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Mark 5 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 5:1-10 – Demon ‘Legion’ Expelled

CHAPTER FIVE:
A DEMON EXORCISED, A WOMAN HEALED,
AND A DEAD GIRL RAISED

[“Crowds Follow Miracle-Worker”]

Mark 5:1-10 – Demon ‘Legion’ Expelled

|| Matthew 8:28-34;[1] Luke 8:26-39

MK5:1 Now when they arrived on the other side of the sea they beached in the land of the Gadarenes.[2] MK5:2 And when Jesus stepped ashore instantly a man with an unclean demon approached him from among the graves. MK5:3 [This person] was living among the tombs and no one had been able to bind him, even with chains. MK5:4 For though he had been bound with shackles on hands and feet, he would snap the chains and break them to pieces. Nor could any one ever control him. MK5:5 He always stayed in the mountains and among the tombs day and night, shrieking and cutting himself with sharp stones. MK5:6 However, when he saw Jesus in the distance he ran up to him and fell at his feet.[3] MK5:7 And then he screamed at the top of his voice: “What is there between you and me, Jesus,[4] you Son of the Most High God?[5] I beg you before the God[6] not to torment me!”[7] MK5:8 Then Jesus said to him: “You unclean demon, come out of this man!” MK5:9 Then Jesus asked him: “What is your name?” And he answered: “Legion,[8] because there are many of us!” MK5:10 And the man kept begging Jesus again and again that he would not expel them from this country [of the Gadarenes].

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[1] Matthew 8:28-34: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.

[2] Gadarenes: Some manuscripts have “Gerasenes.” Possibly an area out of Gerasa.

[3] Fell at his feet: Some versions say “worshipped” but the Greek is PROSEKYNESEN [bow + kiss] and means a respectful prostration. Whether is actions was generated by the poor man himself, or the demons within is not clear.

[4] What is there between you and me, Jesus: A statement of repellency suggesting there is no relationship between the two. It is likely the demons speak. Compare notes on this phrase in John 2:4. The man would not know who Jesus was but those who inhabit him do.

[5] Son of the Most High God: Possibly a reference to their knowledge of Christ’s pre-existence** among the sons of God. [Job 38:7; Proverbs 8:22-30] For details on the pre-existence of Christ compare notes on John 17:5. The demons do not call Jesus “God.”

[6] The God: TON THEON as in John 1:1b.

[7] Torment me: The English conveys a different idea than the original which has the idea of imprisonment or punishment. The other accounts mention the “abyss.” [Revelation 20:3]

[8] Legion: Or, 6,000!

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Opposite to the Nazarene Friends and the idea of the translator of the Bible Version The Nazarene Commentary (Mark Heber Miller), the Christadelphian Biblestudents do not believe in such a pre-existence of Jesus Christ.

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Preceding

Matthew 8:28-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Demon-possessed of the Gadarenes

Mark 3 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 3:7-12 – Crowds Follow Jesus

Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Review Questions on Chapter Four

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Additional reading

  1. Jesus the “God-Man”: Really?
  2. About a man who changed history of humankind
  3. Around pre-existence of Christ
  4. Preexistence in the Divine purpose and Trinity
  5. The Word being a quality or aspect of God Himself
  6. Jesus begotten Son of God #8 Found Divinely Created not Incarnated
  7. Jesus begotten Son of God #11 Existence and Genesis Raising up
  8. Jesus begotten Son of God #13 Pre-existence excluding virginal birth of the Only One Transposed
  9. Jesus begotten Son of God #20 Before and After

The no one or nothing in the darkness

When we look at our life, sometimes it can make us depressive, having us feel the “emptiness“, the missing of like-minded people.

How many of us do not build upon many aspirations, hopes, dreams and expectations?

Our head tolls from the many questions we have going one ear in and one ear out. And every moment we try to look to the right or to the left it is like we are getting hit by a boxing glove.

Noticing it looks like we are alone with our faith in Jesus and the coming Kingdom, we sometimes feel abandoned. Though we should know God does not abandon us, like He did not abandon Jesus. But Jesus also had a moment to despair and was calling onto his heavenly Father crying unto HIm, why He had left him.

46 About the ninth hour, Jesus called out with a loud voice, saying: “Eʹli, Eʹli, laʹma sa·bach·thaʹni?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”+ (Matthew 27:46)

Like Jesus crying out from the wooden stake, we also have moments that we want to cry to God. Yes, it might happen to any believer that he or she questions God’s presence. It is understandable that we can have such moments that we have doubts about ourselves, about our faith, about God.

It is in such moments of doubt, in moments of fear and despair, that we are invited by our Creator and Sustainer to seek hope. He has given us His Word to give us daily food, to be able to go step by step and day by day. That Word of God we can take it up every moment of the day. It is God’s Love letter to us. From that great Book of books, we should be able to receive strength and hope. Hope comes from our trust that even when we don’t feel like God is present, God will show up for us. Often when we feel most abandoned, hurt and broken, we shall come to remember those moments as the ones where Jehovah God has shown up most powerfully for us. Those are the moments that shape our life and our faith.

Like Jehovah God had not forsaken Jesus, He shall not leave alone those who love Him.

28 For Jehovah loves justice, And he will not abandon his loyal ones.+ ע [Ayin]They will always be guarded;But the descendants of the wicked will be done away with.+ (Psalm 37:28)

Even when God might be with us, we can have that feeling to be just on our own with our faith, being surrounded by a majority who does not want to know about God or the Biblical Truth.

Constantly we seem to be confronted with an emptiness that draws us into the darkness. Sometimes it feels like we are a “no one”, or a “nothing”.
Without being someone and without having someone around us, we remain unfulfilled and incomplete. Our instinct wants us to mix with others. We are not made to be alone.

This primal instinct to be something is what drives our efforts towards avoiding being nothing.

The threat of which is the root to losing ourselves to the distraction of everything, when we lose hope of ever being something…to someone…but not just anyone. {Elusive peace…}

When we get older, this seems a bigger problem, than when we were young. Then comes a time when we want to scan our life and want to see what we established. How much effort we put in things and into what it resulted. What is clinging to our memory? What do we find worthwhile to remember?

