Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | October 14, 2020

What Does It Mean To Be A Righteous Person?

How can a Person be Declared Righteous?

Recently a Christian organization sent out a letter posing the subject question. The variety of responses indicated a rather widespread lack of understanding about Biblical teachings on that subject.

As one might expect, a number of responses focused on works and included the Mosaic Law. Religion, and I specifically exclude Christianity when I say that, is always presenting a set of selected works as the way to achieve their particular god’s approval.

While each religion has a customized set of works which are promoted; they all require adherents to do certain specified things if they are to receive the approval of the religion and whatever so-called god it serves.

Christianity is unique in this matter in that God did the work, and the followers of the Christian faith receive the blessings without doing any work themselves.

This concept absolutely flies in the face of human reason; it just doesn’t make any sense at all to the human mind.

Biblical Righteousness

The Jews, particularly under the influence of the Pharisees, were loaded down with a vast number of works for which they were responsible. God had given the Jews the Mosaic Law which was filled with specific tasks to be performed if God’s approval was to be given.

The Mosaic Law had a deeper meaning, however, it was a picture of the person and the works of the Messiah who was to be sent to the nation of Israel.

Over the centuries, the meaning of the Mosaic Law had become so distorted by the religious leaders that when their Messiah actually came to them, he was not even recognized as the true Messiah and the religious leaders wanted to kill him!

The New Covenant

God had fully anticipated the rejection of the Jewish Messiah and had already carefully planned an alternative which was the mystery of the Church. The Church was to be a whole new world with a new and vastly improved version of mankind included as a bonus.

The rejected Messiah was to die for the sins of the whole world and rise again to life as proof he was indeed God’s Messiah. Israel was to be set aside for a pre-determined number of years and the Holy Spirit would indwell human beings for the first time.

This change took place on Pentecost, May 25, A.D. 33 and is still in effect today as a part of the New Covenant. God’s grace was to be manifested in an enhanced manner to all those transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and joined to the body of Christ, the Church!

God’s new creation was to receive justification before God and given the righteousness of Jesus Christ as a free gift by simple faith in Jesus Christ as Savior!

Grace Replaced Works!

Grace had replaced the works of the Mosaic Law as the basis of righteousness before God with salvation and deliverance by faith in Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul speaks to this profound change in Galatians 2:15-21 where it is written:

15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

17 “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

During this age of grace, the Church Age, righteousness is given freely to all who receive Jesus Christ as Savior.

But What About Works?

Christianity is really different, you don’t work to be saved, you work because you are saved! The letter I mentioned in the first paragraph also asked a question:

“If someone asked you to articulate your mission on earth, what would you say?”

If we were to base our answer to that question on the testimony of the Bible, we would have to respond:

My mission on earth is to die to self so Christ might perform his good works in me!

Paul explains this in Ephesians 2:10 where it is written:

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

When you think about it; there is a meaningful balance to be found there. Christ died on the cross that all who receive him as Savior might live; Christians die to self that Jesus Christ might live in them and use them to perform the “good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

This is the plan for the Church, this is the plan for you, this is God’s plan for human righteousness, this is the New Covenant!

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | October 7, 2020

The Face of Jesus Christ

A Privilege and an Opportunity!

In Genesis 1:26 it is written:

“26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

To me, that verse carries great significance and weight; human beings are created in the image of God and were originally given the authority to reign over the living creatures that had been spoken into existence. After Adam’s fall and God’s curse on creation, that was altered and those alterations continue to this day.

Originally, Adam would commune with God directly, Adam was to be God’s representative to the balance of his creation; human beings were to be God’s face to it; human beings were to be a living expression of God’s loving care to his creation and those innocent animals that inhabited it!

God’s plan was put on hold by Adam’s sinful disobedience to God’s command and fear of man was placed in the hearts of the precious creatures over which man was intended to reign.

At a point yet future, that will all be reversed but the time has not yet come. Today, the confidence of animals must be won by experience; fortunately, vestiges of the loving care for animals exists in some people and can be found all over the world on both a large and a small scale. Both public and private organizations exist for the sole purpose of protecting the lives and well-being of animals.

