Friday, February 24, 2017

The Blood Of Jesus Christ

The Blood of Jesus Christ

by Billy Sunday

"For if the blood of bulls and of goats and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh" - Paul argued in his letter to the Hebrews "how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God." (Heb. 9:13-14)
No more of this turtle-dove business, no more offering the blood of bullocks and heifers to cleanse from sin.

The atoning blood of Jesus Christ - that is the thing about which all else centers. I believe that more logical, illogical, idiotic, religious and irreligious arguments have been fought over this than all others. Now and then when a man gets a new idea of it, he goes out and starts a new denomination. He has a perfect right to do this under the thirteenth amendment, but he doesn't stop here. He makes war on all of the other denominations that do not interpret as he does. Our denominations have multiplied by this method until it would give one brain fever to try to count them all.

The atoning blood! And as I think it over I am reminded of a man who goes to England and advertises that he will throw pictures on the screen of the Atlantic coast of America. So he gets a crowd and throws pictures on the screen of high bluffs and rocky coasts and waves dashing against them, until a man comes out of the audience and brands him a liar and says that he is obtaining money under false pretense, as he has seen America and the Atlantic coast and what the other man is showing is not America at all. The men almost come to blows and then the other man says that, if the people will come tomorrow, he will show them real pictures of the coast. So the audience comes back to see what he will show, and he flashes on the screen pictures of a low coast line, with palmetto trees and banana trees and tropical foliage and he apologizes to the audience, but says these are the pictures of America. The first man calls him a liar and the people don't know which to believe. What was the matter with them?

They were both right and they were both wrong, paradoxical as it may seem. They were both right as far as they went, but neither went far enough. The first showed the coast line from New England to Cape Hatteras, while the second showed the coast line from Hatteras to Yucatan. They neither could show it all in one panoramic view, for it is so varied it could not be taken in one picture.

God never intended to give you a picture of the world in one panoramic view. From the time of Adam and Eve down to the time Jesus Christ hung on the cross he was unfolding his views. When I see Moses leading the people out of bondage where they for years had bared their backs to the taskmaster's lash; when I see the lowing herds and the high priest standing before the altar severing the jugular vein of the rams and the bullocks; on until Christ cried out from the cross, "It is finished," (John 19:30) God was preparing the picture for the consummation of it in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ.

A sinner has no standing with God. He forfeits his standing when he commits sin and the only way he can get back is to repent and accept the atoning blood of Jesus Christ.

I have sometimes thought that Adam and Eve didn't understand as fully as we do when the Lord said; "Eat and you shall surely die." (Gen. 2:17) They had never seen any one die. They might have thought it simply meant a separation from God. But no sooner had they eaten and seen their nakedness than they sought to cover themselves, and it is the same today. When man sees himself in his sins, uncovered, he tries to cover himself in philosophy or some fake. But God looked through the fig leaves and the foliage and God walked out in the field and slew the beasts and took their skins and wrapped them around Adam and Eve, and from that day to this when a man has been a sinner and has covered himself, it has been by and through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Every Jew covered his sins and received pardon through the blood of the rams and bullocks and the doves.

An old infidel said to me once, "But I don't believe in atonement by blood. It doesn't come up to my ideas of what is right."

I said, "To perdition with your ideas of what is right. Do you think God is coming down here to consult you with your great intellect and wonderful brain, and find out what you think is right before he does it? " My, but you make me sick. You think that because you don't believe it that it isn't true.

I have read a great deal - not everything, mind you, for a man would go crazy if he tried to read everything - but I have read a great deal that has been written against the atonement from the infidel standpoint - Voltaire, Huxley, Spencer, Diderot, Bradlaugh, Paine, on down to Bob Ingersoll - and I have never found an argument that would stand the test of common sense and common reasoning. And if anyone tells me he has tossed on the scrap heap the plan of atonement by blood, I say, "What have you to offer that is better?" and until he can show me something that is better I'll nail my hopes to the cross.

