Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | April 25, 2022

Snake-bit and Dying of Thirst!

A World Writhing in Pain and Dying of Thirst!

The Biblical truth is, you were “snake-bit” in the Garden of Eden and spiritually died in Adam, and, at your appointed time, you were born spiritually dead. Another sobering fact is, there was absolutely nothing, in your own strength, you could ever do to correct the problem.

A lifetime of good deeds could not resurrect you from the spiritually dead!

As a spiritually dead person, good deeds are like putting expensive clothes on a corpse, it may look better but it is still dead!

God and only God could resurrect you from the dead, and he did exactly that when Jesus Christ paid for the sin of that snake-bite by his death and resurrection! Now, you can by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, look to the cross and live!

The Walking Dead

Today, mankind is in a heap of trouble and it seems to be getting worse each day that passes! It is getting harder and harder to even watch the news; there seems to be nothing but discord and death everywhere you look!

A veil of darkness and deception seems to be clouding the minds of humanity; historic standards of propriety and decency appear to be abandoned as ever lower levels of depravity demand recognition and approval.

I’m reminded of Genesis 6:5 where it is written:

The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.”

The world situation today is not yet that bad due to the restraining ministry of God, the Holy Spirit and the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit in all born again Christians. When the Holy Spirit is withdrawn, at the Rapture of the Church, the darkness of sin will rapidly deepen and mankind’s lust for sin will have full reign.

God’s Solution to the World’s Problems!

The third and fourth chapters of the Gospel of John do an amazing job of laying the groundwork for the Christian life and the age in which we live, the Church Age, the Age of Grace!

When Jesus is speaking to Nicodemus, he references the incident described in Numbers 21:4-9, the story of the bronze snake. Out of the entire Old Testament, Jesus chooses this story which just happens to be the perfect analogy to mankind’s need and Jesus’ mission to man at the First Advent.

In Chapter 3, “The Son of Man must be lifted above the heads of men—as Moses lifted up that serpent in the desert—so that any man who believes in him may have eternal life.”

In Chapter 4, “Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty again. For my gift will become a spring in the man himself, welling up into eternal life.”

They sum up the essential elements of the Christian faith, look to Jesus if you want to live, and drink the water of life he offers to those who believe in him as Savior!

The Closing of the Age of Grace

The Age of Grace began on May 25, AD 33 and will close at a time known only to God when the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit is removed.

In 2 Thessalonians 2:5-12, Paul speaks of evil’s delusion:

5-12 I expect you remember now how I talked about this when I was with you. You will probably also remember how I used to talk about a “restraining power” which would operate until the time should come for the emergence of this man. Evil is already insidiously at work but its activities are restricted until what I have called the “restraining power” (of God) is removed. When that happens the lawless man will be plainly seen—though the truth of the Lord Jesus spells his doom, and the radiance of the coming of the Lord Jesus will be his utter destruction. The lawless man is produced by the spirit of evil and armed with all the force, wonders and signs that falsehood can devise. To those involved in this dying world he will come with evil’s undiluted power to deceive, for they have refused to love the truth which could have saved them. God sends upon them, therefore, the full force of evil’s delusion, so that they put their faith in an utter fraud and meet the inevitable judgment of all who have refused to believe the truth and who have made evil their play-fellow. (J. B. Phillips New Testament)

As this age draws to a likely close, we are seeing the last days of the “restraining power” suppressing sin; as bad as it is now, it’s going to get much, much worse!

The Full Force of Evil’s Delusion!

After the removal of the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit, life on earth will take a dramatic turn for the worse. Once again, the extent of human wickedness on the earth may well encompass and manifest the pre-flood condition, “everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.”

It appears spiritual conditions are deteriorating at an accelerated pace each day that passes. It is vitally important each Christian let the Holy Spirit lead in their lives and abide in the full armor of God!

10-18 In conclusion be strong—not in yourselves but in the Lord, in the power of his boundless resource. Put on God’s complete armour so that you can successfully resist all the devil’s methods of attack. For our fight is not against any physical enemy: it is against organisations and powers that are spiritual. We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil. Therefore you must wear the whole armour of God that you may be able to resist evil in its day of power, and that even when you have fought to a standstill you may still stand your ground. Take your stand then with truth as your belt, righteousness your breastplate, the Gospel of peace firmly on your feet, salvation as your helmet and in your hand the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. Above all be sure you take faith as your shield, for it can quench every burning missile the enemy hurls at you. Pray at all times with every kind of spiritual prayer, keeping alert and persistent as you pray for all Christ’s men and women. Ephesians 6:10-18 J. B. Phillips New Testament

The Doors to Salvation and Safety in God’s Family Are Still Open!

Deliverance from the Satanic poison is still available by looking to the cross and receiving the new birth by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Jesus Christ still offers the water of life to those who will believe in him as Savior!

I urge you with the greatest sincerity:

Love the truth and look to the Cross, receive deliverance from death by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and drink freely of the water of life!

Painting, “Forgotten Creek” Adele Bower Copyright

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