A Unique Solution

In his grace to mankind, God has given us the chance for a fresh start; during the church age, all who receive Jesus Christ as Savior are given a new birth with a restored, living spirit and indwelt by God, the Holy Spirit. In addition, the old sin nature we inherited from Adam, is considered to have been crucified with Christ at the time of salvation.

Our restored lives become the life of Christ and we are permitted to do the good works of Christ as his representatives. The first verse that always comes to my mind is Galatians 2:20 where it is written:

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

This has been my favorite life-verse for many years; I truly love the thought of Christ Jesus living his life in me! What a privilege to be a vessel by which he can minister to all those with whom I come in contact. While I am painfully aware of the flaws in my spiritual essence, I am also aware, by faith, of the transformation being affected in it by the will of God.

I rejoice in the promise given in Romans 8:28-30 where it is written:

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Although still a work in progress, the future is filled with hope and confidence!

Our Responsibility

As living vessels of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have a grave responsibility to let the Lord Jesus Christ truly live out his life in us; our lives simply must be a reflection of his loving grace and mercy to his creation! The Church Age is also known as the Age of Grace; it is this grace that we, as Christians, must manifest in our lives as God’s ambassadors to all of his creation!

While Jesus Christ died for the sins of the entire world, those who have not received salvation and deliverance by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior are still under the wrath of God and bound by the chains of sin! To them, we are Christ’s ambassadors of hope and it is to them we must present the good news of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord!

Our faces and our actions should convey the loving care Jesus Christ would exhibit to his creation if he were here in person. Whether we interact with people or animals we are God’s ambassadors to them and by God’s grace, when they look at us, they’ll see a reflection of the face of Jesus Christ.

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | September 30, 2020

Jars of Clay

A Moment of Quiet Reflection

I regularly receive devotionals from Pastor Jeff Wells, Senior Pastor at WoodsEdge Community Church. I was particularly touched by this one and wanted others to share in the blessings it has brought to me.

At 87 years of age, I am keenly aware of my jar of clay; it seems to have developed an annoying habit, from time to time, of “cracking” and losing various and assorted parts. I’m reminded of the jars in the painting above, time has taken its toll on my jar too!

I am, nevertheless, equally aware of God’s grace in using it as a channel for his love, grace and mercy to others, who may need reminders of his constant, loving presence in their lives. While my jar is showing its age, it is filled with the beauty, peace and joy of the Lord Jesus Christ!

I have previously written on the impact “Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret” has had on my life; and greatly appreciated the reference to Dr. Taylor. I rejoice in God’s grace in continuing to use this old jar of clay in his service in a manner I would never have even guessed!

The following is a copy of the devotional I received from Jeff Wells:

“September 24

Jars of Clay

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

2 Corinthians 4:7

Jars of clay.  That suggests frailty, vulnerability, weakness, brokenness, and humanness.

God does not use us in spite of our weakness; God uses us because of our weakness.

In our weakness, God gets all the glory.  God gets all the glory because it is obvious that the power comes from God.  The power does not come from the broken, dirty jars of clay.

In our weakness we recognize our complete dependence upon God.  We are poor in spirit, desperate, humble, and dependent.

God can use people like this, people who recognize how much they need God.

In the book Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, Hudson Taylor, a man used so powerfully by God to bring the gospel to China, was told by a church leader in Scotland, “You must sometimes be tempted to be proud because of the wonderful way God has used you.  I doubt if any man living has had greater honour.”

“On the contrary,” was Taylor’s earnest reply, “I often think that God must have been looking for someone small enough and weak enough for him to use, and that he found me.”

God does not use us in spite of our weakness but because of our weakness.

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May our gracious and loving Lord continue to bless you and your jar of clay!

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20




Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | September 23, 2020

The Feast of Trumpets 2020 – The Rapture That Didn’t Happen

The Feast of Trumpets, 2020 is Now History

Last time we were reflecting on the likelihood of the Feast of Trumpets, 2020 being the signal for the Rapture of the Church; now we can look back and say that was not to be the case. At the time, in the second paragraph, I wrote, ” I’m not convinced the church will be taken up at this Feast of Trumpets or any other Feast of Trumpets for that matter.”

