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The Weapon Against The Christian Paradigm in the Year 2020

September 25, 2020

A Weapon Against The Christian Paradigm -The Hegelian Dialectic with Postmodern Thinking Deployed

What in Heaven’s name am I talking about you ask!? Well, much of what I will share is nothing new, and it is as old as sin and Satan himself. While I use some big words, I am not using them to intimidate as if I hold some higher intelligence but I believe you need to understand these things as I describe this very old weapon is being used against us… it is no more complicated than Satan’s lies to Eve in the Garden, deception wrapped in new clothes.

We live in a day that any Bible-believing Christian would call a dark day in the end times. Well, this article is not to argue the specifics of Jesus’ physical and bodily return to Earth that I believe will happen according to Acts 1:11 – and I look forward to it! With that discussion set aside, let us move on to the issues at hand today!

The Hegelian Dialectic to start as explained in-depth, first by a respected Bible teacher Dr. Francis Schaeffer,

Hegel’s intricate system puts great emphasis on the centrality of the state and the flow of history. In The Universe Next Door (1976) James W. Sire (1933–) summarizes Frederick Copleston’s (1907–) study of Hegel in Volume 7 of A History of Philosophy (1963). This summary is so succinct that I will quote it, insofar as Copleston’s treatment is too lengthy to quote in full: “According to Hegel, the universe is steadily unfolding and so is man’s understanding of it. No single proposition about reality can truly reflect what is the case. Rather, in the heart of the truth of a given proposition one finds its opposite. This, where recognized, unfolds and stands in opposition to the thesis. Yet there is truth in both thesis and antithesis, and when this is perceived a synthesis is formed and a new proposition states the truth of the newly recognized situation. But this in turn is found to contain its own contradiction and the process goes on ad infinitum. Thus the universe and man’s understanding of it unfolds dialectically. In short the universe with its consciousness—man—evolves.”

The result is that all possible particular positions are indeed relativized. While it is an oversimplification of Hegel’s complete position, this has led to the idea that truth is to be sought in synthesis rather than antithesis. Instead of antithesis (that some things are true and their opposite untrue), truth and moral rightness will be found in the flow of history, a synthesis of them. This concept has not only won on the other side of the Iron Curtain [Communist nations]; it has won on this side as well [here in the United States]. Today not only in philosophy but in politics, government, and individual morality, our generation sees solutions in terms of synthesis and not absolutes. When this happens, truth, as people had always thought of truth, has died.[1]

Here in the United States, in the year of our Lord 2020, we are witnessing this same ‘revolution’ in thought being forced upon us by radical leftist forces seeking to subvert our freedom of speech and all aspects of our lives in the name of their causes. To them our resistance is futile but they do not know the God we serve… may this serve as notice!

What we are getting from the ‘pundits’ of the Hegelian Dialectic and Postmodernism is a new paradigm where frankly I believe they overstepped so much I can show in a few short sentences that they have themselves twisted into a proverbial pretzel. In the secular institutions (used to be called universities) as part of Doctoral theory, they have presented “Queer Theory” as a valid theory of scientific studies. You, as a doctoral student, must in some cases address its validity! It is as simple as Daniel in the Bible who continued to pray to the True God, even when frowned upon by the king and as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who refused to bow to the idol. We MUST NEVER bow (or take a knee) but by the grace of Almighty God oppose their lies by means of scripture.

This is what it means to be a “Last Days Saint,” a believer in Jesus Christ our Savior, and Most High God by way of His Holy Spirit! This is what it really can mean in casting down some of Satan’s strongholds even in an evil day! As long as we have breath, a pen to write, a device to type on wherever we are – stand up and be counted for Jesus! God’s Word needs no defending, it is its own defense we only must get it out there! While I may present some, “high-brow” teachings such as the Hegelian Dialectic and Postmodernism – I do so to open your eyes to awaken you, to how bad it is in all our public schools and universities today. The evil to come in the next generation will be worse than this one if left unopposed and unexposed! Postmodernism by its own definition is a ‘scientific revolution’ it seeks to deconstruct Christianity and other faiths, it seeks to lift up what we call evil as good, and condemn God’s grace, creation, and salvation from sin as evil!

For the Christian perspective look to Romans chapter 1, here I cite Dr. Francis Schaeffer again showing he was a man ahead of his time! His words are truthfully prophetic because we merely turn on the news to see what noxious weeds are in a full evil ugly bloom today – choking the life out of the church if it were possible:

“So Paul continues in 1:21 and 22, … Men have become vain in their reasoning, their hearts have been darkened, and they have become foolishly foolish—holding positions in the very face of what exists. Men then are under God’s judgment, not because God has scattered them like a handful of gravel, but because He has treated them as He created them—as significant. Man’s own choices have led men where they are. In their own way all men are like the 1960 hippie who said, “Well, I don’t care what happens to the next generation. I will take LSD even if it does split the chromosomes. I care only for the moment.” In age after age men who had the truth have deliberately thrown it away. The world is what it is, not as a result of the cruelty of God to man, but of the cruelty of man to man.

In Romans 1:24 we read, “Wherefore, God gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their bodies between themselves.” Men in our own sociologically and psychologically oriented age have all kinds of explanations for the moral problems of man. But according to the Bible, it is not moral declension that causes doctrinal declension; it is just the opposite. Turning away from the truth—that which is cognitive, that which may be known about God—produces moral declension. The modern artists, the dramatists, and the novelists show how far modern man has turned away into moral byroads. The Bible tells us the cause: men who knew the truth turned away; they are followed by men who do not know the truth, and this results in all sorts of moral turning aside.

Paul repeats this concept three times, in 1:23–24, 25–27, and from 28 on. It seems to me he is saying, “Notice it, and notice it well. You haven’t misread. Don’t just read it lightly, because I’m going to say it three times so that you’ll understand that you read it correctly in the first place. It’s because men turn away from God that moral problems arise.”[2]

It is ugly “true truth” as the fine doctor said! Yes, you can argue this has been going on a long time but not in the magnitude or with the methodology we are witnessing today. The idea of postmodern thought to the exclusion of traditional thoughts of what is right or wrong, good or evil has been wiped away. All have turned from the truth in higher education in the USA and many other recognized universities.

PomoCaronWiresTo stand against them you are now labeled as the fanatic or lunatic. For them, they believe the synthesis/ anti-synthesis of Hegel, and of Marxist thought – a cognitive move to believe what is false will somehow, someway bring sense to the nonsensical world we live in! It is the very lifeblood of postmodernism. You can argue logically that 1 + 1 is not equal to 3, that by science with our chromosomes there is only male or female but to do so is to be labeled a bigot or worse. It is actually dangerous to your career to question these ‘authorities’ who will quickly label you part of a hate group, or in many instances drawing in the ire of radicals who will harm property or person because of your failure to comply. It comes into sharp focus that the ideas of Karl Marx have found a home in the hearts and minds of many of our youth, all the way to college age. What monstrous hate is being spawned in the minds of our youth thanks to these Hegelian leftist teachers and what evils are yet to come less we boldly speak out!

