Thursday, January 31, 2013

One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture

Why study what we sing?

When I worship through music, it is very helpful to me to look into how the Bible lines up to what I'm singing. This knowledge makes a superficial singing of the words much more difficult for me, and I hope that sharing this will help you to focus better on what you are singing and who you are singing to. The newest song that we’ve sung as a congregation is “One Thing Remains,” by Jesus Culture:

The lyrics to the song:

Verse 1
Higher than the mountains that I face,
Stronger than the power of the grave,
Constant in the trial and the change,
One thing remains.

Your love never fails
Never gives up
It never runs out on me!
Your love!

Verse 2
On and on and on and on it goes.
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul.
And I never ever have to be afraid:
One thing remains.

In death. in life I’m confident and
Covered by the power of Your great love.
My debt is paid there’s nothing that
Can separate my heart from Your great love.

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Scriptural Backup for the song:

There are allusions in this song to many different scriptures. The chorus echoes the sentiment of Psalm 136 and many other places, saying, "His love endures forever!" This Psalm praises both who God is and what He has done throughout the history of Israel, repeating "His love endures forever" after each phrase. The repetition of the song’s Chorus in the same way speaks about who God is and what He has done in our lives and the chorus proclaims that "your love never fails, never gives up" (which is also in 1 Corinthians 13)--that it endures forever.

Romans 8:31-39 is also reflected in this song. Paul expresses in Romans 8 that no matter what may come against us and no matter what is in our way "we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." The chapter speaks of how God, who gave up His own Son for us, will surely give us all things and bring us through all things.

Hebrews 9:15 says, "For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant." Our debt has been paid by Him and only Him.

In Hosea 13:14 the prophet declares that the Lord "will deliver this people from the power of the grave...will redeem them from death." The song proclaims that our God has shown His power over the grave through both Jesus’ resurrection and His bringing every Christian to life out of the death and the destruction of sin.

In the second verse of the song we sing "and I never have to be afraid." 1 John 4:18-19 says, "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us."

What is this song really saying?

What this worship song is really saying is that we go through a lot of things in this life, and sometimes we may feel that we are at the end of ourselves and that there is no way out. But when there is absolutely nothing left of our own strength, our own energy, our own willpower...there is One Thing that Remains! Jesus Christ was sent to earth to die as a ransom for us, to pay our debt of sin, to redeem us from the grave. Because of this, there is an unspeakable joy that we are always trying to capture with worship songs. This song is another
expression to God that we are constantly trying to come to the end of ourselves and acknowledge that He is the One Thing that Remains.

Here is a youtube video of the song (not our church worship team):

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

chara = joy

[chara] : joy, gladness, delight, enjoyment, often enhanced by phrases like exceedingly great joy

In the fruits of the Spirit, the Greek word chara is translated as joy.  This word is found in many other places in the New Testament all of which are linked below.  Notice that happiness is not a fruit of the spirit but joy is listed as the second of the virtues.

Do not mistake happiness, which can be rude or thoughtless for the cares of others, for true joy.  Joy is that spark in the eye where we can be filled with gladness even during a terrible personal catastrophe because we know that God is with us and will never let us go.  You see joy is not selfish.  You can have joy for another person when something good happens for them.  In that way it is the opposite of envy.  Be strengthened today by these verses about joy.  The second fruit of the Holy Spirit living through us is that we delight in Him and find our Joy in knowing Jesus Christ in a personal relationship.  Don't just smile and be happy but have the true joy that comes from the Holy Spirit.

CS Lewis said that :
"It is not the part of the Christian to be perpetually solemn... our joy must be that kind, and it is the purest kind where we take each other seriously."

