THE KING OF THE THORNS

 

Before we start this article, please understand this: (Rom. 1:20) The Godhead (Supreme Divinity) is one who is composed of three who are totally and completely one in identity, thought, power, purpose and will. God’s presentation of Himself to man is (Gen. 1:1-31 & John 4:24) #1 God-spirit-essence of life itself/Creator, (John 4:29-42 esp. V.42) #2 Jesus-body/Saviour and (John 14:15-26) #3 Holy Spirit-God's soul/Comforter. (Col. 2:8-9) In Jesus dwells all the Godhead bodily. (Gen. 1:26) "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:" (John 1:1 & 14 & 1John:1:1-4) Jesus is the living Word of God. Your Bible is alive with Jesus! AND (2Tim. 3:16) ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD.

There is even an ignorant group that believes only parts of the Bible are given by inspiration of God and that the bad things written that are said by bad people are not given by inspiration of God. EXAMPLES: (Matt. 4:1-11 & 15:21-28, Mark 5:1-17 esp. V.9-12 & 11:27-33, Luke 4:28-36 esp. V.34 & 13:10-17 esp. V.13 and John 4:1-43 esp. V.42 & 8:1-13 esp. V.3-6 & 9:1-34 esp. V.20-22 and thousands of others in both the OT and NT) In all these situations the evil people or evil spirits spoke or acted in an evil way and if that was not written (inspired) Jesus would have been talking to Himself! Both sides must be expressed (inspired writing) for the whole situation to be understood. GOOD GRIEF! PEOPLE STRUGGLE SO HARD TO DISBELIEVE!

(John 1:1-4 & 14 esp. V.1 & 14) (V.1) "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (V.3) "All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made." (V.14) "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." (1John 1:1-4) (V.1) "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life." (1Thess. 1:23) And man (Gen. 1:26) made in God's image is also body (the temporary flesh in which you live) soul (the personality, self, you, character) and spirit (eternal life itself that has nothing to do with breathing). (Luke 16:19-29 & Rev. 20:10-15 esp. V.14-15) The only question is where will you chose to be in eternity? 

YES, (Matt. 3:16-17) Jesus had just been baptized, the Holy Spirit was descending in the form of a dove and God was speaking from heaven. BUT: (Luke 1:37) Nothing shall be impossible with God and God can present Himself any way He chooses. (Matt. 24:36) Jesus can even leave certain information in heaven that He does not want to divulge and He does not lie when He says; "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."

Let's put Jesus on trial! You are on the jury; if four witnesses told exactly the same story word for word you would be suspicious that they were 'rigged' witnesses. If four witnesses, due to their powers of observation, sense of the importance of events, their intellect, their degree of being influenced by their religious background (Judaism), their attention span and etc. told their story their way and all arrived at the same conclusion You would surely find Jesus guilty!

And charge Him with being the Son of God teaching His disciples the rudiments of founding a church, (Acts 1:3) that Jesus would resurrect Himself and come back from the dead for forty days, (Luke 24:44-51 & Eph. 1:20-22) that Jesus would ascend into heaven (Heb. 4:14-16) and seat Himself upon the throne of grace, (John 14:15-26 esp. V.16-18, 20, 23 & 26) promising that He would come back to them in His Holy Spirit person after His death on the cross (Acts 2:1-47) which Jesus did AND (Luke 22:48 thru 23:56 then Heb. 9:11-28) that His blood would cleanse mankind of sin (Rom. 10:8-13 then Rom. 8:9-17) if they believed (John 14:23-26) and He would inhabit them through the Holy Spirit.  

PART 1

(1John 4:8 & 16) God is love itself. (Matt. 5:48) God’s love is Pure Love. God’s pure love is infinite because it cannot be measured. Pure Love is filled with tender pity, grace and kindness. Pure Love is gracious, generous, merciful and is a giver of gifts. Pure Love is useless unless it is expressed so Pure Love wants what is best for another.

Of course you know the Biblical story of the creation and fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden. Briefly: (Gen 1:1 thru 3:24) God’s creation sequence: (Ezek. 28:28:13 keyword: created) God had created the angels. God (Pure Love) had created a perfect world and in that world he formed (mold, to shape as a potter) Adam (turn rosy, show blood in the face), the first man. He planted a perfect garden eastward in Eden (soft, pleasant, pleasure) filled with pleasant trees and also the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and put the man to dress (work) it and keep (attend to) it.  (Gen. 2:16-17) God told the man he could freely eat of every tree in the garden BUT to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because if he did he would surely die.

Man was given the power of choice. Think! When Adam first opened his eyes he knew nothing, how could he? God obviously taught him a language (Gen. 2:19) and God obviously gave Adam a language test when he let Adam name the beasts of the field and fowl of the air. Research backward and you will see the ancient names were descriptive of what they were! Then God made a woman from Adam's rib. (not scripture-->) When God introduced Adam to Eve Adam's heart must have lurched and he thought "WOW"!

(Ezek. 28:13-17 esp. V.15 keyword: perfect) God placed a perfect angel with the power of choice in that Garden in Eden. (14) He was the anointed cherub angel that was assigned to covereth (guard and protect). There was only one thing to guard and protect, the people. But from what? There was only one thing that was a danger to them, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

(Gen. 3:1-5 esp. V.4 & Isa. 14:12-15 esp. V.12 keyword: fallen) The anointed cherub angel betrayed God, called God a liar and helped (Gen. 3:7-24) the woman, (Gen. 3:3) who knew about God's instructions to Adam, and man disobey God. Spiritually the man and woman (Isa. 5:13-16) held the keys to death and hell and by their choice, (Heb. 2:2:14 & Rev. 1:18) expressed by their actions, they gave those keys (Isa. 14:12) to the anointed cherub angel named Lucifer who was called (Gen. 3:1) the serpent (Heb. definition: a snake that hisses, to whisper, to prognosticate: prognosticate defined is: to predict from present indications, diligently observe and learn by experience, an enchanter). Satan obviously knew Eve's curiosity and Adam's infatuation with her.

(Gen. 3:14-24) God cursed the serpent, the woman, the man and the earth. (Gen. 3:15) God said a (one) seed was coming from the woman sometime in the future that would bruise the serpent’s head (think skull) and the serpent would bruise his (man) heel (think nail, something sharp). (Gen. 3:21 keyword: skins -plural) God also showed them what death was when He killed innocent animals to cover their nakedness. Sheep are relatively small, only the skin of the back is used for durable clothing: 1 skin for Adam's loins and 2 skins for Eve's torso and loins. Three innocents to shed blood for man's sins; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Is it a hidden prophesy, (1Cor. 2:6-8 & 1Tim. 3:16) a mystery? We will find out in this article.

(Gen. 3:18 keywords: thorns and thistles- which are lesser thorns) When the earth was cursed thorns were part of the curse. It is obvious there are two types of thorns, the physical thorns which pierce the body and the spiritual thorns which pierce the soul because Adam and Eve faced physical thorns in their physical work of survival in a cursed world and they also faced the spiritual thorns of their emotional stress of survival, their separation from God and their approaching death. If you wish to read the complete Biblical story of Jesus' conception and birth please see the Jesus commentary the menu article Jesus' Conception and Birth and you will understand the below completely.

(1Tim. 3:16) In the great mystery of His existence God, Pure Love, manifested Himself (physically born) as His own Son, Jesus, (John 14:5-9 & Col. 2:8-9 esp. V.9) in whom dwelt all the Godhead bodily. Why a Son? Because we can understand there is no greater price than a Son that a Father, Pure Love, can give for something. AND: (James 1:13 keywords: God cannot be tempted with evil & Psa. 18:30 keywords: As for God his way is perfect) All the attributes of God show that He is perfect in all His ways. BUT: The only way God could experience (Luke 4:1-13 & Heb. 4:14-15) temptation as does mankind was to be physically born and live in a man's body. SO:

UNDERSTAND THIS: (Psa. 126:1-6) The Holy Spirit of God goes forth weeping, bearing precious seed, (Gal. 3:16) one seed, which is Christ, a male, (Gen 3:15 & Isa. 52:14 thru 53:12) as was prophesied, to turn the captivity of Zion. The Holy Spirit is weeping because only God understands the terrible purpose His beloved Son, the promised seed, will serve. (Luke 1:26-56 esp. V.35 keywords: that holy thing which shall be born of thee: holy thing is defined: Strong's w #40: sacred, morally blameless, most holy) The Virgin Mary is overshadowed and the Holy Seed is planted in her in a way that is beyond the normal course of nature in a manner that is beyond human knowledge or experience because Mary is left a virgin.

(James 1:13) "God cannot be tempted with evil" (Matt. 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-37, 2Cor. 5:21 & 1John 3:5) Jesus was born without the fallen, carnal nature that came to all of mankind from the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden SO: Jesus did not need the (Titus 3:5) regeneration of the (John 3:3 & 1Pet. 1:23) born again salvation event (2Cor 5:17 keyword: creature: defined: creation) to become a new creation. (Matt. 3:13-17) (V.15) Jesus was baptized by John to fulfill the righteousness of the Jewish Law (law of Moses) because a priest had to be washed (baptized) to start his duties. (V.16-17) God Himself anointed Jesus to show Israel Jesus was a special Man with a special mission. 

Jesus could be tempted just like man because He had a man's body. (Luke 4:1-13) Jesus was born sinless but it was up to Him to remain sinless in His lifetime! (Read Heb. 4:14-16) That's why Jesus is our great High Priest! HE KNOWS HOW IT IS WITH US! HE UNDERSTANDS OUR WEAKNESSES! Jesus did not sin but He knows and He sits on the throne of grace "where we can come boldly that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD!!

Pure Love puts itself in the place of another, to walk in their shoes, (John 2:1-2) to share their laughter, to share their company, to be with them, (Luke 22:44) to feel their sinking inside in the face of danger and the threat of death. (Matt. 14:12-21) Love wants to share their burdens, (Mark 11:15-17) feel their disappointment, (Luke 22:41-44) to feel their anxiety and uncertainty, (John 11:35) and feel their tears on Love’s own face. Pure Love will share all their earthly life from the beginning of it to ending of it. (2Cor. 5:21) Pure Love will even take their judgment and pay their penalty and Pure Love is willing to give His life for our life, mine and yours.

*** (Matt. 1:20-23 Esp. V.23 keywords: God with us and 1Tim. 3:16) And God, Pure Love, Jesus, did come to share our life. (Luke 2:9-14) From a squalling baby, (Luke 2:41-46) to a curious child, (Luke 4:16-22) to a grown man, (John 19:1-5 keywords: crown of thorns) and on to wearing a crown (the insignia of royalty) of thorns (sharp points) to become THE KING OF THE THORNS. ***

THE ORIGIN OF THE THORNS

(Rev. 12:9, N.T., keyword: serpent- a new word is added to the O.T. definition of serpent: sharpness which is the state or quality of being sharp. Thorns are sharp.) (Rev. 12:9 again) “that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan” (Gen. 3:15) was about to see the ancient “word” of God’s prophesy come true and it would stun him (Heb. 4:12) with the blinding “quickness” of a powerful, supernatural two-edged sword that was infinitely “sharper” than any earthly “two-edged” sword! Any paragraph reference to this will be identified by the scripture (Gen. 3:15).

THE ORIGIN OF THE SKULL

(Gen. 3:15 key thought: Satan had rebelled against God’s anointing to guard and protect and had become the anti-anointed.) (1Sam. 16:1-13 esp. V.1) God told Samuel the prophet to anoint David (the anointed) the King of Israel because God had rejected Saul (the ex-anointed). (1Sam. 17:1-11) The Philistines, the army of Satan, who was represented by Goliath (the anti-anointed) came to fight the army of Israel (the un-anointed). The only anointed were a few prophets, judges, a very few kings and they gave God's orders to the rest of Israel.

(V.8-9) Goliath, physically representing Satan, challenged Israel. (V.11) Saul and all of Israel were “dismayed and greatly afraid” and refused to fight him. (1Sam. 17:19-29) David (the anointed) took up the challenge; “Is there not a cause?” (1Sam. 17:38-39) Saul offered his earthly armor but David refused because armor is a personal thing. (Psa. 84:11 by David: keyword: grace & Eph. 6:10-17) David chose the armor of grace (truth, righteousness, faith, 2Sam. 6:14-17 Law of Moses- peace, 1Sam. 16:13 physical- salvation) it is personal.

(1Sam. 17:40) David chose five (the Biblical number of grace) smooth stones (John 4:14 keyword: water) out of the brook of Elah which gave the valley of Elah its name and he carried his staff (David was still a shepherd) and David intended to kill Goliath. BECAUSE:

(Psa. 23:4 keywords: rod and staff) A shepherd’s staff was a deadly weapon with which the shepherd could crack the skull (1Pet. 5:8) of a charging lion. (Heb. 12:5-11) A shepherd’s rod was used to tap (chastise) a sheep and drive it away from danger (poison plants, cliffs where it might fall to its death and dark places where a predator might ambush it) and to keep the flock together (Psa. 23:4 & 1Pet. 2:11) as they traveled. Sometimes Christians use our own weapons (2Cor. 11:13-15) in our struggle against Satan and his darkness (Eph. 6:10-18) but only God's weapons of grace can give us victory.

(1Sam. 17:43-44) “Goliath cursed David by his Gods” (Goliath’s spiritual thorn aimed at David). It was common practice in ancient times for one people to disdain another people’s gods when they were going to war by saying; “our gods are stronger than your weak, puny, wormy God.” (1Sam 17:45-48) David said; “I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, and the God of the armies of Israel.” (V.46) And David promised to take Goliath’s head from him.

(V.46-48) Then David exhibited his faith and brought God into the fight; This day will the Lord deliver thee into my hand; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give you into our hands. The whole Philistine army rose up to watch Goliath the anti-anointed destroy this (1Sam. 16:3-13) anointed pip-squeak Hebrew boy. (Num. 1:3 keywords: twenty years old) David was not old enough to serve in the Israelite army. (1Sam. 17:17-19) His father Jesse had sent David to bring his brothers food. (1Sam. 17:48) The Philistines were shocked when David ran toward their whole army to fight Goliath directly in front of them!

Somewhere along the way David had decided to lay down his own weapon, the staff, and fight with God’s weapon, grace, because the staff is not mentioned any more. (Lev. 24:16) The Law of Moses said a blasphemer must be stoned. (1Sam. 17:49-53) Goliath’s anti-anointed, (Isa. 14:12-14 & 2Cor. 4:4) counterfeit god Satan whom Goliath represented was too weak and puny (V.40) and David stoned Goliath (V.50 keyword: slew) to death with grace. Only one stone was needed to bring Goliath down so why were there four stones left?

Scripture shows there were four more giants left in Goliath’s family. (1Chron. 20:4-6 keywords: Sip’pai, Lah’mi, and V.6 one unnamed but with 24 fingers and toes then 2Sam. 21:15-16 keyword: Ish’bi-be’nob) God was sending them a spiritual, personal message; “Grace is ready to stone you all to death”. (John 5:29 & Rev. 20:10-15 esp. V.14 keyword: death) It is the same message God is sending today.