Postmodernists have no love of Christians and teach –

The Christian religion is deconstructed for the following reasons:

  • We believe in a supreme God who created all
  • We believe there are absolutes good versus evil, light versus darkness, true versus false
  • We believe in eternal life in Christ Jesus as Lord
  • We believe in the power of prayer – the supernatural
  • We believe in true science as God created man or woman there is no in between, there are only two sexes – period!
  • We believe in moral absolutes in accordance with Biblical teachings especially that marriage is exclusively between one man and one woman
  • We believe that Jesus will one day return physically to this corrupt Earth to gather His Bride the Church to Heaven
  • We believe that same Jesus will execute the wrath of God against all ungodliness and melt this Earth in a fervent heat
  • We believe we will reign with God in a new Heaven and Earth for eternity future!

We Christians stand against everything the postmodernist is for, and if they don’t already hate us they will when they understand who Jesus is that we preach! Too much out their today calls itself Christian, but as with others I have exposed on Truth with Snares I show many of the ‘goats’ who are Christian in name only! Pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon had much to say in the message he shared called “Self Delusion”

Yet, I do not discover in the parable that there were more sheep than goats. I find, at any rate, that the goats did make up a very considerable multitude! And though they expected to receive the benediction with the blessed, He said, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” Remember, also, another parable of our Savior, where the sower went forth to sow his seed. Here there were three places where the seed fell in vain and only one where it brought forth fruit! And, out of the three where it fell in vain, there were two that must be numbered with professors. In the one case, it fell where the thorns sprang up and choked it—there was religion but worldliness killed it! In the next, it fell where there was not much depth of earth; and the Master tells us that there are some who hear the Word, and with joy receive it; but when persecution comes by-and-by, they are offended, for there was never a deep work in their inner spirit. Tremble, my hearers, as many of you as have received the Word with joy and gladness, lest you should be found to have had no depth of earth and so, by-and-by, the good things which have blossomed and budded in you should perish before the burning sun of persecution! (CHS, October 19, 1862)

Will Jesus find you waiting? Will you be able to stand firm to the end in this tribulation of our souls?

A little closer to these days on August 3, 2006, Pastor Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries PostModernandGravitysaid this:  JESUS SPEAKS ON POSTMODERNISM in Current Issues, Devotions, Emergent Church

One of the core doctrines of the Emergent Church is the philosophy of alleged postmodernism with its assertion that truth cannot be known with certainty. But here is what the Lord says of His true sheep:

“I have revealed You to those whom You gave me out of the world. They were Yours; You gave them to Me and they have obeyed Your Word. Now they know that everything You have given Me comes from You. For I gave them the Words You gave Me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from You, and they believed that You sent Me.” (John 17:6-8)

“Therefore, from Christ’s own language, we have the most satisfactory and solemn cause to believe that the delusion of many may continue even to the last. The blindness of the self-deceiver may continue until he finds himself in the tenfold night of eternal perdition.” CHS

You may see yourself as Heaven bound, a great “Social Justice Warrior” for Christ but you too have been deceived into one of the oldest lies thinking your deeds somehow make you worthy to be named of Christ in Heaven – but they do not! So many false teachers and false professions of faith today from well-meaning people who haven’t the faintest idea of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ! If you ‘chose’ you did it in your strength! God must choose you and not the other way around! If you did not know sorrow for your sin, you cannot be in Christ! If Christ by way of the Holy Spirit, did not bring you to repent of your sins – you are no different from these godless postmodernists!

Anarchists may deny it but when they hear these words their hearts are aflame in hatred! It is by God that you come to all matters of life, death, and judgment because His ways are true and all of their ways are lies! The anarchists are fools who would deny the Deity of Christ and our Father in Heaven and especially the Holy Spirit WHO convicts the heart of the sinner unto repentance giving birth in our dead hearts to saving faith in Christ Jesus who died for our wrongdoings (sins).

postmodernickSo many today need a further point of reference to the Gospel of Christ-like the pagans of old they had their gods but no idea of a True Creator God of All! Let it be God who grabs them by their nose piercings or whatever else enslaves them to their sins! No one living is beyond the power of God to redeem! Let the word go out like a light in this darkening world!

Do you not have concerns or troubles in your mind causing you not to become involved in the world today or some church that claims to have what your heart desires? So many counterfeits! How are you to tell? So many results-oriented churches saying, look what we are doing for the community, or we are so inclusive, or look at our work overseas and so on! If it is not done in Christ, you might as well not be doing it at all!

So many are self-deluded thinking they walk the walk, talk the talk but yet their hearts are dark! So many saying, ‘Look at me’ yet are dead inside! IS THAT YOU READER!?

Matthew 7:21-23   Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Luke 13:25  When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

 The true postmodernist/anarchist is his/her own anti-Christ! You can have it your way or try to till the day you die but then comes judgment! There are NO second chances in this life except the one Christ offers us who would believe Him. Once the door of this life is shut it is too late!

postmowrongwaySo many who call on the name of Christ today, — listen up to all you ‘doom and gloomers’ – you know who you are! So many already thinking Christ should have returned already! CONSIDER FOR ONE SECOND YOU ARE WRONG! How many of you have resisted unto the shedding of blood for the cause of Christ? Because our nation has some struggles in 2020, diseases are nothing new and so much as you will see are overblown and politicized! So much of the Hegelian stuff going on is part of the Postmodernist’s mantra to cause crises and more crises to cause conflicts between the people of this nation and also part of the Communist Manifesto! Are you so blind to think the USA couldn’t be coopted to be made into the USSA? Wake up! If you love the freedoms we have in this country, stand as the Apostle Paul and be counted! Are you deaf, dumb, and blind!?

It is not when this world is in a time of ‘gloom and doom’ that Christ returns but in time as in the days of Noah when they thought everything was wonderful, a time of what they see as ‘peace and safety’ and they want for nothing – TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY! At least not yet…

Now is the time to stand Christian! Now is the time to shine as never before! As an application to what I am saying,

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober.

End of Part 1

[1,2] Schaeffer, F. A. (1982). The complete works of Francis A. Schaeffer: a Christian worldview (Vol. 5, pp. 178–179). Westchester, IL: Crossway Books.

Biblical Discernment Ministries Archive as of September 2020

September 6, 2020

For those of you asking, I have compiled as best as possible the entirety of the Biblical Discernment Ministries that formerly was located at:

Rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm and the old Beardsley Family site here:

Biblical Discernment Ministries Archive
(You Will Need Adobe PDF Reader and use the Bookmarks for viewing)

Beardsley Homepage Archive

Christians Stay Plugged In!

July 20, 2020

pluggedinChristians, here is an excerpt to think about from 1982 by Dr. Francis Schaeffer that is just as relevant today:

“It is not enough merely to say, “I believe in a supernatural world.” We must ask, “Which chair am I sitting in at this given existential moment?” We must live in the present: “Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof … Give us this day our daily bread.” What counts is the chair I am sitting in at any one existential moment.

