Warnings Given

“This is the third time I am coming to you. In the
mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word
be established.”    II Corinthians 13:1.

When men decided to deviate from instructions given by some principal then it is a given fact that the original plan will always be thwarted. Recently over talk radio there was an older man that said when he was seventeen years old, he had told the boss that he was not doing the work the best way. The seventeen year old knew more than the owner who was his employer.

The owner after the first check said this would be his last check from him. The young seventeen year-old was told to hit the highway. Now, this young man who finally became an adult with some sense was laughing about the incident. He had learned a lesson; keep your mouth shut.

The point to be made from this was exactly what Paul wrote to these believers in Corinth. It was to pay attention what the instructions were when given to you. Then you can avoid a series of problems.

Human beings do not want to pay attention. The first example of this was in Genesis2: 16, and 17.

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying,
of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
But of the tree of the knowledge of god and evil,
thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou
eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Then came the disaster in Genesis 3:6.

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good
for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a
tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the
fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her
husband with her; and he did eat.”

The instructions were clear. Follow what was said. As the saying goes, “The rest is history.”

Sin and death come into the world!

The history or the Hebrews was they would not follow what Jehovah God had said to obey.

FAMOUS BATTLES

When history is studied we often think in terms of only victories but seldom is there any thought about battles that have been military defeats.

There is an article by Gregory S. Alchete, a professor at the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay that is entitled, “History‘s Great Military Blunders and the Lesson They Teach.”  In this article he gives four basic reasons for the failures and defeats in a given battle. This should be looked upon not just for military reasons but the entire human experiences can be explained.

The listings of these reasons are simple. Look at the following four, to wit:

The contest could have been avoided.
• The failure to use common sense in the situation.
• The person in charge failed to analyze the problem.
• The blame should be put on the prayer person.

These rules may be seen clearly not just for the military but are for Christians also. When the Tet Offense was stalled by the military might of the U.S. forces – the North Vietnamese were on their knees. What should have been done was for the U.S. to move in for the victory. The crazy politicians would not allow this. It made no sense. The communist won by default. Victory should have been easy then.

Here are some tragic mistakes of the past. Others could be listed also.

Crimean War – Charge of the Light Brigade – 1854
• Dieppe Raid World War II – 1942
• Gallipolis Raid- 1915
• Dunkirk World War II- 1940

These are recent events; your writer could go back 2000 years to show what happened in failed battles.

WHO ARE THE READERS?

Any person who pens a novel, a poem, a scientific report, or a commentary must know who his or her audience is. The writing must be for a reason if not –  it makes no sense or logical reason.

To be clear, we are sending this blog out to fellow believers to rejoice that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

It seems that this is what Paul was setting out in II Corinthians 13:1,2.

“This is the third time I am coming to you. In the
mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word
be established.
I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present,
the second time; and being absent now I write to
them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other,
that, if I come again, I will not spare:”

No one was to be above being told what was wrong with this life and the church was to conform to that which was delivered to Paul by the Holy Spirit. You should read carefully
II Corinthians 13:3.

“Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me,
which toward you is not weak, but is mighty in you.”

Neither you or I have no right to subvert the Gospel of the Holy Word by inserting the demand of certain passages of scripture or telling people the Social Gospel is the command of the inspired writers. There is no Social Gospel in the New Testament without the teaching of repentance, confessing, immersion and a pure life thereafter until our own death. It is our belief and it is that Jesus died, buried, and rose from the grave on the third day.

The readers of this blog should know by now each week we write to give strength to each reader. The attempt is made to tell all people the Bible is for every endeavor of life not just our association with God and his Son. II Corinthian 13:4 tells us this very fact.

“For though he was crucified through weakness, yet
he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak
in him, but we shall live with him by the power of
God toward you.”

God gave us our roles – for our benefit.  We should strive to restore the church and ourselves to those roles.

SELF EXAMINATION

Honesty in all aspects is difficult but when we look at ourselves then this requires a powerful and honest examination who we are as a Christian. Paul wants these people to pass the test.
This was very important to Paul as set out in II Corinthians 13:5.

