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Ivan Foster is a recently retired minister in the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. Until November 2009 he was minister of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church. He continues to preach and write as the Lord gives opportunity.
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The Parables #119

The rich man and Lazarus, Pt4. 

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31.

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We have been looking at some preliminary matters related to the setting of this parable as recorded in verses 19-21. Now I want to consider in some detail just what the Saviour says. 

Please note that the Saviour wants us to understand that man does not cease to be when he dies! All who have died up to this moment still exist. They still exist as the person they were while alive, verses 22-23. Who they had been before they continue to be! 

Upon death, there is a separating of the saved and the lost. We are required to separate ourselves from wicked people as much as possible here on earth, Psalm 1:1, Ephesians 5:11, 2 Thess 3:14. Full and complete separation is not possible here. “Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world,” 1 Cor 5:10. But when we die we will be separated completely from sinners.

Punishment for the unsaved and blessing for the saved begins immediately upon death. Of course, these attend the both parties here on earth, but there is a fulness to these after death. Psalm 1:1, 32:2, 34:8. Likewise for the sinner. “He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity,” Proverbs 22:8. Galatians 6:7-8. But while trouble follows the sinner he will enter into it in fuller measure when he dies.

We have this truth set forth in the words of the Saviour. “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,” verses 22-23.

The circumstances of the beggar improved above measure while those of the rich man plummeted!

The beggar was carried into the paradise reserved for the saints while the rich man went to a place of torment, all pleasure ended!

Note the role of angels in the lives of the redeemed, Hebrews 1:14.

Death seals our eternal state. Whatever state we are in when we die, we cannot alter it. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,” Hebrews 9:27. The word ‘judgment’ refers to ‘separation’. The beggar and the rich man were separated from each other by ‘a great gulf’, verse 26.

Boys and girls, our life is the only opportunity we have of getting ready for eternity. Do not miss your chance. “To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts,” Hebrews 3:7-8.

Do not harden your hearts against the voice of the Lord Jesus calling you to Himself for salvation. Rather say like Samuel: “Speak; for thy servant heareth, 1 Samuel 3:10.

Truth for today #19

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II. THE REWARD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

“The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust,” 2:12.

How marvellous is this — rewards for sheltering in Christ!

1. This was something Boaz prayed for. So our heavenly Boaz prays for us. John 17:24. We shall see and also share with Christ in His glory, Psalm 17:15; 1 John 3:2; Col 3:4; Romans 8:18; 2 Cor 4:17; Phil 3:21.

2. God’s rewards are full rewards. The word “full” is often translated “perfect”, there will be a wholeness to God’s rewards. Our reward is God Himself. “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward,” Genesis 15:1. In heaven we will enjoy God in a fashion we cannot conceive of here — S. Cat Q. 1. Men shall yet see that “Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth,” Psalm 58:11. It is a sure reward, Pro 11:18. God’s rewards are visible, Matthew 6:4.

3. Let it be noted that the wicked will also receive their rewards. Psalm 91:8; 94:2: Isa 3:11.

News review for week ending Friday 12th April 2019

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion, Psalm 2:1-6.

Birmingham Pub bombings: Victims were unlawfully killed

‘A botched IRA warning contributed to or caused 21 deaths in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, an inquest has found.’

Irish cult of relics a case of the head vs the heart

This abomination rivals the practices of darkest heathendom!!!!

Bring (IRA) bombers to justice say families

Ex-MP Chris Mullin called ‘scum’ for pub bomb name silence

England is tasting but a small portion of the injustices IRA victims in Ulster have had to suffer!!!

‘Dublin must now come clean on Republic of Ireland support for PIRA’

Expecting truth from Dublin is like expecting it from Sinn Fein – all ‘pigs of the one sow’s litter’!!!

Belfast church protest by LGBT group against ‘conversion therapy’

Jamie Bryson: Flag protesters would have been arrested had we carried replica weapons

Of course you would! Only supporters of Irish Republican terrorism are allowed to do that!!!

Commemoration held for IRA man killed by loyalist paramilitaries

TUV leader Jim Allister challenges legality of ‘IRA parade’

Sir Ivor Roberts: As dissident republican threat resurfaces, we risk sleepwalking back into an era of communal strife

Ex-diplomat fears return of IRA violence

Idiot! It never went away!!!

Ruth Dudley Edwards: If Belfast was the cockpit of campaign by Provisionals, then the South was its engine

That headline is very true indeed. There are incidents reported, which show the perversion of truth put forth by Sinn Fein etc,  which need to be noted by all who love the truth!!!