Christianity is not just a mental assent that certain doctrines are true—not even that the right doctrines are true. This is only the beginning. This would be rather like a starving man sitting in front of great heaps of food and saying, “I believe the food exists; I believe it is real,” and yet never eating it. It is not enough merely to say, “I am a Christian,” and then in practice to live as if present contact with the supernatural were something far-off and strange. Many Christians I know seem to act as though they come in contact with the supernatural just twice—once when they are justified and become a Christian, and once when they die. The rest of the time they act as though they were sitting in the materialist’s chair.

The difference between a Christian who is being supernatural in practice and one who says he is a Christian but lives like a materialist can be illustrated by the difference between a storage battery and a light plug. Some Christians seem to think that when they are born again, they become a self-contained unit like a storage battery. From that time on they have to go on their own pep and their own power until they die. But this is wrong. After we are justified, once for all through faith in Christ, we are to live in supernatural communion with the Lord every moment; we are to be like lights plugged into an electric socket.

The Bible makes it plain that our joy and spiritual power depend on a continuing relation to God. If we do not love and draw on the Lord as we should, the plug gets pulled out and the spiritual power and the spiritual joy stop. Recall Paul’s statement in the benediction, “The communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” The reality of the communication of the Holy Spirit who lives within us and who is the agent of the whole Trinity is to be a continuing reality in the Christian’s life.”

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, 1982,
Death in the City, Chapter Nine: The Universe and Two Chairs

C. H. SPURGEON – Excerpts from: THOUGHTS ON THE LAST BATTLE NO. 23

April 5, 2020

Excerpts from C.H. Spurgeon THOUGHTS ON THE LAST BATTLE NO. 23 from sermon that follows:

“The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the Law. But thanks to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:56, 57.

When my spirit goes, if God finds me hymning His praise, I shall hymn it in Heaven. If He finds me breathing out oaths [curses today], I shall follow up those oaths in Hell. Where death leaves me, Judgment finds me.

As I die, so shall I live eternally — 
“There are no acts of pardon passed 
In the cold grave to which we haste.”

It is forever, forever, — forever!Ah, there are a set of heretics in these days who talk of short punishment and preach about God’s transporting souls for a term of years and then letting them die. Where did such men learn their doctrine, I wonder?

I read in God’s Word that the angel shall plant one foot upon the earth and the other upon the sea and shall swear by Him that lives and was dead, that time shall be no longer. But if a soul could die in a thousand years, it would die in time. If a million of years could elapse and then the soul could be extinguished, there would be such a thing as time. Talk to me of years and there is time. But, Sirs, when that angel has spoken the word,“Time shall be no longer,” things will then be eternal. The spirit shall proceed in its ceaseless revolution of weal or woe, never to be stayed, for there is no time to stop it. The fact of its stopping would imply timebut everything shall be eternal—for time shall cease to be!It well becomes you, then, to consider where you are and what you are. Oh, stand and tremble on the narrow neck of land between the two unbounded seas, for God in Heaven, alone, can tell how soon you may be launched upon the eternal future. May God grant that when that last hour may come, we may be prepared for it! Like the thief, unheard, unseen, it steals through night’s dark shade. Perhaps, as here I stand and rudely speak of these dark hidden things, soon may the hand be stretched and dumb the mouth that lisps the faltering strain. Oh, you who dwell in Heaven. Your Power supreme! Your everlasting King—let not that hour intrude upon me in an ill-spent season, but may it find me wrapped in meditation high, hymning my great Creator!

So in the last moment of my life I will hasten beyond the azure, to bathe the wings of this, my spirit, in their native element and then to dwell with You forever—

“Far from a world of grief and sin, With God eternally shut in.”

Hebrews 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Verses above expanded: 1 Corinthians 15:52-58  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. 53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54  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. 55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

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Excerpts from: THOUGHTS ON THE LAST BATTLE NO. 23 A SERMON DELIVERED ON SABBATH EVENING, MAY 13, 1855, BY THE REV. C. H. SPURGEON, AT EXETER HALL, STRAND.

By the grace of God, for all 63 volumes of C. H. Spurgeon sermons in Modern English, and 574 Spanish translations, all free, visit: www.spurgeongems.org

C. H. SPURGEON – JESUS CHRIST IMMUTABLE #848

January 20, 2020

Excerpts from C.H. Spurgeon from sermon that follows:

“Immutability is ascribed to Christ, and we remark that He was evermore to His people what He now is, for He was the same yesterday. Distinctions have been drawn by certain exceedingly wise men (measured by their own estimate of themselves), between the people of God who lived before the coming of Christ, and those who lived afterwards.”

 

“Those who lived before Christ were not saved with a different salvation to that which shall come to us; they exercised faith as we must; that faith struggled as ours struggles, and that faith obtained its reward as ours shall, as like as a man’s face to that which he sees in a glass is the spiritual life of David to the spiritual life of the believer now. Take the book of Psalms in your hand, and forgetting, for an instant that you have the representation of the life of one in the olden times, you might suppose that David wrote but yesterday. Even in what he writes of Christ, he seems as though he lived after Christ instead of before, and both in what he sees of himself, and in what he sees of his Savior, he appears to be rather a Christian writer than a Jew. I mean that living before Christ, he has the same hopes and the same fears, the same joys and the same sorrows, and there is the same estimate of his blessed Redeemer which you and I have in these times. Jesus was the same yesterday as an anointed Savior to His people, as He is today, and they under Him received like precious gifts.”

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A SERMON DELIVERED ON LORD’S-DAY MORNING, JANUARY 3, 1869, BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON.

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8.

FOR a very considerable number of years an esteemed and venerable vicar of a Surrey parish has sent me at the New Year a generous testimony of his love, and an acknowledgment of the pleasure which he derives from the weekly reading of my sermons. Enclosed in the parcel which his kindness awards to me is a text from which he hopes that I may preach on the first Sunday morning of the New Year. This year he sends me this golden line, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” I have preached from it before—you will find a sermon from this text in print (See #170, Volume 4—THE IMMUTABILITY OF CHRIST—by the grace of God, for all 63 volumes of C. H. Spurgeon sermons in Modern English, and 574 Spanish translations, all free, visit: http://www.spurgeongems.org). But we need not be at all afraid of preaching from the same text twice; the word is inexhaustible—it may be trod in the winepress many times, and yet run with generous wine! We ought not to hesitate to preach a second time from a passage any more than anyone going to the village well would be ashamed to put down the same bucket twice, or feel at all aggrieved at sailing twice down the same river! There is always freshness about gospel truth, and though the matter may be the same, there are ways of putting it in fresh light so as to bring new joy to those who meditate upon it.

Moreover, what if we should repeat our teachings concerning Christ? What if we should hear over and over again the same things “touching the King”? We can afford to hear them! Repetitions concerning Jesus are better than varieties upon any other subject. As a French monarch declared that he would sooner hear the repetitions of Bourdaloue than the novelties of another, so we may declare concerning our Lord Jesus; we would sooner hear again and again the precious truths of God which glorify Him than listen to the most eloquent orations upon any other theme in all the world! There are a few works of art, and wonders of creation which you might gaze upon every day in your life, and yet not weary of them; a great architect tells us there are but few buildings of this kind, but he instances Westminster Abbey as one; and everyone knows, who has ever looked upon the sea, or upon the Falls of Niagara, that look as often as you may, though you see precisely the same object, yet there are new tints, new motions of the waves, and new flashes of the light which forbid the least approach of monotony, and give to the assembling of the waters an ever-enduring charm. Even thus is it with that sea of all delights which is found in the dear lover of our souls!