Suffering for the Guilty

You say you don't believe in the innocent suffering for the guilty. Then I say to you, you haven't seen life as I have seen it up and down the country. The innocent suffer with the guilty, by the guilty and for the guilty. Look at that old mother waiting with trembling heart for the son she has brought into the world. And see him come staggering in and reeling and staggering to bed while his mother prays and weeps and soaks the pillow with her tears over her godless boy. Who suffers most? The mother or that godless, maudlin [drunk] bum? You have only to be the mother of a boy like that to know who suffers most. Then you won't say anything about the plan of redemption and of Jesus Christ suffering for the guilty.

Look at that young wife, waiting for the man whose name she bears, and whose face is woven in the fiber of her heart, the man she loves. She waits for him in fright and when he comes, reeking from the stench of the breaking of his marriage vows, from the arms of infamy, who suffers most? That poor, dirty, triple extract of vice and sin? You have only to be the wife of a husband like that to know whether the innocent suffers for the guilty or not. I have the sympathy of those who know right now.

This happened in Chicago in a police court. A letter was introduced as evidence for a criminal there for vagrancy. It read, "I hope you won't have to hunt long to find work. Tom is sick and baby is sick. Lucy has no shoes and we have no money for the doctor or to buy any clothes. I manage to make a little taking in washing, but we are living in one room in a basement. I hope you won't have to look long for work," and so on, just the kind of a letter a wife would write to her husband. And before it was finished men cried and policemen with hearts of adamant were crying and fled from the room. The judge wiped the tears from his eyes and said: "You see, no man lives to himself alone. If he sins others suffer. I have no alternative. I sympathize with them, as does every one of you, but I have no alternative. I must send this man to Bridewell [house of correction]." Who suffers most, that woman manicuring her nails over a washboard to keep the little brood together or that drunken bum in Bridewell getting his just deserts from his acts? You have only to be the wife of a man like that to know whether or not the innocent suffer with the guilty.

So when you don't like the plan of redemption because the innocent suffer with the guilty, I say you don't know what is going on. It's the plan of life everywhere.

From the fall of Adam and Eve till now it has always been the rule that the innocent suffer with the guilty. It's the plan of all and unless you are an idiot, an imbecile and a jackass, and gross flatterer at that, you'll see it.

Jesus' Atoning Blood

Jesus gave his life on the cross for any who will believe. We're not redeemed by silver or gold. Jesus paid for it with his blood (1 Peter 1:18). When some one tells you that your religion is a bloody religion and the Bible is a bloody book, tell them yes, Christianity is a bloody religion; the gospel is a bloody gospel; the Bible is a bloody book; the plan of redemption is bloody. It is. You take the blood of Jesus Christ out of Christianity and that book isn't worth the paper it is written on. It would be worth no more than your body with the blood taken out. Take the blood of Jesus Christ out and it would be a meaningless jargon and jumble of words.

If it weren't for the atoning blood you might as well rip the roofs off the churches and burn them down. They aren't worth anything. But as long as the blood is on the mercy seat (Lev. 16:14), the sinner can return, and by no other way. There is nothing else. It stands for the redemption. You are not redeemed by silver or gold, but by the blood of Jesus Christ. Though a man says to read good books, do good deeds, live a good life and you'll be saved, you'll be damned. That's what you will. All the books in the world won't keep you out of hell without the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. It's Jesus Christ or nothing for every sinner on God's earth.

Without it not a sinner will ever be saved. Jesus has paid for your sins with his blood. The doctrine of universal salvation is a lie. I wish every one would be saved, but they won't. You will never be saved if you reject the blood.

I remember when I was in the Y.M.C.A. in Chicago I was going down Madison Street and had just crossed Dearborn Street when I saw a newsboy with a young sparrow in his hand. I said: "Let that little bird go."

He said, "Aw, g'wan with you, you big mutt."

I said, "I'll give you a penny for it," and he answered, "Not on your tintype."

"I'll give you a nickel for it," and he answered, "Boss, I'm from Missouri; come across with the dough."

I offered it to him, but he said, "Give it to that guy there," and I gave it to the boy he indicated and took the sparrow.

I held it for a moment and then it fluttered and struggled and finally reached the window ledge in a second story across the street. And other birds fluttered around over my head and seemed to say in bird language, "Thank you, Bill."

The kid looked at me in wonder and said: "Say, boss, why didn't you chuck that nickel in the sewer?"

