We believe that it is important to be thoughtful when considering God's Word, the Bible. We hope you will check back from time to time for thoughts on God's Word and how it applies to us daily.
"Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep these things which are written in it; the time is near." -Revelation 1:3
We believe that the entirety of scripture is God-breathed, inspired, and under divine protection by Jehovah God for the instruction of the saints and His holy church. Based on that belief, the words of John here in the opening of his Revelation carry a two-fold message. The first is for those who read and hear the words of this particularly special book - Revelation. The subtle implication is the promise to the reader AND hearer - but we must internalize the message. The second, and universal truth, regards the study and reception of the ENTIRETY of God's word and positions Revelation as the capstone of our holy canon. May God grant us wisdom while studying His word, the Bible. May we grasp His promises and live out His truth - for the time is near.
"And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh." -Jude v.22-23
Whoa. Big words. Most often we like to distill our evangelism into one strong draught leaving no room for an alternative. The corner evangelist shouting "turn or burn" often leaves no room for compassion and sometimes takes uninformed shots at the person who is following Christ closely. Likewise the soft-touch minister may watch a parade of souls march past him in utter ignorance, being mortified by the thought of preaching a hard but truthful message on the human relationship with sin and death. This much is certain - it is the goodness of God that draws us to repentance AND He is good to us when he speaks truth to each of us about our wretchedness. May our Lord give us discernment, patience, kindness, and boldness.
"But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ..." -Jude v.17
We are consistently encouraged to hold on to sound doctrine throughout the New Testament. The threat that we face of false teachers twisting God's Word, of stretching the Bible to their own ends, is not new or unique. These deceptions are many and varied with an ancient tradition. For as long as Christ's church stands in the world there will be deceivers, wolves in sheep's clothing, seeking to devour the elect. Christ's promise to us is that the gates of hell will not prevail against His church. We must be faithful to test doctrine for soundness and to expel the evil from among us if it will not be brought to reconciliation. We must remember the words of the Apostles as inspired by the Holy Spirit, instead of casting our eyes back and forth searching for the next great experiment in theology or human ingenuity. Lord, guard us. Keep your church.
"For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only God and our Lord Jesus Christ." -Jude v.4
We often focus our understanding of God's predestination on the election of the saints. This seems to indicate the election of the heretics. But, might it be that these who are fore-ordained for this abomination have played a role by their own will; and an all knowing God, the gospel spoken plainly, the presence of holiness, could these be the catalysts for their evil deeds? Consider Pharoah's hardness of heart in the presence of God's works. Certainly God's mercy extends to such as these - whosoever will - but they will not. The transaction has been voided on their end. And God, knowing their rebellion, will use them in His sovereignty for His ends.
Anthony is the Pastor of Living Water Christian Fellowship.