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7/17/2016 ~ Denying Christ


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In absolute darkness light has no presence.
To deny Christ is to deny the light of God Himself.


He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. ... ~ Isaiah 53:3

┗► Sorrow is a poor manís treasure.            

The suffering Christ endured, He carried the wicked sins of all.
He did this unselfishly to enlighten all those who would choose
to know the one and only true God of love and self-sacrifice.


Christ suffered the rejection of men
God =   
Despised + Rejected
+ Sorrows + Grief
+ ( Ė Esteemed )

... He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. ~ John 1:10-11

                                                                  ┏► Voracity pounces upon the downtrodden.
As the powers of mongering evil would have it,
they reject simple truth mercilessly.


He came to His own + His own did not receive Him = REJECTION

Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region. ~ Mark 5:17

Truth burns the ears of those who do not want to hear.
One may say they will never deny God but if one unrepentantly
lives, contrary to His instructions for lifestyle, the rejection remains.
Though they plead, it only delays their destination with the abyss.


... they begged Him to depart from their region. ~ Matthew 8:34

As pigs race to destruction, mindless evil follows in desperation
to purge that which is not understood when light attempts
to change itsí darkness back to the light.


Yet they say to God, 'Depart from us, For we do not desire
the knowledge of Your ways.' ~ Job 21:14


Many are so comfortable in their set ways that they dare others to try and
change what they believe; donít challenge their right to be that they are.
Arrogance has led families, nations, and the world to the brink
of destruction again and again. It is not God that does this,
it is the anger that boils in souls devoid of compassion
mired in selfish perverted stubborn judgments.


"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man
will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, ..." ~ Luke 9:26

┗► Shamelessly they blister in contempt.                           

His universe of life contained in the truth of His creation has a
higher purpose, and especially for those destined to inherit His Grace.
Those who choose to oppose Him remaining against what He has
righteously called out for in His life will receive judgment,
according to His will, over that of rebellionís arrogance.


Ashamed of Him + His words   
=   
He will be
ashamed of those
when He comes


... ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation,
of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes ~ Mark 8:38


Without regard for His will of ordained decency and loyalty for His justice,
damnation waits for those that choose not to know God nor want to know
Him, in His ways. Huge numbers of souls choose sexual promiscuity over
self-control along with no reservations broadcasting sexual jestings.
Appropriately, they will unsurprisingly receive His rejection.


"But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny
before My Father who is in heaven." ~ Matthew 10:33


          Unbelief in Him is a condition of denial. ◄┓
It is most condemning for those who in unbelief
do not regard His eternal saving Grace.


He who Denies Me = Denied before God in Heaven

"... since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life,
behold, we turn to the Gentiles." ~ Acts 13:46


There are those that deny His word is truth
in the suffocating guilt that will consume them.
Others give up believing they are going to hell anyway, so why try.
To act on believing in God, it takes courage and a steadfast spirit.


... this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light, ... ~ John 3:19


Evil methods do not truly care for the light of God
where accountability drives justice.


"The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me
because I testify of it that its works are evil." ~ John 7:7

\     |     /                         
Evil hates truthís light that exposes the secrets
hidden in the shadows of darkness.
All transparently reflects in His vision of hearts. ◄┛                                    


"... the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but
I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." ~ John 15:19


The earth is an implosion of hate which God calls us to become free of.
Seeking Him is greater than all the substance of time.


"He who hates Me hates My Father also. ..." ~ John 15:23-25

Hate upwells from an anger of not having consumed
in that which will never be had. Hate does not summit to love
but excuses itself in the blur of not caring to know.


He who hates Me without cause = Hates God

Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. We know that we have
passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. ... ~ 1st John 3:13-16


Hate abides in the death of a soul.
The simple truth is love is power over hate where hate knows no sacrifice.
               ┗► Mercy tenderly sympathizes in pardoning penitent sin.


Hate abides in Death

Death to Life → Because we Love


If we endure, We shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him, He also will deny us. ... ~ 2nd Timothy 2:12-13


God remains faithful over all conditions of man waiting to find
those loyally seeking to live in the light of His ways.


Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes
flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. ~ Jeremiah 17:5


The bottom line is what a heart is to itself.
One can only know who one is and if not in accord with the divine
calling of God Himself, oblivious despicable pursuits can lead to a soul's
destruction over eternal life in Him. No crime is greater than departing
from what is real beyond all that we can know. If God is not greater,
then something less has been fallen in to.


Darker than dark where substance has no form. ◄┓  
"But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness.
There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." ~ Matthew 8:12


The world is overly religious due to the bureaucracies of manís
corruption and power posturing. God is not looking for self-important
people. The Jews believed they were entitled. Many believe supremacy
over others and or their doctrines; ďWe are the best way.Ē It is not about
one set of people but God was approaching His message for all through
the stumblingís of man. It is about awakening individual hearts over
conglomerate collections of blind followers. God looks to see how one
leads oneself weighing honesty over deception. Though the Jewish elite
thought they were Godís own chosen, their wickedness and color of heart
drew no distinction, in repeated abysmal actions, all repulsive to God.

Many people who think they are upright may be in jeopardy of not
knowing God over themselves. Self-righteous, if not humbled in the face
of God, will find that outer darkness as light leaves them for lost.


Evil hates the Light He gives
● He is despised and rejected by men
● His own did not receive Him
● They pleaded with Him to depart from their region
● They begged Him to depart from their region
● To be ashamed of Him and His words condemns one
● To deny Him denies access to God who is in heaven
● Rejecting the word judges one unfit for eternal life
● Men love evilís darkness rather than light
● The world hates Him because He testifies of its evil
● The world hates us for belief in more than the world
● They hated Him without a cause
● We have passed from death to life, because we love
● If we endure, We shall also reign with Him

There is no sympathy in darkness.
Living is a curiosity in becoming that which is good
and noble over the decent to wickednessís abominations.


