FAITH – HOPE – FORGIVENESS by Growing Older


“How To Be 100% Sure Of Heaven”

If I were to ask you the question: “If you were to die right now, are you 100% sure that you would go to heaven?”  What would be your reply?

Many have said: “No one knows for sure.” or “I’m 95-99% sure.” “I don’t know.”  I run into a few who say with surety: “I am sure I would go to heaven.”

I would like to share with you, from the Bible, God’s Word, how you can be 100% sure.

I John 5:13 says: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”.  Notice the word “know.” When you know something you are 100% sure.

 

Now, how can you know? To simply determine this, one must know what the Bible says in regard to salvation.  Some believe that their religion will save them …. But they are not sure of heaven either.   Many will say that “I must do the best I can.” Others: “Keep the 10 commandments.”  This all amounts to a system of good works.

 

I submit to you, that if our religion or good works would save our souls – then why did Jesus die on the cross? Let’s see what the Bible says about our good works.

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”.

 

Galatians 3:1-3 “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”

 

In Romans 11:6 we read: “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work”.

Now, I realize that if I put all of the verses on works from the Bible in this post – it would be very lengthy. Would you read it all?   The verses above basically teach us that our good deeds do not save us – we cannot save ourselves – we need the salvation that the Lord provides for us.

 

Galatians 3:24-25 regarding the Law – reads as follows: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster”.

Here we read that the Law was given to show us what sin is. The Law was our teacher, to teach us right from wrong. Why? So we could be saved by faith.

One day, someone took their Bible and shared with me how to be sure of heaven. Allow me to share it with you. It changed my life and my destiny.

First of all – in the Book of Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”

Vserse 12 reads: “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one”.  Then verse 23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”   I thought “I’m in a bad spot. If I am not good or righteous and am a sinner, I have no hope. What will I do?”

 

The person went on to share with me the following. Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  He explained that God loved me so much that He sent Jesus to die for me. Jesus Christ paid for all my sins, He took the punishment for me, so that I wouldn’t have to.

 

The, he went to Romans 6:23 which reads: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.  Hmmmm  I’m going to die one day, where will I go?

Being a sinner, I would surely go to hell. But I read and was told that God has a gift for me. That gift is eternal life and it comes from Jesus Christ.  God’s gift does not come through me or my goodness or my keeping the 10 Commandments, but it is a GIFT.

 

O.K. How do I get God’s gift?  Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”    God’s gift is received by us when we acknowledge that we are a sinner;

and then we receive Christ into our hearts and lives.

Verse 13 reads: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Whosoever means ANYBODY can be saved and it by faith in what God did for us.   Whosover means YOU.

 

In II Peter 3:9 we are told that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  You see, God’s will is for folks to be saved and NOT to perisy = spend eternity in hell.    My friend, God loves us so much that He made a plan for mankind. That plan was for us to have eternal life – to be saved – to go to heaven. That plan was for God to come to this world as Jesus Christ – God’s “only begotten son.”  He went to the Cross paying the price for every sin that you and I ever committed. He arose the third day, conquering death, hell and the grave fou you and for me. He offers us salvation, a FREE GIFT – forgiveness of sins and a home in heaven. He says that if we believe and receive, we shall be saved.

 

My friend, would you, now receive Jesus Gift of salvation?  If so, the following prayer can be of a help to you. It is not just reciting some words, but it is belief in your heart.

“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me of all my sins. I now ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart and save my soul. In Jesus name, A-men”.

 

 



Be Strong In God’s Grace

Be Strong In Gods Grace

II Timothy 2:1

Intro: God’s grace is a bottomless subject. We will never find the end of it. Man is a sinner & God’s grace is greater than all our sin; read Romans 5:20 “Moreover the Law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”

God’s grace is an active principle communicated from God. It is light directing the Christian in how to act & the power to act according to that light. Note the following verses:

John 1:4-5, 17-19; Luke 1:79; Luke 2:32; John 8:12; John 12:35-36; Acts 26:18

I. It is only through God’s grace that the Christian becomes spiritually strong

A.  God’s grace is what helps us to get through hard times  II Timothy 1:3

B. Without the grace of god, it is impossible to win the spiritual conflicts of life

1. As our trials = hard times; testing’s, increase, we have a greater NEED to grow stronger

& stronger in our faith & in the grace of God.

