Reflection on Matthew 24-16-18

Gospel for Today – Reflection on Matthew 24:16-18

Today’s Gospel Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. – Matthew 24:16-18 Reflection I know from this verse that there is rare catastrophe at the time of the second coming of Jesus. The Lord Jesus admonishes us not to indulge in material things, wealth, pleasures of the world, not to look backward as we follow our hand on the plough, but wholeheartedly believe in God and follow God. This reminds me of God’s destruction of Sodom. God saved Lot and his family because of his righteous deed. Before God destroyed Sodom, God sent two angels to tell Lot to take his wife and two daughters out of there and flee to the mountains. When they were outside of the city, one angel told them not to look back no matter what happened, otherwise they will lose their lives. That means, they should forsake everything to flee and not feel nostalgia for their physical property and easy life of the past. But Lot’s wife was nostalgia for her past life and looked back, so she became a pillar of salt and lost her life. Now we all know that disasters are getting worse and worse, the prophecies of the last days have already been fulfilled, it has been the time of the second coming of Jesus. Reflecting upon myself, I also want to gain the heavenly blessings, but I still love the life in the world and cannot wholeheartedly follow God. God says: “The end of the world unfolds before your very eyes, great disasters rapidly draw near; is your life important or is your sleeping, eating, and clothing important? The time has come for you to weigh these things. Do not be doubtful anymore and do not shy away from being serious!” So I also make up my mind to be a person who can obey the command of God and act in accordance with God’s requirements, avoiding missing the chance to obtain God’s salvation.   » You may be interested in reading more: • What Is Being Raptured Before the Disasters? How Can We Become Overcomers? • God’s Prophecies Concerning the End Time » Most people also watch Christian Short Film: End Time News – “The Days of Noah Have Come” (Disaster and Salvation) 

Gospel Preached in All the World

Gospel Preached in All the World – Reflection on Matthew 24:14

Today’s Gospel And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come. – Matthew 24:14 Reflection This verse predicts that the end shall come when the gospel has been preached to the ends of the earth. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world” means when all nations have heard the gospel of the Lord, He will return (which doesn’t mean everyone has heard it or believed in Him.) After the Lord Jesus completed the redemptive work through His crucifixion, the Lord Jesus’ disciples began to spread the gospel. Later, with the emergence of the Internet, the Holy Spirit began to lead God’s chosen people to testify the Lord Jesus through the radio stations, networks, books, gospel tracts, missionary work and so on. Even in China, which is ruled by an atheist party, many people have accepted the gospel of the Lord Jesus. Therefore, the gospel of the Lord Jesus’ redemption of mankind has spread to the ends of the universe. Dear brothers and sisters, just think about this: Is there any country or region in the world where people haven’t heard the gospel of the Lord Jesus? The last days have already come! Share a passage of God’s words, “Only when I pass into the new heaven and earth shall I reveal the other part of My glory first in the land of Canaan, causing a glimmer of light to shine forth in the whole earth, sunk in pitch-dark night, so that the whole earth will come to the light. Let men all over the earth come to draw strength from the power of the light, allowing My glory to increase and appear anew to every nation. Let all humanity realize that I have long ago come to the human world and long ago brought My glory from Israel to the East; for My glory shines from the East, where it was brought over from the Age of Grace to this day.”   » You may be interested in reading more: • Preaching the Gospel Is My Bounden Duty (I) • Spread the Gospel – Faith Grows in the Midst of Setbacks • What’s True Faith in God? » Most people also watch Christian Movie: “The Gospel Messenger”-Preaching the Gospel of the Last Days

Gospel Reflection on Matthew

Let God Take the First Place in Our Heart – Reflection on Matthew 23:6

Today’s Gospel And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. – Matthew 23:6-7 Reflection The chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees loved and valued status, and they were eager for people to adore them, even treat them as God. When the Lord Jesus did His new work outside of the temple, more and more people followed Him. As Jesus’ reputation increased, they engendered hatred toward Jesus. For the sake of protecting their status, they had all kinds of ways to resist, condemn and deny the work of the Lord Jesus. Later, they even wanted to kill Him. It is recorded in John 11, “Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man does many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation…. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.” From these facts we clearly know that the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees placed their own status ahead of anything else. In the end, they colluded with the Roman government leaders to crucify Jesus. They became the people who defied God and committed a heinous crime. I can see from the lessons of the failures of the Pharisees, that those who believe in God and serve Him should honor God as great and put Him first in their hearts rather than pursue fame and status, and make people worship them. Then, when the Lord Jesus comes again, how can we avoid walking the path of the Pharisees’ failure?   » You may be interested in reading more: • How to Attend the Wedding Feast of the Lamb • How to Welcome the Lord’s Return to Be After God’s Will • Difference Between Following God and Following Man

