Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The Funeral – 101”…Blog.
*** (Hebrews 9:27) Indeed, = just as people = are appointed = to die once = and = after that = to be judged,
If you are reading this… you have ‘not attended’, your ‘own funeral’. Perhaps you have recently attended another’s or knew someone that has. Many of the living ‘have not’ dealt with the ‘finality of death’. One cannot live properly in this life, till they have. Still many ‘others’ cannot get over the death of a loved one, a family member, a child or even a spouse. They themselves ‘have not’ dealt with… ‘The issues of Life & Death!’ Are you sure about that loved one you buried, or knew about, ‘where’ they will spend… “Eternity?” It is too late for them, but perhaps, not for you!
*** (Hebrews 2:15) and = deliver those = who ‘through’ = fear of death = were ‘all’ their lifetime = subject to bondage.
While on a trip… to Kentucky, I visited “Cemetery Ridge”. There during the civil war, the Confederacy withstood the Union troops with their cannon. I like visiting cemeteries and reading grave markers. Some even proclaim, ‘how good a father, spouse or civil leader’, they were supposed to be, in this life. Others say ‘nothing’ but the name and ‘birth/death’ dates. Still another, in that very cemetery, told an ‘eternal’ story. Most of those tomb stones were from the early 1800’s and forward. One in particular, from 1845, read like this…“Blessed is he, that dies, in the Lord”
*** (John 5:24) "Truly, truly = I [Jesus] = tell you, = the one = who hears “My Word” = and = believes in the One [God] = Who sent Me = has eternal life = and = ‘does not’ = come under judgment, = but has passed from death = to [eternal] life.
That person… “Who” had made his peace with God, the God of the Bible ‘before’ his death, immediately is with Jesus. There are ‘many’, here in America, who ‘know’ about God, ‘only’ from a cultural sense. “God Bless America”, our national anthem, “In God we Trust” which is on our money and many other cultural reference about God. But knowing about God and knowing His Name… ‘does not’ mean… you know Him ‘personally’, as your… “God & Savior!”
*** (James 2:19) You believe = that there is = one God. = That's fine! = Even the ‘demons’ = believe that = and = tremble with fear.
*** (Romans 5:12) Therefore, = just as sin = entered the world = through one man, = and = ‘death’ through sin, = so ‘death’ = spread to everyone, = because = ‘all’ have sinned.
Many still grieve… for their deceased parents and even remember their birthdays. While speaking with my sister, she mentioned about mom’s birthday. I simply told her, “Birthdays do not count”… when one is dead. She remarked, yes, you are right. Many hold on to a false hope that somehow that loved one, is in ‘heaven’ and ‘not’ in hell. Every time a President or well known Politian dies, they are automatically thought of going to heaven. “Not So”… in every case, not even that of Mother Theresa. How about those rock stars that die from drug overdoses’…?
*** (John 7:37-38-39) On the last = and most important day = of the festival, = Jesus stood up = and shouted, = "If anyone is thirsty, = let him come to Me = and drink!
(John 7:38) The one = who believes in Me, = “as the Scripture has said”, = will have rivers of living water = flowing from his heart."
(John 7:39) Now He said this = ‘about’ the [Holy] Spirit, = whom those who were = believing in Him = were to receive. = For the Spirit = was ‘not yet’ present, = because Jesus = had ‘not yet’ been glorified.
*** (John 16:7-8) But I [Jesus] = tell you the Truth, = it is expedient for you = that I go away; = for if = I ‘do not’ go away, = the Comforter [Holy Spirit] = ‘will not’ come to you. = But if = I depart, = I ‘will’ send Him = to you.
(John 16:8) And when that One comes, = He will convict the world = concerning Sin, = and = concerning Righteousness, = and = concerning Judgment.
