I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Email: Pastor True Gospel
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When Jesus was a man, he lived in a strange world. He came to his own people, but they did not receive him and became his enemies. Yet a chief Pharisee invited him to eat bread with him on a sabbath day, and there was a sick man with dropsy. Lawyers and Pharisees were also invited to eat bread with him, and they watched whether he would heal him on the sabbath day, and will break the sabbath. It was a trap set for him. But Jesus just walked over the trap and smashed the trap. These are in Luke 14:1-5. "1 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him. 2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. 3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? 4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; 5 And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?" 6 says, "And they could not answer him again to these things."
Then Jesus told them a parable. "Luke 14:7 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, 8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; 9 And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. 10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee." From 8-10, Jesus told Pharisees, that it is not wise to take prominent seats, since you may be asked to give the seat to someone else, who may be more prominent than you. So, take a lower seat, so that you may be asked to go to a better seat, and then you will be honored. It is in the form of a good advice, and it also points to them that they are proud natured people. "11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." The mystery in this parable is not just a worldly advice. It is also explained in James 4:6-10 and in 1 Peter 5:5&6. "5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:" It is to have the humble nature; then God may raise you up in his time. It is the mystery to receive the true grace of God. But even the ungodly criminals got the fake grace, and say they are all saved by grace. They do not know what grace is. Forget their fake grace. True grace is spiritual power.
Next parable is to the chief priest (it is not priest, but Pharisee). In Luke 14:12-14, we see that the chief Pharisse (but I told chief priest, which is a mistake, slip of the tongue, sorry) has invited his friends, lawyers and Pharisees, to the supper. Jesus told him to invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: the next time, to get favor from God. The mystery is explained in Matthew 25:34 to 40. "34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." God considered that they gave to Jesus himself, and so, they were given inheritance in heaven. It is good to have a kind heart and give to anybody in need. Please notice what Jesus Christ said in 40, "as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." So, give to the poor to receive rewards on earth; give to the poor followers of Jesus Christ, to inherit the kingdom of God in heaven.
"Luke 14:15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God." Probably, this Pharisee referred to the bread in heaven that says in Revelation 19:9 that "Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb." Two things are here. 1, there will be no invitations for the marriage supper in heaven; they will already be there; and be called to take part in the supper. 2, when Jesus says about the great supper, he does not refer to the marriage supper in heaven. Then, what is the great super? "16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready." It was a second invitation, as the the supper is being made. It was not so for the supper in heaven. "18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come." Please notice; the excuses they gave are worldly works or obligations, to be done at the same time of the supper; and that is why they could not come and attend the supper. So, it is proof that the supper is not in heaven at eternity, but the supper is here right now. However, God is very particular that we must attend this supper. What is the supper? It is the spiritual supper of the Lord. God is not after ceremonies, but after the Spirit. The supper has two elements. Bread represents his body, and wine represents his blood. Body of Christ is his word, that is broken, taught or fed to us. His blood is life; God gives to us; it is life to our souls; this life is the holy spirit; it is the spirit of Jesus Christ. So, if we have received the supper, we are born of the spirit. So, it is spiritual bible study, for the impartation of his word and his spirit. So, the great supper is given right now; and it is the impartation in the spiritual bible study.
"Luke 14:21 So, that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind." This group, who do not want to take part in the supper, was previously invited and so, they are church believers. Now God is angry at them and tells his servants to go to the streets and get new believers. In our present situation, it is to teach the true word, which is the supper, through websites and internet, for others to hear. "22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." So, God again says to go to YouTube, twitter, and whatever means that are available in social media to preach the truth to all over the world. "24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. It is about church people. Jesus Christ gets angry at them and block their understanding of the truth. Instead, people from every part of the world are given the opportunity to take the supper, which is the spiritual bible study, through the airways.
Now let us look at another parable. Matthew 22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come." This is just like the above parable, and the servants call those who were already bidden. But this group is not as the same as the other group. They told some excuses for not coming; but these people got wild, violent and acted with hate. I would say that if the first group are members of churches, these peoples are a group of preachers and theologians, they are masters and promotes their own doctrines. "4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. 5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:" They rejected the repeated invitations. "6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them." Some preachers and theologians got angry, and it says they even killed the servants. It happened in history; holy men have died as martyrs. "7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city." God threw them out of power, killed them spiritually, closed their doors to heaven, and destroyed them eternally. "8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage." It is same as before. The truth of God will be taught to all through websites, internet, and so on; but God will block it from preachers and theologians. "10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. So, the truth will be available to the entire world, both to good and bad people. It is being broadcasted through the air, and it is free. You may hear and partake the supper. God himself will manifest, if you have open heart.
7. Wedding garment is righteous life; proof of being saved.
Now the supper is made available to the whole world. However, only a very few people will receive it. Thousands of people followed Jesus, but only twelve people became his disciples. Even among the twelve, one is of the devil. That 'one', is the subject in this parable. If Jesus got only twelve, then how much you think that you will get. What you got is great. "Matthew 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless." These are the people who came with the eagerness to study the truth of God. But one of them do not have the wedding garment. What is wedding garment? "Isaiah 61:10 ... for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,..." So, it is salvation with the proof that we live in righteousness. So, it is the godly life. "Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof." The garment is Jesus Christ; and the proof is that we give no provision to the flesh and lust. God chose or picked the fake from the rest of us. Such men tell many clichés, without godly life. Servants of God, who teach them, may not know it, but God knows their heart. "13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." So, God destroys him also in hell. This is incredibly sad. Then Jesus Christ says, "14 For many are called, but few are chosen." In this context, the word chosen is used to condemn a man, since he is a fake. We are just a few that came for the great supper. We all must be pure. So, please verify yourselves with your practical life. If you do not have the garment of salvation and have not put on Jesus Christ, repent now. Live the life with proof of righteousness and holiness. You must live in Jesus Christ from right now.
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Matthew 28:20, & Mark 16:15. Jesus Christ preached his commandments to obey, as hisGospel; it is the true Gospel to inherit Eternal life. Genesis 3:1-4 & 2 Corinth 11:2-4. But Preachers, who are Serpents of Satan, preach the life of man Jesus just to believe, but not to live as a chaste virgin, as the gospel; it is another gospel, which cannot and will not give Eternal life.
The true gospel will convert evil people to do good and thereby they will inherit the kingdom in heaven.John 3:19-21 say that people are two kinds, evil and true. Evil doers will not come to the Light, who is God; but people of truth come to God for their deeds to be made manifest. We have good and evil people by our standard of our society or culture. These evil people may be converted to be doers of truth by the power of God, and they may inherit the kingdom of God in heaven.
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