THERE ARE NO ATHEISTS IN HELL

THERE ARE NO ATHEISTS IN HELL

C.H. Spurgeon

How will unbelief look in the flames of hell?

There are no infidels anywhere but on earth!
There are none in heaven, and there are none in hell.

Atheism is a strange thing. Even the devils never fell into that vice, for “the devils believe and tremble.”

And there are some of the devil’s children that have gone beyond their father in sin, but how will it look when they are forever lost?

When God’s foot crushes them, they will not be able to doubt His existence!

When He tears them in pieces and there is none to deliver, then their sophistical syllogisms, their empty logic, their brags and bravadoes, will be of no avail!

Oh, that they had been wise and had not darkened their foolish hearts, but had turned unto the living God!

DETAINED FOR A REASON

DETAINED FOR A REASON

If YOU were arrested for being a Christian . . . would there be enough evidence to convict you?!

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” [2Tim 3:12]

JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN HEAR AUDIBLY IT DOES NOT FOLLOW THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND SPIRITUALLY (2020)

JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN HEAR AUDIBLY IT DOES NOT FOLLOW THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND SPIRITUALLY (2020)

Michael Jeshurun

Just because one can audibly hear a preacher does not mean that he understands his message. Time and again the Bible echoes the words, “he that hath ears to ear let him hear!” This is not a reference to the audible hearing capabilities of men but rather the spiritual. On one occasion our Lord said, “Why do ye not understand My speech? even because ye cannot hear My word!” [John 8:43] That did not mean that they could not hear Him audibly, in fact they heard it so clearly that they wanted to kill Him for what He said. But they could not perceive the spiritual meaning of His Words! They were not His sheep as He asserts – “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” [John 10:27] They were not His sheep! [John 10:26]

“What a sad thing it is that so many are rich in all things except the one thing necessary. God has given them abundance of earthly possessions, but He has not given them eyes to see His bounty, nor ears to hear His voice of love, nor a heart to perceive His Presence in the mercies which they enjoy. Such see the harvest, but not the Great Farmer! They enjoy the fruitful seasons, but take no delight in the Giver of the rain and the Sender of the sunshine! What a sad condition to be in! Alas, poor rich man! He has so much and yet so little! And what a lamentable sight is the educated man of this world who is learned in all the lore of the ancients and versed in all the science of the moderns! He, who has pried into the secret chambers of knowledge and has observed the skill of the Eternal in the starry heavens and in microscopic life–and yet, with all his attainments, has no knowledge of his Maker–and will not accept the evidence of His Presence!” – C.H. Spurgeon

“The word “hear” [an Hebrew idiom] signifies to receive and believe — compare John 9:27; 10:3; 12:47; Acts 3:22, 23, etc. And why was it that these Jews “could not hear” His Word? It was because they were children in whom was no faith [Deuteronomy 32:20].

It was because they had no ear for God, no heart for His Word, no desire to learn His will. Proof positive was this that they were dead in trespasses and sins, and therefore not children of God. Unspeakably solemn is this. Hearing God’s Word is an attitude of heart. We speak now not of the Divine side, for true it is that the Lord Himself must prepare the heart [Proverbs 16:1] and give the hearing ear [Proverbs 20:12].

But from the human side, man is fully responsible to hear. But he cannot hear the still small voice of God while his ears are filled with the siren songs of the world. That he has no desire to hear does not excuse him, rather does it the more condemn him. The Lord grant that the daily attitude of writer and reader may be that of little Samuel, “Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth!” [1 Sam 3:10] “And when He putteth forth his own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: FOR THEY KNOW HIS VOICE! And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they KNOW NOT THE VOICE OF STRANGERS!” [John 10:4,5]” [A.W. Pink]

The Psalmist wasn’t born deaf and yet he thanks the Lord saying, “mine ears hast Thou opened!” [Psalm 40:6] Oh what a blessing it is to have our spiritual ears opened to hear the things of the Spirit! As it was with Lydia whose heart the Lord opened, so beginning at regeneration all through the life of the child of God the Lord graciously (as seemeth good unto Him) openeth both the eyes and ears of His child to perceive the things of the Spirit, and without this ‘opening’ the Book of God and every minister whom he hears will make little sense to him.

And hence the prayer – “Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law!” [Psalm 119:18] And again, “Cause me to hear Thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in Thee do I trust!” [Psalm 143:8]

 

JESUS NOT THE ANSWER!

JESUS NOT THE ANSWER!

Michael Jeshurun

Almost every evangelistic meeting in our day advertises this promising message- Jesus is the answer! You’ve tried everything else, now try Jesus! Or Pick Jesus and He will solve your problems, etc.

