Wisdom and friendship

James Dixon /Ferry Road Baptist Church 8/18/19

Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: prov 1:8

3 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

3 25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

26 For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Prov 4;5

Prov 1027 The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

Prov 1113 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. Prov 12:4

13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.Prov 12:13

23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. Prov 12:23

25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

13 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

14 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.

21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

15 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

5 A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.

14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

29 The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

163 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.

23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

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9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

186 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Friendship verses in proverbs:

Prov 17:17 “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity

Prov 13:20 “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”

Luke 6:31 .””Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Philippians 2:3″Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”

Col 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

Gal 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Prov 16:28 “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”

James 4:11 “Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.”

1 Cor 15:33 “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.”

Prov 22:24-25 “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.”

Prov 27:5-6 “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”

Prov 12:26 “The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

Prov 27:17 “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”

Col 3:12-14 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

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“Two programs?” Ephesians 3:6-8 The believers destiny

While dispensationalism has grace through faith alone at its core, and other doctrines that overlap Baptist doctrines, Dispensationalism focuses more on “differences” and “divisions” in scripture rather than unity of message, putting James against Paul, Jew against Gentile, and creates discord in the church.
. “Right division”, “two program doctrine”, “different salvations for different times”, “mystery teachings” and like doctrines complicate scripture, create confusion, place differences and divisions where none exist, and lead to arguments. I consider it a useless, pointless, confusing doctrine that leads to division and discord. It is one man’s doctrine and opinion. EW Bullinger. If you are a teacher, or preacher, or evangelist, you would do well to focus on Christ, not your pet doctrines. See my other posts “right division vs Bible chopping” “fundamental errors” and “more fundamental errors”

Paul’s own words refute dispensationalism.

“The Mystery” very simple.

How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Gal 3:28

27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Key word here “JUDGING”

What about King David then? God promised him a throne too.

Logically enough, King David will be King over Israel in his glorified first resurrection body.

Ez 34:24
24 And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.

25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.

26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

37:24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.

The 12 and Paul will go up just prior to the rapture,

What about us?

Paul speaking to GENTILES: 1 COR 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

Again, note the key word “JUDGE”

Rev 1:6 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

No queens? What about the women? There will be no gender in heaven, we all will be Kings.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Rev 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.Behold, 11. I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Rev 5:9-10 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Rev 5:9-10 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Did Paul and Jesus teach the same things?

Two people can describe the exact same thing, and their accounts will vary greatly, but if both are telling the truth, then there will be undisputed agreement between the two accounts.
This is what the gospels do. They paint the picture.

Many today like to say that Jesus and Paul did not teach or preach the same thing. Well, their delivery was different, but the substance of their messages was the same.

My goal here is to show you the harmony in all the scriptures between Jesus and the apostles.

Many doctrines today focus more on perceived “differences” and “divisions” in the Bible. These perceptions often lead to arguments and divisions within the churches.

As Bible students and children of the Lord, and hopefully teachers, we should look for harmony and agreement in the scriptures, and indeed our church doctrinal statement says that same thing.

I will cover the foundational doctrines that make our church what it is today.

Paul addresses what we are going to talk about in his epistles.

Our focus tonight is 1 Cor 1:11
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
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.
13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

Jesus and Paul: Did they preach and teach the same things? OF COURSE they did.

Let us compare:
While I can give you over a hundred different things that Paul mirrored Jesus in his teachings,for the sake of time,I will hit 14 of the main points.

1.The cross. 2. prayer 3. baptism. 4. The Lord’s supper. 5. Reconciling a brother. 6. The rapture. 7. Judgement and rewards. 8.marriage and divorce. 9. Offerings. 10. The ten commandments. 11. Sabbath days. 12. The second coming of Jesus. 13. Meats. 14. The kingdom gospel.

I may not get through all of this tonight, but I can provide you with a study help that shows the scriptures proving harmony in what Jesus taught, and what Paul preached.

1.THE CROSS. Jesus says in John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep..
In Matthew 16:21 it says: From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
In John 11:25, Jesus says: 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

In Luke 24:46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
There are many other verses that show Jesus preached His pending death, burial and resurrection.

