Sunday, June 12, 2016

IN THE NAME OF JESUS

There is a name I love to hear.
The song poets have repeated the name of Jesus over and over.
I love to sing of its worth. It is a name above all other names.
In the name of Jesus, sins have been forgiven and souls have been set free from the bondage of sin.
In the name of Jesus, every kind of disease has been cured.
In the name of Jesus devils have been cast out of men and women.
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that He is the Son of God.
To be saved from sin and to be adopted into the family of God, you must believe in the name of Jesus. You must confess His name and have faith in His name.

Acts 4:10-12
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

God has given all power to Jesus the Son of God. Every thing in heaven and in earth is under the power and authority of Jesus. If you desire to know the truth, you can only find it in the name of Jesus. There is no other message; there is no other way to find peace, joy and victory except by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Eternal life and all the blessings and glory of God comes only by the name of Jesus.

Matthew 1:20-21
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

God does not accept any other sacrifice or payment for sin except the blood of His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus and only Jesus can save people from the penalty and power of sin. If you would be free; you must be set free in the name of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:5-11
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

There is no name as important as the name of Jesus. The power of God is released to man in the name of Jesus. At the name of Jesus, devils tremble and the power of evil is broken.

Matthew 8:28-29
28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

All the demons of hell know who Jesus is. Do you know who Jesus is? Do you really know who Jesus is?

Acts 2:38-40
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

All of the works of salvation become a reality only by the name of Jesus. You must believe on the name of Jesus to be saved. You must be baptized in the name of Jesus for a testimony to the world that you have accepted Jesus into your heart.

Acts 3:2-8
2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

Every disease and every evil thing which brings death and destruction is overcome in the name of Jesus.

Acts 3:14-16
14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

In the name of Jesus” is not a magical phrase to be used by an unbeliever who is trying to take advantage of the name of Jesus. It is “faith” in His name that releases the power of God.

Acts 8:12
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

Acts 16:16-18
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

All demons are subject to the name of Jesus. There is no evil thing which can prevail against the power of faith in the name of Jesus.

Acts 26:1-11
1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:
2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:
3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.
4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;
5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:
7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?
9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.
11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.

Many people have thought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus is still LORD OF LORDS AND KING OF KINGS.

Do you magnify the name of Jesus?
Do you give Jesus all the praise and glory which belongs to Him?
Do you have faith in the name of Jesus?

Saturday, June 11, 2016

THE TRADITIONS OF MEN

It is important that we understand what this expression means. “A tradition is: the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way. It is a doctrine believed to have divine authority though not in the scriptures, in particular.”

The traditions of men have caused great confusion to the minds of the people.
Their unscriptural beliefs and customs have caused division and strife. Satan has successfully used traditions and customs to destroy Christian fellowship. He will deceive and divide us if we are not wise to his evil ways.

What is truth and what is tradition? It is your responsibility to study and let the Holy Spirit teach you how to recognize the difference between truth and tradition.

Mark 7:1-13
1 Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.
2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

Is it wise to wash your hands before eating? Yes.
Is it a sin if you do not wash your hands before eating? No.

These religious Jews had many traditions which they preferred above the Law of God. One of the traditions mentioned in this text was that a man was free from the God-given responsibility to care for his mother and father if he gave a monetary gift to the temple treasury. The traditions of men are usually self-serving. Their traditions promote their personal and private objectives instead of the will of God.

2 Thessalonians 2:15
Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

Some traditions are beneficial and serve the family, the congregation and the community with noticeable good results. Righteous traditions are those which support the godly principles set forth in the Word of God. Families and congregations may have different traditions which they hold for the proper administration, discipline and conduct of their members. The father or overseer who has authority over the members of that unit has the responsibility to establish rules for the spiritual and material welfare of that unit.

However, there is an inherent danger in these administrative differences. As these rules are passed on from generation to generation they tend to become elevated to be religious imperatives. Any person who fails to conform to these traditions is considered rebellious; and rebellion is always synonymous with sin.

An example of a tradition becoming a doctrine is the widely held belief that the Third Earthquake in the Revelation took place during the decade of the 1960s. When I expressed that I did not believe that the Third Earthquake took place in the 1960s, I was charged with teaching a Babylonian doctrine. This false charge evolved into an unfounded sin charge and my excommunication from that fellowship of congregations. Where love, mercy and endeavoring should have been found, separation occurred because of an unscriptural belief which was a popular tradition passed down from some older ministers to the younger ministers who came afterwards.

Other traditions have been established on a diversity of subjects:
  • Hair styles
  • Facial hair
  • Dress styles
  • Colors of clothing
  • Diet
  • Courtship
  • Parenting
  • Inter-congregational authority of Elders
  • etc.

Rules concerning these issues may have been well intended and even appropriate for an individual family or congregation. However, when the individual administration and traditions of one family or congregation becomes the doctrinal imperative for all families and congregations, the danger of division and heresy is at the door.

Galatians 1:13-16
13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers..
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

Paul was a zealous disciple of the Pharisees. He was a defender of their traditions. He believed that the Christians were enemies of the God of Israel. But when God sent Jesus to reveal truth to him, he left the traditions of the Jew's religion and embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Colossians 2:6-9
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

We have repeated warnings in the scriptures that we should be careful to examine the traditions of men. Is the tradition under consideration true or false? Is it beneficial or harmful? Is it inspired by the Holy Spirit or the selfish, carnal nature of some man? Does it have as its purpose to exalt some person or does it glorify Jesus Christ?