Living in Christ

Colossians 3:1-17
By Sey Yen

Living in Christ

  • New life 1-4
  • Overcoming transgressions 5-11
  • Guide to victorious living 12-17

Written by Paul in prison. Also known as the prison epistle.

New life 1-4
New life; seek those things above
Seek then set (a progression).
To constantly have the mind of Christ.
We all face temptations in life but if we seek God above, we are able to resist sin.
Setting our mind: consistently have the mind of Christ to overcome our sinful nature.

Also affects our decisions. E.g. If called to serve in church but decline because of work, your focus is your work & not God
In church involved are you doing God’s ministry or merely doing a job?
The day will come when we appear with Christ in glory.

Church is boring? A believer is excited to spend time with God & His people. Looking forward even more so to eternity with Christ.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Christ died not only saving us from our sins but also the wrath of God & death.

We may receive disappointment & have fears but for believers we have Christ.

Overcoming transgressions 5-11

Put to death: responsibility to put to death anything that is not right by God.
Take every effort to put to death our earthly nature.
Put to death: very strong words.

“If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:29-30‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Impurity leads to immorality
Immorality: pornia (Greek) where pornography is derived from; sex outside marriage.
Lust: great desire or longing which is sinful.
Craving for someone who is not our spouse in sexual way.
Greed mentioned as it’s a desire to have what another one possesses – a dissatisfaction.

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for Godʼs holy people.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Maintain purity in our hearts & minds.
Even when difficult like example of Joseph & Potiphar’s wife.
Run & flee from temptation recognising we are no match; Putting away things which can stumble us.

Slander: hurtful distorted speech about another.

Though outwardly we may be wasting away, inwardly God is renewing us.
What are we doing to enable the process of renewal in our hearts? Have we been lukewarm, fallen away or unconfessed sin in our hearts?

Guide to victorious living 12-17

We are set apart from people & set aside for God.
Cloth ourselves with garments of new life.

Compassion: tender mercy; To not be cold towards one another.
When there is no compassion, everything will be viewed with distrust.
When there is compassion, everything is filled with love & mercy.
Submit self before others.

Sin is often defined as as physical sins such as drinking, gambling & anger.
Sins of the heart often not thought about which is serious & can cause division in a church!

Gentleness: meekness looked at negatively in the world; being meek is actually strength.
Trait looked as a weakness but we love according to the virtues of God where He takes control in our lives.
Sometimes we may feel hurt by others even in church.
We need to be willing by showing tolerance and forgiveness.
Forgiveness is surrendering my right to hurt you for hurting me.
In His presence, there is peace.
We are to have peace of God in our hearts.

Instruct, teach & admonish one another – especially in the local church. Instruct what we should do. Warn what should not do.
We need to be careful how we carry the name of Christ.

We are given new life as the children of God. Seeking to know the thoughts of Christ & putting to death our old self. A complete guide to Christian living. Knowing that we will be with Christ far outweighs all.

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” – Billy Graham

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread
By Chen

penang_food

We love talking about food!
Different stories & cultural differences about food
Car parks & other rooms negotiable EXCEPT kitchen which is an essential!

Double whammy: cooking oil increase; petrol increase

““This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:9-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

From young we are thought to say please & may I. But here it says “Give us!”
Too demanding?

God come & build your kingdom
Our will takes 2nd place, God’s will comes 1st
God is holy, almighty & sovereign

Asking God to forgive our debts… our past
Asking for God’s future guidance & leading
When we pray like this, we affirm God is our source: the source of everything

Bread: everything necessary for the preservation of our life
We in Penang may find it difficult to relate as our rice container is always full & our larders are full too
But when we pray then we realise that our prayer has already been answered

God has provided for you

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Will you trust & depend on God?

