Still, with the old Adamic sin nature, God continued His purpose through Israel..
They were saved by the blood of the lamb – yet turning away from their Saviour” And for 2000 years this old creation in Jacob would be used as an example to us – saved men, yet choosing the path of unbelief and rebellion. And the division established at the beginning through Able and Cain…continued.
But God in His wisdom foreknew all that would take place in Israel, 2000 years ago. In His eternal wisdom – God addressed this rejection before the world was founded – God would set Israel aside for a time and continue His work through the church.
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A Never-ending Story
God’s amazing grace began in eternity past and will continue into eternity future, and for a few brief seasons, His grace is poured out over the entire human race.
May we continue to build and be built until we all come to unity in the faith. May we be fitly framed together – speaking the truth in love as we grow in grace May we walk in humility and gentleness, patience and love. May we do out part to build up the body of Christ – in love.
but God continued to work with a heavenly people; a new creation; the body of Christ.
God wanted to show forth His glory and grace to the world – through His chosen people, but Israel failed and was set aside for a time – for God must continue all He planned, and the Church has now been raised up to demonstrate the grace and glory of God, she is to show forth the excellencies of Him who called her out of darkness into His marvellous light” 1Peter 2:9
If He did, you would not be free from your self-confidence; you would not learn to fight the good fight of faith and thus obtain the victory which the Master has won; you would not learn to say the Lord Jesus only,' but you would still continue to say Jesus and I.'
David eventually recognised his personal responsibilities towards God. For instance… when confronted by the prophet Nathan with his sin, David accepted his correction. He recognised that his sin was against God – and unlike Saul, David repented. David repented, while Saul continued to justify his wrong attitudes and actions.
The Lord may see it needful, for the trial (development) of faith, to seem for a season not to regard our supplications; yet, if we patiently and believingly continue to wait upon Him, it will be manifest in His own time, and way, that we did not call upon Him in vain. -G.M.
His future blessing are already ours for they rest on Christ’s completed work. His blessings are so sure that they are described as finished and complete – and yet in the eternal ages, every blessing will continue to be our portion.
When the clouds have gathered and the thunder rolls and the lightning stabs the darkness and the roar of the storm is in our ears, can we keep our eyes and thoughts off the tempest and continue in the quiet and peace of the Father's presence?
This involves a negative attitude toward all doubt of His promises or anything that would raise a doubt; and it also involves a continued refusal to rest upon appearances or feelings, even though these may come in great abundance.
Life’s little duties must continue and we must occupy until He comes. We must continue to fulfil the trivial daily task and the day’s common circle. We must be ready to respond to the call for help or the less trivial needs of others – but not at the expense of our time in His Presence- or He may withdraw..
a plan involving spiritual war that will continue through centuries. A plan that will continue on until all things are consummated in Christ. A plan you and I are part of. A plan to bring forth the eternal fullness of Christ.
And this man after God’s own heart continued: keep watch over the door of my lips – for it is by the words of our mouths that the thoughts of the heart are judged. But how precious is that proper, timely word in due season.. that uplifting message of comfort; that encouraging word of praise; that heart-warming expression of commendation – that quiet voice which consoles the hurting or gently checks the fault.
James.3:11. There is a condition of the heart we need to foster. There is a wholesome discipline of mind that we ought to cultivate, where word and thought to man and God pour forth the same soothing balm of Gilead – for lips which sing His glorious praises.. should not require continued sorrow and repeated repentance.
Our Father chooses His opportunities to teach us these things, and when He has accomplished this work the special communications of His wisdom and love no longer continue, for He desires we should walk by faith, according to what we know we possess in the Lord Jesus.
And every day of this life is a step forward from the things that were.. to the things that shall be hereafter, For we are confident of this very thing - that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work..
will day by day and step by step continue His perfecting work, in your life and in mine..
It seems that for a little time at least; the Lord was among the followers of John! He had humbled Himself for many silent years under the authority of His parents, and He seems to have spent some time learning from the ministry of the Baptist. What a wonderful example we have in the silent years of our developing Saviour. Though little is written of His life and learning there are many little clues that demonstrate that the Lord Jesus lived His entire childhood and early adult life in humble submission to those that were in authority – as He waited for God’s timing when He would continue His long, painful..
Many millions continue to pass through this mortal realm with no thought of God. Few have set their hearts to steadfastly gaze unstintingly upon the Being that is God. Rather He is ignored, blasphemed, scorned, derided, mocked, defied – ridiculed.. but nonetheless, we are all His handiwork – we are the work of His hand – and He alone is the solution to all our problems – and all our needs.
Ignorance or misapplication of God’s Word can be very costly, but instructions for godly living can be found within the pages of God’s word, and we would do well to take it to heart and apply it to our lives as the pressures of life continue to mount.
Confession of Sin
Nehemiah pleaded the cause of Israel – based on God’s everlasting faithfulness. Nehemiah’s intercessions were rooted to trust in God – as a convent-keeping God. His prayer continued with penitential pleadings for his sins – and those of the nation. He confessed on behalf of himself and Israel for their disobedience and wickedness. The prayer of Nehemiah continues: I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against You.
The Law though perfect, had no way to remove the death sentence – so death reigned from Adam’s fall to Moses and continued to rule from the time of Moses to Christ. The Law was God’s perfect tool to direct us to Christ so that we might be justified. But the Law can be equally problematic to the one that has been justified, for if one starts to live a Christian life under the restrictive measure of the Law of Moses or any self-imposed legalistic system, it can only be done by the old sin nature being guided by the lust of the flesh and not the new nature in Christ, that is led by the Spirit of God.
If unbelieving saints or disbelieving sinners choose to use their own logic.. they will continue to question the goodness of God in the land of the living- they will continue in their agnosticism and unbelief in the goodness of God.
Most of us have dared, on occasions, to question the goodness of this Good God. Some believers continue to rely on self-logic in their accusations of God’s goodness..
YAHAL – Job was able to proclaim: though He slay me, yet will I TRUST.. (yahal) which refers to lengthy waiting, where no matter what pressures reign down upon us, we are to continue to mix faith with our biblical knowledge of God.
they continued. Most people find that the more things we have to do the less time there is to pray... Oh sirs, was her simple reply, the more I pray the easier it becomes to pray!- and she explained how her heavenly Father was with her in every aspect of life.
Pray for Labourers
We need to pray that God will raise up those to minister to the lost, the hurting and the bereft: pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” Matt.9:38 We need to follow the lovely example of Jesus – Who Himself needed time to pray: for Jesus would withdraw to a desolate place and pray. He went out to the mountains to pray, and all night He continued in prayer to God.” Luke 5:16
This includes our strongest points, which continues on into His success – by His performance, and not ours. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. There is no question but that we all began in sheer grace. There is no question but that we must continue in sheer grace and there is no question that will arrive on the very same basis: Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.
Christ had nowhere to place His head and maybe in a way, I began to understand just a fraction of what that meant. But would I have to follow in His poverty-stricken footsteps even here – as each ‘pushed-on’ door continued to be slammed in my face. My faith was weak and my heart was crying and my courage was far from valiant! And encouraging phone calls came from my mother – that “He would provide…” Inspiring support from one who had also trodden this homeless way before me. Yet I almost despaired that God’s promise included me as well.
Each tiny apartment was withdrawn from my grasp and the search continued.
How familiar we are with scriptures such as this: the Father has life in Himself. As we read through Scripture we so often glibly read and continue to read, with little thought as to its inner depth and its extraordinary significance..
And all of us, with faces uncovered, because we continue to reflect like mirrors the splendor of the Lord, are being transformed into likeness to Him, from one degree of splendor to another, since it comes from the Lord who is the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18, Wms.).
called the devil, and down through the centuries the Seed was passed from one generation to another. The Seed travelled through Enoch to Noah – from Noah to Shem and on to Abraham. It continued through Isaac and Jacob, whom God renamed as Israel, prince with God.
Yet silently the Seed of the woman continued to travel through a faithful remnant.
Righteous Father, though the world does not know You, I know You, and they know that You have sent me. I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known, in order that the love that You have for Me may be in them – and that I Myself may be in them. Oh the depth and extent of this love for each one of us, surpasses human imagination.
Many millions continue to pass through this mortal realm with no thoughts of God. Few have set their hearts to steadfastly gaze unstintingly upon the Being that is God. Rather He is ignored, blasphemed, scorned, derided, mocked, defied, ridiculed..
The book of Acts was written by Dr. Luke and is a sequel to the gospel of Luke. Both books were written to a man called, the most excellent Theophilus. Luke’s gospel informed Theophilus about the life and the work of the Lord Jesus. His gospel ended at the resurrection while Acts continues from that point onwards. Luke is a book about all that Jesus BEGAN to do and to teach. Acts is a book about all that Christ CONTINUED to do and to teach.
His revelation began to unfold in Eden, as ELOHIM the strong almighty God. His character continued to be revealed as ADONI, my Lord and my Master, but the infinitely incomprehensible, eternal God continued revealing Himself.
