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The Body of Christ Should NOT Pray This Prayer PDF Print E-mail
PastorDavid

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Down through the centuries many sincere Children of God have spoken the following prayer, "Come, Lord Jesus; come quickly" but here at The Lion and Lamb Ministry, we have not joined them in this, and will not.

Now, unless I be misunderstood, let me explain that I long to see, and be, with our blessed LORD Jesus Christ, and if we were to think ONLY of ourselves we would have Him come NOW! Without any further delay.

But this continued absence of our the LORD Jesus Christ, in Grace mind you, is the special subject of the Apostle Paul's epistles. Take a look at what even the Apostle Peter states, "AND ACCOUNT THAT THE LONGSUFFERING OF OUR LORD IS SALVATION; EVEN AS OUR BELOVED BROTHER PAUL ALSO, ACCORDING TO THE WISDOM GIVEN UNTO HIM, HATH WRITTEN UNTO YOU; AS ALSO IN ALL HIS EPISTLES, SPEAKING IN THEM OF THESE THINGS..." 2 Peter 3:15-16 .

How gracious has the LORD Jesus Christ, been in delaying His return for His own and the judgment to follow! How gracious to extend the Day of Grace all this time, even until now! Of couse now that we are saved we would naturally want to be with the One we love and long for, but how grateful we should be that He waited for us, to not only be BORN, but also for that day when we would be RE-BORN! You See, you do not know which Child of God, Chosen in The LORD Jesus Christ, BEFORE the Foundations of the world...will be born today, tomorrow, next week, month, or year! THEY will also NEED to hear the Gospel of Grace, just like YOU!

Romans 1:14-17 says, "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! So then Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God."

Therefore, how EAGER we should be to win others to Him while He waits still longer!

So, as we consider the lost around us, we simply cannot, in all good consciousness, implore The LORD Jesus Christ, to "come quickly"...though His coming for us is indeed a "blessed hope" and we remain on the alert for it to take place at any time.

Now...an important point to make note of...it is interesting to observe that the prayer, "Come, Lord Jesus" and its counterpart "How long!" are both "Great Tribulation" prayers, uttered by the saints, who are NOT part of the BODY of Christ, who will live during that dreadful time of God's wrath. Both are found in the Book of the Revelation and both are in connection with The LORD Jesus Christ's return to EARTH, not into the AIR, to JUDGE and REIGN, and NOT in connection with the Rapture, The Harpazo.

In both Revelation 2:5 and Revelation 2:16 our LORD Jesus Christ, says, "Repent...or else I will come unto thee quickly", (meaning to judge). In Revelation 3:11 He writes to the assembly at Philadelphia, (but again in warning): "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."

Revelation 22:7 and Revelation 22:12 are used in the same way, indicating that in that day only those who are "overcomers" will long for The LORD Jesus Christ, to come and put an end to the world's rebellion. Thus John closes The Book of Revelation with the declaration, "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly", and the response, "Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus" Revelation 22:20 .

BUT, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” 2 Cor. 5:20 . THIS is The Body of Christ’s Commission!

There is no doubt that the member of the Body of Christ needs much training along Bible lines in order to work successfully with sinners in an effort to bring them to Christ; but the all-important thing is to believe in the terrible consequences of sin, the awful penalty awaiting the sinner at the Great White Throne judgment, and to know from personal experience that The LORD Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is an almighty Savior from sin and its consequences. Both here and hereafter.

Such knowledge should create within the heart of every Child of God a passion for lost sinners, an earnest and sincere desire to see them brought to The LORD Jesus Christ, and washed in His blood.

However, the sinner knows that a good portion of the Children of God are not in earnest about these eternal issues. Many Children of God simply never seriously take the message of salvation to sinners. It is UNBELIEVABLE, the wasted moments, hours, and days of God’s people, while millions on this earth are perishing without the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

And, regardless of what you might think, even many of your neighbors have never heard the Gospel of Grace before. They might be aware of other sentiments CALLED “The Gospel”, but it would AMAZE you to know the number of people who have sincerely never heard the True Gospel of God's Grace for today.

Ezekiel 3:18 says, “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at THINE hand”. The Apostle Paul said, “For the love of Christ constraineth us” 2 Cor. 5:14 . Also, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” 2 Cor. 5:11 . He likewise said, “I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise and to the unwise” Romans 1:14 . If this Hebrew Christian, Paul, was debtor to the Gentiles, surely WE are debtor to the Gentiles AND also the Jews.

Think of the passion for souls that dominated the life of this man who said, “I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren” Romans 9:3 . The Apostle Paul believed that eternal darkness awaited every man who failed to receive through The LORD Jesus Christ, the gift of Eternal Life. He tried in his day to reach every sinner he possibly could with this message. How full was his life! Which begs the question: What are YOU doing?