We already know that all our needs has been provided long ago
A good father provides for his children
A God who takes care of all my needs & I don’t have to worry

Give us today; us referring to as a church & community
Give so we can share with those in need

“All the believers were together and had everything in common.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭2:44‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Faith if not accompanied by action is dead

There was a recent need for school going children who could not go to school
Church members stepped in to help

Markets around the world crashed recently when Trump was elected president & then recovered rapidly
People get worried over things that may not happen at all
Rest assured we have a God who takes care of our needs

“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:25‬ ‭NIV‬‬

All your needs will be met & taken care of
Enjoy directly from God our provider
When we go to God we find our place is already written with our name & we don’t have to worry about our food
We just have to thank God

Our daily bread is not necessarily provision but can come in challenges for our good & His good

I can do all things through Christ because he gives me strength
We need to learn to be content

“… give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭30:8-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Galatians 5

Galatians 5
By Johnny

peace

Where is the joy in ill gotten gains?
Will he have peace in his heart?
Only inner peace with Christ

Is peace the absence of problem? No, that’s impossible in life. There’s actually good stress (re: book of Job)

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

There are people who commit suicide
Recently man who “fell” from bridge
Suicide is not what someone wakes up one morning & decides but crumbles under problem faced

Peter had inner peace even though was in chains
How? Known fundamental fruit of God allows him to be filled with serenity

3 basic truths
1. To know that God is there. He sees what we are facing. (Phil 4:6-7). Faith move mountains & opens doors.
Providence = providential (Latin)
Foresight: God has already seen ahead what is going to happen

Do not worry about anything, pray about everything

2. Know that God is aware (Psalms 139)
Peter knew God was aware of his execution
For us to be able to sleep like a baby in all situations
God not only knows, God cares

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In then eye of the hurricane, we can be the “I” in the hurricane – calm even though difficulties

3. God cares. He is the source of all serenity.

““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””
‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Basic Biblical Eschatology – Part 2

Basic Biblical Eschatology – Part 2
By P.B. Teo

eschatology

Eschas=last things
Ology=study

Millennium Rev 20
Angel down from heaven
1000 years – 6x
Rev 20:2-7
V3 Satan bound – deceive not

Basis for premillennial pretribulation view
Church distinct from Israel (does NOT replace)

“Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God—”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:32‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 

“I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel:”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Promises & curses applies to Israel & NOT the church

Great tribulation – Matt 24, Daniel 70 weeks

““Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.”
‭‭Daniel‬ ‭9:24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

(7 + 62) 69 X 7 = 483 years from rebuilding temple to Christ’ death for us
Unfulfilled promises to Israel will be fulfilled in the millennium on earth

Rapture
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Hope; Lord personally; In the air; Comfort

“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:51-53‬ ‭NIV‬‬

New incorruptible bodies

Not for wrath
No more judgment for believers
Instead hope & comfort
Trials are for training

Problems w Other Viewpoints
Post millennial: Christ comes after the millennium as so many people become Christians during the church age. Christians suffer tribulation whenever gospel opposed. Rapture, Jesus coming & end of world at same time.

Amillennial: Symbolic, spiritual millennium right now. Satan is bound. Martyrs live & reign w Christ. But how is Satan in the abyss now? Deceives now but unable to wage war? Christians suffer tribulation in the world. No future earthly future for Israel. Rapture, Jesus coming & end of world at same time.
Israel replaced by church thus unfulfilled promises fulfilled in the church spiritually. Great tribulation is for Christians/church. Rev 6-19 judgments are for the church.
Difficulty explaining two witnesses (Rev 11)
Difficulty explaining 144,000 from 12 tribes sealed (Rev 7)

Conclusion
The basis for premillennial pretribulation view
Rev 20 = 20 Literal 1000 years reign on earth
Church does not replace Israel

Q&A
Q: Millennium 1000 years: Will we be part of earth’s population or a separate group of people with our new bodies?
A: 2 groups of people. We will be like Jesus & able to interact with others. But our new body is like Christ. We will reign, not marry, etc.

Q: Rev 7 how do you determine the tribes as records destroyed, intermarriage, etc
A: Do not know how. But somehow after nation ceased to exist, Jews are back in Israel now. Believe the truth in God’s Word that will happen.

References
Heraldofhope.org.au
GotQuestions.org
Berita-Bethel-Ung.com

Christ in the Old Testament: Part 5

Christ in the Old Testament: Part 5
By Dr Lai

messianic-psalms

Luke on the road to Emmaus

Ecclesiastes: you will find life is meaningless, chase after the wind

3 things people chase in today’s world: money, power & pleasure
Live without Christ in meaningless
Only in Christ can you find true life

Song of Songs is a picture of Christ & love of His bride

“You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.”
‭‭Song of Songs‬ ‭4:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Messianic Psalms

“The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.””
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭2:2-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭8:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Christ suffering as our saviour

“But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people.

Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet.

