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WELCOME to the OCT  - 2008 edition of the Shalomindia.com E-Info Service.
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FORGIVENESS

"Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? until seven times?"-- Mat_18:21.

THE RELIGIOUS teachers of Christ's day taught that four times was the extreme limit of forgiveness. Peter exceeded this in his estimate, but how far even he fell short of the Divine ideal! Seven was to the Jews the number of perfection, so that no expression could more forcibly convey the impression of ever-renewed, eternal, repetition than "seventy times seven!." What comfort there is for each one of us here! For if God expects man to forgive his brother thus, how may we not count on His forgiveness!

This parable shows the great wrong we do to ourselves as well as to our brother, when we fail to forgive. Here was a man who had been forgiven the enormous debt of two millions sterling, but was not softened and chastened by its remission, for he went immediately from his Master's presence to lay violent hands on an unfortunate fellow-servant, who owed him less than a five-pound note. He is deaf to the reasons which had filled his own mouth previously, and oblivious of everything except that this debt should be paid instantly.

Are we not all tempted to abuse the forgiving love of God, and to be censorious, vindictive, implacable, and unforgiving? If you want to be the reverse of this, consider how much you have been forgiven! Sit down and count up your enormous debt to God, and how freely He has forgiven you. Only the forgiving are forgiven--"If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." If we are unrelenting, slow to recognize merit, quick to observe faults, cherishing ill-will and resentment for injuries inflicted, perhaps years ago; and if we cling to and nourish this spirit, we may be sure that we have never been forgiven.

How are we to attain the state of mind which forgives so often, and can win the most wayward? The parable teaches us that we must receive God's pardon in a right spirit, that we must remember our own failures and sins, and that we must ever be willing to cast the mantle of forgiving love over the sins and failures of those around us.

PRAYER

O Lord, may we hear Thee say to us: Thy sins which are many are all forgiven; Go in peace; and may we, in our turn, forgive as we have been forgiven, and may the sun not go down upon our wrath. AMEN.

 


Jesus, the Ultimate Example of Faith's Results

The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary . . . The Lord God has opened My ear . . . I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting. For the Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed. (Isa_50:4-7)

In our previous prophetic verses, we saw that the promised Servant of the Lord would undertake His Messianic mission through faith in His heavenly Father. " My God shall be My strength" (Isa_49:5). These verses depicted Jesus as the ultimate example of faith. Now, a corresponding prophetic passage reveals the blessed consequences of trusting in the Lord. Herein, we see Jesus as the ultimate example of faith's results.

Once again, the prophetic parties are the Messiah and His heavenly Father. The confessions of Jesus (trusting in the Father) comprise the prophetic statements. "The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned." Jesus was "discipled" day by day by the Father (certainly using, in part, His godly parents). "The Lord God has opened My ear." This equipped Jesus to minister to burdened lives: "that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary." In fact, people were amazed in general at the manner in which He spoke. "So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth" (Luk_4:22).

As Jesus would trust in the Father, He would also be prepared for the mounting difficulties that He would face. "I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting." In approaching the cross, these prophecies of Jesus (and the enablement He found through depending upon the Father) were fulfilled. "Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands" (Mat_26:67). Though He knew all of this awaited Him before He came to Jerusalem that last time, He put His faith in the Father. "For the Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed." The Father helped Him. He marched on resolutely to keep His redemption appointment at the cross. "Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem" (Luk_9:51). These are the wonderful consequences of faith.

Father, Your Son, my Savior, was prepared, strengthened, sustained, and used through faith in You. I need to experience in my own life these same blessed results of faith. Please build my faith, more and more, for Your glory and service, Amen.


 "JESUS, MY LORD"

1. The expression "My Lord" is used but a few times in reference to
Jesus...
a. David wrote, "The LORD said to my Lord..." - Ps 110:1
b. Mary said, "...they have taken away my Lord" - Jn 20:13
c. Thomas said, "My Lord and my God!" - Jn 20:28
d. Paul wrote, "...Christ Jesus my Lord" - Php 3:8

2. Yet it is important that every Christian...
a. Thinks of Jesus as "My Lord"
b. Appreciates what it means to have Jesus as "My Lord"

[To help us better understand what it means to have Jesus as "My Lord",
let's consider the title of our study ("Jesus, My Lord") and focus our
thoughts on each word, beginning with "Lord"...]