2. Our faith gets stronger

3. Our determination & our love for God & Jesus Christ, will get stronger

Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.”

4. The opposite of this is the Apostle Peter

a. Matthew 26:35 Peter said he would never deny the Lord

b. This was Peter acting in the “flesh,” his own strength, his self.

c.  Notice what happened: Peter denied Jesus 3 X’s

5. We MUST be strong in the grace of God & not in self = our desires; our thinking, motives; our own way.

6. To get through life & its problems, Christians must be strong in God’s grace.

II. Grace Is For Everyday

A. II Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.”

B. Grow = increase

1. In Christ likeness.

2. The life of the Christian is growth

C. Born again by God’s grace

1. Living by God’s grace

2. Serving by God’s grace

D. Grow in grace & knowledge

1. The two go together

2. This is the grand safeguard against sin.

3. Search the scriptures on a daily basis

4. If you grow in God’s grace, you WILL also grow in His knowledge = have more knowledge of Jesus Christ. The two go together, hand in hand.

5. ONCE the HEART has been established by grace, the Christian now has grace to serve God in a way that is acceptable to God.

Hebrews 13:9   II Corinthians 9:8

III. It All Begins When a person receives Christ into Their Heart, Ephesians 2:8-9

A. We do not deserve salvation but God offers it anyway

B. Our zeal; fervor; good deeds; cannot obtains salvation

C. Salvation is FREE from God for you to receive it by faith; John 1:12

“But as many as received HIM, to THEM He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them who believe on His name.”

Will you, right now, receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour? Ask Him to come into your heart and to save your soul. Ask Him for forgiveness. Jesus will forgive you and He will save you. Your part is to believe & then ask. Pretty simple isn’t it?

If you are already a believer, won’t you depend upon God’s grace and lean upon Him?

He will help you through the greatest problems that you will face, by His grace.

Are you willing to serve the Lord through His grace?  This comes by reading His Word (Bible) on a daily basis (start in the New Testament if you are a beginner at this).  Give Him your cares, worries and problems in a time of prayer. Ask Him for help in your daily routine, etc.



The Grace Of God

Genesis 1:27 & Ephesians 2:8-9

Intro: God created man and put him in a garden paradise. Satan tempted man and man fell into sin.

Genesis 2:8-17 God provides

Genesis 3:1-5   The devil tempts and man falls spiritually

Genesis 3:14-19 The penalty for sin and the provision by God

Genesis 3:7 & 21 God’s grace

Genesis 4:8 The first murder

Ungodliness and sin came into the world by the temptation of satan. Man (Adam & Eve) willingly does wrong; they disobeyed God. This was against God’s Word.  All sin is against God. Man willfully left God out of their decision making.

The history of man from Adam until now, is a history of man depending upon self and living independently from God. There is no mention of anything vile, immoral etc.

In the Garden of Eden, there were no drug pushers; no bars or liquor stores; no pimps and prostitutes etc. and was in a perfect paradise and yet, he still fell into sin and got away from God.

Man basically leaves God out his thinking; doing; and life in general.

Man tends to plan – act & live as if God did not exist = ungodliness.

Genesis 11:4 We see human progress, but it is all for self; all for mans own glory. Man tries to get to heaven his way and refuses God’s way. They did not take God into account; therefore, their work was ungodly & it brought the judgment of God upon them. Romans 1:18 & 21-23.

Look at the world around us; look back at history throughout the centuries. Man lives against God and the things of God. That’s why we have wars; murders; immorality; hatred; and a host of many other crimes.  People that you might even consider to be “good folks,” live as if there was no God.

So, where is God in all of this?

He is watching; observing; working to bring man back to God.

For Adam & Eve – God provided a payment; a sacrifice for their sin.

For Abraham – God provided a sacrifice

For all mankind – God provides a solution, a payment for our sin & it is by His Grace.

Grace is something we do not deserve but God wants us to depend on Him, to love Him & serve Him.

In the Old testament, Leviticus 4:26 (a sacrifice & atonement for sin).

Leviticus 4:35 (atonement for mans sin and forgiveness).

Atonement is basically, a payment.

God provided a way and God paid for that way. Man’s part is to believe by FAITH and obey it = do what He says. Apply it to you.