On and on we discover the Jews were to target-audience for the gospel message – not the gospel of grace which was given to Paul, but the gospel of the kingdom. They continued proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom – not the gospel of grace. They preserved the teachings of John the Baptist, Jesus and His disciples – to Jews:- the gospel of the kingdom – the gospel of the coming Jewish Messiah…
Peter and the apostles continued the pre-cross teaching of the kingdom to Jews in the Temple, and following the brutal stoning of Stephen, many believers were scattered abroad, travelling far and wide – but preaching the Word to no one except Jews.
A weakness be it bodily or otherwise, is sometimes allowed to continue in order that there may be dependence, and when there is dependence, the weakness becomes a gain; the grit - the trying thing - is superseded by a pearl of great price. -J.B.S.
If there is a great trial in your life today, do not own it as a defeat, but continue, by faith, to claim the victory through Him who is able to make you more than conqueror, and a glorious triumph will soon be apparent.
‘Nipto’ and ‘Louo’
Jesus continued… “He that is WASHED needs not save to WASH his feet but is completely clean.” – note that there are two different Greek words for the word wash – nipto and louo. He that is washed (LOUO) needs only to wash (NIPTO) his feet, to be fully clean. Then Christ concludes, “if I wash thee not thou has no part with Me – no fellowship with Me.”
As we continue to read through Ephesians, we find we are a member of His body; children of light and light in in the Lord... and we are faultless in Him and partaker of His promise and we are a stone in His building; fellow citizen with the saints and have access to the whole armour of Christ and all the weapons we need to stand firm in the truth of His word.
His earnest desire was that they continue to obey the Lord Jesus, in thought, word, and deed, and be sprinkled with His cleansing blood.
We are to remember that at the point of our salvation we were declared righteous in God's eyes, through faith, and have a duty to continue in holiness of heart, by standing on the truth of the gospel and allowing our conduct to reflect the character of Christ - through the power of the indwelling Spirit.
And as we continue to purify our heart and soul through living a life of faith, in obedience to Christ's commands, He will pour into our heart that sincere love for the brethren, that only comes through faith in Him - for we can only fervently love one another from the heart as the love of Christ streams into our soul and out to others.
and as John continued to watch the scene unfold, he discovered that it contained the full-force of God's outrage and wrath against sin, and only a sinless Man would be worthy to unseal the scroll - but all men are sinners and all fall short of God's glory.
May the Lord cause you to increase in your faith and abound in your love for one another, and for all people, was Paul’s heartfelt prayer for them all, just as we also do for you.Paul continued in prayers and loving intercessions for the saints at Thessalonica – beseeching God the Father Himself and Jesus our Lord to direct and govern their ways – and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, he wrote, and for all people – just as we also do for you.May we be like Paul, and remember to lift up our fellow Christian brothers and sisters, in continuous and loving prayer and heartfelt intercessions – that their hearts would be also established in the Lord and blameless before Him..
Although He continued to perform many mighty miracles, and preach to the large crowds that followed Him, it was a small group of faithful disciples who had faith in Him, who were the target audience of His parabolic teachings, for He would explain the meaning of the parables to His disciples, when they were alone together.
Daniel was enabled to understand and interpret King Nebuchadnezzar's dream, of a great statue, with a golden head, which revealed a big picture of 'the Times of the Gentiles', which began with Judah's exile from Israel and will continue until Christ's second advent.
As his ministry continued Zechariah prophesied about the first advent of their Messiah, but from chapter 12, to the end, his focus is on the second coming of our Lord, where he contrasts God's righteous judgments on Israel with their ultimate rescue, restoration, and blessing.
However, he makes if clear that we should be prepared to offer a clear warning, if they continue with their critical attitude, their unbiblical allegorising of scripture or their habitual pre-occupation with some irrelevant issue, which only causes disunity.
As a result, we find that... the word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many priests were also becoming obedient to the faith.
And so Jeremiah continued to speak of the impending doom of the nation and predicted the fall of the city of Jerusalem, whilst warning the people of approaching oppression, violence and the ravaging of their land, due to their unholy ways and spiritual decline.
Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings....continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them.
Let us also continue in the things we have learned from the Bible, and as we do so, let us deepen our relationship with the One Who wrote them.
And among the many instruction toward maturing in our Christian life is the directive :- be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. Indeed being filled with the Spirit is not a one-off occurrence like our justification, but we are to continue being filled with the Spirit - day by day throughout our earthy life.
Christ is the One Who was before all things; Who created all things; Who holds all things together by the might of His power and will continue to BE, in the eternity of eternities, long after this present creation has been folded up as a blanket and a new heaven and a new earth is called into being, for He is the eternal Word of God Who alone boasts unassailable power and incontestable sovereignty.
Do not destroy with your food, him for whom Christ died, was his clear instruction, Do not let what is a good thing for you be spoken of as evil, he continued, for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Paul did not want the liberty some Christians enjoyed to offend a weaker brother or cause them to stumble in their Christian journey.
Apart from a small remnant who have become fellow-members of Christ's Body, together with Gentile believers, the vast majority of Jews continue to reject their Messiah and remain dead in trespasses and sin.
But light is not only given at the time of rebirth, its cleansing power and refining rays continue to shine into the deep recesses and secret corners of our minds, to expose those things that discredit His name, hinder our spiritual progress and disconnect us from our communion with our Heavenly Father.
As we offer our requests to the Lord, may we pray into His will and continue to seek His counsel and guidance in all the decisions and duties of everyday life, so that we will finish the challenges in our own life-race, to the honour of God's holy name and for our eternal benefit.
But for those who disbelieve, he continued, THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, HAS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone, The rejected Nazarene, Who was spurned by His own people..
Despite the inexhaustible testimony of the Law, the Prophets and the Psalms, and in-spite of all His signs, miracles, wonders and glorious resurrection from the dead, many religious leaders refused to believe in Him then... and many continue to refuse to believe in Him today.
It is because of this sure hope of the glory of God that Paul can continue with the words: More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, KNOWING that suffering produces endurance - and endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident HOPE.
Sinners are saved from the penalty of sin by God's grace, once and for all - through trusting in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ for salvation, but believers must mature in the faith and continue the process of ongoing salvation..
How important it is that believers continue to be sanctified by the resurrected life of Christ Jesus our Lord.
We are told in Exodus that Moses named a particular place 'Massah' and 'Meribah' because the Israelites complained, and tested the Lord, by asking Is the Lord among us or not? Deuteronomy tells us that God's people continued to provoke the Lord at Taberah, Massah, and Kibroth-hattaavah.
And I’m sure Peter’s heart rejoiced as he continued:- this is what was said to Him, by the Majestic Glory : “This is My beloved Son with Whom I am well-pleased” The recollection of that awesome moment, when together with James and John, he witnessed a glimpse of Christ’s coming majesty, must have been etched in Peter’s heart and memory, until the day of his death.
Although as Christians we have been saved by grace through faith in Christ and made part of the new creation, we continue to live in a fallen, 'earthy' body of flesh and blood and await that day when we will be fully and finally 'adopted' as glorified sons of God - with a new body of flesh and bone..
Until that time the whole of creation will continue to groan and suffer the increasingly intense 'labour pains' of childbirth.
I am sure that Christ offered this glorious prayer of thanksgiving and praise audibly to start teaching his devoted followers, truths that would have to be more fully revealed later, for He continued - All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father.
Some 2000 years later we continue to be indebted to this short, punchy letter, which exhorts us to be spiritually discerning and increasingly vigilant, in these final days of ever-increasing apostasy, within Christendom today.
Just as spiritual gifts and grace were exploited by some in those early days of the church, there are those today who continue to use their spiritual gifts for their own purposes - for self-gratification, self-exaltation, ungodly manipulation or to control others.
This little band of builders met with much opposition from their pagan neighbours, foreigners who had moved into the city during Israel's exile and set up an authoritarian, legislative administration, which was determined to depress the morale of Nehemiah and his workers. Nevertheless, because of his wise example, they refused to be intimidated and continued with their important rebuilding project.
Their object in infiltrating the church of God was to pervert the grace of our God into an excuse for immorality and greed, fame and fortune - the consequence of which was to disown the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, as their sovereign Saviour and eternal Lord. This underground satanic, movement that started to infiltrate the early church has morphed into an unknown number of disparate cults and demonic teachings, which continue to flood into the churches of today, in increasing numbers.
May we who have made peace with God by believing on His Son as Saviour, continue our Christian journey by walking in spirit and truth, maintaining that blessed fellowship and peaceable communion with God our Father.
