Vol. 29, No. 3 March, 2005
ANY TWO THINGS USUALLY COME IN PAIRS.
By Pastor George Mills
“Can TWO walk together except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3).
Today, the emphasis is on variety. You have as many choices as you like. This is especially true in the religious world.. You may have it any way you want it. I well remember some time ago when I resigned the Pastorate at my Church. A man contacted me and asked some questions. He stated that his friend was a pastor, and that he was going to start a Church somewhere, however, since my Church would be seeking a new pastor, Why not call him. I advised the man to contact the Trustees. I also asked the man about the church his friend attended. He told me the name of his church. I replied, “Isn’t that a Southern Baptist Church This is an Independent Baptist Church.” “Oh,” he answered, ” He’s a Southern Baptist alright, but he can go either way.” I had to laugh to myself at his answer. But how true his answer is. We have a multitude who can go “Either way.” I just happened to think of that incident. I believe it fits the general theme of this subject. There are choices. You can go “EITHER WAY.”
The choice is yours. You see, in reality,
2 God’s. (A) The God of Heaven.
(B) The god of this world
2 Christ’s. (A) The Lord Jesus Christ.
(B) The antichrist.
2 Spirit’s. (A) The Holy Spirit
(B) The spirit of antichrist.
2 Gospels. (A) The Gospel of Grace.
(B) Another gospel.
2 Kings. (A) Grace
2 Plans of Salvation. (A) By Grace.
(B) By works
2 Foundations. (A) The Rock.
2Destinys. (A) Heaven
2 Preachers. (A) God called.
(B) Man called.
2 Bibles. (A) Our God Breathed Book, or, (B) The antichrist bible.
On and on this list could go, but I trust that you can clearly see with me that there are choices. TWO THINGS USUALLY COME IN PAIRS.
Let me take a few moments and share with you some characteristics of these Pairs. Don’t get them confused. Many have. It is recorded in 1Chr 12:32, “The children of Issachar which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” We need today to understand the times. Of course, I do not have the space in this small publication to go into much detail on every subject. I trust that you will take your Bible, (KJV) and study for yourself.
1. THERE ARE TWO GOD’S. Yes, the Bible clearly teaches us about two God’s.
(A) THE GOD OF HEAVEN. The Great Creator, Redeemer, of lost mankind. The Scriptures are very clear on the Personality of our God. His Name is NOT Buddha, NOT Allah, NOT Mohammed, NOT one of the “god?s” of the Middle East, or of the Far East. I love the Scriptural description of our God, “Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.” (Psa. 90:1-2). Our God has eternally existed in Three Persons, God, the Father, God, the Son, God the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures, (KJV) refer to each member of the Trinity as GOD.
(B) THE GOD OF THIS WORLD. “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2Cor. 4:4). Yes, just as sure as there is a God in Heaven, there is a “god” of this world, or, world system. Of course, I am speaking about Satan and his army. If you cannot see the mighty conflict raging, he has already blinded your mind. He is known by many, many different names and titles. But he is active, busy, in governments, in media, in education, in religion, deceiving, and blinding the minds of men. The Bible, (KJV) says in Ephesians 2:2; “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR.” Before we were saved, we followed this “god,” as does the unsaved world follow him, his teaching, his philosophy. He has a vast army, unseen, but as real as you and me.
As GOD the Father exists in three distinct personalities, so does the “god” of this world. Pictured in various ways in the Scriptures, but culminates in the Book of The Revelation, Chs. 13-19. Briefly, the Dragon of Rev. 13:1-2 is anti-god. The Beast of Rev 13:3-4 is antichrist. He apparently receives a deadly wound, and is miraculously resurrected, to copy the real Christ,(Rev 13:3, 12, 14). The Beast out of the earth in Rev. 13:11-18 is anti-spirit. In the “god” of this world you have a COPY of God the Father, God the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit. May I take this moment to caution, to warn again about the subtle tricks of this satanic trio. Heaven looks down and sees them as Beasts, in their beast-like character. The world looks at the same trio and wonders, and marvels in amazement. Now, let this sink down deep in your heart today; If the Real Christ, and the anti-Christ were standing before us today, the only way we could tell them apart is by the witness of the Holy Spirit who lives in the believer. He would point out the real Christ,(Jn 16:12-15). That’s how subtle the “god” of this world is.