Gospel Reflection on Matthew 22-37-38

Serve God With All Our Hearts and Souls – Reflection on Matthew 22:37-38

Today’s Gospel Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. – Matthew 22:37-38 Reflection God requires us to love Him with all our heart and with all our mind. There is God’s good intention in it. God is holy, while we are sinners deeply corrupted by Satan. Based on the substance of our corruption, in fact, we are not fit to love God and even enjoy God’s love. God requiring us this way is God uplifting us and God’s grace to us. If we can love God with all our heart and with all our mind, we can achieve God’s salvation, live in God’s care and protection, break away from Satan’s boundage and control, and receive the real human life. Take Peter for example: It is because he pursued to love God and satisfy God in all his life that the Lord gave to him the keys of the kingdom of heaven. He accepted God’s commission and fed the Lord’s sheep for the sake of carrying out God’s will, so as to be able to love God utterly and obey God till death, and bear a beautiful and resounding witness to God. If we can pursue to love God and obey God like Peter, dedicate ourselves to carrying out God’s will, and become someone who truly loves God, this is the most meaningful life. Just as God’ words say, “The reason why only those who truly love God have the most value and meaning in their lives, and only they truly believe in God, is because these people live in God’s light, they are able to live for God’s work and management; they do not live in darkness, but live in the light; they do not live meaningless lives, but lives that have been blessed by God. Only those who love God are able to testify to God, only they are God’s witnesses, only they are blessed by God, and only they are able to receive God’s promises. Those who love God are God’s intimates, they are the people beloved by God, and they can enjoy blessings together with God. Only people such as this will live to eternity, and only they will forever live under God’s care and protection. ”   » You may be interested in reading more: • Grasping the 4 Key Elements, You Will Serve God’s Will • 3 Ways to Quiet Your Heart Before God When You’re Busy • 3 Principles of Prayer Help You Obtain the Lord’s Response Easily

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Those Who Love God Live a More Meaningful Life – Reflection on Matthew 22:37

Today’s Gospel Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. – Matthew 22:37 Reflection This is the most important commandment. The Lord hopes that we can love Him with all our heart, with all our mind, and without our impurity or demands, or misunderstandings of God or suspicion. He hopes that we can love Him more than love our family and marriage, and expend our whole life for Him. Share a passage of God’s words: “It is hoped that you can love God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength, just as if you were protecting your own life. Is this not a life of the utmost meaning? Where else could you find the meaning of life? Would that not be so blind? Are you willing to love God? Is God worthy of man’s love? Are people worthy of man’s adoration? So what should you do? Love God boldly, without reservations—and see what God will do to you. See if He will slay you. In sum, the task of loving God is more important than copying and writing things down for God. You should give first place to what’s most important, so that your life has more meaning and is full of happiness, and then you should wait for God’s ‘sentence’ for you. I wonder if your plan will include loving God—I would that everyone’s plans become that which is completed by God, and become reality.” Only if we pursue loving God can we live out a life of meaning. May we all become people who love God. Amen!   » You may be interested in reading more: • In Your Faith in God You Should Obey God • 4 Steps to Magnify the Lord in Your Life – Daily Practice • What Does It Mean to Fear God? 4 Points Help You Know It » Most people also watch Christian Worship Song “Oh God, My Heart Already Belongs to You”

Gospel for Today,Sermons on Jesus Christ

Gospel for Today – Reflection on Matthew 22:20-21

Today’s Gospel And he said to them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say to him, Caesar’s. Then said he to them, Render therefore to Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s. – Matthew 22:20-21 Reflection This verse was said by the Lord Jesus when the Pharisees tempted Him. From this verse we can see that the Lord asked us to obey the ruling authorities in paying taxes, but should listen to God when it comes to believing in God. This principle applies equally to us Christians today. We should abide by the national system, but with regard to believing in God, we should honor God as great no matter when. If the ruling authorities do not allow us to believe in God or follow God, we must never listen to them. The Lord Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Only God can give us the truth and guide us onto the right path of human life. And only if we practice in accordance with God’s requirements in all things can we gain the truth and life.   » You might be interested in: • What Is the Meaning of the Lord Jesus Being Tempted? • God Is Almighty, but Why Did Jesus Redeem Us by Crucifixion • What Is the Significance of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus?