About now, ‘someone’… is asking, “What has that got to do about, my Loved One, Dying?” Perhaps read over the above Bible verses? The one that belongs to Christ Jesus and calls God his or her Father, knows Right from Wrong, by the Holy Spirit that indwells them, as promised by Christ Jesus. They not only know, but ‘practice righteousness’ and ‘love’ His Word, the Bible. Those that ‘do not’ love, His Word, ‘do not’ Love Him… and ‘do not’ belong to Him. How then could they have died and gone to heaven? How about… “You”…?
*** (Matthew 7:21-22-23) Not “Everyone” = who says to Me [Jesus], = Lord! = Lord! = shall enter = the kingdom of Heaven, = but he who ‘does’ = the will [Word] of My Father [God] = in Heaven.
(Matt 7:22) “MANY” = will say to Me [Jesus] = in that day, = Lord! = Lord! = Did we ‘not’ prophesy = in ‘Your’ Name, = and through ‘Your’ Name = throw out demons, = and = through ‘Your’ Name = do ‘many’ = wonderful works?
(Matt 7:23) And then = I [Jesus] = will say to them = I ‘never’ = knew you! = Depart from Me, = those working lawlessness!
Those are pretty Revealing Words…! Christ Jesus will say to… “MANY”… I never knew You! Do you suppose those “People”, said they, knew God? Do you suppose they were somewhat religious…? They did good works and spoke about God, but Jesus said that “HE… Never Knew Them”…! “Sobering Words”, for you that are reading this blog. Will you wait till your ‘Funeral’, before you know for sure? You may have life insurance… but do you have “Eternal Assurance”… from Jesus…? It is too late for them… but what about You?
*** (Ephesians 5:9-10) for = the fruit of the Spirit = is in ‘all’ = goodness = and righteousness = and = “Truth”,
(Eph 5:10) Proving = what is acceptable = to the Lord.
*** (2Corinthians 13:5) examine yourselves, = whether you are = in the faith, = ‘prove’ your own selves. = Do you ‘not know’ = your own selves, = that = Jesus Christ is in you, = unless you are reprobates?
Will you wait… till your ‘Funeral’, to find out for sure? “IF”… you ‘do not’ love the Word of God, the Bible, “THEN”… it is a sure sign, that you ‘do not’ Love… “Jesus, the Living Word of God!” People get angry with me when I say this, but it is exactly what Jesus said Himself. Your religion or your Church denomination… cannot assure you that your belief in Jesus is correct. That is just why Jesus said… “As the Scripture has said”… John 7:38. He, Jesus did ‘not say’, as your Church has said, or as your Denomination has said! But, as the “Scripture has said!”
*** (John 12:48-49-50) He who = rejects Me = and = ‘does not’ receive = “My Words” = has one who = judges him; = “the Word” = that I have spoken, = the same = ‘shall judge him’ = in the last day.
(John 12:49) For = I [Jesus] = have ‘not’ spoken = of Myself, = but = the Father [God] = Who sent Me = gave Me = a ‘Command’, = what I = should say, = and = what I = should speak.
(John 12:50) And = I know that = His command = is life everlasting. = Therefore = whatever I speak, = even as the Father = ‘said’ to Me, = so I ‘speak’.
*** (John 3:19-20-21) And = this is = the ‘condemnation’, = that the Light = has come into the world, = and = men ‘loved’ darkness = rather than the Light, = because their deeds = were evil.
(John 3:20) For everyone = who ‘does evil’ = hates the Light, = and = does ‘not’ come = to the Light, = lest his deeds = should be ‘exposed’.
(John 3:21) But he who = practices Truth = comes to the Light = so that his works = ‘may’ be revealed, = that they exist, = having been worked in God.
*** (John 14:6) Jesus said to him, = I am = the Way, = the Truth, = and = the Life; = ‘no one’ = comes to the Father = but by Me.
*** (John 1:9-to-14) He [Jesus] = was the “True Light”; = He enlightens ‘every’ man = coming into the world. [Psalms 98:2]
(John 1:10) He was in the world, = and the world came into being = through Him, = and = the world ‘did not’ = know Him. [Colossians 1:12-to-21]
(John 1:11) He ‘came’ to His own, = and = His own = received Him ‘not’.
