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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).
"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.
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.
"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."
"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.
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.
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.