Have you purchased ‘Tires’ lately…? When I did, after much research, I made sure they were “Balanced”. Long before ‘computer spin balancing’, the tire mechanic simply put the tire on a ‘bubble level’ and added weights. This ‘static balance’ occasionally was not sufficient to give the tire a ‘high speed’ balance and one needed ‘to return’ and have more weights added or removed. Oh yes, I but tires with an “A – Temperature”, “A – Traction” and ‘above’ a “400-tread wear rating”.
*** (1Corinthians 14:40) Let = all things = be done = decently = and = in order.
Do you have “Over-Draft Protection”…? Most banking institutions, offer this to checking account holders. With the Debit card, one can easily overdraft their expenditures. With the paper checks, one kept the daily running balance, in their check ledger. Thirty years ago, it took 3-to7-days for a check to clear. Today it is ‘instantaneously done’ and there is no delay. Funds have to be available or the purchase is declined… without overdraft protection.
*** (Proverbs 27:23) Be you = diligent = to know the state of = your flocks, = and = look well = to your herds.
“Overeating” has brought… a plethora of overweight people here in the USA. Upwards of 40% of our nations population is overweight. The Entertainment industry has made ‘Couch Potatoes’ out of many, with their video gaming toys. Kids are especially ‘at risk’, as they hold on to this overweight into their adult life and seldom lose it. The lack of… ‘physical exercise’… is the other contributing factor to this weight problem.
*** (Proverbs 11:1) False balances = are = an abomination = to Jehovah [God]; = but = a just weight = is His delight.
What do I mean by this… “False Balance”…? Most ‘only’ want to hear the “Good News”… without the “Bad News!”
*** (Luke 14:28-29) For = which of you, = intending to build = a tower [any project], = does not sit down = first = and count the cost, = whether he may have enough = to finish it;
(Luke 14:29) lest perhaps, = after = he has = laid the foundation = and = is not able to finish, = all those seeing [the failed project] = begin to mock him,
Recently I have been reading… a lot of posts on a variety of sites. When those, that speak about God, the God of the Bible, they Only speak about the “Love of God”. Hardly ever do I hear anyone speak about “The Judgment of God” which we will ‘all experience’. The true believer, for ‘rewards’ and the non-believer for his or her… ‘Degrees of Punishment’. I believe, that the Bible teaches that this is an “Unbalanced” presentation of the… “Good News / Bad News”… in the Scriptures.
*** (Proverbs 20:23) Different [false] kinds = of weights = are hateful = to Jehovah [God], = and = a false balance = is not good.
*** (1Corinthians 16:22) If anyone = does not = love = the Lord Jesus Christ, = let him [her] = be accursed [Damned]. The Lord comes!
To put this into its Proper Perspective… one cannot ‘pick & choose’, those Bible verses about God and the Gospel, that have a “Positive Message”… and then “Leave Out”, those Bible Verses and the Gospel… that have a “Negative Message”. Through the entire Bible, word by word, verse by verse, chapter by chapter… ‘More’ is spoken about “Punishment and Sin”… than about “Good and Blessings”. But most… ‘do not’… “Read & Study”… their Bibles to know that. Say it isn’t So…? Do You…? Answer that question to Christ Jesus and… ‘not’ to me. Now, you have known Christ… for How Many Years…? “____” - Years?
*** (Isaiah 28:13) But = the Word of Jehovah = was to them = precept on precept, = precept on precept; = line on line, = line on line; = here a little, = there a little; = that they might go, = and = fall backward, = and = be broken = and = snared = and taken.
An Example of this…? Often times, I see people posting… “John 3:16”… and sharing the Love of God. But to have a… “Balance of Truth”… the “Good News / Bad News”… needs to be said and shared. Some have told me that I am a legalist or that I hold the Bible and its Scriptures to a ‘too high level’. Is there such a thing… that can be done, to the Word of God. ‘Can it Ever’, be held in a… “Too High Status”…? “Absolutely NOT”… as God will use the Word of God, The Bible, The Scriptures to Judge All… both sinner and saint. Simply Read… “John 12:44-to-48”…!
*** (John 12:48) He = who rejects = Me = and = does ‘not’ receive = My Words = has ‘one’ = who judges him; = the “Word” = that I have spoken, = ‘the same’ = shall judge = him [her] = in the last day.
Surely each of us… has some earthly possession that is… ‘Special’… to them. Perhaps it is the real Silverware and China and Crystal stemware… that you use on Special Occasions? Perhaps it may be your ‘Laptop’, that ‘only’ you use and the rest of your family uses the desktop. It may even be some… “Nick –Knack”… that you purchased on vacation as a memento. Every time I travel I bring back one, in addition to pictures and videos that I took. Is the “Word of God”… more special … than any of those ‘Special Items’ you own…?
