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Wednesday, June 12 2013

For The Love Of God: 1

"If ye love Me, keep My Commandments"

Salvation (see Who Can Be Saved? and The Church: Mission Accomplished) is only possible through Jesus Christ, not any mere man, or any mere man standing in The Way.

"14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6 KJV)

"7:13 Enter ye in at 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, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves [see The Messiah's Warning About Christian Charlatans]." (Matthew 7:13-15 KJV)

The Messiah's true servants teach people to follow Jesus Christ (see Why Is The Church Called The Body Of Christ?), not any man, or any man-created "church" (see Can You See The Church?).


"1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 1:13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? (1 Corinthians 1:12-13 KJV).

Jesus Christ is the only Head of the true Christian Church. The only "headquarters" of Christ's Church is where Christ resides.

"1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." (Colossians 1:18 KJV)

Jesus Christ plainly said that obedience to God's Law is required for salvation.

"5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-20 KJV)

"22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." (Revelation 22:12-15 KJV)

When He said, "14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15 KJV), why did Jesus Christ say "My" Commandments? Answer: Because it was Jesus Christ Who delivered them (the Commandments), after He delivered them (the people) in the Exodus (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God) - out of a world where people follow men, into a world where people follow the LORD. When those people rejected His Commandments, the LORD rejected them.

"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand [see The Mount Sinai Riot].

10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents." (1 Corinthians 10:1-9 KJV)

The First Commandment:

"20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Exodus 20:2-3 KJV)

The LORD God (Who was born as Jesus Christ; see The Kingdom Of The LORD God) was sent by the Father to create all things (see Colossians: By Him Were All Things Created). He created all that exists, including all of the living or lifeless things, or mere ideas (i.e. any political philosophy that one lives by that is contrary to the Word of God, or any science that denies the existence of the Creator of all natural laws of science that humans have made into "gods" - see When The Love Of Wisdom Becomes Love Of Self) - but which in fact are all merely objects created by the Creator.

The Holy Scriptures Only the Creator has the power to be God; looking to anything, or anyone, else for salvation is literally a dead end. That includes anything that is deemed "more important right now" than worship and obedience to the only true God, or worshipping the true God in a manner contrary to His Word.

Many people, when they read the First Commandment's reference to ancient Egypt feel as though it does not apply to them. They do not appreciate that the "out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage" refers not only to the ancient physical Exodus of God's people, but to how God's people are delivered today from slavery to sin, from bondage to carnal-minded men who allow Satan to control and manipulate them (see 2 Corinthians: The Devil's Fight Along The Way). Just as He delivered the physical Israelites, so too the Messiah is the Deliverer of spiritual Israelites, if they obey Him (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).

"2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." (2 Timothy 2:25-26 KJV)

"7:23 But I see another law in my members [see also Paul's Thorn], warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." (Romans 7:23-25 KJV)

"11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer [see Anti-Zion Is Anti-Christ and Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff], and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins." (Romans 11:26-27 KJV)

"Other gods" have a contagious worthlessness - those who worship worthless gods become worthless in God's sight:

"41:24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you." (Isaiah 41:24 KJV)

"10:10 But the LORD [again, see The Kingdom Of The LORD God] is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. 10:11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens." (Jeremiah 10:10-11 KJV)

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This Day In History, June 12

918: Aethelflaed (or Ethelfleda), a rare female Anglo-Saxon ruler of Mercia in England, died. The daughter of Alfred The Great, she helped her brother Edward The Elder, king of the West Saxons, conquer the Danish armies occupying eastern England.

1346: Charles IV of Luxembourg was elected Holy Roman Emperor in Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire).

1381: During the Peasants' Revolt (also called Wat Tyler's Rebellion) in England, the rebels arrived at Blackheath where they looted the town and burned libraries. The rampage was inspired by the "sermons" of the communist preacher John Ball and led by the anarchist Wat Tyler (a former roofer, using tiles as was common in the day - hence the origin of the family name Tyler).

Wat Tyler's Rebellion 1418: An insurrection put Paris under the control of the Burgundians.

1442: Alfonso V of Aragon was crowned King of Naples.

1653: The Battle of the Gabbard began during the First Anglo-Dutch War.

1665: England established the first municipal government for New York City. After the departure of the Dutch, the English renamed the city of "New Amsterdam" as "New York." The entire area was transformed from "New Netherlands" to "New England."

1667: The first blood transfusion was carried out by Jean-Baptiste Denys, personal physician to King Louis XIV of France, on a 15-year-old boy using blood from a sheep.

1811: The Earl of Selkirk was granted a vast area of territory in what is now Manitoba, Minnesota and North Dakota. Selkirk paid 10 shillings ($2.50) a year in rent on the land, which covered an area 5 times bigger than his native Scotland. As part of the rental agreement, Selkirk had to provide the Hudson's Bay Company with 200 servants a year and develop an agricultural colony.

1812: Napoleon invaded Russia.

1849: The gas mask was patented.

1860: The State Bank of the Russian Empire was established (Russia didn't begin its experiment with communism until the early 1900s; it lasted for about 70 years before socialism bankrupted Russia).

1867: The Austro-Hungarian Empire was formed.

1897: Swiss cutlery maker Carl Elsener patented his penknife, later to become known as the Swiss army knife.

1898: During the Spanish-U.S. War, the independence of the Philippines was declared by General Emilio Aguinaldo, leader of the revolutionary movement. The Philippines thereafter became an imperial colony of the U.S. rather than Spain.

1900: The Reichstag approved a second new law allowing the expansion of the German navy, making it one of the world's largest.

1917: King Constantine of Greece stepped down in favor of his son, Prince Alexander.

1944: Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung announced that he would support Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in the war against Japan.

1967: The U.S. Supreme Court declared all U.S. state laws against interracial marriage to be unconstitutional.

1967: Russia launched Venera 4. Upon arriving at Venus (the pagan name that humans have given to the planet), it will became the first space probe to enter another planet's atmosphere and return data.

1978: David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam" killer in New York City, was sentenced to 365 years in prison for six killings.

1991: Mount Pinatubo began erupting in the Philippines after 4 centuries of dormancy.

1994: Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered at her home in Los Angeles. O.J. Simpson was later acquitted of the murders by a jury of his "peers."


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