As I speculate on the Rapture, my mind moves in the direction of eternal membership in the church; I’m of the opinion that God is waiting on a specific number of individuals whom he has predestined to be a part of the church from eternity past. Some verses in 2 Peter 3:8-9 refer to this:

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Notice particularly Peter is writing to the “Beloved” and adds the Lord is longsuffering toward us, the beloved, and is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. I believe the Lord is holding back the Rapture of the Church until the very last Christian, foreknown by God from eternity past, has been added to the church.

The beloved are those who either had or at some future point would be born-again by the power of God, the Holy Spirit, into the body of Christ, the true church; I’m also convinced the Lord knows the precise second that will happen and will act instantaneously to remove the church from the earth.

I’m confident that every Christian alive today is grateful the Lord has been longsuffering toward us; because of his patience, we too are a part of the true church. I continue to be amazed at the large number of people all over the world who are receiving Jesus Christ as their Savior. The church is growing mightily each and every day that passes!

It may be timely to reflect, for a moment, on what it means to be a Christian, a born-again member of the true church. I assure you the distinction between a member of the church and one who is not is truly enormous with ramifications both in time and eternity!

A Mystery Hidden from the Old Testament Prophets

God, in his infinite wisdom, chose to conceal from the Old Testament prophets, the future existence of a special group to be known as the church. Two notable future events had been revealed to the Old Testament prophets, and they stood out like two mountain peaks, off in the distance; the First advent of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Second Advent of our Lord. What had not been revealed was the presence of a long valley that stretched out below those two mountain peaks and would be referred to as the Church Age; it is this valley in which we find ourselves today!

While the church age would be built on principles found in the Mosaic Law, it would make a complete departure from the Law, as practiced by Israel. Whereas the Temple in Jerusalem was the focus of worship for Israel under the Mosaic Law, the church age would abandon a temple of wood and stone and be endowed with multiple temples of human flesh and bone; each individual member of the church would become a temple of God!

Another dramatic change would be the membership in the church; both Jews and Gentiles would be equally welcome into the church and would become a new creation by the power of God. God would actually indwell this new creation and become one with it. In a fashion similar to the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the glory of God would be hidden from mortal view in those who received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

A Starting Point

The church was created by God on Pentecost, May 25, AD 33; this event is described in Acts 2:1-4 where it is written:

“2 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

An amazing thing had just happened, a completely new type of human being had come into existence, a human being indwelt by God, the Holy Spirit! This had been promised to the Apostles in John 14:16-17 where it is written:

16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

This is precisely what happened at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit begin to indwell human beings for the very first time; the Holy Spirit was no longer just with God’s saints but in them forever.

To prove this was of God and not of man; God initially provided evidence of this change with the rushing mighty wind, the tongues of fire and the speaking in unknown tongues.

A Valley of Unknown Length

While the existence of the valley of the Church Age was not revealed to the Old Testament prophets, neither is the length of that valley revealed to those of us who are living in it! Currently we are 1,987 years into this valley and have no idea how much longer this valley will exist although we can be absolutely certain the end will occur just as God has planned it.

It would appear the next prophetic event will be the rapture of the church; this event will precede other prophetic events that will occur during the end times; there are no remaining prophecies that must be fulfilled before the rapture can happen. In addition, we are surrounded by events that have fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies chief of which is the reestablishment of Israel as a nation.

The Great Catching Up

The removal of the church is described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 where it is written:

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

I believe it possible that I may be a part of this last generation of Christians; although I am now 87 years old, I think it could happen that the Lord will return before I die. This, for me, is a blessed hope that I’m sure I share with many! It all depends on when the last soul to be included in the church has finally been added!

The Church Age and the special blessings associated with the Church Age had a starting point and will have an ending point. When this age comes to a close, then Israel will, at some point, begin the last seven years promised to it by God. At the end of this seven years, the second mountain peak event will transpire, the Second Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ and bring “The Times of the Gentiles” to a close.


Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | September 9, 2020

The Feast of Trumpets 2020

Will the 2020 Feast of Trumpets Signal the End of the Church Age?

This year, the Feast of Trumpets begins on September 18th and continues through September 20th. There has been a great deal of speculation that this year will be very special to the true church, all born-again believers. There is a great deal of discussion that associates this Feast of Trumpets with the Rapture of the Church.

Those who pursue this line of thought, see a number of prophetic lines converging on this date; while I find this interesting, I’m not convinced the church will be taken up at this Feast of Trumpets or any other Feast of Trumpets for that matter. I do admit proponents of this view can produce some compelling arguments.

The Feasts of the Lord

In the Bible, there are seven feasts established as special feasts of the Lord. Four of those have already been fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ at the time of his First Advent; the fulfillment of the remaining three are yet future. While the first four had a clear application to the church and its creation, the fifth, the Feast of Trumpets has been the subject of much speculation as to whether it belongs to the church or to Israel.

The Spring Feasts Fulfilled

At the time of our Lord’s First Advent, He fulfilled the prophecies associated with the spring feasts.

Passover, fulfilled at the crucifixion of our Lord on April 3, AD 33

Unleavened Bread, fulfilled by the life and death of our Lord on April 4, AD33

First Fruits, fulfilled by the resurrection of our Lord on April 5, AD 33

Pentecost, the Lord sends the Holy Spirit to indwell Christians on May 25, AD 33

These dates are based on the work of Dr. Harold Hoehner in his book, “Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ.”

The Fall Feasts Await Fulfillment

What is of particular interest is the spring feasts were fulfilled on the exact day of the feast; one may make the reasonable assumption the fall feasts will also be fulfilled on the exact day of the feast.

Should that be the case, the fall feasts this year would occur in September and October and begin on the following dates. May I remind you the Hebrew day begins at sundown.

The Feast of Trumpets, (Rosh Hashana) on September 18 – 20

The Feast of Atonement, (Yom Kippur) on  September 28

The Feast of Tabernacles, (Sukkot) on October 3

Needless to say, I, personally, would welcome the Rapture before I finish typing this sentence, but, unfortunately, that was not to be the case! I have complete confidence in the certainty of the Rapture; I am convinced the Rapture will take place before the beginning of the Tribulation as the last seven years, before Christ’s bodily return to earth at the Second Advent, belong exclusively to Israel as per God’s promise to Israel.

The exact timing of the Rapture is not specified but the signs surrounding the Rapture are already in place with no unfulfilled prophecies remaining before the Rapture can take place.

There is one thing that is certain, we don’t have long to wait before the observance of the Feast of Trumpets in 2020; then, we shall discover whether this particular Feast of Trumpets is special to the church or not.

Even so, come Lord Jesus!

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | August 18, 2020

Joining in the Laughter!

Is Laughter Filling the Throne Room of God?

In Psalms 2:1-6 it is written:

Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
“Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”

The world seems to be filled today with groups of people plotting against other groups of people; various governments and government factions plotting against other governments and government factions; it’s all getting rather tiresome! The level of turmoil and confusion in the United States and all over the world has reached peaks I have never before seen even in the Second World War.

The Bible is very clear, it has predicted times such as this would be part of the last-days; as the end of this age draws ever closer, we have been warned such things would take place on an increasing scale. Personally witnessing such things happen has a much greater potential for causing stress than simply reading about it in Biblical prophecy.

A Marvelous and Timely Sermon!

This past Sunday, I had the privilege of hearing the most timely and powerful sermon I’ve heard in years! It was based on Daniel 7, which covers the vision given to Daniel by God, of the kingdoms which would dominate the world right up to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords. This prophecy does include the world today and describes where this is leading all of us.

While I have studied the prophecies in Daniel for many years and found them to be intensely interesting and helpful; the sermon I heard Sunday provided an application which had never before occurred to me. The application became the catalyst for this entire essay and I want to share it with you.

While a great deal has already happened, and even more dramatic things are going to happen before it is all finished, the fact of the matter is:

WE WON!!!!!

