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, 21 May 2018 18:52:48 EDT An AD 30 view of the distant future (5) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=590 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,….. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. …. Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25: 31-40 ‘If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.’ (Richard Whatley, economist and theologian, 1787-1863) ‘The greatest fault is to be conscious of none.’ (Thomas Carlyle, writer, 1795-1881) Something rather serious has been worrying me for some time. It’s the effect that human consumption is having on planet earth – the abuse by humans of resources above ground, in the ground, and underground as well as the destruction of those resources in various ways.For instance, Dubrovnik is a wonderful city on the Adriatic Sea. But around it are hills and mountains which are barren and unproductive. Back in history all those hills and mountains were rich in holly oak trees. The oaks are no more - they were consumed to build ships. Another example: Syria’s built resources – today - are largely rubble. They were consumed in the power struggle.Key question. What is the most destructive thing on earth? Could self-interest, at the root of all consumption, be the very root of all destruction? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=590 Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 EDT An AD 30 view of the distant future (4) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=589 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,….. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25: 31-40 ‘If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.’ (Richard Whatley, economist and theologian, 1787-1863) ‘The greatest fault is to be conscious of none.’ (Thomas Carlyle, writer, 1795-1881) ‘Poverty wants much; greed everything.’ (Publilius Syrus, writer, flourished BC 85-43) ‘He who is not liberal with what he has, does but deceive himself when he thinks he would be more liberal if he had more.’ (William S Plummer, minister and writer, 1802-1880) Religion – in all its various branches - has been described as “Pie in the Sky when I Die”. Is there anything peculiar about a person who is religious for that particular reason? Is it a good thing to be seeking pie for me when I die?Philosophers, sociologists and others are quite sure that, speaking generally, our present generation is both materialistic and liberal. That fits well with a “pie in the sky when you die” religion, because religion like that is, in a word, self-seeking. When Christians tell people to turn to Jesus so as to get to heaven, is even that “pie in the sky when you die”? Are they appealing to self-interest? Is that what Jesus wants? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=589 Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 EDT An AD 30 view of the distant future (3) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=588 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,….. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25: 31-40 ‘If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.’ (Richard Whatley, economist and theologian, 1787-1863) ‘The greatest fault is to be conscious of none.’ (Thomas Carlyle, writer, 1795-1881) ‘Poverty wants much; greed everything.’ (Publilius Syrus, writer, flourished BC 85-43) ‘He who is not liberal with what he has, does but deceive himself when he thinks he would be more liberal if he had more.’ (William S Plummer, minister and writer, 1802-1880) ‘God’s greatest glory is his grace.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960) ‘A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.’ (C S Lewis, academic and writer, 1898-1963) “What a glorious day.” You’ve probably heard those words several times so far this week. Glorious weather. Glorious sunrise. What is it that makes something or someone glorious? What is the glory of Jersey? What’s the glory of the European Union? Of Kenya? Is there an alternative word for “glory”?Back in AD 30 in Jerusalem in the week before Jesus died and rose again he spoke with his disciples about “glory”. He said that when he would come back after a very long time away, it would be “in his glory”. He added that he would then sit on “his glorious throne”. What did he mean? Same problem. Difficult, isn’t it? What is glory? What is his glory? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=588 Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 EDT An AD 30 view of the distant future (2) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=587 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….. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” Matthew 25: 13-30 ‘If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.’ (Richard Whatley, economist and theologian, 1787-1863) ‘The greatest fault is to be conscious of none.’ (Thomas Carlyle, writer, 1795-1881) ‘Poverty wants much; greed everything.’ (Publilius Syrus, writer, flourished BC 85-43) ‘He who is not liberal with what he has, does but deceive himself when he thinks he would be more liberal if he had more.’ (William S Plummer, minister and writer, 1802-1880) ‘God’s greatest glory is his grace.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960) ‘A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.’ (C S Lewis, academic and writer, 1898-1963) ‘There is none so poor in the church of Christ who may not impart to us something of value.’ (John Calvin, French theologian, 1509-1564) ‘If you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?’ (David Otis Fuller, pastor, 1903-1988) Has someone ever bequeathed you something in their will? How would you feel today if that deceased person came back to audit what you’d done with it?Jesus was crucified and rose again in Jerusalem in AD 30. A few days before that he told a story (above) as a parallel to describe the day when he would come back to them. The parallel was about a boss, a lord, who gave talents to his contracted apprentices before going away for a very long time. These talents probably varied enormously. Probably many were intangible gifts and attributes like goodness, kindness, love of enemies, willingness to suffer to bless others, mercy, forgiveness. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=587 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 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 ‘If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.’ (Richard Whatley, economist and theologian, 1787-1863) ‘The greatest fault is to be conscious of none.’ (Thomas Carlyle, writer, 1795-1881) ‘Poverty wants much; greed everything.’ (Publilius Syrus, writer, flourished BC 85-43) ‘He who is not liberal with what he has, does but deceive himself when he thinks he would be more liberal if he had more.’ (William S Plummer, minister and writer, 1802-1880) ‘God’s greatest glory is his grace.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960) ‘A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.’ (C S Lewis, academic and writer, 1898-1963) ‘There is none so poor in the church of Christ who may not impart to us something of value.’ (John Calvin, French theologian, 1509-1564) ‘If you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?’ (David Otis Fuller, pastor, 1903-1988) ‘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] ‘If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.’ (Richard Whatley, economist and theologian, 1787-1863) ‘The greatest fault is to be conscious of none.’ (Thomas Carlyle, writer, 1795-1881) ‘Poverty wants much; greed everything.’ (Publilius Syrus, writer, flourished BC 85-43) ‘He who is not liberal with what he has, does but deceive himself when he thinks he would be more liberal if he had more.’ (William S Plummer, minister and writer, 1802-1880) ‘God’s greatest glory is his grace.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960) ‘A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.’ (C S Lewis, academic and writer, 1898-1963) ‘There is none so poor in the church of Christ who may not impart to us something of value.’ (John Calvin, French theologian, 1509-1564) ‘If you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?’ (David Otis Fuller, pastor, 1903-1988) ‘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 ‘If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.’ (Richard Whatley, economist and theologian, 1787-1863) ‘The greatest fault is to be conscious of none.’ (Thomas Carlyle, writer, 1795-1881) ‘Poverty wants much; greed everything.’ (Publilius Syrus, writer, flourished BC 85-43) ‘He who is not liberal with what he has, does but deceive himself when he thinks he would be more liberal if he had more.’ (William S Plummer, minister and writer, 1802-1880) ‘God’s greatest glory is his grace.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960) ‘A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.’ (C S Lewis, academic and writer, 1898-1963) ‘There is none so poor in the church of Christ who may not impart to us something of value.’ (John Calvin, French theologian, 1509-1564) ‘If you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?’ (David Otis Fuller, pastor, 1903-1988) ‘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 ‘If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.’ (Richard Whatley, economist and theologian, 1787-1863) ‘The greatest fault is to be conscious of none.’ (Thomas Carlyle, writer, 1795-1881) ‘Poverty wants much; greed everything.’ (Publilius Syrus, writer, flourished BC 85-43) ‘He who is not liberal with what he has, does but deceive himself when he thinks he would be more liberal if he had more.’ (William S Plummer, minister and writer, 1802-1880) ‘God’s greatest glory is his grace.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960) ‘A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.’ (C S Lewis, academic and writer, 1898-1963) ‘There is none so poor in the church of Christ who may not impart to us something of value.’ (John Calvin, French theologian, 1509-1564) ‘If you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?’ (David Otis Fuller, pastor, 1903-1988) ‘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 ‘If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.’ (Richard Whatley, economist and theologian, 1787-1863) ‘The greatest fault is to be conscious of none.’ (Thomas Carlyle, writer, 1795-1881) ‘Poverty wants much; greed everything.’ (Publilius Syrus, writer, flourished BC 85-43) ‘He who is not liberal with what he has, does but deceive himself when he thinks he would be more liberal if he had more.’ (William S Plummer, minister and writer, 1802-1880) ‘God’s greatest glory is his grace.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960) ‘A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.’ (C S Lewis, academic and writer, 1898-1963) ‘There is none so poor in the church of Christ who may not impart to us something of value.’ (John Calvin, French theologian, 1509-1564) ‘If you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?’ (David Otis Fuller, pastor, 1903-1988) ‘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 ‘If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.’ (Richard Whatley, economist and theologian, 1787-1863) ‘The greatest fault is to be conscious of none.’ (Thomas Carlyle, writer, 1795-1881) ‘Poverty wants much; greed everything.’ (Publilius Syrus, writer, flourished BC 85-43) ‘He who is not liberal with what he has, does but deceive himself when he thinks he would be more liberal if he had more.’ (William S Plummer, minister and writer, 1802-1880) ‘God’s greatest glory is his grace.’ (Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor, 1895-1960) ‘A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.’ (C S Lewis, academic and writer, 1898-1963) ‘There is none so poor in the church of Christ who may not impart to us something of value.’ (John Calvin, French theologian, 1509-1564) ‘If you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?’ (David Otis Fuller, pastor, 1903-1988) ‘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