ClickHere for All verses containing this word chara/joy throughout the New Testament

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All verses with chara in the New Testament

The Gospel usage of the word chara:

  • Mat 2:10 KJV - When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great chara.
  • Mat 13:20 KJV - But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with chara receiveth it;
  • Mat 13:44 KJV - Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found , he hideth , and for chara thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath , and buyeth that field.
  • Mat 25:21 KJV -  His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the chara of thy lord.
  • Mat 25:23 KJV - His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the chara of thy lord.
  • Mat 28:8 KJV - And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great chara; and did run to bring his disciples word .
  • Mar 4:16 KJV - And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with chara;
  • Luk 1:14 KJV - And thou shalt have chara and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
  • Luk 2:10 KJV - And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold , I bring you good tidings of great chara, which shall be to all people.
  • Luk 8:13 KJV - They on the rock [are they], which, when they hear , receive the word with chara; and these have no root, which for a while believe , and in time of temptation fall away .

  • Luk 10:17 KJV - And the seventy returned again with chara, saying , Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
  • Luk 15:7 KJV - I say unto you, that likewise chara shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth , more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
  • Luk 15:10 KJV - Likewise, I say unto you, there is chara in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth .
  • Luk 24:41 KJV - And while they yet believed not for chara, and wondered , he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
  • Luk 24:52 KJV - And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great chara:
  • Jhn 3:29 KJV - He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, chara because of the bridegroom's voice: this my chara therefore is fulfilled .
  • Jhn 15:11 KJV - These things have I spoken unto you, that my chara might remain in you, and [that] your chara might be full .
  • Jhn 16:20 KJV - Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament , but the world shall rejoice : and ye shall be sorrowful , but your sorrow shall be turned into chara.
  • Jhn 16:21 KJV - A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come : but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for chara that a man is born into the world.
  • Jhn 16:22 KJV - And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice , and your chara no man taketh from you.
  • Jhn 16:24 KJV - Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask , and ye shall receive , that your chara may be full .
  • Jhn 17:13 KJV - And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my chara fulfilled in themselves.

The use of chara in the very early church:

  • Act 8:8 KJV - And there was great chara in that city.
  • Act 12:14 KJV - And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for chara, but ran in , and told how Peter stood before the gate.
  • Act 13:52 KJV - And the disciples were filled with chara, and with the Holy Ghost.
  • Act 15:3 KJV - And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great chara unto all the brethren.
  • Act 20:24 KJV - But none of these things move me , neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with chara, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

The use of chara in Paul's epistles:

  • Rom 14:17 KJV - For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and chara in the Holy Ghost.
  • Rom 15:13 KJV - Now the God of hope fill you with all chara and peace in believing , that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
  • Rom 15:32 KJV - That I may come unto you with chara by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed .
  • 2Cr 1:24 KJV - Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your chara: for by faith ye stand .
  • 2Cr 2:3 KJV - And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came , I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice ; having confidence in you all, that my chara is [the joy] of you all.
  • 2Cr 7:4 KJV - Great [is] my boldness of speech toward you, great [is] my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding chara in all our tribulation.
  • 2Cr 7:13 KJV - Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the chara of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.
  • 2Cr 8:2 KJV - How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their chara and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
  • Gal 5:22 KJV - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, chara, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
  • Phl 1:4 KJV - Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with chara,
  • Phl 1:25 KJV - And having this confidence , I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and chara of faith;
  • Phl 2:2 KJV - Fulfil ye my chara, that ye be likeminded , having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind .
  • Phl 2:29 KJV - Receive him therefore in the Lord with all chara; and hold such in reputation:
  • Phl 4:1 KJV - Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my chara and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, [my] dearly beloved.
  • Col 1:11 KJV - Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with chara;
  • 1Th 1:6 KJV - And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with chara of the Holy Ghost:
  • 1Th 2:19 KJV - For what [is] our hope, or chara, or crown of rejoicing? [Are] not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
  • 1Th 2:20 KJV - For ye are our glory and chara.
  • 1Th 3:9 KJV - For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the chara wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
  • 2Ti 1:4 KJV - Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with chara;

Usage of chara in other New Testament Writing:

  • Hbr 10:34 KJV - For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took chara the spoiling of your goods , knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
  • Hbr 12:2 KJV - Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the chara that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • Hbr 12:11 KJV - Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be chara, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
  • Hbr 13:17 KJV - Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves : for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with chara, and not with grief : for that [is] unprofitable for you.
  • Jam 1:2 KJV - My brethren, count it all chara when ye fall into divers temptations;
  • Jam 4:9 KJV - Be afflicted , and mourn , and weep : let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] chara to heaviness.
  • 1Pe 1:8 KJV - Whom having not seen , ye love ; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing , ye rejoice with chara unspeakable and full of glory :
  • 1Jo 1:4 KJV - And these things write we unto you, that your chara may be full .
  • 2Jo 1:12 KJV - Having many things to write unto you, I would not [write] with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our chara may be full .
  • 3Jo 1:4 KJV - I have no greater chara than to hear that my children walk in truth.
I pray that your joy may be made complete by the meditation of your heart on these verses.  Joy to the World! The Lord has come! Let Earth receive her King!

Monday, January 28, 2013

agape = love

agape in Greek

[agape] : love, affection, charity, good will

It is hard to express this Love that the Father has for us and this same love that we are to have for Him and for all others.  When we have the Spirit of God working in us and through us Agape-Love is the first fruit that begins to show.  It is not only first but it permeates every other virtue.  Without love the rest is worthless.  It deserves a powerful treatment and much reflection.  I would like to focus on agape-love being the fruit of the Holy Spirit working in you and through you.  Many times this word has been translated as charity.  What does this word agape (love) really mean in the bible? 

Hereis a link to  all of the verses usingthis word agape in the New Testament.

Wow! That is a lot of verses!  If you didn't have time to read them all then here is my analysis.  I notice that none of these verses are about we like to call "puppy love" or "head over heels in love" or infatuated or intoxicated or out of control in love.  The word for those types of love in the Greek language is the word "eros" and it is not a fruit of the Holy Spirit.  The word agape, in contrast, is a deliberate love, a choice to love without anything in return, to love the unlovely, to see others with a love that is totally unselfish.  There are a lot of people that are looking for the next spiritual high... the next intoxicating moment with God to show them that God is dwelling in them and working through them.  However, the truth of the fruit of the Spirit is that the deliberate act of kindness/charity with nothing in return, as it says in 1st John:
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his agape is perfected in us. - 1 Jo 4:12
This is the real experience with God that we should be looking for.

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Simple Translation into English:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  - Galatians 9:22-25

In the original Greek: 

But the fruit of the Spirit is agape, chara, eirene, makrothymia, chrestotes, agathosyne, pistis, praotes, and egkrateia.  Against such things there is no law.

The fruit of the spirit are commonly referenced in sermons, conversation, and even children's songs.  I will be blogging a series which contains an in-depth study of each word in the original Greek with my commentary on its meaning.  In the original language of the Biblical writers there is a connotation for each word that can be lost with a simple translation.  Therefore, since these are extremely important words that describe a person who truly has the Holy Spirit living through them, we should delve into the deep meaning of each original Greek word and find the most vivid picture that we can of what the Bible is saying.  Click on the links to see each word study as they are posted.

Links to each study:

makrothymia = patience
chrestotes = kindness
agathosyne = goodness
pistis = faithfulness
praotes = gentleness
egkrateia = self-control

All Verses with agape in the New Testament

Jesus using agape in the Gospels:

Go to Word Study on agape

Lacking Agape Love:

  • Mat 24:12 KJV - And because iniquity shall abound , the agape of many shall wax cold .
  • Luk 11:42 KJV - But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the agape of God: these ought ye to have done , and not to leave the other undone .
  • Jhn 5:42 KJV - But I know you, that ye have not the agape of God in you.

Having Agape Love:

  • Jhn 13:35 KJV - By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have agape one to another.
  • Jhn 15:9 KJV - As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my agape.
  • Jhn 15:10 KJV - If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my agape; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his agape.
  • Jhn 15:13 KJV - Greater agape hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
  • Jhn 17:26 KJV - And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare [it]: that the agape wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Paul's use of agape:

  • Rom 5:5 KJV - And hope maketh not ashamed ; because the agape of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
  • Rom 5:8 KJV - But God commendeth his agape toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
  • Rom 8:35 KJV - Who shall separate us from the agape of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
  • Rom 8:39 KJV - Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the agape of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Rom 12:9 KJV - [Let] agape be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
  • Rom 13:10 KJV - Agape worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore agape [is] the fulfilling of the law.
  • Rom 14:15 KJV - But if thy brother be grieved with [thy] meat, now walkest thou not agape. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died .
  • Rom 15:30 KJV - Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the agape of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in [your] prayers to God for me;
  • 1Cr 4:21 KJV - What will ye ? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in agape, and [in] the spirit of meekness?