Our Creator God, who exists outside of time as well as within the time-stream, sees the past the present and the future with equal clarity and precision! On top of that, our Creator God is working all things after the counsel of his own will! He can already see our victory and the celebrations associated with our victory. We have won.

To illustrate his point, the pastor used a recording of an important ball game as an example. Devoted fans will watch a particularly important game over again as a replay and enjoy it even more. Temporary set-backs are taken in stride as the final results have already been firmly established; our team wins!

This is the attitude we, as Christians, should have concerning world events today. The battle for world domination has already been won and our side wins! We should watch world events with the relaxed assurance that our team emerges with a resounding victory.

Do yourself a big favor, adopt the replay perspective on world events, OK? Look at it all from a divine perspective and join in the laughter!

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 31, 2020

Lockstepping with Satan, a Fiery Finish!

The Problem is Not Environmental!

Frequently, one hears of the imagined environmental impact on behavior; if only the environment, the life situations people faced, could be improved or corrected to some arbitrary standard then everything would be just perfect. People would behave, society could finally work as it should and all would be well.

The truth of the matter is the problem is not external, it is internal, the dead spirit, the fallen nature of man inherited from Adam is the root cause of the matter! We read in the Bible:

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9

This has been the fatal fallacy intrinsic to all the socialist experiments; communism or socialism both stumble and fall over their refusal to acknowledge the fallen nature of man. Man is not inherently good; he is inherently evil and is born with a dead spirit and a fallen nature to sin; any plan that doesn’t factor in this basic reality of humanity is doomed to failure. While no one is saying capitalism is perfect, it does, however, work best with the fallen nature of man.

The Perversity of the Human Condition

I was born in this country and have lived through many national emergencies; I was born in the Great Depression and grew up during the Second World War. I served my country in the United States Navy during the Korean War and have lived through various plagues, diseases and assorted wars that impacted our nation. There were actually times when the American people were unified in their devotion to the United States, sadly this unity seems to have disappeared.

Although the United States still offers the very best opportunity to develop one’s personal goals and achieve some degree of happiness; an increasingly large segment finds the freedoms and the opportunities available in this country to be grossly inadequate. Numbers of unhappy people protest and riot, tearing down symbols of tradition and destroying that which belongs to others.

An Environmental Mystery

As I reflect on the situation today, I’m reminded of something that has always puzzled me. At the close of the Millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ, Satan is released from his confinement and is then free to deceive the people of the earth once more.

Let us think, for a moment, on the Millennial environment. The Lord Jesus Christ has been reigning from Jerusalem for the last 1,000 years and the entire world is enjoying an unprecedented time of peace in perfect conditions in all regards.

Then, at the very end of the 1,000 years, Satan is released and begins to deceive the people of the world on a massive scale; this is described in Revelation 20:7-10 where it is written:

When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison. He will go out to deceive the nations—called Gog and Magog—in every corner of the earth. He will gather them together for battle—a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore. And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city. But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them.

10 Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

What is happening here, after 1,000 years of perfection, Satan is able to gather a mighty army of people who have always lived in perfect environment, and lead them to attack Jerusalem and its King, the Lord Jesus Christ.

How can that happen? Although initially, the world will only be populated by born again believers, these believers will have children who will in turn, have more children until over the 1,000 years a huge population will have been born to mortal parents. Life during the Millennium will be glorious beyond our ability to imagine and even then, the fallen nature of man will not be satisfied.

While many will receive Jesus Christ as Savior, many will not in spite of perfect environment! When Satan is released, the unbelievers will flock to Satan and join the attacking army.

Enough is Enough!

Today, God is still patient with the attacking mob, they appear to be having their way as they destroy and riot with seeming impunity. At the end of the Millennium, God’s patience will have run out and fire from heaven will come down on the attacking armies and consume them.

While this age of grace is coming to an end, the door of opportunity to be born again into God’s family is still open, the Welcome mat is still out! Please, please, please don’t let this opportunity to benefit from God’s grace pass you by; when this age of God’s grace comes to a close, God’s judgment is coming with absolute certainty!

