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August Edition, 2017 www.biblecounsel.net or www.biblecounsel.homestead.com Scriptural Newsletter
WELCOME HERE FRIENDS! It is hoped you will find this site to be very helpful. All questions and comments are welcome and held confidential. This web site is non-sectarian ministry to encourage the reading of God's Word, and for serious seeking after truth. It values God's work of revival in the early 1800's, with which it is associated, and urges readers to learn about it (see Church Truth page and Feature pages above). It is always the desire and hope here to obey and honor our Lord, and encourage and seek the spiritual welfare of all people. No thought here is to condemn personal faith, for each one must look to God in their personal life, but speaks to spiritual and gospel truth, and what the collective testimony ought to be in this world.
Everyone may participate in the ministry of this web site, by telling their friends to visit here. We hope all will find some ministry to help, and perhaps a nice challenge for their faith. Surely "the time is short", as God says, and surely we need to also "be about (our) Father's business". See the message and testimony at Site Manager Page. The writer does not have all answers, but will be glad to share what has been learned over many years. Questions and contrary views in a helpful way are appreciated.
Papers and comments here are changed periodically, and are personal convictions. Serious seekers after church testimony might well see Christian Assembly page: F4. There are many pages for help and encouragement. The manager may not have answers for all questions, but is glad to share what he has and be of some help. He is not perfect and revisions and updates seem needed at times to clarify thoughts, so one might note the revision date on any papers they wish to copy (set your print margins at .25). Any copies made should not be altered or taken out of context.
A true and faithful believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, will walk with Him and talk with Him daily, until that day when one can see Him and be with Him forever in the Father's house. - RLD, 12/09
GOD'S VIEW OF THIS WORLD
In God's infinite wisdom, power and love, He desired children, rather than more angels to serve Him, so He created mankind.
In the beginning "God created the heaven and the earth" (Gen. 1:1), and He said of all that He made: "it was very good" (Gen. 1:31). He then made man and gave him a free will to choose God as his father and lord of his life, and to obey and honor Him as any father would desire of his children; yet man rejected God's love, yielded to Satan's way, and chose to please self; and he turned away and disobeyed God and fell into the malady of sin. Certainly God knew that would happen, and already had the plan for redemption.
According to His Word, God then tried man under every circumstance over many years, even to this day, but the flesh of man has chosen to rebel and self-indulgence over honor to his Creator; yet "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). "He was in the world and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not" (John 1).
It is remarkable that our Creator did not destroy all mankind who has rebelled and disobeyed God from the beginning of creation to the present. He nearly did when he separated out Noah and his family to begin anew, and His suggestion to do the same with Moses.
God loves man and has sought his recovery from the ruin of sin; first by giving him every opportunity on his own to return to God, then by grace through the cross of Calvary, where He provided pardon and salvation as a gift to all who will receive it (Rom. 6:23). We should thank God for showing love and liberty to man in Christ, rather than creating more angels to always obey. Naturally, man is not thankful and thinks only of his own interests. Therein is a hindrance.
Let us consider some of God's further thoughts toward the world, the end, and how man is behaving in neglect and rejection of his Creator (it is highly recommended that one open their Bible and read all these verses to see God speaking):
1. John 1:14-18, 29 speaks of the sin of the world and God's work to release man from that bondage (see John 3:35-36).
2. 2 Cor. 4:1-4 tells us of the god of this world ---Satan, who rules in the sinful hearts of men, though they know it not.
3. 1 Cor. 2:1-8 shows the wisdom of this world is earthly and self-centered, and does not want to comprehend the things of God.
4. Eph. 2:1-2 describes the course of this world, which is according to Satan, and from which Christ redeems those who trust Him.
5. Matt. 13:36-43 tells of the end of this world when judgment falls on rebellious man who will not have the Lord to reign over them.
6. John 8:12 clearly shows that the Lord Jesus Christ is the light of the world that man might see to walk with God through the wilderness of this place.
7. John 4:40-42 presents the Savior of the world ---Jesus, the Christ, for whosoever will receive Him and God's eternal blessings in heaven.
"What is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul" (Matt.16:26).
- R.L.D. 09/05