(John 1:12) But as ‘many’ = as received Him, = He gave to them = authority to become = the children of God, = to those = who believe on = His name,
(John 1:13) who were born, = not of bloods, = nor of the will of the flesh, = nor of the will of man, = but were born [again] of God. [John 3:3-to-8]
(John 1:14) And the Word = became flesh, = and = tabernacled among us. = And we beheld His glory, = the glory as of = the ‘only’ begotten = of the Father, = full of grace = and = of Truth.
Simply remember… the last person’s funeral, you know of. Did that person, know Jesus, as the Scripture has said, or did they just have ‘religion?’ Surely you know enough about them, to make that determination…? Did they Love Jesus and did they Love, His Word, the Bible…? Did they spend time in His Word, learning ‘to obey’ His Word, or did they never read and practice, the Holy Word of God…?
*** (Jude 1:20-to-25) But you, dear friends, = ‘must continue’ = to build yourselves up = on your ‘most holy faith’. = Pray in the Holy Spirit,
(Jude 1:21) and = ‘remain’ in God's love = as you look for = the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ = that brings eternal life.
(Jude 1:22) Show mercy = to those = who have ‘doubts’.
(Jude 1:23) Save others = by snatching them = from the fire. = To others, = show mercy, = but with fear [of God], = hating even the clothes [their works] = stained by = their sinful lives.
(Jude 1:24) Now to the One = Who is able to keep you = from falling = and = to make you = stand faultless = in His glorious presence with rejoicing,
(Jude 1:25) to the only God, = our Savior, = through Jesus Christ our Lord, = be glory, = majesty, = power, = and [all] authority = before all time = and = for all eternity! Amen.
Do you “Only”… think about eternity when you attend a funeral? Or when you hear of one? Did that person, know God as you, now know God. Did they hold to the Word of God, as you do or even perhaps ‘not’ at all? Do you ‘really believe’, that there are more in heaven, than in hell…? Have you studied the Bible, to see what it really says, or just what your Church or Religion, thinks it says. God ‘will not’ use any other standard… but, His Holy Word. Where do you really stand, in your relationship with Jesus and His Word…? Perhaps, just perhaps, “Now is the Time?”
*** (2Corinthians 6:1-2) Since, then, = we are working with God, = we ‘plead’ with you = ‘not’ to accept God's grace = in vain.
(2Cor 6:2) For He says, = "At the right time = I heard you, = and = on a day of salvation I helped you." = Listen, = now is really the "right time"! = Now is the "day of salvation"!
*** (Romans 10:9-to-13) Because = ‘if’ you = ‘confess’ the Lord Jesus, = and = ‘believe’ in your heart = that God = has raised Him = from the dead, = you shall be saved.
(Rom 10:10) For with ‘the heart’ = one believes = unto righteousness, = and = with the mouth = one ‘confesses’ = unto salvation.
(Rom 10:11) For the “Scripture” says, = "Everyone believing on Him = shall ‘not’ be = put to shame."
(Rom 10:12) For there is ‘no’ difference = both of Jew and of Greek [Gentile], = for the same Lord = ‘over all’ = is rich = ‘to all’ = who call on Him.
(Rom 10:13) For everyone, = "whoever shall call on the name of the Lord = will be saved."
Call upon Him… before, “Your Funeral”…!
"NO”… Real Christian... ‘Fears’, = “The Truth” = of the Word of God... “Unless”… ‘they are’… Out of … “Obedience & Fellowship” …with ‘GOD’… and with “His Word”...!"
(Micah 2:7) House of Jacob, it is said, The Spirit of Jehovah is limited, if these are His doings. = Do not = My Words = do good = to him = who = walks uprightly?
Thank you for Your EAR! [Job 12:11] Roger //Email// firstname.lastname@example.org
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