Archive for July 22nd, 2011

THOTS Small Thoughts: Of Means or an End?

God is faithful, through whom you were called INTO fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Cor 1:9)

Is FELLOWSHIP therefore, a “MEANS” or an “END”?

That is to say, is it a “means” to something else, or an “end” in itself, of its own accord?

If we are called INTO fellowship or UNTO the fellowship, then it is an END and not a means.

And if it is an END of itself, how important is that!

We can say, we have arrived! There is no more need or searching to do anything else!

Other than that which takes us to that END.

What then can be said of other “Christian activity”, that we do and have?

Can you identify from what you do and are involved in, whether it is a MEANS or an END?

What of preaching and of teaching the gospel? A means or an end?

What of the gifts and the power of the Holy Spirit? A means or an end?

What of pews and placards and podiums and programmes and power points and party hats? A means or an end, or something else?

What of love?

What of salvation?

What of the glory of God?

What are we reaching toward?

What are we reaching for and aiming to attain?

Anything that is a justifiable MEANS should be taking each one of us and all of us to that glorious END!

Otherwise, why do it?! For what gain? To what end?

Is it not, as Paul describes the calling UNTO the fellowship of our Lord Jesus Christ?

And that, forever?

After all, what is left, after all is said and done?

Are we experiencing NOW, that eternal life and fellowship with His Son?

That we may know Him and He us?

And sup.

Consider then whatever it is that you do, and decide whether it is a means or an end.

It will help determine what is of importance and what is of highest value and of greatest pre-eminance.

It will help decide where effort and energy and expense should be placed and upon what.

And it will help to decide where our fragile time is given.

And on what, or upon whom, it is spent.

May it be upon Him and for Him, who is the Alpha and the Omega,

The beginning and THE END.

He who says what he means and means what He says.

He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Not a dead END.

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A question for you

  Why are there stars in the heavens?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For signs. (Gen 1: 14 and Luke 21:25)

To give light on the earth. (Gen 1:17)

For Abram to look up and count them, if he was able to count them. (Gen 15: 5)

To multiply. (Gen 22:17)

As a picture of Abram’s descendants.  (Ge 26:4)

To bow down. (Gen 37:9)

To be a great number. (Deut 1:10)

As part of the host of heaven. (Deut 4:19)

Not to be worshipped or served. (Deut 4:19)

Allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven. (Deut 4:19)

They fight from heaven, from their courses against the enemies of God. (Judges 5:20)

They can be darkened. (Job 3:9)

A seal set upon them. (Job 9:7)

To show great height-how high the distant stars are! (cf. distance from us); that illustrates how high God Himself is in the height of Heaven. (Job 22:12)

Not pure in God’s sight. (Job 25:5)

The morning stars sang together (when God laid the foundations of the earth). (Job 38:7)

They have been ordained (Psalm 8:3)

To rule by night with the moon (reflecting that God’s loving kindness is everlasting). (Psalm 137:9)

God counts the number of the stars, He gives names to all of them. (Psalm 147:4)

To praise Him (all stars of light). (Psalm 148:3)

The stars will be darkened (Ecc 12:2) and their constellations will not flash forth their light (in the Day of the Lord). (Is 13:10)

“How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!” (Is 14:12)

Not one of them is missing. (Is 40:26)

Astrologers prophesy by the stars (but they have no power to save). (Is 47:13)

They are in a fixed order. (Jer 31:35)

Some of the stars fell (will fall) to the earth and were (will be) trampled down. (Da 8:10 and Matt 24:29 and Mk 13:25 and Rev 6:13)

As an example of what those ones will be/appear like forever and ever, after their resurrection (in brightness of appearance/glory) if they have led many to righteousness. (Da 12:3)

The star of your gods (an image that was made, to be worshipped). (Amos 5:26 and Acts 7:43)

There is a nest set and built among the stars, from which height, God will bring that one down. (Obad 1:4)

His star, in the east, of where He lay (of Jesus). It appeared at an exact time. It went on and stood over the place where the child was. (Mt 2:2, 7,9)

A storm gets in the way of the appearance of the stars so that they cannot be seen. (Acts 27:20)

The stars have a glory of their own and star differs from star in glory. (1 Cor 15:41)

The morning star will arise in your hearts, when the prophetic Day dawns. (2 Peter 1:19)

Some stars wander (like people who leave the faith) and for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever. (Jude 1:13)

Jesus holds the seven stars in His right hand-that is, the angels of the seven churches. (Rev 1:16,20)

The morning star will be given to the overcomer. (Rev 2:28)

A great star called Wornmwood will fall from heaven on a third of the rivers and waters. (Rev 8:10)

A third of the stars (will be) struck after the fourth angel sounds, so that they would be darkened and the night with it. (Rev 8:12)

A star from heaven will fall to the earth after the fifth angel sounds. (Rev 9:1)

A sign…A crown of twelve stars upon a woman’s head. (Rev 12:1-2)

Another sign…The great red dragon’s tail sweeps away a third of the stars of heaven and throws them to earth. (Rev 12:3-4)

Jesus is…the bright morning star! (Rev 22:16)