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The Work of the Holy Spirit – Part 2 – His Record

The Holy Spirits Record: What He Has Done

In the Old Testament:

He was active at creation – Genesis 1:2

” And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

* He was the bestower of supernatural giftedness – Genesis 41:38

“And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?”

* He was the giver of creativity – Exodus 31:2-5

“See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.”

* He was the source of power – Judges 3:9, 10

” And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.”

* He inspired prophecy – 1 Samuel 19:20, 23

“And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.”; “And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.”

* He was the mediator of God’s message – Micah 3:8

“But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.”

In the New Testament:

* He was part of the Incarnation – Luke 1:35

“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

*He declared the truth about Christ – John 16:13, 14

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

* He endowed believers with power for witnessing – Acts 1:8

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

* He poured out God’s love – Romans 5:5

“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

* He interceded – Romans 8:26

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

* He was the inspiration for the writing of Holy Scripture – 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”; “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

* He distributed giftedness for ministry – 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”

* He empowered Believers with characteristics for Godly living – Galatians 5:22, 23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

* He strengthened Believers within – Ephesians 3:16

“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;”

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in God's Truth

 

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The Work of the Holy Spirit – Part 1

Attributes of the Holy Spirit: Who He Is

* He possesses omniscience (He has infinite knowledge; He knows everything there is to know).

1 Corinthians 2:11, 12 “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”

* He possesses omnipresence (He can be everywhere at once).

Psalm 139:7 ” Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?”

*He possesses omnipotence (He has unlimited power).

Job 33:4 “The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.”

* He is Truth.

1 John 5:6 “This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.”

*He gives life.

Luke 11:13 “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

* He possesses creative wisdom.

Isaiah 40:13 “Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?”

* He possesses ALL the attributes of deity; He is God!

Acts 5:3, 4 “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.”

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2015 in God's Truth

 

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Doctrine of the Holy Spirit – Part 5

Reminder: This is a part of the on-going teaching of Biblical Doctrines that our Preacher teaches at our church on Wednesday nights. I must reiterate how blessed I am to be a part of a church, especially in these evil times, that teaches and preaches God’s truths not only on Sunday morning and evening, but we still get that much needed “shot in the arm” every Wednesday night. I feel no need to hunger and look elsewhere to be fed of the LORD. Thank you Preacher for being such a strong man of God and living a life of obedience to only Him!

V. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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A. Definition: Gift – a supernatural ability given by Christ through the Holy Spirit to the believer at the moment of salvation.

A talent is a natural ability a person is born with – Genesis 4:19-22 “And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.”

A talent may be in the area of music, speech, organization, etc. But no natural talent, however great it may be, can be used to glorify God until sanctioned by the Holy Spirit – Exodus 31:2-5 “See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.”

Some talents are rejected by God as useless to the Lord’s work, and should be discarded by the Christian as dung – Philippians 3:4-9 “Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” EXAMPLE: A bartender gets saved. His “talent” is mixing drinks. God does not want that talent. It should be crucified. It does not serve nor glorify the Lord to serve alcohol to others. It is my (Anna) belief that alcohol is of the devil, as I have seen it destroy many lives and testimonies for Jesus. God will give him another gift.

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B. Extent of Spiritual Gifts

1. Each Believer possesses at least one Spiritual Gift – 1 Corinthians 7:7 “For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.” 1 Corinthians 12:7, 11 “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal…But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” 1 Peter 4:10 “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

But no believer possesses all the gifts – 1 Corinthians 12:29,30 “Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?”

2. Types of Gifts

a. Revelation gifts – Some gifts were given to the early church as a means of “revealing” truth. This was before the Bible was completed, (they did not have the New Testament) so God confirmed the preaching with signs – Mark 16:20 “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen”

These revelatory gifts are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11:

1. Word of Wisdom

2. Word of Knowledge – Acts 11:28 “And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.”

3. Faith

4. Healing

5. Miracle Working

6. Prophecy

7. Discerning of Spirits

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8. Tongues

9. Interpretation of tongues – 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 tells us that these revelatory gifts shall fail, cease, and vanish away when that which is perfect (the Bible) is come. “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” “Fail” means “to be rendered entirely useless or idle, to abolish.” Particularly mentioned are prophecy, word of knowledge, tongues and, obviously, interpretation of tongues.

As there are some who are deceived regarding the gift and interpretation of tongues, I feel the need to share what God’s Word teaches on the subjects. I believe this Scripture speaks for itself:

1 Corinthians 14 – “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air. There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified. I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the LORD. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.”

b. Edification Gifts are used for “the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12) See also Ephesians 4:8, 11. These gifts are used to form the positions in the church, which are:

1. Apostles – “one sent” – Missionaries – 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11

2. Prophets/Preachers – 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11

3. Teachers – 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11

4. Evangelists – Ephesians 4:11

5. Deacons – 1 Timothy 3:10-13

6. Elders – Bishops or Pastors – Acts 14:23, 15:22, 23; 16; 4; 1 Timothy 5:17, Titus 1:5 and 1 Peter 5:1-5

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c. Ministerial Gifts should be used to build up others and to improve the church. These gifts are:

1. Faith – 1 Corinthians 12:9 and 13:2 – Some have great mountain-moving faith.

2. Helps – 1 Corinthians 12:28 – This is probably the most prominent gift.

3. Governments – Romans 12:8 and 1 Corinthians 12:28 – The gift of ruling and organizing

4. Ministering – Romans 12:7 – Being a nurse to others’ needs; a servant.

5. Exhortation – Romans 12:8 – Encouraging and warning others. “Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”

6. Giving – Romans 12:8 – “Over and above” givers.

7. Mercy – Romans 12:8 – The ability to show compassion and care.

8. Any talent that is sanctioned by the Holy Spirit to be used by the Lord to build His Church. As in the case of Bezaleel in Exodus 31:2-5 “See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.”

