THE Trinity in Jersey http://thetrinityinjersey.org THE Trinity in Jersey - a series of weekly newsletters under the title "info for islanders" linking the Bible, Jesus Christ and Jersey. Immediately after his resurrection and just before his ascension in AD 33, Jesus Christ instructed his key followers to make disciples of all nations. They were to do this in two ways: first, by immersing them into the name (all the attributes and facts about) the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; second, by teaching them to observe and obey all that he had commanded them. THE Trinity in Jersey "info for islanders" seeks to assist in both those ways in making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. en Sun, 25 Feb 2018 16:05:34 EST In the kingdom of the blind... http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=578 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret The Jews (c.AD 30) did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” John 9: 12-17 ‘Live your own life and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life according to the Bible is not just existence, but it is existence in the presence and with the favour of God; and death is not just the death of the body but it is separation from God and a doom that should fill the heart of man with a nameless dread.’ (J Gresham Machen, American theologian, 1881-1937) (D) (DIVISION) So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” John 9: 24-29(C) (FRIENDSHIP) The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out. John 9: 30-33 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=578 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST The light the whole world needs (2) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=577 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret As he passed by, he [Jesus c. AD30] saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the spittle. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” John 9: 1-11 ‘Live your own life and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life according to the Bible is not just existence, but it is existence in the presence and with the favour of God; and death is not just the death of the body but it is separation from God and a doom that should fill the heart of man with a nameless dread.’ (J Gresham Machen, American theologian, 1881-1937)‘The world belongs to God and he wants it back.’ (David Pawson) ‘The world is all appearances, like our clothes: the truth lies underneath.’ (Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher, 1795-1881) The above claims of Jesus have all the appearance of extreme arrogance. First, he says of this man who was born blind, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” He makes a judicial decision about the origin of blindness-from-birth in a particular man. And then he adds that “the works of God” are going to “be displayed in him”. The works of “God”??Second, he states, “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day”. He uses the first-person plural of the verb “must” – “we must” – to describe what he is about to do. Why the plural? Who else is involved? He follows this with the startling observation, “night is coming”. When will it be “night”?” It will be, “when no one can work”. When will it be too late for any work of goodness to be done by this Jesus – or anyone? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=577 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST The light the whole world needs http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=576 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I do not judge any person. Yet even if I might judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone but I and the Father who sent me. In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come. John 8: 12-20 ‘Live your own life and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life according to the Bible is not just existence, but it is existence in the presence and with the favour of God; and death is not just the death of the body but it is separation from God and a doom that should fill the heart of man with a nameless dread.’ (J Gresham Machen, American theologian, 1881-1937)‘The world belongs to God and he wants it back.’ (David Pawson) ‘The world is all appearances, like our clothes: the truth lies underneath.’ (Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher, 1795-1881) ‘It takes a radical break to turn from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure.’ (Vance Havner, speaker and writer, 1902-1986) ‘He did not come to judge the world/ He did not come to blame/ He did not only come to seek/ It was to save He came.’ (Hymn) This claim of Jesus has all the appearance of extreme arrogance: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” C S Lewis, the writer of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” wrote this about Jesus. “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=576 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Marriage and Civil Status (Jersey) Law 201* http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=575 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (A) “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish but to fulfill. Because truly, I say to you, until the sky and the earth may pass away, not an iota, not a dot, may pass away from the Law until it may all come into being. (B) Accordingly, if anyone may dissolve one of the smallest of these commandments and may thus teach mankind will be called smallest in the kingdom of the skies, but anyone who may do and teach will be called great in the kingdom of the skies. (C) Because I state to you all that if your righteousness may not exceed greatly that of the scribes and Pharisees, you all may never enter the kingdom of the skies.” Matthew 5: 17-20 ‘Live your own life and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life according to the Bible is not just existence, but it is existence in the presence and with the favour of God; and death is not just the death of the body but it is separation from God and a doom that should fill the heart of man with a nameless dread.’ (J Gresham Machen, American theologian, 1881-1937)‘The world belongs to God and he wants it back.’ (David Pawson) ‘The world is all appearances, like our clothes: the truth lies underneath.’ (Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher, 1795-1881) ‘It takes a radical break to turn from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure.’ (Vance Havner, speaker and writer, 1902-1986) ‘He did not come to judge the world/ He did not come to blame/ He did not only come to seek/ It was to save He came.’ (Hymn)‘The man or woman who does not set himself or herself under the law of God, sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard) ‘The Law can pursue a man or woman to Calvary, but no further.’ (Anon.) The above extract is a paragraph from Matthew’s first-century eye-witness biography of Jesus. It’s a record of part of the Sermon on the Mount spoken by Jesus at the very beginning of his public ministry around AD 27.Does it speak into the latest legislative changes in Jersey? That’s worth thinking about. Let’s divide what he said above into three parts.(A) “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets.” At that time in Jerusalem there were religious leaders who were very strongly focussed on God’s Law as given to Moses to the Jews and as published in what is now the Old Testament in the Christian Bible. Their legalism had analysed everything in so much detail that the extended “laws” (when codified in the third century AD) ran to 800 pages. Jesus didn’t endorse these details – but he did endorse “the Law and the Prophets” – the Scriptures. “I have not come to abolish but to fulfill.” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=575 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST When the bridegroom is late http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=574 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him. Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” Matthew 25: 1-13 ‘Live your own life and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life according to the Bible is not just existence, but it is existence in the presence and with the favour of God; and death is not just the death of the body but it is separation from God and a doom that should fill the heart of man with a nameless dread.’ (J Gresham Machen, American theologian, 1881-1937)‘The world belongs to God and he wants it back.’ (David Pawson) ‘The world is all appearances, like our clothes: the truth lies underneath.’ (Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher, 1795-1881) ‘It takes a radical break to turn from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure.’ (Vance Havner, speaker and writer, 1902-1986) ‘He did not come to judge the world/ He did not come to blame/ He did not only come to seek/ It was to save He came.’ (Hymn)‘The man or woman who does not set himself or herself under the law of God, sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard) ‘The Law can pursue a man or woman to Calvary, but no further.’ (Anon.) ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) The above extract is a paragraph from Matthew’s first-century eye-witness biography of Jesus. It’s on page 28 – out of 35. So only 20% to go.But this paragraph is so unusual – so out of this world – that it needs a bit of imagination. That’s because it’s in the genre of a parallel. Jesus taught mainly in parallels but this one is about what will take place at a date which is still future for us now – as well as being future when he first taught it in Jerusalem around AD 30.This parallel then is Jesus’ description (in parallel form) of actual events on the day when he’ll return at the end of this age – the end of this era we’re living in now. Sometimes even today people talk in kind of riddles. Are you any good at working out – at discovering – the real meaning behind what people say to you – their real message to you? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=574 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Am I for real or just pretending? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=573 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 24: 45-51 ‘Live your own life and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life according to the Bible is not just existence, but it is existence in the presence and with the favour of God; and death is not just the death of the body but it is separation from God and a doom that should fill the heart of man with a nameless dread.’ (J Gresham Machen, American theologian, 1881-1937)‘The world belongs to God and he wants it back.’ (David Pawson) ‘The world is all appearances, like our clothes: the truth lies underneath.’ (Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher, 1795-1881) ‘It takes a radical break to turn from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure.’ (Vance Havner, speaker and writer, 1902-1986) ‘He did not come to judge the world/ He did not come to blame/ He did not only come to seek/ It was to save He came.’ (Hymn)‘The man or woman who does not set himself or herself under the law of God, sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard) ‘The Law can pursue a man or woman to Calvary, but no further.’ (Anon.) ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) ‘If faith does not make a man honest it is not an honest faith.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven.’ (Joseph Alleine, pastor and author, 1634-1668) Quite often in our crowded world we find ourselves listening to a mother trying to teach her child how to behave. We can’t help it. Sometimes we even flinch at her harsh words – but then we realize that the mother truly knows what her child is like inside and what he or she needs by way of training.The extract in bold above is from Matthew’s eye-witness first century biography of Jesus. It was directed solely at Jesus’ disciples – his close followers. Just like a mother disciplining a child whom she knows.If you’re not a Christian this extract doesn’t apply directly to you. Don’t stop reading it though. Whilst Jesus was speaking only to his followers – today we’d probably call them church-goers – others were listening to him.If Jesus was here in Jersey today what child-training would he want you to learn this morning? Here’s what he said to his close followers a day or two before he went to the cross for you. “Who among you is a faithful and wise bond-servant of mine? It’s the one whom I’ve put in place to provide for those who live in me. Happy – truly happy – is that particular bond-slave whom I’ll find doing just that when I come back.”“Truly,” Jesus added, “for sure I’ll put that person in charge of everything I have!” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=573 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Nuclear buttons and MY house http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=572 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, [Jesus said c. AD 30] not even the messengers of the sky, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the arrival of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the cataclysmic flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the arrival of the Son of Man. At that time two will be in the field; one is brought to safety and one is sent away. Two will be grinding at the mill; one is brought to safety and one is sent away. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the owner-occupier of the house had known in advance what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man does come at an hour you do not expect.” Matthew 24: 36-44 ‘Live your own life and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life according to the Bible is not just existence, but it is existence in the presence and with the favour of God; and death is not just the death of the body but it is separation from God and a doom that should fill the heart of man with a nameless dread.’ (J Gresham Machen, American theologian, 1881-1937)‘The world belongs to God and he wants it back.’ (David Pawson) ‘The world is all appearances, like our clothes: the truth lies underneath.’ (Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher, 1795-1881) ‘It takes a radical break to turn from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure.’ (Vance Havner, speaker and writer, 1902-1986) ‘He did not come to judge the world/ He did not come to blame/ He did not only come to seek/ It was to save He came.’ (Hymn)‘The man or woman who does not set himself or herself under the law of God, sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard) ‘The Law can pursue a man or woman to Calvary, but no further.’ (Anon.) ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) ‘If faith does not make a man honest it is not an honest faith.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven.’ (Joseph Alleine, pastor and author, 1634-1668) ‘Destiny waits in the hands of God, not in the hands of statesmen.’ (T S Eliot, Nobel Prize winning poet, 1888-1965) ‘Millions of graves are dug every year, but it is inspiring to think that one generation of Christians will cheat the undertaker.’ (J C Pollock, author, 1924-2012) There’s been much publicity in the past week or so about nuclear buttons. Donald Trump apparently has a big button which he can press - and it works. Kim Jong Un on the other hand has a small nuclear button which allegedly may not work.Amongst the rhetoric is a very, very serious issue. The end of the world.It’s actually even more telling for us Jersey folk because we know that two big nuclear establishments are on the French coast only a few miles from us. Maybe it’s because that’s such a big threat that we rarely speak about it, let alone speak about the end of the world. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=572 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST This year’s events in a sound-bite http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=571 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “Straightaway with the trauma of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall out of the sky, and the powers of the skies will be shaken. At that time the sign of the Son of Man will shine in the sky, and at that time all the people groupings of the earth will be divided, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather together in one his chosen from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Matthew 24: 29-35 ‘Live your own life and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life according to the Bible is not just existence, but it is existence in the presence and with the favour of God; and death is not just the death of the body but it is separation from God and a doom that should fill the heart of man with a nameless dread.’ (J Gresham Machen, American theologian, 1881-1937)‘The world belongs to God and he wants it back.’ (David Pawson) ‘The world is all appearances, like our clothes: the truth lies underneath.’ (Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher, 1795-1881) ‘It takes a radical break to turn from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure.’ (Vance Havner, speaker and writer, 1902-1986) ‘He did not come to judge the world/ He did not come to blame/ He did not only come to seek/ It was to save He came.’ (Hymn)‘The man or woman who does not set himself or herself under the law of God, sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard) ‘The Law can pursue a man or woman to Calvary, but no further.’ (Anon.) ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) ‘If faith does not make a man honest it is not an honest faith.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven.’ (Joseph Alleine, pastor and author, 1634-1668) ‘Destiny waits in the hands of God, not in the hands of statesmen.’ (T S Eliot, Nobel Prize winning poet, 1888-1965) ‘Millions of graves are dug every year, but it is inspiring to think that one generation of Christians will cheat the undertaker.’ (J C Pollock, author, 1924-2012) ‘It is becoming more and more obvious that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is mankind’s greatest danger.’ (Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, 1875-1961) ‘Man is indeed lost, but that does not mean that he is nothing.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and pastor, 1912-1984) I wonder how you would describe - in a sound-bite - the major world changes which occurred in 2017 and will occur in 2018. You’d have to use a metaphor wouldn’t you. Something like – “this year, there’ll be ups and downs; some will go up and stay up while others will go down and stay down.” In the final few days before Jesus went to his death on a Roman cross in AD 30 in Jerusalem, Jesus also used a sound-bite metaphor (see bold above) to describe both world and personal changes which would take place after his death and resurrection. He said that, along with the trauma which would arise in the world and amongst its peoples “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall out of the sky, and the powers of the skies will be shaken.” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=571 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Equality http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=570 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret So he [Jesus of Nazareth, c. AD 30, Jerusalem] said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am you will die in your sins.” So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. I have many things concerning you to say and to judge, moreover he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” They did not know that he had been speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am, and I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” As he was saying these things, many believed in him. John 8: 21-30 ‘Live your own life and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life according to the Bible is not just existence, but it is existence in the presence and with the favour of God; and death is not just the death of the body but it is separation from God and a doom that should fill the heart of man with a nameless dread.’ (J Gresham Machen, American theologian, 1881-1937)‘The world belongs to God and he wants it back.’ (David Pawson) ‘The world is all appearances, like our clothes: the truth lies underneath.’ (Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher, 1795-1881) ‘It takes a radical break to turn from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure.’ (Vance Havner, speaker and writer, 1902-1986) ‘He did not come to judge the world/ He did not come to blame/ He did not only come to seek/ It was to save He came.’ (Hymn)‘The man or woman who does not set himself or herself under the law of God, sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard) ‘The Law can pursue a man or woman to Calvary, but no further.’ (Anon.) ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) ‘If faith does not make a man honest it is not an honest faith.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven.’ (Joseph Alleine, pastor and author, 1634-1668) ‘Destiny waits in the hands of God, not in the hands of statesmen.’ (T S Eliot, Nobel Prize winning poet, 1888-1965) ‘Millions of graves are dug every year, but it is inspiring to think that one generation of Christians will cheat the undertaker.’ (J C Pollock, author, 1924-2012) ‘It is becoming more and more obvious that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is mankind’s greatest danger.’ (Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, 1875-1961) ‘Man is indeed lost, but that does not mean that he is nothing.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and pastor, 1912-1984) ‘Christ is the centre of attraction in heaven.’ (Archibald Alexander, American theologian, 1772-1851) ‘If God were not willing and able to forgive sin through Jesus, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.) The incident in bold above is from John’s eyewitness first century biography of Jesus. If one reads it quickly, it becomes plain that a contrast is being drawn between the man who uses “I” and the people described by him as “you”. So often are the “I” and “you” contrasted that this may be the key to it all.First, “I am going away” is contrasted with “You will seek me and you will die in your sin.” The contrast is then repeated slightly differently, “Where I am going” is followed by, “You cannot come.” If this man – the “I” - was really going back to his Father in heaven (through the cross and resurrection) then his words here were terribly serious for his listeners. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=570 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST Light and Bethlehem’s baby http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=569 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Again, Jesus spoke to the crowd, stating, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” So the Pharisees said to him, “You testify about yourself; your testimony is not true.” Jesus answered, “Even if I do testify about myself, my testimony is true, for I see where I came from and where I am going, but you do not see where I came from or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh. I judge no one. And yet if I did judge, my own judgment is true, because I am not alone but I and the Father who sent me. In your very own Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. I am the one who testifies about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me.” They stated to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You see neither me nor my Father. If you saw me, you would see my Father also.” These words he spoke at the valuables vault, as he taught in the temple; and no one stopped him, because his hour had not yet come. John 8: 12-20 ‘Live your own life and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life according to the Bible is not just existence, but it is existence in the presence and with the favour of God; and death is not just the death of the body but it is separation from God and a doom that should fill the heart of man with a nameless dread.’ (J Gresham Machen, American theologian, 1881-1937)‘The world belongs to God and he wants it back.’ (David Pawson) ‘The world is all appearances, like our clothes: the truth lies underneath.’ (Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher, 1795-1881) ‘It takes a radical break to turn from earth’s trash to heaven’s treasure.’ (Vance Havner, speaker and writer, 1902-1986) ‘He did not come to judge the world/ He did not come to blame/ He did not only come to seek/ It was to save He came.’ (Hymn)‘The man or woman who does not set himself or herself under the law of God, sets himself above it.’ (John Blanchard) ‘The Law can pursue a man or woman to Calvary, but no further.’ (Anon.) ‘Live your own life, and you will die your own death.’ (Anon.) ‘Life is only lived wisely to the extent that it is spent in preparation for the eternity which follows.’ (Dave Hunt, American broadcaster, 1926-2013) ‘If faith does not make a man honest it is not an honest faith.’ (C H Spurgeon, preacher and writer, 1834-1892) ‘The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven.’ (Joseph Alleine, pastor and author, 1634-1668) ‘Destiny waits in the hands of God, not in the hands of statesmen.’ (T S Eliot, Nobel Prize winning poet, 1888-1965) ‘Millions of graves are dug every year, but it is inspiring to think that one generation of Christians will cheat the undertaker.’ (J C Pollock, author, 1924-2012) ‘It is becoming more and more obvious that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is mankind’s greatest danger.’ (Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, 1875-1961) ‘Man is indeed lost, but that does not mean that he is nothing.’ (Francis Schaeffer, philosopher and pastor, 1912-1984) ‘Christ is the centre of attraction in heaven.’ (Archibald Alexander, American theologian, 1772-1851) ‘If God were not willing and able to forgive sin through Jesus, heaven would be empty.’ (Anon.) ‘It is of no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.’ (Augustine, theologian and philosopher, 354-430) ‘Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world; first a dawning; then a light; and at last the sun in his full and excellent brightness.’ (Thomas Adams, minister, 1583-1653) The incident in bold above is from John’s eyewitness first century biography of Jesus. Three words in the original Greek are repeated – and again repeated above in the English version. Let’s take a look. They may be clues to follow.Light. Noun repeated twice.“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” These were terribly arrogant words, weren’t they? What on earth – what in the world then and now- has a need for light to be shone upon it? Often people’s deeds are hidden. Even more often their motivations are hidden.These days we have the news media zealous to give us light but somehow we still don’t see the real facts. Also, although we have fantastic social media, we don’t have the real light about others, do we? Nevertheless, how arrogant of this man to say, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” And what did he mean by “the light of life”? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=569 Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST