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Saturday, November 3 2012

Are You A Friend Of Jesus?

"Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you"

Jesus of Nazareth was often criticized for His friends - people who were regarded as "sinners" by the self-righteous, unrepentant religious authorities. But the sinless Word of God (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?) never condoned sin, which itself is a sin. The people that He made friends with were repentant sinners, unlike those such as the Pharisees (see also The Passed Over Pharisees) who falsely claimed to be without sin. Repentance is what makes friendship with Christ, and therefore salvation, possible (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).

The Holy Scriptures

"12:4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?], and after that have no more that they can do.

12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell [see The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?]; yea, I say unto you, Fear him." (Luke 12:4-5 KJV)

It was for the repentant that the Christ came to "lay down his life for his friends."

"15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments [see What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?], and abide in his love.

15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." (John 15:10-14 KJV)

"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"

There are many who claim to be friends of Jesus, without actually behaving like friends, according to His definition of "friend." Friendship with Christ must be genuine, based on the terms of the friendship that He alone has the right and the power to decide. Otherwise, on the Judgment Day, Christ's response to those false friends will be "I never knew you."

Sermon

"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate [see The Strait Gate]: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

7:15 Beware of false prophets [see What's The Bible Word For False Prophet?], which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves [see The Messiah's Warning About Christian Charlatans]. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

7:21 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. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:13-23 KJV)

The principle is the same throughout the Holy Scriptures. Abraham "was called the Friend of God" because Abraham obeyed God; he didn't merely "believe," as even the devils do - "the devils also believe, and tremble."

"2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. [see Works Means Obedience] 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God." (James 2:14-23 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) Who is "the LORD God"? (b) When is "the LORD's Day"? (c) What is "the "Day of the LORD"?
(a) See Who Is The LORD?
(b) See When Is The LORD's Day?
(c) See What Is The Day Of The LORD?


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This Day In History, November 3

1394: King Charles VI ordered the expulsion of all Jews from France.

1492: The Treaty of Etaples was signed between Charles VIII of France and Henry VII of England. Under the pact, England renounced its claims to French territory in return for indemnity.

1493: Christopher Columbus discovered Dominica while on his second voyage to the New World (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). The country became independent on this date in 1978.

1534: The Act of Supremacy was passed by the British Parliament. It established King Henry VIII (and his successors) head of the Church of England - an office until then occupied by the Roman Catholic pope.

1679: A bright comet caused widespread panic across Europe.

1760: Frederick the Great of Prussia (not to be confused with Russia; Prussia is in Germany) with 44,000 men defeated 65,000 Austrian troops at Torgau in Seven Years War; more than 13,000 Prussians died in the attack.

1762: Spain acquired Louisiana.

1804: The defeated Sauk and Fox Indians signed a treaty ceding Illinois to the U.S.

1817: The Bank of Montreal, Canada's first bank, opened. With head offices in Montreal, it was the banker in Canada for the Canadian government until the creation of the Bank of Canada 118 years later, in 1935. It participated in many early Canadian developments, including first canals, the telegraph, and the Canadian Pacific Railway.

1839: The Opium War between the British and the Chinese began when British warships blew up several Chinese boats at Canton.

1883: The U.S. Supreme Court declared native Americans (the "Indians") to be "dependent aliens."

1903: Following a revolt engineered by the U.S. and encouraged by the presence of a U.S. warship in Panamanian territorial waters, Panama declared itself independent of Columbia - after which Panama became a colony of the U.S.

1918: The fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire at the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1918: Poland proclaimed independence from Russia.

1956: Soviet tanks rolled into Hungary in response to the Hungarian Revolution.

1957: The Soviet Union launched Sputnik II into orbit. It carried the first animal in space, a dog named Laika.

1957: One of the most advanced atomic energy reactors in the world opened at Chalk River, Ontario. Despite an abundance of materials and technology that would permit the rapid production of nuclear weapons, Canada continues to use nuclear technology only to generate electricity.

1970: Salvadore Allende was inaugurated as Chile's first Marxist president. He was overthrown on September 11 1973.

1982: During the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, up to 1,000 Soviet soldiers and Afghan civilians died in the Salang tunnel when a tanker exploded near a Soviet military convoy.




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