Scripture Challenge for 1-26-20
What book, chapter and verse does this come from _____________?
__:__Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
*There are different cups that are mentioned in the Scriptures, but this cup that the Lord was given to drink of by the Father was a dreadful cup. It was the cup of judgment that He bore on the cross for you and me, although it was totally repulsive to Him. He was perfect humanity and absolutely sinless, and yet He drank of this repulsive cup so that we could be redeemed from sin. Now think for a minute everyone that turns their back on Jesus must drink that cup of judgment for themselves. Here is another cup of judgment, one that will come upon the world in the future; take a look at Psalm 11:6, “Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.”. What is being described is a cup of God's anger, and in the book of Revelation there are seven bowls of wrath that are poured out upon the wicked. But, we should never get the idea that He drank of this cup reluctantly, take a look at Hebrews 12:2 “...who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”. There is no willingness higher than that...He drank that cup for you and me, so that we would not have to drink it.
Scripture Challenge for 1-19-20
Answer: John 15:4-5
Where do the verses below come from? ____________
__:__Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
__:__I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
*These verses are talking about fruit bearing, and Jesus is letting us know about the result of being saved. You have the ability to bear fruit that is everlasting if you are saved and are abiding in Him. This implies that if we are to bear fruit for God we will have to remain in His will and in fellowship with Him. Otherwise, there is no way to bear eternal fruit for God. It is not implying that you are to work for your salvation or even to remain saved. Neither does it imply that a person that is unsaved cannot do some impressive things; but you see that the unregenerate person just cannot bear everlasting fruit for God. The unsaved does not know Jesus as Savior, therefore neither can they abide in Him and they cannot obey Him, thus the works they perform are done according to the fleshly nature. God does not operate on the level of the flesh nature. The flesh nature being corrupt causes their work to be corrupt in the sight of God. Whether it be for their self gratification or some form of self righteousness they think they can have, their reason for performing the work they do is corrupt always. But, you see genuine faith or trust in Jesus will always lead to action, it is a willingness to obey God and serve God, and if that action is done in the will of God by a believer it will be done by the leadership of the Holy Spirit and produce an everlasting fruit.