Are there people alive since 1st century?

Seeing the Kingdom
Luke 9:27 says that some were standing there will not see death till the Kingdom come. Are there still people alive since He said that?? wow
Answer:
In Matthew 16: 28 Jesus says Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. Immediately after this Matthew records the incident of transfiguration.

Apostle Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:16-18  For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

Peter says that he saw the second coming on the Mount of Transfiguration.  The only way that the Transfiguration could have been like the second coming is if Elijah represented the translated saints while Moses represented the resurrected saints.

The Greek word ‘see’ should be translated as perceived.

So Apostles perceived second coming in the mount of transfiguration. There is no disciples alive today.

True Church: How do we know it?

Bible says commandment keeping people constitutes the true church of God. Jesus when talking about His church says My sheep knows me and I know my sheep.

Joh 10:14  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

1Jn 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

1Jn 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

1 John 2:3,4 says only christians who keep commandments of God knows Him rest of them don’t know Him.

The term ‘knowing’ in Bible refers to the relationship between husband and wife for example ‘Cain knew his wife and she conceived’ ‘Adam knew his wife’. Commandment keeping people know God as per 1 John 2:3,4 and thereby they constitute the Bride of God.

Also John 17:3 says eternal life is to know God. Bible says only commandment keeping people enter heaven Rev 22:14 and Rev 14:12.

False Church: In Mat 7:21-23 NKJV where a group of miracle healers says we did miracles and cast out demons in the name of Jesus and to them Jesus replies I never knew you because you didnt keep commandments. Remember Jesus knows only His bridal church.

A brief note on overcoming sin

Sin is the transgression of Law 1 John 3:4

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I(man) am carnal, sold under sin. Rom 7: 14

Carnal mind is not subject to the Law of God; Rom 8:7

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Rom 8:6

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Jesus not only forgives (justification) our sins but also cleanse us (sanctification) from all unrighteousness

Some Powerful promises to remember

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Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,  Jud 24

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3:9

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 2 Pet 2:10

Christ promises a crown to everyone who overcomes sin.

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne Rev 3:21

Thoughts on sports from Bible and Spirit of Prophecy.

“Satan has devised a multitude of ways in which to keep men from serving God. He has invented sports and games, into which men enter with such intensity that one would suppose a crown of life was to reward the winner.” Review and Herald, September 10, 1901.

While playing any game or sport, whether we admit or not, we have only 2 goals, That we or I should win and other one should lose? Secondly in many games the win comes always with a trick, be it a cricket ball bowlled with a spin tricking the batsman or a soccer player tricking the opponent by hitting it in unexpected direction. In mind games like Chess we plan and even trick to make the opponent lose? Doesn’t Satan plan to make others lose? Doesn’t Christ always plans to make everybody a winner? Even with the expense of bringing a loss to Himself? Whose spirit is ruling the motives we have when we play sports, Christs or Satans? –

Christianity is about turning the other cheek, esteeming others higher than ourselves and preferring honor for others rather than for ourselves. The Sports world is all about demonstrating superiorty, paybacks, and gaining honor for oneself or his team. Sports involve wasting lot of time and money which could be spent otherwise usefully.

Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Phi 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1Co 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they (athletes) do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we (Christians) an incorruptible.

“I cannot find an instance in the life of Christ where He devoted time to play and amusement. He was the great Educator for the present and the future life. I have not been able to find one instance where He educated His disciples to engage in amusement of football or pugilistic games, to obtain physical exercise, or in theatrical performances; and yet Christ was our Pattern in all things.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, 229.

“The public feeling is that manual labor is degrading, yet men may exert themselves as much as they choose at cricket, baseball, or in pugilistic contests without being regarded as degraded. Satan is delighted when he sees human beings using their physical and mental powers in that which does not educate, which is not useful, which does not help them to be a blessing to those who need their help. While the youth are becoming expert in games that are of no real value to themselves or to others, Satan is playing the game of life for their souls, taking from them the talents that God has given them, and placing in their stead his own evil attributes. It is his effort to lead men to ignore God. He seeks to engross and absorb the mind so completely that God will find no place in the thoughts. He does not wish people to have a knowledge of their Maker, and he is well pleased if he can set in operation games and theatrical perfonnances that will so confuse the senses of the youth that God and heaven will be forgotten.” Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, 274-275.

The Spirit of Prophecy identifies sports as a form of idolatry. “I was told by my Guide: ‘Look ye, and behold the idolatry of My people, to whom I have been speaking, rising up early, and presenting to them their dangers. I looked that they should bring forth fruit.’ There were some who were striving for the mastery, each trying to excel the other in the swift running of their bicycles. There was a spirit of strife and contention among them as to which should be the greatest. The spirit was similar to that manifested in the baseball games on the college ground. Said my Guide: ‘These things are an offense to God. Both near and afar off, souls are perishing for the bread of life and the water of salvation.’ .. Testimonies, vol. 8, 52.

“A view of things was presented before me in which the students were playing games of tennis and cricket. Then I was given instruction regarding the character of these amusements. They were presented to me as a species of idolatry, like the idols of the nations.” Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, 350.

“‘The value of time is beyond computation. Christ regarded every moment as precious, and it is thus that we should regard it. Life is too short to be trifled away. We have but a few days of probation in which to prepare for eternity. We have no time to waste, no time to devote to selfish pleasure, no time for the indulgence of sin. It is now that we are to form characters for the future, immortal life. It is now that we are to prepare for the searching judgment.·· Christ’S Object Lessons, 342.