PAUL SAYS in Acts 26:22-23: 22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

And in 1 Cor Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

2.PRAYER: JESUS SAYS: 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Proverbs 15:29 The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

PAUL SAYS: 1 Tim 2; 8 Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

3.BAPTISM: JESUS says in Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

PAUL SAYS: Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

PETER says: 1 Pet 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,)

4.THE LORD’S SUPPER: Jesus says in Mark 14:22-23 22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

PAUL says: 1 Cor 11:23-25 23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for[a]you. Do this in remembrance of me.”[b] 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

5. CHURCH DISCIPLINE And RECONCILIATION: JESUS SAYS in Matthew 18 15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

PAUL SAYS:1 Cor 13:1“In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.”, and in 1 Cor 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

6. THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH: JESUS SAYS in John 14: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
And in Matthew 24:4141 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And in luke 17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

PAUL says in 1 Thess 416 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. And again in 1 Cor 1552 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

7. JUDGEMENT AND REWARDS: JESUS says: Mt 12:36 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. In Matthew 5:12, Jesus says: Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

PAUL Says: 2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
And in Ephesians 6:8. Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.1 Cor 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

8.MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE: JESUS SAYS: Deuteronomy 24: When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.
JESUS says: Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving. for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and. whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. … anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery. (Jesus is saying it must be a LEGAL divorce, not for a flippant reason). Matthew 19: 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.

PAUL SAYS: 1 COR 7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.
9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:
11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

9. FREEWILL OFFERINGS:Matthew 23; 23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Mark 12:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, evenall her living. Matthew 5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

PAUL SAYS: 2 cor 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 1 Cor 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

10: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS: JESUS SAYS in Mark 10:19 9 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. Matthew 5:1717 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

PAUL SAYS: Eph 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) BOTH said : Love GOD, and love thy neighbor.
The ten commandments is PRACTICAL issue with a believer, not a salvific one.

11.SABBATH DAYS: JESUS SAYS: Matt 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? (the priests rested on Sundays) Mark 2:27: And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
PAUL says: Col 2:16 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

12.THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS: Mark 14:62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Matthew 2531 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
PAUL SAYS: 2 Thes 1:87 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

13. MEATS: Acts 11:9 JESUS says: But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
PAUL SAYS; 1 TIM 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

14: THE KINGDOM GOSPEL: JESUS Says:Matt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM: Jesus says in Matthew 4:17: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
PAUL says: Acts28:30-3130 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. THE
PAUL SAYS in Acts 28: 30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
And in 1 cor 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power

Discipleship and salvation.

As good an explanation as I have ever read:
From Mark McQueen (Facebook)
:Many people get salvation and discipleship mixed up. We got to remember we cannot mix the two. Salvation is all about what Jesus did on the cross Alone by grace through faith alone. It is a gift of God not of Works lest any man should boast Ephesians 2:8-9. We can’t earn salvation, is unearned unmerited favor. Romans 5:1 says we are justified by faith I have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Discipleship or stewardship on the other hand is all about service. It’s all about your love for God and your time and your service unto God. This is something we should do after salvation and not everybody is called to be a disciple many are called but few are chosen. So remember salvation is all about what he did for you, discipleship and service is all about what you do for God and that can be lost because it’s about Rewards and not the gift. I just wish people can get this in their heads.

Matthew 16:24(KJV)
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Is Matthew 16:24 was about salvation, it should have said If any man be a child of God, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me

The gathering of the elect

7/21/2019 James Dixon, Ferry road baptist Church.

Comparison Bible study: Comparing the rapture to the gathering of the elect.
First, I hope to explaining OUR judgement, and then do a comparison to the judgement mentioned in in Matt 13:36, Mark 13:27, and Matthew 25:31-41
This is one of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible; It is the basis for the doctrine of the post tribulation rapture. WE will be raptured first, then the tribulation begins. A post trib rapture is not biblical, and makes no logical sense. It leaves no mortals for the kingdom reign.