I told him that he was just like that bird. He was in the grip of the devil, and the devil was too strong for him just as he was too strong for the sparrow, and just as I could do with the sparrow what I wanted to, after I had paid for it, because it was mine. God paid a price for him far greater than I had for the sparrow, for he had paid it with the blood of his Son, and he wanted to set him free.

No Argument Against Sin

So, my friend, if I had paid for some property from you with a price, I could command you, and if you wouldn't give it to me I could go into court and make you yield. Why do you want to be a sinner and refuse to yield? You are withholding from God what he paid for on the cross. When you refuse you are not giving God a square deal.

I'll tell you another. It stands for God's hatred of sin. Sin is something you can't deny. You can't argue against sin. A skilful man can frame an argument against the validity of religion, but he can't frame an argument against sin. I'll tell you something that may surprise you. If I hadn't had four years of instruction in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, before I saw Bob Ingersoll's book, and I don't want to take any credit from that big intelligent brain of his, I would be preaching infidelity instead of Christianity. Thank the Lord I saw the Bible first. I have taken his lectures and placed them by the side of the Bible, and said, "You didn't say it from your knowledge of the Bible." And I have never considered him honest, for he could not have been so wise in other things and such a fool about the plan of redemption. So I say I don't think he was entirely honest.

But you can't argue against the existence of sin, simply because it is an open fact, the word of God. You can argue against Jesus being the Son of God. You can argue about there being a heaven and a hell, but you can't argue against sin. It is in the world and men and women are blighted and mildewed by it.

Some years ago I turned a corner in Chicago and stood in front of a police station. As I stood there a patrol dashed up and three women were taken from some drunken debauch, and they were dirty and blear-eyed, and as they were taken out they started a flood of profanity that seemed to turn the very air blue. I said, "There is sin." And as I stood there up dashed another patrol and out of it they took four men, drunken and ragged and bloated, and I said, "There is sin." You can't argue against the fact of sin. It is in the world and blights men and women. But Jesus came to the world to save all who accept him.

"How Long, O God?"

It was out in the Y.M.C.A. in Chicago. "What is your name and what do you want?" I asked.

"I'm from Cork, Ireland," said he, "and my name is James O'Toole." Here is a letter of introduction." I read it and it said he was a good Christian young man and an energetic young fellow.

I said, "Well, Jim, my name is Mr. Sunday. I'll tell you where there are some good Christian boarding houses and you let me know which one you pick out." He told me afterwards that he had one on the North Side. I sent him an invitation to a meeting to be held at the Y.M.C.A., and he had it when he and some companions went bathing in Lake Michigan. He dived from the pier just as the water receded unexpectedly and he struck the bottom and broke his neck. He was taken to the morgue and the police found my letter in his clothes, and told me to come and claim it or it would be sent to a medical college. I went and they had the body on a slab, but I told them I would send a cablegram to his folks and asked them to hold it. They put it in a glass case and turned on the cold air, by which they freeze bodies by chemical processes, as they freeze ice, and said they would save it for two months, and if I wanted it longer they would stretch the rules a little and keep it three.

I was just thinking of what sorrow that cablegram would cause his old mother in Cork when they brought in the body of a woman. She would have been a fit model of Phidias [ancient Greek sculptor], she had such symmetry of form. Her fingers were manicured. She was dressed in the height of fashion and her hands were covered with jewels and as I looked at her, the water trickling down her face, I saw the mute evidence of illicit affection. I did not say lust, I did not say passion, I did not say brute instincts. I said, "Sin." Sin had caused her to throw herself from that bridge and seek repose in a suicide's grave. And as I looked, from the saloon, the fantan rooms, the gambling hells, the opium dens, the red lights, there arose one endless cry of "How long, O God, how long shall hell prevail?" (Psa. 74:10)

You can't argue against sin. It's here. Then listen to me as I try to help you.

When the Standard Oil Company was trying to refine petroleum there was a substance that they couldn't dispose of. It was a dark, black, sticky substance and they couldn't bury it, couldn't burn it because it made such a stench; they couldn't run it in the river because it killed the fish, so they offered a big reward to any chemist who would solve the problem. Chemists took it and worked long over the problem, and one day there walked into the office of John D. Rockefeller, a chemist and laid down a pure white substance which we since know as paraffine [paraffin wax].