A COMPARISON: (Gen. 3:1-15 esp. V.14) Satan’s own sharp tongue (a spiritual thorn) spoke lying words to Eve, God cut off Satan’s anointing and he became the anti-anointed with a curse upon him. (1Sam. 17: 51 keyword: sword) Goliath the anti-anointed came to kill David the anointed with a sharp sword (a physical thorn) but David cut off Goliath’s head with Goliath’s own sharp sword (1Sam. 17:50-51) and the curse of death was upon Goliath.

David cut off Goliath’s head and took his armor. Obviously Goliath’s body was left on the battlefield as food for the worms, wormy. God had turned Goliath’s curse back upon him. Goliath’s god was too weak and puny to give him victory, Goliath became wormy then Goliath was no more! But what about the head, why the head? It was a physical event that would have severe spiritual consequences for Satan in the far future.

(Gen. 3:15 keywords: her seed; it shall bruise thy head,) (1Sam. 17:54-57) Obviously David brought Goliath’s head to Jerusalem as a trophy of war. David put the armor in his tent but what in the world was he going to do with a giant's already stinking, probably 16 to 20 inches long, maggot ridden head? He got rid of it after the victory parade.

David went out the eastern gate and buried Goliath’s head on a small hill and they obviously named the hill the place of a skull (Golgotha, also Calvary) because the worms ate the flesh (source: very ancient rabbinical records called Midrashim) but the skull remained and Goliath was no more. Weak, puny, wormy physical Goliath, Satan’s physical representative, was gone (never shalt thou be any more).

(Ezek. 28:14-19 esp. V.19) “never shalt thou be any more.” was the curse placed on Satan and physically fulfilled on Goliath. (Rev. 20:10) It would be thousands of years before it would be spiritually fulfilled upon Satan.

SEVEN HIDDEN TRUTHS REVEALED ON THE PLACE OF A SKULL

#1) (Gen. 3:15 keywords: and thou shalt bruise his heel- think: nails- thorns- piercing) He truly is a king wearing a king’s robe (Mark 15:17) lined on the inside with royal purple (Matt. 27:28) and on the outside the robe was royal scarlet. The King of the Thorns (read these: Matt. 27:37 & Luke 2:32 keywords: Gentiles and Israel) is a king on the inside bleeding on the outside for His people.

(Matt. 27:33, Mark 15:22 & John 19:17) Then they took Jesus to Golgotha (Hebrew word) “the place of a skull” and (Luke 23:33) Calvary (Greek word) also defined as; the place of a skull and there they crucified Him.

#2) At one time the three Rs were considered the basics of education; Reading, Riting and Rithmetic. Even there in the horror of the crucifixion, there, (Luke 23:33) where three lonely crosses stood, a great hidden truth of the three Rs of basic Christianity dramatically unfolded; (Luke 23:33 then 39-42) Rebellion was on one side, Repentance was on the other side and Redemption was in the middle.

(Rev. 4:8) God is holy and holiness demands pure judgment against sin. (1John 4:8 & 16) God is Love and Love demands pure mercy for repentance. How could two things so diametrically opposed in one Perfect Person ever possibly come together?

The KING OF THE THORNS, JESUS, wearing his crown of thorns brought judgment and mercy together on his cross (John 19:18) between two thieves in his living Pure Love heart. REDEMPTION was in the middle with one nailed hand extended to REBELLION on one side and one nailed hand extended to REPENTANCE on the other side in silent agonized supplication; “Come to Me” (John 3:16 & Rom. 5:8) because Pure Love loved them both! (Luke 23:39) Rebellion railed on Pure Love and did not believe and Rebellion was ignored because Rebellion had chosen death!

(Gen. 3:15) (Luke 23:40-42) Repentance did believe and gasped to Pure Love; I am guilty of sin but you did not sin, please remember me, when you have your kingdom. Pure Love always answers Repentance; (Luke 23:43) “To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Repentance had chosen life!

(Matt. 27:46-50 & Rom. 5:8) And then, wearing His bloody crown of thorns, Pure Love died. (John 8:12) Pure Love had been the light of the world (Matt. 27:45-51 esp. V.45 & Eph. 6:12 keyword in both: darkness) but the darkness came and the Light died. (Matt. 1:20-23 esp. V.23 keywords: God with us & Rom. 5:8 keywords: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us) From birth on through death Pure Love had shared the full spectrum of the human life (John 3:16 keyword: whosoever) lived by those He loved.

WHY THAT WAY? Mankind, all of us, is born with a carnal (human nature with its frailties and passions, unregenerate) nature that came from Eden. EXAMPLE: It is first manifested in the very young; as soon as a child learns something has value to the child is to take it by any means possible AND as soon as a child understands it is in trouble its first instinct is to lie to avoid punishment and that continues with age. (Gen. 3:5-24) Just like Adam and Eve, we know the difference between good and evil. SO: #1) Man has nothing valuable enough with which to buy his way back into a personal relationship with God. #2) Man cannot live perfect enough or do enough works to deserve a personal relationship with God. #3) Man is too weak to force his way back into a personal relationship with God.

Read these in the order given. (Eph. 1:13-14 keyword: sealed, Rom. 10:8-10, Rom. 8:3-17, John 14:15-23 esp. V.16-18 & 23, John 18:19 thru 21-25: to become Matt. 27:29 the KING OF THE THORNS) Spiritually Pure Holiness demanding pure judgment and Pure Love demanding pure mercy came together in the perfect person of God when (John 20:19-31 esp. V.28 keywords: My Lord and my God) My Lord and my God (JESUS) took the punishment I, and all of us, deserved and paid a price I could not pay (1John 1:7-10) to cleanse me of my sins.

(Rom. 8:5-28 & Heb. 4:14-16) THEN MY LORD AND MY GOD OFFERED ME, AND ALL OF US, (Rom. 5:15-18 keyword in all: gift) SALVATION AND ETERNAL LIFE WITH HIM. (Eph. 1:13 thru 2:22) I ACCEPTED HIS OFFER FROM HIS NAIL SCARRED HANDS AND I RECEIVED A SPIRITUAL PARDON IN MY SOUL (HEART); "NO CHARGE! PAID IN FULL!"; SIGNED IN THE BLOOD OF THE SON OF GOD!      

#3) (John 19:30-33) Another great, hidden truth is revealed when the King of the Thorns died first. (Isa. 52:14 keywords: marred more than any man) Physically the King of the Thorns had been fist beaten more than any man ever was (John 19:1) and nearly scourged to death. (Heb. 9:1-25 esp. V.7-12) When the King of the Thorns died He became the Great High Priest and He entered into the holy place alone and offered His own blood on the great golden altar before the throne of God to cleanse sins and thus redeem those who will believe AND:

(Heb. 4:14-16) He could keep His promise; (Luke 23:43) “To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” The King of the Thorns had conquered (Luke 19:10 & Rom. 10:9-13) the thorns of being lost (1John 1:7) and of sin (Psa. 23:4, John 11:26, 1Cor. 15:55 & Heb. 2:9-11) and of death. And His word was true to the man who repented on the cross beside Him and so His Word is truth to us.

#4) BUT FIRST: Let us go back to an even greater hidden truth said on Calvary that few even dare to believe. Let us go back and remember (John 1:1 & 2Tim. 3:16) that the Holy scriptures were written in God’s mind before they were physically written by Holy Spirit inspired men.

Let us go back and remember because now it is written the King of the Thorns said; (John 11:26) “He who liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" It is written; (2Tim. 1:10) “Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death.”

And it is written (Heb. 2:9) Jesus tasted death for every man and that is clarified by stating (Heb. 2:11-15 esp. V.11 keyword: brethren and V.15 keywords: deliver them who through fear of death: defined: to die) those who are sanctified, (defined: made holy, purified, consecrated), and Christians, (BRETHREN), will not have to experience physical death.

There on their crosses the man on his cross who had repented, and Jesus said; To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Acts 26:18) Jesus had sanctified him and accepted him! (Heb. 2:11) He had become Jesus’ brother. Let us go back and explore anew Love’s experiencing. Let us investigate Pure Love’s desire to put Himself into the place of another, to know, to experience. You must understand that Pure Love goes all the way.

(2Cor. 5:21 keywords: For he hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. & 1Cor. 15:56 keywords: the sting of death is sin) The King of the Thorns’ naked body was soaked in blood, He sweated and strained against the all-consuming pain which was like a fire that engulfed every part of His body. He knew he had been physically weakening ever since it had started. He blinked to see better but His vision was still dim and Pure Love knew His retinas were dying.

(Luke 23:46) Jesus cried out; “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit:” (1Cor. 15:55 keywords: the sting of death: defined: something sharp, to prick- like a thorn) Then the fetid breath of death had him in its gaping jaws and Jesus felt as if His brain was exploding from the screaming, pain shrieking nerve overload as every atom, every cell, every nerve, every organ, every bone, all of Him suffered endlessly while the burning sting, thorn, of death consumed him and He died.

Let me ask you something and you decide. If you had suffered as Jesus did and your physical brother or sister had to die and you had the power to prevent their sting of death; would you? Of course, even with your finite capacity to love, you would prevent it. (John 15:13-15 & Heb. 2:9-11) Jesus, with His infinite capacity to love, (Heb. 9:11 keywords: he is not ashamed to call them brethren) will and does prevent those He loves best, Christians, His brothers and sisters, from feeling the sting of dying!

(Heb. 2:11) Tenderly Jesus spiritually aided His first, new brother. The suffering man’s eyes widened, of course they did, (Acts 10:43-45) when Jesus is there a person knows it beyond any doubt. Then Jesus took the man’s soul out of his body before the thorn of death could come and they went away. Please click on the Jesus commentary, scroll the menu to the article Jesus Takes the Keys to Hell and Death and read it for full Biblical information about other places Jesus went in the spirit world while His body was dead.

The autonomic nervous system in the man’s brain kept his physical body alive but the spiritual man (the soul, the person, self) was gone. The Roman soldier broke the man’s legs, the body’s autonomic nervous system caused the body to flinch and gasp, the soldier laughed with a soldier’s cruelty but the King of the Thorns’ new brother felt nothing (Acts 7:54-60) just like a man named Stephen would in the near future. Pure Love goes all the way.  

Please see the two articles Part 1 and Part 2 of I have Experienced Christian Physical Death that are listed in the Table of Contents on this commentary for a true life experience, with the required scriptural witnesses, that Jesus does prevent His Christian brothers and sisters from experiencing the sting (thorn) of death. Jesus also went all the way with my son and me

(Ex. 30:10 & Heb. 9:7-12) Spiritually the King of the Thorns had become the Great High Priest (Rev. 5:9 & 8:3) when He offered His blood on the golden altar; then He had returned to prevent the actual dying, thorn, of the repentant man (John 19:31-33) when they broke the legs of the two malefactors so they would die faster and the Jewish celebration of Passover would not be defiled.

#5) (Rom. 11:25) The Jews did not know the genuine Passover had already happened that day! (Ex. 11:1 thru 12:51 esp. 12:13-14 keywords: ordinance for ever & 12:49 keywords: and unto the stranger defined as a foreigner, an alien- of a non-Jewish bloodline, Acts 2:10 & 13:43 a proselyte to the Jewish faith) These scriptures give the complete story of the origin of the Passover celebration. We all know the story of the blood of the lambs that protected Israel (Ex. 12:48-49) and the strangers (Gentiles) among them from the death angel.

#6) (Matt. 1:20 thru 2:1) Jesus, the Son of God, was spiritually born into the physical world with a gush of blood and water, a thorn, from His Mother’s womb. (Luke 22:20, John 19:34 & Col. 1:13-22 esp. V.18 keyword: church and V.22 keywords: in the body of his flesh through death) On Golgotha when the spear, a thorn, was thrust into Jesus’ side and went upward into Jesus’ heart the church was physically born into the spiritual world with a gush of blood and water from the physical womb (heart) of Jesus’ love. (Acts 2:1-41) And the church was spiritually born into the physical world by the Holy Spirit through the Jewish disciples (learners) when they became apostles (sent ones) by the indwelling Holy Spirit.

#7) (Gen. 3:15 and thou shalt bruise his head) There in the spirit world surely Satan, (Heb. 2:14 keywords: power of death) the god of death, was spiritually there to claim another victim but this was something new! (Matt. 28:18) Spiritually Jesus, the KING OF THE THORNS, was also there, He radiated a new and terrible power and Satan could not touch the repentant man!

Jesus’ blood was a horrid, frightening, offensive spiritual thing of power and sanctification to Satan and Satan ignominiously fled. (1Cor. 2:7-8) With stark, blinding, bitter, hateful clarity Satan finally understood the curse God had placed on him in Eden.

(Gen. 3:15 and thou shalt bruise his head) Time did not mean anything to Satan because he was in timeless. But he knew by man’s accounting of time more than a thousand years had passed since he had inspired the Philistine giant Goliath, a thorn, to lead his people to once again try to destroy God’s covenant people. Satan thought he would win that time because he was also controlling Israel’s own King Saul. BECAUSE:

Saul had disobeyed (thorns) God over and over. That was one thing about God, He played fair; “If you want the Devil you can have him.” (2Cor. 6:11-18) God still does! (1Sam. 16:14-15 keywords: evil spirit from the Lord) Saul had the devil but more important the devil had Saul. Satan scoffed and smirked at God’s sense of fairness; (John 8:44 & Rev. 12:9) “I’ll take them any way I can get them, thorns.”

(1Sam. 17:49-54) “Then this, this, this, &$@#&* David came along and ruined my plan.” Satan had nearly spiritually suffocated with simmering anger as he watched David show off Goliath’s huge head. Then David had buried the stupid relic outside Jerusalem and they had named the hill; “a place of a skull (Golgotha in Hebrew & Calvary in Latin).”

(1Cor. 2:6-8) Satan did not know God had a secret plan to redeem man. God did know Satan had plans of his own and God set a trap for Satan. (1Tim. 3:16) “God came in the flesh (Matt. 1:23) as His own Son Jesus.” (Luke 4:1-13) “Jesus defeated me with words.” (Matt. 8:16 & Mark. 1:39) “Jesus cast out (Eph. 6:12) a lot of my possessing spirits (thorns).”

(John 18:36) “Jesus told Pilate His kingdom was not of this world. (Acts 1:6) But Satan asked himself; “why else would He come in the flesh except to bring Israel back to be a world power like they were under David and Solomon?”

(2Cor. 4:4) “I’m the god of this world, it’s mine, and I knew I would eventually find a way to kill God in the flesh (thorns) and win.” (Luke 22:3) “I inspired Judas (a thorn) to betray Jesus.” (Luke 22:31) “I inspired Simon Peter (a thorn) to deny Jesus.” (John 8:44) “I inspired the Jews (thorns) (John 19:12-16) to force Pilate (a thorn) to crucify Jesus.” (2Cor. 4:4) “I blinded the Romans (thorns) and they killed Jesus.”

(Read this: 1Cor. 2:7-8) Satan had wondered and wondered what God had meant; (Gen. 3:15) “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shall bruise his heel.” Now he knew! God had come in a body of flesh named Jesus and spiritually Satan was enjoying the slaughter of Jesus, especially when they nailed (thorns) His tender hands and feet to the cross. THEN:

They dropped the cross upon which Jesus was nailed (thorns) into the hole in the hill named “a place of a skull” where Goliath’s head had been buried. And there in the spirit world Satan’s head felt like it had exploded with excruciating pain. He had not understood the curse but now he did! (Gen. 3:15 from above) It was a seed (one) of the woman and that seed was a man (his) and now Satan knew that one man was named Jesus. (1Cor. 2:7-8) Satan’s heart sank within him. “I inspired them to kill Jesus and it was a trap!”

