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“COME UNTO ME!”
He Can Fill Our Hunger and Thirst
We Must Follow Jesus Ch.2
Spiritual Rest Ch.3
We Can’t Get There Alone Ch.4
How To Be Perfect Ch.5
The Wedding Feast Ch.6
Rejection Of Christ Ch.7
The Last Judgment Ch.8
No Turning Back #842
Belief Is A Miracle #481
I Could Have, I Should Have #458
Come Unto Me #400
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[KJV] King James Version
Red bold italics is Jesus’ Words.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [KJV]
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John 1:51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man. (KJV) . . . This is a reference to Jacob’s dream recorded in Genesis 28:12. Jacob when, as a young man, had to leave home because his brother Esau wanted to kill him. His first night away from home (at Beth-el), the Lord appeared to him. A ladder was let down from heaven, and on that ladder the angels were ascending and descending. Jacob was then sure that God had not lost contact with him. Maybe when he left home, he thought he had left God back there. At Beth-el he learned that God would be with him. Our Lord tells us in the above verse, that He was the Ladder. He states the angels of God ascend and descend upon the Son of Man (Him). He could send them as messengers to and from Heaven. We need to know that the Father is at the top of the Ladder (Heaven), and we need to know God the Father makes this claim: “… This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mat. 3:17).
The Ladder is Christ, and only by Him can you and I make contact with God. Our Lord Jesus said, “… I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). He is the Ladder, not one that you climb, but One you trust, One that you can rest on and believe in. This is very important that you grasp and understand this.
Jesus is the Ladder between Heaven and Earth. He is NOT a physical Ladder, not one we see with our eyes, but a spiritual Ladder. If anyone wants to access Heaven, they must use this Ladder. Many “harden” their hearts, stubbornly setting themselves against God. Each time you reject Christ, your heart gets harder, and one day it will be too late (Heb.3:12; Pro.1:24-31). Many people are kept away from Christ by false reasoning. If you were to ask them why they won’t believe and accept Jesus, they would come up with some weird excuses, and that’s what they are, excuses! John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [KJV] . . . There is no judgment waiting for those who believe in Him and trust Him. But all those who do not trust Him have already been judged to Hell for not believing in the only begotten Son of God. IF a person rejects Jesus, there is only one thing God can do. Send them to Hell. Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV) . . . Only Jesus can place your name in the Book of Life!
Jesus is knocking at your heart’s door this very day. And He is calling out to you, “Come unto Me.” He is very patient, but He will only knock and call out to you. He will NOT break and enter! You must open your heart’s door and answer His call before it’s too late. He is the only Ladder that can reach the glorious heights of Heaven. Trust Him today!
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He Can Fill Our Hunger and Thirst
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. (KJV) . . . People eat bread to fill their physical hunger. Our spiritual hunger and thirst can be filled only by a right relationship with Christ Jesus. He called Himself the “Bread of Life.” Since bread must be eaten to sustain life, Christ must be “eaten” to sustain spiritual life. John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. [KJV]
To eat living bread means to accept Christ into your life and become united with Him. We are united with Jesus by believing in His death (His Sacrifice) and resurrection, also by committing ourselves to Him completely.
John 6:52-58 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. [KJV] . . . The Jews (and many others today) could not understand how they could “eat” His Flesh. The Flesh and Blood of the Son of Man, means the Redeemer; Christ and Him crucified, and the redemption made possible by Him. There are many precious benefits of redemption; forgiveness of sin, acceptance with God, access to the throne of grace and eternal life. These are called the “flesh and blood of Christ,” because they were purchased by the breaking of His Body, and the shedding of His Blood. Also, because they are meat and drink to our souls. Eating His Flesh and drinking His Blood mean BELIEVING in Christ. We partake of Christ and all His benefits by faith. We live (spiritually) by Him, just as our bodies live physically by our food.
We must constantly exercise our faith in Christ. By the grace of God, we are enabled to live a life of faith in the Son of God. God who gave the Nation of Israel “food from heaven” (manna) to sustain them, also gave them (and us) the TRUE Bread from heaven (Christ) for the salvation of their souls.
We must come to Jesus, and believe on Him. Christ is the TRUE Bread; He is to the soul what bread is to the body, and only He can nourish and support our spiritual life. He is the Bread of God. IF we refuse Him or reject Him, we will utterly perish. The doctrine of Christ crucified is a strengthening and comforting fact to believers. May we understand and earnestly say: “Lord, give us this Bread forever more.”
John 7:37-39 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) (KJV) . . . Jesus’ words, “come to me and drink.” refers to many Bible passages that talk about the Messiah’s life-giving blessings (Is.12:2-3; 44:3-4; 58:11). When He promised to give the Holy Spirit to all who believed, Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah, (the Christ) for that was something only the Messiah could do.
On the last day of the feast of tabernacles, the Jews drew water and poured it out before the Lord. This is probably to what Christ referred this. If any person truly desires to be for ever happy, we must go to Christ, and be ruled by Him. The “thirst” referred to here is spiritual thirst. They are blessings from Christ, which nothing else can satisfy. It is the sanctifying and comforting influences of the Holy Spirit. Jesus called on them to “come to Him and drink.” The comfort we receive flows abundantly and constantly like a river; chasing away our doubts and fears. There is a fullness in Christ, for His grace is ample enough for the whole world. His Spirit dwells and works in all TRUE believers, and is like a fountain of living, running water; plentiful, cooling and cleansing as water. These streams flow from our glorified Redeemer, to the remote corners of the Earth, for ALL people! May we anxiously and gladly tell this to others.
