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Friday, February 24 2017

Which Forever Do You Choose?

"The works of the flesh ... that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God ... They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts ... be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children"

The English-language word "carnal" originated from a Latin word, carnalis, that meant flesh. "Carnal" is defined as "Pertaining to the body, its passions and appetites." (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary).

Other familiar words originated from "carnal." "Carnivorous" means flesh eater (see also hat Makes Creatures Clean or Unclean?), while "carnival" means flesh pleaser (see also The Carnival Churches).

Humans were created first as flesh so that they can be disposed of if they choose to not accept the LORD's offer of eternal life. Those who merely live as though the flesh stage is all that there is will find that, for them, it's all that there will be. Those who obey God will live forever, while those who refuse to repent will be rendered dead forever (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).

"8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." (Romans 8:5-11 KJV)

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Struggle builds righteous character that will last forever, while living according to "the flesh" is literally the way to a dead end (see Strait And Straight). Notice also all of the hate-based behavior characteristics of the dead-end way ("Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings") from which "they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God."

"5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:16-21 KJV)

God's Law is against the behavior that will cause rebels to lose their Salvation. There is no Law against humbly accepting the LORD's offer of Salvation.

"5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another." (Galatians 5:22-26 KJV)

Salvation is about being actually born again as children of God (see the Fact Finder question below; also What Does God The Father Really Look Like?).

"5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 5:7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God." (Ephesians 5:1-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "born again" actually mean? When will it actually happen?
See What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?


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This Day In History, February 24

786: Pepin the Short of Gaul died. His kingdom was divided between his sons Charles (Charlemagne) and Carloman.

Europe
1303: The Battle of Roslin during the First War of Scottish Independence.

1387: King Charles III of Naples and Hungary was assassinated at Buda.

1389: King Albert of Sweden was defeated and captured by the Danes at the Battle of Falkoeping. The outcome left Margaret of Denmark effective ruler of both Sweden and Denmark.

1473: Albert III Achilles proclaimed the Dispositio Achilles (Disposition of Achilles) which was to preserve a united Brandenburg.

1496: Henry VII of England ended a commercial dispute with Flanders.

1500: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was born. It was the emperor Charles who officially pronounced Martin Luther a heretic, not the pope (the Emperors claimed to be the "vicar of Christ" because Christ is a King; the popes claimed to be the "vicar of Christ" because Christ is our High Priest - see Emperors and Popes).

German Empire
1525: During the first Franco-Habsburg War, the Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) Charles V captured French King Francis I at the battle of Pavia, in Italy. The battle marked one of the earliest uses of the arquebus (musket).

1530: The first imperial coronation by a pope - Charles V crowned by Clement V (again, see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1582: Pope Gregory XIII issued a Papal Bull proclaiming the Gregorian calendar (named after him; see Pope Gregory's Calendar), replacing the Julian calendar (named after Julius Caesar). The Gregorian calendar is used throughout the world today.

1821: Mexico became independent from Spain. Over the next century, much of Mexico's territory was lost to the U.S. by armed conquest (the present-day Mexican border with the U.S. was once hundreds of miles farther north into what is today California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas).

Mexico
1825: Thomas Bowdler, British editor, died. He edited a censored version of the works of Shakespeare, giving the word "bowdlerise" to the English language.

1826: The Treaty of Yandabo; ended the First Anglo-Burmese War.

1848: After a revolution in Paris, Louis Philippe of France abdicated in favor of his grandson, the Comte de Paris. The move failed and the Second Republic was proclaimed 2 days later.

1868: Andrew Johnson became the first U.S. President to have impeachment proceedings brought against him.

1887: Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium, became the first two national capital cities with telephone communications between them.

1920: A small political extremist group in Germany outlined its program to create a Third German Reich. Its spokesman, Adolf Hitler, said that it would change its name to the National Socialist German Workers' Party (abbreviated as the "Nazi" Party; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).

Adolf Hitler

1942: During the Second World War (1939-1945), 767 Jewish refugees (428 men, 269 women, 70 children) drowned in the sinking of the Struma, 5 miles off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey. After they were refused entry in "Palestine" and the Ottomans would not allow them into Turkey, Turkish authorities had the unseaworthy ship towed out to sea, where it soon floundered and sank (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).

1945: Prime Minister Ahmed Maher Pasha of Egypt was shot dead in Parliament just after reading a declaration of war on Germany and Japan.

1986: Tommy Douglas died at age 81. The Canadian politician, former Saskatchewan premier and federal party leader, was known as the "father of medicare" for introducing North America's first government health plan.

1989: Iranian Muslim leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offered a $3 million bounty for the murder of author Salman Rushdie.

1991: After 5 weeks of massive U.S. air bombardment of Iraq and Kuwait, U.S., British and allied ground forces began the ground war in the Kuwait "Gulf War."

2007: Japan launched its fourth spy satellite.

2008: Fidel Castro retired due to ill health after nearly fifty years as the President of Cuba, beginning with the revolution that overthrew the Mafia (the Cuba scenes in The Godfather movies are based on historical truth) and CIA backed dictator regime of Fulgencio Batista in 1959.


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