Gospel Reflection on Matthew 19:26

With God All Things Are Possible – Reflection on Matthew 19:26

Today’s Gospel But Jesus beheld them, and said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. – Matthew 19:26 Reflection When God blessed Abraham, He allowed us to see that God’s word is with authority and the only One who truly exerts authority is God Himself. God said, “As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made you. And I will make you exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you” (Gen 17:4-6). God promised Abraham that his wife would bear a son. Though his wife was past childbearing age, she bore Isaac the next year. From this fact, we can see God’s faithfulness and His power, and truly experience that God is capable of doing that which man cannot. God’s words say, “If someone says they hope another person will be exceeding fruitful, that nations will be made from them, and that kings shall come from them, then that is undoubtedly a kind of wish, and is not a promise or a blessing. And so, people dare not say ‘I will make you such and such, you shall such and such,’ for they know that they do not possess such power; it is not up to them, and even if they say such things, their words would be empty, and nonsense, driven by their desire and ambition. Does anyone dare to speak in such a grand tone if they feel that they cannot accomplish their wishes? Everyone wishes well for their descendants, and hopes that they will excel and enjoy great success. What great fortune it would be for one of them to become emperor! If one were to be a governor that would be good, too—just as long as they’re someone important! These are all people’s wishes, but people can only wish blessings upon their descendants, and cannot fulfill or make any of their promises come true. In their hearts, everyone clearly knows that they do not possess the power to achieve such things, for their everything is beyond their control, and so how could they command the fate of others? Whereas the reason why God can say words like these is because God possesses such authority, and is capable of accomplishing and realizing all the promises that He makes to man, and of making all the blessings that He bestows upon man come true. Man was created by God, and for God to make someone exceedingly fruitful would be child’s play; to make someone’s descendants prosperous would require but a word from Him. He would never have to work Himself into a sweat for such a thing, or task His mind, or tie Himself in knots over it; this is the very power of God, the very authority of God.” From God’s word, we understand humans are created by God and He rules over and controls mankind. Among creatures, the power of man can never be compared with God’s authority. Also, we should obey God’s sovereignty and arrangements. If we make it, we will gain true happiness and peace.   » Read more on our God’s Authority page, or click on the related articles below: • God Promises to Give Abraham a Son • The Word of God “The Authority of the Creator Is Immutable and Unoffendable” » Most people also watch Christian Movie:“The One Who Holds Sovereignty Over Everything” (Christian Musical Documentary) 

A Rich Man Shall Hardly Enter Into the Kingdom of Heaven

A Rich Man Shall Hardly Enter Into the Kingdom of Heaven – Reflection on Matthew 19:23

Today’s Gospel Then said Jesus to his disciples, Truly I say to you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 19:23 Reflection A wealthy young man asked the Lord Jesus that how to gain eternal life. Not only did Jesus tell him to keep the commandments, but told him to sell all his possessions and give to the poor and follow the Lord if he wanted to be perfect. But he couldn’t give up his property and went away sorrowful. In the heart of the rich man, he preferred his wealth to following the Lord, so he missed the boat on entering into the kingdom of heaven. This reminds me of that, in this society, many brothers and sisters rush around for money and reputation and ignore the meetings, which has resulted in their straying farther from God. Then what should we do to satisfy the Lord’s will? I want to share a passage with everyone and hope this will be helpful. “If we are not able to plan or prepare for our future path of survival for the sake of God, this really shows that we can give up everything to satisfy God. Only this is someone who is loyal to God. But man has too little faith, and believe that they cannot survive and have no path to take if they don’t plan or prepare. In fact, spending for God is the way that gets broader the further you follow it. If one leaves God and lives for himself, he will have no path to take and it will be useless to plan or prepare, because everything is in God’s hands and depends on the predestination of God. What God’s this requirement means is that He wants to know whether we can truly entrust ourselves to Him, fully spend ourselves for Him and give up our plan or preparation without any thought for ourselves. Whether we live or die is not our concern, this is a great challenge to our faith. Are you truly willing to sacrifice yourself? Do you have much confidence? Those who can truly abandon his everything for God are people with resolve and this will be a good testimony.”   » You may be interested in reading more: • What Is the Way of Eternal Life and How Can We Gain It? • I Finally Know What Is Eternal Life and How to Get It • A Christian’s Testimony: I Got the Way to Shake off the Shackles of Money

Honor Your Father and Mother, and Love Your Neighbor as Yourself – Reflection on Matthew 19:19

Honor Your Father and Mother, and Love Your Neighbor as Yourself – Reflection on Matthew 19:19