“If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink!” What an amazing offer! An offer that can come only from our precious Saviour, Redeemer and Lord! There are deep cravings in the human spirit that can be filled only by Christ! We all have a big hole within our soul that can be filled only with Jesus! He announced Himself, as “the Bread of Life,” and He is well able, and authorized to satisfy the hunger, and quench the thirst, of everyone that will believe and trust Him. Nothing can take the place of the blessings offered to us by our Saviour! We have only two choices. We can say with the religious leaders and the crowd: “Crucify Him!” or fall down before Him and cry out with Thomas, “My Lord AND MY God!” [Emphasis mine.]
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (KJV) . . . Jesus continues to call out to millions “Come unto Me!” It is a decision only you can make. Will you go to Him? Or will you keep rejecting Him until your heart is so hard, that you no longer hear His call? Jesus will try so long and then He will give up on you (Rom.1:24,26,28; Heb.2:3; 10:29; 2 Pet.2:4). You do NOT want this to happen! And please don’t say you’re a Christian and pretend to love Jesus. He knows if you are sincere! (Mat.7:21-23).
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We Must Follow Jesus
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (KJV) . . . When Jesus used this illustration of His followers taking up their crosses to follow Him, the disciples knew what He meant. Following Jesus means a true commitment, even at the risk of death, with no turning back. A true disciple of Christ is someone that follows Him in duty, and on to glory. He walks the same way Christ walked, is led by His Spirit, and follows His steps where ever He goes. “Let him deny himself.” Jesus must come first, above and beyond everyone and everything else, no matter what! Self-denial is a hard lesson, but no more than the way our Master lived. “Let him take up his cross.” Our cross is NOT every trouble that befalls us. Many people have this idea, and they are wrong. To deny oneself is to put you out of the picture completely and to put Christ in the place of self. “And take up his cross, and follow me” does not mean Christ’s cross but our own cross. There is a cross for you and for me, if we are sincere in following Him. We should always put God first. Our devotion and loyalty to Jesus should be unmatched. It should be as if nothing else mattered. He must be first.
If we take on His Name (Christian), we should follow Christ in the work and duty of a disciple. All disciples are believers, but NOT every believer is a disciple! We should consider all worldly things worthless when compared to Jesus and what He offers. Thousands lose their souls for the smallest gain, or the most worthless indulgence, often from mere laziness and neglect. Whatever it is for which a person will forsake Christ . . . that is how much Satan pays for their souls. Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (KJV) . . . When we don’t know Christ, we make choices as though this life was all we have. In reality, this life is only the place in which we decide where we will spend eternity. How we live these brief years, and what decision we make for Jesus, decides our eternal state. What we gather on Earth has NO value in purchasing eternal life. God will scoff at even the highest social or civic honors. When you evaluate everything from an eternal perspective, your values and decisions change. Your soul is worth more than all the world. This is Christ’s thought on the matter. He knew the price of souls, for He redeemed them; and He wouldn’t underrate the world, for He made it.
Christians follow their Lord by imitating His life and obeying His commands. We must deny all our selfish desires. Following Christ will cost you something, but in the long run, it will be well worth the pain and effort. People are willing to pay a high price for something they value. It shouldn’t surprise us that Jesus would demand commitment from His followers. If we are not willing to deny self, take up our cross, and follow Him, we give only superficial lip service.
John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (KJV) . . . Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Why three times? Maybe it could be because Peter denied Jesus three times.
Jesus said, “Do you truly love Me more than these?” Then again, “Do you love Me?” I’m sure Peter was frustrated by this time; yet the third time, Jesus asked, in effect, “Do you love Me, are you my friend?” Each time Peter responded with “Yes Lord, I love You. You know I love You.” And each time Jesus came back with the same warning: “Feed my sheep.” Have you ever considered what you would have said, and how you would have felt, if Jesus asked you if you loved Him? Peter had to face his true feelings and motives when Jesus confronted him. What would you say if Jesus asked you, “Do you really love me?” Do you really love Jesus? Are you His friend? If your answer is yes, Jesus would say the same thing that He said to Peter: “Feed My sheep.” This is NOT an option for TRUE believers, it is a command from our Lord! We must not think only preachers and teachers have the job of reaching out to lost sheep. It is the duty of all God’s children. . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm
Matthew 10:37-38 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. (KJV) . . . When we believe, trust and accept Jesus, He calls us to higher things than simply finding comfort and tranquillity in this life. Love of family is a must, but we can’t use them as an excuse not to serve God. He comes first! We must be willing to publicly identify with Him, to face almost certain opposition, and to face even suffering and death for His sake if necessary. We should believe in Christ, profess that faith, and suffer for Him if need be. Jesus is worth everything! Everything else should yield to Him.
Matthew 10:32-33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (KJV) . . . If we accept Christ, we certainly will confess Him publicly. Won’t we? Some people don’t! IF we do not confess Him before others, He will deny us before God in Heaven. IF we are ashamed of Jesus, He will be ashamed of us (Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26). Personally, I do not want Jesus ashamed of me.
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Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (KJV) . . . If you are loaded down with sin, these words should give you great comfort, and rest! Your sin has been like a brutal blizzard upon your soul. But here are words from our Lord, words that can bring you out of that seemingly endless storm, into the warmth of a beautiful spring day. It’s like going from deepest darkness into glorious light. “Come unto Me!” Jesus gently calls you! He truly wants to give you peace and rest for your soul. Our Lord, our Saviour offers you a personal invitation. He offers the “rest” of salvation.