In summary

“I do not condemn the simple exercise of playing ball; but this, even in its simplicity, may be overdone. “I shrink always from the almost sure result wlllch follows in the wake of these amusements. It leads to an outlay of means that should be expended in bringing the light of tntth to souls that are perishing out of Christ. The amusements and expenditures of means for self-pleasing, which lead on step by step to self-glorifying, and the educating in these games for pleasure produce a love and passion for such things that is not favorable to the perfection of Christian character. … “Is the eye single to the glory of God in these games? I know that this is not so. There is a losing sight of God’s way and His purpose. The employment of intelligent beings, in probationary time, is superseding God’s revealed will and ubstituting for it the speculations and inventions of the human agent, with Satan by his side to imbue with his spirit. . . . The Lord God of heaven protests against the burning passion cultivated for supremacy in the games that are so engrossing.” The Adventist Home, 499-500.

Songs in the Night

“When trials arise that seem unexplainable, we should not allow our peace to be spoiled. However unjustly we may be treated, let not passion arise. By indulging a spirit of retaliation we injure ourselves. We destroy our own confidence in God, and grieve the Holy Spirit. There is by our side a Witness, a heavenly Messenger, who will lift up for us a standard against the enemy. He will shut us in with the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness. Beyond this Satan cannot penetrate. He cannot pass this shield of holy light.

“Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God. You cannot burden Him; you cannot weary Him. His heart of love is touched by our sorrows and even by our utterances of them. Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up worlds. He rules over all the affairs of the universe. Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest. The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon the earth to share His watch care, not another soul for whom He gave His beloved Son.” — Steps to Christ, page 100.
 
 
“In the full light of day, and in the hearing of the music of other voices, the caged bird will not sing the song that his master seeks to teach him. He learns a snatch of this, a trill of that, but never a separate and entire melody. But the master covers the cage, and places it where the bird will listen to the one song he is to sing. In the dark, he tries and tries again to sing that song until it is learned, and he breaks forth in perfect melody. Then the bird is brought forth, and ever after he can sing that song in the light. Thus God deals with His children. He has a song to teach us, and when we have learned it amid the shadows of affliction we can sing is ever afterward.” –Ministry of Healing, page 251.
 
 
Job 35:10 says: “But none saith, Where is God, my maker, who giveth songs in the night?”

Guard Well the Avenues of the Soul

He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, ….And shuts his eyes from seeing evil: ; Isaiah 33:15

I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; Psalm 101:3

The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.  Luke 11:34-36

It is by guarding the avenues of soul we protect ourselves from sinning. Friends TV is an entertainment by means of sin. If it doesn’t contain violence in the name of heroism or have sexual overtones in the name of love or mockery in name of comedy or promote sin in some form then it is not interesting. If you want to wear the image of Christ then you have to stop feeding your soul with TV.
 

“Keep thy heart with all diligence,” is the counsel of the wise man; “for out of it are the issues of life.” As man “thinketh in his heart, so is he.” The heart must be renewed by divine grace, or it will be in vain to seek for purity of life. He who attempts to build up a noble, virtuous character independent of the grace of Christ, is building his house upon the shifting sand. In the fierce storms of temptation it will surely be overthrown. David’s prayer should be the petition of every soul: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” And having become partakers of the heavenly gift, we are to go on unto perfection, being “kept by the power of God, through faith.”

Yet we have a work to do to resist temptation. Those who would not fall a prey to Satan’s devices must guard well the avenues of the soul; they must avoid reading, seeing, or hearing that which will suggest impure thoughts. The mind should not be left to wander at random upon every subject that the adversary of souls may suggest. “Gird up the loins of your mind,” says the apostle Peter, “be sober, . . . not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of living.”

Says Paul, “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” This will require earnest prayer and unceasing watchfulness. We must be aided by the abiding influence of the Holy Spirit, which will attract the mind upward, and habituate it to dwell on pure and holy things. And we must give diligent study to the word of God. “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy word.” “Thy word,” says the Psalmist, “have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.”– Patriarchs and Prophets,” p. 460 .

The Chaff and the Wheat

Dear youth, cease to read the magazines containing stories. Put away every novel. . . . We would do well to clear our houses of all the story magazines and the publications containing ridiculous pictures –representations originated by satanic agencies. The youth cannot afford to poison their minds with such things. “What is the chaff to the wheat?” Let every one who claims to be a follower of Christ read only that which is true and of eternal value.We must prepare ourselves for most solemn duties. A world is to be saved. . . . In view of the great work to be done, how can any one afford to waste precious time and God-given means in doing those things that are not for his best good or for the glory of God?– The Youth’s Instructor, August 14, 1906 .

The power and danger of Thoughts

You are professedly the servants of Christ. Do you then yield to Him ready and willing obedience?Do you earnestly inquire how you shall best please Him who has called you to be soldiers of the cross of Christ?Do you both lift the cross and glory in it? Answer these questions to God. All your acts, however secret you may think they have been, are open to your heavenly Father. Nothing is hidden, nothing covered. All your acts and the motives which prompt them are open to His sight. He has full knowledge of all your words and thoughts. 

   It is your duty to control your thoughts. You will have to war against a vain imagination. You may think that there can be no sin in permitting your thoughts to run as they naturally would without restraint. But this is not so. You are responsible to God for the indulgence of vain thoughts; for from vain imaginations arises the committal of sins, the actual doing of those things upon which the mind has dwelt. Govern your thoughts, and it will then be much easier to govern your actions.Your thoughts need to be sanctified.

   Paul writes to the Corinthians: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 

  When you come into this position, the work of consecration will be better understood….Your thoughts will be pure, chaste, and elevated; your actions pure and sinless. Your bodies will be preserved in sanctification and honor, that you may present them “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” You are required to deny self in little as well as in greater things. You should make an entire surrender to God…

Testimonies for the Church Vol. 3 Page 83-84