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 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:19:10 EDT An AD 30 view of the distant future http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=586 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him [Jesus, c. AD 30] privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them,….. “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money……..” Matthew 25: 13-30 ‘When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.’ (Sir Francis Bacon, statesman, 1561-1626) ‘It is the Holy Spirit’s ministry to bring the sinner to the Saviour and to make the sinner like the Saviour.’ (John Blanchard, author and speaker) Last Saturday, we all woke to news which made me weep. America, Britain and France had, a few minutes earlier, deployed powerful, destructive weaponry on specific targets in devastated Syria.It was the pain which made me cry and gnash my teeth. For how much longer must this killing and maiming go on across the world and across time? Killing and harming not only by chemical weapons. But also by conventional weapons.When your enemy smashes off your leg and you weep and gnash your teeth in pain, is there no alternative left to you but to do the same barbaric act – or worse – in return? Is there no other way? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=586 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EDT What, exactly, did he mean by this? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=585 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Now the chief priests and the Pharisees [in Jerusalem] had given orders that if anyone knew where he [Jesus, AD 30] was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him. Six days before the Passover, Jesus (A) therefore [Why?] came to Bethany [2 miles from Jerusalem], where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead [the week before]. So, they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary (B) therefore [Why?] took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to give him over), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii [about £30,000 today] and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, (C) “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for my burial. Because the poor you always have with you all, but you do not always have me.” Then the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there and they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. John 11: 57 – 12: 11 [written c. AD 90] ‘When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.’ (Sir Francis Bacon, statesman, 1561-1626) ‘It is the Holy Spirit’s ministry to bring the sinner to the Saviour and to make the sinner like the Saviour.’ (John Blanchard, author and speaker) ‘Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money. Not Pilate, for fear. Not the Jews, for envy. But the Father, for love!’ (Octavius Winslow, pastor, 1808-1878) ‘Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.’ (James Bovard) You may well have a few problems about the incident in bold above. I’ve labelled them (A), (B) and (C) above.On (A), why did Jesus go to Jerusalem? Is the answer in the first sentence? - Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him. Is the answer repeated in the closing sentence? - So, the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. It seems that he deliberately went to Jerusalem to his death. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=585 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EDT What, exactly, did he do? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=584 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, being essentially in the form of God, (a) did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but (b) emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he (c) humbled himself by becoming obedient as far as death, even death on a cross. Therefore (d) God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2: 5-11 ‘When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.’ (Sir Francis Bacon, statesman, 1561-1626) ‘It is the Holy Spirit’s ministry to bring the sinner to the Saviour and to make the sinner like the Saviour.’ (John Blanchard, author and speaker) ‘Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money. Not Pilate, for fear. Not the Jews, for envy. But the Father, for love!’ (Octavius Winslow, pastor, 1808-1878) ‘Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.’ (James Bovard) ‘To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God.’ (C S Lewis, novelist and academic, 1898-1963) ‘God’s favourite word is – Come!’ (Robert L Sterner) Back in AD 62 a man named Paul was in prison in Rome because of his faithfulness to Jesus who, in AD 30, had been crucified in Jerusalem and rose from the dead. Paul was a contemporary of Jesus and, from prison, wrote a letter to Christians in the Roman colony of Philippi. See bold above. Paul was very aware of certain things to which I have recently drawn your attention. In “What, exactly, is an idol?” we saw that all humans live for something, that all humans focus on a purpose which will make them happy, that which will bring security to themselves and their loved ones.In “What, exactly, is pride?” we saw that all humans also consider themselves, collectively and individually, to be above others. We are all proud. We all have self-esteem. If we lose it we’re ion the depths of despair. We must have something to keep us proud. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=584 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EDT What, exactly, is the Easter message? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=583 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Go on up to a high mountain … say to the cities of Judah, “Look and see your God!” Look and see, the LORD God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; look and see, his reward is with him, and his recompense in front of his face. He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them close to his heart, and gently lead those that are with young. Isaiah 40: 6-11 ‘When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.’ (Sir Francis Bacon, statesman, 1561-1626) ‘It is the Holy Spirit’s ministry to bring the sinner to the Saviour and to make the sinner like the Saviour.’ (John Blanchard, author and speaker) ‘Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money. Not Pilate, for fear. Not the Jews, for envy. But the Father, for love!’ (Octavius Winslow, pastor, 1808-1878) ‘Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.’ (James Bovard) ‘To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God.’ (C S Lewis, novelist and academic, 1898-1963) ‘God’s favourite word is – Come!’ (Robert L Sterner)‘None of us has the ability to fool God.’ (A W Tozer, Christian pastor, 1897-1963) ‘Outside of God there is nothing but nothing.’ (Meister Eckhart, theologian, 1260-1328) Has the LORD God spoken to human beings? If so what is the message? Every year Good Friday brings us all face-to-face again with Jesus Christ – his death on the cross at Calvary just outside Jerusalem in AD 30. And his rising again.But what, exactly, is the Easter message? Around BC 710 the LORD God spoke through a prophet (one who speaks on behalf of God) to God’s people, the Jews, in Jerusalem – see bold above. God’s message (given in Hebrew) was duly written down, copied, distributed, preserved in the national archives of Israel, and translated into Greek – all well before Jesus was born.The LORD God wanted all humans to know (1) his greatness in creation. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? (2) His greatness in wisdom. Who has measured the Spirit of the LORD, or what man shows him his counsel? Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? (3) His greatness in justice. Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=583 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EDT Where, exactly, are we all? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=582 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret The LORD God made clothes out of animal skins for Adam and his wife to wear. The LORD God said, “The man has become like one of us. He can now tell the difference between good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and pick fruit from the tree of life and eat it. If he does, he will live forever.” So the LORD God drove the man out of the Garden of Eden to work the ground he had been made out of. The LORD God drove him out and then placed cherubim on the east side of the Garden of Eden. He also placed a flaming sword there. It flashed back and forth. The cherubim and the sword guarded the way to the tree of life. Genesis 3: 21-24 ‘When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.’ (Sir Francis Bacon, statesman, 1561-1626) ‘It is the Holy Spirit’s ministry to bring the sinner to the Saviour and to make the sinner like the Saviour.’ (John Blanchard, author and speaker) ‘Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money. Not Pilate, for fear. Not the Jews, for envy. But the Father, for love!’ (Octavius Winslow, pastor, 1808-1878) ‘Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.’ (James Bovard) ‘To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God.’ (C S Lewis, novelist and academic, 1898-1963) ‘God’s favourite word is – Come!’ (Robert L Sterner)‘None of us has the ability to fool God.’ (A W Tozer, Christian pastor, 1897-1963) ‘Outside of God there is nothing but nothing.’ (Meister Eckhart, theologian, 1260-1328)“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus, circa AD 30, Jerusalem) ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.’ (Jesus, circa AD 30, Jerusalem) The extract in bold above is from what one of the oldest books in the world -Genesis. It forms part of the national archives of Israel – of the Jews. The Qumran community’s Dead Sea Scrolls included copies of it. It is now the first book in the Christian Bible. The above extract describes an event which is hardly ever mentioned today – the exclusion of Adam and Eve from “paradise” – Paradise Lost…..Back in 1667, one of England’s greatest poets, John Milton, first published his epic poem (over 10,000 lines of verse) titled “Paradise Lost”. It is a fascinating book. And one particular fascination is the way in which Milton introduces us to how Paradise Lost actually felt to Adam and Eve. How did they react to their ejection from the Garden of Eden? How do people today react to the fact (ignored by virtually everybody) that, according to Genesis and the Bible, all human beings are born outside of “Paradise” and prohibited from returning there? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=582 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EDT What, exactly, is pride? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=581 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, thus says the LORD God: “Because your heart is proud, and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas,’ yet you are but a man, and no god, though you make your heart like the heart of a god— you are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you; by your wisdom and your understanding you have made wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries; by your great wisdom in your trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth— therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you make your heart like the heart of a god, therefore, look and see, I will bring foreigners upon you, the most ruthless of the nations; and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom and defile your splendor. They shall thrust you down into the pit, and you shall die the death of the slain in the heart of the seas. Will you still say, ‘I am a god,’ in the presence of those who kill you - though you are but a man, and no god - in the hands of those who slay you? You shall die the death of the uncircumcised by the hand of foreigners; for I have spoken, declares the LORD God.” Ezekiel 28: 1-10 ‘When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.’ (Sir Francis Bacon, statesman, 1561-1626) ‘It is the Holy Spirit’s ministry to bring the sinner to the Saviour and to make the sinner like the Saviour.’ (John Blanchard, author and speaker) ‘Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money. Not Pilate, for fear. Not the Jews, for envy. But the Father, for love!’ (Octavius Winslow, pastor, 1808-1878) ‘Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.’ (James Bovard) ‘To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God.’ (C S Lewis, novelist and academic, 1898-1963) ‘God’s favourite word is – Come!’ (Robert L Sterner)‘None of us has the ability to fool God.’ (A W Tozer, Christian pastor, 1897-1963) ‘Outside of God there is nothing but nothing.’ (Meister Eckhart, theologian, 1260-1328)“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus, circa AD 30, Jerusalem) ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.’ (Jesus, circa AD 30, Jerusalem) ‘The proud hate pride in others.’ (Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father and polymath, 1705-1790) ‘A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, when you are looking down you can’t see something which is above you.’ (C S Lewis, novelist and academic, 1898-1963) Ezekiel (who wrote the words in bold above) is an interesting but enigmatic character. He was born and brought up in Jerusalem in present-day Israel but, in 597 BC, when he was in his twenties his nation was defeated by the Babylonian Emperor Nebuchadnezzar. With other Israelites, he was deported to Babylonia where he married and lived for at least another 22 years. Ezekiel was recognized to be a “prophet” – a person who spoke on behalf of the LORD God. The book which carries his name has been preserved as part of the Jewish national archives and is also now included in the Christian Bible because it is part of the Scriptures which relate to the Lord Jesus Christ.There in Babylon Ezekiel spoke – and wrote – on behalf of the LORD God. He was meticulous in recording the exact dates when he spoke. The words in bold above were first spoken in BC 586. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=581 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EDT What, exactly, is an idol? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=580 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of his arm. He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint. The carpenter measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in the form of man, of man in all his glory, that it may dwell in a shrine. He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow. It is man’s fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it. Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.” From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, “Save me; you are my god.” They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand. No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, “Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?” He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?” Isaiah 44: 12-20 ‘When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.’ (Sir Francis Bacon, statesman, 1561-1626) ‘It is the Holy Spirit’s ministry to bring the sinner to the Saviour and to make the sinner like the Saviour.’ (John Blanchard, author and speaker) ‘Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money. Not Pilate, for fear. Not the Jews, for envy. But the Father, for love!’ (Octavius Winslow, pastor, 1808-1878) ‘Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.’ (James Bovard) ‘To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God.’ (C S Lewis, novelist and academic, 1898-1963) ‘God’s favourite word is – Come!’ (Robert L Sterner)‘None of us has the ability to fool God.’ (A W Tozer, Christian pastor, 1897-1963) ‘Outside of God there is nothing but nothing.’ (Meister Eckhart, theologian, 1260-1328)“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus, circa AD 30, Jerusalem) ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.’ (Jesus, circa AD 30, Jerusalem) ‘The proud hate pride in others.’ (Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father and polymath, 1705-1790) ‘A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, when you are looking down you can’t see something which is above you.’ (C S Lewis, novelist and academic, 1898-1963) ‘Whatever a man seeks, honours, or exalts more than God, this is the god of idolatry.’ (William Ullathorne, writer and churchman, 1806-1899) Idolatry is everywhere represented in Scripture as the greatest insult the creature can offer the Creator.’ (Charles Hodge, theologian, 1797-1878) Isaiah – the writer of the words in bold above – was alive and active during the period BC 740-680. He was married, lived in Jerusalem and had two sons. The ancient book which bears his name has been preserved by the Jews in their national archive and by Christians in the Bible.Isaiah was identified – in his day – as a “prophet”. That simply means that he was recognized as a man who spoke (and wrote) on behalf of the LORD God – the God of the Lord Jesus Christ.Isaiah stated that his words in bold above were from the LORD God and addressed to the people known under the collective title of their illustrious forebear Israel – the same people who today occupy the territory known as “Israel” and its disputed city of Jerusalem. What do you think of his description? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=580 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST Life before death… http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=579 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (A1 Something worth seeing) Now (c. AD 30) a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village (near Jerusalem) of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” John 11: 1-44 ‘When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.’ (Sir Francis Bacon, statesman, 1561-1626) ‘It is the Holy Spirit’s ministry to bring the sinner to the Saviour and to make the sinner like the Saviour.’ (John Blanchard, author and speaker) ‘Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money. Not Pilate, for fear. Not the Jews, for envy. But the Father, for love!’ (Octavius Winslow, pastor, 1808-1878) ‘Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.’ (James Bovard) ‘To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God.’ (C S Lewis, novelist and academic, 1898-1963) ‘God’s favourite word is – Come!’ (Robert L Sterner)‘None of us has the ability to fool God.’ (A W Tozer, Christian pastor, 1897-1963) ‘Outside of God there is nothing but nothing.’ (Meister Eckhart, theologian, 1260-1328)“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus, circa AD 30, Jerusalem) ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.’ (Jesus, circa AD 30, Jerusalem) ‘The proud hate pride in others.’ (Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father and polymath, 1705-1790) ‘A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, when you are looking down you can’t see something which is above you.’ (C S Lewis, novelist and academic, 1898-1963) ‘Whatever a man seeks, honours, or exalts more than God, this is the god of idolatry.’ (William Ullathorne, writer and churchman, 1806-1899) Idolatry is everywhere represented in Scripture as the greatest insult the creature can offer the Creator.’ (Charles Hodge, theologian, 1797-1878)‘We must not live only to live.’ (Richard Sibbes, 1577-1635) ‘God alone made life and God alone can tell us its meaning.’ (J I Packer) (B1 Something motivated by love) Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” (C1 Something more powerful than death) Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=579 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 00:00:00 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 ‘When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.’ (Sir Francis Bacon, statesman, 1561-1626) ‘It is the Holy Spirit’s ministry to bring the sinner to the Saviour and to make the sinner like the Saviour.’ (John Blanchard, author and speaker) ‘Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money. Not Pilate, for fear. Not the Jews, for envy. But the Father, for love!’ (Octavius Winslow, pastor, 1808-1878) ‘Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.’ (James Bovard) ‘To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God.’ (C S Lewis, novelist and academic, 1898-1963) ‘God’s favourite word is – Come!’ (Robert L Sterner)‘None of us has the ability to fool God.’ (A W Tozer, Christian pastor, 1897-1963) ‘Outside of God there is nothing but nothing.’ (Meister Eckhart, theologian, 1260-1328)“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus, circa AD 30, Jerusalem) ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.’ (Jesus, circa AD 30, Jerusalem) ‘The proud hate pride in others.’ (Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father and polymath, 1705-1790) ‘A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, when you are looking down you can’t see something which is above you.’ (C S Lewis, novelist and academic, 1898-1963) ‘Whatever a man seeks, honours, or exalts more than God, this is the god of idolatry.’ (William Ullathorne, writer and churchman, 1806-1899) Idolatry is everywhere represented in Scripture as the greatest insult the creature can offer the Creator.’ (Charles Hodge, theologian, 1797-1878)‘We must not live only to live.’ (Richard Sibbes, 1577-1635) ‘God alone made life and God alone can tell us its meaning.’ (J I Packer) ‘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 ‘When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.’ (Sir Francis Bacon, statesman, 1561-1626) ‘It is the Holy Spirit’s ministry to bring the sinner to the Saviour and to make the sinner like the Saviour.’ (John Blanchard, author and speaker) ‘Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money. Not Pilate, for fear. Not the Jews, for envy. But the Father, for love!’ (Octavius Winslow, pastor, 1808-1878) ‘Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.’ (James Bovard) ‘To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God.’ (C S Lewis, novelist and academic, 1898-1963) ‘God’s favourite word is – Come!’ (Robert L Sterner)‘None of us has the ability to fool God.’ (A W Tozer, Christian pastor, 1897-1963) ‘Outside of God there is nothing but nothing.’ (Meister Eckhart, theologian, 1260-1328)“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jesus, circa AD 30, Jerusalem) ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.’ (Jesus, circa AD 30, Jerusalem) ‘The proud hate pride in others.’ (Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father and polymath, 1705-1790) ‘A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, when you are looking down you can’t see something which is above you.’ (C S Lewis, novelist and academic, 1898-1963) ‘Whatever a man seeks, honours, or exalts more than God, this is the god of idolatry.’ (William Ullathorne, writer and churchman, 1806-1899) Idolatry is everywhere represented in Scripture as the greatest insult the creature can offer the Creator.’ (Charles Hodge, theologian, 1797-1878)‘We must not live only to live.’ (Richard Sibbes, 1577-1635) ‘God alone made life and God alone can tell us its meaning.’ (J I Packer) ‘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