So many today are “heavy laden.” It is truly a heavy burden, to be loaded down with sin! This is mentioned by Isaiah and the psalmist. Isaiah 1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. [KJV] . . . Sin cuts us off from God’s help and isolates us. You feel lonely because you are separated from God. Psalm 38:4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. [KJV] . . . Our sin can cause us great physical and/or mental suffering. Sometimes God has to punish His children in order to bring them back to Himself (Heb.12:5-11).
Psalm 40:12-13 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me. 13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me. (KJV) . . . . Whenever we truly turn away from our sin, God promises to forgive us (1 John 1:8-9). He delivers us from sin’s eternal consequences, but He does not promise to undo all of sin’s earthly outcome.
My friend, sin is much too heavy for you to carry. There is a place where you can get relief! And that one and only place in the entire world to put that burden, is at the cross of Christ. He bore it for you at Calvary, and He invites you to come and bring your burden of sin to Him. He can (and will) forgive you because on that cross. He bore the burden of your sin. There is a rest which Jesus gives, (the rest of redemption). There is also a rest which the believer experiences, and it comes only through total commitment and consecration to Christ. When you commit your life to Christ, you are joined to Him (united). You are yoked up to Him.
A yoke is a heavy wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen. This yoke is then attached to a piece of equipment that the oxen pull. A person may carry heavy burdens of (1.) sin, (2.) oppression and persecution, or (3.) weariness in their search for God. Jesus can free people from all these burdens. The rest Jesus promises is love, healing and peace with God, not the end of all labor. Our Saviour has invited everyone that labors and are heavy-laden, to come to Him. No one can labor to establish their own righteousness. All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (Is.64:6). Christ invites all to come to Him for rest for their souls. Only Christ (God) can give this invitation! Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden . . . We come to Him when we feel guilt and misery. We come to Him when we BELIEVE that His love and power can help us. We come to Him when we seek Him in earnest prayer.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (KJV) This is the Gospel call; whosoever will, let him come. All who come to Jesus, will receive rest as Christ’s gift, plus obtaining peace and comfort in their hearts. But in coming to Him you must take His yoke, and submit to His authority. You must learn of Him, as to comfort, trust and obedience. He accepts willing servants, no matter how imperfect their services. Here and only here; can we ever find rest for our souls.
Should we fear His yoke? Absolutely not! His commandments are holy, just, and good. He simply requires faith, self-denial and obedience. His yoke is lined with pure love! Powerful is the help He gives, fantastic are His encouragements, and soothing are His comforts that are found when we serve Him. His yoke is truly pleasant to bear.
Let us willingly come to Him daily, for deliverance from wrath and guilt, from sin and Satan, and from all our cares, fears, and sorrows. If we come to Him because we feel forced, our burden will not be easy and light. In vain do we draw near to Jesus with our lips, while the heart is far from Him (Mat.15:8). We must come to Jesus lovingly and willingly, believing we will find rest for our souls.
2 Cor. 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (KJV) . . . When a believer is weak, we are strong in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we feel weak, let us go to Christ to receive strength from Him, and enjoy His Divine power and grace.
Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. (KJV) . . . Only in Christ can our heart be glad, and can we ever be able to rest in hope.
Psalm 145:14 The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. (KJV) . . . Sometimes our burdens seem greater than we can bear. We wonder how we can go on. God is able to lift us up because (1.) His greatness is boundless (Ps. 145:3); (2.) He does mighty acts (Ps.145:4); (3.) He is full of glory and majesty (Ps.145:5); (4.) He does wonderful and awesome works (Ps.145:5-6); (5.) He is righteous (Ps.145:7); (6.) He is gracious, patient, compassionate and loving (Ps.145:8-9); (7.) He rules an eternal kingdom (Ps.145:13); (8.) He is our Source of all our daily needs (Ps.145:15-16); (9.) He is righteous and loving in all His dealings (Ps.145:17); (10.) He is near to those who call on Him (Ps. 145:18); (11.) He hears our cries and saves us (Ps. 145:19-20). If you are bowed down under a heavy burden, turn to God for help. (12.) He will never leave us, never forsake us (heb.13:5). He is ready, willing and well able to lift you up and bear your burden. Jesus tenderly calls: “Come unto Me!” Go to Him today! He’ll help you.
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We Can’t Get There Alone
John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (KJV) . . . Where do you stand on the doctrines of election and free will? There are some people who are totally for free will, while others are completely for election. I will not try to reconcile the two because I don’t think that’s possible.
Election and free will are both in the above verse. “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me” is stating an absolute truth; and that is election. But wait a minute! “And him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” is also true, and “him that cometh to me” is free will. Both these statements are true. God the Father gives us to Christ, BUT we have to come! As I see it, the ones that come to Christ are the ones whom the Father gives to Him. I don’t know how God has election figured, but I do know that He has given you and me a free will and we must use it.
Since we do not know who has been elected, I think we must preach the Gospel to every person, so that ‘whosoever will may come.’ Jesus clearly tells us, “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” You can argue about election all you want to, but if you want to be saved, you must “come to Jesus.” And if you come to Jesus, He will not cast you out. You are safe and secure in His everlasting Arms! You may ask: “If I’m not the elect can I still come?” IF you come, you are the elect. Jesus came from Heaven to do the Father’s will; and it is the Father’s will that you be born again. BUT . . . you will have to come to Him . . . that is the only way. You must come to Jesus by faith.
