29th March 2018 mikehill4jesus “Without Jesus in us we can only do Evil towards God and Others”
Linked to an mp3 audio podcast (25.05)
Promises that Encourage Us to Love Jesus and to Obey Jesus.
The promises that your unbelief and selfishness may have stopped you accepting?
The Lord Jesus promised in John 15:4 ‘Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.’
5 ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.’
Humans forming their own Christian Religion, John 14:24, are forming their own Jesus and their own little Kingdoms of God called Denominations, Church, Fellowships, Faith Groups, or something similar?
BUT! The Lord Jesus’ teachings that are learnt and obeyed by those described in John 14:23, will be and are, reflected in their own true Christian experience.
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
Clearly then, the Christless Christians John 14:24, even if claiming to be Christian, are the “HATERS” of those whom are described in John 14:23!
John 15:18-25 The world hates the disciples
John 15:18 ‘If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: “A servant is not greater than his master.” [John 13:16] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfil what is written in their Law: “They hated me without reason.” [Psalms 35:19; 69:4]
Christless Christians are blinded by the Devil so that they cannot, or they refuse to, see that living in the true Christians are God the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. How many will be celebrating Easter who are actually “HATERS” of God and Christ’s Disciples?
2 Corinthians 4:4 ‘The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’[2 Corinthians 4:6 Genesis 1:3] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.’
BUT NOT SO THE MEMBERS OF CHRIST’S SPIRITUAL BODY HERE ON EARTH (JOHN 14:23)
Promises, warnings, even threats, made by the Lord Jesus to the church members in Philadelphia (Based in what is now Turkey. The “churches” in this context refers to the community or local congregations of Christians living in each city, and not merely to the building or buildings in which they gathered for worship.)
‘To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
Revelation 3:7 These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars – I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. 13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
THE FATE OF THESE EVILDOERS IN THEIR OWN CHRISTIANITIES
The Sheep John 14:23 and the Goats John 14:24
Matthew 25:31 ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 ‘Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
37 ‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you ill or in prison and go to visit you?”
40 ‘The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
41 ‘Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was ill and in prison and you did not look after me.”
44 ‘They also will answer, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or ill or in prison, and did not help you?”
45 ‘He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”
46 ‘Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.’
AND WHERE TODAY DO WE SEE THESE EVILDOERS DESTINED FOR HELL UNLESS THEY START LEARNING FROM AND BE LOVING TOWARDS JESUS?
The Lord Jesus teaches us through the Holy Bible and also the Holy Spirit
Matthew 7:16 ‘By their fruit you will recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thorn-bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognise them.’
Here is a good example of a Christless Christian who was saved from going to Hell by his response to Jesus whom he was persecuting, just as they persecute Him today.
Saul’s conversion (Saul who was renamed Paul because the followers of Jesus were so afraid of him who had persecuted them)
Acts 9:1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’
5 ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked.
‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. 6 ‘Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’
SAUL WAS PERSECUTING JESUS WHO HAD, WITH HIS FATHER, COME AND MADE HIS HOME WITH THOSE WHO LOVED AND OBEYED HIM
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
TODAY’S PERSECUTORS OF JESUS AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE THOSE THE LORD DESCRIBES ON BEHALF OF HIS FATHER
24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
Those People described in John 14:24 “Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching.” Will NOT receive God’s Promises of a life in Heaven!
Part of my ministry is to warn them of the fact before God destroys them. Something that many don’t want to hear.
THOSE IN JOHN 14:24 WHO MAKE WAR AGAINST THE HOLY SPRIT OF GOD ARE IN GREAT DANGER OF BEING DECEIVED BY THE DEVIL AND BE DESTROYED BY GOD. THUS LOSING THEIR INHERITANCE
In the Holy Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ speaks of two gates that everyone has to make a decision over which one to go through. One gate is Narrow and the other is Wide. Each of these gates leads onto a road that represents your life here on earth and likewise they are the same as their entrance gate.
Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Life or Death
If you choose to enter through the narrow gate, you will find real and abundant life. Your life will have that inextinguishable and indestructible quality that is self-existent in God and shared with those human beings he created. Us! For we are not animals. It is God’s gift to man animating him both physically and spiritually and making him an eternal being; “the absolute fullness of life…which belongs to God.”
TRUE CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE THAT ONLY THOSE LIVING IN UNION WITH CHRIST CAN HAVE, JOHN 14:23
God Strengthens My Faith in Jesus’ Power
I am no Moses, but I had in my role as Head Student at CEF in Switzerland entered a period of fasting in order to resolve certain difficulties. One evening I wanted to get away for some quite meditation but found the dark woods surrounding the Institute a bit scary.
The following morning I was awakened by the Holy Spirit and told to go to the top of a nearby Mountain, the Belchenflue. It was 2.00 am and very dark with gusty winds, as I walked through the forest I noticed that my life-long fear of the dark had gone.
As I stood alone on the high observation platform looking at the storm clouds and wondering why I was not getting wet, the Holy Spirit told me to look up into the night sky. I saw an opening in the clouds and the stars were shining clear and bright.
Then I clearly heard a voice say, “I can do anything!” I am sure God was talking about Himself as able to do anything, not me.
It was a tremendous experience for me at a time of immense pressure. God blessed several of the students because of my going to Switzerland, and with some, the blessings are only now becoming visible to them. Please pray for the evangelism of children here in Birmingham and elsewhere.
Nothing will be achieved without the Holy Spirit, who is Jesus and his Father, living in us!
In each of the future Blogs and Podcasts I will be looking at a different group of promises.
This is a link to Mike Hill’s Testimony – His Life With God 1948 to 2017
These first two links are to Films that use the Bible Text and Storyline with quality actors and actresses. They are not like the old Hollywood Films.
You can see my past Thoughts
These are links to information that you can choose to study if you want to
NOW IS THE TIME TO GET RIGHT WITH THE LOVING AND POWERFUL LORD JESUS WHILE YOU CAN – YOUR TIME IS RUNNING OUT!