(Luke 4:1-13, & 2Cor. 5:21 keywords: who knew no sin then 1John 3:5 keywords: in him is no sin)I could not tempt Him to sin and I did not have the right to have Him killed. I spilled His innocent blood and now look what that blood has done to me. I cannot get the repentant man on the cross! What else is His blood going to do to me?” And the excruciating spiritual pain in Satan's spiritual head when Jesus' cross was dropped into its hole, spiritually bursting the head (skull), grew and grew inside Satan's spiritual head as he fled across the expanse. (Rev. 1:18) There in the spirit world Satan could not run far enough, he could not run fast enough and he could not hide.

(Heb. 2:14 keywords: power of death) Satan’s only sanctuary was his dark, stinking, rotted, horrid throne of death. But a chariot of fire was there as quick as thought. (Eph. 6:12) One of his horrified devils whispers in awe; “That driver is the man on the third cross. You put away the first man on the first cross fast enough but why did you not put away Jesus and the other man? It was deathly silent now and they could not take their eyes off Jesus.

(Isa. 62:1-4) Jesus is no longer the Forsaken One (Rev. 14:14) because upon His head is the royal diadem of the greatest, the eternal *King, (Ex. 28:4-31 esp. V.15-30, Hosea 3:4; and Heb. 4:14) and upon His breast is the ephod of the greatest eternal *High Priest. An awful, shrinking dread fills Satan (Psa. 45:6 & Heb. 1:8) as Jesus casually leaves His scepter of mercy leaning against the flaming chariot.

(Eph. 6:10-12 & Rev. 20:10) No quarter and no mercy would be shown these fallen ones who have become the epitome of all that is evil. There in the spirit world, (Rev. 5:6-9) true enough, it is the Lamb as it had been slain (Matt. 17:2) but this time Jesus' face is shining like the sun, He is dressed in light and He radiates (Rev. 20:10) danger (Matt. 28:18) and power as He strides (Mark 1:23-25 & 5:1-18 esp. V.12) toward the shrinking, horrified devils. (Eph. 6:12 keyword: darkness) The light He radiates burns upon them but they are afraid to move.

The face of the beautiful Son of the Almighty God of all glory, the Lord of all lords, the King of all kings, the God of all gods, the KING OF THE THORNS (Matt. 17:2) is set with SHINING VICTORY and He plainly speaks; (Isa. 53:1-12) "I took all the THORNS of temptation, cruelty, pain, degradation and humiliation you had and you did not have enough! You are beaten! I did not sin, you did not have the right to kill Me, you killed My sinless body unjustly and that unhooked sin and death! You have lost the keys to hell and death!”

In the spirit world: (Isa. 14:22-32 esp. V.13-14 key: Satan had revealed his five I wills’ of anti-grace.) Now Jesus states His five I wills’ of grace;I was born as a man, I did shed My blood for the sacrifice for sin, I will resurrect My body, I will have My blood bought Church, I will have Me a people in My Kingdom of peace and safety (Rev. 21:4) where there shall never be any more 1) tears, nor any more 2) death, neither 3) sorrow, nor 4) crying, neither shall there be any more 5) pain!"

NOTE: I have never heard Grace truly defined and explained in church. If you wish to know the true definition and meaning of Grace please see the article THE HOLY SPIRIT AND GRACE on this commentary. END OF NOTE.

(Rom. 5:12-21) No explanation is offered and none is needed when His cold voice rings out with a triumphant, whiplash clarity; (Rev. 1:18) "Give Me the keys of hell and death, now!" With lowered head and averted eyes; with cringing, shrinking, craven, drooling servitude Satan, the epitome of absolute evil, hands over the keys of the thorns of hell and death to THE KING OF THE THORNS.

(John 3:14-19) (V.16) "God gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth (defined: Strong's #4100-4002: reliance upon Christ for salvation, to entrust ones future spiritual well-being to Christ) in him should not perish but have everlasting life." (V.18) "he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." The victorious KING OF THE THORNS gave the keys to hell and death back to mankind! (Rom. 10:8-13) Do you choose Jesus and receive everlasting living with Him? OR: (Rev. 20:10-15 esp. V.10 keywords: tormented day and night for ever and ever) Do you choose Satan, the devil, and everlasting dying in (Luke 16:19-31) hell (Rev. 20:12-15) and then in the lake of fire?

This message of choosing a promised land is as old as time. (Gen. 2:16-17 & 3:6 then 19-24) Adam and Eve chose death. (2Ki. 17:11-24 the northern ten tribes named Israel) Israel chose death. When the word repent is used in connection with God it has an entirely different definition than that of man!!! (Jer. 26:1-6 esp. V.3 keyword: repent: defined: to sigh, breathe strongly, in a favorable sense to pity, console, in an unfavorable sense to avenge oneself) God did not change His attitude, His word, nor did God change His mind.

God sent Israel a judgment message. They were offered a choice to return to keeping His word and return from their evil doings or continue and become a curse. Again Judaea (Israel, the southern 2 tribes) chose death (Isa. 14:31 keyword: Palestina) and eventually the last Jews were killed or removed from Israel and the Romans named Israel Palestina on their Roman maps!

All the above were physical offerings of choice that were actually foreshadowings and prophecies (<-the origin of these definitions are explained below) of the offer of eternal spiritual choice that was coming sometime in the future. And then God brought the same message of choosing by His own Son Jesus and it was and is a spiritually permanent message that determines each individual's eternal destiny forever. (Rom. 10:8-13 & Rev. 21:1-27) Do you choose Jesus and receive everlasting living with Jesus? OR: (Rev. 20:10-15 esp. V.10 keywords: tormented day and night for ever and ever AND V.14 keywords: death and hell were cast into the lake of fire) Do you choose Satan, the devil, and everlasting dying in hell then in the lake of fire with Satan the devil?

Jesus said; (Matt. 5:29) "And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell (Strong's w #1067: defined: Originally called the valley of Hinnom, Ge-Hinnom, sometimes called Gehenna of fire, south of Jerusalem where filth and dead animals were cast out and burned) (Luke 16:19-31) It is a fit physical symbol of spiritual hell." (Matt. 25:41) Hell was made for the devil and his angels. BUT: (Isa. 5:13-16 esp. V.13 keywords: my people & V.14 keywords: hell hath enlarged herself) Hell enlarges as people decide to go there by their decisions, attitudes and actions. What is your decision?

The Royal Chariot thunders away and it is dark and putrid again. There is silence in the darkness. Satan, the devil, is writhing in the shame of frustrated defeat. He will not meet the other, lesser devil's eyes. Finally, his trembling hand waves them away from him. Seven, God’s number of perfection. --> (Gen. 3:15, Isa. 14:12-14 & John 8:44) In his satanic rebellion against God and hatred toward man Satan had become the epitome (a perfect example of a particular quality) of pride, rebellion, hatred, evil, jealousy, lies and murders and he would not change! (2Cor. 4:4 keyword: god & 11:13-15 keyword: Satan, then Rev. 12:7-9 esp. V.9 keywords: great dragon, old serpent, Devil, Satan & Rev. 20:7-10 esp. V.7 keyword: Satan) "I am the god of this world, it is mine and I will win in the end." END OF THE SEVEN HIDDEN TRUTHS.

PART 2

NOTE: (Heb. 9:23 keyword: patterns) Patterns defined: Strong's #5262: exhibit for imitation or warning and ADUMBRATION which is definedforeshadow, symbolize, foretell, prophesy, represent in outline & predict. <-Remember these two highlighted, underlined definitions of ADUMBRATION/patterns because they will be used in this article.

(Heb. 9:23 keyword: patterns: defined: foreshadow & prophesyThis concerns the hidden prophecies in O.T. objects, events, people, activities JUST LIKE (John 5:46-47) the writings of Moses, (John 6:32-33) the OT manna, (Matt. 12:40-41) Jonas (Jonah) three days in the belly of the whale then preached to the Gentiles in Nineveh, (Luke 4:27) Naaman the Syrian (a Gentile) and (John 3:14) the serpent on the pole; all four are mentioned by Jesus that are hidden prophesies about Jesus. END OF NOTE.

Do not forget the first 13 paragraphs that introduced us to our God Who is PURE LOVE personified and shared our life because (2Pet. 3:9) "the Lord is longsuffering (defined: Strong's #3114: to cause grief, offend, to suffer while enduring the offenses and injuries of others) to us-ward", (Eph. 4:13-32 esp. V.30 keyword: grieve defined: Strong's #3076: to affect with sadness, cause grief, to be in sorrow) "and grieve not the holy Spirit of God" AND (John 11:1-40 esp. V.35) "Jesus wept (defined: Strong's w #1145: to shed tears)." According to (V.4, 15, 33 & 40) Jesus wept because of their unbelief in the words Jesus had said.

After you have read the information under the sub-title STATISTICS: THE CHURCH IN AMERICA near the bottom of the HOME page and as you read below (1John 4:8 & 16 keywords: God is love) please see JESUS, PURE LOVE, LOVE ITSELF, LOVE PERSONIFIED, (Heb. 4:14-16) sitting on His beautiful throne of grace with tears streaming down His face while so much of His blood bought church ignores Him and His word and cavorts into sin! DO YOU? 

(2Thess. 2:1-6 esp. V.3 keywords: except there come a falling away first)

(falling: defined: Strong's #646: Greek word: apostasia: from which the English word apostasy is derived: SO: falling is defined: defection from truth: (1Cor. 11:19, Gal. 5:20-21 & 2Pet. 2:1 keywords: heresy/heresies: Strong's# 138-139: defined: #138: to take for oneself, and #139 which is taken from #138 is defined: disunion. SEE Internet info: Heresy is also a synonym for apostasy). (2Cor. 11:13-15 keyword: his ministers) They take parts of God's Word and say the rest of it does not apply; defection from the truth, and/or they say parts of God's Word mean something else; to take for oneself, and/or they always find other Christians willing to leave the true church and follow them; disunion.

An individual must be part of the church before he/she can fall away. BELOW, BY SCRIPTURE, IS HOW IT IS TAKING PLACE. Please be patient as you read because it is in great scriptural detail. Yes, it is important and your eternal destination may depend on your reaction to what you read! And remember the above definitions: defection from truth, to take for oneself and disunion.

*****Please read this scripture->(Gen. 17:1-19 esp. V.7, 13 & 19 keywords: everlasting covenant) The key to understanding God's everlasting covenant with Abraham is in the definition of the word everlasting because it is defined as 2 entities, #1) a permanent physical gift of land that would be forever passed on to Abraham's descendants starting with Isaac then Jacob re-named Israel #2) AND something veiled, hidden. WHY SOMETHING HIDDEN? (1Cor. 2:6-8 esp. V.8 keywords: for had they known it) (Eph. 2:2 keywords: according to the prince of the power of the air and 6:10-18 esp. V.12 keywords: against principalities) Just in case you want to read the answer.

God said; "And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed in their generations for an (V. 7, 13 & 19) everlasting (defined as: #1 eternal, always, perpetual and #2 something concealed, to veil) covenant to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee. (Gen. 17:11 keyword: circumcision) The physical circumcision part of God's covenant with Abraham (Rom. 2:28-29) was also a physical prophecy of the future (concealed, veiled) spiritual circumcision part of God's covenant with Abraham.

(Gal. 3:26-29 esp. V.28 keyword: Greek: defined: a non-Jewish bloodline, a Gentile) (V.29) God counts Gentile Christians and Jewish Christians as being the spiritual seed of Abraham (Eph. 2:8-22 esp. V.11-12 & 18-19) and members of the new covenant spiritual commonwealth of Israel!*****

Always remember the NOTE scripture and definition starting the sixth paragraph below because there are many unrecognized and thus denied foreshadowing and prophetic events in the Old Testament such as (2Ki. 5:1-14 & Luke 4:27) the events of Naaman the Syrian's (a Gentile) cleansing of leprosy being a prophecy of the operation of the coming Gentile church and (Num. 21:4-9 & John 3:14-15) the serpent on the pole fashioned by Moses a Jew is a prophecy of Jesus' coming crucifixion, (Matt. 27:20-25) by the Jews, to rid Christians of sin's poison. (John 5:46-47) Jesus said; "Moses wrote of me."

(Jonah 1:1 thru 3:10 & Matt. 12:40) Jesus said: "For as Jonas (Jonah) was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man (Jesus) be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Ex. 16:12-36 & John 6:32-33) Jesus said; Moses gave you the bread from heaven (manna) but Jesus is the true bread from heaven. (Luke 24:44) Jesus said; "These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me."

JESUS IRREVOCABLY TIED THE O.T. AND N.T. TOGETHER with these prophesies but a growing number of Christian preachers and teachers deny that connection and teach that the Old Testament has nothing to do with the New Testament Church! (John 1:1 & 1John 1:1 keyword in both: Word) which is defined: something said, the thought, the motive of God & the Divine Expression i.e. Christ.

The motive of God was that (Gal. 4:4 keywords: fullness of the time) in the fullness of time Jesus would come (Gal. 4:4-5) to redeem them that were under the law (Jews). (Eph. 1:1-10 esp. V.10 keywords: dispensation of the fullness of times) In that same fullness of times (Eph. 2:10-22 esp. V.11 keyword: Gentiles and V.16 keywords: reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross) Jesus would bring salvation to the Gentiles (V.18 keyword: both) with access to God through the Holy Spirit (V.20) built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets! Dispensation is defined: Strong's #3622: administration of a household.

(Luke 4:21 and Luke 24:44) When Jesus announced His mission in the N.T. He tied the O.T. and N.T. irrevocably together (Isa. 61:1-2 & 42:1 keyword: Gentiles) when He quoted the O.T. because His coming is prophesied all through the O.T. (John 10:16) "For other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them I also must bring and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." Jesus prophesied of other sheep which were not of this fold (Israel) and that was fulfilled (Rom. 9:24-26 & 11:9-13 then Rom. 2:28-29 and Eph. 2:8-22) when Christian Jews and Christian Gentiles became one fold.

(Gen. 4:3 keywords: process of time) God chose using a process of time that is lasting from the beginning (Rev. 20:11:15 then Rev. 10:6-7 esp. V.6 keywords: that there should be time no longer) until the final "book of life' judgment at the ending of the events brought on by the sounding of the seventh angel and "the mystery of God should be finished as he hath declared to his servants the prophets."

NOTE: (Heb. 9:23 keyword: patterns) Patterns defined: Strong's #5262: exhibit for imitation or warning and ADUMBRATION which is definedforeshadow, symbolize, foretell, prophesy, represent in outline & predict. <-Remember these two highlighted, underlined definitions of ADUMBRATION/patterns because they will be used in this article.

(Heb. 9:23 keyword: patterns: defined: foreshadow & prophesy) This concerns the hidden prophecies in O.T. objects, events, people, activities JUST LIKE (John 5:46-47) the writings of Moses, (John 6:32-33), the OT manna, (Matt. 12:40-41) Jonas (Jonah) three days in the belly of the whale then preached to the Gentiles in Nineveh, (Luke 4:27) Naaman the Syrian (a Gentile) and (John 3:14) the serpent on the pole mentioned by Jesus that are hidden prophesies about Jesus.