Indeed it is recorded that there were over 60 million slaves, in Paul’s day, and much attention was given, in Scripture, to the instruction and conduct of slaves, as well as their slave-masters.People often offered themselves as slaves, when they fell on hard times, and Paul gave important instructions on how to carry out their duties, as unto the Lord, even when their masters were unfair.Although he gave instructions on godly living as a slave, Paul also encouraged those in slavery to secure their freedom, whenever possible: if you are able also to become free, rather do that, was His wise advice.Of particular importance it is to be noted that nowhere in scripture are members of Christ’s body instructed to engage in the abolishment of slavery or the correction in any other social injustices, before our given ministry to the lost.Jesus said the poor you will have with you always and Paul could easily have said, slaves will continue to be with you, however distasteful this is, until Christ’s return..
The truth of God’s Word has been tried and tested by a myriad of saints down through the centuries, who not only trusted Him for their salvation but continued to trust Him through all the circumstances of life - for He has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake - let us trust in the God of our salvation in all things too.
Once we have believed in Him we are to, believe that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Having been saved through justifying faith, believers are to continue to trust Him, by believing His Word, living by faith, and diligently seeking His face day by day.
God continued for centuries to unveil His name, His character and His attributes to His people Israel, who were to discover the Lord to be their Banner; their Healer their Peace; their Shepherd; their Rock; their Redeemer and their King, but eventually God gave the greatest revelation of Himself through the Person and work of His only begotten Son - Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus would continue to reveal to His people Israel and to His Church in this dispensation that HE IS WHO HE IS and that He is everything we will ever need, in this life and in the ages to come.
Some incorrectly consider that we can reach sinless perfection in this life, but this is unbiblical, for our old sin nature, (which resides within this mortal body) lusts against our new life in Christ - and this will continue until we discard this fallen, earthy, mortal frame, and are taken to be with the Lord, forever.
The Age of Israel ended at the cross when they were set aside for a season, and the Age of the Grace (or the Church Age) began. The Church was born at Pentecost, so that the good news of the gospel of Christ would continue to be shared through a new group of people - the Body of Christ, which is the Church.
Let us never forget the enormous price that was paid in order for us to be reconciled back to God and let us continue to boast about God through our Lord Jesus - for He alone is worthy of our honour and praise.
Many like to focus on social changes in the community, while denigrating the gospel of Christ, the salvation of the lost and spiritual maturity, while others continue to teach an equally concerning works-based religion, rather that a grace-based faith, which too often promotes the unbiblical teaching called, 'replacement theology - which incorrectly teaches that the Church has replaced Israel.
After Paul had been so gloriously saved on the road to Damascus, Peter, and the other apostles, continued to share the gospel of God around Jerusalem, and the local Judean area – predominantly to Jews.
Although these early Jewish believers understood that salvation was by grace alone – through faith in Christ alone, many of them, including some of the apostles, continued to cling to the Jewish Sabbath, Jewish sacrifices, the Temple worship, feasts days and other Jewish observances.
As we continue to read this passage, we find that his song of praise changes into practical instruction on the fear of the Lord, and of taking to heart the truth of His word: Come, you children, listen to me, David declared, and I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
and it was the Triune Godhead Who continued to ask, and who will go for Us? It was the awesome vision of Divinity's glory, in that holiest of all places that met Isaiah's startled eyes, for when he saw the Lord, high and lifted up, in His lofty, heavenly place and seated upon His magnificent throne of grace, Isaiah recognised his own sinfulness and realised he was not worthy to stand in the presence of such holiness.
The person and work of Jesus was testified by God the Father and was validated by the prophesised Messianic signs, wonders and miracles that He Himself carried out in His life and ministry - and which continued into those early years of the fledgling church.
Despite having rejected the God Who created them and having refused His gracious offer of salvation by grace through faith in Christ, man has continued on his foolish quest to establish his own form of peace into this world at war.
His earnest expectation and hope, was that his message and ministry would not be discredited or put to shame in any way, but that he would be able to continue speaking out the marvellous message of salvation freely, openly and boldly, so that whether he lived or died, the lovely Lord Jesus Christ would be magnified by his imprisonment.
At times he felt hard-pressed to know whether departing this life to be with Jesus or remaining here to continue his ministry was preferable.
However, Paul concluded that living on in the flesh was more necessary for the sake of his readers at Philippi and that it would also produce fruitful labour for him and so he wrote: convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith.
It also seems that as he penned this verse, Paul began to anticipate his next visit to Philippi and the mutual joy in the faith they would have when they next met, for he continued - that in me you may have abundant cause for exultation and glorying in Christ Jesus, through my coming to you again.
the silken thread of His goodness, grace and comfort continued to be woven into the history of Israel – which would finally produce an amazing tapestry of salvation, for every human life, who would trust His Word.God in His grace sent His only begotten Son to pay the enormous price for their sin – and the sin of the whole world, and in Isaiah chapter 40, this great prophet of Israel, begin to write his beautiful, prophetic words of comfort to God’s people, which would eventually be manifested in the birth, life and sacrifice, of the incarnate Word of God.
As we continue, on the journey of life, in the strength of Christ, may we resist the devil and stand firm in the faith, knowing that our brethren in other parts of the world are passing through the same sort of difficult experiences - and that both they and us, have been promised God's sufficient grace, in every situation.
May we never forget that the One who has called us is faithful, He will continue to be faithful, and He desires each one of His servants to be faithful in the place that He has placed us and with the work with which we have been entrusted.
Man likes to think that everything is going to continue on as it has in bygone days, but God has purposed that the world with all it passions and lusts is passing away and will one day be folded-up like a blanket.
The wise man does not endeavour to grab hold of what he cannot keep but clings to that which will continue into the eternal ages to come and the virtuous woman does not seek to satisfy her passing fancies but looks to discover the will of God and to develop His wider perspective.
And today the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost continue their redeeming work of saving the fallen race of man - as the perfect plan of the merciful Father, is executed by the eternal Son - in the power of the omnipotent Holy Ghost.
Each member of the Godhead has their own unique role in the salvation of mankind, and that work of salvation - spirit, soul and body, will continue until there is a new heaven, a new earth and eternal rest for the Creator and His creation alike.
The repetitive call for Israel as a nation to repent of their sins and to turn back to God, had resounded down through the centuries, but the numerous warnings of many prophetic voices continued to go unheeded.
And so we discover that before God finally withdrew His entreaties and warnings to His errant and backslidden nation -He raised up Malachi to proclaim the sentence on those who continued to remain disobedient to the Lord - and a solution for the little remnant who harkened to His voice.
The increase of His government will continue forever and there will be no end to His perfect peace, which passes all understanding – and His is the peace that is poured into the hearts of all that have trusted in the only begotten Son of God.
Tests and trials will come and go, and the duties will continue to bear down upon him, but they that wait on the Lord will have their strength renewed and their souls will be refreshed – for the Lord’s righteousness is immeasurable and His salvation lasts throughout all generations.
Having spent six chapters of his letter correcting a wide range of abuses within the church at Corinth, Paul continued by giving apostolic answers to important questions which had been asked about Christian marriage and how it relates to celibacy, divorce, remarriage and its role in ministry.
It is evident that Paul was not married when he wrote this letter, but whether or not he had previously been married, widowed, divorced or remained single, is not the issue, but, he continued, I wish that all men were even as I.
We are encouraged to continue to walk in spirit and truth, and to live by faith - not by works of the Law - for we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, (legalists, carnal believers or the unsaved) but are those who have faith to the saving of the soul.
That foundation was laid and completed in the early church and given for our learning through the completed canon of Scripture - and for two thousand years the body of Christ has continued to be fitted together, and is growing into a holy temple in the Lord - and we are being built together into a dwelling of God - in the power of the Spirit.
Despite being defeated at the cross, this wicked accuser of the saints, has continued his unrelenting attack on the people of God - not only the Church but in particular, Israel and Judah, for it will only be, when that chosen nation of God, collectively repents of their sin and cries out: “Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord' - that Christ can return to earth, and finally destroy the works of the evil one.
But because of their continued refusal to repent of their spiritual adultery, the time eventually arrived when they would not only be scattered but would find no pity from God - Who brought them out of Egypt.
He went throughout the Galilee teaching, preaching, and healing all that were sick and continued to authenticate his Person and work, to priests and people alike, through His sermons, speeches, actions and attitudes.
The gifts of the Spirit will one day be done away with – but the fruit of the Spirit will continue forever – the temporal gifts of the Spirit are for the current age, but the fruit of the everlasting Spirit will abide through the eternal ages to come – the gifts of prophecy, tongues, knowledge and all the many ministerial gifts with which the Holy Spirit graciously endows each one of His children according to His choosing – will one day will vanish away, forever.
The infinite dimensions and eternal character of God continue to be lifted higher and higher, until we celebrate the never-ending might, majesty, dominion and power that the Lord commands from every member of His creation.
Israel had failed to heed the past prophetic warnings of earlier prophets, and Joel's appeal for repentance, and his warning of coming destruction, is one more demonstration of the nations continued rebellion against the God of their forefathers, and their refusal to heed His word and obey the covenant promises, they made at Mount Sinai.
And the consequences of their continued rebellion, apostasy and disobedience, would result in judgement - the coming 'Day-of-the-Lord'.
