Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Lyvi´s Fairy Quilt - Block 24

This is the last block! Now I have to decide how I want to set them together. Lyvi´s favorite color is pink, so that will be the main color in the fabric I use to put the quilt together. Another possible color will be green.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Searching the Scripture

Lesson 9 The Deity of CHRIST

Part 3

JESUS CHRIST received worship due only to GOD
John 9:38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

In this passage the man healed of blindness recognized the SAVIOUR.

Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

To worship anyone or anything but the LORD GOD is a terrible sin.

When JESUS accepted worship HE was saying to the world “I AM THE LORD.”

JESUS accepted the testimony of Thomas.
John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.

If Thomas had made a mistake, JESUS would have corrected it.

Thomas had told the truth because JESUS was the LORD GOD, the eternal pre-extent ONE.

The fact of JESUS´ resurrection.
This is the strongest argument supporting the belief that JESUS is GOD.
Romans 1:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

This verse specifically states that resurrection declares JESUS as the SON of GOD: If JESUS were a fake, a liar, an impostor or just a mere man, GOD would have left HIM in the grave until the day of the final judgment and condemned HIM to hell. According to Romans 6:4, it was GOD the FATHER who raised JESUS from the dead.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

GOD the FATHER proclaims to the world the deity of CHRIST.
We must conclude that JESUS is GOD since HE possesses the ten exclusive attribute of GOD:

1. Eternal
2. Unchangeable
3. Omnipotent
4. Omnipresent
5. Omniscient
6. Holy
7. Just
8. Loving
9. Merciful

The five works of GOD are ascribed by JESUS CHRIST.

1. Creation
2. Preservation
3. Forgiveness.
4. Raising the dead.
5. Judgment

John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

Luke 7:48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

John 6.39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Quote to Ponder

People are always making rules for themselves and always finding loopholes.
- William Rotsler

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Searching the Scripture

Lesson 9 The Deity of CHRIST

Part 2

Let´s continue our scriptural search of proof of the deity of CHRIST.

JESUS CHRIST forgave sins
Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.

Only GOD can forgive sin.
Mark 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?

The Jews were correct for only GOD can forgive sin. Sin is transgression against the law and only the aggrieved person can forgive the guilty person.
In forgiving sin JESUS either blasphemed or was GOD.

JESUS claimed equality with the FATHER and the HOLY SPIRIT.
This is evident in the baptism formula of Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Also the names of GOD the FATHER, SON, and HOLY SPIRIT are linked together in II Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

JESUS claimed omnipresence.
To be omnipresent is a characteristic of GOD ALMIGHTY only.
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

JESUS promises to be anywhere and everywhere at the same time.

JESUS claimed omniscience.
Omniscience is to know all things and is a characteristic exclusive of GOD HIMSELF.
This fact is evident in the description of the colt used for the triumphant entry as described in Mark 11:2-6 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.
And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.

JESUS also exercised the gift of prophecy in Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

HE exercised this gift again in Matthew 24:3-31 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Behold, I have told you before.
Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

JESUS claimed omnipotence.
Omnipotence, all power, is another attribute exclusive to GOD HIMSELF.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

This claim supersedes the power of man, spirit, angels, demons and supermen.

JESUS CHRIST had creative power.
To bring something into being from nothing is creation. It is possible only to GOD. JESUS CHRIST was active in the creation of the world and HE continues to maintian the world.
John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Also see Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

JESUS used creative power in order to perform some of HIS miracles such as enough food for the 5,000 and turning water into wine.

JESUS CHRIST the true GOD had power over the elements.
Luke 8:25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

JESUS rebuked the wind and it obeyed HIM and all was calm once more.
Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

JESUS calmed the raging sea. This is not a power given to man, but of GOD only.
Matthew 14:25-26 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

JESUS walked on water, an ability denied to ordinary men.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Quote to Ponder

Those who trust us educate us. - T.S. Eliot

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Searching the Scripture

Lesson 9 The Deity of CHRIST

Part 1

Belief in the Deity of CHRIST is essential to salvation.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
To deny the Deity of CHRIST is to rob mankind of a SAVIOUR and to condemn us to eternally separation from GOD.

In this lesson we will look at some of the scriptural proofs of the Deity of CHRIST.