3. The Abuse of Spiritual Gifts

a. Neglect – 1 Timothy 4:14 “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” 2 Timothy 1:6 “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.”

b. Using the gift without love – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”

c. Using the gift to put self in front of others – 1 Corinthians 14:4, 12, 16, 26 “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church…Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church…Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?…How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.”

Note: After having taken a test by our Preacher, God has revealed my spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit as prophet and mercy. What a combination. The prophet in me compels me to do what I do on this blog and in my life.

God Bless! Anna

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2013 in God's Truth

 

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Doctrine of the Holy Spirit – Part 4

IV. The Names, Titles and Symbols of the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit 31A. Names and Titles

1. The Spirit of God – 1 Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

2. The Spirit of Christ – Romans 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”

3. The Eternal Spirit – Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

4. The Spirit of Truth – John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”

5. The Spirit of Grace – Hebrews 10:29 “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”

6. The Spirit of Life – Romans 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

7. The Promise of the Father – Acts 1:4, 5 “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”

8. The Spirit of Adoption – Romans 8:15 “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

9. The Comforter – John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Holy Spirit 33B. Symbols of the Holy Spirit’

1. A Dove – John 1:32 “And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.” Matthew 3:16 “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:” Mark 1:10 “And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:” Luke 3:22 ” And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.”

Represents:

  • Purity (Song of Solomon 5:2 and 6:9)
  • Peace (Genesis 8:11 and Psalms 55:6)
  • Love (Song of Solomon 5:2)
  • Modesty (Song of Solomon 2:14)

2. Water – Isaiah 44:3 ” For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:”

Represents: Satisfaction (Isaiah 55:1 and John 7:37-39)

3. Oil – Leviticus 24:2 “Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.” 1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

Represents:

  • Anointing for service (Psalm 92:10 and Luke 4:18)
  • Healing (Acts 10:38)
  • Light (Matthew 25:1-13; Exodus 27:20; Luke 12:35)

4. A Seal – Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

Represents: Ownership, a finished transaction, identification, security, genuineness, value, authority (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13)

5. Wind – Acts 2:2 “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”

Represents: An unseen Power (John 3:8)

6. An Earnest – 2 Corinthians 1:22 “Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”

Represents – A down-payment, a pledge, as assurance of eventual complete payment. (2 Corinthians 5:5 and Ephesians 1:14)

7. Fire – Acts 2:3 “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.”

Represents:

  • Purifying (Matthew 3:11, 12 and 1 Peter 1:7)
  • Presence (Hebrews 12:29)
  • Judgment (2 Thessalonians 1:18)
 
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Posted by on June 28, 2013 in God's Truth

 

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Doctrine of Death – Part 3

IV. Why Do Some Good Christians Die Young?

Like the Bible promises, the average life-span in America today is about 70 or 80 years of age. The Bible says: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” (Psalms 90:10)

Cover of "To Every Thing There Is A Seaso...There is a time to be born and a time to die: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2) Yet it seems that some times a good Christian dies well before the normal life expectancy. Why might this be?

A. Martyrdom – Millions of God’s people have been killed for the faith. Men and women, adults and children. Here are some examples:

1. Abel – “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” (Genesis 4:8)

2. Zechariah – ” And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you. And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.” (2 Chronicles 24:20-21); “From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.” (Luke 11:51)

3. John the Baptist – “And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,” (Mark 6:27)

4. Stephen – “Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. (Acts 7:57-58)

5. James – ” And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.” (Acts 12:2)

Also remember – God watched His own Son die at the age of 33.

B. To save them from them evil to come – “The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.” (Isaiah 57:1-2) God knows the future. We do not. Some times, to save someone fro something evil, God – in His love – relocated them to Heaven. This great act of love on God’s part is often hard to understand for humans looking at the situation from this side. I have seen instances where innocent babies were born to sick, addicted, abusive parents and were murdered by them or taken by SIDS. I believe that God rescues those babies from a horrendous life of pain and heartache, that He knew they would not be strong enough to endure.

C. To be closer to God – “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” (Genesis 5:22-24). It appears that the birth of his son, Methuselah, caused Enoch to draw close to God. The birth of a child often “jolts” an adults from lethargy into reality. Enoch was about 65 years old when his son was born. This caused Enoch to grow close to God and walk with Him for the next 300 years.

“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:5-6) Enoch had a testimony! He pleased God and God took him. Enoch did not die, but he is an example to us that God sometimes takes younger people to Himself. Death is not a penalty for the one walking righteously. It is a reward!

English: Jesus ascending to heaven

“For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21); “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:” (Philippians 1:23) “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8); “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” (Psalms 116:15)

Most people in Enoch’s day lived to be 900 years old. Enoch was translated to Heaven at the age of 365. He only lived about 40% of his life. That would be like a man today living to the age of 30. Missionary David Brainerd only lived to be 29, but his life still influences missionaries today, 200 years later. The closer to God on earth, the closer to God in Heaven. Sometimes God loves fellowship with someone so much that the only way it can be closer is for God to take that person to Heaven. Such is the example of Enoch.

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in God's Truth

 

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