We come then, to the old subject of this old text, and may the blessed Spirit give us new unction while we meditate upon it. Note first, our Lord’s personal name, Jesus Christ. Notice secondly, His memorable attribute—“He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” And then let us have a few words about His evident claims derived from the possession of such a character.

I. First then, the personal names of our Lord here mentioned—“JESUS CHRIST.” “JESUS” stands first. That is our Lord’s Hebrew name, “Jesus,” or “Joshua.” The word signifies, a Savior, “for He shall save His people from their sins.” It was given to Him in His cradle—

“Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining,
Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall.
Angels adore Him, in slumber reclining,
Maker, and Monarch, and Savior of all!”

While He was yet an infant hanging on His mother’s breast, He was recognized as Savior, for the fact of God’s becoming incarnate was the sure pledge, guarantee, and commencement of human salvation. At the very thought of His birth the virgin sang, “My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” There is hope  that man shall be lifted up to God, when God condescends to come down to man! Jesus in the manger deserves to be called the Savior, for when it can be said that, “the tabernacle of God is with men and He does dwell among them,” there is hope that all good things will be given to the fallen race. He was called Jesus in His childhood—“The Holy Child Jesus.” It was as Jesus that He went up with His parents to the temple, and sat down with the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. Yes, and Jesus as a Teacher in the very first principles of His doctrine is a Savior—emancipating the minds of men from superstition, setting them loose from the traditions of the fathers, scattering, even, with His Infant hands, the seeds of truth, the elements of a glorious liberty which shall emancipate the human mind from the iron bondage of false philosophy and priestcraft. He was Jesus, too, and is commonly called so both by His foes and by His friends in His active life. It is as Jesus the Savior that He heals the sick, that He raises the dead, that He delivers Peter from sinking, that He rescues from shipwreck the ship tossed upon the Galilean Lake. In all the teachings of His middle life, in those laborious three years of diligent service, both in His public ministry, and in His private prayer, He is still Jesus the Savior; by His active, as well as by His passive obedience, we are saved. All through His earthly sojourn He made it clear that the Son of man had come to seek and to save that which was lost. If His blood redeems us from the guilt of sin, His life shows us how to overcome its power; if by His death upon the tree He crushes Satan for us, by His life of holiness He teaches us how to break the dragon’s head within us. He is the Savior as a baby, the Savior as a child, the Savior as the toiling, laboring, tempted man. But He comes out most clearly as Jesus when dying on the cross; so named in a writing of which the author said, “What I have written, I have written,” for over the head of the dying Savior you read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” There pre-eminently was He the Savior, being made a curse for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. After beholding the dying agonies of his Master, the beloved apostle said, “We have seen, and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” On Calvary it was seen that the Son of Man saved others, though through blessed incapacity of love, “Himself He could not save.” When He was made to feel the wrath of God on account of sin, and pangs unknown were suffered by Him as our substitute; when He was made to pass through the thick darkness, and burning heat of divine wrath, then was He, according to Scripture, “the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.” Yes, it is on the cross that Christ is peculiarly a Savior; if He were nothing better than our exemplar, alas for us! We might be grateful for the example if we could imitate it, but without the pardon which spares us, and the divine grace which gives us power for holiness, the brightest example were a tantalizing of our grief! To be shown what we ought to be, without having any method set before us by which we could attain to it, were to mock our misery! But Jesus first draws us up out of the horrible pit of hell into which we were fallen, takes us out of the miry clay by the efficacy of His atoning sacrifice, and then having set our feet upon a rock by virtue of His merits, He Himself leads the way onward to perfection! And so is He Savior both in life and in death—

“That JESUS saves from sin and hell, Is truth divinely sure! 
And on this rock our faith may rest
Immovably secure!”

Still bearing the name of Jesus, our Lord rose from the dead! The evangelists delight in calling Him Jesus—in His appearance to Magdalene in the garden; in His manifestation of Himself to the disciples when they were together, the doors being shut; He is always Jesus with them as the risen One. Beloved, since we are justified by His resurrection, we may well regard Him as Savior under that aspect; salvation is still more linked with a risen Christ because we see Him by His resurrection destroying death, breaking down the prison of the sepulcher, and bearing away like another Samson the gates of the grave. He is a Savior for us since He has vanquished the last enemy that shall be destroyed, that we, having been saved from sin by His death should be saved from death through His resurrection! Jesus is the title under which He is called in glory, for “Him has God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” He is today, “the Savior of the body”; we adore Him as the only-wise God and our Savior. “He is able also to save them to the uttermost who come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them.” As Jesus He shall shortly come, and we are “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” Our daily cry is, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Yes, and this is the name, the name, “Jesus,” by which He is known in heaven at this hour. Thus the angel spoke of Him before He was conceived by the virgin; thus the angels serve Him and do His bidding, for He said to John in Patmos, “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify these things.” The angels prophesied His coming under that sacred name; they came to those who stood looking up into heaven, and they said, “You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven.” Under this name the devils fear Him, for didn’t they say, “Jesus we know, and Paul we know, but who are you?” This is the spell that binds the hearts of cherubim in chains of love; this is that which makes the hosts of hell tremble, and shrink back in fear! This name is the joy of the church on earth! It is the joy of the church above! It is a common word, a household name for our dear Redeemer among the family of God below! And up there they still sing it—

“Jesus, the Lord, their harps employ— 
‘Jesus, my love,’ they sing!
Jesus, the life of both our joys,
Sounds sweet from every string.”

That man of God, Mr. Henry Craik of Bristol, who much to our regret was lately called away to his rest, tells us in his little work upon the study of the Hebrew tongue, as an instance of how much may be gathered from a single Hebrew word, that the name Jesus is particularly rich and suggestive to the mind of the Hebrew scholar. It comes from a root signifying amplitude, spaciousness, and then it comes to mean setting at large, setting free, delivering—and so comes to its common use among us, namely, that of Savior. But there are two words in the name Jesus; the one is a contraction of the word “Jehovah,” the other is the word which I have just now explained to you as ultimately coming to mean “salvation.” Taken apart, the word Jesus means JEHOVAH-SALVATION. You have the glorious essence and nature of Christ revealed to you as Jehovah, “I Am that I Am”; and then you have in the second part of His name, His great work for you in setting you at large, and delivering you from all distress. Think, beloved fellow Christians, of the amplitude, the spaciousness, the breadth, the abundance, the boundless all-sufficiency laid up in the person of the Lord Jesus! “It pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell.” You have no contracted Christ, you have no narrow Savior; oh, the infinity of His love, the abundance of His grace, the exceedingly greatness of the riches of His love towards us! There are no words in any language that can sufficiently bring out the unlimited, the infinite extent of the riches of the glory of Christ Jesus our Lord! The word which lies at the root of this name “Jesus,” or “Joshua,” has sometimes the meaning of riches—and who can tell what a wealth of divine grace and glory are laid up in our Immanuel? Mr. Craik tells us that another form of the same word signifies “a cry.” “Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King and my God.” Thus salvation, riches, and a cry are all derived from the same root, and all find their answer in our Joshua or Christ. When His people cry out of their prisons, then He comes and sets them free—He comes with all the amplitude and wealth of His eternal grace, all the plenitude of His overflowing power; and delivering them from every form of bondage, He gives them to enjoy the riches of the glory treasured up in Himself! If this interpretation should make the name of Jesus one particle dearer to you, I am sure I shall be exceedingly happy! What do you think—if there is so much stored up in the one single name, what must be laid up in Himself! And if we can honestly say that it would be difficult to give the full bearing of this one Hebrew name which belongs to Christ, how much more difficult will it be to give the full bearing of all His character? If His bare name is such a mine of excellence, what must His person be? If this, which is but a part of His garment, does so smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, O what must His blessed person be but a bundle of myrrh which shall lie forever between our breasts, to be the perfume of our life, and the delight of our soul?—