We are here to tell you that Jesus is not ‘the answer’ for the social, moral and financial evils which plague mankind.

Christ is not here to deliver the alcoholic or the drug addict or cure the cancer patient or solve someone’s financial woes! His mission always was and still is in His own Words – “To seek and to save that which was lost!” [Luke 19:10]

Yes, Jesus IS the ‘answer’ but only to them who are truly ‘lost’ and subsequently ‘called’, but to the rest He is as the apostle said, “a stumbling block”! [1Cor 1:23,24]

Jesus came not to set right the moral and social evils of the world, or for that matter to solve men’s financial problems and give them a prosperous life. He came to seek and to save that which was lost!

WHO are these ‘Lost’?

They are those whom the Father chose from before the foundation of the world and permitted to be lost through the Fall only to be sought, found and be redeemed by Christ. They are those whom He calls sheep as opposed to goats! [Matt 25:32] It is for these and these alone that Christ came, and of all these ‘lost’ He loses NONE! “And this is the Father’s will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day!” [John 6:39]

And unlike Darius “who would gladly have saved Daniel, but could not” (Dan. 6:14) the Lord Jesus seeks and saves every single one of God’s Elect whom He came to save!

The plain fact that many die in their sins and go into a Christless eternity ought to tell us that not ALL are ‘lost’ as most Christians presume! For if they were truly the ‘lost’ and belonged to Christ’s fold, then they would be found and saved by Him before they closed their eyes in death. Amen?

These lost sheep are those for whom Christ came! And all the sheep that Christ owns in time He owned from eternity. No one ‘becomes’ a sheep in time and joins Christ’s fold. Those who are brought into His fold in time were always a part of His flock from eternity, and as we said above they were in the wisdom of God lost through the fall. All that the Great Shepherd does is seek and save that which originally belonged to Him by divine decree!

One of the important facts which many miss out when studying the parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and the Lost Son is that in all three cases the ‘seekers’ sought for that which was ALREADY THEIRS! [Luke 15:4-32]

The Shepherd HAD a hundred sheep, and the woman HAD ten coins and the father was looking out and patiently waiting, not for a stranger but for HIS OWN SON!

God’s elect do not start out as goats and later become sheep by accepting Jesus! The sheep are sheep from ETERNITY! They are KNOWN and loved by the Father from BEFORE TIME BEGAN!

“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, WHICH WAS GIVEN US IN CHRIST JESUS BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN!” [2 Tim 1:9]

And here’s the kicker – No man knows he is ‘lost’ until Christ finds Him!

In his hymn Amazing Grace, John Newton wrote – “I once was lost but now am found!”

LOST is the condition of ALL whom God saves. Lost, that is, in such a condition as to not be able to know God, save ourselves or find the way to God, to please God or come to Him. Why are there so few that are saved in our day? Maybe it is because nobody’s really lost. Nobody actually see themselves in this desperate condition – LOST.

Fact is, “If you’ve never been lost, then you’ve never been saved!”

THIS is whom Christ came to save and this is whom He saves – the LOST! Lost means helpless, hopeless, and unable to save ourselves. Lost in sin. God’s people are described as “LOST SHEEP” and in need of the Shepherd’s seeking and saving.

Those who are truly “lost” must be found. When they are found by the seeking Shepherd, they attribute all of their salvation to Him and say as Newton, “I once was lost but now AM FOUND!”

Praise the Lord!

An appointed Time to die!

An appointed Time to die!

If you ever feel this way don’t sweat it, ’cause as surely as the good Lord appointed your time of birth and re-birth (that’s if you’re truly saved) even so hath He in His wisdom appointed the time for you to be called home. Amen?

“For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death.” [Psalm 48:14]

Praise the Lord!

JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN HEAR AUDIBLY IT DOES NOT FOLLOW THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND SPIRITUALLY

JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN HEAR AUDIBLY IT DOES NOT FOLLOW THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND SPIRITUALLY

Michael Jeshurun

Just because one can audibly hear a preacher does not mean that he understands his message. Time and again the Bible echoes the words, “he that hath ears to ear let him hear!” This is not a reference to the audible hearing capabilities of men but rather the spiritual. On one occasion our Lord said, “Why do ye not understand My speech? even because ye cannot hear My word!” [John 8:43] That did not mean that they could not hear Him audibly, in fact they heard it so clearly that they wanted to kill Him for what He said. But they could not perceive the spiritual meaning of His Words! They were not His sheep as He asserts – “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” [John 10:27] They were not His sheep! [John 10:26]