Ballymurphy inquest: Parachute Regiment chaplain denies abuse claims

Ballymurphy inquest: Army chaplain ‘discussed ceasefire’

Events were not as IRA sympathisers and supporters would have us believe!!!

CCTV shows digger ripping out Dungiven cash machine

The IRA making a cash withdrawal to help finance their terrorism!!!!

Mortar bomb and command wire found close to N.I. road – P.S.N.I. blame dissident republicans

MPs demand government come clean on ‘scooping up tax’ from Gaddafi assets while victims suffer

McElduff ‘whinge’ over having to quit as MP sparks anger

Veterans return medals to Downing Street in protest over Bloody Sunday prosecution

LGBT lessons: Schools told they can choose what to teach

The State knows better than the divinely accountable guardians of children, their parents!!!

Glasgow suffers Britain’s worst HIV epidemic in over 30 years

Scotland’s main church has abandoned God’s Word and embraced sodomy – it is therefore little wonder such immorality abounds on the streets!!

The Plantation was meant to establish Londonderry as Ulster’s main city

‘It wouldn’t have happened if he’d been here’ – loss of Ian Paisley mourned as sculpture unveiled on 93rd birthday

Ian Paisley memorial unveiled in Belfast

It is hard to credit a more shameful memorial gathering for Ian Paisley than that which included such a purveyor of false doctrine and notorious representative of the papal antichrist, against whom Dr Paisley had so boldly protested, as “Father” Brian Darcy!!!

Ian Paisley: No comment over accepting £1,000 gift from bookie

No comment necessary!!!!

As Dessie O’Hare goes back to prison the Border Fox’s ‘psychotic message of hate and violence’ is recalled

‘Border Fox’ Dessie O’Hare is jailed for seven years

The release of this murderous gangster in 2006 was one of the ‘benefits’ of the ‘Good Friday Agreement’!!!!

Northern Ireland electricity grid can now be run from state-owned Dublin control room

Another one of the benefits of the ‘Good Friday – Dup/Sinn Fein power-sharing Agreement’ no doubt!!!

Another election victory for Israel’s strong leader

x-GAA official Thomas McKenna facing more sex abuse allegations

Police probing child abuse of paedophile priest report seven people to prosecutors

Just how can the Roman Catholic people maintain faith in their ‘church’????

‘Mary Lou should know who built the Berlin Wall … it was her ‘sister party’, the East German Marxists’

Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange charged by US for computer related offences after arrest and expulsion from Ecuadorian embassy

Sinn Fein slammed over image of gunman on social media

What is truly ‘amazing’ and ‘appalling’ is the stupidity of Unionists who seem to have thought that the ‘gunman’ had gone away from the ranks of Sinn Fein!!!

Republican pro-life campaigners target SF in Co Tyrone stronghold

Why was the same concern not shown over Sinn Fein’s support for the killing of adults???!!!

Sinn Fein MP says she was diagnosed with PTSD due to Troubles

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,” Galatians 6:7.

Government says it is “disappointed” as Cayman Islands rejects gay marriage


Sam McBride: Something in Theresa May’s apocalyptic warnings about direct rule doesn’t add up

Brexit LIVE: May’s Brexit capitulation COMPLETE as Hammond admits there are NO red lines

Philip Hammond refuses to rule out second Brexit referendum

Tories abandon their electorate more and more. An election will see electorate abandon them!!!

Michelle O’Neill: ‘The unionist majority is gone, a united Ireland is within our grasp’

Varadkar wants Northern Ireland port checks in Larne and Belfast in no-deal Brexit

Brexit is, in Irish eyes, an opportunity to cut Northern Ireland off from the rest of the UK. Theresa May and her cronies have aided this scheme!!!

Brexit: DUP won’t support any deal with customs union, says MP Jim Shannon

It’s getting hard to keep up with the battle for Brexit

All the mystifying, distracting  ‘smoke and mirrors’ tactics indicate one thing only – DECEPTION!!!

Manufacturing NI urges May and Corbyn to revoke Article 50 in absence of Brexit deal

The cry of the pro-EU ‘merchants’ who fear the loss of profits. See Rev 18:11. ‘And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more.” !!!