The continued grace and mercy of God, can be seen in His divine appeal, to the people of Judah..
Paul’s prayer is that we are filled and continue to be filled every day of our life, with His joy and His peace as we believe in Him, so that we may overflow and abound with that blessed hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
evil will continue to be restrained by the prayers of the righteous - until that terrible day arrives.
and let us earnestly share a knowledge of that truth, with those that are lost in their sins.. so that others may be snatched from the teeth of the enemy, before that great and terrible Day of the Lord - when seven years of God's wrath will be poured out on a Christ-rejecting world - and then the Day of the Lord will continue for a further 1000 years, during Christ's millennial rule on earth.
But in the early chapters of the book of Acts we discover that despite Christ's call to go and make disciples of all nations, the exclusivity of the glad tiding of great joy, which were for all people, continued to be offered only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel..
the gross participation in pagan practices that persisted in this church at Thyatira continue to this present day.
This evil spirit of Jezebel is not only connected with witchcraft, but also has its satanic root intertwined with the secret mysteries of various clandestine, 'illuminated' societies, who continue to undermine the gospel of God to this very day.
“What has become of His promised return?' would be their mocking cry, and incorrect assessment, “for from the time that our forefathers fell asleep, all things continue as they have been - ever since the creation of the world!' This attitude is increasingly evident in the times in which we live, and we should all take heed of Peter's sincere and serious warning.
The last we hear of these born-again believers was that some continued to revert back to the influence of the old sinful nature instead of submitting to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit in their heart..
And yet the verse tells us that as we continue to gaze into His loveliness and drink deeply of His grace, we too will start to be transformed into His glorious likeness, as we pass from one stage of glory to the next.
May we continue to be changed into the image and likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ with every passing day and show forth His goodness and grace, not only in our lips but in our lives - by giving ourselves up to His praise and glory.
God in His grace provides us with sleep, with its rejuvenating, refreshing, revitalising and restorative qualities, which benefit our spirit, soul and body - but also, when His children are asleep, His gifts and graces continue to flow - from Him to us.
will continue to transform our new, “born-again-life in Christ', into the image and likeness of Himself - and this will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and a knowledge of God's Son - that we will become mature in the Lord, and measure up to the full and complete standard of Christ
Sadly today there are some Christian denominations that continue to offer up the Lord Jesus as an ongoing, perpetual, sacrifice - each time they celebrate His death on the cross in their services.
There is no cost at all for us in salvation for we were saved, at Christ’s expense, for He did it all – but if we choose to continue to become a true disciple of the Lord, we are to count the cost, to die to self and to take up our cross daily - and under the influence and power of the Holy Spirit, we are to abound in the good works, which will flow from our God-given Christian grace, and then we shall reap a reward in heaven, that shall not pass away.
The little remnant of faithful men and women were well aware that the nation of Israel would have to suffer captivity and be dispersed from their homeland, because of the sin of their fathers and the people's continued apostasy.
Today men continue to be willingly ignorant that there is a coming judgement in the future, when the nations of the world and those that scoff at the prophesied return of Christ will be judged - a terrible judgement of fire and fury.
He continued to teach His slow-learning followers that only by God's grace is salvation received, and reminded them that entrance into His Kingdom is impossible by man's merit, man's strength, man's abilities, man's wisdom, man's righteousness - yet He taught them that with God all things are possible - with God salvation and entrance into the Kingdom IS possible.
He knew He was about to be rejected and crucified but His plea continued to be towards the lost sheep of the house of Israel whom He would take out of the Jewish sheepfold and join together with His coming Gentile flock – so there would be one flock and one Shepherd.
As the psalm progresses we continue to see a contrast between the way of the wise who desire wisdom and have a teachable spirit and the fool, who not only says in his heart there is no God but also identifies his reckless stupidity with foul language, a partiality for wickedness; ill-thought out opinions and contentious arguments.
No surprise that he continued to rejoice with the words, Now therefore, O LORD God, the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant David, and his house - confirm it forever, and do as You have spoken, so that the house of Your servant David be established before You - that Your name may be magnified forever - and so that the nations will say, 'The LORD of hosts is God over Israel'.
Now, O Lord GOD, David continued, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant.
Today as then, men and women are removing themselves from God's grace and placing themselves under God's curse - because of false teachers that continue to pervert the truth of the Gospel of Christ with this false, legalistic, works-based, meritorious teachings - a 'gospel' that causes dear believers to fall from grace and places them back under the curse of the Law.
In His grace, they were given victory over their enemies when they cried out to Him in their distress, and despite their compromise... God's people continue to be celebrated the victory Mordecai and Esther were given, as each year they keep the feast of Purim and the book of Esther is included in the canon of Scripture.
Although we continue to rejoice at the wonderful way God saved His people from the enemy who sought to annihilate them as, I am sure that the Lord could have used them, in a different way to rescue Israel from extinction, without them needing to compromise their faith.
Not only did Paul long for a door to open, so he could continue to spread the gospel far and wide, but he also had to wait for God's timing.
The prayers of the Colossian saints and others continue to be answered, as the gospel continues to spread, and the Lord continues to be glorified, every time the letter Paul wrote to the Colossian Church is read and believed.
We can yield to the Holy Spirit doing a work in our new, born again life, that we received at rebirth – OR we can resist the work that the Holy Spirit desires to do in our new life and continue to live a carnal type of life under the power of the old sin nature – the old life that still fights for supremacy…
It would also enable Peter, the other apostles, and the 70 who were commissioned by Christ, during His ministry, to continue fulfilling the commission they were given, to, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons.
The old sin nature will continue to manifest itself throughout our earthly life, which is why we are reminded of the importance of keeping self, nailed to the cross, so that we will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh.It is a craving for pleasure and an insatiable desire to gratify one's own bodily appetites that causes covetousness to become such a serious issue in our lives, and which caused James to spend considerable effort and time in identifying its deadly cause and addressing its much needed cure.
Had Christ been crowned as the Jewish Messiah and hailed as their conquering hero before dying on the cross, or had He been elevated to the heights of a world-renowned philosophical thinker in Gentile regions, He would have remained alone and we would continue to be dead in our sin and without hope in the world.
And then came the moment that Jesus gathered them all together to give them His final important commands, before returning to His Father in heaven and leaving them to continue His important mission of reconciliation, to a lost and dying world:- they were not to depart from Jerusalem, or return to Galilee, but were to wait in the holy city for the promise from the Father, because Jesus told them that they were to be baptised with the Holy Spirit in a few days time.
Paul was confident that his reassurances would calm their hearts, still their concerns and bring peace to their soul, and so he encouraged them to pray for him and for the rest of his ministry team constructively, before reassuring them that: we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing.... and will continue to do what we command.
Paul knew that his earlier teachings would soon be re-established, now that the false teaching had been identified and corrected, but he also was aware that they would be better equipped to hold fast to the word of truth and not be tossed about by every wind of false doctrine, if they were to continue to obey his earlier instructions - if they continue to do what he commanded.
Paul understood that these believers would be less likely to be adversely influenced by any heretical teachings that might filter into their midst, if they paid heed to his teachings, obeyed his commands and continued to carry out the things that he instructed them to do.
It is to participate with Him, in the abuse and hatred that Jesus received during His lifetime and which has continued to be poured out on members of His mystical body - which is the Church, for centuries of time.
And yet Christ had to continue to point out to these two grieving men, passage after passage in the holy Scriptures to enable them to come to an understanding that the terrible tragedy that had broken their hearts and distressed their minds had become the greatest triumph that had rescued their soul from eternal separation from their Creator, and returned them into fellowship with their heavenly Father.
and who continue to 'be being saved' through the wonderful, sanctification process of the indwelling Holy Spirit - conforming us day by day into the likeness of Christ Jesus our Lord,- the message of the cross is the power of God and the wisdom of God - to Whom be all praise and glory for ever and ever amen.
David's prayerful song of thanksgiving and praise to the Lord continued in joyous enthusiasm, as he proclaimed with great jubilation, Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours.
While we are positionally sanctified the moment we are justified in the sight of God and covered in Christ's righteousness, we are being progressively sanctified for the rest of our Christian life on earth, as we continue to grow in grace, mature in the faith, and become gradually conformed into the image and likeness of the lovely Lord Jesus
The Lord Jesus had just announced that He did not come to destroy the Law but to fulfil both the Law and the prophetic writings and then He continued to explain that not until heaven and earth pass away will the smallest jot or tiniest tittle of the Law pass - for all things had to be accomplished.
It started to be enumerated in Exodus with the 10 commandments, and additional requirements continued to be added..
As the floodgates of apostasy and paganism continue to pour into the lives of believers today and pollute their faith, it is important to remain securely anchored to this important message of clarification from the apostle Paul: the gospel message of salvation, which we have received, accepted, welcomed and appropriated in our hearts.