The gathering of the elect” Mark 13:27
And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
This verse applies primarily to the believers alive on earth when Jesus returns with his saints, those that survive the tribulation.
Note the ANGELS gather these elect to Jerusalem. This is not rapture. These saints are commended and rewarded the kingdom in MORTAL bodies, and repopulate the earth in the kingdom. Matt 25:31.
WE, having returned with Jesus from the marriage supper of the Lamb, will rule and reign with him in immortal glorified, raptured and first resurrection bodies. See matt 25:32-41, rev:6, 5:10, and Rev 20:4. When this judgement is over, the SECOND marriage feast of the Jewish wedding begins, “many will come from the east and the west, and the north and the south (earthly) , and sit down with Abraham in the kingdom”
The reason these saints were not raptured is because they were not believers at the time the Lord came for his bride.
LOGICALLY, a post tribulation rapture makes no sense, because it would leave no MORTALS alive for the kingdom reign. The mortals that enter the kingdom will repopulate the earth. WE will rule and reign with Christ in IMMORTAL raptured and first resurrection bodies.

OK, this is what we have to look forward to. It could happen any moment:
Thess 4:13-17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1 Cor 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
When is THIS judgement?
Rev 11:18
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
OUR judgement will be in HEAVEN, at the judgement seat of Christ, BEFORE the end of the world, and Jesus return, not here on earth.
Read with me: Revelation 19 4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Notice it says here that this takes place at the throne of God IN HEAVEN>

Now, continue to read with me: 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Continuing on: And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
This is our future, and a description of coming events:

NEXT is the judgement of the ones alive on earth when Jesus returns with us.

Read with me: Matt 24:31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Notice here the ANGELS do the work, THEY go and get the saints, but not only the saints that are alive when Jesus returns are gathered for this judgement, the WICKED are also gathered.

Matt 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

Now the judgement is set: WE will not be on trial here.

Joel 3 3 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
More detail about this judgement:
Read with me now in Matthew 25:31-4131 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

In closing: Now read Rev 1:6 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. And Rev 5:10 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

So what I have covered here involves several companies of people: the raptured and resurrected saints in 1 Thess 4:13-17, The believer and the non believer alive when Jesus returns WITH his saints, and a company of saints killed in the tribulation that are still in the grave when Jesus returns with his saints.
Do not confuse “the gathering of the elect” at Jesus return with us, with the rapture of the bride when he appears for us. His second coming will not be a surprise, the rapture of the saints will be, so be ready. Stay prayed up, and keep a short account so as to not stand ashamed at his appearing, and to receive a full reward at your judgement. God bless!

The gathering of the elect.

One of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible;
The gathering of the elect” Mark 13:27
And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

This verse applies primarily to the believers alive on earth when Jesus returns with his saints, those that survive the tribulation.
Note the ANGELS gather these elect to Jerusalem. This is not rapture. These saints are commended and rewarded the kingdom in MORTAL bodies, and repopulate the earth in the kingdom. Matt 25:31.
WE, having returned with Jesus from the marriage supper of the Lamb , will rule and reign with him in immortal glorified, raptured and first resurrection bodies. See matt 25:32-41, rev1:6, 5:10, and Rev 20:4. When this judgement is over, the SECOND marriage feast of the Jewish wedding begins, “many will come from the east and the west, and the north and the south (earthly) , and sit down with Abrham in the kingdom”
The reason these saints were not raptured is because they were not believers at the time the Lord came for his bride.

Once saved, always saved vs legalism: The difference.

Once saved always saved makes no sense to the religious man, but next to legalism, also known as works based salvation, OSAS is the only one that makes SENSE:
Non OSAS teaches the same works based salvation, fatalistic nonsense all other religions and cults across the world teach, and throughout history have taught.
Works based salvation is the foundation rock of Calvinism, Catholicism, Islam, Pentecostalism, Jehovah’s witness, SDA, and the countless others on the fruit stand of the worlds works based religions.
You’ll find the fatalism in the sum total of the parts. If it’s about “enduring” “persevering, then you’ve no more chance of heaven than an unbeliever. Like others before you, you may fail at the end, while the UNbeliever may very well turn to God at the last.
He will then enter heaven with no works in his hands, while you enter hell with a lifetime of piety, faithfulness and good works strapped across your back. All for nothing. Didn’t count for a thing at the end. Go figure. Fatalism. You’ve no more chance of heaven than an unbeliever. Why? Because you cannot see the future. You may fail, he may believe at the end. That is not “good news”
God bless!