June 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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What The World Needs Now!

Because of the terrible things that are happening in this world, there is a crying need that is NOT being fulfilled. This whole world is yearning and crying out for a fulfillment that flies over the heads of world leaders, religious leaders, and common citizen alike!

God states it this way:

Rom. 8:22 "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."

Yes, the WHOLE CREATION of God is groaning and travailing in pain, like a woman in child-birth because there is the tragic lack of ONE THING in this world's society!

The major unfolding of this need is provided in the following scripture.

Rom. 8:19 "For the earnest expectation of the creature (original text= creation) waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God."

This whole world is crying out for the revealing, the manifestation, of the sons of God! However, that scripture paints with a wide brush and leaves many things unexplained.

What we see is the SPIRIT OF HATRED that is being shared around this world in MANY ways! People see it here in the United States up close and personal ... that is if those people aren't living their lives with their proverbial "head in the sand" to hide from reality! Many people are avoiding reality by using drugs, alcohol, fantasy, television, and other things. Some even avoid reality by completely blocking their minds to outside influence and wind up in a mental institution, or dead from suicide!!

Some don't have the raw courage to kill themselves so we see "suicide by police officers". These people create events wherein they will be killed by police officers in their line of duty. Some will do mass murder in shopping malls, churches or other gathering places where there are lot of people. Most of the time in the horror of what they have done, they will then kill themselves because of their overwhelming guilt!!
Some will commit theft from very public places like jewelry stores and will then menace security guards or police when they are apprehended .. and of course, they want to be apprehended in order to try to get the police to kill them!

The above happenings are, of course, caused by that spirit of hatred which prevails over almost everyone on earth. However, there are other, more subtle manifestations of that spirit that slip by people who are motivated by their own selfishness, agenda or whatever.

One of those manifestations is the battle between mainstream Christianity and Islam. Those who practice Islam declare that mainstream Christians are hypocrites while those Christians claim Islam is a religion of death!! So hear you go.... Christians hate Islamites and Islamites hate Christians, while neither bother to check to see if what they believe is the truth! They just go through life blissfully unaware of the overpowering truth of a REAL God who teaches consideration for others as a top level for their lives!

What the world needs NOW is LOVE!!

The world desperately needs true, godly love!!! A love that reaches outward to others expecting nothing in return!! A love that is NOT self-centered!!!

There was some beautiful music composed some years ago by the well known Burt Bachrach. Words were added by Hal Davis and the song became an instant chart-topper.

The title of that song was "What The World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love!" It is a magnificent look at something that is missing from modern society and preaches something that modern society just doesn't get!!!

TRUE LOVE!! The kind of love that God shows to His Creation! An outgoing love that is totally misunderstood by the modern world who are so caught up in their selfish agendas that love for their fellow man is placed on their "back burner" or not even considered at all!

That love in scripture is rendered in the New Testament from the Greek word 'Agape'. Love is the CENTRAL part of God's message to mankind given through ALL his prophets, Apostles, and teachers. It is the FOUNDATION of life that God wants people to be standing upon.

It is the VERY ESSENCE of God Himself!!! We read this in 1 John 4.

1 John 4:8 "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for GOD IS LOVE.

And also in verse 16.

1 John 4:16 "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. GOD IS LOVE; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."

Yes, the very being of God IS LOVE!!

He tells us in many scriptures about this love but too many preachers, teachers, and priests make Him out to be some kind of horrible BEAST who desires to sit on His throne and watch people burn in a place of torment which they call "hell!"

Yes, God IS love. God is MERCIFUL! God is COMPASSIONATE! He is LONGSUFFERING toward us, not desiring that any of us should die, but desiring instead for all of us to have IMMORTAL, ETERNAL LIFE!!!

His mercy is pointed out to us very forcefully in one of the ten commandments.

Ex 20:6 "And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."

And these few verses tell us about more of His Character!

Ps 78:38 "But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath."

Ps 86:15 "But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth."

Joh 11:26 "And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"

And, of course, that well-known memory verse John 3:16:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

YES! One of the God family GAVE UP EVERYTHING to completely become a human being and to die for us as a supreme SACRIFICE for our sins!!! You can read more about that in our article "The Human God" which is linked at the bottom of this article. You can also touch on more about this in the article "Why Was Jesus Baptised?" also linked at the bottom.

What about YOU?

Do YOU show that LOVE that God showed to this world? Or are you partial, only loving those who love you? Do you KNOW GOD? Do you know HOW TO LOVE as God loves? Are you walking as Jesus walked in this world?

1 John 2:4 "He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him (he or she claims to have God's Holy Spirit) ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."

Yes, are YOU walking the way Jesus walked? Are you shedding abroad the same Spirit which Jesus shed abroad?

Or perhaps do you have agendas that Jesus didn't have, like trying to put a "Christian man in the White House" or hating those who practice Islam? Are you misguidedly fighting so that homosexuals can have "equal rights" like heterosexuals?

Or any number of other worldly agendas not entertained by Jesus Himself? Jesus tells us this, and it is IMPORTANT!!!!

1 John 2:15 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."

If you love the ways of this world, then the love of the Father is not in you! THAT IS PLAIN!!!

But what IS the kind of love that God wants us to have?

That kind of love is delineated in 1 Cor. 13 which we call the "Love Chapter." It is long so I'm not going to quote it all here, just make some observations and quote a few scriptures. YOU NEED TO READ THE CHAPTER OUT OF YOUR OWN BIBLE!

1 Cor. 13:2 "And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing."

Those who have the gifts of prophecy, understanding mysteries, have complete knowledge of everything that is happening, and have a faith that can move mountains, AND HAVE NOT CHARITY, they are NOTHING!!!

God said it!!!

What does this kind of charity entail? According to the dictionary, the word charity means "the practice of benevolent givings". The word charity is better suited to what God here intends than other words like love! The word "love" has come to mean any kind of sexual relationship between two people. Most of the time that kind of relationship is selfish to the extreme!!

The word in Corinthians is from the Greek word "Agape" and means a total, outgoing, benevolent concern for others which ends in GIVING!!! Herbert W. Armstrong stated that most of the people in this world are living the "way of get"! A way which is all incoming, desiring, coveting, and lusting!!!

THAT IS NOT GOD'S WAY!!!

As you read through chapter 13, you will ultimately and finally realize exactly what is said in verse 13 ...

1 Cor. 13:13 "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS CHARITY."

YES! That kind of love that God has for people is THE KIND of love He desires for us to spread in this world's societies. Living and loving the way Jesus did! Walking the way Jesus did! BEING the way Jesus was!!

Without that kind of love ............. WE ARE NOTHING!!!

Please read the following articles for more on the above article.

"The Human God"

"Why Was Jesus Baptized"

 

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