How important, therefore, that as an act of will, that we seek to lay aside all the seeds of doubt and disbelief, and to shake off everything that ensnares and hinders us, so that we pursue with constancy the course that God has purposed for us and to continue, with steadfastness, the race that is set before us,
May we continue to grow in grace day-by-day, and be ready and willing to share the good news of the glorious gospel of the grace of God in spirit and in truth - in our little corner of God's vineyard - to the glory of God
When the fullness of Christ's body has come in and we have received our glorified bodies, we will continue to gossip the gospel and glorify the Lord as we sing of His great wonders and recall His grace towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us and imputed us with His perfect righteousness.
Having spent some considerable time exposing their unacceptable behaviour, Paul continued by laying down some principles and practices for believers... and in this verse, it deals with judging between right and wrong - and recognising that in this Christian dispensation, all things are lawful for post-cross Christians, although not all things are expedient.
When apostate Israel rejected their Messiah, God needed a different body of believers to continue His work on earth - until the nation of Israel would resume their calling, in the coming 'Time of Jacob's Trouble'.
Following the judgements in Eden, the flood and the tower of Babel man continued to rebel against the Lord and delighted to serve and worship the creation rather than the Creator, and so God took the little nation of Israel to be His chosen people..
May the grace and favour of God continue to rest upon us, and may the beauty of the Lord Jesus be seen in us and through us - as we submit to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit in our life, to His praise and glory.
By the time Peter, the big, brawny, blustery fisherman, was writing his second epistle, we discover he had matured into a modest and unassuming man, who continued to express his deep devotion for his divine Master and articulate his immense gratitude for his eternal salvation.
Peter continued to enumerate to others the privileges that are the right of all who trust in Him.
May we be willing servants who are quick to confess our sins; faithful to obey His commands; obedient to trust His word, walk in spirit and truth - and day by day continue to look to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith.
However, as they began to widen their evangelism... to include those in Samaria and beyond, they were comforted of the Holy Spirit - and enjoyed a period of stability and calm, as the gospel was taught throughout Judea and Galilee and Samaria - So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, the Church continued to increase.
This was a time when the Church expanded and the believers continued to be built up in the fear of the Lord This was a time when they were obeying the will of God, carrying out Christ's commands, obeying the leading of the Spirit and walking in spirit and truth... and this was a time when they all experienced the comfort of the indwelling Holy Spirit in their heart.
God had made it clear that they would be blessed if they honoured the covenant they made with Him, but would be severely judged, through famine and drought, if they continued to disobey His word.
The people were reminded that their poor harvests and economic decline resulted from their own, foolish neglect and that until they did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, He would continue to chasten His people and withhold the dew that watered the earth.
The nation demonstrated that they were spiritually immature, and as they continued to complain against both Moses and the Lord, we recognise that they did not have a teachable spirit but were proud in their own conceit.
For this reason, the kingdom was postponed and the nation of Israel was set aside, while God continued to carry out His perfect plan of redemption through the Body of Christ.
The Church will continue their ministry of reconciliation, until the day they are taken out of the way, when Israel will once again be used to finish the work God He has prepared for them to do, and finally, they will welcome their Messiah - JESUS, King of kings and Lord of lords.
I am no longer in the world, He prayed, for He was returning to the Holy Father in heaven, and yet they themselves are in the world. His faithful followers were to remain in the word and continue the work that Jesus Himself had begun - a ministry of reconciliation.
And so Christ continued to pray: Keep them in Your name.
A sceptre shall rise from Israel, he continued, and He shall crush through the forehead of Moab and tear down all the sons of Sheth. This future King of Israel would be the one to crush the ‘forehead’ or ‘borders’ of the kingdom of Moab, which was situated in the northern part of Edom (today called Jordan).
In this verse 'faith in the Lord Jesus Christ' pre-supposes 'repentance of sin towards God', but sadly many churches continue to insist there are two steps to salvation: 1) repent and 2) believing, when there are multiple passages that demonstrate that salvation is by GOD's grace - through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The old apostle Peter knew that his time on earth was short, but felt it necessary to continue reminding believers of the truths of the Word of God and of the responsibility we all have to become increasingly established in the gospel of Christ..
And although Satan remains forever a defeated enemy in the life of all who trust in His finished work on Calvary - that evil and malicious serpentine enemy, who is called the devil and Satan, will continue his aggressive onslaught against all who have been saved by the blood of the Lamb.
Though a defeated enemy, the wiles and strategies of Satan continue to be employed in the life of all who are God's blood-bought children..
Praise God that in Christ we have already become overcomers and I pray that we may continue to live the life of an overcomer. Let it be our dear desire to live a victorious life knowing that our past, present and future victory is secure in Christ.
He reminded them that while they were living in lovely, panelled houses, the House of the Lord continued to lie in ruins... and together with all who returned to Jerusalem, from their Babylonian captivity, the rebuilding work was resumed once more.
And as the attributes of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob continued to be revealed to His chosen people, as the years rolled by, so each of God's revealed characteristics, was one more beautiful picture of the coming Messiah - the Mighty God and Prince of Peace, Who would also be the one Who would heal His people Israel, the nation whom Isaiah described as being sick, 'from the crown of their head to the sole of their foot'.
God has so often been portrayed as the faithful Shepherd of His people and in his prayer to the holy One of Israel, Micah is asking the Lord to continue to feed His flock, and to graciously shepherd His chosen people.
The more we delight in the law of the Lord and take time to genuinely meditate upon the pure, written Word of God, the more we will grow in grace and continue to be transformed into the lovely likeness of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ - to Whom be all praise and glory.
The covenant the Lord made was with Himself, for He purposed in His own heart that while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest would never fail, cold and heat would continue their necessary function, summer would follow winter and winter in turn would blossom into summer and day and night would not cease - and God's Word cannot be broken - for God has even placed His Word above His holy name.
The LORD was very angry with your fathers, is the important message with which Zechariah opens His prophetic book. God has been very displeased with your fathers,he cries. Return to Me, declares the LORD of hosts, repent of your sin and turn from your evil ways that I may return to you. This was the gracious warning that this man of God delivered Israel – but they continued to disobey.
Legalistic Jews, resented Paul teaching that the Mosaic Law, had been superseded because of the cross and did everything in their power to discredit his apostolic authority. They continued to insist that there was no salvation without circumcision.
In our Christian life, we are entreated to continue steadfastly in prayer, to pray continuously, to present our needs before our heavenly Provider, to lift up others to the eternal throne of grace and to bend our ear to His gentle promptings.
Paul was a man who devoted himself to pray for the saints and to continue steadfastly in prayer.
Devotion to prayer meant to continue steadfastly in prayer by coming to the throne of grace for mercy to find help in times of need.
and here in chapter 4 we are instructed to Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.
After his customary introduction to Timothy and his charge to identify and deal with distorted doctrine and silence false teachers, Paul continued his letter to this trusted, young pastor, with important instructions concerning Christian conduct and Church life.
God revealed the forgotten dream to Daniel, who not only described it in detail, but gave an in-depth, divinely revealed interpretation, which has continued to be played out on the pages of history for many centuries.
Finally, as we read in this verse, the owner of the vineyard had one more to send... a dearly loved son; whom he sent last of all to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But as we continue to read, we discover that he too..
It is as we reach chapter 33 that we find the people repenting of their unbelief and Moses, on his face, before the Lord, in the Tent of Meeting, pleading for forgiveness and praying that the Lord would still accompany them, and that His Presence would continue to go with them.
It is only when one recognises that God has a different programme for Israel, from His agenda for the Christian Church, that many of the controversies, which existed in the early Church, and continue to rage today, become clear.
Although there are many today who continue to discredit Paul's ministry and his apostolic calling, we would do well to pay attention to his teaching, for he opens our understanding to many church age mysteries - including the Church, as members of Christ's body, and the permanently indwelling Spirit - Who provide us with godly power to guide us in our earthly walk.
And although many of the commands that were give to the nation of Israel are repeated in the New Testament by God's holy apostles and prophets for the Church, not all continue to be in force during this Christian dispensation.
Today we live in an increasingly disturbing environment - a topsy-turvy world where right is called wrong and evil is considered to be good, and the people of God are calling out to the Lord with increasing concern and in deepening distress. We wonder how long the Lord can allow the evils of this world system and the disgusting acts of fallen man to continue.
Man did not comprehend the enormity of what had happened in Bethlehem some thirty years earlier and throughout His ministry, men continued to misunderstand the Man, His ministry and His message. The depraved mind of the unsaved cannot understand the Light, for the god of this world has darkened their minds and blinded their soul.
Although the evil principalities of darkness will do all in their power to frustrate its almighty strength, the Light of Christ has already overcome the powers of darkness, and its penetrating rays will continue to invade the dominion of evil, with every soul that confesses Christ as Lord.
Timothy is encouraged to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; to take to heart the many nuggets of wisdom and teaching that he gained from his teacher, Paul, and to pass on this truth to other trustworthy believers, who are also strong in the faith - so that the good news of Christ Jesus will continue to be spread abroad, throughout the world - to the glory of God.