John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV) . . . That is Divine election. Again, I cannot explain it. I just know that you have a free will and you can use it. You can come unto Jesus or not come. It’s up to you.
John 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. (KJV) . . . It is the Father’s will is, that not even one of those who were given to Christ, should be rejected or lost by Him. This should give us assurance of being welcomed into God’s Presence and being protected by Him.
Let us come to Christ, ever so thankful that it is a Promise by God the Father . . . that everyone who is willing to “come unto Him” will be made welcome.
Let us know it is only by the amazing grace of God that Jesus makes this awesome offer to us. And let us remember, nothing we can ever do can gain us access to Heaven. Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: [KJV] . . . Only faith in Jesus gives us access to God and Heaven. We can’t get there alone no matter how good we are. We must come to Jesus or we’re doomed! (Rom.3:20; 8:3; 9:16; 9:31-32; 11:6; Ep.2:8-9; 2 Tim.1:9; Tit.3:4-5).
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How To Be Perfect
Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. (KJV) . . . Who is Jesus speaking to in this verse? The rich young ruler. Why did Jesus tell this young man to go and sell everything he had and give it to the poor? Because Jesus knows everything! He knew this man’s riches were a stumbling block to him. The Lord Jesus was on His way to the cross. If this man followed Jesus, it would be to the foot of a cross. Something was stopping him from going after the Lord, and it was his riches.
There are many things that are keeping people away from Jesus. Riches is only one thing; there are many other things.
Should all believers sell everything they own and give it to the poor? NO! We are responsible to care for our own needs and the needs of our families so we are not a burden on others or the government. We should be willing to give up anything if God asks us to do so. This kind of attitude allows nothing to come between us and God and keeps us from using our God-given wealth selfishly. If you are comforted by the fact that Christ did not tell all His followers to sell all their possessions, then maybe you are too attached to what you have. Christ knew that covetousness was the sin of this young man; even though he had honestly acquired all that he possessed. But, he could not cheerfully part with it, and by this his true heart was shown. It is required of us in following Christ, that we obey Him, follow His pattern, and cheerfully submit to Him. We must do this out of love for Him, and in dependence on Him. We are to love and serve Him willingly every day of our lives.
Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (KJV) . . . How can we be perfect? In our character. We cannot be faultless, but we can strive to be as much like Christ as possible. In holiness. We are to separate ourselves from the world’s sinful values, and be devoted to God’s desires rather than our own. In maturity. We cannot achieve a Christ like character and holy living all at once, but we must grow toward spiritual maturity, wholeness and being complete. A baby grows into a child, that child grows into a teenager, and that teenager into an adult. So too, God expects different behavior from us, depending on our stage of spiritual development. In love. We must try to love others as completely as God loves us. But we must remember that we have much room to grow. I have seen some “Christians” who should have been much more mature (prefect) than they were. They simply did not study God’s Word as they should, nor set aside time to be alone with God in prayer.
We all will sin! But our tendency to sin must never prevent us from trying to be more like Christ. Christ calls all of His disciples to follow Him, to walk in His light, and to grow in every area, becoming like Him. Those who truly strive to become perfect will one day be perfect, even as Christ is perfect.
1 John 3:2-3 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (KJV) .. . . The believer’s life is really a process of becoming more and more like Christ (Rom.8:29). This process won’t be complete until we see Jesus Face to face (1 Cor.13:12; Phil. 3:21). Knowing what our ultimate destiny is, should motivate us to purify ourselves. To purify means to be morally right and free from the corruption of sin. God purifies us when we accept Christ, but there is also action we must take to stay morally fit (1 Tim. 5:22; James 4:8; 1 Peter 1:22). We must live a life that pleases God.
John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (KJV) . . . Jesus’ great desire for His disciples (then and now), was and is, that they would become one. Being unified is a powerful witness to the truth of God’s love. We can pray for others, avoid gossip, build each other up, work together in humility, give our time and money, exalt Christ, and refuse to argue over minor matters. We are united with God the Father and Christ, and Christ wants us to be united with other believers as well.
Phil. 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. (KJV) . . . Paul was saying that he was not totally mature or complete. None of us are! Paul was not “perfect,” but kept working toward that day when he would be. Let us do the same.
Phil. 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. (KJV) . . . Sometimes trying to live for Jesus can be difficult. We may feel drained and discouraged. We may feel far from perfect. We may feel that we can never please God. Again, perfect means mature or complete, not faultless. Let us press on, in the Holy Spirit’s power, to live a life pleasing to God.
Colossians 1:27-28 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: (KJV) . . . This is a warning from God! We must do all we can to help baby Christians grow in Christ. We must work in the power of the Spirit, being motivated by love, not by fear or pride. We must reach out to less mature believers all around us; and help them to grow in Christ. And we must also warn unbelievers that without Christ Jesus, they are truly doomed to eternal separation from God (1 Thes.1:8-9), teaching that salvation is available only through faith in Christ. As Christ works in you, tell others about Him, teaching and warning them in love. It is the DUTY of ALL believers to tell of Jesus! Far too few “Christians” ever tell anyone of Christ.
2 Tim. 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (KJV) . . . The Bible should be used to test everything else that claims to be true. It is our protection against false teaching and our source of guidance on how we should live. It is the only place we can go to find out how we can be saved. Everything in God’s Word is true! Some people just take what they want to believe and forget about the rest. God’s Word is true from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. God will show you what is true and help you to live for Him, IF you just go to His unerring Word. How much time do you spend in God’s Word? Only by daily reading and meditation will you discover God’s Truth and become confident in your life and faith. Study God’s Word to increase your knowledge, to increase your faith, to prepare you to live in a corrupt world, and to enable you to do Christ’s work in the world.