JESUS CHRIST is referred to as LORD in Psalm 110:1
Psalm 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

The Virgin Birth would be GOD coming to live with men
Isaiah 7:14 “… and shall call HIS name IMMANUEL.” This is speaking of the SAVIOUR WHO is coming. GOD in the PERSON of JESUS CHRIST came to dwell with man at the Incarnation.

The MESSIAH, the LORD JESUS CHRIST was given divine names in prophecy
Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Wonderful - Only GOD is truly wonderful.

Counsellor - Only the omniscient God could be the perfect COUNSELLER
Psalm 16:7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

The MIGHTY GOD - The ONE prophesied to be the MESSIAN was to be GOD HIMSELF.

The EVERLASTING FATHER - John 10:30 I and my Father are one.
In this text JESUS as man was born but JESUS as GOD was ´given´.

The CHRIST who was prophised to come was to be from everlasting.
Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

The MESSIAH-SAVIOUR was to be the eternal omnipresent GOD HIMSELF.
GOD and CHRIST both gave their personal names as “I AM”

Exodus 33:14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

The Jew understood JESUS perfectly and thought that HE had committed blasphemy for ascribing the Name of GOD to HIMSELF. They promptly attempted to stone JESUS. Death by stoning was the proper death penalty for this particular sin as noted in Leviticus 24:12-16.

Leviticus 24:12-16 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him.
And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.
And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.

But JESUS had not sinned for HE was truly GOD. HE was the great I AM in person.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Quote to Ponder

Always do what you say you are going to do. It is the glue and fiber that binds successful relationships. - Jeffry A. Timmons

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Searching the Scripture

Lesson 8 The Virgin Birth of CHRIST

Part 2

Purpose of the Virgin Birth

To reveal GOD.
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

To bridge the abyss between GOD and man.
I Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

To save mankind.
Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

To rescue all of creation.
Romans 8:19-22 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Importance of the Doctrine of the Virgin Birth

Just as the modernists and liberals of our day attack the doctrines of the Deity of Christ, the inspiration of Scripture and the total depravity of man, they also attack this doctrine.

If man is totally depraved then he stands in need of a SAVIOUR to redeem him. That SAVIOUR must be pure and capable. The only possible SAVIOUR of the world is JESUS CHRIST. And the only way that JESUS could become a man without a sin nature was by the virgin birth.

A virgin is a woman or girl who has not known a man in a sexual relationship. Mary remained a virgin until after the birth of JESUS. After JESUS´ birth she and Joseph lived together as husband and wife.

Salvation is closely linked with the doctrine of the virgin birth. If JESUS had not been born of a virgin we, you and I, would still be lost sinners.

The virgin birth is undeniably true. It is definitely taught in the Bible, and we, as Christians, accept the inspiration of the Scriptures and believe this doctrine to be absolutely true.

The virgin birth is unchangeably true. This doctrine stands with Scripture and doesn´t change with the changing times or thoughts or theories of mankind.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

The virgin birth is urgently true. It is essential to the plan of salvation. Without a virgin-born SAVIOUR, salvation would be impossible.

It is undiscernibly true. It is a mystery hidden by GOD. There is a sense in which all life and birth is a mystery. We Christians are to be good stewards of the mysteries of GOD.
I Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

It is unconditionally true. I believe that this truth must be accepted.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Here we are to confess JESUS as LORD. If HE were not virgin-born, HE cannot be the SAVIOUR because HE would have broken the prophecy.

It is a useful truth. ALMIGHTY GOD has entered the world as a man - but as a sinless man, a man without a sin nature, a man who can save others. One of CHRIST´s names “Emmanuel” means “GOD with us”. This is truth. GOD came to earth in the form of a man to live among us and to show us the way.

It is unavoidably true. We hear the story year after year at Christmas. We must teach the virgin-birth of our SAVIOUR.

Significance of the Virgin Birth

JESUS is not a ghost or a phantom. HE was a real human being. HE was truly man, bone and flesh.
Philipians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

HE has become our “elder brother”.

JESUS was also GOD and He remained GOD because of the HOLY GHOST conception.

JESUS was sinless because HE was virgin-born without inheriting a fallen sinful, corrupt human nature. HE was without original sin.

We need to thank GOD daily. HE found a way to bring a SAVIOUR without the taint of original sin into the world.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Quote to Ponder

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. - Beverly Sills