|Psalms 95 |
1 O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise to him with psalms.
3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth; the strength of the hills is his also.
5 The sea is his, and he made it; and his hands formed the dry land.
6 O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. Today if you hear his voice,
8 Do not harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness.1
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, "It is a people who err in their heart, and they have not known my ways.
11 Unto whom I swore in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
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1 Today, if you hear his voice from the heavens, do not harden your hearts. From George Fox's Journal:
But we resolve to hear the Son, as both the Father and he command; and in hearing the Son, we hear the Father also, as the scripture testifies. For the letter to the Hebrews says, "God, who at sundry times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by his Son:"Hebrews 1:1-2, mark that, God has spoken to us (his apostles, disciples, and church), by his Son.
And where, some have objected, "That although Christ did speak both to his disciples and to the Jews in the days of his flesh, yet since his resurrection and ascension he does not speak now."
The answer is: the Jews could not hear his heavenly voice then, neither can those who say they are Christians, but today are in the same nature as the Jews were then. But the disciples of Christ, who learned from him, they heard his voice then and hear it now.
After Christ had risen, Christ spoke to the Apostle Paul and to the rest of the disciples, including John, when he wrote his Revelation. And the Apostle said to the Hebrews, "See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, who neglected and resisted Moses, and who died under the hand of two or three witnesses. Whoever resisted Moses' law (who spoke on earth), died for it without mercy.
That was a natural death. But they who now neglect him who speaks from heaven, they neglect their salvation. Therefore while it is still called day, do not neglect to hear his voice. Those who do neglect to hear his voice while it is called day, harden their hearts. Heb 3:15
The Apostle said that God at sundry times, and after diverse manners, spoke to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days God has spoken to us by his Son, mark, has spoken to us by his Son. For which reason, John said in the Revelation, "He that has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches." Rev 2:7. "And Christ is said to speak from heaven." Heb12:25.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,
we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world, Titus 2:11-12
This is the basis of repentance and change, to be personally taught by grace what to deny and how to live.
Grace, which convicts you, also removes the sin from your heart. But you must silently listen, hear, and obey to make any progress.
But what does it (scripture) say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may obey it" that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming. Deu 30:14, Rom 10:8 The Spirit is in your mouth and your heart — not scriptures. When Paul said this, the New Testament didn't even exist.
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