In the Old Testament, the sacrifices had to be done over & over every year.

In the New Testament we find: Hebrews 9:24-26. Here we find that Jesus went to God in your behalf. He did not offer nor have to offer Himself every year as the Old Testament priest gave their yearly sacrifices. He offered Himself; His own blood in your place.

Hebrews 9:27-28. Because of mans sin, we have an appointment with death. This means that we had better prepare to meet God now.

Christ was ONCE offered to bear our sins; not on a yearly basis, but ONCE AND FOR ALL.

Man’s part: Believe it; obey it & receive it by faith.

You apply it by receiving Christ as YOUR Saviour.

GRACE: When a Christian lives by faith & is disciplined by grace, it brings to mind & soul, the goodness & beauty of God.  We can realize His unfailing love & His providing salvation for everyone: Romans 10:13. Christ died for ALL but the sad part is that not ALL (everybody) will receive Him as their personal Savior.

When the heart sees this and the riches of His grace; the pleasures that this world offers; the “things” that draw us away from God, His Word, His House; living for Him … all those “things” will soon fade away & will no longer attract us. They will lose their “sparkle” & glamour.

Our heart must see the riches of God’s grace. By grace, God calls the saved believer to serve Him. By grace, God supplies the power, drive & determination to the Christian:

II Peter 1:3 tells us that: “According

To His divine power …”

One day, the saved will realize the grace of God to its fullest: Revelation 22:1

Your part: To believe it     To receive it   To apply it to yourself = to do it.

Matthew 27:22,  Pilate asks a very pertinent question, even for today: “What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?”

What will YOU do with Jesus? Will you receive Him as your Saviour?

If you are already saved, will you live your life for Jesus?

If not, on either of these questions, “Why not?”



Grace Of God

Law Vs Grace

Intro: When we study God’s Word on the topic of God’s Grace; we MUST realize just how unworthy that we really are.

We are imperfect at best and we have a sinful nature.

When you understand that you are accepted of God on the ground of the righteousness of Jesus Christ and not your own goodness and righteousness.

Then you can realize that your standing before God is in His righteousness and not you own. It is all about God; His Power; His grace; His forgiveness.

When you can believe and accept that very fact, then you will not have the problem of questioning yourself, whether or not you are really saved.

God’s Grace is something we do not deserve; but God offers it out of His love and mercy for you & me.

It is freely offered by God & you must freely receive it, if you want to have it.

I. The Law Curses the Sinner

A. You break God’s Law, you pay for it

1. Galatians 3:10 – God’s Law requires what no man can perform,

namely, perfect, uninterrupted, and perpetual obedience.

Dueteronomy 27:26

2. The curse becomes effective only when the law is broken.

3. Curse = The emphasis is on the word “continueth”

4. The person who continually breaks the Law have a curse upon them.

They placed it there upon themselves by their own disobedience

5. The one who breaks one of God’s Laws is guilty of breaking ALL of

them: James 2:10

6. The curse is placed on the Law breaker who does not yield entire

obedience to God’s law. Partial obedience cannot save from the

penalty that we must face.

II. Grace Cover The Law Breaker – Romans 4:7

A. Iniquities = violations of God’s Law

B. Sins are covered = are concealed; or hidden from the view.

Sins that God will no more look upon, and which he will no more

remember.

C. Covered = hidden, not forgiven

D. Forgiven = Pardoned Hebrews 10:17

1. Sins = an offense

2. Iniquities = Wickedness; breaking the law; unrighteousness

3. remember no more = God will not punish us for forgiven sins.

He will not hold them to our account.

E. Gods Grace, when you ask for forgiveness, allows God not to look

upon your sin that He has already forgiven.  He will not punish you             for what He has forgiven you of = GODS GRACE.

F. How many sins can God forgive you for?  Romans 5:20

III. God Gives The Saved Grace To Serve Him

A. The Law was engraved in stone: Exodus 24:12

B. Grace is given in your heart: II Corinthians 3:3

C. The Law is demanding: Joshua 7:25 (stoned Achan for breaking the

Law) Exodus 21:28-29

D. Gods grace is out of love to God: John 14:15; Luke 19:9-10;

II Timothy 1:9

1. Obeying God’s Word  is the fruit of  our love for Him

2. To obey without love is drudgery and slavery

3. The evidence of our love for God  is “willing obedience”

4. Gods Grace allows the saved to serve the savior from a heart                           filled with love and not of fear: I John 4:18

Grace gives you a willing, easy, and cheerful obedience; a pleasing and an acceptable obedience to God’s Word. He that is afraid of God, is afraid of punishment: but he that loves God, is afraid of offending God. God’s Law is “Heavy: God’s Grace is light.

