Wednesday, February 22, 2017

To Abide Forever (LS21)

John 14:15-16  "If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that *He may abide with you forever*-"

When the Israelites disobeyed God, God suffered greatly for their sins and iniquities. Similarly, our disobediences will bring great suffering to God.

Ezek 4:5,9,12  "For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days; so you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.…Also take for yourself wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt; put them into one vessel, and make bread of them for yourself. During the number of days that you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days, you shall eat it…. And you shall eat it as barley cakes; and bake it using fuel of human waste in their sight."

God abhors sin, that He has to drive Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. It is so nauseating and revolting to eat bread bake in human excretion, and this is what sin is to God.

Eph 1:13  In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

When we become a Christian He gives us His holy Spirit (the seal of redemption) to dwell within us. Whenever we sin, our body is full with sin (excreta), and the holy Spirit dwelling in us will be forced to be immersed in excreta. He will always suffer greatly from this nauseating, and revolting humiliation whenever we sin. His holy Spirit will not leave us otherwise we will lose our salvation and be condemned to hell.

Phil 2:12-13  Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Brethren, until we confess and repent of our sins and the blood of Jesus cleanses these filthy sins, the Holy Spirit dwelling in us has no relief. This great love of God for us is beyond our imagination (Please read Rom 8:35-39). It is only when we know Him and understand His sacrifices, love and sufferings to save us from eternal damnation that we begin to appreciate His love by keeping His words. Only then can He baptize us with the Holy Spirit, so that God can work in us, with His Holy Spirit leading us into all truth and setting us free from the corruption of this world.

John 14:15  "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that *He may abide with you forever*"

Brethren, God loves us so much that forever He wants to dwell in our bodies. Because, out of His love in saving us from being condemned to hell, are we going to continue making Him suffer by immersing Him in our sins (excreta)? Brethren, appreciate His love, sufferings, and works in us, by pleasing Him in obeying His words thus producing in us the sweet-smelling aroma.

Eph 5:1-2  Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.