THESE WORDS                                                                                                                              Andy Hollifield 9-14-18

1 Thessalonians 4:18  Wherefore comfort one another with “(THESE WORDS).”

Sometimes when you least expect it, someone can say something that you have heard or read countless times before and it just jumps out at you like it is brand new.  That happened Wednesday night in church.  In Revelation 21:5 John said, “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new.  And he said unto me, Write: for (THESE WORDS) are true and faithful.”  “(THESE WORDS).”  Not just any words but “(THESE WORDS).”  The words that were spoken by “He that sat upon the throne.”

Have you ever thought about that?  What a comfort!  In southern english it might read; “Just mark ‘er down, (THESE WORDS) are true and faithful.”  You can go to the bank with “(THESE WORDS).”  (THESE WORDS) are true.  You don’t ever have to wonder about “(THESE WORDS)” because they are faithful.  Faithful is “Firm in adherence to the truth.”  “True” means “exact, in conformity to the letter and spirit.”  “(THESE WORDS)” are constant.  They are “true” and “worthy of belief.”  What words am I talking about?  “(THESE WORDS).”  Anything that God the Father or Jesus has said in your bible is “true and faithful.”

Let’s look at some examples of “(THESE WORDS).”  The preceding two paragraphs were intended to get you excited and convinced of the truth of “(THESE WORDS).”  The words spoken by the Lord.  Prior to giving the ten commandments the bible says in Exodus 20:1 “And God spake all (THESE WORDS), saying.”  In Exodus 34 the Lord told Moses to write “(THESE WORDS)” because what came from the Lord’s mouth constituted the covenant between Israel and the Lord.  (THESE WORDS) were so powerful, that when Moses came off of the mountain his face shone with the glory of the presence of the Lord.  Until he was done speaking to the children of Israel, he had to wear a veil over his face because of the glory of the one that had spoken “(THESE WORDS).”  In Deuteronomy 5:22-26, God had Moses to call all of the elders of the tribes to him.  As the mountain burned with fire, the Lord spake “(THESE WORDS),” the words of the law, out of darkness even though the Israelites thought they would die by seeing the Lord and hearing his voice.  This fact convinced them and they swore that they would do all that the Lord commanded.  Their intentions were good but they didn’t stay convinced very long.

In the interest of not getting bogged down, I will tell you that the term “(THESE WORDS)” is used 98 times in the bible.  So I want to look at some of “(THESE WORDS)” that God has spoken to me and you.  Hebrews 13:5 says, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, (THESE WORDS) I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  That is one of those “true and faithful” promises from the Lord.  Aren’t you glad that he didn’t mention anything about us being faithful?  We should strive to be faithful to him but he and his words are faithful whether we are or not.  Here are some more words of Jesus for us.  In John 3:7, Jesus says (THESE WORDS) “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”   Not a suggestion but a necessity because of (THESE WORDS) that Jesus spoke to us in John 14:6.  “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”  That makes it sound pretty hopeless for us ever being able to come before the Lord and it would be if not for (THESE WORDS) in Revelation 22:17.  “And the Spirit and the bride say Come.  And let him that heareth say, Come.  And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”  Do you know what that means?  It means that all you have to do is meet the four-step qualification for coming to him.  First, you have to be a “whosoever.”  Then you have to hear the Spirit call you to come.  Third; you have to be thirsty, in need of forgiveness that you can’t do for yourself to satisfy your soul.  The last thing you have to do is; Come.  That’s it!  It really is that simple.  Jesus said (THESE WORDS) in John 6:37, “…him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”  “In no wise” means this: “There ain’t no way I would ever cast out one that comes to me.”  John 3:15 and 16 says (THESE WORDS): “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal (15) life.”  Verse (16) says “everlasting life.”  Acts 10:43 says (THESE WORDS) “through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”  Remission means they are “remitted” or “relinquished.”  We gave them up to Christ and he was crucified on the cross because of our sins.  We received “forgiveness and pardon” when we relinquished them to him.  Romans 10:13 says (THESE WORDS) “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Aren’t you thankful for all of (THESE WORDS)?  (THESE WORDS) apply to “whosoever.”  You are a “whosoever” so these words apply to you.  If you want to come to him, you can.  If you want forgiveness of your sin, he will.  If you call upon him and repent, he’ll hear.  If you have already been born again, it is because of (THESE WORDS).  Not my words but all of the promises and invitations that the Lord has given each of us.  The word “whosoever” is used 183 times in the bible.

I hope that you have been encouraged by (THESE WORDS).  All of the capital letters and parenthesis are not the way all of this is written in scripture.  I just used it to draw your attention to the words that he said to each of us.  Do you remember 1 Thessalonians 4:18 that we started with?  “Wherefore comfort one another with (THESE WORDS).”  I hope (THESE WORDS) have been a comfort to you.  Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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