They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭22:6, 16, 18‬ ‭NIV‬

Christ the shepherd

Psalm 23
In the Middle East shepherds will lead his sheep by voice & he knows them by name
Do we know our Lords voice?
Does He know us?

Christ the King

“Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭24:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;”
‭‭Job‬ ‭19:25-26 ‭‭NIV‬‬

Esther
The devil’s attempt to prevent the coming of Christ by annihilating the Jewish people

“You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”
‭‭John‬ ‭5:39-40‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Let us study scripture to know God & know life.

God’s Timing: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

God’s Timing: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 by Stephen

God's-timing

The Man of Lawlessness
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

Introduction
Paul was writing to the believers in Thessalonica to clear up confusion about the 2nd coming of Christ. Some believers had stopped working as they believed the Christ would come at any moment. Today we are much closer to Christ’s return but are to be at work & not idle – To share the gospel, help those in need & build Christ’s body, His church.

Pray that we will learn the following:-
1. Christ will come in His timing that only He knows
2. The evil & wicked will be judged

Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come.

The day of the Lord can mean the end times & also the final judgment day.
Prophecy: referring to teaching or letter falsely claiming that Christ is coming. Today we still hear of claims that Christ will come on so & so day.

Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
Throughout history there has been many types of antichrists who continues their evil work. Just before Christ’s 2nd coming will come the man of lawlessness who is the antichrist who is a completely evil tool of Satan & equipped with Satan’s power. However, we should not try to label anybody as antichrist & try to predict Christ’s return.
He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

The name antichrist itself includes the Greek prefix anti which means against & instead of. Satan wants to be worshipped & obeyed instead of Christ.

Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.

Paul does not specifically identify who is retraining & holding back the lawless one. Many Christians believe it is the Holy Spirit who working through the church to accomplish God’s purpose today.

For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.

Today’s world is filled with much evil, criminal acts, corruption, etc. However we have yet to see the horror of total lawlessness. Why does God allow this to happen? So men can see their own sinfulness & the bitter experience of life without the lordship of Christ where men are no better than vicious animals.
When the church is raptured, the Holy Spirit will be taken out of the world as well. The Holy Spiritwill be at work during the day of the Lord but will not be restraining the forces of evil today.

Principle 1: Believers to be wary while evil deceives secretly then openly
Believers are to not be deceived of false assertions of Christ’s coming as He has told us so, while the lawless one is at work secretly today & will openly oppose God in the future.

How do you stay truthful away from falsehoods, lies?

How will you live as a believer when opposition of God is openly & publicly happening?

And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendour of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

No one on earth will be able to overcome the antichrist who is powered by Satan.

“Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? (Rev 13:4)

Satan’s false Messiah will use counterfeit miracles, signs & wonders to deceive & gain followers. Not all miracles are necessarily from God. Christ’s miracles were significant not only for their power but their purpose – to help, heal, show his divinity & point us to God.

Man of lawlessness power will be from Satan to destroy & lead people away from God. If any religious personality draws attention to only himself, his work is not from God.

For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

Does God allow people to be deceived? We first need to examine God’s nature.
God is good & created a good world that fell because of men’s sin. God will one day recreate the world & it will be good again. God is stronger than evil, allows evil & thus has control over it. God offers a way out through Christ for all who wish to overcome evil. God uses everything both good & evil for his good purposes.

Indeed our God hates evil & will one day destroy evil completely forever. God does not entice anyone to become evil but those who commit evil may be used by God in order to hasten judgment.

Principle 2: Christ to return and evil condemned to perish

Christ will return overthrowing the lawless deceitful one & condemn all who follow the lawless one’s wickedness

What are you looking forward to in Christ’s return?

What do you do knowing that there are family & friends around you who are in danger of being condemned?

Conclusion
Christ will come in His timing to judge the evil & wicked. We must be careful of rumours of Christ coming. We must be wary of false teachers & false signs. We as His body have a responsibility to live & build for His Kingdom until He returns.