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith;
prove your own selves. Know ye not your own
selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye
be reprobates?”

Men and women will do all most anything to keep from admitting a sin. The pattern is always the same that there is another cause rather than self. Blame others for our transgressions.

TWO REASONS

When Paul wrote to this church on the Hellenic peninsula there were two reasons why this letter was sent. The first was obvious since Paul had been the creator of its
beginning. He wants naturally to see it as a successful venture. However, this should not surprise us because this is a natural trait for humans to want to see their work to continue and prosper. Do not be perplexed over such a desire. It is set out in II Corinthians 13:5.

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith;
prove your own selves. Know ye not your own
selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except
ye be reprobates?”

It is the second explanation why the epistle was preserved. There is a fundament concept which tells us that this church existed. The Gospel had to be published to the Gentiles so that there was always a remnant that had the message. It was Paul who kept the faith. Each time this Gospel was told it was an assurance the Gospel would never be blotted out.

We humans when we are depressed that we think we are the only Christians also. It was Elijah who believed he was the last and only believer in God. The Lord told Elijah there were people who he had not heard about. In the church today there are people who yes are on the fringe but know still that the basic doctrine will remain. Are they vocal? No! In order for the Church to continue there must be self discipline that understands faith.

PREDICTION

Paul saw what these early Christians had kept in their minds Christ. They had been truth seekers as a whole. This proved to be an empire changer because an empire would come under the influence of a righteous group called Christians. My suggestion is that you read about what happened in Europe in the next two hundred years.

What once was a Christian centered Europe no longer exists. The cathedrals are empty, few relate to Jesus Christ, and the moral compass of Christianity no longer is. Europe no longer has leadership that knows right from evil. Truth is not a basis for life in all aspects.

Paul said in II Corinthians 13:6-9:

“But I trust that ye shall know that we are not
reprobates.
Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we
Should appear approved, but that ye should do that
Which is honest, though we be as reprobates.
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong:
and this also we wish, even your perfection.”

Our generation now has adopted the marxist socialist evil unchristian thoughts which will bring disaster to us socially, politically, and economically. Our generation is lost. The next generation is lost. The future generations will have to solve the wrongs.

In the beginning of this blog is a series of paragraphs under the title of “Famous Battle.” This was about military engagements which were lost because of four reasons. Our culture is in the process of self-destruction. We must always recall the word that God keeps a remnant.
Here are some institutions which are telling us trouble is coming:

Public schools- test scores down.
• University training – devoid from Christianity.
• Politics – little substance.
• Marriage – little commitment.
• God replaced by governments.
• Respect for order – law officials disrespected.
• Thievery a way of life – banks.
• Refusal to enforce law – Hillary Clinton will not be indicted (Hope I am wrong).
• Pleasure – a life style for drug lords.

The above are battles we have lost: In each one of these we have been told that the government could solve each one. If you believe this, then the law of gravity has been repealed.
A special greeting was sent in II Corinthians 13:11-14.

“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good.
Comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God
of love and peace shall be with you.
Greet one another with an holy kiss.
All the saints salute you.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.
Amen.”

Man alone cannot solve any problem. God and his Son have the only answers.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

ARE YE ABLE, SAID THE MASTER

“”Are ye able,” said the Master,
“to be crucified with me?”
“Yea,” the sturdy dreamers answered,
“to the death we follow thee.”
“Lord, we are able.” Our spirits are thine.
Remold them, make us, like thee, divine.
Thy guiding radiance above us shall be
a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.
“Are ye able” to remember,
when a thief lifts up his eyes,
that his pardoned soul is worthy
of a place in paradise?

“Are ye able” when the shadows
close around you with the sod,
to believe that spirit triumphs,
to commend your soul to God?

“Are ye able?” Still the Master
whispers down eternity,
and heroic spirits answer,
now as then in Galilee.””

 

Gerald K. Fugit
Diggingoldwells.com
March 27, 2016

 

 

 

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