True love to Jesus always shows itself by obedience to His Words, while all other love is onlylip service, and betrays the hypocritical heart.  Are we daily giving proof of our love to Jesus by obeying His Word?

1. Salvation

2. Baptism

3. Church services

4. Prayer

5. Bible reading

6. Telling others about Jesus

7. Giving of time; talents; money

All this can be accomplished successfully in the Grace of God without fear & without it being “hard” or burdensome.

That’s why Jesus said: Matthew 11:28

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”



Notes On John’s Gospel Chap # 17:9-19

Jesus prays for special intercession for the believers. John 17:9-19

1. Vs 9: “I pray for them”  Luke 22:32.

Every believer should have great joy in knowing that Jesus Christ prays for           them.

2. Vs 9: Jesus prays for believers in contrast to the world = the unsaved.

Jesus died on the Cross to make salvation possible for all sinners; He lives to       make intercession for the saved.  Jesus does a special work for believers. He       is our Mediator; our High priest. He intercedes for the saved in a special way       that he does not for unbelievers.    I Timothy 2:5

3. Vs 10: The people, who are saved, in Christ Jesus, also belong to God.  Those       who belong to God also belong to Jesus.

4. Vs 10: “I am glorified in them.”  Christ’s glory here upon the earth was                   manifested by his disciples.  It is also to be manifested by all believers. This is     a great inspiration to serve the Saviour.

5. Vs 11: Jesus is getting ready to leave this world. The hour is near for His                  crucifixion etc. As He prays, Jesus commits His disciples to the Father’s care.        He also asks that they might be united in the purpose of getting the Gospel        to the world. Acts 4:32; Acts 2:32; John 13:1.

6. Vs 11: “Holy Father” The word “Holy” points to and describes God’s                         character.

The root meaning of the word in the Greek means: separation. This signifies       that God is completely removed from all evil. God is also removed from evil         and elevated high above all evil and sin. James 1:13

7. Vs 12: All the saved are and have been kept by Jesus in God’s Name. None of       them have ever been lost. Kept is used two times in this verse. 1st time, the       meaning is: “preserved.”                                                                                                             The 2nd time, the meaning is: “guarded.” Guarded as the shepherd guards           his sheep or as a soldier guards a treasure.

Judas was never given to Jesus: John 6:70; John 13:27; Luke 22:3.

The word “but,” a conjunction. The meaning is: Among the company of disciples and believers, there was one who was lost; unsaved; never saved.

“Perdition,” Ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal): damnable, perish, waste.  John 6:37; John 10:27-29.



NOTES ON JOHN’S GOSPEL CHAPTER #12 The Corn of Wheat

The Corn of Wheat

Vs 24: Life springs forth out of death. It is the same in the vegetable kingdom as with the spiritual kingdom. Jesus must die in order to be glorified. A wheat corn dies when it is changed in the ground and becomes the root of a           fruitful new plant.

Our Lord compares Himself to a grain of wheat: His death to a grain sown and  decomposed in the ground; His resurrection to the blade which springs up from the dead grain. The dying grain brings forth an abundance of fruit.

If the corn of wheat does not die, it remains a single seed. It can remain for years and be preserved, but it is useless there. It neither reproduces nor is good for food.

Jesus had to die and be placed in the grave before He could spring up into life  by the resurrection. This had to be done in order for Him to be the Savior, to give eternal life.

Though the body of our Lord died, there was still the germ, the quickening

power of the Divine, which re-animated that body and made salvation possibleby grace.

One died which produced untold numbers of people with eternal life.

Vs 25: To receive eternal life, there must be a death of the unbeliever; Galatians 2:20.  This involves self-denial.

“he that loveth his life …” The self-centered person. He loves self more than the will of God.

Here is a Biblical principle that brings victory in the Christians life.

Jesus gave His life and was exalted. The grain gives its live a hundred-fold.