2 Cor. 5:20 says, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” THIS is The Body of Christ’s Commission!

Saul asked this of the RISEN Christ, “What wilt thou have me to do?” Acts 9:6 . In contrast, the Apostle Peter said concerning the Apostle John, “LORD, what shall THIS man do?” To this Jesus replied, “What is that to thee? Follow THOU me”

Therefore, if no other Child of God assumes his or her responsibility, remember the Savior, is saying to YOU, “Follow THOU me” There are nearly a billion souls who have never heard the gospel story. What are YOU going to do about it? RIGHT Where you live...

Some day we are going to look into the face of The LORD Jesus Christ, our Savior, and give an account of what we did with the Life He gave us. “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” 2 Cor. 5:11 . “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at THINE hand” Ezekiel 3:18 . “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men” Acts 20:26 .

May the LORD from this moment on have your life and mine fully dedicated to Him. Will you say to Him now, “Here Lord am I, send me” WOW! that we might measure up to the Apostle Paul’s standard.

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In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 . BELIEVE today. The time is short.

So There You Have it!

Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide.

Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.

In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry

Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20 )

 

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+3 # SonShine 2009-07-19 16:16
May we stop and think about what we are saying when we say "come quickly." Many would perish if Jesus would answer our prayer at that moment. Though I long to see my Savior, I want many more to experience the hope of glory that awaits those of us who love the LORD. Thank you for yet another excellent message, Pastor David!
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+2 # RennisTheMan 2009-07-20 15:59
All I can really say is...

...AMEN...
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+3 # jvsaputo 2009-07-26 05:15
Excellent exhortation Pastor David. We all live in a generaton where the believing community longs for the Second Coming of Christ via the Rapture first. We sit around talking about signs but seldom talk about what it will be like when the age of GRACE is over, when that last Jewish or Gentile person gets regenerated by the Holy Spirit and completes that last stone of the Body of Christ. It will NOT be a happy day on the EARTH! Amos spoke volumes to Christians of our day when he said,
Amos 5:18-19 (Today's New International Version)
18 Woe to you who long
for the day of the LORD!
Why do you long for the day of the LORD?
That day will be darkness, not light. 19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him.
[ I have been guilty in the past of this very thing but the LORD has shown me it is wrong to desire to "hasten" His coming.] :cry: But now I long in my heart for time to fulfill ALL that God wants me to do, that He has forordained for me to complete that will glorify him. :lol: EVERY believer has something that GOD wants them to do for His glory :-)
Ephesians 2:10 is going to be the the anthem of my sunset years in life! May the LORD be exalted and magnified for His Grace and Mercy! 8)
Ephesians 2:10 (King James Version)
"10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." ALL of us are important in God eyes to serve Him NOW by faith. We will have eternity to glorify Him in His presence! Let us shout a warning to our generation of God's grace in light of the Judgment to come! :eek:
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# PastorDavid 2009-07-26 05:23
Brother Johnny,

Thank you for the kind words, excellent comment, Praise the LORD! 8)
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-1 # BAbeliever 2010-04-17 05:10
Oh I think we are splitting hairs here. We can pray that the Lord will come soon knowing full well that He knows when the right time is. Our prayer is more of an expression of that we yearn to be with him. He is not going to suddenly say, "Well, since they pray that, I will change my plans and to heck with all the rest." He is bigger than that.
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# PastorDavid 2010-04-17 11:27
Quoting BAbeliever:
Oh I think we are splitting hairs here. We can pray that the Lord will come soon knowing full well that He knows when the right time is. Our prayer is more of an expression of that we yearn to be with him. He is not going to suddenly say, "Well, since they pray that, I will change my plans and to heck with all the rest." He is bigger than that.


Why would you pray in a way that, during this Dispensation of Grace, you know is contrary to the will of God, Who during this Age is building the ONE New Man, the Body of Christ? The LORD will return to meet His Body in the air, AFTER that last member has been Baptized, by the Holy Spirit, into the Body of Christ. 8)
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+2 # Angel55 2010-04-27 00:50
Wow... I never thought about it like this. How selfish we seem to be when we pray this way!
Thank you Pastor David for showing me the error of my ways and with your permission, may I post this in the Christian Forum that I own? There are so many who say this and one member in particular whom I know and love. She lives in Romania. Thank you again so much! I am so very glad that Adele introduced me to this site!
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# PastorDavid 2010-04-27 10:25
Quoting Angel55:
Wow... I never thought about it like this. How selfish we seem to be when we pray this way!
Thank you Pastor David for showing me the error of my ways and with your permission, may I post this in the Christian Forum that I own? There are so many who say this and one member in particular whom I know and love. She lives in Romania. Thank you again so much! I am so very glad that Adele introduced me to this site!


Oh Absolutely! Use them all. All I ask is that you have a link to LLM somewhere in the post
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+1 # terry 2010-10-02 19:56
I am in total agreement with this news letter.
i wonder on this verse Revelation 3:11 He writes to the assembly at Philadelphia, but again in warning: "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."
how can anyman take our crown ?
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# PastorDavid 2010-10-03 10:23
Quoting terry:
I am in total agreement with this news letter.
i wonder on this verse Revelation 3:11 He writes to the assembly at Philadelphia, but again in warning: "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."
how can anyman take our crown ?