Around us we see so many people who seem to be more successful than us. They can get a lot of listening ears, eager to hear their philosophies which give people only a shade of what they would love to see. Though we do know they can not offer that comfort or assurance that we love to offer people, because we live by our hope in Jesus Christ. Constantly we are confronted by those people who find that their way is the best way. But what they do not see is that what we want them to come to see: the way that seems right for so many men its end is the way of death.

12 There is a way that seems right to a man,+ But in the end it leads to death.+ (Proverbs 14:12)

We live in that world full of vanity, where man even thinks he can play for god and create whatever he wants.

20 For the creation was subjected to futility,+ not by its own will, but through the one who subjected it, on the basis of hope+ (Romans 8:20)

We would love to show those who think they can do it without God, that it is better to come under the wings of God. There is namely an alternative to the ultimate conclusion of doom and the futility of human philosophy.

23 For the wages sin pays is death,+ but the gift God gives is everlasting life+ by Christ Jesus our Lord.+ (Romans 6:23)

In this world, we do even have to struggle against those who say they are Christian but do not want to recognise who Jesus is and how important it is to I believe in him who God called His beloved son.

25 Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life.+ The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life; 26 and everyone who is living and exercises faith in me will never die at all.+ Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)

Jesus said to him: “I am the way+ and the truth+ and the life.+ No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
Constantly we are confronted with those stubborn people who do not believe that Jesus existed, or who think that Jesus is God, instead of believing in the God of Jesus and accepting that Jesus is the way to God and not to himself.That unbelief makes us so sad, and when you stand there surrounded by so many unbelievers, it can feel so lonely, so dark in a world that offers so much but oh so little. Coming closer to the end times it worries us also so much, certainly when we see more lies encircling peoples heads. Fake news seems to have won the battle for attention.Though we should find the strength to continue calling people to come to follow the real Christ, the Jewish Nazarene Jeshua, the son of David and son of God. Continuing on our path to God, we should find comfort in the fact that there shall not be so many who shall believe in Jesus and do their best to stay on the right track, and that shall be able to enter the small gate to the Kingdom of God. We should see and follow that light in the world, which is given by God.

8 12 Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying: “I am the light of the world.+ Whoever follows me will by no means walk in darkness, but will possess the light+ of life.”  (John 8:12)

13 “Go in through the narrow gate,+ because broad is the gate and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are going in through it; 14 whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are finding it.(Matthew 7:14-15)

We, when feeling down, should remember that the apostles and other first followers of Christ, also were just with a few who were not liked by the majority. They also had often to struggle. They also could find strength by knowing they could get to encounter many tribulations, but always would there be a way out, and the gate to God’s Kingdom, which would be much better than any kingdom here on earth.

22 There they strengthened the disciples,+ encouraging them to remain in the faith and saying: “We must enter into the Kingdom of God through many tribulations.”+ (Acts 14:22)

18 “And if the righteous man is being saved with difficulty, what will happen to the ungodly man and the sinner?”+ (1 Peter 4:18)

All those who believe that Jesus is the son of God and the way to life, let them strengthen each other. Let us all be conscious that the road leading off into destruction is a road taken by the majority. When not being part of that majority we should not worry so much, because we should know there is Someone Who wants to carry us over the swamps and deserts of this world.

Let us not get the sand of the desert in our eyes by the many false teachings which encircle this materialist world. Instead of being a little grain of sand let us stick together as a lump of earth and join hands as sowers of productive seed.

44 It is sown a physical body; it is raised up a spiritual body.+ If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual one. (1 Corinthians 15:44)

Let our voice keep going through the air and into the darkness so that somewhere a person might see the little spark of light.

We always should be aware of the importance of our own free choice. We always shall have to come to decide which way to go, the broad way of the world or the small way of God.

The question comes down to who will I believe. Will I trust the world that can give no guarantees and an uncertain future?

Or will I trust the sent one from God who proved himself by paying for my sins on the stake, dying in my place, and then arose from the dead in victory just as he said he would (Matthew 17:23, 20:19, 28:5-6)?

He too felt at moments on his own. He, too, had to trust his God. He put his own will aside for doing the Will of his heavenly Father.

Are you prepared to put your own will aside to do the Will of God?

Are you willing to go into the desert, like Jesus did, to talk about God and to spread the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God?

When reading the Scriptures we shall become aware that Jehovah God is really the only One Whom we fully can trust. By the knowledge that He is trustworthy and faithful, we should get more trust in Him and allow HIm to take away our fear and sad, depressive mood. With Him in our heart, we shall not be disappointed.

To you they cried out, and they were saved; They trusted in you, and they were not disappointed.*(Psalm 22:5)

When feeling depressed or down because it looks like we can not reach people, let us  put on a spiritual kind of armour that comes only from God because we are engaged in a spiritual struggle rather than a physical one.

10 Finally, go on acquiring power+ in the Lord and in the mightiness of his strength. 11 Put on the complete suit of armor+ from God so that you may be able to stand firm against the crafty acts of the Devil;+ 12 because we have a struggle,+ not against blood and flesh, but against the governments, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the wicked spirit forces+ in the heavenly places.+ 13 For this reason take up the complete suit of armor from God,+ so that you may be able to resist* in the wicked day and, after you have accomplished everything, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6:10-13)

When we accept Jehovah’s help and rely on Him completely, we can succeed in opposing the adversaries of God. When we can have the same kind of confidence that the apostle Paul had. He wrote:

“If God is for us, who will be against us?” (Rom. 8:31)

So, let us step out of the darkness, stretch out our hands to those who also love Jesus and his God. Let us join forces and focus most of our attention on learning about Jehovah and serving Him.

