Today’s reading: Deut 18:1–20:20, 2 Cor 5:1–10, Ps 37:23–40
Today’s theme: Guaranteed salvation
Today there are important lessons around true prophecy, false prophecy and the greatest prophet, Jesus Christ. The most important lesson is that we have guaranteed and authentic salvation through the seal of God Himself, in the person of the Holy Spirit. Our salvation is not fickle, it is sure and true.
The abominations of Canaan
for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you. Deuteronomy 18:12 (ESV)
The wicked abominations mentioned in the previous two verses are the reasons God is driving the nations from the land of Canaan. These were people steeped in witchcraft and infanticide (killing their own children).
Jesus, the greatest prophet
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— Deuteronomy 18:15 (ESV)
In Acts 3:22-26, we see that this prophet was not just pointing to the line of prophets that would come after Moses, to guide the children of Israel (without witchcraft as mentioned in the verses before), but more specifically this was a prophecy concerning the greatest of all prophets, Jesus Christ.
He alone is a prophet like Moses, in that His ministry inaugurated a new covenant as did the ministry of Moses. This points to Jesus and not to Mohammed or any other false teacher.
The Watchtower Society is a false prophet
when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him. Deuteronomy 18:22 (ESV)
By this rule we can firmly say that the unfulfilled, false prophecies of the Watchtower Society prove that this is a cult, deceiving and walking in deception. Unfulfilled prophecies include: 1914, 1918, 1925 and 1975 as years when the Kingdom would come, Jesus’ return and all other churches would be destroyed. This is one example of a false prophet!
A warning to false witnesses
Your eye shall not pity. It shall be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. Deuteronomy 19:21 (ESV)
God said this in context to the false witness being meted out with the punishment he sought to see inflicted on his victim, rather than a maxim for Old Testament life.
2 Corinthians 5:1–10
A new body from God
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Corinthians 5:1 (ESV)
We can take great comfort in the fact that we have a new body and a new place to live in heaven. When we die we are immediately with the Lord. When the resurrection comes we will be given the wonderful resurrection body that the Lord has prepared for us. Our present body (and resurrected spiritual body), are tents or houses for our soul and spirit.
This truth should stir our hearts with hope, to press on in our walk with the Lord, knowing that we have this great and gracious gift ahead of us.
He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 2 Corinthians 5:5 (ESV)
Our salvation is not flaky or a weak wish. No! It is a guarantee, something we can have complete confidence in because the one who gives us this great salvation is God. He has so invested in our future glory and grace that He has given Himself in the person of the Holy Spirit as a guarantee, a down payment on the full glory that we will receive in the fullness of His kingdom.
The Holy Spirit is every true believer’s validation and seal from God, that they are saved and will be saved. We have been purchased by God, He has made a down payment and will redeem us in full at the resurrection. Hallelujah!
God’s sovereignty vs chance
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; Psalm 37:23 (ESV)
As Charles Spurgeon said “we are not ruled by fickle chance” God is sovereign and is in complete control over our lives, we can place our trust in Him to guide us.
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014.
Desiring God on 2 Corinthians 5
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