Perry Stone – Conceptii gresite despre invierea sfintilor

Povestea lui Gheodeon este unica. Eclesiastul ne spune ca, „Ce a fost va mai fi, si ce s-a facut se va mai face, nu este nimic nou sub soare.” Si, mi-am dat seama ca daca vrei sa stii ce va fi in viitor, trebuie sa te intorci la Vechiul Testament unde vei gasi tipare pentru viitor. Lupta lui Ghedeon cu Madianitii intruchipeaza Armaghedonul, lupta finala de la sfarsitul vremurilor, care Il va duce pe Mesia.

Cateva puncte interesante:

Pavel in prima sa epistola catre Tesaloniceni (Epistolele lui Pavel nu sunt in ordine cronoligica in Biblie). In fiecare capitol (din cele 5) Pavel vorbeste despre revenirea Domnului Isus (in mod special la 4:16-17). Aici auzim pentru prima oara „stransi laolalta pentru a-L intalni pe Domnul pe nori” sau ce numim si „rapirea”.  Cineva a falsificat o scrisoare in numele lui Pavel si a scris ca Domnul deja s-a intora si invierea a trecut. E posibil ca ei au folosit exemplul inaltarii Domnului Isus in explicare aaceasta falsa. Pavel scrie in 2 Tesaloniceni: „Cat priveste venirea Domnului nostru Isus Hristos si strangerea noastra laolalta cu El, va rugam fratilor, sa nu va lasati clatinati asa de repede in mintea voastra si sa nu va tulburati de vreun duh, nici de vreo vorba, nici de vreo epistola ca venind de la noica si cum ziua Domnului ar fi si venit chiar.”

Prin asta, el spune ca cineva a falsificat o scrisoare in numele lui si ca trebuie sa corecteze erezia care spune ca invierea a trecut si ca Domnul a venit deja.Astazi vreau sa vorbesc de unele idei false care oamenii le transmit, mai ales prin internet:

  1. Circula o idee care spune ca exista o singura aparitie a Domnului.
  2. Unii oameni cred ca venirea Domnului trebuie sa fie precedata de un avertisment.

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Horatius Bonar Poems – How Long? – On the Threshold – Heaven at Last

Listen to the reading of a short (5 min) sermon – Man acting as a devil, by Horatius Bonar here.

Horatius Bonar 1808–1889 Scotland

photo courtesy www.newhopemusic.com

poems via www.spurgeongems.org/ipoems.htm

How long ?

My God, it is not fretfulness
That makes me say „How long?”
It is not heaviness of heart
That hinders me in song,
‘Tis not despair of truth and right,
Nor coward dread of wrong.

But how can I, with such a hope
Of glory and of home;
With such a joy before my eyes,
Not wish the time were come
Of years the jubilee, of days
The Sabbath and the sum?

These years, what ages they have been!
This life, how long it seems!
And how can I in evil days,
‘Mid unknown hills and streams
But sigh for those of home and heart
And visit them in dreams?

Yet peace, my heart and hush my tongue;
Be calm, my troubled breast;
Each restless hour is hastening on
The everlasting rest.
Thou knowest that the time thy God
Appoints for thee is best.

Let faith, not fear nor fretfulness,
Awake the cry, „How long?”
Let now faintheartedness of soul
Damp thy aspiring song,
Right comes, truth dawns, the night departs
Of error and of wrong.

                          —Horatius Bonar

photo courtesy Wikimedia  David Tutwiler – Homeward Bound

On the Threshold

I’m returning, not departing;
My steps are homeward bound,
I quit the land of strangers
For a home on native ground.

I am rising and not setting;
This is not night but day,
Not in darkness, but in sunshine,
Like a star, I fade away.

All is well with me for ever;
I do not fear to go,
My tide is but beginning
Its bright eternal flow.

I am leaving only shadows
For the true and fair and good,
I must not, cannot, linger;
I would not, though I could.

This is not death’s dark portal,
‘Tis life’s golden gate to me,
Link after link is broken,
And I at last am free.

I am going to the angels,
I am going to my God;
I know the hand that beckons,
I see the holy road.

Why grieve me with your weeping?
Your tears are all in vain,
An hour’s farewell, beloved,
And we shall meet again.