I make this point to re-emphasize the true nature of the problem; mankind’s problem is not external, it is internal; every human being, with a mortal father, is born spiritually dead and must be born again by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The only solution to man’s problem is the new birth by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and God!

You Must be Born Again!

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 24, 2020

Lockstepping with Satan!

This is Not Only Annoying, it’s Disgusting!

Satan has been very busy recently, using his world-system to stir up trouble; while this is to be expected from Satan, I find it totally disgusting how many people of the world have chosen to lockstep with Satan in these deceptions!

The world has a three-fold problem but the world has been deceived by Satan and ignores the three matters that count most. These three matters are described in John 16:7-11 where it is written:

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Of sin, because they believe not on me;

10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

These three issues have faced the world since the First Advent; sin, righteousness and judgment; the Holy Spirit has been sent to the world to convict the world of those three matters. The world’s sin is rejection of Jesus Christ as Savior; I have written more on this in “Is There One Unforgivable Sin?

One receives Jesus Christ by faith which triggers the new birth; our Lord told Nicodemus in John 3:3 where it is written:

“3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

There is one and only one decision that every human being must make to avoid eternity in the Lake of Fire; believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. That is the only decision that must be made to avoid eternal damnation! 

The new birth is the only issue with eternal consequences; during our mortal lives on this earth, this is the only decision that counts for anything of importance! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, experience the new birth and your life will have been a resounding success regardless of whatever else may happen to you!

Satan is Determined to Keep the Second Birth from Becoming Popular Conversation!

Anything and everything under the sun must be thrown into the news to keep the people ignorant of that all-important fact, the fact you must be born again! Today, as we examine the headlines, we see a vast amount of human waste being circulated as headline news but nothing, whatsoever, about the issues that really count!

Even a cursory examination of the headlines reveals a wide assortment of violence, discord and mayhem based on a varied assortment of real or imagined complaints. There seems to be a notion that the United States needs to be changed from the ground up and turned into something totally different.

One commentator recently observed that while the United States is not perfect, it has done a better job of providing an opportunity to pursue life, liberty and happiness than any other nation in the history of mankind and I’m inclined to believe that’s true.

What is the Problem Then?

I believe the problem is deeply rooted in the fallen nature of man; every human being, born of a human father, died spiritually in Adam when Adam disobeyed a direct command of God.

The Bible is clear when it tells us we must be born again; we must experience a new birth into a new family, the family of God. The new birth comes when an individual receives Jesus Christ as Savior and the Holy Spirit baptizes them into the body of Christ and then enters into them to abide with them forever!

Those who have experienced the new birth have a living spirit, while those who have not experienced the new birth have the dead spirit with which they were born. We have two distinct species walking the face of the earth today, those with living spirits by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, and the walking dead who have not received Jesus Christ as Savior.

The Bible makes it clear the division created by the new birth is solely based on whether one has a living or dead spirit; ethnic divisions, the appearance of our tent, is totally irrelevant. I have written more on this in “Racism, Satanic Deception in Action.”

Any racial distraction or division is simply playing into Satan’s diversionary tactics and lockstepping with Satan! All mankind is descended from one man, Adam; we are all one race and that is not now, nor has it ever been the true issue! The true issue is the new birth, you must be born again!

Next time, The Problem is Not Environmental

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 17, 2020

To the Soldiers in the Spiritual War, Victory and Celebration!

The Tribulation

Although the Rapture of the Church is not the catalyst that starts the Tribulation, it is likely the Tribulation will start within a few years of the Rapture. The second half of the Tribulation will get very bad as God’s judgments rain down on an angry and rebellious world. The Lord points out in Matthew 24:21-22, ” 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”

The Second Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ brings the Tribulation to a dramatic close. In Revelation 19:11-21 it is written:

Christ on a White Horse

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in [f]fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:


The Beast and His Armies Defeated

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”

19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.

Unlike the Genesis flood where only 8 were saved, at the end of the Tribulation there will be thousands of believers who will have survived to begin life again during the Millennial reign of Christ.