  • 1Cr 8:1 KJV - Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up , but agape edifieth .
  • 1Cr 13:1 KJV - Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not agape, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
  • 1Cr 13:2 KJV - 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 agape, I am nothing.
  • 1Cr 13:3 KJV - And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned , and have not agape, it profiteth me nothing.
  • 1Cr 13:4 KJV - agape suffereth long , [and] is kind ; agape envieth not; agape vaunteth not itself , is not puffed up ,
  • 1Cr 13:8 KJV - agape 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 .
  • 1Cr 13:13 KJV - And now abideth faith, hope, agape, these three; but the greatest of these [is] agape.
  • 1Cr 14:1 KJV - Follow after agape, and desire spiritual [gifts], but rather that ye may prophesy .
  • 1Cr 16:14 KJV - Let all your things be done with agape.
  • 1Cr 16:24 KJV - My agape [be] with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. [[[The first [epistle] to the Corinthians was written from Philippi by Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus and Timotheus.]]]
  • 2Cr 2:4 KJV - For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved , but that ye might know the agape which I have more abundantly unto you.

  • 2Cr 2:8 KJV - Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm [your] agape toward him.
  • 2Cr 5:14 KJV - For the agape of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge , that if one died for all, then were all dead :
  • 2Cr 6:6 KJV - By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by agape unfeigned,
  • 2Cr 8:7 KJV - Therefore, as ye abound in every [thing, in] faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and [in] all diligence, and [in] your agape to us, [see] that ye abound in this grace also.
  • 2Cr 8:8 KJV - I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your agape.
  • 2Cr 8:24 KJV - Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your agape, and of our boasting on your behalf.
  • 2Cr 13:11 KJV - Finally, brethren, farewell . Be perfect , be of good comfort , be of one mind , live in peace ; and the God of agape and peace shall be with you.
  • 2Cr 13:14 KJV - The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the agape of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, [be] with you all. Amen. [[[The second [epistle] to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, [a city] of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.]]]
  • Gal 5:6 KJV - For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by agape.
  • Gal 5:13 KJV - For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by agape serve one another.
  • Gal 5:22 KJV - But the fruit of the Spirit is agape, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

  • Eph 1:4 KJV - According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in agape:
  • Eph 1:15 KJV - Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and agape unto all the saints,
  • Eph 2:4 KJV - But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great agape wherewith he loved us,
  • Eph 3:17 KJV - That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in agape,
  • Eph 3:19 KJV - And to know the agape of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
  • Eph 4:2 KJV - With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in agape;
  • Eph 4:15 KJV - But speaking the truth in agape, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:
  • Eph 4:16 KJV - From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in agape.
  • Eph 5:2 KJV - And walk in agape, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
  • Eph 6:23 KJV - Peace [be] to the brethren, and agape with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Phl 1:9 KJV - And this I pray , that your agape may abound yet more and more in knowledge and [in] all judgment;
  • Phl 1:17 KJV - But the other of agape, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
  • Phl 2:1 KJV - If [there be] therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of agape, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
  • Phl 2:2 KJV - Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded , having the same agape, [being] of one accord, of one mind .

