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Delivered from Wrath  


Posted: 12 Jul 2014 01:11 AM PDT

John 3:36

“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,” John 3:36.

Believe means “to give mental assent to”; believe not is translated from the Greek word for disobey, and abides is from the word meno meaning “to dwell or set up housekeeping.” A person who possesses everlasting life has placed his eternal destiny in the hands of Jesus Christ and asked God for pardon, believing Christ’s sacrifice paid for his sins. The one who does not obey Christ’s invitation will not see eternal life but has set up housekeeping under the wrath of God.

How can a person go through life without God’s grace to help him through the trials of life? At a funeral one usually sees two groups of people. One group has gone through the gauntlet holding God’s hand, depending on Christ’s strength. The other group stares blank-faced into the future with no hope. These have set up camp under the wrath of God. How sad when God has already provided the sacrifice to bring them into His presence as His children. All their time here on earth could be spent depending on Him as their daddy, Abba.



What a sad way to spend life on earth, living under God’s wrath, headed to the eternal lake of fire!

Robert Brock

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The Value of Trials


1 Peter 1:3-9


Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations,” 1 Peter 1:6. 


President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat” (The Strenuous Life, April 10, 1899).


The Christ follower is a person who knows something of victory and defeat. It takes great humility to admit you are incapable of saving yourself, but it is necessary to die to self to live for Christ. When we enter into relationship with God through faith in Christ, we are guaranteed ultimate victory based on what Christ has done on Calvary. In the mean time, however, there are trials, struggles, temptations and persecutions. God allows us to go through these trials because they test the genuineness of our faith. Like gold purified in the fire, we should allow our faith to be purified by the trials we encounter. Trials and tribulations remind us of the cost of pursuing Christ and that God is our only hope and satisfaction. We may weep and wail temporarily, but we should never forget the victory that awaits us at the end of the road. “Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies” (Psalm 108:13).





Will you trust God in your trials today?



Mark Clements




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“Be faithful unto death!”  
On this day, and just six days short or her twenty-fourth birthday, Luba Skvortsova was arrested when the Russian police raided the home where the celebration was taking place.  When the day of her trial finally came about she could see her parents and a multitude of her friends at the court building.  However the vehicle that was carrying her took her back to the jail where she was held and brought her back the next day when no one was there but Russian police.  Her  parents were allowed to come inside for the two day trial which was a farce, and other believers were given the opportunity to hear the sentencing, where she was given a three year prison term.  They began throwing flowers to her and shouted, “take courage”.  She was taken to the prison camp in Voroshilovgrad in Southeastern Ukraine and given a bunk on the top floor with six other women where she collapsed, not having slept in twenty-four hours.  She discovered that she was in the same prison that housed a number of Independent Baptist pastors; Pavel Rytikov, Stepan Germaniuk, Pavel Sazhnev, Ivan Tyagun and Anatoly Balatsky.  When they learned that she was  there, she found a note in the exercise yard, “Be faithful unto death!”  Those were the same words that her friends had shouted to her in the court room at her sentencing.  It was her blessing to meet a Christian friend there, Maria by name who became like a mother to her.  The guards confiscated there short gospel portion and poem book on one occasion and their punishment was denying extra money to spend in the camp store.  After Maria’s release, a pastor’s wife, Ulyana Germaniuk came and Luba was able to minister to her.  Luba was truly faithful for the three years that she has to stay in that terrible place.

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They were given four days to prepare for trial
 The trial of Veniamin Markevich, the pastor of the independent Baptist church in Ordzhonikidze, Russia took began Jan. 24, 1983 and ended on Feb. 2nd.  The other two pastors on trial with him were Veniamin Chistyakov, and Vasily Mikhin.  They were given four days to prepare for trial.  The testimony of witnesses made it clear why the KGB had to silence them.  One teacher said, “Our school has a great atheistic program, but because of the activities of the defendants, practically nothing comes from it.”  Of course as these cases went in the past, the outcome was already determined and the sentences pre-set, and the elderly judge ready to rubber stamp the verdict.  Politically, an important change had just taken place in Russia.  Leonid Brezhnev, leader for 18 years had just died, and the central committee had just appointed Yuri Andropov as General Secretary.  He had been the head of the KGB, and in speeches had lashed out at the Western powers, and he had called for a stronger show of force and this was a part of this effort internally.  Pastor Mikhin received three years, Pastor Chistyakov four, and Pastor Markevich received five.  It took one-hundred days to transport Pastor Markevich from the Caucasus to Yakutia in Siberia.  Somehow his wife was able to find his location and traveled 600 miles to see him.  She was allowed thirty minutes with him.  However their families learned to trust God and continue with their lives under these trying circumstances.  He learned that his daughter was to wed Pastor Chistyakov’s son.  He was moved from time to time to different prisons, but by the grace of God he was released eight months early in Feb. 1987.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, adapted from:  This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp. 67-68.

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The Trial – The plea of Innocence

Some of the defendants in the court room disagree with the declaration that they are guilty in God’s sight. The defense attorney, as their spokesman, steps forward to plead mankind’s innocence, claiming first that the pagan world is innocent of God’s existence, and, secondly, that they cannot know his will.

A Ignorance of God’s Existence – The heathen nations, until a servant of the living God comes to them, live without the light of God’s special revelation.
1. The Plea Presented – The counsel for the defense, with the eye of every person in the courtroom fixed upon him, addresses the Judge, saying, “Your Honor, my clients are not guilty as charged. They are accused of ungodliness, but they cannot be held responsible for their failure to honor a God concerning whom they have never heard. None of their own prolphets has ever received a vision or direct communication from the Almighty. Therefore, Your honor, my clients – the uninformed heathen-cannot be held responsible for their ungodliness. In their behalf I enter a plea of not guilty.
2. The Plea Refuted – The Apostle Paul rises to his feet and asks for permission to speak. He is now ready to substantiate his previous statement that men are indeed responsible for having refused God’s truth. Even the heathen have rejected the revelation given them in the created world. Therefore, with a glow of Heavenly ligh on his face, he says, “Your Honor, the invisible attributes of “God-that is, his eteral power and deity – can be seen and understood through the things which He has made. Every person even the heathen to whom no special revelation has ever been given, has seen enough and understood enough about God to be rendered completely without excuse.”
The wwords of Paul, recorded in Romans 1:20, make a telling impact upon all present in the courtroom. A hush falls upon every person as the apostle calls for his first witness to corroborate his declaration taht God has revealed Himself in nature. An aged Jew with white hair and long flowing beard, a man highly respected for the godliness of his life steps to the witness chair, solemnly takes his oath, and, carefully unrolling his scroll, reads from the sacred Hebrew Scriptures:

The heavens declare the glory of God, and
the firmament showeth his handiwork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night
unto night showeth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where
their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
his going forth is from the
end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends
of it; and there is nothing hidden from the heat thereof (Palm 19:1-4, 6).

Yes, the invisible attributes of God are revealed in the created world, and wvery person who possesses some ability to think or reason is responsible if he rejects that revelation.

B. Ignorance of God’s Will – The words of the prosecuting attorney and the aged witness have clearly demonstrated that men are guilty of rejecting the revelation of God readily observable in the created world. The defense attorney now seeds to prove that even though man may know something about God through nature, it is not enough to make him morally responsible for his conduct.
1. The Claim Submitted – Eager to show that a revelation of God in nature is too general to be of any value in regulating life, the defense counselor again addresses the Judge, “Your Honor, it may be true that the heathen world should de able to gather some facts about God through observing the created world. However, since this living and holy God has never spoken to them, it is impossible for them to know what He wants them to do. he has never told them how they should conduct themselves.”
2. The Claim Refuted – Once again the Apostle Paul stands up and says, ‘Your Honor, the defense attorney is overlooking something. Men every where have an inner consciousness of what is righ and what is wrong. Even though this quality has been dimmed because of deliberate wickedness, it still exists everywhere. your Honor, at one time all men knew God, but they refused to glorify him, and did not give Him thanks. They deliberately turned from the light, began to think wrongly and act fookishly, and plunged themselves more deeply into spiritual darkness.”
Because, when they knew God, they glorified
him not as God, neither were thankful, but
became vain in their imaginations, and their
foolish heart was darkened (Romans 1:21).
Thus Paul affirms that spiritual ignorance is not the cause of ungodliness, but its result. Men knew God, but they did not properly respond to this knowledge. The pleas “not guilty” advanced for the heathen people of the world cannot be justified. God has revealed Himself to them outwardly through the created world and inwardly through a universal consciousness of His moral law, but men have rejected that light.

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