The Millennium

Although there will be something of a cease fire in the spiritual war it is not really over yet. For the moment, sin will have been dealt a devastating blow, but it is not finally disposed of.

The Millennial reign of Christ will initially be populated by four groups: mortal believers who have survived the Tribulation, the Church who returned with Christ at the Second Advent, the Old Testament saints and the angels of God.

Unbelievers who survive the Tribulation will be cast into the Lake of Fire along with the beast and the false prophet to await the arrival of those who are condemned to go there at the Great White Throne judgment. 41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels, Matthew 25:41

Environmental Perfection

In a way this will be a second chance at perfect environment on earth with only one flaw, the presence of the fallen sin nature in the mortal believers who survived the Tribulation and those who will be born to them during these 1,000 years. The descendants of those believers who survived the Tribulation will still be born with the fallen nature inherited from Adam. It seems that perfect environment is still not the answer to man’s sin problem, it didn’t work in the Garden of Eden and it’s not going to work during the millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ either.

Over the years, as children are born, some of those children will receive Christ as Savior but others do not. The Bible reveals that Satan, who had been confined, would be freed to exert his influence on mankind at the end of the Millennium with predictable results as described in Revelation 20:7-10, “7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

The Great White Throne Judgment

By this time, the earth and the entire universe that we have always known will have been destroyed (or purified, Romans 8:18-22) by fire. The great white throne judgment will finally bring the spiritual war to an end. This fearful event is described in Revelation 20:14-15, ” 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” The spiritual war is now over.

Victory and Celebration!

There are some scenes in the “Star Wars” movies that bring tears to my eyes, the scenes of celebration when victory over the forces of evil bring joy and celebration. These scenes bring vividly to my mind the coming celebration when the Lord Jesus Christ shall defeat the forces of Satan and evil and the spiritual war that has been raging for thousands of years will finally be won with Satan’s resounding defeat.

The thought of that precious moment brings tears of joy and happiness to my eyes as I envision the wonderful change that will have been put in place by our great Lord and God, Jesus Christ! That time will come, it is absolutely certain and I look forward to it with all my being! There will be no ghostly figures observing from the sidelines; all, whose names have been written in the Book of Life, will have heavenly bodies and join in the celebration!

Finally, the creation that God wanted for us all along is fully realized; a place of unimaginable beauty and great joy. “3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” Revelation 21:3-5

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 10, 2020

To the Soldiers in the Spiritual War, the Church Age Ends

 The Visible and the Invisible

It is important to recognize that the spiritual war is being fought in both the visible and strictly spiritual realms at the same time. I suspect that if mortal human beings should catch a glimpse of the battles at the spiritual level we would probably faint dead away.

One example of the war at the spiritual level is given in Daniel 10:12-13,

12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.”

The prince of the kingdom of Persia must be a very powerful demon to delay a messenger from God for 21 days; what is of particular interest to me is very likely it is this same demon that is influencing affairs in Persia today which is called Iran. While all of this is still going on, God’s clock is counting down toward the final events in the spiritual war.

The Church is Removed from the Earth

A time is coming, it is inevitable, when the true Church will be called home; the final chapter of the Church on earth will have fully played out. This is most specifically not a reference to organized religion as religion will, for at least a short time, prosper under the Antichrist.

The removal of the Church will have devastating consequences for the earth; not only the disappearance of millions of people from all over the world, but the removal of the restraining ministry of God, the Holy Spirit. For those who love sin, this will be sin on steroids! This is described in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12:

“2 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

He who now restrains is the Holy Spirit and He will be taken out of the way at the Rapture of the Church. Only God knows how bad the world situation will get before the church is removed; attacks on Christians are becoming more common all over the world. The Rapture will be an instantaneous event, after which, the world will never again be the same!

The Welcome Mat is Out and the Church Door Stands Wide Open!

The door to the true Church, all born-again believers in Jesus Christ, is still open; don’t miss your opportunity to walk through those doors to life and light!

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and You Will be Saved!

Next time, “Victory and Celebration!”


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