Today’s Gospel Honor your father and your mother: and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. – Matthew 19:19 Reflection Everyone must be very familiar with this verse. I used to understand that this is God’s demand of everyone, to respect the elders and cherish the young, to honor our parents, to love others as ourselves. But a passage of God’s words I read later gave me a more profound knowledge of this verse. God says, “These were all things that the Son of man said in humanity; only people would say something like ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. Loving others is the same as cherishing your own life,’ and only people would speak in this manner. God has never spoken that way. At the very least, God does not have this type of language in His divinity because He doesn’t need this kind of tenet, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ to regulate His love for mankind, because God’s love for mankind is a natural revealing of what He has and is. When have you ever heard that God said anything like ‘I love mankind as I love Myself’? Because love is in God’s essence, and in what He has and is. God’s love for mankind and the way He treats people and His attitude are a natural expression and revealing of His disposition. He does not need to deliberately do this a certain way, or deliberately follow a certain method or a moral code to achieve loving His neighbor as Himself—He already possesses this type of essence. What do you see in this? When God worked in humanity, many of His methods, words, and truths were all expressed in a human way. But at the same time God’s disposition, what He has and is, and His will were expressed for people to know and understand them. What they knew and understood was exactly His essence and what He has and is, which represent the inherent identity and status of God Himself.” From God’s words we can see that God asks us to love others as ourselves, and hopes that we can take this demand as the behavioral principles and standards of our real life. God doesn’t need this principle to standardize Himself, for God Himself is love, and His essence is love. God’s love for man is His natural expression, in which there is nothing impure, and no conditions. How real and actual God’s love is! Thanks be to God!   » Read more on our Christian Family page, or click on the related articles below: • Christian Diary: Grandma Isn’t So Clumsy as I Said • How to Handle the Relationship Between Mother-in-Law and Daughter-in-Law • She Finally Put Aside 11-Year Grudge Against Her Mother

Leave Parents and Join to Your Spouse

Leave Parents and Join to Your Spouse – Reflection on Matthew 19:5

Today’s Gospel And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall join to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh? – Matthew 19:5 Reflection Marriage is a key event in the life of every one of us. We harbor many illusions about marriage before we experience it ourselves. But marriage is not a matter of individual choice, it is predetermined by God. Just as God’s words say, “Marriage is an important juncture in a person’s life. It is the product of a person’s fate, a crucial link in one’s fate; it is not founded on any person’s individual volition or preferences, and is not influenced by any external factors, but is completely determined by the fates of the two parties, by the Creator’s arrangements and predeterminations regarding the fates of the couple.” “A marriage is not the product of both members’ families, the circumstances in which they grew up, their appearances, their ages, their qualities, their talents, or any other factors; rather, it arises from a shared mission and a related fate. This is the origin of marriage, a product of human fate orchestrated and arranged by the Creator.” From God’s words we can understand that our marriage is not decided by our appearances, families, ages, preferences or other external factors, but presided over and predestined by God.   » You may be interested in reading more: • How She Chose a Right Life Partner • God’s Love Hidden Behind a Late Marriage • God’s Will in Marriage: How Does God Show You Who to Marry?

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Gospel for Today – Reflection on Matthew 18:17

Today’s Gospel And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it to the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be to you as an heathen man and a publican. – Matthew 18:17 Reflection God has principles in treating man, so He requires us to treat others in a principled way. If a person sins, as long as he can repent, God will not abandon him. If he, after being helped many times, never accepts or repents, we will keep far away from such person. Just as God says: “What does God’s word require as the principle for treating others? Love what God loves, hate what God hates. That is, the people loved by God who truly pursue the truth and who carry out God’s will, are the people you should love. Those who don’t carry out God’s will, hate God, disobey God, and are despised by God, are people we should despise and reject. That’s what God’s word requires.” We should treat others according to what God’s word requires. God loves those who pursue the truth, practice His words and accept others’ suggestions; He hates those who don’t accept the truth, practice the truth despite clear awareness of it, or listen to others’ suggestions.   » You may be interested in reading more: • Three Principles for Serving God Harmoniously • Lord Jesus Treated 5,000 Men and His Disciples Differently • How to Help and Support Brothers and Sisters in Christ: 3 Principles

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Gospel for Today – Reflection on Matthew 18:16

Today’s Gospel But if he will not hear you, then take with you one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. – Matthew 18:16 Reflection We should help him with a loving heart if one commits sins. But if he doesn’t listen to us, what should we do? Maybe I would not help him again but define that he doesn’t accept the truth and ditch him. From this verse, we can understand God’s requirements of man. If someone doesn’t accept our help, we may take other brothers and sisters to help him again and again. Also, I have known God’s merciful and compassionate disposition. His love for mankind is vast and He gives people many chances. He doesn’t treat people based on their transgressions but only looks at whether they will someday be able to change. As long as there is a thread of hope for man, God will do all He can to save everyone. Share a paragraph of God’s words: “I do not want to see anyone feeling as though God has left them out in the cold, that God has abandoned them or turned His back on them. I would only like to see everyone on the road to seeking the truth and seeking to understand God, boldly marching onward with unfaltering will, with no misgivings, carrying no burdens. No matter what wrongs you have committed, no matter how far you have gone astray or how much you have transgressed, do not let these become burdens or excess baggage to carry with you in your pursuit to understand God: Continue marching onward. No matter when it occurs, the heart of God that is man’s salvation never changes: This is the most precious part of the essence of God.”   » You may be interested in reading more: • A Christian’s Testimony: How to Mend a Friendship Broken by Interests • Three Principles for Serving God Harmoniously » Most people also watch Christian Music Video: Come Before God Often

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