“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power” (Revelation 20:6).
Returning to a village in the West Indies we asked a Christian woman, “What happened to Amos?”
She sadly replied, “Amos is dead-dead!”
We knew what she meant. During gospel meetings he would sit in the open doorway and listen, but he would never come in. Sometimes he would make noises mocking the message, or remarks that were not very nice.
Our friend told us his health had failed and he had to be taken to the Poor House, as he had no family to care for him. Several Christians visited him, but he refused to take Christ as his Savior. He was not young when he died and he had heard the gospel many times. So the fact that Amos was dead-dead told us that he had died in his sins and would suffer for eternity in the Lake of Fire. “This is the second death” (Revelation 20:6).
Yes, not only had he died physically, but spiritually as well. What an awful thing it will be to be eternally separated from God.
There are a number of exhortations in the Bible regarding the honor and respect that is due to certain individuals. Today and tomorrow we will list several. As you read these verses ask yourself, “how much is it true in my life? Do I give ‘honor to whom honor (is due)’” (Romans 13:7)?
“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17).
The Lord Jesus:
“The King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:15-16).
“Honor the king” (1 Peter 2:17).
“Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)” (Ephesians 6:2).
The Christian life is a life of continuance. It takes constant exercise and perseverance to live for the Lord on a daily basis. Here are seven exhortations to continue in that which has been provided for us by God, in and through the Lord Jesus Christ:
There is an old saying: “A friend in need, is a friend indeed.” This is especially true of the Lord Jesus. He is always available and always able to help us no matter how big or how small the difficulty or problem. He loves us in spite of our failures, and says to each of us, “Ye are My friends” (John 15:14). As you start out on the routine of daily life this week go to Him in all your need. Every day! Every hour! Every moment! Consider the following verses in the light of this wonder Friend and have a wonderful week.
“There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24).
“A friend loveth at all times” (Proverbs 17:17).
“He is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend” (Song of Solomon 5:16).
“Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel” (Proverbs 27:9).
“From above hath He sent fire into My bones, and it prevaileth against them” (Lamentations 1:13).
“Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame” (Song of Solomon 8:6).
The fire, or coals of fire, in these verses speak to us of that which the Lord suffered on the cross. But this is not that which He suffered at the hands of men, but that which He suffered from the hand of God in the three hours of darkness. Notice that the fire comes “from above.” Peter tells us about it when he says, “Christ also suffered for us…Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth…Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree…by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:21-22, 24).
We will never know what it meant to the Lord Jesus to endure the fire of God’s judgment against sin. In the Old Testament the sacrifices were consumed by the fire of the altar, but with the Lord Jesus, the sacrifice consumed the fire of judgment. At the end He could say, “It is finished” (John 19:30).
Private James Henry put on his uniform and went about his business. The first private he passed snapped him a salute. Private Henry thought that was odd, but he returned the salute. After about ten more privates had saluted him in the same way he became suspicious. He soon discovered that his jacket bore a shiny gold bar on the shoulder. An officer had worn it and forgotten to remove his insignia. So everyone who saw him thought he was a Second Lieutenant.
In the same way many people are being saluted as believers in Christ, when they are not really Christians at all. They may have joined some church, and may live a respectable life. They may attend all the meetings and support good Christian causes. They may even teach a Sunday school class and preach in the pulpit, and not have eternal life themselves. For these things do not make a person a real Christian, just as the gold bar on the jacket did not make Private Henry a Second Lieutenant.
Judas was a professor, a pretender, and we read, “Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place” (Acts 1:25). What God wants is, “truth in the inward parts” (Psalm 51:6). Are you real?
“For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to Godward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing” (1 Thessalonians 1:8).
What a thrill to think that the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is preached in all the world. You and I have the means to be instruments in His hands, and live our lives as His witnesses. “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life” (Philippians 2:15-16).
The Bible is God’s message to man; hence it can rightly be called the “Word of God.” It’s object is to bring man to God through His Son, Jesus Christ. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).
This witness of the gospel has been going on for some 2,000 years! As a result the choir that will never tire of singing His praises will be saved from, “Every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Revelation 5:9).
Upon learning that it was the Bible that had just been read, and not being able to refute it, the ashamed mockers lowered their eyes and changed the subject of conversation.
How many people today pass such a damaging criticism about the Word of God without knowing much about it, and perhaps having never even read it. The Bible is indeed the living Word of God. His revelation is given to us by the Holy Spirit. “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” (2 Peter 1:21).
For many the Bible has been the spring of life. It gives the truly seeking heart light, strength, comfort, refreshment and spiritual food. Read this Holy Word of God, prayerfully and carefully, and ask Him to show you that He is love and that through the Lord Jesus He has done all that is necessary, not only to save the sinner but to make him happy in this life, as well as providing a wonderful future and home in the next life.