And this verse gives a little of the limited information we have about Christ's early life, for we read The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom... and the grace of God was upon Him.
Physically the Lord Jesus continued to grow and develop and to become strong, as he passed through childhood to maturity.
Jeremiah faithfully issued many general prophecies of judgement concerning Judah and some very specific consequences of their continued rebellion - but his call to turn from sin and return to the Lord went unheeded and was treated with scoffing contempt by the majority of his countrymen.
as in the time of Paul there were an increasing number of legalistic Jews who continued to argue that Gentiles were outside of God's grace and could not receive His forgiveness without becoming a proselyte..
Oh, at first, they started to rejoice, and cried out AMEN, AMEN, – but as Ezra continued to read the Scripture, they started to realise how deeply they had fallen into sin and how far they had wandered away from the truth of God’s word – and both men and women began to mourn and grieve deeply.
Paul clearly teaches that those that engage in such divisive tactics within a Church congregation should receive appropriate warning from the elders. However, should such a person continue in their disruptive behaviour, then they should be removed from the Church..
Jesus died for us to pay the price for sin - BUT, He also rose again, so that whether we wake or sleep - whether we continue to live in this mortal realm or cast off this physical 'tent' when we die, we know that we will live together with Christ until the consummation of this Church age when we will be raised in an eternal and incorruptible body - for the rest of time (the Millennial kingdom) and for the eternal ages to come.
He will continue his nefarious rule on earth, until Christ, Who defeated this evil enemy at the cross, returns in power and great glory, to finally bring his despotic rule to a close - and return the world to its former beauty and loveliness.
Abram was confronted with a choice - would he remain God's faithful servant; continue to believe His precious promises and trust Him to be his Shield and great Provider OR would he be tempted with the glittering prizes that had been successfully retrieved from the defeated attackers?
May God's abundant grace and incomprehensible peace continue to be multiplied towards all His children as we seek to act justly, to love mercy and to walk in humble submission before Him all the days of our life - in love.
Despite the assurance that we will receive a new, glorified body at the rapture (i.e, the resurrection of Church-age saints) the old sin nature will continue to lust against our new-life-in-Christ during our sojourn on earth, and for the rest of our life it must be kept nailed to the cross, if we are to maintain close communion with the Lord.
Only God can continue His work of sanctification during our earthly life, and only He can finish the good work He started, when we were declared righteous, by faith – for in no sense can a man make himself perfect - for by works of the flesh will no man living be justified, sanctified, or glorified.
Only He can bring His work to its final conclusion when we will receive our glorified bodies, and only HE can continue the ongoing work of sanctification that brings a baby Christian to spiritual maturity. We are not required to do anything to get saved or remain saved..
Each one was saying, “I am of Paul,” or “I of Apollos,” or “I of Peter” or “I of Christ.” Had this attitude not been quickly corrected by Paul, or had any of these leaders allowed such foolish hero-worship to continue, the Church could have fragmented into many different sects.
He grieved when they were slow of heart to learn, reprimanded them when they fell into sin, corrected them when they were lured into error, rejoiced with them as they grew in grace, and instructed them so they would become increasingly mature in the faith.Paul’s great desire for the saints at Philippi was that they become rooted and grounded in the Word of truth, so that their love for God and their love for one another would continue to grow and multiply.
They begin with his characteristic greeting of “grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.' But he continued, by strongly commending these dear believers, for the wonderful growth of their faith in God, and the abounding love they had for one another, which was being demonstrated in their midst.
But how important to recognise that the meaning of this first class conditional clause is:- “ IF, and I know that you will' - for then there is no conflict, but rather continued assurance that Christ has accomplished ALL on our behalf. Paul writes:- if indeed you continue in the faith, firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, implying that I know that you will - then this little word “IF' carries with it the understanding:- I know that you will continue in the faith....
It is the collective Body of Christ that is being called to continue in the faith in this verse - if you (ALL) continue in the faith.... and it is Christ Himself Who loved the Church so much that He and gave Himself up for her so that He Himself might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water by the word, that He Himself... might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
and our future glorification is not contingent upon what we DO but on what Christ DID for us all, on Calvary's cross. IF you (ALL) continue in the faith - and I know that you will....
The first flickering flame of faith was lit when this weeping man when he remembered that God is the eternal Creator and cried out: Long ago You established the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. He continued to proclaim the eternal qualities of God: Even they will perish, but You endure forever; they will wear out like a garment; Like clothing. You will change them, and they will be changed. Finally he rejoiced that God is faithful and unchanging - You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end.
The children of Your servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before You.
Strong opposition to the rebuilding of God's Temple came from the pagan governors of Persia, who continued to have authority over the land of Israel, which caused the Temple building to be halted - and time passed.
And as the time for his departure drew ever closer, Peter was ensuring that those that had grown in grace and matured in the faith, were equipped to continue Christ's ministry of reconciliation, and to care for the flock of God - and so he spoke directly to the elders of the Church, with specific instructions - to feed and care for the flock of God.
Jesus had just wept over Jerusalem's continued unbelief.
A message that will continue to be taught to a lost and dying world until Jesus comes in the clouds to take us to be with Himself - the gospel that proclaims that Christ died for the sin of the whole world ..that He rose again and is seated at the right hand of the Father, so that whosever believes on HIM will not perish but have everlasting life.
The gospel of grace will continue to be taught until the end of this Church age..
The gospel of the grace of God will continue to be proclaimed until the time of the end about which the Lord Jesus told His disciples on that day when He departed from the Temple and started to tell them what would be the sign of His coming at the end of the age.
by eschewing all that is evil, and bearing the reproach of Christ in our suffering and shame - for how can we continue to be slaves of sin when the Lord Jesus, Who died for us, and rose again, has set us free from slavery sin and broken its suffocating hold on our lives?
It is only as we stand firm in the faith and continue to grow in the knowledge of Christ, that we will be able to stand firm on the truth - for Paul tells us that our stability stems from biblical doctrine and sound teaching.
It is as we continue to consider the state of this tormented individual, that we see his attitude beginning to change as he starts to contrast the temporal state of man's fleeting days... and the ever-present difficulties and dangers of this transient life, with the ceaseless existence and permanence of the eternal God.
In his earlier incarceration, the apostle appeared to enjoy a significant amount of freedom when he continued to receive encouragement and support from the believers in Rome as well as fellow-labourers in Christ, throughout Asia.
As the apostle Peter neared the end of his life he taught about the coming day of the Lord and warned the little flock of Christ that in the last days mocking men would ridicule the truth of Christ’s return demonstrating their ignorance of the God’s Word and their foolish assumptions that things are going to continue on ad-infinitum.
ot only demonstrates a godly character but is also part of God's child-training programme for all believers - so that we may continue to be conformed into the image and likeness of Christ as we depend on Him.
Only THEN could the nation of Israel fulfil their ministry of being a light to lighten the Gentiles – but they refused, and God set Israel aside for a season, while He continued His work of redemption through the Church.
God knew He would have to continue His work of redemption through the Gentiles from every nation - because of Israel's rejection.
We are told that these three, spiritual fruit of God’s amazing grace will continue and will remain and abide into the eternal state - faith, hope, and love.In this earthly life, faith must remain a high priority.
While faith and hope will certainly continue throughout the eternal ages, for our faith and hope will always be in our heavenly Father, it is love that will increase and multiply when we see Jesus face to face - for we see Him as He is and we shall be like Him.
Their respective purposes will be rewarded with sight - yet we will always maintain faith in our God and hope in our heavenly Father, Who will continue to sustain us into the eternity of eternities - for He upholds everything by the might of His majestic hand.
But love is a gift of God, and love is the primary a fruit of the Spirit that will continue to grow and expand, beyond our wildest imaginings.
The eternal love of God that has been poured into our hearts will continue to increase and multiply - for the love of God is eternal.
And it is by reflecting His love that we are to resemble the Lord – for God is Love and the love of God is broader than the span of our greatest imaginations, and the fondness of our Father towards us goes beyond our wildest dreams.But this life is the first step into an eternity of love with God; the love of God and our love for God, and these three graces of faith, hope and love must of necessity all continue beyond this mortal sphere, for the attributes of God are incomparable in their beauty, His perfections are unlimited in their number, His excellence is everlasting in its duration and splendour is absolute in its span.We, who have been saved by grace are to enter into the glories of the celestial sphere and our understanding and knowledge of God must continue throughout the ages to come.
The Father not only responded to Christ's request to, leave it for one more year', as He continued to share the good news of the gospel of God and the coming kingdom, but it seems that God also answered Christ's prayer on the cross - Father forgiven them for they know not what they do, and maybe He even answered Stephen's prayer, when he was brutally murdered by the Jews - do not hold this sin to their charge.