It is not about the Law given to Moses by God for the Jews to attempt to obey. (Eph. 2:4-10) Salvation by grace is the gift of God and you cannot force God to owe you salvation (Heb. 8:6 thru 9:28) by doing the works of the Law of Moses. (Rom. 3:1-31 esp. V.9, 20, 22-26 & 28-31) The Law brought only an awareness of sin but could not bring true righteousness. END OF NOTE.

Then read (Rom. 3:1 thru 6:23). Paul wrote: Basically these scriptures (Rom. 5:6 keywords: in due time) show the progression of God's efforts through the whole Bible as He sets the stage for all of fallen mankind, those who will accept Jesus as Saviour, to return to God (5:5-8 esp. V.5 keywords: love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost- 'Spirit') in a personal, living relationship of love. (Luke 24:44-49) The law of Moses given by God did not have a living relationship but was only a proof that man could not work his way to heaven following a written set of laws (John 14:15-26 & Acts 2:1-41) that were not alive with the presence of God (the Holy Spirit) in the individual; they only obeyed what the priests told them.

(Rom. 10:9-10) Only through faith in Jesus' death, burial and resurrection (Rom. 4:25) can we Christians (Jews and Gentiles) receive God's free gifts of justification, (Eph. 2:8-9) salvation, (Rom. 5:10-11) reconciliation, atonement, (Rom. 5:17) righteousness (1Cor. 1:30) sanctification and redemption.

(Rom. 6:1-23) Paul writes: (V.1-5) Our baptism is symbolic of our death (burial) of the old man of sin and resurrection of a new man (born again) and that sometime in the future we will be resurrected from our physical death to forever be with Jesus (Matt. 17:1-2 & 1John 3:2) in our glorified bodies.

(V.6-18) Since we, individually the old man of sin, are spiritually dead to sin because we, individually the lost sinner, were spiritually crucified with Christ and we are free from sin but (V.12) it is up to us to not let sin reign in our mortal body; (V.13) we are not to yield (aid, assist, give presently) our members (limbs, parts of the human body) unto sin but yield (same definition) ourselves unto God and our members as instruments (to be busy about, utensil, tool) of righteousness unto God. (V.15) God forbids us to commit sin and use grace as an excuse to commit sin.

(V.16) "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield (submit self unto) yourselves servants (subservient) to obey; his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death (the death of the body with the implied idea of future misery in hell) or of obedience unto righteousness." Christians still have the power of choice after salvation. (V.17-23) These verses are cautionary and explain yielding and servanthood to God. (V.23) "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." BUT PAUL ALSO WROTE THE BOOK TO THE EPHESIANS THAT:

(Eph. 2:4-10 esp. V.10) (V.8-9) Many preachers, teachers and Christians bray these two verses of scripture long and loud; "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 (to glory in a thing= brag on self)." But then they ignore or run from (Eph. V.10 below) like it is the plague. You will see through this article that Christians are (Mark 12:30) to "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart (life), and with all thy soul (personality), and with all thy mind (intellect), and with all thy strength (physical power) after individual salvation and work accordingly.

It is a personal love affair because through salvation (2Cor. 5:17) the individual becomes a new creature (creation) in Christ. We, (Rom. 12:5, 1Cor. 12:11-13 & Eph. 4:12) the church comprised of individuals, are the only physical bodies Jesus has with which to do His works!

(Eph. V.10 above: ***written by the Apostle Paul***) "For we are his workmanship, created (make habitable, to completely change or transform BY:= John 3:3-8 born again of the Spirit= Rom. 8:9 Spirit= 2Cor. 5:17 a new creature: defined: creation) in Christ Jesus unto good (pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy upright, honorable) works (toil, act, deed, labor), which God hath before (defined: Strong's# 4282: appoint beforehand, predestine) ordained (to fit up in advance) that we should (afterwards, in the sense of purpose, duty, necessity) walk (to live, deport oneself, follow as a companion, progress, to regulate, conduct and pass one's life) in them."

You must understand that all through the New Testament Paul was in a war with the Jewish leadership (Priests, Pharisees and Sadducees) and common Jews that believed Paul had gone reprobate with his teaching and preaching that Christians were free from the (Rom. 6:14, 7:4, & 10:1-14 then Gal. 10:16-21) Mosaic Law of dead works that sought to make God owe them salvation. They refused to believe (John 3:1-8) born again Christianity with the (John 14:15-27 esp. V. 16-18, 20 & 23) indwelling Holy Spirit (Gal. 2:19-21) made it a personal relationship of love AND they tried to draw the Christian Jews back (Gal. 3:1-14 & Heb. 9:1-15) under the Law given to Moses.

(James 2:14-26 esp. V.17, 20, 24 & 26) "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" (Eph. 2:10 & James 2:14-26) Paul and James stood back to back SPIRITUALLY FIGHTING FOR THE SAME CAUSE in two different directions; (Gal. 2:11-21 esp. V.12 keywords: came from James) Paul fought the Jews, sometimes called Judaizers, who wanted to draw Christians back into cold, cold Judaism to obey the dead works of the Jewish Law and James fought the do nothing-itis, worldly, ho hum, lackadaisical, (Eph. 2:10, Titus 2:14 & Rev. 3:14-16) lukewarm Christians who would not do Christian works.

PROOF: (Eph. 2:10 above)<- written by Paul and (James 2:14-26 above)<- written by James both say the same things to Christians about works. Christians are given salvation but they are expected to work for Jesus, it is a personal relationship (Mark 12:30-31) based on love through the Holy Spirit. Judaism contained a list of rituals and a list of behaviors with no personal relationship with God through the indwelling Holy Spirit.

(Gal. 4:1-6 esp. V.4 keywords: when the fullness of time was come and Eph. 1:1-10 esp. V.10 keywords: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times, then Eph. 3:1-9 esp. V.2 keywords: dispensation of the grace of God and V.9 keywords: which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God) God used a process of time from the beginning of the world to return some of fallen mankind to Him! God had selected Israel to introduce God and His power to the world. Then God used Israel to introduce Christianity and its personal relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit to the world.

PROOF: Click on the commentary God, Satan and Man: the Relationship, scroll the menu to Part 15 THE NARROWING TO ABRAHAM and read the first four paragraphs. God always had a lineage of firstborn sons that worshipped him. (1Pet. 3:20 keywords: the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing) (2Pet. 2:5 keywords: Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness) God has always had a people to worship Him in whatever way was given since the casting out from Eden. God is using a process of time to permanently return willing mankind to Him.

WHY? (Gen. 1:1, Heb. 9:26-28, 1Pet 1:20 & Rev. 12:8 keywords: Lamb slain from the foundation of the world) Foundation is defined: Strong's #2602: founding, figuratively: conception. Because God is God and He can do it any way He wants to! IT IS FOOLISHNESS TO THINK YOU CAN PARCEL OUT GOD'S SCRIPTURE INTO LITTLE PARTS THAT CONCERN ONLY YOUR OWN WAY OF THINKING. Something else: By now some of you must have thought; "Man, God sure is sloppy to let all those people born at the wrong time in the process to be sent to hell!" Please read the one article commentary Is God Fair on this website. 

Ignorantly skipping through scriptures to find what you want to believe or being led by (2Cor. 4:4) the god of this world, Satan, the devil, to skip through scripture to find what (2Cor. 11:13-15 esp. V.15 keywords: his ministers also be transformed as ministers of righteousness) Satan, the false angel of light wants you to believe puts you under the spell (1Pet. 5:8 keyword: adversary: defined by Strong's #476: opponent, arch-enemy) of Satan, the devil, who is the greatest enemy of the church.

(Eph. 6:10-18 esp. V.11-12 keywords: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood) In the Church's spiritual warfare against evil (V.17-18) our weapons are the word of God, prayer and the Holy Spirit (John 14:24-26) who will teach us all things --- "whatsoever I have said unto you". BUT (Matt. 11:29 keywords: learn of me & 2Tim. 2:15 keywords: study to show thyself approved) we have to study that word.  

(2Pet. 1:1-8 esp. V.4) This scripture is a 'cherry picking' example. I have heard these once in grace always in grace regardless of works preach and teach the first eight verses BUT they refuse to go on with (2Pet. 1:9-10 esp. V.9 keyword: purged: defined: cleansed, ablution, purification) which describes a saved person who does not think enough of Jesus and His salvation to want to work to study and (V.4) and learn to be a "partaker of the divine nature". (V.10 keyword: fall: defined: Strong's #4417: fail of salvation) And these once in grace always in grace regardless of works adherents will not admit a Christian can fall away into damnation.

And Paul told (1Tim. 4:4-16) (V.6) Timothy to put the brethren into remembrance (V.11) and command and teach. (2Tim. 4:2) Paul told Timothy to "Preach the word". And Paul wrote (1Tim. 6:12-19) (V.12) "Fight (to struggle, labor fervently, strive to obtain something) the good fight (a contest, effort, anxiety) of faith (moral conviction of religious truth, the truth of God, reliance upon Christ for salvation, fidelity), lay hold (to seize, lay hold on, take) on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called (to bid, to invite), and hast professed (confession, acknowledge, give thanks, promise) a good (honest) profession before many witnesses."

(V.13) "I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Jesus Christ, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession: (V.14) That thou keep this commandment without spot (unblemished), unrebukeable (blameless, not open to censure), until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: (V.17) Charge them that are rich (abounding in material resources or abounding in Christian virtues and eternal possessions) in this world (an age, a period of time), that they be not highminded (arrogant, proud), nor trust in uncertain (uncertainty) riches, but in the living God, who giveth (present, afford, exhibit) us richly (abundantly) all things (thoroughly, whatsoever, individually) to enjoy; (full enjoyment)"

(V.18) "That they do good (do good, act rightly), that they be rich (to be or become wealthy) in good (valuable, virtuous) works (toil, act, deed), ready (good at imparting, i.e. liberal) to distribute (please well), willing to communicate (sociable, ready and apt to form and maintain communion and fellowship);" (V.19) "Laying up in store (to treasure away) for themselves a good foundation (first principals) against (the point reached or entered) the time to come (afterwards), that they may lay hold on (take possession of, attain) eternal (perpetual, forever) life (life real and genuine, active and vigorous, devoted to God)."

Paul also wrote; (1Tim. 4:1-2) "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly (outspokenly, i.e. distinctly), that in the latter (after this) times some shall depart (instigate to revolt) from the faith (the truthfulness of God), giving heed to seducing (imposter, misleader, deceiver, corrupter) spirits (demon, evil spirit), and doctrines (teaching, instruction) of devils (evil spirits or the messengers and ministers of the devil);" AND

(2Tim. 3:1-5) "This know also, that in the last days perilous (troublesome, dangerous, harsh, fierce, savage) times shall come. Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (without self control), fierce despisers of those that are good (hostile of virtue), Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures (fond of pleasure) more than lovers of God; Having a form (appearance) of godliness (piety, holiness), but denying (contradict, reject) the power (abundance, ability, meaning, miraculous) thereof: from such turn away (to shun, avoid)."

This scripture to Christians, in the Book of 1Corinthians, must be addressed before we go on. (Definitions are in parenthesis and italics after the defined word.) (1Cor. 3:11-16) (V.11) "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (John 1:1-4, 1John 1:1-4 & 2Tim. 3:16) Jesus is the living word of God and "All scripture is given by inspiration of God,". (V.12) "Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood hay, stubble;" This denotes that some works are valuable and others are worthless.

(V.13) "Every man's work (toil, act, deed- same definition for all here) shall be made manifest (shining, i.e. apparent, publicly, known, open): for the day shall declare (made plain) it, because it shall be revealed (take off the cover, disclose) by fire (Strong's #4442 specifically lightening) and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort (of what kind, how great, quality) it is." (V.14) "If any man's work abide (stay, continue, endure, be present, remain) which he hath built (to build upon, to rear up) thereupon, he shall receive a reward (pay, wages)."

(V.15) "If any man's work shall be burned (to burn down, consumed wholly), he shall suffer (to injure, experience detriment: detriment is defined: a cause of harm or damage) loss (to injure, experience detriment: detriment is defined: a cause of harm or damage): but he himself shall be saved (Strong's #4982 to deliver, protect); yet so as by fire (Strong's #4442 specifically lightening)."

(V.16) "Know ye not that ye are the temple (shrine, fane, fane is defined: holy place) of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth (to occupy, to reside) in you?"

(1Cor. 3:11-16) This is a basic scripture for the Catholic belief in a purgatory. It is also a basic scripture for the Protestant belief in the 'once in grace always in grace' belief that every Christian will go to heaven regardless of sin or works because Jesus will not OR cannot take a Christian name out of the book of life.

In the below investigation of (1Cor. 3:11-16) the scriptures are given and the Strong's or Strong's w Concordance numbers used are given at the beginning of the definitions of certain words if you wish to investigate further. The identifier i.e. in some of the definitions means "that is to say" and is used to add explanatory information to state the same thing a different way. Synonyms for i.e. are 'to put it another way', 'to rephrase it', and 'that is'. Example: "This walking boot is synthetic, i.e. not leather or suede."

When I first read (1Cor. 3:11-16) the first thought that 'popped' into my thoughts was; (Matt. 11:29-30 keywords: learn of me) "This is about newly saved Christians who have not yet learned how to be Christians and do works for God." The second thing was (Matt. 8:5-13 keyword: centurion) but that was about a Gentile who believed Jesus and the Jews who would not believe in Jesus. SO: (1Cor. 3:11-16)<-This scripture calls for me to make a judgment for which I am unqualified (Matt. 7:1-5) except to judge myself. (Matt. 7:1-5) It is obvious Jesus' words offer the only solution to define what (1Cor. 3:11-16) is telling us, you and me. BECAUSE:

Jesus said; (John 12:48) "He that rejecteth me and receiveth not my words (Strong's #4487: utterance), hath one that judgeth him: the word (Strong's #3056: the thought, reasoning, motive, the divine Expression i.e. Christ) that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." Obedience or disobedience to Jesus' words are what determines each Christian's final destination SO: 

Jesus said; (Matt. 4:4) "It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. "Jesus said; (Matt. 6:21) "For where your treasure (Strong's #2344: deposit i.e. wealth) is, there will your heart (Strong's #2588: thoughts, feelings, mind= soul) be also." Jesus said; (Matt. 10:37-38) "He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy (Strong's #514: deserving, comparable, or suitable: same definition for all) of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross (Strong's #4716: figuratively exposure to death, i.e. self-denial), and followeth (Strong's #190: to be in the same way with) after me is not worthy of me.

Jesus said; (Matt. 12:30) "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth (Strong's #4863: collect, convene) not with me scattereth (Strong's #4650: waste, be liberal) abroad." Jesus said; (Matt. 12:36-37) "But I say unto you, that every idle (Strong's #692: inactive, unemployed, lazy, useless) word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (V.37) For by thy words thou shall be justified (Strong's #1344: to show or regard as just or innocent), and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (Strong's #2613 adjudge against, i.e. pronounce guilty)."

Jesus said; (Matt. 24:13) "But he that shall endure (Strong's #5278: bear trials, have fortitude, persevere) unto the end, the same shall be saved (Strong's #4982: delivered, protect)."

