Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Great Commission, 1of2



~ 4 Universals of the Great Commission ~

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen” (Matthew 28:18-20). 

All Authority  ~  “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth’” All authority has been given to the Lord Jesus.  

All Nations  ~  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). All nations are to be evangelized.

All Things  ~  Jesus said, “‘teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen” (Matthew 28:20). All things are to be taught by the disciples.

All The Days  ~  Jesus said, “‘teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen” (Matthew 28:20). We are promised the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ throughout all our days.

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Unto Him, 2of2



~ Assembling Together With Him ~

“Unto Him shall the gathering [for obedience] of the people be” (Genesis 49:10).

For Salvation  ~  “Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near unto Him to hear Him” … [Jesus said] ‘I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance’” (Luke 15:1,7). 

For Teaching  ~  Then the apostles gathered unto Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. … But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities.  They arrived before them and came together to Him.  And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd.  So He began to teach them many things” (Mark 6:30, 33-34). 

For Worship [Thanksgiving]   ~  Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks unto His name” (Hebrews 13:15).

For Fellowship  ~  “For where two or three are gathered together unto My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).

For Glory  ~  Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together unto Him…” (2 Thessalonians 2:1).  

the key question: “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). This is the most important question you will ever answer. If you do not answer it, or answer it incorrectly, you have made the biggest mistake anyone can make!

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Messiah, 162



~ Messiah Would Become The Chief Cornerstone, 2 ~

“Search the Scriptures—they testify of Me.”
— Jesus Christ (John 5:39)

The Scripture
Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation” (Isaiah 28:16a). 

The Messiah  
“Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures: The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.  This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes”?”’ (Matthew 21:42, parallel passages Mark 12:10-11 and Luke 20:17).  “This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone’”  (Acts 4:11). 

“Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.’  Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,’ and ‘a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.’  They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (1 Peter 2:6-10). 

~~~ EXPLANATORY “MESSIAH” NOTES ~~~   
(1)  Each Saturday ALN posts an example of a Hebrew Scriptures prophecy (or foreshadowing) related to the coming Messiah which was fulfilled in the birth, life, death, or resurrection of Jesus Christ.
(2)  While extensive it will not be a complete list—there are hundreds of prophecies of the coming Messiah which have been fulfilled by one man—Jesus Christ at His First Coming.
(3)  It is important that there are many more prophecies of the Messiah, yet unfulfilled, which Christians believe will be fulfilled at the time of His Second Coming.  A particularly relevant Scripture verse in this regard is: “Do not despise prophesies” (1 Thessalonians 5:20).
(4)  These posts will typically consist only of Scripture—which speaks for itself.  Sometimes italicized or bold font will be used by ALN for emphasis.
(5)  The numbering of these fulfilled prophecies of the Messiah is used to differentiate individual posts. It is not chronological (either by time of the prophecy or by sequence in the life of the Messiah).  The posting sequence will, for the most part, be in the order that the prophecies appear in Scripture.
(6)  Because of the chosen methodology (#5 above) we will find many specific prophecies repeated multiple times throughout the Scriptures.
(7)  These serial posts are in addition to our regular Tuesday ALN postings on random topics.
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~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

5R Gospel



~ Respond – Recognize – Repent – Receive – Rely ~

Respond (to God’s effectual call)  ~  Jesus therefore answered and said to them, ‘Do not murmur among yourselves.  No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.  It is written in the prophets, “And they shall all be taught by God.”  Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me’” (John 6:43-45). 

Recognize (that you are a sinner)  ~  As it is written:There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God.  They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.’ … For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10-12, 23). 

Repent (turn around, away from your sin)  ~  So they went out and preached that people should repent” (Mark 6:12).  Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38).  “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance” (Acts 26:19-20). 

Receive (God’s mercy, grace, salvation, and eternal life from the Person of Jesus Christ)  ~  “There salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).  “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.  For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’” (Romans 10:9-13).   “For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:22-25). 

Rely (on God’s Word – read it, trust it,  and obey it)   ~  How can a young man cleanse his way?  By taking heed according to Your Word.  With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!  Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:9-11).  Our example, Jesus Christ, could say, “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world.  They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your Word” (John 17:6).  Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:16-17). 

Respond (your decision)  ~  Now that you have considered the facts and you know what is required, how will you respond?

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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