“What a sad thing it is that so many are rich in all things except the one thing necessary. God has given them abundance of earthly possessions, but He has not given them eyes to see His bounty, nor ears to hear His voice of love, nor a heart to perceive His Presence in the mercies which they enjoy. Such see the harvest, but not the Great Farmer! They enjoy the fruitful seasons, but take no delight in the Giver of the rain and the Sender of the sunshine! What a sad condition to be in! Alas, poor rich man! He has so much and yet so little! And what a lamentable sight is the educated man of this world who is learned in all the lore of the ancients and versed in all the science of the moderns! He, who has pried into the secret chambers of knowledge and has observed the skill of the Eternal in the starry heavens and in microscopic life–and yet, with all his attainments, has no knowledge of his Maker–and will not accept the evidence of His Presence!” – C.H. Spurgeon

“The word “hear” [an Hebrew idiom] signifies to receive and believe — compare John 9:27; 10:3; 12:47; Acts 3:22, 23, etc. And why was it that these Jews “could not hear” His Word? It was because they were children in whom was no faith [Deuteronomy 32:20].

It was because they had no ear for God, no heart for His Word, no desire to learn His will. Proof positive was this that they were dead in trespasses and sins, and therefore not children of God. Unspeakably solemn is this. Hearing God’s Word is an attitude of heart. We speak now not of the Divine side, for true it is that the Lord Himself must prepare the heart [Proverbs 16:1] and give the hearing ear [Proverbs 20:12].

But from the human side, man is fully responsible to hear. But he cannot hear the still small voice of God while his ears are filled with the siren songs of the world. That he has no desire to hear does not excuse him, rather does it the more condemn him. The Lord grant that the daily attitude of writer and reader may be that of little Samuel, “Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth!” [1 Sam 3:10] “And when He putteth forth his own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: FOR THEY KNOW HIS VOICE! And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they KNOW NOT THE VOICE OF STRANGERS!” [John 10:4,5]” [A.W. Pink]

The Psalmist wasn’t born deaf and yet he thanks the Lord saying, “mine ears hast Thou opened!” [Psalm 40:6] Oh what a blessing it is to have our spiritual ears opened to hear the things of the Spirit! As it was with Lydia whose heart the Lord opened, so beginning at regeneration all through the life of the child of God the Lord graciously (as seemeth good unto Him) openeth both the eyes and ears of His child to perceive the things of the Spirit, and without this ‘opening’ the Book of God and every minister whom he hears will make little sense to him.

And hence the prayer – “Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law!” [Psalm 119:18] And again, “Cause me to hear Thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in Thee do I trust!” [Psalm 143:8]

 

Outer Man Perishing, Inner Man Renewed

Outer Man Perishing, Inner Man Renewed

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)

Those who learn to live by the grace of God are increasingly protected from discouragement. “Therefore we do NOT LOSE HEART .” This truth was touched upon in an earlier verse from this fourth chapter of 2 Corinthians. “Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received MERCY , we do NOT LOSE HEART ” (2 Corinthians 4:1). The protection from discouragement there involved mercy and grace. Since we serve the Lord by mercy and grace (and not by our merit or by our resources), we have a built-in supply of heavenly encouragement available to us daily.

In our present verse, encouragement comes from the contrast between what is happening to the “OUTWARD MAN” and to the “INWARD MAN .” The “OUTWARD MAN ” is the physical person, which can be observed by human sight. This is generally the object of attention among the unredeemed (as well as among believers who are walking according to the flesh). This man is “PERISHING ” because sin has impacted all of us. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). Man began from dust. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground” (Genesis 2:7).

Due to sin, the outer, physical man is headed back toward that initial starting point. “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the GROUND, for out of it you were taken; for DUST you are, and to DUST you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). For those who do not know the Lord, this is a discouraging fact. They often strive desperately to prevent this inevitable process.

On the other hand, servants of new covenant grace are not discouraged by this fact. “Therefore we do NOT LOSE HEART .” It is true that our outer man is also perishing. Yet, we see a bigger picture than that. “Even though our OUTWARD MAN is PERISHING , yet the INWARD MAN is BEING RENEWED DAY BY day.” As our outer man is deteriorating, we are still encouraged, because our inner man can be in the process of renewal: “And have put on the NEW MAN who is RENEWED in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him” (Colossians 3:10). As we are humbly seeking the Lord in His word, we are being changed, brought more and more into the newness of Christ: “Beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, ARE BEING TRANSFORMED into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

“O Lord, as my outer man deteriorates, remind me of the encouraging reality that my inner man can be renewed. Help me to desire inner spiritual progress, rather than outer physical prowess. This I pray through Jesus, my Lord, Amen.”