I. JESUS, MY "LORD"

A. THE WORD FOR LORD IS USUALLY "KURIOS"...
1. Related to the word "kuros" meaning "power"
2. Variously translated "master", "owner"
3. Describes one having "power" or "authority"
-- Certainly Jesus has such power or authority - cf. Mt 28:18

B. ANOTHER WORD FOR LORD IS "DESPOTES"...
1. From which we get the word "despot"
a. Today it is often used in a bad sense
b. E.g., "a person exercising power abusively, oppressively, or
tyrannously"
2. Its primary definition is "a ruler with absolute power or
authority"
a. Used in reference to God - Lk 2:29; Ac 4:24; Re 6:10
b. Used in reference to Christ - 2Ti 2:21 (Master); 2Pe 2:1
(Lord)
-- Stronger than "kurios", for it speaks of having "absolute"
power and authority

[Who has the power or authority to claim to be MY master, MY owner? The
Christian should answer...]

II. "JESUS," MY LORD


A. JESUS IS TO BE MY LORD...
1. As He Himself taught His disciples - Jn 13:13
2. The apostle Peter also proclaimed Jesus as Lord
a. To the Jews on Pentecost - Ac 2:36
b. To the Gentiles at Cornelius' home - Ac 10:36
3. The apostle Paul also proclaimed Jesus as Lord
a. By virtue of His death and resurrection - Ro 14:9
b. To Christians, Jesus is the only Lord - 1Co 8:6; Ep 4:5
-- Jesus is the one who is our "kurios", our "despotes" (our Lord
and Master)

B. THIS RULES OUT ANY OTHER "LORDS"...
1. Such as my self
a. I.e., my own will - cf. Ga 2:20
b. No, we must deny self and follow Jesus as Lord - Lk 9:23-24
2. Such as my flesh
a. I.e., my own fleshly desires - cf. Ga 5:24
b. No, we must crucify the flesh, and look to Jesus as our
example - Col 3:1-11
3. Such as the world
a. I.e., anything outside my self which would lead me away from
the Lord - Ga 6:14
b. This would include such things as:
1) Work and family - Lk 14:15-24,25-27
2) Philosophy and traditions of men - Col 2:6-10
4. Such as our brethren
a. Certainly we are to submit to one another - cf. Ep 5:21
b. But some seem to fear their brethren more than they fear the
Lord!
1) E.g., watch their language and conduct in the presence of
brethren
2) E.g., attend services only to please the brethren, or get
them off their back
-- While we may submit to those in authority (e.g., husbands,
elders, government), it is because we have made Jesus our "one
Lord" above all others!

[Many Christians live as though their self, their flesh, the world, or
their brethren were their "master" or "owner". It may help to avoid
this divided loyalty if we truly make...]

III. JESUS, "MY" LORD

A. THINKING OF JESUS AS "MY" LORD...
1. Thinking of Jesus, not simply as:
a) "The" Lord, as easily professed by those who simply accept
Jesus intellectually
b) "Our" Lord, as often professed by those whose acceptance of
Jesus is influenced primarily by one's environment (parents,
spouses, brethren, etc.)
2. Thinking of Jesus as "my" Lord"
a) Making it a more personal commitment to His authority and
power
b) Making it more likely that as individuals we will heed what
He says - Lk 6:46
-- Jesus will not be our true master and Lord unless we view Him
as "my" Lord!

B. ATTITUDE OF JESUS AS "MY" LORD...
1. Involves a disdain for the things of the world - cf. Php 3:7-8
a. Such as popularity, prestige, family
b. Willing to suffer loss of these things if necessary
c. Consider such things as rubbish in contrast to our Lord
Jesus
2. Involves a consuming desire to know Christ - cf. Php 3:8-11
a. To know Him personally
b. To know His righteousness
c. To know His power
d. To know His sufferings
3. Involves constantly pressing on toward perfection - cf. Php 3:
12-14
a. Not complacent in one's service to Christ
b. Not satisfied with one's level of spiritual growth
c. Willing to leave the past behind
1) Neither glorying in past accomplishments
2) Nor wallowing in past failures
d. Reaching forward, pressing toward the goal
-- Paul's attitude demonstrates the attitude of one who has truly
made Jesus "my" Lord, the attitude of maturity as a disciple of
Jesus! - cf. Php 3:15

CONCLUSION

1. Such is the attitude of one who really has made Jesus...
a. "My" Lord!
b. "My" Master!
c. "My" Owner!

2. What is Jesus to you...?
a. You might acknowledge Him as "the" Lord
b. You might join others in praising Him as "our" Lord
-- Have you submitted to Him such that you can rightly say, "Jesus,
MY Lord"?

3. Jesus would have us accept Him as Lord...
a. For He has all authority, and expects us to observe what He
commands - cf. Mt 28:18-20
b. Yet He warned of those who profess His Lordship, but fail to truly
demonstrate it - cf. Mt 7:21-23

Are you doing the Father's will, and so demonstrating that Jesus is
truly "your" Lord?
Source: http://www.bible.ca/eo/top/mylord.htm
 


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