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Saturday, December 10 2016
The Messiah's Four Surprising Lessons About Sinners
"They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick"
The apostle John learned his lessons from the Messiah very well (see also John's Eyewitness Of The Messiah And The LORD God). It's very important to realize that all humans are sinners. It's even a sin to claim to be sinless.
"1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." (1 John 1:10 KJV)
Salvation is however open to all repentant sinners - those who do the best that they humanly can to obey the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour and Faith Is The Law). Anyone who claims to be Christian without genuinely obeying Him "is a liar, and the truth is not in him" (see Where Did John Say That The Antichrist Would Come From? and Imagination Worship)
"2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." (1 John 2:4 KJV; see also Try The Spirits)
"9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
The Messiah was Crucified by unrepentant sinners - with two profound ironies. Repentant sinners would not have betrayed and killed Him - righteous people would have left the world without the Sacrifice of the Lamb of God. In killing the Messiah, then as-yet unrepentant sinners made possible the forgiveness of sin, including their own at the time of Judgment, if they later repented. Some of those very same unrepentant sinners did indeed later became repentant sinners (see Saul Before His Conversion).
"26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 26:37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 26:38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
Repentant sinners are not to backslide and wallow in sin again (see Backsliding The Way To The Top). That doesn't mean that one shouldn't treat unrepentant sinners in the same way, and for the same reason, as the Messiah did. Until the time of the final Judgment, anyone can become a repentant sinner.
"6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. 6:29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. 6:30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
God does not "hear" unrepentant sinners. That includes their prayers (see the Fact Finder question below), but it also includes all of the evil and blasphemy that they speak until their time of repentance. Until then, God's not fouling Himself with the sound of evil talk is, in effect, a gift to those who yet speak with Satan's mouth (see What Does Satan's Voice Sound Like?).
"9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth." (John 9:31 KJV)
Fact Finder: What does the Word of God say about how to pray?
This Day In History, December 10
1508: Pope Julius II, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, Louis XII of France and Ferdinand II of Aragon formed the League of Cambrai to attack Venice (see Emperors and Popes and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1520: Martin Luther publicly burned Pope Leo X's papal edict, Exsurge Domine, that ordered him to recant his "protestant heresies." The accusation against Luther was fundamentally incorrect; Luther rebelled against the immoral behavior of the Papacy at the time, but he maintained nearly all of the Church of Rome's pagan doctrines, as do the "Protestant" churches to this day (e.g. see Why Observe The True Sabbath? and Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?). That's why the LORD refers to the "Protestant" churches as "harlots" too: "17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." (Revelation 17:4-5 KJV). The Church of Rome is the "mother" of all of those harlots, while Luther was the "father" of many of them.
1684: Isaac Newton's derivation of Kepler's laws from his theory of gravity, detailed in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, was read to the Royal Society by Edmund Halley.
1799: France adopted the metre as its official unit of length.
1845: The first pneumatic (inflated with air) tires were patented by British civil engineer Robert Thompson.
1848: Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, nephew of emperor Napoleon, was elected President of France's Second Republic. It was to be short lived - in 1851 Bonaparte staged a coup to restore "the empire."
1865: German-born Leopold I, the first king of the Belgians and a highly influential force in European diplomacy, died. He was known as the "uncle of Europe" - among his many international royal relatives was his niece Queen Victoria of Britain.
1868: The world's first traffic lights, built near London's Parliament Square, began operation.
1896: Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel died. He made much of his fortune from his invention of dynamite and the manufacture of armaments of war in his factories. Ironically (or hypocritically), the "Nobel Peace Prize" is named after him.
1898: The U.S. and Spain signed a treaty to end their war in the Caribbean and the Pacific.
1901: The first transatlantic wireless signal was received at St. John's Newfoundland. Guglielmo Marconi flew a box kite trailing copper wire to a telephone picked up clicking sounds transmitted from 2,000 miles / 3,200 kilometers away in Cornwall, England. Today, the hill from which the kite was flown is called Signal Hill.
St. John's Newfoundland is one of the oldest cities in geographic America, dating back to the 16th Century.
1915: The first all-metal plane flew for the first time. Built by German Hugo Junkers, it was known as the "Tin Donkey."
1936: King Edward VIII of Britain abdicated to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1941: Japanese shore-based bombers sank the British battleship Prince of Wales and battle cruiser Repulse.
1982: 119 countries, but not Britain or the U.S., signed the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
1988: A severe earthquake in Armenia killed an estimated 100,000 people.