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Default ACTS 4:13. And they took knowlefge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - February 11, 2017

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> "And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus."
> Acts 4:13
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> A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ. You have read lives ofChrist, beautifully and eloquently written, but the best life of Christ is hisliving biography, written out in the words and actions of his people. If we werewhat we profess to be, and what we should be, we should be pictures of Christ;yea, such striking likenesses of him, that the world would not have to hold us upby the hour together, and say, "Well, it seems somewhat of a likeness;" but theywould, when they once beheld us, exclaim, "He has been with Jesus; he has beentaught of him; he is like him; he has caught the very idea of the holy Man ofNazareth, and he works it out in his life and every-day actions." A Christianshould be like Christ in his boldness. Never blush to own your religion; yourprofession will never disgrace you: take care you never disgrace that.


Be likeJesus, very valiant for your God. Imitate him in your loving spirit; think kindly,speak kindly, and do kindly, that men may say of you, "He has been with Jesus."Imitate Jesus in his holiness. Was he zealous for his Master? So be you; ever goabout doing good. Let not time be wasted: it is too precious. Was he self-denying,never looking to his own interest? Be the same. Was he devout? Be you fervent inyour prayers. Had he deference to his Father's will? So submit yourselves to him.Was he patient? So learn to endure. And best of all, as the highest portraiture ofJesus, try to forgive your enemies, as he did; and let those sublime words of yourMaster, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do," always ring inyour ears. Forgive, as you hope to be forgiven. Heap coals of fire on the head ofyour foe by your kindness to him. Good for evil, recollect, is godlike. Begodlike, then; and in all ways and by all means, so live that all may say of you,"He has been with Jesus."
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> "Thou hast left thy first love."
> Revelation 2:4
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> Ever to be remembered is that best and brightest of hours, when first we saw theLord, lost our burden, received the roll of promise, rejoiced in full salvation,and went on our way in peace. It was spring time in the soul; the winter was past;the mutterings of Sinai's thunders were hushed; the flashings of its lightningswere no more perceived; God was beheld as reconciled; the law threatened novengeance, justice demanded no punishment. Then the flowers appeared in our heart;hope, love, peace, and patience sprung from the sod; the hyacinth of repentance,the snowdrop of pure holiness, the crocus of golden faith, the daffodil of earlylove, all decked the garden of the soul. The time of the singing of birds wascome, and we rejoiced with thanksgiving; we magnified the holy name of ourforgiving God, and our resolve was, "Lord, I am thine, wholly thine; all I am, andall I have, I would devote to thee.


Thou hast bought me with thy blood--let mespend myself and be spent in thy service. In life and in death let me beconsecrated to thee." How have we kept this resolve? Our espousal love burned witha holy flame of devoutedness to Jesus--is it the same now? Might not Jesus wellsay to us, "I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love"?Alas! it is but little we have done for our Master's glory. Our winter has lastedall too long. We are as cold as ice when we should feel a summer's glow and bloomwith sacred flowers. We give to God pence when he deserveth pounds, nay, deservethour heart's blood to be coined in the service of his church and of his truth. Butshall we continue thus? O Lord, after thou hast so richly blessed us, shall we beungrateful and become indifferent to thy good cause and work? O quicken us that wemay return to our first love, and do our first works! Send us a genial spring, OSun of Righteousness.
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> "Thou hast left thy first love."
> Revelation 2:4
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> Ever to be remembered is that best and brightest of hours, when first we saw theLord, lost our burden, received the roll of promise, rejoiced in full salvation,and went on our way in peace. It was spring time in the soul; the winter was past;the mutterings of Sinai's thunders were hushed; the flashings of its lightningswere no more perceived; God was beheld as reconciled; the law threatened novengeance, justice demanded no punishment. Then the flowers appeared in our heart;hope, love, peace, and patience sprung from the sod; the hyacinth of repentance,the snowdrop of pure holiness, the crocus of golden faith, the daffodil of earlylove, all decked the garden of the soul. The time of the singing of birds wascome, and we rejoiced with thanksgiving; we magnified the holy name of ourforgiving God, and our resolve was, "Lord, I am thine, wholly thine; all I am, andall I have, I would devote to thee.


Thou hast bought me with thy blood--let mespend myself and be spent in thy service. In life and in death let me beconsecrated to thee." How have we kept this resolve? Our espousal love burned with a holy flame of devoutedness to Jesus--is it the same now? Might not Jesus will say to us, "I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love"?Alas! it is but little we have done for our Master's glory. Our winter has lasted all too long. We are as cold as ice when we should feel a summer's glow and bloom with sacred flowers. We give to God pence when he deserveth pounds, nay, deserveth our heart's blood to be coined in the service of his church and of his truth. But shall we continue thus? O Lord, after thou hast so richly blessed us, shall we be ungrateful and become indifferent to thy good cause and work? O quicken us that wemay return to our first love, and do our first works! Send us a genial spring, OSun of Righteousness.
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The evening session is worthy of discussion.
Many would see this as an indication that one can loose his/her salvation. Being the Calvinist that he was---this is not ANY indication that he suggested that one can loose salvation !
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Thank you once more Powderman, and thank you William for your input.
I really don't know which way that goes, can one lose or can one never lose
one's salvation. I find myself so busy staying in relationship I hardly have
time to entertain the question.
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You didn't get in a relationship and you can't keep yourownself in the relationship. The Holy spirit sealed the relationship worry.
IMO--If it is up to you to keep yourownself in the relationship--you would loose it within a week because of your fallen nature which is not changed --it is just justified and you are sanctified !
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#1-I didn't say I got myself in relationship
Not going to argue with you William

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2 Peter 2:21 is pretty plain that you can indeed lose your salvation if you turn your back on God.

democrats are in favor of the wholesale slaughter of God's most precious; unborn babies.
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2 Peter 2:21 is pretty plain that you can indeed lose your salvation if you turn your back on God.
20 for, if having escaped from the pollutions of the world, in the acknowledging of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and by these again being entangled, they have been overcome, become to them hath the last things worse than the first,
21 for it were better to them not to have acknowledged the way of the righteousness, than having acknowledged [it], to turn back from the holy command delivered to them,
22 and happened to them hath that of the true similitude; `A dog did turn back upon his own vomit,' and, `A sow having bathed herself -- to rolling in mire.'


Yes these verses speak of persons who fully accepted the way of righteousness. They did not reject it they were OVERCOME by the pollutions of the world.
That is different from deliberately turning from.
It says it would be better if they never accepted it in the first place.
William, and some others simply reject what the Bible says.
That way they can place the blame on God for if they fall for by their dogma you are damned if you do and damned if you do not. No matter how you live God and God alone decides your fate.
If I believed in that dogma I would party hearty for my actions would have no effect.

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