Jesus, Thou wilt receive me
And welcome me above;
This sunshine which now fills me
Is Thine own smile of love.

         —Horatius Bonar

Heaven at Last

Angel voices sweetly singing,
Echoes through the blue dome ringing,
News of wondrous gladness bringing…
 Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Now beneath us all the grieving,
All the wounded spirit’s heaving,
All the woe of hopes deceiving…
Ah ‘tis heaven at last!

Sin for ever left behind us,
Earthly visions cease to blind us,
Fleshly fetters cease to bind us…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

On the jasper threshold standing,
Like a pilgrim safely landing
See, the strange bright scene expanding…
Ah ‘tis heaven at last!

What a city! what a glory!
Far beyond the brightest story
Of the ages old and hoary…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Softest voices silver pealing,
Freshest fragrances spirit-healing,
Happy hymns around us stealing…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Gone the vanity and folly,
Gone the dark and melancholy,
Come the joyous and the holy…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Not a broken blossom yonder,
Not a link can snap asunder,
Stay’d the tempest, sheathed the thunder…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Not a tear-drop ever falleth,
Not a pleasure ever palleth,
Song to song for ever calleth…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Christ Himself the living splendour,
Christ the sunlight mild and tender;
Praises to the Lamb we render…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Now at length the veil is rended,
Now the pilgrimage is ended,
And the saints their thrones ascended…
Ah, ‘tis heaven at last!

Broken death’s dread bands that bound us,
Life and victory around us,
Christ the King Himself hath crowned us…
Ah,’tis heaven at last!

                         —Horatius Bonar


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What does „greater works” in John 14:12 mean?

Tom Schreiner comments on John 14:12:

What does Jesus mean in John 14:12 when he says, „Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who believes in me the works I do shall he do also, and greater than these shall he do, because I go to the Father”? 

Tom Schreiner first prefaces his commentary by clarifying that „this verse could not have been limited to just the apostles, since Jesus says that „anyone who believes in Him” shall do greater works„, and he also points out that the „greater works”, referred to in verse 12 is „another assurance that Jesus’ absence will actually be beneficial for those who believe in him„.

For context he cites the rest of the verses (13-16):

In verses 13-14 Jesus promises in his absence to answer prayers uttered in his name, and verses 15-17 promise the Spirit to those who obey Jesus’ commandments. Thus, in Jesus’ absence the disciples will do greater works, their prayers in Jesus’ name will be answered, and they will have the power of the Holy Spirit. And one day Jesus will return to take believers home. I think the greater works Jesus has in mind are not greater miracles in terms of signs and wonders. Instead, the greater works done by those who believe in Jesus refer to the work of the Spirit in people’s hearts, a work of the Spirit that has greater dimensions now that Jesus has ascended to the Father. 

Schreiner has 4 arguments to support this:

