3 Preceded by a Messenger Matthew 3:1-2
Isaiah 42:1-2 was meek, and without ostentation Philippians 2:7-9
Isaiah 40:11; 42:3 His compassion Matthew 12:15-20Hebrews 4:15
Isaiah 53:9 without deceit 1 Peter 2:22
Isaiah 61:1 Preached good news Luke 4:14-21
Is 6: 9    psalm 78:2 Spoke in parables and they did not understand Matthew 13: 14-15
Malachi 3:1 Cleansed the Temple Matthew 21:12-13
Psalm 69:9; Great Zeal for the house of God John 2:17
Isaiah 35:5-6 Ministry of Miracles Matthew 9:35
Zechariah 9:9 Enter Jerusalem on a donkey Luke 19:35-37
Psalm 2:8 Priestly prayer for heathen Acts 10:44
     
Psalm 41:9 Betrayed by a Friend John 13:21
Zechariah 11:12 Sold for 30 Pieces of Silver Matthew 26:15
Zechariah 11:13 Money Thrown Down In God’s House Matthew 27:5
Zechariah 13:7 Forsaken by His disciples Matthew 26:56
Psalm 35:11 Accused by False Witness Matthew 26:59-60
Isaiah 53:7 Dumb Before Accusers Matthew 27:12
Isaiah 53:5 Wounded and Bruised Matthew 27:26
Isaiah 50:6 Smitten and Spit Upon Matthew 27:30
Psalm 22:7-8 Mocked Matthew 27:31
Psalm 22:16 Hand and Feet Pierced John 20:25
Isaiah 53:12 Crucified With Thieves Matthew 27:38
Psalm 22: 14-15 Bones out of joint(crucifixion)  
Psalm 22:18. Garments Parted and Lots Cast John 19:23-24
Psalm 22:1 His Forsaken Cry Matthew 27:46
Zechariah 12:10 Side Pierced John 19:34
Isaiah  53: 8 Died John 19:33
Isaiah  53: 8-9 Innocent of any crime Matthew 27: 24 Acts 7: 52
Isaiah  53 : 10 Resurrected John 2: 22
Isaiah 53: 12 Bore the sin of many 1 Peter 2: 24
Amos 8:9 Darkness Over the Land Matthew 27:45
Psalm 34:20 Bones were not broken John 19:31-36.
Isaiah 53:9 buried in a rich man’s tomb Matthew 27:57-60
Psalm16:10 Led captivity captive Eph 4: 8
Psalm 68:18 Ascension Acts 1:9
Psalm 110:1 Sat down at the right hand of God Hebrews 1:3
Isaiah 28:16  Ps 118:22-23 Isaiah  8:14 Foundation stone of new covenant     Rejected Rom 9:33   1 Peter 2:6-8
Psalm 110:4; Zechariah 6:12-13 priest after the order of Melchizedek Hebrews 5:5-6
Joel 2: 28-30 Holy Spirit given Acts 2:4
Isaiah 2:1-3; Micah 4:12 His law went forth from Zion and His Word from Jerusalem Luke 24:46-49; Acts 2:1-40

 

Without God it is impossibly but with God all things are possible

Messianic Prophecy – The Odds of Fulfillment
We can understand the power of Messianic Prophecy when we consider statistical odds that one person fulfilled all of them. If we study just seven of the specific prophecies, that were later fulfilled in the Person of Jesus Christ, we are amazed by the impossibility!

  • Messianic Prophecy                                      Odds Without God
1. Jesus would be a descendant of David. 104 (1 in 10,000)
2. Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. 105 (1 in 100,000)
3. Jesus would be a miracle worker. 105 (1 in 100,000)
4. Jesus would present Himself as King riding on a donkey. 106 (1 in 1,000,000)
5. Jesus would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver. 106 (1 in 1,000,000)
6. Jesus would be crucified. 106 (1 in 1,000,000)
7. Jesus would first present Himself as King 173,880 daysfrom the decree of Artaxerxes to rebuild Jerusalem.       106 (1 in 1,000,000)
  Total Probability (without God) 1038 (1 in a 100 billion, billion, billion, billion)

There can be no doubt that Jesus fulfilled all these prophecies and more.  This alone sets the Bible apart from other works of literature.  Once you grasp the reality it can and will change your life.  Many of the men who were inspired to write were from different background and even lived many hundred of years apart.  There can be in the end only one author to the Bible and that is God himself who placed his word into the hearts and minds of those who wrote these prophecies down.