The epistles or letters in the Book of Revelation are NOT addressed to the Body of Christ, the Church of the Mystery of this Age of Grace. They are addressed to those future assemblies that will be here after the Body is Raptured.
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# imstylin 2011-02-28 21:29
Wow, Pastor David. You hit this nail right on the head.
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# jmerrick67 2011-02-20 09:20
The letters to the seven churches appear before the 'come up hither' of Rev. 4 (symbolic of the Rapture?)Additionally, it would require some Scripture-twisting to make Rev. 3:10 apply to a post-rapture congregation. the crowns symbolize not our salvation, but our rewards for our service in Christ, which could be undermined by others if we are not watchful. I hope this helps. Grace and Peace

I apologize for the 'scripture-twisting' remark. After re-reading it I realized that it was rather flippant and disrespectful. I ask for your forgiveness. If my understanding of the letters to the seven churches is wrong, I pray that the Lord will open the eyes of my understanding as I watch your revelation series. I love your site and I am in agreement with your statement of beliefs. Thank you for your understanding.
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# PastorDavid 2011-02-20 07:22
Please take a few moments to watch our videos on this very subject at lionandlambministry.com/.../...

That series is an examination of the "churches" of Revelation 2 and Revelation 3 , and that in fact they are NOT the Body of Christ. But future assemblies of Jewish believers that will be HERE after The Harpazo, after the Church has been caught up to meet The LORD in the air. The letters to these assemblies, when read carefully, differ immensely from the Pauline epistles. The Revelation Epistles are addressed to servants and speak of works and judgment, while the Pauline Epistles are addressed to SONS and Daughters and speak of our standing IN Christ, as His Body, by GRACE. And it was to PAUL, not the 12 Apostles that the Mystery was shown and explained.

Therefore, The Ecclesia, The Church, is the BODY of Christ, and cannot be Israel, or the Wife, or The Bride. For we are part of the BrideGROOM. We are IN Christ. This is the MYSTERY that was withheld, and hid IN God, from ALL of the prophets, and revealed to Paul. We are even NOW forever connected to the GROOM, IN Christ and He in us.

I hope this helps.

Pastor David
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# jmerrick67 2011-02-20 09:21
I apologize for the 'scripture-twisting' remark. After re-reading it I realized that it was rather flippant and disrespectful. I ask for your forgiveness. If my understanding of the letters to the seven churches is wrong, I pray that the Lord will open the eyes of my understanding as I watch your revelation series. I love your site and I am in agreement with your statement of beliefs. Thank you for your understanding.
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# PastorDavid 2011-02-21 10:51
No worries, Brother Jim. And it's great that you will be watching the Revelation series of Videos!
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# jmerrick67 2011-03-08 10:28
I've been thinking about this topic for awhile now. I do not think it is "wrong" to pray for the Lord to come quickly, but I do feel it is useless as the Lord will not come one nanosecond sooner than scheduled. However we do need to be honest with the Lord, as Jesus Himself was in the Garden. "Lord let this cup pass from me..." The longer that the dispensation of grace continues, the apostasy in the church will grow. More and more souls will end up in an eternity separated from God. It is not sinful to want God to "make things right asap", but its hypocritical religiousity to want in your heart for the rapture to happen now, but pray instead "Oh Lord delay your coming so more souls will be saved" If we cant be honest with God about the desires of our hearts, we have a big problem. Yes, the longer He waits the more souls will be saved, but even more will be lost due to the failure and apostasy of the church. But not to worry, God knows what He's doing and His timing is perfect. Dont try to pray as you "should"(that leads to hypocrisy) instead pray in faith as the Spirit leads you! Grace and Peace!
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# PastorDavid 2011-03-08 11:40
Dear Brother Jim,

To the manner of of yoru reply, I agree. We need always pray openly and honestly to our Heavenly Father.

The purpose of this message, The Fourth Rule, is to have members of the Body of Christ, while in prayer, to be focussing on GOD's Will and Plans and NOT on our own. Our Heavenly Father ALREADY knows what we need...

"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:25-34

Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.

Pastor David
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# jmerrick67 2011-03-08 13:19
Amen to that! Ive takken up the habit of praying the same prayers the Apostle Paul made for the Body. Even though I see the Church's failure as a foregone conclusion, thats no excuse for those of us who know better to be slack in the ministry of reconciliation, especially in these times. I believe the Rapture is very close. No I dont believe in this supposed "end-time revival" thats so popular now. Its more like a "last call"! If we believe its close, we should redouble our effots!

Grace and Peace
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# kenjohn 2012-03-13 05:24
Pastor David, I am thankful for all the teachings from Scripture and the lessons that need to be learned. I lean on Philippian 1:6 and thank my Lord for His Mercy and Grace in my weak life. Grace and Peace in Christ, Ken
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