 Cause me to walk in your truth and teach me,For you are my God of salvation. ו [Waw]

In you I hope all day long. ז [Zayin]

(Ps. 25:5)

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Preceding

When feeling alone, afraid to connect with others in order to grow in faith

The Nazarene master teacher learning people how they should behave

As Christ’s slaves doing the Will of God in gratitude

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Additional reading

  1. Lonely so lonely
  2. Fear, struggles, sadness, bad feelings and depression
  3. This was my reward
  4. Trouble in my brain
  5. Walking through the valley of the shadow of death
  6. A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow
  7. What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
  8. In defence of Doubt
  9. A person is limited only by the thoughts that he chooses
  10. Life’s challenges may not paralyse you
  11. Faithfulness when most necessary
  12. He Becomes a Fool Through His Endless Desire
  13. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement
  14. A Million Ways To Live: Al Muhyi (The One Who Gives Life)
  15. He who beams never walks in the dark
  16. Confidence
  17. Hope begins in the dark
  18. It is not try but trust
  19. Give your tears to God
  20. Crying and trusting ones do not get disappointed
  21. A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
  22. Jesus son of God or God the son
  23. The Prophets Inquire into and Testify About Salvation
  24. A new decade, To open the eyes to get a right view
  25. Gospel or Good News
  26. Good News Breakers
  27. Bringing Good News into the world
  28. Preaching of the Kingdom

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Related

  1. The Void In Us
  2. Lonely… Empty… Why ?
  3. “Empty”
  4. Emptiness
  5. Emptiness “The space in time experienced as Emptiness is the predicate for Inspiration.
  6. An emptiness inside of me
  7. Why have you abandoned me?
  8. Ache
  9. Do you think Loneliness and Emptiness are two same words?
  10. When I Get Lost in My Loneliness
  11. Treatments for Depression
  12. A Conversation with Lama Shenpen about Emptiness and the Heart Sutra
  13. Emptiness Versus Hope
  14. A Moment’s Worth of Peace

When feeling alone, afraid to connect with others in order to grow in faith

In this life where there does not seem to be much interest in Jehovah God, sometimes we can feel just on our own, certainly when we have no church to connect with.

To break that chain of loneliness we should try to be courageous to make others know we are loving God and following the real Christ. We may be proud of our heavenly Father, Jehovah, and want others to come to know Him, but often, because we do feel so lonely we do feel on our own and too weak to go out to let others know our choice for life.

One of the best ways we can show love to others is by sharing the good news with them.

19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of people of all the nations,+ baptizing them+ in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you.+ And look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.”+(Matt. 28:19, 20)

Often, when we are on our own, we think we shall not be able to “make learners”, because we do not see people who want to be around us. The Greek verb ma·the·teuʹo has the basic meaning “to teach” with the intent of making pupils or disciples. As such we encounter situations when there are no direct people around us to be taught, but when we look around we shall see there are people whom we could attract by the right words to hear and follow our words.

There is given a command to those who want to be followers of Christ. This command to reach “people of all the nations” was new in the first century. Prior to Jesus’ ministry, the Scriptures indicate that Gentiles were welcomed to Israel if they came to serve Jehovah.

41 “Also concerning the foreigner who is not part of your people Israel and who comes from a distant land because of your name*+ 42 (for they will hear about your great name+ and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm), and he comes and prays toward this house, 43 may you then listen from the heavens, your dwelling place,+ and do all that the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you,+ as your people Israel do, and may know that your name has been called on this house that I have built. (1Ki 8:41-43)

Today we cannot hear the Name of Jehovah resound over the land. We do not hear the Great Name of Jehovah mentioned often. Because of the Name not being known and not being spoken about a lot, people can not easily come to meet with others who love that Great Name and want to praise that Divine Creator.

What if we are timid? How can we become bold? How can we find the guts to go out and speak about that Great Name?

We grow bold when we focus on how happy we can make Jehovah and how much others will benefit from learning about him. Though we might feel on our own, without people feeling likewise about Jehovah God, we should come to know and come to feel that This Great God above all gods, is willing to help us when we are willing to work for Him.

Jehovah will give us the courage we need. He helped our first-century brothers to become bold, and he will help us too.​

For although we had first suffered and been insolently treated in Phi·lipʹpi,+ as you know, we mustered up boldness* by means of our God to tell you the good news of God+ in the face of much opposition.* (1 Thess. 2:2).

Even when we live in a country where the government is not having people to talk about Jehovah, we should think about the first Christians and their prosecution.
At the beginning of the expansion of the movement of followers of Christ, those true Christians bore the consequences of their faith. In the first centuries after Christ had died, his followers expected to be persecuted.

True Christians expect to be persecuted.  No matter where we live, secular authorities may suddenly and unexpectedly ban us from worshipping our loving God, Jehovah. If a government bans our worship, we might wrongly conclude that we do not have God’s blessing. But remember, persecution does not mean that Jehovah is unhappy with us. Take, for example, the apostle Paul. He certainly had God’s approval. He had the privilege of writing 14 letters of the Christian Greek Scriptures, and he was an apostle to the nations. Yet, he faced intense persecution.

23 Are they ministers of Christ? I reply like a madman, I am more outstandingly one: I have done more work,+ been imprisoned more often,+ suffered countless beatings, and experienced many near-deaths.+ 24 Five times I received 40 strokes less one from the Jews,+ 25 three times I was beaten with rods,+ once I was stoned,+ three times I experienced shipwreck,+ a night and a day I have spent in the open sea; 26 in journeys often, in dangers from rivers, in dangers from robbers, in dangers from my own people,+ in dangers from the nations,+ in dangers in the city,+ in dangers in the wilderness, in dangers at sea, in dangers among false brothers, 27 in labor and toil, in sleepless nights often,+ in hunger and thirst,+ frequently without food,+ in cold and lacking clothing.  (2 Cor. 11:23-27)

We learn from the apostle Paul’s experience that Jehovah allows his faithful servants to be persecuted.

Jehovah is not partial, He does not judge by outward appearance, favouring people because of their race, nationality, social standing, or any external factors and He is happy when He sees us show love to others, no matter what their background may be.

34 At this Peter began to speak, and he said: “Now I truly understand that God is not partial,+ 35 but in every nation the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.+ (Acts 10:34, 35)

Out of love for our neighbours or fellow man, we should be willing to step out of our isolation and should dare to come to talk about Jehovah. We should master our fear for the other, and dare to speak to them around using our neighbourhood. We should know we have something special to offer. Those who listen to us can improve their lives now and gain the prospect of enjoying everlasting life in the future.​

16 Pay constant attention to yourself and to your teaching.+ Persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.+ (1 Tim. 4:16).

Jehovah is a loving parent, so He wants His family to be happy.