When the Christian dies to self, they will bring souls to Christ.

The law of growth multiplies itself thirty; sixty or a hundred fold and continuesits multiplication into untold numbers. Matthew 13:23

“… shall lose it.” Literally or figuratively: destroy, die, lose, mar, perish.                  I Corinthians 15:31

Vs 26: The union with Christ is personal and vital.

To serve means to be a disciple: a follower and a learner.                                             Basically, Jesus is teaching: imitate me; do what I do; bear what I bear and love what I love.

To serve is to “follow” Jesus; this is done by being obedient to His Word.  We must obey His doctrine and imitate His example.

At death, see Him as He is and be with Him where He is: “where I am there shall also my servant be.”

God will crown the faithful and obedient by honor: to value; prize; revere.



NOTES ON JOHN’S GOSPEL CHAPTER #7

Verse 2 & 14

Jesus as the Anti-Type Passover, sheds His blood, laying down His life to deliver man from death.

As the anti-type feast of Unleavened Bread, faith feeds upon Jesus here on this earth.

In this chapter, Jesus is presented as waiting to fulfill the hope of the Feast of Tabernacles.

He sends forth the Holy Spirit to nourish and bless those who should believe on Him to make them a channel of blessing to others. This is a prophecy of the Millennium.

The Feast of Tabernacles was held the 7th month (Jewish Calendar). It corresponds to our last half of September & 1st half of October. It was held as a thanksgiving for the harvest.

The “Harvest” refers to a harvest of souls: those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour, Messiah.

Leviticus 23:34-43, a booth is: hut or cottage, pavilion, tent.

Deuteronomy 16:15-17.

The feast took its name from the tents which were erected about the temple; in public places; in courts and on the flat roofs of their houses and in gardens.

The Jews dwelt in them for eight days, in commemoration of the forty years during which their fathers dwelt in the wilderness.

The last day of the feast is called the “Great day” of the feast. John 7:37.

Jesus Discourse at the Feast of Tabernacles: John 7:14-29

1. Vs 14-15: Jesus is not a “man of letters.” They knew that Jesus never learned at any rabbinical school, as Paul under Gamaliel. These rulers knew well enough that He had not studied under any human teacher

This shows that Jesus did not get His knowledge of scriptures from human sources.

2. Seven (7) times the expression is used: “My teaching.”

(1) John 7:16   (2) John 8:28  (3)  John 8:47  (4) John 12:49  (5) John 14:10                      (6)John 14:24

(7) John 17:8

3. Jesus declares that He is the Very Christ: John 7:26-29

Jesus Teaches On The Holy Spirit

 1. Vs 37:  The last day = the 8th day, was a Sabbath.

    This was a day of ecstatic joy; loud jubilation; the loud sounding of trumpets.

The priests ( as on prior days of this feast) passed in solemn procession                 through the streets.

They passed from the Pool of Siloam, carrying (in a gold vessel), water.

The priest poured out that water upon the Altar in front of the temple.

While this was going on, the people sang Isaiah 12:3: “Therefore with joy shall     ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”

It was at that supreme moment that Jesus stood, in an elevated position,             and shouted out:

(Vs 37) “….If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”

John 6:35;  Revelation 22:17

2. This proclamation, made publicly in the streets, to the whole world, compels       the hearer to chose between two alternatives.

(1) to say, with Caiaphas: “He is guilty of death.”

(2) to exclaim with Thomas: “My Lord and my God.”

Isaiah 55:1; Isaiah 58:11; Joel 3:11; Zechariah 13:1; Zechariah 14:8

3. The contrast here is between the lifeless water of ceremony. A mortal priest        carries a golden vessel of water.

Then, we have the life-giving water that flows from the eternal Great High           Priest.   He has an inexhaustible fullness and supply.

The lesson to be learned is that: ceremonies, no matter how magnificent,              beautiful and Scriptural, can never satisfy the deep thirst of the soul.

That thirst can only be satisfied by the personal union of a person with Jesus     Christ and that is by faith.

Jesus is the smitten rock, who, in resurrection power, sends forth a stream of     life to dying men and a thirsty world.

4. Vs 38: “… out of his belly. Out of his midst, or out of his heart. The word belly      is often put for the midst of a thing, the center, and the heart. Proverbs 18:4

“rivers; this word is used to express abundance, or a full supply.