Brexit: DUP says PM’s ‘pleading is humiliating’

BREXIT LIVE: EU will consider May’s delay request with one HUGE condition – shock document

Nelson McCausland: Arrogance of globalist elite is real reason why UK has not left EU

This Brexit botch job is a sad and embarrassing episode

PM out by May 22 – 1922 Committee demand RESIGNATION in urgent meeting TODAY

Brexit: Theresa May updates MPs on 31 October delay

Brexit news – live: Furious Tory MPs demand Theresa May resign over ‘abject surrender’ as she faces Commons onslaught over latest delay to EU departure

Arlene Foster: If EU won’t negotiate on backstop, UK faces no-deal Brexit

EU ‘barely paying lip service’ to unionists, says Foster

The Parables #118

The rich man and Lazarus, Pt3. 

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31.

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The circumstances of men in this world differ greatly. One may have an abundance of this world’s goods while another is bereft of such luxuries! Yet if you were to measure these two men by such things how wrong you would be! The one surrounded by earth’s bounty went to hell while the poor beggar went to heaven!

We must not measure a man’s true condition by outward appearances! Consider how Paul the apostle was viewed by men. “We are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day,” 1 Corinthians 4:13. Paul says that the world considers him as something akin to that which you would ‘scrape off your shoe’! Yet he was one of God’s great men, a prince of the Kingdom of God! His influence and witness have pointed millions to the unsearchable riches of salvation!

Men need to be taught about the deceitfulness of riches! 

“He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch,” Proverbs 11:28.

“Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven,” Proverbs 23:5. “And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God,” Mark 10:23-25.

RICHES are a great deceiver and many spend their life seeking them and miss heaven and find themselves eternally in hell as a consequence. Remember the parable of the ‘Sower’ in Luke 8! “And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection,” verse 14. The Saviour warns of the ‘choking’ power of riches. They can ‘choke off’ the precious influences of the Gospel and rob a man of heaven! That is the theme of this parable.

“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy,” 1 Timothy 6:17

A right understanding of the true value of this world’s riches will have eternal benefits.

“And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,” Rev 18:16-17.

Here is true riches and how they may be obtained. “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich,” 2 Corinthians 8:9. If we receive the crucified Saviour we are rich indeed!

 

Lessons from the instituting of the Lord’s Supper.

 

Scripture: I Corinthians 11:23-34

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Barely twenty years have passed since the Saviour instituted the Last Supper and just five years have passed since the founding by Paul of the Corinthian church and yet it appears that the central act of worship has degenerated into something more akin to a pagan feast. Verse 21 demonstrates this to be so. How sad this is!

If such corruptions could and did take place during the lifetime of the apostles just what may we not expect to happen 1900 years after their ministry and influence has ceased.

For the Corinthians, the Lord’s Supper had become a carnal thing. One in which they satisfied their natural appetites and gave expression to social prejudices, verse 22. For such practices Paul gave no praise, verse 22.

Wherever it is kept, there are disorder still, verse 28-31. Need of self-examination!

Departures from scriptural practices are no light thing. This is a day in which little is thought of indulging fleshly notions and abandoning the rule of Holy Scripture. This is wrong and is all the more blameworthy when we have been instructed in the way of truth.

Paul only taught that which he had been divinely taught himself. Paul had always underlined his apostolic independence, Gal 1:11. Likewise, he here states that what he taught them had come directly from the Lord Himself.

He carefully relayed the truth to the flock of God. This is what the Saviour demanded of the apostles. The Corinthians had been taught the right way of commemorating the Lord’s death, verse 23. The word ‘deliver’  means ‘to put into the hands of’. Out of 121 times used it is translated ‘betray’ 40 times. Paul took pains to make sure that that which he had received was that which he passed on to the Corinthians.

There must be no room for man’s innovations in the doctrinal structures of the Church of Christ.

The institution of the Lord’s Supper demonstrates the loving care of Christ. It was a night in which a professed follower would betray Him; the rest of the apostles would forsake Him and the chosen nation would reject Him. Yet, He thought upon His people. Perhaps it was fitting in the midst of such blindness that the Saviour takes steps to avert the tendency of His people to forget Him.

The words of Christ are to be understood figuratively rather than literally. This is made clear by the use of the phrase ‘this cup’. The cup referred to the wine within it which in turn referred to the blood of Christ.

In this supper we are to remember the Lord Himself. Not just the events of that dark night.

This supper was established to be a perpetual memorial to Christ’s death. The word ‘shew’ means ‘to proclaim or to publicly announce’. This is a telling again of the Saviour’s death, Exodus 12:26-27.

Notice the discretion given to the church regarding its keeping of the memorial. ‘As often’. The keeping of the Passover feast was fixed, Exodus 13:5 but not so the Lord’s Supper. But as ‘often’ as we do keep it, it must be as instituted by the Lord.

 

Amen.