Saturday, October 19, 2013

What'll It Be? Wages Or Gift?


GOD SAYS
YOU SIN, I PAY, YOU DIE
GOD ALSO SAYS
I GIVE, YOU RECEIVE, YOU LIVE

     Friends, today Brother Bob asks you to receive eternal life and Jesus Christ who is the gift of God. Take time to study Romans 6:23 that says For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Brother Bob can simplify this bible verse by telling you God says you sin, I pay, you die; but God also says I give, you receive, you live. Brother Bob says friend reading this What'll it be? Wages or Gift?

     Remember, God will pay on time, and payday will occur for a sinner with wages of death unless that sinner repents, accepts the gift Jesus, and receives eternal life. A boss on a job might not pay someone their wages, but if a sinner rejects Jesus, God will pay that sinner with the wages of death. God says you sin, I pay, you die. Friend reading this anywhere avoid the wages of death, and today receive the gift Jesus and eternal life. God also says I give, you receive, you live. Brother Bob says to the little man pictured above avoid death and the wages of sin by choosing the gift Jesus and eternal life.


    John 3:16 listed above proves that Jesus is God's gift to us and says For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus is God's present to us all. Jesus also proclaimed that He was our reward and gift at Revelation 22:12 saying And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

      Friend reading this anywhere, to get the gift Jesus, just receive Jesus. Receive Jesus by confessing Jesus as God and believe in your heart that Jesus died for you on the cross and rose again. John 1:11 tells us the benefits of receiving the gift Jesus and says He came unto His own and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.

     Notice in the scriptures above the key words gave and received to help you understand how to receive the gift Jesus and eternal life. God gave Jesus as the gift. When believers received the gift Jesus, believers received power and became the sons of God. Friends everywhere we have no excuses and we should all receive Jesus as Lord and our gift today. The bible says that even a wayfaring fool can find Jesus. Isaiah 35:8 says The wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

     Brother Bob encourages my friends to be like the little girl pictured above and receive the gift Jesus. The following scriptures prove that when we receive Jesus as our gift, we all receive eternal life. John 3:36 says He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him. 1 John 5:11 says And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and He that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

     You might say Brother Bob it is not fair for God to pay sinners with death. Friend, God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked and is longsuffering, wanting all sinners to repent, accept Jesus as Lord , and receive eternal life. The prophet Ezekial said at Ezekial 33:11 Say unto them, as I live, saith the Lord God; I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

     After a person receives the gift Jesus, the bible promises that this person will become born again. John 1:12-13 says But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. Which were born, not of blood, nor or the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. You see one becomes born of God, or born again when they believe on the name of Jesus. Jesus said a man must be born again to see the kingdom of God. John 3:3 says Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:7 goes on to say Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

     Notice if you are born twice, (a natural birth and born again when you receive Jesus as God), you shall never see death, but if you are only born once and stay an unrepentent sinner without Jesus, you will die two times, (a physical death and an eternal death in the lake of fire). The following scriptures prove the two deaths a sinner experiences without Jesus. Ephesians 2:1 says And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. Revelation 20:13 says And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire; This is the second death. Friend reading this anywhere, avoid the second death by receiving the gift Jesus and eternal life where you shall never see death.

     Friends, as you look at the above picture say 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. Jesus showed Brother Bob that as we look daily at the Word of God, we are looking at Jesus in a mirror, and the more we see Jesus, the more we are blessed. This is proven by James 1:25 that says But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty (the Word of God), and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

     Take time to read the following two scriptures below that prove that Christ in you is the hope of glory and you in Christ have become a new creature. Christ in you, the hope of glory; you in Christ, a new creature. Colossians 1:27 says To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.

     For my final picture today, Brother Bob gives you a picture of a soldier who was a hero and died saving his best friend. Take time to read this story and remember after you finish reading this story share it with others and tell them if they have the gift Jesus, they have everything they need.

     Here's the blessed story: There was a man who had a son, his wife died, and the son became very close to his dad, inseparable, and they invested in paintings because they both liked paintings. As a result, they had many beautiful and expensive paintings by well known artists, along with antique paintings. The son went to the army and got killed while saving his best friend who was wounded on the battlefield. The father got a letter that his son was killed in action but that he died a hero rescuing his wounded comrade. The father lost interest in the paintings after his son died. Without his son, the paintings were worthless to him.

     A few weeks later, the friend whose life was spared went to meet the father with a big painting under his arm. He said thank you for raising such a fine son that was willing to spare his life and save my life. A week before your son was killed, he told me he loved paintings and since I'm an artist, one week before he died, I told him I'd paint his protrait, and I want to give his portrait to you. The father looked at the painting and began to weep.

     The father went to the fireplace and took down the most expensive painting and set it in the corner and replaced it with his son's portrait. Instead of looking at the expensive paintings, he spent all day looking at his son in his uniform who was a hero. But, the father died, and an auctioneer came to auction off all the father's property.

     The auctioneer opened up his briefcase, took all his papers out, took his gavel, and said I'm gonna do exactly by law what this father wished to do. I'm gonna sell everything he has, house, expensive paintings, and everything he has. Now the first thing we're gonna auction off is the picture of his son. Everyone said Naw, boo, we don't want that, get to the good stuff, get to the expensive paintings first.

     The auctioneer said, No, the father told me to auction off the picture of his son first. They said Alright go ahead. The auctioneer said what is the bid for this beautiful picture of this fine handsome son who was killed on the battlefield rescuing his wounded comrade. Who will bid, who will bid, give me a bid, any kind of bid. Nobody said a word; But then, a little old man who used to be a friend of the son bid $5 just to get things going.

     The auctioneer said $5, who will bid $10. Nobody moved. Going once, going twice, three times. $5 sold. Then the auctioneer started putting everything in his briefcase, shutting it up, and getting ready to leave. The people said, wait, wait, what about the rest of these expensive paintings, what about the house, what about the farm, what about the cars; Aren't you gonna sell them. The auctioneer said my orders were, he that gets the Son, gets it all. That old boy who didn't have nothing; He got the Son, and that got him everything. Now Brother Bob says after you read this story leap for joy and praise Jesus because if you have Jesus the Son you are blessed and have everything you need in life.

     As always it is a blessing to write these bible studies and I pray they bless you greatly. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at rz8tlm@yahoo.com or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we meet again soon everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.
     

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