Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? Let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. Is. 43:9
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(1228) 2ND CORINTHIANS 6- Paul tells them to not receive God’s grace ‘in vain’. He quotes a very popular verse among Evangelicals ‘now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation’. He says the Lord heard their prayer and ‘accepted/saved them’. Paul is referring to salvation in the sense that after his first letter, they repented, asked God for forgiveness and responded in the right way. Now in this letter he’s saying ‘look, God heard your heart. He has received you. Don’t keep repenting over the thing’. Paul also gives another list of his trials. He gave one in chapter 4, will give another one in chapter 11. I like the part where he says ‘we are unknown, yet well known’. In today’s Protestant/Evangelical churches, we are often ‘well know, yet unknown’. Let me explain. In Paul’s day he raised up quite a stir. In the book of Acts we see how when he was at the temple in
someone finally recognized him and accused him. He wasn’t’ well
recognized/known like we are today. Yet his writings and the communities of
believers he was establishing were well known. People knew his message and
gospel. Yet today, we have so many Christians who follow a cult of personality.
They associate ‘the church they attend’ with the main leader. Often these men
are well meaning, in some cases their public persona is known world wide. Yet
the average viewing audience has no grasp on what they are teaching. They see
our famous images [well known] yet what we are speaking is often irrelevant
[unknown]. And last but not least Paul teaches what I like to call ‘an
incarnational ecclesiology’- in simple terms, God lives in his people in a real
way. The real presence of God in society is manifest thru his actual people.
Often times the historic churches will emphasize the Eucharist as the way Gods
presence is in the world. Some argue for ‘an incarnational sacramental’ view of
Christianity. They teach that because God manifested himself in a material way
thru Christ [the incarnation] that this principle continues today thru the
sacraments that the churches practice. I respond this way; while this is true
that God has/does manifest himself in real ways in the world, the primary
method of him dwelling in the world in a real way is thru the people of God.
Paul refers to us as Gods temple in the world. While the history of Israel
in the Old Testament is somewhat liturgical, I feel to carry sacramental
theology too far into the New Covenant misses the point. Jesus did give us the
communion meal, and we do ‘show his death’ while celebrating it. But Gods
primary means of ‘showing’ himself to the world is thru the charitable deeds of
his saints. They will ‘know we are Christians by our love, by our love’. This
theme is woven thru out the entire New Testament. Its’ fine for believers to
have ‘sacred space’ [church buildings] to celebrate liturgy and traditional
forms of Christian worship, but to keep in mind that we are the actual dwelling
place of God in the world, we are his temple. During the first millennia of
Christian history the church developed an idea that said because Jesus did come
in the flesh, therefore it is now permitted to have Icons [special religious
paintings that have special meaning in the Greek/Eastern Orthodox churches] and
physical ways for God’s presence to manifest. The western church [Catholic]
would struggle over this issue. One of the Popes would condemn iconography and
some would destroy these religious paintings from the church buildings.
Eventually an Orthodox theologian [I think John of Damascus?] would develop the
theology that I explained above and the church would accept the practice of God
manifesting himself in a special way thru religious objects. I personally enjoy
the Catholic/Orthodox and traditional expressions of Christianity, but I think
they over did it in this area.
(1229) 2ND CORINTHIANS 7- Paul tells them that at first he regretted being so hard on them in his 1st letter. But now he rejoices that he was so hard, because they fully heard him out and came to their senses. I have found over the years that many people initially ‘hate’ me for some of the stuff I write. But sometimes they really reconsider certain beliefs that they picked up along the way and they make adjustments, this is the purpose. So Paul was glad he did it. Now when he was in
Macedonia he was in distress
'without were fighting’s, within were fears’ he struggled daily with
difficulty. But in all these troubles he rejoiced when the good report came
back to him from Titus, his coworker who was sent to check up on the
Corinthians. Titus came back and told Paul how they listened to him and
repented. This was Paul’s reason to rejoice. I want you to see the give and
take between Paul and these churches/communities. In the next chapter we will
deal with money issues, but for now he is giving his life away for the benefit
of these churches. He preaches the pure gospel of Jesus, he does not view
‘being a child of the king’ thru the lens of making wealth or having no
problems, to the contrary he will teach that these doctrines are not from the
Lord [see 1st Timothy 6]. Paul’s intent was to establish
VERSES-Daniel 3:6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
Daniel 3:7 Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
Daniel 3:8 Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.
Daniel 3:9 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.
Daniel 3:10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image
Daniel 3:11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
Daniel 3:12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Daniel 3:13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Then they brought these men before the king.
Daniel 3:14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
Daniel 3:15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
Daniel 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
Daniel 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Daniel 3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Daniel 3:19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
Daniel 3:20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
Daniel 3:21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Daniel 3:22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.
Daniel 3:23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Daniel 3:24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
Daniel 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Daniel 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
Daniel 3:27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellers, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
Daniel 3:28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
Daniel 3:29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
Daniel 3:30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon.
Psalm 149:1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
Psalm 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Psalm 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
Psalm 149:4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Psalm 149:5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
Psalm 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
Psalm 149:7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
Psalm 149:8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
Psalm 149:9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. Zech 12:3
Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Matt. 21:42
The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. Ps. 115
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. Rev.
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