65 “I have let myself be searched for by those who did not ask for me; I have let myself be found by those who did not look for me.+

I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’ to a nation that was not calling on my name.+ (Isaiah 65:1)

14 Look! My servants will shout joyfully because of the good condition of the heart, But you will cry out because of the pain of heart And you will wail because of a broken spirit. (Isa. 65:14)

Even when we are just one servant of God in isolation, not having it easy to feel connected with other believers, we in our heart should be pleased that we can be partakers of the Body of His son and be part of His widespread family. It is true our spirit may often being hurt and feel like a piece of crystal glass thrown on the ground completely shattered into many pieces. Our courage can often sink deeply into our shoes, yet we have to put our hope that one day there will be more people around us who want to be connected with us. In the meantime, we should not let ourselves be caught by depressed moods from feeling lonely.

We should look up and aim for Jehovah God as our Sustainer and Inspirer.

Trusting God we shall have to find the courage to keep going on in our solitude and to prepare the path for others still to come. Trust and patience are what should keep us going. This should make us not afraid to invite others to dwell with us in the house of the Highest God above all gods, all the days of our life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

 One thing I have asked from Jehovah  —It is what I will look for— That I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life,+ To gaze upon the pleasantness of Jehovah And to look with appreciation* upon his temple.*+ (Psalms 27:4)

We can remain happy because we have the sure hope that life will get even better in the future. We know that soon Jehovah will remove all the wicked and that under the direction of His Kingdom, the earth will be restored to Paradise. We also have the wonderful hope that those who have died will be raised to life and reunited with their loved ones.

28 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice+29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.+30  (John 5:28, 29)

What a joy that will be! And most important, we are sure that soon everyone in heaven and on earth will give our loving Father the honour, praise, and devotion that he deserves.

So let us find the courage to overcome our sadness of being alone. Jehovah God is always with us, like our shadow, and it is Him Who can give us wings and strength.

 I will be a guest in your tent forever;+ I will take refuge in the shelter of your wings.+ (Selah) (Psalm 61:4)

We might feel in the dark, but by our faith in the resurrection of Christ light should shine in our life. We should let others know that he is the way to God, the light and life, but also the one who provides us with a grand hope. With our hope for a better life out of brotherly love, let us share our hope with others. Those who listen to us can improve their lives now and gain the prospect of enjoying everlasting life in the future.

16 Pay constant attention to yourself and to your teaching.+ Persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.+ (1 Tim. 4:16).

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Preceding

Let us not fret or worry about next season

There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving

Inculcate God’s words and speak of them

Testimonies to observe, inspired by God

Nazarene Commentary Matthew 5:17-20 – The Nazarene Rabbi’s Commentary on the Torah

Matthew 10:24-31 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Do Not Fear – Preach!

As Christ’s slaves doing the Will of God in gratitude

Good or bad preacher

A Society pleading poverty

Be strong

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Additional reading

  1. “Unnoticed”
  2. Alone in the cold and dark
  3. Loneliness (as seen by Tess Connor)
  4. What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
  5. When I Get Lost in My Loneliness
  6. So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes
  7. Walking alone?
  8. What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
  9. God’s forgotten Word 2 Lost Lawbook 1 Who has still interest
  10. The Field is the World #4 Many who leave the church
  11. The post-Christian world
  12. Dealing with worries in our lives
  13. Not staying alone in your search for truth
  14. Measure of loneliness whilst time drags
  15. Christadelphian Support Network Meeting: The Age of Loneliness
  16. Pascal’s Possibility
  17. Today’s thought “Ability to receive ableness from God” (May 11)
  18. The Big Conversation – Christadelphians in the United Kingdom
  19. Being in isolation #2 Looking at the word “Isolation”
  20. Being in isolation #3 Gathering and Sharing
  21. Being in isolation #5 Isolated Biblical figures and Confessional isolation
  22. When not seeing or not finding a biblically sound church
  23. Avoiding the big questions
  24. Life’s challenges may not paralyse you
  25. Determine the drive
  26. Courage is fear that has said its prayers
  27. Courage for every day living
  28. Be strong and take courage
  29. Be Not Thou Weary
  30. Courage doesn’t always roar
  31. Fearing the right person
  32. Commit your self to the trustworthy creator
  33. God is my refuge and my fortress in Him I will trust
  34. Trust God to shelter, safety and security
  35. Trust the future to God
  36. Finding our identity in serving God
  37. Believe that moves stones
  38. Companionship
  39. Creating Community and Togetherness
  40. How should we worship God? #4 Christian Congregations
  41. Ecclesia – Church – Minding your reference
  42. Church indeed critical in faith development
  43. Parish, local church community – Parochie, plaatselijke kerkgemeenschap
  44. In all circumstances preaching Christ
  45. Blogging in the world for Jesus and his Father
  46. Daily thought for July the 8th and the Summer months
  47. Prayer theme in this Corona time: Compassion
  48. Bijbelvorser looking for ways to reach others
  49. The Most Appropriate teacher and Scoffers in our contemporary age
  50. Today’s thought “A blessing and a curse” (April 25)
  51. Today’s thought “When approaching the battle against your enemies today” (May 03)
  52. Today’s thought “When in need of encouragement” (May 18)
  53. Today’s thought “If we endure” (May 26)
  54. The Big Conversation
  55. The Big conversation Why it matters
  56. Reason to preach #5 Trained to do it God’s way
  57. Beautiful feet of those who announce the good news
  58. Abound To Every Good Work (2 Cor. 9:8)
  59. Only once and with consequences
  60. Missional hermeneutics 4/5
  61. Learning from ourselves
  62. Reflections on Existence and Teaching
  63. Preaching by example
  64. Looking for True Spirituality 7 Preaching of the Good News
  65. Evangelizing in the “Time of the End”
  66. A Million Ways To Live: Al Muhyi (The One Who Gives Life)
  67. God is Positive
  68. When God Moved a Mountain
  69. A way to prepare for the Kingdom
  70. From house to house #2: Continuing to bring the good news right to the world
  71. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies
  72. Paradise restored

