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EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 71 LESSON 6

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Topic: Rewards of the Saints continued!

  • The Saint enters into the joy of the Lord!  Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.   Hebrews 12:Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  •  The Saint enters rest!  Hebrews 4:There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.  Rev.14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
  • Receive a prize in the high calling of God in Christ!  Phil.3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  
  • Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.   Luke 12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.  The Saint has treasure in Heaven!
  • The Saint inherits an eternal weight of glory!  2 Cor.4:17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
  • The reward is full! 2 John 1:Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we[a] have worked for, but may win a full reward.  [ESV.]
  • The reward is sure!  Proverbs 11:18 The wicked earns deceptive wages,
        but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
     
  • The reward satisfies!    Psalms 17:15 As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
        when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.
      [ESV.]
  • Rewards cause rejoicing!   Romans 5:Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, [and we rejoice] in hope of the glory of God.
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SHARING WORDS OF LIFE!

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This morning as I was doing my Bible readings, this chapter in 1 Peter seemed to say share! Here is that chapter and I pray it will speak to you as you read this and bless you.

1 Peter 5 King James Version (KJV)

The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.

And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.

13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.

14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 71 Lesson 5!

Topic: Rewards of the Saints continued:

  • Saints inherit a Kingdom : Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  Luke 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
  • We inherit a Kingdom shinning as the stars. Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
  • This Kingdom has everlasting light! Isaiah 60:19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
  • The Saints inherit everlasting life.  Luke 18:30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. Also read Romans 2:7; 6:23; 1 John 5:11.
  • They receive an enduring substance. Hebrews 10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
  • They receive a house eternal in the Heavens.  2 Cor.5:1/For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, made an house not e with hands, eternal in the heavens.

    2/For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

  • Saints inherit a city with a sound foundation. Hebrews 11:10/For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
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EXPLORING GOD’s word71[lesson 2]

TOPIC: Rewards of the Saints.

*Rewards also prepared by Christ—- John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

*We are rewarded for our service for Christ—-Col.3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 

*We are not rewarded for our merit!—–Romans 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

*OUR REWARDS ARE DESCRIBED AS:

*Being with Christ.—–Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: [ Col.3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.][ Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.].

*Beholding the Face of God—–Psalms 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. [Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.][Rev.22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.].

[ to be continued ]

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 70 [ Lesson six ]

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Today we are looking at more Scripture verses about who receives blessing from God: The first verse we turn in our Bibles too is: *Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. [Yes, God tells us that a faithful person will be blessed!]

*On the Sermon on the mount Jesus said as recorded in Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit. 3/ Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

*We read in Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

*Those who show mercy shall be blessed! Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

*Likewise those who mourn will be blessed as seen in Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. and Luke 6:21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

*Blessed are those who make peace! Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

*Blessed are the bountiful! Psalms 41:Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.  Proverbs 22:9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. Luke 14:13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

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EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 70 [ lesson 5 ]

On this twentieth day of August  we  are going to look at more Scripture  verses about who God blesses!

*Those who die in the Lord —- Rev.14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (KJV)

*Those who have part in the resurrection —- Rev.20:Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

*Those who favor and love the Saints  —-Gen.12:And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  Ruth 2:10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?

*Those who are undefiled  —- Psalms 119:Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.

*Those who are the pure in heart —- Matthew 5: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (KJV)

*The generation of the upright —- Psalm 112:His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

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EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 70 [ lesson 3 ]

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Today is lesson three about who God blesses. We are looking at Bible verses that speak about this topic so let’s continue on:

God blesses those who trust Him!—- Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him  34:O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.    40:Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.  84:12 Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

God blesses who fear Him!—- Psalms 112: 1/Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 128: 1. Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. 128:4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.  

God blesses read and follow His word!—- Psalms 119:Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.  James 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  Luke 11: 28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Rev.1:Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 22:Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

[ to be continued ]  [ prepared by Winston Staples ]

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [70]

Topic: The Blessed

I am sitting  in my study thinking about blessing and who is blessed and now I am looking at Bible verses about the blessed, it may take a few writings to share most of them starting with this one.

a/ Here are a couple of verses about whom God chooses.  Psalms 65:Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. —- Eph. 1:Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: [KJV].

b/ The next verses are about whom God calls.   Isa 51:Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him. —– Rev.19:And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

c/These next verses are about those who know Christ. —- Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

d/ Those who know the gospel will be blessed. —-Psalms 89:15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.

e/ Those who are not offended in Christ receive blessings. —- Matthew 11:And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

[ to be con’t ]  [ prepared by Winston Staples ]

MY WORD FOR TODAY!

TRUTH: Here is a good quote about truth. God offers to every mind it’s choice between and repose. Take what you please – you can never have both. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

BIBLE TEACHING: John 4:44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.  Jesus went into his own village to teach truth and they did not want to hear the truth and He left before they could harm HIm.  As His followers we today are rejected in many places because they do not want the truth.

TRUTH QUOTE: The trouble about man is two fold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; He forgets truths which are too simple.  ~ Rebecca West

BIBLE TEACHING: Psa.25: 5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

TRUTH QUOTE: Truth never hides; yet how hard to find! ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

BIBLE TEACHING: Psa 33: 4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.

Psalms 117: 2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

[ prepared by Winston Staples ]

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD 69 LESSON 4

TOPIC: STEADFASTNESS continued

Should be manifested by:

*In holding fast the confidence and rejoicing in hope. Heb.3:But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. Heb.3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

*Keeping the faith – Col.2:For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. 1 Peter 5:Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

*Standing firm in the faith- 1 Cor.16:And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.

*Holding fast to what is good – 1 Thess. 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

*Maintaining Christian liberty – Gal.5:Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

*Striving for faith of the gospel – Phil.1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; Jude 1:Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

*Steadfast even under affliction – Psalm 44: 17 All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.  Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 1 Thess. 3:For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

[ to be continued ]