2. THERE ARE TWO CHRIST’S.
(A) THERE IS OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST who gave His Life for our sins on the Cross, who was buried, who is alive forever. What can I say about Him? He is My Lord. My Saviour, My King, My All in all. I think of the billions of ways the notes of the musical scale have been arranged, and yet, the most melodious tune about Christ has yet to be written. Think of the letters of the alphabet, and the billions of ways these letters have been arranged by those who have attempted to adequately Praise Him. And still the most beautiful song, most beautiful poem, or sermon about Christ and His Work of Redemption has yet to be written or spoken.
(B) THERE IS ALSO ANTICHRIST. Revealed so clear in the Scripture. In Type, in Prophesy. Take a few moments and read 2Thess 2:1-17. The antichrist will one day enter the Temple, present himself as god, and demand to be worshipped. Satan is a deceiver, a copier. Everything that God has, Satan tries to duplicate. God has His Christ, Satan has his anti-Christ. “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ” He is anti-christ, that denieth the Father and the Son.” (1Jn 2: 18-22).
3. THERE ARE TWO SPIRIT’S.
(A) THERE IS THE HOLY SPIRIT. He SOUGHT us when we were sinners. He led us to Jesus Christ. He SAVED us when we asked Christ into our heart. We are “Born of The Spirit.” He SEALED us with His presence. He SECURED us eternally. “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” He SEEKS to be our guide through every day. He is that “still small voice that speaks to the believer. So much could be said about the Holy Spirit.
(B) THERE IS THE SPIRIT OF ANTI-CHRIST. Just as God uses the Holy Spirit to shine, to illuminate Christ, so, the spirit of antichrist illuminates the systems of this world. His artists paint a beautiful picture of the “Far country.” He blinds the minds of men to the reality of Christ. “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father, but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” (1Jn 2:22-23). Any “spirit” that does not magnify Christ is not of God.
4. THERE ARE TWO GOSPELS.
(A) THERE IS THE GOSPEL OF GRACE. “For by GRACE are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the Gift of God.” Grace says that Salvation is a free Gift. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Ro 10:9). Salvation is a free Gift. You cannot earn it, buy it, work for it, pray enough to merit it. The Gospel of the Grace of God is open for everyone who will receive Christ. By GRACE plus and minus nothing!
(B) THERE IS “ANOTHER GOSPEL.”
This “Gospel” adds things. Things like Baptism, circumcision, church membership, holding out, holding on, legalism, and a thousand other things that men can do. Things like robes, burning candles, priestly confessions, catechisms, oaths, and so on. Anything that adds to the Gospel of Grace, one single “work” that man must do in order to gain favor with God and help earn his salvation is “Another Gospel.” There is a strong condemnation against this “gospel” Paul says in Galatians Ch.1, That ?”f any man preach another Gospel, Let him be accursed.” “Another Gospel” is very popular today. Do not let anything or anyone take your eyes off the Gospel of Grace..
5. THERE ARE TWO KINGS.
(A) There is a King called GRACE. We have already discussed Grace in the previous point. I just want to add this verse; ” even so might Grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Ro 5:21). King Grace wants to reign in every heart.
(B) There is a king called SIN. “That as sin hath reigned unto death,”(Ro 5:21)
Sin has reigned for a long time, even since Adam. Sin reigns today. Christ paid for us the wages of sin, and now, death no longer reigns in the life of the believer. If physical death comes today, the believer will live forever in the Presence of our Lord. Christ reigns. Does He reign in your heart today? Or does sin still reign.? Dethrone this king called sin, and submit to the King of Kings and Lord of lords.
6. THERE ARE TWO PLANS OF SALVATION.
We have already discussed these plans in the fourth point. But just to refresh our minds, there is,
(A) God’ s Plan of Salvation. God’s plan is “Look and live” As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.” The text refers to the time when Israel murmured against God as He was leading them through the wilderness. God told Moses to make a serpent of brass and to hang the serpent high on a pole. God sent serpents into the camp, and many in Israel were bitten by these serpents. Moses told the people who were bitten by the serpents, to look at the brazen serpent on the pole, and they would not die. All they needed to do was to Look and Live. And so it is with Christ. We look to Him, in faith, believing what the Bible,(KJV) says about Him, and we live. That’s God’s Plan.