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Related

  1. Lonely and Depressed…
  2. “Empty”
  3. Changing the World
  4. When is a ‘Church’ Not a ‘Church’?
  5. Church: Mind Your Reference!
  6. The Good and The Bad Within the Church Part-1 – Unleashed
  7. Darrell L. Guder – The Continuing Conversion of the Church (2000)
  8. Seeing is Disbelieving (2020)
  9. Power and authority (Part two)
  10. Proverbs 25:21-22
  11. Selah – סֶלָה
  12. Easter Sunday 2021: out of darkness
  13. Walk and talk!
  14. What the church needs
  15. Daily Bible Verse For The Day 7th April, 2021
  16. The wind blows where it wishes
  17. Matthew 13:44
  18. Making Disciples
  19. Why do we make disciples
  20. Yes To The Cost
  21. Who do we Listen to God or Man
  22. Making Space to Do What We are Called to Do–Make Disciples
  23. In Search of More Mountain Guides: Making Disciples by “Traveling With” Instead of “Talking At”
  24. Making disciples is the Biblical-mandate
  25. Bringing Up Baby
  26. What Snacks Teach Us About Making Disciples
  27. The Supply and Demand of Making Disciples
  28. Where are the Shepherds?
  29. How Deeply Do You Care?
  30. Belief and Behavior
  31. Celtic Evangelism and a New/Old Way to Win a World
  32. What makes a man cry
  33. Scripture for Meditation #1
  34. Scripture for Meditation #2
  35. Do You Care If Anyone Knows Jesus? (Christian Leadership In Today’s Culture Part 5)
  36. Tumbling Stones and the Art of Pastoral Care
  37. Don’t Be Ashamed
  38. Forget Public Opinion…Keep Your Eyes on God’s Opinion of You.
  39. A Passionless Christian Asked a Question.
  40. Preaching to the Hard hearted with Joy
  41. Making Disciples
  42. The Master “Group Plan” of Discipleship
  43. Mentoring: Harnessing God’s Overflowing Love
  44. Who is the “Buddy” that is Pushing You to Grow in Christ?
  45. Christ’s Church – Part 3
  46. The Spread of the Gospel
  47. Harvest Workers; February 27, 2021
  48. Where is the Harvest?
  49. Straight Methods, Narrow Message

Alleenvoelend bang om met anderen te verbinden om te groeien in geloof

In dit leven waarin er niet veel belangstelling voor Jehovah God lijkt te zijn, kunnen we ons soms alleen voelen, zeker als we geen kerk hebben om mee te verbinden.

Om die keten van eenzaamheid te doorbreken, moeten we proberen moedig te zijn om anderen te laten weten dat we God liefhebben en de echte Christus volgen. We zijn misschien trots op onze hemelse Vader, Jehovah, en willen dat anderen Hem leren kennen, maar omdat we ons zo eenzaam voelen, voelen we ons vaak alleen en te zwak om anderen onze keuze voor het leven te laten weten.

Een van de beste manieren waarop we anderen liefde kunnen tonen, is door het goede nieuws met hen te delen.

19 Ga dus en maak discipelen van mensen uit alle volken.+ Doop ze+ in de naam van de Vader en van de Zoon en van de heilige geest, 20 en leer ze om zich te houden aan alles wat ik jullie heb opgedragen.+ En weet: ik ben met jullie, alle dagen, tot het einde van het tijdperk.’+ (Mattheüs 28:19, 20)

Als we alleen zijn, denken we vaak dat we niet in staat zullen zijn om “leerlingen te maken”, omdat we geen mensen zien die om ons heen willen zijn. Het Griekse werkwoord ma · the · teuʹo heeft de fundamentele betekenis ‘onderwijzen‘ met de bedoeling leerlingen of discipelen te maken. Als zodanig komen we situaties tegen waarin er geen directe mensen om ons heen zijn om les te krijgen, maar als we om ons heen kijken, zullen we zien dat er mensen zijn die we zouden kunnen aantrekken door de juiste woorden, om onze woorden te horen en te volgen.

Er is een bevel gegeven aan degenen die volgelingen van Christus willen zijn. Dit gebod om “mensen uit alle natiën” te bereiken, was nieuw in de eerste eeuw. Vóór Jezus ‘bediening geeft de Bijbel te kennen dat heidenen in Israël werden verwelkomd als ze kwamen Jehovah te dienen.

41 En als de buitenlander die geen deel uitmaakt van uw volk Israël, vanwege uw naam* uit een ver land komt+42 (want ze zullen over uw grote naam,+ uw sterke hand en uw uitgestrekte arm horen) en in de richting van dit huis bidt, 43 luister dan alstublieft vanuit de hemel, uw woonplaats.+ Doe alles wat de buitenlander u vraagt, zodat alle volken op aarde net als uw volk Israël uw naam kennen en ontzag voor u hebben+ en weten dat uw naam verbonden is aan dit huis dat ik heb gebouwd. (1 Koningen 8:41-43)

Tegenwoordig kunnen we de Naam van Jehovah niet over het land horen weerklinken. We horen de Grote Naam van Jehovah niet vaak genoemd. Omdat de Naam niet bekend is en er niet veel over wordt gesproken, kunnen mensen niet gemakkelijk anderen ontmoeten die van die Grote Naam houden en die Goddelijke Schepper willen prijzen.

Wat als we timide zijn? Hoe kunnen we moedig worden? Hoe kunnen we het lef vinden om uit te gaan en over die Grote Naam te spreken?

We worden moedig als we ons concentreren op hoe gelukkig we Jehovah kunnen maken en op hoeveel anderen er baat bij hebben meer over hem te weten te komen. Hoewel we ons misschien alleen voelen, zonder dat mensen hetzelfde voelen over Jehovah God, moeten we te weten komen en gaan voelen dat Deze Grote God, boven alle goden, bereid is ons te helpen wanneer we bereid zijn voor Hem te werken.

Jehovah zal ons de moed geven die we nodig hebben. Hij hielp onze eerste-eeuwse broeders moedig te worden, en Hij zal ons ook helpen.

En zoals jullie bekend is, hebben we daarvóór in Fili̱ppi+ geleden en zijn we vernederd, maar met de hulp van onze God vonden we de vrijmoedigheid* om jullie ondanks veel tegenstand* het goede nieuws van God te vertellen.+ (1 Thessalonicenzen 2:2)

Zelfs als we in een land wonen waar de regering geen mensen heeft die over Jehovah praten, zullen we moeten nadenken over de eerste christenen en hun vervolging.
Aan het begin van de uitbreiding van de beweging van volgelingen van Christus droegen die ware christenen de gevolgen van hun geloof. In de eerste eeuwen nadat Christus was gestorven, verwachtten zijn volgelingen vervolgd te worden.