Jesus said; (Mark 12:30) "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart (Strong's W #2588: center of blood circulation, center of physical life), and with all thy soul (Strong's #5590: immortal soul: Greek word: psuche: from which the English word psyche is derived), and with all thy mind (Strong's #1271: thinking, intellect), and with all thy strength (Strong's #2479: physical forcefulness, ability, power); this is the first commandment."

And Jesus said; (Mark 12:31) "And the second is like namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour (Strong's W #4139: fellow man, countryman, Christian, friend: Neighbour is explicitly defined by Jesus in Luke 10:30-37 esp. V.36) as thyself. There is none other commandment (Strong's W #1785: an order, command, charge) greater than these."

Jesus said; (Luke 6:46) "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Jesus said; (Luke 9:23) "If any man will come after me, let him deny (Strong's #533: deny utterly, disown, abstain) himself, and take up his cross (Strong's #4716: self denial) daily and follow me." Jesus said; (Luke 9:26) "For whosoever shall be ashamed (Strong's W #1870: to feel shame for) of me and my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed (Strong's W #1870: to feel shame for), when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels."

(Luke 11:27) "a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps (Strong's #3149: breasts) which thou hast sucked." But Jesus said; (Luke 11:28) "Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it."

Jesus said; (Luke 16:19-28) (V.22) When these two men died their bodies were buried BUT (V.25) they will have a spiritual body with all the attributes of a physical body and those who follow God's way like Lazarus will be comforted (Strong's #3870: consolation) and those who refuse God's way (the rich man had no love, empathy, sympathy, compassion, mercy, or generosity) will be tormented (Strong's w #3600: to cause intense pain, to be in anguish) (V.23) in hell.

The rich man described in his supernatural, permanent existence could (V.23) see, (V.24) speak, smell, taste, feel, touch, (V.26-27) hear, understand, (V.27) pray, (V.28) memory, emotion- feel love, worry, (V.30) make a plea based on reason just like he had in his physical existence and he had an awful resignation to his fate because he did not ask to be removed from hell! Comforted (consolation) tells us Lazarus in his supernatural, permanent existence had the same physical, emotional and mental attributes as the rich man but his situation was opposite that of the rich man who was tormented.

Jesus said; (John 3:3 & 5) (V.3) "Verily, verily, (Strong's #281: surely, surely) I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (V.5) "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of the water and of the Spirit (Strong's #4151: Holy Spirit), he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." If you wish to investigate 'born again' it is explained in (Gal. 6:15 & 2Cor. 5:17-21 esp. V.17 keywords both scriptures: new creature: Strong's #2937: new creation, THEN Rom. 2:28-29).

Jesus said; (John 8:51) "Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." This statement is clarified in ->(Heb. 2:9-11 esp. V.11 keyword: brethren). AND: Scroll the menu on this commentary and read the two articles I Have Experienced Christian Physical Death Parts one and two and you will understand the above 4 paragraphs and the below paragraph completely.

Jesus said; (John 11:25-26) (V.25) "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth (Strong's #4100-4102: to entrust one's spiritual well-being to Christ, reliance upon Christ for salvation, conviction of the truthfulness of God: same definition for all three) in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (V.26) And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth (same definition as the other two) thou this?"

NOTE: It is vital that every Christian thoroughly understand the identity of the Holy Spirit because (Rom. 8:9-17) if an individual person, church member or not, does not have the Holy Spirit they do not belong to Christ. The (Luke 11:13) Holy Spirit is also called (Matt. 12:28) the Spirit of God, (John 3:5) the Spirit, (John 16:13) the Spirit of truth, (John 14:26) Comforter, Holy Ghost, (Acts 2:18) Spirit of the Lord, (Rom. 8:2) Spirit of life, (Rom. 8:9) Spirit of Christ, (Rom. 8:15) Spirit of adoption, (Phil. 1:9) Spirit of Jesus Christ and the (Heb. 10:29) Spirit of grace. These all portray the works and identity of the Holy Spirit but, from many conversations I have had, they still somehow appear vague to a lot of Christians. END OF NOTE.

(2Cor. 11:13-15 esp. V.14) "And no marvel (Strong's #2296: to wonder, to admire #2298: wondered at, i.e. by implication: wonderful); for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." In this commentary there is a three article series: Satan: A Study Guide and Teaching Manual. Near the bottom of the Home page is a sub-title THE CHURCH IN AMERICA: STATISTICS that will shock you to the roots of your hair by the ignorance of God's Holy Word and the total lack of (1Cor. 1:13-16) discerning of the spirits by Christians, preachers and teachers! (1Pet. 5:8) Satan, the devil, is every Christian's greatest enemy! If you do not know your enemy how can you possibly defeat him???

In the Book of John, Jesus completely explains the identity of the Holy Spirit and just how personal Jesus expects His relationship to be with every Christian. END OF NOTE.

Jesus said; (John 4:24) "God is a Spirit:" This agrees with (Gen. 1:1-2) when the "Spirit of God" started His creation process. Jesus said; (John 14:6) "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." This is verified (Acts 4:10-12 esp. V.10 keywords: by the name of Jesus Christ) (V.12) "Neither is there salvation (Strong's #4991: rescue, deliver, save) in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." This will be addressed in a NOTE at the end of Jesus' quotes.

Jesus said; (John 10:30) "I and my Father are one." Jesus said; (John 14:6-7) (V.6) "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (V.7) If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." (John 14:8) "Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us."

Jesus said; (John 14:9-10) (V.9) "Have I been so long so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, shew us the Father. (V.10) Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?" This refers to (Matt. 3:16-17, Mark 1:6-11, Luke 3:21-23 & John 1:32-34).

Jesus said; (John 14:15-23 esp. V.15-18, 20-21 & 23) (V.15-18) "If ye love me keep my commandments (Strong's #1785: injunction: defined: an authoritative warning or order)." And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; 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. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."

Jesus said; (V.20-21) "At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments (Strong's #1785: injunction: defined: an authoritative warning or order), 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 (Strong's #1718: to exhibit in person) myself to him. Jesus said; (V.23) "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 (Strong's #3438: residence) with him.

Jesus said; (John 15:5) "He that abideth (Strong's #3306: to stay in a given place, state, relation, expectancy) in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (Gal. 5:22-23, Eph. 5:1-11 & Col. 3:12-17)<-- The fruit of the Spirit are listed in these scriptures.

Jesus said(John 15:14) "Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you." BUT: Jesus said; (John 15:6) If a man abide (Strong's #3306: to stay in a given place, state, relation, expectancy) not in me, he is cast (Strong's #906: to throw or let go of a thing without caring where it falls) forth (Strong's #1854: without) as a branch (Strong's #2814: a limb or shoot as if broken off), and is withered (Strong's #3583: to make dry); and men gather (Strong's 4863: to draw together, collect) them, and cast (Strong's #906: same as other) them into the fire, and they are burned (Strong's #2545: to set on fire, consume).

John wrote something else about Jesus that shines the bright light of understanding concerning Jesus. (John 1:1-4) (V.1) "In the beginning (Strong's w #756: origin) was the Word (Strong's #3056: the thought, reasoning, motive, Divine Expression i.e. Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (V.2) the same was in the beginning with God. (V.3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (V.4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men." AND:

(1John 1:1-4) (V.1) "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (V.2) (For the life was manifested (Strong's #5319: render apparent), and we have seen it, and bear witness (Strong's #3140: testify, give evidence), and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested to us;) (V.3) That which we have seen and heard declare (Strong's #518: to announce) we unto you, that ye may also have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship (Strong's #2842: partnership, participation) is with the Father, and his Son Jesus Christ. (V.4) And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full." 

(John 1:14) "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld (Strong's #2300: to look closely at, perceive) his glory, the glory as of the only begotten (Strong's #3439: only born) of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (1John 5:6-7) (V.6) "This is he that came by water and blood, not by water only, but by water and blood. and it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth." (V.7) "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." THINK! It is obvious Jesus is the living Word of God! 

(2Tim. 3:16-17) (V.16) "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable (Strong's #5624: helpful, advantageous) for doctrine (Strong's #1319: instruction, learning, teaching), for reproof (Strong's #1650-51: admonish, conviction, rebuke), for correction (Strong's #1882: straightening up again, rectification, reformation), for instruction (Strong's #3809: tutorage, education, training, by implication disciplinary correction) in righteousness (Strong's #1343-42: justification, equitable, by implication innocent, holy): (V.17) That the man of God may be perfect (Strong's #739: fresh, i.e. by implication complete), thoroughly furnished (Strong's #1822: to finish out, to equip fully) unto all good works (Strong's #2041: toil, act, deed, doing labor)."

THE POINT MADE, Jesus said; (John 15:6) "If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." IS THAT: If a person will not abide in the Word of the Bible, (Matt. 13:23) to the very best of their ability, (Matt. 13:19-22 esp. V.19 keyword: word) they are not abiding in Jesus.

Definitions are in parenthesis and italics after the defined word. (1Cor. 3:11-16 again) (V.11) "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (John 1:1-4, 1John 1:1-4 & 2Tim. 3:16) Jesus is the living word of God and "All scripture is given by inspiration of God,". (V.12) "Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood hay, stubble;" This denotes that some works are valuable and others are worthless.

(V.13) "Every man's work (toil, act, deed- same definition for all here) shall be made manifest (shining, i.e. apparent, publicly, known, open): for the day shall declare (made plain) it, because it shall be revealed (take off the cover, disclose) by fire (Strong's #4442 specifically lightening) and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort (of what kind, how great, quality) it is." (V.14) "If any man's work abide (stay, continue, endure, be present, remain) which he hath built (to build upon, to rear up) thereupon, he shall receive a reward (pay, wages)."

(V.15) "If any man's work shall be burned (to burn down, consumed wholly), he shall suffer (to injure, experience detriment: detriment is defined: a cause of harm or damage) loss (to injure, experience detriment: detriment is defined: a cause of harm or damage): but he himself shall be saved (Strong's #4982 to deliver, protect); yet so as by fire (Strong's #4442 specifically lightening)."

(V.16) "Know ye not that ye are the temple (shrine, fane, fane is defined: holy place) of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth (to occupy, to reside) in you?"

God also said; (1Pet. 4:17-18) (V.17) "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end (defined: Strong's w #5056: the point aimed at as a limit) be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (V.18) And if the righteous scarcely (defined: Strong's w #3433: with difficulty, hardly, not easily) be saved, where shall the ungodly (defined: Strong's #765: destitute of reverential awe toward God, impious) and the sinner (defined: Strong's #268: devoted to sin, not free from sin) appear?" SO:

I do know this: Jesus said; (Rev. 1:20 thru 2:6 esp. V.4-5) (V.4) "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left (Strong's W #863: to send away, to let go, to disregard) thy first (Strong's w #4413: first in time or place, first in rank, chief) love (Strong's w #26: brotherly love, affection, good will, benevolence)." (V.5) Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen (Strong's w #1601: to drop away, be driven out of one's course, to lose, become inefficient), and repent, and do the first (foremost) works (same definition in all usages: toil, act, deed); or else I will come unto thee quickly, and remove thy candlestick (Strong's w #3087: lamp-stand, illuminator) out of his place, except thou repent (Strong's w #3340: to change one's mind for better, heartily, to amend with abhorrence one's past sins)." I do know if the illuminator is gone (Eph. 6:12 keyword: darkness) they will be in darkness!

(Matt. 5:13-16 esp. V.14 keywords: ye are the light (Strong's w #5457: of truth and its knowledge, together with the spiritual purity associated with it) of the world (Strong's w #2889: the ungodly multitude, the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to God<- this coincides with Phil. 3:17-19: next is Eph. 5:1-11 esp. V.2 keywords: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us) The church and individual Christians are required to be the light of the world to draw people to Jesus! (Rev. 2:5) Jesus is threatening to remove this church. From what? From Himself by removing the Holy Spirit. Are there any churches like that today? Yes, when they follow political correctness and call abominations an acceptable Christian lifestyle!

(Rev. 3:1-6) (V.1) "I know thy works, that thou hast a name (Strong's w #3686: all definitions are: ultimately the name over the door), that thou livest, and art dead (Strong's w #3498: spiritually dead, destitute of a life that recognizes and is devoted to God)." (V.2-4) Jesus cautions them to strengthen the things which remain that are ready to die and examines their imperfect works. He tells them to repent and His coming will be as a thief in the night. Then He compliments the few in that church who have not defiled themselves.

(V.5) "He that overcometh (Strong's w #3528: subdue, to conquer, prevail, get the victory) the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out (Strong's w #1813: to smear out, obliterate, wipe away: this is the same definition as in Acts 3:19 when people are saved their sins are blotted out AND this blot out corresponds to Heb. 6:4-6) his name out of the book of life."(Rev. 3:14-21 esp. V.16 keyword: spue defined: Strong's w #1692: to vomit, to throw up- projectile vomiting) Do you think Jesus will vomit out these lukewarm Christians on some back corner of heaven? Really?!

In every Revelation church (Rev. 2:2, 9, 13, 19, 3:1 & 2, 8, 15) Jesus knew every Christian's works. In every Revelation church (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 25, 3:5, 12, 21) the Christians had to overcome. (Rev. 2:5, 16, 21-22, 3:3, 19) Five of the Revelation churches had Christians who were advised to repent. The Christians in two Revelation churches, Smyrna and Philadelphia, had no sin from which to repent! (Matt. 18:15:17 esp. V.17 keywords: church and let him be unto thee as a heathen man & 1John 1:7-10 esp. V.10 key: we make Jesus a liar) Do you think; if a Christian suddenly dies and has not repented that (Rev. 20:10-15 esp. V.15) his name will still be in the book of life at the judgment?

NOTE: (John 14:6 keywords: Jesus saith; I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me AND Acts 4:10-12 esp. V.10 keywords: by the name of Jesus Christ) Christianity is the only religion in the world that offers (John 14:17-18, 20 & 23 esp. V.23 keyword: we) between God/Jesus and individual people a bonding together of their souls in a living, growing, loving, intimate, personal, friendship relationship with God/Jesus. (2Cor. 4:4 keywords: whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not) All other religions have a list of behaviors and a list of rituals that seek to make their concept of God owe them entry into their idea of heaven! END OF NOTE.

SO:

(read these for your life: 2Thess. 2:1-3 esp. V.1 keywords: "by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him"<- refers to the catching away of Christians written in 1Thess. 4:13-18 AND V.3 keywords: "that day shall not come, except there come a falling (defection from the truth, apostasy<- defined: heresy) away first": THEN 2Tim. 4:1-4 esp. V.3 keywords: "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine (instruction); but after their own lusts (a longing for what is forbidden) shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching (to scratch i.e. to tickle) ears;".

Jesus said; (Matt. 24:11-13) (V.11) "And many false (propagator of erroneous doctrine) prophets (INSPIRED SPEAKER) shall rise, and deceive (cause to roam from safety, truth or virtue) many. (V.13) And because iniquity (illegality, wickedness) shall abound (to increase), the love of many shall wax (to chill) cold. <-This corresponds perfectly with (2Cor. 11:13-15) because Satan INSPIRES these false speakers. (V.14) But he that shall endure (remain, bear trials, have fortitude, persevere) unto the end (termination) , the same shall be saved (keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction)."