(B) Man’s plan of salvation. Man’s plan adds to, or takes away from God’s plan. If you stray from simple Salvation By Grace through Faith, plus or minus nothing, then you are submitting yourself to man?s plan, and that will NOT get you off the ground.
7. THERE ARE TWO FOUNDATIONS.
I believe that most of us are familiar with the Story that Jesus told in the Book of Matthew 7:24-27. Two men built their houses.
(A) The solid Rock Foundation. I believe that both of these men took care to design and build their house. They used the best material they could afford. They selected a good neighborhood. They worked, they planned, and stayed with their building until it was finished. And then one night, a storm came. It was not just another rainy night, this was a violent storm with rain, wind, and a flood. One of these builders had taken care to build his house on a solid foundation. After all, a building is no better than it?s foundation. His house stood the test. The Bible, (KJV) says that “Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid which is Jesus Christ.” (1Cor 3:11-15) The Foundation of Christ is sure. He is the Rock upon Whom we build. This Foundation will never fail. Are you building your life, your future on the Foundation of Christ? Or are you like the other builder.
(B) Sand. Now, I feel sure that this builder did not just begin his building without doing some checking first. In a dry season, sand can become very hard. It can become very much like brick. This man probably saw something like that and came to the conclusion that this will make a fine foundation. But, when the waters begin to fall, and the sand began to soften, the foundation began to just “float away.” It looked so good in fair weather, But, life is not always fair weather. Storms come. Both of these men faced the same storm. One foundation stood the test, the other foundation failed. Which foundation are YOU building upon? If your foundation is not Christ, your foundation will fail. But, the choice is yours. Where you see the real, the false is not far behind.
8. THERE ARE TWO DESTINIES. “Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Mt 7:13-14). Two destinies!
(A) Life..Eternal life. For those who have followed the leadership of the Holy Spirit as He brought us to Christ. We believed His Gospel. We accepted His plan of Salvation, we have the guarantee of eternal life. Our destiny is sealed.
(B) Destruction. For those who reject Christ, who build upon the sand of time, will see everything fall, and great will be the fall of it. Why take any chances? Accept Christ, today.
9. THERE ARE TWO PREACHERS.
(A) There is the God-called Preacher. He is the MAN described by the Apostle Peter in 1Per 5:2-3, “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight, thereof, not by constraint, but willingly, not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind. Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.” This is the Godly preacher who is concerned about the Spiritual welfare of his flock. He is concerned about his community and town. His is not preaching for money, or for prestige.
He is sincere, honest, and trustworthy. He will take his stand upon the Word of God, (KJV) and will not move.
(B) There is the man-called Preacher. He is in business for money only. He too is described in 1Peter 5, as one preaching for filthy lucre (money). He is described in various places in the Scriptures. Paul writes, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his minister also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.” (2Cor 11:13-15)
These two preachers are very active, preaching their Gospel message. Just make sure that you examine their message.
10. THERE ARE TWO BIBLES. I mean that, there are only two bibles.
(A) There is our God-breathed Bible, the King James Bible. God gave this Book to the English speaking people of the world. God has Blessed it, Honored it, Protected it. I believe that every Word is inspired. I have found no fault in it, and I have no problem with the italics. This Book will explain Itself, if we just study it. The Bible says in Prov 30:5, “Every Word of God is PURE.” “The Law of the Lord is PERFECT.” (Psa 19:7). And , “Thou shalt PRESERVE them from this generation for ever.” (Psa 12:7) PURE, PERFECT, and PRESERVED. How can you possibly improve that? Perfection cannot be up-dated.