Many long years passed and the Lord was silent in his love towards this man of God, and probably Abraham thought that this happy state of affairs would continue on - but his happy life was soon to be shattered, by the next communication he received from the Lord, for we discover, in the following verses, that God instructed him to 'Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.'
and Abraham continued to believe God, throughout various tests and trials he underwent - and Abraham grew in grace and in a knowledge of the God in Whom he trusted.
It was Isaiah who first wrote that God would: destroys the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. And it was the apostle Paul who continued this warning from God: that the wisdom of the wise would pass away, and the discernment of their discerning men would disappear - for when God is removed from His sovereign throne in the hearts and minds of fallen man, the wisdom of wise men perish, and the judgements of sophisticated thinkers is hidden from view.
The question is often asked - 'If Christ won the victory over Satan, sin, death and hell, then why is he still at large and why do Christians still die if they have been saved from death and hell?' The simple answer is that death must claim the life of all who are physically born in-Adam, and death will continue to claim the life of its victims, until the end of the millennial rule of Christ, when all His enemies will be placed under His feet.
His rule will continue until all earthly dominion, which was lost by Adam, is restored to God... and He will make a new heaven and a new earth.
But foundational faith in Christ's sacrificial death needs to continue into a life that is lived by faith, for as we grow in grace and mature in the faith we move from one degree of faith to another measure of faith.
Jesus silently permitted the ranting allegation of the many accusational voices to continue spewing out their judgemental criticism on this woman, as they pointed accusingly at a sinner who most certainly deserved to have the punishment of God poured out upon her - for all have sinned and all fall short of the perfect standard of a holy God.
Paul is a man who demonstrates the godly principle of ongoing praise, ceaseless prayer and continuous thanksgiving, knowing that this is the will of God for all His children - thanksgiving for what God has already done in our lives and intercession for that which God will continue to do, as the Spirit conforms us into the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus, with every passing day.
The company of travellers arrived in the town of Haran, but remained there for about five years, because Abraham's father worshipped idols... and the Lord would not allow his servant to continue to Canaan while his father was alive.
The saving faith that brought Abraham out of a pagan land and a godless world was deepening into an ongoing sanctifying faith, where God would continue to prove His faithfulness to his servant - provide for him; protect him from his enemies; make his name great; bless him abundantly and cause him to be a great blessing to all the families of the earth.
However, Job's continued, proud insistence of his innocence, proved to be as a character flaw, which needed to be addressed!
Everything Job identified in this initial outburst of God's majesty and power accounts for many truths that have only recently been discovered by modern sciences or continue to be areas of scientific study, that remain a mystery in the minds of great professors and research scientists.
is almost immaterial - for in these last days, many mockers and scores of scoffers will continue to be content to follow after their own desires and sinful lusts and deny the One who bought them - with His own precious blood.
Because of all the things He had taught them, up to this point, Jesus continued... For this reason, I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.
The eternal Son of God became the perfect Son of Man, Who alone could justifiably proclaim, before Abraham was - I AM. He could therefore legitimately proclaim, I AM the Root of David and I AM the Stem of David. Book by book, chapter by chapter and verse by verse, God's perfect plan of redemption and His eternal purposes for mankind continued to unfold, until Jesus came in the likeness of human flesh.
Instead of removing our old Adamic “flesh', God in His grace came to indwell our mortal frame - and although our “fleshly' nature will continue to be in opposition to our new human 'spirit', during our journey through life, we are instructed to yield to the indwelling Holy Spirit of God, for greater is He that is in us that he that is in the world.
Paul then boldly told them God's next instruction to him on the Damascus road, I will continue to rescue you from your people, the Jews, and from the Gentiles, to whom I'm sending you. Paul was standing in Gentile custody and being interrogated by some of the people from who God promised to deliver him.
As John explained - They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest - that none of them were of us.
Paul was convinced that the work that God had started in the believers at Philippi would continue until the day of Christ Jesus, and yet his deep desire for these men and women was that their love for the Lord..
Paul was thankful that these dear men and women had trusted Christ for their Salvation, and he was thrilled that Epaphras, his fellow-labourer in the gospel and beloved bond-servant of Christ, continued to faithfully preach Christ crucified to these believers - unlike so many false teachers that were infiltrating the early Church of Paul's day.
No one can ever be justified in the sight of God through works of the law, and yet many having started their Christian life by grace through faith and yet seek to continue their Christian walk by reverting back to legalism and trying to live by the law, instead of living by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
We started our Christian life by faith and we are to continue our Christian walk by faith, for no one is justified by the law, but rather the just shall LIVE by faith. Faith is simply trusting God's word and living a life that is fully dependent upon Him for everything.
Praise God that despite their continued rejection of their God and King, it is by His by grace that a faithful remnant will one day be restored and God's unconditional covenants to Abraham, David and His people Israel, will eventually be fulfilled.
Paul explains that when we are able to continue to trust God, even during those tough times, when we are pressed out of measure, tossed about by every possible difficulty and danger and attacked by the enemy of our souls.. then our life becomes a sweet aroma to the Lord, such that the spreading of the glorious gospel of Christ becomes the wonderful consequence of a life consecrated to God.
And despite his imprisonment in a Roman jail, it was with the joy of the Lord that Paul was able to write his letter of encouragement to his brothers and sisters in Philippi - exhorting them to unity, humility and continued sacrificial service to the Lord.
As John the revelator continued watching the opening scene of the Great Tribulation, he looked, and saw an ashen green horse... and the one who sat on its back was named Death, and Hades was following after this grim reaper.
It was after his arrival in Canaan that Abram learned the importance of calling on the name of the Lord, through prayers and intercessions - but Abram continued to wait for God's promise of a son to be established and fulfilled.
Abram fell on his face when the Lord spoke and the Lord continued to explain the covenant between them.
While John was outwardly successful, this humble servant of the Lord, continued to point his followers to Christ, proclaiming, He must increase, but I must decrease.
While John continued to proclaim his own baptism of repentance to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, he knew that the baton he had been carrying had been handed to the Lord Jesus.
While he continued to baptise with water unto repentance, John had faithfully prepared the way of the Lord and taught that Jesus would baptise those who believe in Him with the Holy Spirit... while those who would not believe would receive the fiery baptism of judgement.
Even when some of his disciples deserted him to follow Jesus, he did not give up, but continued to carry out the good work that God had prepared for him to do.
Even after the Lord’s warning to him, Peter continued full of his own self confidence proclaiming, even if everyone else turns against you, I certainly won't, yet only hours after this proud boast, Simon Peter renounced his gracious Lord three time, with cruel denials and cutting curses.
They were 'overcomers', by faith, who were not only living a victorious Christian life, but continued to enjoy fellowship with the Father and were promised that they would walk with the Lord Jesus, dressed in white garments.
and similar outrageous murders and abuses of God's people continue in a frenzy of demonic attacks, in many parts of the world today..
May we continue to look to Jesus, trust His word and tell forth the glory of His name, as we look for the any day return of Christ, when He come in the clouds to take us to be with Himself into heavenly places..
will continue to carry out its redeeming work and pour out its cleansing flood on the whole house of Israel, and so all Israel shall be saved - for as a nation they will have cried out in unison: blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord ..
Indeed, enmity towards God and rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ has continued unabated, down the corrupt corridors of time to this present day.
Let us continue to share the good news of the gospel of grace, with those that are dead in their sins and living under God's condemnation - for who knows, if some may be convicted of their need of redemption and turn from their sinful ways and trust in Christ for the salvation of their soul?
Throughout Mark 13, Jesus addresses issues connected with the end times and from other passages we understand that the 'end times' or 'last days', started in the times of the disciples, with Christ's death; burial; resurrection and ascension and will continue until His second coming to set up His earthly kingdom.
The apostles of the early church and saints throughout the Church age were to continue the work that Christ began to do on earth.
The apostles and certain others had been given the power to do miraculous signs during Christ's earthly life in order to authenticate His Messianic claims and those supernatural gifts continued to function during their lives, but the greater works that the apostles performed were connected with the salvation of the souls of lost men and women.
God is still able to perform the same sort of supernatural miracles today, which continue to authenticate His deity - but the work that we have all been called on to carry out today is to proclaim the good news of the gospel of grace to a lost and dying world - for THIS is the work of God, that you believe in Him Whom He has sent.
Let us thank Him for the continued evidences of His grace in our lives, and discover the fruit of godly obedience - so that by the power of the Spirit we may be transformed by the renewing of our mind, for then we will be able to test and approve the perfect will of God for us - which is Christ in You the hope of glory.
Until that pivotal point in history, when the restraining influence of the Church, through the indwelling power of the Spirit will be removed... lawlessness will continue and the identity of the 'man-of-sin' will remain unknown.
May we continue to work the works of God in our lives while there is still time and warn the lost that the offer of salvation is still available to whosoever will come.
However, Paul always brought his focus back to the foundational truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the need to... continue in the things you have learned, and to become firmly convinced of them in your heart, knowing from whom you have learned them.