Ware christenen verwachten vervolgd te worden. Waar we ook wonen, kunnen wereldlijke autoriteiten ons plotseling en onverwachts verbieden onze liefdevolle God, Jehovah, te aanbidden. Als een regering onze aanbidding verbiedt, zouden we ten onrechte kunnen concluderen dat we Gods zegen niet hebben. Maar bedenk dat vervolging niet betekent dat Jehovah ongelukkig met ons is. Neem bijvoorbeeld de apostel Paulus. Hij had beslist Gods goedkeuring. Hij had het voorrecht veertien brieven uit de christelijke Griekse Geschriften te schrijven, en hij was een apostel voor de natiën. Toch werd hij geconfronteerd met hevige vervolging.

23 Zijn zij dienaren van Christus? Het klinkt alsof ik gek ben, maar ik nog meer: ik heb meer werk gedaan,+ heb vaker gevangengezeten,+ ben heel wat afgeranseld en ben vaak bijna dood geweest.+ 24 Vijf keer heb ik van de Joden 40 slagen min één gekregen,+ 25 drie keer kreeg ik stokslagen,+ één keer ben ik gestenigd,+ drie keer heb ik schipbreuk geleden,+ een dag en een nacht heb ik op volle zee rondgedreven. 26 Ik was altijd onderweg, bedreigd door rivieren, struikrovers, mijn eigen volksgenoten+ en heidenen,*+ in gevaar in de stad,+ in de woestijn, op zee en bij valse broeders. 27 Ik heb geploeterd en gezwoegd, vaak zonder slaap,+ met honger en dorst,+ vaak zonder iets te eten,+ koud en onvoldoende gekleed.* (2 Korinthiërs 11:23-27 )

We leren uit de ervaring van de apostel Paulus dat Jehovah toestaat dat Zijn trouwe dienstknechten vervolgd worden.

Jehovah is niet partijdig, Hij oordeelt niet naar uiterlijk en begunstigt mensen niet vanwege hun ras, nationaliteit, sociale status of welke externe factoren dan ook, en Hij is blij als Hij ziet dat we liefde voor anderen tonen, ongeacht hun achtergrond.

34 Toen nam Petrus het woord en zei: ‘Nu begrijp ik echt dat God niet partijdig is,+35 maar in elk volk is iedereen die ontzag voor hem heeft en het juiste doet, aanvaardbaar voor hem.+ (Handelingen 10:34, 35)

Uit liefde voor onze naasten dienen we bereid te zijn uit ons isolement te treden en over Jehovah te durven praten. We zouden onze angst voor de ander moeten beheersen en met hen durven praten als we door onze buurt stappen. We moeten weten dat we iets speciaals te bieden hebben. Degenen die naar ons luisteren, kunnen hun leven nu verbeteren en het vooruitzicht krijgen in de toekomst eeuwig leven te genieten.

16 Let constant op jezelf en je onderwijs.+ Blijf deze dingen doen, want zo zul je zowel jezelf redden als degenen die naar je luisteren.+ (1 Timotheüs 4:16)

Jehovah is een liefdevolle ouder, dus Hij wil dat Zijn gezin gelukkig is.

65 ‘Ik heb me laten zoeken door hen die niet naar me vroegen. Ik heb me laten vinden door hen die me niet zochten.

Ik zei: “Hier ben ik, hier ben ik!” tegen een volk dat mijn naam niet aanriep.+ (Jesaja 65:1)

14 Mijn dienaren zullen juichen vanwege de vreugde* in hun hart, maar jullie zullen het uitschreeuwen vanwege jullie hartenpijn en jullie zullen jammeren vanwege een gebroken geest. (Jesaja 65:14)

Zelfs als we slechts één dienaar van God zijn in afzondering, en het niet gemakkelijk hebben om ons verbonden te voelen met andere gelovigen, zouden we in ons hart blij moeten zijn dat we deel kunnen uitmaken van het lichaam van zijn zoon en deel kunnen uitmaken van zijn wijdverbreide gezin. Het is waar dat onze geest vaak gekwetst wordt en aanvoelt als een stuk kristalglas dat op de grond wordt gegooid, volledig in stukken gebroken. Onze moed kan vaak diep in onze schoenen zakken, maar we moeten hopen dat er ooit meer mensen om ons heen zullen zijn die met ons in contact willen komen. In de tussentijd moeten we ons niet laten vangen door depressieve stemmingen door ons eenzaam te voelen.

We moeten opkijken en streven om dichter bij Jehovah God als onze Onderhouder en Inspirator te komen.

Op God vertrouwend zullen we de moed moeten vinden om in onze eenzaamheid door te gaan en het pad voor te bereiden voor anderen die nog komen. Vertrouwen en geduld zijn wat ons op de been moet houden. Dit zou ons niet bang moeten maken om anderen uit te nodigen om bij ons te wonen in het huis van de hoogste God boven alle goden, al de dagen van ons leven, om de schoonheid van de Heer te aanschouwen en Hem te zoeken in Zijn tempel.

Eén ding vraag ik van Jehovah, iets wat ik heel graag wil: dat ik alle dagen van mijn leven in Jehovah’s huis mag wonen+ om de goedheid* van Jehovah te zien en met waardering* naar zijn tempel*+ te kijken. (Psalm 27:4)

We kunnen gelukkig blijven omdat we de vaste hoop hebben dat het leven in de toekomst nog beter zal worden. We weten dat Jehovah binnenkort alle goddelozen zal verwijderen en dat de aarde onder leiding van Zijn koninkrijk in het paradijs zal worden hersteld. We hebben ook de geweldige hoop dat degenen die zijn gestorven weer tot leven zullen worden gewekt en herenigd met hun dierbaren.

28 Verbaas je daar niet over, want de tijd komt dat alle mensen die in de herinneringsgraven zijn, zijn stem zullen horen+29 en tevoorschijn zullen komen — wie goede dingen hebben gedaan tot een opstanding voor leven en wie walgelijke dingen hebben gedaan tot een opstanding voor oordeel.+ (Johannes 5:28, 29)

Wat een vreugde zal dat zijn! En het allerbelangrijkste: we zijn er zeker van dat binnenkort iedereen in de hemel en op aarde onze liefdevolle Vader de eer, lof en toewijding zal geven die Hij verdient.

Dus laten we de moed vinden om ons verdriet van het alleen zijn te overwinnen. Jehovah God is altijd met ons, net als onze schaduw, en Hij is het die ons vleugels en kracht kan geven.