Always check out anything you hear, read or see with the Bible (Acts 17:11), including this humble servant. Don’t let anyone lead you astray. People are often wrong. God is always right!
We can be perfect only if we trust and obey Jesus. Obey His call: “Come and follow Me.”
“COME UNTO ME!”
The Wedding Feast
Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, (KJV). . . This King represents God the Father. His Son is Jesus.
Matthew 22:3 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. (KJV) . . . Who was invited to the wedding? The Jews (Israel). God had sent His servants, the prophets in the Old Testament.
Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. (KJV) . . . God also sent John the Baptist, the apostles and His Son to tell them all was ready. God wanted His guests to join Him at the banquet, which will last for eternity.
Matthew 22:5-6 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. (KJV) . . . What did Israel do? She totally rejected God’s invitation! She even killed some of the messengers, including our Lord Jesus Himself! Should we condemn the Jews? NO! How many people do you know that have rejected Jesus? Anyone who rejects Jesus is in the same condition as these Jews.
Matthew 22:7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. (KJV) . . . I feel sure that this refers to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 by the Romans.
Matthew 22:8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. (KJV) . . . The Jews, God’s chosen people (Deut.7:6), refused God’s invitation to the wedding (eternal life). Now we’ll see a drastic change in the invitations!
Matthew 22:9-10 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. (KJV) . . . I think this refers to the present age in which we now live. Since Israel refused His invitation, God now invites everyone, ALL people!
Matthew 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: (KJV) . . . It was customary back then for wedding guests to be given garments to wear to the banquet. It was unthinkable that someone would refuse to wear these garments. It would be a terrible insult to the host. The “wedding garment” is symbolic of the righteousness needed to enter God’s Kingdom. That righteousness is our total acceptance of Jesus (1 Cor.1:30; 2 Cor.5:21; Rom.3:21; 5:1; Phil.3:9; Tit.3:5). Christ made this garment of righteousness available for everyone, but each person must choose to put it on in order to enter the King’s banquet (eternal life). God has sent invitations, but we must be ready. See Ps.132:16; Is.61:10; Zec.3:3-5; Rev.3:4-5; 19:7-8, for more on the symbolism of garments of righteousness.
Matthew 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. (KJV) . . . God’s invitation is open to all people, but there is great danger of trying to come without meeting the King’s demands. We must have on that garment of righteousness or we’ll be thrown out! Notice that the man was speechless. When I think of all the millions of people trying to get into the Kingdom with their own “clothes” it truly burdens me. I hear many say: “I don’t need Christ, I’ll take my chances before Almighty God.” Well, when Judgment Day comes, all these people will be speechless before God.
Matthew 22:13-14 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few are chosen. (KJV) . . . Ah! This is such a tremendous burden on my soul! I have many in my immediate family who will hear these agonizing words. “Outer darkness” my friend is HELL! It is horrible, devastating, eternal destruction.
God has made THE Provision (Jesus) for perishing souls. It is represented here by a royal feast made by a King, on the marriage of His Son. The first guests that were invited were the Jews. The prophets of the Old Testament could not sway them, neither could John the Baptist, not even Christ Himself, who so very clearly told them the Kingdom of God was at hand.
The reason why sinners will not come to Christ and receive salvation by Him, is not because they cannot, but because they will not. Making light of Christ (vs.5), and of the great salvation offered by Him, is the most incriminating sin of the world (John 16:9). The plan of the Gospel is to gather lost sheep to Christ; that is all the children of God scattered abroad.
John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. [KJV]
John 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. [KJV]
The imputed righteousness of Christ (1 Cor.1:30) and the sanctification of the Spirit (Rom.8:9), are both necessary portions of the wedding-garment. No man has it by nature (Rom.3:23; Is.64:6), nor can they form it or buy it for themselves. The day is fast approaching when professing “Christians” will be called to account for all their pride and arrogance (Heb.10:29; Mat.13:49-50; 25:31-34; 7:21-23). They will be taken away (Rev.20:15). Those that walk unworthy of Christ, shall forfeit all the happiness they arrogantly claimed. Many are called to the wedding feast (eternal life), but so “few” (Mat.7:13-14) have the proper wedding garment. Only Christ can make us be approved by the King.
God wants you to join Him at His feast, which will last for eternity. Will you be properly dressed when He comes in to see His guests (vs.11). Jesus is calling: “Come unto Me.” Please consider it!
“COME UNTO ME!”
Rejection of Christ
John 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (KJV) . . . The religious leaders clearly knew what the Scriptures said, but they failed to apply its words to their lives. What about the people today? They have much more knowledge of God’s Word, having both the Old and New Testaments. People have the Bible, yet do we really apply its teachings to their lives?
The Jews knew what the Scriptures taught, but they could NOT see the Messiah to whom these Scriptures pointed. They knew the rules but missed the Saviour. They were deep in religious rites and rituals, but they missed the most important part! They rejected the Son of God. So many “religions” today are in the same category. Rites, ceremonies, rituals, but no Jesus! Don’t make the mistake of getting so involved in “religion” that you miss Christ.