THE 'GOOD' NEWS…
*** (John 3:16-17) For God = so loved the world = that He gave = His only-begotten Son [Christ Jesus], = that whoever = believes in Him = should not perish = but have = everlasting life.
(John 3:17) For God = did not send His Son = into the world = to condemn the world [this time], = but so that = the world = might be saved = through Him.
THE 'BAD' NEWS…
*** (John 3:18-19-20) He who = believes on Him = is ‘not’ condemned, = BUT = he who = does not = believe = is condemned = already, = because = he has not believed = in the Name = of the only-begotten Son of God.
(John 3:19) And this is = the condemnation, = that the Light [Christ Jesus] = has come into the world, = and men = loved darkness = rather = than the Light, = because = their deeds were evil.
(John 3:20) For everyone = who does evil = hates the Light, = and = does not come to the Light, = lest his deeds should be exposed.
Did You catch this part… “He that does ‘not’ believe” = “Is ‘condemned’ already”…? People tell me… you will turn someone off, when you share God’s Love… that way! Then you have ‘missed’ them… being ‘condemned already’… as God has said in “His Word”. They are ‘Turned Off’… “Already”… because they… “Love Their Sin”… and… “Hate the Light [Jesus]!” Just as the Scriptures have said. Do you believe the “Word of God”… “Or – NOT”…? Here in America, most have the ‘Santa Clause’ concept of God. He is Good and He is Love… how then could He send anyone to Hell…? Hell is “Always Mans’ Choice”… Not Gods!
*** (2Peter 3:9) The Lord = is not slow = concerning His promise, = as some count slowness, = but is long-suffering toward us, = not [willing] purposing = that “Any” = should perish, = but that “All” = should come = “To Repentance”.
*** (Acts 17:30-31) Truly, then, = God = overlooking the times of ignorance, = now = He = “Strictly Commands” = “All” men = everywhere = “To Repent”,
(Acts 17:31) because = He has appointed = a day in = which He = is going ‘to judge’ = the world = in righteousness = by a Man = whom He appointed, = having given proof = to ‘All’ = by raising Him = from the dead.
So you share the “LOVE of GOD”… and “Say NOTHING”… About God’s… “Command to Repent…?” Is that an ‘Honest & Balanced’… presentation of the Gospel of God, the Good News… and the Bad News…? Remember… “John 3:19-20”… The LOVE their Sin and the Darkness… “Because their Deeds are Constantly Evil”… and that is ‘WHY’… they ‘do not’ … come to Christ Jesus…!
Have you ever… read these verses and ‘thought about’… “The Cost of Christ Jesus”… dying for the Sins of All… and being “Rejected by Most”…? Stop painting God. as an impotent God… who will let sinners get away with their sin… because of God’s Love! He will NOT! The Gospel ‘includes’ these verses listed below…
*** (Hebrews 10:28-to-31) He [she] = who despised = Moses' Law = died = ‘without mercy’ = on the word = of two or three witnesses.
(Heb 10:29) Of how much = “Worse Punishment”, = do you suppose, = will he [she] = be thought worthy = of punishment, = “the one who has trampled” = the Son of God, = and = ‘who has counted’ = the blood of the covenant = with which he [she] was sanctified = “an unholy thing”, = and = “has trampled” = the Spirit of grace?
(Heb 10:30) For we know Him [God] = Who has said, = "Vengeance belongs to Me, = I will repay, = says the Lord." = And again, = "The Lord shall judge = His people."
(Heb 10:31) It is a = fearful thing = to fall into the hands = of = the living God.
About now… “You” may begin to see the seriousness of a “Correct & Balanced”… presentation of Gods’ LOVE! His Love sent Christ Jesus to the Cross… to die for the sins of Unworthy Mankind. But His Love… is balanced by His Righteousness, His Judgment… and His Name. Those that have “Rejected & Continue to Reject”… His Love… and His Command to “Repent”, get God’s Justice. So why then… do You… ‘sugar coat’… the Justice of God, in sharing His Love… “ONLY”…? ? ?
Please take some time… and think about your presentation of the Gospel, The Good News and the Bad News…? Sharing only half… is not enough! When we all stand before God, and are judged by His Word… “John 12:44-to-48!” Will you hear these Words… and receive a “Full Reward”…?
*** (Matthew 25:21) His lord = said to him, = Well done, = good and faithful servant! = You have been = “faithful” = over a few things; = I will make you ruler over many things. = Enter into the joy of your lord.
*** (2John 1:8) Look to yourselves, = so that we = may = “not lose” = those things = which we worked out, = but = that we = “may receive” = A Full Reward.
*** (Psalms 119:18) Open my eyes, = so that I = may behold = wonderful things = out of = Your Law [Word].