REMEMBER! (1Tim. 4:1-2) "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly (outspokenly, i.e. distinctly), that in the latter (after this) times some shall depart (instigate to revolt) from the faith (the truthfulness of God), giving heed to seducing (imposter, misleader, deceiver, corrupter) spirits (demon, evil spirit), and doctrines (teaching, instruction) of devils (evil spirits or the messengers and ministers of the devil);"

THE FALLING AWAY

A growing number of Christian preachers and teachers deny the connection between the O.T. and the N.T. These same preachers and teachers skip through the scriptures 'cherry picking' certain scriptures to teach works are not necessary to get to heaven which is a watered-down, subtle type of once in grace always in grace regardless of works and that Jesus will not or cannot take a Christian's name out of the book of life. It is (Heb. 6:8 keywords: thorns and briars) a man-made thorn that Jesus cannot conquer unless (2Tim. 2:15) they will study, listen to the Holy Spirit and rightly divide (dissect) the word of truth (2Tim. 3:16 keywords: all scripture defined: Strong's #1124: used to denote either the book itself or its contents) which includes both the O.T. and N.T.

YET: (Rev. 2:1-6) Jesus said works are (V.4 keywords: thou hast left thy first love) the measure of the Ephesus church's love for Him (Rev. 1:20 keywords: the candlesticks are the seven churches) (V.5) and Jesus said He would remove their candlestick (church)! Remove from what? Remove them from Himself (Gen. 3:22-24) just like He did Adam and Eve. (John 8:44) "Ye are of your father the devil. and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it."

(2Cor. 4:4 & 11:13-15 esp. V.14 keywords: Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light (Rev. 2:5) If they did not "repent, do the first works" and return to their first love the church at Ephesus would probably go on as a religious organization, just like some churches do and are today, but under the guidance of Satan, the false angel of light, after Jesus left them!

Do you know any churches, preachers and teachers that fit that category today? (Rev. 2:18-23) Some churches permit blatant sin in their midst (V.22) and they will be left and must go through the tribulation prophesied in Revelation. Think not? See https://www.gaychurch.org and explore the list of gay affirming churches. Do you think the Holy Spirit guides that or is it (2Cor. 11:13-15 esp. V.14) the unholy spirit and his ministers with Satan's feel good about yourself thorns of the concept of mindfulness, secular humanism, political correctness and liberalism?

For a complete scriptural study of homosexuality please click on the Sin in Church commentary on this website, scroll down the menu and read the scriptural article The Devil: The Deception Principal.

For several years that situation has been a rising source of dissension (thorns) in the United Methodist Organization and I will not be surprised if their denomination splits (a thorn) into two denominations.

For modern concepts of gender identity: Read the January 2017 Special Issue National Geographic Magazine GENDER REVOLUTION. Turn 5 pages into the magazine for the article The Gender Issue in which 15 separate genders are identified and read the March 27, 2017 Time Magazine article by Katy Steinmetz P. 48 titled infi-nite iden-tities.

For God's concept of gender identity please read: (Gen. 1:27 & 5:1-2 keywords in both: Male and female created he them. THEN: Lev. 18:22 keywords: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Abomination defined: Strong's #8441: something disgusting, an abhorrence: THEN: Mal. 3:6 & Heb. 13:8 Key: God does not change. THEN: Rom. 1:24-28 esp. V. 24-27 key: pinpoints both female homosexual acts and "likewise (equally in the same way)" male homosexual acts. AND:

(Rom. 1:28) "And even as they did not like to retain (to hold) God (the Godhead, trinity) in their knowledge (recognition, full discernment), God gave them over to a reprobate (rejected, reprobate) mind (intellect, soul), to do (produce) those things which are not convenient (to reach to, fit). <--This is the punishment God placed upon them (Rom. 1:26-27) because they would not forsake their homosexual practices. And that fits perfectly into (Heb. 6:4-6) and the Holy Spirit had left them and the Holy Spirit would not return! (Rom. 1:31 keyword: covenantbreakers) They had broken God's covenant beyond Love's repair!

(Read these for your life: Prov. 6:16-19 esp. V.17 keywords: hands that shed innocent blood) For scriptural information concerning abortion see the Home page on this website and read the thirteen paragraphs after the first two introduction paragraphs. I do not criticize who people are or what they do.  (John 3:15-16 keyword in both: whosoever) God considers all people equal and so do I consider all people equal.  My job is to use God's Word, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, to show people the way to heaven. Because: (Heb. 10:26-31 esp. V.31) (V.31) It is a fearful (Strong's #5398: frightful) thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

Do not confuse the 14 to 20 tons, estimates vary, of civil law with the 3lb 5oz King James Version Super Giant Print Bible https://www.christianbook.com/kjv-reference, God's LawI do not know if you or your church know the difference between civil law or God's law or meld the two together. To others I do not know if you even believe in God or in God's law. But, I do know this, (Rev. 20:10-15) God will have the final say concerning each individual's eternal destination (V.12-13 keywords in both: according to their works) regardless of what our civil laws and their enforcers, churches, preachers, presidents, governors, mayors, neighbors, dear friends, or families say.

You hear it said over and over; "America was founded on Christian principals!" but was it? If you wish to see the founding fathers for what they were and how they arrived at the constitution, plus the church that came to America that 'helped' them be what they were and what the church is today, and how the founding of America parallels only one other Biblical country that will ever exist, and also how a person from that country made it possible for America to win the Revolutionary War please click on the three article series INTRODUCTION to the commentary SIN IN CHURCH on this website. YOU WILL BE AMAZED! Yes, I am trying to entice you to read it

(Luke 4:5-6 keywords: all the kingdoms of the world) Did Satan use the same thing against the church of the Laodiceans that he tried to use to buy Jesus' worship? Of course, he did and that thorn of wanting the things of the world that leads to lukewarmness is still amazingly effective in modern churches. (Matt. 13:22 & 25-30 and Rev. 3:14-18 esp. V.16 keyword: spue: defined: to vomit, to throw up which is projectile vomiting) Do you think Jesus will vomit up these lukewarm Christians, that make Him sick to His stomach, in some back corner of heaven to stink up the place? Why? In every type of church in Revelation Jesus looked at their works and they all had to endure and/or overcome.

The penalties for refusing to let Jesus remove the thorns of ignorance, rebellion, pride, greed, lust and neglect by the once in grace always in grace regardless of works and/or sin preachers, teachers and believers are severe and permanent because they preach and teach Jesus cannot or will not take a Christian's name out of the book of life. (2Thess. 2:3) Please, please read the sub-title THE CHURCH IN AMERICA: STATISTICS located near the end of the website INTRODUCTION on the HOME page and you will be shocked. (2Thess. 2:3) The falling (defection, apostasy) away is in full swing.

If any preacher or teacher says Jesus cannot or will not take a name out of the book of life (Rev. 3:5) they have called Jesus a liar, (Rev. 21:8) they are liars and liars will be thrown into the lake of fire. If they say works or sin do not matter the same punishment will be applied. They have either added to or taken away from Jesus' words in the Book of Revelation. BECAUSE:

(Rev. 22:18-19) (V.18) "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book"(1Thess. 4:13-18 then Rev. 5:9 & 7:9-17) Something is hidden here "add unto him the plagues that are written in this book" means these individuals have not been taken with the catching away of the church! (V.19) "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."

(again: John 8:8 keyword: Pharisees then V.44) Jesus said unto the Pharisees (the believers in God who would not believe Jesus) (V.44) "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it."

I've even had these liars tell me (Rev. 1:1 thru 3:22) is not part of Jesus' prophecy. I have also been told Jesus was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and what Jesus said was not about the church (Matt. 15:24) and Jesus was sent only to the Jews: BUT (Luke 2:25-33 & 3:15 key: the Jews were looking for Messiah) the house of Israel did not recognize Jesus as the promised Messiah (Matt. 27:20-35 esp. V.25) and they refused Him. AND: (Rev. 1:3-4 keywords: the words of this prophecy & from him, 11 & 19-20) It is obvious this prophecy is to the seven churches.

BUT (John 4:22) Jesus said; "Salvation is of the Jews." Jesus was a Jew, the disciples were Jews and Jesus was teaching them about founding the church (Acts 2:1-41) which they did (Acts 8:5-25 & 26:40 then 10:13-44) and salvation preached by the Jews went on to the Gentiles (Isa. 42:1-6, Jer. 16:14-19, Matt. 12:16-21 & Luke 2:27-32) just like the O.T. and N.T. prophecy said and here we are, you a Gentile or Jew bloodline- saved or lost and me a Gentile- saved.

(Rev. 1:1-20) (V.3-4) John declares his commission to write (V.3) the words of this prophecy (V.5) from Jesus (V.6-9) and honors Jesus the Speaker/Giver of the prophecy. (V.11) Jesus speaks from behind John and tells John the names of His selected seven types of churches that were to receive His letters of prophecy. (there were at least 33 scriptural churches at that time source: map of local churches in 70AD at www.bible.ca by Steve Rudd).

These seven selected churches HAD TO BE TYPES OF CHURCHES that represented every Christian, every group in some churches, every church and every denomination. Look around you, research on the internet and you can find every type of modern church, every group or individual Christians represented by one or some parts of the seven Revelation churches. To think they represent 'church ages' requires more than my imagination can handle. A fine example: please read the 3 article Introduction to the Sin in Church commentary. Please be sitting down when you do or you will simply fall over from shock! Yes, I am trying to entice you to read them! I was shocked as God revealed them to me!

(V.12-17) John turned, saw Jesus in all His glory and fainted, (V.17-19) Jesus touched John with His right hand, revived him and told him to write the things John had seen (past), which are (present) and the things which shall be hereafter (future). (V.20) and then Jesus starts revealing His prophecy. Why the personal appearance and exact personal descriptions of the churches in Jesus' own spoken words?

BECAUSE: (Rom. 8:32-34 esp. V.33 keyword: elect: defined: favorite) Christians are God's favorites! (John 14:21 keywords: and I will love him & 1John 4:19) Jesus loves Christians  (Matt. 9:15, 25:1-10, Mark 2:19-20 & Luke 5:34-35 keyword in all: bridegroom) because the true church is the betrothed of Jesus the bridegroom. (Rev. 19:7 keywords: hath made herself ready) Jesus' spiritual marriage to the true church has not yet happened. The true church is making herself ready (to prepare).

THINK (Deut. 6:4-6 & Mark 12:30 key: God does not change): If you were engaged (betrothed) to someone (Rev. 2:1-7 esp. V.5) and they did not love you enough to work to learn about you; your dreams and ambitions, what makes you happy or sad, your values, your expectations, the depths of your personality, your sacrifices to make them happy, if they did not love you enough to work to give their best to make your relationship what you want it to be, like you are working to make the relationship what they want it to be? (Rev. 2:15-16 & 20-23) What about if they did not love you enough and worked to sneak around dating other people, cheating on you?

(1Cor. 10:14 & 1John 5:21) That is a heart breaker when they love other things (Acts 12:21-22) and people more than you. (Rev. 21:8) It sounds like idolatry instead of the living relationship with you, doesn't it? (Rev. 3:1-6 esp. V.5) How would you feel if they simply did not love you enough to work to try their best to make you happy like you are working to make them happy? (Rev. 3:15-16) Would you marry them and be forced to spend the rest of your life with someone who would not work to uphold their part of the marriage? (Rev. 19:7) Jesus will not either!

WORKS: (James 2:17-26 esp. V.20 keywords: faith without works is dead) Abraham is the example in these scriptures. (V.21-23) Abraham was justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar and by works Abraham's faith was made perfect because "Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God." NOW: Read (Gen 12:1 thru 22:18) and you will read Abram/Abraham's story of his seemingly endless works, disobedience, failures, fears, lies and etc. as he worked his way up to pure and complete trust in God by offering up the most important thing he had, ISAAC, and then he became God's Friend.

The key is that Abraham was a work in progress because he never quit working as he tried over and over to obey God, God never deserted him and even protected and blessed him many times. Has God ever protected and blessed you? Are you perfect? I, the writer, am a long way from being perfect, the KING OF THE THORNS has forgiven me of the thorns of my sins, failures, neglect and stupidity over and over and over and PURE LOVE has protected me and blessed me many times because I have never quit working and trying to become a better Christian. When blessed with the magnitude and focus of JESUS' LOVE my love seems even less than minuscule but I do love (John 20:28) JESUS, MY LORD AND MY GOD, with all of the little that I am; mister Nobody from the middle of Nowhere, KY. 

Paul wrote about the focus of Jesus' love; (2Cor. 11:3) "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled (deceived) Eve through his subtility (craftiness, cunning, false wisdom, sophistry:-> defined: evasion, deviousness, slyness, duplicity, cheating, subterfuge), so your minds (perception, purpose, intellect, thought) should be corrupted (to shrivel or wither, to spoil, to ruin, to deprave, defile, destroy) from the simplicity (singleness, sincerity without dissimulation or self-seeking, openness of heart manifesting itself by generosity) that is in Christ." IN REALITY SIMPLICITY/singleness IS FOCUS (Matt. 11:29 & Rom. 8:10-17) because Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, is focused on helping each Christian become part of His eternal family!

I, an individual, receive the personal focus of Jesus' love through His simplicity and so do you and every other individual Christian; it is personal because simplicity is the personality of PURE LOVE, THE KING OF THE THORNS, (John 20:24-31 esp. V.28 key: Jesus accepted Thomas' recognition and admiration) "my LORD AND my GOD". (Mark 12:30) "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart (center of circulation- life), and with all thy soul (personality, self, inner person), and with all thy mind (intellect), and with all thy strength (physical power); this is the first commandment." and that same simplicity (focus) is what He expects and, without any doubt, deserves from each individual Christian. AND:

(2Cor. 5:20) as "ambassadors (representatives) for Christ" (Mark 12:31) Jesus expects us to "Thou shalt love thy neighbour (man, countryman, friend, near neighbour) as thyself." show the simplicity of His love by our actions, words and works (Matt. 5:13-16 esp. V.14 keywords: Ye are the light of the world) because we are the beacon that only through the power of the Holy Spirit and God's word will draw people to God for salvation.

Paul wrote (Phil. 3:1-21) (V.12) "Not as though I had already (even now) attained (to take), either were already perfect (to complete, accomplish, consummate): but I follow (to pursue) after, if that I may apprehend (to take eagerly, to possess) that for which also I am apprehended (to take eagerly, possess) of Christ Jesus." (V.14) "I press (to pursue) toward the mark (a goal) of the high calling (invitation) of God in Christ Jesus." (V.17) "Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark (regard) them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample (a model for imitation)." Paul knew he was not perfect; he knew Jesus possessed him (Acts 9:4-18) but Paul knew he had to be obedient and keep on working to attain the high calling of God through Jesus. 

(V.18) "For many walk (to live, deport oneself), of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping (to sob), that they are the enemies (hateful, passively odious) of the cross (self denial, atonement) of Christ:" (V.19) "Whose end (limit, conclusion,  termination) is their destruction (ruin, damnation), whose God is their belly (a cavity, figuratively, the heart), and whose glory (as very apparent) is their shame (disgrace), who mind (to have a sentiment or opinion, to be mentally disposed more or less earnestly in a certain direction, to interest oneself in something with concern or obedience, to set the affection on) earthly (worldly physically or morally) things." Paul knew these Christians' values and affections for worldly pursuits instead of working to be obedient servants to God would bring them ruin and damnation!