No doubt he saw Timothy grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus, during their ministry together, but as the time for his parting drew every closer, Paul was prompted to write to his young co-labourer, exhorting him to continue in the things that he had learned from him..
The determined purpose of Paul's heart was to exalt his Saviour for the greatest glory of God and to continue to his life's end, declaring the goodness of his gracious Master.
Paul fully expected and hoped that he would remain faithful to his life's end and never be ashamed of his Saviour - but would continue to be as bold for Christ, as he has been in the past, trusting that his life would bring honour to Him, whether he lived or died.
Israel started to be dispersed during the Assyrian invasion of Samaria, which continued with their exile in Babylon.
The Greek and Roman empires, together with the persecution of the early church caused additional displacement of Jews, and the diaspora continued until 1948, when the modern nation of Israel was established.
The Lord is no respecter of persons and the eyes of the Lord continue travel to and fro, looking for a man or woman who has a listening ear, a trusting heart and a willing spirit that is ready to say 'speak Lord, your servant is listening'.
And not only in the book of Judges, but throughout Israel's entire history, we see how the people who were left in the land would become an ongoing and increasing thorn in Israel's flesh - indeed, we see this today that the surrounding nations continue to ensnare them and remain a thorn in their flesh.
We have received ALL that we need to walk worthy of the Lord, and so we are earnestly exhorted to walk in Him, for just as we received Christ Jesus as Lord, we are to continue to live our lives in Him.
Timothy would have known about Paul's concern for the Galatian Christians, who had been taught, by false teachers, that they needed to be circumcised to be saved and that they had to continue keeping the Law, so they did not lose their salvation!
Maybe this is the truth that helps us understand Who God is; what He has done for us; what He is doing and what He will continue to do, in and through all who believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God... and place their trust in Him.
Although our old, sin nature will continue to lust against our new life in Christ during our sojourn on earth... nevertheless, we must reckon our OLD self dead to the desires of this world and our NEW life alive to God.
As members of Christ's body we too have been given the responsibility to continue Christ's ministry of reconciliation to a world of lost sinners - as directed by God the Father, through the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit - for the praise and glory of His holy name.
We all need to understand that humanity's wickedness and the wiles of Satan will continue to batter the saints OF God throughout this world - until Christ comes to set up His kingdom and puts all enemies under His feet.
The eternal and interlinked attributes and essence of the Lord started to be unfolded to humanity at the start of Scripture and all His beautiful characteristics are intertwined with each other and interlaced together and it seems likely that they will continue to be revealed to our growing understanding of Him, throughout the eternal ages to come.
Let us pray for the salvation of the people of Israel who continue to remain dead in their sins and let us praise God that the time is coming when the blindness of their eyes, the resistant deafness of their ears and the hardness of their hearts will be softened.
The Bible points out that these 'last days' in which we live, began back in the first century and will continue right down until Christ returns - when He comes to set up His millennial kingdom.
May we in like manner fulfil our responsibility to God and our duty towards our fellow man as we look steadfastly to Jesus, study His word, fulfil the ministry that God has given each of us and continue as they did..
Indeed the Lord continued to explain to Solomon: “but if you turn aside and forsake My statutes and My commandments, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot them from My land - the land that I have given them.
And as members of His Body we have been commissioned to carry out and continue the ministry of reconciliation that Jesus Himself started during His earthly life - for God has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
Nevertheless, we continue to be astonished by Israel's long-term ingratitude towards their Saviour, and are ashamed to recognise some similar failings in our own lives, when we have left our first love, erected idols in our own lives, or wandered far from the God of our salvation.
in the book of Acts, all that Jesus continued to do and to teach.
All that Jesus Christ continued to do through His Body, the Church was recorded in those opening years of the dispensation of Grace..
We are instructed to abide in Christ, rest in His love and submit to the work of the Holy Spirit within our heart, so that we too may be part of that glorious cloud of witnesses that are being used by God to continue carrying out the acts of Jesus Christ, in our lives - to His praise and glory.
Satan was defeated at the cross, but the ripple effects of his evil deeds will continue to reverberate around the globe in which his murderous lies and satanic deceit have weakened the nations, blinded men's eyes and hardened the hearts of those that are perishing.
And although the enemy will continue to interfere with the unity of the spirit and disrupt our bond of peace... with divisive doctrines and critical attitudes, the Lord's High Priestly prayer that they may be One, still remains true today.
However, the second part of this particular verse, does not continue to describe what happens during that 7-year tribulation period - which is sometimes referred to as the time of Jacob's Trouble, but immediately jumps to the very end of Christ's millennial rule on earth - over 1000 years later, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar.
From the day they were created the four living creatures cry holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, and into the eternal ages to come this great chorus of praise will continue to reverberate throughout the visible and invisible universe, in reverent worship of the Lord God of heaven and earth.
At times, full and complete conformity into the likeness of Christ, seems a dim and distant shadow, of a far-away future inheritance. But He has promised that He will continue to build His church, until we all arrive at that final transformation, when our mortal bodies will be changed into the likeness of our Saviour's glorious body.
Let us be content to work the works of God in the place where He has planted us, submitting to His refining work in our inward parts, as we labour with our Lord as co-worker and fellow-labourer and as we continue to be fitted together as a dwelling-place for His Holy Spirit.
But the important message that he wanted to relay to Timothy was to faithfully continue to preach the word; to be ready in season and out of season - to be prepared to reprove, rebuke, exhort and encourage other believers with great patience and godly instruction.
Both kingdoms were called to repent; both kingdoms were warned of judgement if they did not change direction; both Israel and Judah continued in their promiscuity and both were finally disowned by God; defeated by their enemies and enslaved in foreign lands.
Israel still has a spirit of slumber and are blind - in part, which has continued throughout the entire Church Age. Because of their unbelief God gave His errant nation a spirit of stupor, with ears that were deaf to His voice and eyes that were unable to see the truth of the glorious gospel of God.
Blindness in part is to continue to the end of the Church age, when all Christians will be removed at the rapture, and at long last, Israel will be reinstated as God’s witness on earth – and the gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world.
Both unsaved Jews and unsaved Gentiles continue to rely on their own particular criteria, which demands that God must fulfil their peculiar specification and meet their own required conditions if they are to believe God's WORD!!!!!!!!!
They rejected God the Son in the New Testament and crucified their Anointed King and heavenly Saviour - and through this Church age, which Paul calls 'the dispensation of grace', Israel will continue to be scattered across the face of the earth - until the Day of the Lord, when God will bring His chosen nation back to Himself..
The day of the Lord which begins with God's wrath will continue for 1000 years under the authority of Jesus Christ, Son of God and King of Israel.
and water-baptism as the outward sign of their inward change-of-heart, continued to be ignored by the majority - which finally resulted in the rejection, betrayal and crucifixion of their Messiah King.
Israel was to be set aside for a season and God would continue to spread the good news of salvation through another set of servants - the Church.
Let us now LIVE by grace through faith in Christ and continue to walk in spirit and truth, so that in the power of the Holy Spirit we may grow in grace and mature in the faith - to the glory of God our Father, and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
His desire was that they come to a knowledge of the truth of the gospel of God, rather than continue to buy into an incorrect understanding of salvation - which is not by keeping the Law but by faith in Christ.
The kingdom of Israel had been divided due to their sin and yet God in His grace continued to bless His people, while warning them to turn from their sin, lest judgement befall them.
However, instead of repenting and doing the works of God, by caring for widows and orphans and following the righteous Law given by Moses, they continued to abuse the poor; indulge in extravagant lifestyles; worship other gods; engage in immorality and unjust slavery; economic exploitation; legal injustices and self-gratification.
But the nation continued in their ungodly ways.
As Church age believers we are prone to shake our head in disapproval at Israel's continued arrogant apostasy; gross immorality; unjust slavery; economic exploitation; legal injustices and self-gratification.
All who received the Lord Jesus as the Word of God made flesh, are given the right to become children of God, even to those that believe on His name – and certain Jews believed in Him and so Jesus explained to these believers, if you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples. He continued to explain that those who chose to abide in His word would know the truth and the truth would set them free.
At the start of this final section of Paul's letter to the believers he loved so dearly, at Philippi and having encouraged them to live for Christ; to be like Christ; to rejoice in Christ; to continue in Christ, and to remember all that Christ has done for them, he finally calls them to stand fast in Christ.
And so, in the final section of his letter to the believers at Philippi, Paul calls them to stand fast in the Lord and we are also called to live for Christ; to be like Christ; to rejoice in Christ; to continue in Christ, to remember all that Christ has done for us, and to stand fast in the Lord.
Following Job's traumatic test, Satan continued to roam about the earth, as before, and then another day came when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself.
Having just mentioned gifts he continued by introducing a quotation from Psalm 68, where we read WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN
Paul's teaching skills kicked into play once again with the word ascended and he continued by focussing on the phrase :- He ascended.
What does HE ascended mean.. except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth! Paul's clarification continued into the following verse, He who descended is Himself also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.