  1. The „greater works” cannot refer to signs and wonders that are greater in quality than those done by Jesus because no believer ever has or ever will do greater miracles than Jesus. He raised the dead, opened the eyes of the blind, restored hearing to the deaf, cast out demons, healed the lame, calmed a stormy sea, etc. No miracle-worker has even come close since the days of the apostles, and even the apostles did not do any signs and wonders that were greater.
  2. But perhaps John means that believers will do greater works in the sense that we will do more signs and wonders than Jesus? But the Greek word for „greater” used here does not refer to a greater number of works. If John wanted to refer to a greater number of works, he probably would have used the Greek word polla meaning „more.” A careful study of the word „greater” (meizn) in John’s gospel shows that the word consistently refers to something that is greater in quality rather than something that is greater in number.To conclude this second point: the greater works do not mean believers will do more works than Jesus, but that they will do works qualitatively better than those Jesus did in his ministry.
    These better works are due to the outpouring of the Spirit after Jesus’ ascension. [Note: Incidentally, there is no evidence from church history that any believer did more miracles than Jesus anyway, and this verse is not limited to those who have the gift of healing; it refers to all believers.]
  3. The word „works” in John’s gospel in some contexts clearly includes Jesus’ miracles (John 7:3, 21; 9:4; 10:25,32,33,37,38). But even though the word often includes the idea of miracles, the word „works” cannot be limited to signs and wonders in John’s gospel. For example, John 6:28-29 identifies the „work of God” as „believing in the one whom the Father sent.” And in John 8:39 Jesus exhorts the Jews to „do the works of Abraham,” and there is no record of Abraham doing miracles, and so Jesus must mean, „do the good deeds of Abraham.” John 14:10 is especially interesting, for their Jesus says, „The words which I speak to you I do not speak From myself, but the Father abiding in me does his works.” Here the „words” of Jesus in the first part of the verse are defined as his „works” in the latter part of the verse. Thus, we have clear evidence in the near context (compare also verse 11) that the word „works” should not be restricted to signs and wonders. Indeed, when John wants to speak of miracles, he consistently uses the word „sign.” „Sign” is the unambiguous word John uses to describe. Miracles, and the word „works” is a more general term, which may include miracles, but does not necessarily focus on signs and wonders. All of this suggests that the first part of verse 12 where Jesus says, „the one who believes in me the works I do he shall do also” does not mean that believers will do miracles and signs and Wonders to the same extent as Jesus. The word „works” is a general term, and thus Jesus is simply saying that you will do works of the same quality as I did and more.
  4. The greater works, then, refer to the extended work of the Spirit, which will occur when Jesus ascends to the Father. This is not to deny that the Spirit was active previously in significant ways. But the work of the Spirit on earth was intensified with Jesus’ ascension. Note that Jesus specifically says that „the greater works” will occur „because I go to the Father.” Going to the Father, then, provides the reason or ground for the greater works. But why does Jesus’ going to the Father make possible greater works? The rest of John’s gospel answers that question. In John 16:7 Jesus says, „It is better for you that I go, for if I do not go, the paraclete will not come to you, but if I go I will send him to you.” This fits beautifully with John 14:12. Jesus says that it will be better if he goes because only when he goes will the Spirit be sent. And John 16:8-11 makes it clear that the Spirit when he comes will convict unbelievers of sin, righteousness, and judgment. Such conviction of sinners is clearly another way of describing the „greater works” which will occur after Jesus goes. Greater than any healing is the inclusion of one’s name in the book of life. Jesus reminds his disciples of this when they are so excited about casting out demons in Luke 10:20. „Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”

    The book of acts supports the interpretation that „the greater works” are possible after the outpouring of the Spirit as well. The Holy Spirit is not poured out until after Jesus has ascended.

    In conclusion:

    One final word: that greater works are done by believers after Jesus’ earthly ministry in no way diminishes the ministry of Jesus, nor does it suggest our ministry is somehow better than His! I have argued that the greater works refers to the work of the Spirit through believers in convicting unbelievers of their sin, and mediating forgiveness of sins in the name of the risen Lord. But such work is not our work! It is the work of the risen Lord in us and through us. The Lord Jesus Christ exalted and glorious works in concert with God the Father through the Holy Spirit. He is the one doing the work, and He is worthy of all the glory!

    Read the entire paper (pdf form)here at Southern Baptists Theological Seminary.

John Piper – The four filters of prayer

from Desiring God via Gabi Bogdan

John Piper:

Here are the four filters. I think, when He says, „Pray in My name”, He means:

  1. For My fame, and not yours (That rules out about a thousand of my desires, vain, selfish person that I am)
  2. „Pray because of my divine worth, not yours. When you come to the Father in My name. Come to Me in My name, because I am infinitely worthy. You’re not, I am. Let my worth shape, filter everything that comes through here”.
  3. „Pray on the basis on an infinite payment that I made on the cross. Don’t come to Me without the Gospel. Don’t you cry to me for any blessing, if you’re not resting like a little child in the payment that I made for God’s „Yes” to all His promises to you. You got any other angle how to get to Me, besides through my payment, my name…. (I’m) not gonna listen to you”.
  4. „According to my sovereign wisdom.” Which means, we do what Jesus did- regularly. „Not mine will, but Thine be done” Because you have a wise plan. I think I know when my kids should be saved. I think I know lots of things….  God knows, not me. I think „In Your name” means, I submit to putting all my requests through the filter of your fame and your worth and your payment and your wisdom. When we do that, I think the assurance we get is, „You will have everything you need, to live the works that I called you to live. I have prepared works for you to walk in them”. Ephesians 2:10 „I’ll give you what you need for those

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