The Jews considered that eternal life was revealed to them in their Scriptures, and that they had it, because they had the Word of God in their hands. Jesus urged them to search those Scriptures with more diligence and attention (John 5:39). It is possible for people to truly know the Scriptures, yet to be alienated to its power. We must search the Scriptures for Christ. He is in there! Don’t neglect Him and His doctrine. Only with Christ Jesus is there eternal life for lost souls. So many make a great profession of religion, yet they neglect Christ and have contempt for His commandments. This is getting to be a bigger problem with each passing day. Cults are on the rise, simply because they teach what people want to hear: (1.) there is no Hell (Mat.25:46; Rev.20:15); (2.) there is no judgment to come; once you’re dead -- you’re dead, there is no eternity (John 3:15; 10:28; 2 Thes.1:9); (3.) if I’m good enough I’ll go to Heaven (Eph.2:8-9); (4.) God will weigh my good against my bad, if the good outweighs the bad, I’ll go to Heaven (John 3:3); (5.) I’ll have another chance in another life (Heb.9:27); etc. ALL of the above cult doctrines are utter nonsense! Absolutely ridiculous! They are keeping you from Jesus, the only One who can save you!
Jesus is slighted and undervalued by millions today all over this world that He created! They admire and overrate themselves instead. Do NOT walk all over Christ (Heb.10:29-31), tromping Him beneath your feet. It indeed will be a “fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God.”
1 Cor. 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (KJV) . . . The message of the cross sounds utterly foolish to those who are on the road to destruction; those who reject Christ. Christ crucified is the base of all our hopes, and the fountain of all our joys. It is by His death that we live. But the preaching of salvation for lost souls by the suffering and death of the Son of God, no matter how we try to explain it, seems absurd to those who willingly reject Jesus. The covetous, the proud, the ambitious, the lustful; all these see that the Gospel opposes their beloved pursuits. But those who willingly receive the Gospel, are enlightened by the Spirit of God, and they see more of God’s wisdom and power in the doctrine of Christ crucified, than in all His other works. We who are saved know this message is the absolute power of God.
2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (KJV) . . . Just as there were false prophets in Israel, there are false teachers among us today. They cleverly teach their destructive heresies about God and even turn against their Master who bought them. All who reject Jesus, who refuse His call of “Come unto Me,” theirs will be a swift and terrible end; they will be cast into the lake of fire (Hell).
Romans 2:4-6 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: (KJV)
Jesus is tenderly calling: “Come unto Me.” If you have not accepted His invitation, do it now. If you go to Him, you will have eternal life! Don’t reject Him!
“COME UNTO ME!”
The Last Judgment
Matthew 25:31-34 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (KJV) . . . The King, is an impressive title, used here for the first and only time, given to Himself by our Lord Jesus, on the evening of His deepest humiliation! He is saying that when it is time, He will address the heirs of the Kingdom, and He will put on all His royal majesty. When the Son of Man comes in His glory, all the angels will be with Him. Can you even begin to imagine such an event as this? It is then that He will sit upon His glorious throne. When Jesus comes at this time, He will not come as a poor, humble Servant who will die on the cross. He will come in all His splendor and every knee shall bow to Him (Is.45:23; Rom.14:11; Phil.2:10). Every knee, my friend! Those who reject Jesus now, will one day regrettably have to admit they were wrong! What a sad day that will be for these millions of people. For at that time, it will be too late. They will have
to live with their choice for eternity, in Hell. If you have rejected Christ, please consider my words. It is not too late yet, for you to change your mind. As long as you have breath in your body, it is not too late.
At this time, all the nations will be gathered in His Presence, and He will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. This will be a tremendous time of rejoicing for all who have accepted Him and obeyed Him. But for those who reject Him, it will be a time of no return and no more choices! It will be an absolute time of horror for these people.
He will place the sheep at His right hand and the goats at His left. “His right hand” represents the side of honor (1 Kings 2:19; Ps.45:9; 110:1). The goats on the left side represent disgrace and dishonor. One thing we must remember, God never calls people “goats” in His Word. They all are “sheep.” They are either lost sheep, or saved sheep. But, when the Judgment comes, unbelievers are called “goats.”
He will separate His true obedient followers from all pretenders and unbelievers. Jesus used sheep and goats to picture the division between believers and unbelievers. Sheep and goats often grazed together but were separated when it came time to shear the sheep (Eze.34:17-24).
There are many today that fool people with their pretense, their make-believe loyalty, their religion. These hypocrites will be weeded out and sent to His left hand, for no one can fool God! God knows all things (Is.42:9; 46:9-10; John 2:24).
Then our King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Jesus uses that same sweet word “Come” with which He had so long and so patiently invited all the weary and heavy laden to “come unto Him” for rest. But, now there is a big difference! It is directed only to those who have accepted His invitation to come to Him, those who have found rest for their souls. He is still using “Come,” but this rest now is in a much higher style, and in another place! We are truly blessed by God the Father! All believers shall inherit the Kingdom prepared for us from the foundation of the world (Eph.1:4-7).
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: (KJV) . . . God has truly and abundantly blessed us with every spiritual blessing! Because we are “in Christ” we have all the benefits of knowing God! We are chosen for salvation, adopted as His children, forgiven, given spiritual insight, possess the gifts of the Spirit, given power to do God’s will, given peace beyond understanding, and have wondrous hope and joy of knowing we will live with Christ forever. Because we have a close personal relationship with Christ, we can enjoy these blessings now. And we will enjoy these blessings eternally, not just now.