“Precious is the name of Jesus, 
Who can half its worth unfold?
Far beyond angelic praises,
Sweetly sung to harps of gold.
Precious when to Calvary groaning,
He sustained the cursed tree,
Precious when His death atoning, 
Made an end of sin for me! 
Precious when the bloody scourges 
Caused the sacred drops to roll, 
Precious when of wrath the surges 
Overwhelmed His holy soul.
Precious in His death victorious,
He, the host of hell overthrows, 
In His resurrection glorious, 
Victor crowned o’er all His foes! 
Precious, Lord! Beyond expressing, 
Are Your beauties all divine! 
Glory, honor, power, and blessing,
Be henceforth forever Thine!

Thus much have we spoken upon the Hebrew name; now reverently consider the second title— Christ. That is a Greek name, a Gentile name—Anointed. So that you see you have the Hebrew Joshua, Jesus, then the Greek Christos, Christ; and so that we may see that no longer is there either Jew or Gentile, but all are one in Jesus Christ, the word Christ, as you all know, signifies anointed, and as such our Lord is sometimes called, “The Christ,” “The very Christ.” At other times, “The Lord’s Christ,” and sometimes, “The Christ of God.” He is The Lord’s Anointed, our King and our Shield.

This word “Christ,” teaches us three great truths of God. First, it indicates His offices; He exercises offices in which anointing is necessary, and these are three—the office of the King, of the Priest, and of the Prophet. He is King in Zion, anointed with the oil of gladness above His fellows, even as it was said of old, “I have found David My servant; with My holy oil have I anointed him: with whom My hand shall be established: My arm also shall strengthen him. I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers; also I will make him My first-born, higher than the kings of the earth.” Saul, the first king of Israel, was anointed with but a vial of oil—David, with a horn of oil—as if to signify the greater plenitude of his power, and excellence of his kingdom. But as for our Lord Jesus Christ, He has received the Spirit of anointing without any measure—He is the Lord’s Anointed, for whom an unquenchable lamp is ordained. “There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for My Anointed.” Beloved, as we think of that name, Christ, let us reverently yield our souls up to Him whom God has anointed to be King; let us stand up for His rights over His church, for He is King of Zion, and none have a right to rule there but under and in subjection to the great Head over all, who in all things shall have the pre-eminence! Let us stand up for His rights within our own hearts, seeking to thrust out all rival objects, desirous to keep our souls chaste for Christ, and to make every member of our body, though it may have surrendered itself before unto sin, to become subservient to the anointed King who has a right to rule over it.

Next, the Lord Christ is Priest. Priests were anointed; they were not to undertake this office of themselves nor without passing through the ceremony which set them apart. Jesus Christ our Lord has divine grace given to Him that no priest ever had; their outward anointing was but symbolic—His was the true and the real! He has received that which their oil did but set forth in type and shadow; He has the real anointing from the Most High. Beloved, let us always look at Christ as the anointed Priest. My soul, you can never come to God except through the only ever-living and truly anointed High Priest of our profession! O never for a moment seek to come without Him, nor through any pretender who may call himself a priest! High Priest of the house of God, we see You thus ordained, and we give our cause into Your hands; offer our sacrifices for us! Present our prayers! Take our praises, and put them into the golden censer, and offer them before Your Father’s throne. Rejoice my brothers and sisters, every time you hear the name Christ, that He who wears it is anointed to be Priest!

So with regard to the prophetic office we find Elisha anointed to prophesy, and so is Jesus Christ the prophet anointed among His people. Peter spoke to Cornelius of, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit, and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him.” He was anointed to preach the glad tidings, and to sit as Master in Israel. We hold no man’s teaching to be authoritative among us but the testimony of the Christ; the teaching of the Lord’s Christ is our creed, and nothing else. I thank God that in this church we have not to divide our allegiance between some venerable set of articles, and the teaching of our Lord. One is our Master! We declare no right of any man to bind another’s conscience, even though they are great in piety, and deep in learning; Augustine and Calvin, whose names we honor, for God honored them, they still have no dominance over private judgment in regard to the people of God. Jesus Christ is the Prophet of Christendom! His words must always be the first and the last appeal! This, then, is the meaning of the word “Christos.” He is anointed as King, Priest, and Prophet.

But it means more than that. The name Christ declares His right to those offices. He is not King because He sets Himself up as such; God has set Him as King upon His holy hill of Zion, and anointed Him to rule; He is also Priest, but He has not taken the priesthood upon Himself, for He is the propitiation whom God has set forth for human sin; He is the mediator whom the Lord God has appointed, and set to be the only mediator between God and man! And as for His prophesying, He speaks not of Himself—those things which He has learned of the Father, He has revealed unto us; He comes not as a prophet who assumes office, but God has anointed Him to preach glad tidings to the poor, and to come among His people with the welcome news of eternal love. Moreover, this anointing signifies a third thing, that as He has the office, and as it is His by right, so He has the qualifications for the work. He is anointed to be King; God has given Him royal power, and wisdom, and government; He has made Him fit to rule in the church, and to reign over the world. No better king than Christ! None as majestic as He who wore the crown of thorns, but who shall put upon His head the crown of universal monarchy! He has the qualifications for a priest too, such qualifications as even Melchisedec had not; such as cannot be found in all the house of Aaron—in all its length of pedigree. Blessed Son of God, perfect in Yourself, and needing not a sacrifice for Your own sake, You have presented unto God an offering which has perfected forever those whom You have set apart; and now, needing not to make a further offering, You have forever put away sin! And so is it with our Lord’s prophesying—He has the power to teach. “Grace is poured into Your lips: therefore God has blessed You forever.” All the words of Christ are wisdom and truth; the substance of true philosophy and certain knowledge are to be found in Him who is the wisdom and the power of God. Oh, that word, “Christ”; it seems to grow upon us as we think it over; it shows us the offices of Christ—His right to those offices, and His qualifications for them—

“Christ, to You our spirits bow! 
Prophet, Priest, and King are You! 
Christ, anointed of the Lord, 
Evermore be You adored.”