You can be as black as that substance and yet Jesus Christ can make you white as snow. "Though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow." (Isa. 1:18)

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Are You Rapture Ready? Secret of Enoch's Rapture

Secrets of Enoch's Rapture

Several years ago, I conducted an intense study on “raptures” in the bible. It really, started out as a prophecy study and then it took its own form and I found a total 7 raptures discussed in the bible. Most of you probably know that the number 7 is Gods number of completion.
This is the first post of a 7 part series, you will discover in the secrets of Enoch's Rapture:
*Why did God Rapture an individual * One secret of living rapture ready * How to walk with God as Enoch did

Do you know where the first rapture occurred in the bible?

Rapture #1:

Starts to take place in Genesis Chapter 5:22.
Remember brother Enoch? He walk with God. He didn't even have a bible, yet he walked with God for 300 years. I know Christians that have a hard time walking with God 30 days, let alone 300 years.
The scripture tells me that Enoch was the father of Methuselah, who was the oldest man that ever lived on God’s green Earth.
Enoch walked with God. Glory! Now here is something interesting, the scripture bears out. In verse 23 and 24: Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
Where did God take brother Enoch?
If you guessed Heaven, you are right. Now we know by reading verses before we get to Enoch's genealogy  that all of his fathers and fathers, fathers, before him the record states that they all died. Not Enoch’s, it says God took him away.
Now some might say that this verse doesn't prove that he was actually rapture. Well I don’t know how else you can sum this up. He didn't die naturally, so God must have transported him from Earth to heaven. There is no other explanation.
What made Enoch so special that God rapture an individual? Verse 23, just says that he walked with God. I know many good Christians that walk with God every day.
Do you?
The New Testament gives us a clue as to how and why Enoch walk with God. In the book of Hebrews chapter 11:5, the Apostle Paul, writes these statements:
By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death.
 He could not be found, because God had taken him away. (Rapture)
For before he was taken he was commended as one who pleased God.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Aaha! By faith Enoch, was rapture from this life bodily from earth to heaven. And it was living by faith before he was taken to heaven that he was commended as one who pleased God.
We should all live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). I believe we are living on a very thin strand of time before the taking away or rapture of the Church. Maybe this is why God has delivered this teaching series for you, Amen?
The rapture is just around the corner are you rapture ready?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Who is Jesus Father or Son?

Who is Jesus, Father or Son?

Introduction: Who Is Jesus, Father or Son?

 Recently I came across this question and couldn't answer the person asking the question. So, I hope one day that person conducts a Google search and comes across this post. Firstly, I want you to know I am not writing this post to try to change or convert you from any religion that denies Christ as Lord.
That is not my job. The Holy spirit is not leading me to convert but to shed light of the scriptures to whom God has called according to Mark 13: 22 which states:
 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. Unless God leads you through the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to convert someone that has believed a lie. I may explain this in a later post.

Who is Jesus, Father or Son?

I am going to answer this question with scripture. That is the best way to answer a Biblical question any way, do you agree? I am going to use Jimmy Swagger's The Expositor's Study Bible. The reason for this is that I have read a lot of commentaries and this is the best answer that I have found. The expositor's notes are going to be italicized and red, while the scripture verses are black and bold.

Let me ask you, who is Jesus, Father or Son?

1 John 2:22-25

22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?
Anyone that denies in any fashion who Jesus is and what he has done to redeem humanity, is a "liar."
He is Antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
He who denies the trinity is antichrist. God the father and God the son are represented here, and it is the Holy Spirit who inspires the text. SO we have here the Trinity.
23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either;
No matter the claims, if Jesus is denied so is the Father.
he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
If the Son is accepted, the Father is as well, for the Son is the only way to the Father. See John 10:30-38
24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning.
We should not deviate from the true Gospel which originally brought us to Christ.
 If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that He has promised us--eternal life.
Which we obtain by accepting Christ and what he did for us at the Cross.

Who Is Jesus, Father or Son? 

It is my prayer that you now know that Jesus Christ, is the Son of God.

What is God doing in this hour?

What is God Doing in this Hour?


What Next? Do The Work...