(John 14:15) Jesus said; "If ye love me keep my commandments." (Heb. 13:5-6) Jesus, our Lord, will never leave us or forsake us. (John 15:1-6 esp. V.6 keywords: cast them into the fire) but there are Christians who refuse to abide in Jesus. (Matt. 7:21) Jesus said; "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." (Matt. 13:18-23) Jesus gives a parable list of what causes Christians to fail and you can 'see' them in the seven prophetic Revelation churches, and you can plainly see them in modern churches and denominations.

(Heb. 6:4-6)--> Plainly says that people who were once enlightened (illuminate, make to see) and have tasted of the heavenly gift (salvation) and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost (Spirit) can fall away and it is impossible for them to come back. But the once in grace always in grace regardless of works and/or sin will dance 'cherry picking' through other scriptures and prove (Heb. 6:4-6) means something else.

NOTE: In talking to a once in grace always in grace regardless of works preacher. I gave him all these scriptures about backsliding and he said; "I've gone beyond that!" I did not think to say; (2Cor. 11:13-15 esp. V.14) "Yes, and it was Satan who took you there. (Acts 20:26-27) I have told you the truth and I am clean of your blood. (Rev. 22:18-19) You and those who follow you are guilty of your own blood!" I SAY IT TO ALL OF YOU NOW!

THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU SEE AND HEAR. The natural progression of once in grace always in grace regardless of works (eternal security), that Jesus cannot or will not take a Christian's name out of the Book of Life, naturally leads on into once in grace always in grace regardless of sin (eternal security). In my area a pastor embezzled money from his employer, got on drugs and eventually committed suicide. Another is in jail because of sex with a child. Read the national news concerning more famous preachers.

I personally heard a pastor of a mega church say in three different sermons in his weekly world-wide telecast; "Once you've sinned enough God will just take you on to heaven because you are not worth anything to Him here!" I stopped listening to that garbage salesman! (read these-->Prov. 15:3, Jer. 23:23-24 & Heb. 4:12-13) What do Christians do 'behind closed doors' that they think can be hidden from God? END OF NOTE.

(Mal. 3:5 & James 1:17) God does not change thus His word does not change and His attitude concerning His word does not change SO; His word is not some malleable thing that you can hammer out what you want to believe and God does not offer His Word up for revisions. BECAUSE:

PROOF: (read this! Jer. 26:1-6 esp. V.3 keyword: repent: Hebrew word definition: Strong's #5162 to sigh, in a favorable sense to pity, console, in an unfavorable sense to avenge oneself) God sent Israel, His People, a judgment message; (V.3) God did not change His word nor His attitude. By their works they were violating their relationship with God and He would act according to His unchanging word!

#1) Israel could come back to God and He would have pity on them and console them! #2) Israel could refuse God's warning concerning their sins and God would avenge Himself upon them! Israel disappeared for two thousand years because of the Hebrew's (Jew's) sins. Yes, Israel the nation came back on May 24, 1948 (Luke 16:19-31) but those individual Jews (Hebrews) that had transgressed God's law did not!

The complete message in all this is do not quit trying to do your best for God or you will face ruin and damnation! PROOF: (divided into scriptural segments to promote understanding of who, what, when, where, why and how; Rom. 1:6-32 esp. V.6-7, 17, 18-21, 22-25, 26-28 & 29-32) Part of the church at Rome had progressively backslid into sin (V.28) until God did not mean anything to them and "God gave them over to a reprobate (rejected, castaway) mind (soul)."

And that judgment fits perfectly with (Heb. 6:4-6) in which those rejected, castaway former Christian people would never be allowed to come back to God (V.28) because God, His unchangeable word and His attitude toward sin did not mean anything to them. THAT judgment also fits some modern-day denominations, parts of denominations and individual Christians!

(Heb. 8:1 thru 9:12) (8:1-6) Jesus is the mediator of a better covenant (8:8) with Israel (8:10) in which the Lord said; “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:” (John 14:26) which describes the work of the Holy Bible and the Holy Spirit in the new, better Grace Covenant (8:13) because the old covenant dictated by Jewish obedience to the law of Moses is ready to vanish away.

BUT: (Gen. 15:18-21) The land covenant part of God's covenant with Abraham is still in effect (Gen. 17:7-8) forever. (Ezek. 36:16 thru 37:28 esp. 36:19 & 24 then 37:21) God is in the process of bringing Israel home now. (Zech. 13:1 thru 14:21 esp. 13:6 & 14:4) And Jesus will be there for the final battle (Dan. 9:26-27 & 12:1-13, Zech. 13:1-9, 2Thess. 2:3, Matt. 24:11-27 esp. V.15-27, 2Thess. 2:3 & Rev. 19:1 thru 20:9 esp.19:7-14) and the process that leads up to that final battle is happening now.

(Heb. 9:1-10 esp. V.7 keyword: everlasting) The physical Passover (the celebration in remembrance of the Lambs shed blood in Egypt that initiated the Passover by the death angel), the covenant and the divine service with its physical tabernacle accouterments of worship were but a foreshadowing, a prophesy, (Heb. 9:11-12) of the spiritual grace covenant revealed and unveiled and put into effect by the shed blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God. The new spiritual covenant that had been foreshadowed and prophesied in the earlier physical covenant God made with Abraham. Hidden in the definition of everlasting; #2 something concealed, to veil.

(John 4:22-23) Jesus, the Jew, said; "Salvation is of the Jews."  And the Jews as a nation refused to believe Jesus was their Messiah! But individual Jews, James, John, Peter, Paul and etc. “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:” did accept the new covenant (Acts 2:1-47) and they founded the church through the Word of God brought by the Holy Spirit, (John 3:3-8) through the power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:5-26 key verses: 9,15,18,20-21,23-26) and the infilling of the Holy Spirit; it is a personal relationship with Jesus.

(Isa. 53:1-9 esp. V.7 & John 1:29) The blood of the true Passover Lamb had been shed the day before the Passover celebration of the physical lambs blood Passover in Egypt (Heb. 8:13 keyword: old) to physically show the new spiritual grace covenant, (Rom. 2:28-29) the spiritual circumcision of the soul, had superseded the old physical covenant (Gen. 17:11) of the physical circumcision of the flesh. AND:

(Ex. 11:1 thru 12:51 esp. 12:19 keywords: whether he be a stranger: defined: a foreigner, alien which is explained in 12:48-49, a non-Jew, Gentile and had to be circumcised physically and Eph. 2:7-22 esp. V.11 keyword: Gentiles) The Gentiles (non-Jews) (Rom. 2:29) "But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart (the thoughts or feelings), in the spirit (the rational soul), and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." were protected by the blood of the Lamb and were included in the new spiritual grace covenant (Ex:12:13-19) just like the Gentiles had physically been protected from the death angel by the lambs' blood in Egypt.

Think about it! Even now the war declared by Lucifer/Satan (Gen. 3:1-15, Isa.14:12- 15 & Ezek. 28:13-17) in Eden is displayed in the physical war as the Satan led nations and people try to destroy physical Israel with the thorns of politics, finances, terrorism and war. AND:

(2Cor. 4:4 keyword: blinded then 11:14-15 esp. V.15 keywords: Satan transformed into an angel of light  & Eph. 6:11 keywords: wiles of the devil and V.12) (V.12) "For we wrestle (struggle) not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers (force), against the rulers (lord of the world, prince of this age, the devil and his demons) of the darkness (obscurity, darkness of error) of this world, against spiritual wickedness (depravity, malice, evil purpose) in high places" AND:

(2Cor. 11:14-15) (V.15) "Therefore it is no great thing if his (Satan's) ministers also be transformed as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." Satan tries to spiritually destroy the church (1Cor. 1:10-11 keyword: contentions & 3:1-3 keywords: envying, strife, divisions) by the thorns of false preaching and teaching= various denominational beliefs (study this>2Thess. 2:1-17 esp. V.17 keywords: every good word and work & esp. V.3 & 7) (V.3) which are part of the great falling away (defection from the truth, apostasy<-see internet definition) before antichrist comes. (V.7) God through the Holy Spirit lets this falling away from the church continue (1Thess. 4:13-18) until the catching away (rapture) of the church (Prov. 1:29) because God always respects the individual's right to choose.

PART 3

(1Thess. 4:17 keywords: caught up) The Greek word for the term caught up is harpazo. (Luke 23:38 keyword: Latin) The Latin word for the term caught up is rapio or rapturo. Both words are defined to snatch up in relation to an ecstasy of spirit or the actual removal from one place to another. (Acts 8:39) "the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip" (2Cor. 12:4) "How that he was caught up into paradise,". The English words caught up translated from Latin rapturio is rapture (a feeling of intense pleasure or joy) so it is proper if some people want to use the word rapture when describing (1Thess. 4:17) the catching away of the true church.

Why would I put this here where it seemingly is at odds with the text content? Because I have personally seen red-faced, glaring eyes and curled lip arguments; "Yur wrong 'cause the word rapture ain't in tha Bible!" the answer; "It means tha same thang!" And on and on. It is a perfect example of contentions, strife and divisions. I do know when I am caught up to meet Jesus in the air it will be with a feeling of intense joy for me to meet my Lord Jesus and to know my travail in this world is finally over! The word trinity which so many people use is not in the Bible (John 15:23-26, 1John 1:1 & 5:7 keyword: three) but the word three is. So you contentious folks can go argue against God's word concerning that subject!

There is even a great disagreement concerning the timing of the catching away of the church; pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation or post-tribulation. Good grief! (Gen. 6:11-18 esp. V.15 keyword: Noah & 19:5-22 esp. V.5 keyword: Lot and Luke 17:27-37 esp. V.27 keywords: "Noe (Noah) entered into the ark"  then V.29 keywords: "Lot went out of Sodom") Jesus used these two men as examples that God had removed His people before He sent His judgment upon where they were.

Many times, Jesus spoke in allegories, parables and etc. and in this one Jesus even identified the location in His allegorical way. (Luke 17:22-25) (V.22) Jesus was speaking to the disciples (V.23) The first thing Jesus said was not to follow those people who through false visions, false documentation, ancient calendars and etc. set the date when the catching away will happen (V.24) because only God knows. (V.25) Then Jesus told them how that generation of the house (the nation) of Israel would reject Him and then he went on with His prophecy. (Luke 17:37-38) The disciples asked; "where Lord" Jesus answered (V.38) "Wheresoever the body is, thither (there) will the eagles be gathered together."

BEFORE THE CATCHING AWAY: (1Cor. 12:27) The church is the body of Christ. Think! Jesus took His body with Him when He went into heaven. (Acts 2:1 thru 10:48 and on) We, the church, through the power of the Holy Spirit and the truth of God's Word are the only body (individual Christians) Jesus has with which to accomplish His works! If no Christians had performed works for God the church would have long ago disappeared. I am extremely grateful to the old, weather and work worn, tanned and wrinkled, poor and joyous, hillbilly nobodies who worked hard to keep the little wooden country church doors open so I could attend church and receive salvation. (Luke 8:46 keyword: somebody) Praise God for they are Jesus' somebodies.

(Luke 17:37-38) The eagles gather in the sky! (1Tim. 3:16) Through the inspiration of God (the Holy Spirit) (1Thess. 4:1 esp. V.13-18 thru 5:13 esp. 5:9 keywords: For God hath not appointed us to wrath) Paul explained Jesus' statement, (Luke 17:38) "Wheresoever the body is, thither (there) will the eagles be gathered together.", (1Thess. 4:16-17) "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air (sky): and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

If the catching away of the church comes on Sunday can you imagine a church (Matt. 24:37-44) where some are taken and some are left sitting in their pews? (Matt. 7:21-29) Can you imagine a church where nobody gets taken and they read or hear about the great disappearance on the national news that afternoon? Imagine being at a cemetery, the last prayer is being said and the deceased disappears from the casket and some of the graves around you erupt, then some of the attendees disappear. How would you feel when the thought blazed through your lost person or apostate Christian brain; "OH GOD I'M LEFT BEHIND!" THINK ABOUT IT!

(Luke 24:1-3) The grave, a thorn, could not contain the KING OF THE THORNS. (Luke 24:5-7 esp. V.6 keywords at Jesus grave: He is not here, but is risen) And death, a thorn, could not hold the KING OF THE THORNS. (Heb. 2:14 & Rev. 12:1-9 keywords in both: the devil) The KING OF THE THORNS destroyed the thorn of him who held the power of death (1Cor. 15:55) and PURE LOVE'S presence shouted his victory over that thorn; “Oh death, where is thy sting? Oh grave, where is thy victory?" (Heb. 2:8-15 esp. V.11 keyword: brethren) (V.15) "And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."

(Matt. 28:5-9) Jesus was resurrected from the dead. (John 8:12) Light had come back into the world. (John 20:25-29 esp. V.26 keywords: eight days) The Light of PURE LOVE came to visit His friends on the eighth day (Luke 1:59) which is the day of naming (John 20:28) and Thomas named the King of the Thorns; “My Lord and my God”.

(Acts 1:3-11) And after forty days, (Luke 2:22-24) the fortieth day, the day of showing and presentation, (Luke 24:50-53) the KING OF THE THORNS went to heaven for His showing and presentation there (Heb. 4:14-16 esp. V.16 keyword: throne) where PURE LOVE seated himself upon the throne of grace at the right hand of His Father. (Matt. 5:14 & Luke 24:46-49 then Acts 2:1-41 and Eph. 1:13-14) And the KING OF THE THORNS, the light of the world, PURE LOVE, sent His light, the Holy Spirit, back to the world to live in the hearts of people who trust Jesus as their Saviour.

And yonder in heaven PURE LOVE the KING OF THE THORNS (Acts 7:55-60) is ever at the right hand of God, (Heb. 4:16) sitting on His throne of grace, because PURE LOVE shared all of our life from birth through death. The KING OF THE THORNS, PURE LOVE personified, (Heb. *4:14-16) (*V.14) Jesus, the Son of God is our great high priest (*V.15) because He knows the feeling of our infirmities (feebleness of body and soul, moral frailty, sickness, weakness: thorns); but was in all points (something that pricks, sharp tips: thorns) tempted (tested) as we are, yet did not sin."

(John 5:22-27) (V.22) The Father (God) judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son (Jesus). (V.27) “And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.” The KING OF THE THORNS, PURE LOVE personified, knows how it is with us, you and me, because He lived as a man!

He knows! He understands! He felt the same things, thorns, we do! He has lived the thorns of our struggle, our travail, our temptation, our weakness, our pain of body and soul, (John 11:35) He has felt our tears on His own face, (Luke 22:44) He has felt the agony of anxiety and He can have compassion and help our feebleness. He loves us with everything He has, body, soul and spirit (Phil. 2:6-8) because He gave it all and He understands. Yipeee! Yahooo! Yawwww! He knows!

That’s why (*V.16) the KING OF THE THORNS has a throne of grace. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” THE KING OF THE THORNS HAS THE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING OF OUR BATTLE AND HE CAN, WITH LOVING KINDNESS AND TENDER PITY, REMOVE THE THORNS OF OUR NEGLECT, FAILURES, IGNORANCE, FOOLISHNESS AND SIN AND HEAL US THROUGH HIS GRACE (1John 1:7 thru 2:2 esp. 1:7) WITH THE POWER OF HIS BLOOD!