Now, put the two titles together and ring out the harmony of the two melodious notes—Jesus Christ, Savior-Anointed. Oh, how blessed; can you see that our Beloved is a Savior duly appointed, a Savior abundantly qualified? My soul, if God appoints Christ a Savior of sinners, why do you raise a question? God set Him forth as a sinner’s Savior. Come then, you sinners, take Him, accept Him, and rest in Him! Oh, how foolish we are when we begin raising questions, quibbles, and difficulties! God declares that Christ is a Savior to all who trust in Him! My poor heart trusts Him—she has peace! But why do some of you imagine that He cannot save you? Why do you ask, “How can it be that this man shall save me?” God has appointed Him! Take Him! Rest in Him! Moreover, God has qualified Him, given Him the anointing of a Savior. What? Do you think God has not girded Him with power enough, or furnished Him with enough merit with which to save such as you are? Will you limit what God has done? Will you think that His anointing is imperfect, and cannot qualify Jesus to meet your case? O do not so slander the grace of heaven; do not do such despite to the wisdom of the Lord; honor the Savior of God’s anointing by coming now, just as you are, and put your trust in Him!

II. We shall now examine the second point, HIS MEMORABLE ATTRIBUTES. He is said to be the same. Now, Jesus Christ has not been the same in condition at all times, for He was once adored of angels, but afterwards spit upon by men! He exchanged the supernal splendors of His Father’s court for the poverty of the earth, the degradation of death, and the humiliation of the grave. Jesus Christ is not, and will not be always the same as to occupation. Once He came to seek and to save that which was lost, but we very truly sing, “The Lord shall come, but not the same as once in lowliness He came.” He shall come with a very different objective—He shall come to scatter His enemies, and break them as with a rod of iron! We are not to take the expression then, “the same,” in the most unlimited sense conceivable. Looking at the Greek, you will notice that it might be read thus, “Jesus Christ Himself yesterday, and today, and forever.” The anointed Savior is always Himself. He is always Jesus Christ—and the word, “same” seems to me to bear the most intimate relation to the two titles of the text; it does as good as say that Jesus Christ is always Jesus Christ, yesterday, and today, and forever; Jesus Christ is always Himself. At any rate, if that is not the correct translation, it is a very correct and blessed sentence! It is sweetly true that Jesus Christ is always Himself.

Immutability is ascribed to Christ, and we remark that He was evermore to His people what He now is, for He was the same yesterday. Distinctions have been drawn by certain exceedingly wise men (measured by their own estimate of themselves), between the people of God who lived before the coming of Christ, and those who lived afterwards. We have even heard it asserted that those who lived before the coming of Christ do not belong to the church of God! We never know what we shall hear next, and perhaps it is a mercy that these absurdities are revealed one at a time in order that we may be able to endure their stupidity without dying of amazement! Why, every child of God in every place stands on the same footing! The Lord has not some children best beloved, some second-rate offspring, and others whom He hardly cares about. These who saw Christ’s day before it came, had a great difference as to what they enjoyed while on earth in meditating upon Christ; but they were all washed in the same blood, all redeemed with the same ransom price, and made members of the same body! Israel in the covenant of grace is not natural Israel, but all believers in all ages! Before the first advent, all the types and shadows all pointed one way—they pointed to Christ, and to Him all the saints looked with hope.

Those who lived before Christ were not saved with a different salvation to that which shall come to us; they exercised faith as we must; that faith struggled as ours struggles, and that faith obtained its reward as ours shall, as like as a man’s face to that which he sees in a glass is the spiritual life of David to the spiritual life of the believer now. Take the book of Psalms in your hand, and forgetting, for an instant that you have the representation of the life of one in the olden times, you might suppose that David wrote but yesterday. Even in what he writes of Christ, he seems as though he lived after Christ instead of before, and both in what he sees of himself, and in what he sees of his Savior, he appears to be rather a Christian writer than a Jew. I mean that living before Christ, he has the same hopes and the same fears, the same joys and the same sorrows, and there is the same estimate of his blessed Redeemer which you and I have in these times. Jesus was the same yesterday as an anointed Savior to His people, as He is today, and they under Him received like precious gifts. If the goodly fellowship of the prophets could be here today, they would all testify to you that He was the same in every office in their times as He is in these, our days.

Jesus Christ is the same now as He was in times gone by, for the text says, “The same yesterday, and today.” He is the same today as He was from old eternity; before all worlds He planned our salvation; He entered into covenant with His Father to undertake it; His delights were with the sons of men in prospect and now, today, He is as steadfast to that covenant as ever! He will not lose those who were then given to Him, nor will He fail nor be discouraged till every stipulation of that covenant shall be fulfilled.

Whatever was in the heart of Christ before the stars began to shine, that same infinite love is there today! Jesus is the same today as He was when He was here on earth. There is much comfort in this thought; when He tabernacled among men, He was most willing to save: “Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden,” was the burden of His cry, and He is still calling to the weary and the heavy-laden to come to Him! In the days of His flesh He would not curse the woman taken in adultery, neither would He reject the publicans and sinners who gathered to hear Him; He is still merciful to sinners, and says to them yet, “Neither do I condemn you: go and sin no more.” That delightful sentence which so graciously came from His lips—“Your sins, which are many, are forgiven you”—is still His favorite utterance in human hearts. O do not think that Christ in heaven has become distant and reserved so that you may not approach Him! Such as He was here—a Lamb gentle and meek, a man to whom men drew near without a moment’s hesitation, such is He now! Come boldly to Him, you lowest and guiltiest ones; come near to Him with broken hearts and weeping eyes; though He is King and Priest, surrounded with unknown splendor, yet He still retains the same loving heart, and the same generous sympathies towards the sons of men. He is still the same in His ability as well as in His willingness to save; He is still Jesus Christ the anointed Savior! In His earthly days He touched the leper and said, “I will. Be you clean.” He called

Lazarus from the tomb, and Lazarus came. Sinner, Jesus is still as able to heal or quicken you now, as then! “He is able also to save them to the uttermost who come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them.” Now that the blood is spilt, and the sacrifice is fully offered, there is no limit to the ability of Christ to save! O come and rely upon Him, and find salvation in Him now! Believer, it will cheer also you to remember that when our Lord was here upon earth He showed great perseverance in His art of saving. He could say, “Of them which You gave Me I have lost none.” Rejoice that He is the same today—He will not cast one of you away, nor suffer His little ones to perish! He brought all safe in the days of His flesh; He takes care to keep all safely in these, the days of His glory. He is the same today, then, as He was on earth.

Blessed be His name, Jesus Christ is the same today as in apostolic days. Then He gave the fullness of the Spirit; then, when He ascended up on high, He gave gifts to men—apostles, preachers, teachers of the word. Do not let us think we shall not see as good as days now, as they saw at Pentecost! He is the same Christ; He could as readily convert 3,000 under one sermon today as in Peter’s time; His Holy Spirit is not exhausted, for God gives it not by measure to Him. We ought to pray that He would raise up among us eminent men to proclaim the gospel. We do not pray enough for the ministry.

