In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered
The Censor, and therefore the censusm in Rome was a complex Office. The Censor was an Officer in ancient Rome who was responsible for maintaining the census, supervising public morality, and overseeing certain aspects of the government's finances.
It is a fact the census office was abolished by Lucius Cornelius Sulla, Dictator of the Roman Republic, 81 BC, because there was no census during the two lustra which elapsed from Sulla's dictatorship to Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey's first, and son in law to Julius Caesar - the man who wisely decided not to charge into the Holies of Holies for suddenly realizing - this was beyond fatal) consulship (82–70 BC),
Who took Augustus Census? In 22 BC, when Augustus caused Lucius Munatius Plancus and Aemilius Lepidus Paullus to fill the office.
Pontius Pilate used to be a myth too - when I was a child. And the Hittite Empire. Both have arrived at the table of Historical Record.
So ... Augustus
He sees you when you're sleepin'
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
Besides he might send you to Sulla... Scary, Scary. Now you get the Voldemort idea.
Bob Dillon has had so much flack for being a Christian, from whom? All sides, that being a Christian is much better to announce like Tom Brady that all water flows to the same source. Then people will let you breathe. Even if you are Tom Brady and you announce you own 400 Bibles. We all eventually will face the time where we will know where we know that we know ... we are indeed registered.
All we have to do is Cry Out Jesus is Lord, right?
God alone decides the matters of the heart. Each heart knows God and God alone decides.
"I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds."
And to make sure we can clarify the New Testament - telling us all know God. God also gives us His Word.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
Life is a Good and Godly Idea.
The Bible says living lawlessly increases coldness. God says endure in harsh times.
Obey God is part of His idea of Life.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins
When we know we obey God, we do this.
When we know we do not obey God - we don't do this.
For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.
Father God wants us to be a blessing to Him as we do the Plan and path He puts forth for our good works.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
We are free from the Law; We are unable to fulfill the 3,000 pages of His Word. But as for me and my house, we will always treat the Grace of God as dear, valuable, holy, and a free gift we can never afford from anything we can do. We will never cheapen the Grace of God by dishonoring this Holy and Wondrous Gift of God. This Grace of God is our most precious aspect of Life.
Life? Every Word of God
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
The man took his son to see Jesus. He felt unable to have faith to heal his child. He cried out to Jesus to help because he could not. Jesus understood. This is Jesus. He goes where we cannot.
23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.
Thank God, our Father in Jesus Christ. That this is God who registers us. There is a Christian song popular singing Jesus goes to prison, to slums, to hospitals, to the lonely, to the unwell because Jesus wants to save us all.
The Grace of God - passes all understanding.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ.
Let the Word of God be good in my life, upon God and His care to intimately be there when I pray and the trust He places in me for His Righteousness, be the cover of Jesus over my flawed will, ways and means.
I trust God to help me where I am unable.
And because of His Goodness, I will rest in His Promises. Thank You for Jesus, for myself, the ones You've given me and the People I love.
In Jesus. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †