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“Christ Much and Christ More”

 Have you ever thought what it would be like if you could not die? How terrible it would be if your body had wasted away with a terrible disease and you could not die. I have conducted many funerals when loved ones have reluctantly said the deceased was better off because he was no longer suffering.

On the other hand, Francis Bacon echoed the attitude of many when he said, “men fear death as children fear the dark.” Apart from an intimate love relationship with Jesus Christ no man is prepared for his encounter with death.

Moreover, death for the believer in Christ is presented in the Bible as an improvement over the very best in this life. How wonderful it would be if Jesus came for us on the very best day this life could offer when everything is going great. It would not be a terrible tragedy. The Apostle Paul’s life was full and he could write, “For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain” (Philippians 2:21 NET).

Paul did not say his death would be “better by far” because he wanted to escape this life. The death of the Christian is never portrayed as an escape or improvement on the worst of life.

The heartbeat of Paul’s life was Christ. “For to me to live is Christ and to die is better yet.” Christ was everything to Him.

H. C. G. Moule with keen insight said, “Life and death . . . look to him like two immense blessings, of which he knows not which is the better. On either side of the veil, Jesus Christ is all things to him.” The only difference will be that “on the other side” everything Paul longed for in this life “in Christ” will be more perfectly realized there.

The apostle’s desire was to “depart” and be with Christ. He had tasted the delights of God’s righteousness and longed for freedom from evil that he would never have in this life on the earth. He would know perfect freedom.

For the Christian death will be freedom from all sin, pain, suffering, persecution, cares, etc.

I am sure the apostle Paul had in mind that this freedom would mean that finally he would be like Christ in His perfect righteousness (2 Tim. 4:8). Crowned with His righteousness! It is not our self-righteousness, but our being clothed in righteousness that Christ imputes to us (2 Cor. 5:21).

We will know him as he is known. Every spiritual truth that has puzzled us in this life will be clearly revealed to us in Christ. In that day we will know as he knows (1 Cor. 13:12).

But the blessed thought, most precious of all is we will be with him. Every born again believer will be with Christ. Yes, we know him and he is with us in our present life, but oh the fullness of our knowledge of him and his wonderful, glorious presence when we are with him clothed and crowned with his righteousness!

The Psalmist said, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15 NASB).

For the unbeliever death is an eternal separation from a righteous, loving God. It is something to be feared and dreaded. However, for the believer death is just the opposite; it is also precious to the believer just as it is to God. There will be no separation from him.

Moule says it well. For Paul it was a dilemma “between Christ and Christ, Christ much and Christ more, Christ by faith and Christ by sight.” And that is our dilemma, too.

As you read these words is it true of you? Do you long to be like Christ? Do you long to see Him in all His gory? Do you earnestly desire to be perfect as he is perfect?

The apostle John said, “And everyone who has this hope focused on him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure” (1 John 3:3 NET).

Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006

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Yes We All go Through That

Yes we all go through that experience of fear no matter how long we have walked with Christ.

But He will calm our fears by reminding us of how He walked through difficult and dangerous times before, He will send a brother or sister to encourage us with their reflections on how Jesus walked through the tough and dangerous times with them and or He will assure us through Bible verses. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah


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God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.” Martin Luther

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Is Not Living According To

Being a Christian is not living according to a creed nor a religion but in walking daily with Christ. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah

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The More do You See of His

The longer you know Christ, and the nearer you come to him, still the more do you see of his glory.
John Flavel

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If You Stand On

There is only one secure foundation: a genuine, deep relationship with Jesus Christ, which will carry you through any and all turmoil. No matter what storms are raging all around, you’ll stand firm if you stand on His love Charles Stanley

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And That’s a Good Thing.

You just can’t hide from God. And that’s a good thing. Because God isn’t just watching you; He’s watching over you. Louie Giglio

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Study this Book of Instruction Continually.

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1:8 The Holy Bible, The New Living Testament

Before I moved to China to teach I studied the culture, customs, history and language as much as I could. Even then it took about four years living with them to assimilate with them because there was many things they lived that is not taught in a book or video. After that many Chinese were shocked that I was more Chinese than they were.

So too it is with our relationship with Jehovah, Jesus and The Holy Spirit.

We must daily read scriptures to understand their ways. Of course it is always advisable to pray for The Holy Spirit to be our Tutor to explain the words within The Book so we understand.

As well we need His help to be obedient to follow through on what we learn because many times it takes superhuman powers to do so.

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything John 14:26 The Holy Bible, The New Living Testament

I ought to know. I have walked with Jehovah, Jesus and the Holy Spirit for over forty years and am still learning.

Funny thing you know, whenever I was obedient unto The Holy Spirits guidance I always succeeded.

Whenever I was disobedient unto The Holy Spirits guidance I always crashed and burned.

If you want to succeed in life, always listen and obey The Holy Spirits guidance Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Rabbi (God our Teacher 2 Timothy 3:16 ) for blessing me with the most important book to ever read ( the Bible ) and for sending the best tutor The Holy Spirit to teach me the amazing knowledge with in it pages. Thank you that He teaches me wisdom ( how to put into practice what He has taught me ) from with in its pages. I praise You in Yor insightful name. Amen

May you have a grateful heart towards He who has given so much to you. indeovi vas ( may you live with Jesus in Latin )

Seleh- stop and think about it.

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If You Want Someone To

If you want someone to come to Christ make them desire for Him by seeing your relationship with Him. Joseph- Anthony of Jehovah

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Thinking About Your Promise.

Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long. Psalms 119:97 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation

I stay awake through the night, thinking about your promise. Psalms 119:148 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation

It is vital to commit yourself to putting time aside to read and meditate on God and His Word.

Before you begin your day as well as at the close of your day, take some moments to be with God, strengthening and encouraging yourself with what He desires to show you.

Whenever a Bible verse jumps out at you, write it down and then talk with Poppa about it. As well recite it every day until it is ingrained in your mind.

Then when challenging times come, those verses will return to you and encourage you to continue on.

As well, when God instructs you act upon it immediately. Otherwise it will be harder the longer you wait.

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Elohim Ozer Li (Psalms 54:4 GOD My Helper ) for blessing me with the greatest helper in every area of my life, The Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus that Your sacrifice made it possible for Him to be my private tutor. Thank you The Holy Spirit for being the best Guidance Councilor there could ever be. I praise you all in the name of the best Rabbi, Jesus Christ. Amen

May you have a grateful heart towards He who has given so much to you. indeovi vas ( may you live with Jesus in Latin )

Seleh- stop and think about it.

This photo and article @ Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah 2023 Anyone is free to use this material and distribute it but it may not be sold without authors consent