Precious Gems Found in the Book of Revelation

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There are lots of things going on on The Book of Revelations that you might missed the main focus of this book. The wrath of God, the number 666, bottomless pit, Armageddon etc. are the enough to keep us busy when we read Revelation. Of course, all of that, all the chapters and all verses that compose this book are important. However there are verses that should be highlighted that points us to the goal of the Apostle John in writing this book. The goal of this book is encouraging persecuted believers that God is in control. In my meditation of Revelation and highlighting some verses, its such a blessing that in those passages, I can see the main goal set by the book.

Of course there are lots of lessons you can derive from this book and in any books of the Bible.  I’m highlighting a few of them here and hoping that, as you study this you’ll find more.  Also we should remember that although these are great verses, they are meant to be read in context to get the full meaning and impact. Lastly, have a desire to read God’s Word daily.

God’s Sovereignity

“For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled.”– Revelation 17:17 NASB

Perseverance of the Saints

“Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’  “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.” — Revelation 14:12‭-‬13 NASB

“I know that you have persevered and endured hardships for the sake of my name, and have not grown weary.” –Revelation 2:3 CSB

“Because you have kept my command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth.” — Revelation 3:10 CSB

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.’ — Revelation 2:11 NASB

Glorious Future of the Believer

“…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” — Revelation 1:5‭-‬6 NASB

“Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” — Revelation 20:6 NASB

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them ,” — Revelation 21:3 NASB

True Worship 

“us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”
Revelation 19:7 NASB

“Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he *said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” –Revelation 19:10 NASB

The Power of Prayer 

“Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.” — Revelation 8:3‭-‬4 NASB

 

Pinoy Preacher List # 6

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We are on our sixth installment of this series and I hope some of you already check out the sermons of some previously featured preachers. If you miss out the five other list, they’re provided at the end of this post.

Jeff Uriarte – Further down south in Cagayan de Oro, we find Pastor Jeff. He pastors Grace Reformed Church. He happens to be a blogger too and his blog is in Cebuano dialect. You can read his blog post in this link. And of course, his sermon videos can be access on the Facebook Page of their church.

Kim Javier Lapiz – Another preacher from CDO is Pastor Kim who pastors Jiteh Reformed Church. You can access his messeges from the church Facebook Page.

Edilberto Agquiz – Back to my home city here in Batangas City, we find our last preacher on this installment. Pastor Bobet shepherds the newly established Batangas Reformed Baptist Church. You can watch his preaching (and other preachers) by clicking this link.

If you have miss out the previous installments here are the links:

Pinoy Preacher List #1

Pinoy Preacher #2

Pinoy Preacher List #3

Pinoy Preacher List #4 

Pinoy Preacher List #5

Would you like to help me grow this list? If you know pastors or preachers who are Calvinistic or Reformed and has sermons online, please do e-mail me at nitoymgonzales@gmail.com.

The Quotable Round-Up #116

znu4bd1Log College Press has a latest book that I recently received. A Place Like Heaven by Samuel Miller tackles Synod of Dort, an important event for the doctrine of grace, with an American Presbyterian perspective.  My book review is on the way but for now, you can be assured that this is a great book and you can get it through Amazon by clicking this link. Here’s some nuggets from the book that I hope you’ll enjoy.

“It was fondly hoped by many that when Arminius died, the controversy to which his speculation had given rise, would have died and been buried with him. But this, unhappily, by no means, proved to be the case.”

“When heresy rises in an evangelical body, it is never frank and open. It always begins by skulking, and assuming a disguise.”

“The opinions denominated Arminian had been substantially taught long before Arminius appeared. The doctrine of Cassian, of Marseilles, in the fifth century, commonly styled Semi-Pelagianism, was almost exactly the same system. Bolsec, too, in Geneva, about the year 1552, according to some, had also taught very much the same doctrine, though justly regarded as infamous on account of his shameful moral delinquencies. And about fifteen or twenty years before Arminius arose, Corvinus, in Holland, had appeared as the advocate of opinions of similar import. But having less talent than Arminius, and being less countenanced by eminent men, his error made little noise, and was suffered quietly to sink into insignificance, until a stronger and more popular man arose to give it new consequence, and a new impulse.”

“Perhaps it may be said, that no theological system was ever more grossly
misrepresented, or more foully or unjustly vilified than that which is commonly
called Calvinism; but which had been drawn from the word of God, and preached
by some of the best men that ever lived, many hundreds of years before Calvin
was born.”

“The enemies of the system allege, that it represents God as really the author
of sin, and man as laid under a physical necessity of sinning, and then as damned
for it, do what he can. They insist that our doctrine of depravity, and the mode
of inheriting it, if true, destroys moral agency; reduces men to the condition of
mere machines; and, of course, makes all punishment of sin unjust and absurd. In
short, they contend, that the views which we give of the plan of salvation, makes a system of heathenish fate, or of refined Antinomianism, equally destructive
of holiness and of comfort; and that, under the guise of free grace, we build up
a fabric of favoritism on the one hand, and of fixed necessity on the other; at
once making God a partial being, and a tyrant, and man a mere passive subject
of his arbitrary will. But, is it true that Calvinists embrace any such system as
this? Nothing can be further from the truth. It is a shameful misrepresentation,
which has no correspondence with anything but the caricatures of prejudice
and bigotry.”

 

The Quotable Round-Up #104

xRHiMKgMerry Christmas to all! As I was creating this post, I’m in the middle of doing the laundry! LOL. Not so Christmasy activity isnt? But hey later this day me and my family will go out and celebrate the holidays. In the meantime, enjoy this special treat from Delighting Grace. It’s a collection of quotes from the book Humble Calvinism by Jeff Medders.  Special because it’s from a pre-release copy and schedule to be out on March 2019. Pre-order the book on Amazon or add it to your wish list by clicking this link: https://amzn.to/2LfH2CV

“Many of us who love to love the “doctrines of grace” have not grown in showing grace. We have not become more gracious, kind, tender, and compassionate. And that can only mean one thing: we actually don’t know the doctrines of grace.”

“A doctrinal disconnect between the head and heart fires up the production line of idolatry.”

“Calvinism in the head will puff you up. Calvinism in the heart will build others up.”

“Knowing the five points, the debating points, and the handy Spurgeon quotes in your head and not your heart will puff you up.”

“Heart Calvinism helps us love the Lord our God with more than just our mind but with
our heart, soul, and strength too. Heart Calvinism moves us to love our neighbors—all of them, not just our fellow Calvinists—as ourselves. Head Calvinism means we will become the kind of people who thrive on theological self-righteousness—the very people who received the harshest words from Jesus.”

“More than merely loving Calvinism, we need a loving Calvinism. We don’t need less Calvinism; we need real Calvinism—one that resides in our hearts rather than merely lodging in our heads.”

“We must see Christ in our Calvinism. If we don’t, throw the tulips out; they are worthless.”

The Quotable Round-Up #87

tpn6bjcHowdy! It’s a great day to sit down, chill and sip your favorite drink! And while at it, add some awesomeness in your day by reading our latest collection of quotes.  This time we are featuring fresh quotes from the book “The Potter’s Freedom” by James R. White. And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“The religions of men, Roman Catholicism, and Arminianism, all share one thing in common: the deep desire to maintain the ability of man to control the work of God in salvation and always have the “final say.” The blunt assertion of Christ refutes this error. The fact is, outside of the divine action of drawing the elect to Christ none would come to Him. It is beyond the capacity of the fallen man.”

“All men would be left in the hopeless position of “unable to come” unless God acts, and He does by drawing men unto Christ. Outside of this divine enablement no man can come to Christ. No man can “will” to come to Christ outside of this divine drawing.”

“Why is one man raised to eternal life and another left to eternal destruction? The Scriptures offer an answer that is satisfying to the believer, but insufficient for the person unwilling to trust in God’s goodness. What is the basis of God’s act of predestination? It is “according to the kind intention of His will.” Each word is important. It is His will, not our will. And remember, this is speaking not of some general plan to “save” so that it is God who “initiates” but man who actuates. This is the specific predestination of individuals to sonship. The basis of this specific decree is God’s will. No mention is found of man’s will.”

“Synergism is the hallmark of man’s religions: monergism the mark of the biblical gospel.”

“When the Scriptures say that men are spiritually dead, we are not to understand this to mean that they are spiritually inactive. Men are active in their rebellion, active in their suppression of the truth, active in their sin. Instead, spiritual death refers to alienation from God, the destruction of the positive, active desire to do what is right in God’s sight, and most importantly, the ability to do what is good and holy.”

“Reformed theologians insist that for one to be free as a creature then one must have first and foremost a sovereign Creator. God is the free and sovereign Creator and acts freely in that realm that is His: we are mere creatures, never sovereign, never autonomous (i.e., without law, without a superior authority), but responsible within the realm of our createdness.”

“The Christian heart is glad to confess, “Salvation is of the Lord.” All of it. In completeness. In perfection. The God who decrees all things saves perfectly. Salvation is a divine act, a divine work. It is centered upon God, not upon man. It is God’s glory, not man’s, that is at stake. The God-centeredness of the gospel is what makes the biblical teaching so fundamentally different than all the religions of men.”