Only because of Christ Jesus, are we holy and blameless in love. This love is holy love and is produced only in us by the Holy Spirit of God (Gal.5:22-23). We must live a life of love to Christ and of love to them “in Christ.” Evidence of our faith and belief is the way we act. Love is not something we speak, it is an intentional act! To treat all persons we encounter as if they are Jesus is not easy. What we do for others shows what we really think about Jesus.
Matthew 25:35-40 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (KJV) . . . Do your actions separate you from pretenders and unbelievers? Do you treat people with respect? Do you help those who need help? Do you treat the man on the street as though he were Jesus? I think we all fall short. This parable describes acts of mercy we all can do every day. Our acts do not depend on how rich we are, or our ability, or intelligence. They are simple acts freely given. Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for others’ needs (Isa.58:7). This means all people. We should love every person and serve anyone we can. Jesus would, and we are to imitate Him. This type of holy love for others glorifies God and reflects our love for Him.
Matthew 25:41-46 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV) . . . This represents the “goats” in vs.33, unbelievers, lost sheep, rejecters of Jesus. Here, in vs.41, Jesus calls them “cursed.” How sad this is. Any time we refuse to help someone who truly needs help, we refuse to help Jesus. I am not talking about the many who are too lazy to work and stand there with their hands out (2 Thes. 3:10). Anytime we persecute someone, we persecute Jesus (Acts 9:4-5).
Notice what vs.41 states: “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” My friend, Hell is definitely a PLACE! And it already exists. It was made for the devil and all the bad angels who followed him when he revolted against God (Rev. 12:3-4). A third of all the angels God created went with Satan. Hell was prepared also for ALL those who reject Jesus, for they are followers of the devil (Ep.5:6; Col.3:6; 1 John 3:10).
Eternal punishment takes place in Hell (the lake of fire, second death). It is the place of punishment after death for all those who refuse to repent. Hell is the place of eternal fire (Mat.5:22; 10:28; Mark 9:43; Luke 12:5; James 3:6; Rev. 19:20) prepared for the devil, his angels, and all those who do not believe God (Mat.25:46; Rev. 20:9-10). This is the final and eternal state of the wicked after the resurrection and the last judgment (Dan.12:2; Luke 14:14; Rev. 20:5-6). There are two resurrections, one for believers, and one for unbelievers. When Jesus or any of His servants warn against unbelief, they are trying to save people from the agonizing punishment of Hell. Jesus spoke more on Hell than any other subject, to my knowledge. If there were no Hell, why would He warn against it time after time? There IS a Hell! And God does NOT want you to go there! He loves you and wants you to spend eternity with Him in Heaven; BUT, you must accept His terms. He is the ONLY Way to Heaven (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Many people think His way is far too restricting. They think they can do it their way, but, they can’t! It’s God’s Way, accept Jesus, His Son . . . or it’s Hell! Our choice!
There is a Judgment to come, in which every person shall be sentenced to either a state of everlasting happiness, or eternal agony. Christ shall come, not only in the glory of his Father, but in His own glory, as Righteous Judge! . . . . There IS a Hell! http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_hell_is_it_there.htm
The sheep and goats dwell together on Earth; in the same towns, churches, families, and are not always known one from the other; for saints have many weaknesses and shortcomings, also the hypocrisies and make-believe of sinners. But death takes both: and in that day they will be parted for ever. Christ Jesus is the great Shepherd; and He will shortly identify all those that are His, and those that are not. And He will NOT make one mistake! All other differences will be done away with; but the great one between saints and sinners, holy and unholy, will remain for ever. The happiness the saints shall possess is beyond compare. They will be in God’s Kingdom forever! God the Father provided it for us in the greatness of His wisdom and power, and the Son purchased it for us with His precious and Holy Blood. It is prepared from the foundation of the world. We shall “come” and inherit it. And what we inherit is not achieved by ourselves. God makes us heirs of Heaven, nothing we do!
The wicked in this world are often called to “come” to Christ for life and rest, but they willingly and hard-heartedly turned away from His calls. Because of this, Christ will justly tell these to depart from Him, for they would not “come” to Him. These condemned sinners will offer excuses in vain. But excuses will not do one bit of good! The punishment of the wicked will be an everlasting punishment; and their condition cannot in any way be altered by anyone or by any amount of prayers.
We all were children of disobedience at one time (Eph.2:1-2). But God is so good and faithful, and He will offer many invitations during our lives. Some accept these invitations early in life, others keep rejecting, year after year, call after call! I know, for I was one who was late coming to Jesus. Oh! How I regret all those wasted years! It grieves my soul! But Jesus never gave up on me! Praise God! He kept gently calling: “Come unto Me.” Now that I am safe and secure in His loving Arms, I can’t figure out how I ever got along without Him.
If you have not accepted Jesus; as you go through this time on Earth, you have set before you: life and death, good and evil, the blessing and the curse, Heaven and Hell, Jesus or the devil. You have a free will that you may choose your own way, the high road or the low road (Mat.7:13-14), and as your way shall be, so shall your end be. No one can make this decision for you. Accept Jesus? Reject Jesus?
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. [KJV] . . . Jesus knocks on our heart’s door, softly and gently. Our heart’s door has only one door knob, that being on the inside. WE must open to Him. He will NOT force His way in to our lives. He just stands outside in the cold and knocks! When you open that door to Him, your whole life changes. You become a saved sheep, instead of a lost sheep.
NO TURNING BACK
When I turned to Christ that fateful day,
I made Him a promise, I would stay.