I am excited about this sliver of time that we are living in today. I don’t know about you but, I was born for this day and hour, amen. Even though it seems that the enemy is winning the world, with all of the violence that is taking place and destruction of property, morals and lives, I would like to assure you that he isn't  The devil knows his time is short.
Not long ago, I ask the Lord in prayer, “What next?” I didn't hear a still small voice. The Lord didn't give me a sign from heaven or anything super natural in nature. No, that evening when I was reading my bible, I was reading 2 Timothy. It was while I read chapter 4, that the Lord spoke to my spirit and said “This is where the world is, now do the work” that set me on fire! Here is what it said: 2 Timothy Chapter 4: 1-5
1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove , rebuke , exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions , do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
You will have to admit, that you know, deep down inside, you know that we are living at the end of the age of Grace. You can literally feel the atmosphere conditions change in the spirit almost on a daily basis. Our enemy is advancing, lives are being lost, and salvation seems to be slipping away from the worlds grasp…

What is God doing about the work in this hour?

He is waiting on you! The body of Christ, is just that, Christ’s body on this Earth. You, me and the Church represent him as a body of believers with Jesus our Christ as the head, leading the charge of the Glorious Gospel to the lost, diseased, lame, devil possessed, homeless and heartless.  Here is what our savoir commanded just before he departed this Earth:
Mark 16:15-20
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they
  • cast out devils;
  • they shall speak with new tongues;
  • They shall take up serpents;
  • and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;
  • they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
I want you to notice that Jesus went to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. The work of the cross was complete. The devil and his minion were crushed, the war is over. Jesus commissioned all men and women, boys and girls that believe, that are saved, and baptized to continue his ministry on this Earth and into the world system. “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”, wasn’t a suggestion, it was a command.
We as Christians are to occupy this Earth and continue the work of Christ with his authority that he has given you and me… In His Name! Listen to the Gospel of Mark chapter 16, verse 20
 And they went forth (Who Are they? Humans, men, woman, boys and girls) and preached every where,(Preached what? The Gospel) the Lord working with them,(Thorugh the Holy Spirit) and confirming the word with signs following. (John 14:12 KJV says
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.) Amen.
Jesus, said it from his own lips, do you believe it? Leave your comment below.

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Now do the work. What is God doing in this hour?

Friday, February 3, 2017

How to have an excellent spirit

An Excellent Spirit

By: Rev. Carol Arvin


An Excellent Spirit

Daniel is reported to have had an excellent spirit (Daniel 6:3). In verse 22 Daniel spoke to the king from the den of the lions. He told the king the Lord had sent His angel to shut the lions mouths so, they could not hurt him. Daniel said to the king that he was found innocent before the Lord and innocent before the king as the king knew. To me one of the keys to this verse is that that Daniel was found innocent before God and man. He had acted righteously daily to the point that his accusers could not find fault in him. Daniel 6:4-5).

How To Remove The Sin Trap & Get An Excellent Spirit

Today, we know that no one is perfect but, we can strive to obtain righteousness to the best of our ability. Should we fall and slip into a sin, it is good to know that we have an advocate with the Father through our savior Jesus Christ (1John 2:1). If we ask forgiveness of that sin the Lord will forgive us. However, we aren't to make a practice of sinning over and over again then asking forgiveness with the intention of going back to the sin we were just in.
If a person does this his heart isn't right before the Lord because the person doesn't have any sorrow or true repentance for the sin, or sins they are committing.
I believe that we should make it a practice to do good. Isn't that just what Jesus did? He went about helping people and setting them free from Satan’s bondage?
Jesus set people free from
  • sickness,
  • insanity,
  • being crippled,
  • unable to speak, or see etc. The people he set free went from his presence happy and healed.
Let us follow the Lords example of going about doing good in the earth as led by the Holy Spirit. May the love of the Lord we spread in the earth increase to where our good becomes even better, until it becomes the best that we can achieve for the Kingdom Of God. In whatever we undertake to do let us endeavor to do it with an excellent spirit to the best of our ability and as unto the Lord. So that our lights may shine brighter and brighter until the dawning of the new day in God’s Kingdom.
Proverbs 4:8 in King James reads, But the path of the just (is) as the shining light that shineth more and more until the perfect Day.
It takes courage and a lot of work, in order to have an excellent spirit in this day and hour. Don't be discouraged! But, be faithful as Jesus, is faithful. That is how to have an excellent spirit.

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