Category Archives: Forgiveness

Reasoning Together

By John Thiel, mp3, pdf

Scripture reading: James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

As a church we want to have the religion of Christ; we want that religion of compassion that is to be embraced in our relationship with one another in Jesus Christ. The words of this hymn are expressive of this ideal: The church has one foundation, ‘tis Jesus Christ her Lord. It is where we are all in unity together because we are all looking at the same Jesus and opening our hearts to that same Jesus. And that produces a blessed tie that binds, the Christian love that is generated in the heart of Jesus and is to be extended to each other and through each other. Read the rest of this entry

Christ’s Religion of Compassion

By John Thiel, mp3, pdf

Scripture reading: Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

We have a God who is a loving father who pities his child, even though that sinful child is defiled. He waiteth in kindness, pities our blindness, longeth to welcome, though often reviled. God in compassion regardeth our plea. We want to dwell upon this compassion and understand the words of Jesus to the Hebrews. Let us truly tune in to His challenge that is brought to us in these words: Go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice. These words Jesus quoted from the book of Hosea. Here He is saying so emphatically to the Jews who were nigh unto filling their cup of iniquity: Read the rest of this entry

The Tests and Trials that Get Me There

By John Thiel, mp3

Every recent meditation we have had is encapsulated in the hymn ‘Weary of Earth’. ‘I look to heaven and long to enter in’. We are on the borders ‘but there no evil thing may find a home’. ‘While I fain would travel the heavenly way, evil is present in me day by day’ and yet the Lord isn’t leaving us. We keep hearing his invitation of come. We realise he has not given up on us. ‘Cease restless will, thy lonely strife resign, I know too well how little strength is mine, grant me dear Lord thy saving love to see, I strive no more, I give myself to thee.’ As we come to the conclusion of this series, to have a place in Canaan I realise that everything we have meditating on I need to change so I may have fitness there. That change seems to be beyond us. Of those who make it to that heavenly Canaan it is written in Revelation 14:12. Read the rest of this entry

Practising the Attitudes of Heavenly Society

By John Thiel

Psalm 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye angels, that excel in strength, that do commandments, hearkening unto the voice of word. 21 Bless ye the LORD, all [ye] his hosts; [ye] ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

To be in the Holy City living in the society of heaven is for us to consider so that we might know what to prepare for it.  We are to be preparing to be in that society and the attitudes that society has. We had established in our last study that the foremost principle in preparation is to embrace the attitude that the society of heaven has towards sinners. Read the rest of this entry

Are You God’s Shadow?

Let Us Make Man in Our Image

In the beginning God created our planet. God says and it’s done. This demonstrates the power of his word right at the beginning of the bible. Even if you go to the end of the bible which is the Revelation of Jesus Christ it is also about a creation of God saying let us make man in our image. This is a revelation of God in creation. At the end of this planet is a revelation of Jesus Christ at the end of the bible to be in his people in the last days. God said let there be light and there was light. God said and it was so.

Genesis 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Read the rest of this entry

Father, Forgive Them

By John Thiel, Beholding Christ Series, Part 3

Psalms 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:  3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;  4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

This study is a two phase meditation. The first phase is in reference to the seriousness of the transgression of the Ten Commandments. The second phase is the amazing provision of pardon that is to affect us to be able to pardon one another. The seriousness of the breaking of the Ten Commandments is of such a nature that affects us how?

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

We know well what seriousness sin has unleashed on this planet earth.

Romans 6:23 for the wages of sin is death.

Not death as merely a punishment as that is all we often visualise in reference to breaking Gods commandments are we going to be punished, its death because of cause to affect. Read the rest of this entry