Ik zal voor altijd gast zijn in uw tent,+ ik zal bescherming zoeken onder uw veilige vleugels.+ (sela) (Psalm 61:4)

We voelen ons misschien in het duister, maar door ons geloof in de opstanding van Christus zou er licht in ons leven moeten schijnen. We moeten anderen laten weten dat hij de weg naar God is, het licht en het leven, maar ook degene die ons een grote hoop geeft. Laten we met onze hoop op een beter leven uit broederlijke liefde onze hoop met anderen delen. Degenen die naar ons luisteren, kunnen hun leven nu verbeteren en het vooruitzicht krijgen in de toekomst eeuwig leven te genieten.

16 Let constant op jezelf en je onderwijs.+ Blijf deze dingen doen, want zo zul je zowel jezelf redden als degenen die naar je luisteren.+ (1 Timotheüs 4:16)

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Voorgaande

Meerderheid protestantse kerken zit op zwart zaad

Onvolmaakte mensen die kunnen leren van Degene die onze Vader wil zijn

God liefhebben en Bekommeren om je medemensen

Christenen die het juiste hart hebben om anderen te roepen om naar God te komen

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Aanvullend

  1. Leeg en alleen
  2. Proef Eenzaamheid
  3. Eenzaamheid is van iedereen
  4. Eenzaamheid in een wereld van Communicatie
  5. Vermoeidheid van de ziel en geestelijke afzondering
  6. Praten over eenzaamheid
  7. Who’s to blame?
  8. Welkom:: Waarom sterren zoeken?
  9. Welke eenzaamheid is meer eenzaam dan wantrouwen?
  10. Nieuwe sociale etiquette
  11. Op zoek naar spiritualiteit 2 Hoe te vinden
  12. Gods vergeten Woord 2 Verloren Wetboek 1 Wie heeft nog belangstelling
  13. Gods vergeten Woord 15 Schepping 7 Vreze des Heren
  14. Verbindt u met de geloofwaardige Schepper
  15. Verbondenheid met de wereld
  16. Verschil in woordbetekenis doorheen de tijd 1 Liefhebben
  17. Verschil in woordbetekenis doorheen de tijd 2 Liefhebben en Geloven
  18. 2019-2020-2021 Twee seizoenen vol veranderingen #4 Medewerking
  19. Zuiverheid en verantwoordelijkheid van leden en leiders in een gemeenschap
  20. Voor een hechte band met Jehovah God
  21. Zelfs wanneer de wereld tegen jou is hebt geen vrees
  22. Verzoening en Broederschap 2 Uit de eigen cocon stappen
  23. Elkaar liefhebben met daden en in oprechtheid
  24. Bepaal de aandrijving
  25. Hoe leest u? – Wat leest u? “Heb de Heer, uw God, lief met heel uw hart en met heel uw verstand en met heel uw kracht
  26. Gods vergeten Woord 15 Schepping 7 Vreze des Heren
  27. Gods vergeten Woord 21 Intro: In de wereld maar niet van de wereld
  28. Woord zonder boeien vol van kracht
  29. God is positief
  30. Getroost worden door de Allerhoogste en zijn familie
  31. De nacht is ver gevorderd 24 Studie 4 Zorg voor de naaste
  32. Na 2020 jaar
  33. Bij beperktheid van plaats toch nog verkondigend
  34. Kunnen focussen in een hectische tijd
  35. De uitdagingen van het leven mogen u niet verlammen
  36. God is mijn toevlucht, mijn fort en sterkte, op Hem zal ik vertrouwen
  37. God te vertrouwen schuilplaats, veiligheid en geborgenheid
  38. Vertrouw de toekomst aan God toe
  39. Heb vertrouwen in je geloof … twijfel aan je twijfels
  40. Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #4 Vergankelijkheid #3 Behaging in Volhouding
  41. Vrees hebben voor de juiste persoon
  42. Moed is angst die haar gebeden heeft gezegd
  43. Moed voor het dagelijkse leven
  44. Moed brult niet altijd
  45. Wees sterk en moedig
  46. Als u integriteit hebt
  47. Wanneer u een ware volger van Jezus wil zijn #4 Openbare prediking en Wederdopers
  48. Goed Nieuws brengen met en door voorbeeld
  49. Geloof delen
  50. Geloof dat stenen verplaatst
  51. Dagelijks helpen in het geloof
  52. Missionaire hermeneutiek 3/5
  53. Missionaire hermeneutiek 5/5
  54. Hermeneutiek om uit te dragen #8 Tegenspraak
  55. Hermeneutiek om uit te dragen #10 Verkondigen
  56. Betreffende het spirituele lichaam
  57. Gedachte voor vandaag “Geloof in moeilijke tijden” (14 januari)
  58. Hersteld Paradijs
  59. Paradijselijk Koninkrijk

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  7. Hoe om te vat met die Vingers van Geloof (1) – Vra sonder twyfel
  8. Hoe om te vat met die vingers van geloof (2)

Hardships for choosing to follow the real Christ

In this world where most people want to keep to traditions and want to prefer to follow human doctrines instead of Biblical doctrines, the one wanting to believe what God says about Jesus often feels how difficult it is to follow in line with God’s Words.

Many of us have had to endure hardships because we chose to follow Jesus. For many who came to the Truth it took several years before they dared to take the steps in the right direction. Some do know the Biblical Truth and do follow the real Jesus, Jeshua the Nazarene teacher who is also called the son of man and son of God, but do not want to tell it to others. As such, for example, we had a friend who did not believe in the Trinity but kept working as a pastor in a trinitarian preaching company. He told us he could not say openly he did not believe any more in the Trinity because than he would loose his job as minister and would have no income any-more. That is often a very difficult factor, certainly for priests and ministers.

But also lay people have it difficult to make the right choice. Some of them have had to lose friends and family relationships, and on many occasions even had to endure verbal attacks. There are people all over the world who are being put in prison and literally risking their life to follow Jesus.

So the big question for most people is,

“Why?”

Yes

Why do we choose to risk it all to follow this person who we believe rose from the dead? What do we get out of it?