"... before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times."
~ Mark 14:30-31


┏► Trust in God should supersede fear of man.                              
Spiritual courage has always been challenged by the weakness of flesh.
Blessed are those that follow the convictions of their beliefs.
Precedence demands an honest God fearing heart. ◄┛                                                      

We may think we have an eye on the truth and it really comes down to the
tarmac where thoughts in action are what masters the spirit of a soul.


... "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times."
And when he thought about it, he wept. ~ Mark 14:72


To often fear pushes people from the truth
of taking a stand for what is right in His sight.
If one says he has no regrets, is he not a liar?
Repentance is thoughtfulness in the face of His presence.


The Color of Repentance
When he thought about it = He wept

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you
have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you ... ~ Hosea 4:6


To the shame of our children godless truth is held higher
in the absence of His righteous calling.


Reject Knowledge of God = Destroyed

They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable,
disobedient, and disqualified for every good work. ~ Titus 1:16


All wickedness void of conscience devours the soul in the bite of a wolf.

Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? ... ~ 1st John 2:22-23

One can choose not to accept His light, that will not hide, and that
would be the choice of one becoming buried in searing darkness.


Liar = Denies Christ = Antichrist
Antichrist = Does not have God


... every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is
not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, ... ~ 1st John 4:2-3


One can deny Christ has come in the flesh and this would be to reject
what God has offered to man in the fullest sense of divine glory. No matter
how deep the darkness dug into the bottom of a soul, His rope of light
simply calls for one to try in reaching up to gain reconciliation.
Calling out to the most wicked; His call is to live in Him. ◄┛


Spirit of God = Confesses Christ came
Spirit of Antichrist = Denies Christ came


... deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ ...
~ 2nd John 1:7


Those exclusively in pursuit of godless pleasures deny the gift
God has given to all, His own image of truth in the flesh.
                                                                 ┗► In all that is goodness.

Those that burn crosses and blame religion for the problems that
currently confront civilization miss the higher message of salvation.
What a man holds in his bosom declares eternal worth from above
or a simpletons bickering among fellow shallow surface dwellers.


Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ
does not have God. ... ~ 2nd John 1:9


For God to be God, His power in what has been delivered
cannot lie upon itself. Christ is His flash for reaching those
lacking insight in the value of His eternal light.
Priceless is a single breath in life. ◄┛


does not abide
in the doctrine
of Christ
  
=
does not
have God


... but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but
obey unrighteousness-indignation and wrath, ... ~ Romans 2:8


It is a choice to pursue evil, and that cannot be stopped,
if one who would wish to resist a conscience in Him.
One bent on evil shows no remorse in their unholiness.


... a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation
which will devour the adversaries. ~ Hebrews 10:26-27


Regret is Godís blessing in knowing right from wrong.

"But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral,
sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns
with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." ~ Revelation 21:8


                                                                                                   Death holds no color. ◄┓
Contrary to popular belief, the dark side has no lasting force.

He said to them, "All too well you reject the commandment of God,
that you may keep your tradition." ~ Mark 7:9


Stubborn human ploys relentlessly trample that which comes
before them, unwilling to compromise in their hardness of heart.
They are a law unto themselves.


... in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you
received from us how you ought to walk ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 4:1-2

                                                                                                   ┗► God declares we remain in him.

The word proclaims the desire of God for manís liberty,
and in submission to His love the heart sees.


... know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in
passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; ... ~ 1st Thess. 4:3-5


With a clean heart love lasts forever. In accepting the heart of Jesus
one finds the truth of Godís redemption for eternal life.


For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who
rejects this does not reject man, but God, ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 4:7-8


To live without regarding His call to humble holiness
personally rejects God Himself.


Refuse to be Holy = Rejects God

... in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God,
and on those who do not obey the gospel ... ~ 2nd Thessalonians 1:7-8


There will be no forgiveness for those who purposely,or ignorantly,
refuse Him and His word. God has made Himself unobtrusively available
for all to know through His word. What one pursues is what one becomes.

Choices of broad humanism over individual godliness define a souls
destiny, and certainly, social trials under the oppressions of man include
boundless afflictions. It is hard work to keep a clean heart in God.

Those unable and or unwilling to ward off evil, contrary to
innate goodness written upon the heart of life, will fall in to the
consuming darkness prepared for all of Godís opponents.
One cannot fight against God and win.


These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence
of the Lord and from the glory of His power, ... ~ 2nd Thessalonians 1:9


Reserved is a place where contentment has no light
for those embracing darkness's destructiveness.
It is in the presence of the Lord that we live.
True treasures untold await, for each of us,
that wait on His mercy and grace.


God looks for a heart to rise back to Him
● Good intentions are not always realized in action
● What we donít do for God should cause remorse
● Forgetting knowledge of God is what destroys souls
● Professing to know God is not always honorable
● In the spirit of an antichrist a liar denies Christ
● Not confessing Christ coming in the flesh is not of God
● Not abiding in Christís doctrine dismisses God
● Disobedient self-seekers invite His indignation and wrath
● Evil forever separates from God in the second death
● People reject Godís commands in favor of tradition
● Instructions received show how we ought to walk
● Rejecting the call to holiness rejects God Himself
● Not obeying the gospel or knowing God damns one

In His light of truth all will come to see in the face of His judgment.

God calls to those who have rejected Him to return.
He waits for each one of us.

Lightís last moment evaporates to darkness.


 

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