Security of Believers

Security of Believers: Ready for the day of the Lord
1 Thessalonians Chapter 5
By Wong

security-in-christ

Review
Thessalonians were spiritually well
Working in faith, laboring in love & steadfast in hope

Intro
Ch 5: the return of Christ to judge

The day of the Lord

“for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Outline of future events

The signs of the coming of our Lord

Conclusion
Be assured of our safety

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager (Luke 16:1-18)

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager (Luke 16:1-18) by Johnny

parable_shrewd_manager

“Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’

“So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ “ ‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’ “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “ ‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.””
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“The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”
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““The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it. It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law. “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” ~Luke‬ ‭16:1-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Manager: cunning, shrewd, rascal

In today’s business world, “scratching each other’s back”

Christ not teaching us to be dishonest, but there is a lesson to learn

2 groups of people:
1. People of the world: physical
2. People of the light: spiritual; personal relationship w God

Understand shrewdness of the world but not becoming like the world

Every week we hear of scams & corruption
Not just uneducated but professionals
We need a little wisdom as we live & operate in world filled with dishonest people
If not shrewd, eaten up like lamb among wolves

We must learn to be wise & at same time innocent as doves
Like every command in Christian life, is impossible without indwelling of the Holy Spirit

Money is not evil; it is morally neutral
It is what we do with money that determines the moral value
It can be used to build shelters for poor, educating, building churches & spreading the Gospel
In the other extreme it can be used to smuggle drugs & firearms, to but a very expensive branded bag, etc

1 Timothy 6:9-10
If chasing for money, we end up with no time for God

“Money Defined: An article which may be used as a universal passport to everywhere except Heaven, and as a universal provider for everything except happiness.  Money is a wonderful servant and a terrible master.”- Anonymous, published in the Wall Street Journal

Worldly Wealth
All the wealth in the world belongs to God
God is the one who causes us to prosper, however much He has given us

When we crave for something, ask is it a need or a want?
He will meet our needs but never promised to meet our wants
If we have money to buy lunch & drive a car, we are wealthier than 80% of the world

Heavenly Wealth
If we proof we are worthy with worldly wealth, He will entrust us with heavenly riches
He is trustworthy – Let us go ahead & trust Him

““No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭16:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

If you live for the sake of making money, you cannot serve the true God
If we serve the true God, He will enable us to make money
The love of God comes first!

V9: one day money will be gone
Think of a wealthy person you know that has passed away
For example Loh Boon Siew was poor & made his millions but

Supermarket there’s an expiry or best before date
Thank God that there is no expiry date for he Bible

God has given us grace, salvation & gifts to use wisely for His name. To invest in people for His Word. To be able to use what He has blessed us with wisely.

Romans 2:1-16

Romans 2:1-16
By Chen

Judgment

Statute of Justice
Brutus the elder had to judge his own soms for rebellion
One day, Christ passing judgment against those who rebel against Him

Paul writing to 2 groups:
1. Jews who think they are exempted
2. Gentiles who claim they don’t have the law (and thus not facing judgment)
Jews traditionally think God will wipe out Gentiles & special favour for Jews
Jews focus on ritual & sacraments

God judges on us 6 different elements
1. Knowledge
2. Truth
3. Guilt
4. Deeds
5. Impartiality
6. Motives

1. Knowledge
Therefor: re – prev chapters
Pass judgment: know that God will judge you

““Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

2. Truth
We know: common knowledge, fact & truth
Perfectly judged not based on superficiality

“He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭32:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

3. Guilt
We all experience God’s goodness & providence
Tolerance: forbearance, ceasing hostility – Christ holding back His judgment not wanting people to perish
When we sin, we are showing contempt
The wages of sin is death
Every time we sin, God has the right to take our lives away

4. Deeds
Not talking about salvation by works

““I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.””
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Works: product of our faith

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Distress: origins – narrow place

5. Impartiality
God does not show favouritism
Each of us having different degree of work
Those who sin without knowing the truth will still perish
Perish: not functioning as intended
Intended: continue to worship God VS hell and suffering

““The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:47-48‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Declared righteous: obey the law, Bible

Non-believers judgment
1. Creation: revealed to all His wrath & nature (Rom 1:20)
2. Conduct: do by nature things required by the law (wrong to kill; speak out on injustices, pay our debts, etc)
3. Conscience: inner voice & sense of what is right vs wrong
4. Contemplation: accuse/defend others; capacity to know what is right & wrong

6. Motives
Feel good about ourselves?
Relieve guilt?
God knows our motives (Psalm 139:1-7)
Seat warming on Sunday? No deeds to show? Ungrateful?

“But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭2:5‬ ‭NIV

Acknowledge God as our Lord who searches our hearts & thoughts.

Pray for deeds/conduct that is not right to correct us & worthy of God’s calling. To appreciate & be thankful for you are a good who is always fair & is the giver of our lives.