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« Last post by Bob on August 23, 2019, 11:58:30 PM »

By Oswald Chambers

“He … said to them, ‘Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem …’ ” (Luke 18:31 ).

Jerusalem, in the life of our Lord, represents the place where He reached the culmination of His Father’s will. Jesus said, “I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me” (John 5:30 ). Seeking to do “the will of the Father” was the one dominating concern throughout our Lord’s life. And whatever He encountered along the way, whether joy or sorrow, success or failure, He was never deterred from that purpose. “… He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem …” (Luke 9:51 ).
The greatest thing for us to remember is that we go up to Jerusalem to fulfill God’s purpose, not our own. In the natural life our ambitions are our own, but in the Christian life we have no goals of our own. We talk so much today about our decisions for Christ, our determination to be Christians, and our decisions for this and that, but in the New Testament the only aspect that is brought out is the compelling purpose of God. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you …” (John 15:16 ).
We are not taken into a conscious agreement with God’s purpose—we are taken into God’s purpose with no awareness of it at all. We have no idea what God’s goal may be; as we continue, His purpose becomes even more and more vague. God’s aim appears to have missed the mark, because we are too nearsighted to see the target at which He is aiming. At the beginning of the Christian life, we have our own ideas as to what God’s purpose is. We say, “God means for me to go over there,” and, “God has called me to do this special work.” We do what we think is right, and yet the compelling purpose of God remains upon us. The work we do is of no account when compared with the compelling purpose of God. It is simply the scaffolding surrounding His work and His plan. “He took the twelve aside …” (Luke 18:31 ). God takes us aside all the time. We have not yet understood all there is to know of the compelling purpose of God.
Spurgeon Sermons / Sermon #722 - The Captive Savior Freeing His People
« Last post by Bob on August 18, 2019, 05:05:05 PM »

Sermon #722
The Captive Savior Freeing His People
Delivered On Sunday Morning, November 25, 1866,
By C. H. Spurgeon,
At The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

“Jesus Answered, ‘I Have Told You That I Am He. If Therefore You Seek Me, Let These Go Their Way,’ That The Saying Might Be Fulfilled, Which He Spoke, ‘Of Them Whom You Gave Me Have I Lost None.’ ”
John 18:8, 9.
Spurgeon Sermons / Sermon #721 - The Last Enemy Destroyed
« Last post by Bob on August 10, 2019, 11:53:57 AM »
Sermon #721
The Last Enemy Destroyed
Delivered On Sunday Morning, November 18, 1866,
By C. H. Spurgeon,
At The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

“The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed Is Death.” 1 Corinthians 15:26.
Bible Discussion / IGNORANCE OF GOD.
« Last post by Bob on August 07, 2019, 12:43:28 AM »

Exodus 5:2  But Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and besides, I will not let Israel go."

Psalm 95:10 "For forty years I loathed [that] generation, And said they are a people who err in their heart, And they do not know My ways.

Galatians 4:8 However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods.

Acts 17:23 "For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.
John 8:19  Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

1 John 4:8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. e.

1John 2:4  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

1 John 3:6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

Mat 22:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

Acts 17:30 "Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all [people] everywhere should repent,

Ephesians 4:18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;

Romans 1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,

John 15:21 "But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.

John 16:3 "These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me.

Isaiah 56:11 And the dogs are greedy, they are not satisfied. And they are shepherds who have no understanding; They have all turned to their own way, Each one to his unjust gain, to the last one.

Luke 12:48 but the one who did not know [it], and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

John 17:25 "O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;
Spurgeon Sermons / Sermon #720 -The Gospel’s Healing Power
« Last post by Bob on August 04, 2019, 05:12:13 PM »
Sermon #720
The Gospel’s Healing Power
Delivered On Sunday Morning, November 11, 1866,
By C. H. Spurgeon,
At The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

“And It Came To Pass On A Certain Day, As He Was Teaching, That There Were Pharisees And Doctors Of The Law Sitting By, Which Were Come Out
Of Every Town Of Galilee, And Judea, And Jerusalem: And
The Power Of The Lord Was Present To Heal Them.” Luke 5:17.
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