The Water of the Word
I don't know how many times I've read that above verse and missed what Paul was saying. The promise of life which is in Christ Jesus.
Jesus died to give us eternal life. If there was any other way to grant life to the human race God would have done it. The new politically correct acceptance of all religions is not spiritually correct. Yes, we accept all religions in a sense that all people from all religions have a freedom of religion and freedom to choose how they worship. I would never be party to denying another religion any human rights. But in truth however, if there was another way to grant the human race eternal life and victory over death, God would not have allowed His own Son, Jesus Christ to die, become sin for us, and be killed for our filthy sins.
When Jesus rose from the dead, it gave us the hope of eternal life. To receive this eternal life, all we have to do is be willing to turn from our sins and believe in Him. Believing on Him is simply believing His words and all He did on our behalf. The free gift of salvation is only ours if we believe these things. We have to believe these things in order to be willing to allow God to change us and give us His Holy Spirit.
This living water is the Holy Spirit given to those that believe and receive Him (Jesus). It is also given to those that obey Him. What a beautiful promise and hope for all of us.
To deny this gift of God is to deny ourselves eternal life. Forsake sin, believe in Jesus. It is so simple a child can believe and be saved. To say that any other way or religion can save, is to take lightly or ignore the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf and lose the salvation God provided for us.
This letter is written to Timothy and given to us for exhortation and comfort.
How can Paul have a pure conscience. Didn't he persecute and kill innocent believers in Jesus Christ?
Yes he did but now he is a person that in God's eyes, never sinned or done wrong. All his past sins were washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ which was shed upon the cross. No matter what our past may be, we can be cleansed from all sin by faith in Jesus Christ.
One of the best ways to learn to love one another is to pray for one another and desire good for a fellow believer like we would want for ourselves.
We need to rejoice along with the angels of God when just one sinner repents and is saved by faith in Jesus Christ but also have joy when we see a group of believers who stay faithful to the Lord, repent of any error and contend for the faith they originally had.
Paul rejoiced to see Timothy continue in the faith that his mother and grandmother had before him.
We are not to fear those that would oppose us or our preaching of the gospel.
If we see one who is persecuted for their testimony, we should be identified with them and not withdraw our support in fear of men.
God originally meant for all mankind to be saved in the beginning. It is our own choices and rejection of the gospel that causes us to miss out on eternal life.
All of us have a temporary physical death but we have the hope of the resurrection of the body if we maintain our faith in Jesus Christ. The soul and spirit of any believer already has eternal life abiding within him or her already. When the body dies, the soul and spirit go to God to await the resurrection.
There are so many that have not yet understood all the promises and goodness of God. We must get this word out. What we see in this life is not our only hope.
First we thank God for His mercy in allowing us to hear the gospel, believe and be saved, then we can thank Jesus for being faithful unto death to pay for our salvation, and then we can thank our beloved apostle Paul for being determined to spread the gospel to the Gentiles. Because of the faithfulness of those that went before us, we have heard and have believed.
We can be thankful that Jesus prayed for us:
Jews and Gentiles are to be united in Christ:
I rejoice that this is already happening as I write. Although the gospel was first given to the Jews, that stopped for a season through their rejection of the gospel as a nation. The first true believers were Jews. Now in this day and age, the late 1900s up until today, in February 2016 many Jews are becoming believers in their Messiah, Jesus Christ or to say the name in Hebrew, Yeshiva. We should rejoice and be glad for this for God is making one fold under one shepherd, Jesus Christ just as the scripture says.
Continue in the word, in much prayer and faithful until all things are fulfilled and Jesus returns. Occupy until He comes.
We do not have to be part of the falling away. Losing our first love, substituting our own doctrines in place of the word of God and then smiting our fellow servants is a sign of falling away.
This began to happen not long after the death of the apostles when they did not stay true to the word and failed to stay full of the Holy Spirit. We need to work that it not happen again. Its bad enough to be persecuted by unbelievers and the pagans, but to be persecuted by others who claim to believe in Jesus Christ is a crying shame, yet that is just what happened.
Remember these words of Jesus. If you persecute someone because of their faith in Jesus, you do not know the Father and you do not know the Son, Jesus Christ.
God never gave anyone permission to kill in the name of Christ. The only people He allowed to use force and kill was Israel under the Old covenant. It was never given to the church or to anyone after Jesus came. I believe it is okay to fight against an army coming against our nation but we are not to kill in the name of Christ or fight people who believe different than we do. That is not preaching the gospel. You cannot force a sinner to become a born again child of God. It takes the spirit of God to do that.
Jesus rebuked His own disciples when they got angry at those that rejected Jesus.
Never use intimidation, force and physical harm to spread the gospel. Its not the true gospel if it is done that way.
Being kind to someone who brings the gospel will bring its own reward in the day Jesus returns.
Now we must faithfully occupy until that day by watching, praying, spreading the gospel and obeying the Holy Spirit in all things.