The believers shall be the instruments by which the Holy Spirit shall be                 poured down on the world.

“Living water” refers to fountains that are ever-flowing streams. The Gospel          shall be constant  and life-giving in its blessings.

5. Vs 39: The Holy Spirit was not given in such full and large measures as should     be after Jesus had ascended to heaven. We have always had certain                       measures and influences of the Holy Spirit, but not in the abundance and as       would be given after this.

The full force of the Holy Spirit is like living waters that move with force and         supply the need of the dry and parched soul;  Acts 2:1-2 & 17.



Notes Gospel Of John Chapter 12 vs #3

Mary’s Alabaster Box Verse 3

Three times, in the Gospels, we read of Mary of Bethany. Each time, she is sitting at the Master’s feet.

1. Luke 10:38-39: Mary was at the feet of Jesus listening at what Jesus was teaching. Vs 42: Needful = demanded; required; necessary. Martha’s service which allowed Mary to hear the Word.

2. John 11:32: Mary fell at Jesus feet. This was when Lazarus had died.

3. John 12:1-3. Mary breaks the precious alabaster box, adoringly, at the feet of Jesus. Matthew 26:7; Mark 14:3 & Luke 7:37 records it as the “alabaster” box. Alabaster = a perfume vase of any material.

John 12:3 calls the contents: “spikenard.” This was the oil or perfume of a very costly plant of East India. It was very fragrant. A pound, in that day & time, was 12 ounces. It was expensive.

From these three glimpses of Mary of Bethany, we can see a three-fold example to learn from.

1. Mary sat at Jesus feet, to learn: Luke 10:39

2. Mary took her grief to the feet of Jesus: John 11:32 3. She gave her best while at the feet of Jesus: John 12:3

3. In this third example: John 12:3; we have an excellent example of consecration to Christ. In this story, we have five very prominent figures: Martha; Mary; Judas; Lazarus; Jesus.

Busy Martha typifies service. Lazarus eating, typifies communion with the Lord.

Mary typifies consecration to the Lord. Judas typifies the world’s attitude towards consecration.

Jesus represents the Divine attitude.

The act of Mary, bringing her precious ointment to the feet of Jesus, illustrates consecration in the following:

1. It was costly

2. It involved being broken

3. It was fragrant

4. It was discerning, verse 7.

5. It was misunderstood by others.

6. It was prized by the Lord and He blessed it.  Judas represents the worldly attitude of condemnation: why the waste? Mark 14:4; John 12:5-6. Why not sell it & give it to the poor? This was a false and hypocritical statement. Judas stands condemned by history as well as by Christ.

The Lord represents the divine attitude.  Jesus praised Mary’s sacrifice: Matthew 26:10. Good = valuable; virtuous; honest; worthy.

Consecration: True consecration to Christ makes the Christian life simple.

1. It leaves the management of it to the Lord.

2. It also unifies because it bends all our motives and activities in one aim (controlled by the Lord), to please Him.

3. It purifies life because it gets rid of all the things that He disapproves of in our lives.

4. It amplifies life because it gives the divine will a spacious fulfillment through the believer so that we will uplift Him.

5. It glorifies life because it makes the believer a blessing to others and a praise to the Lord.

Above all else, the consecration that the Lord desires of us; far more than our service; prayers; time; talents; money; is when we think of all the unsaved people around us. Recognize our need to be a witness; a light house; to give forth the Gospel; to endeavor to win the unsaved to Christ.

Are all Christians consecrated? The answer is no.

Do they desire to be consecrated? The answer is yes.

Why are not all Christians consecrated? For a Christian to completely hand over everything to the Lord, is a hard thing to do. It deals with the self centered ego in the life of the Christian. Some may give up certain sins is somewhat tolerable to many.

To give up self-management; self motives; grudges; plans; and self-everything is utterly unbearable to our Adam sin nature. The resistance by the devil and the world and even other Christians is the supporting factor in this.

John 12:3: the act of Mary pouring out this very expensive fragrance, was the form in which Mary’s love to Christ, at so much cost to herself, poured her love out. This was Mary’s grand testimonial of love. She thought that nothing was too good for her Lord. She brought him the best she had, for her love was generous.




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