  • Col 1:4 KJV - Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the agape [which ye have] to all the saints,
  • Col 1:8 KJV - Who also declared unto us your agape in the Spirit.
  • Col 1:13 KJV - Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his agape Son:
  • Col 2:2 KJV - That their hearts might be comforted , being knit together in agape, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
  • Col 3:14 KJV - And above all these things [put on] agape, which is the bond of perfectness.
  • 1Th 1:3 KJV - Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of agape, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
  • 1Th 3:6 KJV - But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and agape, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also [to see] you:
  • 1Th 3:12 KJV - And the Lord make you to increase and abound in agape one toward another, and toward all [men], even as we [do] toward you:
  • 1Th 5:8 KJV - But let us, who are of the day, be sober , putting on the breastplate of faith and agape; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
  • 1Th 5:13 KJV - And to esteem them very highly in agape for their work's sake. [And] be at peace among yourselves.
  • 2Th 1:3 KJV - We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly , and the agape of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth ;
  • 2Th 2:10 KJV - And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish ; because they received not the agape of the truth, that they might be saved .
  • 2Th 3:5 KJV - And the Lord direct your hearts into the agape of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

  • 1Ti 1:5 KJV - Now the end of the commandment is agape out of a pure heart, and [of] a good conscience, and [of] faith unfeigned:
  • 1Ti 1:14 KJV - And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and agape which is in Christ Jesus.
  • 1Ti 2:15 KJV - Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and agape and holiness with sobriety.
  • 1Ti 4:12 KJV - Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in agape, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
  • 1Ti 6:11 KJV - But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, agape, patience, meekness.
  • 2Ti 1:7 KJV - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of agape, and of a sound mind.
  • 2Ti 1:13 KJV - Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and agape which is in Christ Jesus.
  • 2Ti 2:22 KJV - Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, agape, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
  • 2Ti 3:10 KJV - But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, agape, patience,
  • Tts 2:2 KJV - That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in agape, in patience.
  • Phm 1:5 KJV - Hearing of thy agape and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
  • Phm 1:7 KJV - For we have great joy and consolation in thy agape, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
  • Phm 1:9 KJV - Yet for agape sake I rather beseech [thee], being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.

Other New Testament Usage:

  • Hbr 6:10 KJV - For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of agape, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister .
  • Hbr 10:24 KJV - And let us consider one another to provoke unto agape and to good works:
  • 1Pe 4:8 KJV - And above all things have fervent agape among yourselves: for charity[26] shall cover the multitude of sins.
  • 1Pe 5:14 KJV - Greet ye one another with a kiss of agape. Peace [be] with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
  • 2Pe 1:7 KJV - And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness agape.
  • 1Jo 2:5 KJV - But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the agape of God perfected : hereby know we that we are in him.
  • 1Jo 2:15 KJV - Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the agape of the Father is not in him.
  • 1Jo 3:1 KJV - Behold , what manner of agape the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
  • 1Jo 3:16 KJV - Hereby perceive we the agape [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.
  • 1Jo 3:17 KJV - But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the agape of God in him?
  • 1Jo 4:7 KJV - Beloved, let us love one another: for agape is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
  • 1Jo 4:8 KJV - He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is agape.
  • 1Jo 4:9 KJV - In this was manifested the agape of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
  • 1Jo 4:10 KJV - Herein is agape, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.
  • 1Jo 4:12 KJV - No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his agape is perfected in us.
  • 1Jo 4:16 KJV - And we have known and believed the agape that God hath to us. God is agape; and he that dwelleth in agape dwelleth in God, and God in him.
  • 1Jo 4:17 KJV - Herein is our agape made perfect , that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is , so are we in this world.
  • 1Jo 4:18 KJV - There is no fear in agape; but perfect agape casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in agape.
  • 1Jo 5:3 KJV - For this is the agape of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

  • 2Jo 1:3 KJV - Grace be with you, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and agape.
  • 2Jo 1:6 KJV - And this is agape, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
  • 3Jo 1:6 KJV - Which have borne witness of thy agape before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
  • Jud 1:2 KJV - Mercy unto you, and peace, and agape, be multiplied .
  • Jud 1:12 KJV - These are spots in your feasts of agape, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds [they are] without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead , plucked up by the roots ;
  • Jud 1:21 KJV - Keep yourselves in the agape of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Endtimes Agape:

  • Rev 2:4 KJV - Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first agape.
  • Rev 2:19 KJV - I know thy works, and agape, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last [to be] more than the first.