The gospel ministry is peculiarly the gift of the ascension. When He ascended on high, He received gifts for men and He gave—what? Why, men, apostles, teachers, preachers. If we ask for salvation, we plead the blood— why do we not ask for ministers, and plead the Ascension? If we would do this more, we should see raised up among us more Whitefields and Wesleys, more Luthers and Calvins, more men of the apostolic stock, and the church would be revived! Jesus is the same to enrich His people with all spiritual gifts in this year, 1869, as in the year when He ascended to His throne. “He is the same yesterday, and today.” He is the same, today, as He was to our fathers. These have gone to their rest, but they told us before they went what Christ was to them—how He succored them in their time of peril, how He delivered them in their hour of sorrow. He will do for us just what He did for them; some who lived before us went to heaven in a chariot of fire, but Christ was very precious to them at the stake; we have our martyrologies which we read with wonder; how sustaining the company of Christ was to those who lay in prison; to those who were cast to the lions; to those who wandered about in sheepskins and goat skins! England, Scotland; all the countries where Christ was preached have been dyed with blood, and ennobled with the testimonies of the faithful! Whatever Jesus was to these departed worthies, He is to His people today; we have only to ask of God, and we shall receive the same benefit. “Jesus Christ the same today,” says the text. Then He is the same today as He has been to us in the past! We have had great enjoyments of God’s presence; we remember the love of our espousals, and if we have not the same joys today it is no fault of His. There is still the same water in the well, and if we have not drawn it, it is our own fault. We have come away from the fire, and therefore we are cold; we have walked contrary to Him, and therefore He walks contrary to us; let us return to Him, and He will be as glad to receive us now as in our first moment of repentance. Let us return to Him! His heart is as full of love, and as ready to weep upon our neck as when we first came and sought pardon from His hands. There is much sweetness in the text, but I cannot linger longer upon that part of the subject. It is enough for us to remember that Jesus Christ is the same today as He always was. Now, further, Christ shall be tomorrow what He has been yesterday, and is today. Our Lord Jesus Christ will be changed in no respect throughout the whole of our life; it may be long before we shall descend to our graves, but let these hairs all be gray, and these limbs begin to totter, and these eyes grow dim—Jesus Christ shall have the dew of His youth upon Him, and the fullness of His love shall still flow to us; and after death, or if we die not, at the coming of Christ and in His glorious reign, Jesus will be the same to His people, then, as now! There seems to be a notion abroad among some that after His coming, Christ will deal differently with His people than now. I have been informed by a modern school of inventors (and as I tell you, we live to learn) that some of us will be shut out from the kingdom when Christ comes! Saved by His precious blood, and brought near and adopted into the family, and our names written upon the breastplate of Christ—and yet some of us will be shut out from the kingdom! Nonsense! I see nothing in the word of God, though there may be a great deal in the fancies of men, to support these novelties. The people of God, equally bought with blood, and equally dear to Jesus’ heart, shall be treated on the same scale and footing. They will never be put under the law; they will never come to Christ and find Him rule them as a legal Judge, and beat them with many stripes in a future state, or shut them out of His estate of millennial Majesty; He will give to none, as a mere matter of reward, such rule and government so as to exclude others of His redeemed family! They shall find Him always treating them all as unchanging love and immutable grace shall dictate; the rewards of the millennial state shall be always those of divine grace—they shall be such as not to exclude the very least of all the family, all shall have tokens of reward from the dear Savior’s hands! I know He will not love me today, and give me a glimpses of His face, give me to delight in His name—and yet after all, when He comes, tell me I must stand out in the cold, and not enter into His kingdom! I have not a shade of faith in the purgatory of banishment which certain despisers of the ministry have chosen to set up! I marvel that in a Protestant sect there should rise up a dogma as villainous as the dogma of “purgatory” and that, too, from those who say they are no sectarians! According to these people, we are all wrong but they; these are deeply taught, and can discover what the ablest divines have never seen! That Jesus will love His people in time to come as strongly as He does now seems to be a doctrine which if destroyed or denied, would cast sorrow into the whole family of God! Throughout eternity, in heaven, there shall still be the same Jesus Christ with the same love to His people, and they shall have the same familiar communion with Him, no, shall see Him face to face, and rejoice forever in Him as their unchangeably, anointed Savior!

III. Our time has failed us, and therefore just two or three words upon our Lord’s EVIDENT CLAIMS. If our Lord is “the same yesterday, and today, and forever,” then according to the connection of our text, He is to be followed to the end. Observe the seventh verse, “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God; whose faith follows considering the end of their conversation.” The meaning being these holy men ended their lives with Christ; their exit was to go to Jesus, and to reign with Him. Beloved, if the Lord is still the same, follow Him till you reach Him! Your exit out of this life shall bring you where He is, and you will find Him then, what He always was; you shall see Him as He is. If He were a will-o’-the-wisp, forever changing, it would be dangerous to follow Him, but since He is ever and equally worthy of your admiration and example, follow Him evermore!

That was an eloquent speech of Henry the Sixth, of France, when on the eve of battle he said to his soldiers, “Gentlemen, you are Frenchmen; I am your King; there is the enemy!” Jesus Christ says, “You are My people; I am your Leader; there is the foe!” How shall we dare to do anything unworthy of such a Lord as He is, or of such a citizenship as that which He has bestowed upon us? If we are His, and He is truly immutable, let us by His Holy Spirit’s power persevere to the end, that we may obtain the crown!

The next evident claim of Christ upon us is that we should be steadfast in the faith. Notice the ninth verse: “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever; do not be not carried about with various and strange doctrines.” There is nothing new in theology but that which is false; all that is true is old, though I say not that all that is old is true. Some speak of developments as though we had not the whole Christian religion discovered yet; but the religion of Paul is the religion of every man who is taught by the Holy Spirit. We ought not, therefore to indulge for a moment the idea that something has been discovered which may correct the teaching of Christ! We must not even think that some new philosophy or discovery of science has risen up to correct the declared testimony of our Redeemer! Let us hold fast that which we have received, and never depart from “the truth once delivered unto the saints” by Christ Himself.

If Jesus Christ is immutable, He has an evident claim to our most solemn worship. Immutability can be the attribute of none but God; whoever is “the same yesterday, and today, and forever,” must be divine. Then, believer, bring your adoration to Jesus! At the feet of Him who was crucified, cast down your crown! Give royal and divine honors unto Him who stooped to the ignominy of crucifixion! Let no one stop you of glorying in your boast that the Son of God was made man for you! Worship Him as God over all, blessed forever!

He also claims of us, next, that we should trust Him. If He is always the same, here is a rock that cannot be moved! Build on it! Here is an anchor; cast your anchor of hope into it, and hold fast in time of storm. If Christ were variable, He were not worthy of your confidence, but since He is evermore unchanged, rest on Him without fear.

And, lastly, if He is always the same, rejoice in Him, and rejoice always; if you ever had cause to rejoice in Christ, you always have cause, for He never alters! If yesterday you could sing of Him, today you may sing of Him; if He changed, your joy might change, but if the stream of your gladness springs solely and only out of this great deep of the immutability of Jesus, then it need never stay its flow. Beloved, let us, “rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice.” And, until the day breaks, and the shadows flee away, till the blest hour arrives when we shall see Him face to face, and be made like He is, be this our joy that “He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Amen.

