Wednesday, December 22, 2010

BACKGROUND If the world hates you [and me], you know that it hated Me [Jesus] before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I [Jesus] chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I [Jesus] said to you, "A servant is not greater than his master." If they persecuted Me [Jesus] they will also persecute you [and me]. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. Matthew 15: 18-21
"For I [Jesus] have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." JOHN 6:38-40.

the First Resurrection of Christian Believers, the Kingdom of Age, and Eternal Life
"...Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished..." REVELATION 20, verses 4 and 5.

At the End of the 1000 Year Reign, the Second Resurrection and the Great White Throne Judgment:
"And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire... And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." REVELATION 20, verses 12 thru 15.

"I [Jesus] have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world." JOHN 12:46,47.

"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." JOHN 16:15,16.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." MATTHEW 28:19,20

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come., MATTHEW 24:14

"Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you; so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need." 1st THESSALONIANS 4:9-12

Lord Jesus, I know that I'm a sinner; I realize that I can't make it on my own. Thank you for dying for me. Right at this moment, the best way I know how, I trust You as my Savior and Lord, in Jesus' name. Amen.