One Reason To Live

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or
whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”.   I Corinthians 10:31.

The Bible teaches all humans why they live. The world does not accept this basic rule for life. When this is explained to the worldlings their face has a glaze that comes over it. Yet this is a clear teaching of the principles of the Holy Scripture. All people do not accept Jesus the Nazarene  –  who was the Son of God.

There was an American author who had a rare ability to write with a passion. The man committed suicide either by putting a shot-gun to his head or to his chest and pulled the trigger. His name was Ernest Hemingway. This is what he wrote:

“Life is just a dirty trick, a short journey from nothingness to nothingness.
There is no remedy or anything in life. Man’s destiny in the universe is
Like a colony of ants or a burning log.”

This was penned by a man of letters. When we ask sinners about life, there is a generic way of responding. I have not found the source of this comment but it seems this is the remark and thought of most people. It is always the same for those who are outside of Christ and the Father. This feeling is universal. Unless Christ is accepted as the Savior of the world then the unbeliever is lost. Unless you accept Christ all is lost.

CHRIST  IS  GOD’S  SON

There is a company, “The Great Courses”, which publishes videos, audios, and book subjects on people. There are many subjects reviewed by learned people about such subject matter as astronomy, economics, war, generals, empires and yes – religions and also Christianity. Many of the subjects are covered well. On many occasions I have ordered the lectures of different people. In the latest course there was a sampling about the subject,“How Historically Did Jesus Come to be Seen as God?”  There are no other books who Jesus said who he was.

In the early history of the church or even in the Holy Scripture did he ever say he was God? The early church at no time EVER stated that Jesus was God.

Here are some remarks that Jesus commented who he was:

  • Luke 2:48
  • John 8:19
  • Luke 23:46
  • Luke 23:34
  • Matthew 3:17
  • Mark 11:26
  • Revelation 1:1

These passages are but a few of those that state that Jesus was the Son of God. The early church of the apostles – nor Jesus himself never stated he was God. He was not. He was His Son.

This preview of the lecture even states Jesus arose from the dead. The gospel has been set out in I Corinthians 15:1-4.

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you,
which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand:”
“By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you,
unless ye have believed in vain.”
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ
died for our sins according to the scriptures;”
“And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the
scriptures:”

Anyone whoever states Jesus was “God” is a liar. He had God like features but He was never God nor did he ever make that claim. It was Peter who on the day of Pentecost that gave us there were three district entities which were taking part in the day of the first Gospel sermon. Acts 2:38-39

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of
the Holy Ghost.”
“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off,
even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

Always beware of false teachers.

COMMUNION

In I Corinthians 10:16 we are told the communion service is a special event for the body of believers.

“The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of
Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of
Christ?”

First, it is a time for self- examination and certainly it was never intended to be a time for musical instruments to be played or loud singing. In short this is a moment of self -examination. In Scripture it is never expressed that way but it certainly implied as such.

  • Stop moving
  • Stop talking
  • Stop looking around
  • Stop texting and
  • Stop other annoying activities

This is a time of prayer. The modern church does not understand this. Have you ever gone to a church where the audience was constantly moving during communion?

HISTORY OF THE ALTAR

Paul explained to these Jews and new converts that those who were servants were entitled to eat from the altar. This was allowed under Jewish law. A problem had arisen. The issue was what if the meat came from a pagan altar. Could this be eaten? Seemingly this was causing a problem among believers. From what is read a dispute had come about the consumption of the meat which had first been on an altar to a pagan ritual.

From the very start of the human race the altar had been a symbol of worshiping God. Why it is thus no one can ever know. All most as soon as Noah left the ark he built an altar. This is told to us in Genesis 8:20.

“And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and
of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.”

Thereafter we are told that Abraham often constructed an altar. Here is a list of these.

  • Genesis 12:7
  • Genesis 13:4 and
  • Genesis 22.9

This continued with Isaac and Jacob. Moses did the same as we are told in Exodus 17:15.

“And Moses built an altar and called the name of it Je-ho’vah-nis’-si.”

In the Temple itself, there was a place for a sacrifice. There were at least three characteristics of an altar: raised earth, fire and an animal was burned.

This action is not done to be seen of men. The Jews no longer sacrifice. This came to an end in 70 A.D. when Titus conquered Jerusalem. The Christian assert that Jesus, the Son of God, was the last and final sacrifice. The book of Hebrews was written to the Jews to explain who Jesus the Son of God was.

In Hebrews 1:9 we learn why Jesus the Son of God came into the world.

“Thou has loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even
thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above they fellows.”

As a Christian we must tell others who the Perfect Sacrifice was: Jesus Christ.

 

IGNORANT WORLDLINGS

Again Paul saw through the façade of how the gentiles were worshiping carved rocks, molten pieces of silver and cut pieces of wood. He said that such action was a means of worshiping Satan. Always Paul it is what it was: Satan worship.  I Corinthians 10:20-22.

“But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils,
and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.”
“Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be
partakes of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”
“Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”

As we read this portion we should remember what was in question. It was: Could meat be eaten that had first been offered to false gods?

Paul gave the answer when he said yes you can eat this meat but there may be reason not to do this. This act could be offensive to someone else. Do not cause another person to stumble and a sin to be committed.

Here is an example of our Christian freedom. There are several areas which modern man can choose.

  • Alcohol
  • Personal property
  • Television
  • FaceBook
  • Expensive cars

There are certain actions we should not embrace not only for ourselves but also which might influence others. The choice may be yours. I Corinthians 10:25-27 tells us this:

“Whatsoever is sold in the shambles,
that eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
“For the earth is the Lords, and the fullness thereof.”
“If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go:
whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no questions for conscience sake.”

Christians as a group show little or no respect for fellow believers.

OTHERS

When the life of Paul is examined it is obvious his concern was for the fellow Jews as well as gentiles. First it was glorifying God then “others” was second. The remarks found in I Corinthians 10:28-30 was the key to his life.

“But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not
for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s
and the fullness thereof.”
“Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged
of another man’s conscience?”
“For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I
give thanks?”

Someone asked General Robert E. Lee what was the most important word in the English language.
His reply was “Others”.

NATIONAL AGENDA

Our leaders politically are hell bent to accuse Russia and China to want a war with the United States. The United States has fostered this attitude. Look at the map of what we have done to Russian and China. This map was from Richard Maybury’s comments which comes out 10 times a year. The accuracy can not be supported but I believe it to be correct.

Richard Maybury

The muslim-leaning man who sleeps in the White House wants turmoil so he can push his progressive socialistic agenda.

The news below tell us to think before we act. Our main task is to tell all about Jesus, the Son of God. I Corinthians 10:31-33.

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever he do, do all to the glory
of God.”
“ Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church
of God:”
“Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the
profit of man, that they may be saved.”

The Christian and Christ’s Church are to draw people to Christ.

 Keep the faith.

OTHERS

“Lord, help me live from day to day, In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray, My prayer shall be for –Others.
Help me in the work I do, to ever be sincere and true
And know that all I do for You, must needs be done for – Others.
And when my work on earth is done, and my new work in heaven’s begun
May I forget the crown I’ve won, While thinking still of –Others.”
Others, Lord, yes others, Let this my motto be;
Help me to live for others,
That I may live like Thee.”

Lyrics by: CHARLES MEIGS

 

 

Gerald Fugit

October 4, 2015

www.diggingoldwells.com

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