PORTION OF SCRIPTURE READ BEFORE SERMON—Hebrews 13.
Adapted from The C. H. Spurgeon Collection, Version 1.0, Ages Software.
PRAY THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL USE THIS SERMON TO BRING MANY TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST!

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A Review of Cahn’s “The Oracle” – Is it God’s Truth? Fiction? or Heresy!?

September 23, 2019

There have been a lot of advertisements sent to me boasting about Jonathan Cahn’s latest book, The Oracle and how it reveals great mysteries, stunning the readers and more,

“Hailed as a mind-blowing masterpiece, The Oracle will reveal mysteries that are absolutely real, amazing, stunning, mind-blowing, and life-changing.” This is one quote from their site advertising, The Oracle Uncensored Collection.

But wait there is more! In an advertisement sent to my email, 9/15/2019 made this boast of Jonathan Cahn’s latest book “The Oracle” together with Tom Horn’s Skywatch TV:

“New York Times’ bestselling author Jonathan Cahn appeared on SkyWatch TV Sunday to discuss his much-anticipated revelation, The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled. “The Oracle is the biggest, most all-encompassing mystery I’ve ever committed to unveiling—in many ways it is the mystery of the ages. It contains everything and everyone, from Moses to Mark Twain, from the prophet Jeremiah to President Donald Trump. It’s the mystery that lies behind the past, the present and what is yet to come. It contains what I believe is the master blueprint that explains the end times and what is taking place before our eyes in America and throughout the world. It even contains the mystery and blueprint for each of our lives,” says Cahn.”

Dare I say its like some of those really annoying ads on TV? There is still more but I will not trouble you with further boasting, here is the review that unveils the real um… shall I say real mysteries here!

The Oracle of Cahn – THE MYSTICAL NUMBERS OF RABBI CAHN
A Review of The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled – By Herescope

And if the book wasn’t enough there is an entire collection:

Is any of this new for Cahn? Here is just a little more we’ve addressed in the past and with our friends:

Another Book Sweeping Christendom – The Harbinger – Is it Recommended Reading?

Is The Harbinger a Dangerous Fiction or In Essence Non-Fiction for America’s Future!?

Part 2 – Is The Harbinger a Dangerous Fiction or In Essence Non-Fiction for America’s Future!?

Beware of Faux Historian David Barton!?

July 14, 2019

Before you use any material from so-called historian David Barton, think about looking for another resource. Barton has a ‘history’ of getting history wrong… and sorry to say that is the tip of the iceberg with this fellow who is often quoted as a scholarly resource. As recently as this past month, I have seen a number of Christians I respect using Barton as a reference – my advice don’t do it! Parts of Barton’s work (attempting to revise American history for example) has in part been proven false, he is buddies with a variety of heretics/charlatans such as Kenneth Copeland and a list of others.

In my opinion, there is plenty of documentation showing Barton to be a fraud along with those you see him with on TV such as TBN, or hear him together with Mormon Glen Beck – who Barton considers a brother in Christ!

 

 

 

Here is one of the latest articles addressing Barton:

David Barton Appears on Jim Bakker’s Program, Does Prophecy and Dream Interpretation

For more of Barton’s escapades including his twist on American history see these articles:

Berean Research: David Barton prays an annointing on Glen Beck

Apprising Ministries: David Barton Controversy

 

Is “Rest in Peace” Biblical? A Serious Thought!

May 22, 2019

What exactly does R. I. P. mean to you? Most would reply “Rest In Peace.” But does that even exist? Let me explain what I mean.

One of the hardest things to face in life is a loved one dying. My grandparents, my dad, and very recently (May 18, 2019) my oldest brother have moved on from this world. Of these loved ones, I can only speak with certainty concerning three; my dad and brother were saved, but my maternal grandmother was not.

When Christians die their soul is immediately with the Lord in Heaven, but when unsaved people die, they are in torment in Hell. The bodies left on this earth are nothing more than decaying shells. From my point of view, there is no “resting in peace” for both the saved and the unsaved because the saved are with the Lord and rejoicing with all those who have gone before them, while the unsaved are awaiting judgment because they passed up the opportunity to be saved when they had the chance.

Those who do not believe John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Or John 3:16, 17 “For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” cannot rest in peace even if that was possible.

Resting in peace will be (for myself while I still live on this earth) knowing my saved loved ones are spending eternity in Heaven where I will one day reunite with them.

From this day forward I am declaring for myself that R. I. P. will mean “Rejoicing In Paradise.” Dad, Kurt, I can’t wait until I get to Rejoice In Paradise with you!

By, Kathy Beardsley

For more on this topic:
Rest in Peace? by Ligonier Ministries

Is it biblical to say ‘rest in peace’ (RIP) in regards to someone who has died? by Got Questions?

Could Jesus Have Chosen Differently?

May 6, 2019

I’m curious to know how well Christians really listen and think about the words of some of their favorite songs? Until the last couple years, I wasn’t drawn to sing a song solely because of the words, but more so because of the combination of the words with the tune and the music. Whether it was inspirational, upbeat, or slow, I didn’t take the time to think about what was actually being said. But after hearing a few songs with a phrase or two that I knew was in error scripturally, it got me to thinking about how many other songs slip in similar things. It surprised me just how many songs of old as well as many recent and current songs were scripturally inaccurate. It also got me to thinking how much these words may have influenced my doctrinal beliefs.

For instance: One of the old classics “He could have called 10,000 angels.” This, for those who don’t know, is in reference to Jesus dying on the cross and he could have called 10,000 angels to rescue him. There are several other songs inferring the same type of sentiment—He could have chosen to let us receive the punishment he bore in our place, etc.

The problem with that is, it would have been disobedience. Disobedience is sin! God the Father gave us Jesus, his perfect son in the flesh, to fulfill his plan of salvation for us. If Jesus had deviated in the least, at any point while he lived on this earth, he would have been in disobedience to his Father’s plan. Jesus would have been rendered imperfect and unworthy to bear our sins on the cross.

I have no doubt that the sentiment of these songs was written with the best intent, but they are misleading. The poetic liberty taken in some of these songs may seem to reinforce attributes of love and compassion, but in reality, Jesus’ perfect, unblemished nature and deity is diminished to the level of imperfect humanity. – by Kathy Beardsley

Abortion – The Revival of Molech – And the Return of Bloody Barbarism

February 2, 2019

Abortion is not a right it is 1st Degree Homicide! The recent news shows just how barbaric it is and those very callous people who could take the lives of our most helpless! It is a shame and disgrace to America showing how so many have such low regard for human life. I pray for our nation that the blatant sinful acts of those in leadership will backfire and make abortion illegal again. Herescope’s article says more:

The Revival of Molech – And the Return of Bloody Barbarism

“And they build the high places of Baal,
which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom,
to cause their sons and their daughters
to pass through the fire unto Molech;
which I commanded them not,
neither came it into my mind,
that they should do this abomination,
to cause Judah to sin.”

(Jeremiah 32:35)