THANKS TO GOD FOR HIS WONDERFUL BLESSINGS!

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 Thanks be to God for his wonderful blessings

since before the very beginning of time!!!!
Article by Thomas C. Hickey

1. He thought of us and our needs even before the creation of the universe
  (Ephesians 3:1-12, esp. verse 11).
2. For God so loved the world that He first planned (Eph. 3:11), then gave His only
  begotten Son that whosoever (continues to believe – Greek verb in durative tense)
  believes in Him might be saved (John 3:16).
3. He created a physical universe so great that no living man’s mind can begin to
  imagine the expanse of it. Scientists continue to build more and more powerful
  telescopes , and with each telescope built, no matter how far out it may reach, there
  is still more of God’s creation existing to the very limits of our ability to “see.”
  And, despite speculation and conjecture, there is no evidence that there is any other
  world where intelligent life may be found! And, I don’t think there is any evidence
  of any kind of life form anywhere else but on earth.
  No one knows the location of Heaven or of the hadean world, and since those
  are both spiritual in nature, there is no way for mankind to detect them anyway.
  Who knows? They may exist in a parallel universe.
4. And God created the earth and populated it with men and women, the animal
  kingdom including mankind, land-based animals, and the fish of the seas, and the
  birds of the heavens, and the world of botany. And God made mankind and made
  us to rule over all the living things of God’s creation (Genesis 1:20-31).
5. And God appointed the oldest living males of each family of mankind to be the
  patriarch/prophet and to have responsibility for guiding their families in the ways of
  the Lord’s revelation. And God’s fellowship with these families continued as long as
  they were faithful to His word. And men have called this period the Patriarchal
  Dispensation.
6. In time, multitudes of men fell away from their fellowship with God, and He selected
   a righteous man, Abraham, who lived in a sophisticated city for its time, and God
  said that he should leave his city and his relatives and take his own wife “to a land
  which I will show you, and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and
  make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who
  bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the
  earth shall be blessed. (Genesis 12:1-3; NASB).
7. And centuries later God raised up another man, Moses, to become a leader of the
  faithful children of Abraham, and Moses became an inspired writer of God’s laws
  for men to follow. These writings became the first five of sixty-six inspired books of
  God’s words for men to read, and they have been called by some, The Torah, or The
  Pentateuch. And through ten or eleven centuries these revelations continued until
  the beginning of “The Intertestamentary Period,” during which time no inspired
  words were given.
  Some fifteen centuries after Moses’ time, “God sent forth His Son, made of a
  woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might
  receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:4-5). He also sent six months before him
  the last prophet of the Mosaic Age, John, the baptizer, whose coming was foretold
  by other prophets (Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 3:1-3) and whose work was to “Make
  smooth in the desert a highway for our God” (Isaiah 40:3).
    Then came Jesus, born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25) and to be
  called “Emmanuel,” which means, “God with us.” And soon ended the Mosaical
  Dispensation as Christ later died on the cross (Colossians 2:14).
8. And God raised up His son, Jesus, God in the flesh, reared in the home of His
  earthly mother, Mary, and her husband, Joseph who was thought by some, to be
  Jesus’ father (Luke 3:23). Never was Mary the “Mother of God” as the catholics
  teach, but she was the mother of a child into whose body the Second Person of the
  Godhead was to be Incarnated. Jesus matured to the age of thirty, then began His
  personal ministry, and He called twelve disciples, from among multitudes, whom He
  chose to be His personal apostles, ambassadors (II Corinthians 5;20) who could be
  commissioned to “preach Christ in His stead”).
  Jesus won the hearts of the multitudes (Matthew 7:28-29), but the ruling
  classes, most of the council, the Scribes and the Pharisees, and some others rejected
  Him for reasons of their own envy of His popularity (Matthew 27:18). Standing
  just yards below Mt. Scopus, on the western slope of the Mount of Olives in a place
  overlooking the Temple Compound and the Old City of Jerusalem, Jesus lamented
  the rejection by the ruling classes and those who believed in their words, and cried
  aloud, “37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them
  which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together,
  even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold,
  your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me
  henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
   (Matthew 23:37-39 KJV)
9. Jesus was crucified after the testimony of lying witnesses (Matthew 26:59-60) on two false charges:
  o Before the Jewish Sanhedrin – that he was a blasphemer (Deuteronomy
18:15-22; Matthew 26:63-65) because He had claimed to be the Son of God. But
Peter showed on Pentecost that God, the Father, had proven that Jesus was His Son
on the basis of miracles of God, and inspired testimony of the Old Testament
prophets (Acts 2:22-37).  
  o And, before the Roman Court held by Pontius Pilate, that He was an
insurrectionist (Luke 23:1).
oJesus was crucified on the Hill Calvary (Luke 23:33) on a Friday
afternoon, the day of preparation, and died shortly after the hour of 3:00 P.M. local
time (Matthew 27:46-50), and was buried as the Sabbath drew on in the tomb of
Joseph of Arimathea, a new tomb in which no man had ever lain (Matthew 27:57-
60). A Roman centurion who observed Jesus and saw Him die, and who witnessed
the earthquake following His death, feared greatly and declared, “TRULY THIS
MAN WAS THE SON OF GOD.”
(Matthew 27:54).
   o At the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the
week (which we commonly call Sunday), by my reckoning from the Scriptures,
somewhere around 32 hours after His death and burial, He arose from the dead.
(Matthew 28:1-10; I Corinthians, chapter 15).
  o Not many days later, He met with the apostles on the Mount of Olives and
reminded them of His promise to send the Holy Spirit which would “guide them into
all truth” (John 16:13), teach them all things, and bring all things to their
remembrance, whatever Christ had said to them (John 14:26), the Spirit of Truth
would testify of Him and the apostles would bear witness because they had been
with Him from the beginning (John 15:26-27). The Holy Spirit would not speak “of
himself,” KJV, or “on His own initiative” NASB, but only the things He had heard
from the Father (John 16:13).
In Luke 24:44-49, our Lord had instructed the apostles:
  1. All these things had been written in the law, the prophets, and the Psalms,
namely, that the Christ must suffer, and rise from the dead the third day
(verses 44, 46).
    2. The apostles were witnesses of “these things” (verse 48).
  3. “I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of
Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” (that is, the Holy
Spirit, th) as per verse 49.
In Acts 1:4-5, Jesus promised them again that He would baptize them with the Holy
Spirit. Nowhere in Scripture was this ever made a universal command or promise
to apply to all peoples.
  In verse 6, the apostles asked Him, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again
the kingdom to Israel?”
  In verse 7, Jesus replied, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons
which the Father hath put in His own power.” If I may put this in modern
vernacular, Jesus was saying (but much more nicely), It’s not any of your business
right now what the Father will do, exercising power which belongs only to Him.
But He hints in verse 8 that they may have the answer to that question later.

  Going again to verse 8, Jesus said to the apostles, “Ye shall be witnesses unto
Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost
part of the earth.” (Please see the note in the box!)

 

    At the close of His meeting with the apostles on the Mount of Olives, “He was taken
up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.” While they were watching all this, two
angels appeared unto them and said, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing upon into
heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like
manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:10-11).
  About sixty-six years later, the apostle John wrote, “Behold, He cometh with clouds;
and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth
shall wail because of Him” (Revelation 1;7).

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