Many times I feel helpless, and lose track,
But I’ll stand firm; there’s no turning back.
I made a commitment, totally,
To my loving Saviour, who died for me.
Tho’ I may stumble, He takes my hand,
There’s no turning back, by Him I’ll stand.
There’s no turning back; I have no fear,
For my awesome Friend, is always near.
No matter what trouble comes my way,
I’ll stand by His side; both night and day.
I won’t turn back, for earthly pleasures,
For I look forward to heav’nly treasures.
There’s no turning back; Christ holds the key,
To life in Heav’n with Him, eternally.
No turning back; what e’er comes my way,
For I am headed, for a better day.
There’s no turning back; my mansion awaits,
I’m passing thru’, headed for Heav’n’s gate.
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Nov. 7,2001 #842
Many times the devil will try to get you to turn back from Jesus. Do NOT listen to him. Just keep trusting the Lord, no matter what comes into your pathway. Jesus will never leave you nor ever forsake you (Rom.8:38-39; Phil.4:13; Heb.13:5).
BELIEF IS A MIRACLE
Belief can be a miracle, true,
A miracle, that can happen to you.
It can change your life spectacularly,
Belief gives you life, eternally!
Believing God can erase all sins,
A miracle; that with faith, begins!
We are justified, by Christ’s precious Blood,
‘Not Guilty’ in Heav’n, by this wondrous Flood!
Belief; a miracle, that sanctifies,
By trusting His Word, that never lies!
Set apart to serve our awesome Lord,
Spreading the Gospel set forth in His Word!
Belief; a miracle, that gives a new heart,
A ‘new’ creature, with a brand new start.
Children of God, and with Christ joint heirs,
One day the bliss of Heav’n with God we’ll share.
Believing is a miracle; true,
This miracle can happen to you!
Receiving Jesus makes you God’s child,
From Hell, you will always be exiled!
Salvation is a ‘Gift’ God gives to you,
A miracle; reserved for a ‘few’.
But most, by unbelief walk away,
From the greatest miracle to come our way!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer July 7,1998 # 481
Jn.1:12-13; 3:15-18; Ro.5:1-10; 6:4; 7:6; 8:14,17; Jn.17:17; 1 Cor.1:30; 2 Cor.5:17; 6:18; Ep.4:24; 5:26; Tit.3:7; 1 P.1:2; Heb.13:12; Eze.11:19; 1 Jn.3:1
I COULD HAVE, I SHOULD HAVE
Those in the grip of the devil’s hand,
Are not headed for, God’s Glory Land.
And one future day they’ll moan and yell,
But ‘twill be too late, for they’re in Hell!
Memories they’ll have, and things they’ll say,
Won’t do any good, for God won’t sway!
“I could have, I should have taken heed,
Instead a Godless life I did lead.”
“I could have listened when I heard,
Yet I simply went on my own accord.”
Folks do their own thing, go their own way,
And it’s so sad; they’re the devil’s prey.
“I should have turned to Christ the Lord,
When a loved one, brought me His Word.”
They’ll think back with bitter memories,
At all their lost opportunities!
“I could have, I should have gone God’s road,
For now, I would be in His Abode.”
These folks will realize when it’s too late,
Only Christ has the ‘key’ to Heaven’s gate!
“I should have humbly fallen, to my knees,
Instead I’ll have eternal misery.
I’ll be tormented with eternal flame,
For I rejected Christ’s Holy Name.”
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Feb.20,1998 # 458
COME UNTO ME
“Come unto Me” with your heavy load,
From Jesus, these tender words flowed.
Does sin’s burden weigh heavy on you?
Turn to Christ, for forgiveness so true.
“Come unto Me;” He never seems to tire,
So patient, yet a persistent desire.
Softly and tenderly Christ does call,
He calls “whosoever,” one and all.
“Come unto Me” He urges gently,
Only He gives complete victory.
There’s urgency in His invitation,
Please don’t reject God’s very own Son.
“Come unto Me” He cries, O, so meek,
For He came, all the lost ones to seek.
Jesus came, eternal life to give,
That we might in Heav’n, eternally live.
“Come unto Me” whosoever you are,
Red, yellow, black, white; from near and far.
The young and the old, the rich and poor,
Only Christ, your destiny can ensure.
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Sept.26,1997 # 400
(Mt.11:28-30; 2 Co.6:2; Ro.10:9;Lu.19:10; Jn.3:15-18,36)
Sin can be a load far too heavy for us to carry. When we “come” to Jesus, that load is removed and He gives us rest for our soul. Thank You Jesus!
Mt.11:28-30; 2 Co.6:2; Ro.10:9; Lu.19:10; Jn.3:15-18,36; 5:24; 8:24; 14:6; 1 Jn.5:10-12.
Books You Should Read
Amazing Grace of God, The
Atonement of Jesus Christ
Believe, What does it Mean to Believe?
But I Say To You
Characteristics of Christ
Christ Is The DOOR
Come Unto Me
Crucial and Important Doctrines in Romans
Do You Want To Go To Heaven?
Eternal Security . . . Once Saved, Always Saved!
Faith in the Bible
God's Kind of Love
God's Will, What Is It?
God Controls His Creation
Heaven vs Hell
Hungering and Thirsting for God
Living With ETERNITY in Mind
Our Awesome Triune God
Parables of Jesus
Pride, Violence, Sexual Lust
Privileges of Believers
Security of Believers
Sin and Forgiveness
Sovereignty of God
The Great Tribulation
What Must I Do To Be Saved?
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