(B) There is the Antichrist bible. This “bible” comes in many colors, and with many different names. Names like, ASV, NASV, NKJV, Good News, Living Letters, TEV, NEB, NIV, RSV, TLV, and the list keeps growing. There will probably be another “translation” on the market by the time this publication is mailed. God is NOT in all of this confusion. This “bible” is never completed. It keeps changing with every new edition. Man keeps on searching, looking. He searches GREEK and HEBREW always searching but never finding, and always changing. In the very beginning, Satan used the hiss of a serpent to pervert the Word of God as he spoke to Adam and Eve. Today, he uses the minds of educated men. If these bibles listed above, and many not listed above attack the Person and Work of the Christ as presented in our God breathed Book, then these ?bibles? are Antichrist “bibles.” Satan has been busy down through the centuries just adding a little here, and taking away a little there until he has managed to confuse the masses. Years ago when I first started in the Ministry, I wondered just how will there be a famine of hearing the Word of God in the last days, (Amos 8:11), seeing that the Bible was always on the best seller list. We did not have this mass of confusion in those days. Since we have seen this flood of antichrist “bibles” I can clearly see how. We are in that time of famine now. Oh yes, we have crowds, noise, movements. We have entertainment, comedians, laughter, medicine shows, but no revival. And there will be no revival apart from the Word of God.
The message then, is simple, Let the right Preachers, take the Right Bible, and preach the Right Gospel, and lead the people in the Right way, to build on the Right Foundation, being led by the Right Spirit.
Now there is no way that I can cover this subject in such a short space. I have tried to show you that there are CHOICES. The CHOICE is up to you. God has set forth choices in His Word. You make the decision. God will never break down the barriers in your life, you must open your heart and invite Him in. I urge everyone from the depths of my heart to accept the Christ of the Bible (KJV), to learn to study, and Love your Bible, and don?t let men deceive you by their ?correcting? it while saying at the same time that they believe it. Makes no sense. Oh well, If ignorance is bliss, I?ll just stay Blissful.
THINK ABOUT IT…Where you find the REAL, the FALSE is not far behind.
AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS…It is no friend to the Christian, nor to his Bible.
WE WISH FOR EVERYONE A HAPPY EASTER SEASON. I PRAISE GOD FOR THE GLORIOUS FACT OF THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS. HE IS ALIVE! I SPOKE WITH HIM JUST THIS MORNING! HE IS RISEN!
TODAY, MANY ASK THE QUESTION; “IS HE RISEN?” LET US SEE WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS..
1. IS HE RISEN? Is His Tomb empty? Remember that He said that He would raise His Body in three days. Did that happen?
2. IS HE RISEN? Is His Body there? Or, what happened to His Body? Did his enemies take it?
3. IS HE RISEN? Were there witnesses to His Resurrection? Did anyone see Him? Or talk with Him?
4. IS HE RISEN? Is His Church alive and well? Remember that He said, “I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
5. IS HE RISEN? Are souls being saved today? Do lost people all over the world hear and believe the Resurrection?
6. IS HE RISEN? Is His Gospel of Grace being proclaimed all over the world?
7. IS HE RISEN? Do you have daily answered prayer? Remember that He said that He would return to the Father, and that “Whatsoever ye ask the Father in My Name, that will I do that the Father may be Glorified in the Son.”
8. IS HE RISEN? Do you have that inexplicable inward hope deep inside your heart that says above all the doubts, and debates, “I know that He is alive. He lives in my heart.”
I say “YES” to all of these questions. He is risen, as He said. Let all the skeptics be forever silenced. There are too many infallible proofs. Of course, the greatest proof is that personal knowledge that Christ went to the Cross and bore my sin, all sin, in His Body on the Cross. The sin debt is paid in full. Christ was buried, and on the third day, He arose in victory over the grave. I have claimed that for myself. And in order for you to be saved from the penalty of sin, you must do the same thing for yourself. Ask Christ to come into your heart. Believe that He paid your sin debt on the cross, and that He was buried, and that He arose from the dead. At your invitation, He will come into your life and prove to you every day that, “I am He that liveth, and was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore.”
Nothing ever has so effected mankind like the Glorious Resurrection of Christ. The results are too manifold to mention. Here are just a few..Mt. 28:1-20.
1. GREAT COMFORT, v1-9. The Disciples needed comfort. They found it in “He is not here, for He is risen.”
2. GREAT COURAGE, v10, “Be not afraid.” They faced kings after the Resurrection.
3. GREAT COMMISSION, v19-20. “Come and see, go and tell. Tell the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations of the world.”