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How to Meet Jesus Today

© 17-22 Colin Melbourne

Mtt. 25:31-46 KJV

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory,

And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

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: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

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.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Divine Appointments

Take that to heart, trust and obey the Shepherd, and you’re guaranteed to meet Jesus wherever you tread: He will be with you, eager to confirm His eternal Word.

It’s a modern Christian habit to enjoy a ‘Conference’ or ‘Camp Meeting’ for a few days each year. That’s a good thing, I witnessed my first miracle at a Christian conference soon after I was saved in 1988. (Jesus healed a woman’s shortened leg, it grew right before my eyes as we prayed.) I’ve been to several since then, and always been blessed.

But I’ve discovered something even more exciting…

Meeting Jesus in Jail

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Catholic or Roman Catholic?

© 18-22 Colin Melbourne

Q: What is the difference between catholic and Roman Catholic? Trevor (NZ)

A: The word catholic is a middle English adjective in common usage meaning; all-encompassing, or indiscriminate, as used in such phrases as; Berkshire sows are not fussy what they eat, their diet is very catholic.
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The term Roman Catholic refers to the pseudo-Christian cult based in Rome. A demonic religious system created to ensnare the gullible with a false gospel, and pay allegiance to the Pontif as “Vicar of Christ on Earth”. The Roman Catholic church is currently promoting the Ecumenical Movement, attempting to unite nominal Christians under their headship.

Genuine Christians reject such folly

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Ye Were Healed

© 17-22 Colin Melbourne

Symbolic or Factual?

Q: You write of 1 Pe. 2:24 “…by whose stripes ye were healed” to mean physical healing, whereas I have always understood it as symbolic of Christ healing our wounded souls. After all, it’s a quote from Isaiah 53 which speaks allegorically of the lost as sheep gone astray. Am I missing something?

A: Lovely question! There will be joy in your heart when you discover the answer.

Ask the LORD to open your spiritual eyes to perceive what He wants you to see in this scripture.

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Actual or Allegory?

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The Day of Redemption

© 21-22 Colin Melbourne

Q: I’ve read your article, When Are Our Bodies Redeemed?, where you state that believers are redeemed now, but what about Ephesians 4:30 KJV;

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Are you saying the Day of Redemption has already come, because that verse sounds like it is still in the future?

A: Thank you for an excellent thoughtful question. Prepare to receive blessings from the Holy Spirit as He reveals the written word of God.

The article, When Are Our Bodies Redeemed? concerns Romans 8:23 which uses the phrase waiting for the redemption of our body, and how modern “Bibles” have corrupted God’s Holy written word to deceive Christians into assuming they have to wait for their redemption and physical healing.

They don’t.

Test The spirits

But let’s first consider; who would want to prevent believers from enjoying benefits of their Blood-bought Redemption now, by suggesting they have to wait until they enter heaven before they receive their redemption and healing?

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The Apostle John

© 10-22 Colin Melbourne

Boiled Alive in Oil

Q: Where in the Bible does it say that John was boiled in oil? I have read it before, but don’t know where. We had a visiting minister this past Sunday, and he talked about it. My kids are doubting because none of us can find it. Thanks for any help you can give. Ann

A: Thank you for your question Ann. The story of the Apostle John’s miraculous rescue, from being boiled alive in oil, is not mentioned in the Holy Bible.

Image of Boiling oil. Copyright Vorfay Used by kind permission.It comes to us from extra-biblical sources recorded by several near-contemporary historians and theologians.

Here’s an example by Tertullian, the second century theologian, in; The Prescription Against Heretics, Chapter 36.
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10 Tips To Avoid Backsliding

© 12-22 Colin Melbourne

I Can’t Stop Sinning

Q: What is the reason I keep falling into sin and backslide? I don’t know why. Ruth

A: You will have to go to Christ yourself in earnest, sincere, prayer, and ask Him the reason for your fickle walk.

Below are some common reasons that may help you.

Christians Quit Sinning

The normal Christian walk is a life of power and victory over; temptation, sin, sickness, and Satan. It is not a recurring cycle of; trying, failing, then repenting, but giving in to temptation to sin yet again. God says, 1 Jn. 5:18 KJV;
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Why Christians Need Never be Sick

© 01-22 Colin Melbourne

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Jesus said that even the smallest amount of faith in God would move a mountain, and through faith, nothing is impossible for a believer in Him.

A distraught man approached Jesus and knelt before him.

…saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Holy Bible, Mtt. 17:14-21 KJV

If you are going to get anything from God, it must come through faith because;

…without faith it is impossible to please him:

Heb. 11:6 KJV

Through simple faith in Christ’s finished work, every believer can be perfectly healthy, and need never be sick or infirm.
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When He Shall Appear

© 20-22 Colin Melbourne

Confident and Unashamed

The Holy Ghost, through the Disciple whom Jesus loved (Jn. 13:33), exhorts believers to be busy doing righteousness, living pure and ready when He shall appear, 1 Jn. 2:28-29, 3:2-3 KJV

And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Father wants His children to abide in the love of Christ, as we walk through this Valley of Death called the world.

The Love of God

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Immediately you were born of God, you discovered human love fails every divine comparison, but as we grow in Christ, and learn to abide in God’s love, we walk in perfect victory, with the confidence of Christ in this life: And guaranteed Glory in the next.
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Teenage Depression

© 19-22 Colin Melbourne

Q: I notice post-millennial teens are ever-more depressed and suicidal, why is that, and is there any hope for them?

A: Why are teenagers depressed and killing themselves in unprecedented numbers world-wide?

Daily Peril

The reason is plain from this Holy Ghost prophecy, 2 Tim 3:1-5 KJV;

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Travel this world, and you will find that prophecy is in full swing today at every location from; Kamchatka to Nepal, to Prague, Liverpool and the Bahamas, to Sodom and Gomorrah*, to Quito and New Hebrides, and full-circle to Japan and Russia.

The Cause

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Smith Wigglesworth 1859-1947

© 98-22 Colin Melbourne

Smith Wigglesworth was born of humble circumstances in 1859 at the hamlet of Menston, Yorkshire, England, during the reign of Queen Victoria.
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He grew up as a farm labourer, picking turnips whilst a boy, and only learned to read and write after reaching adulthood. His Grandmother led him to Christ in a Primitive Methodist fellowship when he was eight years old. Primitive Methodists were noted for their free, loud, and lively worship.
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