When they were fishermen Jesus had asked those simple men to follow him, what they did.  At that time they gave up their profession and their income. The thought of sacrifice very naturally suggests as its correlative that of compensation; so it is not at all to be wondered at that, before this conversation ended, Peter, the impulsive disciple, so much given to think aloud, should blurt out the honest question:

“Behold, we have forsaken all and followed Thee; what shall we have therefore?”

Peter asked Jesus what they would get, and that is perhaps the question which would be on most lips when wondering to follow Jesus or any other person. Certainly (for today) when it is all about a person who lived so many centuries ago and who seemed to have caused so many problems. Peter could not but remember that while the Master had insisted on his disciples denying self to follow him, he had spoken no less clearly of their finding life through losing it, and of their being rewarded according to their deeds. {see Matthew 16:24-27 } A more cautious man would have hesitated before he spoke; but it was no worse to speak it than to think it: and then, it was an honest and fair question; accordingly our Lord gives it a frank and generous answer, taking care, however, before leaving the subject, to add a supplementary caution, fitted to correct what was doubtful or wrong in the spirit it showed.

People should know that everybody is free to choose what or whom to follow. God has given man the free choice. His sent ones, the many prophets often asked people to follow their sayings. Every time they left the choice to the people themselves, never forcing them into doing something what they would not want to do of free choice. The same for the Nazarene master teacher. He never pushed people to come to listen to what he had to say. He never pushed people to come to see what he did. When he walked around in the area people came from their own to see and hear this special man. Not everybody could make up his mind about that special figure and many doubted his position or wondered who he really was and what he came to do.

The word recalls what is said in the book of Genesis as to

“the generation of the heaven and of the earth.”

Nobody can escape to this system and shall have to make the choice to be part of this world or to be part of God’s World. That is what it makes so difficult, man can not live in both worlds. Man can not keep to the human traditions with the many heathen festivals and at the same time claim he worships God. The Divine Creator demands complete submission to the Divine values and norms. One cannot eat from the two walls. God requires an honest surrender to Him. He also has given His son to bring salvation to the world and expects that the world shall come to recognise His only begotten son.

Coming closer to the end-times more adversaries of Gdo shall try to get people away from the Only One True God. They shall do their utmost best to confuse people and to make them to worship an other god than the God of Israel, Who is an Unseen Spirit.

People who come to see Who God is and who His son is and want to follow that son, with the knowledge that this son of God the way to god is, may find it difficult to persevere because the majority is against such an idea that a man would be able to do God’s Will and to offer himself for the sins of others. When you believe that you should be not ashamed and should not go hiding, but should dare to tell about your faith, that you believe that son of man is the son of God who gave his life as a ransom for the sins of many. The belief in the son of God should make you stronger than those who do not believe in that man of flesh and blood who gave his life, was killed, put in a grave but was also taken out of the dead by his heavenly Father. That resurrection of a man is for us the ultimate proof that a human being can stand up from the death. In case Jesus would be God, we naturally would not have any proof at all for the resurrection of man.

That resurrection may give us something to fight for. People may bully us, hurt us and even could kill us, but we do know there is much more behind the ‘curtain of this life’.

No matter what you have had to endure or give up to follow Jesus, the reward in the end is so much greater than what you ever would be able to gather here on earth. We should not be afraid to face those who are against us because we do not want to go for that false teaching of a three-headed god. We should believe in what the Bible tells us and should not be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies and by those who want to push us in the world of human doctrines. You should know such people may harm you in this life but there shall be nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Therefore are not afraid for such human beings who ignore the Words of God and Who, as a God Who tells no lies, declared Jesus to be His only begotten son. Save your fear for that God of Israel Who is a Spirit and not a man of flesh and blood who could be killed. That God of Abraham is an eternal Spirit Being, Who holds your entire life — body and soul — in His hands.

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Mt 10:28 NIV)

Our reward for following Jesus is that we shall be able to find the way to God. Jesus is the right way to go. By listening to his words and by doing what he requires from us we shall be able to grow in his teachings and shall find enough strength to continue on the right path.

We may be sure there shall come a moment that the Son of man shall come to sit on the throne of his glory and at the end of times no one shall be able to escape his judgement. therefore let us not worry but look for Jehovah and do what God wants and not so much what the people want from us.

“Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger.” (Zep 2:3 NIV)

When doing what God wants and step in the footsteps of His only begotten son, then we shall be able to go on the right path to the small gate leading to immortal, perfect life where there shall be no more sickness or sorrow any more. Following Jesus worshipping his God we shall come to see the heavenly gates and shall come to see that those who do not believe the Biblical Truth like us may also find death, but shall not be able like us to see their loved ones again who have died.

“”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, {Or his only begotten Son } that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)

“3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”” (Re 21:3-4 NIV)

“13  Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord for ever.” (1Th 4:13-17 NIV)

What more could we possibly ask for?

Jesus has promised us everything we can dream of if we choose to suffer now, just like he did. So be encouraged today that you have a tremendous, indescribable reward waiting for you when our king returns!

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Preceding

Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 5 Matthew 6: 24-34: e) Anxiety and neighbor love

Matthew 19:1-2 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: From Galilee to Judah

Matthew 19:3-9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Grounds for Divorce

Matthew 19:3-9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Grounds for Divorce – additional verses

Matthew 19:10-12 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Celibacy

Matthew 19:13-15 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Kingdom Belongs to Child-lik

Matthew 19:16-24 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Difficulty of Rich Entering the Kingdom

Matthew 19:25-26 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Who Can be Saved

Matthew 19:27-29 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: We Have Left Everything for You!

Matthew 19:30 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: First Last – Last First

Matthew 19 Concerning the saved ones and those able to enter the Kingdom

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Michael Bradley - Time Traveler

The official website of Michael Bradley - Author of novels, short stories and poetry involving the past, future, and what may have been.

BIBLE Students DAILY

"Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life." Revelation 2:10

God's Simple Kindness

God's Word Made Simple

takeaminutedotnet

All the Glory to God

Groen is Gezond

van zaadjes in volle grond tot iets lekkers op het bord

Jesse A. Kelley

A topnotch WordPress.com site

JWUpdate

JW Current Apostate Status and Final Temple Judgment - Web Witnessing Record; The Bethel Apostasy is Prophecy

Sophia's Pockets

Wisdom Withouth Walls

ConquerorShots

Spiritual Shots to Fuel the Conqueror Lifestyle

Examining Watchtower Doctrine

Truth Behind the "Truth"

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