Sunday, August 31, 2014

Interuptions

The Interruptions of God
I would like to highlight an important observation from our compass – the Bible. People like to think and some say ‘all things are continuing as they were from the beginning’. History and geology tell a different story.  Biblical history records the interruptions of God.

Genesis chapter one, describes God interrupting with His voice  “and God said”.   His voice of power, His communication of intelligent information (eg DNA), His impartation of function and purpose (Logos), all this is repeated as God brings order into the heavens and the earth. As we scientifically discover the wonders of God’s intervening genius, we are caused to wonder, and worship Him.
Genesis chapter 7 records another interruption of God – judging lawlessness with a universal flood.
Genesis  chapter 12 records another change to world history – God calls Abram to leave Ur and promises to him ‘the promised land’ ( and even today many are fighting over that precious piece of ‘promised land’!)
Exodus  chapter 3 and 12 reveal a very powerful God judging the gods of Eygpt and in Exodus 20 the same holy God changing the course of humanity through the nation of Israel. The impact of Moses receiving the law, is still impacting our society today.

Has God interrupted again??
He sure has – in the birth of a King – Jesus the Son of God. Over and again God speaks from heaven saying  of Jesus “This is my beloved Son,.....”
That one solitary life has changed the face of the earth (morally and spiritually) more than any other.

The book of Acts, is replete with God interrupting yet again.  Acts 2 records something significant on God’s calendar  - the sending into the world the holy Spirit to indwell all believers.
Acts 9, God interrupts the wild ambitions of Saul of Tarsus
Acts 10 God pulls down the prejudices’ of Peter to include the Gentiles in the wide embrace of grace abundant.

Will God interrupt again?  -Peter the apostle puts it this way  “by the same WORD the heavens and the earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgement and destruction of the ungodly” 2 Peter 3.7  God does have plans and a calendar and we do well to be alert and watching .

May the Lord help you to see that God has been active, still is and will yet interrupt in a very  public way.

J. McKee

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Gospel

The Gospel
Good news is always welcome – well it should be.

The coming of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God was the best news. The Lord from heaven came to reveal  God the Father and bring eternal salvation to the estranged human race.

When the Lord Jesus began to preach, H e announced “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the good news”.       And so he preached, and so He healed, and many believed and were saved.     Yet many refused to believe and were condemned..

As the Lord commanded, the gospel has been preached throughout the world and millions have believed. Strange as it may seem, many suffer and many die for the sake of the gospel. The significant value of believing the gospel is it’s eternal blessing. The Lord Himself taught ‘man may destroy the body, after that we are in God’s hands for eternity’

The question then revolves upon this Bible verse:
“Whoever has the Son has life, whoever does not have the Son does not have life”  1 John 5.12

Let us all be sure we saved by faith in God’s Son, lest unbelief leave us condemned under God’s wrath for all eternity.




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Claims of Christ

The claims of the Lord Jesus Christ
“I am the bread which came down from heaven”   (John 6.51) to believe in Him is to have eternal life
“I am the light of the world”  ( John 8.12)  to follow Him is to walk in true wisdom
“ I am the door” (John 10.9) to trust Him is to be safe in His care
“I am the good Shepherd” (John 10.4) we can live because He died.
“I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11.25)  To live now and forever because He lives.
“I am the way the truth and the life”   (John 14.6) to know God by knowing Jesus.
“I am the true vine” (John 15.1)  to be fruitful for God by abiding in Him

“I am the first and the last.. the living one” (Revelation 1.18) to worship the eternal Son of God – the joy of eternity.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Which way, which voice, which site??

In these days of information overload, and misinformation overload – where do we turn for truth?

My answer in brief – let your compass in life be the Bible. Many religions claim to go by the Bible, but do they really? Many philosophies outside of the Bible have good appealing features, but what do they achieve of eternal worth? Many Australians just live by their own natural instincts.  Thus confusion reigns supreme in the social world, the religious world, the political world, the educational world ... etc.

The Bible has endured for a long time. It is wonderfully available to many (not all) in our own heart language. Best of all it can be a true compass to guide us if we ask God to show the way. It is not limited to scholars and clerics, but since the Holy Spirit has been sent from God our Father, all may seek and find!
It remains forever a book deeper than the deepest student, yet at the same time a light of truth for the most uneducated. Peter put it so well “ great and precious promises”  along with “things hard to be understood” (2 Peter)

For example:
The Lord Jesus said:
“ whoever believes on Me has eternal life”  John 6.47
This uncomplicated promise of eternal life is for all who sincerely believe in Him – for who he claimed to be – the Son of God from heaven.
So many have believed, have claimed the promise and been blessed. This is not adopting some religion , but rather trusting in a living person.
For the deeper truth, for those who want to know more, a thorough study of the meaning of eternal life will yield a rich reward.

And so I point again to the precious promises of the once crucified, now risen Lord as the means of salvation and blessing. Read the Holy scriptures for yourself  and be among those that have believed. The compass will guide you closer to the Lord Himself, so that you can truely follow Him.


John Mckee