THE SPIRITUAL THRONE OF GRACE

(Rom. 1:20) The Godhead (Supreme Divinity) is one who is composed of three who are totally and completely one in identity, thought, power, purpose and will. God’s presentation of Himself to man is (Gen. 1:1-31 & John 4:24) #1 God-spirit-essence of life itself/Creator, (John 4:29-42 esp. V.42) #2 Jesus-body/Saviour and (John 14:15-26) #3 Holy Spirit-God's soul/Comforter. (Col. 2:8-9) In Jesus dwells all the Godhead bodily. (Dan. 3:25 keywords: and the forth is like the Son of God, Matt. 17:1-3 esp. V.2 keywords: was transfigured before them, Josh. 5:13-15 key: an angel would not have accepted Joshua's worship Matt. 3:15-17 key: three different places at the same time) God's power is without limit and he can present Himself any way, any time, any where He pleases.

Please think of an earthly judicial system with three personages, three offices and three manifestations of power but only one man. The allegory: One person is #1 Judge (God), #2 defense advocate (Jesus) and #3 Sheriff (Holy Spirit). I will use a scriptural, physical, earth time court system to illustrate the instantaneous spiritual High Court of heaven below. I am using a physical allegory to explain the spiritual aspect of my, and hopefully your, relationship with PURE LOVE.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS: It is a process of time for each individual to either refuse of accept God's salvation. (Prov. 15:3 & Heb. 4:13) God, through the Holy Spirit, adapts (John 6:44 & 12:32) His drawing to fit the individual's personality and circumstances, (John 3:14-18 esp. V.16 keyword: whosoever &1Tim. 2:4 keyword: all) yet He is fair to all people who have ever lived. If you do not believe God is fair, please read the one article commentary Is God Fair and you will be shocked!

EXAMPLES: In the article About the Writer, it took me about two years of going to church to finally approach the throne of grace in heaven to ask for salvation. Other explicit, exciting and amazing examples are in the articles Mans Conscience, CHOSEN VESSELS Part 2: Old Walter: A CHOSEN VESSEL, #4 Where is the Holy Spirit Part 2: THE LIGHTthe Holy Spirit is Truth Part 2: Jesus, My Daddy and Me and CHOSEN VESSELS a bit over half way down the text to the sub-title THE HAT all are located in the menu of this commentary. YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT GOD'S POWER AND LOVE WHEN YOU READ THEM!!!

SALVATION

(John 6:44 & 12:32 keyword: draw & 2Cor. 3:17) The Judge, in his robes, issues a warrant to draw you to court. The Judge (God) takes off his robes, (John 16:7-9) puts on his Sheriff’s uniform, becomes the Sheriff (Holy Spirit) and serves the warrant in your soul and thoughts drawing your attention to church and Jesus which eventually draws you to court (physical church and spiritually the throne in heaven). The Supreme Court of heaven is a strange place because you have never felt so loved in your life; “Love in a place like this when I am on trial for my life? Is this some kind of Pure Love Supreme Court?”

You will remember later there was no sense of evil there. You will realize Satan was not allowed to be there and spoil it for you. You folks who are Christians think about it! Was evil Satan there when you accepted Jesus as your Saviour?

When you come to court the Sheriff takes off his uniform, (John 10:30 & 1John 2:1-2) puts on the defense advocate’s suit and introduces Himself; “My name is Jesus and I will defend you If you want me to.” And somehow you cannot look up because you are shy and unclean for this court appearance; “I’m too dirty to be here, too many thorns.

You feel a beautiful, unexplainable PURE LOVE radiating from Him then you raise your head to really get a good look at Him and you are shocked. As your eyes travel upward they are suddenly riveted on His badly scarred (thorns) hands that are holding your arrest warrant and the charges against you.

His shirt has fallen open and there is a huge puckered scar (thorn) in his side, on His sides, back and the front of His shoulders are scars (thorns) where He has been whip cut to the bone and the scars (thorns) around His head look like some kind of crown of pain and horror had been jammed there. You finally work up the nerve to spiritually look into His eyes and a look of unutterable Love, sympathy, kindness and gracious compassion is in their depths.

For some reason you ask a stupid question; Are you the only advocate available? Look up the Biblical Greek definitions of these on your computer: (Acts 17:16-18 keywords: disputed, idolatry, philosophers of the Epicureans and Stoicks: meaning: man thinks he can create his own societal utopia on earth through meditation, mindfulness, political correctness and etc. and Col. 2:8-9 keywords: Beware, philosophy, vain deceit, tradition of men, after the rudiments: defined: beginning= evolution of the world: ALSO Christless religionsThere are also many other advocates available (Acts 4:10-12 esp. V.12 keywords: none other name) but I’m the only legitimate, genuine advocate. The rest are counterfeits.”

Sudden realization flares through your whole being; “I want You!”

Your advocate starts a counseling session with you; (Luke 19:10) You are lost! (Rom. 3:23) Look, here is overwhelming evidence of your guilt (sin). (John 6:44 keyword: draw) You have been spiritually arrested (2Cor. 5:10) and your sin account has come due. Your sin must be removed before you can be saved from being lost and you can face your judgment here in this life with Me as your advocate OR (Rev.20:11-15) you can face your judgment alone after your life here is done!”

You see yourself with new eyes, your sins are like infected thorn wounds putrid, repulsive, shameful and you are unclean. (1John 4:8 &16) The magnificent PURE LOVE that bathes that eternal courtroom is beyond description as it swirls around you and bathes you.

(Acts 5:15-17) “You need a gift because you are destitute and you cannot pay your sin account. (Prov. 28:13 & John 3:3-5) You cannot go back and undo your sins. (Psa. 25:11) You cannot live pure enough from here on out to deserve salvation (John 10:1-5 esp. V.5 keyword: stranger: defined: different, another's, foreign, hostile, strange) and you are not strong enough to just take salvation by some other religion and force your way into heaven just the way you are. Your sentence will be (Rev. 20:15) eternal banishment in the fire!” He lets you think about that for a while; (Luke 16:23-26 & Rev. 20:14) “Man, that sentence is pure hell and then I go to a worse place, forever.”

Your voice is a hoarse, trembling, sobbing whisper; “Sir, is there any way for me to escape this awful sin debt?” He sets a golden bowl of blood on God’s golden altar; “This is the gift; I can wash away your sins (thorns) in this blood and your sins will be gone.” “Wh, wh, where, where did this blood come from?” With a tiny smile He whispers; “Your sins are like thorns and they have wounded you many times.” (2Cor. 5:21) He touches his scars; “This blood came from my thorn wounds when I took the punishment you deserve but I am the KING OF THE THORNS.”

(John 6:44 & 12:32 then Eph. 2:4-9 esp. V.8 keywords: gift of God) Jesus speaks again; "I started drawing you to me through the High Sheriff of heaven, my witnesses and my church. As time passed you did not realize I was giving you the gift of faith by helping you realize and understand the reality of My existence and to understand the reality of your situation." (Heb. 11:1) "Faith is the substance (the underlying reality of all thingsof things hoped (a burning expectation) for, the evidence (proof that reaches a legal conclusion, convict) of things not seen." "My gift of faith has become your reality and that is why you are here."

"Now you know all you need to know and it is the time for us, you and I, to come to a conclusion concerning your need." SO: 

(Rom. 10:8-13 esp. V.9 keywords: believe in thine heart: believe: is defined: to trust the truth of God's word, to trust Jesus for your salvation and entrust Jesus with your spiritual well-being) is the scriptural method of achieving salvation.

The magnitude of His love and sacrifice have caused you to fall on your knees. Your sobbing nearly drowns out your voice; “My Lord and my God I’m so sorry I’ve sinned, please cleanse me in your blood, (Jer. 29:13 keywords: whole heart) I’ll do anything if you’ll just save me!” (1John 1:7) It was fast, fast beyond reckoning, as Jesus cleansed you of your sins. The infection of sin is healed (Rev. 7:14) and Jesus' blood has washed you white as snow. You have been judged! and Jesus speaks; “This is the evidence that his sins (thorns) are gone.”

It all happens at one breathless instant! So fast you cannot see your advocate (Jesus) is gone and He has on his Judge’s robes; “You are saved and you are now free!” (Eph. 1:12-14 esp. V.13 keywords: sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise and V.14 redemption of the purchased possession) "You have been redeemed, you are a purchased (bought with Jesus' blood) possession (acquisition, preservation). Which means (Rom. 8:10-17 esp. V.16 keywords: children of God) you are now part of God's personal family."

Again so fast you cannot see Jesus has on the uniform of the High Sheriff of heaven (the Holy Spirit) and somehow (John 14:23) He is within you, is a part of you, you are filled with love to overflowing and He gives you a spiritual pardon written in the blood of Jesus, the KING OF THE THORNS; "NO CHARGE! PAID IN FULL"! 

(Luke 15:10) You did not see it but when you repented (the activity of reviewing one’s actions and feeling contrition and regret for past wrongs, a change of mind, to turn) the KING OF THE THORNS expressed joy (cheerfulness, great gladness) right there in the presence of the angels. And you know the angels were smiling when He did. If you wish to read about my personal salvation experience please read the article About the Writer to the left of the commentary titles.

NOTE: Please, if you have lost friends or loved ones, give them a copy of the one article Breath of Life commentary or send them a link to it or put the link on your Facebook. ALSO: do the same thing with BACKSLIDING: THE FAILURE PRINCIPAL. It is good for Christians to read and lost people can see that God provides a way out of sin for His Christians. I carry them in notebooks and give them out everywhere I go. It is all based on God's word with the scriptures given. If they will read them the Holy Spirit can go to work in their soul because it is based on God's word with the scripture location given. I have seen them result in #1 salvation and #2 renew and return to God many, many times. Thank you and God bless you. END OF NOTE.

CHRISTIAN SIN

(Matt. 24:13) “But he who shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” “Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I’m saved! I’m saved! I’m saved!” Then you sinned; a thorn struck you down! (1John 1:8-10 keywords: we, us, our sins--> Read it: John included himself and the other apostles) It is inevitable! The Holy Spirit helps you; God’s word guides you but somehow you blew it. You are beginning to learn you are in a THORN war with (Gal. 5:17) yourself, (Eph. 6:11-12) the devil (1John 2:15-16) and the world.

(Heb. 4:14-16) (V.15 keywords: in all points) The KING OF THE THORNS knows how it is because He shared all of our life from birth through death (V.16) and He keeps His throne of grace open for His people (Christians, God's children) and lost sinners all the time, 24-7-365. So it starts again. (Eph. 4:30 keyword: grieve: defined: make sorry, to distress, to be sad, cause grief, be sorrowful) The grieving High Sheriff of heaven (the Holy Spirit) serves another warrant on you. BUT you are so interested in self you do not see the grief on his face as he serves the warrant; “You have sinned!”

He spiritually escorts you back to heaven but it is different this time, just over there is a place of darkness swirling with malice. (Rev. 12:10 keywords: the accuser of our brethren) Spiritually there is a prosecuting attorney present. Satan, the devil, speaks with great sneers and scorn; (2Tim. 2:15 & 3:16) “This moron did not study your word, I tempted him with a little nothing and he fell for it hook (catches you like a thorn), line (holds you) and sinker (and drags you down).”

When you realize how easy it was to hook, thorn, you an even greater shame sets in and you slouch along in dejection until the last few steps you take to get to the throne of grace the seat of your spiritual britches is dragging out your spiritual tracks BECAUSE (Prov. 15:3) you realize your defense Advocate, Jesus, was right there through the Holy Spirit, (Eph 4:30 keywords: "grieve not the Holy Spirit": grieve: defined: sorrowfulness, distress, sadness and grief) and He was grieving, (Prov. 15:3) hearing, smelling and looking at you while you sinned.

Your defense Advocate looks at you (2Pet. 3:9 keyword: longsuffering: defined: patiently endure) with sorrowfulness, distress, sadness and grief but patiently enduring the pain of sorrow and grief because He loves us, you and me. It breaks your heart when you realize how you and your sin, a thorn, have hurt PURE LOVE and driven your thorn into Him. Pure Love always hurts. The prosecuting attorney, the accuser, Satan, reads the charges; “blah, blah, blah”.

Your defense advocate looks at you in sorrow; “Are those charges true?” “Oh, my Lord and my God yes! I am so sorry. I am so sorry.” Your advocate, Jesus, simply looks sad and is silent. (John 14:26 keyword: teach) Your teacher, the Holy Spirit, the High Sheriff of heaven, nudges you and whispers; (2Tim. 2:15) "You did not study your Bible, did you?” You feel even guiltier than you had before. (Heb. 4:14-16 esp. V.16) “Listen Dummy, you are back at the throne of grace, (Rom. 8:15-17 esp. V.17 keywords: joint heirs with Christ) God spiritually adopted you through me, you are a child of God now and a joint-heir with Jesus.”

(Heb. 4:16) The High Sheriff spiritually quotes scripture; “Let us therefore come boldly come to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” He continues; “There is only one place for a Christian to find grace and that is at Jesus’ throne of grace. It is where you go to find help in time of need. Just like the rest of the earthly children of God you must have help because you have the greatest need of all. You have sinned, brought spiritual thorns into yourself, and have deeply hurt, spiritual thorns driven into, PURE LOVE. (1John 1:7) Ask Jesus to cleanse you with His blood. I am tired of listening to the prosecutor.”

With shame and sorrow, you drag yourself up to the throne of grace where you were saved from being lost. You repent and beg forgiveness and quicker than thought the KING OF THE THORNS with matchless love and grace (1John 1:7) cleanses you of your thorn wound with His blood and gives His verdict to the Judge. "The thorn of that sin is gone!"

The Judge pronounces: “YOU HAVE NO SIN! YOU ARE FREE TO GO!” Satan slinks away in defeat. The High Sheriff of heaven brings you another pardon written in the blood of JESUS, PURE LOVE, the KING OF THE THORNS; “NO CHARGE! PAID IN FULL!” (Heb. 4:14 & 1John 1:1:7 thru 2:1) Sin will happen many times (1Pet. 2:1-12) while you grow in God’s word and in your Christian walk with Jesus (Heb. 13:5) but Jesus said; “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Through and by the love, kindness, grace, mercy and power of the KING OF THE THORNS WE WIN!

NOTE: AGAIN: In the Sin in Church commentary table of contents is the article Backsliding: The Failure Principal. It is also a highly blessed, scriptural article that will help growing cold Christians or Christians who have quit church renew their covenant with Jesus and it is good for lost people to read because sooner or later Satan will put into their thoughts; "There is no use to start going to church right now, just wait until you can live perfect so you won't be like those hypocrites in church, OR in that church, OR next door, OR in your family, OR that bunch down the road OR etc. The article explores the personal relationship Jesus desires with His Christians and how the High Court of Heaven works. Please share it with a physical copy, a link or by Facebook. Again, thank you and God bless you. END OF NOTE.

What about Lucifer, the anointed cherub that did not guard and protect, the serpent, the anti-anointed, Satan, the devil, our accuser? Later, (Rev. 20:10) just like Goliath, (Ezek. 28:14-19 esp. V.19 keywords: never shalt thou be any more and Rev. 20:10) Satan will not be around us any more forever.

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