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Colossians 3:12-14: NKJV: Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

 

To truly become the beloved elect and chosen of our God, we must clothe ourselves with the bond of perfection. Above all things, we must dress not only our bodies, but our minds and/or souls with love to become the likeness of our Eternal Creator God.  In the present world of increasing disorder, hate and disobedience, the bond of slavery to the devil makes true love in the bond of perfection virtually impossible for most of mankind.

 

Jeremiah 2:20-21: For of old I have broken your yoke and burst your bonds; and you said, ‘I will not transgress,’ When on every high hill and under every green tree you lay down, playing the harlot. Yet I had planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality. How then have you turned before ME into the degenerate plant of an alien vine?    ** The harlotry of mankind has degenerated into a world of increasing chaos. We have forsaken the nourishing vine of our Eternal Father God. This nourishing vine is the entire ten eternal commandments of love for God and brethren which HE spoke and wrote in stone with HIS finger. Deuteronomy 9:10: Then the Lord delivered to me two tablets of stone written with the finger of God, and on them were all the words which the Lord had spoken to you on the mountain from the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly. ** The bonds of the devil are emphasized in the gospel of the beloved physician Luke.

 

Luke 8:27-29: And when HE (Jesus) stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he Saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before HIM, and with a loud voice said: What have I to do with YOU, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg YOU, do not torment me!  For HE had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the Man.  For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. ** The word of God is not chained, for HE can loosen the bonds of those that love as described in the book of Timothy.

 

2 Timothy 2:8-11: Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. This is a faithful saying: For if we died with HIM, we shall also live with Him. ** Just as good soldiers are faithful to their captain, we must be faithful to our Captain in heaven who speaks to HIS elect with the power of HIS words to loosen the chains that bond mankind to this devils temporary world. ** 2 Timothy 2: 12: If we endure, we shall also reign with HIM, If we deny HIM, HE also will deny us. ** Few will endure the difficult times and struggles as the last days rapidly approach within our hearts, minds and the crumbling chaos of all world governments. ** 2 Timothy 3:13: But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. **Sin is disobedience to the Holy law of the Ten Commandments in all or even just one. ** James 2:10: For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. ** James is talking about with inclusion of the Royal Law of God as in verse 8: If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture (Leviticus 19:18 *I am the Lord), you shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well.

 

When we continue to deceive ourselves we do not endure to become a right focus toward love of our God of Jacob and our neighbors in China or even Iran. The right focus is skewed and in denial when we cling to the alien bondage of the devil instead the love of all the commands of our Creator. ** Matthew 10:33: But whoever denies ME before men, him I will also deny before MY Father who is in heaven. ** Verse 37, 38: He who loves father or mother more than ME is not worthy of ME. And he who loves son or daughter more than ME is not worthy of ME. And he who does not take his cross and follow after ME is not worthy of ME. ** Just as a leaf clings to the branch of a tree or vine, we can become worthy of our Creator when we no longer cling to the sins of this evil world. ** John 15:5, 6: I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in ME, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without ME you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in ME, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

 

The word abide in Hebrew is Yashab, meaning sit, remain, dwell, inhabit and occurs about 1,200 times in the Old Testament.  In Greek it is meno, with the sense of remain or stay, as lodging as a guest. It also means remain, in the sense of endure, continue or last in the various 120 places in the New Testament. Vine’s Expository Dictionary is specifically evident of abide in John 15:4: Abide in ME, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in ME. ** This expresses an intimate spiritual and loving relationship with Christ with the metaphor of branches and the vine. The fruit our Creator greatly desires for all HIS children is obedience to HIS word of life, HIS law of life.  The first line of defense against the devil begins with obedience in sincere love for God and all brethren. The second line begins at about age ten with baptism immersion like Jesus; when a child is old enough to know the difference between sincere love and greed.  Continued obedience will protect you from becoming a withered branch as part of the soon coming holocaust of fire.  Only love will survive in the soon coming Kingdom!

 

 

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