May your life be filled with a powerful agape love for God and for others sacrificing in charity and may all of the fruits of His Spirit in you be infused with this Love because He first loved us and gave His only son so that we could have life and that life... more abundantly.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Can We Lose Our Salvation?

Read and Study the BIBLE! Ask our Lord to Enlighten your understanding as only He can.  Always pray before you study an issue that God will open it up to you and teach you with His Holy Spirit.  Many people have expounded on the Love of God and how He holds us in the palm of His hand and will never let us go.  There is also the parable of the prodigal Son with the Father having a celebration when the son comes home and accepting him.  However, there are some scriptures that we need to grapple with on the topic of "Can a Christian lose their Salvation?"

Here is a compilation of relevant scriptures on the topic:

Falling Away
Hebrews 6:4-5   4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

Sinning Willfully
Hebrews 10:26-31   26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Becoming Entangled
2 Peter 2:20  20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.

22 Specific Sins that could keep you out of Heaven
1 Cor. 6:7-11  7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters. 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Galatians 5:19 -21   19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Not everyone who says “Lord, Lord”
Matthew 7:21-23  21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Acts 19:13-16   13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

Sin Leading to Death
1 John 5:16-17   16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

Fallen from Grace
Galatians 5:4 4 You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.

Blotted Out
Revelation 3:5  5 The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.

Urgent Attention Required
Don't be sad or discouraged by these Scriptures.  That is not the point.  God's Word is showing us that we need to persevere till the end.  Why do you want to know if you can lose your salvation?  Meditate on the scriptures and you will find that our God is both Merciful and Holy.  Perhaps a better question is: "How can I show God how much I appreciate and love Him for who He is and thank Him for saving me with every moment that I have?"

"Deep Cries Out to Deep” -Psalm 42:7


There is a new song that the Worship Team at Abundant Life Fellowship has been working on. As you learn this song and give Him praise through it, our prayer is that you let go of your deep and let it call out to the Deep in God.  Here is some background to the biblical roots of the song with a link to the music video done by Bethel Church at the bottom.

Background for the Background:

In Numbers 16 the Bible records an event in the life of a man named Korah. He was of the tribe of Levi and therefore set apart to be a member of the priesthood in Israel. He rebuked Moses, saying:
"You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the LORD's assembly?" -Numbers 16:3
He resented Moses' and Aaron's authority, and felt that he and his supporters could lead the Israelites more effectively. Later in the chapter, the earth opens underneath him and swallows him along with the others in his rebellion. He did not recognize the sovereignty of God and would not humble himself.

Background for Psalm 42:

This Psalm includes the title: "A Maschil of David for the sons of Korah." A maschil (MAS-keel) is an instructive song, meant to teach us something about how to live, and the sons of Korah (many scholars believe) are the descendants of this Korah in Numbers 16 who rebelled against the Lord and was swallowed up. Having the story of the wrath of God so attached to your family name must have shaped the very core of who these men were. They were Levites, serving in and around the temple with their lives, singing praises to the God who destroyed their ancestor when he rebelled. These men must have been desperately wanting to be closer to God with a true "fear of the Lord."

Digging Deeper:

 "Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterspouts; all your waves and breakers have swept over me." -Psalm 42:7
We don't have waterspouts around here. But David had likely seen one off the coast of Syria, and it helped him to put into words the cry of a heart desperately longing for God. A waterspout is basically a tornado in the ocean. These are often extremely large and amazingly violent, pulling up tons of ocean water and gushing it out into the clouds.
Can you relate to this sort of deep sin in your heritage that you may not even have been alive for? Is there a generational curse in your life that is so attached to you it's like part of your name? We all have the deep sin nature inherited from Adam in ourselves, but most of us have sins that hit particularly close to home in our family history. This imagery of a violent tornado sucking up the deepest, most hidden waters of my soul from down on the ocean floor and shooting them at amazing velocity into the immeasurable depths of God are what singing Praise to God is really about. His depths are so much bigger than our depths that they can cleanse all that muck from the depths of our ocean and turn it into a cleansing rain.

With this Psalm, David is teaching all of us that our Deep needs to call out to the Deep in God. It was true for the sons of Korah, and it is just as true for us today.